2015-2016 Student Code of Conduct PDF (English)

2015-2016 Student Code of Conduct PDF (English)
Student Code
of
Conduct
2015-2016
IRVING
Independent School District
Where Children Come First
ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Student Code of Conduct
Dear Student and Parent:
As required by state law, the board of trustees has officially adopted the Student Code of
Conduct in order to promote a safe and orderly learning environment for every student.
We urge you to read this publication thoroughly and to discuss it with your family. If you have
any questions about the required conduct and consequences for misconduct, we encourage you to
ask for an explanation from the student‘s teacher or appropriate campus administrator.
The student and parent should each sign this page in the space provided below, and then return
the page to the student‘s school.
Thank you.
Dr. Jose Parra, Superintendent of Irving Independent School District
We acknowledge that we have been offered the option to receive a paper copy of the Irving
Independent School District Student Code of Conduct for the 2015–2016 school year or to
electronically access it on the district‘s website at http://irvingisd.net/Page/1834. We understand
that students will be held accountable for their behavior and will be subject to the disciplinary
consequences outlined in the Code.
We have chosen to:
 Receive a paper copy of the Student Code of Conduct.
 Accept responsibility for accessing the Student Code of on the district‘s website.
Print name of student:
Signature of student:
Print name of parent:
Signature of parent:
Date:
School:
Grade level:
Please sign this page, remove it, and return it to the student‘s school. Thank you.
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PHILOSOPHY OF DISCIPLINE
It is the expectation of the Irving Independent School District that inappropriate behavior
will not be tolerated. Students are expected to follow District and campus rules, respect
faculty and staff, and focus on their academic success. Students who choose to not follow
these expectations will be disciplined and held accountable.
Commitment of the District
The Irving Independent School District is committed to the fair and equitable treatment of all students.
No teacher, administrator, nor staff shall discriminate against any student on the basis of sex, race,
religion, color, or national origin. The District shall monitor disciplinary placements to ensure removals
from the regular classroom setting are based on thorough and careful assessment of the circumstances of
each case.
The Irving ISD Student Code of Conduct has been revised to comply with legislation passed by the 83rd
Texas Legislature. Addenda to the Code may be issued as the District receives updates on changes to the
laws that govern school discipline or as changes in Board policy are adopted. The Irving ISD will adhere
to requirements of all laws as they apply to schools and school districts. The Irving ISD Board of
Trustees will be adopting policies addressing all provisions of these laws. A copy of the Board Policies
referred to in this document may be obtained from the campus principal‘s office or the District‘s website
at http://irvingisd.net/Page/1.
The Irving ISD Code of Conduct is the District‘s specific response to requirements in Chapter 37 of the
Texas Education Code. The law requires the District to define misconduct that may or must result in a
range of specific disciplinary consequences. This Code of Conduct provides information and direction to
students and their parents/guardians regarding expected standards of behavior as well as potential
consequences for misconduct. The following factors will be considered:
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seriousness of the offense
student's age
the frequency of the misconduct
student's attitude
potential effect of the misconduct on school environment
the requirements of Chapter 37 of the Education Code
the Student Code of Conduct adopted by the Board
self defense
intent or lack of intent at the time the student engages in the conduct
the student‘s disciplinary history
a disability that substantially impairs the student‘s capacity to appreciate the
wrongfulness of the student‘s conduct
No student shall, on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, or national origin, be excluded from
participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program
or activity sponsored by this school District except as specifically provided in the Title IX implementing
regulations.
The District makes the Irving ISD Code of Conduct available online, but printed copies are available by
request.
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Table of Contents
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT ................................................................................................ 1
Purpose........................................................................................................................................ 1
School District Authority and Jurisdiction ..................................................................................... 2
Campus Behavior Coordinator ................................................................................................... 2
Reporting Crimes ........................................................................................................................ 2
School Resource Office (SRO) Program .................................................................................... 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 Cell Phones, Telecommunications or Other Electronic Devices ......................... 7
Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs ..................................................................... 7
Misuse of Technology Resources and the Internet ..................................................................... 8
Safety Transgressions ................................................................................................................. 8
Miscellaneous Offenses .............................................................................................................. 9
Student Dress ............................................................................................................................ 10
Discipline Management Techniques ............................................................................................. 11
Students with Disabilities ......................................................................................................... 11
Techniques ................................................................................................................................ 11
Notification ............................................................................................................................... 12
Appeals ..................................................................................................................................... 12
Automobile Usage ........................................................................................................................ 13
Removal from the School Bus ...................................................................................................... 13
Extracurricular Standards of Behavior- Board Policy FO(LOCAL) ............................................ 14
Interrogations, Searchers and Electronic Surveillance - Board Policy FNF(LOCAL) ................. 15
Removal from the Regular Educational Setting ........................................................................... 15
Routine Referral ........................................................................................................................ 15
Formal Removal........................................................................................................................ 15
Returning Student to Classroom ............................................................................................... 16
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Revoking of Transfers................................................................................................................... 16
Student Publication ...................................................................................................................... 16
In-School Suspension ................................................................................................................... 17
Misconduct ................................................................................................................................ 17
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 17
Out-of-School Suspension ............................................................................................................ 17
Misconduct ................................................................................................................................ 17
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 17
Scholastic Penalties ................................................................................................................... 18
Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) Placement ................................................ 19
Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP Placement ......................... 19
Misconduct Identified in State Law ...................................................................................... 19
Mandatory Placement: Misconduct That Requires DAEP Placement ...................................... 20
Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments ................................................................................ 21
Emergencies .............................................................................................................................. 21
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 21
Conference ............................................................................................................................ 21
Consideration of Mitigating Factors ..................................................................................... 22
Placement Order.................................................................................................................... 22
Coursework Notice ............................................................................................................... 22
Length of Placement ................................................................................................................. 22
Exceeds One Year ................................................................................................................. 22
Exceeds School Year ............................................................................................................ 23
Exceeds 60 Days ................................................................................................................... 23
Appeals ..................................................................................................................................... 23
Restrictions during Placement .................................................................................................. 23
Placement Review ..................................................................................................................... 24
Additional Misconduct.............................................................................................................. 24
Notice of Criminal Proceedings ................................................................................................ 24
Withdrawal during Process ....................................................................................................... 25
Newly Enrolled Students .......................................................................................................... 25
Emergency Placement Procedure ............................................................................................. 25
Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Offenses ........................................................................ 26
Registered Sex Offenders ......................................................................................................... 26
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Review Committee................................................................................................................ 26
Newly Enrolled Student ........................................................................................................ 26
Appeal ................................................................................................................................... 26
Certain Felonies ........................................................................................................................ 26
Hearing and Required Findings ............................................................................................ 27
Length of Placement ............................................................................................................. 27
Newly Enrolled Students ...................................................................................................... 28
Expulsion ...................................................................................................................................... 29
Discretionary Expulsion: Misconduct That May Result in Expulsion ..................................... 29
Any Location ........................................................................................................................ 29
At School, Within 300 Feet, or at a School Event ................................................................ 29
Within 300 Feet of School .................................................................................................... 30
Property of Another District ................................................................................................. 30
While in DAEP ..................................................................................................................... 30
Mandatory Expulsion: Misconduct That Requires Expulsion .................................................. 31
Under Federal Law ............................................................................................................... 31
Under the Texas Penal Code ................................................................................................. 31
Under Age Ten .......................................................................................................................... 32
Emergency ................................................................................................................................ 32
Process ...................................................................................................................................... 32
Hearing .................................................................................................................................. 33
Appeal Process ...................................................................................................................... 33
Expulsion Order .................................................................................................................... 33
Length of Expulsion.................................................................................................................. 34
Withdrawal during Process ....................................................................................................... 34
Additional Misconduct.............................................................................................................. 34
Restrictions during Expulsion ................................................................................................... 35
Newly Enrolled Students .......................................................................................................... 35
Emergency Expulsion Procedures ............................................................................................ 35
DAEP Placement of Expelled Students .................................................................................... 35
Guidelines for Acceptable Use of Technology Resources ........................................................... 35
Glossary ........................................................................................................................................ 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 Irving Independent School District 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 campus administration offices. 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
http://iisd.schoolwires.net/Page/1835.
School rules and the authority of the district to administer discipline apply whenever the interest
of the district is involved, on or off school grounds, in conjunction with or independent of classes
and school-sponsored activities.
The district has disciplinary authority over a student:
1. During the regular school day and while the student is going to and from school or a
school-sponsored or school-related activity on district transportation;
2. During lunch periods in which a student is allowed to leave campus;
3. While the student is in attendance at any school-related activity, regardless of time or
location;
4. For any school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location;
5. When retaliation against a school employee, board member, or volunteer occurs or is
threatened, regardless of time or location;
6. When criminal mischief is committed on or off school property or at a school-related
event;
7. For certain offenses committed within 300 feet of school property as measured from any
point on the school‘s real property boundary line;
8. For certain offenses committed while on school property or while attending a schoolsponsored or school-related activity of another district in Texas;
9. When the student commits a felony, as provided by Education Code 37.006 or 37.0081;
and
10. When the student is required to register as a sex offender.
The district has the right to search a vehicle driven to school by a student and parked on school
property whenever there is reasonable cause to believe it contains articles or materials prohibited
by the district.
The district has the right to search a student‘s locker or desk when there is reasonable cause to
believe it contains articles or materials prohibited by the district.
Reporting Crimes
The principal and other school administrators/staff as appropriate shall report crimes as required
by law and shall call local law enforcement when an administrator suspects that a crime has been
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committed on campus. After notification to local law enforcement, school administrators will
call Irving ISD Safety and Security.
School Resource Officer (SRO) Program
Through an inter-local agreement between the District and the City of Irving, the District and the
Police Department of Irving have instituted a cooperative School Resource Officer (SRO)
Program at all the schools of the District. These commissioned peace officers shall assist District
personnel in protecting District property and the security and safety of its students and personnel.
The SRO is expected to deter the commission of criminal acts and shall conduct investigations
regarding such acts that may occur on school property within his or her jurisdiction.
“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 23, 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.
Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline.
Attend all classes, regularly and on time.
Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class.
Meet District and campus standards of grooming and dress.
Obey all campus and classroom rules.
Respect the rights and privileges of students, teachers, and other District staff and
volunteers.
Respect the property of others, including District property and facilities.
Never engage in bullying, harassment, or coercion of another person.
Cooperate with and assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.
Adhere to the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct.
Administrators have the responsibility to:
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Assume the administrative responsibility and instructional leadership, under the supervision
of the superintendent, for discipline at the campus (TEC 11.202- (b)(4)).
Ensure that discipline is managed free from discrimination.
Provide consistent support for teachers in dealing with student discipline problems.
Interpret and consistently enforce school rules, codes and policies.
Promote effective training and discipline based upon fair and impartial treatment of all
students.
Encourage parents to keep in regular communication with the school, and encourage
parental participation in required parent-teacher conferences.
Teachers have the responsibility to:
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Use appropriate discipline management techniques.
Strive to use discipline techniques that keep the student in the best educational environment
– the classroom.
Ensure good student discipline by regular attendance, promptness, and appropriate
preparation.
Maintain an orderly classroom atmosphere conducive to learning.
Establish a rapport and an effective working relationship with parents, students, and other
staff members.
Teach students to strive to develop and practice self-discipline.
Give praise and positive reinforcement to students when appropriate.
Encourage work habits that will lead to the accomplishment of both short-term and longterm goals.
Serve as appropriate role models for their students in accordance with the standards of the
teaching profession.
Respect cultural differences within students and never discriminate.
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General Conduct Violations
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).
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Leave school grounds or school-sponsored events without permission.
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Disobey rules for conduct on district vehicles.
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Refuse to accept discipline management techniques assigned by a teacher or principal.
Mistreatment of Others
Students shall not:
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Use profanity or vulgar language or make obscene gestures.
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Fight or scuffle. (For assault see DAEP Placement and Expulsion.)
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Threaten a district student, employee, or volunteer, including off school property, if the
conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
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Engage in bullying, harassment, or making hit lists. (See glossary for all three terms.)
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Engage in conduct that constitutes sexual or gender-based harassment or sexual abuse,
whether by word, gesture, or any other conduct, directed toward another person,
including a district student, employee, board member, or volunteer.
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Engage in conduct that constitutes dating violence. (See glossary.)
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Engage in inappropriate or indecent exposure of private body parts.
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Participate in hazing. (See glossary.)
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Cause an individual to act through the use of or threat of force (coercion).
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Commit extortion or blackmail (obtaining money or an object of value from an unwilling
person).
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Engage in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct directed toward another
person, including a district student, employee, or volunteer.
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Record the voice or image of another without the prior consent of the individuals being
recorded or in any way that disrupts the educational environment or invades the privacy
of others.
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Property Offenses
Students shall not:
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Damage or vandalize property owned by others. (For felony criminal mischief see DAEP
Placement or Expulsion.)
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Deface or damage school property—including textbooks, technology and electronic
resources, lockers, furniture, and other equipment—with graffiti or by other means.
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Steal from students, staff, or the school.
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Commit or assist in a robbery or theft even if it does not constitute a felony according to
the Texas Penal Code. (For felony robbery, aggravated robbery, and theft see DAEP
Placement and Expulsion.)
Possession of Prohibited Items
Students shall not possess or use:
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Fireworks of any kind, smoke or stink bombs, or any other pyrotechnic device;
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A razor, box cutter, chain, or any other object used in a way that threatens or inflicts
bodily injury to another person;
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A ―look-alike‖ weapon;
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An air gun or BB gun;
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Ammunition;
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A stun gun;
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A pocketknife or any other small knife, or any knife not defined as an illegal weapon;
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Mace or pepper spray;
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Pornographic material;
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Tobacco products; cigarettes; e-cigarettes; and any component, part, or accessory for an
e-cigarette device;
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Mechanical, electronic or imitation devices designed to simulate cigarettes regardless of
substance content;
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Synthetic marijuana
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Matches or a lighter;
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A laser pointer for other than an approved use; or
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Any articles not generally considered to be weapons, including school supplies, when the
principal or designee determines that a danger exists. (For weapons and firearms see
DAEP Placement and Expulsion.)
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General Conduct Violations
Possession of Cell Phones, Telecommunications or Other Electronic
Devices
● All personal telecommunication devices must be turned off during the school day unless used
for instructional purposes. These devices include: cell phones and smart phones.
● School hours are determined to be from bell to bell regardless of senior outs and other
activities.
● 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.
● Personal use of cell phones and smart phones will only be permitted before and after school.
This applies to use on school premises during the school day (including after-school
programs) or while participating in school-related activities off of school premises. (i.e. field
trips)
● Students will sign the Student Handbook and District Acceptable Use Policy to acknowledge
understanding of these regulations. (Refer to Board Policy CQ (LOCAL), Exhibit B)
● Any electronic communication device that is activated, used, or displayed in a manner that
endangers the physical safety or emotional well being of others will be confiscated and held
for disciplinary proceedings or turned over to law enforcement. (Refer to Board Policy FNF,
FO)
● Using mobile phones to bully and threaten other students is unacceptable and will not be
tolerated. In some cases, the use of devices in this manner can constitute criminal behavior.
(Refer to Board Policy FFI)
● While in the classroom, District employees may confiscate any electronic communication
device if it clearly is not being used for classroom instructional purposes.
● If an electronic communication device is confiscated, it shall be handed over to the campus
administration no later than the end of the teacher‘s workday. The student or student‘s parent
may retrieve their device at the end of the school day from the campus administration. A fee
of $15 will be charged. (Refer to Board Policy FNCE (LOCAL))
● Students who violate these procedures shall be subject to the disciplinary measures outlined
in the Code of Conduct. (Refer to Board Policy FNC, FNCE)
● Repeated infractions of the cell phone or other electronic device guidelines will result in
escalated consequences.
● In the event that personal electronic communication devices are brought to school, the school
and school district will not be financially responsible for lost or stolen items.
● If devices are not retrieved by the end of the school year, the District has the right to dispose
of or recycle the device.
Illegal, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Drugs
Students shall not:
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Possess or sell seeds or pieces of marijuana in less than a usable amount. (For illegal
drugs, alcohol, and inhalants see DAEP Placement and Expulsion.)
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Possess, use, give, or sell paraphernalia related to any prohibited substance. (See glossary
for ―paraphernalia.‖)
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Possess, use, abuse, or sell look-alike drugs or attempt to pass items off as drugs or
contraband.
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Abuse the student‘s own prescription drug, give a prescription drug to another student, or
possess or be under the influence of another person‘s prescription drug on school
property or at a school-related event. (See glossary for ―abuse.‖)
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Abuse over-the-counter drugs. (See glossary for ―abuse.‖) Be under the influence of
prescription or over-the-counter drugs that cause impairment of the physical or mental
faculties. (See glossary for ―under the influence.‖)
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Have or take prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs at school other than as
provided by district policy.
Misuse of Technology Resources and the Internet
Students shall not:
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Violate policies, rules, or agreements signed by the student or the student‘s parent
regarding the use of technology resources.
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Attempt to access or circumvent passwords or other security-related information of the
district, students, or employees or upload or create computer viruses, including off school
property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
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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.
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Use the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten district students,
employees, board members, or volunteers, including off school property if the conduct
causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
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Send, post, or possess electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented,
threatening, harassing, damaging to another‘s reputation, or illegal, including cyber
bullying and ―sexting,‖ either on or off school property, if the conduct causes a
substantial disruption to the educational environment.
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Use e-mail or websites to engage in or encourage illegal behavior or threaten school
safety, including off school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the
educational environment.
Safety Transgressions
Students shall not:
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Possess published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage illegal
behavior or that could threaten school safety.
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Engage in verbal (oral or written) exchanges that threaten the safety of another student, a
school employee, or school property.
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Make false accusations or perpetrate hoaxes regarding school safety.
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Engage in any conduct that school officials might reasonably believe will substantially
disrupt the school program or incite violence.
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Throw objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage.
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Discharge a fire extinguisher without valid cause.
Miscellaneous Offenses
Students shall not:
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Failure to visibly wear a student ID badge during school hours or possess a valid means
of identification at all school sponsored events after school hours. (All students must
wear their ID badge).
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Failure to complete classroom assignments, homework, projects, and reports as
prescribed in the Irving ISD grading policy/procedures as communicated in the Student
Handbook.
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Violate dress and grooming standards as communicated in the student handbook.
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Cheat or copy the work of another.
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Gamble.
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Falsify records, passes, or other school-related documents.
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Engage in actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or materially interfere with
school activities.
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Repeatedly violate other communicated campus or classroom standards of conduct.
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Any action that could cause injury or harm to another.
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Engages in inappropriate public display of affection; and/or inappropriate physical or
sexual contact
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Sexting (see glossary for ―sexting‖)
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Inappropriate use of school or classroom phone
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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Student Dress
Students shall observe modesty, appropriateness, and neatness in clothing and personal appearance. Any clothing,
cosmetics, tattoos, jewelry, contact lenses, hair, or style thereof shall not be worn, nor allowed to be worn, at school
or at school-sponsored or school-related activities if it is a disturbing influence and interferes with the purposes of
such classes or activities.
The following regulations concerning dress and grooming are deemed necessary in order to comply with the
foregoing requirements for proper personal appearance and to avoid disruption of school-sponsored or schoolrelated activities:
Pre-K, Elementary and Middle school students must follow uniform policy for each campus.
Clothing Item
Permitted Styles
Tops
● Short or long-sleeved shirt
● Pull over sweater/sweatshirt
● Turtleneck and mock
turtleneck
Bottoms/Shorts/Capris
● Four- or Five-pocket jeans
● Pleated or non-pleated slacks
● Pants and shorts must have a zipper or
button fly
● Capris must touch the knee cap or below
● Shorts permitted no more than 2‖ above
the knee
Skirts/Dresses
● Hem of skirt or kick pleat must be no
more than 2‖ above the knee cap
● Dresses must have sleeves
Outerwear
Footwear
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Sweatshirt
Hooded sweatshirt
Jacket, Coat, Windbreaker
School-sponsored jacket
Must wear shoes
High school students can wear athletic
sandals with socks
Special Comments
● No visible cleavage
● All multi-layers must comply with dress
code
● No spandex or other stretch material
● No tank tops or spaghetti straps
● All shirts must extend below the hip line
● No sheer or see-through
● All pants must be worn above the hip level
(no sagging)
● No holes and no skin showing above the
knee
● No torn or tattered pants
● If belts are worn, they must be worn inside
belt loops at all times and appropriate size
● No studs, brads, or other excessive
adornment on belts
● Must be hemmed properly at bottom
● No pajamas, warm-ups, sweatpants, or wind
pants
● Must be hemmed properly at bottom
● No low-cut neckline (dresses)
● Leggings and tights may only be worn under
skirts as long as guidelines for skirts are met
● Hoods cannot be worn in the building
● No trench coats
● No house shoes (shoes without soles)
● No shoes with wheels
● All students must wear closed toed athletic
shoes to PE
Hair
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● Neatly groomed
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style haircuts if it interferes with the educational process as determined by the campus
administration
Clothing, jewelry, or tattoos which displays or advertises controlled substances, such as
alcohol, tobacco or drugs, or that is lewd and offensive, or obscene is prohibited (weapons,
drug or alcohol related)
No gang-related clothing or anything that may be allusive to gang-like affiliation, even if it
is not in purpose
No chains or bandanas
All clothing must fit appropriately, not excessively tight or large
Administrators will have complete and final judgment on all matters concerning interpretation of the dress code.
Matters concerning the appearance and dress not specifically covered in the dress code that are disruptive to the
educational process are not permitted.
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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. 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:
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Verbal correction, oral or written.
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Cooling-off time or ―time-out.‖
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Seating changes within the classroom or vehicles owned or operated by the district.
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Temporary confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process.
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Rewards or demerits.
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Behavioral contracts.
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Counseling by teachers, school counselors, or administrative personnel.
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Parent-teacher conferences.
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Detention, including outside regular school hours.
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Sending the student to the office or other assigned area, or to in-school suspension.
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Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities, eligibility for
seeking and holding honorary offices, or membership in school-sponsored clubs and
organizations.
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Penalties identified in individual student organizations‘ extracurricular standards of
behavior.
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Restriction or revocation of district transportation/bus privileges.
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School-assessed and school-administered probation.
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Out-of-school suspension, as specified in the Out-of-School Suspension section of this
Code.
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Placement in a DAEP, as specified in the DAEP section of this Code.
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Placement and/or expulsion in an alternative educational setting, as specified in the
Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Offenses section of this Code.
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Expulsion, as specified in the Expulsion section of this Code.
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Referral to an outside agency or legal authority for criminal prosecution in addition to
disciplinary measures imposed by the district.
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Other strategies and consequences as determined by school officials.
Notification
The campus behavior coordinator shall promptly notify a student‘s parent by phone or in person
of any violation that may result in in-school or out-of-school suspension, placement in a DAEP,
placement in a JJAEP, or expulsion. The campus behavior coordinator shall also notify a
student‘s parent if the student is taken into custody by a law enforcement officer under the
disciplinary provisions of the Education Code. A good faith effort shall be made on the day the
action was taken to provide to the student for delivery to the student‘s parent written notification
of the disciplinary action. If the 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
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: http://pol.tasb.org/home/index/367.
Consequences shall not be deferred pending the outcome of a grievance.
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Automobile Usage
Only high school students possessing a valid automobile driver's license and insurance are
authorized to drive cars to and from school. Students are to exercise utmost caution driving on
the school parking area and must observe a maximum speed of 10 mph. Students must obtain
parking permits and must park in the designated area. Back-in parking is not permitted. Permits
may be revoked for abuse of parking rules. Students will not loiter on the parking lot or in cars.
Cars may not be removed during school hours without a pass signed by an administrator. No
adult or outsider will be permitted to remove a car without a pass signed by the principal or
assistant principal. Principals may establish posted tow away zones at various locations at their
campus. Violators will be dealt with by the school administration and, in some cases, the cars
may be towed away or wheel immobilizer (boots) may be placed on wheels. Owners are
responsible for paying towing and storage and/or immobilizer fees or costs. A law or ordinance
regulating traffic on a public highway or street applies to the operation of a vehicle on school
property (TEC 37.102).
Bus Conduct
The state of Texas, through the Dallas County superintendent's office, provides free
transportation for students living more than two miles from the school in their attendance area.
All designated bus routes and stops are scheduled through the county superintendent's office.
When riding school buses, students are under the direct supervision of school authorities and are
subject to the same regulations governing conduct and behavior as when in the classrooms.
Students are expected to show respect for the driver's authority. Principals have the authority to
temporarily deprive students of transportation privileges for repeated misconduct on buses.
Drivers are expected to confer with principals with reference to any infractions of rules and
regulations regarding the operation of school buses. Certain responsibilities go with the privilege
of bus transportation. Cooperation of every person who rides the school bus is necessary for the
safety and comfort of all.
The following regulations are in effect during the operation of the bus:
● The driver is in charge of the bus and students. Students will obey the driver promptly.
● Students must be on time. The bus cannot wait for those who are tardy.
● Students will be seated after entering a bus and remain seated at all times while the bus is in
motion.
● Students will not have arms or any other part of their bodies out of the windows at any time
the bus is in motion.
● The use of tobacco, alcohol, or any other prohibited substance is not permitted on the bus or
on grounds while waiting for the bus.
● Scuffling, throwing objects, excessively loud talk, or acting in any manner that may cause
injury or annoyance to other students is strictly prohibited.
● Students will help maintain the cleanliness of the bus.
● Any willful damage done to the bus must be paid for by the student or parents.
● If it is necessary to cross to the other side of the road or street after exiting the bus, the cross
will be made in front of the bus.
● The emergency door will be used for emergencies only. Except in case of emergency,
students will get on and off through the front door.
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● If, in the opinion of the bus driver, a road is impassable due to inclement weather, the bus
will travel on passable roads only. It will be the obligation of the student to meet the bus on
the nearest passable road, or it will be the obligation of the parent to get the student to school.
● Only qualified riders may ride the school bus.
● School buses will not be stopped by any person for any reason unless there is an emergency.
● School buses are not to be backed up while in use. If there is not a safe and proper place to
turn around, buses will not be required to stop.
● All complaints will be referred to the campus principal.
For violations of any of the above rules, a student will be reported to the school principal having
supervisory control over the student.
Removal from the School Bus
A bus driver may refer a student to the principal‘s office to maintain effective discipline on the
bus. The principal 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 may restrict or revoke a student‘s transportation privileges, in
accordance with law.
Extracurricular Standards of Behavior - Board Policy
FO(LOCAL)
With the annual review and approval of the principal and Superintendent or designee, sponsors
and coaches of extracurricular activities, including interscholastic athletics and marching band,
may develop and enforce standards of behavior that are higher than the District-developed
Student Code of Conduct and may condition membership or participation in the activity on
adherence to those standards. Extracurricular standards of behavior may take into consideration
conduct that occurs any time, on or off school property. No provision of an extracurricular
behavioral standard shall have the effect of discriminating on the basis of sex, race, disability,
religion, or ethnicity. Students shall be informed of any extracurricular behavior standards at the
beginning of each school year, or in the case of interscholastic athletics and marching band, at
the time the students report for workout or practices that occur prior to the actual beginning of
classes. Students and their parents shall sign and return to the sponsor or coach a statement that
they have read the extracurricular behavior standards and consent to them as a condition of
participation in the activity. Organizational standards of behavior of an extracurricular activity
are independent of the Student Code of Conduct. Violations of these standards of behavior that
are also violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in independent disciplinary
actions.
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A student may be removed from participation in extracurricular activities or may be excluded
from school honors for violations of organizational standards of behavior of an extracurricular
activity or for violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
Interrogations, Searches and Electronic Surveillance – Board
Policy FNF(LOCAL)
School authorities may search a student, student lockers, student automobiles or other
possessions or property under their control and may seize any prohibited, illegal or otherwise
unlawful contraband, including weapons, discovered as a result of the search. Such searches
may be conducted because there is reasonable belief/cause or upon securing the student's
voluntary consent. The administration is authorized to utilize canines whose reliability and
accuracy for sniffing out contraband has been established to aid in the search for contraband in
school-owned property and automobiles parked on school property. Metal detectors may be
used on a random basis to detect and deter weapons-related infractions. If any contraband,
including weapons, is found, the student is subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including
removal, suspension, or expulsion. Electronic surveillance may be used to monitor student
behavior and school owned property. Student behavior recorded on electronic surveillance
equipment is subject to all provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.
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.
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At the conference, the campus behavior coordinator or appropriate administrator shall inform the
student of the misconduct for which he or she is charged and the consequences. The student shall
have an opportunity to give his or her version of the incident.
When a student is removed from the regular classroom by a teacher and a conference is pending,
the campus behavior coordinator or other administrator may place the student in:
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Another appropriate classroom.
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In-school suspension.
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Out-of-school suspension.
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DAEP.
A teacher or administrator must remove a student from class if the student engages in behavior
that under the Education Code requires or permits the student to be placed in a DAEP or
expelled. When removing for those reasons, the procedures in the subsequent sections on DAEP
or expulsion shall be followed.
Returning Student to Classroom
When a student has been formally removed from class by a teacher for conduct against the
teacher containing the elements of assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual
assault, murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder, the
student may not be returned to the teacher‘s class without the teacher‘s consent.
When a student has been formally removed by a teacher for any other conduct, the student may
be returned to the teacher‘s class without the teacher‘s consent, if the placement review
committee determines that the teacher‘s class is the best or only alternative available.
Revoking of Transfers
The District has the right to revoke the transfer of a student for violating the District‘s Code of
Conduct and/or District Policy and guidelines pertaining to transfers.
Student Publications
All publications edited, printed, or distributed in the name of or within one of the District‘s
schools shall be under the control of the school administration and the School Board pursuant to
Board Policy FMA (LOCAL).
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In-School Suspension
Misconduct
Students may be removed from the regular classroom and assigned to In-School-Suspension for
any behavior in this Code as General Conduct Violations.
Process
A special area in each school may be designated as the In-School Suspension (ISS) room and
supervised by a teacher, administrator, or other designated staff member. In this setting, the
student receives, to the extent possible, assignments/instruction in each course with little or no
opportunities for social interaction with peers. The intent of this disciplinary action is to deter
student misbehavior, reduce incidences of school disruption, and provide students the best
educational opportunities possible. The length of time for this action will be determined by the
nature of the discipline problem and the cooperation of the student and his/her parents or
guardians.
Although the length of assignment to In-School-Suspension is unlimited, no student should
accumulate more than 30 days of placement in ISS during the school year.
The appropriate administrator will determine any restrictions on participation in schoolsponsored or school related extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
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),
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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 co-curricular activities.
Scholastic Penalties
If a student is suspended, the student's absence shall be considered to be an excused absence if
the student satisfactorily completes the assignments for the period of suspension. Make-up work
from a suspended student shall not be penalized. The number of days the student has to make up
the work after returning to school is equal to the length of the suspension.
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Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP)
Placement
The DAEP shall be provided in a setting other than the student‘s regular classroom. An
elementary school student may not be placed in a DAEP with a student who is not an elementary
school student.
For purposes of DAEP, elementary classification shall be kindergarten–grade 5 and secondary
classification shall be grades 6–12.
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.
A short term DAEP placement will be from four weeks (20 days) to six weeks (30 days). A
student may be placed on a long term (at least 45 days) or End-of-Year (EOY) assignment. For
consistent, persistent misbehavior at the alternative school, expulsion may be considered.
Assignments for all DAEP placements will be provided from the student's home campus as
appropriate. Teachers at DAEP will provide appropriate level instruction for the students placed
at DAEP.
Discretionary Placement: Misconduct That May Result in DAEP
Placement
A student may be placed in a DAEP for behaviors prohibited in the General Conduct Violations
section of this Code.
Misconduct Identified in State Law
In accordance with state law, a student may be placed in a DAEP for any one of the following
offenses:
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Involvement in a public school fraternity, sorority, or secret society, including
participating as a member or pledge, or soliciting another person to become a pledge or
member of a public school fraternity, sorority, secret society, or gang. (See glossary.)
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Involvement in criminal street gang activity. (See glossary.)
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Criminal mischief, including 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
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conduct punishable as a felony, other than aggravated robbery or those listed as offenses
involving injury to a person in Title 5 (see glossary) of the Texas Penal Code, that occurs off
school property and not at a school-sponsored or school-related event, if the student‘s presence
in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers or will be detrimental
to the educational process.
The 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 a bomb threat) or a
terroristic threat involving a public school. (See glossary.)
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Commits the following offenses on school property or within 300 feet of school property
as measured from any point on the school‘s real property boundary line, or while
attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:
o Engages in conduct punishable as a felony.
o Commits an assault (see glossary) under Texas Penal Code 22.01(a)(1).
o Sells, gives, or delivers to another person, or possesses, uses, or is under the
influence of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug in an amount
not constituting a felony offense. A student with a valid prescription for low-THC
cannabis as authorized by Chapter 487 of the Health and Safety Code does not
violate this provision. (School-related felony drug offenses are addressed in the
Expulsion section.) (See glossary for ―under the influence.‖)
o Sells, gives, or delivers to another person an alcoholic beverage; commits a
serious act or offense while under the influence of alcohol; or possesses, uses, or
is under the 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.
o Behaves in a manner that contains the elements of the offense of public lewdness
or indecent exposure.
o 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
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combination with another expellable offense is addressed in the Expulsion section of this
Code.)
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Engages in conduct punishable as aggravated robbery or a felony listed under Title 5 (see
glossary) of the Texas Penal Code when the conduct occurs off school property and not at
a school-sponsored or school-related event and:
1. The student receives deferred prosecution (see glossary),
2. A court or jury finds that the student has engaged in delinquent conduct (see
glossary), or
3. The superintendent or designee has a reasonable belief (see glossary) that the student
engaged in the conduct.
Sexual Assault and Campus Assignments
If a student has been convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children or
convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault
against another student on the same campus, and if the victim‘s parent or another person with the
authority to act on behalf of the victim requests that the board transfer the offending student to
another campus, the offending student shall be transferred to another campus in the district. If
there is no other campus in the district serving the grade level of the offending student, the
offending student shall be transferred to a DAEP.
Emergencies
In an emergency, the principal or the principal‘s designee may order the immediate placement of
a student in a DAEP for any reason for which placement in a DAEP may be made on a
nonemergency basis.
Process
Removals to a DAEP shall be made by the campus behavior coordinator.
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.
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Consideration of Mitigating Factors
In deciding whether to place a student in a DAEP, regardless of whether the action is mandatory
or discretionary, the campus behavior coordinator shall take into consideration:
1. Self-defense (see glossary),
2. Intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and
3. The student‘s disciplinary history.
Placement Order
After the conference, if the student is placed in the DAEP, the campus behavior coordinator shall
write a placement order. A copy of the DAEP placement order shall be sent to the student and
the student‘s parent.
Not later than the second business day after the conference, the board‘s designee shall deliver to
the juvenile court a copy of the placement order and all information required by Section 52.04 of
the Family Code.
If the student is placed in the DAEP and the length of placement is inconsistent with the
guidelines included in this Code, the placement order shall give notice of the inconsistency.
Coursework Notice
The parent or guardian of a student placed in DAEP shall be given written notice of the student‘s
opportunity to complete a foundation curriculum course in which the student was enrolled at the
time of removal and which is required for graduation, at no cost to the student. The notice shall
include information regarding all methods available for completing the coursework.
Length of Placement
The duration of a student‘s placement in a DAEP shall be determined by the campus behavior
coordinator.
The duration of a student‘s placement shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. DAEP
placement shall be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student‘s age and grade level,
the frequency of misconduct, the student‘s attitude, and statutory requirements.
The maximum period of DAEP placement shall be one calendar year except as provided below.
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.
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The statutory limitations on the length of a DAEP placement do not apply to a placement
resulting from the board‘s decision to place a student who engaged in the sexual assault of
another student so that the students are not assigned to the same campus.
Exceeds School Year
Students who commit offenses requiring placement in a DAEP at the end of one school year may
be required to continue that placement at the start of the next school year to complete the
assigned term of placement.
For placement in a DAEP to extend beyond the end of the school year, the campus behavior
coordinator or the board‘s designee must determine that:
1. The student‘s presence in the regular classroom or campus presents a danger of physical
harm to the student or others, or
2. The student has engaged in serious or persistent misbehavior (see glossary) that violates
the district‘s Code.
Exceeds 60 Days
For placement in a DAEP to extend beyond 60 days or the end of the next grading period,
whichever is sooner, a student‘s parent shall be given notice and the opportunity to participate in
a proceeding before the board or the board‘s designee.
Appeals
Questions from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the campus
administration.
Student or parent appeals regarding a student‘s placement in a DAEP should be addressed in
accordance with FNG(LOCAL). A copy of this policy may be obtained from the principal‘s
office, the campus behavior coordinator‘s office, the central administration office, or through
Policy On Line at the following address: http://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Code/367?filter=FNG
Appeals shall begin Level One with the principal
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
State law prohibits a student placed in a DAEP for reasons specified in state law from attending
or participating in school-sponsored or school-related extracurricular activities.
The district shall provide transportation to students in a 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.
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Placement Review
A student placed in a DAEP shall be provided a review of his or her status, including academic
status, by the campus behavior coordinator or the board‘s designee at intervals not to exceed 120
days. In the case of a high school student, the student‘s progress toward graduation and the
student‘s graduation plan shall also be reviewed. At the review, the student or the student‘s
parent shall be given the opportunity to present arguments for the student‘s return to the regular
classroom or campus. The student may not be returned to the classroom of a teacher who
removed the student without that teacher‘s consent.
Additional Misconduct
If during the term of placement in a DAEP the student engages in additional misconduct for
which placement in a DAEP or expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may
be conducted, and the campus behavior coordinator may enter an additional disciplinary order as
a result of those proceedings.
Notice of Criminal Proceedings
The office of the prosecuting attorney shall notify the district if a student was placed in a DAEP
for certain offenses including any felony, unlawful restraint, indecent exposure, assault, deadly
conduct, terroristic threats, organized crime, certain drug offenses, or possession of a weapon,
and:
1. Prosecution of a student‘s case was refused for lack of prosecutorial merit or insufficient
evidence and no formal proceedings, deferred adjudication (see glossary), or deferred
prosecution will be initiated; or
2. The court or jury found a student not guilty, or made a finding that the student did not
engage in delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for supervision, and the case
was dismissed with prejudice.
If a student was placed in a DAEP for such conduct, on receiving the notice from the prosecutor,
the superintendent or designee shall review the student‘s placement and schedule a review with
the student‘s parent not later than the third day after the superintendent or designee receives
notice from the prosecutor. The student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the
review.
After reviewing the notice and receiving information from the student‘s parent, the
superintendent or designee may continue the student‘s placement if there is reason to believe that
the presence of the student in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or
teachers.
The student or the student‘s parent may appeal the superintendent‘s decision to the board. The
student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the appeal. In the case of an
appeal, the board shall, at the next scheduled meeting, review the notice from the prosecutor and
receive information from the student, the student‘s parent, and the superintendent or designee,
and confirm or reverse the decision of the superintendent or designee. The board shall make a
record of the proceedings.
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If the board confirms the decision of the superintendent or designee, the student and the student‘s
parent may appeal to the Commissioner of Education. The student may not be returned to the
regular classroom pending the appeal.
Withdrawal during Process
When a student violates the district‘s Code in a way that requires or permits the student to be
placed in a DAEP and the student withdraws from the district before a placement order is
completed, the campus behavior coordinator may complete the proceedings and issue a
placement order. If the student then reenrolls in the district during the same or a subsequent
school year, the district may enforce the order at that time, less any period of the placement that
has been served by the student during enrollment in another district. If the campus behavior
coordinator or the board fails to issue a placement order after the student withdraws, the next
district in which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings and issue a placement order.
Newly Enrolled Students
The district shall continue the DAEP placement of a student who enrolls in the district and was
assigned to a DAEP in an open-enrollment charter school or another district.
A newly enrolled student with a DAEP placement from a district in another state shall be placed
as any other newly enrolled student if the behavior committed is a reason for DAEP placement in
the receiving district.
If the student was placed in a DAEP by a school district in another state for a period that exceeds
one year, this district, by state law, shall reduce the period of the placement so that the total
placement does not exceed one year. After a review, however, the placement may be extended
beyond a year if the district determines that the student is a threat to the safety of other students
or employees or the extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
Emergency Placement Procedure
When an emergency placement occurs, the student shall be given oral notice of the reason for the
action. Not later than the tenth day after the date of the placement, the student shall be given the
appropriate conference required for assignment to a DAEP.
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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:

Have received deferred prosecution for conduct defined as aggravated robbery or a Title
5 felony offense;

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;

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

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:

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 false alarm or report (including a bomb threat) or a
terroristic threat involving a public school.
At School, Within 300 Feet, or at a School Event
A student may be expelled for committing any of the following offenses on or within 300 feet of
school property, as measured from any point on the school‘s real property boundary line, or
while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property:

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

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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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 campus Principal the authority to conduct hearings and
expel students.
Appeal Process
Upon request of an appeal of the principal‘s decision to expel, the student will be assigned to the
District‘s Discipline Alternative Education Program in order to continue their education services
throughout the appeal process. A request to appeal a decision of the principal to expel a student
shall be made in writing to the Administrator for Campus Operations within five working days
after notice of expulsion in accordance with Board Policy FNG (LOCAL). A copy of this policy
may be obtained from the principal‘s office or the office of the Administrator for Campus
Operations at central administration or through Policy Online at the following address:
http://pol.tasb.org/home/index/367.
The following sequence will be utilized for appeals of the principal's decision:
1. Administrator for Campus Operations
2. Additional District Administrator designated by the Superintendent
The decision by the Superintendent‘s designee may be appealed to the Board by submitting to
the Superintendent a written request to place the matter on the agenda of the next regular Board
meeting. The Board shall conduct a hearing in accordance with Board Policy BE(LOCAL).
Pending an appeal of an expulsion to the Board, a student will be allowed to remain current on
all course work.
However, if the appeal is denied, no District credit will be earned for work missed during the
period of expulsion unless the student is enrolled in the Dallas County Juvenile Justice
Alternative Education Program (DCJJAEP) or another District approved program. Students with
disabilities will receive education services during expulsion as determined by the Admission,
Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee.
Expulsion Order
Before ordering the expulsion, the board or campus behavior coordinator shall take into
consideration:
1. Self-defense (see glossary),
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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 principal of the Secondary
Reassignment Center shall deliver to the juvenile court a copy of the expulsion order and the
information required by Section 52.04 of the Family Code.
If the length of the expulsion is inconsistent with the guidelines included in the Student Code of
Conduct, the expulsion order shall give notice of the inconsistency.
Length of Expulsion
The length of an expulsion shall be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student‘s age
and grade level, the frequency of misbehavior, the student‘s attitude, and statutory requirements.
The duration of a student‘s expulsion shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. 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.
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Restrictions during Expulsion
Expelled students are prohibited from being on school grounds or attending school-sponsored or
school-related activities during the period of expulsion.
No district academic credit shall be earned for work missed during the period of expulsion unless
the student is enrolled in a JJAEP or another district-approved program.
Newly Enrolled Students
The district shall continue the expulsion of any newly enrolled student expelled from another
district or an open-enrollment charter school until the period of the expulsion is completed.
If a student expelled in another state enrolls in the district, the district may continue the
expulsion under the terms of the expulsion order, may place the student in a DAEP for the period
specified in the order, or may allow the student to attend regular classes if:
1. The out-of-state district provides the district with a copy of the expulsion order, and
2. The offense resulting in the expulsion is also an expellable offense in the district in which
the student is enrolling.
If a student is expelled by a district in another state for a period that exceeds one year and the
district continues the expulsion or places the student in a DAEP, the district shall reduce the
period of the expulsion or DAEP placement so that the entire period does not exceed one year,
unless after a review it is determined that:
1. The student is a threat to the safety of other students or district employees, or
2. Extended placement is in the best interest of the student.
Emergency Expulsion Procedures
When an emergency expulsion occurs, the student shall be given verbal notice of the reason for
the action. Within ten days after the date of the emergency expulsion, the student shall be given
appropriate due process required for a student facing expulsion.
DAEP Placement of Expelled Students
The district may provide educational services to any expelled student in a DAEP; however,
educational services in the DAEP must be provided if the student is less than ten years of age.
Guidelines for Acceptable Use of Technology Resources
These guidelines are provided here so that students and parents are aware of the responsibilities students accept
when they use District-owned hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files,
electronic mail, local databases, digitized information, communication technologies, and Internet access. In general,
this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of all technology resources.
Expectations are as follows
● Student use of computers, other technology hardware, software, and computer networks,
including the Internet, is only allowed when supervised or granted permission by a staff
member.
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● All users are expected to follow existing copyright laws. Copyright guidelines are posted
and/or available in the library media center of each campus as well as posted on the District‘s
Web site.
● Although the District has an Internet safety plan in place, students are expected to notify a
staff member whenever they come across information or messages that are inappropriate,
dangerous, threatening, or make them feel uncomfortable.
● Students who identify or know about a security problem are expected to convey the details to
their teacher without discussing it with other students.
Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to the following
● Using the network for illegal activities, including copyright, license, or contract violations or
downloading inappropriate materials, viruses, and/or software, such as but not limited to
hacking and host file-sharing software.
● Using the network for financial or commercial gain, advertising, or political lobbying.
● Accessing or exploring online locations or materials that do not support the curriculum
and/or are inappropriate for school assignments, such as, but not limited to pornographic
sites.
● Vandalizing and/or tampering with equipment, programs, files, software, system
performance, or other components of the network. Use or possession of hacking software is
strictly prohibited.
● Causing congestion on the network or interfering with the work of others, e.g. peer-to-peer
gaming or broadcast messages to lists or individuals.
● Intentionally wasting finite resources, i.e., downloading and/or streaming of movies or music
for non-educational purposes.
● Gaining unauthorized access anywhere on the network.
● Revealing the home address or phone number of one‘s self or another person.
● Invading the privacy of other individuals.
● Using another user‘s account, password, or ID card or allowing another user to access your
account, password, or ID.
● Coaching, helping, observing, or joining any unauthorized activity on the network.
● Posting anonymous messages or unlawful information on the system.
● Engaging in cyber-bullying, sexting, sexual harassment or using objectionable language in
public or private messages, e.g., racist, terroristic, abusive, sexually explicit, threatening,
demeaning, stalking, or slanderous.
● Falsifying permission, authorization, or identification documents.
● Obtaining copies of or modifying files, data, or passwords belonging to other users on the
network.
● Knowingly placing malware, such as a computer virus, trojan, worms, spyware, etc., on a
computer or network.
Acceptable use guidelines for the District’s network computer online services are
as follows
● Students will have access to all available forms of electronic media and communication that
is in support of education and research, and in support of the educational goals and objectives
of the District.
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● Students are responsible for their ethical and educational use of the computer online services
in the District.
● All policies and restrictions of the District‘s computer online services must be followed.
● Access to the District‘s computer online services is a privilege and not a right. Each
employee, student, and/or parent will be required to sign the Acceptable Use Policy
Agreement Sheet and adhere to the Acceptable Use Guidelines in order to be granted access
to District computer online services.
● The use of any District computer online services in the District must be in support of
education and research and in support of the educational goals and objectives of the District.
● When placing, removing, or restricting access to specific databases or other District computer
online services, school officials will apply the same criteria of educational suitability used for
other education resources.
● Transmission of any material that is in violation of any federal or state law is prohibited. This
includes, but is not limited to confidential information, copyrighted material, threatening or
obscene material, and computer viruses.
● Any attempt to alter data, the configuration of a computer, or the files of another user without
the consent of the individual, campus administrator, or technology administrator, will be
considered an act of vandalism and subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the
District‘s Student Code of Conduct booklet.
Parents concerned with the District‘s computer online services at their child‘s school should refer
to EFA(LOCAL): Instructional Resources: Instructional Material Selection and Adoption policy
and follow the stated procedure. Any parent wishing to restrict their children‘s access to any
District computer online services will provide this restriction request in writing. Parents will
assume responsibility for imposing restrictions only on their own children.
Network Etiquette
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Be polite.
Use appropriate language.
Do not reveal personal data (home address, phone number of other people).
Remember that the other users of the District‘s computer online services and other networks
are human beings whose culture, language, and humor have different points of reference
from your own.
● Users should be polite when forwarding e-mail. The intent of forwarding email should be on
a need-to-know basis.
E-mail
● E-mail should be used for educational or administrative purposes only.
● E-mail transmissions, stored data, transmitted data, or any other use of the District‘s
computer online services by students, employees, or any other user shall not be considered
confidential and may be monitored at any time by designated staff to ensure appropriate use.
● All e-mail and all e-mail contents are property of the District.
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Consequences are as follows
● The student in whose name a system account and/or computer hardware is issued will be
responsible at all times for its appropriate use.
● Noncompliance with the guidelines published here, in the Student Code of Conduct, and in
Board Policy CQ (LOCAL) may result in suspension or termination of technology privileges
and disciplinary actions. Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited and
violators will be subject to disciplinary consequences of the Student Code of Conduct.
Violations of applicable state and federal law, including the Texas Penal Code, Computer
Crimes, and Chapter 33 will result in criminal prosecution, as well as disciplinary actions by
the District.
● Electronic mail, network usage, and all stored files will not be considered confidential and
may be monitored at any time by designated District staff to ensure appropriate use
● The District will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation
concerning or relating to violations of computer crime laws. Contents of e-mail and network
communications are governed by the Texas Open Records Act; therefore, proper authorities
will be given access to their content.
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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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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.
Bullying is prohibited by the District and could include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing, assault,
demands for money, confinement, destruction of property, theft of valued passions, namecalling, rumor-spreading, and ostracism. In some cases, bullying can occur through electronic
methods, called ―cyber bullying.‖
If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying of another
student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, counselor, principal or
another District employee as soon as possible. The administration will investigate any allegations
of bullying and will take appropriate disciplinary action if an investigation indicates that bullying
has occurred. Disciplinary or other action may be taken even if the conduct did not rise to the
level of bullying.
Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.
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.
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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.
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
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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.
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.
Senate Bill 83, passed in 2003 by the Texas Legislature, requires students to recite the pledge to
the United States and Texas Flags followed by one-minute of silence during which a student
may, as the student chooses, reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity that is
not likely to interfere with or distract another student
Serious misbehavior means:
1. Deliberate violent behavior that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others;
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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.

Actions or demonstrations that substantially disrupt or materially interfere with school
activities.

Refusal to attempt or complete school work as assigned.

Insubordination.
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Profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures.

Leaving school grounds without permission.
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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).
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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;

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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