CCISD Student Code of Conduct

CCISD Student Code of Conduct
2013-2014
Student Handbook
and
Student Code of
Conduct
Copperas Cove Independent School District
703 West Avenue D
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
(254) 547-1227
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Copperas Cove ISD Mission Statement
The community of CCISD will educate our students to achieve their highest standards
of performance, developing responsible citizens and preparing them for college
and/or the workforce.
Board of Trustees
Joan Manning
Bob Weiss
Inez Faison
Doug Cook
Jim Copeland
Dr. Karen Harrison
Mike Wilburn
President
Vice President
Secretary
Member
Member
Member
Member
District Administration
(254) 547-1227
Dr. Joe Burns
Richard Kirkpatrick
Dina Edgar
Cindy Hutcherson
Barbara Tate
Olga Peña
Jerrod Barton
Henry Blair
Larue Conner
Stephanie Smith
Gary Elliott
Melissa Murray-Paez
Kelly Avritt
Steve Schwausch
Sara Doyle
Brenda Essenburg
Jack Welch
Superintendent of Schools
Deputy Superintendent
Executive Director of Business Services
Executive Director of Academic Services/Federal
and State Programs
Executive Director of Human Resource Services
Public Information Officer
Director of PEIMS/Student Services
Director of Technology Services
Director of Assessments
Director of Special Education
Director of Transportation (254) 547-3362
Director of Child Nutrition
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Maintenance and Facilities
(254) 547-7419
Director of Accounting
Director of Finance
Director of Athletics (254) 547-4111
Online Board Policy Manual
The Copperas Cove ISD Board Policy Manual may be found at:
http://pol.tasb.org/Home/Index/348
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Acknowledgment of Electronic Distribution of Student Handbook and
Student Code of Conduct
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.
My child and I have been offered the option to receive a paper copy or to electronically access at
www.ccisd.com the Copperas Cove ISD Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct for
2013–2014. I have chosen to:
 Accept responsibility for obtaining a paper copy of the Student Handbook and the
Student Code of Conduct from the main office of my child’s campus.
 Accept responsibility for accessing the Student Handbook and the Student Code of
Conduct by visiting the Web address listed above.
I understand that the handbook contains information that my child and I may need during the
school year and that all students will be held accountable for their behavior and will be subject to
the disciplinary consequences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
Printed name of student:
Signature of student:
Signature of parent: _________________________________________________ Date:
Use of Student Work in District Publications
Occasionally, the Copperas Cove ISD wishes to display or publish student artwork or special
projects on the district’s Web site and in district publications. The district agrees to only use
these student projects in this manner.
Parent: Please circle one of the choices below:
I, parent of ______________________________ (student’s name), (do give) (do not give) the
district permission to use my child’s artwork or special project on the district’s Web site and in
district publications.
Parent signature: ________________________________________ Date:
Computer Usage Agreement
A copy of the District’s Computer Usage Policy is included in this handbook. I understand the
penalties if I do not comply with said rules and regulations. I understand that a letter must be
submitted to my student’s campus principal within 10 ten days of the first day of school if I do
not want my student to have computer access at school.
Signature of student:
Signature of parent: ______________________________________ Date:
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Notice Regarding Directory Information and
Parent’s Response Regarding Release of Student Information
State law requires the district to give you the following information:
Certain information about district students is considered directory information and
will be released to anyone who follows the procedures for requesting the
information unless the parent or guardian objects to the release of the directory
information about the student. If you do not want Copperas Cove ISD to disclose
directory information from your child’s education records without your prior
written consent, you must notify the district in writing within 10 school days of
your child’s first day of instruction for this school year.
This means that the district must give certain personal information (called “directory
information”) about your child to any person who requests it, unless you have told the district in
writing not to do so.
Copperas Cove ISD has designated the following information as directory
information:
 Student’s name
 Address
 Grade level
Parent: Please circle one of the choices below:
I, parent of ______________________________ (student’s name), (do give) (do not give) the
district permission to release the information in this list in response to a request unrelated to
school-sponsored purposes.
Parent signature
Date
In addition to the information listed above, you have the right to tell the district that it may
not use certain personal information about your child for specific school-sponsored
purposes. See Directory Information in the Student Handbook for the list of items that
are considered directory information for school-sponsored purposes. If you do not want
CCISD to release directory information for school-sponsored purposes, you must
notify the campus principal with a written letter within 10 school days of the child’s
first day of instruction of this school year.
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This Page is for High School Only
Parent’s Response Regarding Release of Student Information to
Military Recruiters and Institutions of Higher Education
Federal law requires that the district release to military recruiters and institutions of higher
education, upon request, the name, address, and phone number of secondary school students
enrolled in the district, unless the parent or eligible student directs the district not to release
information to these types of requestors without prior written consent. [See Release of Student
Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of Higher Education for more information.]
Parent: Please complete the following only if you do not want your child’s information released
to a military recruiter or an institution of higher education without your prior consent.
I, parent of ______________________________ (student’s name), request that the district not
release my child’s name, address, and telephone number to a military recruiter or institutions of
higher education upon their request without my prior written consent.
Parent signature: _______________________________________ Date: _________________
Student E-Mail Account Permission
Students enrolled at Copperas Cove High School may receive e-mail accounts to complete online
assignments. The school will provide directed supervision of e-mail accounts, and school or
district personnel may monitor student accounts if the situation warrants it.
Students are expected to abide by the rules noted in the Student Handbook. In instances of
inappropriate e-mail use, the student’s account will be immediately and permanently
discontinued. In addition, the student will be disciplined under the jurisdiction of the “Computer
Use Policy.”
Please complete the permission slip below and return it to your child’s teacher. Student e-mail
accounts will only be issued once a signed permission slip is returned. If you do not want your
child to have an e-mail account, please mark the appropriate box on the form.

I would prefer that my son or daughter not be given an e-mail account.

I give permission for my child, __________________________________, to receive an email account. I have discussed the above regulations with him or her. I understand that any
inappropriate use will result in immediate and permanent removal of his or her account, and
that he or she will be held accountable under the guidelines of the District’s “Computer Use
Policy.”
Parent signature ___________________________________________ Date ____________
I have read and understand the guidelines regarding student e-mail accounts. I agree to adhere to
the guidelines, as well as the District’s “Computer Use Policy.”
Student signature __________________________________________ Date ____________
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Table of Contents
PREFACE ..................................................................................................................................... 17
SECTION I: PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES .............................................. 18
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT.................................................................................................... 18
Working Together ................................................................................................................. 18
Parent Involvement Coordinator ........................................................................................... 19
PARENTAL RIGHTS .................................................................................................................. 19
Obtaining Information and Protecting Student Rights.......................................................... 19
“Opting Out” of Surveys and Activities ............................................................................... 19
Inspecting Surveys ................................................................................................................ 20
Requesting Professional Qualifications of Teachers and Staff ............................................. 20
Reviewing Instructional Materials ........................................................................................ 20
Displaying a Student’s Artwork and Projects ....................................................................... 20
Accessing Student Records ................................................................................................... 20
Granting Permission to Video or Audio Record a Student ................................................... 21
Granting Permission to Receive Parenting and Paternity Awareness Instruction ................ 21
Removing a Student Temporarily from the Classroom ........................................................ 21
Removing a Student from Human Sexuality Instruction ...................................................... 21
Excusing a Student from Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags ........................ 22
Excusing a Student from Reciting a Portion of the Declaration of Independence ............... 22
Requesting Limited or No Contact with a Student through Electronic Media ..................... 22
Requesting Notices of Certain Student Misconduct ............................................................. 23
Prohibiting the Use of Corporal Punishment ........................................................................ 23
School Safety Transfers ........................................................................................................ 23
Requesting Classroom Assignment for Multiple Birth Siblings........................................... 23
Parents of Students with Disabilities .................................................................................... 24
Request for the Use of a Service Animal .............................................................................. 24
Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning
Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education .................................................. 24
Parents of Students Who Speak a Primary Language Other Than English .......................... 24
Accommodations for Children of Military Families ............................................................ 25
Student Records .................................................................................................................... 25
Directory Information ........................................................................................................... 27
Directory Information for School-Sponsored Purposes ........................................................ 27
Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of Higher Education
............................................................................................................................................... 28
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SECTION II: OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS.. 28
ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE ...................................................................................................... 28
Compulsory Attendance........................................................................................................ 28
Types of Absences ................................................................................................................ 29
Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance ............................................................................... 29
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance ................................................................. 29
Attendance for Credit ............................................................................................................ 30
Parent’s Note after an Absence ............................................................................................. 31
Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness ........................................................................... 31
Driver License Attendance Verification ............................................................................... 31
Fraudulent Enrollment .......................................................................................................... 31
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS .......................................................................................................... 31
AWARDS AND HONORS .......................................................................................................... 31
Honor Roll ............................................................................................................................ 31
Perfect Attendance Award .................................................................................................... 32
BULLYING .................................................................................................................................. 32
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) PROGRAMS ........................................... 33
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN ...................... 33
CLASS RANK / HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT ................................................................... 34
CLASS SCHEDULES .................................................................................................................. 34
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS ........................................................................ 34
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES .................................................................................................. 35
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS (CIS) ...................................................................................... 35
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS ............................................................................................. 35
CONDUCT ................................................................................................................................... 35
Applicability of School Rules ............................................................................................... 35
Disruptions of School Operations ......................................................................................... 36
Prohibited Items at School .................................................................................................... 36
Social Events ......................................................................................................................... 36
CONTAGIOUS DISEASES / CONDITIONS ............................................................................. 37
COUNSELING ............................................................................................................................. 37
Academic Counseling ........................................................................................................... 37
Personal Counseling.............................................................................................................. 37
Psychological Exams, Tests, or Treatment ........................................................................... 37
COURSE CREDIT ....................................................................................................................... 37
CREDIT BY EXAM—If a Student Has Taken the Course .......................................................... 38
CREDIT BY EXAM—If a Student Has Not Taken the Course ................................................... 38
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Kindergarten Acceleration .................................................................................................... 38
DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION ........... 39
Dating Violence .................................................................................................................... 39
Discrimination....................................................................................................................... 40
Harassment ............................................................................................................................ 40
Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Harassment ............................................................. 40
Retaliation ............................................................................................................................. 40
Reporting Procedures ............................................................................................................ 41
Investigation of Report ......................................................................................................... 41
DISCRIMINATION ..................................................................................................................... 41
DISTANCE LEARNING ............................................................................................................. 41
DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS OR DOCUMENTS ..................................... 42
School Materials ................................................................................................................... 42
Nonschool Materials...from students .................................................................................... 42
Nonschool Materials...from others........................................................................................ 42
DRESS AND GROOMING ......................................................................................................... 43
Elementary Dress Code: Grades PK-5 ................................................................................. 43
Secondary Dress Code: Grades 6 - 12 ................................................................................. 44
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES .............................................. 46
Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Mobile
Telephones ............................................................................................................................ 46
Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic Devices ................................................... 46
Student E-mail Accounts/Chat Rooms/Newsgroups ............................................................ 50
END-OF-COURSE (EOC) ASSESSMENTS .............................................................................. 50
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS ............................. 50
Standards of Behavior ........................................................................................................... 50
Offices and Elections ............................................................................................................ 51
FEES ............................................................................................................................................. 51
FUND-RAISING .......................................................................................................................... 51
GANG-FREE ZONES .................................................................................................................. 52
GRADE CLASSIFICATION ....................................................................................................... 52
GRADING GUIDELINES ........................................................................................................... 52
GRADUATION ............................................................................................................................ 52
HARASSMENT ........................................................................................................................... 52
HAZING ....................................................................................................................................... 52
HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS ............................................................................................... 53
Bacterial Meningitis .............................................................................................................. 55
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Food Allergies ....................................................................................................................... 56
Head Lice .............................................................................................................................. 56
Physical Activity for Students .............................................................................................. 56
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) ............................................................................ 57
Other Health-Related Matters ............................................................................................... 57
Physical Fitness Assessment ................................................................................................. 57
Vending Machines ................................................................................................................ 57
Tobacco Prohibited ........................................................................................................... 58
Asbestos Management Plan ........................................................................................ 58
Pest Management Plan ................................................................................................. 58
HOMELESS STUDENTS ............................................................................................................ 58
HOMEWORK............................................................................................................................... 58
IMMUNIZATION ........................................................................................................................ 59
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES .......................................................................................... 59
Questioning of Students ........................................................................................................ 59
Students Taken Into Custody ................................................................................................ 60
Notification of Law Violations ............................................................................................. 60
LEAVING CAMPUS ................................................................................................................... 60
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS ...................................................................... 61
MAKE-UP WORK ....................................................................................................................... 62
Make-up Work Because of Absence..................................................................................... 62
DAEP Make-up Work........................................................................................................... 62
In-School Suspension (ISS) Make-up Work......................................................................... 62
MEDICINE AT SCHOOL ............................................................................................................ 63
Psychotropic Drugs ............................................................................................................... 63
NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT .................................................................................... 64
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS / HEALTH SCREENINGS....................................................... 64
PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE ............................................... 64
PRAYER ....................................................................................................................................... 65
PROMOTION AND RETENTION .............................................................................................. 65
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL ............................................................................ 66
REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES ........................................ 66
RETALIATION ............................................................................................................................ 67
SAFETY ....................................................................................................................................... 67
Accident Insurance................................................................................................................ 68
Crisis Management Procedures............................................................................................. 68
Campus Evacuation .......................................................................................................... 68
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Drills: Fire, Tornado, Lockdown and Other Emergencies ............................................... 68
Fire/Building Evacuation .................................................................................................. 68
Lockdown ......................................................................................................................... 68
Shelter in Place ................................................................................................................. 68
Reunification, Child Pickup .............................................................................................. 68
Emergency Medical Treatment and Information .................................................................. 69
Emergency School-Closing Information .............................................................................. 69
SAT, ACT, AND OTHER STANDARDIZED TESTS ............................................................... 69
SCHOOL FACILITIES ................................................................................................................ 69
Use By Students Before and After School ............................................................................ 69
Conduct Before and After School ......................................................................................... 70
Use of Hallways During Class Time .................................................................................... 70
Cafeteria Services ................................................................................................................. 70
School Events (Parties) ......................................................................................................... 70
Library................................................................................................................................... 70
Meetings of Non-curriculum Related Groups....................................................................... 71
Telephone .............................................................................................................................. 71
SEARCHES .................................................................................................................................. 71
Students’ Desks and Lockers ................................................................................................ 71
Electronic Devices ................................................................................................................ 71
Vehicles on Campus ............................................................................................................. 71
Trained Dogs ......................................................................................................................... 72
Metal Detectors ..................................................................................................................... 72
Drug Testing ......................................................................................................................... 72
SPECIAL PROGRAMS ............................................................................................................... 73
STANDARDIZED TESTING ...................................................................................................... 73
SAT/ACT (Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test) ...................................... 73
STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) ........................................... 73
Grades 3–8 ........................................................................................................................ 73
End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments for Students in Grades 9–12 .................................... 74
TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) .......................................................... 74
THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment) ..................................................................... 74
STEROIDS ................................................................................................................................... 75
STUDENTS IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY OF THE STATE ................................................... 75
STUDENT SPEAKERS ............................................................................................................... 75
SUICIDE AWARENESS ............................................................................................................. 75
SUMMER SCHOOL .................................................................................................................... 75
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TAKS (TEXAS ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS) ........................................ 76
TARDINESS................................................................................................................................. 76
TEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, AND TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT...... 76
TRANSFERS ................................................................................................................................ 76
In-District Transfers .............................................................................................................. 76
Out-of-District Transfers ...................................................................................................... 77
TRANSPORTATION ................................................................................................................... 77
School-Sponsored Trips ........................................................................................................ 77
Bicycles ................................................................................................................................. 77
Buses and Other School Vehicles ......................................................................................... 78
Bus Procedures for Pre-K/Kindergarten Students ................................................................ 78
General School Bus Policies ................................................................................................. 78
Consequences for Violation of Safety Rules ........................................................................ 79
Transportation of Student Materials ..................................................................................... 79
Emergency Bus Pass ............................................................................................................. 80
VANDALISM............................................................................................................................... 80
VIDEO CAMERAS ...................................................................................................................... 80
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL .................................................................................................... 80
General Visitors .................................................................................................................... 80
Visitors Participating in Special Programs for Students ....................................................... 81
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL ........................................................................................... 81
GLOSSARY ................................................................................................................................. 81
SECTION III: CAMPUS INFORMATION .................................................................................83
ELEMENTARY CAMPUSES ......................................................................................................84
Academic Awards ..................................................................................................................84
Attendance and Punctuality ....................................................................................................84
FAIRVIEW/MISS JEWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ............................................................85
Campus Contact Information .................................................................................................85
Mission Statement ..................................................................................................................84
Campus Goals for 2013-2014.................................................................................................85
Volunteer Information ............................................................................................................85
School Hours ..........................................................................................................................85
Parking Lot Procedures ..........................................................................................................86
Additional Information ...........................................................................................................86
C.R. CLEMENTS/HOLLIE PARSONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ..........................................87
Campus Contact Information ................................................................................................87
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School Hours .........................................................................................................................87
Mission Statement.................................................................................................................87
Adopt-A-School Unit ............................................................................................................87
Student Locations..................................................................................................................87
Visitors ..................................................................................................................................87
Communication .....................................................................................................................88
Arrival Procedures ................................................................................................................88
Dismissal Procedures ............................................................................................................88
Kindergarten & First Grade Parent Pick-Up .........................................................................89
Grades 2-5 Parent Pick-Up ...................................................................................................89
Walkers (Pre-K-5) .................................................................................................................89
Bus Riders and Daycare (Pre-K-5) .......................................................................................89
Sibling Shuttle.......................................................................................................................89
HETTIE HALSTEAD ELEMENTARY .......................................................................................90
Campus Contact Information ................................................................................................90
Mission Statement.................................................................................................................90
School Hours .........................................................................................................................90
Student Drop-Off ..................................................................................................................90
Student Pick-Up ....................................................................................................................91
Communication .....................................................................................................................91
Visitors ..................................................................................................................................91
Volunteer Information ..........................................................................................................91
HOUSE CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ...............................................................................92
Campus Contact Information ................................................................................................92
School Hours .........................................................................................................................92
Motto, Belief Statement, Mission Statement, Vision Statement ..........................................92
Adopt-A-School Unit ............................................................................................................92
Visitors ..................................................................................................................................92
Communication .....................................................................................................................92
Volunteer Information ..........................................................................................................93
Morning Drop-Off Procedures ..............................................................................................93
Designated Waiting Areas ....................................................................................................93
Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures .............................................................................................93
Walkers .................................................................................................................................94
Bike Riders............................................................................................................................94
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Parent Walk-Ups at Dismissal ..............................................................................................94
Summary Information ...........................................................................................................94
J.L. WILLIAMS/LOVETT LEDGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ..............................................95
Campus Contact Information ................................................................................................95
Mission Statement, Belief Statement, Motto ........................................................................95
Volunteer Information ..........................................................................................................95
Adopt-A-School Unit ............................................................................................................95
Schedule ................................................................................................................................95
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures........................................................................................96
MAE STEVENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ...............................................................................97
Campus Contact Information ................................................................................................97
School Hours .........................................................................................................................97
Vision Statement / Mission Statement ..................................................................................97
Parent Information ................................................................................................................97
Communication .....................................................................................................................97
Visitors ..................................................................................................................................98
Before and After School Procedures.....................................................................................98
Parking Lot Procedures .........................................................................................................98
MARTIN WALKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL...................................................................... 101
Campus Contact Information ...............................................................................................101
School Hours ........................................................................................................................101
Motto, Belief Statement, Mission Statement........................................................................101
Parent Information ................................................................................................................101
JR. HIGH SCHOOLS ..................................................................................................................102
Before School and After School Procedures ...................................................................... 103
Book Bags and Large Items ................................................................................................ 103
Cell Phones ......................................................................................................................... 103
Other Personal Electronic Devices ..................................................................................... 103
Closed Campus ................................................................................................................... 103
Co/Extra-Curricular Activities ............................................................................................ 104
National Junior Honor Society............................................................................................ 104
Counseling Information ...................................................................................................... 104
Discipline Information ........................................................................................................ 105
Food Service ....................................................................................................................... 105
Homework Hotlink & School Websites ............................................................................. 105
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Homework Requests ........................................................................................................... 105
Illness at School .................................................................................................................. 105
Interruptions of the School Day .......................................................................................... 106
Library Information ............................................................................................................ 106
Locker Information ............................................................................................................. 106
Parent Information .............................................................................................................. 106
STAAR Acceleration .......................................................................................................... 106
TEAM/Teacher Conferences .............................................................................................. 106
Tutorials .............................................................................................................................. 107
Academics ................................................................................................................................... 111
Advanced Placement Exams ............................................................................................... 111
Algebra I and Geometry...................................................................................................... 111
Auditing a Course ............................................................................................................... 111
Class Rank .......................................................................................................................... 111
Correspondence Courses/Credit by Exam/Credit by Exam for Acceleration ..................... 112
Credit Recovery .................................................................................................................. 112
Dual Credit .......................................................................................................................... 113
Early Graduation (Less than 4 years).................................................................................. 113
Exemption Policy ................................................................................................................ 113
Grade-Level Advancement ................................................................................................. 114
Grading System ................................................................................................................... 115
Incomplete Grades .............................................................................................................. 116
Graduation................................................................................................................................... 116
Requirements for a Diploma ............................................................................................... 116
Certificates of Coursework Completion ............................................................................. 117
Students with Disabilities ................................................................................................... 117
Graduation Activities .......................................................................................................... 117
Graduation Speakers ........................................................................................................... 118
Graduation Expenses .......................................................................................................... 118
Scholarships and Grants ...................................................................................................... 118
Highest Honors: Valedictorian and Salutatorian ................................................................ 119
Participation in Graduation Exercises ................................................................................. 119
Personal Graduation Plans (PGP) ....................................................................................... 120
Schedule Changes ............................................................................................................... 120
Add/Drop Policy ................................................................................................................ 120
Semester Exams .................................................................................................................. 120
SAT, ACT, and Other Standardized Tests .......................................................................... 121
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Transfer Students ................................................................................................................ 121
Attendance .................................................................................................................................. 121
Requirements for Credit ...................................................................................................... 121
Loss of Credit/Regaining Credit ......................................................................................... 121
Make-up Work .................................................................................................................... 122
Truancy ............................................................................................................................... 122
General Information .................................................................................................................... 122
Campus Security ................................................................................................................. 122
Change of Address or Telephone Number.......................................................................... 122
Closed Campus ................................................................................................................... 122
Conference Periods – Parents and/or Teachers ................................................................... 123
Parental Involvement .......................................................................................................... 123
Safety Drills ........................................................................................................................ 123
Schedule .............................................................................................................................. 123
Student Access to Building ................................................................................................. 124
Welcome Booths ................................................................................................................. 124
General Policies .......................................................................................................................... 124
Attendance Requirements for Participation in School Related Activities .......................... 124
Discipline ............................................................................................................................ 124
Tardy Policy ........................................................................................................................ 125
Serious Offenses ................................................................................................................. 125
Fighting ............................................................................................................................... 125
Loitering .............................................................................................................................. 125
Lunch: Closed Campus ...................................................................................................... 126
National Honor Society....................................................................................................... 126
Parking/Traffic Violations .................................................................................................. 127
Procedures for Students Arriving Late ............................................................................... 128
Procedures for Students Leaving During the School Day .................................................. 128
Procedures to Follow When Leaving a Classroom ............................................................. 128
Public Display of Affection ................................................................................................ 128
Return from DAEP ............................................................................................................. 129
Student Drop-Off ................................................................................................................ 129
Student Activities ................................................................................................................ 129
School-Sponsored Trips ...................................................................................................... 130
Student Pick-Up after Activities ......................................................................................... 130
Textbooks............................................................................................................................ 130
University Interscholastic League (UIL) Participation ....................................................... 130
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Student Services .......................................................................................................................... 130
Announcements................................................................................................................... 130
Conflict Mediation .............................................................................................................. 131
Counseling and Guidance Program .................................................................................... 131
Identification Cards ............................................................................................................. 131
Lockers ................................................................................................................................ 131
Lost & Found ...................................................................................................................... 131
Messages/Package Delivery................................................................................................ 131
Nurse ................................................................................................................................... 132
Student Aides ...................................................................................................................... 132
Transcripts........................................................................................................................... 132
Tutorials .............................................................................................................................. 133
Academic Contracts ............................................................................................................ 138
Academic Progress.............................................................................................................. 138
Admission ........................................................................................................................... 138
Food Service ....................................................................................................................... 138
Grade Classification ............................................................................................................ 139
Program Hours .................................................................................................................... 139
Program Overview .............................................................................................................. 139
Student Expectations........................................................................................................... 139
Student Parking ................................................................................................................... 139
After-School Procedures ..................................................................................................... 140
Campus Security ................................................................................................................. 140
Dress Code .......................................................................................................................... 140
Expectations ........................................................................................................................ 140
General Information ............................................................................................................ 141
Meals ................................................................................................................................... 141
Student Parking ................................................................................................................... 141
Transportation ..................................................................................................................... 141
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PREFACE
To Students and Parents:
Welcome to school year 2013–2014! Education is a team effort, and we know that students,
parents, teachers, and other staff members all working together can make this a wonderfully
successful year for our students.
The Copperas Cove ISD Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource for some of the basic
information that you and your child will need during the school year. In an effort to make it easier
to use, the handbook is divided into two sections:
Section I--PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES--with information to assist you in
responding to school-related issues. We encourage you to take some time to closely review this
section of the handbook.
Section II--OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS-organized alphabetically by topic for quick access when searching for information on a specific
issue.
Please be aware that the term “the student’s parent” is used to refer to the parent, legal guardian, or
any other person who has agreed to assume school-related responsibility for a student.
Both students and parents should become familiar with the Copperas Cove ISD Student Code of
Conduct, which is a document adopted by the Board and intended to promote school safety and an
atmosphere for learning. That document may be found as an attachment to this handbook and
posted at www.ccisd.com.
The Student Handbook is designed to be in harmony with board policy and the Student Code of
Conduct. Please be aware that the handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision
may occur throughout the year. Changes in policy or other rules that affect Student Handbook
provisions will be made available to students and parents through newsletters or other
communications. In case of conflict between Board policy (including the Student Code of
Conduct) and any provisions of the Student Handbook, the current provisions of Board policy or
the Student Code of Conduct are to be followed.
After reading through the entire handbook with your child, keep it as a reference during this school
year. If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact
the principal. Also, please complete and return to your child’s campus the following required
forms included in this handbook.
1. Acknowledgment of Electronic Distribution of Student Handbook and Student Code of
Conduct
2. Use of Student Work in District Publications
3. Computer Usage Agreement
4. Notice Regarding Directory Information and Parent’s Response Regarding Release of
Student Information
5. Parent’s Response Regarding Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and
Institutions of Higher Education and Student E-Mail Account Permission (High School
Only)
[See Obtaining Information and Protecting Student Rights and Directory Information.] Please note
that references to policy codes are included so that parents can refer to current Board policy. A copy of the
district’s policy manual is available for review in the school office or on-line.
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SECTION I: PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This section of the Copperas Cove ISD Student Handbook includes information on topics of
particular interest to you as a parent.
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
Working Together
Both experience and research tell us that a child’s education succeeds best when there is good
communication and a strong partnership between home and school. Your involvement in this
partnership may include:
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Encouraging your child to put a high priority on education and working with your child on
a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities the school provides.
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Ensuring that your child completes all homework assignments and special projects and
comes to school each day prepared, rested, and ready to learn.
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Becoming familiar with all of your child’s school activities and with the academic
programs, including special programs, offered in the district.
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Discussing with the counselor or principal any questions you may have about the options
and opportunities available to your child.
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Reviewing the requirements of the graduation programs with your child, if your child is
entering ninth grade.
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Monitoring your child’s academic progress and contacting teachers as needed. [See
Academic Counseling and Academic Programs.]
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Attending scheduled conferences and requesting additional conferences as needed. To
schedule a telephone or in-person conference with a teacher, counselor, or principal, please
call the school office for an appointment. The teacher will usually return your call or meet
with you during his or her conference period or before or after school. [See Report
Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences.]
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Becoming a school volunteer. All volunteers are required to complete a background check
prior to being allowed to volunteer (this includes chaperoning). The CCISD Volunteer
Handbook can be found on each elementary campus or on-line at www.ccisd.com. For
more information contact the following individuals:
Elementary Campuses: Parent involvement contact or Shelley Brown, (254) 5471227
Secondary Campuses: Campus Secretary or Olga Garcia, (254) 547-1227
[For further information, see policies at GKG.]
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Participating in campus parent organizations. Contact the campus for a list of parent
organizations.
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Serving as a parent representative on the district-level or campus-level planning
committees; assisting in the development of educational goals and plans to improve student
achievement. For further information, see policies at BQA and BQB, and contact Cindy
Hutcherson, Executive Director of Academic Services/Federal and State Programs, (254)
547-1227.
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Serving on the School Health Advisory Council; assisting the district in
ensuring local community values are reflected in health education instruction.
[See policies at BDF, EHAA, FFA, and information in this handbook at
School Health Advisory Council.]
Attending board meetings to learn more about district operations. [See policies at BE and
BED for more information.]
Parent Involvement Coordinator
The district Title I Program Specialist, Shelley Brown, can provide information about Title I
services, to include parent involvement, on each campus. You may contact the campus for more
information or Shelley Brown may be contacted at (254) 547-1227.
PARENTAL RIGHTS
Obtaining Information and Protecting Student Rights
Your child will not be required to participate without parental consent in any survey, analysis, or
evaluation--funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education--that concerns:
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Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.
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Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
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Sexual behavior or attitudes.
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Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.
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Critical appraisals of individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship.
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Relationships privileged under law, such as relationships with lawyers, physicians, and
ministers.
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Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents.
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Income, except when the information is required by law and will be used to determine the
student’s eligibility to participate in a special program or to receive financial assistance
under such a program.
You will be able to inspect the survey or other instrument and any instructional materials used in
connection with such a survey, analysis, or evaluation. [For further information, see policy
EF(LEGAL).]
“Opting Out” of Surveys and Activities
As a parent, you have a right to receive notice of and deny permission for your child’s
participation in:
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Any survey concerning the private information listed above, regardless of funding.
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School activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information
gathered from your child for the purpose of marketing or selling that information.
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Any nonemergency, invasive physical examination or screening required as a condition of
attendance, administered and scheduled by the school in advance and not necessary to
protect the immediate health and safety of the student. Exceptions are hearing, vision, or
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scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state
law. [See policies EF and FFAA.]
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.
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 provides instruction; whether the teacher has an emergency
permit or other provisional status for which state requirements have been waived; and
undergraduate and graduate degree majors, graduate certifications, and the field of study of the
certification or degree. You also have the right to request information about the qualifications of
any paraprofessional who may provide services to your child.
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 to examine tests that have been administered to
your child.
[Also see Removing a Student from Human Sexuality Instruction for additional information.]
Displaying a Student’s Artwork and Projects
Teachers may display students’ work in classrooms or elsewhere on campus as recognition of
student achievement. The district will seek parental consent before displaying students’ artwork,
special projects, photographs taken by students, and the like on the district’s Web site, in printed
material, by video, or by any other method of mass communication.
Accessing Student Records
You may review your child’s student records. These records include:
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Attendance records
Test scores
Grades
Disciplinary records
Counseling records
Psychological records
Applications for admission
Health and immunization information
Other medical records
Teacher and counselor evaluations
Reports of behavioral patterns
State assessment instruments that have been administered to your child
Teaching materials and tests used in your child’s classroom
[For more information see Student Records.]
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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:
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When it is to be used for school safety;
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When it relates to classroom instruction or a co-curricular or extracurricular activity; or
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When it relates to media coverage of the school.
Granting Permission to Receive Parenting and Paternity Awareness
Instruction
As a parent, if your child is under the age of 14, you must grant permission for your child to
receive instruction in the district’s parenting and paternity awareness program or your child will
not be allowed to participate in the instruction. This program, developed by the Office of the
Texas Attorney General and the State Board of Education (SBOE), is incorporated into the
district’s health education classes.
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.
Removing a Student from Human Sexuality Instruction
As a part of the district’s curriculum, students receive instruction related to human sexuality. The
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is involved with the selection of course materials for
such instruction.
State law requires that any instruction related to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, or
human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome must:
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Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship
to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age;
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Devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to any other behavior;
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Emphasize that abstinence is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing
pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and the emotional trauma associated with
adolescent sexual activity;
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Direct adolescents to a standard of behavior in which abstinence from sexual activity
before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted
diseases; and
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If included in the content of the curriculum, teach contraception and condom use in terms
of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates.
In accordance with state law, below is a summary of the district’s curriculum regarding human
sexuality instruction:
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Copperas Cove ISD, through a partnership with Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic and
through a grant from Scott & White, has entered into agreement to use their abstinence sex
education program called Worth the Wait®. This program promotes abstinence as the healthiest
choice for adolescents and it also meets the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for
health education at grades 6 – 12. It meets the regulations from the Texas Education Agency for
abstinence as the message to students while teaching sex education in public schools.
As a parent, you are entitled to review the curriculum materials. In addition, you may remove your
child from any part of this instruction with no academic, disciplinary, or other penalties. You may
also choose to become more involved with the development of curriculum used for this purpose by
becoming a member of the district’s SHAC. Please see the campus principal for additional
information.
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 activity that follows. [See Pledges of
Allegiance and a Minute of Silence and policy EC(LEGAL).]
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 social studies classes 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 determines
that your child has 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. [See
policy EHBK(LEGAL).]
Requesting Limited or No Contact with a Student through Electronic Media
Teachers and other approved employees are permitted by the district to communicate with students
through the use of electronic media within the scope of the individual’s professional
responsibilities. For example, a teacher may set up a social networking page for his or her class
that has information related to class work, homework, and tests. As a parent, you are welcome to
join or become a member of such a page.
An employee described above may also contact a student individually through electronic media to
communicate about items such as homework or upcoming tests.
If you prefer that your child not receive any one-to-one electronic communications from a district
employee, please submit a written request to the campus principal stating this preference.
However, instant or text messages sent to an individual student are only allowed if a district
employee with responsibility for an extracurricular activity needs to communicate with a student
participating in the extracurricular activity.
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Requesting Notices of Certain Student Misconduct
A noncustodial 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 his or her child’s
misconduct that may involve placement in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP) or
expulsion. [See policy FO(LEGAL) and the Student Code of Conduct.]
Prohibiting the Use of Corporal Punishment
Corporal punishment—spanking or paddling the student—may be used as a discipline
management technique in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and policy FO(LOCAL)
in the district’s policy manual.
If you do not want corporal punishment to be administered to your child as a method of student
discipline, please submit a written statement to the campus principal stating this decision. A
signed statement must be provided each year.
You may choose to revoke this request at any time during the year by providing a signed statement
to the campus principal. However, district personnel may choose to use discipline methods other
than corporal punishment even if the parent requests that this method be used on the student.
School Safety Transfers
As a parent, you have a right:
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To request the transfer of your child to another classroom or campus if your child has been
determined by the Board or its designee to have been a victim of bullying as the term is
defined by Education Code 37.0832. Transportation is not provided for a transfer to
another campus. The superintendent shall approve transfers between schools. [See policy
FDB.] [Also see Bullying and policy FFI(LOCAL).]
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Consult with district administrators if your child has been determined by the district to have
engaged in bullying and the board decides to transfer your child to another classroom or
campus. Transportation is not provided in this circumstance.
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To request the transfer of your child to attend a safe public school in the district if your
child attends school at a campus identified by TEA as persistently dangerous or if your
child has been a victim of a violent criminal offense while at school or on school grounds.
[See policy FDE(LOCAL)]
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To request the transfer of your child to another campus or a 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. [See policy
FDE(LEGAL).]
Requesting Classroom Assignment 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 than the 14th day after the
enrollment of your children. [See policy FDB(LEGAL).]
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Parents of Students with Disabilities
If a student is receiving special education services at a campus outside his or her attendance zone,
the parent or guardian may request that any other student residing in the household be transferred
to the same campus, if the appropriate grade level for the transferring student is offered on that
campus. [See policy FDB(LEGAL).]
Request for the Use of a Service Animal
A parent of a student who uses a service animal because of the student’s disability must submit a
request in writing to the superintendent at least ten district business days before bringing the
service animal on campus.
Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have
Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education
If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the person listed below to
learn about the district’s overall general education referral or screening system for support
services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including referral for a special
education evaluation. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for
tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all
students including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The implementation of RtI
has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of school districts to meet the needs of all
struggling students.
At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a
reasonable amount of time, the district must decide if the evaluation is needed. If the evaluation is
needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide informed written consent for the
evaluation. The district must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days of the
date the district receives the written consent. The district must give a copy of the report to the
parent.
If the district determines that the evaluation is not needed, the district will provide the parent with
prior written notice that explains why the child will not be evaluated. This written notice will
include a statement that informs the parents of their rights, if they disagree with the district. The
district is required to give parents the Notice of Procedural Safeguards—Rights of Parents of
Students with Disabilities. Additional information regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Act
(IDEA) is available from the school district in a companion document, A Guide to the Admission,
Review, and Dismissal Process.
The following Web sites provide information to those who are seeking information and resources
specific to students with disabilities and their families:
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Texas Project First, at http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/
Partners Resource Network, at http://www.partnerstx.org/howPRNhelps.html
The designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties or
a referral for evaluation for special education is Stephanie Smith, Director of Special Education,
(254) 547-1227.
Parents of Students Who Speak a Primary Language Other Than English
A student may be eligible to receive specialized support if his or her primary language is not
English, and the student has difficulty performing ordinary class work in English. If the student
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qualifies for these extra services, the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) will
determine the types of services the student needs, including accommodations or modifications
related to classroom instruction, local assessments, and state-mandated assessments.
Accommodations for Children of Military Families
Children of military families will be provided flexibility regarding certain district requirements,
including:
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Immunization requirements.
Grade level, course, or educational program placement.
Eligibility requirements for participation in extracurricular activities.
Graduation requirements.
In addition, absences related to a student visiting with his or her parent related to leave or
deployment activities may be excused by the district. The district will permit no more than 10
excused absences per year for this purpose.
Additional information may be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=7995.
Student Records
Both federal and state laws safeguard student records from unauthorized inspection or use and
provide parents and eligible students certain rights of privacy. Before disclosing any personally
identifiable information from a student’s records, the district must verify the identity of the person,
including a parent or the student, requesting the information. For purposes of student records, an
“eligible” student is one who is 18 or older OR who is attending an institution of postsecondary
education.
Virtually all information pertaining to student performance, including grades, test results, and
disciplinary records, is considered confidential educational records. Release is restricted to:
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The parents—whether married, separated, or divorced—unless the school is given a copy
of a court order terminating parental rights or the right to access a student’s education
records. Federal law requires that, as soon as a student becomes 18, is emancipated by a
court, or enrolls in a post-secondary institution, 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 and under limited circumstances when there is a threat to the
health and safety of the student or other individuals.
District school officials who have what federal law refers to as a “legitimate educational
interest” in a student’s records. School officials would include trustees and employees,
such as the superintendent, administrators, and principals; teachers, counselors,
diagnosticians, and support staff; a person or company with whom the district has
contracted or allowed to provide a particular service or function (such as an attorney,
consultant, auditor, medical consultant, therapist, or volunteer); a parent or student serving
on a school committee; or a parent or student assisting a school official in the performance
of his or her duties. “Legitimate educational interest” in a student’s records includes
working with the student; considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student’s case,
or an individualized education program for a student with disabilities; compiling statistical
data; reviewing an educational record to fulfill the official’s professional responsibility; or
investigating or evaluating programs.
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Various governmental agencies, including juvenile service providers, including Child
Protective Services. .
 Individuals granted access in response to a subpoena or court order.
 A school or institution of postsecondary education to which a student seeks or intends to
enroll or in which he or she is already enrolled.
Release to any other person or agency—such as a prospective employer or for a scholarship
application—will occur only with parental or student permission as appropriate.
The principal is the 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. The records
custodian or designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the
records.
A parent or eligible student who provides a written request and pays copying costs of ten cents per
page may obtain copies. If circumstances prevent inspection during regular school hours and the
student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, 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 address of the superintendent’s office is 703 West Ave. D, Copperas Cove, TX 76522.
The addresses of the principals’ offices are:
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Copperas Cove High School, 400 South 25th Street
Copperas Cove Junior High School, 702 Sunny Street
S.C. Lee Junior High School, 1205 Courtney Lane
Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School, 1002 Veterans Avenue
Hettie Halstead Elementary School, 910 North Main Street
House Creek Elementary School, 351 Lutheran Church Road
J.L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary School, 909 Courtney Lane
Mae Stevens Elementary School, 302 Manning Drive
Martin Walker Elementary School, 100 FM 3046
C.R. Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary School, 1115 Northern Dancer
Avenue E Alternative Learning Center, 306 East Avenue E
Crossroads High School, 306 East Avenue E
A parent (or eligible student) may inspect the student’s records and request a correction if the
records are considered inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy
rights. A request to correct a student’s record should be submitted to the principal. The request
must clearly identify the part of the record that should be corrected and include an explanation of
how the information in the record is inaccurate. If the district denies the request to amend the
records, the parent or eligible student has the right to request a hearing. If the records are not
amended as a result of the hearing, the parent or eligible student 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 FNG(LOCAL). A grade issued by a
classroom teacher can be changed only if, as determined by the board of trustees, the grade is
arbitrary, erroneous, or inconsistent with the district’s grading policy. [See FINALITY OF
GRADES at FNG(LEGAL), Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences and Student or
Parent Complaints and Concerns for an overview of the process.]
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The district’s policy regarding student records found at FL(LEGAL) and FL(LOCAL) is available
from the principal’s or superintendent’s office and on the district’s Web site at www.ccisd.com.
The parent’s or eligible student’s right of access to and copies of student records does not extend
to all records. Materials that are not considered educational records—such as a teacher’s personal
notes about a student that are shared only with a substitute teacher—do not have to be made
available to the parents or student.
Communities in Schools (CIS) are a contract provider for CCISD and, as such, have access to
student information. Please contact the principal or superintendent if you have any questions
regarding this notice.
Please note:
Parents or eligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Education if they believe the district is not in compliance with federal law regarding student
records. The complaint may be mailed to:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U. S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
Directory Information
The law permits the district to designate certain personal information about students as “directory
information.” This “directory information” will be released to anyone who follows procedures for
requesting it. Information designated as directory information is the student’s name, address and
grade level. Release of a student’s directory information may be prevented by the parent or an
eligible student. This objection must be made in writing to the principal within ten school days of
your child’s first day of instruction for this school year. Parents are not permitted to object to the
release of individual items from the directory information list established by the District. No
directory is published by the District.
[See the “Notice Regarding Directory Information and Parent’s Response Regarding Release of
Student Information” included in this handbook.]
Directory Information for School-Sponsored Purposes
The district has a separate list of directory information that is designated only for school-sponsored
purposes. The school-sponsored purposes include: yearbook; school newspapers; honor roll;
school, athletic and graduation programs; service providers that contract with the District for
school-sponsored purposes; other District publications and announcements; and information
distributed to the media related to school events or placed on the District’s website as found in
FL(LOCAL).
For school-sponsored purposes directory information shall include: student name; address;
telephone listing; photograph; date of birth; major field of study; degrees, honors, and awards
received; dates of attendance; grade level; enrollment status; most recent school previously
attended; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; and weight and height of
members of athletic teams.
Unless you object to the use of your child’s information for these limited purposes, the school will
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sponsored purposes listed above. You must notify the campus principal in writing within ten
school days of the child’s first day of instruction of this school year, if you do not want CCISD to
release directory information for school-sponsored purposes.
Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of
Higher Education
The district is required by federal law to comply with a request by a military recruiter or an
institution of higher education for students’ names, addresses, and telephone listings, unless
parents have advised the district not to release their child’s information without prior written
consent. A form has been attached for you to complete if you do not want the district to provide
this information to military recruiters or institutions of higher education.
SECTION II: OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR
STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Topics in this section of the handbook contain important information on academics, school
activities, and school operations and requirements. Take a moment with your child to become
familiar with the various issues addressed in this section. It is conveniently organized in
alphabetical order to serve as a quick-reference when you or your child has a question about a
specific school-related issue. Should you be unable to find the information on a particular topic,
please contact the campus principal.
ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE
Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to
benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s,
and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s
mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to
avoid unnecessary absences. Two state laws—one dealing with compulsory attendance, the other
with attendance for course credit—are of special interest to students and parents. They are
discussed below.
Compulsory Attendance
State law requires that a student between the ages of six and 18 attend school, as well as any
applicable accelerated instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial session, unless the
student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt.
A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 18th birthday is required to attend each
school day until the end of the school year and is subject to compulsory attendance laws, if the
student is under 21 years old. In addition, if a student 18 or older has more than five unexcused
absences in a semester, the district may revoke the student’s enrollment. The student’s presence
on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered trespassing. [See
policy FEA.]
Students enrolled in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school.
State law requires attendance in an accelerated reading instruction program when kindergarten,
first grade, or second grade students are assigned to such a program. Parents will be notified in
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writing if their child is assigned to an accelerated reading instruction program as a result of a
diagnostic reading instrument.
A student in grades 3–8 will be required to attend any assigned accelerated instruction program,
which may occur before or after school or during the summer, if the student does not meet the
passing standards on the state assessment for his or her grade level and applicable subject area.
Types of Absences
There are two types of absences: excused (verified) and unexcused (unverified) absences. Both
excused and unexcused absences count towards the state mandated 90% compulsory attendance
laws. Excused absences shall include: personal illness, medical/dental appointments, sickness or
death in the immediate family, funeral services for relatives and close friends, quarantine, weather
or road conditions making travel dangerous or an emergency situation acceptable to the grade level
principal. Absences that are not excused by law and are not properly documented within 48 hours
shall be designated as unexcused absences.
Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance
State law allows exemptions to the compulsory attendance requirements for several types of
absences. These include the following activities and events:
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Religious holy days
Required court appearances
Activities related to obtaining United States citizenship
Service as an election clerk
Documented health-care appointments, including absences for recognized services for
students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. A note from the health-care provider
must be submitted upon the student’s return to campus.
A junior or senior student’s absence of up to two days each year related to visiting a college or
university will be considered an exemption, provided the student receives approval from the
campus principal, follows the campus procedures to verify such a visit, and makes up any work
missed. Students who follow these procedures will receive attendance credit for those days. If a
student takes more than two college days each year during their junior/senior years, the additional
days will be excused but will count against exemption and credit.
In addition, the District may excuse a student in grades 6 through 12 for the purpose of sounding
“Taps” at a military honors funeral held in this state for a deceased veteran.
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance
School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law.
A student absent without permission from school; from any class; from required special programs,
such as additional special instruction, termed “accelerated instruction” by the state; or from
required tutorials will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to
disciplinary action.
A court of law may also impose penalties against both the student and his or her parents if a
school-aged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaint against the parent may be
filed in court if the student:
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Is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the
same school year, or
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Is absent on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period.
For a student younger than 12 years of age, the student’s parent could be charged with a criminal
offense based on the student’s failure to attend school.
If a student between the ages of 12 and 18 violates the compulsory attendance law, both the parent
and student could be charged with a criminal offense.
If the student is age 18 or older, the student, but not the student’s parents, would be subject to
penalties as a result of the student’s violation of state compulsory attendance law.
[See policy FEA(LEGAL).]
Attendance for Credit
To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is
offered. A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class
is offered may receive credit for the class if he or she completes a plan, approved by the principal,
which allows the student to fulfill the instructional requirements for the class. If a student is
involved in a criminal or juvenile court proceeding, the approval of the judge presiding over the
case will also be required before the student receives credit for the class.
If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed a plan
approved by the principal, then the student will be referred to the attendance review committee to
determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how the student can
regain credit, if appropriate. [See policy FEC(LEGAL).]
In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance
committee will use the following guidelines:
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All absences will be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required
percentage of days. If makeup work is completed, absences for the reasons listed above at
Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance will be considered days of attendance for this
purpose.
A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after he or she has
enrolled in the district.
In reaching a decision about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that
it is in the best interest of the student.
The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for
the student’s absences.
The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student
or the student’s parent could exercise any control.
The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments,
mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades in the course or
subject.
The student or parent will be given an opportunity to present any information to the
committee about the absences and to talk about ways to earn or regain credit.
The student or parent may appeal the committee’s decision to the board of trustees by filing a
written request with the superintendent in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL).
The actual number of days a student must be in attendance to receive credit will depend on
whether the class is for a full semester or for a full year.
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Parent’s Note after an Absence
When a student must be absent from school, the student--upon returning to school--must bring a
note, signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A verifiable, documented
telephone call from the parent to the school office, indicating consent and stating the reason for the
absence, shall be accepted in lieu of a note. If the student is 18 or older or is an emancipated
minor, the district shall accept a note or telephone call from the student in the same manner. The
district reserves the right to require a written note. High School students please refer to the CCHS
section starting on page 103.
Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness
Upon return to school, a student absent for more than four consecutive days because of a personal
illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that
caused the student’s extended absence from school.
Should the student develop a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance
committee may require a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition
that caused the student’s absence from school.
Driver License Attendance Verification
For a student between the ages of 16 and 18 to obtain a driver license, written parental permission
must be provided for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and, in certain circumstances,
for a school administrator to provide the student’s attendance information to DPS.
Fraudulent Enrollment
According to TEC 25.00, (h), Penal Code, a person who knowingly falsifies information on a form
required for enrollment of a student in a school district is liable to the district if the student is not
eligible for enrollment in the district but is enrolled on the basis of the false information. The
person is liable, for the period during which the ineligible student is enrolled, for the greater of:
1. The maximum tuition fee the district may charge under Section 25.038; or
2. The amount the district has budgeted for each student as maintenance and operating
expenses.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
The school counselor provides students and parents information regarding academic programs to
prepare for higher education and career choices. [For more information, see Academic
Counseling.]
AWARDS AND HONORS
Honor Roll
Students in grades K - 12 will be recognized and certificates and/or ribbons awarded for
outstanding academic achievement for each 6-week grading period in the following two areas:
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A Honor Roll: Student earns A’s in all subjects
A & B Honor Roll: Student earns A’s and B’s in all subjects
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Perfect Attendance Award
This award is presented to students who have no absences during a six-week period. Students who
have no absences during the entire school year will also receive a perfect attendance award. They
must have entered the first day of school to receive this award. Tardiness will affect a student
receiving the perfect attendance award.
In order to be considered for the Perfect Attendance Award at the high school, students may not
have any absences except those defined as medical, court or college day. All notes must be turned
in within the 48 hour window to receive these exceptions.
Crossroads High School has attendance incentives for the students. For more information, contact
the school office.
BULLYING
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression,
expression through electronic methods, or physical conduct against another student on school
property, at a school-sponsored or -related activity, or in a district operated vehicle, and the
behavior:
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Results in harm to the student or the student’s property,
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Places a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or of damage to the student’s property,
or
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Is so severe, persistent, and pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive
educational environment.
This conduct is considered bullying if it exploits an imbalance of power between the student
perpetrator(s) and the student victim and if it interferes with a student’s education or substantially
disrupts the operation of the school.
Bullying is prohibited by the district and could include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing,
confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions,
name-calling, rumor-spreading, or ostracism. In some cases, bullying can occur through electronic
methods, called “cyberbullying.”
If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying of another
student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, counselor, principal, or another
district employee as soon as possible to obtain assistance and intervention. The administration will
investigate any allegations of bullying or other related misconduct.
If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying has occurred, the administration will take
appropriate disciplinary action. Disciplinary or other action may be taken even if the conduct did
not rise to the level of bullying. The district will also contact the parents of the victim and of the
student who was found to have engaged in the bullying. Available counseling options will be
provided to these individuals, as well as to any students who have been identified as witnesses to
the bullying.
Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.
[Also see School Safety Transfers, Hazing, and policy FFI(LOCAL).]
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CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) PROGRAMS
The district offers career and technical education courses in the following career clusters:
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Business, Management & Administration
Education & Training
Finance
Health Science
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Manufacturing
Marketing, Sales & Service
Science, Technology, Engineering &
Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
Admission to these programs varies according to course requirements which can be found in the
CCHS Course Selection Guide.
Copperas Cove ISD will take steps to ensure that lack of English language skills will not be a
barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs. [Also see
Nondiscrimination Statement for additional information regarding the district’s efforts regarding
participation in these programs.]
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN
The district has established a plan for addressing child sexual abuse and other maltreatment of
children, which may be accessed at www.ccisd.com. As a parent, it is important for you to be
aware of warning signs that could indicate a child may have been or is being sexually abused.
Sexual abuse in the Texas Family Code is defined as any sexual conduct harmful to a child’s
mental, emotional, or physical welfare as well as a failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent
sexual conduct with a child. Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may be abused or
neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, for reporting the suspected abuse or neglect to
law enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS).
Possible physical warning signs of sexual abuse could be difficulty sitting or walking, pain in the
genital areas, and claims of stomachaches and headaches. Behavioral indicators may include
verbal references or pretend games of sexual activity between adults and children, fear of being
alone with adults of a particular gender, or sexually suggestive behavior. Emotional warning signs
to be aware of include withdrawal, depression, sleeping and eating disorders, and problems in
school.
A child who has experienced sexual abuse or any other type of abuse or neglect should be
encouraged to seek out a trusted adult. Be aware as a parent or other trusted adult that disclosures
of sexual abuse may be more indirect than disclosures of physical abuse and neglect, and it is
important to be calm and comforting if your child, or another child, confides in you. Reassure the
child that he or she did the right thing by telling you.
As a parent, if your child is a victim of sexual abuse or other maltreatment, the campus counselor
or principal will provide information regarding counseling options for you and your child that are
available in your area. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) also
manages early intervention counseling programs. To find out what services may be available in
your county, see
http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/Programs_Available_In_
Your_County/default.asp.
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The following Web sites might help you become more aware of child abuse and neglect:
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http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/signs.cfm
http://sapn.nonprofitoffice.com/
http://www.taasa.org/member/materials2.php
http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse1.shtml
http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse2.shtml
Reports may be made to:
The Child Protective Services (CPS) division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective
Services (1 800-252-5400 or on the Web at http://www.txabusehotline.org).
CLASS RANK / HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT
[See Class Rank in the high school section.]
[For further information, see policies at EIC(LEGAL) and EIC(LOCAL).]
CLASS SCHEDULES
All students are expected to attend school for the entire school day and maintain a class/course
schedule to fulfill each period of the day. Exceptions may be made occasionally by the campus
principal for students in grades 9-12 who meet specific criteria and receive parental consent to
enroll in less than a full-day’s schedule.
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS
For two school years following his or her graduation, a district student who graduates in the top ten
percent, and in some cases, the top 25 percent, of his or her class is eligible for automatic
admission into four-year public universities and colleges in Texas if the student:
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Completes the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program; or
Satisfies the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks or earns at least a 1500 out of 2400 on
the SAT.
In addition, the student must submit a completed application for admission in accordance with the
deadline established by the college or university.
The University of Texas at Austin may limit the number of students automatically admitted to 75
percent of the university’s enrollment capacity for incoming resident freshmen. For students who
are eligible to enroll in the University of Texas at Austin during the summer or fall 2013 term, the
University will be admitting the top eight (8) percent of the high school’s graduating class who
meet the above requirements. Additional applicants will be considered by the University through
an independent review process.
Should a college or university adopt an admissions policy that automatically accepts the top 25
percent of a graduating class, the provisions above will also apply to a student ranked in the top 25
percent of his or her class.
Students and parents should contact the counselor for further information about automatic
admissions, the application process, and deadlines.
[See also Class Rank in the high school section for information specifically related to how the
district calculates a student’s rank in class.]
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COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES
Students in grades 9-12 have opportunities to earn college credit through the following methods:
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Certain courses taught at the high school campus, which may include courses termed Dual
Credit, Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB);
Enrollment in an AP or dual credit course through the Texas Virtual School Network;
Enrollment in courses taught in conjunction and in partnership with Central Texas College;
Enrollment in courses taught at the following institutions in the district: Central Texas
College; and
Certain CTE courses.
All of these methods have eligibility requirements and must be approved prior to enrollment in the
course. Please see the counselor for more information.
It is important to keep in mind that not all colleges and universities accept credit earned in all dual
credit or AP courses taken in high school for college credit. Students and parents should check
with the prospective college or university to determine if a particular course will count toward the
student’s desired degree plan.
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS (CIS)
CIS is the only local, private, non-profit organization that is permanently housed on school
campuses. Local CIS programs provide:
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Individual, Group and Family Guidance
Crisis Intervention
Academic/Peer Tutoring
After-School Activities/Job Assistance
Referrals to Counseling Social Service Agencies
CIS believes in helping young people in Texas stay in school, successfully learn and prepare for
life.
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
Usually student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed by a phone call or a conference
with the teacher or principal. For those complaints and concerns that cannot be handled so easily,
the district has adopted a standard complaint policy at FNG(LOCAL) in the district’s policy
manual. A copy of this policy may be obtained in the principal’s or superintendent’s office or on
the district’s Web site at www.ccisd.com.
In general, the student or parent should submit a written complaint and request a conference with
the campus principal. If the concern is not resolved, a request for a conference should be sent to
the superintendent or designee. If still unresolved, the district provides for the complaint to be
presented to the board of trustees.
CONDUCT
Applicability of School Rules
As required by law, the board has adopted a Student Code of Conduct that prohibits certain
behaviors and defines standards of acceptable behavior—both on and off campus—and
consequences for violation of these standards. The district has disciplinary authority over a
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student in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Students and parents should be familiar
with the standards set out in the Student Code of Conduct, as well as campus and classroom rules.
Disruptions of School Operations
Disruptions of school operations are not tolerated and may constitute a misdemeanor offense. As
identified by law, disruptions include the following:
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Interference with the movement of people at an exit, entrance, or hallway of a district
building without authorization from an administrator.
Interference with an authorized activity by seizing control of all or part of a building.
Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent participation in an authorized
assembly.
Use of force, violence, or threats to cause disruption during an assembly.
Interference with the movement of people at an exit or an entrance to district property.
Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent people from entering or leaving
district property without authorization from an administrator.
Disruption of classes or other school activities while on district property or on public
property that is within 500 feet of district property. Class disruption includes making loud
noises; trying to entice a student away from, or to prevent a student from attending, a
required class or activity; and entering a classroom without authorization and disrupting the
activity with loud or profane language or any misconduct.
Interference with the transportation of students in vehicles owned or operated by the
district.
Prohibited Items at School
Students are not permitted to possess the following items at school unless prior permission has
been obtained from the principal:
Laser pointers
Skate boards
Stuffed animals
Headphones
PDAs
Radios
Game Boys
Lighters
Gum & candy
Roller skates
Blankets
Toys
Pagers
MP3 players
Magic markers
(including Sharpies)
White out
Roller blades
Rip sticks
Cameras
CD Players
I-PODs
Any other battery operated
or electronic devices
Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office.
The principal will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact
parents to pick up the items.
Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district will
not be responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen electronic device.
Social Events
School rules apply to all school social events. Guests attending these events are expected to
observe the same rules as students, and a student inviting a guest will share responsibility for the
conduct of his or her guest.
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A student attending a social event will be asked to sign out when leaving before the end of the
event; anyone leaving before the official end of the event will not be re-admitted.
CONTAGIOUS DISEASES / CONDITIONS
To protect other students from contagious illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not
allowed to come to school while contagious. If a parent suspects that his or her child has a
contagious disease, the parent should contact the school nurse or principal so that other students
who might have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. Schools must exclude a student from
attendance while the disease is contagious and until the re-admittance criteria have been met.
The school nurse or the principal’s office can provide information from the Department of State
Health Services regarding these diseases.
COUNSELING
Academic Counseling
Students and their parents are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teacher, or principal to
learn more about course offerings, graduation requirements, and early graduation procedures.
Each spring, students in grades 8 through 11 will be provided information on anticipated course
offerings for the next school year and other information that will help them make the most of
academic and CTE opportunities.
To plan for the future, each student should work closely with the counselor in order to enroll in the
high school courses that best prepare him or her for attendance at a college, university, or training
school, or for pursuit of some other type of advanced education. The counselor can also provide
information about entrance exams and application deadlines, as well as information about
automatic admission to state colleges and universities, financial aid, housing, and scholarships.
Personal Counseling
The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns,
including such areas as social, family, or emotional issues, or substance abuse. The counselor may
also make available information about community resources to address these concerns. A student
who wishes to meet with the counselor should notify the teacher and/or complete the request form
to see a counselor. The procedures will vary from campus to campus so check with the school
office for the correct procedures to follow.
Psychological Exams, Tests, or Treatment
The school will not conduct a psychological examination, test, or treatment without first obtaining
the parent’s written consent. Parental consent is not necessary when a psychological examination,
test, or treatment is required by state or federal law for special education purposes or by the Texas
Education Agency for child abuse investigations and reports.
[For more information, refer to policies EHBAA(LEGAL), FFE(LEGAL), and FFG(EXHIBIT).]
COURSE CREDIT
A student who fails the first semester of a one-credit (full year) course but passes the second
semester may receive full credit for the course if the average of the semester grades is at least 70.
If the average is below 70, the student must retake and pass the first semester, at which time credit
for the course shall be granted. There shall be no minimum failing grade. Regardless of what the
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first semester failing grade is, if the average of the two semester grades is passing, the student shall
receive credit as long as the grades were earned in the same regular school year.
If the student passes the first semester but fails the second semester of a one-credit (full year)
course, the grades shall not be averaged and the student shall be required to retake the second
semester of the particular course.
[See the high school section for requirements for Algebra I and Geometry. Also see policy
EI(LOCAL).]
CREDIT BY EXAM—If a Student Has Taken the Course
A student who has previously taken a course or subject—but did not receive credit for it—may, in
circumstances determined by the principal or attendance committee, be permitted to earn credit by
passing an exam on the essential knowledge and skills defined for that course or subject. Prior
instruction may include, for example, incomplete coursework due to a failed course or excessive
absences, homeschooling, or coursework by a student transferring from a non-accredited school.
The counselor or principal would determine if the student could take an exam for this purpose. If
approval is granted, the student must score at least 70 on the exam to receive credit for the course
or subject.
The attendance review committee may also offer a student with excessive absences an opportunity
to earn credit for a course by passing an exam.
[For further information, see the counselor and policy EHDB(LOCAL).]
CREDIT BY EXAM—If a Student Has Not Taken the Course
A student will be permitted to take an exam to earn credit for an academic course for which the
student has had no prior instruction or to accelerate to the next grade level. The dates on which
exams are scheduled during the 2013–2014 school year include:
November 12, 13, 14, 2013
Deadline to register: October 11, 2013
June 10,11, 12, 2014
Deadline to register: May 2, 2014
A student will earn course credit with a passing score of at least 90 on the exam. A student in
elementary school will be eligible to accelerate to the next grade level if the student scores at least
90 on each exam in the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
If a student plans to take an exam, the student (or parent) must register with the counselor no later
than 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date. The district may not honor a request by a parent
to administer a test on a date other than the published dates. If the district agrees to administer a
test other than the one chosen by the district, the student’s parent will be responsible for the cost of
the exam. [For further information, see policy EHDC(LOCAL).]
Kindergarten Acceleration
A parent/guardian requesting kindergarten acceleration must follow the procedures listed below:
1. Submit a written request to the campus principal seeking consideration of accelerating their
child to first grade. The child will be initially placed in kindergarten while information is
collected by the school to determine if acceleration is appropriate.
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2. The principal will schedule a conference with the parent/guardian, counselor, the child’s
pre-kindergarten teacher (if applicable), a kindergarten teacher, and a first grade teacher to
review the kindergarten and first grade curriculum.
3. If after review of the curricular expectations of first grade, the parent/guardian still desires
to have their child placed initially in first grade, the parent will sign a request for individual
testing.
4. Within 15 school days, the campus will complete the following:
a. Administer formal assessments to the child
b. Conduct observations of the student by a first grade teacher and a school counselor
5. By the end of the 15 school day period, a campus committee consisting of the student’s
pre-kindergarten teacher (if applicable), a kindergarten teacher, a first grade teacher, a
counselor, and a campus administrator will review available data and make a placement
decision. Options available to the committee include:
a. Placement in kindergarten
b. Student is accelerated to first grade
Appeals of the committee’s decision by the parent/guardian shall be through the standard
parent/guardian appeals process beginning at Level 2.
DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND
RETALIATION
The district believes that all students learn best in an environment free from dating violence,
discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and that their welfare is best served when they are free
from this prohibited conduct while attending school. Students are expected to treat other students
and district employees with courtesy and respect; to avoid behaviors known to be offensive; and to
stop those behaviors when asked or told to stop. District employees are expected to treat students
with courtesy and respect.
The board has established policies and procedures to prohibit and promptly respond to
inappropriate and offensive behaviors that are based on a person’s race, color, religion, gender,
national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. [See policy FFH.]
Dating Violence
Dating violence occurs when a person in a current or past dating relationship uses physical, sexual,
verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control the other person in the
relationship. Dating violence also occurs when a person commits these acts against a person in a
marriage or dating relationship with the individual who is or was once in a marriage or dating
relationship with the person committing the offense. This type of conduct is considered
harassment if the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects the student’s ability to
participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating,
threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; or substantially interferes with the
student’s academic performance.
Examples of dating violence against a student may include, but are not limited to, physical or
sexual assaults, name-calling, put-downs, threats to hurt the student or the student’s family
members or members of the student’s household, destroying property belonging to the student,
threats to commit suicide or homicide if the student ends the relationship, attempts to isolate the
student from friends and family, stalking, or encouraging others to engage in these behaviors.
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Discrimination
Discrimination is defined as any conduct directed at a student on the basis of race, color, religion,
gender, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law, that negatively affects the
student.
Harassment
Harassment, in general terms, is conduct so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects the
student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an
intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; or substantially interferes
with the student’s academic performance. A copy of the district’s policy is available in the
principal’s office, in the superintendent’s office and on the district’s website.
Examples of harassment may include, but are not limited to, offensive or derogatory language
directed at a person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent, skin color, or need for accommodation;
threatening or intimidating conduct; offensive jokes, name-calling, slurs, or rumors; physical
aggression or assault; graffiti or printed material promoting racial, ethnic, or other negative
stereotypes; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.
Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Harassment
Sexual harassment and gender-based harassment of a student by an employee, volunteer, or
another student are prohibited.
Examples of sexual harassment may include, but not be limited to, touching private body parts or
coercing physical contact that is sexual in nature; sexual advances; jokes or conversations of a
sexual nature; and other sexually motivated conduct, communications, or contact.
Sexual harassment of a student by an employee or volunteer does not include necessary or
permissible physical contact not reasonably construed as sexual in nature, such as comforting a
child with a hug or taking the child’s hand. However, romantic and other inappropriate social
relationships, as well as all sexual relationships, between students and district employees are
prohibited, even if consensual.
Gender-based harassment includes harassment based on a student’s gender, expression by the
student of stereotypical characteristics associated with the student’s gender, or the student’s failure
to conform to stereotypical behavior related to gender.
Examples of gender-based harassment directed against a student, regardless of the student’s or the
harasser’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, may include, but not be limited
to, offensive jokes, name-calling, slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault; threatening or
intimidating conduct; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.
Retaliation
Retaliation against a person who makes a good faith report of discrimination or harassment,
including dating violence, is prohibited. Retaliation against a person who is participating in an
investigation of alleged discrimination or harassment is also prohibited. A person who makes a
false claim or offers false statements or refuses to cooperate with a district investigation, however,
may be subject to appropriate discipline.
Retaliation against a student might occur when a student receives threats from another student or
an employee or when an employee imposes an unjustified punishment or unwarranted grade
reduction. Retaliation does not include petty slights and annoyances from other students or
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negative comments from a teacher that are justified by a student’s poor academic performance in
the classroom.
Reporting Procedures
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced dating violence, discrimination,
harassment, or retaliation should immediately report the problem to a teacher, counselor, principal,
or other district employee. The report may be made by the student’s parent. See policy
FFH(LOCAL) for the appropriate district officials to whom to make a report.
Investigation of Report
To the extent possible, the district will respect the privacy of the student; however, limited
disclosures may be necessary to conduct a thorough investigation and to comply with law.
Allegations of prohibited conduct, which includes dating violence, discrimination, harassment, and
retaliation, will be promptly investigated. The district will notify the parents of any student
alleged to have experienced prohibited conduct involving an adult associated with the district.
In the event prohibited conduct involves another student, the district will notify the parents of the
student alleged to have experienced the prohibited conduct when the allegations, if proven, would
constitute a violation as defined by policy.
If the district’s investigation indicates that prohibited conduct occurred, appropriate disciplinary or
corrective action will be taken to address the conduct. The district may take disciplinary action
even if the conduct that is the subject of the complaint was not unlawful.
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal in
accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL).
DISCRIMINATION
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation]
DISTANCE LEARNING
Distance learning and correspondence courses include courses that encompass the state-required
essential knowledge and skills but are taught through multiple technologies and alternative
methodologies such as mail, satellite, Internet, video-conferencing, and instructional television.
The Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) has been established as one method of distance
learning. A student has the option, with certain limitations, to enroll in a course offered through
the TxVSN to earn course credit for graduation. In limited circumstances, a student in grade 8
may also be eligible to enroll in a course through the TxVSN.
Depending on the TxVSN course in which a student enrolls, the course may be subject to the “no
pass, no play” rules. [Also see Extracurricular Activities, Clubs, and Organizations.]
If you have questions or wish to make a request that your child be enrolled in a TxVSN course,
please contact the counselor.
The additional distance learning opportunities available to district students are E2020 for credit
recovery and dual credit courses.
If a student wishes to enroll in a correspondence course or a distance learning course that is not
provided through the TxVSN in order to earn credit in a course or subject, the student must receive
permission from the principal prior to enrolling in the course or subject. If the student does not
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receive prior approval, the district will not recognize and apply the course or subject toward
graduation requirements or subject mastery.
DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS OR DOCUMENTS
School Materials
Publications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed, with the prior approval
of the principal. Such items may include school newspaper, yearbook, school posters, brochures,
flyers, etc.
All school publications are under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, and the principal.
[See Directory Information for School-Sponsored Purposes.]
Nonschool Materials...from students
Students must obtain prior approval from the principal before posting, circulating, or distributing
more than ten copies of written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes,
posters, or other visual or auditory materials that were not developed under the oversight of the
school. To be considered, any nonschool material must include the name of the sponsoring person
or organization. The decision regarding approval will be made within two school days.
All approved nonschool materials will be placed at a designated location determined by the
principal for voluntary viewing by students. [See policies at FNAA.]
A student may appeal a principal’s decision in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL). Any
student who posts nonschool material without prior approval will be subject to disciplinary action
in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Materials displayed without the principal’s
approval will be removed.
Nonschool Materials...from others
Written or printed materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, films, tapes, or other visual or
auditory materials not sponsored by the district or by a district-affiliated school-support
organization will not be sold, circulated, distributed, or posted on any district premises by any
district employee or by persons or groups not associated with the district, except as permitted by
policy GKDA(LEGAL).
To be considered for distribution, any nonschool material must meet the limitations on content
established in the policy, include the name of the sponsoring person or organization, and be
submitted to the superintendent for prior review. The superintendent will approve or reject
submitted materials within two school days of the time the materials are received. The requestor
may appeal a rejection in accordance with the appropriate district complaint policy. [See policies
at DGBA, FNG, or GF.]
Prior review will not be required for:
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Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a school-sponsored meeting
intended for adults and held after school hours.
Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a community group meeting
held after school hours in accordance with policy GKDA(LOCAL) or a non-curriculumrelated student group meeting held in accordance with FNAB(LOCAL).
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Distribution for electioneering purposes during the time a school facility is being used as a
polling place, in accordance with state law.
All nonschool materials distributed under these circumstances must be removed from district
property immediately following the event at which the materials are distributed.
DRESS AND GROOMING
The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and
minimize safety hazards. Campus administrators and faculty are charged with enforcing the dress
code. Administrators will use their professional judgment in determining whether attire is
distracting or causes a disturbance. Students are expected to be dressed and groomed in a manner
appropriate for a public school educational environment. The provisions for the dress and
grooming code are enforced at school and at school-sponsored activities, unless otherwise noted.
The district encourages students, with the supervision of their parents, to maintain high standards
of dress, grooming, and personal appearance as would be appropriate in a public school
educational environment.
District policy FNCA(LOCAL) also prohibits any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook or manner
of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or other attribute, denotes
membership in a group or gang that advocates drug use or exhibits behaviors that interfere with the
normal and orderly operation of a school.
District policy also prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing (including
bags/backpacks) that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene. Clothing that advertises or depicts
tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other inappropriate items are also prohibited.
Certain elective courses or extracurricular activities may require more stringent dress or
appearance standards than for the general student body.
The district leaves the choice of hair length with the students and their parents and whether or not
beards and mustaches are to be worn. They must accept the accompanying responsibility of
keeping all hair properly groomed.
If the campus administration determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the dress
code, the student shall be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school, as well as given an
appropriate disciplinary consequence. If the violation is not corrected, the student will be assigned
to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day or until which time the violation is corrected.
Repeated dress code offenses may result in more serious disciplinary consequences and repeated
dress code violations of the same nature will be considered a defiance issue.
No aspect of a student’s dress or grooming should create a health hazard or a safety risk to the
student or others.
If it is necessary for a student to miss class or leave campus in order to comply with policy, any
period(s) missed will be considered unexcused. The final decision on questionable clothing and
grooming not covered in this policy will be determined at the discretion of the campus
administration.
Elementary Dress Code: Grades PK-5
The following standards for dress and grooming will be enforced:
Hats or Head Coverings: Any type of hat or head covering is prohibited at the Elementary level.
Shirts, Blouses, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Vests, Jackets:
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Tube-tops, halter tops, and spaghetti straps are prohibited unless worn over a t-shirt.
Sleeveless shirts must fit snugly under the arms and jerseys may only be worn with a t-shirt
underneath.
 No low cut tops or blouses.
 No see-through or mesh shirts.
 All shirts must completely cover the midriff when arms are fully extended above the head
and when seated.
Dresses, Jumpers, Skirts, Skorts, Shorts:
 All of the items listed above must be at or below 3 inches above the knee.
 No spandex or lycra.
Shorts, Pants, Jeans: Sagging is NOT permitted.
 Shorts, pants or jeans must fit at the waist.
 Pajamas may only be worn on designated days.
 Leggings may only be worn with a garment that meets the 3 inch requirement.
 Students are not to wear jeans that are torn or have holes in inappropriate areas (using the
standards that apply to shorts, skirts and skorts). Holes may not be larger than 3¼ inches
by 2¼ inches.
Shoes:
 Footwear must be worn at all times.
 Shoes with wheels are prohibited.
 Students must have footwear suitable for physical activity.
Hair:
 Students’ hair must be clean, neat and well-groomed in appearance.
 No unnatural hair color is permitted.
 Spiked hair longer than 2 inches is prohibited.
Facial Piercing: Facial piercings are not allowed at the Elementary level.
Eyewear: No sunglasses shall be worn inside the building.
Additional Information:
 Metal-studded collars, choker chains, armbands, wristbands, and/or other metal-studded
clothing are not permitted.
 No clothing intended to be worn as undergarments may be worn as outer garments.
Undergarments may not be visible at any time.
 Costumes are not permitted except on designated days.
 Bandanas, do-rags, towels, extra clothes, headbands and sweatbands are prohibited.
Secondary Dress Code: Grades 6 - 12
The following standards for dress and grooming will be enforced:
Hats or Head Coverings: Any type of hat or head covering may not be worn inside the building.
Shirts, Blouses, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Vests, Jackets:
 Tank tops, strapless tops, spaghetti strap tops, backless tops, tops with large armholes or off
the shoulder tops are prohibited unless worn over a t-shirt with sleeves.
 Garments worn under jackets, coats, shrugs and sweaters must be in dress code.
 No low necklines (cleavage should not be visible)
 No see-through lace or mesh shirts
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Tops must meet the beltline when seated but can be no longer than the break of the wrist.
Undergarments and front or back midriff should never be exposed.
 Spandex/lycra tops or any shirt that fits excessively tight is prohibited.
 No full-length jackets and coats such as those commonly referred to as “trench coats” or
“dusters”.
 Oversized hoodies are prohibited. Hoodies, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. can be no longer than
the break of the wrist.
Dresses, Jumpers, Skirts, Skorts, Shorts:
 All of the above listed items must be at or below 3 inches above the knee.
 No biker shorts or wind shorts.
 No shorts, skirts or skorts that sag.
 No spandex or lycra shorts, skirts or skorts.
Pants and Jeans: Sagging is NOT permitted.
 Pants, jeans or skirts that do not fit at the waist, cause a safety concern, and/or disrupt the
educational process are NOT permitted.
 Students are not to wear jeans that are torn, frayed or have holes in inappropriate areas
(using the standards that apply to shorts, skirts and skorts). No holes larger than the width
of a student ID card, measured at 3¼ inches above the knee.
 No pajama wear of any kind except on designated days.
 Leggings, jeggings or workout pants may be worn with a skirt, blouse or top garment that
meets or exceeds the tips of the finger when arms are fully extended
Shoes:
 Footwear shall be worn at all times.
 No shoes with wheels may be worn.
 No house shoes.
Hair:
 Students’ hair shall be clean, neat and well groomed in appearance.
 Facial hair (beards, sideburns and mustaches) shall be clean, maintained and well groomed
in appearance.
 No unnatural hair color is permitted.
 Spiked hair longer than 2 inches is prohibited.
Facial Piercing: Facial piercings are not allowed at the Junior High level.
Facial Piercing: At the High School level:
 No more than one facial piercing that is not deemed a distraction by the administration.
 No loops or hoops are permitted as facial piercing. All facial jewelry must be studs.
Eyewear:
 No sunglasses shall be worn in the building.
Additional Information:
 Metal-studded collars, choker chains, armbands, wristbands, and/or other metal studded
clothing are not permitted.
 No clothing intended to be worn as undergarments may be worn as outer garments.
Undergarments shall not be visible at any time.
 Costumes are not permitted except on designated days.
 Clothing shall not be see-through.
 Bandanas, do-rags, towels, extra clothes, headbands and sweatbands are prohibited.
 Grillz are not permitted at any time while on campus or at school sponsored events.
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ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including
Mobile Telephones
For safety purposes, the district permits students to possess personal mobile telephones; however,
these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing,
unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes. A student must have approval to
possess other telecommunications devices such as net books, laptops, tablets, or other portable
computers to be used only for approved instructional purposes.
The use of any device capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in locker rooms or
restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event.
If a student uses a telecommunication device without authorization during the school day, the
device will be confiscated. The student or parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunications
device from the principal’s office for a fee of $15.
Confiscated telecommunications devices that are not retrieved by the student or the student’s
parents will be disposed of after the notice required by law. [See policy FNCE.]
In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal telecommunications
device may be searched by authorized personnel. [See Searches and policy FNF.]
Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district will
not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunications devices.
Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic Devices
Except as described below, students are not permitted to possess or use personal electronic devices
such as MP3 players, video or audio recorders, DVD players, cameras, games, e-readers, or other
electronic devices at school, unless prior permission has been obtained. Without such permission,
teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will
determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up
the items.
In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal electronic device may be
searched by authorized personnel. [See Searches and policy FNF.]
Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district will
not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen electronic devices.
Acceptable Use Policy for
District and Personal Devices
1. Technology Commitment – CCISD is committed to providing a technology rich
environment for 21st century education which focuses on communication,
creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. CCISD has implemented the
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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program so that students, staff, and guests
can use personal electronic devices at school for approved instructional
purposes and to access the CCISD-BYOD wireless network during the school
day at secondary campuses, where approved. A User is defined as anyone
(employees, students, and guests) using CCISD technology [computers,
network (wired or wireless), Internet, email, etc…] through either district or
personal devices. All Users will be required to comply with the rules, terms and
conditions of the classroom teacher, campus, and district in regard to the use of
technology. CCISD reserves the right to monitor Users and has the right to
access, review, copy, delete, or disclose files and/or communication that are
found to be in violation. Violations may result in the loss of access (temporarily
or permanently) in addition to other disciplinary or legal actions. Users who
identify a violation should report it to a teacher or administrator immediately.
Wireless Access – Access to CCISD’s network is a privilege, not a right. In
order to remain in compliance with CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act),
the wireless network will have the same filtered Internet access as district
owned devices and all electronic devices used for school purposes must be
connected to the district’s network. Students may only access the CCISD
BYOD wireless network connection with personal devices, and not their
wireless provider’s connection. When students access the wireless network they
will not be utilizing their personal data plan or minutes. CCISD is not
responsible for charges incurred if students utilize their own data plan.
Personal Device Usage – Students may use their personal device in class, only if
and when the teacher has given them permission. Students who are not able to
bring their own personal mobile device will not be left out of learning activities
or penalized in any way. Students without mobile devices will be given an
opportunity to use a campus owned device, partner with someone who has a
device, or complete an assignment in an alternate way. When students are not
under the supervision of a BYOD teacher, students must abide by CCISD’s Cell
Phone Policy as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
Personal Devices – For the purpose of BYOD, the word “devices” will include,
but are is not limited to Internet-ready cell phones, tablets, laptops, and
eReaders. Gaming devices with internet access are not permissible. Personal
devices must be charged prior to bringing it to school and must run on battery
power while at school. CCISD is not liable for damaged, lost or stolen devices,
or lost/corrupted data on personal devices. Our staff is unable to provide
technical support for personal devices. Printing from personal devices will not
be allowed at school.
Personal Safety –Students will not post personal contact or confidential
information without permission from their teacher and parent(s). Students must
report immediately to a teacher/administrator if a request for a meeting or
appointment has been made with someone online.
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6. Illegal or Inappropriate Activity – Technology is to be used responsibly without
damaging district equipment, files, or networks. Any malicious attempt to harm
or destroy district technology, data, or data of another user is prohibited.
Hacking (accessing unauthorized information) and transmitting viruses are
illegal. The system may not be used for illegal purposes, in support of illegal
activities, or for any other activity prohibited by District policy or guidelines.
Students may not use technology to cheat on assignments or tests, or for any
non-instructional purposes (such as making personal phone calls and text/instant
messaging).
7. Security – Students will not attach personal equipment/peripherals to district
technology devices to include, but not limited to USB drives, flash drives,
floppy disks, or CDs. Students will not tamper with computers, networks,
printers or associated equipment except as directed by the teacher or campus
technology personnel. Attempting to circumvent CCISD technology security
and supervision is not allowed. Students are responsible for any accounts
assigned to them and may not share their password or attempt to access another
user’s account.
8. Inappropriate language (such as: obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, sexually
oriented, rude, inflammatory, threatening, harassing, prejudice, discriminatory,
defamatory, or disrespectful) – Users will be held accountable for inappropriate
language used within electronic communication or files. This prohibition
applies to conduct off school property, whether the equipment used to send such
messages is district-owned or personally owned, if it results in a substantial
disruption to the educational environment.
9. Privacy – Class assignments that use district technology are restricted to
classroom use only and should not be shared outside the classroom.
10. Resource Limits – The use of technology at school is for educational and career
development purposes only. Avoid spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or
other mass unsolicited messages. District technology may not be used for
political uses or personal gain. Users should refrain from using non-academic
related bandwidth intensive activities such as network games and audio/video
files.
11. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement – Plagiarism is taking the writings of
someone else and claiming them as their own and is not allowed. Users must
follow copyright laws and appropriate source citations when using the work of
others.
12. Inappropriate Material – If the User mistakenly accesses inappropriate
information, they should tell the teacher or administrator immediately. Content
containing or advocating the following are not to be accessed, created,
transmitted or stored:
a. profanity
b. obscene material (pornography)
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c. illegal acts
d. violence or discrimination towards others
13. Filtering – All Internet access will be filtered in compliance with CIPA
(Children’s Internet Protection Act) guidelines. Students may not disable or
attempt to bypass a filtering device. Communications may not be encrypted to
avoid security review or filtering.
14. Frequently Asked Questions – Please see the district’s BYOD Webpage, which
will be updated regularly.
15. Acceptable Use Policy –The CCISD Acceptable Use Policy will be enforced as
written along with any necessary updates.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Authorization
If a parent does not want his or her student to have access to the BYOD wireless network, Internet and/or
any other form of electronic communication, the parent must notify the student’s campus in writing.
Disclaimers
System users and parents of students with access to the District’s system should be aware that, despite
the District’s use of technology protection measures as required by law, use of the system may provide
access to other electronic communications systems in the global electronic network that may contain
inaccurate and/or objectionable material.
A student who gains access to such material is expected to discontinue the access as quickly as
possible and to report the incident to the supervising teacher. A student who knowingly brings
prohibited materials into the school’s electronic environment will be subject to suspension of access
and/or revocation of privileges on the District’s system and will be subject to disciplinary action in
accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
The District's system is provided on an "as is, as available" basis. The District does not make any
warranties, whether expressed or implied, with respect to any services provided by the system(s) and
any information or software contained therein. The District does not warrant that the functions or
services performed by, or that the information or software contained on the system will meet the
system user's requirements, or that the system will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that defects will be
corrected. Opinions, advice, services, and all other information expressed by system users, information
providers, service providers, or other third party individuals in the system are those of the providers
and not the District. The District will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any
investigation concerning or relating to misuse of the District's electronic communication
system(s).
The District shall not be liable for the users' inappropriate use of the District's electronic
communication resources or violations of copyright restrictions, users' mistakes or negligence, or costs
incurred by users. The District shall not be responsible for ensuring the accuracy or usability of any
information found on the Internet. The Superintendent or designee will oversee the District's electronic
communication system(s). The District's system(s) will be used only for administrative and
instructional purposes consistent with the District's mission and goals.
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Student E-mail Accounts/Chat Rooms/Newsgroups
Students in grades 9 – 12 may receive e-mail accounts to complete online assignments provided
parent permission is received. The District and/or campus will provide directed supervision of the
e-mail accounts, and school/district personnel may monitor student accounts.
E-mail accounts are a privilege and require students to use them responsibly and within
compliance of the District’s Computer Use Policy. Each student assigned an e-mail account will
be assigned a unique e-mail account and password. Passwords should remain confidential and a
student should only access his/her account. In instances of inappropriate e-mail use, the student’s
account will be immediately and permanently discontinued. In addition, the student will be
disciplined under the jurisdiction of the Computer Use Policy.
Participation in chat rooms or newsgroups accessed on the Internet is permissible only for students
in grades 9 – 12 enrolled in distance education classes and under appropriate supervision.
END-OF-COURSE (EOC) ASSESSMENTS
See Course Credit, Grading Guidelines, Graduation, and Standardized Testing.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS
Participation in school-sponsored activities is an excellent way for a student to develop talents,
receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students; participation,
however, is a privilege, not a right.
Eligibility for participation in many of these activities is governed by state law and the rules of the
University Interscholastic League (UIL)—a statewide association overseeing interdistrict
competition. If a student is involved in an academic, athletic, or music activity governed by UIL,
the student and parent are expected to know and follow all rules of the UIL organization.
[See http://www.uiltexas.org for additional information.]
The following requirements apply to all extracurricular activities:
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A student who receives, at the end of a grading period, a grade below 70 in any academic
class—other than an advanced placement or international baccalaureate course; or an
honors or dual credit course in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies,
economics, or language other than English—may not participate in extracurricular
activities for at least three school weeks.
A student with disabilities who fails to meet the standards in the individualized education
program (IEP) may not participate for at least three school weeks.
An ineligible student may practice or rehearse.
The district shall permit unlimited absences for extracurricular activities in a school year.
An absence for participation in an activity that has not been approved will be considered
unexcused.
Standards of Behavior
Sponsors of student clubs and performing groups such as the band, choir, and drill and athletic
teams may establish standards of behavior—including consequences for misbehavior—that are
stricter than those for students in general. If a violation is also a violation of school rules, the
consequences specified by the Student Code of Conduct or by local policy will apply in addition to
any consequences specified by the organization’s standards of behavior.
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[For further information, see policies at FM and FO. For student-organized, student-led groups,
see Meetings of Noncurriculum-Related Groups.]
Offices and Elections
Students have many opportunities available to participate in organizations at the campuses,
including class officers and student council. Each organization has guidelines for participation and
also for serving in a leadership role within the organization. For more information contact the club
sponsor and/or advisor.
FEES
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state and local funds at
no charge to a student. A student, however, is expected to provide his or her own pencils, paper,
erasers, and notebooks and may be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including:
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Costs for materials for a class project that the student will keep.
Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organizations and admission fees to
extracurricular activities.
Security deposits.
Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.
Voluntarily purchased pictures, publications, class rings, yearbooks, graduation
announcements, etc.
Voluntarily purchased student accident insurance.
Musical instrument rental and uniform maintenance, when uniforms are provided by the
district.
Personal apparel used in extracurricular activities that becomes the property of the student.
Parking fees and student identification cards.
Fees for lost, damaged, or overdue library books.
AP testing fees and THEA testing fees.
Summer school for courses that are offered tuition-free during the regular school year.
A fee not to exceed $50 for costs of providing an educational program outside of regular
school hours for a student who has lost credit because of absences and whose parent
chooses the program in order for the student to meet the 90 percent attendance requirement.
The fee will be charged only if the parent or guardian signs a district-provided request
form.
In some cases, a fee for a course taken through the Texas Virtual School Network
(TxVSN).
Any required fee or deposit may be waived if the student and parent are unable to pay.
Application for such a waiver may be made to the principal. [For further information, see policies
at FP.]
FUND-RAISING
Student groups or classes and/or parent groups may be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives for
approved school purposes. All campus fund-raising projects shall be approved during the annual
budget cycle for the specific campus. Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 are prohibited
from participating in fund-raising activities in which they would be selling or soliciting
contributions, pledges, or orders on a door-to-door basis. [For further information, see policies at
FJ and GE.]
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GANG-FREE ZONES
Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gangrelated crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in a
gang-free zone. For purposes of the district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a location
in, on, or within 1000 feet of any district-owned or leased property or campus playground.
GRADE CLASSIFICATION
After the ninth grade, students are classified according to the number of credits earned toward
graduation. [For more information, see Grade-Level Advancement in the high school section.]
GRADING GUIDELINES
Grading guidelines for each grade level or course will be communicated and distributed to students
and their parents by the classroom teacher. Grading guidelines are also available on the district
web site. These guidelines have been reviewed by each applicable curriculum department and
have been approved by the campus principal. These guidelines establish the minimum number of
assignments, projects, and examinations required for each grading period. In addition, these
guidelines establish how the student’s mastery of concepts and achievement will be communicated
(i.e., letter grades, numerical averages, checklist of required skills, etc.). Grading guidelines also
outline in what circumstances a student will be allowed to redo an assignment or retake an
examination for which the student originally made a failing grade.
State law requires a student’s score on an end-of-course (EOC) assessment to count as 15 percent
of the student’s final grade for the course. [Also see Report Cards/Progress Reports and
Conferences for additional information on grading guidelines. See Graduation, Course Credit,
and Standardized Testing for additional information regarding EOC assessments.]
GRADUATION
[For more information see CCHS and Crossroads sections.]
HARASSMENT
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.]
HAZING
Hazing is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off campus directed
against a student that endangers the mental or physical health or the safety of a student for the
purpose of pledging, being initiated to, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining
membership in any organization whose members are or include other students.
Hazing will not be tolerated by the district. If an incident of hazing occurs, disciplinary
consequences will be handled in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. It is a criminal
offense if a person engages in hazing; solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another
in hazing; or has firsthand knowledge of an incident of hazing being planned or having occurred
and fails to report this to the principal or superintendent.
[Also see Bullying and policies FFI and FNCC.]
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HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS
The following information is provided to acquaint you with the school health program and types of
medical assistance available through the nurse’s office. Any questions regarding the health
program should be directed to the school nurse or school health aide.
What Parents May Expect from the School Health Program:
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Vision and hearing screenings on all pre-kindergarten 4-year olds, kindergarten, first, third,
fifth, and seventh grade students and all students new to the district.
Spinal screening on all fifth and eighth grade students.
Height and weight measurement on students in grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first,
third, fifth and all students new to the district.
Making referrals when necessary.
Maintaining health records on all students.
Notifying parents when the student’s immunizations are not up to date.
Observing communicable diseases and reporting them to the state health department.
Students with communicable diseases are not allowed to attend school. If a child is
suspected of having a communicable disease, she/he must be kept at home. The parent
must call the school nurse to report that the child has a particular disease. A child may
return to school after having chicken pox only when all blisters have crusted over.
Determining exclusions and admissions of students for health reasons.
Maintaining a healthy school environment.
Using basic first aid in handling emergency care of accidents and illness which occur at
school during school hours.
Acting as liaison between the school and the community and as a health resource person
for students, parents, and school employees.
Assist the classroom teacher in teaching health education classes when requested to do so
by the classroom teacher.
All medical information will be shared with CCISD personnel only on a need-to-know
basis. If for any reason you do not want health information shared, the school must have
this request in writing.
Assist in the care of students with diabetes as requested by the parents under the provisions
of chapter 168 of the Health and Safety Code. Such assistance must include the
implementation of a diabetes management plan developed by the student’s parents and
physician.
What the School Nurse/School Health Aide Cannot Do:
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The nurse cannot prescribe or give medication which is not prescribed by a doctor.
The nurse cannot diagnose illness of any kind.
Accidents and illness which occur at home are not the responsibility of the school nurse.
These should be treated by the parent and/or doctor at the time that they occur and not the
following day by the school nurse.
The school nurse or school health aide will not remove stitches or staples, and will not
wrap or re-wrap sprains, strains, fractures, or breaks. This must be done by the attending
physician.
The Following School Health Policies Should Be Used When Determining If a Student
Should Be Excluded from School:
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Symptoms suggestive of acute illness (e.g. abdominal pain, chest pain, swollen glands
around jaws, ears, and neck, etc.).
Temperature of 100 degrees and above. Student must be fever-free for 24 hours before
returning to school without the use of fever-reducing medication.
No nausea, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
Marked drowsiness.
Acute cold, sore throat, persistent cough.
Red, inflamed or discharging eyes. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) can only be diagnosed by a
physician. Students with “pink eye” will only be allowed in school after being treated with
medication prescribed by a doctor.
Acute skin rashes, eruptions, weeping skin lesions. Students with ringworm are allowed in
school after being treated with medication. Areas of ringworm must be covered while in
school either by clothing or a bandage.
Earache (acute) accompanied by drainage.
Suspected contagious disease.
Head lice. If a child is found to have live head lice, the parent will be notified and given
instructions for treatment. The student will be sent home until she/he can be treated as
prescribed. Students may return to school the same day after being treated. The student
cannot return to school until all live head lice have been removed from the hair. The
student’s hair must be checked by the school nurse before returning to the classroom.
Parents have the responsibility of checking their student’s hair for head lice and other
conditions of the scalp.
What the School Health Program Expects from the Parents:
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A complete health history of the student must be included on the student’s health
information sheet so that the school can meet the health needs of the child.
Keep your child home if she/he is sick.
Notify the nurse if your child cannot participate in strenuous physical activity. The nurse
will notify the teachers concerned regarding the restrictions on physical activity. The nurse
cannot give a student permission to refrain from physical education. A note from a
physician must be sent to the teachers in this case.
If a student has been ill with a specific illness (e.g. measles or chicken pox) and is absent
from school, this should be stated clearly in the note explaining the reason for the absence.
Keep all information current on the student’s health card, including an emergency contact
who lives in the area and who would be available to pick up the student from school when
necessary.
Teach your child the importance of practicing good personal hygiene.
If any health problems should arise during the school year, notify the school nurse
immediately.
Transportation of a sick or injured child will be provided by the student’s parents or the
responsible person noted on the health card. Because of liability laws, school personnel
may transport a student only as a last resort.
When illness requires the use of medication during school, a school official will administer
it to the student. The parent must bring the medication to the nurse’s office where it will be
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kept in a locked cabinet. The medication must be in the original bottle with the student’s
name, name of medication, dosage and time to be given on the label. Parents must
complete and sign a Prescriptive Medication Form.
Parents have the ultimate responsibility of keeping their student’s immunization record up
to date. When a child gets an immunization booster, the nurse must be notified so that a
copy of the updated immunization record can be made.
Bacterial Meningitis
State law specifically requires the district to provide the following information:
What is meningitis?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by
viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral meningitis is most common and the least serious.
Bacterial meningitis is the most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potential
for serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease, but requires urgent treatment
with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or death.
What are the symptoms?
Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days,
but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have
the same symptoms.
Children (over 1 year 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 spots. These
can occur anywhere on the body. The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a
combination of symptoms and laboratory results.
How serious is bacterial meningitis?
If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete recovery.
In some cases it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent disability.
How is bacterial meningitis spread?
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like the
common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the
air where a person with meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses
and throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They are spread when people
exchange saliva (such as by kissing, sharing drinking containers, utensils, or cigarettes).
The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of
the germ for days, weeks, or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the body’s immune
system and cause meningitis or another serious illness.
How can bacterial meningitis be prevented?
Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons
you kiss.
While there are vaccines for some other strains of bacterial meningitis, they are used only in
special circumstances. These include when there is a disease outbreak in a community or for
people traveling to a country where there is a high risk of getting the disease. Also, a vaccine
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is recommended by some groups for college students, particularly freshmen living in dorms or
residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective (85–90 percent). It can cause mild side
effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity
develops within seven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to five years.
What should you do if you think you or a friend might have bacterial meningitis?
You should seek prompt medical attention.
Where can you get more information?
Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department
office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also call
your local health department or Regional Department of State Health Services office to ask
about a meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the Web sites for
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov, and the Department of
State Health Services, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/.
Food Allergies
The district requests to be notified when a student has been diagnosed with a food allergy,
especially those allergies that could result in dangerous or possibly life-threatening reactions either
by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact with the particular food. It is important to disclose the
food to which the student is allergic, as well as the nature of the allergic reaction. Please contact
the school nurse or campus principal if your child has a known food allergy or as soon as possible
after any diagnosis of a food allergy.
Head Lice
Head lice, although not an illness or a disease, is very common among children and is spread very
easily through head-to-head contact during play, sports, or nap time and when children share
things like brushes, combs, hats, and headphones. Because lice spread so easily, the district will
need to exclude any student found to have live lice until after one treatment of an FDA-approved
shampoo or cream rinse, which can be purchased from a drug store or grocery store.
If careful observation indicates that a student has head lice, the school nurse will contact the
student’s parent and inform the parent that the child will need to be picked up from school and will
need to stay home until after an initial treatment is applied. After the student has undergone one
treatment, the parent should check in with the school nurse to discuss the treatment used. The
nurse can also offer additional recommendations, including subsequent treatments and how best to
get rid of lice and prevent their return.
More information on head lice can be obtained from the TDSHS Web site at
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/lice.shtm.
Physical Activity for Students
In accordance with policies at EHAB, EHAC, EHBG and FFA, the district will ensure that
students in full-day pre-kindergarten through grade 5 engage in moderate or vigorous physical
activity for at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per week.
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Students in junior high school shall engage in 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity
per day for at least four semesters or at least 225 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity
within each two-week period for at least four semesters.
Students participating in physical education in grades 6 – 12 are required to wear the uniform
adopted by CCISD which consists of a gray t-shirt and a pair of gray shorts or sweat pants.
Students should also wear or bring appropriate shoes for P.E. All students are required to wear the
uniform in order to receive full credit for participation. Students not dressing out daily in the
proper uniform may receive disciplinary action and a failing grade.
In case of illness, a note from the parent will be sufficient to excuse a student from P.E. for a
period of up to five days. Beyond the five day period, a note from a physician will be necessary.
Lockers are provided to all P.E./UIL students in grades 6 – 12 in the athletic locker rooms. These
lockers are for clothing and shoes only. All personal items, book bags, purses, etc. should be
placed in the student’s school locker prior to arriving for P.E./UIL class. Neither CCISD nor the
athletic department are responsible for lost or stolen items in the athletic locker rooms.
For additional information on the district’s requirements and programs regarding student physical
activity requirements, please see the principal.
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
During the preceding school year, the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) held four
meetings. Additional information regarding the district’s School Health Advisory Council is
available from Emilio Olivares, Coordinator of Support Services, Safety, and Compliance, (254)
547-1227. [See policy at BDF(LEGAL).]
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, counseling services, a safe and healthy school environment, recess recommendations, and
employee wellness. [See policies at BDF and EHAA.]
[See Removing a Student from Human Sexuality Instruction for additional information.]
Other Health-Related Matters
Physical Fitness Assessment
Annually, the district will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students in grades 3–12 who are
enrolled in a physical education course or a course for which physical education credit is awarded.
At the end of the school year, a parent may submit a written request to the principal to obtain the
results of his or her child’s physical fitness assessment conducted during the school year.
Vending Machines
The district has adopted policies and implemented procedures to comply with state and federal
food service guidelines for restricting student access to vending machines. For more information
regarding these policies and guidelines see the Director of Child Nutrition. [See policies at CO and
FFA.]
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Tobacco Prohibited
Students are prohibited from possessing or using any type of tobacco product, including electronic
cigarettes, while on school property at any time or while attending an off campus school-related
activity.
The district and its staff strictly enforce prohibitions against the use of all tobacco products,
including electronic cigarettes, by students and others on school property and at school-sponsored
and school-related activities. [See the Student Code of Conduct and policies at FNCD and GKA.]
Asbestos Management Plan
The district works diligently to maintain compliance with federal and state law governing asbestos
in school buildings. A copy of the district’s Asbestos Management Plan is available in the
superintendent’s office. If you have any questions or would like to examine the district’s plan in
more detail, please contact Steve Schwausch, Director of Maintenance and Facilities, the district’s
designated asbestos coordinator, at (254) 547-7419.
Pest Management Plan
The district is required to follow integrated pest management (IPM) procedures to control pests on
school grounds. Although the district strives to use the safest and most effective methods to
manage pests, including a variety of non-chemical measures, pesticide use is sometimes necessary
to maintain adequate pest control and ensure a safe, pest-free school environment.
All pesticides used are registered for their intended use by the United State Environmental
Protection Agency and are applied only by certified pesticide applicators. Except in an
emergency, signs will be posted 48 hours before indoor application. All outdoor applications will
be posted at the time of treatment, and signs will remain until it is safe to enter the area. Parents
who have further questions or who want to be notified prior to pesticide application inside their
child’s school assignment area may contact Steve Schwausch, Director of Maintenance and
Facilities, the district’s IPM coordinator, at (254) 547-7419.
HOMELESS STUDENTS
For more information on services for homeless students, contact the district’s Liaison for
Homeless Children and Youth, Shelley Brown, at (254) 547-1227.
HOMEWORK
Homework should have an educational purpose and should be assigned to strengthen regular
classroom work. Homework is not to be used as a disciplinary measure. Homework is necessary
for successful student achievement. It reinforces class work, develops better work habits, provides
an avenue by which students may get caught up on their assignments, and provides parents with an
insight as to their child’s course of study. Since many of the assignments are used to assist
teachers in the instruction of specific concepts on the day the homework is due, assignments
become less meaningful if completed at a later date.
Teachers will consider the grade level of the student, subject content and homework assignments
by other teachers when assigning homework. On the average, students in the first, second, third
and fourth grades with all subjects combined should not be given homework which will require
more than one hour to complete; while other elementary students with all subjects combined
should not be given homework which will require more than one hour and 40 minutes to complete.
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Teachers will consider that students have different abilities, and some students will require more
time to complete an assignment than it will require the “average” student to complete. Students
are expected to return work on the assigned due date. Homework that is not returned on the
assigned date will be accepted during the following three days. Extenuating circumstances, such
as illness, could possibly cause an extension of time. Other extenuating circumstances can be at
the discretion of the teacher.
IMMUNIZATION
A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or
statement that, for medical reasons or reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the
student will not be immunized. For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, only official
forms issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch,
can be honored by the district. This form may be obtained by writing the DSHS Immunization
Branch (MC 1946), P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347; or online at
https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm. The form must be notarized and submitted to
the principal or school nurse within 90 days of notarization. If the parent is seeking an exemption
for more than one student in the family, a separate form must be provided for each student.
The immunizations required are: diphtheria, rubeola (measles), rubella (German measles), mumps,
tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis (polio), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), and
meningococcal. The school nurse can provide information on age-appropriate doses or on an
acceptable physician-validated history of illness required by the Department of State Health
Services. Proof of immunization may be established by personal records from a licensed physician
or public health clinic with a signature or rubber-stamp validation.
If a student should not be immunized for medical reasons, the student or parent must present a
certificate signed by a U.S. licensed physician stating that, in the doctor’s opinion, the
immunization required poses a significant risk to the health and well-being of the student or
member of the student’s family or household. This certificate must be renewed yearly unless the
physician specifies a life-long condition. [For further information, see policy FFAB(LEGAL) and
the Department of State Health Services Web site:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm.]
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
Questioning of Students
When law enforcement officers or other lawful authorities wish to question or interview a student
at school, the principal will cooperate fully regarding the conditions of the interview, if the
questioning or interview is part of a child abuse investigation. In other circumstances:
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The principal will verify and record the identity of the officer or other authority and ask for
an explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school.
The principal ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the parents unless the
interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection.
The principal ordinarily will be present unless the interviewer raises what the principal
considers to be a valid objection.
[For further information, see policy GRA (Local)]
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Students Taken Into Custody
State law requires the district to permit a student to be taken into legal custody:
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To comply with an order of the juvenile court.
To comply with the laws of arrest.
By a law enforcement officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has engaged
in delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision.
By a probation officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has violated a
condition of probation imposed by the juvenile court.
By an authorized representative of Child Protective Services, Texas Department of Family
and Protective Services, a law enforcement officer, or a juvenile probation officer, without
a court order, under the conditions set out in the Family Code relating to the student’s
physical health or safety.
To comply with a properly issued directive to take a student into custody.
Before a student is released to a law enforcement officer or other legally authorized person, the
principal will verify the officer’s identity and, to the best of his or her ability, will verify the
official’s authority to take custody of the student.
The principal will immediately notify the superintendent and will ordinarily attempt to notify the
parent unless the officer or other authorized person raises what the principal considers to be a valid
objection to notifying the parents. Because the principal does not have the authority to prevent or
delay a student’s release to a law enforcement officer, any notification will most likely be after the
fact.
Notification of Law Violations
The district is required by state law to notify:
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All instructional and support personnel who have responsibility for supervising a student
who has been arrested or referred to the juvenile court for any felony offense or for certain
misdemeanors.
 All instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a student who is
required to register as a sex offender or who has been convicted, received deferred
prosecution, received deferred adjudication, or was adjudicated for delinquent conduct for
any felony offense or certain misdemeanors.
[For further information, see policies FL(LEGAL) and GRA(LEGAL).]
LEAVING CAMPUS
Please remember that student attendance is crucial to learning. We ask that appointments be
scheduled outside of school hours as much as reasonably possible. Also note that picking up a
child early on a regular basis results in missed opportunities for learning. Unless the principal has
granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not regularly be released
before the end of the school day.
State rules require that parental consent be obtained before any student is allowed to leave campus
for any part of the school day. The district has put the following procedures in place in order to
document parental consent:
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For students in elementary and middle school, a parent or otherwise authorized adult must
come to the office and sign the student out. Please be prepared to show identification.
Once an identity is verified, a campus representative will then call for the student or collect
the student and bring him or her to the office. For safety purposes and stability of the
learning environment, we cannot allow you to go to the classroom or other area unescorted
to pick up the student. If the student returns to campus the same day, the parent or
authorized adult must sign the student back in through the main office upon the student’s
return. Documentation regarding the reason for the absence will also be required.
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For students in high school, the same process will be followed. If the student’s parent will
authorize the student to leave campus unaccompanied, a note provided by the parent must
be submitted to the main office in advance of the absence, no later than two hours prior to
the student’s need to leave campus. A phone call received from the parent may be
accepted, but the school may ultimately require a note to be submitted for documentation
purposes. Once the office has received information that the student’s parent consents to the
student leaving campus, a pass will be issued to the student to hand to his or her teacher
with the necessary information. The student must sign out through the main office and sign
in upon his or her return, if the student returns the same day. If a student is 18 years of age
or is an emancipated minor, the student may produce a note on his or her own behalf.
Documentation regarding the reason for the absence will be required.
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If a student becomes ill during the school day and the school nurse or other district
personnel determines that the student should go home, the nurse will contact the student’s
parent and document the parent’s wishes regarding release from school. Unless directed by
the parent to release the student unaccompanied, the parent or other authorized adult must
follow the sign-out procedures as listed above. If a student is allowed to leave campus by
himself or herself, as permitted by the student’s parent, or if the student is age 18 or is an
emancipated minor, the nurse will document the time of day the student was released.
Under no circumstances will a child in elementary or middle school be released
unaccompanied by a parent or adult authorized by the parent.
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS
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 assessments 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 statemandated assessments. The STAAR-L, as mentioned at Standardized Testing, may be
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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.
MAKE-UP WORK
Make-up Work Because of Absence
When a student is absent from a class, the teacher may assign the student make-up work based on
the instructional objectives for the subject or course. The teacher will also consider the needs of
the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or
course requirements.
A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory
manner and within the time specified by the teacher.
A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher will receive
a grade of zero for the assignment.
A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed
because of absence. Teachers may assign a late penalty to any long-term project in accordance
with time lines approved by the principal and previously communicated to students.
DAEP Make-up Work
A student removed to a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP) during the school year
will have an opportunity to complete, before the beginning of the next school year, a foundation
curriculum course in which the student was enrolled at the time of removal. The district may
provide the opportunity to complete the course through an alternative method, including a
correspondence course, another distance learning option, or summer school. The district will not
charge the student for any method of completion provided by the district. [See policy
FOCA(LEGAL).]
The DAEP shall focus instruction on English language arts, mathematics, science, history, and
self-discipline in accordance with TEC 37.008(a), (m). Efforts will be made to accommodate an
individual’s schedule; however, instruction and services unique to dual credit and advanced
placement courses may require resources not available at the DAEP. While a student’s degree
plan will not be altered when placed at the DAEP, his/her schedule may require schedule changes
that can be accommodated at the DAEP. These schedule changes should take place at the DAEP
Placement Hearing.
In-School Suspension (ISS) Make-up Work
A student removed from the regular classroom to in-school suspension or another setting, other
than a DAEP, will have an opportunity to complete, before the beginning of the next school year,
each course the student was enrolled in at the time of removal from the regular classroom. The
district may provide the opportunity by any method available, including a correspondence course,
another distance learning option, or summer school. The district will not charge the student for
any method of completion provided by the district. [See policy FO(LEGAL).]
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MEDICINE AT SCHOOL
District employees will not give a student prescription medication, nonprescription medication,
herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements, with the following exceptions:
Only authorized employees, in accordance with policies at FFAC, may administer:
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Prescription medication in compliance with a physician’s orders, if the medication is in the
original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent, along with a written request.
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Prescription medication from a properly labeled unit dosage container filled by a registered
nurse or another qualified district employee from the original, properly labeled container.
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Nonprescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the
parent along with a written request.
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Herbal or dietary supplements provided by the parent only if required by the student’s
individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan for a student with disabilities.
In certain emergency situations, the district will maintain and administer to a student
nonprescription medication, but only:
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In accordance with the guidelines developed with the district’s medical advisor; and
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When the parent has previously provided written consent to emergency treatment on the
district’s form.
The district shall not purchase nonprescription medication to administer to a student, except for
use by the athletic trainers with physician standing orders and parent permission.
A student with asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may be permitted to possess and
use prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication at school or school-related events only if he or
she has written authorization from his or her parent and a physician or other licensed health-care
provider. The student must also demonstrate to his or her physician or health-care provider and to
the school nurse the ability to use the prescribed medication, including any device required to
administer the medication.
If the student has been prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication for use during the school day,
the student and parents should discuss this with the school nurse or principal.
In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management of diabetes, a student with
diabetes will be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment
while at school or at a school-related activity. See the school nurse or principal for information.
[See policy FFAF(LEGAL).]
Psychotropic Drugs
A psychotropic drug is a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or
as a component of a medication. It is intended to have an altering effect on perception, emotion, or
behavior and is commonly described as a mood- or behavior-altering substance.
Teachers and other district employees may discuss a student’s academic progress or behavior with
the student’s parents or another employee as appropriate; however, they are not permitted to
recommend use of psychotropic drugs. A district employee who is a registered nurse, an advanced
nurse practitioner, a physician, or a certified or credentialed mental health professional can
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recommend that a student be evaluated by an appropriate medical practitioner, if appropriate. [For
further information, see policies at FFAC.]
NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination, Copperas Cove ISD does not discriminate on the basis
of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, or disability in providing education services,
activities, and programs, including CTE programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Title II of the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, which incorporates and expands
upon the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
The following district staff members have been designated to coordinate compliance with these
legal requirements:
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Title IX Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of gender:
Barbara Tate, Executive Director of Human Resource Services, 703 West Ave. D,
Copperas Cove, phone 254-547-1227.
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ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of
disability: Stephanie Smith, Director of Special Education, 703 West Ave. D, Copperas
Cove, phone 254-547-1227.
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All other concerns regarding discrimination: see the superintendent, Dr. Joe Burns, 703
West Ave. D, Copperas Cove, phone 254-547-1227.
[See policies FB(LOCAL) and FFH(LOCAL).]
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS / HEALTH SCREENINGS
As required by state law, all pre-kindergarten 4-year olds, kindergarten, first, third, fifth and
seventh grade students, as well as new students to the district, will have a vision and hearing
screening by the school health services staff. In addition, all fifth and eighth grade students will
have a spinal screening by the school health services staff. Also, new students to the district who
did not receive a spinal screening in the fifth or eighth grade will receive one.
If medical problems are found, the parent/guardian will be notified by letter or by phone, with a
referral to his/her physician for assessment. If a parent does not want their child’s spine checked
by the school nursing staff, please contact the school nurse and provide documentation of results
from a physician. This documentation must be presented to the school nurse by the end of the first
semester of school.
PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE
Each school day, students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag. Parents may submit a written request to the principal to
excuse their child from reciting a pledge. [See Excusing a Student from Reciting the Pledges to
the U.S. and Texas Flags.]
One minute of silence will follow recitation of the pledges. Each student may choose to reflect,
pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity during that minute so long as the silent
activity does not interfere with or distract others. [See policy EC(LEGAL) for more information.]
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PRAYER
Each student has a right to individually, voluntarily, and silently pray or meditate in school in a
manner that does not disrupt instructional or other activities of the school. The school will not
encourage, require, or coerce a student to engage in or to refrain from such prayer or meditation
during any school activity.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION
A student will be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated
proficiency in the subject matter of the course or grade level, the recommendation of the student’s
teacher, the score received on any criterion-referenced or state-mandated assessment, and any
other necessary academic information as determined by the district. To earn credit in a course, a
student must receive a grade of at least 70 based on course-level or grade-level standards.
In order to be promoted from first grade to the next grade level and from second grade to the next
grade level, a student must have an overall yearly combined average of 70+ in language arts,
reading, and math and a yearly average of 70+ in reading and a yearly average of 70+ in math.
In third grade through fifth grade, in order to be promoted to the next grade level, a student must
have an overall 70+ yearly combined average in all subjects and a 70+ yearly average in reading
and a 70+ yearly average in math. In addition, fifth grade students must also pass the STAAR test
in reading and mathematics.
In sixth through eighth grade, in order to be promoted to the next grade level, a student must have
an overall combined yearly average of 70+ in all subjects taken. Additionally, in order to be
promoted to the next grade, a student must pass with a 70+ yearly average in four of the five core
subjects: language arts, reading, science, math and social studies.
Grade-level advancement for students in grades 9 – 12 shall be earned by course credits.
In addition, at certain grade levels a student—with limited exceptions—will be required to pass the
State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), if the student is enrolled in a public
Texas school on any day between January 1 and the date of the first administration of the
STAAR*.
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In order to be promoted to grade 6, students enrolled in grade 5 must perform satisfactorily
on the mathematics and reading sections of the grade 5 assessment in English or Spanish.
In order to be promoted to grade 9, students enrolled in grade 8 must perform satisfactorily
on the mathematics and reading sections of the grade 8 assessment in English.
*Because the 2011-2012 school year is the first year of implementation of the STAAR, students will not be required by state law to
perform satisfactorily on the grade 5 or 8 STAARs for this one year only in order to be promoted to the next grade level.
If a student in grade 5 or 8 is enrolled in a course that earns high school credit and for which an
end-of-course (EOC) assessment will be administered or in a course intended for students above
the student’s current grade level in which the student will be administered a state mandated
assessment, the student will not be subject to the promotion requirements described above for the
relevant grade 5 or 8 assessment. However, the student’s score on the EOC assessment will be
used in determining whether the student meets the minimum cumulative score required for
graduation.
If a student is enrolled in a class or course intended for students above his or her current grade
level in which the student will be administered a state mandated assessment, the student will only
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be required to take an applicable state mandated assessment for the course in which he or she is
enrolled.
Parents of a student in grades 3–8 who does not perform satisfactorily on his or her exams will be
notified that their child will participate in special instructional programs designed to improve
performance. The student may be required to participate in this instruction before or after normal
school hours or outside of the normal school year.
With the exception of the 2011-2012 school year, a student in grade 5 or 8 will have two additional
opportunities to take a failed assessment. If a student fails a second time, a grade placement
committee, consisting of the principal or designee, the teacher, and the student’s parent, will
determine the additional special instruction the student will receive. After a third failed attempt,
the student will be retained; however, the parent can appeal this decision to the committee. In
order for the student to be promoted, based on standards previously established by the district, the
decision of the committee must be unanimous and the student must complete additional special
instruction before beginning the next grade level. Whether the student is retained or promoted, an
educational plan for the student will be designed to enable the student to perform at grade level by
the end of the next school year. [See policies at EIE.]
Certain students—some with disabilities and some with limited English proficiency—may be
eligible for exemptions, accommodations, or deferred testing. For more information, see the
principal, counselor, or special education director.
A Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) will be prepared for any student in a middle school or beyond
who did not perform satisfactorily on a state-mandated assessment or is determined by the district
as not likely to earn a high school diploma before the fifth school year following enrollment in
grade 9. The PGP will be designed and implemented by a guidance counselor, teacher, or other
staff member designated by the principal. The plan will, among other items, identify the student’s
educational goals, address the parent’s educational expectations for the student, and outline an
intensive instruction program for the student. [For additional information, see the counselor and
policy EIF(LEGAL).] For a student receiving special education services, the student’s IEP may
serve as the student’s PGP and would therefore be developed by the student’s ARD committee.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL
Because class time is important, doctor’s appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times
when the student will not miss instructional time.
A student who will need to leave school during the day must bring a note from his or her parent
that morning and follow the campus sign-out procedures before leaving the campus. Otherwise, a
student will not be released from school at times other than at the end of the school day. Unless
the principal has granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not
regularly be released before the end of the instructional day.
If a student becomes ill during the school day, the student should receive permission from the
teacher before reporting to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student
should be sent home and will notify the student’s parent.
REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES
Report cards with each student’s grades or performance and absences in each class or subject are
issued to parents at least once every six weeks.
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At the end of the first three weeks of a grading period, parents will be given a written progress
report if their child’s performance in any course is near or below 70, or is below the expected level
of performance. Supplemental progress reports may be issued at the teacher’s discretion. If the
student receives a grade lower than 70 in any class or subject at the end of a grading period, the
parent will be requested to schedule a conference with the teacher of that class or subject. Students
with a grade of 75 or below should attend tutorials and may be required by the staff to attend. [See
Working Together for how to schedule a conference.]
Teachers follow grading guidelines that have been approved by the superintendent pursuant to the
board-adopted policy and are designed to reflect each student’s relative mastery of each
assignment for the grading period, semester, or course. State law provides that a test or course
grade issued by a teacher cannot be changed unless the board determines that the grade was
arbitrary or contains an error, or that the teacher did not follow the district’s grading policy. [See
policy EIA(LOCAL) and Grading Guidelines.]
Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher; if the question is not
resolved, the student or parent may request a conference with the principal in accordance with
FNG(LOCAL).
The report card or unsatisfactory progress report will state whether tutorials are required for a
student who receives a grade lower than 75 in a class or subject. Students who fail to attend
assigned academic tutorials may face disciplinary consequences.
It is possible for a student to make a failing grade at the end of the grading period and not get a
written progress report at the end of the three weeks because at that time the student was passing.
Report cards and unsatisfactory progress reports must be signed by the parent and should be
returned to the school the day after they have been received. Signing the card is not evidence of
approval of the report; it indicates the signer has examined the report card/progress report.
RETALIATION
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.]
SAFETY
Student safety on campus and at school-related events is a high priority of the district. Although
the district has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensuring
school safety. A student should:
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Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or others at risk.
Follow the behavioral standards in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct, as well
as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the principal, teachers, or bus drivers.
Remain alert to and promptly report to a teacher or the principal any safety hazards, such as
intruders on campus or threats made by any person toward a student or staff member.
Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.
Follow immediately the instructions of teachers, bus drivers, and other district employees
who are overseeing the welfare of students.
All high school students are required to have their ID card visible above the waist at all times
while on school property or at school functions. A fee of $3.00 will be charged for each
replacement.
All campus staff members are required to wear ID badges at all times while on school property.
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Accident Insurance
Soon after the school year begins, parents will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost accident
insurance that would help meet medical expenses in the event of injury to their child. Additional
information may be found at www.K12StudentInsurance.com.
Crisis Management Procedures
Crisis Management procedures are reviewed with the staff and crisis team member lists and duties
are updated annually. Each classroom is equipped with a classroom emergency kit.
Campus Evacuation
If a school and the area around it need to be evacuated, the Superintendent will contact the
Transportation Department to make arrangements to take students to a safe location as determined
by central administration at the time of the emergency.
Drills: Fire, Tornado, Lockdown and Other Emergencies
From time to time, students, teachers, and other district employees will participate in drills of
emergency procedures. During the drill, students should follow the direction of teachers or others
in charge quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner.
Fire/Building Evacuation
A fire, gas leak or other chemical/biological hazard inside the building required building
evacuation.
Lockdown
The Principal or designee will determine whether a situation requires a Lockdown procedure. A
Lockdown procedure will be used for, but not limited to:
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Campus threat by person(s)
Natural disasters (i.e. tornados, severe weather)
Man-made disasters (i.e. gas leak outside the building, power failure, bio/chemical hazard)
Shelter in Place
A chemical or biological hazard outside the building requires similar procedures as the Lockdown,
plus:
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All air conditioning units must be turned off.
For their own safety, parents should stay where they are until authorities provide an “All
Clear.”
Reunification, Child Pickup
For the students’ safety, some crisis situations may require that the students be kept at the school
or alternate shelter with no entry/no dismissal allowed until an “All Clear” is provided by
authorities. This means that parents or guardians might not be able to pick up their student if the
situation is too hazardous. If, based on reports from emergency personnel, the danger or threat has
passed and the area is safe for children and parents, then the district/school will identify the
location, time and checkout process for parents to pick up children.
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Emergency Medical Treatment and Information
If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity when the parent cannot
be reached, the school may have to rely on written parental consent to obtain emergency medical
treatment, and information about allergies to medications, foods, insect bites, etc. Therefore,
parents are asked each year to complete an emergency care consent form. Parents should keep
emergency care information up to date (name of doctor, emergency phone numbers, allergies,
etc.). Please contact the school nurse to update any information that the nurse or the teacher needs
to know.
Emergency School-Closing Information
Each year, parents are asked to complete an emergency release form to provide contact
information in the event that school is dismissed early because of severe weather or another
emergency.
When the superintendent determines that weather or a civil emergency requires that schools be
closed, the following local stations will be notified:
Television
KCEN-TV (Channel 6)
KWTX-TV (Channel 10)
KXXV-TV (Channel 25)
Radio
WACO FM (99.9)
KBGO FM (95.7)
KWTX FM (97.5)
KRRQ FM (102.5)
KWTX AM (1460)
KRZI AM (1580)
KEYR AM (92.9)
KBCT FM (94.5)
Listening/watching these stations should give you accurate information. The CCISD Web site
(www.ccisd.com) will also have current information on school closings. If conditions indicate that
school might be closed, tune to any of these stations for information. School will always be in
session unless specifically stated otherwise.
SAT, ACT, AND OTHER STANDARDIZED TESTS
[See Standardized Testing.]
SCHOOL FACILITIES
Use By Students Before and After School
Certain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after school for specific
purposes. Students are required to remain in the area where their activity is scheduled to take
place.
Campus doors open 30 minutes before classes begin. Supervision is on an extremely restricted
basis prior to that time. Students should not arrive at school prior to that time unless they ride a
bus or eat breakfast. The campus operating hours are located on the individual campus pages
found at the end of this section.
Unless the teacher or sponsor overseeing the activity gives permission, a student will not be
permitted to go to another area of the building or campus.
After dismissal of school in the afternoon, and unless involved in an activity under the supervision
of a teacher, students must leave campus immediately.
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Conduct Before and After School
Teachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before- or after-school
activities on district premises and at school-sponsored events off district premises, such as play
rehearsals, club meetings, athletic practices, and special study groups or tutorials. Students are
subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject to
consequences established by the Student Code of Conduct or any stricter standards of behavior
established by the sponsor for extracurricular participants.
Use of Hallways During Class Time
Loitering or standing in the halls during class is not permitted. During class time, a student must
have a hall pass to be outside the classroom for any purpose. Failure to obtain a pass will result in
disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
Cafeteria Services
The district participates in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program and
offers students nutritionally balanced meals daily. Free and reduced-price meals are available
based on financial need. Information about a student’s participation is confidential. Applications
are available in the school office. Breakfast and lunch sales are operated by a computerized
account program. Students’ meals may be paid for in advance using the PAYPAMS system at
www.PayPAMS.com.
Only students will be allowed to charge their meals. Elementary students may charge up to a
maximum of three meals, junior high students a maximum of two meals and high school students a
maximum of one meal. An alternate meal will be offered after the maximum number of allowed
charges has been made. The offer of an alternate meal may be discontinued if abused. Meal
charging will be reinstated when the account balance has been paid. In an effort to balance all
accounts, no charges will be allowed the last two weeks of each semester. Students who bring
their meals to school are expected to eat them in the cafeteria. Students are requested to maintain
an orderly cafeteria.
The district follows the federal and state guidelines regarding foods of minimal nutritional value
(FMNV) being served or sold on school premises during the school day. Parents/guardians may
only bring food for their student and may not bring or share food with other students during meal
times. [For more information, see policy CO(LEGAL).]
CCHS is a closed campus and students are not allowed to leave for lunch unless granted special
administrative permission due to pre-arranged testing schedules.
School Events (Parties)
In accordance with TAC §26.7, the school district has designated the following school events as
exemptions to the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy: one activity in December, one activity in
February, and one activity in March or April. All of these events are optional and must be
approved by the principal beforehand. During these events, FMNV may not be given during meal
times in the areas where school meals are being served or consumed, and regular meal services
must continue to be available to all students in accordance with federal regulations.
Library
The library is a learning laboratory with books, computers, magazines, and other materials
available for classroom assignments, projects, and reading or listening pleasure. The library is
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open for independent student use with a pass from the teacher. The libraries are also open before
and after school for student use. For the exact hours of operation, contact the campus library.
Meetings of Non-curriculum Related Groups
Student-organized, student-led non-curriculum related groups are permitted to meet during the
hours designated by the principal before and after school. These groups must comply with the
requirements of policy FNAB(LOCAL).
A list of these groups is available in the principal’s office.
Telephone
The school telephones are business telephones and are to be used as such. Students should make
arrangements for after school activities before leaving home each day. In case of emergency,
students may ask permission to use the office phone. Students will not be called from classes to
the telephone except in cases of emergency.
SEARCHES
In the interest of promoting student safety and attempting to ensure that schools are safe and drug
free, district officials may from time to time conduct searches. Such searches are conducted
without a warrant and as permitted by law.
Students’ Desks and Lockers
Students’ desks and lockers are school property and remain under the control and jurisdiction of
the school even when assigned to an individual student.
Students are fully responsible for the security and contents of their assigned desks and lockers.
Students must be certain that their lockers are locked, and that the combinations are not available
to others.
Searches of desks or lockers may be conducted at any time there is reasonable cause to believe that
they contain articles or materials prohibited by policy, whether or not a student is present.
The parent will be notified if any prohibited items are found in the student’s desk or locker.
Electronic Devices
Use of district-owned equipment and its network systems is not private and will be monitored by
the district. [See policies at CQ for more information.]
Any searches of personal telecommunications or other personal electronic devices will be
conducted in accordance with law, and the device may be confiscated in order to perform a lawful
search. A confiscated device may be turned over to law enforcement to determine whether a crime
has been committed. [See policy FNF(LEGAL) for more information.]
Vehicles on Campus
Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. School officials may
search any vehicle any time there is reasonable cause to do so, with or without the permission of
the student. A student has full responsibility for the security and content of his or her vehicle and
must make certain that it is locked and that the keys are not given to others. [See also the Student
Code of Conduct.]
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[See additional parking regulations under the junior high section, the high school section and the
DAEP section.]
Trained Dogs
The district will use trained dogs to alert school officials to the presence of prohibited or illegal
items, including drugs and alcohol. At any time, trained dogs may be used around lockers and the
areas around vehicles parked on school property. Searches of classrooms, common areas, or
student belongings may also be conducted by trained dogs when students are not present. An item
in a classroom, a locker, or a vehicle to which a trained dog alerts may be searched by school
officials. If contraband of any kind is found, the student shall be subject to appropriate
disciplinary action.
Metal Detectors
Students shall be subject to search by a metal detector on a random basis. If the metal detector
indicates the presence of metal after the student has been asked to remove all metal objects from
his/her person and possessions, or if a student refuses to remove all metal objects from his/her
person or possessions without giving a satisfactory explanation, the student’s parent/guardian or
person having lawful control shall be notified. If, following such notification, the student again
refuses to remove all metal objects from his/her person and personal possessions, the student shall
be required to leave school property. A law enforcement intervention could possibly result.
Students will also be subject to search by a metal detector if there exists an individualized
reasonable suspicion that the student possesses a prohibited weapon. If the metal detector
indicates the presence of metal after the student has been asked to remove all metal objects from
his/her person and possessions, or if the student refuses to remove all metal objects from his/her
person and possessions without giving a satisfactory explanation, the student’s outer garments and
personal possessions shall be subject to search.
If any weapons are found, the student may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including
removal, suspension, or expulsion. All prohibited weapons found shall be turned over to the
applicable law enforcement agency for testing and determination as to whether or not to initiate
criminal prosecution.
The student’s parent/guardian shall be notified if any prohibited articles or materials are found in a
student’s locker or vehicle parked on school property, or on the student’s person as a result of a
search conducted in accordance with this policy. An adult witness will be present during any
search. [For further information, see policy FNF(LOCAL).]
Students participating in the CCHS graduation ceremony will be subject to search by a metal
detector. Should a student refuse to remove all metal objects from his/her person, including
personal possessions, the student shall be prohibited from participating in any portion of the
graduation ceremony.
The DAEP follows stricter security guidelines and students are searched daily using metal
detectors. For more information see the Campus Security section under DAEP.
Drug Testing
The district requires drug testing of any student in grades 7 – 12 who chooses to participate in
athletics. Students shall be randomly tested throughout the school year. The athletic handbook
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explains the drug-testing program and contains the consent form that must be signed by the student
and parent or guardian.
Drug test results shall only be used to determine eligibility for participation in athletics. Positive
drug test results shall not be used to impose disciplinary sanctions or academic penalties.
However, a student who commits a disciplinary offense shall be subject to consequences in
accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
Drug test results shall be confidential and shall be disclosed only to the student, the student’s
parents, and designated district officials who need the information in order to administer the drugtesting program. [For further information, see policy FNF(LEGAL). Also, see Steroids.]
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
The district provides special programs for gifted and talented students, homeless students,
bilingual students, migrant students, students with limited English proficiency, dyslexic students,
and students with disabilities. The coordinator of each program can answer questions about
eligibility requirements, as well as programs and services offered in the district or by other
organizations. A student or parent with questions about these programs should contact the
counselor at the student’s campus.
STANDARDIZED TESTING
SAT/ACT (Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test)
Many colleges require either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT) for admission. Students are encouraged to talk with the counselor early during their junior
year to determine the appropriate exam to take; these exams are usually taken at the end of the
junior year.
The ACT or SAT may be available at no cost to students. In addition, students in grades 8 and 10
may have the opportunity to take the corresponding preparation assessments at no charge. Please
check with the counselor for details.
STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness)
Grades 3–8
In addition to routine tests and other measures of achievement, students at certain grade levels will
take state-mandated assessments, such as the STAAR, in the following subjects:
 Mathematics, annually in grades 3–8
 Reading, annually in grades 3–8
 Writing, including spelling and grammar, in grades 4 and 7
 Science in grades 5 and 8
 Social Studies in grade 8
Successful performance on the reading and math assessments in grades 5 and 8 is required by law
in order for the student to be promoted to the next grade level. See Promotion and Retention for
additional information.
STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate, for students receiving special education services, will be
available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s ARD committee.
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STAAR-L is a linguistically accommodated assessment that is available for certain limited English
proficient (LEP) students, as determined by the student’s Language Proficiency Assessment
Committee (LPAC). A Spanish version of STAAR is also available to students through grade 5
who need this accommodation.
End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments for Students in Grades 9–12
Beginning with ninth graders in the 2011–2012 school year and, as modified by House Bill 5, endof-course (EOC) assessments are administered for the following courses:
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Algebra I
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English I and English II,
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Biology
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United States History
Satisfactory performance on the applicable assessments will be required for graduation.
Normally, there will be three testing windows during the year in which a student may take an EOC
assessment, which will occur during the fall, spring, and summer months.
STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate, for students receiving special education services, will be
available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s ARD committee. These particular
EOC assessments may have different testing windows than the general assessments, and the ARD
committee will determine whether successful performance on the assessments will be required for
graduation.
STAAR-L, which is a linguistically accommodated assessment, will be available for students who
have been determined to be limited English proficient (LEP) and who require this type of testing
accommodation.
Additional information will be provided to students and parents prior to the spring 2014
administrations.
[Also see Course Credit, Grading Guidelines, and Graduation for additional information.]
TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)
TAKS is a state-mandated assessment currently being transitioned to the STAAR program.
Except in limited circumstances, a student in grade 12 during the 2013–2014 school year will be
required to retake what is termed the “exit-level” TAKS in the subject areas of mathematics,
English/language arts, social studies, and/or science, for which satisfactory performance is
required for graduation, if the student did not pass any of these areas while in grade 11.
[Also see Graduation for more information.]
THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)
Prior to enrollment in a Texas public college or university, most students must take a standardized
test, such as the Texas Higher Education Assessment [THEA]. The purpose of the THEA is to
assess the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshmen-level students should
have if they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texas
public colleges and universities. This test may be required before a student enrolls in a dual-credit
course offered through the district as well.
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STEROIDS
State law prohibits students from possessing, dispensing, delivering, or administering an anabolic
steroid. Anabolic steroids are for medical use only, and only a physician can prescribe use.
Body building, muscle enhancement, or the increase of muscle bulk or strength through the use of
an anabolic steroid or human growth hormone by a healthy student is not a valid medical use and
is a criminal offense.
Students participating in UIL athletic competition may be subject to random steroid testing. More
information on the UIL testing program may be found on the UIL Web site at
http://www.uiltexas.org/health/steroid-information.
STUDENTS IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY OF THE STATE
The district strives to assist any student who has been placed in either temporary or permanent
conservatorship (custody) of the state of Texas with the enrollment and registration process, as
well as other education services throughout the student’s enrollment in the district.
Please contact the campus registrar if you have any questions.
STUDENT SPEAKERS
The district provides students the opportunity to introduce selected student assemblies and
banquets. All student speakers at school-sponsored events shall be selected based on neutral
criteria.
A student who is eligible and wishes to introduce one of the school events listed above should
submit his or her name to the principal during the first week of the fall semester and/or spring
semester. The names of all students who volunteered will be randomly drawn and matched to the
event for which the student will give the introduction. If the selected student speaker declines or
becomes ineligible, then no student introduction will be made at that event. The selection of
students to introduce school events will occur at the beginning of each semester.
As determined by the principal, students who have been selected for special honors, such as
captain of an athletic team, student council officers, leaders of school-sponsored organizations,
homecoming king or queen, or prom king or queen may also address school audiences at
designated events. [See policy FNA(LOCAL).]
SUICIDE AWARENESS
The district is committed to partnering with parents to support the healthy mental, emotional, and
behavioral development of its students. If you are concerned about your child, please access the
following Web sites or contact the school counselor for more information related to suicide
prevention and to find mental health services available in your area:
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http://www.texassuicideprevention.org/
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhservices-search/
SUMMER SCHOOL
Summer school is offered to students in grades 1-8 who do not meet the requirements of the
district promotion policy. Students are selected to attend summer school upon review of their
academic record, TAKS or EOC scores, teacher recommendation and excessive absences.
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Copperas Cove High School offers a recovery/TAKS or EOC remediation summer program for its
students to satisfy the requirements of courses and TAKS/EOC tests not successfully completed
during the school year. Some accelerated courses are also offered on a fee basis to students who
wish to get additional credits. Further information regarding summer school will be published prior
to registration for summer school and will be available to students from their counselor.
The Avenue E Alternative Learning Center offers an extended year program in credit recovery for
DAEP students. Students enrolled at Crossroads High School also have the opportunity to earn
additional credits. Further information regarding the extended year program is available from the
counselor.
TAKS (TEXAS ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS)
See Standardized Testing.
TARDINESS
Students are considered tardy when they are late to class. It is important that students arrive on
time daily and ready to learn. The first few minutes of the school day are critical for the teacher to
set the focus and lesson for the class. Tardiness disrupts instruction for both the tardy student and
others in the classroom.
Repeated instances of tardiness will result in more severe disciplinary action, in accordance with
the Student Code of Conduct.
TEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, AND TECHNOLOGICAL
EQUIPMENT
State-approved textbooks are provided to students free of charge for each subject or class. Books
must be covered by the student, as directed by the teacher, and treated with care. Electronic
textbooks and technological equipment may also be provided to students, depending on the course
and course objectives. A student who is issued a damaged item should report the damage to the
teacher. Any student failing to return an item in acceptable condition loses the right to free
textbooks and technological equipment until the item is returned or paid for by the parent;
however, the student will be provided textbooks and equipment for use at school during the school
day.
TRANSFERS
In-District Transfers
Upon written request from a principal, the Superintendent may authorize the intra-district transfer
of a student with the understanding that transportation shall be provided by the parents. Intradistrict transfers are granted on a year-by-year basis and may be renewed annually.
Parents and students granted intra-district transfers shall agree to abide by the receiving school’s
standards for attendance and discipline. The principals of both the sending and receiving schools
shall approve the transfer.
The following factors will be considered when assigning a student to a campus outside of their
attendance zone:
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Size of the sending and receiving schools
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Length of time for which the transfer is requested (The student must intend to remain for
the full year.)
Attendance history
Discipline history
All UIL and district extracurricular participation regulations for grades 7 – 12
If a school’s enrollment, or expected enrollment in the near future, reaches 100 percent of the
classroom capacity, the administration reserves the right to return the transfer students to their
home campus.
Out-of-District Transfers
A nonresident student wishing to transfer into the District shall file an application for transfer each
school year with the campus principal. Transfers shall be granted for one regular school year at a
time. In approving transfers, the Superintendent shall consider availability of space, instructional
staff, the student’s disciplinary history and attendance records. Transfer approval is not campusspecific. Out-of-district transfer students will be placed at campuses which have room. Although
students are initially assigned to a specific campus for enrollment purposes, that assignment may
change at any time during the school year. District and campus enrollment of students residing in
the district will determine campus placement of transfer students.
Transportation will not be provided to students living outside the CCISD boundaries. Students
who transfer into the district are subject to all district rules and regulations. Any transfer student
who violates an administrative rule, a Board-adopted policy or the Student Code of Conduct may
have their transfer revoked. Refer to Policy FDA(LOCAL).
Tuition must be paid in full prior to enrolling each semester. If the tuition payment is delinquent,
the student will be withdrawn on the tenth calendar date after the due date. The tuition scale is
available at the campus and/or district office.
[See School Safety Transfers and Options and Requirements for Providing Assistance to
Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education for
other transfer options.]
TRANSPORTATION
School-Sponsored Trips
Students who participate in school-sponsored trips are required to use transportation provided by
the school to and from the event. The principal, however, may make an exception if the parent
makes a written request that the student be released to the parent or to another adult designated by
the parent.
Bicycles
Students who ride bicycles to school should park them immediately and not use them again until
they go home. Students are not allowed to ride bicycles on school grounds. Students should
report to their classroom teacher at once any cases of tampering or damage to bicycles. While the
school makes every effort to safeguard bicycles parked on school grounds, it cannot assume
responsibility for damage done to them. The use of locks for bicycles is suggested and encouraged
for security.
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Buses and Other School Vehicles
The district makes school bus transportation available to all students living two or more miles from
school. This service is provided at no cost to students. Bus routes and any subsequent changes are
posted at the school.
A parent may also designate a child-care facility or grandparent’s residence as the regular pickup
and drop-off location for his or her child. The designated facility or residence must be on an
approved stop on an approved route. For information on bus routes and stops or to designate an
alternate pickup or drop-off location, you may contact (254) 547-3362.
See the Student Code of Conduct for provisions regarding transportation to the disciplinary
alternative education program (DAEP). Students assigned to DAEP due to bus violations will be
denied bus transportation to the DAEP.
Bus Procedures for Pre-K/Kindergarten Students
In an effort to provide safe, efficient, and effective transportation for pre-k and kindergarten
students, a designated responsible person or sibling must be present at the bus stop to receive these
students. In order for the pre-k/kindergarten student to get off the bus, a yellow ID card must be
presented by the designated responsible person at the bus stop.
Pre-k and kindergarten students who are not met by a designated responsible person at the bus stop
will be transported to the CCISD Transportation Department. A designated responsible person
must then pick up the student no later than 5:30 p.m. at the CCISD Transportation Department at
604 South 5th Street. The phone number for the transportation department is 547-3362.
Any pre-k or kindergarten student not picked up by 5:30 p.m. may be turned over to the custody of
the Copperas Cove Police Department and/or Child Protective Services.
General School Bus Policies
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Students will abide by the district’s rules and regulations concerning bus students,
including conduct and dress code pertaining to respective campuses and grade levels.
 While on the bus, students are under the authority of Copperas Cove ISD. Students must
follow the instructions from the drivers as if they are classroom teachers. At no time will a
student act toward, or address comments to a bus driver in a disrespectful manner or refuse
to cooperate with the driver. Students will identify themselves when asked to do so by the
driver or other school official.
 The principal’s jurisdiction extends to the bus stop.
 Only students who are eligible to ride may be transported and must ride their assigned bus.
Students must not ask to ride home on another bus with a friend unless approved by
the principal and/or Transportation Director.
 Students must board and leave the bus at designated stops only.
 It is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to school if a child misses the
bus.
Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring that buses remain in good condition and
that transportation is provided safely. When riding in district vehicles, students are held to
behavioral standards established in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct.
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Students must remain seated while the bus is moving. Each student is expected to remain
seated for the duration of the trip and until the bus door opens.
The driver is required to assign seats. The student will remain in their assigned seat until
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instructed otherwise by the driver.
Students shall not refuse to sit in an assigned seat or deny another a place to sit.
Students shall face forward for the duration of the trip and will keep their feet on the floor
in front of them and out of the aisle.
Normal conversation is permitted (no louder than classroom level); any loud noises may
distract the driver and create an unsafe condition.
Scuffling, fighting, and the use of obscene, vulgar, or profane language and gestures are
forbidden and may constitute immediate semester suspension. NOTE: The appropriate
law enforcement agency may be called in regards to any fight on the bus.
Students shall not spit or throw any object inside or outside of the bus.
Students will not extend any part of their body or any article out the window whether the
bus is in motion or not.
Students shall not mark, cut or scratch any part of the bus. Vandalism costs will be
reimbursed by the student responsible or by the student’s parent/guardian.
The emergency door and exit controls will be used by pupils only during supervised drills
or actual emergencies. Unauthorized use of emergency equipment is prohibited.
Students shall never attempt to operate the passenger door or other driver controls except in
the case of extreme emergency.
Student ID cards (grades 9 – 12) will be worn at all times while on the bus.
In accordance with the CCISD Student Handbook, sexual harassment is prohibited.
Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct; bus-riding
privileges may be suspended. The Transportation Director has authority regarding discipline on
the bus.
Consequences for Violation of Safety Rules
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1st Violation: Transportation Department confers with students and/or takes other
appropriate actions (parent contact, office conference, warning letter).
2nd Violation: Transportation Department confers with student and/or takes other
appropriate actions (parent contact, office conference, warning letter, in-school disciplinary
measures).
3rd Violation: Student may be suspended from the bus for 1 – 5 days. Parent will receive
written notification explaining misconduct and future consequences.
4th or More Violations: Student may be removed from the bus for the remainder of the
semester unless the removal occurs during the last nine-week period when suspension may
be carried over to the following semester. The campus administrator will have the final
authority in resolving the situation.
Transportation of Student Materials
Every effort will be made to accommodate the needs of our students. Sports equipment, band
instruments and other large items may be allowed on a space available basis with proper
permission of an administrator. All materials must be in the student’s lap or stored under the
student’s seat. All items should remain in backpacks when possible.
The following items are not allowed on the bus: radios, electronic devices (CD, MP3, games,
phones, pagers, etc), skateboards, skates, toys, live or dead animals, poles, flag sticks, weapons,
and any other object which may be a safety hazard on a school bus. Science projects are not
allowed on the bus if they contain any of the following materials: flammable liquids or gases,
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hazardous materials, poisons, any form of explosives, irritating materials such as tear gas,
radioactive materials, drugs, glass, and any protruding objects that may cause injury to others.
Students should be able to hold the projects in their laps.
Emergency Bus Pass
If there is a need for a student to ride a different bus or get off at a different bus stop, the parents
must contact the school and request such action. The school will check with the transportation
department to see if space is available on the requested bus. If approved, the school will issue an
emergency bus pass for this request.
VANDALISM
The taxpayers of the community have made a sustained financial commitment for the construction
and upkeep of school facilities. To ensure that school facilities can serve those for whom they are
intended—both this year and for years to come—littering, defacing, or damaging school property
is not tolerated. Students will be required to pay for damages they cause and will be subject to
criminal proceedings as well as disciplinary consequences in accordance with the Student Code of
Conduct.
VIDEO CAMERAS
For safety purposes, video/audio equipment may be used to monitor student behavior, including on
buses and in common areas on campus. Students will not be told when the equipment is being
used.
The principal will review the video/audio recordings routinely and document student misconduct.
Discipline will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
General Visitors
All visitors to the schools, including parents and Board members, are welcome to visit the
campuses of the District. Since the principal is responsible for all persons on the campus, all
visitors must first report to the principal’s office. All visitors must have a driver’s license or
military identification card and must sign in at the office prior to entering the rest of the building.
CCHS visitors must register with the Welcome Booth and receptionist. Visitors will be required to
wear a visitor’s badge at all times while on school property.
Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time shall be permitted only with the
principal’s approval after the visitor signs the Statement of Confidentiality form. Such visits shall
not be permitted if their duration or frequency interferes with the delivery of instruction or disrupts
the normal school environment.
All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct; disruptive
behavior will not be permitted.
During state-mandated testing days, guests (non-students, non-employees) will not be allowed to
visit class rooms or eat lunch at school.
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Visitors Participating in Special Programs for Students
During the school year, several of the campuses host a Career Day for the students. The district
invites representatives from colleges and universities and other higher education institutions,
prospective employers, and military recruiters to present information to interested students.
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL
Students who are not 18 years of age or older on the first official day of school require
parental/guardian consent to withdraw. Students who are 17 must have parental/guardian consent
to withdraw to a GED program. The student and parent/guardian sign the intent form, and then
follow normal withdrawal procedures. The school requests notice from the parent at least three
days in advance so that records and documents may be prepared.
The parents/guardians will need to submit written notification to the campus or district of the
intent to home school their child. Once this has been completed, then follow the normal
withdrawal procedures.
On the student’s last day, the withdrawal form must be presented to each teacher for current grade
averages and book and equipment clearance; to the librarian to ensure a clear library record; to the
clinic for health records; to the counselor for the last report card and course clearance; and finally,
to the principal. If the student owes any fines, meal charges or has any lost or damaged books,
charges must be cleared prior to withdrawal. A copy of the withdrawal form will be given to the
student, and a copy will be placed in the student’s permanent record.
A student who is 18 or older, who is married, or who has been declared by a court to be an
emancipated minor, may withdraw without parental signature.
Copperas Cove Independent School District forwards a student’s records, on request, to a school in
which a student seeks or intends to enroll, without the necessity of the parent’s permission in
accordance with state and federal guidelines.
GLOSSARY
Accelerated instruction is an intensive supplemental program designed to address the needs of an
individual student in acquiring the knowledge and skills required at his or her grade level and/or as
a result of a student not meeting the passing standard on a state-mandated assessment.
ACT refers to one of the two most frequently used college or university admissions exams: the
American College Test. The test may be a requirement for admission to certain colleges or
universities.
ARD is the admission, review, and dismissal committee convened for each student who is
identified as needing a full and individual evaluation for special education services. The eligible
student’s parents are part of the committee.
Attendance Review Committee is sometimes responsible for reviewing a student’s absences
when the student’s attendance drops below 90 percent of the days the class is offered. Under
guidelines adopted by the board, the committee will determine whether there were extenuating
circumstances for the absences and whether the student needs to complete certain conditions to
master the course and regain credit lost because of absences.
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Certified Absence is an all day medical absence with a doctor’s note or any absence with proper
letterhead documentation that includes the student’s name and date of the absence. This also
includes court absences and funeral absences with proper documentation. A certified absence does
not count against exemption or credit.
Co-curricular Absence is used for school-related trips and does not count against credit or
exemption.
DAEP stands for disciplinary alternative education program, a placement for students who have
violated certain provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.
EOC assessments are end-of-course tests, which are state-mandated, and are part of the STAAR
program. Successful performance on EOC assessments will be required for graduation beginning
with students in grade 9 during the 2011–2012 school year. These exams will be given in English
I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, World
Geography, World History, and United States History.
Excused Absence refers to all or part of the day with a parent call followed by a written note to
excuse. A student may come to school late on an admit slip with a note or parent call. A student
may leave on an exit pass from the Nurse or by parent request. An excused absence counts against
exemption and credit.
Extracurricular Absence is used for UIL competition and does not count against credit or
exemption.
FERPA refers to the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that grants specific
privacy protections to student records. The law contains certain exceptions, such as for directory
information, unless a student’s parent or a student 18 or older directs the school not to release
directory information.
IEP is the written record of the Individualized Education Program prepared by the ARD
committee for a student with disabilities who is eligible for special education services. The IEP
contains several parts, such as a statement of the student’s present educational performance; a
statement of measurable annual goals, with short-term objectives; the special education and related
services and supplemental aids and services to be provided, and program modifications or support
by school personnel; a statement regarding how the student’s progress will be measured and how
the parents will be kept informed; and/or accommodations for state or district tests, etc.
ISS refers to in-school suspension, a disciplinary technique for misconduct found in the Student
Code of Conduct. Although different from out-of-school suspension and placement in a DAEP,
ISS removes the student from the regular classroom.
LAT stands for Linguistically Accommodated Testing, which is an assessment process for recent
immigrant English language learners who are required to be assessed in certain grades and subjects
under the NCLB Act.
Medically Excused Absence is a partial day absence with a doctor’s note reflecting same day
appointment and an “exit pass” or “admit slip” within 48 hours of the absence. A medically
excused absence does not count against exemption or credit.
NCLB Act is the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
PGP stands for Personal Graduation Plan, which is recommended for all students entering grade 9
and is required by state law for any student in middle school or higher who fails a section on a
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state-mandated test or is identified by the district as not likely to earn a high school diploma before
the fifth school year after he or she begins grade 9.
SAT refers to one of the two most frequently used college or university admissions exams: the
Scholastic Aptitude Test. The test may be a requirement for admissions to certain colleges or
universities.
SHAC stands for School Health Advisory Council, a group of at least five members, a majority of
whom must be parents, appointed by the school board to assist the district in ensuring that local
community values and health issues are reflected in the district’s health education instruction.
Section 504 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination against a student with a disability,
requiring schools to provide opportunities for equal services, programs, and participation in
activities. Unless the student is determined to be eligible for special education services under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), general education with appropriate
instructional accommodations will be provided.
STAAR is the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, the state’s system of
standardized academic achievement assessments, effective beginning with certain students for the
2011–2012 school year.
STAAR Alternate is an alternative state-mandated assessment designed for students with severe
cognitive disabilities receiving special education services who meet the participation requirements,
as determined by the student’s ARD committee.
STAAR Modified is an alternative state-mandated assessment based on modified achievement
standards that is administered to eligible students receiving special education services, as
determined by the student’s ARD committee.
STAAR Linguistically Accommodated (STAAR L) is an alternative state-mandated assessment
with linguistic accommodations designed for certain recent immigrant English language learners.
State-mandated assessments are required of students at certain grade levels and in specified
subjects. Successful performance sometimes is a condition of promotion, and passing the grade 11
exit-level test is a condition of graduation. Students have multiple opportunities to take the tests, if
necessary, for promotion or graduation.
Student Code of Conduct is developed with the advice of the district-level committee and
adopted by the board; and it identifies the circumstances, consistent with law, when a student may
be removed from the classroom or campus. It also sets out the conditions that authorize or require
the principal or another administrator to place the student in a DAEP. It outlines conditions for
out-of-school suspension and for expulsion. The Student Code of Conduct also addresses notice to
the parent regarding a student’s violation of one of its provisions.
TAKS is the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, the state’s standardized achievement test
currently given to students in certain subjects in grades 11 and is required for graduation for
students at these grade levels.
TELPAS stands for the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System, which assesses
the progress that English language learners make in learning the English language, and is
administered for those who meet the participation requirements in kindergarten–grade 12.
TxVSN is the Texas Virtual School Network, which provides online courses for Texas students to
supplement the instructional programs of public school districts. Courses are taught by qualified
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instructors, and courses are equivalent in rigor and scope to a course taught in a traditional
classroom setting.
UIL refers to the University Interscholastic League, the statewide voluntary nonprofit organization
that oversees educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests.
Unexcused Absence is an absence for all or part of the day with no note to excuse. An unexcused
absence counts against exemption and credit.
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SECTION III: CAMPUS INFORMATION
Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School
Grades: Pre-K – 5
Angela Kirkpatrick, Principal
C.R. Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary School
Grades: Pre-K – 5
Dr. Jimmy Shuck, Principal
Hettie Halstead Elementary School
Grades: Pre-K – 5
Sheri Welch, Principal
House Creek Elementary School
Grades: K – 5
Larea Gamble, Principal
J.L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary School
Grades: Pre-K – 5
Marla Sullivan, Principal
Mae Stevens Elementary School
Grades: K – 5
Mary Derrick, Principal
Martin Walker Elementary School
Grades: Pre-K – 5
Amanda Crawley, Principal
Copperas Cove Junior High School
Grades 6 – 8
Randy Troub, Principal
S.C. Lee Junior High School
Grades 6 – 8
Kayleen Love, Principal
Copperas Cove High School
Grades 9 – 12
Earl Parcell, Principal
Crossroads High School
Grades 9 – 12
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program
Colby Blackwell, Principal
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COPPERAS COVE ISD
ELEMENTARY CAMPUSES
Standard Procedures
The seven elementary schools of CCISD; Clements Parsons, Fairview Jewell, Halstead, House
Creek, Mae Stevens, Martin Walker, and Williams Ledger, are committed to providing excellent
customer service and quality instruction to all students attending school on our campuses. The
following standard procedures were designed to maximize student success and will be
systematically followed on all elementary campuses:
ACADEMIC AWARDS
Academic achievement is important.
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The following awards for academic achievement will be presented to all eligible students
every six weeks, each semester, and at the end of the school year:
 “A” Honor Roll – All “A”s on report card
 “A/B” Honor Roll – All “A”s and “B”s on report card
 “A” Average Honor Roll – Combined overall “A” average at semester
and at end of year
 Character Award – in recognition of outstanding character traits
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
School attendance is important.
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The following awards for attendance and punctuality will be presented to all eligible
students every six weeks, each semester, and at the end of the school year:
 PERFECT ATTENDANCE – only one tardy per semester and only partial
day absence verified by a medical note
 EARLY BIRD – never tardy
 ALL DAY EVERY DAY – never off campus during school hours
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Punctuality is important. School begins at 7:45 am daily. Students not seated and ready to
learn at 7:45 am are considered tardy.
Tardy students must be accompanied into the office for late check in by a parent or
guardian.
Instruction begins promptly at 7:45 am. Therefore, arriving late/tardy disrupts learning.
Five tardies will result in an office referral. After five tardies, every three tardies will result
in an office referral.
After five excused absences, additional absences will be excused only when accompanied
by a medical provider’s note.
~ Please see campus pages for specific information about individual elementary schools. ~
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FAIRVIEW / MISS JEWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1002 Veterans Avenue (all parent business)
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-4212 or (254) 547-4530
Principal: Angela Kirkpatrick [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Russell Porter [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Colby Blackwell [email protected]
Instructional Coach: Heidi Nelson [email protected]
Counselor: Amy Lamb [email protected]
Counselor: Thom Feather [email protected]
Mission Statement
The family of Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary will strive to collaboratively provide an exemplary educational
experience to every student by providing a safe learning environment upon which their success in life can be
built.
Campus Goals for 2013-2014
Celebrate success!
Use Balanced Literacy as a vehicle for instructional delivery to insure rigorous differentiation resulting in
maximum progress toward learning goals.
Use 21st Century technology to engage our technology native students in the problem solving and presentation of
mastery processes.
Engage in a campus wide initiative to grow the whole child through the Safe and Civil Schools structure.
Continue to develop leadership capacity in our students, parents, community and staff through an integrated
involvement program engaging all stakeholders in student success.
We Need YOU!
Please contact Angela Kirkpatrick at [email protected] and call 547-4212 if you are able and willing to help
in the following ways:
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Serve on decision making committees like PAC, SBDM, or PTO.
 Volunteer in parking lots, cafeteria, or parent workroom.
Consistently volunteer in classrooms - work with small groups of students – work one on one with students
School Hours
7:05 a.m. Breakfast is served/Cafeterias open
7:15 a.m. Building opens
7:40 a.m. Students move to class
7:45 a.m. Class begins and students will be marked tardy
2:55 p.m. PK Only Dismissal
3:05 p.m. Kinder Only Dismissed
3:15 p.m. PK & K w/Siblings, All 1st – 5th
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Supervision is not provided for students dropped off prior to 7:05 a.m. If you are unable to drop off or pick up your
student at these times, YMCA child care is available before and after school. Contact YMCA at 254-634-5445 for
details.
Parking Lot Procedures
Parents picking up students should remain in their vehicle and present their student pick up card to a staff member.
A Fairview/Jewell staff member will locate and escort your child to the car. Please do not park or leave vehicles
unattended in the pick-up lanes. If you wish to visit the office or pick your student up in person, parking is
available in designated areas. Picking up your student before assigned dismissal time is disruptive to the learning
process and impacts his/her ability to earn an ALL DAY/EVERY DAY Award.
We do not make changes to the way a student will get home after 2:30 p.m. each day.
More Information
Fairview/Miss Jewell website http://www.ccisd.com/Domain/583
Check out the For Parents Tab
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C. R. CLEMENTS / HOLLIE PARSONS
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1115 Northern Dancer
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-2235
Fax (254) 547-0845
Principal: Jimmy Shuck [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Shari Jones [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Leah Miller [email protected]
Instructional Coach: Sylvia Dewald [email protected]
Counselor: Janice Johnson [email protected]
Counselor: Kasie Owens [email protected]
School Hours
7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Tardy bell rings at 7:45 a.m.
YMCA child care is available before and after school.
Contact YMCA at (254) 634-5445 for details
Mission Statement
The mission of C. R. Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary School is to create lifelong learners
by providing a high-quality education in a safe and nurturing environment while maintaining a
cooperative and productive relationship with our families and the community.
Adopt-A-School Unit
3rd Weather Squadron (ACC)
We support our troops!
Student Locations
Pre-K through 1st grade is housed in the Parsons building.
2nd through 5th grade is housed in the Clements building.
Visitors
The main entrance of the school is at the Clements building, located at 1115 Northern Dancer.
Parent parking is available in the front of both the Clements and Parsons buildings, however
parking is very limited in front of Parsons. All visitors should sign in at either the Clements or
Parsons office.
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Communication
A calendar of events including the cafeteria menu is sent home with each student monthly. In
addition to fliers, the automated School messenger phone system is frequently used. Please make
sure the office has updated contact information to ensure you receive the appropriate messages.
Please also watch the marquee out front for important dates and messages.
Arrival Procedures
Students may enter the campus at the Clements office, Parsons office, or back parking lot, starting
at 7:15am. Please note staff is not available to monitor students before 7:15am. Parents are
responsible for students dropped off prior to 7:15am.
PreK – 1st Grade Car Riders may be dropped off in the front of the Parsons building or in the
back parking lot. Staff members will be available to assist at both locations.
2nd – 5th Grade Car Riders may be dropped off in the front of the Clements building, where staff
will be monitoring students as they enter. In addition, these students may also be dropped off in
the back parking lot where staff will be available to assist as needed.
Walkers may enter the campus in the front of Parsons, Clements, or in the back parking lot.
Please choose the most convenient location.
Bus Riders are dropped off in the back parking lot. Please do not block the bus lane next to the
curb.
Daycare students are dropped off in back parking lot in the car rider lane, the first parking lot row.
Pre-K – 5th Grade Students Escorted by guardians who wish to walk their child(ren) into the
building, should park in the back parking lot and enter the campus through the breezeway.
However, for student safety, guardians will not be allowed into instructional areas.
Breakfast is served from 7:15am – 7:40am in the cafeteria, for Kinder – 5th grade students. Pre-K
students will go directly to their classrooms upon arrival and will eat breakfast in the classroom
with their teacher.
Prior to 7:35am, 1st and 2nd grade students will be monitored in the cafeteria; 3rd through 5th
grade students will be monitored in the Clements gym. Students will be picked up by their teacher
at 7:35am. The instructional day begins promptly at 7:45 am. Students are tardy when
arriving after 7:45am.
Dismissal Procedures
Daycare and school buses pick up students in the back parking lot.
Pre-kindergarten Parent Pick-Up
Teachers will remain with students in the Parsons playground and release students to parents, upon
parent arrival.
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Pod A & C: 2:45 p.m. release time from the playground doors.
Pod B & D: 3:00 p.m. release time from the playground doors.
Kindergarten & First Grade Parent Pick-Up
Teachers will remain with students in the front of Parsons and release students to parents, upon
parent arrival.
2nd – 5th Grade Parent Pick-Up
Parents may pick up their child(ren) in front of the Clements building. If you wish to park, please
do so in designated areas.
Pre-K – 5th Grade Walkers
Students will exit from either the Clements or Parsons front doors.
Pre-K – 5th Grade Bus Riders and Daycare
CCISD school buses and Daycares pick up students in the back parking lot. Students will be
escorted by a designated staff member to board the appropriate bus or daycare vehicle.
Sibling Shuttle
For your convenience, siblings located in both buildings will meet in the cafeteria. Parents will
park in the back parking lot and enter the breezeway to pick-up all students. Please be aware
students will be exiting the breezeway during this time to load buses. Students will not be released
to parents until 3:15.
To ensure student safety, requests to change the way a student is dismissed will
not be accepted after 2:30 pm.
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HETTIE HALSTEAD ELEMENTARY
910 N. Main Street
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-3440 Fax (254) 547-6896
Principal: Sheri Welch [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Deanna Thompson [email protected]
Counselor: Lora Slaughter [email protected]
Instructional Coach: Jerry Miracle [email protected]
Mission Statement
Hettie Halstead Elementary will provide a safe, supportive environment where all students
can meet or exceed their educational expectations as they begin their journey to become
responsible citizens.
School Hours
7:15 a.m. – Building opens and breakfast is served until 7:45 a.m.
Tardy Bell rings at 7:45
Pre-K 7:45 – 3:00
K-5th
7:45 – 3:15
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Pre-K and Kindergarten students should be dropped off at the blue music room door.
First grade students should be dropped off in front of the school and report to the cafeteria.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students report to the blue gym door.
5th grade students report to the playground/computer lab through the main entrance.
All students eating breakfast, except Pre-K, report directly to the cafeteria through the main
entrance.
Please use the lane closest to the curb for dropping off and picking up students. The outside lane is
for moving vehicles only. For the safety of all children, please do not stop in the driving lane to
wait or drop off your child. If you need to park and get out of your vehicle, please use a
designated parking spot. Be mindful of the handicapped parking spaces, the no parking zones and
the fire lanes.
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Student Pick-Up
Students will only be released to persons with the correct identification.
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Pre-K students are to be picked up at 3:00 in the back parking lot by the gate.
Kindergarten students are to be picked up at 3:15 on the sidewalk behind the bicycle racks.
First grade students will be picked up at 3:15 under the pecan trees to the right of the main
entrance.
Second grade students will be picked up at 3:15 on the sidewalks to the left of the main
entrance.
Third, fourth and fifth grade students will be picked up under the oak trees to the right of
the bicycle rack at 3:15.
Communication
A calendar of events, including the cafeteria menu, is sent home with each student monthly.
Classroom teachers send out weekly newsletters, and the Parent Liaison distributes fliers for events
of interest and parenting classes. Please watch the marquee and check the campus website for
important dates. An automated voice recording will be used for reminders and important
messages.
Visitors
The main entrance to the school is under the blue awning located at the front of the building. All
visitors must have a photo ID (such as a driver’s license) and sign in at the office. For safety
reasons, strollers will not be allowed in the classrooms.
Volunteers
Parent volunteers are welcome at Hettie Halstead Elementary School. A background check and
training are required. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Parent Liaison.
Thank you for your support as we keep safety the number one priority
at Hettie Halstead Elementary!
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HOUSE CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
351 Lutheran Church Road, Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 518-3000 ~ Fax (254) 518-7400
Principal:
Larea Gamble [email protected]
Assistant Principals: Kirk Balk [email protected]
Jodie Jost [email protected]
Counselors: Kristy Barton [email protected]
Lauren Hooten [email protected]
Instructional Coach: Sharon Phillips [email protected]
School Hours
7:45 AM – 3:15 PM
Building opens at 7:15 AM and breakfast is served.
Duty personnel will begin supervising children at 7:15 AM.
At 7:45 AM the tardy bell rings.
YMCA child care is available before and after school. Contact YMCA at (254) 634-5445 for
details.
Motto
It’s all about LEARNING at House Creek Elementary!
Belief Statement
The focus of House Creek Elementary is LEARNING.
Collaboration with home, school and the community
creates the best possible LEARNING environment.
Mission Statement
At House Creek Elementary, we provide a safe, supportive and fun environment
that promotes LEARNING for all students.
Vision Statement
House Creek Elementary will encourage, inspire and empower students
to strive for excellence in all pursuits, to develop a lifelong love for LEARNING,
and to become successful, contributing citizens in their communities and nation.
Adopt-A-School Unit
89th Military Police Brigade & 178th Military Police Detachment
We support our troops!
Visitors
All visitors must bring a picture ID and sign in at the front office.
The main entrance to the building faces Lutheran Church Road and parking is available there.
Communication
Please visit our web page at http://www.ccisd.com/Domain/1002 for information about our
campus, our calendar and details about upcoming events.
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Volunteers
Volunteers are welcome and valued at House Creek. We have a wonderful PTA. They provide
many services for our students and are always ready to welcome new helping hands. Our campus
goal is to expand volunteer opportunities in 2013-2014. If you are interested in volunteering on
our campus, please come in and check out the opportunities.
Morning Drop-Off Procedures
Kinder – 5th Grade Car Rider students may be dropped off in front of the building (enter on Coy
Drive and exit on Lutheran Church Road). Cars should pull along the curb. Personnel will be on
duty to assist with exiting vehicles and entering the building.
CCISD Bus and Daycare Bus riding students will be dropped off in the back parking lot in front
of the cafeteria. Personnel will be on duty to assist students and escort them inside.
Walkers will walk on the south sidewalk (near the back bus driveway on Coy Drive) and enter
through the gate behind the primary playground. Walkers may enter the building through the side
gym door. Bike Riders may park bikes at the bike rack and then enter through the side gym door.
Kinder – 5th Grade Students Escorted by Parents – If you prefer to escort your child into the
school in the mornings, please park in the front parking lot (Lutheran Church Road side). If you
wish to enter the building, please bring your ID and check in through the front office.
Designated Waiting Areas
Beginning at 7:15 AM:
Kindergarten – Music Room #108
1st Grade – 5th Grade - Gym
Students eating breakfast should immediately go to the cafeteria upon arrival. After eating
breakfast, students should go to their designated waiting areas. Students who are not eating
breakfast should go to their designated waiting area immediately upon arrival. Students arriving
after 7:35 AM should go directly to their classrooms. The instructional day begins promptly at
7:45 AM. The tardy bell rings at 7:45 AM.
Afternoon Pick Up Procedures
To ensure student safety, requests to change the way a student
Is dismissed must be received before 2:45 PM.
Kindergarten Car Riders (and their siblings) will be picked up on the Coy Drive west side along
the curb. Students will wait inside the building until their car pulls up. Please be sure to place the
HCES pick up sign, which will be provided by your child’s teacher, in your front window when
you enter the pickup line each day. Additional car rider window signs are available upon request.
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1st – 5th Grade Car Riders will be picked up in front of the building on the Lutheran Church Road
side. Please be sure to place the HCES pick up sign, which will be provided by your child’s
teacher, in your front window when you enter the pickup line each day. (1st – 5th grade students
with Kindergarten siblings will join their younger siblings in the Kindergarten hallway and be
dismissed together on the Coy Drive west side loop).
Buses (CCISD & Daycare) - Students will load at the back of the building. CCISD buses will
park along the curb. Daycare buses will park parallel and south of the CCISD buses. All students
will be escorted to CCISD and daycare buses.
WALKERS
Walking students will be dismissed from the rear of the building to walk on the sidewalk behind
the primary playground and exit the campus along the south sidewalk. Parents are encouraged to
meet their children at the intersection of the south sidewalk and Coy Drive. If you walk on
campus to meet your child, please wait at the gate behind the primary playground to join your
child.
BIKE RIDERS
Bike riders will be released after walkers and must walk their bikes off of school grounds.
PARENT WALK UPS AT DISMISSAL
In order to ensure student safety, ONLY car riders will be released at the upper Coy Drive west
loop curb and at the Lutheran Church Road front curb at dismissal time. To avoid confusion,
ensure student safety, and speed up the dismissal process, these areas are reserved for car rider
pick up ONLY at dismissal time.
Please DO NOT walk up to the Coy Drive west loop sidewalk or the front Lutheran Church
Road sidewalk to pick up your child. Walking adults and/or children in these areas cause
concern because of the high volume of traffic, the danger created by people, especially children,
walking between cars, and the delay it causes in the car rider pick up line. Our goal is to separate
the walking and vehicle traffic as much as possible. Therefore, walking parents should plan to
meet their children along the south sidewalk.
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Supervision of students begins at 7:15 AM.
Students eating breakfast should go directly to the cafeteria upon arrival.
Kinder – 5th grade car rider morning drop off – Lutheran Church Road loop
Older siblings always go to younger siblings at dismissal/pick up time.
Kindergarten car riders (and their siblings) will be loaded into vehicles at the upper
Coy Drive loop at dismissal time.
1st – 5th grade car riders will be loaded into vehicles at the front Lutheran Church
Road loop at dismissal time.
Walkers will exit from the gym down the south sidewalk to leave campus.
Walking parents should meet their children on the south sidewalk.
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J.L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary School
909 Courtney Lane
254-542-3070
FAX: 254-542-3348
Principal:
Assistant Principals:
Counselors:
Instructional Coach:
Marla Sullivan [email protected]
Billie Diaz [email protected]
Daniel Dodson [email protected]
Jennifer Adams [email protected]
Andrea Porter [email protected]
Jill Ranes [email protected]
Mission Statement
The mission of Williams/Ledger Elementary is to provide a high quality education in a safe,
nurturing environment where all students are valued as unique learners and all parents are valued
as partners in our school community.
Belief Statement
We believe that all students can excel academically and behaviorally when provided with high
expectations and a caring, supportive environment that promotes community partnerships.
Motto
“Preparing Today’s Students to become Tomorrow’s Leaders”
Volunteers
Parent volunteers are welcome at J. L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary. If you have time to
volunteer, please contact our title I coordinator, Angela Lewis.
Adopt-A-School Unit
182 Field Artillery 1st Cavalry
We support our troops!
Schedule:
7:15 Building Opens
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7:15-7:45 Breakfast is Served
Pre-K students – classrooms*
K, 1st & 2nd – Cafeteria*
3rd, 4th & 5th – North gym*
2:25 Pre-K pod A dismissed*
2:35 Pre-K pod B dismissed*
2:45 Pre-K pod C dismissed*
3:15 K – 5 dismissed*
*If you are unable to meet the time schedule for drop off or pick up, YMCA child care is available before
and after school. Please contact YMCA at 254-634-5445 for details.
*Our main office is located in the Williams (South) building. When visiting our campus, please have a
photo ID available when you sign-in.
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
1. The morning drop off time begins at 7:15 a.m.
2. Except in emergencies, we do not make changes to the way a student will get home after
2:30 p.m. each day.
3. Pre-K (only) parent drop off is in front of the Williams (South) building. Half-day Pre-K is
picked up in the front of the Williams (South) building.
4. Kindergarten through 5th grade parent drop off is in the back parking lot of the school
next to the cafeteria. All students will be dismissed in the back parking lot for parent pick
up.
5. Buses drop off and pick up at the front of the school on the Ledger (North) side.
6. Daycare buses drop off and pick up on the Williams (South) side.
7. When picking up your child in the afternoons, please use the outside lane by the curb; a
school representative will call your child’s name and assist him/her to your car. Please
have the name sheet on the dash visible for school personnel to read to keep the flow of
traffic going smoothly and quickly.
8. If you need to park your car or would like to walk up to the school to meet your child,
please park in the designated parking spaces.
9. Please remember to use the outside lane next to the curb for drop off and pick up. The
speed limit in the parking lot is 5 mph. This is a cell phone free zone.
10. The staff at J. L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary is dedicated to ensuring the safety
of your child.
Thank you for your support in helping us to keep safety the number one priority at
J. L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary.
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MAE STEVENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
302 Manning Drive
Copperas Cove, Texas
(254) 547-8289
Principal, Mary Derrick [email protected]
Assistant Principal, Tivonda Tucker-Johnson [email protected]
Counselor, Catherine Boone [email protected]
Instructional Coach: Joann Griffin [email protected]
School Hours
7:15 a.m. - Building Opens
7:15-7:35 a.m. - Breakfast Served
K - 5th - Waits in Gym
7:45 a.m. - Classes Begin
3:15 p.m. - Students Dismissed
Vision Statement
Our diverse learning community provides a safe and nurturing environment where all individuals
are challenged to achieve their maximum potential as life-long learners.
Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide challenging academic experiences in a safe, nurturing environment that
fosters life-long learning. Our mission will be accomplished when all learners are Effective
Communicators, Self-Directed Learners, Critical Thinkers, Informed Decision Makers, Problem
Solvers and Collaborative Leaders.
Parent Information
Mae Stevens Elementary has kindergarten through fifth grades with an average enrollment of 300
students. We view parents as partners in the education process and welcome you to our school.
Parents may be involved in classroom activities, advisory committees, student mentoring and the
PTA. We value the time our parents contribute at school to help all students succeed. We host
monthly Family Nights and encourage you to get involved in your child’s education.
Communication
A calendar of events, including the cafeteria menu, is sent home with each student monthly.
Classroom teachers send home weekly newsletters inform parents of objectives to be covered the
coming week and to keep parents informed of upcoming events. The Parent Involvement
Coordinator distributes flyers for events of interest and to advertise parenting workshops. Please
watch the marquee for important dates and messages, and listen for automated voice recording.
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Visitors
The Main entrance to the school is located at the front of the building. All visitors must have a
picture ID and sign in at the office.
Before and After School Procedures
Upon arrival, students will either go to the cafeteria to eat breakfast or wait in the gym for the first
bell. We ask that after the first week of school parents say their goodbyes in the front lobby to
reduce congestion in the halls, increase security, and assist in teachers starting instruction on time.
After school, parents are asked to remain outside the building in the appropriate location to pick up
their child. Maps and instructions are distributed the first day of school.
Parking Lot Procedures
The left lane in the parking lot is to be left open to facilitate those people who need to park and
come into the building. No cars are to stop or be left unattended in either lane, enabling emergency
vehicle access to the building if necessary. The Stop Patrol and staff members will assist as valets
to open doors and assist students getting into and out of vehicles, which will allow parents to
remain in their cars.
All students should be dropped off in front of the building and not in the side faculty parking lot as
buses and delivery trucks use that area in the morning.
MAE STEVENS ELEMENTARY
“Building Faith in the Future”
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MARTIN WALKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
100 FM 3046
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-2283
Principal: Amanda Crawley [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Angie Blackwell [email protected]
Counselor: Pearline Walker [email protected]
Instructional Coach: Rebekah Shuck [email protected]
School Hours
7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Motto
“Where Kids Come First!”
Belief Statement
We believe that all students can excel when provided with high expectations for both academic
achievement and exemplary behavior, partnered with a supportive environment at school and at
home.
Mission Statement
The mission of Martin Walker Elementary School is to provide a high-quality education while
creating lifelong learners, by providing a safe, nurturing environment, and maintaining a
cooperative, productive relationship with our families and the community.
Parent Information
Welcome to Martin Walker Elementary School! We value parents as partners in the educational
process. We welcome your help in the classroom, on our advisory committees (PAC, SBDM), in
the PTA and as home volunteers. Ask us how YOU can assist us in educating your child!
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JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS (Grades 6 – 8)
Copperas Cove Junior High
S.C. Lee Junior High
702 Sunny Street
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-6959
Fax (254) 518-2620
1205 Courtney Lane
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 542-7877
Fax (254) 542-8103
Principal - Randy Troub
Asst. Principal - Julie Kearney
Asst. Principal - Stephen Simecek
Counselor - Janet Carlton
Counselor – Sarah Delozier
Academic Coach – Heidi Grace
Principal - Kayleen Love
Asst. Principal - Patrick Crawley
Asst. Principal - Brian Jost
Counselor - Maggie Velarde
Counselor – Melissa Dewald
Academic Coach – Jill Guerin
Mission Statement
The mission of the Copperas Cove ISD Junior High Schools is to educate and empower our
students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens, while providing a safe and
orderly environment.
Class Schedule
Building Opens
Breakfast Served
Tardy Bell
6th grade Schedule
Period
1
2
3
Lunch
5
6
7
8
Enrichment
10
Time
8:10-8:55
8:59-9:44
9:48-10:33
10:33-11:03
11:07-11:52
11:56-12:41
12:45-1:30
1:34-2:29
2:33-2:56
3:00-3:45
7:30 a.m.
7:35 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
8:10 a.m.
7th grade Schedule
Period
1
2
3
4
5
Lunch
7
8
Enrichment
10
Time
8:10-8:55
8:59-9:44
9:48-10:33
10:37-11:22
11:26-12:11
12:11-12:41
12:45-1:30
1:34-2:29
2:33-2:56
3:00-3:45
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8th grade Schedule
Period
1
2
3
4
Lunch
6
7
8
Enrichment
10
Time
8:10-8:55
8:59-9:44
9:48-10:33
10:37-11:22
11:22-11:52
11:56-12:41
12:45-1:30
1:34-2:29
10:37-11:22
3:00-3:45
Before School and After School Procedures
Students are to be dropped off at the flag pole in front of the school.
The junior high campuses open at 7:30 a.m. Students who arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m.
will not be supervised or allowed inside the building.
Students who walk or ride a bike should leave campus immediately upon the release of school.
Those students who ride buses should report to the cafeteria. Students who are left on campus
after school will not be supervised past the end of the school day unless they are on campus for a
co/extra-curricular activity, tutorials or a disciplinary consequence. Students who loiter on
campus will be assigned a disciplinary consequence.
For students of driving age, student parking is not available at the junior highs.
Book Bags and Large Items
Book bags, large coats, over-sized hoodies, and other large items are not allowed in classrooms
and should be placed in the student’s locker at the beginning of the school day. Jackets and
hoodies must comply with the dress code.
Cell Phones
"For safety purposes, the devices must be TURNED OFF PRIOR TO ARRIVING ON CAMPUS
AND ARE TO BE STORED IN THE STUDENT'S LOCKER FOR TH E DURATION OF THE
SCHOOL DAY unless approved for use in the classroom for instructional purposes. A student
must have approval to possess other telecommunication devices such as net books, laptops,
tablets, or other portable computers, to be used only for approved instructional purposes.
The use of any device capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in locker rooms or
restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event.
If a student violates the above stated rule by failing to store their phone in their locker, discipline
consequences will be assigned. If the student uses the device without authorization while on
campus, the device will be confiscated and the student or parent may pick up the device from the
principal’s office for a fee of $15.
Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district
will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunication devices.
Other Personal Electronic Devices
Students are not permitted to possess or use personal electronic devices such as MP3 players,
video or audio recorders, DVD players, cameras, games, e-readers, or other electronic devices at
school, unless prior permission has been obtained. Without such permission, teachers will
collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether
to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items.
Closed Campus
Students are not allowed to leave campus during the school day without a slip from the office.
Once students arrive on campus they are expected to stay. Students who leave campus without
permission from the office will be subject to disciplinary action.
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Co/Extra-Curricular Activities
Students below the high school level have the opportunity to participate in a number of extracurricular and co-curricular activities during the junior high years. The main purpose of these
programs is to encourage students to experience new activities and become a part of the
school experience prior to entering high school. These programs encourage students to exhibit
good behavior, maintain passing grades, and develop positive work habits to maintain an active
status in the organizations.
Students participating in all activities do so at the expense of school budgets, fund-raising
activities, and/or personal funding. Therefore, the following procedures are in effect:
1. Each junior high will make available to all students the opportunity for participation in Band,
Cheerleading, Athletics, Choir, Junior Historians, Yearbook, Student Council, Fellowship
of Christian Athletes and National Junior Honor Society.
2. The number of active participants and selection process for all organizations will be the
responsibility of the campus administration.
3. Junior high band competition outside the school district will be limited to school
sponsored or UIL sanctioned contests only.
4. Junior high choir competition outside the school district will be limited to school
sponsored or UIL sanctioned contests only.
5. Junior high cheerleading and dance squad competition outside the school district will be
limited to school sponsored or UIL sanctioned contests only.
Guidelines for contests and competitions can be found in policy FMF(Local).
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society is an honorary club for selected 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship and service. The
National Junior Honor Society is a school-based organization dedicated to creating an
enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulating a desire to render service, promoting leadership and
encouraging the development of character and citizenship in all students. To be considered for
membership, a student must:
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Have attended the junior high campus the previous semester
Exhibit good character
Have an average of 85 or better in all classes
Be recommended by a faculty member
For more information on this organization, contact the campus advisor.
Counseling Information
The counseling program offers students help in the selection of classes and scheduling, as well as
guidance for any problems that the students may have. Students may sign up to see the
counselor during passing periods.
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Discipline Information
Consistent disciplinary consequences are an integral part of the success of both campuses.
Students are required to follow the Student Code of Conduct that has been adopted by the
district. Failure to do so will result in one or more of the following consequences: Campus
Community Service, Lunch Detention, Principal Detention (Mon.-Thurs. 3:50-4:20 p.m.),
Thursday School (Thurs., 3:50-6:15 p.m.), Saturday Detention (Sat. 8:30-11:30 a.m.), In-School
Suspension (ISS), Out-of-School Suspension and Placement in DAEP. Students who are
assigned ISS one time will not be allowed to attend extra-curricular activities for 3 weeks
following their placement. Students who are assigned to ISS 2 or more times, are suspended
more than 2 total days, or are placed in DAEP, will not be permitted to attend extra-curricular
activities for the remainder of the school year.
Students in ISS will complete a character building and decision-making packet as the
requirement of the program. Students are responsible for keeping up with their missed work
while they are in ISS. Failure to complete the packet or follow the guidelines will result in a
more severe disciplinary consequence.
Dress Code
Tattoos must be covered up at all times.
Food Service
Both junior highs offer a variety of hot food choices in the cafeteria and the snack bar. Money
can be deposited into student accounts for use in both lunch lines. Free and reduced lunch
applications are available in the office.
If parents plan on joining their student for lunch, please do not bring any food for any other
students. Federal law requires that students eat foods offered at school or foods furnished by
their parent only. Please do not bring cake or candy of any kind to share with students other than
your own.
Homework Hotlink & School Websites
A homework hotlink can be accessed through the campus websites. These links include
upcoming information as well as information for current student reviews. Parents may also
access student grades at any time through the Parent Portal. Please see office personnel for a
password to the Parent Portal.
Homework Requests
Requests for homework for an absent student should be made through the front office.
Generally, any request made before 10 a.m. can be granted by 3:45 p.m. of that same day.
Homework may be picked up in the front office.
Illness at School
The school nurse is either in the office or on call every day. Students who are ill should report to
the nurse’s office with a pass. Students with fever will be sent home and may not return to
school until 24 hours after the fever has broken. All other illnesses will be handled at the nurse’s
discretion. No student will be allowed to go home without parental contact.
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Interruptions of the School Day
Classes will not be interrupted for non-academic reasons. Parents – please communicate with
your child regarding transportation issues before arriving at school. Students will not be called
from class for an appointment until the parent arrives in the office. The phone in the front office
is for emergencies only (missing bus, canceled event). If you are bringing a forgotten lunch,
homework, house key, sport equipment, or if you need to leave a message for your child, you
must contact the office by 11:05 a.m.
Gifts, flowers, balloons, etc. are disruptions to the learning environment and will not be delivered
to students.
Library Information
Books may be checked out for two weeks and may be renewed for longer periods of time. A fine
of 5 cents is charged for each day the book is overdue. Students are required to pay the
replacement price for any book that is lost, damaged, or defaced while it is checked out in their
name.
Locker Information
Lockers at the junior high schools are district property and are subject to periodic checks to
insure that they are being kept clean and orderly. Lockers may also be checked whenever
reasonable suspicion of violation of school policy exists. Students should report needed locker
repairs to the front office.
Parent Information
Parents are encouraged to take an active role in the education process of their student by
providing him/her with support, guidance, and discipline throughout his or her public school
experience. Development of continuous communication between parents and staff via e-mails,
phone calls, meetings, newsletters, student agendas and school websites, allows for
understanding of the other’s environment and expectations. A Parent Portal is available to allow
parents to see their child’s updated grades. Please see the front office secretary for information
on access to this service.
Schedule Change Information
All initial requests for schedule changes must be through the counselor’s office. Schedule
changes will only be made to accommodate the educational needs of the student, to improve
instruction or to balance class sizes. Changing schedules for personal or social reasons will not
be approved.
STAAR Acceleration
Students who fail one or more portions of the state mandated STAAR test will be placed in a
STAAR acceleration class as replacement for one of the student’s electives.
TEAM/Teacher Conferences
Appointments for conferences with academic teams and/or individual teachers should be made in
advance. Individual teacher conferences are arranged by the specific teacher. Team
Conferences should be arranged through the front office.
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Tutorials
Tutorials are held both before and after school on both campuses. All students are encouraged to
attend tutorials. The district does not provide transportation for students attending tutorials. It is
the responsibility of the student and parent to make arrangements to attend tutorials. Individual
teacher tutorial schedules will be available upon request or by checking the campus web-site.
COPPERAS COVE HIGH SCHOOL
400 South 25th Street
Copperas Cove, TX
Phone: (254) 547-2534
Administrative Staff
Principal – Earl Parcell
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Associate Principal – Russell Porterfield
Assistant Principal - Miguel Timarky
Assistant Principal - Cynthia Kostroun
Assistant Principal – Pamela Beall
Assistant Principal – Andrea Knighton
Career & Technology Education Coordinator - Karen Denney
Academic Registrar - Andrea Bowsher
Student Activities and Academic Coordinator - Amal Baty
Lead Counselor – Sherce Hampton
Advanced Academics Counselor - Carolyn Taylor
Counselor - Belinda Juarez
Counselor - Diane Lovett
Counselor – John Avritt
Counselor - Roshon Jackson
Academic Coach: Vicki Wright
Academic Coach: Gina Zook
Special Programs/Projects Counselor – Marcella London
Athletic Director - Jack Welch
Bell Schedule
7:50 a.m.
8:25 a.m.
3:25 p.m.
Doors Open
Classes Begin
Classes End
Tutorials
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Buses Run
3:30 – 4:10 p.m.
4:15 p.m.
CCHS Vision Statement
In cooperation with parents and community, Copperas Cove High School will foster the
development of 21st century knowledge and skills that students will need to succeed as effective
citizens, workers, and leaders.
CCHS Mission Statement
The mission of Copperas Cove High School is to align safe classroom environments with real
world experiences. The professional and support staff will challenge students with rigorous
curricular and rich extra-curricular opportunities. As responsible learners, students will
demonstrate academic and technological skills in creativity, communication, collaboration, and
critical thinking and will hold themselves accountable for their own academic and
developmental progress.
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School Colors
Blue- symbolizing vigilance, perseverance, and justice
Gold- symbolizing scholarship, knowledge, and vision
School Motto
Where Students Become Champions
School Mascot
Bulldawg
Alma Mater
Hail to our Alma Mater,
Glory be to thee.
Hail to our Alma Mater,
Ever true we’ll be.
Our colors blue and gold
That wave o’er years untold
Remind us of our love
We hold for Copperas Cove.
Hail to our Alma Mater,
Glory be to thee,
Hail to our Alma Mater,
Loyal are we.
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Foreword
This handbook contains information needed by both students and parents throughout the school year and
is provided to assist with the orderly operation of the school. Obviously, every situation cannot be
listed, but an attempt is made to consolidate regulations and provide information.
If you have questions concerning the content, you should contact your designated counselor or assistant
principal.
Principal’s Message
Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! I hope that all of you had a pleasant summer vacation. I
am excited and looking forward to a great year. I would like to extend a warm Bulldawg
welcome to all students new to Copperas Cove High School.
I anxiously await all the achievements and activities that this year’s student body will produce.
The arrays of talents possessed by our faculty are far reaching and will positively stimulate a rich
learning environment. One of our goals is to prepare our students to be innovative, problem
solvers, critical thinkers, and able to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We will continue
our efforts to increase rigor in all course work as both freshman and sophomores will have to
take the STAAR EOC tests. Freshman and sophomores will have to pass fifteen End of Course
exams and have a cumulative score in order to graduate on the Recommended or Distinguished
graduation plan. Students and parents should expect more reading, research and accountability as
we continue moving forward. We have accomplished much, and the accomplishments of our
students in and out of the classroom continue to amaze. As a staff, we are continuously seeking
to improve so that every student at Copperas Cove High School receives a quality education.
The quality of our school is the product of a joint effort. The collaborative efforts of our parents,
community members, faculty and staff to nurture and support our students are what truly make
the difference in their lives. These relationships are priceless. Thank you all for the continued
support. You have high expectations for the school and your student’s performance, and we
applaud and welcome these expectations.
Our teachers and support staff are excited about the opportunities they will have to work with
you during the 2013-2014 school year. Again, I am looking forward to what the future holds for
the students of Copperas Cove High School. Go Dawgs!
Earl Parcell
Principal
Copperas Cove High School
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Academics
Advanced Placement Exams
College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide students with the opportunity to obtain
high school credit in certain subjects while pursuing college-level studies. These rigorous
courses also afford students an opportunity to receive advanced placement or credit upon
entering college. Certain AP courses may not be offered due to insufficient enrollment.
Students will be required to pay a portion of the testing fee by the announced date. Students who
are absent from AP testing due to illness may be able to take a make-up exam if proper
documentation is provided for the absence. Students will not be able to retake an AP exam
toward earning enhanced credit.
For more information, refer to your course description book or see your counselor.
Algebra I and Geometry
Students who fail all or part of Algebra I or Geometry should consider attending summer school.
Copperas Cove High School students who do not have one Algebra I credit or one Geometry
credit at the beginning of the next school year following the failure shall be required to take
Algebra I or Geometry in an accelerated course offered the following semester.
Auditing a Course
If a student has previously passed and received credit for a course, that student may retake the
course only to strengthen skills in that subject. Audited courses will not be posted on the
transcript, will not be awarded grade points, and will not be used to determine class rank and
grade point average. Courses may be audited only in summer school. Students may not audit
courses during the regular school year or in the Learning Center. Students auditing courses in
summer school must pay the full summer school tuition and be subject to all summer school
rules and guidelines for attendance and behavior. Students will be allowed to audit summer
school classes on a space available basis.
Class Rank
Grade point average (GPA) shall be used for ranking high school students. A student’s class
ranking shall be determined within the graduation class of the school year in which the student
completes all requirements for a diploma, regardless of the number of years the student is
enrolled in the high school. Class rank is calculated twice a year at the end of each semester.
All courses have been placed on a weighted system and grade points shall be assigned according
to the level of the course. For information on how to calculate the cumulative GPA, see policy
EIC(LOCAL).
Credits earned in junior high school, correspondence courses, credit by examination, college
courses (with the exception of pre-approved dual credit offerings), credit recovery, CCHS
Learning Center, DAEP, and API courses shall not be used in determining a student’s GPA.
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*To earn the weighted AP grade points, students must take the AP test in May and earn a two or higher on the exam
for enhanced GPA weight. Individual colleges determine what the passing standard is for credit on AP exams.
Check with your university to determine the score needed to earn credit.
GPAs shall be calculated using the following system for the freshman class of 2010-2011 and
beyond:
Grade Earned
AP
Dual Credit
Pre-AP
Academic
97-100
90-96
87-89
80-86
77-79
70-76
Below 70
6.0
5.5
5.0
4.5
4.0
3.5
0.0
5.5
5.0
4.5
4.0
3.5
3.0
0.0
5.0
4.5
4.0
3.5
3.0
2.5
0.0
4.5
4.0
3.5
3.0
2.5
2.0
0.0
Beginning with the freshmen class of 2010-11, to receive AP weight, a student must take the AP
examination and earn a 3 or higher on the AP examination, unless the student is a senior enrolled
in an AP class and has at least a B average at the time grade points are calculated. Individual
colleges determine what the passing standard is for credit on AP exams. Check with your
university to determine the score needed to earn credit.
Correspondence Courses/Credit by Exam/Credit by Exam for Acceleration
Students may earn no more than two credits through correspondence courses and no more than
one credit through credit by exam. Students who desire to register for a correspondence course
must get prior approval from the counselor. The counselor will serve as the supervisor for the
course and may administer the final examination for the course.
All correspondence course lessons and tests must be completed by the end of the second six
weeks in the spring semester (the end of the fifth six weeks). Grades from correspondence
courses and credit by exam will not be averaged with other grades to determine class rank.
Credit by Exam is available to students who have had at least 55 hours of instruction in a onesemester course and who have failed with a grade of no less than 60. Students who meet this
requirement may gain credit by passing an examination of the Texas Essential Knowledge and
Skills (TEKS) of the course. Students who have excessive absences resulting in loss of credit
may not use credit by exam to receive credit for the particular course, nor may students use credit
by exam to be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. A $33 fee is required for credit
by exam. Students may earn no more than one credit from credit by exam.
Credit by Exam for Acceleration allows students to be awarded individual course credit based on
successful (90%) testing on an approved course test. These tests are administered only twice a
year, and students must meet a registration deadline. Your counselor will have registration
forms. [See Credit by Exam section of handbook.]
Credit Recovery
Credit recovery may be offered during either semester or in the summer based on available
funding. These classes are offered to students based on need determined by school staff.
Students may only earn up to two credits in the credit recovery program.
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Dual Credit
Various opportunities are available for students to possibly earn high school and college credit
simultaneously. Furthermore, seniors may be provided “release” periods to take certain dual
credit courses at Central Texas College. Students who are interested in dual credit should see
their counselor.
Early Graduation (Less than 4 years)
To be eligible to graduate in less than four years, the student shall complete all course work and
exit-level testing required of the ninth grade class in which he or she begins high school.
Students wishing to graduate early shall notify their counselor, ideally by the end of the student’s
sophomore year in high school.
Early graduates shall not be allowed to displace a four-year graduate in determining the top ten
graduates. Early graduates shall not be eligible for the honors positions of valedictorian or
salutatorian nor for the top ten graduate positions, regardless of GPA.
The highest rank that can be earned by an early graduate shall be number 11 in the graduating
class. If more than one early graduate has a GPA high enough to fall within the top ten of the
four-year graduates, then the early graduate shall be ranked on the basis of the number of credits
earned (i.e. classes successfully completed). The early graduate with the most credits shall be
ranked as number 11; the early graduate with the next largest number of credits shall be number
12, and so on. An early graduate whose rank is below that of the top ten four-year graduates
shall be ranked with the rest of the graduating class as if he or she were a four-year graduate.
A senior student, with parent and counselor approval, may finish graduation requirements early.
The diploma will not be issued until graduation in the spring.
The State of Texas provides a partial scholarship to those students who graduate early.
However, to receive this scholarship, students must have successfully completed the
Distinguished or Recommended High School Program. Also, students must graduate within 3641 consecutive months of entering high school to be eligible for this scholarship. For more
information see your child’s counselor.
Exemption Policy
Off-Campus Exemption – Junior and Senior Students Only
In an effort to encourage our junior and senior students, CCHS has initiated an off-campus
exemption policy with the following guidelines for semester exams (NOT including dual credit
classes):
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Off-campus exemptions are considered for each semester;
Only juniors and seniors are eligible for off-campus exemption (based upon computer
classification);
Students must have an average of 80-89 with zero absences or an average of 90-100 with
no more than one absence for off-campus exemptions;
Students can have no more than three tardies to the class being considered for exemption;
Students cannot have received an office referral in the class being considered for
exemption;
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Excused absences, unexcused absences, ISS placement, OSS, Expulsion, and DAEP
placement count against exemptions;
College days, certified absences, medical absences, military deployment, extra-curricular
and co-curricular absences do not count against student exemptions; and
Students must be enrolled in CCHS by the 3rd day of the semester to be eligible for
exemptions.
If an exempted student decides to take a semester exam, the semester exam score can only raise
the average grade. If the score from the exam is lower than the semester average, the exam score
will not be counted.
Dual credit classes will not be eligible for any exemption offered by the high school.
It is the student’s responsibility to monitor absences. Any absence that has been recorded on a
report card will not be changed. The principal, on a case-by-case basis, may review extenuating
circumstances.
On-Campus Exemptions – All Freshman Classes and Sophomore Classes
In an effort to encourage our freshman and sophomore students, CCHS has implemented an oncampus exemption policy with the following guidelines for the spring semester exams:
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On-campus exemptions are ONLY considered for the spring semester;
Students must have an average of 80-89 with zero absences or an average of 90-100 with
no more than one absence;
Students can have no more than three tardies to the class being considered for exemption;
Students cannot have received an office referral in the class being considered for
exemption;
Excused absences, unexcused absences, ISS placement, OSS, Expulsion, and DAEP
placement count against exemptions;
Certified absences, medical absences, military deployment, extra-curricular and cocurricular absences do not count against student exemptions; and
Students must be enrolled in CCHS by the 3rd day of the semester to be eligible for
exemptions.
Grade-Level Advancement
The minimum number of course credits required for grade-level classifications are as follows:
Sophomore - 7 credits, Junior - 14 credits, Senior - 20 credits.
Changes in the grade-level classification will be made at the beginning of the fall semester.
Credits are adjusted for students coming from schools that do not have eight courses per
semester.
Students will also be eligible to be reclassified at the beginning of the spring semester.
Reclassification at mid-semester will be based upon the following criteria:
Sophomore -- 10 credits, Junior -- 16 credits, and Senior – 24 credits.
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Grading System
A student who fails the first semester of a one-credit course, but passes the second semester may
receive full credit for the course if the average of the semester grades is at least 70. If the
average grade is below 70, the student must retake and pass the first semester, at which time
credit for the course shall be granted. There shall be no minimum failing grade. Regardless of
what the first semester grade is, if the average of the two semester grades is passing, the student
shall receive credit as long as the grades were earned in the same regular school year.
If the student passes the first semester but fails the second semester of a one-credit course, no
averaging shall be done and the student shall be required to retake the second semester of the
particular course.
Summer school and credit-by-exam grades will not be used for grade averaging. Any student
enrolled full time must have successfully completed both semesters of all one-credit courses in
order for the credit to count toward state graduation requirements. Consult the CCHS Course
Description Guide for information concerning credits awarded for particular classes.
In accordance with guidelines, {EIA (LOCAL)} a student shall be permitted a reasonable
opportunity to redo an assignment or retake a test for which the student received a failing grade.
For purposes of the policy, reasonable opportunity shall mean that the parent or student contacts
the teacher within ten school days from the time the grade is posted in Parent Portal and/or the
assignment is returned to the student, whichever is later, to schedule a mutually agreeable time to
redo the assignment or retake a test. The test or assignment must be over the same standards but
may be in a different format from the original assignment or test. Prior to retaking the test or
being allowed to redo an assignment, the student shall attend a minimum of one tutorial on the
targeted academic skill. In an AP course the maximum grade a student can earn on a redo is a
70. In a Pre-AP course the maximum grade a student can earn on a redo is an 80. Students in
regular courses may be allowed to earn full credit. Should a student wish to make up an
assignment or retake a test for which he/she received a failing grade during the sixth six weeks
grading period, the time frame for availing himself/herself of that opportunity may be
significantly shortened due to the fact that all grades must be earned within the student
instructional calendar days. Final exams are not eligible for retest. The end of year Advanced
Placement exams are governed by the College Board. All Dual Credit exams and assignments
are governed by the sponsoring university/college.
Should a student not turn in an assignment by the due date, 10 points may be deducted for each
day it is late, with the maximum allowed deduction being 30 points. At the high school, late
work may not be accepted after four consecutive school days. Should a failing grade be earned
due to submitting the assignment late, an opportunity to redo the assignment will not be
provided. If the student missed an in-class assignment because he/she was out due to an excused
absence, the student shall submit the assignment the assignment the day he/she returns or attends
class, whichever is sooner.
If the student missed a due date because he/she was out due to an excused absence, the student
will be allowed appropriate to submit the assignment without penalty.
. No late work will be accepted for AP courses.
Secondary Grading Procedure
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Promotion and course credit shall be based on mastery of the curriculum. Course assignments
and unit evaluations shall be used to determine student grades in a subject. An average of 70 or
higher shall be considered a passing grade.
Regular Classes
Minor Grades 40%
Major Grades 60%
Homework can only comprise ¼ (10%) of the 40% allotted for this category.
Pre-AP/Junior High GT Classes
Minor Grades 30%*
Major Grades 70%
Homework can only comprise 1/3 (10%) of the 30% allotted for this category.
AP Courses (High School)
Minor Grades 20%
Major Grades 80%
ZIP Courses (High School)*
Minor Grades 40%
Major Grades 60%
Homework can only comprise ¼ (10%) of the 40% allotted for this category.
*Note: ZIP courses are accelerated courses where students meet daily rather than on a block
schedule. These students complete two six weeks of work each six weeks. The parent should
understand that a progress report reflects a full six weeks of work. Students will receive grades
on an official report card three marking periods. The first and second marking period each
reflect twelve weeks of work. The third marking period reflects the student’s final average for
the course. Students, parents, and teachers must be vigilant in monitoring the student’s progress.
Incomplete Grades
If grades are incomplete at the end of a grading period, the teacher will record an “I” for
incomplete on the report card. Incomplete grades must be cleared within ten school days.
Students with incomplete grades are ineligible for UIL activities until the “I” is cleared.
Graduation
Requirements for a Diploma
To receive a high school diploma from the district, a student must successfully:
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Complete the required number of credits;
Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated by the state.
Graduation Programs
The district offers the graduation programs listed below. All students entering grade 9 are
required to enroll in the Recommended Program or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement
Program. Permission to enroll in the Minimum Program will be granted only if a written
agreement is reached among the student, the student’s parent or person standing in parental
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relation, and the counselor or appropriate administrator. In order for a student to take courses
under the Minimum Program, the student must be at least 16 years of age; have completed at
least two credits each in English language arts, math, science, and social studies courses that are
required for graduation; or have failed grade 9 one or more times. [See policy EIF(LEGAL).]
For students who entered in the 2011-2012 school year, in addition to the credit and course
requirements for each program, performance on EOC assessments will be linked to a student’s
eligible graduation program. To graduate, a student must meet a satisfactory score set by the the
Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Certificates of Coursework Completion
A certificate of coursework completion will not be issued to a student who has successfully
completed state and local credit requirements for graduation but has not yet demonstrated
satisfactory performance on the state-mandated tests required for graduation.
Students with Disabilities
Upon the recommendation of the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee, a student
with disabilities may be permitted to graduate under the provisions of his or her individualized
education program (IEP).
A student who receives special education services and has completed four years of high school,
but has not met the requirements of his or her IEP, may participate in graduation ceremonies and
receive a certificate of attendance. Even if the student participates in graduation ceremonies to
receive the certificate of attendance, he or she may remain enrolled to complete the IEP and earn
his or her high school diploma; however, the student will only be allowed to participate in one
graduation ceremony. [See policy FMH(LEGAL).]
Please also be aware that if an ARD committee places a student with a disability on a modified
curriculum in a subject area, the student will be automatically placed in the Minimum Program,
in accordance with state rules.
If a student receiving special education services is scheduled to graduate under the Minimum
Program or in accordance with the provisions of his or her IEP, the student’s ARD committee
will determine whether the general EOC assessment is an accurate measure of the student’s
achievement and progress or whether an alternative assessment is more appropriate. STAAR
Modified and STAAR Alternate are the alternative assessments currently allowed by the state.
[See Standardized Testing for additional information.]
If a student takes the STAAR Modified or STAAR Alternate assessment, the student’s ARD
committee will determine whether the score on an EOC assessment will count as 15 percent of a
student’s final grade, as well as whether successful performance and a cumulative score on the
EOC assessments will be required for graduation.
Graduation Activities
Graduation is a formal event focused on honoring students who have met the guidelines
established by the state of Texas and Copperas Cove ISD to receive their diplomas. All students
who participate in graduation must successfully fulfill all credit and state assessment
requirements. Foreign exchange students are not eligible to graduate or to participate in the
graduation ceremony.
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Each year the senior sponsors and administrators set up all of the details of the graduation
activities. Graduation activities include a senior breakfast and commencement ceremony.
Any graduation candidate who misrepresents the school in any manner that is deemed
inappropriate by the school administration may result in exclusion from the senior activities as
stated in the graduation contract.
A student who completes his/her high school graduation requirements in a Disciplinary
Alternative Education Placement (DAEP) shall not be eligible to participate in the Copperas
Cove High School commencement exercises or related social events.
Crossroads High School is a school of choice and is a separate high school with different
graduation requirements. Crossroads High School students shall not participate in the Copperas
Cove High School commencement exercises. Crossroads High School students who
satisfactorily complete all coursework requirements for graduation and meet all applicable exitlevel testing requirements are eligible to participate in the Crossroads High School
commencement exercises. Crossroads High School students may participate in Copperas Cove
High School social events, such as prom, with approval from both campus principals.
Graduation Speakers
The senior class officers will be eligible to speak during the opening address of the graduation
ceremony. The purpose of the address will be to introduce the event; honor the occasion, the
participants, and those in attendance; bring the audience to attention; present the senior class gift;
and introduce special guests. If more than one officer wishes to speak, a random drawing of all
interested will be held. The name chosen will present the opening address. The opening address
will be limited to two minutes, not including the introduction of special guests or presentation of
the class gift.
The following guidelines will be used to determine graduation speakers:
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Valedictory Address -- Ranked #1 in graduating class
Salutatory Address -- Ranked #2 in graduating class
Opening Address -- Selected randomly from senior class officers
[For student speakers at other school events, see Student Speakers and policy FNA(LOCAL).]
Graduation Expenses
Because students and parents will incur expenses in order to participate in the traditions of
graduation--such as the purchase of invitations, senior ring, cap and gown, and senior picture-both student and parent should monitor progress toward completion of all requirements for
graduation. The expenses often are incurred in the junior year or first semester of the senior
year. [See Student Fees.]
Scholarships and Grants
 Students who have a financial need according to federal criteria and who complete the
Recommended High School Program or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program
may be eligible under the TEXAS Grant Program for tuition and fees to Texas public
universities, community colleges, and technical schools, as well as to private institutions.
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Contact the counselor for information about other scholarships and grants available to
students.
Highest Honors: Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The valedictorian shall be the student with the highest grade point average (GPA). The
salutatorian shall have the second highest GPA. The average shall be based on all courses taken
in high school. The average shall be calculated at the 15-week point of the spring semester. The
GPA shall include Advanced Placement (AP) weight for an AP course if the student has been
enrolled in the course in either the fall or spring semester of that school year and has paid for the
corresponding AP exam. In addition, beginning with the freshman class of 2010-2011, the GPA
shall include Dual Credit weight for Dual Credit courses for each semester that the student
completes a dual credit course. The student will receive Pre-AP weight for Pre-AP courses for
each semester that the student completes a Pre-AP course.
To be eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian honors, a student must have been registered as a
full-time student at Copperas Cove High School by the first day of the second week of the senior
year and should be completing his or her fourth year of high school. Early graduates shall not be
eligible for valedictory or salutatory honors.
If there is a tie for valedictorian honors, the valedictorian and salutatorian shall be chosen
according to the following guidelines:
1. Grades shall be calculated numerically according to actual grades earned. Ten points
shall be added to AP, Pre-AP, and Dual Credit courses.
2. If there is still a tie, the students’ scores on college entrance tests shall be compared if all
the tying students have taken the same test.
To qualify for the valedictorian or salutatorian speech, a student shall not have engaged in any
serious misconduct or violation of the Student Code of Conduct, including removal to a
Discipline Alternative Education Program, a three-day suspension, or an expulsion.
Participation in Graduation Exercises
All students who participate in graduation must successfully fulfill all credit and state
assessment requirements. For further information, see policy EIF(LEGAL) and
FMH(LOCAL).
A student who completes his or her high school graduation requirements in a Discipline
Alternative Education Program (DAEP) shall not be eligible to participate in the Copperas Cove
High School commencement exercises or related social events.
Crossroads High School is a school of choice and is a separate high school with different
graduation requirements; therefore, Crossroads High School students shall not participate in the
Copperas Cove High School commencement exercises. Crossroads High School students may
participate in Copperas Cove High School social events, such as project graduation and prom,
with approval from both campus principals.
Foreign Exchange students are not eligible to graduate or participate in the graduation ceremony.
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Personal Graduation Plans (PGP)
Senate Bill 1008, passed during the 78th Texas Legislature, states that a high school student must
have a Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) if the student did not pass all of their Texas Assessment
of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests during the previous school year or if the student is
unlikely to receive a high school diploma before the fifth year following the student’s enrollment
in grade level nine.
Students who are in need of educational services to meet this requirement will be served through
a variety of interventions, including but not limited to the following: summer school, placement
in designated classes, mandatory tutorials, mandatory Saturday or evening programs or other
means deemed appropriate by the school and parent. Parents will be invited to a conference in
the fall to participate in the creation of their student’s PGP and the school will be in contact with
the child and his/her parents throughout the school year.
Schedule Changes
The administration determines the number of courses to be taught and assigns the teachers to the
course sections based on the students’ course selection sheets and other student needs.
Therefore, students are expected to remain committed to their selections during the year.
Schedules will be issued on the first day of school or mailed home prior to the first day, if
completed. Students will follow these schedules for the entire year. Schedule changes will be
considered based on misaligned placement, lack of prerequisites, error in enrollment, scheduling
conflict, or placement in band, UIL, choir, or co-op. All requests for schedule changes must be
initiated through the grade level counselor. Pre-AP/AP year long courses may not be dropped
after the 8th week of the first semester.
Add/Drop Policy
Changes in the student’s schedule after registration should be avoided and will only be
considered for students who:
a) need a course for graduation and cannot take it later;
b) are assigned to a class previously passed; or
c) need to take Band, UIL, Choir, Co-op (drop/add same period only).
Level changes must be completed by the end of the eighth week of a semester and will be made
only after a parent-teacher conference and grade level assistant principal approval (for example,
moving from an AP English course to a regular English course). Students who elect to drop a
dual credit course after the 1st day will be required to reimburse CCHS the cost of the course.
Adding or dropping electives, to include honor course electives, cannot be done after the fifth
day of the start of the course. Enrollment in mathematics or science zip classes must occur
within the first five days of the semester. A student who drops a course after the fourth week of
a six week period will automatically receive a failing grade. A senior student who drops a course
before the end of the sixth week may enroll in a course required for graduation without penalty
and receive credit upon successful completion.
Semester Exams
Examinations covering a semester of schoolwork will be given at the end of each semester.
Semester exams must be administered according to the schedule established by the
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administration. Requested modifications or changes must have prior approval from the child’s
assigned assistant principal. Also, exams will not be administered to students prior to the
scheduled date and time without prior consent from the grade level assistant principal. Students
who miss their exams due to an excused absence will be able to take their exams at a later time.
SAT, ACT, and Other Standardized Tests
Many colleges require either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT) for admission. Students are encouraged to talk with the counselor early during their
junior year to determine the appropriate exam to take; these exams are usually taken at the end of
the junior year. Students can register for the SAT or ACT tests at www.collegeboard.com and
www.ACT.org. Additional study guides may be available at the high school Career Center. The
PSAT is offered to selected freshman, sophomores and juniors at no cost to the students. Testing
dates and registration deadlines for the SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT/NMSQT, and TAKS are included
in the charts at the end of this handbook. (Prior to enrollment in a Texas public college or
university, most students must take a standardized test, such as the Texas Higher Education
Assessment [THEA]).
Transfer Students
A student who transfers into the district with higher-level course credits shall receive similar
credits counted toward the GPA according to the list of higher-level courses offered by the
district and the grade point average used for credit earned in the district. Students transferring
with letter grades will have the letter grade converted to a numerical grade based on a preapproved chart.
Attendance
Requirements for Credit
The Texas Education Code states that a student must attend school 90 percent (90%) of the time
scheduled for a particular course to receive credit for that course. CCHS students who do not
attend school at least 90 percent (90%) of the time may lose their credits. When a student
accumulates four absences (excused, unexcused) in any one course in the first semester and five
absences in the second semester, the student loses credit for that course.
CCHS will notify a student’s parent in writing if the student is absent from school for 3 or more
days or parts of days within the semester. The student and their parent(s) are subject to
prosecution under TEC 25.085 for violation of state attendance laws for unexcused absences that
exceed 9 school days.
Upon the student’s return to school, all documentation of absences must be provided to the
school. Unexcused absences affecting exemptions or truancy must be corrected within the 6
weeks in which they occur. No corrections can be made after the above deadlines.
Loss of Credit/Regaining Credit
Students who lose credit due to excessive absences must appeal to the attendance officer within
five (5) school days of that loss of credit; if not, credit will not be reinstated. Students who
appeal within the five-day period will appear before the Attendance Review Committee (ARC)
to determine whether or not credit(s) will be reinstated. The ARC will consider the number of
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absences, the classifications of absences, and the reasons for absences to determine whether
credit will be reinstated.
If a student violates the campus ARC agreement, he/she may then appeal to the CCISD
Superintendent or designee at 547-1227 within 10 days of the loss of credit notice.
Make-up Work
Upon the student’s return to school, he/she will be permitted to make up assignments or tests
after absences. It is the student’s responsibility to make necessary arrangements with the
teacher. The student will be allowed three consecutive school days to make up the assigned
work; failure to do so within the time allotted will result in a grade of zero for the assignment.
Students who are absent on the day a long-term assignment or project is due must turn in the
assignment or project the first time the student returns to that class. The additional three day
policy does not apply.
Truancy
Students absent from school without the permission of parents or absent from class without the
principal’s permission shall be considered truant and shall be subject to disciplinary action and
prosecution under state attendance laws. Students who are more than 30 minutes late to a class
will be considered truant and will receive a referral and disciplinary consequences to include ISS
placement.
General Information
Campus Security
Police will be on campus to assist in maintaining order and to enforce public laws. Students who
become involved in fights or other infractions, which violate public laws, will be arrested and/or
issued a citation. Also, security cameras will be utilized in designated areas to monitor school
activities and to assist in the investigation of violations of the student code of conduct. Students
may be cited for the use of profanity that constitutes disorderly conduct.
Change of Address or Telephone Number
The registrar should be notified immediately if the student has a change of address or telephone
numbers. Updated information is essential if the school is to successfully handle emergencies
and maintain communication with parents.
Closed Campus
CCHS is a closed campus, which means that:
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Unauthorized persons are not to be on campus.
No student may leave campus without written permission.
No student may return to campus after leaving without signing back in.
Students must refrain from leaving campus after arriving in the morning. Students who
do leave campus after arrival will receive disciplinary consequences for violating the
closed campus policy.
Students who leave campus after dismissal will not be eligible to return and ride the bus.
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Unauthorized persons shall not be permitted on the school campus at any time. Anyone violating
this regulation will be reported to the police and may be charged with criminal trespass. All staff
members and students are requested to report any such persons to the principals.
Conference Periods – Parents and/or Teachers
Students and parents may expect teachers to request a conference if the student does not maintain
passing grades or achieve the expected level of performance in class. A teacher may also
schedule a conference if a student presents any behavior problems to the teacher.
The District encourages a student or parent who wants information or wants to raise a question or
concern to confer with the appropriate teacher.
Issues that are not resolved at this level should be directed to the appropriate counselor and/or
assistant principal. A parent who wishes to confer with a teacher may call the office at 547-2534
for an appointment during the teacher’s conference period or request that the teacher call the
parent. Parents may also contact teachers through e-mail. All e-mail addresses are listed on our
campus web page.
Parental Involvement
Education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school; a
partnership that thrives on communication. The school asks parents:
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to encourage their students to put a high priority on their education and to commit
themselves to making the most of the educational opportunities the school provides;
to stay informed on school activities and issues;
to become a school volunteer;
to participate in campus parent organizations, ranging from organizational club boosters
to campus committees, which helps to formulate campus performance objectives
fostering improved educational opportunities for all students; and
to monitor their student’s progress and contact teachers as needed.
Safety Drills
The following are the emergency safety drill procedures, which will be conducted at least once a
month. There should be no difference in approach to a safety drill and an actual emergency.
Both should be accomplished rapidly and seriously and in an orderly manner. Several drills will
be conducted each school year. Each classroom has a diagram showing how to exit the building
during drills.
Students will remain with their teacher during all drills. Roll will be called. Failure to remain
with the teacher or to comply with teacher requests will result in a minimum placement of
In-School Suspension (ISS).
Schedule
CCHS uses a form of flexible scheduling called the modified block. Class periods are 90
minutes long, and the block changes every day. Students attend four classes on “Blue” days and
four classes on “Gold” days. The block schedule provides students opportunities to explore
subjects more deeply, promotes team teaching, encourages individual instruction, and allows
students more class choices over a four-year period.
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Student Access to Building
Students will have access to the cafeteria beginning at 7:50 a.m. The campus will not provide
supervision prior to 7:50 a.m. Any incidents that occur prior to this time will receive disciplinary
consequences. Please do not allow students that walk, drive or are dropped off to arrive before
7:50 a.m. Students will have access to other designated portions of the building beginning at
8:10 a.m. Students will be required to clear the building by 3:35 p.m. Students in the building
before or after these times with no legitimate reason will receive disciplinary consequences and
could be charged with trespassing.
Welcome Booths
These sites will be manned at the front and back of the school from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The
booths help route visitors to their destination and enhance the overall security of our school.
General Policies
Attendance Requirements for Participation in School Related Activities
It will be sponsor/coach discretion whether a student that is absent from school will be able to
participate in a school-related activity on that day or evening.
Discipline
Minor Offenses (General): includes Horseplay, Inappropriate Language, Public Displays of
Affection (PDA), Bullying, Hall/Restroom Violation, etc.
Each incident = at least one (1) consequence
Office Referrals 1–2 (coded in accordance with offense) = Thursday School 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Office Referrals 3-5 (coded in accordance with offense) = Saturday School 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Office Referral 6-7 (coded in accordance with offense) = ISS
Office Referral 8 (coded in accordance with offense) = ISS plus Campus Probation
Office Referral 9 (coded in accordance with offense) = DAEP placement may be recommended
*Administration has final say on assigned consequence depending on the severity of the
offense. The above matrix serves only as a guide.
Minor Offenses (Specific): Tardies, Dress Code, and IDs
# of Incidents
# of Major Referrals
Consequences
4 (minors)
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One 45 Minute Detention
8 (minors)
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Thursday School 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
12 (minors)
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Saturday School 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
16 (persistent)
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In-School-Suspension
20 (persistent)
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ISS and Campus Probation
24 (persistent)
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OSS and Discretionary DAEP Hearing
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Tardy Policy
It is expected that students will not be tardy. Students who are less than 15 minutes late to class
will follow the discipline matrix above. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to class, the
student will receive a disciplinary referral and be assigned to Thursday evening school. Students
who are more than 30 minutes late will be considered truant and should receive an office referral
immediately, as they will be placed in ISS.
**Tardies will affect semester exemptions.**
Serious Offenses
Students may be placed on campus probation with the fourth serious offense (in conjunction
with in-school-suspension (ISS) or out-of-school suspension (OSS)). Campus Probation
constitutes a “final warning.” The next serious offense may result in a hearing for DAEP
placement.
Fighting
Students choosing to fight at school or at a school-related activity on or off school property will
be subject to the following consequences:
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One (1) fight WILL result in Out of School Suspension (OSS) plus student is placed
on campus probation and MAY result in a due process hearing with a
recommendation for DAEP placement.
Two (2) fights SHALL result in OSS and a due process hearing with a
recommendation for DAEP Placement.
Students may be issued a citation by the Copperas Cove Police Department.
Bullying
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression,
expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a
school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that:
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Has the effect or will 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
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Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an
intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
This conduct is considered bullying if it:
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Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim
through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and
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Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
Loitering
Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:50 a.m. to: 1) eat breakfast in the cafeteria, 2)
use the library starting at 8:00 a.m., 3) attend club-sponsored meetings, practices, or rehearsals,
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4) attend tryouts, and 5) go to tutorials. Students must have a pass to be in the hallway during
this time.
Students will be allowed to remain after school to: 1) attend club-sponsored meetings, practices,
or rehearsals, 2) attend tryouts, or 3) attend tutorials. Students must have a pass to be in the
hallways and must be in their assigned location by 3:35 p.m.
Students who are not members of the meeting organization will not be allowed to wait in the
building or at the site of the meeting until the student who is a member finishes.
If you are a participant and need to arrive at school early or remain after school in one of the
ways mentioned above, then you must report to the sponsor/teacher/coach immediately. It is the
student’s responsibility to acquire parental permission prior to remaining for any activity, in
order to give the parent the opportunity to arrange for transportation/pickup for the student when
the event has ended. Supervision is not provided for students on campus prior to 7:50 a.m. and
after 4:00 p.m. except as previously indicated.
Students who walk or drive home must leave campus immediately unless staying at school for
one of the above mentioned activities. Students who remain on campus without permission will
receive disciplinary consequences.
Students waiting on their parents to pick them up must wait in front of the school and are not
allowed at the bus loop or in other areas of the school or campus.
Exception: Inclement weather. Administrators will determine procedures for inclement weather.
Lunch: Closed Campus
CCHS is a closed campus and students are not allowed to leave for lunch unless granted special
administrative permission due to pre-arranged testing schedules.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society is an honorary club for selected juniors and seniors who have
excelled in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. The National Honor
Society is a school-based organization dedicated to providing continued service to the
community. To be considered for membership, a student must:
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Be a member of the junior or senior class. Candidates must have been in attendance at
Copperas Cove High School the equivalent of one semester.
Have a cumulative scholastic G.P.A. of 3.75. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the
basis of advanced course work, service, leadership and character.
Complete the student information packet and have the teacher recommendation sheets
turned in by the deadline for consideration.
Provide documentation of leadership.
Provide documentation of prior community service. New members must perform 20
hours of community service to apply for membership.
Have good behavior, which will be reviewed through discipline records by the Faculty
Advisor.
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If a student transfers to CCHS and was an NHS member in good standing at their previous
school, they may become a member with a letter of recommendation from their previous
principal or sponsor.
Parking/Traffic Violations
Students who use their own transportation are provided places to park their vehicles according to
the following regulations:
1. Registration -- All vehicles must have a current permit affixed to the front windshield, left
hand side, above the inspection stickers. Parking stickers are available at registration and
from the Student Services window for a fee of $10.00. The welcome booth attendant will
deny students parking on campus who do not have a valid parking permit.
2. General Parking -- All traffic will enter and exit the student parking lot from Ave. D.
 When entering the parking lot, students must park in a space immediately.
 Students must park properly (head-in and between lines) and are not allowed to
remain in their vehicles once they have parked.
 Students are allowed to park only in the designated student parking area.
 There will be no excessively loud music from vehicles in the student parking area.
 Violators of parking regulations are subject to disciplinary action, including loss of
parking privileges, towing, fines, and legal action through the Copperas Cove Police
Department.
 Students are not allowed to loiter in the parking lot at any time, including before
school and after school. Students must exit their vehicle upon arrival and leave the
parking lot immediately. After school, students must leave campus immediately.
 Failure to abide by these policies will result in loss of parking privileges.
3. Back Parking -- All traffic will enter and exit the student parking lot from Avenue D.
 Parking in the first row of the student lot is reserved for seniors. Students must
have a senior parking sticker on their vehicles to be allowed to park in this reserved
space.
 The second row of parking is reserved for faculty members.
4. Annex Parking -- Students are to enter and exit the parking lot from Avenue E. Students are
prohibited from parking in the band practice area of the parking lot during the fall semester.
5. Towing -- Cars parked in fire or bus lanes may be towed at the student’s expense without
warning. Cars parked near the cafeteria, visitors only, and the staff parking lots will result in
the following consequences:
 Students will be warned after the first traffic violation.
 A second traffic violation will result in loss of parking privileges for one month and
may result in the vehicle being towed.
 Dangerous traffic violations may result in more severe consequences.
6. Speed Limit/Reckless Driving -- Drivers are expected to exercise good judgment behind the
wheel at all times. Riding in the cargo areas or on the outside of vehicles is prohibited. The
campus maximum speed limit is five miles per hour.
7. Security -- The parking lots are off-limits for students except when arriving to and leaving
school. “Exit Slips” (permission to leave) will be requested at times other than those just
mentioned. Visiting or loitering in the lot will not be allowed. Avoid leaving valuable
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objects or items in unlocked cars. CCHS is not responsible for damage or loss due to
theft.
8. Reserved Parking -- Students who illegally park in a reserved parking space risk having
their vehicles towed at their expense. On the first occurrence, the car will have a notification
of possible towing (sticker) placed on the car and the information will be turned over to the
grade level principal. The principal will notify the student and the student’s parent/guardian
that the next offense will result in towing. In addition, the student will be subject to
discipline on both occasions.
All students must comply with directions from the parking lot attendant. Students are
prohibited from driving from the student parking lot to the front of the building after
school. Parking in the reserved spaces of the athletic annex parking lot is prohibited to parents and
students at all times. Parking on campus is a privilege and not a right and this privilege can be
revoked within the discretion of the campus administration.
Procedures for Students Arriving Late
Students arriving late because of illness or a certified reason must:
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Have a parent/guardian send a note with the student, which may be verified by telephone.
Report to the attendance office.
Procedures for Students Leaving During the School Day
A student shall not be released from school at times other than regular dismissal hours. The
teacher must verify appropriate documentation before allowing the student to leave the
classroom. Students leaving school early must:
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Have the parent/guardian report to the office with valid identification or send a note
requesting early dismissal which may be verified by telephone.
Report to the front lobby and obtain an “exit slip.” Students will be in violation of
closed campus policy if they leave without an “exit slip.”
At the designated time, students must leave campus immediately or remain in the office
until transportation arrives.
Upon returning to school, the student will report to the attendance office for an admit
slip.
Procedures to Follow When Leaving a Classroom
When it is necessary for a student to leave class for any reason, he/she must have a hall pass.
Upon arrival at the appropriate office, the student must sign in. Rarely should a student need to
leave class. Students are not permitted in the hallway during the first 15 minutes of class or the
last 15 minutes of class.
Public Display of Affection
Public displays of affection are not appropriate on the school campus and will receive
disciplinary action. This begins at the time the student comes on campus in the morning until the
student leaves campus in the evenings. It also applies at all school-sponsored events.
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Return from DAEP
Students who return from DAEP will be placed on Campus Probation and be required to meet
with their grade level principal to discuss the probation period and sign the probation contract.
The contract between the student and the campus will represent an acknowledgement that it is
understood by the student that upon the next violation of the student code of conduct that the
administrator will have cause to call for a campus level hearing and proceed forward with a due
process hearing for consideration of the student being placed in CCISD’s Alternative Education
Program.
Student Drop-Off
Student drop-off will be permitted anywhere along the curb in front of our school, to include the
Lea Ledger Auditorium front along South 25th Street. If you choose to enter the campus by way
of Avenue E, you may drop off your student in the designated parking spaces in the South Fine
Arts Parking Lot. After you let your student out, please leave the area using the same street you
used to enter the parking lot.
Student Activities
A great many opportunities are available for students to participate in outside activities. We
encourage each student to engage in these activities to the greatest extent possible while keeping
in mind the danger of becoming over-involved. Students should carefully select those
organizations in which they would like to participate.
Below is a list of some of the clubs and organizations available at CCHS:
Academic Decathlon
Art Club/ National Art Honor Society
Athletics
Band
Bowling
Business Professionals of America
CHAMPS (Communities Helping Americans
Mature, Progress and Succeed)
Cheerleading
Choir
Conflict Mediation
Copperas Cove Youth Advisory Commission
Copperettes
Crime Stoppers
Criminal Justice Club
DECA (Assoc. of Marketing Students)
FCCLA (Family, Community & Career Leaders)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FFA (Future Farmers of America)
French Club
Geography Club
German Club
HOSA (Health Occupations Students Assoc.)
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JROTC: Armed/Unarmed Drill Team
Color Guard
JROTC: Rifle Team
JROTC: Recon. Company/Expl. Post 226
JROTC: Physical Fitness Team
Junior Exchange Club (EXCEL)
MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition)
National Honor Society
National Forensic League
Newspaper – Blue Beacon
Page Turners – Library Club
PAL/Teen Involvement
Robotics Club
S2S (Student to Student)
Skate Club
Spanish Club
Step Team
Student Leadership
Student Council
TAFE (Texas Assoc. of Future Educators)
Teen Court
Thespian Club
UIL Academic Competitions
Yearbook – The Bulger
Intramural Activities
International Thespian Society
Clubs are open to all qualified students. All club activities must be under the supervision of the
adult sponsor at all times and all meetings must be held with the sponsor present. No club can be
organized without the principal’s approval. All members should conduct themselves in a
respectable and orderly manner. If the club activities are contrary to school policy, those groups
will not be allowed to exist as a school group or to use school facilities.
School-Sponsored Trips
As a desirable extension of the curriculum, several organizations and classes offer trips. Travel
of this type can be a very worthwhile educational experience as long as sponsors have full
student cooperation. Violations of rules could result in a student being sent home at the parent’s
expense, receiving disciplinary action upon return to school, and removal from any activities in
which the student would represent the school. Sponsors of school trips will make students and
parents aware of existing rules when asking for parent permission for student travel.
Student Pick-Up after Activities
Parents are expected to pick up students promptly after activities unless other arrangements have
been made with the activity sponsor.
Textbooks
Students will be issued a receipt when textbooks are issued and returned. This is the student’s
evidence that the books were returned and it is the student’s responsibility to maintain and
provide the receipt should a question arises.
University Interscholastic League (UIL) Participation
Students receiving a grade below 70 will be excluded from extracurricular activities for three
weeks. Students passing all their courses after three weeks will be allowed to rejoin their teams.
Failing students can continue to practice and/or rehearse but cannot perform or compete. [For
more information see TEC 33.081.]
Students who fail an identified advanced class must petition the Principal to be considered
eligible within one week of the report card issue date. No petitions will be heard after this
time. The petition must state the reason for six weeks failure, and give a plan for correction to
keep failure of the identified advanced class from recurring.
Use of Buildings
Use of buildings by student groups is permitted only when sponsored by a teacher. When a
teacher and a student group plan to use the building at night, administrative approval must be
secured in advance.
Student Services
Announcements
Announcements will be made daily via KCTV and/or intercom system.
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Conflict Mediation
Peer conflict mediation empowers students and encourages their active participation in creating a
safe, non-violent campus environment. Students in conflict can request to resolve disputes with
the assistance of a trained student mediator. See the counselors for details.
Counseling and Guidance Program
A student who wishes to meet with the counselor should go the counseling center before or after
school or during lunch and fill out a Request to See Counselor form. The counselor will send for
the student. If parents have any questions regarding the counselor or counseling services, they
are asked to call the appropriate counselor or one of the school administrators. [For more
information see Counseling.]
Identification Cards
ID cards will be issued to all high school students. These ID cards are valid for one year. The
first card is provided to the student free of charge. A fee of $3.00 will be charged for each
replacement. Students must have their ID card visible, above the waist, on the front of their
torso, and hanging on a lanyard or clipped to their shirt/jacket at all times while on school
property or at school functions. Failure to display an ID card to authorized school personnel
results in a minor referral. Failure to provide an ID card when requested by an adult for
identification purposes will result in an automatic assignment of detention. Students may not
deface or decorate the front of the ID card.
Lockers
Students are not to share lockers. Students have full responsibility for the contents in their
assigned locker. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that lockers are locked and the
combination is not available to others. Lockers remain under the jurisdiction of the school
even when assigned to an individual student. The school reserves the right to inspect or search
lockers at any time. Lockers are the property of Copperas Cove Independent School District.
Lost & Found
The lost and found service is designed to aid students who misplace their belongings and is
located at student services in the large commons.
Messages/Package Delivery
We are unable to deliver messages to students unless it is a medical emergency or an emergency
of another nature, in which case an adult (teacher, secretary, principal) will personally deliver the
message and escort the student to the office to take the call or message. An emergency is an
event or circumstance which cannot be foreseen or planned for ahead of time or would result in
an injury/illness. It is expected that students and parents will make arrangements before school
for transportation home, to include a back-up plan. Students may use the school phone to call
during lunch and after school, when in doubt.
Flowers, balloons, and any other item which may interrupt a classroom atmosphere will not be
delivered to the student’s classroom or the cafeteria and cannot be picked up until after school.
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Nurse
The nurse’s office is open between 7:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. The school nurse is on duty to take
care of illness and injuries requiring first aid during the school day. A student may go to the
nurse only after obtaining a hall pass from his or her classroom teacher. Failure to report to the
nurse after leaving class with a hall pass is considered truancy.
If, in the opinion of the nurse, a student is too ill to remain at school, the nurse will make
arrangements for him or her to return home by obtaining permission from the parent or
emergency contact. Students who leave school without going through the nurse or Attendance
Office will be considered to be in violation of the closed campus policy.
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Prescription Medications: All prescriptive medications must be kept in the nurse’s
office and dispensed as directed.
Over the Counter Medications (OTC): Students may self medicate if their
medications are in the original container and they have a note in their possession
stating that their parent/guardian has given permission. Parents will assume full
responsibility in regard to students taking such medication.
[See FFAC(Regulation) for more information.]
Inhalers: May be carried by the student at physician and parent/guardian discretion.
Student Aides
Serving as a student aide is a privilege which may be granted and revoked at the discretion of the
campus administration. See the CCHS Course selection guide for prerequisites and
requirements.
Transcripts
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors:
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The registrar can provide copies for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Requests will be
made by submitting a form to the Career Center Registrar and will take 24 hours to
process.
For juniors going on college visits, requests can be made up to three days prior to the
college visit.
Graduating seniors
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CCHS can provide each graduating student five transcripts free of charge. Each
additional copy is $1.00.
 “Official” transcripts requested for the purposes of college admissions or scholarships
will be mailed directly to the college or scholarship program.
 “Unofficial” transcripts can be provided to students for the purposes of fraternity and
sorority admissions and college visits. Requests can be made up to three days prior to
the college visit.
Requests for transcripts made after September 1 of the following school year should be made
through the Records Management Department at the District office and a fee of $5.00 will be
charged.
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Tutorials
If a student has been absent or has failed to understand some of his work, he should attend
tutorials. Students with a grade of 75 or below should attend tutorials. Tutorials will be offered
each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon from 3:30-4:10 and at other times set by the
individual teacher.
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Graduation Requirements
Discipline
Recommended HSP
Students Entered 2007 - 2009
Recommended HSP
Students Entered 2010 or After
English
Four credits to include:
English I, II, III and IV
Mathematics
Four credits to include:
• Algebra I
• Geometry
• Algebra II
Four credits to include:
• Algebra I
• Geometry
• Algebra II
Four credits to include:
• Algebra I
• Geometry
• Algebra II
The additional credit may be selected from
either of the following and must be
completed prior to Algebra II.
• Mathematical Models with
Applications
• Mathematical Applications in
Agriculture, Food, and Natural
Resources (CTE)
The additional credit may be selected from
either of the following and must be
completed prior to Algebra II.
• Mathematical Models with Applications
• Mathematical Applications in Agriculture,
Food, and Natural Resources (CTE)
The fourth credit may be selected from any of
the following after successful completion of
Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry:
• Pre-calculus
• Independent Study in Mathematics
• Approved AP Mathematics courses
• Approved IB Mathematics courses
• Engineering Mathematics (CTE)
• Statistics and Risk Management (CTE)
The fourth credit may be selected from the
following after completion of Algebra I,
Geometry, and Algebra II:
• Pre-calculus
• Independent Study in Mathematics
• Approved AP Mathematics courses
• Approved IB Mathematics courses
• Engineering Mathematics (CTE)
• Statistics and Risk Management
(CTE)
Science
Four credits:
One credit must be a biology credit
(Biology, Advanced Placement (AP)
Biology. Students must choose two credits
from the following areas.
Not more than one credit may be chosen
from each of the areas to satisfy this
requirement.
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Integrated Physics Chemistry (IPC);
Chemistry, AP Chemistry;
Physics, Principles of Technology I,
or AP Physics.
Four credits to include:
English I, II, III and IV
Distinguished Achievement**
The fourth credit may be selected from the
following after completion of Algebra I,
Geometry, and Algebra II:
• Pre-calculus
• Independent Study in Mathematics
• Approved AP Mathematics courses
• Approved IB Mathematics courses
• Engineering Mathematics (CTE)
• Statistics and Risk Management (CTE)
Four credits to include:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
Four credits to include:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
The additional credit may be IPC but must
be successfully completed prior to chemistry
and physics.
After successful completion of a biology, a
chemistry, and a physics course, the fourth
credit may be selected from the following:
The fourth credit may be selected from the
following:
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IPC cannot be taken as the final or fourth
year of science, but must be taken before
the senior year of high school. The fourth
year of science may be selected from the
laboratory-based courses listed in Chapter
112 of this title (relating to Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills for Science), with
the addition of Engineering.
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Social
Studies
Three & one-half credits to include:
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World History
World Geography
U.S. History
U.S. Government (one-half credit)
Four credits to include:
English I, II, III and IV
Aquatic Science
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Systems
Approved AP Science courses
Approved IB Science courses
Scientific Research and Design (CTE)
Anatomy and Physiology (CTE)
Engineering Design and Problem
Solving (CTE)
Medical Microbiology (CTE)
Pathophysiology (CTE)
Advanced Animal Science (CTE)
Advanced Biotechnology (CTE)
Advanced Plant and Soil Science (CTE)
Food Science (CTE)
Forensic Science (CTE)
Three & one-half credits to include:
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World History
World Geography
U.S. History
U.S. Government (one-half credit)
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Aquatic Science
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Systems
Approved AP Science courses
Approved IB Science courses
Scientific Research and Design (CTE)
Anatomy and Physiology (CTE)
Engineering Design and Problem
Solving (CTE)
Medical Microbiology (CTE)
Pathophysiology (CTE)
Advanced Animal Science (CTE)
Advanced Biotechnology (CTE)
Advanced Plant and Soil Science (CTE)
Food Science (CTE)
Forensic Science (CTE)
Three & one-half credits to include:
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World History
World Geography
U.S. History
U.S. Government (one-half credit)
Economics
One-half credit
One-half credit
One-half credit
Academic
Elective
None
None
None
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Languages
Other Than
English
Physical
Education*
Two credits
Any two levels in the same language.
Two credits
Any two levels in the same language.
Three credits
Any three levels in the same language.
One credit
One credit
One credit
Credit may be earned from any combination
of the following one-half to one credit
courses:
• Foundations of Personal Fitness
• Adventure/Outdoor Education
• Aerobic Activities
• Team or Individual Sports
Credit may be earned from any combination
of the following one-half to one credit
courses:
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Foundations of Personal Fitness
 Adventure/Outdoor Education
 Aerobic Activities
 Team or Individual Sports
Credit may be earned from any combination
of the following one-half to one credit
courses:
• Foundations of Personal Fitness
• Adventure/Outdoor Education
• Aerobic Activities
• Team or Individual Sports
In accordance with local district policy,
credit for any of the courses listed above
may be earned through participation in the
following activities:
• Athletics (up to 4 credits)
• JROTC (up to 4 credits)
• Approved private/commercial programs
(up to 4 credits)
• Drill Team (up to 1 credit)
• Marching Band (up to 1 credit)
• Cheerleading (up to 1 credit)
In accordance with local district policy,
credit for any of the courses listed above
may be earned through participation in the
following activities:
• Athletics (up to 4 credits)
• JROTC (up to 4 credits)
• Approved private/commercial programs
(up to 4 credits)
• Drill Team (up to 1 credit)
• Marching Band (up to 1 credit)
• Cheerleading (up to 1 credit)
In accordance with local district policy,
credit for any of the courses listed above
may be earned through participation in the
following activities:
• Athletics (up to 4 credits)
• JROTC (up to 4 credits)
• Approved private/commercial programs
(up to 4 credits)
• Drill Team (up to 1 credit)
• Marching Band (up to 1 credit)
• Cheerleading (up to 1 credit)
Credit may not be earned for any TEKSbased course more than once. No more
than four substitution credits may be
earned.
Credit may not be earned for any TEKSbased course more than once. No more than
four substitution credits may be earned.
Credit may not be earned for any TEKSbased course more than once. No more than
four substitution credits may be earned.
Health
None
None
None
Speech
One-half credit:
One-half credit:
One-half credit:
• Communications Applications or
• Professional Communications (CTE)
• Communications Applications or
• Professional Communications (CTE)
• Communications Applications or
• Professional Communications (CTE)
None
None
None
One credit:
One credit:
Technology
Applications
Fine Arts
Elective
Courses
Total Credits
One credit:
One credit from any of the following:
One credit from any of the following:
One credit from any of the following:
Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, or Principles &
Elements of Floral Design (CTE)
Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, or Principles &
Elements of Floral Design (CTE)
Art, Dance, Music, Theatre, or Principles &
Elements of Floral Design (CTE)
Seven and one-half credits
Seven and one-half credits
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Six and one-half credits
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*A student who is unable to participate in physical activity due to a disability or illness may be able to substitute a course in English language
arts, mathematics, science, or social studies for the required credit of physical education. This determination will be made by the student’s ARD
committee, Section 504 committee, or other campus committee, as applicable.
**A student graduating under the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program must also achieve a combination of four of the following
advanced measures:
1. An original research project or other project that is related to the required curriculum. These projects must be judged by a panel of
professionals or conducted under the direction of a mentor and reported to an appropriate audience. Please note that no more than two
of the four advanced measures may be received from this option.
2. Test data where a student receives:
a.
A score of three or above on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam;
b. A score of four or above on an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam; or
c.
A score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that qualifies the student for
recognition as a commended scholar or higher by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, as part of
the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) of the College Board, or as part of the National Achievement
Scholarship Program of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT/NMSQT score will count as only one
advanced measure regardless of the number of honors received by the student.
3. College academic courses, including those taken for dual credit, and advanced technical courses, including locally articulated courses,
provided the student scores the equivalent of a 3.0 or higher.
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See CCHS Course Selection Guide for specific details.
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COPPERAS COVE HIGH SCHOOL 2012-2013 LIBRARY POLICIES
FOR THE STUDENT HANDBOOK
(ALL GENERAL HIGH SCHOOL POLICIES AND RULES APPLY)
1. HOURS: The CCHS library is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday the library hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. unless
otherwise announced; if no students remain in the library at 4:15 p.m., the library will close as
usual.
2. STUDENT USE: The CCHS library is designed for academic use by students; we provide
circulating materials and services to help you acquire academic information of all types, perform
research, complete assigned class work, study, read for pleasure, browse the collection, or make
photocopies. The library maintains an excellent book collection that supports the curriculum and
provides access to quality databases. These databases can accessed through Destiny One Search
or you may ask a library staff member for a list of these databases with the remote access
information. So that the collection and equipment may be protected, students may bring food,
drinks, candy, or gum into only the café area of the library. Library computer workstations and
programs are provided for student academic research; guidelines for computer use are posted
throughout the library. Because the entire district has a limited number of Internet access points,
students may not use the library Internet for e-mail, chat rooms, or recreational "surfing." A
photocopier is available for student use at five cents per page.
3. CIRCULATION: The CCHS ID card is the student's library card, and the student must
present the card in order to check out any item. Students may not check out books for another
student. It is the student's obligation to take proper care of all library books and other materials in
a responsible manner and to return items promptly. Students are encouraged to renew books to
avoid paying fines or paying for lost books. However, if a book has been placed on reserve or if
a teacher has requested that it be placed on reserve status, it cannot be renewed. Students may
check out up to three items at a time, but students who frequently or habitually keep books out
overdue, incur fines, lose items, or damage items may have limited rights. Check out privileges
may be limited at the discretion of the librarian. Students with fines or overdue books may not
check out any further items until the previous items are returned and the fine(s) paid. Books are
normally checked out for a period of ten school days. Periodicals and specially marked volumes
of encyclopedias are checked out for one school day. When limited resources are being used,
books may be checked out on the overnight reserve status; under these restrictions, students may
check out the book after the last period of the day and must return it by 8:25 a.m. the following
school day. The fine for overnight reserve items is $1.00 per day with no grace period.
4. FINES: A fine of ten cents per school day is charged for overdue books and/or materials, with
the maximum fine being the replacement cost of the book and/or materials. Fines cannot exceed
the replacement cost of the book and/or materials. Damaged items will be assessed a repair or
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replacement fee. If an item is damaged beyond repair or is lost, the student will be charged the
replacement cost of the book. Refunds for lost and returned books will be given via district
check. If a fine is owed, the refund will be the full amount minus the fine; otherwise, a full
refund will be issued.
4. PASSES: In accordance with CCHS policy, one or two students at a time may be sent to the
library by a teacher on the teacher's official high school library pass or hall pass. The pass must
have the date, the student's name, and the time s/he left class filled in completely; slips of paper,
the nurse’s pass or any other “alternative” pass cannot be accepted. Students without the
appropriate pass will be asked to return to class. When the student arrives at the library, s/he
should sign in and give the pass to a library staff member, who will check the pass and note the
time of arrival. Individual students in the library on a pass will not be permitted to disrupt
students in another class who are working in the library. Substitute teachers may not send
students to the library on a substitute pass.
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CROSSROADS HIGH SCHOOL
306 East Avenue E
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522
(254) 547-9164
Principal – Colby Blackwell
Counselor - Becky Battreal
Secretary - Sharon Whitis
Students who choose to attend Crossroads High School are not allowed to return to Copperas
Cove High School to graduate. Crossroads High School will not be used as an acceleration
program.
Academic Contracts
All students will have an academic contract for core classes. Students are expected to complete
at least six weeks’ worth of work in a four week period. The academic contract will list student
work and expected completion date.
Academic Progress
Parents will receive an academic progress report on their students every three weeks. In addition,
parents will be notified whenever high school credit is earned toward their graduation plan.
Admission
Admittance to Crossroads High School is contingent on successful completion and approval of
the application process. All applications will be evaluated using a rubric which will focus on
student attendance, discipline, credits earned and TAKS or STAAR EOC.
Crossroads High School is available to anyone who:
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Is 15 – 20 years of age
Has earned 1 or more state credits
Has received counselor/administrator recommendation
Is committed to high school completion
Food Service
Breakfast served: 7:30 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.
Lunch served:
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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Grade Classification
Students will be classified based on a combination of core credits earned and total credits earned.
Core Credits Earned
(Math, English, Science, Social
Studies)
Sophomore
Junior
Total Credits Earned
Total Credits Earned
Minimum Graduation Plan
Recommended/Distinguished
Graduation Plan
7
7
13
14
18
21
4
(1 from each core)
8
(2 from each core)
12
Senior
(3 from Math, English, Social
Studies, 2 from Science, and 1
academic elective)
Program Hours
All Freshmen and Sophomores will attend school from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Juniors and
Seniors who have NOT passed ALL portions of the Exit-Level TAKS tests will be required to
attend school from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Students who have passed all
portions of the Exit-Level TAKS tests are required to attend school a minimum of 4 consecutive
hours per day.
Program Overview
Crossroads High School, a school of choice, offers students who have proven unsuccessful in the
traditional high school setting an opportunity to complete their high school graduation
requirements in a non-traditional learning environment.
Student Expectations
Crossroads High School is a safe and orderly learning environment where all students can reach
the full extent of their learning potential. While attending school, students will adhere to a code
of conduct where each student is trustworthy, respectful, fair, caring and is a good citizen willing
to resolve conflicts. While in attendance at Crossroads High School, students will adhere to the
Student Code of Conduct and follow the dress code policy.
Student Parking
All students will park in the back parking lot by the cafeteria. Students who park their vehicles
in the front parking lot will be subject to having the vehicle towed at the owner’s expense.
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DISCIPLINARY ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
(DAEP)
306 East Avenue E
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522
(254) 547-9164
Principal – Colby Blackwell
Counselor - Becky Battreal
Secretary - Sharon Whitis
These pages contain information necessary for both students and parents to assist them in
understanding the orderly operations of the DAEP (all is in accordance with Education Code
37.008). Every situation cannot be addressed, but an attempt is made to consolidate regulations
and provide information. When the term “parent” is used, it also includes legal guardian(s).
After-School Procedures
Students who walk or ride a bike should leave campus immediately upon the release of school.
Students required to stay after school will be determined by administrative assignment.
Campus Security
The DAEP operates in an enhanced security environment for the protection of all students and
staff. Security measures are employed to keep our school drug and weapon free. Students and
their possessions will be subject to search. Searches may be conducted using both physical
means and electronic devices. Trained staff members and/or local law enforcement personnel
will be used in all searches. In all instances the dignity of the student will be respected and
physical searches will be conducted by same-gender staff. Students who become involved in an
activity that violates public law will be issued a citation and/or taken into custody. The campus is
monitored and recorded using video cameras.
Dress Code
Male and female students will report to DAEP in plain blue or black jeans with a brown or black
belt; plain grey t-shirt, tucked in; and white or black tennis shoes. Students are not allowed to
wear any jewelry or make-up. Additional requirements will be discussed at the intake.
Expectations
Any policy, guideline, or rule currently in place within Copperas Cove ISD applies to all
DAEP students. DAEP students are expected to follow all faculty and staff instructions the first
time that they are asked. Students that are not successful in this setting are subject to expulsion.
The program is committed to providing a quality basic education in a structured disciplinary
setting. Students are given opportunities to improve social and behavior skills through a set
program including physical training that cultivates self-discipline and sound decision-making.
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General Information
The DAEP operates from 7:55 a.m. until 3:40 p.m. Monday through Friday. Once on campus,
students will remain in their assigned areas. Separation of students enrolled in the discipline
program from other students is required by Texas Education Code 37.008 (a) (3). DAEP
students are not allowed on any other campus within the Copperas Cove Independent School
District for any reason. DAEP students found on another campus will be charged with
criminal trespassing. DAEP students are not allowed to attend any function or activity held on
any other campus.
Meals
Meals will be served on campus by the cafeteria staff. Breakfast and lunch may be purchased
at the prevailing price or brought from home. Sack lunches are permitted on campus. However,
we advise parents to send sack lunches in the morning. All arrangements for meals must be
made before the school day begins.
Student Parking
DAEP students who drive their own vehicles to school must have a valid driver’s license.
Students will park in the front parking lot.
Transportation
Students who are enrolled in the DAEP will lose all CCISD transportation privileges with the
receipt of one negative bus referral. Upon revocation of CCISD transportation system privileges,
the parent will be solely responsible for the student’s transportation to and from school. Parents
and students are responsible for adhering to the rules and regulations that are implied and
inherent in safe transportation of students. Remember, a first-time negative bus referral results
in denial of CCISD transportation privileges for any DAEP student.
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CCISD STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Table of Contents
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ................................................................................................ 1
Purpose see Policy FO(LEGAL) ............................................................................................... 1
School District Authority and Jurisdiction ..................................................................................... 2
Reporting Crimes ........................................................................................................................ 2
Revoking Transfers see Policy FDA(LOCAL).......................................................................... 2
Speaking at Graduation ............................................................................................................... 2
Standards for Student Conduct ....................................................................................................... 3
General Conduct Violations ............................................................................................................ 3
Disregard for Authority see Policy FO(LOCAL) ...................................................................... 3
Mistreatment of Others see Policy FNC(LOCAL) .................................................................... 4
Property Offenses see Policy FNCB(LEGAL) .......................................................................... 4
Possession of Prohibited Items see Policies FNCD(LEGAL) and FNCG(LEGAL) ................. 5
Possession of Telecommunications or Other Electronic Devices
see Policies
FNCE(LOCAL) and FNCE(LEGAL)......................................................................................... 5
Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs see Policy FNCF(LEGAL) ........................ 5
Misuse of Technology Resources and the Internet
see Policy CQ(LEGAL) ................. 6
Safety Transgressions see Policies FNAA(LEGAL), FNCH(LEGAL), FNCI(LEGAL)and
FNCC(LEGAL) .......................................................................................................................... 6
Miscellaneous Offenses see Policies EIA(LOCAL), FNCA(LOCAL) and FNCI(LEGAL) ..... 7
Discipline Management Techniques ............................................................................................... 7
Students with Disabilities ........................................................................................................... 7
Techniques .................................................................................................................................. 8
Notification see Policy FOC(LEGAL) ...................................................................................... 9
Appeals see Policy FNG(LOCAL) ............................................................................................ 9
Removal from the Regular Educational Setting ............................................................................. 9
Routine Referral see Policy FOA(LEGAL) ............................................................................... 9
Formal Removal see Policy FOA(LEGAL) .............................................................................. 9
Returning Student to Classroom see Policy FOA(LEGAL) .................................................... 10
Out-of-School Suspension ............................................................................................................ 10
Misconduct see Policy FO(LEGAL) ....................................................................................... 10
Process see Policy FOB(LEGAL) ........................................................................................... 10
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Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Placement ................................................ 11
Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP Placement see Policies
FOA(LEGAL) and FOC(LEGAL) ........................................................................................... 11
Misconduct Identified in State Law .......................................................................................... 11
Mandatory Placement: Misconduct That Requires DAEP Placement see Policy
FOC(LEGAL) ........................................................................................................................... 12
Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments see Policy FDE(LEGAL) ..................................... 13
Emergencies see Policy FOE(LEGAL) ................................................................................... 13
Process see Policy FOC(LEGAL) ........................................................................................... 13
Conference ............................................................................................................................ 13
Placement Order.................................................................................................................... 13
Coursework Notice ............................................................................................................... 14
Length of Placement see Policy FOC(LEGAL) ...................................................................... 14
Exceeds One Year ................................................................................................................. 14
Exceeds School Year ............................................................................................................ 14
Exceeds 60 Days ................................................................................................................... 14
Appeals see Policy FOC(LEGAL)........................................................................................... 15
Restrictions During Placement see Policy FOC(LEGAL)....................................................... 15
Placement Review see Policy FOC(LEGAL) .......................................................................... 15
Additional Misconduct see Policy FOD(LEGAL) .................................................................. 15
Notice of Criminal Proceedings see Policy FOC(LEGAL) ..................................................... 15
Withdrawal During Process see Policy FOC(LEGAL) ........................................................... 16
Newly Enrolled Students see Policy FOC(LEGAL) ............................................................... 16
Emergency Placement Procedure see Policy FOE(LEGAL) ................................................... 17
Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Serious Offenses ........................................................... 17
Registered Sex Offenders see Policy FOE(LEGAL) ............................................................... 17
Review Committee................................................................................................................ 17
Newly Enrolled Student ........................................................................................................ 18
Appeal ................................................................................................................................... 18
Certain Felonies see Policy FOE(LEGAL).............................................................................. 18
Hearing and Required Findings ............................................................................................ 18
Length of Placement ............................................................................................................. 19
Newly Enrolled Students ...................................................................................................... 19
Expulsion ...................................................................................................................................... 19
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Discretionary Expulsion: Misconduct That May Result in Expulsion see Policy
FOD(LEGAL) ........................................................................................................................... 19
Any Location ........................................................................................................................ 19
At School, Within 300 Feet, or at a School Event ................................................................ 20
Within 300 Feet of School .................................................................................................... 20
Property of Another District ................................................................................................. 21
While in DAEP ..................................................................................................................... 21
Mandatory Expulsion: Misconduct That Requires Expulsion
see Policy
FOD(LEGAL) ........................................................................................................................... 21
Federal Law .......................................................................................................................... 21
Texas Penal Code see Policies FNCG(LEGAL) and FOC(EXHIBIT) ............................... 21
Under Age Ten see Policy FOD(LEGAL)............................................................................... 23
Emergency see Policy FOE(LEGAL) ...................................................................................... 23
Process see Policy FOD(LEGAL) ........................................................................................... 23
Hearing .................................................................................................................................. 23
Board Review of Expulsion .................................................................................................. 23
Expulsion Order .................................................................................................................... 24
Length of Expulsion see Policy FOD(LEGAL)........................................................................ 24
Withdrawal During Process see Policy FOD(LEGAL) ........................................................... 24
Additional Misconduct see Policy FOD(LEGAL) .................................................................. 25
Restrictions During Expulsion .................................................................................................. 25
Newly Enrolled Students see Policy FOD(LEGAL) ............................................................... 25
Emergency Expulsion Procedures see Policy FOE(LEGAL) .................................................. 25
DAEP Placement of Expelled Students .................................................................................... 26
Glossary ........................................................................................................................................ 27
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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Purpose
see Policy FO(LEGAL)
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, outof-school suspension, placement in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP), or
expulsion from school.
This Student Code of Conduct has been adopted by the Copperas Cove ISD 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 shall be posted at each school campus or shall be
available for review at the office of the campus principal. Additionally, the Code shall be posted
on the district’s Web site. Parents shall 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 shall 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 schoolsponsored 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 or desk when there is reasonable cause to
believe it contains articles or materials prohibited by the district.
Reporting Crimes
School administrators shall report crimes as required by law and shall call local law enforcement
when an administrator suspects that a crime has been committed on campus.
Revoking Transfers
see Policy FDA(LOCAL)
The district has the right to revoke the transfer of a nonresident student for violating the district’s
Code.
Speaking at Graduation
The district has the right to limit a student’s participation in graduation activities for violating the
district’s Code.
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In order to be considered as an eligible student speaker at graduation ceremonies, a student shall
not have engaged in any serious misconduct in violation of the district’s Code, including an outof-school suspension, removal to a DAEP, or expulsion during his or her last two semesters.
See DAEP—Restrictions during Placement, for information regarding a student assigned to
DAEP at the time of graduation.
Standards for Student Conduct
Each student is expected to:
Demonstrate courtesy, even when others do not.
Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline.
Attend all classes, regularly and on time.
Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class.
Meet district and campus standards of grooming and dress.
Obey all campus and classroom rules.
Respect the rights and privileges of students, teachers, and other district staff and volunteers.
Respect the property of others, including district property and facilities.
Cooperate with and assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.
Adhere to the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct.
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 Out-of-School
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
see Policy FO(LOCAL)
Students shall not:
Fail to comply with directives given by school personnel (insubordination).
Leave school grounds or school-sponsored events without permission.
Disobey rules for conduct on school buses.
Refuse to accept discipline management techniques assigned by a teacher or principal.
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Mistreatment of Others
see Policy FNC(LOCAL)
Students shall not:
Use profanity or vulgar language or make obscene gestures.
Fight or scuffle. (For assault see DAEP Placement and Expulsion.)
Threaten a district student, employee, or volunteer, including off school property, if the
conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
Engage in bullying, harassment, or making hit lists. (See glossary for all three terms.)
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.
Engage in conduct that constitutes dating violence. (See glossary.)
Engage in inappropriate or indecent exposure of private body parts.
Participate in hazing. (See glossary.)
Cause an individual to act through the use of or threat of force (coercion).
Commit extortion or blackmail (obtaining money or an object of value from an unwilling
person).
Engage in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct directed toward another person,
including a district student, employee, or volunteer.
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
see Policy FNCB(LEGAL)
Students shall not:
Damage or vandalize property owned by others. (For felony criminal mischief see DAEP
Placement or Expulsion.)
Deface or damage school property—including textbooks, lockers, furniture, and other
equipment—with graffiti or by other means.
Steal from students, staff, or the school.
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, aggravated robbery, and theft see DAEP Placement
and Expulsion.)
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Possession of Prohibited Items
see Policies FNCD(LEGAL) and FNCG(LEGAL)
Students shall not possess or use:
Fireworks of any kind, smoke or stink bombs, or any other pyrotechnic device;
A razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object used in a way that threatens or inflicts bodily
injury to another person;
A “look-alike” weapon;
An air gun or BB gun;
Ammunition;
A stun gun;
A pocketknife or any other small knife;
Mace or pepper spray;
Pornographic material;
Tobacco products;
Matches or a lighter;
A laser pointer for other than an approved use; or
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 or Other Electronic Devices
see Policies FNCE(LOCAL) and FNCE(LEGAL)
Students shall not:
Display, turn on, or use a telecommunications device, including a cellular telephone, or other
electronic device on school property during the school day.
Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs
see Policy FNCF(LEGAL)
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.)
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.”)
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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 Technology Resources and the Internet
see Policy CQ(LEGAL)
Students shall not:
Violate policies, rules, or agreements signed by the student or the student’s parent regarding
the use of technology resources.
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 technology resources including but not limited to
computers and related 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, post, or possess electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented,
threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal, including cyberbullying
and “sexting,” either on or off school property, if the conduct causes a substantial disruption
to the educational environment.
Use e-mail or Web sites to engage in or encourage illegal behavior or threaten school safety,
including off school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational
environment.
Safety Transgressions
see Policies FNAA(LEGAL), FNCH(LEGAL), FNCI(LEGAL)and
FNCC(LEGAL)
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 see Policies EIA(LOCAL), FNCA(LOCAL) and FNCI(LEGAL)
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.
Discipline Management Techniques
Discipline shall be designed to improve conduct and to encourage students to adhere to their
responsibilities as members of the school community. Disciplinary action shall draw on the
professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on a range of discipline management
techniques. Discipline shall 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 shall 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, regardless of whether
the action is mandatory or discretionary, the district shall take into consideration a disability that
substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of the student’s
conduct.
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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, unless the student’s parent or guardian has provided a signed statement
prohibiting its use.
Out-of-school suspension, as specified in the Out-of-School Suspension section of this Code.
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.
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Notification
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
The principal or appropriate administrator shall notify a student’s parent by phone or in writing
of any violation that may result in an out-of-school suspension, placement in a DAEP, or
expulsion. Notification will be made within three school days after the administrator becomes
aware of the violation.
Appeals
see Policy FNG(LOCAL)
Questions from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the teacher or
campus administration, as appropriate. Appeals or complaints regarding the use of specific
discipline management techniques should be addressed 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: www.ccisd.com.
Consequences shall not be deferred pending the outcome of a grievance.
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
see Policy FOA(LEGAL)
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
see Policy FOA(LEGAL)
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 shall 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 shall inform the student of the misconduct for
which he or she is charged and the consequences. The administrator shall give the student an
opportunity to give his or her version of the incident.
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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
see Policy FOA(LEGAL)
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.
Out-of-School Suspension
Misconduct
see Policy FO(LEGAL)
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 out-of-school suspension, the district shall 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.
4. A disability that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of
the student’s conduct.
Process
see Policy FOB(LEGAL)
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 shall 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 shall 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 shall be determined by the appropriate
administrator, but shall not exceed three school days.
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The appropriate administrator shall determine any restrictions on participation in schoolsponsored or school-related extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
Placement
The DAEP shall be provided in a setting other than the student’s regular classroom. An
elementary school student may not be placed in a DAEP with a student who is not an elementary
school student.
For purposes of DAEP, elementary classification shall be kindergarten–grade 5 and secondary
classification shall be grades 6–12.
Summer programs provided by the district shall serve students assigned to a DAEP separately
from those students who are not assigned to the program.
A student who is expelled for an offense that otherwise would have resulted in a DAEP
placement does not have to be placed in a DAEP in addition to the expulsion.
In deciding whether to place a student in a DAEP, regardless of whether the action is mandatory
or discretionary, the district shall 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.
4. A disability that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of
the student’s conduct.
Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP
Placement see Policies FOA(LEGAL) and FOC(LEGAL)
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 aggravated robbery or those listed as offenses
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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 offcampus 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
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
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).
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 aggravated robbery or 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:
a. The student receives deferred prosecution (see glossary),
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b. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct (see glossary), or
c. The superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief (see glossary) that the student
engaged in the conduct.
Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments
see Policy FDE(LEGAL)
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 shall be transferred to a DAEP.
Emergencies
see Policy FOE(LEGAL)
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
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
Removals to a DAEP shall be made by the campus principal or designee.
Conference
When a student is removed from class for a DAEP offense, the appropriate administrator shall
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 shall inform the student, orally or in writing, of
the reasons for the removal and shall give the student an explanation of the basis for the removal
and an opportunity to respond to the reasons for the removal.
Following valid attempts to require attendance, the district may hold the conference and make a
placement decision regardless of whether the student or the student’s parents attend the
conference.
Placement Order
After the conference, if the student is placed in the DAEP, the appropriate administrator shall
write a placement order. A copy of the DAEP placement order shall be sent to the student and
the student’s parent.
Not later than the second business day after the conference, the board’s designee shall 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 shall give notice of the inconsistency.
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Coursework Notice
The parent or guardian of a student placed in DAEP shall be given written notice of the student’s
opportunity to complete coursework required for graduation, at no cost to the student. The
notice shall include information regarding all methods available for completing the coursework.
Length of Placement
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
The duration of a student’s placement in a DAEP shall be determined by the Superintendent or
designee.
The duration of a student’s placement shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. DAEP
placement shall 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.
The district shall administer the required pre- and post-assessments for students assigned to
DAEP for a period of 90 days or longer in accordance with established district administrative
procedures for administering other diagnostic or benchmark assessments.
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 Superintendent or
designee 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 shall be given notice and the opportunity to participate in
a proceeding before the board or the board’s designee
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Appeals
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
Questions from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the campus
administration. Appeals regarding the decision to place a student in a DAEP should be
addressed to the campus principal in accordance with policy FOC(LEGAL). All other appeals
regarding a placement in a DAEP should be addressed 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: www.ccisd.com.
Disciplinary consequences shall 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
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
The district does not permit a student who is placed in a DAEP to participate in any schoolsponsored or school-related extracurricular or co-curricular activity, including seeking or holding
honorary positions and/or membership in school-sponsored clubs and organizations.
The district will provide transportation to eligible students (under established policies) placed in
a DAEP. Eligible students placed in a DAEP shall be subject to denial of transportation
privileges under procedures established by the DAEP.
For seniors who are eligible to graduate and are assigned to a DAEP at the time of graduation,
the placement in the program shall continue through graduation, and the student shall not be
allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and related graduation activities.
Placement Review
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
A student placed in a DAEP shall be provided a review of his or her status, including academic
status, by the Board’s designee 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 shall also be
reviewed. At the review, the student or the student’s parent shall 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
see Policy FOD(LEGAL)
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
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
The office of the prosecuting attorney shall 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:
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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 shall 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 shall, 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 shall 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
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
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
see Policy FOC(LEGAL)
The district shall continue the DAEP placement of a student who enrolls in the district and was
assigned to a DAEP in an open-enrollment charter school or another district.
A newly enrolled student with a DAEP placement from a district in another state shall be placed
as any other newly enrolled student if the behavior committed is a reason for DAEP placement in
the receiving district.
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If the student was placed in a DAEP by a school district in another state for a period that exceeds
one year, this district, by state law, shall reduce the period of the placement so that the total
placement does not exceed one year. After a review, however, the placement may be extended
beyond a year if the district determines that the student is a threat to the safety of other students
or employees or the extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
Emergency Placement Procedure
see Policy FOE(LEGAL)
When an emergency placement occurs, the student shall be given oral notice of the reason for the
action. Not later than the tenth day after the date of the placement, the student shall be given the
appropriate conference required for assignment to a DAEP.
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
see Policy FOE(LEGAL)
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 shall 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 shall 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.
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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
see Policy FOE(LEGAL)
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 aggravated robbery or a
felony offense under Title 5 (see glossary) of the Texas Penal Code. The student must:
Have received deferred prosecution for conduct defined as aggravated robbery or a Title 5
felony offense;
Have been found by a court or jury to have engaged in delinquent conduct for conduct
defined as aggravated robbery or a Title 5 felony offense;
Have been charged with engaging in conduct defined as aggravated robbery or a Title 5
felony offense;
Have been referred to a juvenile court for allegedly engaging in delinquent conduct for
conduct defined as aggravated robbery or a Title 5 felony offense; or
Have received probation or deferred adjudication or have been arrested for, charged with, or
convicted of aggravated robbery or a Title 5 felony offense.
The district may expel the student and order placement under these circumstances regardless of:
1. The date on which the student’s conduct occurred,
2. The location at which the conduct occurred,
3. Whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the district, or
4. Whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition requirements imposed
in connection with the conduct.
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,
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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, regardless of whether the action is mandatory or
discretionary, 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.
4. A disability that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of
the student’s conduct.
Discretionary Expulsion: Misconduct That May Result in Expulsion
see Policy FOD(LEGAL)
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:
Aggravated assault.
Sexual assault.
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Aggravated sexual assault.
Murder.
Capital murder.
Criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
Aggravated robbery.
Breach of computer security.
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 a School Event
A student may be expelled for 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. (See glossary for “under the influence.”)
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.
Engaging in deadly conduct. (See glossary.)
Within 300 Feet of School
A student may be expelled for 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. (See glossary.)
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 law).
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Property of Another District
A student may be expelled for 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
A student may be expelled for engaging in documented serious misbehavior that violates the
district’s Code, despite documented behavioral interventions while placed in a DAEP. For
purposes of discretionary expulsion from a DAEP, serious misbehavior means:
Deliberate violent behavior that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others;
Extortion, meaning the gaining of money or other property by force or threat;
Conduct that constitutes coercion, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code; or
Conduct that constitutes the offense of:
1. Public lewdness under Section 21.07, Penal Code;
2. Indecent exposure under Section 21.08, Penal Code;
3. Criminal mischief under Section 28.03, Penal Code;
4. Personal hazing under Section 37.152; or
5. Harassment under Section 42.07(a)(1), Penal Code, of a student or district employee.
Mandatory Expulsion: Misconduct That Requires Expulsion
see Policy FOD(LEGAL)
Federal Law
A student must be expelled for bringing to school a firearm, as defined by federal law, when the
offense occurs on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related
activity on or off school property. “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 see Policies FNCG(LEGAL) and FOC(EXHIBIT)
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:
Using, exhibiting, or possessing the following, as defined by the Texas Penal Code:
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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), unless the use, exhibition, or possession of the firearm occurs at
an off-campus approved target range facility while participating in or preparing for a
school-sponsored shooting sports competition or a shooting sports educational activity
that is sponsored or supported by the Parks and Wildlife Department or a shooting sports
sanctioning organization working with the department.
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.
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, a zip gun, or a tire deflation device. (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.
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.
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Under Age Ten
see Policy FOD(LEGAL)
When a student under the age of ten engages in behavior that is expellable behavior, the student
shall not be expelled, but shall be placed in a DAEP. A student under age six shall not be placed
in a DAEP unless the student commits a federal firearm offense.
Emergency
see Policy FOE(LEGAL)
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
see Policy FOD(LEGAL)
If a student is believed to have committed an expellable offense, the principal or other
appropriate administrator shall schedule a hearing within a reasonable time. The student’s parent
shall 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 shall 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.
The board of trustees delegates to the District Hearing Officer authority to conduct hearings and
expel students.
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 business 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.
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The board shall 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 shall 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
shall make and communicate its decision orally at the conclusion of the presentation.
Consequences shall 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 shall 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 Board’s designee shall 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 shall give notice of the inconsistency.
Length of Expulsion see Policy FOD(LEGAL)
The length of an expulsion shall 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 shall 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
see Policy FOD(LEGAL)
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.
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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
see Policy FOD(LEGAL)
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 shall be earned for work missed during the period of expulsion unless
the student is enrolled in a JJAEP or another district-approved program.
Newly Enrolled Students
see Policy FOD(LEGAL)
If a student has been expelled from another school district, the expelling district shall provide to
the district in which the student enrolls a copy of the expulsion order and the referral to the
authorized officer of the juvenile court. The district in which the student enrolls may continue
the expulsion under the terms of the expulsion order, may place the student in a DAEP for the
period specified by the expulsion order, or may allow the student to attend regular classes
without completing the period of expulsion.
If a student expelled from another state enrolls in the district, the district may continue the
expulsion under the terms of the expulsion order, may place the student in a DAEP for the period
specified in the order, or may allow the student to attend regular classes if:
1. The out-of-state district provides the district with a copy of the expulsion order, and
2. The offense resulting in the expulsion is also an expellable offense in the district in which the
student is enrolling.
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 shall 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
see Policy FOE(LEGAL)
When an emergency expulsion occurs, the student shall be given verbal notice of the reason for
the action. Within ten days after the date of the emergency expulsion, the student shall be given
appropriate due process required for a student facing expulsion.
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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.
Aggravated robbery is defined in part by Texas Penal Code 29.03(a) when a person commits
robbery and:
1. Causes serious bodily injury to another;
2. Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon; or
3. Causes bodily injury to another person or threatens or places another person in fear of
imminent bodily injury or death, if the other person is:
a. 65 years of age or older, or
b. A disabled person.
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:
1. A crime that involves starting a fire or causing an explosion with intent to destroy or damage:
a. Any vegetation, fence, or structure on open-space land; or
b. Any building, habitation, or vehicle:
1) Knowing that it is within the limits of an incorporated city or town,
2) Knowing that it is insured against damage or destruction,
3) Knowing that it is subject to a mortgage or other security interest,
4) Knowing that it is located on property belonging to another,
5) Knowing that it has located within it property belonging to another, or
6) 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.
2. A crime that involves recklessly starting a fire or causing an explosion while manufacturing
or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance and the fire or explosion damages any
building, habitation, or vehicle; or
3. A crime that involves intentionally starting a fire or causing an explosion and in so doing:
a. Recklessly damages or destroys a building belonging to another, or
b. Recklessly causes another person to suffer bodily injury or death.
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:
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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.
Cyberbullying is the use of any electronic communication device to engage in bullying or
intimidation.
Dating violence occurs when a person in a current or past dating relationship uses physical,
sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in the
relationship. Dating violence also occurs when a person commits these acts against a person in a
marriage or dating relationship with the individual who is or was once in a marriage or dating
relationship with the person committing the offense, 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 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;
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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.
Firearm silencer means any device designed, made, or adapted to muffle the report of a firearm.
Graffiti are markings with paint, an indelible pen or marker, or an etching or engraving device
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.
Indecent exposure is defined by the Texas Penal Code 21.08(a): a person commits an offense if
he/she knowingly exposes private parts with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of
any person, and is reckless about whether another is present who will be offended or alarmed by
his act.
Knuckles are 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; telecommunications or electronic devices; 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
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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.
Vandalism.
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. The
term does not include a knife that has a spring, detent, or other mechanism designed to create a
bias toward closure and that requires exertion applied to the blade by hand, wrist, or arm to
overcome the bias toward closure and open the knife.
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;
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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).
Tire deflation device is defined in part by Section 46.01 of the Penal Code as a device,
including a caltrop or spike strip, that, when driven over, impedes or stops the movement of a
wheeled vehicle by puncturing one or more of the vehicle’s tires.
Title 5 offenses are those that involve injury to a person and include murder; kidnapping;
assault; aggravated assault; sexual assault; aggravated sexual assault; unlawful restraint;
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” need not be legally intoxicated to trigger disciplinary action.
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 by an
explosion or burning substance.
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