2018-2019 Student Code of Conduct | Código de Conducta Estudiantil de 2018-2019

2018-2019 Student Code of Conduct (Print Version - PDF)

Código de Conducta Estudiantil de 2018-2019 (Print Version - PDF)

The Grand Prairie Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.1 The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Title IX:
Dana Jackson
Executive Director of Counseling Services
2602 S. Belt Line Rd.
Grand Prairie TX 75052
972-264-6141

Section 504/ADA:
Michelle Brinkman
Director of Special Services
2602 S. Belt Line Rd. 
Grand Prairie TX 75052
972-264-6141

All other nondiscrimination laws:
Dr. Susan Hull
Superintendent
2602 S. Belt Line Rd. 
Grand Prairie TX 75052
972-264-6141

 

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 Grand Prairie ISD 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 improve the conduct 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. The discipline of students with disabilities is subject to applicable State and Federal law in addition to the student Code of Conduct. To the extent any conflict exists, State and/or Federal law shall prevail.

In accordance with the Education Code, a student who received special education services may not be disciplined for conduct meeting the definition of bulling, cyberbullying, harassment, or making hit lists until an ARD committee meeting has been held to review the conduct.

Campus Behavior Coordinator
As required by law, a person at each campus must be designated to serve as the campus behavior coordinator. The designated person may be the principal of the campus or any other campus administrator selected by the principal. The campus behavior coordinator is primarily responsible for maintaining student discipline. The District maintains a current list of the persons serving as a campus behavior coordinator on the District’s website at www.gpisd.org.

STANDARDS FOR STUDENT CONDUCT

Expected Behaviors:

  • Demonstrate courtesy, even when others do not.
  • Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline.
  • Attend all classes, regularly and on time.
  • Prepare for each class; take appropriate materials and assignments to class.
  • Meet District and campus standards of grooming and dress
  • Obey all campus and classroom rules.
  • Respect the rights and privileges of other students, and of teachers, and other District staff and volunteers.
  • Respect the property of others, including District property and facilities.
  • Cooperate with or assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.
  • Keep parents informed regarding school assemblies, needed supplies, and written information sent home from the school.
  • Exhibit principles of Character Counts: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Respect, Caring, Fairness, and Citizenship.
  • Students are provided with a Student I.D. free of charge. Students are required to wear their I.D. card. Failure to cooperate will result in disciplinary action. Replacement I.D.’s are available at a cost of $4.00 which includes a lanyard. I.D. cards are required for participation in school events and for library use, lunch, etc.
  • Adhere to the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct.

 Jurisdiction:
The District has disciplinary authority over a student:

  • During the regular school day and while the student is going to and from school on District transportation, including bus stops, or a school sponsored or school related activity on District transportation.
  • While the student is participating in any activity during the school day on school grounds.
  • While the student is in attendance at any school related activity, regardless of time or location.
  • For any school related misconduct, regardless of time or location.
  • When retaliation or a threat against a school employee, Board member, or volunteer occurs, regardless of time or location.
  • When the student commits a felony on or off school property, as provided by Texas Education Code 37.006 or 37.0081.
  • When criminal mischief is committed on or off school property or at a school related event (refer to definition section).
  • For certain offenses within 300 feet of school property as measured from any point on the school’s real property boundary line.
  • For students involved in extracurricular activities, any criminal activity or unbecoming conduct regardless of time or location.
  • When the student is required to register as a sex offender.
  • For certain criminal offenses, on or within 1,000 feet of property owned or leased by the District.
  • For certain offenses committed while on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity while at another District in Texas.
  • When a student engages in cyberbullying, as provided by Education Code 37.0832.

The District has the right to search a vehicle driven to school by a student and parked on school property and search a student’s locker or desk whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that it contains articles or materials prohibited by the District.

The principal or campus behavior coordinator and other school administrators will report crimes as required by law and shall call law enforcement when an administrator suspects that a crime has been committed on campus. The District has the right to revoke the transfer of a transfer student for violating the District’s Student Code of Conduct.

Throughout the Student Code of Conduct and related discipline policies, the term “parent” includes a parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control of the child.

The District may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to those found in the Student Code of Conduct. These rules may be posted in classrooms or given to the student and may or may not constitute violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

DISCIPLINE MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
The following discipline management techniques may be used alone or in combination for conduct violations: 

  • Oral or written correction.
  • Cooling-off time or “time-out.”
  • Seating changes in the classroom.
  • Counseling by teachers, counselors, or administrative personnel.
  • Parent-teacher conferences.
  • Temporary confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process. (Laser pointers will not be returned.)
  • Behavior coaching.
  • Anger management/work with Counselors.
  • Family group conferencing.
  • Rewards or demerits.
  • Behavioral contracts.
  • Sending the student to the office or other assigned area or to in-school suspension. (Parents must be notified of code of conduct violation.)
  • Detention. (Parents of elementary students should be notified by telephone, and an attempt should be made to notify parents of secondary students; however, it will be the student’s responsibility to give a copy of the discipline referral to the parents as official notification.)
  • Assigned school duties other than class tasks.
  • Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities and eligibility for seeking and holding honorary offices, or membership in school-sponsored clubs and organizations.
  • Techniques or penalties identified in individual student organizations’ constitutions.
  • Withdrawing or restricting bus privileges.
  • School-assessed and school-administered probation.
  • Vehicle parking privileges revoked.
  • Vehicle can be towed.
  • Corporal punishment - per Dr. Alexander, do not administer corporal punishment.
  • Referral to outside agency and/or legal authority of for criminal prosecution in addition to disciplinary measures imposed by the District.
  • Other strategies and consequences as determined by school officials.
  • Peer mediation.
  • Saturday or Evening School.
  • Formal removal by the teacher will result if the student’s behavior has been documented by the teacher as repeatedly interfering with the teacher’s ability to teach his or her class or the behavior is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that the teacher cannot teach.
  • In-school suspension (ISS) - students will not be allowed to attend or participate in extracurricular activities.) ISS is not appealable to Level 2.
  • Out-of-school suspension (OSS) – not to exceed 3 days (State law) for any one offense and not more than 18 days during a school year for any student. The student is counted absent. Any disciplinary action that removes a special education student more than ten cumulative days in a school year required an ARD. The discipline of students with disabilities is subject to applicable State and Federal law in addition to the Student Code of Conduct. To the extent any conflict exists, State and/or Federal law shall prevail. Documentation must be maintained on attempts to contact parent. Students will not be allowed to attend or participate in extracurricular activities. (Note: OSS cannot be used for truancy). Students may be suspended for any behavior listed in the Student Code of Conduct as a general conduct violation, DAEP offense, or expellable offense. OSS is not appealable to Level 2.
  • Before being suspended a student shall have an informal conference with the campus behavior coordinator or appropriate administrator, who shall advise the student of the conduct of which he or she is accused. The student shall be given the opportunity to explain his or her version of the incident before the administrator’s decision is made. The number of days of a student’s suspension shall be determined by the campus behavior coordinator, but shall not exceed three school days.
  • Electronic recording of a fight on school grounds,
  • The District shall not use out-of-school suspension for student in grade 2 or below unless the conduct meets the requirements established in law.
  • A student in grade 2 or below shall not be placed in out-of-school suspension unless, while on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property, the student engages in:
    • Conduct that contains the elements of a weapons offense, as provided in Penal Code Section 46,02 or 46.05.
    • Conduct that contains the elements of assault, sexual assault, aggravated assault, or aggravated sexual assault, as provided by the Penal Code.
    • Selling, giving, or delivering to another person or possessing, using or being under the influence of any amount of marijuana, an alcoholic beverage, or a controlled substance or dangerous drug as defined by federal or state law.
  • The District shall use a positive behavior program as a disciplinary alternative for students in grade 2 or below who commit general conduct violations instead of suspension or placement in DAEP. The program shall meet the requirements of law.
  • In deciding whether to order out-of-school suspension, the campus behavior coordinator shall take into consideration: self- defense, intent or lack of intent at the time the student engaged in the conduct, and the student’s disciplinary history, or a disability that substantially impairs the student’s capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of the student’s conduct.
  • Restitution (see Definitions section).
  • Place in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP), as specified in other section of the Student code of Conduct.
    • Students assigned to the DAEP will not be allowed to attend or participate in school sponsored or school related extracurricular and co-curricular activities. (District does not permit). 30 Days DAEP – Secondary, 10 days DAEP- Elementary for violation of this rule.
    • Seniors assigned to DAEP at the end of the school year may not be allowed to participate in senior activities or the graduation ceremony.
    • Students placed in the DAEP will be provided transportation. This privilege may be revoked as a result of unacceptable behavior on the bus or at the bus stop.
    • Expulsion, as specified in the Expulsion section of this code.
    • Placement and/or expulsion in an alternative educational setting, as specified in the Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Offenses section of this code.
    • Students entering Grand Prairie ISD will be subject disciplinary consequences assigned from the previous school District, including a private or charter school. Student placement will be reviewed and may be subject to additional days of placement based upon a determination by the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Safety. Any violation(s) from the previous school District will be subject to consequences according to the GPISD’s Student Code of Conduct.
    • Students entering Grand Prairie ISD prior to discipline consequences being assigned by a previous school District, will be subject to discipline according to GPISD’s Student Code of Conduct.
    • The District has the right to limit a student’s participation in graduation activities for violating the Student Code of Conduct. Participation might include a speaking role, as established by District policy and procedures. Students eligible to give the opening and closing remarks at graduation shall be notified by the campus principal. Notwithstanding any other eligibility requirements, in order to be considered as an eligible student to give the opening or closing remarks, a student shall not have engaged in any misconduct in violation of the District’s Student Code of Conduct resulting in an out-of-school suspension, removal to a DAEP, or expulsion during the semester immediately preceding graduation.
    • The valedictorian and salutatorian may also have speaking roles at graduation. No student shall be eligible to have such a speaking role if he or she engaged in any misconduct in violation of the District’s Student Code of Conduct resulting in an out-of-school suspension, removal to a DAEP, or expulsion during the semester immediately preceding graduation.

Unauthorized Persons
In accordance with Education Code 37.105, a school administrator, school resource officer (SRO), or District police officer shall have the authority to refuse entry or eject a person from District property if the person refuses to leave peaceably on request and:

  1. The person poses a substantial risk of harm to any person, or
  2. The person behaves in a manner that is inappropriate for a school setting, and the person persists in the behavior after being given a verbal warning that the behavior is inappropriate and may result in refusal of entry or ejection.

Appeals regarding refusal of entry or ejection from District property may be filed in accordance with FNG(LOCAL) OR GF(L0CAL), as appropriate.

Additional Misconduct
If during the term of placement in a DAEP the student engages in additional misconduct for which placement in a DAEP or expulsion is required or permitted, additional proceedings may be conducted, and the campus behavior coordinator may enter an additional disciplinary order as a result of those proceedings.

Length of Placement

  • The duration of a student’s placement in a DAEP shall be determined by the Campus Behavior Coordinator with any modification from the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Safety.
  • DAEP placement shall be correlated to the seriousness of the offense, the student’s age and grade level, the frequency of misconduct, the student’s attitude, and statutory requirements.
  • The District shall administer the required pre- and post-assessments for students assigned to DAEP for a period of 90 days or longer in accordance with established District administrative procedures for administering other diagnostic or benchmark assessments. Unless otherwise specified in the placement order, days absent from a DAEP shall not count toward fulfilling the total number of days required in a student’s DAEP placement order.
  • The maximum period of DAEP placement shall be one calendar year except as provided below.
    • When a review by the District determines that the student is a threat to the safety of other student or to District employees.
    • The statutory limitations on the length of a DAEP placement do not apply to a placement resulting from the Superintendent designee’s decision to place a student who engaged in the sexual assault of another student so that the students are not assigned to the same campus.
    • A student placed in a DAEP will be provided a review of the student’s status by the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Safety or the campus behavior coordinator at intervals not to exceed 120 days. At the review, the student or the student’s parent or guardian must be given the opportunity to present arguments for the student’s return to the regular classroom or campus. The student may not be returned to the classroom of the teacher who removed the student without the teacher’s consent. In the case of a high school student, the student’s progress toward graduation and the student’s graduation plan shall also be reviewed. At the review, the student or the student’s parent shall be given the opportunity to present arguments for the student’s return to the regular classroom or campus.
  • For placement in a DAEP to extend beyond the end of the school year, the campus behavior coordinator or the School Board’s designee must determine that:
    • The student is a threat to the safety of other students or District employees.
    • The student has engaged in serious or persistent misbehavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Students who commit offenses requiring placement in a DAEP at the end of one school year may be required to continue that placement at the start of the next school year to complete the assigned term of placement.

Notice of Criminal Proceedings

  • When a student is placed in DAEP for certain offenses, the office of the prosecuting attorney shall notify the school district if:
    • Prosecution of a student’s case was refused for lack of prosecutorial merit or insufficient evidence and no formal proceedings, deferred adjudication, or deferred prosecution will be initiated, or
    • The court or jury found a student not guilty, or made a finding tha the student did not engage in delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for supervision, and the case was dismissed with prejudice.

If a student was placed in a DAEP for such conduct, on receiving the notice from the prosecutor, the superintendent’s designee shall review the student’s placement and schedule a review with the student’s parent no later than the third day after the designee received notice from the prosecutor. The student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the review.

After reviewing the notice and receiving information from the student’s parent, the designee may continue the student’s placement if there is reason to believe that the presence of the student in the regular classroom threatens the safety of other students or teachers.

The student or the student’s parent may appeal the decision to the Board. The student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the appeal. In the case of an appeal, the Board shall, at the next scheduled meeting, review the notice from the prosecutor and receive information from the student, the students’ parent, and the designee, and confirm or reverse the decision of the designee. The Board shall make a record of the proceedings.

If the Board confirms the decision of the designee, the student and the student’s parent may appeal to the Commissioner of Education. The student may not be returned to the regular classroom pending the appeal.

Withdrawal During Process

  • When a student violates the District’s Student Code of Conduct in a way that requires or permits the student to be placed in a DAEP and the student withdraws from the District before a placement order is completed, the District may complete the proceedings and issue a placement order. If the student then re-enrolls in the District during the same or a subsequent school year, the District may enforce the order at that time, less any period of the placement that has been served by the student during enrollment in another District. If the appropriate administrator or the School Board fails to issue a placement order after the student withdraws, the next District in which the student enrolls may complete the proceedings and issue a placement order.
  • Expulsion, as specified in the expulsion section of this Student Code of Conduct.
  • Placement and/or expulsion in an alternative educational setting, as specified in the Placement and/or Expulsion for Certain Offenses section of the Code.
  • Referral to an outside agency or legal authority for criminal prosecution in addition to disciplinary measures imposed by the District.

A student who violates campus or classroom rules that are not Student Code of Conduct violations may be disciplined by one or more discipline management techniques. For these violations, the teacher is not required to make a Student Code of Conduct violation report, and the principal is not required to notify parents.

Exceeds 60 Days
For placement in a DAEP to extend beyond 60 days or the end of the next grading period, whichever is sooner, a student’s parent shall be given notice and the opportunity to participate in a proceeding before the Board’s designee.

Removal from the School Bus:
A bus driver may refer a student to the principal’s office or the campus behavior coordinator’s office to maintain effective discipline on the bus. The principal or campus behavior coordinator must employ additional discipline management techniques, as appropriate, which can include restricting or revoking a student’s bus riding privileges.

Since the District’s primary responsibility in transporting students in District vehicles is to do so as safely as possible, the operator of the vehicle must focus on driving and not have his or her attention distracted by student misbehavior. Therefore, when appropriate disciplinary management techniques fail to improve student behavior or when specific misconduct warrants immediate removal, the principal or the campus behavior coordinator may restrict or revoke a student’s transportation privileges, in accordance with law.

Routine Referral:
Routine referral occurs when a teacher sends a student to the campus behavior coordinator’s office or other administrator’s office as a discipline management technique. The campus behavior coordinator or other administrator shall employ alternative discipline management techniques, including progressive interventions. A teacher or administrator may remove a student from class for a behavior that violates this Code to maintain effective discipline in the classroom.

Formal Removal:
A teacher may initiate a formal removal from class if:

  1. The student’s behavior has been documented by the teacher as repeatedly interfering with the teacher’s abilities to teach his or her class or
  2. The student’s behavior is so unruly, disruptive or abusive that the teacher cannot teach and the students in the room cannot learn.

Determining Consequences & Appeal Procedures:
A student whose behavior shows disrespect for others, including interference with their access to a public education and a safe environment, will be subject to disciplinary action.

School rules and the authority of the District to administer discipline apply whenever the interest of the school is involved on or off school grounds in conjunction with or independent of classes and school sponsored activities.

The School Board delegates to the principal the authority to remove a student from the regular education setting. Any removal of a student by a teacher requires that a Student Code of Conduct violation report be made by the teacher if the student’s conduct is a violation of this Code. The campus behavior coordinator or appropriate administrator must send a copy of the report to the student’s parent or guardian.

Removal from the Regular Educational Environment:
In addition to other discipline management techniques, misconduct may result in removal from the regular educational setting in the form of a routine referral or a formal removal.

Within 3 days of the formal removal, the campus behavior coordinator or other appropriate administrator shall schedule a conference with the student’s parent or guardian, the teacher removing the student from class, if any, and the student. At the conference, the campus coordinator or appropriate administrator shall inform the student of the misconduct for which he or she is charged and the consequences. The student shall have an opportunity to give his or her version of the incident. Following the conference, the principal or designee may impose the appropriate discipline, including removal consistent with this Student Code of Conduct.

Following valid attempts to require attendance, the District may hold the conference and make a placement decision regardless of whether the student or the student’s parents attend the conference.

When a student is removed from the regular classroom by a teacher and a conference is pending, the campus behavior coordinator or other administrator may place the student in another appropriate classroom, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, or DAEP.

A teacher or administrator must remove a student from class if the student engages in behavior that under the Education Code requires or permits the student to be placed in a DAEP or expelled. When removing for those reasons, the procedures in the subsequent sections on DAEP or expulsion shall be followed.

Returning a Student to the Classroom
When a student has been formally removed from a class by a teacher for conduct against the teacher containing the elements of assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, murder, capital murder, or criminal attempt to commit murder or capital murder, the student may not be returned to the teacher’s class without the teacher’s consent.

When a student has been formally removed by a teacher for any other conduct, the student may be returned to the teacher’s class without the teacher’s consent if the placement review committee determines that the teacher’s class is the best or only alternative available.

Appeal Process:
Questions from parents regarding disciplinary measures should be addressed to the teacher, campus administration, or campus behavior coordinator, as appropriate. Appeals or complaints regarding the use of specific discipline management techniques should be addressed in accordance with policy FNG(LOCAL). A copy of the policy may be obtained from the principal’s office, the campus behavior coordinator’s office, the central administration office, or on the District’s website: www.gpisd.org.

Consequences shall not be deferred pending the outcome of a grievance.

Level One:
A parent/guardian may request an appeal conference of the assistant principal’s decision. This request should be made to the campus behavior coordinator or principal with three days of receipt of the assistant principal’s decision. Within five days from receiving the request for review, an appeal conference will be scheduled. At the appeal conference, the assistant principal will present information regarding the placement, and the student and/or parent may present relevant information. Within three days of the appeal conference, a decision will be made and communicated to the parent whether it be to uphold the removal, reinstate the student in school or other disciplinary action.

Level Two:
A parent or guardian desiring to appeal an DAEP placement to the next level, must contact the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Safety for secondary students, or the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Student Support for elementary students within 3 days of the placement and request an appeal hearing. The Superintendent or designee, both of whom are designated by the School Board, shall then hold a hearing for the student who is being recommended for placement in DAEP/JJAEP. When possible this hearing shall be held within three days of the Level One decision. The following procedures shall be followed:

  1. Advise the student of the conduct or offense with which he/she is charged.
  2. Permit the student the opportunity to explain his/her version of the incident.
  3. Permit the student to have adult or legal representation. The District may be represented by an employee or legal counsel.
  4. Written statements from witnesses or parties may be introduced.
  5. No formal rules of evidence will be observed. Each party in turn, beginning with the District, shall be permitted to develop or defend the charge, present evidence, and request appropriate action of the central hearing officer.
  6. The central hearing officer shall be and remain impartial and assist the parties in developing all the facts and evidence in order to present a full account of the incident. The central hearing officer shall render a decision based upon a consideration of the preponderance of the credible evidence offered. If appropriate, not later than the second business day after the conference, the School Board’s designee will deliver to the juvenile court a copy of the order placing a student in a DAEP and information required by Section 52.04 of the Family Code.

The Level Two decision may be appealed to the School Board. Notice of the appeal must be filed with the appropriate Deputy Superintendent within 3 business days.

Disciplinary consequences shall not be deferred pending the outcome of an appeal. The decision to place a student in a DAEP cannot be appealed beyond the Board.

Other questions or complaints regarding disciplinary measures (not placement appeals) should be addressed to the teacher or campus administration, as appropriate and in accordance with School Board Policy FNG(Local).

GENERAL MISCONDUCT VIOLATIONS
General misconduct violations will not necessarily result in the formal removal of the student from class or another placement but may result in a routine referral, formal removal, or the use of any other discipline management technique. The categories of conduct below are prohibited at school, in vehicles owned or operated by the District, and at all school-related activities, but the list does not include the most severe offenses.

Behaviors:
Students are prohibited from:

  • Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or property damage.
  • Leaving school grounds or school sponsored events without permission.
  • Leaving school grounds before getting on the bus after school to go home, or after getting off the bus before going to school.
  • Directing profanity, vulgar language, unacceptable language, or obscene gestures toward other students or adults.
  • Fighting or scuffle.
  • Stealing from students, staff, or the school – over $50 value - 30 days DAEP, if felony – 60 days DAEP, plus restitution, Elementary – 10 days DAEP, 30 days if felony.
  • Damaging or vandalizing school property including technology and electronic resources, or property owned by others - 30 days DAEP. (Damage to property in excess of $1,500 is felony criminal mischief which may result in expulsion plus restitution.) Elementary 10 days DAEP, 30 days if felony.
  • Disobeying school rules about conduct on District vehicles.
  • Failing to comply with directives given by school personnel
  • Bullying, cyberbullying, name-calling, uttering ethnic or racial slurs, or derogatory statements, intimidating, hazing (to harass, humiliate, or play pranks, often with some physical abuse as part of initiation), that school officials have reason to believe will substantially disrupt the school program or incite violence - 45 days DAEP. A student enrolled in special education programs cannot be disciplined for bullying, harassment, or making hit lists until an ARD committee meets to review the student’s conduct. Elementary – 10 days DAEP.
  • Engaging in any misbehavior that gives school officials reasonable cause to believe that such conduct will substantially disrupt the school program or incite violence – 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Engaging in conduct that constitutes sexual or gender-based harassment or sexual abuse whether the conduct is by word, gesture, or any other sexual conduct, directed toward another person, including a District student, employee, Board member or volunteer - 60 days DAEP, Elementary – 30 days DAEP.
  • Engaging in inappropriate verbal, physical, or sexual conduct directed toward another person, including a District student, employee, or volunteer – 60 days DAEP, Elementary 30 days DAEP.
  • Possessing or using matches or a lighter.
  • Possessing look-alike substance as drugs - 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Abusing the student’s own prescription drug, give a prescription drug to another student, or possess or be under the influence of another person’s prescription drug on school property or at a school-related event – 60 days DAEP, Elementary 30 days DAEP.
  • Abusing over-the-counter drugs or being under the influence of over-the-counter drugs that cause impairment of the physical or mental faculties – 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Selling look-alike drugs or items attempted to be passed off as drugs and contraband - 30 days DAEP, Elementary – 10 days DAEP.
  • Activating, having visible, or using electronic devices, including cell phones, during school hours. Electronic devices, including cell phones, are not to be used inside the school building or during an extended instructional school day or program. Such devices shall not be visible and shall remain off or silenced any time that academic instructional activities are taking place. All visible electronic devices, including cell phones, will be confiscated. If confiscated more than once, the item will be returned to the parent/guardian at a fee of $15.00 for each offense or will be kept until the last day of the school year. If a student refuses to give the electronic device, including cell phones, to administrator or teacher, it will not be returned to the student or parent until the last day of the school year, and the student will receive discipline consequences. Use of any other electronic device, including cell phones, used during the instructional day or motivational activity must have approval from an administrator or teacher unless the user agreement is completed and the use is for instructional or motivational purposes – see student handbook.
  • Behaving in any way that disrupts the school environment or educational process.
  • Violating safety rules.
  • Violating dress and grooming standards as communicated in the Student Handbook.
  • Repeatedly violating other communicated campus or classroom standards of behavior.
  • Misbehaving at school sponsored activities.
  • Discharging a fire extinguisher.
  • Possessing ammunition.
  • Possession a stun gun.
  • Committing extortion, coercion, or blackmail.
  • Being insubordinate.
  • Possess, use, give, or sell alcohol or an illegal drug - 60 days DAEP for possession, expulsion for selling, Elementary 30 days DAEP.
  • Inappropriately or indecently exposing a student’s private body parts – 60 days DAEP, Elementary 30 days DAEP.
  • Excessive tardies - DAEP not an option.
  • Truancy - DAEP not an option.
  • Loitering in unauthorized areas.
  • Possessing a device that creates noxious odors.
  • Falsifying a document.
  • Misusing a permanent marker or white out.
  • Possessing a box cutter or razor blade or any other object that can be used in a way that threatens or inflicts bodily injury to another person.
  • Possessing a firework, smoke or stink bomb, or another other pyrotechnic device.
  • Gambling.
  • Copying, removing, altering, damaging, or destroying any computer, network, or associated technology.
  • Possession of stolen property.
  • Posting or distributing material without prior approval.
  • Engaging in any gang related activity (flashing gang signs/gang graffiti).
  • Engaging in any act that, in the judgment of the Superintendent or her designee, is not in keeping with the mission of the school District.
  • Parking on campus without a parking permit (high school).
  • Possessing a laser pointer, or utilizing an application for laser pointers on an electronic device including but not limited to cell phones.
  • Calling 911 without probable cause-false alarm-60 days DAEP, Elementary 10–30 days DAEP.
  • Possessing mace or pepper spray.
  • Possessing anything that promotes violence or illegal behavior, or that could threaten school safety – 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10-20 days.
  • Commit or assist in a robbery or theft, even if it does not constitute a felony according to the Texas Penal Code – 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Engaging in academic dishonesty - OSS or DAEP not an option.
  • Possessing a look-alike weapon, air gun, BB gun, etc.
  • Threatening behavior with a look-alike weapon that is intended to be used as a weapon or could reasonably be perceived as a weapon, air gun, BB gun, etc. - 30 days DAEP.
  • Giving or misusing over-the-counter medication.
  • Deface or damage school property – including textbooks, technology and electronic resources, lockers, furniture, and other equipment – with graffiti or by other means. – 30 to 60 days DAEP based on damage, plus restitution, Elementary 10 to 30 days DAEP based on damage, plus restitution.
  • Being on campus after early release or before late arrival.
  • Using the internet or other electronic communications to threaten District students, employees, Board members, or volunteers, including off school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment or infringes on the rights of another student at school – 60 days DAEP, Elementary 30 days DAEP.
  • Sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation or illegal, including cyberbullying and sexting, either on or off school property, if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment.
  • Making hit lists – 60 days DAEP or as long as danger exists. Elementary 30 days DAEP.
  • Release or threaten to release intimate visual material of a minor or a student who is 18 years of age or older without the student’s consent – 30-60 days DAEP, Elementary 10-30 days DAEP.
  • Use the Internet or other electronic communication to engage in or encourage illegal behavior or threaten school safety, including on or off school property in the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment or infringes on the rights of another a student at school – 60 days DAEP, Elementary 30 days.
  • Possessing, using, giving, or selling drug paraphernalia related to any prohibited substance – 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days.
  • Possessing or selling seeds or pieces of marijuana in less than a usable amount – 45 days DAEP, Elementary 20 days DAEP.
  • Possessing or using tobacco products (all GPISD campuses are tobacco free).
  • Possessing, smoking or using tobacco products in any form including nicotine based electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, and any component, part, or accessory for an e-cigarette device on school property or school related/sponsored activities.
  • Energy drinks are banned.
  • Alcohol.
  • Students are not allowed to bring beverage containers of any kind into the school building during the school day. Beverage containers and energy drinks must be disposed of in trash, except unopened beverage containers in lunch boxes or lunch bags that will be consumed only during lunchtime.
  • Loitering on school campus after school has been dismissed for the day. Students not involved in after school activities or extracurricular activities must leave the campus within 30 minutes after dismissal.
  • Congregating to watch a fight on campus is subject to disciplinary consequences.
  • Engaging in conduct that constitutes dating violence, including the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person with whom the student has or has had a dating relationship – 30 to 60 days DAEP.
  • Recording the voice or image of another without the prior consent of the individuals being recorded or in any way that disrupts the educational environment or invades the privacy of others.
  • Attempting to access or circumvent passwords or other security-related information of the District, students, or employees or upload or create computer viruses, including off school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment - 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Attempting to alter, destroy, or disable District computer equipment, District data, the data of others or other networks connected to the District’s system, including off school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment - 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Possess published or electronic material that is designed to promote or encourage illegal behavior or that could threaten school safety – 30 to 60 days DAEP, Elementary 10 to 30 days DAEP.
  • Engage in verbal (oral or written) exchanges that threaten the safety of another student, a school employee, or school property – 30 to 60 days DAEP, Elementary 10 to 30 days DAEP.
  • Falsify records, passes, or other school-related documents.
  • Pornographic material – 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Inappropriate touching of a student.
  • Send, post, deliver or possess electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal (also sexting), including off school property if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment - 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Sagging pants that expose any under garment (removal from extra-curricular activities and may be assigned ISS).
  • Behaviors off campus, such as but not limited to, street fighting that has the effect of substantially disrupting the school environment – 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Slap boxing / sparring.
  • A location restricted knife.
  • A hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown.
  • A fire arm - Expulsion.
  • A pocket knife or another small knife.
  • Repeatedly violate other communicated campus or classroom standards of conduct.
  • The District may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to those found in the Code. These rules may be posted in classrooms or given to the student and may or may not constitute violations of the Code.
  • Engaging in any misbehavior that gives school officials reasonable cause to believe that such conduct will substantially disrupt the school program or incite violence – 30 days DAEP, Elementary 10 days DAEP.
  • Being out of their seats during athletic competition. Failure to comply, student will subject to disciplinary action.
  • Violate policies, rules or agreements signed by the student or the student’s parent regarding the use of technology resources.
  • Aggravated robbery.
  • Retaliation against a student.
  • Threatening a District student, employee, or volunteer, including off school property, if the conduct causes a substantial disruption to the educational environment – 60 days DAEP, Elementary 30 days DAEP.
  • All forms of E-cigarettes are prohibited.
  • Driving Recklessly
  • Driving in a way that puts someone else in harm’s way or results in bodily injury – 30 to 60 days DAEP.
  • Have or take prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs at school other than as provided by District policy.
  • Electronic posting on social media of a fight occurring on school property.

REMOVAL FROM THE REGULAR EDUCATIONAL SETTING
For the purpose of DAEP, elementary classification shall be kindergarten through 5th grade, and secondary classification shall be 6th grade through 12th grade.