The Eagle Pass Independent School District Board of Trustees held a meeting on Tuesday August 8, 2017 in which they heard a presentation/discussion over proposed additions to the Student Code of Conduct 2017-2018 School Year including certain reform regarding bullying and the banning of Fidget Spinners or like gadgets in all school campuses among other additions.
During the course of the meeting EPISD Board President Lupita Fuentes presented the trustees with the proposals from Clint Wheeler DAEP Director and Samuel Mijares Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction. The new additions to the existing Student Code of Conduct rules booklet include the prohibiting of Fidget Spinners or like gadgets.
“Another important add on was to Section XVII Bullying and other Types of Harassment. Eagle Pass ISD encourages that all students and staff members to foster a climate of mutual respect for others to enhance the districts educational purpose.ach student is expected to respect the rights and privileges of other students teachers and District staff members. Students shall not engage in harassment motivated by age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, marital status, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity and or gender expression directed toward another student.”
“A substantial determination of harassment against the student show result in disciplinary action. The term harassment includes repeated unwelcome and offensive jokes, slurs and or other oral written graphic or physical conduct relating to an individual’s race,color, religion, national origin or disability that creates and intimidating hostile or offensive educational environment. The term also includes threatening to cause harm or bodily injury to another student and gauging it in sexually intimidating contact causing physical damage to the property of another student subjecting another student to physical confinement or restraint or maliciously taking any action that substantially harms another student’s physical or emotional health of safety.”
The board went on to discuss the procedures for investigating any claim of bullying and what will be done with certain cases of those alleged misconduct. The add-ons to the student code of conduct also include cyber bullying among the new bullying reform being approved by the Eagle Pass Independent School District.