2015 - 2016 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct

2015 - 2016 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
CHANNELVIEW
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
2015 – 2016
Student Handbook and
Code of Conduct
828 Sheldon Road, Channelview, Texas 77530
(281) 452-8002
Channelview Independent School District
ADMINISTRATION
Board of Education
J. Kyle Campbell – President
Steven Dennis – Vice President
Greg Johnstone – Secretary
Keith Liggett – Parliamentarian
Raquel Dobbins – Member
Patrick Lacy – Member
Alex Ybarra – Member
Superintendent
Greg Ollis
(281) 452-8008
Assistant Superintendent of Administration
Mike Niemeyer
(281) 452-8010
Assistant Superintendent of Finance
Kris Lynn
(281) 452-8014
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Don Beck, Ed.D.
(281) 452-8017
Administrators
Athletic Director
Bilingual/ESL Director
Career and Technology Director
Chief Financial Officer
Coordinator of Security
Director of Human Resources
Federal Programs Director
Fine Arts Director
Maintenance Director
Nutrition Services Director
Special Services Director
Technology Director
Elementary Curriculum Coordinator
Secondary Curriculum Coordinator
School Improvement/Testing Coordinator
William Jennings
Magdalena Garcia
Mia Young
Jennifer Carnathan
Pat Kaptchinskie
Kay Kerr
Veronica Pasternack
Kenneth Wright
Mike Lyons
David Bienvenu
Gloria Roach
Darrell Cheney
Heather Gilpin
Pam Latiolais
Patricia Glaeser
Administration Building and Tax Office
828 Sheldon Road Channelview, Texas 77530 (281) 452-8002,
Web Address - http://www.cvisd.org
(281) 860-3803
(281) 457-8723
(281) 457-7330
(281) 452-8003
(281) 452-8002
(281) 452-8016
(281) 452-8018
(281) 452-8004
(281) 452-8005
(281) 860-3807
(281) 452-8006
(281) 860-1420
(281) 860-9825
(281) 860-9825
(281) 452-8017
SCHOOL DIRECTORY
Anthony Aguirre Junior High
15726 Wallisville Road
Eric Lathan, Principal
Chad Nuetzmann, Assistant Principal
Samantha Poullard, Assistant Principal
Angie Pulido, Assistant Principal
Alice Johnson Junior High School
15500 Proctor
Jules Pichon, Principal
Larry Lewis, Assistant Principal
Ruben Rodriguez, Assistant Principal
Isabel Tavella, Assistant Principal
Barrett/Lee Early Child Care Center
911 Sheldon Road
Judy Lee, Principal
Emily Laird, Assistant Principal
Harvey Brown Elementary School
16550 Wallisville Rd.
LaKeisha LeBlanc, Principal
Angela Lavergne, Assistant Principal
Joe Frank Campbell Learning Center
915 Sheldon Road
Mark Sims, Principal
Channelview High School
1100 Sheldon Road
Cindi Ollis, Principal
Alan Smith, Associate Principal
Karen Bryant, Assistant Principal
Lizette Castelline, Assistant Principal
Janeth Melancon, Assistant Principal
Troy Michaud, Assistant Principal
Andre Phillip, Assistant Principal
Viola Cobb Elementary School
915 Dell Dale
Blake Smith, Principal
William Chalfant, Assistant Principal
Margery Crenshaw Elementary School
16204 Wood Drive
Audry Lane, Principal
Kim Roberts, Assistant Principal
DeZavala Elementary School
16150 Second Street
Manuel Escalante, Principal
Stephanie Green, Assistant Principal
B. H. Hamblen Elementary School
1019 Dell Dale
Constance Norfleet, Principal
Diorica Cavazos-Almand, Assistant Principal
L.W. Kolarik 9th Grade Campus
1120 Sheldon Road
Robert Laird, Associate Principal
Cynthia Benitez, Assistant Principal
Cedric LePeuch, Assistant Principal
Mac F. McMullan Elementary School
1290 Dell Dale
Gina Ervin, Principal
Linda Craft, Assistant Principal
H.C. Schochler Elementary School
910 Deerpass
Ann Garza, Principal
Cynthia Vasquez, Assistant Principal
(281) 860-3300
8:35 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.
(281) 452-8030
8:35 a.m.-4:05 p.m.
(281) 860-3827
Morning: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Afternoon: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Day Care: 5:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(281) 860-1400
8:10 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
(281) 457-0086
8:25 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
(281) 452-1450
7: 05 a.m.-2:35 p.m.
(281) 452-7788
7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
(281) 457-3080
7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
(281) 452-6008
7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
(281) 457-8720
7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
(713) 378-3400
7: 05 a.m.-2:35 p.m.
(281) 452-1154
8:10 a.m.-3:40 p.m.
(281) 452-2880
8:10 a.m.-3:40 p.m.
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 or opening is delayed because of severe
weather or another emergency, or if the campus must restrict access due to a security threat.
If the campus must close, delay opening, or restrict access to the building because of an
emergency, the district will alert the community in the following ways:
TV STATIONS:
RADIO STATIONS:
KTRK - Channel 13
KILT 610 AM
KHOU - Channel 11
KLVL 1480 AM
(Spanish)
KPRC - Channel 2
KLAT 1010 AM
(Spanish)
FOX - Channel 26
KTRH 740 AM
UNIVISION - Channel
45 (Spanish)
KRBE 104.1 FM
TELEMUNDO Channel 47 (Spanish)
KTJM 98.5/103.3 FM
(Spanish)
KIAH - Channel 39
KKBQ 92.9 FM
EMERGENCY CRISIS MANAGEMENT INFORMATION
The Channelview Independent School District has developed an extensive Crisis Management
Plan to address prevention, intervention, and follow-up of crisis situations. The safety of our
children is our primary concern. The following procedures will be utilized during certain crisis
situations.
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Shelter In Place
This procedure is used in any situation other than weather that may be a hazard.
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This means all windows and doors are locked and the air-conditioning will be shut off.
No one is allowed to enter or leave a building that has activated shelter in place
procedures. This means that parents will not be able to pick up children from school. It is
safer to keep the students inside the building rather than expose them to possible harm by
allowing them to leave the building.
Once the "All Clear" is given, students and teachers will return to their regular activities
or a parent/student "Reunification" (student pickup) program may be initiated.
If a school is sheltering in place, parents should also shelter in place at home.
Shelter In Place, Weather Only
This procedure is used when weather conditions exist that may place a school or schools in
immediate danger.
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Students and staff are sheltered inside the buildings away from outside windows or doors.
Buildings are open for entry only.
There is no exit until the "All Clear" is given.
Normal activities will resume when the "All Clear" is given, or a student/parent
"Reunification" (student pickup) program may be initiated.
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Lockdown
This procedure is used when an intruder invades the premises or there is an imminent danger to
the campus.
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All doors, windows, and classrooms are locked. Students and teachers remain in the
classroom until the "All Clear" is given.
No one will be allowed to enter or leave the building. Parents will not be allowed to pick
up children from school.
The local authorities will provide assistance if necessary.
Once the "All Clear" is given students and teachers can return to their regular activities. If
needed the parent/student "Reunification" (student pickup) process will be utilized.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS
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In case of a conflict between Board Policy (including Student Code of Conduct) and any
provisions of the Student Handbook, the provisions of Board Policy or the Student Code
of Conduct that were most recently adopted by the Board are to be followed.
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School organizations, student clubs, performing groups such as the band, choir, drill,
JROTC, LOTC, and athletic teams may establish stricter codes of conduct and have
eligibility rules. Any such code of conduct and/or rules should be in writing, on file in
the principal’s office, and approved by the superintendent and/or board of trustees.
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District alternative schools may have different rules, requirements, and procedures than
those outlined in this handbook.
Table of Contents
PREFACE ....................................................................................................................................... 1
SECTION I: PARENTAL RIGHTS ............................................................................................... 2
CONSENT, OPT-OUT, AND REFUSAL RIGHTS............................................................... 2
Consent to Conduct a Psychological Evaluation ................................................................ 2
Consent to Display a Student’s Original Works and Personal Information ....................... 2
Consent to Receive Parenting and Paternity Awareness Instruction if Student is Under
Age 14 ................................................................................................................................. 2
Consent to Video or Audio Record a Student When Not Otherwise Permitted by Law .... 2
Prohibiting the Use of Corporal Punishment ...................................................................... 2
Limiting Electronic Communications with Students by District Employees ..................... 3
Objecting to the Release of Directory Information............................................................. 3
Objecting to the Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of
Higher Education (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ............................................................ 4
Participation in Third-Party Surveys .................................................................................. 4
Consent Required Before Student Participation in a Federally Funded Survey,
Analysis, or Evaluation ............................................................................................... 4
“Opting Out” of Participation in Other Types of Surveys or Screenings and the
Disclosure of Personal Information ............................................................................. 4
REMOVING A STUDENT FROM INSTRUCTION OR EXCUSING A STUDENT FROM
A REQUIRED COMPONENT OF INSTRUCTION ............................................................. 5
Human Sexuality Instruction ............................................................................................. 5
Reciting a Portion of theDeclaration of Independence in Grades 3 – 12 ......................... 5
Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags ............................................................. 5
Religious or Moral Beliefs ................................................................................................ 6
Tutoring or Test Preparation ............................................................................................. 6
RIGHT OF ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS, CURRICULUM MATERIALS, AND
DISTRICT RECORDS............................................................................................................ 6
Instructional Materials ....................................................................................................... 6
Notices of Certain Student Misconduct to Noncustodial Parent ....................................... 6
Student Records ................................................................................................................. 6
Accessing Student Records ......................................................................................... 6
Authorized Inspection and Use of Student Records .................................................... 7
Teacher and Staff Professional Qualifications .................................................................. 9
STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES .............. 10
Children of Military Families .......................................................................................... 10
Parental Role in Certain Classroom and School Assignments ........................................ 10
Multiple Birth Siblings .............................................................................................. 10
Safety Transfers/Assignments ................................................................................... 10
Service/Assistance Animal Use by Students ................................................................... 11
Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education Services ... 11
Students Who Receive Special Education Services with Other School-Aged Children in
the Home ......................................................................................................................... 11
Students Who Speak a Primary Language Other than English ....................................... 12
Students With Physical or Mental Impairments Protected under Section 504................ 12
SECTION II: OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS... 12
ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE............................................................................................... 12
Compulsory Attendance .................................................................................................. 12
Age 18 and Older ...................................................................................................... 12
Between Ages 6 and 18 ............................................................................................. 13
Prekindergarten and Kindergarten............................................................................. 13
Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance .......................................................................... 13
All Grade Levels ....................................................................................................... 13
Secondary Grade Levels ............................................................................................ 13
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance............................................................ 14
All Grade Levels ....................................................................................................... 14
Attendance for Credit or Final Grade (Kindergarten Through Grade 12) ...................... 14
Official Attendance-Taking Time (All Grade Levels) .................................................... 15
Documentation after an Absence (All Grade Levels) ..................................................... 15
Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness (All Grade Levels) ...................................... 16
Driver License Attendance Verification (Secondary Grade Levels Only)...................... 16
ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAW (All Grade Levels) ......... 16
AWARDS AND HONORS (All Grade Levels) ................................................................... 16
BULLYING (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................................... 17
CAFETERIA SERVICES………………………………………………………………….. 17
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) PROGRAMS (Secondary Grade
Levels Only) .......................................................................................................................... 18
CELEBRATIONS (All Grade Levels) .................................................................................. 19
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN (All Grade
Levels) ................................................................................................................................... 19
CLASS RANK / HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ....... 20
Speeches at Commencement ........................................................................................... 21
Top Ten Graduates .......................................................................................................... 21
Honor Graduates/Top Ten Percent .................................................................................. 21
Early Graduation ............................................................................................................. 21
Academic Class Rank Calculation .................................................................................. 22
End-of-Course Assessment Scores .................................................................................. 22
Grade Point Weight ......................................................................................................... 22
Advanced Placement ....................................................................................................... 22
Course Included in Class Rank Calculation .................................................................... 22
Exclusions ....................................................................................................................... 22
Courses Included in Class Rank Calculation .................................................................. 22
Transfer Credit ................................................................................................................ 22
Homebound Students ...................................................................................................... 23
CLASS SCHEDULES (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ...................................................... 23
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ............. 23
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ...................................... 24
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS (All Grade Levels) ...................................................... 24
CONDUCT (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................................ 25
Applicability of School Rules ......................................................................................... 25
Disruptions of School Operations ................................................................................... 25
Social Events ................................................................................................................... 25
COUNSELING ..................................................................................................................... 26
Academic Counseling...................................................................................................... 26
Elementary and Junior High School Grade Levels ................................................... 26
High School Grade Levels ........................................................................................ 26
Personal Counseling (All Grade Levels) ................................................................... 26
COURSE CREDIT (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ............................................................ 26
CREDIT BY EXAM—If a Student Has Taken the Course/Subject (All Grade Levels) ...... 26
CREDIT BY EXAM FOR ADVANCEMENT/ACCELERATION—If a Student Has Not
Taken the Course/Subject ...................................................................................................... 27
Students in Grades 1–5 .................................................................................................... 27
Students in Grades 6–12 .................................................................................................. 27
DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION (All
Grade Levels) ........................................................................................................................ 28
Dating Violence ............................................................................................................... 28
Discrimination ................................................................................................................. 28
Harassment ...................................................................................................................... 28
Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Harassment ........................................................ 29
Retaliation ....................................................................................................................... 29
Reporting Procedures ...................................................................................................... 29
Investigation of Report .................................................................................................... 30
DISCRIMINATION .............................................................................................................. 30
DISTANCE LEARNING ...................................................................................................... 30
All Grade Levels ............................................................................................................. 30
Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) (Secondary Grade Levels) ............................. 31
DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE, PUBLISHED MATERIALS, OR OTHER
DOCUMENTS (All Grade Levels) ....................................................................................... 31
School Materials .............................................................................................................. 31
Nonschool Materials........................................................................................................ 31
From Students............................................................................................................ 31
From Others ............................................................................................................... 31
DRESS AND GROOMING (All Grade Levels) ................................................................... 32
Channelview High School, L.W. Kolarik Center and Joe Campbell Learning Center
(Pre-Kindergarten When Applicable) ............................................................................. 33
Kindergarten – 5th Grade Including Students Being Sent to Appollo .......................................... 35
6th, 7th and 8th Grade ........................................................................................................ 37
Discipline School Dress Code for Apollo Grades K – 5th .............................................. 39
Discpline School Dress Code for Highpoint East Grades 6th – 12th ............................... 40
DROPOUT PREVENTION PROGRAM (Joe Frank Campbell Learning Center) .............. 41
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (All Grade Levels) ....... 41
Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Mobile
Telephones....................................................................................................................... 41
Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic Devices ............................................. 41
Instructional Use of Personal Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices ........ 42
Acceptable Use of District Technology Resources ......................................................... 42
Unacceptable and Inappropriate Use of Technology Resources ..................................... 42
END-OF-COURSE (EOC) ASSESSMENTS ....................................................................... 42
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS (All Grade
Levels) ................................................................................................................................... 43
Standards of Behavior ..................................................................................................... 44
Offices and Elections....................................................................................................... 44
FEES (All Grade Levels) ...................................................................................................... 44
FUNDRAISING (All Grade Levels) ..................................................................................... 45
GANG-FREE ZONES (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................... 45
GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT .................................................................................... 45
GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION .................................................................................. 45
Grading System – Pre-K and Elementary Schools .......................................................... 45
Grading System – Elementary, Junior High and High School ........................................ 45
GRADING GUIDELINES (All Grade Levels)..................................................................... 46
GRADUATION (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ................................................................ 46
Requirements for a Diploma for a Student Enrolled in High School Prior to the 2014–
2015 School Year ............................................................................................................ 46
Requirements for a Diploma Beginning with the 2014–15 School Year ........................ 47
Testing Requirements for Graduation ............................................................................. 47
Minimum, Recommended, and Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Graduation
Programs .......................................................................................................................... 47
Foundation Graduation Program ..................................................................................... 49
Personal Graduation Plans for Students Under The Foundation Graduation Program
................................................................................................................................... 51
Available Course Options for all Graduation Programs ................................................. 51
Certificates of Coursework Completion .......................................................................... 51
Students with Disabilities ................................................................................................ 51
Graduation Activities ...................................................................................................... 52
Graduation Speakers........................................................................................................ 52
Graduation Expenses ....................................................................................................... 52
Scholarships and Grants .................................................................................................. 53
HARASSMENT .................................................................................................................... 53
HAZING (All Grade Levels) ................................................................................................ 53
HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS ........................................................................................ 53
Bacterial Meningitis (All Grade Levels) ......................................................................... 53
Communicable Disease (All Grade Levels) .................................................................... 55
Food Allergies (All Grade Levels) .................................................................................. 55
Health Screenings ............................................................................................................ 55
Immunizations (All Grade Levels) .................................................................................. 56
Medication Policy............................................................................................................ 56
Sunscreen......................................................................................................................... 58
Psychotropic Drugs ......................................................................................................... 58
Pediculosis Capitis (Head Lice) (All Grade Levels) ....................................................... 58
Physical Activity Requirements ...................................................................................... 59
Elementary School .................................................................................................... 59
Junior High School .................................................................................................... 59
Pink Eye .......................................................................................................................... 59
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) (All Grade Levels) ....................................... 59
Student Wellness Policy/Wellness Plan (All Grade Levels) ........................................... 59
Vomiting and/or Diarrhea ............................................................................................... 60
Other Health-Related Matters ......................................................................................... 60
Physical Fitness Assessment (Grades 3–12) ............................................................. 60
Vending Machines (All Grade Levels) ..................................................................... 60
Tobacco Prohibited (All Grade Levels and All Others on School Property) ............ 60
Asbestos Management Plan (All Grade Levels) ....................................................... 60
Pest Management Plan (All Grade Levels) ............................................................... 60
HOMELESS STUDENTS (All Grade Levels) ..................................................................... 61
HOMEWORK (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................................ 61
ILLNESS ............................................................................................................................... 61
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES (All Grade Levels) ................................................... 61
Questioning of Students .................................................................................................. 61
Students Taken Into Custody .......................................................................................... 61
Notification of Law Violations........................................................................................ 62
LEAVING CAMPUS (All Grade Levels)............................................................................. 62
During Lunch .................................................................................................................. 63
At Any Other Time During the School Day.................................................................... 63
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS (All Grade Levels) ................................ 63
LOST AND FOUND (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................. 64
MAKEUP WORK ................................................................................................................. 64
Makeup Work Because of Absence (All Grade Levels) ................................................. 64
DAEP Makeup Work ..................................................................................................... 65
Grades 9–12 ............................................................................................................... 65
In-school Suspension (ISS) Makeup Work (All Grade Levels) ...................................... 65
NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT (All Grade Levels) ............................................. 65
NONTRADITIONAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (All Grade Levels) ............................... 66
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (All Grade Levels) ............................................................. 66
Working Together ........................................................................................................... 66
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS / HEALTH SCREENINGS ............................................... 67
Athletics’ Participation (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ................................................ 67
Other Exams and Screenings (All Grade Levels) ........................................................... 67
PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE (All Grade Levels) ........ 67
PRAYER (All Grade Levels) ................................................................................................ 67
PROMOTION AND RETENTION ...................................................................................... 67
High School Grade Levels .............................................................................................. 69
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL..................................................................... 69
REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES (All Grade Levels) . 69
RETALIATION .................................................................................................................... 70
SAFETY (All Grade Levels) ................................................................................................. 70
Accident Insurance .......................................................................................................... 70
Preparedness Drills: Evacuation, Severe Weather, and Other Emergencies ................... 70
Emergency Medical Treatment and Information ............................................................ 70
SAT, ACT, AND OTHER STANDARDIZED TESTS ........................................................ 70
SCHOOL FACILITIES ......................................................................................................... 70
Use by Students Before and After School (All Grade Levels)........................................ 70
Conduct Before and After School (All Grade Levels) .................................................... 71
Use of Hallways During Class Time (All Grade Levels) ................................................ 71
Library (All Grade Levels) .............................................................................................. 71
Meetings of Noncurriculum-Related Groups (Secondary Grade Levels Only) .............. 71
SEARCHES........................................................................................................................... 71
Students’ Desks and Lockers (All Grade Levels) ........................................................... 71
Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices (All Grade Levels) ........................ 72
Vehicles on Campus (Secondary Grade Levels Only) .................................................... 72
Trained Dogs (All Grade Levels) .................................................................................... 72
Drug-Testing (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ............................................................... 72
SEXUAL HARASSMENT ................................................................................................... 72
SPECIAL PROGRAMS (All Grade Levels)......................................................................... 72
STANDARDIZED TESTING .............................................................................................. 73
Secondary Grade Levels .................................................................................................. 73
SAT/ACT (Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test) .......................... 73
TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment ............................................................... 73
STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) ..................................... 73
Grades 3–8 ................................................................................................................. 73
High School Courses—End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments .................................... 74
STEROIDS (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ........................................................................ 74
STUDENTS IN FOSTER CARE (All Grade Levels)........................................................... 75
STUDENT SPEAKERS (All Grade Levels)......................................................................... 75
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION (All Grade Levels) ........ 75
SUICIDE AWARENESS (All Grade Levels)....................................................................... 75
TARDIES (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................................... 75
TEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT, AND
OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS (All Grade Levels).......................................... 76
TRANSFERS (All Grade Levels) ......................................................................................... 76
TRANSPORTATION (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................ 76
School-Sponsored Trips .................................................................................................. 76
Buses and Other School Vehicles ................................................................................... 76
VANDALISM (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................................ 77
VIDEO CAMERAS (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................... 77
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL (All Grade Levels) .............................................................. 78
General Visitors ............................................................................................................... 78
Visitors Participating in Special Programs for Students ................................................. 78
VOLUNTEERS (All Grade Levels)...................................................................................... 78
VOTER REGISTRATION (Secondary Grade Levels Only)................................................ 78
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL (All Grade Levels) ..................................................... 78
YMCA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM…………………………………………………….78
GLOSSARY ................................................................................................................................. 80
APPENDIX……………………………………… ....................................................................... 84
APPENDIX I: Freedom From Bullying Policy..................................................................... 85
APPENDIX II: Acknowledgment Form—Amendment…………………………………… 88
PREFACE
To Students and Parents:
Welcome to school year 2015–2016! 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 Channelview ISD Student Handbook is designed to provide basic information that you and your child
will need during the school year. 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, and where possible, further divided by applicability to ages and/or grade levels,
for quick access when searching for information on a specific issue.
Please be aware that the term “parent,” unless otherwise noted, is used to refer to the parent, legal
guardian, any person granted some other type of lawful control of the student, or any other person who
has agreed to assume school-related responsibility for a student.
Both students and parents should become familiar with the Channelview 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 on the district’s website at www.cvisd.org and is located in the
back of this Channelview ISD Student Handbook.
The Student Handbook is a general reference guide only and is designed to be in harmony with board
policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Please be aware that it is not a complete statement of all
policies, procedures, or rules that may be applicable in a given circumstance.
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 and the Student Code of Conduct are to be
followed.
Also, 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. The district
reserves the right to modify provisions of the Student Handbook at any time, whenever it is deemed
necessary. Notice of any revision or modification will be given as is reasonably practical under the
circumstances.
Although the Student Handbook may refer to rights established through law or district policy, the Student
Handbook does not create any additional rights for students and parents. It does not, nor is it intended to,
create contractual or legal rights between any student or parent and the district.
If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact your campus
principal.
Be sure to watch for end of the year or beginning of the year packets that will contain required forms for
your signature.
[See Objecting to the Release of Directory Information and Consent Required Before Student
Participation in a Federally Funded Survey, Analysis, or Evaluation for more information.]
Please note that references to policy codes are included so that parents can refer to current board policy.
The district’s official policy manual is available for review in the superintendent’s office, and an
unofficial electronic copy is available at www.cvisd.org.
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SECTION I: PARENTAL RIGHTS
This section of the Channelview ISD Student Handbook includes information related to the
rights and responsibilities of parents as specified in state or federal law.
CONSENT, OPT-OUT, AND REFUSAL RIGHTS
Consent to Conduct a Psychological Evaluation
A district employee will not conduct a psychological examination, test, or treatment without
obtaining prior written parental consent unless the examination, test, or treatment is required
under state or federal law regarding requirements for special education or by the Texas
Education Agency (TEA) for child abuse investigations and reports.
Consent to Display a Student’s Original Works and Personal Information
Teachers may display students’ work, which may include personally identifiable student
information, in classrooms or elsewhere on campus as recognition of student achievement.
However, the district will seek parental consent before displaying students’ artwork, special
projects, photographs taken by students, original videos or voice recordings, and other original
works on the district’s website, a website affiliated or sponsored by the district, such as a campus
or classroom website, and in district publications, which may include printed materials, videos,
or other methods of mass communication.
Consent to Receive Parenting and Paternity Awareness Instruction if Student is Under Age 14
A child under the age of 14 must have parental permission to receive instruction in the district’s
parenting and paternity awareness program; otherwise, the 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.
Consent to Video or Audio Record a Student When Not Otherwise Permitted by Law
State law 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.
The district will seek parental consent through a written request before making any video or
voice recording of your child not otherwise allowed by law.
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 return the form included in the end of year or beginning of the year packets to
the campus principal stating this decision. A signed statement must be provided each year if you
do not want corporal punishment to be administered to your child.
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You may choose to revoke this prohibition 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.
Please note that if the district is made aware that a student is in temporary or permanent
conservatorship (custody) of the state through foster care, kinship care, or other arrangements,
corporal punishment shall not be administered, even when a signed statement prohibiting its use
has not been submitted by the student’s caregiver or caseworker.
Limiting Electronic Communications with Students By District Employees
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.
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.
If you prefer that your child not receive any one-to-one electronic communications from a
district employee or if you have questions related to the use of electronic media by district
employees, please contact the campus principal.
Objecting to the Release of Directory Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, permits the district to disclose
appropriately designated “directory information” from a child’s education records without
written consent. “Directory information” is information that is generally not considered harmful
or an invasion of privacy if released. This “directory information” will be released to anyone
who follows procedures for requesting it.
However, a parent or eligible student may object to the release of a student’s directory
information. This objection must be made in writing to the principal within ten (10) school days
of your child’s first day of instruction for this school year. [See the “Notice Regarding Directory
Information and Parent’s Response Regarding Release of Student Information” in forms
included in the beginning of the year packets].
The district has identified the following as directory information: student name, address,
telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of
study, degrees, honors, awards received, dates of attendance, grade level, most recent education
institution attended, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and
height of members of athletic teams. If you object to the release of the student information
included on the directory information response form, your decision will also apply to the use of
that information for school-sponsored purposes, such as the honor roll, school newspaper, the
yearbook, recognition activities, news releases, and athletic programs.
Also review the information at Authorized Inspection and Use of Student Records.
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Objecting to the Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of
Higher Education (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
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 is included in the end of the year or beginning of the year packets for you to
complete if you do not want the district to provide this information to military recruiters or
institutions of higher education.
Participation in Third-Party Surveys
Consent Required Before Student Participation in a Federally Funded Survey, Analysis, or
Evaluation
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 Participation in Other Types of Surveys or Screenings and the Disclosure of
Personal Information
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, selling, or otherwise disclosing that
information. Note that this does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal
information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or
providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions.
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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
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the immediate health and safety of the student. Exceptions are hearing, vision, or scoliosis
screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law. [See
policies EF and FFAA.]
As a parent, you may inspect a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered
or distributed to your child.
REMOVING A STUDENT FROM INSTRUCTION OR EXCUSING A STUDENT
FROM A REQUIRED COMPONENT OF INSTRUCTION
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.
As a parent, you are entitled to review the curriculum materials. In addition, you may remove
your child from any part of the human sexuality 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.
Reciting a Portion of the Declaration of Independence in Grades 3 – 12
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).]
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
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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).]
Religious or Moral Beliefs
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 state law.
Tutoring or Test Preparation
Based on informal observations, evaluative data such as grades earned on assignments or tests, or
results from diagnostic assessments, a teacher may determine that a student is in need of
additional targeted assistance in order for the student to achieve mastery in state-developed
essential knowledge and skills. The schools will always attempt to provide tutoring and
strategies for test-taking in ways that prevent removal from other instruction as much as possible.
In accordance with state law and policy EC, the school will not remove a student from a
regularly scheduled class for remedial tutoring or test preparation for more than ten percent of
the school days on which the class is offered, unless the student’s parent consents to this
removal.
The school may also offer tutorial services, which students whose grades are below 70 will be
required to attend.
[Also refer to policies EC and EHBC, and contact your student’s teacher with questions about
any tutoring programs provided by the school.]
RIGHT OF ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS, CURRICULUM MATERIALS,
AND DISTRICT RECORDS
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.
Notices of Certain Student Misconduct to Noncustodial Parent
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.]
Student Records
Accessing Student Records
You may review your child’s student records. These records include:
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Attendance records,
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Test scores,
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Grades,
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Disciplinary records,
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Counseling records,
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Psychological records,
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Applications for admission,
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Health and immunization information,
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Other medical records,
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Teacher and counselor evaluations,
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Reports of behavioral patterns,
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State assessment instruments that have been administered to your child, and
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Teaching materials and tests used in your child’s classroom.
[See Student Records.]
Authorized Inspection and Use of Student Records
A federal law, known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, affords
parents and eligible students certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. For
purposes of student records, an “eligible” student is one who is 18 or older or who is attending an
institution of postsecondary education. These rights, as discussed in this section as well as at
Objecting to the Release of Directory Information, are:
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The right to inspect and review student records within 45 days after the day the school
receives a request for access.
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The right to request an amendment to a student record the parent or eligible student
believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of FERPA.
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The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable
information from the student’s records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes
disclosure without consent.
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The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning failures
by the school to comply with FERPA requirements. The name and address of the office
that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
Both FERPA 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.
Virtually all information pertaining to student performance, including grades, test results, and
disciplinary records, is considered confidential educational records.
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Inspection and release of student records is primarily restricted to an eligible student or a
student’s 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 postsecondary 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.
FERPA permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s education
records, without written consent of the parent or eligible student, in the following circumstances:
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When district school officials have what federal law refers to as a “legitimate educational
interest” in a student’s records. School officials would include board members and
employees, such as the superintendent, administrators, and principals; teachers, school
counselors, diagnosticians, and support staff (including district health or district medical
staff); a person or company with whom the district has contracted or allowed to provide a
particular institutional service or function (such as an attorney, consultant, third-party
vendor that offers online programs or software, auditor, medical consultant, therapist,
school resource officer, 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 to
the school and the student; or investigating or evaluating programs.
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To authorized representatives of various governmental agencies, including juvenile
service providers, the U.S. Comptroller General’s office, the U.S. Attorney General’s
office, the U.S. Secretary of Education, TEA, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s office,
and Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers or other child welfare representatives,
in certain cases.
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To individuals or entities granted access in response to a subpoena or court order.
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To another school, school district/system, or institution of postsecondary education to
which a student seeks or intends to enroll or in which he or she is already enrolled.
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In connection with financial aid for which a student has applied or which the student has
received.
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To accrediting organizations to carry out accrediting functions.
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To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to develop,
validate, or administer predictive tests; administer student aid programs; or improve
instruction.
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To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency.
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When the district discloses information it has designated as directory information [see
Objecting to the Release of Directory Information for opportunities to prohibit this
disclosure].
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Release of personally identifiable information 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 custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school.
The principal is the custodian of all records for students who have graduated. Records for
withdrawn students are processed to archives.
A parent or eligible student who wishes to inspect the student’s records should submit a written
request to the records custodian identifying the records he or she wishes to inspect. 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.
A parent (or eligible student) may inspect the student’s records and request a correction or
amendment 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
appropriate records custodian. 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 or on an examination 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 Complaints and Concerns for an overview of the process.]
The district’s policy regarding student records found at policy FL is available from the
principal’s or superintendent’s office or on the district’s website at www.cvisd.org.
The parent’s or eligible student’s right of access to and copies of student records do not extend to
all records. Materials that are not considered educational records – such as 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.
Teacher and Staff Professional Qualifications
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.
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STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
Children of Military Families
Children of military families will be provided flexibility regarding certain district requirements,
including:
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Immunization requirements.
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Grade level, course, or educational program placement.
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Eligibility requirements for participation in extracurricular activities.
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Graduation requirements.
In addition, absences related to a student visiting with his or her parent, including a stepparent or
legal guardian, who has been called to active duty for, is on leave from, or is returning from a
deployment of at least four (4) months will be excused by the district. The district will permit no
more than five (5) excused absences per year for this purpose. For the absences to be excused,
the absence must occur no earlier than the 60th day before deployment or no later than the 30th
day after the parent’s return from deployment.
Additional information may be found at http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=7995.
Parental Role in Certain Classroom and School Assignments
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).]
Safety Transfers/Assignments
As a parent, you may:
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Request the transfer of your child to another classroom or campus if your child has been
determined by the district 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.
See the Assistant Superintendent of School Administration for information.
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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 for a transfer to another campus.
[See Bullying, policy FDB, and policy FFI.]
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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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Request the transfer of your child to another district 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 the assault occurred on or off campus, and that student has been convicted of or
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placed on deferred adjudication for that assault. If the victim does not wish to transfer, the
district will transfer the assailant in accordance with policy FDE.
Service/Assistance Animal Use by Students
A parent of a student who uses a service/assistance animal because of the student’s disability
must submit a request in writing to the principal at least ten district business days before bringing
the service/assistance animal on campus.
Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education Services
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 tutorials, 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 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 the timeline
prescribed by law once the district receives written consent. The district must give a copy of the
evaluation 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
Education Act (IDEA) is available from the school district in a companion document, A Guide to
the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process. Both documents may also be found at
http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx.
The following websites 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/
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Partners Resource Network, at http://www.partnerstx.org/
The designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties
or a referral for evaluation for special education services is Gloria Roach at (281) 452-8006.
Students Who Receive Special Education Services with Other School-Aged Children in the
Home
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. However, the district is not required to provide transportation to the
other children in the household. The parent or guardian should speak with the principal of the
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school regarding transportation needs prior to requesting a transfer for any other children in the
home. [See policy FDB (LOCAL).]
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
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.
Students with Physical or Mental Impairments Protected Under Section 504
A child determined to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life
activity, as defined by law, and who does not otherwise qualify for special education services,
may qualify for protections under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 504 is a federal
law designed to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. When an evaluation
is requested, a committee will be formed to determine if the child is in need of services and
supports under Section 504 to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE), as this is
defined in federal law.
The designated person to contact regarding a referral for evaluation applicable to Section 504 is
Gloria Roach at (281) 452-8006.
[Also see policy FB.]
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 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 your
child’s school.
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 the required presence of
school-aged children in school, e.g., compulsory attendance, the other with how a child’s
attendance affects the award of a student’s final grade or course credit – are of special interest to
students and parents. They are discussed below.
Compulsory Attendance
Age 18 and Older
A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 18th birthday is required to attend
each school day until the end of the school year. If a student 18 or older has more than five
unexcused absences in a semester, the district may revoke the student’s enrollment. The
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student’s presence on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered
trespassing. [See policy FEA.]
Between Ages 6 and 18
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.
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
writing if their child is assigned to an accelerated reading instruction program as a result of a
diagnostic reading instrument.
A student 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/or applicable subject area.
Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten, are required to attend school and are
subject to the compulsory attendance requirements as long as they remain enrolled.
Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance
All Grade Levels
State law allows exemptions to the compulsory attendance requirements for several types of
absences if the student provides required documentation and makes up all work. These include
the following activities and events:
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Religious holy days;
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Required court appearances;
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Activities related to obtaining United States citizenship;
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Documented health-care appointments for the student or a child of the student, 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 arrival or return to
campus; and
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For students in the conservatorship (custody) of the state,
o Mental health or therapy appointments; or
o Court-ordered family visitations or any other court-ordered activity, provided it is not
practicable to schedule the student’s participation in the activity outside of school
hours.
As listed in Section I at Children of Military Families, absences of up to five days will be
excused for a student to visit with a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian who has been called to
duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from certain deployments.
Secondary Grade Levels
In addition, a junior or senior student’s absence of up to two days related to visiting a college or
university will be considered an exemption, provided the student receives approval from the
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campus principal, follows the campus procedures to verify such a visit, and makes up any work
missed.
Absences of up to two days in a school year will also be considered an exemption for:
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A student serving as an early voting clerk, provided the district’s board has authorized
this in policy FEA(LOCAL), the student notifies his or her teachers, and the student
receives approval from the principal prior to the absences, and
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A student serving as an election clerk, if the student makes up any work missed.
An absence of a student in grades 6 – 12 for the purpose of sounding “Taps” at a military honors
funeral for a deceased veteran will also be excused by the district.
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance
All Grade Levels
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 without excuse from school on ten (10) or more days or parts of days within a sixmonth period in the same school year, or
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Is absent without excuse on three (3) 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 an offense
based on the student’s failure to attend school.
If a student age 12 through age 17 violates the compulsory attendance law, both the parent and
student could be charged with an offense.
[See policy FEA (LEGAL).]
Attendance for Credit or Final Grade (Kindergarten Through Grade 12)
To receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student in kindergarten–grade 12 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 or a final grade for the
class if he or she completes a plan, approved by the principal, that 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 or a final grade for the class.
If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed the
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 or a final grade lost because of absences. [See policy FEC.]
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In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance
committee will use the following guidelines:
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All absences whether excused or unexcused, must 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
extenuating circumstances for purposes of attendance for credit or the award of a final grade.
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A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after he or she has enrolled
in the district.
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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.
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The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for the
student’s absences.
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The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or
the student’s parent could exercise any control.
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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.
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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 or final grade.
The student or parent may appeal the committee’s decision to the board by following policy
FNG (LOCAL).
The actual number of days a student must be in attendance in order to receive credit or a final
grade, will depend on whether the class is for a full semester or for a full year.
Official Attendance – Taking Time (All Grade Levels)
The district must submit attendance of its students to TEA reflecting attendance at a specific time
each day.
Official attendance is taken every day at 9:30 a.m. or for secondary, the period in which 9:30
a.m. falls.
A student absent for any portion of the day, including at the official attendance-taking time,
should follow the procedures below to provide documentation of the absence.
Documentation after an Absence (All Grade Levels)
When a student is absent from school, the student – upon arrival or return to school – must bring
a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the
student, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or older
or is an emancipated minor under state law. A phone call from the parent may be accepted, but
the district reserves the right to require a written note.
The campus will document in its attendance records for the student whether the absence is
considered by the district to be excused or unexcused. Please note that, unless the absence is
for a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the district is not
required to excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence.
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Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness (All Grade Levels)
Upon return to school, a student absent for more than five (5) 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. This statement must list
specific dates related to illness. Otherwise, the student’s absence may be considered unexcused
and, if so, would be considered to be in violation of compulsory attendance laws.
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 in order to determine whether the
absence or absences will be excused or unexcused.
[See policy FEC (LOCAL).]
Driver License Attendance Verification (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
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) to access the
student’s attendance records and, in certain circumstances, for a school administrator to provide
the student’s attendance information to DPS. A verification of enrollment (VOE) form may be
obtained from the office, which the student will need to submit to DPS upon application for a
driver license.
ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAW (All Grade Levels)
Channelview ISD and each of its campuses are held to certain standards of accountability under
state and federal law. A key component of the accountability requirements is the dissemination
and publication of certain reports and information, which include:
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The Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) for the district, compiled by TEA, the
state agency that oversees public education, based on academic factors and ratings;
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A School Report Card (SRC) for each campus in the district compiled by TEA based on
academic factors and ratings;
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The district’s financial management report, which will include the financial
accountability rating assigned to the district by TEA;
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The performance ratings of the district’s evaluation of community and student
engagement using the indicators required by law; and
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Information compiled by TEA for the submission of a federal report card that is required
by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Information about all of these can be found on the district’s website at www.cvisd.org. Hard
copies of any reports are available upon request to the district’s administration office.
TEA also maintains additional accountability and accreditation information at
http://www.texasschoolaccountabilitydashboard.org and http://www.tea.texas.gov.
AWARDS AND HONORS (All Grade Levels)
1. Perfect Attendance = No absences, no tardies.
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2. Superintendent’s Honor Roll = All A’s for each nine weeks. No grades lower than A on the
report card. No N’s or U’s in, PE, Art, or Music.
3. Principal’s Honor Roll = Final grade is an A average. No grade lower than a B on the report
card. No N’s or U’s in, PE, Art, or Music.
4. Conduct is not considered in determining honor roll awards.
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Perfect Attendance Awards:
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The official district daily attendance roll is taken at 9:30 a.m. each day or for secondary
the period in which 9:30 a.m. falls.
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Students absent at the time the attendance roll is taken are counted absent. Students
present at the time the attendance is taken are counted present.
Please Note: Each campus shall have on file the eligibility criteria for honor
roll, National Honor Society, etc.
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Scholarships: Channelview High School has counselors to help students with scholarships.
BULLYING (All Grade Levels)
[See Appendix I; Freedom from Bullying Policy.]
[Also see Safety Transfers/Assignments, Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and
Retaliation, Hazing, policy FFI and the district improvement plan, a copy of which can be
viewed in the campus office.]
CAFETERIA SERVICES
Channelview ISD Nutrition Services is operated in accordance with USDA’s National School
Lunch & Breakfast Program and the Summer Feeding Program guidelines. Our cafeterias must
serve meals according to USDA guidelines in order to receive federal reimbursements.
Channelview ISD also participates in a “Universal School Breakfast Program” on all campuses.
All Channelview ISD students are offered a complimentary breakfast at no charge every school
day.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are sent home to all students at the beginning of each
school year. To qualify for the Free or Reduced-price meal benefits, a student’s parent or
guardian must fill out an application. The application is available in English or Spanish at each
campus office, cafeteria or the nutrition department. Applications are also available online at
www.cvisd.org, click on Nutrition Services, click on Free and Reduced Information and apply
for Free and Reduced Lunch. A new application must be filled out each new school year
unless you receive a Directly Certified Letter from our School District informing you that
your child qualifies for free lunches for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Only one form should
be turned in for the entire household. If the household income falls within the income
guidelines as set by USDA each year, then you will be notified through a letter mailed to the
address listed on the application.
For 2015 – 2016 School Year: Households that qualify for reduced price meals will no
longer be charged the $.40 cents for lunch. Students that qualify for reduced price meals
will be offered a complimentary lunch at no charge.
All students have a personal meal account and prepayment is accepted for breakfast, lunch and
snacks. Prepayments may be made by cash or check at each campus cafeteria. Checks should be
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made payable to your school cafeteria and should include the student’s name and I.D. number.
Prepayments may also be made on-line at: www.cvisd.org, click on Nutrition Services, click on
Online Meal Payment, enter your child’s last name and Student ID Number, click on History to
view account history or click on Prepay. Credit Card or Debit Card may be used for a $2.00
convenience fee. (Note: On-line meal payments take 1 to 2 days to post on your child’s
account at his/her school cafeteria.)
Parents are encouraged to prepay for their child’s meal and extra items to speed service.
Student’s transactions can be printed at your request by calling the Nutrition Department at (281)
860-3807 for assistance. Students will be notified when their account reaches a low balance.
Elementary School Cafeterias allow students to charge 3 meals. Junior High Schools allow 1
meal charged and High School does not allow charging. Students who come to eat after
exceeding their charge limit will be offered an alternative meal. Some schools may adopt a no
charge policy. Please check with the campus administration for charging policy. No charging
will be allowed at any campus in May and June of each school year.
Students who wish to receive a refund of $20.00 or more from their meal account must bring a
signed note from a parent or guardian to the cafeteria manager. Please let the cafeteria manager
know ahead of time so the funds will be available.
Parents who want to limit their child’s spending must send a letter to their cafeteria manager with
their child’s name and I.D. number and the amount of their limit per day.
Neither the district, TEA nor USDA will allow us to serve meals without payment. Our district
will provide an alternate meal (sandwich, fruit and milk) to any student without lunch money.
Should the student require a sandwich three times in a row, we will refer the student’s lack of
meal money to a campus principal. You may contact the nutrition department for any additional
assistance in regards to students without lunch money.
Access to drinking water will be available at all campuses during each meal service. Please
contact your campus principal for details.
For more information regarding your child’s meal account, you may contact the Nutrition
Department at (281) 860-3807.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) PROGRAMS (Secondary
Grade Levels Only)
The district offers Career and Technical Education Programs of Study in the following areas:
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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction
Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
Business Management and Administration
Education and Training
Finance
Health Science
Human Services
Information Technology
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Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
Marketing
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Admission to these programs is based on career intent, attendance habits and the attitude of the
student.
These programs will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or disability.
Channelview 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 the name and contact information for the Title IX coordinator
and Section 504 coordinator, who will address certain allegations of discrimination.]
CELEBRATIONS (All Grade Levels)
Although a parent or grandparent is not prohibited from providing food for a school-designated
function or for children in the child’s or grandchild’s classroom for his or her birthday, please be
aware that children in the school may have severe allergies to certain food products. Therefore,
it is imperative to discuss this with the child’s teacher prior to bringing any food in this
circumstance. Occasionally, the school or a class may host certain functions or celebrations tied
to the curriculum that will involve food. The school or teacher will notify students and parents
of any known food allergies when soliciting potential volunteers for bringing food products.
Any delivery of food intended for students other than a parent’s own child must be approved by
the campus principal 24 hours prior to the delivery. This may include, but is not limited to, cake
or cupcakes to celebrate a birthday, class parties and other class celebrations or events.
[Also see Food Allergies.]
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN (All
Grade Levels)
The district has established a plan for addressing child sexual abuse and other maltreatment of
children, which may be accessed at your child’s school. 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. A person who compels or encourages a child to engage in sexual
conduct commits abuse. It is illegal to make or possess child pornography or to display such
material to 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.
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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 school counselor
or principal will provide information regarding counseling options for you and your child
available in your area. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) also
manage 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_C
ounty/default.asp.
The following Websites might help you become more aware of child abuse and neglect:
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http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/whatiscan.pdf
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http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/child_abuse.html
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http://www.taasa.org/resources2/
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http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse1.shtml
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http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse2.shtml
Reports of abuse or neglect may be made to:
The CPS division of the TDFPS (1 800-252-5400 or on the Web at
http://www.txabusehotline.org).
CLASS RANK/HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students who have the highest and second
highest ranking, respectively. To be eligible for such recognition, a student must have completed
the last four semesters as a student in the District high school prior to graduation and have
completed the Recommended High School Program or the Advanced/Distinguished
Achievement Program for graduation.
In case of a tie in weighted GPAs the District shall apply the following methods, in this order, to
determine recognition as valedictorian or salutatorian:
1. Compute the weighted GPA to a sufficient number of decimal places until the tie is
broken.
2. If a tie still remains, compare the AP and dual credit courses taken by each student
involved in the tie.
3. If a tie still remains, calculate the numerical average only by using the AP and dual credit
courses taken by each student involved in the tie.
If the tie is not broken after applying these methods, the District shall recognize all students
involved in the tie as sharing the honor and title.
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The valedictorian and salutatorian must maintain an overall numerical average of 85 or above for
the third and fourth nine-week grading period of the senior year with no average below 70 in any
subject. This average shall be determined 10 school days prior to graduation.
[For further information, see policy EIC.]
Beginning with students who entered grade 9 in the 2014 – 2015 school year, a new graduation
program is in effect. Therefore, class ranking procedures may be adjusted by the district based on
the new graduation plan. As these decisions are made, the district will make the information
available to the students affected by these changes.
Speeches at Commencement
Recognition of the valedictorian or salutatorian notwithstanding, in order to be eligible to give
the valedictory or salutatory speech during the commencement ceremony, a student shall not
have engaged in any serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct, including removal to a
DAEP, a three-day suspension, or expulsion during his or her senior year. [See FNA and the
Student Code of Conduct]
Top Ten Graduates
The top ten students ranked in accordance with this policy and who have been continuously
enrolled in the District high school for their junior and senior years and who have completed the
Recommended High School Program or the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program shall
be recognized at commencement.
Honor Graduates/Top Ten Percent
The top ten percent shall be recognized as honor graduates. The four-semester residency
requirement necessary for the valedictorian and salutatorian shall not be applicable to these
students. Honor graduates shall complete the Recommended High School Program or the
Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program.
Honor graduates who have weighted GPA comprise the top ten percent shall be recognized as
follows:
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Summa cum laude – top two percent
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Magna cum laude – next three percent (three–five percent)
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Cum laude – remainder of the top ten percent (six–ten percent)
Early Graduation
A student’s class ranking shall be determined within the graduating 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 high school.
To be eligible for District honor positions, a student shall apply no later than the end of the
second year of high school to be a part of the upcoming senior class. Early graduates shall have
completed all required coursework and passed all applicable state testing requirements.
Early graduates shall be eligible for all honors positions if they meet eligibility requirements and
have been approved by the campus administration for early graduation.
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Academic Class Rank Calculation
Academic class rank shall be calculated by averaging semester grades earned in grades 9 – 12.
The numeric semester average shall earn grade points according to the District’s weighted grade
point scale for the class of 2016 and beyond.
Class rank for graduating students shall be calculated through the end of the third nine-week
grading period.
End-of-Course Assessment Scores
The District shall not include scores from end-of-course (EOC) assessments in calculations for
class rank.
Grade Point Weight
For grade point weight and/or scale, please refer to board policy EIC (Local). The policy can be
found on the Channelview ISD website at www.cvisd.org. In order to view the policy online,
please select board policy under the school board tab on the Channelview ISD website.
Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement and Pre-Advanced Placement courses shall be published annually in the
Academic Planning Guide issued to students. Dual Credit courses that receive the additional
weighted GPA shall be in the areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies, economics
and other language other than English.
Course Included in Class Rank Calculation
All subjects that are considered a core class (English, mathematics, science, social studies or
economics) or a foreign language will be used to calculate GPA for class rank. The core class
and foreign language rule for calculating class rank applies to regular, PAP, AP and dual credit
courses.
Exclusions
The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in or by distance learning for credit
recovery; summer/night school courses (excluding dual credit night and summer courses offered
for credit in English, mathematics, science, social studies, economics, and languages other than
English); junior high school classes taken for high school credit; local credit courses; credit by
examination; courses taken at non-accredited alternative, charter, private schools or home
schools.
Courses Included in Class Rank Calculation
See EIC (Exhibit) for courses included in the class rank calculations.
Transfer Credit
Grades transferred from other public schools within the U.S. shall be credited in conformity with
the course descriptions approved for the established grading system. If a student has taken
advanced courses other than those offered by the District, those courses shall be treated as
regular grade-level courses in determining rank.
Students entering the District from another country shall have their transcripts evaluated by a
District representative, approved accreditation organization or the student shall be required to
have the credits that were earned in another country validated through credit by examination for
verification. The District shall only validate credits for courses currently taught in the District.
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Students transferring into the District shall receive the numerical grade that was earned in
courses at another school. Letter grades shall be recorded as follows:
A+ = 98
B+ = 88
C+ = 78
D = 70
A = 95
B = 85
C = 75
F=0
A - = 92
B- = 82
C- = 72
Students transferring into the District with a letter grade of P (Pass) or F (Fail) shall be credited
in conformity with the district course descriptions; however, no grades points will be given for
letter grades of P or F.
Homebound Students
Pre-AP/AP students who are placed on homebound status by a physician for health reasons for
four or more consecutive weeks shall be allowed to maintain their educational status and receive
weighted credit as long as they are able to complete the coursework required.
CLASS SCHEDULES (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
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.
[See Schedule Changes for information related to student requests to revise their course
schedule.]
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
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
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Satisfies the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks or earns at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the
SAT.
*Beginning with ninth graders in the 2014 – 2015 school year, to be eligible for automatic
admission to a Texas four-year college or university, a student must be on track to graduate with
the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation graduation program. This means
that a student must graduate with at least one endorsement and must have taken Algebra II as one
of the four required math courses.
In addition, the student must submit a completed application for admission in accordance with
the deadline established by the college or university. The student is ultimately responsible for
ensuring that he or she meets the admission requirements of the university or college to which
the student submits an application.
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 2016
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term, the University will be admitting the top eight percent of the high school’s graduating class
who meet the above requirements. Additional applicants will be considered by the University
through a holistic 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 school counselor for further information about automatic
admissions, the application process, and deadlines.
[See also Class Rank/Highest Ranking Student for information specifically related to how the
district calculates a student’s rank in class and Graduation Requirements for information
associated with the foundation graduation program].
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
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), or college
preparatory;
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Enrollment in an AP or dual credit course through the Texas Virtual School Network;
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Enrollment in courses taught in conjunction and in partnership with San Jacinto College,
which may be offered on or off campus;
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Enrollment in courses taught at the following institutions in the district: San Jacinto; and
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Certain CTE courses.
Note that if a student wishes to enroll in a community college course that also results in the
award of high school course credit at a college that does not include the high school within its
service area, the student is limited by state law to enroll in no more than three courses at that
particular college.
All of these methods have eligibility requirements and must be approved prior to enrollment in
the course. Please see the school counselor for more information. Depending on the student’s
grade level and the course, a state mandated end-of-course assessment may be required for
graduation.
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.
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS (All Grade Levels)
Usually student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed informally 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 website at www.cvisd.org.
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Should a parent or student feel a need to file a formal complaint, the parent or student should file
a district complaint form within the timelines established in policy FNG(LOCAL). In general,
the student or parent should submit a written complaint form to the campus principal. If the
concern is not resolved, a request for a conference should be sent to the assistant superintendent
of administration. If still unresolved, the district provides for the complaint to be presented to
the board of trustees.
CONDUCT (All Grade Levels)
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 as well as on
district vehicles – and consequences for violation of these standards. The district has
disciplinary authority over a 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. During any periods of instruction during the summer months,
the Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct in place for the year immediately preceding
the summer period shall apply, unless the district amends either or both documents for the
purposes of summer instruction.
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.
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Interference with an authorized activity by seizing control of all or part of a building.
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Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent participation in an authorized
assembly.
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Use of force, violence, or threats to cause disruption during an assembly.
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Interference with the movement of people at an exit or an entrance to district property.
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Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent people from entering or leaving
district property without authorization from an administrator.
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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.
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Interference with the transportation of students in vehicles owned or operated by the district.
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 readmitted.
Please contact the campus principal if you are interested in serving as a chaperone for any school
social events.
COUNSELING
Academic Counseling
Elementary and Junior High School Grade Levels
The school counselor is available to students and parents to talk about the importance of
postsecondary education and how best to plan for postsecondary education, including appropriate
courses to consider and financial aid availability and requirements.
High School Grade Levels
High school students and their parents are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teacher, or
principal to learn more about course offerings, graduation requirements, and early graduation
procedures. Each year, high school students will be provided information on anticipated course
offerings for the next school year and other information that will help them make the most of
academic and CTE opportunities, as well as information on the importance of postsecondary
education.
The school counselor can also provide information about entrance exams and application
deadlines, as well as information about automatic admission, financial aid, housing, and
scholarships as these relate to state colleges and universities. The school counselor can also
provide information about workforce opportunities after graduation or technical and trade school
opportunities, including opportunities to earn industry-recognized certificates and licenses.
Personal Counseling (All Grade Levels)
The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns,
including such areas as social, family, or emotional or mental health issues, or substance abuse.
A student who wishes to meet with the school counselor should contact the counselor’s office.
As a parent, if you are concerned about your child’s mental or emotional health, please speak
with the school counselor for a list of resources that may be of assistance.
[Also see Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention and Suicide Awareness.]
COURSE CREDIT (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
A student in grades 9 – 12 or in lower grade when a student is enrolled in a high school creditbearing course will earn credit for a course only if the final grade is 70 or above. For a twosemester (1 credit) course, the student’s grades from both semesters will be averaged and credit
will be awarded if the combined average is 70 or above. Should the student’s combined average
be less than 70, the student will be required to retake the semester in which he or she failed.
CREDIT BY EXAM – If a Student Has Taken the Course/Subject (All Grade
Levels)
A student who has previously taken a course or subject – but did not receive credit or a final
grade for it – may, in circumstances determined by the principal or attendance committee, be
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permitted to earn credit by passing an exam approved by the district’s board of trustees on the
essential knowledge and skills defined for that course or subject. Prior instruction may include,
for example, incomplete coursework due to a failed course or excessive absences,
homeschooling, or coursework by a student transferring from a nonaccredited school. The
opportunity to take an examination to earn credit for a course or to be awarded a final grade in a
subject after the student has had prior instruction is sometimes referred to as “credit recovery.”
The school counselor or principal would determine if the student could take an exam for this
purpose. If approval is granted, the student must score at least 70 on the exam to receive credit
for the course or subject.
The attendance review committee may also offer a student with excessive absences an
opportunity to earn credit for a course by passing an exam.
[For further information, see the school counselor and policy EHDB(LOCAL).]
CREDIT BY EXAM FOR ADVANCEMENT/ACCELERATION – If a Student Has
Not Taken the Course/Subject
A student will be permitted to take an exam to earn credit for an academic course or subject area
for which the student has had no prior instruction, i.e., for advancement or to accelerate to the
next grade level. The exams offered by the district are approved by the district’s board of
trustees, and state law requires the use of certain exams, such as College Board Advanced
Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, when applicable. The
dates on which exams are scheduled during the 2015–2016 school year will be published in
appropriate district publications and on the district’s website. The only exceptions to the
published dates will be for any exams administered by another entity besides the district. In this
case, a student and the district must comply with the testing schedule of the other entity. During
each testing window provided by the district, a student may attempt a specific exam only once.
If a student plans to take an exam, the student (or parent) must register with the school counselor
no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date. [For further information, see policy
EHDC.]
Students in Grades 1 – 5
A student in elementary school will be eligible to accelerate to the next grade level if the student
scores at least 80 on each exam in the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and
social studies, a district administrator recommends that the student be accelerated, and the
student’s parent gives written approval of the grade advancement.
Students in Grades 6 – 12
A student in grade 6 or above will earn course credit with a passing score of at least 80 on the
exam, a scaled score of 60 or higher on an exam administered through the CLEP, or a score of 3
or higher on an AP exam, as applicable. A student may take an exam to earn high school course
credit no more than twice. If a student fails to achieve the designated score on the applicable
exam before the beginning of the school year in which the student would need to enroll in the
course according to the school’s high school course sequence, the student must complete the
course.
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DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND
RETALIATION (All Grade Levels)
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. A copy of the district’s policy is
available in the principal’s office and in the superintendent’s office or the district website at
www.cvisd.org [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, 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; threats to harm a
student’s current dating partner; attempts to isolate the student from friends and family; stalking;
or encouraging others to engage in these behaviors.
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.
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, intimidating or humiliating conduct; offensive jokes, name-calling,
slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault; graffiti or printed material promoting racial,
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ethnic, or other negative stereotypes; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or
damage to property.
In addition to dating violence as described above, two other types of prohibited harassment are
described below.
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.
Examples of retaliation may include threats, rumor spreading, ostracism, assault, destruction of
property, unjustified punishments, or unwarranted grade reductions. Unlawful retaliation does
not include petty slights or annoyances.
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, school counselor,
principal, or other district employee. The report may be made by the student’s parent. [See
policy FFH (LOCAL) for other appropriate district officials to whom to make a report.]
Upon receiving a report of prohibited conduct as defined by policy FFH, the district will
determine whether the allegations, if proven, would constitute prohibited conduct as defined by
that policy. If not, the district will refer to policy FFI to determine if the allegations, if proven,
would constitute bullying, as defined by law and that policy. If the alleged prohibited conduct, if
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proven, would constitute prohibited conduct and would also be considered bullying as defined by
law and policy FFI, an investigation of bullying will also be conducted.
The district will promptly notify the parents of any student alleged to have experienced
prohibited conduct involving an adult associated with the district. In the event alleged 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 FFH.
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.
If a law enforcement or other regulatory agency notifies the district that it is investigating the
matter and requests that the district delay its investigation, the district will resume the
investigation at the conclusion of the agency’s investigation.
During the course of an investigation and when appropriate, the district may take interim action
to address the alleged prohibited conduct.
If the district’s investigation indicates that prohibited conduct occurred, appropriate disciplinary
action, and, in some cases, corrective action, will be taken to address the conduct. The district
may take disciplinary and corrective action even if the conduct that is the subject of the
complaint was not unlawful.
All involved parties will be notified of the outcome of the district investigation within the
parameters and limits allowed under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
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
All Grade Levels
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 distance learning opportunities that the district makes available to district students are Texas
Virtual School Network (TxVSN).
If a student wishes to enroll in a correspondence course or a distance learning course that is not
provided through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN), as described below, 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 receive prior approval, the district may
not recognize and apply the course or subject toward graduation requirements or subject mastery.
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Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) (Secondary Grade Levels)
The Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) has been established by the state 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.
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.] In
addition, for a student who enrolls in a TxVSN course for which an end-of-course (EOC)
assessment is required, the student must still take the corresponding EOC assessment.
If you have questions or wish to make a request that your child be enrolled in a TxVSN course,
please contact the school counselor. Unless an exception is made by the principal, a student will
not be allowed to enroll in a TxVSN course if the school offers the same or a similar course.
A copy of policy EHDE will be distributed to parents of middle and high school students at least
once each year. If you do not receive a copy or have questions about this policy, please contact
the principal’s office.
DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE, PUBLISHED MATERIALS OR OTHER
DOCUMENTS (All Grade Levels)
School Materials
Publications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed, with the prior approval
of the principal, sponsor, or teacher. Such items may include school posters, brochures, flyers,
etc.
The school newspaper, The Falcon Flyer, and the yearbook, The Gauntlet, are available to
students.
All school publications are under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, and the principal.
Non-school Materials
From Students
Students must obtain prior approval from the principal before selling, posting, circulating, or
distributing more than ten copies of written or printed materials, handbills, photographs, pictures,
petitions, films, tapes or other visual or auditory materials that were not developed under the
oversight of the school. To be considered, any non-school material must include the name of the
sponsoring person or organization. The decision regarding approval will be made within two
school days.
The principal has designated the cafeteria as the location for approved non-school materials to be
placed for voluntary viewing by students. [See policies at FNAA.]
A student may appeal a decision in accordance with policy FNG (LOCAL). Any student who
sells, posts, circulates or distributes non-school 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.
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
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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. To be considered for distribution, any non-school 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 principal for prior review. The principal will approve or
reject the 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, or GF.]
The principal has designated the cafeteria as the location for approved non-school materials to be
placed for voluntary viewing or collection.
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.
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Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a community group meeting
held after school hours in accordance with policy GKD (LOCAL) or a noncurriculum-related
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 non-school materials distributed under these circumstances must be removed from district
property immediately following the event at which the materials are distributed.
DRESS AND GROOMING (All Grade Levels)
The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and
minimize safety hazards. Students and parents may determine a student’s personal dress and
grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:
Students shall come to school looking clean and neat and wearing clothing and exhibiting
grooming that will not be a health or safety hazard to the student or others. The district prohibits
pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that are lewd, offensive, violent in nature,
vulgar/obscene, or that advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any
other substance prohibited under [District Policy FNCF (LOCAL)], and prohibits any clothing or
grooming that in the principal’s judgment may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of or
interference with normal school operations.
Administrators have the responsibility and right to determine appropriateness of attire and
grooming for the school setting. The school has the right to ask students to change their attire if it
is of such nature that it provokes unfavorable comment. Students who disregard the dress code
and grooming policy will be subject to disciplinary action. The principal may allow exceptions
to this written policy for school spirit days or special campus approved activities. All campus
dress code policies will be enforced at co-curricular and extracurricular activities
Because of the nature of extracurricular activities, the principal may approve exceptions to the
traditional dress code for students during participation in an extracurricular activity
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District will adhere to a traditional dress code policy for the following campuses;
Channelview High School
L.W. Kolarik 9th Grade Center
Joe Campbell Learning Center
Pre-Kindergarten
The Campus Education Improvement Committee (CEIC) of each campus has the option to
recommend a standardized dress code that includes the traditional dress code for enforcement if
approved by the superintendent.
Channelview High School, L.W. Kolarik Center And Joe Campbell Learning Center (PreKindergarten When Applicable)
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Shirts may be untucked and must be appropriately buttoned at all times (Channelview High
School, Kolarik 9th Grade Center and Joe Campbell Learning Center)
Sleeveless shirts are allowed if the shoulder strap is two-inches or more in width-no
unhemmed or low-cut shirts allowed. This includes sundresses.
No spaghetti strap tops or camisoles allowed, this includes strapless tops and sundresses even
if covered by another garment.
No tight fitting knit tops
No midriff tops, shimmer /shear shirts, cut off shirts, or other tops that expose the midriff
area during normal activity
Shall be appropriately sized - not oversized, or baggy,
May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband, creates a
distraction, signifies death, suicide, Satanism, and the occult. This includes but is not limited
to concert shirts, patches, and insignias depicting any of the above
Shall not have written reference to alcohol, tobacco products, sex, vulgar language, weapons,
symbols that can be considered racial, or detract from a conducive learning environment
May not be ripped, torn, or have holes
May not be worn off the shoulder
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Shall be appropriately sized, not tight fitting, baggy, or oversized
Pants must fit at the waist, not worn below the waist, and be properly hemmed or cuffed, not
ripped, with holes
Belts are required if pants are not appropriately sized.
Shall not have written reference to alcohol, tobacco products, sex, vulgar language, weapons,
symbols that can be considered racial, or detract from a conducive learning environment
May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband, creates a
distraction, signifies death, suicide, Satanism, and the occult. This includes but is not limited
to patches and insignias depicting any of the above
Dresses, skirts, and pants must have hemlines no shorter than four inches above the knee
Leggings are allowed if the dress, shirt, skirt and/or shorts worn over the leggings are no
shorter than four inches above the knee.
No sleepwear, pajamas, or lounging pants
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No athletic shorts. Matching nylon warm-up suits are allowed with coordinating tops or
bottoms. No writing on the back of the pants is allowed. These suits must meet
administrator’s approval.
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Backless flats may be worn at school, provided they cover the toes.
Footwear traditionally worn around the home (i.e., house shoes, slippers, etc.) or to the beach
(i.e., water shoes, athletic sandals, plastic/ foam/ rubber flip flops, etc.) are not permitted
Miscellaneous
The following items shall and will be considered unacceptable
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Large or oversized purses or handbags are not permitted
Only clear or mesh book bags will be allowed on school property or at school sponsored
events.
Caps, hats, or other head coverings will not be worn anywhere on campus during the school
day without approval from the building principal
Earrings on boys
Bandanas
Pierced ring in lip, nose, eyebrow, tongue, or other body parts, (except female ears)
Hair rollers/ long combs
Sunglasses while in the building
Rings that join two or more fingers, resulting in a brass knuckle type of weapon
Pet collars or heavy chains
Large oversized belt buckles
Visible under garments or under garments worn inappropriately
Decorative teeth accessories
Inappropriate contact lenses
No duster coats or trench coats
Unacceptable Hair and Grooming
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No facial hair allowed. Students will be required to shave immediately if facial hair is
noticeable.
No gang-related, profane, vulgar or otherwise distracting hairstyle, or design cut into the hair
Any tattoo cut into skin shall be covered at all times
Inappropriate hair color that is a distraction to the learning environment e.g. orange, green,
etc.
Hair must be neat and clean
In addition to the Channelview Independent School District’s traditional dress code, the students
attending the campuses listed below will be required to adhere to a specific, standardized,
campus dress code for all students. The following dress code will be enforced at these Schools.
Aguirre Junior High
Alice Johnson Junior High
Apollo/Highpoint East
Brown Elementary
Cobb Elementary
Crenshaw Elementary
DeZavala Elementary
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Hamblen Elementary
McMullan Elementary
Schochler Elementary
All clothing may be purchased at the store of your choice including area Wal-Mart and Academy
Stores. If you have any questions regarding the standardized dress code policy please call the
Elementary School or Junior High where your child will be attending.
Kindergarten – 5th Grade Including Students Being Sent To Apollo
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Shall be solid color khaki, black, or navy.
Jeans may be worn on Friday with “Spirit” or “Organizational” shirt as approved by the
Principal.
Shall be appropriately sized
Pants must fit at the waist and be properly hemmed or cuffed at or below ankle, but not
dragging the ground ("slicing" or "ragging" not allowed).
Belts are recommended.
Belt buckles may not be larger than the student’s fist.
May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband, or creates a
distraction ("sagging" not allowed).
No stretch slacks, sweatpants, jogging pants, jeggings, joggers, wind suits, warm-ups,
overalls or coveralls allowed.
No leather, suede, corduroy or vinyl fabric
Length of shorts, skorts, skirts, dresses or jumpers must be no more than four [4] inches
above the knee
No outside (sewn on) oversized expandable pockets on slacks, jeans, shorts, such as those
commonly referred to as "cargo" pockets or "safari" pockets are allowed.
Top and bottom colors of standardized dress items shall be in contrasting colors. (e.g. no
black & black; khaki & khaki; navy & navy)
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Shall be any solid color (no multicolor) - no glitter, shimmer, or other color distraction is
permitted
A single logo allowed. Size of logo to be no larger than a US quarter coin.
Must have a standard collar
Must be a polo, golf style or button-down dress style shirt
May also be an approved “Spirit” or “Organizational” shirt any day with standardized dress
pants.
May not be leather, suede, or vinyl
May not be sleeveless, unhemmed, or low-cut
May not be spaghetti strap, even if covered by another garment
Shall be appropriately sized
No tight fitting knit tops or oversized shirts
No midriff tops, shimmel/shear shirts, cut off shirts or other tops that expose the midriff area
during normal activity
Recommended tucked in
Must be appropriately buttoned at all times
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May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband, or creates a
distraction
If a t-shirt or turtleneck shirt is worn underneath the shirt, it shall be solid color
Top and bottom colors of standardized dress items shall be in contrasting colors (e.g. no
black & black; khaki & khaki; navy & navy)
Outside Jackets and Coats
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Must be removed upon entering the building
All fabrics acceptable
May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband or creates a
distraction
Full length jackets/coats such as those commonly referred to as “trench” coats or “dusters”
are not permitted. Only ¾ length (or less) jackets/coats are acceptable
Outside jackets and coats are considered to be cold weather apparel only
Sweatshirts/Jackets/Sweaters
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May be worn only over the standard school shirt
May be any type of material and may be lined
Shall be appropriately sized in the shoulders, sleeves and length
Jackets and sweatshirts with hoods are appropriate. Hood is not to be worn over the head in
the building.
Full length jackets/coats such as those commonly referred to as “trench” coats or “dusters”
are not permitted. Only ¾ length (or less) jackets/coats are acceptable
May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband or creates a
distraction
Shoes
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Students must wear shoes appropriate for school (no backless shoes such as: house shoes,
slippers, or flip flops)
Shall be appropriately fastened at all times
Wheels, noise-makers, or lights are not permitted on footwear.
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New students enrolling in Channelview ISD for the first time will be provided a grace period
of no more than ten (10) school days to comply with the dress code.
Revealing or tight garments considered inappropriately sized are prohibited.
Accessories with inappropriate decorations or advertisements are prohibited. This includes
but is not limited to, any item that depicts the occult, gang membership, death, suicide,
violence, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons, sex, ethnic bias, or vulgar language.
Only clear or mesh book bags will be allowed on school property or at school sponsored
events. No book bags are allowed at Apollo.
The following items may not be worn:
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Sunglasses, hairnets, and bandanas (this also refers to the style of dress known as “Do-rags”)
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Heavy chains, spike necklaces, heavy chain necklaces, pet collars or other inappropriate
types of jewelry signifying death, suicide, Satanism and the occult. This includes but is not
limited to concert shirts, patches, and insignias depicting any of the above
Glitter, tattoos, cuts into the skin and writing/drawing on the face or skin; any tattoos
(including temporary) must be covered at all times (at school or while representing the
school)
Girls, no more than two earrings may be worn in each ear lobe, no nose rings, lip rings,
tongue piercings, or any other body piercings are permitted
No large or oversized purses / handbags
Caps, hats, or other head coverings will not be worn anywhere on campus during the school
day without approval from the building principal
Earrings on boys
Hair rollers / long combs
Sleepwear, pajamas, or lounging pants
Sweat suits / athletic shorts
Revealing garments; includes sheer or see through blouses
Rings that join two or more fingers, resulting in a brass knuckle type weapon
Large oversized belt buckles
Decorative teeth accessories, “grills”
Inappropriate contact lenses
Inappropriate hair color, e.g., orange, green, blue, red, purple etc.
Hair must be neatly groomed and clean
Facial hair (beards, mustaches)
No designs cut into the hair or mohawks
6th, 7th and 8th Grade
Capri Pants, Slacks, Shorts, Skorts, Skirts, Dresses Or Jumpers
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Shall be solid-color, khaki, black, or navy. No glitter, shimmer, or other color distraction is
permitted; this shall include, but not be limited to stripes and embroidery that is a distraction.
Jeans may be worn for special occasions with Principal approval.
Shall be appropriately sized: not tight fitting, not loose fitting
Pants must fit at the waist and be properly hemmed or cuffed at or below ankle, but not
dragging the ground ("slicing" or "ragging" not allowed).
Belts are required.
Belt buckles may not be larger than the student’s fist.
May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband, or creates a
distraction ("sagging" not allowed).
No stretch slacks, jeggings, joggers, leggings, sweatpants, jogging pants, wind suits, warmups, overalls or coveralls allowed.
No leather, suede, corduroy or vinyl fabric
Length of shorts, skorts, skirts, dresses or jumpers must be no more than two [2] inches
above the knee
No stripes or embroidery allowed
No outside (sewn on) oversized expandable pockets on slacks, jeans, shorts, such as those
commonly referred to as "cargo" pockets or "safari" pockets are allowed.
Top and bottom colors of standardized dress items shall be in contrasting colors
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Shall be any solid color (no multicolor) no glitter, shimmer, or other color distraction is
permitted.
A single logo allowed. Size of logo to be no larger than a US quarter coin.
Must have a standard collar and no more than 3 buttons
Must be a polo, golf style
May also be an approved “Spirit” or “Organizational” shirt any day with standardized dress
pants as approved by the principal.
May not be leather, suede, or vinyl
May not be sleeveless, unhemmed, or low-cut
May not be spaghetti strap, even if covered by another garment
Shall be appropriately sized
No tight fitting knit tops or oversized shirts
No midriff tops, shear shirts, cut off shirts or other tops that expose the midriff area during
normal activity
Must be completely and properly tucked in and appropriately buttoned at all times
May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband, or creates a
distraction
If a t-shirt or turtleneck shirt is worn underneath the shirt, it shall be a solid color.
Top and bottom colors of standardized dress items shall be in contrasting colors
Outside Jackets and Coats
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All fabrics acceptable
May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband or creates a
distraction
Full length jackets/coats such as those commonly referred to as “trench” coats or “dusters”
are not permitted. Only ¾ length (or less) jackets/coats are acceptable
Outside jackets and coats are considered to be cold weather apparel only
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May be worn in the building throughout the day
May be worn only over the standard school shirt
May be any type of material and may be lined
Shall be appropriately sized in the shoulders, sleeves and length
Jackets and sweatshirts with hoods are appropriate. Hood is not to be worn over the head in
the building.
Full length jackets/coats such as those commonly referred to as “trench” coats or “dusters”
are not permitted. Only ¾ length (or less) jackets/coats are acceptable
May not be worn in any way that reflects gang affiliation, conceals contraband or creates a
distraction
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Students must wear shoes appropriate for school (no house slippers, or flip flops). All shoes
must include a back strap over the heel with toes covered.
Wheels, noise-makers, or lights are not permitted on footwear.
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New students enrolling in Channelview ISD for the first time will be provided a grace period
of no more than ten (10) school days to comply with the dress code.
Revealing or tight garments considered inappropriately sized are prohibited.
Accessories with inappropriate decorations or advertisements are prohibited. This includes
but is not limited to, any item that depicts the occult, gang membership, death, suicide,
violence, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, ethnic bias, or vulgar language.
Only clear or mesh book bags will be allowed on school property or at school sponsored
events.
The following items may not be worn:
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Sunglasses, hairnets, and bandanas (this also refers to the style of dress known as “Do-rags”)
Garments that have holes worn or torn in them
Heavy chains, spike necklaces, heavy chain necklaces, pet collars or other inappropriate
types of jewelry signifying death, suicide, Satanism and the occult. This includes but is not
limited to concert shirts, patches, and insignias depicting any of the above
Glitter, tattoos, cuts into the skin and writing/drawing on the face or skin any tattoos
(including temporary) must be covered at all times (at school or while representing the
school)
Girls, no more than two earrings may be worn in each ear lobe, no nose rings, lip rings,
tongue piercings, or any other body piercings are permitted
No large or oversized purses / handbags
Caps, hats, or other head coverings will not be worn anywhere on campus during the school
day without approval from the building principal
Earrings on boys
Hair rollers / long combs
Sleepwear, pajamas, or lounging pants
Sweat suits / athletic shorts
Revealing garments; includes sheer or see through blouses
Rings that join two or more fingers, resulting in a brass knuckle type weapon
Large oversized belt buckles
Decorative teeth accessories, “grills”
Inappropriate contact lenses
Inappropriate hair color that is a distraction to the learning environment
Hair must be neatly groomed and clean
Facial hair
No gang-related, profane, vulgar or otherwise distracting design cut into the hair
Discipline School Dress Code for Apollo Grades K – 5th
A more detailed outline of the Apollo dress code will be explained to parents upon enrollment to
the campus. Any changes/additions to the Apollo dress code are at the discretion of the school’s
campus principal.
Unless otherwise noted, Apollo Students are also expected to adhere to the acceptable and
unacceptable Dress and Grooming section of this handbook.
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Discipline School Dress Code for Highpoint East Grades 6th – 12th
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Khaki or tan pants. Pants shall be properly sized and belted at the waist.
All white conventionally sized polo/golf-style shirt or white long sleeved dress shirt
(without decorations, logos, emblems, accent color etc.). Shirts must be tucked into the
pants without any blousing and neatly pressed each day.
Appropriate undergarments must be worn. Male and female undergarments must be
white only with no colors, designs or logos.
All students must wear a belt (brown or black). Belt must have a regular size belt buckle.
Belts may not have any additional decorations on them (studs, holes, etc.).
Solid black athletic shoes.
White/black socks only.
Fingernails shall be conventionally trimmed.
Students may not wear make-up or cosmetics of any kind.
No jewelry of any kind may be worn.
All tattoos must be covered at all times.
Hair must be kept clean, conventional styled and non-distracting. Students with dyed or
colored hair must return their hair to its natural color before attending Highpoint.
Facial hair is not permitted.
Book bags and backpacks are not allowed.
No jackets are to be worn to school, including but not limited to trench coats and starter
jackets.
Clothing may not be worn to reflect gang affiliation or hide illegal/contraband items.
Street/casual clothing may not be worn underneath the school uniform.
A more detailed outline of the Highpoint East dress code will be explained to parents upon
enrollment to the campus. Any changes/additions to the Highpoint East dress code are at the
discretion of the school’s campus principal.
Administrators Have the Responsibility and Right to Determine Appropriateness of Attire
and Grooming for the School Setting
Please Note: The principal of the school shall have the discretion to determine if a
student’s hair, dress, and/or grooming are acceptable, within appropriate health and
safety standards, and are not disrupting or distracting to the normal operation of the
campus or any extra-curricular / co-curricular activity.
Exception to the Dress Code Policy
Voluntary organizations may establish limitations more stringent than those named in these
policies with approval of the superintendent, assistant superintendent, and principal.
If a medical condition requires an exception to the dress code, then certification of the need by
the student’s medical doctor must be presented each semester for approval by the superintendent,
assistant superintendent, or principal. School officials reserve the right to require a second
opinion from the school’s medical doctor to certify a physical deformity or abnormality for
which compliance to the rules would be detrimental to the physical health of the student.
The CEIC of a campus may recommend exceptions to the traditional code for approval
by the principal and superintendent.
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If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code,
the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the
student will be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is
corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school.
Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student
Code of Conduct.
DROPOUT PREVENTION PROGRAM (Joe Frank Campbell Learning Center)
The district offers students that are considered at-risk to enroll at Joe Frank Campbell Learning
Center to expedite progress toward performing at grade level and high school completion.
Students must be at least 16 years of age at the beginning of the semester and there is reasonable
expectation that the student will not graduate on schedule. Joe Frank Campbell Learning Center
offers a non-traditional setting and methods of instructional delivery designed to meet the needs
of students.
Applications are available in the high school counselor’s office or in the Joe Frank Campbell
Learning Center office. For more information, call 281-457-0086.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (All Grade Levels)
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 netbooks, laptops, tablets, or other
portable computers.
The use of mobile telephones or 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 telecommunications device without authorization during the school day, the
device will be confiscated. The parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device
from the principal’s office for a fee of $15.00.
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 where they
can be picked up for a fee of $15.00. The principal will determine whether to return the item to
the student or to contact parents to pick up the item after the $15.00 fee has been paid.
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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 any damaged, lost, or stolen electronic device.
Instructional Use of Personal Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices
In some cases, students may find it beneficial or might be encouraged to use personal
telecommunications or other personal electronic devices for instructional purposes while on
campus. Students must obtain prior approval before using personal telecommunications or other
personal electronic devices for instructional use. Students must also sign a user agreement that
contains applicable rules for use (separate from this handbook). When students are not using the
devices for approved instructional purposes, all devices must be turned off during the
instructional day. Violations of the user agreement may result in withdrawal of privileges and
other disciplinary action. [For additional information see BYD Student and Parent Guide and
BYD Student Guidelines on the district website at www.cvisd.org.]
Acceptable Use of District Technology Resources
To prepare students for an increasingly technological society, the district has made an investment
in the use of district-owned technology resources for instructional purposes; specific resources
may be issued individually to students. Use of these technological resources, which include the
district’s network systems and use of district equipment, is restricted to approve purposes only.
Students and parents will be asked to sign a user agreement (separate from this handbook)
regarding use of these district resources. Violations of the user agreement may result in
withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary action.
Unacceptable and Inappropriate Use of Technology Resources
Students are prohibited from possessing, sending, forwarding, posting, accessing, or displaying
electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing,
damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition also 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.
Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, possessing, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented,
lewd, or otherwise illegal images or other content, commonly referred to as “sexting,” will be
disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct, may be required to complete an
educational program related to the dangers of this type of behavior, and, in certain
circumstances, may be reported to law enforcement. Because engaging in this type of behavior
can lead to bullying or harassment, as well as possibly impede future endeavors of a student, we
encourage you to review with your child http://beforeyoutext.com, a state-developed program
that addresses the consequences of engaging in inappropriate behavior using technology.
In addition, any student who engages in conduct that results in a breach of the district’s computer
security will be disciplined in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, and, in some cases,
the consequence may rise to the level of expulsion.
END-OF-COURSE (EOC) ASSESSMENTS
[See Graduation and Standardized Testing.]
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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS (All
Grade Levels)
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.
Participation in some of these activities may result in events that occur off-campus. When the
district arranges transportation for these events, students are required to use the transportation
provided by the district to and from the events. Exceptions to this may only be made with the
approval of the activity’s coach or sponsor. [Also see Transportation.]
Eligibility for initial and continuing 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. Students involved in UIL athletic activities and their parents can access the
UIL Parent Information Manual at https://www.uiltexas.org/athletics/manuals; a hard copy can
be provided by the coach or sponsor of the activity on request. To report a complaint of alleged
noncompliance with required safety training or an alleged violation of safety rules required by
law and the UIL, please contact the curriculum division of the TEA at (512) 463-9581 or
curriculum@tea.state.tx.us.
[See http://www.uiltexas.org for additional information on all UIL-governed activities.]
Student safety in extracurricular activities is a priority of the district. The equipment used in
football is no exception. As a parent, you are entitled to review the district’s records regarding
the age of each football helmet used by the campus, including when a helmet has been
reconditioned.
The following requirements apply to all extracurricular activities:
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A student who receives a grade below 70 at the end of a grading period 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.
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A student who receives special education services and who fails to meet the standards in the
individualized education program (IEP) may not participate for at least three school weeks.
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An ineligible student may practice or rehearse but may not participate in any competitive
activity.
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A student is allowed in a school year up to 10 absences not related to post-district
competition, a maximum of 5 absences for post-district competition prior to state, and a
maximum of 2 absences for state competition. All extracurricular activities and public
performances, whether UIL activities or other activities approved by the board, are subject to
these restrictions.
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An absence for participation in an activity that has not been approved will receive an
unexcused absence.
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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.
Offices and Elections
Certain clubs, organizations, and performing groups will hold elections for student officers.
These groups include: Foreign Language Club, National Honor Society, Student Council,
Young Ladies of Excellence, Young Men of Excellence
FEES (All Grade Levels)
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.
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Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organizations and admission fees to
extracurricular activities.
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Security deposits.
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Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.
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Voluntarily purchased
announcements, etc.
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Voluntarily purchased student accident insurance.
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Musical instrument rental and uniform maintenance, when uniforms are provided by the
district.
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Personal apparel used in extracurricular activities that becomes the property of the student.
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Parking fees and student identification cards.
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Fees for lost, damaged, or overdue library books.
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Fees for driver training courses, if offered.
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Fees for optional courses offered for credit that require use of facilities not available on
district premises.
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Summer school for courses that are offered tuition-free during the regular school year.
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A fee not to exceed $50.00 for costs of providing an educational program outside of regular
school hours for a student who has lost credit or has not been awarded a final grade because
of absences and whose parent chooses the program in order for the student to meet the 90
percent attendance requirement. The fee will be charged only if the parent or guardian signs
a district-provided request form.
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In some cases, a fee for a course taken through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN).
pictures,
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class
rings,
yearbooks,
graduation
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 school counselor. [For further information,
see policies at FP.]
FUND-RAISING (All Grade Levels)
Student groups or classes and/or parent groups may be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives
for approved school purposes. An application for permission must be made to the school
principal. [For further information, see policies at FJ and GE.]
GANG-FREE ZONES (All Grade Levels)
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 1,000 feet of any district-owned or leased property or campus
playground.
GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.]
GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION
Grading System – Pre-K and Elementary Schools
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PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten report cards will show which specific skills the students’
master by plus (+) sign or not mastered by a minus (-) sign.
The Conduct Grades are as follows:
E = Excellent
S = Satisfactory
N = Needs Improvement
U = Unsatisfactory
Grading System – Elementary, Junior High and High School
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GRADES 1 – 12
Numerical grades will be recorded on the report card for all subjects. The grading system
for the district consists of a numerical scale from 0 to 100. Grades, which are temporarily
incomplete, will be indicated by the mark “I”. The following numerical values are assigned
to each respectively:
A = 90 – 100
B = 80 – 89
C = 75 – 79
D = 70 – 74
F = 69 – Below
I = Incomplete
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For Students transferring from another district inside or outside of Texas who have grades E, S,
N and U are assigned the following:
E = 95
S = 85
N = 75
U = 60
Students enrolled in courses for dual high school and college credit will be subject to the grading
system used by the college system offering the course.
After the ninth grade, students are classified according to the number of credits earned toward
graduation.
Grade
Placement
10th
6 credits
11th
12 credits
12th
19 credits (and have
completed three years of
high school)
GRADING GUIDELINES (All Grade Levels)
Grading guidelines for each grade level or course will be communicated and distributed to
students and their parents by the classroom teacher. 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. Procedures for a student to follow after an absence will also be
addressed.
Also see Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences for additional information on
grading guidelines.
GRADUATION (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
Requirements for a Diploma for a Student Enrolled in High School Prior to the 2014 – 2015
School Year
To receive a high school diploma from the district, a student who was enrolled in high school
prior to the 2014 – 2015 school year must successfully:
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Complete the required number of credits established by the state and any additional
credits required by the district;
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Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated by the state;
and
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Achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course (EOC) assessments or approved
substitute assessments, unless specifically waived as permitted by state law.
Also see Standardized Testing for more information.
Requirements for a Diploma Beginning with the 2014 – 2015 School Year
Beginning with students who entered grade 9 in the 2014 – 2015 school year, as well as any
currently enrolled high school student who decides to graduate under the new foundation
graduation program, a student must meet the following requirements to receive a high school
diploma from the district:
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Complete the required number of credits established by the state and any additional
credits required by the district;
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Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated by the state;
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Achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course (EOC) assessments or approved
substitute assessments, unless specifically waived as permitted by state law; and
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Demonstrate proficiency, as determined by the district, in the specific communication
skills required by the State Board of Education.
Testing Requirements for Graduation
Students are required, with limited exceptions and regardless of graduation program, to perform
satisfactorily on the following EOC assessments: English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and
United States History. A student who has not achieved sufficient scores on the EOC assessments
to graduate will have opportunities to retake the assessments. State law and state rules also
provide for certain scores on norm-referenced national standardized assessments to substitute for
the requirement to meet satisfactory performance on an applicable EOC assessment should a
student choose this option. See the school counselor for more information on the state testing
requirements for graduation.
If a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment, the district will provide
remediation to the student in the content area for which the performance standard was not met.
This may require participation of the student before or after normal school hours or at times of
the year outside normal school operations.
Also see Standardized Testing for more information.
Minimum, Recommended, and Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Graduation
Programs
For students who were enrolled in high school prior to the 2014 – 2015 school year, the district
offers the graduation programs listed in this section. Students enrolled in high school prior to
the 2014 – 2015 school year also have the option to pursue the foundation graduation program as
described below. Note that permission to enroll in the Minimum Program as described in this
section will be granted only if a written agreement is reached among the student, the student’s
parent or person standing in parental relation, and the school counselor or appropriate
administrator. In order for a student to take courses under the Minimum Program, the student
must be at least 16 years of age; have completed at least two credits each in English language
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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).]
All students who were enrolled in high school prior to the 2014 – 2015 school year must meet
the following credit and course requirements for graduation under the programs listed or may
choose to pursue the foundation graduation program listed below:
Courses
Number of credits
Advanced/
Distinguished
Achievement
Program
Number of credits
Recommended
Program
Number of credits
Minimum Program
English/Language
Arts
4
4
4
Mathematics
3
4
4
Science
3
4
4
Social Studies,
including Economics
3
4
4
Physical Education*
1
1
1
Speech
0.5
0.5
0.5
Language other than
None
English
2
3
Fine Arts
1
1
1
Electives**
6.5 credits (2010 –
2011 and thereafter)
5.5 credits
4.5 credits
Miscellaneous
TOTAL
Completion
of
Advanced
Measures***
22 credits
26 credits
4
26 credits
* 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.
** State rules prohibit a student from combining a half-credit of a course for which there is an
EOC assessment with another half-credit of an elective credit course to satisfy an elective credit
requirement. However, the district will allow a student to satisfy a graduation requirement for
which there are multiple options with one-half credit of one allowable option and one-half credit
of another allowable option, if neither course has an EOC assessment.
*** 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
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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.
Foundation Graduation Program
Every student in a Texas public school who entered grade 9 in the 2014 – 2015 school year and
thereafter will graduate under a new program called the “foundation graduation program.”
Within the foundation graduation program are “endorsements,” which are paths of interest that
include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Business and Industry;
Public Services; Arts and Humanities; and Multidisciplinary Studies. Endorsements earned by a
student will be noted on the student’s transcript and diploma. The foundation graduation
program also involves the term “distinguished level of achievement,” which reflects the
completion of at least one endorsement and Algebra II as one of the required advanced
mathematics credits. A personal graduation plan will be completed for each high school student,
as described in the Personal Graduation Plans for Students Under the Foundation Graduation
Program. State law and rules prohibit a student from graduating solely under the foundation
graduation program without an endorsement unless, after the student’s sophomore year, the
student and student’s parent are advised of the specific benefits of graduating with an
endorsement and submit written permission to the school counselor for the student to graduate
without an endorsement. A student who anticipates graduating under the foundation graduation
program without an endorsement and who wishes to attend a four-year university or college after
graduation must carefully consider whether this will satisfy the admission requirements of the
student’s desired college or university.
Graduating under the foundation graduation program will also provide opportunities to earn
“performance acknowledgments” that will be acknowledged on a student’s diploma and
transcript. Performance acknowledgments are available for outstanding performance in
bilingualism and biliteracy; in a dual credit course; on an AP or IB exam; on the PSAT, ACTAspire, SAT, or ACT exam, which are national exams; or for earning a nationally or
internationally recognized license or certificate. The criteria for earning these performance
acknowledgments are prescribed by state rules, and the school counselor can provide more
information about these acknowledgments.
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A student enrolled in high school prior to the 2014 – 2015 school year has the option of
graduating under the foundation graduation program rather than the programs identified above
that would otherwise be applicable to that student. See the school counselor for additional
information.
The foundation graduation program requires completion of the following credits:
Number of credits
Foundation Graduation
Program
Number of credits
Foundation Graduation
Program with an
Endorsement
English/Language Arts
4
4
Mathematics
3
4*
Science
3
4
Social Studies, including
Economics
3
3
Physical Education**
1
1
Language other than
English***
2
2
Fine Arts
1
1
Electives
5
7
Course Area
Miscellaneous
TOTAL
Available Endorsements****:
Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math
Business and Industry
Public Services
Arts and Humanities
Multidisciplinary
22 credits
26 credits
* In order to obtain the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation graduation
program, which will be denoted on a student’s transcript and diploma and is a requirement to be
considered for automatic admission purposes to a Texas four-year college or university, a student
must complete an endorsement and take Algebra II as one of the four mathematics credits.
** 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, social studies, or
another locally determined credit-bearing course 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.
*** Students are required to earn two credits in the same language other than English to
graduate. Any student may substitute computer programming languages for these credits. In
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limited circumstances, a student may be able to substitute this requirement with other courses, as
determined by a district committee authorized by law to make these decisions for the student.
**** A student must specify upon entering grade 9 the endorsement he or she wishes to pursue.
Personal Graduation Plans for Students Under the Foundation Graduation Program
A personal graduation plan will be developed for each high school student who is subject to the
requirements of the foundation graduation program. The district encourages all students to
pursue a personal graduation plan that includes the completion of at least one endorsement and to
graduate with the distinguished level of achievement. Attainment of the distinguished level of
achievement entitles a student to be considered for automatic admission to a public four year
college or university in Texas, depending on his or her rank in class. The school will review
personal graduation plan options with each student entering grade 9 and his or her parent.
Before the end of grade 9, a student and his or her parent will be required to sign off on a
personal graduation plan that includes a course of study that promotes college and workforce
readiness and career placement and advancement, as well as facilitates the transition from
secondary to postsecondary education. The student’s personal graduation plan will denote an
appropriate course sequence based on the student’s choice of endorsement.
Please also review TEA’s Graduation Toolkit, available here:
http://tea.texas.gov/communications/brochures.aspx.
A student may, with parental permission, amend his or her personal graduation plan after the
initial confirmation.
Available Course Options for all Graduation Programs
Information regarding specific courses required or offered in each curriculum area will be
distributed to students each spring in order to enroll in courses for the upcoming school year.
Note that the district may require the completion of certain courses for graduation even if these
courses are not required by the state for graduation.
Please be aware that not all courses are offered at every secondary campus in the district. A
student who wants to take a course not offered at his or her regular campus should contact the
school counselor about a transfer or other alternatives. If the parents of at least 22 students
request a transfer for those students to take a course in the required curriculum other than fine
arts or CTE, the district will offer the course for the following year either by teleconference or at
the school from which the transfers were requested.
Certificates of Coursework Completion
A certificate of coursework completion will 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 a disability who receives special education services may be permitted to graduate under the
provisions of his or her IEP and in accordance with state rules.
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
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receive the certificate of attendance, he or she may remain enrolled to complete the IEP and earn
his or her high school diploma; however, the student will only be allowed to participate in one
graduation ceremony.
[See policy FMH(LEGAL).]
Please also be aware that if an ARD committee places a student with a disability on a modified
curriculum in a subject area, the student will be automatically placed in the Minimum Program,
if that program is applicable based on the school year in which the student entered high school in
accordance with state rules.
If a student receiving special education services is scheduled to graduate under the Minimum
Program or in accordance with the provisions of his or her IEP, the student’s ARD committee
will determine whether the general EOC assessment is an accurate measure of the student’s
achievement and progress and, if so, whether successful performance is required for graduation,
or whether an alternative assessment is more appropriate. STAAR Alternate is the alternative
assessment currently allowed by the state. [See Standardized Testing for additional
information.]
ARD committees for students with disabilities who receive special education services and who
are subject to the foundation graduation program will make instructional and assessment
decisions for these students in accordance with state law and rules. In order to earn an
endorsement under the foundation program, a student must perform satisfactorily on the EOC
assessments and receive no modified curriculum in the student’s chosen endorsement area.
Graduation Activities
Students who have met coursework requirements for graduation but have not yet demonstrated
satisfactory performance on end-of-course assessments will be allowed to participate in
graduation activities. However, please keep in mind that participating in the activities and
ceremonies is not synonymous with graduating. Ultimately, the final awarding of a diploma will
be contingent upon the student’s completion of all applicable requirements for graduation.
Graduation Speakers
Certain graduating students will be given an opportunity to have speaking roles at graduation
ceremonies.
A student must meet local eligibility criteria, which may include requirements related to student
conduct, to have a speaking role. Students eligible for speaking roles will be notified by the
principal and given an opportunity to volunteer.
[See FNA (LOCAL) and the Student Code of Conduct. For student speakers at other school
events, see Student Speakers.]
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 the 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.]
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Scholarships and Grants
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Students who have a financial need according to federal criteria and who complete the
Recommended Program or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program, for as long as
those programs are in place, or who complete the foundation graduation program, may be
eligible under the T.E.X.A.S. Grant Program for tuition and fees to Texas public universities,
community colleges, and technical schools, as well as to private institutions.
•
Contact the school counselor for information about other scholarships and grants available to
students.
HARASSMENT
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.]
HAZING (All Grade Levels)
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.]
HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS
Channelview Independent School District School nurses follow the Texas Guide to School
Health Programs, which includes, but is not limited to, the following policies.
If a student's activities need to be restricted for medical reasons, the parent should provide the
school with written information from the doctor about the nature of the problem and the extent of
the restriction.
Students with a temperature of 100° will be sent home. If a student has a temperature of 100° or
above, it is required that he or she remains home until free of fever for 24 hours without the aid
of fever reducing medication (i.e. Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen).
If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the
teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go
home, the nurse will contact the parent.
Medication for the purpose of controlling fever will not be given during school hours.
Bacterial Meningitis (All Grade Levels)
State law requires the district to provide information about bacterial meningitis:
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What is meningitis?
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Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be
caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral meningitis is common and most
people recover fully. Parasitic and fungal meningitis are very rare. Bacterial meningitis
is very serious and may involve complicated medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, and life
support management.
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What are the symptoms?
Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two
days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis
will have the same symptoms.
Children (over 2 years old) and adults with bacterial meningitis commonly have a severe
headache, high fever, and neck stiffness. Other symptoms might include nausea,
vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. In both
children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur
anywhere on the body.
The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and
laboratory results.
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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.
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How is bacterial meningitis spread?
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like
the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply
breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. They are spread when people
exchange respiratory or throat secretions (such as by kissing, coughing, or sneezing).
The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become
carriers of the germ for days, weeks, or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the
body’s immune system and cause meningitis or another serious illness.
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How can bacterial meningitis be prevented?
Maintaining healthy habits, like getting plenty of rest, can help prevent infection. Using
good health practices such as covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
and washing your hands frequently with soap and water can also help stop the spread of
the bacteria. It’s a good idea not to share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or
cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss.
There are vaccines available to offer protection from some of the bacteria that can cause
bacterial meningitis.* The vaccines are safe and effective (85–90 percent). They can
cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two
days. Immunity develops within seven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts for
up to five years.
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What should you do if you think you or a friend might have bacterial meningitis?
You should seek prompt medical attention.
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Where can you get more information?
Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department
office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also
call your local health department or Regional Department of State Health Services office
to ask about a meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the
websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov, and the
Department of State Health Services, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us.
* Please note that the TDSHS requires at least one meningococcal vaccination between grades 7
and 10, and state guidelines recommend this vaccination be administered between age 11 and 12,
with a booster dose at 16 years of age. Also note that entering college students must show, with
limited exception, evidence of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination within the five-year
period prior to enrolling in and taking courses at an institution of higher education. Please see
the school nurse for more information, as this may affect a student who wishes to enroll in a dual
credit course taken off campus.
Also refer to Immunizations for more information.
Communicable Diseases
Students with suspected communicable diseases are not allowed to attend school. Parents of a
student with a communicable or contagious disease should phone the school nurse or principal so
that other students who have been exposed to the disease can be alerted. The district’s list of
excludable diseases may be found within [District Policy FFAD (EXHIBIT)].
Food Allergies (All Grade Levels)
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.
The district has developed and annually reviews a food allergy management plan, which
addresses employee training, dealing with common food allergens, and specific strategies for
dealing with students diagnosed with severe food allergies. When the district receives
information that a student has a food allergy that puts the student at risk for anaphylaxis,
individual care plans will be developed to assist the student in safely accessing the school
environment.
Also see policy FFAF and Celebrations.
Health Screenings
Students of certain grade levels will receive a non-invasive vision, hearing, Acanthosis Nigricans
(AN), scoliosis, body mass index calculations, height and weight measurements and blood
pressure checks. Other students may receive these same screenings at the request of a parent or
teacher. Some students may receive a non-invasive dental screening.
With parental permission, a health and hygiene lesson may be taught to all fourth graders. For
additional information on any of these screenings, please contact the school nurse assigned to
your child’s campus.
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Immunizations (All Grade Levels)
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 (TDSHS), Immunization Branch,
can be honored by the district. This form may be obtained by writing the TDSHS Immunization
Branch (MC 1946), P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347; or online at
https://coprequest.dshs.texas.gov/. 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, tetanus, and pertussis; measles, mumps, and rubella;
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 TDSHS. 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. registered and licensed physician stating that, in the doctor’s opinion,
the immunization required is medically contraindicated or poses a significant risk to the health
and well-being of the student or a member of the student’s family or household. This certificate
must be renewed yearly unless the physician specifies a life-long condition.
As noted at Bacterial Meningitis, entering college students must also, with limited exception,
furnish evidence of having received a bacterial meningitis vaccination within the five years prior
to enrolling in and attending classes at an institution of higher education. A student wanting to
enroll in a dual credit course taken off campus may be subject to this requirement.
[For further information, see policy FFAB (LEGAL)
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm.]
and
the
TDSHS
website:
Medication Policy
Whenever possible, medications should be given before and after school hours. However, if the
student needs to take medication during school hours, the rules listed below shall be followed.
Please note the different requirements for prescription medication, non-prescription medication,
and medicine prescribed for pain.
1. All medication must appear to be in the original container, properly labeled (name of
student, name of medicine, and dosage), and must be kept in the clinic to be administered
by a designated person.
2. A written request to administer medication is required from the parent, legal guardian, or
other person having legal control of the student. This written request must include:
a) The complete name of the child.
b) The name of the medication.
c) The reason for administering the medication.
d) The amount of medication to be administered: (must not exceed recommended dose)
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e) The time the medication is to be administered.
f) Any known drug allergies.
3. Properly labeled medicine provided by a physician or dentist requires a written
physician's statement if the student must take the medicine during school hours.
4. A student with asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may possess and selfadminister prescription asthma or anaphylaxis medication with a written statement from
parent/guardian and physician. The physician's statement must include:
a) The student is capable of self-administering the prescription asthma or anaphylaxis
medication;
b) Name and purpose of the medicine;
c) The dosage of the medicine;
d)
Time the medicine is needed or circumstances under which the medicine may be
administered; and
e) The period of time for which the medicine is prescribed.
The school nurse MUST be made aware of any student that is self-carrying and/or selfadministering medications and/or treatments. ALL medication(s) MUST be properly labeled
at ALL times while on campus.
5. A student with diabetes may possess and self- administer prescription insulin and test for
capillary blood sugar levels with a written Diabetes Management and Treatment Plan
(DMTP) developed and approved by the physician and parent. The DMTP must include
the following statements/information:
a) The student is capable of self-testing and self-administering the insulin.
b) The dosage of insulin to be administered.
c) The circumstances which testing or medication administration is to take place.
d) The period of time the request is valid.
6. If medication is to be administered longer than ten calendar days or as needed throughout
the school year, the school must receive written permission from both the parent and
physician.
7. Pain medicine (any narcotic) will not be administered during school hours. Narcotic pain
medications usually cause dizziness, sedation, and unsteadiness, which is unsafe for the
student in the school environment. Exceptions to this policy can be made for a student
with chronic/long term pain problems if specified in writing by the student’s physician.
8. Non-prescriptive medication will be given only when prior arrangements have been made
with the school nurse or designated person administering medications.
9. Herbal and dietary supplements will not be given during school hours.
10. An adult must transport all medication of students in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth
grades. No students will be allowed to transport any controlled medication (medication
for ADHD, anti-anxiety medications, pain medications or narcotics).
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11. A student in grades sixth – twelfth grades, may transport his or her medicine if
parents/legal guardians accept the responsibility of the student’s capability of handling
the medicine. All medication must be taken to the clinic upon the arrival of the student at
school.
12. All medication in the school clinic must be picked up by an adult on the last day of
school for students in grades Pre K through fifth. Medications left in the clinic after the
last day of school will be discarded unless other arrangements have been made with the
school nurse.
Sunscreen
Students whose schedules provide for regular time spent outdoors, including for recess and
physical education classes, should apply sunscreen before coming to school.
For students at the elementary level, the student’s teacher or other district personnel will apply
sunscreen to a student’s exposed skin if the student brings the sunscreen to school and requests
assistance with the application of the sunscreen. Nothing prohibits a student at this level from
applying his or her own sunscreen if the student is capable of doing so.
For students at the secondary level, a student may possess and apply sunscreen when necessary.
If the student will need assistance with this application, please address the need for assistance
with the school nurse.
Whether a student is at the elementary or secondary level, if sunscreen needs to be administered
to treat any type of medical condition, this should be handled through communication with the
school nurse so that the district is made aware of any safety and medical issues.
Psychotropic Drugs
A psychotropic drug is a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or
as a component of a medication. It is intended to have an altering effect on perception, emotion,
or behavior and is commonly described as a mood- or behavior-altering substance.
Teachers and other district employees may discuss a student’s academic progress or behavior
with the student’s parents or another employee as appropriate; however, they are not permitted to
recommend use of psychotropic drugs. A district employee who is a registered nurse, an
advanced nurse practitioner, a physician, or a certified or credentialed mental health professional
can recommend that a student be evaluated by an appropriate medical practitioner, if appropriate.
[For further information, see policies at FFAC.]
Pediculosis Capitis (Head Lice) (All Grade Levels)
A current infestation of head lice is determined by either the observation of a louse or nits (eggs)
on the hair shaft ½ inch or less from the scalp. The position of eggs on the hair shaft can
distinguish between current and past infestation because female lice attach their eggs to the hair
shaft near the scalp.
When the presence of active pediculosis has been confirmed the nurse or Principal/Assistant
Principal should make the initial contact with the parent. Any active case of head lice will be
sent home.
Please note that absence(s) due to head lice may be unexcused. A student may return to
school after the use of an approved medicated head lice shampoo. The nurse or principal must
check the student before the child may be readmitted to class.
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The parent/guardian will be given a letter stating their child(ren) appear to have pediculosis
(head lice) with helpful tips on treating and managing head lice. The parent/guardian should
return the bottom portion of the letter to the school nurse upon readmission to class.
More information on head lice can be obtained from the TDSHS website at
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/lice.shtm.
Physical Activity Requirements
Elementary School
In accordance with policies at EHAB, EHAC, EHBG, and FFA, the district will ensure that
students in full-day prekindergarten through grade 5 engage in moderate or vigorous physical
activity for at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per week.
For additional information on the district’s requirements and programs regarding elementary
school student physical activity requirements, please see the principal.
Junior High School
In accordance with policies at EHAB, EHAC, EHBG, [and FFA], the district will ensure that
students in junior high school will engage in 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical
activity per day for at least four semesters or the district may, as an alternative, require at least
225 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity within each two-week period for at least
four semesters.
For additional information on the district’s requirements and programs regarding junior high
school student physical activity requirements, please see the principal.
Pink Eye
If your child’s eyes are mildly red and water and no other symptoms are present, this may
indicate irritation or allergy. However, if your child’s eyes are markedly red (including under
the eyelids) and accompanied by thick, yellow or green drainage, he/she may have pink eye or
conjunctivitis. The condition can be caused by virus, bacteria or allergies – only a doctor can
determine the cause. Bacterial conjunctivitis is contagious if a child rubs his/her eyes and then
touches another student or an object that another student uses and that student then rubs his/her
eyes. For this reason, your child should remain home until treatment has begun or the symptoms
are gone.
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) (All Grade Levels)
During the preceding school year, the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) held
four (4) meetings. Additional information regarding the district’s SHAC is available from the
Assistant Superintendent of School Administration. [See also policies at BDF and EHAA.]
The duties of the SHAC range from recommending curriculum to developing strategies for
integrating curriculum into a coordinated school health program encompassing issues such as
school health services, counseling services, a safe and healthy school environment, recess
recommendations, improving student fitness, mental health concerns, and employee wellness.
[See policies at BDF and EHAA. See Human Sexuality Instruction for additional information.]
Student Wellness Policy/Wellness Plan (All Grade Levels)
Channelview ISD is committed to encouraging healthy students and therefore has developed a
board-adopted wellness policy at FFA(LOCAL) and corresponding plans and procedures to
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implement the policy. You are encouraged to contact the Assistant Superintendent of School
Administration with questions about the content or implementation of the district’s wellness
policy and plan.
Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
Children with any diarrhea or vomiting illness should be excluded from school until they are free
of diarrhea and/or vomiting for 24 hours without the use of medications to suppress these
conditions.
Other Health-Related Matters
Physical Fitness Assessment (Grades 3 – 12)
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 William
Jennings, Athletic Director, to obtain the results of his or her child’s physical fitness assessment
conducted during the school year.
Vending Machines (All Grade Levels)
The district has adopted and implemented the state and federal policies and guidelines for food
service, including the guidelines to restrict student access to vending machines. For more
information regarding these policies and guidelines, see the David Bienvenu, Director of Food
Nutrition. [See policies at CO and FFA.]
Tobacco Prohibited (All grade Levels and All Others on School Property)
Students are prohibited from possessing or using any type of tobacco product, including
electronic cigarettes or any other electronic vaporizing device, 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 or any other electronic vaporizing device, by students and all
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 (All Grade Levels)
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 Kris Lynn, the district’s designated asbestos coordinator, at
(281) 452-8014.
Pest Management Plan (All Grade Levels)
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 control 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 States 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
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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 Kris Lynn, Assistant Superintendent of
Finance.
HOMELESS STUDENTS (All Grade Levels)
For more information on services for homeless students, contact the district’s homeless
education liaison, Mike Niemeyer, at (281) 452-8010.
HOMEWORK (All Grade Levels)
Homework shall be used to support, enrich, or reinforce topics covered in class. A consistent
plan for homework assignments shall be developed on each campus. The teacher shall be
responsible for assigning effective, well-planned homework assignments. Homework shall not
be assigned as punishment.
The student is responsible for completing assignments on time and scheduling after-school
activities so that they do not interfere with completion of assignments. The student assumes the
responsibility for making up work when absent from class.
Long periods of drills on school subjects after the child reaches home, is not recommended. It
can be a valuable experience if discussed briefly. Please have your child complete the
assignments and return them promptly.
If your child continues to bring numerous incomplete assignments, please get in touch with your
child’s teacher.
ILLNESS
[See Student Illness under Health-Related Matters.]
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES (All Grade Levels)
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.
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The principal ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the parents unless the
interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection.
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The principal ordinarily will be present unless the interviewer raises what the principal
considers to be a valid objection.
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.
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To comply with the laws of arrest.
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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.
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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.
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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 taken into custody, arrested, or referred to the juvenile court for any felony offense
or for certain misdemeanors.
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All instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a student who is
thought to have committed certain offenses or who has been convicted, received deferred
prosecution, received deferred adjudication, or was adjudicated for delinquent conduct for
any felony offense or certain misdemeanors.
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All appropriate district personnel in regards to a student who is required to register as a sex
offender.
[For further information, see policies FL (LEGAL) and GRAA (LEGAL).]
LEAVING CAMPUS (All Grade Levels)
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 junior high school, a parent or otherwise authorized adult
must come to the office and sign the student out. Please be prepared to show
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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 junior high be released
unaccompanied by a parent or adult authorized by the parent.
During Lunch
Students are not authorized to leave the campus during lunch.
At Any Other Time During the School Day
Students are not authorized to leave campus during regular school hours for any other reason,
except with the permission of the principal.
Students who leave campus in violation of these rules will be subject to disciplinary action in
accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS (All Grade Levels)
A student with limited English proficiency (LEP), sometimes referred to as an English language
learner (ELL) in certain state statutes and state rules, 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. However, pending the receipt of
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parental consent or denial of services, an eligible student will receive the services to which the
student is entitled and eligible.
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
administered to a LEP student, or, for a student up to grade 5, a Spanish version of STAAR. In
limited circumstances, a student’s LPAC may exempt the student from an otherwise required
state-mandated assessment or may waive certain graduation requirements related to the English I
end-of-course (EOC) assessment. 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 instructional and assessment decisions in
conjunction with the LPAC.
LOST AND FOUND (All Grade Levels)
A “lost and found” collection box is located at the campus. If your child has lost an item, please
encourage him or her to check the lost and found box. The district discourages students from
bringing to school personal items of high monetary value, as the district is not responsible for
lost or stolen items. The campus will dispose of lost and found items at the end of each
semester.
MAKEUP WORK
Makeup Work Because of Absence (All Grade Levels)
For any class missed, the teacher may assign the student makeup work based on the instructional
objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the
essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.
A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup 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 is encouraged to speak with his or her teacher if the student knows of an absence ahead
of time, including absences for extracurricular activities, so that the teacher and student may plan
any work that can be completed before or shortly after the absence. Please remember the
importance of student attendance at school and that, even though absences may be excused or
unexcused, all absences account for the 90 percent threshold in regards to the state laws
surrounding “attendance for credit or final grade.” [See also Attendance for Credit or Final
Grade.]
A student involved in an extracurricular activity must notify his or her teachers ahead of time
about any absences.
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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 Makeup Work
Grades 9 – 12
A high school 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).]
In-school Suspension (ISS) Makeup Work (All Grade Levels)
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).]
NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT (All Grade Levels)
In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination and as required by law, Channelview ISD does not
discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, disability, age or
any other basis prohibited by law, in providing education services, activities, and programs,
including CTE programs, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated
youth groups. The following district representatives 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 sex, including
sexual harassment or gender-based harassment: Mike Niemeyer, Assistant Superintendent of
Administration, at 828 Sheldon Road, Channelview, Texas 77530, and phone (281) 4528010.
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ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of
disability: Gloria Roach, Special Services Director, at 828 Sheldon Road, Channelview,
Texas 77530, and phone (281) 452-8006.
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If there is a need for assistance to help provide services for homeless students please contact
Mike Niemeyer, Assistant Superintendent of Administration at (281-452-8010), CISD
Administration Building, 828 Sheldon Rd. Channelview, Texas 77530.
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All other concerns regarding discrimination: See the superintendent, Greg Ollis at (281) 4528002.
[See policies FB (LOCAL) and FFH (LOCAL).]
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NONTRADITIONAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (All Grade Levels)
[See Requirements for a Diploma.]
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (All Grade Levels)
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 and options for graduation with your child in junior high school
and again while your child is enrolled in high school.
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Monitoring your child’s academic progress and contacting teachers as needed.
Academic Counseling.]
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Attending scheduled conferences and requesting additional conferences as needed. To
schedule a telephone or in-person conference with a teacher, school 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. [For further information, see policies at GKG].
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Participating in campus 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 your child’s school.
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Serving on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), assisting the district in ensuring
local community values are reflected in health education instruction and other wellness
issues. [See policies at BDF, EHAA, FFA, and information in this handbook at School
Health Advisory Council.]
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Serving on a committee to determine criteria to be used to evaluate the overall performance
of the district and each campus in community and student engagement. For further
information, please contact the campus principal.
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Being aware of the school’s ongoing bullying and harassment prevention efforts.
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[See
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Contacting school officials if you are concerned with your child’s emotional or mental wellbeing.
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Attending board meetings to learn more about district operations. [See policies at BE and
BED for more information.]
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS / HEALTH SCREENINGS
Athletics’ Participation (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
A student who wishes to participate in, or continue participation in, the district’s athletics
program governed by the UIL must submit certification from a health-care provider authorized
under UIL rules that the student has been examined and is physically able to participate in the
athletic program.
This examination is required in the first year of middle school competition and the first and third
years of high school competition. During the alternate years, the student must complete a
medical appraisal form, and the results of this appraisal may prompt the district to require a
physical examination.
Other Exams and Screenings (All Grade Levels)
Students are required to undergo a risk assessment for type 2 diabetes at the same time the
district screens students for hearing and vision issues, or for abnormal spinal curvatures.
Also see policy FFAA.
PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE (All Grade Levels)
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 Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas
Flags.]
State law requires that one minute of silence 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. In addition, state law requires that
each campus provide for the observance of one minute of silence at the beginning of the first
class period when September 11 falls on a regular school day in remembrance of those who lost
their lives on September 11, 2001.
[See policy EC for more information.]
PRAYER (All Grade Levels)
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
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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.
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.
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.
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, the student will not be subject to the
promotion requirements described above for the relevant grade 5 or 8 assessment.
If a student in grades 3 – 8 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 be required to take an applicable state mandated assessment only for the course in
which he or she is enrolled, unless otherwise required to do so by federal law.
[See Standardized Testing.]
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 policy
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, school counselor, or special education director.
Parents of a student at or above grade level 3 who does not perform satisfactorily on his or her
state-mandated 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. Failure of a
student to attend these programs may result in violations of required school attendance as well as
the student not being promoted to the next grade level.
A Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) will be prepared for any student at the middle school or junior
high level 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 school 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
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student, and outline an intensive instruction program for the student. [For additional information,
see the school 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.
[For information related to the development of personal graduation plans for high school
students, see Personal Graduation Plans for Students Under the Foundation Graduation
Program.]
High School Grade Levels
To earn credit in a course, a student must receive a grade of at least 70 based on course-level or
grade-level standards.
A student in grades 9 – 12 will be advanced a grade level based on the number of course credits
earned. [Also see Grade Level Classification.]
Students will also have multiple opportunities to retake EOC assessments. [See Graduation and
Standardized Testing for more information about EOC assessments.]
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL
[See Leaving Campus.]
REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES (All Grade
Levels)
Report cards with each student’s grades or performance and absences in each class or subject are
issued to parents at least once every 9 weeks.
At the end of the first three weeks and six weeks of a grading period, parents of secondary
students 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. Parents of elementary student will
receive a written progress report after the first from weeks of each grading period. 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. [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 70 in a class or subject.
Report cards and unsatisfactory progress reports must be signed by the parent and returned to the
school.
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RETALIATION
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.]
SAFETY (All Grade Levels)
Student safety on campus, at school-related events, and on district vehicles 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 is expected to:
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Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or others at risk.
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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.
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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.
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Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.
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Follow immediately the instructions of teachers, bus drivers, and other district employees
who are overseeing the welfare of students.
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.
Preparedness Drills: Evacuation, Severe Weather, and Other Emergencies
From time to time, students, teachers, and other district employees will participate in
preparedness drills of emergency procedures. When the command is given or alarm is sounded,
students need to follow the direction of teachers or others in charge quickly, quietly, and in an
orderly manner.
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 previously provided 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.
SAT, ACT, AND OTHER STANDARDIZED TESTS
See Standardized Testing.
SCHOOL FACILITIES
Use by Students Before and After School (All Grade Levels)
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.
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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 or other authorized employee or adult, or unless students are granted
permission to remain on campus in accordance with policy FNAB, students must leave campus
immediately.
Conduct Before and After School (All Grade Levels)
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 (All Grade Levels)
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.
Library (All Grade Levels)
The library is a learning laboratory with books, computers, magazines, and other materials
available for classroom assignments, projects, and reading or listening pleasure. The library is
open for independent student use with a teacher permit. Contact the school for day and time.
Meetings of Noncurriculum-Related Groups (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
Student-organized, student-led noncurriculum-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.
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 (All Grade Levels)
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.
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Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices (All Grade Levels)
Use of district-owned equipment and its network systems is not private and will be monitored by
the district. [See policy 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) and Electronic Devices and Technology Resources for more
information.]
Vehicles on Campus (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
A student has full responsibility for the security and content of his or her vehicle parked on
district property and must make certain that it is locked and that the keys are not given to others.
[See also the Student Code of Conduct.]
Vehicles parked on district property are under the jurisdiction of the district. School officials
may search any vehicle any time there is reasonable cause to do so, with or without the
permission of the student. If a vehicle subject to search is locked, the student will be asked to
unlock the vehicle. If the student refuses, the student’s parent will be contacted. If a search is
also refused by the student’s parent, the district will turn the matter over to law enforcement.
The district may, in certain circumstances, contact law enforcement even if permission to search
is granted.
Trained Dogs (All Grade Levels)
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.
Drug-Testing (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
[For further information, see policy FNF(LOCAL). Also see Steroids.]
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.]
SPECIAL PROGRAMS (All Grade Levels)
The district provides special programs for gifted and talented students, homeless students,
bilingual students, migrant students, students with limited English proficiency or who are
English language learners, students diagnosed with dyslexia 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 their school counselor or principal.
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STANDARDIZED TESTING
Secondary Grade Levels
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 school 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 Preliminary SAT (PSAT) and ACT-Aspire are the corresponding
preparatory and readiness assessments for the SAT and ACT, and more information can be
obtained on these assessments from the school counselor.
Note that participation in these assessments may qualify a student to receive a performance
acknowledgment on his or her diploma and transcript under the foundation graduation program
and may qualify as a substitute for an end-of-course testing requirement in certain circumstances.
A student’s performance at a certain level on the SAT or ACT also makes the student eligible for
automatic admission to a Texas public institution of higher education.
TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment
Prior to enrollment in a Texas public college or university, most students must take a
standardized test called the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment. The purpose of the TSI
assessment 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 assessment may be required before a
student enrolls in a dual-credit course offered through the district as well. Achieving certain
benchmark scores on this assessment for college readiness may also waive certain end-of-course
assessment requirements in limited circumstances.
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
are required to take the state assessment, called STAAR, in the following subjects:
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Mathematics, annually in grades 3 – 8
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Reading, annually in grades 3 – 8
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Writing, including spelling and grammar, in grades 4 and 7
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Science in grades 5 and 8
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Social Studies in grade 8
Successful performance on the reading and math assessments in grades 5 and 8 is required by
law, unless the student is enrolled in a reading or math course intended for students above the
student’s current grade level, in order for the student to be promoted to the next grade level. [See
Promotion and Retention for additional information.]
STAAR-A will be available for an eligible student with a Section 504 accommodation plan who
has been identified with dyslexia or a related disorder, as well as for a student receiving special
education services, if the student meets state-established criteria and requires certain instructional
and assessment accommodations on a routine basis.
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STAAR Alternate 2, for students receiving special education services who meet certain stateestablished criteria, will be available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s ARD
committee.
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.
High School Courses - End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
STAAR end-of-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, unless
otherwise waived or substituted as allowed by state law and rules.
There are 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. If a student does not meet
satisfactory performance, the student will have additional opportunities to retake the assessment.
STAAR-A will be available for an eligible student with a Section 504 accommodation plan who
has been identified with dyslexia or a related disorder, as well as for a student receiving special
education services, if the student meets state-established criteria and requires certain instructional
and assessment accommodations on a routine basis.
STAAR Alternate 2, for students receiving special education services who meet certain criteria
established by the state, will be available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s
ARD committee.
A student’s ARD committee for students receiving special education services will determine
whether successful performance on the EOC assessments will be required for graduation within
the parameters identified in state rules and the student’s personal graduation plan.
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.
Also see Graduation for additional information.
STEROIDS (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
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.
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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 website at
http://www.uiltexas.org/health/steroid-information.
STUDENTS IN FOSTER CARE (All Grade Levels)
In an effort to provide educational stability, the district strives to assist any student who is
currently placed or newly placed in foster care (temporary or permanent custody of the state)
with the enrollment and registration process, as well as other educational services throughout the
student’s enrollment in the district.
A student who is placed in foster care and who is moved outside of the district’s attendance
boundaries is entitled to continue in enrollment at the school he or she was attending prior to the
placement until the student reaches the highest grade level at the particular school. In addition, if
a student in grade 11 or 12 is transferred to another district and does not meet the graduation
requirements of the transferring district, the student can request to receive a diploma from the
previous district if he or she meets the criteria to graduate from the previous district.
Please contact Mike Niemeyer, Assistant Superintendent, who has been designated as the
district’s foster care liaison, at (281) 452-8010 with any questions.
STUDENT SPEAKERS (All Grade Levels)
[See policy FNA(LOCAL) regarding other speaking opportunities and Graduation for
information related to student speakers at graduation ceremonies.]
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION (All Grade Levels)
If you are worried that your child may be using or is in danger of experimenting, using, or
abusing illegal drugs or other prohibited substances, please contact the school counselor. The
school counselor can provide you with a list of community resources that may be of assistance to
you. The TDSHS maintains information regarding children’s mental health and substance abuse
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa-child-adolescentintervention services on its website:
services/.
SUICIDE AWARENESS (All Grade Levels)
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
http://www.texassuicideprevention.org or contact the school counselor for more information
related to suicide prevention services available in your area.
TARDIES (All Grade Levels)
Tardy slips will be issued per campus procedures. Students shall be tardy to school if they are
not in their classroom when the tardy bell rings to start the school day or any of the class periods.
When a student is detained at the end of a class period by a teacher, a signed statement from that
teacher shall be provided for the student’s next teacher. Students shall be subject to disciplinary
action for being tardy to school or class. If a student misses more than 20 minutes of a class, he
or she shall be counted absent instead of tardy.
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TEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, TECHNOLOGICAL
EQUIPMENT AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS (All Grade Levels)
Textbooks and other district-approved instructional materials are provided to students free of
charge for each subject or class. Any 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 the damage paid for by the parent; however, the student will be provided the
necessary instructional resources and equipment for use at school during the school day.
TRANSFERS (All Grade Levels)
The principal is authorized to transfer a student from one classroom to another.
[See School Safety Transfers, Bullying and Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or
Who Need or May Need Special Education Services, for other transfer options.]
TRANSPORTATION (All Grade Levels)
School-Sponsored Trips
Students who participate in school-sponsored trips are required to use transportation provided by
the school to and from the event. As approved by the principal, a coach or sponsor of an
extracurricular activity may establish procedures related to making an exception to this
requirement when a parent requests that the student be released to the parent or to another adult
designated by the parent.
Buses and Other School Vehicles
The district makes school bus transportation available to all students in Channelview ISD. This
service is provided at no cost to students.
Bus routes and stops will be designated annually, and any subsequent changes will be posted at
the school and on the district’s website. For the safety of the operator of the vehicle and all
passengers, students must board buses or other vehicles only at authorized stops, and drivers
must unload passengers only at authorized stops. In the interest of student safety prekindergarten
and kindergarten students will not be left at bus stops without a responsible adult.
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 route within the attendance zone of the school the student attends. For information on
bus routes and stops or to designate an alternate pickup or drop-off location, you may contact
Transportation at (281) 452-8020.
See the Student Code of Conduct for provisions regarding transportation to the DAEP.
Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring that buses and other district vehicles
remain in good condition and that transportation is provided safely. When riding in district
vehicles, including buses, students are held to behavioral standards established in this handbook
and the Student Code of Conduct. Students must:
•
Follow the driver’s directions at all times.
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•
Enter and leave the vehicle in an orderly manner at the designated stop.
•
Keep feet, books, instrument cases, and other objects out of the aisle.
•
Not deface the vehicle or its equipment.
•
Not put head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window, hold any object out of the window, or
throw objects within or out of the vehicle.
•
Not possess or use any form of tobacco on any district vehicle.
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Observe all usual classroom rules.
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Be seated while the vehicle is moving.
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Fasten their seat belts, if available.
•
Wait for the driver’s signal upon leaving the vehicle and before crossing in front of the
vehicle.
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All students are required to be at their proper bus stop 5 minutes before the arrival of the
school bus. Buses will not be asked to return for late students.
•
All students’ personal items must be removed when exiting the bus. The Channelview ISD
and the transportation department will not be responsible for any lost personal items.
•
Student ID badges must be worn at all times while on the school bus.
•
Channelview ISD dress code must be observed at all times while on the bus.
•
Follow any other rules established by the operator of the vehicle.
Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct; the privilege to
ride in a district vehicle, including a school bus, may be suspended or revoked.
VANDALISM (All Grade Levels)
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 (All Grade Levels)
For safety purposes, video and audio recording equipment is 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 and audio recordings routinely and document student
misconduct. In order to protect student’s right to privacy, parents will not be allowed to view
video. Discipline will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
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VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL (All Grade Levels)
General Visitors
Parents and others are welcome to visit district schools. For the safety of those within the school
and to avoid disruption of instructional time, all visitors must first report to the main office and
must comply with all applicable district policies and procedures. When arriving on campus, all
parents and other visitors should be prepared to show identification.
Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time are permitted only with approval of the
principal and teacher and only so long as their duration or frequency does not interfere with the
delivery of instruction or disrupt the normal school environment. Even if the visit is approved
prior to the visitor’s arrival, the individual must check in at the main office first.
All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct; disruptive
behavior will not be permitted.
Visitors Participating in Special Programs for Students
On High School Career Day, the district invites representatives from colleges and universities
and other higher education institutions, prospective employers, and military recruiters to present
information to interested students.
VOLUNTEERS (All Grade Levels)
We appreciate so much the efforts of parent and grandparent volunteers that are willing to serve
our district and students. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the campus
principal for more information and to complete an application.
VOTER REGISTRATION (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
A student who is eligible to vote in any local, state, or federal election may obtain a voter
registration application at the main campus office.
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL (All Grade Levels)
A student under 18 may be withdrawn from school only by a parent. The school requests notice
from the parent at least three days in advance so that records and documents may be prepared.
The parent may obtain a withdrawal form from the principal’s office.
On the student’s last day, the withdrawal form must be presented to each teacher for current
grade averages and book 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. 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.
YMCA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
In the YMCA After School Program, children participate in a balanced program of open play and
structured activities while being supervised by a well-trained and caring staff. In addition to a
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variety of learning centers, the program also provides homework assistance, nutritional snacks,
recreation, and youth fitness.
Many of the sites also offer the opportunities to participate in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.
School-age childcare is available during holiday and summer vacation breaks as well as school
in-service days.
YMCA staff is on duty at school dismissal time and the program runs until 6:00 P.M. each day,
Monday through Friday.
Locations include:

Harvey Brown
Call the W.D. Ley Family YMCA at (281) 458-7777 for registration, fee information, etc.
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Glossary
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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-Aspire refers to an assessment that took the place of ACT-Plan and is designed as a
preparatory and readiness assessment for the ACT. This is usually taken by students in grade 10.
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 and his or her parents are members of the committee.
Attendance review committee is responsible for reviewing a student’s absences when the
student’s attendance drops below 90 percent, or in some cases 75 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.
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 are required for graduation. These
exams will be given in English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and United States History.
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; accommodations for state or district wide tests;
whether successful completion of state-mandated assessments is required for graduation, 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.
NCLB Act is the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
PGP stands for Personal Graduation Plan, which is required for high school students beginning
with ninth graders in the 2014–2015 school year, and for any student in middle school who fails
a section on a 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.
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PSAT is the preparatory and readiness assessment for the SAT.
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, along with providing assistance with other student and employee wellness issues.
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-A is an accommodated version of the STAAR that is available for certain students who
receive special education services or students who have been identified as dyslexic.
STAAR Alternate 2 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 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 or end-of-course assessments, when applicable, 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 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.
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.
TSI assessment is the Texas Success Initiative assessment designed to measure the reading,
mathematics, and writing skills that entering college-level freshmen students should have if they
are to be successful in undergraduate programs in Texas public colleges and universities.
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
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qualified 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.
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Appendix
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APPENDIX I:
Freedom From Bullying Policy
Note that school board policies may be revised at any time. For legal context and the most
current copy of the local policy, visit www.cvisd.org. Below is the text of Channelview ISD’s
policy FFI (LOCAL) as of the date that this handbook was finalized for this school year.
STUDENT WELFARE: FREEDOM FROM BULLYING
FFI(LOCAL)
Adopted on March 12, 2012
Note:
This policy addresses bullying of District students. For provisions regarding
discrimination and harassment involving District students, see FFH. Note that FFI
shall be used in conjunction with FFH for certain prohibited conduct. For reporting
requirements related to child abuse and neglect, see FFG.
The District prohibits bullying as defined by this policy. Retaliation against anyone involved in
the complaint process is a violation of District policy and is prohibited.
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:
1.
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
2.
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:
1.
Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim
through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and
2.
Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
Bullying of a student may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault,
demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name calling, rumor
spreading, or ostracism.
The District prohibits retaliation by a student or District employee against any person who in
good faith makes a report of bullying, serves as a witness, or participates in an investigation.
Examples of retaliation may include threats, rumor spreading, ostracism, assault, destruction of
property, unjustified punishments, or unwarranted grade reductions. Unlawful retaliation does
not include petty slights or annoyances.
A student who intentionally makes a false claim, offers false statements, or refuses to cooperate
with a District investigation regarding bullying shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
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Reports of bullying shall be made as soon as possible after the alleged act or knowledge of the
alleged act. A failure to immediately report may impair the District’s ability to investigate and
address the prohibited conduct.
To obtain assistance and intervention, any student who believes that he or she has experienced
bullying or believes that another student has experienced bullying should immediately report the
alleged acts to a teacher, counselor, principal, or other District employee.
Any District employee who suspects or receives notice that a student or group of students has or
may have experienced bullying shall immediately notify the principal or designee.
A report may be made orally or in writing. The principal or designee shall reduce any oral
reports to written form.
The principal or designee shall determine whether the allegations in the report, if proven, would
constitute prohibited conduct as defined by policy FFH, including dating violence and
harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or
disability. If so, the District shall proceed under policy FFH. If the allegations could constitute
both prohibited conduct and bullying, the investigation under FFH shall include a determination
on each type of conduct.
The principal or designee shall conduct an appropriate investigation based on the allegations in
the report. The principal or designee shall promptly take interim action calculated to prevent
bullying during the course of an investigation, if appropriate.
Absent extenuating circumstances, the investigation should be completed within ten District
business days from the date of the initial report alleging bullying; however, the principal or
designee shall take additional time if necessary to complete a thorough investigation.
The principal or designee shall prepare a final, written report of the investigation. The report
shall include a determination of whether bullying occurred, and if so, whether the victim used
reasonable self-defense. A copy of the report shall be sent to the Superintendent or designee.
If an incident of bullying is confirmed, the principal or designee shall promptly notify the parents
of the victim and of the student who engaged in bullying.
If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying occurred, the District shall promptly
respond by taking appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the District’s Student Code
of Conduct and may take corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct.
A student who is a victim of bullying and who used reasonable self-defense in response to the
bullying shall not be subject to disciplinary action.
The discipline of a student with a disability is subject to applicable state and federal law in
addition to the Student Code of Conduct.
Examples of corrective action may include a training program for the individuals involved in the
complaint, a comprehensive education program for the school community, follow-up inquiries to
determine if any new incidents or any instances of retaliation have occurred, involving parents
and students in efforts to identify problems and improve the school climate, increasing staff
monitoring of areas where bullying has occurred, and reaffirming the District’s policy against
bullying.
The principal or designee shall refer to FDB for transfer provisions.
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The principal or designee shall notify the victim, the student who engaged in bullying, and any
students who witnessed the bullying of available counseling options.
If the investigation reveals improper conduct that did not rise to the level of prohibited conduct
or bullying, the District may take action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct or any
other appropriate corrective action.
To the greatest extent possible, the District shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons
against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to
conduct a thorough investigation.
A student who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through
FNG(LOCAL), beginning at the appropriate level.
Retention of records shall be in accordance with CPC(LOCAL).
This policy and any accompanying procedures shall be distributed annually in the employee and
student handbooks. Copies of the policy and procedures shall be posted on the District’s Web
site, to the extent practicable, and shall be readily available at each campus and the District’s
administrative offices.
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APPENDIX II:
Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment
and Retaliation Policy
Note that school board policies may be revised at any time. For legal context and the most
current copy of the local policy, visit www.cvisd.org. Below is the text of Channelview ISD’s
policy FFI(LOCAL) as of the date that this handbook was finalized for this school year.
STUDENT WELFARE: FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION,
HARRASSEMENT AND RETALIATION
FFH(LOCAL)
Adopted on March 12, 2012
Note:
This policy addresses discrimination, harassment, and retaliation involving District
students. For provisions regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
involving District employees, see DIA. For reporting requirements related to child
abuse and neglect, see FFG. Note that FFH shall be used in conjunction with FFI
(bullying) for certain prohibited conduct.
The District prohibits discrimination, including harassment, against any student on the basis of
race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. The
District prohibits dating violence, as defined by this policy. Retaliation against anyone involved
in the complaint process is a violation of District policy and is prohibited.
Discrimination against a student is defined as conduct directed at a student on the basis of race,
color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or on any other basis prohibited by law, that
adversely affects the student.
Prohibited harassment of a student is defined as physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct based on
the student’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited
by law that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct:
1.
Affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or
activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational
environment;
2.
Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s
academic performance; or
3.
Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Prohibited harassment includes dating violence as defined by this policy.
Examples of prohibited harassment may include offensive or derogatory language directed at
another person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent, skin color, or need for accommodation;
threatening, intimidating, or humiliating conduct; offensive jokes, name calling, slurs, or rumors;
physical aggression or assault; display of graffiti or printed material promoting racial, ethnic, or
other negative stereotypes; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to
property.
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Sexual harassment of a student by a District employee includes both welcome and unwelcome
sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal
conduct; or other conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
1.
A District employee causes the student to believe that the student must submit to the
conduct in order to participate in a school program or activity, or that the employee will
make an educational decision based on whether or not the student submits to the conduct;
or
2.
The conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it:
a.
Affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or
activity, or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities; or
b.
Creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive educational environment.
Romantic or inappropriate social relationships between students and District employees are
prohibited. Any sexual relationship between a student and a District employee is always
prohibited, even if consensual. [See DF]
Sexual harassment of a student, including harassment committed by another student, includes
unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or sexually motivated physical, verbal,
or nonverbal conduct when the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it:
1.
Affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or
activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational
environment;
2.
Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s
academic performance; or
3.
Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Examples of sexual harassment of a student may include sexual advances; touching intimate
body parts or coercing physical contact that is sexual in nature; jokes or conversations of a sexual
nature; and other sexually motivated conduct, communications, or contact.
Necessary or permissible physical contact such as assisting a child by taking the child’s hand,
comforting a child with a hug, or other physical contact not reasonably construed as sexual in
nature is not sexual harassment.
Gender-based harassment includes physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct based on the student’s
gender, the student’s expression of characteristics perceived as stereotypical for the student’s
gender, or the student’s failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity.
For purposes of this policy, gender-based harassment is considered prohibited harassment if the
conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct:
1.
Affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or
activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational
environment;
2.
Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s
academic performance; or
3.
Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
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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 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.
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.
For purposes of this policy, dating violence is considered prohibited harassment if the conduct is
so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct:
1.
Affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or
activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational
environment;
2.
Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s
academic performance; or
3.
Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Examples of dating violence against a student may include physical or sexual assaults; namecalling; put-downs; or threats directed at the student, the student’s family members, or members
of the student’s household. Additional examples may include destroying property belonging to
the student, threatening to commit suicide or homicide if the student ends the relationship,
attempting to isolate the student from friends and family, stalking, threatening a student’s spouse
or current dating partner, or encouraging others to engage in these behaviors.
The District prohibits retaliation by a student or District employee against a student alleged to
have experienced discrimination or harassment, including dating violence, or another student
who, in good faith, makes a report of harassment or discrimination, serves as a witness, or
participates in an investigation.
Examples of retaliation may include threats, rumor spreading, ostracism, assault, destruction of
property, unjustified punishments, or unwarranted grade reductions. Unlawful retaliation does
not include petty slights or annoyances.
A student who intentionally makes a false claim, offers false statements, or refuses to cooperate
with a District investigation regarding discrimination or harassment, including dating violence,
shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
In this policy, the term “prohibited conduct” includes discrimination, harassment, dating
violence, and retaliation as defined by this policy, even if the behavior does not rise to the level
of unlawful conduct.
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced prohibited conduct or believes that
another student has experienced prohibited conduct should immediately report the alleged acts to
a teacher, counselor, principal, other District employee, or the appropriate District official listed
in this policy.
Any District employee who suspects or receives notice that a student or group of students has or
may have experienced prohibited conduct shall immediately notify the appropriate District
official listed in this policy and take any other steps required by this policy.
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For the purposes of this policy, District officials are the Title IX coordinator, the ADA/Section
504 coordinator, and the Superintendent.
Reports of discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, may be directed to the Title
IX coordinator. The District designates the following person to coordinate its efforts to comply
with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended:
Position:
Assistant Superintendent for Administration
Address:
828 Sheldon Road, Channelview, TX 77530
Telephone: (281) 452-8002
Reports of discrimination based on disability may be directed to the ADA/Section 504
coordinator. The District designates the following person to coordinate its efforts to comply with
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, which incorporates and
expands upon the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended:
Position:
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Address:
828 Sheldon Road, Channelview, TX 77530
Telephone: (281) 452-8002
The Superintendent shall serve as coordinator for purposes of District compliance with all other
antidiscrimination laws.
A student shall not be required to report prohibited conduct to the person alleged to have
committed the conduct. Reports concerning prohibited conduct, including reports against the
Title IX coordinator or ADA/Section 504 coordinator, may be directed to the Superintendent.
A report against the Superintendent may be made directly to the Board. If a report is made
directly to the Board, the Board shall appoint an appropriate person to conduct an investigation.
Reports of prohibited conduct shall be made as soon as possible after the alleged act or
knowledge of the alleged act. A failure to immediately report may impair the District’s ability to
investigate and address the prohibited conduct.
The District official or designee shall promptly notify the parents of any student alleged to have
experienced prohibited conduct by a District employee or another adult.
The District may request, but shall not require, a written report. If a report is made orally, the
District official shall reduce the report to written form.
Upon receipt or notice of a report, the District official shall determine whether the allegations, if
proven, would constitute prohibited conduct as defined by this policy. If so, the District official
shall immediately authorize or undertake an investigation, regardless of whether a criminal or
regulatory investigation regarding the same or similar allegations is pending. If not, the District
official shall refer the complaint for consideration under FFI.
If an investigation is required in accordance with this policy, the District official shall also
determine whether the allegations, if proven, would constitute bullying, as defined by FFI.
If appropriate, the District shall promptly take interim action calculated to address prohibited
conduct or bullying during the course of an investigation.
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The investigation may be conducted by the District official or a designee, such as the principal,
or by a third party designated by the District, such as an attorney. When appropriate, the
principal shall be involved in or informed of the investigation.
The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the person making the report, the
person against whom the report is filed, and others with knowledge of the circumstances
surrounding the allegations. The investigation may also include analysis of other information or
documents related to the allegations.
Absent extenuating circumstances, the investigation should be completed within ten District
business days from the date of the report; however, the investigator shall take additional time if
necessary to complete a thorough investigation.
The investigator shall prepare a written report of the investigation. The report shall include a
determination of whether prohibited conduct or bullying occurred. The report shall be filed with
the District official overseeing the investigation.
If the results of an investigation indicate that prohibited conduct occurred, the District shall
promptly respond by taking appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code
of Conduct and may take corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct.
Examples of corrective action may include a training program for those involved in the
complaint, a comprehensive education program for the school community, counseling to the
victim and the student who engaged in prohibited conduct, follow-up inquiries to determine if
any new incidents or any instances of retaliation have occurred, involving parents and students in
efforts to identify problems and improve the school climate, increasing staff monitoring of areas
where harassment has occurred, and reaffirming the District’s policy against discrimination and
harassment.
If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying occurred, as defined by FFI, the District
official shall refer to FFI for appropriate notice to parents and District action. The District
official shall refer to FDB for transfer provisions.
If the investigation reveals improper conduct that did not rise to the level of prohibited conduct
or bullying, the District may take disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of
Conduct or other corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct.
To the greatest extent possible, the District shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons
against whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to
conduct a thorough investigation and comply with applicable law.
A student who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through
FNG(LOCAL), beginning at the appropriate level. A student shall be informed of his or her right
to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
Retention of records shall be in accordance with FB(LOCAL) and CPC(LOCAL).
Information regarding this policy and any accompanying procedures shall be distributed annually
in the employee and student handbooks. Copies of the policy and procedures shall be posted on
the District’s Web site, to the extent practicable, and readily available at each campus and the
District’s administrative offices.
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Student Code
of Conduct
Table of Contents
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ................................................................................................ 1
Purpose........................................................................................................................................ 1
School District Authority and Jurisdiction ..................................................................................... 2
Campus Behavior Coordinator……………………………………………. .............................. 2
Reporting Crimes ........................................................................................................................ 2
‘Parent’ Defined .......................................................................................................................... 3
Participating in Graduation Activities ........................................................................................ 3
Standards for Student Conduct ....................................................................................................... 3
General Conduct Violations ............................................................................................................ 3
Disregard for Authority............................................................................................................... 4
Mistreatment of Others ............................................................................................................... 4
Property Offenses........................................................................................................................ 4
Possession of Prohibited Items ................................................................................................... 5
Possession of Telecommunications or Other Electronic Devices............................................... 5
Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs ..................................................................... 5
Misuse of Technology Resources and the Internet ..................................................................... 6
Safety Transgressions ................................................................................................................. 6
Miscellaneous Offenses .............................................................................................................. 7
Discipline Management Techniques ............................................................................................... 7
Students with Disabilities ........................................................................................................... 7
Techniques .................................................................................................................................. 8
Notification ................................................................................................................................. 9
Appeals ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Removal from the School Bus ....................................................................................................... 9
Removal from the Regular Educational Setting ............................................................................. 9
Routine Referral ........................................................................................................................ 10
Formal Removal........................................................................................................................ 10
Returning Student to Classroom ............................................................................................... 10
Out-of-School Suspension ............................................................................................................ 11
Misconduct ................................................................................................................................ 11
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 11
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Placement ................................................ 11
Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP Placement ......................... 12
Misconduct Identified in State Law ...................................................................................... 12
Mandatory Placement: Misconduct That Requires DAEP Placement .......................................... 12
Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments .................................................................................... 13
Emergencies .................................................................................................................................. 13
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 13
Conference ............................................................................................................................ 14
Placement Order.................................................................................................................... 14
Coursework Notice ............................................................................................................... 14
Length of Placement ................................................................................................................. 14
Exceeds One Year ................................................................................................................. 15
Exceeds School Year ............................................................................................................ 15
Exceeds 60 Days ................................................................................................................... 15
Appeals ................................................................................................................................. 15
Restrictions During Placement ................................................................................................. 16
Placement Review ..................................................................................................................... 16
Additional Misconduct.............................................................................................................. 16
Notice of Criminal Proceedings ................................................................................................ 16
Withdrawal During Process ...................................................................................................... 17
Newly Enrolled Students .......................................................................................................... 17
Emergency Placement Procedure ............................................................................................. 17
Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Offenses ........................................................................ 17
Registered Sex Offenders ......................................................................................................... 17
Review Committee................................................................................................................ 18
Newly Enrolled Student ........................................................................................................ 18
Appeal ................................................................................................................................... 18
Certain Felonies ........................................................................................................................ 18
Hearing and Required Findings ............................................................................................ 19
Length of Placement ............................................................................................................. 19
Newly Enrolled Students ...................................................................................................... 19
Expulsion ...................................................................................................................................... 19
Discretionary Expulsion: Misconduct That May Result in Expulsion ..................................... 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 .................................................. 21
Under Federal Law ........................................................................................................... 21
Under the Texas Penal Code ............................................................................................. 22
Under Age Ten .......................................................................................................................... 23
Emergency ................................................................................................................................ 23
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 23
Hearing.................................................................................................................................. 23
Board Review of Expulsion .................................................................................................. 23
Expulsion Order .................................................................................................................... 24
Length of Expulsion.................................................................................................................. 24
Withdrawal During Process ...................................................................................................... 24
Additional Misconduct.............................................................................................................. 25
Restrictions During Expulsion .................................................................................................. 25
Newly Enrolled Students .......................................................................................................... 25
Emergency Expulsion Procedures ............................................................................................ 25
DAEP Placement of Expelled Students .................................................................................... 25
Discipline of Special Education Students Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act …………………………………………………………………………………………... 26
Levels of Discipline…………………………………………………………………………. 27
Glossary ........................................................................................................................................ 36
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Purpose
The Student Code of Conduct is the district’s response to the requirements of Chapter 37 of the
Texas Education Code.
The Code provides methods and options for managing students in the classroom and on school
grounds, disciplining students, and preventing and intervening in student discipline problems.
The law requires the district to define misconduct that may – or must – result in a range of
specific disciplinary consequences including removal from a regular classroom or campus, outof-school suspension, placement in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP),
placement in juvenile justice alternative education program (JJAEP), or expulsion from school.
This Student Code of Conduct has been adopted by the Channelview 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. It remains in effect during summer school and at all
school-related events and activities outside of the school year until an updated version adopted
by the board becomes effective for the next school year.
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
available at the office of the campus behavior coordinator and posted on the district’s website.
Parents shall be notified of any conduct violation that may result in a student being suspended,
placed in a DAEP or JJAEP, expelled, or taken into custody by a law enforcement officer under
Chapter 37 of the Education Code.
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
Campus Behavior Coordinator
As required by law, a person at each campus must be designated to serve as the campus behavior
coordinator. The designated person may be the principal of the campus or any other campus
administrator selected by the principal. The campus behavior coordinator is primarily responsible
for maintaining student discipline. The district maintains a current list of the persons serving as a
campus behavior coordinator in the student handbook or on the district’s website at
www.cvisd.org.
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 or a
school-sponsored or school related activity 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, board member, 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
The principal or campus behavior coordinator and other school administrators as appropriate
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.
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‘Parent’ Defined
Throughout the Code of Conduct and related discipline policies, the term “parent” includes a
parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control of the child.
Participating in Graduation Activities
The district has the right to limit a student’s participation in graduation activities for violating the
district’s Code.
Participation might include a speaking role, as established by district policy and procedures.
Students eligible to give the opening and closing remarks at graduation shall be notified by the
campus principal. Notwithstanding any other eligibility requirements, in order to be considered
as an eligible student to give the opening or closing remarks, a student shall not have engaged in
any misconduct in violation of the district’s Code resulting in an out-of-school suspension,
removal to a DAEP, or expulsion during the semester immediately preceding graduation.
The valedictorian and salutatorian may also have speaking roles at graduation. No student shall
be eligible to have such a speaking role if he or she engaged in any misconduct in violation of
the district’s Code resulting in an out-of-school suspension, removal to a DAEP, or expulsion
during the semester immediately preceding graduation.
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:
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Demonstrate courtesy, even when others do not.
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Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline.
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Attend all classes, regularly and on time.
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Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class.
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Meet district and campus standards of grooming and dress.
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Obey all campus and classroom rules.
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Respect the rights and privileges of students, teachers, and other district staff and
volunteers.
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Respect the property of others, including district property and facilities.
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Cooperate with and assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.
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Adhere to the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct.
General Conduct Violations
The categories of conduct below are prohibited at school, in vehicles owned or operated by the
district, and all school-related activities, but the list does not include the most severe offenses. In
the subsequent sections on Out-of-School Suspension, DAEP Placement, Placement and/or
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Expulsion for Certain Offenses, and Expulsion, certain offenses that require or permit specific
consequences are listed. Any offense, however, may be severe enough to result in Removal from
the Regular Educational Setting as detailed in that section.
Disregard for Authority
Students shall not:
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Fail to comply with directives given by school personnel (insubordination).
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Leave school grounds or school-sponsored events without permission.
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Disobey rules for conduct on district vehicles.
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Refuse to accept discipline management techniques assigned by a teacher or principal.
Mistreatment of Others
Students shall not:
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Use profanity or vulgar language or make obscene gestures.
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Fight or scuffle. (For assault see DAEP Placement and Expulsion.)
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Threaten a district student, employee, or volunteer, including off school property, if the
conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
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Engage in bullying, harassment, or making hit lists. (See glossary for all three terms.)
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Engage in conduct that constitutes sexual or gender-based harassment or sexual abuse,
whether by word, gesture, or any other conduct, directed toward another person,
including a district student, employee, board member, or volunteer.
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Engage in conduct that constitutes dating violence. (See glossary.)
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Engage in inappropriate or indecent exposure of private body parts.
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Participate in hazing. (See glossary.)
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Cause an individual to act through the use of or threat of force (coercion).
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Commit extortion or blackmail (obtaining money or an object of value from an unwilling
person).
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Engage in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct directed toward another
person, including a district student, employee, or volunteer.
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Record the voice or image of another without the prior consent of the individuals being
recorded or in any way that disrupts the educational environment or invades the privacy
of others.
Property Offenses
Students shall not:
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Damage or vandalize property owned by others. (For felony criminal mischief see DAEP
Placement or Expulsion.)
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Deface or damage school property – including textbooks, lockers, furniture, and other
equipment – with graffiti or by other means.
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Steal from students, staff, or the school.
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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.)
Possession of Prohibited Items
Students shall not possess or use:
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Fireworks of any kind, smoke or stink bombs, or any other pyrotechnic device;
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A razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object used in a way that threatens or inflicts
bodily injury to another person;
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A “look-alike” weapon;
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An air gun or BB gun;
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Ammunition;
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A stun gun;
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A pocketknife or any other small knife;
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Mace or pepper spray;
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Pornographic material;
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Tobacco products; cigarettes; e-cigarettes; and any component, part, or accessory for an
e-cigarette device;
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Matches or a lighter;
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A laser pointer for other than an approved use; or
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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
Students shall not:
•
Use a telecommunications device, including a cellular telephone, or other electronic
device in violation of district and campus rules.
Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Students shall not:
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Possess or sell seeds or pieces of marijuana in less than a usable amount. (For illegal
drugs, alcohol, and inhalants see DAEP Placement and Expulsion.)
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Possess, use, abuse, or sell paraphernalia related to any prohibited substance. (See
glossary for “paraphernalia.”)
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Possess, use, abuse or sell look-alike drugs or attempt to pass items off as drugs or
contraband.
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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.”)
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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
Students shall not:
•
Violate policies, rules, or agreements signed by the student or the student’s parent
regarding the use of technology resources.
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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, board members, or volunteers, including off school property if the conduct
causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
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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.
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Use e-mail or websites 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
Students shall not:
•
Possess published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage illegal
behavior or that could threaten school safety.
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Engage in verbal (oral or written) exchanges that threaten the safety of another student, a
school employee, or school property.
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Make false accusations or perpetrate hoaxes regarding school safety.
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Engage in any conduct that school officials might reasonably believe will substantially
disrupt the school program or incite violence.
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Throw objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage.
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Discharge a fire extinguisher without valid cause.
Miscellaneous Offenses
Students shall not:
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Violate dress and grooming standards as communicated in the student handbook.
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Cheat or copy the work of another.
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Gamble.
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Falsify records, passes, or other school-related documents.
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Engage in actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or materially interfere with
school activities.
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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, including restorative discipline practices. 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, including misconduct in a district
vehicle owned or operated by the district, 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.
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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.
Techniques
The following discipline management techniques may be used alone or in combination, or as part
of progressive interventions for behavior prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct or by
campus or classroom rules:
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Verbal correction, oral or written.
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Cooling-off time or “time-out.”
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Seating changes within the classroom or vehicles owned or operated by the district.
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Temporary confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process.
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Rewards or demerits.
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Behavioral contracts.
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Counseling by teachers, counselors, or administrative personnel.
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Parent-teacher conferences.
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Grade reductions for cheating, plagiarism, and as otherwise permitted by policy.
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Detention, including outside regular school hours.
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Sending the student to the office or other assigned area, or to in-school suspension.
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Assignment of school duties such as cleaning or picking up litter.
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Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities, eligibility for
seeking and holding honorary offices, or membership in school-sponsored clubs and
organizations.
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Penalties identified in individual student organizations’ extracurricular standards of
behavior.
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Restriction or revocation of district transportation privileges.
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School-assessed and school-administered probation.
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Corporal punishment, unless the student’s parent or guardian has provided a signed
statement prohibiting its use.
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Out-of-school suspension, as specified in the Out-of-School Suspension section of this
Code.
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Placement in a DAEP, as specified in the DAEP section of this Code.
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Placement and/or expulsion in an alternative educational setting, as specified in the
Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Offenses section of this Code.
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Expulsion, as specified in the Expulsion section of this Code.
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Referral to an outside agency or legal authority for criminal prosecution in addition to
disciplinary measures imposed by the district.
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Other strategies and consequences as determined by school officials.
Notification
The campus behavior coordinator shall promptly notify a student’s parent by phone or in person
of any violation that may result in in-school or out-of-school suspension, placement in a DAEP,
placement in a JJAEP, or expulsion. The campus behavior coordinator shall also notify a
student’s parent if the student is taken into custody by a law enforcement officer under the
disciplinary provisions of the Education Code. A good faith effort shall be made on the day the
action was taken to provide to the student for delivery to the student’s parent written notification
of the disciplinary action. If the campus behavior coordinator is not able to provide notice to the
parent, the principal or designee shall provide the notice.
Before the principal or appropriate administrator assigns a student under 18 to detention outside
regular school hours, notice shall be given to the student’s parent to inform him or her of the
reason for the detention and permit arrangements for necessary transportation.
Appeals
Questions from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the teacher or
campus administration, or campus behavior coordinator, 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, the campus behavior coordinator’s office, or the central administration office
or through the district website at: www.cvisd.org.
Consequences shall not be deferred pending the outcome of a grievance.
Removal from the School Bus
A bus driver may refer a student to the principal’s office or the campus behavior coordinator’s
office to maintain effective discipline on the bus. The principal or campus behavior coordinator
must employ additional discipline management techniques, as appropriate, which can include
restricting or revoking a student’s bus riding privileges.
Since the district’s primary responsibility in transporting students in district vehicles is to do so
as safely as possible, the operator of the vehicle must focus on driving and not have his or her
attention distracted by student misbehavior. Therefore, when appropriate disciplinary
management techniques fail to improve student behavior or when specific misconduct warrants
immediate removal, the principal or the campus behavior coordinator may restrict or revoke a
student’s transportation privileges, in accordance with law.
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.
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Routine Referral
A routine referral occurs when a teacher sends a student to the campus behavior coordinator’s
office as a discipline management technique. The campus behavior coordinator shall employ
alternative discipline management techniques, including progressive interventions. A teacher or
administrator may remove a student from class for a behavior that violates this Code to maintain
effective discipline in the classroom.
Formal Removal
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
1. The behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that the teacher cannot teach, and the
students in the classroom cannot learn.
Within three school days of the formal removal, the campus behavior coordinator or 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 campus behavior coordinator or appropriate administrator shall inform the
student of the misconduct for which he or she is charged and the consequences. The student shall
have an opportunity to give his or her version of the incident.
When a student is removed from the regular classroom by a teacher and a conference is pending,
the campus behavior coordinator or other administrator may place the student in:
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Another appropriate classroom.
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In-school suspension.
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Out-of-school suspension.
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DAEP.
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 shall be followed.
Returning Student to Classroom
When a student has been formally removed from class by a teacher for conduct against the
teacher containing the elements of assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual
assault, murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder, the
student may not be returned to the teacher’s class without the teacher’s consent.
When a student has been formally removed by a teacher for any other conduct, the student may
be returned to the teacher’s class without the teacher’s consent, if the placement review
committee determines that the teacher’s class is the best or only alternative available.
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Out-of-School Suspension
Misconduct
Students may be suspended for any behavior listed in the Code as a general conduct violation,
DAEP offense, or expellable offense.
Process
State law allows a student to be suspended for no more than three school days per behavior
violation, with no limit on the number of times a student may be suspended in a semester or
school year.
Before being suspended a student shall have an informal conference with the campus behavior
coordinator or 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 campus behavior
coordinator, but shall not exceed three school days.
In deciding whether to order out-of-school suspension, the campus behavior coordinator 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.
The appropriate administrator shall determine any restrictions on participation in schoolsponsored or school-related extracurricular and cocurricular 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 in
conjunction with other students.
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 campus behavior coordinator 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.
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Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP Placement
A student may be placed in a DAEP for behaviors prohibited in the General Conduct Violations
section of this Code.
Misconduct Identified in State Law
In accordance with state law, a student may be placed in a DAEP for any one of the following
offenses:
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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.)
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Involvement in criminal street gang activity. (See glossary.)
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Any criminal mischief, including 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
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
A student must be placed in a DAEP if the student:
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Engages in conduct relating to a false alarm or report (including a bomb threat) or a
terroristic threat involving a public school. (See glossary.)
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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:
o Engages in conduct punishable as a felony.
o Commits an assault (see glossary) under Texas Penal Code 22.01(a)(1).
o 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. A student with a valid prescription for low-THC
cannabis as authorized by Chapter 487 of the Health and Safety Code does not violate
this provision. (School-related felony drug offenses are addressed in the Expulsion
section.) (See glossary for “under the influence.”)
o 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
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influence of alcohol, if the conduct is not punishable as a felony offense. (Schoolrelated felony alcohol offenses are addressed in the Expulsion section.)
o Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of an offense relating to abusable
volatile chemicals.
o Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of the offense of public lewdness or
indecent exposure.
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Engages in expellable conduct and is between six and nine years of age.
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Commits a federal firearms violation and is younger than six years of age.
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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.)
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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:
1. The student receives deferred prosecution (see glossary),
2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct (see
glossary), or
3. The superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief (see glossary) that the
student engaged in the conduct.
Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments
If a student has been convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children or
convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault
against another student on the same campus, and if the victim’s parent or another person with the
authority to act on behalf of the victim requests that the board transfer the offending student to
another campus, the offending student shall be transferred to another campus in the district. If
there is no other campus in the district serving the grade level of the offending student, the
offending student shall be transferred to a DAEP.
Emergencies
In an emergency, the principal or the principal’s designee may order the immediate placement of
a student in a DAEP for any reason for which placement in a DAEP may be made on a
nonemergency basis.
Process
Removals to a DAEP shall be made by the campus behavior coordinator.
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Conference
When a student is removed from class for a DAEP offense, the campus behavior coordinator or
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 campus behavior coordinator or 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.
Consideration of Mitigating Factors
In deciding whether to place a student in a DAEP, regardless of whether the action is mandatory
or discretionary, the campus behavior coordinator 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.
Placement Order
After the conference, if the student is placed in the DAEP, the campus behavior coordinator 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.
Coursework Notice
The parent or guardian of a student placed in DAEP shall be given written notice of the student’s
opportunity to complete a foundation curriculum course in which the student was enrolled at the
time of removal and which is 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
The duration of a student’s placement in a DAEP shall be determined by the campus behavior
coordinator.
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.
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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 campus behavior
coordinator or the board’s 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.
Appeals
Questions from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the campus
administration.
Student or parent appeals regarding a student’s placement in a DAEP should be addressed in
accordance with FNG (LOCAL). A copy of this policy may be obtained from the principal’s
office, the campus behavior coordinator’s office, the central administration office, or through the
district’s website at the following address: www.cvisd.org.
Appeals regarding the decision to place a student in a DAEP should be addressed to Mike
Niemeyer, Assistant Superintendent of Administration in accordance with policy FOC (LEGAL).
All other appeals regarding a placement in a DAEP should be addressed in accordance with
policy FNG (LOCAL).
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.
Please Note: Assignments to DAEP that are sixty (60) days or less, are not appealable.
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Restrictions During Placement
State law prohibits a student placed in a DAEP for reasons specified in state law from attending
or participating in school-sponsored or school-related extracurricular activities.
Placement Review
A student placed in a DAEP shall be provided a review of his or her status, including academic
status, by the campus behavior coordinator or 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
If during the term of placement in a DAEP the student engages in additional misconduct for
which placement in a DAEP or expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may
be conducted, and the campus behavior coordinator may enter an additional disciplinary order as
a result of those proceedings.
Notice of Criminal Proceedings
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:
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,
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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
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 campus behavior coordinator 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 campus behavior
coordinator or the board fails to issue a placement order after the student withdraws, the next
district in which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings and issue a placement order.
Newly Enrolled Students
The district 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.
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
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 Offenses
This section includes two categories of offenses for which the Education Code provides unique
procedures and specific consequences.
Registered Sex Offenders
Upon receiving notification in accordance with state law that a student is currently required to
register as a sex offender, the administration must remove the student from the regular classroom
and determine appropriate placement unless the court orders JJAEP placement.
If the student is under any form of court supervision, including probation, community
supervision, or parole, the placement shall be in either DAEP or JJAEP for at least one semester.
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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.
Newly Enrolled Student
If a student enrolls in the district during a mandatory placement as a registered sex offender, the
district may count any time already spent by the student in a placement or may require an
additional semester in an alternative placement without conducting a review of the placement.
Appeal
A student or the student’s parent may appeal the placement by requesting a conference between
the board or its designee, the student, and the student’s parent. The conference is limited to the
factual question of whether the student is required to register as a sex offender. Any decision of
the board or its designee under this section is final and may not be appealed.
Certain Felonies
Regardless of whether placement or expulsion is required or permitted by one of the reasons in
the DAEP Placement or Expulsion sections, in accordance with Education Code 37.0081, a
student may be expelled and placed in either DAEP or JJAEP if the board or campus behavior
coordinator 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:
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Have received deferred prosecution for conduct defined as aggravated robbery or a Title
5 felony offense;
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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;
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Have been charged with engaging in conduct defined as aggravated robbery or a Title 5
felony offense;
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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
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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,
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 campus behavior coordinator shall take into consideration:
1. Self-defense (see glossary),
Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
The student’s disciplinary history.
Discretionary Expulsion: Misconduct That May Result in Expulsion
Any Location
A student may be expelled for:
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Engaging in the following, no matter where it takes place:
o Conduct that contains the elements of assault under Penal Code 22.01(a)(1) in
retaliation against a school employee or volunteer.
o Criminal mischief, if punishable as a felony.
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Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of one of the following offenses against
another student, without regard to where the conduct occurs:
o Aggravated assault.
o Sexual assault.
o Aggravated sexual assault.
o Murder.
o Capital murder.
o Criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
o Aggravated robbery.
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Breach of computer security.
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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:
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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. A student with a valid prescription for low-THC cannabis as
authorized by Chapter 487 of the Health and Safety Code does not violate this provision.
(See glossary for “under the influence.”)
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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.
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Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of an offense relating to abusable volatile
chemicals.
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Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of assault under Section 22.01(a)(1)
against an employee or a volunteer.
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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:
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Aggravated assault, sexual assault, or aggravated sexual assault.
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Arson. (See glossary.)
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Murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
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Indecency with a child, aggravated kidnapping, manslaughter, criminally negligent
homicide, or aggravated robbery.
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Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children.
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Felony drug- or alcohol-related offense.
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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).
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:
1. Deliberate violent behavior that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others;
2. Extortion, meaning the gaining of money or other property by force or threat;
3. Conduct that constitutes coercion, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code; or
4. Conduct that constitutes the offense of:
a. Public lewdness under Section 21.07, Penal Code;
b. Indecent exposure under Section 21.08; Penal Code;
c. Criminal mischief under Section 28.03, Penal Code;
d. Personal hazing under Section 37.152; or
e. Harassment under Section 42.07(a)(1), Penal Code, of a student or district employee.
Mandatory Expulsion: Misconduct That Requires Expulsion
A student must be expelled under federal or state law 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:
Under Federal Law
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Bringing to school a firearm, as defined by federal law. “Firearm” under federal law
includes:
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o 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.
o The frame or receiver of any such weapon.
o Any firearm muffler or firearm weapon.
o Any destructive device, such as any explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, or
grenade.
Under the Texas Penal Code
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Using or possessing the following, as defined by the Texas Penal Code:
o 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.
o An illegal knife or a prohibited knife as defined by the district.
o 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.
o A prohibited weapon, such as an explosive weapon, a machine gun, a short-barrel
firearm, a firearm silencer, knuckles, armor-piercing ammunition, a chemical
dispensing device, a zip gun, or a tire deflation device. (See glossary.)
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Behaving in a manner that contains elements of the following offenses under the Texas
Penal Code:
o Aggravated assault, sexual assault, or aggravated sexual assault.
o Arson. (See glossary.)
o Murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
o Indecency with a child.
o Aggravated kidnapping.
o Aggravated robbery.
o Manslaughter.
o Criminally negligent homicide.
o Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children.
o 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.
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Engaging in retaliation against a school employee or volunteer combined with one of the
above-listed mandatory expulsion offenses.
Under Age Ten
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
In an emergency, the principal or the principal’s designee may order the immediate expulsion of
a student for any reason for which expulsion may be made on a nonemergency basis.
Process
If a student is believed to have Intracommitted an expellable offense, the campus behavior
coordinator 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 campus behavior coordinator or other administrator may place
the student in:
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Another appropriate classroom.
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In-school suspension.
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Out-of-school suspension.
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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 witnesses called by the district at the hearing.
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 hearing shall be conducted by the campus principal.
Board Review of Expulsion
After the due process hearing, the expelled student may request that the board review the
expulsion decisions. The student or parent must submit a written request to the superintendent
within seven days after receipt of the written decision. The superintendent must provide the
student or parent written notice of the date, time, and place of the meeting at which the board
will review the decision.
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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
Before ordering the expulsion, the board or campus behavior coordinator 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.
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 boards 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
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.
maximum period of expulsion is one calendar year except as provided below.
The
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 may modify the length of the expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
Students who commit offenses that require expulsion at the end of one school year may be
expelled into the next school year to complete the term of expulsion.
Withdrawal During Process
When a student has violated the district’s Code in a way that requires or permits expulsion from
the district and the student withdraws from the district before the expulsion hearing takes place,
the district may conduct the hearing after sending written notice to the parent and student.
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If the student then reenrolls in the district during the same or subsequent school year, the district
may enforce the expulsion order at that time, less any expulsion period that has been served by
the student during enrollment in another district.
If the appropriate administrator or the board fails to issue an expulsion order after the student
withdraws, the next district in which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings.
Additional Misconduct
If during the expulsion, the student engages in additional conduct for which placement in a
DAEP or expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may be conducted, and the
campus behavior coordinator 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
The district shall continue the expulsion of any newly enrolled student expelled from another
district or an open-enrollment charter school until the period of the expulsion is completed.
If a student expelled in 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
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.
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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Discipline of Special Education Students Under the Individuals With
Disabilities Education Act
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STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES UNDER SECTION 504
A student with a disability under Section 504 [see FB (LEGAL)] shall not be removed from
school for more than ten consecutive school days unless the District first determines that the
misbehavior is not a manifestation of the student's disability. That determination may be made
by the same group of people who make placement decisions [see FB (LOCAL)]. The group
must have available to it evaluation data that is recent enough to afford an understanding of the
student's current behavior. At a minimum, the group shall include persons knowledgeable about
the student and the meaning of the evaluation data. If it is determined that the misconduct is not
caused by the student's disability, the student may be excluded from school in the same manner
as similarly situated non-disabled students. If it is determined that the misconduct is caused by
the student's disability, the District must determine whether the student's current educational
placement is appropriate. [34 CFR 104.35; 17 IDELR 609; 16 IDELR 491]
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STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES UNDER THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
EDUCATION ACT (IDEA) - SPECIAL EDUCATION
A student with a disability under IDEA [see FOF (LEGAL)] shall not be removed from school
for more than ten consecutive school days unless the District first determines that the
misbehavior is not a manifestation of the student's disability. Within ten school days of any
decision to change the placement of a student because of a violation of a code of student conduct,
the District, parents, and relevant members of the ARD committee (as determined by the parent
and the District) shall review all relevant information in the student’s file, including the student’s
IEP, any teacher observations, and any relevant information provided by the parents to determine
whether the conduct in question was:
1. Caused by, or had a direct and substantial relationship to, the student’s disability; or
2. The direct result of the District’s failure to implement the IEP.
If the District, the parent, and relevant members of the ARD committee determine that either of
the above is applicable, the conduct shall be determined to be a manifestation of the student’s
disability.
20 U.S.C. 1415(k)(1)(E); 34 CFR 300.530(e)
(1)
If the determination is that the student’s behavior was not a manifestation of the student’s
disability, school personnel may apply the relevant disciplinary procedures to the student in the
same manner and for the same duration as for students without disabilities. The ARD
committee shall determine the interim alternative educational setting. 20 U.S.C. 1415(k)(1)(C),
(k)(2); 34 CFR 300.530(c)
If the District, the parents, and relevant members of the ARD committee determine that the
conduct was a manifestation of the student’s disability, the ARD committee shall:
1. Conduct a functional behavioral assessment (FBA), unless the District had conducted an
FBA before the behavior that resulted in the change in placement occurred, and
implement a behavioral intervention plan (BIP) for the student; or
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2. If a BIP has already been developed, review the BIP and modify it, as necessary, to
address the behavior.
Except as provided at SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, below, the ARD committee shall return
the student to the placement from which the student was removed, unless the parent and the
District agree to a change in placement as part of the modification of the BIP.
20 U.S.C. 1415(k)(1)(F); 34 CFR 300.530(f)
School personnel may remove a student to an interim alternative educational setting for not more
than 45 school days without regard to whether the behavior is determined to be a manifestation
of the student’s disability, if the student:
1. Carries or possesses a weapon to or at school, on school premises, or to or at a school
function under the jurisdiction of TEA or the District; or
2. Knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs or sells or solicits the sale of a controlled
substance while at school, on school premises, or at a school function under the
jurisdiction of TEA or the District;
3. Has inflicted serious bodily injury upon another person while at school, on school
premises, or at a school function under the jurisdiction of TEA or the District.
20 U.S.C. 1415(k)(1)(G); 34 CFR 300.530(g)
The ARD committee shall determine the interim alternative education setting.
1415(k)(2)
20 U.S.C.
Additional information on procedures and rights specific to the discipline of students served by
Special Education may be found in the Notice of Procedural Safeguards under the Parents tab on
the Channelview ISD website, www.cvisd.org.
LEVELS OF DISCIPLINE
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Level I Misconduct: Minor
Level II Misconduct: Serious
Level III Misconduct: Persistent Serious Misconduct, Mandatory Teacher Removal or
Severe Misconduct
Level IV Misconduct: Misconduct that leads to mandatory placement within the
Discipline School
Level V Misconduct: Misconduct that leads to expulsion
Level I Misconduct: Minor
Definition: Level I refers to minor acts of misconduct. Discipline for Level I offenses is most
often managed by the classroom teacher. A formal Student Code of Conduct violation report is
not required for Level I violations.
Examples of Minor Misbehavior are:
101 Violation of written classroom guidelines, regulations, and expectations
102 Minor bus misconduct
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103 Violation of written non-classroom guidelines, regulations, and expectations
Right of Appeal: Any student and/or parent may appeal the decision of the teacher to the
campus principal within 72 hours of the time the parent becomes aware of the discipline. The
appeal decision of the campus principal is final.
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Level II Misconduct: Serious
Definition: Level II refers to a major act of misconduct that does not require immediate
placement in the Discipline School or expulsion, but does require a Student Code of Conduct
violation report.
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 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.
Examples of Serious Misbehavior:
201 Persisting in Level I misconduct (Definition: The student continues to engage in violation
of a written rule, regulation, or guideline after the teacher has completed the disciplinary
techniques reflected in his or her plan of discipline)
202 Failing to cooperate with the classroom teacher’s discipline options. (Definition: The
student is cited for violation of a written classroom rule, regulation, or guideline and
thereafter fails to complete the approved disciplinary techniques as reflected in the
teacher’s plan of discipline)
203 Gambling
204 Stealing from students, staff, or the school
205 Cutting class, including leaving campus or school - sponsored events without permission or
not being in assigned location, and excessive tardies
206 Harassing, which includes using abusive, indecent, or profane language either spoken or
written and/or offensive body gestures toward a student
207 Speaking, directing, or writing language that is abusive, indecent, or profane toward an
adult
208 Fighting - elementary students (in grades K-5) after a finding of fact a Student Code of
Conduct violation report may be processed with a three (3) day suspension, a citation, and
the consequences of a Student Code of Conduct violation report
A student has the right of self-defense. The district expects a student to prevent a fight by
walking away, seeking adult help, not to engage in verbal altercations or incitement, and to
report that trouble is coming if possible.
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209 Possessing, purchasing, using or accepting a cigarette or tobacco product or electronic
cigarette or other electronic vaporizing device (Health & Safety Code Sec. 3.01 Ch.
161.252)
210 Violating safety rules (including bicycle and traffic)
211 Possessing unacceptable items (paging devices, beepers, radios, writing markers, dice, tape
players, glass bottles, etc.)
212 Misusing food in the cafeteria and/or violating cafeteria rules
213 Violating required school attendance laws (TEC 25.094)
214 Attempting physical contact with another student with the implied intent to intimidate or
cause harm (including throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage)
215 Engaging in acts of public displays of affection with another
216 Selling or soliciting for sale unauthorized merchandise
217 Directing abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language toward a student
218 Engaging in any misbehavior that gives school officials reasonable cause to believe that
such conduct will substantially disrupt the school program or incite violence
219 Failing to comply with directives given by school personnel
220 Forging or writing parents’ or staff’s name (examples: notes, hall passes, school
documents, etc.)
221 Giving false information to a staff member
222 Giving another student any type of non-prescription medication or unauthorized substance
223 Violating dress code, repeatedly (after first time). Students in violation of the dress code
will be required to remain within in-school suspension until violation is corrected. Student
will not be sent home without prior parental permission.
224 Academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism
225 Failure to properly display ID, defacing ID, wearing another student's ID, failure to wear
ID while on campus, arriving on campus without a proper student ID, after receiving a
written warning (Aguirre, AJJH and CHS students)
226 Violating any other written Code of Conduct as determined by the principal, approved by
the superintendent, and communicated in writing to the students (such as being posted)
227 Damage or destruction of property that is not considered a Penal code (28.03) offense
228 Mooning or other reckless type of displays (elementary students)
The options indicated each time a Student Code of Conduct violation report is sent home are
equal in nature and the campus administration should work with the parent and/or student as to
which option should be used. Saturday school and evening detention shall be four hours for high
school students and two hours for students below high school. Special mitigating circumstances
may allow for discipline options other than those listed below.
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Prior to disciplinary action, an administrator shall conduct a conference with the student at
which:
(1) The student is advised of the misconduct; and
(2) The student is given an opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident
First Referral - Appropriate discipline action may include:
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One day Saturday school;
Evening detention hall or;
One day suspension.
Second Referral - Appropriate disciplinary action may include:
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Two days of Saturday school;
Two evening detention halls;
Two day suspension.
Third Referral - Appropriate disciplinary action may include:
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Three days of Saturday school;
Three evening detention halls;
Three day suspension.
Fourth Referral-If not from the same teacher, administrator shall use appropriate discipline. In
general, a student shall not be allowed to stay in any teacher’s classroom in which the teacher has
written four (4) Student Code of Conduct violation reports.
Right of Appeal: Any student and/or parent may appeal the decision of the assistant principal to
the campus principal. All appeals should be addressed through the Channelview Independent
School District Complaint/Grievance procedures that are contained in school district policies,
FNG LOCAL, and FNG LEGAL.
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Level III Misconduct: Persistent Serious Misconduct, Mandatory Teacher Removal,
Severe Misconduct
Definition: Level III Misconduct is defined as persistent Level II misbehavior, or a formal
removal by a classroom teacher under Sec. 37.002 (b) of the TEC, or after a finding of fact
indicates that the student engaged in severe misconduct.
Examples of severe misconduct are:
301 Unauthorized actions (refusal of a student who is engaging in misbehavior or does not have
legitimate business to obey a reasonable order in regards to the entry, ejection from school
property, or fails to give identification of name when asked) (TEC 37.105)
302 Trespassing on school grounds (TEC 37.107)
303 Loitering (any student who remains on school property after being advised by the person in
charge to leave)
304 Disrupting activities (TEC 37.123)
305 Disrupting classes (TEC 37.124)
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306 Disrupting transportation (TEC 37.126)
307 Personal hazing (TEC 37.152) and/or organization hazing (TEC 37.153)
308 Criminal mischief (Penal Code 28.03) i.e. - vandalism and marking on property
309 Reckless damage or destruction (Penal Code 28.04)
310 Offensive gesture towards an employee [Penal Code 42.01 (2)]
311 Physical contact with an employee with the implied intent to intimidate or cause harm
312 Incitement (abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language which implies intent to harm)
[Penal Code 42.01 (1)]
313 Gross/willful insubordination as determined by the principal (Definition: Student willfully
or intentionally disregards reasonable instructions)
314 Abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language directed towards an employee [Penal Code
42.01(1)]
315 Possession or distribution of pornographic materials
316 Possession or use of fireworks, stink bomb, smoke bomb, or other noxious chemical [Penal
Code 42.01 (3)]
317 Burglary of district facility
318 Sending or posting messages, physical contact, or verbal or written messages that are
abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another's
reputation, or illegal
319 Gang-related behavior, including pledging to become a member, soliciting another student
to join, clothing, signs, which includes “GANKING”, etc. [Definition: Gang related term
used to intimidate non-gang members; use of fist/hand in a striking motion to the body
(TEC 37.121)]
320 Fighting (in grades 6-12), after a finding of fact a Student Code of Conduct violation report
may be processed with a three day suspension, a citation, and placement in the discipline
school.
321 Disruption of a lawful assembly
322 Disorderly conduct (Penal Code 42.01)
323 Vandalism, robbery or serious theft
324 Extortion, coercion, or blackmail
325 Possession and/or concealment of a weapon not included under expellable offenses (this
includes possessing or selling "look-alike" weapons)
326 Perjury or lying as a witness during a school investigation
327 Hacking (illegal or unauthorized entry or attempted entry into computer files or
unauthorized websites)
328 Mooning or other reckless type of displays [Penal Code 42.01 (12)]
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329 Engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct
330 Behavior that is illegal that does not constitute an expellable offense
331 Possessing or selling look-alike drugs, drug paraphernalia, or items attempted to be passed
off as drugs and contraband
332 Engaging in verbal or written exchanges (may be via Internet, sending or posting messages
or verbal or written exchanges) that threaten the safety of another student, school
employee, or school property
333 Possession of published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage
illegal behaviors and could threaten school safety
334 Refusal to accept discipline management techniques assigned by the teacher or principal
335 Possession of or conspiring to possess any explosive or explosive device
336 Persisting in Level II misbehavior (Definition: A student who has been correctly placed
academically is issued a 4th discipline referral by the same teacher)
337 Used, exhibited or possessed a non-illegal knife as defined by the student code of conduct
and as allowed under [TEC 37.007] (knife blade equal to or less than 5.5 inches)
338 Misbehavior while at DAEP
339 Formal removal by a teacher for student behavior that seriously interferes with a teacher’s
ability to conduct class (TEC37.002)
The principal or designee may process a Student Code of Conduct violation report for severe
misconduct. The principal or designee has authority to place students in the discipline school for
any Level III offense.
Right of Appeal: Any student and/or parent may appeal the decision of the principal or designee
to place the student in the Discipline School. All appeals should be addressed through the
Channelview Independent School District Complaint/Grievance procedures that are contained in
school district policies, FNG LOCAL, and FNG LEGAL.
The student shall be removed from the regular program and attend their assigned
placement at the DAEP until the appeal process has been completed.
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Level IV Misconduct:
Discipline School.
Misconduct that leads to mandatory placement within the
Definition: Mandatory Placement in a Discipline School is defined as those offenses that require
placement by state law and those offenses designated by the Board of Education as to require
mandatory placement.
401 Engaging in conduct punishable as a felony on or within 300 feet of school property or
while attending a school sponsored activity
402 Sells, gives, delivers to another person or possession of drugs that is not a felony (Chapter
481, Health and Safety Code or by 21 U.S.C. Section 801) or is under the influence of an
illegal drug
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403 Sells, gives, delivers to another person or possession of alcohol that is not a felony (Section
1.04, Alcoholic Beverage Code) or is under the influence of alcohol [TEC 37.007 (a) (3) or
(b)]
404 Offense relating to abusable glue or aerosol paint (Chapter 485.031-485-035 of Health &
Safety Code)
405 Offense of public lewdness or indecent exposure (Penal Code 21.07/Penal Code 21.08)
406 Retaliation against school employee or volunteer [TEC 37.006(b) and 37.007(d)]
407 Off campus conduct in which the student received deferred prosecution for conduct defined
as a felony offense in (Family Code 53.03) (Title 5, Penal Code), engaged in delinquent
misconduct defined in (Family Code 54.03) (Title 5, Penal Code),or the superintendent has
a reasonable belief that the student has engaged in a felony offense
408 Terroristic threat [TEC 37.006(a) (2)]
409 Assault against a school district employee or volunteer [Penal Code 22.01(a) (1), 22.07]
410 Assault under penal Code Section 22.01 (a) against someone other than a school district
employee or volunteer
412 Off campus conduct by the student if the superintendent has a reasonable belief that the
student has engaged in a felony offense and continued presence of the student in the regular
classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers or will be detrimental to the
educational process
413 Violation of student code of conduct not included under TEC 37.006 or 37.007
414 Emergency Placement (TEC37.019)
415 School related gang violence - Action by three or more persons having a common
identifying sign or symbol or an identifiable sign or symbol or indefinable leadership who
associate in the commission of criminal activities
416 False alarm, bomb threat, bomb hoax, or any other hoax regarding verbal or written threats
417 Student is required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal
Procedure and is under court supervision – TEC 37.304. The offense(s) for which the
student is required to register as a sex offender must have occurred on or after September 1,
2007.
418 Student is required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal
Procedure and is not under court supervision – TEC 37.305. The offense(s) for which the
student is required to register as a sex offender must have occurred on or after September 1,
2007.
Right of Appeal: Any student and/or parent may appeal the mandatory decision of the principal
or designee to assign a student to DAEP. All appeals should be addressed through the
Channelview Independent School District Complaint/Grievance procedures that are contained in
school district policies, FNG LOCAL, and FNG LEGAL.
The student shall be removed from the regular program and attend their assigned
placement at the DAEP until the appeal process has been completed.
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Level V Misconduct: Misconduct that leads to mandatory expulsion.
Definition: Mandatory Expulsion is removal from all education services for the remainder of
the school year, unless the misconduct occurred in the last six weeks, in which case placement
shall continue until the end of the following semester. Mandatory Expulsion is defined as those
offenses that require expulsion by state law and those offenses designated by the Board of
Education as to require mandatory expulsion. If a student under ten engages in expellable
conduct, the student must be placed in a Discipline School.
501 Drug offenses when punishable as felonies [TEC 37.006 (a) 3 and 37.007(b) or 37.007(a)
(3)]
502 Sells, gives, delivers to another person or possession of alcohol that is a felony [TEC
37.006(a) 4 and 37.007 (b) or 37.007(a) (3)]
503 Student commits retaliation against a school employee [TEC 37.006(b) and 37.007 (d)]
504 Uses, possesses, or exhibits a firearm [TEC 37.007(a) (1) (A) and 37.007(e)]
505 Uses, possesses, or exhibits illegal knife [TEC 37.007 (a) (1) (B)]
506 Uses, possesses, or exhibits a club [TEC 37.007(a) (1) (C)]
507 Uses, possesses, or exhibits a prohibited weapon [TEC 37.007 (a) (1) (D)]
508 Arson [TEC 37.007 (a) (2) (B)]
509 Murder, capital murder, criminal attempt to murder, or capital murder [TEC 37.007 (a) (2)
(C)]
510 Indecency with a child [TEC 37.007(a) (2) (D)]
511 Aggravated kidnapping [TEC 37.007(a) (2) (E
512 Aggravated assault against an employee or volunteer [TEC 37.007 (d)]
513 Aggravated assault against of a non-employee [TEC 37.007(a) (2) (A)]
514 Sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault against an employee or volunteer [TEC
37.007(d)]
515 Sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault against a non-employee [TEC 37.007(a) (2)
(A)]
519 Emergency Placement [TEC 37.019]
520 Aggravated Robbery [TEC 37.007]
521 Manslaughter [TEC 37.007 (a)(2)(G)]
522 Criminally Negligent Homicide [TEC 37.007 (a)(2)(h)]
523 Engages in Deadly Conduct [TEC 37.007(a)(2)(f)
524 Continuous sexual abuse of young child or children under Penal Code 21.02, occurring on
school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off
school property – TEC 37.007 (a)(2)(l).
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Right of Appeal: Any student and/or parent may appeal the mandatory decision of the principal
or designee to expel a student. All appeals should be addressed through the Channelview
Independent School District Complaint/Grievance procedures that are contained in school district
policies, FNG LOCAL, and FNG LEGAL.
The student shall be removed from the regular program and attend their assigned
placement at the DAEP until the appeal process has been completed.
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Glossary
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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
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 ; §22.01(a)(2) as intentionally or knowingly
threatening another with imminent bodily injury; and §22.01(a)(3) as intentionally or knowingly
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causing physical contact with another that can reasonably be regarded as offensive or
provocative.
Bullying is 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 a school
district’s board of trustees or the board’s designee determines that the behavior:
1. 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
2. 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:
1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator who is engaging in bullying
and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct; and
2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
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.
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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.
E-cigarette means an electronic cigarette or any other device that simulates smoking by using a
mechanical heating element, battery, or electronic circuit to deliver nicotine or other substances
to the individual inhaling from the device. The term includes any device that is manufactured,
distributed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, or e-pipe or under another product name or
description and a component, part, or accessory for the device, regardless of whether the
component, part, or accessory is sold separately from the device.
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;
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 person, including a district
student, employee, board member, or volunteer; 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.
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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.
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
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 misbehavior means:
1. Deliberate violent behavior that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others;
2. Extortion, meaning the gaining of money or other property by force or threat;
3. Conduct that constitutes coercion, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code; or
4. Conduct that constitutes the offense of:
a. Public lewdness under Section 21.07, Penal Code;
b. Indecent exposure under Section 21.08; Penal Code;
c. Criminal mischief under Section 28.03, Penal Code;
d. Personal hazing under Section 37.152; or
e. Harassment under Section 42.07(a)(1), Penal Code, of a student or district employee.
Serious or persistent misbehavior includes but is not limited to:
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Behavior that is grounds for permissible expulsion or mandatory DAEP placement.
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Behavior identified by the district as grounds for discretionary DAEP placement.
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Actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or materially interfere with school
activities.
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Refusal to attempt or complete school work as assigned.
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Insubordination.
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Profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures.
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Leaving school grounds without permission.
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Falsification of records, passes, or other school-related documents.
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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.
Terroristic threat is a threat of violence to any person or property with intent to:
1. Cause a reaction of any type by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with
emergencies;
2. Place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
3. Prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building; room, place of assembly, or place
to which the public has access; place of employment or occupation; aircraft, automobile,
or other form of conveyance; or other public place;
4. Cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public
water, gas, or power supply or other public service;
5. Place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury; or
6. Influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the
state, or a political subdivision of the state (including the district).
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:
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Murder;
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Kidnapping;
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Trafficking of persons;
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Smuggling or continuous smuggling of persons;
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Assault;
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Aggravated assault;
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Sexual assault;
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Aggravated sexual assault;
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Unlawful restraint;
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Voyeurism;
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Indecency with a child;
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Invasive visual recording;
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Disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material;
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Injury to a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person of any age;
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Abandoning or endangering a child;
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Deadly conduct;
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Terroristic threat;
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Aiding a person to commit suicide; and
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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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