Copperas Cove Independent School District 2015-2016

Copperas Cove Independent School District  2015-2016
Copperas Cove
Independent School District
2015-2016
Student Handbook
And
Code of Conduct
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Table of Contents
PREFACE ....................................................................................................................................... 1
SECTION I: PARENTAL RIGHTS ................................................................................................ 3
CONSENT, OPT-OUT, AND REFUSAL RIGHTS ................................................................... 3
Consent to Conduct a Psychological Evaluation .................................................................... 3
Consent to Display a Student’s Original Works and Personal Information ............................ 3
Consent to Receive Parenting and Paternity Awareness Instruction if Student is Under Age
14............................................................................................................................................. 3
Consent to Video or Audio Record a Student When Not Otherwise Permitted by Law ......... 3
Prohibiting the Use of Corporal Punishment .......................................................................... 4
Limiting Electronic Communications with Students by District Employees ......................... 4
Objecting to the Release of Directory Information................................................................. 4
Objecting to the Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and Institutions of
Higher Education (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ................................................................ 5
Participation in Third-Party Surveys ...................................................................................... 5
Consent Required Before Student Participation in a Federally Funded Survey, Analysis,
or Evaluation ....................................................................................................................... 5
“Opting Out” of Participation in Other Types of Surveys or Screenings and the Disclosure
of Personal Information ...................................................................................................... 6
REMOVING A STUDENT FROM INSTRUCTION OR EXCUSING A STUDENT FROM A
REQUIRED COMPONENT OF INSTRUCTION ..................................................................... 6
Human Sexuality Instruction .................................................................................................. 6
Reciting a Portion of the Declaration of Independence in Grades 3–12................................. 7
Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags ................................................................... 7
Religious or Moral Beliefs ...................................................................................................... 7
Tutoring or Test Preparation ................................................................................................... 8
RIGHT OF ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS, CURRICULUM MATERIALS, AND
DISTRICT RECORDS ............................................................................................................... 8
Instructional Materials ............................................................................................................ 8
Notices of Certain Student Misconduct to Noncustodial Parent ............................................ 8
Student Records ...................................................................................................................... 8
Accessing Student Records ................................................................................................. 8
Authorized Inspection and Use of Student Records ........................................................... 9
Teacher and Staff Professional Qualifications ...................................................................... 12
STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES................... 12
Children of Military Families ............................................................................................... 12
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Parental Role in Certain Classroom and School Assignments ............................................. 12
Multiple Birth Siblings ..................................................................................................... 12
Safety Transfers/Assignments ........................................................................................... 13
Service/Assistance Animal Use by Students......................................................................... 13
Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education Services ......... 13
Students Who Receive Special Education Services with Other School-Aged Children in the
Home ..................................................................................................................................... 14
Students Who Speak a Primary Language Other than English ............................................. 14
Students with Physical or Mental Impairments Protected under Section 504 ...................... 14
SECTION II: OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS .... 16
ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE................................................................................................... 16
Compulsory Attendance ........................................................................................................ 16
Age 18 and Older .............................................................................................................. 16
Between Ages 6 and 18 ..................................................................................................... 16
Prekindergarten and Kindergarten .................................................................................... 16
Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance................................................................................ 17
All Grade Levels ............................................................................................................... 17
Secondary Grade Levels ................................................................................................... 17
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance ................................................................. 17
All Grade Levels ............................................................................................................... 17
Attendance for Credit or Final Grade (Kindergarten through Grade 12) ............................. 18
Official Attendance-Taking Time (All Grade Levels) .......................................................... 19
Documentation after an Absence (All Grade Levels) ........................................................... 19
Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness (All Grade Levels) ............................................ 20
Driver License Attendance Verification (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ............................ 20
ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAW (All Grade Levels) ............... 20
AWARDS AND HONORS (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................ 21
BULLYING (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................................... 21
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) PROGRAMS (Secondary Grade Levels
Only) ......................................................................................................................................... 22
CELEBRATIONS (All Grade Levels) ...................................................................................... 22
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN (All Grade
Levels)....................................................................................................................................... 23
CLASS RANK / HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ........... 24
CLASS SCHEDULES (Secondary Grade Levels Only) .......................................................... 27
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COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ................. 27
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES (Secondary Grade Levels Only) .......................................... 28
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS (CIS) .................................................................................... 29
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS (All Grade Levels) .......................................................... 29
CONDUCT (All Grade Levels) ................................................................................................ 29
Applicability of School Rules ............................................................................................... 29
Disruptions of School Operations ......................................................................................... 30
Social Events ......................................................................................................................... 30
COUNSELING ......................................................................................................................... 30
Academic Counseling ........................................................................................................... 30
Elementary and Middle/Junior High School Grade Levels .............................................. 30
High School Grade Levels ................................................................................................ 31
Personal Counseling (All Grade Levels) .............................................................................. 31
COURSE CREDIT (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ............................................................... 31
CREDIT BY EXAM—If a Student Has Taken the Course/Subject (All Grade Levels) .......... 31
CREDIT BY EXAM FOR ADVANCEMENT/ACCELERATION—If a Student Has Not
Taken the Course/Subject ......................................................................................................... 32
Kindergarten Acceleration .................................................................................................... 32
Students in Grades 1–5 ......................................................................................................... 33
Students in Grades 6–12 ....................................................................................................... 33
DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION (All
Grade Levels) ............................................................................................................................ 33
Dating Violence..................................................................................................................... 33
Discrimination....................................................................................................................... 34
Harassment ............................................................................................................................ 34
Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Harassment ............................................................. 34
Retaliation ............................................................................................................................. 35
Reporting Procedures ............................................................................................................ 35
Investigation of Report ......................................................................................................... 35
DISCRIMINATION .................................................................................................................. 36
DISTANCE LEARNING .......................................................................................................... 36
All Grade Levels ................................................................................................................... 36
Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) (Secondary Grade Levels) ................................... 36
DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE, PUBLISHED MATERIALS, OR OTHER
DOCUMENTS (All Grade Levels) .......................................................................................... 37
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School Materials ................................................................................................................... 37
Nonschool Materials ............................................................................................................. 37
From Students ................................................................................................................... 37
From Others ...................................................................................................................... 37
DRESS AND GROOMING (All Grade Levels) ...................................................................... 38
Elementary Dress Code: Grades PK-5 ................................................................................. 39
Junior High Dress Code: Grades 6 - 8 ................................................................................. 40
High School Dress Code: Grades 9 - 12 .............................................................................. 41
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (All Grade Levels) ........... 42
Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Mobile Telephones
............................................................................................................................................... 42
Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic Devices ................................................... 43
Instructional Use of Personal Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices .............. 43
Acceptable Use of District Technology Resources ............................................................... 43
Unacceptable and Inappropriate Use of Technology Resources ........................................... 43
END-OF-COURSE (EOC) ASSESSMENTS........................................................................... 44
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS (All Grade Levels)
................................................................................................................................................... 44
Standards of Behavior ........................................................................................................... 45
Offices and Elections ............................................................................................................ 45
FEES (All Grade Levels) .......................................................................................................... 45
FUNDRAISING (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................................ 46
GANG-FREE ZONES (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................... 46
GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT ........................................................................................ 47
GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION (Grades 9–12 Only) ..................................................... 47
GRADING GUIDELINES (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................ 47
GRADUATION (Secondary Grade Levels Only) .................................................................... 47
Requirements for a Diploma for a Student Enrolled in High School Prior to the 2014–15
School Year ........................................................................................................................... 47
Requirements for a Diploma Beginning with the 2014–15 School Year .............................. 47
Testing Requirements for Graduation ................................................................................... 48
Minimum, Recommended, and Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Graduation Programs
............................................................................................................................................... 48
Foundation Graduation Program........................................................................................... 50
Personal Graduation Plans for Students under the Foundation Graduation Program ....... 52
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Available Course Options for all Graduation Programs ....................................................... 52
Certificates of Coursework Completion ............................................................................... 53
Students with Disabilities ..................................................................................................... 53
Graduation Activities ............................................................................................................ 53
Scholarships and Grants ........................................................................................................ 54
HARASSMENT ....................................................................................................................... 54
HAZING (All Grade Levels) .................................................................................................... 54
HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS............................................................................................. 54
Student Illness (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................................ 56
Bacterial Meningitis (All Grade Levels)............................................................................... 57
Food Allergies (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................................ 58
Head Lice (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................................... 59
Physical Activity Requirements ............................................................................................ 59
Elementary School ............................................................................................................ 59
Junior High/Middle School ............................................................................................... 59
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) (All Grade Levels) ............................................. 60
Student Wellness Policy/Wellness Plan (All Grade Levels) ................................................. 60
Other Health-Related Matters ............................................................................................... 60
Physical Fitness Assessment (Grades 3–12) ..................................................................... 60
Vending Machines (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................. 60
Tobacco Prohibited (All Grade Levels and All Others on School Property) .................... 60
Asbestos Management Plan (All Grade Levels) ............................................................... 61
Pest Management Plan (All Grade Levels) ....................................................................... 61
HOMELESS STUDENTS (All Grade Levels) ......................................................................... 61
HOMEWORK (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................................... 61
ILLNESS................................................................................................................................... 62
IMMUNIZATION (All Grade Levels) ..................................................................................... 62
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES (All Grade Levels)........................................................ 62
Questioning of Students ........................................................................................................ 62
Students Taken Into Custody ................................................................................................ 63
Notification of Law Violations ............................................................................................. 63
LEAVING CAMPUS (All Grade Levels) ................................................................................. 63
During Lunch ........................................................................................................................ 64
All CCISD campuses are closed. Students are not permitted to leave campus for lunch..... 64
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At Any Other Time During the School Day.......................................................................... 64
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS (All Grade Levels) ................................... 64
LOST AND FOUND (All Grade Levels) ................................................................................. 65
MAKEUP WORK ..................................................................................................................... 65
Makeup Work Because of Absence (All Grade Levels) ....................................................... 65
DAEP Makeup Work ............................................................................................................ 66
Elementary and Middle/Junior High School Grade Levels .............................................. 66
Grades 9–12 ...................................................................................................................... 66
In-school Suspension (ISS) Makeup Work (All Grade Levels) ............................................ 66
MEDICINE AT SCHOOL (All Grade Levels) ......................................................................... 66
Psychotropic Drugs ............................................................................................................... 68
NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT (All Grade Levels) .................................................. 68
NONTRADITIONAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (All Grade Levels) ................................... 68
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (All Grade Levels).................................................................. 68
Working Together.................................................................................................................. 68
Parent Involvement Coordinator ........................................................................................... 70
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS / HEALTH SCREENINGS ................................................... 70
Athletics Participation (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ....................................................... 70
PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE (All Grade Levels) ............. 70
PRAYER (All Grade Levels) .................................................................................................... 71
PROMOTION AND RETENTION .......................................................................................... 71
Elementary and Middle/Junior High Grade Levels .............................................................. 71
High School Grade Levels .................................................................................................... 73
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL ........................................................................ 73
REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES (All Grade Levels) ..... 73
RETALIATION ......................................................................................................................... 74
SAFETY (All Grade Levels) .................................................................................................... 74
Accident Insurance................................................................................................................ 74
Emergency Medical Treatment and Information .................................................................. 75
Emergency School-Closing Information .............................................................................. 76
SAT, ACT, AND OTHER STANDARDIZED TESTS ............................................................. 76
SCHEDULE CHANGES (Middle/Junior High and High School Grade Levels) .................... 76
SCHOOL FACILITIES ............................................................................................................. 76
Use by Students Before and After School (All Grade Levels) ............................................. 76
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Conduct Before and After School (All Grade Levels) .......................................................... 77
Use of Hallways During Class Time (All Grade Levels) ..................................................... 77
Cafeteria Services (All Grade Levels) .................................................................................. 77
Library (All Grade Levels) ................................................................................................... 77
SEARCHES .............................................................................................................................. 78
Students’ Desks and Lockers (All Grade Levels) ................................................................. 78
Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices (All Grade Levels) .............................. 78
Vehicles on Campus (Secondary Grade Levels Only) .......................................................... 78
Trained Dogs (All Grade Levels).......................................................................................... 79
Metal Detectors (All Grade Levels) ...................................................................................... 79
Drug-Testing (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ..................................................................... 79
SEXUAL HARASSMENT ....................................................................................................... 80
SPECIAL PROGRAMS (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................ 80
STANDARDIZED TESTING .................................................................................................. 80
Secondary Grade Levels ....................................................................................................... 80
SAT/ACT (Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test) .................................... 80
TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment ....................................................................... 80
STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) ............................................ 80
Grades 3–8 ........................................................................................................................ 80
High School Courses—End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments ............................................ 81
STEROIDS (Secondary Grade Levels Only) ........................................................................... 82
STUDENTS IN FOSTER CARE (All Grade Levels) .............................................................. 82
STUDENT SPEAKERS (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................ 82
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION (All Grade Levels) ............. 83
SUICIDE AWARENESS (All Grade Levels) ........................................................................... 83
SUMMER SCHOOL (All Grade Levels) ................................................................................. 83
TARDIES (All Grade Levels) ................................................................................................... 83
TEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT, AND
OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS (All Grade Levels) .............................................. 83
TRANSFERS (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................................. 84
In-District Transfers .............................................................................................................. 84
Out-of-District Transfers ....................................................................................................... 84
TRANSPORTATION (All Grade Levels)................................................................................. 85
School-Sponsored Trips ........................................................................................................ 85
Buses and Other School Vehicles ......................................................................................... 85
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General School Bus Policies ................................................................................................. 86
Consequences for Violation of Safety Rules ........................................................................ 86
Transportation of Student Materials ..................................................................................... 87
Emergency Bus Pass ............................................................................................................. 87
VANDALISM (All Grade Levels) ............................................................................................ 87
VIDEO CAMERAS (All Grade Levels)................................................................................... 87
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL (All Grade Levels) .................................................................. 88
General Visitors..................................................................................................................... 88
Visitors Participating in Special Programs for Students ....................................................... 88
VOLUNTEERS (All Grade Levels) ......................................................................................... 88
VOTER REGISTRATION (Secondary Grade Levels Only) .................................................... 88
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL (All Grade Levels) ......................................................... 88
Glossary ........................................................................................................................................ 90
APPENDIX I: Freedom From Bullying Policy ............................................................................ 93
APPENDIX II: Alternative Methods for Earning Credit: Distance Learning .............................. 96
Index ........................................................................................................................................... 108
SECTION III: CAMPUS INFORMATION ...............................................................................115
ELEMENTARY CAMPUSES .................................................................................................116
Standard Procedures.................................................................................................................116
MAE STEVENS EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY (MSELA) .............................................117
FAIRVIEW/MISS JEWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ....................................................... 120
C. R. CLEMENTS/HOLLIE PARSONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ................................... 122
HETTIE HALSTEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ................................................................ 125
Student Pick-Up .......................................................................................................................... 126
HOUSE CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ......................................................................... 128
J. L. WILLIAMS/LOVETT LEDGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ....................................... 132
MARTIN WALKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ................................................................... 135
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS .................................................................................................... 138
COPPERAS COVE HIGH SCHOOL .................................................................................... 144
Administrative Staff ............................................................................................................ 144
CCHS Vision Statement ...................................................................................................... 145
CCHS Mission Statement ................................................................................................... 145
School Colors ...................................................................................................................... 145
School Motto....................................................................................................................... 145
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Foreword ............................................................................................................................. 146
Principal’s Message ............................................................................................................ 146
Academics ........................................................................................................................... 147
Graduation....................................................................................................................... 152
Graduation Expenses ................................................................................................................ 154
Campus Information, Policies and Procedures ................................................................... 156
Student Services .................................................................................................................. 166
CROSSROADS HIGH SCHOOL .......................................................................................... 172
DISCIPLINARY ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM ............................................. 175
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PREFACE
To Students and Parents:
Welcome to school year 2015–16! Education is a team effort, and we know that students,
parents, teachers, and other staff members all working together can make this a wonderfully
successful year for our students.
The Copperas Cove ISD Student Handbook is designed to provide basic information that you
and your child will need during the school year. The handbook is divided into two sections:
Section I—PARENTAL RIGHTS—with information to assist you in responding to schoolrelated issues. We encourage you to take some time to closely review this section of the
handbook.
Section II—OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS—
organized alphabetically by topic, and, where possible, further divided by applicability to ages
and/or grade levels, for quick access when searching for information on a specific issue.
Please be aware that the term “parent,” unless otherwise noted, is used to refer to the parent,
legal guardian, any person granted some other type of lawful control of the student, or any other
person who has agreed to assume school-related responsibility for a student.
Both students and parents should become familiar with the Copperas Cove Student Code of
Conduct, which is a document adopted by the board and intended to promote school safety and
an atmosphere for learning. That document may be found on the district’s website at
www.ccisd.com and is available in hard copy upon request.
The Student Handbook is a general reference guide only and is designed to be in harmony with
board policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Please be aware that it is not a complete
statement of all policies, procedures, or rules that may be applicable in a given circumstance.
In case of conflict between board policy (including the Student Code of Conduct) and any
provisions of the Student Handbook, the current provisions of board policy and the Student Code
of Conduct are to be followed.
Also, please be aware that the Student Handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and
revision may occur throughout the year. The district encourages parents to stay informed of
proposed board policy changes by attending board meetings. Changes in policy or other rules
that affect Student Handbook provisions will be made available to students and parents through
newsletters or other communications. The district reserves the right to modify provisions of the
Student Handbook at any time, whenever it is deemed necessary. Notice of any revision or
modification will be given as is reasonably practical under the circumstances.
Although the Student Handbook may refer to rights established through law or district policy, the
Student Handbook does not create any additional rights for students and parents. It does not, nor
is it intended to, create contractual or legal rights between any student or parent and the district.
If you or your child has questions about any of the material in this handbook, please contact your
campus principal.
Also, please complete and return to your child’s campus the following forms provided in the
forms packet distributed at the beginning of the year or upon the student’s enrollment:
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1. Acknowledgment of Electronic Distribution of Student Handbook form;
2. Notice Regarding Directory Information and Parent’s Response Regarding Release of
Student Information form;
3. Parent’s Objection to the Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and
Institutions of Higher Education form, if you choose to restrict the release of information
to these entities; and
4. Consent/Opt-Out Form.
[See Objecting to the Release of Directory Information on page 4 and Consent Required
Before Student Participation in a Federally Funded Survey, Analysis, or Evaluation on page
5 for more information.]
Please note that references to policy codes are included so that parents can refer to current Board
policy. The District’s official policy manual is available for review in the superintendent’s office,
and an unofficial electronic copy is available at www.ccisd.com.
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SECTION I: PARENTAL RIGHTS
This section of the Copperas Cove ISD Student Handbook includes information related to certain
rights of parents as specified in state or federal law.
CONSENT, OPT-OUT, AND REFUSAL RIGHTS
Consent to Conduct a Psychological Evaluation
A district employee will not conduct a psychological examination, test, or treatment without
obtaining prior written parental consent unless the examination, test, or treatment is required
under state or federal law regarding requirements for special education or by the Texas Education
Agency (TEA) for child abuse investigations and reports.
Consent to Display a Student’s Original Works and Personal Information
Teachers may display students’ work, which may include personally identifiable student
information, in classrooms or elsewhere on campus as recognition of student achievement.
However, the district will seek parental consent before displaying students’ artwork, special
projects, photographs taken by students, original videos or voice recordings, and other original
works on the district’s website, a website affiliated or sponsored by the district, such as a campus
or classroom website, and in district publications, which may include printed materials, videos,
or other methods of mass communication.
Consent to Receive Parenting and Paternity Awareness Instruction if Student is
Under Age 14
A child under the age of 14 must have parental permission to receive instruction in the district’s
parenting and paternity awareness program; otherwise, the child will not be allowed to
participate in the instruction. This program, developed by the Office of the Texas Attorney
General and the State Board of Education (SBOE), is incorporated into the district’s health
education classes.
Consent to Video or Audio Record a Student When Not Otherwise Permitted by
Law
State law permits the school to make a video or voice recording without parental permission for
the following circumstances:
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When it is to be used for school safety;
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When it relates to classroom instruction or a cocurricular or extracurricular activity; or
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When it relates to media coverage of the school.
The district will seek parental consent through a written request before making any video or
voice recording of your child not otherwise allowed by law.
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Prohibiting the Use of Corporal Punishment
Corporal punishment—spanking or paddling the student—may be used as a discipline
management technique in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and policy FO(LOCAL)
in the district’s policy manual.
If you do not want corporal punishment to be administered to your child as a method of student
discipline, please submit a written statement to the campus principal stating this decision. A
signed statement must be provided each year if you do not want corporal punishment to be
administered to your child.
You may choose to revoke this prohibition at any time during the year by providing a signed
statement to the campus principal. However, district personnel may choose to use discipline
methods other than corporal punishment even if the parent requests that this method be used on
the student.
Please note that if the district is made aware that a student is in temporary or permanent
conservatorship (custody) of the state, through foster care, kinship care, or other arrangements,
corporal punishment shall not be administered, even when a signed statement prohibiting its use
has not been submitted by the student’s caregiver or caseworker.
Limiting Electronic Communications with Students by District Employees
Teachers and other approved employees are permitted by the district to communicate with
students through the use of electronic media within the scope of the individual’s professional
responsibilities. For example, a teacher may set up a social networking page for his or her class
that has information related to class work, homework, and tests. As a parent, you are welcome to
join or become a member of such a page.
An employee described above may also contact a student individually through electronic media
to communicate about items such as homework or upcoming tests.
However, instant or text messages sent to an individual student are only allowed if a district
employee with responsibility for an extracurricular activity needs to communicate with a student
participating in the extracurricular activity.
If you prefer that your child not receive any one-to-one electronic communications from a
district employee or if you have questions related to the use of electronic media by district
employees, please contact the campus principal.
Objecting to the Release of Directory Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, permits the district to disclose
appropriately designated “directory information” from a child’s education records without
written consent. “Directory information” is information that is generally not considered harmful
or an invasion of privacy if released. This “directory information” will be released to anyone
who follows procedures for requesting it.
However, a parent or eligible student may object to the release of a student’s directory
information. This objection must be made in writing to the principal within ten school days of
your child’s first day of instruction for this school. [See the “Notice Regarding Directory
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Information and Parent’s Response Regarding Release of Student Information” included in the
forms packet.]
As allowed by state law, the district has identified two directory information lists—one for
school-sponsored purposes and the second for all other requests. For all district publications and
announcements, the district has designated the following as directory information: yearbook;
school newspapers; honor roll; school, athletic, and graduation programs; service providers that
contract with the district for school-sponsored purposes; other district publications and
announcements; district use of social media; and information distributed to the media related to
school events or placed on the district’s website. Directory information shall include student
name; address; telephone listing; photograph; date of birth; major field of study; degrees, honors,
and awards received; dates of attendance; grade level; enrollment status; most recent school
previously attended; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; and weight and
height if a member of an athletic team. If you do not object to the use of your child’s
information for these limited school-sponsored purposes, the school will not need to ask your
permission each time the district wishes to use the information for the school-sponsored purposes
listed above.
For all other purposes, the district has identified the following as directory information: name,
address and grade level. If you do not object to the use of your child’s information for these
purposes, the school must release this information when the school receives a request from an
outside entity or individual.
Also review the information at Authorized Inspection and Use of Student Records on page 9.
Objecting to the Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters and
Institutions of Higher Education (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
The district is required by federal law to comply with a request by a military recruiter or an
institution of higher education for students’ names, addresses, and telephone listings, unless
parents have advised the district not to release their child’s information without prior written
consent. A form included in the forms packet is available if you do not want the district to
provide this information to military recruiters or institutions of higher education.
Participation in Third-Party Surveys
Consent Required Before Student Participation in a Federally Funded Survey,
Analysis, or Evaluation
Your child will not be required to participate without parental consent in any survey, analysis, or
evaluation—funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education—that concerns:
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Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.

Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
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Sexual behavior or attitudes.
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Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.
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Critical appraisals of individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship.
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Relationships privileged under law, such as relationships with lawyers, physicians, and
ministers.
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Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents.
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Income, except when the information is required by law and will be used to determine the
student’s eligibility to participate in a special program or to receive financial assistance
under such a program.
You will be able to inspect the survey or other instrument and any instructional materials used in
connection with such a survey, analysis, or evaluation. [For further information, see policy
EF(LEGAL).]
“Opting Out” of Participation in Other Types of Surveys or Screenings and the
Disclosure of Personal Information
As a parent, you have a right to receive notice of and deny permission for your child’s
participation in:
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Any survey concerning the private information listed above, regardless of funding.
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School activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information
gathered from your child for the purpose of marketing, selling, or otherwise disclosing
that information. Note that this does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of
personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing,
evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or
educational institutions.
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Any nonemergency, invasive physical examination or screening required as a condition
of attendance, administered and scheduled by the school in advance and not necessary to
protect the immediate health and safety of the student. Exceptions are hearing, vision, or
scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state
law. [See policies EF and FFAA.]
As a parent, you may inspect a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered
or distributed to your child.
REMOVING A STUDENT FROM INSTRUCTION OR EXCUSING A STUDENT
FROM A REQUIRED COMPONENT OF INSTRUCTION
Human Sexuality Instruction
As a part of the district’s curriculum, students receive instruction related to human sexuality. The
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is involved with the selection of course materials for
such instruction.
State law requires that any instruction related to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases,
or human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome must:
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Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship
to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age;
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Devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to any other behavior;
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Emphasize that abstinence is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing
pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and the emotional trauma associated with
adolescent sexual activity;
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Direct adolescents to a standard of behavior in which abstinence from sexual activity
before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted
diseases; and
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If included in the content of the curriculum, teach contraception and condom use in terms
of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates.
In accordance with state law, below is a summary of the district’s curriculum regarding human
sexuality instruction:
Copperas Cove ISD, through a partnership with Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic
and through a grant from Scott & White, has entered into agreement to use their abstinence sex
education program called Worth the Wait®. This program promotes abstinence as the healthiest
choice for adolescents and it also meets the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for
health education at grades 6 – 12. It meets the regulations from the Texas Education Agency for
abstinence as the message to students while teaching sex education in public schools.
As a parent, you are entitled to review the curriculum materials. In addition, you may remove
your child from any part of the human sexuality instruction with no academic, disciplinary, or
other penalties. You may also choose to become more involved with the development of
curriculum used for this purpose by becoming a member of the district’s SHAC. Please see the
campus principal for additional information.
Reciting a Portion of the Declaration of Independence in Grades 3–12
You may request that your child be excused from recitation of a portion of the Declaration of
Independence. State law requires students in social studies classes in grades 3–12 to recite a
portion of the text of the Declaration of Independence during Celebrate Freedom Week unless (1)
you provide a written statement requesting that your child be excused, (2) the district determines
that your child has a conscientious objection to the recitation, or (3) you are a representative of a
foreign government to whom the United States government extends diplomatic immunity. [See
policy EHBK(LEGAL).]
Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags
As a parent, you may request that your child be excused from participation in the daily recitation
of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas
flag. The request must be in writing. State law does not allow your child to be excused from
participation in the required minute of silence or silent activity that follows. [See Pledges of
Allegiance and a Minute of Silence on page 70 and policy EC(LEGAL).]
Religious or Moral Beliefs
You may remove your child temporarily from the classroom if an instructional activity in which
your child is scheduled to participate conflicts with your religious or moral beliefs. The removal
cannot be for the purpose of avoiding a test and may not extend for an entire semester. Further,
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your child must satisfy grade-level and graduation requirements as determined by the school and
by state law.
Tutoring or Test Preparation
Based on informal observations, evaluative data such as grades earned on assignments or tests, or
results from diagnostic assessments, a teacher may determine that a student is in need of
additional targeted assistance in order for the student to achieve mastery in state-developed
essential knowledge and skills. The school will always attempt to provide tutoring and strategies
for test-taking in ways that prevent removal from other instruction as much as possible. In
accordance with state law and policy EC, the school will not remove a student from a regularly
scheduled class for remedial tutoring or test preparation for more than ten percent of the school
days on which the class is offered, unless the student’s parent consents to this removal.
The school may also offer tutorial services, which students whose grades are below 70 will be
required to attend.
[Also refer to policies EC and EHBC, and contact your student’s teacher with questions about
any tutoring programs provided by the school.]
RIGHT OF ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS, CURRICULUM MATERIALS,
AND DISTRICT RECORDS
Instructional Materials
As a parent, you have a right to review teaching materials, textbooks, and other teaching aids
and instructional materials used in the curriculum, and to examine tests that have been
administered to your child.
Notices of Certain Student Misconduct to Noncustodial Parent
A noncustodial parent may request in writing that he or she be provided, for the remainder of the
school year, a copy of any written notice usually provided to a parent related to his or her child’s
misconduct that may involve placement in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP)
or expulsion. [See policy FO(LEGAL) and the Student Code of Conduct.]
Student Records
Accessing Student Records
You may review your child’s student records. These records include:
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Attendance records,
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Test scores,
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Grades,
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Disciplinary records,
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Counseling records,
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Psychological records,
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Applications for admission,
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Health and immunization information,
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Other medical records,
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Teacher and school counselor evaluations,
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Reports of behavioral patterns,
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State assessment instruments that have been administered to your child, and
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Teaching materials and tests used in your child’s classroom.
Authorized Inspection and Use of Student Records
A federal law, known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, affords
parents and eligible students certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. For
purposes of student records, an “eligible” student is one who is 18 or older or who is attending an
institution of postsecondary education. These rights, as discussed in this section as well as at
Objecting to the Release of Directory Information on page 4, are:
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The right to inspect and review student records within 45 days after the day the school
receives a request for access.
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The right to request an amendment to a student record the parent or eligible student
believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of FERPA.
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The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable
information from the student’s records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes
disclosure without consent.
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The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning failures
by the school to comply with FERPA requirements. The name and address of the office
that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
Both FERPA and state laws safeguard student records from unauthorized inspection or use and
provide parents and eligible students certain rights of privacy. Before disclosing any personally
identifiable information from a student’s records, the district must verify the identity of the
person, including a parent or the student, requesting the information.
Virtually all information pertaining to student performance, including grades, test results, and
disciplinary records, is considered confidential educational records.
Inspection and release of student records is primarily restricted to an eligible student or a
student’s parents—whether married, separated, or divorced—unless the school is given a copy of
a court order terminating parental rights or the right to access a student’s education records.
Federal law requires that, as soon as a student becomes 18, is emancipated by a court, or enrolls
in a postsecondary institution, control of the records goes to the student. The parents may
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continue to have access to the records, however, if the student is a dependent for tax purposes
and under limited circumstances when there is a threat to the health and safety of the student or
other individuals.
FERPA permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s education
records, without written consent of the parent or eligible student, in the following circumstances:
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When district school officials have what federal law refers to as a “legitimate educational
interest” in a student’s records. School officials would include board members and
employees, such as the superintendent, administrators, and principals; teachers, school
counselors, diagnosticians, and support staff (including district health or district medical
staff); a person or company with whom the district has contracted or allowed to provide a
particular institutional service or function (such as an attorney, consultant, third-party
vendor that offers online programs or software, auditor, medical consultant, therapist,
school resource officer, or volunteer); a parent or student serving on a school committee;
or a parent or student assisting a school official in the performance of his or her duties.
“Legitimate educational interest” in a student’s records includes working with the
student; considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student’s case, or an
individualized education program for a student with disabilities; compiling statistical
data; reviewing an educational record to fulfill the official’s professional responsibility to
the school and the student; or investigating or evaluating programs.
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To authorized-representatives of various governmental agencies, including juvenile
service providers, the U.S. Comptroller General’s office, the U.S. Attorney General’s
office, the U.S. Secretary of Education, TEA, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s office,
and Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers or other child welfare representatives,
in certain cases.
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To individuals or entities granted access in response to a subpoena or court order.
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To another school, school district/system, or institution of postsecondary education to
which a student seeks or intends to enroll or in which he or she is already enrolled.
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In connection with financial aid for which a student has applied or which the student has
received.
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To accrediting organizations to carry out accrediting functions.
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To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to develop,
validate, or administer predictive tests; administer student aid programs; or improve
instruction.
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To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency.
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When the district discloses information it has designated as directory information [see
Objecting to the Release of Directory Information on page 4 for opportunities to
prohibit this disclosure].
Release of personally identifiable information to any other person or agency—such as a
prospective employer or for a scholarship application—will occur only with parental or student
permission, as appropriate.
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The principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school.
The superintendent is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated.
A parent or eligible student who wishes to inspect the student’s records should submit a written
request to the records custodian identifying the records he or she wishes to inspect. Records may
be inspected by a parent or eligible student during regular school hours. The records custodian or
designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records.
A parent or eligible student who provides a written request and pays copying costs of ten cents
per page may obtain copies. If circumstances prevent inspection during regular school hours and
the student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, the district will either provide a copy of the
records requested or make other arrangements for the parent or student to review these records.
The address of the superintendent’s office is 703 W. Ave D, Copperas Cove, TX 76522.
The addresses of the principals’ offices are:
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Copperas Cove High School, 400 South 25th Street
Copperas Cove Junior High School, 702 Sunny Street
S.C. Lee Junior High School, 1205 Courtney Lane
Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School, 1002 Veterans Avenue
Hettie Halstead Elementary School, 910 North Main Street
House Creek Elementary School, 351 Lutheran Church Road
J.L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary School, 909 Courtney Lane
Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy, 302 Manning Drive
Martin Walker Elementary School, 100 FM 3046
C.R. Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary School, 1115 Northern Dancer
Avenue E Alternative Learning Center, 306 East Avenue E
Crossroads High School, 306 East Avenue E
A parent (or eligible student) may inspect the student’s records and request a correction or
amendment if the records are considered inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the
student’s privacy rights. A request to correct a student’s record should be submitted to the
appropriate records custodian. The request must clearly identify the part of the record that should
be corrected and include an explanation of how the information in the record is inaccurate. If the
district denies the request to amend the records, the parent or eligible student has the right to
request a hearing. If the records are not amended as a result of the hearing, the parent or eligible
student has 30 school days to exercise the right to place a statement commenting on the
information in the student’s record.
Although improperly recorded grades may be challenged, contesting a student’s grade in a course
or on an examination is handled through the general complaint process found in policy
FNG(LOCAL). A grade issued by a classroom teacher can be changed only if, as determined by
the board of trustees, the grade is arbitrary, erroneous, or inconsistent with the district’s grading
policy. [See FINALITY OF GRADES at FNG(LEGAL), Report Cards/Progress Reports and
Conferences on page 73, and Complaints and Concerns on page 29 for an overview of the
process.]
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The district’s policy regarding student records found at policy FL is available from the
principal’s or superintendent’s office or on the district’s website at www.ccisd.com.
The parent’s or eligible student’s right of access to and copies of student records do not extend to
all records. Materials that are not considered educational records—such as a teacher’s personal
notes about a student that are shared only with a substitute teacher—do not have to be made
available to the parents or student.
Communities in Schools (CIS) are a contract provider for CCISD and, as such, have access to
student information. Please contact the principal or superintendent if you have any questions
regarding this notice.
Teacher and Staff Professional Qualifications
You may request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teachers,
including whether a teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels
and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; whether the teacher has an
emergency permit or other provisional status for which state requirements have been waived; and
undergraduate and graduate degree majors, graduate certifications, and the field of study of the
certification or degree. You also have the right to request information about the qualifications of
any paraprofessional who may provide services to your child.
STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
Children of Military Families
Children of military families will be provided flexibility regarding certain district requirements,
including:
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Immunization requirements.
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Grade level, course, or educational program placement.
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Eligibility requirements for participation in extracurricular activities.
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Graduation requirements.
In addition, absences related to a student visiting with his or her parent, including a stepparent or
legal guardian, who has been called to active duty for, is on leave from, or is returning from a
deployment of at least four months will be excused by the district. The district will permit no
more than five excused absences per year for this purpose. For the absence to be excused, the
absence must occur no earlier than the 60th day before deployment or no later than the 30th day
after the parent’s return from deployment.
Additional information may be found at http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=7995.
Parental Role in Certain Classroom and School Assignments
Multiple Birth Siblings
As a parent, if your children are multiple birth siblings (e.g., twins, triplets, etc.) assigned to the
same grade and campus, you may request that they be placed either in the same classroom or in
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separate classrooms. Your written request must be submitted no later than the 14th day after the
enrollment of your children. [See policy FDB(LEGAL).]
Safety Transfers/Assignments
As a parent, you may:
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Request the transfer of your child to another classroom or campus if your child has been
determined by the district to have been a victim of bullying as the term is defined by
Education Code 37.0832. Transportation is not provided for a transfer to another campus.
See the principal for information.
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Consult with district administrators if your child has been determined by the district to
have engaged in bullying and the board decides to transfer your child to another
classroom or campus. Transportation is not provided for a transfer to another campus.
[See Bullying on page 21, policy FDB, and policy FFI.]
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Request the transfer of your child to attend a safe public school in the district if your
child attends school at a campus identified by TEA as persistently dangerous or if your
child has been a victim of a violent criminal offense while at school or on school
grounds. [See policy FDE.]
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Request the transfer of your child to another district campus if your child has been the
victim of a sexual assault by another student assigned to the same campus, whether the
assault occurred on or off campus, and that student has been convicted of or placed on
deferred adjudication for that assault. If the victim does not wish to transfer, the district
will transfer the assailant in accordance with policy FDE.
Service/Assistance Animal Use by Students
A parent of a student who uses a service/assistance animal because of the student’s disability
must submit a request in writing to the principal at least ten district business days before bringing
the service/assistance animal on campus.
Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education
Services
If a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the person listed below to
learn about the district’s overall general education referral or screening system for support
services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including referral for a
special education evaluation. Students having difficulty in the regular classroom should be
considered for tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are
available to all students including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The
implementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of districts to
meet the needs of all struggling students.
At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special education services. Within a
reasonable amount of time, the district must decide if the evaluation is needed. If the evaluation
is needed, the parent will be notified and asked to provide informed written consent for the
evaluation. The district must complete the evaluation and the report within the timeline
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prescribed by law once the district receives written consent. The district must give a copy of the
evaluation report to the parent.
If the district determines that the evaluation is not needed, the district will provide the parent
with prior written notice that explains why the child will not be evaluated. This written notice
will include a statement that informs the parents of their rights, if they disagree with the district.
The district is required to give parents the Notice of Procedural Safeguards—Rights of Parents of
Students with Disabilities. Additional information regarding the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) is available from the school district in a companion document, A Guide to
the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process. Both documents may also be found at
http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx.
The following websites provide information to those who are seeking information and resources
specific to students with disabilities and their families:
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Texas Project First, at http://www.texasprojectfirst.org
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Partners Resource Network, at http://www.partnerstx.org
The designated person to contact regarding options for a child experiencing learning difficulties
or a referral for evaluation for special education services is Angela Kirkpatrick at (254) 5471227.
Students Who Receive Special Education Services with Other School-Aged
Children in the Home
If a student is receiving special education services at a campus outside his or her attendance
zone, the parent or guardian may request that any other student residing in the household be
transferred to the same campus, if the appropriate grade level for the transferring student is
offered on that campus. However, the district is not required to provide transportation to the
other children in the household. The parent or guardian should speak with the principal of the
school regarding transportation needs prior to requesting a transfer for any other children in the
home. [See policy FDB(LOCAL).]
Students Who Speak a Primary Language Other than English
A student may be eligible to receive specialized support if his or her primary language is not
English, and the student has difficulty performing ordinary class work in English. If the student
qualifies for these extra services, the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) will
determine the types of services the student needs, including accommodations or modifications
related to classroom instruction, local assessments, and state-mandated assessments.
Students with Physical or Mental Impairments Protected under Section 504
A child determined to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life
activity, as defined by law, and who does not otherwise qualify for special education services,
may qualify for protections under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 504 is a federal
law designed to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. When an evaluation
is requested, a committee will be formed to determine if the child is in need of services and
supports under Section 504 to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE), as this is
defined in federal law.
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The designated person to contact regarding a referral for evaluation applicable to Section 504 is
Cynthia Kostroun at (254) 547-2534.
[Also see policy FB.]
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SECTION II: OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND
PARENTS
Topics in this section of the Student Handbook contain important information on academics,
school activities, and school operations and requirements. Take a moment with your child to
become familiar with the various issues addressed in this section. It is organized in alphabetical
order to serve as a quick-reference when you or your child has a question about a specific
school-related issue. Where possible, the topics are also organized to alert you to the
applicability of each topic based on a student’s age or grade level. Should you be unable to find
the information on a particular topic, please contact your campus principal.
ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE
Regular school attendance is essential for a student to make the most of his or her education—to
benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s,
and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result in serious disruption of a student’s
mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, the student and parent should make every effort
to avoid unnecessary absences. Two state laws—one dealing with the required presence of
school-aged children in school, e.g., compulsory attendance, the other with how a child’s
attendance affects the award of a student’s final grade or course credit—are of special interest to
students and parents. They are discussed below.
Compulsory Attendance
Age 18 and Older
A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 18th birthday is required to attend
each school day until the end of the school year. If a student 18 or older has more than five
unexcused absences in a semester, the district may revoke the student’s enrollment. The student’s
presence on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered
trespassing. [See policy FEA.]
Between Ages 6 and 18
State law requires that a student between the ages of six and 18 attend school, as well as any
applicable accelerated instruction program, extended year program, or tutorial session, unless the
student is otherwise excused from attendance or legally exempt.
State law requires attendance in an accelerated reading instruction program when kindergarten,
first grade, or second grade students are assigned to such a program. Parents will be notified in
writing if their child is assigned to an accelerated reading instruction program as a result of a
diagnostic reading instrument.
A student will be required to attend any assigned accelerated instruction program, which may
occur before or after school or during the summer, if the student does not meet the passing
standards on the state assessment for his or her grade level and/or applicable subject area.
Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten are required to attend school and are subject
to the compulsory attendance requirements as long as they remain enrolled.
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Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance
All Grade Levels
State law allows exemptions to the compulsory attendance requirements for several types of
absences if the student makes up all work. These include the following activities and events:
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Religious holy days;
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Required court appearances;
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Activities related to obtaining United States citizenship;
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Documented health-care appointments for the student or a child of the student, including
absences for recognized services for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
A note from the health-care provider must be submitted upon the student’s arrival or
return to campus; and
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For students in the conservatorship (custody) of the state,
o Mental health or therapy appointments; or
o Court-ordered family visitations or any other court-ordered activity, provided it is
not practicable to schedule the student’s participation in the activity outside of
school hours.
As listed in Section I at Children of Military Families, absences of up to five days will be
excused for a student to visit with a parent, stepparent, or legal guardian who has been called to
duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from certain deployments. Please see page 12
for that section.
Secondary Grade Levels
In addition, a junior or senior student’s absence of up to two days related to visiting a college or
university will be considered an exemption, provided this has been authorized by the board under
policy FEA(LOCAL), the student receives approval from the campus principal, follows the
campus procedures to verify such a visit, and makes up any work missed.
Absences of up to two days in a school year will also be considered an exemption for:
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A student serving as an early voting clerk, provided the district’s board has authorized
this in policy FEA(LOCAL), the student notifies his or her teachers, and the student
receives approval from the principal prior to the absences, and
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A student serving as an election clerk, if the student makes up any work missed.
An absence of a student in grades 6–12 for the purpose of sounding “Taps” at a military honors
funeral for a deceased veteran will also be excused by the district.
Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance
All Grade Levels
School employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsory attendance law.
A student absent without permission from school; from any class; from required special
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programs, such as additional special instruction, termed “accelerated instruction” by the state; or
from required tutorials will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and
subject to disciplinary action.
A court of law may also impose penalties against both the student and his or her parents if a
school-aged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaint against the parent may be
filed in court if the student:
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Is absent without excuse from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a sixmonth period in the same school year, or
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Is absent without excuse on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week
period.
For a student younger than 12 years of age, the student’s parent could be charged with an offense
based on the student’s failure to attend school.
If a student age 12 through age 17 violates the compulsory attendance law, both the parent and
student could be charged with an offense.
[See policy FEA(LEGAL).]
Attendance for Credit or Final Grade (Kindergarten through Grade 12)
To receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student in kindergarten–grade 12 must attend at
least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student who attends at least 75 percent but
fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered may receive credit or a final grade for the
class if he or she completes a plan, approved by the principal, 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 or a final grade for the class.
If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has not completed the
plan approved by the principal, then the student will be referred to the attendance review
committee to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances for the absences and how
the student can regain credit or a final grade lost because of absences. [See policy FEC.]
In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences, the attendance
committee will use the following guidelines:
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All absences, whether excused or unexcused, must be considered in determining whether
a student has attended the required percentage of days. If makeup work is completed,
absences for the reasons listed above at Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance will be
considered extenuating circumstances for purposes of attendance for credit or the award
of a final grade.
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A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after he or she has
enrolled in the district.
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In reaching a decision about a student’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure
that it is in the best interest of the student.
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The committee will review absences incurred based on the student’s participation in
board-approved extracurricular activities. These absences will be considered by the
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attendance committee as extenuating circumstances in accordance with the absences
allowed under FM(LOCAL) if the student made up the work missed in each class.
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The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity of documented reasons for
the student’s absences.
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The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons over which the
student or the student’s parent could exercise any control.
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The committee will consider the extent to which the student has completed all
assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills, and maintained passing grades
in the course or subject.
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The student or parent will be given an opportunity to present any information to the
committee about the absences and to talk about ways to earn or regain credit or a final
grade.
The student or parent may appeal the committee’s decision to the board by following policy
FNG(LOCAL).
The actual number of days a student must be in attendance in order to receive credit or a final
grade will depend on whether the class is for a full semester or for a full year.
Official Attendance-Taking Time (All Grade Levels)
The district must submit attendance of its students to the TEA reflecting attendance at a specific
time each day.
Official attendance is taken every day during the second instructional hour OR fifth instructional
hour.
A student absent for any portion of the day, including at the official attendance-taking time,
should follow the procedures below to provide documentation of the absence.
Documentation after an Absence (All Grade Levels)
When a student is absent from school, the student—upon arrival or return to school—must bring
a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. A note signed by the
student, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or older
or is an emancipated minor under state law. A phone call from the parent may be accepted, but
the district reserves the right to require a written note. After five excused absences, for medical
reasons, based on parent notification, additional absences will be excused only when
accompanied by a medical provider’s note.
The campus will document in its attendance records for the student whether the absence is
considered by the district to be excused or unexcused. Please note that, unless the absence is for
a statutorily allowed reason under compulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to
excuse any absence, even if the parent provides a note explaining the absence.
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Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness (All Grade Levels)
Upon return to school, a student absent for more than four consecutive days because of a
personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or
condition that caused the student’s extended absence from school. Otherwise, the student’s
absence may be considered unexcused and, if so, would be considered to be in violation of
compulsory attendance laws.
Should the student develop a questionable pattern of absences, the principal or attendance
committee may require a statement from a doctor or health clinic verifying the illness or
condition that caused the student’s absence from school in order to determine whether the
absence or absences will be excused or unexcused.
[See policy FEC(LOCAL).]
Driver License Attendance Verification (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
For a student between the ages of 16 and 18 to obtain a driver license, written parental
permission must be provided for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to access the
student’s attendance records and, in certain circumstances, for a school administrator to provide
the student’s attendance information to DPS. A verification of enrollment (VOE) form may be
obtained from the office, which the student will need to submit to DPS upon application for a
driver license.
ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAW (All Grade Levels)
Copperas Cove ISD and each of its campuses are held to certain standards of accountability
under state and federal law. A key component of the accountability requirements is the
dissemination and publication of certain reports and information, which include:

The Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) for the district, compiled by TEA, the
state agency that oversees public education, based on academic factors and ratings;

A School Report Card (SRC) for each campus in the district compiled by TEA based on
academic factors and ratings;

The district’s financial management report, which will include the financial
accountability rating assigned to the district by TEA;

The performance ratings of the district’s evaluation of community and student
engagement using the indicators required by law; and

Information compiled by TEA for the submission of a federal report card that is required
by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Information about all of these can be found on the district’s website at www.ccisd.com. Hard
copies of any reports are available upon request to the district’s administration office.
TEA also maintains additional accountability and accreditation information at
http://www.texasschoolaccountabilitydashboard.org and http://www.tea.texas.gov.
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AWARDS AND HONORS (All Grade Levels)
Honor Roll: Each campus will recognize students who excel academically. The names of those
students recognized may be provided to the media for publication.
Perfect Attendance: Some campuses recognize students who have perfect attendance. The names
of those students recognized may be provided to the media for publication.
In order to be considered for the Perfect Attendance Award at the high school, students may not
have any absences except those defined as medical, court or college day. All notes must be
turned in within the 48 hour window to receive these exceptions.
Crossroads High School has attendance incentives for the students. For more information,
contact the school office.
BULLYING (All Grade Levels)
Bullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression,
expression through electronic methods, or physical conduct against another student on school
property, at a school-sponsored or -related activity, or in a district operated vehicle, and the
behavior:

Results in harm to the student or the student’s property,

Places a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or of damage to the student’s
property, or

Is so severe, persistent, and pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or
abusive educational environment.
This conduct is considered bullying if it exploits an imbalance of power between the student
perpetrator(s) and the student victim and if it interferes with a student’s education or substantially
disrupts the operation of the school.
Bullying is prohibited by the district and could include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing,
confinement, assault, demands for money, destruction of property, theft of valued possessions,
name-calling, rumor-spreading, or ostracism. In some cases, bullying can occur through
electronic methods, called “cyberbullying.”
If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying of another
student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, school counselor, principal, or
another district employee as soon as possible to obtain assistance and intervention. The
administration will investigate any allegations of bullying or other related misconduct.
If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying has occurred, the administration will take
appropriate disciplinary action. Disciplinary or other action may be taken even if the conduct did
not rise to the level of bullying. The district will also contact the parents of the victim and of the
student who was found to have engaged in the bullying. Available counseling options will be
provided to these individuals, as well as to any students who have been identified as witnesses to
the bullying.
Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.
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Upon the recommendation of the administration, the board may, in response to an identified case
of bullying, decide to transfer a student found to have engaged in bullying to another classroom
at the campus. In consultation with the student’s parent, the student may also be transferred to
another campus in the district. The parent of a student who has been determined by the district to
be a victim of bullying may request that his or her child be transferred to another classroom or
campus within the district. [Also see Safety Transfers/Assignments on page 13.]
A copy of the district’s policy is available in the principal’s office, superintendent’s office, and on
the district’s website, and is included at the end of this handbook in the form of an appendix.
Procedures related to reporting allegations of bullying may also be found on the district’s
website.
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of an investigation may appeal through
policy FNG(LOCAL).
[Also see Safety Transfers/Assignments on page 13, Dating Violence, Discrimination,
Harassment, and Retaliation on page 33, Hazing on page 54, policy FFI, and the district
improvement plan, a copy of which can be viewed in the campus office.]
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) PROGRAMS (Secondary
Grade Levels Only)
The district offers career and technical education programs in the following areas:
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Human Services
Architecture and Construction
Information Technology
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Business, Management & Administration
Manufacturing
Education & Training
Marketing, Sales & Service
Finance
Science, Technology, Engineering &
Government and Public Administration
Mathematics
Health Science
Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics
Hospitality & Tourism
Admission to these programs is based on individual course requirements which can be found in
the Copperas Cove High School Course Selection Guide.
These programs will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.
Copperas Cove ISD will take steps to ensure that lack of English language skills will not be a
barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs. [Also see
Nondiscrimination Statement on page 68 for the name and contact information for the Title IX
coordinator and Section 504 coordinator, who will address certain allegations of discrimination.]
CELEBRATIONS (All Grade Levels)
Although a parent or grandparent is not prohibited from providing food for a school-designated
function or for children in the child’s or grandchild’s classroom for his or her birthday, please be
aware that children in the school may have severe allergies to certain food products. Therefore, it
is imperative to discuss this with the child’s teacher prior to bringing any food in this
circumstance. Occasionally, the school or a class may host certain functions or celebrations tied
to the curriculum that will involve food. The school or teacher will notify students and parents of
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any known food allergies when soliciting potential volunteers for bringing food products. Any
food provided for a celebration must remain in compliance with the USDA guidelines. See the
teacher or principal for information regarding allowable items.
[Also see Food Allergies on page 58.]
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND OTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN (All
Grade Levels)
The district has established a plan for addressing child sexual abuse and other maltreatment of
children, which may be accessed at www.ccisd.com. As a parent, it is important for you to be
aware of warning signs that could indicate a child may have been or is being sexually abused.
Sexual abuse in the Texas Family Code is defined as any sexual conduct harmful to a child’s
mental, emotional, or physical welfare as well as a failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent
sexual conduct with a child. A person who compels or encourages a child to engage in sexual
conduct commits abuse. It is illegal to make or possess child pornography or to display such
material to a child. Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may be abused or neglected has
a legal responsibility, under state law, for reporting the suspected abuse or neglect to law
enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS).
Possible physical warning signs of sexual abuse could be difficulty sitting or walking, pain in the
genital areas, and claims of stomachaches and headaches. Behavioral indicators may include
verbal references or pretend games of sexual activity between adults and children, fear of being
alone with adults of a particular gender, or sexually suggestive behavior. Emotional warning
signs to be aware of include withdrawal, depression, sleeping and eating disorders, and problems
in school.
A child who has experienced sexual abuse or any other type of abuse or neglect should be
encouraged to seek out a trusted adult. Be aware as a parent or other trusted adult that disclosures
of sexual abuse may be more indirect than disclosures of physical abuse and neglect, and it is
important to be calm and comforting if your child, or another child, confides in you. Reassure the
child that he or she did the right thing by telling you.
As a parent, if your child is a victim of sexual abuse or other maltreatment, the school counselor
or principal will provide information regarding counseling options for you and your child
available in your area. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) also
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_C
ounty/default.asp.
The following websites might help you become more aware of child abuse and neglect:

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/whatiscan.pdf

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/child_abuse.html

http://taasa.org/resources-2/

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse1.shtml

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse2.shtml
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Reports of abuse or neglect may be made to:
The CPS division of the TDFPS (1-800-252-5400 or on the web at
http://www.txabusehotline.org).
CLASS RANK / HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT (Secondary Grade Levels
Only)
The following provisions shall apply to students in the graduating classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017:

The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in any course for which credit is
earned outside the regular school day or regular school year, any distance learning course,
or through credit by examination, with or without prior instruction;

The District shall exclude grades earned in credit recovery programs or courses, except
that Crossroads High School shall use credit recovery when calculating class ranking
along with any high school credits earned while at Crossroads;

The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses in accordance with provisions of
this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications. For purposes of this
policy, the District shall use Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Credit, Pre-AP, and
Academic as its categories. Pre-AP weight shall be awarded for courses labeled as PreAP or any other courses locally designated as honors, and Academic courses shall be
considered any other eligible course not labeled as AP, Dual Credit, or Pre-AP. To receive
AP weight, a student must take the AP examination and earn a 3 or higher on the AP
examination, unless the student is a senior enrolled in an AP class and has at least a “B”
average at the time that grade points are calculated;

The District shall convert semester grades earned in eligible courses to grade points in
accordance with the following chart and shall calculate a weighted grade point average
(GPA):

Grade
AP
Dual Credit
Pre-AP
Academic
97-100
6.0
5.5
5.0
4.5
90-96
5.5
5.0
4.5
4.0
87-89
5.0
4.5
4.0
3.5
80-86
4.5
4.0
3.5
3.0
77-79
4.0
3.5
3.0
2.5
70-76
3.5
3.0
2.5
2.0
Below 70
0
0
0
0
Dual Credit shall be awarded differentiated grade points as follows:
A = 5.5; B = 4.5; C = 3.5; D = 2.5; F = 0.0
The following provisions shall apply to students beginning with the graduating class of 2018:
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
The District shall include in the calculation of class rank semester grades earned in high
school credit courses taken in the following subject areas only: English, mathematics,
science, social studies, languages other than English, and any other course eligible to be
awarded credit in these areas. The calculation shall include failing grades.

The calculation of class rank shall exclude grades earned in high school credit courses
taken prior to grade 9, any course for which credit is earned outside the regular school
day or regular school year, any distance learning course, or through credit by
examination, with or without prior instruction.

The District shall categorize and weight eligible courses in accordance with provisions of
this policy and as designated in appropriate District publications. For purposes of this
policy, the District shall use Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Credit, Pre-AP, Academic,
and Access as its categories. Access courses shall include, based on an individualized
assessment and analysis of all courses offered, those courses for which the content, types
and number of assignments, and access to the essential knowledge and skills differ
significantly from the other categories. Examples of access courses may include, but not
be limited to credit recovery classes taken by students who have previously attempted
credit for the course, courses for which the content and essential knowledge and skills
have been modified, and courses that consist of alternate content aligned with the
essential knowledge and skills. Any other course designated as Access shall be listed in
the course guide. Pre-AP weight shall be awarded for courses labeled as Pre-AP or any
other courses locally designated as honors, and Academic courses shall be considered any
other eligible course not labeled as AP, Dual Credit, Pre-AP, or Access as designated in
the course guide.

A student must take a corresponding AP examination to receive any additional weight
unless the student is a senior enrolled in an AP class with at least an 80 on a scale of 100
or a “B” average at the time that grade points are calculated. In this circumstance, the
District shall award AP weight to a semester grade with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP
examination, Dual Credit weight with a score of 3 on the AP examination, and Pre-AP
weight with a score of 1 or 2 on the AP examination.

The District shall convert semester grades earned in eligible courses to grade points in
accordance with the following chart and shall calculate a weighted grade point average
(GPA):
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
Grade
AP (AP 4 or Dual Credit
5)
(AP 3)
Pre-AP
(AP 1 or 2)
Academic
Access
97-100
6.0
5.5
5.0
4.5
3.5
90-96
5.5
5.0
4.5
4.0
3.0
87-89
5.0
4.5
4.0
3.5
2.5
80-86
4.5
4.0
3.5
3.0
2.0
77-79
4.0
3.5
3.0
2.5
1.5
70-76
3.5
3.0
2.5
2.0
1.0
Below 70
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
Dual Credit shall be awarded differentiated grade points as follows:
A = 5.5; B = 4.5; C = 3.5; D = 2.5; F = 0.0
The following provisions shall apply to all students, regardless of graduating class:

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible under the
Academic category and the District has accepted the credit, the District shall include the
grades in the calculation of class rank.

When a student transfers semester grades for courses that would be eligible to receive
additional weight under the District’s weighted grade system, the District shall assign
additional weight to the grades based on the categories and grade weight system used by
the District only if the same course is offered to the same class of students in the District.

For the purpose of determining honors to be conferred during graduation activities, the
District shall calculate class rank in accordance policy EIC(LOCAL) and administrative
regulations by using grades available at the time of calculation at the end of the fifth sixweek grading period of the senior year.

For the purpose of applications to institutions of higher education, the District shall also
calculate class rank as required by state law. The District’s eligibility criteria for local
graduation honors shall apply only for local recognitions and shall not restrict class rank
for the purpose of automatic admission under state law. [See EIC(LEGAL)] However,
the District shall not recalculate class rank for any purpose after the end of the fifth sixweek grading period of the senior year.

The valedictorian and salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and
second highest rank, respectively. To be eligible for this local graduation honor, a student
must:
1. Be a full-time District student;
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2. Have been continuously enrolled in the District high school for the two semesters
immediately preceding graduation, beginning with the first day of the second week of the
school year;
3. Be graduating after exactly eight semesters of enrollment in high school; and
4. Have completed the Recommended Program, the Advanced/Distinguished
Achievement Program, or the foundation program with the distinguished level of
achievement.

In case of a tie in weighted GPAs after calculation to the hundred thousandths place, the
District shall apply the following methods, in this order, to determine recognition as
valedictorian:
1. The student with the highest numerical grade average of all Advanced
Placement (AP) courses taken shall be declared the valedictorian.
2. If neither took AP courses, the student with the highest numerical grade average
of all dual credit courses taken shall be declared the valedictorian.
3. If the tie is not broken after applying these methods, the District shall recognize
all students involved in the tie as sharing the honor and title.

The local eligibility criteria for recognition as the valedictorian shall not affect
recognition of the highest ranking graduate for purposes of receiving the honor graduate
certificate from the state of Texas. The District shall not calculate class rank for this
purpose at the end of the school year; the standings as of the end of the fifth six-week
grading period shall stand.
[For further information, see policy EIC.]
Beginning with students who entered grade 9 in the 2014–15 school year, a new graduation
program is in effect. Therefore, class ranking procedures may be adjusted by the district based on
the new graduation plan. As these decisions are made, the district will make the information
available to the students affected by these changes.
CLASS SCHEDULES (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
All students are expected to attend school for the entire school day and maintain a class/course
schedule to fulfill each period of the day. Exceptions may be made occasionally by the campus
principal for students in grades 9–12 who meet specific criteria and receive parental consent to
enroll in less than a full-day’s schedule.
[See Schedule Changes on page 76 for information related to student requests to revise their
course schedule and the High School Section for Academics on page 146.]
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
For two school years following his or her graduation, a district student who graduates in the top
ten percent and, in some cases, the top 25 percent, of his or her class is eligible for automatic
admission into four-year public universities and colleges in Texas if the student:

Completes the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program*; or
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
Satisfies the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks or earns at least a 1500 out of 2400 on
the SAT.
*Beginning with ninth graders in the 2014–15 school year, to be eligible for automatic admission
to a Texas four-year college or university, a student must be on track to graduate with the
distinguished level of achievement under the foundation graduation program. This means that a
student must graduate with at least one endorsement and must have taken Algebra II as one of
the four required math courses.
In addition, the student must submit a completed application for admission in accordance with
the deadline established by the college or university. The student is ultimately responsible for
ensuring that he or she meets the admission requirements of the university or college to which
the student submits an application.
The University of Texas at Austin may limit the number of students automatically admitted to 75
percent of the University’s enrollment capacity for incoming resident freshmen. For students
who are eligible to enroll in the University of Texas at Austin during the summer or fall 2016
term, the University will be admitting the top eight percent of the high school’s graduating class
who meet the above requirements. Additional applicants will be considered by the University
through a holistic review process.
Should a college or university adopt an admissions policy that automatically accepts the top 25
percent of a graduating class, the provisions above will also apply to a student ranked in the top
25 percent of his or her class.
Students and parents should contact the school counselor for further information about automatic
admissions, the application process, and deadlines.
[See also Class Rank/Highest Ranking Student on page 24 for information specifically related
to how the district calculates a student’s rank in class and Graduation Requirements on page
51 for information associated with the foundation graduation program].
COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
Students in grades 9–12 have opportunities to earn college credit through the following methods:

Certain courses taught at the high school campus, which may include courses termed dual
credit, Advanced Placement (AP) or college preparatory;

Enrollment in an AP or dual credit course through the Texas Virtual School Network;

Enrollment in courses taught in conjunction and in partnership with Central Texas
College and The University of Texas, which may be offered on or off campus;

Enrollment in courses taught at the following institutions in the district: Central Texas
College; and

Certain CTE courses.
Note that if a student wishes to enroll in a community college course that also results in the
award of high school course credit at a college that does not include the high school within its
service area, the student is limited by state law to enroll in no more than three courses at that
particular college.
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All of these methods have eligibility requirements and must be approved prior to enrollment in
the course. Please see the school counselor for more information. Depending on the student’s
grade level and the course, a state-mandated end-of-course assessment may be required for
graduation.
It is important to keep in mind that not all colleges and universities accept credit earned in all
dual credit or AP courses taken in high school for college credit. Students and parents should
check with the prospective college or university to determine if a particular course will count
toward the student’s desired degree plan.
[See also Academics on page 146 in the high school section]
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS (CIS)
CIS is the only local, private, non-profit organization that is permanently housed on school
campuses. Local CIS programs provide:
 Individual, Group and Family Guidance
 Crisis Intervention
 Academic/Peer Tutoring
 After-School Activities/Job Assistance
 Referrals to Counseling Social Service Agencies
CIS believes in helping young people in Texas stay in school, successfully learn and prepare for
life.
COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS (All Grade Levels)
Usually student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed informally by a phone call or
a conference with the teacher or principal. For those complaints and concerns that cannot be
handled so easily, the board has adopted a standard complaint policy at FNG(LOCAL) in the
district’s policy manual. A copy of this policy may be obtained in the principal’s or
superintendent’s office or on the district’s website at www.ccisd.com.
Should a parent or student feel a need to file a formal complaint, the parent or student should file
a district complaint form within the timelines established in policy FNG(LOCAL). In general,
the student or parent should submit the written complaint form to the campus principal. If the
concern is not resolved, a request for a conference should be sent to the superintendent. If still
unresolved, the district provides for the complaint to be presented to the board of trustees.
CONDUCT (All Grade Levels)
Applicability of School Rules
As required by law, the board has adopted a Student Code of Conduct that prohibits certain
behaviors and defines standards of acceptable behavior—both on and off campus as well as on
district vehicles—and consequences for violation of these standards. The district has disciplinary
authority over a student in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Students and parents
should be familiar with the standards set out in the Student Code of Conduct, as well as campus
and classroom rules. During any periods of instruction during the summer months, the Student
Handbook and Student Code of Conduct in place for the year immediately preceding the summer
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period shall apply, unless the district amends either or both documents for the purposes of
summer instruction.
Disruptions of School Operations
Disruptions of school operations are not tolerated and may constitute a misdemeanor offense. As
identified by law, disruptions include the following:

Interference with the movement of people at an exit, entrance, or hallway of a district
building without authorization from an administrator.

Interference with an authorized activity by seizing control of all or part of a building.

Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent participation in an authorized
assembly.

Use of force, violence, or threats to cause disruption during an assembly.

Interference with the movement of people at an exit or an entrance to district property.

Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent people from entering or leaving
district property without authorization from an administrator.

Disruption of classes or other school activities while on district property or on public
property that is within 500 feet of district property. Class disruption includes making loud
noises; trying to entice a student away from, or to prevent a student from attending, a
required class or activity; and entering a classroom without authorization and disrupting
the activity with loud or profane language or any misconduct.

Interference with the transportation of students in vehicles owned or operated by the
district.
Social Events
School rules apply to all school social events. Guests attending these events are expected to
observe the same rules as students, and a student inviting a guest will share responsibility for the
conduct of his or her guest.
A student attending a social event will be asked to sign out when leaving before the end of the
event; anyone leaving before the official end of the event will not be readmitted.
Please contact the campus principal if you are interested in serving as a chaperone for any school
social events.
COUNSELING
Academic Counseling
Elementary and Middle/Junior High School Grade Levels
The school counselor is available to students and parents to talk about the importance of
postsecondary education and how best to plan for postsecondary education, including appropriate
courses to consider and financial aid availability and requirements.
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High School Grade Levels
High school students and their parents are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teacher, or
principal to learn more about course offerings, graduation requirements, and early graduation
procedures. Each year, high school students will be provided information on anticipated course
offerings for the next school year and other information that will help them make the most of
academic and CTE opportunities, as well as information on the importance of postsecondary
education.
The school counselor can also provide information about entrance exams and application
deadlines, as well as information about automatic admission, financial aid, housing, and
scholarships as these relate to state colleges and universities. The school counselor can also
provide information about workforce opportunities after graduation or technical and trade school
opportunities, including opportunities to earn industry-recognized certificates and licenses.
Personal Counseling (All Grade Levels)
The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns,
including such areas as social, family, emotional or mental health issues, or substance abuse. A
student who wishes to meet with the school counselor should make an appointment with the
appropriate counselor. As a parent, if you are concerned about your child’s mental or emotional
health, please speak with the school counselor for a list of resources that may be of assistance.
[Also see Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention on page 83 and Suicide Awareness
on page 83.]
COURSE CREDIT (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
A student who fails the first semester of a one-credit (full year) course but passes the second
semester may receive full credit for the course if the average of the semester grades is at least 70.
If the average is below 70, the student must retake and pass the first semester, at which time
credit for the course shall be granted. There shall be no minimum failing grade. Regardless of
what the first semester failing grade is, if the average of the two semester grades is passing, the
student shall receive credit as long as the grades were earned in the same regular school year.
If the student passes the first semester but fails the second semester of a one-credit (full year)
course, the grades shall not be averaged and the student shall be required to retake the second
semester of the particular course.
[See the high school section for requirements for Algebra I and Geometry. Also see policy
EI(LOCAL).]
CREDIT BY EXAM—If a Student Has Taken the Course/Subject (All Grade
Levels)
A student who has previously taken a course or subject—but did not receive credit or a final
grade for it—may, in circumstances determined by the principal or attendance committee, be
permitted to earn credit by passing an exam approved by the district’s board of trustees on the
essential knowledge and skills defined for that course or subject. Prior instruction may include,
for example, incomplete coursework due to a failed course or excessive absences,
homeschooling, or coursework by a student transferring from a nonaccredited school. The
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opportunity to take an examination to earn credit for a course or to be awarded a final grade in a
subject after the student has had prior instruction is sometimes referred to as “credit recovery.”
The school counselor or principal would determine if the student could take an exam for this
purpose. If approval is granted, the student must score at least 70 on the exam to receive credit
for the course or subject.
The attendance review committee may also offer a student with excessive absences an
opportunity to earn credit for a course by passing an exam.
[For further information, see the school counselor and policy EHDB(LOCAL).]
CREDIT BY EXAM FOR ADVANCEMENT/ACCELERATION—If a Student Has
Not Taken the Course/Subject
A student will be permitted to take an exam to earn credit for an academic course or subject area
for which the student has had no prior instruction, i.e., for advancement or to accelerate to the
next grade level. The exams offered by the district are approved by the district’s board of
trustees, and state law requires the use of certain exams, such as College Board Advanced
Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, when applicable. The
dates on which exams are scheduled during the 2015–16 school year will be published in
appropriate district publications and on the district’s website. The only exceptions to the
published dates will be for any exams administered by another entity besides the district. In this
case, a student and the district must comply with the testing schedule of the other entity. During
each testing window provided by the district, a student may attempt a specific exam only once.
The dates on which exams are scheduled for the 2015-16 school year include:
July 27-31
November 30-December 4
February 1-5
June 6-10
If a student plans to take an exam, the student (or parent) must register with the school counselor
no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date. A fee of $35 is required for credit by
exam for acceleration. [For further information, see policy EHDC.]
Kindergarten Acceleration
A parent/guardian requesting kindergarten acceleration must follow the procedures listed below:
1. Submit a written request to the campus principal seeking consideration of accelerating
their child to first grade. The request must be submitted within the first two weeks of
school or within two weeks of enrollment, but no later than October 1. The child will be
initially placed in kindergarten while information is collected by the school to determine
if acceleration is appropriate.
2. The principal will schedule a conference with the parent/guardian, counselor, the child’s
pre-kindergarten teacher (if applicable), a kindergarten teacher, and a first grade teacher
to review the kindergarten and first grade curriculum.
3. If after review of the curricular expectations of first grade, the parent/guardian still
desires to have their child placed initially in first grade, the parent will sign a request for
individual testing.
4. Within 15 school days, the campus will complete the following:
a. Administer formal assessments to the child
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b. Conduct observations of the student by a first grade teacher and a school
counselor
5. By the end of the 15 school day period, a campus committee consisting of the student’s
pre-kindergarten teacher (if applicable), a kindergarten teacher, a first grade teacher, a
counselor, and a campus administrator will review available data and make a placement
decision. Options available to the committee include:
a. Placement in kindergarten
b. Student is accelerated to first grade
Appeals of the committee’s decision by the parent/guardian shall be through the standard
parent/guardian appeals process beginning at Level 2.
Students in Grades 1–5
A student in elementary school will be eligible to accelerate to the next grade level if the student
scores at least 80 on each exam in the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and
social studies, a district administrator recommends that the student be accelerated, and the
student’s parent gives written approval of the grade advancement.
Students in Grades 6–12
A student in grade 6 or above will earn course credit with a passing score of at least 80 on the
exam, a scaled score of 60 or higher on an exam administered through the CLEP, or a score of 3
or higher on an AP exam, as applicable. A student may take an exam to earn high school course
credit no more than twice. If a student fails to achieve the designated score on the applicable
exam before the beginning of the school year in which the student would need to enroll in the
course according to the school’s high school course sequence, the student must complete the
course.
DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION
(All Grade Levels)
The district believes that all students learn best in an environment free from dating violence,
discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and that their welfare is best served when they are
free from this prohibited conduct while attending school. Students are expected to treat other
students and district employees with courtesy and respect, to avoid behaviors known to be
offensive, and to stop those behaviors when asked or told to stop. District employees are
expected to treat students with courtesy and respect.
The board has established policies and procedures to prohibit and promptly respond to
inappropriate and offensive behaviors that are based on a person’s race, color, religion, gender,
national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. A copy of the district’s policy is
available in the principal’s office and in the superintendent’s office or at www.ccisd.com. [See
policy FFH.]
Dating Violence
Dating violence occurs when a person in a current or past dating relationship uses physical,
sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control the other person in the
relationship. Dating violence also occurs when a person commits these acts against a person in a
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marriage or dating relationship with the individual who is or was once in a marriage or dating
relationship with the person committing the offense. This type of conduct is considered
harassment if the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects the student’s ability
to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating,
threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; or substantially interferes with the
student’s academic performance.
Examples of dating violence against a student may include, but are not limited to, physical or
sexual assaults; name-calling; put-downs; threats to hurt the student, the student’s family
members, or members of the student’s household; destroying property belonging to the student;
threats to commit suicide or homicide if the student ends the relationship; threats to harm a
student’s current dating partner; attempts to isolate the student from friends and family; stalking;
or encouraging others to engage in these behaviors.
Discrimination
Discrimination is defined as any conduct directed at a student on the basis of race, color, religion,
gender, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law, that negatively affects the
student.
Harassment
Harassment, in general terms, is conduct so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects the
student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an
intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; or substantially
interferes with the student’s academic performance.
Examples of harassment may include, but are not limited to, offensive or derogatory language
directed at a person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent, skin color, or need for
accommodation; threatening, intimidating, or humiliating conduct; offensive jokes, name-calling,
slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault; graffiti or printed material promoting racial,
ethnic, or other negative stereotypes; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or
damage to property.
In addition to dating violence as described above, two other types of prohibited harassment are
described below.
Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Harassment
Sexual harassment and gender-based harassment of a student by an employee, volunteer, or
another student are prohibited.
Examples of sexual harassment may include, but not be limited to, touching private body parts or
coercing physical contact that is sexual in nature; sexual advances; jokes or conversations of a
sexual nature; and other sexually motivated conduct, communications, or contact.
Sexual harassment of a student by an employee or volunteer does not include necessary or
permissible physical contact not reasonably construed as sexual in nature, such as comforting a
child with a hug or taking the child’s hand. However, romantic and other inappropriate social
relationships, as well as all sexual relationships, between students and district employees are
prohibited, even if consensual.
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Gender-based harassment includes harassment based on a student’s gender, expression by the
student of stereotypical characteristics associated with the student’s gender, or the student’s
failure to conform to stereotypical behavior related to gender.
Examples of gender-based harassment directed against a student, regardless of the student’s or
the harasser’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, may include, but not be
limited to, offensive jokes, name-calling, slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault;
threatening or intimidating conduct; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage
to property.
Retaliation
Retaliation against a person who makes a good faith report of discrimination or harassment,
including dating violence, is prohibited. Retaliation against a person who is participating in an
investigation of alleged discrimination or harassment is also prohibited. A person who makes a
false claim or offers false statements or refuses to cooperate with a district investigation,
however, may be subject to appropriate discipline.
Examples of retaliation may include threats, rumor spreading, ostracism, assault, destruction of
property, unjustified punishments, or unwarranted grade reductions. Unlawful retaliation does
not include petty slights or annoyances.
Reporting Procedures
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced dating violence, discrimination,
harassment, or retaliation should immediately report the problem to a teacher, school counselor,
principal, or other district employee. The report may be made by the student’s parent. [See policy
FFH(LOCAL) for other appropriate district officials to whom to make a report.]
Upon receiving a report of prohibited conduct as defined by policy FFH, the district will
determine whether the allegations, if proven, would constitute prohibited conduct as defined by
that policy. If not, the district will refer to policy FFI to determine if the allegations, if proven,
would constitute bullying, as defined by law and that policy. If the alleged prohibited conduct, if
proven, would constitute prohibited conduct and would also be considered bullying as defined by
law and policy FFI, an investigation of bullying will also be conducted.
The district will promptly notify the parents of any student alleged to have experienced
prohibited conduct involving an adult associated with the district. In the event alleged prohibited
conduct involves another student, the district will notify the parents of the student alleged to have
experienced the prohibited conduct when the allegations, if proven, would constitute a violation
as defined by policy FFH.
Investigation of Report
To the extent possible, the district will respect the privacy of the student; however, limited
disclosures may be necessary to conduct a thorough investigation and to comply with law.
Allegations of prohibited conduct, which includes dating violence, discrimination, harassment,
and retaliation, will be promptly investigated.
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If a law enforcement or other regulatory agency notifies the district that it is investigating the
matter and requests that the district delay its investigation, the district will resume the
investigation at the conclusion of the agency’s investigation.
During the course of an investigation and when appropriate, the district will take interim action
to address the alleged prohibited conduct.
If the district’s investigation indicates that prohibited conduct occurred, appropriate disciplinary
action, and, in some cases, corrective action, will be taken to address the conduct. The district
may take disciplinary and corrective action even if the conduct that is the subject of the
complaint was not unlawful.
All involved parties will be notified of the outcome of the district investigation within the
parameters and limits allowed under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal in
accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL).
DISCRIMINATION
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation on page 33.]
DISTANCE LEARNING
All Grade Levels
Distance learning and correspondence courses include courses that encompass the state-required
essential knowledge and skills but are taught through multiple technologies and alternative
methodologies such as mail, satellite, Internet, video-conferencing, and instructional television.
The distance learning opportunities that the district makes available to district students are
Edgenuity for credit recovery, dual credit courses and the Texas Virtual School Network.
If a student wishes to enroll in a correspondence course or a distance learning course that is not
provided through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN), as described below, in order to
earn credit in a course or subject, the student must receive permission from the principal prior to
enrolling in the course or subject. If the student does not receive prior approval, the district may
not recognize and apply the course or subject toward graduation requirements or subject mastery.
Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) (Secondary Grade Levels)
The Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) has been established by the state as one method of
distance learning. A student has the option, with certain limitations, to enroll in a course offered
through the TxVSN to earn course credit for graduation.
Depending on the TxVSN course in which a student enrolls, the course may be subject to the “no
pass, no play” rules. [Also see Extracurricular Activities, Clubs, and Organizations on page
44.] In addition, for a student who enrolls in a TxVSN course for which an end-of-course (EOC)
assessment is required, the student must still take the corresponding EOC assessment.
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If you have questions or wish to make a request that your child be enrolled in a TxVSN course,
please contact the school counselor. Unless an exception is made by the principal, a student will
not be allowed to enroll in a TxVSN course if the school offers the same or a similar course.
A copy of policy EHDE will be distributed to parents of middle and high school students at least
once each year. If you do not receive a copy or have questions about this policy, please contact
the campus principal.
DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE, PUBLISHED MATERIALS, OR OTHER
DOCUMENTS (All Grade Levels)
School Materials
Publications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed, with the prior approval
of the principal, sponsor, or teacher. Such items may include school posters, brochures, flyers,
etc.
The school newspaper, Lit. Magazine and the yearbook are available to students.
All school publications are under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, and the principal.
Nonschool Materials
From Students
Students must obtain prior approval from the principal before selling, posting, circulating, or
distributing more than 10 copies of written or printed materials, handbills, photographs, pictures,
films, tapes, or other visual or auditory materials that were not developed under the oversight of
the school. To be considered, any nonschool material must include the name of the sponsoring
person or organization. The decision regarding approval will be made within two school days.
All approved nonschool materials will be placed at a designated location determined by the
principal for voluntary viewing by students. [See policies at FNAA.]
A student may appeal a decision in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL). Any student who
sells, posts, circulates, or distributes nonschool material without prior approval will be subject to
disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Materials displayed without
approval will be removed.
From Others
Written or printed materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, films, tapes, or other visual or
auditory materials not sponsored by the district or by a district-affiliated school-support
organization will not be sold, circulated, distributed, or posted on any district premises by any
district employee or by persons or groups not associated with the district, except as permitted by
policy GKDA. To be considered for distribution, any nonschool material must meet the
limitations on content established in the policy, include the name of the sponsoring person or
organization, and be submitted to the superintendent for prior review. The superintendent will
approve or reject the materials within two school days of the time the materials are received. The
requestor may appeal a rejection in accordance with the appropriate district complaint policy.
[See policies at DGBA or GF.]
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All approved non-school materials will be placed at a designated location determined by the
principal for voluntary viewing or collection.
Prior review will not be required for:

Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a school-sponsored meeting
intended for adults and held after school hours.

Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a community group meeting
held after school hours in accordance with policy GKD(LOCAL) or a noncurriculumrelated student group meeting held in accordance with FNAB(LOCAL).

Distribution for electioneering purposes during the time a school facility is being used as
a polling place, in accordance with state law.
All nonschool materials distributed under these circumstances must be removed from district
property immediately following the event at which the materials are distributed.
DRESS AND GROOMING (All Grade Levels)
The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and
minimize safety hazards. Campus administrators and faculty are charged with enforcing the
dress code. Administrators will use their professional judgment in determining whether attire is
distracting or causes a disturbance. Students are expected to be dressed and groomed in a
manner appropriate for a public school educational environment. The provisions for the dress
and grooming code are enforced at school and at school-sponsored activities, unless otherwise
noted. The district encourages students, with the supervision of their parents, to maintain high
standards of dress, grooming, and personal appearance as would be appropriate in a public
school educational environment.
District policy FNCA(LOCAL) also prohibits any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook or
manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or other attribute,
denotes membership in a group or gang that advocates drug use or exhibits behaviors that
interfere with the normal and orderly operation of a school.
District policy also prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing (including
bags/backpacks) that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene. Clothing that advertises or depicts
tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other inappropriate items are also
prohibited.
Certain elective courses or extracurricular activities may require more stringent dress or
appearance standards than for the general student body.
The district leaves the choice of hair length with the students and their parents and whether or
not beards and mustaches are to be worn. They must accept the accompanying responsibility of
keeping all hair properly groomed.
If the campus administration determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the dress
code, the student shall be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school, as well as given
an appropriate disciplinary consequence. If the violation is not corrected, the student will be
assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day or until which time the violation is
corrected. Repeated dress code offenses may result in more serious disciplinary consequences
and repeated dress code violations of the same nature will be considered a defiance issue.
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No aspect of a student’s dress or grooming should create a health hazard or a safety risk to the
student or others.
If it is necessary for a student to miss class or leave campus in order to comply with policy, any
period(s) missed will be considered unexcused. The final decision on questionable clothing and
grooming not covered in this policy will be determined at the discretion of the campus
administration.
Elementary Dress Code: Grades PK-5
The following standards for dress and grooming will be enforced:
Hats or Head Coverings: Any type of hat or head covering is prohibited at the Elementary and
pre-k level. Hats may not be worn from belts or belt loops.
Shirts, Blouses, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Vests, Jackets:
 Tube-tops, halter tops, see through or mesh shirts, and spaghetti straps are prohibited
unless worn over a t-shirt or under a jacket.
 Sleeveless shirts must fit snugly under the arms and jerseys may only be worn with a tshirt underneath.
 No low cut tops or blouses.
 All shirts must completely cover the midriff when arms are fully extended above the head
and when seated.
Dresses, Jumpers, Skirts, Skorts, Shorts:
 All of the items listed above must be at or below the mid-thigh.
 No spandex or lycra.
Shorts, Pants, Jeans: Sagging is NOT permitted.
 Shorts, pants or jeans must fit at the waist.
 Pajamas may only be worn on designated days.
 Leggings may only be worn with a garment that meets the mid-thigh rule.
 Students are not to wear jeans that are torn or have holes in them.
Shoes:
 Footwear must be worn at all times.
 Shoes with wheels are prohibited.
 Students must have footwear suitable for physical activity.
Hair:
 Students’ hair must be clean, neat and well-groomed in appearance.
 No unnatural hair color is permitted.
 Spiked hair longer than 2 inches is prohibited.
Facial Piercing: Facial piercings are not allowed at the Elementary level.
Eyewear: No sunglasses shall be worn inside the building.
Additional Information:
 Metal-studded collars, choker chains, armbands, wristbands, and/or other metal-studded
clothing are not permitted.
 No clothing intended to be worn as undergarments may be worn as outer garments.
Undergarments may not be visible at any time.
 Costumes are not permitted except on designated days.
 Bandanas, do-rags, towels, extra clothes, headbands and sweatbands are prohibited.
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Junior High Dress Code: Grades 6 - 8
The following standards for dress and grooming will be enforced:
Hats or Head Coverings: Any type of hat or head covering may not be worn inside the
building.
Shirts, Blouses, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Vests, Jackets:
 Tank tops, strapless tops, spaghetti strap tops, backless tops, tops with large armholes or
off the shoulder tops are prohibited unless worn over a t-shirt with sleeves.
 Garments worn under jackets, coats, shrugs and sweaters must be in dress code.
 No low necklines (cleavage should not be visible)
 No see-through lace or mesh shirts
 Tops must meet the beltline when seated but can be no longer than the break of the wrist.
Undergarments and front or back midriff should never be exposed.
 Spandex/lycra tops or any shirt that fits excessively tight is prohibited.
 No full-length jackets and coats such as those commonly referred to as “trench coats” or
“dusters”.
 Oversized hoodies are prohibited. Hoodies, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. can be no longer
than the break of the wrist.
Dresses, Jumpers, Skirts, Skorts, Shorts:
 All of the above listed items must be at or below 3 inches above the knee.
 No biker shorts or wind shorts.
 No shorts, skirts or skorts that sag.
 No spandex or lycra shorts, skirts or skorts.
Pants and Jeans: Sagging is NOT permitted.
 Pants, jeans or skirts that do not fit at the waist, cause a safety concern, and/or disrupt the
educational process are NOT permitted.
 Students are not to wear jeans that are torn, frayed or have holes in inappropriate areas
(using the standards that apply to shorts, skirts and skorts). No holes larger than the width
of a student ID card, measured at 3¼ inches above the knee.
 No pajama wear of any kind except on designated days.
 Leggings, jeggings or workout pants may be worn with a skirt, blouse or top garment that
meets or exceeds the tips of the finger when arms are fully extended
Shoes:
 Footwear shall be worn at all times.
 No shoes with wheels may be worn.
 No house shoes.
Hair:
 Students’ hair shall be clean, neat and well-groomed in appearance.
 Facial hair (beards, sideburns and mustaches) shall be clean, maintained and wellgroomed in appearance.
 No unnatural hair color is permitted.
 Spiked hair longer than 2 inches is prohibited.
Facial Piercing:
 Facial piercings are not allowed.
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Eyewear:
 No sunglasses shall be worn in the building.
Additional Information:
 Metal-studded collars, choker chains, armbands, wristbands, and/or other metal studded
clothing are not permitted.
 No clothing intended to be worn as undergarments may be worn as outer garments.
Undergarments shall not be visible at any time.
 Costumes are not permitted except on designated days.
 Clothing shall not be see-through.
 Bandanas, do-rags, towels, extra clothes, and sweatbands are prohibited.
 Grillz are not permitted at any time while on campus or at school sponsored events.
High School Dress Code: Grades 9 - 12
The following standards for dress and grooming will be enforced:
Hats or Head Coverings: Any type of hat or head covering may not be worn inside the
building.
Shirts, Blouses, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Vests, Jackets:
 Tank tops, strapless tops, spaghetti strap tops, backless tops, tops with large armholes or
off the shoulder tops are prohibited unless worn over a t-shirt with sleeves.
 Garments worn under jackets, coats, shrugs and sweaters must be in dress code.
 No low necklines (cleavage should not be visible)
 No see-through lace or mesh shirts
 Tops must meet the beltline when seated but can be no longer than the break of the wrist.
Undergarments and front or back midriff should never be exposed.
 Spandex/lycra tops or any shirt that fits excessively tight is prohibited.
 No full-length jackets and coats such as those commonly referred to as “trench coats” or
“dusters”.
 Oversized hoodies are prohibited. Hoodies, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. can be no longer
than the break of the wrist.
Dresses, Jumpers, Skirts, Skorts, Shorts:
 All of the above listed items must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
 No biker shorts or wind shorts.
 No shorts, skirts or skorts that sag.
 No spandex or lycra shorts, skirts or skorts.
Pants and Jeans: Sagging is NOT permitted.
 Pants, jeans or skirts that do not fit at the waist, cause a safety concern, and/or disrupt the
educational process are NOT permitted.
 Students are not to wear jeans that are torn, frayed or have holes from the waistband to 3
inches above the knee. No holes larger than the width of a student ID card, measured at
3¼ inches above the hem.
 Holes, tears, or frays 3 inches above the knee and below may be no larger than the width
of a student’s ID.
 No pajama wear of any kind except on designated days.
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Shoes:
 Footwear shall be worn at all times.
 No shoes with wheels may be worn.
 No house shoes.
Hair:
 Students’ hair shall be clean, neat and well-groomed in appearance.
 Facial hair (beards, sideburns and mustaches) shall be clean, maintained and wellgroomed in appearance.
 Spiked hair longer than 2 inches is prohibited.
Facial Piercing: Facial piercings are allowed as long as the piercings are not deemed a
distraction by the administration.
Eyewear:
 No sunglasses shall be worn in the building.
Additional Information:
 Metal-studded collars, choker chains, armbands, wristbands, and/or other metal studded
clothing are not permitted.
 No clothing intended to be worn as undergarments may be worn as outer garments.
Undergarments shall not be visible at any time.
 Costumes are not permitted except on designated days.
 Clothing shall not be see-through.
 Bandanas, do-rags, towels, extra clothes, headbands and sweatbands are prohibited.
 Grillz are not permitted at any time while on campus or at school sponsored events.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (All Grade
Levels)
Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Mobile
Telephones
For safety purposes, the district permits students to possess personal mobile telephones;
however, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all
testing, unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes. A student must have
approval to possess other telecommunications devices such as netbooks, laptops, tablets, or other
portable computers.
The use of mobile telephones or any device capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in
locker rooms or restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event.
If a student uses a telecommunications device without authorization during the school day, the
device will be confiscated. The student or parent may pick up the confiscated
telecommunications device from the principal’s office for a fee of $15.
Confiscated telecommunications devices that are not retrieved by the student or the student’s
parents will be disposed of after the notice required by law. [See policy FNCE.]
In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal telecommunications
device may be searched by authorized personnel. [See Searches on page 78 and policy FNF.]
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Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district is
not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunications devices.
Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic Devices
Except as described below, students are not permitted to possess or use personal electronic
devices such as MP3 players, video or audio recorders, DVD players, cameras, games, e-readers,
or other electronic devices at school, unless prior permission has been obtained. Without such
permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal
will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to
pick up the items.
In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal electronic device may
be searched by authorized personnel. [See Searches on page 78 and policy FNF.]
Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district is
not responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen electronic device.
Instructional Use of Personal Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices
In some cases, students may find it beneficial or might be encouraged to use personal
telecommunications or other personal electronic devices for instructional purposes while on
campus. Students must obtain prior approval before using personal telecommunications or other
personal electronic devices for instructional use. Students must also sign a user agreement that
contains applicable rules for use (separate from this handbook). When students are not using the
devices for approved instructional purposes, all devices must be turned off during the
instructional day. Violations of the user agreement may result in withdrawal of privileges and
other disciplinary action.
Acceptable Use of District Technology Resources
To prepare students for an increasingly technological society, the district has made an investment
in the use of district-owned technology resources for instructional purposes; specific resources
may be issued individually to students. Use of these technological resources, which include the
district’s network systems and use of district equipment, is restricted to approved-purposes only.
Students and parents will be asked to sign a user agreement (separate from this handbook)
regarding use of these district resources. Violations of the user agreement may result in
withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary action.
Unacceptable and Inappropriate Use of Technology Resources
Students are prohibited from possessing, sending, forwarding, posting, accessing, or displaying
electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing,
damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition also applies to conduct off school
property, whether the equipment used to send such messages is district-owned or personally
owned, if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, possessing, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented,
lewd, or otherwise illegal images or other content, commonly referred to as “sexting,” will be
disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct, may be required to complete an
educational program related to the dangers of this type of behavior, and, in certain circumstances,
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may be reported to law enforcement. Because engaging in this type of behavior can lead to
bullying or harassment, as well as possibly impede future endeavors of a student, we encourage
you to review with your child http://beforeyoutext.com, a state-developed program that addresses
the consequences of engaging in inappropriate behavior using technology.
In addition, any student who engages in conduct that results in a breach of the district’s computer
security will be disciplined in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, and, in some cases,
the consequence may rise to the level of expulsion.
END-OF-COURSE (EOC) ASSESSMENTS
[See Graduation on page 47 and Standardized Testing on page 80.]
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS (All
Grade Levels)
Participation in school-sponsored activities is an excellent way for a student to develop talents,
receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students; participation,
however, is a privilege, not a right.
Participation in some of these activities may result in events that occur off-campus. When the
district arranges transportation for these events, students are required to use the transportation
provided by the district to and from the events. Exceptions to this may only be made with the
approval of the activity’s coach or sponsor. [Also see Transportation on page 85.]
Eligibility for initial and continuing participation in many of these activities is governed by state
law and the rules of the University Interscholastic League (UIL)—a statewide association
overseeing interdistrict competition. If a student is involved in an academic, athletic, or music
activity governed by UIL, the student and parent are expected to know and follow all rules of the
UIL organization. Students involved in UIL athletic activities and their parents can access the
UIL Parent Information Manual at https://www.uiltexas.org/athletics/manuals; a hard copy can
be provided by the coach or sponsor of the activity on request. To report a complaint of alleged
noncompliance with required safety training or an alleged violation of safety rules required by
law and the UIL, please contact the curriculum division of TEA at (512) 463-9581 or
[email protected]
[See http://www.uiltexas.org for additional information on all UIL-governed activities.]
Student safety in extracurricular activities is a priority of the district. The equipment used in
football is no exception. As a parent, you are entitled to review the district’s records regarding
the age of each football helmet used by the campus, including when a helmet has been
reconditioned.
In addition, the following provisions apply to all extracurricular activities:

A student who receives at the end of a grading period a grade below 70 in any academic
class—other than an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course; or PreAP or dual credit course in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies,
economics, or language other than English—may not participate in extracurricular
activities for at least three school weeks.
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A student who receives a grade between 60-69 in an Advanced Placement or International
Baccalaureate course, or an honors or dual credit course in English language arts,
mathematics, science, social studies, or language other than English may be eligible for
one waiver per semester that would allow for participation in extracurricular activity.

A student who receives special education services and who fails to meet the standards in
the individualized education program (IEP) may not participate for at least three school
weeks.

An ineligible student may practice or rehearse but may not participate in any competitive
activity.
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The District shall permit unlimited absences for extracurricular activities in a school year
as long as the student remains eligible. All extracurricular activities and public
performances, whether UIL activities or other activities approved by the board, are
subject to these restrictions.

An absence for participation in an activity that has not been approved will receive an
unexcused absence.
Standards of Behavior
Sponsors of student clubs and performing groups such as the band, choir, and drill and athletic
teams may establish standards of behavior—including consequences for misbehavior—that are
stricter than those for students in general. If a violation is also a violation of school rules, the
consequences specified by the Student Code of Conduct or by board policy will apply in addition
to any consequences specified by the organization’s standards of behavior.
Offices and Elections
Students have many opportunities available to participate in organizations at the campuses,
including class officers and student council. Each organization has guidelines for participation
and also for serving in a leadership role within the organization. For more information contact
the club sponsor and/or advisor.
FEES (All Grade Levels)
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state and local funds at
no charge to a student. A student, however, is expected to provide his or her own pencils, paper,
erasers, and notebooks and may be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including:
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Costs for materials for a class project that the student will keep.
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Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organizations and admission fees to
extracurricular activities.
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Security deposits.
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Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.
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Voluntarily purchased 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.
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Fees for driver training courses, if offered.
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Fees for optional courses offered for credit that require use of facilities not available on
district premises.
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Summer school for courses that are offered tuition-free during the regular school year.
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A reasonable fee for providing transportation to a student who lives within two miles of
the school. [See Buses and Other School Vehicles on page 85.]
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A fee not to exceed $50 for costs of providing an educational program outside of regular
school hours for a student who has lost credit or has not been awarded a final grade
because of absences and whose parent chooses the program in order for the student to
meet the 90 percent attendance requirement. The fee will be charged only if the parent or
guardian signs a district-provided request form.
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AP testing fees and THEA testing fees.
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In some cases, a fee for a course taken through the Texas Virtual School Network
(TxVSN).
Any required fee or deposit may be waived if the student and parent are unable to pay.
Application for such a waiver may be made to the Principal. [For further information, see policy
FP.]
FUNDRAISING (All Grade Levels)
Student groups or classes and/or parent groups may be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives
for approved school purposes. All campus fund-raising projects shall be approved during the
annual budget cycle for the specific campus. Students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 are
prohibited from participating in fund-raising activities in which they would be selling or
soliciting contributions, pledges, or orders on a door-to-door basis. [For further information, see
policies at FJ and GE.]
GANG-FREE ZONES (All Grade Levels)
Certain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such as gangrelated crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they are committed in
a gang-free zone. For purposes of the district, a gang-free zone includes a school bus and a
location in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any district-owned or leased property or campus
playground.
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GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation on page 33.]
GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION (Grades 9–12 Only)
After the ninth grade, students are classified according to the number of credits earned toward
graduation.
Credits Earned
Classification
7
Grade 10 (Sophomore)
14
Grade 11 (Junior)
20
Grade 12 (Senior)
GRADING GUIDELINES (All Grade Levels)
Grading guidelines for each grade level or course will be communicated and distributed to
students and their parents by the classroom teacher. These guidelines have been reviewed by
each applicable curriculum department and have been approved by the campus principal. These
guidelines establish the minimum number of assignments, projects, and examinations required
for each grading period. In addition, these guidelines establish how the student’s mastery of
concepts and achievement will be communicated (i.e., letter grades, numerical averages,
checklist of required skills, etc.). Grading guidelines also outline in what circumstances a student
will be allowed to redo an assignment or retake an examination for which the student originally
made a failing grade. Procedures for a student to follow after an absence will also be addressed.
[Also see Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences on page 73 for additional
information on grading guidelines.]
GRADUATION (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
Requirements for a Diploma for a Student Enrolled in High School Prior to the
2014–15 School Year
To receive a high school diploma from the district, a student who was enrolled in high school
prior to the 2014–15 school year must successfully:
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Complete the required number of credits established by the state and any additional
credits required by the district;
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Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated by the state;
and
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Achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course (EOC) assessments or approved
substitute assessments, unless specifically waived as permitted by state law.
[Also see Standardized Testing on page 80 for more information.]
Requirements for a Diploma Beginning with the 2014–15 School Year
Beginning with students who entered grade 9 in the 2014–15 school year, as well as any
currently enrolled high school student who decides to graduate under the new foundation
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graduation program, a student must meet the following requirements to receive a high school
diploma from the district:
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Complete the required number of credits established by the state and any additional
credits required by the district;
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Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated by the state;
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Achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course (EOC) assessments or approved
substitute assessments, unless specifically waived as permitted by state law; and

Demonstrate proficiency, as determined by the district, in the specific communication
skills required by the State Board of Education.
Testing Requirements for Graduation
Students are required, with limited exceptions and regardless of graduation program, to perform
satisfactorily on the following EOC assessments: English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and
United States History. A student who has not achieved sufficient scores on the EOC assessments
to graduate will have opportunities to retake the assessments. State law and state rules also
provide for certain scores on norm-referenced national standardized assessments to substitute for
the requirement to meet satisfactory performance on an applicable EOC assessment should a
student choose this option. See the school counselor for more information on the state testing
requirements for graduation.
If a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment, the district will provide
remediation to the student in the content area for which the performance standard was not met.
This may require participation of the student before or after normal school hours or at times of
the year outside normal school operations.
[Also see Standardized Testing on page 80 for more information.]
Minimum, Recommended, and Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Graduation
Programs
For students who were enrolled in high school prior to the 2014–15 school year, the district
offers the graduation programs listed in this section. Students enrolled in high school prior to the
2014–15 school year also have the option to pursue the foundation graduation program as
described below. Note that permission to enroll in the Minimum Program as described in this
section will be granted only if a written agreement is reached among the student, the student’s
parent or person standing in parental relation, and the school counselor or appropriate
administrator. In order for a student to take courses under the Minimum Program, the student
must be at least 16 years of age; have completed at least two credits each in English language
arts, math, science, and social studies courses that are required for graduation; or have failed
grade 9 one or more times. [See policy EIF(LEGAL).]
All students who were enrolled in high school prior to the 2014–15 school year must meet the
following credit and course requirements for graduation under the programs listed or may choose
to pursue the foundation graduation program as described on page 50:
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Number of credits
Minimum
Program
Number of credits
Recommended
Program
Number of credits
Advanced/
Distinguished
Achievement
Program
English/Language
Arts
4
4
4
Mathematics
3
4
4
Science
2
4
4
Social Studies,
including Economics
3
4
4
Academic Elective*
1
Physical Education**
1
1
1
0.5
0.5
0.5
2
3
1
1
1
12.5 credits
7.5 credits
6.5 credits
Courses
Speech
Language other than
English
Fine Arts
Locally required
courses
Electives***
Completion of 4
Advanced
Measures***
Miscellaneous
TOTAL
28 credits
28 credits
28 credits
22 Credits at
Crossroads HS
* A student on the Minimum Program must earn one credit from the following in addition to
their required science and social studies credits: World History Studies, World Geography
Studies (a student may not combine a half credit of either World History or World Geography
with another academic elective), or any SBOE approved science course (if substituting
Chemistry or Physics for IPC, a student must use the other of these two courses as academic
elective credit.)
** A student who is unable to participate in physical activity due to a disability or illness may be
able to substitute a course in English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies for
the required credit of physical education. This determination will be made by the student’s ARD
committee, Section 504 committee, or other campus committee, as applicable.
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*** State rules prohibit a student from combining a half-credit of a course for which there is an
EOC assessment with another half-credit of an elective credit course to satisfy an elective credit
requirement. However, the district will allow a student to satisfy a graduation requirement for
which there are multiple options with one-half credit of one allowable option and one-half credit
of another allowable option, if neither course has an EOC assessment.
*** A student graduating under the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program must also
achieve a combination of four of the following advanced measures:
1. An original research project or other project that is related to the required curriculum.
These projects must be judged by a panel of professionals or conducted under the
direction of a mentor and reported to an appropriate audience. Please note that no more
than two of the four advanced measures may be received from this option.
2. Test data where a student receives:
a. A score of three or above on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam;
b. A score of four or above on an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam; or
c. A score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
(PSAT/NMSQT) that qualifies the student for recognition as a commended
scholar or higher by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship
Corporation, as part of the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) of the
College Board, or as part of the National Achievement Scholarship Program of
the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT/NMSQT score will count
as only one advanced measure regardless of the number of honors received by the
student.
3. College academic courses, including those taken for dual credit, and advanced technical
courses, including locally articulated courses, provided the student scores the equivalent
of a 3.0 or higher.
Foundation Graduation Program
Every student in a Texas public school who entered grade 9 in the 2014–15 school year and
thereafter will graduate under a new program called the “foundation graduation program.”
Within the foundation graduation program are “endorsements,” which are paths of interest that
include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Business and Industry;
Public Services; Arts and Humanities; and Multidisciplinary Studies. Endorsements earned by a
student will be noted on the student’s transcript and diploma. The foundation graduation program
also involves the term “distinguished level of achievement,” which reflects the completion of at
least one endorsement and Algebra II as one of the required advanced mathematics credits. A
personal graduation plan will be completed for each high school student, as described on page
52. State law and rules prohibit a student from graduating solely under the foundation graduation
program without an endorsement unless, after the student’s sophomore year, the student and
student’s parent are advised of the specific benefits of graduating with an endorsement and
submit written permission to the school counselor for the student to graduate without an
endorsement. A student who anticipates graduating under the foundation graduation program
without an endorsement and who wishes to attend a four-year university or college after
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graduation must carefully consider whether this will satisfy the admission requirements of the
student’s desired college or university.
Graduating under the foundation graduation program will also provide opportunities to earn
“performance acknowledgments” that will be acknowledged on a student’s diploma and
transcript. Performance acknowledgments are available for outstanding performance in
bilingualism and biliteracy; in a dual credit course; on an AP or IB exam; on the PSAT, ACTAspire, SAT, or ACT exam, which are national exams; or for earning a nationally or
internationally recognized license or certificate. The criteria for earning these performance
acknowledgments are prescribed by state rules, and the school counselor can provide more
information about these acknowledgments.
A student enrolled in high school prior to the 2014–15 school year has the option of graduating
under the foundation graduation program rather than the programs identified above that would
otherwise be applicable to that student. See the school counselor for additional information.
The foundation graduation program requires completion of the following credits:
Number of credits
Foundation Graduation
Program
Number of credits
Foundation Graduation
Program with an
Endorsement
English/Language Arts
4
4
Mathematics
3
4*
Science
3
4
Social Studies, including
Economics
3
3
Physical Education**
1
1
Language other than
English***
2
2
Fine Arts
1
1
0.5 credit in Speech
0.5 credit in Speech
10.5
8.5
Course Area
Locally required courses
Electives
Available Endorsements****:
Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math
Business and Industry
Public Services
Arts and Humanities
Multidisciplinary
Miscellaneous
TOTAL
28 credits
22 credits at Crossroads HS
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28 credits
* In order to obtain the distinguished level of achievement under the foundation graduation
program, which will be denoted on a student’s transcript and diploma and is a requirement to be
considered for automatic admission purposes to a Texas four-year college or university, a student
must complete an endorsement and take Algebra II as one of the four mathematics credits.
** A student who is unable to participate in physical activity due to a disability or illness may be
able to substitute a course in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, or
another locally determined credit-bearing course for the required credit of physical education.
This determination will be made by the student’s ARD committee, Section 504 committee, or
other campus committee, as applicable.
*** Students are required to earn two credits in the same language other than English to
graduate. Any student may substitute computer programming languages for these credits. In
limited circumstances, a student may be able to substitute this requirement with other courses, as
determined by a district committee authorized by law to make these decisions for the student.
**** A student must specify upon entering grade 9 the endorsement he or she wishes to pursue.
Personal Graduation Plans for Students under the Foundation Graduation
Program
A personal graduation plan will be developed for each high school student who is subject to the
requirements of the foundation graduation program. The district encourages all students to
pursue a personal graduation plan that includes the completion of at least one endorsement and to
graduate with the distinguished level of achievement. Attainment of the distinguished level of
achievement entitles a student to be considered for automatic admission to a public four year
college or university in Texas, depending on his or her rank in class. The school will review
personal graduation plan options with each student entering grade 9 and his or her parent. Before
the end of grade 9, a student and his or her parent will be required to sign off on a personal
graduation plan that includes a course of study that promotes college and workforce readiness
and career placement and advancement, as well as facilitates the transition from secondary to
postsecondary education. The student’s personal graduation plan will denote an appropriate
course sequence based on the student’s choice of endorsement.
Please also review TEA’s Graduation Toolkit, available here:
http://tea.texas.gov/communications/brochures.aspx.
A student may, with parental permission, amend his or her personal graduation plan after the
initial confirmation.
Available Course Options for all Graduation Programs
Information regarding specific courses required or offered in each curriculum area will be
distributed to students each spring in order to enroll in courses for the upcoming school year.
Note that the district may require the completion of certain courses for graduation even if these
courses are not required by the state for graduation.
Please be aware that not all courses are offered at every secondary campus in the district. A
student who wants to take a course not offered at his or her regular campus should contact the
school counselor about a transfer or other alternatives. If the parents of at least 22 students
request a transfer for those students to take a course in the required curriculum other than fine
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arts or CTE, the district will offer the course for the following year either by teleconference or at
the school from which the transfers were requested.
Certificates of Coursework Completion
A certificate of coursework completion will not be issued to a student who has successfully
completed state and local credit requirements for graduation but has not yet demonstrated
satisfactory performance on the state-mandated tests required for graduation.
Students with Disabilities
Upon the recommendation of the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee, a student
with a disability who receives special education services may be permitted to graduate under the
provisions of his or her IEP and in accordance with state rules.
A student who receives special education services and has completed four years of high school,
but has not met the requirements of his or her IEP, may participate in graduation ceremonies and
receive a certificate of attendance. Even if the student participates in graduation ceremonies to
receive the certificate of attendance, he or she may remain enrolled to complete the IEP and earn
his or her high school diploma; however, the student will only be allowed to participate in one
graduation ceremony.
[See policy FMH(LEGAL).]
Please also be aware that if an ARD committee places a student with a disability on a modified
curriculum in a subject area, the student will be automatically placed in the Minimum Program,
if that program is applicable based on the school year in which the student entered high school,
in accordance with state rules.
If a student receiving special education services is scheduled to graduate under the Minimum
Program or in accordance with the provisions of his or her IEP, the student’s ARD committee
will determine whether the general EOC assessment is an accurate measure of the student’s
achievement and progress and, if so, whether successful performance is required for graduation,
or whether an alternative assessment is more appropriate. STAAR Alternate 2 is the alternative
assessment currently allowed by the state. [See Standardized Testing for additional
information.]
ARD committees for students with disabilities who receive special education services and who
are subject to the foundation graduation program will make instructional and assessment
decisions for these students in accordance with state law and rules. In order to earn an
endorsement under the foundation program, a student must perform satisfactorily on the EOC
assessments and receive no modified curriculum in the student’s chosen endorsement area.
Graduation Activities
For further information on graduation, please see the campus specific section for Crossroads
High School and Copperas Cove High School.
Students who have met coursework requirements for graduation but have not yet demonstrated
satisfactory performance on end-of-course assessments will not be allowed to participate in
graduation activities.
The following students and student groups shall be recognized at graduation ceremonies:
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Valedictorian and Salutatorian
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Class President
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Top Ten Graduating Seniors
Scholarships and Grants

Students who have a financial need according to federal criteria and who complete the
Recommended Program or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program, for as long as
those programs are in place, or who complete the foundation graduation program, may be
eligible under the T.E.X.A.S. Grant Program for tuition and fees to Texas public
universities, community colleges, and technical schools, as well as to private institutions.

Contact the school counselor for information about other scholarships and grants
available to students.
HARASSMENT
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation on page 33.]
HAZING (All Grade Levels)
Hazing is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off campus
directed against a student that endangers the mental or physical health or the safety of a student
for the purpose of pledging, being initiated to, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining
membership in any organization whose members are or include other students.
Hazing will not be tolerated by the district. If an incident of hazing occurs, disciplinary
consequences will be handled in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. It is a criminal
offense if a person engages in hazing; solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid
another in hazing; or has firsthand knowledge of an incident of hazing being planned or having
occurred and fails to report this to the principal or superintendent.
[Also see Bullying on page 21 and policies FFI and FNCC.]
HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS
The following information is provided to acquaint you with the school health program and types
of medical assistance available through the nurse’s office. Any questions regarding the health
program should be directed to the school nurse or school health aide.
What Parents May Expect from the School Health Program:
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Vision and hearing screenings on all pre-kindergarten 4-year olds, kindergarten, first,
third, fifth, and seventh grade students and all students new to the district.
Spinal screening on all fifth and eighth grade students.
Height and weight measurement on students in grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten,
first, third, fifth and all students new to the district.
Making referrals when necessary.
Maintaining health records on all students.
Notifying parents when the student’s immunizations are not up to date.
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Observing communicable diseases and reporting them to the state health department.
Students with communicable diseases are not allowed to attend school. If a child is
suspected of having a communicable disease, she/he must be kept at home. The parent
must call the school nurse to report that the child has a particular disease. A child may
return to school after having chicken pox only when all blisters have crusted over.
 Determining exclusions and admissions of students for health reasons.
 Maintaining a healthy school environment.
 Using basic first aid in handling emergency care of accidents and illness which occur at
school during school hours.
 Acting as liaison between the school and the community and as a health resource person
for students, parents, and school employees.
 Assist the classroom teacher in teaching health education classes when requested to do so
by the classroom teacher.
 All medical information will be shared with CCISD personnel only on a need-to-know
basis. If for any reason you do not want health information shared, the school must have
this request in writing.
 Assist in the care of students with diabetes as requested by the parents under the
provisions of chapter 168 of the Health and Safety Code. Such assistance must include
the implementation of a diabetes management plan developed by the student’s parents
and physician.
What the School Nurse/School Health Aide Cannot Do:
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The nurse cannot prescribe or give medication which is not prescribed by a doctor.
The nurse cannot diagnose illness of any kind.
Accidents and illness which occur at home are not the responsibility of the school nurse.
These should be treated by the parent and/or doctor at the time that they occur and not the
following day by the school nurse.
 The school nurse or school health aide will not remove stitches or staples, and will not
wrap or re-wrap sprains, strains, fractures, or breaks. This must be done by the attending
physician.
The Following School Health Policies Should Be Used When Determining If a Student
Should Be Excluded from School:
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Symptoms suggestive of acute illness (e.g. abdominal pain, chest pain, swollen glands
around jaws, ears, and neck, etc.).
Temperature of 100 degrees and above. Student must be fever-free for 24 hours before
returning to school without the use of fever-reducing medication.
No nausea, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
Marked drowsiness.
Acute cold, sore throat, persistent cough.
Red, inflamed or discharging eyes. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) can only be diagnosed by a
physician. Students with “pink eye” will only be allowed in school after being treated
with medication prescribed by a doctor.
Acute skin rashes, eruptions, weeping skin lesions. Students with ringworm are allowed
in school after being treated with medication. Areas of ringworm must be covered while
in school either by clothing or a bandage.
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Earache (acute) accompanied by drainage.
Suspected contagious disease.
Head lice. If a child is found to have live head lice, the parent will be notified and given
instructions for treatment. The student will be sent home until she/he can be treated as
prescribed. Students may return to school the same day after being treated. The student
cannot return to school until all live head lice have been removed from the hair. The
student’s hair must be checked by the school nurse before returning to the classroom.
Parents have the responsibility of checking their student’s hair for head lice and other
conditions of the scalp.
What the School Health Program Expects from the Parents:
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A complete health history of the student must be included on the student’s health
information sheet so that the school can meet the health needs of the child.
Keep your child home if she/he is sick.
Notify the nurse if your child cannot participate in strenuous physical activity. The nurse
will notify the teachers concerned regarding the restrictions on physical activity. The
nurse cannot give a student permission to refrain from physical education. A note from a
physician must be sent to the teachers in this case.
If a student has been ill with a specific illness (e.g. measles or chicken pox) and is absent
from school, this should be stated clearly in the note explaining the reason for the
absence.
Keep all information current on the student’s health card, including an emergency contact
who lives in the area and who would be available to pick up the student from school
when necessary.
Teach your child the importance of practicing good personal hygiene.
If any health problems should arise during the school year, notify the school nurse
immediately.
Transportation of a sick or injured child will be provided by the student’s parents or the
responsible person noted on the health card. Because of liability laws, school personnel
may transport a student only as a last resort.
When illness requires the use of medication during school, a school official will
administer it to the student. The parent must bring the medication to the nurse’s office
where it will be kept in a locked cabinet. The medication must be in the original bottle
with the student’s name, name of medication, dosage and time to be given on the label.
Parents must complete and sign a Prescriptive Medication Form.
Parents have the ultimate responsibility of keeping their student’s immunization record
up to date. When a child gets an immunization booster, the nurse must be notified so that
a copy of the updated immunization record can be made.
Student Illness (All Grade Levels)
When your child is ill, please contact the school to let us know he or she won’t be attending that
day. It is important to remember that schools are required to exclude students with certain
illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in state rules. For example, if your child
has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stay out of school until fever free for 24 hours
without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with diarrheal illnesses must stay home
until they are diarrhea free without diarrhea-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours. A full
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list of conditions for which the school must exclude children can be obtained from the school
nurse.
If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permission from the
teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child should go
home, the nurse will contact the parent.
The district is also required to report certain contagious (communicable) diseases or illnesses to
the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) or our local/regional health authority.
The school nurse can provide information from TDSHS on these notifiable conditions.
Contact the school nurse if you have questions or if you are concerned about whether or not your
child should stay home.
Bacterial Meningitis (All Grade Levels)
State law requires the district to provide information about bacterial meningitis:
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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 common and most
people recover fully. Parasitic and fungal meningitis are very rare. Bacterial meningitis is
very serious and may involve complicated medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, and life
support management.
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What are the symptoms?
Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may develop over one or two
days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter of hours. Not everyone with meningitis
will have the same symptoms.
Children (over 2 years old) and adults with bacterial meningitis commonly have a severe
headache, high fever, and neck stiffness. Other symptoms might include nausea,
vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, and sleepiness. In both
children and adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These can occur
anywhere on the body.
The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination of symptoms and
laboratory results.
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How serious is bacterial meningitis?
If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people make a complete
recovery. In some cases it can be fatal or a person may be left with a permanent
disability.
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How is bacterial meningitis spread?
Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as diseases like
the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply
breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. They are spread when people
exchange respiratory or throat secretions (such as by kissing, coughing, or sneezing).
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The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, most people become carriers
of the germ for days, weeks, or even months. The bacteria rarely overcome the body’s
immune system and cause meningitis or another serious illness.
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How can bacterial meningitis be prevented?
Maintaining healthy habits, like getting plenty of rest, can help prevent infection. Using
good health practices such as covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
and washing your hands frequently with soap and water can also help stop the spread of
the bacteria. It’s a good idea not to share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or
cigarettes. Limit the number of persons you kiss.
There are vaccines available to offer protection from some of the bacteria that can cause
bacterial meningitis.* The vaccines are safe and effective (85–90 percent). They can
cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain at the injection site lasting up to two
days. Immunity develops within seven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts for
up to five years.
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What should you do if you think you or a friend might have bacterial meningitis?
You should seek prompt medical attention.
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Where can you get more information?
Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regional health department
office are excellent sources for information on all communicable diseases. You may also
call your local health department or Regional Department of State Health Services office
to ask about a meningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at the
websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov, and the
Department of State Health Services, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us.
* Please note that the TDSHS requires at least one meningococcal vaccination between grades 7
and 12, and state guidelines recommend this vaccination be administered between age 11 and 12,
with a booster dose at 16 years of age. Also note that entering college students must show, with
limited exception, evidence of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination within the five-year
period prior to enrolling in and taking courses at an institution of higher education. Please see the
school nurse for more information, as this may affect a student who wishes to enroll in a dual
credit course taken off campus.
[Also refer to Immunization on page 62 for more information.]
Food Allergies (All Grade Levels)
The district requests to be notified when a student has been diagnosed with a food allergy,
especially those allergies that could result in dangerous or possibly life-threatening reactions
either by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact with the particular food. It is important to disclose
the food to which the student is allergic, as well as the nature of the allergic reaction. Please
contact the school nurse or campus principal if your child has a known food allergy or as soon as
possible after any diagnosis of a food allergy.
The district has developed and annually reviews a food allergy management plan, which
addresses employee training, dealing with common food allergens, and specific strategies for
dealing with students diagnosed with severe food allergies. When the district receives
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information that a student has a food allergy that puts the student at risk for anaphylaxis,
individual care plans will be developed to assist the student in safely accessing the school
environment. The district’s food allergy management plan can be accessed at www.ccisd.com.
[Also see policy FFAF and Celebrations on page 22.]
Head Lice (All Grade Levels)
Head lice, although not an illness or a disease, is very common among children and is spread
very easily through head-to-head contact during play, sports, or nap time and when children
share things like brushes, combs, hats, and headphones. If careful observation indicates that a
student has head lice, the school nurse will contact the student’s parent to determine whether the
child will need to be picked up from school and to discuss a plan for treatment with an FDAapproved medicated shampoo or cream rinse that may be purchased from any drug or grocery
store. After the student has undergone one treatment, the parent should check in with the school
nurse to discuss the treatment used. The nurse can also offer additional recommendations,
including subsequent treatments and how best to get rid of lice and prevent their return.
More information on head lice can be obtained from the TDSHS website at
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/lice.shtm.
Physical Activity Requirements
Elementary School
In accordance with policies at EHAB, EHAC, EHBG, and FFA, the district will ensure that
students in full-day prekindergarten through grade 5 engage in moderate or vigorous physical
activity for at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per week.
For additional information on the district’s requirements and programs regarding elementary
school student physical activity requirements, please see the principal.
Junior High/Middle School
In accordance with policies at EHAB, EHAC, EHBG, and FFA, the district will ensure that
students in middle or junior high school will engage in 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous
physical activity per day for at least four semesters.
Students participating in physical education in grades 6 – 12 are required to wear the uniform
adopted by CCISD which consists of a gray t-shirt and a pair of gray shorts or sweat pants.
Students should also wear or bring appropriate shoes for P.E. All students are required to wear
the uniform in order to receive full credit for participation. Students not dressing out daily in the
proper uniform may receive disciplinary action and a failing grade.
In case of illness, a note from the parent will be sufficient to excuse a student from P.E. for a
period of up to five days. Beyond the five day period, a note from a physician will be necessary.
Lockers are provided to all P.E./UIL students in grades 6 – 12 in the athletic locker rooms.
These lockers are for clothing and shoes only. All personal items, book bags, purses, etc. should
be placed in the student’s school locker prior to arriving for P.E./UIL class. Neither CCISD nor
the athletic department are responsible for lost or stolen items in the athletic locker rooms.
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For additional information on the district’s requirements and programs regarding junior high and
middle school student physical activity requirements, please see the principal.
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) (All Grade Levels)
During the preceding school year, the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) held
four meetings. Additional information regarding the district’s SHAC is available from the
Director of Student Services and PEIMS, Cindy Hutcherson.
The duties of the SHAC range from recommending curriculum to developing strategies for
integrating curriculum into a coordinated school health program encompassing issues such as
school health services, counseling services, a safe and healthy school environment, recess
recommendations, improving student fitness, mental health concerns, and employee wellness.
[See policies at BDF and EHAA. See Human Sexuality Instruction on page 6 for additional
information.]
Student Wellness Policy/Wellness Plan (All Grade Levels)
Copperas Cove ISD is committed to encouraging healthy students and therefore has developed a
board-adopted wellness policy at FFA(LOCAL) and corresponding plans and procedures to
implement the policy. You are encouraged to contact the Director of Student Services and
PEIMS, Cindy Hutcherson, with questions about the content or implementation of the district’s
wellness policy and plan.
Other Health-Related Matters
Physical Fitness Assessment (Grades 3–12)
Annually, the district will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students in grades 3–12 who
are enrolled in a physical education course or a course for which physical education credit is
awarded. At the end of the school year, a parent may submit a written request to the principal to
obtain the results of his or her child’s physical fitness assessment conducted during the school
year.
Vending Machines (All Grade Levels)
The district has adopted and implemented the state and federal policies and guidelines for food
service, including the guidelines to restrict student access to vending machines. For more
information regarding these policies and guidelines, see the Director of Child Nutrition Services.
[See policies at CO and FFA.]
Tobacco Prohibited (All Grade Levels and All Others on School Property)
Students are prohibited from possessing or using any type of tobacco product, including
electronic cigarettes or any other electronic vaporizing device, while on school property at any
time or while attending an off campus school-related activity.
The district and its staff strictly enforce prohibitions against the use of all tobacco products,
including electronic cigarettes or any other electronic vaporizing device, by students and all
others on school property and at school-sponsored and school-related activities. [See the Student
Code of Conduct and policies at FNCD and GKA.]
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Asbestos Management Plan (All Grade Levels)
The district works diligently to maintain compliance with federal and state law governing
asbestos in school buildings. A copy of the district’s Asbestos Management Plan is available in
the superintendent’s office. If you have any questions or would like to examine the district’s plan
in more detail, please contact Steve Schwausch, the district’s designated asbestos coordinator, at
(254) 547-7419.
Pest Management Plan (All Grade Levels)
The district is required to follow integrated pest management (IPM) procedures to control pests
on school grounds. Although the district strives to use the safest and most effective methods to
manage pests, including a variety of non-chemical control measures, pesticide use is sometimes
necessary to maintain adequate pest control and ensure a safe, pest-free school environment.
All pesticides used are registered for their intended use by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency and are applied only by certified pesticide applicators. Except in an
emergency, signs will be posted 48 hours before indoor application. All outdoor applications will
be posted at the time of treatment, and signs will remain until it is safe to enter the area. Parents
who have further questions or who want to be notified prior to pesticide application inside their
child’s school assignment area may contact Steve Schwausch, the district’s IPM coordinator, at
(254) 547-7419.
HOMELESS STUDENTS (All Grade Levels)
For more information on services for homeless students, contact the district’s homeless education
liaison, Shelley Brown, at (254) 547-1227.
HOMEWORK (All Grade Levels)
Homework should have an educational purpose and should be assigned to strengthen regular
classroom work. Homework is not to be used as a disciplinary measure. Homework is necessary
for successful student achievement. It reinforces class work, develops better work habits,
provides an avenue by which students may get caught up on their assignments, and provides
parents with an insight as to their child’s course of study. Since many of the assignments are
used to assist teachers in the instruction of specific concepts on the day the homework is due,
assignments become less meaningful if completed at a later date.
Teachers will consider the grade level of the student, subject content and homework assignments
by other teachers when assigning homework. On the average, students in the first, second, third
and fourth grades with all subjects combined should not be given homework which will require
more than one hour to complete; while other elementary students with all subjects combined
should not be given homework which will require more than one hour and 40 minutes to
complete.
Teachers will consider that students have different abilities, and some students will require more
time to complete an assignment than it will require the “average” student to complete. Students
are expected to return work on the assigned due date. Homework that is not returned on the
assigned date will be accepted during the following three days. Extenuating circumstances, such
as illness, could possibly cause an extension of time. Other extenuating circumstances can be at
the discretion of the teacher.
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ILLNESS
[See Student Illness under Health-Related Matters on page 54.]
IMMUNIZATION (All Grade Levels)
A student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificate or
statement that, for medical reasons or reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the
student will not be immunized. For exemptions based on reasons of conscience, only official
forms issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), Immunization Branch,
can be honored by the district. This form may be obtained by writing the TDSHS Immunization
Branch (MC 1946), P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347; or online at
https://corequest.dshs.texas.gov/. The form must be notarized and submitted to the principal or
school nurse within 90 days of notarization. If the parent is seeking an exemption for more than
one student in the family, a separate form must be provided for each student.
The immunizations required are: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; measles, mumps, and rubella;
polio; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; varicella (chicken pox); and meningococcal. The school nurse can
provide information on age-appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated history of
illness required by the TDSHS. Proof of immunization may be established by personal records
from a licensed physician or public health clinic with a signature or rubber-stamp validation.
If a student should not be immunized for medical reasons, the student or parent must present a
certificate signed by a U.S. registered and licensed physician stating that, in the doctor’s opinion,
the immunization required is medically contraindicated or poses a significant risk to the health
and well-being of the student or a member of the student’s family or household. This certificate
must be renewed yearly unless the physician specifies a life-long condition.
As noted at Bacterial Meningitis, entering college students must also, with limited exception,
furnish evidence of having received a bacterial meningitis vaccination within the five years prior
to enrolling in and attending classes at an institution of higher education. A student wanting to
enroll in a dual credit course taken off campus may be subject to this requirement.
[For further information, see policy FFAB(LEGAL) and the TDSHS website:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm.]
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES (All Grade Levels)
Questioning of Students
When law enforcement officers or other lawful authorities wish to question or interview a
student at school, the principal will cooperate fully regarding the conditions of the interview, if
the questioning or interview is part of a child abuse investigation. In other circumstances:

The principal will verify and record the identity of the officer or other authority and ask
for an explanation of the need to question or interview the student at school.

The principal ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the parents unless the
interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection.

The principal ordinarily will be present unless the interviewer raises what the principal
considers to be a valid objection.
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Students Taken Into Custody
State law requires the district to permit a student to be taken into legal custody:

To comply with an order of the juvenile court.

To comply with the laws of arrest.
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By a law enforcement officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has engaged
in delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision.

By a probation officer if there is probable cause to believe the student has violated a
condition of probation imposed by the juvenile court.

By an authorized representative of Child Protective Services, Texas Department of
Family and Protective Services, a law enforcement officer, or a juvenile probation officer,
without a court order, under the conditions set out in the Family Code relating to the
student’s physical health or safety.

To comply with a properly issued directive to take a student into custody.
Before a student is released to a law enforcement officer or other legally authorized person, the
principal will verify the officer’s identity and, to the best of his or her ability, will verify the
official’s authority to take custody of the student.
The principal will immediately notify the superintendent and will ordinarily attempt to notify the
parent unless the officer or other authorized person raises what the principal considers to be a
valid objection to notifying the parents. Because the principal does not have the authority to
prevent or delay a student’s release to a law enforcement officer, any notification will most likely
be after the fact.
Notification of Law Violations
The district is required by state law to notify:

All instructional and support personnel who have responsibility for supervising a student
who has been taken into custody, arrested, or referred to the juvenile court for any felony
offense or for certain misdemeanors.
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All instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a student who is
thought to have committed certain offenses or who has been convicted, received deferred
prosecution, received deferred adjudication, or was adjudicated for delinquent conduct
for any felony offense or certain misdemeanors.

All appropriate district personnel in regards to a student who is required to register as a
sex offender.
[For further information, see policies FL(LEGAL) and GRAA(LEGAL).]
LEAVING CAMPUS (All Grade Levels)
Please remember that student attendance is crucial to learning. We ask that appointments be
scheduled outside of school hours as much as reasonably possible. Also note that picking up a
child early on a regular basis results in missed opportunities for learning. Unless the principal has
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granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not regularly be released
before the end of the school day.
State rules require that parental consent be obtained before any student is allowed to leave
campus for any part of the school day. The district has put the following procedures in place in
order to document parental consent:
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For students in elementary and middle school, a parent or otherwise authorized adult
must come to the office and sign the student out. Please be prepared to show
identification. Once an identity is verified, a campus representative will then call for the
student or collect the student and bring him or her to the office. For safety purposes and
stability of the learning environment, we cannot allow you to go to the classroom or other
area unescorted to pick up the student. If the student returns to campus the same day, the
parent or authorized adult must sign the student back in through the main office upon the
student’s return. Documentation regarding the reason for the absence will also be
required.

For students in high school, see Procedures for Students Leaving During the Day in the
High School portion of this handbook.

If a student becomes ill during the school day and the school nurse or other district
personnel determines that the student should go home, the nurse will contact the student’s
parent and document the parent’s wishes regarding release from school. Unless directed
by the parent to release the student unaccompanied, the parent or other authorized adult
must follow the sign-out procedures as listed above. If a student is allowed to leave
campus by himself or herself, as permitted by the student’s parent, or if the student is age
18 or is an emancipated minor, the nurse will document the time of day the student was
released. Under no circumstances will a child in elementary or middle school be released
unaccompanied by a parent or adult authorized by the parent.
During Lunch
All CCISD campuses are closed. Students are not permitted to leave campus for lunch.
At Any Other Time During the School Day
Students are not authorized to leave campus during regular school hours for any other reason,
except with the permission of the principal.
Students who leave campus in violation of these rules will be subject to disciplinary action in
accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS (All Grade Levels)
A student with limited English proficiency (LEP), sometimes referred to as an English language
learner (ELL) in certain state statutes and state rules, is entitled to receive specialized services
from the district. To determine whether the student qualifies for services, a Language Proficiency
Assessment Committee (LPAC) will be formed, which will consist of both district personnel and
at least one parent representative. The student’s parent must consent to any services
recommended by the LPAC for a LEP student. However, pending the receipt of parental consent
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or denial of services, an eligible student will receive the services to which the student is entitled
and eligible.
In order to determine a student’s level of proficiency in English, the LPAC will use information
from a variety of assessments. If the student qualifies for services and once a level of proficiency
has been established, the LPAC will then designate instructional accommodations or additional
special programs the student will require to eventually become proficient at grade level work in
English. Ongoing assessments will be conducted to determine a student’s continued eligibility
for the program.
The LPAC will also determine whether certain accommodations are necessary for any statemandated assessments. The STAAR-L, as mentioned at Standardized Testing on page 81, may
be administered to a LEP student, or, for a student up to grade 5, a Spanish version of STAAR. In
limited circumstances, a student’s LPAC may exempt the student from an otherwise required
state-mandated assessment or may waive certain graduation requirements related to the English I
end-of-course (EOC) assessment. The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System
(TELPAS) will also be administered to LEP students who qualify for services.
If a student is considered LEP and receives special education services because of a qualifying
disability, the student’s ARD committee will make instructional and assessment decisions in
conjunction with the LPAC.
LOST AND FOUND (All Grade Levels)
A “lost and found” collection box is located on each campus. If your child has lost an item,
please encourage him or her to check the lost and found box. The district discourages students
from bringing to school personal items of high monetary value, as the district is not responsible
for lost or stolen items. The campus will dispose of lost and found items at the end of each
semester.
MAKEUP WORK
Makeup Work Because of Absence (All Grade Levels)
For any class missed, the teacher may assign the student makeup work based on the instructional
objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the
essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.
A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work in a satisfactory
manner and within the time specified by the teacher. A student who does not make up assigned
work within the time allotted by the teacher will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.
A student is encouraged to speak with his or her teacher if the student knows of an absence ahead
of time, including absences for extracurricular activities, so that the teacher and student may plan
any work that can be completed before or shortly after the absence. Please remember the
importance of student attendance at school and that, even though absences may be excused or
unexcused, all absences account for the 90 percent threshold in regards to the state laws
surrounding “attendance for credit or final grade.” [See also Attendance for Credit or Final
Grade on page 18.]
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A student involved in an extracurricular activity must notify his or her teachers ahead of time
about any absences.
A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed
because of absence. Teachers may assign a late penalty to any long-term project in accordance
with time lines approved by the principal and previously communicated to students.
DAEP Makeup Work
Elementary and Middle/Junior High School Grade Levels
An elementary or junior high student removed to a disciplinary alternative education program
(DAEP) during the school year will have an opportunity to complete coursework in alignment
with the campus course offerings. Core classes are taught by DAEP staff when possible. Junior
high students will receive junior high enrichment in place of elective classes unless it is a class
that will receive high school credit (i.e.: Spanish 1).
Grades 9–12
A high school student removed to a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP) during
the school year will have an opportunity to complete, before the beginning of the next school
year, a foundation curriculum course in which the student was enrolled at the time of removal.
The district may provide the opportunity to complete the course through an alternative method,
including a correspondence course, another distance learning option, or summer school. The
district will not charge the student for any method of completion provided by the district. [See
policy FOCA(LEGAL).]
The DAEP shall focus instruction on English language arts, mathematics, science, history, and
self-discipline in accordance with TEC 37.008(a), (m). Efforts will be made to accommodate an
individual’s schedule; however, instruction and services unique to dual credit and advanced
placement courses may require resources not available at the DAEP. While a student’s degree
plan will not be altered when placed at the DAEP, his/her schedule may require schedule
changes that can be accommodated at the DAEP. These schedule changes should take place at
the DAEP Placement Hearing.
In-school Suspension (ISS) Makeup Work (All Grade Levels)
A student removed from the regular classroom to in-school suspension or another setting, other
than a DAEP, will have an opportunity to complete before the beginning of the next school year
each course the student was enrolled in at the time of removal from the regular classroom. The
district may provide the opportunity by any method available, including a correspondence
course, another distance learning option, or summer school. The district will not charge the
student for any method of completion provided by the district. [See policy FO(LEGAL).]
MEDICINE AT SCHOOL (All Grade Levels)
The district will not purchase medication to give to a student. District employees will not give a
student prescription medication, nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic
steroids, or dietary supplements, with the following exceptions:
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Only authorized employees, in accordance with policy FFAC, may administer:
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Prescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the
parent, along with a written request.

Prescription medication from a properly labeled unit dosage container filled by a
registered nurse or another qualified district employee from the original, properly labeled
container.
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Nonprescription medication, in the original, properly labeled container, provided by the
parent along with a written request. For Elementary and Junior High students, if the
parents believe it essential that a student take over-the-counter (OTC) medication at
school, the student must have a prescription or letter from a physician, dentist or
podiatrist licensed in the state of Texas on file in the nurse’s office that directs the
administering of the OTC medication. The OTC medication will be kept in the nurse’s
office under the same security measures as prescription medicine. For students at
Copperas Cove High School and Crossroads High School, students may self-medicate if
their medications are in the original container and they have a note in their possession
stating that their parent/guardian has given permission. Parents will assume full
responsibility in regard to students taking such medication. [See FFAC(Regulation)
for more information.]
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Herbal or dietary supplements provided by the parent only if required by the student’s
individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan for a student with
disabilities.
Students whose schedules provide for regular time spent outdoors, including for recess and
physical education classes, should apply sunscreen before coming to school.
For students at the elementary level, the student’s teacher or other district personnel will apply
sunscreen to a student’s exposed skin if the student brings the sunscreen to school and requests
assistance with the application of the sunscreen. Nothing prohibits a student at this level from
applying his or her own sunscreen if the student is capable of doing so.
For students at the secondary level, a student may possess and apply sunscreen when necessary.
If the student will need assistance with this application, please address the need for assistance
with the school nurse.
Whether a student is at the elementary or secondary level, if sunscreen needs to be administered
to treat any type of medical condition, this should be handled through communication with the
school nurse so that the district is made aware of any safety and medical issues.
A student with asthma or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may be permitted to possess and
use prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication at school or school-related events only if he or
she has written authorization from his or her parent and a physician or other licensed health-care
provider. The student must also demonstrate to his or her physician or health-care provider and
to the school nurse the ability to use the prescribed medication, including any device required to
administer the medication.
If the student has been prescribed asthma or anaphylaxis medication for use during the school
day, the student and parents should discuss this with the school nurse.
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In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management of diabetes, a student with
diabetes will be permitted to possess and use monitoring and treatment supplies and equipment
while at school or at a school-related activity. See the school nurse information. [See policy
FFAF(LEGAL).]
Psychotropic Drugs
A psychotropic drug is a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or
as a component of a medication. It is intended to have an altering effect on perception, emotion,
or behavior and is commonly described as a mood- or behavior-altering substance.
Teachers and other district employees may discuss a student’s academic progress or behavior
with the student’s parents or another employee as appropriate; however, they are not permitted to
recommend use of psychotropic drugs. A district employee who is a registered nurse, an
advanced nurse practitioner, a physician, or a certified or credentialed mental health professional
can recommend that a student be evaluated by an appropriate medical practitioner, if appropriate.
[For further information, see policy FFAC.]
NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT (All Grade Levels)
In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination and as required by law, Copperas Cove ISD does not
discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, disability, age, or
any other basis prohibited by law, in providing education services, activities, and programs,
including CTE programs, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated
youth groups. The following district representatives have been designated to coordinate
compliance with these legal requirements:
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Title IX Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of sex, including
sexual harassment or gender-based harassment: Barbara Tate, Executive Director of
Human Resource Services, 703 W. Ave D, Copperas Cove, (254) 547-1227.
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ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of
disability: Cynthia Kostroun, 703 W. Ave D, Copperas Cove, (254) 547-1227.
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All other concerns regarding discrimination: See the Superintendent, Dr. Joe Burns, 703
W. Ave D, Copperas Cove, (254) 547-1227.
[See policies FB(LOCAL) and FFH(LOCAL).]
NONTRADITIONAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (All Grade Levels)
[See Requirements for a Diploma on page 47.]
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT (All Grade Levels)
Working Together
Both experience and research tell us that a child’s education succeeds best when there is good
communication and a strong partnership between home and school. Your involvement in this
partnership may include:
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Encouraging your child to put a high priority on education and working with your child
on a daily basis to make the most of the educational opportunities the school provides.
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Ensuring that your child completes all homework assignments and special projects and
comes to school each day prepared, rested, and ready to learn.
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Becoming familiar with all of your child’s school activities and with the academic
programs, including special programs, offered in the district.
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Discussing with the school counselor or principal any questions you may have about the
options and opportunities available to your child.
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Reviewing the requirements and options for graduation with your child in middle school
and again while your child is enrolled in high school.
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Monitoring your child’s academic progress and contacting teachers as needed. [See
Academic Counseling on page 30.]
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Attending scheduled conferences and requesting additional conferences as needed. To
schedule a telephone or in-person conference with a teacher, school counselor, or
principal, please call the school office for an appointment. The teacher will usually return
your call or meet with you during his or her conference period or before or after school.
[See Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences on page 73.]
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Becoming a school volunteer. All volunteers are required to complete a background
check prior to being allowed to volunteer (this includes chaperoning). The CCISD
Volunteer Handbook can be found on each elementary campus or on-line at
www.ccisd.com. For more information contact the following individuals:
Elementary Campuses: Parent involvement contact or Shelley Brown, (254) 5471227
Secondary Campuses: Campus Secretary or Olga Garcia, (254) 547-1227
[For further information, see policies at GKG.]
Participating in campus parent organizations. Contact the campus for a list of parent
organizations.
Serving as a parent representative on the district-level or campus-level planning
committees, assisting in the development of educational goals and plans to improve
student achievement. [For further information, see policies at BQA and BQB, and contact
Dr. Katie Ryan, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, (254) 547-1227.]
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Serving on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), assisting the district in ensuring
local community values are reflected in health education instruction and other wellness
issues. [See policies at BDF, EHAA, FFA, and information in this handbook at School
Health Advisory Council on page 60.]
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Serving on a committee to determine criteria to be used to evaluate the overall
performance of the district and each campus in community and student engagement. For
further information, please contact the campus principal.
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Being aware of the school’s ongoing bullying and harassment prevention efforts.
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Contacting school officials if you are concerned with your child’s emotional or mental
well-being.
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Attending board meetings to learn more about district operations. [See policies at BE and
BED for more information.]
Parent Involvement Coordinator
The Parent Involvement Coordinator who works with parents of students participating in Title I
programs is Shelley Brown and she may be contacted at (254) 547-1227.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS / HEALTH SCREENINGS
As required by state law, all pre-kindergarten 4-year olds, kindergarten, first, third, fifth and
seventh grade students, as well as new students to the district, will have a vision and hearing
screening by the school health services staff. In addition, all fifth and eighth grade students will
have a spinal screening by the school health services staff. Also, new students to the district who
did not receive a spinal screening in the fifth or eighth grade will receive one.
If medical problems are found, the parent/guardian will be notified by letter or by phone, with a
referral to his/her physician for assessment. If a parent does not want their child’s spine checked
by the school nursing staff, please contact the school nurse and provide documentation of results
from a physician. This documentation must be presented to the school nurse by the end of the
first semester of school.
Also see policy FFAA.
Athletics Participation (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
A student who wishes to participate in, or continue participation in, the district’s athletics
program governed by the UIL must submit certification from a health-care provider authorized
under UIL rules that the student has been examined and is physically able to participate in the
athletic program.
This examination is required in the first year of middle school competition and the first and third
years of high school competition. During the alternate years, the student must complete a
medical appraisal form, and the results of this appraisal may prompt the district to require a
physical examination.
PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE (All Grade Levels)
Each school day, students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag. Parents may submit a written request to the principal to
excuse their child from reciting a pledge. [See Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas
Flags on page 7.]
State law requires that one minute of silence follow recitation of the pledges. Each student may
choose to reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity during that minute so long
as the silent activity does not interfere with or distract others. In addition, state law requires that
each campus provide for the observance of one minute of silence at the beginning of the first
class period when September 11 falls on a regular school day in remembrance of those who lost
their lives on September 11, 2001.
[See policy EC for more information.]
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PRAYER (All Grade Levels)
Each student has a right to individually, voluntarily, and silently pray or meditate in school in a
manner that does not disrupt instructional or other activities of the school. The school will not
encourage, require, or coerce a student to engage in or to refrain from such prayer or meditation
during any school activity.
PROMOTION AND RETENTION
A student will be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated
proficiency in the subject matter of the course or grade level, the recommendation of the
student’s teacher, the score received on any criterion-referenced or state-mandated assessment,
and any other necessary academic information as determined by the district.
In addition, at certain grade levels a student—with limited exceptions—will be required to pass
the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), if the student is enrolled in a
public Texas school on any day between January 1 and the date of the first administration of the
STAAR.
Elementary and Middle/Junior High Grade Levels
In kindergarten and grade 1, promotion is based on results of the approved state assessment(s)
and other assessments which shall be considered in addition to the review criteria listed below if
a student’s work is unsatisfactory in a kindergarten class.
The teacher, in consultation with the campus administrators, must review, monitor, and assist in
making recommendations for all students who fail two or more core subjects in a six-week
period or one core subject for two consecutive six-week periods. Review shall be required on all
retentions.
The review team may consist of the principal or designee(s), and the student’s teacher or teacher
team. The team shall consider the following when considering retention: the student’s age,
achievement test results, prior retentions, maturity, and attendance, as well as teacher
recommendations, parent requests, and social and emotional implications.
In grade 2, in order to be promoted to the next grade level, a student must have the following:
1. An overall yearly combined average of 70+ in Language Arts, Reading, and Math
2. A yearly average of 70+ in Reading
3. A yearly average of 70+ in Math
In grades 3-5, in order to be promoted to the next grade level, a student must have
An overall yearly combined average of 70+ in all subjects (M, LA, R, SS, S)
A yearly average of 70+ in Reading
A yearly average of 70+ in Math
Student in grade 5 must meet the passing standards on the state-mandated
assessments in the area(s) required by the state.
In grades 6-8, in order to be promoted to the next grade level, a student must have
1.
2.
3.
4.
1. An overall yearly combined average of 70+ in all subjects (M, ELA-R, S, SS)
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2. Additionally, in order to be promoted to the next grade, a student must pass with a
70+ yearly average in 3 of the 4 core subjects: Math, ELA-R, Science, and Social
Studies
3. Students in grade 8 must meet the passing standards on the state-mandated
assessments in the area(s) required by the state.
If a student in grade 5 or 8 is enrolled in a course that earns high school credit and for which an
end-of-course (EOC) assessment will be administered, the student will not be subject to the
promotion requirements described above for the relevant grade 5 or 8 assessment.
If a student in grades 3–8 is enrolled in a class or course intended for students above his or her
current grade level in which the student will be administered a state-mandated assessment, the
student will be required to take an applicable state mandated assessment only for the course in
which he or she is enrolled, unless otherwise required to do so by federal law.
[See Standardized Testing on page 80.]
A student in grade 5 or 8 will have two additional opportunities to retake a failed assessment. If a
student fails a second time, a grade placement committee, consisting of the principal or designee,
the teacher, and the student’s parent, will determine the additional special instruction the student
will receive. After a third failed attempt, the student will be retained; however, the parent can
appeal this decision to the committee. In order for the student to be promoted, based on standards
previously established by the district, the decision of the committee must be unanimous and the
student must complete additional special instruction before beginning the next grade level.
Whether the student is retained or promoted, an educational plan for the student will be designed
to enable the student to perform at grade level by the end of the next school year. [See policy
EIE.]
Certain students—some with disabilities and some with limited English proficiency—may be
eligible for exemptions, accommodations, or deferred testing. For more information, see the
principal, school counselor, or special education director.
Parents of a student at or above grade level 3 who does not perform satisfactorily on his or her
state-mandated exams will be notified that their child will participate in special instructional
programs designed to improve performance. The student may be required to participate in this
instruction before or after normal school hours or outside of the normal school year. Failure of a
student to attend these programs may result in violations of required school attendance as well as
the student not being promoted to the next grade level.
A Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) will be prepared for any student at the middle school or junior
high level who did not perform satisfactorily on a state-mandated assessment or is determined by
the district as not likely to earn a high school diploma before the fifth school year following
enrollment in grade 9. The PGP will be designed and implemented by a school counselor,
teacher, or other staff member designated by the principal. The plan will, among other items,
identify the student’s educational goals, address the parent’s educational expectations for the
student, and outline an intensive instruction program for the student. [For additional information,
see the counselor and policy EIF(LEGAL).] For a student receiving special education services,
the student’s IEP may serve as the student’s PGP and would therefore be developed by the
student’s ARD committee.
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[For information related to the development of personal graduation plans for high school
students, see Personal Graduation Plans for Students Under the Foundation Graduation
Program on page 52.]
High School Grade Levels
To earn credit in a course, a student must receive a grade of at least 70 based on course-level or
grade-level standards.
A student in grades 9–12 will be advanced a grade level based on the number of course credits
earned. [Also see Grade Level Classification on page 47.]
Students will also have multiple opportunities to retake EOC assessments. [See Graduation on
page 47 and Standardized Testing on page 80 for more information about EOC assessments.]
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL
[See Leaving Campus on page 63.]
REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES (All Grade
Levels)
Report cards with each student’s grades or performance and absences in each class or subject are
issued to parents at least once every 6 weeks.
At the end of the first three weeks of a grading period, parents will be given a written progress
report if their child’s performance in any course/subject area is near or below 70, or is below the
expected level of performance. If the student receives a grade lower than 70 in any class or
subject at the end of a grading period, the parent will be requested to schedule a conference with
the teacher of that class or subject. [See Working Together on page 68 for how to schedule a
conference.]
Teachers follow grading guidelines that have been approved by the superintendent pursuant to
the board-adopted policy and are designed to reflect each student’s relative mastery of each
assignment for the grading period, semester, or course. State law provides that a test or course
grade issued by a teacher cannot be changed unless the board determines that the grade was
arbitrary or contains an error, or that the teacher did not follow the district’s grading policy. [See
policy EIA(LOCAL) and Grading Guidelines on page 47.]
Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher; if the question is not
resolved, the student or parent may request a conference with the principal in accordance with
FNG(LOCAL).
The report card or unsatisfactory progress report will state whether tutorials are required for a
student who receives a grade lower than 70 in a class or subject.
It is possible for a student to make a failing grade at the end of the grading period and not get a
written progress report at the end of the three weeks because at that time the student was passing.
Report cards and unsatisfactory progress reports must be signed by the parent and returned to the
school the day after they are received.
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RETALIATION
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation on page 33.]
SAFETY (All Grade Levels)
Student safety on campus, at school-related events, and on district vehicles is a high priority of
the district. Although the district has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students
is essential to ensuring school safety. A student is expected to:
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Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or others at risk.
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Follow the behavioral standards in this handbook and the Student Code of Conduct, as
well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the principal, teachers, or bus
drivers.
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Remain alert to and promptly report to a teacher or the principal any safety hazards, such
as intruders on campus or threats made by any person toward a student or staff member.
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Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.
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Follow immediately the instructions of teachers, bus drivers, and other district employees
who are overseeing the welfare of students.
All high school students are required to have their ID card visible above the waist at all times
while on school property or at school functions. A fee of $3.00 will be charged for each
replacement.
All staff are required to wear their ID card while on campus.
Accident Insurance
Beginning July 1, 2015, parents will have the opportunity to purchase low-cost accident
insurance that would help meet medical expenses in the event of injury to their child. If you need
more information, please visit www.k12studentinsurance.com.
Preparedness Drills: Evacuation, Severe Weather, and Other Emergencies
From time to time, students, teachers, and other district employees will participate in
preparedness drills of emergency procedures. When the command is given or alarm is sounded,
students need to follow the direction of teachers or others in charge quickly, quietly, and in an
orderly manner.
Crisis Management Procedures
Crisis Management procedures are reviewed with the staff and crisis team member lists and
duties are updated annually. Each classroom is equipped with a classroom emergency kit.
Campus Evacuation
If a school and the area around it need to be evacuated, the Superintendent will contact the
Transportation Department to make arrangements to take students to a safe location as
determined by central administration at the time of the emergency.
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Drills: Fire, Tornado, Lockdown and Other Emergencies
From time to time, students, teachers, and other district employees will participate in drills of
emergency procedures. During the drill, students should follow the direction of teachers or others
in charge quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner.
Fire/Building Evacuation
A fire, gas leak or other chemical/biological hazard inside the building required building
evacuation.
Lockdown
The Principal or designee will determine whether a situation requires a Lockdown procedure. A
Lockdown procedure will be used for, but will not be limited to:
 Campus threat by person(s)
 Natural disasters (e.g. tornados, severe weather)
 Man-made disasters (e.g. gas leak outside the building, power failure, bio/chemical
hazard)
Lockout
The principal or designee will determine when a situation requires Lockout procedures. A
Lockout procedure will be used for, but not limited to:
 A threat or hazard outside the building
Shelter
A chemical or biological hazard outside the building requires similar procedures as the
Lockdown, plus:
 All air conditioning units must be turned off.
 For their own safety, parents should stay where they are until authorities provide an “All
Clear.”
Reunification, Child Pickup
For the students’ safety, some crisis situations may require that the students be kept at the school
or alternate shelter with no entry/no dismissal allowed until an “All Clear” is provided by
authorities. This means that parents or guardians might not be able to pick up their student if the
situation is too hazardous. If, based on reports from emergency personnel, the danger or threat
has passed and the area is safe for children and parents, then the district/school will identify the
location, time and checkout process for parents to pick up children.
Emergency Medical Treatment and Information
If a student becomes ill or injured at school and needs to leave school, the parent will be
contacted. All students are required to have emergency contact information on file at school. In
case a parent cannot be reached, the office will notify other emergency contacts, like nearby
relatives or neighbors that parents have listed, to assume temporary care of the student. Parents
must notify the school to update any new phone numbers, change of address, or emergency
contact names. In case of serious accident or illness and no one designated in the student’s
emergency contacts can be reached, the school will arrange for all necessary medical services on
the parent’s behalf and parents will be responsible for all medical costs incurred.
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Emergency School-Closing Information
Each year, parents are asked to complete an emergency release form to provide contact
information in the event that school is dismissed early or opening is delayed because of severe
weather or another emergency, or if the campus must restrict access due to a security threat.
If the campus must close, delay opening, or restrict access to the building because of an
emergency, the district will alert the community in the following ways:
Radio
Television
WACO FM (99.9)
KRRQ FM (102.5)
KCEN-TV (Channel 6)
KBGO FM (95.7)
KWTX AM (1460)
KWTX-TV (Channel 25)
KWTX FM (97.5
KRZI AM (1580)
KXXV-TV (Channel 25)
KEYR AM (92.9)
KBCT FM (94.5)
KWKT TV (Channel 44)
NEWS 8 Texas (YNN)
Listening/watching these stations should give you accurate information. The CCISD Web site
(www.ccisd.com) and CCISD Facebook page will also have current information on school
closings. If conditions indicate that school might be closed, tune to any of these stations for
information. School will always be in session unless specifically stated otherwise.
SAT, ACT, AND OTHER STANDARDIZED TESTS
[See Standardized Testing on page 80.]
SCHEDULE CHANGES (Middle/Junior High and High School Grade Levels)
[See Campus Sections for information]
SCHOOL FACILITIES
Use by Students Before and After School (All Grade Levels)
Certain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after school for specific
purposes. Students are required to remain in the area where their activity is scheduled to take
place.
Campus doors open at the posted time for each campus. Supervision is on an extremely restricted
basis prior to the time the doors open. Students should not arrive at school prior to that time
unless they ride a bus or eat breakfast. The campus operating hours are located on the individual
campus pages found at the end of this section.
Unless the teacher or sponsor overseeing the activity gives permission, a student will not be
permitted to go to another area of the building or campus.
After dismissal of school in the afternoon, unless a student is involved in an activity under the
supervision of a teacher or other authorized employee or adult, or unless students are granted
permission to remain on campus in accordance with policy FNAB, students must leave campus
immediately.
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Conduct Before and After School (All Grade Levels)
Teachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before- or after-school
activities on district premises and at school-sponsored events off district premises, such as play
rehearsals, club meetings, athletic practices, and special study groups or tutorials. Students are
subject to the same rules of conduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject to
consequences established by the Student Code of Conduct or any stricter standards of behavior
established by the sponsor for extracurricular participants.
Use of Hallways During Class Time (All Grade Levels)
Loitering or standing in the halls during class is not permitted. During class time, a student must
have a hall pass to be outside the classroom for any purpose. Failure to obtain a pass will result
in disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
Cafeteria Services (All Grade Levels)
The district participates in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program
and offers students nutritionally balanced meals daily in accordance with standards set forth in
state and federal law.
Free and reduced-price meals are available based on financial need or household situation.
Information about a student’s participation is confidential; however, disclosure of a student’s
eligibility may be made without prior notice or consent to programs, activities, and individuals
that are specifically authorized access under the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), which is
the law that sets forth the disclosure limits for the district’s child nutrition programs. A student’s
name, eligibility status, and other information may be disclosed to certain agencies as authorized
under the NSLA to facilitate the enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid or the state
children’s health insurance program (CHIP) unless the student’s parent notifies the district that a
student’s information should not be disclosed. A parent’s decision will not affect the child’s
eligibility for free and reduced price meals or free milk. Contact Melissa Bryan, Director of
Child Nutrition Services, at 547-1227 to apply for free or reduced price meal services.
State and federal law, as well as board-adopted policies, define when, where, and by whom
competitive foods, which are foods not sold as part of the regular meal program, can be served or
sold on school premises during the school day. [For more information, see policies CO(LEGAL)
and FFA(LOCAL).]
Library (All Grade Levels)
The library is a learning laboratory with books, computers, magazines, and other materials
available for classroom assignments, projects, and reading or listening pleasure. The library is
open for independent student use with a pass from the teacher. The libraries are also open before
and after school for student use. For the exact hours of operation, contact the campus library.
Meetings of Noncurriculum-Related Groups (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
Student-organized, student-led noncurriculum-related groups are permitted to meet during the
hours designated by the principal before and after school. These groups must comply with the
requirements of policy FNAB(LOCAL).
A list of these groups is available in the principal’s office.
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Telephone
The school telephones are business telephones and are to be used as such. Students should make
arrangements for after school activities before leaving home each day. In case of emergency,
students may ask permission to use the office phone. Students will not be called from classes to
the telephone except in cases of emergency.
SEARCHES
In the interest of promoting student safety and attempting to ensure that schools are safe and drug
free, district officials may from time to time conduct searches. Such searches are conducted
without a warrant and as permitted by law.
Students’ Desks and Lockers (All Grade Levels)
Students’ desks and lockers are school property and remain under the control and jurisdiction of
the school even when assigned to an individual student.
Students are fully responsible for the security and contents of their assigned desks and lockers.
Students must be certain that their lockers are locked, and that the combinations are not available
to others.
Searches of desks or lockers may be conducted at any time there is reasonable suspicion to
believe that they contain articles or materials prohibited by policy, whether or not a student is
present.
The parent will be notified if any prohibited items are found in the student’s desk or locker.
Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices (All Grade Levels)
Use of district-owned equipment and its network systems is not private and will be monitored by
the district. [See policy CQ for more information.]
Any searches of personal telecommunications or other personal electronic devices will be
conducted in accordance with law, and the device may be confiscated in order to perform a
lawful search. A confiscated device may be turned over to law enforcement to determine whether
a crime has been committed.
[See policy FNF(LEGAL) and Electronic Devices and Technology Resources on page 42 for
more information.]
Vehicles on Campus (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
A student has full responsibility for the security and content of his or her vehicle parked on
district property and must make certain that it is locked and that the keys are not given to others.
[See also the Student Code of Conduct.]
Vehicles parked on district property are under the jurisdiction of the district. School officials may
search any vehicle any time there is reasonable suspicion to do so, with or without the
permission of the student. If a vehicle subject to search is locked, the student will be asked to
unlock the vehicle. If the student refuses, the student’s parent will be contacted. If a search is also
refused by the student’s parent, the district will turn the matter over to law enforcement. The
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district may, in certain circumstances, contact law enforcement even if permission to search is
granted.
Trained Dogs (All Grade Levels)
The district will use trained dogs to alert school officials to the presence of prohibited or illegal
items, including drugs and alcohol. At any time, trained dogs may be used around lockers and
the areas around vehicles parked on school property. Searches of classrooms, common areas, or
student belongings may also be conducted by trained dogs when students are not present. An
item in a classroom, a locker, or a vehicle to which a trained dog alerts may be searched by
school officials. If contraband of any kind is found, the student shall be subject to appropriate
disciplinary action.
Metal Detectors (All Grade Levels)
Students shall be subject to search by a metal detector on a random basis. If the metal detector
indicates the presence of metal after the student has been asked to remove all metal objects from
his/her person and possessions, or if a student refuses to remove all metal objects from his/her
person or possessions without giving a satisfactory explanation, the student’s parent/guardian or
person having lawful control shall be notified. If, following such notification, the student again
refuses to remove all metal objects from his/her person and personal possessions, the student
shall be required to leave school property. A law enforcement intervention could possibly result.
Students will also be subject to search by a metal detector if there exists an individualized
reasonable suspicion that the student possesses a prohibited weapon. If the metal detector
indicates the presence of metal after the student has been asked to remove all metal objects from
his/her person and possessions, or if the student refuses to remove all metal objects from his/her
person and possessions without giving a satisfactory explanation, the student’s outer garments
and personal possessions shall be subject to search.
If any weapons are found, the student may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action,
including removal, suspension, or expulsion. All prohibited weapons found shall be turned over
to the applicable law enforcement agency for testing and determination as to whether or not to
initiate criminal prosecution.
The student’s parent/guardian shall be notified if any prohibited articles or materials are found in
a student’s locker or vehicle parked on school property, or on the student’s person as a result of a
search conducted in accordance with this policy. An adult witness will be present during any
search. [For further information, see policy FNF(LOCAL).]
Students participating in the CCHS graduation ceremony will be subject to search by a metal
detector. Should a student refuse to remove all metal objects from his/her person, including
personal possessions, the student shall be prohibited from participating in any portion of the
graduation ceremony.
The DAEP follows stricter security guidelines and students are searched daily using metal
detectors. For more information see the Campus Security section under DAEP.
[For further information, see policy FNF(LOCAL).]
Drug-Testing (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
[For further information, see policy FNF(LOCAL). Also see Steroids on page 82.]
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SEXUAL HARASSMENT
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation on page 33.]
SPECIAL PROGRAMS (All Grade Levels)
The district provides special programs for gifted and talented students, homeless students,
bilingual students, migrant students, students with limited English proficiency or who are
English language learners, students diagnosed with dyslexia, and students with disabilities. The
coordinator of each program can answer questions about eligibility requirements, as well as
programs and services offered in the district or by other organizations. A student or parent with
questions about these programs should contact the CCISD Curriculum office at (254) 547-1227.
STANDARDIZED TESTING
Secondary Grade Levels
SAT/ACT (Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test)
Many colleges require either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT) for admission. Students are encouraged to talk with the school counselor early during their
junior year to determine the appropriate exam to take; these exams are usually taken at the end of
the junior year. The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) and ACT-Aspire are the corresponding preparatory
and readiness assessments for the SAT and ACT, and more information can be obtained on these
assessments from the school counselor.
Note that participation in these assessments may qualify a student to receive a performance
acknowledgment on his or her diploma and transcript under the foundation graduation program
and may qualify as a substitute for an end-of-course testing requirement in certain circumstances.
A student’s performance at a certain level on the SAT or ACT also makes the student eligible for
automatic admission to a Texas public institution of higher education.
TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment
Prior to enrollment in a Texas public college or university, most students must take a
standardized test called the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment. The purpose of the TSI
assessment is to assess the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshmen-level
students should have if they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree
programs in Texas public colleges and universities. This assessment may be required before a
student enrolls in a dual-credit course offered through the district as well. Achieving certain
benchmark scores on this assessment for college readiness may also waive certain end-of-course
assessment requirements in limited circumstances.
STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness)
Grades 3–8
In addition to routine tests and other measures of achievement, students at certain grade levels
are required to take the state assessment, called STAAR, in the following subjects:
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Mathematics, annually in grades 3–8
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Reading, annually in grades 3–8
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Writing, including spelling and grammar, in grades 4 and 7
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Science in grades 5 and 8
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Social Studies in grade 8
Successful performance on the reading and math assessments in grades 5 and 8 is required by
law, unless the student is enrolled in a reading or math course intended for students above the
student’s current grade level, in order for the student to be promoted to the next grade level. [See
Promotion and Retention on page 71 for additional information.]
STAAR-A will be available for an eligible student with a Section 504 accommodation plan who
has been identified with dyslexia or a related disorder, as well as for a student receiving special
education services, if the student meets state-established criteria and requires certain instructional
and assessment accommodations on a routine basis.
STAAR Alternate 2, for students receiving special education services who meet certain stateestablished criteria, will be available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s ARD
committee.
STAAR-L is a linguistically accommodated assessment that is available for certain limited
English proficient (LEP) students, as determined by the student’s Language Proficiency
Assessment Committee (LPAC). A Spanish version of STAAR is also available to students
through grade 5 who need this accommodation.
High School Courses—End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
STAAR end-of-course (EOC) assessments are administered for the following courses:
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Algebra I
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English I and English II,
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Biology
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United States History
Satisfactory performance on the applicable assessments will be required for graduation, unless
otherwise waived or substituted as allowed by state law and rules.
There are three testing windows during the year in which a student may take an EOC assessment,
which will occur during the fall, spring, and summer months. If a student does not meet
satisfactory performance, the student will have additional opportunities to retake the assessment.
STAAR-A will be available for an eligible student with a Section 504 accommodation plan who
has been identified with dyslexia or a related disorder, as well as for a student receiving special
education services, if the student meets state-established criteria and requires certain instructional
and assessment accommodations on a routine basis.
STAAR Alternate 2, for students receiving special education services who meet certain criteria
established by the state, will be available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s
ARD committee.
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A student’s ARD committee for students receiving special education services will determine
whether successful performance on the EOC assessments will be required for graduation within
the parameters identified in state rules and the student’s personal graduation plan.
STAAR-L, which is a linguistically accommodated assessment, will be available for students
who have been determined to be limited English proficient (LEP) and who require this type of
testing accommodation.
[Also see Graduation on page 47 for additional information.]
STEROIDS (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
State law prohibits students from possessing, dispensing, delivering, or administering an anabolic
steroid. Anabolic steroids are for medical use only, and only a physician can prescribe use.
Body building, muscle enhancement, or the increase of muscle bulk or strength through the use
of an anabolic steroid or human growth hormone by a healthy student is not a valid medical use
and is a criminal offense.
Students participating in UIL athletic competition may be subject to random steroid testing.
More information on the UIL testing program may be found on the UIL website at
http://www.uiltexas.org/health/steroid-information.
STUDENTS IN FOSTER CARE (All Grade Levels)
In an effort to provide educational stability, the district strives to assist any student who is
currently placed or newly placed in foster care (temporary or permanent custody of the state)
with the enrollment and registration process, as well as other educational services throughout the
student’s enrollment in the district.
A student who is placed in foster care and who is moved outside of the district’s attendance
boundaries is entitled to continue in enrollment at the school he or she was attending prior to the
placement until the student reaches the highest grade level at the particular school. In addition, if
a student in grade 11 or 12 is transferred to another district and does not meet the graduation
requirements of the transferring district, the student can request to receive a diploma from the
previous district if he or she meets the criteria to graduate from the previous district.
Please contact Cindy Hutcherson who has been designated as the district’s foster care liaison, at
(254) 547-1227 with any questions.
STUDENT SPEAKERS (All Grade Levels)
The district provides students the opportunity to introduce the following school events: banquets
and selected student assemblies. If a student meets the eligibility criteria and wishes to introduce
one of the school events listed above, the student should submit his or her name in accordance
with policy FNA(LOCAL).
As determined by the principal, students who have been selected for special honors, such as
captain of an athletic team, student council officers, leaders of school-sponsored organizations,
homecoming king or queen, or prom king or queen may also address school audiences at
designated events. [See policy FNA(LOCAL).]
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[See policy FNA(LOCAL) regarding other speaking opportunities and Graduation on page 47
for information related to student speakers at graduation ceremonies.]
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION (All Grade Levels)
If you are worried that your child may be using or is in danger of experimenting, using, or
abusing illegal drugs or other prohibited substances, please contact the school counselor. The
school counselor can provide you with a list of community resources that may be of assistance to
you. The TDSHS maintains information regarding children’s mental health and substance abuse
intervention services on its website: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa-child-adolescent-services/.
SUICIDE AWARENESS (All Grade Levels)
The district is committed to partnering with parents to support the healthy mental, emotional, and
behavioral development of its students. If you are concerned about your child, please access
http://www.texassuicideprevention.org or contact the school counselor for more information
related to suicide prevention services available in your area.
SUMMER SCHOOL (All Grade Levels)
Summer school is offered to students in grades 1-8 who do not meet the requirements of the
district promotion policy. Students are selected to attend summer school upon review of their
academic record, EOC scores, teacher recommendation and excessive absences.
Copperas Cove High School offers a recovery/EOC remediation summer program for its students
to satisfy the requirements of courses and EOC tests not successfully completed during the
school year. Some accelerated courses are also offered on a fee basis to students who wish to get
additional credits. Further information regarding summer school will be published prior to
registration for summer school and will be available to students from their counselor.
Crossroads High School offers an extended year program in credit recovery for DAEP students.
Students enrolled at Crossroads High School also have the opportunity to earn additional credits.
Further information regarding the extended year program is available from the counselor.
TARDIES (All Grade Levels)
Students are considered tardy when they are late to class. It is important that students arrive on
time daily and ready to learn. The first few minutes of the school day are critical for the teacher
to set the focus and lesson for the class. Tardiness disrupts instruction for both the tardy student
and others in the classroom.
Repeated instances of tardiness will result in more severe disciplinary action, in accordance with
the Student Code of Conduct.
TEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT,
AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS (All Grade Levels)
Textbooks and other district-approved instructional materials are provided to students free of
charge for each subject or class. Any books must be covered by the student, as directed by the
teacher, and treated with care. Electronic textbooks and technological equipment may also be
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provided to students, depending on the course and course objectives. A student who is issued a
damaged item should report the damage to the teacher. Any student failing to return an item in
acceptable condition loses the right to free textbooks and technological equipment until the item
is returned or the damage paid for by the parent; however, the student will be provided the
necessary instructional resources and equipment for use at school during the school day.
TRANSFERS (All Grade Levels)
The principal is authorized to transfer a student from one classroom to another.
In-District Transfers
Upon written request from a principal, the Superintendent may authorize the intra-district
transfer of a student with the understanding that transportation shall be provided by the parents.
Intra-district transfers are granted on a year-by-year basis and may be renewed annually.
Parents and students granted intra-district transfers shall agree to abide by the receiving school’s
standards for attendance and discipline. The principals of both the sending and receiving schools
shall approve the transfer.
The following factors will be considered when assigning a student to a campus outside of their
attendance zone:
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Overcrowding at the sending and receiving schools
Size of the sending and receiving schools
Length of time for which the transfer is requested (The student must intend to remain for
the full year.)
Attendance history
Discipline history
All UIL and district extracurricular participation regulations for grades 7 – 12
If a school’s enrollment, or expected enrollment in the near future, reaches 100 percent of the
classroom capacity, the administration reserves the right to return the transfer students to their
home campus.
Out-of-District Transfers
A nonresident student wishing to transfer into the District shall file an application for transfer
each school year with the campus principal. Transfers shall be granted for one regular school
year at a time. In approving transfers, the Superintendent shall consider availability of space,
instructional staff, the student’s disciplinary history and attendance records. Transfer approval is
not campus-specific. Out-of-district transfer students will be placed at campuses which have
room. Although students are initially assigned to a specific campus for enrollment purposes, that
assignment may change at any time during the school year. District and campus enrollment of
students residing in the district will determine campus placement of transfer students.
Transportation will not be provided to students living outside the CCISD boundaries. Students
who transfer into the district are subject to all district rules and regulations. Any transfer student
who violates an administrative rule, a Board-adopted policy or the Student Code of Conduct may
have their transfer revoked. Refer to Policy FDA(LOCAL).
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Tuition must be paid in full prior to enrolling each semester. If the tuition payment is delinquent,
the student will be withdrawn on the tenth calendar date after the due date. The tuition scale is
available at the campus and/or district office.
[See Safety Transfers/Assignments, on page 13, Bullying, on page 21, and Students Who
Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education Services, on page 13, for other
transfer options.]
TRANSPORTATION (All Grade Levels)
School-Sponsored Trips
Students who participate in school-sponsored trips are required to use transportation provided by
the school to and from the event. As approved by the principal, a coach or sponsor of an
extracurricular activity may establish procedures related to making an exception to this
requirement when a parent requests that the student be released to the parent or to another adult
designated by the parent.
Buses and Other School Vehicles
The district makes school bus transportation available to all students living two or more miles
from school. This service is provided at no cost to students.
Bus routes and stops will be designated annually, and any subsequent changes will be posted at
the school and on the district’s website. For the safety of the operator of the vehicle and all
passengers, students must board buses or other vehicles only at authorized stops, and drivers
must unload passengers only at authorized stops.
The district has identified certain areas where hazardous conditions exist for students who live
within two miles from the campus. This information can be accessed at www.ccisd.com.
Because students in these areas might encounter hazardous conditions when traveling to and
from school independently, the district will provide transportation to these students. Please
contact Gary Elliott at (254) 547-3362 for additional information.
A parent may also designate a child-care facility or grandparent’s residence as the regular pickup
and drop-off location for his or her child. The designated facility or residence must be on an
approved stop on an approved route. For information on bus routes and stops or to designate an
alternate pickup or drop-off location, you may contact Gary Elliott at (254)547-3362.
Students assigned to DAEP due to bus violations will be denied bus transportation to the DAEP.
Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring that buses and other district vehicles
remain in good condition and that transportation is provided safely. When riding in district
vehicles, including buses, students are held to behavioral standards established in this handbook
and the Student Code of Conduct. Students must:
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Follow the driver’s directions at all times.
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Enter and leave the vehicle in an orderly manner at the designated stop.
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Keep feet, books, instrument cases, and other objects out of the aisle.
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Not deface the vehicle or its equipment.
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Not put head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window, hold any object out of the window,
or throw objects within or out of the vehicle.
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Not possess or use any form of tobacco on any district vehicle.
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Observe all usual classroom rules.
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Be seated while the vehicle is moving.
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Fasten their seat belts, if available.
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Wait for the driver’s signal upon leaving the vehicle and before crossing in front of the
vehicle.
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Follow any other rules established by the operator of the vehicle.
Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct; the privilege to
ride in a district vehicle, including a school bus, may be suspended or revoked.
Pre-k and kindergarten students who are not met by a designated responsible person at the bus
stop will be transported to the CCISD Transportation Department. A designated responsible
person must then pick up the student no later than 5:30 p.m. at the CCISD Transportation
Department at 604 South 5th Street. The phone number for the transportation department is 5473362.
Any pre-k or kindergarten student not picked up by 5:30 p.m. may be turned over to the custody
of the Copperas Cove Police Department and/or Child Protective Services.
General School Bus Policies
 Students will abide by the district’s rules and regulations concerning bus students, including
conduct and dress code pertaining to respective campuses and grade levels.
 While on the bus, students are under the authority of Copperas Cove ISD. Students must
follow the instructions from the drivers as if they are classroom teachers. At no time will a
student act toward, or address comments to a bus driver in a disrespectful manner or refuse to
cooperate with the driver. Students will identify themselves when asked to do so by the driver or
other school official.
 The principal’s jurisdiction extends to the bus stop.
 Only students who are eligible to ride may be transported and must ride their assigned bus.
Students must not ask to ride home on another bus with a friend unless approved by the
principal and/or Transportation Director.
 Students must board and leave the bus at designated stops only.
 It is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to school if a child misses the
bus.
Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct; the privilege to
ride in a district vehicle, including a school bus, may be suspended or revoked.
Consequences for Violation of Safety Rules
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1st Violation: Transportation Department confers with students and/or takes other
appropriate actions (parent contact, office conference, warning letter).
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2nd Violation: Transportation Department confers with student and/or takes other
appropriate actions (parent contact, office conference, warning letter, in-school
disciplinary measures).
3rd Violation: Student may be suspended from the bus for 1 – 5 days. Parent will
receive written notification explaining misconduct and future consequences.
4th or More Violations: Student may be removed from the bus for the remainder of the
semester unless the removal occurs during the last nine-week period when suspension
may be carried over to the following semester. The campus administrator will have the
final authority in resolving the situation.
Transportation of Student Materials
Every effort will be made to accommodate the needs of our students. Sports equipment, band
instruments and other large items may be allowed on a space available basis with proper
permission of an administrator. All materials must be in the student’s lap or stored under the
student’s seat. All items should remain in backpacks when possible.
The following items are not allowed on the bus: radios, electronic devices (CD, MP3, games,
pagers, etc.), skateboards, skates, toys, live or dead animals, poles, flag sticks, weapons, and any
other object which may be a safety hazard on a school bus. Science projects are not allowed on
the bus if they contain any of the following materials: flammable liquids or gases, hazardous
materials, poisons, any form of explosives, irritating materials such as tear gas, radioactive
materials, drugs, glass, and any protruding objects that may cause injury to others. Students
should be able to hold the projects in their laps. Use of cell phones on buses is strictly prohibited.
Students may not talk, text, video, photograph or use their phone for any other purpose while on
a school bus.
Emergency Bus Pass
If there is a need for a student to ride a different bus or get off at a different bus stop, the parents
must contact the school and request such action. The school will check with the transportation
department to see if space is available on the requested bus. If approved, the school will issue an
emergency bus pass for this request.
VANDALISM (All Grade Levels)
The taxpayers of the community have made a sustained financial commitment for the
construction and upkeep of school facilities. To ensure that school facilities can serve those for
whom they are intended—both this year and for years to come—littering, defacing, or damaging
school property is not tolerated. Students will be required to pay for damages they cause and will
be subject to criminal proceedings as well as disciplinary consequences in accordance with the
Student Code of Conduct.
VIDEO CAMERAS (All Grade Levels)
For safety purposes, video and audio recording equipment is used to monitor student behavior,
including on buses and in common areas on campus. Students will not be told when the
equipment is being used.
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The principal will review the video and audio recordings routinely and document student
misconduct. Discipline will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL (All Grade Levels)
General Visitors
Parents and others are welcome to visit district schools. For the safety of those within the school
and to avoid disruption of instructional time, all visitors must first report to the main office and
must comply with all applicable district policies and procedures. When arriving on campus, all
parents and other visitors should be prepared to show identification. Visitors will be required to
wear a visitor’s badge at all times while on school property.
Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time shall be permitted only with the
principal’s approval after the visitor signs the Statement of Confidentiality form. Such visits
shall not be permitted if their duration or frequency interferes with the delivery of instruction or
disrupts the normal school environment. Even if the visit is approved prior to the visitor’s arrival,
the individual must check in at the main office first.
All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct; disruptive
behavior will not be permitted.
Visitors Participating in Special Programs for Students
During the school year, several of the campuses host a Career Day for the students. The district
invites representatives from colleges and universities and other higher education institutions,
prospective employers, and military recruiters to present information to interested students.
VOLUNTEERS (All Grade Levels)
We appreciate so much the efforts of parent and grandparent volunteers that are willing to serve
our district and students. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the campus for
more information and to complete an application.
VOTER REGISTRATION (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
A student who is eligible to vote in any local, state, or federal election may obtain a voter
registration application at the main campus office.
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL (All Grade Levels)
A student under 18 may be withdrawn from school only by a parent. The school requests notice
from the parent at least three days in advance so that records and documents may be prepared.
The parent may obtain a withdrawal form from the principal’s office. The parents/guardians will
need to submit written notification to the campus or district of the intent to home school their
child. Once this has been completed, then follow the normal withdrawal procedures.
On the student’s last day, the withdrawal form must be presented to each teacher for current
grade averages and book and equipment clearance; to the librarian to ensure a clear library
record; to the clinic for health records; to the school counselor for the last report card and course
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clearance; and finally, to the principal. A copy of the withdrawal form will be given to the
student, and a copy will be placed in the student’s permanent record.
A student who is 18 or older, who is married, or who has been declared by a court to be an
emancipated minor may withdraw without parental signature.
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Glossary
Accelerated instruction is an intensive supplemental program designed to address the needs of
an individual student in acquiring the knowledge and skills required at his or her grade level
and/or as a result of a student not meeting the passing standard on a state-mandated assessment.
ACT-Aspire refers to an assessment that took the place of ACT-Plan and is designed as a
preparatory and readiness assessment for the ACT. This is usually taken by students in grade 10.
ACT refers to one of the two most frequently used college or university admissions exams: the
American College Test. The test may be a requirement for admission to certain colleges or
universities.
ARD is the admission, review, and dismissal committee convened for each student who is
identified as needing a full and individual evaluation for special education services. The eligible
student and his or her parents are members of the committee.
Attendance review committee is responsible for reviewing a student’s absences when the
student’s attendance drops below 90 percent, or in some cases 75 percent, of the days the class is
offered. Under guidelines adopted by the board, the committee will determine whether there
were extenuating circumstances for the absences and whether the student needs to complete
certain conditions to master the course and regain credit or a final grade lost because of absences.
DAEP stands for disciplinary alternative education program, a placement for students who have
violated certain provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.
EOC assessments are end-of-course tests, which are state-mandated, and are part of the STAAR
program. Successful performance on EOC assessments are required for graduation. These exams
will be given in English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and United States History.
FERPA refers to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act that grants specific
privacy protections to student records. The law contains certain exceptions, such as for directory
information, unless a student’s parent or a student 18 or older directs the school not to release
directory information.
IEP is the written record of the individualized education program prepared by the ARD
committee for a student with disabilities who is eligible for special education services. The IEP
contains several parts, such as a statement of the student’s present educational performance; a
statement of measurable annual goals, with short-term objectives; the special education and
related services and supplemental aids and services to be provided, and program modifications or
support by school personnel; a statement regarding how the student’s progress will be measured
and how the parents will be kept informed; accommodations for state or districtwide tests;
whether successful completion of state-mandated assessments is required for graduation, etc.
ISS refers to in-school suspension, a disciplinary technique for misconduct found in the Student
Code of Conduct. Although different from out-of-school suspension and placement in a DAEP,
ISS removes the student from the regular classroom.
NCLB Act is the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
PGP stands for Personal Graduation Plan, which is required for high school students beginning
with ninth graders in the 2014–15 school year, and for any student in middle school who fails a
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section on a state-mandated test or is identified by the district as not likely to earn a high school
diploma before the fifth school year after he or she begins grade 9.
PSAT is the preparatory and readiness assessment for the SAT.
SAT refers to one of the two most frequently used college or university admissions exams: the
Scholastic Aptitude Test. The test may be a requirement for admissions to certain colleges or
universities.
SHAC stands for School Health Advisory Council, a group of at least five members, a majority
of whom must be parents, appointed by the school board to assist the district in ensuring that
local community values and health issues are reflected in the district’s health education
instruction, along with providing assistance with other student and employee wellness issues.
Section 504 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination against a student with a disability,
requiring schools to provide opportunities for equal services, programs, and participation in
activities. Unless the student is determined to be eligible for special education services under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), general education with appropriate
instructional accommodations will be provided.
STAAR is the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, the state’s system of
standardized academic achievement assessments, effective beginning with certain students for
the 2011–2012 school year.
STAAR-A is an accommodated version of the STAAR that is available for certain students who
receive special education services or students who have been identified as dyslexic.
STAAR Alternate 2 is an alternative state-mandated assessment designed for students with
severe cognitive disabilities receiving special education services who meet the participation
requirements, as determined by the student’s ARD committee.
STAAR Linguistically Accommodated (STAAR L) is an alternative state-mandated assessment
with linguistic accommodations designed for certain recent immigrant English language learners.
State-mandated assessments are required of students at certain grade levels and in specified
subjects. Successful performance sometimes is a condition of promotion, and passing the
STAAR EOC assessments is a condition of graduation. Students have multiple opportunities to
take the tests if necessary for promotion or graduation.
Student Code of Conduct is developed with the advice of the district-level committee and
adopted by the board and identifies the circumstances, consistent with law, when a student may
be removed from a classroom, campus, or district vehicle. It also sets out the conditions that
authorize or require the principal or another administrator to place the student in a DAEP. It
outlines conditions for out-of-school suspension and for expulsion. The Student Code of Conduct
also addresses notice to the parent regarding a student’s violation of one of its provisions.
TELPAS stands for the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System, which assesses
the progress that English language learners make in learning the English language, and is
administered for those who meet the participation requirements in kindergarten–grade 12.
TSI assessment is the Texas Success Initiative assessment designed to measure the reading,
mathematics, and writing skills that entering college-level freshmen students should have if they
are to be successful in undergraduate programs in Texas public colleges and universities.
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TxVSN is the Texas Virtual School Network, which provides online courses for Texas students
to supplement the instructional programs of public school districts. Courses are taught by
qualified instructors, and courses are equivalent in rigor and scope to a course taught in a
traditional classroom setting.
UIL refers to the University Interscholastic League, the statewide voluntary nonprofit
organization that oversees educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests.
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APPENDIX I:
Freedom From Bullying Policy
Note that school board policies may be revised at any time. For legal context and the most
current copy of the local policy, visit www.ccisd.com. Below is the text of Copperas Cove ISD’s
policy FFI(LOCAL) as of the date that this handbook was finalized for this school year.
STUDENT WELFARE: FREEDOM FROM BULLYING
FFI(LOCAL)
Adopted on 3/22/2012
Note: This policy addresses bullying of District students. For provisions regarding discrimination and
harassment involving District students, see FFH. Note that FFI shall be used in conjunction with FFH for
certain prohibited conduct. For reporting requirements related to child abuse and neglect, see FFG.
BULLYING PROHIBITED
The District prohibits bullying as defined by this policy. Retaliation against anyone involved in the
complaint process is a violation of District policy and is prohibited.
DEFINITION
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
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Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an
intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
This conduct is considered bullying if it:
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.
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.
RETALIATION
The District prohibits retaliation by a student or District employee against any person who in good faith
makes a report of bullying, serves as a witness, or participates in an investigation.
EXAMPLES
Examples of retaliation may include threats, rumor spreading, ostracism, assault, destruction of property,
unjustified punishments, or unwarranted grade reductions. Unlawful retaliation does not include petty
slights or annoyances.
FALSE CLAIM
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A student who intentionally makes a false claim, offers false statements, or refuses to cooperate with a
District investigation regarding bullying shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
TIMELY REPORTING
Reports of bullying shall be made as soon as possible after the alleged act or knowledge of the alleged act.
A failure to immediately report may impair the District’s ability to investigate and address the prohibited
conduct.
REPORTING PROCEDURES
STUDENT REPORT
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.
EMPLOYEE REPORT
Any District employee who suspects or receives notice that a student or group of students has or may
have experienced bullying shall immediately notify the principal or designee.
REPORT FORMAT
A report may be made orally or in writing. The principal or designee shall reduce any oral reports to
written form.
PROHIBITED CONDUCT
The principal or designee shall determine whether the allegations in the report, if proven, would constitute
prohibited conduct as defined by policy FFH, including dating violence and harassment or discrimination
on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or disability. If so, the District shall proceed
under policy FFH. If the allegations could constitute both prohibited conduct and bullying, the
investigation under FFH shall include a determination on each type of conduct.
INVESTIGATION OF REPORT
The principal or designee shall conduct an appropriate investigation based on the allegations in the report.
The principal or designee shall promptly take interim action calculated to prevent bullying during the
course of an investigation, if appropriate.
CONCLUDING THE INVESTIGATION
Absent extenuating circumstances, the investigation should be completed within ten District business
days from the date of the initial report alleging bullying; however, the principal or designee shall take
additional time if necessary to complete a thorough investigation.
The principal or designee shall prepare a final, written report of the investigation. The report shall
include a determination of whether bullying occurred, and if so, whether the victim used reasonable selfdefense. A copy of the report shall be sent to the Superintendent or designee.
NOTICE TO PARENTS
If an incident of bullying is confirmed, the principal or designee shall promptly notify the parents of the
victim and of the student who engaged in bullying.
DISTRICT ACTION
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BULLYING
If the results of an investigation indicate that bullying occurred, the District shall promptly respond by
taking appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the District’s Student Code of Conduct and may
take corrective action reasonably calculated to address the conduct.
DISCIPLINE
A student who is a victim of bullying and who used reasonable self-defense in response to the bullying
shall not be subject to disciplinary action.
The discipline of a student with a disability is subject to applicable state and federal law in addition to the
Student Code of Conduct.
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Examples of corrective action may include a training program for the individuals involved in the
complaint, a comprehensive education program for the school community, follow-up inquiries to
determine if any new incidents or any instances of retaliation have occurred, involving parents and
students in efforts to identify problems and improve the school climate, increasing staff monitoring of
areas where bullying has occurred, and reaffirming the District’s policy against bullying.
TRANSFERS
The principal or designee shall refer to FDB for transfer provisions.
COUNSELING
The principal or designee shall notify the victim, the student who engaged in bullying, and any students
who witnessed the bullying of available counseling options.
IMPROPER CONDUCT
If the investigation reveals improper conduct that did not rise to the level of prohibited conduct or
bullying, the District may take action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct or any other
appropriate corrective action.
CONFIDENTIALITY
To the greatest extent possible, the District shall respect the privacy of the complainant, persons against
whom a report is filed, and witnesses. Limited disclosures may be necessary in order to conduct a
thorough investigation.
APPEAL
A student who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation may appeal through FNG(LOCAL),
beginning at the appropriate level.
RECORDS RETENTION
Retention of records shall be in accordance with CPC(LOCAL).
ACCESS TO POLICY AND PROCEDURES
This policy and any accompanying procedures shall be distributed annually in the employee and student
handbooks. Copies of the policy and procedures shall be posted on the District’s Web site, to the extent
practicable, and shall be readily available at each campus and the District’s administrative offices.
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APPENDIX II:
Alternative Methods for Earning Credit: Distance Learning
Note that school board policies may be revised at any time. For legal context and the most
current copy of the local policy, visit www.ccisd.com. Below is the text of Copperas Cove ISD’s
policy EHDE(LEGAL)(LOCAL) as of the date that this handbook was finalized for this school
year.
ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR EARNING CREDIT:
DISTANCE LEARNING
EHDE(LEGAL)
Adopted on Oct. 22, 2013
DISTANCE LEARNING AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
Credit toward state graduation requirements may be granted for distance learning and
correspondence courses only as follows:
1.
The institution offering the correspondence course is The University of Texas at Austin,
Texas Tech University, or another public institution of higher education approved by the
Commissioner.
2.
Students may earn course credit through distance learning technologies, such as satellite,
Internet, two-way videoconferencing, online courses, the Texas Virtual School Network
(TxVSN), and instructional television.
3.
The distance learning and correspondence courses must include the state-required essential
knowledge and skills for such a course.
19 TAC 74.23
TEXAS VIRTUAL SCHOOL NETWORK
The TxVSN is a state-led initiative for online learning authorized by Education Code Chapter
30A. The TxVSN is a partnership network administered by TEA in coordination with regional
education service centers (ESCs), Texas public school districts and charter schools, and
institutions of higher education.
The TxVSN is comprised of two components—the online school (OLS) program and the
statewide course catalog.
19 TAC 70.1001(4)
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ONLINE SCHOOL (OLS) PROGRAM
“Online School (OLS) program” is a full-time, virtual instructional program that is made
available through an approved course provider and is designed to serve students in grades 3–12
who are not physically present at school. 19 TAC 70.1001(7)
A TxVSN OLS may serve students in grades 3–12 but may not serve students in kindergarten–
grade 2.
A school district wishing to operate a TxVSN OLS in order to serve students in full-time virtual
instruction shall, prior to the start of each academic year, notify TEA of grade levels to be served
and the total number of students to be served during that academic year. A school district may
not add grade levels after the start of the school year.
A TxVSN OLS or a school district wishing to begin operating a TxVSN OLS shall certify that
the OLS has courses sufficient to comprise a full instructional program for each grade level
served by the OLS prior to serving that grade level.
School districts approved to serve as TxVSN OLSs shall follow the TEA procedures related to
obtaining a campus number for the virtual campus through which they serve their TxVSN OLS
students.
School districts serving as TxVSN OLSs must follow all requirements in 19 Administrative Code
70.1011.
19 TAC 70.1011
STATEWIDE COURSE CATALOG
“Statewide course catalog” is a supplemental online high school instructional program available
through approved providers. 19 TAC 70.1001(10)
COURSE PROVIDERS
A TxVSN course provider is an entity that provides an electronic course through the TxVSN.
Course providers include TxVSN OLSs and providers in the statewide course catalog. 19 TAC
70.1001(8)
ELECTRONIC COURSE
“Electronic course” means an educational course in which:
1.
Instruction and content are delivered primarily over the Internet;
2.
A student and teacher are in different locations for a majority of the student’s instructional
period;
3.
Most instructional activities take place in an online environment;
4.
The online instructional activities are integral to the academic program;
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5.
Extensive communication between a student and a teacher and among students is
emphasized; and
6.
A student is not required to be located on the physical premises of a school district or openenrollment charter school.
An electronic course is the equivalent of what would typically be taught in one semester. For
example: English IA is treated as a single electronic course and English IB is treated as a single
electronic course.
Education Code 30A.001(4); 19 TAC 70.1001(1)
OLS ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to serve as a TxVSN OLS, a school district shall:
1.
Have a current accreditation status of Accredited under 19 Administrative Code 97.1055
(relating to Accreditation Status);
2.
Be rated acceptable under Education Code 39.054;
3.
Be rated at the Standard Achievement level or higher under the state financial
accountability rating system under 19 Administrative Code 109.1003 (relating to Types of
Financial Accountability Ratings);
4.
Have met statutory requirements for timely submission of annual audit and compliance
reports, Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) reports, and timely
deposits with the Teacher Retirement System, with all records and reports reflecting
satisfactory performance; and
5.
Be in good standing with other programs, grants, and projects administered through TEA.
19 TAC 70.1009(a)
STATEWIDE COURSE CATALOG PROVIDER ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to serve as a TxVSN statewide course catalog provider, a district must be rated
acceptable under Education Code 39.054. A Texas school district may provide an electronic
course through the TxVSN to students enrolled in that district or school or students enrolled in
another school district or school in the state. 19 TAC 70.1007(a)
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
TxVSN course providers shall:
1.
Notify parents and students of the option to enroll in the TxVSN OLS at the time and in the
manner that the school district informs students and parents about instructional programs or
courses offered in the district’s traditional classroom setting;
2.
Notify students in writing upon enrollment to participate in the TxVSN OLS with specific
dates and details regarding enrollment;
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3.
Meet all federal and state requirements for educating students with disabilities;
4.
Provide a contingency plan for the continuation of instructional services to all TxVSN OLS
program students allowing them to complete their TxVSN OLS program subject areas or
courses in the event that the contract or agreement through which the TxVSN OLS program
instructional services are provided is terminated or a TxVSN OLS program subject area or
course becomes unavailable to the student; and
5.
Ensure a maximum class size limit of 40 students in a single section of a course and ensure
that the class size does not exceed the maximum allowed by law, as applicable, whichever
is less.
19 TAC 70.1007(b)
COURSES
All electronic courses to be made available through the TxVSN shall be reviewed and approved
prior to being offered in accordance with the course requirements at 19 Administrative Code
70.1005. 19 TAC 70.1005(a)
An electronic course or program that was offered or could have been offered during the 2008–09
school year under former Education Code 29.909, as that section existed on January 1, 2009,
may be offered during a subsequent school year through the TxVSN. Education Code 30A.006
STUDENT ELIGIBILITY
GENERALLY
A student is eligible to enroll in a TxVSN course only if the student:
1.
On September 1 of the school year is younger than 21 years of age or is younger than 26
years of age and entitled to the benefits of the Foundation School Program under Education
Code 42.003;
2.
Has not graduated from high school; and
3.
Is otherwise eligible to enroll in a public school in this state.
A student is eligible to enroll full-time in courses provided through the TxVSN only if:
1.
The student was enrolled in a public school in this state in the preceding school year; or
2.
The student has been placed in substitute care in this state, regardless of whether the student
was enrolled in a public school in this state in the preceding school year.
EXCEPTION FOR MILITARY DEPENDENTS
A student is eligible to enroll in one or more TxVSN courses or enroll full-time in courses
provided through the network if the student:
1.
Is a dependent of a member of the United States military;
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2.
Was previously enrolled in high school in this state; and
3.
No longer resides in this state as a result of a military deployment or transfer.
PROVISIONAL ENROLLMENT
If a student has not provided required evidence of eligibility to enroll, a TxVSN OLS may enroll
a student provisionally for ten school days and withdraw the student from the OLS if the student
does not provide the required evidence of eligibility within ten school days of the provisional
enrollment.
Upon enrolling a student provisionally, the TxVSN OLS shall notify the student and the student’s
parents or guardians that the student will be withdrawn if documentation is not provided within
the required timeframe.
Education Code 30A.002; 19 TAC 70.1013
ENROLLED STUDENTS
A student who is enrolled in the District as a full-time student may take one or more electronic
courses through the TxVSN. Education Code 30A.107(b)
UNENROLLED STUDENTS
A student who resides in this state but who is not enrolled in a school district or open-enrollment
charter school in this state as a full-time student may, subject to Education Code 30A.155, enroll
in electronic courses through the TxVSN. The student:
1.
May not in any semester enroll in more than two electronic courses offered through the
TxVSN;
2.
Is not considered to be a public school student;
3.
Must obtain access to a course provided through the network through the school district or
open-enrollment charter school attendance zone in which the student resides;
4.
Is not entitled to enroll in a course offered by a school district or open-enrollment charter
school other than an electronic course provided through the network; and
5.
Is not entitled to any right, privilege, activities, or services available to a student enrolled in
a public school, other than the right to receive the appropriate unit of credit for completing
an electronic course.
Education Code 30A.107(c)
ENROLLMENT, ADVANCEMENT, AND WITHDRAWAL
A student taking a course through the TxVSN statewide course catalog or a TxVSN OLS
program is considered to:
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1.
Be enrolled in a TxVSN course when he or she begins receiving instruction and actively
engages in instructional activities in a TxVSN subject area or course;
2.
Have successfully completed a course if the student demonstrates academic proficiency and
earns credit for the course, as determined by the TxVSN teacher; and
3.
Be, and must be reported as, withdrawn from the TxVSN when the student is no longer
actively participating in the TxVSN course or program.
A student taking a course through the TxVSN statewide course catalog:
1.
Shall enroll in each TxVSN course through the TxVSN online registration system;
2.
Shall be assigned a grade by the TxVSN teacher after the drop period established by
TxVSN central operations;
3.
May withdraw from a course taken through the TxVSN after the instructional start date
without academic or financial penalty within the drop period established by TxVSN central
operations; and
4.
Shall have the grade assigned by the TxVSN teacher added to the student’s transcript by the
student’s home district.
A student enrolled full time in grades 3–8 must demonstrate academic proficiency sufficient to
earn promotion to the next grade, as determined by the TxVSN teacher for the educational
program.
19 TAC 70.1015
COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE
Texas public school students are not required to be in physical attendance while participating in
courses through a TxVSN OLS or the TxVSN course catalog.
Based upon successful completion of a TxVSN course for students in grades 9–12 or a TxVSN
OLS instructional program for students in grades 3–8, students are considered to have met
attendance requirements for that course or program. A student who has successfully completed
the grade level or course is eligible to receive any weighted funding for which the student is
eligible.
For audit purposes, TxVSN course providers and TxVSN receiver districts shall maintain
documentation to support the students’ successful completion and to support verification of
compulsory attendance.
“TxVSN receiver district” means a Texas public school district that has students enrolled in the
school district who take one or more online courses through the TxVSN statewide course
catalog.
19 TAC 70.1001(9), .1017
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LOCAL POLICY
The District shall adopt a written policy that provides students enrolled in the District with the
opportunity to enroll in electronic courses provided through the TxVSN statewide course catalog.
The policy must be consistent with the requirements regarding notice, enrollment requests, and
students with disabilities as described below.
The District shall, at least once per school year, send to a parent of each District student enrolled
at the middle or high school level a copy of the policy. The District may send the policy with
any other information that the District sends to a parent.
Education Code 30A.007; 19 TAC 70.1033
NOTICE
At the time and in the manner that the District informs students and parents about courses that
are offered in the District’s traditional classroom setting, the District shall notify parents and
students of the option to enroll in an electronic course offered through the TxVSN.
REQUESTS TO ENROLL
Except as provided below, the District may not deny the request of a parent of a full-time student
to enroll the student in an electronic course offered through the TxVSN.
The District may deny a request to enroll a student in an electronic course if:
1.
A student attempts to enroll in a course load that is inconsistent with the student’s high
school graduation plan or requirements for college admission or earning an industry
certification;
2.
The student requests permission to enroll in an electronic course at a time that is not
consistent with the enrollment period established by the district providing the course; or
3.
The District offers a substantially similar course.
The district providing the course shall make all reasonable efforts to accommodate the
enrollment of a student in the course under special circumstances.
If a parent of a student requests permission to enroll the student in a TxVSN course, the District
has discretion to select a course provider approved by TEA for the course in which the student
will enroll based on factors including the informed choice report required by Education Code
30A.108(b).
APPEALS
A parent may appeal to the Commissioner the District’s decision to deny a request to enroll a
student in an electronic course offered through the TxVSN. The Commissioner’s decision under
this subsection is final and may not be appealed.
Education Code 26.0031; 19 TAC 70.1035
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STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
For purposes of the policy, the determination of whether or not an electronic course will meet the
needs of a student with a disability shall be made by the student’s admission, review, and
dismissal (ARD) committee in a manner consistent with state and federal law, including the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. Section 794. Education Code 30A.007(b)
REQUIRED ENROLLMENT PROHIBITED
The District or open-enrollment charter school may not require a student to enroll in an
electronic course. Education Code 30A.107(d)
INDUCEMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT PROHIBITED
A course provider may not promise or provide equipment or any other thing of value to a student
or a student's parent as an inducement for the student to enroll in an electronic course offered
through the TxVSN. The Commissioner shall revoke approval of electronic courses offered by a
course provider that violates this prohibition. The Commissioner’s action under this section is
final and may not be appealed. Education Code 30A.1052
COURSE PORTABILITY
A student who transfers from one educational setting to another after beginning enrollment in an
electronic course is entitled to continue enrollment in the course. Education Code 30A.1051; 19
TAC 70.1015(d)
STUDENT ASSESSMENT
All Texas public school students enrolled in the TxVSN are required to take the statewide
assessments as required in Education Code 39.023 [see EKB]. The administration of the
assessment instrument to the student enrolled in the electronic course must be supervised by a
proctor.
The District shall report to the Commissioner through the Public Education Information
Management System (PEIMS) the results of assessment instruments administered to students
enrolled in an electronic course offered through the TxVSN separately from the results of
assessment instruments administered to other students.
All districts participating in the TxVSN OLS program are included in the state’s academic
accountability system.
Education Code 30A.110; 19 TAC 70.1023
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FUNDING
The district in which a student is enrolled is entitled to funding under Education Code Chapter 42
for the student’s enrollment in a TxVSN course in the same manner that the district is entitled to
funding for the student’s enrollment in courses provided in a traditional classroom setting,
provided that the student successfully completes the electronic course.
Funding is limited to a student’s enrollment in not more than three electronic courses during any
school year, unless the student is enrolled in a full-time online program that was operating on
January 1, 2013.
Education Code 30A.153
The District may decline to pay the cost for a student of more than three yearlong electronic
courses, or the equivalent, during any school year unless the student is enrolled in a full-time
online program that was operating on January 1, 2013. If the District declines to pay the cost, a
student is able to enroll in additional electronic courses at the student’s cost. Education Code
26.0031(c-1)
COURSE COST
The District may charge the course cost for enrollment in a TxVSN course to a student who
resides in this state and:
1.
Is enrolled in the District as a full-time student with a course load greater than that normally
taken by students in the equivalent grade level in other school districts; or
2.
Elects to enroll in a TxVSN course for which the District in which the student is enrolled as
a full-time student declines to pay the cost as authorized by Education Code 26.0031(c-1).
The District may charge the course cost for enrollment in a TxVSN course during the summer.
The District shall charge the course cost for enrollment in a TxVSN course to a student who
resides in this state and is not enrolled in a school district or open-enrollment charter school as a
full-time student.
A TxVSN course cost may not exceed the lesser of the cost of providing the course or $400.
A district that is not the course provider may charge a student enrolled in the district a nominal
fee, not to exceed $50, if the student enrolls in a TxVSN course that exceeds the course load
normally taken by students in the equivalent grade level.
A TxVSN statewide course catalog provider shall receive:
1.
No more than 70 percent of the catalog course cost prior to a student successfully
completing the course; and
2.
The remaining 30 percent of the catalog course cost when the student successfully
completes the course.
Education Code 30A.155(a)–(c-1); 19 TAC 70.1025
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EDUCATORS OF ELECTRONIC COURSES
Each teacher of an electronic course, including a dual credit course, offered through the TxVSN
by a course provider must be certified under Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter B, to teach
that course and grade level or meet the credentialing requirements of the institution of higher
education with which they are affiliated and that is serving as a course provider.
In addition, each teacher must successfully complete one continuing professional development
course specific to online learning every three years, and:
1.
Successfully complete a professional development course or program approved by TxVSN
central operations before teaching an electronic course offered through the TxVSN; or
2.
Have a graduate degree in online or distance learning and have demonstrated mastery of the
International Association for K–12 Learning (iNACOL) National Standards for Quality
Online Teaching; or
3.
Have two or more years of documented experience teaching online courses for students in
grades 3–12 and have demonstrated mastery of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality
Online Teaching.
Each teacher of an electronic course, including a dual credit course, offered through the TxVSN
by a course provider must meet highly qualified teacher requirements under the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act, as applicable.
School districts and charter schools serving as TxVSN course providers shall affirm the
preparedness of teachers of TxVSN electronic courses to teach public school-age students in a
highly interactive online classroom and shall:
1.
Maintain records documenting:
a.
Successful initial completion of TxVSN-approved professional development, evidence
of prior online teaching, or a graduate degree in online or distance learning; and
b.
Teachers’ demonstrated mastery of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality
Online Teaching prior to teaching through the TxVSN;
2.
Maintain records of successful completion of continuing professional development;
3.
Maintain records documenting successful completion of TxVSN-approved professional
development before the end of the school year for any teacher who is hired after the school
year has begun; and
4.
Make the records specified in this subsection available to TEA and TxVSN central
operations upon request.
19 TAC 70.1027
REVOCATION
The Commissioner may revoke the right to participation in the TxVSN based on any of the
following factors:
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1.
Noncompliance with relevant state or federal laws;
2.
Noncompliance with requirements and assurances outlined in the contractual agreements
with TxVSN central operations and/or these provisions and Education Code Chapter 30A;
or
3.
Consistently poor student performance rates as evidenced by results on statewide student
assessments, student withdrawal rates, student completion rates, successful completion
rates, or campus accountability ratings.
19 TAC 70.1029
APPLICABILITY
Unless the District chooses to participate in providing an electronic course or an electronic
diagnostic assessment under Education Code Chapter 30A to a student who is located on the
physical premises of the District or open-enrollment charter school, Chapter 30A does not affect
the provision of a course to such a student.
Requirements imposed by or under Education Code Chapter 30A do not apply to a virtual course
provided by the District only to District students if the course is not provided as part of the
TxVSN.
Education Code 30A.004
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ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR EARNING CREDIT:
DISTANCE LEARNING
EHDE(LOCAL)
Adopted on Jan. 26, 2011
DISTANCE LEARNING AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSES
TEXAS VIRTUAL SCHOOL NETWORK
The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures for students to enroll in courses
provided by the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN).
Enrollment in courses through the TxVSN shall not be subject to limitations the District may
impose for other distance learning courses.
OTHER DISTANCE LEARNING
The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures governing the use of other distance
learning courses, including correspondence courses, as a means of earning credit in a subject or
course. In order to receive credit, a student shall obtain approval from the principal or designee
prior to enrollment in the course.
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Index
absences
attendance review committee, 90
doctor’s note, 20
excused, 17
extenuating circumstances, 18
for college visits, 17
for playing "Taps", 17
makeup work, 65
military families, 12, 17
parent’s note, 19, 20
unexcused, 17
See also attendance.
academic programs
nontraditional, 68
parent involvement, 69
See also graduation, requirements.
accelerated instruction
attendance, 16, 18
defined, 90
failure to meet passing standards on state
assessment, 16
reading instruction, 16
accident insurance, 74
accountability of the school district, 20
ADA/Section 504 coordinator, 68
admission, review, and dismissal (ARD)
committee, 53
admissions
college and university, 27
University of Texas at Austin, 28
Advanced Placement (AP) courses, 28
advanced/distinguished program. See
graduation programs
anaphylaxis, 67
See also food allergies.
asbestos, 61
assistance animals, 13
attendance, 16
college visits, 17
compulsory, 16
doctor’s note, 20
driver license, 20
extenuating circumstances, 18
failure to attend, 18
for credit, 18
for final grade, 18
military families, 12
official attendance-taking time, 19
parent’s note, 19
principal’s plan, 18
students 18 or older, 16
unexcused absences, 17
attendance review committee, 18, 32
defined, 90
automatic admission, 27
awards, 21
bacterial meningitis, 57
communicability, 57
defined, 57
prevention, 58
symptoms, 57
See also contagious diseases.
bilingual programs, 14, 64
bullying, 21
counseling, 21
cyberbullying, 21
policy, 93
school safety transfer, 13
See also hazing.
bus rules, 85
buses, 85
pick-up and drop-off locations, 85
required conduct, 85
routes and schedules, 85
cafeteria, 77
nutrition, 77
career and technical education (CTE), 22
college credit courses, 28
counseling, 31
nondiscrimination statement, 22
Celebrate Freedom Week, 7
celebrations, 22
cell phones, 42
certificate of attendance, 53
certificate of coursework completion, 53
child abuse, 23
class changes, 84
class rank, 24
108
class schedules, 27
partial vs. full-time, 27
schedule changes, 76
classroom parties, 22
clubs. See extracurricular activities.
college
admissions, 27
credit, 28
University of Texas at Austin, 28
visits, 17
communicable diseases
See contagious diseases.
community and student engagement
parental evaluation, 69
complaints, 11, 29
conduct, 29
at social events, 30
before and after school, 77
disrupting school operations, 30
on school buses, 85
on school transportation, 30
use of hallways, 77
when school rules apply, 29
contagious diseases, 56
bacterial meningitis, 57
excluding from school, 56
leaving campus in case of illness, 64
corporal punishment, 4
correspondence courses. See distance
learning.
counseling
academic, 31
at elementary and middle/junior high
school, 30
personal, 31
postsecondary education, 31
credit
by exam, 31
for acceleration or advancement, 32
with prior instruction, 31
without prior instruction, 32
credit recovery, 31
dating violence, 33
Declaration of Independence
excusing a student from reciting, 7
Department of Public Safety (DPS), 20
diabetes, 68
directory information, 2, 4
disabled students, 14
discrimination, 34
distance learning, 36
distribution, 37
nonschool materials
by others, 37
by students, 37
school materials, 37
doctor’s appointments, 17
driver license, 20
verification of enrollment form, 20
drug testing, 79
See also steroids.
dual-credit programs, 28
early mental health intervention, 83
electronic cigarettes, 60
electronic media
contact between student and staff, 4
end-of-course (EOC) assessments, 81
special education, 53
students with disabilities, 53
English as a second language, 14, 64
English language learner, 14, 64
exams. See tests.
extracurricular activities, 44
conduct, 45
eligibility, 44
fees, 45
meetings, 77
fees, 45
waivers, 46
Fitnessgram. See physical fitness
assessment.
food allergies, 58
management plan, 58
See also anaphylaxis.
See also celebrations.
foster care liaison, 82
foster students, 17, 82
foster care liaison, 82
foundation graduation program
distinguished level of achievement, 50
endorsements, 50
performance acknowledgements, 51
personal graduation plans (PGP), 52
See also graduation programs.
fundraising, 46
gang-free zones, 46
109
gender-based harassment, 34, 35
grades, 47
classification by credits, 47
grading guidelines, 47
graduation, 47
certificates of coursework completion, 53
end-of-course (EOC) assessments, 48
individualized education program (IEP),
53
personal graduation plan (PGP)
for middle school or junior high, 72
under the foundation graduation
program, 52
programs, 48
advanced/distinguished level of
achievement, 28, 50
foundation program, 50
requirements, 47
for automatic college admissions, 28
students with disabilities, 53
See also credit; grades; standardized tests.
grants, 54
grievances. See complaints.
hall pass, 77
harassment, 34
gender-based, 34, 35
investigation, 35
reporting, 35
retaliation, 35
sexual, 34
hazing, 54
See also bullying.
head lice, 59
health education
School Health Advisory Council, 69
health instruction, 3
health-related matters, 54
asbestos, 61
food allergies, 58
nutrition, 77
pest management, 61
physical fitness, 59, 60
sunscreen, 67
tobacco, 60
vending machines, 60
homeless students, 61
homework, 61, 69
electronic and social media, 4
See also makeup work.
honors, 21
human sexuality instruction, 6
curriculum, 7
removing a child from class, 7
reviewing materials, 7
IEP. See individualized education program
(IEP).
illness
leaving campus, 64
See also contagious diseases.
immunization, 62
exemptions for reasons of conscience, 62
medical exemptions, 62
required immunizations, 62
individualized education program (IEP)
and eligibility for extracurricular
activities, 45
defined, 90
graduation, 53
instructional materials, 8, 9, 83
International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, 28
joint high-school and college programs, 28
laptops, 42
law enforcement, 62
notification of law violations, 63
questioning of students, 62
students taken into custody, 63
verification of officer’s identity and
authority, 63
learning difficulties, 13
leaving campus, 63
in case of student illness, 64
signing a student out, 64
legal guardian
defined, 1
liaison for homeless children and youths, 61
liaison for students in custody of the state,
82
lice. See head lice.
limited English proficiency (LEP), 64
STAAR-L, 82
lost and found, 65
makeup work, 65
during in-school suspension, 66
for absences, 65
in DAEP, 66
penalties, 66
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medicine, 66
allergies, 67
asthma, 67
diabetes, 68
herbal or dietary supplements, 67
nonprescription, 67
prescription, 67
psychotropic drugs, 68
sunscreen, 67
meditation, 71
meetings of noncurriculum-related groups,
77
mental health, 83
early intervention, 83
metal detectors, 79
military families, 12
military recruiters, 5
minimum program. See graduation programs
minute of silence, 7, 70
in observance of September 11, 2001, 70
mobile phones, 42
multiple birth siblings, 12
National School Lunch Program, 77
netbooks, 42
newspaper (school newspaper), 37
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, 90
no pass, no play, 36, 44
nondiscrimination, 68
organizations, student. See extracurricular
activities.
parent
access to student records, 9
being involved, 68
defined, 1
evaluating school and community
engagement, 69
noncustodial, 8
rights, 3
volunteering, 88
parent involvement coordinator, 70
parenting and paternity awareness, 3
pediculosis. See head lice.
personal graduation plan (PGP)
for middle school or junior high, 72
under the foundation graduation program,
52
pest management, 61
physical activity, 59
physical examinations, 6
athletic participation, 70
physical fitness assessment, 60
pledges of allegiance, 70
excusing a student from reciting, 7
police. See law enforcement.
police dogs, 79
prayer, 71
privacy
and personal telecommunications devices,
42
during an investigation of prohibited
conduct, 35
FERPA, 90
on district-owned equipment and
networks, 78
student records, 9, 11
programs
before and after school, 76
progress reports, 73
prohibited conduct, 33
investigation, 35
reporting, 35
See also bullying; dating violence;
discrimination; harassment; hazing;
retaliation; sexting; vandalism; video
cameras.
promotion and retention, 71
personal graduation plan (PGP) for
middle school or junior high, 72
STAAR, 71
See also credit; grades; standardized tests.
protected information, 5
psychological evaluation, 3
published material
from outside sources, 37
from students, 37
school materials, 37
recommended program. See graduation
programs
recording
permission, 3
without parental consent, 3
release of students from school. See leaving
campus.
religion
and immunization, 62
and surveys, 6
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holy days, 17
nondiscrimination, 68
religious or moral beliefs
and removal from the classroom, 7
report cards, 73
parent’s signature, 73
parent-teacher conferences, 73
See also grades.
retaliation, 21, 35
rights
noncustodial parent, 8
parental, 3
student, 5
safety, 74
emergency preparedness, 74
emergency school closing, 76
football helmets, 44
insurance, 74
on campus, 74
on district vehicles, 74
student conduct, 74
UIL rules, 44
video cameras, 87
SAT/ACT, 80
schedules. See class schedules.
scholarships, 54
School Breakfast Program, 77
school closings, 76
school dances, 30
school facilities, 76
before and after school, 76
cafeteria, 77
meetings, 77
School Health Advisory Council, 6, 60
defined, 91
school nurse, 58, 62, 64, 67, 68
sending a student home in case of illness,
64
student exemption from immunization, 62
searches, 78
desks and lockers, 78
district-owned equipment and networks,
78
drug testing, 79
metal detectors, 79
personal electronic devices, 42, 43, 78
trained dogs, 79
vehicles, 78
Section 504. See students with disabilities.
service animals, 13
sex education. See human sexuality
instruction.
sexting, 43
sexual abuse of a child, 23
counseling options, 23
reporting, 24
warning signs, 23
sexual harassment, 34
SHAC. See School Health Advisory
Council.
signing a student out. See leaving campus.
special education, 13, 14
graduation, 53
standardized tests, 53
special programs, 80
coordinator, 80
standardized tests, 80
end-of-course (EOC) assessments, 81
limited English proficiency (LEP), 65
SAT/ACT, 80
special education, 53
STAAR, 80
students with disabilities, 53
TSI assessment, 80
tutoring, 8
See also credit; grades; graduation;
promotion and retention.
State of Texas Assessments of Academic
Readiness (STAAR), 80
defined, 91
promotion and retention, 71
retaking, 72
STAAR-A, 81
STAAR-Alternate 2, 81
STAAR-L, 82
steroids, 82
See also drug testing.
Student Code of Conduct, 1, 8, 29, 37, 43,
45, 54, 60, 74, 77, 78, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90
student groups, 45, 46, 77
See also extracurricular activities.
student illness
leaving campus, 64
See also contagious diseases.
student records, 8, 9
accrediting organizations, 10
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colleges and postsecondary schools, 10
confidentiality, 9
copies, 11
corrections, 11
court orders, 10
custodian, 11
directory information, 4, 5
driver license attendance verification, 20
financial aid, 10
government agencies, 10
institutions of higher education, 5
military recruiters, 5
released with permission, 10
school officials, 10
students 18 or older, 9
student speakers, 82
See also graduation, student speakers.
student work
display of, 3
publishing, 3
students with disabilities, 14
graduation, 53
nondiscrimination, 68
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 14,
68
standardized tests, 53
students with learning difficulties, 13
substance abuse prevention and intervention,
83
suicide awareness, 83
summer school, 83
surveys, 5
inspecting, 6
opting out, 6
tablets, 42
tardiness, 83
teacher and staff qualifications, 12
technology, 42
acceptable use of district resources, 43
confiscated devices, 42
instructional use of personal electronic
devices, 43
personal electronic devices, 43
personal telecommunications devices, 42
prohibited uses of district resources, 43
recording still and video images
prohibited, 42
searches of personal devices, 42
unauthorized use, 42
test preparation. See tutoring.
tests, 7, 8
confidentiality, 9
credit by exam, 31
exams for accleration or grade
advancement, 32
personal electronic devices, 42
scores, 8
See also standardized tests.
Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment,
80
Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN), 28,
36
textbooks, 8, 83
Title IX Coordinator, 68
tobacco prohibited, 60
top 25 percent, 27
top ten percent, 27
transfers, 84
multiple birth siblings, 12
safety reasons, 13
special education, 14
students who are victims of bullying, 22
students who engage in bullying, 13, 22
victims of bullying, 13
transportation, 85
school-sponsored trips, 85
truancy, 17
tutoring, 8
removal from classroom, 8
school services, 8
UIL. See University Interscholastic League.
unexcused absences, 17
university admissions. See college
admissions.
University Interscholastic League (UIL), 44
condition of football helmets, 44
drug testing and athletic competition, 82
safety rules, 44
use of school facilities, 76
vandalism, 87
vending machines. See health, vending
machines.
video cameras, 87
visitors, 88
parents, 88
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vocational education. See career and
technical education (CTE).
volunteers, 88
voter registration, 88
withdrawing from school, 88
yearbook, 37
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SECTION III: CAMPUS INFORMATION
Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy
Grades: Pre-K 3 and 4
Mary Derrick, Principal
Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School
Grades: K – 5
Leah Miller, Principal
C.R. Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary School
Grades: K – 5
Dr. Jimmy Shuck, Principal
Hettie Halstead Elementary School
Grades: K – 5
Brian Jost, Principal
House Creek Elementary School
Grades: K – 5
Larea Gamble, Principal
J.L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary School
Grades: K – 5
Marla Sullivan, Principal
Martin Walker Elementary School
Grades: K – 5
Amanda Crawley, Principal
Copperas Cove Junior High School
Grades 6 – 8
Randy Troub, Principal
S.C. Lee Junior High School
Grades 6 – 8
Kayleen Love, Principal
Copperas Cove High School
Grades 9 – 12
Miguel Timarky, Principal
Crossroads High School
Grades 9 – 12
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program
J.T. Irick, Principal
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COPPERAS COVE ISD
ELEMENTARY CAMPUSES
Standard Procedures
The six elementary schools of CCISD – C.R. Clements/Hollie Parsons, Fairview/Miss Jewell,
Hettie Halstead, House Creek, Martin Walker, and J.L. Williams/Lovett Ledger, are committed
to providing excellent customer service and quality instruction to all students attending school on
our campuses. The following standard procedures were designed to maximize student success
and will be systematically followed on all elementary campuses:
ACADEMIC AWARDS
Academic achievement is important.

The following awards for academic achievement will be presented to all eligible
students every six weeks, each semester, and at the end of the school year:
 “A” Honor Roll – All “A”s on report card
 “A/B” Honor Roll – All “A”s and “B”s on report card
 “A” Average Honor Roll – Combined overall “A” average at semester
and at end of year
 Character Award – in recognition of outstanding character traits
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
School attendance is important.

The following awards for attendance and punctuality will be presented to all eligible
students every six weeks, each semester, and at the end of the school year:
 PERFECT ATTENDANCE – only one tardy per semester and only partial
day absence verified by a medical note
 EARLY BIRD – never tardy
 ALL DAY EVERY DAY – never off campus during school hours
 Additional awards may be given at the discretion of the campus
 Punctuality is important. School begins at 7:45 am daily. Students not seated and ready
to learn at 7:45 am are considered tardy.
 Tardy students must be accompanied into the office for late check in by a parent or
guardian.
 Instruction begins promptly at 7:45 am, therefore, arriving late/tardy disrupts learning.
 Five tardies will result in an office referral. After five tardies, every three tardies will
result in an office referral.
 After five excused absences, additional absences will be excused only when accompanied
by a medical provider’s note.
~ Please see campus pages for specific information about individual elementary schools. ~
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MAE STEVENS EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY (MSELA)
302 Manning Drive
Copperas Cove, Texas
(254) 547-8289
Principal: Mary Derrick [email protected]
Campus Behavior Coordinator: Mary Derrick [email protected]
Coordinator of Early Education: Jo Ann Griffin [email protected]
Counselor: Catherine Boone [email protected]
MASCOT: PUPPIES
MOTTO: “PAWS” itively impacting the lives of small children.
School Hours
MORNING SESSION
AFTERNOON SESSION
7:00 – 7:25 – Breakfast Served (Optional)
11:30 – 11:55 – Lunch Served (Optional)
7:30 – 10:30 - Core Instruction Begins*
12:00 – 3:00 – Core Instruction Begins*
10:30 – Dismissal
3:00 - Dismissal
Early Release Schedule
MORNING SESSION
AFTERNOON SESSION
7:00 – 7:25 – Breakfast Served (Optional)
7:30 – 9:30 – Core Instruction*
9:30 – Dismissal
10:30 – 12:30 – Core Instruction*
12:30 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Dismissal
9:30 – 11:30 – Core Instruction*
11:30 – Dismissal
Late Start Schedule
12:30 – 12:55 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 – Core Instruction*
3:00 – Dismissal
*Students should arrive in time to be in class by starting time.
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Belief Statement
We believe by providing a distinctive blend of learning and play in a safe, nurturing
environment, Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy (MSELA) will be the state’s leading voice
for a high quality pre-kindergarten program. MSELA will be recognized for our extraordinary
educational programs and talented teams.
Mission Statement
The mission of Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy is to provide each child a high quality
early childhood education that includes age appropriate opportunities to learn and grow as an
individual who respects and values the uniqueness of others as they explore and discover their
world.
Attendance
Once you have voluntarily enrolled your child into CCISD, compulsory attendance applies.
If your child is going to be absent, please notify the school in advance by phone or send in a
written excuse within 72 hours.
Under §25.085(d), compulsory attendance applies to certain extended-year programs, tutorial
classes, accelerated reading instruction programs, accelerated instruction programs, basic skills
programs, and summer programs for students subject to certain disciplinary removals. Under
§25.085(c), it also applies to students below the age for compulsory attendance during any
period that the student is voluntarily enrolled in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten.
We Need YOU!
Please contact Mary Derrick at [email protected] if you are able and willing to help in the following
ways:
 Serve on decision making committees like PAC, SBDM, or PTO.
 Volunteer in parking lots, cafeteria, or parent workroom.
 Consistently volunteer in classrooms, work with small groups of students and /or work one
on one with students.
Parents & Visitors
Parent and visitor parking is in front of the school where you will enter the building. Everyone
must have a picture ID and sign in at the office.
Communication
Classroom teachers send home daily communication folders and weekly newsletters informing
parents of objectives to be covered the coming week and to keep parents informed of upcoming
events. Information will be posted on our school website for parents to access. In addition, we
will post information on our digital school marquee and send automated voice and text messages.
Please make sure the office has current contact information to ensure you receive the appropriate
messages.
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Parking Lot Procedures


Staff members will not be responsible for taking students out of or buckling
them into their car seats.
Please do not park or leave your car unattended in the drop-off / pick-up
lane or the driving lane. If you wish to visit the office or pick your student
up in person, parking is available in designated areas.
Drop off
Parents dropping off students should enter the parking lot from the north entrance off of Manning
Dr. and remain in line in their vehicles until you reach the drop off zone. Once you reach the
drop off zone, a staff member will meet you at your car and escort your child into the building. If
you arrive after instruction begins (7:30/12:00), you will be required to bring your child inside
and check them in at the office.
Pick-Up
Parents picking up students should enter the parking lot from the north entrance off of Manning
Dr. and remain in line in their vehicles until they reach the pick-up zone. Parents should present
their student pick up card to a staff member. A staff member will locate and escort your child to
the car. Parents without a pick up card will be required to park in a designated spot and go to the
office to get a temporary card.
For the safety of the children, we will not make any changes to the way a student will get home
after 10:00 am for morning session and 2:30 pm for the afternoon session.
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FAIRVIEW/MISS JEWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
710 South 5th Street
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-4530 Fax (254)547-6378
Principal: Leah Miller [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Julie Fish [email protected]
Campus Behavior Coordinator: Julie Fish [email protected]
Counselor: Amanda Brown [email protected]
Mission Statement
The family of Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary will strive to collaboratively provide an exemplary educational
experience to every student by providing a safe learning environment upon which their success in life can be
built.
School Hours
7:15 a.m. - Building opens and breakfast is served until 7:45 a.m.
7:45 a.m. - Tardy Bell rings
3:15 p.m. – Dismissal
Supervision is not provided for students dropped off prior to 7:15 a.m. If you are unable to drop off or pick up
your student at these times, YMCA child care is available before and after school. Contact YMCA at 254-6345445 for details. Please remember: picking up your student before assigned dismissal time is disruptive to the
learning process and impacts his/her ability to earn an ALL DAY/EVERY DAY Award.
We do not make changes to the way a student will get home after 2:30 p.m. each day.
Visitors and Communication
The school office is located in the Miss Jewell building at 710 South 5 th Street. All visitors should sign in at the
office for assistance. Everyone must have a picture ID and sign in at the office. A calendar of events is sent
home with each student monthly. In addition to flyers, the automated school messenger phone system is
frequently used. Please make sure the office has updated contact information in order to ensure you receive the
appropriate messages. Please also watch the marquee signs for important dates and messages.
Arrival Procedures
Students may enter the campus at the Miss Jewell office or the cafeteria entrance in the mornings starting at
7:15 a.m. Please note, staff is not available to monitor students before 7:15 a.m. Parents are responsible for
students dropped off prior to 7:15 a.m.
Parking Lot Procedures and Parent Walk-Ups at Dismissal
Parents picking up students should remain in their vehicle and present their student pick up card to a staff
member in front of the Miss Jewell building on South 5th Street. A Fairview/Jewell staff member will locate and
escort your child to the car. Please do not park or leave vehicles unattended in the pick-up lanes.
In order to ensure student safety, ONLY car riders will be released in front of the Miss Jewell office. To avoid
confusion and speed up the dismissal process, this area is reserved for car rider pick up at dismissal time.
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Walking parents, including parents who wish to park and walk up to meet their child, should utilize the Fairview
Parking lot and walk up to the school doors. Teachers will meet parents at these doors and release students
directly to them. Please do not forget your pick-up card.
We Need YOU!
Please contact Leah Miller at [email protected] and/or call 547-4530 if you are able and willing to help in the
following ways:


Serve on decision making committees like PAC, SBDM, or PTO.
Volunteer at the school and work with teachers and students.
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C. R. CLEMENTS/HOLLIE PARSONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1115 Northern Dancer
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-2235
Fax (254) 547-0845
Principal: Jimmy Shuck [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Shari Jones [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Kirk Balk [email protected]
Campus Behavior Coordinator: Shari Jones [email protected]
Counselor: Kasie Owens [email protected]
Counselor: Jera Freeman [email protected]
School Hours
7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Tardy bell rings at 7:45 a.m.
YMCA child care is available before and after school.
Contact YMCA at (254) 634-5445 for details
Mission Statement
The mission of C. R. Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary School is to create lifelong
learners by providing a high-quality education in a safe and nurturing environment while
maintaining a cooperative and productive relationship with our families and the community.
Adopt-A-School Unit
3rd Weather Squadron (ACC)
We support our troops!
Student Locations
Kindergarten through 2nd grade is housed in the Parsons building.
3rd through 5th grade is housed in the Clements building.
Visitors
The main entrance of the school is located on the Clements side, located at 1115 Northern
Dancer. All visitors should sign in at the Clements office.
Volunteers
There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer at Clements/Parsons. Work at campus or
take items home. You have the freedom to choose how to help teachers or students. If you are
interested in volunteering, please come in and check out the opportunities.
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Communication
Please visit our webpage at http://www.ccisd.com/Domain/484 for information about our
campus, our calendar, and details about upcoming events.
Arrival/Drop-Off Procedures
Students may enter the campus at the Clements office or back parking lot starting at 7:15 a.m.
Please note staff is not available to monitor students before 7:15 a.m. Parents are responsible
for students dropped off prior to 7:15 a.m.
K – 5th Grade Car Riders may be dropped off in the front of the Clements building, where
staff will be monitoring students as they enter. In addition, these students may also be dropped
off in the back parking lot where staff will be available to assist as needed.
Walkers may enter the campus in the front of Clements or in the back parking lot. Please
choose the most convenient location.
Bus Riders are dropped off in the back parking lot. Please do not block the bus lane next to
the curb.
Daycare students are dropped off in the back parking lot in the car rider lane, the first parking
lot row.
K – 5th Grade Students Escorted by parents/guardians who wish to walk their child(ren) into
the building, should park in the back parking lot and enter the campus through the breezeway.
However, for student safety, parents/guardians will not be allowed into instructional areas.
Breakfast is served from 7:15 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. in the cafeteria, for Kinder – 5th grade students.
Students arriving to eat breakfast at 7:40 a.m. will be counted tardy.
Kinder students will report to their hallway upon their arrival or to the cafeteria for breakfast.
1st and 2nd grade students will go directly to Parsons gym upon their arrival or to the cafeteria
for breakfast. Students will be picked up by their teacher at 7:35am.
3rd - 5th grade students will go directly to the Clements gym. Students will be picked up by
their teacher at 7:35 a.m.
The instructional day begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. Students are tardy when arriving
from 7:45 a.m. – 9:29 a.m.
Dismissal Procedures
K-2 Parent Pick-Up
Teachers will remain with students in the cafeteria and release students to parents, upon parent
arrival.
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3rd – 5th Grade Parent Pick-Up
Parents may pick up their child(ren) in front of the Clements building. If you wish to park,
please do so in designated areas.
K – 5th Grade Walkers
Students will exit from either the Clements or Parsons front doors.
K – 5th Grade Bus Riders
CCISD school buses pick up students in the back parking lot. Students will be escorted by a
designated staff member to board the appropriate bus or daycare vehicle.
K – 5th Daycare Riders
Daycare vehicles will pick up students in front of Parsons. Students will be escorted by a
designated staff member to board the appropriate daycare vehicle.
Sibling Shuttle
For your convenience, siblings located in both buildings will meet in the cafeteria. Parents will
park in the back parking lot and enter the breezeway to pick-up all students. Please be aware
students will be exiting the breezeway during this time to load buses.
Parents will not be allowed into the cafeteria until 3:15 p.m.
To ensure student safety, requests to change the way a student is dismissed will not be
accepted after 2:30 p.m.
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HETTIE HALSTEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
910 N. Main Street
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-3440 Fax (254) 547-6896
Principal:
Brian Jost
[email protected]
Campus Behavior Coordinator:
Laura Montes
[email protected]
Assistant Principal:
Laura Montes
[email protected]
Counselor:
Thom Feather
[email protected]
Mission Statement
Hettie Halstead Elementary will provide a safe, supportive environment where all
students can meet or exceed their educational expectations as they begin their journey to
become responsible citizens.
School Hours
7:10 AM - 3:15 PM
7:10 – Building opens and breakfast is served until 7:40.
7:45 – Tardy bell rings
3:15 – Dismissal (All grade levels)
HETTIE HALSTEAD ELEMENTARY
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
Student Drop-Off


All students eating breakfast report directly to the cafeteria through the main entrance.
K through 2nd grade students will enter through the main entrance and report to the music
room.
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

3rd through 5th grade students report to the blue gym door using the sidewalk in front of the
school.
Please use the lane closest to the curb for dropping off students. The outside lane is for
moving vehicles only. For the safety of all children, please do not park in the driving lane
to wait or drop off your child. If you need to park or get out of your vehicle, please use
the designated parking spots. Be mindful of the handicapped parking spaces, the no
parking zones and the fire lanes.
Student Pick-Up

It is Halstead’s prioprity to ensure that children are released only to those adults on the
enrollment form for the child. A name card will be provided to show to teachers on
duty. All adults without a name card, must go to the office and present a state issued
driver’s license or ID to sign out the child through the office.

Students will only be released with the correct identification. Dismissal is at 3:15 PM.
Again, please use the lane closest (primary lane) to the curb for picking up 1st – 5th grade
students. Kindergarten will be picked up at the secondary drive through. Kindergarten
students with sibiling(s) in upper grades will be buddied with sibling and picked up
together at older sibiling(s’) primary pick up. The outside lane is for moving vehicles only.
Kindergarten students [without older sibiling(s)] are to be picked up on the left side of the
flagpole at the secondary drive through.
First grade students are to be picked up under the pecan trees next to the main entrance.
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


Second grade students are to be picked up on the right side of the flagpole.
Third grade students are to be picked up under the oak trees to the right of the bicycle rack.
Fourth grade students are to be picked up by the doors closest to the gym.
Fifth grade students are to be picked up by the bicycle racks.
Communication
A calendar of events, including the cafeteria menu, is sent home with each student monthly.
Classroom teachers send out newsletters, and the Parent Involvement Coordinator distributes
fliers for events of interest and parenting classes. Please watch the marquee and check the
campus website for important dates. An automated voice recording will also be used for
reminders and important messages.
Visitors
The main entrance to the school is under the blue awning located at the front of the building. All
visitors must have a photo ID (such as a driver’s license) and sign in at the office.
Volunteers
Parent volunteers are welcome at Hettie Halstead Elementary School. A background check and
volunteer orientation are required. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Parent
Involvement Coordinator.
Thank you for your support as we keep safety the number one priority
at Hettie Halstead Elementary!
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HOUSE CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
351 Lutheran Church Road, Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 518-3000 ~ Fax (254) 518-7400
Principal: Larea Gamble [email protected]
Campus Behavior Coordinator: Jodie Jost [email protected]
Assistant Principals: Jodie Jost [email protected]
Deanna Thompson [email protected]
Counselors: Lauren Hooten [email protected]
Amy Trimm [email protected]
School Hours
7:45 AM – 3:15 PM
Our campus opens at 7:15 AM and breakfast is served.
Staff members will be on duty to supervise children at 7:15 AM.
At 7:45 AM the tardy bell rings.
YMCA child care is available before and after school. Contact YMCA at (254) 634-5445 for
details.
Motto
It’s all about LEARNING at House Creek Elementary!
Belief Statement
The focus of House Creek Elementary is LEARNING.
Collaboration with home, school and the community
creates the best possible LEARNING environment.
Mission Statement
At House Creek Elementary, we provide a safe, supportive and fun environment
that promotes LEARNING for all students.
Vision Statement
House Creek Elementary will encourage, inspire and empower students
to strive for excellence in all pursuits, to develop a lifelong love for LEARNING,
and to become successful, contributing citizens in their communities and nation.
Adopt-A-School Unit
89th Military Police Brigade & 178th Military Police Detachment
We support our troops!
Visitors
When you visit our campus, please bring a picture ID and sign in at the front office.
The main entrance to the building faces Lutheran Church Road and parking is available in front.
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Communication
Please visit our web page at http://www.ccisd.com/Domain/1002 for information about our
campus, our calendar and details about upcoming events.
Volunteers
Volunteers are welcome and valued at House Creek. We have a wonderful PTA. They provide
many services for our students and are always ready to welcome new helping hands. Our
campus goal is to continue to expand volunteer opportunities in 2015-2016. If you are interested
in volunteering on our campus, please come in and check out the opportunities.
Morning Drop-Off Procedures
Kinder – 5th Grade Car Rider students may be dropped off in front of the building (enter on
Coy Drive and exit on Lutheran Church Road). Cars should pull along the curb. Staff members
will be on duty to assist students as they exit vehicles and enter the building. The front parking
lot is reserved for those who wish to park and enter the building with their child(ren). Please do
not pull through the parking lot to drop off students. This is a safety concern.
CCISD Bus and Daycare Bus riding students will be dropped off in the back parking lot in
front of the cafeteria. Staff members will be on duty to assist students and escort them inside.
Walkers will walk on the south sidewalk (near the back bus driveway on Coy Drive) and enter
through the gate behind the primary playground. Walkers may enter the building through the
main back doors. Bike Riders may park bikes at the bike rack and then enter through the main
back doors.
Kinder – 5th Grade Students Escorted by Parents – If you prefer to escort your child into the
school in the mornings, please park in the front parking lot (Lutheran Church Road side). If you
wish to enter the building, please cross at the crosswalk, bring your ID, and check in through the
front office.
Morning Routine
Students eating breakfast should immediately go to the cafeteria upon arrival. After eating
breakfast, students should go to their classrooms. Students who are not eating breakfast should
go to their classrooms immediately upon arrival.
Please Don’t Be TARDY!
The instructional day begins promptly at 7:45 AM. The tardy bell rings at 7:45 AM.
Afternoon Pick Up Procedures
To ensure student safety, requests to change the way a student
is dismissed must be received before 2:45 PM.
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Kindergarten Car Riders (and their siblings) will be picked up on the Coy Drive west side
along the curb. Students will wait inside the building until their car pulls up. Please be sure to
place the HCES pick up sign, which will be provided by your child’s teacher, in your front
window when you enter the pickup line each day. Additional car rider window signs are
available upon request.
1st – 5th Grade Car Riders will be picked up in front of the building on the Lutheran Church
Road side. Please be sure to place the HCES pick up sign, which will be provided by your
child’s teacher, in your front window when you enter the pickup line each day. (1st – 5th grade
students with Kindergarten siblings will join their younger siblings in the west side hallway on
the main/first floor and be dismissed together on the Coy Drive west side loop).
Buses (CCISD & Daycare) - Students will load at the back of the building. CCISD buses will
park along the curb. Daycare buses will park parallel and south of the CCISD buses. All
students will be escorted to CCISD and daycare buses.
WALKERS
Walking students will be dismissed from the rear of the building to walk on the sidewalk behind
the primary playground and exit the campus along the south sidewalk. Parents are encouraged to
meet their children at the intersection of the south sidewalk and Coy Drive. If you walk on
campus to meet your child, please wait at the gate behind the primary playground or along the
sidewalk to join your child. If your child should only be released to walk home with a
designated adult, you may indicate the arrangements on your dismissal procedures form. Your
child can be picked up north of the primary playground at the gate near the Kindergarten wing.
The person who picks up your child must present the campus provided Walker Pick Up Card in
order for your child to be released to him or her. Additional Walker Pick UP Cards are available
upon request.
BIKE RIDERS
Bike riders will be released after walkers and must walk their bikes off of school grounds.
PARENT WALK UPS AT DISMISSAL
In order to ensure student safety, ONLY car riders will be released at the upper Coy Drive west
loop curb and at the Lutheran Church Road front curb at dismissal time. To avoid confusion,
ensure student safety, and speed up the dismissal process, these areas are reserved for car rider
pick up ONLY at dismissal time.
Please DO NOT walk up to the Coy Drive west loop sidewalk or the front Lutheran Church
Road sidewalk to pick up your child. Walking adults and/or children in these areas cause
concern because of the high volume of traffic, the danger created by people, especially children,
walking between cars, and the delay it causes in the car rider pick up line. Our goal is to separate
the walking and vehicle traffic as much as possible. Therefore, walking parents should plan to
meet their children along the south sidewalk.
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Supervision of students begins at 7:15 AM.
Students eating breakfast should go directly to the cafeteria upon arrival.
Kinder – 5th grade car rider morning drop off – Lutheran Church Road loop
Older siblings always go to younger siblings at dismissal/pick up time.
Kindergarten car riders (and their siblings) will be loaded into vehicles at the upper
Coy Drive loop at dismissal time.
1st – 5th grade car riders will be loaded into vehicles at the front Lutheran Church
Road loop at dismissal time.
Walkers will exit from the gym down the south sidewalk to leave campus.
Walking parents should meet their children on the south sidewalk.
Walkers who are to be released only to a designated adult will be picked up north of the
primary playground at the gate near the Kindergarten wing.
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J. L. WILLIAMS/LOVETT LEDGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
909 Courtney Lane
254-542-3070
FAX: 254-542-3348
Principal:
Marla Sullivan [email protected]
Campus Behavior Coordinator:
Marla Sullivan [email protected]
Assistant Principals:
Billie Diaz [email protected]
Deanna Thomspon [email protected]
Counselors:
Amy Trimm [email protected]
Andrea Hoffman [email protected]
Mission Statement: The mission of Williams/Ledger Elementary is to provide a high quality
education in a safe, nurturing environment where all students are valued as unique learners and
all parents are valued as partners in our school community.
Belief Statement: We believe that all students can excel academically and behaviorally when
provided with high expectations and a caring, supportive environment that promotes community
partnerships.
Motto: “Preparing Today’s Students to become Tomorrow’s Leaders”
Volunteers: Parent volunteers are welcome at J. L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary. If you
have time to volunteer, please contact our title I coordinators, Sherri Laumand or Debbie Payne.
Adopt-A-School Unit: 182 Field Artillery 1st Cavalry
We support our troops!
Schedule:
7:15 a.m.
Building Opens
7:15-7:45 a.m.
Breakfast is Served
K, 1st & 2nd – Cafeteria
3rd, 4th & 5th – North Gym
3:15 p.m. K – 5
dismissed
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*If you are unable to meet the time schedule for drop off or pick up, YMCA child care is available before
and after school. Please contact YMCA at 254-634-5445 for details.
*Our main office is located in the Williams (South) building. When visiting our campus, please have a
photo ID available when you sign-in.
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
1. The morning drop off time begins at 7:15 a.m.
2. Except in emergencies, we do not make changes to the way a student will get home after
2:30 p.m. each day.
3. Schoolwide parent drop off is in the back parking lot of the school next to the cafeteria.
All students will also be dismissed in the back parking lot for parent pick up.
4. Buses drop off and pick up at the front of the school on the Ledger (North) side.
5. Daycare buses drop off and pick up on the Williams (South) side.
6. When picking up your child in the afternoons, please use the outside lane by the curb; a
school representative will call your child’s name and assist him/her to your car. Please
have the name sheet on the dash visible for school personnel to read to keep the flow of
traffic going smoothly and quickly.
7. Parents are welcome to park in a designated spot and walk your child inside the
school.
8. For student safety, please do not let your child out in the middle of the parking lot.
9. Please remember to use the outside lane next to the curb for drop off and pick up.
The speed limit in the parking lot is 5 mph. This is a cell phone free zone.
10. The staff at J. L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary is dedicated to ensuring the safety
of your child.
Thank you for your support in helping us to keep safety the number one priority at
J. L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary.
Important things to know about being part of the
OWL (Outstanding Williams/Ledger) Family:
1. We are a PBIS (Positive Behavior Support) campus and have implemented the Safe & Civil
Schools framework for maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment.
2. Our goal is to celebrate students making positive choices.
3. We prioritize student achievement at all levels and use goal-setting as a tool for attaining
high achievement.
4. We value PARENT and COMMUNITY partnerships!
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5. We have high expectations of our students and ourselves. We expect our students to give
100% effort every day and we pledge to do the same.
6. We promote high attendance and have a goal of 97% daily attendance.
7. We communicate through monthly campus newsletters, our website and our marquee.
Additionally, our teachers communicate through email, Remind 101, and newsletters.
8. As a title I campus, all teachers are required to hold at least one face-to-face conference
with all parents. Our goal is to complete this prior to Christmas.
9. We request that parents schedule conferences by calling or emailing ahead of time.
10. We value your input and will ask you to participate in surveys throughout the year.
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MARTIN WALKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
100 FM 3046
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-2283
Principal: Amanda Crawley [email protected]
Assistant Principal: Rebekah Shuck [email protected]
Campus Behavior Coordinator: Rebekah Shuck [email protected]
Counselor: Pearline Walker [email protected]
School Hours
7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
7:15 a.m. – Building Opens
7:15- 7:35 a.m. – Breakfast Served
7:15-7:40 a.m. - Morning Jumpstart & Homework Club
KG & 1st grade students wait in cafeteria
2nd- 5th grade students wait in gym
7:45 a.m. – Tardy Bell rings
Motto
“Where Kids Come First!”
School Rating
Martin Walker Elementary "Met Standard" according to 2014
State Accountability Standards and earned 5 distinctions
from the state!
Academic Achievement in Mathematics
Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA
Top 25% Student Progress
Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps
Post-Secondary Readiness
Belief Statement
We believe that all students can excel when provided with high expectations for both academic
achievement and exemplary behavior, partnered with a supportive environment at school and at
home.
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Mission Statement
The mission of Martin Walker Elementary School is to provide a high-quality education while
creating lifelong learners, by providing a safe, nurturing environment, and maintaining a
cooperative, productive relationship with our families and the community.
Parent Information
Welcome to Martin Walker Elementary School! We value parents as partners in the educational
process. We welcome your help in the classroom, on our advisory committees (PAC, SBDM), in the
PTA and as home volunteers. Ask us how YOU can assist us in educating your child.
Visitors
The Main entrance to the school is located at the front of the building. All visitors must have a state
picture ID and sign in at the office.
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
Supervision is not provided for students dropped off prior to 7:15 a.m. If you are unable to drop off
or pick up your student at these times, YMCA child care is available before and after school. Contact
YMCA at 254-634-5445 for details.
The morning drop off time begins at 7:15 a.m.
Parents picking up students should remain in their vehicle and present their student pick up card to a
staff member. A staff member will locate and escort your child to the car. Please do not park or leave
vehicles unattended in the pick-up lanes. If you wish to visit the office or pick your student up in
person, parking is available in designated areas. Picking up your student before assigned dismissal
time is disruptive to the learning process and impacts his/her ability to learn.
Walking parents should meet their children at the designated pick-up location with their car tag in
hand. If you do not have your car tag, you must have your driver’s license and be listed on the
student’s registration card as approved to pick up the student.
We do not make changes to the way a student will get home after 2:15 p.m. each day.
More Information
Martin Walker Elementary website http://www.ccisd.com/Domain/796
Check out the For Parents Tab
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Lunch
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We welcome you to come eat lunch with your child.
We ask that you sit at the parent table and only with your child. This will help us ensure the safety
and security of all students.
Please bring food for your child only. We cannot allow you to bring food for another student.
Please do not accompany your child to lunch recess.
Please do not accompany your child back to their classroom. If you would like to volunteer or
observe in your child’s classroom, we would love to talk with you about that process. Just ask any
of our front office staff. Volunteers are a valuable part of the educational process.
Only store bought cupcakes are allowed for student birthday celebrations. These cupcakes may not
be served in the cafeteria but will be offered to students in the classroom after 2:00 p.m.
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JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS
(Grades 6 – 8)
Copperas Cove Junior High
S.C. Lee Junior High
702 Sunny Street
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 547-6959
Fax (254) 518-2620
1205 Courtney Lane
Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone (254) 542-7877
Fax (254) 542-8103
Principal - Randy Troub
Campus Behavior Coordinator –
Julie Kearney
Asst. Principal - Julie Kearney
Asst. Principal - Stephen Simecek
Counselor - Janet Carlton
Counselor – Sarah Delozier
Principal - Kayleen Love
Campus Behavior Coordinator –
Kayleen Love
Asst. Principal - Patrick Crawley
Asst. Principal – Rhonda Brown
Counselor - Maggie Velarde
Counselor – Melissa Dewald
Mission Statement
The mission of the Copperas Cove ISD Junior High Schools is to educate and empower our
students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens, while providing a safe and
orderly environment.
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Class Schedule
1st
8:10-8:57
2nd
9:02-9:48
3rd
9:5310:39
6-1
4th
10:4411:30
5th
11:3512:21
6th
12:261:12
7th
1:17-2:03
8th
2:08-2:54
9th
2:59-3:45
Enrich
10:3911:00
Lunch
11:0011:30
6-2
7-1
Enrich
11:3011:51
Lunch
11:5112:21
7-2
8-1
Enrich
12:2112:42
Lunch
12:421:12
8-2
Building Opens
Breakfast Served
Tardy Bell
7:30 a.m.
7:35 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
8:10 a.m.
Before School and After School Procedures
Students are to be dropped off at the flag pole in front of the school.
The junior high campuses open at 7:30 a.m. Students who arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m.
will not be supervised or allowed inside the building.
Students who walk or ride a bike should leave campus immediately upon the release of school.
Those students who ride buses should report to the assigned area. Students who are left on
campus after school will not be supervised past the end of the school day unless they are on
campus for a co/extra-curricular activity, tutorials or a disciplinary consequence. Students who
loiter on campus will be assigned a disciplinary consequence.
For students of driving age, student parking is not available at the junior highs.
Book Bags and Large Items
Book bags, large coats, over-sized hoodies, and other large items are not allowed in classrooms
and should be placed in the student’s locker at the beginning of the school day. Jackets and
hoodies must comply with the dress code.
Cell Phones
"For safety purposes, the devices must be TURNED OFF PRIOR TO ARRIVING ON CAMPUS
AND ARE TO BE STORED IN THE STUDENT'S LOCKER FOR THE DURATION OF THE
SCHOOL DAY unless approved for use in the classroom for instructional purposes. Once the
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dismissal bell rings at the end of the day, students are permitted to use their cell phones for
communication purposes as long as they exit the building. A student must have approval to
possess other telecommunication devices such as net books, laptops, tablets, or other portable
computers, to be used only for approved instructional purposes.
The use of any device capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in locker rooms or
restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event.
If a student violates the above stated rule by failing to store their phone in their locker, discipline
consequences may be assigned. If the student uses the device without authorization while on
campus, the device will be confiscated and the student or parent may pick up the device from the
principal’s office for a fee of $15.
Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The district
will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunication devices.
Other Personal Electronic Devices
Students are not permitted to possess or use personal electronic devices such as MP3 players,
video or audio recorders, DVD players, cameras, games, or other electronic devices at school,
unless prior permission has been obtained. Without such permission, teachers will collect the
items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether to return
items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items.
Closed Campus
Students are not allowed to leave campus during the school day without a slip from the office.
Once students arrive on campus they are expected to stay. Students who leave campus without
permission from the office will be subject to disciplinary action.
Co/Extra-Curricular Activities
Students below the high school level have the opportunity to participate in a number of extracurricular and co-curricular activities during the junior high years. The main purpose of these
programs is to encourage students to experience new activities and become a part of the
school experience prior to entering high school. These programs encourage students to exhibit
good behavior, maintain passing grades, and develop positive work habits to maintain an active
status in the organizations.
Students participating in all activities do so at the expense of school budgets, fund-raising
activities, and/or personal funding. Therefore, the following procedures are in effect:
1. Each junior high will make available to students the opportunity for participation in Band,
Cheerleading, Athletics, Choir, Junior Historians, Yearbook, Student Council, Fellowship
of Christian Athletes and National Junior Honor Society.
2. The number of active participants and selection process for all organizations will be the
responsibility of the campus administration.
Guidelines for contests and competitions can be found in policy FMF(Local).
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National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society is an honorary club for selected 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, citizenship and service. The
National Junior Honor Society is a school-based organization dedicated to creating an
enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulating a desire to render service, promoting leadership and
encouraging the development of character and citizenship in all students. To be considered for
membership, a student must:
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Have attended the junior high campus the previous semester
Exhibit good character
Have an average of 85 or better in all classes
Be recommended by a faculty member
For more information on this organization, contact the campus advisor.
Counseling Information
The counseling program offers students help in the selection of classes and scheduling, as well as
guidance for any problems that the students may have. Students may sign up to see the
counselor during passing periods.
Discipline Information
Consistent disciplinary consequences are an integral part of the success of both campuses.
Students are required to follow the Student Code of Conduct that has been adopted by the
district. Failure to do so will result in one or more of the following consequences: Campus
Community Service, Lunch Detention, Principal Detention (Mon.-Fri.), Thursday School
(Thurs., 3:50-6:15 p.m.), Saturday Detention (Sat. 8:30-11:30 a.m.), In-School Suspension (ISS),
Out-of-School Suspension and Placement in DAEP. Students who are assigned ISS one time
will not be allowed to attend extra-curricular activities for 3 weeks following their placement.
Students who are assigned to ISS 2 or more times, are suspended more than 2 total days, or are
placed in DAEP, will not be permitted to attend extra-curricular activities for the remainder of
the school year.
Students in ISS will complete a character building and decision-making packet as the
requirement of the program. Students are responsible for keeping up with their missed work
while they are in ISS. Failure to complete the packet or follow the guidelines will result in a
more severe disciplinary consequence.
Dress Code
Please see the Junior High dress code on page 40.
Tattoos must be covered up at all times.
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Food Service
Both junior highs offer a variety of hot food choices in the cafeteria and the snack bar. Money
can be deposited into student accounts for use in both lunch lines. Free and reduced lunch
applications are available in the office.
If parents plan on joining their student for lunch, please do not bring any food for any other
students. Federal law requires that students eat foods offered at school or foods furnished by
their parent only. Please do not bring cake or candy of any kind to share with students other than
your own.
School Websites and Parental Access to Homework
Homework can be accessed through the campus websites. These links include upcoming
information as well as information for current student reviews. Parents may also access student
grades at any time through the Family Access. Please see office personnel for a password to the
Family Access.
Homework Requests
Requests for homework for an absent student should be made through the front office.
Generally, any request made before 10 a.m. can be granted by 3:45 p.m. of that same day.
Homework may be picked up in the front office.
Illness at School
The school nurse is either in the office or on call every day. Students who are ill should report to
the nurse’s office with a pass. Students with fever will be sent home and may not return to
school until 24 hours after the fever has broken. All other illnesses will be handled at the nurse’s
discretion. No student will be allowed to go home without parental contact.
Interruptions of the School Day
Classes will not be interrupted for non-academic reasons. Parents – please communicate with
your child regarding transportation issues before arriving at school. Students will not be called
from class for an appointment until the parent arrives in the office. The phone in the front office
is for emergencies only (missing bus, canceled event). If you are bringing a forgotten lunch,
homework, house key, sport equipment, or if you need to leave a message for your child, you
must contact the office by 11:05 a.m.
Gifts, flowers, balloons, etc. are disruptions to the learning environment and will not be delivered
to students.
Library Information
Books may be checked out for two weeks and may be renewed for longer periods of time.
Students are required to pay the replacement price for any book that is lost, damaged, or defaced
while it is checked out in their name.
Locker Information
Lockers at the junior high schools are district property and are subject to periodic checks to
insure that they are being kept clean and orderly. Lockers may also be checked whenever
reasonable suspicion of violation of school policy exists. Students should report needed locker
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repairs to their Team Leader. Locker combinations are not to be shared. Students are not allowed
to share lockers.
Parent Information
Parents are encouraged to take an active role in the education process of their student by
providing him/her with support, guidance, and discipline throughout his or her public school
experience. Development of continuous communication between parents and staff via e-mails,
phone calls, meetings, newsletters, and school websites, allows for understanding of the other’s
environment and expectations. Family Access is available to allow parents to see their child’s
updated grades. Please see the front office secretary for information on access to this service.
Prohibited Items
Sharpies
Electronic Games/Toys
Laser Pointers
Gum
Music Devices
Trading Cards
Knives
Chains
Matches/Lighters
Fireworks
Schedule Change Information
All initial requests for schedule changes must be through the counselor’s office. Schedule
changes will only be made to accommodate the educational needs of the student, to improve
instruction or to balance class sizes. Changing schedules for personal or social reasons will not
be approved.
STAAR Acceleration
Students who fail one or more portions of the state mandated STAAR test will be placed in a
STAAR acceleration class as replacement for one of the student’s electives.
TEAM/Teacher Conferences
Appointments for conferences with academic teams and/or individual teachers should be made in
advance. Individual teacher conferences are arranged by the specific teacher. Team Conferences
should be arranged through the front office.
Tutorials
Tutorials are held both before and after school on both campuses. All students are encouraged to
attend tutorials. The district does not provide transportation for students attending tutorials. It is
the responsibility of the student and parent to make arrangements to attend tutorials. Individual
teacher tutorial schedules will be available upon request or by checking the campus web-site.
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COPPERAS COVE HIGH SCHOOL
400 South 25th Street Copperas Cove, TX Phone: (254) 547-2534
Administrative Staff
Principal – Miguel Timarky
Campus Behavior Coordinator – Miguel Timarky
Assistant Principals
9 Grade – Andrea Knighton-West
10th Grade – Joe Underwood
11th Grade – Shay Adams
12th Grade – Daniel Dodson
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Counselors
9 Grade – Sherce Hampton, Lead
10th Grade – Belinda Juarez
11th Grade – Diane Lovett
12th Grade – John Avritt
Special Programs Counselor – Marcella London
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Academic Registrar - Andrea Bowsher
Student Activities and Academic Coordinator - Amal Baty
Director of College & Career Readiness – Russell Porterfield
Coordinator of Special Programs – Cynthia Kostroun
Athletic Director - Jack Welch, Ed.D.
Bell Schedule
7:50 am
Cafeteria & Large Commons Opens
8:25 am
School Day Begins
3:25 pm
School Day Ends
Tutorials
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
3:30 to 4:10 pm
Tutorial Bus Pickup
4:15 pm
Morning Tutorials by appointment.
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CCHS Vision Statement
In cooperation with parents and community, Copperas Cove High School will foster the
development of 21st century knowledge and skills that students will need to succeed as effective
citizens, workers, and leaders.
CCHS Mission Statement
The mission of Copperas Cove High School is to align safe classroom environments with real
world experiences. The professional and support staff will challenge students with rigorous
curricular and rich extra-curricular opportunities. As responsible learners, students will
demonstrate academic and technological skills in creativity, communication, collaboration, and
critical thinking and will hold themselves accountable for their own academic and
developmental progress.
School Colors
Blue- symbolizing vigilance, perseverance, and justice
Gold- symbolizing scholarship, knowledge, and vision
School Motto
Where Students Become Champions
School Mascot
Bulldawg
Alma Mater
Hail to our Alma Mater,
Glory be to thee.
Hail to our Alma Mater,
Ever true we’ll be.
Our colors blue and gold
That wave o’er years untold Remind us of our love
We hold for Copperas Cove.
Hail to our Alma Mater,
Glory be to thee,
Hail to our Alma Mater,
Loyal are we.
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Foreword
This handbook contains information needed by both students and parents throughout the school year and
is provided to assist with the orderly operation of the school. Every situation cannot be listed, but an
attempt is made to consolidate regulations and provide information.
If you have questions concerning the content, you should contact your designated counselor or assistant
principal.
Principal’s Message
Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2015 – 2016 school year! I hope that you had a safe and fun summer! I’d like to
welcome all Bulldawgs back for another fantastic year. If you are a new student I look forward to
getting to know you as we strive for excellence.
If I could give our students one piece of advice as they embark, continue, and conclude their time
at Copperas Cove High School I would encourage you to ‘do the right thing’. In school and in
life, there will be times in which you have to make tough decisions. As long as you ‘do the right
thing’ you will be well served.
We have a rich tradition of academic and extracurricular success at Copperas Cove High School.
Our highly qualified staff works hard to provide an education that matches our district vision: a
foundation of excellence, a future of success. It is my hope that we fulfill our vision and help
students as they strive to achieve their goals. I encourage students to take advantage of the
numerous CTE and dual credit opportunities available as you lay the groundwork for your future
of success.
We have high expectations of ourselves, students, and the community. I am proud to lead a school
that is supported by the community in a way that enriches the lives of our students. One of my
mottos is ‘one body, one team’. This means that we are all in this together and work to strengthen
the education provided to students through positive relationships and teamwork. With your
support we will make this a remarkable year at Copperas Cove High School.
Our teachers and support staff are excited about the opportunities they will have to work with you
during the 2015-2016 school year. Again, I am looking forward to what the future holds for the
students of Copperas Cove High School.
Safety first, students always!
Miguel Timarky, Principal
Copperas Cove High School
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Academics
Advanced Courses – Pre-AP and AP (Advanced Placement)
College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide students with the opportunity to obtain
high school credit in certain subjects while pursuing college-level studies. These rigorous courses
also afford students an opportunity to receive advanced placement or credit upon entering college.
Certain AP courses may not be offered due to insufficient enrollment. For more information, refer
to your course description book or see your counselor.
Taking an advanced course (Pre-AP and/or AP) is a collaborative effort between the student,
parent/guardian, and the school. Parents and students must carefully consider course requirements
in light of student readiness, commitment, and personal schedule when deciding to take an
advanced course. The school provides rigorous instruction and challenging course content in
accordance with guidelines by the College Board for AP courses.
The student must make the following commitments in order to be successful in the enrolled course:
1. Be organized and plan on putting forth maximum effort;
2. Notify teachers when falling behind in class readings and/or assignments;
3. Complete assignments, readings and projects outside of class time; and
4. Attend tutorials if grade falls below a 75 at any point during the course/grading period.
Schedule Changes
1. Must be made by the Friday before progress reports are issued for the second grading
period (fall semester) or the Friday before progress reports are issued for the fifth grading
period (only allowed for single semester courses in the spring semester).
2. A parent/teacher conference must be held to discuss possible interventions.
3. Submit all course assignments prior to being removed from the advanced course.
4. Open seats must exist in course requesting.
Grading
Refer to the grading guidelines and policies regarding Pre-AP/AP grading weights. No late work
will be accepted in AP courses.
Fees and AP Exams
Additional materials for Pre-AP/AP courses may be required. Students will be required to pay a
portion of the AP Exam fee by the announced date. Students will take the AP Exam on its scheduled
date and time as outlined by the College Board. Students who are absent from AP testing due to
illness may be able to take a make-up exam if proper documentation is provided for the absence.
Students will not be able to retake an AP exam toward earning enhanced credit. Contact the AP
Coordinator with any questions or concerns.
Algebra I and Geometry
Students who fail all or part of Algebra I or Geometry should consider attending summer school.
Copperas Cove High School students who do not have one Algebra I credit or one Geometry credit
at the beginning of the next school year following the failure shall be required to take Algebra I or
Geometry in an accelerated course offered the following semester.
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Regular Courses – Scheduling Procedures
The administration determines the number of courses to be taught and assigns the teachers to the
course sections based on the students’ course selection sheets and other student needs.
Therefore, students are expected to remain committed to their selections during the year.
Schedules will be issued the first day of school or mailed home prior to the first day, if completed.
Students will follow these schedules for the entire year. Schedule changes will be considered based
on misaligned placement, lack of prerequisites, error in enrollment, scheduling conflict, or
placement in band, UIL, choir, or co-op. All requests for schedule changes must be initiated
through the respective counselor. Pre-AP/AP courses may not be dropped after the Friday before
progress reports are issued for the second grading period (fall semester) or the Friday before
progress reports are issued for the fifth grading period (only allowed for single semester courses
in the spring semester).
Add/Drop Policy
Adding or dropping a course, to include honor course electives, cannot be done after the fifth day
of the start of the course.
Changes in the student’s schedule after registration should be avoided and will only be considered
for students who:
a. need a course for graduation and cannot take it later; a senior student who changes a
course before the end of the sixth week may enroll in a course required for graduation
without penalty and receive credit upon successful completion.
b. are assigned to a class previously passed; or
c. need to take Band, UIL, Choir, Co-Op (drop/add same period only).
Students who elect to drop a dual credit course after the official Central Texas College course
attendance has been taken will be required to reimburse CCHS the cost of the course.
Enrollment in mathematics or science zip classes must occur within the first five days of the
semester.
A student who drops a course after the fourth week of a six week period will automatically receive
a failing grade.
Auditing a Course
If a student has previously passed and received credit for a course, that student may retake the
course only to strengthen skills in that subject. Audited courses will not be posted on the transcript,
will not be awarded grade points, and will not be used to determine class rank and grade point
average. Courses may be audited only in summer school. Students may not audit courses during
the regular school year or in the Learning Center. Students auditing courses in summer school must
pay the full summer school tuition and be subject to all summer school rules and guidelines for
attendance and behavior. Students will be allowed to audit summer school classes on a space
available basis.
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Class Rank
Grade point average (GPA) shall be used for ranking high school students. A student’s class ranking
shall be determined within the graduation class of the school year in which the student completes
all requirements for a diploma, regardless of the number of years the student is enrolled in the high
school. Class rank is calculated at the end of each semester. For information on how to calculate
the cumulative GPA, see policy EIC(LOCAL).
Correspondence Courses / Credit by Exam (CBE) / Credit by Exam for Acceleration
(EA)
Correspondence Courses
Students may earn no more than two credits through correspondence courses. Students who desire
to register for a correspondence course must get prior approval from the counselor. The counselor
will serve as the supervisor for the course and may administer the final examination for the course.
All correspondence course lessons and tests must be completed by the end of the second six
weeks in the spring semester (the end of the fifth six weeks). Grades from correspondence
courses will not be averaged with other grades to determine class rank [EIC(Local)].
Credit by Exam (CBE) – With Prior Instruction [EHDB(Legal); EHDB (Local)]
Credit by Exam (CBE), with prior instruction, is available to students who had some prior
instruction in a course. Students may gain credit through CBE by scoring 70 percent on an
examination of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the applicable course. The
principal, designee, or the attendance review committee, as applicable, shall have the authority to
offer a student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in a subject or earn course credit by
examination when the student has had prior instruction in a subject and when:
1. The student is enrolling in the District from a nonaccredited school;
2. The student has failed a subject or course; or
3. The student has earned a passing grade in a subject or course but has failed to earn credit
because of excessive absences.
Prior to offering a student an opportunity to demonstrate mastery or earn credit by this method, an
appropriate District employee shall review the student’s educational records to determine whether
the student has had prior instruction in the subject or course. Contact your counselor to discuss
this credit option and to get the registration forms. Grades from CBE will not be averaged with
other grades to determine class rank [EIC(Local)].
Credit by Exam for Acceleration (EA) – Without Prior Instruction [EHDC(Legal); EHDC(Local)]
Credit by Exam for Acceleration (EA), without prior instruction, allows students to be awarded
individual course credit based on successful (80%) testing on an approved course test. The
examinations for the specific courses are developed by The University of Texas at Austin. [Note:
Currently, EA is not available for courses which require a STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exam.] A
student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course more than
two times. If a student fails to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course before
the beginning of the school year in which the student would be enrolled in that course in
accordance with the District’s prescribed course sequence, the student must satisfactorily complete
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the course to receive credit for the course. These tests are administered four times a year, and
students must meet a registration deadline. No more than two credits can be earned through credit
by exam for acceleration. Contact your counselors to discuss this credit option and to get the
registration forms. Grades from EA will not be averaged with other grades to determine class rank
[EIC(Local)].
Credit Recovery
Credit recovery may be offered during either semester or in the summer, based on available
funding. These classes are offered to students based on need determined by school staff. Contact
your counselor to review credit recovery options.
Dual Credit
Various opportunities are available for students to possibly earn high school and college credit
simultaneously. Furthermore, seniors may be provided “release” periods to take certain dual credit
courses at Central Texas College. Students who are interested in dual credit should see their
counselor.
Grade-Level Advancement
The minimum number of course credits required for grade-level classifications are as follows:
Sophomore – 7 credits, Junior – 14 credits, Senior – 20 credits.
Changes in the grade-level classification will be made at the beginning of the fall semester. Credits
are adjusted for students coming from schools that do not have eight courses per semester.
Students will also be eligible to be reclassified at the beginning of the spring semester.
Reclassification will be based upon the following criteria: Sophomore – 10 credits, Junior – 16
credits, and Senior – 24 credits.
Grading Guidelines and Procedures
In accordance with policy, [EIA(LOCAL)], a student shall be permitted a reasonable opportunity
to redo an assignment or retake a test for which the student received a failing grade.
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Reasonable opportunity shall mean that the parent or student contacts the teacher within
ten school days from the time the grade is posted in the online gradebook and/or the
assignment is returned to the student, whichever is later, to schedule a mutually agreeable
time to redo the assignment or retake a test.
The test or assignment must be over the same standards but may be in a different format
from the original assignment or test.
Prior to retaking the test or being allowed to redo an assignment, the student shall attend a
minimum of one tutorial on the targeted academic skill.
In all courses (AP, Pre-AP, Regular) the maximum grade a student can earn on a redo is a
70.
Should a student wish to make up an assignment or retake a test for which he/she received
a failing grade during a six weeks grading period, the time frame for availing
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himself/herself of that opportunity may be significantly shortened due to the fact that all
grades must be earned within the six weeks grading period.
Final exams are not eligible for retest.
The end of year Advanced Placement exams are governed by the College Board. All Dual
Credit exams and assignments are governed by the sponsoring university/college.
Should a student not turn in an assignment by the due date, 10 points may be deducted for
each day it is late, with the maximum allowed deduction being 30 points.
At the high school, late work may not be accepted after the third consecutive school day
(ex: assignment is due on Monday, assignment may not be accepted after Thursday.)
Should a failing grade be earned due to submitting the assignment late, an opportunity to
redo the assignment will not be provided.
No late work will be accepted for AP courses.
If the student missed an in-class assignment because he/she was out due to an excused
absence, the student will be allowed appropriate time to submit the assignment without
penalty.
If the student missed a due date because he/she was out due to an excused absence, the student
shall submit the assignment the day he/she returns or attends class, whichever is sooner. I.E. the
assignment was assigned in a previous class period in which the student was present.
Make-up Work
Upon the student’s return to school, he/she will be permitted to make up assignments or tests after
absences. It is the student’s responsibility to make necessary arrangements with the teacher.
The student will be allowed three consecutive school days to make up the assigned work; failure
to do so within the time allotted will result in a grade of zero for the assignment.
Students who are absent on the day a long-term assignment or project is due must turn in
the assignment or project the first time the student returns to that class. The additional three
day policy does not apply.
Grading – Incomplete Grades
If grades are incomplete at the end of a grading period, the teacher will record an “I” for incomplete
on the report card. Incomplete grades must be cleared within ten school days. Students with
incomplete grades are ineligible for UIL activities until the “I” is cleared.
Grading Weights
Promotion and course credit shall be based on mastery of the curriculum. Course assignments and
unit evaluations shall be used to determine student grades in a subject. An average of 70 or higher
shall be considered a passing grade.
Definitions:
Formative assessment is an assessment for learning that provides the teacher with information used
to adjust instruction and provide the student with feedback in order to increase learning. Formative
assessment has low or no point value. Some examples may include:
 Quizzes
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In-class practice
Quick writes / free-writing
Labs (as part of the learning process)
Rough drafts of essays
Observations
Summative assessment is an assessment of learning that determines to what extent students know
and understand information that was taught. Some examples may include:
 Unit assessments
 Final copies of essays
 Major projects
 Semester and final exams
Category Weights by Course Type
Regular Classes
 Formative Grades 40%
 Summative Grades 60%
Pre-AP
 Formative Grades 30%
 Summative Grades 70%
AP / Dual Credit Courses
AP and Dual Credit courses are designed to be college level courses. Grading in these courses will
be dictated by the course syllabus. A minimum number of grades is not required.
 Formative Grades 20%
 Summative Grades 80%
ZIP Courses (High School) (see note below)
 Minor Grades 40%
 Major Grades 60%
Note: ZIP courses are accelerated courses where students meet daily rather than on a block schedule. These
students complete two six weeks of work each six weeks. The parent should understand that a progress report
reflects a full six weeks of work. Students will receive grades on an official report card three marking periods.
The first and second marking period each reflect twelve weeks of work. The third marking period reflects the
student’s final average for the course. Students, parents, and teachers must be vigilant in monitoring the
student’s progress.
Semester tests will count 20% of the semester grade. The remaining 80% of the semester grade
will be the average of the three six weeks in the semester.
Grade-level advancement for students in grades 9-12 shall be earned by course credits.
Graduation
To receive a high school diploma from the district, a student must successfully:
 Complete the required number of credits;
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Meet performance standards on required state assessments.
Graduation – Early (Less than 4 years)
To be eligible to graduate in less than four years, the student shall complete all course work and
any required state assessments required of the ninth grade class in which he or she begins high
school. Students wishing to graduate early shall notify their counselor, ideally by the end of the
student’s sophomore year in high school.
Early graduates shall not be allowed to displace a four-year graduate in determining the top ten
graduates. Early graduates shall not be eligible for the honors positions of valedictorian or
salutatorian nor for the top ten graduate positions, regardless of GPA.
The highest rank that can be earned by an early graduate shall be number 11 in the graduating
class. If more than one early graduate has a GPA high enough to fall within the top ten of the fouryear graduates, then the early graduate shall be ranked on the basis of the number of credits earned
(i.e. classes successfully completed). The early graduate with the most credits shall be ranked as
number 11; the early graduate with the next largest number of credits shall be number 12, and so
on. An early graduate whose rank is below that of the top ten four-year graduates shall be ranked
with the rest of the graduating class as if he or she were a four-year graduate.
A senior student, with parent and counselor approval, may finish graduation requirements early.
The diploma will not be issued until graduation in the spring.
Graduation Activities and Participation Requirements
All students who participate in graduation must successfully fulfill all credit and state
assessment requirements. For further information, see policy EIF(LEGAL) and FMH(LOCAL).
Graduation is a formal event focused on honoring students who have met the guidelines established
by the state of Texas and Copperas Cove ISD to receive their diplomas. All students who
participate in graduation must successfully fulfill all credit and state assessment requirements.
Foreign exchange students are not eligible to graduate or to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Each year the senior sponsors and administrators set up all of the details of the graduation
activities. Graduation activities include a commencement ceremony. Other events may be arranged
by senior sponsors and administrators to honor graduating students.
Any graduation candidate who misrepresents the school in any manner that is deemed
inappropriate by the school administration may result in exclusion from the senior activities as
stated in the graduation contract.
A student who completes his/her high school graduation requirements in a Disciplinary Alternative
Education Placement (DAEP) shall not be eligible to participate in the Copperas Cove High School
commencement exercises or related social events.
Crossroads High School is a school of choice and is a separate high school with different
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graduation requirements. Crossroads High School students shall not participate in the Copperas
Cove High School commencement exercises. Crossroads High School students may participate in
Copperas Cove High School social events, such as prom, with approval from both campus
principals.
Graduation Expenses
Because students and parents will incur expenses in order to participate in the traditions of
graduation– such as the purchase of invitations, senior ring, cap and gown, and senior picture–
both student and parent should monitor progress toward completion of all requirements for
graduation. The expenses often are incurred in the junior year or first semester of the senior year.
Graduation Highest Honors: Valedictorian and Salutatorian
See Policy EIC(Local)
The valedictorian shall be the student with the highest grade point average (GPA). The salutatorian
shall have the second highest GPA. The average shall be based on all courses taken in high school.
Graduating class of 2018 and beyond: the average shall be based on all eligible courses taken in
high school. The average shall be calculated at the end of the fifth grading period. The GPA shall
include Advanced Placement (AP) weight for an AP course if the student has been enrolled in the
course in either the fall or spring semester of that school year and has paid for the corresponding
AP exam. In addition, beginning with the freshman class of 2010-2011, the GPA shall include Dual
Credit weight for Dual Credit courses for each semester that the student completes a dual credit
course.
To qualify for the valedictorian or salutatorian speech, a student shall not have engaged in any
serious misconduct or violation of the Student Code of Conduct, including removal to a Discipline
Alternative Education Program, a three-day suspension, or an expulsion.
Graduation Speakers
The senior class president will speak during the opening address of the graduation ceremony. The
purpose of the address will be to introduce the event; honor the occasion, the participants, and
those in attendance; bring the audience to attention; present the senior class gift; and introduce
special guests. The opening address will be limited to two minutes, not including the introduction
of special guests or presentation of the class gift. To qualify for a graduation speech, a student shall
not have engaged in any serious misconduct or violation of the Student Code of Conduct, including
removal to a Discipline Alternative Education Program, a three-day suspension, or an expulsion.
The following guidelines will be used to determine graduation speakers:
 Opening Address –Senior class president will give the speech. If senior class president
does not meet the criteria as outlined in the handbook and policy then the speech will be
given through succession of office. [For student speakers at other school events, see
FNA(LOCAL).]
 Valedictory Address – Ranked #1 in graduating class
 Salutatory Address – Ranked #2 in graduating class
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Graduation – Special Recognition
Students are allowed to wear 3 honor cords to signify individual academic achievement in
addition to the NHS Placard during the graduation ceremony. Individual academic achievement is
defined as placing first, second, or third at State UIL and/or competing in a National non-UIL
competition. In addition, students will present their request, with evidence of the honor(s), to
receive special recognition (determined to be an honor cord) to a site-based committee. The
committee will possess full discretion in determining the provided stipulations have been met.
Semester Exams
Examinations covering a semester of schoolwork will be given at the end of each semester.
Semester exams must be administered according to the schedule established by the administration.
Early exams will not be given unless a student is moving out of the district within the last five
school days of the academic calendar. Students who miss their exams due to an unexcused absence
will receive a grade of zero for the semester exam. Students who miss their exams due to an
excused absence will be able to take their exams at a later time.
Standardized Tests for College/Dual Credit Courses
If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment. To
determine if you are exempt please contact your desired institute of higher level learning or your
campus guidance counselor.
The PSAT is administered to sophomores and juniors at no cost to the students.
Transfer Students
A student who transfers into the district with higher-level course credits shall receive similar credits
counted toward the GPA according to the list of higher-level courses offered by the district and the
grade point average used for credit earned in the district. Students transferring with letter grades
will have the letter grade converted to a numerical grade based on a pre- approved chart.
Tutorials
If a student has been absent or has failed to understand some of his work, he should attend tutorials.
Students with a grade of 75 or below should attend tutorials. It is recommended that students
attend tutorials early in the grading period in order to be successful in their courses.
Tutorials are held each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday when school is in session at 3:30 pm
and at other times set by the individual teacher. A tutorial bus may be available at 4:15 pm.
University Interscholastic League (UIL) Participation
Students receiving a grade below 70 will be excluded from extracurricular activities for three
weeks. Students passing all their courses after three weeks will be allowed to rejoin their teams.
Failing students can continue to practice and/or rehearse but cannot perform or compete. [For more
information see TEC 33.081.]
UIL Eligibility Appeals Process
Students who fail an identified advanced class must petition the Principal to be considered
eligible within one week of the report card issue date. No petitions will be heard after this
time. The petition must state the reason for six weeks failure, and give a plan for correction to
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keep failure of the identified advanced class from recurring.
Attendance
Earning Credits – Requirements
The Texas Education Code states that a student must attend school 90 percent (90%) of the time
scheduled for a particular course to receive credit for that course. CCHS students who do not attend
school at least 90 percent (90%) of the time may lose their credits. When a student accumulates
four absences (excused, unexcused) in any one course in the first semester and five absences in
the second semester, the student loses credit for that course.
CCHS will notify a student’s parent in writing if the student is absent from school for 3 or more
days or parts of days within the semester. The student and his/her parent(s) are subject to
prosecution under TEC 25.085 for violation of state attendance laws for unexcused absences that
exceed 9 school days.
Upon the student’s return to school, all documentation of absences must be provided to the school.
Unexcused absences affecting truancy must be corrected within the 6 week grading period in which
they occur. No corrections can be made after the above deadlines.
Loss of Credit/Regaining Credit
Students who lose credit due to excessive absences must appeal to the attendance officer within
five (5) school days of that loss of credit; if not, credit will not be reinstated. Students who appeal
within the five-day period will appear before the Attendance Review Committee (ARC) to
determine whether or not credit(s) will be reinstated.
Truancy
Students absent from school without the permission of parents or absent from class without the
principal’s permission shall be considered truant and shall be subject to disciplinary action and
prosecution under state attendance laws. Students who are more than 30 minutes late to a class will
be considered truant and will receive a referral and disciplinary consequences to include ISS
placement.
Homework & Classwork Requests
Upon request, homework and classwork may be gathered for a student that has been absent from
school. Teachers are provided at least two school days to submit the work to the office.
Campus Information, Policies and Procedures
Attendance Requirements for Participation in School Related Activities
It will be sponsor/coach discretion whether a student that is absent from school will be able to
participate in a school-related activity on that day or evening.
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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Rules and Procedures
Students may utilize their devices in the classroom for educational purposes with prior approval
from the teacher. Usage for instruction is up to the discretion of each individual teacher. Usage of
BYOD devices is a privilege and not a right and can be revoked by the campus administration
for misuse. Guidelines for use include but are not limited to:
 CCISD/CCHS is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen devices; maintenance of
devices to include charging; and/or charges to personal data plans.
 Use BYOD for approved instructional purposes only
 Use CCISD wireless network and not personal wireless provider
 Mute volume or use personal headphones for assignments requiring audio
 Keep device visible & on desk when in use
 Charging of devices at school is not permitted
Personal use of cell phones and smart phones will be permitted during the following times:
 Before school
 During each 5 minute passing period
 In the cafeteria during the student’s 30 minute lunch period
 After school
Use of devices for personal use is a privilege and not a right and can be revoked by the campus
administration for misuse. Campus policies and/or procedures are subject to change during the
school year to accommodate technological changes. Required regulations for use of personal
devices during the approved times include:
 Voice calls are not permitted during passing periods and at lunch.
 Volume must be muted or headphones/earbuds must be used.
 The use of wireless/wired speakers and/or amplification devices are prohibited.
 Devices must be put away prior to entering the classroom.
 During the instructional period, electronic devices are not allowed in the hallway, common
areas, or restrooms.
 Failure to comply will result in confiscation of device(s). (See information regarding
Electronic Devices on the preceding pages.)
Students are allowed to use personal cell phones in their respective principal’s office with
permission to contact parents/guardians during the school day for emergency situations. Students
will sign the Student Handbook and District Acceptable Use Policy to acknowledge understanding
of these regulations.
Campus Security
Police will be on campus to assist in maintaining order and to enforce public laws. Students who
become involved in fights or other infractions, which violate public laws, will be arrested and/or
issued a citation. Also, security cameras will be utilized in designated areas to monitor school
activities and to assist in the investigation of violations of the student code of conduct. Students
may be cited for the use of profanity that constitutes disorderly conduct.
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Change of Address or Telephone Number
The registrar should be notified immediately if the student has a change of address or telephone
numbers. Updated information is essential if the school is to successfully handle emergencies and
maintain communication with parents.
Closed Campus
CCHS is a closed campus, which means that:
 Unauthorized persons are not to be on campus.
 No student may leave campus without written permission.
 No student may return to campus after leaving without signing back in.
 Students must refrain from leaving campus after arriving in the morning. Students who
do leave campus after arrival will receive disciplinary consequences for violating the
closed campus policy.
 Students who leave campus after dismissal will not be eligible to return and ride the bus.
Unauthorized persons shall not be permitted on the school campus at any time. Anyone violating
this regulation will be reported to the police and may be charged with criminal trespass. All staff
members and students are requested to report any such persons to the principals.
Conference Periods – Parents and/or Teachers
Students and parents may expect teachers to request a conference if the student does not maintain
passing grades or achieve the expected level of performance in class. A teacher may also schedule
a conference if a student presents any behavior problems to the teacher.
The District encourages a student or parent who wants information or wants to raise a question or
concern to confer with the appropriate teacher.
Issues that are not resolved at this level should be directed to the appropriate counselor and/or
assistant principal. A parent who wishes to confer with a teacher may call the office at 547-2534
for an appointment during the teacher’s conference period or request that the teacher call the
parent. Parents may also contact teachers through e-mail. All e-mail addresses are listed on our
campus web page. Copperas Cove ISD uses a spam-filter to block unsolicited emails. If you have
not received a response to your email, please contact the school for assistance.
Interruptions of the School Day
Classes will not be interrupted for non-academic reasons. Parents should communicate with their
child regarding transportation issues and appointments before arriving at school. Students will not
be called from class for an appointment until the parent arrives in the office.
We are unable to deliver messages to students unless it is a medical emergency or an emergency
of another nature, in which case an adult (teacher, secretary, principal) will personally deliver the
message and escort the student to the office to take the call or message. An emergency is an event
or circumstance which cannot be foreseen or planned for ahead of time or would result in an
injury/illness. A phone is available for emergencies only (missing bus, canceled event). Students
are allowed to use personal cell phones in their respective principal’s office with permission to
contact parents/guardians.
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Parents/guardians who are bringing lunch, homework, messages, sports equipment, etc. must
deliver the item/message to the front office prior to 11:30 am.
Picking up your student before assigned dismissal time impacts his/her ability to learn. Students
who must leave prior to the end of the school day must be picked up before 3:00 pm.
Gifts, flowers, balloons, etc. are disruptions to the learning environment and will not be delivered
to students. Students who bring gifts, flowers, balloons, etc. to school will be required to leave the
items in their respective principal’s office. All items can be retrieved after the final bell.
Loitering
Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:50 am. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria at
7:50 am. Students can request a pass to go to the library or should have a pass from a
teacher/sponsor to attend club-sponsored meetings; tryouts, practices/rehearsals; or tutorials.
Students will be allowed to remain after school to attend club-sponsored meetings; tryouts,
practices/rehearsals; or tutorials. Students attending after-school activities must have a pass to be
in the hallways and must be in their assigned location by 3:35 pm. Students who are not members
of the meeting organization will not be allowed to wait in the building or at the site of the meeting
until the student who is a member finishes.
If you are a participant and need to arrive at school early or remain after school in one of the ways
mentioned above, then you must report to the sponsor/teacher/coach immediately. It is the student’s
responsibility to acquire parental permission prior to remaining for any activity, in order to give
the parent the opportunity to arrange for transportation/pickup for the student when the event has
ended.
Supervision is not provided for students on campus prior to 7:50 am and after 4:00 pm except as
previously indicated.
Students who walk or drive home must leave campus immediately unless staying at school for one
of the above mentioned activities. Students who remain on campus without permission will receive
disciplinary consequences. Students waiting on their parents to pick them up must wait in front of
the school and are not allowed at the bus loop and auditorium, or in other areas of the school or
campus.
Exception: inclement weather. Administrators will determine procedures for inclement weather.
Lunch
CCHS is a closed campus and students are not allowed to leave for lunch unless granted special
administrative permission due to pre-arranged testing schedules.
Parents who are bringing lunch for their child are to deliver lunches to the front office by
11:30 am. Deliveries of food by delivery services or eating establishments are prohibited.
Only parents/guardians and emergency contacts are allowed to provide food to a student.
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Parents are welcome to visit and have lunch with their child during their child’s 30 minute lunch
period. No visitors, other than parents or custodial guardians, will be allowed to visit their child
during the 30 minute lunch period. Friends and siblings are not permitted in the cafeteria unless
accompanied by the parent or custodial guardian of the high school student. The parent (and
accompanying guests) must remain with the student during the visit. Visitors must report to the
front office and receive a visitor’s pass before being allowed into the cafeteria. Visitor passes must
be visible and be worn above the waist. Any visitor without a visitor pass will be considered
trespassing.
Parental Involvement
Education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school; a partnership
that thrives on communication. The school asks parents:
 to encourage their students to put a high priority on their education and to commit
themselves to making the most of the educational opportunities the school provides;
 to stay informed on school activities and issues;
 to become a school volunteer;
 to participate in campus parent organizations, ranging from organizational club boosters
to campus committees, which helps to formulate campus performance objectives
fostering improved educational opportunities for all students; and
 to monitor their student’s progress and contact teachers as needed.
Parking and Traffic
Parking on campus is a privilege and not a right and this privilege can be revoked at the
discretion of the campus administration. Students who use their own transportation are provided
places to park their vehicles according to the following regulations:
1.
Registration – All vehicles must have a current permit affixed to the front windshield,
left hand side, above the inspection stickers. Parking stickers are available at
registration and from the Student Services window for a fee of $10.00. The welcome
booth attendant will deny students parking on campus who do not have a valid parking
permit.
2.
General Parking – Students are allowed to park only in the designated student
parking area.
 Student parking lots:
• Annex Parking Lot – enter from Avenue E in the area between the
Fine Arts Building and the Athletic Annex
• Back Parking Lot enter from Avenue D in the area of the bus loop
 When entering the parking lot, students must park in a space immediately.
 Students are prohibited from parking in the band practice area of the parking
lot during the fall semester.
 Students must park properly (head-in and between lines).
 There will be no excessively loud music from vehicles in the student parking
area.
 Students are not allowed to loiter in the parking lot at any time, including
before school and after school. Students must exit their vehicle upon arrival
and leave the parking lot immediately. After school, students must leave
campus immediately.
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Students are not allowed to go to their car during the school day without prior
principal approval.
 Students are not allowed to go to their vehicle or loiter in the parking lot during
the student’s 30 minute lunch period.
 Students are prohibited from driving from the student parking lot to the front
of the building after school.
 Violators of parking regulations are subject to disciplinary action, including
loss of parking privileges, towing, fines, and legal action through the Copperas
Cove Police Department.
Towing – Cars parked in fire or bus lanes may be towed at the student’s expense
without warning. Cars parked near the cafeteria, visitors only, and the staff parking
lots will result in the following consequences:
 Students will be warned after the first traffic violation.
 A second traffic violation will result in loss of parking privileges for one month
and may result in the vehicle being towed.
 Dangerous traffic violations may result in more severe consequences.
Speed Limit/Reckless Driving – Drivers are expected to exercise good judgment
behind the wheel at all times. Riding in the cargo areas or on the outside of vehicles
is prohibited. The campus maximum speed limit is five miles per hour.
Security – The parking lots are off-limits for students except when arriving to and
leaving school. “Exit Slips” (permission to leave) will be requested at times other than
those just mentioned. Visiting or loitering in the lot will not be allowed. Avoid leaving
valuable objects or items in unlocked cars. CCHS is not responsible for damage or
loss due to theft.
Car Pass – Students must request a car pass in order to go to their car during the
school day. Passes will not be issued during the first 30 minutes of each class period
and the last 15 minutes of each class period.
Reserved Parking – Students who illegally park in a reserved parking space risk
having their vehicles towed at their expense. On the first occurrence, the car will have
a notification of possible towing (sticker) placed on the car and the information will
be turned over to the respective principal. The principal will notify the student and the
student’s parent/guardian that the next offense will result in towing. In addition, the
student will be subject to discipline on both occasions. Parking in the reserved spaces
of the athletic annex parking lot is prohibited to parents and students at all times.
Parking Lot Attendants – All students must comply with directions from the parking
lot attendant.
Failure to abide by these policies will result in loss of parking privileges.
Procedures for Students Arriving Late
Students arriving late because of illness or a certified reason must:
 Have a parent/guardian send a note with the student, which may be verified by telephone.
 Notes from a doctor or dentist must be presented in order for an absence to be coded as
certified.
 Report to the appropriate office to check in and receive an admittance slip.
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Procedures for Students Leaving During the School Day
Students may not leave the school grounds once they have arrived on the campus except with a
parent, guardian, or authorized person. Parents are required to sign their child out through the
office. This is for the protection of all students. Parents and/or any other adult picking up a child
will be required to show identification before a student will be released. Failure to secure a valid
exit slip will be considered a violation of the closed campus policy and shall result in disciplinary
consequences.
 Handwritten notes, faxes, emails, and phone calls from the parent/guardian or authorized
persons will not be accepted.
 Parent/guardian or authorized persons must be physically present at the campus to check
out a student from campus.
 Students who must leave school prior to the end of the school day must be picked up
before 3:00 pm.
 At the designated time, students must leave campus immediately. Students will not be
called to the office until their parent arrives. Upon returning to school, the student will
report to the front lobby for an admit slip.
Procedures to Follow When Leaving a Classroom
When it is necessary for a student to leave class for any reason, he/she must have a hall pass. Upon
arrival at the appropriate office, the student must sign in. Rarely should a student need to leave
class. Students are not permitted in the hallway during the first 15 minutes of class or the last 15
minutes of class.
Safety Drills
The following are the emergency safety drill procedures, which will be conducted at least once a
month. There should be no difference in approach to a safety drill and an actual emergency.
Both should be accomplished rapidly and seriously and in an orderly manner. Several drills will
be conducted each school year. Each classroom has a diagram showing how to exit the building
during drills.
Students will remain with their teacher during all drills. Attendance will be checked when the class
reaches their designated area. Failure to remain with the teacher or to comply with teacher
requests will result in a minimum placement of In-School Suspension (ISS).
Schedule
CCHS uses a form of flexible scheduling called the modified block. Class periods are 90 minutes
long, and the block changes every day. Students attend four classes on “Blue” days and four classes
on “Gold” days. The block schedule provides students opportunities to explore subjects more
deeply, promotes team teaching, encourages individual instruction, and allows students more class
choices over a four-year period.
Student Access to Building
Students will have access to the cafeteria beginning at 7:50 am. The campus will not provide
supervision prior to 7:50 am. Any incidents that occur prior to this time will receive disciplinary
consequences. Please do not allow students that walk, drive or are dropped off to arrive before
7:50 am. Students will have access to other designated portions of the building beginning at 8:10
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am. Students will be required to clear the building by 3:35 pm. Students in the building before or
after these times with no legitimate reason will receive disciplinary consequences and could be
charged with trespassing.
Late Start / Early Release / COOP
Late Start - students must enter through the front lobby at the start of 2nd and 6th period. If students
arrive to campus prior to the conclusion of 1st and 5th period they must remain in the lobby.
Early Release / COOP - Students must stay on campus until the conclusion of 3rd and 7th period
(including D lunch). Students must leave at 1:50. Students who have not left by 2:00 will be given
disciplinary consequences. If a student would like to come back to school for after-school tutorials
and he/she arrives before 3:25 then they must wait in the front lobby until 3:25.
Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Student drop off will be permitted anywhere along the curb in front of our school, to include the
Lea Ledger Auditorium front along South 25th Street. If you choose to enter the campus by way
of Avenue E, you may drop off your student in the designated parking spaces in the South Fine
Arts Parking Lot. After you let your student out, please leave the area using the same street you
used to enter the parking lot. Drop offs, parking, or idling in the marked fire lane is not allowed.
Student drop off by way of Avenue D is allowed prior to start of school. Drop offs will occur in
the parking lot in the aisle between the first and second rows of parking spaces. Once the school
day starts, all students should be dropped off at the front of school via Avenue E. Cars and
automobiles are not allowed to enter the bus loop area unless they are parking in the designated
handicap parking spaces.
Student pick-up will be permitted anywhere along the curb in front of the school, to include the
Lea Ledger Auditorium front along South 25th Street. If you choose to enter the campus by way
of Avenue E, you may pick up your student in the designated areas in the South Fine Arts Parking
Lot. Parking or idling in the marked fire lane is not allowed.
Parents may pick up students on Avenue D at the end of the school day. Parents are not allowed to
enter the back parking lot to pick up students at the end of the school day.
Students waiting on their parents to pick them up must wait in front of the school and are not
allowed at the bus loop or in other areas of the school or campus.
Visitors to Classrooms
1. Visitors/former students must be escorted to and from the front lobby at all times by the
faculty/staff member that is being visited.
2. In accordance with our lunch policy, visitors are not allowed to go to the cafeteria to
eat/speak to current students unless the visitor is accompanied by our student’s
parents/guardians.
3. Visitors/former students are only allowed to visit faculty/staff members during nonteaching periods.
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Welcome Booths
These sites will be manned at the front and back of the school from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm. The booths
help route visitors to their destination and enhance the overall security of our school.
Discipline Procedures
Terms
ISS – (In School Suspension) – Students are assigned to a room for the school day. Length of
assignments are generally one to three days in length. Students enrolled in late start, early release,
COOP, or work release will be required to attend the entire school day (8:25-3:25)
OSS – (Out of School Suspension) – Students are not allowed to attend school or school-sponsored
events during the length of the suspension period. Length of assignments are generally one to three
days in length.
Campus Probation – Constitutes the final warning and serves as notification that further serious
disciplinary infractions could result in placement in the district’s Disciplinary Alternative
Education Program (DAEP).
General Offenses
General offenses include, but are not limited to: horseplay, inappropriate language, public displays
of affection (PDA), bullying, hall/restroom violation, classroom misbehavior, etc. Each incident
(referral) is equal to at least one (1) consequence.
Failure to attend an assigned consequence will result in the issuance of a referral; the subsequent
offense on the matrix will be assigned. An unexcused absence during the last period of the school
day on which a student is assigned detention will be considered ‘failure to attend’.
Campus administrators have final say on assigned consequences depending on the severity of
the offense. The matrix serves only as a guide.
Total Number of
Accumulated Referrals
1 – 2 Referrals
3 – 5 Referrals
6 – 7 Referrals
8 Referrals
9 Referrals
Consequence
Thursday School (3:30 – 5:30 pm)
Saturday School (7:30 am – 12:30 pm)
ISS (3 days)
ISS (3 days) and Campus Probation
OSS (3 days) and
DAEP Discretionary Recommendation
Minor Offenses (PLASCO Offenses)
The school uses a system for tracking Tardy, Dress Code, and ID Infractions. Each type of minor
infraction is accrued with scaffolding consequences assigned for each fourth infraction.
Persistent infractions will be considered as insubordination and will result in more severe
consequences.
Number Incidents by Type
4 minors
8 minors
Consequence
45 Minute Detention (3:30 – 4:15 pm)
Thursday School (3:30 – 5:30 pm)
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Saturday School (7:30 am – 12:30 pm)
12 minors
Accrual of minor infractions for each type past this point are considered
persistent infractions and are subject to more severe consequences.
ISS (1 day)
16 minors
ISS (3 days) and Campus Probation
20 minors
OSS (3 days) and
24 minors
DAEP Discretionary Recommendation
Fighting
Students choosing to fight at school or at a school-related activity on or off school property will
be subject to the following consequences, as well as a possible citation by the Copperas Cove
Police Department.
# of
Fights
1
2
Consequence
Campus administrators have final say on assigned
consequences.
OSS (3 days) and Campus Probation
OSS (3 days) and DAEP Discretionary Recommendation
Students who fight at school-related activities are subject to immediate removal from the
event/property. Consequences for fighting outlined above will be assigned along with possible
non-participation/non-attendance at event(s)/property for a period as determined by campus
administration.
Serious Offenses
Serious offenses include, but are not limited to: insubordinate/noncompliant behavior, profanity
directed toward students/faculty/staff, disruption of the learning environment, truancy,
inappropriate and/or severe actions/behavior, etc. Consequences for serious offenses can include,
but are not limited to: ISS or OSS assignments. Students may be placed on campus probation
with the fourth serious offense in conjunction with disciplinary consequences of ISS or OSS.
Campus administrators have final say on assigned consequences depending on the severity of
the offense.
Electronic Devices
If a student uses a telecommunication device without authorization during the school day, the
device will be confiscated. Failure to comply will result in a referral for insubordination, resulting
in 3 days ISS. The student or parent may pick up confiscated telecommunications device from the
principal’s office or designated location for a fee of $15 after the bell to end the school day.
Repeated infractions of the cell phone or other electronic device guidelines will result in escalated
consequences.
Capturing images/videos/audio is prohibited on school grounds, in the building, the locker rooms
or restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event. Violations are
subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Possible legal
action may occur through the Copperas Cove Police Department.
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Public Display of Affection
Public displays of affection are not appropriate on the school campus and students involved will
receive disciplinary consequences. This is effective once the student arrives on school grounds and
is in effect until the student leaves school grounds to include all school-sponsored events.
Return from DAEP
Students who return from DAEP will be placed on Campus Probation and be required to meet with
the assigned principal to discuss the probation period and sign the probation contract. The contract
between the student and the campus will represent an acknowledgement that it is understood by
the student and parent that upon the next violation of the Student Code of Conduct that the
administrator will have cause to call for a campus level hearing and proceed forward with a due
process hearing for consideration of the student being placed in CCISD’s Alternative Education
Program.
Tardy Policy
It is important that students arrive to school/class on time daily with necessary supplies and are
ready to learn. Tardiness disrupts instruction for both the tardy student and others in the classroom.
Students not in their assigned classroom when the tardy bell sounds will be considered tardy.
Repeated instances of tardiness will result in more severe disciplinary action, in accordance with
the Student Code of Conduct.
Students who are less than 15 minutes late to school/class will follow the Minor Offenses matrix
above. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to school/class, the student will receive a
disciplinary referral and be assigned a Thursday School. Students who are more than 30 minutes
late will be considered truant and will receive an office referral for Truancy.
Student Services
Announcements
Announcements will be made daily via KCTV and/or intercom system.
Conflict Mediation
Peer conflict mediation empowers students and encourages their active participation in creating a
safe, non-violent campus environment. Students in conflict can request to resolve disputes with
the assistance of a trained student mediator. See the counselors for details.
Counseling and Guidance Program
A student who wishes to meet with the counselor should go the counseling center before or after
school or during lunch and fill out a Request to See Counselor form. The counselor will send for
the student. If parents have any questions regarding the counselor or counseling services, they are
asked to call the appropriate counselor or one of the school administrators.
Identification Cards
ID cards will be issued to all high school students. These ID cards are valid for one year. The first
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card is provided to the student free of charge. A fee of $3.00 will be charged for each replacement.
Students must have their ID card visible, above the waist, on the front of their torso, and
hanging on a lanyard or clipped to their shirt/jacket at all times while on school property or
at school functions. Failure to display an ID card to authorized school personnel results in a minor
offense. Failure to provide an ID card when requested by an adult for identification purposes will
result in an automatic assignment of detention. Students may not deface or decorate the ID card.
Lockers
Students are not to share lockers. Students have full responsibility for the contents in their assigned
locker. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that lockers are locked and the combination is not
available to others. Lockers remain under the jurisdiction of the school even when assigned to an
individual student. Lockers are the property of Copperas Cove Independent School District.
Lost & Found
The lost and found service is designed to aid students who misplace their belongings and is located
at student services in the large commons.
Nurse
The nurse’s office is open between 7:45 am and 4:15 pm. The school nurse is on duty to take care
of illness and injuries requiring first aid during the school day. A student may go to the nurse only
after obtaining a hall pass from his or her classroom teacher. Failure to report to the nurse after
leaving class with a hall pass is considered truancy.
If, in the opinion of the nurse, a student is too ill to remain at school, the nurse will make
arrangements for him or her to return home by obtaining permission from the parent or emergency
contact. Students who leave school without going through the nurse or Attendance Office will be
considered to be in violation of the closed campus policy.
 Prescription Medications: All prescriptive medications must be kept in the nurse’s office
and dispensed as directed.
 Over the Counter Medications (OTC): Students may self-medicate if their medications
are in the original container and they have a note in their possession stating that their
parent/guardian has given permission. Parents will assume full responsibility in regard
to students taking such medication. [See FFAC(Regulation) for more information.]
 Inhalers: May be carried by the student at physician and parent/guardian discretion.
Student Aides
Serving as a student aide is a privilege which may be granted and revoked at the discretion of the
campus administration. See the CCHS Course selection guide for prerequisites and requirements.
Student Activities
A great many opportunities are available for students to participate in outside activities. We
encourage each student to engage in these activities to the greatest extent possible while keeping
in mind the danger of becoming over-involved. Students should carefully select those
organizations in which they would like to participate. Below is a list of some of the clubs and
organizations available at CCHS. See the Student Activities Coordinator for a comprehensive list
and for information in joining any of the school organizations.
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4N6 Club
Leo Club
AquaDawgs Swim Team
Magic Club
Armed Drill Team (JROTC)
Marksmanship Team (JROTC)
AYPYN
Military Brats (Brave, Resilient, Adaptable, and
Tolerate Students)
AYPYN Gamers Club
Mu Alpha Theta chapter (national honor organization
for students with 3.5 gpa in math courses starting with
Algebra I.)
AYPYN Get Fit – Be Strong
National Honor Society (Jr & Sr Only)
AYPYN Robotics Lab
National Spanish Honor Society
Art Club/ National Art Honor Society
Paint the Town (Mural Club)
“Pride of Cove” Marching Band
Pageturners
Baseball
PAL (Jr & Sr Only)
Basketball (Boys)
PASS (Athletic Homework Club)
Basketball (Girls)
Power Lifting
Battalion Color Guard (JROTC)
Raider Team (JROTC)
BIM II Club
Rare Card Club
Blue Beacon
Rotary/Interact Club
Bowling Club
School Flag Detail (JROTC)
BullDawg Bible Club (BBC)
C.H.A.M.P.S. (Communities Helping Americans
Mature Progress & Succeed)
Skate Club
Soccer (Boys)
Cheerleading
Soccer (Girls)
Chess Club
Spanish Club
Choir
Step Team
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Students against Bullying/SaB
th
Student Athletic Training
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Class Sponsor (10 Grade)
Students/Teen Leadership
Class Sponsor (9th Grade)
Student Council
Color Guard
S2S (Student to Student)/Military Child Education
Coalition
CCHS Gay-Straight Alliance
TAFE (TX Association of Future Educators)/FEA
Copperas Cove High School Technology Student
Association (TSA)
Technology Student Association
Copperettes Dance/Drill Team
Tennis (Coed)
Criminal Justice Club/Texas Public Service
Association
Thespian Club
Cross Country (Boys)
Track & Field (Boys)
Cross Country (Girls)
Track & Field (Girls)
Culinary Arts Club
UIL Accounting
DECA (COOP)
UIL Calculator Application
DramaDawg Booster Club
UIL Computer Applications
Dungeon & Dragons DnD
UIL Computer Science
Class Sponsor (12 Grade)
Class Sponsor (11 Grade)
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EXCEL Club
UIL Congress
FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
UIL Current Events
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of
America)
UIL Debate
FCCLA Blue Chapter
UIL Journalism
Fashion Group
UIL Literary Criticism
FFA
UIL Math
Football
UIL Number Sense
Friends of Rachel Club
UIL One Act Play/Drama
French Club
UIL Prose/Poetry
Geography Club
UIL Vocabulary/ Spelling
German Club
UIL Science
Golf (Boys)
UIL Social Studies
Golf (Girls)
UIL Film Festival
Gospel Choir
UIL Ready Writing
Guitar Club
UIL Tennis- Year Round Sport
HOSA/Health Occupation Students of America
Unarmed Drill Team (JROTC)
Knitting with Cullar
Voices & Visions
KCTV
Volleyball
Lady Dawgs Softball
Wrestling
L.E.E.P. (Law Enforcement Explorers Program)
Yearbook
Clubs are open to all qualified students. All club activities must be under the supervision of the
adult sponsor at all times and all meetings must be held with the sponsor present. No club can be
organized without the principal’s approval. All members should conduct themselves in a
respectable and orderly manner. If the club activities are contrary to school policy, those groups
will not be allowed to exist as a school group or to use school facilities.
Use of buildings by student groups is permitted only when sponsored by a teacher. When a teacher
and a student group plan to use the building at night, administrative approval must be secured in
advance.
School-Sponsored Trips
As a desirable extension of the curriculum, several organizations and classes offer trips. Travel of
this type can be a very worthwhile educational experience as long as sponsors have full student
cooperation. Violations of rules could result in a student being sent home at the parent’s expense,
receiving disciplinary action upon return to school, and removal from any activities in which the
student would represent the school. Sponsors of school trips will make students and parents aware
of existing rules when asking for parent permission for student travel.
Student Pick-Up after Activities
Parents are expected to pick up students promptly after activities unless other arrangements have
been made with the activity sponsor.
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Textbooks
Students will be issued a receipt when textbooks are issued and returned. This is the student’s
evidence that the books were returned and it is the student’s responsibility to maintain and provide
the receipt should a question arise.
Transcripts
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors:
 The registrar can provide copies for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Requests will be
made by submitting a Transcript Request in the Guidance Center. Allow 24 hours for
request to be processed.
 For juniors going on college visits, requests can be made up to three days prior to the
college visit.
Graduating seniors
 CCHS provides each graduating student five transcripts free of charge. Additional copies
are $1.00.
 “Official” transcripts requested for the purposes of college admissions or scholarships will
be mailed directly to the college or scholarship program.
 “Unofficial” transcripts can be provided to students for the purposes of fraternity and
sorority admissions and college visits. Requests can be made up to three days prior to the
college visit.
 Requests for transcripts made after September 1 of the following school year should be
made through the Records Management Department at the District office and a fee of
$5.00 will be charged.
Copperas Cove High School 2015-2016 Library Procedures
For Students
(All General School Policies and Rules Apply)
1. Hours: The CCHS library is open from 7:45 am to 4:15 pm Monday through Friday.
2. Student Use: The CCHS library is designed for academic use by students; we provide
circulating materials and services to help you acquire academic information of all types,
perform research, complete assigned class work, study, read for pleasure, browse the
collection, or make photocopies. The library maintains an excellent book collection that
supports the curriculum and provides access to quality digital resources. These digital
resources can be accessed via the Destiny homepage. So that the collection and equipment
may be protected, students may bring food, drinks, candy, or gum into only the café area
of the library. Students may have drinks with lids while using the computers. Library
computers and programs are provided for student academic research; guidelines for
computer use are posted throughout the library. Students may not use the library computers
for e-mail, chat rooms, games, social media or recreational "surfing."
3. Circulation: The CCHS ID card is the student's library card, and the student must present
the card in order to check out materials. Students may not check out books for another
student. It is the student's obligation to take proper care of all library books and other
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materials in a responsible manner and to return items promptly. Students are encouraged
to renew books to avoid having to pay for lost books; however, if a book has been placed
on reserve or if a teacher has requested that it be placed on reserve status, it cannot be
renewed. Students may check out up to three items at a time, but students who frequently
have overdue books, lose items, or damage items may have limited rights. Students with
fines or overdue books may not check out items until the previous items are returned or the
fine(s) is paid. Books are normally checked out for a period of two weeks (ten school days).
Periodicals are checked out for one school day. When books are placed on overnight
reserve status, students may check out the book after the last period of the day and must
return it by 8:25 am the following school day. Students may check out digital books using
Follett Shelf (via Destiny) or the Follett BryteWave K-12 app (please see the library staff
for more information).
4. Fines: If an item is damaged beyond repair or is lost, the student will be charged the
replacement cost of the item. Books that are 30 days past due will be marked as lost, and
the cost of the book will be charged to the appropriate account. If the “lost” book is returned
(without damage), the fine will be waived. Damaged items will be assessed a repair or
replacement fee. Refunds for lost and returned books (that have not already been replaced)
will be given via district check.
5. Passes: In accordance with CCHS policy, one or two students at a time may be sent to the
library by a teacher on the teacher's official high school library pass or hall pass. The pass
must have the date, the student's name, and the time s/he left class filled in completely;
slips of paper, the nurse’s pass or any other “alternative” pass cannot be accepted. Students
without the appropriate pass will be asked to return to class. When the student arrives at
the library, s/he should sign in and give the pass to a library staff member, who will check
the pass and note the time of arrival. Individual students in the library on a pass will not be
permitted to disrupt students in another class who are working in the library. Substitute
teachers may not send students to the library on a substitute pass. Students may use the
library before 8:10am; however, they must enter the school via the large commons or
cafeteria and possess the appropriate pass. During the lunch period, students will need a
library pass to come to the library from the cafeteria. This pass can be checked out prior to
the student’s lunch. A pass is also needed for a student to leave the library to go to the
cafeteria. On tutorial days, students must have a pass to enter the library after 3:25.
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CROSSROADS HIGH SCHOOL
306 East Avenue E
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522
(254) 547-9164
Principal – James T. Irick
Counselor - Becky Battreal
Secretary - Sharon Whitis
Students who choose to attend Crossroads High School are not allowed to return to Copperas
Cove High School to graduate. Crossroads High School will not be used as an acceleration
program.
Academic Contracts
All students will have an academic contract for core classes. Students are expected to complete
at least six weeks’ worth of work in a four week period. The academic contract will list student
work and expected completion date.
Academic Progress
Parents will receive an academic progress report on their students every three weeks. In addition,
parents will be notified whenever high school credit is earned toward their graduation plan.
Admission
Admittance to Crossroads High School is contingent on successful completion and approval of
the application process. All applications will be evaluated using a rubric which will focus on
student attendance, discipline, credits earned and TAKS or STAAR EOC.
Crossroads High School is available to anyone who:
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Is 15 – 20 years of age
Has earned 1 or more state credits
Has received counselor/administrator recommendation
Is committed to high school completion
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Attendance
State law requires that a student between the ages of six and 18 attend school, as well as any
applicable accelerated instruction program. A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his
or her 18th birthday is required to attend each school day and is subject to compulsory attendance
laws. A student may have up to five parent notes to excuse an absence before a doctor’s note is
needed. Please refer to Section II of the Handbook.
Food Service
Breakfast served: 7:30 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.
Lunch served:
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Grade Classification
Students will be classified based on a combination of core credits earned and total credits earned.
Core Credits Earned
Total Credits Earned
Total Credits Earned
(Math, English, Science,
Social Studies)
Minimum Graduation
Plan
Recommended/Distinguished
Graduation Plan
7
7
13
14
18
21
4
Sophomore
(1 from each core)
8
Junior
(2 from each core)
12
Senior
(3 from Math, English,
Social Studies, 2 from
Science, and 1 academic
elective)
Program Hours
All Freshmen and Sophomores will attend school from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Juniors and
Seniors who have NOT passed ALL portions of the Exit-Level TAKS or EOC tests will be
required to attend school from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Students who have
passed all portions of the Exit-Level TAKS or EOC tests are required to attend school a
minimum of 4 consecutive hours per day.
Program Overview
Crossroads High School, a school of choice, offers students who have proven unsuccessful in the
traditional high school setting an opportunity to complete their high school graduation
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requirements in a non-traditional learning environment.
Student Expectations
Crossroads High School is a safe and orderly learning environment where all students can reach
the full extent of their learning potential. While attending school, students will adhere to a code
of conduct where each student is trustworthy, respectful, fair, caring and is a good citizen willing
to resolve conflicts. While in attendance at Crossroads High School, students will adhere to the
Student Code of Conduct and follow the dress code policy. Failure to comply with the Student
Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary actions.
Student Parking
All vehicles must have a current permit affixed to the front windshield, left hand side, above the
inspection stickers. Please provide a driver’s license and proof of insurance that has the driver’s
name on it to obtain a parking sticker. Parking stickers are available at registration and Front
Lobby. All students will park in the side parking lot by the main building. Students who park
their vehicles in the front parking lot will be subject to having the vehicle towed at the owner’s
expense.
Tardy
Tardiness is considered an attendance problem. It should be avoided if at all possible.
Unexcused and/or chronic tardiness are subject to disciplinary consequences.
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DISCIPLINARY ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
(DAEP)
306 East Avenue E
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522
(254) 547-9164
Principal – James T. Irick
DAEP Coordinator – Angela Jandreau
Counselor - Becky Battreal
Secretary - Sharon Whitis
These pages contain information necessary for both students and parents to assist them in
understanding the orderly operations of the DAEP (all is in accordance with Education Code
37.008). Every situation cannot be addressed, but an attempt is made to consolidate regulations
and provide information. When the term “parent” is used, it also includes legal guardian(s).
After-School Procedures
Students who walk or ride a bike should leave campus immediately upon the release of school.
Students required to stay after school will be determined by administrative assignment.
Campus Security
The DAEP operates in an enhanced security environment for the protection of all students and
staff. Security measures are employed to keep our school drug and weapon free. Students and
their possessions will be subject to search. Searches may be conducted using both physical
means and electronic devices. Trained staff members and/or local law enforcement personnel
will be used in all searches. In all instances the dignity of the student will be respected and
physical searches will be conducted by same-gender staff. Students who become involved in an
activity that violates public law will be issued a citation and/or taken into custody. The campus is
monitored and recorded using video cameras.
Dress Code
Male and female students will report to DAEP in plain blue or black jeans with a brown or black
belt; plain grey t-shirt, tucked in; and white or black tennis shoes. Students are not allowed to
wear any jewelry or make-up. Additional requirements will be discussed at the intake.
Expectations
Any policy, guideline, or rule currently in place within Copperas Cove ISD applies to all
DAEP students. DAEP students are expected to follow all faculty and staff instructions the first
time that they are asked. Students that are not successful in this setting are subject to expulsion.
The program is committed to providing a quality basic education in a structured disciplinary
setting. Students are given opportunities to improve social and behavior skills through a set
program including physical training that cultivates self-discipline and sound decision-making.
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General Information
The DAEP operates from 7:55 a.m. until 3:40 p.m. Monday through Friday. Once on campus,
students will remain in their assigned areas. Separation of students enrolled in the discipline
program from other students is required by Texas Education Code 37.008 (a) (3). DAEP
students are not allowed on any other campus within the Copperas Cove Independent School
District for any reason. DAEP students found on another campus will be charged with
criminal trespassing. DAEP students are not allowed to attend any function or activity held on
any other campus.
Meals
Meals will be served on campus by the cafeteria staff. Breakfast and lunch may be purchased
at the prevailing price or brought from home. Sack lunches are permitted on campus. However,
we advise parents to send sack lunches in the morning. All arrangements for meals must be
made before the school day begins.
Positive Point System
DAEP operates on a positive point system. Each positive behavior will result in 1 point
earned. Students who EARN 58 points going into the last period may participate in
morning activity. Students must EARN 60 points for the day to earn credit for the
day served in DAEP. Any major discipline violations will result in the loss of credit
for the day and may result in additional days being added to DAEP. Severe
discipline infractions will result in immediate removal from campus.
Transportation
All students must ride a CCISD bus, be transported by an approved adult, or approved as a
walker. Students who are enrolled in the DAEP will lose all CCISD transportation privileges
with the receipt of one negative bus referral. Upon revocation of CCISD transportation system
privileges, the parent will be solely responsible for the student’s transportation to and from
school. Parents and students are responsible for adhering to the rules and regulations that are
implied and inherent in safe transportation of students. Remember, a first-time negative bus
referral results in denial of CCISD transportation privileges for any DAEP student.
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Copperas Cove ISD
Student Code of Conduct
2015-2016
Table of Contents
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ................................................................................................ 1
Purpose........................................................................................................................................ 1
School District Authority and Jurisdiction ..................................................................................... 2
Campus Behavior Coordinator ................................................................................................... 2
Reporting Crimes ........................................................................................................................ 3
‘Parent’ Defined .......................................................................................................................... 3
Participating in Graduation Activities ........................................................................................ 3
Standards for Student Conduct ....................................................................................................... 4
General Conduct Violations ............................................................................................................ 5
Disregard for Authority............................................................................................................... 5
Mistreatment of Others ............................................................................................................... 5
Property Offenses........................................................................................................................ 6
Possession of Prohibited Items ................................................................................................... 6
Possession of Telecommunications or Other Electronic Devices............................................... 6
Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs ..................................................................... 7
Misuse of Technology Resources and the Internet ..................................................................... 7
Safety Transgressions ................................................................................................................. 8
Miscellaneous Offenses .............................................................................................................. 8
Discipline Management Techniques ............................................................................................... 9
Students with Disabilities ........................................................................................................... 9
Techniques .................................................................................................................................. 9
Notification ............................................................................................................................... 10
Appeals ..................................................................................................................................... 10
Removal from the School Bus ...................................................................................................... 12
Removal from the Regular Educational Setting ........................................................................... 13
Routine Referral ........................................................................................................................ 13
Formal Removal........................................................................................................................ 13
Returning Student to Classroom ............................................................................................... 13
Out-of-School Suspension ............................................................................................................ 15
Misconduct ................................................................................................................................ 15
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 15
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Placement ................................................ 16
Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP Placement ......................... 16
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Misconduct Identified in State Law ...................................................................................... 16
Mandatory Placement: Misconduct That Requires DAEP Placement ...................................... 17
Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments ................................................................................ 18
Emergencies .............................................................................................................................. 18
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 18
Conference ............................................................................................................................ 18
Consideration of Mitigating Factors ..................................................................................... 18
Placement Order.................................................................................................................... 19
Coursework Notice ............................................................................................................... 19
Length of Placement ................................................................................................................. 19
Exceeds One Year ................................................................................................................. 19
Exceeds School Year ............................................................................................................ 19
Exceeds 60 Days ................................................................................................................... 20
Appeals ..................................................................................................................................... 20
Restrictions during Placement .................................................................................................. 20
Placement Review ..................................................................................................................... 20
Additional Misconduct.............................................................................................................. 21
Notice of Criminal Proceedings ................................................................................................ 21
Withdrawal during Process ....................................................................................................... 22
Newly Enrolled Students .......................................................................................................... 22
Emergency Placement Procedure ............................................................................................. 22
Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Offenses ........................................................................ 23
Registered Sex Offenders ......................................................................................................... 23
Review Committee................................................................................................................ 23
Newly Enrolled Student ........................................................................................................ 23
Appeal ................................................................................................................................... 23
Certain Felonies ........................................................................................................................ 23
Hearing and Required Findings ............................................................................................ 24
Length of Placement ............................................................................................................. 24
Newly Enrolled Students ...................................................................................................... 25
Expulsion ...................................................................................................................................... 26
Discretionary Expulsion: Misconduct That May Result in Expulsion ..................................... 26
Any Location ........................................................................................................................ 26
At School, Within 300 Feet, or at a School Event ................................................................ 26
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Within 300 Feet of School .................................................................................................... 27
Property of Another District ................................................................................................. 27
While in DAEP ..................................................................................................................... 27
Mandatory Expulsion: Misconduct That Requires Expulsion .................................................. 28
Under Federal Law ............................................................................................................... 28
Under the Texas Penal Code ................................................................................................. 28
Under Age Ten .......................................................................................................................... 29
Emergency ................................................................................................................................ 29
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 29
Hearing.................................................................................................................................. 30
Board Review of Expulsion .................................................................................................. 30
Expulsion Order .................................................................................................................... 30
Length of Expulsion.................................................................................................................. 31
Withdrawal during Process ....................................................................................................... 31
Additional Misconduct.............................................................................................................. 31
Restrictions during Expulsion ................................................................................................... 31
Newly Enrolled Students .......................................................................................................... 32
Emergency Expulsion Procedures ............................................................................................ 32
DAEP Placement of Expelled Students .................................................................................... 32
Glossary ........................................................................................................................................ 33
Index ............................................................................................................................................. 39
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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Purpose
The Student Code of Conduct is the district’s response to the requirements of Chapter 37 of the
Texas Education Code.
The Code provides methods and options for managing students in the classroom and on school
grounds, disciplining students, and preventing and intervening in student discipline problems.
The law requires the district to define misconduct that may—or must—result in a range of
specific disciplinary consequences including removal from a regular classroom or campus, outof-school suspension, placement in a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP),
placement in a juvenile justice alternative education program (JJAEP), or expulsion from school.
This Student Code of Conduct has been adopted by the Copperas Cove ISD Board of Trustees
and developed with the advice of the district-level committee. This Code provides information to
parents and students regarding standards of conduct, consequences of misconduct, and
procedures for administering discipline. It remains in effect during summer school and at all
school-related events and activities outside of the school year until an updated version adopted
by the board becomes effective for the next school year.
In accordance with state law, the Code shall be posted at each school campus or shall be
available for review at the office of the campus principal. Additionally, the Code shall be
available at the office of the campus behavior coordinator and posted on the district’s website.
Parents shall be notified of any conduct violation that may result in a student being suspended,
placed in a DAEP or JJAEP, expelled, or taken into custody by a law enforcement officer under
Chapter 37 of the Education Code.
Because the Student Code of Conduct is adopted by the district’s board of trustees, it has the
force of policy; therefore, in case of conflict between the Code and the student handbook, the
Code shall prevail.
Please Note: The discipline of students with disabilities who are eligible for services under
federal law (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973) is subject to the provisions of those laws.
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School District Authority and Jurisdiction
Campus Behavior Coordinator
As required by law, a person at each campus must be designated to serve as the campus behavior
coordinator. The designated person may be the principal of the campus or any other campus
administrator selected by the principal. The campus behavior coordinator is primarily responsible
for maintaining student discipline. The district maintains a current list of the persons serving as a
campus behavior coordinator in the student handbook or on the district’s website at
www.ccisd.com.
School rules and the authority of the district to administer discipline apply whenever the interest
of the district is involved, on or off school grounds, in conjunction with or independent of classes
and school-sponsored activities.
The district has disciplinary authority over a student:
1. During the regular school day and while the student is going to and from school or a
school-sponsored or school-related activity on district transportation;
2. During lunch periods in which a student is allowed to leave campus;
3. While the student is in attendance at any school-related activity, regardless of time or
location;
4. For any school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location;
5. When retaliation against a school employee, board member, or volunteer occurs or is
threatened, regardless of time or location;
6. When criminal mischief is committed on or off school property or at a school-related
event;
7. For certain offenses committed within 300 feet of school property as measured from any
point on the school’s real property boundary line;
8. For certain offenses committed while on school property or while attending a schoolsponsored or school-related activity of another district in Texas;
9. When the student commits a felony, as provided by Education Code 37.006 or 37.0081;
and
10. When the student is required to register as a sex offender.
The district has the right to search a vehicle driven to school by a student and parked on school
property whenever there is reasonable cause to believe it contains articles or materials prohibited
by the district.
The district has the right to search a student’s locker or desk when there is reasonable cause to
believe it contains articles or materials prohibited by the district.
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School District Authority and Jurisdiction
Reporting Crimes
The principal or campus behavior coordinator and other school administrators as appropriate
shall report crimes as required by law and shall call local law enforcement when an administrator
suspects that a crime has been committed on campus.
‘Parent’ Defined
Throughout the Code of Conduct and related discipline policies, the term “parent” includes a
parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control of the child.
Participating in Graduation Activities
The district has the right to limit a student’s participation in graduation activities for violating the
district’s Code.
Participation might include a speaking role, as established by district policy and procedures.
Students eligible to give the opening and closing remarks at graduation shall be notified by the
campus principal. Notwithstanding any other eligibility requirements, in order to be considered
as an eligible student to give the opening or closing remarks, a student shall not have engaged in
any misconduct in violation of the district’s Code resulting in an out-of-school suspension,
removal to a DAEP, or expulsion during the semester immediately preceding graduation.
The valedictorian and salutatorian may also have speaking roles at graduation. No student shall
be eligible to have such a speaking role if he or she engaged in any misconduct in violation of
the district’s Code resulting in an out-of-school suspension, removal to a DAEP, or expulsion
during the semester immediately preceding graduation.
See DAEP—Restrictions During Placement on page 20, for information regarding a student
assigned to DAEP at the time of graduation.
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Standards for Student Conduct
Each student is expected to:
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Demonstrate courtesy, even when others do not.
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Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline.
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Attend all classes, regularly and on time.
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Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class.
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Meet district and campus standards of grooming and dress.
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Obey all campus and classroom rules.
•
Respect the rights and privileges of students, teachers, and other district staff and
volunteers.
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Respect the property of others, including district property and facilities.
•
Cooperate with and assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.
•
Adhere to the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct.
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General Conduct Violations
The categories of conduct below are prohibited at school, in vehicles owned or operated by the
district, and at all school-related activities, but the list does not include the most severe offenses.
In the subsequent sections on Out-of-School Suspension, DAEP Placement, Placement and/or
Expulsion for Certain Offenses, and Expulsion, certain offenses that require or permit specific
consequences are listed. Any offense, however, may be severe enough to result in Removal from
the Regular Educational Setting as detailed in that section.
Disregard for Authority
Students shall not:
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Fail to comply with directives given by school personnel (insubordination).
•
Leave school grounds or school-sponsored events without permission.
•
Disobey rules for conduct on district vehicles.
•
Refuse to accept discipline management techniques assigned by a teacher or principal.
Mistreatment of Others
Students shall not:
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Use profanity or vulgar language or make obscene gestures.
•
Fight or scuffle. (For assault see DAEP Placement and Expulsion.)
•
Threaten a district student, employee, or volunteer, including off school property, if the
conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
•
Engage in bullying, harassment, or making hit lists. (See glossary for all three terms.)
•
Engage in conduct that constitutes sexual or gender-based harassment or sexual abuse,
whether by word, gesture, or any other conduct, directed toward another person,
including a district student, employee, board member, or volunteer.
•
Engage in conduct that constitutes dating violence. (See glossary.)
•
Engage in inappropriate or indecent exposure of private body parts.
•
Participate in hazing. (See glossary.)
•
Cause an individual to act through the use of or threat of force (coercion).
•
Commit extortion or blackmail (obtaining money or an object of value from an unwilling
person).
•
Engage in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct directed toward another
person, including a district student, employee, or volunteer.
•
Record the voice or image of another without the prior consent of the individuals being
recorded or in any way that disrupts the educational environment or invades the privacy
of others.
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General Conduct Violations
Property Offenses
Students shall not:
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Damage or vandalize property owned by others. (For felony criminal mischief see DAEP
Placement or Expulsion.)
•
Deface or damage school property—including textbooks, technology and electronic
resources, lockers, furniture, and other equipment—with graffiti or by other means.
•
Steal from students, staff, or the school.
•
Commit or assist in a robbery or theft even if it does not constitute a felony according to
the Texas Penal Code. (For felony robbery, aggravated robbery, and theft see DAEP
Placement and Expulsion.)
Possession of Prohibited Items
Students shall not possess or use:
•
Fireworks of any kind, smoke or stink bombs, or any other pyrotechnic device;
•
A razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object used in a way that threatens or inflicts
bodily injury to another person;
•
A “look-alike” weapon;
•
An air gun or BB gun;
•
Ammunition;
•
A stun gun;
•
A pocketknife or any other small knife;
•
Mace or pepper spray;
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Pornographic material;
•
Tobacco products; cigarettes; e-cigarettes; and any component, part, or accessory for an
e-cigarette device;
•
Matches or a lighter;
•
A laser pointer for other than an approved use; or
•
Any articles not generally considered to be weapons, including school supplies, when the
principal or designee determines that a danger exists. (For weapons and firearms see
DAEP Placement and Expulsion.)
Possession of Telecommunications or Other Electronic Devices
Students shall not:
•
Display, turn-on or use a telecommunications device, including a cellular telephone, or
other electronic device in violation of district and campus rules.
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General Conduct Violations
Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Students shall not:
•
Possess or sell seeds or pieces of marijuana in less than a usable amount. (For illegal
drugs, alcohol, and inhalants see DAEP Placement and Expulsion.)
•
Possess, use, give, or sell paraphernalia related to any prohibited substance. (See glossary
for “paraphernalia.”)
•
Possess, use, abuse, or sell look-alike drugs or attempt to pass items off as drugs or
contraband.
•
Abuse the student’s own prescription drug, give a prescription drug to another student, or
possess or be under the influence of another person’s prescription drug on school
property or at a school-related event. (See glossary for “abuse.”)
•
Abuse over-the-counter drugs. (See glossary for “abuse.”) Be under the influence of
prescription or over-the-counter drugs that cause impairment of the physical or mental
faculties. (See glossary for “under the influence.”)
•
Have or take prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs at school other than as
provided by district policy.
Misuse of Technology Resources and the Internet
Students shall not:
•
Violate policies, rules, or agreements signed by the student or the student’s parent
regarding the use of technology resources.
•
Attempt to access or circumvent passwords or other security-related information of the
district, students, or employees or upload or create computer viruses, including off school
property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
•
Attempt to alter, destroy, or disable district technology resources including but not limited
to computers and related equipment, district data, the data of others, or other networks
connected to the district’s system, including off school property if the conduct causes a
substantial disruption to the educational environment.
•
Use the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten district students,
employees, board members, or volunteers, including off school property if the conduct
causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
•
Send, post, or possess electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented,
threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal, including
cyberbullying and “sexting,” either on or off school property, if the conduct causes a
substantial disruption to the educational environment.
•
Use e-mail or websites to engage in or encourage illegal behavior or threaten school
safety, including off school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the
educational environment.
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General Conduct Violations
Safety Transgressions
Students shall not:
•
Possess published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage illegal
behavior or that could threaten school safety.
•
Engage in verbal (oral or written) exchanges that threaten the safety of another student, a
school employee, or school property.
•
Make false accusations or perpetrate hoaxes regarding school safety.
•
Engage in any conduct that school officials might reasonably believe will substantially
disrupt the school program or incite violence.
•
Throw objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage.
•
Discharge a fire extinguisher without valid cause.
Miscellaneous Offenses
Students shall not:
•
Violate dress and grooming standards as communicated in the student handbook.
•
Cheat or copy the work of another.
•
Gamble.
•
Falsify records, passes, or other school-related documents.
•
Engage in actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or materially interfere with
school activities.
•
Repeatedly violate other communicated campus or classroom standards of conduct.
The district may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to those found in the Code. These
rules may be posted in classrooms or given to the student and may or may not constitute
violations of the Code.
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Discipline Management Techniques
Discipline shall be designed to improve conduct and to encourage students to adhere to their
responsibilities as members of the school community. Disciplinary action shall draw on the
professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on a range of discipline management
techniques, including restorative discipline practices. Discipline shall be correlated to the
seriousness of the offense, the student’s age and grade level, the frequency of misbehavior, the
student’s attitude, the effect of the misconduct on the school environment, and statutory
requirements.
Because of these factors, discipline for a particular offense, including misconduct in a district
vehicle owned or operated by the district, unless otherwise specified by law, may bring into
consideration varying techniques and responses.
Students with Disabilities
The discipline of students with disabilities is subject to applicable state and federal law in
addition to the Student Code of Conduct. To the extent any conflict exists, state and/or federal
law shall prevail.
In accordance with the Education Code, a student who is enrolled in a special education program
may not be disciplined for conduct meeting the definition of bullying, harassment, or making hit
lists (see glossary) until an ARD committee meeting has been held to review the conduct.
In deciding whether to order suspension, DAEP placement, or expulsion, regardless of whether
the action is mandatory or discretionary, the district shall take into consideration a disability that
substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of the student’s
conduct.
Techniques
The following discipline management techniques may be used alone, in combination, or as part
of progressive interventions for behavior prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct or by
campus or classroom rules:
•
Verbal correction, oral or written.
•
Cooling-off time or “time-out.”
•
Seating changes within the classroom or vehicles owned or operated by the district.
•
Temporary confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process.
•
Rewards or demerits.
•
Behavioral contracts.
•
Counseling by teachers, school counselors, or administrative personnel.
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Parent-teacher conferences.
•
Grade reductions for cheating, plagiarism, and as otherwise permitted by policy.
•
Detention, including outside regular school hours.
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Discipline Management Techniques
•
Sending the student to the office or other assigned area, or to in-school suspension.
•
Assignment of school duties such as cleaning or picking up litter.
•
Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities, eligibility for
seeking and holding honorary offices, or membership in school-sponsored clubs and
organizations.
•
Penalties identified in individual student organizations’ extracurricular standards of
behavior.
•
Restriction or revocation of district transportation privileges.
•
School-assessed and school-administered probation.
•
Corporal punishment, unless the student’s parent or guardian has provided a signed
statement prohibiting its use.
•
Out-of-school suspension, as specified in the Out-of-School Suspension section of this
Code.
•
Placement in a DAEP, as specified in the DAEP section of this Code.
•
Placement and/or expulsion in an alternative educational setting, as specified in the
Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Offenses section of this Code.
•
Expulsion, as specified in the Expulsion section of this Code.
•
Referral to an outside agency or legal authority for criminal prosecution in addition to
disciplinary measures imposed by the district.
•
Other strategies and consequences as determined by school officials.
Notification
The campus behavior coordinator shall promptly notify a student’s parent by phone or in person
of any violation that may result in in-school or out-of-school suspension, placement in a DAEP,
placement in a JJAEP, or expulsion. The campus behavior coordinator shall also notify a
student’s parent if the student is taken into custody by a law enforcement officer under the
disciplinary provisions of the Education Code. A good faith effort shall be made on the day the
action was taken to provide to the student for delivery to the student’s parent written notification
of the disciplinary action. If the parent has not been reached by telephone or in person by 5:00
p.m. of the first business day after the day the disciplinary action was taken, the campus behavior
coordinator shall send written notification by U.S. Mail. If the campus behavior coordinator is
not able to provide notice to the parent, the principal or designee shall provide the notice.
Before the principal or appropriate administrator assigns a student under 18 to detention outside
regular school hours, notice shall be given to the student’s parent to inform him or her of the
reason for the detention and permit arrangements for necessary transportation.
Appeals
Questions from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the teacher,
campus administration, or campus behavior coordinator, as appropriate. Appeals or complaints
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Discipline Management Techniques
regarding the use of specific discipline management techniques should be addressed in
accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL). A copy of the policy may be obtained from the
principal’s office, the campus behavior coordinator’s office, or the central administration office
or through Policy On Line at the following address: www.ccisd.com.
Consequences shall not be deferred pending the outcome of a grievance.
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Removal from the School Bus
A bus driver may refer a student to the Director of Transportation to maintain effective discipline
on the bus. The Director of Transportation must employ additional discipline management
techniques, as appropriate, which can include restricting or revoking a student’s bus riding
privileges.
Since the district’s primary responsibility in transporting students in district vehicles is to do so
as safely as possible, the operator of the vehicle must focus on driving and not have his or her
attention distracted by student misbehavior. Therefore, when appropriate disciplinary
management techniques fail to improve student behavior or when specific misconduct warrants
immediate removal, the principal or the campus behavior coordinator or the Director of
Transportation may restrict or revoke a student’s transportation privileges, in accordance with
law.
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Removal from the Regular Educational Setting
In addition to other discipline management techniques, misconduct may result in removal from
the regular educational setting in the form of a routine referral or a formal removal.
Routine Referral
A routine referral occurs when a teacher sends a student to the campus behavior coordinator’s
office as a discipline management technique. The campus behavior coordinator shall employ
alternative discipline management techniques, including progressive interventions. A teacher or
administrator may remove a student from class for a behavior that violates this Code to maintain
effective discipline in the classroom.
Formal Removal
A teacher may also initiate a formal removal from class if:
1. The student’s behavior has been documented by the teacher as repeatedly interfering with
the teacher’s ability to teach his or her class or with the student’s classmates’ ability to
learn; or
2. The behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that the teacher cannot teach, and the
students in the classroom cannot learn.
Within three school days of the formal removal, the campus behavior coordinator or appropriate
administrator shall schedule a conference with the student’s parent; the student; the teacher, in
the case of removal by a teacher; and any other administrator.
At the conference, the campus behavior coordinator or appropriate administrator shall inform the
student of the misconduct for which he or she is charged and the consequences. The student shall
have an opportunity to give his or her version of the incident.
When a student is removed from the regular classroom by a teacher and a conference is pending,
the campus behavior coordinator or other administrator may place the student in:
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Another appropriate classroom.
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In-school suspension.
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Out-of-school suspension.
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DAEP.
A teacher or administrator must remove a student from class if the student engages in behavior
that under the Education Code requires or permits the student to be placed in a DAEP or
expelled. When removing for those reasons, the procedures in the subsequent sections on DAEP
or expulsion shall be followed.
Returning Student to Classroom
When a student has been formally removed from class by a teacher for conduct against the
teacher containing the elements of assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual
assault, murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder, the
student may not be returned to the teacher’s class without the teacher’s consent.
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Removal from the Regular Educational Setting
When a student has been formally removed by a teacher for any other conduct, the student may
be returned to the teacher’s class without the teacher’s consent, if the placement review
committee determines that the teacher’s class is the best or only alternative available.
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Out-of-School Suspension
Misconduct
Students may be suspended for any behavior listed in the Code as a general conduct violation,
DAEP offense, or expellable offense.
Process
State law allows a student to be suspended for no more than three school days per behavior
violation, with no limit on the number of times a student may be suspended in a semester or
school year.
Before being suspended a student shall have an informal conference with the campus behavior
coordinator or appropriate administrator, who shall advise the student of the conduct of which he
or she is accused. The student shall be given the opportunity to explain his or her version of the
incident before the administrator’s decision is made.
The number of days of a student’s suspension shall be determined by the campus behavior
coordinator, but shall not exceed three school days.
In deciding whether to order out-of-school suspension, the campus behavior coordinator shall
take into consideration:
1. Self-defense (see glossary),
2. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
3. The student’s disciplinary history.
The appropriate administrator shall determine any restrictions on participation in schoolsponsored or school-related extracurricular and cocurricular activities.
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Placement
The DAEP shall be provided in a setting other than the student’s regular classroom. An
elementary school student may not be placed in a DAEP with a student who is not an elementary
school student.
For purposes of DAEP, elementary classification shall be kindergarten–grade 5 and secondary
classification shall be grades 6–12.
Summer programs provided by the district shall serve students assigned to a DAEP separately
from those students who are not assigned to the program.
A student who is expelled for an offense that otherwise would have resulted in a DAEP
placement does not have to be placed in a DAEP in addition to the expulsion.
In deciding whether to place a student in a DAEP, regardless of whether the action is mandatory
or discretionary, the campus behavior coordinator shall take into consideration:
1. Self-defense (see glossary),
2. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
3. The student’s disciplinary history.
Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP
Placement
A student may be placed in a DAEP for behaviors prohibited in the General Conduct Violations
section of this Code.
Misconduct Identified in State Law
In accordance with state law, a student may be placed in a DAEP for any one of the following
offenses:
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Involvement in a public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society, including
participating as a member or pledge, or soliciting another person to become a pledge or
member of a public school fraternity, sorority, secret society, or gang. (See glossary.)
•
Involvement in criminal street gang activity. (See glossary.)
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Criminal mischief, not punishable as a felony.
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Assault (no bodily injury) with threat of imminent bodily injury.
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Assault by offensive or provocative physical contact.
In accordance with state law, a student may be placed in a DAEP if the superintendent or the
superintendent’s designee has reasonable belief (see glossary) that the student has engaged in
conduct punishable as a felony, other than aggravated robbery or those listed as offenses
involving injury to a person in Title 5 (see glossary) of the Texas Penal Code, that occurs off
school property and not at a school-sponsored or school-related event, if the student’s presence
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in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers or will be detrimental
to the educational process.
The campus behavior coordinator may, but is not required to, place a student in a DAEP for offcampus conduct for which DAEP placement is required by state law if the administrator does not
have knowledge of the conduct before the first anniversary of the date the conduct occurred.
Mandatory Placement: Misconduct That Requires DAEP Placement
A student must be placed in a DAEP if the student:
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Engages in conduct relating to a false alarm or report (including pulling a fire alarm).
(See glossary.) Age and grade level may be taken into consideration when determining
consequences
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Commits the following offenses on school property or within 300 feet of school property
as measured from any point on the school’s real property boundary line, or while
attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:
o Engages in conduct punishable as a felony.
o Commits an assault (see glossary) under Texas Penal Code 22.01(a)(1).
o Sells, gives, or delivers to another person, or possesses, uses, or is under the
influence of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug in an amount
not constituting a felony offense. A student with a valid prescription for low-THC
cannabis as authorized by Chapter 487 of the Health and Safety Code does not
violate this provision. (School-related felony drug offenses are addressed in the
Expulsion section.) (See glossary for “under the influence.”)
o Sells, gives, or delivers to another person an alcoholic beverage; commits a
serious act or offense while under the influence of alcohol; or possesses, uses, or
is under the influence of alcohol, if the conduct is not punishable as a felony
offense. (School-related felony alcohol offenses are addressed in the Expulsion
section.)
o Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of an offense relating to abusable
volatile chemicals.
o Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of the offense of public lewdness
or indecent exposure.
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Engages in expellable conduct and is between six and nine years of age.
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Commits a federal firearms violation and is younger than six years of age.
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Engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of retaliation against any
school employee or volunteer on or off school property. (Committing retaliation in
combination with another expellable offense is addressed in the Expulsion section of this
Code.)
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Engages in conduct punishable as aggravated robbery or a felony listed under Title 5 (see
glossary) of the Texas Penal Code when the conduct occurs off school property and not at
a school-sponsored or school-related event and:
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1. The student receives deferred prosecution (see glossary),
2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct (see
glossary), or
3. The superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief (see glossary) that the student
engaged in the conduct.
Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments
If a student has been convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children or
convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault
against another student on the same campus, and if the victim’s parent or another person with the
authority to act on behalf of the victim requests that the board transfer the offending student to
another campus, the offending student shall be transferred to another campus in the district. If
there is no other campus in the district serving the grade level of the offending student, the
offending student shall be transferred to a DAEP.
Emergencies
In an emergency, the principal or the principal’s designee may order the immediate placement of
a student in a DAEP for any reason for which placement in a DAEP may be made on a
nonemergency basis.
Process
Removals to a DAEP shall be made by the campus behavior coordinator.
Conference
When a student is removed from class for a DAEP offense, the campus behavior coordinator or
appropriate administrator shall schedule a conference within three school days with the student’s
parent, the student, and the teacher, in the case of a teacher removal.
At the conference, the campus behavior coordinator or appropriate administrator shall inform the
student, orally or in writing, of the reasons for the removal and shall give the student an
explanation of the basis for the removal and an opportunity to respond to the reasons for the
removal.
Following valid attempts to require attendance, the district may hold the conference and make a
placement decision regardless of whether the student or the student’s parents attend the
conference.
Consideration of Mitigating Factors
In deciding whether to place a student in a DAEP, regardless of whether the action is mandatory
or discretionary, the campus behavior coordinator shall take into consideration:
1. Self-defense (see glossary),
2. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
3. The student’s disciplinary history.
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Placement Order
After the conference, if the student is placed in the DAEP, the campus behavior coordinator shall
write a placement order. A copy of the DAEP placement order shall be sent to the student and
the student’s parent.
Not later than the second business day after the conference, the board’s designee shall deliver to
the juvenile court a copy of the placement order and all information required by Section 52.04 of
the Family Code.
If the student is placed in the DAEP and the length of placement is inconsistent with the
guidelines included in this Code, the placement order shall give notice of the inconsistency.
Coursework Notice
The parent or guardian of a student placed in DAEP shall be given written notice of the student’s
opportunity to complete a foundation curriculum course in which the student was enrolled at the
time of removal and which is required for graduation, at no cost to the student. The notice shall
include information regarding all methods available for completing the coursework.
Length of Placement
The duration of a student’s placement in a DAEP shall be determined by the campus behavior
coordinator.
The duration of a student’s placement shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. DAEP
placement shall be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student’s age and grade level,
the frequency of misconduct, the student’s attitude, and statutory requirements.
The maximum period of DAEP placement shall be one calendar year except as provided below.
The district shall administer the required pre- and post-assessments for students assigned to
DAEP for a period of 90 days or longer in accordance with established district administrative
procedures for administering other diagnostic or benchmark assessments.
Exceeds One Year
Placement in a DAEP may exceed one year when a review by the district determines that:
1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or to district employees, or
2. Extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
The statutory limitations on the length of a DAEP placement do not apply to a placement
resulting from the board’s decision to place a student who engaged in the sexual assault of
another student so that the students are not assigned to the same campus.
Exceeds School Year
Students who commit offenses requiring placement in a DAEP at the end of one school year may
be required to continue that placement at the start of the next school year to complete the
assigned term of placement.
For placement in a DAEP to extend beyond the end of the school year, the campus behavior
coordinator or the board’s designee must determine that:
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1. The student’s presence in the regular classroom or campus presents a danger of physical
harm to the student or others, or
2. The student has engaged in serious or persistent misbehavior (see glossary) that violates
the district’s Code.
Exceeds 60 Days
For placement in a DAEP to extend beyond 60 days or the end of the next grading period,
whichever is sooner, a student’s parent shall be given notice and the opportunity to participate in
a proceeding before the board or the board’s designee.
Appeals
Questions from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the campus
administration.
Student or parent appeals regarding a student’s placement in a DAEP should be addressed in
accordance with FNG(LOCAL). A copy of this policy may be obtained from the principal’s
office, the campus behavior coordinator’s office, the central administration office, or through
Policy On Line at the following address: www.ccisd.com.
Appeals shall begin at Level I with the campus principal. If the parent or person filing the appeal
did not receive the relief requested, they may file a Level II appeal with the Director for PEIMS
and Student Services. If the parent or person filing the appeal did not receive the relief requested,
they may file a Level III appeal with the Board of Trustees.
Disciplinary consequences shall not be deferred pending the outcome of an appeal. The decision
to place a student in a DAEP cannot be appealed beyond the board.
Restrictions during Placement
The district does not permit a student who is placed in a DAEP to participate in any schoolsponsored or school-related extracurricular or cocurricular activity, including seeking or holding
honorary positions and/or membership in school-sponsored clubs and organizations.
The district shall provide transportation to students in a DAEP unless the reason for
transportation is a result of an infraction that occurred on school transportation. Eligible students
placed in a DAEP shall be subject to denial of transportation privileges under procedures
established by the DAEP.
For seniors who are eligible to graduate and are assigned to a DAEP at the time of graduation,
the placement in the program shall continue through graduation, and the student shall not be
allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony and related graduation activities.
Placement Review
A student placed in a DAEP shall be provided a review of his or her status, including academic
status, by the campus behavior coordinator or the board’s designee at intervals not to exceed 120
days. In the case of a high school student, the student’s progress toward graduation and the
student’s graduation plan shall also be reviewed. At the review, the student or the student’s
parent shall be given the opportunity to present arguments for the student’s return to the regular
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classroom or campus. The student may not be returned to the classroom of a teacher who
removed the student without that teacher’s consent.
Additional Misconduct
If during the term of placement in a DAEP the student engages in additional misconduct for
which placement in a DAEP or expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may
be conducted, and the campus behavior coordinator may enter an additional disciplinary order as
a result of those proceedings.
Notice of Criminal Proceedings
The office of the prosecuting attorney shall notify the district if a student was placed in a DAEP
for certain offenses including any felony, unlawful restraint, indecent exposure, assault, deadly
conduct, terroristic threats, organized crime, certain drug offenses, or possession of a weapon,
and:
1. Prosecution of a student’s case was refused for lack of prosecutorial merit or insufficient
evidence and no formal proceedings, deferred adjudication (see glossary), or deferred
prosecution will be initiated; or
2. The court or jury found a student not guilty, or made a finding that the student did not
engage in delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for supervision, and the case
was dismissed with prejudice.
If a student was placed in a DAEP for such conduct, on receiving the notice from the prosecutor,
the superintendent or designee shall review the student’s placement and schedule a review with
the student’s parent not later than the third day after the superintendent or designee receives
notice from the prosecutor. The student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the
review.
After reviewing the notice and receiving information from the student’s parent, the
superintendent or designee may continue the student’s placement if there is reason to believe that
the presence of the student in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or
teachers.
The student or the student’s parent may appeal the superintendent’s decision to the board. The
student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the appeal. In the case of an
appeal, the board shall, at the next scheduled meeting, review the notice from the prosecutor and
receive information from the student, the student’s parent, and the superintendent or designee,
and confirm or reverse the decision of the superintendent or designee. The board shall make a
record of the proceedings.
If the board confirms the decision of the superintendent or designee, the student and the student’s
parent may appeal to the Commissioner of Education. The student may not be returned to the
regular classroom pending the appeal.
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Withdrawal during Process
When a student violates the district’s Code in a way that requires or permits the student to be
placed in a DAEP and the student withdraws from the district before a placement order is
completed, the campus behavior coordinator may complete the proceedings and issue a
placement order. If the student then reenrolls in the district during the same or a subsequent
school year, the district may enforce the order at that time, less any period of the placement that
has been served by the student during enrollment in another district. If the campus behavior
coordinator or the board fails to issue a placement order after the student withdraws, the next
district in which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings and issue a placement order.
Newly Enrolled Students
The district shall continue the DAEP placement of a student who enrolls in the district and was
assigned to a DAEP in an open-enrollment charter school or another district.
A newly enrolled student with a DAEP placement from a district in another state shall be placed
as any other newly enrolled student if the behavior committed is a reason for DAEP placement in
the receiving district.
If the student was placed in a DAEP by a school district in another state for a period that exceeds
one year, this district, by state law, shall reduce the period of the placement so that the total
placement does not exceed one year. After a review, however, the placement may be extended
beyond a year if the district determines that the student is a threat to the safety of other students
or employees or the extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
Emergency Placement Procedure
When an emergency placement occurs, the student shall be given oral notice of the reason for the
action. Not later than the tenth day after the date of the placement, the student shall be given the
appropriate conference required for assignment to a DAEP.
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Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Offenses
This section includes two categories of offenses for which the Education Code provides unique
procedures and specific consequences.
Registered Sex Offenders
Upon receiving notification in accordance with state law that a student is currently required to
register as a sex offender, the administration must remove the student from the regular classroom
and determine appropriate placement unless the court orders JJAEP placement.
If the student is under any form of court supervision, including probation, community
supervision, or parole, the placement shall be in either DAEP or JJAEP for at least one semester.
If the student is not under any form of court supervision, the placement may be in DAEP or
JJAEP for one semester or the placement may be in a regular classroom. The placement may not
be in the regular classroom if the board or its designee determines that the student’s presence:
1. Threatens the safety of other students or teachers,
2. Will be detrimental to the educational process, or
3. Is not in the best interests of the district’s students.
Review Committee
At the end of the first semester of a student’s placement in an alternative educational setting and
before the beginning of each school year for which the student remains in an alternative
placement, the district shall convene a committee, in accordance with state law, to review the
student’s placement. The committee shall recommend whether the student should return to the
regular classroom or remain in the placement. Absent a special finding, the board or its designee
must follow the committee’s recommendation.
The placement review of a student with a disability who receives special education services must
be made by the ARD committee.
Newly Enrolled Student
If a student enrolls in the district during a mandatory placement as a registered sex offender, the
district may count any time already spent by the student in a placement or may require an
additional semester in an alternative placement without conducting a review of the placement.
Appeal
A student or the student’s parent may appeal the placement by requesting a conference between
the board or its designee, the student, and the student’s parent. The conference is limited to the
factual question of whether the student is required to register as a sex offender. Any decision of
the board or its designee under this section is final and may not be appealed.
Certain Felonies
Regardless of whether placement or expulsion is required or permitted by one of the reasons in
the DAEP Placement or Expulsion sections, in accordance with Education Code 37.0081, a
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student may be expelled and placed in either DAEP or JJAEP if the board or campus behavior
coordinator makes certain findings and the following circumstances exist in relation to
aggravated robbery or a felony offense under Title 5 (see glossary) of the Texas Penal Code. The
student must:
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Have received deferred prosecution for conduct defined as aggravated robbery or a Title
5 felony offense;
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Have been found by a court or jury to have engaged in delinquent conduct for conduct
defined as aggravated robbery or a Title 5 felony offense;
•
Have been charged with engaging in conduct defined as aggravated robbery or a Title 5
felony offense;
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Have been referred to a juvenile court for allegedly engaging in delinquent conduct for
conduct defined as aggravated robbery or a Title 5 felony offense; or
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Have received probation or deferred adjudication or have been arrested for, charged with,
or convicted of aggravated robbery or a Title 5 felony offense.
The district may expel the student and order placement under these circumstances regardless of:
1. The date on which the student’s conduct occurred,
2. The location at which the conduct occurred,
3. Whether the conduct occurred while the student was enrolled in the district, or
4. Whether the student has successfully completed any court disposition requirements
imposed in connection with the conduct.
Hearing and Required Findings
The student must first have a hearing before the board or its designee, who must determine that
in addition to the circumstances above that allow for the expulsion, the student’s presence in the
regular classroom:
1. Threatens the safety of other students or teachers,
2. Will be detrimental to the educational process, or
3. Is not in the best interest of the district’s students.
Any decision of the board or the board’s designee under this section is final and may not be
appealed.
Length of Placement
The student is subject to the placement until:
1. The student graduates from high school,
2. The charges are dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor offense, or
3. The student completes the term of the placement or is assigned to another program.
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Newly Enrolled Students
A student who enrolls in the district before completing a placement under this section from
another school district must complete the term of the placement.
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In deciding whether to order expulsion, regardless of whether the action is mandatory or
discretionary, the campus behavior coordinator shall take into consideration0.:
1. Self-defense (see glossary),
2. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
3. The student’s disciplinary history.
Discretionary Expulsion: Misconduct That May Result in Expulsion
Any Location
A student may be expelled for:
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Engaging in the following, no matter where it takes place:
o Conduct that contains the elements of assault under Penal Code 22.01(a)(1) in
retaliation against a school employee or volunteer.
o Criminal mischief, if punishable as a felony.
•
Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of one of the following offenses against
another student, without regard to where the conduct occurs:
o Aggravated assault.
o Sexual assault.
o Aggravated sexual assault.
o Murder.
o Capital murder.
o Criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
o Aggravated robbery.
•
Breach of computer security.
•
Engaging in conduct relating to a terroristic threat (including a bomb threat) involving a
public school.
At School, Within 300 Feet, or at a School Event
A student may be expelled for committing any of the following offenses on or within 300 feet of
school property, as measured from any point on the school’s real property boundary line, or
while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:
•
Selling, giving, or delivering to another person, or possessing, using, or being under the
influence of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug, if the conduct is not
punishable as a felony. A student with a valid prescription for low-THC cannabis as
authorized by Chapter 487 of the Health and Safety Code does not violate this provision.
(See glossary for “under the influence.”)
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Selling, giving, or delivering to another person, or possessing, using, or being under the
influence of alcohol; or committing a serious act or offense while under the influence of
alcohol, if the conduct is not punishable as a felony.
•
Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of an offense relating to abusable volatile
chemicals.
•
Engaging in conduct that contains the elements of assault under Section 22.01(a)(1)
against an employee or a volunteer.
•
Engaging in deadly conduct. (See glossary.)
Within 300 Feet of School
A student may be expelled for engaging in the following conduct while within 300 feet of school
property, as measured from any point on the school’s real property boundary line:
•
Aggravated assault, sexual assault, or aggravated sexual assault.
•
Arson. (See glossary.)
•
Murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
•
Indecency with a child, aggravated kidnapping, manslaughter, criminally negligent
homicide, or aggravated robbery.
•
Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children.
•
Felony drug- or alcohol-related offense.
•
Use or possession of a firearm (as defined by state law), an illegal knife, a club, or
prohibited weapon, or possession of a firearm (as defined by federal law).
Property of Another District
A student may be expelled for committing any offense that is a state-mandated expellable
offense if the offense is committed on the property of another district in Texas or while the
student is attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity of a school in another district in
Texas.
While in DAEP
A student may be expelled for engaging in documented serious misbehavior that violates the
district’s Code, despite documented behavioral interventions while placed in a DAEP. For
purposes of discretionary expulsion from a DAEP, serious misbehavior means:
1. Deliberate violent behavior that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others;
2. Extortion, meaning the gaining of money or other property by force or threat;
3. Conduct that constitutes coercion, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code; or
4. Conduct that constitutes the offense of:
a. Public lewdness under Section 21.07, Penal Code;
b. Indecent exposure under Section 21.08, Penal Code;
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c. Criminal mischief under Section 28.03, Penal Code;
d. Personal hazing under Section 37.152; or
e. Harassment under Section 42.07(a)(1), Penal Code, of a student or district
employee.
Mandatory Expulsion: Misconduct That Requires Expulsion
A student must be expelled under federal or state law for any of the following offenses that
occur on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or
off school property:
Under Federal Law
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Bringing to school a firearm, as defined by federal law. “Firearm” under federal law
includes:
o Any weapon (including a starter gun) that will, is designed to, or may readily be
converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.
o The frame or receiver of any such weapon.
o Any firearm muffler or firearm weapon.
o Any destructive device, such as any explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, or
grenade.
Under the Texas Penal Code
•
Using or possessing the following, as defined by the Texas Penal Code:
o A firearm (any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a
barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any
device readily convertible to that use), unless the use, exhibition, or possession of
the firearm occurs at an off-campus approved target range facility while
participating in or preparing for a school-sponsored shooting sports competition
or a shooting sports educational activity that is sponsored or supported by the
Parks and Wildlife Department or a shooting sports sanctioning organization
working with the department.
o An illegal knife, which includes a knife with a blade over 5½ inches; hand
instrument, designed to cut or stab another by being thrown; dagger, including but
not limited to a dirk, stiletto, and poniard; bowie knife; sword; or spear.
o A club such as an instrument specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose
of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with the
instrument, including a blackjack, nightstick, mace, and tomahawk. (See
glossary.)
o A prohibited weapon, such as an explosive weapon, a machine gun, a short-barrel
firearm, a firearm silencer, knuckles, armor-piercing ammunition, a chemical
dispensing device, a zip gun, or a tire deflation device. (See glossary.)
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•
Behaving in a manner that contains elements of the following offenses under the Texas
Penal Code:
o Aggravated assault, sexual assault, or aggravated sexual assault.
o Arson. (See glossary.)
o Murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder.
o Indecency with a child.
o Aggravated kidnapping.
o Aggravated robbery.
o Manslaughter.
o Criminally negligent homicide.
o Continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children.
o Behavior punishable as a felony that involves selling, giving, or delivering to
another person, or possessing, using, or being under the influence of marijuana, a
controlled substance, a dangerous drug, or alcohol; or committing a serious act or
offense while under the influence of alcohol.
•
Engaging in retaliation against a school employee or volunteer combined with one of the
above-listed mandatory expulsion offenses.
Under Age Ten
When a student under the age of ten engages in behavior that is expellable behavior, the student
shall not be expelled, but shall be placed in a DAEP. A student under age six shall not be placed
in a DAEP unless the student commits a federal firearm offense.
Emergency
In an emergency, the principal or the principal’s designee may order the immediate expulsion of
a student for any reason for which expulsion may be made on a nonemergency basis.
Process
If a student is believed to have committed an expellable offense, the campus behavior
coordinator or other appropriate administrator shall schedule a hearing within a reasonable time.
The student’s parent shall be invited in writing to attend the hearing.
Until a hearing can be held, the campus behavior coordinator or other administrator may place
the student in:
•
Another appropriate classroom.
•
In-school suspension.
•
Out-of-school suspension.
•
DAEP.
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Expulsion
Hearing
A student facing expulsion shall be given a hearing with appropriate due process. The student is
entitled to:
1. Representation by the student’s parent or another adult who can provide guidance to the
student and who is not an employee of the district,
2. An opportunity to testify and to present evidence and witnesses in the student’s defense,
and
3. An opportunity to question the witnesses called by the district at the hearing.
After providing notice to the student and parent of the hearing, the district may hold the hearing
regardless of whether the student or the student’s parent attends.
The board of trustees delegates to the Director of PEIMS and Student Services or the Deputy
Superintendent for Operations and Support in the absence of the Director of PEIMS and Student
Services authority to conduct hearings and expel students.
Board Review of Expulsion
After the due process hearing, the expelled student may request that the board review the
expulsion decisions. The student or parent must submit a written request to the superintendent
within seven days after receipt of the written decision. The superintendent must provide the
student or parent written notice of the date, time, and place of the meeting at which the board
will review the decision.
The board shall review the record of the expulsion hearing in a closed meeting unless the parent
requests in writing that the matter be held in an open meeting. The board may also hear a
statement from the student or parent and from the board’s designee.
The board shall hear statements made by the parties at the review and shall base its decision on
evidence reflected in the record and any statements made by the parties at the review. The board
shall make and communicate its decision orally at the conclusion of the presentation.
Consequences shall not be deferred pending the outcome of the hearing.
Expulsion Order
Before ordering the expulsion, the board or campus behavior coordinator shall take into
consideration:
1. Self-defense (see glossary),
2. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
3. The student’s disciplinary history.
If the student is expelled, the board or its designee shall deliver to the student and the student’s
parent a copy of the order expelling the student.
Not later than the second business day after the hearing, the Director of PEIMS and Student
Services shall deliver to the juvenile court a copy of the expulsion order and the information
required by Section 52.04 of the Family Code.
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Expulsion
If the length of the expulsion is inconsistent with the guidelines included in the Student Code of
Conduct, the expulsion order shall give notice of the inconsistency.
Length of Expulsion
The length of an expulsion shall be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student’s age
and grade level, the frequency of misbehavior, the student’s attitude, and statutory requirements.
The duration of a student’s expulsion shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. The maximum
period of expulsion is one calendar year except as provided below.
An expulsion may not exceed one year unless, after review, the district determines that:
1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or to district employees, or
2. Extended expulsion is in the best interest of the student.
State and federal law require a student to be expelled from the regular classroom for a period of
at least one calendar year for bringing a firearm, as defined by federal law, to school. However,
the superintendent may modify the length of the expulsion on a case-by-case basis.
Students who commit offenses that require expulsion at the end of one school year may be
expelled into the next school year to complete the term of expulsion.
Withdrawal during Process
When a student has violated the district’s Code in a way that requires or permits expulsion from
the district and the student withdraws from the district before the expulsion hearing takes place,
the district may conduct the hearing after sending written notice to the parent and student.
If the student then reenrolls in the district during the same or subsequent school year, the district
may enforce the expulsion order at that time, less any expulsion period that has been served by
the student during enrollment in another district.
If the campus behavior coordinator or the board fails to issue an expulsion order after the student
withdraws, the next district in which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings.
Additional Misconduct
If during the expulsion, the student engages in additional conduct for which placement in a
DAEP or expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may be conducted, and the
campus behavior coordinator or the board may issue an additional disciplinary order as a result
of those proceedings.
Restrictions during Expulsion
Expelled students are prohibited from being on school grounds or attending school-sponsored or
school-related activities during the period of expulsion.
No district academic credit shall be earned for work missed during the period of expulsion unless
the student is enrolled in a JJAEP or another district-approved program.
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Expulsion
Newly Enrolled Students
The district shall decide on a case-by-case basis the placement of a student who is subject to an
expulsion order from another district or an open-enrollment charter school upon enrollment in
the district.
If a student expelled in another state enrolls in the district, the district may continue the
expulsion under the terms of the expulsion order, may place the student in a DAEP for the period
specified in the order, or may allow the student to attend regular classes if:
1. The out-of-state district provides the district with a copy of the expulsion order, and
2. The offense resulting in the expulsion is also an expellable offense in the district in which
the student is enrolling.
If a student is expelled by a district in another state for a period that exceeds one year and the
district continues the expulsion or places the student in a DAEP, the district shall reduce the
period of the expulsion or DAEP placement so that the entire period does not exceed one year,
unless after a review it is determined that:
1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or district employees, or
2. Extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
Emergency Expulsion Procedures
When an emergency expulsion occurs, the student shall be given verbal notice of the reason for
the action. Within ten days after the date of the emergency expulsion, the student shall be given
appropriate due process required for a student facing expulsion.
DAEP Placement of Expelled Students
The district may provide educational services to any expelled student in a DAEP; however,
educational services in the DAEP must be provided if the student is less than ten years of age.
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Glossary
The glossary provides legal definitions and locally established definitions and is intended to
assist in understanding terms related to the Student Code of Conduct.
Abuse is improper or excessive use.
Aggravated robbery is defined in part by Texas Penal Code 29.03(a) when a person commits
robbery and:
1. Causes serious bodily injury to another;
2. Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon; or
3. Causes bodily injury to another person or threatens or places another person in fear of
imminent bodily injury or death, if the other person is:
a. 65 years of age or older, or
b. A disabled person.
Armor-piercing ammunition is handgun ammunition used in pistols and revolvers and
designed primarily for the purpose of penetrating metal or body armor.
Arson is:
1. A crime that involves starting a fire or causing an explosion with intent to destroy or
damage:
a. Any vegetation, fence, or structure on open-space land; or
b. Any building, habitation, or vehicle:
1)
Knowing that it is within the limits of an incorporated city or town,
2)
Knowing that it is insured against damage or destruction,
3)
Knowing that it is subject to a mortgage or other security interest,
4)
Knowing that it is located on property belonging to another,
5)
Knowing that it has located within it property belonging to another, or
6)
When the person starting the fire is reckless about whether the burning or
explosion will endanger the life of some individual or the safety of the
property of another.
2. A crime that involves recklessly starting a fire or causing an explosion while
manufacturing or attempting to manufacture a controlled substance and the fire or
explosion damages any building, habitation, or vehicle; or
3. A crime that involves intentionally starting a fire or causing an explosion and in so doing:
a. Recklessly damages or destroys a building belonging to another, or
b. Recklessly causes another person to suffer bodily injury or death.
Assault is defined in part by Texas Penal Code §22.01(a)(1) as intentionally, knowingly, or
recklessly causing bodily injury to another; §22.01(a)(2) as intentionally or knowingly
threatening another with imminent bodily injury; and §22.01(a)(3) as intentionally or knowingly
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Glossary
causing physical contact with another that can reasonably be regarded as offensive or
provocative.
Bullying is when a student or group of students engages in written or verbal expression,
expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a
school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district and a school
district’s board of trustees or the board’s designee determines that the behavior:
1. Has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a
student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person
or of damage to the student’s property; or
2. Is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an
intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.
This conduct is considered bullying if it:
1. Exploits an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator who is engaging in
bullying and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct;
and
2. Interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school.
Chemical dispensing device is a device designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of causing
an adverse psychological or physiological effect on a human being. A small chemical dispenser
sold commercially for personal protection is not in this category.
Club is an instrument specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious
bodily injury or death. A blackjack, mace, and tomahawk are in the same category.
Criminal street gang is three or more persons having a common identifying sign or symbol or
an identifiable leadership who continuously or regularly associate in the commission of criminal
activities.
Cyberbullying is the use of any electronic communication device to engage in bullying or
intimidation.
Dating violence occurs when a person in a current or past dating relationship uses physical,
sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in the
relationship. Dating violence also occurs when a person commits these acts against a person in a
marriage or dating relationship with the individual who is or was once in a marriage or dating
relationship with the person committing the offense, as defined by Section 71.0021 of the Family
Code.
Deadly conduct occurs when a person recklessly engages in conduct that places another in
imminent danger of serious bodily injury, such as knowingly discharging a firearm in the
direction of an individual, habitation, building, or vehicle.
Deferred adjudication is an alternative to seeking a conviction in court that may be offered to a
juvenile for delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for supervision.
Deferred prosecution may be offered to a juvenile as an alternative to seeking a conviction in
court for delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for supervision.
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Glossary
Delinquent conduct is conduct that violates either state or federal law and is punishable by
imprisonment or confinement in jail. It includes conduct that violates certain juvenile court
orders, including probation orders, but does not include violations of traffic laws.
Discretionary means that something is left to or regulated by a local decision maker.
E-cigarette means an electronic cigarette or any other device that simulates smoking by using a
mechanical heating element, battery, or electronic circuit to deliver nicotine or other substances
to the individual inhaling from the device. The term includes any device that is manufactured,
distributed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, or e-pipe or under another product name or
description and a component, part, or accessory for the device, regardless of whether the
component, part, or accessory is sold separately from the device.
Explosive weapon is any explosive or incendiary bomb, grenade, rocket, or mine and its
delivery mechanism that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious
bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage, or for the principal purpose of causing such
a loud report as to cause undue public alarm or terror.
False Alarm or Report occurs when a person knowingly initiates, communicates, or circulates a
report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he or she
knows is false or baseless and that would ordinarily:
1. Cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;
2. Place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or
3. Prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, or place of assembly.
Firearm silencer means any device designed, made, or adapted to muffle the report of a firearm.
Graffiti are markings with paint, an indelible pen or marker, or an etching or engraving device
on tangible property without the effective consent of the owner. The markings may include
inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings.
Harassment is:
1. Conduct that meets the definition established in district policies DIA(LOCAL) and
FFH(LOCAL); or
2. Conduct that threatens to cause harm or bodily injury to another person, including a
district student, employee, board member, or volunteer; is sexually intimidating; causes
physical damage to the property of another student; subjects another student to physical
confinement or restraint; or maliciously and substantially harms another student’s
physical or emotional health or safety.
Hazing is an intentional or reckless act, on or off campus, by one person alone or acting with
others, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of
pledging, initiation into, affiliation with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an
organization.
Hit list is a list of people targeted to be harmed, using a firearm, a knife, or any other object to be
used with intent to cause bodily harm.
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Glossary
Knuckles are any instrument consisting of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance and
designed or adapted for inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with a fist
enclosed in the knuckles.
Machine gun is any firearm that is capable of shooting more than two shots automatically,
without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.
Mandatory means that something is obligatory or required because of an authority.
Paraphernalia are devices that can be used for inhaling, ingesting, injecting, or otherwise
introducing a controlled substance into a human body.
Possession means to have an item on one’s person or in one’s personal property, including but
not limited to clothing, purse, or backpack; a private vehicle used for transportation to or from
school or school-related activities, including but not limited to an automobile, truck, motorcycle,
or bicycle; telecommunications or electronic devices; or any other school property used by the
student, including but not limited to a locker or desk.
Public school fraternity, sorority, secret society, or gang means an organization composed
wholly or in part of students that seeks to perpetuate itself by taking additional members from the
students enrolled in school based on a decision of its membership rather than on the free choice
of a qualified student. Educational organizations listed in Section 37.121(d) of the Education
Code are excepted from this definition.
Reasonable belief is a determination made by the superintendent or designee using all available
information, including the information furnished under Article 15.27 of the Code of Criminal
Procedure.
Self-defense is the use of force against another to the degree a person reasonably believes the
force is immediately necessary to protect himself or herself.
Serious misbehavior means:
1. Deliberate violent behavior that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others;
2. Extortion, meaning the gaining of money or other property by force or threat;
3. Conduct that constitutes coercion, as defined by Section 1.07, Penal Code; or
4. Conduct that constitutes the offense of:
a. Public lewdness under Section 21.07, Penal Code;
b. Indecent exposure under Section 21.08; Penal Code;
c. Criminal mischief under Section 28.03, Penal Code;
d. Personal hazing under Section 37.152; or
e. Harassment under Section 42.07(a)(1), Penal Code, of a student or district
employee.
Serious or persistent misbehavior includes but is not limited to:
•
Behavior that is grounds for permissible expulsion or mandatory DAEP placement.
•
Behavior identified by the district as grounds for discretionary DAEP placement.
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Glossary
•
Actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or materially interfere with school
activities.
•
Refusal to attempt or complete school work as assigned.
•
Insubordination.
•
Profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures.
•
Leaving school grounds without permission.
•
Falsification of records, passes, or other school-related documents.
•
Refusal to accept discipline assigned by the teacher or principal.
Short-barrel firearm is a rifle with a barrel length of less than 16 inches or a shotgun with a
barrel length of less than 18 inches, or any weapon made from a rifle or shotgun that, as altered,
has an overall length of less than 26 inches.
Terroristic threat is a threat of violence to any person or property with intent to:
1. Cause a reaction of any type by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with
emergencies;
2. Place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
3. Prevent or interrupt the occupation or use of a building; room, place of assembly, or place
to which the public has access; place of employment or occupation; aircraft, automobile,
or other form of conveyance; or other public place;
4. Cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public
water, gas, or power supply or other public service;
5. Place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury; or
6. Influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the
state, or a political subdivision of the state (including the district).
Tire deflation device is defined in part by Section 46.01 of the Penal Code as a device,
including a caltrop or spike strip, that, when driven over, impedes or stops the movement of a
wheeled vehicle by puncturing one or more of the vehicle’s tires.
Title 5 offenses are those that involve injury to a person and include:
•
Murder;
•
Kidnapping;
•
Trafficking of persons;
•
Smuggling or continuous smuggling of persons;
•
Assault;
•
Aggravated assault;
•
Sexual assault;
•
Aggravated sexual assault;
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Glossary
•
Unlawful restraint;
•
Voyeurism;
•
Indecency with a child;
•
Invasive visual recording;
•
Disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material;
•
Injury to a child, an elderly person, or a disabled person of any age;
•
Abandoning or endangering a child;
•
Deadly conduct;
•
Terroristic threat;
•
Aiding a person to commit suicide; and
•
Tampering with a consumer product.
[See FOC(EXHIBIT)]
Under the influence means lacking the normal use of mental or physical faculties. Impairment
of a person’s physical or mental faculties may be evidenced by a pattern of abnormal or erratic
behavior, the presence of physical symptoms of drug or alcohol use, or by admission. A student
“under the influence” need not be legally intoxicated to trigger disciplinary action.
Use means voluntarily introducing into one’s body, by any means, a prohibited substance.
Zip gun is a device or combination of devices, not originally a firearm, but adapted to expel a
projectile through a smooth-bore or rifled-bore barrel by using the energy generated by an
explosion or burning substance.
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Index
reporting, 3
Title 5 offenses, 16, 17, 24, 38
expulsion and placement, 25
hearing and required findings, 25
length of placement, 25
newly enrolled students, 26
delinquent conduct, 17, 21, 24, 35
demonstrations, 8
detention. See discipline management
techniques.
disciplinary alternative education program
(DAEP), 16, 23
appeals. See appeals process.
coursework notice, 19
discretionary placement, 16
elementary school students, 16
emergency placement, 18, 22
extracurricular activities, 20
grade classification, 16
graduation, 20
length of placement, 19
mandatory placement, 17
300 foot rule, 17
notice of criminal proceedings, 21
placement review, 20
pre- and post-assessments, 19
process, 18
restrictions during placement, 20
summer programs, 16
transportation, 20
under age six, 16
under age ten, 16
discipline management techniques, 9
alternative educational setting, 10
appeals. See appeals process.
behavioral contracts, 9
bus privileges, 10, 12
confiscation of property, 9
corporal punishment, 10
counseling, 9
criminal prosecution, 10
DAEP. See disciplinary alternative
education program (DAEP).
admission, review, and dismissal (ARD)
committee, 9, 23
appeals process
board review of expulsion, 30
DAEP appeals, 20, 23
discipline management techniques, 9
sex offender registry, 23
attendance, 4
board of trustees, 1
campus behavior coordinator, 2, 10
campus rules, 4, 8
cell phones. See electronic devices., See
electronic devices., See electronic
devices., See electronic devices.
cheating. See prohibited behavior.
classroom rules, 4, 8
computers, 7
abusive behavior, 8
breach of security, 7
cyberbullying, 7
hacking/cracking, 7
illegal activity, 7
online impersonation, 7
threatening behavior, 7
vandalism, 7
See also technology resources.
confiscation of student property
confiscation of property. See discipline
management techniques.
consideration of mitigating factors, 18
corporal punishment. See discipline
management techniques.
counseling, 9
courtesy, 4
crimes
aggravated robbery, 6, 16, 24, 26
breach of computer security, 26
breach of security, 7
criminal mischief, 2, 6, 16, 27
criminal proceedings and placement in
DAEP, 21
felonies, 2, 6, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27,
29
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Index
returning student to the classroom, 13
fraternity, 16, 36
gangs, 16, 17, 34, 36
gender-based harassment, 5, See also
prohibited behavior.
graduation
participation, 3
participation, 20
illegal knife, 27, 28
inspections, 2
jurisdiction of the district
300 foot rule, 2
juvenile justice alternative education
program (JJAEP), 23, 24, 31
laser pointers, 6
lunch period, 2
parent, 3
parent-teacher conferences, 9
placement review committee, 14, 23
plagiarism. See prohibited behavior:
cheating.
posting
of the Student Code of Conduct, 1
preparation for class, 4
progressive interventions, 9
prohibited behavior, 8
300 foot rule, 17, 26
aggravated sexual assault, 18
alcohol, 17, 27
assault, 5, 13, 16, 21, 26, 27, 37
at another district, 27
blackmail, 5
bullying, 5
cheating, 8
coercion, 5
cyberbullying, 8
dating violence, 5
deadly conduct, 27
disclosure or promotion of intimate visual
material, 38
drugs, 17, 27
false accusations, 8
false alarm, 17, 26
fighting, 5
fire extinguishers discharged without
cause, 8
demerits, 9
detention, 9
expulsion. See expulsion.
extracurricular organizations, 10
grade reductions, 9
in-school suspension, 10
loss of privileges, 10
notification, 10
out-of-school suspension, 10
probation, 10
referral. See routine referral.
refusal to accept, 5
rewards, 9
school duties, 10
students with disabilities, 9
time-out, 9
dress code, 4, 8
drugs, 7
marijuana, 7
over-the-counter, 7
paraphernalia, 7
prescription, 7
under the influence, 7
electronic cigarette
definition, 35
See also prohibited items
e-cigarettes.
electronic devices, 6, 7
expulsion, 26
300 foot rule, 26
additional misconduct, 31
and DAEP placement, 32
discretioary, 26
emergency, 30, 33
for serious misbehavior committed while
in DAEP, 27
length, 31
mandatory, 28
newly enrolled students, 32
process, 29
restrictions, 31
under age six, 29
under age ten, 29
withdrawal during process, 31
falsification of records, 8, 37
formal removal from class, 13
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Index
knives, 27, 28
lighters, 6
mace, 6
matches, 6
other dangerous items, 6, 28
other weapons, 28
pepper spray, 6
pornography, 6
stun guns, 6
tire deflation device, 28
tobacco, 6
property, 4
protests. See demonstrations.
removal from the regular educational
setting, 13
respect, 4
restorative discipline practices, 9
retaliation, 2, 17, 26, 29
routine referral, 13
safety, 4, 8
searches
desks, 2
lockers, 2
vehicles, 2
secret society, 16, 36
self-defense, 15, 16, 18, 26
self-discipline, 4
serious misbehavior, 27
sex offender, 2, 23
appeal of placement as a registered sex
offender, 23
newly enrolled student, 23
sexual abuse, 5, See also prohibited
behavior.
sexual assault
campus assignments, 18
See also prohibited behavior.
sexual harassment, 5, See also prohibited
behavior.
smart phones. See electronic devices., See
electronic devices., See electronic
devices., See electronic devices.
sorority, 16, 36
special education, 9
standards for student conduct, 4
student handbook
forgery. See falsification of records.
gambling, 8
gender-based harassment, 5
graffiti, 6
harassment, 5
hazing, 5
hit lists, 5
hoaxes, 8
inappropriate conduct, 5
inciting violence, 8
indecent exposure, 5, 17
insubordination, 5
invasive visual recording, 38
leaving school grounds, 5
misuse of technology resources, 7
on school buses, 5
online impersonation, 8
profanity, 5
recording without consent, 6
repeated offenses, 8
robbery, 6
sexting, 8
sexual abuse, 5
sexual assault, 18, 20
sexual harassment, 5
smuggling or continuous smuggling of
persons, 37
stealing, 6
terroristic threat, 17, 26, 38
theft, 6
threats, 5, 8
throwing objects, 8
trafficking of persons, 37
under the influence, 26, 27
vandalism, 6
volatile chemicals, 17, 27
voyeurism, 38
prohibited items
air guns, 6
alcohol, 29
ammunition, 6
clubs, 27, 29
drugs, 29
e-cigarettes, 6, 35
firearms, 17, 27, 28
fireworks, 6
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Index
electronic devices., See electronic
devices.
time-out. See discipline management
techniques.
Title 5 offenses. See crimes.
transfers
campus assignments, 18
transportation, 2
discipline management techniques, 10
rules for conduct, 5
while in DAEP, 20
conflict with Student Code of Conduct, 1
students with disabilities, 1, 23
discipline management techniques, 9
transportation while in DAEP, 20
suspension
in-school. See discipline management
techniques.
out-of-school, 10, 15
technology resources
district policy, 7
See also computers.
telecommunications devices. See electronic
devices., See electronic devices., See
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