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2 904 Juarez St. Laredo, Texas Ph Fax Dr. A. Marcus Nelson Superintendent of Schools Board of Trustees Hector J. Garcia President, District 6 Dr. Cecilia M. Moreno Vice President, District 5 John Amaya Secretary, District 3 Trustees Jose A. Valdez Trustee, District 1 Jesus Martinez Trustee, District 2 Ricardo Garza Trustee, District 4 Jose R. Perez, Jr. Trustee, District 7 August 2014 Dear Parents and Students, Welcome to the school year! As I begin my sixth year with the Laredo Independent School District, I want you to know the Board of Trustees and I are committed to the parents and students of our Laredo ISD community. The Board fully endorses and supports the Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct set forth in this handbook. The Laredo Independent School District is dedicated to providing the children in our community with a quality education in a safe environment conducive to learning. The mission of Laredo ISD is to graduate all of our students and prepare them for success in higher education or in a career of their choice. The purpose of the LISD Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook is to present to our parents and students district policies and procedures, as well as state mandated laws and regulations pertaining to conduct and discipline. This publication also provides subjects of special interest that include the standardized dress code, report cards, progress reports, parent conferences, admission, attendance, parent and students rights and responsibilities. All of the policies and procedures are in accordance with the law. A complete and updated copy of this document can also be accessed through the LISD web site at in the Administrative Departments section under Student Services Department and clicking on Code of Conduct. We urge you to familiarize yourself with these guidelines and encourage you to review and discuss them with your child. We highly recommend that you keep this manual as a reference to be used throughout the school year. We ask that all forms provided be signed by both parent/guardian and student and returned to your respective school as soon as possible. It is critical that all students at LISD adhere to the standardized dress code in order to maintain the highest level of safety and security at all campuses. In addition, a quality education can only be obtained through daily student attendance which will always be enforced. We thank you for your commitment in ensuring safety and a quality education in our schools. Should you have any questions, I ask that you please contact your campus principal. Respectfully, Dr. A. Marcus Nelson Superintendent of Schools It is the policy of the Laredo Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, limited English proficiency, or handicapping condition in its programs.

3 LAREDO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT DIRECTORY SCHOOLS SCHOOLS (cont) SCHOOLS (cont) & DEPTS DEPARTMENTS DEPARTMENTS (cont) CIGARROA HIGH DOVALINA ELEM SANCHEZ/OCHOA ELEM DIVISION OF OPERATIONS PEP PROGRAM 2600 Zacatecas St W. Anna Ave. 211 E. Ash St. 900 E. Lyon St. 904 Juarez PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) MARTIN HIGH FARIAS ELEM SANTA MARIA ELEM ELEMENTARY EDUCATION POLICE DEPT 2002 San BernardoAve Chicago St Santa María St. 904 JUAREZ 2219 Springfield Ave. PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) NIXON HIGH GALLEGO ELEM SANTO NIÑO ELEM FEDERAL PROGRAMS SECONDARY EDUCATION 2000 E Plum St. 520 Clark Blvd Bismark St. 904 Juarez Ave. 904 JUAREZ PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) EARLY COLLEGE D D HACHAR ELEM K TARVER ELEM FINANCE DEPARTMENT SECTION 504 TAMIU University Blvd Guadalupe St Tilden Ave Houston St. 904 JUAREZ PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) JOSE A. VALDEZ HIGH HEIGHTS ELEM H B ZACHRY ELEM FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT SPECIAL EDUCATION 2502 E. Galveston St Market St Chacota St Marcella Ave 2501 Galveston St. PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) VIDAL M TREVINO HS KAWAS ELEM DEPARTMENTS FIXED ASSETS STAFF DEVELOPMENT 820 Main St S. Milmo Ave. LISD Main Office 2301 Santa Isabel Ave. 904 JUAREZ PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) Houston St. PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) F S LARA ACADEMY LEYENDECKER ELEM ADVANCED ACADEMICS FOOD SERVICES STUDENT SERVICES 2901 E Travis St Garden St. 904 JUAREZ 101 W. Saunders St. 904 Juarez Ave. PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) CHRISTEN MIDDLE LIGARDE ELEM ATHLETIC DEPT GUIDANCE & COUNSELING TAX OFFICE 2001 Santa María Ave S. Canada Ave San Bernardo 904 Juarez Ave. 904 Juarez Ave. PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) CIGARROA MIDDLE MACDONELL ELEM BILINGUAL DEPT HEARINGS DEPARTMENT TECHNOLOGY 2600 Palo Blanco St Benavides St. 904 Juarez Ave E. Travis St Cedar Ave. PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) LAMAR MIDDLE J C MARTIN ELEM CAREER & TECHNOLOGY ED INSTRUCTIONAL TELEVISION TRANSPORTATION 1818 Arkansas Ave Monterrey Ave. 904 Juarez 1719 Houston St Springfield Ave. PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) 273- FAX: (956) MEMORIAL MIDDLE MILTON ELEM COMMUNICATIONS LIBRARY MEDIA 2002 Marcella Ave Ash St. 904 Juarez 904 JUAREZ PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) BRUNI ELEM A PIERCE ELEM CRIME STOPPERS NURSES 1508 San Eduardo Ave. 800 Eistetter St. 904 JUAREZ 2502 Galveston ST. PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) DAICHES ELEM RYAN ELEM CURR. & INSTRUCTION PLANT FACILITIES 1401 Green St Clark Blvd. 904 Juarez Ave. 900 E LyonST PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956) FAX: (956) PHONE: (956) FAX: (956)

4 LAREDO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 1702 Houston Street Laredo, TX (956) Fax: (956) BOARD OF TRUSTEES Hector J. Garcia President District 6 Dr. Cecilia May Moreno Vice President District 5 John Amaya Secretary District 3 Jose A. Valdez Trustee District 1 Jesús Martinez Trustee District 2 Ricardo Garza Trustee District 4 Jose R. Perez, Jr. Trustee District 7 SUPERINTENDENT Dr. A. Marcus Nelson BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETINGS: Board meetings are held on the first Thursday after the 10 th of each month. DISTRICT GOALS GOAL I By the year 2015, Laredo Independent School District shall have created an innovative system of learning that empowers each student to develop and realize their unique talents in a way that meets or exceeds federal, state and local academic mandates. GOAL II By the year 2015, Laredo Independent School District shall be recognized for a comprehensive student support system that fosters social and psychological development of all students. This system will promote a safe and secure, drug-free learning environment through innovative safety programs and by fostering mutual respect for all members of the school community. GOAL III By the year 2015, Laredo Independent School District shall be recognized for its collaborative partnerships with parents, community institutions, business entities, and schools that combine to support student achievement. GOAL IV By the year 2015, Laredo Independent School District shall be recognized for its programs which support health and wellness for employees and students. GOAL V By the year 2015, the stewardship of district resources will maintain financial stability and commit to the highest standards of ethical transparency, and integrity in all our business practices related to district achievement, district operations, and instruction. GOAL VI By the year 2015, Laredo Independent School District will create and sustain a plan of action to focus on the recruitment, development, retention, and support of highly qualified faculty and staff. It is the policy of the Laredo Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, limited English proficiency, or handicapping condition in its programs.

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7 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION OF STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT/STUDENT HANDBOOK Dear Student and Parent: The Laredo Independent School District Board of Trustees officially adopted the Student Code of Conduct which includes the Student Handbook. We urge you to read this publication thoroughly and to discuss it amongst yourselves. If you have any questions we encourage you to ask for an explanation from the school administration. The student and parent is to each sign this page in the spaces provided below, and then return the page to the student's school. Thank you. Your signatures below indicate that you and your child have received a current copy of the Laredo Independent School District Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook. The Handbook contains information that you and your child will need during the school year. You and your child are responsible for reading the rules, expectations, and other information contained herein. My child and I have been offered the option to receive a paper copy of or to electronically access at the Laredo Independent School District Student Code of Conduct/Student Handbook for I have chosen to: Receive a paper copy of the Student Code of Conduct/Student Handbook Accept responsibility for accessing the Student Code of Conduct/Student Handbook by visiting the Web address listed above. I understand that the Student Code of Conduct/Student Handbook contains information that my child and I may need during the school year and that all students will be held accountable for their behavior and will be subject to the disciplinary consequences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. If I have any questions regarding this Student Code of Conduct/Student Handbook, I should direct those questions to the principal at my child s school. School information can be found on the School Directory list included. Student's Name I.D. # (Please Print) Student's Signature Parent's Signature School Date Date Grade Please sign this page, detach it, and return to the student's school. i

8 NOTICE REGARDING DIRECTORY INFORMATION AND PARENT S RESPONSE REGARDING RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION Certain information about district students is considered directory information and will be released to anyone who follows the procedures for requesting the information unless the parent or guardian objects to the release of the directory information about the student. If you do not want the Laredo Independent School District to disclose directory information from your child s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the district in writing by, Tuesday, September 09, 2014/within ten school days of my child s first day of instruction for this school year. This means that the district must give certain personal information (called directory information ) about your child to any person who requests it, unless you have told the district in writing not to do so. In addition, you have the right to tell the district that it may, or may not use certain personal information about your child for specific school-sponsored purposes. The district is providing you this form so you can communicate your wishes about these issues. The district has not designated a separate list of student information as directory information for school-sponsored purposes. As a result, if you object to the release of the student information included on the directory information response form, your decision will also apply to the use of that information for school-sponsored purposes, such as the honor roll, school newspaper, the yearbook, recognition activities, news releases, or athletic programs. Regarding students records, federal law (FERPA) requires that directory information on my child be released by the District to anyone who requests it unless I object in writing to the release of any or all of this information. This objection must be filled within ten school days of the time this handbook was issued to the student. Directory information ordinarily includes: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth participation in officially recognized activities and sports weight and height, if a member of athletic and sports dates of attendance grade level honors and awards received in school most recent previous school attended photograph address I exercise my right to limit information above. I have checked above the items of directory information that I wish the District to withhold about my child. Student's Name I.D. # (Please Print) Student's Signature Parent's Signature School ii Date Date Grade Please sign this page, detach it, and return to the student's school within ten (10) school days. Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7908), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Action of 2001 (P.L )

9 PARENT S RESPONSE REGARDING RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION TO MILITARY RECRUITERS AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY Federal law requires that the district release to military recruiters and institutions of higher education, upon request, the name, address, and phone number of secondary school students enrolled in the district, unless the parent or eligible student directs the district not to release information to these types of requestors without prior written consent. Parent: Please complete the following only if you do not want your child s information released to a military recruiter or an institution of higher education without your prior consent. I, parent of, (student s name), request that the district not release my child s name, address, and telephone number to a military recruiter or institutions of higher education upon their request without my prior written consent. Parent signature Date RESPUESTA DE LOS PADRES REFERENTE A LA COMPARTICIÓN DE INFORMACIÓN DE ESTUDIANTES A RECLUTADORES MILITARES Y INSTITUCIONES DE EDUCACIÓN SUPERIOR PARA ESTUDIANTES DE SECUNDARIA Y PREPARATORIA SOLAMENTE La Ley Federal requiere que el distrito comparta a petición con reclutadores militares y instituciones de educación superior, el nombre, dirección, y número telefónico de estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria inscritos en el distrito, solo que los padres/tutores o un estudiante elegible le informe al distrito que no comparta la información a este tipo de peticionarios sin antes dar mi consentimiento por escrito. Padre: Por favor llene la próxima información solo si no quiere que la información de su hijo/a sea compartida con un reclutador militar o institución de educación superior sin antes dar consentimiento escrito. Yo, Padre de, (nombre de estudiante), pido que el distrito no comparta el nombre de mi hijo, dirección, y numero de teléfonos, a petición de un reclutador militar o institución de educación superior sin antes dar mi consentimiento por escrito. Firma del Padre/Tutor Fecha Please sign this page, detach it, and return to the student's school. Elementary and Secondary Education Act 1965 (20 U.S.C. Section 6301 et.seq.) iii

10 ATTENDANCE AGREEMENT FORM NOTIFICATION OF FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW (TEC. SEC Compulsory School Attendance) According to the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook, Section III, General Attendance Requirements, General Rules Part (4): Section 4 18 On enrollment in Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) or Kindergarten, a child shall attend school TEC (c) Pre-K and Kindergarten students are subject to compulsory school attendance rules while enrolled in school. However, if the child has not yet reached mandatory compulsory attendance age six (6) years old as of September 1, of the current year the parent/guardian may withdraw the student from school and the child will no longer be in violation of compulsory attendance rules. Section 4 19 Unless specifically exempted by TEC , a child who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached the child s 18 th birthday shall attend school. TEC (b) A student who is 18 or older and is enrolled in public schools is required to attend school each day. If the person has more than five unexcused absences in one semester, a school district may revoke the person s enrollment for the remainder of the year. TEC (e) I ACKNOWLEDGE HAVING READ THE ABOVE AND AGREE TO PROVIDE A DOCTOR S EXCUSE/PARENT NOTE UPON MY CHILD S RETURN TO SCHOOL. Student s Name: I.D. # Parent/Guardian s Name: Address: Phone #: Work #: Parent s Signature Student s Signature Date Date This document will be part of the court packet as evidence that the parent/student has been informed of the attendance requirements. Once a parent/student has been filed in court, no absence will be changed from unexcused to excused. NOTES ARE DUE UPON STUDENT RETURNING TO SCHOOL. Please sign this page, detach it, and return to the student's school. iv

11 CONSENT AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY I,, do hereby give the Laredo Independent School District and its employees, agents, representatives or employees of legitimate news organizations my full permission to photograph, videotape, copyright, broadcast, reproduce, telecast or cablecast, use on the internet or intranet, publish or otherwise use my child s works or my child s photo or likeness for educational, broadcast or news purposes. This is with the understanding that neither the Laredo Independent School District nor its representatives will reproduce said photograph or likeness for any commercial value or receive monetary gain for use of any reproduction/broadcast of said photograph or likeness. I am fully aware that I will not receive monetary compensation for me or my child s participation. It is understood that Laredo Independent School District, its agents, representatives or legitimate news organizations may use this material with or without my name or my child s name at its discretion. I further release and relieve the Laredo Independent School District, its Board of Trustees, agents, employees or other representatives from any liabilities, known or unknown, arising out of the use of this material. I,, certify that I have read the Consent and Release of Liability statement and fully understand its terms and conditions. I understand that the opportunity to participate is given by the Laredo Independent School District and I have full legal capacity to sign this Consent and Release for myself and/or my child. Signature of Custodial Parent or Guardian Student s Name (please print) Relationship to Student School Address Phone I DO NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION TO USE MY CHILD S PHOTO OR LIKENESS AS DESCRIBED ABOVE. Signature of Custodial Parent or Guardian Date Dr. A. Marcus Nelson, Superintendent of Schools 1604 Houston St. Laredo, Texas Tel v

12 CONSENT REQUIRED FOR CERTAIN ACTIVITIES 1. LISD requires consent for certain activities: An employee of a school district must obtain the written consent of a child's parent before the employee may: a. Make or authorize the making of videotape of a child or record or authorize the recording of a child's voice. 2. An employee is not required to obtain the consent of a child's parent before the employee may make a videotape of a child or authorize the recording of a child's voice if the videotape or voice recording is to be used only for: a. Purposes of safety, including the maintenance of order and discipline in common areas of the school or on school buses; b. A purpose related to a co-curricular or extracurricular activity; c. A purpose related to regular classroom instruction; or d. Media coverage of the school. Please sign where indicated below if you give your consent to the District to make or authorize the making of videotape of your son/daughter or record or authorize the recording of your son/daughter's voice. Student's Name I.D. # (Please Print) Student's Signature Parent's Signature School Date Date Grade Please sign this page, detach it, and return to the student's school. vi

13 ECDM Guidelines for STUDENT AGREEMENT FOR ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM You are being given access to the Laredo ISD s electronic communications system. Through this system, you will have access to communicate with other schools, colleges, organizations, and people around the world through the Internet and other electronic information systems/networks. You will have access to educational databases, libraries, and computer services all over the world. With this educational opportunity comes responsibility. It is important that you read the current version of the district s policies as outlined in the Electronic Communication and Data Management Guidelines (Summer 2014), Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook. Inappropriate system use will result in the loss of the privilege to use this educational tool, including but not limited to having your computer login and disabled. You should ask questions regarding the policies if you do not fully understand them. Please note that the Internet is a network of many types of communication and information networks. It is possible that you may run across areas of adult content and some material you (or your parents) might find objectionable. While the district will use filtering technology to restrict access to such material, it is not possible to absolutely prevent such access. It will be your responsibility to follow the rules for appropriate use. RULES FOR APPROPRIATE USE You will be assigned individual accounts to access various programs and you are responsible for your own username and password. You may not share your usernames or passwords with others. The accounts you are given access to use can only be used for identified educational purposes. You will be held responsible at all times for the proper use of your account, and the district may suspend or revoke your access if you violate the rules. Be respectful and courteous in all communications. Remember that people who receive or messages from you see that you represent your school and district. INAPPROPRIATE USES Using the system for any illegal purpose Using the system for non-educational personal use Disabling or attempting to disable any Internet filtering device Encrypting communications to avoid security review Using someone else s account for any reason Posting personal information about yourself or others (such as addresses and phone numbers) Downloading or using copyrighted information without permission from the copyright holder Intentionally introducing a virus to the computer system Posting messages or accessing materials that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, (cyber bullying), damaging to another's reputation, or illegal Wasting school resources through the improper use of the computer system Gaining unauthorized access to restricted information or resources Installing executable files that render a computer as a network device CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE USE Suspension of access to the system Revocation of the computer system account Other disciplinary or legal action, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and applicable laws. The student agreement must be renewed and signed each academic year. vii

14 ECDM Guidelines for STUDENT AGREEMENT FORM FOR ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM Name Grade Student ID # School Year of Graduation: You are being given access to the Laredo ISD s electronic communication systems. Through this system, you will have access to communicate with other schools, colleges, organizations, and people around the world through the internet and other electronic information systems/networks. You will have access to educational databases, libraries and computer services all over the world. With this educational opportunity comes responsibility. It is important that you read the current version of the district s policies as outlined Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook. These policies reflect policies outlined in the district s Electronic Communication and Data Management Guidelines. Inappropriate system use will result in the loss of the privilege to use this educational tool, including but not limited to having your computer login and disabled. You should ask questions regarding the policies if you do not fully understand them. Please note that the Internet is a network of many types of communication and information networks. It is possible that you may run across areas of adult content and some material you (or your parents) might find objectionable. While the district will use filtering technology to restrict access to such material, it is not possible to absolutely prevent such access. It will be your responsibility to follow the rules for appropriate use. -*-*-*-*- I also understand that the district has the right to and will monitor my electronic activity on the computer system at any time (including computer usage, files, Internet usage, , and any distance learning activity). I have read the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook and agree to abide by the provisions outlined. I understand that violation of any of these provisions may result in suspension or revocation of system access. Student s signature Date PARENT OR GUARDIAN I have read the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook which reflect the district s Electronic Communication and Data Management Guidelines. In consideration for the privilege of my child using the district s electronic communication systems, and in consideration for having access to the public networks, I hereby release Laredo ISD, its operators, and any institutions with which they are affiliated from any and all claims and damages of any nature arising from my child s use of, or inability to use, the system, including, without limitation, the type of damage identified in the district s policy and administrative regulations. I understand that the district will take necessary precautions to ensure the appropriate use of the electronic communications systems. I also understand it is not absolutely possible to prevent all improper use. I am aware that my child s use of the district s communication systems allows my child to participate in activities and lessons meeting the goals and objectives that are mandated by the State. I understand that my child will be involved with the following communication equipment and/or activities: Use of electronic technology equipment (including, but not limited to, computers, scanners, digital cameras, and video cameras) Use of the Internet and distance learning activities (including, but not limited to, video conferencing, online conferences/instant messaging, and ) Pictures may be taken for use on district web pages and electronic or printed presentations. Student work may be published on the Internet and Intranet (within the district) Yes, I consent to have my child involved with all of the above communication equipment and activities. No, I do not consent to have my child involved with all of the above communication equipment and activities. I will include a note with this form explaining what I do not consent to. Printed Name Parent or Guardian Signature: LISD Official Form Date: Last Updated viii

15 ACCELERATED READER GUIDELINES PARENT AGREEMENT Student s Name Grade Teacher s Name Room # I understand that participating in the Accelerated Reader Program is a positive and motivating experience in not only fostering the love of reading but also the improvement in vocabulary and comprehension which will improve academic performance. I have read the Accelerated Reader Guidelines found in the Student Code of Conduct/Student Handbook. I am aware of the stated requirements, recognitions and consequences stipulated in the guidelines. I also understand that intentional disregard of the guidelines will lead to the deletion of quizzes and the disqualification from receiving awards and recognition. Printed Name of Parent or Guardian Signature Date GUÍAS PARA EL LECTOR ACELERADO ACUERDO DE PADRE Nombre de Estudiante Nombre de Maestro Grado # de salon Y entiendo que participando en el Programa de Lector Acelerado es una experiencia positiva e motivante en no solamente fomentar el amor a la lectura pero también el mejoramiento de vocabulario y comprensión lo cual que mejora el rendimiento académico. He leído las Guías para el Lector Acelerado que se encuentran en el Código de Conducta para Estudiantes/Manual de Estudiantes. Estoy consciente de los requisitos, reconocimientos y consecuencias estipulados en las guías. También entiendo que la indiferencia intencional hacia las guías conducirá a la eliminación de pruebas y a la descalificación de recibir sustantivos y reconocimientos. Nombre de Padre/Guardián letra de molde Firma Fecha ix

16 Student Code of Conduct Table of Contents STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT Purpose... 1 Introduction... 1 SECTION I: GENERAL INFORMATION... 1 Jurisdiction... 1 Rights and Responsibilities of Students and Parents... 1 & 2 Posting and Distribution of Student Code of Conduct... 2 Elementary and Secondary Dress Code... 3 ATTENDANCE... 4 Absence Slips...4 Compulsory Attendance...4 Attendance for Credit...5 Tardiness... 5 Make Up Work...5 Audits... 6 Bus Behavior... 6 Resources Available with the School District... 6 Questions about Disability-Related Issues... 6 Sexual Harassment Complaints... 6 Substance Abuse... 6 Health Services... 6 Textbooks... 7 Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Personal Items... 7 SECTION II: INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT... 7 Bullying and Harassment Violations... 7 Dating Violence... 8 Hazing... 8 Sexual Harassment... 8 Level I Minor Offenses... 8 Telecommunication Devices... 9 Level II Serious Offenses... 9 Discretionary Placement in a Discipline Alternative Education Program Offenses Occurring on Campus or at School-Related Activities Persistent Misbehavior Offenses Level III Discipline Alternative Education Programs (DAEP) Removal to a Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Mandatory Placement in a Discipline Alternative Education Program Offenses Occurring on Campus or at School-Related Activities Offenses Occurring off Campus/Not at School-Related Activities Level IV Expulsions Removal to a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) Offenses Requiring Expulsion (On Campus or School-Related) Offenses Which May Result in Expulsion Offenses Which May Result in Expulsion (Conduct Unrelated to School) SECTION III: CONSEQUENCES OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR General Guidelines for Assessing Discipline Penalties Discipline Management Techniques Physical Restraint... 16

17 Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Serious Offenses Discipline and Students with Disabilities Detention Level I Teacher Directed Discipline Teacher Removals Level II Administrator Directed Discipline Credit During Disciplinary Process Suspensions In-School and Off School & 19 In-School Suspensions Off School Suspensions Notification to Parents Review/Appeal Campus Placement Review Committee [37.003] Student Discipline Action Form Conference and Review Procedures for Students Removed from Class Review Committee (DAEP & JJAEP) A. Discipline Alternative Education Programs: Transfer or Withdrawal from a Discipline Alternative Education Program Placement of Students with Disabilities Emergency Placement in Discipline Alternative Education Program Duration of Placement in Discipline Alternative Education Program Review of Student Status in Discipline Alternative Education Program Graduating seniors in Discipline Alternative Education Programs B. Expulsion Duration of Expulsion Expulsion of Students under Six and Ten Years of Age Firearm Violations Activity Restrictions of Expelled Students Graduating seniors in the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program Expelled Transfer Students Emergency Expulsions Expulsion of Special Education Students Representation during the Expulsion Hearing (All Students) Due Process Placement in a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) SECTION IV: SEARCHES, QUESTIONING of STUDENTS, AND POLICE INTERVENTION Searches: Use of Metal Detectors Random Drug Searches/Drug Detection Dogs Questioning of Students Questioning of Students or Taking Students into Custody Police Department Laredo I.S.D. Campus Crime Stoppers Procedures...27 CRIME STOPPERS ORGANIZATION CHART SECTION V: TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION Misuse of Computer Equipment, Systems and Networks GLOSSARY PEIMS 425 Record Chart... 35

18 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT Purpose of the Student Code of Conduct: Introduction The Laredo Independent School District s Board of Trustees has adopted the Student Code of Conduct In order to establish and maintain an environment within the district which maximizes safety for all students and employees. The Student Code of Conduct is the District's specific response to requirements of Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code. The law requires the District to define misconduct that may or must result in a range of specific disciplinary consequences including removal from a regular campus or classroom, suspension, placement in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP), or expulsion from a school. This Student Code of Conduct has been adopted by the Board of Trustees and developed with the advice of a district level committee. This Code provides information to educate students and parents regarding standards of conduct, consequences of misconduct, and procedures for administering discipline. Education in this community represents a significant commitment of financial and human resources. The benefits a student derives from this investment depend very much on the student's attitude toward learning and the student's adherence to high standards of behavior. The District is proud of the collaboration amongst parents, administrative staff, students and community for the continued cooperation to support the educational mission of LISD. All students enrolled at LISD, regardless of age or grade level, shall abide by this Student Code of Conduct. In case of conflict between the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Handbook, the Student Code of Conduct will prevail. The Student Code of Conduct is adopted by the District s Board of Trustees and has the force of policy. SECTION I: GENERAL INFORMATION Jurisdiction For discipline purposes, the Laredo Independent School District has jurisdiction over its students: 1. During the regular school day, 2. During lunch, whether on or within 300 feet of the school property, 3. While students are going to and from school on district transportation, 4. Involved in any activity during the school day on school grounds, 5. While the students are in attendance at any school-related activity, regardless of time or location, 6. With additional policies adopted at the campus level relating to participation in a student club, organization, or extra-curricular activity, 7. When retaliation against a school employee occurs or is threatened, either on or off school property, 8. When students commit a felony as provided by Texas Education Code Section , 9. When criminal mischief is committed on or off school property or at a school-related event, and 10. When students are required to register as a sex offender. Students shall comply with the Student Code of Conduct at all times while they are under the jurisdiction of the school district. Please Note: The discipline of students with disabilities who are eligible for services under federal law (Individuals with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) is subject to the provisions of state and federal laws in addition to the Student Code of Conduct. To the extent that any conflict exists, state and/or federal law will prevail. Rights and Responsibilities of Students: All students are entitled to enjoy the basic rights of citizenship recognized and protected by law for persons of their age and maturity. It is the belief of this School Board that the students in this District should and do represent youth of integrity and high character and should be treated accordingly. Each student is to respect the rights and privileges of students, teachers and District staff. Each student is expected to act responsibly, consistent with his/her state of maturity, at all times on District property, at school-sponsored or school related events outside of District property, and 1

19 while coming to and from school. It is with this as a premise that the following rules of conduct and discipline are established. Students who violate the rights of others or who violate District, campus or classroom rules shall be subject to disciplinary measures to correct misconduct and for discipline purposes. Every student is to adhere to standards of behavior that will achieve a positive learning environment at school or schoolrelated activities. Standards of behavior expected of students shall include: 1. Demonstrating courtesy and respect, 2. Behaving in a responsible manner; always exercising self-discipline, 3. Attending all classes, regularly and on time, 4. Being prepared for each class with appropriate materials and assignments, 5. Meeting district and campus standards of grooming and dressing, 6. Cooperating with and assisting school staff in maintaining safety, order and discipline, 7. Obeying all campus and classroom rules, 8. Respecting the property of others, including district property and facilities, 9. Respecting the rights and privileges of students, teachers, and other district staff and volunteers, and 10. Adhering to the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct. Responsibilities of Parents: The greatest single factor in building a child s intellectual, rights and responsibilities of citizenship is the example that is provided by you in the home. The role that you play in the school as a parent/guardian is crucial in following and supporting the policies and programs of our school. Although this responsibility is shared with school and faculty, parental responsibility remains the first priority. Parent/guardians can assist their children by providing assistance of the following: 1. Ensure your child attends school well groomed and dressed appropriately, 2. Communicate regularly with the school concerning your child s academic progress and conduct, 3. Provide for the physical needs of the child, 4. Participate in parent-teacher conferences and other activities in which your child is involved, 5. Cooperate with and support the teachers and the school administrators in their efforts to achieve and maintain a quality school system, 6. Discuss report cards and classroom assignments with your child, 7. Provide a work area where your child may study and do homework 8. Maintain up-to-date home, work and emergency telephone numbers at the school, 9. Encourage your child to study at home, 10. Send your child on time on a daily basis and be prompt in picking up after dismissal, 11. Teach your child to respect authority, and 12. Cooperate with the school in developing intelligent, self-disciplined, mature and responsible individuals. The District may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to those found in the Student Code of Conduct. These rules may be listed in the Student Handbook or posted in classrooms, and violations of such rules could constitute violations of the Student Code of Conduct Posting and Distribution of Student Code of Conduct: The Student Code of Conduct will be prominently displayed at each school campus. All LISD students shall receive a copy of Student Code of Conduct at the beginning of the school year. The Student Code of Conduct shall also be provided to all teachers, new professional employees, students who are enrolled after the beginning of the school year, any parent, and any other person on request. Once the Student Code of Conduct is made official, any subsequent changes or amendments must be approved by the LISD Board of Trustees. Policy FO (Legal) Each student, teacher, and parent shall sign a statement annually showing they have received and read the Student Code of Conduct and understand the rules and responsibilities outlined therein. Dress Code: In an effort to improve student safety and a nurturing learning environment, the District is enforcing the following standardized dress code for grades Pre-K 12 th. The student dress code will help administration to better identify students and provide safety in our schools. 2

20 Elementary Dress Code SHIRTS/TOPS BOTTOMS SHOES BELTS Standardized Dress Code Solid Red, White, Blue, Green, Gold, Yellow, Maroon Solid Khaki (Tan), Black, Gray or Navy Blue, for Pre-K & K elastic waist pants are allowable Navy, Brown, Black or dress shoes, Pre K & K tennis shoes with velcro are allowable Solid-colored tennis shoes in Navy, Brown, Black or White Brown, Black or Navy for No decorative holes, rivets or extremely large belt buckles permitted Secondary Dress Code Standardized Dress Code MARTIN HS & EARLY COLLEGE HS NIXON HIGH SCHOOL CIGARROA HIGH SCHOOL Christen MS & Memorial MS Lamar M S Cigarroa M S SHIRTS/TOPS Red, White & Blue (ECHS-Maroon) Green, Gold & White Blue, White & Gold BOTTOMS Solid Khaki (Tan), Black, Gray or Navy Blue SHOES Navy, Brown, Black or dress shoes (Solid-colored tennis shoes in Navy, Brown, Black or White) BELTS Brown, Black or Navy Blue (No decorative holes, rivets or extremely large belt buckles permitted) Students attending Vidal M. Treviño Magnet Program will follow the dress code for their home campus. Students assigned to the District Alternative Education Program (F. S. Lara Academy) will follow a stricter dress code which will be provided at the time of registration at F. S. Lara Academy. Shirts/Tops: Acceptable shirts/tops are polo style shirts (button-down) and pullover shirts with long or short sleeves. All shirts must be of one solid color, have collars and be without logos. Shirts MUST be tucked inside pants/skirts by everyone. T-shirts shall not be worn as tops. Dresses must be in solid color. Each high school has 3 Shirt/Top color choices. Martin High School & Early College High School Christen MS & Memorial MS Red, White, Blue, (ECHS- Maroon) Nixon High School Lamar MS Green, Gold, White Cigarroa High School Cigarroa MS Blue, White, Gold All elementary schools have 7 Top color choices. Bottoms: Acceptable bottoms are pants, slacks, skirts (shorts must be worn under skirts), Capri pants, walking shorts and jumpers. Skirts and jumpers may be pleated or non-pleated. Bottoms that were manufactured to be worn with belts must be worn with belts properly affixed. Jeans are not allowed except as stated below. SPIRIT DAY: School spirit-shirts/college Shirt Day and blue jeans may be worn on designated days with shirts tucked in and belted. Spirit day may occur on a limited basis throughout the year as deemed appropriate by the campus principal. In addition, students shall be dressed and groomed in a manner that is clean and neat and not cause disruptions and/or safety hazards: 1. Any clothes that are suggestive or indecent or which cause distractions are prohibited including but not limited to; tank tops, muscle shirts, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, exposed backs or midriffs, mini skirts, shorts (no shorter than one inch above the knee) or see through garments without a shell worn under the garment. 2. Indecent/inappropriate patches, writings, or drawings on clothing, purses, bags, backpacks, personal belongings and on the body are prohibited. Clothing with inappropriate advertising or statements that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, obscene, or inflammatory (e.g. Alcoholic beverages, sex, tobacco, drugs, gangs, etc.) are also prohibited, 3. Oversized clothing and bagging or sagging pants are prohibited and shall not be worn to school. 3

21 4. All pants shall be worn at the waist. Tight-fitting pants (e.g. tights, bicycle pants, spandex) are also prohibited. 5. Extra-long belts are prohibited. Belts must be put through the belt loops on the pants. 6. No hats or head coverings (i.e. scarves, bandanas, ski caps) of any kind are to be worn or brought to school unless approved by the school principal for a special occasion or program or by an ARD or a 504 committee. 7. Unless there is documented medical justification, no sunglasses are to be worn in the building(s). 8. Heavy, full-length outer-wear such as dusters and trench coats, are prohibited from being worn in the building. 9. Shirts must be tucked in and staff members should be able to see the student s belt or belt loops. 10. Dangling chains are prohibited. This includes chains attached to wallets, footwear, and backpacks. 11. Visible body piercing jewelry is prohibited, except for ear piercing. 12. Gang-related attire is prohibited. (This will be designated by individual campuses). 13. Skate shoes, steel toe or hard plastic toe boots, flip flops and sandals are prohibited. 14. Use of appropriate sweater(s). No hoodies are to be worn inside the facility/ building. These rules apply to all LISD campuses and facilities and to any location off-campus where LISD students are receiving classroom instruction (e.g., official class field trips, internships, or other programs hosted at facilities other than LISD). The District prohibits any clothing or grooming that in the Principal s judgment may reasonably be expected to cause disruption or interference with normal school operations or that is determined by the school s principal or designee to be gang-related or, in reasonable probability, would be construed as gang-related. The student and parent/guardian or designee may determine the student s personal dress and grooming standards provided they comply with the District s guidelines. Each campus may adopt additional dress code guidelines, which must be consistent with the district s guidelines, and, which may be stricter than the District s guidelines. Principals will announce these additional guidelines over the PA, in newsletters, and shall post them prominently throughout the school. If the principal determines that a student s grooming violates the dress code, the student shall be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. The principal, in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity. Students who violate these standards may be removed or excluded from the activity for a period determined by the principal or sponsor and may be subject to other disciplinary action. ATTENDANCE Regular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his or her education, to benefit from teacherled activities, to build each day s learning on that of the previous day s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student s mastery of the instructional objectives; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. Two state laws, one dealing with compulsory attendance, the other with attendance for course credit, are of special interest to students and parents. ABSENCE SLIPS Upon returning, students who are absent shall bring a doctor s note or a note signed by the parent. Notes signed by the parent will not automatically constitute an approved absence. It is up to the discretion of the teacher and administrator (for elementary schools) and Attendance Clerk and administrator (for secondary schools) to determine how an absence will be coded. Once a parent has been filed in court, no absences are to be changed from unexcused to excused or illness at the campus level. This type of action causes confusion the day of the court when parents present a school document saying the absences have been changed. Notes from parents or doctors justifying absences need to be turned in upon the student s return to class and not several days later. Compulsory Attendance Any child ages 3 5 presented to the district for enrollment who meets the eligibility requirements for district programs shall be enrolled at the time they are presented as per district procedures regardless of any known or suspected disability as space permits at the student s neighborhood campus. Said students will be required to attend school daily and shall be provided with all necessary support services to maintain enrollment successfully. The state compulsory attendance law requires that a student between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school and District-required tutorial sessions unless the student is otherwise legally exempted or excused. A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her eighteenth birthday is required to attend each school day until the end of the school year. The District may withdraw a student who is at least 18 years old and is voluntarily enrolled in school when he or she accumulates more than five unexcused absences in a semester. The District may revoke the enrollment of such a student for the remainder of the school year. The student s presence on school property is then unauthorized and may be considered trespassing. 4

22 School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. A student absent from school without permission from any class, from required special programs, such as accelerated (additional special) instruction assigned by the grade placement committee and basic skills for ninth graders, or from required tutorial will be considered in violation of the law subject to disciplinary action. Nonattendance may also result in assessment of penalties by a court of law against both the student and his or her parents. A complaint against the parents may be filed in the appropriate court if the student: 1. Is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year or, 2. Is absent on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period. Attendance for Credit To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit Minimum Attendance for class Credit (a) Except as provided by this section, a student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. (a-1) A student who is in attendance for at least 75 percent, but less than 90 percent of the days a class is offered may be given credit for the class if the student completes a plan approved by the school s principal that provides for the student to meet the instructional requirements of the class. A student under the jurisdiction of a court in a criminal or juvenile justice proceeding may not receive credit under this subsection without the consent of the judge presiding over the student s case. (b) The board of trustees of each school district shall appoint one or more attendance committees to hear petitions for class credit by students who are in attendance fewer than the number of days required under Subsection (a) and have not earned class credit under Subsection (a-1). Classroom teachers shall comprise a majority of the membership of the committee. A committee may give class credit to a student because of extenuating circumstances. Each board of trustees shall establish guidelines to determine what constitutes extenuating circumstances and shall adopt polices establishing alternative ways for students to make up work or regain credit lost because of absences. The alternative way must include at least one option that does not require a student to pay a fee authorized under Section (a)(15). A certified public school employee may not be assigned additional instructional duties as a result of this section outside of the regular workday unless the employee is compensated for the duties at a reasonable rate of pay. (c) A member of an attendance committee is not personally liable for any act or omission arising out of duties as a member of an attendance committee. (d) If a student is denied credit for a class by an attendance committee, the student may appeal the decision of the board of trustees. The decision of the board may be appealed by trial de novo to the district court of the county in which the school district s central administrative office is located. (e) This section does not affect the provision of Section (b) regarding a student s excused absence from school to observe religious holy days. (f) The availability of the option developed under Subsection (b) must be substantially the same as the availability of the educational program developed under Section (a)(15). Tardies Arriving late to class is violation of the Student Code of Conduct and is classified as Class Disruption. Students arriving late to class will be cited for contributing to Class Disruption. For students brought in after the first class has expired, parent will be warned for Contributing to Truancy and filed in court as per Texas Education Code Compulsory School Attendance. Arriving late to class may affect a student s consideration for Perfect Attendance Recognition at the end of the school year and the school s Attendance Incentive Program. Make Up Work A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed because of an excuse absence. Secondary teachers may assign a late penalty to any project in accordance with time lines approved by the principal and previously communicated to students. For any class missed, the teacher may assign the student make-up work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting 5

23 subject or course requirements. A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher. [See policy EIAB] A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher will receive a grade of zero for the assignment. Audits: Electronic auditing shall be implemented within all unclassified networks that connect to the Internet or other publicly accessible networks to support the identification, termination and prosecution of unauthorized activity. Bus Behavior: Riding the bus is considered a school-related and school-sponsored activity, where those terms appear in other sections of this Code of Conduct. The campus administrator shall have the authority to discipline a student for any inappropriate conduct that occurs on the school bus in accordance to the level of offense committed as listed in this document. Students with three (3) or more disciplinary bus referrals will have their transportation privileges revoked. PLEASE NOTE: Riding the bus is a privilege which may be temporarily suspended or permanently revoked at the discretion of the campus administrator if the conduct in question jeopardizes the safety of any individual or generally interferes with the safe operation of the bus. Prior to a suspension or relocation of bus riding privileges for any student, the campus administrator shall inform the Director of Transportation regarding the proposed length of suspension or revocation. Please call the LISD Transportation Department at to report unsafe drivers with the bus number, date, time, and location of the incident. Resources Available With the School District: Questions about Disability-Related Issues The District designates the following individuals to coordinate its efforts to comply with either Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1999 (ADA) or with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: For questions concerning Section 504, please contact: Grisel Bodden Section 504/RTI/Dyslexia Address: 904 Juarez, 2 nd Floor Telephone: For questions concerning Special Education, please contact: Raul Gomez Special Education Address: 2502 Galveston St. Telephone: Sexual Harassment Complaints The District has designated the following individual to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which pertains to sexual discrimination claims: Edna Garza, PHR Human Resources Coordinator Address: 1702 Houston Street Telephone: Substance Abuse: In addition to school counselors, the District has Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDC) available to provide substance abuse information, prevention, and referrals for students in need of these services. School Address Telephone # F. S. Lara Academy 2901 Travis Cigarroa High School 2600 Zacatecas Martin High School 2002 San Bernardo Ave Nixon High School 2000 Plum For additional information please contact, Rosina Silva, Director of Guidance & Counseling at Health Services: School nurses available at the campuses to provide health and wellness information to students, parents, and teachers. 6

24 Textbooks: Each student, or the student s parent or guardian, is responsible for each textbook not returned by the student, regardless of whether their textbook is lost, damaged or stolen. A student who fails to return all textbooks forfeits the right to free textbooks until each textbook previously issued but not returned is paid for by the student, parent or guardian. The District shall allow the student to use textbooks at school during each school day but may not allow the student to take textbooks out of the classroom until each textbook previously issued but not returned is paid for by the student, parent or guardian. The District shall not prevent a student from graduating, participating in a graduation ceremony, or receiving a diploma for failure to return a textbook. Lost, Damaged, or Stolen Personal Items: Students are responsible for their own personal belongings while on campus or at a school-related or school-sponsored event. Students should be discouraged from bringing or wearing expensive clothing (i.e. winter coats), sunglasses, or jewelry/watches to school. LISD is not responsible for personal items which are lost, damaged, or stolen. SECTION II: INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT In general, discipline will be designed to correct the misconduct and to encourage all students to adhere to their responsibilities as citizens of the school community. Disciplinary action and the length of the assignment will depend on the professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on the range of discipline management techniques. Disciplinary actions will be related to, but not limited to, 1. The seriousness of the offense, 2. The student s age and grade level, 3. The frequency of the behavior, 4. The student s attitude, 5. Whether the student was acting in self defense, 6. The effect of the misconduct on the school environment, 7. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and 8. Requirements of law (e.g. IDEA, 504). Because of these factors, discipline for a particular offense (unless otherwise specified by law) may bring into consideration varying techniques and responses. Bullying and Harassment Violations: Laredo Independent School District prohibits conduct that consists of bullying or harassment. In addition to the penalties and consequences set forth in this Student Code of Conduct and the Texas Family Code, on the request of the parents or legal guardian of a student being victimized by such conduct as determined by the Board of Trustees or designee, the victim may receive a transfer to a different classroom at the victim s campus or a different campus within the district at the time the bullying occurs. Verification of bullying must be confirmed prior to the transfer of such student. The Board of Trustees or its designee may transfer the student who engaged in bullying to a different classroom at the victim s campus or a different campus within the district at the time the bullying occurs, in consultation with a parent or legal guardian of the student who engaged in bullying. The transfer of a student with a disability who receives special education services and who engaged in bullying may be made only by a duly constituted ARD committee under Education Code The determination of the Board of Trustees or its designee is final and may not be appealed. The District is not required to provide transportation to a student who transfers to another campus because of bullying. (Education Code ) Bullying is engaging in written or verbal expression through electronic means or physical conduct. This includes: (1) including a gesture that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-relatedactivity, or in a vehicle operated by the district (2) having the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student s property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student s person or of damage to the student s property; or (3) is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student. Bullying is when one person uses power in a willful manner with the aim of hurting another individual repeatedly. Bullying is aggression that takes many forms including: physical, verbal and psychological. The district discourages any bullying or hazing on social media (text, phone, Facebook). 7

25 1 st Offense Warning/bullying contract 2 nd Offense Change to another classroom 3 rd Offense Change to another campus 4 th Offense - Consideration and possible placement at the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP). DATING VIOLENCE: Dating violence means engaging in conduct with the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person with whom the student has or has had a dating relationship. HAZING: Hazing means any intentional act directed against a student, whether on or off the campus, by one person alone or acting with others, that endangers the mental or physical health, or the safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are, or includes other students. The term includes, but is not limited to: 1. Any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electric shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity, 2. Any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm, or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or the safety of the student, 3. Any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm, or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or the safety of the student, 4. Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student, or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in a district school, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the school rather than submit to acts described above, or 5. Any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Penal Code. SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Sexual harassment of a student by another student or an adult employee includes: 1. Any welcome or unwelcome sexual advances, 2. Requests for sexual favors, 3. Other verbal (oral or written), physical, or visual conduct of a sexual nature, 4. Activities as engaging in sexually oriented conversations for purposes of personal sexual gratification, 5. Telephoning a student at home or elsewhere to solicit inappropriate social relationships, 6. Physical contact that would be reasonably construed as sexual in nature, and 7. Enticing or threatening a student to engage in sexual behavior in exchange for grades or other school-related benefit. Sexual harassment of a student by another student or adult includes unwanted and unwelcomed verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether by word, gesture, or any other sexual conduct, including request for sexual favors. LEVEL I - Minor Offenses: Minor offenses are prohibited at school or school-related activities and may be punishable by In School Suspension, detention, Saturday school, assignment of school duties other than class tasks, withdrawal of extracurricular or honorary privileges, or any other discipline management techniques listed in Section III of the Code, as determined by the campus principal. Minor offenses include: 1. Cheating, or copying the work of another, 2. Leaving school grounds or school-sponsored events without permission, 3. Using an electronic device, such as stereo headsets, cassette players, electronic games, MP3 players, and gaming devices (i.e. game boy), or CD players during instructional time. (The school is not responsible if these items are stolen.) 4. Possessing any articles not generally considered to be weapons, including school supplies, when the principal or designee determines that a danger exists, 5. Engaging in conduct that constitutes a disruption of classes or lawful assemblies, activities, or transportation, 6. Participating in gambling or games of chance, 7. Engaging in any other conduct that disrupts the school environment or educational process but that the principal/designee determines is a minor offense. 8

26 Students who engage in conduct as described in this section shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with State law and local Board policy. Telecommunication Devices: The district prohibits students from displaying, turning on, or using electronic communication devices, (including but not limited to cell phones, tablets, smart devices, digital cameras, and MP3 players), unless approved by the teacher for instructional use, during school hours (first bell to last bell). Students who violate this policy (FNCE LOCAL) shall be subject to established disciplinary measures. District employees shall confiscate any electronic communication devices (i.e. cell phones, smart devices, tablets, digital cameras, MP3 players) from students found to be displaying, turning on, or using such devices during school hours in a manner which was not approved by the teacher (first bell to last bell). 1 If the student uses the telecommunication device in a manner which violates the Electronic Communication and Data Management Guidelines (ECDM) for students, the device will be confiscated for 30 days by the principal or administrator. Parents shall be notified within two days that the device was confiscated. The ECDM Guidelines can be found at: pdf 2 First offense 30 days or the parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunication device from the principal s office for a fee of $ Second offense 30 days or the parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunication device from the principal s office for a fee of $ Any subsequent offenses 30 days or the parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunication device for $ The District prohibits all students disciplined for "serious misbehavior," as used in Section II, Level II, or more serious conduct that results in the student being placed in the Discipline Alternative Education Program, from possessing a paging device or cellular phone while on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property. LEVEL II Serious Offenses: The following actions constitute serious misbehavior where that term appears in this Code of Conduct. These offenses are prohibited at school or school-related activities and will be punishable by detention, in-school suspension, out of school suspension, Saturday school, assigned duties other than class tasks, withdrawal of extracurricular or honorary privileges, or any other discipline management techniques listed in Section III of this Code. Thus, in most cases, the offenses listed in this section will warrant greater consequences than those listed in the Level I Minor Offenses section. (Example: serious offenses should warrant a greater number of days spent in in-school suspension than minor offenses). In some cases, the offenses listed in this section may also meet the definition of conduct, which warrants DAEP placement. Additionally, some of the offenses listed in this section (depending on the nature and severity of the incident in question) might be considered so severe that they constitute conduct that substantially interferes with the orderly operation of the campus or with the teacher s ability to communicate effectively. If this occurs, the offense in question is elevated to a Level III offense, and the campus administration may consider DAEP placement. For those students who are already in the Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP), the offenses listed in this section may be grounds for discretionary expulsion. 1. Committing extortion, coercing, or blackmailing (obtaining money or another object of value from an unwilling person), 2. Committing or assisting in a robbery or theft even if it does not constitute a felony according to the Texas Penal Code, (For felony robbery and theft, refer to DAEP Placement and Expulsion), 3. Engaging in any conduct (unruly, disruptive, disrespectful, abusive, etc.) that school officials might reasonably believe will substantially disrupt the school program or incite violence, 4. Engaging in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct directed towards another person including a district student, employee or volunteer (i.e. name-calling, racial or ethnic slurs, or derogatory statements that may disrupt the school environment or incite violence), 5. Failing to comply with directives given by school personnel, 6. Using profanity or vulgar language, or making obscene gestures, 7. Fighting or scuffling, (for assault see DAEP placement or expulsion) committing physical abuse, or threatening physical abuse (i.e. conduct that does not meet the definition of assault in Texas Penal Code Section (a)(1), 8. Engaging in bullying, including intimidation by name-calling, using ethnic or racial slurs, or making derogatory statements that could disrupt the school program or incite violence, 9

27 9. Participating in hazing, 10. Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or damage property, 11. Engaging in minor sexual acts (including, but not limited to, kissing and/or necking), 12. Possessing or conspiring to possess any explosive or explosive device, 13. Falsifying records, passes, electronic records or other school-related documents, 14. Possessing or distributing of pornographic materials, 15. Making or assisting in making threats, including threats against an individual, 16. Refusing to accept discipline management techniques proposed by a teacher or by administration, 17. Placing a prohibited substance in another person s food, drink, and/or other possessions, 18. Participating in gang-related activities, (as described in the Glossary first offense), 19. Possessing/exhibiting or using a toy gun, or any other instrument which may be perceived by a third party as a firearm, (e.g. air gun, BB gun, paint ball gun), 20. Possessing or using unloaded firearm accessories or parts, (such as a gun barrel or a gun clip), 21. Possessing ammunition, 22. Possessing or selling look alike drugs or attempt to pass items off as drugs or contraband, (e.g. drug paraphernalia, roach clips, rolling papers, needles, baggies with residue, razor blades, or pipes), 23. Possessing or using fireworks of any kind, smoke, stink bomb, or any other pyrotechnic device, 24. Abusing (Possessing, exhibiting, or using) the student s own prescription drug, giving a prescription drug to another student, or possessing or being under the influence of another person s prescription drug on schoolproperty or a school-related event, 25. Discharging a fire extinguisher without valid cause, 26. Calling 911 as a prank, when no real emergency exits, 27. Repeated violations of rules of conduct established by school or classrooms (including repeated dress code violations) 28. Engaging in any other conduct that disrupts the school environment or educational process (example: food fight) 29. Using or possessing laser pointers, 30. Leaving school grounds during the academic day without permission, 31. Leaving, without permission, a school-sponsored event in which the student is a participant, 32. Violating computer use policies, rules, or agreements signed by the student, or the student s parent or guardian, 33. Using the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten district students, employees, or volunteers, including off school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the program, 34. Videotaping, sending or posting messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another s reputation, or illegal, including off school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment, 35. Engaging in verbal or written exchanges that threaten the safety of another student, a school employee, or school property (such as: bullying, harassment and making hit lists). 36. Possessing published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage illegal behavior or could threaten school safety, using or Web sites at school to encourage illegal behavior, or threaten school safety. 37. Possessing or using matches or a lighter, 38. Possessing, smoking or using tobacco products, 39. Loitering or trespassing on school grounds, (Students should be on campus for an educationally related purpose, such as tutorials or extracurricular activities. Students who are waiting for a ride home shall not be considered to be loitering.), and 40. Engaging in academic dishonesty such as cheating on a state assessment. 41. Engaging in graffiti. Discretionary Placement in a Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP) (Offenses Occurring on Campus or at School-Related Activities): Additionally, a student may be placed in a Discipline Alternative Education Program if the student commits the following on campus or within 300 feet of School District property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off campus: 1. Has been documented by the teacher to repeatedly interfere with the teacher s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student s classmates to learn, 2. Engages in behavior that the Principal or designee determines is so unruly, disruptive or abusive that it seriously interferes with the teacher s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student s classmates to learn, 3. Following a warning, engages in gang activity (as described in the Glossary), including participation as a member 10

28 or pledging or soliciting another person to become a gang member, 4. Following a warning, engages in a public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society (as described in the Glossary), including participation as member or pledging or soliciting another person to become a member of a public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society, 5. Possession or selling seeds or pieces of marijuana in less than a usable amount. (For illegal drugs, alcohol and inhalants, see DAEP Placement and Expulsion), 6. Engages in conduct constituting vandalism, or otherwise tampering with the property of another and causing substantial inconvenience or pecuniary loss up to and including $1, on school property or at a schoolrelated or school-sponsored event, 7. Assembles or disassembles a computer, networks, printers, or other computer equipment except as part of a class assignment or in conjunction with a job responsibility, computer hacking, and or misuse of unauthorized websites. 8. Removes any technology equipment (hardware or software) without written permission of the principal or director, 9. Possessing or exhibiting or using a stunning device, a pellet gun, air powered rifle/pistol or paint ball gun, knives or other sharp object. 10. Engages in inappropriate physical contact against a teacher or school employee, 11. Engages in unruly (i.e., 2 or more fights), persistent disruptive, disrespectful, or abusive conduct (to include dating violence LISD Board Policy FFH - Local) at any location on campus (i.e., the cafeteria, auditorium, parking lots, or in front of or behind campus) or at a school-related event that substantially interferes with the orderly operation of the campus or school-related event, 12. Engaging or participating in acts of bullying as described in glossary and/or in violation of HB 283 (LISD Board Policy FFI Local), 13. Abusing of the student s own prescription drug, giving a prescription drug to another student, or possessing or being under the influence of another person s prescription drug on school property or at a school related event, (See glossary for reference on Abuse), 14. Being under the influence of prescription or over the counter drugs that cause impairment of the physical or mental faculties, (See glossary for Under the Influence), 15. Having or taking prescription drugs or over the counter drugs at school other than as provided by district policy, or 16. Making false accusations or perpetuating hoaxes regarding school safety. Persistent Misbehavior Offenses: The term "persistent misbehavior" appears in other portions of this Code of Conduct and is defined as: 1. Two or more documented serious offenses, or 2. Five or more documented minor offenses, or 3. Serious offenses and minor offenses that the Principal or designee deems to interfere with the District's ability to provide an education to other students. Additionally, a student may be placed in a Discipline Alternative Education Program if: 1. The continued presence of the student in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers or will be detrimental to the educational process, 2. The student engages in any activity on the way to or from school that would ordinarily be grounds for Discipline Alternative Education Program placement if the activity had occurred on campus, or 3. The student is truant or absent without permission for any portion of the instructional day and the student engages in an activity while off campus that would ordinarily be grounds for Discipline Alternative Program placement or expulsion. LEVEL III Offenses That May Require Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP): The following actions constitute offenses that shall or may result in placement at the Discipline Alternative Education Program located at F. S. Lara Academy. Level III offenses are considered to be more serious than the Level II Serious Offenses listed in this Code. The terms of a placement under this section shall prohibit the student from attending or participating in school-sponsored or school-related activities, including, but not limited to, extracurricular activities. A principal is not prohibited from suspending a student immediately prior to the student's placement in the DAEP. Removal to a Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Conference When a student is removed from class for a DAEP offense, the appropriate administrator will schedule a conference within three school days with the student s parent, the student, and the teacher, in the case of a teacher removal. 11

29 At the conference, the appropriate administrator will provide due process and inform the student, orally or in writing, of the reasons for the removal and will give the student an explanation of the basis for the removal and an opportunity to respond to the reasons for the removal. Following valid attempts to require attendance, the district may hold the conference and make a placement decision regardless of whether the student or the student s parents attend the conference. A newly enrolled student with a DAEP placement from a district in another city or state will be placed as any other newly enrolled student if the behavior committed is a reason for DAEP placement in the receiving district. Mandatory Placement in a Discipline Alternative Education Program Offenses Occurring on Campus or at School-Related Activities: A student must be placed in a Discipline Alternative Education Program if the student commits the following on or within 300 feet of school property as measured from any point on the school's real property boundary line, or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property: 1. Engages in conduct that contains elements of assault (Class A Only), as defined by Texas Penal Code Section 22.01, 2. Engages in conduct that contains elements of terroristic threat under Penal Code and/or false alarm 42.06, 3. Sells, gives or delivers to another person, or possesses, uses or is under the influence of: a. Marijuana or a controlled substance as defined by Ch. 481 Health & Safety Code, b. A dangerous drug as defined by Ch. 483 Health & Safety Code, 4. Sells, gives or delivers to another person an alcoholic beverage as defined in Sec Alcohol & Beverage Code; commits a serious act or offense while under the influence of alcohol; or possesses, uses or is under the influence of alcohol, 5. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of an offense relating to an abusable volatile chemical under Sections through of the Health and Safety Code, 6. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of public lewdness under Sec Penal Code or indecent exposure under Sec Penal Code, 7. Engages in conduct that is punishable as a felony, 8. Retaliates against a school employee, when not combined with another offense, either on or off school property, 9. Engages in conduct constituting consensual sexual intercourse on campus or at a school-related or school sponsored activity, 10. Is found in possession of a knife with a blade length up to and including 5 ½ inches (LISD). 11. Criminal mischief graffiti 12. Make or assist in making threats against a teacher or school district employee. Placement Order: Not later than the second business day after the date a hearing is held under Section , Education Code, the board of trustees for a school district or the board's designee shall deliver a copy of the order placing a student in a DAEP under Section , Education Code, or expelling a student under Section , Education Code, and any information required under Section 5204, Family Code, to the authorized officer of the Juvenile Court in the county in which the student resides. Offenses Occurring Off Campus/Not at School-Related Activities: Additionally, regardless of the date on which the student s conduct occurred, the location at which the conduct occurred; whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the district; or whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition requirements imposed in connection with the conduct, the board of trustees or the board s designee may elect to place a student into the district s Discipline Alternative Education Program if: 1. The student has received deferred prosecution under Section 53.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code, 2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct under Section 54.03, Family Code for conduct defined as a felony offense under Title 5 of the Texas Penal Code, or 3. The Board or the Board s designee determines that the student s presence in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers; will be detrimental to the educational process; or is not in the best interest of the district s students. A principal or other appropriate administrator may, but is not required to, remove a student to a Discipline Alternative Education Program for off campus conduct for which removal is required if the principal or other appropriate administrator does not have knowledge of the conduct before the first anniversary of the date the conduct occurred. 12

30 A decision by the board of trustees or the board's designee is final and may not be appealed. A student placed into the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program after a determination that the student's presence in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers; will be detrimental to the educational process; or is not in the best interest of the district's students may be placed for any period considered necessary by the board or the board's designee. Periodic reviews of placement at intervals not to exceed 120 days will still occur. LEVEL IV Offenses That May Require Expulsions: The following offenses will result in expulsion. These offenses are considered to be more serious than the serious offenses listed in this Code. A campus principal is not prohibited from suspending a student or placing a student in inschool suspension pending a complete investigation of the conduct, which forms the basis for the expulsion. Removal to a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) Conference: When a student is removed from class for a JJAEP offense, 1. The appropriate administrator will schedule a conference within three school days with the Student Hearings Officer, student s parent, the student, and the teacher, 2. The appropriate administrator will inform the Student Hearings Officer, orally or in writing, of the reasons for the removal and will give the student and parents an explanation of the basis for the removal and an opportunity to respond to the reasons for the removal, 3. The District may hold the conference and make a placement decision regardless of whether the student or the student s parents attend the conference. A newly enrolled student with a DAEP placement from a district in another city or state will be placed as any other newly enrolled student if the behavior committed is a reason for DAEP placement in the receiving district. Offenses Requiring Expulsion: (On Campus or School-Related) Mandatory Expulsions A student must be expelled for any of the following offenses if committed on school property or while attending a school sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property: 1. Firearm violation, as defined by federal law, Firearm under federal law includes: a. Any weapon (including a starter gun), which will or is designed to or which may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive b. The frame or receiver of any such weapon. c. Any firearm muffler or firearm weapon d. Any destructive device, such as any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas bomb, or grenade 2. Use, exhibition, or possession of the following, under the Texas Penal Code, a. A firearm as defined by Section (3) Penal Code, b. An illegal knife, as defined by Section (6), Penal Code, or by local policy, such as a knife with a blade over 5 ½ inches; hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown; dagger, including but not limited to, a dirk, stiletto, and poniard; bowie knife; sword; or spear, c. A club, as defined by Section 46.01(1), Penal Code, or, d. Prohibited weapon, as defined by Section 46.05, Penal Code, such as an explosive weapon; a machine gun; a short-barrel firearm; a firearm silencer; a switchblade knife; knuckles; armor piercing ammunition; a chemical dispensing device; or a sip gun, 3. Behavior containing the elements of the following under the Texas Penal Code: a. Aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault or continued sexual abuse of a child under Sec Penal Code, b. Arson, c. Murder, capital murder or criminal attempt to commit murder, d. Indecency with a child, e. Aggravated kidnapping, f. Behavior related to an alcohol or drug offense that could be punishable as a felony (e.g., Rohypnol or cocaine), g. Aggravated robbery, h. Manslaughter, i. Criminally negligent homicide. 4. Engaging in conduct containing the elements of a felony assault against any employee or volunteer of the school district. 13

31 A student may not be expelled solely on the basis of use, exhibition, or possession of a firearm at an approved target range facility while participating in or preparing for a school-sponsored competition when sponsored or supported by Parks and Wildlife Department. (However, subsection (k) does not authorize a student to bring a firearm on school property under any condition). See (k) A student shall also be expelled for engaging in conduct that constitutes retaliation against a school employee or volunteer when combined with one of the above-listed offenses regardless of where the conduct occurs. A student who engages in conduct described in this section may be expelled from school by LISD if the student engages in the conduct on school property of another district in the state of Texas or while attending a school-sponsored or schoolrelated activity of a school in another district in the state of Texas. Placement Order: Not later than the second business day after the date a hearing is held under Section , Education Code, the board of trustees for a school district or the board's designee shall deliver a copy of the order placing a student in a DAEP under Section , Education Code, or expelling a student under Section , Education Code, and any information required under Section 5204, Family Code, to the authorized officer of the Juvenile Court in the county in which the student resides. Offenses Which May Result in Expulsion: Discretionary Expulsions 1. A student may be expelled if the student engages in conduct involving a public school that contains the elements of the offense of false alarm or report under Section 42.06, Penal Code, or terroristic threat under Texas Penal Code Section (This offense is a mandatory DAEP placement or a discretionary expulsion). 2. A student may be expelled if a student commits the following while on or within 300 feet of school property, as measured from any point on the school s real property boundary line, or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property: a. Sells, gives, or delivers to another person, or possesses, uses, or is under the influence of any amount of: i. Marijuana or a controlled substance defined by 481 Health and Safety Code, ii. A dangerous drug as defined by 483 Health and Safety Code, or iii. An alcoholic beverage as defined by Section 1.04 Alcoholic Beverage Code, or b. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of an offense relating to an abusable volatile chemical under Sections through , Health and Safety Code, c. The student, while placed in a Discipline Alternative Education Program for disciplinary reasons, continues to engage in serious or persistent misbehavior that violates this Student Code of Conduct, d. The student assaults an employee or volunteer and the assault results in a bodily injury as defined under Section or Section of the Penal Code, e. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of deadly conduct under Section 22.05, Penal Code, including recklessly engaging in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or knowingly discharging a firearm at, or in the direction of, one or more individuals or a habitation, building or vehicle, f. Except in the case of retaliation against a school employee or volunteer, possesses a firearm, as defined by 18 U.S.C. Section 921, while within 300 feet of school property, as a measured from any point on the school s real property boundary line, g. Except in the case of retaliation against a school employee or volunteer, commits a mandatory expellable offense, while within 300 feet of school property, as measured from any point on the school s real property boundary line, 3. A student who engages in conduct containing the elements of aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, murder, capital murder, criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder of aggravated robbery against another student may be expelled regardless of whether the conduct occurred on or off of school property or while attending a school sponsored or school related activity on or off of school property. 4. Engaging in conduct containing the elements of simple assault, against any employee or volunteer of the school district. Offenses Which May Result in Expulsion (Conduct Unrelated to School): The following offenses may result in expulsion regardless of when or where they occur: 1. Engaging in conduct that constitutes criminal mischief, if such conduct is punishable as a felony, 2. Engaging in conduct containing the elements of simple assault, against any employee or volunteer in retaliation for or as a result of the person s employment or association with the school district. 14

32 SECTION III: CONSEQUENCES OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR General Guidelines for Assessing Discipline Penalties: When imposing discipline, district personnel shall adhere to the following general guidelines: 1. Consideration will be given to self-defense as a factor in a decision to order suspension, removal to a disciplinary alternative education program, or expulsion, 2. Discipline shall be administered when necessary to protect students, school employees, or properly maintain essential order and discipline, and to teach students proper conduct, 3. Students shall be treated fairly and equitably. Discipline shall be based on a careful assessment of the circumstances of each case. Factors to consider shall include: a. Seriousness of the offense, b. Student s age, c. Grade level, d. Disciplinary history, e. Intent or lack of intent, f. Potential effect of the misconduct on the school environment, g. Statutory requirements, h. Student s disabling condition, if any. Because of these factors, discipline for a particular offense (unless otherwise specified by law) may bring into consideration varying techniques and responses. Generally, academic sanctions shall not be used as discipline. However when the disciplinary infraction is academically related, such as cheating or plagiarism, academic sanctions determined by the teacher may be imposed. Policy FO (LOCAL) Discipline Management Techniques Discipline management techniques are always available when assessing penalties for violations of the Code of Conduct, regardless of the offense, except as otherwise required by law. Discipline management techniques may include: 1. Seating changes in the classroom, 2. Counseling by teacher, counselors, special services, or administrative personnel, 3. Parent-teacher conferences, 4. Cooling-off or time-out, 5. Behavioral contracts, 6. Participation in peer conflict resolution proceedings, 7. Assigned school duties other than class tasks, 8. Verbal correction, 9. Withdrawal of privileges, including, but not limited to, participation in extracurricular activities or eligibility for seeking or holding honorary positions, 10. Withdrawal of all paging device/cellular phone privileges on school property or while attending a schoolsponsored or school-related activity on or off school property, 11. Sending the student to the office or other assigned areas, 12. Detention [Policy FO (LOCAL)], 13. In-school suspension, 14. School-defined and imposed probation, 15. Rewards/Demerits/Incentives, 16. Confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process, 17. Grade reductions as permitted by Board Policies, 18. Removal to a Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP), 19. Withdrawing or restricting bus privileges Transportation privileges may be taken away from a student with disabilities only if transportation is not determined to be necessary as a related service or modification by the ARD or Section 504 Committee. A change in transportation services for a student with a disability for whom transportation is a related service requires ARD Committee action; a change in transportation services for Section 504 students requires Section 504 committee action. 20. Boot Camp 21. Parent Shadow 22. Expulsion. 15

33 Physical Restraint: Any district employee may, within the scope of the employee s duties, use and apply physical restraint to a student that the employee reasonably believes is necessary in order to: [TEC ] 1. Protect a person, including the person using physical restraint, from physical injury, 2. Obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object, 3. Prevent a student from fleeing, 4. Protect property from serious damage, 5. Remove from a specific location a student refusing a lawful command of a school employee, including from a classroom or other school property, in order to restore order or impose disciplinary measures, 6. Restrain an irrational student. Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Serious Offenses: This section includes two categories of serious offenses for which the Education Code provides unique procedures and specific consequences. Upon receiving notification in accordance with state law that a student is currently required to register as a sex offender, the administration must remove the student from the regular classroom and determine appropriate placement unless the court orders JJAEP placement. If the student is under any form of court supervision, including probation, community supervision, or parole, the placement will be in either DAEP or JJAEP for at least one semester. If the student is not under any form of court supervision, the placement may be in DAEP or JJAEP for one semester or the placement may be in a regular classroom. The placement may not be in the regular classroom if the board or its designee determines that the student s presence: 1. Threatens the safety of other students or teachers, 2. Will be detrimental to the educational process, or 3. Is not in the best interests of the district s students. At the end of the first semester of a student s placement in an alternative educational setting and before the beginning of each school year for which the student remains in an alternative placement, the district shall convene a committee, in accordance with state law, to review the student s placement. The committee will recommend whether the student should return to the regular classroom or remain in the placement. Absent a special finding, the board or its designee must follow the committee s recommendation. Discipline and Students with Disabilities: A student with disabilities may be ordered to an appropriate interim alternative education setting, another setting, or suspension for not more than 10 school days (to the extent such alternatives would be applied to students without disabilities). School personnel may consider any unique circumstance on a case-by-case basis when determining whether to order a change in placement for a student with a disability. Within 10 school days of a consideration to change the placement, the ARD committee must determine whether the behavior of the student is a manifestation of the student s disability. When making a manifestation determination, the ARD committee shall review all the relevant information in the student s file, including the student s IEP, any teacher observation, and any relevant information provided by the parents. The placement review of a student with a disability who receives special education services must be made by the ARD committee. If a student enrolls in the district during a mandatory placement as a registered sex offender, the district may count any time already spent by the student in a placement or may require an additional semester in an alternative placement without conducting a review of the placement. A student or the student s parent may review the placement by requesting a conference between the board or its designee, the student, and the student s parent. The conference is limited to the factual question of whether the student is required to register as a sex offender. Any decision of the board or its designee under this section is final and may not be appealed. Regardless of whether placement or expulsion is required or permitted by one of the reasons in the DAEP Placement or Expulsion sections, in accordance with Education Code , a student may be expelled and placed in either DAEP or 16

34 JJAEP if the board or its designee makes certain findings and the following circumstances exist in relation to a felony offense under Title 5 of the Texas Penal Code. The student must: Have received deferred prosecution for conduct defined as a Title 5 felony offense, Have been found by a court or jury to have engaged in delinquent conduct for conduct defined as a Title 5 felony offense, Have been charged with engaging in conduct defined as a Title 5 felony offense, Have been referred to a juvenile court for allegedly engaging in delinquent conduct defined as a Title 5 felony offense, or Have received probation or deferred adjudication or have been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a Title 5 felony offense. The district may expel the student and order placement under these circumstances regardless of: 1. The date on which the student s conduct occurred, 2. The location at which the conduct occurred, 3. Whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the district, or 4. Whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition requirements imposed in connection with the conduct. The student must first have a hearing before the board or its designee, who must determine that in addition to the circumstances above that allow for the expulsion, the student s presence in the regular classroom: 1. Threatens the safety of other students or teachers, 2. Will be detrimental to the educational process, or 3. Is not in the best interest of the district s students. Any decision of the board or the board s designee under this section is final and may not be appealed. The student is subject to the placement until: 1. The student graduates from high school, 2. The charges are dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor offense, or 3. The student completes the term of the placement or is assigned to another program, A student who enrolls in the district before completing a placement under this section from another school district must complete the term of the placement. Please note: Parental questions or complaints regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the teacher or campus administration as appropriate and in accordance with policy FNG (LOCAL). A copy of this policy may be obtained from the principal s office. Consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of a grievance. Detention: For infractions of the Code of Conduct or other polices and regulations, teachers may detain students after school hours. Before assigning students to detention, the teacher shall inform the student of the conduct that allegedly constitutes the violation, and the student shall be given an opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident. When detention is used, notice shall first be given to the student s parent or legal guardian to inform the parent of the reason for the detention and permit arrangements for the necessary transportation of the student. Except in the case of a student who is 18 or older, the detention shall not begin until the parent has been notified. The student s parent or guardian, if the student is a minor, may be required to provide transportation when the student has been assigned to detention. Policy FO (LOCAL) LEVEL I Teacher Directed Discipline: The classroom teacher shall successfully manage most student misbehaviors. There must be immediate and consistent teacher interventions for any behavior, which impedes the orderly operation of the classroom. Dress Code violations must be dealt with immediately. A Student Discipline Action Form must be completed when sending student to administrator. Administrators or designee may request copies of student violations from teachers for review. 17

35 Teacher Removals: 1. A teacher may send a student to the Principal s office to maintain effective discipline in the classroom. The Principal shall respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniques consistent with this Student Code of Conduct adopted under Education Code, Section A teacher may remove from class a student: a. Who has been documented by the teacher to repeatedly interfere with the teacher s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student s classmates to learn, or b. Whose behavior the teacher determines is so unruly, disruptive or abusive that it seriously interferes with the teacher s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student s classmates to learn, 3. If a teacher removes a student from class under subsection (b), the principal may place the student into another appropriate classroom, in in-school suspension, or in a discipline alternative education program as provided by Section The principal may not return the student to that teacher s class without the teacher s consent unless the Committee established under Section determines that such placement is the best or only alternative available. The terms of the removal may prohibit the student from attending or participating in school-sponsored or school-related activities. 4. A teacher shall remove from class and send to the principal for placement in a discipline alternative education program or for expulsion, as appropriate, a student who engages in conduct described under Section or The student may not be returned to that teacher s class without the teacher s consent unless the Committee established under Section determines that such placement is the best or only alternative available. [TEC ] LEVEL II Administrator Directed Discipline: Some infractions or frequent infractions will result in a referral to an administrator. The disciplinary actions will depend on the offense, previous infractions, and the seriousness of the misbehavior. Included are those acts that interfere with the orderly educational process in the classroom and/or the school. A teacher and/or staff member who observes a serious offense violation of the Student Code of Conduct must complete a Student Discipline Action Form. Each Special Education and Section 504 student is expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct unless specified differently in an Individual Education Plan (IEP)/Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) and/or Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP)/BIP as appropriate and shall address the student s specialized needs on discipline, including which of the discipline management techniques can appropriately be used with the student. Senate Bill 1196, enacted by the 77 th Texas Legislature, establishes requirements for students enrolled in special education programs related to the use of confinement, restraint, seclusion, and time-out. Credit during Disciplinary Process: Students shall receive full credit for assignments completed in a Discipline Alternative Education Program, including inschool suspension. Students suspended from school are entitled to make up assignments or tests, regardless of the reason for the suspension. Teachers are to inform students of the time allotted for completion of the work. Students are responsible for obtaining the assignments and completing the work within the time allotted, and students are allowed to make up both class work and homework. Students who are placed in the District's in-school suspension or disciplinary alternative education program will be offered an opportunity to complete coursework before the beginning of the next school year. Available methods to complete coursework included, but are not limited to, correspondence courses, distance learning, or summer school. Students with disabilities will receive educational services during expulsion as determined by the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) or 504 Committee. Suspensions: Students may be suspended from school for a period not to exceed three school days for engaging in Serious Offenses. Additionally, students may be suspended pending DAEP placement or expulsion. [TEC ] A principal or other appropriate administrator may suspend a student prior to (but not in lieu of) placement in a Discipline Alternative Education Program or prior to (but not in lieu of) expulsion, where a student s conduct requires such placement or expulsion. Before suspending a student, the principal or designee shall follow the student s IEP/IAP and/or BIP, if in existence, and consider reasonable alternatives, including appropriate discipline management techniques. 18

36 After the third time a student has been suspended, the student may appeal the suspension to the Superintendent or the Superintendent s designee, who shall have the opportunity to speak to the individuals involved in the incident, which forms the basis for the suspension. Any decision by the Superintendent or Superintendent s designee is final and may not be appealed. In-School Suspensions: Students may be placed in in-school suspension for engaging in any Minor Offenses or Serious Offenses. Additionally, students may be placed in in-school suspension, pending DAEP placement or expulsion. Off-Campus or Out of School Suspensions: Students may not be suspended at home for Level I (Minor) Offenses. For Level II and above offenses, students may be suspended for a maximum of 3 school days at a time. The student who is suspended is not allowed on the home campus or any other school campus or at any school related activity, including but limited to, in-town or out of town, District games or events, during the period of suspension. If a student violates the prohibition on District property, the student can be charged with illegal trespass, a Class C misdemeanor. [TEC ] Students receiving Special Education services may be subject to In-School and/or Off-Campus short term suspensions for up to 10 school days (maximum of 3 school days at a time) without ARD committee action. Before the 10 th day of removal, an ARD committee shall convene to determine services to be provided such that the student can progress in the general education curriculum and on his/her IEP goals and objectives. The ARD committee shall also determine if the pattern of removals (length of each removal, total time removed, and proximity of removals to each other) constitutes a long-term change of placement and, if so, shall conduct a manifestation determination review, (MDR); review and modify, if necessary any existing Behavior Improvement Plan (BIP), conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and develop a BIP if none exist. For each subsequent suspension, the ARD committee shall again convene, review the pattern of removals, determine if removals constitute a long-term change of placement, conduct a manifestation determination review (MDR) and FBA if needed and review the existing BIP. Notification to Parents: The principal or appropriate administrator will notify a student s parent by phone or in writing of any violation that may result in a suspension, placement in a DAEP or expulsion. The notification will be made within three (3) school days after the administrator becomes aware of the violation. Review/Appeal: Questions or complaints from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the teacher or campus administration as appropriate, and in accordance with FNG (LOCAL). (See Student Handbook for appeals). Appeals are not required to delay a consequence while a parent pursues a Review/Appeal. Review Proceedings: Regardless of the duration of the student s placement, the student or the student s parent or guardian is entitled to participate in a proceeding before the District s Hearing Officer. A student s parent or guardian, who wishes to review the removal of the student to a disciplinary alternative education program, may do so by requesting a review proceedings hearing to the Hearing Officer. The request to review the student s placement at the district disciplinary alternative education program (F. S. Lara Academy) must be made in writing and received by the Hearings Officer within five (5) work days from the date of the Due Process Conference. Prior to the review proceedings hearing being scheduled, the student must be enrolled and attending a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (F. S. Lara Academy) or enrolled and attending another educational institution. Disciplinary consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of a review proceeding. The decision of the hearing officer is final and may not be appealed. The Hearing Officer is the only person who shall make a tape recording of the Review Hearing Proceedings. Appeals: Regardless of the duration of the student s expulsion, the student or the student s parent or guardian is entitled to participate in a proceeding before the LISD Board of Trustees. A student s parent or guardian who wishes to appeal the removal of the student to the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP), may do so by requesting an appeal hearing to the LISD Board of Trustees through the Hearing Officer. The request to appeal the student s expulsion to Webb County s Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) must be made in writing and received by the Hearings Officer within five (5) work days from the date of the Due Process Conference. Prior to the appeal hearing being scheduled, the student must be enrolled and attending the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) or enrolled and attending another educational institution. Disciplinary consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of an appeal. The decision of the Board of Trustees is final and may not be appealed. 19

37 Campus Placement Review Committee [37.003]: Each campus will establish a three-member committee composed of two teachers chosen by the faculty and one member chosen by the principal. In addition, there will be one alternative member chosen by the faculty. The purpose of this committee is to determine placement of a student when a teacher refuses the return of a student to the teacher s class and to make recommendations to the district regarding re-admission of expelled students. Student Discipline Action Form: A teacher with knowledge that a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct shall file with the school principal or the other appropriate administrator a written report, referred to as the Student Discipline Action Form, not to exceed one page, documenting the violation. The Principal or other appropriate administrator shall, not later than 24 hours after receipt of a report from a teacher, send a copy of the discipline referral to the student s parents or guardians. Conference and Review Procedures for Students Removed from Class: 1. Not later than the third class day after the day in which the student is moved from the class by the teacher under Section (b) or (d), or by the principal or other appropriate administrator under Section (a) (2), Section , the principal or other appropriate administrator shall schedule a conference among the principal or other appropriate administrator, a parent or guardian of the student, the teacher removing the student from class, if any, and the student. 2. At the conference, the student is entitled to written or oral notice of the reasons for the removal, an explanation of the basis for the removal, and an opportunity to respond to the reasons for the removal. The student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the conference. 3. Following the conference, and whether or not all requested parties are in attendance after valid attempts to require their attendance, the principal shall order the placement of the student as provided by Sections or , as applicable, for a period consistent with the Student Code of Conduct. [TEC ] If the period of the placement is inconsistent with the guidelines included in the student code of conduct regarding how the length of placement will be determined, the order will give notice of this inconsistency. 4. Students with disabilities may not be removed in violation of specific IEP/IAP provisions or for more that ten days without ARD/504 Committee approval. 5. The principal may not return the student to the classroom of the teacher who removed the student without the teacher s consent unless the Placement Review Committee determines that such placement is the best or only alternative available. Review Committee (DAEP & JJAEP): At the end of the first semester of a student s placement in an alternative educational setting and before the beginning of each school year for which the student remains in an alternative placement, the district shall convene a committee, in accordance with state law, to review the student s placement. The committee will recommend whether the student should return to the regular classroom or remain in the placement. Absent a special finding the board or its designee must follow the committee s recommendation. A. Discipline Alternative Education Programs: The District shall provide for the continuing education of students placed in a Discipline Alternative Education Program, which may include: 1. Transfer to a different campus, 2. Transfer to a school-community guidance center, 3. Transfer to a community-based alternative school, 4. Transfer to an off-campus Discipline Alternative Education Programs. The terms of a placement under this section shall prohibit the student from attending or participating in school-sponsored or school-related activities, including, but not limited to, extracurricular activities. [TEC ] Elementary students assigned to a Discipline Alternative Education Program must be separated from secondary students assigned to a Discipline Alternative Education Program. Students younger than six years of age shall only be placed in a disciplinary alternative education program in the event that the student brings a firearm, as defined by 18 U.S.C. 921, to school. If during the term of a placement in a disciplinary alternative education program a student engages in additional conduct for which placement in a disciplinary alternative education program or expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may be conducted regarding that conduct and the principal or the designee board, as appropriate, may enter an additional order as a result of those proceedings. 20

38 Transfer or Withdrawal from a Discipline Alternative Education Program: If a student transfers into LISD from another district or school in which the student was placed in a discipline alternative education program, LISD shall continue the discipline alternative education program placement under the terms of the order provided by the sending district or school. Students who transfer out of LISD to another public or private institution, including students who withdraw from LISD for the purpose of home schooling, and students who do not attend the discipline alternative education program for the duration of the placement for any reason (other than reasons which constitute an excused absence under LISD policy), shall be required, upon return to LISD, to complete the number of days missed in the discipline alternative education program before being allowed to return to the regular campus. If the principal or board of the district in which the student was formerly enrolled fails to enter an order after the student withdraws, LISD may complete the proceedings and enter an order. Any period of the placement that has been served by the student on enrollment in another district that honors the order will be credited toward their placement. Placement of Students with Disabilities: 1. A student with disabilities may be ordered to an appropriate interim alternative education setting, another setting, or suspension for not more than 10 school days (to the extent such alternatives would be applied to students without disabilities). 2. Within 10 school days of any decision to change the placement, the ARD committee must determine whether the behavior of the student is a manifestation of the student s disability. A student with a disability being served in Special Education or Section 504 may be placed in a DAEP for engaging in conduct that would warrant such action for a student without such disabilities only if the ARD Committee determines the misconduct is not directly and substantially related to the student s disabling condition or the direct result of inappropriate placement or services unless the behavior involves drugs, weapons or serious bodily injury. [TEC ] The ARD Committee shall determine the appropriate alternative placement and instructional and related services to be provided during the time of placement. The student s IEP shall include goals and objectives designed to assist in returning the student to school, permit progress on the general curriculum and IEP goals, and address the target behavior resulting in DAEP placement. If the ARD Committee determines that the student s disruptive behavior is directly and substantially related to the disabling condition or the direct result of inappropriate placement, the student shall not be placed in a DAEP (except when the violation involves drugs, weapons or serious bodily injury). If the disruptive behavior on the part of the student indicates the behavior occurred as a direct result of an inappropriate placement, the ARD Committee shall review the placement and recommend alternatives. If the ARD Committee determines that the behavior was directly and substantially related to the disabling condition, it shall review any existing BIPs and modify if necessary or if a BIP is not currently in existence, the ARD committee shall conduct a functional behavioral assessment and develop a BIP to address the behavior that resulted in the change of placement consideration. A student with a disability who receives Special Education or Section 504 services may not be placed in Discipline Alternative Education Programs solely for educational purposes if the student has not also committed one of the offenses warranting placement in the Discipline Alternative Education Program. A student who is disabled according to Section 504 shall not be placed in a DAEP unless the District first determines that the misbehavior is not a manifestation of the student s disabling condition (except when the violation involves drugs, weapons or serious bodily injury). That determination may be made by the same group of people who make placement decisions. The group must have available evaluation data that is recent enough to afford an understanding of the student s current behavior. The 504 Committee should consider whether the student s behavior warrants new evaluation data. The 504 Committee may adjourn to obtain the new data. At a minimum, the 504 Committee shall include persons knowledgeable about the student and the meaning of the evaluation data. Emergency Placement in Discipline Alternative Education Program: The principal or the principal s designee may order the immediate placement of a student in the Discipline Alternative Education Program if the principal or the principal s designee reasonably believes the student s behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it seriously interferes with a teacher s ability to communicate effectively with the students in a class, with the ability of the student s classmates to learn, or with the operation of school or a school-sponsored activity. At the time of the emergency placement, the student shall be given oral notice of the reason for the action. The reason must be a reason for which placement in a disciplinary alternative education program may be made on a non-emergency 21

39 basis. Within a reasonable time after the emergency placement, but not later than the 10th day after the date of the placement, the student shall be accorded the appropriate due process. If the student subject to the emergency placement is a student with disabilities who receives 504 or Special Education services, the term of the student s emergency placement is subject to the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)/Section 504 and their accompanying regulations. [TEC ] Duration of Placement in Discipline Alternative Education Program: The duration of a student s placement will be determined on a case-by-case basis. DAEP placement will be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student s age and grade level, the frequency of misconduct, the student s attitude, and statutory requirements. The maximum period of DAEP placement shall be one calendar year except as provided below. Placement in a DAEP may exceed one year when a review by the district determines that: 1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or to district employees, or 2. Extended placement is in the best interest of the student. Students must be in attendance at F.S. Lara Academy for the total number of days placed before they will be returned to the home campus. If F.S. Lara is full to capacity, a determination will be made on a case by case basis before returning students to their home campus. Review Hearings: District Hearing Officer will hold review hearings to ensure due process. To promote good behavior, F.S. Lara Academy administrators will have the ability to add days for students who do not follow rules and guidelines while assigned to DAEP. High Schools First Offense Subsequent Offense(s) All Mandatory Offenses 45 days 90 days All Discretionary Offenses 22 days 45 days Middle Schools First Offense Subsequent Offense(s) All Mandatory Offenses 30 days 45 days All Discretionary Offenses 15 days 45 days Elementary Schools First Offense Subsequent Offense(s) All Mandatory Offenses 15 days 30 days All Discretionary Offenses 7 days 15 days The statutory limitations on the length of a DAEP placement do not apply to a placement resulting from the board s decision to place a student who engaged in the sexual assault of another student so that the students are not assigned to the same campus. Regardless of the duration of the student s placement (actual days present), the student or the student s parent or guardian is entitled to participate in a proceeding before the District s Hearing Officer. Any decision of the District s Hearing Officer is final and may not be appealed. If the period of the placement is inconsistent with the guidelines included in the student code of conduct regarding how the length of the placement will be determined, the order must give notice to the inconsistency. Review of Student Status in Discipline Alternative Education Program (for Students Placed in a Discipline Alternative Education Program for 120 Days or More): A student placed in a DAEP shall be provided a review of the student s status, including a review of the student s academic status, by the Board s designee at intervals not to exceed 120 days. In the case of a high school student, the Board s designee, with the student s parent or guardian, shall review the student s progress towards meeting high school graduation requirements and shall establish a specific graduation plan for the student. Graduating Seniors in Discipline Alternative Education Programs: When a student is placed in the DAEP during the 12 th grade, LISD shall allow that student to participate in graduation ceremonies, provided that all prerequisites for graduation are met and provided that the student has successfully completed all of the days that the student was assigned to the DAEP. If the student in question has unexcused absences or has not completed his/her days in the DAEP for any other reason, such as withdrawal or transfer to another school district, the student may not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies. 22

40 B. Expulsion: Duration of Expulsion The duration of a student s expulsion will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Expulsions will be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student s age and grade level, the frequency of misconduct and statutory requirements. The maximum period of expulsion days shall be one calendar year except as provided below. The length of expulsion will be made in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Laredo Independent School District. Expulsion to a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) may exceed one year when a review by the district determines that: 1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or to district employees, or 2. Extended expulsion is in the best interest of the student. a. Students must be in attendance at the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) for the total number of days placed before they will be returned to the home campus. b. Appeal Hearings: The L.I.S.D. Board of Trustees will hold appeal hearings when requested by parents. c. The only way a student can return to their home campus before completion of assigned days to JJAEP will be if charges are dropped by the County Attorney s or District Attorney s office. All Mandatory Offenses All Discretionary Offenses All Schools First & Subsequent Offenses days days Expulsion of Students under Ten Years of Age: Students younger than ten who commit expellable offenses shall be provided a disciplinary alternative education program under the terms set forth under TEC that: 1. Is provided in a setting other than a student s regular classroom, 2. Is located on or off a regular school campus. 3. Provides for the students who are assigned to the disciplinary alternative education program to be separated from students who are not assigned to the program. Expulsion of Students Under Six Years of Age: Students under age six shall not be expelled or placed in a Discipline Alternative Education setting with the exception of a student under the age of six years old who brings a firearm, as defined by 18 U.S.C. 921, to school. In such a case, the student will be expelled under the terms set forth under TEC (e) and shall be provided educational services in a disciplinary alternative education program. Firearm Violations: State and federal law require a student to be expelled from the regular classroom for a period of at least one calendar year for bringing a firearm, as defined by federal law, to school. However, the Superintendent or other appropriate administrator may modify the length of the expulsion on a case-by-case basis. The District shall provide educational services to an expelled student in an Alternative Education Program if the student is younger than ten years of age on the date of expulsion. The District may provide services to an expelled student who is older than ten years of age in a Discipline Alternative Education Program. Activity Restrictions for Expelled Students: Students who are expelled shall not participate in school-sponsored or school-related activities during the period of expulsion. If, during the term of an expulsion order, a student engages in additional conduct for which placement in a disciplinary alternative education program or expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may be conducted regarding that conduct and the principal or board, as appropriate, may enter an additional order as a result of those proceedings. Graduating Seniors in the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program: When a student is expelled during the 12 th grade, LISD shall allow that student to participate in graduation ceremonies, provided that all prerequisites for graduation are met and provided that the student has successfully completed all the days that the student was expelled. If the student in question has unexcused absences or has not completed his/her days in the JJAEP for any other reason, such as withdrawal or transfer to another school district, the student may not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies. Any decision concerning participation in graduation ceremonies shall be made by the student s home campus principal. 23

41 Expelled Transfer Students: If an expelled student from another district or school enrolls in LISD, the governing body of the district or school taking the disciplinary action shall provide LISD or the school in which the student enrolls, at the same time other student records are provided a copy of the expulsion order. Any period of the expulsion that has been served by the student on enrollment in another district that honors LISD's expulsion order will be credited toward the expulsion. If the principal or board of the district in which the student was formerly enrolled fails to enter an order after the student withdraws, LISD may complete the proceedings and enter an order. LISD may continue the expulsion order of a school district in another state if the out-of-state district provides LISD a copy of the expulsion order and the grounds for the expulsion are also grounds for expulsion in LISD. If the period of expulsion by the out-of-state district exceeds one year, and LISD continues the expulsion, LISD will reduce the period of expulsion so that the aggregate period does not exceed one year unless, after a review, LISD determines that: 1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or to district employees, or 2. Extended placement in the best interest of the student. Emergency Expulsions: A principal or the principal s designee may order the immediate expulsion of a student if the principal or the principal s designee reasonably believes that action is necessary to protect persons or property from imminent harm. At the time of the emergency expulsion, the student shall be given oral notice of the reason for that action. The reason must be a reason for which expulsion may be made on a non-emergency basis. Within a reasonable time after the emergency expulsion, but not later than the 10 th day after the date of the expulsion, the student shall be accorded the appropriate due process. If the student subject to the emergency expulsion is a student with disabilities who receives Special Education services or 504, the term of the emergency expulsion is subject to the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)/Section 504 and their accompanying regulations. Expulsion of Special Education Students: A student with a disability being served in Special Education or Section 504 may be expelled for engaging in conduct that would warrant such action for a student without such disabilities only if the ARD Committee determines the misconduct is not directly and substantially related to the student s disabling condition or the direct result of inappropriate placement unless the behavior involves drugs, weapons or serious bodily injury. Representation during the Expulsion Hearing (All Students): At an expulsion hearing, the student may be represented by the student's parent or guardian or another adult who can provide guidance to the student. The student and student's representative shall be notified in writing of the date, time, and place of the expulsion hearing at least 72 hours prior to the hearing. The hearing shall be held within seven school days from the date of the offense. The date of the hearing may be deferred beyond the seven days only by the mutual consent of the student's parent or guardian and the District's representative. If the student has been removed under the emergency expulsion provision prior to assignment to home-based instruction pending the expulsion hearing, the District shall obtain the parent's written agreement if the student will be excluded from the school setting for more than ten consecutive school days before the hearing is conducted. If the parent's agreement cannot be obtained, the District shall return the student to school for more than ten consecutive days without an opportunity for a due process hearing. Due Process: Before a student is expelled, the Board or its designee shall provide the student an opportunity for a hearing at which the student is afforded due process, which shall include the following: 1. Prior notice of the charges and the proposed sanctions so as to afford a reasonable opportunity for preparation, 2. Right to a full and fair hearing before the Board or its designee, 3. Right to an adult representative or legal counsel, 4. Opportunity to testify and present evidence and witnesses in his or her defense, 5. Opportunity to examine the evidence presented by the school administration and question the administration's witnesses. If the school district makes a good faith effort to inform the student and the student's parents or guardian of the time and place of the hearing, the District may hold the hearing, regardless of whether the student, the student's parent or guardian, or another adult representing the student attends. 24

42 The notice shall be in writing and shall advise of the nature of the evidence to be used against the student. The decision shall be based exclusively on evidence presented at the hearing. The final decision shall be communicated promptly to the student and parent. A student who wishes to appeal the decision made at the hearing may do so by appealing to the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee. The decision of the Superintendent or Superintendent's designee may be appealed to the Board. If an appeal to the Board is initiated, a tape recording or transcript of the preceding shall be made for the Board's review. [TEC ] Placement in a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP): Students who are expelled are referred for enrollment in the Webb County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program. For more information, please contact the District Hearing Officer at (956) SECTION IV: SEARCHES, QUESTIONING OF STUDENTS AND POLICE INTERVENTION Searches: Use of Metal Detectors: The district will employ the use of walk-through and hand-held metal detectors in an effort to promote a safe environment for all students. Particular classrooms of students may be randomly selected to pass through the walk-through metal detectors. Any evidence of a student s possession of a weapon obtained through the use of metal detectors may be used in disciplinary proceedings against the student. Students who fail to cooperate with school personnel performing their duties in the use of metal detectors may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. In accordance with policy FNF (LOCAL), the District hereby notifies parents and students that: 1. Lockers may be sniffed by trained dogs at any time, 2. Classrooms and other common areas may be sniffed by trained dogs at any time when students are not present, 3. If contraband of any kind is found, the possessing student shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Please refer to policy FNF (LOCAL) for additional details of the District s use of trained dogs. School officials may search a student's outer clothing, pockets, or property by establishing reasonable suspicion or securing the student's voluntary consent. Areas, such as lockers, which are owned by the District and jointly controlled by the District and student, may be searched, and school administrators may routinely conduct blanket locker searches. Students shall not place, keep or maintain any article or material in school-owned lockers that is forbidden by District policy or that would lead school officials to reasonably believe that it would cause a substantial disruption on school property or at a school-sponsored function. Students are responsible for any and all prohibited items found in their possession, in their lockers, or in vehicles parked on school property, and shall be subject to appropriate school disciplinary action in accordance with this Student Code of Conduct and/or prosecution. Random Drug Searches/Drug Detection Dogs: In order to ensure a drug-free learning environment, the District may conduct random drug searches of the school facilities. During these random drug searches, lockers, hallways, classrooms, ground vehicles, etc. are subject to drug checks by trained dogs at any time. If a dog alerts to a locker, a vehicle, or any item in a classroom, or a common area, this areas may be searched by school officials. Trained dogs sniffing of cars does not constitute a search under the Fourth Amendment. The alert of a trained dog to a locker or car provides reasonable cause for a search of the locker or car. The district has the right to search a vehicle driven to school by a student and parked on school property whenever there is a reasonable cause to believe it contains articles or materials prohibited by the district. Such visits to schools shall be unannounced. The dogs shall be used to sniff vacant classrooms, vacant common areas, the areas around student lockers, and the areas around vehicles parked on school property. The dogs shall not be used with students. If a dog alerts to a locker, a vehicle, or an item in a classroom, it may be searched by school officials. Searches of vehicles shall be conducted as described above. [See FNF (Local) FNF (Legal)] 25

43 Questioning of Students: When a representative of the Department of Family and Protective Services or another lawful authority desires to question or interview a student as part of a child abuse investigation, the principal shall cooperate fully with the official s requests regarding the conditions of the interview or questioning. Policy GRA (Local) When law enforcement officers or other lawful authorities desire to question or interview a student at school for any purpose other than a child abuse investigation, the following guidelines shall apply: The principal shall verify and record the identity of the officer or other authority and request an explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school, 1. The principal ordinarily shall make reasonable efforts to notify the student s parents or other person having lawful control of the student. If the interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection to the notification, parents shall not be notified, 2. The principal or a designee ordinarily shall be present during the questioning or interview. If the interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection to a third party s presence, the interview shall be conducted without that person s presence. GRA (Local) Students are expected to cooperate with administrative staff in the investigation of disciplinary cases and to volunteer information within the students' knowledge relating to violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Administrators, teachers, and other professional personnel have the right to question students regarding their conduct or the conduct of others. Students may be requested to submit a written statement describing the knowledge of an incident. Questioning of Students or Taking Students into Custody: Before a student at school is arrested or taken into custody by a law enforcement officer or other legally authorized person, the principal shall verify the official s identity. To the best of his or her ability, the principal shall verify the official s authority to take custody of the student {see GRA Local}, and then shall deliver over the student. The principal shall immediately notify the Superintendent and ordinarily shall notify the parents or other person having lawful control of the student. If the officer or other authorized person rises what the principal considers to be a valid objection to notifying the parents at that time, the principal shall not notify the parents. Policy GRA (Local) Law enforcement officers or other lawful authorities have the authority to question or interview a student at school. Law enforcement officers also have the authority to arrest or take a student into custody at school. (Board Polices FNF (LEGAL) and FNF (LOCAL). Police Department: LISD has its own police force. The officers work closely with the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Constable s Office and the Webb County Sheriff s Office to assist at all LISD campuses and school-related functions. They will investigate acts of vandalism, burglary, disruption, or any act that would be considered a violation of the law or harmful to LISD schools, staff or students. The LISD police officers are commissioned by the state of Texas and have authority to arrest violators of the law, both on and off campuses. They may also issue citations for violations of the Penal Code. When a student is arrested or receives a citation, that student may be required to appear in court and may receive other consequences imposed by the legal system as a result of these events. Any person wishing to contact the LISD Police Department during the day may call Fight Back Against Crime in Your School. Students can report illegal activities to LISD Campus Crime Stoppers at All reports are anonymous. Alert! If you "find" or "see" a weapon or drug --- DO NOT PICK "IT" UP! You should make a report immediately to a teacher, administrator, security guard or police officer! A student that makes a report on drugs or weapons to district staff will not be prosecuted under the Student Code of Conduct. Laredo I.S.D. Campus Crime Stoppers Chief of Police, District Coordinator Our mission is to provide students with the opportunity to give information anonymously, by phone, text message or website about crimes on or near school grounds, in order to help administrators and law enforcement agencies provide a 26

44 safer learning environment. An adult club sponsor at each high school and middle school may also take anonymous tips from assigned elementary school (see chart below). The program pays rewards of up to $ for tips that prevent planned crimes or tips that solve crimes. A student board of directors makes reward flyers, radio and television Public Service Announcements, helps raise funds, and decides a reward amount for each tip at the school where the offense occurred. Procedures 1. A student reports a tip by calling or texting to the school Crime Stoppers Hotline phone number or website. 2. The Tipster is given a code word and number and instructed to call back within five days. 3. The adult club sponsor or coordinator takes all tip information relating to a crime to the LISD Police Department or another appropriate law enforcement agency and then to the school administrators. Tip information dealing with school policies and rules goes directly to the school administrators. 4. After the investigation, the sponsor picks up a report from the administrator or the police and prepares a Campus Offense Report which is presented to the student board of directors who vote on the amount of the reward to be paid to the tipster. 5. A reward check is prepared by the District coordinator who delivers the checks to the specified bank drive through lanes. 6. When the tipster calls the adult club sponsor back and gives the correct code word and number assigned, the sponsor tells the tipster to which bank to go for the reward and after what day it will be there. 7. The tipster does not have to provide identification or sign the reward check. The tipster just gives his/her code word and number at the drive through bank lane in order to get his/her reward money. CRIME STOPPERS Coordinator Cigarroa Cigarroa Vidal M. Martin Christen Memorial F. S. Lara Lamar Nixon High Middle Treviño High Middle Middle Academy Middle High Daiches Ligarde Dovalina Leyendecker Bruni J.C. Martin C.L. Milton D.D. Hachar M.S. Ryan Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Kawas Zachry Macdonell Sta. María Farias Gallego A. Pierce Heights K. Tarver Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Elementary Sto. Niño Early Valdez Sanchez/ Elementary College High School Ochoa High Elementary School 27

45 SECTION V: TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION Misuse of Computer Equipment, Systems and Networks: All district policies and procedures for acceptable use of computer and networks are intended to make the district s equipment, applications/programs and the system network more efficient, accessible and reliable for all users. They are also intended to minimize the burden of administering the networks, so that more time can be spent enhancing services. Any occurrences of misuse of computers and/or networks are referred to the student s school administration. All technology equipment shall be used under the supervision of the site administrator for school-district-related projects as assigned. Use of the computer to access telecommunications resources is a privilege and not a right. Violations of the policies and procedures of Laredo Independent School District concerning the use of computers and networks will result in disciplinary action in the same manner as other Code of Conduct violations. Student use of computers and networks and any personal technology device brought to school for educational purposes is conditional based upon a completed and signed Parent Permission/Student Agreement for Acceptable Use form. Electronic transmissions and other use of the LISD system by students shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated district staff to ensure the use of the system for appropriate educational purposes only. Students will be held accountable for their actions and will lose computer privileges if they inappropriately use district computer equipment, systems, or networks. This accountability will also apply to any personal technology device brought to school for educational purposes. The following actions and activities are considered inappropriate use: 1. Anonymous Activity - You may not impersonate other individuals in electronic communication. 2. Communication Tampering - It is unethical and may be criminal to attempt to monitor other people s communications without their permission. Users shall not erase, rename, or make unusable anyone else s computer files, programs or other media storage devices. 3. Copying and Copyright Violation - For information on which the individual or the district does not hold the copyright, written permission from the copyright holder is required prior to duplication. Academic dishonesty or plagiarism in a student assignment is unethical. Suspected occurrences are referred to the student s school administration. 4. Harassment - Electronic system usage or information that is perceived by its recipient as sexual harassment as defined by district policy may be considered a violation. Users shall not deliberately access or create any obscene or sexually related materials. The display of offensive material in any publicly accessible area is likely to violate district harassment policy. Public display includes publicly accessible computer screens and printers. 5. Cyber Bullying - The use of information technology, including , instant messaging, blogs, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, and gaming systems to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate others is not allowed. Unlike physical bullying, where the victim can walk away, technology now allows for continuous harassment, from any distance, in a variety of ways. Users shall not use any type of technology to harass, threaten or intimidate. If student receives inappropriate s or messages, do not erase until it has been shown to teacher. 6. Illegal Activity - You should not use electronic systems in the course of any illegal activity. Users shall not use a computer for unlawful purposes, such as the illegal copying or installation of software. 7. Inappropriate Materials or Language - Users shall not deliberately use the computer to annoy or harass others with language, images, or threats. No profane, abusive or impolite language, should be used to communicate, nor should materials be accessed which are not in line with the rules of school behavior. Should students encounter such materials by accident, they should report it to their teacher immediately. 8. Privacy Violation- You should not disclose your password to anyone else, nor should you use someone else s password. You are responsible for all activities done in or from your account. Users shall not share names, login passwords or files for any reason. You should not attempt to circumvent passwords, access codes, information protection schemes, uncover security loopholes or attempt to break authentication procedures or encryption protocols. Users shall not use or try to discover another user s password. Students should notify teachers if they believe their username or password is being used. 9. Personal Technology Devices - Students shall not loan their personal technology device to other students and must keep their personal device secure at all times. Students are solely responsible for their own device when brought to school. Personal devices are subject to investigation when deemed necessary as part of an investigation of misuse in accordance to District policy. 10. Software & Hardware Tampering SOFTWARE: Users shall not install any software or use any unapproved software on district computers. This includes installing or using software designed to bypass Internet filtering or security software set in place by the District. Users shall not write, produce, generate, copy, propagate, or attempt to introduce any computer code designed to self-replicate, damage, or otherwise hinder the performance of any computer s memory, file system, or software (bug virus, worm, Trojan Horse, or similar name). Users shall not copy, 28

46 change or transfer any software or documentation provided by LISD teachers or other students without written permission from the campus principal and director of technology. HARDWARE: Users shall not assemble or disassemble computers, networks, printers, or other associated equipment except as part of a class assignment or in conjunction with job responsibility. Users shall not remove technology equipment (hardware or software) without written permission of the principal or director of technology. 11. Wasting Resources - Users shall not use LISD computers or networks for any non-instructional or non-administrative purpose (i.e. games or activities for personal profit). It is unethical to deliberately perform any act which will impair the operation of any electronic system or deny access by legitimate users to any electronic system. This includes using district systems for: a. s that are considered junk mail, mail bombs, or chain letters, b. Solicitation not related to official district s business, c. Commercial gain or placing a third party in a position of commercial advantage, d. Non-district related activities, e. Activities that impede teaching and research, f. Activities that hinder the functioning of the district, g. Actions that violate applicable license or contract, h. Actions that damage community relations or relations with institutions with whom we share responsibility. GLOSSARY ABUSE: Abuse over-the-counter drugs. Be under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter drugs that cause impairment of the physical or mental faculties. Have or take prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs at school other than as provided by district policy. Abuse the student s own prescription drug, give a prescription drug to another student or possess or be under the influence of another person s prescription drug on school property or at a school-related event. ABUSABLE GLUE OR AEROSOL PAINT: Glue or aerosol paint that is (a) packaged in a container holding a pint or less by volume or less than two pounds by weight; and (b) labeled in accordance with the labeling requirements concerning precautions against inhalation established by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (15 U.S.C."1261, et seq.) and under regulations adopted under that Act. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: An assault which causes serious bodily injury to another; or an assault during which the person uses or exhibits a deadly weapon. ARD: Admissions, Review, and Dismissal. An ARD Committee serves to make decisions regarding the educational program of students who qualify for Special Education services. ASSAULT: A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another (See TEX. PENAL CODE (a)(1)) BIP: Behavior Intervention Plan (formally known as Behavior Management Plan). A BIP is the section on an Individual Education Plan which documents modifications or adaptations to the School Districts disciplinary rules, which accommodate the unique needs of a student with a disability. A BIP is designed to decrease and/or ultimately eliminate inappropriate behavior that may interfere with the student's or other students' ability to receive an education. BOARD POLICIES: Board Policies are statements adopted by the LISD Board of Education that govern the District. The policies are based on laws and other official authority, such as the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, federal statutes, the Texas Education Code, and other state laws, etc. A copy of the Policies, Rules, and Regulations of the Laredo Independent School District is available at every school, in the Public Library, and on the LISD Homepage at BULLYING: Means engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct, including a gesture that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related-activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district (i.e. hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name calling, rumor spreading and ostracism). CITATION (TICKET): Notice of disorderly conduct, tobacco use, or other legal violation that may be issued by school or local law enforcement personnel when a student engages in certain conduct; this is an action separate from any school disciplinary action. 29

47 CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND DANGEROUS DRUG: Controlled substance or dangerous drugs include but are not limited to marijuana, any and all narcotic drugs, hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants amphetamines, barbiturates; or prescription medicines provided to any person other than the person for whom the prescription was written. Policy FNCF (LOCAL) CRIMINAL MISCHIEF (VANDALISM): Without the effective consent of the owner, (a) intentionally or knowingly damaging or destroying the tangible property of the owner; (b) intentionally or knowingly tampering with the tangible property of the owner and causing pecuniary loss or substantial inconvenience to the owner or a third person; or (c) intentionally or knowingly making markings including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings, on the tangible property of the owner. CRIMINAL STREET GANG: A Criminal Street Gang is defined as three or more persons having a common identifying sign or symbol or an identifiable leadership who continuously or regularly associate in the commission of criminal activities. DEADLY CONDUCT: Occurs when a person commits an offense by recklessly engaging in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or by knowingly discharging a firearm in the direction of an individual, habitation, building or vehicle. DISCIPLINE ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM (DAEP): An educational program provided by the school district for students who have engaged in serious misconduct, such as assault, drug-or alcohol-related offenses, public lewdness, glue or paint abuses, and unruly, disruptive, or abusive classroom behavior. DAEPs may be located on or off the regular campus. Students in DAEPs are separated from students in the regular program. The DAEP provides supervision and counseling and focuses on English language arts, mathematics, science, history, and self-discipline. DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR: Any oral or physical behavior by a student that is deemed by a teacher or other school official to interfere with the delivery of classroom instruction or that infringes upon the peace and tranquility of the campus environment or a school-related activity. DRUGS: substance used as or in medicine; narcotic EXPULSION: An act of the school administration, which forbids a student from attending school for a period in excess of three school days. Expulsions can be for periods as long as a semester or a school year. In serious cases, an expulsion can be longer that one school year. Although an expelled student can apply for readmission, it is not automatic. FALSE ALARM OR REPORT: Knowingly initiating, communicating or circulating a report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that the person knows to be false or baseless and that would ordinarily cause action by an official or voluntary agency organized to deal with emergencies, place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury, or prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, or automobile or other mode of transportations. If the offense involves, among other services and entities, a public school, the offense is a felony. FELONY OFFENSE: An offense that is considered grave and that is designated as a felony by law or is punishable by death or confinement in a penitentiary; an offense more serious than a misdemeanor. Under the Penal code, it is a felony offense to coerce, solicit or induce a child to join a gang or to threaten a member of the child s family. (FNCC Legal) FIGHT: Engaging in a struggle, conflict, quarrel, or argument involving physical contact with one or more students or staff members which does not rise to the level of assault as defined in Section (a)(1) of the TEXAS PENAL CODE (i.e., which does not result in serious bodily injury). FIREARM: Under Federal law and offense code 90, includes: 1. Any weapon (including a starter gun), which will or is designed to or which may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, 2. The frame or receiver of any such weapon, 3. Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer. Any destructive device, such as any explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, grenade, rocket, missile, mine, or device similar to any of the preceding described devices. It also means any type of weapon by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has a barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter; and any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. Under Texas law, FIREARM generally means any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by 30

48 using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device readily converted to that use. FIREARM does not include antique or curio firearms or replicas of antique or curio firearms. FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT (FBA): A FBA is conducted to analyze the function a behavior serves so an ARD committee may develop effective BIPs. GANG: An organization composed, in whole or in part, of students, which seeks to perpetuate itself by taking in additional members from the student population on the basis of the decision of the organization's membership as a whole, rather that on the free choice of the individual student. GANG ACTIVITIES AND SECRET SOCIETIES: Students shall not become members or promise to become members of any organization composed wholly or in part of students of public schools below the rank of college or junior college which seeks to perpetuate itself by taking in additional members from the students enrolled in such school on the basis of the decision of its membership, rather than upon the free choice of any student in the school who is qualified under the rules of the school to fill the special aims of the organization. Students shall be warned against such membership and, once warned any student who continues such membership or promise shall be guilty of serious misbehavior and may be recommended for placement in an Disciplinary Alternative Education Program. More specifically, students are prohibited from engaging in the following activities, at school, at any school-related activity, or on a school bus, which the District considers to be gang-related: 1. Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, graffiti, or other affiliation in any gang, 2. Committing any act or omission, or using any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.), showing membership or affiliation in a gang, 3. Using any speech, or committing any act or omission in furtherance of interest in any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to: a. Soliciting others for membership in any gang, b. Requesting any person to pay for protection, or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person, c. Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person, d. Engaging in conduct with others in intimidating, fighting, assaulting, or threatening to assault others, and e. Committing any other illegal acts or other violations of District polices. Students who engage in these activities shall be subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension, or removal to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program. GANG-FREE ZONES Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gang-related crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in a gang-free zone. For purposes of the district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a location in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any district-owned or leased property or campus playground. GRAFFITI: A person commits an offense if, without the effective consent of the owner, the person intentionally or knowingly makes markings, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings, on the tangible property of the owner with: 1. Aerosol paint, 2. An indelible marker, or 3. An etching or engraving device. An offense under this section is a state jail felony if: 1. The marking is made on a school, an institution of higher education, a place of worship or human burial, a public monument, or a community center that provides medical, social, or educational programs, and 2. The amount of the pecuniary loss to real property or to tangible personal property is less than $20,000. HARASSMENT: Means threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, engaging in sexual intimidating conduct, causing physical damage to the property of another student, subjecting another student to physical confinement or restraint, or maliciously taking any action that substantially harms another student s physical, emotional, health, or safety. HIT LIST: Means a list of people targeted to be harmed using a firearm, a knife or any other object to be used with intent to cause bodily harm. IAP: An Individual Accommodation Plan is developed for each student who receives Section 504 services. The IAP 31

49 includes statement of the child's present levels of educational performance and required modifications to classroom instruction or evaluation procedures. IEP: An Individual Education Plan is developed for each student who receives Special Education Services. The IEP must include: (1) a statement of the child's present levels of educational performance; (2) a statement of annual goals and short-term instructional objectives; (3) a statement of the specific Special Education and related services to be provided to the child; (4) the projected dates for initiation of services and the anticipated duration of such services; and (5) appropriate objective criteria and evaluation procedures. ILLEGAL KNIFE: (a) A knife with a blade over 5 ½ inches; (b) a hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown; (c) a dagger, including, but not limited to, a dirk, stiletto, and poniard; (d) a Bowie knife; (e) a sword; or (f) a spear. IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS): An alternative placement on the regular school campus for students officially removed from the regular classroom for disciplinary reasons. The school administration may place a student in ISS for a temporary period in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. JURISDICTION: The sphere of authority or control; the territorial range over which District authority extends. KNIFE: Any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by cutting or stabbing a person with the instrument. LOOK-ALIKE DRUGS: Possessing or selling look-alike drugs or attempt to pass items off as drugs or contraband. MANIFESTATION DETERMINATION REVIEW (MDR): An MDR is held by an ARD committee to determine if the behavior in question is directly and substantially related to the student s disabling condition. MARTIAL ARTS OBJECTS: Various objects that may be used as weapons, such as shurikan [throwing stars], nunchakus [ nunchucks ], tonfa [wooden weapon], staff, baton [short stick], and bolo [long cord with weights at each end]. Many of these objects are within the definitions of illegal knives or prohibited weapons under the Texas Penal Code and their possession or use may constitute a Level III or IV offense. MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE: An offense so designated by law or punishable by fine, by confinement in jail, or by both fine and confinement in jail; less serious than a felony. PARENT: Throughout this document, the term parent refers to a parent, guardian, or other person having lawful control of a minor under court order. PERSISTENT MISBEHAVIOR: (1) Two or more documented major offenses; (2) Five or more documented serious offenses; or (3) Any combination of documented major offenses and serious offenses that the principal or designee deems to be an impairment of the ability of either the program or the school to provide an education to other students. PLACEMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE: Each campus will establish a three-member committee composed of two teachers chosen by the faculty and one member chosen by the principal. The purpose of this committee is to determine placement of a student when a teacher refuses the return of a student to the teacher's class and to make recommendations to the district regarding readmission of expelled student. POSSESSION: A student shall be considered to be in possession of any substance or thing prohibited or regulated by this Code of Conduct if the substance or thing is: (1) on the student s person or in the student s personal property, including but not limited to the student s clothing, purse, backpack, book bag, or briefcase; (2) in any private vehicle used by the student for transportation to or from school or school-related activities, including but not limited to an automobile, truck, bicycle, or motorcycle; or (3) in any school property used by the student, including but not limited to a locker or desk. PUBLIC SCHOOL FRATERNITY, SORORITY, SECRET SOCIETY, OR GANG: means an organization composed wholly or in part of students that seeks to perpetuate itself by taking additional members from the students enrolled in school based on a decision of its membership rather than on the free choice of a qualified student. Educational organizations listed in Section (d) of the Education Code are an exception from this definition. PRIVILEGE: Permission or authorization to participate and/or hold membership in school-related or extracurricular activities including, but not limited to, the following: honor and scholarship clubs/societies and activities or other schoolrelated cubs/societies and activities; school assemblies, graduation exercises, school dances, junior-senior proms, class or group trips (other than instructional field trips which are part of the curriculum); theater organizations, plays, 32

50 presentations/performances, and talent shows, student body government, class organizations, and other similar activities and organizations; and participation in field days, carnivals, or other school-related celebrations. PROHIBITED WEAPONS: A weapon including, but not limited to, an explosive weapon; a machine gun; a short-barrel firearm; a firearm silencer; a switchblade or butterfly knife; knuckles; armor-piercing ammunition; a chemical dispensing device; or a zip gun. PROHIBITION: A rule, law, order, or decree that forbids something. PUBLIC LEWDNESS: Conduct of a sexual nature that is considered obscene or indecent and which is performed in a public place or without regard to whether another person who is present may be offended or alarmed by such conduct. (see TEX PENAL CODE for the legal definition of public lewdness.) REASONABLE BELIEF: when a determination can be made by the Superintendent or designee using all available information, to believe a student has engaged in a conduct punishable under Title 5, Penal Code or the Code of Conduct, that threatens the safety of students or teachers, or will be detrimental to the educational process. REASONABLE SUSPICION: Becoming aware of facts about a particular student or students, which reasonably suggest a violation of the Student Code of Conduct or other school policies or rules. RESTRAINT: The use of physical force or mechanical device to significantly restrict the free movement of all or a portion of a student's body. RETALIATION: Intentionally or knowingly harming or threatening another by an unlawful act in retaliation for or on account of the service of that person as a public servant (e.g., teacher), witness, informant, or one who has reported the occurrence of a crime. SCHOOL DAYS: Days students are in regular attendance (school days may vary from school to school). SELF DEFENSE: is using force against another when and to the degree a person reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect himself or herself. SERIOUS BODILY INJURY: According to Section 615(k)(7)(D), the term serious bodily injury has the meaning given it under 18 USC 1365(h)(3). That section of federal law, which is unrelated to education, defines serious bodily injury as a bodily injury that involves one or more of the following: 1. A substantial risk of death, 2. Extreme physical pain, 3. Protracted and obvious disfigurement, 4. Protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ or mental faculty. SUSPENSION: An act of the school administration taken as a disciplinary action which forbids a student from attending school for one, two, or three school days. TERRORISTIC THREAT: A person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to: (1) cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; (2) place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury, or (3) prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building; room; place of assembly; place to which the public has access; place of employment or occupation; aircraft, automobile, or other form of conveyance; or other public place; or (4) cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply, or other public service. School personnel shall take all threats seriously, whether toward a person, group, or school and take disciplinary action. In most cases, threats constitute Level III Offenses and can result in DAEP placement. THREATS: A bomb threat and other threats may be classified as a false alarm or report, which is a felony offense. Some threats are classified as terroristic threats. TIME OUT: A behavior technique in which, to provide a student with an opportunity to regain self-control, the student is separated from other students for a limited period in a setting that is not locked and from which the exit is not physically blocked by furniture, a closed door held shut from the inside, or another inanimate object. Title 5 Offenses: Title 5 offenses are crimes (not on school property) against the person. The following offenses are considered Title 5 Penal Code Offenses and are mandatory DAEP placements: 1. Murder, 33

51 2. Capital murder, 3. Manslaughter, 4. Criminally negligent homicide 5. Felony unlawful restraint, 6. Kidnapping, 7. Aggravated kidnapping, 8. Indecency with a child, 9. Sexual assault, 10. Felony assault, 11. Aggravated assault, 12. Aggravated sexual assault, 13. Injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual, 14. Abandoning or endangering a child, 15. Deadly conduct, 16. Terroristic threat, 17. Aiding suicide, 18. Tampering with consumer product, 19. Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children. TRESPASSING: A person entering or remaining on property or in a building without effective consent and the person had notice that the entry was forbidden or received oral or written notice to depart but failed to do so. TRUANCY: Failure of a student to attend school for all or part of a school day when the student's absence has not been excused by the School District. UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Being under the influence means not having the normal use of one s mental or physical faculties; however, the student need not be legally intoxicated. Impairment of a person's physical and/or mental faculties may be evidenced by a pattern of abnormal or erratic behavior and/or the presence of physical symptoms of drug or alcohol use. VANDALISM AND DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY: Students shall not vandalize or otherwise damage or deface any property, including furniture and other equipment, belonging to or used by the District or District schools. Parents or guardians of students guilty of damaging school property shall be liable for damages in accordance with Texas law, and may be subject to criminal penalties. VOLATILE CHEMICALS: Harmful chemicals such as chloroform, acetone, ketone, methanol, toluene, etc. (See TEX HEALTH & SAFETY CODE 484) WEAPON: Any device, such as a gun, club, or knife, which can be or is used to inflict bodily harm upon a person. WEBB COUNTY JUVENILE JUSTICE ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM (JJAEP): An alternative school administered by the Webb County Juvenile Justice Board that provides education services to students who are expelled. 34

52 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATED TO DISCIPLINE ACTION REASON CODES PEIMS 425 Record Chart for determining Mandatory and Disciplinary DAEP Placements and Expulsions NOTE: This chart represents the minimum required actions and maximum allowed actions for school districts. It does not apply to charter schools except for code 11 (Possession or use of Firearms at school or a school related activity), unless a charter school has adopted one of the other mandatory provisions into its student code of conduct. Disciplinary Action Reason Codes (C165) Code and Translation 01 Permanent removal by a teacher from class (Teacher has removed the student from classroom and denied the student the right to return. TEC has been invoked.) TEC (c) Behavior Location Code (C190) Behavior Location Code On campus (01) Mandatory DAEP Placement Disciplinary Action Codes (C164) Mandatory Expulsion Discretion ary DAEP Placement D Discretionary Expulsion 02 Conduct punishable as a felony-tec (a)(2)(A) On campus (01) M TEC (a)(2)(A) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) M TEC (a)(2)(A) School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) TEC (d) Off Campus, no school related/sponsored activity (04) On school property, or at school TEC related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) D D 04 Possessed, sold, or used marihuana or other controlled substance-tec (a)(2)(C) and (b)(2)(A) for under the influence TEC (a)(2)(C) and (b)(2)(A) TEC (a)(2)(C) and (b)(2)(A) On campus (01) M D Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) M D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) M D 05 Possessed, sold, used, or was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage-tec (a)(2)(D) and (b)(2)(A) TEC (a)(2)(D) and (b)(2)(A) TEC (a)(2)(D) and (b)(2)(A) On campus (01) M D Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) M D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) M D 06 Abuse of a volatile chemical- TEC (a)(2)(E) and (b)(2)(B) TEC (a)(2)(E) and (b)(2)(B) TEC (a)(2)(E) and (b)(2)(B) On campus (01) M D Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) M D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) M D 35

53 Disciplinary Action Reason Codes (C165) Code and Translation Behavior Location Code (C190) Behavior Location Code Mandatory DAEP Placement 07 Public lewdness or indecent exposure-tec (a)(2)(F) On campus (01) M TEC (a)(2)(F) TEC (a)(2)(F) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) M M Disciplinary Action Codes (C164) Mandatory Expulsion Discretion ary DAEP Placement Discretionary Expulsion 08 Retaliation against school employee-tec (b) and (d) TEC (b) and (d) TEC (b) and (d) TEC (b) and (d) On campus (01) M D* Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) M D* School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) Off Campus, no school related/sponsored activity (04) M D* M D* 09 Based on conduct occurring off campus and while the student is not in attendance at a school-sponsored or school-related activity for felony offenses in Title 5, Penal Code-TEC (c), TEC (b)(4), and TEC Off Campus, no school related/sponsored activity (04) M D 10 Based on conduct occurring off campus and while the student is not in attendance at a school-sponsored or school-related activity for felony offenses not in Title 5, Penal Code-TEC (d) and TEC (b)(4) Off Campus, no school related/sponsored activity (04) D D 11 Used, exhibited, or possessed a firearm-tec (a)(1)(A) and/or (e) brings a firearm to school. TEC (b)(3)(B) TEC (a)(1)(A) and/or (e) TEC (i) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored D activity, of another school district (05) M 12 Used exhibited, or possessed an illegal knife-tec (a)(1)(B) TEC (b)(3)(A) TEC (a)(1)(B) TEC (i) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored D activity, of another 36 M

54 Disciplinary Action Reason Codes (C165) Code and Translation Behavior Location Code (C190) Behavior Location Code school district (05) Mandatory DAEP Placement Disciplinary Action Codes (C164) Mandatory Expulsion Discretion ary DAEP Placement Discretionary Expulsion 13 Used exhibited, or possessed an illegal Club-TEC (a)(1)(C) TEC (b)(3)(A) TEC (a)(1)(C) TEC (i) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored D activity, of another school district (05) M 14 Used exhibited, or possessed a Prohibited weapon under Penal Code Section TEC (a)(1)(D) TEC (b)(3)(A) TEC (a)(1)(D) TEC (i) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored D activity, of another school district (05) M 16 Arson-TEC (a)(2)(B) On campus (01) M TEC (b)(3)(A) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School TEC (a)(2)(B) Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, TEC (i) or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) D 17 Murder, capital murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, or capital murder-tec (a)(2)(C) TEC (b)(3)(A) TEC (a)(2)(C) TEC (i) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored D activity, of another school district (05) M 18 Indecency with a child-tec (a)(2)(D) On campus (01) M Off Campus, within TEC (b)(3)(A) 300 ft (02) D School TEC (a)(2)(D) Related/Sponsored M 37

55 TEC (i) Disciplinary Action Reason Codes (C165) Code and Translation Behavior Location Code (C190) Behavior Location Code Activity Off Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) Mandatory DAEP Placement Disciplinary Action Codes (C164) Mandatory Expulsion Discretion ary DAEP Placement Discretionary Expulsion D 19 Aggravated kidnapping-tec (a)(2)(E) On campus (01) M TEC (b)(3)(A) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School TEC (a)(2)(E) Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, TEC (i) or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) D 21 Violation of student code of conduct not included under TEC , , or (c) Not Applicable (00) D 22 Criminal mischief (felony violation)- TEC (f) Not Applicable (00) D 23 Emergency Placement/Expulsion-TEC Not Applicable (00) D D 26 Terroristic threat-tec (a)(1) or (b)(1) On campus (01) M D TEC (a)(1) or (b)(1) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) M D TEC (a)(1) or (b)(1) TEC (a)(1) or (b)(1) TEC (a)(1) or (b)(1) School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) Off Campus, no school related/sponsored activity (04) On school property, or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) M M M D D D 27 Assault under Penal Code Section 22.01(a)(1) against a school district employee or volunteer- TEC (a)(2)(B) and/or TEC (b)(2)(C) TEC (a)(2)(B) and/or TEC (b)(2)(C) TEC (a)(2)(B) and/or TEC (b)(2)(C) On campus (01) M D Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) M D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) M D 28 Assault under Penal Code Section 22.01(a)(1) against someone other than a school district employee or volunteer-tec On campus (01) M (a)(2)(B) TEC (a)(2)(B) Off Campus, within M 38

56 Disciplinary Action Reason Codes (C165) TEC (a)(2)(B) Code and Translation Behavior Location Code (C190) Behavior Location Code 300 ft (02) School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) Mandatory DAEP Placement M Disciplinary Action Codes (C164) Mandatory Expulsion Discretion ary DAEP Placement Discretionary Expulsion 29 Aggravated assault under Penal Code Section against a school district employee or volunteer-tec (d) TEC (d) TEC (d) TEC (d) TEC (i) On campus (01) M Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) M School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) Off Campus, no school related/sponsored M activity (04) On school property, or at school related/sponsored M activity, of another school district (05) 30 Aggravated assault under Penal Code Section against someone other than a school district employee or volunteer-tec (a)(2)(A) TEC (b)(3)(A) TEC (a)(2)(A) TEC (i) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored D activity, of another school district (05) M 31 Sexual assault under Penal Code Section or aggravated sexual assault under against a school district employee or volunteer-tec (d) TEC (d) TEC (d) TEC (i) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored D activity, of another school district (05) M 32 Sexual assault under Penal Code Section or aggravated sexual assault under against someone other than a school district employee or volunteer-tec (a)(2)(A) TEC (b)(3)(A) TEC (a)(2)(A) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored M Activity Off 39 M

57 TEC (i) Disciplinary Action Reason Codes (C165) Code and Translation Behavior Location Code (C190) Behavior Location Code Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) Mandatory DAEP Placement Disciplinary Action Codes (C164) Mandatory Expulsion Discretion ary DAEP Placement Discretionary Expulsion D 33 Possessed, purchased, used or accepted a cigarette or tobacco product as defined in the Health and Safety Code, Section 3.01, chapter Not Applicable (00) D 34 School-related gang violence Not Applicable (00) D 35 False Alarm/False Report TEC (a)(1) and (b)(1) On campus (01) M D TEC (a)(1) and (b)(1) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) M D TEC (a)(1) and (b)(1) TEC (a)(1) and (b)(1) TEC (a)(1) and (b)(1) School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) Off Campus, no school related/sponsored activity (04) On school property, or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) M M M D D D 36 Felony Controlled Substance Violation-TEC (a)(3) On campus (01) M TEC (a)(3) School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school TEC (i) related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) D 37 Felony alcohol violation-tec (a)(3) On campus (01) M TEC (a)(3) School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school TEC (i) related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) D 41 Fighting/Mutual Combat-Excludes all offenses under Penal Code Not Applicable (00) D 42 Truancy (failure to attend school)-parent contributing to truancy- TEC (a) 43 Truancy(failure to attend school)-student with at least 3 unexcused absences-tec Not Applicable (00) Not Applicable (00) 40

58 Disciplinary Action Reason Codes (C165) Code and Translation 44 Truancy(failure to attend school)-student with 10 unexcused absences-tec Truancy(failure to attend school)-student failure to enroll in school-tec Behavior Location Code (C190) Behavior Location Code Not Applicable (00) Not Applicable (00) Mandatory DAEP Placement Disciplinary Action Codes (C164) Mandatory Expulsion Discretion ary DAEP Placement Discretionary Expulsion 46 Aggravated Robbery-TEC (a)(2)(F), TEC (C)-(D) (HB 9680) TEC (b)(3)(A) TEC (a)(2)(F) TEC TEC (i) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) Off Campus, no school related/sponsored D activity (04) On school property, or at school related/sponsored D activity, of another school district (05) M 47 Manslaughter TEC (a)(2)(G) On campus (01) M Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D TEC (a)(2)(G) School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) Off Campus, no TEC school related/sponsored D activity (04) TEC (i) On school property, or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) D 48 Criminally Negligent Homicide TEC (a)(2)(H) On campus (01) M TEC (b)(3)(A) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School TEC (a)(2)(H) Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) Off Campus, no TEC school related/sponsored D activity (04) TEC (i) On school property, or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) D 49 Engages In Deadly Conduct TEC (b)(2)(D) On campus (01) D D TEC (b)(2)(D) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D D 41

59 Disciplinary Action Reason Codes (C165) TEC (b)(2)(D) Code and Translation Behavior Location Code (C190) Behavior Location Code School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) Mandatory DAEP Placement Disciplinary Action Codes (C164) Mandatory Expulsion Discretion ary DAEP Placement D Discretionary Expulsion D 50 Used, Exhibited, Or Possessed A Non-Illegal Knife As Defined By Student Code Of Conduct And As Allowed Under TEC (a)(1)(B). (Knife blade equal to or less than 5.5 inches) TEC (b)(3)(A) TEC (a)(1)(B) TEC (i) On campus (01) D D Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) D D D D 55 Student Is Required To Register As A Sex Offender Under Chapter 62 Of The Code Of Criminal Procedure And Is Under Court Supervision - TEC The offense(s) for which the student is required to register as a sex offender must have occurred on or after Sept. 1, 2007 Not Applicable (00) M D 56 Student Is Required To Register As A Sex Offender Under Chapter 62 Of The Code Of Criminal Procedure And Is Not Under Court Supervision - TEC The offense(s) for which the student is required to register as a sex offender must have occurred on or after Sept. 1, 2007 Not Applicable (00) D 57 Continuous Sexual Abuse Of Young Child Or Children Under Penal Code Occurring on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property TEC (a)(2)(I) TEC (b)(3)(A) TEC (a)(2)(I) TEC (i) On campus (01) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D School Related/Sponsored Activity Off M Campus (03) On school property, or at school related/sponsored D activity, of another school district (05) M 58 Breach of Computer Security TEC (b)(5) On campus (01) D TEC (b)(5) Off Campus, within 300 ft (02) D TEC (b)(5) School Related/Sponsored Activity Off D Campus (03) TEC (b)(5) Off Campus, no school related/sponsored D 42

60 Disciplinary Action Reason Codes (C165) TEC (b)(5) Code and Translation Behavior Location Code (C190) Behavior Location Code activity (04) On school property, or at school related/sponsored activity, of another school district (05) Mandatory DAEP Placement Disciplinary Action Codes (C164) Mandatory Expulsion Discretion ary DAEP Placement Discretionary Expulsion D 59 Serious Misbehavior, as defined by TEC (c), while expelled to/placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) On campus (01) D 43

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62 To Students and Parents: STUDENT HANDBOOK Welcome to school year ! Education is a team effort, and we know that students, parents, teachers, and other staff members all working together can make this a wonderfully successful year for our students. The LISD Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource of some of the basic information that you and your child will need during the school year. The handbook is divided into three sections: 1. The first especially for parents, with information all parents will need about assisting their child and responding to schoolrelated issues, 2. The second for students and their parents, to provide information about courses, class rank, extracurricular and other activities, and 3. The third, general information regarding school operations and requirements. Please be aware that the term the student s parent is used to refer to the parent, legal guardian, or other person who has agreed to assume school-related responsibility for a student. Both students and parents must be familiar with the Laredo ISD Student Code of Conduct, which is a document adopted by the board of trustees and intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere for learning. The student handbook is designed to be in harmony with Board policy and the Student Code of Conduct. In case of conflict between Board policy or the Student Code of Conduct and any provisions of student handbooks, the provisions of Board policy or the Student Code of Conduct that were most recently adopted by the Board are to be followed. We strongly recommend that parents review the entire handbook with their children and keep it as a reference during this school year. If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact a teacher, a counselor, or the principal. Also, please complete and return the parental acknowledgment and consent/opt-out forms so that we have record of your choices. A copy of the LISD Board Policy Manual is available in the school office or online at Nondiscrimination Notice Laredo ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The following District staff members have been designated to coordinate compliance with these requirements: Title IX concerns regarding students discrimination on the basis of sex: Name: Edna Garza, PHR Address: 1702 Houston Phone: (956) Section 504 Coordinator for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of disability: Name: Grisel Bodden, 504/Dyslexia Coordinator Address: 904 Juarez Ave. Phone: (956) Liaison for Homeless Children and Youth who coordinates services for homeless students: Name: Leticia Reyes, Migrant Coordinator Address: 2502 Galveston (Room 50) Phone: (956) Parent Involvement Coordinator who works with parents of students participating in Title I programs: Name: Pat Campos, Parental Involvement Program Coordinator Address: 904 Juarez Ave. Phone: (956)

63 Parent/Student Complaints and Grievances The Board shall adopt a grievance procedure under which the board shall address each complaint that it receives concerning a violation of a right guaranteed (Texas Educ. Code ) The Board shall provide for procedures to consider complaints that a parent s right has been denied. (Texas Education Code (d) A Grievance Procedure was created to deal with complaints not covered in FNG (LOCAL). (Alleged discrimination; loss of credit on the basis of attendance; removal to a DAEP; expulsions; complaints involving disabilities; instructional materials; on-campus distribution of non-school materials and LISD Police Officers). Complaints must be addressed directly to the specified department (School Administrator) in an informal meeting where a quick solution is desired. Informal resolution or complaint: Takes place at the site with the local Administration; the parent or student has an informal meeting where a solution to the problem is found and agreed by all parties. If a solution can not be found and the parent or student is still not satisfied, the Administrator in charge should advise the parent or student that a Formal Grievance Procedure can be filed within fifteen (15) business days. FORMAL GRIEVANCES (LEVEL I) A written complaint is sent to the proper administrator by hand delivery, U.S. mail, or facsimile within (15) business days from the date when the complaining parties knew, or should have known of the non-favorable decision giving rise to the formal complaint. An untimely complaint may be dismissed. All pertinent material must be complete and accompanied by an Official Form. Incomplete packets may be dismissed. If the complainant files the Grievance with the wrong administrator, the person receiving the complaint should note the date received and forward expeditiously to the correct administrator. Within ten (10) days after receiving the formal complaint, a hearing must be scheduled; the complainant will be given information of date, time, and location where the hearing is to take place. This meeting will be recorded to maintain its integrity. A response must be provided to the complaining parties within ten (10) days. (LEVEL II) A level two grievance can be requested within ten (10) days of receiving an unsatisfactory response from the LEVEL I Official. A LEVEL II Grievance will be heard by the Superintendent or a Superintendent Designee and must be set within ten (10) days from receiving the formal request; this hearing will be recorded to maintain its integrity. The same procedures will be observed as in LEVEL I. This hearing will discuss the same issues and documentation used in LEVEL I. A response will be issued within ten (10) days of the hearing. (LEVEL III) A LEVEL III response must be appealed to the board s secretary within ten (10) days. A hearing will be scheduled on the agenda. This hearing will discuss the same issues and documentation used in the previous LEVELS. This meeting may be audio, video, or court recorded. A written report is due before the next Board Meeting. If still not satisfied, the process may continue to The Texas Commissioner of Education District Court, Appellate Court, and a Supreme Court. SECTION I Important Information for Parents This section of the Laredo ISD Student Handbook includes information on topics of particular interest to you as a parent, such as: 1. School events and school-related groups that would welcome your attendance or participation; 2. Information you may request about your child s teacher and any instructional paraprofessional who works with your child in the Title I program; 3. Your child s grades and progress reports; 4. State and local testing and promotion requirements; 5. Records pertaining to your child and your right, under certain circumstances, to consent or deny their release; 6. Conferences with your child s teacher and procedures to follow if you have a concern that isn t resolved by a conference. Your Involvement as a Parent Working Together A child s education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a partnership that thrives on communication. Your involvement in this partnership may include: 1. Encouraging your child to put a high priority on education and working with your child on a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities the school provides. Be sure your child comes to school each day prepared, rested, and ready to learn; 2

64 2. Reviewing the information in the student handbook (including the Student Code of Conduct) with your child, signing and returning the acknowledgement form(s); 3. Becoming familiar with all of the child s school activities and with the academic programs, including special programs, offered in the District. Discuss with the counselor or principal any questions you may have about the options and opportunities available to your child. Monitor your child s academic progress and contact teachers as needed; 4. Attending scheduled conferences and requesting additional conferences as needed. To schedule a telephone or in-person conference with a teacher, counselor, or principal, please call the school office for an appointment. A teacher will usually return your call or meet with you during his or her conference period or at a mutually convenient time before or after school; 5. Becoming a school volunteer by contacting the school principal; 6. Participating in campus parent organizations; 7. Offering to serve as a parent representative on the district-level or campus-level planning committees and to assist in the development of educational goals and plans to improve student achievement; 8. Attending Board meetings to learn more about district operations; 9. Offering to serve on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and assisting the district in ensuring local community values are reflected in health education instruction; [See policies BDF, EHAA, FFA and School Health Advisory Council] Corporal Punishment Corporal punishment - spanking or paddling the student is prohibited. Obtaining Information and Protecting Student Rights: Your child will not be required to participate without parental consent in any survey, analysis, or evaluation - funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education-that concerns: 1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student s parent, 2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student s family, 3. Sexual behavior or attitudes, 4. Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior, 5. Critical appraisals of individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship, 6. Relationships privileged under the law, such as relationships with lawyers, physicians, and ministers, 7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents, 8. Income, except when the information is required by law and will be used to determine the student s eligibility to participate in a special program or to receive financial assistance under such a program. You will be able to inspect the survey or other instrument and any instructional materials used in connection with such a survey, analysis, or evaluation. [For further information, see policy EF.] Opting Out of Surveys and Activities As a parent, you also have a right to receive notice of and deny permission for your child s participation in: 1. Any survey concerning the private information listed above, regardless of funding; 2. School activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information gathered from you child for the purpose of marketing, selling, or otherwise disclosing that information; 3. Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered and scheduled by the school in advance and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student. Exceptions are hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law. [See policies EF and FFAA.] Parents Also Have a Right: 1. To request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child s teachers, including whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; whether the teacher has an emergency permit or other provisional status for which state requirements have been waived; and undergraduate and graduate degree majors, graduate certifications, and the field of study of the certification or degree. You also have the right to request information about the qualifications of any paraprofessional who may provide services to your child; 2. To review teaching materials, textbooks, and other teaching aids and instructional materials used in the curriculum and to examine tests that have been administered to your child; 3. To inspect a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed to your child; 4. To review your child s student records when needed. These records include: a) attendance records, b) test scores, c) grades, d) disciplinary records, e) counseling records, f) psychological records, g) applications for admission, h) health and immunization information, i) other medical records, j) teacher and counselor evaluations, k) reports of behavioral patterns, l) state assessment instruments that have been administered to your child, m) special education and Section 504 records. 3

65 5. To grant or deny any written request from the District to make a videotape or voice recording of your child. State law, however, permits the school to make a videotape or voice recording without parental permission for the following circumstances: a) when it is to be used for school safety, b) when it relates to classroom instruction or a co-curricular or extracurricular activity, or c) when it relates to media coverage of the school; 6. To remove your child temporarily from the classroom if an instructional activity in which you child is scheduled to participate conflicts with your religious or moral beliefs (human sexuality instruction). The removal cannot be for the purpose of avoiding a test and may not extend for an entire semester. Further, you child must satisfy grade-level and graduation requirements as determined by the school, state law, and by the Texas Education Agency; 7. To request that your child be excused from participation in the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag. The request must be in writing. State law does not allow your child to be excused from participation in the required moment of silence or silent activity that follows; 8. To request that you child be excused from reciting a portion of the text of the Declaration of Independence during Celebrate Freedom Week. The request must be in writing. State law requires the recitation as part of social studies classes in grades 3-12 unless: a) you provide a written statement requesting that your child be excused, b) the District determines that your child has a conscientious objection to the recitation, or c) you are a representative of a foreign government to whom the United States government extends diplomatic immunity; 9. To request in writing, if you are a non-custodial parent, that you be provided for the remainder of the school year a copy of any written notice usually provided to a parent related to misconduct that may involve placement in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) or expulsion. [See policies FL(LEGAL) and (LOCAL), FO(LEGAL), and the Student Code of Conduct] 10. To request the transfer of your child to another classroom or campus if your child has been determined by the board or its designee to have been a victim of bullying as the term is defined by Education Code Transportation is not provided for a transfer to another campus. See the Superintendent or designee for information; [See policy FDB] 11. To request the transfer of your child to attend a safe public school in the district if your child attends school at a campus identified by TEA as persistently dangerous or if your child has been a victim of a violent criminal offense while at school or on school grounds; [See policy FDD (LOCAL)] 12. To request the transfer of your child to another campus if your child has been the victim of a sexual assault by another student on the same campus, whether that assault occurred on or off campus and that student has been convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for that assault. [See policy FDD(LOCAL)] Removing a Student from Class for Tutoring or Test Preparation Purposes Based on informal observations, evaluative data such as grades earned on assignments or tests, or results from diagnostic assessments, a teacher may determine that a student is in need of additional targeted assistance in order for the student to achieve mastery in statedeveloped essential knowledge and skills. The school will always attempt to provide tutoring and strategies for test-taking in ways that prevent removal from other instruction as much as possible. In accordance with state law and policy EC, the school will not remove a student from a regularly scheduled class for remedial tutoring or test preparation for more than ten percent of the school days on which the class is offered, unless the student s parent consents to this removal. The school may also offer tutorial services, which students whose grades are below 70 will be required to attend. Also refer to policies EC and EHBC, and contact your student s teacher with questions about any tutoring programs provided by the school. Students with Physical or Mental Impairments Protected under Section 504 A child determined to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, as defined by law, and who does not otherwise qualify for special education services, may qualify for protections under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 504 is a federal law designed to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. When an evaluation is requested, a committee will be formed to determine if the child is in need of services and supports under Section 504 to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE), as this is defined in federal law. The designated person to contact regarding a referral for evaluation applicable to Section 504 is; Grisel Bodden, 504/Dyslexia Coordinator [Also see policy FB.] Required Identification and Records Within 30 days of enrollment of their child/children, parents/guardians must furnish the District with the following documents: child s birth certificate or another document suitable as proof of the child s identity, the child s most recent school records, and his/her current immunization records. Student enrollment shall not be denied solely on the basis of failure to provide these records. If identification is not provided within 30 days of enrollment, the District shall notify the police or sheriff s department and inquire if the student has been reported as missing. Furnishing false information or false records to school personnel, when enrolling a child, is a criminal offense under the Penal Code. 4

66 Upon applying for enrollment, a parent must furnish the District with a record showing that the child has the immunizations required, or proof that the child is not required to be immunized, or proof that the child is entitled to provisional admission [See FFAB]. Students entering District schools for the first time from another school must provide a clear book record and evidence of previous schooling (Report Card). By law, textbooks cannot be issued until a clear book record is presented. Residency A student is required to attend the school appropriate for the student s grade level within the attendance area where the student s custodial parent or legal guardian resides. Proof of residency is required before enrolling. District-approved transfers as outlined in this section are the exceptions. Individuals who provide false information to enroll in a non-zoned school will be withdrawn and sent to their zoned schools, losing the intra-district transfer privilege for the remainder of the school year. Transfers Intra-district transfers become available on the first business day in May of each year at the Student Services Department. Transfer applications submitted after the deadline shall be considered on a first come, first served, space-available basis at the grade level requested. The deadline for transfers is June 1 st. LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES Questioning of Students When law enforcement officers or other lawful authorities wish to question or interview a student at school, the principal will cooperate fully regarding the conditions of the interview, if the questioning or interview is part of a child abuse investigation. [GRA (LOCAL) FNC (LOCAL), FNC (LEGAL) Section Texas Family Code and (Texas Family Code )3. In other circumstances: 1. The principal will verify and record the identity of the officer or other authority and ask for an explanation of the need to question or interview the student; 2. The principal ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the parents unless the interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection; 3. The principal ordinarily will be present unless the interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection; 4. The principal will cooperate fully regarding the conditions of the interview if the questioning or interview is part of a child abuse investigation. If the police and/or school administrator are investigating a crime that relates to the school environment, neither the officer nor the school district violates the rights of the student. The Fifth Circuit has held that in the school setting, a student s rights to protection from interrogation must be balanced against the governmental interests of the school. Thus, where the interrogation would result in the protection of the district s students and/or campus, the courts have found that the interrogation does not violate the student s Fourth Amendment right. (See Milligan v. City of Slidell, 226 F.3d 652 (5 th Cir. 2000). However, if the police are investigating a child as a potential delinquent or criminal defendant or as a witness to an offense unrelated to the school environment, there is no specific provision of authorizing the officer to interview the child on campus. If there is probable cause to believe the child is a criminal offender, the officer may take the child into custody and interview the child in a juvenile detention facility. 1. Therefore, school officials are not required by law to facilitate such interviews, absent of subpoena, court order, warrant, or unless the officer is willing to take the child into custody. 2. Schools officials should obtain parental permission for such interviews and should get written consent of the parent prior to the interview. Parents may consent but request that an administrator be present, refuse the interview, or reschedule for a time when the parent can be present. 3. While a school district employee should never interfere with an arrest, refusal to produce a student for questioning in a non-school related matter does NOT constitute interfering with an investigation. TEXAS SCHOOL PUBLIC RELATIONS ASSOCIATION DEALING WITH THE POLICE, CPS & DIVORCED PARENTS 2004 BRACEWELL & PATTERSON, L.L.P. Students Taken into Custody State law requires the District to permit a student to be taken into legal custody: 1. To comply with an order of the juvenile court; 2. To comply with the laws of arrest; 3. By a law enforcement officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has engaged in delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision; 4. By a probation officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has violated a condition of probation imposed by the juvenile court; 5

67 5. By an authorized representative of Child Protective Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, a law enforcement officer, or a juvenile probation officer, without a court order, under the conditions set out in the Family Code relating to the student s physical health or safety; 6. To comply with a properly issued directive to take a student into custody. Before a student is released to a law enforcement officer or other legally authorized person, the principal will verify the officer s identity and, to the best of his or her ability, will verify the official s authority to take custody of the student. The principal will immediately notify the Superintendent and will ordinarily attempt to notify the parent unless the officer or other authorized person raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection to notifying the parents. Because the principal does not have the authority to prevent or delay a student s release to a law enforcement officer, any notification will most likely be after the fact. Notification of Law Violations The District is also required by state law to notify: 1. All instructional and support personnel who have responsibility for supervising a student who has been arrested or referred to the juvenile court for any felony offense or for certain misdemeanors; 2. All instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a student who is thought to have committed certain offenses or who has been convicted, received deferred prosecution, received deferred adjudication, or was adjudicated for delinquent conduct for any felony offense or certain misdemeanors; 3. All appropriate district personnel in regards to a student who is required to register as a sex offender. REPORT CARDS, PROGRESS REPORTS and CONFERENCES Report cards will be issued every 6 weeks for elementary, middle and high school students. At the end of the first three weeks of a grading period, students will be given a progress report of their academic performance in any course [in English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies]. If your child receives a grade lower than 70 in any class or subject during a grading period, you will be requested to schedule a conference with the teacher of that class or subject. State law provides that a test or course grade issued by a teacher cannot be changed unless the Board determines that the grade was arbitrary or contains an error, or the teacher did not follow the District s grading policy. The Board s decision is not subject to appeal. [See policies at EIA.] Teachers shall have conferences with parents of students performing at an unsatisfactory level every three weeks and shall send out written notice to parents every three weeks of a student s performance in each class or subject. The report card and/or the progress report will state whether tutorials are required for a student who receives a grade lower than 70 in a class or subject. STUDENT FEES Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state and local funds and are at no charge to a student. A student, however, is expected to provide his or her own pencils, paper, erasers, and notebooks and may be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including: 1. Costs for materials for a class project that the student will keep; 2. Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organizations and admission fees to extracurricular activities; 3. Security deposits; 4. Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel; 5. Voluntarily purchased pictures, publications, class rings, yearbooks, graduation announcements, etc; 6. Voluntarily purchased student accident insurance; 7. Musical instrument rental and uniform maintenance, when uniforms are provided by the district; 8. Personal apparel used in extracurricular activities that becomes the property of the student; 9. Parking fees and student identification cards; 10. Fees for lost, damaged, or overdue library books; 11. Fees for driver training courses, if offered; 12. Fees for optional courses offered for credit that requires use of facilities not available on district premises; 13. Summer school for courses offered tuition-free during the regular school year, 14. A fee not to exceed $50 for costs of providing an educational program outside of regular school hours for a student who has lost credit or has not been awarded a final grade because of absences and whose parent chooses the program in order for the student to meet the 90 percent attendance requirement. The fee will be charged only if the parent or guardian signs a district-provided request form. 6

68 Upon receipt by the district of reliable proof that a student and his or her parent or guardian are unable to pay a fee or deposit required by the school, such fee or deposit shall be waived. Such student and his or her parent or guardian must present evidence of their inability to pay to the appropriate principal who shall determine eligibility for a fee waiver. Student or Parent Complaints and Concerns Usually student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed by a phone call or conference with the teacher or principal. For those complaints and concerns that cannot be handled so easily, the district has adopted a standard complaint policy FNG (LOCAL) in the district s policy manual. A copy of this policy may be obtained in the principal s office or on the District s Web site at In general, the student or parent should first discuss the complaint with campus principal. If unresolved, a written complaint and a request for a conference should be sent to the Director of Elementary or Director of Secondary Education. If still unresolved, the District provides for the complaint to be presented to the Executive Director for Student Services at Student Records Both federal and state laws safeguard student records from unauthorized inspection or use and provide parents and eligible students certain rights of privacy. For purposes of student records, an eligible student is one who is 18 or older or married or who is attending an institution of postsecondary education. The law specifies that certain general information about Laredo ISD students is considered directory information and will be released to anyone who follows procedures for requesting it. That information includes: 1. A student s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, 2. The student s photograph, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams, 3. The student s dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, honors and awards received in school, and most recent school attended previously, 4. The student s address. Release of any or all directory information regarding a student may be prevented by the parent or an eligible student. This objection must be made in writing to the principal within ten school days of the child s first day of instruction for this school year. Virtually all information pertaining to student performance, including grades, test results, and disciplinary records, is considered confidential educational records. Release is restricted to: 1. The parents whether married, separated, or divorced unless parental rights have been legally terminated and if the school is given a copy of the court order terminating these rights. Federal law requires that, as soon as the student becomes eligible, control of the records goes to the student. However, the parents may continue to have access to the records if the student is a dependent for tax purposes. 2. District staff members who have what federal law defines as a legitimate educational interest in a student s records, include school officials (such as Board members, the Superintendent, and Principals), school staff members (such as teachers, counselors, and diagnosticians), or an agent of the District (such as a medical consultant). 3. Various governmental agencies or in response to a subpoena or court order. 4. A school to which a student transfers or in which he or she subsequently enrolls. Release to any other person or agency such as a prospective employer or for a scholarship application will occur only with parental or student permission as appropriate. The district must comply with a request by a military recruiter or an institution of higher education for students names, addresses, and telephone listings, unless parents have advised the district not to release their child s information without prior written consent. The principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The address of the principal(s) offices are: (See inside cover). The records manager is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated. The records manager may be contacted at or visited at 2301 Santa Isabel. Records may be inspected by a parent or eligible student during regular school hours. If circumstances prevent inspection during these hours, the district shall either provide a copy of the requested records, or make other arrangements for the parent or student to review the requested records. A parent (or the student if he or she is 18 or older or is attending an institution of postsecondary education) may inspect the student s records and request a correction if the records are considered inaccurate or otherwise in violation of the student s privacy rights. If the district refuses the request to amend the records, the requestor has the right to request a hearing. If the records are not amended as a result of the hearing, the requestor has 30 school days to exercise the right to place a statement commenting on the information in the student s record. 7

69 Although improperly recorded grades may be challenged, contesting a student s grade in a course is handled through the general complaint process defined by policy FNG (LOCAL). Copies of student records are available at a cost of ten cents per page, payable in advance. If the parents are unable to view the records during regular school hours, one copy of the record will be provided at no charge upon written request of the parent. Please note: The parents and/or eligible students have a right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they believe the District is not in compliance with federal law regarding student records. The District s policy regarding student records is available from the principal s or superintendent s office. The parent s or eligible student s right of access to, and copies of student records do not extend to all records. Materials that are not considered educational records such as teachers personal notes about a student that are shared only with a substitute teacher do not have to be made available to the parents or student. State Assessments Students at certain grade levels will be administered STAAR assessments in the following subjects, as well as routine testing and other measures of achievement: 1. Grades 3-8 Mathematics 2. Grades 3-8 Reading 3. Grades 4 and 7 Writing 4. Grade 8 Social Studies 5. Grades 5 and 8 Science 6. End-of-Course (EOC) exams in the following subjects: a. English I b. English II c. Algebra I d. Biology e. U. S. History 7. Any other subject or assessment required by state or federal law. (i.e. TELPAS, Exit Level TAKS) Videotaping of Students For safety purposes, video/audio equipment will be used to monitor student behavior on buses (and in common areas on campus). Students will not be told when the equipment is being used. The principal will review the video and audio recordings routinely and document student misconduct. Discipline shall be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. A parent who wants to view a videotape of the incident leading to the discipline of his or her child may request access in accordance with policy FL in the District s policy manual. Withdrawal from School A student under 18 may be withdrawn from school only by a parent. The school requests notice from the parent at least three days in advance so that records and documents may be prepared. A withdrawal form may be obtained by the parent from the principal s office. On the student s last day, the withdrawal form must be presented to each teacher for current grade averages and book clearance; to the librarian to ensure a clear library record; to the clinic for health records; to the counselor for the last report card and course clearance; and finally, to the principal. A copy of the withdrawal form will be given to the student and a copy placed in the student s permanent record. A student who is 18 or older, who is married, or who has been declared by a court to be an emancipated minor, may withdraw without parental signature. SECTION II Curriculum-related Information This section of the handbook contains pertinent requirements for academics and activities. Much of this information will also be of interest to your parents and should be reviewed with them especially if you are entering 9 th grade or are a transfer student. The section includes information on graduation programs and requirements; options for earning course credit; extracurricular activities and other school-related organizations; and awards, honors, and scholarships. 8

70 For more detailed information on instructional programs, graduation requirements, and courses offered at the high schools and magnet schools, you may refer to the District Curriculum Bulletin available at your child s high school. A Curriculum Bulletin is given to every high school student on an annual basis. Awards and Honors All UIL events carry an appropriate award. Awards are given in other areas such as academic achievement, athletics, and band. Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE) Career and Technical Education offers a sequence of courses within instructional programs directly related to the preparation of individuals for employment is current or emerging occupations. Such programs contribute to an individual s general knowledge, higher order reasoning, problem solving skills, work attitude, and general employability skills. Program offerings include: Agricultural Science Technology, Business Education, Marketing, Family and Consumer Services Education, Health Science Technology Education, Trade and Industrial Courses such as Electronics, Welding, Metal Trades, Auto Technology, Building and Construction Trades, Automotive Repair, Cosmetology, Advertising Design, Health Occupations, Oil & Gas, Logistics & Distribution, Engineering & Engineering and Technology-Game Design & Animation, and Audio-Visual. Admission to these programs is based on interest, aptitude, age, and grade classification. Teacher approval is required for some of the courses. It is the policy of the Career and Technical Education Department not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, limited English proficiency or handicapping conditions in its programs. For further information about these programs, please contact the school counselors. Plan to succeed This handbook provides curriculum information to assist Laredo ISD students in making course selections that satisfy personal needs as well as high school graduation requirements. Several new courses are listed, and not all are available on each high school campus. Appropriate teacher certification and sufficient student enrollment are key factors in determining course offerings. Students should select courses to both challenge themselves and meet graduation requirements. Campus guidance counselors will assist with any questions. Student Code of Conduct Link GRADUATION Requirements for a Diploma for a Student Enrolled in High School Prior to the School Year To receive a high school diploma from the district, a student who was enrolled in high school prior to the school year must successfully: Complete the required number of credits established by the state and any additional credits required by the district; Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated by the state; and Achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course (EOC) assessments or approved substitute assessments, unless specifically waived as permitted by state law. Requirements for a Diploma Beginning with the School Year Beginning with students who enter grade 9 in the school year, as well as any currently enrolled high school student who decides to graduate under the new foundation graduation program, a student must meet the following requirements to receive a high school diploma from the district: Complete the required number of credits established by the state and any additional credits required by the district; Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated by the state; Achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course (EOC) assessments or approved substitute assessments, unless specifically waived as permitted by state law; and Demonstrate proficiency, as determined by the district, in the specific communication skills required by the State Board of Education. Testing Requirements for Graduation Students are required, with limited exceptions and regardless of graduation program, to perform satisfactorily on the following EOC assessments: English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and United States History. A student who has not achieved sufficient scores on 9

71 the EOC assessments to graduate will have opportunities to retake the assessments. State law and state rules also provide for certain scores on norm-referenced national standardized assessments to substitute for the requirement to meet satisfactory performance on an applicable EOC assessment should a student choose this option. See the school counselor for more information on the state testing requirements for graduation. If a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment, the district will provide remediation to the student in the content area for which the performance standard was not met. This may require participation of the student before or after normal school hours or at times of the year outside normal school operations. Minimum, Recommended, and Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Graduation Programs For students who were enrolled in high school prior to the school year, the district offers the graduation programs listed in this section. Students enrolled in high school prior to the school year also have the option to pursue the foundation graduation program as described below. Note that permission to enroll in the Minimum Program as described in this section will be granted only if a written agreement is reached among the student, the student s parent or person standing in parental relation, and the school counselor or appropriate administrator. In order for a student to take courses under the Minimum Program, the student must be at least 16 years of age; have completed at least two credits each in English language arts, math, science, and social studies courses that are required for graduation; or have failed grade 9 one or more times. [See policy EIF (LEGAL).] Foundation Graduation Program Every student in a Texas public school who enters grade 9 in the school year and thereafter will graduate under a new program called the foundation graduation program. Within the foundation graduation program are endorsements, which are paths of interest that include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Business and Industry; Public Services; Arts and Humanities; and Multidisciplinary Studies. Endorsements earned by a student will be noted on the student s transcript and diploma. The foundation graduation program also involves the term distinguished level of achievement, which reflects the completion of at least one endorsement and Algebra II as one of the required advanced mathematics credits. A personal graduation plan will be completed for each high school student. State law and rules prohibit a student from graduating solely under the foundation graduation program without an endorsement unless, after the student s sophomore year, the student and student s parent are advised of the specific benefits of graduating with an endorsement and submit written permission to the school counselor for the student to graduate without an endorsement. A student who anticipates graduating under the foundation graduation program without an endorsement and who wishes to attend a four-year university or college after graduation must carefully consider whether this will satisfy the admission requirements of the student s desired college or university. Graduating under the foundation graduation program will also provide opportunities to earn performance acknowledgments that will be acknowledged on a student s diploma and transcript. Performance acknowledgments are available for outstanding performance in bilingualism and biliteracy; in a dual credit course; on an AP or IB exam; on the PSAT, ACT-Plan, SAT, or ACT exam, which are national exams; or for earning a nationally or internationally recognized license or certificate. The criteria for earning these performance acknowledgments are prescribed by state rules, and the school counselor can provide more information about these acknowledgments. A student enrolled in high school prior to the school year has the option of graduating under the foundation graduation program rather than the programs identified above that would otherwise be applicable to that student. See the school counselor for additional information. Personal Graduation Plans for Students under the Foundation Graduation Program A personal graduation plan will be developed for each high school student who is subject to the requirements of the foundation graduation program. The district encourages all students to pursue a personal graduation plan that includes the completion of at least one endorsement and to graduate with the distinguished level of achievement. Attainment of the distinguished level of achievement entitles a student to be considered for automatic admission to a public four year college or university in Texas, depending on his or her rank in class. The school will review personal graduation plan options with each student entering grade 9 and his or her parent. Before the end of grade 9, a student and his or her parent will be required to sign off on a personal graduation plan that includes a course of study that promotes college and workforce readiness and career placement and advancement, as well as facilitates the transition from secondary to postsecondary education. The student s personal graduation plan will denote an appropriate course sequence based on the student s choice of endorsement. A student may amend his or her personal graduation plan after this initial confirmation. The school will send written notice of any such amendment made by the student to the student s parent. Available Course Options for all Graduation Programs Information regarding specific courses required or offered in each curriculum area will be distributed to students each spring in order to enroll in courses for the upcoming school year. Please be aware that not all courses are offered at every secondary campus in the district. A student who wants to take a course not offered at his or her regular campus should contact the school counselor about a transfer or other alternatives. If the parents of at least 10

72 22 students request a transfer for those students to take a course in the required curriculum other than fine arts or CTE, the district will offer the course for the following year either by teleconference or at the school from which the transfers were requested. Certificates of Coursework Completion A certificate of coursework completion will not be issued to a student who has successfully completed state and local credit requirements for graduation but has not yet demonstrated satisfactory performance on the state-mandated tests required for graduation. Graduation Expenses Because students and parents will incur expenses in order to participate in the traditions of graduation, such as the purchase of invitations, senior ring, cap and gown, and senior picture, both student and parent should monitor progress toward completion of all requirements for graduation. The expenses often are incurred in the junior year or first semester of the senior year. Students with Disabilities Upon the recommendation of the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee, a student with a disability who receives special education services may be permitted to graduate under the provisions of his or her IEP. A student who receives special education services and has completed four years of high school, but has not met the requirements of his or her IEP, may participate in graduation ceremonies and receive a certificate of attendance. Even if the student participates in graduation ceremonies to receive the certificate of attendance, he or she may remain enrolled to complete the IEP and earn his or her high school diploma; however, the student will only be allowed to participate in one graduation ceremony. [See policy FMH (LEGAL).] Please also be aware that if an ARD committee places a student with a disability on a modified curriculum in a subject area, the student will be automatically placed in the Minimum Program, if that program is applicable based on the school year in which the student entered high school, in accordance with state rules. If a student receiving special education services is scheduled to graduate under the Minimum Program or in accordance with the provisions of his or her IEP, the student s ARD committee will determine whether the general EOC assessment is an accurate measure of the student s achievement and progress and, if so, whether successful performance is required for graduation, or whether an alternative assessment is more appropriate. STAAR Alternate is the alternative assessment currently allowed by the state. ARD committees for students with disabilities who receive special education services and who are subject to the foundation graduation program will make instructional and assessment decisions for these students in accordance with state law and rules. Graduation Plan Descriptions Distinguished Achievement Program The Distinguished Achievement Program is available to all students who are serious about their studies, who want to be challenged and who want to earn college credit and/or do professional research level projects while still in high school. It is a twenty-six-credit program which requires students to achieve any combination of four of the advanced measures approved by the State Board of Education. Students pursuing this program may enroll in pre-advanced placement courses, and Advanced Placement courses and take the appropriate Advanced Placement Exams. It is advisable that students also consider concurrent enrollment (taking college classes while enrolled in high school). Students must obtain four (4) measures from either: A. Original Research (2 measures) B. Test Data -3 or above score on AP test (4 measures) or PSAT Commended Scholar; NMSQT or NHSP recognition (1 measure) C. College courses with a B or higher grade (4 measures), including TECH PREP Articulated Courses (4 measures) Recommended High School Program The Recommended High School Program is a twenty-six credit program which provides a solid academic foundation. As the name implies, it is the program recommended by the State Board of Education. Students wishing to complete this program and have this accomplishment recognized on the academic achievement record must complete all the course requirements listed under it. Students may also select courses designated as pre-advanced placement and/or for gifted and talented if they meet the prerequisites and/or requirements. Minimum Program The Minimum Program requires 22 credits. Students following this plan may select any course in each of the designated curricular areas from the State Board of Education's list of approved courses. The minimum plan is not a college preparation program and is only available to students unable to pursue a higher plan. Early Graduation Program High School requirements are typically completed in four years. However, students can complete all requirements one year earlier graduating as a junior instead of as a senior. Early graduation with a high school diploma can be achieved by complying with the 11

73 following: (1) Students must apply for early graduation in the spring semester of their sophomore year by filling out an Early Graduation Application Form, (2) Students must pass all areas of the exit level EOC assessments, (3) Students must have completed the required 26 credits mandated by the state and district on their graduation plan (including correspondence courses), (4) Students must pass all areas of the TSI, be exempt from taking the TSI or by approval of the principal, and (5) Students must obtain counselor, principal and parental approval. Failure to complete any of the proceeding items will result in the student NOT being eligible to graduate with a high school diploma in three years. Note: Please see counselor for additional information. State Assessment/Graduation Requirement In addition to completing the credit requirements under a specific graduation plan, the student must also pass the STAAR End-of- Course (EOC) assessments designed to measure student s academic performance in core high school courses. The End-of-Course will become part of the graduation requirements beginning with the freshman class of End-of-Course assessments for secondary-level courses will be administered in Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and United States History. Students entering high school prior to must pass the TAKS Exit Level assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. (www.tea.state.tx.us) Valedictorian and Salutatorian Valedictorian and Salutatorian honors shall be awarded to the two students with the highest point weighted GPA s in the graduating class. To calculate the top-ranking students, grades shall be carried out to the fifth decimal place or further to break a tie. There shall be no co- valedictorian or co-salutatorian. If two students have identical scores, the final grade point average shall be computed by averaging only those that both students have in common. To be eligible for Valedictorian or Salutatorian honors, a student shall: 1. Have been enrolled in the same district high school for the last two academic years; 2. Be enrolled in at least: a. Two credits for the final semester of residency, contingent upon concurrent enrollment in an institution of higher learning; b. Three credits for the final semester of residency contingent upon proof of employment; or c. Four credits for all others. Letter grades of transferred students from outside the District shall: Be assigned the following value if a numerical value is not provided: A+ = 98 B+ = 88 C+ = 78 D+ = 68 A = 95 B = 85 C = 75 D = 65 A- = 92 B- = 82 C- = 72 D- = 62 F = Numerical average if so transcribed, or if not, the number assigned shall be 59. Weighted Grading System Beginning with the freshman class of school year , courses will be classified as non-weighted, weighted Pre/AP, weighted AP, or weighted dual college credit. Weighted Pre-AP/AP/Dual Credit courses grades will be multiplied by 1.0. Weighted for enrollment in an AP courses with a qualifying score of 3, 4, or 5 - AP exams shall be calculated by Weighted for enrollment in AP course without a qualifying AP score shall be calculated by Students receiving dual college credit shall receive the numerical grade earned in the course. Letter grades shall be recorded as follows: A+ = 98 B+ = 88 C+ = 78 D+ = 68 A = 95 B = 85 C = 75 D = 65 A- = 92 B- = 82 C- = 72 D- = 62 F = Numerical average if so transcribed, or if not, the number assigned shall be a 59. Completed and earned dual enrollment credits and AP credit will be utilized for grade point average and class ranking. Top 10 Percent Eligible for Automatic Admission Under the House Bill 588, students who are in the top 10% of their graduating class are eligible for automatic admissions to any public university in Texas with the exception of the University of Texas at Austin. (www.texas.educ/student/admissions) 12

74 Graduation Plans for Class 2015, 2016 and 2017 Discipline Recommended HSP Distinguished Achievement Program English Language Arts Four Credits: English I, II, III and IV English I and II for Speakers of other Languages may be substituted for English I and II only for students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate levels of English language proficiency. Four Credits: English I, II, III and IV English I and II for Speakers of other Languages may be substituted for English I and II only for students with limited English proficiency who are at the beginning or intermediate levels of English language proficiency Mathematics Four Credits: Algebra I Geometry Algebra II The additional credit may be selected from either of the following and must be successfully completed prior to Algebra II: Mathematical Models with Applications Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CTE) Pre-calculus Independent Studies in Mathematics AP Calculus AB AP Computer Science Engineering Mathematics (CTE) Statistics and Risk Management (CTE) Advanced Quantitative Reasoning Four Credits: Algebra I Geometry Algebra II The fourth credits may be selected from any of the following after successful completion of Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry: Pre-calculus Independent Studies in Mathematics AP Calculus AB AP Computer Science Engineering Mathematics (CTE) Statistics and Risk Management (CTE) Advanced Quantitative Reasoning 13

75 Continue Graduation Plans for Class 2015, 2016 and 2017 Science Four credits: Biology Chemistry Physics The additional credit may be IPC and must be successfully completed prior to chemistry and physics. The fourth credit may be selected from any of the following: Aquatic Science Astronomy Earth and Space Science Environmental Systems AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics B AP Environmental Science Scientific Research and Design (CTE) Anatomy and Physiology (CTE) Engineering Design and Problem Solving (CTE) Medical Microbiology (CTE) Pathophysiology (CTE) Advanced Animal Science (CTE) Advanced Biotechnology (CTE) Advanced Plant and Soil Science (CTE) Food Science (CTE) Forensic Science (CTE) Four credits: Biology Chemistry Physics After successful completion of a biology course, a chemistry course, and a physics course, the fourth credit may be selected from any of the following: Aquatic Science Astronomy Earth and Space Science Environmental Systems AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Physics B AP Environmental Science Scientific Research and Design (CTE) Anatomy and Physiology (CTE) Engineering Design and Problem Solving (CTE) Medical Microbiology (CTE) Pathophysiology (CTE) Advanced Animal Science (CTE) Advanced Biotechnology (CTE) Advanced Plant and Soil Science (CTE) Food Science (CTE) Forensic Science (CTE) Social Studies Economics with emphasis on the free enterprise system and its benefits Languages Other than English Three and one-half credits: World Geography World History U.S. History AP U.S. History U.S. Government AP Government One-half credit Economics AP Economics (Micro/Macro) AP Macroeconomics Two credits: The credits must consist of any two levels in the same language. Three and one-half credits: World Geography World History U.S. History AP U.S. History U.S. Government AP Government One-half credit Economics AP Economics (Micro/Macro) AP Macroeconomics Three credits: The credits must consist of any three levels in the same language. 14

76 Continue Graduation Plans for Class 2015, 2016 and 2017 Physical One and a half credit (District Policy): Education The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses: Foundations of Personal Fitness Adventure/Outdoor Education Aerobic Activities Team or Individual Sports In accordance with local district policy, credit for any of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in the following activities: Athletics JROTC Appropriate private or commercially sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus In accordance with local district policy, up to one and a half credit for any one of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in any of the following activities: Drill Team Marching Band Cheerleading All allowed substitution activities must include at least 100 minutes per five-day school week of moderate to rigorous physical activity. Credit may not be earned for any TEKSbased course more than once. No more than four substitution credits may be earned through any combination of substitutions One and a half credit (District Policy): The required credit may be from any combination of the following one-half to one credit courses: Foundations of Personal Fitness Adventure/Outdoor Education Aerobic Activities Team or Individual sports In accordance with local district policy, credit for any of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in the following activities: Athletics JROTC Appropriate private or commercially sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus In accordance with local district policy, up to one credit and a half credit for any one of the courses listed above may be earned through participation in any of the following activities: Drill Team Marching Band Cheerleading All allowed substitution activities must include at least 100 minutes per five-day school week of moderate to rigorous physical activity. Credit may not be earned for any TEKSbased course more than once. No more than four substitution credits may be earned through any combination of substitutions Health One-half credit (District Policy) One-half credit (District Policy) Education Speech Professional Communications (CTE) Professional Communications (CTE) Fine Arts One Credit One Credit Technology *One credit (Local Recommendation) *One credit (Local Recommendation) Applications Electives Four and one-half credits Three and one-half credits Courses Total Credits *It is highly recommended that all LISD students should take at least one technology-based course as one of their electives in order to be well prepared for post-secondary education. 15

77 Foundation Graduation Program beginning Class of 2018 and Optional for all other students English Language Arts Four credits: English I English II English III An advance English course Mathematics Three credits: Algebra I Geometry An advance math course Science Three credits: Biology IPC and/or advanced science course Any advanced science course Social Studies Three credits: World History or World Geography or combined W. History/W. Geography U.S. History U.S. Government (one-half credit) Economics (one-half credit) Physical Education One and a half credit: (local policy) Languages Other Than English Two credits in the same language Computer programming languages (other exceptions) Fine Arts One credit Health One half credit: (local policy) Electives Four credits Total Credits 22 Endorsements A student may earn an endorsement by successfully completing: Curriculum requirements for the endorsement four credits in mathematics four credits in science two additional elective credits STEM-Endorsement Includes 4 courses in a coherent sequence directly related to: science, including Chemistry and Physics technology, including computer science engineering advanced math Business and Industry Includes 4 courses in a coherent sequence directly related to: database management information technology communications accounting finance marketing welding logistics automotive technology HVAC Culinary arts and hospitality Public Services Includes 4 courses in a coherent sequence directly related to: health sciences and occupations education and training law enforcement 16

78 Foundation Graduation Program beginning Class of 2018 and Optional for all other students Arts and Humanities-Endorsement Includes 4 courses in a coherent sequence directly related to: political science world languages cultural studies English literature history fine arts Multidisciplinary Studies-Endorsement Allows a student to select courses from the curriculum of each endorsement area and earn credits in a variety of advanced courses from multiple content areas sufficient to complete the distinguished level of achievement Total Credits w/endorsement-26 Distinguished Level or Achievement Four credits in math, including credit in Algebra II Four credits in science Completion of curriculum requirements for at least one endorsement Performance Acknowledgment for outstanding performance in a dual credit course in bilingualism and biliteracy on an AP test on the PSAT, the ACT-Plan, the SAT, or the ACT for earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or license *LISD has retained Professional Communications as a local graduation requirement after TAC approval of HB5 17

79 COMPUTER RESOURCES To prepare students for an increasingly computerized society, the district has made a substantial investment in computer technology for instructional purposes. Use of these resources is restricted to students working under a teacher s supervision and for approved purposes only. All district policies and procedures for acceptable use of computers and online activities are intended to make the district s equipment, applications/programs and the system network more efficient, accessible and reliable for all users. User, as it is used in these guidelines, is defined as any student from Laredo ISD or student guest from another entity with access to a computer, Internet and/or other technological equipment and software throughout the district. The use of the district s computer technology and access to telecommunications resources is a privilege and not a right. Student use is conditional based upon completion of yearly Internet Safety training provided by the teacher of record and a parental consent form. User must follow all requirements and expectations in the Student Code of Conduct. Violations of the policies and procedures concerning the use of computers, district resources and online activities will result in disciplinary action in the same manner as other Code of Conduct violations. The severity of the violation committed using technology will result in the severity of disciplinary action. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Laredo Independent School District will comply with all FERPA requirements as it pertains to the protection of the privacy of student educational records. (20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). FERPA gives parents and students 18 years of age or older the right to review and inspect student records and request amendments to the record if they feel the information is misleading. Requests for amendments are subject to review by the district and can be granted or denied. Parents and eligible students have the right to a formal hearing if the decision was not to their satisfaction. In most cases, parent or eligible student written permission is needed in order to release any information in student s educational record. There are some instances where parental permission is not required. The following is a list of those exceptions (34 CFR 99.31): School officials with legitimate educational interest; Other schools to which a student is transferring; Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student; Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school; Accrediting organizations; To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law. Any LISD employee accessing student educational records is required to follow these guidelines. If a request is made by a vendor or outside entity for student educational records, the employee must refer them to the Communications Department. Any employees who receive student educational records in error must report it immediately to the Communications Department. District Computer/Software Usage Electronic information residing on internal/external storage devices and any related media is to be used for instructional and administrative purposes. Instructional purposes include academic research, completing class assignments, communication, publishing, technology integration, technology proficiencies, software training and any activities that support the district s instructional objectives. LISD computers require a windows login and password to access to computer/network resources. User is responsible for logging out at the end of his/her use of the equipment. District computers located in public areas (classrooms, labs, media centers) will be available for users provided that district requirements for access have been met. Computers in certain areas may be restricted for certain user groups. Acceptable Conduct 1. Users shall protect the security and privacy of LISD s technology equipment. 2. Users shall treat technology with care. Information on proper computer care can be provided by the Technology Department upon request. 3. Users who check out technology equipment/software shall be responsible and must make sure that equipment is operating properly prior to checkout. It is also the responsibility of the user to return the equipment in the same condition it was checked out. (normal wear and tear accepted) 4. Users will be required to change passwords as directed. All passwords must remain confidential and must not be shared [CQ Regulation]. 18

80 5. Users shall obtain written permission before opening, moving, deleting or duplicating the computer files from one computer to another. Limitation of Uses 1. Users shall not participate in any online activity or use of computers/technology equipment in any way that may harass, defame or demean others with language or images that harass, threaten, torment, taunt, stalk, humiliate, coerce or intimidate others. Such actions are classified as cyber-bullying and are a direct violation of the district s acceptable use policy. 2. Users shall not use technology for non-instructional purposes, non-district related activities, purposes that impede teaching/learning/research or activities that hinder the district, or violate an applicable license or contract. 3. Users shall not alter programs or files belonging to other users (hacking). 4. Users shall not take actions that are harmful to the district s technology equipment (vandalism). 5. Users shall not install any software or use any unapproved software on district computers. This includes installing or using software designed to bypass Internet filtering or security software set in place by the district. In addition, user may not install any peer-to-peer (PTP) software that allows for illegal sharing and download of movies, music, photos or other files that can be shared amongst a group of users. 6. Users shall not install or run any executable files (.exe,.bat) that can render a computer as a network device. 7. Users shall not run or execute unauthorized applications from external devices, pen drives, and/or mapped drives. 8. Users shall not disclose their passwords to access a computer or program to anyone else, nor should they use someone else s login and or password. 9. Users shall not gain unauthorized access to resources or information. [CQ Regulation] 10. Users shall not use computer/technology equipment for personal use such as for commercial purposes, financial gain, and advertisement, seeking/interacting with professional unions, political lobbying or supporting illegal activities. 11. Users shall not make any changes to the computer/technology equipment configurations (i.e. network settings, display settings including adding or changing backgrounds and screen savers). 12. Users shall not use unauthorized administrative logins and passwords or attempt to circumvent logins, passwords, access codes, or information protection schemes or uncover security loopholes or attempt to break authentication procedures or encryption protocols. [CQ Regulation] 13. Users shall not write, produce, generate copy, propagate or attempt to introduce any computer code designed to self-replicate, damage, or otherwise hinder the performance of any computer s memory, file system or software. Such software is often called a bug, virus, worm, trojan horse or similar name. 14. Users shall not move computer/technology equipment from designated areas. 15. Users shall not waste district resources (paper, ink, disk space, diskettes, etc.) including printing excessive pages or storing songs, musical selections, movies or videos. 16. Users shall not use district equipment (laptops, desktops or personal telecommunication/electronic devices) to access social networking sites for personal non-educational purposes (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube). INTERNET USAGE LISD is providing access to the Internet with the purpose of facilitating teaching and learning of the curriculum in accordance with Laredo ISD educational objectives. Internet users must restrict their activities to endeavors in support of district educational and administrative objectives. The district has the right to monitor, audit, and review user s Internet access on district computers and any district s electronic data devices, inclusive of remote and/or online resources and storage media, as deemed appropriate to support identification, termination, and/or prosecution of unauthorized activity. In accordance with appropriate certification, the district operates a technology protection measure that protects minors against access to visual depictions that are obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors; and protects adults against access to visual depictions that are obscene or child pornography. 47 U.S.C. 254 (h) (5) (B), (C) [Board Policy CQ Legal] The district uses Internet content management software on all district owned/leased technology equipment to filter content and sites that are considered inappropriate. This software allows the district to run reports detailing all activity on individual accounts. The district has the right to generate a user access report detailing all activity including violations. A report will be generated if the user is suspected of abusing the privilege of Internet access, violating any of the guidelines, or misusing the Internet. System users and parents of students with access to the district's system should be aware that, despite the district's use of technology protection measures as required by law, use of the system may provide access to other electronic communications systems in the global electronic network that may contain inaccurate and/or objectionable material. (Local regulation CQ) Any system user identified as a security risk or as having violated district and/or campus computer use guidelines may be denied access to the district's system. The individual in whose name a system account is issued will be responsible at all times for its proper use. (Local regulation CQ) The following procedures will be applied at all campuses: 19

81 1. The classroom teacher will provide Internet safety training on the proper use of the system and ethical and safe use of the technology and Internet. [CQ Regulation] 2. The classroom teacher will give users that have received the appropriate training and parental consent, their assigned login information. 3. Teacher is responsible for actively monitoring individual usage of the Internet to ensure its proper use. The district shall monitor usage through Internet content management software to restrict sites that are considered inappropriate. Acceptable Conduct 1. Users shall use the Internet for educational and administrative purposes. The Internet is a tool to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. 2. Users shall use Internet resources in accordance with copyright law. Copyright is implied in all cases whether or not explicit reference to copyright is mentioned. 3. Users shall use the Internet in accordance with state and federal laws. 4. Users who gain access to inappropriate materials unintentionally are expected to discontinue the access as quickly as possible and report the incident to the supervising teacher immediately. [CQ Regulation] Limitation of Uses 1. Users shall not use the Internet for non-educational purposes. 2. Users shall not use the internet for illegal purposes, in support of illegal activities, or for any other activity prohibited by district policy or guidelines. [CQ Regulation] 3. Users shall not use or redistribute copyrighted programs or data except with the written permission of the copyright holder or designee. Such permission must be specified in the document or must be obtained directly from the copyright holder or designee in accordance with applicable copyright laws, district policy and administrative regulations. 4. Users shall not use the Internet unless they have received the district s Internet Safety training and returned the appropriate parental consent form. 5. Users shall not distribute personal information about themselves or others through the Internet. [CQ Regulation] 6. Users shall not disable, or attempt to disable filtering device on the district s electronic communication system. [CQ Regulation] 7. Users shall not encrypt communications to avoid security review by system administrators. [CQ Regulation] 8. Users shall not maliciously attempt to harm or destroy district equipment or data, or the equipment or data of any of the agencies or other networks that are connected to the Internet. [CQ Regulation] 9. Users shall not use district Internet access to buy, sell or promote commercial items. 10. Users shall not access any Internet storage sites that may use to store media such as movies, music and/or photos or other information that was not reviewed by the district. 11. Users shall not access or post materials that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another's image or illegal. [CQ Regulation] Online Harassment is a 3 rd degree felony in the state of Texas (HB2003 and SB28). These items include but are not limited to the following categories: a. Websites with adult content including images or text that are provocative or suggestive b. Websites which promote activities which are illegal for minors (such as drinking alcohol) c. Websites with content which people may find repulsive or disgusting d. Websites which are intended to teach/instruct the reader in skills which are generally only useful for pursuing criminal activities, such as but not limited to: Building bombs or explosives Hacking into computer systems Lock picking e. Websites which promote the use of illegal controlled substances or instruct the reader how to grow/make/process these substances f. Websites which allow the playing or downloading of non-educational games. g. Websites which allow online gambling or are dedicated to gambling information and instructions h. Websites which advocate intolerance or hatred of a person or group of people i. Websites which show or advocate violence. Examples include: Images containing graphic violence (blood/murder), promotion of violence or terrorist acts against others j. Websites for social networking such as MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Friendster, Twitter, Club Penguin, Instagram, SnapChat, etc. 12. Users shall not waste system resources while using the Internet. Examples include printing items that are not educational, downloading large files such as games, multimedia programs, music, videos and continuous playing of music and video. 20

82 Electronic Mail Usage The purpose of the school district s is to facilitate communications in support of research and education. Access to the district s system is a privilege, not a right. Users of the district system are required to comply with all district rules, regulations and policies governing appropriate use of the system. The district has the right to deny the privilege of using to any user who is in violation of any guideline. Users should be mindful that sending messages through the district s system might cause recipients or other readers to assume the originator represents the district or school. The Technology Department is authorized to monitor or examine all system activities, including electronic mail transmissions, as deemed appropriate to ensure student safety online and proper use of the system. [CQ Regulation] transmissions sent and received are not private and may be monitored at any time deemed necessary. The following procedures will be applied at all campuses: 1. All 2 nd -12 th grade students must review guidelines with their teacher. 2. Teacher and/or district have the right to actively monitor sent or received mail to ensure proper and ethical usage of Parents have the right to request copies of sent or received by their daughter/son. Acceptable Conduct 1. Users shall use for educational purposes and must be consistent with the educational mission of the district. 2. Users must purge electronic mail in accordance with established retention guidelines to ensure proper use of system. 3. User shall report any message deemed inappropriate to their teacher and then delete the message. [CQ Regulation] 4. Users shall report illegal or unauthorized use of the or online systems to their teacher, technology staff or campus administrator. 5. Users are expected to observe the following network etiquette: [CQ Regulation] Be polite. Messages typed in capital letters are the computer equivalent of shouting and are considered rude. Use appropriate language. Swearing, vulgarity, ethnic/racial slurs or any other inflammatory language are prohibited. Be considerate when sending attachments with by considering whether a file may be too large to be accommodated by the recipient's system or may be in a format unreadable by the recipient. Limitation of Uses 1. Users shall not use the system for any illegal activity, including but not limited to violation of copyright laws (plagiarism, forgery or attempted forgery of electronic mail messages). [CQ Regulation] 2. Users shall not share their login or password with anyone. [CQ Regulation] 3. Users shall not pretend to be someone else when sending/receiving messages. 4. Users may not transmit/distribute personal information means of the electronic communications system; this includes, but is not limited to, personal addresses and telephone numbers. [CQ Regulation] 5. Users should never make appointments to meet people whom they meet online and should report to a teacher or administrator if they receive any request for such a meeting. [CQ Regulation] 6. Users shall not use to sell or to solicit products or services. 7. Users shall not use for private or commercial offerings of products or services. 8. Users shall not use and/or respond to in any way that would be considered damaging to another s reputation, abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, offensive, threatening, harassing, illegal or contrary to school policy. [CQ Regulation] 9. Users shall not attempt to read, delete, copy or modify the electronic mail of other system users. Deliberate interference with the ability of other system users to send/receive electronic mail, or the use of another person's user ID and/or password is considered inappropriate. [CQ Regulation] 10. Users shall not use the system to distribute material or information on behalf of or with regard to professional unions, collective bargaining, private businesses or associations, or political campaigns or organizations without the express written consent of the Superintendent or designee. 11. Users shall not access private accounts such as HOTMAIL, YAHOO, G-MAIL, etc. when using the district s Internet system. 12. User shall not use for the purpose of sending unnecessary mail, junk mail or chain letters. 13. Users shall not respond to unsolicited messages from any source without the permission of the supervising teacher. 14. Users shall not use for any purposes that may present a tangible cost to the school or interfere with the operations of the computer network or with the performance of the student or employees. Defining Web Pages Usage Rights/Purposes Websites should be primarily academic in nature. They may also serve to support our educational programs by informing our community about events and activities that reflect the unique personality of each school. Users should be mindful that publishing a webpage on a district web server might cause viewers to assume the originator represents the district or school. 21

83 LISD defines webpage as any web accessible file or class page that is published to a district funded website regardless of file type or server location. The district will maintain a district website for the purpose of informing employees, students, parents and members of the community of district programs, policies and practices. No personally identifiable information regarding a student will be published on a website controlled by the district without written permission from the student's parent. The following criteria must be considered when creating and/or posting material to a webpage: 1. Permission form must be signed by student (i.e., 18 yrs. +) and/or parent prior to the publishing of the student s work. 2. Web pages and webpage content created by students belong to the district even if the student is no longer in the district. 3. The district has the right to deny publishing a webpage if it does not follow the approved districts webpage template. 4. The district s webmaster or campus website manager has the right to delete any webpage that uses excessive system resources or network bandwidth or that is in violation of any of the guidelines outlined below. Acceptable Conduct 1. Users shall publish school-related web pages that are embedded within the campuses main homepage. Webpage content and the intent shall be in accordance with the Laredo Independent School District s Internet policies and will relate to the educational objectives of the class/campus/district. Webpage shall be in compliance with state and federal copyright laws. 2. Users shall obtain permission from originator in order to publish information, graphics or photographs on any school related webpage. All graphics, photos, and art must include site references. 3. Users (students) shall obtain and file, with the web administrator, a signed permission form prior to publishing student s work in the Internet. 4. Users, who publish a school-related webpage on the Internet, shall use only the campus/district s web servers to publishing their pages. Limitation of Uses 1. Users shall not use excessive resources on web pages. 2. Users shall not publish web pages for commercial or private advertising, commercial offerings of products or services for sale, or solicit products or services or to raise funds for non-district related activities or organizations. 3. Users of web pages shall not use the network to disseminate material or information on the behalf of or with regard to professional unions, collective bargaining, private businesses or associations, or political campaign organizations without the express written consent of the Superintendent. 4. Users who create school-related web pages shall not publish their work outside of the districts web server. (i.e. local provider, geocities.com, etc.) 5. Users cannot post any personally identifiable information about a district student on a webpage under the district's control unless the district has received written consent from the student's parent. An exception may be made for "directory information" as allowed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and district policy. [See CQ (EXHIBIT A) and FL (LEGAL)] 6. Users shall not identify students on school s web pages. Users shall follow these guidelines: a. When appropriate, first initials and last names or first name along with initial of last name shall be used. Complete first and last name can be listed with parent permission. b. Student work shall not reveal family or personal details that may be construed as invasion of privacy for student or family members. c. Student pictures shall not be published unless written parental permission or student (i.e., 18yrs +) permission is obtained. Group pictures are recommended, with references to teacher s class rather than individual names. Distance Learning and Videoconference Usage Distance learning is interactive communication between two entities separated by distance. Videoconferencing is one form of distance learning where two or more distant groups communicate face-to-face, in real time, by using audio and video equipment. It brings people in one location together with those in another to share their knowledge, experiences, and backgrounds. Opinions, advice, services or any other information expressed by system users, information providers, service providers or other thirdparty individuals in the system are those of the providers and not the district. Acceptable Conduct 1. Users shall be observant that the use of school-related videoconference system might cause some recipients to assume they represent the district or school, whether or not that was the user s intention. 2. Users (students) shall follow all rules as specified by the teacher. 22

84 Limitation of Uses 1. Users shall not display prohibited materials in school s electronic environment. 2. Users shall not say, send, post messages, or use hand gestures that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, or damaging to another s reputation. 3. Users shall not maliciously attempt to harm or destroy district s distance learning videoconference system, or any of the agencies or other networks that are connected to the district s system. 4. Users shall not use the system for illegal purposes, in support of illegal activities, or for any other activity prohibited by district s policy or guidelines. 5. Users shall not include any original work created by others in a videoconference session under the district s control unless the district has received written consent from the student and the student s parent. Personal Telecommunications/Electronic Devices (PTED) Students and employees in our district have personally owned technologies readily available to them. These devices include but are not limited to smart phones, tablets (ipads and Windows tablets, etc.), electronic readers (Nook, Kindle, etc.), netbooks, etc. These items are generally referred to as Personal Telecommunications/Electronic Devices (PTEDs). PTEDs using or accessing district resources (i.e. Wi-Fi) are subject to the same Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) listed throughout this manual unless otherwise stated. Furthermore, the IT Department does not address any technical issues related to PTEDs. Maintenance and troubleshooting of PTEDs is solely the responsibility of the student or employee possessing the device. The district is not responsible for loss, theft and/or damages to PTEDs brought into the district. All users shall be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrative regulations, Acceptable Use Policies and shall agree in writing to allow monitoring of their use and to comply with such regulations and guidelines. Students under age 18 will require parental permission. Noncompliance with applicable regulations and guidelines will result in disciplinary action consistent with district policies and regulations. (See LISD Student Code of Conduct, and Local DH Code of Ethics and Standard Practice for Texas Educators, Regulations) Violations of law may result in criminal prosecutions as well as disciplinary action by the district. AUP Guidelines Audits and Monitoring User shall understand LISD has the right to periodically audit, inspect, and/or monitor all use of LISD technology, PTEDs when deemed appropriate and/or arbitrarily. This includes the access to resources, remote and local. Audits Electronic auditing shall be implemented within all unclassified networks that connect to the Internet or other publicly accessible networks to support identification, termination, and prosecution of unauthorized activity. These electronic audit mechanisms shall be capable of recording: Access to the system, including successful and failed login attempts, and logouts; Inbound and outbound file transfers; Terminal connections to and from external systems; Sent and received messages; Web sites visited; Date, time and user associated with each event; Access to remote desktops; Downloaded material, including files deleted from a user s account. Copyright Compliance The use of district technology in violation of any law, including copyright law, is prohibited. Copyrighted or licensed software or data may not be installed or run from any system connected to the district's system without permission from the holder of the copyright or license. Only the copyright or license owner or an individual the owner has specifically authorized may install copyrighted or licensed material to the system. Users shall not use the system in any way that violates copyright laws. Educational institutions and organizations are not exempt from copyright laws. These laws provide protection for literary works; musical works, including accompanying words; dramatic works, including accompanying music. In addition, pantomimes and choreographic works; pictorial, graphic and sculptural work; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; and sound recordings are also protected. In the distance learning setting, anything considered fair use in the traditional classroom may be transformed into a public performance. Therefore, educators must have permission from the owner of the copyright to use copyrighted materials during the performance. No person will be allowed to use the district's technology to post, publicize, or duplicate information in violation of copyright law. The district will take all reasonable measures to prevent the use of district technology in violation of the law. 23

85 If a copyright or license owner reasonably believes that the district's technology has been used to infringe upon a copyright or license, the owner is encouraged to notify the district. The district has designated the following employee to receive any complaints that copyrighted material is improperly contained on the district network: Veronica Castillon, Director of Communications Juarez Ave TERMINATION OF COMPUTER ACCESS Termination of a student's access to use technology (Computers, Internet, , etc.) for violation of district policies or regulations will be effective on the date the campus or district administrator receives notice of student withdrawal or of revocation of system privileges, or on a future date if so specified in the notice. [CQ Regulation] Disclaimer of Liability System users and parents of students with access to the system should be aware that, despite the district s use of technology protection measures as required by law, use of the system may provide access to other electronic communications systems in the global electronic network that may contain inaccurate and/or objectionable material. [CQ Regulation] Any system user identified as a security risk or as having violated district and/or campus technology use guidelines may be denied access to the district s system. The individual in whose name a system account is issued will be responsible at all times for its proper use. [CQ Regulation] Students and their parents should be aware that electronic transmissions and other use of the LISD system shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated district staff to ensure all systems are being used appropriately for educational purposes only. Student and parents should also be aware that they are being recorded by LISD s physical security camera solution while on school district property for the purpose of safety, maintaining order/discipline. In addition, the district has the right to monitor, audit and review user s access on district computers and any district s electronic data devices, inclusive of remote and/or online resources and storage media. In accordance with appropriate certification, the district shall monitor the online activities of minors 47 U.S.C. 254(h) (5) (B) [CQ Legal]. Electronic auditing shall be implemented as deemed necessary to support identification, termination and prosecution of unauthorized activity. These electronic audit mechanisms shall be capable of recording: 1. Access to the system, including successful and failed login/logout attempts; 2. Inbound and outbound file transfers; 3. Terminal connections to and from external systems; 4. Sent and received messages; 5. Websites visited, including uniform resource locator (URL) of pages retrieved; 6. Date, time and user associated with each event. District computers are programmed to delete any infected files on any type of internal/external storage device or computer. The district will not be responsible for the loss of any electronic files. The district is not liable for inappropriate use of electronic communication resources, violations of copyright restrictions or other laws, mistakes or negligence or costs incurred by users. The district is not responsible for ensuring the accuracy, age appropriateness or usability of any information found on the Internet. The district's system is provided on an "as is, as available" basis. The district does not make any guarantees, whether express or implied, including, without limitation, those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any services provided by the system and any information or software contained therein. The district does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software contained on the system will meet the system user's requirements, or that the system will be uninterrupted or error free, or that defects will be corrected. [CQ Regulation] Opinions, advice, services and all other information expressed by system users, information providers, service providers or other thirdparty individuals in the system are those of the providers and not the district. Students must follow all district electronic policies when using district computers or when participating in a school-related activity. Deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance are violations of the district s electronic policies and may constitute criminal activity under applicable state and federal laws. Any user causing damage to the computer/technology equipment must reimburse any costs the district incurs due to the misuse or abuse of the system. 24

86 The district will cooperate fully with local, state, and federal officials in an investigation concerning or relating to the misuse of any electronic communication and/or data management system. District electronic guidelines are updated and reviewed on a yearly basis. Adoption of additional policies or revisions may occur anytime during the school year and are posted online under the district s Electronic Communication Data Management Guidelines as deemed necessary by the district s Technology Department. COUNSELING Academic Counseling Students and their parents are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teacher, or principal to learn more about course offerings, graduation requirements, and early graduation procedures. Each year, high school students will be provided information on anticipated course offerings for the next school year and other information that will help them make the most of academic and CTE opportunities, as well as information on the importance of postsecondary education. The school counselor can also provide information about entrance exams and application deadlines, as well as information about automatic admission, financial aid, housing, and scholarships as these relate to state colleges and universities. The school counselor can also provide information about workforce opportunities after graduation or technical and trade school opportunities, including opportunities to earn industry-recognized certificates and licenses. Personal Counseling The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns, including such areas as social, family, emotional or mental health issues, or substance abuse. As a parent, if you are concerned about your child s mental or emotional health, please speak with the school counselor for a list of resources that may be of assistance. Distance Learning The District provides students the opportunity to take high school college courses via distance learning. Course schedules are posted at the beginning of each semester. Students enrolled in these courses have a facilitator in the classroom to assist the instructor with daily activities. Counselors can answer questions about eligibility requirements for those students interested in seeking dual-credit courses. Credit toward state graduation requirements may be granted for distance learning courses only as follows: 1. Students may earn course credit through distance learning technologies, such as, but not limited to, satellite, Internet, video conferencing, and instructional television. 2. The distance learning courses must include the state-required essential knowledge and skills for such a course. Dual Credit Courses/College Courses The District offers HB1 dual enrollment courses at no cost to the student. The District also offers technical dual enrollment. Students classified as juniors or seniors may be granted credit for college courses(s) taken in approved institutions to fulfill units for high school graduation under the following provisions: 1. The student makes a written request to the principal and Superintendent that credit be given for a college course. The course(s) may be taken concurrently with high school courses or during the summer or evening. 2. The parent(s) or guardian(s) affirm in writing to the principal and Superintendent that the student has parental permission to take the college course(s). 3. Credit for successfully completely college course(s) shall be earned in one-unit increments. 4. The student pays all costs associated with taking the college course(s) and provides the District with an official college transcript showing the grade received. The student must receive a minimum grade of C to qualify for high school credit. COURSE CREDIT A student in grades 9 12 will earn credit for a course only if the final grade is 70 or above. For a two-semester (1 credit) course, the student s grades from both semesters will be averaged and credit will be awarded if the combined average is 70 or above. Should the student s combined average be less than 70, the student will be required to retake the semester in which he or she failed. CREDIT BY EXAM If a Student Has Taken the Course A student who has previously taken a course or subject but did not receive credit or a final grade for it may, in circumstances determined by the principal or attendance committee, be permitted to earn credit by passing an exam approved by the district s board of trustees on the essential knowledge and skills defined for that course or subject. Prior instruction may include, for example, incomplete coursework due to a failed course or excessive absences, homeschooling, or coursework by a student transferring from a non-accredited school. The opportunity to take an examination to earn credit for a course or to be awarded a final grade in a subject after the student has had prior instruction is sometimes referred to as credit recovery. 25

87 The school counselor or principal would determine if the student could take an exam for this purpose. If approval is granted, the student must score at least 70 on the exam to receive credit for the course or subject. The attendance review committee may also offer a student with excessive absences an opportunity to earn credit for a course by passing an exam. [For further information, see the school counselor and policy EHDB (LOCAL).] CREDIT BY EXAM If a Student Has Not Taken the Course A student will be permitted to take an exam to earn credit for an academic course or subject area for which the student has had no prior instruction, i.e., for advancement, or to accelerate to the next grade level. The exams offered by the district are approved by the district s board of trustees, and state law requires the use of certain exams, such as College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, when applicable. The dates on which exams are scheduled during the school year will be published in appropriate district publications and on the district s website. The only exceptions to the published dates will be for any exams administered by another entity besides the district. In this case, a student and the district must comply with the testing schedule of the other entity. During each testing window provided by the district, a student may attempt a specific exam only once. A student in grade 6 or above will earn course credit with a passing score of at least 80 on the exam, a scaled score of 60 or higher on an exam administered through the CLEP, or a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam, as applicable. A student may take an exam to earn high school course credit no more than twice. If a student fails to achieve the designated score on the applicable exam before the beginning of the school year in which the student would need to enroll in the course according to the school s high school course sequence, the student must complete the course. A student in elementary school will be eligible to accelerate to the next grade level if the student scores at least 80 on each exam in the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, a district administrator recommends that the student be accelerated, and the student s parent gives written approval of the grade advancement. If a student plans to take an exam, the student (or parent) must register with the school counselor no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date. [For further information, see policy EHDC.] Extracurricular Activities, Clubs and Organizations Participation in school and school-related activities is an excellent way for a student to develop talents, receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students; participation, however, is a privilege, not a right. Participation in some of these activities may result in events that occur off-campus. When the district arranges transportation for these events, students are required to use the transportation provided by the district to and from the events. Exceptions to this may only be made with the approval of the activity s coach or sponsor. Eligibility for initial and continuing participation in many of these activities is governed by state law as well as rules of the University Interscholastic League (UIL) a statewide association overseeing inter-district competition. The following requirements apply to all extracurricular activities: 1. A student who receives at the end of a grading period a grade below 70 in any academic class, other than a class identified as honors or advanced by either the State Board of Education or by the local Board, may not participate in extracurricular activities for at least three school weeks. 2. A student with disabilities who fails to meet the standards in the individualized education program (IEP) may not participate for at least three weeks. 3. An ineligible student may practice or rehearse. 4. A student is allowed in a school year up to ten absences not related to post-district competition, a maximum of five absences for post-district competition prior to state, and a maximum of two absences for state competition. All are subject to these restrictions. 5. A student who misses a class because of participation in an activity that has not been approved will receive an unexcused absence. Please note: Sponsors of student clubs and performing groups such as band, choir, and drill and athletic teams may establish standards of behavior including consequences for misbehavior that are stricter than those for students in general. If a violation is also a violation of school rules, the consequences specified by the Student Code of Conduct or by local policy will apply in addition to any consequences specified by the organization. [For further information, see policies FM and FO.] It is the policy of the Laredo Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, limited English proficiency, or Handicapping condition for participation in student organizations. Alternative Academic Program (DAEP) F. S. Lara Academy is the Laredo ISD Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement Campus. Students removed from the regular education program are placed at F.S. Lara Academy. The courses available are limited to the basic curriculum. 26

88 HIGH SCHOOL Areas of Study Courses available 1. English English: I, II, III, IV 2. Reading Reading: I, II, III 3. Mathematics Mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II 4. Social Studies Social Studies: World History, World Geography, US History, Economics, Government 5. Science Science: Biology, Integrated Physics & Chemistry (IPC), Chemistry, Physics 6. Self-Discipline Education (Character Counts Curriculum) 7. Foreign Languages Spanish: I, II, III 8. Electives BIM: Business Information Systems/Introduction to Business Areas of Study 1. Science 2. Social Studies 3. Mathematics 4. Language Arts 5. Reading 6. Self discipline MIDDLE SCHOOL Thus, any courses not listed above and currently being taken by your child at the home campus will receive NO credit. STUDENT SEARCHES 1. Students shall be subjected to pat down search before entry to campus on a daily basis. 2. Shoes shall be checked for contraband. 3. Students shall walk through a metal detector before entering the classroom on a daily basis. 4. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Boys and girls. 5. Lost Lara shirts will be replaced at a cost of $ PROHIBITED ITEMS IN ADDITION TO STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 1. Backpacks (not allowed) 2. Wallets, purses (not allowed) 3. Money is not allowed; there are no items for sale at Lara for students. 4. Undershirts, polo shirts, long sleeve shirts of any kind are not allowed under the Lara shirt. 5. Blue jeans (not allowed) 6. Jackets, coats, rain coats are not allowed in the building. On cold/rainy days, they will be picked up at the entrance, labeled, and returned to the students at the end of the day. SCHOOL SUPPLIES 1. Pens and markers are prohibited. 2. Teachers will provide pencils for student use on a daily basis. Assignments and paper provided by teacher on a daily basis. PERSONAL BELONGINGS 1. Cell phones are not permitted in the campus and will be confiscated. a. First offense, phones shall be confiscated and returned only to parent/guardian. Cell phones will not be returned to students. No exceptions. b. Second offense, phones shall be confiscated and held in the office until the student finishes their days. 2. Rosaries, piercings of any kind, cosmetics, makeup, cosmetic nails, jewelry of any kind, are not allowed and shall be confiscated. 3. All piercings shall be removed or student will not be allowed to stay in school. 4. Make-up, cosmetic nails, and hair dye is not allowed. 5. Only house keys are acceptable, they will be picked up at the entrance and returned to the student at the end of the school day. DRESS CODE 1. Long fingernails and fake nails are not allowed. (Both Male and Female) 27

89 2. Dress code pants only-only black pants or kaki, no jeans. Pants cannot be cuffed. Pants MUST be worn at waist level with a belt. Belt can only be solid in color (brown or black only). 3. No shorts, mini-skirts, or Capri pants allowed. Oversized pants not allowed. 4. No jewelry, watches, religious pendants, rosaries, tongue piercing, body piercing, face piercing, eye piercing allowed. 5. Hair must be well groomed, no colored hair, no dyed hair, no designer haircuts for boys or girls. 6. All coats and jackets must be checked in, under no circumstance will any student be allowed to keep any jackets or sweaters/with hoods. F.S. Lara is not responsible for lost or stolen jackets. ACCELERATED READER GUIDELINES ELEMENTARY Library Media Services Handbook Laredo ISD Revised 2014 The Accelerated Reader program is a reading incentive program used by Laredo ISD to encourage and reward reading for pleasure. It also promotes a life-long love of reading and improves reading comprehension skills. Program Goals To motivate students to improve their reading ability by increasing their reading practice. To offer a management system to teachers that allows every student to read at their independent level. To provide a tool to measure whether students have comprehended what they have read. To increase overall test scores as students become better learners and better readers. To ensure the success of this program, the district is requiring that all students participate and follow the guidelines listed below: Student Guidelines Students will read and quiz on books at their appropriate reading level. Students must take quizzes independently with the exception of PK3, PK4, and Kinder. If a student PK3-Kinder is reading at a pre-primer level or above, the student may quiz independently. Students are encouraged to meet and/or surpass their goal. The administrators, teachers and librarians will set high expectations for all students. The book being quizzed on should remain closed while the student is testing. Students may not take quizzes for other students/and or share answers to quizzes. Students must keep their password PRIVATE. AR quizzes may only be taken in the computer lab, the library, and/or student s classroom teacher at the school in which they are enrolled during school hours including extended day. Students who choose not to follow these guidelines will face the following consequences: o The quiz or quizzes involved will be deleted. o The student will not be eligible to receive AR incentives/awards. Parent Guidelines It is recommended that parents help their child/children reach the district s reading goals and recognize them when they reach those goals. The district provides extended library hours at all campuses which offer a great opportunity for parents to support their child/children with this program. Parents should encourage their child/children to read books at their appropriate reading level. Parents may not assist their child/children with quizzes. They must remember that students are to quiz independently. Parents will be responsible for providing the Student Record Report generated from the AR program for points previously earned by their child/children at schools outside of Laredo ISD. This report must be signed by the librarian from the previous school. Administrator/Faculty Guidelines The Accelerated Reader Program will run from the 3 rd week of the 1 st Six Weeks to the 3 rd week of the 6 th Six Weeks. The administrators and faculty will encourage and promote the Accelerated Reader Program. Students are not required to take a quiz on every book they check-out; nevertheless, they must read the book in its entirety before taking a quiz. Teacher/Librarian will ensure that students are taking a quiz at students appropriate reading level. Teachers will allow the students to quiz at their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), determined by the STAR Reading Test. Teachers will provide English Language Learner (ELL) students the opportunity to read in their first language. 28

90 Teachers will provide ELL students the opportunity to read books in English, at or slightly above their level of English proficiency (beginning, intermediate, advanced and advanced high). (Identify ELL students TELPAS reading proficiency level) Books must remain closed while the student is taking the quiz. Librarian will provide documentation (report indicating students points and average) to the campus administrators and teachers during weekly planning to monitor participation. Goals and Incentives During the 2 nd week of the 1st Six Weeks, a district wide Accelerated Reader kick-off will be held at each campus. Students will be expected to earn a minimum amount of points at the minimum percentage passing as indicated below by the end of the year. Incentives for students will be awarded at their respective campuses. The chart below shows the goals per grade level for each student. Laredo ISD Accelerated Reader Goals Grade End of Year Minimum Points Per Student Minimum Percentage Passing Per Student Minimum Percentage Passing Per GT Student PK3 - K (whole class) 35 75% 85% 1 st Grade 45 75% 85% 2 nd Grade 55 75% 85% 3 rd Grade 70 75% 85% 4 th Grade 80 75% 85% 5 th Grade 90 75% 85% Meeting these goals will have a positive impact on the student s reading success. ACCELERATED READER GUIDELINES MIDDLE SCHOOLS Library Media Services Handbook Laredo ISD Revised 2014 The Accelerated Reader program is a reading incentive program used by Laredo ISD to encourage and reward reading for pleasure. It also promotes a life-long love of reading and improves reading comprehension skills. Program Goals To motivate students to improve their reading ability by increasing their reading practice. To offer a management system to teachers that allows every student to read on their independent level. To provide a tool to measure whether students have comprehended what they have read. To increase overall test scores as students become better learners and better readers. To ensure the success of this program, the district is requiring that all students participate and follow the guidelines listed below: Student Guidelines Students will read and quiz on books at their appropriate reading level. Students are encouraged to meet and/or surpass their goal. The book being quizzed on should remain closed while the student is testing. Students may not take quizzes for other students and/or share answers to quizzes. Students must keep their password PRIVATE. AR quizzes may only be taken in the computer lab, the library, and/or student s classroom teacher at the school in which they are enrolled during school hours including extended day. Students are to respect the privacy of others and not crowd around a computer where a quiz is being taken. Students who choose not to follow these guidelines will face the following consequences: 29

91 o o The quiz or quizzes involved will be deleted. The student will not be eligible to receive AR incentives/awards. Parent Guidelines It is recommended that parents support the district s AR program by encouraging their child/children to read. The district provides extended library hours at all campuses which offer a great opportunity for parents to support their child/children with this program. Parents should encourage their child/children to read books at their appropriate reading level. Parents may not assist their child/children with quizzes. They must remember that students are to quiz independently. Parents will be responsible for providing the Student Record Report generated from the AR program for points previously earned by their child/children at schools outside of Laredo ISD. This report must be signed by the librarian from the previous school. Administrator/Teacher Guidelines The Accelerated Reader program will run from the 3 rd week of the 1 st Six Weeks to the 3 rd week of the 6 th Six Weeks. The administrators, teachers, and librarians will encourage and promote the Accelerated Reader program. The administrators, teachers and librarians will set high expectations for all students. Teachers and librarians will guide and encourage students to make choices on books which will interest them. The administrators, teachers, and librarians will be responsible for ensuring that students select books within their appropriate reading level. Teachers will allow the students to take quizzes within their Reading Level. Teachers will provide the English Language Learners (ELL) students the opportunity to read in their first language. Teachers will provide ELL students the opportunity to read books in English, at/or slightly above their level of English proficiency (beginning, intermediate, advanced, and advanced high). (Identify ELL students TELPAS reading proficiency level) Teachers and librarians will make sure that books remain closed when students are quizzing. Librarian will provide documentation (report indicating students points and average) to the campus administrators and teachers during weekly planning to monitor participation. Goals and Incentives During the 2 nd Week of the 1 st Six Weeks, a district wide Accelerated Reader kick-off will be held at each campus. Incentives for students will be awarded at their respective campuses. Students will be expected to earn a minimum amount of points at the minimum percentage passing as indicated below by the end of each year. The chart below shows the goals per grade level: Laredo ISD Accelerated Reader Goals Grade End of the Year Minimum Points Per Student Minimum Percentage Passing Per Student 6 th grade % 85% 7 th grade % 85% 8 th grade % 85% Meeting these goals will have a positive impact on the students reading success. Minimum Percentage Passing Per GT Student Promotion A student may be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency of the subject matter of the course or grade level. To earn credit in a course, a student must receive at least a grade of 70 based on course-level or grade-level standards. In Grades 9-12, mastery of at least 70 percent of the objectives on District-approved tests shall be required. Grade level advancement for students in grades 9-12 shall be earned by course credits. Changes in grade level classification shall be made at the beginning of the fall semester. Juniors who are graduation candidates must declare their intent to graduate early in the fall for purposes of class ranking and all other senior activities. These students will be classified as seniors at the beginning of the spring semester. (See EIE LOCAL). 30

92 Each campus in the District shall ensure that each student, other than a student with disabilities whose individual education plan (IEP) may provide for alternative achievement standards as close to grade level as possible, demonstrates mastery of the essential knowledge and skills adopted by the State Board. Promotion standards or grade level classification of special education students shall be determined by the ARD committee as appropriate. In assessing students of limited English proficiency for mastery of the essential knowledge and skills, the District shall be flexible in determining methods to allow the students to demonstrate knowledge or competency independent of their English language skills in the following ways: 1. Assessment in the primary language, 2. Assessment using ESL methodologies, 3. Assessment with multiple varied instruments. (See EHBE) The District recognizes that the retaining of students is not an effective strategy. Therefore, the District shall establish procedures designed to reduce retaining students at a grade level, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the practice of retaining students. (See EHBC). Please be aware that for fifth and eighth graders, meeting performance standards in Mathematics and Reading on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) assessment will be also required for promotion. Students who do not meet the performance standards will have opportunities to participate in accelerated instructional programs designed to help them improve their performance. For further information, see Board policies at EHBC, EI, and EIE. STAAR will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) beginning in spring The STAAR program at grades 3 8 will assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. At high school, end-of-course (EOC) assessments: Algebra I, Biology, English I Reading/Writing, English II Reading/Writing, and U.S. History. Students first enrolled in grade 9 or below in the school year will be required to take the STAAR EOC assessments as part of their graduation requirement and will no longer take high school TAKS. With the implementation of the STAAR EOC program, assessment requirements for graduation have changed. Students in the current TAKS program are required to meet the passing standard on the four TAKS exit level assessments (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies). With the new STAAR program, students will be required to meet the passing standard on the five STAAR EOC assessments (English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History). Completion of Coursework After Placement in Disciplinary Alternative Education Program A student who has been removed from the classroom and placed in F.S. Lara shall have an opportunity to complete any coursework before the beginning of the next school year. Available methods to complete coursework include, but are not limited to, correspondence courses, distance learning, or summer school. After In-School Suspension or Other Removal from the Regular Classroom If a student is removed from the regular classroom and placed in in-school suspension or another setting other than a disciplinary alternative education setting, the student can complete each course in which the student was enrolled at the time of the removal. Available methods for completing coursework include, but are not limited to, correspondence courses, distance learning, or summer school. Special Programs The District provides special programs for gifted and talented students, homeless students, bilingual students, and migrant students, students with limited English proficiency, dyslexic students, and students with disabilities. The coordinator of each program can answer questions about eligibility requirements, as well as programs and services offered in the District or by other organizations. A student or parent with questions about these programs should contact the Executive Director for Curriculum & Instruction, Ms. Roberta Ramirez at (956)

93 Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the campus principal or district official listed below to learn about the district s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This student support system links students to a variety of support options, including referral for a special education evaluation. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other support services that are available to all students through each campus Student Support System Committee which follows a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework prior to considering a referral to Special Education. At any time, if a parent continues to have a concern he/she is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a reasonable amount of time, the district must decide if the evaluation is needed. If evaluation is needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide consent for the evaluation. The district must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days of the date of the district receives the written consent. The district must give a copy of the report to the parent. If the district determines that the evaluation is not needed, the district will provide the parent with a written notice that explains why the child will not be evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs the parent of their rights if they disagree with the district. Additionally, the notice must inform the parent how to obtain a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards - Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities. The designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties or a referral for evaluation for special education is: Raul Gomez, Director of Special Education 2502 Galveston St. (956) Child Find A child or student between the ages of birth through 21 who shows signs of development delays, on-going learning problems, behavioral or medical problems that interfere with learning or may be suspected to have a disability can be helped through Child Find. Child Find makes connections to services in the community or your local school district. Children Ages 0 3 years: The following criteria may qualify a student for special education services through a school district: 1. Auditory impairment 2. Visual impairment Children Ages 3-21 years The following are criteria which may qualify a student for special education services in a school district. 1. Mentally impaired 7. Learning Disabilities 2. Hearing impaired 8. Individuals who are health impaired 3. Speech impaired 9. Brain Trauma Injuries 4. Visually impaired 10. Autistic 5. Orthopedically impaired 11. Multiple/Disabled 6. Emotionally Disturbed For more information, please contact: Raul Gomez, Director of Special Education 2502 Galveston St. (956) Summer School Summer School Other Than Extended Year Program Students shall be awarded credit for courses begun and successfully completed during the summer sessions. Summer programs are a privilege not a right; therefore, attendance and discipline will be strictly adhered. Questions may be directed to the Executive Director for Curriculum & Instruction at (956)

94 SECTION III Other General Information and Requirements Topics in this section of the handbook contain important information regarding school operations and requirements. Included are provisions such as health and safety issues; fees; the school s expectations for student conduct; use of facilities, such as cafeteria, library, and transportation services; and emergency closings. For additional information or questions you may have, please see the respective campus principal. ATTENDANCE Regular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his or her education to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day s learning on that of the previous day s, and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. Two state laws, one dealing with compulsory attendance, the other with how a child s attendance affects the award of a student s final grade or course credit--are of special interest to students and parents. Absence Slips Upon returning, students who are absent shall bring a doctor s note or a note signed by the parent. Notes signed by the parent will not automatically constitute an approved absence. It is up to the discretion of the teacher and administrator (for elementary schools) and Attendance Clerk and administrator (for secondary schools) to determine how an absence will be coded. Once a parent has been filed in court, no absences are to be changed from unexcused to excused or illness at the campus level. This type of action causes confusion the day of the court when parents present a school document saying the absences have been changed. Absent notes from parents or doctor need to be turned in upon the student s return to class. Compulsory Attendance The state law requires that a student between the ages of 6 and 18 attend school as well as any applicable accelerated instruction program, extended program, or tutorial session, unless the student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt. A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 18th birthday is required to attend each school day until the end of the school year. If a student 18 or older has more than five unexcused absences in a semester, the District may revoke the student s enrollment. The student s presence on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered trespassing. See policy FEA. Prekindergarten and kindergarten students enrolled in school are subject to the compulsory attendance requirements as long as they remain in school. On enrollment in PK or kindergarten, a child must attend school (TEC (c)). However, if a child has not reached mandatory compulsory attendance, (6 years old as of September 1 of the current school year) the child s parent or guardian may withdraw the student from school, and the child will not be in violation of compulsory attendance rules. A student will be required to attend any assigned accelerated instruction program, which may occur before or after school or during summer, if the student does not meet the passing standards on the state assessment for his or her grade level and/or applicable subject area. School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. A student absent without permission from school; from any class; from required special programs such as additional special instruction, termed accelerated instruction assigned by the state; or from required tutorial will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action. Nonattendance may also result in assessment of penalties by a court of law against both the student and his or her parents. A complaint against the parents may be filed in the appropriate court if the student: 1. Is absent without excuse from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year or 2. Is absent without excuse on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period. If a student age 12 through age 17 violates the compulsory attendance law, both the parent and student could be charged with an offense. Attendance for Credit To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit Minimum Attendance for class Credit (a) Except as provided by this section, a student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. 33

95 (a-1) A student who is in attendance for at least 75 percent, but less than 90 percent of the days a class is offered may be given credit for the class if the student completes a plan approved by the school s principal that allows for the student to meet the instructional requirements of the class. A student under the jurisdiction of a court in a criminal or juvenile justice proceeding may not receive credit under this subsection without the consent of the judge presiding over the student s case. (b) The board of trustees of each school district shall appoint one or more attendance committees to hear petitions for class credit by students who are in attendance fewer than the number of days required under Subsection (a) and have not earned class credit under Subsection (a-1). Classroom teachers shall comprise a majority of the membership of the committee. A committee may give class credit to a student because of extenuating circumstances. Each board of trustees shall establish guidelines to determine what constitutes extenuating circumstances and shall adopt polices establishing alternative ways for students to make up work or regain credit lost because of absences. The alternative way must include at least one option that does not require a student to pay a fee authorized under Section (a) (15). A certified public school employee may not be assigned additional instructional duties as a result of this section outside of the regular workday unless the employee is compensated for the duties at a reasonable rate of pay. (c) A member of an attendance review committee is not personally liable for any act or omission arising out of duties as a member of an attendance review committee. (d) If a student is denied credit for a class by an attendance review committee, the student may appeal the decision of the board of trustees. The decision of the board may be appealed by trial de novo to the district court of the county in which the school district s central administrative office is located. (e) This section does not affect the provision of Section (b) regarding a student s excused absence from school to observe religious holy days. (f) The availability of the option developed under Subsection (b) must be substantially the same as the availability of the educational program developed under Section (a) (15). Tardiness Arriving late to class is violation of the Student Code of Conduct and is classified as Class Disruption. For students brought in after the first class has expired, parent will be warned for Contributing to Truancy and filed in court as per TEC Compulsory School Attendance. Arriving late to class may affect a student s consideration for Perfect Attendance Recognition at the end of the school and the school s Attendance Incentive Program. Make Up Work A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed because of an absence. Secondary teachers may assign a late penalty to any project in accordance with time lines approved by the principal and previously communicated to students. For any class that is missed, the teacher may assign the student make-up work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements. A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher. [See policy EIAB] A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher will receive a grade of zero for the assignment. HEALTH RELATED MATTERS Carrying and administration of medication at school No medication (prescription or nonprescription) may be carried by a student while at school or off school premises at a school-related event with the exception of self-administered prescription medication for asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). If the student has been prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication for use during the school day, the student and parents should discuss this with the school nurse or principal. A Medication at School form must be completed for these self-administered medications. This form is available through the school nurse. Written authorization must be provided on this form from both parent and U.S. licensed health care provider. The student must also demonstrate to his or her health-care provider and to the school nurse the ability to use the prescribed medication, including any device required to administer the medication. 34

96 Any medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) to be administered by District employees must be delivered to the campus nurse or principal designee in its original container and properly labeled. Only medication purchased in the United States will be administered. The medication will be delivered to the nurse or designee by the parent or legal guardian. The school nurse may transfer the medication from the original container to a properly labeled unit dosage container. The parent, legal guardian, or other person having legal control of the student must obtain a written order from a U. S. physician or other licensed health-care provider providing the name and purpose of the drug, the prescribed dose, the times and circumstances when the medication is to be taken, and the period of time for which the medicine is prescribed. The Medications at School form can be obtained through the school nurse. A photograph of the student will be taken and placed on the cover of the student s medication administration record. The photograph allows school staff to verify student identity prior to medication administration. Medications must be picked up by the parent or legal guardian by the last day of the school year. Medication that is not picked up will be destroyed. District employees will not give a student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids or dietary supplements, with the following exceptions: Only authorized employees in accordance with District procedures may administer: Prescription medication or non-prescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent, along with a completed Medication at School form signed by health care provider and parent, Prescription medication from a properly labeled unit dosage container filled by a registered nurse or another qualified district employee from the original, properly labeled container (completed Medication at School form must be on file), Herbal or dietary supplements provided by the parent only if required by the student s individualized education program (IEP) or student services plan (SSP) for a student with disabilities. The following over the counter medications have been approved for use by the physician consultant and will be administered at the discretion of the school nurse. Please advise/notify your school nurse if you would like to decline the use of topical and other medications for your child. Failure to notify the school nurse implies agreement. Ammonia inhalants Ben Gay or Myoflex Cream First Aid Cream Medi-Quik First Aid Aerosol Spray Calamine Lotion/Benadryl Cream Carmex lip balm/blistex Eye washes Contact lens solution or re-wetting drops Hydrogen Peroxide (for cleansing abrasions and cuts) Isopropyl Alcohol Lotions: Eucerin Cream, Lubriderm Lotion, or Vaseline Intensive Care Orajel Phisoderm soap Vaseline Petroleum Jelly or generic petroleum jelly Baking soda (to be applied mixed with water to insect sting site) Triple Antibiotic Ointment Psychotropic Drugs A psychotropic drug is a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or as a component of a medication. It is intended to have an altering effect on perception, emotion, or behavior and is commonly described as a mood-or behavior-altering substance. Teachers and other district employees may discuss a student s academic progress or behavior with the student s parents or another employee as appropriate; however, they are not permitted to recommend use of psychotropic drugs. A district employee who is a registered nurse, an advanced nurse practitioner, a physician, or a certified or credentialed mental health professional can recommend that a student be evaluated by an appropriate medical practitioner, if appropriate. For further information see policies at FFAC. Steroids State law prohibits students from possessing, dispensing, delivering, or administering an anabolic steroid. Anabolic steroids are for medical use only, and only a physician can prescribe use. 35

97 Body building, muscle enhancement, or the increase of muscle bulk or strength through the use of an anabolic steroid or human growth hormone by a healthy student is not a valid medical use and is a criminal offense. Students participating in UIL athletic competition may be subject to random steroid testing. More information on the UIL testing program may be found on the UIL Web site at Health Care Procedures at School In order for the school nurse or principal designee to perform a health care procedure at school, a parent or legal guardian must present a written, signed consent form from a U.S. licensed physician or other U.S. licensed health-care provider. The consent form must also be signed by the parent or legal guardian. All supplies for the procedure must be provided to the school nurse by the parent in a timely manner. The Special Health Care Procedure at School forms can be obtained from the school nurse. A student with diabetes who needs treatment or care at school must have a Diabetes Management and Treatment Plan (DMTP) developed by the physician and parent. The DMTP must identify the health care services a student may receive at school and must evaluate a student s ability to mange his/her own care. Based on this, an individualized health plan will be developed for the student. In accordance with the individualized health plan, a student may be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment while at school or at a school related activity. See the school nurse for further information. Physical Examinations/Health Screening State-mandated vision, hearing, acanthosis nigricans, and spinal screening will be conducted as follows: 1. Students who are four years of age and older, who are enrolled in the District for the first time, must be screened for possible vision and hearing problems in a period determined by rule. 2. Students in pre-kindergarten 4, kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 shall be screened for vision and hearing problems annually at any time during the reporting year prior to June Students in grades 5 and 8 (and any students with no record of having received their scheduled screenings) shall be screened for abnormal spinal curvature before the end of the school year. 4. Students in grades 1, 3, 5, and 7 and 9 will undergo approved screening for acanthosis nigricans. (Referrals will be sent for findings of acanthosis or high blood pressure.) Other grade levels may have vision, hearing, acanthosis, or spinal screenings as District resources permit. The District may provide additional health screenings (dental, height, weight, and scalp) as District and community resources permit. Outside screenings or exemptions The student or minor s parent or guardian may substitute a professional examination for vision, hearing, spinal or acanthosis screenings. The following guidelines pertain: Except for kindergarten or first graders, the District may exempt a student from vision and/or hearing screening if the student s parent or legal guardian submits proof that the student s vision and/or hearing has been screened with the prior reporting year. The parent or guardian may execute an affidavit stating that a person other than the District screener shall conduct the screening as soon as feasible. Students may be admitted on a provisional basis, or may be denied admission, until the screening results are provided to the District. A parent or guardian who declines spinal screening must submit to the principal documentation of a professional examination including the results of a forward-bend test. A student is exempt from screening requirements if the tests conflict with the tenets and practices of recognized church or religious denomination of which the student is an adherent or member. The student or minor student s parent or guardian will submit to the school nurse an affidavit stating the objections to screening on or before the day of the scheduled screening procedures. Parents or legal guardians should contact the school nurse to obtain the scheduled dates for screening procedures. Supplemental Health Teachings Nurses may present supplemental health teachings to students in order to enhance their health literacy and well-being. The health teachings are based on the District s adopted Health Curriculum, Health and Wellness and Lifetime Health. Topics covered at specific grade levels are: Kindergarten Wash Your Hands! 1st Grade Dental Health 4th Grade Girls Your Changing Body 5th Grade Girls Your Changing Body 36

98 5th Grade Boys 7th Grade High School Your Changing Body An Introduction to First Aid Substance Abuse: Living a Drug Free Life (presented through Health Class) The nurse may use additional videos to supplement the teachings listed above. When available, dental hygiene kits will be sent home with first grade students. All teaching materials are available for review at the Health Services Office. Students in 4th and 5th grade receive supplemental teachings on the physical changes related to adolescence. Nurses present these classes to groups separated by gender. The classes are based on the Health and Wellness curriculum. Boys are shown a video titled Your Body: All About Boys, All about Character. Boys may be given (when available) a take-home Always Changing packet which includes an information booklet and a deodorant sample. Girls are shown a video titled Your Body: All About Girls, All about Character. Girls may be given (when available) a take-home Always Changing packet which includes an information booklet, sample sanitary pads, a coupon for free pads, and a booklet for parents titled Puberty Discussion Guide. Parents will receive a consent form for student participation from the nurse prior to these supplemental teachings. All teaching materials are available for review at the Health Services Office. Health Referrals Parents of students identified through any screening programs as needing treatment or future examination shall be advised of the need and referred to appropriate health agencies. Release of Students from School for health reasons Because class time is important, doctor s appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times when the student will not miss instructional time. If a student becomes ill during the school day, the student should receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student s parent. If the parent cannot be reached, the nurse will contact one of the individuals listed on the Student Medical Treatment card and will release the student to that person. Contagious Diseases/Conditions To protect other students from contagious illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come to school while contagious. If a parent suspects that his or her child has a communicable or contagious disease, the parent should contact the school nurse. If a student is suspected of having a communicable disease or condition, the school nurse will send the student home with a medical referral. Students having or suspected of having a communicable condition are not allowed to come to school until one of the criteria for readmission is fulfilled. Readmission can occur by one of the following methods: receipt by the school of a certificate of the attending physician attesting to the student s recovery and non-infectiousness, receipt by the school of a permit for readmission issued by the local health authority, or after a period of time corresponding to the duration of the communicability of the disease as established by the commissioner of health. As per LISD s Medical Consultant, a student excluded for fever (temperature over degrees Fahrenheit) may not be re-admitted to school until he/she has had no fever for 24 hours without use of fever suppressing medications like Tylenol or Advil. The school nurse can provide information from the Department of State Health services regarding the list of diseases which require exclusion from school. Health Guidelines for Sending Children to School Parents are often concerned about their children missing school and may send a student to school when the student is not well. Here are guidelines to follow when considering whether to keep a child at home and when to return a child to school: 1. A child should be fever free for 24 hours (no fever-reducing medication during these 24 hours) before returning to school. 2. A child with a diagnosis of strep throat must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school. 3. A child with possible pink eye may only return to school with clearance from the doctor or upon disappearance of symptoms. Keep a child home if he/she: has had a fever (over 100 degrees) in the past 24 hours; is nauseous and/or vomiting and/or has diarrhea; has vomited during the night; has been exposed to a contagious disease and is exhibiting signs of the disease. Bacterial Meningitis State law requires the district to provide information about bacterial meningitis: 37

99 What is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral meningitis is common and most people recover fully. Parasitic and fungal meningitis are very rare. Bacterial meningitis is very serious and may involve complicated medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, and life support management. What are the symptoms? Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms. Children (over 2 years old) and adults with bacterial meningitis commonly have a severe headache, high fever, and neck stiffness. Other symptoms might include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur anywhere on the body. The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory results. How serious is bacterial meningitis? If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete recovery. In some cases it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent disability. How is bacterial meningitis spread? Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. They are spread when people exchange respiratory or throat secretions (such as by kissing, coughing, or sneezing). The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of the germ for days, weeks, or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the body s immune system and cause meningitis or another serious illness. How can bacterial meningitis be prevented? Maintaining healthy habits, like getting plenty of rest, can help prevent infection. Using good health practices such as covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and washing your hands frequently with soap and water can also help stop the spread of the bacteria. It s a good idea not to share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss. There are vaccines available to offer protection from some of the bacteria that can cause bacterial meningitis.* The vaccines are safe and effective (85 90 percent). They can cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity develops within seven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to five years. What should you do if you think you or a friend might have bacterial meningitis? You should seek prompt medical attention. Where can you get more information? Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also call your local health department or Regional Department of State Health Services office to ask about a meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of State Health Services, * Please note that the TDSHS requires at least one meningococcal vaccination between grades 7 and 10, and state guidelines recommend this vaccination be administered between age 11 and 12, with a booster dose at 16 years of age. Also note that entering college students must show, with limited exception, evidence of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination within the five-year period prior to enrolling in and taking courses at an institution of higher education. Please see the school nurse for more information, as this may affect a student who wishes to enroll in a dual credit course taken off campus. 38

100 Immunization Requirements A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases. The immunizations required are: diphtheria, rubeola (measles), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis (polio), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox). The school nurse can provide information on age-appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated history of illness required by the Department of State Health Services. Proof of immunization may be established by personal records from a licensed physician or public health clinic with a signature or rubber-stamp validation. Immunization is not required for admission to the District if the student presents a certificate or statement that, for medical reason or reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the student will not be immunized. Immunization is not required for admission to the District if the student can prove that he or she is a member of the armed forces of the United States and is on active duty. For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, only official forms issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch (MC 1946), P.O. Box , Austin, Texas ; or online at https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm. The form must be notarized and submitted to the principal or school nurse within 90 days of notarization. If the parent is seeking an exemption for more than one student in the family, a separate form must be provided for each student. If a student should not be immunized for medical reasons, the student or parent must present a certificate signed by a U.S. licensed physician stating that, in the doctor s opinion, the immunization required poses a significant risk to the health and well-being of the student or member of the student s family or household. This certificate must be renewed yearly unless the physician specifies a lifelong condition. [For further information, see policy FFAB (LEGAL) and the Department of State Health Services Web site: Evidence of Immunization The school nurse will review a student s immunization records in order to assure that the student is in compliance with all immunization requirements. A student must show acceptable evidence of vaccination before entry, attendance, or transfer to the District. The Texas Department of State Health Services changes the immunization requirements as necessary. Parents are encouraged to contact the school nurse at their child s campus. The School Nurse can then assist a parent in determining if additional immunizations are required for the student. Provisional Enrollment A student may be provisionally admitted or enrolled if the student has begun the required immunizations and is receiving them as fast as is medically feasible. The student must have a record that indicates that the student has received at least one dose of each ageappropriate vaccine. Completion of Vaccinations In order to remain enrolled, the student must complete the required doses in each vaccination series on schedule and must provide acceptable evidence to the school nurse. The school nurse will review the immunization status of a provisionally enrolled student every 30 days to ensure continued compliance in completing the required doses of vaccination. If, at the end of the 30-day period, a student has not received a subsequent dose of vaccine, the student is not in compliance and the District will exclude the student from school attendance until the required dose is administered. The school nurse will advise the parent and the school administrator of the date on which exclusion from school will begin. Flu Vaccine Clinics Flu vaccine clinics are held each fall at all LISD traditional campuses at no cost to eligible students. For information on dates, contact your child s school nurse. Homeless Students A student who is homeless, as defined in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, shall be admitted temporarily for 30 days into school if acceptable evidence of vaccination is not available. The school nurse will refer the student to appropriate public health programs to obtain the required vaccinations. A student must still comply, however, with local policy related with tuberculosis screening prior to school entry. Transfer Students A student can be enrolled provisionally for no more than 30 days if he or she transfers from one Texas school to another and is awaiting transfer of the immunization record. A dependent of a person who is on active duty with the armed forces of the United States can be enrolled provisionally for no more than 30 days if he/she transfers from one school to another and is awaiting the transfer of the immunization record. A student must still comply, however, with local policy related with tuberculosis screening prior to school entry. 39

101 Tuberculosis Screening The District shall follow the Department of State Health Services recommendations and/or the City of Laredo Health Department s recommendation regarding tuberculosis screening school settings. Emergency Medical Treatment and Information If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school related activity when the parent cannot be reached, the school must have written parental consent to obtain emergency medical treatment and information about allergies and medical conditions. Therefore, parents are asked each year to complete an emergency consent form. Each year, parents must sign a Student Emergency Treatment Form that provides emergency information and authorizes school officials to obtain emergency medical treatment for the student as provided by the law. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to keep emergency information up-to-date (name of doctor, emergency phone numbers, allergies, etc). Please contact the school nurse to update any contact information or student health information. House Bill 742 As per House Bill 742, LISD shall request that a parent or legal guardian disclose to the school district any food allergy or severe food allergy that the parent or legal guardian believes should be disclosed to the district in order to enable the district to take necessary precautions regarding the enrolling child s safety. After parent or legal guardian has disclosed child s food allergy or severe food allergy, the parent or legal guardian will be asked to complete Request for Food Allergy Information form. The district will maintain the confidentiality of the information provided on this form and may disclose the information to teachers, school counselors, school nurses and other appropriate school personnel only within the limitations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and district policy. The district has developed and annually reviews a food allergy management plan, which addresses employee training, dealing with common food allergens, and specific strategies for dealing with students diagnosed with severe food allergies. When the district receives information that a student has a food allergy that puts the student at risk for anaphylaxis, individual care plans will be developed to assist the student in safely accessing the school environment. The district s food allergy management plan can be accessed at the Health Services Department. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction and is considered an emergency. The most dangerous symptoms include breathing difficulties and a drop in blood pressure (shock). Anaphylaxis can occur when a person is exposed to an allergen, such as food, insect stings or latex. Emergency treatment is epinephrine. The clinics is supplied with epinephrine and standing orders from the district s medical Consultant to be used for cases of unsuspected anaphylaxis and can only be administered by the registered nurse (RN) or a trained personnel in such cases. School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) The school district has a School Health Advisory Council comprised of students, parents, school administrators, and community members. SHAC meetings are held periodically throughout the school year. SHAC members are appointed by the school board to provide the board with advice on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. SHAC provides recommendations specific to changes and/or additions to the school s health education curriculum or instruction that impact the entire school district, not just individual school campuses. (SHAC: A Guide for Texas School Districts). Parents are encouraged to attend SHAC meetings. Hand Sanitizer Hand sanitizers have been shown to decrease the spread of germs. In an effort to decrease illness and absenteeism, the District has approved a non-alcohol based hand sanitizer for use in all elementary classrooms and all middle/secondary school cafeterias. The District makes available the HandClens product in these areas for daily use. Students are encouraged to use the provided hand sanitizer before eating breakfast and before eating lunch. The use of the hand sanitizer is not intended to replace hand washing with soap and water. Driver License Attendance Verification To obtain a driver license, a student between the ages of 16 and 18 must annually provide to the Texas Department of Public Safety a form obtained from the school verifying that the student has met the 90 percent attendance requirement for the semester preceding the date of application. The student can obtain this form at the campus Attendance Office. Release of Student from School A student will not be released from school at times other than regular dismissal hours except with permission from the principal or designee according to the campus sign-out procedures. 40

102 A student who will need to leave school (secondary schools) during the day must bring a note from his or her parent that morning and follow the campus sign-out procedures before leaving the campus. In many instances, it is desirable that the parent go to the school (elementary schools) in order to document the student s departure. Every note will be confirmed by the school by making phone contact with the parent. The principal may grant approval because of extenuating circumstances to a student who may not regularly be released before the end of the instructional day. Messages Messages to the classroom or to call students to the office can only be made for emergencies. Campus administration will have the responsibility for determining what constitutes an emergency. Such requests will be made through the campus administration. All communication to reach a student must be made to the front office only. The front office personnel will make contact with the student to relay the message. The teacher is not authorized to pass or communicate any messages to the student. Conduct In order for students to take advantage of available learning opportunities and to be productive members of our campus community, each student is expected to: 1. Demonstrate courtesy, 2. Behave in a responsible manner, 3. Attend all classes, regularly and on time, 4. Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class, 5. Meet District or campus standards of grooming and dress, 6. Obey all campus and classroom rules, 7. Respect the rights and privileges of other students, teachers, and other District staff, 8. Respect the property of others, including District property and facilities, 9. Cooperate with or assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline, 10. Avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Applicability of School Rules As required by law, the District has developed and adopted a Student Code of Conduct that prohibits certain behaviors and establishes standards of acceptable behavior both on and off campus and consequences for violation of the standards. Students need to be familiar with the standards set out in the Student Code of Conduct, as well as campus and classroom rules. To achieve the best possible learning environment for all students, the Student Code of Conduct and other campus rules of behavior will apply whenever the interest of the District is involved, on or off school grounds, in conjunction with or independent of classes and school-sponsored activities. The District has disciplinary authority over a student in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Harassment on the Basis of Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, or Disability Students must not engage in harassment behaviors motivated by race, color, religion, national origin, or disability directed toward another student. Students are expected to treat other students and District employees with courtesy and respect; to avoid any behaviors known to be offensive; and to stop these behaviors when asked or told to stop. The District encourages parental and student support in its efforts to address and prevent harassment in any form in the public schools. Students and/or parents are encouraged to discuss their questions or concerns about the expectations in this area with a teacher, counselor, principal or designee, or with the Title IX coordinator, Edna Garza, PHR, at 1702 Houston Street or (956) A student who believes he or she has been harassed by another student or by a District employee is encouraged to report the incident to the principal. The allegations will be investigated and addressed. A substantiated complaint against a student will result in disciplinary action, according to the nature of the offense and the Student Code of Conduct. The student or a parent may appeal the decision of the principal regarding the outcome of the investigation in accordance with policy FNG (LOCAL). Sexual Harassment/Sexual Abuse Students must not engage in unwanted and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward another student or a District employee. This prohibition applies whether the conduct is by work, gesture, or any other sexual conduct, including requests for sexual favors. All students are expected to treat other students and District employees with courtesy and respect, to avoid any behaviors known to be offensive, and to stop these behaviors when asked or told to stop. The District will notify the parents of all students involved in sexual harassment by students when the allegations are not minor, and will notify parents of any incident of sexual harassment or sexual abuse by an employee. To the greatest extent possible, complaints will be treated as confidential. Limited disclosure may be necessary to complete a thorough investigation. 41

103 A complaint alleging sexual harassment by another student or sexual harassment or sexual abuse by a staff member may be presented by a student and/or parent in a conference with the principal or designee or with the Title IX coordinator, Edna Garza, PHR, at (956) The student or parent may appeal the decision regarding the outcome of the investigation in accordance with policy FNCJ (LOCAL). Distribution of Published Materials or Documents School Materials Publications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed, with prior approval by the principal, sponsor, or teacher. Such items may include school posters, brochures, flyers, etc. All school publications are under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, and the principal. Student Non-School Materials Written or printed materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, films, tapes, or other visual or auditory materials over which the District does not exercise control shall not be sold, circulated, or distributed by persons or groups not associated with the school or a school support group on school premises unless the person or group obtains specific prior approval from the Superintendent or designee. To be considered, any non-school material must include the name of the sponsoring organization or individual. Dress and Grooming The District s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevents disruption, and minimizes safety hazards. Students and parents may determine a student s personal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the Student Code of Conduct and campus dress code. Fundraising Student clubs or classes, outside organizations, and/or parent groups occasionally may be permitted to conduct fund-raising activities for approved school purposes. An application for permission must be made to the principal at least 10 days before the event. With the exception of principal s approval, fund raising is not permitted on school property. [For further information, see policies FJ and GE.] Gang Free Zones Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gang-related crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in a gang-free zone. For purposes of the district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a location in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any district-owned or leased property or campus playground. (FNCC Legal) UIL Physicals A student desiring to participate in the UIL athletic program shall submit a statement from a health care provider authorized under UIL rules indicating that the student has been examined and is physically able to participate in the athletic program. This examination is required for the first year of middle school competition and the first and third year of high school competition. In other years, the student shall complete a medical appraisal form. A student may be required to have a physical examination based on answers to the appraisal form. For further information, see FFAA (L) and FFAA (H). Pledge of Allegiance and Minute of Silence Texas law requires students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag each day. Parents may submit a written request to the principal to excuse their child from reciting a pledge. A minute of silence will follow recitation of the pledges. The student may choose to reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity so long as the silent activity does not interfere with or distract others. State law does not allow your child to be excused from participation in the required minute of silence or silent activity that follows. Prayer Each student has a right to individually, voluntarily, and silently pray or meditate in school in a manner that does not disrupt instructional or other activities of the school. The school will not require, encourage, or coerce a student to engage in or to refrain from such prayer or meditation during any school activity. SAFETY Accident Prevention Student safety on campus or at school-related events or on district vehicles is a high priority of the district. Although the district has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensure school safety. A student should: 1. Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk, 2. Follow the behavioral standards in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct, as well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the principal, teachers, or bus drivers, 42

104 3. Remain alert to and promptly report to a teacher or the principal safety hazards, such as intruders on campus and threats made by any person toward a student or staff member, 4. Know emergency evacuation routes and signals, 5. Follow immediately the instructions of teachers, bus drivers, and other district employees who are overseeing the welfare of students. Accident Insurance Soon after school opens, parents will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost accident insurance that will help in meeting medical expenses, in the event of injury to their child. Except for the purchase of insurance against bodily injury sustained by students while training for or engaging in interscholastic athletic competition or while engaging in school-related-sponsored activities on a school campus, the District, under state law, cannot pay for medical expenses associated with a student s injury. All vehicles entering a campus must be able to provide a valid driver s license and current auto insurance. If the driver of the vehicle does not produce either of these, the security guard may not allow the vehicle into the campus parking lot. The driver must park the vehicle outside the campus and walk into the campus. Drills: Fire, Tornado, and other Emergencies Various drills shall be conducted at each campus throughout the school year and all students, teachers, and other District employees will participate in drills of emergency procedures. When the PA announcement or fire alarm activation is made to activate drill, students shall follow instructions given by teachers, campus administrators or emergency responders quickly, quietly and in an orderly manner. Fire Drill Listen for fire alarm activation. Tornado Drill, Lock Down Drill and Shelter in Place Listen for PA announcement/instruction by campus administrator. Emergency School Closing Information When it becomes necessary (due to inclement weather or other emergencies) to temporarily close schools, announcements will be made over local radio and television stations, district web page crawl, and school messenger. SCHOOL FACILITIES Use by Student Before and After School Certain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after school for specific purposes. Students are required to remain in the area where their activity is scheduled to take place. Unless the teacher or sponsor overseeing the activity gives permission, a student will not be permitted to go to another area of the building or campus. After dismissal of school in the afternoon, and unless involved in an activity under the supervision of a teacher, students must leave campus immediately. Conduct Before and After School Teachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before-or-after-school activities on District premises and at school-sponsored events off District premises, such as play rehearsal, cheerleading practice, club meetings, athletic practice, and special study groups or tutorials. Students are subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject to consequences established by the Student Code of Conduct or any stricter code of conduct established by the sponsor in accordance with Board policy. Loitering or standing in the halls between classes is not permitted. During class time, a student must have a hall pass to be outside the classroom for any purpose. Failure to obtain a pass will result in disciplinary action. CHILD NUTRITION SERVICES School meals offer appetizing and healthy choices to meet the nutritional needs of students. Menus and program information can be found on the LISD web page under the Child Nutrition Program or the calendar. 43

105 LISD students receive the first meal free regardless of income and may purchase additional items at the posted a la carte price. A complete lunch consists of five food item components meat/meat alternate, grains, dairy, fruit and vegetable. Students must select up to five food items to receive the meal free. If fewer items are selected, the a la carte price will be charged. For breakfast, students may take all items offered or they may decline one item for a free breakfast. Adult meal prices are $2.25 for breakfast and $3.25 for lunch. All Middle School and High School students must show their student identification card and enter the ID number in the number pad or swipe the ID card to receive a meal. Breakfast is provided in the classroom at many LISD schools. Students may bring food from home for their own consumption, but may not share the food with other students according to the LISD Nutrition Policy and the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy (TPSNP). Only a parent may bring food from off campus for their own child. There are three exemption days to the TPSNP which are on the day of, or the last school day before, Halloween, Christmas and Valentine s Day. Elementary schools may have birthday parties with the principals approval on the last Friday of the month. See Elementary Snack and Party Rules on the web for more details. LISD discourages food sales as a fund raiser. The sale of food must be pre-approved to meet the LISD Nutrition Policy through the workflow process. Refer to the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy for specific guidelines LIBRARY The library is a learning laboratory with books, computers, magazines, and other materials available for classroom assignments, projects, and reading or listening pleasure. The library is open for student use during the designated times. Pest Control Information The District periodically applies pesticides inside buildings. A schedule of treatment is posted at each campus. Parents who want to be notified prior to pesticide application inside their child s school assignment area may contact the school principal or Mr. Victor Mora, Safety/Crisis Management Officer at (956) Vandalism The taxpayers of the community have made a sustained financial commitment for the construction and upkeep of school facilities. To ensure that school facilities can serve those for whom they are intended both this year and in the coming years littering, defacing, or damaging school property is not tolerated. Students will be required to pay for damages they cause and will be subject to criminal proceedings as well as disciplinary consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Searches In the interest of promoting student safety and attempting to ensure that schools are safe and drug free, District officials may from time to time conduct searches. Such searches are conducted without a warrant and as permitted by law. Students Desks and Lockers Students desks and lockers are school property and remain under the control and jurisdiction of the school even when assigned to an individual student. Students are fully responsible for the security and contents of the assigned desks and lockers. Students must be certain that the locker is locked, and that the combination/key is not available to others. Searches of desks or lockers may be conducted at any time there is reasonable cause to believe that they contain articles or materials prohibited by District policy, whether or not a student is present. The parent will be notified if any prohibited items are found in the student s desk or locker. Vehicles on Campus Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. School officials may search any vehicle any time there is reasonable cause to do so, with or without the permission of the student. A student has full responsibility for the security and content of his or her vehicle and must make certain that it is locked and that the keys are not given to others. See also the Student Code of Conduct. All vehicles entering a campus must be able to provide a valid driver s license and current auto insurance. If the driver of the vehicle does not produce either of these, the security guard may not allow the vehicle into the campus parking lot. The driver must park the vehicle outside the campus and walk into the campus. TRAINED DOGS Drug Detection Dogs 44

106 Trained dogs sniffing of cars, lockers and backpacks does not constitute a search under the Fourth Amendment. The alert of a trained dog to a locker or car provides reasonable cause for a search of the locker or car. Trained dogs sniffing of students does constitute a search and requires individualized reasonable suspicion. (See FNF LEGAL). TEXTBOOKS State approved textbooks are provided free of charge for each subject or class. Books must be covered by the student, as directed by the teacher, and treated with care. A student who is issued a damaged book should report the damage to the teacher. Any student failing to return a book issued by the school loses the right to free textbooks until the book is returned or paid for by the parent. However, a student will be provided textbooks for use at school during the school day. If a textbook is not returned or paid for, the District may withhold the student s academic records for out-of-district request only. TRANSPORTATION School Sponsored Students who participate in school-sponsored trips are required to use transportation provided by the school to and from the event. The principal, however, may make an exception if the parent personally requests that the student be released to the parent or to another adult designated by the parent. Buses and Other School Vehicles The District makes school bus transportation available to students living two or more miles from their neighborhood school when feasibly possible. This service is provided at no cost to parents or students. Bus routes and any subsequent changes are posted at the school. Further information may be obtained by calling the Director of Transportation at (956) Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for provisions regarding transportation to the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program. Students are expected to arrive at the stop 5 minutes before the bus and assist District staff in ensuring that buses remain in good condition and that transportation is provided safely. When riding school buses, students are held to behavioral standards established in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct. Students must: 1. Follow the driver s directions at all times arriving at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus; 2. Enter and leave the bus in an orderly manner at the designated bus stop nearest home; 3. Keep feet, books, band instruments or cases, and other objects out of the aisle; 4. Not deface the bus or its equipment, doing so will result in charges to repair or replace; 5. Do not put head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window, hold any object out of the window, or throw objects within or out of the bus; 6. Wait for the bus driver s signal upon leaving the bus and before crossing in front of the bus. Never cross behind the bus. When students ride in a District van or passenger car, seat belts must be fastened at all times. Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct; bus-riding is a privilege and may be suspended. VISITORS TO THE SCHOOLS Parents and visitors are always welcome to visit District Schools. For the safety of our students and staff and to avoid disruption of instructional time, all visitors must report to the Front Desk/Office Reception Area to register. All visitors who want to visit with a teacher or staff must first make an appointment by calling the school prior to your visit. Teachers will only see visitors during the teacher s planning period and with appointment. Parent/Teacher conferences are recommended to be held in a safe designated area near the front office area of the school. The district installed the Raptor Sex Offender Visitor Management System at all LISD campuses to help monitor visitors at our schools. All visitors are asked to bring a valid form of Identification to the campus at all times. All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct; disruptive behavior will not be permitted. All visitors with any concerns are always welcomed to meet with the principal. If a visitor does not provide a valid ID, the visitor will not be allowed to pick up a student or to visit with any campus staff. 45

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108 Dr. A. Marcus Nelson Superintendent of Schools Board of Trustees Hector J. Garcia President, District 6 Dr. Cecilia M. Moreno Vice President, District 5 John Amaya Secretary, District 3 Trustees Jose A. Valdez Trustee, District 1 Jesus Martinez Trustee, District 2 Ricardo Garza Trustee, District 4 Jose R. Perez, Jr. Trustee, District 7 Agosto, 2014 Queridos Padres y Estudiantes: Bienvenidos al año escolar ! Es el comienzo de mi sexto año con LISD, quiero que sepan los miembros de la mesa directiva y yo estamos dedicados con los padres y estudiantes de nuestra comunidad de Laredo ISD. La mesa directiva totalmente representa y apoya el Plan de Manejo de Disciplina y Código de Conducta Estudiantil establecidos en este manual. El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Laredo se dedica a proporcionar a los estudiantes en nuestra comunidad con una educación de calidad en un ambiente seguro propicio para el aprendizaje. La misión de Laredo ISD es graduar a todos nuestros estudiantes y preparar el éxito en la educación o en una carrera de su elección. El propósito de este Código de Conducta y El Manual del Estudiante es para presentar a los padres y estudiantes, la póliza del distrito y los procedimientos, como es bajo mandato de la ley del estado y reglas en pertenencia por conducta y disciplina. Está publicación también propone interés especial que incluye el Código de Vestuario, calificaciones, reporte de progreso académico, conferencia con los padres, admisión, asistencia, y los derechos y responsabilidades de los padres y estudiantes. Todas las pólizas y los procedimientos en este manual están de acuerdo con la ley. Una copia completa y actualizada de este manual se puede obtener a través del sitio web de LISD (www.laredoisd.org) en la sección de Departamentos Administrativos bajo encarecidamente. Esperemos que se familiaricen ustedes con estos reglamentos y los repasen con sus hijos. Es recomendado quedarse con el manual para referencia que pueda utilizar durante el año. Les pedimos que todas las formas deben ser firmadas por el padre y el estudiante y devuelto a su escuela respectiva. Es de suma importancia que todos los estudiantes de LISD sigan el reglamento de Código de Vestuario para mantener la seguridad en todas las escuelas. También, se obligara la atendencia para que el estudiante obtenga una educación de calidad. Gracias por el compromiso de garantizar la seguridad y una educación de calidad en las escuelas. Si cualquier otra información es necesaria, por favor de llamar a su escuela respectiva. Respetuosamente, Dr. A. Marcus Nelson Superintendente de Escuelas La política del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Laredo está orientada hacia la no discriminación por motives de raza, color, nacionalidad, género, eficiencia limitada en el idioma Inglés, discapacidades físicas, etc. en todos sus programas.

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