Since late November 2016, AHISD leaders dedicated a great deal of time to the review and the revision of the current Academic Integrity Guidelines as well as the 24 Hour Code of Leadership through an extensive collaborative process outlined below:
- Meetings with current Administration (November)
- Meeting with Attorney Counsel and Administration (November)
- Focus Group with AHISD Coaches (November)
- Focus Group with AHISD Department Chairs (December)
- Focus Group with AHISD Head Coaches (December)
- Half day session -Student Leadership Forum (January)
- Half day session with District Education Advisory Council Subcommittee- DEAC (January)
- Update Presentation to Board of Trustees (January)
- Meeting with DEAC Subcommittee (January)
- Focus Group with Fine Arts Teachers (February)
- Focus Group lunch session with Student Leadership Forum (January)
- Presentation to AHISD Board of Trustees (February)
- Focus Group with High School Site Based Decision Making Team (February)
On March 8, 2017, the AHISD Board of Trustees reviewed the final draft of these revisions. Updated guidelines for Academic Integrity as well as a new Extracurricular Code is ready for publication. The intent of these guidelines is to provide our students with clear expectations to help guide the decisions and choices they make as they work to grow into the outstanding characteristics evident within our AHISD Profile of a Learner. Careful consideration has been made to attempt to align appropriate and varied consequences to violations in an attempt to support students who do make mistakes along the way with consequences that are fair and meant to help shape behavior.
We heard a strong need to move away from a blanketed consequence structure for a variety of violations. We also heard the need to be more transparent about our expectations, our processes, and our communication efforts. These recommendations have changed the former 24 Hour Code one page document into an Extracurricular Code multi-page document that is clear, transparent, and detailed in the expectations we have for our students who are representing our school to a greater community through the participation in our extracurricular offerings. Student voice and language is a major part of this final product.
Both of these updated guidelines will be fully rolled out to parents and students through multiple forums at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. This spring, however, we will work to communicate the revisions with all staff members (including administrators, teachers, club sponsors, and coaches). Time will also be spent this spring working to design learning opportunities to be delivered to our students through the advisory periods early in the new school year. This will ultimately ensure that all students have a clear understanding of expectations and consequences for violations. All AHISD students will be afforded a “fresh start” even with consequences that happened in the past.
Extracurricular Code Guidelines
Academic Integrity Guidelines