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Handbook: Behavior

 

Jurisdication of the School

Students at Central High School are known for their maturity, mutual respect, compliance, positive attitude, and friendliness. Central Scots recognize that each student is responsible for his or her own behavior and that generations of CentralHS students have set the standard for the highest level of student conduct of any high school in the nation.

The State of Texas had delegated authority to set behavior expectations and to manage student discipline to the Board of Trustees of the Central Independent School District and its employees. Teachers, substitute teachers, and administrators are vested by state law with complete authority at all times.

In general, the District has authority to supervise students and administer discipline whenever the interest of the school is involved, both on or off school property, in connection with or independent of school-sponsored activities and/or classes. The DistrictÂ’s disciplinary authority applies:

  • during the school day and while the student is going to or coming from school on District transportation;
  • within 300 feet of school district property;
  • while the student is participating in any activity during the school day on school district property or within 300 feet of school property;
  • while the student is in attendance at any school-related event or activity, regardless of time or location;
  • for any school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location;
  • when the student retaliates or threatens retaliation against a school district employee, regardless of time and location;
  • when the student has committed a felony, as defined by the Texas Education Code;
  • when the student is involved in criminal mischief on or off school district property or at a school-related event.

See the Central Student Code of Conduct for a more detailed explanation of the school and districtÂ’s jurisdiction to discipline students.

All behavior problems are handled on an individual basis. Misbehavior, disturbance, or disrespect in a classroom will not be tolerated. Students and parents should see the Code of Conduct for specific information.

 Expectations for Academic Honesty

Students may not

  • use any books, materials, or devices that do not meet teacher approval.
  • communicate verbally or otherwise with other students during an exam.
  • communicate with other students about exams that they have taken previously.
  • sell review sheets for exams.
  • use previous years' exams for review unless the teacher has a file of previous exams that are available to all students.
  • copy another student's homework.
  • steal another student's property in order to prepare for an examination.
  • present or represent someone else's ideas or work as their own.

Students may

  • use the ideas or works of others provided they are appropriately credited as outlined in the Manual of Standard Usage or another acceptable manual.

Students should

  • consult the teacher if there are any questions regarding the honesty or appropriateness of any test preparation method.
  • write the rough draft of a paper several days before the deadline, allowing time to consult with the teacher regarding any documentation problems.

See “Plagiarism/Cheating” for a definition of plagiarism.

In-School Suspension

Administrators assign students to in-school suspension (ISS) for violations of the Code of Conduct. Students assigned to ISS all day must bring their own lunch at the time of arrival in ISS. Full-day ISS is from 8:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students may not participate in extracurricular activities while serving in-school suspension.

Students are not allowed to attend or to participate in extracurricular activities during the time they are assigned to ISS, OSS, or DAEP.

Students may also be assigned to in-school suspension for one or more periods during the day.

Students having open-campus or open-building privileges revoked may be placed in ISS during any open period or during their lunch period.

Peer Mediation

Peer Mediation is a tool students may use to resolve conflicts and disputes. A student mediation program sends an important message to students: "at Central High School, we talk through our differences. We don't have to fight to get justice. Mediation allows us to attack the problem and not the person."

Mediation brings together two or more disputants with an unbiased person to "referee" or oversee the meeting in hopes of reaching an agreement. Mediation is voluntary, and students are not coerced into attending. All mediations are strictly confidential.

The mediation team consists of representatives from the senior, junior, and sophomore classes who have been interviewed and trained. Students serve as mediators until they graduate, are removed for disciplinary reasons, or resign their position for personal reasons.

The freshman class does not have mediator representatives until the spring semester. At that time, all interested freshmen are eligible to apply, and the mediation supervisor, faculty mediation representatives, and the students' mediation team will review applications. Finalists will be interviewed by staff and student mediators to determine the final selection of mediators.

School Dress

The District prohibits students from wearing clothing that portrays pictures, emblems or writings that are lewd, vulgar, or obscene, or that advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs or any other prohibited substance, and prohibits any clothing or grooming that -- in the Campus Disciplinarian's judgment -- may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of, or interference with, normal school operations.

  • In addition, shoulder straps must be a minimum of one inch wide (for example, no spaghetti-type straps or tank tops);
  • underwear will not be exposed (for example, no sagging pants or extremely low-rise pants);
  • see-through, provocative, or excessively tight clothing is not permitted;
  • short shorts or excessively short skirts/dresses are not permitted;
  • and the back, chest and stomach must be covered (for example, no bare midriff);
  • no visible body piercings (other than the ears).-

If a student's grooming violates the District's dress code, the student shall be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If the problem is not corrected, the student shall be assigned to in-school suspension (ISS) for the remainder of the day or until the problem is corrected. Repeated dress code offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action.

Further information on student dress codes may be found in the District Code of Conduct: Appendix D.

Final decisions on the appropriateness of school dress rest with campus administrators.

Student Honor Council

As an academic institution, Central High School believes in the importance of honesty and integrity. Students are encouraged to set high goals and work toward their achievement. Academic goal attainment should only be realized through the practice of high ethical standards. All forms of cheating are strictly prohibited at CentralHS.

Students judged by a teacher to have violated the expectations for academic honesty will be required to appear before the Honor Council. The teacher will refer the student to the designated administrator, who in turn will call a meeting of the Honor Council. Both the teacher and student are required to attend the hearing. Unless approved by the Honor Council, no other persons may appear or be present at the hearing other than the members of the Honor Council, the referring teacher(s), the accused student, and the designated administrator. After hearing testimony, the Honor Council will determine the student's guilt or innocence and the consequences for a guilty student.

Both the student and the teacher have the right of appeal to the Principal if not satisfied with the recommendation of the Honor Council and the decision of the administrator in charge. In the case of an appeal, the decision made by the Principal will be final.

The consequences for academic dishonesty may include 1) a grade of zero for the assignment, quiz, paper, test, etc.; 2) assignment of the student to ISS or DAEP; 3) immediate removal of the student from any maximum, major, or minor office that he or she holds; 4) loss of open campus privileges. Coaches and sponsors may assign additional consequences. Also, repeated offenses may include noting the offense in the student's academic file.

No mention of an infraction will appear on the record of any student found not guilty.

The Honor Council is composed of eight students. Three students from each class are nominated by the members of the Council representing each class. These nominees are then placed on the spring election ballot. Two students will be elected from the freshman class to serve on the Honor Council beginning the following fall semester. One student from the sophomore class and one student from the junior class will also be added to the Council. One male and one female shall be appointed by the Department Chairs from students nominated by the faculty.

See “School Honor Council” for an explanation of the academic and disciplinary consequences of plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty

Central High School is a federal Drug-Free and Weapon-Free School.

The Central Independent School District has zero tolerance for weapons, drugs/alcohol, assaults, and threats against students/employees.

 

 


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