Policies & procedures
- Attendance policy
- Cell phone procedures
- Classroom expectations
- Dress code
- Drop off and delivery policy
- Items required for enrollment
- Online student services request
- Student ID badges
- Visitor procedures
- If you know that your child is going to be absent, you may email Ms. Baeza, our Attendance Clerk.
- Students may be excused for absences resulting from personal illness, illness or death in the family, quarantine, or any other unusual cause acceptable to the principal of the school in which the student is enrolled. (Educ. Code 21.035)
- Excessive absences for your student may result in loss of credit and truancy being filed.
- To report student absences, a parent/guardian should send a note with the student when he/she returns to the attendance clerk Ms. Baeza in the front office, or send an e-mail message to the attendance clerk. Please contact the attendance clerk to make sure all student absentee note(s) have been turned into the front office by your child at (972)494-8391.
- A student has 3 days from the last missed day to turn in the absence note. After that time, the absence will be coded as unexcused.
- Medical and dental appointments are not counted as an absence if the student returns to school the same day as the appointment with a written note from the doctor. Students should alternate class periods in order that the same class is not missed repeatedly.
Cell phones have become a way of life, a technological convenience that has impacted all of our lives in one way or another. However, cell phones have become a distraction and interruption to the school environment. The ringing of the cell phones during class and text messaging takes away from the valuable time needed for instruction and, most importantly, student learning.
To be consistent with our campus mission, vision, and goals, we will begin a new electronic device policy effective August 8, 2023. The new policy protects the privacy, dignity, and respect of all staff and students throughout the school day.
Students will not be allowed to use any electronic devices during the school day (8:15-4:10). This excludes campus-issued Chromebooks or any medically-required devices. Medically-required devices must be documented with the school nurse and/or in the student's IEP. Prior to entering the building, students will turn off and put away all electronic devices (cell phones, AirPods, smartwatches, earbuds, headphones...etc.) and will keep them turned off until after school dismissal. Note: Smartwatches may be worn for the watch-feature only. If the student is caught using the messaging or cell features, it will be confiscated.
Electronic devices are expected to be kept in the student’s backpacks at all times. They should not be visible throughout the school day. This includes, but is not limited to: classrooms, hallways, restrooms, cafeteria, gymnasium, library, and other common areas.
The best security for the devices is to be left at home. Parents are urged to utilize the school phone to relay any messages that may be urgent in nature to their child. We will relay any critical information to your child.
NOTE: If a student is found to be in possession of the devices, they will be confiscated and delivered to the main office.
Consequences and fees will be as follows
A parent or guardian will be contacted.
Student may pick up the phone at the end of the day in the office.
A parent or guardian will need to sign for the device(s) at the end of the day.
A parent or guardian will be contacted.
Student may pick up the phone at the end of the day in the office.
The device(s) will be held in the office until the end of the school year.
If a student refuses to comply with a request to surrender the devices by any member of the faculty or staff and/or administrator, the student will be considered insubordinate. Rules governing insubordination will apply as outlined in the student handbook.
We will continue to refer to and enforce GISD School Board Policy FNCE (Local) as described in the Student Code of Conduct. This policy is in the student handbook.
Progressive discipline steps
- Verbal or non-verbal redirection
- Private student/teacher conference
- Buddy room. Written reflection and reflective conference upon return
- Contact home with a phone call, email, REMIND or Talking Points
- Classroom incident documented in Review 360 and phone call
- Office referral in Review 360
Serious infractions may result in an automatic administrator referral.
Students of Bussey Middle School must be in compliance with the Garland ISD while within the building and at any school events.
Standardized dress is made up of clothing that meets a particular description but is not a specific brand of clothing. Any brand is acceptable as long as no logos or brand names are visible. School issued ID badges must be visible at all times.
Bussey standardized dress
SHIRTS–red, white, or navy polo-style knit shirts with collars and buttons (three or less). Shirts may be long or short sleeves. All shirts must be of appropriate size and fit. Additionally the following colors have been added for each grade level.
2023-24 SHIRTS–6th grade gold, 7th grade gray, 8th grade black
PANTS/SLACKS/TROUSERS – navy, or khaki traditional style (no cargo pants or black bottoms), Pants must be worn at the waist level at all times (no sagging). All pants, slacks and trousers must be of appropriate size and fit.
SKIRTS/SHORTS/CAPRI PANTS – navy, or khaki, knee-length or longer, finished hemline, same style as pants.
SWEATSHIRTS OR SWEATERS – These may be worn as a uniform with the same color scheme as the shirt. No pouch or hoods may be worn on sweatshirts.
NO TORN CLOTHING ALLOWED. This includes jeans worn on spirit dress days or modified dress days.
COATS and JACKETS- These may be worn to school but must be unzipped or unbutton showing uniform shirt and ID badge.
SHOES AND SOCKS – Footwear includes socks with tennis shoes, loafers, dress shoes or other closed toe and heel shoes, shoes must enclose the entire foot; tennis shoes will be necessary for PE class. No sandals, house shoes/slippers, flip-flops or boots of any kind will be worn at school.
BELTS - Belts are required for pants, shorts, or skirts that have belt loops. Belts must be worn around their waist at all times. No large belt buckles will be allowed. No writing on the belt.
Garland ISD grooming policy
The GISD Student Dress Code is intended to: (1) teach students grooming and hygiene; (2) create and maintain a respectful and positive learning environment; (3) prevent the disruption, interference with, or detraction from the educational environment and school activities; and (4) minimize health and safety hazards.
Note: This dress code provides guidance regarding common situations but cannot cover every style of dress and specific situations that may arise. The District reserves the right to prohibit any clothing or grooming style that the administration determines to be reasonably expected to pose a health or safety hazard or to cause disruption of, distraction from, or interference with general school operations. In addition, certain classes, courses or extracurricular programs may have additional requirements or guidelines for students participating in those programs.
Please ensure that students comply with the following:
Garments must allow for participation in all regular school activities while maintaining dignity and modesty.
Apparel that advertises or depicts alcohol, drugs, nudity, tobacco products, any other substance prohibited under FNCF(Legal), violent or criminal themes, gang membership, obscene language and/or obscene graphics, will not be permitted. Any disruptive or distracting mode of clothing or appearance that adversely impacts the educational process is not acceptable.
Extremes in modes of dress, such as see through clothing, exposed midriffs, or clothing normally considered as undergarments are not acceptable.
All articles of clothing must be worn as they are designed to be worn.
Undergarments should not be visible.
Shorts of modest length, loose fitting, and hemmed may be worn by students.
Dresses and skirts should be of modest length and fit.
Extremely sloppy, badly torn, or inappropriately torn/slit/ripped clothing is prohibited.
Shoes must be worn. Taps, metal plates, cleats, or wheels on shoes will not be permitted.
Students may not wear house shoes, pajamas tops or bottoms, boxers, or other sleepwear as outerwear.
Hair, including facial hair, must be clean, groomed, and by the nature of the style does not intend to create a distraction.
Inappropriate hair designs/insignias are prohibited.
Hair color that is disruptive or distracting to the school environment is prohibited. Hair must either be a natural color or naturally tinted or colored in a blended and balanced manner.
Hair must be kept out of the eyes and must not be a distraction.
Students may not wear hair curlers, rollers, hair picks, combs, or brushes in their hair.
Hats, caps, bandanas, sweat bands, hoods, visors, or other nonreligious head coverings should not be worn in the school building.
Earrings are limited to the ears for all students. Earrings include clip earrings, pierced earrings or studs, or any item used as a post in a pierced ear.
Facial and body piercing of any kind is prohibited.
Jewelry that causes a distraction or that could be dangerous to the student or other individuals are prohibited (i.e. spiked/studded jewelry, chokers, dog collars, necklaces made out of safety pins or chain links, etc.)
All inappropriate or distractive tattoos must be covered at all times while in the school building or at school-related activities, or school-sponsored events. Non-distracting tattoos may also be required to be covered (campus administrator discretion).
Sponsors of extracurricular activities may set individual dress and appearance standards with the approval of campus administration.
All students must have their student ID visible at all times.
The safety of our Bussey Owlets is of the upmost importance to our faculty and staff. The following ID policy will improve student safety and security on campus, allowing staff member and students to identify each person they come into contact with while in the building.
- Students will be issued an ID badge.
- Students must wear their ID badge around their neck on a lanyard EVERY DAY.
- Replacement ID will cost $5 each occurance.
Visitors are not allowed on campus per GISD face to face handbook. If you would like a face to face meeting, please schedule an appointment. Please make sure you have a valid ID to show before entering the building. When arriving ring the front door bell and our office staff will be happy to assist you. We do ask for your patience while the office staff ensures student safety by following district policies and procedures.
- Appropriate use
- Inappropriate use
- Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
- Consequences of inappropriate use
- Links to download the AUP
- Students must only open, view, modify, and delete their own computer files.
- Internet use in the classroom must be directly related to school assignments and projects
- Students will be assigned individual email and network accounts and must use only those accounts and passwords that they have been granted permission by the district to use. All account activity should be for educational purposes only.
- Students must immediately report threatening messages or discomforting Internet files/sites to a teacher.
- Students must at all times use the district’s electronic communications system, including email, wireless network access, and digital tools/resources to communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful.
- Students are responsible at all times for their use of the district’s electronic communications system and must assume personal responsibility to behave ethically and responsibly, even when technology provides them freedom to do otherwise.
- Students will use GISDWI-FI access for filtering purposes on Bring Your Own Device
The Garland Independent School District provides a variety of electronic communications systems for educational purposes. The electronic communications system is defined as the District’s network (including the wireless network), servers, computer workstations, mobile technologies, peripherals, applications, databases, online resources, Internet access, email, and any other technology designated for use by students, including all new technologies as they become available. This also includes any access to the Garland ISD electronics system while on or near school property, in school vehicles and at school-sponsored activities, and includes the appropriate use of district technology resources via off-campus remote access. Please note that the Internet is a network of many types of communication and information networks, including Digital resources, and is part of the district’s electronic communications systems. Digital applications offer a variety of communication, collaboration, and educational creativity opportunities.
In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, Garland Independent School District educates staff and students regarding appropriate online behavior to ensure Internet safety, including use of email and online resources, and has deployed filtering technology and protection measures to restrict access to inappropriate content such as those that are illegal, obscene or harmful to minors. While every effort is made to provide the most secure and optimal learning environment, it is not possible to absolutely prevent access (accidental or otherwise) to inappropriate content. If you come across any inappropriate content or communication notify a teacher or parent immediately. It is each student’s responsibility to follow the guidelines for appropriate and acceptable use.
- Wireless Hotspots not provided by GISD are prohibited on the GISD network.
- Using the district’s electronic communications system for illegal purposes including, but not limited to, cyberbullying, gambling, pornography, and computer hacking.
- Disabling or attempting to disable or bypass any system monitoring or filtering or security measures, including deleting browser history to conceal internet patterns.
- Sharing user names and passwords with others; and/or borrowing someone else’s username, password, or account access.
- Purposefully opening, viewing, using or deleting files belonging to another system user without permission.
- Electronically posting personally identifying information about one’s self or others (i.e. addresses, phone numbers, and pictures).
- Downloading or plagiarizing copyrighted information without permission from the copyright holder.
- Intentionally introducing a virus or other malicious programs onto the district’s system.
- Electronically posting messages or accessing materials that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.
- Gaining unauthorized access to restricted information or network resources.
Cyberbullying is defined as the use of any Internet-connected device for the purpose of bullying, harassing, or intimidating another student. This includes, but may not be limited to:
- Sending abusive text messages to cell phones, computers, or Internet-connected game consoles.
- Posting abusive comments on someone’s blog or social networking site (e.g., Instagram or Facebook).
- Creating a social networking site or web page that masquerades as the victim’s personal site and using it to embarrass him or her.
- Making it appear that the victim is posting malicious comments about friends to isolate him or her from friends.
- Posting the victim’s personally identifiable information on a site to put them at greater risk of contact by predators or strangers.
- Sending abusive comments while playing interactive games.
- Recording and distributing media with the intent to manipulate or embarrass others
For students under the age of 13 the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act requires additional parental permission for education software tools that collect personal information about the child. Parents wishing to deny access to these educational tools must do so in writing to the campus principal.
- Appropriate disciplinary or legal action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and applicable laws including monetary damages.
- Suspension of access to the district’s electronic communications system.
- Revocation of the district’s electronic communications system account(s); and/or
- Termination of System User Account: The district may deny, revoke, or suspend specific user’s access to the district’s system with or without cause or notice for lack of use, violation of policy or regulations regarding acceptable network use, or as a result of disciplinary actions against the user.
- Possible criminal action.
The district's system is provided on an "as is, as available" basis. The district does not make any warranties, whether expressed or implied, including, without limitation, those of fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any services provided by the system and any information or software contained therein. The district uses a variety of vendor-supplied hardware and software. Therefore, the district does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software contained on the system will meet the user's requirements. Neither does the district warrant that the system will be uninterrupted or error-free, nor that defects will be corrected.
Opinions, advice, services, and all other information expressed by system users, information providers, service providers, or other third party individuals in the system are those of the providers and not necessarily the district.
The district will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to misuse of the district's computer systems and networks.
To support our mission of providing an exceptional education to all students, we have created policies designed to help your student have the best possible education experience.
- Student Code of Conduct & Handbook (PDF)
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) (PDF)
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)-Spanish (PDF)
- Parent Involvement
Visit the Policies page on the district website for additional polices and related information.