the Current Student Parent Handbook Here (2015

the Current Student Parent Handbook Here (2015

Texas School for the Deaf

Parent & Student Handbook

2015-2016

 

 

Texas School for the Deaf Student and Parent Handbook 2015-2016

Mission

The mission of the Texas School for the Deaf is to ensure that students excel in an environment where they learn, grow, and belong. We support deaf students, families, and professionals in Texas by providing resources through outreach services.

Vision

Texas School for the Deaf is the innovative leader providing exemplary and comprehensive ASL/English bilingual education empowering students to be engaged, lifelong learners. We are a welcoming, dynamic, and diverse community collaborating with the global community.

Beliefs

We believe that….

Education is a responsibility shared by the students, family, school, and community.

All students thrive and excel in a community that values diverse abilities, needs, and interests.

Treating people with dignity and respect is essential to a healthy and productive environment.

The development of the whole person socially, physically, intellectually, culturally, and emotionally is imperative to lifelong success.

Involving people in decisions that impact their lives promotes ownership, commitment, action, and a sense of value and pride.

A strong language foundation is essential to students’ success.

Deliberate and collaborative American Sign Language (ASL) and English language planning fosters language acquisition and learning.

Immersing students in Deaf Culture promotes a sense of belonging and acceptance, which in turn enhance positive identity and self-worth.

An interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration is essential to prepare students for life in the 21 st

century.

Students have the right to an education by motivated and engaged faculty and staff who apply current best practices.

Proficiency in 21 st

Century technology skills and tools is a requisite for success in a global community.

Students who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with additional disabilities, along with their families, communities, and stakeholders throughout Texas can benefit from resources and support provided by Texas School for the Deaf.

Governing Board

Walt Camenisch, President

Traditions

Motto: LEARN. GROW. BELONG

Eric Hogue, Vice President

Angie Wolf, Secretary

Jean Andrews

Beatrice Burke

Sha Cowan

Tyran Lee

Susan Ridley

Shawn Saladin

Colors: Blue and White

Mascot: Ranger

Song:

TSD, we love your name,

With honor and love that will always remain.

For honor and duty and learning you stand.

The best school in the land!

Wherever we may roam,

We will bring honor to our home.

Faithful to the white and blue,

TSD, we love you!

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Table of Contents

Preface  .............................................................................................................................................................................................................  9

 

Important Office numbers/Phone Directory  .........................................................................................................................  10

 

Section I  ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................  11

 

PARENTAL RIGHTS  .....................................................................................................................................................................................  11

 

Consent, Opt-Out, and Refusal Rights  ......................................................................................................................................  11

Consent  to  Conduct  a  Psychological  Evaluation  ...............................................................................................................................................  11

Consent  to  Display  a  Student’s  Original  Works  and  Personal  Information  ..........................................................................................  11

Consent  to  Receive  Parenting  and  Paternity  Awareness  Instruction  if  Student  is  Under  Age  14  ...............................................  11

Consent  to  Video  or  Audio  Record  a  Student  When  Not  Otherwise  Permitted  by  Law  ..................................................................  11

Limiting  Electronic  Communications  with  Students  by  School  Employees  .........................................................................................  11

Objecting  to  the  Release  of  Directory  Information  ..........................................................................................................................................  11

Directory  Information  for  School-­‐Sponsored  Purposes  ................................................................................................................................  12

Objecting  to  the  Release  of  Student  Information  to  Military  Recruiters  and  Institutions  of  Higher  Education  (Secondary  

Grade  Levels  Only)  .........................................................................................................................................................................................................  12

Participation  in  Third-­‐Party  Surveys  .....................................................................................................................................................................  12

Consent  Required  Before  Student  Participation  in  a  Federally  Funded  Survey,  Analysis,  or  Evaluation  ...............................  12

“Opting  Out”  of  Participation  in  Other  Types  of  Surveys  or  Screenings  and  the  Disclosure  of  Personal  Information  ......  12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Removing a Student From Instruction or Excusing a Student From a Required Component of

Instruction  ......................................................................................................................................................................................................  13

Removing  a  Student  from  Human  Sexuality  Instruction  ...............................................................................................................................  13

Reciting  a  Portion  of  the  Declaration  of  Independence  in  Grades  3-­‐12  .................................................................................................  14

Reciting  the  Pledges  to  the  U.S.  and  Texas  Flags  ..............................................................................................................................................  14

Religious  or  Moral  Beliefs  ...........................................................................................................................................................................................  14

Tutoring  or  Test  Preparation  ....................................................................................................................................................................................  14

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right of Access to Student Records, Curriculum Materials, and School Records  ......................................  14

Instructional  Materials  .................................................................................................................................................................................................  14

Notices  of  Certain  Student  Misconduct  to  Noncustodial  Parent  ................................................................................................................  15

Parent  ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................  15

Student  Records  ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................  15

Accessing  Student  Records  ........................................................................................................................................................................................  15

Authorized  Inspection  and  Use  of  Student  Records  ........................................................................................................................................  15

Teacher  and  Staff  Professional  Qualifications  ...................................................................................................................................................  16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students With Exceptionalities or Special Circumstances  ...........................................................................................  17

Children  of  Military  Families  .....................................................................................................................................................................................  17

Parental  Role  in  Certain  Classroom  and  School  Assignments  ....................................................................................................................  17

Multiple  Birth  Siblings  ..................................................................................................................................................................................................  17

Safety  Transfers/Assignments  .................................................................................................................................................................................  17

Service/Assistance  Animal  Use  by  Students  ......................................................................................................................................................  17

Students  in  the  Conservatorship  of  the  State  (Foster  Care)  ........................................................................................................................  17

Students  Who  Are  Homeless  .....................................................................................................................................................................................  17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section II  .........................................................................................................................................................................................................  18

 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS  ...........................................................................  18

 

Absences/Attendance  .......................................................................................................................................................................  18

Compulsory  Attendance  ..............................................................................................................................................................................................  18

Age  19  and  Older  ............................................................................................................................................................................................................  18

Between  Ages  6  and  19  ................................................................................................................................................................................................  18

Prekindergarten  and  Kindergarten  ........................................................................................................................................................................  18

Exemptions  to  Compulsory  Attendance  ...............................................................................................................................................................  18

All  Grade  Levels  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................  18

Secondary  Grade  Levels  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................  19

Failure  to  Comply  with  Compulsory  Attendance  .............................................................................................................................................  19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All  Grade  Levels  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................  19

Age  19  and  Older  ............................................................................................................................................................................................................  19

Between  Ages  6  and  19  ................................................................................................................................................................................................  19

Attendance  for  Credit  or  Final  Grade  (Kindergarten  Through  Grade  12)  .............................................................................................  20

Official  Attendance-­‐Taking  Time  (All  Grade  Levels)  .......................................................................................................................................  20

Parent’s  Note  After  an  Absence  (All  Grade  Levels)  .........................................................................................................................................  20

Doctor’s  Note  after  an  Absence  for  Illness  (all  Grade  Levels)  .....................................................................................................................  21

Participation  in  Activities  (Secondary  Grade  Levels  Only)  ..........................................................................................................................  21

Driver  License  Attendance  Verification  (Secondary  Grade  Levels  Only)  ..............................................................................................  21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards and Honors (All Grade Levels)  .....................................................................................................................................  21

 

Bullying (All Grade Levels)  .................................................................................................................................................................  21

 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs (Secondary Grade Levels Only)  ................................  22

 

Celebrations (All Grade Levels)  .....................................................................................................................................................  22

 

Child Sexual Abuse and Other Maltreatment of Children (All Grade Levels)  ...............................................  22

 

Class Rank/Highest Ranking Student (Secondary Grade Levels Only)  ..............................................................  23

Grade  Point  Average  (GPA)  ........................................................................................................................................................................................  23

Top  Ten  Percent/Honor  Graduates  ........................................................................................................................................................................  23

Valedictorian  and  Salutatorian  .................................................................................................................................................................................  23

Junior  Marshals  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................  23

 

 

 

 

 

Class Schedules (All Grade Levels)  .............................................................................................................................................  23

 

College and University Admissions (Secondary Grade Levels Only)  ...................................................................  24

 

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

Department  Behavior  Coordinators  .......................................................................................................................................................................  25

Positive  Behavior  Interventions  and  Support  (PBIS)  .....................................................................................................................................  25

Behavior  Intervention  Plans  (BIP)  ..........................................................................................................................................................................  25

Classroom  and  Residential  Expectations  .............................................................................................................................................................  25

Closed  Campus  Lunch  for  All  Students  .................................................................................................................................................................  25

Common  Areas  Expectations  .....................................................................................................................................................................................  25

Corporal  Punishment  Prohibited  ............................................................................................................................................................................  25

Disruptions  of  School  Operations  ............................................................................................................................................................................  25

Mandt  Behavior  Support  Philosophy  and  System  ............................................................................................................................................  26

Property  Destruction  ....................................................................................................................................................................................................  26

Public  Display  of  Affection  (PDA)  ............................................................................................................................................................................  26

Social  Events  .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................  26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counseling  ...................................................................................................................................................................................................  27

Academic  Counseling  ....................................................................................................................................................................................................  27

Personal  Counseling  (All  Grade  Levels)  ...............................................................................................................................................................  27

 

 

 

Course Credit (Secondary Grade Levels Only)  ..................................................................................................................  27

 

Credit by Exam- If a Student Has Taken the Course/Subject (All Grade Levels)  .........................................  27

 

Credit By Exam for Advancement/Acceleration- If a Student Has Not Taken the Course/Subject

 ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................  27

 

Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (All Grade Levels)  ....................................  28

Dating  Violence  ................................................................................................................................................................................................................  28

Discrimination.  ................................................................................................................................................................................................................  29

Harassment  .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................  29

Sexual  Harassment  ........................................................................................................................................................................................................  29

 

 

 

 

 

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Retaliation  .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................  29

Reporting  Procedures  ..................................................................................................................................................................................................  29

Investigation  of  Report  ................................................................................................................................................................................................  29

 

 

 

Distribution of Literature, Published Materials Or Other Documents (All Grade Levels)  .........................  30

School  Materials  ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................  30

Nonschool  Materials  .....................................................................................................................................................................................................  30

From  Students  ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................  30

From  Others  ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................  30

 

 

 

 

 

Dressing And Grooming (All Grade Levels)  ...........................................................................................................................  30

Grooming  ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................  30

Clothing  and  Accessories  ............................................................................................................................................................................................  31

Interpretative  Authority  ..............................................................................................................................................................................................  34

 

 

 

 

Electronic Devices and Technology Resources (All Grade Levels)  ......................................................................  34

Possession  and  Use  of  Personal  Telecommunications  Devices,  Including  Mobile  Telephones  ...................................................  34

Student  Use  of  Personal  Communication  Devices  including  Mobile  Telephones:  .............................................................................  34

Possession  and  Use  of  Other  Personal  Electronic  Devices  ...........................................................................................................................  35

Instructional  Use  of  Personal  Telecommunications  and  Other  Electronic  Devices  ..........................................................................  35

Acceptable  Use  of  School  Technology  Resources  .............................................................................................................................................  35

Unacceptable  and  Inappropriate  use  of  Technology  Resources  ................................................................................................................  35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Course (EOC) Assessments (Secondary Grade Levels Only)  ....................................................................  35

 

Extracurricular Activities, Clubs, and Organizations (All Grade Levels)  ..............................................................  35

Standards  of  Behavior  ..................................................................................................................................................................................................  36

Offices  and  Elections  .....................................................................................................................................................................................................  36

 

 

 

Fees (All Grade Levels)  ........................................................................................................................................................................  36

 

Free and Reduced Lunch  .................................................................................................................................................................  37

 

Fund-Raising (All Grade Levels)  .....................................................................................................................................................  37

 

Gang-Free Zones (All Grade Levels)  ..........................................................................................................................................  37

 

Grade Classification (Grades 9-12 Only)  ................................................................................................................................  37

Credits  Earned  .................................................................................................................................................................................................................  37

Classification  .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................  37

 

 

 

Grading Guidelines, Report Cards/Progress Reports Schedules (All Grade Levels)  ..................................  37

Grade  Level/Program,  Method  of  Reporting  and  Reporting  Schedule  ...................................................................................................  38

Grade  Level/Program  ...................................................................................................................................................................................................  38

Method  of  Reporting  .....................................................................................................................................................................................................  38

Reporting  Schedule  ........................................................................................................................................................................................................  38

Notification  of  Student  Failing  ..................................................................................................................................................................................  38

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade Level/Program  ..........................................................................................................................................................................  38

 

Graduation (Secondary Grade Levels Only)  .......................................................................................................................  39

Requirements  for  a  Diploma  for  a  Student  Enrolled  in  High  School  Prior  to  2014-­‐2015  School  Year  .....................................  39

Requirements  for  a  Diploma  Beginning  with  the  2014-­‐2015  School  Year  ...........................................................................................  39

Testing  Requirements  for  Graduation  ..................................................................................................................................................................  39

Minimum,  Recommended,  and  Advanced/Distinguished  Graduation  Programs  ..............................................................................  40

Foundation  Graduation  Program  ............................................................................................................................................................................  41

Personal  Graduation  Plans  for  Students  Under  the  Foundation  Graduation  Program  ....................................................................  42

Certificates  of  Coursework  Completion  ................................................................................................................................................................  42

Certificate  of  Attendance  and  options  for  TSD  students  as  students  in  Special  Education  ...........................................................  42

Graduation  Activities  ....................................................................................................................................................................................................  43

Graduation  Speakers  .....................................................................................................................................................................................................  43

Graduation  Expenses  ....................................................................................................................................................................................................  43

Scholarships  and  Grants  ..............................................................................................................................................................................................  43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harassment (All Grade Levels)  .......................................................................................................................................................  43

 

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Hazing (All Grade Levels)  ...................................................................................................................................................................  43

 

Health-Related Matters  .......................................................................................................................................................................  43

Student  Illness  (All  Grade  Levels)  ...........................................................................................................................................................................  43

Bacterial  Meningitis  (All  Grade  Levels)  ................................................................................................................................................................  44

Food  Allergies  (All  Grade  Levels)  ............................................................................................................................................................................  45

Physical  Activity  Requirements  ...............................................................................................................................................................................  45

Elementary  School  .........................................................................................................................................................................................................  45

Middle  School  ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................  45

School  Health  Advisory  Council  (All  Grade  Levels)  .........................................................................................................................................  45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Health-Related Matters  ........................................................................................................................................................  45

Physical  Fitness  Assessment  (Grades  3-­‐12)  .......................................................................................................................................................  45

Vending  Machines  (All  Grade  Levels)  ....................................................................................................................................................................  45

Tobacco  and  E-­‐Cigarettes  Prohibited  (All  Grade  Levels  and  All  Others  on  School  Property)  ......................................................  45

Asbestos  Management  Plan  (All  Grade  Levels)  .................................................................................................................................................  45

Pest  Management  Plan  (All  Grade  Levels)  ...........................................................................................................................................................  45

Health  Services  for  Residential  Students  (All  Grade  Levels)  .......................................................................................................................  46

Medical  Implants  and  Physical  Limitations  to  Participation  (All  Grade  Levels)  ................................................................................  46

Treatment  for  Family  Planning,  STDs  and  Chemical  Dependency  (All  Grade  Levels)  .....................................................................  46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Students (All Grade Levels)  .......................................................................................................................................  46

 

Homework (All Grade Levels)  .........................................................................................................................................................  46

 

Immunization (All Grade Levels)  ...................................................................................................................................................  46

 

Law Enforcement Agencies (All Grade Levels)  ..................................................................................................................  47

Questioning  of  Students  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................  47

Students  Taken  Into  Custody  ....................................................................................................................................................................................  47

Notification  of  Law  Violations  ...................................................................................................................................................................................  47

 

 

 

 

Leaving Campus (all Grade Levels)  ...........................................................................................................................................  47

 

Make-Up Work (All Grade Levels)  ................................................................................................................................................  48

Makeup  Work  Because  of  Absence  .........................................................................................................................................................................  48

DAEP  Makeup  Work  (Elementary,  Middle/High  School  Grade  Levels)  .................................................................................................  48

In-­‐school  Suspension  (ISS)  Makeup  Work  (All  Grade  Levels)  ....................................................................................................................  48

 

 

 

 

Medicine At School (All Grade Levels)  .....................................................................................................................................  48

Student  Requirements  for  Taking  Medication  ...................................................................................................................................................  48

Student  Medication  ........................................................................................................................................................................................................  49

Psychotropic  Drugs  .......................................................................................................................................................................................................  49

Physical  Examinations/Health  Screenings  ..........................................................................................................................................................  50

 

 

 

 

 

Nondiscrimination Statement (All Grade Levels)  ...............................................................................................................  50

 

Parental Involvement  ...........................................................................................................................................................................  50

Working  Together  ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................  50

Parent  School  Compact  ................................................................................................................................................................................................  50

Parental  Involvement  Policy  .....................................................................................................................................................................................  50

Parent  Advisory  Council  (PAC)  ................................................................................................................................................................................  50

 

 

 

 

 

Pledges of Allegiance and a Minute of Silence (All Grade Levels)  ......................................................................  51

 

Prayer (All Grade Levels)  ....................................................................................................................................................................  51

 

Promotion and Retention  ...................................................................................................................................................................  51

High  School  Grade  Levels  ............................................................................................................................................................................................  52

 

 

Release of Students From School (All Grade Levels)  ......................................................................................................  52

Scheduling  Out  of  School  Appointments  ..............................................................................................................................................................  52

Reporting  Your  Childs’s  Absence  .............................................................................................................................................................................  52

Student  Illness  During  the  School  Day  ..................................................................................................................................................................  52

 

 

 

 

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Safety (All Grade Levels)  ....................................................................................................................................................................  52

Drills:  Fire,  Tornado,  and  Other  Emergencies  ...................................................................................................................................................  52

Emergency  Medical  Treatment  and  Information  .............................................................................................................................................  53

Emergency  School-­‐Closing  .........................................................................................................................................................................................  53

 

 

 

 

School Facilities  .........................................................................................................................................................................................  53

Use  By  Students  Before  and  After  School  (All  Grade  Levels)  ......................................................................................................................  53

Conduct  Before  and  After  School  (All  Grade  Levels)  ......................................................................................................................................  53

Use  of  Hallways  During  Class  Time  (All  Grade  Levels)  ..................................................................................................................................  53

Cafeteria  Services  (All  Grade  Levels)  .....................................................................................................................................................................  53

Library  (All  Grade  Levels)  ..........................................................................................................................................................................................  54

Meetings  of  Non-­‐curriculum  –Related  Groups  (Secondary  Grade  Levels  Only)  .................................................................................  54

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Searches  ........................................................................................................................................................................................................  54

Students’  Desks  and  Lockers,  Dorm  Furniture  and  Dorm  Closets  (All  Grade  Levels)  ......................................................................  54

Electronic  Devices  (All  Grade  Levels)  ....................................................................................................................................................................  54

Vehicles  on  Campus  (Secondary  Grade  Levels  Only)  .....................................................................................................................................  54

Trained  Dogs  (All  Grade  Levels)  ..............................................................................................................................................................................  54

 

 

 

 

 

Standardized Testing  .............................................................................................................................................................................  54

Secondary  Grade  Levels  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................  54

SAT/ACT  (Scholastic  Aptitude  Test  and  American  College  Test)  .............................................................................................................  54

TSI  (Texas  Success  Initiative)  Assessment  ..........................................................................................................................................................  55

STAAR  (State  of  Texas  Assessments  of  Academic  Readiness)  ....................................................................................................................  55

Grades  3-­‐8  ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................  55

High  School  Courses-­‐  ....................................................................................................................................................................................................  55

End-­‐of-­‐Course  (EOC)  Assessments  .........................................................................................................................................................................  55

Other  TSD  Assessments  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................  55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steroids  (Secondary  Grade  Levels  Only)  ...........................................................................................................................................  55

 

Students in Foster Care (All Grade Levels)  .............................................................................................................................  56

 

Student Parking Privileges (Secondary & Post-Secondary Grades Only)  .........................................................  56

 

Student Speakers (All Grade Levels)  ..........................................................................................................................................  56

 

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention (All Grade Levels)  .......................................................................  56

 

Suicide Awareness (All Grade Levels)  .......................................................................................................................................  56

 

Summer Programs (All Grade Levels)  ........................................................................................................................................  56

Extended  School  Year  ...................................................................................................................................................................................................  56

Summer  Enrichment  Programs  ................................................................................................................................................................................  57

 

 

 

Tardies (All Grades Levels)  .................................................................................................................................................................  57

 

Textbooks, Electronic Textbooks, and Technological Equipment (All Grade Levels)  ...............................  57

 

Transportation (All Grade Levels)  .................................................................................................................................................  57

Day  Student  Transportation  To  and  From  TSD  .................................................................................................................................................  57

Day  Student  Bus  Arrival  and  Departure  Times  .................................................................................................................................................  57

Student  Transportation  for  School-­‐Sponsored  Trips  .....................................................................................................................................  57

Expectations  for  Students  Riding  Buses  ...............................................................................................................................................................  57

Residential  Student  Travel  To  and  From  TSD  ....................................................................................................................................................  58

American  Airline  Checked  Baggage  Policy  ..........................................................................................................................................................  59

Parent  Responsibility  for  Drop-­‐Off  and  Pick-­‐Up  of  Students  ......................................................................................................................  59

Trust  Fund  deposits  ......................................................................................................................................................................................................  59

Travel  Reimbursement  ................................................................................................................................................................................................  59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vandalism (All Grade Levels)  ..........................................................................................................................................................  59

 

Video Cameras (All Grade Levels)  ..............................................................................................................................................  60

 

Visitors To The School (All Grade Levels)  ..................................................................................................................................  60

 

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General  Visitors  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................  60

Procedures  for  Visitors  to  the  Classroom  ............................................................................................................................................................  60

Visitors  Participating  in  Special  Programs  for  Students  ...............................................................................................................................  60

 

 

 

Withdrawing from School (All Grade Levels)  ........................................................................................................................  60

 

Section III  ........................................................................................................................................................................................................  61

 

Student Life  ..................................................................................................................................................................................................  61

 

Environment  .................................................................................................................................................................................................  61

 

Communication  .......................................................................................................................................................................................  61

Mail  .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................  61

Parent  Calls  to  Students  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................  61

Student  Calls  to  Parents  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................  61

Student  Use  of  Office  Phones  .....................................................................................................................................................................................  61

Personal  Property  ..........................................................................................................................................................................................................  61

Laundry  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................  62

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Students  ...........................................................................................................................................................................................  62

 

Day Students  ...............................................................................................................................................................................................  62

Participation  in  Activities  during  After  School  Hours  ....................................................................................................................................  62

Elementary  Student  Permission,  Supervisor  and  Participation  ................................................................................................................  62

 

 

 

Residential and Student Development  ....................................................................................................................................  62

 

Residential Student Travel To and From TSD  ..........................................................................................................................  62

 

GLOSSARY  .....................................................................................................................................................................................................  63

 

 

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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 Texas School for the Deaf Student Handbook is designed to provide basic information that you and your child will need during the school year. The handbook is divided into three sections:

Section I- PARENTAL RIGHTS- 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- 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.

Section III- RESIDENTIAL SERVICES- describing residential operations.

Please be aware that the term “the student’s parent” 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.

At TSD, we have several instructional departments: Special Needs, Early Childhood Education (ECE), Elementary, Middle

School, High School, Career & Technical Education (CTE), the Adult Curriculum for Community Living, Employment and

Social Skills (ACCESS) Program and Physical Education/Aquatics. In this handbook, references to High School include

Career & Technical Education.

Both students and parents should become familiar with the Texas School for the Deaf Student Code of Conduct, which is a document that is adopted by the TSD Governing Board and intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere for learning. As determined by the each student’s Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee, some students may not follow the Student Code of Conduct.

The Student Code of Conduct may be found as an attachment to this handbook and is also available in each Principal and Residential Supervisor’s Office. The document may also be found on the School website.

The Student Parent Handbook is designed to be in harmony with board policy and the Student Code of Conduct.

Please be aware that the handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year. Changes in policy or other rules that affect Student Handbook provisions will be made available to students and parents through newsletters or other communications. The School reserves the right to modify provisions of the Student

Handbook at any time, whenever it is deemed necessary. Notice of any revision or modifications will be given as is reasonably practical under the circumstances.

Although the Student Handbook may refer to rights established through law or School 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 School.

IN case of conflict between board policy or the Student Code of Conduct and any provisions in the Student Parent

Handbook, the current provisions of Board policy or the Student Code of Conduct are to be followed.

After reading through the entire Student Parent Handbook with your child, keep it as a reference during this school year.

If you or your child has questions about any of the material in the Student Parent Handbook, please contact a teacher, the counselor, the Principal, or the Residential Supervisor.

Also, please complete and return to the Admissions/Records Department the following required forms:

1. Parent Acknowledgement of Receipt of Electronic or Parent Distribution of Student Parent Handbook and

Code of Conduct;

2. Student Directory Information; and

3. Release Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of Higher Learning forms.

4. Consent/Opt-Out Form

Please note that references to policy codes are include so that parents can refer to current board policy. The School’s official policy manual is available for review in the superintendent’s office.

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Important Office numbers/Phone Directory

Claire M. Bugen vacant

Julie Dodd

Mark Johnston

Mari Liles

Bobbie Beth Scoggins

Administration

Superintendent

Chief Financial Officer

Interim Director of Human Resources

Director of Student Life

Director of Technology

Director of Educational Resources

Center On Deafness (ERCOD)

Director of Academic Affairs

Director of Support Operations

512-462-5301

512-462-5351

512-462-5321

512-462-5601

512-462-5407

512-462-5330

John A. Serrano

Russell O. West

512-462-5781

Refer to the staff directory

Main Number

Important Phone/Fax Numbers

512-462-5353

Phone: 512-462-5412 / FAX: 512-462-5424 Admissions & Students Records

Adult Curriculum for Community Living, Education and

Social Skills (ACCESS)

Athletics

Phone: 512-462-5471 / FAX: 512-462-5532

Phone: 512-410-1073 / FAX: 512-462-5699

Phone: 512-462-5351 / FAX: 512-462-5359

Phone: 512-462-5471 / FAX: 512-462-5532

Phone: 512-462-5368 / FAX: 512-462-5359

Phone: 512-462-5231 / FAX: 512-462-5203

Business Office

Career and Technical Education

Cashier

Early Childhood Education/Elementary

High School

Human Resources Office

Middle School

Student Life Administration

Security

Special Needs

Student Health Services

Transportation (Day Students)

Weekend Homegoing Transportation (Residential Students)

Relay Texas Voice

Phone: 512-462-5461 / FAX: 512-462-5559

Phone: 512-462-5321

Phone: 512 462-5491 / FAX: 512-462-5634

Phone: 512-462-5601 / FAX: 512-462-5359

Phone: 512-462-5388

Phone: 512-462-5251 / FAX: 512-462-5203

Phone: 512-462-5686 / FAX: 512-462-5534

Phone: 512-462-5391

Phone: 512-462-5602

Phone: 800-735-2988 or 711

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Section I

PARENTAL RIGHTS

 

This section of the Texas School for the Deaf Student Parent Handbook includes information related to certain rights of parents as specified in state or federal law.

Consent, Opt-Out, and Refusal Rights

Consent to Conduct a Psychological Evaluation

A qualified TSD employee will not conduct a psychological evaluation, 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 School will seek parental consent before displaying your students’ artwork, special projects, photographs taken by students, original videos or voice recordings, and the like on the School’s website, a website affiliated or sponsored by the School, such as a classroom website, and in school publications, which may include in printed material, videos, or 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 School’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), may be incorporated into the

School’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 videotape or voice recording without parental permission for the following circumstances:

When it is to be used for school safety;

When it relates to classroom instruction or a co-curricular or extracurricular activity; or

When it relates to media coverage of the school.

TSD will seek parental consent through a written request before making any video or voice recording of your child not otherwise allowed by law.

Limiting Electronic Communications with Students by School Employees

Teachers and other approved employees are permitted by the School 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 school 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 school employee, please submit a written request to your child’s principal stating this preference.

Objecting to the Release of Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA permits TSD to disclose appropriately designed “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 school days of your child’s first day of instruction for this school year or by September 4, 2015.

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Directory Information for School-Sponsored Purposes

TSD often needs to use student information for the following school-sponsored purposes: student recognition activities, yearbook or student newspaper, printed programs for co-curricular and extra curricular activities, and news release to local media.

For these specific school-sponsored purposes, TSD would like to use your child’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, photograph, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, honors and awards received in school most recent previous school attended, e-mail address and student identification numbers or identifiers that cannot be used alone to gain access to electronic education records. This information will not be used for other purposes without the consent of the parent or eligible student, except as described above at Directory Information. Unless you object to the use of your child’s information for these limited purposes, the school will not need to ask you permission each time the

School wishes to use this information for the school-sponsored purposes listed above.

Objecting to the Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of Higher Education

(Secondary Grade Levels Only)

TSD 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 TSD not to release their child’s information without prior written consent. A form is available for you to complete if you do not want TSD 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 while or in part by the U.S. Department of Education- that concerns:

Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.

Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.

Sexual behavior or attitudes.

Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.

Critical appraisals of individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship.

Relationships privileged under law, such as relationships with lawyers, physicians, and ministers.

Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents.

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.

“Opting Out” of Participation in Other Types of Surveys or Screenings and the Disclosure of Personal

Information

As a parent, you also have a right to receive notice of any deny permission for your child’s participation in:

Any survey concerning the private information listed above, regardless of funding;

School activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information gathered from your child for the purpose of marketing or 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.

Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered and scheduled by the school in advance and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student.

Exceptions are hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law.

As a parent, you may inspect a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed to your child.

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Removing a Student From Instruction or Excusing a Student From a

Required Component of Instruction

Removing a Student from Human Sexuality Instruction

As a part of the school’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:

Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age;

Devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to any other behavior;

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;

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

If included in the content of the curriculum, teach contraception and condom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates.

In accordance with state law, below is a summary of the School’s curriculum regarding human sexuality instruction:

A description of the School’s curriculum for human sexuality instruction is described below:

Elementary

Puberty: The Wonder Years is a puberty education program designed for the upper elementary student, specifically in grades 3, 4, and 5. The curriculum consists of lessons organized into 3 clusters, called tiers. Students in each grade are instructed on one tier each year during the course of the three consecutive grades as follows:

Tier One-I Wonder How Things Work

Students will communicate with parents and other trusted adults about growing up.

Students will explain how animal and human life begins.

Students will describe the natural changes that occur during puberty.

Students will identify the role of families in nurturing children.

Students will advocate for respectful treatment of peers.

Tier Two- I Wonder What is Happening To Me

Students will communicate with parents and other trusted adults about puberty and postponing parenthood.

Students will review the natural changes that occur during puberty.

Students will explain the anatomy and functions of the male and female reproductive systems.

Students will recognize the importance of safeguarding the health of their reproductive system.

Students will develop their media literacy skills for analyzing sexual messages.

Tier Three: I Wonder What Happens Next

Students will communicate with parents and other trusted adults about puberty, relationships, and their expectations.

Students will describe the development of the human fetus from conception through birth.

Students will examine the influence of genetics, environment, and lifestyle on health.

Students will choose positive lifestyles to ensure their future reproductive health.

Students will review the physical, social, and emotional changes of puberty.

Students will argue the benefits of delaying sexual intercourse and parenthood until adulthood and marriage.

Students will improve communication and refusal skills to form respectful peer relationships.

Middle School and High School

Worth the Wait and Big Decisions Sex Education Curricula

Middle School and High School students are taught human sexuality through the Worth the Wait and Big Decision curricula. Combined, these two curricula provide a comprehensive approach (also known as abstinence-plus) to sexual education. The intent of the Worth the Wait and Big Decision is to be truly “Abstinence-Plus”: to be successful in helping

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Teens’ Emotional Needs and Positive Personal Character Traits

Puberty/Anatomy

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Contraception: Preventing Pregnancy

Why Do Some Teens Have Sex

Sexual Offenses

Body Language, Attire, and Emotional Needs

Risky Behaviors

Refusal Skills

Goal and Dream: My Decisions

As a parent, you are entitled to review the curriculum materials. In addition, you may remove your child from any part of this instruction with no academic, disciplinary, or other penalties. You may also choose to become more involved with the development of curriculum used for this purpose by becoming a member of the School’s SHAC. Please see the department 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 School 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.

Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags

As a parent you may request that your child be excused from participation in the daily recitation of the Pledge of

Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag. The request must be in writing. State law does not allow your child to be excused from participation in the required minute of silence or silent activity that follows.

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 School will always attempt to provide tutoring and strategies for test-taking in ways that prevent removal from other instruction as much as possible. In accordance with state law and policy EC, the School will not remove a student from a regular scheduled class for remedial tutoring or test preparation for more then 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 provide by the School

Right of Access to Student Records, Curriculum Materials, and School

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 non-secure tests that have been administered to your child.

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Notices of Certain Student Misconduct to Noncustodial Parent

Parent

A noncustodial parent may request in writing that he/she be provided, for the remainder of the school year, a copy of any written notice usually provide 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 the Student

Code of Conduct.]Student RecordsAccessing Student Records

You may review your child’s student records. These records include:

Attendance records,

Test scores,

Grades,

Disciplinary records,

Counseling records,

Psychological records,

Applications for admission,

Health and immunization information,

Other medical records,

Teacher and School Counselor evaluations,

Reports of behavioral patterns, and

State assessment instruments that have been administered to your child.

Authorized Inspection and Use of Student Records

A federal law, known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy At, or FERPA, affords parents and eligible students certain rights with respect to the student’s educational 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. Therese rights, as discussed in this section as well as at Objecting to the Release of Directory Information on page 11 are:

The right to inspect and review student records within 45 days after the day the school receives a request for access.

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.

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.

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, TSD 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, disciplinary records, medical, and evaluation information is considered confidential records.

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 or is emancipated by a court, control of the records goes to the student. The parents may continue to have access to the records, however, if the student is a dependent for tax purposes and/or 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:

When TSD 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,

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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.

To individuals granted access in response to a subpoena or court order.

To another school, school system or institution of post secondary education to which a student seeks or intends to enroll or in which he or she is already enrolled.

In connection with financial aid for which a student has applied or which the student has received.

To accrediting organizations to carry out accrediting functions.

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.

To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency.

When TSD discloses information it has designated as directory information.

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 Superintendent is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The Superintendent is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated.

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 inspect during regular school hours and the student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, the School will either provide a copy of the records requested or make other arrangements for the parent or student to review these records. The address of the Superintendent’s office is 1102 S.

Congress, Austin, Texas 78704

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 is the record is inaccurate. If the School 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’ grade in a course or on an examination is handled through the general complaint process defined by policy FNG. A grade issued by a classroom teacher can be changed only if, as determined by the TSD Governing Board, the grade is arbitrary, erroneous, or inconsistent with the School’s grading policy.

The School’s policy regarding student records is available from the Principal or Superintendent’s office.

The parent’s or eligible student’s right of access to and copies of student records to 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 the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; whether the teacher has an emergency permit or other provisional status for which state requirements have been waived; and undergraduate and graduate degree majors, graduate certifications, and the

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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:

Immunization requirements.

Grade level, course, or educational program placement.

Eligibility requirements for participation in extracurricular activities.

Graduation requirements.

In addition, absences related to a student visiting with his or her parent related to leave or deployment activities may be excused by the School. The School will permit no more than 5 excused absences for this purpose. (See p. 18)

Additional information may be founded 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 14

th

day after the enrollment of your children.Safety

Transfers/Assignments

As a parent, you have a right to request the transfer of your child to another classroom if your child has been determined by the Principal or designee to have been a victim of bullying as the term is defined by Education Code 25.0341.

You may also request the transfer of your child to another classroom if your child has been the victim of a sexual assault by another student, whether that assault occurred on or off campus, and that student has been convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for that assault.

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 Director of Academic Affairs at least ten district business days before bringing the service/assistance animal on campus.  

Students in the Conservatorship of the State (Foster Care)

A student who is currently in the conservatorship (custody) of the state and who is moved outside of the School or school’s attendance boundaries, or who is initially placed in the conservatorship of the state and who is moved outside the School’s boundaries, is entitled to continue in enrollment at the school he or she was attending prior to the placement or move until the student reaches the highest grade level at the particular school. In addition, if a student in grade 11 or 12 transfers to another district but does not meet the graduation requirements of the receiving 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.

Students Who Are Homeless

If a student in grade 11 or 12 is homeless and transfers to another school district but does not meet the graduation requirements of the receiving 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.

Federal law also allows a homeless student to remain enrolled in what is called the “school of origin” or to enroll in a new school in the attendance area where the student is currently residing.

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Section II

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

Topics in this section of the handbook contain important information on academics, school activities, and school operations and requirements. Take a moment with your child to become familiar with the various issues addressed in this section. It is conveniently organized in alphabetical order to serve as a quick reference when you or your child has a question about a specific school-related issue. Where possible, the topics are organized to alert you to the applicability of each topic based on a student’s age or grade level. Should you be unable to find the information on a particular topic, please contact your child’s principal.

Absences/Attendance

Regular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his or her education- to benefit from teacherled 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. To support regular school attendance, all medical and dental appointments should be scheduled during student holidays. 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 19 and Older

A person who voluntarily enrolls in school or voluntarily attends school after the person’s 19th birthday is required to attend each school day until the end of the school year. If a student age 19 or older has more than five unexcused absences in a semester, the School may revoke for the remainder of the school year the enrollment of a person who has more than five absences, which are not excused under the provisions of this policy in a semester if all special education procedures and safeguards are followed including but not limited to a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR). A person whose enrollment is revoked for exceeding this limit may be considered an unauthorized person on school grounds for the purpose of Education Code 37.107 regarding trespassing.

Between Ages 6 and 19

State law requires that a student between the ages of 6 and 19 attend school, as well as any applicable accelerated instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial session, unless the student is otherwise legally exempt or excused.

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.

Based on ARD committee decision, a student will be required to attend an assigned accelerated instruction program, which may occur outside of normal school hours, 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 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 makes up all the work. These include the following activities and events:

Religious holy days;

Required court appearances;

Activities related to obtaining United State citizenship;

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Documented health-care appointments for the student or a child of the student, including absences for recognized services for student diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, if the student comes to school or returns to school on the same day as the appointment. A note from the health-care provider must be submitted upon the student’s return to campus; and

For students in the conservatorship (custody) of the state, o

An activity required under a court-ordered service plan; or o

Any 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 exception, provided this has been authorized by the TSD Governing Board under policy FEA, the student receives approval from the 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 a student serving as an early voting clerk, provided the board has authorized this in policy FEA, the student notifies his or hear teachers, and the student receives approval from the principal prior to the absences, and

A student serving as an election clerk, if the student makes up any work missed.

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) assigned by the ARD committee; or from required tutorials will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action.

Age 19 and Older

After a student age 19 or older incurs a third unexcused absence, the School will send the student a letter as required by law explaining that the School may revoke the student’s enrollment for the remainder of the school year if the student has more than five unexcused absences in a semester. As an alternative to revoking a student’s enrollment, the School may set up an ARD meeting and implement a behavior improvement plan if needed.

Between Ages 6 and 19

When a student between ages 6 and 19 incurs unexcused absences for three or more days or parts of days within a fourweek period, the school will send a notice to the student’s parent, as required by law, to remind the parent that it is the parent’s duty to monitor his or her child’s attendance and to require the student to come to school. The notice will also inform the parent that the School will initiate truancy prevention measures and request a conference between school administrators and the parents or an ARD meeting. These measures will include a behavior improvement plan, schoolbased community service, or referrals to either in-school or out-of-school counseling or other social services. Any other measures considered appropriate by the School will also be initiated.

If you have questions about your student and the effect of his or her absences from school, please contact your child’s principal or any other administrator.

A court of law may also impose penalties against a student’s parent if a school-aged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaint against the parent may be filed in court if the student is absent without excuse from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year.

If a student ages 12 through 18 incurs unexcused absences on ten or more days or parts of days within a six month period in the same school year, TSD, in most circumstances, will refer the student to truancy court.

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Attendance for Credit or Final Grade (Kindergarten Through Grade 12)

For the purposes of compulsory attendance and attendance for credit, if a student has excessive absences, the ARD committee will be convened to determine if the absences are related to the student’s disability(ies). If there is no relationship, the procedures related to attendance for credit below will be followed. If there is a relationship, the ARD committee will determine if there are additional behavior strategies or supports needed to assist the student with attendance to class.

To receive credit or a final grade in kindergarten- grade 12 in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may receive credit or 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 final grade for the class.

For high school, if a student is more than 15 minutes late to class unexcused, the student will be counted absent for that class period.

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 final grade.

All absences, whether excused or unexcused, must be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days. In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance committee will use the following guidelines:

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.

A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after he or she has enrolled in TSD.

In reaching a decision about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that is in the best interest of the student.

The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for the student’s absences.

The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or the student’s parent could exercise any control.

The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and kills, and maintained passing grades in the course or subject.

The student or parent will be given an opportunity to present any information to the committee about the absences and to talk about ways to earn or regain credit or a final grade.

The student or parent may appeal the committee’s decision to the School’s Governing Board by following policy FNG.

The actual number of days a student must be in attendance in order to receive credit or 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 School must submit attendance of its students to the TEA reflecting attendance at a specific time each day.

Official attendance is taken every day during the second instructional hour or fifth instructional hour.

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.

Parent’s Note After an Absence (All Grade Levels)

When a student is absent from school, the parent must provide notice to the attendance office through email, phone call or written, signed communication prior to the absence or after the absence. For a student who is 18 or older, the

Principal will review the reason for the absence with the student to determine if the absence is excused.

The School will document in its attendance records for the student whether the absence is considered by the School to be excused or unexcused. Please note that, unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the School is not require 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 six consecutive days because of a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school.

Should the student develop a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance committee may require a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s absence from school.

If a student is absent for a serious illness or injury requiring medical treatment, a physician clearance and, if appropriate, activity restrictions, is required for the student to return to school. All medial information must be given to the Student

Health Center nursing staff.

Participation in Activities (Secondary Grade Levels Only)

Students may not be allowed to participate in any school activities (including after school activities) on days they are absent from school for any length of time, except with the special permission of the principals/supervisors. Students who are absent without school approval/permission will not be allowed to participate in those activities even if parents have given students permission to be absent from school. This applies to any student who skips/misses any part of the day before or after weekends or holidays without permission from the school. This would mean the student would not be permitted to participate in any school/after school activities on those days.

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 students will need to submit to DPS upon application for a driver license.

Awards and Honors (All Grade Levels)

All instructional departments have programs to recognize student achievements. For more information, contact your child’s principal. Graduating students have a variety of scholarships available to them for which they may apply.

Students may contact the Career Counselor to learn more about these scholarships.

Bullying (All Grade Levels)

Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression or physical conduct against another student and the behavior:

Results in harm to the student or the student’s property,

Places a student in fear of physical harm or damage to the student’s property, or

Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment.

Bullying is prohibited by the school and could include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, assault, demands for money, confinement, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name-calling, rumor-spreading, and ostracism. In some cases, bullying can occur through electronic methods, called “cyberbullying.”

If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying of another student, it is important for the student or parent or notify a teacher, school counselor, principal, or another school employee as soon as possible. The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying and will take appropriate disciplinary action if an investigation indicates that bullying has occurred. Disciplinary or other action may be taken even if conduct did not rise to the level of bullying. For more information regarding TSD’s reporting procedures on bullying, please go to the TSD website (parents & student sections).

Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.

In keeping with the philosophy of Positive Behavior Support and the Student Code of Conduct, the school has adopted the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. This program supports teaching of expected behaviors, modeling expected behaviors, reinforcing positive behaviors, and intervening when bullying occurs. There are four anti-bullying rules taught, reviewed and managed by all staff and students at the school. The rules are:

We will not bully others.

We will try to help students who are bullied.

We will try to include students who are left out.

If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs (Secondary Grade

Levels Only)

The School offers a Career and Technical Education Program. Admission to these programs is based on ARD committee decision and the student postsecondary transition goals. These programs will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or disability. A list of courses is available in the High school/Career & Technical Education Catalog.

The School 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.

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 bring food products.

Also see Food Allergies on page 45.

Child Sexual Abuse and Other Maltreatment of Children (All Grade

Levels)

The School has established a plan for addressing child sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children, which may be accessed in Policy FFG and TSD’s Administrative Procedure titled Reporting Suspected Student Abuse, Neglect,

Exploitation and Improper Care. 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.

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, your child’s assigned counselor, principal, or school social worker 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 manages early intervention counseling programs.

To find out what services may be available in your county, see http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/Programs_Available_In_Your_County/ default.asp.

The following websites might help you become more aware of child sexual abuse:

■ http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/child abuse.html

_http://www.taasa.org/resources-2/

_http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse1.shtml

_http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse2.shtml

Reports of abuse or neglect may be made to:

The Child Protective Services (CPS) division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (1 800-252-5400 or on the Web at http://www.txabusehotline.org

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Class Rank/Highest Ranking Student (Secondary Grade Levels Only)

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A 4.0 grade point system has been established in order to determine class rank. This system is necessary because all courses whether Advanced or Dual Credit, honors, regular, or basic use the same grades: 90-100 (excellent), 80-89

(above average), 75-79 (average), 70-74 (minimal passing), and below 70 (failing or no credit).

For more information regarding High School class ranking and grading system, please refer to the High School/CTE

Catalog.

Top Ten Percent/Honor Graduates

The top ten percent represents those students in the graduating class with the highest weighted grade-point average

(GPA) that have satisfied the requirements, including satisfactory performances on the state assessment tests, and completed the required coursework for the State Board of Education (SBOE) Approved Distinguished or Recommended

Graduation plans.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The Valedictorian will be the student who meets all requirements for the distinguished or recommended high school graduation plan as approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE) and holds the highest weighted grade point average in the academic programs in the graduating class. He or she must be in attendance at TSD in the last four semesters prior to graduation. He or she must have taken a minimum of 6 courses in both 9 th

and 10 th

grades, and must have taken a minimum of 5 courses in both 11 th

and 12 th

grades.

The Salutatorian will be the student who meets all requirements for the distinguished or recommended high school graduation plan as approved by the SBOE, and holds the second highest weighted grade point average in the academic programs in the graduating class. He or she must be in attendance at TSD at last the last four semesters prior to graduation. He or she must have taken a minimum of 6 courses in 9 th

and 10 th

grades, and must have taken a minimum of 5 courses in 11 th

and 12 th

grades.

In case of a tie, the student who has been continuously enrolled in TSD longer will be the valedictorian or the salutatorian.

Junior Marshals

The Junior Marshals will be the two students in the junior class who are on either recommended or distinguished high school programs as approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE) and have the highest weighted grade point average (GPA) in the academic programs in the junior class. He or she must be in attendance at TSD at lest the last two semesters prior to the end of the Junior year. He or she must have taken a minimum of courses in 9 th

and 10 th

grades, and must have taken a minimum of 5 courses in 11 th

grade.

In case of a tie, the student who has been continuously enrolled in TSD longer will be the junior marshal. In the event that a student declines this recognition, we will move to the next eligible student based on the above eligibility criteria.

Students entering grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year will be under a different graduation program than previous school years. Therefore, class ranking procedures may be adjusted by the School based on the new graduation plan.

As these decisions are made, the School will make the information available to the students affected by these changes.

Class Schedules (All Grade Levels)

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 high school 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.

Parent/Infant Program. Children in the Parent/Infant Program based on the Individual Family Service Plan may attend school from 8:00 to 11:30 Monday through Friday.

Preschool through Elementary. On Monday through Thursday, students attend school from 8:00 to 3:15; on Friday, students attend school from 8:00 until 2:00.

Middle School through High School. On Monday through Thursday, students attend school from 7:55 to 3:15; on Friday, students attend school from 7:55 until 2:00.

Lunch Schedules:

Monday through Thursday

Preschool through prekindergarten: 11:00 – 11:30

Kindergarten through fifth grade: 11:00 – 11:30

Middle School: 12:05 – 12:45

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High School: 12:55 – 1:35

Friday

Preschool through Elementary- same as Monday through Thursday

Middle School: 12:00 – 12:35

High School: 12:35 – 1:05

College and University Admissions (Secondary Grade Levels Only)

For two school years following his or her graduation, a 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:

Completes the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program*; or

Satisfies the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks or earns at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the SAT.

*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 term, the University will be admitting the top eight percent of the high school’s graduating class who meet the above requirements. The University through an independent review process will consider additional applicants.

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 career counselor for further information about automatic admissions, the application process, and deadlines.

(See also Class Rank/Highest Ranking Student for information regarding Valedictorian and Salutatorian)

College Credit Courses (Secondary Grade Levels Only)

Students in grades 9-12 have opportunities to earn college credit through the following methods:

Certain courses taught at the high school, which may include courses termed dual credit, Advanced

Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or college preparatory;

Distance Learning,

Enrollment in courses taught in conjunction and in partnership with Austin Community College (ACC), which may be offered on or off campus;

Enrollment in courses taught at other college or universities; and

Certain CTE courses.

All of these methods have eligibility requirements and must be approved prior to enrollment in the course. Please see the career 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 a 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, TSD has adopted Board

Policy FNG to address complaints. A copy of this policy may be obtained in the Principal or Superintendent’s office.

Should a parent or student feel a need to file a formal complaint, the parent or student should file a TSD complaint form within the timelines established in policy FNG. In general, the student or parent should submit the written complaint form to the Principal. If the concern is not resolved, a request for a conference should be sent to the Superintendent or

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Governing Board.

Conduct (All Grade Levels)

Applicability of School Rules

As required by law, the TSD Governing 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 school vehicles- and consequences for violation of these standards. TSD has disciplinary authority over a student in accordance with the

Student Code of Conduct. It is important to remember that, in addition to the Student Code of Conduct, the discipline of students with disabilities, including all students at TSD, is subject to the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities

Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To the extent of any conflict between any provision in the Code of Conduct and the previsions of the IDEA and/or Section 504, the provisions of IDEA and Section

504 will prevail. Students and parents should be familiar with the standards set out in the Student Code of Conduct, included in this book, as well as campus, classroom and residential rules.

Department Behavior Coordinators

By law, each department has a designated behavior coordinator/administrator to apply discipline management techniques and administer consequences for certain student misconduct, as well as provide a point of contact for student misconduct. The department behavior coordinators/administrators for each department are listed below:

ECE/Elementary: Assistant Principal Krista Brown

Special Needs: Behavior Coordinator Monica Kurtz

Middle School: Assistant Supervisor Sandy Kimball

High School/CTE: Behavior Specialist Bridgette Armstrong; High School Principal Karl Hummel

ACCESS: Susan Greene, ACCESS Supervisor

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)

The philosophy of the School’s management of student behaviors is to emphasize positive behavioral strategies when working with all students.

Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)

A student’s ARD committee may design and adopt an individual behavior program for the student addressing a variety of target behaviors. The behavior program may include the use of physical intervention to respond to targeted behaviors.

Classroom and Residential Expectations

Every effort will be made to communicate clear expectations and to structure facilities and programs to create a positive, safe, and supportive environment. Two very important principles guide our efforts with students: 1) give positive feedback to each student; and 2) every misbehavior provides an opportunity for positive instruction.

Closed Campus Lunch for All Students

All students must remain on campus in the cafeteria during the assigned lunch period. Principals may develop special off-campus lunch opportunities as part of a school incentive program.

Common Areas Expectations

Based on three sources of data- observations, behavior referrals, and staff/student/parent surveys- we continuously evaluate and restructure our common areas, adjust staff responsibilities and teach behavior expectations to students.

Some of the common areas addressed are the cafeteria, hallways, bathrooms, and bus zones. There is an ongoing process of teaching, monitoring, and making changes to support positive student behavior and student safety. To support students, seven key staff behaviors are encouraged at all times: scan, circulate, be proactive, positive, visible, instructional, and professional.

Corporal Punishment Prohibited

Corporal punishment will not be used as a discipline management technique in accordance with the Student Code of

Conduct.

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 in an exit, entrance or hallway of a school building without authorization from an administrator.

Interference with an authorized activity by seizing control of all or part of a building.

Use of force, violence or threats in an attempt to prevent participation in an authorized assembly.

Use of force, violence or threats to cause disruption during an assembly.

Interference with the movement of people at an exit or an entrance to school property.

Use of force, violence or threats in an attempt to prevent people from entering or leaving school property without authorization from an administrator.

Disruption of classes while on school property or on public property that is within 500 feet of school 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; entering a classroom without authorization and disrupting the activity with loud or profane language or any misconduct.

Interference with the transportation of students in vehicles owned or operated by the school.

Mandt Behavior Support Philosophy and System

Mandt is a behavior management philosophy and system that addresses dignity and respect for all. Mandt follows the

Positive Behavior Support approach of being positive, teach expected behaviors, and use the least restrictive intervention needed to address the misbehavior. If a student is an imminent danger to self or others, a physical intervention using Mandt technique may be utilized. All staff who use the Mandt technique of physical intervention have been trained and certified in the use of the technique.

Use of Restraint:

TSD staff members may use restraint (physical force or a mechanical device to restrict a student) only in an emergency and with the following limitations:

Restraint shall be limited to the use of such reasonable force as is necessary to address the emergency.

Restraint shall be discontinued at the point which the emergency no longer exists.

Restraint shall be implemented in such a way as to protect the health and safety of the student and others.

Restraint shall not deprive the student of basic human necessities.

On any day that a student is restrained, a TSD administrator or behavior staff will make a good faith effort to notify the student’s parent that restraint was used. Following the restart, a written report of the restraint will be mailed to the parent.

Use of Time-Out:

TSD staff members may use time-out (a technique where the student is provided with an opportunity to regain selfcontrol by being separated from other students for a limited period) in a setting that is no locked and from which the exit is not physically blocked by furniture, a closed door held shut from the outside, or another inanimate object. The following limitations apply to the use of time-out:

Physical force or threat of physical force shall not be used to place a student in time-out.

Time-out may only be used in conjunction with an array of positive behavior intervention strategies and techniques and must be included in the student’s Individualized Education Program (EP) and/or if it is utilized on a recurrent basis or increase or decrease a targeted behavior.

Use of time-out shall not be implemented in a fashion that precludes the ability to be involved in and progress in the general curriculum and advance appropriately toward attaining the annual goals specified in the student’s IEP.

Use of time-out shall be addressed in the student’s BIP.

Property Destruction

A student who destroys school property or the property of others will receive consequences based on the Student Code of Conduct or individual behavior program and shall be required to pay for or replace the property. Community Service will be considered when addressing response to property destruction.

Public Display of Affection (PDA)

All students are expected to display polite and respectful behaviors at TSD during school, residential, extracurricular activity time and off campus school-sponsored activities. Public display of affection is limited to holding hands as well as brief kisses and hugs. Prolonged hugs and kisses are not permitted at any time.

Social Events

School rules apply to 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. For the TSD prom,

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Counseling

Academic Counseling

Elementary and Middle 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.

In either grade 7 or 8 each student will receive instruction related to how the student can best prepare for high school, college, and a career.

High School Grade Levels

High School students and their parents are encouraged to talk with a career 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 career 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 career counselor can also provide information about workface opportunities after graduation or technical and trade school opportunities, including opportunities to earn industry-recognized certificates and licenses.

Personal Counseling (All Grade Levels)

Every student is assigned a counselor who is available to support the student with social and emotional concerns. The counselor may provide the student and/or family with information about community resources. Counselors may engage students in a variety of classroom and dormitory counseling topics related to positive self-esteem, personal safety, and social skills. A student who wishes to meet with the assigned counselor should request an appointment with the counselor. Some students receive counseling as a related service as determined by a counseling evaluation completed with parent or adult student consent and as agreed upon by the ARD Committee.

Course Credit (Secondary Grade Levels Only)

A student in grades 9-12, or in a lower grade when a student is enrolled in a high school credit-bearing course, will earn credit for a course only if the final grade is 70 or above. For a two-semester (1 credit) course, the student’s grades from both semesters will be averaged and credit will be awarded if the combined average is 70 or above. Should the student’s combined average be less than 70, the student will be required to retake the course.

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 ARD committee, be permitted to earn credit by passing an exam approved by the school’s Governing Board on the essential knowledge and skills defined for that course or subject. Prior instruction may include, for example, incomplete coursework due to a failed course or excessive absences, homeschooling, or coursework by a student transferring from a non-accredited school. The opportunity to take an examination to earn credit for a course or to be awarded a final grade in a subject after the student has had prior instruction is sometimes referred to as “credit recovery.”

The principal or ARD committee 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 ARD committee may also offer a student with excessive absences an opportunity to earn credit for a course by passing an exam.

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 of 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

School are approved by the school board, and state law requires the use of certain exams, such as College Board

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Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, when applicable. The testing window dates on which exams are scheduled during the 2015-2016 school year are:

August 10 – September 11, 2015*

October 12 – November 13, 2015*

January 11 – February 12, 2016*

May 9 – June 10, 2016*

*Date subject to change; please contact the department principal for more information.

The only exceptions to the published dates will be for any exams administered by another entity besides the School. In this case, a student and the School must comply with the testing schedule of the other entity. During each testing window provided by TSD, 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 department principal no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date. [For further information, see policy EDHC.]

Kindergarten Acceleration

A student in kindergarten will be eligible to accelerate if the student meeting the following requirements:

The student scores 80 percent or above on a criterion-referenced test for the grade level to be skipped in each of the areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies;

A school representative recommends that the student be accelerated; and

The student’s parent or guardian givens written approval of the acceleration.

Students in Grades 1-5

A student in elementary will be eligible to accelerate to the next grade level if the student scores at least 80 on the each exam in the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, the ARD committee 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

50 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.

Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (All

Grade Levels)

The School 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 school employees with courtesy and respect; to avoid behaviors known to be offensive, and to stop these behaviors when asked or told to stop. School 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.

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 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, namecalling, put-downs, threats to hurt the student or the student’s family members or members of the student’s household, destroying property belonging to the student, threats to commit suicide or homicide if the student ends the relationship, attempts to isolate the student from friends and family, stalking, or encouraging others to engage in these behaviors.

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Discrimination.

Discrimination is defined as any conduct directed at a student on the basis or race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law that negatively affects the student.

Harassment

Harassment, in general terms, is conduct so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; or substantially interferes with the student’s academic performance. A copy of the school’s policy is available in the Principal's office and in the Superintendent’s office. Examples of harassment may include, but are no limited to, offensive or derogatory language directed at a person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent, cultural practices, language, skin color, gender identity, gender expression or need for accommodation; threatening or intimidating conduct; offensive jokes, name-calling, slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault; graffiti or printed material promoting racial, ethnic, or other negative stereotypes; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment of a student by an employee, volunteer, or another student is prohibited.

Sexual harassment of a student by an employee or volunteer does not include necessary or permissible physical contract not reasonably construed as sexual in nature. However, romantic and other inappropriate social relationships, as well as all sexual relationships, between students and district employees are prohibited, even if consensual. Examples of prohibited 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.

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 School investigation, however, may be subject to appropriate discipline.

Retaliation against a student might occur when a student receives threats from another student from an employee or when an employee imposes an unjustified punishment or unwarranted grade reduction. Retaliation does not include petty slights and annoyances from other students or negative comments from a teacher that are justified by a student’s poor academic in the classroom.

Reporting Procedures

Any student who believes that he or she has experienced dating violence, discrimination, harassment, or retaliation should immediately report the problem to a teacher, school counselor, principal, or other School employee. The student’s parent may make the report. See policy FHH for the appropriate School officials to whom to make a report.

Upon receiving a report of prohibited conduct as defined by policy FFH, TSD will determine whether the allegations, if proven, would constitute prohibited conduct as defined by that policy. If not, TSD 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 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.

TSD 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, TSD 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 School that it is investigating the matter and requests that the School delay its investigation, the School will resume the investigation at the conclusion of the agency’s investigation.

During the course of an investigation and when appropriate, the school will take interim action to address the alleged prohibited conduct.

If the School’s investigation indicates that prohibited conduct occurred, appropriate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken to address the conduct. The School may take disciplinary action even if the conduct that is the subject of the compliant was not unlawful.

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All involved parties will be notified of the outcome of the School 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.

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 Division Director or principal. Such items may include but are not limited to school posters, brochures, flyers, school newspaper and yearbook. All school publications are under the supervision of the teacher, sponsor, Division Director and principal (see

Directory Information for School Sponsored purposes.)

Nonschool Materials

From Students

Students must obtain prior approval from the Division Director or principal before selling, posting, circulating, or distributing more than ten copies of written or printed materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, films, tapes, or other visual or auditory materials that were not developed under the oversight of the school. To be considered, any nonschool material must include the name of the sponsoring person or organization. The decision regarding approval will be made within two school days.

The principal’s office has been designated as the location for approved non-school materials to be placed for voluntary viewing by other students.

A student may appeal to a Division Director or principal’s decision in accordance with policy FNG. 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 Division Director’s or 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 school or by a school-affiliated school-supported organization will not be sold, circulated, distributed, or posted on any school premises by any School employee or by persons or groups not associated with the School, except as permitted by policy. To be considered for distribution, any non-school material must meet the limitation on content established in the policy, including the name of the sponsoring person or organization, and must be submitted to the Division Director or principal for prior review. The Division Director or 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 school complaint policy.

Prior review will not be required for:

Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a school-sponsored meeting intended for adults and held after school hours.

Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a community group meeting held after school hours in accordance with policy or a non-curriculum-related student group meeting held in accordance with policy.

All non-school materials distributed under these circumstances must be removed from school property immediately following the even at which the materials are distributed.

Dressing And Grooming (All Grade Levels)

TSD’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, instill discipline, prevent disruption, avoid safety hazards and teach respect for authority. Our goal at TSD is to provide a safe and positive educational environment for our students. Students must comply with the standards established below. Any student who does not comply with the standards will be required by the Principal, Director of Academic Affairs, Director of Student Life, or other administrator or their designees to correct their clothing or appearance to comply with established standards.

*The final determination of whether clothing or grooming meets the standards below with respect to any school or nonschool activity is made by the administrators or their designees.

The TSD Dress Code has two parts as follows: 1) Grooming and 2) Clothing and Accessories.

Grooming

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Area

Tattoos

Facial/Body

Piercings

Tongue

Piercing

Hair

Item of Clothing or

Grooming Style

Permitted

During

Instructional

Day?

Permitted

During

Activities

Sponsored by

TSD During

After-School

Hours?

Visible tattoos displaying language, slogans, images, gang related or advertisements inappropriate for a school setting.

No No

Body Piercings

Jewelry worn in facial piercings including but not limited to eyebrows, lips, nose, and mouth excluding ear piercings

(unlimited)

Gauging

Invisible (clear) jewelry worn in tongue

No

Up to 2

No

1

No

Up to 2

No

1

Hair dyes of any color are allowed

Yes Yes

Permitted During

Non-School Time and Non-

Structured or Non-

School-Sponsored

Activities?

Permitted

Inside

Residence?

No

No

Up to 2

No

1

Yes

No

No

Up to 2

No

1

Yes

Permitted

During

Special

Events?

No

No

Up to 2

No

1

Yes

Extreme hairstyles

(Mohawks, spikes, etc.)

No No No No

Facial Hair

Unclean and poorly groomed facial hair

No

No

(Facial hair may be totally prohibited for student participants in certain extracurricular activities.)

No No

Area

Clothing and Accessories

Item of Clothing or

Grooming Style

Permitted During

Instructional

Day?

Permitted During

Activities

Sponsored by

TSD During After-

Permitted During

Non-School Time and Non-

Structured or

Permitted

Inside

Residence?

No

No

Permitted During

Special Events?

 

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School Hours?

No

No

Non-School-

Sponsored

Activities

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

Coats and

Jackets

Pants, Skirts and Shorts

Shirts, Tops and Blouses

Swimsuits

Torn clothing

Pajamas, sleepwear

Dusters

No

No

No

Low riding, sagging, pants/shorts

Leggings with a top of at least midthigh length

Leggings with short top

Any type of pants, skirts or shorts that are unreasonably tight, loose, sagging or revealing

(including revealing underwear)

Bicycle shorts, wind shorts, spandex shorts, and jogging

Shorts (at least midthigh)

Short shorts

Half blouses

See-through tops

Tops that reveal

Midriff, Crop/Halter tops

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Spaghetti straps No

Exposed underwear

Any type of clothing that is unreasonably tight, loose, oversized, or revealing

(including revealing underwear)

Female – one piece or tankini suits

Female – bikini

No

No

Yes for pool/water activities

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

Only if appropriate for particular activity

Only if appropriate for particular activity

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes for pool/water activities

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes for pool/water activities

No

No

No

No

Yes, if not revealing

Yes, if not revealing

No

No

No

No

No

No

Only if appropriate for particular activity

No

No

Only if appropriate for particular activity

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes for pool/water activities

Yes

 

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Clothing

That

Represents

Inappropriat e Subject

Matter

Footwear

Any clothing that displays gang symbols, drugs or drug-related messages, alcohol or alcohol-related messages, tobacco or tobacco-related messages, any type of inappropriate language and/or pictures including those related to violence or topics of a sexual nature

Bandannas/sweat bands

Doo rags/wave caps

Any clothing or paraphernalia that represents gangs or gang activity

Baseball caps with gang symbols such as students’ initials

Colored shoe laces

(for students older than 10)

Flip-flops (rubber or plastic beachwear)

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes, unless prohibited by class rules

Slippers No

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Males - Speedos

Yes for pool/water activities

No

Item of Clothing or

Grooming Style

Permitted During

Instructional

Day?

Yes for pool/water activities

No

Permitted During

Activities

Sponsored by

TSD During After-

School Hours?

Yes for pool/water activities

No

Permitted During

Non-School Time and Non-

Structured or

Non-School-

Sponsored

Activities

No

No

Permitted

Inside

Residence?

Yes for pool/water activities

Yes

Permitted During

Special Events?

Caps (in the school buildings, cafeteria)

Sunglasses worn inside buildings, cafeteria

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Only if appropriate for particular activity

Only if appropriate for particular activity

Only if appropriate for particular activity

Only if appropriate for particular activity

 

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Clothing or accessory that is spiked or studded

No No No No No

Chains which have the potential to be used as a weapon

No No No No No

Cosmetic dental metal apparatus worn in mouth

(grills or grillz)

No No No No No

Interpretative Authority

If the principal, assistant principal or the residential supervisor determines that a school’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.

Electronic Devices and Technology Resources (All Grade Levels)

Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Mobile Telephones

For safety purposes, the school permits student to possess personal telecommunication devices including 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 notebooks, laptops, tablets, or other portable computers. A student who uses a telecommunications device during the school day shall have the device confiscated.

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 event or school-sponsored event.

Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

Student Use of Personal Communication Devices including Mobile Telephones:

May not be used during the school day.

May not be used after the posted “lights out” time in the dorm.

May not be used to take, send or receive inappropriate pictures (involving weapons, drugs, sex, nudity or violence, etc.) is never allowed.

May not be used to send threatening, bullying, harassing, insulting messages to another person.

Telecommunication Device/Mobile telephone violations:

First Violation of Expectation 1, 2, 3 above: Incident report completed by staff, signed by a school staff and the student to indicate the student has been officially reminded of the rule. Consequence: The mobile telephone will be confiscated for 5 school days and kept in a safe on campus. The student or parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device from the Principal’s Office for a fee of $15 if the parent and/or student wish to have the device before the end of 5 school days.

Second Violation of Expectations 1, 2, 3 above: Incident report completed by staff, signed by a school staff, and administrator, and the student to indicate the student has understood the seriousness of the violation. Consequence:

The mobile telephone will be confiscated for a minimum of 20 school days and possible longer depending on the infraction. The student or parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device from the Principal’s office for a fee of $15 if the parent and/or student wish to have the device before the end of 20 school days.

Third Violation of Expectation 1, 2, 3 above: A parent/Student/Administrator conference may be held. Consequence:

Loss of the mobile telephone for the remainder of the semester (at least 30 school days) or for the remainder of the school year depending on the seriousness of the violations. The student or parent may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device from the Principal’s office for a fee of $15 and/or student wish to have the device before the end of 30 school days.

 

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Violations of Expectations 4 and 5 above: Behavior Incident Report completed by staff. A parent/Student/Administrator conference may be held. Consequence: Immediate loss of the privilege of having or using a mobile telephone for a minimum of 1 semester (18 weeks). The device will not be returned to the parent or student until the end of the time period.

Administrators will determine if mobile telephones may be used for off campus school sponsored activities.

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.

In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, authorized personnel may search a student’s personal telecommunications device.

Any additional disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The school is not 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 items as MP4 players, video or audio records, DVD players, games, e-readers, cameras, or other electronic devices at school, unless prior permission has been obtained from the principal. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items.

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 such as laptops and tablets. 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.

Acceptable Use of School Technology Resources

To prepare students for an increasingly technological society, the school has made an investment in the use of schoolowned technology resources for instructional purposes; specific resources may be issued individually to students. Use of these technological resources, which include the school’s network systems and use of school equipment, is restricted to approved purposes only. Students and parents will be asked to sign a user agreement (separate from this handbook) regarding use of these school 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 schoolowned 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 and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement.

In addition, any student who engages in conduct that result in a breach of the school’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 (Secondary Grade Levels Only)

See Graduation on page 39, and Standardized Testing on page 54

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 friendship with other students; participation, however, is a privilege, not a right.

State law and the rules of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) govern eligibility for participation in many of these activities. The following requirements apply to all extracurricular activities:

A student must be enrolled in a least four accredited academic courses to be eligible to participate in extracurricular events.

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A student who has not reached 19 years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year is eligible to participate in TAPPS activities.

A student may participate in TAPPS contests during a normal program of high school courses over a period of four consecutive calendar years after the student first enrolls in the 9 th

grade.

A student who receives a recorded grade average below 70 on a scale of 0-100 in one course for a nine-week grading period will be eligible to participate in practice, competition, and extracurricular activity events.

A student who either earns a Grade Point Average (GPA) below 2.25 or receives a grade of below 70 on a scale of 0-100 in two courses for a nine-week grading period, may not compete or participate in an extracurricular activity for the next three weeks following the nine-week period in which the grade average was received. Additional academic support and tutoring may be required for students. For additional information regarding additional support and tutoring, please refer to your child’s Principal. However, the student may participate in athletic practices. A student is responsible for providing documentation of improved grades to the Athletic Director, coaching staff, and residential staff.

A student, who receives an incomplete grade (INC) in two courses for a nine-week grading period, may not practice, compete or participate in an extracurricular activity until incomplete grade(s) are changed to numeral grade(s), in which the grade average was received. A student is responsible for providing documentation of numeral grades to the

Athletic Director, coaching staff, and residential staff.

Suspension of a student with a disability that significantly interferes with the student’s ability to meet regular academic standards shall be based on the student’s failure to meet requirements of the student’s Individual Educational Plan, as determined by the ARD Committee.

A student is allowed in a school year up to ten absences not related to post-district competition, a maximum of five absences for post-district competition prior to state, and a maximum of two-day absences for state competition. All extracurricular activities and public performances, whether TAPPS activities or other activities approved by the Board, are subject to these restrictions.

A student who misses a class because of participation in an activity that has not been approved will receive an unexcused absence.

Student Development: Student Development offers a variety of recreational and student development activities during after-school hours for TSD residential and day students. Activities offered may change from season to season, year to year. Activities will be included in the monthly student development calendars and when sign-up is involved, parents will receive letters from Student Development.

Standards of Behavior

Sponsors of student clubs and performing groups such as the sign choir, drama, 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 every spring. These groups include: Hispanic Club, Class Organizations, Jr. National Association of the Deaf (Jr. NAD), Jr. Ranger, School Council, and Dorm Council.

Fees (All Grade Levels)

Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided without charge to a student. A student is expected to provide his or her own supplies of pencils, paper, erasers, notebooks, backpacks and other supplies that belong to the individual student. Supply lists are sent to families during a summer mailing or are given to the family of a newly enrolled student. Students may be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including:

Costs for materials for a class project that the student will keep.

Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organization and admission fees to extracurricular activities.

Security deposits.

Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.

Voluntary purchases of pictures, publications, class rings, yearbooks, graduation announcements, etc.

Voluntary purchases of student accident insurance.

Personal apparel, used in extracurricular activities, that becomes the property of the student.

Parking fees and student identification cards.

Fees for lost, damaged or overdue library books.

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Fees for driver training courses, if offered.

Fees for optional courses offered for credit that require use of facilities not available on School premises.

Summer school for courses that are offered tuition-free during the regular school year.

A parent /guardian who is unable to pay a fee may request a waiver through the Director of Academic Affairs or the

Director of Student Life. The Director of Academic Affairs or Director of Student Life may determine to waive the fee for good cause shown by the parent or guardian.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Texas School for the Deaf(TSD) participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program (NSLP). This is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides nutritious free or reduced price meals for school children.

Each school year parents/guardians of day students are strongly encouraged to complete a Multi-Child Free and

Reduced-Price School Meal Application form. Applications, along with eligibility guidelines, are provided in the admissions package that is mailed prior to the beginning of each school year.

Each eligible NSLP application we receive increases TSD’s opportunity to gain more federal funds to help pay for tutors, technology and other resources to improve our students’ learning experience. Eligible applications also help our students qualify for various fee-based programs and services at a reduced rate. With each of us being pushed to tighten our proverbial belts these days, every little bit helps. The time you take to complete and submit your form is appreciated as it helps us continually improve the services we provide to your child.

Parents/guardians will receive written notification of meal eligibility status approximately 10 business days after review of their completed application.

Each year, TSD is required to randomly select households to participate in a verification of eligibility review. Individuals chosen for this process will receive notification by mail.

If you have any questions regarding the NSLP application form, please contact the campus NSLP administrator at (512)-

462-5364.

Fund-Raising (All Grade Levels)

Student groups or classes, outside organizations and/or parent groups may occasionally be permitted to conduct fundraising drives. An application for permission must be made to the Director of Student Life.

Gang-Free Zones (All Grade Levels)

Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gang-related crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in a gang-free zone. For purposes of the district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a location, in, on, or within 1000 feet of any school-owned or leased property or campus playground.

Grade Classification (Grades 9-12 Only)

After the ninth grade, students are classified according to the number of credits earned toward graduation.

Credits Earned Classification

5

10

15

Grade 10 (Sophomore)

Grade 11 (Junior)

Grade 12 (Senior

Grading Guidelines, Report Cards/Progress Reports Schedules (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. Each department principal has reviewed these guideless. 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.

Also see Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences for additional information on grading guidelines.

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Grade Level/Program, Method of Reporting and Reporting Schedule

Grade Level/Program Method of Reporting Reporting Schedule

Pre-School through Pre-Kindergarten

Elementary, Kindergarten, Grade 1

Elementary Grades 2-5

Middle School and High School

Special Needs

Checklist Progress Report indicates if a student is making progress or having difficulty.

Excellent

90-100%

Satisfactory

80-89%

Needs

Improvement

70-89%

Unsatisfactory

69% & below

A+ 98-100

A 94-97

A 90-93

B+ 88-89

B 84-87

B 80-83

C+ 78-79

C 76-77

C- 75

D 70-74 F below

70

A

B

C

90-100

80-89

70-79

F 0-69

I

Temporarily Incomplete (Assignment missing due to an excusable reason.)

If a student receives a grade of “I” (temporarily incomplete), it is the responsibility of the student to see that all work is made up. If the work is not made up by the end of the next three-week report period, the grade will be averaged without the completed work. The Principal may modify this regulation for special circumstances.

For High school students, successful completion of a twosemester course is based on a minimum of 70 percent mastery, represented by the yearly average of the two semester averages. Therefore, if a student has earned a 68 and 76 for the two semester averages, the student passes the course with an earned average of 72. This is calculated as follows: (68 + 76) / 2 = 72.

Each student in the Special Needs program has an

Individual Education Plan (IEP) consisting of objectives selected to meet that student’s needs. This plan includes conditions, criteria and evaluation for mastery of each objective. At the end of each nine weeks, student progress on all IEP objectives is documented on each student’s IEP. In addition to the progress report, a separate report card will be issued per grading period to denote overall progress in each subject area. Letter grades will be given: A 90-100 B

80-89 C 70-79 F below 69

9 Week Report Cards

October 16, 2015

December 17, 2015

March 11, 2016

June 2, 2016

9 Week Report Card

October 16, 2015

December 17, 2015

March 11, 2016

June 2, 2016

Follow reporting schedules above based on grade level of individual student.

Notification of Student Failing

After the first 3 weeks of a grading period, parents are notified if the student’s grade average is near or below 70, or below the expected level of performance. If a student receives a grade of less than 70 in any class or subject at the end of a grading period, the parents may request to schedule a conference with the teacher of that class or subject. When a student has 2 consecutive failures in a course, the school will schedule an ARD committee meeting. The report card of unsatisfactory progress report will state whether tutorials are required for a student who receives a grade below 70 in a class or subject.

Grade Level/Program

Pre-School through 5 th

Grade and Middle School

Schedule for Notification of Student Failing

4/5 Week Progress Report Dates

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September 18, 2015

November 13, 2015

January 29, 2016

April 15, 2016

High School

3 Week Progress Report Dates

September 10, 2015

October 1, 2015

November 5, 2015

November 19, 2015

January 28, 2016

February 18, 2016

April 14, 2016

May 5, 2016

Graduation (Secondary Grade Levels Only)

Requirements for a Diploma for a Student Enrolled in High School Prior to 2014-2015 School Year

To receive a high school diploma from the school, a student who was enrolled in high school prior to 2014-2015 school year must successfully:

Complete the required number of credits established by the state and any additional credits required by the School:

Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated by the state; and

Achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course (EOC) assessments or approved substitute assessments, unless specifically waived as permitted by state law.

The exit-level tests, for which satisfactory performance is required as a condition for graduation of any student who is in grade 12 during the 2013-2014 school year, covers English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies and requires knowledge of Algebra I and Geometry; Biology and Integrated Chemistry and Physics; English III; and early

American and United States History, World History, and World Geography. If a student in grade 12 did not pass all sections while in grad 11, there will be opportunities to retake each applicable subject area test.

Also see Standardized Testing on page 51 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 foundation graduation program, a student must meet the following requirements to receive a high school diploma from the School:

Complete the required number of credits established by the state and any additional credits required by the

School;

Complete any locally required courses in addition to the course mandated by the state;

Achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course (EOC) assessments or appropriate substitute assessments, unless specifically waived as permitted by state law; and

Demonstrate proficiency, as determined by the School, 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 or on the state-developed assessment used for entrance into Texas public universities 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.

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If a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment, TSD 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. In limited circumstances, a student who fails to demonstrate proficiency on two or fewer of the required assessments may still be eligible to graduate if an individual graduation committee, formed in accordance with state law, unanimously determines that the student is eligible to graduate. Also see Standardized Testing on page 54 for more information.

Minimum, Recommended, and Advanced/Distinguished Graduation Programs

For students who were enrolled in high school prior to the 2014–15 school year, the district offers the graduation programs listed in this section below. Students enrolled in high school prior to the 2014–15 school year also have the option to pursue the foundation graduation program as described below.

The student’s ARD committee decides if the student who was enrolled in high school prior to the 2014-2015 school year will enroll in the Recommended High School Program, Distinguished Achievement High School Program, or the Minimum

High School Program.

All students who were enrolled in high school prior to the 2014-2015 school year must meet the following credits and course requirements for graduation under the program listed or may choose to pursue the foundation graduation program as described on page 39.

Requirements Minimum Recommended Distinguished

English 4 4 4

Math

Science

Social Studies

Academic Elective

Foreign Language

Health

Physical Education

3

3

3

1

0

.5

1

4

4

4

0

2

.5

1

4

4

4

0

3

.5

1

Fine Arts

Speech

1

.5

1

.5

1

.5

Electives

Advanced Measures

5

No

5

No

4

**Completion of 4 advanced measures

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*A student who is unable to participate in physical activity due to a disability or illness may be able to substitute an academic elective course in English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies for the required credit of physical education. The student’s ARD committee will make this determination.

**A student graduating under the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program must also achieve a combination of four of the following advanced measures:

An original research project or other project that is related to the required curriculum. These projects must be judged by a panel of professionals or conducted under the direction of a mentor and reported to an appropriate audience.

Please note that no more than two of the four advanced measures may be received from this option.

Test data where a student receives:

A score of three or above on a Advanced Placement (AP) exam;

A score of four or above on an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam; or

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 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.

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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.

Information regarding specific courses required or offered in each curriculum area, along with a description of advanced measures available to students in the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program from the options listed above, will be distributed to students each spring in order to enroll in courses for the upcoming school year.

Foundation Graduation Program

Every student in a Texas public school who entered grade 9 in the 2014–15 school year and thereafter will graduate 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. 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 on page 40. 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 transcript. Performance acknowledgments are available for outstanding performance in bilingualism and biliteracy; in a dual credit course, on an AP or IB exam, on certain national college preparatory and readiness or college entrance exams, or for earning a state recognized or nationally or internationally recognized license or certificate. The criteria for earning these performance acknowledgments are prescribed by state rules, and the career counselor can provide more information about these acknowledgments.

A student enrolled in high school prior to the 2014–15 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 career counselors for additional information.

The foundation graduation program requires completion of the following credits:

Course Area Number of credits Foundation Graduation Program

Number of credits Foundation

Graduation Program with an

Endorsement

English/Language

Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies including Economics

4

Physical Education** 1

Language other than

English***

2

Fine Arts

Locally required courses

1

1

Electives

Miscellaneous

5

3

3

3

4

1

1

1

2

4*

4

3

7

Available Endorsements****

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Business and Industry

Public Services

Arts and Humanities

Multidisciplinary

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* In order to obtain the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation graduation program, which will be denoted on a student’s transcript 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.

***Students are required to earn two credits in the same language other than English to graduate. Any student may substitute computer programming language for these credits. In limited circumstances, a student may be able to substitute this requirement with other course, as determined by a school 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 School 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 fouryear college or university in Texas, depending on his or her rank in class. The school will review personal graduation plan options with each student entering grade 9 and his or her parent. Before the end of grade 9, a student and his or her parent will be required to sign off on a personal graduation plan that includes a course of study that promotes college and workforce readiness and career placement and advancement, as well as facilitates the transition from secondary to postsecondary education. The student’s personal graduation plan will denote an appropriate course sequence based on the student’s choice of endorsement. A student may, with parental permission, amend his or her personal graduation plan after the initial confirmation.

For more information, see the career counselors or go to the Texas Education Agency website at www.tea.state.tx.us.

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 sate-mandated tests required for graduation if so determined by the student’s ARD committee.

Certificate of Attendance and options for TSD students as students in Special Education

Upon the recommendation of the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee, a student with disabilities 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 certification of attendance.

Even if the student participates in graduation ceremonies to receive the certificate of attendance, he or she may remain enrolled to complete the IEP and earn his or her high school diploma; however, the student will only be allowed to participate in one graduation ceremony.

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 or whether an alternative assessment is more appropriate. STAAR Alternate 2 is the alternative assessment currently allowed by the state. [See STANDARDIZED

TESTING for additional information.]

ARD committees for TSD high school students 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. A student may be awarded an endorsement when the student fails to perform satisfactorily on no more than two EOC assessments but meets the other requirements for graduation under state law.

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Graduation Activities

Upon completion of requirements for graduation, students are invited to participate in graduation activities that include:

Graduation or commencement ceremony

Graduation luncheon

Graduation reception for graduates and their parents

Senior walk and brick dedication ceremony

Senior Trip- Graduating students will receive information about eligibility requirements for participation in the senior trip at the beginning of the school year.

Graduation Speakers

Graduating students will be given an opportunity to provide opening and closing remarks during the graduation ceremony. Students are eligible to use the limited public forum if they: Are requested by a school administrator; volunteer; and are not in a disciplinary placement at the time of the speaking event.

Eligible students who wish to volunteer shall submit their names to the Principal during the first full week of instruction each semester. Students are not eligible to volunteer if they are in a disciplinary placement during any part of the first full week of instruction. If there are no student volunteers, the school shall seek volunteers again at the beginning of the next semester. The names of the students who volunteer to speak shall be matched to the appropriate event until all names have been selected.

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.

Scholarships and Grants

Students who have a financial need according to federal criteria and who complete the Recommended High School

Program or Distinguished Achievement Program (Advanced), 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 career counselor for information about other scholarships and grants available to students.

Harassment (All Grade Levels)

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 healthy 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.

The school will not tolerate hazing. 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, assistant principal or residential supervisor.

Health-Related Matters

Student Illness (All Grade Levels)

When your child is ill, please contact the school to let us know he or she won’t be attending that day. It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for

24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with diarrheal illnesses must stay home until they are diarrhea free without diarrhea-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours. A full list of conditions for which the school must exclude children can be obtained from the Health Center.

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.

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The School is required to report certain contagious (communicable) diseases or illnesses to the Texas Department of

State Health Services (TDSHS) or our local/regional health authority. The school nurse can provide information from TDSHS on these notifiable conditions.

Contact the Health Center if you have questions or if you are concerned about whether or not your child should stay home.

Bacterial Meningitis (All Grade Levels)

State law specifically requires the district to provide the following information:

What is meningitis?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral meningitis is most common and the least serious. Bacterial meningitis is the most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potential for serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease, but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or death.

What are the symptoms?

Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms.

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

The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory results.

How serious is bacterial meningitis?

If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete recovery. In some cases it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent disability.

How is bacterial meningitis spread?

Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by causal contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They are spread when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, sharing drinking containers, utensils, or cigarettes).

The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of the germ for days, weeks, or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the body’s immune system and cause meningitis or another serious illness.

How can bacterial meningitis be prevented?

Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss. While there are vaccines for some other strains of bacterial meningitis, they are used only in special circumstances. These include when there is a disease outbreak in a community or for people traveling to a country where there is a high risk of getting the disease. Also, a vaccine is recommended by some groups for college students, particularly freshmen living in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective (85-90 percent). It can cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity develops within seven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to five years.

What should you do if you think you or friend might have bacterial meningitis?

You should seek prompt medical attention.

Where can you get more information?

Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also call your local health department or Regional Department of State Health Services office to ask about a meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the

Web sites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov

, and the Department of State Health

Services, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/ .

Please note that the TDSHS requires at least one meningococcal vaccination for a student ages 11 to 12 or for a student enrolling in grades 7 through 12, 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 prior to enrolling in and taking courses at an institution of higher education. Please see the Health Center for more information, as this may affect a student who wishes to enroll in a dual credit course taken off campus.

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Food Allergies (All Grade Levels)

The school 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, department principal and/or the residential supervisor if your child has a known food allergy or as soon as possible after any diagnosis of a food allergy.

Physical Activity Requirements

Elementary School

In accordance with school policy, TSD will ensure that students in kindergarten through grades 5 engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day or 135 minutes per week.

For additional information on the school’s requirements and programs regarding elementary student physical activity requirements, please contact the Principal or the Supervisor of Physical Education.

Middle School

In accordance with school policy, TSD will ensure that students in middle, school, will engage in 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per day for at least four semesters OR at least 225 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity within a two-week period for at least four semesters.

For additional information on the school’s requirements and programs regarding middle school student physical activity requirements, please contact the Principal Supervisor of Physical Education.

School Health Advisory Council (All Grade Levels)

During the preceding school year TSD’s School Health Advisory Council held four meetings. Additional information regarding TSD’s School Health Advisory Council, including the number of meetings scheduled or held during the year, and information regarding vending machines at TSD and student access to the machines is available from the Director of Support Operations.

The duties of the SHAC range from recommending curriculum to developing strategies for integrating curriculum into a coordinated school health program encompassing school 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.

Other Health-Related Matters

Physical Fitness Assessment (Grades 3-12)

Annually, the School will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students in grades 3-12 who are enrolled in a physical education course or a course for which physical education credit is awarded. At the end of the school year, a parent may submit a written request to the Principal to obtain the results of his or her child’s physical fitness assessment conducted during the school year.

Vending Machines (All Grade Levels)

TSD has adopted policies and implemented the state and federal polices 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 Director of Support Operations.

Tobacco and E-Cigarettes Prohibited (All Grade Levels and All Others on School Property)

Students are prohibited from possessing or using any type of tobacco product, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), or any other electronic vaporizing device, while on school property at any time or while attending an off campus schoolrelated activity.

The School and its staff strictly enforce prohibitions against the use of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes (ecigarettes), or any other electronic vaporizing device, by all students and others on school property and at schoolsponsored and school-related activities. [See the Student Code of Conduct.]

Asbestos Management Plan (All Grade Levels)

The school works diligently to maintain compliance with federal and state law governing asbestos in school buildings. A copy of the school’s Asbestos management Plan, designed to be in compliance with state and federal regulations, is available in the superintendent’s office. If you have any questions or would like to examine the school’s plan in more detail, please contact the school’s designated asbestos coordinator at 512-462-5370.

Pest Management Plan (All Grade Levels)

The school 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-

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All pesticides used are registered for their intended use by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are applied only by certified pesticide applicators. Exception in an emergency, signs will be posted 48 hours before indoor application. All outdoor applications will be posted at the time of treatment, and signs will remain until 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 the school at 512-462-5370.

Health Services for Residential Students (All Grade Levels)

When a student is ill, he/she will receive services from nurses in the Student Health Center (SHC). There are physicians on contract when TSD to provide medical care for residential studies in the absence of their parent/guardian.

Parents/guardians will be notified when their minor child receives medical attention or requires prescription medicine and/or stays overnight in the SHC. Parents are responsible for payment for medical care except evaluations by the TSD contracting physicians. All medical treatment, including prescription medications, over the counter medications, and herbal o dietary supplements, must be prescribed in writing, either by a TSD contracting physician or another health care provider licensed to practice in the State of Texas.

The adult student and parent/guardian are not required to accept medical treatment recommended by TSD contract physicians and may arrange evaluation and treatment from another source.

If a student has a condition that requires surgery, the parent/guardian is responsible to arrange for the surgery, be present for the surgery and provide the care after the surgery until the student is medically cleared to return to class. The home physician will usually do surgery so that the student can be cared for at home.

Medical Implants and Physical Limitations to Participation (All Grade Levels)

Any students with cochlear implant, shunt and pacemaker or other medical device or potentially unstable medical condition will need a statement from the treating physician noting the presence of the device or condition and specific clearance to participate in athletics, after school physical activities and physical education activities.

Treatment for Family Planning, STDs and Chemical Dependency (All Grade Levels)

In compliance with State and Federal laws, treatment for Family Planning, STDs and chemical dependency is kept confidential unless both student and parent previously agree upon disclosure.

Homeless Students (All Grade Levels)

You are encouraged to inform TSD if you or your child are experiencing homelessness. TSD social workers can share resources with you that may be able to assist you and your family. For more information on services for homeless students, contact the school’s homeless education liaison, Mary Stribling, at 512-462-5216 or [email protected]

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Homework (All Grade Levels)

Elementary. Teachers assign homework for reinforcement of knowledge and skills taught in the classroom. The student has responsibility to complete all homework assignments. Dorms have specific hours for students to study and complete homework assignments. Students may need more time than is designated by the dorm or cottage. It is the responsibility of each student to manage his/her time so that assignments are completed.

Middle School and High School. Teachers assigned homework for review and expansion of concepts taught in the classrooms. Students who need extra help with their homework or schoolwork should talk with their teachers and make special arrangements. Tutoring sessions for students who are in danger of failing or have failed a nine-week period are held after school. Students are required to attend tutorials sessions, if assigned.

Immunization (All Grade Levels)

A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or statement that, for medical reasons or reason of conscience, including a religious belief, the student will not be immunized. For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, the School can honor only official forms issued by the Texas Department of State Health

Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch. This form may be obtained by writing the DSHS Immunization Branch (MC 1946),

P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347; or online at https://corequest.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 exception for more than one student in the family, a separate form must be provided for each student.

The immunizations required are: diphtheria, rubella (German measles), rubella, mumps, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis

(polio), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), and meningococcal. The school nurse can provide information on age-appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated history of illness required by the Texas Department

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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 any member of the student’s family or household. This certificate must be renewed yearly unless the physician specifics a life-long condition. [For further information, see the Texas Department of State Health Services Web site: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm

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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 administrator will cooperate fully regarding the conditions of the interview, if the questioning or interview is part of a child abuse investigation. In other circumstances:

The administrator will verify and record the identity of the officer or other authority and ask for an explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school.

The administrator ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the parents unless the interviewer raises what the administrator considers to be a valid objection.

The administrator ordinarily will be present unless the interviewer raises what the administrator considers to be a valid objection.

Students Taken Into Custody

State law requires the School to permit a student to be taken into legal custody:

To comply with an order for the juvenile court.

To comply with the laws of arrest.

By a law enforcement if there is probable cause to believe the student has engaged in delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision.

By a probation offer is 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 Protection Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective

Services, a law enforcement officer, or a juvenile probation officer, without a court order, under the conditions set out in the Family Code relating to the student’s physical health or safety.

To comply with a properly issued directive to taken a student into custody.

Before a student is released to a law enforcement officer or other legally authorized person, the administrator 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 administrator will immediately notify the Superintendent and will ordinarily attempt to notify the parent unless the officer or other authorized person raises what the administrator considers to be a valid objection to notifying the parents.

Because the Principal and the Residential Supervisor do not have the authority to prevent or delay a students release to a law enforcement officer, any notification will mostly likely be after the fact.

Notification of Law Violations

The School is required by state law to notify:

All instructional and support personnel who have responsibility for supervising a student who has been arrested or referred to the juvenile court for any felony offense or for certain misdemeanors.

All instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a student who is required to register as a sex offender or who has been convicted, received deferred prosecution, received deferred adjudication, or was adjudicated for delinquent conduct for any felony offense or certain misdemeanors.

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 School has put the following procedures in place in order to document parental consent:

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For students in elementary and middle school, a parent or otherwise authorized adult must come to the office and sign the student out. Please be prepared to show identification. Once an identify 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 the authorized parent/guardian to go the classroom or another 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.

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.

If a student becomes ill during the school day and the school nurse or other campus personnel determines that the student should go home, the nurse will contact the student’s parent and document the parent’s wishes regarding release from school. Unless directed by the parent to release the student unaccompanied, the parent or other authorized adult must follow the sign-out procedures as listed above. If a student is allowed to leave campus by himself or herself, as permitted by the student’s parent, or if the student is age 18 or is an emancipated minor, the nurse will document the time of day the student was released. Under no circumstances will a child in elementary or middle school be released unaccompanied by a parent or adult authorized by the parent.

Make-Up Work (All Grade Levels)

Makeup Work Because of Absence

For any class missed, the teacher may assign the student make up work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject/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.

If a student does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher, the teacher will consult with the principal to discuss options for addressing the student’s grade.

DAEP Makeup Work (Elementary, Middle/High School Grade Levels)

A student removed to a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP) during the school year will have an opportunity to complete, before the beginning of the next school year, a foundation curriculum course in which the student was enrolled and the last IEP developed by the ARD committee at the time of removal. If the student is not making progress toward the mastery of the IEP and foundation curriculum an Admission, Review, and Dismissal ARD committee meeting will be convened. The ARD committee will decide how to provide the opportunity to complete the course and/or other previsions of the IEP. The ARD committee will address alternative methods, including a correspondence course, another distance learning option, or summer school. The School will not charge the student for any method of completion provided by TSD.

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 and the last IEP developed by the ARD committee at the time of removal. If the student is not making progress toward the mastery of the IEP and foundation curriculum an Admission, Review, and Dismissal ARD committee meeting will be convened. The ARD committee will address alternative methods, including a correspondence course, another distance learning option, or summer school. The School will not charge the student for any method of completion provided by

TSD.

Medicine At School (All Grade Levels)

Student Requirements for Taking Medication

Students will follow instructions from the Student Health Center (SHC) in regards to taking medication. NO medication of any kind is allowed in the dormitory.

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School employees will not give a student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements, with the following exceptions:

Only authorized employees, in accordance with policies, may administer:

Prescription medication in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent, along with a written request.

Prescription medication from a properly labeled unit dosage container filled by registered nurse or another qualified school employee from the original, properly labeled container.

Nonprescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the parent along with a written request.

Herbal or dietary supplements provided by the parent only if approved by the Student Health Center Director.

In certain emergency situations, the school will maintain and administer to a student nonprescription medication, but only:

In accordance with the guidelines developed with school’s medical director; and

When the parent has previously provided written consent to emergency treatment on the school’s form.

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 school 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 Student Health Services staff so that the school is made aware of any safety and medical issues.

A student with asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may be permitted to possess and use prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication at school or school-related events only if he or she has written authorization from his or her parent and a physician or other licenses health care provider. The student must also demonstrate to his or her physician or health care provider and the Student Health Center nursing staff the ability to use the prescribed medication, including any devices required to administer the medication.

If the student has been prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication for use during the school day, the student and parents should discuss with the Student Health Center nursing staff.

In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management of diabetes, a student with diabetes will be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment while at school or at a school-related activity. See the Student Health Center nursing staff.

Student Medication

Parents/guardians are responsible to provide medication for their children, to keep enough medication at home for weekends and school holidays, and to arrange for medications to be provided for their children for any unscheduled home-goings or non-TSD sponsored trips away from home and school. For safety reasons, students who do not have prescribed medications available at TSD may be required to go home.

Parents/guardians should given any medications directly to TSD staff and not permit their children to carry the medication. If your children travel without a chaperone and must carry medication, the parent/guardian must contact the SHC and residential staff and inform them to expect medication. For chaperoned transportation, the medication must be given directly to residential staff and not be placed in suitcases.

For day students traveling on school-sponsored trips, parents must give all medications to the SHC so the medications can be packed for the trip according to TSD procedures. Day students who need medication during the school day must have that medication provided to the SHC. If riding a bus, the medication must be given to the bus monitor or driver. If transported by parent, the parent must provide the medication directly to the SHC.

Psychotropic Drugs

A psychotropic drug is a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or a component of a medication. It is intended to have an altering effect on perception, emotion, or behavior and is common described as a mood- or behavior-altering substance.

Teachers and other TSD 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 school employee who is a registered nurse, an advanced nurse practitioner, a physician, or a certified or credentialed mental

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Physical Examinations/Health Screenings

As part of comprehensive school health programming, vision, scoliosis and acanthosis nigricans screenings are aimed at detecting problems that could limit the child’s ability to access to educational opportunities. If a child is identified by a health screening as possibly having problems, a referral for a medical diagnostic evaluation will be given to the parents for follow-up. It is important to remember that by definition, screening will not identify all eye problems, skeletal problems or metabolic problems, nor identify all children with vision difficulties or other health problems.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) determines the schedule for screenings.

Students may be tested for tuberculosis according to the guidelines recommended by DSHS. Students found to have active tuberculosis will be excluded from school in accordance with State and local health department requirements.

Nondiscrimination Statement (All Grade Levels)

In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination and as required by law, TSD 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 Scots and other designated youth groups.

Title IX Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of sex including sexual harassment or genderbased harassment : Director of Academic Affairs, John A. Serrano at (512) 462-5781.

ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of disability: Director of Academic

Affairs, John A. Serrano at (512) 462-5781.

All concerns regarding discrimination: Claire Bugen, Superintendent, [email protected]

, 512-462-5300.

Parental Involvement

Working Together

Both experience and research tell us that a child’s education succeeds best when there is good communication and strong partnership between home and school.

Parent School Compact

A written parent-school compact will be distributed at the start of each school year by your child’s principal.

Parental Involvement Policy

You will receive a copy of TSD’s Parental Involvement policy at the start of each school year.

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

The District Advisory Committee (DAC) serves as TSD’s PAC. Parents on the DAC ensure that programs and parent involvement activities are carried out including how Title I Part A programs and ongoing professional development enable all children in the school to meet the state’s student academic achievement standards.

Your involvement in this partnership may include:

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.

Ensuring that your child completes all homework assignments and special projects and comes to school each day prepared, rested, and ready to learn.

Becoming familiar with all of your child’s school activities and with the academic programs, including special programs, offered in he School.

Discussing with the counselor or Principal any questions you may have about the options and opportunities available to your child.

Reviewing the requirements and options for graduation with your child in middle school and again while Your child is enrolled in high school.

Monitoring your child’s academic progress and contacting teachers as needed.

Attending scheduled conferences and requesting additional conferences as needed. To schedule a telephone or inperson conference with a teacher, counselor, or Principal, please email or call the school office of your child’s Principal

(phone numbers found on page vii) for an appointment.

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Becoming a school volunteer. [For further information, contact your child’s Principal.]

Participating in TSD’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and Booster Club.

Serving as a parent representative on the District Advisory Committee or Site Based Team assisting in the development of educational goals and plans to improve student achievement. For further information, contact the Director of

Academic Affairs or Principal’s office.

Serving on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), assisting the school in ensuring local community values are reflected in health education instruction. [See School Health Advisory Council on page 43]

Serving on a committee to determine criteria to be used to evaluate the overall performance of the School and each department in community and student engagement. For further information, please contact the Director of Academic

Affairs.

Being aware of the school’s ongoing bullying and harassment prevention efforts.

Attending Board meetings to learn more about School operations.

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.

State law requires that one minute of silence follow recitation of the pledges. Each student may choose to reflect, pray, immediate, or engage in any other silent activity during that minute as long as the silent activity does not interfere with or distract others. In addition, state law requires that each department 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.

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

The student’s ARD committee will consider the results of the student’s performance on the State of Texas Assessments of

Academic Readiness (STAAR) when making a determination about whether the student will be promoted or retained.

As stated in state law, “a student may be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency of the subject matter of the course or grade level.”

The Student Success Initiative (SSI) is in effect for the 5 th

and 8 th

grade Reading and Math assessments. Students will have up to three opportunities to pass these assessments, and accelerated instruction will be provided for students who do not meet satisfactory performance.

If a student in grade 5 or 8 is enrolled in a course that earns high school credit and for which an end-of-course (EOC) assessment will be administered or in a course intended for students above the student’s current grade level in which the student will be administered a state mandated assessment, the student will not be subject to the promotion requirements described above for the relevant grade 5 or 8 assessment. However, for federal accountability purposes, the student may be required to take both the grade level assessment and EOC 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 only be required to take an applicable state mandated assessment for the course in which he or she is enrolled, unless otherwise required to do so by federal law.

Parents of a student at any grade level at or above grade 3 who does not perform satisfactorily on his or her statemandated exams will be notified that their child will participate in special instructional programs/accelerated instruction designed to improve performance. The student may be required to participate in this instruction before or after 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. The student’s ARD committee may make this determination for the student.

A student in grade 5 or 8 will have two additional opportunities to take a failed assessment in reading and math.

Accelerated instruction must be provided to the student if the student does not meet the passing standard in reading and/or math. This is documented through either an amendment to the IEP or an ARD committee meeting. After a third

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Whether the student is retained or promoted, an educational plan for the student will be designed to enable the student to make progress in the current grade level curriculum and/or perform at grade level by the end of the next school year.

The student’s ARD committee will make decisions regarding the appropriate assessments, accommodations, and educational plan for graduation. 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 on page 41.

High School Grade Levels

To earn a 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 on page 37]

Release of Students From School (All Grade Levels)

Scheduling Out of School Appointments

Because class time is important, doctor’s appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times when the students will not miss instructional time. All medical/dental appointments should be scheduled at home when possible, on student holidays. Students are expected to return to school immediately after appointments and when they have recovered from illness. Routine annual exams, such as medical, dental and vision, should be arranged with the student’s primary health care providers at home.

Reporting Your Childs’s Absence

Parents must inform the Homegoing Transportation Coordinator (residential students only), attendance office and department office if their child will be reporting to school late or will be absent due to medical appointments. When possible, 24-hour advance notice is helpful when teachers are planning instruction for your child.

Student Illness During the School Day

A student who becomes ill during the school day should, with the teacher’s or Principal’s permission, report to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student’s parent. Day student parents are expected to take ill students home. Residential parents are expected to pick up children who have contagious diseases, are unable to attend school for the more than 3 days, or require more intense medical care. It may be necessary in some situations to send students home due to Health Center capacity.

A student will not be released from school at times other than at the end of the school day except with permission from the Principal or designee and according to the department sign-out procedures. Unless the Principal has granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not regularly be released before the end of the instructional day.

Safety (All Grade Levels)

Student safety on campus, at school-related events, and/or school vehicles is a high priority of the School. Although the

School has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensure school safety. A student should:

Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or others at risk.

Follow the behavioral standards in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct, as well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the Administrators, school, residential, transportation or other school employees.

Remain alert to and promptly report to a teacher, the Principal, other Administrator, or other school employee safety hazards, such as intruders on campus or threats made by any person toward a student or staff member.

Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.

Follow immediately the instructions of administrators, teachers, transportation staff, and other School employees who are overseeing the welfare of students.

Drills: Fire, Tornado, and Other Emergencies

From time to time, students, teachers, and other school employees will participate in drills of emergency procedures.

Three different colors of emergency strobe lights are located in each classroom and in all hallways. When the emergency strobe lights are flashing, students should follow the direction of teachers or others in charge quickly, quietly and in an orderly manner.

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The emergency strobe light system is as follows:

Blue Flashes to indicate change of classes in middle school and high school.

Yellow

Clear

Flashes to indicate emergency; all staff directed to read computer message from the superintendent; follow

Superintendent directives. A hazardous weather condition is one potential emergency.

Flashes to indicate situation is all clear, emergency has passed and/or return to classes.

Each classroom and hallway is also equipped with separate special strobe lights marked “fire”. In the event of fire, the firelights will flash and will also be accompanied by a repetitive high-pitched buzzing alarm. When the fire has been controlled, the clear strobe lights will flash, indicating that it is safe for students and staff to return to their classrooms and/or dormitories.

Emergency Medical Treatment and Information

If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity when the parent cannot be reached, the school may have to rely on written parental consent to obtain emergency medical treatment, and information about allergies to medications, foods, insect bites, etc. Therefore, parents are asked each year to complete an emergency care consent form. Parents should keep emergency care information up-to-date (name of doctor, emergency phone numbers, allergies, etc.). Please contact the school nurse to update any information that the nurse of school staff needs to know.

TSD is not responsible for medical costs associated with a student’s injury. Parents must keep the TSD Student Health

Center informed of current insurance information to avoid having to pay for treatment.

Emergency School-Closing

Normally, if the Austin Independent School District closes for inclement weather or emergencies, TSD will not hold classes; however, there may be occasions when TSD will hold classes with a late starting time even when Austin Independent

School District has closed. Information should be available through all major network television stations.

Each year, parents are asked to update their contact information in the event that school is dismissed early or opening is delayed because of severe weather or another emergency.

School Facilities

Use By Students Before and After School (All Grade Levels)

At the beginning of the school year, the Principal will inform parents of day students where the student needs to report if the student arrives to TSD before 7:50 AM. If a student arrives between 7:50 and 8:00, the student may enter their education building.

After dismissal of school in the afternoon, a day student must leave campus immediately unless 1) the student is under the supervision of a teacher, residential staff, sponsor or coach; or 2) the student has specific permission to participate in an after school activity.

Students will be allowed in the school building outside of normal school hours only with permission from the administrator, teacher or sponsor overseeing a planned activity.

Conduct Before and After School (All Grade Levels)

All staff and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before- or after-school activities on Texas School for the Deaf premises and at school-sponsored events off school premises, such as play rehearsal, club meetings, athletic practice, and special study groups or tutorials. Students are subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject to consequences established by the Student Code of Conduct or any stricter 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 classes is not permitted. During class time, a student must have a hall pass to be outside the classroom for any purpose. Failure to obtain a pass will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the

Student Code of Conduct.

Cafeteria Services (All Grade Levels)

Texas School for the Deaf participates in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program and offers students nutritionally balanced meals daily in accordance with standards set forth in state and federal law. Free and reduced-price meals are available based on financial need or household situation. Information about a student’s participation is confidential; however, disclosure of a student’s eligibility may be made without prior notice or consent to programs, activities, and individuals that are specifically authorized access under the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), which is the law that sets forth the disclosure limits for TSD’s child nutrition programs. A student’s name eligibility status,

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TSD that a student’s information should not be disclosed. A parent’s decision will not affect the child’s eligibility for free and reduced price meals or free milk.. Forms to apply for free and reduced-priced meals are available in the Business

Office or you may call 512-462-5364. All day student families must complete the free and reduced-lunch form.

State and federal law, as well as board-adopted policies, define when where and by whom competitive foods, which are foods not sold as part of the regular meal program can be served or sold on school premises during the school day.

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 student use with a teacher permit

Monday-Thursday 8:00 – 3:15 and Friday 8:00 – 1:45.

Meetings of Non-curriculum –Related Groups (Secondary Grade Levels Only)

Student organized, student-led are permitted to met during the hours designated by the principal before and after school. These groups must comply with the requirements of School policy.

Searches

In the interest of promoting student safety and attempting to ensure that schools are safe and drug free, School officials may from time to time conduct searches. Such searches are conducted without a warrant and as permitted by law.

Students’ Desks and Lockers, Dorm Furniture and Dorm Closets (All Grade Levels)

Students’ desks and lockers, dorm furniture and dorm closets 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, lockers, dorm furniture and dorm closets. Students must be certain that their lockers are locked, and that the combinations are not available to others.

Students may use school issued locks; however, if they use their own personal locks, students are responsible for reporting the combination to the department Principal, Residential Supervisor or designee.

Searches of desks or lockers, dorm furniture and dorm closets may be conducted at any time there is reasonable suspicion to believe that they contain articles or materials prohibited by Board policy, whether or not a student is present.

The parent will be notified if any prohibited items are found in the student’s desk or locker.

Electronic Devices (All Grade Levels)

Use of school-owned equipment and its network systems is not private and will be monitored by the school.

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.

Vehicles on Campus (Secondary Grade Levels Only)

Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. School officials may search any vehicle any time there is reasonable suspicion to do so, with or without the permission of the student. A student has full responsibility for the security and content of his or her vehicle and must make certain that it is locked and that the keys are not given to others. (See also the Student Code of Conduct.)

Trained Dogs (All Grade Levels)

The School will used 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 belongings when students are not present. School officials may search an item in a classroom, a locker, or a vehicle to which a trained dog alerts.

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 career 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.

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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-ofcourse 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) As

sessment

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:

Mathematics, annually in grades 3-8

Reading, annually in grades 3-8

Writing, including spelling and grammar, in grades 4 and 7

Science in grades 5 and 8

Social Studies in grade 8

STAAR-A will be available for an eligible student if the student meets state-established criteria and requires certain instructional and assessment accommodations on a routine basis as determined by the student’s ARD committee.

STAAR Alternate 2, for students who meet certain state-established criteria, will be available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s ARD committee.

High School Courses- End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments

STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments will be administered for the following courses:

Algebra I

English I and English II

Biology

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 a general EOC assessment, which will occur at the end of the first semester, at the end of the second semester, and in the summer. 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 if the student meets state-established criteria and requires certain instructional and assessment accommodations on a routine basis as determined by the student’s ARD committee.

STAAR Alternate 2, for students who meet certain state-established criteria, will be available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s ARD committee.

A student’s ARD committee 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.

Other TSD Assessments

Stanford Achievement Test, 10 th

Edition. Students in grades K-12 may participate in the SAT 10 testing program for the subjects of Reading Comprehension, Math Procedures, and Math Problem Solving. The SAT 10 is an achievement test that has both deaf and hearing norms.

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.

Bodybuilding, muscle enhancement, or the increase of muscle build 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 in Foster Care (All Grade Levels)

The school strives to assist any student who has been placed in foster care (temporary or permanent custody of the state) with enrollment and registration process, as well as other educational services throughout the student’s enrollment in the school.

Please contact Mary Stribling, who has been designated as the school’s liaison for children in foster care at 512-462-5216 with any questions.

Student Parking Privileges (Secondary & Post-Secondary Grades

Only)

Students who drive vehicles on campus must make sure the vehicle is registered with the Director of Support Operations.

(forms may be obtained from the Director of Support Operations Office). Proof of insurance must be shown and a dark blue sticker will be issued for each vehicle registered. There is a specific student parking area designated on campus and it is very important that vehicles are parked in the appropriate area and all traffic laws are obeyed while driving on campus (speed limits, stop signs, etc.)

In order to ensure safety, no cars are to be driven off campus during the lunch period and there are to be no other student passengers at any time.. Cars are to be used strictly for the purpose of transportation to and from school, mainstream classes or work.

Student Speakers (All Grade Levels)

TSD offers students a limited public forum for student speakers at school events at which a student is to publicly speak.

For each speaker, TSD shall set a maximum time limit reasonable and appropriate to the occasion.

For TSD, a “school event” is a school-sponsored event or activity that does not constitute part of the required instruction for a segment of the school’s curriculum regardless of whether the event takes place during or after the school day.

Student speakers shall be given a limited public forum to introduce:

1. All level Student Recognition Assemblies, pep rallies, sports events, or other extracurricular or co-curricular events.

Students are eligible to use the limited public forum if they:

2. Are requested by a school administrator,

3. Volunteer, and

4. Are not in a disciplinary placement at the time of the speaking event.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention (All Grade Levels)

If you are worried that our child may be using or is in danger of experimenting, using, or abusing illegal drugs or other prohibited substances, please contract 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 intervention services on its website: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mbsa-child-adolescentservices/ .

Suicide Awareness (All Grade Levels)

The school is committed to partnering with parents to support the healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development of its students. If you are concerned about your child, please access the following Web sites or contact your child’s counselor for more information related to suicide prevention and to find mental health services available in your area: http://www.texeassuicideprevention.org/ http://ww.dshs.state.tx.us/mhservices-search/

Summer Programs (All Grade Levels)

Extended School Year

Extended School Year (ESY) programming for TSD students is provided if recommended by the student’s TSD ARD committee. The purpose of ESY is for maintenance of progress on the previous years' IEP objectives. ESY is recommended when the ARD committee, based on assessment, determines that there are concerns about regression in the students’ maintenance of knowledge/skills acquired in the current IEP and recoupment of this knowledge/skills that will exceed 8 weeks in the next school year. ESY is provided as part of a free and appropriate public education.

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Summer Enrichment Programs

Students in Early Childhood Education, Elementary, Middle School, High School and Special Needs may participate in summer enrichment programs. Driver Education is available on a first-come, first-serve basis during summer programs.

Applications are available on the TSD website or by request through the Educational Resource Center on Deafness. Each program has a fee for fieldtrips and special activities during the day and evening programs.

Tardies (All Grades Levels)

If a student is tardy to class one or more time, the Principal or Assistant Principal may contact the student’s parent and the student may be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with the student Code of Conduct.

Textbooks, Electronic Textbooks, and Technological Equipment (All

Grade Levels)

State-approved textbooks are provided to students free of charge for each subject or class. Books must be covered by the student, as directed by the teacher, and treated with care. Electronic textbooks and technological equipment may also be provided to students, depending on the course and course objectives.

A student who is issued a damaged item should report the damage to the teacher. Any student failing to return an item in acceptable condition issued by the school loses the right to free textbooks and technological equipment until the item is returned or paid for by the parent; however, the student will be provided textbooks and equipment for use at school during the day.

Transportation (All Grade Levels)

Day Student Transportation To and From TSD

For students living in Austin or in nearby communities, either the student’s Local Education Agency (LEA) or TSD will provide student transportation to the campus at no cost to the parent. The LEA arranges transportation with the family.

When TSD provides the student transportation, the TSD Transportation Office will notify the student’s parents of the place and time for pick-up and drop-off. Parents must complete a TSD transportation form annually and when there is a change in address or in the student’s travel needs. A parent may designate a state-recognized (Department of Family and Protective Services licensed, certified, or registered) childcare facility (CCF) or grandparent’s residence as the regular pickup and drop-off location for his or her child in lieu of their home address. The designated facility or residence must be on an approved route. For a change of address, the form must be received in the Transportation Office three working days in advance of the change in service. Further information may be obtained by calling the Transportation

Office at (512) 462-5391.

Day Student Bus Arrival and Departure Times

The bus pick-up times are schedule to ensure that students will arrive to school by 7:50, ready for the 7:55 start to the school day. Buses depart Monday through Thursday shortly after the 3:15 dismissal and shortly after 2:00 on Fridays. On

Fridays anticipate that your student will arrive home about 1 hour and 15 minutes earlier in the afternoon.

Student Transportation for School-Sponsored Trips

Students who participate in school-sponsored trips are required to use transportation provided by the School to and from the event. The Principal or appropriate administrator may make an exception if the parent personally requests that the student be permitted to ride with the parent; or, no later than the day before the scheduled trip, the parent must provide the School with a written request that the student be permitted to ride with an adult designed by the parent.

Expectations for Students Riding Buses

Students are expected to assist school staff in ensuring that buses remain in good condition and that transportation is provided safely. When riding in School vehicles, students are held to behavioral standards established in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct. Students must:

Observe the same conduct as in the classroom and be responsible for their actions.

Board buses in a respectful, orderly manner (walking, keeping hands, feet, objects to self and boarding one at a time).

Be courteous and respectful to all staff, students, and property.

Not drink, eat (including gum), have tobacco, and/or illegal substances.

Keep head, hands, arms, and /or legs inside the bus at all times.

Keep all objects inside the bus and to self.

Cooperate with bus drivers and monitors and follow all requests.

Remain seated at all times with aisles unobstructed.

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Not bring live animals/pets on the bus.

Not smoke or use any form of tobacco.

Upon leaving the bus or van, wait for the driver’s signal before crossing in front of the bus.

Use seat belts, if available, at all times.

Additionally:

The driver or other staff is authorized to assign seats.

Misconduct will be addressed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

If the designated family member or caretaker is not at home when the day student bus arrives, the parent is responsible to pick up their child at TSD. Contact the Transportation Department for further information.

Parents must make a request in writing and receive prior approval from the School for a student to go home on a day student bus with another child; submit the request no later than 12:00 noon on the day of the travel. In addition, both families must contract the Transportation Office by noon with permission either by phone or email to [email protected]

. There is a limit of two guests per bus.

Day students are ready for pick up 10 minutes prior to the assigned pick-up time. Drivers will wait up to two (2) minutes past the assigned pick-up time.

Residential Student Travel To and From TSD

Parents are expected to bring their residential student to TSD at the beginning of the school year. Reimbursement for this travel is explained in the section titled: “Travel Reimbursement.” Weekend homegoing transportation will be by TSD bus, charter bus, air travel, 8-passenger vehicles, or parent pick-up based on the student’s home address recorded with our

Admissions Office and most fiscally responsible option for TSD. Parents will receive information from the Weekend

Homegoing Transportation Office regarding the type of transportation as well as the pick-up and drop-off times and location. Transportation to any destination other than the student’s home must be arranged and paid for by the parent.

TSD can usually provide a ride to and from the bus terminal or airport. For students who use commercial airlines to fly home for weekends, TSD will do “advanced ticket purchasing.” Any changes in airline reservations by family request must be arranged and paid for by the parent.

TSD and any mode of travel used for transporting students are not responsible for any items left behind by the student.

Students are reminded to collect their possessions at the beginning and end of each trip. It is recommended that valuables be left at home and any easily forgotten items be packed in bags.

TSD strongly recommend that all items of clothing and all possessions, iPods, telecommunication devices including mobile phones, baggage, backpacks etc. be labeled with your child’s name for easy identification. We recommend this for all TSD Residential Students regardless of age.

Residential Students are not permitted to change buses or routes for the purpose of visiting other students for the weekend. Day students are not permitted to ride Weekend Homegoing Transportation. Students planning to visit in another’s home city are responsible to submit the necessary paperwork, obtaining appropriate approvals and set up and possible pay for their own travel modes. We encourage all residential students and parents to communicate your changes in plans to the Student Life Office.

TSD will provide a light snack and water for homegoing trips along with a light supper available upon return to TSD.

Families are encouraged to provide their child with a meal prior to boarding the bus. (See TSD Calendar for a list of

Homegoing weekend Days). Residential students will be required to follow the “Weekend Homegoing Transportation

Expectations for Students.”

All flight students are required to have one approved form of identification. (valid passport, Texas Driver’s License, or a

State Issued ID cards can be secured from your local Department of Public Safety). It is strongly recommended that all parents review the flight and baggage regulations set by the federal government for acceptable items and behavior in an airport and plan. For more information visit: http:www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport

We provide transportation to and from Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) and Greyhound Bus station for those homegoing students using those facilities. For safety and accountability all students are expected to use TSD transportation to and from, unless other arrangements are made and permission is agreed upon from both parents and

TSD.

Weekend homegoing transportation is a substantial expense for TSD and the School’s ability to recoup Reward Miles is an effective cost saving measure that, in this time of budgetary reductions, allows TSD to provide educational services that would otherwise not be available to our students. All airline mileage credit accrued by TSD students for weekend travel to and from home and TSD will be allocated to the TSD rewards account to purchase tickets for student homegoing air travel. Weekend homegoing transportation is provided so that deaf and hard-of-hearing students from throughout the entire State of Texas can attend TSD if they or their parents desire. If a parent desires admission to TSD and/or transportation as a related service, he or she must seek such admission referral and related service from the Local

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Education Agency, which will make the appropriate determinations via a local Admission, Review and Dismissal team meeting.

American Airline Checked Baggage Policy

American Airlines is now charging passengers for baggage check-in. This does not refer to carry-on bags. For more information about the baggage allowance and costs, check the American Airlines website at www.aa.com

or call

American Airlines directory.

If parents or guardians would like their child to check in bags, please deposit the necessary funds in the student trust fund account so this can be submitted to American Airlines on homegoing days at the time of check-in.

Residential students will be required to follow the “Weekend Homegoing Transportation Expectations for Students”.

For more information concerning TSD Homegoing Transportation, visit Student Life under the “Campus Life” tab at www.tsd.state.tx.us

Parent Responsibility for Drop-Off and Pick-Up of Students

It is our policy that buses and TSD vehicles will wait no longer than 5 minutes for students to be at the pick-up/drop-off site. If you think you will be 1 to 15 minutes late, someone must contact the Homegoing Transportation Coordinator. The contact info is: Sadrah Black at 512-462-5602 or email: [email protected]

. If the Homegoing Transportation,

Coordinator is contacted, then the bus or vehicle can wait up to 5 minutes. If you have not arrived within the 5 minutes, the vehicle will have to leave, since we have a tight schedule to keep. This is very important so other parents, families, and staff can maintain their schedules. If for any reason, the student is not picked up on time, the student will be brought back to Austin and it will be the parent’s responsibility to arrange for the student to be picked up in Austin on the same night. There will be no staff working on the weekend to care for students who are not picked up. If weather conditions in Austin or in the student’s hometown prevent safe travel, according to the highway department and/or the airlines, TSD will make the appropriate arrangements after consulting with families.

Trust Fund deposits

Bus and Minivan Chaperones will not accept any cash and will accept checks or money orders only at the bus stops. All funds sent to TSD to be deposited in a student’s Trust Fund must be in a check or money ordered and sealed in an envelope with the parent’s name, student’s name, amount and the purpose for the money (i.e. Trust Fund, special activity, etc.) before being handed to chaperones. However, parents are encouraged to plan ahead and send all funds to the TSD Business Office rather than sending them via homegoing transportation. (Include mailing address).

Travel Reimbursement

Reimbursement is for travel to and from the pick-up and drop-off sites for required weekly and holiday homegoing travel and for individual circumstances related to TSD providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to each student. Travel reimbursement does not apply to family travel to and from TSD for family participation in schoolsponsored activities or family visits.

In order to ensure accuracy in travel reimbursement, the person actually driving and picking up a student from TSD, from the homegoing bus or vehicle MUST sign the chaperone’s paperwork in order to qualify for reimbursement. Some students will not have chaperones on flights and we will reimburse families based on self-reporting. If carpools are used, only the driver will be reimbursed for the drive to/from his/her hometown to the drop off/pick-up site, not for the number of children being picked up.

In order to be reimbursed for the cost of travel to and from school or drop off/pick up sites, the parents of a student who attends TSD must complete a “travel reimbursement” form. This form is available through the Business Office, (512) 462-

5364.

Payment will be at the reimbursement rate established for the 2015-2016 school year. The parent should submit travel expenses for the 2015-2016 school year to TSD Business Office, 1102 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704 no later than June

15, 2016. A parent may request reimbursement for the fall semester travel by January 31, 2016. Reimbursement forms submitted past the designated deadlines will not be honored.

Referring LEAs will be responsible for the cost of 10 round trips, which includes the beginning and end of the school year and holidays.

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 may 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.

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Video Cameras (All Grade Levels)

For safety purposes, video/audio equipment may be used to monitor student behavior, including on buses and in common areas on campus. Students will not be told when the equipment is being used.

The Principal, Residential Supervisor, or appropriate administrator will review the tapes routinely and document student misconduct. Discipline will be in accordance with the student Code of Conduct.

Visitors To The School (All Grade Levels)

General Visitors

Parents and others are welcome to visit the school and residential programs. For the safety of those within the School, all visitors must first report to the Security Booth to receive a visitor’s pass, then to an instructional department office, or to the Residential Services office to sign in. Visitors must comply with all applicable school policies and procedures.

Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time are permitted only with approval of the instructional department administrator and the teacher as long as the duration or frequency does not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the normal school environment.

Visitors for residential students should make prior arrangements with the appropriate supervisor. When leaving the building and/or campus, you should sign out in the instructional department office or the Residential department.

Procedures for Visitors to the Classroom

TSD visitors, including all parents, should observe the following procedures:

Make an appointment with administrator; 24-hour notice would be appreciated.

Wear a visitor’s pass received at the security booth.

Sign in and sign out at the office of the Principal.

Limit visit to 1 hour or less, unless other arrangements are made with the administrator.

Refrain from bringing younger children (siblings) to visit during the instructional day. At other times, if a sibling is visiting, the parent is responsible for supervising their child and ensuring that the visiting child is following all school rules. If you wish to discuss your visit, feel free to set up a conference. Please do not use instructional time for discussion.

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

For our High School Transition Fair, Texas School for the Deaf invites representatives from colleges and universities and other higher education institutions, and prospective employers to present information to interested students.

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 must contact the Admissions and

Records or Principal’s Office.

On the student’s last day, the Principal’s office and the Admissions and Records Department will process the withdrawal.

Teachers will be asked to submit current grade averages and book and equipment clearances. Records from all departments will be forwarded to the Admissions and Records. If the student is enrolling in another Texas district or a school district from another state, TSD will release records upon receipt of written request. A copy of the withdrawal form will be placed in the student’s permanent record.

A student who is 18 or older, who is married, or who has been cleared by a court to be an emancipated minor, may withdraw without parent consent.

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Section III

Student Life

Environment

We make every effort to provide a homelike environment for our residential students and t give every child the opportunities that most parents would give to their own children such as story-telling for young children, library time, eating out, movies, cooking experiences, special outings, cubs, extracurricular activities, and much more. We ask that all children bring their own pillows and perhaps even their own sheets, blanket, bedspread or comforter, as well as room decorations such as posters, family pictures, stuffed animals, etc. We believe having your child’s room feel similar to home is important. Electronic items and other expensive belongings are strongly discouraged due to the possibility of damage, loss or theft.

Electronic items permitted include: Televisions (no larger than 32 inches), VCR/DVD Players, personal laptops, personal tablets, Personal Game Systems (i.e. Gameboy, Sony Play Station Portable), Game Consoles*, TSD iPads**, Mobile

Videophones**

**Game Consoles, tablets, laptops and Mobile Videophone can only be used in dormitory and cottage living rooms with staff supervision present.

Communication

Mail

Students will receive their mail in the dorm after school. Students sending mail are not permitted to use school stationery or envelopes, or use school postage. Stamps may be purchased in the Business Office or off-campus.

Parent Calls to Students

Parents are encouraged to call their children as often as possible. Talking with the dorm staff and setting a specific time to call your child in the dorm is strongly encouraged. If your child’s dorm staff is deaf, you should use Relay Texas (711) to communicate through Relay to the staff. Frequently we have activities after school and the students are not necessarily in the dorms when you might try to call. Parents and others may call students at TSD directly, using a Video Relay Service or directly through a videophone.

Student Calls to Parents

We encourage students to call their families. Students’ calls to their parents can be done using the following methods:

Calling collect via voice;

Using Video Relay Service (calling to an interpreting service and signing on camera at no cost); or

Calling directly to a personal videophone at no cost.

TSD cannot accept collect calls. Staff will work with families regarding their preferences for scheduling phone calls.

Due to a variety of activities provided after school hours, the students and staff may not be back in the dorms until the following hours:

Elementary

Middle School

After 7:00 p.m.

After 8:00 p.m.

High School After 9:00 p.m.

Due to a limited number of phones and videophones for student use, time limits of 15 minutes must be enforced with the understanding that special circumstances will occur.

Student Use of Office Phones

Students may use office phones for emergency calls only. Students must have permission from their day or night

Residential Educator before using the phone. Calls should be limited, since office phones need to be kept open for residential business.

Personal Property

We STRONGLY encourage your child to leave expensive items at home. Staff cannot be held responsible for loss, damage or possible theft. Padlocks are required for all High School students to lock their closets at all times.

Although we have rules against borrowing or loaning any items, we are unable to prevent this.

We advise that all students’ belongings should be labeled.

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Serial numbers on valuable or electronic items should be listed and kept by the student or family for reporting to the police in the event of theft.

Laundry

Families are requested to launder the clothes and send appropriate clothing back to school with the student for the full week. When necessary, staff will assist students to launder clothing and linens using coin operated washers and dryers.

Students in the middle school and high school programs may be expected to launder their own clothes as a part of acquiring daily living skills in preparation for adult life.

Coin operated washers (75 cents) and dryers (75 cents) are available in all residential facilities.

Local Students

Students living in areas where day student transportation is provided may not reside on the TSD campus unless the student’s ARD committee determines that the student needs residential placement to access a Free Appropriate Public

Education (FAPE). There will be rare occasions when a local student will be permitted to reside on campus if there are special circumstances reviewed by the Director of Student Life with input from the school and residential team.

Day Students

Participation in Activities during After School Hours

Day students may participate in residential programming including athletics, special activities, tutoring, homework center and weekend activities if applicable. They must “sign in” and “sign out” of their assigned dorm and follow the schedule and rules of the residential program. The person designated to pick up the day student should notify the Day Residential

Educator on duty that the student is leaving campus. Failure to sign in immediately after school or upon arrival to campus can result in suspension from the privilege of being on campus during after school hours.

Elementary Student Permission, Supervisor and Participation

Day students may participate in Student Development (Deaf Smith Center) activities designated for all students such as after-school sports, clubs, and recreational programs. Parents are responsible for supervising their child before scheduled practices, rehearsals or games and must pick up their child at the time scheduled. The ability to safely supervise and meet the individual needs of the day student, as well as the residential students, will be taken into consideration for continued involvement in programs.

Residential and Student Development

TSD believes in educating the whole person and in our Student Life Division, we address needs of students based on

Social, Physical, Intellectual, Cultural, and Emotional (S.P.I.C.E.) areas of life. It is our goal to help each residential student grow and attain the highest level of independence possible for each individual. Often we find that students may not have been exposed to some basic principles of friendship, dealing with peer pressure, or advocating for themselves.

Our Residential staff work diligently to ensure the students do in fact “learn and grow” in these areas.

We encourage all students to participate in as many after school activities as possible and to try new experiences. For our Elementary, and Middle School residential departments, most activities are mandatory so we can expose them to a variety of activities. In High School, we have some mandatory and some optional activities and we try to provide a wide variety that would interest many students. All programs (HS, MS, Elem, and the ACCESS program) have daily or weekly routines and activities. Although the schedules vary in each program, they all provide “Study Hour”, Student

Development planned activities (Ex: swimming, intramurals, arts and crafts, off campus outings, educational presentations, etc.) as well as, dormitory planned activities (Ex: Life Skill training, “family meals” on or off campus, rap sessions, shopping, etc.), daily cleaning duties based on age appropriate expectations, and SPICE presentations or activities.

Residential Student Travel To and From TSD

For general information about travel to and from TSD for all Residential Student Travel, please see the section on

Transportation.

For information regarding residential student’s arrival and departure schedule including the locations, please contact the Homegoing Transportation Coordinator at (512) 462-5602.

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GLOSSARY

Accelerated Instruction (AI) 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 and 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 (at TSD, this is the ARD committee) is responsible for reviewing a student’s absences when the student’s attendance drops below 90 percent of the days the class is offered. Under guidelines adopted by the Board, the committee will determine whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences and whether the student needs to complete certain conditions to master the course and regain credit or a final grade lost because of absences.

DAEP stands for a 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. 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 directory information, unless the 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, and program modifications or support for 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 school wide tests, whether successful completion of state-mandated assessments is required for graduation, etc.

ICG is the individual graduation committee, formed in accordance with state law, to determine a student’s eligibility to graduate when the student has failed to demonstrate satisfactory performance on no more than two of the required state assessments.

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 Disciplinary Education Program (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 school as not likely to earn a high school diploma before the fifth school year after he or she begins grade 9.

PSAT is the preparatory and readiness assessment for the SAT.

SAT refers to the second 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.

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 a dyslexic.

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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.

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 STAAR EOC assessments is a condition of graduation. Students have multiple opportunities to take the test if necessary for promotion or graduation.

Student Code of Conduct developed with the advice of the District Advisory Committee and adopted by the Board and identifies the circumstances, consistent with law, when a student may be removed from a classroom, campus, or school vehicle. It also sets out the conditions that authorize or require the Principal or another administrator to place the student in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program. 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 provision.

TAPPS refers to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, an organization that oversees athletic programs for students in grades 9-12.

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.

 

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