Section I: parental rights and responsibilities 3 parental involvement 3




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NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT


In its efforts to promote nondiscrimination, Weatherford ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including CTE programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, which incorporates and expands upon the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

The following District representatives have been designated to coordinate compliance with these legal requirements:



  • Title IX Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of gender Richard Crosby, Director of Human Resources 817-598-2836.

  • ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of disability: Patti Young, Executive Director of Special Programs 817-598-2800.

  • All other concerns regarding discrimination: See the superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Hanks 817-598-2808.

[See Policies FB(LOCAL) and FFH(LOCAL).]


NONTRADITIONAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS


The P.A.S.S. program--Positive Alternatives for Student Success--is a school within-a-school setting where students are able to accelerate instruction in order to attain credits in their pursuit of a high school diploma. For questions about this program contact Pam Freeman at 817-598-2858. [See Requirements for a Diploma on page 34.]

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS / HEALTH SCREENINGS


All athletes must turn in a physical examination form signed by his/her physician and parent/guardian before participating in any athletic practices or competitions.

PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE


Each school day, students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag. Parents may submit a written request to the principal to excuse their child from reciting a pledge. [See Excusing a Student from Reciting the Pledges to the U.S. and Texas Flags on page 7.]

One minute of silence will follow recitation of the pledges. Each student may choose to reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity during that minute so long as the silent activity does not interfere with or distract others. [See Policy EC(LEGAL) for more information.]


PRAYER


Each student has a right to individually, voluntarily, and silently pray or meditate in school in a manner that does not disrupt instructional or other activities of the school. The school will not encourage, require, or coerce a student to engage in or to refrain from such prayer or meditation during any school activity.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION


A student will be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter of the course or grade level, the recommendation of the student’s teacher, the score received on any criterion-referenced or state-mandated assessment, and any other necessary academic information as determined by the District. To earn credit in a course, a student must receive a grade of at least 70 based on course-level or grade-level standards.

If a student in grade 5 or 8 is enrolled in a course that earns high school credit and for which an end-of-course (EOC) assessment will be administered or in a course intended for students above the student’s current grade level in which the student will be administered a state mandated assessment, the student will not be subject to the promotion requirements described above for the relevant grade 5 or 8 assessment. However, the student’s score on an EOC assessment will count for 15 percent of the final grade for the course in which the student is enrolled and will be used in determining whether the student meets the minimum cumulative score required for graduation.

If a student at any grade level is enrolled in a class or course intended for students above his or her current grade level in which the student will be administered a state mandated assessment, the student will only be required to take an applicable state mandated assessment for the course in which he or she is enrolled.

Certain students—some with disabilities and some with limited English proficiency—may be eligible for exemptions, accommodations, or deferred testing. For more information, see the principal, counselor, or special education director.

A Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) will be prepared for any student in a middle school or beyond who did not perform satisfactorily on a state-mandated assessment or is determined by the District as not likely to earn a high school diploma before the fifth school year following enrollment in grade 9. The PGP will be designed and implemented by a guidance counselor, teacher, or other staff member designated by the principal. The plan will, among other items, identify the student’s educational goals, address the parent’s educational expectations for the student, and outline an intensive instruction program for the student. [For additional information, see the counselor and Policy EIF(LEGAL).] For a student receiving special education services, the student’s IEP may serve as the student’s PGP and would therefore be developed by the student’s ARD committee.

RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL


Because class time is important, doctor’s appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times when the student will not miss instructional time.

A student who will need to leave school during the day must bring a note from his or her parent that morning and follow the campus sign-out procedures before leaving the campus. Otherwise, a student will not be released from school at times other than at the end of the school day. Unless the principal or superintendent has granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a student will not regularly be released before the end of the instructional day.

If a student becomes ill during the school day, the student should receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student’s parent.

A student who will need to leave school during the day must comply with the following procedures. If a student leaves school early without following these procedures, disciplinary actions will be taken. Procedures include:

• A parent/guardian should call the WHS attendance office (817-598-2862) or the NGC attendance office (817-598-2962) at least an hour before the needed early release, stating the time and reason the student needs to leave school early.

• Students must sign out in the attendance office before leaving campus. Students who leave without signing out will face disciplinary action. Students may not leave campus early unless the student’s parent/guardian gives consent to a WHS or NGC attendance clerk or an administrator.

• Weatherford High School and the NGC are closed campuses. Parents should not call students out for lunch. If a student has to leave during the lunch period, the parent must come in to the attendance office to sign the student out (unless there is an emergency situation). Students who come back to campus late after lunch will be counted absent unless they have an accepted written excuse (doctor, court, etc.).

Seniors who have early dismissal on their schedule and Career and Technology (CATE) co-op students who have early dismissal privileges so they may report to their work assignment MUST not remain on campus when they are not assigned classes. Students who loiter anywhere on the school grounds when they are not assigned classes will be subject to disciplinary action and the assignment of additional classes. In addition, CATE students who are violators of this regulation may be removed from the co-op program and assigned a regular, full-day classroom schedule. If a student becomes ill during the school day, the student should receive permission from the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student’s parent.


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