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Recently Amended 2019-2020 Student Handbook - January 6, 2020

On January 6, 2020, the Superintendent of Schools’ Designee approved amendment to the following:

 

2019-2020 STUDENT HANDBOOK

Each year the administration updates the Student Handbook to ensure that policies and procedures are up-to-date.  Changes to the 2019-2020 Student Handbook include:

  • Changed font size based on the recommendation of the 2019-2020 Model Student Handbook
  • Replaced 2018–2019 with 2019–2020

Table of Contents:

  • Replaced 2018–2019 with 2019–2020
  • Revised headings to match headings in the Student Handbook
  • Revised page numbers to match Student Handbook

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK SECTION I – PARENTAL RIGHTS

  • Changed all references to page numbers to match the page number on which the text now falls
  • CONSENT, OPT-OUT, AND REFUSAL RIGHTS:
    • Limiting Electronic Communications with Students by District Employees
      • such as has been deleted.
    • Objecting to the Release of Directory Information
      • Deleted date of birth and degrees. Photograph has been added.
    • Objecting to the Release of Directory Information
      • Unless a parent has provided a written objection to the release of directory information, the District shall release designated directory information to military recruiters and institutions of higher education, as required by law, and to organization or individuals who request the information and meet the definition of “school/district-sponsored” purposes outlined in Board Policy FL has been added. The following has been deleted: Directory information will be released to anyone who follows the procedures for requesting it.
  • REMOVING A STUDENT FROM INSTRUCTION OR EXCUSING A STUDENT FROM A REQUIRED COMPONENT OF INSTRUCTION:
    • Human Growth, Development, and Sexuality Instruction, the following changes have been made: The grades in which these subjects are offered has changed: The district offers Human Growth and Development in Grade 5, and Sexual Health instruction to students in grades 6-12.
    • The curriculum section has been updated with new lesson topics.
  • RIGHT OF ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS, CURRICULUM MATERIALS, AND DISTRICT RECORDS/POLICIES :
    • Student Records, under Accessing Student Records, the eighth bullet point, and other medical records has been deleted.
  • STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES OR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
    • Students Who Speak a Primary Language Other than English, Dual Language has been capitalized and a comma has been added after Language.

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK SECTION II – INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

  • Changed all references to page numbers to match the page number on which the text now falls
  • ABSENCES/ATTENDANCE:
    • In the first paragraph, changed student’s to students and added to benefit from teacher-led and school activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous day’s, and to grow as an individual at the end of the first sentence. Language was added clarifying that attendance for credit is one of the areas of state law of special interest to students and parents.
    •  Compulsory Attendance:
      • Under Age 19 and Older, A student has been changed to Students and his or her has been changed to their
      • Under Between Ages 6 and 19, the first paragraph has been deleted. The paragraph referencing attendance officers and legal intervention has been deleted.
      • The Prekindergarten and Kindergarten subheading and all text has been deleted.
    • Exemptions to Compulsory Attendance:
      • The section on Military Dependents has been moved from the last paragraph to the first.
    • Failure to Comply with Compulsory School Attendance:
      • A new section concerning the required warning notice has been added.
      • Under All Grade Levels:
        • The first paragraph has been deleted as the information is included in the Warning Notice paragraph.
        • Information concerning partial day and single period unexcused absences has been added.
        • Attendance officers will proceed with legal intervention against the parent and/or student in court if the compulsory attendance law is violated. Exemptions from the law may be found in policy FEA (LEGAL) has been added.
        • The last paragraph has been deleted.
      • Under Age 19 and Older:
        • The following has been added to the first paragraph: The student’s presence on school property thereafter would be unauthorized and may be considered trespassing. [See policy FEA.]
      • The subheader Between Ages 6 and 19 and the accompanying text has been replaced by Age 18 and Younger (including Prekindergarten and Kindergarten) and accompanying text regarding unexcused absences.
        • Added explanation of Texas Education Code section 25.0915.
        • Added language concerning parent penalties for school-aged children not attending school.
      • Under Official Attendance-Taking Time (All Grade Levels):
        • Removed last sentence concerning partial day unexcused absences as the information is provided under Warning Notice.

 

  • CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
    • Career Pathways
      • Updated cluster names to correct state and federal names
  • CLASS RANK/TOP TEN PERCENT/HIGHEST RANKING STUDENT (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
    • Top 10 Percent: College and University Admissions
      • Changed Foundation Graduation High School to Foundation High School per TAC, Chapter 74, Subchapter B
  • COURSE CREDIT (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
    • Added second paragraph concerning ACP requirement
  • CREDIT BY EXAM
    • If a Student Has Taken the Course/Subject (Grades 6–12)
      • Added language concerning CBE for Languages other than English (LOTE).
    • If a Student Has Not Taken the Course/Subject (Grades 6–12)
      • Added requirements for receiving course credit
      • Added promotion/reclassification information
    • Added subheading CEFA (Credit by Examination for Acceleration) (Grades K-5) above paragraphs concerning this topic
      • Deleted 6–12 requirements
  • ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (All Grade Levels)
    • Possession and Use of Personal Telecommunications Devices, Including Cellular Phones
      • Removed language concerning fees to pick up a confiscated cell phone as fees impose an undue burden on economically disadvantaged families
    • Instructional Use of Personal Telecommunications and Other Electronic Devices
      • Removed user from Violations of the user acceptable use agreement
    • Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy
      • Added language to first bullet point to clarify online privacy expectations
      • Added “or remove” to third bullet point to state that students are not allowed to remove software without permission
    • Unacceptable and Inappropriate Use of Technology
      • Removed Students are prohibited from possessing, sending, forwarding, posting, accessing, or displaying anything online as students are educated and expected to create and post appropriate content electronically. 
  • ENGLISH LEARNERS
    • Added and linguistic proficiency to the second paragraph to show that the District tests for both academic and linguistic proficiency
    • Capitalized Dual Language in the fourth paragraph
  • GRADUATION (Secondary Grade Levels Only)
    • Removed subheading Impact of STAAR/EOCs on Graduation Plans for Students Entering Grade Nine in 2011-2012 and accompanying text as the District no longer has students on those plans.
    • Graduation or Certificate of Attendance for Students with Disabilities
      • Changed Foundation Graduation High School to Foundation High School per TAC, Chapter 74, Subchapter B
      • Revised language concerning how a student who receives special education services can earn an endorsement
    • Minimum, Recommended, and Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Graduation Programs for Students Who Entered High School Prior to the 2014-2015 School Year
      • Added required performance on EOC exams for each plan
    • Foundation Graduation High School changed to Foundation High School to match title as described in TAC, Chapter 74, Subchapter B
      • Foundation Graduation High School changed to Foundation High School
      • Added statement that students on this plan are not required to complete Algebra II
      • Added potential consequences of not completing Algebra II
    • Scholarships and Grants
      • Activated hyperlinks
      • Graduation Credit Requirements for Students Who Entered Ninth Grade in 2014-2015 and Later
      • Changed all instances of Later to Thereafter
  • MAKEUP WORK
    • In-school Suspension Makeup Work (All Grade Levels)
      • Changed to In-school and Out-of-School
      • Deleted the paragraph directly following
      • Added new paragraph describing how students are to receive makeup work
  • NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY (All Grade Levels)
    • Contact information updated
  • NONTRADITIONAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (Secondary Grade Levels)
    • Deleted section on J.L. Patton as Patton no longer operates as a school for overage students
  • PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT (All Grade Levels)
    • Deleted current information and replaced it with new verbiage recommended in the TASB Model Student Handbook.
  • SCHOOL HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
    • Updated name of the corresponding department to STEM Science & Wellness Department
  • STANDARDIZED TESTING
    • Secondary Grade Levels
    • Changed Foundation Graduation High School to Foundation High School per TAC, Chapter 74, Subchapter B
  • STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness)
    • Deleted a sentence in the STAAR Alternate 2 paragraph concerning the ARD committee determining whether a successful performance on STAAR is required to graduate 
  • TRANSPORTATION (Grades K–12)
    • Buses and Other School Vehicles:
      • Added Adhere to unacceptable and inappropriate use of electronic device guidelines that can distract driver (page 51 Student Code of Conduct) as the last bullet
    • Conduct of Student Bus Riders
      • Added Bullying of any form as the seventh bullet

 

To support this message, attached is the 2019-2020 Student Handbook as revised.  Also, the 2019-2020 Student Handbook will soon be available for retrieval via the District’s website at https://www.dallasisd.org/Page/127.