KARNES CITY -- Changes to the student and parent handbook for the 2012-2013 school year were presented to the Karnes City Independent School District (KCISD) board of trustees during the August 6 regular meeting.
The KCISD campus principals summarized to the board the handbook changes that gave more specific and updated wording in regards to the standards and policies of the school district. The changes to the handbook are meant to give a clearer definition to both students and parents relating to school policy.
The most prominent and expansive changes came with the high school handbook.
“We’re always trying to find ways that we can stay focused on instruction and also create an environment that is understanding of cultural diversity,” said high school principal Tom Warlick. “We also want to have understanding of the world our students are growing up in, while also maintaining high expectations.”
Warlick expounded on the dress and grooming code within the handbook. Standards for clothing and accessories, proper lengths of various types of clothing, and rules regarding hats/head apparel were given greater definition.
Grooming changes focused mainly on hair. According to the handbook, distracting hairstyles (unnatural hair coloring, spikes, ponytails, or dreadlocks) and hair ornaments (rakes, picks, curlers, grooming combs, or beads) will not be allowed. Hair must have no lewd, vulgar, offensive, or obscene designs or insignias cut into the hair; no hairstyles are to extend more than two inches above the skull.
Warlick explained updates on the policy of electronic devices and technology resources in regards to unauthorized possession and use of personal telecommunications devices, including mobile phones, on school campuses.
More important changes for the 2012-2013 school year the handbook states are issues of grade classification, grading guidelines, and tardiness.
Junior high principal Vanessa Pawelek and elementary vice-principal Anthony Annis gave their own presentations to the board regarding the student/parent handbook changes that were unique to their specific campuses and student age-groups.