"Clearer bullying rules made in student code" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees approved edits made to the student code of conduct and a presentation on updates made to student and employee handbooks during a special board meeting Monday night.
   “What you will see are mainly revisions to the TASB model,” said Lisa Moya, Director of Curriculum for the district.
   “Because we were in a special legislative session, a lot of these updates came to us late.”
   The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) provides a “model student code of conduct” and “model student handbook” to districts to assist in communicating essential information to students and parents for the current school year.
   “There has been some clarification in the language for mistreatment of others in the student code of conduct,” added Moya.
   Those changes read as:

  •     Students shall not engage in bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, or making hit lists.
  •     Students shall not release or threaten to release intimate visual material of a minor or a student who is 18 years of age or older without the student’s consent.

   “There’s been a lot of clarification with TASB this year as far as bullying; definitions and language that is in both the student code of conduct and the handbook,” she said.
   Another change was made in regards to out of school suspension.
   “The district shall not use out-of-school suspension for students in grade two or below unless the conduct meets the requirements established in law,” said Moya.
   “The district shall use a positive behavior program as a disciplinary alternative for students in grade 2 or below who commit general conduct violations instead of suspension or placement in a DAEP.”

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