FO(LOCAL) - STUDENT DISCIPLINE

Student Code of Conduct

The District's rules of discipline are maintained in the Board-adopted Student Code of Conduct and are established to support an environment conducive to teaching and learning.

Rules of conduct and discipline shall not have the effect of discriminating on the basis of gender, race, color, disability, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.

At the beginning of the school year and throughout the school year as necessary, the Student Code of Conduct shall be:

  1. Posted and prominently displayed at each campus or made available for review in the principal's office, as required by law; and
  2. Made available on the District's website and/or as a hard copy to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others on request.

Revisions

Revisions to the Student Code of Conduct approved by the Board during the year shall be made available promptly to students and parents, teachers, administrators, and others.

Extracurricular Standards of Behavior

With the approval of the principal and director of extracurricular programs, a sponsor, a coach of an extracurricular activity, or another staff member responsible for supervision shall develop and enforce standards of behavior that are higher than the District-developed Student Code of Conduct and may condition membership or participation in the activity on adherence to those standards.

A student who elects to participate in extracurricular or cocurricular activities shall be subject to the expectations of the staff member who is responsible for supervising the activity.

"Parent" Defined

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

General Discipline Guidelines

A District employee shall adhere to the following general guidelines when imposing discipline:

  1. A student shall be disciplined when necessary to improve the student's behavior, to maintain order, or to protect other students, school employees, or property.
  2. A student shall be treated fairly and equitably. Discipline shall be based on an assessment of the circumstances of each case. Factors to consider shall include:
    1. The seriousness of the offense;
    2. The student's age;
    3. The frequency of misconduct;
    4. The student's attitude;
    5. The potential effect of the misconduct on the school environment;
    6. Requirements of Chapter 37 of the Education Code; and
    7. The Student Code of Conduct adopted by the Board.
  3. Before a detention is served, a school staff member shall attempt to contact the student's parent to inform him or her of the reason for the detention and permit arrangements for necessary transportation. The student's parents may be required to provide transportation when the student has been assigned to detention.

Corporal Punishment

The Board prohibits the use of corporal punishment in the District. Students shall not be spanked, paddled, or subjected to other physical force as a means of discipline for violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Physical Restraint

Within the scope of an employee's duties, a District employee may physically restrain a student if the employee reasonably believes restraint is necessary in order to:

  1. Protect a person, including the person using physical restraint, from physical injury.
  2. Obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object.
  3. Remove a student refusing a lawful command of a school employee from a specific location, including a classroom or other school property, in order to restore order or to impose disciplinary measures.
  4. Control an irrational student.
  5. Protect property from serious damage.

A District employee may restrain a student with a disability who receives special education services only in accordance with law. [See FOF(LEGAL)]

Lake Travis ISD

FO(LOCAL)-X

UPDATE 102

DATE ISSUED: 4/27/2015