Intermediate handbook11-12 by liwenting

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									                               Table of Contents
Item                                              Page
ACT                                               31
Asbestos                                          17
Attendance                                        13
Bullying                                          05,62,70
Calendar                                          04
Cell phones                                       12
Class schedule/day                                12
Corporal punishment                               66
Counseling                                        08
Damage of property                                11
Declaration of Independence                       29
Definitions                                       55-58, 61-62
Discipline code                                   31, 29-66
Discipline for students with disabilities         65-66
Disability Act 504                                17
Dress Code                                        60-61
Emergency procedures                              11
Enrolling a Student                               15
End of year offenses                              62
ESL                                               08
Exercise                                          30
Games/Electronics                                 12
Gangs                                             67
Gifted Students                                   07
Home School enrollment                            11
Insurance/ student                                12
Immunization                                      19-22
Lice                                              22
Lunchroom procedures                              09-11
Medication policy                                 24
Message to students                               12
Mission of School                                 02
Office calls/ messages                            12
Office hours                                      12
Parent conferences                                06, 08, 61
Parent involvement                                05, 06, 54
PTO                                               11
Parent Portal                                     06
Parent’s rights                                   06, 26-28
Parties in classrooms                             15
People to know                                    01
Placement by exams                                16
Pledge of Allegiance                              28
Porch pickup                                      31-32
Report cards                                      15
Removal of student from classroom (temporarily)   28
Review of instructional materials   28
Review of student records           28
Review of surveys                   28
School Health Advisory Council      72
School hours                        12
School phone numbers                02
Sexual Harassment                   16
Special Education                   07
Student records                     27-28
Student responsibilities            05
Student’s rights                    06-07, 25
TAKS promotion rules                13
Tardies                             14
Teacher hours                       16
Teacher Qualifications              27-28
Teacher responsibilities            27
Teacher Rights                      27
Textbooks                           15
Title I parent involvement          29
Tobacco                             64
Transfer to another room            29
Twins                               29
Visions of School                   03
Visitors to school                  16
Videotaping                         28
Web site                            02, 09
Weapons                             64
Withdrawing students                16
WELCOME...

 to the Gatesville Intermediate School. We have an outstanding school district where
children truly come first. Our teachers and administrators are dedicated professionals
who are committed to providing your children the best possible education. We are
proud of our students and their efforts throughout their school careers. In this
handbook you will find the policies of Gatesville Intermediate School. We hope the
information will be useful to you and your family during the school year. There is a
signature sheet enclosed that must be signed and returned to the school. Please return
this to your child’s teacher.


                                   PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Superintendent.................................................................................... Stewart Speer
Assistant Superintendent.....................................................................Marsha Worthington
Director of Grants and Technology.....................................................Shelly Harper
Director of Transportation...................................................................Jerry Blanchard


                   GATESVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
                             BOARD OF TRUSTEES
                                 Martha Johnson
                                 Mary Ann Leib
                                 Brenda Byrom
                                    Amy Hays
                                Dr. Stephen Norris
                                    Gerald Poe
                                Tommy Davidson


Regularly scheduled School Board meetings are held the third Monday of each month at
the Gatesville ISD Administration Building or other designated locations as announced in
the Board Agenda.



 The Gatesville ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
 religion, sex or handicap in providing educational services. For information on
 compliance with the non-discrimination requirements of Title IX and/or compliance
 or non-discrimination requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, contact
 Gatesville ISD Administration at 254-865-7251.




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         GATESVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
                  WEB SITE www.gatevilleisd.org
ADMINISTRATION OFFICE....................................................... 254-865-7251


                                     GATESVILLE ISD SCHOOLS

GATESVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL...................... 865-7264............................ SCOTT HARPER
GATESVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL............. 865-7262............................ PAMELA BONE
GATESVILLE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL............865-2526........................... CHARLES AMENT
GATESVILLE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL................865-8271............................ BOBBY COLE
GATESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL...............................865-8281............................ JOHN WESTBROOK


                                        MISSION STATEMENT

    The mission of the Gatesville Independent School District is to educate each student
to function successfully in a democratic society. Preparation for successful participation
in a democratic society shall include the development of competence in communication
and mathematical skills augmented by a sense of responsibility in civic, health and
economic affairs, and interpersonal relationships.

   Using resources of citizens of Coryell County, Gatesville ISD will provide
appropriate learning opportunities and make effective use of all resources.

    A quality education will be provided in an environment in which all students,
regardless of abilities can learn.

    Building a self-esteem will be an integral part of the educational mission of the
                          Gatesville Independent School District

GATESVILLE ISD DISTRICT GOALS 2011-2012

         1. Student performance-Maximize the student learning environment by
            encompassing the latest technology and exemplary instruction.
         2. Staff retention/Teacher morale-Provide staff with the facilities, materials, time
            and training to insure student success.
         3. Facilities-maintain and improve-Long range planning for anticipated growth
            and need concerning new construction and the need for retirement of outdated
            facilities.
         4. Parent communication and community involvement-Enhance and encourage
            parent involvement and partnerships by utilizing face to face meetings,
            technology enhancements, and campus oriented opportunities.




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        5. School safety and student health-Provide a safe and healthy learning
           environment that focuses on student well being, long term learning and
           positive life choices.
        6. Finance/Budget-Manage the district’s financial resources in a responsible
           manner that supports the mission of the district.


                                       Shared vision for GISD

Vision of our Students
            Provide the opportunity for the student to succeed in achieving academic success
            Empower students to meet the challenge of a diverse and changing society and
            develop into productive/moral citizens
            Provide a safe and positive environment where students are happy, healthy, and
            eager to learn
            Provide a wide range of support programs that enable all learners to reach their full
            potential
            Strong curriculum that allows all students to master the competencies and skills
            that will enable them to graduate and be prepared for work and life

            Students acknowledge education as a privilege and accept personal responsibility in
            the learning process

Vision of the Learning Environment
            Promote collaboration with businesses, neighboring districts, and other
            organizations
            Will provide innovative instruction and differentiated programs for all learners
            Foster students’ visions for reaching their goals and dreams
            Prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing and technologically
            driven world
            Recruit and maintain high quality staff
            Continuously evaluate programs and services
            Maintain safe and efficient facilities to meet the needs of a growing student
            population

Vision of the Supporting Environment
            Invites and continues to support positive involvement with students, parents, and
            all members of our community
            Committed to an open door policy with our community which results in the shared
            responsibility for the educational goals that will enrich student success




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                                 Gatesville ISD School Calendar


Aug.    22...................................................................First Day of School
Sept.   05....................................................................Labor Day
Sept.   30…...............................................................Last day of 1st Six Weeks
Oct     03...................................................................First day of 2nd Six Weeks
Nov.    11...................................................................Last day of 2nd Six Weeks
Nov.    14………………………………………….. First Day of 3rd Six Weeks
Nov.    21-25…......................................................... No school/Thanksgiving holidays
Dec.    19– 31….…...................................................Christmas Holidays
Jan.    13…………………………………………...Last Day of 3rd Six Weeks
Jan.    16...................................................................No school/Holiday
Jan.    17…………………………………………...First day of 4th Six Weeks
Feb.    24...................................................................Last day of 4th Six Weeks
Feb.    26…………………………………………...First day of 5th Six Weeks
March   12-16..............................................................Spring Break
April   09………………………………………….. Make-up/Bad Weather Day
April   13…………………………………………....Last day of 5th Six Weeks
April   16……………………………………………First day of 6th Six Weeks
April   06……………………………………………Good Friday
May     21…………………………………………….Make-up/Bad Weather Day
May     28..……………………………………………No School/Holiday
May     31.................................................................... Last day of 6th Six Weeks
June    01. ………………………………………….Graduation
June    03……………………………………………Workday




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             GENERAL PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS
All students are entitled to the basic rights of citizenship recognized and protected by law
for persons of their age and maturity. The Gatesville Independent School district shall
foster a climate of mutual respect for the rights and privileges of other students, teachers,
and district staff. The district’s rules of conduct and discipline are established to achieve
and maintain order in the school. Students who violate the rights of others or who violate
district or school rules shall be subject to disciplinary measures designed to correct the
misconduct and to promote adherence by all students to the responsibilities of citizens in
the school community.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AT SCHOOL OR SCHOOL RELATED
ACTIVITIES
  1. Attending all classes, daily and on time.
  2. Being prepared for each class with appropriate materials and assignments.
  3. Being properly attired.
  4. Exhibiting respect toward others.
  5. Paying required fines or other obligations promptly.
  6. Refraining from violations of the code of student conduct.

GATESVILLE ISD PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY
   1. Ensure that all students achieve high academic standards.
   2. Welcome parents into the building to volunteer and for special activities and
      conferences.
   3. Have an organized VIP.
   4. Include parents in the decisions that affect their children by:
              -including parent members in leadership committees
              -maintaining open communication between teachers and parents
   5. Report student progress to parents on a regular basis by:
              -three week progress reports
              -report cards
              -phone calls/emails/notes
              -informal dialogue
  6. Build capacity for parental involvement by:
              -convening an annual meeting to inform parents of responsibilities and
               encourage participation.
              -involving parents in planning, review, and improvement
   7. Provide assistance to children at risk of not meeting high standards by:
              -informing parents of how they can help their children achieve




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Intermediate Parental Involvement Plan
It is the policy of Gatesville Intermediate to involve parents in four major aspects of
school improvement:
         1. Decision making...including site committee Involvement/VIP membership/
             participation in surveys
         2. Training...participation in workshops/Title program training/on-line
             communications
         3. Volunteering...assisting the campus in special projects/providing specific
             training in areas of expertise/classroom assistance/teacher recognition.
         4. Communicating...teacher conferences/E-Chalk on-line grades and teacher
             websites/planners/and grade level informational meetings


PARENT PORTAL
       At our website www.gatesvilleisd.org, we have a site to see information, calendars
of events, and specific teacher information. Use this to communicate with your child
about important school activities.

GRADING POLICY
       Students will be given a grade that reflects the student’s relative mastery of an
assignment; the school district may not require a classroom teacher to assign a minimum
grade for an assignment or report card without regard for the student’s quality of work.
Students may be given a reasonable opportunity to make up or redo, a class assignment or
exam (excluding six week test or final exams) when receiving a failing grade within three
days.
Grades may be monitored on-line by taking the on-line training module at
www.gatesvilleisd.org. The Intermediate School will follow all UIL rules regarding
grades and participation rules.

GRADE PERCENTS
        50% Major assessments such as major test; reports; presentations; products, etc.
        50% Daily work- such as homework grades; pop quizzes; class work; class
participation, etc.
        Accelerated Reading will make up no more than 10% of a six week grade.
        Occasional unannounced planner checks for parent signatures/ assignments/
events posted will be a part of the daily average.

MILITARY COMPACT
       Gatesville schools will honor rules and guidelines for the Interstate Compact on
Educational Opportunities for Military Children.

               . RIGHTS OF PARENTS AND STUDENTS
    FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT, 20 U.S.C. 1232g

The Gatesville Independent School District maintains general education records required by law. The
District makes available to parents information concerning their child enrolled in school unless the District
is notified that the parent does not have that authority under state law. When the student reaches 18 years of
age and is no longer dependent, all rights of the parent are transferred to the student. The parents’ right to



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access and request copies of student records under this policy does not extend to some types of material
used in educating the student that is not included in the coverage of the Family Educational Privacy Act of
1974. Some common examples include test protocols and teacher’s personal notes on the student that are
not shared with other personnel except a substitute teacher.

Parents, the student, and officials of the District with legitimate educational interests are the only persons
with general access to the records. ―School official‖ means any employees, agents, or trustees of the
District, cooperatives, or contractual placement facilities. ―School officials‖ have a ―legitimate educational
interest‖ in a disciplinary or academic action, the student’s case, or a handicapped student’s individual
educational plan; compiling statistical data; or investigating or evaluating programs. The District also
forwards education records on request to a school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll without the
parent’s permission.

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. Records may
be reviewed during regular school hours. The records custodian or designee will respond to reasonable
requests for explanation and interpretation of the records. The address of the Superintendent’s office is 311
S. Lovers Ln., Gatesville, Tx. 76528. The addresses of the principals’ offices are listed in the
Superintendent’s office and available upon request. Certain other officials from various governmental
agencies may have limited access to the records.

A record of disclosure of personally identifiable information is maintained and available for the parent’s
inspection. Some items of information are directory in nature and may be released to anyone, without
consent, unless the parent objects to its release in writing within 10 school days after the issuance of this
notice. Objections to release of any or all directory information should be directed to the principal within
thirty school days to receipt of this notice. The following is directory information: a student’s name,
address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and
sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates and attendance, awards received in school,
most recent previous school attended, and other similar information. Objections to release of any or all
directory information should be directed to the principal no later than September 15 of the current school
year.
If a parent believes that the student records should be corrected, the parent may request amendment of the
records. If the District refuses to amend the records, the parent has the right to a hearing and to place in the
student’s record a statement commenting on the information.
The parent has the right to file a complaint if s/he feels that the District is not in compliance with the law
regarding student records.
Copies of records are available, payable in advance, at a rate as published annually by the General Services
Commission. Parents may be denied copies of records after their children reach the age of 18 and are no
longer dependent, when their children are attending an institution of post-secondary education, or if they fail
to follow proper procedure and pay the copying charge. If the student qualifies for free or reduced-price
lunches and the parents are unable to view the records during regular school hours, the copying charge for
one copy of the records will be waived upon written request to the records custodian.
Please contact the principal or Superintendent if you have questions regarding this notice. Copies of the
District’s student record policy may be obtained at the Superintendent’s office.



SPECIAL EDUCATION AND G/T
Many programs are offered in our Intermediate school. Among these are the Special
Education program and the Gifted and Talented program (G/T). To participate in either
of these programs, students must meet specific criteria established by the state and/or
school district. Students may be nominated for the gifted and talented program by
teachers, counselors, parents, or other interested persons. Deadline for GT testing is the
second Friday in January.




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The Intermediate school serves special education students through Content Mastery, a
resource class, speech, and a behavioral class. Parents or teachers can request that a
student be evaluated for academic struggles. Prior to the testing the teacher, principal,
and special education teacher must evaluate the need for testing.

The K-6 G/T program will be a combination of an inclusion model and pullout program.
We will place G/T students in the classes of those teachers who are G/T certified. Those
teachers will at times differentiate the curriculum for the G/T students while in the regular
classroom. On a regular basis the G/T students will be pulled out to work together under
the direction of the G/T teacher. The district will determine the area(s) of giftedness in
which each identified student will most effectively be served through differentiated
curriculum and will serve the student in that area.

Students may be nominated for the gifted and talented program by teachers, counsellors,
parents, or other interested persons. Testing dates will be published and sent home.


E.S.L. PROGRAM
The Gatesville ISD operates an E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) program for
students who qualify. Please contact your child’s school if you want more information
about the E.S.L. program.

A student with limited English proficiency (LEP) is entitled to receive specialized
services from the district. To determine whether the student qualifies for services,
a Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) will be formed, which will
consist of both district personnel and at least one parent representative. The student’s
parent must consent to any services recommended by the LPAC for a LEP student.

In order to determine a student’s level of proficiency in English, the LPAC will use
information from a variety of assessments. If the student qualifies for services and once a
level of proficiency has been established, the LPAC will then designate instructional
accommodations or additional special programs the student will require to eventually
become proficient at grade level work in English. Ongoing assessment will be conducted
to determine a student’s continued eligibility for the program.

The LPAC will also determine whether certain accommodations are necessary for any
state-mandated assessments. The STAAR-L, as mentioned at Standardized Testing,
below, may be administered to a LEP student. The Texas English Language Proficiency
Assessment System (TELPAS) will also be administered to LEP students who qualify for
services.

If a student is considered LEP and receives special education services because of a
qualifying disability, the student’s ARD committee will make these decisions.



COUNSELING PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL



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The district school program is staffed by full-time, certified counselor at each campus.
The goal of the program is to teach preventive mental health skills which will help
students to feel good about themselves and to lead to the development of responsible,
students, both socially and emotionally. The goal is accomplished by classroom guidance
sessions, small group activities, or individual sessions.

The comprehensive counselling program affects virtually every aspect of school life. The
counselling component is a source of justifiable pride in each school and of GISD.
Guidance activities and group sessions are offered throughout the school year as a part of
the Gatesville curriculum. Questions about your child’s participation should be referred
to the campus principal.


LUNCH PROGRAM
The Gatesville Schools serve nutritious meals every school day. Students may buy
breakfast and lunch at prices set by the Gatesville School Board. Your child will receive
information concerning eligibility for free/reduced meals. If you have any questions or
need help in completing the application form, please contact the principal at your school
campus.
G.I.S.D. cafeterias are on an automated bookkeeping system. Each student is assigned a
random, confidential number and is responsible for knowing it. Any time a payment is
made to the cafeteria please include the student’s number on it. If exact payments are
made, they can be submitted in the drop box by each office in an envelope.
Please keep up with your child’s balance. Children become frustrated when they punch
in their number and the computer shows no money remaining.
         Lunch Prices:         Student         $ 2.25
                               Adult           $ 2.85

         Breakfast Prices:           Student           $ 1.25
                                     Adult             $1.85


Dear Parents:

With current national attention being focused on children's health and wellness issues, Gatesville
Independent School District's Food Service Department is excited to provide parents a convenient, easy and
secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child's school meal account at any time. This
service also provides parents the ability to view their child's account balance through a web site called
MyNutrikids.com. By having money in each child's account prior to entering the cafeteria, the lunch lines
move faster so your child has more time to eat.

Also, parents will have the ability to print out a copy of their child's eating history report. This history
report will show you all dates and times that your child has purchased a breakfast and or lunch within the
past thirty days.


To access these services:

        1.     Go to the district website at www.gatesvilleisd.org
        2.     Click on the MyNutriKids.com link. From this site you will create your account and add
money to your child's school meal


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                   account. All you need is your child's name, student ID number and school ZIP code. The
                   instructions listed below will   guide you through the easy online account set up
                   process. You can find your student's ID number on their report card or school schedule.

Things to know:
◊       If you have more than one child in the district, you can handle all online prepayments from the same
online account.
◊       Payments may be made through an existing PayPal account or with a major credit or debit card.
◊       In order to use the online prepayment service, a small convenience fee for each transaction will be
          assessed to cover the bank fees. The convenience fee is $1.75 per deposit transaction. Parents
          placing money into multiple meal accounts will only be assessed the $1.75 fee once per deposit
          transaction. Gatesville Independent School District will not profit from the use of this site.

We are very excited to offer this service. However, if you choose not to take advantage of the online
        prepayment service, you may continue
to make advance payments via check or pay with cash. If you pay via check, please write your child's full
        name on the check.

If you have any questions about this service, please feel free to contact my office at 254-865-4256.

Thank you,

Gail Shelton
Food Service Director
Gatesville ISD
254-865-4256
gshelton@gatesvilleisd.org


Registering for MyNutriKids.com

▫       You will first need your child's student ID number. Find this number on your child's report card or
school schedule.
▫       Go to the district website at www.gatesvilleisd.org <http://www.gatesvilleisd.org>
▫      Click on the link to MyNutriKids.com OR go to www.MyNutriKids.com.
▫       Click Sign Up and enter the required information.
▫       Click Finish to complete the initial registration process.

Add Students to Your Family Account

-       When you log in, you will be taken to the homepage.
-       Click MyKids from the main menu OR from the blue navigation bar above.
-       This is a listing of the students in your account. It will be empty on your first visit to the site.
-       Click Add Child and enter the required information.
-       Click Add (next to your child's name) to continue.- Click Add Child to repeat the process for
additional children.
-       NOTE: Your child's transaction history report will not display information during the initial
account set up process.

How to Make a Deposit

-      Click Deposit Money located next to Add Student.
-      Enter an amount in the Deposit column next to your child's name.
        o       If you have more than one child, enter the amount you wish to deposit into the column next
                  to each child's name. DO NOT deposit money for your entire family into ONE child's
                  account.
-      Click Calculate.



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-      Click Make Deposit.
-      You will be directed to the PayPal web site to enter your payment information.
        o       You have the option to use your existing PayPal account or a major credit card to make
                  your payment.
        o       If you are using your PayPal account, enter your email address and PayPal password to
                  continue.
        o       If you are using a credit card, enter the required information. For your protection,
                  MyNutriKids.com will not store your financial information.
-      Click Pay Now when finished.
-      Click Pay once again to finish the process.

In accordance with Federal law and United States Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is
prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a
complaint of discrimination, write U. S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication and
Compliance, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice)
or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

VIP
The Very Important Parents is an organization in which parents and teachers can become
involved and support their school. It is a vital element in a successful school. We
encourage you to join the VIP’s. Please consider becoming part of our volunteer
program. It is a way to help and at the same time learn more about what your child is
learning at school. Information about membership and the volunteer program is sent
home shortly after school begins.

STUDENT INFORMATION UPDATE

Our district has adopted the Texas State Library and Archives retention schedule.
For student record information please contact the principal of your school.

HOME-SCHOOL STUDENT
Students that enrol in Gatesville I.S.D. that are transferring from a home-school or private
school shall provide the following:
       1. Evidence of course performance. (Progress report or report card)
       2. Evidence that the program/school is accredited by TEA, another state agency,
               or the Commissioner of Education.

Students enrolling from a home-school or private school will be required to take a
standardized test to determine grade placement.

DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students shall not vandalize or otherwise damage or deface any property, including
furniture and other equipment, belonging to or used by the Gatesville Independent School
District. Parents or Guardians of students guilty of damaging school property shall be
liable for damages in accordance with state law. Students shall be charged for the
replacement of lost textbooks, or damage to a textbook, beyond normal wear.




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                      EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
SCHOOL CLOSING WHILE CLASSES NOT IN SESSION
The decision to delay school starting time, cancel school for the day, or proceed as usual
will be made by the Superintendent.
During inclement weather conditions, tune to one of the following radio and TV stations:
KXXV Chanel 25; KWTX TV channel 10; KCEN TV channel 6; and your local cable
channel 2.

SCHOOL CLOSING WHILE CLASSES IN SESSION
Should weather conditions dictate the closing of schools while classes are in session, the
Superintendent will notify the radio and television stations. Each school will make every
effort to notify parents that their child is being dismissed.

EACH STUDENT SHOULD HAVE ON RECORD THE NAME, ADDRESS, AND
TELEPHONE NUMBER OF A PERSON/S DESIGNATED BY THE PARENT TO
PICKUP HIS/HER CHILD IN THE EVENT THAT PARENTS ARE NOT AT
HOME.

CELL PHONES
If a student absolutely must have a cell phone it is to be kept during the day in the
office. They are not to be possessed by students until 3:20 p.m. Check them in upon
arrival. This solves inappropriate texting and classroom inattention.

ELECTRONIC GAMES/ CD PLAYERS/ MP3, ETC.

Not to be at school unless special project approved by teacher or on a designated game
day.

                          STUDENT INFORMATION
                     SCHOOL HOURS: 8:20 A.M. - 3:20 P.M.

Students arriving after 7:30 a.m. will go to the cafeteria. They will be dismissed at 7:50
to go to their class. School will dismiss at 3:20 p.m. with certified personnel supervising
car loading until 3:50 p.m.

MESSAGES TO STUDENTS
Phone calls to the office requiring a note to the student will
have a cut off time of
3:00 p.m. Unless it is an emergency.

Students must have a pass from a teacher to use a phone.
Students will not be called out of class for non-emergency
messages.

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CLASS DAY
The instructional school day is 8:20 to 3:20. Students will go to the cafeteria until 7:50.
Upon arriving in the classroom, the teacher will give the students permission to go eat
breakfast, pay for lunches, go to the restroom, and to do other necessary things to start the
instructional day. Students are considered tardy if they come to school after the 8:20 bell.
This will affect their perfect attendance award each six weeks and the yearly perfect
attendance award.


        7:30-7:50................................................Students report to the cafeteria
        7:50........................................................Bell rings to go to class
        7:50-8:15................................................Breakfast, purchase tickets
        8:15…………………………………….Pledge and Moment of Silence
        8:20.........................................................Bell rings to start class
        8:20.........................................................Student is tardy
       11:00-1:05................................................Lunch
        3:20........................................................ Students dismissed

STUDENT INSURANCE
Student insurance is available at a nominal cost and is optional. When a student insured
under this plan is injured, (s)he will be given a claim form from the school office. This
form must be completed by his/her parents and presented to the doctor or hospital. The
school assumes no liability, either for the injury or the subsequent negotiations with the
company. All insurance forms must be returned to the office in order to document who
does have insurance. The school does not assume liability for accidents that happen at
school or on school - related trips.

STAAR TESTING
  1. Regular Education students in grades 4, 5 and 6 must take the STAAR each spring
     as follows:  Grade 4 Math, Reading and Writing.
                  Grade 5 Math, Reading and Science
                  Grade 6 Math and Reading

ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES
Pupils between the ages of 6 and 17 are required by the compulsory attendance law to
attend school. Once a student is enrolled in school, attendance is required. The
compulsory attendance law includes all pupils who are enrolled in a public school,
grades Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and grades 1 through 12. School employees
investigate and report violations of this law.

In order to be eligible for promotion, Intermediate students must be in attendance for at
least 160 days of the school year.

Parents will receive a letter after a child has missed 10 days and a second letter once the
child has missed 15 days. A final notice will be sent when the child reaches 20 absences.
It is important for each child’s mental, emotional and psychological development to
attend school every day. Perfect attendance certificates are awarded to students at the end


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of the year. Students that receive perfect attendance certificates have not been absent, left
early for any reason, or have not come in late.

It is important to the school district for your child to attend each day. Funding from the
state is determined by average daily attendance (ADA). You must submit an absence
letter no later than 3 days after the absence for it to be excused. You may also call the
school. When returning to school after an absence, a student must bring a note signed by
the parent that describes the reason for the absence. The district will accept the
following as extenuating circumstances for the purpose of granting credit if it is due to:
   1. Personal illness or illness or death in the immediate family (mother, father, brother,
      sister and grandparents).
   2. Approved extracurricular activities.
   3. Emergency or unusual cause acceptable to the school attendance committee.
   4. Religious holidays.
   5. Quarantine
   6. Weather or road conditions making travel dangerous.
   7. Other circumstances approved by the Principal.
   8. Deployment or other military activities as approved by the principal.

Pupils who are in attendance for fewer than 160 days will have their absences reviewed
by an attendance committee to determine if the absences are the result of extenuating
circumstances. If the attendance committee finds that absences are not due to extenuating
circumstances, the committee shall determine that the pupil is not eligible for promotion.
This decision may be appealed to the superintendent.

TARDIES
Parents are expected to ensure that their children arrive on time. A student is tardy if
he/she is not in the classroom when the bell rings at 8:20 a.m. Students must report to the
office when tardy. Parents will be notified when tardies are excessive. On the 5th tardy,
students will spend the remainder of the day in A.C.T.

 ATTENDANCE AWARDS
The instructional school day is 8:20 to 3:20. Students will go to the cafeteria until 7:50.
Upon arriving in the classroom, the teacher will give the students permission to go eat
breakfast, pay for lunches, go to the restroom, and to do other necessary things to start the
instructional day. Students are considered tardy if they come to school after the 8:20 bell.
This will affect their perfect attendance award each six weeks and the yearly perfect
attendance award.




                                         AWARDS
Perfect attendance certificates will be awarded to those who have been in attendance
every school day. A student must remain in school all day. Tardies, leaving early and
leaving for doctor’s appointments will count against the award. Students moving into the




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district will be considered for this award if they show proof of perfect attendance at
his/her previous school. Five tardies will equate to one absence.


SIGNING STUDENTS IN/OUT
Students who must leave school during the day must bring a note from their parents that
morning. When parents pick up a student during school, they must report to the office,
sign the student out, then the office personnel will release the child to the parent.
Students who become ill during the day should, with the teacher’s permission, report to
the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home
and will notify the student’s parents. According to Board policy, students may not sign
themselves out and go home alone.

REPORT CARDS
Students will receive a grade report at the end of each six weeks. At the end of the first
three weeks of a grading period, progress reports will be sent to parents for students who
are experiencing academic difficulty (grade average lower than 70, border-line grade
average, performance not meeting grade level expectations).

       The following dates are designated report card dates for 2011-2012.

               1st six wks..................................October 07
               2nd six wks.................................November 18
               3rd six wks.................................January 20
               4th six wks.................................March 02
               5th six wks.................................April 20
               6th six wks.................................May 31


CLASS PARTIES
Official class parties will occur two times per year. These two parties may have the help
of the room mothers. Any parent who wishes their child to have an alternate activity may
do so by contacting the teacher. Approved class parties include Christmas, Valentines,
and Field Day.

TEXTBOOKS
A new law provides that each student, or student’s parent or guardian, is responsible for
each textbook, including an electronic textbook, and all technological equipment not
returned in an acceptable condition by the student. The law provides that a student who
fails to return in an acceptable condition all textbooks, including electronic textbook and
technological equipment forfeits the right to free textbooks, including electronic
textbooks, and technological equipment until each textbook item previously issued but
not returned in an acceptable condition is paid for by the student, parent, or guardian.
Further, the legislation required that school districts or open-enrollment charter schools
allow students to use textbooks, including electronic textbooks, and technological
equipment at school during each school day. The legislation also authorizes a district




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or school to withhold a student’s records, if a textbook, including an electronic textbook
or an item of technological equipment is not returned in an acceptable condition or paid
for by the student, parent or guardian.



ENROLLMENT
Students can be enrolled by a parent or legal guardian into Gatesville Intermediate School
after receiving a current immunization record, a social security card, and an official birth
certificate. Hospital issued birth certificates will not work. Residence in the district
must be shown by a contract for purchase of home or lease agreement upon request. If
applicable, please bring any legal documents that stipulate your child’s custodial care.
Students are eligible for enrolment in Pre-K if they turn four on or before September 1 or
cannot speak or comprehend the English language. Eligibility is also granted for those
families that qualify for free or reduced lunch. The Pre-K guidelines are set by the state
and adopted by our district. Students are eligible for kindergarten if they turn five on or
before September 1.

PLACEMENT
A student in any grade (1-12) may use credit by examination in lieu of course work to
earn credit for a grade level. These tests must be taken before the student(s) receives any
instruction. To place out of a grade level, a score of 92% or higher must be earned in
release exam for that grade.
Parents should notify the building principal by Friday before the first day of school if
testing is desired.

MINIMUM GRADE POLICY
Administrative Regulation #4.
In regards to the change in minimum grade policy: a student was able to receive a
minimum grade of 50 on a report card. It has been determined by the court that a student
must receive a grade that reflect their level of mastery. Students may have a reasonable
time to retake or redo assignments. However, this excludes semester final exams and six
weeks tests. Classroom teachers may allow ONE chance to improve the grade. This
should be done by averaging the original grade and the re-do grade for the recorded grade.
The average of the two grades will them be worked into the grading period average for
report card. Students will be allowed no more than two days unless agreed upon by the
student and teacher.

WITHDRAWAL OF STUDENTS
Please notify the school office prior to the day of withdrawal of your child in order for
withdrawal papers to be prepared. Parents are responsible for clearing textbooks and
library fines prior to withdrawal.

VISITORS TO CAMPUS
Please register by logging in, get a name tag, and then log out when leaving the campus.


TEACHERS’ HOURS


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Teachers are on duty from 7:50 a.m. until 3:50 p.m.


                                     OFFICE HOURS

Office hours are from 7:50 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

SECTION 504 -- STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
No qualified student with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from
participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination
under any District service, program or activity. A ―student with a disability‖ is one who
has, or who has a record of having, or who is regarded as having a physical or mental
impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as caring for
one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing,
learning, and working. A student with a disability is ―qualified‖ if he or she is between
the ages of 3 and 21 inclusive. Each campus has a 504 committee and a referral process.
Students may be referred by parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, or any other
District employees for evaluation to determine if they are disabled and in need of special
instruction or services.
 The campus 504 committee will gather data to determine if the student’s behavior is
related to his/her disability. If the committee determines that the behavior and disability
are related, the committee may recommend certain modifications in the student’s
program. Marsha Worthington, Assistant Superintendent, is the District’s 504
coordinator. The phone number is 865-7251.Parents shall be notified prior to any
evaluation conducted to determine if their child is disabled. Parents shall also be given
written notice of the District’s refusal to evaluate a student or to provide specific aids and
services the parents have requested. Parents have the right to an impartial hearing if they
have a concern or complaint about the District’s actions regarding the identification,
evaluation, or educational placement of a disabled student. The hearing shall be
conducted by a person who is knowledgeable about 504 and who is not employed by the
district or related to a member of the board.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
SEXUAL HARASSMENT/SEXUAL ABUSE
The District forbids employee behavior constituting sexual harassment or sexual abuse of
students. The District forbids students from engaging in unwanted and unwelcome verbal
or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward another student or a District
employee.
The District will notify parents of students involved in sexual harassment by students
when the allegations are not minor or of any incident regarding sexual harassment or
sexual abuse by an employee. Notification may be by telephone, letter, or personal
conference. When a principal or other school administrator receives a report that a
student is being sexually harassed or abused, he or she will initiate an investigation and
take prompt action to intervene.
A student or parent who has a complaint alleging sexual harassment by other student(s)
or sexual harassment or sexual abuse by an employee may request a conference with the
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will be scheduled and held as soon as possible but within five school days. The principal
or Title IX coordinator will coordinate an investigation. Oral complaints should be
reduced to writing to assist in the District’s investigation.
The Title IX coordinator for the District is: Marsha Worthington, Assistant
Superintendent, 311 S. Lovers Ln., 865-7251.

ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT/ NOTIFICATION OF PESTICIDE USE
Asbestos management: Please be informed that asbestos is present in certain locations and building
materials in Gatesville I.S.D. Facilities. It is required by law that a management plan be developed
by the school district to identify the materials, locate the materials, remove the materials that do not
represent an immediate threat. The Gatesville I.S.D. has developed such a plan.
The copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is on file in the GISD Administration Building at 311 South
Lovers Lane, Gatesville,, Tx 76528. Copies are also available for review at the GISD Maintenance Office,
and at all of the campuses. The Asbestos Management Plan may be reviewed by submitting a written
request at any location where the Plan is available.
For information about the presence of asbestos in your child’s building, contact
Stewart Speer
311 South Lover’s Lane
Gatesville, Tx. 76528 Phone: 254-865-2062          Fax: 254-865-4119

Notification of Pesticide Use: Please be informed that pesticides are used by the Gatesville I.S.D.
when judged necessary to control pest populations. Applications, when necessary, are made by a
State Certified Licensed Applicator according to strict State of Texas Regulations and Integrated
Pest Management Plan. Great care is taken to protect all students and personnel from exposure to
hazardous situations and conditions.

Pest control is an important program undertaken by the Gatesville I.S.D. to provide for the health and safety
of all students and personnel and to prevent damage to GISD property. Most pest control activities are
performed by State Licensed School Employees in strict accordance with a District wide plan called
Integrated Pest Management. A copy of this plan is available for your onsite review upon your request.
Questions may be directed to the IPM Coordinator (Stewart Speer at 865-7251).




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                  GATESVILLE ISD SCHOOL HEALTH POLICIES

SCHOOL HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (SHAC)

During the preceding school year; the district’s School Health Advisory Council held 4
meetings. Additional information regarding the district’s School Health Advisory
Council is available from Marsha Worthington, Asst. Supt.

The duties of the SHAC range from recommending curriculum to developing strategies
for integrating curriculum into a coordinated school health program encompassing school
health services, counselling services, a sage and healthy school environment, recess
recommendations, and employee wellness.

       Please check the school website @ www.gatesvilleisd.org for information
            regarding school closures due to influenza or other illnesses.

IMMUNIZATIONS
The law requires that students be fully immunized against the specified diseases. As
student may, however, be admitted provisionally if he or she has begun the required
immunizations and if he or she continues to receive necessary immunizations as
rapidly as is medically feasible. The school granting provisional enrollment must
ensure that the required immunizations are received on schedule. If a student
transfers from one Texas school to another, a grace period of no more than 30 days
may be allowed at the new school while awaiting the transfer of the immunization
record. If a student enrolls from out of the country or out of state, proof of
immunizations or beginning of the series must be shown in a interpretable format
before entering school.

Immunizations are required by law. A child may not enter school until immunizations are
complete. A validated record of immunizations containing all dates must be presented
prior to student enrollment. If a child is due an immunization during the school year,
he/she is allowed one month to receive it. If not received, he/she cannot remain in school.

VOMITING/DIARRHEA/FEVER
No student will be allowed to stay in school if he/she has fever of 100 degrees or more,
or if vomiting and diarrhea is present. Please do not send your child to school if any of
these symptoms are present, for their health and others. A child should be free of fever
for 24 hours before returning to school.

CHICKEN POX
The incubation period for chicken pox is 10-21 days. Early signs include fever and rash
consisting of blisters that may appear first on the head, then spread to the body. Usually
two or three crops of new blisters appear, then heal leaving scabs. Your child is
contagious at onset of fever or 24 hours prior to breakout. Children can return to school
when all the blisters have crusted over.

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If you find head lice in your child’s hair, treat with a lice-killing shampoo or cream rinse
before sending the child to school. If head lice is discovered at school your child will be
sent home for treatment. Head lice are small bugs, grey to brown in color. Their nits
(eggs) are pinpoint in size, pearly white in color, which cement themselves to the hair
shaft. It is important that you remove all nits and apply a second treatment if indicated in
the directions. A child may return to school after a treatment and there are no live lice.
In order to ensure that the lice are removed, the health department recommends removing
all nits.

PINK EYE
Symptoms of pink eye are redness, swelling, drainage and crusting around eyelashes.
Eyelashes may stick together. Apply a warm cloth to remove crust. Pink eye is
considered a contagious disease by the health department. Medication should be obtained
from your physician. Once medication is started, your child may return to school.

RINGWORM
Symptoms of ringworm are: dry, scaly, moist and crested ring like lesions on the skin.
The scalp may be scaly and bald in patches. Treatment with an anti-fungal medication is
required. Keep lesions covered.


STREP THROAT OR SCARLET FEVER
Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, sore red throat, swollen glands in the neck, and
a rash. Strep infections, if left untreated, may lead to middle ear infection and rheumatic
fever. If these symptoms are present, you should consult your doctor. A child should not
be in school if fever or sore throat is present. A child may return to school 24 hours after
antibiotic is started, and fever free.

SPECIAL HEATH NEEDS
If your child has special health problems, please see the nurse and his/her teacher to
inform them of the condition. In accordance with a student’s diabetes health plan a
student with diabetes may possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and
equipment while at a school related activity.

                     GATESVILLE ISD MEDICATION POLICY

*Parents must personally transport all medications to the nurse’s office.
*Parents are to pick up all medications when discontinued or at the end of the year.
*No medications of any type will be sent home with students.
*No student may have in their possession any substance (pills, capsules, liquids, sprays,
 vitamins, patches, herbals or natural substances) that are primarily used as medications,
 enhancers, or sedatives even though they may be legally purchased without a prescription.
*We do not provide a supply of any medication for students. Each student must have their
  own medication, and if it is prescription medicine, it must be prescribed to the student.
*Medications may be administered by a medically untrained designate of the school district

Medication will be given as outlined below:
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All medication must be in the original container and must be accompanied by a written
request from the parent. Example: “Please give “Jane Doe” one Tylenol every 4 hours as
needed for pain. Please keep this medication at school.” Parent signature and date
required.

Please label the bottle with your child’s name, without covering the name of the medication
or dosage instructions. INDVIDUAL MEDICATION SENT IN BAGGIES, FOIL,
KLEENEX, OR CONTAINERS WITHOUT ORIGINAL LABELS WILL NOT BE
GIVEN.

Your Pharmacy will make a “school bottle” at your request to prevent your child from
having to transport medications back and forth from home to school every day.

Short Term Sample Medication from a doctor should be accompanied by written directions
from the doctor on a prescription form, and a written request from the parent including
date, parent’s signature and the time to administer the medication

Medication for Chronic Conditions (Asthma, ADD, ADHD etc. ) A doctor’s order is
required before medication can be given at school. This order should include the child’s
name, medical condition, medication name, dose, and the time to be given at school. The
doctor’s signature, parent’s signature and date are also required. A new order is required
at the beginning of each new school year. If your child has any medication or dosage
changes during the year, a new medication form is required with the doctor and parent
signatures. In accordance with Texas HB 1688, certain students with asthma may be
allowed to carry and self administer asthma medication when all criteria are met as
outlined in the Gatesville ISD Asthma Medication Self Administration Policy.

* Medication ordered three times a day can be given before school, after school, and at
  bedtime unless specific times are ordered by a doctor.
* In order to assure that your child receives the best possible care and receives their
  medications as needed, we ask that you read and comply with the Medication Policy.
* Forms for over the counter, short term prescription, and long term prescription
  medications are available in the nurse’s office.


Senate Bill (SB) 31 was recently signed into law by Governor Perry and requires a school district
to provide information relating to bacterial meningitis to its students and their parents each
school year.

BACTERIAL MENINGITIS
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 old) and adults with meningitis may have a severe
headache, high temperature, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neck stiffness or joint pains,
and drowsiness or confusion. In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple


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spots. These can occur anywhere on the body. The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on
a combination of symptoms and laboratory results.

How serious is bacterial meningitis?
If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete recovery.
In some cases it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent disability, such as
deafness, blindness, amputations or brain damage (resulting in mental retardation or paralysis)
even with prompt treatment.

How is bacterial meningitis spread?
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseased like the
common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air
where a person with meningitis has been. 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 causes
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. Vaccines against meningitis are recommended both for the young children and adults over
64, and for people traveling to a country where there is a high risk of getting the disease, or if
there is a disease outbreak in a community. This vaccine is recommended for college students,
particularly freshmen living in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective
 (85-90%). It can cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up
to two days. Immunity develops within 7 to 10 days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to
5 years.

What you should do if you think you or a friend might have bacterial meningitis?
Seek prompt medical attention.

Additional information may also be found at the web sites for the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention: www.cdc.gov and the Texas Department of Health Services:
www.tdh.state.tx.us.



               RIGHTS OF PARENTS AND STUDENTS
    FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT, 20 U.S.C. 1232g

The Gatesville Independent School District maintains general education records required by law. The
District makes available to parents information concerning their child enrolled in school unless the District
is notified that the parent does not have that authority under state law. When the student reaches 18 years of
age and is no longer dependent, all rights of the parent are transferred to the student. The parents’ right to
access and request copies of student records under this policy does not extend to some types of material
used in educating the student that is not included in the coverage of the Family Educational Privacy Act of
1974. Some common examples include test protocols and teacher’s personal notes on the student that are
not shared with other personnel except a substitute teacher.

Parents, the student, and officials of the District with legitimate educational interests are the only persons
with general access to the records. ―School official‖ means any employees, agents, or trustees of the
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interest‖ in a disciplinary or academic action, the student’s case, or a handicapped student’s individual
educational plan; compiling statistical data; or investigating or evaluating programs. The District also
forwards education records on request to a school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll without the
parent’s permission.

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. Records may
be reviewed during regular school hours. The records custodian or designee will respond to reasonable
requests for explanation and interpretation of the records. The address of the Superintendent’s office is 311
S. Lovers Ln., Gatesville, Tx. 76528. The addresses of the principals’ offices are listed in the
Superintendent’s office and available upon request. Certain other officials from various governmental
agencies may have limited access to the records.

A record of disclosure of personally identifiable information is maintained and available for the parent’s
inspection. Some items of information are directory in nature and may be released to anyone, without
consent, unless the parent objects to its release in writing within 10 school days after the issuance of this
notice. Objections to release of any or all directory information should be directed to the principal within
thirty school days to receipt of this notice. The following is directory information: a student’s name,
address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and
sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates and attendance, awards received in school,

most recent previous school attended, and other similar information. Objections to release of any or all
directory information should be directed to the principal no later than September 15 of the current school
year.

If a parent believes that the student records should be corrected, the parent may request amendment of the
records. If the District refuses to amend the records, the parent has the right to a hearing and to place in the
student’s record a statement commenting on the information.

The parent has the right to file a complaint if s/he feels that the District is not in compliance with the law
regarding student records.

Copies of records are available, payable in advance, at a rate as published annually by the General Services
Commission. Parents may be denied copies of records after their children reach the age of 18 and are no
longer dependent, when their children are attending an institution of post-secondary education, or if they fail
to follow proper procedure and pay the copying charge. If the student qualifies for free or reduced-price
lunches and the parents are unable to view the records during regular school hours, the copying charge for
one copy of the records will be waived upon written request to the records custodian.
Please contact the principal or Superintendent if you have questions regarding this notice. Copies of the
District’s student record policy may be obtained at the Superintendent’s office.


Requesting Professional Qualifications of Teachers and Staff
You may request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s
teachers, including whether a teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for
the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher has met state qualification and
licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides
instruction; whether the teacher has an emergency permit or other provisional status for
which state requirements’ have been waived; and undergraduate and graduate degree
majors, graduate certifications, and the field of study of the certifications or degree. You
also have the right to request information about the qualifications of any paraprofessional
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Reviewing Instructional Materials
As a parent, you have a right to review teaching materials, textbooks, and other teaching
aids and instructional materials used in the curriculum, and examine test that have been
administered to your child.

Inspecting Surveys
As a parent, you may inspect a survey created by a third party before the survey is
administered or distributed to your child.
Accessing Student Records
You may review your child’s student records. These records include:
       Attendance records,
       Test scores,
       Grades,
       Disciplinary records,
       Counseling records,
       Psychological records,
       Applications for admissions,
       Health and immunization information,
       Other medical records,
       Teacher and counselor evaluations,
       Reports of behavioral patterns, and
       State assessment instruments that have been administered to your child.

Granting Permission to Video or Audio Record a Student
As a parent, you may grant or deny any written request from the district to make a video
or voice recording of your child. State law, however, permits the school to make a video
or voice recording without parental permission for the following circumstances;
       When it is to be used for school safety;
       When it relates to classroom instruction or a co-curricular or extra curricular
       activity; or
       When it relates to media coverage of the school.


Removing a Student Temporarily from the Classroom
You may remove your child temporarily from the classroom if an instructional activity in
which your child is scheduled to participate conflicts with your religious or moral beliefs.
The removal cannot be for the purpose of avoiding a test and may not extend for an entire
semester. Further, your child must satisfy grade-level and graduation requirements as
determined by the school and by the Texas Education Agency.

Excusing a Student from Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags
 As a parent, you may request that your child be excused from participation in the daily
recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Texas flag. The request must be in writing. State law does not allow
your child to be excused from participation in the required minute of silence or silent
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Excusing a Student from Reciting a Portion of the Declaration of Independence
You may request that your child be excused from recitation of a portion of the
Declaration of Independence. State law requires students in grades 3-12 to recite a
portion of the text of the Declaration of Independence during Celebrate Freedom Week
Unless (1) you provide a written statement requesting that your child be excused, (2) the
district determined that your child have a conscientious objection to the recitation, or (3)
you are a representative of a foreign government to whom the United States government
extends diplomatic immunity.

Requesting Notices of Certain Student Misconduct
A non custodial parent may request in writing that he or she be provided, for the
remainder of the school year, a copy of any written notice usually provided to a parent
related to your child’s misconduct that may involve placement in a Disciplinary
Alternative Education Program or expulsion.

Requesting Transfers for your Child
As a parent, you have a right:
        To request the transfer of your child to another classroom or campus if your child
had been determined by the (board or its designee) to have been a victim of bullying as
the term is defined by Education Code 25.0341 Transportation is not provided for a
transfer to another campus. See the (superintendent or designee) for information.
        To request a transfer of your child to attend a safe public school in the district if
your child attends school at a campus identified by TEA as persistently dangerous or if
your child have been a victim of a violent criminal offence while at school or on school
grounds.
        To request the transfer of your child to another campus (or neighboring district) if
your child has been the victim of a sexual assault by another student assigned to the same
campus, whether that assault occurred on or off campus, and that student has been
convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for that assault.

Requesting Classroom Assignments for Multiple Birth Siblings
As a parent, if your children are multiple birth siblings (e.g. twins, triplets, etc.) assigned
to the same grade and campus, you may request that they be placed either in the same
classroom or in separate classrooms. Your written request must be submitted no later that
the 14th day after the enrolment of your child.

Services for Title I Participants
The Parent Involvement Coordinator, who works with parents of students participation in
Title I program is Marsha Worthington and may be contacted at 865-7251.

Student Records
Both federal and state law safeguards student records from unauthorized inspection or use
and provides parents and eligible students certain rights. For purpose of student records,
an ―eligible‖ student is one who is 18 or older OR who is attending an institution of
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Virtually all information pertaining to student performance, including grades, test results,
and disciplinary records, is considered confidential education records. Release is
restricted to:
                The parents-whether married, separated, or divorced-unless the school is
given a copy of a court order terminating parental rights. Federal laws require that, as
soon as a student becomes 18 or is emancipated by a court, control of the records goes to
the student. The parents may continue to have access to the records, however, if the
student is a dependent for tax purposes.
                District staff members who have what federal law refers to as a ―legitimate
educational interest‖ in a student’s records. ―Legitimate educational interest‖ in a
student’s records includes working with a student; considering disciplinary or academic
actions, the student’s case, or an individualized education program for a student with
disabilities; compiling statistical data; or investigating or evaluating programs. Such
persons would include school officials (such as board members, the superintendent, and
principals), school staff members (such as teachers, counsellors, and diagnosticians), or
an agent of the district (such as a medical consultant).
                Various governmental agencies.
                Individuals granted access in response to a subpoena or court order.
                A school or institution of post or secondary education to which a student
                seeks or intends to enrol or in which he or she subsequently enrols.
Release to any other person or agency-such as a prospective employer or for a scholarship
application- will occur only with the parental or student permission as appropriate.
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.
Records may be inspected by a parent or eligible student during regular school hours. If
circumstances prevent inspection during these hours, the district will either provide a
copy of the records requested or make other arrangements for the parent or student to
review these records. The record custodian or designee will respond to a reasonable
request for explanation and interpretation of the records. The address of the
superintendent’s office is 311 South Lovers Ln, Gatesville, Texas, 76528.
A parent or eligible student may inspect the student’s record and request a correction if
the records are considered inaccurate or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy
rights. If the district refuses the request to amend the record, the requestor has the right to
request a hearing. If the records are not amended as a result of the hearing, the requestor
has 30 school days to exercise the right to place a statement commenting on the
information in the student’s record. Although improperly recorded grades may be
challenged, contesting a student’s grade in a course is handled through the general
complaint process found in policy FGN.
Copies of student records are available at a cost of ten cents per page, payable in advance.
If the student qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch and the parents are unable to view
the records during regular school hours, one copy of the record will be provided at no
charge upon written request of the parent.

Health-Related Matters/Exercise
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In accordance with the policies at EHAB, EHAC, and FFA, the district will ensure that
students in kindergarten through grade 6 engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity
for at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per week.

                                               DISCIPLINE

A firm and fair discipline policy has been formulated on each campus. This policy fosters
good communications and positive influences achieved by working together. The
Board recognizes that a variety of disciplinary measures must be used with students who
exhibit inappropriate behavior. Our teachers, in conjunction with parents, use a variety of
techniques as outlined by Board Policy. Be sure to read the Code of Conduct portion of
your handbook. Special education students are subject to specific procedures which are
located in the Parent/Student Rights Handbook for Special Education. Consult these
rules in regard to discipline on special education students.

                                       DUE CONSIDERATION
Consideration will be given, as a factor in each decision concerning suspension, removal to a disciplinary
alternative education program, or expulsion, regardless of whether the decision concerns a mandatory or
discretionary action, to:
          Self-defense:
          Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct;
          A student’s disciplinary history: or
          A disability that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of the
          student’s conduct.


                                             ACT PROGRAM

An ACT program is available to primary, elementary, and intermediate students at the Intermediate campus.
Students with recurring discipline problems or that violate the discipline code with a major offence will be
assigned to this program at the discretion of the building principal. Length of time in ACT will be
determined by the principal and will be dependent on the student’s work ethic in ACT. Parents will be
contacted prior to ACT assignment. In the ACT program, students will work on assignments made by their
regular teacher. Students will be supervised by an ACT aide. Failure to comply to the rules in the ACT
program can result in removal from the campus.

                               DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES

Student drop-off will take place BEHIND the Intermediate School on South 27th Street
(east side of the campus). Traffic will travel from north to south on 27th Street, and enter
the semi-circular driveway at the back of the school to drop students off. The students
will enter the building through the back doors of the cafeteria.
All student pick-up after school will be at the back of the Intermediate School. Cars
should approach the school from Main Street in a single file line (like pick-up at the
Primary School) and proceed to the semi-circle driveway. Do not attempt to enter
the driveway coming from the South. When you arrive at the semi-circle drive way,
remain in a single file line (not enough room for two pick-up lines) until you exit the
drive way. As cars exit the drive way they may continue South toward Hwy. 36 or
turn back North on 27th toward Main Street.



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Please DO NOT escape the line by letting your kids out elsewhere. This is very
dangerous.

There will be no parking allowed by the Gatesville Police Department in the
following areas from 3:00-3:40: On the east side of 27th street behind the
Intermediate School, at the front of the school on 26th Street, and in the semi-circle
drive way at the front of the school (will be used for buses).

Parents who wish to park and pick up their children in person may park in the
Softball Field Parking Lot or in the parking lot on the South side of the school after
3:20.




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                                Table of Contents

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
  Purpose

School District Authority and Jurisdiction
  Reporting Crimes
  Revoking Transfers

Standards for Student Conduct

General Conduct Violations
  Disregard for Authority
  Mistreatment of Others
  Property Offenses
  Possession of Prohibited Items
  Possession of Telecommunications Devices
  Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs
  Misuse of Computers and the Internet
  Safety Transgressions
  Miscellaneous Offenses

Discipline Management Techniques
  Students with Disabilities
  Techniques
  Notification
  Appeals

Removal from the Regular Educational Setting
  Routine Referral
  Formal Removal
  Returning Student to Classroom

Suspension
  Misconduct
  Process


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Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Placement
  Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP Placement
    Misconduct Identified in State Law
  Mandatory Placement: Misconduct That Requires DAEP Placement
  Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments
  Emergencies
  Process
    Conference
    Placement Order
  Length of Placement
    Exceeds One Year
    Exceeds School Year
    Exceeds 60 Days
  Appeals
  Restrictions during Placement
  Placement Review
  Additional Misconduct
  Notice of Criminal Proceedings
  Withdrawal during Process
  Newly Enrolled Students
  Emergency Placement Procedure

Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Serious Offenses
  Registered Sex Offenders
    Review Committee
    Newly Enrolled Student
    Appeal
  Certain Felonies
    Hearing and Required Findings
    Length of Placement
    Newly Enrolled Students




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Expulsion
  Discretionary Expulsion: Misconduct That May Result in Expulsion
    Any Location
    At School, Within 300 Feet, or at School Event
    Within 300 Feet of School
    Property of Another District
    While in DAEP
  Mandatory Expulsion: Misconduct That Requires Expulsion
    Federal Law
    Texas Penal Code
  Under Age Ten
  Emergency
  Process
    Hearing
    Board Review of Expulsion
    Expulsion Order
  Length of Expulsion
  Withdrawal during Process
  Additional Misconduct
  Restrictions during Expulsion
  Newly Enrolled Students
  Emergency Expulsion Procedures
  DAEP Placement of Expelled Students

Glossary




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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Purpose
The Student Code of Conduct is the district’s response to the requirements of Chapter 37 of the Texas
Education Code.
The Code provides methods and options for managing students in the classroom and on school grounds,
disciplining students, and preventing and intervening in student discipline problems.
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
a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP), or expulsion from school.
This Student Code of Conduct has been adopted by the GISD Board of Trustees and developed with the
advice of the district-level committee. This Code provides information to parents and students regarding
standards of conduct, consequences of misconduct, and procedures for administering discipline.
In accordance with state law, the Code 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 conduct violation that may result in a
student being suspended, placed in a DAEP, or expelled.
Because the Student Code of Conduct is adopted by the district’s board of trustees, it has the force of
policy; therefore, in case of conflict between the Code and the student handbook, the Code will prevail.
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.




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School District Authority and Jurisdiction
School rules and the authority of the district to administer discipline apply whenever the interest of the
district is involved, on or off school grounds, in conjunction with or independent of classes and school-
sponsored activities.
The district has disciplinary authority over a student:
1.      During the regular school day and while the student is going to and from school on
     district transportation;
2.   During lunch periods in which a student is allowed to leave campus;
3.    While the student is in attendance at any school-related activity, regardless of time or
     location;
4.   For any school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location;
5.    When retaliation against a school employee or volunteer occurs or is threatened,
     regardless of time or location;
6.    When criminal mischief is committed on or off school property or at a school-related
     event;
7.    For certain offenses committed within 300 feet of school property as measured from
     any point on the school’s real property boundary line;
8.    For certain offenses committed while on school property or while attending a school-
     sponsored or school-related activity of another district in Texas;
9.    When the student commits a felony, as provided by Education Code 37.006 or
     37.0081; and
10. When the student is required to register as a sex offender.
The district has the right to search a vehicle driven to school by a student and parked on school property
whenever there is reasonable cause to believe it contains articles or materials prohibited by the district.
The district has the right to search a student’s locker when there is reasonable cause to believe it contains
articles or materials prohibited by the district.
                                                       OR
District administrators conduct routine blanket inspections and searches of lockers.
Reporting Crimes
School administrators will report crimes as required by law and will call local law enforcement when an
administrator suspects that a crime has been committed on campus.
Revoking Transfers
The district has the right to revoke the transfer of a non-resident student for violating the district’s Code.




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Standards for Student Conduct
Each student is expected to:
1.         Demonstrate courtesy, even when others do not.
2.         Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline.
3.         Attend all classes, regularly and on time.
4.         Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class.
5.         Meet district and campus standards of grooming and dress.
6.         Obey all campus and classroom rules.
7.         Respect the rights and privileges of students, teachers, and other district staff and
      volunteers.
8.         Respect the property of others, including district property and facilities.
9.         Cooperate with and assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and
      discipline.
10.        Adhere to the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct.




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General Conduct Violations
The categories of conduct below are prohibited at school and all school-related activities, but the list does
not include the most serious offenses. In the subsequent sections on Suspension, DAEP Placement,
Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Serious Offenses, and Expulsion, severe offenses that require or
permit specific consequences are listed. Any offense, however, may be serious enough to result in Removal
from the Regular Educational Setting as detailed in that section.
Disregard for Authority
Students shall not:
11.        Fail to comply with directives given by school personnel (insubordination).
12.        Leave school grounds or school-sponsored events without permission.
13.        Disobey rules for conduct on school buses.
14.        Refuse to accept discipline management techniques assigned by a teacher or
      principal.
Mistreatment of Others
Students shall not:
15.        Use profanity or vulgar language or make obscene gestures.
16.        Fight or scuffle. (For assault see DAEP Placement and Expulsion)
17.       Threaten a district student, employee, or volunteer, including off school
      property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
18.        Engage in bullying, harassment, or making hit lists. (See glossary for all three
      terms)
19.         Engage in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment or sexual abuse, whether
      by word, gesture, or any other conduct, directed toward another person, including a
      district student, employee, or volunteer.
20.        Engage in conduct that constitutes dating violence, including the intentional use
      of physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or
      control another person with whom the student has or has had a dating relationship.
21.        Engage in inappropriate or indecent exposure of private body parts.
22.        Participate in hazing. (See glossary)
23.        Cause an individual to act through the use of or threat of force (coercion).
24.       Commit extortion or blackmail (obtaining money or an object of value from an
      unwilling person).
25.        Engage in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct directed toward
      another person, including a district student, employee, or volunteer.
26.        Record the voice or image of another without the prior consent of the individuals
      being recorded or in any way that disrupts the educational environment or invades the
      privacy of others.
Property Offenses
Students shall not:
27.        Damage or vandalize property owned by others. (For felony criminal mischief
      see DAEP Placement or Expulsion)


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28.        Deface or damage school property—including textbooks, lockers, furniture, and
      other equipment—with graffiti or by other means.
29.          Steal from students, staff, or the school.
30.        Commit or assist in a robbery or theft even if it does not constitute a felony
      according to the Texas Penal Code. (For felony robbery and theft see DAEP
      Placement and Expulsion)
Possession of Prohibited Items
Students shall not:
31.          Possess or use:
        1.        fireworks of any kind, smoke or stink bombs, or any other pyrotechnic
              device;
        2.         a razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object used in a way that threatens
              or inflicts bodily injury to another person;
        3.        a ―look-alike‖ weapon;
        4.        an air gun or BB gun;
        5.        ammunition;
        6.        a stun gun;
        7.        a pocketknife or any other small knife;
        8.        mace or pepper spray;
        9.        pornographic material;
        10.       tobacco products;
        11.       matches or a lighter;
        12.       a laser pointer for other than an approved use; or
        13.       any articles not generally considered to be weapons, including school
              supplies, when the principal or designee determines that a danger exists. (For
              weapons and firearms see DAEP Placement and Expulsion)

Possession of Telecommunications Devices
Students shall not:
      Display, turn on, or use a cellular telephone or other telecommunications device on
      school property during the school day.




Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Students shall not:
      Possess or sell seeds or pieces of marijuana in less than a usable amount. (For
 illegal drugs, alcohol, and inhalants see DAEP Placement and Expulsion)




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     Possess, use, give, or sell paraphernalia related to any prohibited substance. (See
 glossary for ―paraphernalia‖)
      Possess or sell look-alike drugs or attempt to pass items off as drugs or contraband.
     Abuse the student’s own prescription drug, give a prescription drug to another
 student, or possess or be under the influence of another person’s prescription drug on
 school property or at a school-related event. (See glossary for ―abuse‖)
      Abuse over-the-counter drugs. (See glossary for ―abuse‖)
    Be under the influence of prescription or over-the-counter drugs that cause
 impairment of the physical or mental faculties. (See glossary for ―under the influence‖)
     Have or take prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs at school other than as
 provided by district policy.
Misuse of Computers and the Internet
Students shall not:
     Violate computer use policies, rules, or agreements signed by the student or the
 student’s parent.
     Attempt to access or circumvent passwords or other security-related information of
 the district, students, or employees or upload or create computer viruses, including off
 school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational
 environment.
     Attempt to alter, destroy, or disable district computer equipment, district data, the
 data of others, or other networks connected to the district’s system, including off school
 property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
     Use the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten district students,
 employees, or volunteers, including off school property if the conduct causes a
 substantial disruption to the educational environment.
     Send or post electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented,
 threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal, including off school
 property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
     Use e-mail or Web sites at school to encourage illegal behavior or threaten school
 safety.
Safety Transgressions
Students shall not:
      Possess published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage
 illegal behavior or that could threaten school safety.
     Engage in verbal (oral or written) exchanges that threaten the safety of another
 student, a school employee, or school property.
      Make false accusations or perpetrate hoaxes regarding school safety.
     Engage in any conduct that school officials might reasonably believe will
 substantially disrupt the school program or incite violence.
      Throw objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage.


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      Discharge a fire extinguisher without valid cause.
Miscellaneous Offenses
Students shall not:
      Violate dress and grooming standards as communicated in the student handbook.
      Cheat or copy the work of another.
      Gamble.
      Falsify records, passes, or other school-related documents.
     Engage in actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or materially interfere
 with school activities.
      repeatedly violate other communicated campus or classroom standards of conduct.
The district may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to those found in the Code. These rules may
be posted in classrooms or given to the student and may or may not constitute violations of the Code.


ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

        A student found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade
penalties on assignments or test and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student
Code of Conduct. Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another
student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an
examination. The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall
be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional
employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from
students.




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Discipline Management Techniques
Discipline will be designed to improve conduct and to encourage students to adhere to their responsibilities
as members of the school community. Disciplinary action will draw on the professional judgment of
teachers and administrators and on a range of discipline management techniques. Discipline will be
correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student’s age and grade level, the frequency of misbehavior,
the student’s attitude, the effect of the misconduct on the school environment, and statutory requirements.
Because of these factors, discipline for a particular offense (unless otherwise specified by law) may bring
into consideration varying techniques and responses.
Students with Disabilities
The discipline of students with disabilities is 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.
In accordance with the Education Code, a student who is enrolled in a special education program may not
be disciplined for conduct meeting the definition of bullying, harassment, or making hit lists (see glossary)
until an ARD committee meeting has been held to review the conduct.
In deciding whether to order suspension, DAEP placement, or expulsion, the district will take into
consideration a disability that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of
the student’s conduct.
Techniques
The following discipline management techniques may be used—alone or in combination—for behavior
prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct or by campus or classroom rules:
      Verbal correction, oral or written.
      Cooling-off time or ―time-out.‖
      Seating changes within the classroom.
      Temporary confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process.
      Rewards or demerits.
      Behavioral contracts.
      Counseling by teachers, counselors, or administrative personnel.
      Parent-teacher conferences.
             Grade reductions for cheating, plagiarism, and as otherwise permitted by
             policy.
      Detention.
      Sending the student to the office or other assigned area, or to in-school suspension.
      Assignment of school duties such as cleaning or picking up litter.
      Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities,
 eligibility for seeking and holding honorary offices, or membership in school-sponsored
 clubs and organizations.
    Penalties identified in individual student organizations’ extracurricular standards of
 behavior.
      Withdrawal or restriction of bus privileges.
      School-assessed and school-administered probation.
      Corporal punishment.
      Out-of-school suspension, as specified in the Suspension section of this Code.


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      Placement in a DAEP, as specified in the DAEP section of this Code.
     Placement and/or expulsion in an alternative educational setting, as specified in the
 Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Serious Offenses section of this Code.
      Expulsion, as specified in the Expulsion section of this Code.
     Referral to an outside agency or legal authority for criminal prosecution in addition
 to disciplinary measures imposed by the district.
      Other strategies and consequences as determined by school officials.
Notification
The principal or appropriate administrator will notify a student’s parent by phone or in writing of any
violation that may result in a suspension, placement in a DAEP, or expulsion. Notification will be made
within three school days after the administrator becomes aware of the violation.
Appeals
Parental questions or complaints regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the teacher or
campus administration, as appropriate, and in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL). A copy of the policy
may be obtained from the principal’s office or the central administration office or through Policy On Line at
the following address: gatesvilleisd.org. Consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of a
grievance.




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Removal from the Regular Educational Setting
In addition to other discipline management techniques, misconduct may result in removal from the regular
educational setting in the form of a routine referral or a formal removal.
Routine Referral
A routine referral occurs when a teacher sends a student to the principal’s office as a discipline management
technique. The principal may then employ additional techniques.
Formal Removal
A teacher or administrator may remove a student from class for a behavior that violates this Code to
maintain effective discipline in the classroom. A teacher may also initiate a formal removal from class if:
             1. The student’s behavior has been documented by the teacher as repeatedly
             interfering with the teacher’s ability to teach his or her class or with the
             student’s classmates’ ability to learn; or
             2. The behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that the teacher cannot
             teach, and the students in the classroom cannot learn.
A teacher or administrator must remove a student from class if the student engages in behavior that under
the Education Code requires or permits the student to be placed in a DAEP or expelled. When removing
for those reasons, the procedures in the subsequent sections on DAEP or expulsion will be followed.
Otherwise, within three school days of the formal removal, the appropriate administrator will schedule a
conference with the student’s parent; the student; the teacher, in the case of removal by a teacher; and any
other administrator.
At the conference, the appropriate administrator will inform the student of the misconduct for which he or
she is charged and the consequences. The administrator will give the student an opportunity to give his or
her version of the incident.
When a student is removed from the regular classroom by a teacher and a conference is pending, the
principal may place the student in:
      Another appropriate classroom
      In-school suspension
      Out-of-school suspension
      DAEP
Returning Student to Classroom
When a student has been formally removed from class by a teacher for conduct against the teacher
containing the elements of assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, murder,
capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder, the student may not be returned to
the teacher’s class without the teacher’s consent.
When a student has been formally removed by a teacher for any other conduct, the student may be returned
to the teacher’s class without the teacher’s consent, if the placement review committee determines that the
teacher’s class is the best or only alternative available.

Suspension
Misconduct
Students may be suspended for any behavior listed in the Code as a general conduct violation, DAEP
offense, or expellable offense.
In deciding whether to order suspension, the district will take into consideration:
             1. Self-defense (see glossary),
             2. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
             3. The student’s disciplinary history.




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Process
State law allows a student to be suspended for no more than three school days per behavior violation, with
no limit on the number of times a student may be suspended in a semester or school year.
Before being suspended a student will have an informal conference with the appropriate administrator, who
shall advise 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 appropriate administrator, but will
not exceed three school days.
The appropriate administrator will determine any restrictions on participation in school-sponsored or
school-related extracurricular and cocurricular activities.

Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Placement
A student who is expelled for an offense that otherwise would have resulted in a DAEP placement does not
have to be placed in DAEP in addition to the expulsion.
In deciding whether to order placement in a DAEP, the district will take into consideration:
              1. Self-defense (see glossary),
              2. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
              3. The student’s disciplinary history.
                                                      OR
Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP Placement
A student may be placed in a DAEP for behaviors prohibited in the General Conduct Violations section of
this Code.
Misconduct Identified in State Law
In accordance with state law, a student may be placed in a DAEP for any one of the following offenses:
     Involvement in a public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society, including
 participating as a member or pledge, or soliciting another person to become a pledge or
 member of a public school fraternity, sorority, secret society, or gang. (See glossary)
      Involvement in criminal street gang activity. (See glossary)
      Criminal mischief, not punishable as a felony.
In accordance with state law, a student may be placed in a DAEP if the superintendent or the
superintendent’s designee has reasonable belief (see glossary) that the student has engaged in conduct
punishable as a felony, other than those listed as offenses involving injury to a person in Title 5 (see
glossary) of the Texas Penal Code, that occurs off school property and not at a school-sponsored or school-
related event, if the student’s presence in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or
teachers or will be detrimental to the educational process.
The appropriate administrator may, but is not required to, place a student in a DAEP for off-campus
conduct for which DAEP placement is required by state law if the administrator does not have knowledge of
the conduct before the first anniversary of the date the conduct occurred.
Mandatory Placement: Misconduct That Requires DAEP Placement
A student must be placed in a DAEP if the student:
     Engages in conduct relating to a false alarm or report (including a bomb threat) or a terroristic threat
involving a public school. (See glossary)
     Commits the following offenses on school property or within 300 feet of school
 property as measured from any point on the school’s real property boundary line, or
 while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:
          Engages in conduct punishable as a felony.
          Commits an assault (see glossary) under Texas Penal Code 22.01(a)(1).




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         Sells, gives, or delivers to another person, or possesses, uses, or is under the
    influence of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug in an amount not
    constituting a felony offense. (School-related felony drug offenses are addressed in
    the Expulsion section.) (See glossary for ―under the influence‖)
        Sells, gives, or delivers to another person an alcoholic beverage; commits a
    serious act or offense while under the influence of alcohol; or possesses, uses, or is
    under the influence of alcohol, if the conduct is not punishable as a felony offense.
    (School-related felony alcohol offenses are addressed in the Expulsion section.)
        Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of an offense relating to abusable
    volatile chemicals.
         Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of the offense of public lewdness
    or indecent exposure.
      Engages in expellable conduct and is between six and nine years of age.
      Commits a federal firearms violation and is younger than six years of age.
     Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of retaliation against
 any school employee or volunteer on or off school property. (Committing retaliation in
 combination with another expellable offense is addressed in the Expulsion section of this
 Code.)
     Engages in conduct punishable as a felony listed under Title 5 (see glossary) of the
 Texas Penal Code when the conduct occurs off school property and not at a school-
 sponsored or school-related event and:
              1. The student receives deferred prosecution (see glossary),
              2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct
              (see glossary), or
              3. The superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief (see glossary) that
              the student engaged in the conduct.
Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments
If a student has been convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children or convicted of or
placed on deferred adjudication for sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault against another student on
the same campus, and if the victim's parent or another person with the authority to act on behalf of the
victim requests that the board transfer the offending student to another campus, the offending student shall
be transferred to another campus in the district. If there is no other campus in the district serving the grade
level of the offending student, the offending student will be transferred to a DAEP.
Emergencies
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 nonemergency basis.
Process
Removals to a DAEP will be made by the Principal.
Conference
When a student is removed from class for a DAEP offense, the appropriate administrator will schedule a
conference within three school days with the student’s parent, the student, and the teacher, in the case of a
teacher removal.
At the conference, the appropriate administrator will inform the student, orally or in writing, of the reasons
for the removal and will give the student an explanation of the basis for the removal and an opportunity to
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Following valid attempts to require attendance, the district may hold the conference and make a placement
decision regardless of whether the student or the student’s parents attend the conference.




Placement Order
After the conference, if the student is placed in the DAEP, the appropriate administrator will write a
placement order. A copy of the DAEP placement order will be sent to the student and the student’s parent.
Not later than the second business day after the conference, the board’s designee will deliver to the juvenile
court a copy of the placement order and all information required by Section 52.04 of the Family Code.
If the student is placed in the DAEP and the length of placement is inconsistent with the guidelines included
in this Code, the placement order will give notice of the inconsistency.
Length of Placement
The duration of a student’s placement in a DAEP will be determined by the Principal.
The duration of a student’s placement will be determined on a case-by-case basis. DAEP placement will be
correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student’s age and grade level, the frequency of misconduct,
the student’s attitude, and statutory requirements.
The maximum period of DAEP placement shall be one calendar year except as provided below.
Exceeds One Year
Placement in a DAEP may exceed one year when a review by the district determines that:
             1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or to district
             employees, or
             2. Extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
The statutory limitations on the length of a DAEP placement do not apply to a placement resulting from the
board’s decision to place a student who engaged in the sexual assault of another student so that the students
are not assigned to the same campus.
Exceeds School Year
Students who commit offenses requiring placement in a DAEP at the end of one school year may be
required to continue that placement at the start of the next school year to complete the assigned term of
placement.
For placement in a DAEP to extend beyond the end of the school year, the Principal must determine that:
             1. The student’s presence in the regular classroom or campus presents a
             danger of physical harm to the student or others, or
             2. The student has engaged in serious or persistent misbehavior (see
             glossary) that violates the district’s Code.
Exceeds 60 Days
For placement in a DAEP to extend beyond 60 days or the end of the next grading period, whichever is
sooner, a student’s parent will be given notice and the opportunity to participate in a proceeding before the
board or the board’s designee.
Appeals
Questions or complaints from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the campus
administration, in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL). A copy of this policy may be obtained from the
principal’s office or the central administration office or through Policy On Line at the following address:
(gatesvilleisd.org).
Disciplinary consequences will not be deferred pending the outcome of an appeal. The decision to place a
student in a DAEP cannot be appealed beyond the board.
Restrictions during Placement
State law prohibits a student placed in a DAEP for reasons specified in state law from attending or
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Placement Review
A student placed in a DAEP will be provided a review of his or her status, including academic status, by the
Principal at intervals not to exceed 120 days. In the case of a high school student, the student’s progress
toward graduation and the student’s graduation plan will also be reviewed. At the review, the student or the
student’s parent will be given the opportunity to present arguments for the student’s return to the regular
classroom or campus. The student may not be returned to the classroom of a teacher who removed the
student without that teacher’s consent.
Additional Misconduct
If during the term of placement in a DAEP the student engages in additional conduct for which placement in
a DAEP or expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may be conducted, and the
appropriate administrator may enter an additional disciplinary order as a result of those proceedings.
Notice of Criminal Proceedings
The office of the prosecuting attorney will notify the district if a student was placed in a DAEP for certain
offenses including any felony, unlawful restraint, indecent exposure, assault, deadly conduct, terroristic
threats, organized crime, certain drug offenses, or possession of a weapon, and:
             1. Prosecution of a student’s case was refused for lack of prosecutorial merit
             or insufficient evidence and no formal proceedings, deferred adjudication (see
             glossary), or deferred prosecution will be initiated; or
             2. The court or jury found a student not guilty, or made a finding that the
             student did not engage in delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for
             supervision, and the case was dismissed with prejudice.
If a student was placed in a DAEP for such conduct, on receiving the notice from the prosecutor, the
superintendent or designee will review the student’s placement and schedule a review with the student’s
parent not later than the third day after the superintendent or designee receives notice from the prosecutor.
The student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the review.
After reviewing the notice and receiving information from the student’s parent, the superintendent or
designee may continue the student’s placement if there is reason to believe that the presence of the student
in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers.
The student or the student’s parent may appeal the superintendent’s decision to the board. The student may
not be returned to the regular classroom pending the appeal. In the case of an appeal, the board will, at the
next scheduled meeting, review the notice from the prosecutor and receive information from the student, the
student’s parent, and the superintendent or designee, and confirm or reverse the decision of the
superintendent or designee. The board will make a record of the proceedings.
If the board confirms the decision of the superintendent or designee, the student and the student’s parent
may appeal to the Commissioner of Education. The student may not be returned to the regular classroom
pending the appeal.
Withdrawal during Process
When a student violates the district’s Code in a way that requires or permits the student to be placed in a
DAEP and the student withdraws from the district before a placement order is completed, the district may
complete the proceedings and issue a placement order. If the student then reenrolls in the 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 has been served by the student during enrollment in another district. If the appropriate
administrator or the board fails to issue a placement order after the student withdraws, the next district in
which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings and issue a placement order.
Newly Enrolled Students
The district will continue the DAEP placement of a student who enrolls in the district and was assigned to
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Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Serious Offenses
This section includes two categories of serious offenses for which the Education Code provides unique
procedures and specific consequences.
Registered Sex Offenders
Upon receiving notification in accordance with state law that a student is currently required to register as a
sex offender, the administration must remove the student from the regular classroom and determine
appropriate placement unless the court orders JJAEP placement.
If the student is under any form of court supervision, including probation, community supervision, or
parole, the placement will be in either DAEP or JJAEP for at least one semester.
If the student is not under any form of court supervision, the placement may be in DAEP or JJAEP for one
semester or the placement may be in a regular classroom. The placement may not be in the regular
classroom if the board or its designee determines that the student’s presence:
1.       Threatens the safety of other students or teachers,
2.       Will be detrimental to the educational process, or
3.       Is not in the best interests of the district’s students.
Review Committee
At the end of the first semester of a student’s placement in an alternative educational setting and before the
beginning of each school year for which the student remains in an alternative placement, the district shall
convene a committee, in accordance with state law, to review the student’s placement. The committee will
recommend whether the student should return to the regular classroom or remain in the placement. Absent
a special finding, the board or its designee must follow the committee’s recommendation.
The placement review of a student with a disability who receives special education services must be made
by the ARD committee.
Newly Enrolled Student
If a student enrolls in the district during a mandatory placement as a registered sex offender, the district may
count any time already spent by the student in a placement or may require an additional semester in an
alternative placement without conducting a review of the placement.
Appeal
A student or the student’s parent may appeal the placement by requesting a conference between the board or
its designee, the student, and the student’s parent. The conference is limited to the factual question of
whether the student is required to register as a sex offender. Any decision of the board or its designee under
this section is final and may not be appealed.
Certain Felonies
Regardless of whether placement or expulsion is required or permitted by one of the reasons in the DAEP
Placement or Expulsion sections, in accordance with Education Code 37.0081, a student may be expelled
and placed in either DAEP or JJAEP if the board or its designee makes certain findings and the following
circumstances exist in relation to a felony offense under Title 5 (see glossary) of the Texas Penal Code.
The student must:
      Have received deferred prosecution for conduct defined as a Title 5 felony offense;
    Have been found by a court or jury to have engaged in delinquent conduct for
 conduct defined as a Title 5 felony offense;
      Have been charged with engaging in conduct defined as a Title 5 felony offense;
      Have been referred to a juvenile court for allegedly engaging in delinquent conduct
 for conduct defined as a Title 5 felony offense; or
     Have received probation or deferred adjudication or have been arrested for, charged
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The district may expel the student and order placement under these circumstances regardless of:
              1. The date on which the student’s conduct occurred,
              2. The location at which the conduct occurred,
              3. Whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the
              district, or
              4. Whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition
              requirements imposed in connection with the conduct.
Hearing and Required Findings
The student must first have a hearing before the board or its designee, who must determine that in addition
to the circumstances above that allow for the expulsion, the student’s presence in the regular classroom:
              1. Threatens the safety of other students or teachers,
              2. Will be detrimental to the educational process, or
              3. Is not in the best interest of the district’s students.
Any decision of the board or the board’s designee under this section is final and may not be appealed.
Length of Placement
The student is subject to the placement until:
              1. The student graduates from high school,
              2. The charges are dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor offense, or
              3. The student completes the term of the placement or is assigned to another
              program.
Newly Enrolled Students
A student who enrolls in the district before completing a placement under this section from another school
district must complete the term of the placement.


Expulsion
In deciding whether to order expulsion, the district will take into consideration:
1.      Self-defense (see glossary),
2.      Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
3.      The student’s disciplinary history.


Any Location
A student may be expelled for:
      Engaging in the following, no matter where it takes place:
         Conduct that contains the elements of assault under Penal Code 22.01(a)(1) in
    retaliation against a school employee or volunteer.
         Criminal mischief, if punishable as a felony.
     Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of one of the following offenses
 against another student, without regard to where the conduct occurs:
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       Sexual assault.
       Aggravated sexual assault.
       Murder.
       Capital murder.
       Criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
       Aggravated robbery.
     Engaging in conduct relating to a false alarm or report (including a bomb threat) or a
terroristic threat involving a public school.
At School, Within 300 Feet, or at School Event
     Committing any of the following offenses on or within 300 feet of school property,
 as measured from any point on the school’s real property boundary line, or while
 attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:
      Selling, giving, or delivering to another person, or possessing, using, or being
   under the influence of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug, if the
   conduct is not punishable as a felony.
        Selling, giving, or delivering to another person, or possessing, using, or being
   under the influence of alcohol; or committing a serious act or offense while under the
   influence of alcohol, if the conduct is not punishable as a felony.
       Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of an offense relating to abusable
   volatile chemicals.
       Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of assault under Section
   22.01(a)(1) against an employee or a volunteer.
      14.     Engaging in deadly conduct. (See glossary)
Within 300 Feet of School
    Engaging in the following conduct while within 300 feet of school property, as
measured from any point on the school’s real property boundary line:
       Aggravated assault, sexual assault, or aggravated sexual assault.
       Arson.
       Murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
       Indecency with a child, aggravated kidnapping, manslaughter, criminally
   negligent homicide, or aggravated robbery.
        Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children.
        Felony drug- or alcohol-related offense.
        Use, exhibition, or possession of a firearm (as defined by state law), an illegal
    knife, a club, or prohibited weapon, or possession of a firearm (as defined by federal
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Property of Another District
     Committing any offense that is a state-mandated expellable offense if the offense is
 committed on the property of another district in Texas or while the student is attending a
 school-sponsored or school-related activity of a school in another district in Texas.
While in DAEP
    Engaging in serious offenses or persistent misbehavior (see glossary) that violates
the district’s Code, while placed in a DAEP.
Mandatory Expulsion: Misconduct That Requires Expulsion
A student must be expelled for any of the following offenses that occur on school property or while
attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:
Federal Law
     Bringing to school a firearm, as defined by federal law. ―Firearm‖ under federal law
 includes:
        Any weapon (including a starter gun) that will, is designed to, or may readily be
     converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.
          The frame or receiver of any such weapon.
          Any firearm muffler or firearm weapon.
         Any destructive device, such as any explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, or
     grenade.
Texas Penal Code
    Using, exhibiting, or possessing the following, as defined by the Texas Penal Code:
         A firearm (any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a
     barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any
     device readily convertible to that use).
           An illegal knife, such as a knife with a blade over 5½ inches; hand instrument,
      designed to cut or stab another by being thrown; dagger, including but not limited to
      a dirk, stiletto, and poniard; bowie knife; sword; or spear.
           Any knife including a pocketknife.
          A club (see glossary) such as 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, nightstick, mace, and tomahawk.
          A prohibited weapon, such as an explosive weapon, a machine gun, a short-
      barrel firearm, a firearm silencer, a switchblade knife, knuckles, armor-piercing
      ammunition, a chemical dispensing device, or a zip gun. (See glossary)
    Behaving in a manner that contains elements of the following offenses under the
 Texas Penal Code:
           Aggravated assault, sexual assault, or aggravated sexual assault.
           Arson. (See glossary)
         Murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital
      murder.


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             Indecency with a child.
             Aggravated kidnapping.
             Aggravated robbery.
             Manslaughter.
             Criminally negligent homicide.
             Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children.
            Behavior punishable as a felony that involves selling, giving, or delivering to
        another person, or possessing, using, or being under the influence of marijuana, a
        controlled substance, a dangerous drug, or alcohol; or committing a serious act or
        offense while under the influence of alcohol.
     Engaging in retaliation against a school employee or volunteer combined with one of
 the above-listed mandatory expulsion offenses, with the exception of a federal firearm
 offense, on or off school property or at a school-related activity.
Under Age Ten
When a student under the age of ten engages in behavior that is expellable behavior, the student will not be
expelled, but will be placed in a DAEP. A student under age six will not be placed in a DAEP unless the
student commits a federal firearm offense.
Emergency
In an emergency, the principal or the principal’s designee may order the immediate expulsion of a student
for any reason for which expulsion may be made on a nonemergency basis.
Process
If a student is believed to have committed an expellable offense, the principal or other appropriate
administrator will schedule a hearing within a reasonable time. The student’s parent will be invited in
writing to attend the hearing.
Until a hearing can be held, the principal may place the student in:


      Another appropriate classroom
      In-school suspension
      Out-of-school suspension
      DAEP
Hearing
A student facing expulsion will be given a hearing with appropriate due process. The student is entitled to:
             1. Representation by the student’s parent or another adult who can provide
             guidance to the student and who is not an employee of the district,
 2. An opportunity to testify and to present evidence and witnesses in the student’s
 defense, and
 3. An opportunity to question the district’s witnesses.
After providing notice to the student and parent of the hearing, the district may hold the hearing regardless
of whether the student or the student’s parent attends.
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Board Review of Expulsion
After the due process hearing, the expelled student may request that the board review the expulsion
decisions. The student or parent must submit a written request to the superintendent within seven days after
receipt of the written decision. The superintendent must provide the student or parent written notice of the
date, time, and place of the meeting at which the board will review the decision.
The board will review the record of the expulsion hearing in a closed meeting unless the parent requests in
writing that the matter be held in an open meeting. The board may also hear a statement from the student or
parent and from the board’s designee.
The board will hear statements made by the parties at the review and will base its decision on evidence
reflected in the record and any statements made by the parties at the review. The board will make and
communicate its decision orally at the conclusion of the presentation. Consequences will not be deferred
pending the outcome of the hearing.
Expulsion Order
After the due process hearing, if the student is expelled, the board or its designee will deliver to the student
and the student’s parent a copy of the order expelling the student.
Not later than the second business day after the hearing, the Superintendent will deliver to the juvenile court
a copy of the expulsion order and the information required by Section 52.04 of the Family Code.
If the length of the expulsion is inconsistent with the guidelines included in the Student Code of Conduct,
the expulsion order will give notice of the inconsistency.
Length of Expulsion
The length of an expulsion will be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student’s age and grade
level, the frequency of misbehavior, the student’s attitude, and statutory requirements.
The duration of a student’s expulsion will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The maximum period of
expulsion is one calendar year except as provided below.
An expulsion may not exceed one year unless, after review, the district determines that:
 1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or to district employees, or
 2. Extended expulsion is in the best interest of the student.
State and federal law require a student to be expelled from the regular classroom for a period of at least one
calendar year for bringing a firearm, as defined by federal law, to school. However, the superintendent or
other appropriate administrator may modify the length of the expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
Students who commit offenses that require expulsion at the end of one school year may be expelled into the
next school year to complete the term of expulsion.
Withdrawal during Process
When a student has violated the district’s Code in a way that requires or permits expulsion from the district
and the student withdraws from the district before the expulsion hearing takes place, the district may
conduct the hearing after sending written notice to the parent and student.


If the student then reenrolls in the district during the same or subsequent school year, the district may
enforce the expulsion order at that time, less any expulsion period that has been served by the student
during enrollment in another district.
If the appropriate administrator or the board fails to issue an expulsion order after the student withdraws,
the next district in which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings.
Additional Misconduct
If during the expulsion, the student engages in additional conduct for which placement in a DAEP or
expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may be conducted, and the appropriate
administrator or the board may issue an additional disciplinary order as a result of those proceedings.
Restrictions during Expulsion
Expelled students are prohibited from being on school grounds or attending school-sponsored or school-
related activities during the period of expulsion.
No district academic credit will be earned for work missed during the period of expulsion unless the student
is enrolled in a JJAEP or another district-approved program.




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Newly Enrolled Students
The district will continue the expulsion of any newly enrolled student expelled from another district or an
open-enrollment charter school until the period of the expulsion is completed.
If a student is expelled by a district in another state for a period that exceeds one year and the district
continues the expulsion or places the student in a DAEP, the district will reduce the period of the expulsion
or DAEP placement so that the entire period does not exceed one year, unless after a review it is determined
that:
 1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or district employees, or
 2. Extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
Emergency Expulsion Procedures
When an emergency expulsion occurs, the student will be given verbal notice of the reason for the action.
Within ten days after the date of the emergency expulsion, the student will be given appropriate due process
required for a student facing expulsion.
DAEP Placement of Expelled Students
The district may provide educational services to any expelled student in a DAEP; however, educational
services in the DAEP must be provided if the student is less than ten years of age.




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Glossary
The glossary provides legal definitions and locally established definitions and is intended to assist in
understanding terms related to the Student Code of Conduct.
Abuse is improper or excessive use.
Armor-piercing ammunition is handgun ammunition used in pistols and revolvers and designed primarily
for the purpose of penetrating metal or body armor.
Arson is a crime that involves starting a fire or causing 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 starting the fire 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) as intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly
causing bodily injury to another.
Bullying is written or oral expression or physical conduct that a school district’s board of trustees or the
board’s designee determines:
 1. To have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or
 placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the
 student’s property; or
 2. To be sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to create an intimidating,
 threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
Chemical dispensing device is a device designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of causing an adverse
psychological or physiological effect on a human being. A small chemical dispenser sold commercially for
personal protection is not in this category.
Club is an instrument specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily
injury or death. A blackjack, mace, and tomahawk are in the same category.
Criminal street gang is three or more persons having a common identifying sign or symbol or an
identifiable leadership who continuously or regularly associate in the commission of criminal activities.
Dating violence is the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse by a person to harm,
threaten, intimidate, or control another person with whom the student has or has had a dating relationship,
as defined by Section 71.0021 of the Family Code.
Deadly conduct occurs when a person recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent
danger of serious bodily injury, such as knowingly discharging a firearm in the direction of an individual,
habitation, building, or vehicle.
Deferred adjudication is an alternative to seeking a conviction in court that may be offered to a juvenile
for delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for supervision.
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. It includes conduct that violates certain juvenile court orders, including probation
orders, but does not include violations of traffic laws.
Discretionary means that something is left to or regulated by a local decision maker.
Explosive weapon is any explosive or incendiary bomb, grenade, rocket, or mine and its delivery
mechanism that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury, death, or


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substantial property damage, or for the principal purpose of causing such a loud report as to cause undue
public alarm or terror.
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 are markings with aerosol paint or an indelible pen or marker on tangible property without the
effective consent of the owner. The markings may include inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings.
Harassment is:
 1. Conduct that meets the definition established in district policies DIA(LOCAL) and
 FFH(LOCAL); or
 2. Conduct that threatens to cause harm or bodily injury to another student, is sexually
 intimidating, causes physical damage to the property of another student, subjects another
 student to physical confinement or restraint, or maliciously and substantially harms
 another student’s physical or emotional health or safety.
Hazing is an intentional or reckless act, on or off campus, by one person alone or acting with others, that
endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, initiation into,
affiliation with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization.
Hit list is a list of people targeted to be harmed, using a firearm, a knife, or any other object to be used with
intent to cause bodily harm.
Knuckles is any instrument consisting of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance and designed or
adapted for 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 function of the trigger.
Mandatory means that something is obligatory or required because of an authority.
Paraphernalia are devices that can be used for inhaling, ingesting, injecting, or otherwise introducing a
controlled substance into a human body.
Persistent misbehavior is two or more violations of the Code in general or repeated occurrences of the
same violation.
Possession means to have an item on one’s person or in one’s personal property, including but not limited
to clothing, purse, or backpack; a private vehicle used 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.
Public school fraternity, sorority, secret society, or gang means an organization composed wholly or in
part of students that seeks to perpetuate itself by taking additional members from the students enrolled in
school based on a decision of its membership rather than on the free choice of a qualified student.
Educational organizations listed in Section 37.121(d) of the Education Code are excepted from this
definition.
Reasonable belief is a determination made by the superintendent or designee using all available
information, including the information furnished under Article 15.27 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Self-defense is the use of force against another to the degree a person reasonably believes the force is
immediately necessary to protect himself or herself.
Serious offenses include but are not limited to:
      Murder.
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      Robbery or theft.
      Extortion, coercion, or blackmail.
      Actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or materially interfere with
    school activities.
      Hazing.
      Insubordination.
      Profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures.
      Fighting, committing physical abuse, or threatening physical abuse.
      Possession or distribution of pornographic materials.
      Leaving school grounds without permission.
      Sexual harassment of a student or district employee.
      Possession of or conspiracy to possess any explosive or explosive device.
      Falsification of records, passes, or other school-related documents.
      Refusal to accept discipline assigned by the teacher or principal.
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.
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.
Terroristic threat is a threat of violence to any person or property with intent to:
 1. Cause a reaction of any type 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 are those that 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. [See FOC(EXHIBIT)]
Under the influence means lacking the normal use of mental or physical faculties. Impairment of a
person’s physical or mental faculties may be evidenced by a pattern of abnormal or erratic behavior, the
presence of physical symptoms of drug or alcohol use, or by admission. A student ―under the influence‖
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Use means voluntarily introducing into one’s body, by any means, a prohibited substance.
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


                        INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DRESS POLICY

THE DISTRICT’S DRESS CODE IS ESTABLISHED TO TEACH HYGIENE, INSTILL
DISCIPLINE, PREVENT DISRUPTION AND AVOID SAFETY HAZARDS.

                  1. Students must be neat and well groomed. Self-styled clothing must be
                  neat and in good taste. Any clothing appearing to be part of, or resembling
                  the United States Flag improperly displayed is prohibited. Patch flags
                  properly displayed are allowed but are not worn below the belt line. No
                  Rebel flags.

                  2. Symbols, graphics, or writing on wearing apparel that is derogatory,
                  discriminates, promotes violence, or shows poor taste tend to set the
                  student apart from his classmates and therefore, is prohibited. This
                  includes slogans and advertising for alcoholic beverages and tobacco
                  products, or drugs. The administration shall decide what is considered in
                  poor taste. If there is indecision on the part of the student, the student
                  should contact the administration for a ruling prior to
                  wearing the apparel. Before wearing clothing with offensive pictures (i.e.
                  some wrestling and rock band shirts), get approval from the building
                  principal.

                  3. Hats or headbands are not to be worn in the school building or at any
                  school sponsored indoor activity except on special days named by the
                  teacher. Billed caps will be worn forward at all times

                   4. Students shall wear footwear. No sun glasses in the building.

                   5. No ―see through‖ wearing apparel will be allowed. Apparel designed
                   as underwear may not be worn as shirts.

                   6. Girls are not to wear halters or mid-riffs to school. Tops must meet
                  shorts, pants, or skirts.

                  7. Girls’ dresses and shorts must be a decent length. Shorts and dresses
                  must be long enough to cover front and rear extremities appropriately.
                  Longer is better than shorter.

                   8. Pupils are not to wear fishnet shirts.

                   9. Boys' and girls' hair must be neat and well groomed at all times. Hair
                   shall not have designs or symbols cut into it, spiked or mohawked, or be
                   of any unnatural color (purple, green, etc.). Any student in violation of


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                this section of the code shall be assigned to in school suspension until in
                compliance.

               10. Hair shall be neat, clean, and out of the face. Boys’ hair should not
               extend below a t-shirt collar or ear lobes. Boys are not allowed to
               wear ponytails.

               11. Boys will not be allowed to wear earrings at school. No body
               piercing/spacers and/or visible tattoos other than washable spirit tattoos
               are allowed.
               12. Shorts (walking, jams jeans) may be worn by the students. Shorts
               must be worn on the waist. ―Saggin‖ will not be allowed. Extreme styled
               pants and shorts that attract undue attention are prohibited.

               13.   Blouses with straps must have strap 1‖ in width.

               14. Chain belts and chain accessories are not allowed, including on ears.

               15. No shorts or pants with wording across the rear will be allowed


Students in possible violation of this dress code policy should be referred to the principal,
who has final campus authority concerning propriety of clothes, hair style and
accessories.

                               PARENT CONFERENCES

One or more conferences will be held during each school year between a teacher and the
parent of a student. If the student is not maintaining passing grades, is not achieving the
expected level of performance, presents some other problem to the teacher or in any other
case the teacher considers necessary (TEC 21.701); more conferences may occur.

If a student is suspended for three or more consecutive days or five or more accumulative
school days within a semester, or removed to an alternative education program, the
principal or designee shall encourage the student’s parent or guardian to attend a
conference to discuss the disciplinary action and the student’s misbehavior. For minor
infractions, the district may use its discretion in determining whether a parent-teacher
conference is required. Because meetings are difficult to arrange in some cases, teachers
are allowed to conduct conferences by phone when necessary. If conferences cannot be
arranged and parents cannot be contacted by telephone, teachers or administrators may
communicate by letter.


                          STUDENT DISCIPLINE APPEALS

The appeal shall be initially discussed with the appropriate administrator. If the issue is
not resolved, the student shall refer the appeal in writing to the Superintendent or



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designee. A student has the right to appeal to the Board of Trustees after exhausting all
administrative levels, including the Superintendent/designee.

                               Students’ Rights as Citizens

All students are entitled to the basic rights of citizenship which are recognized and
protected by laws of this country and state for persons of their age and maturity. Each
student is obligated to respect the rights of classmates, teachers, and other school
personnel. District schools shall foster a climate of mutual respect for the rights of
others. Such an environment will enhance both the education purpose for which the
district exists and the educational program designed to achieve that purpose.

All district personnel shall recognize and respect the rights of students just as all students
shall exercise their rights in a responsible manner, with due regard for the equal rights to
others and in compliance with the rules and regulations established for the orderly
conduct of the educational mission of the district. Students who violate the rights of
others, or who violate district or school rules and regulations, are subject to appropriate
disciplinary measures.

Bullying: To request a transfer of your child to another classroom if your child is verified
as having been bullied, which has not been resolved, see the school principal.

                                School District Jurisdiction

The district shall have jurisdiction over students during the regular school day and while
going to and from school on district transportation. Students shall comply with the code
of conduct while on school grounds during the school day and while attending or
participating in any school-sponsored activity, contest, or event.

When disciplinary action by the school becomes necessary, parents and guardians should
recognize and acknowledge the school’s jurisdiction. School officials responsible for the
disciplinary procedures may consult with or listen to a parent or guardian’s concerns
regarding the most effective type of discipline.

                                   End-of-Year Offenses

If a student commits a violation of the rules during the last six weeks of the school year
under circumstances which would justify a punishment of removal or expulsion for a
period of time longer than that left in the school year, such removal or expulsion may be
carried forward to the following school year and may extend up to a semester. If the
student is a graduating senior, the student can be denied the privilege of participating in
graduation ceremonies and the right to receive honors.

Less serious offenses occurring within the last six weeks with consequences that cannot
be fulfilled by the end of the school year (detention, ATO) may, at the discretion of the
 principal, be forwarded to the next school year or completed during the summer.
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Any student who is guilty of misconduct may, in addition to the punishment given for
such offense, be declared ineligible to participate in any and all extra-curricular activities
or removed from a position of honor or trust within the school organization.

                                      DEFINITIONS

1. Abusive Language/Gestures - communicating insults that are degrading, disrespectful,
   or insolent.

2. ACT – (Academic Compliance Training)An alternative education program or
   in-school suspension designed for those students that commit major disciplinary
   infractions or are repeatedly disregarding the discipline management plan.

3. AEP (Alternative Education Program) - any change in the normal educational
   placement, on campus or off campus, as a result of serious disciplinary problems.

4. Appeal - an administrative due process procedure by which a decision is brought from
   a lower to a higher level for rehearing.

5. Assault - intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily harm to another,
   threatening another with imminent bodily injury, or causing physical contact with
   another when the student knows or should reasonably believe that the other person
   will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

6. Class Disruption - any behavior which violates the rules of the classroom, interferes
   with the teacher’s opportunity to teach, or interferes with the other student’s oppor-
   tunity to learn.

7. Emergency Removal - temporary removal from class or campus due to nondisci-
   plinary health, safety, and welfare reasons.

8. Expulsion - suspension of a student from school for more than six school days within
   a semester. This term does not include removal of a student to an alternative
   education program.

9. Extortion - obtaining money or information from another by coercion or intimidation.

10. Gang Related Behavior - involvement in activities normally considered to be gang
    related, including, but not limited to, assault, intimidation, graffiti, flashing gang
    ―signs‖, wearing of gang clothing, or displaying bandannas.

11. Inappropriate familiarity - kissing, hugging, holding hands, or excessive touching.

12. Intimidation - any behavior which is intended to instill fear.

13. Paging devices/beepers - a telecommunication device that emits an audible signal,



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   vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to.
   the possessor.


14. Parents - includes single parent, legal guardian, or person in lawful control.


15. Profanity - comments or gestures of an obscene, indecent, immoral, or offensive
       nature.

16. Reassignment of Classes - removal of a student for misbehavior from the assigned
      class to another class on campus.

17. Robbery - taking of another’s personal property against his/her will.

18. School Property - property owned by the school district or over which the district of
       its personnel exert lawful authority including property visited by students in
       connection with a school-sponsored activity, such as a field trip or extracurricular
       activity.

19. Sex Violations - offenses against chastity, common decency, morals, and the like;
    including indecent exposure.

20. Suspension - an AEP (Alternative Education Program) in which the student is
    removed from campus for periods of time determined by the principal.

21. TOAD (Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs) - management plan designed to stop the
    use, possession, or distribution of unlawful substances.

22. Truancy - an absence from school without parental knowledge or approval.

23. Vandalism - willful or malicious destruction of property.

24. Weapons - any object which, by its inherent characteristics of by the manner of its
      use is designed to inflict bodily injury or has the potential of inflicting bodily
      injury.

25. Weapon Replica - any object which has the appearance of a weapon including, but
         not limited to toy weapons, pellet guns, or b.b. guns.




                              CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Corporal punishment is permitted in order to preserve an effective educational
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moderate and may not be administered maliciously or for the purpose of revenge. Such
factors as the size, age, and physical, mental, and emotional condition of the student, the
type of instrument to be used, the amount of force to be used, and the part of the body to
be struck shall be considered before administering any corporal punishment.
A disciplinary record shall be maintained and shall contain the name of the student, the
type of misconduct, any previous disciplinary action, and the type of corporal punishment
administered, the name of the person administering the punishment, the names of
witnesses present, and the date and time of the punishment. Disciplinary records shall be
made available to parents or students when appropriate.


Corporal punishment shall be limited to spanking or paddling and shall be administered
only in accordance with the following guidelines:
        1. The student will be told of the reason corporal punishment is being
            administered.
        2. Corporal punishment may be administered only by the school principal or the
           assistant principal.
        3. The instrument to be used in administering corporal punishment shall be
            approved by the principal.
        4. When corporal punishment is administered, it shall be done in the presence of
            one other district professional employee and shall take place in a designated
            place out of view of other students.
        5. Parent or guardian will be called prior to using corporal punishment.
        6. Parents wishing to not have corporal punishment used must say so in writing
            within one week of receiving this handbook.
    DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Emergency Removal of a Student with Disabilities

If a student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) contains disciplinary sanctions, including
emergency removal, suspension or removal to alternative education programs, and those
sanctions are not currently being challenged in a court or special education administrative
appeal, the sanctions implemented in accordance with the specification in the IEP shall be
followed without regard to the procedural requirements for emergency removal,
suspension or removal to alternative education programs; otherwise the following
procedures will be followed.

Procedures are as follows:

       1. Parents will be notified and student will be released to his or her parents

       2. Emergency removal will be for the same reasons as for students without
          disabilities

Guidelines for determining number of days are as follows:

       1. Consecutive five school day removals are prohibited, unless the ARD/504



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           Committee determines that the student poses an immediate threat of
           himself or others or disrupts the safety of the learning environment. If the
           parents appeal the ARD/504 Committee’s decision and refuse to permit a
           change in placement, the district may seek a court injunction to remove a
           dangerous student with a disability for more than ten consecutive days.

       2. If the number of days a student is removed under any section totals
          sixteen school days, an ARD/504 Committee review of the IEP shall be
          conducted, unless the discipline management portion of the IEP specifies
          otherwise.




Removal to an Alternative Program or Suspension of a Student with Disabilities

If a student’s IEP contains disciplinary sanctions, including emergency removal,
suspension and removal to alternative education programs, and those sanctions are not
currently being challenged in a court or special education administrative appeal, the
sanctions implemented in accordance with specifications in the IEP shall be followed
without regard to the
procedural requirements for emergency removal, suspension or removal to alternative
education programs; otherwise, the following procedures will be followed:

       1. Students with disabilities may be suspended for a period not to exceed six
          school days within a semester or removed to an alternative education program
          for more than ten consecutive days must be approved by the ARD Committee

       2. Students with disabilities shall not be removed to an alternative education
          program for more than ten days unless the ARD/504 Committee first
          determines whether the alleged behavior in question was related to the
          disability or to the placement

           a. If the ARD/504 Committee determines there is a connection, it must
              also determine what action is appropriate

            b. Removal for more than ten consecutive school days requires ARD/504
               Committee action, subject to the parents’ rights to appeal

       3. When the total number of days a student is removed or suspended under
          policy OF and/or FOA is sixteen days in a school year, the ARD/504
          Committee shall review the student’s IEP, unless the discipline management
          portion of the IEP specifies otherwise.

       4. Behavior related to the disability should be dealt with in the following
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           a. The student’s IEP should dictate the consequences, if any, of his/her
             actions

           b. The ARD/504 Committee may consider a more restrictive placement


Expulsion of a Student with Disabilities

Procedures for expulsion are as follows:

       1. An ARD/504 Committee must determine that the behavior is not related to the
          disability or inappropriate placement

       2. A hearing will be set with the Superintendent/designee following the
          procedures used for students without disabilities

If a student with disabilities is expelled, an ARD/504 Committee will determine the
services to be provided during the expulsion period. The appeal process will be the same
as for a regular student.

If the ARD/504 Committee determines that the student’s disruptive behavior is related to
the disability or inappropriate placement, the student shall not be expelled.

       1. If the disruptive behavior on the part of the student indicates an inappropriate
          placement, the ARD/504 Committee shall review the placement and
          recommend alternatives.

       2. If the ARD/504 Committee determines that the behavior was related to the
          disability, it shall either rewrite the IEP to address the student’s behavioral
          and educational needs or when appropriate, consider the extension of an
          emergency removal.

ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND DRUG USE

STUDENTS IN ALL GRADES SHALL NOT POSSESS OR USE ILLEGAL DRUGS,
ALCOHOL, OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
CIGARETTES, CIGARS, PIPES, SNUFF, OR CHEWING TOBACCO, ON SCHOOL
PREMISES OR AT SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITIES.




GANG RELATED ACTIVIY

Will not be tolerated,
               Incident #1 will result in a 3 day suspension
               Incident #2 will result in 35 days in AEP.



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This includes colors/signs/recruitment/threats and associations on or within 1000 feet of
the public school.

                       GATESVILLE ISD SCHOOL DISTRICT

          TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT

Each day education begins with transportation; therefore, we are dedicated to providing a
continuing professional and efficient service to our students and school community in an
atmosphere of cooperation and uncompromising safety.

                             GENERAL INFORMATION
Students riding a bus should become familiar with the following bus rules as safety is
extremely important on a bus. While on a bus, students are directly supervised by the bus
driver. Students who violate bus rules may be deprived of the privilege of riding the
school bus.

                      GATESVILLE ISD SCHOOL BUS RULES

For the safety of students, driver and other persons, the following rules are to be enforced
by the bus driver. Student riders are expected to obey these rules for their welfare.

MISBEHAVIOR ON THE SCHOOL BUS WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT
BEING REFERRED TO HIS/HER PRINCIPAL FOR APPROPRIATE
DISCIPLINARY MEASURES, WHICH MAY INCLUDE BEING DEPRIVED OF
THE PRIVILEGE OF RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS. IN THE EVENT A VIDEO
MONITORING SYSTEM IS IN USE ON THE BUS, THE FILM MAY BE USED AS
A BASIS FOR DETERMINING DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

1. Passengers shall enter and exit the bus in an orderly manner.

2. Passengers will remain seated in an orderly manner while the bus is in motion and
until the bus comes to a complete stop.

3. Passengers shall leave bus windows, emergency doors and all other bus equipment
   alone, except at the direction of the bus driver. EMERGENCY DOORS AND
   EXITS WILL BE USED IN THE EVENT OF A DECLARED EMERGENCY
   OR EVACUATION DRILL.

4. Passengers shall keep arms, legs, heads, and all personal effects inside the bus and out
   of the aisle.

5. Passengers shall not mar or deface the bus and/or its equipment. Any damage done to
   the bus is chargeable to the parent of the student responsible for the damage.

6. Passengers shall not fight, scuffle or throw objects inside or outside the school bus.

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   bus shall cross the roadway ten feet to the front of the bus and only at the direction of
   the bus driver.

8. No one except school personnel, authorized adults, and school children assigned a
   particular route or schedule may ride a bus unless written permission is received from
   the appropriate school administrator.

9. Passengers shall not eat or drink, including candy and gum, or use any tobacco
   product while on the bus.

10. No student shall take or remove from another passenger personal effects of any kind.

11. NO school bus shall transport firearms, explosives, or other prohibited weapons
    (replica or look alike weapons) or any other items that might endanger the life or
     health of the passengers. Blades or knives, of any kind must not be displayed at any
     time while passengers are on the bus. School officials may approve certain small
     animals in cages for school projects. Glass containers that would cause injury to
     passengers if broken, should be enclosed in another protective container.

12. Passengers should always be at designated stops and are expected to meet bus
   pick-up times.

13. Passengers shall use appropriate language while on the bus, and shall not engage in
    conversation or activities considered to be vulgar, abusive or demeaning.

14. Passengers shall wear classroom acceptable attire while on the bus. Gym wear is not
    acceptable.

15. Electronic games or equipment, radios, or tape players/recorders will not be permitted
    on a bus, except by permission of the principal.

16. Students may only leave the bus at scheduled or regular bus stops unless they have
    written permission from the parent or guardian, approved by a school administrator,
    to do otherwise.
.
IN THE EVENT OF INITIATION AND/OR PARTICIPATION IN A SERIOUS
OFFENSE AT ANY TIME AND/OR PERSISTENT MISBEHAVIOR, STUDENT
MAY LOSE BUS PRIVILEGES FOR AN UNDETERMINED LENGTH OF TIME.
A MAJOR OFFENSE INCLUDES ANY OFFENSE THAT DOES OR COULD
LEAD TO UNSAFE OPERATION OF THE BUS OR INJURY TO A STUDENT,
DRIVER OR OTHER INDIVIDUAL.

Restitution for any damages incurred must be made before returning to the bus.



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Bullying occurs when a student or group of students directs written or verbal expressions
or physical conduct against another student and the behaviour results in harm to the
student or the student’s property, places student in fear of physical harm or damage to the
student’s property, or is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating,
threatening, or abusive educational environment.

Bullying could include hazing, taunting, teasing, assault, demands for money,
confinement, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name calling, rumor-
spreading, and ostracism. In some cases, bullying can occur through electromic methods,
called ―cyberbullying.‖

If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying, it is important for the student
or parent to notify a teacher, counsellor, principal, or another district employee. The
administration will investigate any allegations of bullying and will take appropriate
disciplinary action if an investigation indicates that bullying has occurred.




ACKNOWLEDGMENT

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Student Code of Conduct Acknowledgment
Dear Student and Parent:
As required by state law, the board of trustees has officially adopted the Student Code of
Conduct in order to promote a safe and orderly learning environment for every student.
We urge you to read this publication thoroughly and to discuss it with your family. If you
have any questions about the required conduct and consequences for misconduct, we
encourage you to ask for an explanation from the student’s teacher or campus
administrator.
The student and parent should each sign this page in the space provided below, and then
return the page to the student’s school.
Thank you.
Stewart Speer
We acknowledge that we have received a copy of the GISD Student Code of Conduct for the 2009–2010
school year and understand that students will be held accountable for their behavior and will be subject to
the disciplinary consequences outlined in the Code.

Print name of student: __________________________________________________

Signature of student: ___________________________________________________

Print name of parent: ___________________________________________________

Signature of parent: ____________________________________________________

Date: _________________________________

School: ______________________________________________________________



*Please pay close attention to the highlighted material as it is new information.




     The
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          Grade level: ___________________________

          Please sign this page, remove it, and return it to the student’s school. Thank you.




The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) assists the district in ensuring
that local community values are reflected in the health education program.
The council will address the continued implementation of a coordinate health
program including health education, physical education, health services,
nutrition services, counseling, healthy school environment, staff health
promotion and family/community involvement.
The SHAC committee will consist of five members that the boards of trustees
 appoint along with selected school personnel. Members will meet at least 4
 times during the school year and will present and information/update to the
               Board of Trustees at the end of the school year.
  Meetings will be held in the Administration Building during the week in the
                    mornings. Dates and times are TBA.
If you are interested in serving on the SHAC, please complete the application
below and email or fax it to:

_______________________________________________________________________________________________
Name
____________________________ __________                              ____________________________ __________
Child’s Name                  Campus                                 Child’s Name                   Campus

______________________________________________________________________________________
Address                                              City        State

____________          _______________            _______________              _________________________________
 Home Phone             Work Phone                  Cell Phone                      Preferred email address

______________________________________________________________________________________
Skills and Interests
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