Student Handbook - McKinney Independent School District

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Student Handbook - McKinney Independent School District

2013-2014STUDENTHANDBOOKMcKINNEY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT


Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance ............................................................................ 14Attendance for Credit or Final Grade ............................................................................................. 15Official Attendance-Taking Time .................................................................................................... 16Documentation after an Abscence ................................................................................................. 16Doctor’s Note after an Absence for Illness..................................................................................... 16Request to be excused from Physical Education for Illness or Injury ............................................ 16Driver License Attendance Verification .......................................................................................... 16ACADEMIC PROGRAMS ........................................................................................................................... 17BULLYING .................................................................................................................................................. 17CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE OR OTHER MALTREATEMENT OF CHILDREN ............................................ 18CLASS RANK/TOP TEN PERCENT/HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT..................................................... 19CLASS SCHEDULES ................................................................................................................................. 19COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS ........................................................................................... 19COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES ................................................................................................................. 19COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS .............................................................................................................. 20CONDUCT .................................................................................................................................................. 20Applicability of School Rules .......................................................................................................... 20Disruptions of School Operations .................................................................................................. 20Social Events ................................................................................................................................. 21COUNSELING ............................................................................................................................................ 21Academic Counseling .................................................................................................................... 21Personal Counseling ...................................................................................................................... 21Psychological Exams, Tests, or Treatment.................................................................................... 21Harold Murphy Counseling Center ................................................................................................. 22COURSE CREDIT ...................................................................................................................................... 22CREDIT BY EXAM—IF A STUDENT HAS TAKEN THE COURSE .......................................................... 22CREDIT BY EXAM—IF A STUDENT HAS NOT TAKEN THE COURSE ................................................. 22DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION .................................... 23Dating Violence .............................................................................................................................. 23Discrimination ................................................................................................................................. 24Harassment .................................................................................................................................... 24Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Harassment .................................................................... 24Retaliation ...................................................................................................................................... 25Reporting Procedures .................................................................................................................... 25Investigation of Report ................................................................................................................... 25DISCRIMINATION ...................................................................................................................................... 26DISTANCE LEARNING .............................................................................................................................. 26DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLISH MATERIALS OR DOCUMENTS ............................................................... 26School Materials ............................................................................................................................. 26- ii -


Nonschool Materials from Students ............................................................................................... 26Nonschool Materials from Others .................................................................................................. 27DRESS AND GROOMING .......................................................................................................................... 27ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES ................................................................. 29Possession and Use of Other Personal TelecommunicationsDevices, Including Moblie Phones ................................................................................................. 29Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic Devices .......................................................... 30Instructional Use of Personal Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices ....................... 30Acceptable Use of District Technology Resources ........................................................................ 30Unacceptable and Inappropriate Use of Technology Resources .................................................. 30END-OF-COURSE (EOC) ASSESSMENTS .............................................................................................. 31EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONS ................................................... 31Standards of Behavior.................................................................................................................... 32FEES ........................................................................................................................................................... 32FUND-RAISING .......................................................................................................................................... 33GANG-FREE ZONES ................................................................................................................................. 33GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT ............................................................................................................ 33GRADE CLASSIFICATION ........................................................................................................................ 33GRADING GUIDELINES ............................................................................................................................ 33GRADUATION ............................................................................................................................................ 33Requirements for a Diploma .......................................................................................................... 33Graduation Programs ..................................................................................................................... 34Certificates of Coursework Completion .......................................................................................... 37Students with Disabilities ............................................................................................................... 37Graduation Speakers ..................................................................................................................... 37Graduation Expenses ..................................................................................................................... 38Scholarships and Grants ................................................................................................................ 38HARASSMENT ........................................................................................................................................... 38HAZING ....................................................................................................................................................... 38HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS ................................................................................................................. 38Clinic............................................................................................................................................... 38Student Illness ................................................................................................................................ 39Communicable/Contagious Diseases/Conditions .......................................................................... 39Life Threatening Allergies .............................................................................................................. 42Physical Activity for Students in Elementary and Middle School ................................................... 42School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) ....................................................................................... 42OTHER HEALTH-RELATED MATTERS ................................................................................................... 43Physical Fitness Assessment ........................................................................................................ 43Vending Machines .......................................................................................................................... 43- iii -


Tobacco Prohibited ........................................................................................................................ 43Energy Drinks/Sports Drink ............................................................................................................ 43Asbestos Management Plan .......................................................................................................... 43Pest Management Plan .................................................................................................................. 44HOMELESS STUDENTS ............................................................................................................................ 44IMMUNIZATION .......................................................................................................................................... 44LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ........................................................................................................... 45Questioning of Students ................................................................................................................. 45Students Taken Into Custody ......................................................................................................... 45Notification of Law Violations ......................................................................................................... 46LEAVING CAMPUS .................................................................................................................................... 46At Any Other Time During the School Day .................................................................................... 47LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS ......................................................................................... 47LOST AND FOUND .................................................................................................................................... 48MAKEUP WORK ........................................................................................................................................ 48Makeup Work Because of Absence ............................................................................................... 48DAEP Makeup Work ...................................................................................................................... 48In-school Suspension (ISS) Makeup Work .................................................................................... 49MEDICINE AT SCHOOL ............................................................................................................................ 49No Tolerance Policy ....................................................................................................................... 49Medication Guidelines .................................................................................................................... 49Psychotropic Drugs ........................................................................................................................ 51NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT ....................................................................................................... 51PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS/HEALTH SCREENINGS ............................................................................. 51PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCE .................................................................. 51PRAYER ..................................................................................................................................................... 52PROMOTION AND RETENTION ............................................................................................................... 52REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCES ........................................................ 53RETALIATION ............................................................................................................................................ 54SAFETY ...................................................................................................................................................... 54Accident Insurance ......................................................................................................................... 54Preparedness Drills: Evacuation, Severe Weather, and Other Emergencies ............................... 54Fire Drill Bells .................................................................................................................... 54Tornado Drill Bells ............................................................................................................. 54Emergency Medical Treatment and Information ............................................................................ 55Emergency School-Closing Information ......................................................................................... 55SCHOOL FACILITIES ................................................................................................................................ 55Use by Students Before and After School ..................................................................................... 55Conduct Before and After School .................................................................................................. 55- iv -


Use of Hallways During Class Time ............................................................................................... 55Cafeteria Services .......................................................................................................................... 56Library ............................................................................................................................................ 56Meetings of Non-curriculum-Related Groups................................................................................. 56SEARCHES ................................................................................................................................................ 56Students’ Desks and Lockers ........................................................................................................ 56Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices ...................................................................... 57Vehicles on Campus ...................................................................................................................... 57Trained Dogs .................................................................................................................................. 57SPECIAL PROGRAMS .............................................................................................................................. 57STANDARDIZED TESTING ....................................................................................................................... 57SAT/ACT (Scholastic Apitude Test and American College Test) .................................................. 57STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness)Grades 3-8 ..................................................................................................................................... 58End-of-Course (EOC) Assesments for Students in Grades 9-12 .................................................. 58TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) .................................................................... 59TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment ................................................................................... 59STEROIDS .................................................................................................................................................. 59STUDENTS IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY OF THE STATE ...................................................................... 59STUDENT SPEAKERS .............................................................................................................................. 60SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION ................................................................... 60SUICIDE AWARENESS ............................................................................................................................. 60TAKS (TEXAS ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS) ........................................................... 60TARDINESS ............................................................................................................................................... 61TEMPERATURE/SEVERE WEATHER ..................................................................................................... 61Cold/Heat/Ozone Guidelines ......................................................................................................... 61Hot Temperatures .......................................................................................................................... 61Cold Temperatures ........................................................................................................................ 62Severe Weather ............................................................................................................................. 62TEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS, AND TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT ............................ 62TRANSFERS .............................................................................................................................................. 63TRANSPORTATION ................................................................................................................................... 63School-Sponsored Trips................................................................................................................. 63Buses and Other School Vehicles ................................................................................................. 63VANDALISM ............................................................................................................................................... 64VIDEO CAMERAS ...................................................................................................................................... 64VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL ..................................................................................................................... 64General Visitors .............................................................................................................................. 64VOLUNTEERS ........................................................ ………………………………………………………64- v -


WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL ......................... ………………………………………………………65STUDENT/PARENT LETTERSScience Safety Agreement ............................................................................................................ 66Life Threatening Alergy-Science Agreement Parent Letter ........................................................... 67GLOSSARY ............................................................ ………………………………………………………68- vi -


PREFACETo Students and Parents:Welcome to school year 2013–2014! Education is a team effort, and we know thatstudents, parents, teachers, and other staff members all working together can make this awonderfully successful year for our students.The McKinney ISD Student Handbook is designed to provide a resource for some of thebasic information that you and your child will need during the school year. In an effort tomake it easier to use, the handbook is divided into two sections:Section I—PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES—with information toassist you in responding to school related issues. We encourage you to take some time toclosely review this section of the handbook.Section II—OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ANDPARENTS—organized alphabetically by topic for quick access when searching forinformation on a specific issue.Please be aware that the term parent is used unless otherwise noted, is used to refer to theparent, legal guardian, or any other person who has agreed to assume school-relatedresponsibility for a student, or who has legal rights regarding a student in accordancewith law or policy.Both students and parents should become familiar with the McKinney ISD Student Codeof Conduct, which is a document adopted by the board and intended to promote schoolsafety and an atmosphere for learning.The Student Handbook is designed to be in harmony with board policy and the StudentCode of Conduct. Please be aware that the handbook is updated yearly, while policyadoption and revision may occur throughout the year. Changes in policy or other rulesthat affect Student Handbook provisions will be made available to students and parentsthrough newsletters or other communications.In case of conflict between board policy or the Student Code of Conduct and anyprovisions of the Student Handbook, the current provisions of board policy or the StudentCode of Conduct are to be followed.After reading through the entire handbook with your child, keep it as a reference duringthis school year. If you or your child has questions about any of the material in thishandbook, please contact the campus principal.Please note that references to policy codes are included so that parents can refer tocurrent board policy. A copy of the district’s policy manual is available for review in theschool office [or online at the district’s website – www.mckinneyisd.net.- 1 -


Contacting school officials if you are concerned with your child’semotional or mental wellbeing.Attending school board meetings to learn more about district operations.[See policies at BE and BED for more information.]Parent Involvement CoordinatorThe Parent Involvement Coordinator, who works with parents of students participating inTitle I programs is Stella Uribe, Ed. D. and may be contacted at 469-302- 6325PARENTAL RIGHTSObtaining Information and Protecting Student RightsYour child will not be required to participate without parental consent in anysurvey, analysis, or evaluation—funded in whole or in part by the U.S.Department of Education—that concerns:Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.Sexual behavior or attitudes.Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.Critical appraisals of individuals with whom the student has a closefamily relationship.Relationships privileged under law, such as relationships with lawyers,physicians, and ministers.Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents.Income, except when the information is required by law and will be usedto determine the student’s eligibility to participate in a special programor to receive financial assistance under such a program.You will be able to inspect the survey or other instrument and any instructionalmaterials used in connection with such a survey, analysis, or evaluation. [Forfurther information, see policy EF(LEGAL).]“Opting Out” of Surveys and ActivitiesAs a parent, you have a right to receive notice of and deny permission for yourchild’s participation in:Any survey concerning the private information listed above, regardlessof funding.School activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personalinformation gathered from your child for the purpose of marketing orselling that information.Any nonemergency, invasive physical examination or screening requiredas a condition of attendance, administered and scheduled by the school inadvance and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety ofthe student. Exceptions are hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or- 3 -


any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law.[See policies EF and FFAA.]Requesting Professional Qualifications of Teachers and StaffYou may request information regarding the professional qualifications of yourchild’s teachers, including whether a teacher has met state qualification and/orlicensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacherprovides instruction; whether the teacher has an emergency permit or otherprovisional status for which state requirements have been waived; andundergraduate and graduate degree majors, graduate certifications, and the fieldof study of the certification or degree. You also have the right to requestinformation about the qualifications of any paraprofessional who may provideservices to your child.Reviewing Instructional MaterialsAs a parent, you have a right to review teaching materials, textbooks, and otherteaching aids and instructional materials used in the curriculum, and to examinetests that have been administered to your child.Displaying a Student’s Artwork and ProjectsTeachers may display student’s work in classrooms or elsewhere on campus asrecognition of student achievement, unless the student’s parent has requestedconfidentiality of the student’s directory information. However, the district willobtain parental consent before displaying student’s artwork, special projects,photographs taken by students, and other original works on the district’s Website, on any campus or classroom Web site, in printed material, by video, or byany other method of mass communication.Accessing Student RecordsYou may review your child’s student records. These records include:Attendance records,Test scores,Grades,Disciplinary records,Counseling records,Psychological records,Applications for admission,Health and immunization information,Other medical records,Teacher and school counselor evaluations,Reports of behavioral patterns, andState assessment instruments that have been administered to your child.- 4 -


Granting Permission to Video or Audio Record a StudentAs a parent, you may grant or deny any written request from the district to makea video or voice recording of your child. State law, however, permits the schoolto make a video or voice recording without parental permission for the followingcircumstances:When it is to be used for school safety;When it relates to classroom instruction or a co curricular orextracurricular activity; orWhen it relates to media coverage of the school.Granting Permission to Receive Parenting and Paternity AwarenessInstructionAs a parent, if your child is under the age of 14, you must grant permission foryour child to receive instruction in the district’s parenting and paternityawareness program or your child will not be allowed to participate in theinstruction. This program, developed by the Office of the Texas AttorneyGeneral and the State Board of Education (SBOE), is incorporated into thedistrict’s health education classes.Removing a Student Temporarily from the ClassroomYou may remove your child temporarily from the classroom if an instructionalactivity in which your child is scheduled conflicts with your religious or moralbeliefs. The removal cannot be for the purpose of avoiding a test and may notextend for an entire semester. Further, your child must satisfy grade-level andgraduation requirements as determined by the school and by the Texas EducationAgency.Removing a Student from Human Sexuality InstructionAs a part of the district’s curriculum, students receive instruction related tohuman sexuality. The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is involved withthe selection of course materials for such instruction.State law requires that any instruction related to human sexuality, sexuallytransmitted diseases, or human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunedeficiency syndrome must:Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice ofbehavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried persons ofschool age;Devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to anyother behavior;Emphasize that abstinence is the only method that is 100 percenteffective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and theemotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity.Direct adolescents to a standard of behavior in which abstinence fromsexual activity before marriage is the most effective way to preventpregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and;- 5 -


If included in the content of the curriculum, teach contraception andcondom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoreticallaboratory rates.In accordance with state law, below is a summary of the district’scurriculum regarding human sexuality instruction:MISD has developed a scope and sequence of growth anddevelopment and related body changes which begins in 4 th gradeduring the month of May. The 4 th grade science curriculum willinclude a hygiene segment. The focus in fourth grade will be bodychanges that occur during puberty/growth and development and theirrelated hygiene issues. The PowerPoint will include facts specific tomale and female anatomical changes. The scope and sequence willcontinue in 5 th grade with emphasis on the endocrine andreproductive body systems. The 5 th grade will cover the endocrinebody system in science followed by a PowerPoint and video focusedon puberty and the reproductive system. Grades 6-12 utilizeinformation from the health textbooks and Choosing the Best,abstinence- based sex education program, incorporated into thehealth/PE curriculum.As a parent, you are entitled to review the curriculum materials. Youmay choose to become more involved with the development ofcurriculum used for this purpose by becoming a member of the district’sSHAC. Please see the district website for additional information.Parent information letters will be sent home to parents in 4 th and 5 th gradeprior to any instruction and have an opt in parent permission slip.Removal of a student under the “opt out” provision will be handled inaccordance with “Removing a Student Temporarily from the Classroom”above. A parent must sign an opt out permission slip in grades 6-12. Allof the parent permission/information sheets may be accessed through theCoordinated Health & Wellness section under the Health Services &Wellness Coordinated Health & Wellness tab of www.mckinneyisd.net.Excusing a Student from Reciting thePledges to the U.S. and Texas FlagsAs a parent, you may request that your child be excused from participation in thedaily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and thePledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag. The request must be in writing. Statelaw does not allow your child to be excused from participation in the requiredmoment of silence or silent activity that follows. [See Pledges of Allegianceand a Minute of Silence and policy EC(LEGAL).]Excusing a Student from Reciting aPortion of the Declaration of IndependenceYou may request that your child be excused from recitation of a portion of theDeclaration of Independence. State law requires students in social studies classesin grades 3–12 to recite a portion of the text of the Declaration of Independenceduring Celebrate Freedom Week unless (1) you provide a written statementrequesting that your child be excused, (2) the district determines that your child- 6 -


has a conscientious objection to the recitation, or (3) you are a representative of aforeign government to whom the United States government extends diplomaticimmunity. [See policy EHBK (LEGAL).]Requesting Limited or No Contact with aStudent through Electronic MediaTeachers and other approved employees are permitted by the district tocommunicate with students through the use of electronic media within the scopeof the individual’s professional responsibilities. For example, a teacher may setup a social networking page for his or her class that has information related toclass work, homework, and tests. As a parent, you are welcome to join, orbecome a member of, such a page.An employee described above may also contact a student individually throughelectronic media to communicate about items such as homework or upcomingtests.Requesting Notices of Certain Student MisconductA noncustodial parent may request in writing that he or she be provided, for theremainder of the school year, a copy of any written notice usually provided to aparent related to his or her child’s misconduct that may involve placement in adisciplinary alternative education program (DAEP) or expulsion. [See policyFO(LEGAL) and the Student Code of Conduct.]School Safety TransfersAs a parent, you have a right:Request the transfer of your child to another classroom or campus if yourchild has been determined by the district to have been a victim ofbullying as the term is defined by Education Code 25.0832.Transportation is not provided for a transfer to another campus. [Seepolicy FDB.][See Bullying policy FFI (LOCAL).]Consult with district administrators if your child has been determined bythe district to have engaged in bullying and the district decides to transferyour child to another campus. Transportation is not provided in thiscircumstance. [See policy FDB.][See Bullying policy FFI (LOCAL).]Request the transfer of your child to attend a safe public school in thedistrict if your child attends school at a campus identified by TEA aspersistently dangerous or if your child has been a victim of a violentcriminal offense while at school or on school grounds. [See policyFDE(LOCAL).]Request the transfer of your child to another campus if your child hasbeen the victim of a sexual assault by another student assigned to thesame campus, whether the assault occurred on or off campus, and thatstudent has been convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for thatassault. If the victim does not wish to transfer, the district will transferthe assailant in accordance with policy FDE.- 7 -


Requesting Classroom Assignment for Multiple Birth SiblingsAs a parent, if your children are multiple birth siblings (e.g., twins, triplets, etc.)assigned to the same grade and campus, you may request that they be placedeither in the same classroom or in separate classrooms. Your written requestmust be submitted no later than the 14 th day after the enrollment of your children.[See FDB(LEGAL).]OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTSParents of Students with DisabilitiesIf a student is receiving special education services at a campus outside his or herattendance zone, the parent or guardian may request that any other studentresiding in the household be transferred to the same campus, if the appropriategrade level for the transferring student is offered on that campus. [See policyFDB(LOCAL).]Request for the Use of a Service AnimalA parent of a student who uses a service animal because of the student’sdisability must submit a request in writing to the principal at least ten districtbusiness days before bringing the service animal on campus to permit time forthe district to evaluate the request in accordance with applicable federal and statelaws and regulations.Request for Special AccommodationsIf special accommodations are needed for an MISD event or activity, notify ofsuch needs at least two weeks in advance or as soon as possible to campuspersonnel.Providing Assistance to Students Who Have LearningDifficulties or Who Need Special Education ServicesIf a child is experiencing learning difficulties, the parent may contact the personlisted below to learn about the district’s overall general education referral orscreening system for support services. This system links students to a variety ofsupport options, including referral for a special education evaluation. Studentshaving difficulty in the regular classroom should be considered for tutorial,compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are availableto all students including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). Theimplementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability ofdistricts to meet the needs of all struggling students.At any time, a parent is entitled to request an evaluation for special educationservices. Within a reasonable amount of time, the district must decide if theevaluation is needed. If the evaluation is needed, the parent will be notified andasked to provide informed written consent for the evaluation. The district mustcomplete the evaluation and the report within 60 calendar days of the date thedistrict receives the written consent. The district must give a copy of theevaluation report to the parent.If the district determines that the evaluation is not needed, the district willprovide the parent with prior written notice that explains why the child will not- 8 -


e evaluated. This written notice will include a statement that informs theparents of their rights if they disagree with the district. The district is required togive parents the Notice of Procedural Safeguards—Rights of Parents ofStudents with Disabilities. Additional information regarding the Individualswith Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is available from the school district in acompanion document, A Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process.The following Web sites provide information to those who are seekinginformation and resources specific to students with disabilities and their families:Texas Project First, at http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/Partners Resource Network, at http://partnerstx.org/how PRNhelps.htmlThe designated contact regarding options for a child experiencing learningdifficulties or a referral for evaluation for special education services is SpecialPopulations, at 469-302-6300.Parents of Students Who Speak aPrimary Language Other than EnglishA student may be eligible to receive specialized support if his or her primarylanguage is not English, and the student has difficulty performing ordinary classwork in English. If the student qualifies for these extra services, the LanguageProficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) will determine the types of servicesthe student needs, including accommodations or modifications related toclassroom instruction, local assessment, and state-mandated assessments.Accommodations for Children of Military FamiliesChildren of military families will be provided flexibility regarding certain districtrequirements, including:Immunization requirements.Grade level, course, or educational program placement.Eligibility requirements for participation in extracurricular activities.Graduation requirements.In addition, absences related to a student visiting with his or her parent, includinga stepparent or legal guardian, who has been called to active duty for, is on leavefrom, or is returning from a deployment of at least four months will be excusedby the district. The district will permit no more than five excused absences peryear for this purpose. For the absence to be excused, the absence must occur noearlier than the 60 th day before deployment or no later than the 30 th day after theparent’s return from deployment. Additional information may be found athttp://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=7995.Student RecordsBoth federal and state laws safeguard student records from unauthorizedinspection or use and provide parents and eligible students certain rights ofprivacy. Before disclosing any personally identifiable information from astudent’s records, the district must verify the identity of the person, including aparent or the student, requesting the information. For purposes of studentrecords, an “eligible” student is one who is 18 or older OR who is attending aninstitution of postsecondary education.- 9 -


Virtually all information pertaining to student performance, including grades, testresults, and disciplinary records, is considered confidential educational records.Release is restricted to:The parents—whether married, separated, or divorced—unless theschool is given a copy of a court order terminating parental rights or theright to access a student’s education records.Federal law requires that, as soon as a student becomes 18, isemancipated by a court, or enrolls in a post-secondary institution, controlof the records goes to the student. The parents may continue to haveaccess to the records, however, if the student is a dependent for taxpurposes and under limited circumstances when there is a threat to thehealth and safety of the student or other individuals.District school officials who have what federal law refers to as a“legitimate educational interest” in a student’s records. School officialswould include trustees and employees, such as the superintendent,administrators, and principals; teachers, school counselors,diagnosticians, and support staff; a person or company with whom thedistrict has contracted or allowed to provide a particular service orfunction (such as an attorney, consultant, auditor, medical consultant,therapist, or volunteer); a parent or student serving on a schoolcommittee; or a parent or student assisting a school official in theperformance of his or her duties. “Legitimate educational interest” in astudent’s records includes working with the student; consideringdisciplinary or academic actions, the student’s case, or an individualizededucation program for a student with disabilities; compiling statisticaldata; reviewing an educational record to fulfill the official’s professionalresponsibility; or investigating or evaluating programs.Various governmental agencies, including juvenile service providers.Individuals granted access in response to a subpoena or court order.A school or institution of postsecondary education to which a studentseeks or intends to enroll or in which he or she is already enrolled.Release to any other person or agency—such as a prospective employer or for ascholarship application—will occur only with parental or student permission asappropriate.The campus principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students atthe assigned school. The superintendent is the custodian of all records forstudents who have withdrawn or graduated.Records may be inspected by a parent or eligible student during regular schoolhours. The records custodian or designee will respond to reasonable requests forexplanation and interpretation of the records.A parent or eligible student who provides a written request and pays copyingcosts per page may obtain copies. If circumstances prevent inspection duringregular school hours and the student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, thedistrict will either provide a copy of the records requested or make otherarrangements for the parent or student to review these records. The address ofthe superintendent’s office is 1 Duvall St., McKinney, Texas 75069. Please find- 10 -


the address and contact number for your child’s school by contacting 469-302-4000.A parent (or eligible student) may inspect the student’s records and request acorrection if the records are considered inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inviolation of the student’s privacy rights. A request to correct a student’s recordshould be submitted to the principal. The request must clearly identify the part ofthe record that should be corrected and include an explanation of how theinformation in the record is inaccurate. If the district denies the request to amendthe records, the parent or eligible student has the right to request a hearing. If therecords are not amended as a result of the hearing, the parent or eligible studenthas 30 school days to exercise the right to place a statement commenting on theinformation in the student’s record. Although improperly recorded grades maybe challenged, contesting a student’s grade in a course is handled through thegeneral complaint process found in policy FNG (LOCAL). A grade issued by aclassroom teacher can be changed only if, as determined by the board of trustees,the grade is arbitrary, erroneous, or inconsistent with the district’s grading policy.[See FINALITY OF GRADES at FNG (LEGAL), Report Cards/ProgressReports and Conferences, and Student or Parent Complaints and Concernsfor an overview of the process.]The district’s policy regarding student records found at FL (LEGAL) and(LOCAL) is available from the principal’s or superintendent’s office or on thedistrict’s website at www.mckinneyisd.net.The parent’s or eligible student’s right of access to and copies of student recordsdo not extend to all records. Materials that are not considered educationalrecords—such as a teacher’s personal notes about a student that are shared onlywith a substitute teacher—do not have to be made available to the parents orstudent.Please note:Parents or eligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S.Department of Education if they believe the district is not in compliance withfederal law regarding student records. The complaint may be mailed to:Family Policy Compliance OfficeU. S. Department of Education400 Maryland Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20202-5901Directory InformationMcKinney ISD provides notice to the parents of each district student at thebeginning of each school year or on enrollment of the student after the beginningof a school year in the student handbook the following information. (1) a writtenexplanation of the provisions of the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act of1974 (20 U.S.C. Sec.1232g), regarding the release of directory information aboutthe student and (2) written notice of the right of the parent to object to the releaseof directory information about the student under the Family Educational Rightsand Privacy act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. Sec.1232g).The District has designated the following categories of information as directoryinformation for school-sponsored purposes only: student name, photograph /- 11 -


image, date of birth, grade level, enrollment status, dates of attendance,participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height ofmembers of athletic teams, honors and awards received, and schools attended bystudent.The District shall not release any student directory information to thirdpartyrequestors.Directory Information for School-Sponsored PurposesThe District will use “directory information”, as defined above, for schoolsponsoredpurposes, unless the parent requests confidentiality of this information.Further, this information will not be used for other purposes without the consentof the parent or eligible student.Unless you object to the use of your child’s information for these limitedpurposes, the school will not need to ask your permission each time the districtwishes to use this information for the school-sponsored purposes listed above.Release of Student Information to MilitaryRecruiters and Institutions of Higher EducationThe district is required by federal law to comply with a request by a militaryrecruiter or an institution of higher education for students’ names, addresses, andtelephone listings, unless parents have advised the district not to release theirchild’s information without prior written consent. Contact your campus principalif you do not want the district to provide this information to military recruiters orinstitutions of higher education.- 12 -


SECTION II: OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FORSTUDENTS AND PARENTSTopics in this section of the handbook contain important information on academics,school activities, and school operations and requirements. Take a moment with yourchild to become familiar with the various issues addressed in this section. It isconveniently organized in alphabetical order to serve as a quick-reference when you oryour child has a question about a specific school-related issue. Should you be unable tofind the information on a particular topic, please contact your campus principal.ABSENCES/ATTENDANCERegular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his or hereducation—to benefit from teacher-led and school activities; to build each day’s learningon the previous day’s; and to grow as an individual. Absences from class may result inserious disruption of a student’s mastery of the instructional materials; therefore, thestudent and parent should make every effort to avoid unnecessary absences. Two statelaws, one dealing with compulsory attendance, the other with attendance for a student’sfinal grade or course credit, are of special interest to students and parents. They arediscussed in the following sections:Compulsory AttendanceState law requires that a student between the ages of six and 18 attend school, aswell as any applicable accelerated instruction programs, extended year program,or tutorial session, unless excused from attendance or legally exempt.A student who voluntarily attends or enrolls after his or her 18 th birthday isrequired to attend each school day until the end of the school year. In addition, ifa student 18 or older has more than five unexcused absences in a semester thedistrict may revoke the student’s enrollment. The student’s presence on schoolproperty thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered trespassing.[See policy FEA.]Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergartens are required to attendschool and are subject to compulsory attendance.State law requires attendance in an accelerated reading instruction program whenkindergarten, first grade, or second grade students are assigned to such aprogram. Parents will be notified in writing if their child is assigned to anaccelerated instruction program as a result of a diagnostic reading instrument.A student will be required to attend any assigned accelerated instruction program,which may occur before or after school or during the summer, if the student doesnot meet the passing standards of the state assessment for his or her grade leveland/or application subject area.Exemptions to Compulsory AttendanceReligious holy days;Required court appearances;Activities related to obtaining United States citizenship;Service as an election clerk;Documented health-care appointments for the student or a child of thestudent, including absences for recognized services for students- 13 -


diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. A note from the health-careprovider must be submitted within 3 days of the student’s arrival orreturn to campus; andFor students in the conservatorship (custody) of the state,Mental health or therapy appointments; orCourt-ordered family visitations or any other court-ordered activity,provided it is not practicable to schedule the student’s participation in theactivity outside of school hours.In addition, a junior or senior student’s absence of up to two days related tovisiting a college or university will be considered an exemption, provided thestudent receives approval from the campus principal, follows the campusprocedures to verify such a visit, and makes up any work missed.Absences of up to two days in a school year will also be considered an exemptionfor a student serving as an early voting clerk, provided the student notifies his orher teachers and receives approval from the principal prior to the absence.As listed in Section I at Accommodations for Children of Military Families,absences of up to five days will be excluded for a student to visit with a parent,stepparent, or legal guardian who has been called to duty for, is on leave from, orimmediately returned from certain deployments.Extracurricular Activity Absences allowed during the school year forextracurricular activities shall be limited to: ten absences not related to postdistrictcompetition, five absences for post-district competition prior to state, andtwo absences for state competition.Failure to Comply with Compulsory AttendanceSchool employees must investigate and report violations of the state compulsoryattendance law. A student absent without permission from school; from anyclass; from required special programs, such as additional special instruction(termed “accelerated instruction” by the state) assigned by a grade placementcommittee including basic skills for ninth graders; or from required tutorials willbe considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject todisciplinary action.A court of law may also impose penalties against both the student and his or herparents if a school-aged student is deliberately not attending school. A complaintagainst the parent may be filed in court if the student:Is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a sixmonthperiod in the same school year (tardies are considered days orparts of days under this provision), orIs absent on three or more days or parts of days within a four-weekperiod.For a student younger than 12 years of age, the student’s parent could be chargedwith an offense based on the student’s failure to attend school.If a student between the ages of 12 and 18 violates the compulsory attendancelaw, both the parent and student could be charged with an offense.- 14 -


If the student is age 18 or other, the student, but not the student’s parents, wouldbe subject to penalties as a result of the student’s violation of state compulsoryattendance law.[See policy FEA(LEGAL)]Attendance for Credit or Final GradeTo receive credit or a final grade in a class, a student in kindergarten – grade 12must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered. A student whoattends at least 75 percent but fewer than 90 percent of the days the class isoffered may receive credit or a final grade for the class if he or she completes aplan, approved by the principal that allows the student to fulfill the instructionalrequirements for the class. If a student is involved in a criminal or juvenile courtproceeding, the approval of the judge presiding over the case will also berequired before the student receives credit or a final grade for the class.If a student attends less than 75 percent of the days a class is offered or has notcompleted the plan approved by the principal, then the student will be referred tothe attendance review committee to determine whether there are extenuatingcircumstances for the absences and how the student can regain credit or a finalgrade lost because of absences. [See polices at FEC]In determining whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absences,the attendance committee will use the following guidelines:All absences will be considered in determining whether a student hasattended the required percentage of days. If makeup work is completed,absences for religious holy days and documented health-careappointments will be considered days of attendance for this purpose.[See polices at FEB.]A transfer or migrant student begins to accumulate absences only after heor she has enrolled in the district. In reaching a decision about thestudent’s absences, the committee will attempt to ensure that it is in thebest interest of the student.The committee will consider the acceptability and authenticity ofdocumented reasons for the student’s absences.The committee will consider whether the absences were for reasons overwhich the student or the student’s parent could exercise any control.The committee will consider the extent to which the student hascompleted all assignments, mastered the essential knowledge and skills,and maintained passing grades in the course or subject.The student or parent will be given an opportunity to present anyinformation to the committee about the absences and to talk about waysto earn or regain credit or a final grade.The student or parent may appeal the committee’s decision to the board oftrustees by filing a written request with the superintendent in accordance withpolicy FNG(LOCAL).The actual number of days a student must be in attendance in order to receivecredit or a final grade will depend on whether the class is for a full semester orfor a full year.- 15 -


Official Attendance-Taking TimeThe district must submit attendance of its students to Texas Education Agency(TEA) reflecting attendance at a specific time each day. Official attendance istaken every day: Elementary 9:15 am, Middle School, 10:00 am, High School9:30 am. A student absent for any portion of the day, including at the officialattendance-taking time, should follow the procedures below.Documentation after an AbsenceWithin three (3) days of the student’s arrival or return to school, a note signed bythe parent that describes the reason for the absence must be delivered to theappropriate campus office for attendance documentation. A note signed bythe student, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unlessthe student is 18 or older or is an emancipated minor under state law.Please note that unless the absence is for a statutorily allowed reason undercompulsory attendance laws, the district is not required to excuse anyabsence.Notes not received within 3 days of the student’s return to school will beaccepted at the discretion of the campus administrator. A note signed by thestudent, even with the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unless thestudent is 18 or older.Parents may receive an attendance letter if a student has been absent fromschool without excuse for 3 or more days.Doctor’s Note after an Absence for IllnessUpon return to school, a student absent for more than 5 consecutive days becauseof a personal illness must bring a statement from a doctor or health clinicverifying the illness or condition that caused the student’s extended absence fromschool. [See FEC(LOCAL).]Request to be excused from Physical Education for Illness or InjuryParents/guardians are required to send a note for students who will not beparticipating in physical education classes due to an illness or injury. This notewill be accepted for up to five (5) consecutive days. Longer non-participationwill require a physician's written excuse.Driver License Attendance VerificationFor a student between the ages of 16 and 18 to obtain a driver license, writtenparental permission must be provided for the Texas Department of Public Safety(DPS) to access the student’s attendance records and, in certain circumstances,for a school administrator to provide the student’s attendance information toDPS.- 16 -


ACADEMIC PROGRAMSThe school counselor provides students and parents information regarding academicprograms to prepare for higher education and career choices. Please check with yourchild’s school counselor for further information on academic programs at your child’sschool.BULLYINGBullying occurs when a student or group of students engages in written or verbalexpression or physical conduct against another student and the behavior:Results in harm to the student or the student’s property,Places a student in fear of harm to himself or his property, orIs so severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that it creates an intimidating,threatening or abusive educational environment.This conduct is considered bullying if it exploits an imbalance of power between thestudent perpetrator(s) and the student victim and if it interferes with a student’s educationor substantially disrupts the operation of the school.Bullying is prohibited by the district and could include hazing, threats, taunting, teasing,assault, demands for money, confinement, destruction of property, theft of valuedpossessions, name-calling, rumor-spreading, or ostracism. In some cases, bullying canoccur through electronic methods, called “cyberbullying.”If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying ofanother student, it is important for the student or parent to notify a teacher, schoolcounselor, principal, or another district employee as soon as possible to obtain assistanceand intervention. The administration will investigate any allegations of bullying or otherrelated misconductIf the results of an investigation indicate that bullying has occurred, the administrationwill take appropriate disciplinary action. Disciplinary or other action may be taken evenif the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying. The district will also contact theparents of the victim and of the student who was found to have engaged in the bullying.Available counseling options will be provided to these individuals, as well as to anystudents who have been identified as witnesses to the bullying.Any retaliation against a student who reports an incident of bullying is prohibited.Upon the recommendation of the administration, the board may, in response to anidentified case of bullying, decide to transfer a student found to have engaged inbullying to another classroom at the campus. In consultation with the student’sparent, the student may also be transferred to another campus in the district. Theparent of a student who has been determined by the district to be a victim ofbullying may request that his or her child be transferred to another classroom orcampus within the district. [Also see School Safety Transfers.]A copy of the district’s policy is available in the principal’s office, superintendent’soffice, and on the district’s Web site, and is included at the end of this Handbook inthe form of an appendix. Procedures related to reporting allegations of bullying mayalso be found on the district’s Web site.- 17 -


A copy of the district’s policy is available in the principals’ office, superintendent’soffice, and on the district’s Web site.A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of an investigation may appealthrough policy FNG(LOCAL).[Also see Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation, SchoolSafety Transfers, Hazing, policy FFI, and the district improvement plan, a copy ofwhich can be viewed in the campus office.]CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ANDOTHER MALTREATMENT OF CHILDRENThe district has established a plan for addressing child sexual abuse and othermaltreatment of children. As a parent, it is important for you to be aware of warningsigns that could indicate a child may have been or is being sexually abused. Sexual abusein the Texas Family Code is defined as any sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental,emotional, or physical welfare as well as a failure to make a reasonable effort to preventsexual conduct with a child. Anyone who suspects that a child has been or may beabused or neglected has a legal responsibility, under state law, for reporting the suspectedabuse or neglect to law enforcement or to Child Protective Services (CPS).Possible physical warning signs of sexual abuse could be difficulty sitting or walking,pain in the genital areas, and claims of stomachaches and headaches. Behavior indicatorsmay include verbal references or pretend games of sexual activity between adults andchildren, fear of being alone with adults of particular gender, or sexually suggestivebehavior. Emotional warning signs to be aware of include withdrawal, depression,sleeping and eating disorders, and problems in school.A child who has experienced sexual abuse or any other type of abuse or neglect should beencouraged to seek out a trusted adult. Beware as a parent or other trusted adult thatdisclosures of sexual abuse may be more indirect than disclosure of physical abuse andneglect, and it is important to be calm and comforting if your child, or another child,confides in you. Reassure the child that he or she did the right thing by telling you.As a parent, if your child is a victim of sexual abuse or other maltreatment, the schoolcounselor or principal will provide information regarding counseling options for you andyour child available in your area.The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) also manages earlyintervention counseling programs. To find out what services may be available in yourcountyseehttp:/www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intevention/Programs_Available_In_Your_County/default.asp.The following Websites might help you become more aware of child sexual abuse:http://childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/signs.cfmhttp://sapn.nonprofitoffice.com/http://www.taasa.org/member/materials2.phphttp://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publicaitons/txts/childabluse1.shtm1http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/txts/childabuse2.shtm1Reports may be made to:- 18 -


The Child Protective Services (CPS) division of the Texas Department of Family andProtective Services (1-800-252-5400 or on the Web at http//www.txabusehotline.org).CLASS RANK /TOP TEN PERCENT/HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT[For further information, see policies at EIC. Or the McKinney ISD Academic PlanningGuide located on the MISD website at http://www.mckinneyisd.net/informaiton/docs/APG_12-1710.pdf]CLASS SCHEDULESAll students are expected to attend school for the entire school day and maintain aclass/course schedule to fulfill each period of the day. Exceptions may be madeoccasionally by the campus principal for students in 12 th grade and eHigh who meetspecific criteria and receive parental consent to enroll in less than a full-day’s schedule.Additionally, exceptions may be made in accordance with applicable federal and statelaws and regulations.COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONSFor two school years following his or her graduation, a district student who graduates inthe top ten percent, and in some cases, the top 25 percent, of his or her class is eligible forautomatic admission into four-year public universities and colleges in Texas if thestudent:Completes the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished AchievementProgram: orSatisfies the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks or earns at least a 1500 outof 2400 on the SAT.In addition, the student must submit a completed application for admission in accordancewith the deadline established by the college or university.The University of Texas at Austin may limit the number of students automaticallyadmitted to 75 percent of the University’s enrollment capacity for incoming residentfreshmen. For students who are eligible to enroll in the University of Texas at Austinduring the summer or fall 2012 term, the University will be admitting the top nine percentof the high school’s graduating class who meet the above requirements. Additionalapplicants will be considered by the University through an independent review process.Should a college or university adopt an admissions policy that automatically accepts thetop 25 percent of a graduation class, the provisions above will also apply to a studentranked in the top 25 percent of his or her class.Students and parents should contact the school counselor at their student’s campus forfurther information about automatic admissions, the application process, and deadlines.[See also the Class Rank/Highest Ranking Student information specifically related tohow the district calculates a student’s rank in class].COLLEGE CREDIT COURSESIn addition to the programs offered by the district, students in grades 9–12 may earncollege credit. For more information, contact the school counselor or the McKinney ISDAcademic Planning Guide located on the MISD website at http://www.mckinneyisd.net/information/docs/2013-2014_APG_REV5-30-13.pdf- 19 -


COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNSUsually student or parent complaints or concerns can be addressed by a phone call or aconference with the teacher or principal. For those complaints and concerns that cannotbe remediated at the campus level, the district has adopted a standard complaint policy atFNG (LOCAL) in the district’s policy manual. A copy of this policy may be obtained inthe principal’s or superintendent’s office or on the district’s Web site.In general, the student or parent should submit a written complaint and request aconference with the campus principal. If the concern is not resolved, the student orparent may contact the appropriate central administrator (director, assistantsuperintendent or the superintendent. If still unresolved, the district provides for thecomplaint to be presented to the board of trustees.CONDUCTApplicability of School RulesAs required by law, the board has adopted a Student Code of Conduct that prohibitscertain behaviors, defines standards of acceptable behavior both on and off campus aswell as on district vehicles and consequences for violation of these standards. Thedistrict has disciplinary authority over a student in accordance with the Student Code ofConduct. Students and parents should be familiar with the standards set out in theStudent Code of Conduct, as well as campus and classroom rules. During any periodsof instruction during the summer months, the Student Handbook and Student Codeof Conduct in place for the year immediately preceding the summer period shallapply, unless the district amends either or both documents for the purposes ofsummer instruction.Disruptions of School OperationsDisruptions of school operations are not tolerated and may constitute amisdemeanor offense. As identified by law, disruptions include the following:Interference with the movement of people at an exit, entrance, or hallwayof a district building without authorization from an administrator.Interference with an authorized activity by seizing control of all or partof a building.Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent participation inan authorized assembly.Use of force, violence, or threats to cause disruption during an assembly.Interference with the movement of people at an exit or an entrance todistrict property.Use of force, violence, or threats in an attempt to prevent people fromentering or leaving district property without authorization from anadministrator.Disruption of classes or other school activities while on district propertyor on public property that is within 500 feet of district property. Classdisruption includes making loud noises; trying to entice a student awayfrom, or to prevent a student from attending, a required class or activity;- 20 -


and entering a classroom without authorization and disrupting theactivity with loud or profane language or any misconduct.Interference with the transportation of students in vehicles owned oroperated by the district.Social EventsSchool rules apply to all school social events. Guests attending these events areexpected to observe the same rules as students, and a student inviting a guest willshare responsibility for the conduct of his or her guest.A student attending a social event will be asked to sign out when leaving beforethe end of the event; anyone leaving before the official end of the event will notbe readmitted.COUNSELINGAcademic CounselingStudents and their parents are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teacher,or principal to learn more about course offerings, graduation requirements, andearly graduation procedures. Each spring, students will be provided information onanticipated course offerings for the next school year and other information that willhelp them make the most of academic and CTE opportunities.To plan for the future, each student should work closely with the schoolcounselor in order to enroll in the high school courses that best prepare him orher for attendance at a college, university, or training school, or for pursuit ofsome other type of advanced education. The school counselor can also provideinformation about entrance exams and application deadlines, as well asinformation about automatic admission to state colleges and universities,financial aid, housing, and scholarships.Personal CounselingThe school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personalconcerns, including such areas as social, family, emotional or mental healthissues, or substance abuse. A student who wishes to meet with the schoolcounselor should follow the campus’ accepted procedures for accessing theschool counselor. As a parent, if you are concerned about your child’s mental oremotional health, please speak with the school counselor for a list of resourcesthat may be of assistance.Psychological Exams, Tests, or TreatmentThe school will not conduct a psychological examination, test, or treatmentwithout first obtaining the parent’s written consent. Parental consent is notnecessary when a psychological examination, test, or treatment is required bystate or federal law for special education purposes, unless required under theIDEA, or by the Texas Education Agency for child abuse investigations andreports.[For more information, refer to FFE (LEGAL) and FFG(EXHIBIT).- 21 -


Harold Murphy Counseling CenterMcKinney ISD and the Department of Counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce are pleased to announce the opening of the Harold MurphyCounseling Center (HMCC). The HMCC provides valuable counseling to MISDstudents PreK-12 th grade and their family members who are referred on a slidingscale. The HMCC is located at the Greer Annex, 510 Heard Street in McKinney,phone number 469-302-6318. Please see your school counselor for details.COURSE CREDITA student in grades 9-12 will earn credit for a course only if the final grade is 70 orabove. For a two-semester (1 credit) course, the student’s grades from both semesterswill be averaged and credit will be awarded if the combined average is 70 or above.Should the student’s combined average be less than 70, the student will be required toretake the semester in which he or she failed. According to state law, students mustattend 90 percent of the days a class is offered to receive credit.CREDIT BY EXAM—IF A STUDENT HAS TAKEN THE COURSEA student who has previously taken a course or subject—but did not receive credit forit—may, in circumstances determined by the , principal or attendance committee, bepermitted to earn credit by passing an exam on the essential knowledge and skills definedfor that course or subject. Prior instruction may include, for example, incompletecoursework due to a failed course or excessive absences, homeschooling, or courseworkby a student transferring from a non-accredited school.The school counselor or principal would determine if the student could take an exam forthis purpose. If approval is granted, the student must score at least 70 on the exam toreceive credit for the course or subject.The attendance review committee may also offer a student with excessive absences anopportunity to earn credit for a course by passing an exam.[For further information, see the school counselor and policies EHDB (LOCAL).]CREDIT BY EXAM—IF A STUDENT HAS NOT TAKEN THE COURSEA student will be permitted to take an exam to earn credit for an academic course forwhich the student has had no prior instruction or to accelerate to the next grade level.The exams offered by the district are approved by the district’s board of trustees. Pleasesee the appropriate campus personnel for scheduled testing dates during the 2013-2014school year.A student in grade 6 or above will earn course credit with a passing score of at least 80 onthe exam or a score designated by the state for an exam that has alternate scoringstandards. A student may take an exam to earn course credit no more than twice. If astudent fails to achieve the designated score on the applicable exam before the beginningof the school year in which the student would need to enroll in the course according tothe school’s course sequence, the student must complete the course.- 22 -


A student in elementary school will be eligible to accelerate to the next grade level if thestudent scores at least 80 80 on each exam in the subject areas of language arts,mathematics, science, and social studies, a district administrator recommends that thestudent be accelerated, and the student’s parent gives written approval of the gradeadvancement.If a student plans to take an exam, the student (or parent) must register with the principalno later than 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date. The district may or may nothonor a request by a parent to administer a test on a date other than the published dates.If the district agrees to administer a test other than the one chosen by the district, thestudent’s parent will be responsible for the cost of the exam. [For further information, seepolicy EHDC(LOCAL).]DATING VIOLENCE, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATIONThe district believes that all students learn best in an environment free from datingviolence, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and that their welfare is best servedwhen they are free from this prohibited conduct while attending school. Students areexpected to treat other students and district employees with courtesy and respect; to avoidbehaviors known to be offensive; and to stop those behaviors when asked or told to stop.District employees are expected to treat students with courtesy and respect.The board has established policies and procedures to prohibit and promptly respond toinappropriate and offensive behaviors that are based on a person’s race, color, religion,gender, national origin, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law. A copy of thedistrict’s policy is available in the principal’s office and on the district’s Web site.[See policy FFH Dating Violence].Dating ViolenceDating violence occurs when a person in a current or past dating relationship usesphysical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, orcontrol the other person in the relationship. Dating violence also occurs when aperson commits these acts against a person in a marriage or dating relationshipwith the individual who is or was once in a marriage or dating relationship withthe person committing the offense. This type of conduct is considered harassmentif the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects the student’sability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; createsan intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; orsubstantially interferes with the student’s academic performance.Examples of dating violence against a student may include, but are not limited to,physical or sexual assaults, name-calling, put-downs, threats to hurt the studentor the student’s family members or members of the student’s household,destroying property belonging to the student, threats to commit suicide orhomicide if the student ends the relationship, attempts to isolate the student fromfriends and family, stalking, or encouraging others to engage in these behaviors.- 23 -


DiscriminationDiscrimination is defined as any conduct directed at a student on the basis ofrace, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or any other basisprohibited by law, that negatively affects the student.HarassmentHarassment, in general terms, is conduct so severe, persistent, or pervasive that itaffects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educationalprogram or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensiveeducational environment; or substantially interferes with the student’s academicperformance. A copy of the district’s policy is available in the principal’s officeand in the superintendent’s office, or on the district’s Web site.Examples of harassment may include, but are not limited to, offensive orderogatory language directed at a person’s religious beliefs or practices, accent,skin color, or need for accommodation; threatening or intimidating conduct;offensive jokes, name-calling, slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault;graffiti or printed material promoting racial, ethnic, or other negative stereotypes;or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage to property.Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based HarassmentSexual harassment of a student by an employee, volunteer, or another student isprohibited.Sexual harassment of a student by an employee or volunteer does not includenecessary or permissible physical contact not reasonably construed as sexual innature. However, romantic and other inappropriate social relationships, as wellas all sexual relationships, between students and district employees areprohibited, even if consensual.Examples of prohibited sexual harassment may include, but not be limited to,touching private body parts or coercing physical contact that is sexual in nature;sexual advances; jokes or conversations of a sexual nature; and other sexuallymotivated conduct, communications, or contact.Sexual harassment may include, but not be limited to, touching private body partsor coercing physical contact that is sexual in nature; sexual advances; jokes orconversations of a sexual nature; and other sexually motivated contact,communications, or contact.Sexual harassment of a student by an employee or volunteer does not includenecessary or permissible physical contact not reasonably construed as sexual innature. However, romantic and other inappropriate social relationships, as wellas all sexual relationships, between students and district employees areprohibited, even if consensual.Gender-based harassment includes harassment based on a student’s gender,expression by the student or stereotypical characteristics associated with thestudent’s gender, or the student’s failure to conform to stereotypical behaviorrelated to gender. Examples of gender-based harassment directed against astudent, regardless of the student’s actual or perceived sexual orientation orgender identity, may include, but not be limited to, offensive jokes, name-calling,slurs, or rumors; physical aggression or assault; threatening or intimidating- 24 -


conduct; or other kinds of aggressive conduct such as theft or damage toproperty.RetaliationRetaliation against a person, who makes a good faith report of discrimination orharassment, including dating violence, is prohibited. Retaliation against aperson who is participating in an investigation of alleged discrimination orharassment is also prohibited. A person who makes a false claim or offers falsestatements or refuses to cooperate with a district investigation, however, may besubject to appropriate discipline.Retaliation against a student might occur when a student receives threats fromanother student or an employee or when an employee imposes an unjustifiedpunishment or unwarranted grade reduction. Retaliation does not include pettyslights and annoyances from other students or negative comments from a teacherthat are justified by a student’s poor academic performance in the classroom.Reporting ProceduresAny student who believes that he or she has experienced dating violence,discrimination, harassment, or retaliation should immediately report the problemto a teacher, school counselor, principal, or other district employee. The reportmay be made by the student’s parent. See policy FFH (LOCAL) for theappropriate districts officials to whom to make a report.Investigation of ReportTo the extent possible, the district will respect the privacy of the student;however, limited disclosures may be necessary to conduct a thoroughinvestigation and to comply with law. Allegations of prohibited conduct, whichincludes dating violence, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, will bepromptly investigated.The district will promptly notify the parents of any student alleged to haveexperienced prohibited conduct involving an adult associated with the district. Inthe event prohibited conduct involves another student, the district will notify theparents of the student alleged to have experienced the prohibited conduct In theevent prohibited conduct involves another student, the district will notify theparents of the student alleged to have experienced the prohibited conduct whenthe allegations, if proven, would constitute a violation as defined by policy.During the course of an investigation, the district may take interim action toaddress the alleged prohibited conduct.When an investigation is initiated for alleged prohibited conduct, the district willdetermine whether the allegations, if proven, would constitute bullying as definedby law. If so, an investigation of bullying will also be conducted. [See policyFFI.]If the district’s investigation indicates that prohibited conduct occurred,appropriate disciplinary action, and, in some cases, corrective action, will betaken to address the conduct. The district may take disciplinary action andcorrective action even if the conduct that is the subject of the complaint was notunlawful.- 25 -


A student or parent who is dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation mayappeal in accordance with policy FNG (LOCAL).DISCRIMINATION[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation].DISTANCE LEARNINGDistance learning and correspondence courses include courses that encompass the staterequiredessential knowledge and skills but are taught through multiple technologies andalternative methodologies such as mail, satellite, Internet, video-conference, andinstructional television.Apex Learning has been established as the preferred method of distance learning inMISD. A student has the option, with certain limitations, to enroll in a course offeredthrough Apex Learning to earn course credit for graduation. In limited circumstances, astudent in grade 8 may be eligible to enroll in a course through the Apex Learning.Depending on the Apex Learning course in which a student enrolls, the course may besubject to the “no pass, no play” rules. [Also see Extracurricular Activities, Clubs, andOrganization.] In addition, for a student who enrolls in a Apex Learning course forwhich an end-of-course (EOC) assessment is required, the student must still take thecorresponding EOC assessment. The requirements related to the incorporation ofthe EOC score into the student’s final course grade and the implications of theseassessments on graduation apply to the same extent as they apply to traditionalclassroom instruction.If you have questions or which to make a request that your child be enrolled in an ApexLearning course, please contact the counselor.If a student wishes to enroll in a correspondence course or a distance learning course thatis not provided through Apex Learning in order to earn credit in a course or subject, thestudent must receive permission from the principal prior to enrolling in the course orsubject. If the student does not receive prior approval, the district will not recognize andapply the course or subject toward graduation requirements or subject mastery.DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLISHED MATERIALS OR DOCUMENTSSchool MaterialsPublications prepared by and for the school may be posted or distributed, withthe prior approval of the principal, sponsor, or teacher. Such items may includeschool posters, brochures, flyers, etc.All school publications are under the supervision of a teacher, sponsor, and theprincipal.Nonschool Materials from StudentsStudents must obtain prior approval from the principal before posting,circulating, or distributing written materials, handbills, photographs, pictures,petitions, films, tapes, posters, or other visual or auditory materials that were notdeveloped under the oversight of the school. To be considered, any nonschool- 26 -


material must include the name of the sponsoring person or organization. Thedecision regarding approval will be made within two school days.Please refer to campus specific information to find the designated location forapproved non-school materials for voluntary viewing by students. [See policiesat FNAA.]A student may appeal a principal’s decision in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL). Any student who posts nonschool material without prior approvalwill be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code ofConduct. Materials displayed without the principal’s approval will be removed.Nonschool Materials from OthersWritten or printed materials, handbills, photographs, pictures, films, tapes, orother visual or auditory materials not sponsored by the district or by a districtaffiliatedschool-support organization will not be sold, circulated, distributed, orposted on any district premises by any district employee or by persons or groupsnot associated with the district, except as permitted by policy GKDA. To beconsidered for distribution, any nonschool material must meet the limitations oncontent established in the policy, include the name of the sponsoring person ororganization, and be submitted to the campus principal for prior review. Thecampus principal will approve or reject the materials within two school days ofthe time the materials are received. The requestor may appeal a rejection inaccordance with the appropriate district complaint policy. [See policies atDGBA, FNG, or GF.]Prior review will not be required for:Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of a schoolsponsoredmeeting intended for adults and held after school hours.Distribution of materials by an attendee to other attendees of acommunity group meeting held after school hours in accordance withpolicy GKD (LOCAL) or a noncurriculum-related student group meetingheld in accordance with FNAB (LOCAL).Distribution for electioneering purposes during the time a school facilityis being used as a polling place, in accordance with state law.All nonschool materials distributed under these circumstances must be removedfrom district property immediately following the event at which the materials aredistributed.DRESS AND GROOMINGThe district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, preventsdisruption, and minimizes safety hazards. Students and parents may determine astudent’s personal dress and grooming standards in accordance with the requirementsoutlined in the Student Code of Conduct.It is the campus administrator’s or designee’s responsibility to insure that enforcement ofthis policy is done so in a consistent manner with respect to community standards and ageappropriateness. While it is inevitable that there will be differences of opinion regardingthe appropriateness of a student’s attire, the final decision lies with the buildingadministrator.- 27 -


The district’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, preventdisruption, and minimize safety hazards. Students and parents may determine a student’spersonal dress and grooming standards, provided that they comply with the following:DressThe following modes of dress or grooming are PROHIBITED.Clothing, including tee shirts, which displays profanity sex, violence, drugs,tobacco, alcohol, death, gang or hate slogans or picturesShort shorts, skirts (must be at least fingertip length)Pants, shorts, and skirts with holes or tears above the kneePants, shorts, and skirts worn below the waist (“sagging” garments are notacceptable)PajamasUnderwear as outerwear, exposed underwear (appropriate undergarmentsmust be worn at all times.)Exposed midriff or cleavageTrench coats or dustersSee-through shirts (e.g. thin or mesh)Spaghetti straps, tank tops, basketball jersey (unless worn over anappropriate garment, i.e. tee shirt)Oversize, or overlong baggy jeans (pants with legs that totally cover/hideshoes are inappropriate)Oversize or overlong baggy shirts (tall tee’s”)Leggings without appropriate clothing which extend over and cover the hipsHouse shoes, slippersBarefootChains on clothing or wallets, or as necklacesAny inappropriately worn or mode of clothing that is disruptive (tops orpants that are too tight)GroomingNon-natural colored hair (green, blue, purple, orange, cherry red, etc.)Hats, caps, sunglassesHairstyles that are disruptive (head and facial)Bandannas, hairnets, skull caps- 28 -


Body piercing jewelryJewelry – swastikas, pentagram (a pentagram is permitted if worn as areligious symbol), spoons, and drug related itemsHeavy or spiked jewelry (e.g. dog collars, heavy chains)Body paintTattoos with provocative, profane or offensive pictures or writingIf the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’sdress code, the student may be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. Ifnot corrected, a parent or designee may bring an acceptable change of clothing to theschool. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordancewith the Student Code of Conduct.ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCESPossession and Use of Personal TelecommunicationsDevices, Including Mobile TelephonesFor safety purposes the district permits students to possess personal mobile telephones;however, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, includingduring all testing unless they are being used for approved instructional purposes. Astudent must have approval to possess other telecommunications devices such asnetbooks, laptops, tablets, or other portable computers.The use of mobile telephones or any device capable of capturing images is strictlyprohibited in locker rooms or restroom areas while at school or a school-related orschool-sponsored event.If a student uses a telecommunications device without authorization during the schoolday, the device will be confiscated.After the first offense, the telecommunications device shall be confiscatedand then returned to the parent with a warning for the student/parent.After the second and third offenses, a $15 fine shall be required before thetelecommunications device is returned. Any subsequent telecommunicationsdevice violations of this policy shall be subject to established disciplinarymeasures in accordance with the District Student Code of Conduct.Confiscated telecommunication devices that are not retrieved by the student or thestudent’s parents will be disposed of after the notice require by law. [See policy FNCE.]In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personaltelecommunications device may be searched by authorized personnel. [See Searches andpolicy FNE].Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Thedistrict will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen telecommunication devices- 29 -


Possession and Use of Other Personal Electronic DevicesExcept as described below, students are not permitted to possess or use personalelectronic devices such as MP3 players, video or audio recorders, DVD players,cameras, games, e-readers, or other electronic devices at school, unless priorpermission has been obtained. Without such permission, teachers will collect theitems and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determinewhether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents topick up the items.In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personalelectronics device may be searched by authorized personnel. [See Searches andpolicy FNE].Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.The district will not be responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen personalelectronic devices.Instructional Use of Personal Telecommunicationsand Other Electronic DevicesIn some cases, students may find it beneficial or might be encouraged to usepersonal telecommunications devices or other personal electronic devices forinstructional purposes while on campus. Students must obtain prior approvalbefore using personal telecommunications devices or other personal electronicdevices for instructional use. Students must also sign a user agreement thatcontains applicable rules for use (separate from this handbook). When studentsare not using the devices for approved instructional purposes, all devices must beturned off during the instructional day. Violations of the user agreement mayresult in withdrawal of privileges and/or other disciplinary action.Acceptable Use of District Technology ResourcesTo prepare students for an increasingly technological society, the district hasmade an investment in the use of district-owned technology resources forinstructional purposes; specific resources may be issued individually to students.Use of these technological resources, which include the district’s networksystems and use of district equipment, is restricted to approved purposes only.Students and parents will be asked to sign a user agreement (separate from thishandbook) regarding use of the district resources. Violations of the useragreement may result in withdrawal of privileges and/or other disciplinary action.Unacceptable and Inappropriate Use of Technology ResourcesStudents are prohibited from possessing, sending, forwarding, or posting,accessing, or displaying electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexuallyoriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.This prohibition also applies to conduct off school property; whether theequipment used to send such messages is district-owned or personally owned, ifit 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, commonlyreferred to as “sexting,” will be disciplined according to the Student Code ofConduct, may be required to complete an educational program related to thedangers of this type of behavior, and, in certain circumstances, may be reported- 30 -


to law enforcement. Because engaging in this type of behavior can lead tobullying or harassment, as well as possibly impede future endeavors of a student,we encourage you to review with your child http://beforeyoutext.com, a statedevelopedprogram that addresses the consequences of engaging in inappropriatebehavior using technology.In addition, any student who engages in conduct that results in a breach of thedistrict’s computer security will be disciplined in accordance with the StudentCode of Conduct, and, in some cases, the consequence may rise to the level ofexpulsion.END-OF-COURSE (EOC) ASSESSMENTSSee Graduation and Standardized TestingEXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, AND ORGANIZATIONSParticipation in school-sponsored activities is an excellent way for a student to developtalents, receive individual recognition, and build strong friendships with other students;participation, however, is a privilege, not a right.Participation in some of these activities may result in events that occur off-campus.When the district arranges transportation for these events, students are required touse the transportation provided by the district to and from the events. Exceptionsto this may only be made with the approval of the activity’s coach or sponsor. [Alsosee Transportation on page.]Eligibility for participation in many of these activities is governed by state law and therules of the University Interscholastic League (UIL)—a statewide association overseeinginter-district competition. If a student is involved in an academic, athletic, or musicactivity governed by UIL, the student and parents are expected to know and follow allrules of the UIL organizations. [See http://www.uiltexas.org for additional information.]The following requirements apply to all extracurricular activities:A student who receives at the end of a grading period a grade below 70 in anyacademic class—other than an advanced placement or international baccalaureatecourse; or an honors or dual credit course in English language arts, mathematics,science, social studies, economics, or a foreign language—may not participate inextracurricular activities for at least three school weeks.A student with disabilities who fails to meet the standards in the individualizededucation program (IEP) may not participate for at least three school weeks.An ineligible student may practice or rehearse.The District shall make no distinction between absences for UIL activities andabsences for other extracurricular activities approved by the Board. Absencesallowed during a school year for extracurricular activities shall be limited to: tenabsences not related to post-district competition, five absences for post-districtcompetition prior to state, and two absences for state competition.An absence for participation in an activity that has not been approved by campusadministration prior to participation will receive an unexcused absence.- 31 -


Standards of BehaviorSponsors of student clubs and performing groups such as the band, choir, anddrill and athletic teams may establish standards of behavior—includingconsequences for misbehavior—that are stricter than those for students ingeneral. If a violation is also a violation of school rules, the consequencesspecified by the Student Code of Conduct or by local policy will apply inaddition to any consequences specified by the organization’s standards ofbehavior.[For further information, see policies at FM and FO. For student-organized,student-led groups, see Meetings of Non-curriculum-Related Groups.]FEESMaterials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state and localfunds at no charge to a student. A student, however, is expected to provide his or herown pencils, paper, erasers, and notebooks and may be required to pay certain other feesor deposits, including:Costs for materials for a class project that the student will keep.Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organizations and admission feesto extracurricular activities.Security deposits.Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.Voluntarily purchased pictures, publications, class rings, yearbooks, graduationannouncements, etc.Voluntarily purchased student accident insurance.Musical instrument rental and uniform maintenance, when uniforms are providedby the district.Personal apparel used in extracurricular activities that becomes the property ofthe student.Parking fees and student identification cards.Fees for lost, damaged, or overdue library books.Summer school for courses that are offered tuition-free during the regular schoolyear.A fee not to exceed $50 for costs of providing an educational program outside ofregular school hours for a student who has lost credit because of absences andwhose parent chooses the program in order for the student to meet the 90 percentattendance requirement. The fee will be charged only if the parent or guardiansigns a district-provided request form.Any required fee or deposit may be waived if the student and parent are unable to pay.Application for such a waiver may be made to the campus principal.- 32 -


FUND-RAISINGStudent groups or classes and/or parent groups may be permitted to conduct fund-raisingdrives for approved school purposes. An application for permission must be made to thecampus principal at least 3 weeks before the event. [For further information, seepolicies at FJ and GE.]GANG-FREE ZONESCertain criminal offenses, including those involving organized criminal activity such asgang-related crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if they arecommitted in a gang-free zone. For purposes of the district, a gang-free zone includes aschool bus and a location in, on, or within 1,000 feet of any district-owned or leasedproperty or campus playground.GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation.GRADE CLASSIFICATIONAfter the ninth grade, students are classified according to the number of credits earnedtoward graduationCredits EarnedClassification6 Grade 10 (Sophomore)12 Grade 11 (Junior)18 Grade 12 (Senior)GRADING GUIDELINESGrading guidelines for each grade level or course will be communicated and distributedto students and their parents by the classroom teacher. These guidelines have beenreviewed by each applicable curriculum department and have been approved by thecampus principal. These guidelines establish the minimum number of assignments,projects, and examinations required for each grading period. In addition, these guidelinesestablish how the student’s mastery of concepts and achievement will be communicated(i.e., letter grades, numerical averages, checklist of required skills, etc). Gradingguidelines also outline in what circumstances a student will be allowed to redo anassignment or retake and examination for which the student originally made a failinggrade. Procedures for a student to follow after an absence will also be addressed.Also see Report Cards/Progress Reports and Conferences for additional informationon grading guidelines.GRADUATIONRequirements for a DiplomaTo receive a high school diploma from the district, a student must successfully:Complete the required number of credits;- 33 -


Complete any locally required courses in addition to the courses mandated bythe state; andDepending on the year in which the student is scheduled to graduate, pass astatewide exit-level exam or achieve passing scores on certain end-of-course(EOC) assessments.The exit-level test, currently required for students in grade 11, covers Englishlanguage arts, mathematics, science, and social studies and requires knowledgeof Algebra I and Geometry; Biology, and Integrated Chemistry and Physics;English III; and early American and United States History, World History, andWorld Geography. Students in grades 10 and 11 during the 2011-2012 schoolyear must pass the exit-level tests to graduate. A student in grade 12 that has notpassed the exit-level test will have opportunities to retake it.Also see Standardized Testing for more information.Beginning with students who entered grade 9 in the 2011–2012 school year,students are required, with limited exceptions, to perform satisfactorily on thefollowing EOC assessments: English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, andUnited States History. A student who has not achieved sufficient scores on theEOC assessments to graduate will have opportunities to retake the assessments.If a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment, the district willprovide remediation to the student in the content area for which the performancestandard was not met. This may require participation of the student before orafter normal school hours or at times of the year outside normal schooloperations.If a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an EOC assessment, the district willprovide remediation to the student in the content area for which the performancestandard was not met.Also see Grading Guidelines above and Standardized Testing for moreinformation.Graduation ProgramsThe district offers the graduation programs listed below. All students enteringgrade 9 are required to enroll in the Recommended Program orAdvanced/Distinguished Achievement Program. Permission to enroll in theMinimum Program will be granted only if a written agreement is reached amongthe student, the student’s parent or person standing in parental relation, and theschool counselor or appropriate administrator. In order for a student to takecourses under the Minimum Program, the student must be at least 16 years ofage; have completed at least two credits each in English language arts, math,science, and social studies courses that are required for graduation; or have failedgrade 9 one or more times. [See policy EIF(LEGAL.).]All students must meet the following credit and course requirements forgraduation under the programs listed:- 34 -


Subject Area Recommended Program DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMEnglish – RequiredMath – Required4.0 creditsEnglish I, II, III, IV4.0 creditsMUST INCLUDEAlgebra I , Geometry, Algebra II, and a 4 th year ofMathMath Models before Algebra II (not concurrent)A student may select a fourth credit from the courseslisted below:Foundations for College MathematicsEngineering MathematicsPre-CalculusAP Computer ScienceAP StatisticsAP CalculusCollege AlgebraCalculus for Business and Economics4.0 creditsEnglish I, II, III, IV4.0 creditsMUST INCLUDEAlgebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a 4 th year of AdvancedMathScience – Required4.0 creditsMUST INCLUDEa Biology, a Chemistry, and a Physics course. Astudent may take a fourth science courseconcurrently with Biology, Chemistry, or Physics aslong as it is not IPC.A student may select the fourth credit from thecourses listed below:AstronomyEarth and Space Science(dual credit GEOL 1401 and PHYS1403)Environmental SystemsAP BiologyAP ChemistryAP Physics BAP Physics C: Mechanics /Electricity & MagnetismAP Environmental ScienceIPC: Integrated Physics & Chemistry*The following CTE course:Anatomy and PhysiologyAdvanced Animal ScienceForensicsHigh school Principles of Technology*If IPC is taken, the class must be successfullycompleted prior to taking chemistry and physicsclasses.4.0 creditsMUST INCLUDEa Biology, a Chemistry, and a Physics course. A student mayselect the fourth credit from the courses listed below:AstronomyEarth and Space Science(dual credit GEOL 1401 and PHYS 1403)Environmental SystemsAP BiologyAP ChemistryAP Physics BAP Physics C: Mechanics /Electricity & MagnetismAP Environmental ScienceThe following CTE courses:Note:Anatomy and PhysiologyAdvanced Animal ScienceForensicsHigh school Principles of TechnologyIntegrated Physics & Chemistry (IPC) will not countas 4 th year of science credit.After successful completion of two science courses, astudent may take the 3 rd and 4 th science coursesconcurrently.Social Studies – Required4.0 creditsWorld Geography, World History, US History,Economics (.5 credit) and US Government (.5credit)4.0 creditsWorld Geography, World History, US History,Economics (.5 credit) and US Government (.5 credit)- 35 -


Fine Arts – Required 1.0 credit 1.0 creditSpeech – Required 0.5 credit Professional Communications 0.5 credit Professional CommunicationsHealth – Required 0.5 credit or 1.0 credit Principles of Health Science 0.5 credit or 1.0 credit Principles of Health ScienceForeign Language - Must consistof level I and II in the samelanguage2.0 credits Foreign language must be 2 credits ofthe same language3.0 creditsForeign language must be 3 credits of the same languagePhysical Education 1.0 credit 1.0 creditElectives 5.0 credits 4.0 creditsTotal 26 CREDITS 26 CREDITS (MUST INCLUDE 4 ADVANCED MEASURES)NOTE: It is suggested that college-bound students take three years of Language other than English. It is advisable to consultthe college of your choice for specific admission requirements.*A student who is unable to participate in physical activity due to a disability orillness may be able to substitute a course in English language arts, mathematics,science, or social studies for the required credit of physical education. Thisdetermination will be made by the student’s ARD committee, Section 504committee, or other campus committee, as applicable.**A student graduating under the Advanced/Distinguished AchievementProgram must also achieve a combination of four of the following advancedmeasures:1. An original research project or other project that is related to the requiredcurriculum. These projects must be judged by a panel of professionals orconducted under the direction of a mentor and reported to an appropriateaudience. Please note that no more than two of the four advanced measuresmay be received from this option.2. Test data where a student receives:ora. A score of three or above on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam:b. A score of four or above on an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam;c. A score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit ScholarshipQualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that qualifies the student forrecognition as a commended scholar or higher by the College Boardand National Merit Scholarship Corporation, as part of the NationalHispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) of the College Board, or aspart of the National Achievement Scholarship Program of theNational Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT/NMSQT scorewill count as only one advanced measure regardless of the number ofhonors received by the student.3. College academic courses, including those taken for dual credit, andadvanced technical courses, including locally articulated courses,provided the student scores the equivalent of a 3.9 or higher.Information regarding specific courses required or offered in each curriculumarea, along with a description of advanced measures available to students in the- 36 -


Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program, will be distributed to studentseach spring in order to enroll in courses for the upcoming school year.Please be aware that not all courses are offered at every secondary campus in thedistrict. A student who wants to take a course not offered at his or her regularcampus should contact the school counselor about a transfer or other alternatives.If the parents of at least 22 students request a transfer for those students to take acourse in the required curriculum other than fine arts or CTE, the district willoffer the course for the following year either by teleconference or at the schoolfrom which the transfers were requested.Certificates of Coursework CompletionA certificate of coursework completion will not be issued to a student who hassuccessfully completed state and local credit requirements for graduation but hasnot yet demonstrated satisfactory performance on the state-mandated testsrequired for graduation.Students with DisabilitiesUpon the recommendation of the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD)committee, a student with disabilities who receives special education servicesmay be permitted to graduate under the provisions of his or her IEP.A student who receives special education services and has completed four yearsof high school, but has not met the requirements of his or her IEP, mayparticipate in graduation ceremonies to receive his or her high school diploma;however, the student will only be allowed to participate in one graduationceremony. [See policy FMH(LEBAL).]Please also be aware that if an ARD committee places a student with a disabilityon a modified curriculum in a subject area, the student will be automaticallyplaced in the Minimum Program, in accordance with state rules.If a student receiving special education services is scheduled to graduate underthe Minimum Program or in accordance with the provisions of his or her IEP, thestudent’s ARD committee will determine whether the general EOC assessment isan accurate measure of the student’s achievement and progress or whether analternative assessment is more appropriate. STAAR Modified and STAARAlternate are the alternative assessments currently allowed by the state. [SeeSTANDARDIZED TESTING for additional information.]Graduation SpeakersCertain graduating students will be given an opportunity to have speaking roles atgraduation ceremonies.A student must meet local eligibility criteria, which may include requirementsrelated to student conduct, to have a speaking role. Students eligible for speakingroles will be notified by the principal and given an opportunity to volunteer.[For student speakers at other school events, see Student Speakers][See FNA(LOCAL) and the Student Code of Conduct.]- 37 -


Graduation ExpensesBecause students and parents will incur expenses in order to participate in thetraditions of graduation-such as the purchase of invitations, senior ring, cap andgown, and senior picture-both the student and parent should monitor progresstoward completion of all requirements for graduation. The expenses often areincurred in the junior year or first semester of the senior year.Scholarships and GrantsStudents who have financial need according to federal criteria and whocomplete the Recommended Program or Advanced/DistinguishedAchievement program may be eligible under the T.E.X.A.S. GrantProgram for tuition and fees to Texas public universities, communitycolleges, and technical schools, as well as to private institutions.Contact the school counselor for information about other scholarshipsand grants available to students.HARRASSMENT[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation]HAZINGHazing is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off campusdirected against a student that endangers the mental or physical health or the safety of astudent for the purpose of pledging, being initiated to, affiliating with, holding office in, ormaintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include other students.Hazing will not be tolerated by the district. If an incident of hazing occurs, disciplinaryconsequences will be handled in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. It is a criminaloffense if a person engages in hazing; solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid anotherin hazing; or has firsthand knowledge of an incident of hazing being planned or having occurredand fails to report this to the principal or superintendent.[Also see Bullying and policies FFI and FNCC.]HEALTH-RELATED MATTERSClinicA professional registered nurse is located in every McKinney ISD clinic. Theprofessional school nurse has the educational background, experience, criticalthinking, and competencies to provide preventative health, health assessment,and referral services to students. The school nurse educates and informs campusstaff about appropriate medical needs/incidents to send to the clinic for nursingassessment. A parent/guardian will not be called for each clinic visit. Aparent/guardian will be notified by phone call, or clinic information form of thefollowing types of injuries or illnesses:Head Injury -potential for delayed repercussions/possibleconcussionsVomiting, Diarrhea, and/or Fever greater than 100.0 degreespotentialfor a contagious condition/illness.- 38 -


Ineffective Medication regime-such as but not limited to asthmainhaler, diabetes management, ADHDLife threatening occurrencesOrthopedic injuries that are not relieved with rest and iceAny injury/illness deemed necessary by the nurseThe following over the counter medications are kept in the clinic with standingphysician orders: antifungal cream, anbesol, caladryl clear, calamine, first aidcream, mentholated rub, moisture eye drops, saline solution and petroleum jelly.McKinney ISD clinics do not stock or carry epinephrine/EpiPens other thanthose supplied by the student’s parent or guardian.Student IllnessWhen your child is ill, please contact the school to let us know he or she won’t beattending that day. It is important to remember that schools are required to excludestudents with certain illnesses from school for periods of time as identified in staterules. For example, if your child has a fever over 100 degrees, he or she must stayout of school until fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. Inaddition, students with diarrhea illnesses must stay home until they are diarrheafree without diarrhea-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours.If a student becomes ill during the school day, he or she must receive permissionfrom the teacher before reporting to the school nurse. If the nurse determines thatthe child should go home, the nurse will contact the parent.The district is also required to report certain contagious (communicable) diseasesor illnesses to the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) or ourlocal/regional health authority. The school nurse can provide information fromTDSHS on these notifiable conditions.Contact the school nurse if you have questions or if you are concerned aboutwhether or not your child should stay home.Communicable/Contagious Diseases/ConditionsTo protect students from contagious/communicable illnesses, students infected withcertain diseases are not allowed to come to school while contagious. If a parent suspectsthat his or her child has a communicable or contagious disease, the parent should contactthe campus nurse so that other students who might have been exposed to the disease maybe alerted according to Department of State Health Services.Unless otherwise advised by the Department of State Health Services or Collin CountyHealth Department, parental notification of contagious diseases/conditions will occurwhen there have been 3 or more documented cases in a single classroom within theincubation period.The guidelines below have been developed for the exclusion of students who havecommunicable or contagious diseases.A student with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school until suchtime as the student is free from symptoms. Students should be symptom free for 24 hoursbefore returning to school.- 39 -


Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours,without medication, before re-entry.(Texas Administrative Code)Vomiting or diarrhea. Student must be symptom free for 24 hours, withoutmedication, before re-entry.(Texas Administrative Code)Pain and/or swelling at angle of jawUndetermined rash over any part of the body accompanied by feverUnder diagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalpRed, draining eyesIntense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infectionOpen, draining lesions or woundsJaundiceFor any infection, antibiotics must be taken for a minimum of 24 hours prior tore-admittance to school.A certificate of the attending physician attesting that the child does not currentlyhave signs or symptoms of a communicable disease or to the disease's noncommunicabilityin a school setting; may be deemed necessary for reentry intoschool.State law specifically requires the district to provide the following information:What is meningitis?Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinalcord. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Viralmeningitis is most common and the least serious. Bacterial meningitis isthe most common form of serious bacterial infection with the potentialfor serious, long-term complications. It is an uncommon disease, butrequires urgent treatment with antibiotics to prevent permanent damageor death.What are the symptoms?Someone with meningitis will become very ill. The illness may developover one or two days, but it can also rapidly progress in a matter ofhours. Not everyone with meningitis will have the same symptoms.Children (over 1 year old) and adults with meningitis may have a severeheadache, high temperature, vomiting, sensitivity to bright lights, neckstiffness or joint pains, and drowsiness or confusion. In both childrenand adults, there may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots. These canoccur anywhere on the body.The diagnosis of bacterial meningitis is based on a combination ofsymptoms and laboratory results.How serious is bacterial meningitis?If it is diagnosed early and treated promptly, the majority of people makea complete recovery. In some cases it can be fatal or a person may beleft with a permanent disability.How is bacterial meningitis spread?- 40 -


Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagiousas diseases like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread bycasual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person withmeningitis has been. The germs live naturally in the back of our nosesand throats, but they do not live for long outside the body. They arespread when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, sharingdrinking containers, utensils, or cigarettes).The germ does not cause meningitis in most people. Instead, mostpeople become carriers of the germ for days, weeks, or even months.The bacteria rarely overcome the body’s immune system and causemeningitis or another serious illness.How can bacterial meningitis be prevented?Do not share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, or cigarettes. Limit thenumber of persons you kiss.While there are vaccines for some other strains of bacterial meningitis,they are used only in special circumstances. These include when there isa disease outbreak in a community or for people traveling to a countrywhere there is a high risk of getting the disease. Also, a vaccine isrecommended by some groups for college students, particularly freshmenliving in dorms or residence halls. The vaccine is safe and effective (85–90 percent). It can cause mild side effects, such as redness and pain atthe injection site lasting up to two days. Immunity develops withinseven to ten days after the vaccine is given and lasts for up to five years.What should you do if you think you or a friend might have bacterialmeningitis?You should seek prompt medical attention.Where can you get more information?Your school nurse, family doctor, and the staff at your local or regionalhealth department office are excellent sources for information on allcommunicable diseases. You may also call your local health departmentor Regional Department of State Health Services office to ask about ameningococcal vaccine. Additional information may also be found at theWeb sites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,http://www.cdc.gov, and the Department of State Health Services,http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/.* Please note that the TDSHS requires at least one meningococcal vaccinationbetween grades 7 and 10, and state guidelines recommend this vaccination beadministered between age 11 and 12, with a booster dose at 16 years of age. Alsonote that entering college students must show, with limited exception, evidence ofreceiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination within the five-year period prior toenrolling in and taking courses at an institution of higher education. Please see theschool nurse for more information, as this may affect a student who wishes to enrollin a dual credit course taken off campus.Also refer to Immunizations, below, for more information.- 41 -


Life Threatening AllergiesThe district requests to be notified when a student has been diagnosed with afood allergy, especially those allergies that could result in dangerous or possiblylife-threatening reactions either by inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact with theparticular food. It is important to disclose the food to which the student isallergic, as well as the nature of the allergic reaction. Please contact the schoolnurse or campus principal if your child has a known food allergy or as soon aspossible after any diagnosis of a food allergy. McKinney ISD clinics do notstock or carry epinephrine/EpiPens other than those supplied by thestudent’s parent or guardian.The district has developed and annually reviews a Life Threatening AllergyManagement Plan, which addresses employee training, and specific strategies fordealing with students diagnosed with life threatening allergies. When the districtreceives information that a student has a life threatening allergy that puts thestudent at risk for anaphylaxis, individual care plans will be developed to assistthe student in safely accessing the school environment. The district’s LifeThreatening Allergy Management Plan can be accessed athttp://www.mckinneyisd.net/information/docs/LTA_with_responsibilities.pdf.Also see policy FFAF.Physical Activity for Students in Elementaryand Middle SchoolIn accordance with policies at EHAB, EHAC, [and FFA], the district will ensurethat students in kindergarten through grade 5 engage in moderate or vigorousphysical activity for at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per week.Students in middle or junior high school shall engage in [30 minutes of moderateor vigorous physical activity per day for at least four semesters OR at least 225minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity within a two-week period forat least four semesters].For additional information on the district’s requirements and programs regardingelementary, middle, and junior high school student physical activityrequirements, please see the principal.School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)During the preceding school year, the district’s School Health Advisory Councilheld 8 meetings. Additional information regarding the district’s School HealthAdvisory Council is available from the McKinney ISD Director of HealthServices. [See also policies at BDF and EHAA.]The duties of the SHAC range from recommending curriculum to developingstrategies for integrating curriculum into a coordinated school health programencompassing such issues as school health services, counseling services, a safeand healthy encompassing school environment, recess recommendations,improving student fitness, mental health concerns, and employee wellness. Seepolices at BDG and EHAS.[See Removing a Student from Human Sexuality Instruction for additionalinformation.]- 42 -


OTHER HEALTH-RELATED MATTERSPhysical Fitness AssessmentAnnually, the district will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students ingrades 3–12 who are enrolled in a physical education course or a course forwhich physical education credit is awarded. At the end of the school year, theresults of your child’s physical fitness assessment will be sent to you.Vending MachinesThe district has adopted policies and implemented programs to comply with stateand federal food service guidelines for restricting student access to vendingmachines. For more information regarding these policies and guidelines see theschool principal. [See polices at CO and FFA.]Tobacco ProhibitedStudents are prohibited from possessing or using any type of tobacco product,including electronic cigarettes, while on school property at any time or whileattending an off campus school-related activity.The district and its staff strictly enforce prohibitions against the use of tobaccoproducts by students and others on school property and at school-sponsored andschool-related activities. [See the Student Code of Conduct and policies atFNCD and GKA.]Energy Drinks/Sports DrinksMcKinney ISD School Health Advisory Council strongly recommends that students notconsume energy drinks.http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/743634The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines note:Energy drinks should never be consumed by children or adolescents, because thestimulants they contain pose potential health risks.Children and adolescents should avoid and restrict routine consumption ofcarbohydrate-containing sports drinks, which can increase the risk foroverweight, obesity, and dental erosion.For pediatric athletes, sports drinks should be consumed in combination withwater during prolonged, vigorous physical activity, when rapid replenishment ofcarbohydrates and/or electrolytes is needed.For children and adolescents, water, not sports drinks, should be the principalsource of hydration.Asbestos Management PlanThe district works diligently to maintain compliance with federal and state lawgoverning asbestos in school buildings. A copy of the district’s AsbestosManagement Plan is available in the campus main office. If you have anyquestions, or would like to examine the district’s plan in more detail, pleasecontact the campus principal.- 43 -


Pest Management PlanThe district is required to follow integrated pest management (IPM) proceduresto control pests on school grounds. Although the district strives to use the safestand most effective methods to manage pests, including a variety of non-chemicalcontrol measures, pesticide use is sometimes necessary to maintain adequate pestcontrol and ensure a safe, pest-free school environment.All pesticides used are registered for their intended use by the United StatesEnvironmental Protection Agency. Except in emergency, signs will be posted 48hours before indoor application. All outdoor applications will be posted at thetime of treatment, and signs will remain until it is safe to enter the area. Parentswho have further questions or who want to be notified prior to pesticideapplication inside their child’s school assignment area may contact CecilFueston, IPM Coordinator, 469-302-4280 or cfueston@mckinneyisd.net.HOMELESS STUDENTSThe Federal McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act andTexas State law (Texas Education Code Chapter 25) protect the right for homelesschildren and youth to receive a free and appropriate public education.Homelessness includes children and youth who are living with a friend, relative orsomeone else because they lost their home or can’t afford housing, children and youthwho are staying in a motel or hotel due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations,children and youth who are living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domesticviolence shelter. It also includes children and youth who are living in cars, parks, publicspaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or many othersimilar settings.Under the law, no student shall be stigmatized by school personnel due to homelessness.For additional information contact P.J. Holland-Rasor, McKinney ISD Director ofStudent Services at 469-302-4000.IMMUNIZATIONA student must be fully immunized against certain diseases or must present a certificateor statement that, for medical reasons or reasons of conscience, including a religiousbelief, the student will not be immunized. For exemptions based on reasons ofconscience, only official forms issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services(DSHS), Immunization Branch, can be honored by the district. This form may beobtained by writing the DSHS Immunization Branch (MC 1946), P.O. Box 149347,Austin, Texas 78714-9347; or online at https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm. The form must be notarized and submitted to the school nurse.The immunizations required are: diphtheria, rubella (measles), rubella (German measles),mumps, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis (polio), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pneumococcal,meningococcal and varicella (chicken pox). The school nurse can provide information onage-appropriate doses or on an acceptable physician-validated history of illness requiredby the Department of State Health Services. Proof of immunization may be establishedby personal records from a licensed physician or public health clinic with a signature orrubber-stamp validation.- 44 -


If a student should not be immunized for medical reasons, the student or parent mustpresent a certificate signed by a U.S. licensed physician stating that, in the doctor’sopinion, the immunization required poses a significant risk to the health and well-beingof the student or member of the student’s family or household. This certificate must berenewed yearly unless the physician specifies a life-long condition. [For furtherinformation, see policy FFAB(LEGAL) and the Department of State Health ServicesWeb site: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm.]As noted above at Bacterial Meningitis, entering college students must now, withlimited exception, furnish evidence of having received a bacterial meningitis vaccinationprior to attending classes at an institution of higher education. A student wanting toenroll in a dual credit course taken off campus may be subject to this requirement.LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIESQuestioning of StudentsWhen law enforcement officers or other lawful authorities wish to question orinterview a student at school, the principal will cooperate fully regarding theconditions of the interview, if the questioning or interview is part of a child abuseinvestigation. In other circumstances:The principal will verify and record the identity of the officer or otherauthority and ask for an explanation of the need to question or interviewthe student at school.The principal ordinarily will make reasonable efforts to notify the parentsunless the interviewer raises what the principal considers to be a validobjection.The principal ordinarily will be present unless the interviewer raises whatthe principal considers to be a valid objection.Students Taken Into CustodyState law requires the district to permit a student to be taken into legal custody:To comply with an order of the juvenile court.To comply with the laws of arrest.By law enforcement officer if there is probable cause to believe thestudent has engaged in delinquent conduct or conduct in need ofsupervision.By a probation officer if there is probable cause to believe the studenthas violated a condition of probation imposed by the juvenile court.By an authorized representative of Child Protective Services, TexasDepartment of Family and Protective Services, a law enforcementofficer, or a juvenile probation officer, without a court order, under theconditions set out in the Family Code relating to the student’s physicalhealth or safety.To comply with a properly issued directive to take a student into custody.- 45 -


Before a student is released to a law enforcement officer or other legallyauthorized person, the principal will verify the officer’s identity and, to the bestof his or her ability, will verify the official’s authority to take custody of thestudent.The principal will immediately notify the superintendent and/or designee and willordinarily attempt to notify the parent unless the officer or other authorizedperson raises what the principal considers to be a valid objection to notifying theparents. Because the principal does not have the authority to prevent or delay astudent’s release to a law enforcement officer, any notification will most likelybe after the fact.Notification of Law ViolationsThe district is required by state law to notify:All instructional and support personnel who have responsibility forsupervising a student who has been arrested or referred to the juvenilecourt for any felony offense or for certain misdemeanors.All instructional and support personnel who have regular contact with a studentwho is required to register as a sex offender or who has been convicted, receiveddeferred prosecution, received deferred adjudication, or was adjudicated fordelinquent conduct for any felony offense or certain misdemeanors.All appropriate district personnel in regards to a student who is required toregister as a sex offender.[For further information, see policies FL (LEGAL) and GRA (LEGAL).]LEAVING CAMPUSPlease remember that student attendance is crucial to learning. We ask that appointmentsbe scheduled outside of school hours as much as reasonably possible. Also note thatpicking up a child early on a regular basis results in missed opportunities for learning.Unless the principal has granted approval because of extenuating circumstances, a studentwill not regularly be released before the end of the school day.State rules require that parental consent be obtained before any student is allowed toleave campus for any part of the school day. The district has put the followingprocedures in place in order to document parental consent:For students in elementary and middle school, a parent or otherwise authorizedadult must come to the office and sign the student out. Please be prepared toshow identification. Once an identity is verified, a campus representative willthen call for the student or collect the student and bring him or her to the office.For safety purposes and stability of the learning environment, we cannot allowyou to go to the classroom or other area unescorted to pick up the student. If thestudent returns to campus the same day, the parent or authorized adult must signthe student back in through the main office upon the student’s return.Documentation regarding the reason for the absence will also be required inwriting within three school days of the student’s arrival or return to school formissing any part of the school day. A note signed by the parent that describesthe reason for the absence must be delivered to the appropriate campus- 46 -


office for attendance documentation. A note signed by the student, evenwith the parent’s permission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 orolder or is an emancipated minor under state law.For students in high school, the same process will be followed. If the student’sparent will authorize the student to leave campus unaccompanied, a noteprovided by the parent must be submitted to the main office in advance of theabsence, no later than two hours prior to the student’s need to leave campus. Aphone call received from the parent may be accepted, but the school mayultimately require a note to be submitted for documentation purposes. Once theoffice has received information that the student’s parent consents to the studentleaving campus, a pass will be issued to the student to hand to his or her teacherwith the necessary information. The student must sign out through the mainoffice and sign in upon his or her return, if the student returns the same day. If astudent is 18 years of age or is an emancipated minor, the student may produce anote on his or her own behalf. Documentation regarding the reason for theabsence will be required within three school days for missing any part of theschool day. A note signed by the parent that describes the reason for theabsence must be delivered to the appropriate campus office for attendancedocumentation. A note signed by the student, even with the parent’spermission, will not be accepted unless the student is 18 or older or is anemancipated minor under state law.If a student becomes ill during the school day and the school nurse or otherdistrict personnel determines that the student should go home, the nurse willcontact the student’s parent and document the parent’s wishes regarding releasefrom school. Unless directed by the parent to release the student unaccompanied,the parent or other authorized adult must follow the sign-out procedures as listedabove. If a student is allowed to leave campus by himself or herself, as permittedby the student’s parent, or if the student is age 18 or is an emancipated minor, thenurse will document the time of day the student was released. Under nocircumstances will a child in elementary or middle school be releasedunaccompanied by a parent or adult authorized by the parent.At Any Other Time During the School DayStudents are not authorized to leave campus during regular school hours for any otherreason, except with the permission of the principal. All McKinney ISD campuses areclosed.Students who leave campus in violation of these rules will be subject to disciplinaryaction in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTSA student with limited English proficiency (LEP) is entitled to receive specializedservices from the district. To determine whether the student qualifies for services, aLanguage Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) will be formed, which willconsists of both district personnel and at least one parent representative. The student’sparent must consent to any services recommended by the LPAC for a LEP student.In order to determine a student’s level of proficiency in English, the LPAC will useinformation from a variety of assessments. If the student qualifies for services, and once- 47 -


a level of proficiency has been established, the LPAC will then designate instructionalaccommodations or additional special programs the student will require to eventuallybecome proficient at grade level work in English. Ongoing assessments will beconducted to determine a student’s continued eligibility for the program.The LPAC will also determine whether certain accommodations are necessary for anystate mandated assessments. The STAAR-L, as mentioned at Standardized Testing,below, may be administered to a LEP student. The Texas English Language ProficiencyAssessment System (TELPAS) will also be administered to LEP students who qualify forservices.If a student is considered LEP and receives special education services because of aqualifying disability, the student’s ARD committee will make these decisions.LOST AND FOUNDA “lost and found” collection box is located in the campus office. If your child has lostan item, please encourage him or her to check the lost and found box. The districtdiscourages students from bringing to school personal items of high monetary value, asthe district cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. The campus will dispose of lostand found items at the end of each semester.MAKEUP WORKMakeup Work Because of AbsenceFor any class missed, the teacher may assign the student makeup work based onthe instructional objectives for the subject, or course and the needs of theindividual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills, or in meetingsubject or course requirements.A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work in asatisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher. [For furtherinformation, see policy EIAB (LOCAL).]A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by theteacher will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.A student is encouraged to speak with his or her teacher if the student knows of anabsence ahead of time, including absences for extracurricular activities, so that theteacher and student may plan any work that can be completed before or shortlyafter the absence. Please remember the importance of student attendance at schooland that, even though absences may be excused or unexcused, all absences accountfor the 90 percent threshold in regards to the state laws surrounding “attendancefor credit or final grade.” [See also Attendance for Credit or Final GradeA student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in anyclass missed because of absence. Teachers may assign a late penalty to any longtermproject in accordance with time lines approved by the principal andpreviously communicated to students.DAEP Makeup WorkA student removed to a disciplinary alternative education program (DAEP)during the school year will have an opportunity to complete, before the beginning- 48 -


of the next school year, a foundation curriculum course in which the student wasenrolled at the time of removal. The district may provide the opportunity tocomplete the course through an alternative method, including a correspondencecourse, another distance learning option, or summer school. The district will notcharge the student for any method of completion provided by the district. [Seepolicy FOC(LEGAL).]In-school Suspension (ISS) Makeup WorkA student removed from the regular classroom to in-school suspension or anothersetting, other than a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), willhave an opportunity to complete before the beginning of the next school yeareach course the student was enrolled in at the time of removal from the regularclassroom. The district may provide the opportunity by any method available,including summer school. [See policy FO(LEGAL).]MEDICINE AT SCHOOLNo Tolerance PolicyMcKinney ISD has a no tolerance policy for students in possession ofmedication of any kind, including herbal supplements, vitamins, and all overthe counter medications including cough drops/lozenges. All medications mustbe delivered and picked up by a parent or guardian. Students are not allowed todrop off or take home their medication(s) from the school clinic. All medicationsare to be stored in the nurse’s office with the exception of prescribed medicationsfor the treatment of asthma, anaphylaxis and diabetes. Please see the campusnurse if your child has one of these conditions.Students with asthma or anaphylaxis may carry prescribed inhalers ormedications provided written authorization from the parent or guardian is givento the campus nurse as well as a written statement from the student’sphysician or licensed health care provider stating that the student hasasthma or anaphylaxis and is capable of self-administering the prescribedmedication. The physician must also provide written information of the nameand purpose of the medication and the prescribed dosage. All medications mustbe examined and approved by the campus nurse and must also have theprescription label on the medication.In accordance with a student’s individual health plan for management ofdiabetes, a student with diabetes will be permitted to possess and use monitoringand treatment supplies and equipment while at school or at a school-relatedactivity. See the school nurse for information [See policy FFAF.]All other medications must be stored in the campus clinic in the originalcontainer clearly labeled with the student’s name. Failure to store medication inthe campus clinic or follow the above mentioned procedure may result in seriousdisciplinary action.Medication Guidelines:1. All medication must be stored in the clinic except in special circumstancesfor a student with asthma, diabetes or a life threatening allergy (See above no- 49 -


tolerance section). Special education classrooms will work one on one withcampus nurse for medication procedures.2. All prescription medication MUST be in the original container withpharmacy prescription label. No more than one month’s supply ofmedication, in a prescription labeled bottle, shall be brought to the clinic atone time. ALL prescription medication will be counted and documentedupon arrival to the clinic.3. Over the counter medication MUST be in the original container with thestudent’s name on the container. Due to limited storage, no more than a 30count container shall be stored in the clinic. Over the counter medicationsmay be left in the clinic during the entire school year with a parent’ssignature. We are unable to store any medication at the school during thesummer and will dispose of all medication left in the clinic after the last dayof school.4. Over the counter medications will be given according to the label on thepackage unless otherwise directed by a physician.5. Over the counter medications will not be given for more than 5 consecutiveschool days without a physician’s signature.6. MISD Medication Administration Form must be complete with parent’ssignature.7. Medications are to be brought to the clinic by the parent or guardian. Only anadult may pick up medications from the clinic.8. All prescription medication given over 10 days will REQUIRE a physician’ssignature.9. No medication container may contain more than one (1) type of medication.10. Medications prescribed or requested to be given three (3) times per day orless are not to be given at school unless the nurse determines that a specialneed exists.11. A student MAY NOT share medication with another student.Siblings MAY NOT share medication.12. MISD registered nurses do not administer dietary or herbal supplements.In accordance with the Nurse Practice Act, Texas Code, Section 217.11, theschool nurse has the responsibility and authority to refuse to administermedications that in the nurse’s professional judgment are not in the best interestof the student.District employees will not give a student prescription medication,nonprescription medication, herbal substances, anabolic steroids, or dietarysupplements, with the following exceptions:In certain emergency situations, the district will maintain and administer to astudent nonprescription medication, but only:In accordance with the guidelines developed with the district’s medicaladvisor; andWhen the parent has previously provided written consent to emergencytreatment on the district’s form.- 50 -


Psychotropic DrugsA psychotropic drug is a substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or preventionof a disease or as a component of a medication. It is intended to have an alteringeffect on perception, emotion, or behavior and is commonly described as a moodorbehavior-altering substance.Teachers and other district employees may discuss a student’s academic progressor behavior with the student’s parents or another employee as appropriate;however, they are not permitted to recommend use of psychotropic drugs. Adistrict employee who is a registered nurse, an advanced nurse practitioner, aphysician, or a certified or credentialed mental health professional canrecommend that a student be evaluated by an appropriate medical practitioner, ifappropriate. [For further information, see policies at FFAC.]NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENTIn its efforts to promote nondiscrimination, McKinney ISD does not discriminate on thebasis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, or disability in providing educationservices, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in accordance withTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the EducationalAmendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.The following district staff members have been designated to coordinate compliance withthese legal requirements:Title IX Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of gender:Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at 469-302-4000Section 504 Coordinator, for concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of disability:Special Populations at 469-302-4000All other concerns regarding discrimination: Contact the Office of the Superintendent at469-742-4000.PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS/HEALTH SCREENINGSThe RN, or state-trained clinic assistant, conducts all state-mandated screenings forAcanthosis Nigricans (AN) – a screening for hyperinsulinemia that places a person at riskfor developing Type II diabetes. The RN or clinic assistant will also conduct hearing,spinal and vision screenings. A spinal screening involves a visual examination of thestudent’s back. See the campus nurse for information.PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MINUTE OF SILENCEEach school day, students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flagand the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag. Parents may submit a written request tothe principal to excuse their child from reciting a pledge.One minute of silence will follow recitation of the pledges. Each student may choose toreflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity during that minute so long asthe silent activity does not interfere with or distract others. In addition, state law requiresthat each campus provide for the observance of one minute of silence at the beginning ofthe first class period when September 11 falls on a regular school day in remembrance ofthose who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. [See policy EC(LEGAL) for moreinformation.]- 51 -


PRAYEREach student has a right to individually, voluntarily, and silently pray or meditate inschool in a manner that does not disrupt instructional or other activities of the school.The school will not encourage, require, or coerce a student to engage in or to refrain fromsuch prayer or meditation during any school activity.PROMOTION AND RETENTIONA student will be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstratedproficiency in the subject matter of the course or grade level. To earn credit in a course, astudent must receive a grade of at least 70 based on course-level or grade-level standards.Refer to EIE(LOCAL) for Promotion standards for the respective grade levels.In addition, at certain grade levels a student—with limited exceptions—will be requiredto pass the The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), if thestudent is enrolled in a public Texas school on any day between January 1 and the date ofthe first administration of the STAAR.In order to be promoted to grade 6, students enrolled in grade 5 must performsatisfactorily on the mathematics and reading sections of the grade 5 assessmentsin English or Spanish.In order to be promoted to grade 9, students enrolled in grade 8 must performsatisfactorily on the mathematics and reading sections of the grade 8 assessmentsin English.If a student in grade 5 or 8 is enrolled in a course that earns high school credit and forwhich an end-of-course (EOC) assessment will be administered, the student will not besubject to the promotion requirements described above for the relevant grade 5 or 8assessment.If a student in grades 3–8 is enrolled in a class or course intended for students above hisor her current grade level in which the student will be administered a state-mandatedassessment, the student will only be required to take an applicable state mandatedassessment only for the course in which he or she is enrolled, unless otherwise required todo so by federal law. [See Standardized Testing ]If a student in grade 5 or 8 is enrolled in a course that earns high school credit and forwhich an end-of-course (EOC) assessment will be administered or in a course intendedfor students above the student’s current grade level in which the student will beadministered a state mandated assessment, the student will not be subject to thepromotion requirements described above for the relevant grade 5 or 8 assessment.However the student’s score on an EOC assessment will count for 15 percent of the finalgrade for the course in which the student is enrolled and will be used in determiningwhether the student meets the minimum cumulative score required for graduation.If a student is enrolled in a class or course intended for students above his or her currentgrade level in which the student will be administered a state mandated assessment, thestudent will only be required to take an applicable state mandated assessment for thecourse in which he or she is enrolled.- 52 -


Parents of a student in grades 3-8 who does not perform satisfactorily on his or her examswill be notified that their child will participate in special instructional programs designedto improve performance. The student may be required to participate in this instructionbefore or after normal school hours or outside of the normal school year.A student in grade 5 or 8 will have two additional opportunities to take a failedassessment. If a student fails a second time, a grade placement committee, consisting ofthe principal or designee, the teacher, and the student’s parent, will determine theadditional special instruction the student will receive. After a third failed attempt, thestudent will be retained; however, the parent can appeal this decision to the committee. Inorder for the student to be promoted, based on standards previously established by thedistrict, the decision of the committee must be unanimous and the student must completeadditional special instruction before beginning the next grade level. Whether the studentis retained or promoted, an educational plan for the student will be designed to enable thestudent to perform at grade level by the end of the next school year. [See policies atEIE.]Certain students—some with disabilities and some with limited English proficiency—may be eligible for exemptions, accommodations, or deferred testing. For moreinformation, see the principal, school counselor, or special education director.A Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) will be prepared for any student in a middle school orbeyond who did not perform satisfactorily on a state-mandated assessment or isdetermined by the district as not likely to earn a high school diploma before the fifthschool year following enrollment in grade 9. The PGP will be designed and implementedby a guidance school counselor, teacher, or other staff member designated by theprincipal. The plan will, among other items, identify the student’s educational goals,address the parent’s educational expectations for the student, and outline an intensiveinstruction program for the student. [For additional information, see the principal andpolicy EIF(LEGAL).] For a student receiving special education services, the student’sIEP may serve as the student’s PGP and would therefore be developed by the student’sARD committee.REPORT CARDS / PROGRESS REPORTS AND CONFERENCESReport cards with each student’s grades or performance and absences in each class orsubject are issued to parents at least once every nine weeks.Progress reports are sent home every five weeks. Parents will be given a written progressreport if their child’s performance in any course OR in English language arts,mathematics, science, or social studies is near or below 70, or is below the expected levelof performance. If the student receives a grade lower than 70 in any class or subject atthe end of a grading period, the parent will be requested to schedule a conference with theteacher of that class or subject.Teachers follow grading guidelines that have been approved by the superintendent andare designed to reflect each student’s academic achievement for the grading period,semester, or course. State law provides that a test or course grade issued by a teachercannot be changed unless the board determines that the grade was arbitrary or contains anerror, or that the teacher did not follow the district’s grading policy. [See policyEIA(LOCAL).]- 53 -


Questions about grade calculation should first be discussed with the teacher; if thequestion is not resolved, the student or parent may request a conference with the principalin accordance with FNG(LOCAL).The report card or unsatisfactory progress report will state whether tutorials are requiredfor a student who receives a grade lower than 70 (secondary student) or 2 (elementarystudent) in a class or subject.RETALIATION[See Dating Violence, Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation]SAFETYStudent safety on campus, at school-related events, and on district vehicles is a highpriority of the district. Although the district has implemented safety procedures, thecooperation of students is essential to ensuring school safety. A student should:Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk.Follow the behavioral standards in this handbook and the Student Code ofConduct, as well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by theprincipal, teachers, or bus drivers.Remain alert to and promptly report to a teacher or the principal any safetyhazards, such as intruders on campus or threats made by any person toward astudent or staff member.Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.Follow immediately the instructions of teachers, bus drivers, and other districtemployees who are overseeing the welfare of students.Accident InsuranceSoon after the school year begins, parents will have the opportunity to purchaselow-cost accident insurance that would help meet medical expenses in the eventof injury to their child.Preparedness Drills: Evacuation, Severe Weather,and Other EmergenciesFrom time to time, students, teachers, and other district employees willparticipate in drills of emergency procedures. When the alarm is sounded (mayvary by campus), students should follow the direction of teachers or others incharge quickly, quietly, and in an orderly manner.Fire Drill Bells3 bells leave the building1 bell halt; stand at attention2 bells return to the classroomTornado Drill Bells1 continuous bell move quietly but quickly to the designated locations- 54 -


2 bells return to the classroomEmergency Medical Treatment and InformationIf a student has a medical emergency at school or a school-related activity whenthe parent cannot be reached, the school will seek emergency medical treatment(911). Therefore, parents are asked each year to complete an emergency careconsent form and provide information about allergies to medications, foods,insect bites, etc. Parents should keep emergency care information up-to-date(name of doctor, emergency phone numbers, allergies, etc.). Please contact theschool nurse to update any information that the nurse or the teacher needs toknow.Emergency School-Closing InformationMcKinney ISD administration makes decisions about canceling school due tosevere weather on a case-by-case basis. The first and foremost determiningfactor in the decision making process is based on the safety of the students.During severe weather conditions (snow/ice storms), information about schoolclosings can be obtained through the McKinney ISD website(www.mckinneyisd.net), MISD Communications Department and through localmedia sources.SCHOOL FACILITIESUse by Students before and After SchoolCertain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after schoolfor specific purposes. Students are required to remain in the area where theiractivity is scheduled to take place. For a list of areas on school property that areopened to students before school and the times when these areas are availablecheck with the school principal.Unless the teacher or sponsor overseeing the activity gives permission, a studentwill not be permitted to go to another area of the building or campus.After dismissal of school in the afternoon, and unless involved in an activityunder the supervision of a teacher, students must leave campus immediately.Conduct Before and After SchoolTeachers and administrators have full authority over student conduct at before- orafter-school activities on district premises and at school-sponsored events offdistrict premises, such as play rehearsals, club meetings, athletic practices, andspecial study groups or tutorials. Students are subject to the same rules ofconduct that apply during the instructional day and will be subject toconsequences established by the Student Code of Conduct or any stricterstandards of behavior established by the sponsor for extracurricular participants.Use of Hallways during Class TimeLoitering or standing in the halls during class is not permitted. During class time,a student must have a hall pass to be outside the classroom for any purpose.Failure to obtain a pass will result in disciplinary action in accordance with theStudent Code of Conduct.- 55 -


Cafeteria ServicesThe district participates in the School Breakfast Program and National SchoolLunch Program and offers students nutritionally balanced lunches daily. Freeand reduced-price lunches are available based on financial need. Informationabout a student’s participation is confidential. Applications are available uponentry or registration.The district follows the federal and state guidelines regarding foods of minimalnutritional value being served or sold on school premises during the school day.[For more information, see policy CO (LEGAL).]LibraryThe library is a learning laboratory with books, computers, magazines, and othermaterials available for classroom assignments, projects, and reading or listeningpleasure. The library is open for independent student use with a teacher permit.Meetings of Non-curriculum-Related GroupsStudent-organized, student-led non-curriculum-related groups are permitted tomeet during the hours designated by the principal before and after school. Thesegroups must comply with the requirements of policy FNAB(LOCAL).SEARCHESIn the interest of promoting student safety and attempting to ensure that schools are safeand drug free, district officials may from time to time conduct searches. Such searchesare conducted without a warrant and as permitted by law and district policies.Students’ Desks and LockersStudents’ desks and lockers are school property and remain under the control andjurisdiction of the school even when assigned to an individual student.Students are fully responsible for the security and contents of their assigneddesks and lockers. Students should be certain that their lockers are locked, andthat the combinations are not available to others.Searches of desks or lockers may be conducted at any time there is reasonablecause to believe that they contain articles or materials prohibited by policy,whether or not a student is present.The parent will be notified if any prohibited items are found in the student’s deskor locker.- 56 -


Telecommunications and Other Electronic DevicesUse of district-owned equipment and its network systems is not private and willbe monitored by the district. [See policy CQ for more information.]Any searches of personal telecommunications devices or other personalelectronic devices will be conducted in accordance with law, and the devices maybe confiscated in order to perform a lawful search. A confiscated device may beturned over to law enforcement to determine whether a crime has beencommitted.[See policy FNF(LEGAL) for more information.]Vehicles on CampusA student has full responsibility for the security and content of his or her vehicleparked on district property and must make certain that it is locked and that thekeys are not given to others. [See also the Student Code of Conduct.]Vehicles parked on school property are under the jurisdiction of the school.School officials may search any vehicle any time there is reasonable cause to doso, with or without the permission of the student. A student has fullresponsibility for the security and content of his or her vehicle and must makecertain that it is locked and that the keys are not given to others. [See also theStudent Code of Conduct.]Trained DogsThe district will use trained dogs to alert school officials to the presence ofprohibited or illegal items, including drugs and alcohol. At any time, traineddogs may be used around lockers and the areas around vehicles parked on schoolproperty. Searches of classrooms, common areas, or student belongings may alsobe conducted by trained dogs when students are not present. An item in aclassroom, a locker, or a vehicle to which a trained dog alerts may be searched byschool officials.SPECIAL PROGRAMSThe district provides special programs for gifted and talented students, homeless students,bilingual students, and migrant students, students with limited English proficiency,dyslexic students, and students with disabilities. The coordinator of each program cananswer questions about eligibility requirements, as well as programs and services offeredin the district or by other organizations. A student or parent with questions about theseprograms should contact the building principal.STANDARDIZED TESTINGSAT/ACT (Scholastic Aptitude Testand American College Test)Many colleges require either the American College Test (ACT) or the ScholasticAptitude Test (SAT) for admission. Students are encouraged to talk with thecounselor early during their junior year to determine the appropriate exam totake; these exams are usually taken at the end of the junior year.- 57 -


The ACT or SAT may be available at no cost to students. In addition, students ingrades 8 and 10 may have the opportunity to take the corresponding preparationassessments at no charge. Please check with the school counselor for details.STAAR (State of Texas Assessments ofAcademic Readiness) Grades 3-8In addition to routine tests and other measures of achievement, students at certaingrade levels will take state-mandated assessments, such as the STAAR, in thefollowing subjects:Mathematics, annually in grades 3-8Reading, annually in grades 3-8Writing, including, spelling and grammar, in grades 4 and 7Science in grades 5 and 8Social Studies in grade 8Successful performance on the reading and math assessments in grades 5 and8 is required by law in order for the student to be promoted to the next gradelevel, in order for the student to be promoted to the next grade level. SeePromotion and Retention for additional information.STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternate, for students receiving specialeducation services, will be available for eligible students, as determined bythe student’s ARD committee.STAAR-L is a linguistically accommodated assessment that is available forcertain limited English proficient (LEP) students, as determined by thestudent’s Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC).End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments forStudents in Grades 9-12Beginning with ninth graders in the 2011-2012 school year and, as modified byHouse Bill 5, end–of-course (EOC) assessments will be administered for thefollowing courses:Algebra I,English I, and English IIBiologyUnited States HistorySatisfactory performance on the applicable assessments will be required forgraduation.There are three testing windows during the year in which a student may take anEOC assessment, which will occur during the fall, spring, and summer months.If a student does not meet satisfactory performance, the student will haveadditional opportunities to retake the assessment.STAAR Modified and STAAR Alternative, for students receiving specialeducation services, will be available for eligible students, as determined by thestudent’s ARD committee. These particular EOC assessments may have- 58 -


different testing windows than the general assessments, and the ARD committeewill determine whether successful performance on the assessments will berequired for graduation.STAAR-L., which is linguistically accommodated assessment, will be availablefor students who have been determined to be limited English proficient (LEP)and who require this type of testing accommodation.Also see Graduation for additional information.TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)TAKS is a state-mandated assessment currently being transitioned to the STAARprogram.Except in limited circumstances, as student in grade 12 during the 2013-2014school year will be required to retake what is termed the “exit-level” TAKS inthe subject areas of mathematics, English/language arts, social studies, and /orscience, for which satisfactory performance is required for graduation, if thestudent did not pass any of these areas while in grade 11.Also see Graduation for more information.TSI (Texas Success Initiative) AssessmentPrior to enrollment in a Texas public college or university, most students musttake a standardized test, called the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment.The purpose of the TSI assessment is to assess the reading, mathematics, andwriting skills that entering freshmen-level students should have if they are toperform effectively in undergraduate certificate or degree programs in Texaspublic colleges and universities. This assessment may be required before astudent enrolls in a dual-credit course offered through the district as well.Beginning in fall 2013, all Texas public colleges and universities will beginadministering a new TSI assessment, which will assist as one of several factors indetermining whether the student is considered ready to enroll in college-levelcourses or whether the student needs to enroll in what is termed developmentaleducation courses prior to enrollment in college level courses.STEROIDSState law prohibits students from possessing, dispensing, delivering, or administering ananabolic steroid. Anabolic steroids are for medical use only, and only a physician canprescribe use.Body building, muscle enhancement, or the increase of muscle bulk or strength throughthe use of an anabolic steroid or human growth hormone by a healthy student is not avalid medical use and is a criminal offense.Students participating in UIL athletic competition may be subject to random steroidtesting. More information on the UIL testing program may be found on the UIL Web siteat http://www.uiltexas.org/health/steroid-information.STUDENTS IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY OF THE STATEIn an effort to provide educational stability, the district strives to assist any student who iscurrently placed or newly placed in either temporary or permanent conservatorship- 59 -


(custody) of the state of Texas with the enrollment and registration process, as well asother educational services throughout the student’s enrollment in the district.A student who is placed in the custody of the state and who is moved outside of thedistrict’s attendance boundaries is entitled to continue in enrollment at the school he orshe was attending prior to the placement until the student reaches the highest grade levelat the particular school. In addition, if a student in grade 11 or 12 is transferred to anotherdistrict and does not meet the graduation requirements of the transferring district, thestudent can request to receive a diploma from the previous district if he or she meets thecriteria to graduate from the previous district.The district strives to assist any student who has been placed in either temporary orpermanent conservatorship (custody) of the state of Texas with the enrollment andregistration process, as well as other educational services throughout the student’senrollment in the district.Please contact the Director of Counseling and Student Support, who has been designatedas the district’s liaison for children in the conservatorship of the state, with any questions.STUDENT SPEAKERSThe district provides students the opportunity to introduce school events: listed in FNA(LOCAL) at INTRODUCTORY SPEAKERS]. If a student meets the eligibility criteriaand wishes to introduce one of the school events listed above, the student should submithis or her name in accordance with policy FNA(LOCAL).See policy FNA(LOCAL) regarding other speaking opportunities and Graduation forinformation related to student speech at graduation ceremonies.]SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTIONIf you are worried that your child may be using or is in danger of experimenting, using,or abusing illegal drugs or other prohibited substances, please contact the schoolcounselor. The school counselor can provide you with a list of community resources thatmay be of assistance to you. The TDSHS maintains information regarding children’smental health and substance abuse intervention services on its Web site:http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa-child-adolescent-services/.SUICIDE AWARENESSThe district is committed to partnering with parents to support the healthy mental,emotional, and behavioral development of its students. If you are concerned aboutyour child, please access the following Web sites or contact the school counselor formore information related to suicide prevention and to find mental health servicesavailable in your area.http://www.texassuicideprevention.org/http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhservices-search/TAKS (TEXAS ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS)See Standardized Testing- 60 -


TARDINESSA student is considered late when the tardy bell rings, and the student is not in theappropriate classroom. Repeated instances of tardiness will result in more severedisciplinary action, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Tardies areconsidered absences under the guidelines and policies regarding compulsory attendance.TEMPERATURE/SEVERE WEATHERCold/Heat/Ozone GuidelinesWeather conditions can pose a risk to the health of students. The followingguidelines are intended to assist when making decisions regarding outsideactivities during periods of high heat or heat index, when there is an ozonewarning or when other atmospheric conditions pose a health risk to students.Activity results in the loss of body fluids. Excessive heat and/or humidityincrease the amount of fluid loss. The body needs a cool-down period to readjustitself to the cooler temperatures within the building. Efforts will be made tomake sure that students consistently drink fluids so they do not dehydrate. If astudent becomes thirsty, he or she is already under-hydrated. Fluids areespecially important before any physical activity or before leaving an airconditionedenvironment. Many medications prescribed for therapeutic purposescan potentially affect heat tolerance. Some students on mediation have animpaired ability to dissipate heat from the body due to their medical conditions.McKinney ISD staff will utilize one of the following sites to access currentweather conditions for McKinney and Collin County:Temperature website:http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Mc+kinney&state=TX&site=FWD&textField1-33.2009&textField2=96.6549&e-0Air Quality (Ozone) website: http://www.airnow.gov/Parents should notify the school in writing if they do not want their childrento go outside on days other than those mentioned above for recess or anyother outside activity.Hot TemperaturesWhen the temperature or heat index rises to 95 degrees or the ozone alert isorange, outdoor recess or activities should be limited to 10 minutes.When the temperature or heat index rises to 100 or the ozone alert is red orpurple no outside recess or activities should be allowed, except of normaldismissal procedures, but caution will be used during dismissal time to keepexposure to heat at a minimum.Parents are encouraged to dress children in cotton material, loose fitting,lightweight and light colored clothes.Parents are encouraged to provide a balanced diet including 4 to 5 servings offruits and vegetables daily. These foods are not only natural sources of vitaminsand electrolytes, but provide additional water to the body.To the extent possible schedules will be rearranged so that outside activities canoccur in the mornings, when the temperature is cooler.- 61 -


Discretion will be used to decrease outside activities when seasonal temperaturesand humidity exceed those normal for this area.Vigilance in hydrating students before, during and after outside activities will beused.Efforts will be made to ensure that all staff members are aware of the signs,symptoms and treatment procedures for heat-related illnesses.A cool-down period once the students return to the building from outsideactivities will be encouraged.Efforts will be made to ensure that students are aware that metal parts, includingswing chains, metals slides, metal wheels, screws and bolts will be hot and toavoid them as much as possible during this time.During these times of heat it is advised that students are to be kept inside thebuilding while waiting for a bus, daycare van, or parent pick-up.Cold TemperaturesDuring times of excessive cold weather the following precautions should betaken:When the temperature or wind chill is at or below 25 degrees no outdoor recessor activities should be allowed.Parents are encouraged to dress children in appropriate cold weather clothingincluding dressing in layers during the cold weather months.If student does not have appropriate outerwear they will be kept indoors.Efforts will be made to ensure that all staff members are aware of the signs,symptoms and treatment procedures for cold-related illnesses.During these times of cold it is advised that students are to be kept inside thebuilding while waiting for a bus, daycare van, or parent pick-up.Severe WeatherMcKinney ISD administration makes decisions about canceling school due tosevere weather on a case-by-case basis. The first and foremost determining factorin that decision-making is based on the safety of the students. During severeweather conditions (snow storms, ice storms, etc.), information about schoolclosings can be obtained at the following media sources: McKinney ISD website: www.mckinneyisd.netTEXTBOOKS, ELECTRONIC TEXTBOOKS,AND TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENTTextbooks and other district-approved instructional materials are provided to studentsfree of charge for each subject or class. Any books must be covered by the student, asdirected by the teacher, and treated with care. Electronic textbooks and technologicalequipment may also be provided to students, depending on the course and courseobjectives. A student who is issued a damaged item should report the damage to theteacher. Any student failing to return an item in acceptable condition loses the right tofree textbooks and technological equipment until the item is returned or the damage paid- 62 -


for by the parent; however, the student will be provided the necessary instructionalresources and equipment for use a the school during the school day.TRANSFERS[See School Safety Transfers, and Providing Assistance to Students Who HaveLearning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education Services, for other transferoptions.]TRANSPORTATIONSchool-Sponsored TripsStudents who participate in school-sponsored trips are required to usetransportation provided by the school to and from the event. The principal,however, may make an exception if the parent makes a written request that thestudent be released to the parent or to another adult designated by the parent.Buses and Other School VehiclesThe district makes school bus transportation available to all students living twoor more miles from school. This service is provided at no cost to students. Busroutes and any subsequent changes are posted at the school and on the district’sWeb site. For the safety of the operator of the vehicle and all passengers,students must board buses or other vehicles only at authorized stops, and driversmust unload passengers only at authorized stops.A parent may also designate a child-care facility or grandparent’s residence asthe regular pickup and drop-off location for his or her child. The designatedfacility or residence must be on an approved stop on an approved route. Forinformation on bus routes and stops or to designate an alternate pickup or dropofflocation, you may contact Durham Bus Services 972-542-8316.See the Student Code of Conduct for provisions regarding transportation to thedisciplinary alternative education program (DAEP).Students are expected to assist district staff in ensuring that buses and otherdistrict vehicles remain in good condition and that transportation is providedsafely. When riding in district vehicles, including buses, students are held tobehavioral standards established in this handbook and the Student Code ofConduct. Students must:Follow the driver’s directions at all times.Enter and leave the vehicle in an orderly manner at the designated stop.Keep feet, books, instrument cases, and other objects out of the aisle.Not deface the vehicle, or its equipment.Not put head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window, hold any object outof the window, or throw objects within or out of the vehicle.Not possess or use any form of tobacco on any school vehicle.Observe all usual classroom rules.- 63 -


Be seated while the vehicle is moving.Fasten their seat belts, if available.Wait for the driver’s signal upon leaving the vehicle and before crossingin front of the vehicle.Follow any other rules established by the operator of the vehicle.Misconduct will be punished in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct;the privilege to ride in a district vehicle, including a school bus may besuspended or revoked.VANDALISMThe taxpayers of the community have made a sustained financial commitment for theconstruction and upkeep of school facilities. To ensure that school facilities can servethose for whom they are intended—both this year and for years to come—littering,defacing, or damaging school property is not tolerated. Students will be required to payfor damages they cause and will be subject to criminal proceedings as well as disciplinaryconsequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.VIDEO CAMERASFor safety purposes, video/audio equipment may be used to monitor student behavior,including on buses and in common areas on campus. Students will not be told when theequipment is being used.The principal will review the video/audio recordings routinely and document studentmisconduct. Discipline will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.VISITORS TO THE SCHOOLGeneral VisitorsParents and others are welcome to visit district schools. For the safety of thosewithin the school and to avoid disruption of instructional time, all visitors mustfirst report to the principal’s office, and must comply with all applicable districtpolicies and procedures. All campuses utilize a Raptor V-Soft System to signvisitors in to the campus.Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time are permitted only withapproval of the principal and teacher and only so long as their duration orfrequency does not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the normalschool environment.All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy andconduct; disruptive behavior will not be permitted.VOLUNTEERSWe appreciate so much the efforts of parent and grandparent volunteers that arewilling to serve our district and students. If you are interested in volunteering,please contact the campus principal for more information and to complete anapplication.- 64 -


WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOLA student under 18 may be withdrawn from school only by a parent. The school requestsnotice from the parent at least three days in advance so that records and documents maybe prepared. The parent may obtain a withdrawal form from the principal’s office.On the student’s last day, the withdrawal form must be presented to each teacher forcurrent grade averages and book clearance; to the librarian to ensure a clear libraryrecord; to the clinic for health records; to the school counselor for the last report card andcourse clearance; and finally, to the principal. A copy of the withdrawal form will begiven to the student, and a copy will be placed in the student’s permanent record.A student who is 18 or older, who is married, or who has been declared by a court to bean emancipated minor, may withdraw without parental signature.- 65 -


Science Safety AgreementI will act responsibly at all times in the science lab.I will not enter or work in the science lab unless supervised by a teacher.I will never eat or drink in the science lab unless instructed to do so by the teacher.I will follow all instructions about lab procedures given by the teacher.I will read all directions and follow them exactly as they are written and ask the teacher forhelp if I am unsure of what to do.I will wash my hands after an experiment and before when directed by the teacher.I will always wear safety goggles when I am working with chemicals or when my teacherinstructs me to do so.I will keep my area clean in the lab.I will not touch supplies without permission.I will never run, push, or bump others when in the lab or classroom.I will immediately notify the teacher if I get a cut or injury.I will report any broken glass to the teacher and will not pick it up myself.I will never smell a chemical directly from the container, but will “waft” the fumes towardmy nose, when directed by the teacher to do so.I will never look directly into to beaker or test tube when mixing or heating chemicals.I will not take chemicals or equipment out of the science lab without permission from theteacher.I will never reach across a hot plate or flame.I know where the fire extinguisher, fire blanket, and the eye wash station are located.I will immediately notify the teacher in case of an emergency.I understand that I am a Scientist during science experiments and am expected to follow the rulesabove. If I chose not to follow the rules, I become an Observer. If I continue to havebehavior or safety issues, I become a Scholar, who will not be allowed to participate in theexperiment will instead be expected to research the topic of study.I, _____________________ have read each of the statements in the Science Lab SafetyAgreement and understand these safety rules. I agree to abide by the safety regulations andany additional written or verbal instructions provided by the school district or my teacher.- 66 -


Life Threatening Allergy-Science Agreement Parent LetterDear Parent or Guardian,We are very excited to support your child in learning. In all content areas students will use andconsume food items. In order to provide a safe learning environment for all students, we wouldlike to ensure that students with allergies at risk for anaphylaxis /life threatening allergies (LTA)are not exposed to materials that would cause a reaction.*By signing the SCOC, the student and parent agree to the safety contractNo, my child does not have an LTA to any materials and can participate in alllearning activities.Yes, my child does have a LTA to certain food substances and/or materials.My child is allergic to the following things (Please print):______________________________________________________Yes, I have notified the campus nurse of the LTA.- 67 -


GLOSSARYAccelerated instruction is an intensive supplemental program designed toaddress the needs of an individual student in acquiring the knowledge and skillsrequired at his or her grade level and/or as a result of a student not meeting thepassing standards on a state-mandated assessment.ACT refers to one of the two most frequently used college or universityadmissions exams: the American College Test. The test may be a requirementfor admission to certain colleges or universities.ARD is the admission, review, and dismissal committee convened for eachstudent who is identified as needing a full and individual evaluation for specialeducation services. The eligible student and his or her parents are members ofthe committee.Attendance Review Committee is sometimes responsible for reviewing astudent’s absences when the student’s attendance drops below 90 percent of thedays the class is offered. Under guidelines adopted by the board, the committeewill determine whether there were extenuating circumstances for the absencesand whether the student needs to complete certain conditions to master the courseand regain credit or a final grade lost because of absences.DAEP stands for disciplinary alternative education program, a placement forstudents who have violated certain provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.EOC assessments are end-of-course tests, which are state-mandated, and are partof the STAAR program. Successful performance on EOC assessments will berequired for graduation beginning with students in grade 9 during the 2011-2012school year. These exams will be given in English I, English II, Algebra I,Biology, and United States History.FERPA refers to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act thatgrants specific privacy protections to student records. The law contains certainexceptions, such as for directory information, unless a student’s parent or astudent 18 or older directs the school not to release directory information.IEP is the written record of the Individualized Education Program prepared bythe ARD committee for a student with disabilities who is eligible for specialeducation services. The IEP contains several parts, such as a statement of thestudent’s present educational performance; a statement of measurable annualgoals, with short-term objectives; the special education and related services andsupplemental aids and services to be provided, and program modifications orsupport by school personnel; a statement regarding how the student’s progresswill be measured and how the parents will be kept informed; accommodations forstate or district wide tests, whether successful completion of state-mandatedassessments is required for graduation, etc.ISS refers to in-school suspension, a disciplinary technique for misconduct foundin the Student Code of Conduct. Although different from out-of-schoolsuspension and placement in a DAEP, ISS removes the student from the regularclassroom.NCLB Act is the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.- 68 -


PGP stands for Personal Graduation Plan, which is recommended for allstudents entering grade 9 and is required by state law for any student in middleschool or higher who fails a section on a state-mandated test or is identified bythe district as not likely to earn a high school diploma before the fifth school yearafter he or she begins grade 9.SAT refers to one of the two most frequently used college or universityadmissions exams: the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The test may be a requirementfor admissions to certain colleges or universities.Section 504 is the federal law that prohibits discrimination against a studentwith a disability, requiring schools to provide opportunities for equal services,programs, and participation in activities. Unless the student is determined to beeligible for special education services under the Individuals with DisabilitiesEducation Act (IDEA), general education with appropriate instructionalaccommodations will be provided.SHAC stands for School Health Advisory Council, a group of at least fivemembers, a majority of who must be parents, appointed by the school board toassist the district in ensuring that local community values and health issues arereflected in the district’s education instruction along with providing assistancewith other student and employee wellness issues.STAAR is the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, the state’ssystem of standardized academic achievement assessments, effective beginningwith certain students for the 2011-2012 school year.STAAR Alternate is an alternative state-mandated assessment designed forstudents with severe cognitive disabilities receiving special education serviceswho meet the participation requirements, as determined by the student’s ARDcommittee.STAAR Modified is an alternative state-mandated assessment based onmodified achievement standards that is administered to eligible studentsreceiving special education services, as determined by the student’s ARDcommittee.STAAR Linguistically Accommodated (STAAR L) is an alternative statemandatedassessment with linguistic accommodations designed for certain recentimmigrate English language learners.State-mandated assessments are required of students at certain grade levelsand in specified subjects. Successful performance sometimes is a condition ofpromotion, and passing the exit-level TAKS or STAAR EOC assessments, whenapplicable, is a condition of graduation. Students have multiple opportunities totake the tests if necessary for promotion or graduation.Student Code of Conduct is developed with the advice of the district-levelcommittee and adopted by the board; identifies the circumstances, consistentwith law, when a student may be removed from a classroom, campus, or districtvehicle. It also sets out the conditions that authorize or require the principal oranother administrator to place the student in a DAEP. It outlines conditions forout-of-school suspension and for expulsion, and states whether self-defense is aconsideration in suspension, DAEP placement, or expulsion. The Student Code- 69 -


of Conduct also addresses notice to the parent regarding a student’s violation ofone of its provisions.TAKS is the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, the state’s standardizedachievement test that is being transitioned to the STAAR program. A student ingrade 12 who has not yet met the passing standard on this assessment will haveopportunities to retake the assessment, for which satisfactory performance isrequired for graduation.TELPAS stands for the Texas English Language Proficiency AssessmentSystem, which assesses the progress that English language learners make inlearning the English language, and is administered for those who meet theparticipation requirements in kindergarten–grade 12.Apex Learning is the online course provider for MISD students to supplementthe instructional program. Courses are taught by qualified instructors, andcourses are equivalent in rigor and scope to a course taught in a traditionalclassroom setting.UIL refers to the University Interscholastic League, the statewide voluntarynonprofit organization that oversees educational extracurricular academic,athletic, and music contests.- 70 -

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