Tag: Policies

I’m writing to you about your contradiction on ” pets on school grounds ” signs. Your signs all start with ” No pets on school grounds “, but then you go on about ” having your pets on a leash”, ” cleaning up after your pet”, and so forth. I personally own pets, but I would never think about bringing them to school events. I’m really getting annoyed with pet owners letting there dogs urinate on bleachers, fences and corners of buildings along the sports fields. When your cleaning up after your dog, your not getting all of it! This needs to be addressed!

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Thanks for highlighting that contradiction. We will certainly review relevant policies and signage to ensure a consistent practice. 

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What is with this “no dairy” policy? My child’s snack is not allowed to have milk in it (kindergarten) If the school is going to get strict about food allergies then the school should provide the snacks

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Our district does not have a dairy-free policy. It may be classroom specific due to the needs of the classroom. Please contact your principal with concerns.

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so I’m sure you get a lot of complaints about the dress code but I would just like to ask why the guys can wear whatever they want without being dress coded and the girls are told to change and they get a dress code…? this is completely unfair and it is body shaming all the girls who get dress coded. many students and people in general suffer from anxiety and depression from bulling and stress from school but they should be able to wear the clothes they feel comfortable in. I just wanna speak up as a student because I believe this is a problem and we should be able to fix it. Thanks for your time

Written by on September 5, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The dress code is pretty comprehensive covering both boys and girls. The main goal is to make sure students are safe and not distracted from the educational process.

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It is my understanding that the high school principal and other administrators initiated a meeting with an imam seeking advice on how the school could be more tolerant and accommodate Muslim students in fulfilling their cultural and religious obligations. Based on this meeting, Ramadan prayer rooms were made available to Muslim students to fulfill their religious obligations privately, during the school day on the Shen campus. Did these same administrators meet with religious leaders from other faith communities and implement their suggestions in the same manner? If not, the school district is favoring one religion above all other. Unconstitutional. The reasonable solution is to allow all students permission to leave campus to fulfill their religious obligations at home or within their faith community.

Written by on June 12, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Actually yes. Several years ago the district brought together a number of religious leaders to help create the Religious Observances and Instructional-Related Activities policy 8630 and regulation 8360R

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Hello, I’m a Catholic student who goes to High school west and I have some questions about the room set up for praying. Is the school paying for it? If so, then isn’t it a violation of separation of church and the state? I understand that the room is there already but it costs money to maintain it and I was wondering where that money is coming from. I also understand that I am able to use it, but I’m against it if it’s coming from tax payer dollars, and I’m not sure how people can considerate it hateful to be against supporting the prayer room if it’s open for everyone. Thank you

Written by on June 7, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The room is not set up for praying. There are no religious anything in the room. It is currently an unused office space that we are allowing students to use if they need a private spot to fulfill their religious obligations. We have a Christian prayer group that prays around our flag pole that […]

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Are teachers allowed to touch students? I have had many cases where lunch aids touched me without consent, and one of those cases ended up in some of my hair being torn out. I feel this is a violation of some kind, but I would like some feedback on whether this is allowed, or not. as I would like to report the aids, but I am not sure if they are violating any policy

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  It depends, in terms of the intent and familiarity. Clearly, any and all inappropriate touching is prohibited and will be severely addressed.  We strongly urge you to bring the matter directly to the attention of the building principal. See BOE Policy https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K0QueY_TiwPw7bXhcYo1BmT0y1NgqYsmKecqzP-4H0Y/view

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What are the attendance requirements for graduating? I can’t find them anywhere on the site

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. You can find the district attendance policy: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16RkTOzfb6wmzRWLULae_uSObE3IvG42X534v3VXuUSc/view and regulation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Cd8b4NfcXvaywqUFePr0gcP8dpAIyfzzSFnWdGj5ERo/view

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The Dignity for All Students Act on the website seems to mix ‘harassment’, ‘bullying’ and ‘discrimination’. For example this sentence “DASA requires that at least one staff member at every school be trained as a Dignity Act Coordinator to handle issues related to race, color, weight,national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender and sex.” Does this mean that the DASA is only applicable based on these criteria?

Written by on March 8, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Our policy and regulation define what Dignity for All Students is.  Please see the link here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EqgpRq4DUtqn1RA1JoqorOrkx7-To7By-V-cssRIZOo/view. DASA covers those protected areas you mentioned.  In addition, the district has a policy 4420 ANTI-HARASSMENT IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

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I love the therapy dogs in school and my dog is working on therapy dog training. Is there any way he can become a therapy dog? Thanks

Written by on March 8, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  In accordance with district policy 4450 we do allow therapy dogs.  However, you would have to work with your building level administration to determine the need and feasibility of this happening.

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Is it acceptable for teachers to openly criticize Trump and promote Hillary?

Written by on March 7, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Please see BOE Policy 6193: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYU6Dei8YLG8wyawzZ6dtQqj7ETafRtxSRlH8vdb8JQ/view

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