Spring ISD adapts student code of conduct to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Spring ISD students who show up to school without a mask or who refuse to wear one during the school day may face a dress code violation, the release states. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Spring ISD students who show up to school without a mask or who refuse to wear one during the school day may face a dress code violation, the release states. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Spring ISD students who show up to school without a mask or who refuse to wear one during the school day may face a dress code violation, the release states. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Spring ISD students could now face disciplinary action for purposefully trying to cough or sneeze on another person, following updates to the student code of conduct approved by the district's board of trustees Aug. 11.

The SISD board of trustees approved several updates to the student code of conduct ahead of the 2020-21 school year, many of which are related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to an Aug. 12 district news release, the code of conduct now includes guidance for how students should behave during in-person learning, including maintaining social distancing, hand washing, wearing masks and keeping the mouth and nose covered while sneezing or coughing.

"We think it's important for everyone to know the expectations so that we can keep our school community safe," Chief Academic Officer Khechara Bradford said in a statement. "Our goal is to really emphasize how our students all have an individual responsibility to follow these protocols and that there are consequences for not doing so."

SISD students can now also face disciplinary action for refusing to adhere to social distancing standards or for removing personal protective equipment, such as a mask, with the goal of trying to harm or threaten another person with bodily fluids. Additionally, students who show up to school without a mask or who refuse to wear one during the school day may face a dress code violation, the release states.

"Our goal is to educate, coach and basically raise awareness about all of our new safety protocols," Bradford said. "These changes to our code of conduct give us a way to enforce these measures and keep everyone safe."


Bradford added that all schools will have extra masks should a student occasionally forget their own mask.

To view SISD's code of conduct for the 2020-21 school year, click here. To request one in print, email Director of Student Affairs Thomas Graham at tgraham@springisd.org.
By Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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