Section I: parental rights and responsibilities 3 parental involvement 3




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DISCRIMINATION


[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation on page 25.]

DISTANCE LEARNING


Distance learning and correspondence courses include courses that encompass the state-required essential knowledge and skills but are taught through multiple technologies and alternative methodologies such as mail, satellite, Internet, video-conferencing, and instructional television.

The Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) has been established as one method of distance learning. A student has the option, with certain limitations, to enroll in a course offered through the TxVSN to earn course credit for graduation. In limited circumstances, a student in grade 8 may also be eligible to enroll in a course through the TxVSN.

Depending on the TxVSN course in which a student enrolls, the course may be subject to the “no pass, no play” rules. [Also see Extracurricular Activities, Clubs, and Organizations on page 31.] In addition, for a student who enrolls in a TxVSN course for which an end-of-course (EOC) assessment is required, the student must still take the corresponding EOC assessment and the requirements related to the incorporation of the EOC score into the student’s final course grade and the implications of these assessments on graduation apply to the same extent as they apply to traditional classroom instruction.
If you have questions or wish to make a request that your child be enrolled in a TxVSN course, please contact the counselor.

If a student wishes to enroll in a correspondence course or a distance learning course that is not provided through the TxVSN in order to earn credit in a course or subject, the student must receive permission from the principal prior to enrolling in the course or subject. If the student does not receive prior approval, the District will not recognize and apply the course or subject toward graduation requirements or subject mastery.


DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS OR DOCUMENTS

School Materials


Publications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed, with the prior approval of the principal, sponsor, or teacher. Such items may include school posters, brochures, flyers, etc.

The school newspaper, The Grass Burr, and the yearbook, The Melon Vine are available to students.

All school publications are under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, and the principal.

[See Directory Information for School-Sponsored Purposes on page 12.]


Nonschool Materials...from Students


Students must obtain prior approval from the principal before posting, circulating, or distributing more than ten copies of written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, petitions, films, tapes, posters, or other visual or auditory materials that were not developed under the oversight of the school. To be considered, any nonschool material must include the name of the sponsoring person or organization. The decision regarding approval will be made within two school days.

The principal has designated STUDENT CENETR (cafeteria) as the location for approved nonschool materials to be placed for voluntary viewing by students. [See Policy FNAA.]

A student may appeal a principal’s decision in accordance with Policy FNG(LOCAL). Any student who posts nonschool material without prior approval will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Materials displayed without the principal’s approval will be removed.

Nonschool Materials...from Others


Written or printed materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, films, tapes, or other visual or auditory materials not sponsored by the District or by a District-affiliated school-support organization will not be sold, circulated, distributed, or posted on any District premises by any District employee or by persons or groups not associated with the District, except as permitted by Policy GKDA. To be considered for distribution, any nonschool material must meet the limitations on content established in the policy, include the name of the sponsoring person or organization, and be submitted to the principal for prior review. The principal will approve or reject the materials within two school days of the time the materials are received. The requestor may appeal a rejection in accordance with the appropriate District complaint policy. [See Policies DGBA, FNG, or GF.]

Prior review will not be required for:

Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a school-sponsored meeting intended for adults and held after school hours.

Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a community group meeting held after school hours in accordance with Policy GKD(LOCAL) or a noncurriculum-related student group meeting held in accordance with FNAB(LOCAL).

Distribution for electioneering purposes during the time a school facility is being used as a polling place, in accordance with state law.

All nonschool materials distributed under these circumstances must be removed from District property immediately following the event at which the materials are distributed.


DRESS CODE (revised 2012)


Philosophy

Since personal grooming has a direct bearing upon an atmosphere conducive to learning and since propriety of dress and neatness in grooming is reflected in the general welfare of the school, students are expected to come to school appropriately dressed and neatly groomed; clothing shall be clean. Recognizing that extremes in dress and poor grooming in school is a definite hindrance to the building of proper values and to an environment conducive to academic endeavors, the school principal is charged with the responsibility of insisting that the student body maintains acceptable dress and proper grooming while in attendance during school hours and at school functions. All students are expected to adhere to common practices of modesty, cleanliness, and neatness; to dress in a respectful manner within the acceptable standards of the community and in such a manner as to contribute to the academic atmosphere, not detract from it. Students who fail to comply with the dress code may be subject to disciplinary actions. Clarification regarding apparel, hair, and/or accessories should be obtained prior to wearing it to school; this approval can be obtained from the campus administration.



The student and his/her parents may determine the student's personal dress and grooming standards, provided that the student's dress and grooming:

  1. Shall not give school officials reason to believe that such dress or grooming will disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or detract from school activities; or

  2. Shall not create a health or other hazard to the student's safety or to the safety of other students.

The principal or assistant principal has final judgment on whether or not a student is in compliance with the dress code.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

All Elementary and Secondary Schools

Hair/Make-up

  1. Hair shall be neat, clean, and well groomed.

  2. Hair must not obstruct the student’s vision or a view of the student’s face.

  3. No extreme style or color that is reasonably likely to cause disruption shall be allowed. Ex.: Mohawks, liberty spikes, and designs in hair are samples of unacceptable styles.

  4. Unnatural hair coloring shall not be permitted. This shall include, but shall not be limited to: pink, red, purple, blue, or green hair color, and/or black lipstick. Hair coloring and/or grooming that is unnatural shall be prohibited if deemed by the principal as a distraction.

Apparel

  1. Any clothing or accessory (belt) with improper fit (exceeding one size beyond correct size) shall not be allowed on campus. The waist of pants must be worn at the proper place of the anatomy and not low around the hips. No sagging, bagging pants or shorts shall be permitted.

  2. Garments must have a finished, stitched hem. Manufactured boot-cut slits are acceptable. Rips in jeans or slits in skirt(s) that are not at least fingertip length will be considered a violation. Clothing that exposes large areas of skin will not be permitted.

  3. Shorts or skirts must allow students to be able to stand, sit, and/or bend with modesty. Shorts and skirts must be “finger-tip length,” that is the length cannot be shorter than the level where the finger tips fall when the student’s hands are at his/her sides.

  4. Shorts must be hemmed, cuffed, or rolled and be of a non-revealing fabric/style. Mesh shorts must be double-lined. Shorts and/or clothing worn in secondary physical education classes are not to be worn in the regular classroom. The building principal—in connection with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of an extracurricular activity--may regulate the dress and grooming of student who participate in the activity.

  5. Mesh shirts, half-shirts, halter-tops, tank tops, and crop tops that show the bare midriff when the student’s hands are extended above the head is not permitted.

  6. Tops with straps less than 2 inches wide and/or without a standard armhole are prohibited.

  7. Students shall wear clothing and undergarments in keeping with their gender. Pajamas and/or sleepwear are not permitted.

  8. Shirts and blouses shall be appropriately buttoned.

  9. Shoes, boots, or sandals are to be worn. House shoes/slippers may not be worn. Steel-toed boots, cleats, skates, shoes with rollers, spikes, taps, and/or boots or shoes with sharp studs are not allowed. Some school activities, instructional settings, and programs including, but not limited to, physical education, athletics, labs, shops, cooperative education programs, and internships may require the wearing of a designated type of shoe or the prohibition of some shoes for safety reasons.

  10. Clothing, accessories, and/or belongings featuring pictures, emblems, or writings that promote inappropriate subjects such as death, suicide, racism, gang-related attire and the occult are not permitted. Neither may clothing, accessories, and/or belongings advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any prohibited substances or activities. Messages that are lewd, offensive, vulgar, inappropriately suggestive, or obscene are not appropriate. Shirts, backpacks, clothing, accessories, and/or other possessions that depict or name groups, whether real or fictional, that are well known for promoting illegal activities, including but not limited to murder, rape, suicide, sexual references, drug usage, etc., shall not be worn.

  11. Tight-fitting clothing is not permitted without a covering garment that when worn alone meets the other guideline of this dress code. This may include but not be limited to: camisoles, leggings, leotards, leotard-type clothing, biking shorts/tights (spandex), wind/running shorts, or athletic/athletic-type girdle.

  12. Clothing must be worn as intended. For example: Overalls must be worn with a shirt or a blouse, and straps must be properly secured/buttoned over both shoulders. The waistband of the overalls must be worn at the waist.

Accessories

  1. No jewelry or trinket that is noisy and/or promotes undue distraction in the school environment shall be permitted.

  2. No “chains” (including wallet chains) are allowed.

  3. Spiked jewelry and mouth “grillz” shall not be permitted.

  4. Sunglasses and hair curlers are not appropriate.

  5. Body piercing is restricted to the ear. Bandages, tape, or other coverings used for the express purpose of covering body piercing jewelry and spacers will not be allowed.

  6. “Gauging” of the ears, or any part of the body, is prohibited.

  7. Students are not permitted to write on skin and/or clothing items. Temporary tattoos will not be allowed on the face or neck, unless designated by the principal on a spirit day.

  8. Hats, caps, beanies, bandannas, sweat bands, or other head covering apparel are not allowed on campus.

  9. No trench coats or dusters.

Male General Dress Code

  1. No facial hair. Sideburns may not extend below the bottom of the ear.

  2. Sleeveless shirts are not permitted.

Female General Dress Code

  1. Skirts featuring high slits are not appropriate for school.

  2. Low-cut sundresses, sheer blouses, see-through blouses, or any clothing that exposes undergarments and/or breast cleavage is prohibited.

Please be advised that backpacks, shoes, belt buckles, purses, clothing and any other school supplies must adhere to the WISD dress code.


CONSIDERATIONS

In reviewing with students the appropriateness of dress and grooming to meet the prescribed standards, school officials are to consider:

  1. Rules are in effect for the time the District has jurisdiction over the student;

  2. Dress for social functions and special activities will be determined by the sponsors of these functions and will be announced prior to the occasion;

  3. In connection with extra curricular activities, the coach, sponsor, or other person in charge may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity.

Students electing to participate in courses and activities not required to complete graduation requirements must meet reasonable dress and grooming specifications prescribed by the teacher, coach, sponsor, or director of the course or activity. Some examples of these are U.I.L. competitive activities, such as band, speech, choir, drama, and all team sports; all career and technology cooperative work programs, such as Distributive Education and Industrial Cooperative Training; and Vocational and Industrial Arts courses where long hair and loose clothing may endanger the student.

Violations

The administration of each campus shall provide proper notification to students and parents prior to any change in dress and grooming standards.

If the student's dress or grooming is objectionable under these provisions, the principal or assistant principal shall request the student to make appropriate corrections. If the student refuses, the administrator shall notify the student's parent and request that the parents make the necessary correction. If both the student and parent refuse, the principal shall take disciplinary action. Appropriate disciplinary procedures shall be followed to include removal from school until the student is in compliance with the dress code.

The building administration shall use its discretion in questions concerning the dress code. Where there is a question on the dress or appearance of a student, the school administrators' decision shall be final. Students who repeatedly disregard rules of dress or grooming shall be considered insubordinate and shall be subject to further discipline management techniques as described in the Student Code of Conduct.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Mobile Telephones


For safety purposes, the District permits students to possess telecommunications devices, including mobile telephones; however, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing, unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes. A student must have approval to possess other telecommunications devices such as netbooks, laptops, tablets, or other portable computers.

The use of mobile telephones or any device capable of capturing images is strictly prohibited in locker rooms or restroom areas while at school or at a school-related or school-sponsored event.

If a student uses a telecommunications device without authorization during the school day, the device will be confiscated. The student may pick up the confiscated telecommunications device from the principal’s office for a fee of $15.

Confiscated telecommunications devices that are not retrieved by the student or the student’s parents will be disposed of after the notice required by law. [See Policy FNCE.]

In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal telecommunications device may be searched by authorized personnel. [See Searches on page 52 and Policy FNF.]

Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The District will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunications devices.


Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic Devices


Except as described below, students are not permitted to possess or use personal electronic devices such as MP3 players, video or audio recorders, DVD players, cameras, games, e-readers, or other electronic devices at school, unless prior permission has been obtained. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items.

In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal electronic device may be searched by authorized personnel. [See Searches on page 52 and Policy FNF.]

Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The District will not be responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen electronic device.

Instructional Use of Personal Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices


In some cases, students may find it beneficial or might be encouraged to use personal telecommunications or other personal electronic devices for instructional purposes while on campus. Students must obtain prior approval before using personal telecommunications or other personal electronic devices for instructional use. Students must also sign a user agreement that contains applicable rules for use (separate from this handbook). When students are not using the devices for approved instructional purposes, all devices must be turned off during the instructional day. Violations of the user agreement may result in withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary action.

Acceptable Use of District Technology Resources


To prepare students for an increasingly technological society, the District has made an investment in the use of District-owned technology resources for instructional purposes; specific resources may be issued individually to students. Use of these technological resources, which include the District’s network systems and use of District equipment, is restricted to approved purposes only. Students and parents will be asked to sign a user agreement (separate from this handbook) regarding use of these District resources. Violations of the user agreement may result in withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary action.

Unacceptable and Inappropriate Use of Technology Resources


Students are prohibited from possessing, sending, forwarding, posting, accessing, or displaying electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition also applies to conduct off school property, whether the equipment used to send such messages is District-owned or personally owned, if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment.

Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, possessing, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or other content, commonly referred to as “sexting,” will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct, may be required to complete an educational program related to the dangers of this type of behavior, and, in certain circumstances, may be reported to law enforcement. Because engaging in this type of behavior can lead to bullying or harassment, as well as possibly impede future endeavors of a student, we encourage you to review with your child http://beforeyoutext.com, a state-developed program that addresses the consequences of engaging in inappropriate behavior using technology.

In addition, any student who engages in conduct that results in a breach of the District’s computer security will be disciplined in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, and, in some cases, the consequence may rise to the level of expulsion.

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