Policies

Student Cellphone Guidelines

To promote the best possible learning and social environment in Richardson ISD, students will not use their cellphones during the school day, unless provided permission from an authorized district employee during the instructional day. The intent of the cellphone policy is to establish a cellphone-free environment and avoid cellphones distracting from learning as well as causing a loss of instructional time.

Statement of Expectations

Campus administrators will state expectations clearly and reinforce the importance of maintaining a cellphone-free environment at the beginning of the year. Administrators will monitor cellphone violations to inform the need for reinforcement and support. Also, any headphone usage will occur based on the approval and expectations set by individual classroom teachers. RISD’s continued focus will be on the mitigation of educational distractions precipitated by the use of cellphones during instructional time.

Consequences

If a student uses their phone during the school instructional day without the explicit permission of an authorized district employee, it will result in the confiscation of the cellphone and adherence to the following graduated offenses stated below. Authorized district employees who will be responsible for cellphone confiscation will include: administrators and teachers.

  • Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day, parent is contacted.
  • Student or parent can retrieve cellphone at the end of the day.
  • Offense noted on Focus with cellphone violation action code chosen.
  • Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day, parent is contacted.
  • Student or parent can retrieve cellphone at the end of the day.
  • Offense noted on Focus with cell phone violation action code chosen.
  • Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day, parent is contacted.
  • Warning to student and parent about additional consequences that will happen for non-compliance of cellphone-free environment.
  • Offense noted on Focus with cell phone violation action code chosen.
  • Student assigned school detention.
  • Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day.
  • In-person meeting scheduled with parent.
  • Offense noted on Focus with cellphone violation action code chosen.
  • Student assigned lunch detention.
  • Phone will be kept in the assistant principal’s office for the day, parent is contacted.
  • Offense noted on Focus with cellphone violation action code chosen.
  • 3 days of ISS assigned.
  • Violations of the cellphone policy beyond the fifth offense may result in the assignment of out-of-school suspension

Bullying Prohibited

RISD prohibits the bullying, which includes cyberbullying, of any student, and prohibits retaliation against any person who in good faith reports bullying or otherwise is involved in an investigation of a complaint of bullying or harassment. The district has established procedures for responding to reports of bullying.

Texas law defines bullying as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct [which occurs in situations over which the school has jurisdiction] and (i) 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 damage to the student’s property; (ii) is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student; (iii) materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or (iv) infringes on the rights of the victim at school; and includes cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is bullying that is done through the use of an electronic communication device, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, an Internet website, or any other Internet-based communication tool.

If you have concerns that your student may be a victim of bullying, please report it to your campus administrator immediately. Bullying Reporting Forms in English and Spanish can be accessed below.

Click here to view the Bully Reporting Form English (PDF)
Click here to view the Bully Reporting Form Spanish (PDF)

Discipline Placement Appeals

  • Discipline Placement Appeals: Requests for appeal of the campus behavior coordinator/designee’s decision to place a student in DAEP/CMLC must be:
    • Made in writing and delivered to Student Services at 420 S. Greenville Avenue, Richardson, Texas 75081, within three (3) school days of receipt of the campus behavior coordinator/designee’s decision.

    • Untimely appeals will not be considered unless the District has agreed in writing in advance to extend the appeal deadline.

    • The assignment to CMLC will not be deferred pending the outcome of any appeal.

    • Within five (5) school days after receiving the request for a review, a conference will be held with a panel of three (3) administrators with no prior involvement in the case. At the informal conference, a school representative will present information regarding the placement. The student, parent, and/or adult representative may offer relevant information in the student’s defense.

    • The Administrative Committee may uphold the school’s decision, modify the schoolʹs decision and alter placement, or overturn the decision and reinstate the student to regular classes. The Administrative Committee’s decision will be communicated to the parent or adult student the next school day after the committee reaches its decision.

    • A parent or adult student who does not agree with the decision of the Administrative Committee may appeal to the Executive Committee.

  • Title IX Compliance: RISD does not discriminate against any student or exclude any student from its educational programs or activities, including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of the student’s gender. Gender may include a student’s gender identity, gender expression, gender transition, transgender status, or gender nonconformity. Dr. Matthew Gibbins, Chief Executive Director of Student Services, is the Title IX Coordinator.

  • Truancy, Prevention and Intervention: In an effort to address student conduct related to truancy and encourage regular school attendance, RISD provides the following preventative measures:

    • An attendance expectations letter is distributed to all parents at the beginning of the school year that emphasizes the importance of good attendance and explains the consequences of excessive absences and truancy.
    • Daily Notification of absences by phone and/or email through the RISD Edline Notification System. (If you are not receiving these notifications, please verify your phone number and/or email address with your home campus.)
    • Warning Letters for excessive excused, unexcused, tardies, late arrivals, and early pick up will be sent to the address that was provided at enrollment. (If your address changes at any time during the school year, please notify your home campus.)
    • Each campus will implement truancy prevention measures as required by law when a student has three or more unexcused absences in a four-week period. Parents are encouraged to contact their home campus to schedule a conference for any continuing truancy concerns.

 

RISD Guidelines for Elementary Student Dress

Clothes must be worn in a way that private areas are all fully covered. Undergarments, except straps and waistbands, should not be visible. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.
  • An opaque top with a sleeve or strap and must cover the stomach, back, and chest area
  • An opaque bottom, such as pants, jeans or the equivalent of a skirt, sweatpants, joggers, leggings, dress, or shorts
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants, and skinny jeans
  • Ripped jeans as long as underwear and private body parts are not exposed
  • Athletic shorts and athletic skirts
  • Religious headwear
  • Images, language or symbols that depict tobacco products, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, violence, hate speech, profanity, pornography, gang symbols, or other illegal activities
  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on a protected class or group.
  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon

RISD Guidelines for Secondary Student Dress

Clothes must be worn in a way that private areas are all fully covered. Undergarments, except straps and waistbands, should not be visible. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.
  • An opaque top with a sleeve or strap and must cover the stomach, back, and chest area
  • An opaque bottom, such as pants, jeans, or the equivalent of a skirt, sweatpants, joggers, leggings, dress, or shorts
  • Shoes or sandals
  • School ID badge must be visible
  • Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants, and skinny jeans
  • Ripped jeans as long as underwear and private body parts are not exposed
  • Athletic shorts and athletic skirts
  • Religious headwear
  • Hoodies (hood must not cover head)
  • Pajama pants
  • Images, language or symbols that depict tobacco products, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, violence, hate speech, profanity, pornography, gang symbols, or other illegal activities
  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on a protected class or group
  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon
  • Bandanas of any color

Student / Parent Guidebook and Student Code of Conduct

The Student and Parent Guidebook and Student Code of Conduct describes RISD’s current policies and practices concerning matters that most often affect the District’s students and their parents.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Richardson Independent School District maintains a strict policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and services and in employment. RISD intends to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations concerning equal opportunity and nondiscrimination.

  • No student shall, on the basis of sex, gender, race, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin, or any other category protected by law, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any program or activity sponsored by RISD, including career and technical education programs.
  • All employment decisions and actions such as recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, layoff, recall, compensation and benefits, discipline, termination, and educational, recreational, and social programs are administered without regard to the race, color, sex, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability of an otherwise qualified individual, his or her membership or application for membership in a uniformed service, or any other category protected by law. RISD does not discriminate against an employee or applicant who acts to oppose unlawful discrimination or participates in the investigation of a complaint of alleged discriminatory employment practices. Hiring decisions are made on the basis of each applicant’s qualifications, experiences, and abilities as well as the business needs of the district.
  • In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, RISD has designated the following persons to coordinate compliance with the District’s legal responsibilities under these nondiscrimination statutes. Complaints or concerns may be directed to the persons listed below at any time in person, by mail, email, or telephone.

Title IX Coordinator
(concerns regarding complaints of discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment)
Matthew Gibbins
Chief Executive Director of Student Services
420 S. Greenville Avenue Richardson, TX 75081
matthew.gibbins@risd.org
469-593-0372

Section 504/ADA Coordinator
(concerns regarding discrimination on the basis of disability)
Alicia Zornig
Section 504/ADA Coordinator
701 W. Belt Line Road Richardson, TX 75080
alicia.zornig@risd.org
469-593-7517

All other concerns regarding unlawful discrimination, including harassment:
Tabitha Branum
Superintendent
400 S. Greenville Avenue Richardson, TX 75081
469-593-0401
tabitha.branum@risd.org

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