2013-2014 STUDENT HANDBOOK STUDENT CODE

2013-2014 STUDENT HANDBOOK STUDENT CODE
DENTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
2013-2014
STUDENT
HANDBOOK
and
STUDENT CODE
OF CONDUCT
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You have the right to a danger-free school.
You have the right not to be bullied in school
You have the right to a drug-free school
You have the right to remain in a safe school
These are your rights!
Choose to Care
Choose to Care is a means to report safety and security
concerns of all kinds and is available for use by students,
parents, and staff.
If you know about something that could harm you or someone
you know, report it to your teacher, counselor or principal.
But, if reporting what you know is not time sensitive or
you would like to remain anonymous, you can report it on-line.
Choose to Care is safe, secure, and confidential.
And, you can do this anonymously. Help is just a click away:
www.choosetocare.com
What? No computer access? Call toll-free: 1-877-277-3812
Remember, Choose to Care is a means to report safety
and security concerns of all kinds and is available for
use by students, parents, and staff.
DENTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
2013-2014
Student & Parent
Handbook
and
Student Code of Conduct
Approved by
DISD Board of Trustees
May 28, 2013
Denton ISD: Empowering lifelong learners
to be engaged citizens who positively impact
their local and global community.
The Denton Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.
The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies.
Title IX Coordinator (Student Issues):
Mr. Robert Bostic
Assistant Superintendent
1307 N. Locust Street
Denton, TX 76201
940-369-0134
Section 504 Coordinator:
Mr. Robert Bostic
Assistant Superintendent
1307 N. Locust Street
Denton, TX 76201
940-369-0134
Title II & Title IX Coordinator (Employee Issues):
Dr. Richard Valenta
Assistant Superintendent
1307 N. Locust Street
Denton, TX 76201
940-369-0043
Table of Contents
SECTION I .............................................................................................................................................................................. 2
STUDENT and PARENT HANDBOOK / STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ................................................... 4
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT...................................................................................................................................................... 3
Working Together ............................................................................................................................................................... 3
PARENTAL RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES ............................................................................................................................ 3
Student Surveys and Activities – Participation, Inspection, and Right to “Opt Out” ................................................................ 3
Requesting Staff Members’ Professional Qualifications ........................................................................................................ 4
Displaying a Student’s Artwork and Projects ........................................................................................................................ 4
Accessing Student Records ................................................................................................................................................ 5
Granting Permission to Video or Audio Record a Student ..................................................................................................... 5
Granting Permission to Receive Parenting and Paternity Awareness Instruction .................................................................... 5
Removing a Student Temporarily from the Classroom .......................................................................................................... 5
Removing a Student from Human Sexuality Instruction ........................................................................................................ 5
Excusing a Student from Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags ........................................................................... 6
Excusing a Student from Reciting a Portion of the Declaration of Independence .................................................................... 6
Requesting Limited or No Contact with a Student through Electronic Media .......................................................................... 6
Requesting Notices of Certain Student Misconduct .............................................................................................................. 7
Requesting a Transfer for Your Child ................................................................................................................................... 7
School Safety Transfers ...................................................................................................................................................... 7
Requesting Classroom Assignment for Multiple Birth Siblings .............................................................................................. 7
Parents of Students with Disabilities with Other School-Aged Children in the Home .............................................................. 8
Request for the Use of a Service Animal .............................................................................................................................. 8
Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who May Need
Special Education Services............................................................................................................................................. 8
Parents of Students Who Speak a Primary Language Other than English ............................................................................... 8
Accommodations for Children of Military Families ................................................................................................................ 9
Student Records ................................................................................................................................................................. 9
Directory Information ........................................................................................................................................................ 11
Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and Colleges and Universities ............................................................ 11
SECTION II: .......................................................................................................................................................................... 12
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS ................................................................................................. 12
ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE..................................................................................................................................................... 12
Compulsory Attendance .................................................................................................................................................... 12
Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance.............................................................................................................................. 13
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance ................................................................................................................. 13
Attendance for Credit (Secondary) ..................................................................................................................................... 13
Absences ......................................................................................................................................................................... 14
Doctor’s Note After An Absence for Illness ........................................................................................................................ 15
Driver’s License Attendance Verification ............................................................................................................................ 15
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS ................................................................................................................................................ 15
BICYCLES AND SKATEBOARDS ............................................................................................................................................ 15
BULLYING ............................................................................................................................................................................ 16
CAFETERIA SERVICES .......................................................................................................................................................... 17
Meal Prices....................................................................................................................................................................... 17
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN .................................................................................... 18
CLASS RANK/HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT ......................................................................................................................... 19
Conversions .................................................................................................................................................................... 21
Conversion of University Letter Grades ............................................................................................................................. 21
CLASS SCHEDULES ............................................................................................................................................................. 21
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS ............................................................................................................................. 21
CLOSED CAMPUS ................................................................................................................................................................ 22
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES ................................................................................................................................................ 22
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS............................................................................................................................................. 23
CONDUCT............................................................................................................................................................................. 23
Applicability of School Rules ............................................................................................................................................. 23
Disruptions of School Operations ...................................................................................................................................... 23
Social Events .................................................................................................................................................................... 24
COUNSELING SERVICES ....................................................................................................................................................... 24
Academic Counseling ....................................................................................................................................................... 24
Personal Counseling ......................................................................................................................................................... 24
Psychological Exams, Tests, or Treatments ....................................................................................................................... 24
COURSE CREDIT .............................................................................................................................................................. 25
CREDIT BY EXAM – IF A STUDENT HAS TAKEN A COURSE ............................................................................................... 25
CREDIT BY EXAM – IF A STUDENT HAS NOT TAKEN A COURSE ....................................................................................... 25
DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, and RETALIATION ............................................................................. 26
Dating Violence ................................................................................................................................................................. 26
Discrimination................................................................................................................................................................... 26
Harassment ...................................................................................................................................................................... 26
Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Harassment ........................................................................................................... 27
Reporting Procedures ....................................................................................................................................................... 27
Investigation of Report ...................................................................................................................................................... 28
DISTANCE LEARNING ........................................................................................................................................................... 28
DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS OR DOCUMENTS ............................................................................................... 28
School Materials ............................................................................................................................................................... 28
Non-school Materials...from students ................................................................................................................................ 29
Non-school Materials...from others ................................................................................................................................... 29
DRESS AND GROOMING ....................................................................................................................................................... 29
Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices .......................................................................................... 31
Including Mobile Telephones ............................................................................................................................................. 31
Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic Devices ................................................................................................. 31
ACCEPTABLE USE OF DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES ................................................................................................ 31
UNACCEPTABLE USE OF DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES ........................................................................................... 32
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................................................................ 32
Proof of Residence ........................................................................................................................................................... 32
Proof of Age ..................................................................................................................................................................... 33
Proof of Immunizations ..................................................................................................................................................... 33
Transfer of Records .......................................................................................................................................................... 33
Head Start Program .......................................................................................................................................................... 33
Pre-Kindergarten ............................................................................................................................................................... 33
Kindergarten ..................................................................................................................................................................... 33
First Grade ........................................................................................................................................................................ 34
All Other Grades................................................................................................................................................................ 34
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS .......................................................................................... 34
Standards of Behavior ....................................................................................................................................................... 35
FEES .................................................................................................................................................................................... 35
FUNDRAISING ...................................................................................................................................................................... 36
GANG-FREE ZONES .............................................................................................................................................................. 36
GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION ........................................................................................................................................... 36
GRADING GUIDELINES ......................................................................................................................................................... 36
Grades Pre-K through Three .............................................................................................................................................. 36
Grades Four and Five ........................................................................................................................................................ 37
Grades Six through Twelve ................................................................................................................................................ 37
Middle School and High School ......................................................................................................................................... 37
GRADUATION ....................................................................................................................................................................... 37
Requirements for a Diploma .............................................................................................................................................. 37
Graduation Programs ........................................................................................................................................................ 38
Certificates of Coursework Completion .............................................................................................................................. 39
Students with Disabilities .................................................................................................................................................. 39
Graduation Speakers ......................................................................................................................................................... 40
Graduation Expenses ........................................................................................................................................................ 40
State Scholarships and Grants........................................................................................................................................... 40
HAZING ................................................................................................................................................................................ 41
HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS ............................................................................................................................................... 41
Student Illness .................................................................................................................................................................. 41
Food Allergies ................................................................................................................................................................... 41
Head Lice ......................................................................................................................................................................... 42
Immunizations .................................................................................................................................................................. 42
Physical Activity for Students in Elementary and Middle School .......................................................................................... 43
School Health Advisory Council ......................................................................................................................................... 43
Physical Fitness Assessment ............................................................................................................................................ 43
Vending Machines ............................................................................................................................................................ 43
Tobacco Prohibited ........................................................................................................................................................... 44
Asbestos Management Plan .............................................................................................................................................. 44
Pest Management Plan ..................................................................................................................................................... 44
Health Services ................................................................................................................................................................. 44
Contagious Diseases/Conditions ....................................................................................................................................... 45
Student Health and Safety — When Behavior is a Concern ................................................................................................ 45
Psychotropic Drugs .......................................................................................................................................................... 46
HOMELESS STUDENTS......................................................................................................................................................... 46
HOMEWORK ......................................................................................................................................................................... 46
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ........................................................................................................................................... 47
Questioning of Students .................................................................................................................................................... 47
Students Taken Into Custody ............................................................................................................................................. 47
Notification of Law Violations ............................................................................................................................................ 47
School Resource Officer ................................................................................................................................................... 48
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS .......................................................................................................................................... 48
MAKEUP WORK.................................................................................................................................................................... 49
Routine and Long-Term Makeup Work Assignments .......................................................................................................... 49
DAEP or In-School Suspension Makeup Work.................................................................................................................... 49
MEDICATION PROCEDURES ................................................................................................................................................. 50
General Medication Information ......................................................................................................................................... 50
Elementary Medications .................................................................................................................................................... 51
Secondary Medications ..................................................................................................................................................... 52
Middle School Medications ............................................................................................................................................... 52
High School Medications................................................................................................................................................... 52
Mental Health Intervention/Suicide Prevention .................................................................................................................... 52
PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE ........................................................................................................ 53
PRAYER ............................................................................................................................................................................... 53
PROMOTION AND RETENTION .............................................................................................................................................. 53
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL .............................................................................................................................. 55
REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS/CONFERENCES ....................................................................................................... 55
SAFETY ................................................................................................................................................................................ 56
Accident Insurance ........................................................................................................................................................... 56
Drills: Fire, Tornado, and Other Emergencies...................................................................................................................... 57
Emergency Medical Treatment and Information.................................................................................................................. 57
Emergency School-Closing Information ............................................................................................................................. 57
SCHOOL FACILITIES ............................................................................................................................................................. 57
Elementary Student Day .................................................................................................................................................... 57
Secondary Student Day ..................................................................................................................................................... 58
Facility Use by Students Before and After School ............................................................................................................... 58
Conduct Before and After School ....................................................................................................................................... 58
Meetings of Noncurriculum Related Groups ....................................................................................................................... 58
School Telephone ............................................................................................................................................................. 59
SEARCHES ........................................................................................................................................................................... 59
Students’ Desks and Lockers ............................................................................................................................................ 59
Electronic Devices ............................................................................................................................................................ 59
Vehicles on Campus ......................................................................................................................................................... 59
Trained Dogs .................................................................................................................................................................... 60
Metal Detectors................................................................................................................................................................. 60
SPECIAL PROGRAMS ........................................................................................................................................................... 60
Bilingual/ESL .................................................................................................................................................................... 60
Two-Way Dual Language .................................................................................................................................................. 60
Communities in Schools ................................................................................................................................................... 61
EXPO Program for Gifted and Talented Students ................................................................................................................ 61
Student Tutorial Program................................................................................................................................................... 61
Summer School ................................................................................................................................................................ 61
Dyslexia Program .............................................................................................................................................................. 62
Read 180.......................................................................................................................................................................... 62
Reading Recovery/Descubriendo La Lectura (DLL) ............................................................................................................ 63
Reading and Math Intervention - Grades 3-5 ...................................................................................................................... 63
Special Education ............................................................................................................................................................. 63
Child Find ......................................................................................................................................................................... 63
Child Find Procedures ....................................................................................................................................................... 64
STANDARDIZED TESTING ..................................................................................................................................................... 64
SAT/ACT (Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test) ......................................................................................... 64
STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) Grades 3-8 ........................................................................ 64
End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments for Students in Grades 9-11 ........................................................................................ 65
TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) ........................................................................................................... 66
THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment) ..................................................................................................................... 66
Other Assessments ........................................................................................................................................................... 66
STEROIDS ............................................................................................................................................................................ 66
TEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT, AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL .............. 66
TITLE IX ................................................................................................................................................................................ 67
TRANSFERS ......................................................................................................................................................................... 67
TRANSPORTATION ............................................................................................................................................................... 68
Eligibility ........................................................................................................................................................................... 68
Bus Stops ......................................................................................................................................................................... 68
Unauthorized Passengers .................................................................................................................................................. 69
School-Sponsored Trips.................................................................................................................................................... 68
Buses and Other School Vehicles ...................................................................................................................................... 69
VANDALISM ......................................................................................................................................................................... 70
VIDEO CAMERAS.............................................................................................................................................................. 70
VISITORS ............................................................................................................................................................................. 70
General Visitors ................................................................................................................................................................ 70
Visitors Participating in Special Programs for Students....................................................................................................... 71
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM........................................................................................................................................................ 71
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL ............................................................................................................................................ 71
Denton Independent School District 2013-2014 Student Code of Conduct ........................................................................... 72
Statement of Philosophy ................................................................................................................................................... 72
The Purpose of the Student Code of Conduct ..................................................................................................................... 72
STANDARDS FOR STUDENT CONDUCT ............................................................................................................................ 73
GENERAL MISCONDUCT VIOLATIONS............................................................................................................................... 75
FORMAL REMOVAL BY TEACHER ..................................................................................................................................... 77
REMOVAL FROM THE REGULAR EDUCATIONAL SETTING SUSPENSION ........................................................................... 78
AND/OR PLACEMENT ....................................................................................................................................................... 78
IN A DISCIPLINARY ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ........................................................................................... 78
EXPULSION ...................................................................................................................................................................... 81
VIOLENCE PROVISIONS .................................................................................................................................................... 83
TRANSPORTATION SERVICES .......................................................................................................................................... 84
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT .................................................................................................. 87
DISD ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY ........................................................................................................................................... 87
Student Acceptable Use Policy .......................................................................................................................................... 87
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)............................................................................................................................ 88
Background ...................................................................................................................................................................... 88
What CIPA Requires .......................................................................................................................................................... 88
Monitored Use .................................................................................................................................................................. 89
Bring Your Own Device ..................................................................................................................................................... 89
Login Security................................................................................................................................................................... 90
Student Email ................................................................................................................................................................... 90
Student Email Use Guidelines ............................................................................................................................................ 90
Email Privacy .................................................................................................................................................................... 90
Social Media in the Classroom .......................................................................................................................................... 91
Posting Policies ................................................................................................................................................................ 91
Inappropriate Materials or Language .................................................................................................................................. 91
General Guidelines for Using Technology ........................................................................................................................... 92
Disclaimer of Liability ........................................................................................................................................................ 93
STUDENT AUP RESOURCE MATERIAL .................................................................................................................................. 93
APPROVED BOARD POLICY [CQ (LOCAL)] ............................................................................................................................ 93
Training ............................................................................................................................................................................ 94
Copyrighted Materials ....................................................................................................................................................... 94
Internet Safety................................................................................................................................................................... 94
Responsibilities................................................................................................................................................................. 95
Cyberbullying and Harassment .......................................................................................................................................... 95
Vandalism and Abuse ....................................................................................................................................................... 95
Email Abuse ..................................................................................................................................................................... 96
Plagiarism ........................................................................................................................................................................ 96
Third Party Content ........................................................................................................................................................... 96
Revocation of Access ....................................................................................................................................................... 96
Disclaimers ...................................................................................................................................................................... 97
Liability ............................................................................................................................................................................. 97
Denton ISD Academic Integrity Policy ....................................................................................................................................... i
Elementary School Grade Calculations.................................................................................................................................... vi
Grades 2-5 ............................................................................................................................................................................ vi
All Subjects ........................................................................................................................................................................... vi
Middle School Grade Calculations .......................................................................................................................................... iii
High School Grade Calculations ............................................................................................................................................. ix
GLOSSARY ...........................................................................................................................................................................xiv
Dear Parent and Student:
The Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct are designed to provide each family with information
about the procedures that your school and your school district follow. Changes in policy that affect these
documents will be shared through school newsletters and other parent and student communications (available
both printed and electronically). We believe that these documents are useful references for your family.
The district requires that the school receive a signed statement from each student’s parent that the Student
Handbook and Student Code of Conduct have been received and reviewed. Please review the materials and
return the form to your child’s school.
We encourage each parent to become an active member of the educational team. We hope that parents will
take time to get to know their child’s teachers and principal.
Our community has created a quality school system for our students. The investment that parents and the
community have made combined with our district’s outstanding teachers and staff make a strong learning
environment for students.
Sincerely,
Dr. James K. Wilson, III
Superintendent of Schools
1307 N. Locust St.
Denton, TX 76201
940-369-0002
2013-2014 Campus Directory
High Schools
Denton High School
1007 Fulton
Denton 76201
369-2000
Strickland Middle School
324 Windsor
Denton 76209
369-4200
L A Nelson Elementary
3909 Teasley Ln.
Denton 76210
369-1400
Elementary Schools
Fred Moore High School
815 Cross Timber
Denton 76205
369-4000
Blanton Elementary
9501Stacee Ln.
Argyle 76226
369-0700
Eugenia Porter Rayzor Elementary
377 Rayzor Road
Argyle 76226
369-4100
Guyer High School
7501 Teasley Lane
Denton 76210
369-1000
Borman Elementary
1201 Parvin
Denton 76205
369-2500
Ryan High School
5101 E. McKinney
Denton 76208
369-3000
Cross Oaks Elementary
600 Liberty
Crossroads 76227
972-347-7100
Sarah and Troy LaGrone
Advanced Technology Center
1504 Long Road
Denton 76207
369-4850
Evers Park Elementary
3300 Evers Parkway
Denton 76207
369-2600
Middle Schools
Calhoun Middle School
709 Congress
Denton 76201
369-2400
Crownover Middle School
1901 Creekside
Corinth 76210
369-4700
Harpool Middle School
9601Stacee Ln.
Argyle 76226
369-1700
McMath Middle School
1900 Jason Drive
Denton 76205
369-3300
Myers Middle School
131 Garza
Shady Shores 76208
369-1500
Navo Middle School
1701 Navo Road
Aubrey 76227
972-347-7500
Ginnings Elementary
2525 N. Yellowstone Place
Denton 76209
369-2700
Hawk Elementary
2300 Oakmont
Corinth 76210
369-1800
Hodge Elementary
3900 Grant Parkway
Denton 76208
369-2800
Houston Elementary
3100 Teasley Lane
Denton 76205
369-2900
Lee Elementary
800 Mack Drive
Denton 76209
369-3500
McNair Elementary
1212 Hickory Creek Road
Denton 76210
369-3600
Newton Rayzor Elementary
1400 Malone
Denton 76201
369-3700
Ann Windle School
for Young Children
901 Audra Lane
Denton 76209
369-3900
Emilio “PoPo” & Guadalupe “Lupe”
Gonzalez
School for Young Children
1212 Long Road
Denton 76207
369-4360
Paloma Creek Elementary
1600 Navo Rd.
Aubrey 76227
972-347-7300
Alternative Campuses
Lester Davis School
1125 Davis
Denton 76205
369-4050
Pecan Creek Elementary
4400 Lakeview Blvd.
Denton 76208
369-4400
Joe Dale Sparks
210 South Woodrow Lane
Denton 76205
349-2468
Providence Elementary
1000 FM 2931
Aubrey 76227
369-1900
Rivera Elementary
701 Newton
Denton 76205
369-3800
Wayne Stuart Ryan Elementary
201 W. Ryan Road
Denton 76210
369-4600
Savannah Elementary
1101 Cotton Exchange Dr.
Aubrey 76227
972-347-7400
Stephens Elementary
133 Garza
Shady Shores 76208
940-369-0800
Wilson Elementary
1306 E. Windsor
Denton 76209
369-4500
STUDENT and PARENT HANDBOOK / STUDENT CODE
OF CONDUCT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Dear Student and Parent:
As required by state law, the Denton Board of Trustees has officially adopted the Student and Parent Handbook and
Student Code of Conduct in order to promote a safe and orderly learning environment for every student.
We urge you to read this publication thoroughly and to discuss it with your family. If you have any questions about the
required conduct and consequences for misconduct, we encourage you to ask for an explanation from your child’s
teachers or campus administrator.
Each of the following acknowledgement pages should be signed and returned to school
electronically as part of the annual registration process.
Thank you.
Dr. James K. Wilson, III
Superintendent of Schools
We acknowledge that we have viewed an online copy or received a paper copy of the Denton Independent School
District (Denton ISD) Student Handbook/Student Code of Conduct for the 2013-2014 school year and understand
that students will be held accountable for their behavior and will be subject to the disciplinary consequences
outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
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I CHOOSE TO ACCESS THE ELECTRONIC FORM OF THE STUDENT and PARENT HANDBOOK / STUDENT CODE
OF CONDUCT ON-LINE AT www.dentonisd.org.
I REQUEST TO RECEIVE A PRINTED HARD COPY OF THE STUDENT and PARENT HANDBOOK / STUDENT
CODE OF CONDUCT.
I understand that the campus will forward a copy to me as quickly as possible upon receipt of this request.
Failure to sign and return this form does not exempt me/us from compliance with the laws, policies, rules and
regulations of the State of Texas or of the Denton Independent School District.
Date
Name of School
Grade
Printed Name of Student
Signature of Student
Printed Name of Parent / Guardian
Signature of Parent / Guardian
Statement of Receipt:
Student Code of Conduct
Student Name
Last
First
Teacher Name
The Denton Independent School District annually provides for signed statements by the student and parent that they
have received and reviewed a copy of the Student and Parent Handbook/Student Code of Conduct. Included in the
Student Code of Conduct are the district’s Electronic Communication Acceptable Use and Data Management
Acceptable Use Policy. After reviewing this information together, both parent and student should sign the form below.
We (student and parent) have received and reviewed the Denton Independent School District Student and Parent
Handbook/Student Code of Conduct. We understand that we are expected to become familiar with the policies,
procedures, and consequences explained in these documents. We understand that the student will be held accountable
for the behavior and consequences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct at school and at school-sponsored/school
related activities, including school-sponsored travel, and for any school-related misconduct regardless of time or
location. We understand that any student who violates the Student Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary
action. We understand that a lack of knowledge of the policies listed herein will not be an acceptable defense in the
event of a policy violation.
I understand that in science courses my child will be required to identify, use, and apply all laboratory safety procedures
and guidelines and to successfully complete a safety assessment. Students will receive detailed information regarding
specific safety procedures as they apply to each individual course. Students will also be held accountable for their
behavior during laboratory activities and must take precautions for their own safety as well as the safety of their peers.
I understand that the district assumes my consent to display my child’s artwork, special projects, photographs taken
by my child, and similar work on the district’s website, in printed material, in video, or by any other method of mass
communication. If I do not wish to give consent, I will notify my child’s principal in writing within 10 school days of
enrollment.
We further understand that school counselors will assume my consent to work with students unless otherwise
requested not to do so in writing within 10 school days of enrollment.
I have read the Acceptable Use Policy with my child. We have discussed it together and he/she understands that these
expectations apply to the use of the district’s computers, telephones, and any other communication technology that is used
at school. I understand that the Internet will be used in class activities and that safeguards are being taken to minimize
the chance of accessing inappropriate materials. I know that all students will be expected to follow specific directions
regarding the use of the Internet whether during class or leisure time. I further understand that should my child
deliberately access a site that is unacceptable for a given assignment or access a site without prior permission, he/she
will be referred to an administrator.
Please sign and return this form electronically as part of the annual registration process.
Student’s Name (Printed)
Student’s Signature
Date
School and Grade Level
Parent’s Signature
Date of Receipt
Notice to Parents: Release
of Directory Information
2013-2014
Student Name
Last
First
Teacher Name
Each year Denton ISD must notify parents and students concerning disclosure of student directory information under the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act. This act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives parents the right to privacy regarding student record information and
applies to public schools and state or local education agencies that receive federal educational funds.
Parents must make a decision and inform the District if they do not consent to the release of directory information.
Certain information about district students is considered directory information and will be released
to anyone who follows the procedures for requesting the information unless the parent or guardian
objects to its release. If you do not want Denton ISD to release directory information from your
child’s educational records without your prior written consent, you must notify the district in writing
within ten school days of enrollment by submitting this form electronically with your registration
materials.
Denton ISD has designated the following information as directory information:
Student Name
Telephone Number
Date and Place of Birth
Degrees
Major Field of Study
Most Recent Educational Institution Attended
Participation in Officially Recognized Activities and Sports
Weight and Heights of Athletic Participants
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Address
E-mail Address
Photograph
Honors and Awards Received
Dates of Attendance
Grade Level
I object to the release of ALL directory information.
Please Note: If you objected to the disclosure of ALL directory information, Denton ISD will not be able to include your child’s’ photo/information in student
directories, student yearbooks, or district publications including athletic game programs, concert programs, commencement programs, group or individual
photos, cable news segments, the DISD website, broadcast or print media or district news releases to broadcast media, newspapers, or other publications.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY:
Release of Information to Military Recruiters or Institutions of Higher Education
I also understand that to be in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the district will release to military recruiters and institutions of higher
learning, upon request, the name, address, and telephone listing of my child, unless I direct the district not to release the information without my prior written
consent. This objection must be filed electronically with the principal within 10 school days of my child’s first day of instruction for the school year.
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I object to the release of my student’s name, address, and telephone number to a military recruiter.
I object to the release of my student’s name, address, and telephone number to an institution of higher learning.
Please sign and return electronically as part of the annual registration process only if objecting to the
release of student information.
Student’s Name (Printed)
School and Grade Level
Parent’s Signature______________________________
Date
2013-2014 DISD STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK
The Denton Independent School District Student and Parent Handbook is designed to provide the
most important information that you and your child will need during the school year. The
Handbook is divided into two sections in an effort to make it easier to use.
Section I - REQUIRED NOTICES AND INFORMATION FOR PARENTS — includes
notices that the district must provide to all parents, as well as other 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 — is organized
alphabetically by topic for quick access when searching for information on a specific issue.
Please be aware that the term “the student’s parent” is used to refer to the parent, legal guardian, or
any other person who has agreed to assume school-related responsibility for a student.
Both students and parents should become familiar with the Denton Independent School District
Student Code of Conduct which is adopted by the board and intended to promote school safety and
an atmosphere for maximum learning. That document is included in this handbook, online at
www.dentonisd.org , and in the principal’s office at each campus.
The Student and Parent Handbook is updated annually, while policy adoption and revision may
occur throughout the year. Changes in policy or other rules that affect the Student and Parent
Handbook provisions will be made available to students and parents on the district website and
through print and electronic newsletters. In case of conflict between board policy and any
provisions of the Student and Parent Handbook, the provisions of board policy or the Student
Code of Conduct that were most recently adopted by the board are to be followed. The district
reserves the right to modify provisions of the Student and Parent Handbook at any time, whenever
it is deemed necessary. Notice of any revision or modification will be given as is reasonably
practical under the circumstances.
Although the Student and Parent Handbook may refer to rights established through law or district
policy, it does not create any additional rights for students and parents. It does not, nor is it
intended to, create contractual or legal rights between any student or parent and the district.
Please note that references to policy codes are included so that readers can refer to current board
policy. A copy of the district’s policy manual is available for review online at www.dentonisd.org.
The rules in this handbook have been approved by the Denton ISD Board of Trustees.
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SECTION I:
REQUIRED NOTICES AND INFORMATION
FOR PARENTS
This section of the Denton Independent School District Student Handbook includes several
notices that the district is required to provide to you, as well as other information on topics of
particular interest to you as a parent.
STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION
In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination, the Denton Independent School District does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex (gender), or religion
in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in
accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the
Educational Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as
amended. The following district staff members have been designated to coordinate compliance
with these legal requirements:
Title IX Coordinator, for parent/student concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of sex:
Mr. Robert Bostic, Assistant Superintendent
1307 N. Locust Street
Denton, TX 76201
940-369-0134
Title IX Coordinator, for staff concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of sex:
Dr. Richard Valenta, Assistant Superintendent
1307 N. Locust Street
Denton, TX 76201
940-369-0043
Section 504 Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of disability:
Mr. Robert Bostic, Assistant Superintendent
1307 N. Locust Street
Denton, TX 76201
940-369-0160
ADA Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on basis of building/facility access:
Mr. Paul Andress, Executive Director of Maintenance and Operations
230 N. Mayhill Rd.
Denton, TX 76208
940-369-0200
All other concerns regarding discrimination:
Dr. James K. Wilson, III
Superintendent of Schools
1307 N. Locust Street
Denton, TX 76201
940-369-0002
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PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
Working Together
Policies GKG, BQA, BQB, BDF, EHAA, FFA, BED
Both experience and research tell us that a child’s education is best when there is good
communication and a strong partnership between home and school. Your involvement in this
partnership may include:
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Encouraging your child to put a high priority on education and working with your child
on a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities the school provides.
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 the district.
Discussing with the counselor or principal any questions you may have about the options
and opportunities available to your child.
Reviewing the requirements of the graduation programs with your child.
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 in-person conference with a teacher, counselor, or principal,
please call the school office for an appointment. The teacher will usually return your call
or meet with you during his or her conference period or before or after school.
Becoming a school volunteer.
Participating in campus parent organizations or special committees that require
parent participation.
Serving as a parent representative on the district-level or campus-level planning
committees, assisting in the development of educational goals and plans to improve
student achievement.
Serving on the School Health Advisory Council, assisting the district in ensuring local
community values are reflected in health education instruction.
Attending board meetings to learn more about district operations.
PARENTAL RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES
Student Surveys and Activities – Participation, Inspection, and
Right to “Opt Out”
Policies EF, EFAA
Your child will not be required to participate without consent in any survey, analysis, or
evaluation – funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education – that concerns:
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Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.
Sexual behavior or attitudes.
Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
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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 those 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. Notices of surveys/activities will be made
to parents in advance through the school’s regular mode of communication such as the campus
website, school newsletter or flyer. Parental consent to participate is assumed unless a written
note to the contrary is provided by the parent to the school principal.
Additionally, students are not required to participate in:
• Any activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information gathered
from them for the purpose of marketing or selling that information, or
• 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,
Type II diabetes, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or
required under state law.
Requesting Staff Members’ Professional Qualifications
You may request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teachers,
including whether a teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels
and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction, whether the teacher has an
emergency permit or other provisional status for which state requirements have been waived,
and undergraduate and graduate degree majors, graduate certifications, and the field of study of
the certification or degree. You also have the right to request information about the
qualifications of any paraprofessional who may provide services to your child. Professional
certifications may be accessed at https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECONLINE/virtcert.asp
Reviewing Instructional Materials
As a parent, you have a right to review teaching materials, textbooks, and other teaching aids and
instructional materials used in the curriculum, and to examine tests that have been administered to
your child.
Displaying a Student’s Artwork and Projects
As a parent, you have a right to provide consent before the district can display your child’s
artwork, special projects, photographs taken by your child, and other original works on the
district’s website, in printed material, by video, or by any other method of mass communication.
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Accessing Student Records
Parents and legal guardians may review student records after submitting a request in writing to the
campus principal. 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 Counselor Evaluations, Reports of
Behavioral Patterns, and State Assessments that have been administered to your child.
Granting Permission to Video or Audio Record a Student
As a parent, you may grant or deny any written request from the district to make a video or voice
recording of your child. State law, however, permits the school to make a video or voice recording
without parental permission under 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.
Granting Permission to Receive Parenting and
Paternity Awareness Instruction
As a parent, if your child is under the age of 14, you must grant permission for your child to
receive instruction in the district’s parenting and paternity awareness program or your child will
not be allowed to participate in the instruction. This program, developed by the Office of the Texas
Attorney General and the State Board of Education (SBOE), is incorporated into the district’s
health education classes.
Removing a Student Temporarily from the Classroom
You may remove your child temporarily from the classroom if an instructional activity in which
your child is scheduled to participate conflicts with your religious or moral beliefs. The removal
cannot be for the purpose of avoiding a test and may not extend for an entire semester. Further,
your child must satisfy grade-level and graduation requirements as determined by the school and
by the Texas Education Agency.
Removing a Student from Human Sexuality Instruction
As a part of the district’s curriculum, students receive instruction related to human sexuality. The
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is involved with the selection of course materials for
such instruction.
State law requires that any instruction related to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, or
human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome must:
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Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship
to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age;
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; and
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.
As a parent, you are entitled to review the curriculum materials. In addition, you may remove your
child from any part of the human sexuality instruction with no academic, disciplinary, or other
penalties. You may also choose to become more involved with the development of curriculum
used for this purpose by becoming a member of the district’s SHAC. Please see your campus
principal for additional information.
Excusing a Student from Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags
Policy EC (LEGAL)
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.
Excusing a Student from Reciting a Portion of the
Declaration of Independence
Policy EHBK (LEGAL)
You may request that your child be excused from recitation of a portion of the Declaration of
Independence. State law requires students in social studies classes in grades 3–12 to recite a
portion of the text of the Declaration of Independence during Celebrate Freedom Week unless (1)
you provide a written statement requesting that your child be excused, (2) the district determines
that your child has a conscientious objection to the recitation, or (3) you are a representative of a
foreign government to whom the United States government extends diplomatic immunity.
Requesting Limited or No Contact with a Student through Electronic Media
Teachers and other approved employees are permitted by the district to communicate with students
through the use of electronic media within the scope of the individual’s professional
responsibilities. For example, a teacher may set up a social networking page for his or her class
that has information related to class work, homework, and tests. As a parent, you are welcome to
join or become a member of such a page.
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An employee described above may also contact a student individually through electronic media to
communicate about items such as homework or upcoming tests. If you prefer that your child not
receive any one-to-one electronic communications from a district employee or if you have
questions related to the use of electronic media by district employees, please contact your campus
principal.
Requesting Notices of Certain Student Misconduct
Policy FO (LEGAL)
A non-custodial parent may request in writing that he or she be provided, for the remainder of the
school year, a copy of any written notice usually provided to a parent related to your child’s
misconduct that may involve placement in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
or expulsion.
Requesting a Transfer for Your Child
Policy FDB, FFI (LOCAL), FDB (LEGAL and LOCAL), and FDE (LOCAL)
School Safety Transfers
As a parent, you may:
• Request the transfer of your child to another classroom or campus if your child has been
determined by the district to have been a victim of bullying as the term is defined by
Education Code 37.0832. Transportation is not provided for a transfer to another campus.
Contact your campus principal for more information.
• Consult with district administrators if your child has been determined by the district to
have engaged in bullying and the district decides to transfer your child to another campus.
Transportation is not provided in this circumstance.
• Request the transfer of your child to attend a safe public school in the district if your child
attends school at a campus identified by TEA as persistently dangerous or if your child has
been a victim of a violent criminal offense while at school or on school grounds.
• Request the transfer of your child to another campus if your child has been the victim of a
sexual assault by another student assigned to the same campus, whether the assault occurred
on or off campus, and that student has been convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication
for that assault. If the victim does not wish to transfer, the district will transfer the assailant.
Requesting Classroom Assignment for Multiple Birth Siblings
Policy FDB (LEGAL)
As a parent, if your children are multiple birth siblings (e.g., twins, triplets, etc.) assigned to the
same grade and campus, you may request that they be placed either in the same classroom or in
separate classrooms. Your written request must be submitted no later than the 14th day after the
enrollment of your children.
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Parents of Students with Disabilities with Other School-Aged Children
in the Home
Policy FDB (LOCAL)
If a student is receiving special education services at a campus outside his or her attendance zone,
the parent or guardian may request that any other student residing in the household be transferred
to the same campus if the appropriate grade level for the transferring student is offered on that
campus.
Request for the Use of a Service Animal
A parent of a student who uses a service animal because of the student’s disability must submit a
request in writing to the principal at least ten district business days before bringing the service
animal on campus.
Requirements for Providing Assistance to Students Who Have Learning
Difficulties or Who Need or May Need Special Education Services
If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the principal to learn about
the district’s overall general education referral and screening for support services system. This
system links students to a variety of support options, including referral for a special education
evaluation. Students having difficulty in the general education classroom should be considered for
tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all
students including a process based on Response to Intervention. The implementation of Response
to Intervention has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of school districts to meet
the needs of all struggling students.
At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a
reasonable amount of time, the district must decide if the evaluation is needed. If the evaluation
is needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide informed written consent for the
evaluation. The district must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days of
the date the district receives the written consent. The district must give a copy of the report to the
parent.
If the district determines that the evaluation is not needed, the district will provide the parent
with a written notice that explains why the child will not be evaluated. This written notice will
include a statement that informs the parent of his or her rights if the parent disagrees with the
district. Additionally, the notice must inform the parent how to obtain a Notice of Procedural
Safeguards – Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities.
Parents of Students Who Speak a Primary Language Other than English
A student may be eligible to receive specialized support if his or her primary language is not
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English, and the student has difficulty performing ordinary class work in English. If the student
qualifies for these extra services, the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) will
determine the types of services the student needs, including accommodations or modifications
related to classroom instruction, local assessments, and state-mandated assessments.
Accommodations for 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, and
Graduation Requirements. In addition, absences related to a student visiting with his or her
parent related to leave or deployment activities may be excused by the district. The district will
permit no more than 6 excused absences per year for this purpose.
Student Records
Policies FNG (LOCAL), FL (LOCAL)
Both federal and state laws safeguard student records from unauthorized inspection or use and
provide parents and eligible students certain rights of privacy. Before disclosing any personally
identifiable information from a student’s records, the district must verify the identity of the person,
including a parent or the student, requesting the information. For purposes of student records, an
“eligible” student is one who is 18 or older or who is attending an institution of postsecondary
education.
Virtually all information pertaining to student performance, including grades, test results, and
disciplinary records, is considered confidential. Release is restricted to:
The parents – whether married, separated, or divorced – unless the school is given a copy
of a court order terminating parental rights or the right to access a student’s education
records. Federal law requires that, as soon as a student becomes 18, is emancipated by a
court, or enrolls in a postsecondary institution, control of the records goes to the student.
The parents may continue to have access to the records, however, if the student is a
dependent for tax purposes and under limited circumstances when there is a threat to the
health and safety of the student or other individuals.
District school officials who have what federal law refers to as a “legitimate educational
interest” in a student’s records. School officials would include:
o trustees and employees, such as the superintendent, administrators, principals,
teachers, counselors, diagnosticians, and support staff,
o a person or company with whom the district has contracted or allowed to provide a
particular service or function such as an attorney, consultant, auditor, medical
consultant, therapist, or volunteer,
o a parent or student serving on a school committee, or a parent or student assisting a
school official in the performance of his or her duties.
“Legitimate educational interest” in a student’s records includes working with the student,
considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student’s case, or an individualized
education program for a student with disabilities, compiling statistical data, reviewing an
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educational record to fulfill the official’s professional responsibility, or investigating or
evaluating programs.
Various governmental agencies, including juvenile service providers and Child Protective
Services (CPS) caseworkers or other child welfare representatives, in certain cases.
Individuals or entities granted access in response to a subpoena or court order.
A school or institution of postsecondary education to which a student seeks or intends to
enroll or in which he or she is already enrolled.
Release to any other person or agency – such as a prospective employer or for a scholarship
application – will occur only with parental or student permission as appropriate.
The principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The
principal is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated.
Records may be inspected by a parent or eligible student during regular school hours. The records
custodian or designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the
records.
A parent or eligible student who provides a written request and pays copying costs of ten cents per
page may obtain copies. If circumstances prevent inspection during regular school hours and the
student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, the district will either provide a copy of the
records requested or make other arrangements for the parent or student to review these records.
The addresses for the superintendent’s office and campus principals can be found on the District
website at www.dentonisd.org.
A parent or eligible student may inspect the student’s records and request a correction if the
records are considered inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy
rights. A request to correct a student’s record should be submitted to the principal. The request
must clearly identify the part of the record that should be corrected and include an explanation of
how the information in the record is inaccurate. If the district denies the request to amend the
records, the parent or eligible student has the right to request a hearing. If the records are not
amended as a result of the hearing, the parent or eligible student has 30 school days to exercise the
right to place a statement commenting on the information in the student’s record. Although
improperly recorded grades may be challenged, contesting a student’s grade in a course is handled
through the general complaint process found in policy FNG (LOCAL). A grade issued by a
classroom teacher can be changed only if, as determined by the board of trustees, the grade is
arbitrary, erroneous, or inconsistent with the district’s grading policy.
The parent’s or eligible student’s right of access to and copies of student records do not extend to
all records. Materials that are not considered educational records – such as a teacher’s personal
notes about a student that are shared only with a substitute teacher – do not have to be made
available to the parents or student.
Parents or eligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Education if they believe the district is not in compliance with federal law regarding student
records. The complaint may be mailed to:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
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Directory Information
The law permits the district to designate certain personal information about students as “directory
information.” This “directory information” will be released to anyone who follows procedures to
request it. However, release of a student’s directory information may be prevented by the parent or
an eligible student. This objection must be made in writing to the principal within ten school days
of your child’s first day of instruction for this school year.
Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters
and Colleges and Universities
The district is required by federal law to comply with a request by a military recruiter or an
institution of higher education for students’ names, addresses, and telephone listings, unless
parents have advised the district not to release their child’s information without written consent.
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SECTION II:
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 and your child have a question about a
specific school-related issue. Should you be unable to find the information on a particular topic,
please contact the campus administration at your child’s school.
ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE
Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education - to
benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s,
and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s
mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort to
avoid unnecessary absences. Two state laws, one dealing with compulsory attendance, the other
with attendance for course credit, are of special interest to students and parents. They are discussed
below:
Compulsory Attendance
Policy FEA (LEGAL)
State law requires that a student between the ages of 6 and 18 shall attend school, as well as any
applicable accelerated instruction program, extended- year program, or tutorial session, unless
the student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt.
A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 18th birthday is required to attend
each school day until the end of the school year. If a student 18 or older has more than five
unexcused absences in a semester, the district may revoke the student’s enrollment. The student’s
presence on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered trespassing.
Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school.
State law requires attendance in an accelerated reading instruction program when kindergarten, first
grade, or second grade students are assigned to such a program. Parents will be notified in writing
if their child is assigned to an accelerated reading instruction program as a result of a diagnostic
reading instrument.
A student in grades 3–8 will be required to attend any assigned accelerated instruction program,
which may occur before or after school or during the summer, if the student does not meet the
passing standards on the state assessment for his or her grade level and applicable subject area.
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Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance
State law allows exemptions to the compulsory attendance requirements for several types of
absences if the student makes up all work. These include the following activities and events:
Religious holy days, required court appearances, activities related to obtaining United States
citizenship, service as an election clerk, and documented health-care appointments, including
absences for recognized services for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. A
note from the health-care provider must be submitted upon the student’s return to campus.
In addition, a junior or senior student’s absence of up to two days related to visiting a college or
university will be considered an exemption, provided the student receives approval from the
campus principal, follows the campus procedures to verify such a visit, and makes up any work
missed.
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance
School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law. A
student absent without permission from school, from any class, from required special programs,
(accelerated instruction) or from required tutorials will be considered in violation of the
compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action.
A court of law may also impose penalties against both the student and his or her parents if a schoolaged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaint against the parent may be filed in
court if the student:
Is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the
same school year, or
Is absent on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period.
For a student younger than 12 years of age, the student’s parent could be charged with a criminal
offense based on the student’s failure to attend school. If a student age 12 through age 17 violates
the compulsory attendance law, both the parent and student could be charged with a criminal
offense.
Attendance for Credit (Secondary)
Policies FED, FEB, FNG (LOCAL)
To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.
A student who attends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered
may receive credit for the class if he or she completes a plan approved by the principal 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 for the class. If a student attends less than 75 percent of
the days a class is offered or has not completed the plan approved by the principal, then the student
will be referred to the attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuating
circumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit, if appropriate.
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In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance
committee will use the following guidelines:
All absences, whether excused or unexcused, must be considered in determining whether a
student has attended the required percentage of days. If makeup work is completed,
absences for the reasons listed above at Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance will be
considered days of attendance for this purpose.
A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after he or she has
enrolled in the district.
In reaching a decision about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that
it is in the best interest of the student.
The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for
the student’s absences.
The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student
or the student’s parent could exercise any control.
The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all assignments,
mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades in the course or
subject.
The student or parent will be given an opportunity to present any information to the
committee about the absences and to talk about ways to earn or regain credit.
The student or parent may appeal the committee’s decision to the board of trustees by filing a
written request with the superintendent in accordance with policy FNG (LOCAL).
The actual number of days a student must be in attendance in order to receive credit will depend on
whether the class is for a full semester or for a full year.
Absences
When a student is absent at the elementary or middle school level, parents are asked to call the
school by 10 A.M. on the first day of the absence. Regardless of telephone contact, the
parent/guardian needs to ensure a note explaining the reason for the absence is received in the
school’s office within 72 hours (3 days) of the student’s return to school. Please do not turn in
notes to the classroom teacher. Failure to provide a note will result in the absence being recorded
as unverified. If a student is at school at 10:00 a.m., the child is considered present for ADA
purposes only.
While elementary attendance is taken once a day, middle and high schools’ attendance is
recorded on a period-by-period basis. A student will be counted tardy if he/she is not in the
classroom when the class starts. Excessive tardiness at all levels may result in a referral to the
district attendance officers. Excessive tardiness is considered a Loss of Significant Instructional
Time and is prosecutable in court in the same manner as unexcused absences.
If a student has a medical appointment and attends any part of the school day either before or
after the appointment and submits a doctor’s note upon his/her return, the absence will not count
against him/her.
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Doctor’s Note After An Absence for Illness
Policy FEC (LOCAL)
Upon return to school, a student absent for five or more 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. Otherwise, the student’s absence may be
considered unexcused and in violation of compulsory attendance laws.
Should the student develop a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance
committee may require a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or condition
that caused the student’s absence from school in order to determine whether the absences will be
excused or unexcused. Please note that, unless an absence is for a statutorily allowed reason under
compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse any absence.
Driver’s License Attendance Verification
To obtain a driver’s license, a student between the ages of 16 and 18 must provide to the Texas
Department of Public Safety a Verification of Enrollment form verifying that the student has met
the 90 percent attendance requirement for the semester preceding the date of application. The
student can obtain this form at the designated office on campus. Students must present a valid
VOE form at the Texas Department of Public Safety Driver’s License Office prior to receiving or
renewing a license. This form is issued by the school and verifies the student’s enrollment and
90% attendance in the most recently completed fall or spring semester of school. Students with
attendance of less than 90% in any class cannot be issued a VOE form and without this form, it is
not possible to renew or receive a Texas driver’s license.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
The Denton Independent School District is working to provide the best possible after-school
program for all of our elementary students. Our Extended School Day programs allow elementary
students to remain at the school (between 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday) in a structured program that
provides academic, enrichment and recreational activities. This is an ideal situation for working or
busy parents. For information about the Extended School Day program, please contact the
Community Education Department at 940-369-0080 or 940-369-0091.
BICYCLES AND SKATEBOARDS
Please make sure that your child crosses the street at the crosswalks. In addition, students should
walk their bicycles at the crosswalks and on school grounds. Students are encouraged to wear an
approved bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle. All bicycles must be locked and kept at the bicycle
racks. No skateboards, scooters, skates or shoes with skates will be allowed on campus or in the
buildings.
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BULLYING
Policy FFI (LOCAL)
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression,
expression through electronic methods, or physical conduct against another student on school
property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a district operated vehicle, and the
behavior:
Results in harm to the student or the student’s property,
Places a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to the student’s property, or
Is so severe, persistent, and pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive
educational environment.
Conduct is considered bullying if it exploits an imbalance of power between the student
perpetrator(s) and the student victim and if it interferes with a student’s education or
substantially disrupts the operation of the school.
Bullying is prohibited by the district and could include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing,
confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions,
name-calling, rumor-spreading, or ostracism. In some cases, bullying can occur through electronic
methods, called “cyberbullying.” Bullying that occurs off campus, including cyberbullying is best
addressed by parents. However in limited circumstances where the principal or designee determines
that the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the school’s educational program, school
disciplinary consequences may be applied.
If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying of another
student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, counselor, principal, or another
district employee as soon as possible to obtain assistance and intervention. The administration will
investigate any allegations of bullying or other related misconduct.
If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying has occurred, the administration will take
appropriate disciplinary action. Disciplinary or corrective action may also be taken even if the
conduct did not rise to the level of bullying. The district will contact the parents of the victim and
of the student who was found to have engaged in the bullying behavior. Available counseling
options will be provided to these individuals, as well as to any students who have been identified as
witnesses to the bullying behavior.
Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.
Upon the recommendation of the administration, the board may, in response to an identified case of
bullying, decide to transfer a student found to have engaged in bullying to another classroom at the
campus. In consultation with the student’s parent, the student may also be transferred to another
campus in the district. The parent of a student who has been determined by the district to be a
victim of bullying may request that his or her child be transferred to another classroom or campus
within the district. Transportation of transfer students under this provision is the responsibility of
the parent.
A copy of the district’s policy is available in the principal’s office and on the district’s website.
Procedures related to reporting allegations of bullying may also be found on the district’s website.
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A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of an investigation may appeal through
policy FNG (LOCAL).
CAFETERIA SERVICES
Policy CO (LEGAL)
The district participates in the National School Lunch Program and offers students nutritionally
balanced lunches daily. Free and reduced-price lunches are available based on financial need.
Information about a student’s participation is confidential. To apply for free and reduced- price
meals, please contact the Denton ISD Child Nutrition Office at 369-0270.
The schools serve delicious hot lunches and a la carte items daily. Students are encouraged to
deposit money in advance in their lunch spending accounts. Should the account be overdrawn,
one lunch may be charged. Subsequently, a cheese sandwich and milk will be offered instead of a
hot lunch until the negative balance has been paid.
Breakfast is also served before school. A copy of the school menu is available each month on the
district website.
Meal Prices
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Adults/Guests
Breakfast
$1.10
$1.35
$1.35
$1.60
Lunch
$2.50
$2.75
$2.75
$3.00
Parents can monitor their student’s lunch activity, pay for meals using a debit or credit card, set up
automated payments, combine payments for multiple students, view and print student activity,
receive low account balance reminders, and receive immediate email confirmation of all
transactions by visiting: www.parentonline.net. A minimal processing/transaction fee may apply.
The Texas School Nutrition Policy restricts student access to certain Foods of Minimal Nutritional
Value (FMNV) and other foods determined to be competitive with the school’s meal program.
FMNV’s are defined as soda water, water ices, chewing gum, hard candies, jellies and gums,
marshmallow candies, fondants, licorice, spun candies, and candy- coated popcorn.
Competitive foods are defined as food and beverages sold or made available to students that
compete with the school’s operation of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast
Program, and/or After School Snack Program. Competitive foods include snacks provided by
teachers, parents, or sources other than the Child Nutrition Program.
Elementary schools are prohibited from providing students access to FMNV’s and competitive
foods at any time during the normal school day. Middle schools are prohibited from providing
students access to FMNV’s and competitive foods until the end of the last lunch period. High
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schools are prohibited from providing students access to FMNV’s and competitive foods during
the times and in the locations school meals are served.
Exemptions to this policy are limited to school nurses, accommodating a special needs student
according to the student’s Individualized Health Plan, and up to three different events each school
year to be determined by the school principal as part of the official campus calendar. During these
three events, FMNV’s and competitive foods may not be served to students during meal times in
areas where school meals are being served or consumed.
This policy does not restrict what parents may provide for their own child’s lunch or snacks.
Celebrating student birthdays with a classroom party is a time-honored tradition that provides the
opportunity for parental involvement in the education of their children which is beneficial for
everyone. Foods otherwise restricted by the policy are permitted in classroom student birthday
parties. It is recommended such parties be scheduled after the end of the lunch period for the class
so that these celebrations will not replace a nutritious lunch. Federal regulations do not permit
foods of minimal nutritional value to be served in the food service area during meal periods.
The district follows the federal and state guidelines regarding foods of minimal nutritional value
being served or sold on school premises during the school day.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT
OF CHILDREN
The district has established a plan for addressing child sexual abuse and other maltreatment of
children, which may be accessed at www.dentonisd.org.
As a parent, it is important for you to be aware of warning signs that could indicate a child may
have been or is being sexually abused. Sexual abuse in the Texas Family Code is defined as any
sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare as well as a failure to
make a reasonable effort to prevent sexual conduct with a child. Anyone who suspects that a child
has been or may be abused or neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, to report the
suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS).
Possible physical warning signs of sexual abuse could be difficulty sitting or walking, pain in the
genital areas, and claims of stomachaches and headaches. Behavioral indicators may include verbal
references or pretend games of sexual activity between adults and children, fear of being alone with
adults of a particular gender, or sexually suggestive behavior. Emotional warning signs to be aware
of include withdrawal, depression, sleeping and eating disorders, and problems in school.
A child who has experienced sexual abuse or any other type of abuse or neglect should be
encouraged to seek out a trusted adult. Be aware as a parent or other trusted adult that disclosures
of sexual abuse may be more indirect than disclosures of physical abuse and neglect, and it is
important to be calm and comforting if your child, or another child, confides in you. Reassure the
child that he or she did the right thing by telling you.
As a parent, if your child is a victim of sexual abuse or other maltreatment, the campus counselor or
principal can provide information regarding counseling options available to you. The Texas
Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) also manages early intervention counseling
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programs. To find out what services may be available, see: Department of Family and Protective
Services.
The following websites might help you become more aware of child abuse and neglect:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children
Attorney General of Texas
Reports may be made to: The Child Protective Services (CPS) division of the Texas Department of
Family and Protective Services (1 800-252-5400 or on the Web at http://www.txabusehotline.org).
CLASS RANK/HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT
Policy EIC (Legal) and EIC (Local)
Each high school shall have a valedictorian and a salutatorian. Candidates for the honor of
valedictorian and salutatorian must be in attendance at the awarding high school for the entire
school year in which the honor is bestowed, reasonable and ordinary absences excepted.
Candidates must be classified as senior(s) during both the fall and spring semesters of the
graduating and awarding year. Alternatively, individuals who will not be classified as senior(s)
during both the fall and spring semesters of the graduating and awarding year may qualify and
become eligible for the honor of valedictorian and salutatorian by filing a written declaration of
intent to graduate, with the building principal, on or before the tenth day of school.
Calculation and determination of the valedictorian and salutatorian shall be made based upon the
highest and next highest grade point average, respectively, as of the close of school, seven days
before the last regular day of attendance for seniors. In the event of ties, there shall be multiple
valedictorians and multiple salutatorians. The method by which the grade point average will be
calculated shall be the same for all candidates.
In reviewing the GPA policy passed by the Denton ISD Board of Trustees, and in studying the
established intent of the policy, the following administrative regulations shall apply:
The policy passed by the Board states that “the highest grades and grade points in four courses in
language arts and social studies, four courses in science which must include one each in biology or
environmental science, chemistry, and physics, four courses in math, and two courses in foreign
language” [world languages] will be calculated. The intent of the policy was to establish a clear
and consistent process for determining which courses would be used in earning grade points and in
determining rank in class. In studying this issue, it is clear that the process for calculating the rank
in class for a student and in determining a student’s grade point average will vary depending on the
year of calculation and on where a particular student is in completing his or her course of study.
For purposes of making this process understandable, a student will carry an earned grade point
average (GPA for courses completed within the prescribed board approved courses divided by the
courses attempted) and a ranking GPA (GPA process that is the same for all students and is used to
calculate the final rank in class). For this process, each should be examined differently.
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Earned GPA – This GPA simply takes the courses completed within the defined allotment of 18
courses or 36 semesters and divides by the number of attempts. For a freshman who takes one
course in each of the core areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, and world languages,
the earned GPA would be the number of grade points earned divided by the 10 semesters taken. For
the freshman who takes one course each in the areas of language arts, math, science, and social
studies, the earned GPA would be the number of grade points earned divided by the 8 semesters
taken. It is necessary to calculate an Earned GPA because it would not be feasible to use a divisor of
18 courses or 36 semesters until the senior year. It also would not be feasible to assume a standard
divisor for each year, because not all students take the prescribed courses in the same order,
sequence, or year. The Earned GPA shall be used both for reporting and ranking purposes until a
final ranking GPA using a standard 36 semesters is utilized in the senior year. For transcript
purposes the Earned GPA shall be the recorded GPA.
Ranking Index (GPA) – This is the calculation that will be used to determine a final rank in
class. The final rank in class for graduating seniors will be determined by using a consistent
process that will be applicable to all students. As stated above, the Board approved 18 courses
consisting of 36 semester grades that would be used in determining class rank. The intent of the
Board was to encourage students to complete a rigorous course of study. The final Ranking Index
for all students will be calculated using the grade points earned within the allowable 18 courses
(36 semesters) and a constant divisor of 36 (representing the Board approved courses). For
example, for a student who completes a rigorous course of study including all 36 identified
semesters, the Ranking Index is calculated using total grade points in 36 semesters divided by 36.
For another student who completes only 30 of the identified semesters Ranking Index is calculated
using total grade points earned in those 30 semesters divided by 36. Thus, a student who is
successful in the more rigorous curriculum will have a higher Ranking Index than a student who,
although successful in the courses taken as indicated in the Earned GPA, has not completed the
Board approved recommended course of study. This process is used only in determining the final
rank in class. The Ranking Index will always use the same 36 semesters as the divisor. Again,
please remember that the Ranking Index becomes the final determiner of the official rank in the
class for graduating seniors. Preliminary rankings for students in the freshman, sophomore and
junior classes will be based on the Earned GPA. While the Ranking Index will be calculated and
monitored throughout the traditional four-year high school program, the Index will be used only to
determine the final rank in class.
The Board of Trustees has also adopted a policy regarding students ranked in the top 10% of their
senior class. Only students who have completed the course work for the Distinguished
Achievement Program are eligible for graduating honors and for designation as graduating in the
top 10% of the senior class.
Transfer Courses – Foundation courses will be calculated whether the student took the class
during the regular school year, in summer school, by correspondence, by course exam, or by dual
enrollment. Foundation courses transferred in from other public schools are counted as part of the
established 18 courses (36 semesters). For states or schools that do not use numeric grades, a
conversion process will be established. Additionally, the only Honors, Pre-AP, or AP transfer
courses that will be recognized for weighted points will be those courses that also carry weighted
points for Denton ISD students. Final determination of how transfer courses will be counted for
GPA will be made by the Superintendent of Schools or designee.
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Ties – The philosophical change in the way rank is calculated creates the potential for many
students to share the same ranking index. The fact that many students could be tied throughout the
system is recognized as one of the strengths, not weaknesses, of the system. Internally, there is no
desire or need to break ties merely for the sake of breaking ties. Externally, in the case of
scholarships or college admissions, there may be the need or requirement on the part of the
external agency to break ties. For this purpose, a procedure to address ties is needed. Since the
actual ranking index is based on a specific set of core or foundation courses, it is appropriate to
use the grades in these same courses in addressing ties. The actual numeric grades within the
approved courses being used in the calculation of the Earned GPA and/or Ranking Index will be
averaged and used to break ties as needed. In the event two or more students have the same
Earned GPA and/or same Ranking Index and the same numeric average over the established
courses, no further tiebreakers will be utilized and the students will be considered officially tied.
Again, ties will be addressed only as required for external uses. Students with the same ranking
index will be considered tied for Denton ISD recognition purposes.
Conversions – As grades are received from non-Denton ISD institutions, it may become
necessary to convert grades from colleges, exams, public or private schools to the Denton
ISD system. Since the systems used by outside institutions vary, different conversion
methods may be needed. The district shall always encourage the non-Denton ISD institution
to supply numeric grades based on our system, However, in the event numeric grades are
not provided, the following conversions shall apply to these specific situations:
Conversion of University Letter Grades – Universities typically use standard letter
grades without the use of + (pluses) or – (minuses). These grades will be easy to use in the
assignment of grade points unless it becomes necessary to break ties. Since the approved GPA
policy calls for university level courses to carry honors GPA, this numeric conversion shall apply if
needed.
CLASS SCHEDULES
All students are expected to attend school for the entire school day and maintain a class/course
schedule to fulfill each period of the day. Exceptions may be made occasionally by the campus
principal for students in grades 9–12 who meet specific criteria and receive parental consent.
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS
For two school years following his or her graduation, a district student who graduates in the top ten
percent and, in some cases the top 25 percent, of his or her class is eligible for automatic admission
into four-year public universities and colleges in Texas if the student:
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.
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In addition, the student must submit a completed application for admission in accordance with the
deadline established by the college or university.
The University of Texas at Austin may limit the number of students automatically admitted to 75
percent of the University’s enrollment capacity for incoming resident freshmen. For students who
are eligible to enroll in the University of Texas at Austin during the summer or fall 2014 term, the
University will be admitting the top seven percent of the high school’s graduating class who meet
the above requirements. Additional applicants will be considered by the University through a
holistic review process.
Should a college or university adopt an admissions policy that automatically accepts the top 25
percent of a graduating class, the provisions above will also apply to a student ranked in the top 25
percent of his or her class.
CLOSED CAMPUS
Students are not allowed to leave the school campus during the school day. Students who leave
campus during the school day are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The campus
principal may allow students to leave campus with parental consent and notification.
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES
Policy EHDD
In addition to the programs offered by the district, students in grades 9 – 12 may earn college
credit from institutions of higher learning in partnership with the local district. Dual credit
partnerships have been established between Denton ISD and NCTC, TWU, and UNT. Students
must meet with their High School Counselor to determine eligibility, select approved courses, and
complete the dual credit application form for any dual credit course. All expenses associated with
Dual Credit are the responsibility of the student. Upon completion of dual credit course work, the
student must submit the college transcript to the counseling office before the end of the college
semester.
NCTC may offer some dual credit courses at the Denton ISD Advanced Technology Center.
Call the ATC for more information and speak with your campus counselor about enrollment
procedures. Some TWU dual credit courses are taught during the school day on Denton ISD
High School campuses — see your counselor for details.
It is important to keep in mind that not all colleges and universities accept credit earned
in all dual credit, IB or AP courses taken in high school. 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.
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COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
Policy FNG (LOCAL)
Usually student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed by a phone call or a
conference with the teacher or principal. For those complaints and concerns that cannot be
handled so easily, the district has adopted a standard complaint policy at FNG (LOCAL) in
the district’s online policy manual. A copy of this policy may be obtained in the principal’s
or superintendent’s office or on the district’s website, www.dentonisd.org.
In general, the student or parent should submit a written complaint and request a conference with
the campus principal. If the concern is not resolved, a request for a conference should be sent to
the Academic Programs department. If still unresolved, the district provides for the complaint to be
presented to the board of trustees.
CONDUCT
Applicability of School Rules
As required by law, the board has adopted a Student Code of Conduct that prohibits certain
behaviors and defines standards of acceptable behavior – both on and off campus – and
consequences for violation of these standards. The District has disciplinary authority over a student
in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Students and parents should be familiar with the
standards set out in the Student Code of Conduct, as well as campus and classroom rules. During
any periods of instruction during the summer months, the Student and Parent Handbook and
Student Code of Conduct in place for the year immediately preceding the summer period shall
apply, unless the district amends either or both documents for the purposes of summer instruction.
To achieve the best possible learning environment for all students, the Student Code of Conduct
and other campus rules will apply whenever the interest of the district is involved, whether on or
off school grounds, in conjunction with classes and school-sponsored activities.
Disruptions of School Operations
Disruptions of school operations are not tolerated and may constitute a misdemeanor offense. As
identified by law, disruptions include, but are not limited to the following:
• Interference with the movement of people at an exit, entrance, or hallway of a district
building without authorization from an administrator.
• Interference with an authorized activity by seizing control of all or part of a building.
• Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent participation in an authorized
assembly.
• Use of force, violence, or threats to cause disruption during an assembly.
• Interference with the movement of people at an exit or an entrance to district property.
• Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent people from entering or leaving
district property without authorization from an administrator.
• Disruption of classes or other school activities while on district property or on public
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property that is within 500 feet of district property. Class disruption includes making loud
noises; trying to entice a student away from, or to prevent a student from attending, a
required class or activity; and entering a classroom without authorization and disrupting the
activity with loud or profane language or any misconduct.
• Interference with the transportation of students in vehicles owned or operated by the district.
Social Events
School rules apply to all school social events. Guests attending these events are expected to
observe the same rules as DISD students, and a student inviting a guest will share responsibility
for the conduct of his or her guest. Students seeking to bring a guest to a social event should
seek permission from the principal and follow the guidelines established by the campus
leadership. Anyone leaving before the official end of the event will not be readmitted.
COUNSELING SERVICES
Academic Counseling
Students and their parents are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teacher, or principal to
learn more about course offerings, graduation requirements, and early graduation procedures. Each
spring, students in grades 5-12 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 Career
and Technology (CTE) opportunities.
Counselors can also provide information about entrance examinations and deadlines for
application, as well as information about automatic admission to state colleges and universities,
financial aid, housing and scholarships.
Students who have financial need according to federal criteria and who complete the
Recommended High School Graduation Program may be eligible under the Texas Grant Program
for tuition and fees to Texas public universities, community colleges, and technical schools, as well
as to private institutions. For information, see your campus counselor.
Personal Counseling
The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns,
including such areas as social, family, or emotional issues, or substance abuse. The counselor may
also make available information about community resources to address these concerns. A student
who wishes to meet with the counselor should make an appointment on campus.
Psychological Exams, Tests, or Treatments
Policy FFE (LEGAL), FFG (EXHIBIT)
The school will not conduct a psychological examination, test, or treatment without first
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obtaining the parent’s written consent. Parental consent is not necessary when a psychological
examination, test, or treatment is required by state or federal law for special education purposes
or by the Texas Education Agency for child abuse investigations and reports.
COURSE CREDIT
A student in grades 9–12 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 semester in which he or she
failed.
CREDIT BY EXAM – IF A STUDENT HAS TAKEN A COURSE
Policy EHDB (Local)
A student who has previously taken a course or subject but did not receive credit for it may, in
circumstances determined by the principal or attendance committee, be permitted to earn credit
by passing an exam on the essential knowledge and skills defined for that course or subject.
Prior instruction may include for example, incomplete coursework due to a failed course or
excessive absences, homeschooling, or coursework by a student transferring from a
nonaccredited school.
The counselor or principal will determine if the student could take an exam for this purpose. If
approval is granted, the student must score at least 70 on the exam to receive credit for the course
or subject. The attendance review committee may also offer a student with excessive absences an
opportunity to earn credit for a course by passing an exam. A student may not use this exam,
however, to regain eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.
CREDIT BY EXAM – IF A STUDENT HAS NOT TAKEN A COURSE
Policy EDHC
A student will be permitted to take an exam to earn credit for an academic course for which the
student has had no prior instruction. Please contact the counseling office at your school for the
dates on which the exams are scheduled. A student will earn credit with a passing score of at
least 90 on the exam. Depending on the student’s grade level and course for which the student
seeks to earn credit by exam, an end-of-course assessment (EOC) may be required for
graduation.
A student in elementary school will be eligible to accelerate to the next grade level if the student
scores at least 90 on each exam in the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and
social studies. If a student plans to take an exam, the student (or parent) must register with the
principal no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date.
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DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT,
and RETALIATION
Policy FFH (Local), FNG (Local)
The District believes that all students learn best in an environment free from dating violence,
discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and that their welfare is best served when they are
free from this prohibited conduct while attending school. Students are expected to treat other
students and district employees with courtesy and respect, to avoid behaviors known to be
offensive, and to stop those behaviors when asked or told to stop. District employees are
expected to treat students with courtesy and respect. The board has established policies and
procedures to prohibit and promptly respond to inappropriate and offensive behaviors that are
based on a person’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or any other basis
prohibited by law. A copy of the district’s policy is available on the district’s website.
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. This type of conduct is considered harassment if the conduct is so severe, persistent,
or pervasive that it affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational
program or activity, creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational
environment, or substantially interferes with the student’s academic performance.
Examples of dating violence against a student may include, but are not limited to, physical or
sexual assaults, name-calling, put-downs, threats to hurt the student or the student’s family
members or members of the student’s household, destroying property belonging to the student,
threats to commit suicide or homicide if the student ends the relationship, attempts to isolate the
student from friends and family, stalking, or encouraging others to engage in these behaviors.
Discrimination
Discrimination is defined as any conduct directed at a student on the basis of race, color, religion,
gender, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law, that negatively affects the
student.
Harassment
Harassment, in general terms, is conduct so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects the
student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity, creates an
intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment, or substantially interferes
with the student’s academic performance.
Examples of harassment may include, but are not limited to, offensive or derogatory language
directed at a person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent, skin color, or need for accommodation,
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threatening, intimidating or humiliating conduct, offensive jokes, name-calling, slurs, or rumors,
physical aggression or assault, graffiti or printed material promoting racial, ethnic, or other negative
stereotypes, or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.
Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Harassment
Sexual harassment and gender-based harassment of a student by an employee, volunteer, or another
student are prohibited. Examples of sexual harassment may include, but not be limited to, touching
private body parts or coercing physical contact that is sexual in nature, sexual advances, jokes or
conversations of a sexual nature, and other sexually motivated conduct, communications, or
contact.
Sexual harassment of a student by an employee or volunteer does not include necessary or
permissible physical contact not reasonably construed as sexual in nature, such as comforting a
child with a hug or taking the child’s hand. However, romantic and other inappropriate social
relationships, as well as all sexual relationships between students and district employees are
prohibited, even if consensual.
Gender-based harassment includes harassment based on a student’s gender, expression by the
student of stereotypical characteristics associated with the student’s gender, or the student’s failure
to conform to stereotypical behavior related to gender.
Examples of gender-based harassment directed against a student, regardless of the student’s or the
harasser’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, may include, but not be limited
to, offensive jokes, name-calling, slurs, or rumors, physical aggression or assault, threatening or
intimidating conduct, or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.
Retaliation
Retaliation against a person, who makes a good faith report of discrimination or harassment,
including dating violence, is prohibited. Retaliation against a person who is participating in an
investigation of alleged discrimination or harassment is also prohibited. A person who makes a
false claim or offers false statements or refuses to cooperate with a district investigation, however,
may be subject to appropriate discipline. Examples of retaliation may include threats, rumor
spreading, ostracism, assault, destruction of property, unjustified punishments, or unwarranted
grade reductions. Unlawful retaliation does not include petty slights or annoyances.
Reporting Procedures
Policies FFH (LOCAL), FNG (Local)
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced dating violence, discrimination,
harassment, or retaliation should immediately report the problem to a teacher, counselor, principal,
or other district employee. The report may be made by the student’s parent.
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Investigation of Report
Policy FNG (LOCAL)
To the extent possible, the district will respect the privacy of the student during an investigation.
However, limited disclosures may be necessary to conduct a thorough investigation and to comply
with law. Allegations of prohibited conduct, which includes dating violence, discrimination,
harassment, and retaliation, will be promptly investigated. The district will notify the parents of
any student alleged to have experienced prohibited conduct involving an adult associated with the
district. In the event alleged prohibited conduct involves another student, the district will notify the
parents of the student alleged to have experienced the prohibited conduct when the allegations, if
proven, would constitute a violation as defined by policy.
During the course of an investigation, the district may take interim action to address the alleged
prohibited conduct. When an investigation is initiated for alleged prohibited conduct, the district
will determine whether the allegations, if proven, would constitute bullying, as defined by law. If
so, an investigation of bullying will also be conducted. If the district’s investigation indicates that
prohibited conduct occurred, appropriate disciplinary action, and, in some cases corrective action
will be taken to address the conduct. The district may take disciplinary and corrective action even if
the conduct that is the subject of the complaint was not unlawful.
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal in
accordance with policy FNG (LOCAL).
DISTANCE LEARNING
Policy EHDE
Distance learning and correspondence courses include courses that encompass the state-required
essential knowledge and skills but are taught through multiple technologies and alternative
methodologies Distance learning opportunities are available to district students and are described
in the district’s High School Course Catalog & Planning Guide.
Depending on the course in which a student enrolls, the course may be subject to the “no pass, no
play” rules. In addition, for a student who enrolls in a course for which an end-of-course (EOC)
assessment is required, the student must still take the corresponding EOC assessment. The
requirements related to the incorporation of the EOC score into the student’s final course grade and
the implications of these assessments on graduation apply to the same extent as they apply to
traditional classroom instruction. Students desiring to enroll in an online course must contact their
school counselor to receive prior approval before enrolling in an online course.
DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS
OR DOCUMENTS
School Materials
Publications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed with the prior approval
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of the principal. Such items may include school posters, brochures, and fliers. The school
newspaper and the yearbook are available to students. All school publications are available to
students and are under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, and the principal.
Non-school Materials...from students
Policies FNAA (LOCAL), FNG (LOCAL)
Students must obtain prior approval from the campus principal before posting, circulating, or
distributing written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes, posters, or
other visual or auditory materials that were not developed under the oversight of the school. To be
considered, any non-school material must include the name of the sponsoring person or
organization. The principal has designated specific campus sites as the location for approved nonschool materials to be placed for voluntary viewing by students. Any student who posts non-school
material without prior approval will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student
Code of Conduct. Materials displayed without the principal’s approval will be removed.
Non-school Materials...from others
Policies GKDA, DGBA, FNG, GF, GKD (LOCAL), FNAB (LOCAL)
Written or printed materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, films, tapes, or other visual or
auditory materials not sponsored by the district or by a district-affiliated school-support
organization will not be sold, circulated, distributed, or posted on any district premises by any
district employee or by persons or groups not associated with the district, except as permitted
by Policy (GKDA). To be considered for distribution, any non-school material must meet the
limitations on content established in the policy, include the name of the sponsoring person or
organization, and be submitted to the office of the Academic Programs for prior review.
The office of Academic Programs will approve or reject the materials to be posted. The requestor
may appeal a rejection in accordance with the appropriate district 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 GKD (LOCAL) or a non-curriculumrelated student group meeting held in accordance with FNAB (LOCAL).
• Distribution for electioneering purposes during the time a school facility is being used as a
polling place, in accordance with state law.
All non-school materials distributed under these circumstances must be removed from district
property immediately following the event at which the materials are distributed.
DRESS AND GROOMING
The Denton ISD dress code is established to teach hygiene, instill self-discipline, prevent
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disruptions, promote safety, and provide an environment for learning. The responsibility for
adhering to the dress code begins with each student and parent. Enforcement of the code is the
responsibility of the classroom teachers and administrators. The principal, in cooperation with the
Campus Leadership Team may add detail to the following dress code and the details may be
gender specific.
If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress
code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not
corrected, the student will be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day,
until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of
clothing to the school.
Campuses may submit proposals concerning school uniforms to the superintendent for
submission to the school board for review and approval.
The Board, at the recommendation of the superintendent, approves campus dress code details.
On each campus, the principal will have the final say as to the appropriateness of any dress code
question.
The following guidelines are to assist students and parents in selecting appropriate attire (as
determined by campus administration):
1. All students are to present a clean, well-groomed appearance at school and school activities. All
clothing must be sized to fit properly.
2. The following items have been determined to be unacceptable for wear at school:
bike pants
bare midriffs
halter tops or tank tops
see-through apparel
short shorts/skirts
mesh/net clothing
saggy/baggy pants
bandanas
pajamas, slippers or house shoes
sunglasses
strapless dresses/blouses
unnatural hair color
unnatural cosmetic contact lens colors
accessories which create a disruption
display of undergarments
any headgear other than part of approved school uniform
chains or accessories which can be used as a weapon (such as spiked collars/bracelets)
shirts open at the sides (excessively large armholes)
flip-flops (except in high schools, or as determined by administration on all campuses)
Tattoos and body art which promote nudity, obscenity, or gang activity must be covered.
steel-toed shoes (except in identified CTE classes)
Ragged or intentionally cut/torn clothing as determined inappropriate by the campus
principal or designee
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Garments containing offensive or obscene words or phrases, pictures, symbols, or images
Garments which promote or advertise alcohol, tobacco, or other prohibited products
Accessories applied to the facial area, tongue, or body such as safety pins to the eye area,
studs, or rings through the nose
Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices
Including Mobile Telephones
The district permits students to possess personal mobile telephones, personal computers, eReaders
and other electronic devices for instructional and safety purposes. However, these devices must
remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing, unless they are being
used for teacher approved instructional purposes. The use of mobile telephones or any device
capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in locker rooms or restroom areas while at school
or at a school-related or school-sponsored event.
Except when being used for teacher approved instructional purposes, electronic devices, cell
phones, laptops, web enabled devices or any other telecommunications devices shall not be in use,
visible, or audible during school hours. School hours are determined by the campus principal or
designee. Campuses may require students to store individual cell phones in school issued lockers.
If a student uses a telecommunications device without authorization during the school day, the
device will be confiscated. The parent may pick up the confiscated device from the principal’s
office for a fee of $15. In the event of repeat offenses, the device will be returned at the end of the
semester after payment of a $15.00 administrative fee. This handbook serves as notification that
the school will dispose of any confiscated telecommunications devices 10 business days after the
end of each semester if no claim is made and no fee is paid. The school assumes no responsibility
for lost or stolen electronic or telecommunications devices confiscated in accordance with school
policy.
Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic Devices
Students are not permitted to possess or use personal electronic devices such as radios, MP3
players, video or audio recorders, DVD players, cameras, games, e-Readers, or other electronic
devices at school, unless prior permission has been obtained and there is an instructional purpose to
such use. If permission for these devices has not been granted, 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.
ACCEPTABLE USE OF DISTRICT
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
To prepare students for an increasingly technological society, the district has made an investment in
the use of district-owned technology resources for instructional purposes; specific resources may be
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issued individually to students. Use of these technological resources, which include the district’s
network systems and use of district equipment, is restricted to approved purposes only. Students
and parents will be asked to sign a user agreement regarding use of these district resources.
Violations of the user agreement may result in withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary
action.
UNACCEPTABLE USE OF DISTRICT
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
Students are prohibited from possessing, sending, forwarding, posting, accessing, or displaying
electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging
to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition also applies to conduct off school property,
whether the equipment used to send such messages is district-owned or personally owned, if it
results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. Any person taking,
disseminating, transferring, possessing, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise
illegal images or other content, commonly referred to as “sexting,” will be disciplined according to
the Student Code of Conduct, and may be required to complete an educational program related to
the dangers of this type of behavior, and, in certain circumstances, may be reported to law
enforcement. Because engaging in this type of behavior can lead to bullying or harassment, as well
as possibly impede future endeavors of a student, we encourage you to review with your child
http://beforeyoutext.com, a state-developed program that addresses the consequences of engaging
in inappropriate behavior using technology.
In addition, any student who engages in conduct that results in a breach of the district’s computer
security will be disciplined in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, and, in some cases,
the consequence may rise to the level of expulsion.
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
To enroll a student in the Denton schools, the parent or legal guardian must complete and sign
registration forms and provide proof of immunization, proof of residency, and the child’s birth
certificate. The parent or legal guardian must live in the school district unless the student’s Out-of
– District transfer application has been approved. A person who gives false information including
an incorrect statement of residency can be charged full tuition for the time the parent/guardian was
not living in the school district.
Proof of Residence
Parents or legal guardians will be required to document their address by showing legal documents such as lease agreements, residential contracts, and current utility bills. Students must
attend the campus in the attendance zone in which the parent/guardian resides unless they have
received an approved intra-district transfer. If the student moves within the district, a new proof
of residency must be provided to the campus.
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Proof of Age
All students must show a copy of their birth certificate or its equivalent.
Proof of Immunizations
Required immunizations may be found on the DISD Health Services website. The school nurse
can also provide information on age-appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated
history of illness required by the Department of State Health Services. Proof of immunization
may be established by personal records from a licensed physician or public health clinic with a
signature or rubber-stamp validation.
Transfer of Records
The school will request a copy of a student’s records from the previous school attended. If the
child was enrolled in a Texas public school, these records should arrive within thirty days. The
information will include an identification number (either social security number or state
number), county-district-campus number, campus name and phone number, sex, ethnicity, date
of birth, and current grade level. Most districts will also send grades and standardized test
scores. Special education records must be requested separately.
Head Start Program
The Denton ISD Head Start Program is a federally funded program for three and four year old
poverty level children and it runs a full day. The program is located at the Ann Windle School for
Young Children at 901 Audra Lane. The focus of the program, which follows state and federal
guide- lines and curricula, is to increase each student’s self-concept, developmental skills, and preacademic skills. To qualify for the program, the student’s parents must meet the federal income
guidelines established for the program. For additional information, please call 940-369-3900.
Pre-Kindergarten
A student must be three years old on or before September 1, 2013, to be in this program. Also, the
student must be limited English-speaking or qualify under low-income guidelines. This is a halfday program. Transportation for the pre-kindergarten program is the responsibility of the parent.
Please contact the campus for program availability.
Kindergarten
A student must be five years old on or before September 1, 2013, to be eligible. Full day classes
are offered at all elementary campuses.
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First Grade
A student must be six years old on or before September 1, 2013, or have been in the first grade,
or completed kindergarten in the public schools of another state before moving to the District.
All Other Grades
Students may enroll in grades two through twelve by showing the proper withdrawal records from
an accredited private, church, or public school. These records include grades, proof of birth and
immunizations. Students who have been enrolled in a non-accredited public, private, church school
or have been home-schooled may enroll at the grade level on a temporary basis. The principal
makes the final decision about the proper grade placement.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS,
AND ORGANIZATIONS
Participation in school-related activities is an excellent way for a student to develop talents,
receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students; participation,
however, is a privilege, not a right. Participation in some of these activities may result in events
that occur off-campus. When the district arranges transportation for these events, students are
required to use the transportation provided by the district to and from the events. Exceptions to
this may only be made with the approval of the activity’s coach or sponsor.
Eligibility for participation in many of these activities is governed by state law and the rules of
the University Interscholastic League (UIL) - a statewide association overseeing interdistrict
competition. If a student is involved in an academic, athletic, or music activity governed by UIL,
the student and parent are expected to know and follow all rules of the UIL organization. The
following requirements apply to all extracurricular activities:
• A student who receives at the end of a grading period a grade below 70 in any academic
class—other than an advanced placement or international baccalaureate course or an honors
or dual credit course in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies,
economics, or a foreign language—may not participate in extracurricular activities for at least
three school weeks.
• A student with disabilities who fails to meet the standards in the individualized education
program (IEP) may not participate for at least three school weeks.
• An ineligible student may practice or rehearse.
• A student is allowed in a school year up to 10 absences not related to post-district
competition, a maximum of 4 absences for post-district competition prior to state, and
a maximum of 2 absences for state competition. All extracurricular activities and public
performances, including UIL activities or other activities approved by the board, are subject to
these restrictions.
• An absence for participation in an activity that has not been approved will receive an
unexcused absence.
Students must meet eligibility criterion at the beginning of each school year.
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Grades 6–9 - Must have been regularly promoted from previous grade. Must have overall
average of 70 and grades of 70 or higher in three of four core subjects of English, math,
science, and social studies to be regularly promoted.
H.S. 2nd year – Must have earned at least 6 credits
H.S. 3rd year – Must have earned at least 12 credits.
H.S. 4th year – Must have earned at least 18 credits.
At the end of each grading period (6 weeks), students must pass all classes to maintain or regain
eligibility. Students with one or more grades below 70 must be suspended from participation in
extra-curricular activities. Students may still practice but cannot participate in competition.
Students regain eligibility when all grades are passing and at least three weeks of suspension have
been served.
Standards of Behavior
Sponsors of student clubs and performing groups such as the band, choir, and drill and athletic
teams may establish standards of behavior — including consequences for misbehavior — that are
stricter than those for students in general. If a violation is also a violation of school rules, the
consequences specified by the Student Code of Conduct or by board policy will apply in addition to
any consequences specified by the organization’s standards of behavior.
FEES
Policy FP
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state and local funds at
no charge to a student. A student, however, is expected to provide his or her own pencils, paper,
erasers, and notebooks and may be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including:
• Costs for materials for a class project that the student will keep.
• Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organizations and admission fees to
extracurricular activities.
• Security deposits.
• Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.
• Voluntarily purchased pictures, publications, class rings, yearbooks, graduation
announcements, etc.
• Voluntarily purchased student accident insurance.
• Musical instrument rental and uniform maintenance, when uniforms are provided by the
district.
• Personal apparel used in extracurricular activities that becomes the property of the student.
• Parking fees and student identification cards.
• Fees for lost, damaged, or overdue library books.
• In some cases, a fee for a course taken online or through the Texas Virtual School Network.
• Fees for optional courses offered for credit that require use of facilities not available on district
premises.
• Summer school for courses that are offered tuition-free during the regular school year.
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• A fee not to exceed $50 for costs of providing an educational program outside of regular
school hours for a student who has lost credit because of absences and whose parent chooses
the program in order for the student to meet the 90 percent attendance requirement. The fee
will be charged only if the parent or guardian signs a district-provided request form.
Any required fee or deposit may be waived if the student and parent are unable to pay.
Application for such a waiver may be made to the campus principal.
FUNDRAISING
Policy FJ, GE
Student groups or classes and/or parent groups may be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives
for approved school purposes. An application for permission must be made to the campus
principal at the beginning of each semester.
GANG-FREE ZONES
Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gangrelated crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in a
gang-free zone. For purposes of the district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a location
in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any district-owned or leased property or campus playground.
GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION
After the ninth grade, students are classified according to the number of credits earned toward
graduation.
Credits Earned
6
12
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Classification
Grade 10 (Sophomore)
Grade 11 (Junior)
Grade 12 (Senior)
GRADING GUIDELINES
The purpose of the grading system and report cards is to keep students and parents informed
about students’ progress. Only Board approval will allow exception to the following reporting
system:
Grades Pre-K through Three
Standards Based report cards will be sent home every six weeks.
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Grades Four and Five
Students are graded on a numerical scale in the major subjects with 100 being the highest grade. A
grade of less than 70 is considered failing and qualifies the student for the tutorial program.
Students also qualify for tutoring if their grade average is below 75. Please consult the Elementary
School Grade Calculation guidelines included in the appendix of this handbook for clarification on
how grades are calculated. Certain DISD campuses may pilot standards based report cards at grade
levels other than grades 1 and 2. In the event a campus participates in such a pilot, the campus will
communicate the purpose to all stakeholders.
Grades Six through Twelve
Students are graded on a numerical scale in each subject with 100 being the highest grade. A
grade of less than 70 is considered failing. Report cards are issued every six weeks. Students in
danger of failing will be issued a progress report after the first three weeks of each grading
period.
Report cards are issued at the end of each reporting period.
Middle School and High School
Parents will be provided access to their student’s grades and attendance via the Internet. Details
on how to access this system will be provided to parents through handouts sent home with
students and through PTA newsletters.
GRADUATION
Requirements for a Diploma
To receive a high school diploma from the District, a student must successfully complete the
required number of credits and pass statewide exit-level exams.
The exit-level test, currently required for students in grade 11, covers English language arts,
mathematics, science, and social studies and requires knowledge of Algebra I, Geometry,
Biology, Integrated Chemistry and Physics, English III, and early American and United States
History, World History, and World Geography.
Students in grade 11 during the 2012-2013 school year must pass the exit-level test to graduate.
A student in grade 12 who has not passed the exit level test will have opportunities to retake it.
Beginning with students who enter grade 9 in the 2012-2013 school year, End of Course (EOC)
assessments will be administered for the following courses and will replace the exit-level test as
mentioned above: English I, English II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology,
Chemistry, Physics, World Geography, World History, and United States History. Students
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graduating under the Minimum Program must take EOC assessments only for courses in which
they are enrolled and for which there is an EOC assessment. Each student will be required to
achieve certain scores on the applicable EOC assessments to graduate, depending on the
graduation program in which the student is enrolled. A student who has not achieved sufficient
scores on the EOC assessments to graduate will have opportunities to retake the assessments.
If a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment, the district will provide
remediation to the student in the content area for which the performance standard was not met.
This may require participation of the student before or after normal school hours or at times of
the year outside normal school operations.
Graduation Programs
Policy EIF (LEGAL)
The district offers the graduation programs listed below. All students entering grade 9 are
required to enroll in the Recommended High School Program or Advanced/Distinguished
Achievement Program. Each student entering the ninth grade will receive a High School
Course Catalog and Planning Guide. This guide will be their framework for the graduation
requirements throughout their high school career. For more information regarding your
child’s graduation plan, please see the appropriate course catalog or visit with your school
counselor.
Effective with ninth graders in the 2012-2013 school year, in addition to the credit and course
requirements for each program, performance on EOC assessments will be linked to a student’s
eligible graduation program. To graduate, a student must meet a minimum cumulative score set
by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for each content area: English, mathematics, science, and
social studies. To determine whether the student meet the cumulative score, the student’s EOC
assessment scores in each content area will be added together. If the student’s total score on the
assessments within the content area is not equal to or greater than the cumulative score set by
TEA, the student may retake any of the assessments in that content area until the student
achieves the cumulative score. A student who does not make the minimum required score on any
individual assessment will be required to retake that assessment.
To graduate on the Recommended Program, a student must perform satisfactorily on the Algebra II
and English III EOC assessments, in addition to the meeting the cumulative score requirements
described above. To graduate on the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program, a student
must demonstrate advanced academic performance on the Algebra II and English III EOC
assessments, commonly referred to as college and career readiness standards, in addition to
successfully meeting performance stands on the other EOC assessments. If this standard is not met,
the student will graduate under the Recommended Program, regardless of whether the student has
met all other requirements for graduation under the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement
Program.
A student graduating under the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program must also achieve a
combination of four of the following advanced measures:
1. An original research project or other project that is related to the required curriculum.
These projects must be judged by a panel of professionals or conducted under the direction
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of a mentor and reported to an appropriate audience. Please note that no more than two of the
four advanced measures may be received from this option.
2. Test data where a student receives:
A score of three or above on an 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 Corporation, as part of
the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) of the College Board, or as part of
the National Achievement Scholarship Program of the National Merit Scholarship
Corporation. The PSAT/NMSQT score will count as only one advanced measure
regardless of the number of honors received by the student.
3. College academic courses, including those taken for dual credit, and advanced technical
courses, including locally articulated courses, provided the student scores the equivalent
of a 3.0 or higher.
Please be aware that not all courses are offered at every secondary campus in the district. A
student who wants to take a course not offered at his or her regular campus should contact the
counselor about a transfer or other alternatives. If the parents of at least 22 students request a
transfer for those students to take a course in the required curriculum other than fine arts or
career and technology, the district will offer the course for the following year either by
teleconference or at the school from which the transfers were requested.
Certificates of Coursework Completion
Policy FMH (LOCAL)
A certificate of coursework completion will not be issued to a student who has successfully completed state and local credit requirements for graduation but has not yet demonstrated satisfactory
performance on the state-mandated tests required for graduation.
Students with Disabilities
Policy FMH (LEGAL)
Upon decision by the admission, review, and dismissal committee, a student with disabilities may
be permitted to graduate under the provisions of his or her individualized education program (IEP).
A student who receives special education services and has completed four years of high school,
but has not met the requirements of his or her IEP, may participate in graduation ceremonies and
receive a certificate of attendance. Even if the student participates in graduation ceremonies to
receive the certificate of attendance, he or she may remain enrolled to complete the IEP and earn
his or her high school diploma; however, the student will only be allowed to participate in one
graduation ceremony.
Please also be aware that if an ARD committee places a student with a disability on a modified
curriculum in a subject area, the student will be automatically placed in the Minimum Program in
accordance with state rules.
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If a student receiving special education services is scheduled to graduate under the Minimum
Program or in accordance with the provisions of his or her IEP, the student’s ARD committee will
determine whether the general EOC assessment is an accurate measure of the student’s achievement
and progress or whether an alternative assessment is more appropriate. STAAR Modified and
STAAR Alternate are the alternative assessments currently allowed by the state.
Graduation Speakers
Policy FNA (LOCAL)
Graduating students will be given an opportunity to provide opening and closing remarks during
the graduation ceremony. Only those students who are identified by FNA (LOCAL) will be
eligible to give these remarks; however, if the student was assigned to disciplinary placement at
any time during the spring semester, he or she will not be eligible to speak at graduation.
Students eligible to give the opening and closing remarks will be notified by the principal and
given an opportunity to volunteer. In the event there are more eligible students volunteering
than there are speaking roles at the graduation ceremony, the names of all eligible students who
volunteered shall be randomly drawn. The student whose name is drawn first will give the
opening remarks and the student whose name is drawn second will give the closing remarks.
In addition to the opening and closing remarks, the students who have attained special positions of
honor based on neutral criteria as identified by FNA (LOCAL)] may also have speaking roles at
the graduation ceremony.
Graduation Expenses
Because students and parents will incur expenses in order to participate in the traditions of
graduation—such as the purchase of invitations, senior ring, cap and gown, and senior picture—
both student and parent should monitor progress toward completion of all requirements for
graduation. The expenses often are incurred in the junior year or first semester of the senior year.
State Scholarships and Grants
Policy EJ (LEGAL)
• Under the Texas Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program, students who complete
the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program may earn
financial credits in varying amounts to apply toward college tuition. The amounts depend on
the number of consecutive months in which the student completed graduation requirements
and the number of early college credits earned and may be used at public or private higher
education institutions within the state. Counselors can provide additional information about
meeting the program’s eligibility requirements.
• Students who have a financial need according to federal criteria and who complete the
Recommended High School Program or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program
may be eligible under the 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.
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• Contact the counselor for information about other scholarships and grants available to
students.
HAZING
Policies FFI, FNCC
Hazing is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off campus
directed against a student that endangers the mental or physical health or the safety of a student
for the purpose of pledging, being initiated to, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining
membership in any organization whose members are or include other students.
Hazing will not be tolerated by the district. If an incident of hazing occurs, disciplinary
consequences will be handled in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. It is a criminal
offense if a person engages in hazing; solicits, encourages, directs, aids or attempts to aid another
in hazing; or has firsthand knowledge of an incident of hazing being planned or having occurred
and fails to report this to the principal or superintendent.
HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS
Policies FFI, FFAF
Student Illness
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 must exclude students with certain illnesses from
participation 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 feverreducing 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 school nurse.
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.
The district is also 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 school nurse if you have questions or if you are concerned about whether or not your
child should stay home.
Food Allergies
Policy FFAF
The district has developed a food allergy management plan that is in compliance with state
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law and addresses employee training, common food allergens, and specific strategies for
dealing with students diagnosed with severe food allergies. When the district receives
information that a student has a food allergy that puts the student at risk for anaphylaxis,
individual care plans will be developed to assist the student in safely accessing the school
environment. The district’s food allergy management plan can be accessed by contacting
your campus nurse or the Director of Health Services.
Head Lice
Head lice, although not an illness or a disease, is very common among children and is spread very
easily through head-to-head contact during play, sports, or nap time and when children share things
like brushes, combs, hats, and headphones. Because lice spread so easily, the district will need to
exclude any student found to have live lice until after one treatment of an FDA-approved shampoo
or cream rinse, which can be purchased from a drug store or grocery store.
If careful observation indicates that a student has head lice, the school nurse will contact the
student’s parent and inform the parent that the child will need to be picked up from school and will
need to stay home until after an initial treatment is applied. After the student has undergone one
treatment, the parent should check in with the school nurse to discuss the treatment used. The nurse
can also offer additional recommendations, including subsequent treatments and how best to get rid
of lice and prevent their return.
Immunizations
Policy FFAB (LEGAL)
A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or
statement that, for medical reasons or reasons of conscience, the student will not be immunized.
For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, only official forms issued by the Texas
Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Immunization Branch, can be honored by the
district. This form may be obtained by writing to the following state office:
DSHS Immunization Branch (MC1946)
P.O. Box 149347,
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
or online at https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/default.aspx. The original notarized form (no
photocopies) must be submitted to the school nurse. If the parent is seeking an exemption for more
than one student in the family, a separate form must be provided for each student.
Required immunizations may be found on the DISD Health Services website. The school nurse
can also provide information on age-appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated
history of illness required by the Department of State Health Services. Proof of immunization
may be established by personal records from a licensed physician or public health clinic with a
signature or rubber-stamp validation.
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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. licensed physician stating that, in the doctor’s opinion, the
immunization required poses a significant risk to the health and well-being of the student or
member of the student’s family or household. This certificate must be renewed yearly unless the
physician specifies a life-long condition. For further information, see the Department of State
Health Services.
Physical Activity for Students in Elementary and Middle School
Policies EHAB, EHAC, FFA
The district will ensure that students in kindergarten through grade 5 engage in moderate or
vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per week.
Students in middle or junior high school shall engage in 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous
physical activity per day for at least four semesters OR at least 225 minutes of moderate or
vigorous physical activity within a two-week period for at least four semesters.
For additional information on the district’s requirements and programs regarding elementary, and
middle school student physical activity requirements, please see the campus principal.
School Health Advisory Council
Policy BDF, EHAA
Parents are encouraged to participate in this advisory committee. Additional information regarding
the district’s School Health Advisory Council is available from the Director of Health Services, and
is posted on the Health Services webpage:
http://www.dentonisd.org/5123871315272/site/default.asp
Physical Fitness Assessment
Annually, the district will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students in grades 3–12 who are
enrolled in a physical education course or a course for which physical education is awarded. At the
end of the school year, a parent may submit a written request to the campus principal to obtain the
results of his or her child’s physical fitness assessment conducted during the year.
Vending Machines
Policies CO, FFA
The district has adopted policies and implemented procedures to comply with state and federal
food service guidelines for restricting student access to vending machines. For more information
regarding these policies and guidelines see the campus principal or designee.
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Tobacco Prohibited
Policies FNCD, GKA
Students are prohibited from possessing or using any type of tobacco product, including electronic
cigarettes, while on school property at any time or while attending an off campus school-related
activity. The district and its staff strictly enforce prohibitions against the use of all tobacco
products, including electronic cigarettes, by students and others on school property and at schoolsponsored and school-related activities.
Asbestos Management Plan
In accordance with Environmental Protection Agency 40 CFR 763, Asbestos Containing Material
in Schools; Final Rule and Notice, the Denton Independent School District has completed the
requirements for the inspection and development of an Asbestos Management Plan for all facilities
owned by the District. A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan will be available in the office of
each District facility for review. For additional information, please contact the Service Center
Annex, 940-369-0200.
Pest Management Plan
The district is required to follow integrated pest management (IPM) procedures to control pests on
school grounds. Although the district strives to use the safest and most effective methods to
manage pests, including a variety of non-chemical control measures, pesticide use is sometimes
necessary to maintain adequate pest control and ensure a safe, pest-free school environment.
All pesticides used are registered for their intended use by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency and are applied only by certified pesticide applicators. Except in an
emergency, signs will be posted 48 hours before indoor application. All outdoor applications will
be posted at the time of treatment, and signs will remain until it is safe to enter the area.
Information may be obtained from the Service Center Annex at 940-369-0200.
Health Services
Licensed nurses provide many health services for DISD students including:
1. Emergency first aid, safety awareness & accident prevention
2. Assessment of individual health concerns, with appropriate nursing intervention and
referral
3. Vision screening, hearing screening, risk assessment for diabetes type 2, and spinal
screening required by the state
4. Serving as a health resource for students, parents, and staff, including health counseling
individually and classroom education program
In the event of injury or illness at school, the campus nurse, campus principal or designee will be
responsible for following emergency procedures established by the District.
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Contagious Diseases/Conditions
To protect other students from contagious illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not
allowed to come to school while contagious. If the school nurse suspects that a student may have a
contagious disease based on signs or symptoms the student has, (s)he will exclude the student
from attendance until all suspicious symptoms are gone, or the child’s physician documents that
the child may return to school. If a parent suspects that his or her child has a contagious disease,
the parent should keep the child home, consult with the child’s physician, and contact the school
nurse or principal so that other students who might have been exposed to the disease can be
alerted if a confirmed diagnosis is made.
DISD follows guidelines from the Texas Department of Health Services and all information
regarding exclusion from school may be found on the DISD health services webpage.
First Aid/School Exclusion for Health Reasons
Information about low-cost student health insurance is available from each campus nurse
or from the district website.
In case of serious illness or injury:
1. A parent will be called at once. It is critical that school officials have the names and the
current home, work, and cell phone numbers for all parents and guardians. Students must
be excluded from school according to state law for signs and symptoms associated with
certain contagious diseases. The campus registered nurse will make that decision based on
his/her assessment and observation of those signs and symptoms.
2. If neither parent can be reached, an emergency contact will be made. Please make sure
the school has the phone number of your doctor and three other names and phone
numbers of neighbors or relatives who have agreed to be contacted.
3. If neither parent nor emergency contacts can be reached, the student will be taken by
ambulance to the emergency room written on the health card. The nurse or someone
designated by the principal will stay with the student until a responsible adult arrives to
be with the student. The parent is responsible for incurred costs.
4. A student may not leave school or be taken home by any school personnel unless an adult
has been contacted or will be at home to receive the student. Any exception to this policy
will be approved by the principal. School nurses cannot provide transportation.
Student Health and Safety — When Behavior is a Concern
When a student displays behaviors of concern in the school environment, it is the responsibility of
Denton ISD to ascertain the nature of the behavior as quickly and objectively as possible,
especially in the situation where students may be getting behind the wheel to drive or operating
other machinery. There are many reasons why a student might be behaving in an “untoward”
manner – lack of sleep, effects of prescription medicine, emotional issues, mental illness,
substance abuse or low blood sugar to name a few. Any of these reasons could cause that student
and others to be in an unsafe situation if not acknowledged and addressed appropriately.
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In Denton ISD, school RNs and administrators are trained to perform objective assessments using
the “Untoward Behavior Assessment” form. Parents are always notified if an assessment has been
done and what, if any, are the concerns. The assessment is very basic, confidential, and noninvasive, and parents are welcome to have a copy of the assessment if they want one. The
purpose of the assessment is always with student safety in mind.
Psychotropic Drugs
Policy FFAC (Legal)
A psychotropic drug is a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or
as a component of a medication. It is intended to have an altering effect on perception, emotion, or
behavior and is commonly described as a mood- or behavior-altering substance. A district
employee who is a registered nurse, an advanced nurse practitioner, a physician, or a certified or
credentialed mental health professional can recommend that a student be evaluated by an
appropriate medical practitioner, if appropriate.
HOMELESS STUDENTS
For more information on services for homeless students, contact the district’s Liaison for homeless
children and youths at 940-369-0599 or 940-369-0598.
HOMEWORK
The district encourages a reasonable amount of practical work to be done at home. If an
excessive amount of work is being brought home, this may indicate ineffective use of school
time. Homework may be any preparation, work, or activity that a pupil does on non-school time
as requested by the teacher or with teacher consent. This definition is broad in meaning to allow
for many different types of homework assignments. Homework may include the following
categories:
• library research
• make-up work when absent
• limited remedial work
• special reports and long-range study assignments
• drill on basic skills
• collections, “show and tell” materials
• guided and recreational reading
• creative writing
• recommended TV programs, good movies, plays, etc.
• use of community resources
• unfinished work assigned in class
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LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
Questioning of Students
When law enforcement officers or other lawful authorities wish to question or interview a student
at school, the principal will cooperate fully regarding the conditions of the interview, if the
questioning or interview is part of a child abuse investigation. In other circumstances:
• The principal will verify and record the identity of the officer or other authority and ask for
an explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school.
• The principal ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the parents unless the
interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection.
• The principal ordinarily will be present unless the interviewer raises what the principal
considers to be a valid objection.
Students Taken Into Custody
State law requires the district to permit a student to be taken into legal custody:
• To comply with an order of the juvenile court.
• To comply with the laws of arrest.
• By a law enforcement officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has engaged in
delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision.
• By a probation officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has violated a
condition of probation imposed by the juvenile court.
• By an authorized representative of Child Protective Services, Texas Department of Family
and Protective Services, a law enforcement officer, or a juvenile probation officer, without a
court order, under the conditions set out in the Family Code relating to the student’s physical
health or safety.
• To comply with a properly issued directive to take a student into custody.
Before a student is released to a law enforcement officer or other legally authorized person, the
principal will verify the officer’s identity and, to the best of his or her ability, will verify the
official’s authority to take custody of the student.
The principal will immediately notify the superintendent or designee and will ordinarily attempt to
notify the parent unless the officer or other authorized person raises what the principal considers to
be a valid objection to notifying the parents. Because the principal does not have the authority to
prevent or delay a student’s release to a law enforcement officer, any notification will most likely
be after the fact.
Notification of Law Violations
Policy GRA (LEGAL)
The district 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.
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• All instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a student who has been
convicted, received deferred prosecution, received deferred adjudication, or was adjudicated
for delinquent conduct for any felony offense or certain misdemeanors.
School Resource Officer
Secondary campuses are staffed with a School Resource Officer (SRO). School Resource
Officers are police officers licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer
Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) assigned to the secondary schools in the Denton
Independent School District. Each officer is a direct, full-time, employee of their respective
Departments. As certified police officers they have arrest powers endorsed by the State of
Texas and are authorized to use the force necessary to effect arrests and protect third parties
and themselves. They may be authorized by their department to carry the following equipment:
firearms, Oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, impact batons, Tasers, handcuffs, and portable radios.
Goals for School Resource Officers
Promote a safe environment for students, faculty and staff.
Reduce criminal offenses committed by juveniles and young adults by diversion or detention/
arrest.
Establish rapport with students, faculty, administrative staff and parents.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
An English Language Learner (ELL) is entitled to receive specialized services from the district.
To determine whether the student qualifies for services, a Language Proficiency Assessment
Committee (LPAC) will be formed, which will consist of both district personnel and at least one
parent representative. The student’s parent must consent to any services recommended by the
LPAC for an ELL student.
In order to determine a student’s level of proficiency in English, the LPAC will use information
from a variety of assessment. If the student qualifies for services and once a level or proficiency
has been established, the LPAC will then designate instructional accommodations or additional
special programs the student will require to eventually become proficient at grade level work in
English. Ongoing assessments will be conducted to determine a student’s continued eligibility for
the program.
The LPAC will also determine whether certain accommodations are necessary for any statemandated assessments. The STAAR-L may be administered to an ELL student. The Texas
English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) will also be administered to ELL
students who qualify for services.
If a student is considered an ELL student and receives special education services because of a
qualifying disability, the student’s ARD committee will make these decisions in conjunction
with the LPAC.
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MAKEUP WORK
Routine and Long-Term Makeup Work Assignments
Policy EIAB (LOCAL)
For any class missed, the teacher may assign the student makeup work based on the instructional
objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the
essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.
A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work in a satisfactory
manner and within the time specified by the teacher.
A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher will
receive a grade of zero for the assignment.
A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed
because of absence. Teachers may assign a late penalty to any long-term project in accordance
with time lines approved by the principal and previously communicated to students.
While each case will be evaluated individually, the following guidelines should be used. It must be
stressed that the student is responsible for makeup work. In all cases, if illness is the reason for
absences, make-up work requests during the student’s absence from the classroom will be
carefully evaluated in terms of the child’s welfare. Makeup work will not be provided prior to a
student’s absence.
The student will have one more class day than the number of class days missed to turn in
make-up work. Makeup work should be completed in the order it was assigned.
If a test was assigned and material covered before the absence, then the test must be taken on
the first class day the student returns. The same procedure applies for book reports and other
major projects.
Students are responsible for making arrangements for all make-up work when they return to
school. This should be done at a convenient time for the teacher and not during instruction
time.
DAEP or In-School Suspension Makeup Work
Policies FOCA (LEGAL), FEA (LEGAL)
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, coursework
needed to fulfill the student’s high school graduation requirements. The district may provide the
opportunity to complete the coursework through an alternative method, including a correspondence
course, distance learning, or summer school. The district will not charge the student for any method
of completion provided by the district.
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
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each course the student was enrolled in at the time of removal from the regular classroom. The
district may provide the opportunity by any method available, including a correspondence course,
distance learning, or summer school.
Students and their parents are encouraged to discuss options with the teacher or counselor to
ensure the student completes all work required for the course or grade level.
MEDICATION PROCEDURES
General Medication Information
Policies DG (LEGAL), FFA (LEGAL), FFAF (LEGAL), and FFAF (LOCAL)
Our medication policies are written with safety in mind and to help students become more selfresponsible as they get older. Although following them may be inconvenient at times, we feel
strongly that safe administration is important. Please discuss any medication concerns with the
campus RN, and make sure that the student health card reflects all medications your child is taking
at home as well as during the school day. This information will help the school nurse monitor
effectively for any side effects, any adverse reactions, and that the medicines are working to benefit
your child as prescribed. No district employee shall give any student prescription medication, nonprescription medications, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietary supplements of any type,
except as provided below.
All medicines, including prescription, over-the-counter, self-administered, or those requiring
administration by another party, brought to district campuses (including school activities) must be
in the original, properly-labeled container, with the student’s name, prescribed dosage, and dosing
instructions.
Students may not share medicine with another student under any circumstance. Violations shall be
subject to consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and discipline
management program.
Dietary/herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA to ensure quality standards, nor have they
been tested for safety or effectiveness on school-aged children. This includes herbal and dietary
supplements of any type, anabolic steroids, vitamins, weight reduction or enhancement
supplements, muscle-building and performance-enhancing aids; these are not considered essential
during school hours or school activities and will not be allowed unless administered by a parent.
Exceptions to this policy are rare and will be considered only with a doctor’s order*, parental
consent, and agreement of the school nurse according to the Texas Board of Nurse Examiner
Rules and Regulations 217.11(3) and 217.11(1a).
*Doctor’s order throughout this policy shall be defined as those of an M.D., D.O., podiatrist,
dentist, or a health care professional with legal prescriptive authority to write prescriptions in
Texas, including a nurse practitioner, advanced practice nurse, or physician assistant working
under a doctor’s authority.
In our district, medication at elementary and middle school is usually administered by the school
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RN. (See more information below for high school students.) There are times at campuses when
school employees other than the school nurse may administer medication; in those circumstances
the nurse will provide training to school personnel who are assigned to administer medications in
order to ensure safe administration and accurate dosage. Non-nursing school staff may be assigned
to administer medications:
When the campus nurse is not available or states that he or she is unable to do so safely.
[See DG (LEGAL)] or in accordance with the Texas Nurse Practice Act.
When a student suffers from a life-threatening condition, including, but not limited to,
diabetes (hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia) and/or severe allergies (anaphylaxis).
When a student is unable to go to the health room for his or her medication without
experiencing discomfort or a significant loss of instructional time, provided it is
agreed upon by the parent and/or included in the student’s individualized health plan
(IHP).
Elementary Medications
Policy FFAC (LEGAL)
When an elementary student is required to take medicine during the school day, it shall be the
responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to administer it. When a parent or guardian is
unable to administer the medication, he or she may make arrangements with the principal or
designee for school personnel to administer the medication. Arrangements shall be made in
writing by completing the “Medication Administration Request,” which is available in the
registration packet, on each nurse’s website, and from school office personnel. The parent shall
be responsible for bringing the medication to school and picking it up at the end of the school
year. Medication shall not be given unless the form accompanies the medication in the original,
properly marked container. Any change in the medication prescription shall require a new form
and a newly-labeled container that reflects the change.
All medications administered at elementary school by school personnel shall be accompanied by a
doctor’s order, including all prescription medication and over-the-counter medicines, including, but
not limited to, cough drops, and pain relievers. Medication shall not be administered at school
unless it is essential to the health of the child and/or the student’s ability to function successfully in
the classroom.
Medications to be given less often than four times per day will not be given during the school
day, unless accompanied by a doctor’s order, which includes the doctor’s name on the order,
specifying:
• the medication must be given during the school day for an educational reason,
• the specific time the medication is to be given, and/or
• the circumstance under which the medication is to be administered.
Before medication is administered, names and dosages on the labels of medicine containers and
parent request forms must match.
Elementary students may carry diabetic testing supplies and inhalers, and they may self-administer
prescription medication for asthma and/or anaphylaxis under certain circumstances. No other
medications may be carried by an elementary student. Medication not picked up by parents at the
end of the school year shall be discarded after parent notification.
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Secondary Medications
To promote a safe and healthy school environment, and to support our “drug-free” philosophy, we
want to minimize as much as possible the amount of medicine brought to secondary campuses each
day. We also want to help our secondary students become more responsible for self-care and
healthy decision-making as they get older. Our policy is designed to accomplish those things, and
allows secondary students to bring/take only those medicines that are essential to their health and
ability to function well and safely at school.
If it is essential that a middle school student take prescription medication during the school day, a
parent/guardian must complete the Medication Administration Request form for the school nurse
to keep on file. The medication label must match the information on the form.
All secondary students may, with their parent’s permission, carry small amounts (limited to a
one or two day’s supply) of over the counter medication such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and
acetaminophen and self-administer according to the directions on the container. The
container must be the original container and be labeled with the student’s name.
Middle School Medications
Policy FFAC (Local)
Middle school students are required to come to the health room for administration of prescription
medications; however, with doctor’s orders they may carry and self-administer inhalers, self-care
supplies for type 1 diabetes and/or medication for anaphylaxis. Parents may request (on the
Medication Administration Request form) that non-prescription medication be stored and
administered by the school nurse if the parent does not want the student to carry the medication
with him/her. At middle school, non-prescription medication may be administered by the nurse
without a physician’s order according to label directions.
High School Medications
High school students will carry and self-administer their own prescription and non-prescription
medications. They may carry only the day’s dose; it must be in the original, properly labeled
container and administered according to label directions.
High school nurses do not administer or routinely store student medications. It is important for
students at this age to begin to learn to manage their own medications in preparation for that
responsibility after graduation. Should a student need assistance with managing his/her
medications, please contact the school nurse.
Mental Health Intervention/Suicide Prevention
Policy FFB (Local)
The district has implemented a program for early mental health intervention and suicide preven52
tion for all students that includes training campus staff on early warning signs and the possible
need for intervention. If you are concerned about your child or have concerns for friends or associates of your child, you may contact your campus counselor for information related to suicide
prevention and other mental health services in your area. The campus counselor is designated as
the campus liaison for mental health intervention and suicide prevention services. When the s(he)
receives a report that a student is possibly in need of mental health intervention or at risk of
committing suicide, s(he) shall notify the student’s parent and provide information about available
counseling options. S/he is also required to report the concern to the District’s Mental Health
Services Liaison.
PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE
Each school day, students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag. Parents may submit a written request to the principal to
excuse their child from reciting a pledge. State law requires that one minute of silence follow
recitation of the pledges. Each student may choose to reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any
other silent activity during that minute so long as the silent activity does not interfere with or
distract others.
PRAYER
Each student has a right to individually, voluntarily, and silently pray or meditate in school in a
manner that does not disrupt instructional or other activities of the school. The school will not
encourage, require, or coerce a student to engage in or to refrain from such prayer or meditation
during any school activity.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION
Policy EIE (LOCAL), EIF (LEGAL)
To be promoted from one grade level to the next, a student must meet these two grade
requirements:
Mastery shall be determined as follows:
Course assignments and unit evaluation shall be given to determine student grades in a
subject. An average of 70 or higher shall be considered a passing grade.
Mastery of the skills necessary for success at the next level shall be validated by assessments
that may either be incorporated into unit, six-week, and final exams, or may be administered
separately. Mastery of at least 70 percent of the objectives shall be required.
In grades 2-5, promotion to the next grade level shall be based on an overall average of 70
on a scale of 100 based upon course-level, grade-level standards (TEKS) for all subject
areas, a grade of 70 or above in three of the following areas: language arts (including
reading), mathematics, science, and social studies, and attendance.
Students in grades 6-8 must have an overall average of 70 or above and have grades of 70 or
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above in three of the four core subjects of English (including reading), math, science, and social
studies in order to be promoted to the next grade.
Students in grades 9-12 must accumulate a specified number of credits to be classified in the next
higher grade as indicated below:
10th Grade.......................... 6 Credits
11th Grade ......................... 12 Credits
12th Grade......................... 18 Credits
Graduate ............................ 26 Credits
Students are usually re-classified at the beginning of each school year. The principal has the final
authority to determine grade placement and reclassification. In extreme circumstances, students
may be reclassified at mid-term. A student will be promoted only on the basis of academic
achievement or demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter of the course or grade level. To earn
credit in a course, a student must receive a grade of at least 70 based on course-level or grade-level
standards. In grades 1-8, promotion is based on the requirements according to EIE (LOCAL).
In addition, at certain grade levels a student—with limited exceptions—will be required to pass
the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) if the student is enrolled in a public
Texas school on any day between January 1 and the week that the (STAAR) is administered the
first time.
• In order to be promoted to grade 6, students enrolled in grade 5 must perform satisfactorily
on the mathematics and reading sections of the grade 5 assessment in English or Spanish.
• In order to be promoted to grade 9, students enrolled in grade 8 must perform satisfactorily
on the mathematics and reading sections of the grade 8 assessment in English.
Parents of a student in grade 5 or 8 who did not perform satisfactorily on his or her exams will be
notified that their child will participate in an accelerated instructional program designed to
improve performance. Such students will have two additional opportunities to take the test.
If a student fails a second time, a grade placement committee, consisting of the principal or
designee, the teacher, and the student’s parent, will determine the additional special instruction
the student will receive. After a third failed attempt, the student will be retained; however, the
parent can appeal this decision to the committee. In order for the student to be promoted, based
on standards previously established by the district, the decision of the committee must be
unanimous and students must participate in the summer acceleration program. Whether the
student is retained or promoted, an educational plan for the student will be designed to enable
the student to perform at grade level by the end of the next school year.
Certain students – some with disabilities and some with limited English proficiency – may be
eligible for exemptions, accommodations, or deferred testing. For more information, see the
campus principal or counselor.
A Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) will be prepared for any student in a middle school or
beyond who did not perform satisfactorily on a state-mandated assessment or is determined by
the district as not likely to earn a high school diploma before the fifth school year following
enrollment in grade 9. The PGP will be designed and implemented by a guidance counselor,
teacher, or other staff member designated by the principal. The plan will, among other items,
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identify the student’s educational goals, address the parent’s educational expectations for the
student, and outline an intensive instruction program for the student. For a student receiving
special education services, the student’s IEP may serve as the student’s PGP and would therefore
be developed by the student’s ARD committee.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL
Because class time is important, doctor’s appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times
when the student will not miss instructional time. A pattern of repeated absences even for parts of
the school day may violate state truancy laws. A student who will need to leave school during the
day must bring a note from his or her parent that morning and follow the campus sign-out
procedures before leaving the campus. Otherwise, a student will not be released from school at
times other than at the end of the school day. Unless the principal or designee has granted
approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not regularly be released before the
end of the instructional day.
If a student becomes ill or injured during the school day, the school RN will perform a health
assessment, provide appropriate care, and if the student is not able to go back to class, notify the
parent to pick the student up, or, as in emergency situations, call 911 for an ambulance.
REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS/CONFERENCES
Policy EIA (LOCAL), FNG (LOCAL)
Report cards with each student’s grades or performance and absences in each class or subject are
issued to parents at least once every grading period.
At the end of the first three weeks of a grading period, parents will be given a written progress
report if their child’s performance in any course OR in English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies is near or below 70, or is below the expected level of performance. If the
student receives a grade lower than 70 in any class or subject at the end of a grading period, the
parent will be requested to schedule a conference with the teacher of that class or subject.
Teachers follow grading guidelines that have been communicated in the Student Handbook and
are designed to reflect each student’s academic achievement for the grading period, semester, or
course. State law provides that a test or course grade issued by a teacher cannot be changed
unless the board determines that the grade was arbitrary or contains an error, or that the teacher
did not follow the district’s grading policy.
Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher; if the question is not
resolved, the student or parent may request a conference with the principal in accordance with
FNG (LOCAL).
The report card or unsatisfactory progress report will state whether tutorials are required for a
student who receives a grade lower than 70 in a class or subject.
Report cards and unsatisfactory progress reports must be signed by the parent and should be
returned to the school.
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SAFETY
Denton ISD takes the responsibility for student safety very seriously. Campus administrators are
required to conduct safety drills including building and site evacuations, shelters in place, duck and
cover exercises, lockdowns, and reverse evacuations for many different situations including fires,
weather emergencies, intruders on campus, etc. The district’s Emergency Operations Plan is
developed with city and county emergency planners and responders, and is reviewed annually.
For a variety of safety and practical reasons, it is not the practice in Denton ISD to have
unscheduled early closings due to emergency events. However, each elementary and middle
school campus will ask parents to complete an early release form to indicate how children are to
get home in the event of an emergency early school closing.
Parents may, however, choose to pick up their children from school at any time during a critical
event, as long as usual safety procedures are followed and immediate access does not
compromise overall campus or individual student safety.
In an actual emergency situation, parents will be notified as quickly as possible of the event using
as many means as possible to present facts, control rumors, and distribute any information
necessary to reunite with their children as quickly and safely as possible.
Student safety on campus and at school-related events is a high priority of the district and the
cooperation of students is essential to ensuring school safety. All students should:
• Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk.
• Follow the behavioral standards in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct, as
well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the principal, teachers, or bus
drivers.
• Remain alert to and promptly report to a teacher or the principal any safety hazards, such as
intruders on campus or threats made by any person toward a student or staff member.
• Know emergency measures to take as practices in drills for weather safety, evacuation,
lockdowns as well as emergency routes and signals.
• Follow immediately the instructions of teachers, bus drivers, and other district employees
who are overseeing the welfare of students.
Parents have a responsibility to contribute to school safety by reminding their children of the
importance of following the guidelines above, and by following school entrance/visitor rules
without exception.
Accident Insurance
The district is not liable for costs associated with accidents or injuries at school. Information
about low-cost accident student health insurance that could help meet medical expenses in the
event of injury is available on our district Health Services website.
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Drills: Fire, Tornado, and Other Emergencies
Each year, students, teachers, and other district employees will participate in drills for emergency
procedures. When the signal is given, students should follow the direction of teachers or others in
charge quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner. More information on emergency procedures can
be viewed on the main DISD website, www.dentonisd.org under School Safety and Security.
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 district officials need to have 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 a student health card online including a signature for consent to
emergency care. Parents should keep emergency care information up-to-date (name of doctor,
emergency phone numbers, allergies, etc.). Please contact the school nurse to update any
information that the nurse or the teacher needs to know. The parent’s signature allows the exchange
of medical information between the school and health care providers. This information will only be
shared for the health and safety of the student.
Emergency School-Closing Information
Radio Stations WBAP 820 AM, KRLD 1080 AM, KNTU 88.1 FM, or TV Channels 4, 5, 8, and 11
will carry news about school closing in case of bad weather or some disaster. This information can
also be found on the district’s Internet site at: http://www.dentonisd.org. Sign up to receive “alerts”
on the district and campus websites; you will be notified by email/phone that a posting has been
made. Please do not call the school or school district offices to ask about school closings. Please do
not leave your child at the bus stop without checking to see if the school will be open. Make- up
days for bad weather have been included in the school calendar. School closing decisions during
inclement weather are based on safety and the drivability of bus routes.
SCHOOL FACILITIES
Elementary Student Day
7:50 A.M. - 2:50 P.M. ...........Kindergarten through Grade Five
7:50 A.M. - 10:50 A.M. .........Morning Pre-Kindergarten
11:50 A.M. - 2:50 P.M. ..........Afternoon Pre-Kindergarten
Students should not arrive at school before 7:20 A.M. No adult will be there before that time to
supervise them. Breakfast will be available between 7:20 and 7:50 A.M.
Students must be picked up at 2:50 P.M. If you want to pick up your child who rides the bus,
please call before 2:00 P.M. If you are not there by 2:50 P.M., dismissal time, your child may get
on the bus.
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Morning pre-kindergarten students must be picked up at 10:50 A.M. dismissal time. Adults will
not be available to supervise them after 10:50 A.M.
Afternoon pre-kindergarten students must not arrive before 11:50 A.M.
Secondary Student Day
8:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. ............. Middle Schools
8:50 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. ............. High Schools
Students should not arrive at school before 8:00 a.m. No adult will be there before that time to
supervise them. Breakfast will be available for students at 8:00 a.m. at Middle Schools and at
8:25 a.m. at High Schools.
Students must be picked up by 3:40 p.m. at Middle Schools and 4:30 p.m. at High Schools.
Facility Use by Students Before and After School
Certain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after school for specific
purposes. Students are required to remain in the area where their activity is scheduled to take
place. Unless the teacher or sponsor overseeing the activity gives permission, a student will not
be permitted to go to another area of the building or campus. After dismissal of school in the
afternoon, and unless involved in an activity under the supervision of a teacher, students must
leave campus immediately.
Conduct Before and After School
Teachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before and after-school
activities on district premises and at all school-sponsored events off district premises, such as play
rehearsals, club meetings, athletic practices, and special study groups or tutorials. Students are
subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during the instructional day and any stricter
standards of behavior established by the sponsor for extracurricular participants.
Meetings of Noncurriculum Related Groups
Policy FNAB (LOCAL)
Student-organized, student-led non curriculum-related groups are permitted to meet during the
hours designated by the principal before and after school. These groups must comply with the
requirements of policy FNAB (LOCAL). A list of these groups is available in the principal’s
office.
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School Telephone
Students may use the telephones in an emergency. Students cannot come to the telephone at
school, but important messages will be given to them. These messages should be left early in the
day, if at all possible. Telephones are to be used for school business.
SEARCHES
In the interest of promoting student safety and attempting to ensure that schools are safe and drug
free, district officials may from time to time conduct searches. Such searches are conducted without
a warrant and as permitted by law. School officials may search a student’s outer clothing, pockets,
or property by establishing reasonable cause or securing the student’s voluntary consent. Searches
will be conducted out of view of other students. A person of the same gender will conduct the
search with a witness present in the room at all times. Administrators and teachers have the right to
question students regarding their conduct or the conduct of others. Walk-through metal detectors
and hand-held metal detectors will be used periodically to ensure student safety.
Students’ Desks and Lockers
Students’ desks and lockers are school property and remain under the control and jurisdiction of
the school even when assigned to an individual student. Students are fully responsible for the
security and contents of their assigned desks and lockers. Students must be certain that their
lockers are locked, and that the combinations are not available to others. Searches of desks or
lockers may be conducted at any time there is reasonable cause to believe that they contain
articles or materials prohibited by policy, whether or not a student is present. The parent will be
notified if any prohibited items are found in the student’s desk or locker.
Electronic Devices
Policy CQ, FNF (LEGAL)
Use of district-owned equipment and its network systems is not private and will be monitored by
the district. 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
Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. School officials may
search any vehicle any time there is reasonable cause to do so, with or without the permission of
the student. A student has full responsibility for the security and content of his or her vehicle and
must make certain that it is locked and that the keys are not given to others.
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Trained Dogs
The district will use trained dogs to alert school officials to the presence of prohibited or illegal
items, including drugs and alcohol. At any time, trained dogs may be used around lockers and
the areas around vehicles parked on school property. Searches of classrooms, common areas, or
student belongings may also be conducted by trained dogs when students are not present. An
item in a classroom, a locker, or a vehicle to which a trained dog alerts may be searched by
school officials.
Metal Detectors
Policy FNF (LOCAL)
The District employs both walk-through and hand-held metal detectors at the District’s
secondary schools. The purpose of these devices is to provide for a higher level of safety for
students and staff. Walk-through detectors are used regularly on a random basis throughout the
year. The hand held detectors are used after an alert is sounded by the walk-through device to
pinpoint the location of the item that is triggering the detector.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Bilingual/ESL
BIL/ESL is a program to ensure that all English Language Learners (ELLs) have the opportunity to
acquire and develop competency in the English language through a Bilingual or ESL program
which will empower them to be successful in their content area courses and post-secondary
studies, valuing each student’s rich cultural heritage and language background.
Districts will report annually to parents the progress of their child as a result of participation in
the program offered to English Language Learners in English and the home language. Parents
will receive information on their child’s progress on language proficiency and academic
performance. For more information, contact the DISD Director of Bilingual/ESL Programs at
940-369-0590
Two-Way Dual Language
The district offers a two-way dual language model which serves two distinct groups of students in
one instructional setting; half English monolingual speakers and half Spanish speakers. Student
instruction is delivered 50% in English and 50% in Spanish starting in kindergarten and adding a
grade level each year through at least the 5th grade. Currently, Woodrow Wilson offers this model
K-5 and Pecan Creek K-2. The goal of the two-way dual language model is for students to
become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural in this global society.
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Communities in Schools
Communities in Schools of North Texas is administered by the Texas Education Agency and is
part of an innovative national approach to dropout prevention. Daytime mentoring and social
service support programs through CISNT. CISNT programs offer services through six
components: supportive guidance and counseling; health and human services; parental and
family involvement; career awareness and employment; enrichment activities and educational
enhancement. For more information about Communities in Schools, North Texas visit
www.cisnt.org.
EXPO Program for Gifted and Talented Students
A special program is provided for academically talented students in all grades who have demonstrated EXceptional POtential. Teachers who have received extensive training, work with the
students in developing higher level thinking skills and creative problem solving abilities.
Referrals may come from faculty/staff, parents, community members, or at the secondary level,
by self-referral. Please refer to the EXPO website for referring and testing windows. Persons
referring students must complete a general Referral Form and submit it to the school office. Go
to www.dentonisd.org/expo for more information.
Student Tutorial Program
The district offers tutoring services for any student making less than 75 (or U) on the report card
in integrated language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies. A student may also receive
tutoring if the regular school work has been changed to meet individual needs. This is a program
where students may choose to receive extra help at least twice a week. A notice will be enclosed in
the report card if a student qualifies for the tutorial program for the next six weeks. Each school
will provide more information.
Summer School
The district offers several summer programs for elementary students. Summer school will be
offered for students not meeting the specified requirements on the STAAR. A special four-week,
full-day bilingual/ESL program is available for students who are entering kindergarten and first
grade. Notes will be sent home in May about summer school registration. Please call the school
for more information.
In addition, the district also provides summer school opportunities for high school students. A tuition based summer school program is offered to students who are unsuccessful with their course
work, or for families who desire additional academic time for their students. Several courses are
also offered for credit advancement. Neither student transportation nor food service is provided for
the fee-based programs. For additional information please contact the middle school campus.
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High school summer school programs are offered to students in need of credit retrieval and dropout prevention. In addition, summer TAKS and STAAR preparation programs may take place to
provide students the needed assistance in these areas. For additional information, please contact the
high school campus.
Dyslexia Program
Dyslexia is a specific language-based disorder of constitutional origin characterized by difficulties in single-word decoding, usually reflecting insufficient phonological processing. These
difficulties in single-word decoding are often unexpected in relation to the child’s age and other
cognitive and academic abilities. Dyslexia is manifested by variable difficulty with different
forms of language, problems in reading, and frequently a lack of proficiency in writing and
spelling.
The Denton Independent School District offers dyslexia services in English to students in grades
2-8 and in Spanish in grades 2-5 who meet the eligibility criteria. The Alphabetic Phonics
program, which uses multi-sensory techniques to teach the structure of the English or Spanish
language, is the intervention model. The small-group instruction is intensive, systematic,
sequential and cumulative.
Program instructional components include, but are not limited to:
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History of the English Language
Alphabet/Dictionary
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Reading/Reading Comprehension/Fluency
Spelling
Handwriting
Verbal/Written expression
Listening
Students in the dyslexia program will be given support and appropriate modifications in order to
be successful in their academic programs.
Read 180
READ 180 is an intensive reading intervention program that uses whole-group direct instruction
and small-group direct instruction. In addition, READ 180 software uses an independent reading
and whole-group wrap-up to serve students whose reading achievement is below the proficient
level. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading, writing, and vocabulary skills.
The READ 180 Software continually adjusts the level of instruction based on student performance. Diagnostic reports and periodic checkpoints alert teachers to students’ needs and direct
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them to resources for individualizing instruction. This program serves reluctant and struggling
readers in grades 6 through 12, as identified by the campus.
Reading Recovery/Descubriendo La Lectura (DLL)
Denton ISD offers a short-term intervention for English-speaking or Spanish-speaking first graders
who are struggling with the acquisition of literacy skills. In Reading Recovery and Descubriendo
La Lectura, individual students receive a half-hour lesson each school day for 12 to 20 weeks with
a specially trained Reading Recovery/DLL teacher. As soon as students reach grade- level literacy
expectations and demonstrate that they can continue to learn through their own efforts, their
lessons are discontinued, and new students begin individual instruction. The Reading
Recovery/DLL teacher also works with small groups of kindergarten, first and second grade
students needing supplemental literacy instruction.
Reading and Math Intervention – Grades 3-5
Reading and Math intervention will be provided for students performing below proficient levels in
grades 3-5. Scientifically-based research methods will be utilized to provide fast-paced lessons to
help students accelerate their academic growth.
Special Education
The district offers a continuum of Special Education services for students with disabilities. Please
contact your school principal to learn about the district’s overall general education referral process
and screening system for support services. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom
should be considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other support services that are available to all
students.
At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a
reasonable amount of time, the district must decide if the evaluation is needed. If evaluation is
needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide consent for the evaluation. The district
must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days from the date the district
receives written consent. The district must discuss the findings of the evaluation with the parent/
guardian. After the discussion, the district will then provide a copy of the report to the parent.
Child Find
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
requires that the Denton Independent School District not discriminate on the basis of handicap in
any District program or activity. The District will identify, evaluate and provide appropriate public
education to students who are handicapped under Section 504, including homeless children.
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Child Find Procedures
Denton ISD is required to implement a comprehensive Child Find Process in which district
personnel actively search for all individuals, birth through 21 years of age with disabilities [32
CFR §300.111(a-c), and §300.131(b); 300§534]; [19 TAC §89.1011].
The Child Find process is to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities who are in
need of special education and related services who reside within the school district’s boundaries.
The Denton ISD offers a comprehensive system of “Child Find” for identifying,
locating, and evaluating all individuals ages birth through 21. The Denton ISD Child
Find process seeks to identify all individuals who fall within the district’s jurisdiction
regardless of whether they may or may not be in school and severity of the disability.
As is required by law, Child Find activities apply to high mobility children with
disabilities, such as children who are migrant or homeless, and to children who are
suspected of having a disability although they are advancing from grade to grade.
Denton ISD promotes “Child Find” through public awareness activities and through
ongoing contact with child care facilities, preschools, private schools, parochial schools,
home schools and nursing homes when applicable. These activities are comparable to the
“Child Find” activities utilized to identify children with disabilities who are in public
school. Denton ISD consults with representatives from private schools and other agencies
to determine how to best carry out these activities.
If you determine that you are knowledgeable about an individual who may need special education
or related services and that individual is between the ages of birth and 21 years, please contact
Denton ISD special education services at 940-369-4075, or the school campus most near you.
STANDARDIZED TESTING
SAT/ACT (Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test)
Many colleges require either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT) for admission. Students are encouraged to talk with the counselor early during their junior
year to determine the appropriate exam to take; these exams are usually taken beginning in the
second semester of the junior year.
The ACT or SAT may be available at no cost to students. In addition, students in grades 8 and 10
may have the opportunity to take the corresponding preparation assessments at no charge. Please
check with the counselor for details.
STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) Grades 3-8
In addition to routine tests and other measures of achievement, students at certain grade levels
will take state-mandated assessments, such as the STAAR, in the following subjects:
• Mathematics, annually in grades 3-8
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Writing, including spelling and grammar, in grades 4 and 7
Science in grades 5 and 8
Social Studies in grade 8
Successful performance on the reading and math assessments in grades 5 and 8 is required by law
in order for the student to be promoted to the next grade level.
STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate, for students receiving special education services, will
be available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s ARD committee.
STAAR-L is a linguistically accommodated assessment that is available for certain limited English
Language Learner (ELL) students, as determined by the student’s Language Proficiency
Assessment Committee (LPAC).
End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments for Students in Grades 9-11
Beginning with ninth graders in the 2011-2012 school year, end-of-course (EOC) assessments
will be administered for the following courses:
• Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II
• English I, English II, and English III
• Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
• World Geography, World History, and United States History
Satisfactory performance on the applicable assessments will be required for graduation and will
also affect the plan under which the student may graduate.
Normally, there will be three testing windows during the year in which a student may take an EOC
assessment, which will occur during the fall, spring, and summer months.
In each content area (English, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies), a student
must achieve a cumulative score. To determine whether the student meets the cumulative score,
the student’s EOC assessment scores in each content area will be added together. If the student’s
total score on the assessments within the content area is not equal to or greater than the
cumulative score set by TEA, the student may retake any of the assessments in that content area
until the student achieves the cumulative score. A student who does not achieve the minimum
required score on any individual assessment will be required to retake that assessment. A student
may choose to retake an EOC assessment in situations other than those listed above as well.
STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate, for students receiving special education services, will
be available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s ARD committee. These
particular EOC assessments may have different testing windows than the general assessments,
and the ARD committee will determine whether successful performance on the assessments will
be required for graduation.
STAAR-L, which is a linguistically accommodated assessment, will be available for students
who have been determined to be an English Language Learner (ELL) and who require this type
of testing accommodation.
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TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)
TAKS is a state-mandated assessment currently being transitioned to the STAAR program. However, depending on the grade level of the student, TAKS may still be administered to a student.
Except in limited circumstances, a student in grade 12 during the 2013-2014 school year will be
required to retake what is termed the “exit-level” TAKS in the subject areas of mathematics,
English/language arts, social studies, and/or science, for which satisfactory performance is
required for graduation, if the student did not pass any of these areas while in grade 11.
THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)
Prior to enrollment in a Texas public college or university, most student s must take a standardized
test such as the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA). The purpose of the THEA is to assess
the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshmen-level students should have if
they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texas public
colleges and universities. This test may be required before a student enrolls in a dual-credit course
offered through the district as well.
Other Assessments
Locally-adopted assessments include the ELI (Early Literary Inventory) and SELI (Spanish Early
Literary Inventory) in K through 2, Assessing Math Concepts in K through 2, Scholastic Reading
Inventory and a school ability test offered to selected grades also during the fall. The locallyadopted assessments are used to provide data for placement in and evaluation of special programs
when the state mandated tests are not appropriate or available. These assessments are given
throughout the year and the results are shared with parents after each administration.
STEROIDS
State law prohibits students from possessing, dispensing, delivering, or administering an anabolic
steroid. Anabolic steroids are for medical use only, and only a physician can prescribe use. Body
building, muscle enhancement, or the increase of muscle bulk or strength through the use of an
anabolic steroid or human growth hormone by a healthy student is not a valid medical use and is a
criminal offense. Students participating in UIL athletic competition may be subject to random
steroid testing. More information on the UIL testing program may be found on the UIL Website at
www.uiltexas.org/health/steriod-information.
TEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, TECHNOLOGICAL
EQUIPMENT, AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL
Textbooks and other district-approved instructional materials are provided to students free of
charge for each subject or class. Any books must be covered by the student, as directed by the
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teacher, and treated with care. Electronic textbooks and technological equipment may also be
provided to students, depending on the course and course objectives. A student who is issued a
damaged item should report the damage to the teacher. Any student failing to return an item in
acceptable condition loses the right to free textbooks and technological equipment until the item is
returned or the damage paid for by the parent; however, the student will be provided the necessary
instructional resources and equipment for use at school during the school day.
TITLE IX
The Denton ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap
in providing education services. The Assistant Superintendent for Academic Programs has been
designated to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements of Title IX and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
TRANSFERS
Policy FDB (LOCAL)
The District provides opportunities for students to transfer from one school to another if space is
available and all applicable requirements are met. Elementary and middle school transfer
requests should be submitted to the principal of the desired campus. Decisions will be made by
the receiving campus principal based on criteria in established District policy. High School
transfers must be submitted between January 1 and April 15 for the following school year.
Decisions on high school transfers will be made by a committee between April 15 and May 1 of
each year based on established District policy. High school transfer requests made outside the
identified time period will be considered by the Academic Programs Department only in
instances of extreme hardship beyond the student’s control effecting the student’s health or
safety.
Students shall not be eligible to participate in UIL activities in any high school other than the one
that serves the area in which the student resides and under the eligibility rules set forth by the UIL.
The first time a new student to the District participates in UIL high school athletic practice or
begins classes, the student will establish eligibility in that high school by the location of the
student’s bona fide residence.
The first time a current District student participates in an eighth grade District-approved athletic
activity, the student will establish his or her athletic eligibility in high school based upon the
attendance zone in which the student’s residence is located. (Residence as defined by the UIL
Constitution and Contest Rules). If a student’s residence changes from one attendance zone to
another, he or she will be eligible at either high school and shall submit his or her preference of
eligibility in writing within 30 calendar days to the principal of the school from which he or she
moved.
If a student’s residence changes from one attendance zone to another, and he or she has
represented another school (8th grade or above) the current or previous year in any UIL athletic
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activity, he or she is ineligible for one varsity school calendar year during the student’s junior or
senior year in all sports participated until: 1) the parents have a bona fide residence in the
attendance zone; 2) the student’s parents sign a statement (in the presence of school officials or a
notary) that the parents reside in a bona fide residence within the zone and that the change of
schools was not made for athletic purposes; and 3) the student’s change is approved by the UIL
district executive committee before the student competes at the varsity level. [See the current
Edition of the Constitution and Contest Rules of the University Scholastic League]
A student’s request to transfer to a safe public school in the District shall be granted in accordance
with Policy FDB (Local) if the student is either enrolled in a campus identified by the Texas
Education Agency as persistently dangerous or if the student has been a victim of a violent crime
while in school or on the grounds of the school the student attends. The transfer to another campus
must be agreeable to the parent or other person authorized to act on the student’s behalf. If the
victim does not want to transfer, the Board or designee is required to transfer the student who
engaged in the conduct to a different campus.
Upon request of a parent or other person with authority to act on behalf of a student who is the
victim of bullying, the Board’s designee shall transfer the victim to another classroom at the
campus to which the student was assigned at the time the bullying occurred or a campus in the
school district other than the campus to which the student was assigned at the time the bullying
occurred after verifying that the student has been a victim of bullying. A student’s past behavior
may be considered when identifying a bully. The determination of the Board’s designee is final
and may not be appealed. Transportation of transfer students under this provision is the
responsibility of the parent.
TRANSPORTATION
Eligibility
The District shall not provide transportation to any student for whom it does not receive state
transportation funds, except as may be required by the individualized education program of a
student with disabilities.
Bus Stops
All students who use District transportation shall board buses at authorized stops. Authorized bus
stops shall be designated by the Superintendent or designee. Bus drivers shall load and unload
passengers only at authorized stops.
The District shall regulate the assignment of bus stops through the use of corner-stop-routing.
Corner-stop-routing is defined as the assignment of bus stops to designated street corners in a
neighborhood or residential area. The District reserves the right to modify and/or implement route
plans to promote safe and efficient transportation operations. Parents and students affected by
changes in routing shall be notified by letter five school days prior to implementation of the
changes.
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Unauthorized Passengers
The spouses, relatives, or friends of drivers shall be prohibited from riding buses on regular or
activity routes unless assigned as sponsors by the principal or the director of transportation.
School-Sponsored Trips
Students who participate in school-sponsored trips are required to use transportation provided by
the school to and from the event. The event director, sponsor, or coach, however, may make an
exception if the parent makes a written request that the student be released to the parent or to
another adult designated by the parent.
Buses and Other School Vehicles
Transportation by bus is provided for those students living two or more miles from their school
(not including transfer students), and by ARD or Section 504 Committee decision, for Special
Education or Section 504 students who require transportation as an educational need. All students
riding District provided school buses or charters are expected to follow rules posted on the bus or
described by teachers. Included in those rules are expectations for behavior as well as
expectations regarding items that can be transported. All items carried on the bus must fit in the
student’s lap or under the seat. Items such as large gym bags, book bags, or musical instruments
must follow those rules and cannot take a seat space from another student. Bus drivers are in
charge of student behavior on the bus and their instructions must be followed. Disciplinary action,
including temporary or permanent removal from the bus may be taken against any student
violating bus rules. To register and determine eligibility for transportation services and secure
routing information, contact DISD Transportation at 940-369-0300.
• During the Fall of the 2010-2011 school year, Denton ISD Transportation implemented a
“Bus Student Access Card Program.”
• Students who have registered for bus services will be assigned a “Bus Student Access
Card” as the program is put into service.
• This program will allow the DISD Transportation Department to promote student safety
and security through the daily monitoring of fleet operations and ridership.
• The program will provide accurate information as to the location of all school buses & where
and what time a student gets-on or off the bus at a bus stop.
• Students will be required to carry their “Bus Student Access Card” every time they ride a
Denton ISD school bus.
Alternative Education Program (DAEP). Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring
that buses remain in good condition and that transportation is provided safely. When riding in
district vehicles, students are held to behavioral standards established in this handbook and the
Student Code of Conduct. Students must:
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loading a district school bus.
Enter and leave the bus or van in an orderly manner at the designated stop nearest home.
Keep feet, books, instrument cases, and other objects out of the aisle.
Not deface the bus, van, or its equipment.
Not put head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window, hold any object out of the window, or
throw objects within or out of the bus or van.
Not possess or use any form of tobacco on school buses.
Observe all usual classroom rules.
Be seated while the vehicle is moving.
Fasten their seat belts.
Wait for the driver’s signal upon leaving the bus or van and before crossing in front of the
vehicle.
Misconduct will be addressed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct; bus-riding
privileges may be suspended.
VANDALISM
To ensure that school facilities can serve those for whom they are intended — both this year and
for years to come — littering, defacing, or damaging school property is not tolerated. Students
will be required to pay for damages they cause and will be subject to criminal proceedings as well
as disciplinary consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
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For safety purposes, video/audio equipment may be used to monitor student behavior on buses
and in common areas on campus. Students will not be told when the equipment is being used.
District officials will review the video/audio recordings routinely and document student
misconduct. Discipline will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
Due to federal privacy legislation, parents are not allowed to view video that contains any unrelated
students.
VISITORS
General Visitors
Parents and others are welcome to visit district schools. For the safety of those within the school
and to avoid disruption of instructional time, all visitors must first report to the main office and
must comply with all applicable district policies and procedures. For safety purposes, you must
check in at the front office prior to going anywhere else in the building; please do not ask students
or employees to let you in through other doors. When arriving on campus, all parents and other
visitors should be prepared to show identification.
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Parents are welcome to visit their child’s classroom. Please arrange these visits at least one day in
advance with the teacher and principal. Visits are usually limited to one class period or 45 minutes
and the frequency of visits cannot disrupt the instructional environment.
Visits by school-age friends are not allowed. Deliveries to students are not allowed.
Visitors Participating in Special Programs for Students
The Denton Independent School District invites representatives from colleges and universities
and other higher education institutions, prospective employers, and military recruiters to
present information to interested students.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
The Denton ISD has a citizen volunteer program which helps in our schools. These volunteers
assist in the classroom, library, and school office. Each school has a volunteer coordinator who
works directly with volunteers in the building. All volunteers complete a background check
before working with students on campuses. Citizens interested in volunteering should contact the
school office or our district Public Information Office.
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL
A student under 18 may be withdrawn from school only by a parent or authorized legal guardian.
The school requests notice from the parent at least three days in advance so that records and
documents may be prepared. The parent may obtain a withdrawal form from the principal’s
office. When all records are clear, the office will give the student a withdrawal. Please contact the
school nurse for your child’s immunization and screenings to avoid those having to be redone at
the next school.
On the student’s last day, the withdrawal form must be presented to each teacher for current grade
averages and book clearance; to the librarian to ensure a clear library record; to the counselor for
the last report card and course clearance; and finally, to the principal. A copy of the withdrawal
form will be given to the student, and a copy will be placed in the student’s permanent record.
A student who is 18 or older, who is married, or who has been declared by a court to be an
adult, may withdraw without parental signature.
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Denton Independent School District
2013-2014 Student Code of Conduct
Statement of Philosophy
We in the Denton Independent School District believe that every student should have the opportunity
to learn in a safe, orderly and supportive school environment. One of the most important lessons
education should teach is that of self-discipline. Self-discipline is the tendency to behave in
ways that are mutually beneficial to oneself and others. While it does not appear as a subject, it
underlies and supports the entire educational process. It is the training that develops self-control
and character and teaches respect and responsibility. Self-discipline is the key to good conduct and
proper consideration for other people; discipline is an essential component of the educative
process.
Education in this community represents a significant commitment of human and financial resources.
The benefits a student derives from this investment depend very much on the student’s attitude
toward learning and the student’s adherence to high standards of behavior.
The Purpose of the Student Code of Conduct
The purpose of this document is to describe the expectations of the Denton Independent School
District Board of Trustees, administrators and staff regarding student conduct. It is the belief of
the school District that the rights of all students can be protected only as long as an atmosphere
of organization and cooperation exists in the classrooms and at school-related functions. By
respecting student rights and encouraging student and parental responsibility, the District seeks the
full development of each student’s potential.
Our goal is to provide a cooperative school climate that is free of disruptions where students can
pursue their studies in a manner most conducive to learning. In an effort to fully inform students
and parents of the expectations of the school District, the following board policies and District
rules of conduct have been outlined. Parents are urged to contact the teacher and/or principal/
designee concerning school discipline questions.
The Student Code of Conduct has been developed in compliance with relevant law. Violation of the
statutes, policies, regulations and rules will result in appropriate behavior management methods
as outlined under this code. Serious and/or persistent violations of the statute, policies, regulations
and rules will ultimately result in a student being subject to increasingly more serious penalties.
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STANDARDS FOR STUDENT CONDUCT
Behavior Expectations
f. short shorts
Schools must provide an environment in which all students have the
opportunity to learn and teachers are allowed to teach. In achieving that
goal, each student is expected to:
g. mesh/net clothing
h. short skirts
i. pajamas
1.
Comply with all rules regarding attendance.
j. saggy, baggy pants
2.
Respect the rights of other students to learn and the teachers
to teach.
k . bandanas
3.
Assume responsibility for personal behavior.
4.
Demonstrate courtesy and respect for others.
5.
Prepare for each class.
6.
Take appropriate materials and assignments to class.
7.
Be well groomed, dress appropriately, and follow the dress
regulations outlined below. The District’s over-all policy regarding
dress is that a student’s dress and grooming shall not lead school
officials to believe that such dress or grooming will disrupt, interfere
with, or distract from school activities.
l. sunglasses
m. strapless dresses/blouses
n. chains or accessories which can be used as a weapon
(such as collars or bracelets with spikes)
o. flip-flops (except in high schools, or as determined by campus
administration on all campuses), steel-toed shoes (except in
identified CTE classes), house shoes, slippers, or any other
footwear deemed inappropriate by campus administration.
p. any make-up, hair color, unnatural cosmetic contact lenses,
or accessories which create a disruption
8.
Obey all campus and classroom rules.
q. any headgear other than part of an approved school uniform
9.
Respect the rights and privileges of other students and of teachers
and other District staff.
r. tattoos and body art which promote nudity, obscenity, or gang
activity must be covered
10. Respect personal property and the property of others, including
District property and facilities.
s. any display of undergarments
11. Cooperate with or assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order,
and discipline.
Examples of unacceptable types of dress are:
t. shirts open at the sides (excessively large armholes)
u. Ragged or intentionally cut/torn clothing as determined
inappropriate by campus principal or designee.
12. Obey rules about conduct on school buses.
13. Follow the Student Code of Conduct.
v. Garments containing offensive or obscene words or phrases,
pictures, symbols, or images.
The District may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to those
found in the Student Code of Conduct. These rules may be listed in the
campus student handbook or posted in classrooms and may or may not
constitute violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
w. Garments which promote or advertise alcohol, tobacco,
or other products prohibited at school.
3. All clothing must be sized to fit properly.
Dress Code
The Denton ISD dress code is established to teach hygiene, instill selfdiscipline, prevent disruptions, promote safety, and provide an environment
for learning. The responsibility for adhering to the dress code begins with the
student and parents of the student. Enforcement of the code is the
responsibility of the classroom teachers and administrators. The following
guidelines are to assist students and parents in selecting appropriate attire
(as determined by campus administration):
1. All students are to present a clean, well-groomed appearance at school
and school activities. Students may be asked to alter their hairstyles
if the campus administrator believes they are a distraction to the
educational process.
4. Accessories applied to the facial area, tongue, or body such as
safety pins to the eye area, studs, or rings through the nose cannot
be worn at school.
5. The principal, in cooperation with the Campus Leadership Team
may a d d d e t a i l to the preceding dress code. The details
may be gender specific. The Board, at the recommendation of the
superintendent, approves campus dress code details.
6. Campuses may submit proposals concerning school uniforms to
the superintendent for submission to the school board for review and
approval.
7. On each campus, the principal will have the final say as to the
appropriateness of any dress code question.
2. The following items have been determined to be
unacceptable for wear at school:
School Responsibilities
a. bike pants
A student whose behavior shows disrespect for others, including
interference with others’ access to a public education and a safe
environment, will be subject to disciplinary action.
b. bare midriffs
c. halter tops
School rules and the authority of the District to administer discipline apply
whenever the interest of the school is involved, on or off school grounds,
in conjunction with or independent of classes and school-sponsored
activities.
d. tank tops
e. see-through apparel
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The District has disciplinary authority over a student:
5.
Is at least 17 years of age and:
1. While the student is on the campus, during the regular school day
and/or while the student is going to and from school on District
transportation.
a.
Is attending GED classes with parent permission, court
order, is residing separate and apart from the parent, or is
homeless.
2. While the student is participating in any activity during the school
day on school property.
b.
Has received a high school diploma or GED.
6.
3. While the student is in attendance at any school-related activity,
regardless of time or location.
classes if:
4. For a school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location.
5. When retaliation against a school employee is involved, either on or
off school property.
6. When the student commits a felony, as provided by Texas
Education Code 37.006.
8. While on any property that the District owns, leases and/or jointly
maintains.
9. When the student commits certain offenses within 300 feet of school
property.
In general, discipline will be designed to correct the misconduct and to
encourage adherence by all students to fulfill their responsibilities as
citizens of the school community. Disciplinary action will draw on the
professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on a range of
discipline management techniques. Disciplinary action will be correlated to
the seriousness of the offense, the student’s age and grade level, the
frequency of misbehavior, the student’s attitude, the effect of the
misconduct on the school environment, and statutory requirements.
Because of these factors, discipline for a particular offense (unless
otherwise specified by law) may bring into consideration varying
techniques and responses.
A student who violates campus or classroom rules that are not Student
Code of Conduct violations may be disciplined by one or more of the
discipline management techniques. For these violations, the teacher is not
required to make a Student Code of Conduct violation report, and the
principal is not required to notify the parent within 24 hours.
Attendance Guidelines and Consequences
Generally, a student who is at least 6 years of age, or who is younger than
6 years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade and has not
yet reached the child’s 18th birthday is required to attend school. (TEC
25.085A)
A child is exempt from compulsory school attendance if the child: (TEC
25.086)
1. Attends a private or parochial school
Is eligible for Special Education services but cannot be properly
served by the district.
3.
Has temporary physical or mental condition certified by a
physician making the child’s attendance infeasible.
4.
Is legally expelled and mandatory JJAEP attendance is not
required.
a.
The child is recommended by a public agency with
supervision or court order.
b.
The child is enrolled in Job Corps.
Students may not be given credit for a class unless they are in
attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class meets. Campuses
will appoint attendance committees to review circumstances where
students have less than 90 percent attendance.
(TEC 25.092)
7. When criminal mischief is committed on or off school property or at
a school-related event.
2.
Is at least 16 years of age and is attending GED
State law requires that a student be present 90% of the days a class
meets in order to receive credit. In high school classes that are blocked
and meet every other day, a student with more than 4 unverified absences
in the fall semester or 5 unverified absences in the spring semester will
lose credit in that class. Middle school and elementary school students,
whose classes meet every day, lose credit if they have more than 8
absences in the fall semester or 10 unverified absences in the spring
semester.
Students shall have absences excused for religious holy days including
traveling for that purpose, and temporary absences resulting from health
care professionals if the student returns to classes the same day of the
appointment. If students satisfactorily complete make-up work for these
types of excused absences, the day shall be counted as a day of
compulsory attendance. Teachers and administrators will determine
whether or not other temporary absences are excused. (TEC 25.087)
These temporary absences may not be counted as days of compulsory
attendance, but may be considered as extenuating circumstances by
attendance committees when determining award of class credit in cases
of less than 90 percent attendance.
If any parent of a child required to attend school fails to require the student
to attend as required by law, a warning letter will be mailed after three (3)
unexcused absences. If the student does not immediately return to
compulsory school attendance, the school attendance officer will file a
complaint against the parent and/or student in a county court, justice of the
peace court, or municipal court after the fourth (4th) voluntary unexcused
absence in a four week period or tenth (10th) voluntary unexcused
absence in a six month period (TEC 25.093 and Section 51.03(b)(2) of
the Family Code). Since the law addresses absences for “all or part”
of a school day, chronic tardies may be referred to the appropriate
authorities as unexcused absences. Fines for thwarting compulsory
school attendance and failure to attend school may be as high as $500
per absence.
For information and/or assistance with attendance concerns contact the
Campus Attendance Officer.
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GENERAL MISCONDUCT VIOLATIONS
Behavior Violations
Students are prohibited from engaging in the following activities while at
school or school-related activities:
1. Truancy – any voluntary unexcused absence for all or part of a
school day. Excessive truancy, more than 4 voluntary unexcused
absences in a four week period or 10 or more in a six month
period, may result in a legal complaint being filed against the
parent and/or student.
2. Excessive tardiness – four or more tardies in one semester.
3. Leaving school grounds or school-sponsored events without
permission.
4. Violations of the dress code.
5. Violations of the district’s policies on sharing prescription or
non-prescription medications (including herbal
substances).
6. Disobeying school rules about conduct on school buses.
7. Using the district computer network inappropriately.
8. Cheating or copying the work of another person. In addition,
any other form of forgery is prohibited. (See Appendix for
Academic Integrity Policy)
9. Posting, selling, circulating, or distributing non-school materials
without prior approval.
10. Harassing other individuals by repeated, unwelcome, or
offensive slurs, jokes, or other oral, written, graphic, or physical
conduct relating to an individual’s diversity, including but not limited
to actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ability or
disability, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity,
socio-economic status, or physical attributes, including these
qualities as attributed to members of a student’s family, that
creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational
environment. (See Board Policy FNCL (Local))
11. Bullying – engaging in written or verbal expression or physical
conduct that is determined to:
A. have the effect of physically harming a student,
damaging a student’s property, or placing
a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s
person or of damage to the student’s property; or
B. is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough
that the action or threat creates an intimidating,
threatening, or abusive educational
environment for a student.
12. Making a “hit list” – a list of people targeted to be harmed, using a
firearm (Penal Code 46.01(3)), a knife (Penal Code 46.07(7)), or
any other object to be used with intent to cause bodily harm.
13. Engaging in conduct that constitutes sexual harassment or sexual
abuse whether the conduct is by word, gesture, or any other
sexual conduct, including requests for sexual favors. For
guidance on what constitutes sexual harassment and sexual abuse,
please refer to the Board Policy FNCJ (Local)
14. Engaging in inappropriate physical or sexual contact.
15. Using profanity, lewd, vulgar language, or insulting, obscene
gestures.
16. Threatening others by stating one’s intention to inflict physical harm
upon another person(s) or to inflict damage on a school building.
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Committing extortion, coercion, or blackmail (obtaining money
or another object of value from an unwilling person), or forcing an
individual to act through the use of force or threat of force.
Unwanted physical striking of another person
Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage.
Retaliation against another student or against any school employee.
Scuffling.
Fighting or inciting a fight.
Hazing.
Using force, violence or threats to cause disruption during an
assembly.
Interfering with an authorized activity by seizing control of all or part
of a building.
Engaging in any misbehavior that gives school officials reasonable
cause to believe that such conduct will substantially disrupt the
school program or incite violence (such as threats of violence or
bodily harm).
Interfering with the movement of people at an exit or entrance to
District property.
Gambling or any form of wagering.
Littering, defacing, or damaging school property
Damaging or vandalizing property owned by others.
Stealing.
Committing or assisting in a robbery or theft that does not constitute
a felony according to the Texas Penal Code.
Possession or distribution of pornographic materials, including
accessing pornographic materials on the Internet.
Possessing or using tobacco products.
Possessing or using matches or a lighter.
Possessing or using a laser-pointer.
Using a paging device or cellular telephone during the normal
school day.
Possessing or using pyrotechnic devices including but not limited to
such items as fireworks, smoke bombs, ammunition, etc.
Possessing any knife, razor, chain or any other object deemed
inappropriate by school personnel.
Behaving in any way or bringing, possessing or using any item that
disrupts the school environment or education process.
Repeatedly violating other communicated campus or classroom
standards of behavior, which is defined as persistent misbehavior.
Failing to comply with directives given by school
personnel, which is considered insubordination.
Use or possession of skates, roller blades, skateboards, or
wheeled shoes at school or school sponsored events.
Use or possession of mace, pepper spray, or other aerosol defenses.
Use or possession of any gun – real or fake - that emits projectiles
of any kind.
46. Engaging in the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal, or
emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten or control another
person in a dating relationship. Dating violence is defined as a
pattern of coercive behavior that one partner exerts over the other
for the purpose of establishing and maintaining power and
control.*
47. Failing to comply with the rules and regulations of the
DISD Acceptable Use Policy.
*As defined in “A Guide To Addressing Dating Violence In Texas Schools”
by the Texas Dating Violence Prevention Team under TEA.
Student Consequences
The building administrator has the final decision in all building-level
consequences. DAEP placements may not be appealed beyond the building
principal. Administrators will give consideration to the following when
making a decision to order suspension, removal to a disciplinary alternative
education program, or expulsion:
A. Self-defense;
B. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the
conduct;
C. A student’s disciplinary history;
D. A disability that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to
appreciate the wrongfulness of the student’s conduct.
General misconduct will result in application of one or more discipline
management techniques listed in this section. State law requires that the
violation be reported to the principal or other appropriate administrator who
must send notification to the parent or guardian within 24 hours of receiving
the report. For this reason, it is imperative that the current address, phone,
and emergency contact information be updated as frequently as necessary
and as often as possible.
1. Verbal correction.
2. Cooling-off time or “time-out.”
3. Seating changes in the classroom.
4. Counseling by teachers, counselors, or administrative
personnel.
5. Before or after-school or lunch detention.
6. Parent-teacher conferences.
7. Temporary or permanent confiscation of items that disrupt
the educational process, and fees may be required for the return
of those items. Denton ISD is not responsible for lost/stolen
items that have been confiscated according to District policy.
8. Temporary placement in another classroom.
9. Grade reductions as permitted by Policy FO (Local) for cheating,
plagiarism, and late work.
10. Rewards or demerits.
11. Behavioral contracts.
12. Sending the student to the office or other assigned area, or to inschool suspension.
13. Restitution for damages to property.
14. Denial of Verification of Enrollment form needed for
Driver’s License Application or renewal or revocation of campus
driving privileges
15. Loss of credit for not meeting the attendance
requirements.
16. Possible legal action against students and/or parents for excessive
truancy.
17. Withdrawal of privileges, including participation in
extracurricular activities and eligibility for seeking and holding
honorary offices.
18. School-assessed and school-administered probation.
19. Suspension.
20. Work study.
21. Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement.
22. Referral to outside agency and/or legal authority for criminal
prosecution in addition to disciplinary measures imposed by the
District. When a student commits a violation that warrants
police referral, the police will determine who will contact the
parent.
23. Other strategies and consequences as specified by the
Student Code of Conduct.
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FORMAL REMOVAL BY TEACHER
Behavior Violations
Student Consequences
1.
DISCRETIONARY REMOVAL
2.
Behavior that has been documented by the teacher to
repeatedly interfere with classroom learning.
Behavior that is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that the teacher
cannot communicate with other students in the class.
General misconduct violations will not necessarily result
in the formal removal of the student from class or another placement, but
may result in a routine referral, formal removal, or the use of any other
discipline management technique.
FORMAL REMOVAL
Formal removal will result if the student’s behavior has been
documented by the teacher as repeatedly interfering with the teacher’s
ability to teach his or her class or the behavior is so unruly, disruptive,
or abusive that the teacher cannot teach.
Any removal of a student by a teacher requires that a Student Code of
Conduct violation report be made by the teacher if the student’s conduct
is a violation of this Code. The principal or appropriate administrator must
send a copy of the report to the student’s parent or guardian within 24
hours of receiving the teacher’s report.
A teacher or administrator may also remove a student from class for an
offense for which a student may be suspended and/or placed in a
disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
If the violation results in formal removal, the administrator
will schedule a conference within three school days with the student’s
parent, the teacher, and the student. The conference should take place
after valid attempts to require attendance have been made.
When a student is removed from the regular classroom and
a conference is pending, the administrator may not return the student to
the regular classroom.
At the conference, the student is entitled to written or oral notice of
the reasons for the removal, an explanation of the basis for the
removal, and an opportunity to respond to the reasons for the
removal.
Following the conference, the administrator shall order the placement of
the student as provided by the Student Code of Conduct.
When a student has been formally removed from class, the administrator
may not return the student to the teacher’s class without the teacher’s
consent unless the placement review committee determines that the
teacher’s class is the best or only alternative available.
Parental questions or complaints regarding disciplinary
measures taken should be addressed to the campus
administration, as appropriate and in accordance with policy
FNG (LOCAL). Pending any appeal, the student
shall be assigned the placement determined by the building
administrator.
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REMOVAL FROM THE REGULAR EDUCATIONAL SETTING SUSPENSION
AND/OR PLACEMENT
IN A DISCIPLINARY ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Behavior Violations
4.
Discretionary Placements
5.
A student may be placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program
(DAEP) if the student engages in any serious or persistent misconduct
violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
6.
7.
The District defines “serious” and “persistent” as two or more
occurrences. However, serious can be one time.
The Board or an educator may recommend placing students in a
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program who are found to be:
1. Involved in gang activity, including participating as
a member or pledge, or soliciting another person to become
a pledge or member of a gang.
2. Involved in a public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society,
including participating as a member or pledge, or soliciting
another person to become a pledge or member of a public
school fraternity, sorority, or secret society.
3. Selling, giving, delivering, possessing, manufacturing, or using
any form of drug paraphernalia or look-a-like (simulated)
drugs.
4. Selling, giving, delivering, possessing, or using any type(s) of
electronic incapacitating device (stun gun), mace or pepper
spray, or ammunition.
A student may be placed in a DAEP at the District’s discretion if the
superintendent or his designee has a reasonable belief that a student has
engaged in conduct away from school which is
defined as a felony other than those set out in Title 5 of the Texas Penal Code
and determines that the continued presence of the student in the regular
classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers or will be
detrimental to the educational process.
DAEP placements for the first discretionary placement shall be for no less
than 30 school days pending successful completion of the DAEP
program. Students placed in DAEP for the second
time in one school year may be placed for a period more than 30 school days
pending successful completion of the DAEP program. Students placed for a
third placement in one school year shall be placed in DAEP for the remainder
of the current semester, unless the placement occurs during the last six
weeks of a semester, in which case, the placement may extend until the end
of the next semester.
Mandatory Placement (TEC 37.006)
A student shall be placed in Disciplinary Alternative Education Program if the
student commits any of the following offenses on or within 300 feet of
school property as measured from any point on the school’s real property
boundary line or while attending
a school sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property.
1.
2.
3.
Engaging in conduct punishable as a felony.
Committing an assault. (Penal Code 22.01(a)1)
Making false reports to administrators or law enforcement
officials, or making a terroristic threat. (Penal Code 22.07)
8.
9.
Selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, manufacturing or being
under the influence of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a
dangerous drug.
Possessing, using, selling, giving, or being under the influence of
an alcoholic beverage; committing a serious act or offense while
under the influence of alcohol.
Possessing, using or being under the influence of
abusable glue or aerosol paint.
Behaving in a manner that contains the elements of the offense
of public lewdness. (Penal Code 21.07)
Behaving in a manner that contains the elements of the offense
of indecent exposure. (Penal Code 21.08)
Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of the offense
of retaliation against any school employee, regardless of where
or when the conduct occurs.
In addition, a student shall be placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education
Program (DAEP) based on conduct occurring off school property and while
the student is not in attendance at a school- sponsored or school-related
activity if:
1. The student receives deferred prosecution for conduct defined
as a Title 5 Penal Code felony offense.
2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent
conduct for conduct defined as a Title 5 Penal Code felony offense.
3. The superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief that the
student has engaged in a conduct defined as a Title 5 Penal code
offense.
4. A student who is younger than 10 years of age shall be placed in a
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) if the student
engages in conduct that is expellable for students older than age 10.
(These offenses are addressed in the expulsion section of the Student
Code of Conduct.)
Emergency placement may be ordered by an appropriate administrator when a
student is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that the student’s presence seriously
interferes with a teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in
a class, with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn, or with the
operation of school or a school-sponsored activity.
DAEP placements for mandatory offenses shall be a minimum of
30 school days up to 180 school days, depending on the severity of the
offense and the potential impact on the safety and welfare of students and
staff on the home campus as well as the potential disruption of the normal
instructional process.
The timing of a student’s return to the home campus from DAEP
may be modified in the interest of instructional continuity.
The campus principal shall have the authority to assign a student to DAEP,
whether for discretionary or mandatory placement, for a period of less than
30 school days, based on the circumstances surrounding an individual
incident, the student’s prior discipline record, or any other extenuating
circumstances.
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SUSPENSION
State law allows a student to be suspended for up to three school days
per offense, with no limit on the number of times a student may be
suspended in a semester or school year.
A student who is to be suspended will be given an informal con- ference
by the principal or appropriate administrator advising
the student of the conduct with which he or she is charged and giving the
student the opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident. The
duration of a student’s suspension, which can- not exceed three school
days, will be determined by the appro- priate building administrator.
Suspensions may not be appealed beyond the building principal. The use of
suspension from
school is to be restricted to incidences when the student’s pres- ence on
campus affects their safety or the safety of others on campus, or
incidences of severe disruption where the teacher’s ability to teach or the
ability of other students to learn is severely hampered by the offending
student’s presence. Every effort will be made to minimize the amount of
time students are suspend- ed from school by utilizing in-school
suspension. Any restrictions on participation in school-sponsored or
school-related extracur- ricular and non-curricular activities will be
determined by the principal or other appropriate building administrator.
REMOVAL TO A DISCIPLINARY ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
(DAEP)
The Board delegates to the building administrators the author- ity to
remove a student to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program. The
duration of a student’s placement in a DAEP will be determined by the
assigning administrator. The principal
has the final authority on DAEP placement. Within three school days of
receiving the Student Code of Conduct violation report, the administrator
will schedule a conference with the student’s parent, other appropriate
administrator, and the student. Until
a conference can be held, the appropriate administrator may place the
student in:
1. another appropriate classroom
2. in-school suspension
3. out-of-school suspension
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Student Consequences (cont.)
At the conference, the student is entitled to written or oral notice of the
reasons of the removal, an explanation of the basis for removal, and an
opportunity to respond to the reasons for removal.
6.
7.
8.
At the end of or following the conference, and whether or not each requested
person is in attendance after valid attempts to require attendance are made,
the administrator may order the placement as provided by the Student Code
of Conduct.
9.
10.
11.
State law does not permit students who are in a Disciplinary Alter- native
Education program to participate in any school-sponsored or school-related
extracurricular and noncurricular activities.
12.
Students placed in DAEP through the end of the regular school year will not
be permitted to participate in graduation activities.
13.
14.
15.
If a student placed in a DAEP for an off-campus (more than 300 feet)
felony is later found not guilty or charges are dropped, the superintendent
or designee shall schedule a review of the place- ment with the student’s
parent or guardian. Decisions to continue DAEP placement may be appealed
to the Board of Trustees.
16.
17.
18.
19.
In this instance, parental appeals regarding disciplinary measures should be
addressed to the central administration level as appro- priate and in
accordance with Policy FOAB (Legal). Pending any appeal, the student shall
be assigned placement at the Disciplin- ary Alternative Education Program
(DAEP) as determined by the administrator. (DAEP placements may not be
appealed beyond the building principal except placements for off-campus,
non-Title
5 Penal Code violations).
20.
21.
22.
Any student placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program will be
provided a review of the student’s status, including academic status, by the
DAEP Administrator at intervals not to exceed 120 calendar days. In the
case of a high school student, the board’s designee, with the student’s
parent or guardian, shall review the student’s progress toward meeting the
high school graduation requirements and shall establish a specific
graduation plan for the student. At the review the student or the student’s
parent or guardian must be given the opportunity to present arguments for
the student’s return to the regular classroom or campus.
23.
Robbery or theft.
Extortion, coercion, or blackmail.
Aggressive, disruptive action or group demonstration that
substantially disrupts or materially interferes with school
activities.
Hazing.
Insubordination.
Profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures directed toward
teachers or other school employees.
Fighting, committing physical abuse, or threatening physi- cal
abuse.
Sexual harassment of a student or District employee.
Possession of or conspiring to possess any explosive, explosive
device, or ammunition.
Falsification of records, passes, or other school related
documents.
Possession or distribution of pornographic materials.
Leaving school grounds without permission.
Making or assisting in making threats, including threats against
individuals and bomb threats.
Refusal to accept discipline management techniques proposed
by the teacher or principal.
Sells, gives, delivers to another person, uses or is under the
influence of any amount of marijuana, a controlled substance, a
dangerous drug, or alcohol.
Conspiracy to sell, give or deliver to another person any amount of
marijuana, a controlled substance, a dangerous drug, or alcohol.
Conduct containing the elements of an offense relating to
abusable glue or aerosol paint or volatile chemicals.
Any felony offense occurring on campus or at a schoolsponsored or school-related event.
The District defines “persistent” to be two or more violations of the Student
Code of Conduct in general or repeated occurrences of the same violation.
Pending any appeal, the decision of the original hearing will be upheld.
If a student moves into the District after having been placed in the DAEP in
another school district, the administrator may continue the DAEP placement
as per the terms of the other district’s order.
For placement in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program to extend
beyond the end of the school year, the administration must determine in a
subsequent DAEP conference that:
Students who are suspended from school, assigned to DAEP, or JJAEP are
not to be present on any school district property nor are they to attend
any school sponsored event other than their assigned instructional
program. Presence on any school campus while suspended or otherwise
restricted is considered criminal trespass. Violators will be referred for
appropriate legal action.
1. The student’s presence in the regular classroom or campus presents
a danger of physical harm to students or others.
2. The student has engaged in serious misbehavior that violates
the Student Code of Conduct.
Serious offenses include, but are not limited to the following:
1.
Assault of a teacher or other individual.
2.
Retaliation against another student or any school em- ployee.
3.
Kidnapping.
4.
The use, gift, sale, delivery, or possession of any drug
paraphernalia.
5.
Vandalism.
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EXPULSION
Behavior Violations
Consequences
Discretionary Expulsions
The Board delegates to the administration the authority to expel students.
At the District’s discretion, a student may be expelled for:
1. Conduct containing the elements of criminal mischief under
Penal Code Section 28.03, if punishable as a felony whether
committed on or off school property or at a school- related event.
2. Assaulting a teacher or school employee.
3. Selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, manufacturing or being
under the influence of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a
dangerous drug.
4. Serious or persistent misbehavior while placed in a Disciplinary
Alternative Education Program and continuing to violate the District’s
Student Code of Conduct.
5. Making false reports to administrators or law enforcement officials, or
making a terroristic threat. (Penal Code 22.07)
Mandatory Expulsions
A student shall be expelled for any of the following offenses if
committed on school property or while attending a school- sponsored or
school-related activity on or off school property:
A firearm (Penal Code Section 46.01(3))
An illegal knife (Penal Code Section 46.01(6))
A club (Penal Code Section 46.01(1))
A prohibited weapon (Penal Code Section 46.05)
b.
c.
d.
A student facing expulsion will be given appropriate due process as
required by the federal constitution. The student is entitled to:
1. The right to be represented by the student’s parent/guardian or another
adult who is not a District employee who can provide guidance to the
student.
2. An opportunity to testify and to present evidence and witnesses in the
student’s defense.
3. An opportunity to ask questions about the District’s evidence.
The duration of a student’s expulsion will be determined by the
District on a case by case basis.
Expelled students are prohibited from being on school grounds or
attending school-sponsored or school-related activities during the period of
the expulsion.
2. Behavior containing the elements of the following under the
Texas Penal Code:
a.
Until a hearing can be held, the appropriate administrator may place the
student in:
• Another appropriate classroom
• In-school suspension
• Out-of-school suspension
• A disciplinary Alternative Education Program
Not later than the second business day after the hearing, the Board’s
designee will deliver to the juvenile court a copy of the order expelling the
student and information required by Section
52.04 of the Family Code.
1. Use, exhibition, or possession of the following, under the
Texas Penal Code:
a.
b.
c.
d.
The Campus Administrator will schedule a hearing within a reasonable
time with the student’s parent, building administrator, and the student. The
student’s parent or guardian will be invited in writing to attend the hearing.
Aggravated assault (Penal Code Section 22.02), sexual
assault (Penal Code Section 22.011), or aggravated
sexual assault (Penal Code
Section 22.021)
Arson (Penal Code Section 46.01(1))
Murder (Penal Code Section 19.02), capital murder (Penal
Code Section 19.03), or criminal attempt to commit murder
(Penal Code Section 15.01)
Indecency with a child (Penal Code Section 21.11) e.
Aggravated kidnapping (Penal Code Section 20.04) f.
Engages in conduct specified by Texas
Education Code Section 37.006(a)(3) or (4) if the
conduct is punish able as a felony. (Drug related
offenses)
No District academic credit will be earned for work missed during the period
of expulsion [unless the student is enrolled in the District’s Disciplinary
Alternative Education Program (DAEP) or the Juvenile Justice Alternative
Education Program (JJAEP)].
A student who has engaged in delinquent conduct that is an expellable
offense and has been found to be an adjudicated delinquent will be ordered
to attend the JJAEP from the date of the adjudication. Other students
expelled from the district may be referred to the JJAEP.
State and federal law require a student to be expelled from the regular
classroom for a period of at least one calendar year for bringing a firearm,
as defined by federal law, to school. However, the superintendent or other
appropriate administrator may modify the length of the expulsion on a caseby-case basis. The District may provide educational services to the expelled
student in the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
A student shall be expelled if the student engages in retaliation against a
school employee combined with one of the above-listed offenses on or off
school property or at a school-related event.
In an emergency, the principal or his designee may order the emergency
expulsion of a student, not to exceed ten school days, when people or
property are in imminent harm.
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Consequences (cont.)
If a student moves into the District after having been expelled from
another school district, the District may continue the expulsion as per
the terms of the other district’s order.
Parental appeals regarding disciplinary measures taken should be
addressed to the central administration level as appropriate and in
accordance with Policy FOD (Legal). Pending any appeal, the decision of
the original hearing will be upheld.
The building administrator shall inform each teacher of the con- duct of a
student who has engaged in any violation listed in this section of
mandatory expulsions. A teacher shall keep all the information confidential.
When an emergency expulsion occurs, the student will be given verbal
notice of the reason for the action. Within a reasonable amount of time,
but limited to no more than three days after the emergency expulsion,
the student will be given appropriate due process as required under TEC
Section
37.009.
A student who is removed for emergency purposes will be re-leased
to the student’s parent, parent’s representatives, medical providers,
or law enforcement authorities.
PLACEMENT IN A JUVENILE JUSTICE
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Board of Trustees has entered into a Joint Memorandum of
Understanding with the county juvenile board outlining all issues
pertinent to the interaction between the juvenile board and the school
district in the operation of the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education
Program. Details of this relationship are defined in agreements available
for public inspection upon request to the Superintendent of Schools.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
If the Individualized Education Program (IEP) of a student with a
disability under IDEA contains disciplinary sanctions, including
emergency removal, suspensions, and removal
to alternative education programs, and those sanctions are not currently
being challenged in a court or Special Education administrative appeal,
the sanctions implemented in accordance with specifications on the IEP
shall be followed.
Note: Students with Disabilities
A student with a disability may be expelled for engaging in conduct that
would warrant such action for a non-disabled student only if the ARD
committee determines the misconduct is not related to the disabling
condition or inappropriate placement, or failure to implement the IEP.
School personnel may remove a student with a disability who violates a
code of student conduct from his/her current educational setting, to an
appropriate interim alternative educational setting, another setting, or
suspension for not more than 10 school days (to the extent such
alternatives are
applied to students without disabilities). The decision about the placement
will be made by the student’s admission, review,
and dismissal (ARD) committee.
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VIOLENCE PROVISIONS
In an effort to eliminate violence from the Denton Independent School
District, the Board of Trustees approved this Violence Provision for all
students age ten (10) and older.
3.
If incident is reported, the following sequence of events will
occur:
a. Police will be notified according to local policy;
b. Parents will be notified by either the administrator or the
police and told where the student will be detained;
c. Students may be removed from campus by police with
possibility of citation and a hearing before the municipal
judge within ten (10) days, or if the offense is serious enough,
the student may be incarcerated according to state law and
will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law;
d. Students shall be suspended from school for a
maximum of three (3) days (42.01,1-5);
e. Parents must initiate meeting with the principal during
the term of the suspension.
4.
Violations for fighting include an immediate three-day
suspension from school.
5.
Persistent offenses may result in suspension and
recommendation for assignment to an Alternative Educational
Placement in accordance with state statutes, state regulations,
and district policies.
6.
Persistent offenses (two or more previous suspensions)
for fighting (42.01, 6) will result in DAEP placement.
7.
Offenses for assault will result in a 3-day suspension and a
DAEP placement (Ch. 37).
Violence Provisions govern any form of violence, fighting and/ or
physical altercations, abusive language, and threats among students as
defined by the Texas Penal Code will be reported to the local police as a
violation of the following penal codes: Disorderly Conduct and Assault.
Penal Code 42.01 Disorderly Conduct
A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly:
(1) uses abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public
place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an
immediate breach of the peace;
(2) makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the
gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the
peace;
(3) creates, by chemical means, a noxious and unreasonable odor in a
public place;
(4) abuses or threatens a person in a public place in an obviously
offensive manner;
(5) makes unreasonable noise in a public place other than a sport
shooting range, as defined by Section 250.001, Local
Government Code, or in or near a private residence that he has
no right to occupy;
Our hope is that the establishment of the above procedure will curtail the
frequency of violence of any form at school and will provide all students a
safe, threat-free environment which they deserve.
(6) fights with another in a public place.
Penal Code 22.01 Assault
A person commits an offense if the person:
(1) Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to
another;
(Adopted by Board of Trustees, March 9, 1993) (Amended, January 27,
1994)
(2) Intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily
injury;
(3) Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another
when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the
other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
SCHOOL PROCEDURE—In the event of student conduct that violates
local policy including violent acts, fighting and/or physical altercations,
abusive language, and threats between two or more students, the
procedures listed below will be followed:
1.
Students are referred to principal or designee who decides
whether to report the incident to police.
2.
If an incident is not reported, the District’s Discipline
Management Plan is followed and punishment is administered
according to policy (for example, scuffling, profanity, etc. may
merit only suspensions).
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In summary, if your son or daughter is involved in a fight or engages in a
physical altercation, abusive language, or threats during school hours, on
school property, or during a school-related event, the school principal or
designee responsible for discipline will consider the circumstances and the
parents will be notified by either the administrator OR the police. Your child
will be released into the custody of the police. The police will have the
option of citing any student offender(s) with disorderly conduct and/or
assault. Parents and/or student offender(s) may be responsible for fines up
to ($500) five hundred dollars.
TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
As part of our aim to provide ample opportunity for an education, the Texas State Board of Education and the district fund transportation for all students
who live two miles or more from the school that they are assigned to attend. To accomplish this, we require the cooperation of all students and
parents.
REGISTRATION FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
Denton ISD students must register for transportation services prior to riding the bus. This registration process will allow the District to verify
each student’s address and eligibility for services. Eligibility will be determined at the time of registration. Parents & guardians may obtain an
Application for Bus Transportation Services in the following manner:
1.
2.
Pick up an application at DISD Transportation, 5093 E. McKinney Street, Denton, Texas.
www.dentonisd.org
Parents or Guardians are required to notify your student’s home school or campus and DISD Transportation
(940-369-0300) should there be a change of address or phone number during the school year.
DISD School Bus Access Program
• Students who have registered for bus services will be assigned a “Bus Student Access Card.”
• This will allow the DISD Transportation Department to promote student safety and security through the daily monitoring of fleet operations and
ridership.
• The program will provide accurate information as to the location of all school buses & where and what time a student gets-on or off the bus at a bus
stop.
• Students are required to carry their “Bus Student Access Card” every time they ride a Denton ISD school bus.
• A replacement card can be purchased for $3 (exact change) at Denton ISD Transportation, 5093 E. McKinney, Denton, TX
76209 or at the Navo Satellite Office located behind Navo Middle School, 1701 Navo Rd., Aubrey, TX 76227.
STUDENT MANAGEMENT AND DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES
(facing forward keeping feet on the floor in front of them). All
students will remain inside their seat compartment at all times. Any
or all students may be assigned a seat.
Bus Safety Rules - Rules defining student conduct are designed to
protect the passengers and shall include, but not be limited to, the
following:
1.
The bus driver is in charge of students on the bus.
Students shall follow the driver’s directions in regards to bus
safety rules and bus operations at all times.
6.
Students must keep their hands, head, feet and
personal objects inside the bus at all times. No yelling or
communicating out of an open window.
2.
Maintain their assigned Bus Student Access Card on their person
when boarding and off-loading a district school bus.
7.
3.
Only authorized personnel and eligible bus students assigned to a
specific bus are permitted to ride that bus. Students WILL NOT be
allowed to ride any bus other than assigned bus. Students will be
transported to/from designated stop and to/from designated
school only. Designated stops are assigned by the Transportation
Department based on the student’s recorded home address.
Emergency transportation may be granted on a temporary basis in
some cases. A supervisor at the Transportation Department must
approve emergency transportation for students riding other buses.
Notes from parents/guardian will not be accepted as authorization to
ride a bus.
Scuffling, shoving, hitting, or fighting is prohibited on the bus and at
designated bus stops. Zero tolerance will be applied. Students
must keep all body parts and personal objects from contacting
another student.
8.
No spitting. No student shall cause their body fluids to make
contact with other persons and/or common objects on the bus.
9.
Littering or throwing items inside or from the bus is
prohibited.
4.
5.
10. Students are not allowed to consume food or drink or tobacco
products on the bus. (Exception: During extreme heat, drivers may
allow students to consume water only.)
11. Students shall not deface or vandalize the bus or related equipment.
Students who violate this rule will be required to pay for damages.
Buses will stop at designated stops only. Students are to arrive at
their bus stop (5) five minutes before their pick up time. Students
will wait next to (but not in) the street, driveway or parking lot.
Students must wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before
approaching to board or standing to leave the bus.
12. Students are not to engage in loud talking, yelling, using profanity,
abusive or inappropriate language, displaying obscene gestures
or gang signs. The bus driver may require any or all students to
be silent on the bus.
Stay in your seat and face the front: Students will remain properly
seated at all times and not block the center aisle
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13. Students are not to engage in verbal or physical behavior that
constitute Sexual Harassment of another person.
LOADING/UNLOADING THE BUS
A. PROCEDURES FOR WAITING FOR THE BUS
1. Be at your bus stop five minutes before the scheduled pick-up
time.
2. Students will wait next to (but not in) the street,
driveway or parking lot.
3. When the bus approaches, form a line and be prepared to load
immediately.
4. Stand clear of the bus until it comes to a complete stop.
5. If you miss the bus, go home immediately.
6. Parents/guardians should instruct their children on what
procedures to follow if the bus is missed.
14. Students shall comply with the Denton ISD dress code on all buses.
15. Students shall refrain from cell phone use or paging devices on bus
(unless authorized by driver for emergency purposes).
16. Students are not allowed to bring animals or harmful objects on the
bus (i.e., weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, laser lights,
etc.).
17. Band instruments or class projects are allowed on Denton ISD buses
provided they can be held by the student (not taller than shoulder or
seat high), fit in the seat with the student, do not interfere with the
availability of seating
for other students, and do not interfere with the safety of students
or bus operation. In the event that any of these conditions exist,
parents will be notified by Transportation that they must provide an
alternate means of transporting their child’s instrument and/or
project to and from school.
B. LOADING THE BUS
1. Scuffling, shoving, hitting or fighting is prohibited on the bus
and at designated bus stops. Zero tolerance will be applied.
Student must keep all body parts and personal objects from
contacting another student.
2. Use the handrail and steps.
3. Go directly to your seat and sit down. The bus will not move
until all students are properly seated.
4. Any or all students may be assigned a seat.
5. Students must scan access cards while boarding the bus.
18. Students are not to engage in any other conduct that disrupts
the safe operation of the bus.
C. GETTING OFF THE BUS
1. Stay seated until the bus is completely stopped.
2. Use the handrail and take one step at a time when leaving
the bus.
3. Wait for your turn to leave the bus. Pushing and
crowding will only slow exiting and may cause an
accident.
4. Stay clear of the bus when the engine is running. Do not
chase or hang on to the bus at any time.
5. If any article drops or rolls near or under the bus, do not go
after it. Go to the door of the bus and ask the driver for help.
6. All students should exit the bus and immediately take several
steps away from the bus.
7. It is the parents’ responsibility to insure younger
students are not left unattended at bus stops.
8. Students must scan access cards while exiting the
bus.
19. All Denton ISD Campus and Transportation policies and rules are
enforceable within 300 feet of any DISD bus stop or campus.
20. The unauthorized use of cameras and recording devices are
prohibited on school buses.
D. CROSSING THE STREET OR HIGHWAY
1. All students living on the left side of the roadway shall exit the
bus and move to a point 10 to 12 feet in front of the right
corner of the bus and wait for the driver to signal you that it is
safe to cross.
2. Check in both directions and walk directly across the road.
3. Never cross the road behind the bus.
4. CAUTION! Be alert for vehicles that do not stop when the bus is
loading or unloading students.
5. Cross all streets at intersections. Obey all traffic signals
and signs on your way home.
ACCIDENTS OR EMERGENCIES
1. Follow the driver’s directions.
2. If you must leave the bus, stay in a group.
3. The following procedures will be used in an
emergency situation.
A. The student nearest the door will open the door and
assist everyone in exiting.
B. Leave the bus in a single file as quickly and quietly
as possible.
C. Evacuation will start with the seat closest to the door.
D. Once outside the bus, follow the driver’s
directions completely.
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e.
EXTRACURRICULAR TRIPS
1.
2.
3.
4.
Bus rider rules apply to all school sponsored events.
Discipline will be the responsibility of the building
principal and the trip sponsor.
The bus must return clean when returning from the trip.
UIL Participation Rules Apply.
Video surveillance may be in operation on your child’s bus to
help in maintaining a safe and orderly bus. Federal law
prohibits the school district
from releasing the video to any member of the public except
to law enforcement officials (Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act).
BUS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES
Bus Discipline Procedures—Riding a school bus that serves this
district is a privilege. The driver is recognized as the authority on the bus
and has control over daily operations. The following procedures shall be
followed when inappropriate behavior occurs on a bus serving a regular
route or an extracurricular activity: PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHOOL BUS IS
AN EXTENSION OF THE SCHOOL DAY. ALL RULES
AND GUIDELINES IN THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT APPLY ON
THE SCHOOL BUS.
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DISRUPTION OF TRANSPORTATION
Any student who disrupts the continuation of a bus route and forces
the driver to stop the bus due to unsafe or illegal behavior may be
guilty of disruption of public transportation. Suspension from the bus
and/or fines may result.
The Assistant Director of Transportation shall be responsible for
enforcing discipline on all buses. All transportation personnel are
authorized to ensure the department and district discipline
management guidelines are followed.
Education Code 37.126. Disruption of Transportation
(a) Except as provided by Section 37.125, a person commits an
offense if the person intentionally disrupts, prevents, or
interferes with the lawful transportation of children to or from
school or an activity sponsored by
a school on a vehicle owned or operated by a county or
independent school district.
The Assistant Director of Transportation or designee will
investigate a student and contact parents by phone or mail if
their child is involved in inappropriate
behavior. If the consequences dictate a suspension, the parents
will be notified by phone or home delivery of the suspension
dates. Parents of suspended bus riders are responsible for their
transportation to and from school.
(b) An offense under this section is a Class C
misdemeanor.
The bus driver will report misconduct to the Assistant Director of
Transportation or designee using a Driver Safety Notice or Bus
Safety Report. Copies of the Bus
Safety Reports will be sent to the parent, building principal, and
placed on file in the Transportation Department office.
PARENTS BOARDING OR STOPPING BUSES
To insure the safety and security of all students on Denton ISD buses,
parents may not board the bus at any time. Should you need to discuss
an issue with the bus driver, please contact our office at (940) 369-0300.
The driver has been instructed not
to engage in discussions with parents on route to avoid route delays.
Students who violate bus safety rules will receive the following
consequences:
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First Violation – Warning—A Bus Safety Report is
issued.
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Second Violation – Three day Suspension—A Bus
Safety Report is issued.
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Third Violation – Five day Suspension—A Bus
Safety Report is issued.
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Fourth Violation – Ten day Suspension—A Bus
Safety Report is issued.
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Fifth Violation – Thirty day Suspension—A Bus
Safety Report is issued.
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Sixth Violation – Indefinite—Student will be suspended
from the bus for the remainder of the school year.
Students who violate the Student Code of Conduct while under the
jurisdiction of the Transportation Department will be referred to the
appropriate campus administrator for additional assessment of
discipline consequences.
Severe Clause – If a student’s conduct seriously jeopardizes
the safety of the other students and/ or the driver or
engages in any illegal activity, a suspension will be
immediately placed into effect.
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ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION
AND DATA MANAGEMENT
DISD ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The Denton ISD Acceptable Use Policy applies to all users of Denton ISD’s Electronic
Communications Systems. Users include:
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Denton ISD employees
Denton ISD students
Contractors
Consultants
Student Teachers
Temporary workers
Any third parties that use the system
Student Acceptable Use Policy
Denton ISD is pleased to offer students access to a computer network for file sharing, storage,
printing, electronic mail and the Internet while at school.
Access to the Internet will allow students access to available online textbooks, explore thousands
of libraries, databases, museums, and other repositories of information, and to collaborate with
other students and classrooms both locally and globally.
Parents who prefer their child not to have computer access should send a request in writing to the
campus principal. Educating minors about appropriate online behavior such as ethical use of
information, interacting with other individuals on social networking websites, chat rooms and
cyber bullying is required by law and will be addressed by Denton ISD campus staff such as
Instructional Technology Specialists, Librarians, teachers and counselors.
The Denton ISD Student Code of Conduct applies to electronic interaction, just as it would in any
face to face interaction. What is inappropriate in the classroom will be deemed inappropriate
online.
It is expected that users will comply with district standards and the specific rules set forth below.
The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and may be revoked if abused. The user is
personally responsible for his/her actions in accessing and utilizing the school’s computer
resources or personal computer resources used on district property. The students are advised never
to access, keep, or send anything that they would not want their parents, teachers, or administrators
to see.
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Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Background
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address
concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes
certain requirements on schools or libraries that may receive discounts for Internet access or
internal connections through the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications
services and products more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC
issued rules implementing CIPA and provided updates to those rules in 2011.
What CIPA Requires
Schools and libraries subject to CIPA may not receive the discounts offered by the E-rate program
unless they certify that they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection
measures. The protection measures must block or filter internet access to pictures that are: (a)
obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors. Before adopting this Internet safety
policy, schools and libraries must provide reasonable notice and hold at least one public hearing or
meeting to address the proposal.
Schools subject to CIPA have two additional certification requirements: 1) their Internet safety
policies must include monitoring the online activities of minors; and 2) as required by the
Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, they must provide for educating minors about
appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking
websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy
addressing:
(a) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet;
(b) the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other
forms of direct electronic communications;
(c) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking,” and other unlawful activities by
minors online;
(d) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding
minors; and
(e) measures designed to restrict minors’ access to material harmful to minors.
Schools and libraries must certify they are in compliance with CIPA before they can receive E-rate
funding. However, CIPA does not apply to schools and libraries receiving discounts for
telecommunications service only. CIPA does allow for an authorized person to disable the
blocking or filtering measure during use by an adult to enable access for bona fide research or
other lawful purposes and it does not require the tracking of Internet use by minors or adults.
Denton ISD complies with all CIPA requirements as found in the AUP, Board Policy CQ Local,
and CQ Legal.
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Monitored Use
Electronic mail transmissions and any other use of the electronic communications system by
students are not confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated District staff
to ensure appropriate use for educational purposes.
The district filters the Internet for objectionable material. However, families should be aware that
some material might still contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially
offensive. While the intentions of the district are to use Internet resources for constructive,
educational goals, students may find ways to access other materials. Inappropriate use will be
handled by campus administration. We believe the educational benefits, access to informational
resources, and opportunities for global collaboration exceed the disadvantages. The district
considers computer and guided Internet use a part of the instructional program just like a textbook.
Bring Your Own Device
Denton ISD will grant all students permission to bring a personal web-enabled device from home
to campus for their academic use. Student use of personally-owned devices in the classroom
setting will be at the discretion of campus administration and/or classroom teachers.
Students who use web-enabled devices from home will have access to the filtered, wireless
DISD-PUB network but will not have access to any district printers or district drives such as
network folders. Network drives can only be accessed via district machines.
Denton ISD is not liable for any loss or damage incurred. Denton ISD will not provide
maintenance, nor can it load any software onto any personal, non-district device. Identity theft is a
growing problem. We recommend that any personally sensitive files (such as tax documents, social
security information, bank records, etc.) are removed from any device before it is used on campus.
Users should not loan their device to someone else. The user is responsible for any content on the
device regardless of how it originated.
DISD is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen devices.
Any dispute involving Acceptable Use of district or personal resources will be settled at the
discretion of District personnel.
All technological devices brought onto a Denton ISD campus are subject to search and seizure.
Improper or non-educational use could result in loss of privileges for the on-campus use of such
devices.
Denton ISD is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen devices.
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Login Security
It is the responsibility of the student to keep their district issued network and email account safe
and secure. Do not share usernames, passwords or other account information. Report any
suspected unauthorized use of their account to a teacher or district official immediately. Cyberbullying and harassment will not be tolerated. Report any suspicious or threatening communication
to a teacher or other district official immediately.
Student Email
Email is a vital form of communication in the modern school, business world, and home. Denton
ISD will provide all students with a monitored, filtered, school email account.
Denton ISD student email complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act through the use of
active content filtering and faculty monitoring. District issued email accounts are for educational
purposes only.
Failure to comply with the AUP of Denton ISD can result in restrictions being placed upon the
accounts, loss of access, and possible disciplinary consequences. Parents can opt out by written
request to campus administration.
Student Email Use Guidelines
Student email accounts are to be used for the following purposes only:
• Teacher-student correspondence
• Accessing/submission of classroom assignments or materials
• Creation of accounts for classroom web-based tools, such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc.
• Correspondence with students/partners in collaborative class activities such as pen pals
Student email accounts should not be used for:
• Unauthorized personal communication
• Bullying or harassment of other students
• Forwarding chain mail, spam or commercial content
• Sending inappropriate or immoral content or language
• Registering for any personal internet account
Email Privacy
District issued email accounts are the property of Denton ISD. All email is monitored and filtered
at all times. Students should not expect their email to be private.
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Social Media in the Classroom
Online communication is critical to students’ learning of 21st Century Skills and tools such as
blogging and podcasting offer an authentic, real-world vehicle for student expression. The use of
blogs, wikis, chat rooms, podcasts or other web 2.0 tools is an extension of a classroom and
school. What is inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate online.
1. Be aware of what you post online. What you contribute leaves a digital footprint for all to
see. Do not post anything you wouldn’t want friends, enemies, parents, teachers, or a future
employer to see.
2. Follow the Denton ISD Student Code of Conduct when writing online. It is acceptable to
disagree with someone else’s opinions, however, do it in a respectful way.
3. Be safe online. Never give out personal information, including, but not limited to, last
names, phone numbers, addresses, exact birthdates, and pictures. Do not share your
password with anyone.
4. Do your own work! Do not use other people’s intellectual property without their
permission.
It is a violation of copyright law to copy and paste other’s works.
5. Be aware that pictures may also be protected under copyright laws. Verify you have
permission to use the image or it is under Creative Commons attribution.
6. How you represent yourself online is an extension of yourself.
7. If you run across inappropriate material, material that makes you feel uncomfortable, or is
not respectful, tell your teacher or other district personnel immediately.
8. For your safety and protection we encourage you to follow these Social Media guidelines
outside of school as well as during the school day.
Posting Policies
Denton ISD teachers or administrators may post the following with written parental/guardian and
student approval to the principal:
• Student authored work
• Pictures, audio or video of student (alone or in a group)
• Student first and last names
Inappropriate Materials or Language
A good rule to follow is never view, send, or access materials which you would not want your
teachers, parents or administrators to see. Should students encounter profane, objectionable
material by accident, they should report it to their teacher or administrator immediately. Any
assumed violation will be reported to the appropriate district administrator and the user’s privilege
revoked until the violation is reviewed by the appropriate district administrator.
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General Guidelines for Using Technology
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I understand the Denton ISD Student Code of Conduct applies to electronic interaction,
just as it would in any face to face interaction. What is inappropriate in the classroom is
inappropriate online.
I understand that passwords are private. I will not allow others to use my account name
and password, nor will I use other account names and passwords.
I will be polite and use appropriate language in my electronic mail messages, multiuser
role-playing and/or virtual learning environments, online postings, and other digital
communications with others. I will refrain from using profanity, vulgarities, or any other
inappropriate language as determined by school administrators.
I will use electronic mail and other means of communications such as blogs, wikis,
podcasting, chat, instant-messaging, discussion boards, and virtual learning environments
responsibly. I will not use computers, handheld computers, digital audio players, cell
phones, personal digital devices or the Internet to send or post hate or harassing mail,
pornography, make discriminatory or derogatory remarks about others, or engage in
bullying, harassment, or other antisocial behaviors either at school or at home.
I understand that I represent the school district in all my online activities. I understand
that what I do on social media websites such as MySpace and Facebook should not
reflect negatively on my fellow students, teachers, or on the District.
I understand that masquerading, spoofing, or pretending to be someone else is forbidden.
This includes, but is not limited to, sending out e-mail, creating accounts, or posting
messages or other online content (e.g. text, images, audio or video) in someone else’s
name.
I will use technology resources responsibly. I will not retrieve, save, or display hatebased, offensive or sexually explicit material. I am responsible for not pursuing material
that could be considered offensive. I understand that I am to notify a teacher or
administrator immediately if I encounter materials which violate appropriate use.
I will use technology resources productively and responsibly for school-related purposes.
I will refrain from attempting to bypass, hack, or circumvent security settings or Internet
filters, or interfere with the operation of the network by installing software or web-based
services.
I understand that vandalism is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to modifying or
destroying equipment, programs, files, or settings on any computer or other technology
resource.
I will respect the intellectual property of other users and information providers. I will
obey copyright guidelines. I will not plagiarize or use other’s work without proper
citation and permission.
I will refrain from the use of or access of files, software, or other resources owned by
others without the owner’s permission. I will use only those school network directories
that are designated for my use and for the purpose designated by my teacher.
I will follow all guidelines set forth by the District and/or my teachers when publishing
schoolwork online such as a website, blog, wiki, discussion board, podcasting or video
server.
I understand the Internet is a source for information that is both true and false and that the
school is not responsible for inaccurate information obtained from the Internet.
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I understand that district and/or campus administrators will deem what conduct is
inappropriate use if such conduct is not specified in this agreement.
I agree to abide by all Internet safety guidelines that are provided by the school and to
complete all assignments related to Internet safety.
I understand and agree that Denton ISD may access my web-enabled device at any time
to determine whether there has been a violation of the AUP.
I understand that any reported assumed violation of the Student Acceptable Use Policy
will be judged by the appropriate district administrator. I also understand that any or all
of my privileges may be revoked at any time until the appropriate administrator reviews
the concern or violation and makes a ruling.
Students should never download or install any software or applications onto network
drives or disks. Any assumed violation will be reported to the appropriate district
administrator and the user’s privilege revoked until the concern of violation is reviewed
by the appropriate district administrator.
I understand that any dispute involving the Acceptable Use Policy will be settled at the
discretion of the school or district administrator that is responsible for student discipline.
Failure to abide by Denton ISD’s Acceptable Use Policy could result in suspending
online privileges and district issued accounts, disciplinary and/or legal action.
Disclaimer of Liability
The district shall not be liable for users’ inappropriate use of electronic communication resources
or violations of copyright restrictions, users’ mistakes or negligence, inappropriate use of third
party sites or costs incurred by user. The District shall not be responsible for ensuring the accuracy
or usability of any information found on the Internet. The District does not warrant that the
functions or services performed by, or that the information or software contained on, the system
will meet the system users’ requirements or the system will be uninterrupted or error-free. The
district shall not be liable for lost, stolen or damaged devices brought from home.
Any dispute involving Acceptable Use of district or personal resources will be settled at the
discretion of District personnel.
STUDENT AUP RESOURCE MATERIAL
APPROVED BOARD POLICY [CQ (LOCAL)]
The Superintendent or designee shall implement, monitor, and evaluate electronic media resources
for instructional and administrative purposes.
Access to the District’s electronic communications system, including the Internet, shall be made
available to students and employees in accordance with administrative regulations. Access to the
District’s electronic communications system is a privilege, not a right.
All users shall be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrative
regulations governing use of the system and shall agree in writing to comply with such regulations
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and guidelines. Noncompliance with applicable regulations and guidelines may result in
suspension or termination of privileges and other disciplinary action consistent with District
Policies. [See DH, FNC, CQ, FO, and the Student Code of Conduct]
The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement administrative regulations,
guidelines, and user agreements, consistent with the purposes and mission of the District and with
law and policy governing copyright. [See CQ]
Electronic mail transmissions and other use of the electronic communications system by students
and employees shall not be considered confidential and may be monitored at any time by
designated District staff.
The District shall not be liable for users’ inappropriate use of electronic communication resources
or violations of copyright restrictions, users’ mistakes or negligence, or costs incurred by users.
The District shall not be responsible for ensuring the accuracy or usability of any information
found on the Internet.
Training
Denton ISD will provide training to users in proper use of the system and will provide all users
with copies of the Denton ISD Acceptable Use Policy. All Denton ISD training for the system will
emphasize its ethical use.
Copyrighted Materials
Copyrighted software of data may not be installed on the system without permission from the
holder of the copyright. Only the owner of the copyright (or individuals the owner specifically
authorizes in writing) may upload copyrighted material to the system.
Internet Safety
Denton ISD will use technology protection measures to prevent users and students from accessing
pornography or other material deemed harmful to minors. Technology Protection Measures are
defined as specific technologies that block or filter Internet access to inappropriate content.
Inappropriate content is defined as:
• Obscene, as defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code.
• Child pornography, as defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code.
• Harmful to minors (including websites about violence, racism/hate).
• Disruptive to learning in the classroom (including sites with non-educational games).
• Inappropriate for minors (including websites that contain hacking instructions, Web email,
Adware, Spyware, SPAM Internet fraud and scams and any other areas deemed
inappropriate as determined by the campus administrator).
• Harmful to the technology protection measure (including websites with proxy servers that
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can be used to bypass the filters).
• Illegal (including piracy websites).
• Personal Web spaces should not identify the user’s relationship to Denton ISD.
• Controls on the technology protection measures may be updated daily. Sometimes the
controls may prevent access to sites needed for educational or administrative use. If a user
needs to access a blocked site, they may submit a HEAT ticket to have the website
reviewed.
Responsibilities
The Superintendent will designate a district-level administrator to:
• Disseminate and enforce acceptable use policies and guidelines at the district level.
• Ensure that all users read and sign an agreement to abide by Denton ISD’s policies and
guidelines regarding use of the system.
• Have campus personnel store student signed agreements (electronic or handwritten).
• Monitor activity on the system (as needed).
• Establish a retention schedule for messages on any electronic bulletin board.
• Remove local messages that are inappropriate.
• Set limits for disk utilization and mailbox sizes on Denton ISD’s system.
Principals will designate campus-level coordinators to:
• Disseminate and enforce acceptable use policies and guidelines at the campus level.
• Ensure that teachers adequately supervise their students and are responsible for their
students’ use of the system.
• Ensure that teachers who supervise students provide training to students that emphasize
appropriate use of the system.
Cyberbullying and Harassment
Threatening, harassing, and/or bullying others using electronic means to include the Internet and/or
mobile technology is strictly prohibited.
Vandalism and Abuse
Vandalism is activity that intends to harm or destroy any part of the system, another user’s data,
or any agencies or network connected to the Internet or using any means to possess vandalism
tools on network drives, pen drives, removable media, or the local computer.
Vandalism includes deliberate attempts to degrade or disrupt system performance. Vandalism
includes, but is not limited to:
• Denials of Service (DOS) attacks
• Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks
• Uploading or creating viruses
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Using keystroke recording systems
Loading Spyware or Adware
Using port scanners or other tools to do network reconnaissance
IP spoofing
Man-in-the-Middle attacks
Traffic sniffing
Using any other tools to hack into or spy on the system
Vandalism is strictly prohibited and vandals will lose access to the system and must provide
restitution for hardware and software costs associated with system restoration. Vandals may be
prosecuted under applicable state and federal laws. Denton ISD will cooperate fully with local,
state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to vandalism of Denton ISD’s
system, any other system or any investigation of misuse.
Email Abuse
Attempts to read, delete, copy, or modify the electronic mail of other users or deliberate
interference with the ability of other system users to send/receive email is prohibited. Forgery or
attempted forgery of email is prohibited.
Plagiarism
Copying any content from the Internet or the system that doesn’t belong to the user and claiming
that the content is the property of the user is prohibited. Users must cite the source when including
content from the Internet or the system.
Third Party Content
Users and parents of students with access to the system should be aware that users and students
might access other systems in the global network that may contain inaccurate and/or objectionable
material. Any student or employee who brings prohibited materials into the system is subject to
suspension, revocation of access, and is subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the
Student Code of Conduct.
Revocation of Access
If any user violates the Acceptable use Policy, Denton ISD may suspend the user’s access to the
system. Denton ISD will terminate the user’s accounts on the date the principal or Denton ISD
administrator receives notice of student withdrawal or revocation of system privileges, or on a
future date if specified in the notice.
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Disclaimers
System Access: Access to the system is provided on an “as is, available” basis. Denton ISD does
not make any warranties with respect to any services provided by the system and about any
information or software contained on the system. Denton ISD does not guarantee that the functions
or services performed by, or that the information of software contained on the system will meet the
user’s requirements, or that the system will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that defects will be
corrected.
User Information: Opinions, advice, services, and all other information expressed by system
users, information providers, service providers, or other third party individuals in the system
belong to the providers and not Denton ISD.
Liability
Denton ISD is not liable for inappropriate use of Denton ISD’s system or violations of copyright
restrictions, mistakes or negligence caused directly or indirectly by users, or costs that users incur.
Denton ISD is not responsible for ensuring the accuracy or usability of any information on the
Internet.
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APPENDIX
Denton ISD Academic Integrity Policy
Elementary School Grade Calculations, Grades 2-5
Middle School Grade Calculations
High School Grade Calculations
AP Grade Calculations
Glossary of Terms
Denton ISD Academic Integrity Policy
Academic integrity is an essential element to the Denton Independent School District’s philosophy and practice of promoting academic
excellence. For an academic institution to be successful, an honor code and consequences for violating the honor code must be
established. Indeed, once the student is in a university, college, or workplace, any form of dishonesty will result in serious penalties,
including automatic course failure and expulsion, losing your job, etc. Cheating, dishonesty, and plagiarism will not be tolerated in Denton
Independent School District.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:
Taking, stealing, and/or using an assignment from someone else and submitting it as one’ s own.
Allowing another to take and/or use an assignment to submit as his/her own.
Looking at another’s test or essay with or without his consent for the purpose of duplicating that work and submitting it as
one’s own.
Representing as one’s own the work or words of a parent, sibling, friend, or anyone else.
Discussing or revealing the contents of a test or quiz with students who have not completed the assessment.
Unauthorized use of teacher test materials, answer sheets, computer files, or grading programs.
Using any type of “crib/cliff notes” on your person, an object, or programmed within graphing calculators, palm pilots, cell
phones, or other electronic devices without teacher permission.
Receiving answers for assignments or exams from any unauthorized source.
Working on assignments with others when not authorized by the instructor.
Copying from other students during an exam.
Giving answers to another student for an assignment or exam.
Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:
Agreeing with other students to commit academic dishonesty.
Falsification of results from research or laboratory experiments.
Written or oral presentation of results from research which was never performed.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the following examples:
Directly quoting or paraphrasing all or part of another’s written or spoken words without notes or documental- tin within the body
of a work.
Presenting an idea, theory, or formula originated by another person as the original work of the person submitting that work.
Purchasing or receiving in any other manner a term paper or other assignment that is the work of another person and
submitting that assignment as the student’s own work
Repeating information, such as statistics or demographics, which is not common knowledge and which was originally
compiled by another person.
Plagiarism is defined in Webster’s New International Dictionary of the English Language as:
“To steal or purloin and pass off as one’s own the ideas, words, artistic productions of another; to use without due credit the
ideas, expressions or productions of another.”
The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing further defines plagiarism as:
“Forms of plagiarism include the failure to give appropriate acknowledgments when repeating another’s wording or particularly
apt phrase, paraphrasing another’s argument, and presenting another’s line of think- ing. You may certainly use other person’s
words and thoughts, but the borrowed material must not appear to be your creation. In your writing, then, you must document
everything you borrow; not only direct quotations and paraphrases, but also information and ideas.”
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. New York: The Modern
Language Association of America, 1998.
Plagiarism.org indicates:
“Plagiarism is the improper use of, or failure to give credit to another person’s writing, visual or musical representation, or ideas. It
can be an act as subtle as inadvertently neglecting to use quotation marks or references when using another source or as blatant as
knowingly copying an entire paper, or parts of a paper, and claiming it as your own.”
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Denton ISD Academic Integrity Policy
Consequences for cheating/plagiarism are as follows:
Offense
1st
Person
Responsible
Process
1. Document suspected or observed
cheating/dishonesty/plagiarism.
Classroom Teacher
2. Conference with student and determine
whether or not cheating/plagiarism
has occurred.
Classroom Teacher
If the teacher concludes that cheating/plagiarism has
occurred:
3. Mandatory contact with parent
● Document the contact
● Identify consequences administered
Classroom Teacher
Campus Administrator
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4. Inform the following campus staff:
● Academic Instructional Leader
(Department Chair)
● Student’s assigned assistant principal
● Coach(s) – specific to student’s
involvement
● Sponsor(s) – specific to
student’s involvement
● National Honor Society
Classroom Teacher
5. Place documentation in the student’s
Academic Integrity Folder until the end of
the academic school year.
Classroom Teacher
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Consequence(s)
Zero grade for the assignment
Possible 1 day in ISSC
Place documentation in
Academic Integrity Folder
within the Discipline Folder
Denton ISD Academic Integrity Policy
Consequences for cheating/plagiarism are as follows:
Offense
2nd
Person
Responsible
Process
1. Document suspected or observed
cheating/dishonesty/plagiarism.
Classroom Teacher
2. Conference with student and determine
whether or not cheating/plagiarism
has occurred.
Classroom Teacher
If the teacher concludes that cheating/plagiarism
occurred:
3. Mandatory contact with parent
● Document the contact
● Set up a meeting
Classroom Teacher has
4. Mandatory meeting; bring copies of
● Documentation of work in question
● DISD Academic Integrity Policy
Classroom Teacher
Department Chair
Parent
Student
Assistant Principal
Counselor
5. Inform the following campus staff:
● Coach(s) – specific to student’s
involvement
● Sponsor(s) – specific to
student’s involvement
● National Honor Society
Classroom Teacher
6. Place documentation in the student’s
Academic Integrity Folder until the end
of the academic school year.
Classroom Teacher
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Consequence(s)
●
●
●
●
Zero grade for the assignment
Possible 2 days in ISSC
Possible removal from
Pre-AP/AP course in which
the offense occurred
Documentation in
Academic Integrity File
Denton ISD Academic Integrity Policy
Consequences for cheating/plagiarism are as follows:
Offense
3rd
Person
Responsible
Process
1. Compile evidence of suspected or
observed cheating/plagiarism.
Classroom Teacher
2. Conference with student and determine
whether or not cheating/plagiarism
has occurred.
Classroom Teacher
If the teacher concludes that cheating/plagiarism has
occurred:
3. Mandatory contact with parent
•
Document the contact
•
Set up a meeting
Classroom Teacher
4. Mandatory meeting; bring copies of
•
Documentation of work in question,
•
DISD Academic Integrity Policy, and
•
Consequences to be administered
Classroom Teacher
Department Chair
Parent
Student Assistant
Principal Counselor
Consequence(s)
●
●
●
●
●
5. Inform the following campus staff:
● Coach(s) – specific to student’s
involvement
● Sponsor(s) – specific to
student’s involvement
● National Honor Society
Classroom Teacher
6. Place documentation in the student’s
Academic Integrity Folder
Classroom Teacher
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Zero grade for the assignment
Suspension
Removal from Pre-AP/AP
course in which
the offense occurred
Possible ineligibility for any
extra-curricular activities
Documentation in
Academic Integrity Folder
Denton ISD Academic Integrity Policy
This document was compiled based upon the honor codes and definitions of academic integrity from the following:
Academic Integrity: What Every Aggie Needs To Know. Texas A&M University. 25 Oct
1996. 7 Feb 2004.
Beaconsfield High School Department of English. Plagiarism Policy. 24 Nov 2000. 7
Feb 2004.
High School in the Community. High School in the Community Plagiarism Policy. 7 Feb
2004.
Oxnard High School English Department. Plagiarism Policy. 7 Feb 2004.
Staples High School. Academic Integrity Policy: Regarding Plagiarism . 5 Dec 2001. 7
Feb 2004.
Student Press Review. “Mass. High School’s Policy Clearly Defines Plagiarism and
Consequences.” Columbia Scholastic Press Association: Columbia University, 2001. 7 Feb 2004.
Tipton High School. Tipton High School: Honor Code. 7 Feb 2004.
Washington Township Public Schools. “Plagiarism.” 23 Oct 2003. 7 Feb 2004.
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Elementary School Grade Calculations
Grades 2-5
All Subjects
Formative
Assessments
Summative
Assessments
Independent
Practice
60%
30%
10%
An ongoing evaluation used to check for
student understanding. (may in- clude but
are not limited to daily work, some labs, or
short quizzes)
An evaluation used to assess student
mastery. (may include but are not limited to
tests, quizzes, some labs or projects)
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Practice on previously taught skills. (may
include but are not limited to homework,
warm-ups, or journals)
Middle School Grade Calculations
English Language Arts
Course
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade English
6th Grade ESL
th
7 Grade Reading
7th Grade English
7th Grade ESL
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade English
8th Grade ESL
Daily
(may include, but is not
limited to class
activities and
homework)
50%
Quizzes
(may include, but is not
limited to quizzes,
minor tests, minor
projects)
20%
Major
(may include, but is
not limited to major
tests, projects,
research)
30%
40%
25%
35%
30%
30%
40%
Classwork/Homework
(homework,
classwork, class
20%
participation)
Quizzes
Tests/Projects
30%
50%
minimum of 2 grades
per
640%
wks
minimum of 2 grades
per
620%
wks
minimum of 2 grades per
6 wks
40%
Mathematics
Course
7th Grade Advanced Math
8th Grade Algebra 1
8th Grade Geometry
6th Grade Mathematics
7th Grade Mathematics
8th Grade Mathematics
minimum of 1 grade
minimum of 2 grades
minimum of 2 grades per
per
per week
6 wks
Classwork
Tests/Quizzes/Projects
6 wks
(including participation)
Mathematics Acceleration
6, 7, 8
60%
40%
Science
Course
6th Grade Science
7th Grade Science
8th Grade Science
Daily
(classwork, homework,
quizzes, class
33%
participation)
35%
30%
Labs
Major
s
(Tests/Projects)
33%
30%
30%
34%
35%
40%
Social Studies
Course
6th Grade Social Studies
7th Grade Social Studies
8th Grade Social Studies
Homework/Classwork
(classwork, homework,
quizzes, class
70%
participation)
65%
60%
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Tests/Projects
30%
35%
40%
Middle School Grade Calculations
Languages Other Than English
Exams/ Major
Projects
Course
Spanish 1
Spanish for Spanish
Speakers
Quizzes/ Minor
Projects
25%
25%
20%
20%
Communicative Activities
(may include, but not
limited to listening,
speaking, daily work,
diarios/journals, ratings, inclass
discussions/corrections of
40% skits)
homework,
50%
Homework
10%
10%
EXPO (Gifted and Talented Program)
Daily
(may include, but is not limited to
class activities and homework)
Course
6th Grade EXPO
7th Grade EXPO
8th Grade EXPO
50%
40%
30%
Quizzes
(may include,
but is not limited
to quizzes, minor
tests, minor
projects
20%
20%
20%
Majors
(may include, but
is not limited to
major tests,
projects, research)
30%
40%
50%
Art, Band, Choir, Orchestra, Theatre Arts
Category
Performance/Product
Weight
30%
Description
Concerts; Festivals; Completed art
works; Portfolios; Written tests;
Response/evaluation critiques; Play
performances; Research papers;
Classroom project presentations;
Arts etiquette
Fundamentals/Processes/Participation
50%
Participation; Sight-reading; Scales, Daily warm- ups;
Sketchbooks; Materials checks; Vocabulary; Technique
exercises for art, drama and music; Posture; Breathing;
Hand position; Script writing
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Skills
20%
Sectionals; Written work; Practice
journals; Daily quizzes; Oral tests;
Playing/ singing tests; Video/Audiotaped performance tests; Classroom
performances; Peer evaluations
High School Grade Calculations
English Language Arts
Daily
Major
(may include, but not limited to class
activities, homework, quizzes)
(may include, but not limited to major tests,
projects, research)
50%
50%
English 3
English 4
40%
60%
Literary Genres
Creative Writing
50%
50%
Pre-AP English 1
Pre-AP English 2
40%
60%
Course
Reading
English 1
English 2
Course
Daily
ESOL 1
ESOL 2
ESOL 3
Projects
60%
20%
Tests
20%
Languages Other Than English
Course
ASL 1
ASL 2
ASL 3
ASL 4
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Pre-AP Spanish 2
Spanish 3
Pre-AP Spanish 3
Spanish 4
SSS 1-2
SSS 3
Tests/ Major
Projects
Quizzes
Classwork and
Homework
Notebooks and
Participation
30%
20%
40%
10%
25%
25%
40%
10%
20%
20%
50%
10%
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High School Grade Calculations
Languages Other Than English
Course
Latin 1
Latin 2
Pre-AP Latin 2
Pre-AP Latin 3
Course
German 1
German 2
Pre-AP German 2
German 3
Pre-AP German 3
Course
French 1
French 2
Pre-AP French 2
French 3
Pre-AP French 3
French 4
Tests/ Major
Projects
Quizzes
Minor Projects
50%
Daily
(may include, but not
limited to homework
classwork, oral
component)
25%
25%
Quizzes
Minor Projects
Essays/
Projects
40%
40%
20%
35%
35%
30%
Tests/ Major
Projects
Daily
Major
60%
40%
Mathematics
Course
Algebra 1
Geometry
Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus
Pre-AP Geometry
Pre-AP Algebra 2
Pre-AP Pre-Calculus
Homework
Quizzes
Tests/Projects
20%
30%
50%
15%
25%
60%
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Science
Course
Homework/Classwork
Labs
Tests/Projects
All Science Courses
(including Pre-AP)
25%
25%
50%
Social Studies
Course
Homework/Classwork
Tests/Projects
All Social Studies Courses
(Except Pre AP and AP)
40%
60%
Pre AP Social Studies Courses
30%
70%
Other Courses
Course
No Categori
Journalism
Yearbook
Newspaper
Photojournalism
All grades receive the same weight
Course
Communication Applications
Public Speaking
Debate
Speeches
50%
Tests
30%
All grades receive the same weight
All grades receive the same weight
Daily
20%
Fine Arts
ART
Category
Weight
Major Grades (Projects, Exams, Research)
60%
Sketches/Quizzes
20%
Daily Grades
20%
BAND
Category
Weight
Process/Fundamentals/Participation
50%
Performance/Product
30%
Skills
20%
CHOIR
Category
Weight
Process/Daily Grades
50%
Rehearsal/Performance/Product
30%
Tests/Quizzes
20%
ORCHESTRA
Category
Weight
Concerts/Written and Playing Tests
50%
Rehearsal/Sectionals
25%
Written Work/Participation
25%
THEATRE ARTS
Category
Weight
Process/Daily Grades
50%
Tests/Quizzes
30%
Product/Projects
20%
DANCE
Category
Weight
Process/Participation
60%
Tests (Skills and Written Tests)
20%
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Journal Writing
20%
Advanced Placement Courses
Course
Daily
Major
(may include, but not limited to class
activities, homework, quizzes)
(may include but not limited to tests, projects, research)
25%
25%
75%
75%
AP English 3
AP English 4
Course
AP Latin 3
AP Latin 4
Course
Quizzes/Minor
Projects
(may include, but not limited to homework,
classwork, oral component)
50%
25%
25%
Quizzes/Minor
Projects
Classwork
50%
AP Spanish 4
AP Spanish 5
25%
Course
50%
AP German 4
Daily
40%
Quizzes/Minor
Projects
25%
Classwork
Course
Homework
25%
Major
60%
AP French 4
Course
Daily
Exams/Major
Projects
Homework
25%
Major
70%
Minor
30%
50%
50%
2nd 6 weeks
60%
40%
3rd 6 weeks
70%
30%
80%
20%
AP Statistics
AP Calculus
1st 6 weeks
th
th
4 -6 6 weeks
Course
AP Computer Science A
AP Computer Science AB
Course
AP Science Courses
Course
AP Social Studies Courses
Tests
Homework/Quizzes
20%
20%
30%
30%
Homework/Classwork
15%
Labs
Program
Assignments
50%
50%
Tests/Projects
25%
Homework/Classwork
30%
60%
Tests/Projects
70%
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GLOSSARY
Accelerated instruction is an intensive supplemental program designed to address the needs of an
individual student in acquiring the knowledge and skills required at his or her grade level.
ACT refers to one of the two most frequently used college or university admissions exams: the
American College Test. The test may be a requirement for admission to certain colleges or
universities.
Alternative assessment instrument, developed by the state, may be given to students in special
education and students identified as limited English proficient.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits
private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from
discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing,
advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also
applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations. The ADA’s nondiscrimination standards
also apply to federal sector employees under section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and
its implementing rules.
ARD is the admission, review, and dismissal committee convened for each student who is identified as
being eligible for special education and will be held at least annually". The eligible student and his or her
parents are members of the committee that meets at least annually.
Attendance Review Committee is sometimes responsible for reviewing a student’s absences when
the student’s attendance drops below 90 percent of the days the class is offered. Under guidelines
adopted by the board, the committee will determine whether there were extenuating circumstances
for the absences and whether the student needs to complete certain conditions to master the course
and regain credit lost because of absences.
DAEP stands for disciplinary alternative education program, a placement for students who have
violated certain provisions of the Student Code of Conduct. Students in the DAEP will be separated
from students not assigned to the program. The DAEP will focus instruction on English language arts,
mathematics, science, history, and self-discipline, and provide for students’ educational and behavioral
needs, as well as supervision and counseling.
EOC assessments are end-of-course tests, which are state-mandated, and are a part of the STAAR
program. Successful performance on EOC assessments will be required for graduation beginning with
students in grade 9 during the 2012-2013 school year. These exams will be given in English I, English
II, English III, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, World Geography, World
History, and United States History.
FERPA refers to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that grants specific privacy
protections to student records. The law contains certain exceptions, such as for directory information,
unless a student’s parent or a student 18 or older directs the school not to release directory
information.
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IEP is the written record of the Individualized Education Program prepared by the ARD committee for
a student with disabilities who is eligible for special education services. The IEP contains several
parts, such as a statement of the student’s present educational performance; a statement of
measurable annual goals, with short-term objectives; the special education and related services and
supplemental aids and services to be provided, and program modifications or support by school
personnel; a statement regarding how the student’s progress will be measured and how the parents
will be kept informed; modifications to state or district-wide tests; whether successful completion of
state-mandated assessments is required for graduation, etc.
ISS refers to in-school suspension, a disciplinary technique for misconduct found in the Student Code
of Conduct. Although different from out-of-school suspension and placement in a DAEP, ISS removes
the student from the regular classroom.
Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) plays a pivotal role in the education of Limited
English Proficient (LEP) students. The LPAC’s role extends beyond the responsibilities established
under the Texas Administrative Code, 19 TAC Chapter 89, Subchapter BB, and Commissioner’s Rules
Concerning State Plan for Educating Limited Proficient Students. As an advocate for the LEP student,
the LPAC becomes the voice that initiates, articulates, deliberates, and determines the best
instructional program for the student. It functions as a link between the home and the school in
making appropriate decisions regarding placement, instructional practices, assessment, and special
programs that impact the student.
NCLB Act is the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) is recommended for all students entering grade 9 and is required by
state law for any student in middle school or higher who fails a section on a state-mandated test or is
identified by the district as not likely to earn a high school diploma before the fifth school year after he
or she begins grade 9.
Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Exam (PSAT)s
The PSAT is a “pre-SAT” test given for practice in the 10th grade. In the 11th grade, the PSAT is used
as a qualifying exam for the National Merit. The Board of Trustees of Denton ISD supports the
importance of taking the PSAT by providing funds for all high school students to take this exam. All
10th and 11th graders will take the PSAT each year in October, free of charge.
SAT refers to one of the two most frequently used college or university admissions exams: the
Scholastic Aptitude Test. The test may be a requirement for admissions to certain colleges or
universities.
Section 504 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination against a student with a disability,
requiring schools to provide opportunities for equal services, programs, and participation in
activities.
SSI is the Student Success Initiative of the No Child Left Behind Act that ensures that all students
receive the instruction and support they need to be successful in reading and mathematics.
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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
2012-2013 school year.
STAAR Alternate is an alternative state-mandated assessment designed for students with severe
cognitive disabilities receiving special education services who meet the participation requirements, as
determined by the student’s ARD committee.
STAAR Modified is an alternative state-mandated assessment based on modified achievement
standards that is administered to eligible students receiving special education services, as
determined by the student’s ARD committee.
STAAR Linguistically Accommodated (STAAR L) is an alternative state-mandated assessment with
linguistic accommodations designed for certain recent immigrant English language learners.
State-mandated tests are required of students at certain grade levels and in specified subjects.
Successful performance sometimes is a condition of promotion, and passing the grade 11 exit-level
test or end-of-course assessments, when applicable, is a condition of graduation. Students have
multiple opportunities to take the tests if necessary for promotion or graduation.
Student Code of Conduct is developed with the advice of the district-level committee and adopted by
the board; identifies the circumstances, consistent with law, when a student may be removed from the
classroom or campus. It also sets out the conditions that authorize or require the principal or another
administrator to place the student in a DAEP. It outlines conditions for out-of-school suspension and
for expulsion, and states whether self-defense is a consideration in suspension, DAEP placement, or
expulsion. The Student Code of Conduct also addresses notice to the parent regarding a student’s
violation of one of its provisions.
TAKS is the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and skills, the state’s standardized achievement test
currently given to students in certain subjects in grade 12.
TELPAS stands for the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System, which assesses the
progress that English language learners make in learning the English language, and is administered for
those who meet the participation requirements in kindergarten-grade 12.
TxVSN is the Texas Virtual School Network, which provides online courses for Texas students to
supplement instructional programs of public school districts. Courses are taught by qualified
instructors, and courses are equivalent in rigor and scope to a course taught in a traditional
classroom setting.
UIL refers to the University Interscholastic League, the statewide voluntary nonprofit organization
that oversees educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests.
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