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2017-18 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct and Handbook
Full Version Details

No single district can possibly think of every situation that can develop into a student discipline problem or parental concern. Nor can we, but our daily contact with clients brings us extremely close. Our legal staff spent over 150 hours researching and writing these Models and including new legislation so you could do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from parents.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

Special Features of our Model Student Code of Conduct include:

  • List of prohibited behaviors includes not only recurring problems, but also unlikely situations that only one district may have encountered
  • Organized in logical sequence so parents and students can easily see the relationship between conduct rules and disciplinary consequences
  • Addresses all the procedures, steps, and timelines for DAEP removal and expulsion, all necessary definitions from the Penal Code, other useful definitions such as "possession," "use," and "under the influence", serious offenses and persistent misbehavior
  • A streamlined appeal process that permits written appeals only, unless the administrator or board, after reviewing the record, wishes to offer a personal audience and face-to-face conference

Special Features of our Model Extracurricular Code of Conduct include:

  • Provides a thorough and comprehensive definition of the term "extracurricular activity"
  • Sections include jurisdiction, prohibited conduct, and disciplinary actions that coordinate with one another into one easy to understand document
  • Highlighted areas that require input specific to a district enable the Code to meet the unique needs of the community and district

Features of our Model Student Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for parents and students to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Sections on picking up children at school, attendance and credit for course work, student searches, extracurricular activities, class ranking and selection of valedictorian and salutatorian, graduation issues, parent visits to school and expected conduct, and no district liability for injuries or property loss or damage at school
  • Contains all required legal notices for state and federal laws

NOTE: Any updates from the special session will be sent to purchasers at the conclusion this summer.

If your district has never purchased this package or if your copy is the 2014-15 version or older, the cost will be $350 for a full version.

If your district has the 2015-16 version or newer, the update is reduced. Order your updated version by selecting – 2017-18 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct and Handbook UPDATE

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$350.00
Updated
2017-18 Model Student Code of Conduct, Extracurricular Code of Conduct and Handbook UPDATE ONLY
Update version for districts with our 2015-16 model or newer. Details

Districts may only order this UPDATE if they have our firm's 2015-16 version or newer.

No single district can possibly think of every situation that can develop into a student discipline problem or parental concern. Nor can we, but our daily contact with clients brings us extremely close. Our legal staff spent over 150 hours researching and writing these Models and including new legislation so you could do your job with fewer challenges, questions, or confusion from parents.

Our Models are written in a conversational tone to be user friendly and are designed for districts to personalize and tailor. For example, we highlight the parts that require you to make some decisions, show you what can be changed, suggest language for what may be added, and place the directions for personalizing these portions in an instruction box.

Special Features of our Model Student Code of Conduct include:

  • List of prohibited behaviors includes not only recurring problems, but also unlikely situations that only one district may have encountered
  • Organized in logical sequence so parents and students can easily see the relationship between conduct rules and disciplinary consequences
  • Addresses all the procedures, steps, and timelines for DAEP removal and expulsion, all necessary definitions from the Penal Code, other useful definitions such as "possession," "use," and "under the influence", serious offenses and persistent misbehavior
  • A streamlined appeal process that permits written appeals only, unless the administrator or board, after reviewing the record, wishes to offer a personal audience and face-to-face conference

Special Features of our Model Extracurricular Code of Conduct include:

  • Provides a thorough and comprehensive definition of the term "extracurricular activity"
  • Sections include jurisdiction, prohibited conduct, and disciplinary actions that coordinate with one another into one easy to understand document
  • Highlighted areas that require input specific to a district enable the Code to meet the unique needs of the community and district

Features of our Model Student Handbook include:

  • Organized by topics to make it easier for parents and students to understand how different rules and policies relate to each other
  • Expanded table of contents
  • Sections on picking up children at school, attendance and credit for course work, student searches, extracurricular activities, class ranking and selection of valedictorian and salutatorian, graduation issues, parent visits to school and expected conduct, and no district liability for injuries or property loss or damage at school
  • Contains all required legal notices for state and federal laws

NOTE: Any updates from the special session will be sent to purchasers at the conclusion this summer.

Available Formats: MS Word Document,CD-ROM
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$200.00
Updated
Conducting Effective Investigations Manual
Provides form documents and scripts Details

School administrators often are required to "look into" or "investigate" allegations of wrong-doing by students and employees. The Investigations Manual will help you understand why it is important to conduct an investigation in a particular way, as well as provide you form documents and scripts to facilitate recordkeeping and information gathering related to the allegations.

Unique to this product is a series of flow charts that guide you through each phase of an investigation so that critical steps or details that might haunt you later don't get overlooked.
Available Formats: CD-ROM,Printed Handbook
Download Info: This item is not available for download.
$300.00
Custody Chart - General Education
Details

Often times school personnel are placed in the middle of disagreements between divorced parents about their child's education. Other times, children live with relatives or other non-parent adults who claim to "have custody" or be the "guardian." We have translated the complicated Texas Family Code into a laminated easy-to-use chart to assist administrators and teachers in determining who has the right to make decisions regarding a child's education. For example, you will be able to determine if a divorced parent, stepparent, or other family member is entitled to:

  • Enroll or withdraw a student from school
  • Request that the student be tested for special education services
  • Give permission for field trips
  • Attend school meetings
  • Receive official school notices
  • Have access to educational records
  • Consult with school officials
  • Assert the parental rights enumerated in Chapter 26 of the Tex. Educ. Code
  • Prohibit other parents, stepparents, or family members from being involved in a child's education 
Available Formats: PDF Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .pdf format.
$75.00
Custody Chart - Special Education
Details

The Texas Family Code lays out a complicated set of rules regarding parental rights. We have taken the Family Code and the IDEA and broken it down into an easy-to-use chart to assist special education staff in determining who has the right to participate and /or make decisions. For example, you will be able to determine if a parent, guardian, surrogate parent, foster parent, other family member or advocate is entitled to:

  • Receive written notice to attend an ARD meeting
  • Receive a copy of a student's records
  • Request a due process hearing

Answers to these and other difficult questions are on a single laminated legal size sheet. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

Available Formats: PDF Document
Download Info: This item is available for download in .pdf format.
$75.00
Harassment and Discrimination - Scenarios and Commentary
DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD. Details

The Texas Family Code lays out a complicated set of rules regarding parental rights. We have taken the Family Code and the IDEA and broken it down into an easy-to-use chart to assist special education staff in determining who has the right to participate and /or make decisions. For example, you will be able to determine if a parent, guardian, surrogate parent, foster parent, other family member or advocate is entitled to:

  • Receive written notice to attend an ARD meeting
  • Receive a copy of a student's records
  • Request a due process hearing

Answers to these and other difficult questions are on a single laminated legal size sheet. Footnoted explanations are on the flip side.

DVD may only be purchased by districts who also purchase our Harassment and Discrimination Stand Alone DVD.

Available Formats: DVD
Download Info: This item is available for download in .zip format.
$250.00
Model Cheerleader & Drill Team Constitution
$30.00