Del Valle High School

Student/Parent Handbook

2016 - 2017

Dear Students,

This handbook will help guide you at Del Valle High School. We want you to be involved, be academically successful and have fun. In order to preserve the optimum learning environment for you, some simple rules and regulations are necessary. We plan to provide you with the greatest freedom and as few rules as possible. Should that freedom be abused, the result will be the loss of privileges. You can keep our rules to a minimum by exhibiting maturity, responsibility, and self-discipline. This requires your commitment and cooperation. Our school will only be as good and as strong as you make it.

Please call on us when we can assist you!

DVHS Administration



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6-17 Class Schedule

Period

Class

Room

Teacher

First Period

 

 

 

Second Period

 

 

 

CT Time

Third Period

 

 

 

Fourth Period/Lunch

 

 

 

Lunch/Fourth Period

 

 

 

Fifth Period

 

 

 

Sixth Period

 

 

 

Seventh Period

 

 

 

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Address: Del Valle High School

     5201 Ross Road

Del Valle, TX  78617

Phone:  (512) 386-3200

Fax:      (512) 386-3205

http://delvalle.tx.schoolwebpages.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=1904

Purpose and Legal Notices

        The purpose of this Student Handbook is to give Del Valle High School students and their parents an understanding of the general rules and guidelines for attending and receiving an education in our school.  When the Handbook uses “we” or “our,” it means the school district and/or school administrators. When the Handbook uses “you” or “your,” it means the parent, legal guardian, or person who has accepted responsibility for a student, at least in regard to school matters. From time to time, the Handbook will use more general terms, such as “parents” and “school officials.” Regardless of the particular terminology, our intention is to speak directly to you as the adults who are responsible for working with us, the school officials, to make your children’s experience with the Del Valle High School a positive educational experience.
        The Student Handbook has been developed by school district administrators with assistance of teachers, students, and parents.  The content is reviewed by the Board of Trustees and is intended to be consistent with formally adopted school board policies.  If there is an apparent contradiction between information in the Handbook and a formally adopted board policy, the school administration will interpret the Handbook in a way that is consistent with policy and may request guidance from the Board of Trustees.
        
The Student Handbook is not a contract between the school and parents or students.  It can be amended at any time at the discretion of the school district.  If the district makes changes to the Handbook during a school year, the administration of the district and the campus will communicate those changes in ways that are designed to inform parents and students of the new or revised information.  

Required Legal Notices

Nondiscrimination: Del Valle High School does not discriminate in its educational programs and services on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, or disability.  The District complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Any questions or concerns about the district’s compliance with these federal programs should be brought to the attention of the person shown below as Title IX or Section 504 Coordinator.  The Title IX Coordinator for the school district is Alfredo Ramirez, whose office is located at The Del Valle ISD Administration Building and who can be reached by telephone by calling 386-3000.   The Section 504 Coordinator for the school district is Deirdre Williams, Special Education Director at 386-3080 whose office is located at the Del Valle ISD Administration Building.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: The school district creates and keeps general education records for all students enrolled in district schools.  Those records are confidential and generally are available only to parents and school personnel or people who are acting on behalf of the school district.  When we say “parents” have a right of access to and copies of all education records pertaining to their children, we mean all biological or legal parents—whether married, divorced, or separated—and any other person who is acting as a parent in the absence of the child’s parent or legal guardian.

Parents control the access to their children’s education records until the child becomes an adult at age 18.  When the child reaches age 18, she or he controls the access to his or her records and is the one who can consent to the release of the records to other persons.  However, parents continue to have a right to see and to copy their children’s education records so long as the child is a dependent for federal income tax purposes, even if the child does not want them to.

If a parent wants to see or copy his or her child’s education records, she or he should contact the principal of the child’s school.  Records can be reviewed during regular office hours, and someone will be available to answer questions about the records.  Originals cannot be removed from the Principal's office.  Copies will be provided to parents within a reasonable time, usually not more than two or three days, after parents have made a written request for copies.  Parents will be charged the district’s usual copying fees for copies; however, if the student is eligible for free or reduced price lunches and the parents cannot come to school to review the records, the school will provide one copy of the requested records at no charge.

If you disagree with information in your child’s records or believe some information is inaccurate, you can ask for a correction.  If the principal does not make the correction, you can ask for a hearing with the superintendent to explain why you believe the record is wrong or misleading.  If the superintendent does not direct an amendment to be made, you have 30 days to place a comment in the student’s record about the information.  Under no circumstances can students or parents use this process to challenge a grade recorded for a student. Because parents generally control access to their children’s education records, the district ordinarily will not permit access to or copies of education records without at least one parent’s written authorization to release the records.  However, under some circumstances, the district can and will provide access to or copies of education records without parent authorization.  The most common circumstances are these:

“Directory information” means information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.  It includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, photograph, e-mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous school attended.

Audio and video recordings of extracurricular and co-curricular performances, such as band, orchestra, and choir concerts; marching band performances; and performances of plays, musicals, or skits are treated as directory information.  Video recordings of students made by security cameras on school buses or in common areas of a campus are treated as directory information unless they are used to impose discipline.  In that case, the tapes become an educational record of the student or students who are disciplined and are subject to the same restrictions on access and disclosure as any other student education record.

If you do not want the school to release directory information about your child you must notify the principal in writing of the category or categories of information that you do not want released. You have 10 school days after you receive this Handbook to tell the principal in writing what information you do not want released.

If you want to review the school’s entire policy regarding student records, please contact the campus principal, who will be glad to provide a copy for you and to answer any questions you may have about the policy or this notice.  If you believe the district is not following the law regarding student records, you have the right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education.

Student’s Legal Name

While we recognize that there are circumstances when a parent may wish his or her child to be enrolled under a name other than the child’s legal name, we are required to maintain all school records for your child under the child’s legal surname as shown on the birth certificate or other recognized document to prove the child’s identity or as shown in a court order changing the child’s name.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

DVHS ADMINISTRATION

06

SUPPORT SERVICES

06

ACADEMICS AT DVHS

07

COUNSELING SERVICES

07

HONOR ROLL ELIGIBILTY

07

GPA AND CLASS RANK

07

CREDITS AND GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION

07

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

07

GRADES

07

TESTING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAMS

08

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

08

LIBRARY AND LEARNING COMMONS

09

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

09

PARENT RIGHTS

10

VISITING SCHOOL

11

PARENT COMMUNITY LIAISON

11

COMPLAINT PROCESS

11

STUDENT ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL / MEDICATIONS

11

LOST, DAMAGED, OR STOLEN PERSONAL ITEMS

12

TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

12

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

13

QUESTIONING STUDENTS AT SCHOOL

14

DRESS CODE

14

AUTHORIZED FEES

14

GRADE REPORTING

15

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS

15

EARLY ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL

15

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

15

GENERAL ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

15

ABSENCE POLICY

16

LATE ARRIVAL / EARLY DISMISSAL

16

TARDY POLICY

16

PARENT PICK-UP DURING SCHOOL DAY

16

OBTAINING A DRIVERS LICENSE AND ATTENDANCE

17

ATTENDANCE COURT AND TRUANCY

17

ATTENDANCE APPEAL PROCEDURES AND CLEARING N/Cs

17

ATTENDANCE AND CREDIT

17

ADMISSION, RELEASE, AND WITHDRAWAL

18

DVHS BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

18

STUDENT DRESS CODE

18

FOOD AND DRINK POLICY

20

VENDING MACHINES

20

AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING PROGRAM

20

AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION

20

IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION

20

FIGHTING / BULLYING / INCITING FIGHTS

21

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

21

PROHIBITED ITEMS

22

SMOKING / CHEWING / DIPPING

22

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

22

GENERAL INFORMATION

24

PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE

24

SCHOOL SONG AND COLORS

24

STUDENT ID POLICY

24

STUDENT PARKING

24

LOCKERS

25

SEARCHES OF STUDENTS, LOCKERS, AND VEHICLES ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

25

EMERGENCY DRILLS AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

25

MESSAGES / DELIVERIES

25

CELL PHONES

25

FLYERS

25

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS / DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS

26

SALES / FUNDRAISERS

26

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM

26

LEAD

26

TEXTBOOKS

26

LOST AND FOUND

26

BACKPACKS

26

DVHS HEALTH OFFICE

27

HALL PASSES

27

BIRTHDAYS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS

27

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

27

SPONSORSHIP OF ORGANIZATIONS AND CLUBS

27

LETTERMAN JACKET POLICY

28

ACADEMIC AWARD HONORS

29

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT RECEIPT OF STUDENT HANDBOOK

31

ANTI-BULLYING PARENT PLEDGE

32

ANTI-BULLYING STUDENT PLEDGE

33

STUDENT-PARENT-SCHOOL COMPACT

34


DVHS ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF

PRINCIPAL                        Location                                Phone

                              David Williams                     Main Office                                           3202              

Assistant Principal

Grade Location

Phone

9th - K100d

386-3495

Melba De La Fuente

9th - K100c

386-3282

Leslie DePasqual

10th - B109c

386-3257

Cynthia Zapata

10th - B109b

386-3258

Pedro Medellin

10th - A200a

386-3216

Letty Vasquez Jones

12th - C200b

386-3710

Kellye Kirkpatrick

Associate Principal for Academics  (D110)

386-3487

Courtney Wash

Associat Principal for Operations (A100)

386-3297

SUPPORT SERVICES

Support Service

Person in Charge

Phone

Activities Coordinator

Elizabeth Cunningham

386-3293

LEAD After School Coordinator

Emma Patterson

386-3200

School Resource Officer(SRO)

Officer Robles

386-3218

School Resource Officer(SRO)

Officer Knight

386-3245

School Resource Officer(SRO)

Officer Salinas

386-3244

Communities in School

Emily Schenk

386-3242

Librarian

Christina Brischetto

386-3220

School Nurses

Jeremiah Mendoza

386-3108

LPAC Coordinator

Audrey Bannon

386-3285

Testing  Coordinator

Katie Ross

386-3248

Parent Community Liaison

Leticia Segovia

386-3233


ACADEMICS AT DVHS

COUNSELING SERVICES

Counselors assist students with academic matters, personal problems, and college planning and career choices.

Counselor

Grade

Location

Phone

Jacqueline Magness

College & Career

E243

386-3237

Wendy Abel

12th Grade

C200

386-3212

Jennifer Wood

11th Grade

A200

386-3227

Kasie Stagman

11th Grade / ECHS

A200

386-3477

Sarah Limerick

10th Grade A-L

B109

386-3485

Katie Plifka

10th Grade M-Z

B109

386-3496

Mark Bradley

9th Grade M-Z

K100

386-3214

Andrea Ruedas

9th Grade A-L

K100

386-3706

HONOR ROLL ELIGIBILITY

A. 3.500- up (95- 100)                1st Honor Roll - A Honor Roll

B. 2.900- 3.4999 (89- 94)        2nd Honor Roll - A/B Honor Roll

C. 2.400- 2.8999 (84- 88)         3rd Honor Roll - B Honor Roll

GPA AND CLASS RANK

Numerical values shall be used for computing rank in class, in the determination of honor rolls, in the selection of Trustee Scholarship Award recipients, and in other appropriately designated places.

CREDITS AND GRADE LEVEL CLASSIFICATION

After the ninth grade, students are classified according to the number of credits earned toward graduation.

Credits Earned                                Grade Level Classification

            6                                    Grade 10 (Sophomore)

12                                    Grade 11 (Junior)

19                                    Grade 12 (Senior)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

GRADES

Teachers establish their grading standards, including penalties for late work, but those standards must be consistent with guidelines approved by the campus principal.  If you have a question about a grade your child receives on an assignment, you should talk first with the teacher. Students will receive a progress report after the 3rd week of the grading period.  A report card will be issued every SIX weeks.  These grade reports are our primary means of communicating with you regarding the performance of your child.  A copy will be given to the student and a copy will be mailed home.  Low progress report grades are a cause for great concern.  Please schedule a parent teacher conference upon receipt of any communication from school that suggests academic problems. We encourage you to attend those conferences.

Late Work Policy: Late work is defined as an assignment received by the student but not turned in at the required time.  Some teachers may accept the work, but a grade penalty may be assessed.  

Make-up Work Requirements:

  1. The students should make up missed work due to absences.  The teacher will use the following guidelines when determining the amount of time to give a student to make up work.
  1. Students are responsible for requesting make-up work and turning it in at the required time. Work not made up and/or turned in on time shall be recorded as a “49” as a place holder. If a student fails to make-up “practice” assignments, the student may receive a zero - with a notation that the work was not made up. Teacher is responsible for having a system in place for making the “practice” assignment accessible to students.

TESTING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAMS

Each year, we administer the statewide assessment program, STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness). These tests are coordinated with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills that form the basic curriculum in all state-required subjects. Parents and students will receive complete information about applicable state assessments during the school year, as appropriate for the student’s grade. Results of the STAAR examinations are used to assess individual student progress, as well as being a significant factor in the campus and district ratings under the statewide accountability system. Please make every effort to have your children at school on STAAR administration days and to be sure that they have had plenty of rest the night before and a good breakfast that morning. You can receive a copy of the STAAR scores from your child, but only after the test has been completed. Contact the principal if you want more information.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

To meet the requirements of state and federal law, we also offer several programs designed to meet specific needs of some of our students. We identify students as eligible for one or more of these programs based on assessments made after referrals and recommendations from teachers and counselors and will always inform you about the program beforehand. We also can identify students based on an assessment after a request or referral from you. If you have any questions about the referral and identification process for any of the following programs, please contact your child’s teacher(s), counselor, or the campus principal.

Special Education:  Del Valle High School provides special education and related services for students with disabilities according to individualized plans developed by teachers, parents, counselors, and other professionals.  We decide whether a student needs special education after we complete a comprehensive assessment. Please contact Deirdre Williams, Special Education Director at 386-3000 to receive full information about our special education programs.

Section 504: Some students who are not eligible for special education and related services may also have disabilities that interfere with their ability to benefit from the regular school program. A committee of educators who have knowledge of the student and his or her needs and limitations will determine what accommodations to the regular method and requirements of instruction are necessary in order for the student to participate. Please contact Dierdre Williams at 386-3080 to receive full information about the school’s Section 504 program. 

English as a Second Language:  English is the basic language of instruction in our schools. Children who have limited English-speaking skills will have access to programs to help them learn to understand, speak, read, and write the English language. At the time you enroll your children for the first time, you will be asked to complete a Home Language Survey so we know whether to take additional steps to be sure your child is properly served. Please contact Dr. Ruth Vail at 386-3101 for more information about the English as a Second Language program.

Gifted and Talented Students:  Some children demonstrate or show a potential for demonstrating a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to other children of similar age, experience, or environment. These children may perform at a very high level in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area, show an unusually high capacity for leadership, or excel in a particular academic field. We provide a variety of programs, activities, and learning opportunity for these students. Please contact Pilar Westbrook at 512-386-3149 for more information about the gifted and talented program. 

LIBRARY & LEARNING COMMONS 

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Both experience and research tell us that a child’s education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a partnership that thrives on communication.  

Students will benefit from their educational experience the most when there is a strong partnership between home and school, a partnership that thrives on communication.  The school asks parents…

PARENT RIGHTS

Academic Programs:  You can ask the principal to change your child’s teacher or class assignment; however, the principal is not required to make the reassignment and will not do so ordinarily if that change would affect the assignment or reassignment of another student.  You can ask the school board to add a specific academic course to the schedule and offerings.  If the administration and the board determine that the course is among those included in the State Board of Education-approved curriculum and that there is sufficient interest in the class to make it economically practical to offer the class, the request will not be unreasonably denied. You can ask that your child be permitted to attend a class for credit above his or her grade level.  If the counselor and child’s current and prospective teacher expect that the child can perform satisfactorily in the class, the request will not be unreasonably denied.

Teaching Materials:  You may review all teaching materials, textbooks and other teaching aids used in your child’s classroom and may review all tests administered to your child, after the test is given.  To review these materials, please contact the principal, who will make arrangements to provide you access to those materials at school during regular school hours.  Some textbooks are so expensive that we purchase classroom sets rather than a textbook for each student taking the course.  You may request that your child be permitted to take home any textbook used by the student, and if a book is available, we will gladly honor that request.  If the teacher requests it, the student must return the textbook to school the following school day.

Records and Other Information:  As we stated in the “Required Notices” section of this Handbook, you have a right of access to all written educational records that we maintain concerning your child.  You also can receive full information about any and all school activities in which your child is involved.  However, as we explained in the section on “Questioning Students at School,” we must comply with a request or directive from a Child Protective Services investigator regarding contact with or information to parents about an investigation.

Video and Audio Recording:  We will seek and obtain your written consent before any school employee makes an audio or video recording of  your child, except that your prior consent is not required before a recording that will be used only for:

Psychological Examinations:  We will seek and obtain your written consent before conducting any psychological examination, test, or treatment of your child, unless the examination is part of an investigation by Child Protective Services in response to a report of known or suspected child abuse or neglect.

Exemption from Instruction:  You may temporarily remove your child from a class or other school activity that conflicts with your religious or moral beliefs if you provide a written statement authorizing the removal to your child’s teacher.  However, you are not entitled to remove your child from class or an activity to avoid taking a test or to prevent your child from taking a subject for an entire semester.  Your child will be required to satisfy grade level or graduation requirements, regardless of any periods of temporary removal based on your religious or moral beliefs.

Campus Performance and Accountability:  We will keep you informed annually of your children’s campus ratings and whether the campus has been identified under state and federal law as one that needs improvement.  If the campus is so identified, we will inform you of your rights regarding public school choice and transportation at that time.

VISITING SCHOOL

Visitor Parking: Parents and other visitors to the school are asked to park in the designated visitor parking spaces only.  Illegal parking may result in a fine and your car being booted or towed.

Visitors: You are encouraged to visit your children’s schools from time to time; however, we ask that you comply with our policy requiring all visitors to go first to the front office and sign in using the raptor system, at which time you will obtain an official DVHS Visitor Pass. We have this policy for the safety of your children and our staff.  Parents and any other person on campus without the Principal's knowledge will be considered as trespassers.   Students from other schools may not visit at any time.

We also expect parents to be polite and civil in their dealings with all school staff.  We do not permit or tolerate abusive, disrespectful, threatening, lewd, profane, or offensive language from your children at school, and we will not tolerate it from parents.  Parents who create a disruption at school or behave unacceptably may be prohibited from coming onto school property without specific authority and will be treated as criminal trespassers if they disregard the Principal's or superintendent’s directive.

While we encourage you to be involved in your children’s education and knowledgeable about their classes, teachers, and curriculum, it has been our experience that frequent and lengthy visits to the classroom are disruptive both to teaching and learning.  The principal can limit or restrict the frequency and duration of classroom visits to be sure that disruption of the instructional process does not occur.

We encourage you to come to school occasionally and eat lunch with your child; however, children can be removed from the campus during lunch period only by following the established process of signing the child out from the Principal's office. A court document is required to limit a possessory conservator’s (that is the parent who does not ordinarily have custody of the student) access to their child while at school, we will permit either parent to eat lunch with their children at school.

PARENT COMMUNITY LIAISON “Creating Family Connections”

Our parent community liaison, Leticia Segovia (386-3233), works to bring parents and school together to benefit the students. He will help parents to understand the structure of the school and assist parents in contacting the appropriate person to help with a school-related problem. He also attends community meetings. The community liaison talks to teachers about parent concerns and needs, arranges tours of the building for new families, makes home visits, and assists at parent/teacher conferences, hosts monthly parent classes, connects families to resources and assistance when needed, and coordinates with the PTSA. The community liaison is also responsible for coordinating the volunteer program.

COMPLAINT PROCESS

We realize that situations may arise when parents disagree with a decision that affects their child or believe that a policy has been improperly applied to their child.  A number of these types of disputes or controversies have specific processes for pursuing those concerns.  The principal can provide you with a copy of the Del Valle High School & DVISD Discipline Appeals Process.

STUDENT ILLNESS OR INJURY AT SCHOOL / MEDICATIONS

We will promptly attempt to notify you or a person you have authorized us to notify if we have knowledge that your child has been injured at school or has become ill at school.  We have school nurses/licensed vocational nurses/trained aides available on each campus and a secluded area where your child can stay if she or he is injured or becomes ill until a parent or guardian can pick up.

One of the forms we ask you to complete at the beginning of each school year is the “Health Information Form” authorizing designated school employees to consent to medical treatment in case your child is injured at school or a school-related activity and requires emergency treatment.  We, of course, will call you in such a situation and will also call for emergency medical assistance if needed.

It is important, however, that you understand that the school district is not responsible for any cost of medical treatment or services provided after an injury at school or a school-related activity. We cannot and will not use public funds to pay individual student medical expenses.

Although we want your child to attend school every day, we do not want your child at school if she or he has a communicable disease or is running a fever of 100° or more.  Under State and local Health Department regulations, if your child has certain medical conditions, she or he must be excluded from school for a period of time or until cleared by a physician. The nurse can provide you a complete list of those conditions and periods of exclusion.

Often, students have to take prescription medication for a certain period of time as treatment for a medical condition. If at all possible, we ask that you schedule the timing of the doses so that the child takes the medicine at home. The school policy states that if a prescribed medication is to be given once, twice or even up to three times a day, it can still be given at home unless the doctor specifically orders the medication to be given during school hours.  If children have to take medicine at school, a parent or guardian MUST bring in the medication and NOT send it with the student to the nurse’s office and provide only the doses to be administered at school in the original prescription bottle.  Only the nurse or other authorized school employees are permitted to administer prescription medicines at school.  Parents/Guardians who have provided physicians orders to the nurse’s office for their child specifically stating they can carry and self-administer their own emergency medications such as asthma inhalers and Epi-Pens may do so.   We do not permit students to carry their own medications and self-administer without a doctor’s order.  Students in possession of medications at school may be reported to the Travis County Sheriff’s Department and removed to DAEP or JJAEP.

If your child has a unique medical condition or any other condition, such as a food allergy, that requires virtually immediate administration of medications under specified conditions, please contact the nurse’s office, who will schedule a meeting of appropriate personnel to ensure that your child’s needs are met.

LOST, DAMAGED, OR STOLEN PERSONAL ITEMS

We ask that you discourage your child from wearing or bringing to school expensive or irreplaceable jewelry, watches, sunglasses, or personal clothing that may be removed during the day.  Students are responsible for all their personal possessions while at school or any school-sponsored or school-related event.  It is important that you understand the school district is not responsible for any personal items that are lost, damaged, or stolen at school or a school-related activity.

TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

We provide transportation on school buses to and from school for those children who live more than two miles away from the school they attend.  Students are required to comply with rules for conduct on school buses and to comply with the Student Code of Conduct while at authorized school bus stops waiting for the bus.  Students who misbehave or violate the Code of Conduct while on the bus will be disciplined according to the Code of Conduct and may be suspended from the bus for a period of time.  

Temporary bus passes to another address will be issued if seating is available. A written note from the parent for the child to make a change should be brought to the office for approval 24 hours in advance of the change. A parent request must be submitted to the school with the following information included: Student’s name, Friend’s name (if applicable), Destination, Date(s) effective, Parent(s) day phone, Parent signature. The office will call parents to confirm all bus requests. Students will not be permitted to change buses or stops without written permission of the parent and the approval of school administration in advance. Arrangements for transportation should be made at home. The telephone at school is not appropriate for these purposes. Students riding the late bus (6:00 p.m.) must have a bus pass from school personnel in charge of the activity after school.

Infractions of the rules could result in a bus ticket issued by the driver. The appropriate school administrator communicates the consequences suggested by the transportation department, which could range from counseling to removal of bus privileges. The loss of bus privileges does not constitute grounds for an excused absence from school. You can reach the Department of Transportation at 386-3150 or Fax 386-3155.

1st Offense –Warning 

2nd Offense – 1-3 days suspension from bus

3rd Offense – A minimum of two weeks suspension from the bus

4th Offense - Removal from the bus for the remainder of the school year

* NOTE: Please do not allow your child to get on the bus while they have been suspended. Your child WILL NOT be allowed to get on the school bus during his/her suspension time.

CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE

As required by law, the board has adopted a Student Code of Conduct that prohibits certain behaviors and defines standards of acceptable behavior - both on and off campus - and consequences for violation of these standards. The district has disciplinary authority over a student in accordance with the student code of conduct. Students and parents should be familiar with the standards set out in the student code of conduct as well as campus and classroom rules.

To achieve the best possible learning environment for all students, the student code of conduct and other campus rules will apply whenever the interest of the district is involved whether on or off school grounds, in conjunction with classes and school-sponsored activities.  

Disruptions: As identified by law disruptions include the following-

*Students may be sent to DAEP for any reason as determined by the DVISD Student Code of Conduct.

Along with this Student Handbook, your child has also received a copy of the Del Valle ISD Student Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct contains the school district’s requirements for student conduct and behavior while at school or under the school’s jurisdiction. The Code of Conduct also explains the kinds of disciplinary action school officials can take in response to violations of the rules for student conduct and the steps involved in taking disciplinary action. If you have any questions about conduct or discipline rules, please refer to the Code of Conduct or call your child’s assistant principal.

QUESTIONING STUDENTS AT SCHOOL

School officials and law enforcement have the right to question your child about his or her own conduct at school and, in the investigation of alleged misconduct by other students, to question him or her about the conduct of others without prior approval from a parent or guardian. We expect students to cooperate in this process, and the refusal to cooperate will be treated as insubordination.  

We will not ordinarily contact you before questioning your child about his or her own conduct or about the conduct of other students, but certainly will contact you promptly if our investigation shows that your child has violated school conduct rules.  The Code of Conduct provides a complete explanation of the discipline processes and when you will be contacted.  Our investigation of possible violations of the Code of Conduct is not a criminal proceeding, and there is no such thing as “taking the Fifth” or a student’s right not to incriminate him or herself in a school discipline investigation.

DRESS CODE

If your child comes to school wearing clothes that violate the dress code or in any other way violates our dress and grooming standards, she or he will receive consequences until she or he is in compliance.  We will make efforts to notify you as soon as possible, and if the student changes clothes or otherwise comes into compliance with the dress and grooming standards, she or he will return to regular classes immediately.  Gang related violations will be reported to the School Resource Officer (SRO), which may issue citations for gang affiliation.

AUTHORIZED FEES

Although the basic cost of your child’s public education is provided through local tax revenues, state funding, and some federal funds, we may assess fees for certain kinds of materials and services, as described in the following list:

You may request a waiver of any required fee that you are unable to pay by contacting the principal who will determine ability to pay based on the criteria for identifying students who are eligible for participation in the free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch program. 

GRADE REPORTING

Report cards with each student’s grades or performance and absences in each class or subject are issued to parents at least once every 6 weeks.  Progress reports are issued 3 weeks into each grading period.

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS

Most colleges require either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) for admission.  Students are encouraged to talk with the counselor to determine the appropriate exam to take.  All juniors will have an opportunity to take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).

EARLY ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL

Supervision for students who arrive early begins at 7:30am. Students will remain in the cafeterias until the bell rings to start the school day. Students with passes may go to the library, computer lab, or tutorials. Note: Parents should see that their child does not arrive at school before 7:30 a.m. Prior to this time, students will not be supervised. Breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. Students will be released at 8:20 a.m. for their first period class. The tardy bell rings at 8:30 a.m. When the temperature drops below 50°, we will open the doors at 7:15 a.m.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

In the event that severe weather should necessitate the closing of the school, the Superintendent will notify the radio and television stations.  The following radio and television stations will provide information to the public. 

Radio: KVET, KNOW, KOKE, KIXL, KTXZ, KKLB, or KELG Television: Channels 7, 24, 36, and 42.

GENERAL ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

State compulsory attendance laws generally require all children between the ages of six(6) and eighteen(18) to attend school each day that school is in session.  Regular attendance is critical to your child’s success in school.  It is also critical to the school district’s success because it is a factor in the district and campus rating under the state accountability system and is a determining factor in the amount of state financial aid the district is entitled to receive.  

School officials aggressively enforce the state compulsory attendance laws.  If your child is absent from school  for any reason on 10 or more days or partial days within a six-month period in the same school year or on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period, you will be prosecuted for contributing to truancy and your child will be prosecuted for failure to attend school.  You will be notified when your child has three unexcused absences within a four-week period or less to advise you that you must monitor your child’s attendance, to inform you that you may be prosecuted, and to request a conference to discuss the absences.    Every day that a child is out of school in violation of compulsory attendance laws is a separate offense.  You may be assessed a fine for each offense and may also be ordered to participate in a class designed to help you make sure your child attends school as required.

Of course, there are times that children are sick or have other legitimate reasons for being absent from school.  Regardless of the age of your child, if she or he is sick and will not be at school that day, you should call the attendance office at 386-3206 or 386-3494 to let them know of the absence.  Whenever a child is absent from school for any reason, she or he should bring a note signed by you explaining the reason for the child’s absence when she or he returns to school. If your child is absent due to illness we would prefer a signed doctor’s note. The principal or someone acting for the principal will make the final decision whether an absence is classified as excused or unexcused.

Note must be received within 5 days of students return. If the child does not bring a signed note, the absence will be classified as unexcused.  Students ordinarily will not be permitted to make up missed work for credit if the absence is unexcused.

Doctor and Dental Appointments:  Absences for appointments with doctors, dentists, orthodontists, physical therapists, and other health care professionals will be classified as excused absences if the student returns to school on the same day as the appointment and presents a note from the health care provider stating the time of the appointment and the time the student left the doctor’s office.  If the appointment is at the end of the school day and the student has been at school all day up to that time, the absence will be excused if the student brings a note from the health care provider the following day.

ABSENCE POLICY

When you must be absent, you must bring a note from your parent, guardian, or a doctor to excuse the absence; the note must include:

LATE ARRIVAL / EARLY DISMISSAL

TARDY POLICY

PARENT PICK-UP DURING SCHOOL DAY

No student will be released early during a State testing day.

If you need to take your child from school before the end of the school day, such as for a medical appointment or a family emergency, you should go to the front office and sign the child out. You must have a valid ID preferably a driver’s license. The teacher will send the child to the front office, and she or he will be released to you at that time.  

At the time children are enrolled, the parent or other adult completing the enrollment forms should list those people who are authorized to pick up children during the school day.  

Unless the principal has a current court order signed by a judge, showing an official file stamp with the court, and indicating that a parent’s right of access to and possession of his or her children has been limited in some way, the principal will release children to either parent.

OBTAINING A DRIVERS LICENSE AND ATTENDANCE

To obtain a driver license, a student between the ages of 16 and 18 must annually provide to the Texas Department of Public Safety a form obtained from the school verifying that the student has met the 90 percent attendance requirement for the semester preceding the date of application.  **Students must sign up in advance in the registrar’s office; completed forms can be picked up on Thursdays.**

ATTENDANCE COURT AND TRUANCY

ATTENDANCE APPEAL PROCEDURES AND CLEARING N/Cs

Students who exceed nine unexcused absences in a course will be given an NC and denied credit in that course. If a student has a passing grade and believes that credit should be awarded, an appeal can be made by:

Del Valle High School seeks to provide students with a quality educational program; essential to this goal is a school atmosphere conducive to learning and free of disruption. Discipline measures can range from detention up to and including removal to an alternative education program and expulsion. Each case will be judged separately and may warrant different discipline. As a general rule, less severe offenses and first time, less serious offenses shall receive less severe discipline. More serious offenses may receive more serious consequences. Commission of multiple offenses of a less serious nature also may require the use of more severe discipline measures.

Religious Holidays:  Absences for religious holy days, including up to two days of travel time if necessary, will be classified as excused absences.

ATTENDANCE AND CREDIT

Separate and apart from the compulsory attendance requirements, students must attend school a certain amount of time in order to get credit for their academic work. State law requires students to be in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days a class is taught during a semester or year.  Each campus has an attendance committee that will review student attendance records. If the committee decides that extenuating circumstances prevented a student from meeting the minimum attendance for credit standard, the committee can award credit or tell the student what additional work or time needs to be completed in order for the student to get credit for the grade level or course. Students whose attendance falls below 90% will have to make up attendance by attending after-school tutorials, after-school detention, Saturday school sessions, or summer school.

ADMISSION, RELEASE, AND WITHDRAWAL

These are the basic requirements for admission to district schools:

The application for admission and enrollment forms are official government records and it is a crime to provide false information of any kind or false records for identification. School officials can ask parents or another adult enrolling a student to provide some evidence that they are bona fide residents of the school district.  As required by law, we will record the name, address, and date of birth of the person enrolling a student.

If school officials have reason to question the legitimacy of a child’s residency information, they can investigate to determine the student’s actual place of residence.  If the district finds that a student is not really a district resident, the student will be withdrawn, and school officials will take the necessary legal steps to recover the maximum tuition fee the school district can charge or the amount the board of trustees budgets as an expense per student.

Children who are under age 18 will not be permitted to withdraw from school unless a parent, legal guardian, or other adult with responsibility for the child comes to the school to complete the necessary forms. Students must return all textbooks issued to them and clear any library fines and other outstanding fees in order for the school to release an official copy of the student’s records to the parents or to another school district.

DVHS BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS & MANAGEMENT

STUDENT DRESS CODE

Students are to dress for success at school and in a manner consistent with promoting a safe, positive school environment. The Principal has administrative discretion to make final dress code determinations.

The District prohibits any clothing or grooming that, in the principal’s judgment, may reasonably be expected to cause disruption of or interference with normal school operations. The District also prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing that [FNCA (LOCAL)]:

  1. Are lewd, offensive, vulgar, or obscene.
  2. Advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other substances prohibited.

 The following statements are guidelines:

Head Coverings

*Exceptions for religious or medical purposes

Shirt/s

Shoes

Hair

Shorts and Pants

Skirts and Dresses

Undergarments

Body Piercing/s

FOOD AND DRINK POLICY

Our policy concerning outside snacks, pizza, or fast food delivery and drinks being brought into the school.

VENDING MACHINES

Vending machines are for student use after school. Snacks and drinks are not to be brought into academic halls or eaten in classrooms. The machines will be turned off if students do not accept responsibility for cleaning up their own trash. Warning:  Food or drinks in unauthorized areas of the campus may be confiscated.

AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING PROGRAM

Assignment Recovery Center (AARRC)

        9th grade - NGLC                10th thru 12th - C108

Students who choose not to complete an assignment are sent to ARC.

After School Tutoring (AST)

        All grade levels, in the teacher’s room.

A student who needs to master the concepts being taught in a small group setting with a content teacher.

Procedures:

  1. Begin homework or reading assignment.
  2. If you are not working, you will be asked to leave and referred to your assistant principal.

Rules:

  1. Remain Alert and Awake.
  2. Maintain Silence. (Do not ask what time it is.)
  3. No eating, drinking, or chewing gum.
  4. Study, read, or do homework the entire time.
  5. Failure to attend AARRC may result in a referral.

IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS)

Procedures:

  1. Complete reflection and read/sign contract
  2. Begin Assignments provided and/or approved by the ISS teacher.
  3. Failure to attend ISS on time and comply with procedures and rules may result in an additional day of ISS/suspension.

Rules are posted in ISS rooms.

DEL VALLE HIGH SCHOOL OPERATES UNDER THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE DEL VALLE ISD STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT.  CONSEQUENCES WILL BE ASSIGNED FOR:

Students are expected to follow the classroom rules, campus rules, and rules listed in the Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct.   The following are a violation of the ‘Student Handbook’:

FIGHTING / BULLYING / INCITING FIGHTS

Any student who fights, incites, or encourages a fight or other disruption will be suspended from school. Any student involved in more than two fights will have a campus review board conference that may result in removal from school and placement in an alternative setting.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

We prohibit students from sexually harassing other students and from sexually harassing employees.  Engaging in sexual harassment is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  We strongly prohibit employees from having any kind of sexual contact or romantic relationship with students enrolled in our schools, even if the student is willing and the parents do not object.

If you or your child has a complaint about sexual comments, conduct, contact or any other inappropriate conduct by a school employee or student, do not hesitate to contact the school principal or the Title IX coordinator whose name appears at the beginning of this Handbook.  We will listen to your concern and conduct a prompt investigation.  We also will look into reports that other students have been making sexual comments to or engaging in sexual or other inappropriate conduct or contact with your child at school or school activities and take appropriate disciplinary action according to the requirements of the Code of Conduct.

Although we will provide you a general report of the results of our investigation of sexual harassment complaints, the same federal law that protects the confidentiality of information about your child, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, protects the confidentiality of information about the student you reported for investigation.  In other words, we will not disclose to you the actual discipline imposed on another student, unless that student’s parents give us permission to disclose that information.  If the complaint is about an employee’s conduct, we will inform you of the results of the investigation and of the general action taken in response if there is a finding of wrong-doing on the employee’s part.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Personal Electronic Devices are allowed on campus, but must be put away during Academic Time.  Del Valle High School will not be responsible for these items if they are stolen or damaged while on school property.

NO PERMANENT MARKERS ALLOWED ON CAMPUS FOR ANY REASON. THEY WILL BE CONFISCATED!

SMOKING/CHEWING/DIPPING

No tobacco products are allowed on campus.  Possession of tobacco may result in disciplinary or legal consequences. Possession of matches or a lighter is prohibited; such items will be confiscated and not returned.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Academic integrity is an essential element in Del Valle High School’s philosophy and practice of promoting academic excellence.

Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to grade penalties on assignments or assessments and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.  Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, forgery, and fabrication.  The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from students.

Cheating:

Plagiarism:

Forgery involves any unauthorized signing of another person’s name to school-related documents, including but not limited to requested or required parent signatures on grade sheets or quiz/test scores.

Fabrication involves any intentional falsification or invention of data or citation of authority in an academic assignment.

 

School policy will be enforced despite failure or refusal to sign the Academic Integrity Policy acknowledgment.

 

These consequences will be in effect for one school year. The student will begin with zero offenses at the beginning of each school year. HOWEVER, a record of all offenses will be kept on file and subject to scrutiny in the granting of honors, including but not limited to National Honor Society membership, recommendation letters for colleges and scholarships, Who’s Who, the selection of Mr. and Miss Del Valle, Homecoming, and all major school events that would be representative of  an exemplary academic student. School policy will be enforced despite failure or refusal to sign the Academic Integrity Policy acknowledgment.

 

Consequences for copying or unauthorized collaboration(Electronic or Otherwise) in the classroom or out, cheating on tests or quizzes, Plagiarism, Forgery, or Fabrication

(All offenses will be cumulative, whether in same class or in different classes)

 

1st Offense:              

-All students involved will be referred to the Assistant Principal (documentation required).

-Parents will be notified by the teacher and the AP.

-The Assistant Principal will notify all other teachers, coaches and/or sponsors.

-Counselors will be notified.

-Student will be given a make-up opportunity with a maximum grade of 70%.

-Student involved in extracurricular activities will be subject to the consequences stipulated by their organization, sponsor, and/or coach.

-Student will receive a one-day ISS placement.

-Student will be reminded of the Academic Integrity Policy and the consequences for a second offense.

2nd Offense (in any class):

-All students involved will be referred to the Assistant Principal (documentation required).

-Student will receive a two day ISS placement.

-Parents will be notified by the teacher and the AP.

-Student involved in extracurricular activities will be subject to the consequences stipulated by their organization, sponsor, and/or coach.

-If 2nd offense is in the same class, student may be removed from the PreAP or AP class to a regular class with grade average to stand as is.

-Student will be sent a pre-DAEP warning letter.

-Student will be referred to the Academic Integrity Committee.

-Possible ineligibility for field trips.

-An ethics course or written paper must be completed before a make-up opportunity is given.

-Student will be given a make-up opportunity with a maximum grade of 70%.

-An RST will be held to develop a plan for student completion of the ethics assignment and make-up opportunity.

 

3rd Offense (in any class)-Indicates a persistent pattern and the following serious consequences will occur:

-Student may receive up to a three day suspension.

-Student will be referred to the Academic Integrity Committee.

-An ethics course or written paper must be completed before a make-up opportunity is given.

-Student will be given a make-up opportunity with a maximum grade of 70%.

-An RST will be held to develop a plan for student completion of the ethics assignment and make-up opportunity.

-Student may be removed from extracurricular activities at the discretion of the Academic Integrity Committee.

-Possible placement at DAEP.

GENERAL INFORMATION

PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE

Senate Bill 83 requires DVISD students to recite the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags each day; after which, students will observe a minute of silence. **If you do not want your child to participate in these activities, please let the school know in writing and we will honor your wishes.

Del Valle High School Song

 Hail to thee our alma mater, dear Del Valle High.

In our memories we will cherish happy days gone by.

Onward, onward, dear Del Valle, we will faithful be.

As we pledge our deep allegiance, Del Valle to thee.

Please stand respectfully during your school song.

DEL VALLE HIGH SCHOOL COLORS

Red and White

STUDENT ID POLICY

Every student will be given a photo ID card and a neck lanyard at the beginning of the year.Students must have their ID cards or their ID on their cell phone (HERO app) to be allowed entrance at all extra-curricular activities, including dances, receive/purchase daily lunch, check out items from library, computer usage, etc. Failure to display the ID card may be grounds for disciplinary action and the removal of privileges. To obtain a replacement ID card: 

STUDENT PARKING

All students must have a student-parking permit to park on campus. 

LOCKERS

SEARCHES OF STUDENTS, LOCKERS, AND VEHICLES ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

The principal or other school administrator CAN search a student’s clothing, pockets, or personal property if she or he has a reasonable basis to suspect that the search will reveal evidence that the student has violated a school rule.  The scope of the search will be related to the suspected violation.

Vehicles parked on school property are also subject to search by the principal or other school administrators if the administrator has a reasonable basis to suspect that there may be contraband of any kind, such as weapons, alcohol, drugs, or any other prohibited substance, in the car.

EMERGENCY DRILLS AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Drills are required by law and are held periodically.  In the case of a drill or an actual emergency, follow instructions as given by your teacher.

MESSAGES / DELIVERIES 

Calls cannot be transferred to students at school. We cannot accept deliveries such as flowers, balloons, or candy for birthdays, etc. The office staff will only take phone messages from parents or guardians but WILL NOT disrupt any classes to deliver a message. Parents are prohibited to call directly into classrooms.

CELL PHONES

To assist high school students in communicating with family members, DVISD policy allows students to “possess a cellular telephone; however, cell phones must be turned off during classroom learning time. Students will only have permission to use their cell phone as a learning tool when it has been included in the teacher’s lesson plan.

Cell phones and other electronic devices are permitted before school, between academic periods, and lunch and must not be visible during the remainder of the school day including tutoring. Cell phones must not be visible or in operable mode (i.e. turned off); if they are seen or heard they will be confiscated. Confiscated phones will be returned to the student or parent/guardian when a fee of $15 dollars is paid. This fee is to serve as a deterrent for improper cell phone use which distract students from fully engaging in learning acitivies.  The fee goes into the general fund and supports activities, initiatives, and materials for all students.

FLYERS

Students must obtain administrative approval before putting up any flyers or advertisements on school property. Organizations who put up flyers must remove the signs upon the closure of the event; failure to remove signs will disallow future events. Students in grades 9-12 may be issued a citation for violating the daytime curfew law in addition to school consequences if they leave campus without permission or proper documentation.

Persons on campus who do not have proper identification (student/staff ID or visitor pass) and students who do not have a scheduled class are not allowed on campus. Campus police may issue criminal trespass tickets.

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS / DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS

All materials prepared and published as part of a school’s journalism or language arts programs are under the control and supervision of the administration and the Board of Trustees. The principal has final approval authority on all materials published or distributed in the name of the school. Before non-school materials or publications are made available to students in the designated area, they must be submitted to the principal for review and approval.

SALES / FUNDRAISERS

All items sold at Del Valle High School must have the permission of the principal or designee. All sales or signs for profit making organizations not connected in any manner with DVHS or DVISD are prohibited.

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Our schools participate in the federal Child Nutrition Programs, which provide free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch programs to students based on family income levels. We maintain strict confidentiality as to whether students participate in the program.  

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will also be given opportunities for the following:

LEAD (Learning Enrichment Afterschool in Del Valle) - BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS

As LEAD participants, all students must adhere to the DVISD Student Code of Conduct, including dress code.

PARTICIPATION IS A PRIVILEGE. Any violation of the Student Code of Conduct may be escalated to campus administration for further review and/or disciplinary action.

From the Del Valle ISD Student Code of Conduct (on the district website):

“The following discipline management techniques may be used—alone or in combination—for behavior prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct or by campus or classroom rules…withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities.”

LEAD, in accordance with district guidelines, does not allow bullying and abuse (verbal, physical, sexual) of its staff or students. Fighting and/or inappropriate sexual behavior may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

TEXTBOOKS  

Textbooks issued to students are property of the state of Texas. It is state law that textbooks must be covered at all times. If a student loses a book, he/she (or parent / guardian) is responsible for payment of the book. The student will not be issued another book until payment is made. However, a student will be provided textbooks for use during the school day. Textbooks are expensive; students are encouraged to respect and care for their textbooks. Students who fail to return textbooks may have not receive their diploma until all fees have been paid.

LOST AND FOUND

The lost and found is located in the main office. Loss of property should be reported; articles found should be turned in to the office An effort will be made to return lost items to their owners.

BACKPACKS

Mesh or Clear Backpacks may only be utilized to bring supplies to and from school.

DVHS HEALTH OFFICE

HALL PASSES

BIRTHDAYS AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS

Students are prohibited from bringing balloons, cakes, or flowers to school. This interferes with the work of many people and often draws negative attention to the students.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Students who represent Del Valle High School in clubs and organizations are expected to conduct themselves appropriately, as a role model, at all times.  Students who fail to do so may be removed from positions of honor as well as receiving other disciplinary consequences.

SPONSORSHIP OF ORGANIZATIONS AND CLUBS

RESPONSIBILITIES: Sponsors must submit a Constitution for their Organization to the Activities Coordinator. This Constitution must contain the requirements for the club, the criteria for the election of officers, and the main purpose for the organization or club.  Sponsors will be held responsible for the nominations made in their organizations. Please do not allow any nomination for a candidate to be made without that person's consent. In order to be eligible for school honors and student offices, it is a minimum requirement that the candidate must have passing grades in all subjects, no referrals, no DAEP placement, no ISS placements, and approved by the principal and grade level assistant principal. Students who have been suspended, expelled or received other serious disciplinary action during the current or preceding semester are not eligible to run for school wide elections. Students so selected must maintain these standards in citizenship and scholarship or relinquish their honors and offices.  This policy shall apply to candidates for school wide elections such as Homecoming Court, Mr. & Miss Del Valle, class council, student council, clubs/organization offices etc. The sponsor of the club or organization will be responsible for checking and validating the eligibility of a candidate to hold offices in that club or organization.  Sponsors must keep up with the UIL requirements for student participation.  All fund-raising activities must be planned and approved in advance. ALL fund-raising activities must be approved by the Principal or designee and must be cleared in the school calendar.  Any night event for any club must have a minimum of five faculty members on duty.

LETTERMAN JACKET POLICY

VARSITY ATHLETIC, FINE ARTS, BAND, CHOIR, THEATRE, SPEECH, CARDINAL BELL, VARSITY CHEERLEADER, JOURNALISM, & VOCATIONAL AWARDS

The present UIL rules under Chapter 1, Subchapter 0, stipulates that only one major award (maximum cost $60.00) for participation in inter-school competition may be presented during a student’s high school enrollment in the same high school. Additional symbolic awards not to exceed $25.00 may be presented for each additional interscholastic activity during the student’s high school career. Participants must meet the scholastic requirements as set forth by the UIL in order to be eligible to receive an award.  If a student is eligible long enough to meet lettering requirements, he/she should be given an award.  The decision concerning selection of the student and presentation of the award must be made during the academic year in which the student qualifies for the award.  Awards are granted to students for exemplary representation of the school.  Winners of such awards are subject to the rules and regulations of the school and the community, and should the student’s behavior during his/her school career be such that he/she is not representative of the school, then the school may withhold presentation, or revoke the award, and repossess the symbol of the award, although minimum requirements as outlined below have been satisfied.

Letter Jackets / Varsity Teams: The awarding of the Del Valle High School Letter Jacket to a student is the second highest award the school bestows; the highest is the diploma for graduation.  In order to letter, a student must be on a varsity team and satisfy the requirements stated below.  

1.      UIL rules will be followed in regard to cost of jackets.

2.      No participant will receive more than one letter jacket.

3.      A student will receive a jacket in the activity they letter in first.

4.      The jacket will have a DV letter/patch.

5.      All letter jackets will be the same for all activities.

6.      An athlete must complete the season in order to receive a jacket.

7.      Each coach/athletic trainer will keep records of student participation in each sport. Such records will be used as a basis for determining which students satisfy lettering qualifications.

Forfeiture of Letter Jacket: Any student who has qualified for a letter jacket but has been dismissed from the squad for disciplinary reasons will not receive an award.


ACADEMIC AWARD HONORS

The following items will be considered for students to qualify for an academic award. Students who have maintained a grade average of 90 or above shall receive an academic award based on the following:


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Acknowledgement Receipt of Student Handbook

Dear Student and Parent:

Del Valle High School provides this Student Handbook to parents and students to provide you with information about the general rules and guidelines for attending and receiving an education in our schools.  We urge you to read this publication thoroughly and to discuss it among your family.  If you have any questions about the information here, we encourage you to ask for an explanation from the student’s teacher, the school counselor, or campus administrator.

The student and parent should each sign this page on the space provided below, then return the page to the student’s first period teacher.

Thank you.

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We acknowledge that we have received the Del Valle High School Student Handbook for the 201
5-2016 school year, and that we are responsible for reading and understanding the information contained here.

Student’s Name: ____________________________I.D. #_____________ Grade Level ____________
                                (Please print)

Student’s Signature: ________________________________ Date: ________________________

Parent’s Name:
 _____________________________________________________________
                                          (Please print)

Parent’s Signature: ________________________________ Date: ________________________

Publications, Video, Interactive TV, and Internet Consent

Students in Del Valle High School sometimes are asked to be part of school or District publicity, publications, or public relations activities.  For example, pictures and articles about school activities may appear in school publications or be given to local newspapers.  Students may also participate in distance learning, virtual field trips, and video conferencing through interactive television, which involves transmitting the student’s voice and image to the distance sites.  Participating in an interactive TV transmission is not a violation of any person’s privacy rights.  If you do not want your child’s name, art work, written work, voice, or picture (video or still) to appear in any school publicity or publication, school buildings, school videos, or website, please indicate below and return with this acknowledgement page to the school office.

  I do not want my child’s name, art work, written work, voice, or picture (video or still) to appear in any school publicity or publication, school buildings, school videos, or website.


      ANTI-BULLYING PARENT PLEDGE

The legal definition of bullying is: written or verbal, including electronic communication, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school–related activity, or on a vehicle operated by the District and that exploits an imbalance of power and interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of a school, and either (1) has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or (2) is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student.

Examples of bullying behaviors:

  1. Hurting Someone – whether it is physically (hitting, kicking, pushing, punching, tripping, etc.) or emotionally (name-calling, teasing, spreading rumors, making physical gestures, threatening, etc.)
  2. Using technology including but not limited to internet, cell phones, or other mobile devices to send, receive, or post text or images that are harmful to others
  3. Leaving someone out on purpose or trying to get other students to exclude another from participating socially
  4. Stealing or damaging another person’s property

Del Valle ISD is committed to making all students feel safe and secure while attending school.  This will be achieved with the help of students, teachers, counselors, administrators and also parents.  As a parent of a student in Del Valle ISD, I agree to help my child learn to recognize behaviors that are often associated with bullying and encourage my child to report any bullying incidents about themselves or others to a teacher, counselor or administrator.  As a parent, I agree to notify the teacher, counselor or administrator immediately when my child has reported to me that he/she has been the target of a bully or when my child has knowledge of another student who has been the target of a bully.

For more information see the Del Valle ISD website for bullying prevention and reporting information.

Student Name ________________________________ Student Grade ________

Parent Signature ________________________________

Date Signed ________________________________ Teacher ________________________________


ANTI-BULLYING STUDENT PLEDGE

I agree to help prevent bullying behaviors from being a part of my school.

In doing so, I agree to do the following things:

  1. value student differences and treat others with respect,
  2. refuse to bully others,
  3. support students who have been subjected to bullying,
  4. refuse to watch, laugh, or join in when someone is being bullied,
  5. attempt to include everyone in activities,
  6. refuse to use technology such as a telephone, cell phone, e-mail or online socializing to make threats, post pictures, or write/send mean and inappropriate messages about another person (cyber bullying),
  7. be a good role model for other students, and
  8. to report all bullying to a teacher, counselor or administrator as soon as possible.

Student Name ________________________________ Student Grade ________

Student Signature ________________________________      Date Signed___________________________            


Del Valle High School

2015-2016 StudentParent—School Compact

The Del Valle Community envisions the highest level of success for every individual. We make the commitment to motivate, to challenge and to inspire each other to become the best we can possibly be. To accomplish this; parents, teachers and students need to work together. We ask that you promise to do this by completing and signing the part of the agreement that belongs to you.

As a Student, I          (name), will

Follow the Del Valle High School (DVHS & DVISD) ‘Student Code of Conduct’.

Understand and follow the DVHS dress code rules & policy.

Attend school every day and be on time.

Be safe on the school bus and follow directions.

Always try to do my best in my work and in my behavior;

Work cooperatively with my classmates;

Show respect for myself, my school and other people;

Take pride in my school;

Come to school prepared with my homework and supplies;

Believe that l can learn and will learn; and

Read daily at home for a minimum of 20 minutes.

As a Parent, I         (name), will

See that my child attends school regularly and on time;

Provide a home environment that encourages my child to learn;

Insist that all homework assignments are completed;

Communicate regularly with my child's teacher;

Support the school in developing positive behaviors;

Talk with my child about his/her school activities every day;

Encourage my child to read at home and to monitor his/her TV viewing & technology usage.

Try to volunteer time at my child's schools; and

Show respect and support for my child, the teacher, and the school.

As the Teacher, I          (name), will

Believe that each student can learn;

Show respect for each child and his/her family;

Come to class prepared to teach, Provide an environment conductive to learning;

Help each child grow to his/her fullest potential;

Provide meaningful and appropriate homework activities;

Enforce school and classroom rules fairly and consistently;

Maintain open lines of communication with the student and his/her parents;

Seek ways to involve parents in the school program; and

Demonstrate professional behavior and a positive attitude.

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