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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct:

Education in this community represents a significant commitment of financial and human resources. The benefits a student derives from this investment depend very much on the student’s attitude toward learning and the student’s adherence to high standards of behavior.

The Student Code of Conduct that follows is the district’s specific response to requirements of Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code. The law requires the district to define misconduct that may or must result in a range of specific disciplinary consequences. This Code is an outgrowth of collaboration among district and campus staff, parents, and other community members. This Code, adopted by the Board of Trustees, provides information and direction to students and parents regarding standards of behavior as well as consequences of misconduct.

In general, discipline will be designed to correct the misconduct and to encourage all students to adhere to their responsibilities as citizens of the school community. Disciplinary action will draw from the professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on a range of discipline management techniques.

Disciplinary action will be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student’s age and grade level, the frequency of misbehavior, the student’s attitude, the effect of the misconduct on the school environment, and statutory requirements. Because of these factors, discipline for a particular offense (unless otherwise specified by law) may bring into consideration varying techniques and responses.

I. Standards for Student Conduct

Expected Behavior:
 
  • Attend all classes, regularly and on time.
  • Avoid violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Be well-groomed and dress appropriately (refer to handbook for specific guidelines).
  • Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline.
  • Cooperate with or assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.
  • Demonstrate courtesy and respect for others.
  • Exhibit principles of Character Counts: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Respect, Caring, Fairness, and Citizenship.
  • Keep parents informed regarding school assemblies, needed supplies, and written information sent home from the school.
  • Obey all campus and classroom rules.
  • Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class.
  • Respect the property of others, including district property and facilities.
  • Respect the rights and privileges of other students and of teachers and other district staff.