Student Handbook and Code of Conduct 2013-2014

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct 2013-2014
Northwest Independent School District
Student Handbook and
Code of Conduct
2013-2014
Northwest ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, or
disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs.
Revisions to the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct are subject
to change due to updates from the Texas Legislative session. Updates
will be added as received in an addendum format to the 2013-14
Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
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Dear Northwest ISD Families,
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to welcome you to an exciting and challenging year in Northwest ISD.
We are committed to providing the best possible learning environment for our students and understand that
partnering with you is the optimum way to reach that goal.
To acquaint you with campus expectations and student management, a committee of teachers and administrators
developed the Northwest ISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. The handbook addresses school-related
issues such as attendance, grades, testing, safety, and the Student Code of Conduct. It also contains a review of
appropriate student-related Board policies and administrative procedures. The handbook is meant to serve as a
resource for some of the most basic information that you and your child will need during the school year and is
not intended to be a detailed report of state and local laws and policies. The complete Northwest ISD Board
Policy Manual may be found at the District’s administration offices and/or on the District’s website at
www.nisdtx.org/Policy-online.
The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct is intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere conducive
to learning. It also outlines administrator, teacher, parent, and student rights and responsibilities regarding
student conduct and discipline.
The Northwest ISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct is available online and printed copies are available
by request. We strongly recommend that you review this guide with your child and keep it as a reference during
the school year. The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct is designed to be in harmony with Board Policy.
Please be aware that the handbook is updated yearly while policy adoption and revisions may occur throughout
the year. In the event of conflict between this handbook and Board Policy, the most recent adoptions of Board
Policy are to be followed. Changes in policy that affect student handbook provisions will be made available to
students and parents through newsletters and other communication sources. If you have questions about the
contents, please contact your child’s teachers, counselor, or principal.
Believing that schools should be safe havens of learning, we take our responsibility to maintain order and
discipline seriously. Thank you for your involvement as we strive for a successful and rewarding year in
Northwest ISD.
Together for Children,
Karen G. Rue, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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Northwest Independent School District
Mission, Vision, Beliefs, Goals
Mission Statement
Northwest ISD, in partnership with parents and community, will provide all students a premier education, preparing them
to be successful, productive citizens.
Vision Statement
The best and most sought-after school district where every student is future ready:
• Ready for college
• Ready for the global workplace
• Ready for personal success
Core Beliefs
1. Kids come first.
2. Continuous improvement is critical for success of the Northwest Independent School District.
3. The success of each student is the shared responsibility of students, families, schools and communities.
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Environment influences learning.
Strategic Goals
1. Northwest ISD will provide premier programs to ensure that all students are successful learners.
2. Northwest ISD will recruit, develop, retain, and recognize an exceptional, highly motivated staff to optimize student
engagement and learning.
3. Northwest ISD will provide timely, open communication and positive parental and community partnership
opportunities in our schools.
4. Northwest ISD will provide premier facilities and support systems that enhance a positive learning environment and
foster student and community pride.
5. Northwest ISD will invest resources to ensure that students, parents, and the community receive optimal educational
services.
2013-14 Board of Trustees
Mel Fuller, President, Place 7
Josh Wright, Vice President, Place 1
Devonna Holland, Secretary, Place 5
Judy Copp, Trustee, Place 4
Mark Schluter, Trustee,Place 2
Anne Davis-Simpson, Ph.D., Trustee, Place 3
Vacant, Place 6
Board Meetings:
All Northwest ISD Board meetings are open to the public. Regular meetings will be held at 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Monday of each month in the Board Room at the Administration Building (2001 Texan Drive, Justin). With public
notice, Trustees will also hold special meetings and work sessions as needed. When determined to be necessary, the Board
President may change the date or time of the regular meetings. The notice for the meeting shall reflect the changed date or
time. Within the limits of the Texas Open Meetings Act, parts of the Board meetings may be closed to the public for
topics including, but not limited to, the following: real estate transactions, personnel matters, student hearings, and legal
matters.
To Address the Board:
The public may address the Board during the public participation portion of the Board meeting. Remarks may be related
to any topic, whether agenda items or non-agenda items, and are limited to three minutes. Those wishing to speak during
public participation may sign the roster in the Board Room within the hour preceding the meeting.
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Overview of the Student Handbook
and Code of Conduct
In any school district it is necessary that guidelines and expectations in accordance with regulations be
established for the safety and well-being of all. Northwest ISD operates under the philosophy that it is important
to teach students self discipline through making decisions and understanding that decisions have consequences.
The Northwest ISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct is just one tool to help students, parents, teachers,
and administrators work together to teach children self discipline. To achieve the best possible learning
environment for all our students, the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct and other campus guidelines and
expectations of behavior will apply whenever the interest of the District is involved, on or off school grounds, in
conjunction with or independent of classes and school-sponsored activities. This document explains what is
expected of each student and tells the student what will happen if a rule is violated. The purpose of the Student
Handbook and Code of Conduct is to teach each student self discipline and to provide a safe and secure learning
environment for the benefit of all students.
The Northwest ISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct is the District’s specific response to requirements
in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code. The law requires the District to define misconduct that may or must
result in a range of specific disciplinary consequences. This handbook provides information and direction to
students and their parents/guardians regarding expected standards of behavior as well as potential consequences
for misconduct.
The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct is designed to be clear, concise, and consistent. Entries in the
handbook are listed in alphabetical order and cross references have been provided to aid students and parents in
locating items of interest in the document.
As the District’s discipline management plan, The Northwest ISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
includes a discipline level system. Discipline offenses in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct are
categorized into five levels that identify sample offenses and possible disciplinary options available to the
teacher or administrator. Located on the next page is a “Quick Reference Guide to the 2013-14 Discipline Level
System,” a simple one-page summary of the District’s discipline management plan. This quick reference guide
is not a substitute for reading the Northwest ISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, but rather a quick
reference for parents and students. In the event of a conflict, the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct and
District Board of Trustees’ policies prevail.
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Northwest ISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
Table of Contents
Letter from Superintendent ...................................................................2
Mission, Vision, Beliefs, Goals / Board of Trustees .............................3
Overview of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct .................4
Table of Contents ....................................................................................5
Parent Involvement Policy .....................................................................7
Quick Reference Guide to the 2013-14 Discipline Level System ........8
Central Administration ..........................................................................9
Secondary Schools .................................................................................10
Elementary Schools ...............................................................................12
Other Facilities ......................................................................................14
Deadly Conduct ......................................................................................33
Deferred Adjudication/Deferred Prosecution .........................................33
Delinquent Conduct ................................................................................33
Diabetes...................................................................................................33
Diploma Requirements ...........................................................................33
Discretionary ...........................................................................................33
Discrimination.........................................................................................33
Disruption of Transportation...................................................................33
Disruptive Activities ...............................................................................34
Distribution of School Materials and Non-School Materials .................34
Dress and Grooming ...............................................................................35
Driver License Attendance Verification .................................................37
Drug/Alcohol Use/Abusable Volatile Chemicals ...................................37
Drug Paraphernalia .................................................................................38
Emergency Drills ....................................................................................38
Emergency Medical Treatment and Information ....................................38
Extracurricular Activities, Clubs, and Organizations .............................38
Extra/Co-curricular Activity Student Conduct .......................................39
Extra/Co-curricular Activity Pledge Violation Consequences ...............39
False Alarm or Report .............................................................................41
Fees .........................................................................................................41
Field Trips ...............................................................................................41
Fighting/Mutual Combat/Physical Contact/Abuse/Spitting ...................42
Firearm ....................................................................................................42
Food Allergy/Severe Food Allergy .........................................................42
Food and Drinks ......................................................................................42
Food Services ..........................................................................................43
Gambling.................................................................................................43
Gang ........................................................................................................43
Gifted and Talented (GATES) ................................................................43
Grade-Level Classification .....................................................................43
Grades and Grading Guidelines ..............................................................43
Graduation...............................................................................................44
Graffiti.....................................................................................................46
Guests at Social Events ...........................................................................46
Hacking ...................................................................................................46
Harassment ..............................................................................................46
Hazing .....................................................................................................46
Hit List ....................................................................................................46
Homeless .................................................................................................47
Homework...............................................................................................47
Immunization Requirements ...................................................................47
Interrogations by School Officials ..........................................................48
Jurisdiction ..............................................................................................48
Lockdown ...............................................................................................48
Loitering ..................................................................................................48
Lunch Visitors .........................................................................................48
Make-up Work ........................................................................................49
Mandatory ...............................................................................................49
Medical Appointments ............................................................................49
Medicine at School .................................................................................49
Miranda Warnings ..................................................................................50
Non-Sufficient Funds Fee .......................................................................50
“Opting Out” of Activities ......................................................................50
Persistent Misbehavior ............................................................................50
Personal Property ....................................................................................51
Physical Fitness Assessment ...................................................................51
Physical Restraint....................................................................................51
Plagiarism ...............................................................................................51
Police Intervention ..................................................................................51
Possession ...............................................................................................51
Prayer ......................................................................................................51
Prescription/Non-Prescription Drugs ......................................................51
Progress Reports .....................................................................................52
Prohibited Items ......................................................................................52
Promotion and Retention ........................................................................52
Psychotropic Drugs .................................................................................53
Public Displays of Affection ...................................................................53
Publications – Student Speech ................................................................53
Notices to Parents
General Notices
Board Policies ........................................................................................................................15
Complaints and Concerns ......................................................................................................15
Student Code of Conduct .......................................................................................................15
Required Notices
Attendance Warning Notice ...................................................................................................15
Bacterial Meningitis ...............................................................................................................16
Child Find .............................................................................................................................16
Human Sexuality Instruction .................................................................................................17
Title IX and Other Discriminatory Protections ......................................................................18
Other Notices
Alcohol-Free Zone .................................................................................................................18
Asbestos Management Plan ...................................................................................................18
Child Abuse or Neglect..........................................................................................................18
Concealed Handgun License Holder .....................................................................................18
Drug-Free School Zone..........................................................................................................18
Firearms/Weapons .................................................................................................................19
Fireworks ...............................................................................................................................19
Gang-Free Zone .....................................................................................................................19
Granting Permission to Video or Audio Record a Student ....................................................19
Homeless Students .................................................................................................................19
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) .......................................................................................19
Notification to Staff ...............................................................................................................19
Pledges of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence ...................................................................20
Raptor.....................................................................................................................................20
Requesting Classroom Assignment for Multiple Birth Siblings ...........................................20
Requesting Professional Qualification of Teachers and Staff ...............................................20
Reviewing Instructional Materials .........................................................................................20
School Closings .....................................................................................................................20
Services for Title I Participants..............................................................................................20
Steroids ..................................................................................................................................20
Student Records – Notification of Rights – Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act (FERPA).................................................................................................21
Tobacco-Free School Notice..................................................................................................21
Waiver of Fees .......................................................................................................................22
General Information
Accident Insurance..................................................................................23
After-School Assignments ......................................................................23
Alcohol....................................................................................................23
Arson .......................................................................................................23
Assaults ...................................................................................................23
Attendance ..............................................................................................24
Authority of the District ..........................................................................26
Bullying ..................................................................................................26
Buses .......................................................................................................27
Cell Phones/Pagers/Other Electronic Devices ........................................27
Cheating ..................................................................................................27
Child Sexual Abuse.................................................................................27
Closed Campus .......................................................................................28
Commencement ......................................................................................28
Communicable Diseases/Conditions ......................................................28
Complaints and Concerns .......................................................................28
Computer and Technology Resources ....................................................28
Conduct Before and After School ...........................................................29
Conferences.............................................................................................29
Counseling ..............................................................................................29
Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction ....................................................29
Credit by Exam without Prior Instruction ...............................................29
Criminal Charges ....................................................................................29
Cyber-bullying/Online Harassment ........................................................30
Damage to School Property ....................................................................30
Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment,
Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Retaliation...................................30
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Questioning of Students .........................................................................53
Reasonable Belief ...................................................................................54
Registered Sex Offenders .......................................................................54
Release of Students from School ............................................................54
Report Cards ...........................................................................................55
Reports to Law Enforcement ..................................................................55
Restricted Smoking Materials .................................................................55
Retaliation ...............................................................................................55
Safety ......................................................................................................55
Scholarships/Grants ................................................................................55
School Guidelines and Expectations .......................................................55
School Health Advisory Council ...........................................................56
Searches ..................................................................................................56
Secret Societies .......................................................................................56
Self-Defense ............................................................................................57
Sexting ....................................................................................................57
Sexual Assault Transfers.........................................................................57
Sexual Harassment ..................................................................................57
Skateboards/Scooters/Roller Blades .......................................................57
Social Networking ..................................................................................57
Special Programs ....................................................................................58
Standardized and District-Administered Tests .......................................58
Steroids ...................................................................................................60
Student Guidelines for Acceptable Use of Technology Resources ........60
Student Records ......................................................................................60
Student Speakers .....................................................................................60
Students Taken into Custody ..................................................................61
Summer Programs ...................................................................................61
Student Transcripts .................................................................................61
Surveys ....................................................................................................61
Tardies.....................................................................................................61
Terroristic Threat ....................................................................................62
Textbooks ................................................................................................62
Threats.....................................................................................................62
Title 5 Felonies — Offenses Against a Person .......................................62
Tobacco Use and Possession ..................................................................62
Transfers .................................................................................................63
Transportation .........................................................................................63
Trespassing .............................................................................................65
Truancy ...................................................................................................65
Tutorials ..................................................................................................65
Under the Influence.................................................................................65
Use ..........................................................................................................66
Vandalism ...............................................................................................66
Vehicles on Campus ...............................................................................66
Videotapings and Recordings of Students ..............................................66
Visitors to the Campus ............................................................................67
Weapons ..................................................................................................68
Withdrawal ..............................................................................................69
Discipline Charts
Elementary -Middle School -High School -All Levels --
Level I (p. 76)
Level I (p. 81)
Level I (p. 86)
Level IV (p. 91)
Level II (p. 77)
Level II (p. 82)
Level II (p. 87)
Level V (p. 94)
Level III (p. 79)
Level III (p. 84)
Level III (p. 89)
Disciplinary Consequences Outlined
Students with Disabilities Notice ......................................................96
Detentions / Saturday Detention .......................................................96
Notice to Parents ............................................................................................................96
Conference (Due Process)..............................................................................................96
Restrictions/Prohibitions ................................................................................................96
Complaints .....................................................................................................................96
Extended Class Opportunity (ECO)...............................................................................96
Required Parent Meeting .................................................................96
Notice to Parents ............................................................................................................96
Complaints .....................................................................................................................97
In-School Suspension........................................................................97
Length of Removal ........................................................................................................97
Notice to Parents ............................................................................................................97
Conference (Due Process)..............................................................................................97
Restrictions/Prohibitions ................................................................................................97
Complaints .....................................................................................................................97
Continuation of Placement.............................................................................................97
Transfers ........................................................................................................................97
Out-of-School Suspension ................................................................97
Length of Removal ........................................................................................................98
Notice to Parents ............................................................................................................98
Conference (Due Process)..............................................................................................98
Restrictions/Prohibitions ................................................................................................98
Complaints .....................................................................................................................98
Continuation of Placement.............................................................................................98
Transfers ........................................................................................................................98
Teacher Removal of Students ...........................................................98
Informal Removal ..........................................................................................................98
Discretionary Removal ..................................................................................................98
Mandatory Removal.......................................................................................................98
Return to Class ...............................................................................................................98
Notice to Parents ............................................................................................................99
Conference .....................................................................................................................99
Placement Review Committee .......................................................................................99
Placement .......................................................................................................................99
Complaints .....................................................................................................................99
Emergency Placement/Expulsion .....................................................99
Conference or Hearing Rights .......................................................................................99
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) ....................100
Students Under Six ......................................................................................................100
Mandatory Placement ..................................................................................................100
Discretionary Placement ..............................................................................................101
Emergency Placement ..................................................................................................102
Length of Removal ......................................................................................................102
Placement and Length for Title 5 Felonies Under 37.0081 .........................................102
Notice to Parents ..........................................................................................................102
Restrictions/Prohibitions ..............................................................................................103
Transportation ..............................................................................................................103
Conference (Due Process)............................................................................................103
Complaint or Appeal ....................................................................................................103
Appeals Process for Students Required to Register as Sex Offenders ........................104
Hearing Procedures for Expulsions to DAEP for Title 5 Felonies ..............................104
Placement Reviews ......................................................................................................104
Order of Removal ........................................................................................................105
Notice to Staff ..............................................................................................................105
Reporting......................................................................................................................105
Withdrawal During Process .........................................................................................105
Transfers ......................................................................................................................105
Student Code of Conduct
Development of the Plan .........................................................................70
Discipline Management Plan ..................................................................70
Discipline Management Techniques .......................................................70
Discipline Management Training ...........................................................70
Discipline Person ....................................................................................70
Discipline Records ..................................................................................70
Positive Behavior Management Techniques ...........................................71
Guidelines for Assessing Disciplinary Consequences ............................72
Individual Campus Options ....................................................................73
Intent and Self-Defense...........................................................................73
Level System ...........................................................................................73
Levels I, II, III, IV, and V .......................................................................73
Parent/Teacher Conferences ...................................................................73
Responsibilities of:
Expulsion ........................................................................................106
Mandatory Expulsions .................................................................................................106
Discretionary Expulsions .............................................................................................106
Emergency Expulsion ..................................................................................................107
Placement and Length of Expulsions ...........................................................................107
Placement and Length for Title 5 Felonies Under 37.0081 .........................................108
Placement and Length for Firearms Possession...........................................................108
Notice of Expulsion to Parents ....................................................................................108
Restrictions/Prohibitions of Expelled Students ...........................................................108
Transportation Related to Expulsion — Campus Level ..............................................108
Complaints ...................................................................................................................108
Due Process Related to Expulsion — Campus Level ..................................................109
District-Level Appeal of Expulsion .............................................................................109
Appeal to the Board .....................................................................................................109
Appeal of Board’s Decision .........................................................................................110
Appeal Process for Students Required to Register as Sex Offenders ..........................110
Hearing Procedures for Expulsions to JJAEP for Title 5 Felonies ..............................110
Notice to Authorities ....................................................................................................110
Notice to Staff ..............................................................................................................110
Reporting......................................................................................................................110
Restrictions on Court Orders .......................................................................................111
Withdrawal During Process .........................................................................................111
Transfers.......................................................................................................................111
School Board Members..................................................................................................................73
Central Administrators ...................................................................................................................73
Campus Administrators .................................................................................................................74
Teachers .........................................................................................................................................74
Students ..........................................................................................................................................74
Parents/Guardians ..........................................................................................................................74
Students with Disabilities ............................................................................................... 75
Disciplinary Procedures for Students with Disabilities .................................................................75
Definition of a Student with a Disability Under Section 504 ........................................................75
Definition of a Student with a Disability Under IDEA..................................................................75
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Northwest Independent School District
Parent Involvement Policy
The following Parent Involvement Policy was developed
by Northwest ISD parents in accordance with Federal regulations.
The Northwest Independent School District believes that parents are partners with teachers and other staff
in the education of their children. Northwest Independent School District believes that parent involvement
and empowerment are essential at all levels throughout the school district.
Northwest Independent School District believes that student academic achievement requires that parents
have an understanding of curriculum, academic achievement standards, assessments, district/school
policies and procedures, and how to monitor their children’s progress and work with educators to improve
the achievement of their children.
Central administration shall work in collaboration with parents and guardians and shall actively
support the school and parents in enhancing parent involvement by:
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Respecting parents as partners in the education of their children.
Valuing diversity and the need for equity in each school.
Promoting parent involvement in the District leadership and decision-making.
Fostering a welcoming and responsive environment for parents.
Ensuring accountability of the staff at all levels throughout the District in working with parents as
partners.
Valuing the need for partnerships with public and private entities in the Northwest community.
Establishing and promoting communication as a source of trust and understanding between the District
and parents.
Parents/Guardians are asked and encouraged to be involved in their children’s learning and
education by:
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Taking the initiative to seek the best educational opportunities for their children.
Understanding school procedures and opportunities to contribute or receive support.
Utilizing two-way lines of communication between parents, school staff, and the District on the
instruction, achievement, and conduct of their children.
Participating in training opportunities that will include but are not limited to: strategies/reinforcing
learning at home, discipline, and understanding cultural differences.
Participating in site-based leadership and decision-making.
Volunteering in their children’s schools.
Supporting and engaging in developing partnerships within the Northwest community.
An annual review of Parent Involvement Policy is a Title I Part requirement.
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Revised May 1, 2013
Northwest Independent School District
Quick Reference Guide to the 2013-14 Discipline Level System
This chart depicts examples of offenses at each of the disciplinary levels and the possible consequences available to administrators. The consequences outlined in this chart are not an exhaustive list and do not
require administrators to implement consequences in a particular hierarchy.
For more specific detail, refer to Disciplinary Chart by Level and Grade in the Code of Conduct portion of the handbook.
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Committing persistent offenses from Level I (minor acts of
misconduct, including repeated bus infractions)
Using food inappropriately
Using inappropriate language/pictures/symbols/sounds (verbal or
written)
Failing to comply with the directives of a member of the school
staff; being disrespectful or insubordinate
Being truant, including skipping class/mandatory tutorials and/or
leaving school/class without permission
Being tardy excessively
Physically contacting another student creating a disruptive
environment
Violating dress code (Secondary)
Creating or participating in a disturbance
Failing to serve detention (All) / Saturday detention (Secondary)
Abusing the use of a hall pass (Secondary)
Possessing lighters or matches
Possessing a laser pointer for other than approved use
Possessing a current prescription (student’s own medication) or
possessing, distributing, using, or being under the influence of a
nonprescription drug, natural and/or homeopathic-like
substances, or dietary supplements (Elementary Only)
Displaying or using a cell phone/other electronic device during
instructional time (visual or auditory) without expressed
permission
Possessing a look-alike weapon (Elementary Only)
Violating the acceptable use policy for technology
Telling a falsehood to an adult (not associated with an
investigation-High School)
Defacing or damaging library or classroom materials or
textbooks, including removal of bar codes; defacing/damaging
another’s property
Using a skateboard, scooter, roller blades, shoes with wheels, or
other similar devices on school property
Possessing or using a camera, radio, CD player, MP3 player,
hand-held electronic game, or other unauthorized electronic
device without expressed permission
Recording on campus, audio or video, is prohibited unless
permission has been expressly granted by a staff member
Being present in area without authorization
Cheating or copying the work of another (Elementary Only)
Engaging in an inappropriate act of familiarity with another
and/or public display of affection
Loitering on school campus before or after school
Selling or soliciting for sale unauthorized merchandise
Posting or distributing unauthorized publications
Violating parking guidelines /procedures (High School Only)
Being in an area designated for the opposite gender (e.g.
locker rooms, restrooms) (Elementary)
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Committing persistent offenses from Level II, including bus
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Engaging in conduct that disrupts the school environment or
educational process
Using profane, vulgar, obscene, or threatening language,
including hit lists or obscene gestures/pictures/ symbols/sounds
Intentionally or knowingly making libelous or slanderous remarks
about students, employees, or others
Using ethnic, racial, or gender-related slurs or committing
inappropriate acts toward a specific racial/ethnic person/group
Mutual combat/fighting; encouraging or promoting a fight
Using lighters or matches
Possessing or using tobacco/restricted smoking materials
Using a laser pointer other than for approved use (Secondary)
Possessing, distributing, or using fireworks of any kind, stink
bombs, smoke bombs, “poppers,” other noxious chemicals
(including pepper-spray or mace-type materials), or “shock” pens
and other similar devices
Possessing ammunition, including paintballs (Secondary)
Possessing, distributing, or creating pornographic or sexuallyoriented material and/or accessing pornography via the District’s
computer system.
Possessing, distributing, or concealing a weapon not included as
a removable or expellable offense (See chart for examples)
Stealing or unauthorized possession of another person’s property;
theft; committing burglary
Possessing (Secondary), exhibiting, delivering, using, or selling
look-alike weapons
Forging or altering school records, parent notes, forms, or other
school/home communications
Assaulting another student or an adult that is not a removable or
expellable offense
Vandalizing, defacing, or damaging school property, including
non-felony graffiti; inappropriate use of property causing damage
or injury
Failing to disclose information, hiding/covering up
information/evidence for self or others, committing perjury, or
lying as a witness during a school investigation
Engaging in behavior that is illegal that does not constitute an
expellable offense
Engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct
Engaging in sexual harassment (verbal, written, or by gesture),
including stalking
Public lewdness / Indecent Exposure
Hazing, harassing, stalking (non sexual), or bullying
Creating a potential health or safety hazard or a situation that
may result in possible injury
Being in an area designated for the opposite gender (e.g. locker
rooms, restrooms) (Secondary)
Hacking (illegal or unauthorized entry or attempted entry into
computer files)
Interfering with school activities, including trespassing, boycotting,
and group demonstrations, and falsifying a “safety net” report
Committing extortion, coercion, or blackmail
Gambling
Possessing a current prescription (student’s own medication) or
possessing, distributing, using, or being under the influence of a
nonprescription drug, natural and/or homeopathic-like
substances, or dietary supplements (Secondary)
Participating in an unauthorized organization, secret society, or
gang / gang related activity (Elementary and Middle School)
Selling, giving, or delivering to another person a non-prescription
drug or possessing, transmitting, selling, or attempting to sell
what is represented to be a prohibited substance (Elementary
Only)
Attempting to sell/purchase a prohibited substance through verbal
or written communication without being in possession
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Cooling off time or “time out”
Parent call or conference
Loss of privilege(s)
Counselor/Student conference
Confiscation of item (possible fine
assessed)
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Special assignment or duties (with parent
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Detention (before, during lunch, after school)
Restitution of damages/restoring to order
Exclusion from extracurricular activities
Withdrawal or restriction of bus privileges
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Out-of-school suspension (not to
exceed 3 days at a time)
Saturday Detention (secondary)
Extended Classroom
Opportunities (high school)
DAEP placement (discretionary)
Persistent misbehavior at Level III
Expellable offenses occurring on another
district’s property in Texas
Aggravated robbery against a student
(regardless of location)
Engaged in conduct described in TEC 37.007(a)
Selling, giving, being under influence, or
delivering to another person a non-prescription
drug or possessing, transmitting, selling, or
attempting to sell what is represented to be a
prohibited substance or drug paraphernalia
In possession of any device designed to propel
a projectile (See chart for detail)
Attempting to sell/purchase a prohibited
substance through verbal or written
communication without being in possession
Non-Title 5 felonies (off-campus)
Continued presence threatens safety of others
or detrimental to educational process
Level V
Expulsions to JJAEP
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Illegal knife
Club
Prohibited weapon
Aggravated assault, sexual assault, or
aggravated sexual assault
Arson
Murder, capital murder, or criminal attempted
murder or capital murder
Indecency with a child
Aggravated kidnapping
Aggravated robbery
Manslaughter
Criminally negligent homicide
Continuous sexual abuse of young
child/children
Marijuana or controlled substances (felony)
Dangerous drugs (felony)
Alcohol (felony)
Retaliation against an employee or volunteer
(regardless of location involving above items)
Discretionary Placements
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False alarm or report involving a public school
or terroristic threat
Conduct punishable as a felony
Assault with bodily injury
Marijuana or controlled substances (non-felony)
Dangerous drugs (non-felony)
Alcohol (non-felony)
Abusable volatile chemicals
Public lewdness or indecent exposure
Retaliation against any school employee
(regardless of location)
Gang Activity / Fraternity / Sorority / Secret
Society
Title 5 felonies (off-campus)
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Removals to DAEP
Level III
Being tardy to class
Running or making excessive noise, obstructing, or otherwise
disrupting in the hall, classroom, or building/supervised settings
Failing to follow classroom guidelines and expectations
Neglecting to bring required materials or assigned work to class
Failing to participate in classroom activities or fulfill
assignments
Eating, drinking, or chewing gum in an undesignated area
Throwing objects or passing unauthorized notes
Talking back/arguing or name calling
Horseplaying/scuffling (not fighting)
Possessing and/or using nuisance items
Disrupting the orderly classroom process
Violating dress code and grooming standards (Elementary)
Telling a falsehood (Elementary)
Spitting (without bodily contact) (Secondary)
Cheating/copying/academic dishonesty
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campus or within 300’)
Deadly conduct (on campus or within 300’)
Retaliation against an employee or volunteer
(regardless of location)
Criminal mischief (felony)
Aggravated robbery against a student (offcampus)
Expellable offenses occurring on another
district’s property in Texas
Title 5 felonies (off-campus)
Consequence at all Levels
School officials shall notify local law enforcement
authorities any time it is suspected that a criminal act
occurred on school or District property or at a schoolsponsored or school-related event. These individuals
also have the authority to involve law enforcement in
any discipline or campus situation where it is deemed
necessary.
Northwest Independent School District
Central Administration Offices
Physical Address:
2001 Texan Drive
Justin, Texas 76247
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 77070
Fort Worth, Texas 76177
817-215-0000
817-490-6473
940-648-3224
Fax: 817-215-0170
Karen G. Rue, Ed.D.
Northwest ISD Superintendent of Schools
817-215-0030
Department Phone Numbers
Administrative Services/Human Resources ......... 817-215-0168
Athletics ................................... ..... ..................... 817-215-0011
Communications/Community Relations .............. 817-215-0175
Curriculum and Instruction ...... ..... ..................... 817-215-0080
Facilities, Planning, and Construction ................. 817-215-0136
Finance ..................................... ..... ..................... 817-215-0024
Fine Arts ................................... ..... ..................... 817-215-0159
Food Services ........................... ..... ..................... 817-215-0005
Records Retention .................... ..... ..................... 817-215-0042
Safety and Security .................. ..... ..................... 817-215-0004
Student Services ....................... ..... ..................... 817-215-0079
Superintendent ........................ ..... ..................... 817-215-0030
Technology .............................. ..... ..................... 817-215-0034
Transportation .......................... ..... ..................... 817-698-1287
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Secondary Schools
Nelson, Byron High School
2775 Bobcat Blvd.
Trophy Club, TX 76262
817-698-5600
Fax: 817-698-5670
Grades 9-12
School Hours: 8:35a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Principal: Linda Parker, Ed.D
Associate Principal: Ron Myers, Ph.D.
Assistant Principals: Paige Cantrell, Cheryl Hunt, Susan Moore, Branden Richardson, and Josh Withers
Counselors: Chris Bell, Leah Berry, Alicia Edwards, Shana Greenwood, Paige Smith, and Nedra Simmons
Student Services Facilitator: Brenda Guillen
Northwest High School
2301 Texan Drive
Justin, Texas 76247
817-215-0200 940-648-2211
Fax: 817-215-0262
Grades 9-12
School Hours: 8:35a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Principal: Jason Childress
Associate Principals: Bobby Morris
Assistant Principals: Kara Lea Deardorff, Cynthia Horne, Carol McDaniel-White, Jason Sneed, and Philo Waters, Ed.D.
Instructional Curriculum Coordinator: Natalie Arnold
Counselors: Sheneka Davis, Brenda Evans, Jamie Farber, Cayce Feemster, Mike Hays, Keith Tremethick, and Amber Ward
Student Services Facilitator: Lindsey Browning
Steele, James M. Accelerated High School
606 N. Walnut
Roanoke, TX 76262
817-698-5800
Fax: 817-698-5840
Grades 10-12
School Hours: 8:25a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
Principal: Robin Ellis
Counselor: Tara Teague
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Chisholm Trail Middle School
Medlin Middle School
583 FM 3433 - Rhome, Texas 76078
Phone: 817-215-0600
Fax: 817-215-0648
Grades 6-8
School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
601 Parkview Drive - Trophy Club, Texas 76262
Phone: 817-215-0500
Fax: 817-215-0548
Grades 6-8
School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Principal: Todd Rogers
Assistant Principals: Amy Howell and Amy Jo Wagner
Counselors: Stephen Bates and Barbara Hardy
Principal: Eric Drewery
Assistant Principals: Twila Kelcourse and Ted Mynyk
Counselors: Toni Ferrell, Shannon Nobles, Shannon Wickstrom,
Pike, Gene Middle School
Tidwell, John M. Middle School
2200 Texan Drive - Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-215-0400
Fax: 817-215-0425
Grades 6-8
School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
3937 Haslet-Roanoke Road - Roanoke, Texas 76262
Phone: 817-698-5900
Fax: 817-698-5870
Grades 6-8
School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Principal: Chris Jones
Assistant Principals: Lisa Schlomach and Andrea White
Counselors: Stephanie Dall and Megan Dubose
Principal:Kim Barker
Assistant Principals: Gwen McCormick and Steve Parkman
Counselors: Deborah Adley, Irene Myers, and Lisa Savinon
Wilson, Truett Middle School
Special Programs Center
14250 Sendera Ranch Blvd., Haslet, Texas 76052
Phone: 817-698-7900
Fax: 817-698-7970
Grades 6-8
School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1800 Highway 114
Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-215-0900
Fax: 817-215-0120
Grades: 6-12
School Hours: 8:25 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
Principal: Mike Blankenship
Assistant Principals: Andy Gebert and Kerry Knisley
Counselors: Kim McKinnie and Noel McCauley
Principal: Paula Myers
Denton Creek
3505 Haynes Road
Roanoke, Texas 76262
Phone: 817-215-0920
Fax: 817-490-0329
Grades: 7-12
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Principal: Monty Brown, Ed.D.
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Elementary Schools
Beck, Samuel Elementary School
Cox, Wayne A. Elementary School
401 Parkview Drive
Trophy Club, Texas 76262
Phone: 817-215-0450
Fax: 817-215-0498
Grades K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
1100 Litsey Road
Roanoke, TX 76262
Phone: 817-698-7200
Fax: 817-698-7270
Grades K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Principal: Sandy Conklin
Assistant Principal: Mary Seltzer
Counselor: Patricia Porter
Principal: Deborah McCune, Ed.D.
Counselor: Kourtney Schniederjan
Granger, Kay Elementary School
Haslet Elementary School
12771 Saratoga Springs Circle
Keller, Texas 76244
Phone: 817-698-1100
Fax: 817-698-1170
Grades K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
501 Schoolhouse Road
Haslet, Texas 76052
Phone: 817-215-0850
Fax: 817-215-0870
Grades K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Principal: Kimmie Etheredge
Assistant Principal: Linda Ruhs
Counselor: Aimee Andrews
Principal: Cynthia Webber
Counselor: Stefanie Jardine
Hatfield, W. R. Elementary School
Hughes, J. Lyndal Elementary School
2051 Texan Drive
Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-215-0350
Fax: 817-215-0369
Grades PK-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
13824 Lost Spurs Road
Roanoke, Texas 76262
Phone: 817-698-1900
Fax: 817-698-1915
Grades PK-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Principal: Cathy Sager
Counselor: Karen Ellsworth
Principal: Jessica McDonald
Assistant Principal: Penny Bowles
Counselor: Rebecca Briggs
Justin Elementary School
Lakeview Elementary School
425 Boss Range Road
Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-215-0800 / 940-648-2255
Fax: 817-215-0840
Grades K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
100 Village Trail
Trophy Club, Texas 76262
Phone: 817-215-0750
Fax: 817-215-0770
Grades PK-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Principal: Lisa Ransleben
Counselor: Tonya Romine
Principal: Stephanie Espinosa, Ed.D.
Counselor: Kimberly Hardy
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Love, Clara Elementary School
Nance, Sonny & Allegra Elementary School
16301 Elementary Drive
Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-698-6600
Fax: 817-698-6670
Grades K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
701 Tierra Vista Way
Fort Worth, Texas 76131
Phone: 817-698-1950
Fax: 817-698-1960
Grades PK-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Principal: Julie M. Nerby
Assistant Principal: Kim Becan
Counselor: Michelle Gelnaw
Principal: Anita Chaney
Counselor: Charlie Garrett
Peterson, O.A. Elementary School
Prairie View Elementary School
2000 Winter Hawk Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76177
Phone: 817-698-5000
Fax: 817-698-5070
Grades PK-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
609 FM 3433
Rhome, Texas 76078
Phone: 817-215-0550
Fax: 817-215-0598
Grades PK-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Principal: Jofee’ Tremain
Assistant Principal: Sarah Deslatte
Counselor: Jessica Wade
Principal: Yolanda Wallace
Counselor: Cathy Harper
Roanoke Elementary School
Schluter, Carl E. Elementary School
1401 Lancelot
Roanoke, Texas 76262
Phone: 817-215-0650
Fax: 817-215-0670
Grades K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
1220 Mesa Crest Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76052
Phone: 817-698-3900
Fax: 817-698-3970
Grade K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Principal: Kristi King
Assistant Principal: Jairia Diggs
Counselor: Teresa English
Principal: Kim Caley
Counselor: Susan Malo
Sendera Ranch Elementary School
Seven Hills Elementary School
1216 Diamondback Lane
Haslet, Texas 76052
Phone: 817-698-3500
Fax: 817-698-3515
Grades K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
654 FM 3433
Newark, Texas 76071
Phone: 817-215-0700
Fax: 817-215-0740
Grades PK-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Principal: Suzie McNeese
Assistant Principal: John Booles
Counselor: Leigh Ann Trice
Principal: Michelle Pawski
Counselor: Jennifer Morales
Thompson, J. C. Elementary School
440 Wishbone Lane
Fort Worth, Texas 76052
Phone: 817-698-3800
Fax: 817-698-3870
Grade K-5
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Principal: Leigh Anne Romer
Counselor: Lezlee Duty
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Other Facilities
BNHS Bobcat Baseball and Softball Complex
NISD Transportation Center
2775 Bobcat Blvd. – Trophy Club, Texas 76262
1950 Texan Drive – Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 940-242-3900 817-698-1287
BNHS Performing Arts Center
2775 Bobcat Blvd. – Trophy Club, Texas 76262
Northwest ISD Stadium
NHS Texan Baseball and Softball Complex
1937 Texan Drive – Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-215-0011
2000 Texan Drive – Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817215-0018
Support Services
Kelly W. Box Agricultural Science Center
(Includes members of the Facilities, Planning, and Construction
Department; Family Involvement Program; and ARAMARK)
1960 Texan Drive – Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-215-0239
1800 State Hwy. 114 – Justin, Texas 76246
Phone: 817-215-0020
NISD Outdoor Learning Center
Vernon Solomon Performing Arts Center
7773 Mulkey Lane – Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-698-1815
2201 Texan Drive – Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-215-0038
NISD Texan Stadium
1901 Texan Drive – Justin, Texas 76247
Phone: 817-215-0018
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Notices to Parents
Revisions to the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct are subject to change due to updates from the
Texas Legislative session. Updates will be added as received in an addendum format to the
2013-14 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
General Notices
Board Policies
The Northwest Independent School District maintains Board policies that govern the operations of the District. The Board of Trustees approves
and adopts changes to these policies as needed. Board policies provide the District with the legal basis for operating and conducting business, as
well as the Board's intent on how to more specifically follow procedures within the District. The Board policies can be found online at the
District's website: www.nisdtx.org/policy-online or http://pol.tasb.org/Home/Index/391. From the District's home page, access "School Board"
and then "Policy On Line." The site allows searches to be conducted by key words, topics, or specific policy codes.
Complaints and Concerns
Usually student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed informally — by a phone call or a conference with the teacher, assistant
principal, or campus principal, as appropriate. For those complaints and concerns that require a more formal process, the District has established
a standard complaint process that is addressed in Board Policy FNG. A student or parent who has a complaint may access the FNG process as
long as the request is made within 15 days of the date of the event causing the complaint. Prior to or at the time of the Level I conference, the
student or parent shall submit the form at FNG (EXHIBIT) outlining the complaint, any evidence, and the solution sought. If unresolved after
the written decision following the Level I conference with the principal, a written request to appeal the decision should be sent to the appropriate
executive director of education: Executive Director of Secondary Education, Damon Edwards, Ed.D., or Executive Director of Elementary
Education, Michael Griffin, Ed.D. If the complaint/concern is still unresolved after a Level II decision, the District provides for the complaint
to be presented to the Board of Trustees. Administrators receiving a complaint that has not gone through the proper channels cannot respond to a
concern other than referring it back to the appropriate person for resolution. Therefore, complaints can be handled in a more efficient manner if
the issue is addressed at the correct level first.
Some complaints, such as those related to certain disciplinary actions, sexual harassment, instructional resources, or loss of credit, require
procedures specific to the topic. Any campus can provide information regarding the specific processes for these complaints. Additional
information can also be found in the Board Policy Manual as described above at "Board Policies."
Student Code of Conduct
Education in this community represents a significant commitment of financial and human 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. To achieve
the best possible learning environment for all our students, the Student Code of Conduct and any additional campus-based guidelines and
expectations of behavior will apply whenever the interest of the District is involved, on or off school grounds, in conjunction with or
independent of classes and school-sponsored activities.
The Northwest ISD Student Code of Conduct is the District’s specific response to requirements of Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code. The
law requires the District to define misconduct that may or must result in a range of specific disciplinary consequences. This handbook is an
outgrowth of collaboration among District and campus staff, parents, other community members, and representatives of the Juvenile Board.
Because the Student Code of Conduct is adopted by the Board of Trustees, it has the force of policy. It provides information and direction to
students and parents regarding expected standards of behavior as well as potential consequences for misconduct. The signature page in the
registration documentation serves as evidence that the school has supplied the website or at your request provided you with a copy of this
booklet. Failure to sign the does not exempt the student from following the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Required Notices
Attendance Warning Notice
As required by Texas Education Code 25.095, Northwest ISD is providing written notice to parents/guardians of the following requirement
related to compulsory attendance:
If a student, who is required to attend school under Texas Education Code 25.085, is absent from school three (3) days or parts of days in a fourweek period or is absent for ten (10) or more days or parts of days in a six-month period in the same school year:
• The student's parent or legal guardian is subject to prosecution under Texas Education Code 25.093; and
• The student is subject to prosecution under Texas Education Code 25.094.
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Bacterial Meningitis
State law requires the District to provide the following information:
WHAT IS MENINGITIS?
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viral
meningitis is most common and the least serious. Bacterial meningitis is the most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potential
for serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease, but requires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damage or
death.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of
hours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms.
Children (over 1 year old) and adults with meningitis may have a severe headache, high temperature, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neck
stiffness or joint pains, and drowsiness or confusion. In both children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur
anywhere on the body.
The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory results.
HOW SERIOUS IS BACTERIAL MENINGITIS?
If it is diagnosed early and treated properly, the majority of people make a complete recovery. In some cases, it can be fatal, or a person may be
left with a permanent disability.
HOW IS BACTERIAL MENINGITIS SPREAD?
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by
casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our noses and
throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They are spread when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, sharing drinking
containers, utensils, or cigarettes).
The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers of the germ for days, weeks, or even months. The
bacteria rarely overcome the body’s immune system to cause meningitis or another serious illness.
HOW CAN BACTERIAL MENINGITIS BE PREVENTED?
Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss.
While there are vaccines for some other strains of bacterial meningitis, they are used only in special circumstances. These include when there is
a disease outbreak in a community or for people traveling to a country where there is a high risk of getting the disease. Also, a vaccine is
recommended by some groups for college students, particularly freshmen living in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective
(85-90 percent). It can cause mild side effects such as redness and pain at the injection site, lasting up to two days. Immunity develops within
seven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to five years.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOU OR A FRIEND MIGHT HAVE BACTERIAL MENINGITIS?
You should seek proper medical attention.
WHERE CAN YOU GET MORE INFORMATION?
Your Campus Health Coordinator, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department office are excellent sources for
information on all communicable diseases. You may also call your local health department or Regional Texas Department of State Health
Services office to ask about meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the websites for the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov and the Texas Department of Health: www.dshs.state.tx.us. Board Policy FFAD (LEGAL/LOCAL) and
Texas Education Code 38.0025.
Child Find
The Northwest Independent School District is responsible for identifying, locating, and evaluating the educational needs of children from birth
to 21 who may be eligible for special education and related services. Likewise, the District is required to identify and locate students who may
be eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. NISD may provide Child Find information to the community
through newspaper advertisements, health fairs, and brochures. Contact the Special Education Department at 817-215-0075 for further
information.
A student who may need specialized instruction or programs within the intent of Section 504 is one who:
• Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of life's major activities; or
• Has a record of such impairment; or
• Is regarded as having such impairment.
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Students may be eligible under the provisions of Section 504 even though they do not require services pursuant to the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). Parents who believe that they have a child who may qualify for special services or programs
under Section 504 should contact their home campus. In addition, parents who believe that they have a child who may qualify for special
education services or programs under IDEA should contact the home campus for more information.
SECTION 504
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities and requires the District to undertake measures
to identify and locate every qualified disabled person residing in the District who is not receiving a public education and to notify persons with
disabilities and their parents or guardians of the District’s duties under Section 504.
The Northwest Independent School District does not discriminate against students with disabilities and has procedures in place to ensure
students who are eligible for services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act have access to educational opportunities equivalent to those
provided to nondisabled students.
Any student and/or parent or guardian of a student who desires more information regarding the District’s procedures for complying with Section
504 may obtain information about the District’s Section 504 procedures by contacting the 504 Coordinator at the student’s home campus or by
contacting Cindy Brown, Executive Director of Student Services, 817-215-0079.
ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other support services that are available
to all students, including a process based on Response to Intervention (RTI). The implementation of RTI has the potential to have a positive
impact on struggling students.
If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the child’s campus to learn about the District's overall general education
referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including referral for a special
education evaluation.
Parents are entitled to request an evaluation for special education services at any time. All requests for evaluations must be in writing. Within a
reasonable amount of time, the District must decide if the evaluation is needed. If evaluation is necessary, the parents will be notified and asked
to provide consent for the evaluation. The District must complete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days of the date the District
received the written consent. The District must give a copy of the completed assessment report to the parents. If the student is determined to be
eligible for services, the parent will need to grant permission before the student can receive services.
If the District determines that an evaluation is not needed, the District will provide the parents with a written notice that explains why their child
will not be evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs the parents of their rights if they disagree with the District.
Additionally, the notice must inform the parents how they can obtain a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards — Rights of Parents of
Students with Disabilities.
Human Sexuality Instruction
GRADES 5 AND 6 HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION
In order to be proactive in our delivery of education concerning human sexuality, the NISD School Health Advisory Committee has determined
that the district will show growth and development videos to our fifth and sixth grade students as part of the health curriculum. Parents may
preview this program during a parent preview session which is scheduled at the campus prior to viewing. District staff will be available at the
parent preview session to answer questions regarding the human sexuality program.
The video will describe the physical and emotional changes that occur in a child’s life and help students understand what will soon be happening
to their own bodies. A physical education teacher and school nurse will be available for questions at the conclusion of the program.
You have the option of requesting that your child not participate in the above program. Prior to viewing, a form will be sent home to parents to
designate the viewing options for their child. If the form is not completed, and sent to school, the child will participate in the program.
GRADE 8-12 HEALTH I – HUMAN SEXUALITY INSTRUCTION COMPONENT
In order to be proactive in our delivery of education concerning human sexuality, the NISD School Health Advisory Committee has determined
that the district will include a component on sexual education within the Health I course. The objectives and focus of the course are curriculum
based and cover the reproductive systems and the birth process.
You have the option of requesting that your child not participate in the above program. Prior to participating in the sexual education component,
a form will be sent home to parents to designate the viewing options for their child. If the form is not completed, and sent to school, the child
will participate in the component.
TEXAS EDUCATION CODE 28.004 / Board Policy EFAA and EHAA (Legal/Local)
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Title IX and Other Discriminatory Protections
Northwest Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, religion, color, age, or national origin in
providing educational services and/or activities, including career and technology programs, nor in its employment practices 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 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. Inquiries/complaints concerning the application of Title IX and its
implementing regulations may be referred to the District's Title IX Coordinator, Gerard Gindt, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for
Administrative Services, at PO Box 77070, Ft. Worth, TX 76177, 817-215-0029, or the Office of Civil Rights.
Cindy Brown, Executive Director of Student Services, has been designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Inquiries/complaints concerning 504 may be referred to Cindy Brown at PO Box 77070, Ft.
Worth, TX 76177, 817-215-0079.
The District does not discriminate on the basis of disability by denying access to the benefits of District services, programs, or activities. To
request information about the applicability of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), interested persons should contact Cindy
Brown.
Other Notices
Alcohol-Free Zone
The District prohibits the possession or use of alcohol and alcoholic beverages on school property or at school-related or school-sanctioned
activities on or off school property. The possession of any intoxicating beverage for consumption, sale, or distribution while on the grounds or in
a building of any school in the District or while entering or inside any enclosure, field, or stadium where any athletic event sponsored or
participated in by a school in the District is illegal. Texas Education Code 38.007; Board Policy FNCF (LEGAL) and GKA (LEGAL)
Asbestos Management Plan
The District is committed to providing a safe environment for workers, building occupants, students, parents, and legal guardians. An Asbestos
Management Plan has been developed to address all Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) and Texas Asbestos Health
Protection Act (TAHPA) requirements. Parents will be notified when abatement occurs at their student’s campus. The District's Asbestos
Management Plan is available for public review on each campus and in the office of Support Services at the Northwest ISD Administration
Building. The plan contains information on friable and/or non-friable asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM).
Board Policy CKA (LEGAL)
Child Abuse or Neglect
According to the Texas Family Code and Board Policy FFG (LEGAL), any person who has cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental
health or welfare has been or may be adversely affected by abuse or neglect must make a verbal/Web report within 48 hours to the Child
Protective Services division of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (1-800-252-5400), https://www.txabusehotline.org
or any local or state law enforcement agency. Texas Education Code 38.004, Family Code 261.101, and Board Policy FFG (LEGAL). (See the
Prevention of Child Abuse Overview)
Concealed Handgun License Holder
Northwest ISD prohibits persons with a license to carry a concealed handgun to do so on District property. Therefore, pursuant to Section 30.06,
Penal Code (trespass by holder of license to carry a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code
(concealed handgun law), may not enter District property with a concealed handgun. A concealed handgun license holder commits an offense if
the license holder carries a handgun on District property or remains on District property with a concealed handgun after being told to depart. As
further stated in Section 46.035(b)(2) and 46.035(c), (i), Penal Code, it is also an offense for a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun to
do so on the premises of a place where a high school sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place or at any meeting of the Board of
Trustees, respectively. Board Policy GKA (LEGAL)
Drug-Free School Zone
The use of alcohol and illicit drugs is both illegal and harmful. Consequently, the District prohibits the use, sale, possession, and/or distribution
of alcohol and illicit drugs on school premises or at any school activity, regardless of its location. Compliance is mandatory, and students shall
be disciplined if they are found to be in violation. Board Policy FNCF (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Texas Health and Safety Code 481.134 provides that certain drug-related crimes are subject to more severe criminal penalties if they occur in,
on, or within 1,000 feet of premises owned, rented, or leased by a private or public elementary or secondary school including on a school bus. In
addition to referring a student who commits a drug-related crime for criminal prosecution, the District will consider such acts to be schoolrelated misconduct and may discipline the student for the misconduct in accordance with the provisions of the Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct.
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Firearms/Weapons
A person commits an offense if the person knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm, illegal knife, or prohibited
weapon listed in Penal Code 46.05(a) onto the physical premises of a school or educational institution or any grounds or building in which an
activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational
institution, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the District. Penal Code 46.03
A person commits a third degree felony if the person, by exhibiting or using or threatening to exhibit or use a firearm, interferes with the normal
use of a building or portion of a campus or of a school bus being used to transport children to and from school-sponsored activities.
Texas Education Code 37.125 and Board Policy GKA (LEGAL)
A person commits a third degree felony if the person, in a manner intended to cause alarm or personal injury to another person or to damage
school property, intentionally exhibits, uses, or threatens to exhibit or use a firearm: 1) in or on any property, including a parking lot, parking
garage, or other parking area, that is owned by a private or public school or 2) on a school bus being used to transport children to or from
school-sponsored activities of a private or public school. Texas Education Code 37.125(a).
Fireworks
A person may not explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any school unless the person receives authorization in writing from the District.
Occupations Code 2154.251(a)(1) and Board Policy GKA (LEGAL)
Gang-Free Zone
Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gang-related crimes, will be enhanced to the next
highest category of offense if they are committed in a gang-free zone. For purposes of the district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a
location in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any district-owned or leased property or campus playground.
Granting Permission to Video or Audio Record a Student
A District employee may, without consent of a child’s parent, make a videotape or recording of the child if the videotape or recording is to be
used only for:
1. Purposes of safety, including the maintenance of order and discipline in common areas of the school or on school buses; Board Policy FO
(LEGAL)
2. A purpose related to a co-curricular or extracurricular activity; Board Policy FM (LEGAL)
3. A purpose related to regular classroom instruction; Board Policy EHA (LEGAL) or
4. Media coverage of the school.
Texas Education Code 26.009(b)
Homeless Students
As required by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act, the District shall serve homeless children according to
their best interests. Any parent or student who desires more information regarding homeless students may contact the District’s Liaison for
Homeless Children and Youth, Gina Lee, Director of Student Services at 817-215-0981. Board Policy FDC (LEGAL)
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Structural and landscape pests can pose significant problems to people, property, and the environment. The District strives to control pests
through physical, mechanical, cultural, and biological methods. However, in some cases, it is necessary to periodically apply pesticides.
Information concerning these applications may be obtained from the office of the NISD IPM Coordinator at 817-215-0019.
Decisions concerning whether or not pesticides should be applied in a given situation will be based on a review of all available options. Efforts
will be made to avoid the use of pesticides by adequate pest-proofing of facilities, good sanitation practices, selection of pest-resistant plant
materials, and appropriate horticultural practices.
When it is determined that a pesticide must be used in order to meet pest management objectives, the least hazardous material adequate for the
job will be chosen. Signs will be posted 48 hours before application. Parents who want to be notified prior to pesticide application inside their
child(ren)'s school assignment area may contact the District's IPM Coordinator at 817-215-0019. Board Policy CLB (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Notification to Staff
The District is also required by state law to notify the following staff members for certain violations of law:
•
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 and for offenses that involve drugs or weapons; and
•
All instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a student who has been convicted; received deferred prosecution;
received deferred adjudication; or adjudicated of delinquent conduct of certain felony offenses, offenses involving controlled substances
and weapons, and/or certain misdemeanors.
Board Policy GRA (LEGAL/LOCAL)
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The Superintendent or person designated by the Superintendent may send to a school District employee having direct supervisory responsibility
over a student the information contained in the confidential notice under Article 15.27(a) of the Code of Criminal Procedure if the
Superintendent or the person designated by the Superintendent determines that the employee needs the information for educational purposes or
for the protection of the person informed or others. Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 15.27(a-1). Within 24 hours of notification to the
Superintendent by the office of the prosecuting attorney that a current or transfer student has been convicted, received deferred prosecution, or
deferred adjudication or an adjudication of delinquent conduct, for an offense or for any conduct listed in Article 15.27(h) of the Code of
Criminal Procedure, the Superintendent shall notify all instructional and support staff who have regular contact with the student. Code of
Criminal Procedure Article 15.27 (a-1), (b), and (c).
Pledges of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence
Texas law requires students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag each
school day. Parents may submit a written request to the principal to excuse their child from reciting a pledge. One minute of silence will follow
recitation of the pledges. The student may choose to reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity so long as the silent activity
does not interfere with or distract others. Board Policy EC (LEGAL)
Raptor
Raptor is a visitor tracking system that enhances school security. The system reads visitor’s driver’s licenses (or other United States
government-issued photo IDs), compares information to a sex offender database, alerts campus administrators if a match is found, then
(assuming no match was made) prints a visitor badge that includes a photo of the visitor. Campus administration will have final approval
regarding visitor access if the visitor is without proper identification.
Requesting Classroom Assignment for Multiple Birth Siblings
Parents of multiple birth siblings (e.g. twins, triplets, etc.) assigned to the same grade and campus may request that their children be placed
either in the same classroom or in separate classrooms. A written request must be submitted no later than the 14th day after the enrollment of the
children.
Requesting Professional Qualification of Teachers and Staff
Parents may request information regarding the professional qualification of their 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. Parents also have the right to request information about the
qualifications of any paraprofessional who may provide services to their child.
Reviewing Instructional Materials
Parents have a right to review teaching materials, textbooks, and other teaching aides and instructional materials used in the curriculum, and to
examine campus, district, or locally developed tests that have been administered to their child.
School Closings
Weather conditions and other unforeseen conditions may occur that will make it necessary for the Northwest Independent School District to
close. Parents and students are advised to listen to the radio or television for a current news report. No announcements will be made when
schools are to remain open.
Information regarding school closings will be posted as soon as possible and will be communicated on the District’s website at www.nisdtx.org
and through School Messenger, the District’s emergency notification system, and the following venues:
KDFW TV Channel 4
KXAS TX Channel 5
WFAA TV Channel 8
KTVT TV Channel 11
KRLD Radio 1080 AM
WBAP Radio 820 AM
https://www.facebook.com/NorthwestIndependentSchoolDistrict
www.twitter.com/northwestisd
Services for Title I Participants
The Family Involvement Facilitator has been designated to work with parents of students participating in Title I programs. Inquiries concerning
Title I programs may be referred to the Title I Student Services Representative at PO Box 77070, Fort Worth, TX 76177, 817-215-0198.
Steroids
Anabolic steroids are for medical use only. State law prohibits the possession, dispensing, delivery, or administering of an anabolic steroid in
any manner not allowed by state law. State law provides that 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 person who is in good health is not a valid medical purpose. Only a
medical doctor may prescribe an anabolic steroid or human growth hormone for a person. A violation of state law concerning anabolic steroids
or human growth hormones is a criminal offense punishable by confinement in jail or imprisonment in the institutional division of the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice. Texas Education Code 38.008 and Board Policy FNCF (EXHIBIT)
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Student Records - Notification of Rights - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provide parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights
with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
1.
The right to inspect and review the student’s education records without charge. Parents or eligible students shall submit to the
appropriate school official a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make
arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Copies of
records must be requested in writing. The first copy of an educational record is provided at no charge to the parent. Additional copies
may be obtained in accordance with the fees established in Board Policy FL (LEGAL)(LOCAL); GBAA (LEGAL)(EXHIBIT).
2.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parents or eligible student believes are inaccurate,
misleading, or in violation of the student’s right of privacy or other rights. Parents or eligible students shall submit a request in writing
to the appropriate school official, clearly identify the portion of the record for which the request is being made, and specify why it is
inaccurate and/or contested. If the school decides not to amend the record requested by the parent or eligible student, the school
official will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for
amendment.
3.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the
extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without parental consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is
disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official
needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. A school official is a person employed by the
District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement
unit personnel); a person serving on the school Board; a person or company with whom the District or a school has contracted to
perform a special task or institutional service (i.e. an attorney, a consultant, a contractor, a volunteer, and any outside service
provider); an employee of a cooperative and/or a contractor retained by a cooperative of which the District is a member or by a facility
with which the District contracts for placement of students with disabilities.
4.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school district to comply with
the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA are: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5901.
Board Policy FL (LEGAL) and FL (LOCAL).
STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act permits the District the right to designate as directory information any or all information
defined as directory information by FERPA. Directory information under FERPA that is not designated by the District as directory
information is exempt from disclosure by the District. Northwest ISD has designated the following as directory information: student’s
name, date and place of birth, photograph, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of
athletic teams, date of attendance, honors and awards received, grade level, and the most recent educational institution attended by the
student. Board Policy FL (LOCAL).
A parent or eligible student may object to the release of any or all student directory information. Parents may designate preferences of
release information on the appropriate back-to-school packet forms which should be returned within the first 10 days of instruction or after
the first 10 days of enrollment.
RELEASE OF STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION TO MILITARY RECRUITERS AND COLLEGES
In addition to the release of student information required under FERPA, to be incompliance with the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act (ESEA), the District will release to military recruiters and institutions of higher education, upon request, the name, address, and phone
number of any secondary student enrolled in the District.
A secondary school student or the parent of the student may request that the student’s name, address, and telephone listing not be released
without prior written parental consent. A form has been provided in the forms packet for the parent to complete if the parent does not want
the District to provide this information to military recruiters or institutions of higher education. Board Policy FL (LEGAL)
Tobacco-Free School Zone
The District prohibits smoking or using tobacco products on District property or at school-related or school-sanctioned activities on or off school
property. Students are prohibited from possessing tobacco products on District property or at school-related or school-sanctioned activities on or
off school property. A person commits a criminal offense if he or she is in possession of a burning tobacco product or smokes tobacco in a
facility of a public school or in an elevator. Texas Education Code 38.006, 20 USC 6083 and 7183 and Board Policies FNCD (LEGAL) and
GKA (LEGAL)
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Waiver of Fees
Upon receipt by the District of reliable proof that a student and his or her parent or guardian are unable to pay a fee or deposit required by the
school, such fee or deposit shall be waived. Such student and his or her parent or guardian must present evidence of their inability to pay to the
appropriate principal who shall determine eligibility for a fee waiver. Board Policy FP (LEGAL/LOCAL)
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General Information
Revisions to the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct are subject to change due to updates from the
Texas Legislative session. Updates will be added as received in an addendum format to the
2013-14 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Topics in this section of the handbook contain important information on academics, school activities, and school operations and requirements.
Take a moment with your child to become familiar with the various issues addressed in this section. It is conveniently organized in alphabetical
order to serve as a quick-reference when you or your child has a question about a specific school-related issue.
Accident
Insurance
Soon after school opens, parents will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost accident insurance that will help
meet medical expenses in the event of injury to their child. Insurance forms are available at
http://www.nisdtx.org/studentaccidentinsurance. Paperwork to purchase this insurance must be returned directly to the
insurance provider. Parents who have questions related to the insurance should contact the insurance provider.
After-School
Assignments
After-school assignments are considered extended-year programs. Unless specifically exempt, an enrolled student
must attend extended-year programs or required tutorial classes that are provided by the District for students who
are identified as likely not to be promoted to the next grade level. A complaint may be filed against
students/parents for failure to comply with compulsory attendance laws when a student fails to attend required
extended-year programs.
Alcohol
(See “Drug/Alcohol Use/Abusable Volatile Chemicals.”)
Animals on
Campus
Only service animals are allowable on campus. Pursuant to Section 121.003 of the Texas Human Resources Code,
“[no person with a disability may be denied the use of an assistance animal]”
“Service animal” means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an
individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes
of this definition. Board Policy FBA (LEGAL)
The work or tasks performed by a service animal should be documented in the student’s Health Plan, 504 Plan,
and/or IEP.
Animals for use in relation to instructional TEKS and learning purposes within the classroom must be approved
otherwise by the campus principal.
Arson
Arson is a crime that involves starting a fire regardless of whether the fire continues
after ignition or causes an explosion with intent to destroy or damage:
1. Any vegetation, fence, or structure on open-space land; or
2. Any building, habitation, or vehicle:
a. Knowing that it is within the limits of an incorporated city or town;
b. Knowing that it is insured against damage or destruction;
c. Knowing that it is subject to a mortgage or other security interest;
d. Knowing that it is located on property belonging to another;
e. Knowing that it has located within it property belonging to another; or
f. When the person starting the fire is reckless about whether the burning or explosion will endanger the life
of some individual or the safety of the property of another.
3. A crime that involves recklessly starting a fire or causing an explosion while manufacturing or attempting to
manufacture a controlled substance and the fire or explosion damages any building, habitation, or vehicle; or
4. A crime that involves intentionally starting a fire or causing an explosion and in so doing:
a. Recklessly damages or destroys a building belonging to another, or
b. Recklessly causes another person to suffer bodily injury or death. Penal Code 28.02
Assaults
Students are prohibited from assaulting anyone on school property or at any school-related event. Penal Code
22.01, Texas Education Code 37.006 and 37.007, and Board Policy FNCH (LEGAL)
“Assault” is defined as:
1. Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another. Texas Education Code 37.006(a)(2)(B)
and Penal Code 22.01(a)(1);
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2. Intentionally or knowingly threatening another with imminent bodily injury. Penal Code 22.01(a)(2); or
3. Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably
believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative. Penal Code 22.01(a)(3)
“Aggravated assault” is defined as causing serious bodily injury to another or using or exhibiting a deadly weapon
during commission of the assault. Texas Education Code 37.007(a)(2)(A) and Penal Code 22.02(a)
“Sexual assault” is defined as intentionally or knowingly causing physical sexual contact or sexual penetration of
another person without that person’s consent. Sexual assault is without consent of the other person if the actor
compels the other person to submit or participate by use of physical force or violence; threat of force or violence,
and the other person believes the actor has the present ability to execute the threat; or the other person cannot
consent. Texas Education Code 37.007(a)(2)(A) and Penal Code 22.011
“Aggravated sexual assault” is defined as sexual assault in which the actor causes serious bodily injury or attempts
to cause the death of the victim or another person in the course of the same criminal episode; or by acts or words,
places the victim in fear that any person will become the victim of an offense under Penal Code 20A.02(a)(3), (4),
(7), or (8) (smuggling of persons) or that death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping of any person; threatens to
cause death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping will be imminently inflicted on any person; or by acts or words
occurring in the presence of the victim, threatens to cause any person to become the victim of an offense under
Penal Code 20A.02(a)(3), (4), (7), or (8) (smuggling of persons) or to cause death, serious bodily injury, or
kidnapping; or uses or exhibits a deadly weapon in the course of the same criminal episode; or acts in concert with
another, who commits a sexual assault toward the same victim and occurs during the same criminal episode; or
assaults a victim who is younger than 14 years of age or is elderly or a disabled individual. Texas Education Code
37.007(a)(2)(A) and Penal Code 22.021
Attendance
Regular and punctual school attendance is essential for a student to reach his or her educational potential. Each
class builds upon the previous day’s lesson. Absences and tardies may result in a student’s lack of mastery of the
subject matter and disruption of the educational environment, so every effort should be made to minimize
absences and tardies.
When illnesses and emergencies occur, parents are asked to call the school each day the student is absent. Upon
returning to school, the student must bring a note signed by the parent, or the parent must send an e-mail from an
authorized account or fax from a legitimate location, that describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by
the student, even with the parent’s/legal guardian’s permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or
older.
ABSENT STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
State attendance laws require school districts to investigate, enforce, and take legal action (Texas Education Code
25.091). The Absent Student Assistance Program (ASAP) provides help for truant students through the County
Constable’s Office. For instance, a constable might be sent to a home if a student is absent and a parent or
guardian has not notified the school office by 10 a.m. The purpose of the constable’s visit is to inform the
parent/guardian of the absence and to offer assistance to any student who may have demonstrated a pattern of
being truant.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCE
Unexcused absences can be defined by, but not limited to, the following:
• Being absent without parental consent or knowledge;
• Leaving campus during class or lunch period without official permission;
• Being in an unauthorized area of the school or campus without permission;
• Willfully failing or refusing to attend school; and
• Being absent without written notification and by phone contact from a parent or legal guardian.
Board Policy FEA (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Absences such as vacations and trips, babysitting, working, and non-school-sponsored athletic events and
programs shall be considered unexcused.
RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS
The District respects the religious beliefs of all religions and recognizes that there are faiths which require
students/adults to abstain from school/work on religious holy days. If the observance prohibits a student from
attending class, the absence will be excused and will not be reported as an absence for ADA purposes. Written
documentation is required by the parent/guardian either before or after the absence. If the observance of religious
holy days requires travel time, only one travel day to and one travel day from the observance may be excused.
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COURT APPEARANCES
The District will excuse students for an absence resulting from a required court appearance.
STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
A temporary absence on the day of an appointment with a health care professional, including applied behavioral
analysis, speech therapy, and occupational therapy, for a student diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder is an
excused absence. Texas Education Code 25.087(b), (b-3); 19 TAC 129.21(k), and Board Policy FEB (Legal)
BOARD SANCTIONED, NON-SCHOOL EVENTS
Students attending Board-sanctioned, non-school events must be accompanied and supervised at that event and
each day of that event by a school Board approved county agent or adjunct staff member if that absence is to
receive District consideration for an excused absence status. In addition, that student's absence will remain
unexcused until the approved agent supplies the campus with his/her signed attendance sheet for that date and
event.
(See “Make-up Work,” “Medical Appointments,” “Tardies,” and “Truancy.”)
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE
The state compulsory attendance law requires that a student between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school and
District-required tutorial sessions unless the student is otherwise legally exempted or excused. The Texas
Education Code states that a child 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 who has not yet reached the child's 18th birthday shall attend school. A
student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 18th birthday is required to attend each school day.
However, 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 is then unauthorized and may be
considered trespass.
Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school.
A violation of compulsory attendance occurs when a child has unexcused, voluntary absences on:
1. Ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period; or
2. Three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period.
When a student violates or is nearing violation of these provisions, the campus may mandate that a doctor’s note is
required to excuse future absences or advise the parent that the Campus Health Coordinator is available to verify
illnesses.
In addition, when a student exceeds five (5) consecutive, or a total of eight (8) cumulative absences in any sixmonth period for personal illness, the principal may notify the parent/guardian that a doctor’s note is required to
excuse absences. Board Policy FEA (LEGAL/LOCAL)
ATTENDANCE FOR CREDIT
To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who
attends at least 75 percent, but fewer than 90 percent, of the days the class is offered may receive credit for the
class if he or she completes a plan, approved by the principal, which allows the student to fulfill the instructional
requirements for the class. If a student is involved in a criminal or juvenile court proceeding, the approval of the
judge presiding over the case will also be required before the student receives credit for the class.
If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed 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. Texas Education
Code 25.092 and Board Policy FEC (LOCAL)
In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance review committee
will use the following guidelines:
• All absences will be considered in determining whether a student has attended the required percentage of days.
If makeup work is completed, absences for religious holy days and health-care appointments will be considered
days of attendance for this purpose.
• A transfer or migrant student incurs absences only after his or her enrollment in the District. For a student
transferring into the District after school begins, including a migrant student, only those absences after
enrollment will be considered.
• In reaching consensus about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that its decision is in
the best interest of the student.
• The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for the student’s
absences.
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• The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the student or the student’s
parent could exercise any control.
• 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 actual number of days a student must attend in order to receive credit will depend on whether the class is for a
single semester or for a full year. Texas Education Code 25.092, and Board Policy FEC (LEGAL) (LOCAL)
The student or parent may appeal the committee’s decision by filing a written complaint in accordance with Board
Policy FNG (LOCAL).
Authority of the
District
To achieve the best possible learning environment for all students, the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
and other District and campus policies, guidelines, and expectations of behavior will apply whenever the interest
of the District is involved, on or off school grounds, in conjunction with or independent of classes and schoolsponsored activities. The District has disciplinary authority over a student in accordance with the Student
Handbook and Code of Conduct.
The District has the right to search a vehicle driven to school by a student and parked on school property whenever
there is reasonable suspicion to believe it contains articles or materials prohibited by the District. The District has
the right to search a student’s locker when there is reasonable suspicion to believe it contains articles or materials
prohibited by the District.
School administrators will report crimes as required by law and will call local law enforcement when an
administrator suspects that a crime has been committed on campus. The District has the right to revoke student
interdistrict and intradistrict transfers for violating the District’s Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
(See “Jurisdiction” and “Searches.”)
Bullying
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression, expression through
electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related
activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that:
1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or
placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or
2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating,
threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
This conduct is considered bullying if it:
1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator and the student victim through written or
verbal expression or physical conduct; and
2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
Board Policy FFI (LOCAL)
EXAMPLES
Bullying of a student may include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, confinement, assault, demands for money,
destruction of property, theft of valued possessions, name calling, rumor spreading, or ostracism.
Board Policy FFI (LOCAL)
REPORTING
To obtain assistance and intervention, any student who believes that he or she has experienced bullying or believes
that another student has experienced bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to a teacher, counselor,
principal, or other District employee. A report may be made orally or in writing.
On the request of a parent or other person with authority to act on behalf of a student who is a victim of bullying,
the Board or its designee shall transfer the victim to:
1. Another classroom at the campus to which the victim was assigned at the time the bullying occurred; or
2. A campus in the District other than the campus to which the victim was assigned at the time the bullying
occurred.
The Board may transfer the student who engaged in bullying to:
1. Another classroom at the campus to which the victim was assigned at the time the bullying occurred; or
2. A campus in the District other than the campus to which the victim was assigned at the time the bullying
occurred, in consultation with a parent or other person with authority to act on behalf of the student who
engaged in bullying.
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The transfer of a student with a disability who receives special education services and who engaged in bullying
may be made only by a duly constituted ARD committee under Education Code 37.004.
Board Policy FDB (LEGAL/LOCAL)
(See “Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and
Retaliation.”)
Buses
(See “Transportation.”)
Cell Phones/
Pagers/Other
Electronic
Devices
CELL PHONE AND PAGERS
Students may have cell phones and pagers in their possession at school and on District transportation, subject to
the restrictions provided herein and in Board Policies and procedures. These devices must be silenced and stored
during classtime, unless permitted by school personnel for approved purposes. Cell phones and pagers that are
used or heard during classes or during these hours (unless permitted by school personnel for approved purposes)
will be confiscated and given to the appropriate school administrator. Arrangement must be made with the parents
to return the items. All campuses may assess and collect a $15 fee on the device before releasing the item.
Students will be subjected to disciplinary action in these cases. The school will not be responsible for lost or
stolen cell phones, pagers, or other electronic devices. Board Policy FNCE (LOCAL)
OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Elementary students may not bring (unless for approved educational purposes) electronic devices, such as IPods,
MP3 players, CD players, or other unauthorized electronic devices to school; however, possession is permissible at
the secondary level. While the secondary schools may allow possession of these items, they will restrict the usage
before, during, or after the school day. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones, pagers,
or other electronic devices.
INAPPROPRIATE USE OF CELL PHONES, PAGERS, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, AND
TECHNOLOGY
Students are prohibited from showing, sharing, sending, or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene,
sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition applies to
conduct on or off school property, including District transportation, if it results in a substantial disruption to the
educational environment. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented,
lewd, or otherwise illegal images or photographs will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and
may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement.
Cheating
Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to disciplinary and/or academic penalties.
Such action shall be determined jointly by the teacher and campus administrator. Teachers are encouraged to
consult with campus administrators.
Child Sexual
Abuse
The District has established a plan for addressing child sexual abuse, which may be accessed on the District’s
website at www.nisdtx.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 261.101(a) is defined as
any sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare as well as a failure to make a
reasonable effort to prevent sexual conduct with a child. Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may be
abused or neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, for reporting the suspected abuse or neglect to law
enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS).
Possible physical warning signs of sexual abuse could be difficulty sitting or walking, pain in the genital areas, and
claims of stomachaches and headaches. Behavioral indicators may include verbal references or pretend games of
sexual activity between adults and children, fear of being alone with adults of a particular gender, or sexually
suggestive behavior. Emotional warning signs to be aware of include withdrawal, depression, sleeping and eating
disorders, and problems in school.
A child who has experienced sexual abuse 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
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, the campus counselor or principal will provide information
regarding counseling options for you and your child available in your area. The Texas Department of Family and
Protective Services (TDFPS) also manages early intervention counseling programs. To find out what services may
be available in your county, see:
http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/Programs_Available_In_Your_County/default.asp
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The following websites might help you become more aware of child sexual abuse:
•
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index.aspx?id=2820
•
http://sapn.nonprofitoffice.com/
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http://www.taasa.org/member/materials2.php
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http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse1.shtml
•
http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse2.shtml
Reports may be made to: The Child Protective Services (CPS) division of the Texas Department of Family and
Protective Services (1 800-252-5400 or on the Web at http://www.txabusehotline.org).
Access the NISD Student Services webpage for information regarding the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Closed Campus
All NISD campuses are closed campuses. Students are not allowed to leave for any reason during the school day
without properly checking out.
(See “Release of Students from School.”)
Commencement
(See “Graduation.”)
Communicable
Diseases/
Conditions
To protect other students from contagious illnesses, students infected with certain diseases are not allowed to come
to school while contagious. Parents of a student with a communicable or contagious disease or a suspected
contagious disease should phone the Campus Health Coordinator or principal so that other students who might
have been exposed to the disease can be alerted.
The more common of these diseases include, but are not limited to the following:
•
Amebiasis
•
Influenza
•
•
Campy locacteriosis
•
Measles (Rubeola)
•
•
Chicken pox (varicella)
•
Meningitis, Bacterial
•
•
Common cold with fever
•
Mumps
•
•
Fifth disease (Erythema
•
Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
•
Infectiosum Gastroenteritis,
•
Ringworm of the scalp
Viral Giardiasis)
•
•
Rubella (German Measles)
•
Head Lice (Pediculosis)
•
Salmonelloisis, including
•
Impetigo
typhoid fever
•
Infectious mononucleosis
Board Policies FFAD (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Complaints and
Concerns
Scabies
Shigellosis
Streptococcal disease,
invasive (group A or B)
Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Hepatitis, Type A
The District encourages students and parents to discuss their concerns and complaints through informal
conferences with the appropriate teacher, principal, or other campus administrator. Concerns should be expressed
as soon as possible to allow early resolution at the lowest possible administrative level.
For those complaints and concerns that cannot be handled so easily, the District has adopted a standard complaint
process located in the District’s policy manual FNG (LOCAL). A copy of this policy may be obtained in the
principal’s office or on the District’s website at www.nisdtx.org/Policy-online.
In general, the student or parent should submit a Student Complaint Form-Level One with the campus principal. If
the concern is not resolved, a Notice of Appeal at Level Two should be sent to either the Executive Director of
Elementary Education or the Executive Director of Secondary Education as appropriate. If still unresolved, the
District provides for the complaint to be presented to the Board of Trustees through the Notice of Appeal to the
Board at Level Three. Forms are accessible within the FNG (Exhibit) in Board Policy online.
Computer and
Technology
Resources
To prepare students for an increasingly computerized society, the District has made a substantial investment in
computer technology for instructional purposes. All students are provided with written guidelines pertaining to the
acceptable use of computers, the Internet, and the District's network system. A violation of any of the guidelines
will result in the assignment of an appropriate disciplinary consequence. Examples include, but are not limited to,
using inappropriate language, copyright violations, deleting or modifying files, changing computer settings
without permission, or using another person's account. Students and their parents will be asked to verify that they
have reviewed the acceptable use agreement. Violations of this agreement may result in withdrawal of privileges
and other disciplinary action.
Students and their parents should be aware that Internet use and electronic communications (e-mail) using District
computers are not private and may be monitored by District staff.
(See “Student Guidelines for Acceptable Use of Technology Resources.”)
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Conduct Before
and After School
(See “Jurisdiction.”)
Conferences
Parents, teachers, and students may request conferences at any time. These meetings are particularly important if
the student is not passing or is otherwise not performing at the expected academic or appropriate behavioral levels.
The District encourages conferences regarding any area of concern. Parents seeking a conference with a teacher
should contact the teacher directly to set up an appointment. Parents wishing to conference with a group of
teachers should call the office for an appointment at a mutually convenient time.
Unscheduled parent conferences are not conducive to an accurate portrayal of student progress and may be
disruptive to the learning environment. Board Policy EIA (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Conferences must be scheduled before or after school or during the teacher’s conference period to refrain from
interrupting instructional time. (See “Visitors to the School.”)
Counseling
All campuses in the District have at least one counselor on staff. These counselors are available to assist students
with academic planning as well as social, emotional, family, and substance abuse issues. Counseling is schoolbased and not clinical. Counselors deliver classroom guidance curriculum and small-group counseling activities
for students. Information about graduation requirements, course offerings, career guidance, advanced education
opportunities, financial aid, and community resources is also provided. The counseling relationship is a
professional relationship, and counselors abide by the professional code of ethics.
Parents with questions regarding available counseling services should contact the counselor at their child’s
schools.
Please note: The school will not conduct a psychological examination, test, or treatment without first obtaining the
parent’s written consent, when applicable, as required by state or federal law for special education purposes or by
the Texas Education Agency for child abuse investigations and reports. Board Policy FFE (LEGAL) and FFG
(EXHIBIT)
Credit by Exam
with Prior
Instruction
Credit by examination (CBE) for students in grades 8 - 12 who have lost credit is available in courses approved by
the board of trustees. Students must have had prior formal instruction to be eligible for CBE. Students must
correctly answer 70 % of the items on the test instrument to receive credit. The cost for this testing is the student's
responsibility. CBE shall not be used to gain eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities. A campus
principal and/or attendance review committee may offer a student with excessive absences an opportunity to earn
credit for a course by passing a CBE. Students should contact their counselor for additional information.
Preregistration and parental approval is required. Grades earned through CBE are not included in the GPA
ranking.
Board Policy EHDB (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Credit by Exam
without Prior
Instruction
A student will be permitted to take an exam to earn credit for an academic course for which the student has no
prior instruction. The passing score required to earn credit on an exam is 80%. The student (or parent) must
register with the campus counselor no later than three weeks prior to the scheduled testing date. See the District
website at www.nisdtx.org for Acceleration by Examination information. Board Policy EHDC (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Criminal
Charges
If a student has engaged in conduct punishable as a felony for which disciplinary actions are mandated by law, the
student is disciplined based on the criminal charge(s) accepted by the county district attorney (DA). Certain
offenses require mandatory removal to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) and others require
mandatory expulsion to a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP). In some circumstances, a
student may be arrested for an offense that initially requires mandatory removal to a DAEP; however, after
completion of the criminal investigation, if charges are upgraded to an expellable offense, the school will be
required to recommend expulsion based upon the charges being filed. Since school discipline does not have to
meet the same standards of evidence as law enforcement, the disciplinary assignment is not necessarily reduced or
dropped based on the outcome of the criminal case.
In addition, there are certain criminal charges which occur off-campus at non-school-sponsored or non-schoolrelated events for which the District is required to remove the student from the regular classroom setting. Upon
notification from a law enforcement agency that such a crime has been committed, the school will recommend
appropriate disciplinary actions. If the charges for one of these off-campus offenses are later reduced or dropped
and documentation of the reduction can be provided, the District will conduct a review of the disciplinary action.
If the charges remain and the student receives deferred adjudication or deferred prosecution, the student will be
required to complete the disciplinary assignment.
(See "Deferred Adjudication/Deferred Prosecution.")
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Cyber-bullying /
Online
Harassment
Cyber-bullying is defined as using the Internet, cell phones, or other devices to send or post text messages or
images intended to hurt, torment, threaten, harass, humiliate, or embarrass another person. Cyber-bullying is
bullying at a higher level because of the wider audience and ease with which information can be broadcast. Some
of the methods of cyber-bullying include pretending to be someone else online to deceive others, spreading lies
and rumors about victims, using deception to obtain personal information from others, sending or forwarding
mean messages, and posting images of victims without their consent.
Texas Penal Code 33.07 defines on-line harassment as when a person uses the name or persona of another person
to create a Web page on or to post one or more messages on a commercial social networking site without obtaining
the other person’s consent and with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten any person. On-line
harassment also occurs when a person sends an electronic mail, instant message, text message, or similar
communication that references a name, domain address, phone number, or other item of identifying information
belonging to any person without obtaining the person’s consent, with the intent to cause a recipient of the
communication to reasonably believe that the other person authorized or transmitted the communication, and with
the intent to harm or defraud any person.
Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s access on-line and through texting. Victims of cyber-bullying and
on-line harassment should report these occurrences as soon as possible.
Cyber-bullying and on-line harassment that occurs in the school setting will be disciplined accordingly. However,
because of the limited access to these venues during the school day, most situations occur in the community and in
the home setting when the District does not have jurisdiction. In these cases if the matter rises to the level of a
crime, it should be reported to the local law enforcement agency. Only in those situations where there is a direct
impact to the educational setting would the District have jurisdiction for disciplinary purposes.
(See “Bullying” and “Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment, Harassment, Sexual
Harassment, and Retaliation.”)
Damage to
School Property
Students shall not vandalize or otherwise damage or deface any property, including furniture and other equipment,
belonging to or used by the District. In addition to disciplinary sanctions under the District’s Student Handbook
and Code of Conduct, parents or guardians of students who are guilty of damaging school property shall be liable
for damages in accordance with District policy and state law. Students shall be responsible for the care and return
of state-owned textbooks or district-owned resources and may be charged for replacement if lost or damaged.
A parent or other person who has the duty of control and reasonable discipline of a child is liable for any property
damage proximately caused by:
1. The negligent conduct of the child if the conduct is reasonably attributable to the negligent failure of the parent
or other person to exercise that duty; or
2. The willful and malicious conduct of a child who is at least 10 years of age, but less than 18 years of age.
Family Code 41.001 and Board Policy FNCB (LEGAL)
The taxpayers of the community have made a sustained financial commitment for the construction and upkeep of
school facilities and property. To ensure that school facilities can serve those for whom they are intended—both
this year and in the coming years—littering, defacing, or damaging school property, including textbooks and
library books, 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 Handbook and Code of
Conduct.
Dating Violence,
Discrimination,
Gender-Based
Harassment,
Harassment,
Sexual
Harassment, and
Retaliation
DATING VIOLENCE
Dating violence occurs when a person in a current or past dating relationship uses physical, sexual, verbal, written,
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.
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DISCRIMINATION
Students learn best in an environment free from violence, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and that their
welfare is best served when they can work free from this prohibited conduct while attending school. Students are
expected to treat other students and District employees with courtesy and respect, to avoid any behaviors known to
be offensive, and to stop those behaviors when asked or told to stop.
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, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, age, or disability.
Prohibited 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, or substantially interferes with the
student’s academic performance. A copy of the District’s policy is available in the principal’s office and in the
Superintendent’s office. Board Policy FFH (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Examples of prohibited discrimination may include, but are not limited to, derogatory language directed at a
person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent, skin color, or need for accommodation; bullying, threatening, or
intimidating conduct; name-calling or slurs, taunting, teasing (even when presented as “jokes”), or rumors;
aggression or assault; graffiti or printed material promoting racial, ethnic, or other negative stereotypes; or
aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.
GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT
Gender-based harassment includes physical, verbal, or nonverbal conduct based on the student’s gender, the
student’s expression of characteristics perceived as stereotypical for the student’s gender, or the student’s failure to
conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. For purposes of this policy, gender-based
harassment is considered prohibited harassment if the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the
conduct:
1. Affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity, or creates an
intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment;
2. Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s academic
performance; or
3. Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities.
Board Policy FFH (LEGAL/LOCAL)
HARASSMENT
All students and employees should be treated with courtesy and respect. Students should avoid any behaviors
known to be offensive, and stop these behaviors when asked or told to stop. “Harassment,” is defined as physical,
verbal, or nonverbal conduct based on the student’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or any
other basis prohibited by law, that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that 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 or unreasonably interferes with the student’s academic
performance; or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities. This includes online
harassment and dating violence. Board Policy FFH (LOCAL)
Students shall not engage in harassment directed toward another student. This prohibition applies whether the
conduct is by word, gesture, or any other inappropriate conduct. The term "harassment" includes repeated,
unwelcome, and offensive slurs, jokes, or other oral, written, graphic, or physical conduct relating to an
individual's race, color, gender, national origin, disability, or religion that creates an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive educational environment. Harassment also includes threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another
student, engaging in sexually intimidating conduct, causing physical damage to the property of another student,
subjecting another student to physical confinement or restraint, or maliciously taking any action that substantially
harms another student's physical or emotional health or safety. Forms of harassment, such as those mentioned
above, that contain the elements of an offense listed in the Penal Code may be disciplined based on the Penal Code
violation, as well as for harassment.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sexual harassment of a student, including harassment committed by another student, includes unwelcome sexual
advances; requests for sexual favors; or sexually motivated physical, verbal, written, or nonverbal conduct when
the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from
an educational program or activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational
environment; or, has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s academic
performance; or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities. Examples of prohibited sexual
harassment may include, but are not 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 a District employee includes both welcome and
unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; sexually motivated physical, verbal, or nonverbal
conduct; or other conduct or communication of a sexual nature when a District employee causes the student to
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believe that the student must submit to the conduct in order to participate in a school program or activity, or that
the employee will make an educational decision based on whether or not the student submits to the conduct; or the
conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it: a. Affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from
an educational program or activity, or otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities; or b.
Creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive educational environment. All romantic and inappropriate
social relationships, as well as all sexual relationships, between students and District employees are prohibited,
even if consensual.
Sexual harassment of a student by an employee, volunteer, or another student is prohibited. Sexual harassment of
a student by an employee or volunteer does not include necessary or permissible physical contact not reasonably
construed as sexual in nature. However, romantic and other inappropriate social relationships, as well as all sexual
relationships, between students and District employees are prohibited, even if consensual.
“Sexual harassment” is defined as offensive and unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature directed toward a student
or other person or other offensive and unwelcome conduct aimed at another solely because of his or her gender. If
a student believes he/she has been sexually harassed, the student or the student’s parents should report the incident
to any of the following: principal, assistant principal, counselor, or the District's Title IX Coordinator, Gerard
Gindt, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services.
If a student’s conduct is offensive and unwelcome, the campus will determine if the conduct should be punished in
accordance with this handbook. This policy applies to students of all ages.
Board Policies DH (LEGAL/LOCAL/EXHIBIT); Board Policy DIA(LOCAL); Board Policy FFH (LOCAL)
REPORTING PROCEDURES
Any student (or the student’s parent) who believes that he or she has been harassed or has experienced prohibited
harassment by fellow students or District employees are encouraged to and should immediately report the problem
to a teacher, counselor, principal, or other District employee. Failure to promptly report alleged sexual harassment
may impair an administrator’s ability to investigate and address sexual harassment. A substantiated complaint
against a student will result in appropriate disciplinary action, according to the nature of the offense. Board Policy
FFH(Local)
INVESTIGATION OF REPORT
To the extent possible, the District will respect the privacy of the student; however, limited disclosures may be
necessary to conduct a thorough investigation and to comply with law. Allegations of harassment will be promptly
investigated. The District will notify the parents of any student alleged to have experienced prohibited harassment
by an adult associated with the District or by another student when the allegations, if proven, would constitute
“sexual harassment” or “other prohibited harassment” as defined by District policy. If the District’s investigation
indicates that prohibited harassment occurred, appropriate disciplinary or corrective action will be taken to address
the harassment. The District may take disciplinary action even if the conduct that is the subject of the complaint
did not rise to the level of harassment prohibited by law or policy. Retaliation against a person who makes a good
faith report of prohibited harassment is prohibited. However, a person who makes a false claim, offers false
statements, or refuses to cooperate with a District investigation may be subject to appropriate discipline.
Complaints of harassment on the basis of disability will be addressed and resolved in a fair and expeditious
manner. In accordance with District disciplinary procedures, appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken against
students who are found to have engaged in disability harassment. In addition to these procedures, students and
staff may have rights and procedural safeguards under other school policies or state and federal law. The District
will not tolerate hostile or abusive treatment, derogatory remarks, or acts of violence against students, staff, or
volunteers with disabilities. The District considers this behavior to constitute discrimination on the basis of
disability in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA). Board Policies DIA (LOCAL) and FFH (LOCAL)
RETALIATION
Retaliation against an individual that 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
refused to cooperate with a District investigation 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. Retaliation does not include petty slights and
annoyances from other students or comments of corrective feedback from a teacher that are justified by a student’s
poor academic performance in the classroom unless they arise to the level of harassment.
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APPEAL PROCESS
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal in accordance with Board
Policy FNG. In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination, Northwest ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race,
religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, or disability 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 and Title
II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
DISTRICT CONTACTS
The following District staff members have been designated to coordinate compliance with these requirements:
• Title IX Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination: Gerard Gindt, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent
for Administrative Services, 817-215-0029
• Section 504 Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of disability, contact Cindy
Brown, Executive Director of Student Services, 817-215-0079
Deadly Conduct
Deadly conduct occurs when a person recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of
serious bodily injury, such as knowingly discharging a firearm in the direction of an individual, habitation,
building, or vehicle. Penal Code 22.05 and Board Policy GRA (EXHIBIT)
Deferred
Adjudication/
Deferred
Prosecution
Students arrested for and charged with a criminal offense are often placed on deferred adjudication in accordance
with Section 5(a), Article 42.12, of the Code of Criminal Procedure. In effect, a final decision on the student's
status is set aside for a specified period of time (probationary period). If the student complies with all conditions of
the probation, the case may be dismissed. Deferred adjudication does not equate to "not guilty." District
disciplinary sanctions will not be suspended pending “deferred adjudication,” and students placed on "deferred
adjudication" will complete any disciplinary sanctions assigned.
Students arrested for and charged with a criminal offense may also be placed on deferred prosecution. The
prosecuting attorney may defer prosecution for any child if the preliminary investigation results in a determination
that further proceedings in the case are necessary. The probation officer or other officer of the court may also
request deferred prosecution in certain circumstances as allowed by statute. Deferred prosecution delays the court
hearing regarding the student's case for a period not to exceed six (6) months. The child is not detained during or
as a result of deferred prosecution. At the end of the deferred prosecution period, the court hearing is scheduled for
a determination to be made in the criminal case. District disciplinary sanctions will not be suspended pending
“deferred prosecution,” and students placed on "deferred prosecution" will complete any disciplinary sanctions
assigned.
(See "Criminal Charges.")
Delinquent
Conduct
Delinquent conduct is conduct that violates either state or federal law and is punishable by imprisonment or
confinement in jail. It includes conduct that violates certain juvenile court orders, including probation orders, but
does not include violations of traffic laws.
Diabetes
If a parent informs the school District that their child has diabetes, the District will develop a Diabetes
Management and Treatment Plan. In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management of
diabetes, a student with diabetes will be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and
equipment while at school or at a school-related activity. See the Campus Health Coordinator or principal for
information. Board Policy FFAF
Diploma
Requirements
(See “Graduation.”)
Discretionary
“Discretionary” means that something is left to or regulated by a local decision maker.
Discrimination
See “Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and
Retaliation.”)
Disruption of
Transportation
Students are prohibited from intentionally disrupting, preventing, or interfering with the lawful transportation of
children to or from school or an activity sponsored by a school on a vehicle owned or operated by the District.
Such disruption may result in disciplinary action by the principal after removal from the vehicle owned or
operated by the District and referral to law enforcement authorities.
Board Policy CNA (LEGAL) and Texas Education Code 37.126
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Disruptive
Activities
In order to protect student safety and sustain an educational program or school activity free from disruption, state
law permits the District to take action against any person (student or nonstudent) who does the following:
• Interferes with the movement of people in an exit, an entrance, or a hallway of a District building without
authorization from an administrator
• Interferes with an authorized activity by seizing control of all or part of a building
• Uses force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent participation in an authorized assembly
• Uses force, violence, or threats to cause disruption during an assembly
• Interferes with the movement of people at an exit or an entrance to District property
• Uses force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent people from entering or leaving District property
without authorization from an administrator
• Disrupts classes or other school activities while on District property or on public property that is within 500
feet of District property. Class disruption includes making loud noises; trying to entice a student away from, or
to prevent a student from attending, a required class or activity; entering a classroom without authorization;
and disrupting the activity with profane language or any misconduct
• Interferes with the transportation of students or otherwise violates rules for student conduct in District vehicles
Conduct by students either in or out of class that for any reason — whether because of time, place, or manner of
behavior — materially disrupts classwork or involves substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of others is
prohibited.
Student demonstrations and similar activities shall be prohibited when there is evidence that may reasonably lead
school authorities to forecast substantial disruption of, or material interference with, normal school operations or
approved school activities.
For purposes of this rule, “school property” shall include the public school campuses or school grounds or
buildings used by the District schools for assemblies or other school-related activities, and “public property”
includes any street, highway, alley, public park, or sidewalk. No person shall be permitted, on school property or
on public property within 500 feet of school property, to intentionally disrupt, alone or in concert with others, the
conduct of classes or other school activities. Conduct which disrupts the educational activities of a school
includes:
1. Emitting noise of an intensity that prevents or hinders classroom instruction;
2. Enticing or attempting to entice a student away from a class or other school activity that the student is required
to attend;
3. Preventing or attempting to prevent a student from attending a class or other school activity that the student is
required to attend; and
4. Entering a classroom without consent of either the principal or teacher and, either through acts of misconduct
and/or use of loud or profane language, disrupting class activities.
Board Policy GKA (LEGAL) and FNCI (LEGAL)
Distribution of
School Materials
and Non-School
Materials
SCHOOL MATERIALS
Publications prepared by and for the school or school-related organizations, clubs, or groups may be posted or
distributed, with prior approval by the principal, sponsor, or teacher. Such items may include school posters,
brochures, murals, etc.
If applicable, the school newspaper and the yearbook are available to students. All school publications are under
the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, and the principal.
NON-SCHOOL MATERIALS
Students shall have an opportunity to distribute non-school materials in a manner that does not disrupt the
educational process, the order of discipline of the schools, and/or the operations of the schools.
The provisions of Board policies FNAA (LOCAL) and GKDA (LOCAL) are intended to regulate the time, place,
and manner of distribution of non-school materials during times and places when the District is attempting to
operate the schools and teach its students. These provisions are intended to decrease distractions and/or
disruptions; increase the time available and dedicated to learning; improve the educational process, environment,
safety, and order at District schools; and not invade or collide with the rights of others.
Elementary school students will be permitted to exchange materials 30 minutes before and after school at any
entrance or exit, at recess, and in any gathering areas approved by the principal. Students may place items on the
distribution table. Distribution is not permitted in the classrooms during school hours, with the exception of three
annual parties, which are usually the winter holiday party, Valentine’s Day party, and one day designated by the
campus. Elementary students may distribute materials in elementary campus cafeterias during designated lunch
periods and non-instructional time. Elementary students may distribute materials in areas not addressed by this
policy subject to the reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions developed by the campus principal and the
guidelines outlined herein. Board Policy FNAA(LOCAL)
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Secondary students may distribute materials 30 minutes before and after school at any entrance or exit and from
the distribution table. In addition, secondary students may distribute materials in the hallways during noninstructional time and in the cafeterias during lunch and non-instructional times. Distribution is not permitted in
the classrooms during school hours. Students may leave materials on the “distribution table” and/or any other
designated area so that others may obtain a copy. Each school campus principal shall designate an area where
materials that have been approved for distribution by students in accordance with this policy may be made
available or distributed. Board Policy FNAA(LOCAL)
Distribution of materials between elementary or secondary students while on campus is subject to the restrictions
identified in “Limitations on Content,” Board Policy FNAA (LOCAL); Board Policy GKDA(LOCAL).
At both the elementary and secondary levels, principals may develop other reasonable time, place, and manner
restrictions regarding the distribution of materials at areas designated by the principal.
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 until the proper approval procedure has taken place.
Northwest ISD limits access of all non-school adults, including parents and third parties, on school property. As a
result, distribution by all non-school adults warrants different guidelines according to Board Policy GKDA
(Local). In this policy the following guidelines apply:
Non-School Adult Distribution to Student:
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External non-school persons, including parents, third parties, groups or organizations, that provide a benefit
to youth or parents shall have the opportunity for a limited time period, as specified by District guidelines, to
be identified on a designated page of the District’s website. Such groups include, but are not limited to,
governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, the YMCA, local youth sports leagues, and scout groups.
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Prior approval is required.
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May be distributed in the Community Folder on the District’s website for a specified time.
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Content of material is subject to limitations listed in the policy.
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Direct distribution of non-school materials to students is prohibited.
Non-School Adult to Non-School Adult:
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Does not require prior approval.
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May be distributed in the area as designated by the principal.
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Content of material is subject to limitations listed in the policy.
Board Policies FNAA (Local) and GKDA (Local)
Dress and
Grooming
In order to maintain an orderly environment, all students shall be required to meet the minimum expectations of
the dress and grooming code. Wearing apparel that unduly attracts the attention of other students often precipitates
comments and/or other reactions that are disruptive. Safety, general health, and hygiene are factors that are also
considered. The provisions of the dress and grooming code shall be enforced equally with regard to all students to
whom the provisions apply. The following are the minimum dress code requirements.
GENERAL CRITERIA
A student’s personal dress and grooming standards must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Shall not lead school officials to reasonably believe that such dress or grooming will disrupt, interfere with,
disturb, or detract from school activities.
2. Shall not create a health or other hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others.
The District encourages students to be clean and well groomed at all times. In order to assist the parent with the
student’s dress and grooming, the specific criteria listed below was adopted.
In addition to the goals outlined above, a good way for a student to reflect a positive attitude toward school and
education is to display proper dress and grooming. It is the responsibility of the parents and the students to ensure
that attire worn to school meets District requirements. This dress code is established to teach grooming and
hygiene, reduce loss of personal property, and teach respect for authority. It should promote the best possible
environment for learning. Disruptive dress and grooming cause distractions among students and teachers,
disrupting the learning atmosphere. Because of these and other factors, the student dress code will be enforced at
all schools.
The principal, in connection with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity, may
regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity.
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DRESS CODE FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Requirements regarding elementary student dress and grooming:
1. Shall project a positive image.
2. Shall not disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or detract from an environment conducive to learning.
3. Shall not create a health or other hazard to the student’s safety or the safety of others.
4. Shall not display or refer casually or indirectly to alcohol or alcoholic products, drugs or drug paraphernalia,
tobacco or tobacco products, profanity, or anything referring to sexuality.
5. Shall wear appropriate shoes for physical education and recess every day. It is preferred that the student wear
these shoes all day to avoid having to have two pairs of shoes at school. If students wear other shoes, they
must not have metal tips or wheels. Sandals must have a strap on the heel. House shoes are not allowed.
6. Shall not include inappropriate hairstyles that cause a disruption or that make use of unnatural hair color such
as lime, blue, orange, green, pink, etc. Hair must be kept clean and neat.
7. Shall not include sagging pants, trousers, or shorts that cause an abnormal gait or reveal underwear (must be
worn at normal waist level). Pants must fit properly and must fit at the waist. Pants may not be oversized.
Pants need to be properly hemmed or cuffed. Pants may not be tight-fitting or made of stretch-type material.
8. Shall wear dresses, jumpers, or skirts which must be mid-thigh in length or longer. When appropriate,
students’ jumpers or dresses must be worn with shirts or blouses underneath.
9. Shall wear shorts, skorts, and miniskirts that are mid-thigh in length or longer. Students may wear them only
during appropriate weather conditions. Shorts, skorts, and miniskirts must not be extremely oversized and
must be appropriately hemmed.
10. Shall not wear tank tops, tube tops, halter-type blouses, mesh shirts, or extremely oversized shirts. Students’
shirts should overlap the waistband of the skirt, shorts, or pants when the arms are raised. Shirts must be
tucked in if it is extremely long (including T-shirts).
11. It is preferred that students do not wear jewelry because it is easily lost or stolen, and can be unsafe. If a
student chooses to wear jewelry, it must be neat, appropriate, and safe. A student may not wear excessive
amounts of jewelry, nor can it be large, bulky, or heavy. Shall not wear jewelry as a result of body piercing
(except for the ears), inappropriate make-up, or distracting accessories, such as dental grills, ear gauges, and
jewelry with sharp points.
12. Shall not wear caps, hats, headgear, bandanas, sweatbands, sunglasses, or any other distracting accessories.
13. Shall not wear any type of clothing that has been torn or has holes. See-through, “holey” apparel and fishnet
shirts are prohibited. Inappropriately exposed skin or undergarments is prohibited.
14. Shall not wear provocative, offensive, violent, or drug-related pictures or slogans. Items advertising alcoholic
beverages or tobacco products will not be permitted.
15. Shall not wear gang apparel. This includes clothing/grooming commonly referred to as “Gothic” (all black
attire, white make-up, and blackened hair).
16. Shall not wear leotards, spandex, body suits, low necklines, or barebacked clothing.
17. Shall not wear chains, cords, ropes, and other items that could be used as weapons (including chained
billfolds and chains hanging from clothing).
18. Shall not wear temporary/false tattoos, stickers, or writing on the body. Actual tattoos are discouraged.
19. Shall not wear pants or shorts with wording or phrases (except for trademarks).
20. Clothing normally considered pajamas are not acceptable school attire.
DRESS CODE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS
For security, secondary students shall wear a school-issued student identification badge in a visible manner
on or above the waist. To properly identify the individual to whom the badge belongs, the badge should
clearly identify the campus name, student name, student photo, and barcode.
Requirements regarding secondary student dress and grooming:
1. Shall project a positive image.
2. Shall not disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or detract from an environment conducive to learning.
3. Shall not create a health or other hazard to the student’s safety or the safety of others.
4. Shall not display or refer casually or indirectly to alcohol or alcoholic products, drugs or drug paraphernalia,
tobacco or tobacco products, profanity, or anything referring to sexuality.
5. Shall not include hats and caps, forehead bands, bandannas, sunglasses, other head coverings, gloves, or
distracting accessories when students are inside school buildings.
6. Shall wear shoes or sandals at all times. (House shoes are not considered proper footwear for school.)
7. Shall not wear the following without appropriate outer garments that meet dress code requirements: revealing
apparel such as shirts tied at the waist or that expose the midriff; tube tops; halter tops; torn, ragged, or
“holey” garments (above mid-thigh); mesh or fishnet shirts; tank tops; spandex clothing (leggings, yoga
pants, etc.); cut-off T-shirts or clothing revealing shoulders; “low-cut” tops; spaghetti straps; or shirts open at
the side. No sheer or see-through clothing of any kind. Inappropriately exposed skin or undergarments is
prohibited.
8. Clothing normally considered pajamas are not acceptable school attire.
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9.
10.
11.
12.
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Shall not wear shorts, “skorts,” mini-skirts, tube skirts, or culottes that are shorter than mid-thigh. See the
following dress code diagram.
Shall not include sagging pants, trousers, or shorts that cause an abnormal gait or reveal underwear (must be
worn at normal waist level). Students may be required to use an accessory, provided by campus, to ensure
that pants are worn at normal waist level.
Shall not include chains (including those attached to pants or billfolds), cords, ropes, or other items which
could be used as weapons or are deemed a health hazard.
Shall not include jewelry worn as a result of multiple body piercings (except for the ears), inappropriate
make-up, or distracting accessories, such as dental grills, ear gauges, and jewelry with sharp points. Any
items worn that cause a disruption or safety hazard are not allowable.
Shall not include inappropriate hairstyles or hairstyles that make use of unnatural hair color such as lime,
blue, orange, green, pink etc., or that contain styles/haircuts which cause a disruption.
For special events, defined by campus administration, specific dress requirements may be set. When there is a
question on the dress or appearance of a student, the building administrator and school staff will use their
discretion concerning the dress code. Students must honor the decision of the administrator in charge and make
any dress and/or grooming change required. The student and/or his or her parents may then appeal the decision to
the Superintendent or designee if they disagree with the decision.
If school administrators determine that revisions in the dress and grooming standards are necessary in order to
avoid interference in the educational process, they may make such changes with proper notification to students and
parents. Students will be required to change clothing to comply with the dress code if they arrive with
inappropriate dress for school. Those who refuse to or cannot comply may be asked to return home or spend the
remainder of the day in the special assignment classroom.
Board Policy FNCA (LEGAL/LOCAL/EXHIBIT)
Driver License
Attendance
Verification
To obtain a driver license, a student between the ages of 16 and 18 must annually provide to the Texas Department
of Public Safety a form obtained from the school verifying that the student has met the 90 percent attendance
requirement for the semester preceding the date of application. The student can obtain the required verification
form at the campus attendance office; however, the student should allow campus personnel at least three (3)
instructional days to verify the student's compliance with the 90 percent rule.
Drug/Alcohol
Use/Abusable
Volatile
Chemicals
No student shall – during any school term and while on school premises or off school premises at a schoolsponsored activity, function, or event – sell, give, deliver, use, possess, or be under the influence of any amount of:
1. Marijuana or a controlled substance, as defined by Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, or by 21 USC 801, et.
seq.;
2. A dangerous drug, as defined by Chapter 483, Health and Safety Code; or
3. An alcoholic beverage, as defined by Section 1.04, Alcoholic Beverage Code.
Texas Education Code 37.006, 37.007
In addition to the above prohibitions, no student shall inhale, ingest, apply, use, or possess an abusable glue,
aerosol paint, or other volatile chemical with intent to inhale, ingest, apply, or use them in a manner:
1. Contrary to directions for use, cautions, or warnings appearing on a label of a container of the glue, paint, or
substance; and
2. Designed to affect the central nervous system; create or induce a condition of intoxication, hallucination, or
elation; or change, distort, or disturb the person’s eyesight, thinking process, balance, or coordination.
Health & Safety Code 485.031
No person shall intentionally or knowingly use or possess with intent to use inhalant paraphernalia to inhale,
ingest, or otherwise introduce into the body an abusable glue, aerosol paint, or other substance that contains a
volatile chemical. Texas Education Code 37.006 and Health & Safety Code 485.033
In addition to the statutory ban on the possession, use, or transmittal of controlled substances, dangerous drugs,
and alcohol, the District prohibits:
1. The possession, use, or transmittal of paraphernalia related to any prohibited substance; and
2. The possession, transmittal, sale, or attempted sale of what is represented to be any prohibited substance.
No student shall – during any school term and while on school premises or off school premises at a schoolsponsored activity, function, or event – sell, give, deliver, use, possess, or be under the influence of any amount of
a restricted smoking material, as defined by “Restricted Smoking Material.”
Students who violate this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action and may be required to complete an
appropriate rehabilitation program.
Board Policy FNCF (LEGAL/LOCAL), FOC (LEGAL), and FOD (LEGAL)
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Drug
Paraphernalia
“Drug paraphernalia” means equipment, a product or material that is used or intended for use in planting,
propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing,
preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, or concealing a controlled substance in
violation of the Texas Controlled Substance Act or in injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into
the human body a controlled substance. This also includes drug residue or an unusable amount of drugs for which
the student can only be ticketed for drug paraphernalia. Students are prohibited from possessing any form of drug
paraphernalia on school property or at school-sponsored activities or events.
Emergency
Drills
From time to time, students, teachers, and other District employees will participate in drills for emergency
procedures to practice for fire, tornadoes, and other emergency situations. When the alarm is sounded, students
and any visitors on campus should follow the direction of teachers or others in charge quickly, quietly, and in an
orderly manner.
Emergency
Medical
Treatment and
Information
If a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity when the parent cannot be reached, the
school will 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 update a “Northwest
ISD Student Demographic Form” and an “Emergency Information for School Health Clinic” form containing
emergency contact information. Parents should keep emergency care information up-to-date (name of doctor,
emergency phone numbers, allergies, etc.). Please contact the Campus Health Coordinator to update any
information that the coordinator or the teacher needs to know.
Extracurricular
Activities, Clubs,
and
Organizations –
Participation in school and 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. Eligibility for participation in many of these activities is governed by state law as well as rules of the
University Interscholastic League (UIL)—a statewide association overseeing interdistrict competition.
The following requirements apply to all extracurricular activities:
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A student who receives a grade below 70 at the end of a grading period may not participate in extracurricular
activities for a time period, as stipulated in the UIL Side-by-Side at http://www.uiltexas.org/policy/tea-uilside-by-side [FM (Legal)]. Students in advanced courses, such as pre-AP, AP, GT courses, and dual credit
college courses, are required to maintain a passing standard of 60 or higher in order to maintain UIL
eligibility FMF(Local). Students who fall below this passing standard will lose UIL eligibility in accordance
with UIL regulations and for the period of time identical to students who lose eligibility in non-advanced
courses.
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A student who has an individualized education program (IEP) who fails to meet the standards in the IEP may
not participate for a time period, as stipulated in the UIL Side-by-Side.
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An ineligible student may practice or rehearse.
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A student is allowed in a school year up to ten absences not related to post-district competition, a maximum
of five absences for post-district competition prior to state, and a maximum of two absences for state
competition. All extracurricular activities and public performances, whether UIL activities or other activities
approved by the Board, are subject to these restrictions.
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A student who misses a class because of participation in an activity that has not been approved will receive an
unexcused absence unless the absence is excused by campus administration.
Sponsors and coaches of extracurricular activities, including but not limited to: interscholastic academics and
athletics, cheerleaders, drill teams, and marching bands, may develop and enforce standards of behavior that are
higher than the District-developed Student Code of Conduct and may condition membership or participation in the
activity on adherence to those standards. These higher standards are outlined in each extracurricular group's
guidelines and constitutions. Extracurricular standards of behavior may take into consideration conduct that occurs
at any time, on or off school property. No provision of an extracurricular behavioral standard shall have the effect
of discriminating on the basis of sex, race, disability, religion, or ethnicity. If a violation is also a violation of
school guidelines and expectations, the consequences specified by the Student Code of Conduct or by local policy
will apply in addition to any consequences specified by the organization.
Expected standards of behavior shall be approved by the principal and the Superintendent or designee before they
are communicated to students. Students shall be informed of any extracurricular behavior standards at the
beginning of each school year or, in the case of interscholastic athletics, cheerleaders, drill team, and marching
band, at the time the students report for workouts or practices that occur prior to the actual beginning of classes.
Signing the registration documentation serves as receipt and awareness of the Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct and acknowledges the responsibilities outlined therein. Failure to sign does not exempt the student from
following the Extra/Co-Curricular portions of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Organizational standards of conduct of an extracurricular activity are independent of the Student Handbook and
Code of Conduct. Violations of the organization’s standards of conduct that are also violations of the Student
Handbook and Code of Conduct may result in school-assessed disciplinary actions. Likewise, students who violate
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the District’s Student Handbook and Code of Conduct will be assessed appropriate disciplinary consequences for
the infraction and the consequences may result in a student’s removal or limited participation in an extracurricular
activity if the disciplinary action or level of offense violates the higher standards of conduct specified by the
student’s extracurricular organization.
Administrators and sponsors are expected to discipline students according to established guidelines and
expectations.
Board Policies FM (LEGAL/LOCAL), FNC (LOCAL), and FO (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Extra/CoCurricular
Activity Student
Conduct
Participation in extracurricular and co-curricular activities is a privilege, not a right. Students who participate in
extracurricular and/or co-curricular activities in grades 6-12 are held to a higher standard. Inappropriate behavior,
continued behavioral offenses, and/or severe violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary
consequences as outlined within the disciplinary violation levels within the Extra/Co-Curricular Student Pledge in
addition to the Student Code of Conduct.
The consequences for violating the Extracurricular/Co-curricular Student Pledge of Conduct are outlined in detail
on the pledge form. The Pledge is in effect at all times. The Pledge in no way replaces or supersedes the Student
Code of Conduct or Texas Education Code, and in no way supersedes the mandates of the Texas Education Code.
Violation of the Pledge may also constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. If it does, disciplinary
action under the Student Code of Conduct may also be imposed by the District. Students who participate in
extra/co-curricular activities are required to follow the Pledge in order to participate in those activities. The
“Extracurricular/Co-curricular Student Pledge of Conduct” follows:
EXTRACURRICULAR/CO-CURRICULAR STUDENT PLEDGE OF CONDUCT
I pledge to abide by requirements
established by Northwest Independent School District
in order to be allowed to participate in any extracurricular/co-curricular activities.
For specific club, activity, or organizational guidelines, contact the appropriate sponsor or refer to the website
developed by the activity, organization, or club.
Extra/CoCurricular
Pledge Violation
Consequences
Consequences for violating the “Extracurricular/Co-curricular Student Pledge of Conduct” will be in effect for all
students participating in extracurricular/co-curricular activities year round. Consequences will be administered
during the subsequent school session for violations that occur during summer break. School sponsored
extracurricular and co-curricular activities in which students perform or compete are covered by the Pledge.
Record of first and second violation offenses do not carry over to the next school year except in instances in which
the suspension period has not been completed.
FIRST OFFENSE - 10 DAY SUSPENSION
Violations at this level are first time violations of the Student Code of Conduct Levels I, II, or III as determined
by the campus administration including the appropriate coordinator/coach/sponsor within the activity.
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The student shall be suspended from non-curricular required contests, competitions, and/or activities for 10
instructional school days, including weekends and/or holidays. If the incident happens during a holiday, the
student may not participate during that time, and once school reconvenes, the student will continue the 10
instructional day suspension from the activity. The start date of the suspension period will be determined by
campus administration and participation may reconvene on the 11th instructional school day. Parents will be
notified of the disciplinary consequence, the start date of the suspension, and the length of the suspension
period.
If the notice is received at a time when there is less than 10 instructional school days remaining in the season
of an extracurricular and/or co-curricular activity in which the student is participating, the suspension period
for the remainder of days not served by the student will be determined by the campus administration.
If the notice is received at a time during the school year when the extracurricular and/or co-curricular
activities in which the student participates are not occurring; or if the notice is received at a time when the
student is not participating in extracurricular and/or co-curricular activities because of the student’s
academic standing, a health-related reason, or because the student is not participating for any other reason,
the suspension period will not begin until the time the student would otherwise begin participation or
otherwise be eligible or able to participate in extracurricular and/or co-curricular activities. The suspension
period to be served by the student will be determined by the campus administration.
During the period of suspension, the student will be allowed to participate in school-based practices before,
during, or after the school day.
The University Interscholastic League may set other standards, which will require compliance of students in
UIL-sponsored groups.
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SECOND OFFENSE - 20 DAY SUSPENSION
Offenses at this level are second time violations of the Student Code of Conduct Level I, II, or III as determined
by the campus administration including the appropriate coordinator/coach/sponsor within the activity.
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The student shall be suspended from non-curricular required contests, competitions, and/or activities for 20
instructional school days, including weekends and/or holidays. If the incident happens during a holiday, the
student may not participate during that time, and once school reconvenes, the student will continue the 20
instructional day suspension from the activity. The start date of the suspension period will be determined by
campus administration and participation may reconvene on the 21st instructional school day. Parents will be
notified of the disciplinary consequence, the start date of the suspension, and the length of the suspension
period.
If the notice is received at a time when there is less than 20 instructional school days remaining in the season
of an extracurricular and/or co-curricular activity in which the student is participating, the suspension period
for the remainder of days not served by the student will be determined by the campus administration.
If the notice is received at a time during the school year when the extracurricular and/or co-curricular
activities in which the student participates are not occurring; or if the notice is received at a time when the
student is not participating in extracurricular and/or co-curricular activities because of the student’s
academic standing, a health-related reason, or because the student is not participating for any other reason,
the suspension period will not begin until the time the student would otherwise begin participation or
otherwise be eligible or able to participate in extracurricular and/or co-curricular activities. The suspension
period to be served by the student will be determined by the campus administration.
During the period of suspension, the student will be allowed to participate in school-based practices before,
during, or after the school day.
The University Interscholastic League may set other standards, which will require compliance of students in
UIL-sponsored groups.
THIRD OFFENSE - ONE YEAR SUSPENSION
Violations at this level may include but are not limited to: continued violations at previous levels, extremely
severe offenses, or violations of the Student Code of Conduct Levels IV and/or V as determined by the campus
administration including the appropriate coordinator/coach/sponsor within the activity.
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The student will be removed from participation in non-curricular required activities for one calendar year.
Parents will be notified of the disciplinary consequence, the start date of the suspension, and the length of
the suspension period. After the one-year suspension, the student must apply for reinstatement to an
established campus committee consisting of the administrator, the counselor, the campus athletics
coordinator or designee, the campus fine arts director or designee, and an additional activity sponsor/coach
will review the student’s academic, attendance, and behavior records.
The University Interscholastic League may set other standards, which will require compliance of students in
UIL-sponsored groups.
VIOLATION DEFINITIONS
A violation is defined as follows:
1. Any offenses for which, according to the Student Code of Conduct, a student may be assigned the
consequence of:
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In-School Suspension due to the severity of behavior requiring more intensive consequence, Multiple InSchool Suspensions related to a pattern of behavior, or any Out of School Suspension
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Placement in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
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Expulsion.
2. Consuming or being under the influence of illegal drugs and/or alcohol or using tobacco illegally.
3. The sale and/or possession of alcohol, an illegal drug, or drug paraphernalia.
4. The depictions of the use, sale, possession, and/or distribution of illegal drugs and/or alcohol.
5. Remaining at a gathering where illegal drugs and/or alcohol are being used, possessed, sold, and/or
distributed illegally. No consequences will be assessed for students who immediately leave an activity upon
learning of the introduction of alcohol and/or drugs and self-report the incident to a campus administrator
and/or organization sponsor at the beginning of the next school day.
6. Any other offense that violates the Student Code of Conduct and/or compromises the integrity and credibility
of the organization(s).
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VIOLATION CONDITIONS
In order for a student to be considered in violation, any one of the following conditions must occur:
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The student must admit to a violation.
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The parent of the student must admit to the violation.
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A NISD staff member must witness the student in violation.
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A local agency report or citation must be filed. (Including, but not limited to, DWI–Driving While
Intoxicated, DUI–Driving Under the Influence, MIP–Minor in Possession, and MIC–Minor in Consumption)
Another source of evidence must be deemed credible by the campus administration.
False Alarm or
Report
A “false alarm or report” occurs when a person knowingly initiates, communicates, or circulates a report of a
present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he or she knows is false or baseless and that
would ordinarily:
1. Cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
2. Place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or
3. Prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, or place of assembly.
Penal Code 42.06
Fees
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state and local funds at no charge to a
student. A student, however, is expected to provide his or her own pencils, paper, erasers, and notebooks and may
be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including but not limited to:
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Costs for materials for a class project that the student will keep.
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Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organizations and admission fees to extracurricular activities.
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Security deposits.
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Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.
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Voluntarily purchased pictures, publications, class rings, yearbooks, graduation announcements, etc.
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Voluntarily purchased student accident insurance.
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Musical instrument rental and uniform maintenance, when uniforms are provided by the District.
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Personal apparel used in extracurricular activities that becomes the property of the student.
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Parking fees and student identification cards.
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Fees for lost, damaged, or overdue library books or netbooks.
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Fees for driver training courses.
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Fees for optional courses offered for credit that requires use of facilities not available on District premises.
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Instrument repair/maintenance.
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Fees for items of personal use or products that a student may purchase at the student’s option, such as student
publications, class rings, annuals, and graduation announcements.
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Summer school for courses that are offered tuition-free during the regular school year.
Any required fee or deposit may be waived if the student and parent are unable to pay. Requests for such a waiver
may be made to the campus principal or administrative designee.
Student privileges in extra-curricular activities may be denied due to excessive outstanding and unpaid fees/fines.
Field Trips
The primary purpose of a field trip is to give students an appropriate educational experience that is not otherwise
possible in the classroom setting. Field trips shall have a direct relationship to the instructional activities in the
classroom. These trips may serve as an introduction to concepts to be studied or as a culminating activity to
finalize instruction regarding specific objectives. The activities involved during the trip should make a connection
to the real world, foster relevance to subject matter, broaden cultural experience, and reinforce the engagement of
the student. Field trips should be used for experiences that cannot be duplicated in the school but are nonetheless
an integral part of school instruction. Field trips for the purpose of competition include academic competitions,
musical competitions, and athletic competitions. These trips should foster both individual and collaborative efforts
that will strengthen a student’s ability to be a successful and productive citizen. Contests and competitive activities
that are sponsored by outside organizations shall not be recommended to students unless the activities supplement
and do not interfere with the regular school program. Contests and competitive activities shall have the prior
approval of the Superintendent or designee, who shall develop the necessary guidelines and expectations in
accordance with regulations to implement this policy. FMF (LOCAL)
A parent may attend a field trip as a chaperone, if the parent is designated as a school volunteer and has been
approved by the campus principal or designee. A parent’s attendance as a chaperone should not be negatively
affected by bringing dependents with them during the field trip. Dependents are not allowed to ride District
transportation.
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Fighting/
Mutual Combat/
Physical
Contact/ Abuse/
Spitting
Physical contact with the implied intent to harm will not be tolerated on school property or while attending a
school-sponsored or school-related event on or off school property. If an individual is physically confronted by
another student, the student should avoid striking back and alert an adult or administrator who can handle the
situation. Regardless of who starts a fight, if both students participate, both students will be disciplined
accordingly. A claim of self-defense is not a justification to avoid disciplinary action and/or police intervention
unless there is documented evidence that the student could not flee. Anytime one person makes physical contact
with another with the implied intent to harm, the act, depending on the severity, may be considered “physical
contact,” “assault by contact,” or “assault with bodily injury.” However, at the point when the receiver of the
physical contact retaliates, the infraction then becomes “disorderly conduct of mutual combat/fighting in public”
for both students. If a police officer is called, both students involved may be ticketed for the same offense, as
appropriate.
Firearm
“Firearm” is defined as:
1. Any weapon (including a starter gun) which is designed to, or which may readily be converted to, expel a
projectile by the action of an explosive.
2. The frame or receiver of any such weapon.
3. Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer.
4. Any destructive device. “Destructive device” means any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, bomb, grenade,
rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge
of more than one-quarter ounce, mine, or device similar to any of the preceding described devices. It also
means any type of weapon (other than a shotgun shell or a shotgun that is generally recognized as particularly
suitable for sporting purposes) by whatever name known which will, or which may be readily converted to,
expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant; and which has any barrel with a bore of
more than one-half inch in diameter; and any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in
converting any device into a destructive device as described in this item, and from which a destructive device
may be readily assembled. 18 USC 921
Students are prohibited from exhibiting, using, or threatening to exhibit or use a firearm that interferes with the
normal use of a building or portion of a campus or of a vehicle owned or operated by the District being used to
transport children to or from school sponsored activities. In accordance with the Gun-Free Schools Act, the
District shall expel from the student's regular program, for a period of one year, any student found in violation of
this Act. Exceptions to the one-year expulsion are found in Board Policy FNCG (LEGAL) and FOD (LEGAL).
A person commits a third degree felony if the person, in a manner intended to cause alarm or personal injury to
another person or to damage school property, intentionally exhibits, uses, or threatens to exhibit or use a firearm:
1) in or on any property, including a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area, that is owned by a private
or public school or 2) on a school bus being used to transport children to or from school-sponsored activities of a
private or public school. Texas Education Code 37.125(a).
Food Allergy /
Severe Food
Allergy
In this section, “severe food allergy” means a dangerous or life-threatening reaction of the human body to a foodborne allergen introduced by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact that requires immediate medical attention.
Upon enrollment of a child in public school, a school district shall request, by providing a form or otherwise, that a
parent or other person with legal control of the child under court order:
1. Disclose whether the child has a food allergy or a severe food allergy that should be disclosed to the District
to enable the District to take any necessary precautions regarding the child’s safety; and
2. Specify the food to which the child is allergic and the nature of the allergic reaction.
Information regarding a child’s food allergy will be held confidential and shall be placed in the child’s medical
records. Disclosure of medical information to teachers, school counselors, school nurses, and other appropriate
school personnel only to the extent consistent with District policy and permissible under the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
If a student has a food allergy or severe food allergy as defined, parents are encouraged to disclose the information
and notification of the allergy to the school administrator, nurse, or teacher upon registration and/or medical
updates. The school will take the necessary precautions to ensure the child’s safety.
Board Policy FFAF (Legal/Local)
Food and Drinks
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has established guidelines regarding Foods of Minimal Nutritional
Value (FMNV) for public schools participating in the federally funded Child Nutrition Program. In schools other
than high schools, the federal regulations do not permit FMNV to be served until after the end of the last
scheduled class. Board Policy CO (LEGAL) As a result, parents may not bring food or drinks to school for anyone
other than their own children with the exception of birthday treats, Valentine, Winter Holiday, and one day
designated by the campus. Birthday treats may be served to children in the classroom of the child on the occasion
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of the child’s birthday or to children at a school-designated function, as coordinated by the campus administration.
However, the sale of FMNV foods at high schools is permitted if the sale is approved in advance, the sale is made
outside the cafeteria or not during a school meal time, and the sale is for the purpose of raising money for a student
organization or activity.
Food Services
The District participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program and offers students nutritionally
balanced meals daily. Free and reduced-price meals are available based on financial need. Information about a
student’s participation is confidential. Applications for free and reduced-price meals are available in the front
office of each school or from ARAMARK Food Services at 817-215-0005. New applications must be completed
and returned for approval each school year. Students who received free or reduced-price meals the previous school
year will continue to receive meal benefits for the first 30 school days of the new year. During that time, a new
application must be completed for free or reduced-price meals to continue.
As a participant in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program, Northwest ISD will abide by the following
guidelines if a student forgets or loses his or her money and cannot pay for a meal:
1st occurrence: Student may charge a full regular menu meal.
2nd occurrence: Student may charge a full regular menu meal.
3rd and following occurrence: Student may receive an alternative meal of sandwich with milk.
Students may not charge for a la carte snacks and/or beverages.
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. Board Policy CO (LEGAL)
Gambling
“Gambling” shall be defined as participating in games of chance for money and/or other things of value. Students
guilty of gambling will be subject to appropriate consequences as outlined in this handbook.
Gang
A “gang” is defined as any group of three or more individuals having a common identifying sign or symbol or an
identifiable leadership who continuously or regularly associate in the commission of criminal acts or acts that
violate District policies or Student Code of Conduct.
Gang-related behaviors and activities, such as hand signals, gang signatures, mottoes, graffiti, and the wearing of
gang-related insignia, tattoos, shavings, and flags, etc., disrupt the school environment and educational process and
cause intimidation of other students. To protect the safety of all students, to encourage regular attendance, and to
ensure the progress of the educational process, such behaviors and activities are prohibited.
GANG-FREE ZONES
Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gang-related crimes, will
be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in a gang-free zone. For purposes of the
district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a location in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any district-owned or
leased property or campus playground.
Gifted and
Talented
(GATES)
Students in grades 1-12 will have the opportunity to be tested for Gifted and Talented Educational Services
(GATES) services twice a year, fall and spring. Kindergarten students are screened once a year. Parents, teachers,
counselors, librarians, or administrators may nominate a student for testing. Nominations for GATES testing may
be given to the student’s classroom teacher.
Grade-Level
Classification
Reclassification of grade levels is made at the beginning of each school year. However, students who have not
been promoted to a higher grade due to lack of credits, may be eligible for reclassification at the end of the 1st
semester. In order to be considered for reclassification at the end of the 1st semester, the student must have
administrator approval and a graduation plan for the student must be in place. Additionally, senior classification
requires completion of English IV or enrollment in English IV. (See “Secondary Grading Guidelines.”)
Grade-level advancement for students in grades 9-12 shall be earned by course credits. To be promoted:
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From grade 9, a student must have acquired six credits.
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From grade 10, a student must have acquired 13 credits.
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From grade 11, a student must have acquired 19 credits.
Grades and
Grading
Guidelines
Northwest ISD utilizes electronic report cards and progress reports through the Home Access Center (HAC) in
grades 1-12. Electronic report cards and progress reports are designed to be convenient and easy for parents to
access their student’s grades, while supporting the district’s efforts to reduce printing. Parents may request a
printed copy of report cards and progress reports to be sent home with the student.
In grades PK-K, standards-based assessment is used for assessing progress and reporting achievement to parents
rather than traditional report cards. A rubric containing an individual student checklist provides more specific
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information about a student’s growth in skills and concepts being taught in a grading period. Report cards are
electronically maintained and printed.
Progress will be reported as follows:
Skill not yet introduced
D
Skill Developed
SD
X
Skill Still Developing
Experiencing Difficulty
Progress in other subject areas and in conduct shall be reported according to the following scale:
E – Excellent
N – Needs Improvement
S – Satisfactory
U – Unsatisfactory
In grades 1-12, grades in all subject areas shall be reported to parents, guardians, and students at the end of each
six weeks.
Academic Student Report Card
100-90 Excellent
79-70 Fair
I - Incomplete
89-80 Good
Below 70 Failing
NG – No Grade
GRADING GUIDELINES
Student grades shall reflect mastery of District objectives, which have been related to the TEKS. Teachers follow
District-approved grading guidelines that have been 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. Board Policy EIA (LEGAL/LOCAL), Elementary Grading Guidelines, and
Secondary Grading Guidelines
Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher. If the question is not resolved, the
student or parent may request a conference with the principal. Board Policy FNG (LEGAL/LOCAL)
All schools use grading periods. Each teacher is responsible for keeping the parent informed of student progress.
To assist parents in monitoring grades between grading periods, progress reports will be available online within
the Home Access Center (HAC) for all students in grades 1-12. If a grade falls below 70, the posted grade reports
shall serve as notice that the student will have the remainder of the six-weeks period to bring the grade up to 70 or
above and that the student will be suspended from UIL related extracurricular activities if the grade is not brought
up to that point by the end of the six-weeks period. Note that the eligibility standard for PreAP and AP courses is
60 or above. Also note that Dual credit college classes and credit recovery classes do NOT report grades on
progress reports or six-week averages. Parents are asked to review posted grades regularly and consult with the
classroom teacher(s). Parents can access their child’s grades online at any time through the HAC. When a
student’s grade drops from passing to failing after the third-week of the grading period, parents will be notified
immediately by the teacher. The District may require any student whose mid-reporting period grade average is
below 70 or borderline to attend tutorial sessions. An opportunity to conference will be made available to parents
by teachers at least once every semester. Parents are encouraged to contact the campus for a conference at any
time. Sign-up sheets will be provided at events such as Open House, Meet the Teacher, and Curriculum Nights to
schedule conferences for a later date. These events are not appropriate venues for conferencing.
At the end of each period, electronic report cards will be available through the HAC one week following the end
of a grading period. This report includes academic achievement grades, conduct status, and absences. Exceptions
to this schedule occur when holidays or vacation days fall during the week.
For additional grading information, see “Grading and Reporting Guidelines.” Board Policies EI (LEGAL/LOCAL),
EIA (LEGAL/LOCAL), and EIE (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Graduation
The District offers several graduation program options. The school counselor can help students decide which
program is best suited for them. The choices are as follows:
Graduation Program
Minimum*
Recommended
Distinguished Achievement
Number of Credits
22
26
26
All students entering grade 9, with few exceptions, are required to enroll in either the Recommended High School
Program or Distinguished Achievement Program. Permission to enroll in the District’s Minimum Program will be
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granted only after agreement is reached with a student, the student’s parent(s) or person(s) standing in parental
relation, and the school counselor or an appropriate campus administrator.
Board Policy EIF (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Students enrolled in Algebra 1 in middle school will receive a math credit for the course factored into GPA. This
will count as one of the four required years of high school mathematics.
*Students seeking the Minimum High School Program (MHSP) must meet eligibility as described in TAC Chapter
74. The student and/or parent should consult with the counselor if they believe the student qualifies. EIF (LEGAL)
DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS
Note: More information on topics related to state assessments will be communicated when it is available and may
be subject to change according to guidance received from TEA.
To receive a high school diploma from the District, students must successfully complete the required number of
credits and perform satisfactorily on any state assessment instruments associated with graduation requirements.
The state assessments will test various applications within English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social
studies.
Board Policy EIF (LEGAL/LOCAL)
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Upon the recommendation of the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee, students with disabilities may be
permitted to graduate under the provisions of an Individualized Education Plan (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.
Board Policy FMH(LEGAL)
GRADUATION EXPENSES
Because students and parents will incur expenses in order to participate in the traditions of graduation, such as the
purchase of caps and gowns, both student and parent should monitor progress toward completion of all
requirements for graduation. Expenses for caps and gowns, invitations, senior rings, and senior pictures often are
incurred in the junior year or first semester of the senior year and are the responsibility of the individual student
and/or his/her parent(s).
GRADUATION SPEAKERS
Graduating students will be given an opportunity to provide opening and closing remarks during the graduation
ceremony. Only those students who hold one of the following positions of honor will be eligible to give these
remarks:
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Student council officers of the graduating class,
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Class officers of the graduating class, or
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The top three academically ranked graduates.
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 the
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 valedictorian, salutatorian, student council officers of the
graduating class, class officers of the graduating class, and the top three academically ranked graduates may also
have speaking roles at the graduation ceremony. Board Policy FNA(LOCAL)
[For student speakers at other school events, see “Student Speakers”]
COMMENCEMENT
Students are subject to removal from the commencement ceremony for inappropriate behavior before or during the
ceremony. In addition to removal from the commencement ceremony, a conference with the principal may be
required to obtain a diploma.
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STATE SCHOLARSHIP AND GRANTS
Under the Texas Early High School Graduation Scholarship Program, students who complete the Recommended
or Distinguished Achievement High School Program may earn financial credits in varying amounts. The amounts
depend on the number of consecutive months in which a particular student completed graduation requirements and
the number of early college credits the student earned. Financial credits may be used at public or private higher
education institutions within Texas. The campus counselors can provide additional information about meeting the
program’s eligibility requirements. Board Policy EI (LEGAL)
Students who have a financial need according to federal criteria and who complete the Recommended High School
Program or Distinguished Achievement Program may be eligible under the TEXAS Grant Program for tuition and
fees to Texas public universities, community colleges, and technical schools, as well as to private institutions. For
further information, contact the principal or counselor. Board Policy EJ (LEGAL)
Graffiti
"Graffiti" is defined as markings with aerosol paint, or an indelible pen or marker, or an etching or engraving
device on tangible property without the effective consent of the owner. The markings may include inscriptions,
slogans, drawings, or paintings. Regardless of the amount of damage caused, when graffiti occurs on school
property through the use of aerosol paint, indelible marker, or an etching or engraving device, the offense becomes
a state jail felony [Penal Code 28.08] and is disciplined at Level IV as required by state law [Texas Education
Code 37.006]. Graffiti that does not rise to a felony level will be disciplined at Level III.
Guests at Social
Events
The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct applies to students and guests, as applicable, attending schoolsponsored/school-related social events. Guests are expected to observe the same guidelines and expectations as
students attending the event, and the person inviting the guest will share responsibility for the conduct of the guest.
Hacking
Illegally accessing or hacking and subsequent manipulation of information of private databases/systems is
prohibited. Hacking and other inappropriate use of the District's computer systems will be disciplined accordingly.
Board Policy CQ (LEGAL)
Harassment
See “Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and
Retaliation.”)
Hazing
"Hazing" means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational
institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or
physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding
office in, or maintaining membership in an organization. The term includes:
1. Any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a
harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;
2. Any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small
space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely
affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
3. Any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance that
subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or
safety of the student;
4. Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental
stress, shame, or humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages
the student from remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause
a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described above; or
5. Any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of
the Penal Code.
Texas Education Code 37.151
Hazing includes any willful act done by a student, individually or with others, to another student for the purpose of
subjecting the other student to indignity, humiliation, intimidation, physical abuse or threats of abuse, social or
other ostracism, shame, or disgrace. No student shall engage in any form of hazing, nor shall any student
encourage or assist any other person in hazing.
Any teacher, administrator, or other person employed by the District, or any student who observes any other
student engaged in any form of hazing, or who has reason to know or suspect that a student or students intend to
engage in hazing, shall report that fact or suspicion to the principal. Failure to do so is a violation of state law.
Board Policy FNCC (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Hit List
A “hit list” is a list of people targeted to be harmed by any force that would be used with intent to cause bodily
harm.
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Homeless
For more information on services for homeless students, contact the District’s Liaison for Homeless Children and
Youth, Gina Lee, Director of Student Services at 817-215-0981.
Homework
Homework is independent study outside the classroom that engages the student in valuable activities and develops
effective study habits by incorporating practice, enrichment, reinforcement, extension, or application of knowledge
and skills learned related to topics covered in class. Homework is an integral part of the learning process, and
students should be able to see the purpose of homework and clearly understand the requirements. The District
encourages a reasonable amount of academic work to be done at home to complement learning during the school
day. Cooperation between subject areas to identify specific days in which homework is given helps focus student
efforts and increases productivity of the process. Homework also gives the child and parents an opportunity to
share in the educational process. Any questions or concerns regarding homework should be directed to the teacher.
The teacher’s responsibility is to create and assign effective, well-planned homework assignments that are
designed to aid the student in the mastery of the course’s essential elements. This includes providing the student
with ample notice of impending homework assignments.
Students should anticipate homework time may vary by grade, subject, and rigor of the course (such as PreAP, AP,
dual credit, etc.). Although homework at the secondary level is not designed to cover material not introduced in
the classroom, reading or outlining a chapter prior to class coverage may be assigned in order to prepare for the
next class session.
At the elementary level, NISD applies the National PTA and the National Education Association’s
recommendations to follow the “10 minute guideline” which suggests ten minutes of homework for each grade
level (ex. 3rd grade = 30 minutes). Reading is in addition to this 10 minute guideline. For primary students, 10 – 20
minutes per night should be spent reading to or with a parent. At the intermediate level (grades 3 – 5), 20 – 30
minutes per night should be allotted for reading. In Prekindergarten through second grade, activities outside of
school can assist children in developing a wide range of knowledge and skills including: literacy, number sense,
and problem solving. Methods of encouraging this type of development may include: reading and library visits;
collecting items; practice writing letters, words, or sentences; simple computations; listening to stories; learning
songs and nursery rhymes; or collaboration with another individual on creation of stories and development of
ideas. In third through fifth grades, students should begin to work on a variety of specific homework assignments
following the “10 minute guideline.”
The student’s responsibility is to complete assignments on time and to schedule after-school activities so that they
do not interfere with the completion of assignments. The student assumes the responsibility for making up work
when absent from class.
A parent or guardian is responsible for ensuring that the child completes homework assignments. Regular
monitoring of homework provides a good overview of what the student is learning in various subjects. Homework
provides an effective channel of communication between the parent and the teacher. It also serves as a monitoring
tool to aid teachers in being able to provide more immediate feedback to the student regarding concepts and skills.
Immunization
Requirements
A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present an affidavit or certificate that, for
medical reasons or reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the student will not be immunized.
The immunizations required are diphtheria, rubeola (measles), rubella, mumps, tetanus, haemophilus influenzae
type B, poliomyelitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox). The Campus Health Coordinator can
provide information on age-appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated history of illness required
by the Texas Department of Health. Proof of immunization may be personal records from a licensed physician or
public health clinic with a signature or rubber-stamp validation.
The vaccine requirements (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm#requirements) apply to all
students entering, attending, enrolling in, and/or transferring to the District. Incomplete immunizations may
prevent attendance in school or can restrict attendance once enrolled if immunizations fail to be updated according
to the requirements.
For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, only official forms issued by the Texas Department of Health,
Immunization Division, can be honored by the District.
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 any member of the student’s family or household. This certificate must
be renewed yearly unless the physician specifies a life-long condition. Board Policy FFAB (LEGAL / LOCAL /
EXHIBIT) and the Texas Department of State Health Services website:
www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school_info.htm.
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Interrogations by
School Officials
Administrators, teachers, and other professional personnel may question a student regarding the student’s own
conduct or the conduct of other students. In the context of school discipline, students have no claim to the right not
to incriminate themselves. Board Policy FNF (LOCAL)
(See “Questioning of Students” and “Searches.”)
Jurisdiction
The District has disciplinary authority over a student:
• During the regular school day and while the student is going to and from school on District transportation;
• While the student is in attendance at any school-sponsored or school-related activity, regardless of time or
location;
• For any school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location;
• When retaliation against a school employee or volunteer occurs or is threatened, regardless of time or location;
• When certain criminal charges occur on or off school property or at a school-sponsored or school-related event;
• For certain offenses committed within 300 feet of school property as measured from any point on the school’s
real property boundary line;
• For certain offenses committed while on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or schoolrelated activity of another district in Texas;
• When the student commits a felony, as provided by Texas Education Code 37.006 or 37.0081; and
• When the student is required to register as a sex offender.
Teachers and administrators also have full authority over student conduct before, during, or after-school activities
on District premises and at school-sponsored or school-related events on or off District premises, such as play
rehearsal, club meetings, athletic practice, and special study groups or tutorials. Students are subject to the same
guidelines and expectations of conduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject to consequences
established by the Student Code of Conduct or any additional Extracurricular/Co-Curricular Code of Conduct for
participants established by the sponsor in accordance with Board policy.
“School property” is defined as any property belonging to the District.
It is the parents' responsibility to supervise their children at the bus stop or while walking or riding bicycles to and
from school.
Lockdown
In the event safety is threatened while on campus, it may be necessary to implement a “lockdown” of the campus.
Lockdown drills will be held periodically throughout the year at each campus to familiarize students, staff, and
parents with the lockdown procedures.
An “internal lockdown” takes place if a threat exists within or near the school. Due to safety concerns, during an
internal lockdown, all interior school doors are locked and students are confined to designated areas and no entry
or exit is allowed to the designated area(s) and to the building(s).
An “external lockdown” occurs if a threat occurs in the vicinity of the school. During an external lockdown, all
exterior school doors are locked.
In the event of an external or internal lockdown, the main entrance doors will be locked and a sign will be posted
on all exterior doors indicating that the school is in a lockdown. Parents will be informed of the lockdown through
the District’s calling system or other communication.
At the District’s discretion, there may be some instances, for the safety of the students, where the District may
deem it necessary to hold students and staff beyond the normal school hours. In this event, parents will be notified,
and once the lockdown has been lifted, students will be transported from school in accordance with their normal
dismissal procedures.
Parents and students are expected to comply with the District’s emergency procedures for a lockdown. Failure to
comply with the District’s emergency procedures may lead to disciplinary consequences.
Loitering
Students who are not scheduled to meet with a teacher or participate in a group activity under the supervision of a
sponsor should not loiter on the campus before or after school hours. Teachers are assigned before and after school
duty to supervise the arrival and departure of students only. It is the parents' responsibility to provide appropriate
supervision for students before and after school so that they are not left on a campus unsupervised.
Lunch Visitors
All lunch visitors are required to sign in at the front office and obtain a visitor pass prior to proceeding to the
cafeteria. Visitor passes are issued through Raptor, the District’s visitor tracking system, which enhances school
security. The system reads visitor driver’s licenses (or other government-issued photo IDs), compares information
to a sex offender database, alerts campus administrators if a match is found, then (assuming no match was made)
prints a visitor badge that includes a photo of the visitor.
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Safety of students is the District’s highest priority. Raptor provides a consistent system to track visitors and
volunteers while limiting access by people who present a danger to students and staff.
ELEMENTARY
Lunch visitors at the elementary level may be parents, immediate family members, and campus mentors.
Immediate family members are defined as the student’s parents/step-parents, siblings, grandparents, or any person
residing in the home. If a parent/guardian wishes to restrict visitation of immediate family members to their child,
a written request must be submitted to the campus principal or principals’ designee; however, the school cannot
prohibit a parent and/or guardian who has specific access to the student at lunch pursuant to a court order. Lunch
visitors may not bring food or drinks to school for anyone other than their own children. Lunch visitors should
leave at the end of the lunch period.
SECONDARY
Due to space and safety concerns at the secondary level, lunch visitors will be restricted to parents/guardians,
grandparents (with written permission), and campus mentors. Siblings may attend, if accompanied by a parent or
guardian. Lunch visitors may not bring food or drinks to school for anyone other than their own children. Mentors
may not use visitation at lunch with an assigned student mentee as an opportunity to create a limited open forum or
limited public forum. A violation to this restriction may result in the mentor losing the privilege of visiting during
lunch.
Make-up Work
Students are given the number of days absent plus one additional school day to make up all work assigned in their
absence. Students will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and
within the time specified by the teacher. Board Policy EIA (LEGAL/LOCAL), Elementary Grading Guidelines, and
Secondary Grading Guidelines
Mandatory
“Mandatory” means that something is obligatory or required because of an authority.
Medical
Appointments
Because class time is important, doctor and dental appointments should be made before or after school hours if
possible so students will not miss valuable instructional time. Students who have an appointment with a health
care professional and either commence class or return to school on the same day of the appointment are not
considered absent for attendance accounting purposes if a note from the doctor's office is provided and make-up
work is completed within the time allotted by the teacher. Students must be signed in and out through the
attendance office.
(See “Attendance.”)
Medicine at
School
All medications (prescription and non-prescription) brought to the school must be taken to the school clinic for
dispensing. Students may not be in possession of any prescription or non-prescription drug on school grounds
during school hours.
The following procedures must be met in order for medication to be administered at school:
1. All medication (prescription and over-the-counter) must be provided by a parent or legal guardian. If it is a
controlled substance, e.g. Ritalin, it must be transported by a parent or legal guardian and the medication will
be counted upon its arrival in the health clinic. Students may have a special exception to this rule for asthma
inhalers (See #8).
2. A parent or legal guardian must complete a “Northwest ISD Medication Administration Request Form” for all
medications. Parents or legal guardians may get the forms from the school office.
3. Each prescription must be in the original prescription bottle with a prescription label bearing the student’s
name, the name of the medication, and instructions for giving the medication. Pharmacies can supply two (2)
labeled bottles for this purpose. An extra bottle is required if medication is to be administered on a field trip.
4. Non-prescription medicine must be in the original container labeled with the student’s name, the name of the
medication, and instructions for giving the medication.
5. Sample prescription and alternative medicine must be labeled with the student’s name and accompanied by a
signed Texas Board Certified physician order, with a patient information sheet listing its ingredients, actions,
and side effects.
6. Herbal or dietary supplements and other nutritional aids not approved as medication by the FDA may not be
dispensed by school personnel, unless accompanied by a physician’s directive and required by the student’s
individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan for a student with disabilities and provided by the
parent.
7. All medication will be placed in a locked cabinet in the health clinic; an exception may be made for asthma
inhalers (See #8 below).
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8. A student with asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may be permitted to possess and use prescribed
asthma or anaphylaxis medication at school or school-related events only if he or she has the proper written
authorization form completed by his or her parent and physician or other licensed health-care provider. The
student must also demonstrate to his or her physician or health-care provider and to the school health
coordinator the ability to use the prescribed medication, including any device required to administer the
medication.
9. The District can assume no responsibility for loss or negligent behavior when students carry conventional or
alternative medication or dietary supplements without the knowledge of the campus health service personnel.
Noncompliance may be subject to disciplinary action.
10. Any unused medication will be destroyed two weeks after last dosage. Medication will not be sent home with a
student. It must be picked up by a parent or legal guardian at the school health clinic.
Board Policy FFAC (LEGAL/LOCAL)
In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management of diabetes, a student with diabetes will be
permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment while at school or at a schoolrelated activity. Board Policy FFA (LEGAL).
These guidelines and expectations are necessary for students’ safety. Students must have a note from their parent
or legal guardian if they are not to participate in physical education classes due to illness or injury. This note will
be accepted up to five consecutive days. Longer non-participation will require a physician’s written excuse.
(See “Prescription/Non-Prescription Drugs.”)
Miranda
Warnings
State law that applies to law enforcement officers in interrogating juveniles does not apply to public school
administrators in their enforcement of discipline. Miranda warnings do not apply to school disciplinary
proceedings.
Non-Sufficient
Funds Fee
An additional charge for all checks returned, plus any additional cost to the District, will be passed on to the check
maker. Fees for non-sufficient items will be assessed within legal allowable limits including applicable sales tax.
“Opting Out” of
Activities
Parents have the right to receive notice and determine the student’s participation in the following:
•
Any survey concerning the private information listed below, regardless of funding;
•
School activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information gathered from your child
for the purpose of marketing or selling that information; and
•
Any nonemergency, invasive physical examination or screening required as a condition of attendance,
administered and scheduled by the school in advance, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and
safety of the student. Exceptions are hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or
screening permitted or required under state law.
Board Policies EF (LEGAL) and FFAA (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Students will not be required to participate without parental consent in any survey, analysis, or evaluation, funded
in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education, that concerns the following:
•
Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
•
Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
•
Sexual behavior or attitudes;
•
Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
•
Critical appraisals of individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship;
•
Relationships privileged under law, such as relationships with lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
•
Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; and
•
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.
20 USC 1232h(b)
Parents will be able to inspect the survey or other instrument and any instructional materials used in connection
with such a survey, analysis, or evaluation. Board Policy EF (LEGAL)
Persistent
Misbehavior
Persistent misbehavior is repeated violations of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct in general or repeated
occurrences of the same violation. Positive behavior techniques employed with positive, logical, and natural
consequence models will be provided in a tiered model of application. While the positive behavior management
techniques are a preferred method of approaching discipline, the severity of the behavior will be considered if the
action requires a more intensive consequence as outlined in the leveled disciplinary charts for each specific grade
level.
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Personal
Property
The District discourages students from bringing items of value to school regardless of whether they are prohibited
or not (i.e. expensive clothing items or jewelry, musical instruments, cameras, MP3 players, iPods, cell phones,
and large amounts of money). Students choosing to bring these items to school must understand that they can be
disciplined for prohibited items and that the school cannot be held accountable for any of these type items if they
are damaged, lost, or stolen. Campus administrators may (but are not required to) conduct investigations, in an
effort to recover lost/stolen items or to determine the person(s) responsible for damages and/or theft occurring on
school property or at a school-sponsored or school-related event, and will assess discipline as appropriate.
Prohibited items will be confiscated and only be returned to the parent/guardian. Illegal items and items designated
as evidence will be turned over to law enforcement authorities.
Physical Fitness
Assessment
Annually, the District will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students in grades 3-12. At the end of the
school year, a parent may submit a written request to the Executive Director of Health, Physical Education, and
Athletics to obtain the results of his or her child’s physical fitness assessment conducted during the school year.
Physical
Restraint
Any District employee may, within the scope of the employee’s duties, use and apply physical restraint to a
student if the employee reasonably believes restraint is necessary in order to:
1. Protect a person, including the person using physical restraint, from physical injury.
2. Obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object.
3. Remove a student refusing a lawful command of a school employee from a specific location, including a
classroom or other school property, in order to restore order or to impose disciplinary measures.
4. Control an irrational student.
5. Protect property from serious damage.
Board Policy FO (LOCAL)
In a case in which restraint is used, school employees, volunteers, or independent contractors shall implement the
documentation requirements set forth at 19 TAC 89.1053(e). On the day restraint is utilized, a good faith effort
shall be made to verbally notify the parent(s) regarding the use of restraint. Written notification of the use of
restraint must be placed in the mail or otherwise provided to the parent within one school day of the use of
restraint.
Physical restraints for students with special needs are governed by Texas Education Code 37.0021.
Plagiarism
(See "Cheating.")
Police
Intervention
The District reserves the right to refer any student, regardless of age, to law enforcement authorities if the District
suspects that a student has broken the law on school property. This referral may be in addition to any school
disciplinary action taken against the student.
Possession
“Possession” means actual care, custody, control, or management. A student shall be considered to be in
possession of any substance or thing prohibited or regulated by the District’s Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct if the substance or thing is:
1. On the student’s person or in the student’s personal property, including but not limited to the student’s
clothing, purse, book bag, backpack, or briefcase;
2. In any private vehicle driven by the student to or from school or school-related activities, including but not
limited to an automobile, truck, motorcycle, or bicycle; or
3. In any school property used by the student, including but not limited to a locker or a desk.
(See "Vehicles on Campus.")
Prayer
Each student has a right to individually, voluntarily, and silently pray or meditate in school in a manner that does
not disrupt instruction or other activities of the school. The school will not require, encourage, or coerce a student
to engage in or to refrain from such prayer or meditation during any school activity. Board Policy FNA (LEGAL)
Prescription /
NonPrescription
Drugs
No student shall have non-prescription (over-the-counter medicine) or prescription drugs in his/her possession on
school grounds during school hours. All medication will be stored and dispensed in the school clinic, and all
medication must be in a properly labeled container with one medication per container.
A student found in possession of a non-prescription drug or a medication currently prescribed for the student is in
violation of established District procedures and is subject to disciplinary action.
A student who sells, gives, or delivers a prescription drug (controlled substance/dangerous drug) to another
student; a student who attempts to sell, give, or deliver a prescription drug; a student who is in possession of a
prescription drug belonging to someone else; or a person in possession of their own noncurrent prescription drug
commits a Level IV offense and will be placed in an appropriate Disciplinary Alternative Education Program
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(DAEP). If the student is charged with a felony, the student is expelled by state law and placed in a Juvenile
Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP). In simple terms, when a student sells, gives, delivers, etc. his/her
own prescription drug which is a controlled substance/dangerous drug, it becomes an illegal substance. Likewise,
when a student possesses, sells, gives, delivers, etc. someone else's prescription drug, it becomes a controlled
substance/dangerous drug; therefore, illegal because the student does not have a prescription.
If a student takes more than the recommended dosage of his/her own medication that results in a ticket for public
intoxication or a similar charge, the student will be disciplined at Level IV.
Natural and/or homeopathic-like substances (not FDA approved), restricted smoking materials (See “Restricted
Smoking Material”), and dietary supplements are prohibited at school and will be treated as non-prescription drugs
for disciplinary purposes as stated in this section.
(See “Medicine at School.”)
Progress Reports
(See “Grades and Grading Guidelines.”)
Prohibited Items
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following: any weapons, knives of any size (including pocket
knives), clubs/night sticks (or items that can be used as clubs), “look-alike” weapons, knuckles, alcohol, chains,
laser pointers, ammunition, razors, rubber bands, squirt guns, fireworks of any kind, tobacco products, restricted
smoking materials (See “Restricted Smoking Material”), drugs (even non-prescription drugs if not properly
delivered to the Campus Health Coordinator), matches, lighters, handcuffs, mace, stink bombs, balloons, toys, or
any other items which may be deemed to be disruptive, dangerous, or in violation of school policies.
The school reserves the right to add items to the list when they are deemed to be inappropriate for school.
Board Policy FNCG (LEGAL)
Students who unintentionally bring to school a prohibited item, which is not illegal, may turn in the item to a staff
member without disciplinary consequences if this is done before the item is discovered or reported to a staff
member, administrator, or another student. This option applies only to the first time the prohibited item is
accidentally brought to school. The second time the prohibited item is brought to school, the item will be
confiscated and the student disciplined according to the type of item brought to school. Confiscated items will only
be returned to the parent/guardian.
Promotion and
Retention
A student may be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency of the subject
matter of the course or grade level.
GRADES 1-3
In grades 1-3, promotion to the next grade level shall be based on an overall average of 70 on a scale of 100 based
on course level, grade-level standards (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) for all subject areas, and a grade of
70 or above in language arts and mathematics.
GRADES 4-8
In grades 4-8, promotion to the next grade level shall be based on an overall average of 70 on a scale of 100 based
on course level, grade-level standards (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) for all subject areas, and a grade of
70 or above in three of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
STATE ASSESSMENTS
Note: More information on topics related to state assessments will be communicated when it is available and may
be subject to change according to guidance received from TEA.
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was created by the Texas Legislature to ensure that all students receive the
instruction and support they need to be successful in reading and mathematics.
In addition, at certain grade levels, a student, with limited exceptions, will be required to pass the Texas state
assessments if the student is enrolled in a public Texas school on any day between January 1 and April 15 and is a
Texas resident during the week that the state assessment is administered the first time.
• In order to be promoted to grade 6, students enrolled in grade 5 must have performed satisfactorily on the
Mathematics and Reading sections of the grade 5 state 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 state assessment in English.
In addition, students in grades 5 and 8 must meet promotion standards established by the District in order to be
promoted.
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Parents of students who do not perform satisfactorily on their state assessments will be notified that their children
will participate in special instructional programs designed to improve their student’s academic performance. These
students will also have two additional opportunities to take the state assessment test. For students who do not meet
the passing standard after a second time, a Grade Placement Committee (GPC), consisting of the principal or
designee, the teacher, and the parent will specify additional special instruction to be provided. A student who does
not meet the passing standard after three testing opportunities, the student will be automatically retained; however,
parents can appeal this decision to a GPC. In order for students to be promoted, based on standards previously
established by the District, the decision of the GPC must be unanimous. Whether students are retained or
promoted, an individual educational plan will be designed to enable each student to perform at grade level by the
end of the next school year. Board Policy EIE (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Certain students, such as those with disabilities and some with limited English proficiency, may be eligible for
exemptions, accommodations, or deferred testing on state assessments. For more information, contact the
principal, counselor, or administrator responsible for programs for students with limited English proficiency, or
special education director.
PERSONAL GRADUATION PLAN
A Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) will be prepared for all students in a middle school or beyond who do not
perform satisfactorily on a state-mandated assessment test or are 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
identify an individual student’s educational goals and include consideration of the parent’s educational
expectations for the student. For additional information, contact the counselor or principal. Board Policy EIF
(LEGAL)
Psychotropic
Drugs
Teachers and other District employees may discuss a student’s academic progress or behavior with the student’s
parents or another employee as appropriate; however, they will not recommend use of psychotropic drugs. A
District employee who is a registered nurse, an advanced nurse practitioner, a physician, or a certified or
credentialed mental health professional can recommend that a student be evaluated by an appropriate medical
practitioner, if appropriate.
“Psychotropic drug” means a substance used in diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or as a component
of a medication and intended to have an altering effect on perception, emotion, or behavior. It is commonly
described as a mood- or behavior-altering substance. Board Policy FFAC (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Public Displays
of Affection
In order to maintain a mature and respectful atmosphere, students are reminded that public displays of affection
are considered unsuitable in an educational setting. These displays include, but are not limited to, kissing,
embracing, and/or other forms of physical fraternization.
Publications —
Student Speech
The District's educators shall exercise editorial control over style and content of student speech in schoolsponsored expressive activities so long as their actions are reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.
The District may refuse to disseminate or sponsor student speech that:
1. Would substantially interfere with the work of the school.
2. Impinges on the rights of other students.
3. Is vulgar or profane.
4. Might reasonably be perceived to advocate drug or alcohol use, irresponsible sex, or conduct otherwise
inconsistent with the shared values of a civilized social order.
5. Is inappropriate for the level of maturity of the readers.
6. Does not meet the standards of the educators who supervise the production of the publication.
7. Associates the school with any position other than neutrality on matters of political controversy.
Board Policy FMA (LEGAL)
(See “Distribution of School Materials and Non-School Materials.”)
Questioning of
Students
There is no legal right on the part of a parent to be notified or to be present when students are in conversation with
or being questioned by school officials concerning school-related behaviors or concerns.
The following guidelines shall apply when law enforcement officers, Child Protective Services, or other lawful
authorities desire to question or interview a student at school for school-related matters:
1. The principal or principal’s designee 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.
2. The principal ordinarily shall make reasonable efforts to notify the student’s parents or other person having
lawful control of the student. If the interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection to the
notification, parents shall not be notified.
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3. The principal or a designee ordinarily shall be present during the questioning or interview. If the interviewer
raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection to a third party’s presence, the interview shall be
conducted without that person’s presence.
When a representative of the Department of Family and Protective Services or another lawful authority desires to
question or interview a student at school as part of a child abuse investigation, the principal shall cooperate fully
with the official’s requests regarding the conditions of the interview or questioning. Board Policy GRA (LOCAL)
Administrators will not impede the questioning of a student by a law enforcement officer who has a subpoena,
court order, directive to apprehend, warrant, or who intends to take the child into custody and remove the child
from campus for investigation regarding a non-school-related matter under Texas Family Code 52.01. In case of
removal from the campus, the law enforcement officer will be requested to follow campus procedures for checking
the student out of school. Absent one of these provisions, school personnel will request that prior to allowing an
interview for non-school-related matters, that parental permission be obtained. However, the District must comply
with directives from law enforcement or CPS case workers that the District refrain from contacting the parent.
Administrators will also not impede a CPS investigation and will allow CPS case workers or law enforcement
officers to question students related to a reported claim of child abuse. Board Policy FFG (LEGAL)
Reasonable
Belief
Reasonable belief is a determination that a student has engaged in conduct defined as a felony offense; the
Superintendent or designee may consider all available information and must consider the information furnished
under Article 15.27, Code of Criminal Procedures.
Registered Sex
Offenders
Specific provisions apply to a student who is required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62, Code of
Criminal Procedure. These provisions do not apply to a student who is no longer required to register as a sex
offender under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, including a student who receives an exemption from
registration under Subchapter H, Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, or a student who receives an early
termination of the obligation to register under Subchapter I, Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure.
Students who are registered sex offenders are required to be disciplined at a Level IV as specified by state law.
Placement of Registered Sex Offenders – Texas Education Code, Section 37, Subchapter I
Release of
Students from
School
Because class time is important, doctor’s appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times when the student
will not miss instructional time.
A student who will need to leave school during the day will follow the campus check-out procedures before
leaving the campus. Failure to do so will result in a truancy designation for any class missed. Unless the
superintendent/principal’s designee has granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not
regularly be released before the end of the instructional day. No student will be allowed to leave with any person
not named on the student registration card, unless prior written permission by a parent or guardian has been
received. Identification may be required.
The District is committed to the protection of students entrusted to its custody during the school day. Therefore,
campus administrators shall exercise caution in releasing students during the school day. The procedures
controlling the release of a student from school are as follows:
1. Definite and satisfactory identification (i.e. driver’s license or picture ID) shall be required of the person
authorized to talk with a student or to take a student from school. The following persons will be allowed
access to a student: a) the student’s parents/guardians, unless restricted by court order; b) a person who has
written authorization from the student’s parent/guardian; or c) a person who is authorized by a legal order to
have access to, or to take possession of, a student.
2. A teacher shall not allow a student to leave school without securing the permission of the principal or
administrative designee.
3. A telephone call from a person representing himself/herself as a parent shall be verified by a principal or
designee. The parent shall be notified any time a request for the release of a student is denied by the principal.
4. When checking a student out of school, a parent or guardian must follow campus check-out procedures.
5. High school students who have a car on campus must obtain an early dismissal pass to leave campus during
the school day by presenting a signed and dated note from the parent. These students shall check out through
the appropriate office before leaving the campus.
Parents requesting that a student be allowed to leave the campus for medical or family matters must make a
request, in writing or by personal contact. The principal or principal’s designee will verify the request.
Students who leave campus at any time without parental permission and administrative approval shall be
considered truant and will be subject to disciplinary action. (See “Closed Campus.”)
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Report Cards
(See “Grades and Grading Guidelines.”)
Reports to Law
Enforcement
School administrators will report crimes as required by law and will call local law enforcement when an
administrator suspects that a crime has been committed on campus. In accordance with Board Policy GRA
(LEGAL), a principal or designee is required to make reports to local law enforcement authorities when there are
reasonable grounds to believe that a student has engaged in any of the following activities that occur in school, on
school property, or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property, without regard as to
whether the activity is investigated by school security officers:
1. Conduct that may constitute an offense listed in Government Code 508.149; deadly conduct, as described by
Penal Code 22.05; or a terroristic threat, as described by Penal Code 22.07. Board Policy GRA (EXHIBIT)
2. The use, sale, or possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, or marijuana, as defined by Chapter
481, Health and Safety Code.
3. The possession of any of the weapons or devices listed in Penal Code 46.01(1)-(14) or (16). Board Policy
FNCG (LEGAL)
4. The possession of a weapon as defined by 18 USC 921, in accordance with the Gun-Free Schools Act. Board
Policy FOD (LEGAL)
5. Conduct that may constitute a criminal offense under Penal Code 71.02.
6. Engaging in organized criminal activity. Board Policy GRA (EXHIBIT)
7. Conduct that may constitute a criminal offense for which a student may be expelled under Texas Education Code
37.007(a), (d), or (e).
The report shall include the name and address of each student the person believes may have participated in the
activity, but is not required if the person reasonably believes that the activity does not constitute a criminal
offense.
Texas Education Code 37.015 and 37.007(e)
Restricted
Smoking
Material
Definition:
“Restricted smoking material” is defined as any substance, however marketed, which can reasonably be converted
for smoking purposes, including electronic smoking materials, whether it is presented as incense, tobacco, herbs,
spices, or any blend thereof, including but not limited to materials marketed as, but not limited to the following: K2, K-2 Summit, K-2 Sex, Genie, DaScents, Zohai, Sage, Spice, KO Knock-Out 2, Spice Gold, Spice Diamond,
Yucatan Fire, Solar Flare, Pep Spice, Fire N' Ice, and Saliva Divinorum. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is
conducting studies related to many of the substances listed above and may consider them to be illegal.
Prohibition:
The District prohibits the possession, use, or being under the influence of restricted smoking material on school
property or at school-related or school-sanctioned activities on or off school property. Appropriate disciplinary
consequences will be assessed for violations of this prohibition. Possession, use, or being under the influence of
restricted smoking materials will be treated as non-prescription drugs for disciplinary purposes as stated in this
section.
Retaliation
See “Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and
Retaliation.”
Safety
Student safety on campus and at school-sponsored or school-related events is a high priority of the District.
Although the District has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensure school
safety. A student shall do the following:
• Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk.
• Follow the behavioral standards in this handbook, as well as any additional guidelines and expectations 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 and threats made by any person toward a student or staff member.
• Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.
• Do not prop open doors or curtail campus security procedures.
• Immediately follow the instructions of teachers, bus drivers, and other District employees who are overseeing
the welfare of students.
Scholarships/
Grants
(See “Graduation.”)
School
Guidelines and
Expectations
As required by law, the District has established 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 the standards.
Students need to be familiar with the standards set out in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, as well as
campus and classroom guidelines and expectations.
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Information regarding the District’s School Health Advisory Council, including the number of meetings scheduled
School Health
Advisory Council or held during the year and the duties of the council, is available from the District Health Coordinator. Board
Policies BDF (LEGAL) and EHAA (LEGAL)
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 suspicion or
securing the student’s voluntary consent. Coercion, either expressed or implied, such as threatening to contact
parents or police, invalidates apparent consent.
A search is reasonable if it meets both of the following criteria:
1. The action is justified at the inception, i.e., the school official has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the
search will uncover evidence of a rule violation or a criminal violation; and
2. The scope of the search is reasonably related to the circumstances that justified the search in the first place; i.e.,
the measures adopted are reasonably related to the objectives of the search and are not excessively intrusive in
light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction. Board Policy FNF (LEGAL)
The student’s parent or guardian shall be notified if any prohibited articles or materials are found in a student’s
locker, in a student’s vehicle parked on school property, or on the student’s person as a result of a search
conducted in accordance with Board Policy FNF (LOCAL).
STUDENTS’ LOCKERS AND VEHICLES
Students have full responsibility for the security of their lockers and for vehicles parked on school property. It is
the student’s responsibility to ensure that lockers and vehicles are locked and that the keys and combinations are
not given to others. Students shall not place, keep, or maintain any article or material that is forbidden by District
policy in lockers or in vehicles parked on school property.
School officials may search lockers or vehicles parked on school property if there is reasonable suspicion to
believe that they contain articles or materials prohibited by District policy. Students shall be responsible for any
prohibited items found in their lockers or in vehicles parked on school property.
If a vehicle subject to search is locked, the student shall be asked to unlock the vehicle. If the student refuses, the
District shall contact the student’s parents. If the parents also refuse to permit a search of the vehicle, the District
may turn the matter over to local law enforcement officials.
TRAINED DOGS
The District uses specially trained nonaggressive dogs to sniff out and alert officials to the current presence of
concealed prohibited items, illicit substances defined in Board Policy FNCF (LEGAL/LOCAL), and alcohol. This
program was implemented with the objective of maintaining a safe school environment conducive to education.
Such visits by trained dogs to schools shall be unannounced. The dogs are used to sniff vacant classrooms, vacant
common areas, student lockers, and the areas around vehicles parked on school property. The dogs shall not be
used with students. If a dog alerts to a locker, a vehicle, or an item in a classroom, it may be searched by school
officials. Searches of vehicles shall be conducted as described above. If contraband of any kind is found, the
possessing student shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Handbook and
Code of Conduct.
Board Policy FNF (LEGAL/LOCAL)
(See “Interrogations by School Officials” and "Questioning of Students.")
Secret Societies
The Board prohibits any fraternity, sorority, secret society, or gang defined by state law as any “organization
composed wholly or in part of students of public primary or secondary schools that seeks to perpetuate itself by
taking in additional members from the students enrolled in school on the basis of the decision of its membership
rather than on the free choice of a student in the school who is qualified by the guidelines and expectations of the
school to fill the special aims of the organization. The term does not include an agency for public welfare,
including Boy Scouts, Hi-Y, Girl Reserves, DeMolay, Rainbow Girls, Pan-American Clubs, scholarship societies,
or other similar educational organizations sponsored by state or national education authorities." Texas Education
Code 37.121(d)
A person commits a Class C misdemeanor if the person:
1. Is a member of, pledges to become a member of, joins, or solicits another person to join or pledge to become a
member of a public school fraternity, sorority, secret society, or gang; or
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2. Is not enrolled in a public school and solicits another person to attend a meeting of a public school fraternity,
sorority, secret society, or gang or a meeting at which membership in one of those groups is encouraged.
Texas Education Code 37.121(a)(c)
A person commits a felony if the person, with intent to coerce, induce, or solicit a child to actively participate in
the activities of a criminal street gang, threatens the child with imminent bodily injury or causes the child bodily
injury. Penal Code 22.015
An appropriate administrator shall recommend placing in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
any student who commits the offenses described above. Texas Education Code 37.121(b) and Board Policy FOC
(LEGAL)
Board Policy FNCC (LEGAL)
Self-Defense
“Self-defense” is the use of force against another to the degree a person reasonably believes the force is
immediately necessary to protect him or herself. A claim of self-defense is not a justification to avoid disciplinary
action and/or police intervention but will be considered.
(See “Fighting/Mutual Combat/Physical Contact/Abuse/Spitting.”)
Sexting
Sexting is defined as the practice of sending sexually suggestive, nude, or partially nude photographs and/or
sexually explicit messages via text message. Appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken when these types of
messages are shared at times when administrators have jurisdiction. The police will also be notified when
warranted.
Sexting has garnered significant media coverage as well as concern from school administrators. Parents should
discuss this topic with their child especially due to the potential application of Texas child pornography and other
criminal statutes when this practice involves photographs of minors (children under the age of 18 at the time the
photo was taken). Since state and federal laws cannot keep up with the changes in technology and the increasing
use of texting/sexting by students, it is important that students are educated about the possible ramifications when
they make poor decisions or lack proper judgment and foresight. Current laws often result in convictions that
require a student found guilty of possession and/or transmitting child pornography to register, for life, as a sex
offender. (See “Bullying” and “Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment, Harassment, Sexual
Harassment, and Retaliation.”)
Sexual Assault
Transfers
If a student has been convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for sexual assault or aggravated sexual
assault against another student on the same campus, and if the victim or the victim’s parents request that the Board
transfer the victim or the offending student to another campus, the victim or offending student shall be transferred
to another campus in the District. If there is no other campus in the District serving the grade level of the offending
student, the offending student will be transferred to a DAEP. Board Policy FDE (LEGAL)
Sexual
Harassment
(See “Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and
Retaliation.”)
Skateboards/
Scooters/ Roller
Blades
Students and others are not permitted to use skateboards, scooters, roller blades, and/or rollers on campus grounds
at any time. If a student is using any one of these as a means of transportation to or from school, he or she must
walk and carry the skateboard, scooter, roller blades, and/or rollers while on school property. Skateboards,
scooters, roller blades, and/or rollers should be kept in a locker or designated place approved by campus
administration or staff until the end of the school day.
Social
Networking
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace are quickly becoming tools for bullying and
making threats. Students need to be reminded that the words they write and the images they post may have
consequences offline. Parents should review the following tips with their child to assist them in using these sites
safely:
1. Help the child to understand what information should be kept private.
2. Explain that the child should only post information that you — and they — are comfortable with others
seeing.
3. Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your child’s Web page.
4. Remind your child that once he/she posts information online and it is read, it cannot be taken back.
5. Talk to your child about avoiding suggestive talk online.
6. Encourage your child to tell you if they ever feel uncomfortable or threatened by anything online.
(See “Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and
Retaliation" for related information.)
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Special
Programs
The District provides special programs for gifted and talented students, homeless students, migrant students,
students with limited English proficiency, students with dyslexia, and students with disabilities. The coordinator of
each program can answer questions about eligibility requirements, as well as programs and services offered in the
District or by other organizations. Students or parents with questions about these programs should contact the
campus principal.
OPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS WITH
DISABILITIES, STUDENTS WHO HAVE LEARNING DIFFICULTIES, OR STUDENTS WHO NEED
OR MAY NEED SPECIAL EDUCATION
Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for support services including tutorial,
compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students within the support
process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The implementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive
impact on the ability of districts to meet the needs of all struggling students. Parents of students experiencing
learning difficulties may contact your campus counselor to learn about the District’s overall general education
referral or screening system for support services.
At any time, parents are 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 determined to be
necessary, the parents will be notified and asked to provide consent for the evaluation. The District must complete
the evaluation and report within 60 calendar days of the date the District received the written consent. The District
must give a copy of the completed assessment report to the parents.
If the District determines that an evaluation is not needed, the District will provide parents with prior written
notice that explains why their child will not be evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs
the parents of their rights, if they disagree with the District. The District is required to give parent the Notice of
Procedural Safeguards - Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities. Additionally, information regarding the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) is available from the school district in a
companion document A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process.
The following websites provide information to those who are seeking information and resources specific to
students with disabilities and their families:
Texas Project First @ www.texasprojectfirst.org
Partners Resource Network @ www.partnerstx.org
Parents of students with learning difficulties or who may need special education services that qualify or may
qualify for services under IDEA are encouraged to contact the campus counselor.
Parents of students with disabilities that qualify or may qualify for services under Section 504 are encouraged to
contact the campus counselor.
SERVICES FOR THE HOMELESS AND FOR TITLE I PARTICIPANTS
Other designated staff you may need to contact include:
•
Liaison for Homeless Children and Youths, who coordinates services for homeless students, Director of
Student Services, 817-215-0981
•
Parent Involvement Coordinator, who works with parents of students participating in Title I programs:
Family Involvement Facilitator, 817-215-0198
Standardized
and DistrictAdministered
Tests
ITBS/CogAT
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) examine the areas of reading,
writing, mathematics, social studies, science, and reasoning abilities. The ITBS and CogAT is administered in
second grade.
ReadiStep
The ReadiStep is a college readiness assessment that consists of three multiple choice tests in the areas of critical
reading, mathematics, and writing skills. ReadiStep provides students with preparation for the Preliminary
Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and informs educators and parents of college readiness skills. The ReadiStep is
given to all Grade 8 students.
PSAT/NMSQT
The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is
administered to selected grade 9 students, grade 10 students, and registered grade 11 students. The PSAT/NMSQT
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is developed by The College Board to test critical reading, mathematical, and writing skills. It provides practice for
the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and gives students an opportunity to qualify for scholarship and recognition
programs.
TEXAS READING ASSESSMENT
In accordance with the Texas Education Code, students in kindergarten through second grade will be administered
the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2) to measure student growth in reading. This instrument drives
instruction in order to ensure that every child is reading on or above grade level by the end of third grade.
STATE-MANDATED ASSESSMENT TESTS*
In order to fulfill the requirements of House Bill 3 passed by the 81st Texas Legislature and incorporated into Texas
Education Code Chapter 39, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed the new State of Texas Assessment
of Academic Readiness (STAAR). STAAR is a more rigorous assessment program that will provide the foundation
for a new accountability system for Texas public education.
For the 2013-14 school year, STAAR replaces the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for Grades
3-11. The STAAR program at grades 3-8 assesses specific subjects and grades as noted below. For high school
credit courses, the state assessment consists of 12 end-of-course (EOC) assessments taken in conjunction with the
courses in which the student is enrolled and for which an EOC assessment instrument is administered.
STAAR Grades 3-8*
Students will take state mandated tests in the following subject areas:
• Mathematics, annually in grades 3-8
• Reading, annually in grades 3-8
• Writing, including Composition and Revising/Editing portions, in grades 4 and 7 (2-day administration)
• Social studies in grades 8
• Science in grades 5 and 8
*Students in grades 3–8 who are also enrolled in a high school course will take that STAAR EOC assessment as
required for graduation. These students are not required to take the corresponding STAAR grade-level assessment;
however, they must take all other STAAR grade-level assessments. For example, a grade 8 student enrolled in
Algebra I will take STAAR grade 8 reading, science, and social studies as well as STAAR Algebra I.
STAAR EOC Grades 9-12*
•
•
English I
English II
•
Algebra I
•
Biology
•
U.S. History
* For the 2013-14, students enrolled in high school credit courses in Grades 11 and below will be assessed in the
required STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) high school assessments.
*Students in grades 3–8 who are also enrolled in a high school course will take that STAAR EOC assessment as
required for graduation. These students are not required to take the corresponding STAAR grade-level assessment;
however, they must take all other STAAR grade-level assessments. For example, a grade 8 student enrolled in
Algebra I will take STAAR grade 8 reading, science, and social studies as well as STAAR Algebra I.
TAKS*
*If a student was enrolled in grade 9 or above prior to 2011-2012 school year, TAKS will remain as his or her
assessment graduation requirement and will be tested as follows.
• Mathematics, Exit Level
• Reading, Exit Level
• English Language Arts, Exit Level
• Social Studies, Exit Level
• Science, Exit Level
Board Policy EKB (LEGAL)
Exception: Beginning in the fall of the 2011-2012 school year, STAAR Alternate will be the only alternate
assessment offered for students with significant cognitive disabilities rather than continuing TAKS-Alt only for
students in grades 10 and 11.
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OTHER STANDARDIZED TESTING: COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Most colleges require either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for admission.
Students are encouraged to talk with his or her counselor early during their junior year to determine the appropriate
exam to take; entrance exams are usually taken at the end of the junior year. [Prior to enrollment in a Texas public
college or university, most students must take an assessment test, such as the Texas Higher Education Assessment
(THEA) test.]
In order to use accommodations on ACT or College Board tests, accommodations must be approved by the Services
for Students with Disabilities. Students are required to apply separately for ACT testing and/or College Board
testing accommodations. Not all students with disabilities require accommodations. Some accommodations
received by students in school are not necessary for the purposes of participating in ACT or College Board tests. To
ensure that ACT or College Board provides the right accommodations, a student's documentation must meet their
criteria. Consult the campus counselor for more information.
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), College Board SSD Program, (609) 771-7137
Services for Students with Disabilities for ACT, (319) 337-1332
DISTRICT AND CAMPUS ASSESSMENTS
The district and campuses measure ongoing progress through various locally developed district assessments which
provide academic indicators of student performance. Data from these assessments assist in designing the curriculum
implementation and interventions for the students in Northwest ISD.
Steroids
Parents and students should be aware that 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. Under state law, 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. Texas Education Code 38.008
Student
Guidelines for
Acceptable Use
of Technology
Resources
Students who access district-provided digital resources with their own device or with a device provided by the
district must comply with the Student Guidelines for Acceptable Use of Technology Resources as referenced in the
Netbook Guidelines. (Refer to Netbook Guidelines.)
The Student Guidelines for Acceptable Use of Technology Resources are provided so that students and parents are
aware of the responsibilities they accept when they use any District-owned digital or electronic resources including
computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail, local
databases, digitized information, communications technologies, wireless network, and Internet access. In general,
this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of all technology resources. Board Policy CQ
The District cooperates fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to
violations of computer crime laws. Contents of e-mail and network communications are governed by the Texas
Open Records Act; proper authorities will be given access to their content.
Student Records
The District maintains general education records as required by law. The District makes available to parents and
guardians information concerning their child enrolled in school. A request in writing may be submitted to the school
or to the District records management officer at the District administrative office. Until parental rights are legally
terminated, each parent, guardian, or “eligible” student may access the records. A student becomes eligible when
the student has attained 18 years of age or is attending an institution of postsecondary education. At that time, the
rights accorded to, and consent required of, parents transfer from the parents to the student.
(See “Student Records—Notification of Rights—Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act”)
Student Speakers
The District provides a limited public forum by giving students the opportunity to introduce the following school
events:
•
Morning announcements.
•
Awards banquets.
Students are eligible to introduce these events if they:
•
volunteer,
•
are affiliated with the organization or class sponsoring the activity or event, and
•
are not in a disciplinary placement at the time of the speaking event.
A student who is eligible and wishes to introduce one of the school events listed above should submit his or her
name to the principal during the first week of the fall semester and/or spring semester. The names of all students
who volunteered will be randomly drawn and matched to the event for which the student will give the introduction.
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If the selected student speaker declines or becomes ineligible, then no student introduction will be made at that
event. The selection of students to introduce school events will occur at the beginning of each semester.
As determined by the principal, students who have been selected for special honors, such as captain of an athletic
team, student council officers, leaders of school-sponsored organizations, homecoming king or queen, or prom king
or queen may also address school audiences at designated events. Board Policy FNA(LOCAL)
Students Taken
into Custody
State law requires the District to permit a student to be taken into legal custody under these conditions:
• 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.
• To comply with a properly issued directive to take a student into custody.
• By an authorized representative of Child Protective Services (CPS), 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.
Before a student is released to a law enforcement officer or other legally authorized person, the principal will verify
the individual’s identity, and to the best of his or her ability, will verify the individual’s authority to take custody of
the student.
The principal will immediately notify the Superintendent/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 custody action, notification will
most likely be after the fact. Board Policy GRA (LEGAL/LOCAL) and Family Code 52.01(a)
The Superintendent/Designee shall notify all instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a
student who has been arrested or taken into custody as provided by a law enforcement agency. Code of Criminal
Procedure, Article 15.27(a)
Summer
Programs
Identified students in first through fifth grade will be provided the opportunity to participate in summer
interventions for additional support. These programs will offer instruction in essential knowledge and skills and will
give students opportunities to study and practice these skills.
Participation in summer interventions and subsequent essential knowledge and skills mastery may be considered for
some students to continue content acceleration and academic mastery. Students who do not pass required courses
during the school year should attend the tuition-based summer school program. Assistance will be provided to those
that qualify for reduced fees, based on financial need.
Enrichment programs, fine arts programs, and athletic camps are also offered for tuition throughout the summer.
Students attending summer school are expected to adhere to the same discipline standards as outlined in this
booklet. Failure to comply with the discipline standards may result in the student's dismissal from the summer
school program. If the infraction represents a mandatory removable or expellable offense, the student will be placed
in the appropriate Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) or Juvenile Justice Alternative Education
Program (JJAEP) in the upcoming year as specified in this handbook.
Students assigned to a DAEP (on or off campus) or JJAEP in which the period of placement extends into the next
school year must complete an application to request permission to attend summer school. An administrator from the
home campus and summer school campus (as well as the DAEP or JJAEP, if appropriate) must approve the request
in order for the student to attend. The application can be obtained by contacting a campus principal or assistant
principal.
Student
Transcripts
Students or parents may request a high school transcript of the student’s high school work. The first transcript a
student receives as a junior or senior is free, and all additional copies will cost $1.00 each. Board Policy FL
(LEGAL)
Surveys
See (“Opting Out of Activities.”)
Tardies
Students are expected to be in the classroom when the tardy bell rings with all needed materials prepared for
instruction. Tardies are also considered “parts of days” and are generally considered unexcused except for illness
or doctor/dentist appointments. Students with excessive tardies may be assigned disciplinary consequences and a
referral may be made to the Truancy Courts. (See "Truancy.”)
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Terroristic
Threat
“Terroristic threat” is a threat of violence to any person or property with intent to:
1. Cause a reaction of any type by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
2. Place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
3. Prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building, room, place of assembly, or place to which the public
has access; place of employment or occupation; aircraft, automobile, or other form of conveyance; or other
public place;
4. Cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, power
supply, or other public service;
5. Place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury; or
6. Influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the state, or a political
subdivision of the state (including the District).
Penal Code 22.07 and Board Policy GRA (EXHIBIT)
Textbooks
State-approved textbooks are provided free of charge for each subject or class. Books must be treated by the
student with care. A student who is issued a damaged book should report the damage to the teacher at the time the
book is issued. Fines, up to the actual replacement cost of the textbook, will also be assessed for damage based on
severity. It is important to note that textbooks can be expensive, ranging in price from $10 to approximately $100
depending on the book. Any student failing to return a book issued by the school loses the right to free textbooks
until the book is returned or paid for by the parent. However, a student will be provided textbooks for use at school
during the school day.
Threats
All threats will be taken seriously and will be investigated by campus administrators or law enforcement
personnel, as appropriate. Disciplinary consequences will be assessed based on the outcome of the investigation.
(See “Terroristic Threat.”)
Title 5 Felonies
— Offenses
Against a Person
Title 5 felonies are offenses against a person. These offenses include the following:
1. Murder;
2. Capital murder;
3. Manslaughter;
4. Criminally negligent homicide;
5. Unlawful restraint (in certain circumstances);
6. Kidnapping;
7. Aggravated kidnapping;
8. Unlawful transport;
9. Trafficking of persons;
10. Indecency with a child;
11. Improper relationship between educator and student;
12. Improper photography or visual recording;
13. Assault (if against a public servant or other circumstances);
14. Sexual assault;
15. Coercing, soliciting, or inducing gang membership;
16. Aggravated assault;
17. Aggravated sexual assault;
18. Injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual;
19. Abandoning or endangering a child;
20. Deadly conduct;
21. Terroristic threat;
22. Aiding suicide;
23. Tampering with a consumer product; or
24. Harassment by persons in certain correctional facilities.
Title 5, Penal Code and Board Policy FOC (EXHIBIT)
Tobacco Use and
Possession
Students shall be prohibited from smoking, using, or possessing tobacco products, including restricted smoking
materials (See “Restricted Smoking Material”), at a school-related or school-sponsored activity on or off school
property. These prohibitions will be strictly enforced on school property and at school-related or school-sponsored
activities on or off campus. Appropriate disciplinary consequences will be assessed for violations.
Smoking and smokeless tobacco are not permitted in District buildings, vehicles, or on District property or at
school-related or school-sponsored events off school property. Violators are subject to prosecution of any offense
punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 as found in Penal Code 48.01. In addition, students may not possess
tobacco products at any of the locations or activities listed above. Board Policy FNCD (LEGAL) and GKA
(LEGAL)
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Transfers
The District has a transfer application process that allows for both intradistrict and interdistrict transfers as
specified in Board Policies FDA and FDB. Students who have been granted a transfer may have the transfer
revoked for violating the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct or:
•
Documented pattern of late arrivals, late pick ups, and/or poor attendance.
•
Falsification of information.
In addition, under very specific circumstances involving bullying and sexual assaults, students/parents may request
a transfer to another campus or be transferred to another campus or placed in the District’s Disciplinary
Alternative Education Program (DAEP) as allowed by policy.
Board Policies FDA (LEGAL/LOCAL), FDB (LEGAL/LOCAL,) and FDE (LEGAL/LOCAL)
(See “Bullying,” “Dating Violence, Discrimination, Gender-Based Harassment, Harassment, Sexual Harassment,
and Retaliation,” and “Sexual Assault Transfers.”)
Transportation
Northwest ISD contracts with Durham School Services for bus service. In an effort to provide safe bus
transportation, students are expected to assist staff in maintaining a clean and orderly bus. When riding school
buses, students are held to behavioral standards established in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Riding
a school bus is a privilege. Misconduct will be disciplined in accordance with the Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct, and bus-riding privileges may be suspended as a disciplinary consequence.
The following safety guidelines and expectations shall be followed by students as related to boarding, riding, and
exiting a bus:
1. School buses are to be considered extensions of the school environment subject to the Student Handbook and
Code of Conduct.
2. All cell phones are to be turned off and stored out of sight anytime a student is on the bus, unless permitted by
the driver or school personnel for approved purposes. Students that do not adhere to this requirement are
subject to disciplinary referral and/or confiscation of the cell phone in accordance with District Policies and
procedures.
3. Students will board and exit the bus in an orderly manner at the designated bus stop nearest his or her home.
4. Arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled stop-time and wait a safe distance from where the
bus stops. Three giant steps away from the stop is a good rule.
5. When the bus arrives, do not approach the bus until it has come to a complete stop. Form a single line and
board the bus (no pushing or breaking in line). Students will go directly to their assigned seat and sit in a safe
position.
6. Students will keep books, band instruments, feet, and other objects out of the aisle of the bus. Objects carried
on the bus must be small enough to be held in the lap of the owner.
7. When it is time to exit the bus, students will wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting up from
the seat.
8. Upon exiting the bus, students needing to cross the street shall wait until directed by the bus driver before
crossing immediately in front of the bus.
The following guidelines and expectations will apply to student conduct on District transportation:
1. Observe the same conduct as in the classroom and follow the driver’s directions at all times.
2. Enter the bus and immediately go to the assigned seat.
3. Talk in a normal tone of voice.
4. Remain seated and facing forward in the assigned seat until time to exit the bus.
5. Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus.
6. Refrain from throwing objects within the bus or out of the windows.
7. Use acceptable language; obscene, profane, unacceptable language, and/or gestures are prohibited.
8. Refrain from eating and/or drinking on the bus.
9. Keep the bus clean.
10. Keep prohibited items [alcohol, drugs, weapons, tobacco products, paging devices (as applicable), radios,
skateboards, etc.] off the bus.
11. Refrain from tampering with the bus equipment.
12. Students are required to be picked up and dropped off at their scheduled bus stop.
13. Follow all guidelines and expectations outlined in the District’s Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, as
well as safety guidelines and expectations established by the driver.
The following procedures will be adhered to when inappropriate behavior occurs on a bus serving a regular route
or an activity trip:
1. The driver or District employee will attempt to correct the misbehavior of the passengers.
2. If the driver or District employee is unable to correct the misbehavior of a passenger, the driver or District
employee will remove the student from the bus and will send the student to the principal’s office in order to
maintain discipline on the bus.
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3. The principal or designee will investigate the incident and notify the driver of the action taken.
4. If the misconduct is a violation of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, the principal will send written
notice of the violation to the student’s parent.
5. If determined necessary by the principal, a conference involving the principal, the student passenger(s), the
driver, and parent(s) will be held.
6. The principal may suspend the student’s bus riding privileges or other listed behavior interventions in
accordance with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
7. In the case of serious misconduct that endangers the safety of other passengers or the driver, the driver has the
authority to call for law enforcement assistance; the principal and parent(s) will be notified of the situation as
soon as possible. In such an instance, the student will not be provided bus service until a conference involving
all persons listed above has been held in accordance with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Disciplinary sanctions and changes in transportation for a student with a disability will be made in accordance
with the provisions in the student’s Individual Education Plan or 504 Accommodation Plan.
RESTRICTION FOR VIOLATION OF SCHOOL BUS GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS AND
REGULATIONS
Bus drivers will report all violations to the school principal. The principal or designee will enforce the bus safety
guidelines and expectations in the evaluation of the report to determine whether the violation should be considered
an offense. The following guidelines will generally be followed; however, the guidelines do not constitute a
hierarchy that must be followed for all violations.
First Offense:
A principal will warn the student and send a letter of warning to the student’s parents. The
warning should include a reminder that the student will lose his or her bus riding privileges
for five school days on the third offense.
Second Offense:
A principal will warn the student and send a letter of warning to the student’s parents. The
warning should include a reminder that the student will lose his or her bus-riding privileges
for five school days on the third offense.
Third Offense:
The student will be removed from the bus for five school days. The school principal will
attempt to notify the student’s parents by phone and/or letter within twenty-four (24) hours.
Fourth Offense:
The student will lose his or her riding privileges for the remainder of the semester or ten
school days, whichever is longer. The school principal will attempt to notify the student’s
parents by phone and/or by letter within twenty-four (24) hours.
Fifth Offense:
The student will lose his or her riding privileges for the remainder of the school year. The
school principal will attempt to notify the student’s parents by phone and/or by letter within
twenty-four (24) hours.
Major Offense:
Any offense considered “major” by the school principal, including but not limited to,
conduct that constitutes a discretionary or mandatory removal under the Student Handbook
and Code of Conduct, will result in the immediate removal of bus privileges for whatever
length of time deemed appropriate. The school principal will attempt to notify the student’s
parents by phone and/or by letter within twenty-four (24) hours.
FIELD TRIPS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
This is a privilege and service offered to the students. All school bus guidelines and expectations apply to field trip
and extracurricular activity buses.
BUS LANES
Bus lanes are designated for buses only. For the safety of our students, parents are requested to drop off and pick
up their students in the designated parent pick-up/drop-off area.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
Please remember to update home and emergency phone numbers at the school and transportation offices. In the
event of an emergency, we must be able to contact someone.
SEAT BELTS
When students ride in a District van, passenger car, or bus equipped with seat belts, the seat belts must be used at
all times.
CONCERNS/COMPLAINTS
Students or parents who have a complaint shall contact the campus principal or designee. Depending on the nature
of the concerns/complaints, the principal or designee may refer the issue to Durham School Services.
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TRANSPORTATION CONTACT
Durham School Services may be contacted at 940-242-3900 or 817-698-1287.
Trespassing
Trespassing on District property is defined as being on District property without permission, entering a building
without a staff member present to supervise, or failing to leave after being told to do so. Campus administrators
may issue a verbal or written trespass warning to a student. If the conditions of the warning are violated within the
timeframe established, the student may be ticketed with trespass and subject to additional discipline under the
Student Code of Conduct.
Students found on Northwest ISD property during periods of suspension or expulsion will be subject to arrest and
charged with criminal trespass. Students assigned to in-school suspension or to an on-campus Disciplinary
Alternative Education Program (DAEP) at the elementary level are prohibited from attending any schoolsponsored or school-related activities after school hours until the day after the period of their assignment ends.
Secondary students assigned to the DAEP or JJAEP, for disciplinary reasons, are prohibited from returning to their
home campuses or from attending any school-related extracurricular activities. By special permission, students
may come on campus accompanied by their parent or guardian or be allowed to attend educational-type activities
such as College Night, SAT/ACT testing, Summer School, etc.
Truancy
School employees must investigate and report, by statute, violations of the state compulsory attendance law. A
student’s absence from school without permission from any class; from required special programs, such as
additional special instruction (termed “accelerated instruction” by the state) assigned by the grade placement
committee and basic skills for ninth graders; or from required tutorials will be considered in violation of the law
and subject to disciplinary action.
A court of law may assess a penalty against both the student and his/her parents if a school-aged student
deliberately does not attend school. A complaint against the parent may be filed in the appropriate court if the
student:
1. Is absent from school for ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same
school year; or
2. Is absent for three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period.
Board Policies FD (LEGAL/LOCAL), FEA (LEGAL/LOCAL), and Texas Education Code 25.094
"Truancy" is defined as an absence of a student from school for other than excused reasons without the knowledge
of a parent or guardian. Truancy may be for:
1. a full day;
2. any part of a day;
3. an individual class period; or
4. leaving campus during the school day without permission.
In addition to disciplinary consequences, a student and his/her parent may be referred to the District's attendance
officer for violating the compulsory attendance laws which include all types of unexcused absences.
(See "Attendance," "Release of Students from School," and "Tardies.”)
Tutorials
All teachers shall provide tutorials as scheduled by the campus. Any student not demonstrating at least 70 percent
mastery of a subject for a grading period is required to attend these tutorials before, during, and/or after school.
Parents will need to provide transportation for tutorials before or after school (unless there is a special exception).
Board Policy EHBC(LEGAL)
School districts must ensure that any student who fails to demonstrate proficiency on the state assessments for
mathematics or reading completes required accelerated instruction before being promoted or placed in the next
grade, and, when promoted to the next grade level, receives instruction in that subsequent grade from a teacher
who meets all state and federal qualifications to teach that subject and grade. Board Policy EIE(LEGAL)
Under the
Influence
“Under the influence” means lacking the normal use of mental or physical faculties. Impairment of a person’s
physical and/or mental faculties may be evidenced by a pattern of abnormal or erratic behavior and/or the presence
of physical symptoms of drug or alcohol use. A student “under the influence” need not be legally intoxicated to
trigger disciplinary action. The following list contains examples of indicators of possible drug or alcohol use,
which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
1. While walking or standing, the person may stumble, stagger, fall, or be unsteady.
2. The person’s speech may be incoherent, rambling, slurred, inappropriately loud, or shouting in tone of voice.
Conversely, the person may be silent when it is inappropriate to be so.
3. The person’s actions may be marked by profanity, fighting, extreme hostility, overly aggressive behavior,
sleepiness, or crying.
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4. The person’s eyes may have dilated or constricted pupils, or may be bloodshot/red, or may be glassy.
5. The person may smell like alcohol or like an illicit drug, such as marijuana.
6. There may be physical evidence of alcohol or drug use, such as a bottle, pills, and/or drug paraphernalia.
Use
“Use” means a student has voluntarily introduced into his or her body by any means a prohibited substance
recently enough that it is detectable by the student’s physical appearance, actions, breath, or speech. In addition,
"use" shall include introducing any amount of a drug or alcohol into a student's body by any manner regardless of
whether physical signs of use are detectable at the time of the investigation or whether criminal charges are filed.
Additionally, student self-admission of use of prohibited substances is considered “use” for the purposes of the
disciplinary consequences.
Vandalism
(See “Damage to School Property.”)
Vehicles on
Campus
Students who drive to and from school in personal vehicles must:
1. Obtain and appropriately display a student parking permit;
2. Park in a designated student parking area on campus;
3. Adhere to individual school parking guidelines; and
4. Obey all Texas laws.
Failure to obtain the required permit and/or to park in an approved student parking area may result in the loss of
driving and parking privileges and other appropriate disciplinary action. Temporary permits may be acquired from
an appropriate school office by students needing to drive on a short-term basis or using a substitute car they do not
regularly drive to school.
Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. The school reserves the right to search
any vehicle if reasonable suspicions exist to do so. A student has full responsibility for the security of his/her
vehicle and will make certain that it is locked and that the keys are not given to others. A student will be held
responsible for any prohibited objects or substances, such as alcohol, drugs, or weapons, that are found in his/her
car and will be subject to disciplinary action by the District as well as referral for criminal prosecution for having
such objects or substances on school property. Searches of vehicles may be conducted at any time there is
reasonable suspicion to do so, with or without the presence of the student. Students who park on campus must
adhere to all regulations outlined in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct and other campus publications. If
a vehicle subject to search is locked, the student shall be asked to unlock the vehicle. If the student refuses, the
District shall contact the student's parents. If the parents are unavailable or refuse to permit the vehicle to be
searched, the District may contact local law enforcement officials and turn the matter over to them. Board Policy
FNF (LOCAL)
The District is not responsible for damage to vehicles or items in vehicles parked on campus at any time.
Illegally parked cars may be towed or impounded by a boot locked on a car tire at the owner's expense.
A campus administrator may terminate a student's driving and/or parking privileges at any time that he/she feels
this action is appropriate. Loss of driving and/or parking privileges does not allow another student driver to drive
the offender's vehicle while he/she (the offender) rides as a passenger.
Videotaping and
Recordings of
Students
For the safety and protection of students and drivers, video/audio equipment shall be used for safety purposes to
monitor student behavior on District property. The District shall post signs notifying students and parents about
the District’s use of video and audio recording equipment. Students shall not be notified when the equipment is
turned on. The principal or designee may review the recordings as needed, and evidence of student misconduct
shall be documented. A student found in violation of the District’s Student Code of Conduct shall be subject to
appropriate discipline in accordance with this handbook. Recordings shall remain in the custody of the campus
principal or designee and shall be maintained as required by law. A parent who wishes to view a recording in
response to disciplinary action taken against the student may request such access under the procedures and
restrictions set out by law; however, access may be restricted in accordance with Board Policy FL
(LEGAL/LOCAL), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), and the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Improvement Act.
A District employee may, without consent of a child’s parent, make a videotape or recording of the child if the
videotape or recording is to be used only for:
1. Purposes of safety, including the maintenance of order and discipline in common areas of the school or on
school buses; Board Policy FO (LEGAL)
2. A purpose related to a co-curricular or extracurricular activity; Board Policy FM (LEGAL)
3. A purpose related to regular classroom instruction; Board Policy EHA (LEGAL) or
4. Media coverage of the school.
Texas Education Code 26.009(b)
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Recording on campus, audio or video, is prohibited unless permission has been expressly granted by a staff
member and in accordance with Board Policy.
Education Code 26.009(b); Board Policy FL (LEGAL)
Visitors to the
Campus
Parents and others are welcome to visit District schools. For the safety of those within the school setting, all
visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct; disruptive behavior will not be
permitted. A campus principal has the authority to require all visitors to sign-in and receive a visitor pass through
the District’s visitor check-in system prior to proceeding to any area of the campus in order to maintain student
safety and/or an orderly environment.
Visitor passes are issued through Raptor. Raptor is a visitor tracking system that enhances school security. The
system reads visitor’s driver’s licenses (or other government-issued photo IDs), compares information to a sex
offender database, alerts campus administrators if a match is found, then (assuming no match was made) prints a
visitor badge that includes a photo of the visitor.
Safety of students is the District’s highest priority. Raptor provides a consistent system to track visitors and
volunteers while limiting access by people who present a danger to students and staff.
It is the principal's responsibility to minimize interruptions during instructional time. To support the attainment of
this goal, the following guidelines will apply to all visitors to the schools:
1. Upon arrival to a campus, visitors must report to the front office.
2. Visitors needing to go beyond the front office must sign-in through the District’s visitor check-in system and
receive a visitor pass.
3. Visitor passes must be worn by visitors the entire time they are on the campus.
4. Visitors are expected to follow all campus- and District-based guidelines and expectations.
5. Parents wishing to visit their child’s classroom should make arrangements at least one day in advance with
the principal, principal’s designee, and/or the teacher unless the principal or designee believes there are
extenuating circumstances. Every effort will be made to reach a mutually agreed-upon time for classroom
visits. However, no visits will be scheduled on test days or on other days deemed inappropriate by school
personnel. To maintain an orderly educational environment, parents should not bring their child’s siblings or
other children with them and must turn off all cell phones and paging devices while in the instructional
setting.
6. Parents in classrooms are there as observers and are asked to sit in the rear of the room in an effort to
minimize distractions to students. Parents should not become involved in discussions or classroom activities
unless invited to do so by the teacher. If a parent has need for discussion with the teacher, a conference must
be scheduled outside instructional time.
7. Classroom visits are limited to one class period or a maximum of 50 minutes per day unless otherwise
approved by the principal or designee. If necessary, the principal or designee will accompany the parent on
the classroom visit. Principals or other administrative designees may restrict and/or preclude classroom visits
if requests become excessive in terms of frequency, length of visit, and/or number of requests or are
disruptive to the educational process.
8. Volunteers, who are also parents of one or more students, should follow the same procedures as other parents
when requesting classroom visitations.
9. Parents requesting a conference with the teacher should make prior arrangements one day in advance
(preferred) with the principal, principal’s designee, and/or the teacher unless the principal or designee
believes there are extenuating circumstances.
10. In the interest of safety, parents/guardians picking up a student during the school day must show photo
identification, sign the student out, and wait in a designated waiting area for the student. Students needing to
leave during the school day for appointments should remain in their classroom to maximize instructional time
until their parent/guardian arrives. School personnel or student aides will inform the student that the
parent/guardian has arrived.
11. The school will provide a designated waiting area in the school for parents to pick up children at the end of
the school day. Parents must wait until their child is released by the teacher.
12. In an emergency, when it is necessary for a visitor to meet with a student, the principal or an administrative
designee will call for or escort the student to the office.
13. Visitors may be asked to leave the classroom and/or campus if their presence disrupts the educational process
or school activities in any way.
14. Visitors are expected to sign-out upon leaving the campus.
Only parents/guardians are allowed to visit in their child’s classroom in order to avoid disruptions to the
educational setting. Other visitors will not be permitted to visit in classes or the campus, and students will not be
permitted to bring friends to school with them.
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Recording on campus, audio or video, is prohibited unless permission has been expressly granted by a staff
member and in accordance with Board Policy.
Education Code 26.009(b); Board Policy FL (LEGAL)
Weapons
A student shall not be in possession of any prohibited weapon at school or any school-related activity; nor shall a
student knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly go on the physical premises of a school, any grounds or building on
which an activity sponsored by a school is being conducted, or passenger transportation vehicle of a school with
any prohibited weapon, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the District. Penal Code
46.03(a)(1), (f), (g) and Texas Education Code 37.007(a)(1)
A student shall not interfere with normal activities, occupancy, or use of any building or portion of the campus or
of any school bus or vehicle engaged in the transportation of students to and from school or school-sponsored
activities by exhibiting, using, or threatening to exhibit or use a firearm. Texas Education Code 37.125
A person commits a third degree felony if the person, in a manner intended to cause alarm or personal injury to
another person or to damage school property, intentionally exhibits, uses, or threatens to exhibit or use a firearm:
1) in or on any property, including a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area, that is owned by a private
or public school or 2) on a school bus being used to transport children to or from school-sponsored activities of a
private or public school. Texas Education Code 37.125(a).
“Prohibited weapons” are defined as follows:
1. A firearm (any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy
generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device readily convertible to that use). Penal Code
46.01(3)
2. An illegal knife (knife with a blade over 5 1/2 inches; hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by
being thrown; dagger; including a dirk, stiletto, and poniard; bowie knife; sword; spear). Penal Code 46.01(6)
and Education Code 37.007(a)(1)(B)
3. A club (an instrument specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury
or death by striking a person with the instrument, including a blackjack, nightstick, mace, and tomahawk).
Penal Code 46.01(1)
4. An explosive weapon (any explosive or incendiary bomb, grenade, rocket, or mine that is designed, made, or
adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage, or for the
principal purpose of causing such a loud report as to cause undue public alarm or terror, and includes a device
designed, made, or adapted for delivery or shooting an explosive weapon). Penal Code 46.01(2)
5. A machine gun (any firearm that is capable of shooting more than two shots automatically, without manual
reloading, by a single function of the trigger). Penal Code 46.01(9)
6. A short-barrel firearm (rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or a shotgun with a barrel length of
less than 18 inches, or any weapon made from a rifle or shotgun that, as altered, has an overall length of less
than 26 inches). Penal Code 46.01(10)
7. A firearm silencer (any device designed, made, or adapted to muffle the report of a firearm). Penal Code
46.01(4)
8. A switchblade knife (any knife with a blade that folds, closes, or retracts into the handle or sheath and that
opens automatically by pressing a button or other device on the handle, or opens or releases from the handle
or shaft by the force of gravity or centrifugal force). The term does not include a knife that has a spring,
detent, or other mechanism designed to create a bias toward closure and that requires exertion applied to the
blade by hand, wrist, or arm, to overcome the bias toward closure and open the knife. Penal Code 46.01(11)
9. Knuckles (any instrument consisting of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance that is designed,
made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with a fist
enclosed in the knuckles). Penal Code 46.01(8)
10. Armor-piercing ammunition (handgun ammunition that is designed primarily for the purpose of penetrating
metal or body armor and to be used primarily in pistols and revolvers). Penal Code 46.01(12)
11. A chemical dispensing device (device, other than a small chemical dispenser sold commercially for personal
protection, that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of dispensing a chemical capable of causing an
adverse psychological or physiological effect on a human being). Penal Code 46.01 (14)
12. A zip gun (a device or combination of devices that was not originally a firearm and is adapted to expel a
projectile through a smooth-bore or rifled-bore barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or
burning substance). Penal Code 46.01(16)
13. A tire deflation device (a device including a caltrop or spike strip, that, when driven over, impedes or stops
the movement of a wheeled vehicle by puncturing one or more of the vehicle’s tires; it does not include a
traffic control device that is designed to puncture one or more of a vehicle’s tires when driven over in a
specific direction, and has a clearly visible sign posted in close proximity to the traffic control device that
prohibits entry or warns motor vehicle operators of the traffic control device). Penal Code 46.01 (17)
Board Policy FNCG (LEGAL) and Penal Code 46.05(a)
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Other prohibited items considered as weapons include: knives of any size (including pocket knives), devices
designed to emit an electrical shock intended to incapacitate a person, fireworks of any kind, razors, box cutters,
chains, or any other object that could be used in a way that threatens or inflicts bodily injury on another person.
Possession of a knife, other than an illegal knife, and including a pocket knife and those designed to be used as
manicure instruments, will be disciplined at Level III. Local law enforcement agencies will be notified any time a
knife is confiscated to ensure that the knife is not an illegal weapon. All illegal knives will be disciplined at Level
V as required by statute.
Any device, not included as a mandatory removable or expellable offense by statute, which is designed to propel a
projectile either by a spring-type mechanism, air, or gas shall be disciplined at Level III. If the device is being
used in such a way that would constitute a mandatory removable or expellable offense, the discipline shall be at
Level IV. This includes, but is not limited to, items such as BB-guns, pellet guns, paintball guns, sling shots, etc.
Local law enforcement agencies will be notified any time one of these devices is confiscated to ensure that it is not
an illegal weapon.
The possession or use of articles not generally considered weapons, including school supplies, may be prohibited
when the principal or designee determines that a danger exists for any student, school employee, or school
property by virtue of possession or use of such articles.
Lockers and cars parked on school premises may be inspected by school personnel if there is reasonable suspicion
to believe they contain weapons. Board Policy FNF (LEGAL/LOCAL)
Other than as stated above, students found to be in violation shall be subject to disciplinary action as specified in
the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
In addition to policy provisions, students possessing "look-alike" weapons will be disciplined at Level II, and
students exhibiting, using, or selling "look-alike" weapons will be disciplined at Level III.
(See "Prohibited Items.")
CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE HOLDER
See the "Concealed Handgun License Holder" notice on regarding the District prohibiting persons licensed to
carry concealed handguns from doing so on District property, at sporting events, at interscholastic events, or at
meetings of the Board of Trustees.
Withdrawal
In order for a student under 18 to withdraw from school, it is necessary for a parent, legal guardian, or courtappointed guardian to come to school and make a request to withdraw the student. The student, parent, and/or
guardian will then return textbooks and library books and clear any outstanding fines or records. A parent or
guardian must sign the withdrawal form. A copy of the withdrawal form will be given to the parent/guardian and a
copy will be placed in the student’s permanent record.
A student who is 18 or older, who is married, or who has been declared by a court to be an emancipated minor,
may withdraw without parental signature.
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Student Code of Conduct
Revisions to the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct are subject to change due to updates from
the Texas Legislative session. Updates will be added as received in an addendum format to the
2013-14 Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Development of the Plan
Each year the District’s Code of Conduct is developed with advice from District-level committees, including the Northwest Improvement
Council (the District’s planning and decision-making committee), and is adopted by the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees. This handbook
provides information to parents and students regarding school-related issues, standards of conduct, consequences of misconduct, and procedures
for administering discipline. In accordance with state law, this handbook will be posted on the District’s website and will be available for review
at the office of the campus principal. Parents will be notified of any conduct violation that may result in a student being suspended, placed in a
DAEP, or expelled from the District. Because the Code of Conduct is adopted by the District’s Board of Trustees, it has the force of policy.
Discipline Management Plan
The District’s discipline management plan, known as the Northwest ISD Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, contains information,
policies, and regulations on the rights and responsibilities of students and outlines student disciplinary expectations and consequences. The
Student Handbook and Code of Conduct shall be available online for all students and parents, teachers, and administrators at the beginning of
the school year. The Student Handbook and Code of Conduct must be posted and prominently displayed at each school campus or made
available for review at the office of the campus principal. Hard copies are available to parents and students upon request.
Students and parents need to be familiar with the standards set out in the handbook, as well as campus and classroom guidelines and
expectations. Annually, each student and parent shall sign a statement of receipt in the registration documentation and awareness of the online or
hard copy availability of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct and acknowledges the responsibilities outlined therein. Each parent and
student should also be familiar with policies and procedures outlined in campus student handbooks/folders and campus discipline procedures.
Positive Behavior and Discipline Management Techniques
In general, discipline will be designed to improve conduct and to encourage students to adhere to their responsibilities as members of the school
community. Positive behavior techniques employed with positive, logical, and natural consequence models will be provided in a tiered model of
application. While the positive behavior management techniques are a preferred method of approaching discipline, the severity of the behavior
will be considered if the action requires a more intensive consequence as outlined in the leveled disciplinary charts for each specific grade level.
Positive Behavior and Discipline Management Training
Each principal shall be responsible for providing discipline management in-service training for campus staff. The training must include a review
of the District’s Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, as well as a review of any campus-based positive behavior management and discipline
strategies or techniques. Principals and Assistant Principals must attend the District Management Guide training.
Behavior / Discipline Person
The discipline person(s) on each campus shall be the principal and/or the assistant principal. In conformance with District policy, school
principals and assistant principals shall be responsible for establishing school guidelines and expectations in accordance with regulations that
will ensure a safe educational program free from disruption for all students and for enforcing consistently and fairly all discipline policies and
school guidelines and expectations in accordance with regulations regarding discipline.
Behavior / Discipline Records
Each year the campus administration will maintain a discipline file separate from the permanent records for each student. Discipline records
will include the following:
1.
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3.
A record of all instances of a student coming to the office for disciplinary reasons;
A record of all calls or conferences held with a parent(s) regarding a student’s behavior; and
A record of the disciplinary action for each offense including the length of the assignment for suspensions, alternative education
placements, and expulsions.
In addition to the discipline file, discipline records must be entered into the computer system to accurately reflect PEIMS reportable offenses.
Discipline files do not follow students from one year to the next unless the student’s assignment to a disciplinary alternative education program
(DAEP) or juvenile justice alternative education program (JJAEP) extends into the next school year. Students begin each year with a “clean
slate” in regard to discipline. In addition, computerized discipline records are purged from the system at the end of each school year once the
PEIMS data is extracted for reporting purposes. Records Management FL (Regulation)
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Positive Behavior Management Techniques
Each tier within the Positive Behavior Management chart successively increases the level of positive support to elicit desired behaviors.
Additional resources or alternative options may be explored for each individual student need.
Tier 1
Tier 2
Know Your Kids
Small group w/ counselor
Interest Survey
Behavior incentive chart
Goal Setting
Adult mentor
Letter from parents introducing the
Peer mentor
student
Chill out zone
Posted classroom plan
Study carrel
Fred Jones Classroom Management
Think Sheet
Techniques
Private signals
Room arrangement
Frequent breaks
Classroom structure
Learning Style Inventory
Minimize distractions
Self-Talk and Self-Questioning
Use high and low level lighting
(What am I doing? How does it
Alternate active and passive learning
affect others? What should I do
Use music to calm or signal a change in
differently?)
activity
Gross motor movement breaks
Revisit expectations and procedures
Sensory breaks
Visual/Verbal/Tactile reminder
Visual Schedule
Closely monitor transitions
Clear student expectations
Provide wait time
Differentiate instruction as needed
Check for understanding
Cooperative Learning
Student Choice
Encourage class participation and peer
interaction
Private discussions
Classroom job/responsibility
Foster friendships
Positive
Classroom culture
Lunch Bunch
reinforcement
Positive routines
Lunch/coffee with teacher
Preferred activity based on interest
Parent Communication
survey
Child choosing own PAT time
Preferred Activity Time (PAT)
activity
Record of behavior on monthly calendar
Token system
Token system
Verbal/Visual/Tactile praise
Acknowledge kids outside of school
Leadership opportunities
Positive Affirmations
Positive parent communication – email,
note, phone call 2:1 (2 glows for every 1
grow)
Progress monitoring
Monthly calendar
Copies of Behavior chart
Tier 1 Data Collection Form
Tier 2 Data Collection Form
Counselor attendance with lesson
focus
Examples of
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Tier 3
One on one counselor sessions
focused with progress monitoring
LSSP consult
Daily discussion with
administrator
Behavior chart (smaller time
increments, + specials time,
etc…)
Role Playing
Modeling replacement behavior
Check-in, Check out with
counselor, teacher, or
administrator
Token system
Lunch with administrator
Disciplinary referrals
Behavior contracts
Teacher /Counselor / Licensed
Specialist in School Psychology
(LSSP) anecdotal notes
504 plans
Guidelines for Assessing Disciplinary Consequences
Students who violate the District’s Student Handbook and Code of Conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action. The District’s
disciplinary options include using one or more disciplinary management techniques. When imposing discipline, District personnel shall
adhere to the following general guidelines:
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No student shall be subjected to corporal punishment of any kind. Corporal punishment is not permitted by Northwest ISD policy.
Discipline shall be administered when necessary to protect students, school employees, or property and to maintain essential order and
discipline.
Students shall be treated fairly and equitably. Teachers and administrators have a variety of disciplinary consequences available.
Consequences shall be based on a careful assessment of the circumstances of each case. Factors to consider shall include the
following:
a. The seriousness of the offense;
b. The student’s age;
c. The frequency of misconduct;
d. Student’s attitude;
e. The potential effect of the misconduct on the school environment;
f. Requirements of Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code; and
g. The Student Code of Conduct adopted by the Board.
Board Policy FO (LOCAL)
Other factors may include but are not limited to:
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Intent or lack of intent;
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Documented evidence of self-defense
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Student’s disciplinary record; and
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Student disability.
Disciplinary Consequences
Disciplinary action will draw on the professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on a range of discipline management
techniques. Disciplinary management techniques used when students violate the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct shall include, but
not be limited to the following:
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Verbal/written correction;
Cooling-off time or “time-out;”
Seating changes within the classroom or on vehicles owned or operated by the District;
Rewards or demerits;
Counseling by teachers, counselors, or administrative personnel;
Restitution of damages;
Temporary removal from class;
Parent-teacher conferences;
Temporary confiscation of items;
Behavioral contracts;
Detention, including before, during, and after school;
Saturday detention;
Special assignments or duties (only with parent approval)
Loss of privileges;
Exclusion from extracurricular activities, such as participation in extracurricular activities, eligibility for seeking and holding honorary
offices, or membership in school-sponsored clubs and organizations;
Penalties identified in individual student organizations’ extracurricular standards of behavior;
Grade reductions as permitted by Policy EIA (LOCAL);
Withdrawal or restriction of bus privileges;
Required Parent Meeting;
In-school suspension;
Out-of-school suspension;
Removal to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP);
Expulsion to a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP); and/or
Referral to law enforcement for criminal prosecution, in addition to school disciplinary consequences.
This plan utilizes all disciplinary management techniques allowed under Texas law other than corporal punishment.
A student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 accommodation plan will address his/her specialized needs in the area of discipline.
Appropriate disciplinary management techniques may be included within the IEP or 504 accommodation plan. In most instances, the
disciplinary management techniques supplement the Student Code of Conduct.
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Individual Campus Options
Each individual campus may impose campus or classroom guidelines and expectations, in addition to those found in the Student Handbook
and Code of Conduct. The guidelines and expectations may be listed in the student handbook or posted in classrooms and may or may not
constitute violations of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Each campus has the authority to establish appropriate disciplinary
consequences based on campus needs which may be different than other campuses in the District. As long as the individual campus is
consistent in administering disciplinary options on the campus, there is no basis for a claim of discrimination. It is important to note that
two students committing the same offense on the same campus may have different disciplinary actions based on the overall disciplinary
record of the students.
Intent and Self-Defense
Consideration will be given in each decision concerning disciplinary action taken, intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in
the conduct, a student’s disciplinary history, or a disability that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness
of the student’s conduct.
Level System
Disciplinary offenses in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct are categorized into five levels that identify sample offenses and
possible disciplinary options available to the teacher or administrator. In general, discipline shall be progressively administered so that each
level has an increasing degree of intervention designed to promote student self-discipline unless Board policy, state law, or the
Student Code of Conduct specifies otherwise. Depending on the circumstances and severity of the particular offense, progressive discipline
may not be administered. The teacher or administrator responsible for the discipline of a student in a given situation may use discretion in
determining the action(s) most appropriate to the setting and the infraction, except in regard to mandatory placements specified in state law
(Level IV and V offenses). Campus administrators have the authority to discipline students for violations of the Student Handbook and
Code of Conduct that occur on campus, on a school bus, or at school-related or school-sponsored activities, as well as certain off-campus
offenses as specified by law.
Levels I, II, III, IV, and V
The discipline charts on the following pages depict examples of offenses and disciplinary options applicable at each campus level
(elementary, middle school, and high school) for Levels I, II, and III. Level IV offenses are assessed DAEP placements and Level V
offenses are assessed JJAEP placements. There is no appeal process for disciplinary consequences assigned at Levels I, II, and III and at
Level IV if the placement in the DAEP does not extend beyond 60 school days or the end of the next semester, whichever is earlier. Level
IV placements in the DAEP that extend beyond 60 school days or the end of the next semester, whichever is earlier, and Level V
expulsions are the only disciplinary consequences that entitle students to a hearing. Parental questions or complaints regarding ancillary
issues related to disciplinary measures taken in these cases should be addressed to the teacher or campus administration, as appropriate and
in accordance with Board Policy FNG (LOCAL). Refer to the charts for the offenses and consequences as follows:
Elementary
Level I (p. 76)
Middle School Level I (p. 81)
High School
Level I (p. 86)
Level II (p.77)
Level II (p. 82)
Level II (p. 87)
Level III (p. 79)
Level III (p. 84)
Level III (p. 89)
Level IV (p. 91)
Level IV (p. 91)
Level IV (p. 91)
Level V (p. 94)
Level V (p. 94)
Level V (p. 94)
Parent/Teacher Conferences
One or more conferences shall be held during each school year between a teacher and the parents of a student if the student is not
maintaining passing grades, is not achieving the expected level of performance, presents some other problem to the teacher, or in any other
case the teacher considers necessary.
Responsibilities
Each member of the school community must fulfill certain responsibilities if a positive learning environment is to be achieved. Both
experience and research tell us that a child’s education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a
partnership that thrives on communication. A cooperative relationship among students, parents, and educators requires that:
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS:
• Enact and enforce policies which facilitate the establishment and maintenance of a positive and safe learning environment;
• Approve and support the District’s Student Handbook and Code of Conduct; and
• Fulfill designated roles in due process and hearing procedures.
CENTRAL ADMINISTRATORS:
• Develop, with input from the District planning and decision making committee, a draft of a Student Handbook and Code of Conduct
for the Board’s review and approval;
• Assure District compliance with state and federal laws;
• Publish and disseminate the Board-approved Student Handbook and Code of Conduct to individual campuses;
• Provide training for campus administrators on the Board approved Student Handbook and Code of Conduct;
• Fulfill designated roles in due process and hearing procedures;
• Report certain disciplinary infractions to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as required by the Texas Education Code; and
• Provide each certified employee with a copy of Subchapter A, Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code, and local District policy.
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CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS:
• Assume responsibility for the distribution of the Board approved Student Handbook and Code of Conduct;
• Provide campus-based in-service to students and staff on the Board-approved Student Handbook and Code of Conduct;
• Ensure fair and impartial treatment of students in assigning consequences for disciplinary infractions;
• Maintain an atmosphere conducive to good behavior;
• Exhibit an attitude of respect toward individuals and property and conduct themselves in a responsible manner;
• Monitor the delivery of differentiated instruction to meet the needs of individual students in accordance with IEPs, accommodation
plans, and other individualized programs;
• Facilitate the resolution of school-related conflicts in a timely manner;
• Encourage parent/guardian participation in school affairs and actively promote open communications between parents/guardians
and school personnel;
• Notify parents/guardians of receipt of a disciplinary report from a teacher of a violation of the Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct;
• Ensure compliance with appropriate timeframes and procedures for disciplinary due process rights;
• Behavioral intervention strategies will be considered for students with repeated disciplinary violations;
• Notify the appropriate law enforcement agency if there are reasonable grounds to believe that a crime has been committed; and
• Inform each educator who has responsibility for, or is under the direction and supervision of an educator who has responsibility for,
the instruction of a student who has engaged in an offense for which the student is removed to a DAEP or JJAEP of the conduct that
resulted in the student's removal or expulsion.
TEACHERS:
• Maintain an atmosphere that is a safe and secure environment conducive to learning;
• Develop, maintain, and communicate classroom guidelines and clear expectations for students;
• Maintain regular attendance and punctuality and are prepared to perform their duties with appropriate materials;
• Exhibit an attitude of respect toward individuals and property and conduct themselves in a responsible manner;
• Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of individual students;
• Notify parents of student of significant changes in behavior;
• Notify the principal or appropriate administrator on the disciplinary report of violations of the Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct;
• Adhere to District and campus policies and procedures;
• Establish and maintain open communications with parents; and
• Maintain confidentiality.
STUDENTS:
• Follow the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct;
• Exhibit an attitude of respect toward individuals and property;
• Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline;
• Attend all classes, regularly and on time;
• Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class;
• Adhere to District and campus standards of grooming and dress;
• Obey all campus and classroom guidelines and expectations;
• Exhibit respect for the rights and privileges of students, teachers, and other District staff and volunteers;
• Exhibit respect for the property of others, including District property and facilities;
• Cooperate with and assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline;
• Express opinions, needs, and ideas in a respectful and courteous manner;
• Refrain from making profane, insulting, threatening, or inflammatory remarks;
• Pursue mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills of the curriculum as prescribed in the District and the state;
• Establish an effective working relationship with parents, peers, and school personnel;
• Cooperate with all lawful and reasonable directives issued by school personnel;
• Seek changes in school policies and regulations through approved channels in an orderly and responsible manner;
• Cooperate with school/District staff in investigations and all school-related matters;
• Give parent/guardian a copy of all notices, including disciplinary notices, in a timely manner;
• Return papers requiring a parent signature in a timely manner; and
• Pay required fees and fines in a timely manner.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
• Review the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct and discuss the contents with their child;
• Encourage their child to put a high priority on education and work with their child on a daily basis to make the most of the
educational opportunities the school provides;
• Ensure that their child completes all homework assignments and special projects;
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• Become familiar with all of their child’s school activities and with the academic programs, including special programs, offered in
the District. If their child is entering the ninth grade, review the requirements of the graduation programs with their child;
• Monitor their child’s academic progress and provide an appropriate area in the home for their child to use for study;
• Participate in meaningful conferences with school personnel regarding their child's academic progress, behavior, or general welfare;
• Ensure their child's compliance with school attendance requirements and promptly report and explain absences and tardies to
appropriate campus personnel;
• Ensure their child's attendance at required tutorials;
• Assist their child in selecting appropriate attire for school and school-related activities;
• Communicate, in a courteous and respectful manner, with campus personnel regarding concerns about their child's educational
progress or conduct;
• Send their child to school each day on time (except in the case of illness or extenuating circumstances) prepared, rested, and ready
to learn;
• Maintain up-to-date home, work, and emergency telephone numbers at the school;
• Be responsible for negligent, willful, or malicious conduct of their child;
• Be knowledgeable of state, District, and school policies, regulations, and requirements;
• Request in writing, if the parent is a noncustodial parent, that the parent be provided for the remainder of the school year a copy of
any written notice usually provided to a parent related to misconduct that may involve placement in a Disciplinary Alternative
Education Program (DAEP) or expulsion; Board Policy FO (LEGAL)
Students with Disabilities
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Disciplinary actions regarding students with disabilities shall be in accordance with all applicable statutes, rules, and regulations. In
addition to the general guidelines considered when determining whether suspension, DAEP, or JJAEP placement is an appropriate
disciplinary sanction, administrators will consider whether the student’s misbehavior was directly a manifestation of the disability.
DEFINITION OF A STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY UNDER SECTION 504
A student is considered to have a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student:
1) Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of life's major activities,`
2) Has a record of such an impairment, or
3) Is regarded as having such an impairment.
34 CFR Section 104.3(j)
DEFINITION OF A STUDENT WITH A DISABILITY UNDER IDEA
For purposes of this section, a student with a disability is a student who has been evaluated in accordance with 34 Code of Federal
Regulations relating to full individual evaluation and determined by an Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee as meeting
the eligibility criteria for being considered orthopedically impaired, visually impaired, deaf/blind, mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed,
learning disabled, speech impaired, traumatic brain injured, or autistic and who because of these impairments needs special education and
related services.
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Level I Disciplinary Chart—Elementary
Level 1: Teacher Directed
Many behaviors can be successfully managed by the classroom teacher. There should be immediate and consistent intervention of any behavior that impedes
orderly classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.
Procedures:
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Intervention should occur by the teacher who is supervising the student or who observes the misbehavior.
A record of offenses and disciplinary actions shall be maintained by the teacher and the appropriate administrator.
The teacher may want to discuss the misbehavior with the parent, administrator, and/or support personnel.
Level I Offenses and Disciplinary Options are not limited to those provided.
Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response and/or referral to Level II.
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Disciplinary offenses in the Student Code of Conduct are categorized into
five levels that identify sample offenses and possible disciplinary options
available to the teacher or administrator. In general, discipline shall be
progressively administered so that each level has an increasing degree of
intervention designed to promote student self-discipline unless Board
policy, state law, or the Student Code of Conduct specifies otherwise. The
teacher or administrator responsible for the discipline of a student in a
given situation may use discretion in determining the disciplinary options
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Level II Disciplinary Chart—Elementary
Level II: Administrator Directed
Some infractions will result in a referral to an administrator. The disciplinary action(s) will depend on the offense, previous actions, and the seriousness of the
misbehavior. Persistent shall be defined as two or more violations of the code in general or repeated occurrences of the same violation. More than one disciplinary
option may be assigned.
Procedures:
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Disciplinary report to administrator.
Administrator confers with student and/or teacher to establish appropriate disciplinary consequence(s).
Copies of appropriate discipline notices are sent to the teacher and/or parent indicating misbehavior and action(s) taken. Parents may be required to sign and
return the notice(s), report(s), and/or form(s) to school.
Each campus has the authority to establish appropriate disciplinary consequences based on campus needs which may be different than other campuses in the
District. As long as the individual campus is consistent in administering disciplinary options on the campus, there is no basis for a claim of discrimination. It
is important to note that two students committing the same offense on the same campus may have different disciplinary actions based on an evaluation of all
applicable factors as noted in the Guidelines for Assessing Disciplinary Consequences.
Level II Offenses and Disciplinary Options are not limited to those provided.
Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response and/or referral to Level III.
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Special assignments or duties (only with parent
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Committing persistent offenses from Level I (minor acts of
misconduct, including repeated bus infractions)
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Examples of Offenses
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Possessing a current prescription (student’s own medication)
or possessing, distributing, or using a non-prescription drug,
natural and/or homeopathic-like substances, or dietary
supplements
Displaying or using a cell phone or other electronic device
during instructional time (visual or auditory) without
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Defacing or damaging library or classroom materials or
textbooks, including removal of bar codes; defacing or
damaging another person’s personal property
Using a skateboard, scooter, roller blades, shoes with wheels,
or other similar devices on school property
Possessing or using a camera, radio, CD player, MP3 player,
hand-held electronic game, or other unauthorized electronic
device without expressed permission
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Sponsors and coaches of extracurricular activities, such as Student
Council, may develop and enforce standards of behavior that are
higher than the District-developed Student Code of Conduct and
may condition membership or participation in the activity on
adherence to those standards.
Exclusion from extracurricular activities
School officials shall notify a local law enforcement authority if
they suspect that criminal acts have occurred on school or District
property or at a school-sponsored or school-related event. These
individuals also have the authority to involve law enforcement in
any discipline or campus situation where it is deemed necessary.
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Being present in area without authorization
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Level III Disciplinary Chart—Elementary
Level III: Administrator Directed
Serious offenses are defined but not limited to those listed below. Persistent shall be defined as two or more violations of the code in general or repeated
occurrences of the same violation. More than one disciplinary option may be assigned.
Procedures:
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The administrator investigates the infraction(s) and, if necessary, confers with the teacher.
The administrator determines appropriate disciplinary action(s) and notifies the student and the parents and/or guardian.
The student is afforded proper due process.
Each campus has the authority to establish appropriate disciplinary consequences based on campus needs which may be different than other campuses in the
District. As long as the individual campus is consistent in administering disciplinary options on the campus, there is no basis for a claim of discrimination. It
is important to note that two students committing the same offense on the same campus may have different disciplinary actions based on an evaluation of all
applicable factors as noted in the Guidelines for Assessing Disciplinary Consequences.
Level III Offenses and Disciplinary Options are not limited to those provided.
Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response.
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Possessing, distributing, or using fireworks of any kind, stink bombs, smoke bombs,
“poppers,” other noxious chemicals (including pepper-spray or mace-type materials), or
“shock” pens and other similar devices
Possessing any prohibited weapon including prohibited weapons that do not constitute a
mandatory removable or expellable offense by statute, which is designed to propel a
projectile either by a spring-type mechanism, air, or gas. This includes, but is not
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Exclusion from extracurricular
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Confiscation of item
Special assignments or duties (only with
parent approval)
Before, during lunch, or after school
detention
Required Parent Meeting
In-school suspension
Out-of-school suspension (not to
exceed three days at a time)
Committing persistent offenses from Level II, including bus infractions
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Using profane, vulgar, obscene, or threatening language, including hit lists (written or
verbal), or obscene gestures/pictures/symbols/sounds
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Possessing, distributing, or creating pornographic or sexually-oriented material and/or
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Level III—Elementary
Examples of Offenses
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Examples of Disciplinary Options
Selling, giving, or delivering to another person a non-prescription drug or possessing,
transmitting, selling, or attempting to sell what is represented to be a prohibited
substance
Attempting to sell or purchase a prohibited substance through verbal or written
communication without being in possession
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Stealing or unauthorized possession of another person’s property; theft, committing
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Forging or altering school records, parent notes, forms, or other school/home
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Assaulting another student or adult that is not a mandatory removable or expellable
offense
Vandalizing, including defacement of or damage to school property, and graffiti not
included as a mandatory removable or expellable offense; inappropriate use of personal
or school property that has the potential to cause damage or injury
Failing to disclose information, hiding/covering up (for self or others)
information/evidence, committing perjury, or lying as a witness during a school
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Creating a situation that may constitute a potential health hazard or result in possible
injury (bodily fluids; pulling chair out from someone; taking more than the
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Hacking (illegal or unauthorized entry or attempted entry into computer files)
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Interfering with school activities, including trespassing, boycotting, and group
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Loss of privileges
Special assignments or duties (only with parent
approval)
Before, during lunch, or after school detention
Required Parent Meeting
In-school suspension
Out-of-school suspension (not to exceed three days
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Persistent misconduct at Level III may result in placement in a Disciplinary
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Confiscation of item
If a student is charged with a felony on campus or at a school-related event for any of the
offenses listed at Level III, the student is automatically disciplined at Level IV or V as
appropriate.
Exclusion from extracurricular activities
Sponsors and coaches of extracurricular activities, such as Student Council, may develop
and enforce standards of behavior that are higher than the District-developed Student
Code of Conduct and may condition membership or participation in the activity on
adherence to those standards.
Restitution of damages/restoring to order
School officials shall notify a local law enforcement authority if they suspect that
criminal acts have occurred on school or District property or at a school-sponsored or
school-related event. These individuals also have the authority to involve law
enforcement in any discipline or campus situation where it is deemed necessary.
Level I Disciplinary Chart—Middle School
Level I: Teacher Directed
Many behaviors can be successfully managed by the classroom teacher. There should be immediate and consistent intervention of any behavior which impedes
orderly classroom procedures, student safety, or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.
Procedures:
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Intervention should occur by the teacher who is supervising the student or who observes the misbehavior.
A record of offenses and disciplinary actions shall be maintained by the teacher and the appropriate administrator.
The teacher may want to discuss the misbehavior with the parent, administrator, and/or support personnel.
Level I Offenses and Disciplinary Options are not limited to those provided.
Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response and/or referral to Level II.
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Disciplinary offenses in the Student Code of Conduct are categorized into
five levels that identify sample offenses and possible disciplinary options
available to the teacher or administrator. In general, discipline shall be
progressively administered so that each level has an increasing degree of
intervention designed to promote student self-discipline unless Board policy,
state law, or the Student Code of Conduct specifies otherwise. The teacher or
administrator responsible for the discipline of a student in a given situation
may use discretion in determining the disciplinary options most appropriate
to the setting and the infraction.
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Parent conference
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Level II Disciplinary Chart—Middle School
Level II: Administrator Directed
Some infractions will result in a referral to an administrator. The disciplinary action(s) will depend on the offense, previous actions, and the seriousness of the
misbehavior. Persistent shall be defined as two or more violations of the code in general or repeated occurrences of the same violation. More than one disciplinary
option may be assigned.
Procedures:
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Disciplinary report to administrator.
Administrator confers with student and/or teacher to establish appropriate disciplinary consequence(s).
Copies of appropriate disciplinary notices are sent to the teacher and/or parent indicating misbehavior and action(s) taken. Parents may be required to sign
and return the notice(s), report(s), and/or form(s) to school.
Each campus has the authority to establish appropriate disciplinary consequences based on campus needs which may be different than other campuses in the
District. As long as the individual campus is consistent in administering disciplinary options on the campus, there is no basis for a claim of discrimination. It
is important to note that two students committing the same offense on the same campus may have different disciplinary actions based on an evaluation of all
applicable factors as noted in the Guidelines for Assessing Disciplinary Consequences.
Level II Offenses and Disciplinary Options are not limited to those provided.
Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response and/or referral to Level III.
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Being truant, including skipping class/mandatory tutorials
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Being tardy excessively
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Physically contacting another student creating a disruptive
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Creating or participating in a disturbance
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Failing to serve detention/Saturday Detention
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Abusing the use of a hall pass
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Committing persistent offenses from Level I (minor acts
of misconduct, including repeated bus infractions)
Parent conference
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Level II—Middle School
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
Displaying or using a cell phone or other electronic device
during instructional time (visual or auditory) without
expressed permission
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Violating the acceptable use policy for technology
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Telling a falsehood to an adult
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Defacing or damaging library or classroom materials or
textbooks, including removal of bar codes; defacing or
damaging another person’s property
Using a skateboard, scooter, roller blades, shoes with
wheels, or other similar devices on school property
Possessing or using a camera, radio, CD player, MP3
player, hand-held electronic game, or other unauthorized
electronic device without expressed permission
Recording on campus, audio or video, is prohibited unless
permission has been expressly granted by a staff member
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Engaging in an inappropriate act of familiarity with
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Loss of privileges / Exclusion from extracurricular
activities
Confiscation of item
School officials shall notify a local law enforcement
authority if they suspect that criminal acts have occurred on
school or District property or at a school-sponsored or
school-related event.
Sponsors and coaches of extracurricular activities, such as
interscholastic athletics and marching band, may develop
and enforce standards of behavior that are higher than the
District-developed Student Code of Conduct and may
condition membership or participation in the activity on
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Possessing a laser pointer for other than an approved use
Withdrawal or restriction of bus privileges
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Level III Disciplinary Chart—Middle School
Level III: Administrator Directed
Serious offenses are defined, but not limited, to those listed below. Persistent shall be defined as two or more violations of the code in general or repeated
occurrences of the same violation. More than one disciplinary option may be assigned.
Procedures:
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The administrator investigates the infraction(s) and, if necessary, confers with the teacher.
The administrator determines appropriate disciplinary action(s) and notifies the student and the parents and/or guardian.
The student is afforded proper due process.
Each campus has the authority to establish appropriate disciplinary consequences based on campus needs which may be different than other campuses in the
District. As long as the individual campus is consistent in administering disciplinary options on the campus, there is no basis for a claim of discrimination. It
is important to note that two students committing the same offense on the same campus may have different disciplinary actions based on an evaluation of all
applicable factors as noted in the Guidelines for Assessing Disciplinary Consequences.
Level III Offenses and Disciplinary Options are not limited to those provided.
Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response.
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Committing persistent offenses from Level II, including bus infractions
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Engaging in conduct that disrupts the school environment or educational process,
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Using profane, vulgar, obscene, or threatening language, including hit lists (written
or verbal), or obscene gestures/pictures/symbols/sounds
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Intentionally or knowingly making libelous or slanderous remarks (verbal or
written) about students, employees, or others
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Possessing, distributing, or using fireworks of any kind, stink bombs, smoke
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Possessing, distributing, or creating pornographic or sexually-oriented material
and/or accessing pornography via the District’s computer system
Possessing any prohibited weapon including prohibited weapons that do not
constitute a mandatory removable or expellable offense by statute, which is
designed to propel a projectile either by a spring-type mechanism, air, or gas. This
includes, but is not limited to, BB-guns, pellet guns, paintball guns, slingshots, etc.
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Saturday Detention
Special assignments or duties (only with
parent approval)
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Restitution of damages/restoring to
order
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Out-of-school suspension (not to
exceed three days at a time)
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Required Parent Meeting
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Confiscation of item
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Parent conference
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Level III—Middle School
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Stealing or unauthorized possession of another person’s property, theft; committing
burglary
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Exhibiting, possessing, delivering, using, or selling look-alike weapons
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Forging or altering school records, parent notes, forms, or other school/home
communications
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Assaulting another student or adult that is not a mandatory removable or expellable
offense
Vandalizing, including defacement of or damage to school property, and graffiti
not included as a mandatory removable or expellable offense; inappropriate use of
property that has the potential to cause damage or injury
Failing to disclose information, hiding/covering up (for self or others)
information/evidence, committing perjury, or lying as a witness during a school
investigation
Engaging in behavior that is illegal that does not constitute a mandatory removable
or expellable offense
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Creating a situation that may constitute a potential health hazard or result in
possible injury (bodily fluids, pulling chair out from someone, taking more than the
recommended dosage of a medicine, etc.)
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Being in an area designated for the opposite gender (e.g. locker rooms, restrooms)
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Hacking (illegal or unauthorized entry or attempted entry into computer files)
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Parent conference
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Loss of privileges / Exclusion from extracurricular
activities
Confiscation of item
Special assignments or duties (only with parent approval)
Saturday Detention
Before, during, or after school detention
Required Parent Meeting
In-school suspension
Out-of-school suspension (not to exceed three days at a
time)
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NOTES:
If a student is charged with a felony on campus or at a school-related event for any of
the offenses listed at Level III, the student is automatically disciplined at Level IV or V
as appropriate.
Sponsors and coaches of extracurricular activities, such as interscholastic athletics and
marching band, may develop and enforce standards of behavior that are higher than the
District-developed Student Code of Conduct and may condition membership or
participation in the activity on adherence to those standards.
Persistent misconduct at Level III may result in placement in a Disciplinary
Alternative Education Program (DAEP).
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Restitution of damages/restoring to order
School officials shall notify a local law enforcement authority if they suspect that
criminal acts have occurred on school or District property or at a school-sponsored or
school-related event. These individuals also have the authority to involve law
enforcement in any discipline or campus situation where it is deemed necessary.
Level I Disciplinary Chart—High School
Level I: Teacher Directed
Many behaviors can be successfully managed by the classroom teacher. There should be immediate and consistent intervention of any behavior which impedes
orderly classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.
Procedures:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Intervention should occur by the teacher who is supervising the student or who observes the misbehavior.
A record of offenses and disciplinary actions shall be maintained by the teacher and the appropriate administrator.
The teacher may want to discuss the misbehavior with the parent, administrator, and/or support personnel.
Level I Offenses and Disciplinary Options are not limited to those provided.
Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response and/or referral to Level II.
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Eating, drinking, or chewing gum in an undesignated area
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Throwing objects or passing unauthorized notes
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Disciplinary offenses in the Student Code of Conduct are categorized into five
levels that identify sample offenses and possible disciplinary options available
to the teacher or administrator. In general, discipline shall be progressively
administered so that each level has an increasing degree of intervention
designed to promote student self-discipline unless Board policy, state law, or
the Student Code of Conduct specifies otherwise. The teacher or administrator
responsible for the discipline of a student in a given situation may use
discretion in determining the disciplinary options most appropriate to the setting
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Level II: Administrator Directed
Some infractions will result in a referral to an administrator. The disciplinary action(s) will depend on the offense, previous actions, and the seriousness of the
misbehavior. Persistent shall be defined as two or more violations of the code in general or repeated occurrences of the same violation. More than one disciplinary
option may be assigned.
Procedures:
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Disciplinary report to administrator.
Administrator confers with student and/or teacher to establish appropriate disciplinary consequence(s).
Copies of appropriate disciplinary notices are sent to the teacher and/or parent indicating misbehavior and action(s) taken. Parents may be required to sign
and return the notice(s), report(s), and/or form(s) to school.
Each campus has the authority to establish appropriate disciplinary consequences based on campus needs which may be different than other campuses in the
District. As long as the individual campus is consistent in administering disciplinary options on the campus, there is no basis for a claim of discrimination. It
is important to note that two students committing the same offense on the same campus may have different disciplinary actions based on an evaluation of all
applicable factors as noted in the Guidelines for Assessing Disciplinary Consequences.
Level II Offenses and Disciplinary Options are not limited to those provided.
Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response and/or referral to Level III.
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Level II—High School
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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investigation)
Defacing or damaging library or classroom materials or
textbooks, including removal of bar codes; defacing or
damaging another person’s property
Using a skateboard, scooter, roller blades, shoes with
wheels, or other similar devices on school property
Possessing or using a camera, radio, CD player, MP3
player, hand-held electronic game, or other unauthorized
electronic device without expressed permission
Recording on campus, audio or video, is prohibited unless
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Required Parent Meeting
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School officials shall notify a local law enforcement
authority if they suspect that criminal acts have occurred on
school or District property or at a school-sponsored or
school-related event.
Sponsors and coaches of extracurricular activities, such as
interscholastic athletics and marching band, may develop
and enforce standards of behavior that are higher than the
District-developed Student Code of Conduct and may
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Level III Disciplinary Chart—High School
Level III: Administrator Directed
Serious offenses are defined, but not limited to, those listed below. Persistent shall be defined as two or more violations of the code in general or repeated
occurrences of the same violation. More than one disciplinary option may be assigned.
Procedures:
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The administrator investigates the infraction(s) and, if necessary, confers with the teacher.
The administrator determines appropriate disciplinary action(s) and notifies the student and the parents and/or guardian.
The student is afforded proper due process.
Each campus has the authority to establish appropriate disciplinary consequences based on campus needs which may be different than other campuses in the
District. As long as the individual campus is consistent in administering disciplinary options on the campus, there is no basis for a claim of discrimination. It
is important to note that two students committing the same offense on the same campus may have different disciplinary actions based on an evaluation of all
applicable factors as noted in the Guidelines for Assessing Disciplinary Consequences.
Level III Offenses and Disciplinary Options are not limited to those provided.
Repeated violations shall result in a more severe response.
Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Intentionally or knowingly making libelous or slanderous remarks
(verbal or written) about students, employees, or others
Using ethnic, racial, or gender-related slurs (verbal or written) or
committing inappropriate acts that are directed toward a specific racial
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Possessing, distributing, or creating pornographic or sexually-oriented
material and/or accessing pornography via the District’s computer
system
Possessing any prohibited weapon including prohibited weapons that
do not constitute a mandatory removable or expellable offense by
statute, which is designed to propel a projectile either by a spring-type
mechanism, air, or gas. This includes, but is not limited to, BB-guns,
pellet guns, paintball guns, slingshots, etc.
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Examples of Offenses
Examples of Disciplinary Options
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Exhibiting, possessing, delivering, using, or selling look-alike
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Assaulting another student or adult that is not a mandatory
removable or expellable offense
Vandalizing, including defacement of or damage to school
property, and graffiti not included as a mandatory removable or
expellable offense; inappropriate use of property that has the
potential to cause damage or injury
Failing to disclose information, hiding/covering up (for self or
others) information/evidence, committing perjury, or lying as a
witness during a school investigation
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or result in possible injury (including but not limited to: bodily
fluids, pulling chair out from someone, taking more than the
recommended dosage of a medicine, reckless driving on school
property, etc.)
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Special assignments or duties (only with parent approval)
Persistent misconduct at Level III may result in placement in a
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP).
Restitution of damages/restoring to order
Sponsors and coaches of extracurricular activities, such as
interscholastic athletics and marching band, may develop and enforce
standards of behavior that are higher than the District-developed
Student Code of Conduct and may condition membership or
participation in the activity on adherence to those standards.
Loss of privileges
If a student is charged with a felony on campus or at a school-related
event for any of the offenses listed at Level III, the student is
automatically disciplined at Level IV or V as appropriate.
Withdrawal or restriction of bus privileges
Parent conference
School officials shall notify a local law enforcement authority if
they suspect that criminal acts have occurred on school or District
property or at a school-sponsored or school-related event. These
individuals also have the authority to involve law enforcement in any
discipline or campus situation where it is deemed necessary.
Level IV Disciplinary Chart – All Grade Levels
Level IV offenses are primarily acts of misconduct for which mandatory removal to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
is required by law. [Texas Education Code 37.006] Secondary students who commit one of the mandatory removable offenses listed below
will be assigned to the District’s DAEP.
A student shall be removed from class and placed in a DAEP if the student:
1. Engages in conduct involving a public school that contains the elements of the offense of false alarm or report under Section 42.06,
Penal Code, or terroristic threat under Section 22.07 Penal Code; or
2. Commits the following 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:
a. Engages in conduct punishable as a felony (if not specified as a mandatory expellable offense at Level V);
b. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of assault under Texas Penal Code Section 22.01(a)(1);
c. Sells, gives, or delivers to another person or possesses, uses, or is under the influence of:
(1) Marijuana or a controlled substance, as defined by Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, or by 21 USC Section 801 et seq.; or
(2) A dangerous drug, as defined by Chapter 483, Health and Safety Code;
d. Sells, gives, or delivers to another person an alcoholic beverage, as defined by Section 1.04, Alcoholic Beverage Code, commits a
serious act or offense while under the influence of alcohol, or possesses, uses, or is under the influence of an alcoholic beverage;
e. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of an offense relating to an abusable volatile chemical under Health and Safety
Code Sections 485.031 through 485.033; or
f. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of public lewdness under Section 21.07, Penal Code or indecent
exposure under Section 21.08, Penal Code.
3. Is involved in gang activity, including participating as a member or pledge, or soliciting another person to become a pledge or member
of a gang. FNCC (LEGAL)
4. Is 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. FNCC (LEGAL)
In lieu of placement in a DAEP, the District may expel a student for conduct listed in items 1, 2(c), 2(d), or 2(e) above.
Except as provided by Texas Education Code 37.007(d), (expellable offenses related to retaliation), a student shall be removed from class
and placed in a DAEP if the student engages in conduct on or off school property that contains the elements of the offense of retaliation
under Section 36.06, Penal Code, against any school employee.
A student shall be removed from class and may be expelled and placed in an alternative setting, either JJAEP or DAEP, based on conduct
occurring off campus and while the student is not in attendance at a school-sponsored or school-related activity under Texas Education
Code 37.0081 if:
1. The student received deferred prosecution under Section 53.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal
Code;
2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct under Section 54.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as a
felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
3. The student is charged with engaging in conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
4. The student has been referred to a juvenile court for allegedly engaging in delinquent conduct under Section 54.03, Family Code, for
conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
5. The student has received probation or deferred adjudication for a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code;
6. The student has been convicted of a felony offense under Title5, Penal Code; or
7. The student has been arrested for or charged with a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code; and the Board or the Board’s designee
determines that the student’s presence in the regular classroom: a) threatens the safety of other students or teachers; b) will be
detrimental to the educational process; and c) is not in the best interests of the District’s students.
Northwest ISD administrators may recommend a discretionary placement of a student in the DAEP (in lieu of expulsion) who has
committed the following violations of the Code of Conduct:
1. Student found to have engaged in the offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code, against another student, without
regard to whether the conduct occurs on or off of school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on
or off of school property.
2. Student found to have engaged in conduct described in Texas Education Code 37.007(a) if the student engages in that conduct on the
school property of another district in this state or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity of a school in another
district in this state.
3. Student who sells, gives, is under the influence of, or delivers to another person a non-prescription drug or possessing, transmitting,
selling, or attempting to sell what is represented to be a prohibited substance or equipment, products, or materials used as drug
paraphernalia.
4. Is in possession of any device, not included as a removable or expellable offense by statute, which is designed to propel a projectile
either by a spring-type mechanism, air, or gas. This includes, but is not limited to, items such as BB-guns, pellet guns, paintball guns,
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Student who attempts to sell/purchase (whether or not successful) or is involved in the delivery or exchange of a prohibited substance
through verbal or written communication without being in possession.
Secondary students who engage in serious or persistent misbehavior at the home campus may be recommended for a discretionary placement at
the DAEP.
In addition, a student may be removed from class and placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) based on conduct
occurring off campus and while the student is not in attendance at a school-sponsored or school-related activity if:
1. The Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee has a reasonable belief that the student has engaged in conduct defined as a felony
offense other than those defined in Title 5, Penal Code; and
2. 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.
Students who are younger than 6 years of age may not be removed from class and placed in a DAEP except in lieu of expulsion due to a
firearm violation. Elementary students may not be placed in a DAEP with students not in elementary school.
A student who has been identified as a registered sex offender is required to be disciplined under Level IV as specified in state law.
1. Notwithstanding any provision of Subchapter A, Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, on receiving notice under Article 15.27, Code of
Criminal Procedure, or Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, that a student is required to register as a sex offender under that chapter,
the District shall remove a student, as identified above, from the regular classroom and determine the appropriate placement of the student in
the manner outlined below.
a. The District shall place a student, as identified in paragraph #1 above, who is under any form of court supervision, including
probation, community supervision, or parole, in the appropriate alternative education program as provided by Section 37.309 for at
least one semester.
b. The District may place a student, as identified in paragraph #1 above, who is not under any form of court supervision in the
appropriate alternative education program as provided by Section 37.309 for one semester or in the regular classroom. The District
may not place the student in the regular classroom if the District Board of Trustees determines that the student's presence in the
regular classroom:
(1) threatens the safety of other students or teachers;
(2) will be detrimental to the educational process; or
(3) is not in the best interests of the District's students.
c. At the end of the first semester of a student's placement in an alternative education program under paragraphs (a) and (b) above, the
District Board of Trustees shall convene a committee to review the student's placement in the alternative education program. The
committee must be composed of:
(1) a classroom teacher from the campus to which the student would be assigned were the student not placed in an alternative
education program;
(2) the student's parole or probation officer or, in the case of a student who does not have a parole or probation officer, a
representative of the local juvenile probation department;
(3) an instructor from the alternative education program to which the student is assigned;
(4) a school district designee selected by the Board of Trustees; and
(5) a counselor employed by the District.
d. The committee by majority vote shall determine and recommend to the school Board of Trustees whether the student should be
returned to the regular classroom or remain in the alternative education program.
e. If the committee recommends that the student be returned to the regular classroom, the Board of Trustees shall return the student to
the regular classroom unless the Board determines that the student's presence in the regular classroom:
(1) threatens the safety of other students or teachers;
(2) will be detrimental to the educational process; or
(3) is not in the best interests of the District's students.
f. If the committee recommends that the student remain in the alternative education program, the Board of Trustees shall continue the
student's placement in the alternative education program unless the Board determines that the student's presence in the regular
classroom:
(1) does not threaten the safety of other students or teachers;
(2) will not be detrimental to the educational process; and
(3) is not contrary to the best interests of the District's students.
g. If, after receiving a recommendation under paragraph (f) above, the District Board of Trustees determines that the student should
remain in an alternative education program, the Board shall, before the beginning of each school year, convene the committee
described by paragraph (c) above, to review, in the manner provided paragraphs (c) through (f), the student's placement in an
alternative education program.
h. The placement under these provisions of a student with a disability who receives special education services must be made in
compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. Section 1400 et seq.). The review outlined above of the
placement of a student with a disability who receives special education services may be made only by a duly constituted admission,
review, and dismissal committee. The admission, review, and dismissal committee may request that the Board of Trustees convene a
committee as described above to assist the admission, review, and dismissal committee in conducting the review.
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2. The District shall place a student who is required by the Board of Trustees to attend an alternative education program under these provisions
in a disciplinary alternative education program, subject to the following exception. The District shall place a student who is required by the
Board of Trustees to attend an alternative education program under this subchapter in a juvenile justice alternative education program if:
a.
the memorandum of understanding entered into between the District and juvenile board under Texas Education Code Section
37.011(k) provides for the placement of students to whom this subchapter applies in the juvenile justice alternative education
program; or
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a court orders the placement of the student in a juvenile justice alternative education program.
3. If a student transfers from another school district during the student's mandatory placement in an alternative education program, the District
may:
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require the student to complete an additional semester in the appropriate alternative education program without conducting a review
of the student's placement for that semester as outlined in paragraphs (c) through (f) above; or
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count any time spent by the student in an alternative education program in the district from which the student transfers toward the
mandatory placement requirement.
4. If a student, as identified in paragraph #1 transfers from another school district at a time when he/she is not subject to the mandatory
placement, the District shall determine whether to place the student in the appropriate alternative education program or in a regular
classroom. The District shall follow the procedures specified under paragraphs (c) through (f) above in making the determination.
5. A student or the student's parent or guardian may appeal a decision by the District Board of Trustees to place the student in an alternative
education program under these provisions by requesting a conference among the Board of Trustees, the student's parent or guardian, and the
student. The conference is limited to the factual question of whether the student is required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62,
Code of Criminal Procedure. If the District Board of Trustees determines at the conclusion of the conference that the student is required to
register as a sex offender under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, the student is subject to placement in an alternative education
program in the manner provided by these provisions. A decision by the Board of Trustees under this section is final and may not be appealed.
(See “Disciplinary Alternative Education Program” for more information.)
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Level V Disciplinary Chart – All Grade Levels
Level V offenses are primarily acts of misconduct for which mandatory expulsion is required by law. (Texas Education Code 37.007) Secondary
students who commit one of the following mandatory expellable offenses will be assigned to a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program
(JJAEP).
A student shall be expelled from school if the student, on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related event on or
off school property:
1. Uses, exhibits, or possesses:
a. A firearm as defined by 46.01(3), Penal Code;
b. An illegal knife as defined by 46.01(6), Penal Code;
c. A club as defined by 46.01 (1), Penal Code; or
d. A weapon listed as a prohibited weapon under 46.05, Penal Code.
2. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of:
a. Aggravated assault under 22.02, Penal Code, sexual assault under 22.011, Penal Code, or aggravated sexual assault under 22.021, Penal
Code;
b. Arson under 28.02, Penal Code;
c. Murder under 19.02, Penal Code, capital murder under 19.03, Penal Code, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder under
15.01, Penal Code;
d. Indecency with a child under 21.11, Penal Code;
e. Aggravated kidnapping under 20.04, Penal Code;
f. Aggravated robbery under 29.03, Penal Code;
g. Manslaughter under 19.04, Penal Code;
h. Criminally negligent homicide under 19.05, Penal Code; or
i. Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children under 21.02, Penal Code.
3. Engages in the following conduct, if the conduct is punishable as a felony:
a. Sells, gives, or delivers to another person or possesses, uses, or is under the influence of:
(1) Marijuana or a controlled substance, as defined by Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, or by 21 USC Section 801 et seq.; or
(2) A dangerous drug, as defined by Chapter 483, Health and Safety Code; or
b. Sells, gives, or delivers to another person an alcoholic beverage, as defined by Section 1.04, Alcoholic Beverage Code; commits a serious
act or offense while under the influence of alcohol; or possesses, uses, or is under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.
A student shall be expelled if the student engages in conduct that contains the elements of any offense listed in items #1, #2, or #3 above against
any employee or volunteer in retaliation for or as a result of the person's employment or association with the District without regard to whether
the conduct occurs on or off school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property.
A student shall also be expelled if the student brings a firearm, as defined by federal law to any District school. The student must be expelled
from the student's regular campus for a period of at least one year. The following modifications may apply:
1. The Superintendent or other chief administrative officer of the District may modify the length of the expulsion or assess another comparable
penalty that results in the student’s exclusion from the regular school program, on a case-by-case basis;
2. The District shall provide educational services to an expelled student in a DAEP if the student is younger than ten (10) years of age on the
date of expulsion; and
3. The District may provide educational services to an expelled student who is ten (10) years of age or older in a DAEP.
Exceptions to the one-year expulsion are found in Board Policy FNCG (LEGAL) and FOD (LEGAL).
A student may be expelled if – while on school property, while 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 event on or off school property – the student engages in
conduct that contains the elements of an offense of:
1. Assault under Section 22.01(a)(1), Penal Code, against a District employee or a volunteer as defined by Section 22.053, Texas Education
Code; or
2. Deadly conduct under Section 22.05, Penal Code.
A student may also be expelled if the student engages in conduct that contains the elements of an offense of an assault against any employee or
volunteer in retaliation for or as a result of the person's employment or association with a district, without regard to whether the conduct occurs
on or off school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property.
A student may be expelled if the student, while placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) for disciplinary reasons,
engages in serious misbehavior that violates the District's Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
A student who engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of criminal mischief under Section 28.03, Penal Code, may be
expelled if the conduct is punishable as a felony. The student shall be referred to the authorized officer of the juvenile court regardless of
whether the student is expelled.
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A student may be expelled for engaging in the offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code against another student without
regard to whether the conduct occurs on or off of school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off of
school property.
A student may be expelled for engaging in conduct described in Texas Education Code 37.007(a) if the student engages in that conduct on the
school property of another district in this state or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity of a school in another district in
this state.
A student shall be removed from class and may be expelled and placed in an alternative setting, either JJAEP or DAEP, based on conduct
occurring off campus and while the student is not in attendance at a school-sponsored or school-related activity under Texas Education Code
37.0081 if:
1. The student received deferred prosecution under Section 53.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal
Code;
2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct under Section 54.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as a felony
offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
3. The student is charged with engaging in conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
4. The student has been referred to a juvenile court for allegedly engaging in delinquent conduct under Section 54.03, Family Code, for
conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
5. The student has received probation or deferred adjudication for a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code;
6. The student has been convicted of a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code; or
7. The student has been arrested for or charged with a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code and the Board or the Board’s designee
determines that the student’s presence in the regular classroom: a) threatens the safety of other students or teachers, b) will be detrimental
to the educational process, and c) is not in the best interests of the District’s students.
A student between 6 and 10 years of age may not be expelled, but must be placed in a DAEP for an expellable offense. A student between 6
and 10 years of age, who brings a firearm to school, and thereby violates the federal firearms provision, must be expelled but provided
educational services in a DAEP [Texas Education Code 37.007(e) and (h)]. A student younger than 6 years of age may not be expelled or
placed in a DAEP [Texas Education Code 37.006(l) and 37.007(h)] except for firearm violations. Elementary students cannot be placed in a
DAEP with students not in elementary school.
(See “Expulsion” for more information.)
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Disciplinary Consequences Outlined
NOTE: Students with Disabilities - Before a student who has been identified as having a disability under Section 504 or IDEA
can be removed to the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) or expelled, a Section 504 Committee or an
Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee must conduct a manifestation determination.
Detentions/Saturday Detention
For infractions of the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct, other policies/regulations, or individual
classroom guidelines and expectations, students may be assigned a campus detention before, during, or after
school or on Saturday. Before assigning a student to a campus detention, the student shall be informed of the
conduct that allegedly constitutes the violation and the student shall be given an opportunity to explain his/her
version of the incident. Failure to serve a campus detention will result in a more serious consequence.
Saturday Detention may be assigned for disciplinary infractions as appropriate. Students assigned to Saturday
Detention are to report to the assigned school on the date and time indicated on the disciplinary notice. Students
must bring enough material to study for the entire detention period and must observe the standard dress code.
Transportation, to and from Saturday detention, must be provided by the student or his/her parent(s).
Notice to Parents
When a student under 18 is assigned detention, a copy of the disciplinary notice shall be given to the student to
inform his/her parents of the reason for the detention and to afford them an opportunity to arrange for the
student’s transportation. If a parent needs to change the date or time of an assigned detention, this may be easily
accomplished by calling the school or sending a signed note prior to the scheduled detention.
Conference (Due
Process)
A student who is assigned a campus detention will be given an informal conference with the teacher, principal,
or appropriate administrator advising the student of the conduct with which the student is charged and giving
the student the opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident.
Restrictions/
Prohibitions
A student assigned to a campus detention is not prohibited from attending or participating in school-sponsored
or school-related activities on or off school property, except during the actual timeframe of the detention.
Penalties may be imposed by sponsors of extracurricular groups/organizations in accordance with established
guidelines.
Complaints
Once a disciplinary consequence is assigned, the student is expected to serve the consequence to avoid
additional penalties. While there is no disciplinary appeal for a campus detention, parental questions or
complaints regarding issues that were ancillary to the consequence should be addressed informally with the
teacher, assistant principal, or campus principal, as appropriate. For example, a complaint might allege that
proper procedures were not followed. If these conferences are not satisfactory, parents may follow the formal
complaint process in accordance with Board Policy FNG (LOCAL). This process may not be used to overturn a
disciplinary assignment. (See “Complaints and Concerns.”)
Extended Class
Opportunity
(ECO):
Extended Class-time Opportunity (ECO) is an after-school administrative detention. This provides the students
with the advantage of remaining in a regular class setting for instruction during the school day. Teachers may
send tutorial work, tests, or other assignments to students serving the ECO detention.
There is no transportation provided. Parents should plan or make arrangements to pick up their child
immediately at the conclusion of the detention.
Required Parent Meeting
If a Required Parent Meeting is requested for a student, a parent/guardian must accompany the student to school
the next school day for a conference. If the parent has prior commitments, the parent must contact the
administrator to request a delay in the conference. If a delay is agreed upon, the student may return to school
during the delay. Student absences, caused by the student's failure to appear with a parent or guardian, are
considered unexcused absences. The Required Parent Meeting does not constitute a removal from school.
Notice to Parents
Administrators will make reasonable efforts to contact parents when a Required Parent Meeting is requested.
Parents will also be notified in writing that a Required Parent Meeting has been requested, and the
Transportation Department will be notified that the student is not to ride the bus to school.
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Complaints
Once a disciplinary consequence is assigned, the student is expected to serve the consequence to avoid
additional penalties. While there is no disciplinary appeal for Required Parent Meeting, parental questions or
complaints regarding issues that were ancillary to the consequence should be addressed informally with the
teacher, assistant principal, or campus principal, as appropriate. For example, a complaint might allege that
proper procedures were not followed. If these conferences are not satisfactory, parents may follow the formal
complaint process in accordance with Board Policy FNG (LOCAL). This process may not be used to overturn a
disciplinary assignment. (See "Complaints and Concerns”)
In-School Suspension
In-school Suspension (ISS) is an in-house disciplinary setting where a student may be assigned for infractions as
appropriate. ISS is provided in a classroom setting other than the student's regular classroom on the student's
home campus. The student's regular classroom teachers provide daily coursework for the student to complete in
a structured, non-social setting.
Length of
Removal
The period of removal for secondary students assigned to ISS ranges from a minimum of a portion of a school
day to a maximum of twenty (20) school days and is decided on a case-by-case basis considering the
seriousness of the infraction and the student's total disciplinary record. The period of placement for elementary
students may range from three (3) or more hours up to ten (10) school days depending on the age and maturity
of the child and the seriousness of the offense. If an administrator recommends a period of placement that is
inconsistent with these guidelines, notice of the inconsistency must be provided in the written notice to the
parent.
Notice to Parents
Administrators will make reasonable efforts to contact parents when a student has been assigned to ISS. The
student assigned to ISS will also receive a copy of the disciplinary notice to be given to his/her parents.
Conference (Due
Process)
A student who is assigned ISS will be given an informal conference with the principal or appropriate
administrator advising the student of the conduct with which the student is charged and giving the student the
opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident.
Restrictions/
Prohibitions
A student assigned to ISS is prohibited from attending or participating in school-sponsored or school-related
activities on or off school property except by special permission for educational-type events only (i.e.
PSAT/SAT/ACT testing and College Night). The student will be allowed to attend and/or participate in
school-sponsored or school-related activities, including practice, on the next school day following the last
day of the assignment. If the student receives additional assignments while serving an ISS placement, this
prohibition is extended until the day following the completion of all consecutive assignments. Additional
penalties may be imposed by sponsors of extracurricular groups/organizations in accordance with established
guidelines.
Complaints
Once a disciplinary consequence is assigned, the student is expected to serve the consequence to avoid
additional penalties. While there is no disciplinary appeal for in-school suspension, parental questions or
complaints regarding issues that were ancillary to the consequence should be addressed informally with the
teacher, assistant principal, or campus principal, as appropriate. For example, a complaint might allege that
proper procedures were not followed. If these conferences are not satisfactory, parents may follow the formal
complaint process in accordance with Board Policy FNG (LOCAL). This process may not be used to overturn a
disciplinary assignment. (See "Complaints and Concerns")
Continuation of
Placement
If a student who is assigned to ISS withdraws and enrolls in another school district before the expiration of an
ISS assignment, the District will forward a copy of the disciplinary notice along with other student records. The
District in which the student enrolls may continue the assignment or may allow the student to attend regular
classes without completing the days assigned. If a student withdraws from the District after being assigned to
ISS and returns within the same school year, the student will be required to serve the remainder of his/her ISS
assignment if the assignment was not completed in another district.
Transfers
Northwest ISD will require a student enrolling in the District to complete an ISS assignment ordered by the
previous school district upon receipt of the written notice.
Out-of-School Suspension
State law allows a student (elementary or secondary) to be assigned out-of-school suspension for up to three (3)
school days, with no limit on the number of times a student may be suspended in a semester or school year. The
student’s absence, if assigned out-of-school suspension, shall be considered to be an excused absence. The
student shall be responsible for all assignments missed during the period of suspension. If the student
satisfactorily completes assignments for the period of the out-of-school suspension within a reasonable time
determined by the District, no grade penalty will be imposed. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide
adequate supervision of the student during the period of out-of-school suspension. All bus privileges are
revoked during the Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) period.
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Length of
Removal
The duration of the student’s out-of-school suspension, which cannot exceed three (3) school days, will be
determined by the principal or other appropriate administrator.
Notice to Parents
Every effort will be made to notify the parent prior to suspending the student from school. Parents will be
provided with written notification of student suspensions. The notice will specify the nature of the offense, the
length of the out-of-school suspension, due process rights, and other sanctions.
Conference (Due
Process)
A student who is assigned an out-of-school suspension will first be given an informal conference with the
principal or appropriate administrator advising the student of the conduct with which the student is charged and
giving the student the opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident.
Restrictions/
Prohibitions
A student who is assigned an out-of-school suspension is prohibited from attending or participating in schoolsponsored or school-related activities on or off school property except by special permission for educationaltype events only (i.e. PSAT/SAT/ACT testing and College Night). The student will be allowed to return to
the campus and/or to attend and/or participate in school-sponsored or school-related activities, including
practice, on the next school day following the last day of the out-of-school suspension. Additional penalties
may be imposed by sponsors of extracurricular groups/organizations in accordance with established guidelines.
Complaints
Once a disciplinary consequence is assigned, the student is expected to serve the consequence to avoid
additional penalties. While there is no disciplinary appeal for out-of-school suspension, parental questions or
complaints regarding issues that were ancillary to the consequence should be addressed informally with the
teacher, assistant principal, or campus principal, as appropriate. For example, a complaint might allege that
proper procedures were not followed. If these conferences are not satisfactory, parents may follow the formal
complaint process in accordance with Board Policy FNG (LOCAL). This process may not be used to overturn a
disciplinary assignment. (See "Complaints and Concerns")
Continuation of
Placement
If a student who is assigned an out-of-school suspension withdraws and enrolls in another school district before
the expiration of the period of suspension, the District is required to forward a copy of the suspension notice
along with other student records. The district in which the student enrolls may continue the out-of-school
suspension or may allow the student to attend regular classes without completing the period of suspension. If a
secondary student withdraws from the District after being assigned a suspension and returns within the same
school year, the student will be required to serve the remainder of his/her out-of-school suspension if the
suspension was not completed in another district.
Transfers
Northwest ISD will require a student enrolling in the District to complete an out-of-school suspension ordered
by the previous school district upon receipt of the written notice.
Teacher Removal of Students
Informal Removal
A teacher may send a student to the principal’s office to maintain effective discipline in the classroom. The
principal shall respond by employing appropriate disciplinary management techniques consistent with the
Student Handbook and Code of Conduct and local policy.
Discretionary
Removal
A teacher may also remove from class a student:
1. Who has been documented by the teacher to repeatedly interfere with the teacher’s ability to communicate
effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn; or
2. Whose behavior the teacher determines is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it seriously interferes with
the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the
student’s classmates to learn.
Mandatory
Removal
A teacher shall remove a student from class who engages in conduct described in Texas Education Code 37.006
(Removal to a DAEP) or 37.007 (Expulsion). Texas Education Code 37.002(d)
If a teacher removes a student from class under this provision, pending the conference, the principal may place
the student in:
1. Another appropriate classroom; or
2. Into in-school suspension or a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.
Return to Class
When a student has been formally removed from class, the principal may not return the student to that teacher’s
class without the teacher’s consent unless a placement review committee determines that such placement is the
best or only alternative available. However, if the teacher removed the student from class because the student
engaged in the elements of any offense listed in Texas Education Code 37.006 (a)(2)(B) or 37.007 (a)(2)(A) or
(b)(2)(C) against the teacher, the student may not be returned to the teacher's class without the teacher's consent.
The terms of removal may prohibit the student from attending or participating in school-sponsored or schoolrelated activities.
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Notice to Parents
The principal shall send a copy of the teacher’s written report documenting the conduct to the student’s parents
or guardians. The principal will also inform the parent of the student's assignment during the period of removal.
Conference
Not later than the third class day after the day on which a student is removed from class by a teacher, the
principal or other appropriate administrator shall schedule a conference among the principal or other appropriate
administrator, a parent or guardian of the student, the teacher removing the student from class, and the student.
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. The student may not
be returned to the regular classroom pending this conference. Following the conference, and whether or not each
requested person was in attendance after valid attempts to require a person’s attendance, the principal shall order
the placement of the student back in the teacher’s class, into in-school suspension, a Disciplinary Alternative
Education Program, or in another teacher’s classroom and specify the duration of the placement.
If the teacher does not consent to the return of the student, the Placement Review Committee must meet.
Placement Review
Committee
Each campus shall establish a three-member committee to determine placement of a student when a teacher
refuses the return of a student to the teacher’s class and make recommendations to the District regarding
readmission of the student. Members shall be appointed as follows:
1. The campus faculty shall choose two teachers to serve as members and one teacher to serve as an alternative
member; and
2. The principal shall choose one member from the professional staff.
The teacher refusing to re-admit the student may not serve on the committee.
The Placement Review Committee may override the teacher’s objection to the return of the student if the
committee members agree that the placement is the best or only alternative available unless the teacher removed
the student from class because the student engaged in the elements of any offense listed in Texas Education
Code 37.006 (a)(2)(B) or 37.007 (a)(2)(A) or (b)(2)(C) against the teacher. In the latter case, the student may not
be returned to the teacher's class without the teacher's consent.
Placement
If the Placement Review Committee agrees with the principal that the teacher’s classroom is the best or only
available alternative, the student will be returned to the teacher’s classroom unless the teacher removed the
student from class because the student engaged in the elements of any offense listed in Texas Education Code
37.006 (a)(2)(B) or 37.007 (a)(2)(A) or (b)(2)(C) against the teacher. In the latter case, the student may not be
returned to the teacher's class without the teacher's consent. The committee’s placement determination regarding
a student with disabilities is subject to IDEA and state law.
Complaints
Once a disciplinary consequence is assigned, the student is expected to serve the consequence to avoid
additional penalties. While there is no disciplinary appeal for a teacher removal of a student, parental questions
or complaints regarding issues that were ancillary to the consequence should be addressed informally with the
teacher, assistant principal, or campus principal, as appropriate. For example, a complaint alleging that proper
procedures were not followed. If these conferences are not satisfactory, parents may follow the formal
complaint process in accordance with Board Policy FNG (LOCAL). (See “Complaints and Concerns.”)
Emergency Placement/Expulsion
The principal or the principal's designee may order the immediate placement of a student in a Disciplinary
Alternative Education Program (DAEP) if the principal or the principal's designee reasonably believes the
student's behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it seriously interferes with a teacher's ability to
communicate effectively with the student's class, with the ability of the student's classmates to learn, or with the
operation of school or a school-sponsored activity.
The principal or the principal's designee may also order the immediate expulsion of a student if the principal or
the principal's designee reasonably believes that the action is necessary to protect persons or property from
imminent harm.
Conference or
Hearing Rights
When an emergency placement/expulsion occurs, the student will be given oral notice of the reason for the
action. The reason must be a reason for which placement in a DAEP or JJAEP may be made in a nonemergency basis. Within a reasonable amount of time after the emergency placement/expulsion, but not later
than the 10th day after the date of placement, the student will be given appropriate conference or hearing rights
required for a student facing placement in a DAEP or expulsion. The principal or appropriate administrator shall
not be liable for civil damages for an emergency placement/expulsion. If an emergency placement/expulsion
involves a student with disabilities who receives special education services, the term of the student’s emergency
placement/expulsion is subject to the requirements of appropriate federal law.
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The student who is removed under an emergency placement/expulsion will be released to the student’s parent,
guardian, parent’s representative, medical providers, or law enforcement authorities. The conditions of an
emergency placement/expulsion may restrict the student's extracurricular activities according to the Student
Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
The Texas Education Code requires districts to assign students to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program
(DAEP) for certain offenses. Northwest ISD shall provide a DAEP that:
1. Is provided in a setting other than a student’s regular classroom;
2. Is located on or off a regular school campus;
3. Provides for the students who are assigned to the DAEP to be separated from students who are not assigned
to the program;
4. Focuses on English/language arts, mathematics, science, history, and self-discipline;
5. Provides for students’ educational and behavioral needs;
6. Provides supervision and counseling;
7. Employs only teachers who meet all certification requirements established under Subchapter B, Chapter 21;
and
8. Provides not less than the minimum amount of instructional time per day required by Section 25.082(a) of
the Texas Education Code.
The Special Programs Center serves as the District’s DAEP site for secondary students. Elementary students
placed in a DAEP will be accommodated on their home campuses. An elementary student may be placed in a
DAEP at another location. Elementary students may not be placed in a DAEP with students not in elementary
school.
Academically, the mission of a DAEP shall be to enable students to perform at grade level. However,
Northwest ISD is not required to provide a course necessary to fulfill a student's high school graduation
requirements other than the core areas specified above in item #4 while placed in the off-campus DAEP
setting. Students may be withdrawn from a course for the remainder of the semester if the course is not offered
at the DAEP. Advanced courses, such as, but not limited to, Pre-AP, AP, dual credit, and CTE courses, are not
offered at the DAEP. The District is required to offer a student placed in a DAEP an opportunity to complete
coursework necessary to stay on track for graduation before the beginning of the next school year. The District
will not charge the student for any method of completion provided by the District. Board Policy FOCA
(LEGAL)
Students Under
Six
As specified in the Texas Education Code, students who are younger than six years of age may not be
removed from class and placed in a DAEP.
Mandatory
Placement
Secondary students committing offenses for which mandatory removal to a Disciplinary Alternative Education
Program (DAEP) is required will be placed at the DAEP. Elementary students requiring long-term placements
may be bused to a central elementary location.
A student shall be removed from class and placed in a DAEP if the student:
1. Engages in conduct involving a public school that contains the elements of the offense of false alarm or
report under Section 42.06, Penal Code, or terroristic threat under Section 22.07 Penal Code; or
2. Commits the following 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:
a. Engages in conduct punishable as a felony;
b. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of assault under Section 22.01(a)(1), Penal
Code;
c. Sells, gives, or delivers to another person or possesses, uses, or is under the influence of:
(1) Marijuana or a controlled substance, as defined by Chapter 48, Health and Safety Code, or by 21 USC
Section 801 et seq.; or
(2) A dangerous drug, as defined by Chapter 483, Health and Safety Code;
d. Sells, gives, or delivers to another person an alcoholic beverage, as defined by Section 1.04, Alcoholic
Beverage Code; commits a serious act or offense while under the influence of alcohol; or possesses, uses,
or is under the influence of an alcoholic beverage;
e. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of an offense relating to an abusable volatile chemical
under Section 485.031 through 485.033, Health and Safety Code; or
f. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of public lewdness under Section 21.07,
Penal Code, or indecent exposure under Section 21.08, Penal Code.
In lieu of placement in a DAEP, the District may expel a student for conduct listed in items 1, 2(c), 2(d),
or 2(e) above.
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Except as provided by Texas Education Code 37.007(d), (expellable offenses related to retaliation), a student
shall be removed from class and placed in a DAEP if the student engages in conduct on or off school property
that contains the elements of the offense of retaliation under Section 36.06, Penal Code against any school
employee.
A student in possession of any device, not included as a removable or expellable offense by statute, that is
designed to propel a projectile either by a spring-type mechanism, air, or gas shall also be removed from class
and placed in a DAEP according to local policy. This includes, but is not limited to, items such as BB-guns,
pellet guns, paintball guns, slingshots, etc.
Northwest ISD administrators shall recommend placing a student in a DAEP who is 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.
Northwest ISD administrators will recommend placing a student in the DAEP (in lieu of expulsion) who is
found to have engaged in the offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code, against another
student, without regard to whether the conduct occurs on or off of school property or while attending a schoolsponsored or school-related activity on or off of school property.
Northwest ISD administrators will recommend placing a student in the DAEP (in lieu of expulsion) who is
found to have engaged in conduct described in Texas Education Code 37.007(a) if the student engages in that
conduct on the school property of another district in this state or while attending a school-sponsored or schoolrelated activity of a school in another district in this state.
A student shall be removed from class and may be expelled and placed in an alternative setting, either JJAEP
or DAEP, based on conduct occurring off campus and while the student is not in attendance at a schoolsponsored or school-related activity if:
1. The student received deferred prosecution under Section 53.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as a
felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct under Section 54.03, Family Code,
for conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
3. The student is charged with engaging in conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
4. The student has been referred to a juvenile court for allegedly engaging in delinquent conduct under
Section 54.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
5. The student has received probation or deferred adjudication for a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code;
6. The student has been convicted of a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code; or
7. The student has been arrested for or charged with a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code; and the
Board or the Board’s designee determines that the student’s presence in the regular classroom: a) threatens
the safety of other students or teachers, b) will be detrimental to the educational process, and c) is not in the
best interests of the District’s students.
Any decision of the Board of Trustees or the Board's designee regarding such removal is final and may not be
appealed. The Board of Trustees or the Board's designee may expel the student and order placement in
accordance with this section regardless of: (1) the date on which the student's conduct occurred; (2) the location
at which the conduct occurred; (3) whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the District;
or (4) whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition requirements imposed in connection
with the conduct. Notwithstanding Section 37.009(c) or (d) or any other provision of this subchapter, a student
expelled and ordered to be placed in an alternative setting by the Board of Trustees or the Board's designee is
subject to that placement until: (1) the student graduates from high school; (2) the charges described by
Subsection (a)(1) are dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor offense; or (3) the student completes the term of
the placement or is assigned to another program. A student placed in an alternative setting in accordance with
this section is entitled to the periodic review prescribed by Section 37.009(e). Section 37.009(d) continues to
apply to the student if the student transfers to another school district in the state.
Discretionary
Placement
Secondary students who engage in serious or persistent misbehavior at the home campus may be
recommended for a discretionary placement at the DAEP.
In addition, a student may be removed from class and placed in a DAEP based on conduct occurring off
campus and while the student is not in attendance at a school-sponsored or school-related activity if:
1.
2.
The Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee has a reasonable belief that the student has engaged in
conduct defined as a felony offense other than those defined in Title 5, Penal Code; and
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.
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In determining whether there is a reasonable belief that a student has engaged in conduct defined as a felony
offense by the Penal Code, the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee may consider all available
information and must consider the information furnished under Article 15.27, Code of Criminal Procedures.
The length of stay for this offense will be determined on an individual basis.
Emergency
Placement
The principal or principal's designee may order the immediate placement of a student in an off-campus DAEP if
the principal or principal's designee reasonably believes the student's behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or
abusive that it 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 the school or a schoolsponsored activity. Texas Education Code 37.019
(See "Emergency Placement/Expulsion" below.)
Length of
Removal
The minimum assignment for secondary students assigned to the DAEP for engaging in conduct that
constitutes a discretionary or mandatory removal to a DAEP will be for the remainder of the semester unless
otherwise specified in the Student Handbook Code of Conduct. If an offense occurs during the third six
weeks or the sixth six weeks of the school year, the student will be placed at the DAEP through the end of
the next semester; therefore, the maximum length of an initial placement to the DAEP is four (4) six-week
periods. If a student commits an offense that constitutes a second placement to DAEP during the same
semester, the student will serve the placement until the end of the next semester with consideration during
periodic placement reviews.
Elementary students persistently misbehaving or committing mandatory removable offenses will be placed in
accordance with law and in consideration of the age and maturity of the child. The minimum DAEP placement
for elementary students will be for one (1) school day and a maximum placement of six (6) weeks. A student
who is younger than six (6) years of age may not be placed in a DAEP. Elementary students may not be placed
in a DAEP with students not in elementary. If an administrator recommends a period of placement that is
inconsistent with these guidelines, notice of the inconsistency must be provided in the written notice to the
parent.
While placements at the DAEP are for a specified period of time, students must also successfully complete the
DAEP's behavior expectation levels before they are eligible to return to their home campus. Likewise, students
who successfully complete the behavior expectation levels and meet other criteria based on exemplary behavior
may be recommended for early release. (The behavior expectation levels and the early-release option will both
be explained to the student/parent during the intake conference.)
Students who continue to violate the Code of Conduct while at DAEP or who commit an offense which
requires a mandatory removal to a DAEP while already assigned to the DAEP will have their assignment
extended a minimum of a semester and/or may be discretionarily expelled to the JJAEP. Parents will be
notified in writing of the additional misconduct and will be informed of the appropriate due process rights
based on the disciplinary consequence assessed.
Students assigned to a DAEP in which the period of placement extends into the next school year must have the
approval of the appropriate principals and a review committee in order to attend summer school in Northwest
ISD.
Before a student may be placed in a DAEP for a period that extends beyond the end of the school year, the
Board or its designee must make one of the following determinations:
1. The student’s presence in the regular classroom or at the student’s regular campus poses a danger of
physical harm to the student or another individual.
2. The student has engaged in serious misbehavior that violates the District’s Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct.
Students who engage in serious misbehavior while assigned to the DAEP will be expelled to a Juvenile Justice
Alternative Education Program (JJAEP).
Placement and
Length for Title 5
Felonies Under
37.0081
An exception to the length of placement may be made for students who commit Title 5 felonies and are
expelled with placement in a DAEP under Texas Education Code 37.0081. The students expelled under these
provisions may be placed for the same time periods established for other DAEP offenses or for a longer period
of time, including until the student graduates from high school.
Notice to Parents
Parents will be provided with written notification of student placements in the DAEP. The notice will specify
the nature of the offense, the length of the assignment, due process rights, and other sanctions.
If a Required Parent Meeting is requested for a student, a parent/guardian must accompany the student to
school the next school day for a conference. If the parent has prior commitments, the parent must contact the
administrator to request a delay in the conference. If a delay is agreed upon, the student may return to school
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during the delay. Student absences, caused by the student's failure to appear with a parent or guardian, are
considered unexcused absences. The Required Parent Meeting does not constitute a removal from school.
Restrictions/
Prohibitions
A student removed to either an on-campus or off-campus Disciplinary Alternative Education Program is
prohibited from attending or participating in school-sponsored or school-related activities on or off school
property except by special permission from their home campus principal. This restriction includes seeking or
holding honorary positions and/or membership in school-sponsored clubs and organizations. Additional
penalties may be imposed by sponsors of extracurricular groups/organizations in accordance with established
guidelines when the student returns to the campus. The student will be allowed to return to their home campus
and/or to attend and/or participate in school-sponsored or school-related activities, including practice or
participation in extracurricular activities, on the next school day following the last day of the DAEP
placement and/or following the home campus intake meeting.
Seniors who complete their assignment at the DAEP may participate at graduation if graduation requirements
are met. Seniors whose assignments extend into the next school year may receive their diploma if graduation
requirements are met at the end of the school year and are not obligated to continue their assignment in the fall;
however, these students will not be allowed to participate at graduation.
Students assigned to a DAEP in which the period of placement extends into the next school year must have the
approval of the appropriate principal(s) and a review committee in order to attend summer school in Northwest
ISD.
Transportation
Students placed in a DAEP will not be provided transportation unless he or she is a student with a disability
who has transportation designated as a related service in the student’s IEP.
Conference (Due
Process)
Not later than the third class day after the day on which a student is removed from class, the principal or other
appropriate administrator shall schedule a conference among the principal or other appropriate administrator, a
parent or guardian of the student, and the student. The conference may be held over the phone with the
designated individuals present with parent permission. At the conference, the student is entitled to written or
oral notice of the reasons for the recommendation of removal, an explanation of the basis for the
recommendation of removal, and an opportunity to respond to the reason for the recommendation of removal.
The student may not be returned to class pending the conference. Following the conference, and whether or not
each requested person is in attendance after valid attempts to require the person's attendance, the principal shall
determine the placement of the student. Students assigned to the off-campus DAEP will be suspended for three
(3) school days prior to reporting to the DAEP to allow time for the conference and for transportation to be
arranged. Parents, who wish to do so, may transport their student to a DAEP on the first day of removal.
Texas Education Code 37.009
If the principal or other appropriate administrator orders a DAEP placement that extends beyond 60 school
days or the end of the next semester, whichever is earlier, parents are entitled to notice of and opportunity to
participate in a campus-level hearing (See “Appeals”). Until the hearing can be held and transportation can be
arranged, a principal or other appropriate administrator may:
1. Suspend the student for three (3) days.
2. Place the student in a DAEP during the hearing and/or appeal process.
Complaints
Once a disciplinary consequence is assigned, the student is expected to serve the consequence to avoid
additional penalties. While there is no disciplinary appeal for DAEP placements which do not extend beyond
60 school days or the end of the next grading period, whichever is earlier, parental questions or complaints
regarding issues that were ancillary to the consequence should be addressed informally with the teacher,
assistant principal, or campus principal, as appropriate. For example, a complaint might allege that proper
procedures were not followed. If these conferences are not satisfactory, parents may follow the formal
complaint process in accordance with Board Policy FNG (LOCAL). This process may not be used to overturn a
disciplinary assignment. (See “Complaints and Concerns.”)
Appeals
(Due Process)
Assignments to a DAEP that do not extend beyond 60 school days or the end of the next semester, whichever is
earlier, may not be appealed. (See “Complaints” above / See “Appeal Process for Students Required to Register
as Sex Offenders” or “Hearing Procedures for Expulsions”)
If placement in a DAEP extends beyond 60 school days or the end of the semester, whichever is earlier, the
student and/or the student’s parent or guardian will be given notice and the opportunity to participate in a
proceeding before the building principal or administrator assigned by the District. [Texas Education Code
37.009(b)] The parent must notify the principal in writing within three (3) school days of receipt of the
disciplinary notice if a hearing is to be requested.
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In order to appeal the campus-level hearing decision, a written request for an appeal must be submitted to the
Executive Director of Secondary Education within three (3) school days of the notice of the campus-level
hearing officer's decision or the right to appeal is waived. The student will be placed in the DAEP during the
appeal process.
The Executive Director of Secondary Education will contact the parent within five (5) school days of receipt of
the written request for appeal to schedule an informal District-level committee to hear the appeal. The
proceeding will be recorded to provide an accurate record of the proceedings, and the parents will be notified in
writing of the decision as promptly as possible. The decision of the District-level committee is final. However,
parents/students may still exercise their right to avail themselves of the complaint process outlined in Board
Policy FNG (LOCAL). A disciplinary consequence cannot be overturned as a result of the complaint process.
(See “Complaints and Concerns.”)
Appeal Process for
Students Required
to Register as Sex
Offenders
Students who are placed in the DAEP, as a result of being required to register as a sex offender under Chapter
62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, are placed for at least one semester. A student or the student’s parent or
guardian may appeal the decision to place the student in the DAEP by requesting a conference among the
Board’s designee, the student’s parent or guardian, and the student. The conference is limited to the factual
question of whether the student is required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of the Code of
Criminal Procedure. If the Board’s designee determines at the conclusion of the conference that the student is
required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the student shall be
placed in the DAEP. The decision of Board’s designee is final and may not be appealed.
Hearing
Procedures for
Expulsions to the
DAEP for Title 5
Felonies Under
Texas Education
Code 37.0081
Only
If a student is being recommended for expulsion to the DAEP for a Title 5 Felony according to Texas
Education Code 37.0081, the students is entitled to a hearing regardless of the length of expulsion to the
DAEP. At the campus-level hearing, the hearing officer must determine that the student’s presence in the
regular classroom:
1. Threatens the safety of other students or teachers;
2. Will be detrimental to the education process; or
3. Is not in the best interests of the district’s students.
The decision of a hearing held under Texas Education Code 37.0081 is final and may not be appealed.
The student’s placement may be ordered regardless of:
1. The date on which the student’s conduct occurred;
2. The location at which the conduct occurred;
3. Whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the District; or
4. Whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition requirements imposed in connection
with the conduct.
The student placed in DAEP according to Texas Education Code 37.0081 may be assigned until:
1. The student graduates from high school;
2. The charges are dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor offense; or
3. The student completes the term of the placement or is assigned to another program.
The student placed in the DAEP under this provision is entitled to periodic reviews as prescribed for any other
student assigned to the DAEP, and the placement may be continued if the student transferred to or from another
district.
Placement
Reviews for LongTerm Placements
A student placed in a DAEP shall be provided a review of the student’s status, including a review of the
student's academic status, by the Board's designee at intervals not to exceed 120 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
towards meeting high school graduation requirements and shall establish a specific graduation plan for the
student. (The District is not required to provide courses other than those specified in statute while the student is
attending a DAEP.) 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. The student may not be
returned to the classroom of a teacher who removed the student without that teacher’s consent. The teacher
must not be coerced to consent.
Placement
Reviews under
Article 15.27(g)
When the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee receives notice under Article 15.27(g), Code of
Criminal Procedure (i.e. the office of the prosecuting attorney or the office or officer designated by the
juvenile court notifies the District that prosecution of the student's case was refused for lack of prosecutorial
merit or insufficient evidence, or the court or jury found the student not guilty or made a finding that the
student did not engage in delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision and the case is dismissed with
prejudice) the Superintendent or designee shall review the student's placement in the DAEP. The student may
not be returned to the regular classroom pending the review. The Superintendent or designee shall schedule a
review of the student's placement with the student's parent or guardian not later than the third class day after the
Superintendent or designee receives notice from the office or official designated by the court.
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After reviewing the notice and receiving information from the student's parent or guardian, the Superintendent
or designee may continue the student's placement in the DAEP if there is reason to believe that the presence of
the student in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers. Texas Education Code
37.009(e)
The student or the student's parent or guardian may appeal the Superintendent's decision described above to the
Board of Trustees. The student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the appeal. The Board
shall, at the next scheduled Board meeting, review the notice provided under Article 15.27(g) of the Code of
Criminal Procedure, and receive information from the student, the student's parent or guardian, and the
Superintendent or designee and confirm or reverse the decision described above. If the Board confirms the
decision of the Superintendent or designee, the Board shall inform the student and the student's parent or
guardian of the right to appeal to the Commissioner of Education. The student may not be returned to the
regular classroom pending an appeal to the Commissioner. This appeal process does not apply to placement to
the DAEP made in accordance with Texas Education Code 37.006(a).
Order of Removal
An appropriate campus administrator shall deliver to the student and the student’s parent or guardian a copy of
a written order placing the student in a DAEP. If an administrator removes a student to a DAEP for misconduct
for which the penalty is mandatory removal and the term of the removal extends beyond 60 school days or the
end of the next semester, whichever is earlier, no later than the second business day after the date of a final
appeal hearing is held by the Board or its designee, the Board or designee shall deliver a copy of the order
placing the student in a DAEP to the authorized officer of the juvenile court in which the student resides.
Notice to Staff
The law requires the District to notify each educator who has responsibility for, or is under the direction and
supervision of an educator who has responsibility for, the instruction of a student who has engaged in an
offense requiring placement in a DAEP. Each educator shall keep the information confidential from any person
not entitled to the information. Texas Education Code 37.006(o)
Reporting
In the manner required by the Texas Commissioner of Education in Texas Education Code 37.020, the District
shall annually report for each placement in a DAEP:
1. Information identifying the student, including the student's race, sex, and date of birth, that will enable the
agency to compare placement data with information collected through other reports;
2. Information indicating whether the placement was based on:
a. Conduct violating the Student Code of Conduct;
b. Conduct for which a student may be removed from class under teacher removal provisions;
c. Conduct for which placement in a DAEP is required; and/or
d. Conduct occurring while a student was enrolled in another school district and for which placement in a
DAEP is permitted;
3. The number of full or partial days the student was assigned to the program and the number of days the
student attended the program.; and
4. The number of placements that were inconsistent with the District’s Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct.
In addition, the District is required to forward a copy of the order of removal for students placed in a DAEP
under Texas Education Code 37.006 to the authorized officer of the juvenile court in the county in which the
student resides.
Texas Education Code 37.010(a)
Withdrawal
During Process
If a student withdraws from the district before an order for placement in a disciplinary alternative education
program or expulsion is entered under this section, the principal or board, as appropriate, may complete the
proceedings and enter an order. If the student subsequently enrolls in the district during the same or
subsequent school year, the district may enforce the order at that time except for any period of the placement or
expulsion that has been served by the student on enrollment in another district that honored the order. If the
principal or board fails to enter an order after the student withdraws, the next district in which the student
enrolls may complete the proceedings and enter an order. Texas Education Code 37.009(i)
Transfers
Northwest ISD will require a student coming from a DAEP in another school district, an open-enrollment
charter school, or a private school to complete his/her DAEP assignment in Northwest ISD as specified upon
receipt of the written order. The determination of an appropriate placement will be made on a case-by-case
basis and based on whether the grounds for placement are consistent with the Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct. The District is required to provide information regarding a transferring student's conduct resulting in
a DAEP placement to staff members as noted previously at “Notice to Staff.”
Texas Education Code 37.009(i)
If a student enrolling in the District is under the age of 18 years and is establishing a residence separate and
apart from the person's parent/guardian, the District is not required to admit the student if the student:
1. Has engaged in conduct or misbehavior within the preceding year that has resulted in removal to a DAEP
or expulsion;
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2. Has engaged in delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision and is on probation or other
conditional release for that conduct; or
3. Has been convicted of a criminal offense and is on probation or other conditional release.
Texas Education Code 25.001(d)
Expulsion
A student must be expelled for any Level V offense requiring expulsion in compliance with Chapter 37 of the
Texas Education Code.
Mandatory
Expulsions
A student shall be expelled from school if the student, on school property or while attending a schoolsponsored or school-related event on or off school property:
1. Uses, exhibits, or possesses:
a. A firearm as defined by 46.01(3), Penal Code;
b. An illegal knife as defined by 46.01(6), Penal Code;
c. A club as defined by 46.01 (1), Penal Code; or
d. A weapon listed as a prohibited weapon under 46.05, Penal Code.
2. Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of:
a. Aggravated assault under 22.02, Penal Code, sexual assault under 22.011, Penal Code, or aggravated
sexual assault under 22.021, Penal Code;
b. Arson under 28.02, Penal Code;
c. Murder under 19.02, Penal Code, capital murder under 19.03, Penal Code, or criminal attempt to
commit murder or capital murder under 15.01, Penal Code;
d. Indecency with a child under 21.11, Penal Code;
e. Aggravated kidnapping under 20.04, Penal Code;
f. Aggravated robbery under 29.03, Penal Code;
g. Manslaughter under 19.04, Penal Code; or
h. Criminally negligent homicide under 19.05, Penal Code.
3. Engages in the following conduct, if the conduct is punishable as a felony:
a. Sells, gives, or delivers to another person or possesses, uses, or is under the influence of:
(1) Marijuana or a controlled substance, as defined by Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, or by 21
USC Section 801 et seq.; or
(2) A dangerous drug, as defined by Chapter 483, Health and Safety Code.
b. Sells, gives, or delivers to another person an alcoholic beverage, as defined by Section 1.04, Alcoholic
Beverage Code; commits a serious act or offense while under the influence of alcohol; or possesses,
uses, or is under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.
A student shall be expelled if the student engages in conduct that contains the elements of any offense listed in
items #1, #2, or #3 above against any employee or volunteer in retaliation for or as a result of the person's
employment or association with the District without regard to whether the conduct occurs on or off school
property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity in or off school property.
A student shall also be expelled if the student brings a firearm, as defined by federal law to any District
school. The student must be expelled from the student's regular campus for a period of at least one year. The
following modifications may apply:
1. The Superintendent or other chief administrative officer of the District may modify the length of the
expulsion or assess another comparable penalty that results in the student’s exclusion from the regular
school program, on a case-by-case basis;
2. The District shall provide educational services to an expelled student in a DAEP if the student is younger
than ten (10) years of age on the date of expulsion; and
3. The District may provide educational services to an expelled student who is ten (10) years of age or
older in a DAEP.
Exceptions to the one-year expulsion are found in Board Policy FNCG (LEGAL) and FOD (LEGAL).
Discretionary
Expulsions
A student may be expelled if – while on school property, while 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 schoolrelated event on or off school property – the student engages in conduct that contains the elements of an offense
of:
1. Assault under Section 22.01(a)(1), Penal Code. against a District employee or a volunteer as defined by
Section 22.053, Texas Education Code; or
2. Deadly conduct under Section 22.05, Penal Code.
A student may be expelled if the student engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of breach
of computer security under Penal Code 33.02 if:
1. The conduct involves accessing a computer, computer network, or computer system owned by or operated
on behalf of the District; and
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2.
The student knowingly alters, damages, or deletes District property or information; or commits a breach of
any other computer, computer network, or computer system.
A student may be expelled if the student engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of assault
against any employee or volunteer in retaliation for or as a result of the person's employment or association with
the District, without regard to whether the conduct occurs on or off school property or while attending a schoolsponsored or school-related activity on or off school property.
A student may be expelled if the student, while placed in an off-campus Disciplinary Alternative Education
Program (DAEP) for disciplinary reasons, engages in serious misbehavior that violates the District's Boardapproved Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
A student who engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of criminal mischief under Section
28.03, Penal Code may be expelled if the conduct is punishable as a felony. The student shall be referred to the
authorized officer of the juvenile court regardless of whether the student is expelled.
A student may be expelled for engaging in the offense of aggravated robbery under Section 29.03, Penal Code,
against another student, without regard to whether the conduct occurs on or off of school property or while
attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off of school property.
A student may be expelled for engaging in conduct described in Section 37.007(a), Texas Education Code, if
the student engages in that conduct on the school property of another district in this state or while attending a
school-sponsored or school-related activity of a school in another district in this state.
A student shall be removed from class and may be expelled and placed in an alternative setting, either JJAEP
or DAEP, based on conduct occurring off campus and while the student is not in attendance at a schoolsponsored or school-related activity if:
1. The student received deferred prosecution under Section 53.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as a
felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct under Section 54.03, Family Code,
for conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
3. The student is charged with engaging in conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
4. The student has been referred to a juvenile court for allegedly engaging in delinquent conduct under
Section 54.03, Family Code, for conduct defined as a felony offense in Title 5, Penal Code;
5. The student has received probation or deferred adjudication for a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code;
6. The student has been convicted of a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code; or
7. The student has been arrested for or charged with a felony offense under Title 5, Penal Code and the Board
or the Board’s designee determines that the student’s presence in the regular classroom: a) threatens the
safety of other students or teachers, b) will be detrimental to the educational process, and c) is not in the
interests of the District’s students.
Any decision of the Board of Trustees or the Board's designee regarding such removal is final and may not be
appealed. The Board of Trustees or the Board's designee may expel the student and order placement in
accordance with this section regardless of: (1) the date on which the student's conduct occurred; (2) the location
at which the conduct occurred; (3) whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the District;
or (4) whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition requirements imposed in connection
with the conduct. Notwithstanding Section 37.009(c) or (d) or any other provision of this subchapter, a student
expelled and ordered to be placed in an alternative setting by the Board of Trustees or the Board's designee is
subject to that placement until: (1) the student graduates from high school; (2) the charges described by
Subsection (a)(1) are dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor offense; or (3) the student completes the term of
the placement or is assigned to another program. A student placed in an alternative setting in accordance with
this section is entitled to the periodic review prescribed by Section 37.009(e). Section 37.009(d) continues to
apply to the student if the student transfers to another school district in the state.
Emergency
Expulsion
A principal or principal's designee is authorized to order the immediate expulsion of a student if the principal or
designee reasonably believes that action is necessary to protect persons or property from imminent harm. Texas
Education Code 37.019 (b)
Placement and
Length of
Expulsions
As required by Texas Education Code 37.011, the Northwest ISD Board of Trustees has entered into agreements
with the County Juvenile Boards (Denton and Tarrant) to have the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education
Program (JJAEP) provide educational services to secondary students expelled from the District for mandatory
and discretionary reasons. The length of the student's assignment to the JJAEP is determined by the
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Juvenile Board.
Extended time in the DAEP setting may occur prior to removal to Denton County JJAEP to ensure the student’s
least restrictive disciplinary placement. If necessary, a discretionary placement to DCJJAEP will be a minimum
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of 30 successful school days with any remaining disciplinary term or placement, if applicable, being served at
DAEP.
The minimum length for mandatory placement at JJAEP is until the end of the semester (Denton County) or 90
days (Tarrant County) in accordance with the specific county MOU. The maximum assignment is for four (4)
six-week periods (except for firearms as described below) which occurs when the offense occurs in the 3rd or 6th
grading period and the student is assigned until the end of the next semester. If an administrator recommends a
period of placement that is inconsistent with these guidelines, written notice of the inconsistency must be
provided in the written notice to parents.
Elementary students who commit expellable offenses will be recommended for expulsion; however, the student
may be placed in a DAEP setting in accordance with law and in consideration of the age and maturity of the
child. Elementary placements may range from a minimum of one (1) school day to a maximum of a grading
period except for firearms as described below.
Placement and
Length for Title 5
Felonies Under
37.0081
An exception to the length of placement may be made for students who commit Title 5 felonies and are expelled
to a JJAEP under Texas Education Code 37.0081. The students expelled under these provisions may be placed
for the same time periods established for other expellable offenses or for a longer period of time, including until
the student graduates from high school.
Placement and
Length of
Expulsion
for Firearms
Possession
State and federal laws 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. Exceptions to the one-year expulsion
are found in Board Policy FNCG (LEGAL) and FOD (LEGAL). The Superintendent or other appropriate
administrator may modify the length of the expulsion on a case-by-case basis. The District may provide
educational services to the expelled secondary student in a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program.
Appropriate placements will be made according to the age and maturity of an elementary student.
Texas Education Code 37.007(e)
Notice of
Expulsion
to Parents
Parents will be provided written notice of a recommendation for expulsion. To afford a reasonable opportunity
for preparation, the written notice shall include the date and time of the hearing, the names of witnesses against
the student, and the nature of the evidence and documents to be used.
Restrictions/
Prohibitions
of Expelled
Students
Expelled students are prohibited from being on any school grounds or attending any school-related or schoolsponsored extracurricular activities on or off school property during the period of expulsion, except by special
permission from the home campus principal. This restriction includes seeking or holding honorary positions
and/or membership in school-sponsored clubs and organizations. Additional penalties may be imposed by
sponsors of extracurricular groups/organizations in accordance with established guidelines when the student
returns to the campus.
The student will be allowed to return to the campus and/or to attend and/or participate in school-sponsored or
school-related activities, including practice, on the next school day following the last day of the JJAEP
assignment. If disciplinary placement remains or extends beyond a JJAEP placement, the student will
serve any remaining term or placement at DAEP.
Students expelled for a period in which the placement extends into the next school year must have the approval
of the appropriate principal(s) and a review committee in order to attend summer school in Northwest ISD.
Senior students who complete their full assignment at the JJAEP prior to the day of graduation and who meet all
the requirements for graduation may participate in the commencement ceremony and receive a diploma from the
District.
Senior students whose JJAEP assignment extends into the next school year may not participate in the
commencement ceremony even if all graduation requirements are met; however, their JJAEP assignment ends
when graduation requirements are met even though the full assignment has not been served. While these
students may not participate in the commencement ceremony, they will receive their diploma from the District.
Transportation
Related to
Expulsion
The parents of students who are placed in a JJAEP will be required to provide transportation for their student as
determined by the memorandum of understanding with the appropriate JJAEP.
Complaints
Parental questions or complaints regarding issues that were ancillary to the consequence should be addressed
informally with the teacher, assistant principal, or campus principal, as appropriate. For example, a complaint
might allege that proper procedures were not followed. If these conferences are not satisfactory, parents may
follow the formal complaint process in accordance with Board Policy FNG (LOCAL). This process may not be
used to overturn a disciplinary assignment. (See “Complaints and Concerns.”)
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Due Process
Related to
Expulsion —
Campus Level
Before a student may be expelled, the Board or its designee must provide the student a hearing at which the
student is afforded appropriate due process as required by the federal constitution and which the student's parent
or guardian is invited, in writing, to attend. At the hearing, the student is entitled to be represented by the
student's parent or guardian or another adult who can provide guidance to the student and who is not an
employee of the District. If the District makes a good-faith effort to inform the student and the student's parent or
guardian of the time and place of the hearing, the District may hold the hearing regardless of whether the student,
the student's parent or guardian, or another adult representing the student attends. Unless the student’s
parent/guardian signs a waiver forfeiting the student’s rights to a hearing, a hearing must be held.
Texas Education Code 37.009(f)
(See “Hearing Procedures for Expulsions to the JJAEP for Title 5 Felonies Under Texas Education Code
37.0081 only” following “Appeal of Board’s Decision,” if applicable.)
For a secondary student who has committed a disciplinary infraction for which expulsion is mandatory under
statute, the student shall, to the extent provided by law or by the memorandum of understanding, immediately
attend an educational program in a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) upon completion of
the campus-level hearing and a decision to recommend placement at the JJAEP. The JJAEP will be the student's
assigned placement pending the outcome of any further appeals. Elementary students will also be placed in
accordance with law and in consideration of the age and maturity of the child during the appeal process.
In an expulsion hearing, the student or the student's representative will be provided an opportunity to testify,
present evidence or witnesses in his/her defense, examine evidence presented by the school, and question the
school's evidence. The District may rely on the hearsay evidence of school administrators who investigate
disciplinary infractions. The decision shall be based exclusively on the evidence presented at the hearing and
shall be communicated promptly to the student and parent.
The campus principal or designee may make a recommendation for expulsion to the District’s Chief Hearing
Officer. If the student does not appeal the campus-level decision, the District’s Chief Hearing Officer will review
the record from the campus-level hearing and accept or reject the recommendation and write the expulsion order
if appropriate.
District-Level
Appeal of
Expulsion
A parent or guardian may appeal a campus-level recommendation for expulsion. In order to do so, a written
request must be made in writing within three (3) school days of the receipt of written notification of the
campus-level decision. The written request should be addressed to the District's Elementary (K-5) or Secondary
(6-12) Chief Hearing Officer as appropriate:
Michael Griffin, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Elementary Education
PO Box 77070
Ft. Worth, TX 76177
Damon Edwards, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Secondary Education
PO Box 77070
Ft. Worth, TX 76177
The District’s Chief Hearing Officer shall provide the student an opportunity for a hearing before a Districtlevel hearing committee at which the student will be afforded the requisite due process. The District's Chief
Hearing Officer shall contact the parent within five (5) school days of receipt of the written request for appeal
to schedule a hearing. After scheduling the hearing, the District's Chief Hearing Officer shall provide written
notice of the hearing including the nature of the evidence and the names of any witnesses whose testimony may
be used against the student. The decision of the District-level hearing committee shall be based exclusively on
evidence presented at the hearing. The final decision shall be communicated in writing to the student and the
parent(s) as promptly as possible.
Appeal
to the Board
A decision by the District-level hearing committee to expel a student may be appealed to the Board. Request
for a Board review of a decision to expel a student shall be made in writing to the Superintendent within three
(3) school days after receipt of the written decision from the District-level appeal. The Superintendent shall
provide the parent written notice of the date, time, and place of the meeting within five (5) school days of
receipt of the appeal request. The Board shall review the record created in the hearing before the District-level
hearing committee and shall base its decision on that record. No new evidence will be presented to the Board.
A student may be denied privileges of the home campus pending an appeal of an expulsion recommendation at
the campus level and/or the decision by the District-level hearing committee. A secondary student will remain
in the JJAEP pending the outcome of the appeal process, or the student may be emergency expelled as outlined
in the District’s Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. Elementary students will also be placed in
accordance with law and in consideration of the age and maturity of the child during the appeal process.
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Appeal of Board’s
Decision
The Board's decision may be appealed by trial de novo to a state district court in the county in which the
District's central administrative office is located. The student will remain in the JJAEP pending the outcome of
the appeal.
Appeal Process for
Students Required
to Register as Sex
Offenders
Students who are placed in the JJAEP, as a result of being required to register as a sex offender under Chapter
62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, are placed for at least one semester. A student or the student’s parent or
guardian may appeal the decision to place the student in the JJAEP by requesting a conference among the
Board’s designee, the student’s parent or guardian, and the student. The conference is limited to the factual
question of whether the student is required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of the Code of
Criminal Procedure. If the Board’s designee determines at the conclusion of the conference that the student is
required to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the student shall be
placed in the JJAEP. The decision of Board’s designee is final and may not be appealed.
Hearing
Procedures for
Expulsions to the
JJAEP for Title 5
Felonies Under
Texas Education
Code 37.0081 Only
If a student is being recommended for expulsion to the JJAEP for a Title 5 Felony according to Texas
Education Code 37.0081, the students is entitled to a hearing regardless of the length of expulsion to the
JJAEP. At the campus-level hearing, the hearing officer must determine that the student’s presence in the
regular classroom:
1. Threatens the safety of other students or teachers
2. Will be detrimental to the education process; or
3. Is not in the best interests of the district’s students.
The decision of a hearing held under Texas Education Code 37.0081 is final and may not be appealed.
The student’s placement may be ordered regardless of:
1. The date on which the student’s conduct occurred;
2. The location at which the conduct occurred;
3. Whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the District; or
4. Whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition requirements imposed in connection
with the conduct.
The student placed in JJAEP according to Texas Education Code 37.0081 may be assigned until:
1. The student graduates from high school;
2. The charges are dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor offense; or
3. The student completes the term of the placement or is assigned to another program.
The student placed in the JJAEP under this provision is entitled to periodic reviews as prescribed for any other
student assigned to the JJAEP, and the placement may be continued if the student transferred to or from
another district.
Notice to
Authorities
The Board or its designee shall deliver to the student and the student's parent or guardian a copy of the order
expelling the student. The Board or its designee shall also mail a copy of the order to the authorized officer of
the juvenile court in the county in which the student resides within two (2) business days after the final
hearing at the local level. Texas Education Code 37.010(a)
Notice to Staff
The law requires the District to notify each educator who has responsibility for, or is under the direction and
supervision of an educator who has responsibility for, the instruction of a student who has engaged in an
expellable offense. Each educator shall keep the information confidential from any person not entitled to the
information. Likewise, the District is obligated to notify all instructional and support personnel who have
regular contact with the student when the student engages in certain criminal activity listed in Section 37.015 of
the Texas Education Code.
Texas Education Code 37.007(g)
Reporting
In the manner required by the Texas Commissioner of Education, the District shall annually report for each
expulsion:
1. Information identifying the student, including the student's race, sex, and date of birth, that will enable the
agency to compare placement data with information collected through other reports;
2. Information indicating whether the expulsion was based on:
a. Conduct for which expulsion is required under Texas Education Code 37.007, including information
specifically indicating whether a student was expelled on the basis of Texas Education Code 37.007(e)
b. Conduct, other than conduct described by subparagraph (c) for which expulsion is permitted under Texas
Education Code 37.007 or
c. Serious misbehavior occurring while the student was placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education
Program;
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3. The number of full or partial days the student was expelled;
4. Information indicating whether:
a. The student was placed in a Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program under Texas Education Code
37.011;
b. The student was placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program;
c. The student was not placed in a juvenile justice or other Disciplinary Alternative Education Program;
and
5. The number of placements that were inconsistent with the District’s Student Handbook and Code of
Conduct.
Texas Education Code 37.020
Restrictions on
Court Orders
A court may not order an expelled student to attend a regular classroom, a regular campus, or a DAEP as a
condition of probation or deferred prosecution.
Withdrawal
During Process
If a student withdraws from the district before an order for placement in a disciplinary alternative education
program or expulsion is entered under this section, the principal or board, as appropriate, may complete the
proceedings and enter an order. If the student subsequently enrolls in the district during the same or
subsequent school year, the district may enforce the order at that time except for any period of the placement or
expulsion that has been served by the student on enrollment in another district that honored the order. If the
principal or board fails to enter an order after the student withdraws, the next district in which the student
enrolls may complete the proceedings and enter an order. Texas Education Code 37.009(i)
Transfers
If a student who is under an expulsion order from another school district attempts to enroll in Northwest ISD,
Northwest ISD will continue the expulsion under the terms specified upon receipt of the written order and will
consider placement in an appropriate JJAEP or DAEP based on whether the grounds for placement are
consistent with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. The student may only be required to serve the
remaining unserved days.
If a student enrolling in the District is under the age of 18 years and is establishing a residence separate and
apart from the person's parent/guardian, the District is not required to admit the student if the student:
1. Has engaged in conduct or misbehavior within the preceding year that has resulted in removal to a DAEP
or expulsion;
2. Has engaged in delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision and is on probation or other
conditional release for that conduct; or
3. Has been convicted of a criminal offense and is on probation or other conditional release.
Texas Education Code 25.001(d)
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