Student Code of Conduct

  • Acceptable Use Policy

    The following uses of the district system are considered unacceptable:

    1. Personal Safety (Restrictions are for student only)
      1. Users will not post personal contact information about themselves or other people. Personal contact information includes address, telephone, school address, work address, etc.
      2. Users will not agree to meet with someone they have met online without their parent's approval and participation.
      3. Users will promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.
    2. Illegal Activities
      1. Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the District system or to any other computer system through the District System, or go beyond their authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another person's account or access another person's files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing".
      2. Users will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system performance or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.
      3. Users will not use the District system to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of persons, etc.
      4. Users will not attempt to load or load software on district systems that has not been approved by the HISD Technology Department. The Technology Department will carry out district policies about software loaded on HISD technology equipment.
    3. System Security
      1. Users are responsible for the use of their individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their account. Under no conditions should a user provide their password to another person.
      2. Users will immediately notify * (the system administrator) if they have identified a possible security problem. Users will not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.
      3. Users will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the District virus protecttion procedures if they download software.
    4. Inappropriate Language
      1. Restrictions against Inappropriate Language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages.
      2. Users will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.
      3. Users will not post information that, if acted upon, could cause damage or a danger of disruption.
      4. Users will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
      5. Users will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If a user is told by a person to stop sending them messages, they must stop.
      6. Users will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
    5. Respect for Privacy
      1. Users will not repost an email message that was sent to them privately without permission of the person who went them the message.
      2. Users will not post private information about another person.
    6. Respecting Resource Limits
      1. Users will use the system only for educational and professional or career development activities (no time limit), and limited, high-quality, self-discovery activities is no more than * (number) hours per week.
      2. Users will not download large files unless absolutely necessary. If necessary, users will download the file at a time when the system is not being heavily used and immediately remove the file from the system computer to their personal computer.
      3. Users will not post chain letters or engage in "spamming". Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.
      4. Users will check their e-mail frequently, delete unwanted messages promptly, and stay within their e-mail quota.
      5. Users will be subscribed only to high quality discussion group mail lists that are relevant to their education or professional/career development.
    7. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
      1. Users will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writing of other and presenting them as if they were original to the user.
      2. Users will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an indi- vidual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies acceptable use of that work, the user should follow the expressed re- quirements. If the user is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request per mission from the copyright owner.
    8. Inappropriate Access to Material
      1. Users will not use the District system to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature). For students, a special exception may be made for hate literature if the purpose of such access to conduct research and access is approved by both the teacher and the parent. District employees may access the above material only in the context of legitimate research.
      2. If a user inadvertently accesses such information, they should immediately disclose the inadvertent access in a manner specified they have intentionally violated the Acceptable Use Policy.
    9. Final authority for all system access and use.
      1. Hallsville Independent School District reserves the right limit or deny access to district technology systems and services. All decisions to allow, limit or deny access to district systems will be at the discretion of the district superintendent.
  • Attendance Policy

    The Hallsville ISD Board of Trustees has approved the following policies addressing student attendance:

    Admissions and Attendance: Compulsory Attendance - Policy FDC; Legal & LocalAbsences and Excuses - Policy FDD; Legal & LocalAttendance Enforcement - Policy FDE,
    Legal Sections of these policies are stated in this booklet on the following pages. For a full text of the documents, please refer to the actual policies, as listed above.

    Attendance Philosophy

    The entire process of education requires a regular continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, and study in order to reach the goal of maximum educational benefits for each individual child. The regular contact of pupils with one another under the tutelage of competent teachers is vital to this purpose. All students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time to classes in order to derive maximum benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality and responsibility.

    Hallsville ISD school officials aggressively enforce the state compulsory attendance laws. Every day that a student is out of school in violation of compulsory attendance laws is a separate offense. Parents may be assessed a fine for each offense and may also be ordered to participate in a class designee to help make sure your child attends school as required. Truancy charges will be filed if a student accumulates three (3) unexcused absences in a 4 week period or ten (10) unexcused absences in a 6 month period.

    There are times that children are sick or have other legitimate reasons for being absent from school. (Regardless of the age of your child, if she or he is sick and will not be at school that day, parents/guardians are required to call the school attendance office and inform the school of the absence. Failure to call the school will result in an unexcused absence.) Then, following the absence, the student must provide the school with a written note from the parent and/or doctor informing the school of the exact reason for the absence. All notes must be brought to school within two days after returning to school or the absence will be ruled unexcused. The principal or someone acting for the principal will make the final decision whether an absence is classified as excused or unexcused.

    State financial aid is based on an average daily attendance of the student enrollment. It is imperative, therefore, that the student attendance average at the end of the year reflects a high daily attendance so that Hallsville I.S.D. can receive its full share of state financial aid. This is the only way that local tax payers can control the amount of money the district receives from the state.

    Compulsory Attendance Laws Policy FDC(Legal)

    Students who are at least six years of age, or who have been previously enrolled in the first grade, and who have not yet reached their eighteenth birthday shall attend school for the entire period the school program is offered, unless exempted by the district as stated in the section of this code titled "Extenuating Circumstances". Students enrolled in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten shall attend school

    Parent Liability for Truancy

    If any parent of a person standing in parental relation to a child who is required to attend school fails to require the child to attend school, the attendance officer shall warn the parent in writing that attendance is immediately required [Policy FDE (Legal)]

    If, after this warning, a parent or person standing in parental relation with criminal negligence fails to comply and if the child has unexcused voluntary absences for the amount of time specified under Family Code 51.03(b)(2), the attendance officer shall file a complaint against him or her in an appropriate court, as permitted under Education Code 25.093.ED

    Students must attend required accelerated and compensatory programs, if they have been identified as likely not to be promoted. (EC 29.084) (EHBC)IT

    Loss of Credit

    Students in grades 7-12 who are in attendance fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered during the semester or students in grades 1-6 who are in attendance fewer than 90 percent of the days the class is offered during the year will receive no credit, unless the attendance committee finds that the absences are the result of extenuating circumstances (Section 25.092.TEC).

    Extenuating Circumstances

    The District accepts the following as extenuating circumstances for the purpose of granting credit for a class:

    1. An absence based on death in the family, quarantine, weather or road conditions making travel dangerous, any other unusual cause acceptable to the superintendent, principal or attendance committee.
    2. Days of suspension
    3. Juvenile court proceeding documented by a probation officer
    4. Absence required by state or local welfare authorities
    5. A migrant student's late enrollment or early withdrawal
    6. Completion of a competency-based program for at-risk students
    7. Late enrollment or early withdrawal of a student under Texas Youth Commission
    8. Family hardship or other situations beyond the control of the student or family as determined by the school attendance committee
    9. Participation in a substance abuse rehabilitation program
    10. Religious Holy Day(s)
    11. Board-approved extracurricular activity or public performance
    12. Required screening, diagnosis, and treatment for Medicaid-eligible students
    13. Documented health care appointment, if the student begins classes or returns to school on the same day as the appointment
    14. Approved college visitation

    Remittance Following an Absence

    When returning to school after an absence, a student must bring a note WITHIN 2 DAYS signed by the parent or guardian, medical personnel or court official that describes the reason for the absence. In case of an extended illness of 3 days or more, a note from the doctor is required for the absence to be excused. All notes should include the student's complete name, ID number (if required), and parent/guardian signature. Notes signed by the student, even with the parent's permission, will be considered a forgery and the student will be disciplined. Re-admittance procedures that are not followed correctly, will cause the students absence to be ruled unexcused.

    Alternative Methods for Regaining Credit

    Students who lose credit as a result of excessive absences may regain credit through participation in one or more of the following alternative ways, as approved and deemed appropriate by the campus administration:

    1. Tutorials: In grades 7 and 8 attendance at one regularly scheduled tutorial session(s) shall be equivalent to one clock hour of alternative time (i.e. 60 minutes of tutorials).
    2. Summer School, Grades 9-12: In order to regain credit loss, some students may choose to attend summer school. A student who has accumulated more absences than could physically be made up in the remainder of a school year could face this possibility. A student assigned this option for re gaining credit must do so at his/her own expense. Transportation to and from summer school will also be the responsibility of the student or his/her parent. Students may take only one course per semester.
    3. Saturday School: Saturday classes for students in grades 7-12 meet from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
    4. Credit by Exam: High School students may regain credit by paying for and taking a test acquired from Texas Tech University and administered by the district.

    Petition for Extenuating Circumstances

    Following notification of loss of credit due to excessive absences, the student or parent may file in the principal's office and/or the attendance office on each campus, a written petition explaining the extenuating circumstances. Students whose petitions for credits are denied may appeal the attendance committee's decision to the campus principal.

  • Bus Videos

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits the district from allowing parents to view bus videotapes. Bus videotapes are considered to be education records and the district is prohibited from allowing parents to view them in order to protect the confidentiality of students.

  • Cheating

    Cheating and copying are considered to be academic problems for which academic penalties are most appropriate. Teachers who find a student cheating or copying should determine appropriate consequences. Consequences could include assigning a grade of 0 for the test, task or activity affected and providing no opportunity for make-up work.

  • Class I: Expellable Offenses

    Mandatory Expulsion

    A student shall be expelled from school if the student, on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school related activity on or off of school property:

    uses, exhibits, or possesses:

    • a firearm as defined by Texas Penal Code 46.01(3);
    • an illegal knife as defined by Texas Penal Code 46.01(6) (blade longer than 5.5 inches);
    • a club as defined by Texas Penal Code 46.01(1); or
    • a prohibited weapon, as defined by Texas Penal Code 46.05.

    engages in conduct that contains the elements of the offense of:

    • aggravated assault under Penal Code 22.02;
    • sexual assault under Penal Code 22.011;
    • aggravated sexual assault under Penal Code 22.021;
    • arson under Penal Code 28.02;
    • murder under Penal Code 19.02;
    • capital murder under Penal Code 19.03;
    • criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder under Penal Code 15.01;
    • indecency with a child under Penal Code 21.11;
    • aggravated kidnapping under Penal Code 20.04; or
    • the use, possession, sale, gift or delivery to another person of marijuana or any controlled substance, or any dangerous drug or alcohol, if such conduct is punishable as a felony.
    • making a false report or alarm or a terroristic threat involving any public school while they are at school or a school activity.
    • aggravated robbery against another student
    • manslaughter
    • criminally negligent homicide
    • deadly conduct

    A student will also be expelled from school if the student engages in conduct containing the elements of any offense described above against any school employee or volunteer in retaliation for, or as a result of the employee's employment or the volunteer's association with the school district. In this case, the student shall be expelled regardless of when or where the conduct occurred.

    Permissive Expulsion For Conduct On Or In Proximity To School:

    A student may be expelled, in the discretion of the administration in view of all the facts and circumstances, for any of the following offenses when they occur on or within 300 feet of school property, as measured from any point on the school's real property boundary line:

    • Sells, gives, delivers, possesses, uses or is under the influence of marijuana, drugs, alcohol, or abusable volatile chemical offenses, regardless of the amount.
    • Assault resulting in bodily injury against a school employee or volunteer.
    • Deadly conduct.
    • Making a false alarm or report of bombing, fire, or other emergency involving a public school.
    • Making a terroristic threat involving a public school.
    • Committing any offense stated in item 1 and 2 under MANDATORY EXPULSION.
    • Committing a serious offense or engaging in persistent misconduct while assigned to the DAEP.

    Permissive Expulsion For Conduct Outside Of School:

    A student may be expelled, in the discretion of the administration in view of all the facts and circumstances, for any of the following offenses, regardless where they occur:

    • Intentionally or knowingly damaging personal property, including real estate and tangible personal property belonging to any public school or institution of higher education, and the amount of loss is greater than $1,500.
    • Intentionally or knowingly damaging the property of any other person without the person's consent, and the amount of loss is greater than $1,500.
    • Making a false report or alarm or a terroristic threat involving a public school.
    • Assaulting an employee or volunteer in retaliation for or because of the person's relationship with the school and the assault results in bodily injury.
    • Committing aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, murder, capital murder, criminal attempt to commit capital murder, or aggravated robbery against another student.
    • Committing any offense listed at item 1-4 under MANDATORY EXPULSION on the school property of another Texas school district or while attending a school sponsored or school related activity of another Texas school district.

    Age for Expulsion / Discipline Alternative Education Program Placement (DAEP)

    • No student under the age of ten may be expelled from school under any circumstances. Students under the age of ten who commit expellable offenses shall be placed in DAEP.
    • Elementary school students may not be placed in an DAEP with students who are not in elementary school. Students under age six may not be placed in an DAEP for any reason other than bringing a firearm to school.

    Expulsion Procedure

    The superintendent, or designee, will serve as the hearing officer for expulsions. Prior to the hearing, the school district will send written notice to the student and parent or guardian. The notice will include:

    • The date and time of the hearing;
    • A statement of the charges and the proposed sanctions so as to afford a reasonable opportunity for preparation;
    • The names of witnesses to be presented by the school, along with a general description of the evidence; (NOTE: In an expulsion hearing, the district may rely on the hearsay testimony of school administrators who have investigated disciplinary infractions).
    • A written invitation to attend and participate in the expulsion hearing;
    • Notice that the student may be represented by any adult representative, including legal counsel;
    • Notice that the student will have the opportunity to testify, to present evidence and witnesses, and to cross-examine witnesses.

    The action of the superintendent may be appealed to the Board of Trustees by giving written notice of appeal to the superintendent. The notice of appeal must be signed and dated, and must be given to the superintendent within three days after receipt of the superintendent's written decision on the matter.

    Within five days after receipt of a notice of appeal, the superintendent shall notify the student and parent or guardian, in writing, of the date, time and place of the appeal hearing before the Board of Trustees. The board shall hold the hearing within 25 days after receipt by the superintendent of the written notice of appeal.

    The Board of Trustees will not conduct an evidentiary hearing, but will act in an appellate capacity. The superintendent will prepare a record of the hearing he conducted and the board members will review that record. The parties will each have 20 minutes to present arguments to the board as to whether or not the superintendent's decision should be affirmed. The board may affirm, modify or reverse the superintendent's decision.

    Pending any such appeal to the board, the order of the superintendent shall remain in effect.

    Emergency Expulsion

    The principal, designee, or superintendent may order the immediate expulsion of a student if the principal, designee, or superintendent reasonably believes that this action is necessary to protect persons or property from imminent harm. At the time of the emergency, the student will be given oral notice of the reason for the action which must be a reason for which the student could be expelled on a non-emergency basis, with appropriate due process to follow within a reasonable time there after. An order of emergency expulsion shall be for no more than 10 school days.

  • Class II: Offenses Calling for DAEP Placement

    Mandatory Placement in DAEP

    Discipline Alternative Education Program

    A student shall be placed in an DAEP (Discipline Alternative Education Program) if the student en- gages in the following conduct on school property, or within 300 feet of school property, or while at tending a school sponsored or school related activity:

    • Any conduct which is punishable as a felony;
    • Conduct that constitutes an assault under Penal Code 22.01(a)(1), which involves intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person;
    • Conduct that constitutes a terroristic threat under Penal Code 22.07;
    • Conduct that constitutes an assault under Penal Code 22.01(a)(1), which involves intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person;
    • The sale, gift, delivery, possession, use, or being under the influence of marijuana, any controlled substance, any dangerous drug or alcohol, a drug masking agent or the commission of a serious act or offense while under the influence of alcohol; (NOTE: These offenses may result in expulsion. If the student is not expelled, the student must be placed in DAEP).
    • Conduct that constitutes an assault under Penal Code 22.01(a)(1), which involves intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person;
    • Conduct that constitutes an offense relating to abusable glue, aerosol paint or abusable volatile chemicals; (NOTE: These offenses may result in expulsion. If the student is not expelled, the student must be placed in DAEP).
    • Conduct that constitutes public lewdness under Penal Code 21.07;
    • Conduct that constitutes indecent exposure under Penal Code 21.08;
    • Conduct that constitutes retaliation against any school employee under Penal Code 36.06. (Note: This offense may result in expulsion, depending on the nature of the act of retaliation. If the student is not expelled, the student must be placed in DAEP).

    A student shall be placed in DAEP, regardless of when or where the conduct occurs, if the student:

    • Receives deferred prosecution under Family Code 53.03, for conduct defined as a felony offense in Penal Code Title 5;
    • Is found to have engaged in delinquent conduct by a court or jury under Family Code 54.03 for conduct defined as a felony offense in Penal Code Title 5; or
    • Makes a false report of bombing, fire, or other emergency involving a public school, regardless of when the false report is made or the place from which the false report is made.
    • Makes a terroristic threat involving a public school regardless of when the threat is made or the place from which the threat is made.
    • If the superintendent has a reasonable belief that the student has engaged in conduct defined as a felony offense under Penal Code Title 5. NOTE: Felony offenses under Penal Code Title 5 are as follows: murder, capital murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping, indecency with a child, sexual assault, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault, injury to a child, elderly or disabled individual and tampering with a consumer product. Penal Code Title 5 offenses which may be classified as a felony are: false imprisonment, deadly conduct, terroristic threat and aiding suicide.

    Permissive Placement in DAEP

    • A student may be placed in DAEP, regardless of when or where the conduct occurs, if the superintendent or his designee (1) has a reasonable belief that the student has engaged in conduct defined as a felony, other than those defined in Title 5, Penal Code, and (2) determines that the continued presence of the student in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers or will be detrimental to the educational process.
    • A student may be placed in DAEP by the superintendent upon recommendation of the principal, if the teacher removes the student from the classroom due to (1) repeated interference with the teacher's ability to communicate effectively with the students, or with the ability of the students to learn; or (2) conduct in the classroom that is so unruly, disruptive or abusive that it seriously interferes with the teacher's ability to communicate effectively with the students, or with the ability of the students to learn.
    • A student may be placed in DAEP as a result of any conduct defined by this Code of Conduct as "serious or persistent."
    • Educators are required to recommend for DAEP placement any student who is a member of, pledges to become a member of, or solicits another person to join or pledge or become a member of a public school fraternity, sorority, secret society or gang.

    Procedure for Placement in DAEP

    To place a student in DAEP, the principal must conduct a conference to consider the matter. The conference will be scheduled within three class days after the date of the offense. Pending the conference, the student may be assigned to in-school or out-of-school suspension. The student and parent or guardian will be invited to the conference, along with the teacher who removed the student, if any. At the conference, the student will be given oral notice of the reason for removal, an explanation of the basis for the removal and opportunity to respond to the reason for the removal. The principal, as the superintendent's designee, shall set a term for the period of removal, which may range from 20 school days to the end of the school year. The principal shall deliver to the student and the student's parent or guardian, a copy of the order placing the student in a Discipline Alternate Education Placement, not later than the second business date after the removal conference is held.

    Policy FNG (Local)

    The decision of the principal may be appealed to the superintendent in accordance with Policy FNG (Local). Pending appeal to the superintendent, the principal's order shall remain in effect. The decision of the superintendent may be appealed to the Board of Trustees. Pending appeal to the Board of Trustees, the superintendent's order shall remain in effect.

    Emergency DAEP Placement

    The superintendent, principal, or designee, may order the immediate placement of a student in DAEP if the principal, or designee, reasonably believes the student's behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it seriously interferes with a teacher's ability to communicate effectively with the class, or with the ability of the other students in the class to learn, or with the operation of school or a school-sponsored activity. The student will be given oral notice of the reason for the action, with appropriate due process to follow within a reasonable time thereafter. The student may be placed in DAEP on an emergency basis for up to 10 school days.

  • Class III: Inappropriate Conduct

    Serious or Persistent Misbehavior

    A student who engages in serious or persistent misbehavior may be placed in DAEP. A student who engages in serious or persistent misbehavior while placed in the DAEP may be expelled. The following are behaviors which the district defines as "serious misbehaviors:"

    • Any offense for which expulsion is permissive, as outlined above;
    • Any offense for which DAEP placement is permissive, as outlined above;
    • Possession of a knife; (blade equal or less than 5.5 inches) (NOTE: Possession of some knives is an expellable offense. Possession of any knife is serious misconduct).
    • Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another person when the student knows or should reasonably believe that the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative;
    • Intentionally or knowingly threatening another person with bodily injury, whether immediately or in the future;
    • Engaging in an act of sexual intercourse or oral sex;
    • Deliberately exposing buttocks or genitals;
    • Vandalism;
    • Robbery or theft
    • Extortion, coercion or blackmail;
    • Hazing;
    • Defiance of the authority of school personnel through acts of insubordination or disrespect;
    • Use of profanity, vulgar or abusive language (specifically including racial slurs) or vulgar gestures directed toward another person;
    • Fighting;
    • Sexual harassment of a student or staff member;
    • Falsification of school related documents;
    • Possession or distribution of pornographic materials;
    • Leaving school grounds or school sponsored events without permission leaving campus once arriving and leaving during zero hour;
    • Lying to school staff;
    • Gambling;
    • Use or possession of tobacco products;
    • Possession of drug paraphernalia (i.e. pipes, roaches, etc.)
    • Violation of district rules regarding computer usage;
    • Truancy or repeated unexcused absences;
    • Disobeying school rules about conduct on school buses, including dress code;
    • Conduct that constitutes setting off alarms in the building or turning in false alarms that result in disruption of class;
    • Possession of an aerosol product on campus;
    • Engaging in bullying, harassment, and making hit lists.
    • Any conduct, whether described above or not, which has caused, or can be reasonably forecast to cause, a material and substantial disruption of school related activities.

    The district defines "persistent misbehavior" to be the commission of two or more of the following offenses (or commission of the same offense twice) within the same semester:

    • Dissemination of unauthorized materials;
    • Loitering, littering, trespassing or abusing residents on the way to and/or from school;
    • Leaving the classroom without permission;
    • Unauthorized parking or use of vehicle during school hours;
    • Violation of bus safety regulations;
    • Indecent proposition or inappropriate public display of affection;
    • Selling or soliciting for sale unauthorized merchandise;
    • Loitering on school property;
    • Violation of the dress code;
    • Bringing items to school which are prohibited on that campus;
    • Misuse of automobiles;
    • Possession of items prohibited at school, as named in the Code of Conduct;
    • Leaving campus without signing out in office and getting authorization;
    • Other matters deemed serious enough to require referral to the principal.

    Disciplinary Options

    Students who have engaged in Inappropriate Conduct, as set out above, are subject to discipline. Discipline options, besides expulsion and DAEP placement, are not limited to, but may result in the following options:

    • A three day suspension from school (NOTE: STUDENTS MAY BE SUSPENDED ONLY IF THEY HAVE COMMITTED AN OFFENSE FOR WHICH DAEP PLACEMENT IS A POSSIBILITY. THIS INCLUDES ANY CONDUCT DEFINED AS "SERIOUS OR PERSISTENT.) Parents will be called at the number they have provided for contact during the school day. A written notice will be sent by regular mail.
    • In School Suspension-(SAC-Special Assignment Class)
    • Time-Out
    • Corporal punishment
    • Detention
    • Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities, assemblies, pep rallies, break time, talent show, senior privileges, special events, class parties, field trips, use of school equipment and technology, and service as an officer or official representative of a school group
    • Mandatory conference
    • Parent conference
    • Suspension from the bus
    • Confiscation of prohibited items
    • Restitution of damages
    • School Service (Assignment to extra work around the school)
    • Saturday School
    • Principal Lunch Table
    • Sentence Writing
    • Behavior Management Form
    • Behavior Essay

    School officials have the discretion to use more than one form of discipline in response to a single incident of misbehavior.

    Students or parents who wish to complain of any of the disciplinary sanctions set out above may do so in accordance with Policy FNG (Local). That Policy requires the student or parent to meet with the school principal within 10 calendar days after the date when the student or parent knew or should have known of the action complained of.

    Items Prohibited on School Property, in addition to items prohibited by the Penal Code

    Students may not bring any item listed below onto school property (includes school buses) during regular school hours. If a student is found to be in possession of any prohibited item, the item will be confiscated. In addition, the principal may exercise a range of discipline options, including permanent confiscation of selected items, or an administrative fee of up to $15.00 per item, to discourage students from bringing these items on campus. Any items not claimed after 30 days will be discarded.

    • Water guns
    • Pets
    • Chemical dispensing devices, such as pepper spray or mace
    • Skate boards and roller blades
    • Cellular phones or look alikes
    • Stink bombs, smoke bombs
    • Fireworks
    • Radios, Tapes players, CD players, MP3 players or Video Player
    • Paging devices or look alikes
    • Laser pointers
    • Lighters
    • Knives of any sort
    • Dominoes, dice, cards or any electronic game system
    • Any other item identified by the principal as having a disruptive or unsafe effect on the educational environment, or if identified in The Code of Conduct
  • Code of Conduct for Riding Buses

    Minor Safety or Conduct Violations

    • Refusing to sit properly or safely in assigned seat.
    • Moving from seat while bus is in motion.
    • Blocking the aisle in any manner.
    • Eating or drinking on the bus.
    • Deliberately littering the bus.
    • Acting in a manner that distracts the driver while the bus is in motion.
    • Writing on any part of the school bus.
    • Entering or exiting the bus in an unsafe manner.
    • Throwing, pitching, or shooting articles within the bus (without any injury).
    • Extending any part of the body, clothing, or other articles out of the window.
    • Using profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures toward other students.
    • Harassing, threatening or physically scuffling with another student (with no injury).
    • Infractions as determined by campus administrators.
    • Cell phones visible or in use.

    Consequences for Minor Violations

    1st OffenseParental Notification by driver 2nd OffenseConference with school official and copy of report mailed to parent/guardian* 3rd OffenseSuspension of bus riding privileges to and from school for 1 to 2 days and copy of report mailed to parent/guardian* 4th OffenseSuspension of bus riding privileges to and from school for 3 to 4 days and a copy of report mailed to parent/guardian* 5th OffenseSuspension of bus riding privileges to and from school for 5 to 10 days and a copy of report mailed to parent/guardian* Additional Offenses

    Suspension of bus riding privileges to and from school for at least 10 days and possibly through the remainder of the semester.
    * Provided that no other major violation has been reported.

    Seating Assignments

    Students cannot stand in the aisle while the bus is in motion. For certain situations, seating may be assigned to accommodate not more than 4 students per seat.

    Major Safety Violations and Misconduct

    • Possession of tobacco in any form.
    • Acting or speaking disrespectfully toward the driver or profanity directed at any employee.
    • Insubordination.
    • Throwing, pitching, or shooting articles, which either remain within the bus but causes, an injury or which goes out any window.
    • Damaging any part of the school bus (Student will be suspended until damages have been paid).
    • Infractions as determined by campus administrators.

    Consequences for Major Violations or Misconduct

    1st OffenseSuspension of bus riding privileges to and from school for 3 days and copy of report mailed to parent and/or guardian. 2nd OffenseSuspension of bus riding privileges to and from school for 5 to 10 days and copy of report mailed to parent/ and or guardian. 3rd OffenseSuspension of bus riding privileges to and from school for at least 10 days and possibly through the remainder of the semester 4th OffenseSuspension of bus riding privileges to and from school for the remainder of the semester or through the remainder of the school year.

    Severe Conduct Violations

    • Fighting with another student (or scuffling which results in any type of injury).
    • Pointed objects used in a harmful or damaging manner
    • Striking matches, or producing fire in any form.
    • Sexual misconduct
    • Tampering with an emergency exit.
    • Infractions as determined by campus administrators.

    Severe Conduct Clause

    Any infraction (even on the 1st occurrence) that is deemed to be severe by the school.

    Consequences for Severe Misconduct

    1st OffenseMinimum 10 days suspension of bus riding privileges to and from school. 2nd OffenseSuspension of bus riding privileges to and from school for the remainder of the school year. Minimum of 90-day suspension, which could carry over into the next school year.

    NOTE:Misconduct of severe nature may also result in suspension or expulsion from school. The Director of Support Services or school administrator may invoke an immediate suspension of HISD bus riding privileges at any time due to a severe situation. A reasonable effort will be made to notify parent and/or guardian prior to any temporary suspension of riding privileges.

    SCHOOL BUSES

    Riding on the bus is a student privilege provided by the District. Students riding District-operated business are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the safety rules and regulations of the Hallsville Independent School District Student Code of Conduct and those posted in the bus. Student safety violations or misconduct on the bus may result in suspension from riding the bus in addition to any other appropriate discipline.

  • Complaints by Students/Parents

    Usually student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed by a phone call or a conference with the teacher or campus administrator. Therefore, prior to filing a complaint, the parent or student should make an attempt to resolve an issue at the campus level. For complaints and concerns that cannot be handled so easily, the District has adopted a standard complaint policy (FNG Local) that outlines procedures for filing a complaint. Some complaints require different procedures. Any campus office or the Superintendent's office can provide information regarding specific processes for complaints. Retaliation for filing a complaint is not permitted by the Hallsville Independent School District. By state law, the District cannot delay consequences for violating the Code of Conduct pending the outcome of an appeal.

  • Corporal Punishment

    In an effort to maintain safe and orderly classrooms for learning, Hallsville ISD staff utilizes a variety of student discipline options. Time out, loss of privileges, in-school suspension, and corporal punishment are some of the discipline options used.

    Corporal punishment will be used as a last resort after other methods have not been effective in maintaining safe and orderly classrooms. It is required by our district that written permission be obtained from the student's parents/guardians before using corporal punishment.

    Corporal punishment shall be limited to spanking or paddling the student. It may be administered only in accordance with district guidelines as outlined in Hallsville ISD Board Policy.

    NOTE: A student's refusal to accept a discipline management technique such as corporal punishment will result in the student's behavior being classified in the next more serious level.

  • Delivery and Control of Student Medication

    It is the policy of Hallsville ISD for the legal parent or guardian of a student to deliver medication in the original container to the campus nurse. This includes prescription and non-prescription medication. At the time of delivery, the parent or guardian must count the number of pills in the container and, along with the nurse, initial that the count is correct. At that time, any deviation from the dosage on the label must be duly noted; otherwise, the nurse must give the dosage per instructions on the label. Non-prescription medicine must be in its original sealed container with a maximum of 30 doses. The legal parent or guardian must complete and return to the campus nurse the "Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel" form before medication will be administered to a student. Any medication not delivered by a parent or guardian will not be given to the student. To comply with Department of State Health Services guidelines, school staff must obtain a written physician's statement along with the parental consent form on all medications brought to school for the students at Little Cats, PreK/Head Start. This includes and is not limited to over the counter medications such as Advil, Tylenol, and Benadryl, etc.

  • Hallsville ISD Drug Testing Policy

    Drug Testing of Students, Grades 7-12, who choose to Participate in School-sponsored

    Extracurricular Activities Policy - FNF (Local)

    Scope of Drug Testing Policy

    The District requires drug testing of any student in grades 7-12 who chooses to participate in school sponsored extracurricular activities.

    A student participating in these activities shall be tested for the presence of illegal drugs at the beginning of each school year and prior to joining an extracurricular program at any time during the school year. In addition, students shall be randomly tested throughout the school year.

    The purposes of the drug-testing program are to:

    Purpose

    1. Prevent injury, illness, and harm resulting from the use of illegal drugs or alcohol;
    2. Help enforce a drug-free educational environment;
    3. Deter student use of illegal drugs or alcohol; and
    4. Educate students regarding the harm caused by the use of illegal and performance-enhancing drugs or alcohol.

    Distribution of Policy

    The District shall provide each parent and student a copy of the drug-testing policy and consent form prior to the student's participation in an affected area.

    Orientation Meetings

    Coaches and sponsors shall conduct meetings to explain the drug testing program and review the policy and consent form. Student attendance at the orientation meeting is mandatory; parent attendance is not mandatory.

    Consent

    Before a student is eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, the student shall be required annually to sign a consent form agreeing to be subject to the rules and procedures of the drug-testing program. If the student is under the age of 18, the student's parent or guardian shall also sign the consent form. If appropriate consent is not given, the student shall not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities. Positive drug test results shall not be used to impose disciplinary sanctions or academic penalties.

    Use of Results

    Drug test results shall be used only to determine eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities. Positive drug test results shall not be used to impose disciplinary sanctions or academic penalties.

    Nevertheless, nothing in this policy shall limit or affect the application of state law, local policy, or the Student Code of conduct. A student who commits a disciplinary offense shall be subject to consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

    Confidentiality

    Drug-testing results shall be confidential and shall be disclosed only to the student, the student's parents or legal guardian, and designated District officials who need the information in order to administer the drug-testing program. Drug test results shall not be maintained with a student's academic record. Results shall not be otherwise disclosed except as required by law.

    Testing Laboratory

    The Board shall contract with a certified drug-testing laboratory to conduct testing of students' urine samples. Testing laboratories shall not release statistics regarding the rate of positive drug tests to any person or organization with out consent of the District.

    Substances for Which Tests are Conducted

    The drug testing laboratory shall test for the presence of: Marijuana; cocaine, methaqualone; benzodiazepines; phencyclidine(PCP); methadone; barbiturates; propoxyphene; amphetamines; opiates; and metabolites of any of these substances.

    Collection Procedures

    Personnel from the drug-testing laboratory shall collect urine samples under conditions that are no more intrusive than the conditions experienced in a public restroom. When selected for testing, a student shall be escorted to the school's testing site and shall provide a sample from a location that ensures reasonable privacy for the student. A district employee of the same gender as the student shall be present when any samples are collected.

    Random Testing

    Random tests shall be conducted on a weekly basis throughout the school year. The percentage of students participating in the program for each test date shall be determined annually by the Board and based on the number of participants in school sponsored extracurricular activities.

    The drug-testing laboratory shall use a random selection method to identify students chosen for random testing. Students shall not receive prior notice of the testing date or time.

    Reasonable Suspicion Testing

    When an administrator or extracurricular activity sponsor has a reasonable suspicion that a student subject to this policy is currently using illegal drugs, the administrator or sponsor shall require the student to submit to a drug test.

    Refusal to Test or Tampering

    A student who refuses to be tested when selected or who is determined to have tampered with a sample, or who is in possession of a masking agent, shall be deemed to have a positive test result and shall be subject to the appropriate consequences depending on previous positive test results, if any. If a student is absent on the day of the random testing date, a sample shall be collected on the next random testing date.

    Positive Test Results

    An initial positive test shall be confirmed by a second test of the same specimen before being reported as positive. Upon receiving results of a positive drug test, the District shall schedule a meeting with the student, the student's parent if the student is under the age of 18, and the coach or sponsor of the extracurricular activity to review the test results and discuss consequences.

    The student or parent shall have three school days following the meeting to provide a medical explanation provided by a licensed physician for a positive result.

    Consequences

    Consequences of positive test results shall be cumulative through the student's enrollment in the District. A student who has a confirmed positive drug test shall be subject to the following consequences:

    1. First OffenseThe student shall be suspended from any extracurricular activity for 30 school days following the date the student and parent are notified of the test results. During the period of suspension, the student shall not be permitted to participate in practices.
      1. Retesting
        1. If the student wishes to return to participation in extracurricular activities, the student must be retested at the end of the period of suspension and have a negative test result; the student shall be retested on the next random test date.
      2. Drug Abuse Prevention
        1. The student shall participate in an assistance and drug education program.
    2. Second OffenseThe student shall be suspended from any extracurricular activity for 365 calendar days following the date the student and parent are notified of the test results.
      1. Retesting
        1. If the student wishes to return to participation in extracurricular activities, the student must be retested at the end of the period of suspension and have a negative test result; the student shall be retested on the next random check.
      2. Drug Abuse Prevention
        1. The student shall participate in an assistance and drug education program.
    3. Third OffenseThe student shall be suspended from participation in any extracurricular activity for the remainder of the student's enrollment in the District following the date the student and parent are notified of the test results.
      1. Appeals
        1. A student or parent may appeal a decision made under this policy in accordance with FNG (LOCAL). The student shall be ineligible for participation in extra-curricular activities while the appeal is pending.
  • Enforcement Policy

    Hallsville ISD will not tolerate, and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, criminal behavior such as verbal threats of assault, physical assaults, drug infractions, weapons violations, terrorist conduct, or gang activities. Students who choose to endanger the lives of others must be held accountable.

    The District will:

    • Ensure a safe environment for all staff and students
    • Provide quick, realistic consequences to deter additional infractions.
  • Enrollment Status Change While Under or Pending Disciplinary Action

    Any student transferring into or within the District, or re-enrolling in the District, who has been expelled from another public school, shall not be admitted until the period of expulsion has ended.

    Other disciplinary action, including assignment to other alternative education programs not yet completed by the student before transferring may be completed at the receiving school. Students who withdraw from school pending a district disciplinary hearing will have that information documented on the withdrawal form. Students who withdraw pending a hearing, and who request re-entry during the proposed term of assignment to an alternative educational placement, will be subject to a discipline hearing upon re-enrollment. EXCEPTION: Students who have been expelled from Hallsville ISD shall be readmitted prior to the completion of the terms of the expulsion, after successful completion of any court disposition requirements, including conditions of a deferred prosecution or conditions required by the court, the prosecution or the probation department. Such students will be assigned to an alternative education program.

    If a student chooses to withdraw from school pending a due process hearing for expulsion, the hearing will take place as scheduled and a decision will be made. Failure of the student to either appear for the hearing, or to notify the campus principal of a need to reschedule the hearing, will be interpreted as concurrence with the recommendation for expulsion. Should an attempt be made to enroll in another school district, that district shall be notified of the student's expulsion from the Hallsville Independent School District.

  • Equal Opportunity Policy Statement

    1. No administrative officer or employee of the Hallsville Independent School District, acting in his/her official capacity, may discriminate on the basis of a person's sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, or handicapping condition regarding: personnel practices, including as signing, hiring, promoting, compensating, and discharging employees; use of facilities; awarding contracts; and participation in programs.
    2. No student shall, on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, or handicapping condition, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program activity sponsored by this school district as specifically provided in the Section 504 Implementing Regulations.

    Inquiries regarding Equal Opportunity Employment should be directed to Paula Rogers, Deputy Superintendent, at (903) 668-5990, extension 5007.

    Inquires regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 should be directed to Ann Talley Newell, Director of Special Programs, at (903) 668-5990, extension 5019.

  • General Authority to Impose Discipline

    The Texas Legislature has delegated the authority to manage independent school districts and discipline students to the Board of Trustees and its employees. The school has the authority to administer discipline whenever the interest of the school is involved, on or off school property, in conjunction with or independent of classes and school-sponsored activities. The District's disciplinary authority applies:

    • during the regular school day and while the student is going to and from school on District transportation;
    • within 300 feet of school property;
    • while the student is participating in any activity during the school day on school grounds;
    • during lunch (whether on or off school campus);
    • while the student is in attendance at any school-related activity of the district, regardless of time or location; refer to the guidelines of the specific extracurricular activities.
    • when the student is on school property of another Texas school district or attending a school activity of a school in another Texas school district.
    • for any school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location;
    • when the student retaliates or threatens retaliation against a school employee, regardless of time and location;
    • when the district has reasonable belief that the student has engaged in conduct that would be punished as a felony, as provided by Texas Education Code 37.006;
    • when the student is involved in criminal mischief on or off school property or at a school-related event;
    • when a student makes a false alarm or report of bombing, fire, or other emergency involving a public school, regardless of time or locations;
    • when the student makes a terroristic threat involving a public school, regardless of time or location;
    • when the student commits aggravated robbery against another student regardless of time or location.
  • General Guidelines in Disciplining Students

    When imposing discipline, District personnel shall adhere to the following general guidelines.

    1. Discipline shall be administered when necessary to protect students, school employees, or property and maintain essential order and discipline.
    2. Students shall be treated fairly and equitably. Discipline shall be based on a careful assessment of the circumstances of each case.
      1. Factors to consider shall include:
        1. The seriousness of the offense.
        2. The student's age.
        3. The frequency of misconduct.
        4. The student's attitude.
        5. The potential effect of the misconduct on the school environment.
    3. Appropriate levels of due process, as required by state and/or federal law, will be provided. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct have been placed in three classes.
      1. These are:
        1. Class IExpellable Offenses Class IIOffenses Calling for DAEP (Discipline Alternative Education Program) Placement Class IIIInappropriate Conduct

     

  • In-School Suspension

    (SAC) Special Assignment Class

    For minor infractions of the Student Code of Conduct or campus or classroom rules, teachers or administrators may assign a student to one or more days of in-school suspension where students will complete assignments given them by their regular teachers.

    Any student placed in SAC will not be allowed to participate or practice in co-curricular or extra-curricular activities while serving time in SAC. Students will regain eligibility for practice or participation when they are officially released (exited) from SAC.

    If we place your child in in-school suspension for an extended period of time, we will offer an opportunity for the student to complete the courses in which he or she was enrolled at the time of the removal before the beginning of the next school year. This opportunity may be by summer school, correspondence courses, distance learning, or other avenues, as determined by campus staff. You will be assessed the ordinary charges associated with the program.

  • Pledge to Flags and Observance of Silence

    All schools will start the school day with recitation of the pledge of allegiance to the United States and Texas flags, followed by one minute of silence. A student may be excused from reciting the pledges, if the parent or guardian provides a written request. (Senate Bill 83; TEC Section 25.082)

  • Prior Review of Publications

    A student may not produce and/or distribute non school sponsored publications, petitions, or other printed documents of any kind, sort, or type that would reasonably indicate that material and substantial disruption to normal school operations would likely result directly from such distribution. Petitions and/or other printed documents should be submitted for approval to the campus principal.

  • Prohibited Items

    Items Prohibited on School Property

    Students may not bring any item listed below onto school property (includes school buses) during regular school hours. If a student is found to be in possession of any prohibited item, the item will be confiscated. In addition, the principal may exercise a range of discipline options, including permanent confiscation of selected items, or an administrative fee of up to $15.00 per item, to discourage students from bringing these items on campus. Any items not claimed after 30 days will be discarded.

    • Water guns
    • Pets
    • Chemical dispensing devices, such as pepper spray or mace
    • Skate boards and roller blades
    • Cellular phones or look alikes
    • Stink bombs, smoke bombs
    • Fireworks
    • Radios, Tapes players, CD players, MP3 players or Video Player
    • Paging devices or look alikes
    • Laser pointers
    • Lighters
    • Knives of any sort
    • Dominoes, dice, cards or any electronic game system
    • Any other item identified by the principal as having a disruptive or unsafe effect on the educational environment, or if identified in The Code of Conduct
  • Purpose of the Student Code of Conduct

    1. Promotes behavior that projects a positive environment for learning for all students.
    2. Outlines behavior that is expected of all students.
    3. Defines specific examples of student behavior.
    4. Clearly defines consequences that may be imposed for all student behavior.
    5. Provides for administrators' consistency in dealing with student discipline.
    6. Describes the responsibilities and rights of each member of the school community in bringing about and maintaining good discipline throughout the district.
    7. Communicates policies of the Board of Trustees pertaining to appropriate and acceptable student behavior.

    The Student Code of Conduct is enforced from the time the student enters a school bus or steps on the school campus or attends any school-sponsored activities.

    Teachers, principals and sponsors of extra-curricular organizations may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to those found in the Student Code of Conduct. These rules may be posted in classrooms or given to the student and may or may not also constitute violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Parents will not necessarily be informed of classroom infractions, but will be informed of any Code of Conduct violation.

  • Responsibilities and Expectations

    1. Obey the rules of the school.
    2. Pursue and attempt to master the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills of the curriculum of study prescribed by the State of Texas and Hallsville I.S.D. by:
      1. Being prompt and regular in attendance
      2. Being on time with completed school assignments
      3. Being attentive in the classroom
      4. Being willing to work at self-improvement
      5. Being courteous to others
      6. Being accepting of constructive criticism and fair in critical remarks of others
        1. Respect the authority of all teachers and school personnel
        2. Respect school property
        3. Proper conduct in school, on school grounds, buses, and at school functions.
        4. Dress and appearance in accordance with the district's standards of propriety, safety, health, and good grooming.
        5. Cooperative with school staff in investigation of disciplinary infractions.
        6. Assist the school staff in operating a safe school.
        7. Refrain from profane, insulting, threatening or inflammatory remarks, disruptive conduct and cheating.
        8. Seek help from school personnel when having school or personal problems.
        9. Accept changes in school policies and regulations in an orderly and responsible manner.
        10. Leave school grounds immediately upon being dismissed, go to or from school in an orderly manner and without delay, and refrain from interference with other students on the way to and from school.
        11. Refrain from use of drugs and alcohol on school property or at school sponsored events.
        12. Refrain from disruptions, demonstrations, violence, and other forms of incitement.
  • Roles and Responsibilities

    The Hallsville Independent School District believes firmly in its responsibility to ensure certain basic rights on which there can be no compromise. These responsibilities are based on the following premises:

    1. The student has the right to a quality education in a safe learning environment.
    2. The educator has the right to teach or administer free from verbal intimidation and physical assault.
    3. Patrons have the right to expect quality education and the protection of students, educators, and their investments in school property.

    Establishing and maintaining behavioral standards within the schools are essential to ensuring an environment conducive to learning. Helping students to become self disciplined citizens within the school environment is a major educational and developmental objective. In all cases, however, an orderly climate for learning must be established and maintained. Establishing and maintaining this climate are the significant responsibilities of members of the school professional staff who work directly with students as well as parents.

  • Safe School Bus Operations

    The privilege of riding a school bus is extended to each qualifying student properly enrolled on a route operated by the Student Transportation Department of the Hallsville Independent School District. No guest riders are allowed. The HISD Student Transportation Department has expectations for student conduct and behavior that will insure the "Safety, Order and Rights" of the students we serve, department employees and the motoring public with whom we share the roadway. These expectations apply to all regular routes, extra-curricular and co-curricular trip operations.

    Safety

    • While on the bus, passengers will follow the driver's instructions the first time they are given.
    • Passengers will, at all times, follow "A Safe Bus Rider's Rules" posted in the bus.
    • Keep the aisle clear; passengers must hold any object brought on the bus in their lap.
    • Some items are not allowed to be brought on the bus (see page 18); when in doubt, ask the bus driver.
    • Passengers may load and unload only at stops designated by the HISD Student Transportation Department.
    • Passengers must be at their designated stop when the bus arrives and load the bus in a safe orderly manner.
    • Passengers must follow the driver's instructions when loading and unloading the bus.
    • Use of light or sound emitting, reflecting or amplifying devices is not allowed on the bus.

    Order

    • The bus is an extension of the campus. All campus Student Code of Conduct rules apply while on the bus.
    • Do not distract the driver. Driving a school bus is a difficult job. Excessive noise detracts from the order of bus operations. Speak in a low voice and avoid making noise.
    • The bus driver is authorized to assign seats or change seat assignments.
    • Passengers must be seated, facing forward, with backs on the seat back, and feet on the floor while on the bus.
    • In an emergency, listen for and follow the driver's instructions quickly. Stay calm.

    Rights

    • Riding the bus is a Privilege, not a Right.
    • All passengers will respect the property rights of fellow passengers.
    • Buses are HISD property. Passengers are responsible for damage they do to the bus. Leave the bus clean.
    • Respect the property rights of landowners where you wait for the bus.
    • Fellow riders have the expectation of a safe, comfortable ride. Do nothing to deny them that privilege.
    • Respect the personal rights of others.
    • Bus drivers have the right and responsibility to maintain discipline. Always follow the driver's instructions.

    Communication

    Good lines of communication are vital to effective student transportation operations. To ensure the safety of passengers, drivers, and those with whom we share the road, follow these communications guidelines.

    • Passenger to Driver-Wait until the bus is stopped, then come to the front of the bus. Do not block the passage of others. Remember the bus is an extension of the campus and the driver is in authority
    • Parent to Driver-For the safety of all, if you must speak to the driver at the bus stop, do so through the driver's window. You are not allowed to enter the bus! You may leave a telephone message for your child's driver with the HISD Student Transportation office at 668-5990, extension 5555. Calls will be returned. Written messages will be accepted. Messages may or may not be read during route operations. The department may need to contact you; please let us know your contact information in written messages. Any change of a student's assigned stop must be processed through the appropriate campus office.
    • Parent to Student Transportation-You are encouraged to contact HISD Student Transportation at 668-5990, extension 5555. Please understand that we are extremely busy during route operation times. We will facilitate a face to face meeting you request and provide information requested within depar- ment and district guidelines.
    • HISD Student Transportation Department and Bus Driver to Parents-Written communications is the preferred method and may take one of three forms: (1) "Bus Enrollment" forms, (2) "Parental Notification", or (3) department memos. Signature acknowledgement of "Parental Notifications" may be required before a student is allowed to ride the bus. Telephone messages are also used.
    • Driver to Passenger-Driver will be polite, courteous, confidential, and respectful of the passenger's privacy rights.

    Bus rider privileges may be denied to those who fail to meet Hallsville ISD's Safe School Bus Operations expectations for passengers. The suspension of bus rider privilege is a campus administrator's disciplinary decision and is not subject to Hallsville ISD Student Transportation Department review.

    Safe Bus Riders' Rules

    Safe bus riders always:

    1. respect the bus driver and obey the driver's instructions the first time they are given.
    2. sit safely in their assigned seat.
    3. respect the personal and property rights of others.
    4. know and obey the "HISD Student Code of Conduct".

    Safe bus riders never:

    1. use profane language or obscene gestures.
    2. use tobacco products, alcohol, drugs or controlled substances.
    3. eat or drink on the bus.
    4. endanger the safety of themselves or others.

    Expectations for Safe School Bus Operations and Safe Bus Riders' Rules were compiled by the professional school bus drivers that transport your children daily. They are based on current federal and state law, Hallsville Independent School District Board and administrative policy, the 1995 National Standards for School Transportation, and information provided by the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation. We are committed to protecting the Safety, Order and Rights of the children we serve.

  • Search of Students

    All lockers and desks are the property of the school and are subject to search when reasonable cause to do so is established. A student's outer clothing, pockets or property, including vehicles parked on school property, may be searched, if reasonable cause to do so is established.

  • Students with Disabilities

    Discipline of students with disabilities is subject to federal and state legal requirements, and the provisions of each student's Individualized Education Plan. The placement of students with disabilities, including disciplinary placements such as AEP and expulsion, is decided by the student's ARD Committee or 504 Committee in accordance with federal and state law.

    The Principal may impose a three-day suspension on a student with a disability, unless the student's BIP (Behavior Intervention Plan) prohibits such action, without the necessity of an ARD or 504 Committee meeting. However, a short-term suspension of a student with a disability could constitute a change in placement. Therefore, the district will hold an ARD or 504 Committee meeting after a student has served a series of short-term suspensions that add up to a total of 10 school days within a single school year.

  • Teacher Initiated Removal

    Discretionary Removal

    A student whose misbehavior repeatedly interferes with the teacher's ability to teach, or the ability of the other students in the class to learn, may be removed from class at the discretion of the teacher. Prior to such removal, the teacher must have documented instances of the misbehavior that led to the removal.

    A student whose misbehavior in the classroom is so unruly, disruptive or abusive that it serious interferes with the teacher's ability to communicate effectively with the other students, or with the ability of the other students to learn, may be removed from class at the teacher's discretion.

    In the event of a discretionary removal of a student, the principal will schedule a conference to consider the matter, as outlined in more detail in the section, Procedure for Placement in DAEP, which is explained under "Class II: Offenses calling for DAEP Placement".

    Mandatory Removal

    A teacher is required to remove a student from the classroom if the student commits an offense in the classroom that calls for expulsion or DAEP placement. After such a removal, the principal will schedule a conference to consider the matter, as outlined in Procedure for Placement in DAEP.

    Teacher Documentation

    A teacher who has knowledge that a student has violated this Code of Conduct by the commission of a serious or persistent offense, or an offense which may call for DAEP placement or explusion, must file with the principal a written report documenting the violation. The principal will send a copy of the report to the parents within 24 hours of receipt of it from the teacher.

    Placement Review Committee

    If the principal sends a student back to the classroom from which the student has been removed, and the teacher refuses to accept the student, the matter shall be addressed by the campus Placement Review Committee in accordance with Texas Education Code 37.003.

    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.

  • Use of Vehicles

    A high school student must present a valid driver's license and proof insurance and pay the permit fee in order to obtain a parking permit. Any student who operates a vehicle in an unsafe or disruptive manner shall be subject to disciplinary action, citation, and may be denied the privilege of vehicle use on all HISD property. Automobiles on school property are subject to search if there is reasonable cause to believe contraband or other prohibited items are in the vehicle.

  • Visiting Other Schools

    Students of one school shall not be present in the buildings or on the grounds of another school while the latter is in session, except upon permission of the principal.

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