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Recently Amended DH Regulation - April 5, 2024

On April 5, 2024, the Superintendent of Schools’ Designee approved amendment of the following regulation:

 

DH (REGULATION) EMPLOYEE STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

DH (REGULATION) was brought forward by the Administration to align with current practice and protocol.  Below are the details of the changes:

Page 1: Under section Workplace Bullying, in the second paragraph, “shall” has been struck and replaced with “may,” and “as outlined in human resources standard industry practice resources including but not limited to the Texas Documentation Handbook and the Society for Human Resource Management” has been struck.

Page 1: Under section Employee’s Duty to Report Alleged Misconduct, in the second numbered item “/Ombudsman Program” has been struck, and in the third bulleted item “Employment” has been struck, and “Manager” has been struck and replaced with “Representative.” In the second paragraph, “and the Title IX office” has been inserted after “Services.” In the third paragraph, “the repository for closed investigative reports and” has been struck and replaced with “responsible.”

Pages 2-4: In the section title, “appropriate attire” has been struck and replaced with “Dress Code Standards.” Language that addresses protected rights and ADA accommodations has been added as the first paragraph. Paragraphs three through nine including the bulleted items have been struck and replaced with revised dress code language.

Page 4: A new section Uniforms and associated language has been added.

Page 4: A new section Dress Code Standards Exceptions has been added.

Page 4: Under section Grooming and Hygiene, in the second paragraph, “male” has been struck and lowercase “e” in the word “employee” has been struck and replaced with a capital “E.” In the third paragraph, “will not be allowed to” has been struck and replaced with “should not,” “any” has been struck and replaced with “body,” “either” has been struck and replaced with “offensive,” and “distracting” has been struck.

Page 4: The section “Exception” and associated language has been struck.

Page 6: Under section Cellular Phones, a third numbered item has been added with language regarding the use of employee personal electronic devices.

Page 6: A new section “Transporting Students” and associated language has been added.

Page 7: Under section Employees Caring for Children at Work, “In extenuating circumstances,” has been added, capital “A” has been struck and replaced with a lowercase “a,” “occasionally” has been struck, “for a specified duration” has been inserted before “as,” and “babysitting” has been struck and replaced with “to care for a sick child.” Paragraphs two through five have been struck.

Pages 7-8: A new section, Animal in the Classroom and associated language has been added.

Page 8: Under section Tobacco and E-Cigarette Use, a comma has been inserted after “chemicals.”

Pages 8-9: Under section Legal Review Committee (LRC), in the second paragraph “Police and Security” has been struck, “Chief of Staff” has been inserted before “School Leadership,” “Legal Services” has been struck, and “the District Police Department” has been inserted at the end of the sentence. Language about the Professional Standards Office and Legal Services serving as advisors has been inserted as a second sentence. In the bulleted list, under item number six, “the” has been struck and replaced with “Employee Relations will notify the,” “is notified” has been struck and replaced with “and employee,” and the last sentence regarding Employee Relations issuing an official letter to the employee has been struck.

Page 9: Under section Adoption or Last Amendment Date, the date has been struck, and the new effective date of April 5, 2024 has been inserted.

The above item has been sent to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) for inclusion to the District’s Board Policy Manual.  Documents generally will post within a few weeks of adoption.