The Student Behavioral Support Systems Department is responsible for coordinating and publishing the Student Code of Conduct (SCOC), a uniform guide regarding behavioral expectations, misbehaviors, and a continuum of disciplinary corrective actions including alternatives to suspensions for all students in all grades of the school district. The department also coordinates student disciplinary concerns and provides services to campus administration regarding appropriate student behavior and discipline.
The department oversees the District’s Alternative Education Program Placements and the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program Placements to ensure a safe and secure learning environment that is conducive to learning. Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code defines two types of alternative education programs:
- Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) is an alternative education program for students who violate a district's Student Code of Conduct or certain other offenses such as a felony offense.
- Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) is a placement for some students who have been expelled from school for more severe offenses.
US Surgeon General list several health risks:
- Heavy metals like nickel, tin, and lead
- Damage the respiratory system
- E-Cigs contain dangerous chemicals
- Adolescent nicotine exposure can cause addiction
- Hardens the developing brain
CDC and Prevention states:
- E-Cigs use among teens has risen
- Surpassed current use of every other tobacco product
- Nicotine is dangerous for kids at any age
- Vaping exposes users to harmful chemicals and toxic metal particles like nickel, tin, and lead.
- Vape flavors come from chemicals that aren’t safe to inhale. Inhaling flavor chemicals harm the lungs.
- Some vapes claim to be nicotine-free but contain toxic metal particles
- Vaping delivers nicotine to the brain within 10 seconds, making humans vulnerable to nicotine addiction.
- Nicotine exposure disrupts normal brain development in teens which increases impulsivity and mood disorders
The Student Behavioral Support Systems Department has been working in conjunction with other student support departments and with students and staff at the CTC. Vaping has become a part of something teenagers are dealing with more and more each day and these departments have worked diligently to try to educate students on the harmful effects of vaping. To that end, the link below has several videos/PSA’s that have been created to assist in getting this message across to students.
Bullying is when a student engages in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district.
Cyberbullying is the use of any electronic or digital device to engage in bullying and/or intimidation.
Common places where Cyberbullying occurs:
- Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
- SMS (Short Message Service): Text Message sent through devices
- Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
In order to be investigated as Bullying, the behavior should:
- have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging property, or place a student in reasonable fear of harm.
- be sufficiently severe, persistent, and/or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the student.
In order to be considered as Bullying, the conduct should:
- exploit an imbalance of power between the student perpetrator who is engaging in bullying and the student victim through written or verbal expression or physical conduct.
- interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operation of the school.