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Recently Amended 2023-2024 Student Handbook - October 11, 2023

On October 11, 2023, the Superintendent of Schools’ Designee approved amendment of the following:

 

2023-2024 STUDENT HANDBOOK

The following sections of the 2023-2024 Student Handbook were revised:

 

Page 18

The section under "Contact Person for Special Education Referrals" was revised to update contact information.

 

Dr. Crystal Evans

Individual Evaluation Supervisor

cryyoung@dallasisd.org

(972) 581-4741

Naida E. Vega

Director of Child Find Evaluation

NVega@dallasisd.org

(972) 581-4635

 

 

Page 27

Under "Bullying (All Grade Levels)," the following verbiage was added to provide alignment and clarity on professional development and support as identified in policy and procedures:

 

To reduce the number of bullying incidents, campus counselors are mandated to deliver professional development sessions to faculty and staff concerning the proper reporting of bullying. In addition, they are tasked with conducting guidance lessons for students encompassing individuals affected by bullying, bystanders, witnesses, and those accused of bullying. Counseling services will be made available to victims, bystanders, witnesses, and the accused, ranging from support provided by school counselors to referrals to Mental Health Services or one of the District's Youth and Family Centers.

 

Pages 51-52

Under “Electronic Devices and Technology Resources (All Grade Levels)," the following section was added to provide guidance to the responsible and ethical use of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools:

 

AI Responsible and Ethical Use Guidelines for Students

 

Introduction: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are parts of the current and future technology landscape. As such, it is important to understand how to use these tools responsibly and ethically. This is a guide to responsible and ethical use for students.

 

Respect for Privacy and Consent:

 

  • Obtain permission: Seek permission before using AI technologies that involve data collection or sharing.

 

  • Protect personal information: Avoid sharing sensitive personal information while interacting with AI systems or platforms. This includes but is not limited to HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA, or any other identifiable information.

 

Avoid Discrimination and Bias:

 

  • Recognize biases: Be aware that AI systems may carry biases based on the data they are trained on. Avoid using AI to perpetuate discriminatory behavior or stereotypes.

 

  • Challenge unfair outcomes: If you notice biased or unfair outcomes from AI systems, report them to your teacher or relevant authority for review and corrective action.

 

Critical Thinking and Validation:

 

  • Verify information: Be skeptical of information generated by AI systems and validate it through multiple sources.

 

  • Question results: Analyze and question the results provided by AI systems to ensure their accuracy and reliability.

 

  • Exercise critical thinking: Use AI outputs as a starting point for investigation, analysis, and critical thinking rather than relying solely on their conclusions.

 

Responsible Use of AI Tools:

 

  • Understand limitations: Recognize the limitations of AI systems and avoid relying solely on their recommendations or decisions.

 

  • Use AI as a tool: Utilize AI technologies as a tool to enhance your learning and problem-solving abilities, rather than replacing your own critical thinking and creativity.

 

  • Be accountable: Take responsibility for your actions and decisions made with the assistance of AI systems.

 

Online Etiquette and Cybersecurity:

 

  • Be respectful: Treat AI systems and virtual agents with respect and use appropriate language and behavior when interacting with them.

 

  • Protect yourself and others: Avoid sharing harmful or misleading content generated by AI systems and report any abusive or inappropriate use of AI technologies.

 

Digital Well-being:

 

  • Balance screen time: Maintain a healthy balance between AI technology usage and other activities, ensuring your overall well-being.

 

  • Take breaks: Regularly take breaks from AI technologies to engage in offline activities, socialize, and exercise.

 

Report Issues:

 

  • Report misuse: Report any instances of AI technology misuse, unethical behavior, or harmful content to your teacher, parents, or a trusted adult.

 

The amended 2023-2024 Student Handbook will soon be available for retrieval via the District’s website at https://www.dallasisd.org/Page/127.