In the interest of promoting student safety and attempting to ensure that schools are safe and drug free, District officials may from time to time conduct searches. Such searches are conducted without a warrant and as permitted by law.
Students’ Desks and Lockers
Students’ desks and lockers are school property and remain under the control and jurisdiction of the school even when assigned to an individual student.
Students are fully responsible for the security and contents of their assigned desks and lockers. Students must be certain that their lockers are locked, and that the combinations are not available to others.
Searches of desks or lockers may be conducted at any time there is reasonable cause to believe that they contain articles or materials prohibited by policy, whether or not a student is present.
The parent will be notified if any prohibited items are found in the student’s desk or locker.
Use of District-owned equipment and its network systems is not private and will be monitored by the District. [See Policy CQ for more information.]
Any searches of personal telecommunications or other personal electronic devices will be conducted in accordance with law, and the device may be confiscated in order to perform a lawful search. A confiscated device may be turned over to law enforcement to determine whether a crime has been committed.
[See Policy FNF(LEGAL) for more information.]
Vehicles on Campus
Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school. School officials may search any vehicle any time there is reasonable cause to do so, with or without the permission of the student. A student has full responsibility for the security and content of his or her vehicle and must make certain that it is locked and that the keys are not given to others. [See also the Student Code of Conduct.]
The District will use trained dogs to alert school officials to the presence of prohibited or illegal items, including drugs and alcohol. At any time, trained dogs may be used around lockers and the areas around vehicles parked on school property. Searches of classrooms, common areas, or student belongings may also be conducted by trained dogs when students are not present. An item in a classroom, a locker, or a vehicle to which a trained dog alerts may be searched by school officials.
[For further information, see Policy FNF(LOCAL).]
[For further information, see Policy FNF(LOCAL). Also see Steroids on pg. 58.]
[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation on page 25.]
The District provides special programs for gifted and talented students, homeless students, bilingual students, migrant students, students with limited English proficiency, dyslexic students, and students with disabilities. The coordinator of each program can answer questions about eligibility requirements, as well as programs and services offered in the District or by other organizations. A student or parent with questions about these programs should contact:
Gifted and Talented Students – Linda Crownover (817/598-2804)
Homeless Students – Dr. Chip Evans (817/598-2806)
Dyslexia Students – Patti Young (817/598-2844)
Bilingual Education—Frances Adams (817-598-2804)
Migrant Students and English as a Second Language--Alejandro Mojica (817/598-2804)
Pre-K– Alejandro Mojica (817/598-2804)
Students with Disabilities – Patti Young (817/598-2844)
SAT/ACT (Scholastic Aptitude Test and American College Test)
Many colleges require either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for admission. Students are encouraged to talk with the counselor early during their junior year to determine the appropriate exam to take; these exams are usually taken at the end of the junior year.
End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments for Students in Grades 9–12
Beginning with ninth graders in the 2011–2012 school year, end-of-course (EOC) assessments are administered for the following courses:
Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II
English I, English II, and English III
Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
World Geography, World History, and United States History
Satisfactory performance on the applicable assessments will be required for graduation and will also affect the plan under which the student may graduate.
There are three testing windows during the year in which a student may take an EOC assessment, which will occur during the fall, spring, and summer months.
In each content area (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies), a student must achieve a cumulative score. To determine whether the student meets the cumulative score, the student’s EOC assessment scores in each content area will be added together. If the student’s total score on the assessments within the content area is not equal to or greater than the cumulative score set by TEA, the student may retake any of the assessments in that content area until the student achieves the cumulative score. A student who does not achieve the minimum required score on any individual assessment will be required to retake that assessment.
A student may choose to retake an EOC assessment in situations other than those listed above as well.
STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate, for students receiving special education services, will be available for eligible students, as determined by the student’s ARD committee. These particular EOC assessments may have different testing windows than the general assessments, and the ARD committee will determine whether successful performance on the assessments will be required for graduation.
STAAR-L, which is a linguistically accommodated assessment, will be available for students who have been determined to be limited English proficient (LEP) and who require this type of testing accommodation.
Also see Course Credit on page 22, Grading Guidelines on page 33, and Graduation on page 34 for additional information.
TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)
TAKS is a state-mandated assessment currently being transitioned to the STAAR program. However, depending on the grade level of the student, TAKS may still be administered to a student.
For a student in grade 11 during the 2012–2013 school year, the student will be assessed with what is termed the “exit-level” TAKS in the subject areas of mathematics, English/language arts, social studies, and science, for which satisfactory performance is required for graduation. Any student in grade 12 who has not met the passing standard on the exit-level TAKS will have an opportunity to retake the exam in accordance with timelines established by TEA.
Also see Graduation on page 34 for more information.
THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment)
Prior to enrollment in a Texas public college or university, most students must take a standardized test, such as the Texas Higher Education Assessment [THEA]. The purpose of the THEA is to assess the reading, mathematics, and writing skills that entering freshmen-level students should have if they are to perform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texas public colleges and universities. This test may be required before a student enrolls in a dual-credit course offered through the District as well.