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STUDENT – PARENT

HANDBOOK

FOR

JUNIOR HIGH CAMPUSES

REVISED JUNE 2007


Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD Junior High School Handbook

Welcome to Junior High!

We are excited about beginning a new school year. This handbook provides information that will help you
understand our policies and procedures at the Junior High School.

Parents and students are required to sign a statement that they have received and read the Student/Parent
Handbook.

Please pay particular attention to these four sections:

1) Discipline Management/Code of Conduct


2)
3) Computer Use and Internet Access Policies

4) Student Records- FERPA/Directory Information

4) School-to-Careers Program

We ask that parents and students discuss the contents of this handbook and sign the signature page.
Students should return the signature page to their fifth period teacher within ten days of the opening of
school or enrollment in school if after August 27, 2007.

If phone numbers, addresses, and/or custody rights have changed since last presented to the school, please
provide appropriate documentation to the Counselor. If you have any questions, please call us.

Mr. Mike Wohlfarth, Principal Mr. Jay Muennink, Principal


J. Frank Dobie Junior High School Ray D. Corbett Junior High School

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I understand and consent to the responsibilities outlined in the district's Student Code of Conduct.
I also understand and agree that my child shall be held accountable for the behavior and
consequences outlined in the Code of Conduct at school, at school-sponsored activities, including
school-sponsored travel, and for any related misconduct regardless of the time or location. I
understand that any student who violates the Code shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Regarding the acceptable use of computers and networks, I have read the Computer Use and
Internet Access section and understand that this free access is designed for educational purposes. I
agree to abide by this policy.

I have read and understand the personal entertainment items/electronic


devices/telecommunications devices portion of the Student-Parent Handbook and I agree to abide
by this policy.

I realize that I must notify the principal in writing if I do not want my student to have access to the
internet or if I do not want directory information released. This notification must be received
within ten (10) working days of the opening of school or enrollment in school if after August 27,
2007.

I understand that the SCUCISD is participating in the School-to-Careers program and grant
permission for my child to participate in STC-funded activities at his/her campus.

_______________________________________________________ ____________
Student's name Grade

_______________________________________________________ ____________
Student's signature Date

_______________________________________________________ ____________
Parent/guardian's signature Date

 If no response is received, it is assumed that consent has been given.

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I understand and consent to the responsibilities outlined in the district's Student Code of Conduct.
I also understand and agree that my child shall be held accountable for the behavior and
consequences outlined in the Code of Conduct at school, at school-sponsored activities, including
school-sponsored travel, and for any related misconduct regardless of the time or location. I
understand that any student who violates the Code shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Regarding the acceptable use of computers and networks, I have read the Computer Use and
Internet Access section and understand that this free access is designed for educational purposes. I
agree to abide by this policy.

I have read and understand the personal entertainment items/electronic


devices/telecommunications devices portion of the Student-Parent Handbook and I agree to abide
by this policy.

I realize that I must notify the principal in writing if I do not want my student to have access to the
internet or if I do not want directory information released. This notification must be received
within ten (10) working days of the opening of school or enrollment in school if after August 27,
2007.

I understand that the SCUCISD is participating in the School-to-Careers program and grant
permission for my child to participate in STC-funded activities at his/her campus.

_______________________________________________________ ____________
Student's name Grade

_______________________________________________________ ____________
Student's signature Date

_______________________________________________________ ____________
Parent/guardian's signature Date

 If no response is received, it is assumed that consent has been given.

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DIRECTORY INFORMATION NOTICE
Certain information about District students is considered directory
information and will be released to anyone who follows procedures for
requesting the information unless the parent objects to the release of the
directory information about the student. If you do not want Schertz-
Cibolo-Universal City 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 within ten (10) District
business days for receipt of this notice.

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City School District has designated the


following information as directory information: a student’s name,
address, e-mail address, telephone number, date and place of birth,
major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and
sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, photographs,
electronic images, dates of attendance, awards received in school, and
the most recent previous school attended by a students.

Federal law requires school districts receiving assistance under the


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to provide a military
recruiter or an institution of higher learning, on request, with the name,
address and telephone number of a secondary student unless the parent
has advised the school district that the parent does not want to student’s
information disclosed without the parent’s written consent. Schertz-
Cibolo-Universal City School District receives such assistance, and is
subject to this requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: THE DIRECTORY INFORMATION FORM IMMEDIATELY


FOLLOWING THIS NOTICE REQUIRES THE MAKING OF CERTAIN CHOICES AS
TO WHAT DIRECTORY INFORMATION CAN BE RELEASED ABOUT A STUDENT
WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM THE STUDENT’S PARENT OR
GUARIDIAN. THAT FORM ALSO REQUIRES A CHOICE CONCERNING
INFORMATION THAT MAY BE INCLUDED IN SCHOOL-SPONSORED
PUBLICATIONS OR PRESENTATIONS. IF THE FORM IS NOT RETURNED OR
DOES NOT INDICATE THE APPROPRIATE CONSENT, THE STUDENT WILL NOT
BE INCLUDED IN ANY OF THE SCHOOL-SPONSORED PUBLICATIONS LISTED
WITHOUT SPECIFIC PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT. THIS CONSENT IS GIVEN FOR
THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR AND MUST BE RENEWED ANNUALLY.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Board of Trustees/Administrative Staff...............................……… 10

Junior High School Administrative Staffs..................……............. 10

People Who Can Help............................................................……. 11

Campus Policies....................................................................…….. 12

School-to-Careers..............................................................……….. 19

General Information........................................................……….… 15

Student Health Policies....................................................……….... 20

Guidance Program..............................................................………. 25

Academic Information.......................................................………... 25

Student Records/Directory Information............................……….... 31

Computer Use and Internet Access Policies......................………… 31

Discipline Management.....................................................…………. 32

Interrogations and Searches……………………………………….... 35

Index………………………………………………………………... 42

Student Code of Conduct (pages 1-42)……………………………… Appendix A

Appendix B (pages 1-2)…………………………………………….. Appendix B

Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students


Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need
Special Education – English Version………………………………… 77

Opciones y requisitos para proporcionar ayuda a los estudiantes que


Tienen dificultades en el aprendizaje o que necesitan o pueden
Necesitar educacion especial – Spanish Version……………………… 78

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

George Ricks SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS


David Pevoto Dr. Belinda Pustka
Edward Finley,Jr.
Scott Harrod DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL
Terry Hinze Mr. Jake Wyatt
Gary Inmon
Katherine Peel DIRECTOR OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
Ms. Jhane Ivers

DIRECTOR OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION


Mr. Gary Wuest

The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race,
religion, color, national origin, sex or handicap in providing education services. Mr. Jake Wyatt has been
designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title IX and SCUC ISD
personnel will coordinate the nondiscrimination requirements of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of
disability by denying access to the benefits of District services, programs, or activities. To request
information about the applicability of Title II of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), interested
persons should contact the district office.

J. FRANK DOBIE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL RAY D. CORBETT JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL 945-6000 PRINCIPAL 945-6353


VICE PRINCIPAL 945-6011 VICE PRINCIPAL 945-6369
COUNSELOR 945-6004 COUNSELOR 945-6357
LIBRARIAN 945-6008 LIBRARIAN 945-6359
SECRETARY 945-6013 SECRETARY 945-6353
ATTENDANCE 945-6002 ATTENDANCE 945-6350
NURSE 945-6012 NURSE 945-6364
CAFETERIA 945-6049 CAFETERIA 945-6374

Students have the responsibility to recite the pledges to the United States and Texas flags once each school
day and observe one minute of silence following the pledges for reflection, prayer, meditation or other non-
distracting silent activity.

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PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU IF . . .

You need to see the Principal or Vice Principal--


- Go to the Main Office.
You have been absent--
- Bring a note stating the date and reason for your absence. The note must include a phone
number and be signed by your parent. Notes must be presented within 3 school days after your
absence.
- Go to the Attendance Office.
You are late to school OR need to leave during the day--
- Go to the Attendance Office.
- Do not leave campus until you check out through this office.
You become ill--
- Get a note from your teacher and report to the Nurse.
- Do not leave campus until you check out through the Attendance Office.
You want to leave your classroom--
- Have your Agenda Planner Passport signed by your teacher.
You lose your ID card or Lanyard--
- See the Librarian. You will need $3.00 for each ID card replacement and $2.00 for each lanyard.
You want to withdraw from school--
- See the Counselor’s secretary in the Counseling Office.
You want advice about personal problems--
- See the Counselor.
You have questions about your courses, schedule, grades, test scores, eligibility, etc.--
- Go to the Counseling Office.
You need help with your schoolwork--
-Ask your teacher about tutoring.
-See the Counselor.
-See the Principal.
You have found a textbook or personal articles that are not yours--
- Take them to the Receptionist in the Main Office.
You have lost a textbook or personal article--
- Check with your teachers and the Receptionist.
- If you cannot find your book, you must pay for it in the Vice Principal's Office.
You want information about any phase of school--
- Read your handbook.
- Ask a teacher, counselor, or administrator.
You want to enjoy school--
- Get involved in school activities.
- Ask for help whenever you need it.

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CAMPUS POLICIES

ATTENDANCE

School Hours/Closed Campus

School hours for 7th and 8th grade are from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. All students have schedules consisting
of six classes. Students will not be permitted to leave the campus at lunch unless approved by an
administrator and properly checked out through the attendance office.

Compulsory Attendance - Education Code Section 25.035

Unless specifically exempted by Section 25.085 of this code or under laws, every child in the state who is
as much as six years of age, or who is less than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first
grade, and who has not completed the academic year in which his 18th birthday occurred shall be required
to attend the public schools in the district of his residence or in some other district to which he may be
transferred as provided or authorized by law a minimum of 180 days of the regular school term of the
district in which the child resides or to which he has been transferred.

Absence from School

Absence from school is a serious handicap to academic success. Administrators and teachers will make
every effort to encourage regular attendance and to solicit assistance in accomplishing this objective.

An absence is defined as nonattendance in a regularly scheduled class or activity, regardless of the reason
for such nonattendance.

Absence Procedures

Absences, however, do occur. Official attendance is taken each morning by 10:00 A.M. Please make
every effort to have students present at this time. Parents/guardians are requested to call the Attendance
Office before 9:00 A.M. on the days the student is absent.

In case of a long period of absence (3 days or more) due to extended illness or injury, the Counselor and the
Attendance Office should be contacted by the parent/guardian in order that arrangements can be made for
continuance of academic work.

When students are absent and return to school, they must report to the Attendance Office prior to first
period. Students must bring a note within three days from the parent/guardian indicating the date(s) and
reason for the absence and parent/guardian signature and telephone number to call in case of questions
(Texas Education Code 25.087); otherwise, the absence(s) will be considered unexcused.

Limit on Absences-- Education Code Section 25.092

Section 25.092 of the Texas Education Code states that a student may not be given credit for a class unless
the student is in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered.

When a student has amassed five absences in a semester, the student’s parent/guardian will be notified. A
doctor’s excuse or parent conference may be required when students return after absences of more than five
consecutive days.

Absences for Extracurricular and Other Activities

School districts shall not schedule, nor permit students to participate in, any school related or sanctioned
activities on or off campus that would require, permit, or allow students to be absent from class in any one

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course per semester that would cause them to be unable to meet the 90% attendance requirement for award
of credit.

A student may participate in extracurricular or other activities on or off campus that requires absence from
one or more classes only if:

That student does not miss any class in which the student does not have and maintain at least a 70 average.

Types of Absences

The District accepts the following as extenuating circumstances for the purpose of granting credit for a
class:

1. An excused absence based on personal illness


2. Illness or death in the family
3. Quarantine
4. Weather or road conditions making travel dangerous
5. Religious holidays
6. Days of suspension
7. Participation in court proceedings or child abuse/neglect investigation
8. A migrant student’s late enrollment or early withdrawal
9. Days missed as a runaway
10. Completion of a competency-based program for at-risk students
11. Late enrollment or early withdrawal of a student under Texas Youth
Commission
12. Teen parent absence to care of his/her child
13. Participation in a substance abuse rehabilitation program
14. Any other unusual cause acceptable to the principal, with prior approval of the
principal

A student presenting a medical note who either commences classes or returns the same day of the
appointment shall be counted present if the school work is successfully completed.

Unexcused Absences

When a student is absent from school, with or without the knowledge and consent of his/her parents for any
reason other than those listed above, it is an unexcused absence. In this case, the school administration will
determine if the student is allowed to make-up any school work missed. Absences and tardies such as the
following are considered unexcused, but not limited to:
1. Trips with parents
2. Babysitting
3. Car trouble
4. Missed bus
5. Oversleeping

Appeal

A student and/or parent has the right to appeal an unexcused absence or loss of credit under the following
guidelines:

1. Completion of written request


2. Appearance before an appeals committee made up of the principal, (or
designee), counselor, teacher, attendance officer, or other designated person.
This committee will determine/recommend award or forfeiture of credit for
courses on an individual student basis.

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Truancy

Truancy is defined as absence from class or school for any portion of a period or day without proper
permission from home and/or school. Students who are truant will be subject to disciplinary action which
may include assignment to detention hall or the Behavior Adjustment Center. Unusual circumstances or
repeated truancy may necessitate more severe disciplinary action and enforcement of the compulsory
attendance law.

If a student has unexcused absences on 10 or more days or parts of days within a six month period in the
same school year or on three or more days or parts of days within a four week period from school, both the
student and his/her parents can be subject to criminal prosecution under sections 25.093 and 29.094 of the
Texas Education Code. Further, if a student is absent from school without excuse on three days or parts of
days within a four week period: (1) it is the parent’s duty to monitor the student’s school attendance and
require the student to attend school; and (2) the parent is subject to criminal prosecution under Texas
Education Code Section 25.093; and (3) a conference is needed between school officials and the parent(s)
to discuss the absences.

Any additional information can be provided by the truancy officer at 945-6358.

Permission to Leave School

1. Written permission must be presented to the Attendance Office, before first period class,
prior to any student leaving school early.

2. When a student boards a school bus or steps on campus, he/she is considered to be “in
school” and must check out through the Attendance Office, even if the first bell has not
yet rung.

3. Students who find it necessary to leave school during the school day for any reason
(doctor appointment, etc.) will come to the Attendance Office according to school
procedure to obtain an Early Dismissal Slip. If a student leaves the campus for any
reason without signing out through the Attendance Office, he/she will be considered
truant from school.

4. In case of a medical emergency, (illness, accident, etc.), a student must report to the
Nurse’s Office immediately. Students are not to leave school, with or without parents,
unless they have signed out through the Attendance Office. It is the responsibility of the
student and the parent to provide the school with a home and business phone number so
that parents may be notified immediately should such an emergency arise.

Make-up Work

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher for missed assignments at the earliest possible date.
All work missed by the student will be made up within a reasonable time to be determined by the teacher.
Students shall receive a zero for any assignment or test not made up within the allotted time.

Teacher(s) may assign additional work to ensure students who have been absent have sufficient opportunity
to master the TEKS or to meet subject or course requirements. The assignments shall be based on the
instructional objectives for the subject or course and may provide greater depth of subject matter than
routine make-up work.

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Tardies
A student is marked tardy to class if he/she is not in his/her assigned place when the tardy bell rings. If a
student is detained by school staff that staff member should provide the student with an excused pass to the
next class.

A tardy student is subject to disciplinary action. The tardy policy is as follows:

1st Warning by teacher


2nd Teacher detention hall assigned; parent contact
3rd Referral to administrator; one detention hall
4th Referral to administrator; two detention halls
5th Referral to administrator; BAC assignment (Behavior Adjustment Center)

Registration

Before a minor student (under eighteen years of age) can be officially admitted to district schools,
appropriate registration forms must be completed and signed by the student's parent or legal guardian.

Proof of residency is required for all students who are new to the district. Proof of residency may be
verified from official mail received at the designated residence, such as a utility bill (electric, water), rental
contract, and valid driver's license with a picture.

All Powers of Attorney must be updated annually.

For additional admissions and enrollment clarification or requirements, contact the Counseling Office.

Withdrawal

The parent/guardian must give the Counseling Office a statement of the reason for withdrawal. It is
necessary to notify the office at least two days before the last full day of attendance, or grades may not be
posted on the withdrawal form. Books and other school-owned materials must be returned before the
withdrawal is complete. A copy of the withdrawal form is to be taken to the school in which the student
enrolls. Other records will be sent at the request of the receiving school. For additional withdrawal
information, contact the Counseling Office.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Athletic Equipment

Parents or guardians and students will sign a receipt agreeing to pay for the replacement or repair of lost or
damaged athletic equipment.

All students assigned lockers in the athletic locker rooms must have a lock for the locker they are assigned.
The school cannot be held responsible for equipment or personal items lost as a result of a locker being
without a lock. Athletic equipment may not be issued if a student has no lock. Absences from practice due
to lack of equipment may result in a student’s removal from the team.

Band Instruments

A nominal, refundable deposit may be required for certain instruments checked out to students.

Bicycles

Bicyclists must abide by state laws and city ordinances. A parking area is provided for bicycles. Students
should park bicycles properly and secure them with a chain and lock. Precautions will be taken for bicycle

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safety, but the school is not responsible for damages or losses of bicycles, especially those left after school
hours. Bicycle traffic will not be allowed in the bus lanes.

Book bags/Backpacks

Students will be allowed to carry items they will need for school in a book bag. However, all bags will be
placed in lockers before first period begins and will remain there until time for students to go home. No
book bags will be allowed in the cafeteria or breezeway during lunches or in the classrooms during the
school day.

Cafeteria

The District participates in the National School Lunch Program and offers nutritionally balanced meals to
students daily. Free and reduced-price meals are available based on financial need. Information on this
program can be obtained from Food Services.

In addition, school breakfast is available for all students. Students eligible for the National School Lunch
Program are also eligible for breakfast at either the free or reduced level.

Prices of school meals are based on operational costs and are subject to change. Each school will
provide parents and students with information made available through the local papers and the campus
newsletter.

Campus Visitors

All visitors must report to and sign in at the Main Office. The State of Texas loitering law prohibits
unauthorized visitors in or around public schools (Education Code 4.23 a). Parents are invited to visit to
confer with teachers and principals relative to the instruction of their children. At no time should a visitor
call a teacher from class at the door of the room. Except in emergencies, parents are encouraged and
expected to arrange conferences by appointment. Other than parents/guardians, lunch visitors will not be
permitted.

Care of Valuables

Students are personally responsible for their valuables. The school assumes no responsibility. Students are
advised not to bring expensive jewelry, money in large amounts, or other valuable possessions to school.

All electronic devices such as— pagers, radios, recorders/players, cameras, video cameras, electronic
games, and laser pointers-- are not to be brought on campus. Items of this type will be confiscated and
returned to the parent by the administration.

Communication-Parental Conferences

Frank, informal conferences with teachers is encouraged. Parents are encouraged to visit the school and
classes by appointment.

Procedure for obtaining additional information or discussing problems:

1. Schedule an appointment to discuss the matter with the teacher. Recognize that the
teacher has the most direct contact with the child and is a professional educator with the
child’s progress as a priority.

2. An appointment may be made with the counselor or vice principal if questions remain
unanswered after discussion with the teacher.

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3. If questions remain after following the first two steps, an appointment may be made to
discuss the matter further with the principal and finally, the superintendent of schools.

Complaints By Students/Parents

Usually, student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed simply by a telephone call or
conference with the teacher. For those complaints and concerns that cannot be so easily handled, the
District has adopted a standard complaint policy.

In general, a parent or student should first raise the complaint with the teacher, counselor, principal or
designee. If unresolved, a written complaint and a request for a conference should be sent to the
Superintendent. If still unresolved, the District provides for the complaint to be presented to the Board of
Trustees. Forms for filing complaints are available in the District office.

Dances

Several school dances are scheduled each school year. Announcements are made during the week dances
are scheduled to provide details concerning attendance. All dances begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m.
Students who attend dances must be picked up not later than 9:15 P.M. or they may not be eligible to attend
further dances.

Dances are a privilege offered to students who behave and perform well in school. Student identification
cards are required to be admitted for reasons of security and protection of our students and school property.

Once a student has been assigned to the Behavior Adjustment Center or suspended from school, he/she may
no longer attend school dances for the remainder of the semester. Any student who owes money to the
cafeteria, office, library, or for textbooks may not attend until these obligations are met. In addition,
students must have all required school forms completed and returned (i.e. Federal Survey Forms).

Fire Alarms

Students turning in a false fire or bomb threat either by telephone or use of the fire alarm boxes will be
penalized to the fullest extent of the law, and in concordance with district policy regarding endangerment of
the safety of others.

Fire and Disaster Drills

Each school principal designs fire and disaster drills and requires a minimum number of drills each year in
accordance with state regulations. Evacuation diagrams are posted in each office and classroom.
When the alarm is sounded, students should follow the direction of teachers or others in charge quickly,
quietly, and in an orderly manner.

Identification Cards

Student ID cards will be provided at no charge on a one-time basis when the student first arrives at school.
Lost or stolen cards will be replaced at a charge of $3.00 for each I.D. card replacement and $2.00 for each
lanyard. See the Librarian for replacement cards.

Students must wear their ID cards at all times. ID cards must be presented when requested by any school
staff member. ID cards must be presented when participating in school activities, like school dances, and
when checking out library books. Students not wearing their ID card at all times may be subject to
disciplinary actions.

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Insurance

The school district may offer a student insurance policy. There is a cost to parents for such insurance.
Information is available in the main office.

Library

The library is a media center or learning resource center composed of books, periodicals, audio-visual
materials, and equipment for reading, viewing, and listening. Only the general books are intended for
home use and may be checked out. Books may be checked out for two weeks and may be renewed at or
before the end of the two weeks.

Ten cents a day is charged for overdue books with the exception of weekends and holidays. Three dollars
per book is the maximum charge for fines. Students who owe fines or have overdue books may not check
out books until the fine is paid. Replacement cost of lost books must be paid by the student who checked
out the book.

Lockers

Lockers are school property assigned to a student, and may be searched by school personnel, whether
locked or unlocked. Any item(s) in the student’s assigned locker are the responsibility of the student.
There will be no change in lockers without permission from the Vice Principal. Students are not to share
lockers; those who do may be assigned to detention hall or to the Behavior Adjustment Center.

Unused and/or non-issued lockers may be secured by the administration. It is required that students place
locks on both their academic and athletic lockers.

Parent-Teacher Council

Parents are encouraged to become members of the Parent-Teacher-Council. The intent of the PTC is to
promote a spirit of cooperation, helpfulness, respect, loyalty, and moral support to the school staff. The
PTC organizes several events throughout the school year. They assist with practice tests, testing days, hall
monitoring, restroom monitoring, coordinate a luncheon for the faculty during Teacher Appreciation Week
along with coordinating the end of year dance. Each parent that belongs to the PTC must have a Criminal
History Clearance form on file in the office each school year.

Participation in P.E.

Students are required to have a doctor’s note to be excluded from P.E. for a specific length of time.

Students should take their doctor's note to the school nurse for verification before first period begins. The
nurse will file the original and make a copy for the student to give his/her coach.

Passing Periods

The daily schedule allots sufficient time (five minutes) for all students to go from one class to another
without being tardy.

Pesticides

Pesticides are applied periodically at this school or campus. Please contact the Director of Auxiliary
Services at the Central Office (945-6200) with any concerns or questions you may have.

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Posters

Any poster, sign, banner, or bulletin that a student wishes to display must be approved by principal or
designee. All organizations' posters, signs, banners, and bulletins must have the sponsor's signature on the
front. Posters cannot be taped to any painted surface in the building.

Restrooms

These areas are not for loitering or congregating. Lunches and food will not be permitted in these areas.
Students are encouraged to take care of their restroom business between classes.

School-to-Careers

The School-to-Work Opportunities Act of 1994 is an exciting initiative for educators and school children.
As part of this program, partnerships will flourish among secondary and post secondary education. Public
and private employers, labor organizations, government, community groups, parents, and students will
work together to prepare students better for their future careers.

The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District is participating in the School-to-Careers


(STC) program. STC funds will be used in our district to promote career awareness among elementary,
middle, and high school students (e.g., career fairs, speakers, videos); encourage career exploration for
middle school students (e.g., career software, inventories, books); provide work-site field trips for high
school students (permission slips will precede trips); and support professional development opportunities
for teachers and counselors.

If you have any questions concerning School-to-Careers activities, please contact Ms. Jhane Ivers, Director
of Secondary Curriculum at 945-6228.

Social Activities

Faculty sponsors and social activities such as dances, etc. must have approval by the principal.

Skateboards and Rollerblades

Skateboards, rollerblades, etc. must be turned in to the Receptionist in the Main Office before school and
collected after school. These items cannot be kept in lockers.

Supervision of Activities

All activities of the pupils which are sponsored by the school and carried on in the public school buildings
or on public school grounds are considered a part of the educational program, and as such, will be
supervised by teachers.

Activities of the school, carried on outside the school building grounds, shall be supervised by the
appropriate school personnel.

Telephone

School telephones are intended for the purpose of conducting school business. Use of the office telephones
by students shall be permitted for emergency use only. Messages will be accepted and delivered during the
day when possible. Students should ask permission from the receptionist to make any other necessary
calls. Student cell phone use is not acceptable/allowed during the school day.

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Textbooks

All textbooks are the property of the State of Texas. The use of state-owned textbooks is a right of every
child. This right carries with it the basic responsibilities of proper use and good care. One set of book-
covers are furnished, and students are responsible for keeping all textbooks covered at all times.

Each pupil, or his parent or guardian, shall be responsible to the school for all books not returned by the
pupil, and any pupil failing to return all books shall forfeit his right for free textbooks until the books
previously issued, but not returned, are paid for by the parent or guardian.

Yearbook Pictures

Student pictures are scheduled on each junior high campus. To have their pictures included in the yearbook,
students must have their pictures taken on these days. There is no charge to have yearbook pictures taken.
These dates are subject to change, with proper notice given.

Students may choose to purchase a portrait package. Flyers advertising the various packages available will
be sent home with students.

Student Health Policies


The primary goal of SCUCISD Health Services is to maximize each child’s potential for growth and
development. The services and screening programs help to promote health and health education. School
health services are not a substitute for the health care that parents should provide but are designed to
encourage parents to devote attention to their child’s health, to acquaint them with problems of which they
may be unaware, and to encourage them to utilize the services of their physician and dentist as well as other
community health agencies. The procedures and guidelines for the school health program follow the
regulations and programs established by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of State
Health Services, and SCUCISD policy.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District is required by law to comply with the
immunization requirements of Texas State Law 301.41. State Law and SCUCISD policy require medically
validated records of immunization to be on file for all students. Proof of such immunizations will be kept
on file in the nurse’s office. It is the responsibility of the parents to secure the required immunizations for
their child before school starts. A person may claim reasons of conscience as an exception to
immunizations [HB 2292]. Immunization requirements mandated by the State of Texas are as follows:

Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT/DTaP/TD) – Five (5) doses of DTP, DTaP, DT, or


TD with one dose on or after 4th birthday for those 18 months thru 4 years. Four (4)
doses only are required if the fourth dose was given after the 4th birthday and for those 4
years thru 6 years. Three (3) doses are required with one dose on or after the 4th birthday
for those 7 years or older. Boosters required every 10 years after the dose received on the
4th birthday.

Polio – Four (4) doses required unless third dose was administered on or after 4th
birthday, then only three (3) doses required; not required for persons 18 years or older.

Measles – Two (2) doses of vaccine are required for all children age 5 years or older who
are born on or after 9-2-91. The first dose must be on or after 1st birthday. Serologic
confirmation is acceptable. Children born prior to 9-2-91 must show proof of two (2)
doses no later than 30 days after 12th birthday.

Mumps – One (1) dose vaccine or serologic confirmation on or after 1st birthday.

Rubella – One (1) dose vaccine or serologic confirmation on or after 1st birthday.

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HibCV – One (1) dose vaccine on or after 15 months of age unless a schedule for a
primary series and a booster was completed prior to 15 months of age.

Hepatitis B – Three (3) doses required for all students in grades PK – 12.

Varicella – One (1) dose vaccine required on or after 1st birthday for all students in
grades PK – 12. Two (2) doses required if vaccine was given at 13 years of age or older.
History of illness statement by parent or physician is acceptable.

Hepatitis A – Two (2) doses vaccine required for children 1 year – 4 years of age for all
schools; those students attending Rose Garden Elementary (Bexar County) will be
required to have two (2) doses for children ages 1 year – 3rd grade. Students of
Guadalupe County residents are “recommended” to have the Hepatitis A vaccine.

Pnuemococcal Conjugate (PCV7) – Three (3) doses required with last dose on or after
12 months of age. If two (2) doses received with first prior to 12 months of age, and last
on or after 12 months of age—booster required. If two (2) doses received with first on or
after 12 months of age and second received before 24 months of age—no booster
required. If no PCV7 received between 24 – 59 months of age—booster required.

MEDICATION POLICY
Extended use prescription medication (long term) may be given at school when there is a doctor’s written
order as well as signed parent permission. Self-limiting (short term) prescription medications may be given
with signed parent permission.

All prescription medication must be:


• in a current original container with the name of the child for whom the medication is prescribed,
• name of medication, and
• dosage.

Over the counter medications:


• May be given for 5 days in a current well marked original container
• according to label directions
• with signed parent permission.

No medication (including Tylenol) will be given without a letter of permission from the parent. An
authorization form is available in the school nurse’s office.

No herbal medications or vitamins will be given, even if a student has a doctor’s note.

Students will not be allowed to carry medications with them. This is a violation of the student code of
conduct and is subject to consequences under the code of conduct.

All medications are to be taken to school clinic only, not to the classroom, by an adult unless otherwise
arranged with the campus clinic. The student may go to the clinic at the appropriate time for the
medication. Medications prescribed for three times a day should be given at home unless otherwise
directed by the physician.

In certain emergency situations, for which the District will maintain and administer to a student
nonprescription medication, but only if:
• The District has obtained from its medical advisor licensed to practice medicine in Texas (or a
licensed physician at the county or regional health authority) a protocol for treatment of the
particular emergency; and
• The parent has previously provided written consent to emergency treatment on the District’s form.

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Students who suffer from asthma, epilepsy, or diabetes who have written authorization from his or her
parent and physician or other licensed health care provider may be permitted, at the student’s discretion, to
possess and use prescribed asthma, anti-seizure, and diabetic medication at school or school-related events.
The student and parents should see the school nurse or principal if the student has been prescribed any of
these medications for use during the school day. (For further information, see policies at FFAC.)

Students in possession of prescription drugs and not in conformity with the guidelines outlined above on
the possession of such drugs will be deemed to be in possession of a controlled substance. Students will be
subject to the discipline consequences associated with such violation that are enumerated in the code of
conduct.

School district employees may not recommend that a student use a psychotropic drug or suggest any
particular diagnosis. A parent’s refusal to consent to administration of a psychotropic drug to a student or to
a psychiatric evaluation or examination of a student may not be used as grounds, by itself, for prohibiting
the child from attending a class or participating in a school-related activity. However, appropriate referrals
under the child find system are not prohibited. Specified school health professionals may recommend
evaluation by an appropriate medical practitioner, and school employees are not prohibited from discussing
a child's behavior or academic progress with the child's parent or another school district employee.
[Education Code Section 38.016].

ILLNESSES/COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
Pupils shall be excluded from school for health reasons through the principal's office only. Children should
not be sent home from school without first informing the parents. A child suspected of having, or being
able to transmit, a communicable disease is excluded from school upon advice of the principal or school
nurse.

If your child is sent home from school with a fever (temperature of 100 degrees or higher), diarrhea,
vomiting, or other viral/flu-like symptoms, it is requested that the child remain home from school for
twenty-four hours after symptoms have resolved (without the use of medication). This may help to prevent
your child’s illness from making another child ill. Parents are required to pick up their child as soon as
possible should the child develop a fever at school, or exhibit other symptoms of illness, injury or
conditions of communicable disease (rash, pink-eye, head lice, etc.).

If your child is sent home for an undiagnosed rash, suspected pink-eye or other related problem, a
physician’s note allowing return to school or resolution of symptoms will be necessary for your child to
return to the classroom. Again, this is to prevent the spread of illness among students. A child suspected of
having, or being able to transmit, a communicable disease is excluded from school upon the advice of the
principal or school nurse. The student will be readmitted when he/she presents a physician’s certification
or upon completion of the period of exclusion required by the State Board of Health.

SPECIAL HEALTH PROBLEMS


If a child has a special health problem, such as asthma, or diabetes, the parent/physician is asked to
complete a special health problem form annually. This form is available in the clinic and will state the
required medication, P.E. limitations, and/or emergency care and actions necessary while at school.
Having a diabetic or asthma action plan will enable the nurse to more effectively care for your child in
accordance with the physician’s plan of care.

ACCIDENT / ILLNESS AT SCHOOL


All accidents to pupils on the school grounds or in the school buildings shall be reported
immediately to the principal. If prompt treatment is believed necessary, the school nurse
shall be called. Only first aid treatment may be given by a school employee. If treatment
for illness or injury requires other than minor first aid attention, parents or their
designated alternate will be contacted. If parents or their designated alternate cannot be
reached, the student will be taken to the physician specified on the health sheet signed by

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the parent. No student should be taken home unless permission has been obtained from a
parent or responsible adult.
HEALTH SCREENING
Screening programs are conducted in accordance with State Law and the Texas Education Agency
recommendations. Parents are contacted and a referral is sent should the school nurse note a problem.
• Vision and hearing screening – Students in Pre-K, K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades are screened
annually, as well as new students to Texas and referrals for special education.
• Spinal screening – A spinal screening is a visual exam of the back required to detect any
potential abnormal spinal curvature. The screening is done in private and is held annually for
students in 5th and 8th grades.
• Growth and Assessment – Students are weighed and measured annually in grades Pre-K thru
6th grade.
• Acanthosis Nigricans (ANTES) – Acanthosis Nigricans, a hyperkeratinization of the skin, is a
cutaneous marker associated with systemic disorders such as hyperinsulinemia and insulin-
resistance and may serve as an indicator for Type 2 diabetes. This condition is easily
evaluated by means of a visual examination of the nape and sides of the neck. This screening
is held annually for students in 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades.
Professional exams may be substituted for all screenings by providing evidence of a
screening within one year prior to the required screening date.
BACTERIAL MENINGITIS
State Law requires the District to provide the following information:

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 most common and the least serious. Bacterial meningitis
is the most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potential for serious, long-term
complications. It is an uncommon disease, but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent
permanent damage or death.

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 1 year of age) and adults with meningitis may have a severe headache, high temperature,
vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neck stiffness or joint pain, and drowsiness or confusion. In both
children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, purple-red spots. These can occur anywhere on the body.

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 causal contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with
meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and throats, but they do not live for
long outside the body. They are spread when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing; sharing drinking
containers, utensils, or cigarettes). 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?


Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss.
While there are vaccines for some other strains of bacterial meningitis, they are used only in special
circumstances. These include a disease outbreak in a community or for people traveling to a country where
there is a high risk of getting the disease. Also, a vaccine is recommended by some groups for college
students, particularly freshman living in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective (85-90

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percent). It 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 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 Texas Department of Health office to ask about meningococcal vaccine.
Additional information may also be found at the web sites for the Center of Disease Control and
Prevention: www.cdc.gov and the Texas Department of State Health Services: www.dshs.state.tx.us
METHODIST HEALTCARE MINISTRIES
SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTER
Marion, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
Fall & Spring Schedule:
School Days Appointments
Medical:
Krueger Elementary Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 am – 3:30 pm
Schertz Elementary Tuesday, Thursday 8 am – 3:30 pm

Dental:
Krueger Elementary Tuesday, Thursday 8 am – 3:30 pm

Staff: The School Based Health Center’s staff consists of a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Dentist,
Registered Nurse, Dental Hygienist, Social Worker and Secretary. All are part of the health care team,
which provide quality care to the children enrolled in the Marion and the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City
School Districts. We offer a comprehensive range of services to children enrolled in these districts, as well
as their brothers and sisters under the age of 19 years. Dental Services are available, please call for
information.
Complete Care: Medical services include diagnosis and treatment of simple illnesses or minor injury,
chronic illnesses like asthma, immunizations, physicals, referral to PCP, specialists, community resources,
and prescription assistance for unfunded families. Dental services include primary dental care and routine
services such as fillings. Social services include case management, information and referral to community
resources, as well as individual and family counseling. Appointments are encouraged; those with
appointments will be seen before walk-ins.
Convenient: The Health Center is located on the school campus. Students do not need to be taken to an
off-site physician for treatment. However, we are not here to replace your Primary Care Provider, but are
an adjunct to health care. After visiting the Health Center, students are often able to return to class. Fewer
absences mean less time lost at school for the students and less time lost at work for the parents. We can
see your child without your presence if there is a signed and annually updated consent form on file in the
Health Center. Parents must call or send a note before their child can be pulled out of class and seen.
Siblings are encouraged to visit the Health Center, also.
Affordability: We charge a maximum of $15 for medical visits. There are additional charges for services
such as immunizations ($5 each), nebulizer, treatments and equipment. Dental charges will vary according
to the procedure. Payment is due upon receipt of services unless other arrangements have been made.
Proof of income will be required for services. A sliding scale fee is available for Medicaid, CHIP and
uninsured children for medical and dental services.
When schools are closed due to inclement weather, the clinic will also be closed. During school holidays
and summer break the clinic will be held at the Marion site. Please call for an appointment:
Krueger Elementary (Medical & Dental) (830) 914- 2803 Ext. 111
Schertz Elementary (210) 658- 4875
For questions please call:
Medical (210) 410-9477
Dental (830) 914-2803 Ext. 111

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Participation in P.E.

Students are required to have a doctor’s note to be excluded from P.E. for a specific length of time.
Students should take their doctor's note to the school nurse for verification before first period begins. The
nurse will file the original and make a copy for the student to give his/her coach.

GUIDANCE PROGRAM

School Counselor

The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of concerns, including academic
schedules and careers, and personal concerns such as social, family, emotional, or substance abuse needs.

The counselor may also make available information about community resources to address personal
concerns.

Students who wish to meet with the counselor should make an appointment with the counselor’s secretary.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Acceleration by Examination

With Prior Instruction

A student who has received prior instruction in a course or subject but failed the course or subject with a
grade of no less than 60 may be permitted by the District to earn credit by passing an examination on the
essential knowledge and skills defined for the course or subject. To receive credit, a student must score at
least 70 on the examination.

The Attendance Review Committee may also allow a student with excessive absences to receive credit for
a course by passing an examination. A student may not use this examination to regain eligibility to
participate in extracurricular activities, however.

Without Prior Instruction

A student will be permitted to take an examination to advance to a higher grade level (at the elementary
level) or to earn credit for an academic course (at the secondary level) for which the student has no prior
instruction. A grade of 90 must be achieved on each exam (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and
Social Studies) to earn credit.

The dates on which examinations are scheduled during the 2007 - 2008 school year include:

Registration Deadline: May 19, 2007


Testing dates: July 6, August 1 & 2, 2007

Registration Deadline: March 9, 2008


Testing dates: April 11, May 10 & 11, 2008

A student planning to take an examination for acceleration (or the student’s parent/guardian) must register
with the Counselor no later than the above listed deadlines. Registration forms are available in the
Counseling Office.

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Promotion and Grading

The system of reporting grades is a numerical scale of 0-100. A grade of 70 shall be a minimum for a
student to pass a course. All students must pass three (3) out of four (4) major subjects-- Science, Social
Studies, Math and Language Arts-- and maintain an overall average of 70 to be promoted.

Citizenship is recorded as: E/Excellent; S/Satisfactory; N/Needs Improvement; U/Unsatisfactory

An examination or course grade issued by a classroom teacher is final and may not be changed unless the
grade is arbitrary, erroneous, or not consistent with school district grading policy, as determined by the
board of trustees. The board’s decision may not be appealed. [Education Code Section 28.0212].

Report Cards

Report cards are sent to the parents or guardians four (4) times a year. The grade cards will be mailed
during the week following the end of each nine-week grade reporting period.

The recorded grades for semester exams and semester grades will be the actual earned grades made by the
student. Grades recorded on the student report cards and the registrar’s grade card for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
nine weeks will be no lower than 50.

Report to Parents/Progress Reports

The student’s progress is reported to parents periodically throughout the year. The evaluation criteria
outlined on the report forms are to be observed literally. Supplementary notes of commendation,
suggestions for improvement, parental conferences, classroom visits, and similar means of keeping in touch
with parents are encouraged.

Teachers are required to send a written progress report to parents of pupils doing unsatisfactory work.
These reports will be most effective every three (3) weeks. Cooperation can often be obtained by this
means so that later misunderstandings can be avoided. Even though a progress report has not been issued,
a student may still receive a failing grade during a grading period. Usually failing notices do precede a
failing grade, but occasionally a poor exam grade or incomplete work at the end of a grading period can
produce a failing grade. A noncustodial parent may request in writing that the district provide them with a
copy of any written notification relating to student misconduct that is generally provided by the district to a
student’s parent/guardian.

Tutoring

Teachers provide tutoring in all subjects. Students are encouraged to schedule tutorials with their teachers
before and after school and/or at lunch according to their individual teachers. Teachers' required hours are
from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Students should have hall passes issued by their teachers in order to attend
tutoring sessions.

Late Work

Students are expected to turn in completed assignments at class time on the dates that assignments are due.
Assignments may be accepted late with a penalty of 10-15 points per day.

Written Assignments

Students are expected to follow individual teacher's requirements for written work in each course (ink,
pencil, heading, etc.). A student's failure to follow the teacher's directions could result in a maximum 10-
point penalty on the assignment.

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Academic Dishonesty/Cheating/Plagiarism

Academic dishonesty-- as in cheating or plagiarism-- is not acceptable. Cheating includes the copying of
another student's work-- such as homework, classwork, or test answers-- as one's own. Plagiarism is the
use of another person's original ideas or writing without giving credit to the true author.

A student found to have engaged in academic dishonesty may be subject to loss of credit for the work in
question, as well as disciplinary penalties and a parent/guardian phone call by the teacher.

Scheduling

Each spring, students in grades 7th and 8th will be provided information on anticipated course offerings for
the following year and other information that will help them to make the most of academic, technical, and
extracurricular opportunities.

Scheduling is done through the Counseling Office. Students and parents are encouraged to talk with the
school counselor, teacher, or principal to learn about course offerings.

Schedule changes may be requested in writing during the first ten (10) days of school. All classes are
created on the basis of student requests during pre-registration. Because pre-registration determined class
seats available, textbooks and supply orders, and room assignments, schedule changes must be limited and
controlled by the counselor and administration.

Physical Education Requirement

State Board of Education rules require each student to complete one unit of Physical Education in Grade 7th
or 8th. Competitive athletics may substitute for the one unit of Physical Education.

Parents may request a waiver to allow students to receive credit for appropriate private or commercially-
sponsored physical activity programs (i.e., tennis, gymnastics, dance). These activities must be equal to or
more rigorous than the standard physical education class and require approximately 15 hours of
participation each week.

Waiver requests will be accepted only during the first week of each semester or in the case of new students,
during the first week from the date of enrollment. A Physical Education Waiver Request Form is available
from the counseling office.

TAKS Classes

A TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge & Skills) test in Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social
Studies will be administered in the spring for grades 7th and 8th. Students who fail to master this test may
be placed in remedial classes at grades 7th and 8th.

Final Examinations

No examinations will be given earlier than scheduled to protect the integrity of the exams. Please keep the
following schedules in mind when planning holiday and vacation trips.

The exam schedule for 2007-2008 is:

December 18th & June 2nd 7th period


December 19th & June 3rd 1st & 6th periods
December 20th & June 4th 3rd & 5th periods
December 21st & June 5th 2nd & 4th periods

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Honors Courses

Teachers of Pre-AP Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish I, Algebra I and Geometry shall
add five points, not to exceed a total grade average of 100, to the grade of each student, following
calculation of the grade average for each reporting period. The total shall constitute the student's grade for
the grading period and shall be used for report card and permanent record card reporting. Algebra 1,
Geometry and Spanish 1students may receive high school credit upon successful completion of these
courses.

GT students must be enrolled in at least one Pre-AP course in order to remain active in the program.

Honors Night

Students will be recognized for outstanding achievement at Honors Night in the spring semester. Awards
are presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding ability in academic education or who have
provided distinctive service to their organizations or school. Honor roll students are also recognized at this
time. Each nine weeks grade is used to determine the A & A/B Honor Roll.

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 forge strong friendships with other students.

We encourage students to become very active in all parts of their school life. Although we cannot measure
the exact gain, we know students enjoy school life more because of school organizations. Members must
meet specific entrance qualifications and maintain required qualifications of each organization.

Junior High School offers a variety of activities:

Athletics Journalism
Band/Choir National Junior Honor Society
Builders Club Student Council
Cheerleaders UIL
Gifted & Talented Program Yearbook
Eligibility

Participation is a privilege. While many of the activities are governed by the University Interscholastic
League-- a statewide association of participating districts-- eligibility for participation in many of these
activities is governed by state law as well as UIL rules:

A student who receives, at the end of any grade evaluation period, a grade below 70 in any academic class,
other than an identified honors or advanced class, or a student with disabilities who fails to meet the
standards in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) may not participate in extracurricular activities for at least
three weeks. An ineligible student may practice or rehearse, however. The student regains eligibility
when the principal and teachers determine that he or she has: (1) earned a passing grade (70 or above) in all
academic classes, other than those that are honors or advanced, and (2) completed the three weeks of
ineligibility.

A student is allowed up to 15 absences from a class during the school year for extracurricular activities or
public performances. All UIL activities and other activities approved by the Board are subject to these
restrictions. A student who misses class because of participation in a non-approved activity will receive an
unexcused absence.

Any restrictions on participation related to discipline are set out in the Student Code of Conduct.

Note: Student clubs and performing groups such as the band, choir, and drill and athletic teams may
establish codes of conduct and consequences for misbehavior that are stricter than those for students in

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general. If a violation is also a violation of school rules, the consequences specified by the student Code of
Conduct will apply in addition to any consequences specified by the organization.

TAKS Testing

Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) is required by the Texas legislature and is
administered at both the 7th and 8th grades.

Area: Grade Level: Testing Date:


Writing 7 March 4, 2008
Reading 8 March 4, 2008
Mathematics 8 April 8, 2008
Mathematics 7 April 29, 2008
Reading 7 April 30, 2008
Reading (Retest) 8 April 30, 2008
Science 8 May 1, 2008
Social Studies 8 May 2, 2008
Mathematics (Retest) 8 May 13, 2008

In Reading, the student will:


1. demonstrate a basic understanding of culturally diverse written texts
2. apply knowledge of literary elements to understand culturally diverse written texts
3. use a variety of strategies to analyze culturally diverse written texts
4. apply critical-thinking skills to analyze culturally diverse written texts

In Math, the student will:


1. demonstrate an understanding of numbers, operations, and quantitative reasoning
2. demonstrate an understanding of patterns, relationships, and algebraic reasoning
3. demonstrate an understanding of geometry and spatial reasoning
4. demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and uses of measurement
5. demonstrate an understanding of probability and statistics
6. demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical processes and tools used in problem solving

In Writing, the student will:


1. within a given context, produce an effective composition for a specific purpose
2. produce a piece of writing that demonstrates a command of the conventions of spelling,
capitalization, punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence structure
3. recognize appropriate organization of ideas in written text
4. recognize correct and effective sentence construction in written text
5. recognize standard usage and appropriate word choice in written text
6. proofread for correct punctuation, capitalization, and spelling in written text

In Social Studies, the student will:


1. demonstrate an understanding of issues and events in U.S. history
2. demonstrate an understanding of geographic influences on historical issues and events
3. demonstrate an understanding of economic and social influences on historical issues and events
4. demonstrate an understanding of political influences on historical issues and events
5. use critical-thinking skills to analyze social studies information

The principal will designate an appropriate individual on the campus to develop and administer personal
graduation plans for students in Grades 6-12 who have failed a state assessment instrument or are not
expected to graduate by the end of the fifth school year after enrolling in ninth grade. A student’s IEP is
acceptable for use as the student’s personal graduation plan. For a student in a special education program
not performing satisfactorily on state assessments, the ARD committee is responsible for designing such a
program.

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Student Records - Notice of Parent and Student Rights under the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District maintains general education records
required by law. A student's school records are private and are protected from unauthorized inspection or
use. A cumulative record is maintained for each student from the time the student enters the District until
the student withdraws or graduates. This record moves with the student from school to school. The
principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The
superintendent is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated.

By law, both parents, whether married, separated, or divorced, have access to the records of a student who
is a minor or a dependent for tax purposes, as do students who are 18 years of age or older. A parent whose
rights have been legally terminated will be denied access to the records if the school is given a copy of the
court order terminating these rights. Parents, the student (if 18 or older), and school officials with
legitimate educational interests are the only persons who have general access to a student's records.
"School officials with legitimate educational interests" include any employees, agents, or Trustees of the
District, cooperative of which the District is a member, or of facilities with which the District contracts for
placement of students with disabilities, as well as their attorneys and consultants, who are (1) working with
the student; (2) considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student's case, or an individual education
plan (IEP) of a student with disabilities; (3) compiling statistical data; or (4) investigating or evaluating
programs.

Certain other officials from various governmental agencies may have limited access to the records. The
District forwards a student's records on request to a school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll
without the necessity of the parent's permission. Records are also released pursuant to a court order or
lawfully issued subpoena. Parental consent is required to release the records to anyone else. When the
student reaches 18 years of age, the right to consent to release of records transfers to the student.

Records may be reviewed during regular school hours. If circumstances effectively prevent a parent or
eligible student from inspecting the records, 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. The record
custodian or designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records.

Students 18 years of age or older and parents of minor students may review and inspect the student's
records and request a correction if the records are inaccurate, misleading, 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 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. Although
improperly recorded grades may be challenged, parents and students are not allowed to contest a student's
grade in a course through this process. (See FNG (Local) for the applicable complaint procedure.) Parents
or students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they believe the
District's is not in compliance with the law regarding student records.

Copies of student records are available at a cost of $.10 per page, payable in advance. Parents may be
denied copies of a student's records (1) after the student reaches age 18 and is no longer a dependent for tax
purposes; (2) when the student is attending an institution of post secondary education; (3) if the parent fails
to follow proper procedures and pay the copying charge; or (4) when the District is given a copy of the
court order terminating the parental rights. If the student qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches and the
parents are unable to view the records during regular school hours or at another agreed-upon time, upon
written request if the parent, one copy of the records will be provided at no charge.

The District's complete policy regarding student records is available from the principal's or superintendent's
office. Reference SCUCISD Board Policy FL (Legal) and FL (Local).

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Directory Information

Certain information about District students is considered directory information and will be released to
anyone who follows procedures for requesting it, unless the parent objects to the release of any or all
directory information about the child. This objection must be made in writing to the principal of the school
where the student is presently enrolled no later than 10 days after the opening of the current school year, or
for students new to the district, no more than 10 days following registration.

Directory information includes a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major
field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of
athletic teams, photographs, electronic images, dates of attendance, awards received, the most recent
previous school attended by the student, and E-Mail address.

Computer Use and Internet Access Policies

Part A - Computer Use

The Internet is an association of diverse communication and information networks. It is possible that your
child may run access areas of adult content and some material that you might find objectionable. While the
district will take reasonable steps to preclude access to such material and does not encourage such use, it is
not possible for us to absolutely prevent such encounters.

1. Students may not use the Internet at Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD (SCUC ISD) without
parent approval.
2. All use of SCUC ISD computers and access to the Internet must be in support of education and
research and be consistent with policies and goals of the SCUC ISD.
3. Any use of SCUC ISD computers for commercial and/or for-profit purpose is expressly
prohibited.
4. The use of SCUC ISD computers for product advertisement and/or endorsement or political
lobbying or campaigning is prohibited,
5. Users shall not seek information on, obtain copies of, modify files, or other data, or passwords
belonging to other users.
6. No use of SCUC ISD computers shall serve to disrupt the use of computers by others; hardware
and/or software shall not be destroyed, modified, vandalized, or abused in any way. Vandalism
includes any attempt to harm or destroy data of another user.
7. Use of SCUC ISD computers to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer
or computing system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computing system
is prohibited.
8. Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, pornographic references or graphics, and other
antisocial behaviors are prohibited on SCUC ISD computers and computing systems.
9. Use of SCUC ISD computers to access or process inappropriate text and/or graphics files, or files
dangerous to the integrity of the SCUC ISD is prohibited.
10. The illegal installation of copyrighted software for use on SCUC ISD computers or computing
systems is prohibited.
11. Any violations of the use of the Internet should be reported to the teacher or supervisor assigned to
the user.
12. The above list is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Part B - Monitored Use - Transmissions Are Not Confidential

There is no right to privacy in the use of SCUC ISD computers and networks. Electronic mail
transmissions and other use of SCUC ISD electronic communications systems shall not be considered
confidential and may be monitored at any time to ensure appropriate use for educational or administrative
purposes.

Part C - Disciplinary Actions For Misuse Of Internet Access Privileges

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Users found in violation of SCUC ISD policies will be subject to one or more disciplinary actions based
upon the severity of the infraction and the Discipline Management Code. Applicable State and Federal
guidelines will be followed for students receiving special education services.

DISCIPLINE MANAGEMENT

Policies and Regulations

Responsibility for maintaining a school environment that maximizes learning opportunities and minimizes
distractions rests with the school administration.
In support of a positive school climate, the administration must develop and enforce effective discipline
procedures. The Vice Principal assists the principal in maintaining appropriate student conduct.

Teachers are here to help students achieve their educational goals. In order for students to learn, it is
necessary that they follow teachers' guidelines for behavior.

Students are to conduct themselves in a manner prescribed by the teachers and administration. Failure to
comply will result in disciplinary action. All actions are designed to change the student's inappropriate
behavior. Without good discipline, students cannot realize their greatest opportunities for growth.

Girls and Boys Town Education Model

The Girls and Boys Town Education Model has been adopted and is included as one of the proactive
intervention strategies used in SCUCISD. This model offers expertise to help make schools safer and
better places to learn. It expands the dialogue about the importance of redefining what a safe school is - a
place where students and teachers respect one another and cooperate so learning can occur, a place where
open communication is a priority, a place where there is a system for resolving disputes, a place that opens
its doors to the surrounding community and welcomes its residents as partners in learning. The Boys Town
Model supports such school goals as: increased school attendance, following school and class rules,
improving relationships and interactions with teachers and administrators, improving academic
performance, building appropriate peer interaction skills, decreasing out-of-school suspensions, and the
probability of school drop out.

Conflict Mediation

Conflict Mediation is a proactive intervention that complements the Boys Town Model. The intervention is
taught to students by teachers trained in Conflict Mediation on an as-needed basis. Students who
experience conflicts with peers can receive the help they need to mediate solutions to problems. Conflict
Mediation skills, once learned, serve to not only solve immediate problems but, oftentimes, they serve to
preclude future conflicts. Conflict mediation forms may be requested from any teacher or from the
principal.

Approval of Publications

All student publications and other written material intended for distribution to students shall be submitted
for prior review.

Material shall be submitted to the building principal or designee for review. The principal or a designee
shall approve or disapprove submitted material within twenty-four hours of the time the material is
received. Failure to act shall be interpreted as disapproval.

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Behavior Adjustment Center

The Behavior Adjustment Center will be established on a flexible basis according to need and will consist
of a classroom away from the regular classroom.

The program will consist of written assignments based upon recommendations and lesson plans from the
sending teacher.

1. Student will be referred by campus administrators.


2. Students will be isolated from other students.
3. Minimum and maximum lengths of stay are from one (1) class period to the end of the semester.

While assigned to BAC, students are not allowed to attend or participate in school functions.

Damage to School Property

Parents or guardians shall be responsible for willful damage done to school buildings, furniture, grounds,
textbooks, or other property of the schools by their child or ward. The damage shall be assessed by the
principal and arrangements must be made for the parent or guardian to pay for the damages.

Detention

Detention will be assigned by the administration during lunch- Monday through Friday.

Gangs

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District Board of Trustees feels that the presence of
gangs and gang activities can cause a substantial disruption of, or material interference with school and
school activities.

A “gang” as defined in this policy is any group of two or more individuals whose purposes may include the
commission of illegal acts. In addition, for purposes of this policy, a “gang” is a prohibited fraternity,
sorority, or society as defined by Texas Education Code, Sections 4.20 and 4.21. Youth gangs are often
loose knit groups of individuals who associate with each other on a continuous basis. By this policy, the
Board of Trustees acts to prohibit existence of gangs and gang activity.

PROHIBITIONS
1. Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblems,
badges, symbols, signs, graffiti, or other things which are evidence of membership or affiliation in
a gang.
2. Committing any act or omission, or using any speech, either verbal or nonverbal (gestures,
handshakes, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in any gang.
3. Promoting interest in any gang or gang activity including but not limited to:
a. Soliciting others for membership in any gangs.
b. Requesting any person to pay protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any
person.
c. Committing any other illegal act or other violation of school district policies.
d. Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.
e. Engaging in concert with other in intimidating, fighting, assaulting, or threatening to
assault others.

Grooming

Research has indicated that student behavior is influenced by student dress and grooming. Consequently,
student grooming is the proper concern of school administrators and teachers. In order to ensure proper

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and acceptable behavior on the part of the student, it becomes necessary to establish certain guidelines to
aid parents and students in selecting the proper attire for school wear.

School staff recognizes that parents bear primary responsibility for setting standards for their children's
dress and grooming. However, because of health and safety factors, because of the influence of dress and
grooming on students' attitude and behavior, and because of the need to prevent disruptive influences and
preserve the academic environment of the school, student dress and grooming are proper concerns of
teachers and administrators.

Regulations shall be established concerning the grooming of students for those classes were safety in the
use of machinery and sanitary conditions in food preparations is mandatory. Students enrolled in these
classes shall be informed of those regulations and are expected to conform while in these classes.

Final determination of acceptable dress and grooming rests with the principal or his/her designee and
cannot be appealed. To aid students and their parents in making decisions about appropriate dress and
grooming for schools, the following guidelines are established:

1. Shorts, culottes, skirts and dresses must be mid-thigh length or longer. Any clothes that are
suggestive or indecent or which cause distraction will not be tolerated.

2. Appropriate footwear must be worn; footwear which has toes reinforced with steel, hard plastics
or similar materials is specifically prohibited. House shoes are not permitted,

3. Clothing advertising tobacco, liquor, sex and/or drugs, death, suicide, or cult worship; items of
clothing considered to be undergarments and see-through garments may not be worn as outer
garments,

4. Tank tops, muscle shirts, halter tops, exposed backs or midriffs are not permitted,

5. All types of hats, forehead bands, bandanas, etc., are not acceptable at school,

6. Any tight, unclean, torn, tattered, or revealing clothing is not acceptable,

7. Hair must be clean and well-groomed, and free of any unnatural colors,

8. Faces must be clean shaven,

8. No body piercing may be ornamented with rings, studs, etc. except for those located on the ear(s).
No more than three (3) per ear,

9. Any clothing deemed in-appropriate, or other issues regarding grooming deemed inappropriate
and not conducive to learning by the school administration may result in disciplinary action such
as being asked to change to appropriate wear.

Because fads in dress and grooming are subject to sudden, and sometimes radical change, a basic rule to
remember is that student dress and grooming should not be suggestive or indecent, or so bizarre and
unusual as to distract from the classroom environment.

If the principal or designee determined that a student's grooming violates the dress code, the student shall
be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student may be assigned to
the Behavioral Adjustment Center for the remainder of the day or until the problem is corrected. Repeated
offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action.

Should a student choose not to comply with the grooming requirement, she/she will be referred to an
administrator. Parents will be contacted to provide appropriate corrective measures as required.

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Hazing/Bullying

We are committed to providing a positive and productive learning and working environment. Hazing,
harassment, intimidation, menacing, or bullying by students is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated
in the district.

Interrogations and Searches

According to SCUCISD Policy FNF (Local)

Administrators, teachers, and other professional personnel may question a student regarding the student’s
own conduct or the conduct of other students. In the context of school discipline, students have no claim to
the right not to incriminate themselves.

For provisions pertaining to student questioning by law enforcement officials or other lawful authorities,
see GRA (Local).

Students have full responsibility for the security of their lockers, and for vehicles parked on school
property. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that lockers and vehicles are locked and that the keys
and combinations are not given to others. Students shall not place, keep, or maintain any article or material
that is forbidden by law, District policy, or Student Code of Conduct in lockers or in vehicles parked on
school property.

All lockers are the property of the District and remain under the jurisdiction of the administrators. The
District and school officials reserve the right to administratively inspect and/or search all lockers, including
contents, by school officials at any time, whether or not the student is present. The student is responsible
for the security of his or her assigned locker and contents. Students shall be required to provide the
combination or a master key to any locking device upon request by District administrators.

School officials may search vehicles parked on school property, if there is reasonable cause to believe that
they contain articles or materials prohibited by District policy. Students shall be responsible for any
prohibited items found in their lockers or in vehicles parked on school property.

If a vehicle subject to search is locked, the student shall be asked to unlock the vehicle. If the student
refuses, the District shall contact the student’s parents. If the parents also refuse to permit a search of the
vehicle, the District may turn the matter over to local law enforcement officials.

The District shall use specially trained non-aggressive dogs to sniff out and alert school officials to the
current presence of concealed prohibited items, illicit substances defined in FNCF (Legal), and alcohol.
This program is implemented in response to drug and alcohol-related problems in District schools, with the
objective of maintaining a safe school environment conducive to education.

Such visits to schools shall be unannounced. The dogs shall be used to sniff vacant (without students
present) 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.

The student’s parent or guardian shall be notified if any prohibited articles or materials are found in a
student’s locker or vehicle parked on school property, or on the student’s person as a result of a search
conducted in accordance with this policy.

The District shall not tolerate actions that endanger the well-being of students or faculty or disrupt the
educational process. Accordingly, stationary or hand-held metal detectors (magnetometers) may be used at
any time by the administration as a safeguard to students and to maintain a safe environment.

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Students shall be subject to search by a metal detector on a random basis or if there is an individualized
reasonable suspicion that the student possesses a prohibited weapon. All prohibited weapons or other
devices that are located shall be confiscated and turned over to applicable law enforcement agencies, who
shall determine whether or not to initiate criminal prosecution.

Scanning devices shall be operated by District security officers or local school officials. Any District
employee may, within the scope of the employee’s duties, use and apply physical restraint to a student if
the employee reasonably believes restraint is necessary in order to obtain possession of a weapon or other
dangerous prohibited object.

At the beginning of the school year, the District shall inform students in writing of the District’s policy on
searches and shall specifically notify students that:

1. Lockers may be sniffed by trained dogs at any time.


2. Vehicles parked on school property may be sniffed by trained dogs or searched, if reasonable cause
exists, at any time.
3. Classrooms and other common areas may be sniffed by trained dogs or searched at any time when
students are not present.
4. 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.
5. Students may be subject to search by a magnetometer (metal detector) on a random or regular basis or
on the basis of any individualized reasonable suspicion that the student possesses a prohibited weapon.
6. If any weapons are found, the student may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance
with law, District policy, or the Student Code of Conduct.

Police Questioning of Students

For police questioning of a student in school, the following guidelines shall apply:

1. Before the principal or assistant principal permits the questioning of a student by law enforcement
officers, the officer must state the necessity of questioning the student while in school. The
questioning officer’s name and title shall be obtained and recorded by District officials.

2. The principal shall make reasonable effort to contact the student’s parents.

Arrested Students

If a District student at school is subject to arrest or apprehension by a law enforcement officer, the principal
or assistant principal shall request to see the summons or warrant and shall deliver the student into the
officer’s custody. The principal shall immediately notify the parents and the superintendent.

Personal Entertainment Items/Electronic Devices/Telecommunication Devices

CD Player, Radio, Tape Recorder, Camera, Electronic Games, Laser Pointer and Other Personal
Entertainment Items

No student will be permitted to have a CD Player, radio, tape recorder, camera, electronic game, laser
pointer on the school campus without the written approval of the campus principal. These items will be
confiscated and returned to the parent/guardian by the administration.

The second offense by a student for any infraction of this policy will result in confiscation of the item(s) for
the remainder of the school year and disciplinary action may be taken. Certain items of a dangerous of
particularly disruptive nature may be returned only to a parent or guardian.

The district prohibits the use of all telecommunications devices, including cellular phones and
pagers/beepers, at all schools during the instructional school day. For purposes of this policy, the

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instructional school day is defined as 7:30 a.m. to fifteen (15) minutes after the final bell. Junior High and
High School students shall be allowed to possess such devices; HOWEVER, SUCH DEVICES MUST
NOT BE VISIBLE AND MUST REMAIN TURNED OFF DURING THE INSTRUCTIONAL
SCHOOL DAY. Students who violate this policy shall be subject to established disciplinary measures, in
accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. School Board Policy FNCE (Local) allow for a $15.00
charge for this violation.

Saturday School

The assistant principal may assign a Saturday School for smoking on campus, leaving campus without
permission, a serious discipline offense, or for not attending three (3) or more detention halls. The assistant
principal will notify the parents, and parents are responsible for transportation.

Parents will notify the assistant principal if the student was ill or there was a family emergency, and the
date of the school will be rescheduled. If a student is absent without an excuse, an additional day of
Saturday School will be assigned. If a student has two (2) unexcused absences, he/she may be assigned to
the campus Behavior Adjustment Center.

1. Goals include:
a. To reinforce the student’s understanding of those policies outlined in the SCUCISD
Student/Parent Handbook that relate to student behavior and discipline.
b. To assist the student in acquiring a better understanding of the discipline policies as
providing a better learning atmosphere.
c. To provide an alternative to the mainstream campus placement as an extension of
discipline management in the District.

2. Objectives include:
a. To stimulate the student’s awareness of the role of a citizen in a democratic society by
emphasizing the need for discipline, respect for authority, and the acceptance of
responsibility.
b. To recognize the necessity for rules and how rules function in families, schools, and
political systems.
c. To help students recognize the consequences of unacceptable behaviors.
d. To provide an understanding of the various concepts of “self” and how these may be used
to promote personal growth and enhance relationships with others.
e. To assist students in preparing for adult life by exploring such topics as lifestyles,
personal values, planning, career choices, and effective decision making.
f. To improve student skills in crisis-solving techniques in helping the students to overcome
adolescent crises such as breaking up, moving to a new town, exclusion by peers, drug
problems, and family problems.
g. To improve student skills and techniques in developing good study habits, enabling the
student to achieve better grades and helping to make him/her a more successful person.
h. To improve student skills and techniques which are essential in gaining employment and
to understand the importance good employer-employee relationships have upon retaining
employment.
i. To stimulate belief in the achievability of personal goals.
j. To clarify the basic rights and responsibilities of juveniles under the law.

School Dances

Once a student has been suspended or assigned to home or to the Behavior Adjustment Center, he/she may
no longer attend school dances for the remainder of that semester.
Any student who has not served assigned D-halls may not be eligible to attend a dance. Students who owe
money to the cafeteria, school office, library, or who need to pay for lost or damaged books may not attend
dances until these obligations are met.

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In addition, students must have all required school forms completed and returned before attending any
dance (i.e. PL874 Federal Survey Form).

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 school to fill the special aims of the organization.

Sexual Harassment

The Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD believes all students are entitled to receive education in an
environment free from sexual harassment and will not tolerate such behavior. Sexual harassment is a form
of sex discrimination that is illegal. It consists of unwelcome sexual attention from other students, or
anyone else with whom students may deal in school or at school-related activities.

The range of unwelcome behavior may include:


* Inappropriate touching
* Sexual gestures
* Suggestive verbal comments
* Sexual joking/teasing
* spreading sexual gossip
* Pressure for sexual activity

Students who believe they are being subjected to sexual harassment should contact a campus administrator
or counselor immediately. The confidentiality of anyone involved in the reporting or investigation of a
harassment claim will be respected. The school’s normal disciplinary procedures will be followed in
determining the appropriate consequence for sexual harassment.

Social Behavior

Public Display of Affection (PDA) is not an accepted practice on the school campus. There is a time and
place for everything and this type of conduct is not condoned in the school environment.

Suspension or Removal to the Behavior Adjustment Center

Students may be suspended for a period not to exceed three (3) school days or removed to Behavior
Adjustment Center if the principal or designee determines either:

a. that the student’s presence in the regular classroom or home campus presents a danger of
physical harm to the student or others, or

b. that the student has engaged in serious or persistent misbehavior that violates the
previously communicated code of student conduct

Before suspending a student, the principal or designee shall consider reasonable alternatives, including
appropriate discipline management techniques which may include removal to the Behavior Adjustment
Center. If the principal or designee determines a suspension is the most appropriate alternative, no other
disciplinary action need precede the suspension.

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Steps for Suspension or Removal to an AEP

1. Notice to parents
Before suspending or removing a student to an alternative education program, the principal or
designee shall conduct an informal conference at which time:
a. The student is advised of the conduct with which he is charged.
b. The student is given the opportunity to explain his version of the incident.
c. A student’s parent shall be notified by telephone or other appropriate means as
soon as reasonably possible. Parents of students who have been suspended
shall be advised that is their responsibility to provide adequate supervision
for the student during the period of suspension.

2. Parent conference
When the principal or designee suspends or removes a student to an alternative education program
for three (3) or more consecutive days or five (5) or more cumulative days in a semester, he shall
encourage the student’s parent to attend a conference to discuss the disciplinary action and/or the
student’s misbehavior.

3. Term of suspension or removal


The principal or designee shall determine the suspension term which may be from one(1) to three
(3) days.

The district will offer a student in a DAEP, a suspended student, or a student placed in a setting other than a
DAEP, an opportunity to complete coursework before the beginning of the next school year in each course
in which the student was enrolled at the time of removal. The student may be provided the opportunity to
complete coursework through other available methods.

Tobacco

Texas state law prohibits the possession or use of any type of tobacco product by students on any public
school campus or at any school sponsored activity.

Terroristic Threats

Students are prohibited from threatening any other person in any manner, be it physical, verbal or written
threat. This includes but is not limited to fear of imminent serious bodily injury and/or disruption of
activities. Any student who engages in conduct involving a public school that contains the elements of the
offense of false alarm or report under Texas Penal Code 42.06, or terroristic threat under Texas Penal Code
42.07 will be suspended, will attend a disciplinary meeting and may be assigned to the alternative school
for discipline or expelled.
Transportation

Children living within two (2) miles of the school they attend will be transported to school when a
hazardous traffic artery exists. Hazardous transportation areas are designated by the Board of Trustees.

Students who need to ride another bus must have permission from their parents. The note should have the
correct date, the bus number to be ridden and the person with whom they are riding home. The request
must be given to the Assistant Principal at the beginning of the school day (8:00 - 8:15 a.m.)

Student Conduct on School Buses

Parents of students, not the schools, have the responsibility to supervise students at bus stops until such
time as the child boards the bus in the morning and leaves the bus at the end of the school day. Once a
child boards the bus -- and only at that time -- does he/she become the responsibility of the school district.
Such responsibility shall end when the child is delivered to the regular bus stop at the end of the school day
and leaves the bus.

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In view of the fact that a bus is an extension of the classroom and that the students riding the bus are the
responsibility of the school district, the Board of Trustees shall require the children to conduct themselves
on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards of behavior.

Students are not compelled to ride the school bus, but students who do ride the bus will follow good safety
rules and regulations under the instructions of the bus driver/monitor. In the event of any student
misconduct or misbehavior on the school bus, the bus driver/monitor (or both) will submit a written
(School bus Incident Report to the Parents) to the campus principal, who will administer the discipline and
forward a copy of the report to the parent and a copy to the Director of Transportation at the Central Office.
Any request for a conference by a parent about the incident will be with the campus principal. If the
problem cannot be resolved at the campus, the principal will then schedule a parent conference with the
director of transportation.

Students who are bus riders will follow and adhere to the following rules and regulations:

1. Be courteous, quiet and follow instruction of the bus driver/monitor.

2. Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.

3. There will be no eating or drinking on the bus.

4. Sit in the assigned seat if the bus driver/monitor makes such an assignment.

5. Be seated on entering the bus and remain seated until leaving the bus at destination.

6. Will not possess, or bring on board, any type of weapon: knife, gun, club, etc. (This will
be cause for expulsion both from school and from the bus.)

7. Will not fight in any manner on the school bus.

8. Will not chew tobacco, dip, snuff, light matches or lighters.

9. There will be no destruction or damaging of the bus. (Disciplinary action plus cost of
replacing or repairing will be necessary.)
10. There will be no profanity or obscenities used on the school bus. (Since this is a
questionable item, the incident report will reflect on how, why, and in what way this was
used.)

11. There will be no alcoholic drinks or drugs brought on the school bus. This means on
persons or consumed by persons.

12. Any other act that causes an unsafe situation will be handled when it occurs. Students are
responsible for their personal behavior.
Disciplinary action for violations of the above school bus rules and regulations may be as follows:

1. First Offense - Warning- Discretion of the principal


2. Second Offense - Five days suspension from riding any district school bus
3. Third Offense - Fifteen days suspension from riding any district school bus
4. Fourth Offense - Thirty days suspension from riding any district school bus
5. Fifth Offense - Remainder of school year suspension from riding any district school bus
6. In case of severe offense, the student may be removed immediately. The principal shall
determine the length of time.

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School-Sponsored Trips

Permission Forms: Each pupil of the district must have (on file in principal’s office) a permission form,
signed by his or her parents or guardian before making any school-sponsored trip or excursion away from
school grounds. Principals will administer the details of this requirement and shall have the assistance of
the teachers as may be needed.

Field Trips (Trips for Academic Purposes): Students must ride the school buses on all school-sponsored
trips. No student will be permitted to go or return in private cars. A request to vary from this rule must be
cleared through the principal prior to the trip. Any student who returns by other means may be dropped
from the organization that is sponsoring the trip and shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Transportation to Athletic Events

Students participating in competitive athletics will be transported in and out of the district in school buses
or in school cars supervised by the coaches. Any request to vary from this policy must be cleared through
the principal prior to the trip.

Weapons

A student shall not possess on school premises a firearm (including a replica), explosive weapon, illegal
knife or bullets unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the District. The student
shall not interfere with normal activities, occupancy, or use of any building or portion of the campus by
exhibiting, using or threatening to exhibit or use the firearm, explosive weapon or threatening knife.

Students are also prohibited from bringing to school, school premises, or a school related activity any other
weapons. This prohibition will not normally apply to school supplies such as pencils, compasses, and the
like, unless they are used in a menacing or threatening manner.

Weapons include but are not limited to:

a. firearms of any kind


b. clubs or nightsticks
c. razors
d. metallic or plastic knuckles
e. chains
f. knives of any size, including pocket knives
g. any other object used in a way that threatens to inflict bodily injury on another person
h. paint balls and paintball guns
i. bee-bee guns

The possession or use of articles not generally considered weapons may be prohibited when, in the
principal's or designee's judgment, a reasonable apprehension of danger exists to the student in possession
or in its use.

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INDEX

A.
Absence Policies................................................................................ 12
Acceleration by Examination............................................................. 25
Accidents & Illness............................................................................ 22
Administrative Staff........................................................................... 10
Athletic Equipment............................................................................ 15
Arrested Students............................................................................... 36
Attendance....................................................................................…. 12
Awards/Honors Night.......................................................................... 28

B.
Bacterial Meningitis………………………………………………… 23
Band Instruments................................................................................ 15
Behavior Adjustment Center.............................................................. 33
Bicycles............................................................................................... 15
Board of Trustees................................................................................. 10
Bookbags............................................................................................. 16

C.
Cafeteria..........................................................................................… 16
Campus Visitors……………………………………………………. 16
Cheating............................................................................................. 27
Complaints Student/Parent............................................................… 17
Computer Use/Internet Policies............................................................ 31
Conferences- Parent............................................................................ 16
Conflict Mediation….......................................................................... 32

D
Dances.............................................................................................… 17
Damage to Property............................................................................ 33
Detention............................................................................................ 33
Directory Information......................................................................... 31
Discipline Management Policies........................................................ 32

E
Eligibility........................................................................................... 28
Exams.............................................................................................… 27
Extracurricular Activities................................................................… 28

F.
FERPA............................................................................................... 30
Fire Alarms......................................................................................... 17
Fire & Disaster Drills......................................................................... 17

G.
Gangs...............................................................................................…. 33
Girls and Boys Town Education Model……………………………... 32
Grading...........................................................................................….. 26
Grooming.........................................................................................…. 33
Guidance Program............................................................................…. 25

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H.
Hazing/Bullying……………………………………………………… 35
Health Policies.................................................................................….. 20
Honors Courses...............................................................................….. 28
Honors/Awards Night………………………………………………… 28

I.
Identification Cards...........................................................................… 17
Illness.............................................................................................…... 21
Immunizations..................................................................................… 20
Insurance-Student...........................................................................….. 18
Interrogations/Searches....................................................................…. 35

L.
Leaving Campus..............................................................................…. 14
Library..............................................................................................… 18
Lockers.............................................................................................… 18

M.
Makeup Work...................................................................................… 14
Medication.......................................................................................…. 20

N.
Nurse................................................................................................…. 20

O.
Organizations/Clubs.........................................................................…. 28

P.
Parent Teacher Council....................................................................…. 18
Passing Periods………………………………………………………. 18
People Who Can Help.......................................................................… 11
Personal Entertainment/Telecommunication Items...........................… 36
Police Questioning.............................................................................… 36
Pesticides..........................................................................................…. 18
Physical Education..........................................................................….. 27
Posters..............................................................................................…. 19
Progress Reports……………………………………………………... 26
Promotion & Grading........................................................................... 25

R.
Registration......................................................................................…. 15
Report Cards....................................................................................…. 25
Restrooms........................................................................................…. 19
Rollerblades......................................................................................…. 19

S.
Saturday School................................................................................…. 37
Scheduling............................................................................................. 27
School-to-Careers............................................................................….. 19
School Trips....................................................................................….. 41
Secret Societies………………………………………………………. 38
Sexual Harassment...........................................................................…. 38
Skateboards......................................................................................…. 19
Social Behavior................................................................................…. 38
Suspension......................................................................................…… 38

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T.
TAKS..........................................................................................……… 29
Tardies..............................................................................................….. 15
Telecommunication/Personal Entertainment Items …………………... 36
Telephone……………………………………………………………... 19
Terroristic Threats .............................................................................… 39
Textbooks........................................................................................…... 19
Tobacco............................................................................................….. 39
Transportation..................................................................................….. 39
Tutoring..........................................................................................…… 26
Truancy.............................................................................................…. 14

U.
Unexcused Absences..........................................................................… 13

V.
Valuables..........................................................................................….. 16
Visitors.............….................................................................................. 16

W.
Weapons ........................................................................................……. 41
Written Work (Late, Format).............................................................…. 26
Withdrawal......................................................................................…… 15

Y.
Yearbook/School Pictures..................................................................…. 19

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SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-UNIVERSAL CITY ISD
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The Student Code of Conduct that follows is the District's response to the 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 classroom or campus, suspension, placement in or removal from a Disciplinary Alternative
Education Program (DAEP), or expulsion from school.
This Student Code of Conduct has been adopted by the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District Board of Trustees. The
Student Code of Conduct provides information to parents and students regarding expectations for behavior, consequences of misconduct, and
procedures for administering discipline.
In accordance with state law, the Student Code of Conduct will be posted at each school campus or will be available for review at
the office of the campus principal. Parents will be notified of any Student Code of Conduct violation that may result in a student
being suspended, removed to a DAEP, or expelled from the District.

CONTENTS
This code is organized into the following sections:
1. Standards for Student Conduct .............................................................................................pages 2–4
2. General Misconduct Violations ..............................................................................................pages 6–9
3. Removal from the Regular Educational Setting:
a. Suspension ....................................................................................................................page 10
b. Placement in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program...........................................pages 11–19
c. Expulsion ........................................................................................................................pages 20–24

The Glossary at the back of the Student Code of Conduct provides easy access to definitions of legal terms. The term “parent” as
used in this Student Code of Conduct includes guardians or other persons standing in a parental relation with the student.

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.
Please Note: The discipline of students with disabilities who are eligible for services under federal law (Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) is subject to the provisions of those laws. (See also Board Policy FOE (Legal).)

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a. Standards for Student Conduct

i. Behaviors ii. Consequences


Each student is expected to: A student whose behavior shows disrespect for others, including
• Demonstrate courtesy even when others do not. interference with learning and a safe environment, will be subject to
disciplinary action.
• Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline,
School rules and the authority of the District to administer discipline
even when others are not.
apply whenever the interest of the District is involved, on or off school
• Attend all classes, regularly and on time. grounds, in conjunction with or independent of classes and school-
• Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and sponsored activities.
assignments to class. The District has disciplinary authority over a student:
• Meet District and campus standards of grooming and dress. The During the regular school day and while the student is going to and
District’s dress codes are established to encourage good from school on District transportation;
grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid 4. During lunch periods in which a student is allowed to leave
safety hazards and teach respect for authority. campus;
• Obey all campus and classroom rules. 5. For certain mandatory DAEP and discretionary expulsion offenses,
• Respect the rights and privileges of other students and of teachers within 300 feet of school property as measured from any point on
and other District staff. the school’s real property boundary line;
• Respect the property of others, including District property and 6. While the student is in attendance at any school-related activity,
facilities. regardless of time or location;
• Cooperate with and assist the school staff in maintaining safety, 7. For any school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location;
order, and discipline. 8. For any mandatory expulsion offense committed while on school
• Avoid violations, attempts to violate or assisting in violations of the property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related
Student Code of Conduct. activity of another district in Texas;
• Pay required fees and fines, except as exempted by law. 9. When retaliation against a school employee or volunteer occurs or
is threatened, regardless of time or location;
• Seek changes in school policies and regulations in an orderly and
responsible manner, through approved channels. 10. When the student commits a felony, as provided by Texas
Education Code 37.006 or 37.0081;
• Pursue and attempt to master the essential elements of the
curriculum of study prescribed by the District and the State of 11. When criminal mischief is committed on or off school property or at
Texas. a school-related event; and

Please take note: nearly every year there is an incident involving 12. When a student commits aggravated robbery, aggravated assault,
a student whose vehicle is found to contain some prohibited sexual assault, murder, capital murder or criminal intent to do so
item, and the student claims that he or she had no knowledge it against another student, regardless of where the offense is
was in the vehicle. Students ARE held responsible for making committed.
i. Behaviors ii. Consequences
sure that whatever vehicle they drive to and park on school The District has the right to search a vehicle driven to school by a
property does not contain prohibited items. Therefore, it is student and parked on school property whenever there is reasonable
important that the vehicle be checked BEFORE the student cause to believe it contains articles or materials prohibited by the
comes onto school property. District.
The District has the right to search a student's locker whenever there
is reasonable cause to believe it contains articles or materials
prohibited by the District.
A school administrator will report crimes as required by law. A school
administrator who suspects that a crime has been committed on
campus will call local law enforcement.
The District has the right to revoke the transfer of a transfer student for
The District may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to violating the District's Student Code of Conduct.
those found in the Student Code of Conduct. These rules may be
posted in classrooms or given to the student and may or may not In general, discipline will be designed to correct misconduct and to
constitute violations of the Student Code of Conduct. encourage all students to adhere to their responsibilities as citizens of
the school community. Disciplinary action will draw on the
professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on a range
All students of the District are expected to abide by State and of discipline management techniques. Disciplinary action will be
Federal law, District policy and the Student Code of Conduct. In correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student's age and
addition, students who participate in extracurricular activities, grade level, the frequency of misbehavior, the student's attitude, the
effect of the misconduct on the school environment, and statutory
who are the recipients of any school district awards or honors, or requirements.
who are members and/or participants in any school district
In addition to considering the seriousness of the offense, the student’s
sponsored clubs or organizations represent the school district, age, frequency of misconduct, the student’s attitude, the potential
and have a special obligation to conduct themselves at all times effect of the misconduct on the school environment, and whether the
in a manner which will not bring discredit to the school district student acted in self-defense (see glossary), the District will also
and its student body and staff. Participation in school district consider the student’s disciplinary history, but not the student’s intent
extracurricular activities, school sponsored clubs and or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct. The
District’s personnel will not consider as one of the factors whether the
organizations, and any receipt of school district awards or student suffers from a disability that substantially impairs the student’s
honors are privileges, and no student has any right to such capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of the student’s conduct
participation, membership, or award or honor. Violations of this except in accordance with and to the extent required to do so under
Student Code of Conduct, in addition to resulting the state or federal laws and regulations involving students with
consequences set out in this Student Code of Conduct, may disabilities.

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result in suspension or dismissal from participation in Because of these factors, discipline for a particular offense (unless
extracurricular activities pursuant to the by-laws or rules of the otherwise specified by law) may bring into consideration varying
techniques and responses.
club, organization or activity.
The following discipline management techniques may be used—alone
Withdrawal from school after a student has been accused of or or in combination—for misbehavior violating the Student Code of
Conduct or campus or classroom rules:
charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct will not
prevent the District from investigating the alleged violation and, • Verbal correction.
if it is determined that a violation did occur, assessing the • Cooling-off time or "time-out."
appropriate disciplinary consequence and enforcing that • Seating changes within the classroom.
consequence should the student re-enroll in the District. • Counseling by teachers, counselors, or administrative personnel.
• Parent-teacher conferences.
• Temporary confiscation of items that disrupt the educational
process.
• Grade reductions as permitted by policy.
• Rewards or demerits.
• Behavioral contracts.
• Detention.
• Sending the student to the office or other assigned area, or to in-
school suspension.
• Out-of-school suspension, as specified in the suspension section
of this Student Code of Conduct.
• Placement in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program
(DAEP), as specified in the DAEP section of this Student Code of
Conduct.
• Expulsion, as specified in the expulsion section of this Student
Code of Conduct.
• Assignment of school duties such as scrubbing desks or picking
up litter.
• Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular

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activities and eligibility for seeking and holding honorary offices,
and/or membership in school-sponsored clubs or organizations.
• Techniques or penalties identified in individual student
organizations' extracurricular standards of behavior.
• Withdrawal or restriction of bus privileges.
• School-assessed and school-administered probation.
• Corporal punishment.
• Referral to an outside agency and/or legal authority for criminal
prosecution in addition to disciplinary measures imposed by the
District.
• Restitution

• Other strategies and consequences as specified by the Student


Code of Conduct.
In addition to utilizing the discipline management techniques and the
various sanction options set out in this Student Code of Conduct for
managing the conduct of students and disciplining them for violations
of the Student Code of Conduct, the District intends to provide
Character Counts, Boystown, and Conflict Mediation education
programs that will seek to prevent disciplinary issues from arising.
These character education programs will be modified to meet the
needs and capabilities of the various ages of the students involved in
the programs and will include training geared toward preventing and
dealing with bullying and harassment. Please Note: Students enrolled
in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29 of the
Texas Education Code may not be disciplined for bullying, harassment
or making hit lists until an Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD)
Committee meeting has been held to review the conduct. (Please see
the Glossary for the definitions of “bullying”, “harassment” and “hit
list”.)
Parental questions or complaints regarding disciplinary measures
should be addressed to the teacher or campus administration, as

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appropriate, and in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL). A
copy of the policy may be obtained from the principal's office or
the central administration office. Disciplinary consequences will
not be deferred pending the outcome of a grievance, appeal or
complaint.

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iii. Behaviors iv. Consequences


The following behaviors are prohibited at all school and school-related General misconduct identified in the list of prohibited behaviors will
activities: result in application of one or more discipline management techniques
• Cheating or copying the work of another. consistent with law and the Student Code of Conduct.
The principal or appropriate administrator will notify a student’s parent
• Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage.
by phone or in writing of any violation of the Student Code of Conduct
• Failing to comply with directives given by school personnel. that may result in a suspension, removal to a Disciplinary Alternative
• Leaving school grounds or school-sponsored events without Education Program (DAEP), or expulsion. Notification will be made
permission. within three school days after the administrator becomes aware of the
violation. In addition, the next school day following imposition of a
• Disobeying rules for conduct on school buses. disciplinary consequence involving suspending, removing to a DAEP
• Directing profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures toward or expelling a student, the parent or guardian of the student will be
another student or District employee. sent a written notice of that disciplinary consequence.
• Fighting or scuffling. The discipline of students with disabilities is subject to applicable state
and federal law in addition to the Student Code of Conduct. To the
• Hazing. (See glossary) See also FNCC Legal. (NOTE: The fact
that a student consents or acquiesces in hazing is no defense to extent any conflict exists, state and/or federal law will prevail.
this violation of the Student Code of Conduct.)
DISCRETIONARY REMOVAL
• Stealing from students, staff, or the school.
General misconduct violations will not necessarily result in the formal
• Damaging or vandalizing property owned by others. removal of the student from class or another placement but may result
• Defacing or damaging school property—including textbooks, in a routine referral, formal removal, or the use of one or more
lockers, furniture, and other equipment—with graffiti or by other discipline management techniques.
means. (See glossary)
• Possessing fireworks of any kind, smoke or stink bombs, or any FORMAL REMOVAL
other pyrotechnic device. Formal removal from class will be initiated by a teacher if:
• Discharging a fire extinguisher when there is no fire. 13. The student's behavior has been documented by the teacher as
repeatedly interfering with the teacher's ability to teach his or her
• Pulling a fire alarm when there is no fire.
class; or
• Possessing a razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object that can 14. The behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that the teacher
be used to threaten or inflict bodily injury on another person. This
cannot teach, and the students in the classroom cannot learn.
includes, but is not limited to, any knife that is not defined as an
illegal knife or a prohibited weapon under state law or District A teacher or administrator must remove a student from class if the
policy. student engages in behavior that under the Education Code requires
or permits the student to be placed in a DAEP or expelled.
• Possessing or selling a "look-alike" weapon.
A teacher or administrator may remove a student from class for a
iii. Behaviors iv. Consequences
• Possessing an air gun or BB gun. behavior that the District has determined is a violation of the Student
Code of Conduct.
• Possessing ammunition or bullets.
Within three school days, the principal will schedule a conference with
• Possessing a stun gun or cattle prod.
the student’s parent, the student, and the teacher in the case of a
• Possessing mace or pepper spray. teacher, principal or administrator removal.
• Possessing or using any articles not generally considered to be At the conference, the principal or appropriate administrator will inform
weapons, including school supplies, when the principal or the student of the misconduct for which he or she is charged and will
designee determines that a danger exists. give the student an opportunity to give his or her version of the
• Gambling. incident. The principal or administrator will notify the student of the
consequences of the Student Code of Conduct violation.
• Making false accusations or hoaxes regarding school safety.
When a student is removed from the regular classroom by a teacher
• Falsifying records, passes, or other school-related documents. and a conference is pending, the principal may place a student in:
• Committing extortion, coercion, or blackmail (obtaining money or • Another appropriate classroom.
another object of value from an unwilling person).
• In-school suspension.
• Engaging in disruptive actions or demonstrations that substantially
disrupt or materially interfere with school activities. • Out-of-school suspension, for a period of time not to exceed three
days.
• Being insubordinate.
• A Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
• Refusing to accept discipline management techniques assigned by
a teacher or principal. When a student has been formally removed from class by a teacher,
the principal may not return the student to the teacher's class without
• Forcing an individual to act through the use of force or threat of the teacher's consent, unless the placement review committee
force. determines that the teacher's class is the best or only alternative
• Committing or assisting in a robbery or theft even if it does not available.
constitute a felony according to the Texas Penal Code. (Felony
robbery or theft offenses are addressed later in the Student Code
of Conduct.)
• Bullying, including intimidation by name-calling, using ethnic or
racial slurs, or making derogatory statements that could disrupt the
school program or incite violence.
• Engaging in threatening behavior toward another student or
District employee on or off school property.
• Engaging in harassment motivated by race, color, religion, national

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origin, disability, or age and directed toward another student or
District employee. (See glossary)
• Engaging in any misbehavior that gives school officials reasonable
cause to believe that such conduct will substantially disrupt the
school program or incite violence.
• Engaging in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual contact
directed toward another student or a District employee.
• Engaging in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment or sexual
abuse, whether the conduct is by word, gesture, or any other
sexual conduct, including requests for sexual favors directed
toward another student or a District employee.
• Inappropriate or indecent exposure of a student's private body
parts.
• Possessing or using matches or a lighter.
• Possessing, smoking, or using tobacco products.
• Possessing or selling look-alike drugs or items attempted to be
passed off as drugs or contraband.
• Possessing or selling seeds or pieces of marijuana in less than a
usable amount.
• Possessing, using, giving, or selling paraphernalia related to any
prohibited substance. (See glossary)
• Abusing 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.
• Violating the District’s policy on taking prescription drugs and over-
the-counter drugs at school.
Using a cellular telephone or other telecommunications device at school during the school day.

• Possessing or using a laser pointer for other than an approved
use.

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• Violating computer use policies, rules, or agreements signed by
the student, and/or agreements signed by the student's parent.
• Using the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten
students or employees, or cause disruption to the educational
program.
• Sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive,
obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to
another's reputation, or illegal.
• Engaging in verbal or written exchanges that threaten the safety of
another student, a school employee, or school property.
• Possessing published or electronic material that is designed to
promote or encourage illegal behavior or that could threaten
school safety; using e-mail or Web sites at school to encourage
illegal behavior; or threatening school safety.
• Possessing material that is pornographic.
• Violating dress and grooming standards as communicated in the
student handbook.
• Repeatedly violating other communicated campus or classroom
standards of behavior.
• Violating either State or Federal criminal laws.

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SUSPENSION

v. Behaviors vi. Consequences


Students may be suspended for any behavior listed in the Student State law allows a student to be suspended for as many as three
Code of Conduct as a general misconduct violation, Disciplinary school days per behavior violation, with no limit on the number of
Alternative Education Program placement, or expellable offense. times a student may be suspended in a semester or school year.
A student who is to be suspended will have an informal conference
with the principal or appropriate administrator advising the student of
the conduct of which he or she is accused. The student will be given
the opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident before the
administrator's decision is made.
The number of days of a student's suspension will be determined by
the principal or other appropriate administrator, but will not exceed
three school days. Written notice of the suspension will be sent to the
parent the next school day after a suspension is imposed.
The principal or other appropriate administrator will determine any
restrictions on participation in school-sponsored or school-related
extracurricular and cocurricular activities.
Students with disabilities are subject to applicable state and federal
law in addition to the Student Code of Conduct. To the extent any
conflict exists, state and/or federal law will prevail.
PLACEMENT IN A DISCIPLINARY ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

vii. Behaviors viii. Consequences


A student must be placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Removals to a DAEP will be made by the principal or the principal’s
Education Program (DAEP) if the student engages in conduct administrator designee.
relating to a false alarm or report (including a bomb threat) The duration of a student's placement in a DAEP will be
under Section 42.06 of the Texas Penal Code or a terroristic determined by the principal or the principal’s administrator
threat involving a public school under Section 22.07 of the designee, and will be for a number of successful school days.
Texas Penal Code (See glossary). However, as noted in the (A successful school day is full completion of the entire school
expulsion section of this Student Code of Conduct, a student day without violating the Student Code of Conduct, classroom
may be expelled for these violations of the Student Code of rules or the rules of the DAEP. A student placed into DAEP that
Conduct. If not expelled, student committing these offenses will does not have a successful day will have his or her time at the
be placed into a disciplinary Alternative Education Program. DAEP extended; such unsuccessful day will add another day to
Engaging in such conduct will result in disciplinary the DAEP placement.)
consequences without regard to whether the conduct occurs on The duration of a student’s placement in a DAEP will be
or off school property or while attending a school activity on or determined on a case-by-case basis. Generally, the duration of
off school property, so long as it in any way involves a public DAEP placements will adhere to the following guidelines:
school. Conduct Duration
1. All mandatory DAEP behaviors Minimum of 45
A student must be placed in a DAEP for any of the following successful school days,
offenses, if the student commits these offenses on school property or maximum of 180
within 300 feet of school property as measured from any point on the successful
school’s real property boundary line, or while attending a school-
sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:
school days
2. All discretionary DAEP behaviors Minimum of 30
• Engages in conduct punishable as a felony.
successful school days,
• Commits an assault under Penal Code 22.01(a)(1). (See glossary) maximum of 45
• Sells, gives, or delivers to another person, or possesses, uses, or successful school days
is under the influence of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a DAEP placement will be correlated to the seriousness of the offense,
dangerous drug in an amount not constituting a felony offense. the student’s age and grade level, the frequency of misbehavior, the
Controlled substances that are covered by this and other student’s attitude, and statutory requirements.
provisions of the Student Code of Conduct are defined by Chapter
Students with disabilities are subject to applicable state and federal
481 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and by Federal law at
law in addition to the Student Code of Conduct. To the extent any
21 U.S.C. Section 801 and sequential. Dangerous drugs covered
conflict exists, state and/or federal law will prevail.
by this and other provisions of this Student Code of Conduct are
vii. Behaviors viii. Consequences
defined under State law at Chapter 483 of the Texas Health andThe District will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to place
Safety Code. (School-related felony drug offenses are addressed
in a DAEP or expel a student who, on or within 300 feet of
in the expulsion section of this Student Code of Conduct.) (See
glossary)
school property or at a school-related event on or of school
property:
• Sells, gives, or delivers to another person an alcoholic 1. sells, gives, delivers, possesses, uses, or is under the
beverage as defined by Section 1.04 of the Texas Alcoholic influence of prohibited drugs or alcohol or
Beverage Code; commits a serious act or offense while under
the influence of alcohol; or possesses, uses, or is under the 2. engages in conduct punishable as an offense relating to an
influence of alcohol, if the conduct is not punishable as a abusable volatile chemical
felony offense. (School-related felony alcohol offenses are if the conduct is not punishable as a felony.
addressed in the expulsion section in this Student Code of When a student is removed from class by a teacher (formal removal)
or an administrator for a mandatory or discretionary DAEP offense, the
Conduct.)
principal or other appropriate administrator will schedule a conference
• Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of an offense within three school days with the student's parent, the student, and the
relating to abusable volatile chemicals under Sections 485.031
teacher, in the case of a teacher removal.
through 485.034 of the Texas Health and Safety Code.
Until a conference can be held as a result of a formal teacher removal
• Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of the offense of or administrator removal, the principal may place the student in:
public lewdness under Section 21.07 of the Texas Penal Code.
• Another appropriate classroom.
• Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of the offense of
indecent exposure under Section 21.08 of the Texas Penal Code. • In-school suspension.
• Engages in expellable conduct, if the student is between six and • Out-of-school suspension.
nine years of age. • A Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
• Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of At the conference, the principal or appropriate administrator will inform
retaliation under Section 36.06 of the Texas Penal Code against the student, orally or in writing, of the reasons for the removal, an
any school employee on or off school property. (Committing explanation of the basis for the removal, and an opportunity to respond
retaliation in combination with another expellable offense is to the reasons for the removal.
addressed in the expulsion section of this Student Code of
Following valid attempts to require their attendance, the District may
Conduct.)
hold the conference and make a placement decision regardless of
• Engages in conduct punishable as a felony listed under Title 5 whether the student or the student’s parent attends the conference.
(see glossary) of the Texas Penal Code when the conduct occurs
After the conference, if the student is placed in the DAEP and the
off school property and not at a school-sponsored or school-
length of placement is inconsistent with the guidelines included in the
related event and:
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1. The student receives deferred prosecution (see glossary); of the inconsistency. A copy of the written placement order will be
2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in sent to the parent the next school day.
delinquent conduct (see glossary); or Placement in a DAEP may not exceed one year unless a review by the
3. The Superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief that District determines that:
the student engaged in the conduct. (See glossary) 2. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or to District
A principal or other appropriate administrator may, but is not employees; or
required to, place a student in a DAEP for off-campus conduct for 3. Extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
which DAEP placement is required by state law if the principal or other A DAEP placement in accordance with Education Code 37.0081 may
appropriate administrator does not have knowledge of the conduct be for any length of time determined necessary by the Board or its
before the first anniversary of the date the conduct occurred. designee in light of the factors considered before placement. A
In addition and in accordance with state law, a student may be student placed under this section is entitled to periodic status reviews
placed in a DAEP for any one of the following offenses: by the Board or designee at intervals not to exceed 120 days.
• Engaging in conduct defined or punishable as a felony, other than The Board’s designee will send the student and the parents a copy of
those listed as offenses involving injury to a person in Title 5 of the the DAEP order. Not later than the second business day after the
Texas Penal Code, that occurs off school property and not at a conference, the Board's designee will deliver to the juvenile court a
school-sponsored or school-related event, if the student's copy of the order placing the student in a DAEP and all information
presence in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other required by Section 52.04 of the Family Code.
students or teachers or will be detrimental to the educational After the conference, if the student is placed in a DAEP, the
process. appropriate administrator will write a DAEP placement order. A copy of
Furthermore, in accordance with Education Code 37.0081, after the DAEP placement order will be sent to the student and the
an opportunity for a hearing before the Board or its designee, a student’s parent. Parental questions or complaints regarding
student may be placed in a DAEP if: disciplinary measures should be addressed to the campus
• The student receives deferred prosecution for conduct defined administration, in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL). A copy of this
as a felony offense in Title 5 of the Texas Penal Code; or policy may be obtained from the principal's office or the central
administration office. Consequences will not be deferred pending the
• The student has been found by a court to have engaged in outcome of an appeal, grievance or complaint. The decision to place
delinquent conduct for conduct defined as a felony offense in a student in a DAEP cannot be appealed beyond the Board.
Title 5 of the Texas Penal Code.
State law prohibits students placed in a DAEP for mandatory removal
For a DAEP placement under this provision of the Education Code reasons from attending or participating in school-sponsored or school-
(§ 37.0081), the Board or the Board’s designee must determine related extracurricular activities.
that the student’s presence in the regular classroom:
1. Threatens the safety of other students or teachers;
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2. Will be detrimental to the educational process; or reason determined by the District to participate in any school-
3. Is not in the best interest of the District’s students. sponsored or school-related extracurricular and cocurricular activity,
including seeking or holding honorary positions and/or membership in
A student’s placement in the DAEP as a result of receiving school-sponsored clubs and organizations.
deferred prosecution or delinquent conduct, as described above,
may occur regardless of:
1. The date on which the student’s conduct occurred; A student placed in a DAEP will not be provided transportation
2. The location at which the conduct occurred; unless he or she is a student with a disability who has
transportation designated as a related service in the student's
3. Whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled
in the District; or IEP.
If during the term of placement in a DAEP the student engages in
4. Whether the student has successfully completed any court additional conduct for which placement in a DAEP or expulsion is
disposition requirements imposed in connection with the required or permitted, additional proceedings may be conducted, and
conduct. the principal, or other appropriate administrator, or the Board may
• A student may also be placed into DAEP for engaging in any of enter an additional disciplinary order as a result of those proceedings.
the following behavior: A student placed in a DAEP will be provided a review of his or her
• Involvement in gang activity, including participating as a member status, including academic status, by the Director of DAEP at intervals
or pledge, or soliciting another person to become a pledge or not to exceed 120 days. In the case of a high school student, the
member of a gang student's progress toward graduation and the student's graduation
plan will also be reviewed. At the review, the student or the student's
• Involvement in a public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society,
parent will be given the opportunity to present arguments for the
including participating as a member or pledge, or soliciting another
student's return to the regular classroom or campus. The student may
person to become a pledge or member of a public school
fraternity, sorority, or secret society. not be returned to the classroom of a teacher who removed the
student without that teacher's consent.
• Any criminal mischief under Section 28.03 of the Texas For placement in a DAEP to extend beyond 60 days or the end of the
Penal Code. (Criminal mischief punishable as a felony may next grading period, whichever is sooner, a student’s parent will be
result in expulsion). given notice and the opportunity to participate in a proceeding before
• Committing a federal firearms violation, for a student six years of the Board or the Board’s designee. Any decision by the Board or its
age or younger. designee is final and may not be appealed beyond the Board.
• Storing a firearm NOT defined by Section 46.01 of the Texas If during the term of a DAEP placement the student engages in
Penal Code in a vehicle on school property or while attending a additional conduct for which DAEP placement or expulsion is required
school-related or school-sponsored activity on or off school or permitted, additional proceedings may be conducted and additional
property. disciplinary orders entered as a result of those proceedings.
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In addition, the District has determined that the following the Director of DAEP or the Director’s designee must determine that:
behaviors may result in a student's placement in a DAEP: 15. The student's presence in the regular classroom or campus
• Cheating or copying the work of another. presents a danger of physical harm to the student or others; or
• Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage. 16. The student has engaged in serious or persistent misbehavior that
violates the District’s Student Code of Conduct.
• Failing to comply with directives given by school personnel.
Students who commit offenses requiring placement in a DAEP at the
• Leaving school grounds or school-sponsored events without end of one school year may be required to continue that placement at
permission. the start of the next school year to complete the assigned term of
• Disobeying rules for conduct on school buses. placement.
• Directing profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures toward
other students or a District employee. When a student violates the District’s Student Code of Conduct in a
• Fighting. way that requires or permits the student to be placed in a DAEP and
the student withdraws from the District before a DAEP placement
• Hazing.
order is completed, the District may complete the proceedings and
• Stealing from students, staff, or the school. issue a DAEP placement order. If the student then reenrolls in the
• Damaging or vandalizing property owned by others. District during the same or a subsequent school year, the District may
enforce the order at that time, less any period of the placement that
• Defacing or damaging school property—including textbooks, has been served by the student during enrollment in another district. If
lockers, furniture, and other equipment—with graffiti or by other the principal, or other appropriate administrator, or the Board fails to
means. This impermissible behavior includes cutting, scratching, issue a DAEP placement order after the student withdraws, the next
marking, painting or engaging in any other type of activity resulting district in which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings and
in property damage. issue a DAEP placement order.
• Possessing fireworks of any kind, smoke or stink bombs, or any A student assigned to a DAEP placement in another district or open-
other pyrotechnic device. enrollment charter school at the time he or she enrolls in the District
• Discharging a fire extinguisher. will be placed directly into the District’s DAEP.
• Possessing a razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object that can If the student was placed in a DAEP by a school district in another
be used to threaten or inflict bodily injury on another person. This state for behavior that is also a reason for DAEP placement in this
includes, but is not limited to, any knife that is not defined as an District, the student will be placed directly into the District’s AEP. If the
illegal knife or a prohibited weapon under State law or District student was placed in a DAEP by a school district in another state for
policy. a period that exceeds one year, this District, by state law, will reduce
the period of the placement so that the total placement does not
• Possessing or selling a "look-alike" weapon. exceed one year unless, after a review, the District determines that the
• Possessing an air gun or BB gun. student is a threat to the safety of other students or employees or the

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• Possessing ammunition or bullets. extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
• Possessing a stun gun or cattle prod. If the student was placed in a DAEP by a school district in another
state for a period that exceeds one year, this District, by state law, will
• Possessing mace or pepper spray.
reduce the period of the placement so that the total placement does
• Possessing or using any articles not generally considered to be a not exceed one year unless, after a review, the District determines that
weapon, including school supplies, when the principal or designee the student is a threat to the safety of other students or employees or
determines that a danger exists. the extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
• Gambling. For seniors who are eligible to graduate and are assigned to a
• Making false accusations or hoaxes regarding school safety. DAEP at the time of graduation, the last day of placement in the
• Falsifying records, passes, or other school-related documents. program will be the last instructional day, and the student will be
• Committing extortion, coercion, or blackmail (obtaining money or
allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and related
another object of value from an unwilling person). graduation activities unless otherwise specified in the DAEP
• Engaging in disruptive actions or demonstrations that substantially
placement order.
disrupt or materially interfere with school activities. The office of the prosecuting attorney will notify the District if a student
was placed in a DAEP and:
• Being insubordinate.
17. Prosecution of a student's case was refused for lack of
• Refusing to accept discipline management techniques assigned by prosecutorial merit or insufficient evidence and no formal
a teacher or principal. proceedings, deferred adjudication (see glossary), or deferred
• Forcing an individual to act through the use of force or threat of prosecution will be initiated; or
force. 18. The court or jury found a student not guilty, or made a finding that
• Committing or assisting in a robbery or theft even if it does not the student did not engage in delinquent conduct or conduct
constitute a felony according to the Texas Penal Code. (Felony indicating a need for supervision, and the case was dismissed with
robbery or theft offenses are addressed elsewhere in the Student prejudice.
Code of Conduct.)
• Bullying, including intimidation by name-calling, using ethnic or If a student was placed in a DAEP for conduct other than a false alarm
racial slurs, or making derogatory statements that could disrupt the or report or terroristic threat involving a public school or conduct on or
school program or incite violence. (See the Glossary.) within 300 feet of school property for which DAEP placement is
• Engaging in threatening behavior toward another student or required by law, on receiving the notice from the prosecutor, the
District employee, on or off school property. Superintendent or designee will review the student's placement in the
DAEP and schedule a review of the student's placement with the
• Engaging in harassment, including but not limited to harassment student's parent not later than the third day after the Superintendent or
motivated by race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or age designee receives notice from the prosecutor. The student may not be
and directed toward another student or a District employee. (See

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the Glossary.) returned to the regular classroom pending the review.
• Engaging in any misbehavior that gives school officials reasonable After reviewing the notice and receiving information from the student's
cause to believe that such conduct will substantially disrupt the parent, the Superintendent or designee may continue the student's
school program or incite violence. placement in the DAEP if there is reason to believe that the presence
• Engaging in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual contact of the student in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other
directed toward another student or a District employee. students or teachers. The student or the student's parent may appeal
the Superintendent's decision to the Board. The student may not be
• Engaging in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment or sexual returned to the regular classroom pending the appeal.
abuse whether the conduct is by word, gesture, or any other
The Board will, at the next scheduled meeting, review the notice from
sexual conduct, including requests for sexual favors directed
the prosecutor and receive information from the student, the student's
toward another student or a District employee.
parent, and the Superintendent or designee, and confirm or reverse
• Inappropriate or indecent exposure of a student's private body the decision of the Superintendent or designee. The Board will make
parts, including but not limited to mooning or flashing. a record of the proceedings.
• Possessing or using matches or a lighter. If the Board confirms the decision of the Superintendent or designee,
• Possessing, smoking, or using tobacco products. the Board will inform the student and the student's parent of the right
to appeal to the Commissioner of Education. The student may not be
• Possessing or selling look-alike drugs or items attempted to be returned to the regular classroom pending the appeal.
passed off as alcohol, drugs or contraband, regardless of the
amount. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 37.019 of the Texas Education
Code, the Campus Principal or the Campus Principal’s designee may
• Possessing or selling seeds or pieces of marijuana in less than a order the immediate placement of a student into a disciplinary AEP
usable amount. placement when the Campus Principal or the Campus Principal’s
• Possessing, using, giving, or selling paraphernalia related to any designee reasonably believes that a student’s behavior is so unruly,
prohibited substance. disruptive or abusive that it seriously interferes with a teacher’s ability
to communicate effectively with the students in a class, with the ability
• Abusing the student’s own prescription drug, giving a prescription
of the student’s classmates to learn, or with the operation of school or
drug to another student, or possessing or being under the
influence of another person’s prescription drug on school property a school-sponsored activity.
or at a school-related event. When an emergency placement occurs, the student will be given oral
notice of the reason for the action. The reason must be a reason for
• Violating the District’s policy on taking prescription drugs and over-
which placement in a disciplinary AEP may be made on a non-
the-counter drugs at school.
emergency basis. Not later than the tenth day after the date of the
• Using a cellular telephone or other telecommunications device at school during the school day.
placement, the student will be given the appropriate conference

Using or having on or in an operational mode any device that permits recording the voice or image of required for placement in a DAEP. If emergency placement involves a
another person, unless all persons whose voices or images are being recorded are made aware of the student with disabilities who receives special education services, the
recording prior to the actual recording of their voices or images. Students are also prohibited from term of the student's emergency removal is subject to the

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using any type of recording device in any manner that interferes with or is disruptive of the educational
requirements of federal law.
process or invades the privacy of students, employees, volunteers or visitors. If they violate this
Under various provisions of state law, municipal courts, juvenile
prohibition, then they are subject to discipline under this provision and/or any other provision in this

courts, and/or justices of the peace courts in certain


Student Code of Conduct that may be applicable to the circumstances involved.

• Possessing or using a laser pointer for other than an approved


circumstances have the authority to place students into an
use. Alternative Education Program. If the student has not already
been assigned to an Alternative Education Program after the
• Violating computer use policies, rules, or agreements signed by
the student, and/or agreements signed by the student's parent. required conference set out above as a result of a disciplinary
Violations of District computer use policies may result in action instituted by school officials in connection with the same
termination of computer use privileges as well as disciplinary conduct or activities that resulted in the court order placing the
action. student into an Alternative Education Program, the
• Using the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee will conduct a
students, employees, or cause disruption to the educational conference according to Section 37.009(a) of the Texas
program.
Education Code before admitting the student to the Alternative
• Sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, Education Program pursuant to any court order. An expelled
obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to
student cannot be placed in an Alternative Education Program by
another's reputation, or illegal.
court order unless a memorandum of understanding between the
• Engaging in verbal or written exchanges that threaten the safety of
school district and court is adopted accordingly under Section
another student, a school employee, or school property.
37.010(c) Texas Education Code. If the student is placed in an
• Harming or threatening to harm in any way a District student,
Alternative Education Program by a court order, then he/she
employee or volunteer, or any relative, pet or property of a District
student, employee or volunteer in retaliation for or on account of must meet all requirements at the Alternative Education Program
the service or status of the District student, employee or volunteer as stated for any student in Alternative Education Program. The
as a witness, prospective witness or informant in connection with placement into an Alternative Education Program solely on the
any violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Disciplinary basis of the order of a municipal court or justice of the peace
consequences for violating this provision of the Student Code of
cannot exceed 180 days. A student placed into an Alternative
Conduct may be imposed whether or not the harm or threat of
harm occurs on District property or at any school-related or Education Program as the result of any court order shall be
school-sponsored activity. This provision also prohibits making a prohibited from attending or participating in any school-
“hit list.” (See the Glossary.) sponsored or -school-related activity.
• Damaging, destroying, altering or disabling school computer
hardware, data and/or software by any method, including, but not Under Section 37.0051 of the Texas Education Code, when the
limited to, the use of computer software viruses or other electronic victim of the crime is another student, a student who has been

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means. convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for the offense of
• Tampering with, changing or altering records or documents of the sexual assault under Sec. 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code or
District by any method, including, but not limited to, computer aggravated sexual assault under Sec. 22.021 of the Texas Penal
access or other electronic means. Code, or has been adjudicated under the Texas Family Code as
• Planning, organizing, instigating or participating in an activity that having engaged in conduct described in the above-referenced
causes substantial disruption of any educational program. provisions of the Texas Penal Code, or whose prosecution for
• Possessing published or electronic material that is designed to engaging in conduct described in the above-referenced
promote or encourage illegal behavior or that could threaten provisions of the Texas Penal Code has been deferred, or who
school safety, using e-mail or Web sites at school to encourage
illegal behavior, or threatening
school safety. has been placed on probation under the Texas Family Code for
engaging in conduct described in the above-referenced
• Possessing material that is pornographic.
provisions of the Texas Penal Code, and who has been returned
• Violating dress and grooming standards as communicated in the to class, shall, at the request of the victim of the conduct
student handbook.
described in the above-referenced provisions of the Texas Penal
• Repeatedly violating other communicated campus or classroom Code who does not wish to be transferred to another campus or
standards of behavior.
district, be removed from class and placed into the District’s
• Attempting to commit or knowingly assisting, aiding or helping DAEP. Any time limitation otherwise applicable to DAEP
another student to commit a violation of this Student Code of
Conduct.
placements by either state law or this Student Code of Conduct
is NOT applicable to a placement under this provision of the
• Making false accusations of or providing false statements
concerning wrongful, unlawful, inappropriate or illegal conduct
Student Code of Conduct.
alleged to have been committed by any District officer, official,
employee, volunteer or student.
• Adding any substance, whether harmful or not, to any food or
beverage belonging to, in the possession of or meant to be
consumed by any District official, officer, employee, volunteer,
student or visitor, without the express permission of the person
who is consuming or intending to consume the food or beverage.
• Starting or setting a fire on or in any property owned, used or
controlled by the District that does not rise to the level of the
criminal offense of either arson or criminal mischief.
• Intentionally or knowingly threatening another person with

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imminent bodily injury, or intentionally or knowingly causing
physical contact with another person when the person knows or
should reasonably believe that the other person will regard the
contact as offensive or provocative.
• Insubordination, or failure to follow the directions of school
personnel.
• Possessing, using or distributing any non-prescription drug,
medication, herbal substance or dietary supplement except in
compliance with the provisions of Board policy FFAC (Local).

In an emergency, the principal or the principal's designee may


order the immediate placement of a student in a DAEP for any
reason for which placement in a DAEP may be made on a
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A student must be expelled for any of the following offenses that Students with disabilities are subject to applicable state and federal
occur on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or law in addition to the Student Code of Conduct. To the extent any
school-related activity on or off school property: conflict exists, state and/or federal law will prevail.
• Bringing to school a firearm, as defined by federal law in 19 U.S.C. When a student under the age of ten engages in behavior that is
Section 921. expellable behavior, the student will not be expelled, but will be
“Firearm” under federal law includes: placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP).
1. Any weapon (including a starter gun) that will, is designed to, Students under age six will not be removed from class or placed
or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action in a DAEP unless the student commits a federal firearm offense.
of an explosive.
State and federal law require a student to be expelled from the
2. The frame or receiver of any such weapon. regular classroom for a period of at least one calendar year for
3. Any firearm muffler or firearm weapon. bringing a firearm, as defined by federal law, to school.
4. Any destructive device, such as any explosive, incendiary or However, the Superintendent or other appropriate administrator
poison gas bomb, or grenade. may modify the length of the expulsion on a case-by-case basis,
• Using, exhibiting, or possessing the following, as defined by the and/or the District may provide educational services to the
Texas Penal Code: expelled student in a DAEP. The District must provide
1. A firearm (being any device designed, made, or adapted educational services in the DAEP if the student is less than ten
to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy years of age.
generated by an explosion or burning substance or any If a student is believed to have committed an expellable offense,
device readily convertible to that use). the principal or other appropriate administrator will schedule a
2. An illegal knife, meaning: a knife with a blade over 5½ hearing within a reasonable time. The student's parent will be
inches; a hand instrument, designed to cut or stab another invited in writing to attend the hearing.
by being thrown; a dagger, including but not limited to a Until a hearing can be held, the principal may place the student
dirk, stiletto, and poniard; a bowie knife; a sword; or a in:
spear. • Another appropriate classroom.
19. A club, defined as an instrument specially designed, made, or • In-school suspension.
adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or
death by striking a person with the instrument, including a • Out-of-school suspension.
blackjack, nightstick, mace, and tomahawk. (See glossary) • A Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
20. A prohibited weapon, defined as an explosive weapon; a The duration of a student’s expulsion will be determined on a
machine gun; a short-barrel firearm; a firearm silencer; a case-by-case basis. Generally, the duration of expulsion will
switchblade knife; knuckles; armor-piercing ammunition; a
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chemical dispensing device; or a zip gun. (See glossary) adhere to the following guidelines:
21. Storing a firearm as defined by Section 46.01(3) of the Texas Conduct Duration
Penal Code in a vehicle on school property or while attending 1. All mandatory expulsions Minimum of 90 calendar days,
a school-related or school-sponsored activity on or off school maximum of 365 calendar days
property.
2. All discretionary expulsions Minimum of 45 calendar days,
maximum of 220 calendar
• Behavior containing elements of the following offenses under the days
Texas Penal Code: The length of an expulsion will be correlated to the seriousness
1. Aggravated assault, sexual assault, or aggravated sexual of the offense, the student’s age and grade level, the frequency
assault.
of misbehavior, the student’s attitude, and statutory
2. Arson. (See glossary) requirements.
3. Murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder A student facing expulsion will be given appropriate due
or capital murder. process. The student is entitled to:
4. Indecency with a child. 1. Representation by the student's parent or another adult who
5. Aggravated kidnapping. can provide guidance to the student and who is not an
6. Aggravated robbery. employee of the District.
7. Manslaughter. 2. Prior written notice to student and parent of the charges and
8. Criminally negligent homicide. proposed sanctions, as well as the time and place of the
9. Behavior punishable as a felony that involves the selling, hearing so as to provide a reasonable opportunity for
giving, or delivering to another person, possessing, using, or preparation for the hearing. The written notice will also
being under the influence of marijuana, a controlled include an invitation to the student’s parent or guardian to
substance, a dangerous drug, or alcohol; or committing a
attend the hearing, as well as the names of the witnesses
serious act or offense while under the influence of alcohol.
against the student and the nature of the evidence in support
10. Retaliation against a school employee combined with one of
the above-listed offenses on or off school property or at a
of the proposed expulsion.
school-related activity. 3. An opportunity to testify and to present evidence and
A student may be expelled for engaging in conduct relating to a false witnesses in the student's defense.
alarm or report (including a bomb threat) or a terroristic threat involving
4. An opportunity to question the District's witnesses.
a public school.
A student may be expelled for any offense that is a state- The Board delegates to the Superintendent or Superintendent’s
designee authority to expel students. Notice of a decision to

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mandated expellable offense if the offense is committed on the expel the student will be sent in writing to the parent or guardian
property of another district in Texas or while the student is the next school day after the decision is made.
attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity at a A student expelled by the Superintendent or Superintendent’s
school in another district in Texas. designee after the due process hearing may request that the
A student may be expelled for committing any of the following Board review the expulsion decision. The student or parent must
offenses on or within 300 feet of school property, as measured from submit a written request to the Superintendent within seven days
any point on the school’s real property boundary line, or while
attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school
after receipt of the written decision. The Superintendent must
property
: provide the student or parent written notice of the date, time, and
place of the meeting at which the Board will review the decision.
• Selling, giving, or delivering to another person, or possessing,
using, or being under the influence of any amount of marijuana, a Consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of the
controlled substance, or a dangerous drug, if the conduct is not hearing.
punishable as a felony. After providing notice to the student and parent of the hearing,
• Selling, giving, or delivering to another person, or possessing, the District may hold the hearing regardless of whether the
using, or being under the influence of any amount of alcohol; or student or the student’s parent attends.
committing a serious act or offense while under the influence of The Board will review the record of the expulsion hearing in a
alcohol, if the conduct is not punishable as a felony.
closed meeting unless the parent requests in writing that the
• Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of an offense matter be held in an open meeting. The Board may also hear a
relating to abusable volatile chemicals.
statement from the student or parent and from the Board's
• Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of assault under designee.
Section 22.01(a)(1) against an employee or a volunteer.
The Board will hear statements made by the parties at the review
• Engaging in deadly conduct. (See glossary) and will base its decision on evidence reflected in the record and
A student may be expelled for the following conduct while within 300 any statements made by the parties at the review. The Board
feet of school property, as measured from any point on the school’s will make and communicate its decision orally at the conclusion
real property boundary line:
of the presentation. Consequences will not be deferred pending
• Committing aggravated assault, sexual assault, or aggravated the outcome of the hearing.
sexual assault.
After the due process hearing, if the student is expelled, the
• Committing arson. Board or its designee will deliver to the student and the student’s
• Committing murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit parent a copy of the order expelling the student.
murder or capital murder. If the length of the expulsion is inconsistent with the guidelines
• Committing indecency with a child, aggravated kidnapping, included in the Student Code of Conduct, the expulsion order

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manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, or aggravated will give notice of the inconsistency. An expulsion may not
robbery. exceed one year unless, after review, the District determines
• Committing a felony drug- or alcohol-related offense. that:
• Using, exhibiting, or possessing: a firearm as defined by state law; 1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or to District
an illegal knife, a club, or prohibited weapon, as defined by state employees; or
law; or possessing a firearm as defined by federal law. 2. Extended expulsion is in the best interest of the student.
A student may be expelled if the student engages in the following When a student has violated the District’s Student Code of Conduct in
conduct no matter where the conduct takes place: a way that requires or permits expulsion from the District and the
• Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of assault under student withdraws from the District before the expulsion hearing takes
Penal Code 22.01(a)(1) in retaliation against a school employee or place, the District may conduct the hearing after sending written notice
volunteer. to the parent and student. If the student then reenrolls in the District
during the same or subsequent school year, the District may enforce
• Engaging in criminal mischief, if punishable as a felony. the expulsion order at that time, less any expulsion period that has
A student may be expelled if the student engages in conduct that contains the elements of one of the
been served by the student during enrollment in another district. If the
following offenses against another student, without regard to where the conduct occurs:
principal, another appropriate administrator, or the Board fails to issue
• Aggravated assault. an expulsion order after the student withdraws, the next district in
which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings. If during the
• Sexual assault. expulsion, the student engages in additional conduct for which
• Aggravated sexual assault. placement in a DAEP or expulsion is required or permitted, additional
proceedings may be conducted, and the principal, another appropriate
• Murder. administrator, or the Board may issue an additional disciplinary order
• Capital murder. as a result of those proceedings.
• Criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder. Not later than the second business day after the hearing, the
• Aggravated robbery. District Police Department will deliver to the juvenile court a
A student may be expelled for engaging in serious or persistent copy of the order expelling the student and the information
misbehavior that violates the District's Student Code of Conduct, while required by Section 52.04 of the Family Code.
placed in a DAEP. The District defines "persistent" as two or more Students who commit offenses that require expulsion at the end of one
violations of the Student Code of Conduct in general or repeated school year may be expelled into the next school year to complete the
occurrences of the same violation. Serious offenses include, but are term of expulsion.
:
not limited to, the following
Expelled students are prohibited from being on school grounds
• Murder. or attending school-sponsored or school-related activities during
• Vandalism. the period of expulsion.

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• Robbery or theft. No District academic credit will be earned for work missed
• Extortion, coercion, or blackmail. during the period of expulsion (unless the student is enrolled in a
• Disruptive actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program or another
materially interfere with school activities. District-approved program).
• Hazing. The District will continue the expulsion of any student expelled
from another district during the period of the expulsion order.
• Insubordination.
The District will decide on a case-by-case basis the placement of
• Profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures directed toward
a student who is subject to an expulsion order from an open-
teachers or other school employees.
enrollment charter school upon enrollment in the District.
• Fighting, committing physical abuse, or threatening physical If a student expelled in another state enrolls in the District, the District
abuse. may continue the expulsion under the terms of the expulsion order,
• Possession or distribution of pornographic materials. may place the student in a DAEP for the period specified in the order,
or may allow the student to attend regular classes if:
• Leaving school grounds without permission.
• Sexual harassment of a student or District employee. 1. The out-of-state district provides the District with a copy of
the expulsion order, and
• Possession of or conspiracy to possess any explosive or explosive
device. 2. The offense resulting in the expulsion is also an expellable
• Falsification of records, passes, or other school-related offense in the District in which the student is enrolling.
documents. If a student is expelled by a district in another state for a period
• Refusal to accept discipline management techniques assigned by that exceeds one year and the District continues the expulsion or
the teacher or principal. places the student in a DAEP, the District will reduce the period
• Committing any offense as set out in this Student Code of Conduct of the expulsion or DAEP placement so that the entire period
that is identified as an offense that can result in expulsion or does not exceed one year, unless after a review it is determined
placement into a disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
that:
In an emergency, the principal or the principal's designee may 1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or
order the immediate expulsion of a student for any reason for District employees; or
which expulsion may be made on a nonemergency basis.
2. Extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
The Campus Principal or the Campus Principal’s designee may
order the immediate expulsion of a student if the Principal or the
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necessary to protect persons or property from imminent harm.

When an emergency expulsion occurs, the student will be given verbal


notice of the reason for the action. The reason must be for a reason
for which expulsion may be made on a non-emergency basis. Within
ten days after the date of the emergency expulsion, the student will be
given appropriate due process required for a student facing expulsion.
If emergency expulsion involves a student with disabilities who
receives special education services, the term of the student's
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Armor-piercing ammunition is handgun ammunition designed primarily for the purpose of penetrating metal or body armor and to be used
primarily in pistols and revolvers.
Arson occurs when a person starts a fire, regardless of whether the fire continues after ignition, or causes an explosion with intent to destroy or
damage:
1. Any vegetation, fence, or structure on open-space land; or
2. Any building, habitation, or vehicle:
a. Knowing that it is within the limits of an incorporated city or town;
b. Knowing that it is insured against damage or destruction;
c. Knowing that it is subject to a mortgage or other security interest;
d. Knowing that it is located on property belonging to another;
e. Knowing that it has located within it property belonging to another; or
f. When the person is reckless about whether the burning or explosion will endanger the life of some individual or the safety of
the property of another.
Assault is defined in part by Texas Penal Code 22.01(a)(1). A person commits an assault if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly
causes bodily injury to another.
Bullying means engaging in written or verbal expression or physical conduct that has the effect of physically harming a student,
damaging a student’s property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to a student’s person or damage to the student’s
property, or engaging in written or verbal expression or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive enough
that the act or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student.
Chemical dispensing device is a device, other than a small chemical dispenser sold commercially for personal protection, designed,
made, or adapted for the purpose of causing an adverse psychological or physiological effect on a human being.
Club is an instrument specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a
person with the instrument, including a blackjack, mace, and tomahawk.
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.
Deferred adjudication may be offered to a student who is 17 or older, as an alternative to seeking a conviction in court.
Deferred prosecution may be offered to a juvenile as an alternative to seeking a conviction in court for delinquent conduct or
conduct indicating a need for supervision.
Delinquent conduct is conduct that violates either state or federal law and is punishable by imprisonment or confinement in jail. Delinquent
conduct also includes conduct that violates certain juvenile court orders, including probation orders. Delinquent conduct does not, however,
include violations of traffic laws.
Explosive weapon is any explosive or incendiary bomb, grenade, rocket, or mine that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose
of inflicting serious bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage, or for the principal purpose of causing such a load report as
to cause undue public alarm or terror, and includes a device designed, made, or adapted for delivery or shooting an explosive
weapon.
False Alarm or Report occurs when a person knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a present, past, or future
bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he or she knows is false or baseless and that would ordinarily:
1. Cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
2. Place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or
3. Prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, or place of assembly.
Graffiti is making marks with aerosol paint or an indelible marker on tangible property of the owner without the effective consent
of the owner. The markings may include inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings.
Harassment means threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, engaging in sexually 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 or emotional health or safety. Harassment includes,
but is not limited to, repeated unwelcome and offensive slurs, jokes, or other oral, written, graphic, or physical conduct related to an
individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or age that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or
work environment.
Hazing involves any knowing, intentional, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus, by one person alone or acting with
others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purposes of pledging,
initiation into, affiliation with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.
Hit list means a list of people targeted to be harmed using a firearm (as defined by Sec. 46.01(3) of the Texas Penal Code), a knife
as defined by Sec. 46.01(7) of the Texas Penal Code) or any other object to be used with intent to cause bodily harm.
Knuckles is any instrument consisting of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance that is designed, made, or adapted for the
purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with a fist enclosed in the knuckles.
Machine gun is any firearm that is capable of shooting more than two shots automatically, without manual reloading, by a single

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function of the trigger.
Paraphernalia is any device that can be used to inhale, ingest, inject, or otherwise introduce a controlled substance into a human body.
Possession means to have on a student's person or in the student's personal property, including but not limited to the student's
clothing, purse, or backpack; 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, motorcycle, or bicycle; or any other school property used by the student,
including but not limited to a locker or desk.
Reasonable belief determination can be made by the Superintendent or designee using all available information, including the
information furnished under Article 15.27 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Administrators may place a student in a Disciplinary
Alternative Education Program (DAEP) if they have reasonable belief that the student has engaged in felony conduct under Title 5.
Administrators also may place a student in a DAEP if they have reasonable belief that the student has committed felony conduct that
is not a Title 5 offense, if the Superintendent believes the student's continued presence in the regular classroom threatens the safety
of other students or teachers, or will be detrimental to the educational process.
Searches can be conducted on school property. School administrators have the right, upon reasonable suspicion, to search a
student, a student’s purse, gym bag, backpack, and/or any other item carried or possessed by a student, found on the student’s
person, found in a student’s pockets, or found in a motor vehicle owned, possessed, under the control of or being used by the
student. Upon reasonable suspicion, school administrators may also search a motor vehicle owned, possessed or under the control
of or being used by the student. Lockers, desks and any other fixture or facility provided for a student are the property of Schertz-
Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District and remain under the jurisdiction and control of the District even when assigned
to an individual student. School administrators may at any time conduct searches or use other detection devices with respect to all
lockers, desks and any other fixture or facility provided for student use, whether or not the students are present. Pursuant to the
District FNF (LOCAL), students are hereby put on notice that: (1) lockers may be sniffed by trained dogs at any time; (2) vehicles
parked on school property may be sniffed by trained dogs at any time; (3) classrooms and other common areas may be sniffed by
trained dogs at any time when students are not present; and (4) if contraband of any kind is found, the possessing student shall be
subject to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with this Student Code of Conduct, and the contraband shall be confiscated.
Students may also be subject to search by a magnetometer (metal detector) on a random or regular basis or on the basis of any
individualized reasonable suspicion that the student possesses a prohibited weapon. If any weapons are found, the student may be
subjected to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with applicable law, District policy or the Student Code of Conduct.
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. Self defense occurs when the person who is not the aggressor in an encounter uses the minimum force
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considered self-defense. In addition, depending upon all of the relevant circumstances, a student who acts in self-defense may still
be subjected to an appropriate disciplinary consequence.)
Switchblade is any knife with a blade that folds, closes, or retracts into the handle or sheath and that opens automatically by
pressing a button or by the force of gravity or centrifugal force.
Short-barrel firearm is a rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or a shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches, or
any weapon made from a rifle or shotgun that, as altered, has an overall length of less than 26 inches.
Terroristic threat occurs when a person threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent
to:
1. Cause a reaction of any type to his or her threat by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
2. Place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
3. Prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building; room, place of assembly, or place to which the public has access; place
of employment or occupation; aircraft, automobile, or other form of conveyance; or other public place;
4. Cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other
public service;
5. Place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury; or
6. Influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the
state (including the District).
Title 5 offenses involve injury to a person and include murder; kidnapping; assault; sexual assault; unlawful restraint; coercing,
soliciting, or inducing gang membership if it causes bodily injury to a child; indecency with a child; injury to a child, an elderly
person, or a disabled person; abandoning or endangering a child; deadly conduct; terroristic threat; aiding a person to commit
suicide; and tampering with a consumer product.
Under the influence means not having the normal use of 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.
Use means that a student has voluntarily introduced into his or her body by any means a prohibited substance recently enough that it
is detectable by the student's physical appearance, actions, breath, or speech.
Zip gun is a device or combination of devices, not originally a firearm, but adapted to expel a projectile through a smooth-bore or
rifled-bore barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance.

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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


person listed below to learn about the district’s overall general education
referral or screening system for support services. This 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.

At any time, a parent 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 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:

Contact Person: Rolando Ocanas

Phone Number: 210-945-6015


Opciones y requisitos para proporcionar ayuda a los estudiantes que
tienen dificultades en el aprendizaje o que necesitan o pueden
necesitar educación especial

Si un niño está experimentando dificultades en el aprendizaje, el padre


puede comunicarse con la persona mencionada más abajo para enterarse
sobre el sistema de estudios de diagnóstico y de recomendación de la
educación general del distrito para los servicios de apoyo. Este sistema
conecta a los estudiantes con una variedad de opciones de apoyo,
incluyendo la recomendación para una evaluación para educación
especial. Los estudiantes que tienen dificultades en el aula normal deberán
ser considerados para tutoría, servicios compensatorios y otros servicios
de apoyo disponibles para todos los estudiantes.

En cualquier momento, un padre tiene derecho a solicitar una evaluación


para los servicios de educación especial. Dentro de un período de tiempo
razonable, el distrito debe decidir si la evaluación es necesaria. Si la
evaluación es necesaria, el padre será notificado y se le pedirá que dé
consentimiento para la evaluación. El distrito debe completar la
evaluación y el informe dentro de los 60 días de calendario desde la fecha
en que el distrito reciba el consentimiento por escrito. El distrito debe
darle una copia del informe al padre.

Si el distrito determina que la evaluación no es necesaria, el distrito


proporcionará al padre una notificación por escrito que explica el motivo
por el cual el niño no será evaluado. Esta notificación por escrito incluirá
información que le explica al padre los derechos que tiene si no está de
acuerdo con el distrito. Además, la notificación debe informarle al padre la
manera de obtener una copia de la Notificación de las Salvaguardas del
Procedimiento – Derecho de los Padres de Estudiantes con
Discapacidades.

La persona designada con quien puede comunicarse en relación a las


opciones que tiene un niño que experimenta dificultades en el aprendizaje
o para una recomendación para la evaluación para educación especial es:

Nombre de la persona: Rolando Ocanas

Número de teléfono: 210-945-6015

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