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 [email protected].
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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