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Parents of students who are new to Denison ISD should adhere to the following enrollment guidelines:
Pre-enroll at the school your student will be attending, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To determine which school your child should attend, call 903-462-7000 and give your Denison home address to the receptionist, who will look the address up on a district map and inform you of the name and address of your child’s school.
Required items for enrolling your child/children in school: child’s Social Security Card, current immunization records, copy of child’s birth certificate, and proof of Denison residence if available. For student enrollment in the district’s Pre-K and Head Start programs, children must be four years old by September 1st and parents must also provide proof of income and Medicaid or insurance card
At Denison High School and B. McDaniel Middle School, the following dress codes and campus rules apply to everyone:
• There is no cell phone prohibition at the high school. However, cell phones and/or electronic devices cannot be a distraction in the classroom. If they ARE deemed a distraction in the classroom, they will be confiscated.
• Clothing must not create a disruption.
• No backless tops or dresses, bare midriffs, see-through blouses or strapless clothing (i.e., halter tops, tube tops, short t-shirts, one-strap or strapless shirts and dresses.
• No tank tops for boys.
• All girls’ tops must have at least one-inch straps.
• No spaghetti straps allowed.
• No exposed cleavage.
• No clothing with slogans advertising tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal substances or derogatory/controversial/vulgar slogans, pictures or language.
• No holes in clothing.
• No sleeveless t-shirts or sweatshirts.
• Shorts, skirts and dresses must be no more than three (3) inches above the knee (must be appropriate when standing, sitting, stooping and bending).
• No exposed undergarments, which must be worn by all students.
• No sagging. Pants MUST be worn at the natural waistline.
• No unnatural hair colors or extreme hair styles (i.e., spikes, mohawks or any inappropriate styles or colors).
• Appropriate footwear must be worn. No roller skate shoes of house shoes.
• Beards must be clean and neatly trimmed at all times.
• No body piercing jewelry other than in ears.
• Caps, hats and other head coverings are not to be worn in the buildings.
• Non-prescription sunglasses are not allowed in the buildings.
One additional rule applies at B. McDaniel Middle School:
• No backpacks allowed on campus.
"We want everyone to be comfortable, presentable and safe at all times…and certainly never disruptive under any circumstances," said DHS Vice Principal John Parker. "When shopping for school clothes, we urge all parents and students to follow the rules, help students make good choices, and always remember that the rules will be strictly enforced."
B. McDaniel Principal Alvis Dunlap agrees. "We monitor and enforce all of our rules and dress codes on a daily basis, and the results create a much more orderly and safe learning environment for our students. In the end, everyone benefits."
Parker pointed to “no bare midriffs, no inappropriate hair color, no sagging and no body piercing jewelry anywhere other than ears” as the rules that students most often disobey. "We do enforce the dress code rules. It will keep our students focused on learning...which is why we’re here!”
At the elementary level, school officials say they have established a dress code that promotes an orderly environment, is conducive to appropriate behavior and is representative of community standards, while also allowing for sufficient comfort and style:
• Non-prescription sunglasses are not permitted in school buildings.
• Students should not wear clothing that is disruptive in class or on campus.
• No bare midriffs, see-through blouses or strapless clothing is allowed. Sundresses are allowed if modestly cut.
• Items of clothing with provocative, offensive, violent or drug-related pictures or slogans are not allowed. Items advertising alcoholic beverages or tobacco products are also prohibited.
• T-shirts and sweatshirts must have sleeves.
• No hats, caps, bandanas, hoods or wallet chains are allowed.
• Students in grades Pre-K through 5 may wear shorts that are no more than 3 (three) inches above the knee in length when weather is appropriate.
• Tennis shoes must be worn in the gymnasium.
Parents of students at all levels should also be aware that the principal and administrators have the authority to regulate any other attire or fashion trends which are deemed to be inappropriate or disruptive.
"The administration, along with sponsors, coaches or others in charge of extracurricular activities, will regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in school activities," said Parker. "We feel our rules are very appropriate and reasonable and fair. We expect compliance."
Consequences for violations:
First Offense: Warning
Second Offence: DMC
As world events continue to focus on terrorism and natural disasters, questions arise about emergency preparedness in our schools. At the District level, the Superintendent maintains contact with local officials, including law enforcement and emergency responders. The District Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is reviewed annually and updated as needed.
Campus EOPs are specific to each campus, require annual training for all staff members, and include a campus hazard assessment. During the school year, drills are conducted to help students and employees practice lock-downs, shelter-in-place situations, and/or evacuation procedures. Campus administrators use the results of these drills to determine if procedural changes are needed.
If a campus lock-down occurs, parents should be aware that no one will be allowed to enter the building except emergency responders. Students will not be permitted to leave the building until the appropriate responding agency determines it is safe to do so. Following a campus lock-down, students may be released to parents in an organized manner, following campus procedures.
For security reasons, details about possible evacuation sites will not be released. The nature and proximity of the emergency (or threat) will determine which evacuation sites to use. If an evacuation occurs, parents should monitor local media for information about where and when to pick up their children.
Other forms of communicating emergency information may include:
• Classroom telephones
• District website
• Print media
• District cell phones
It is imperative for parents to provide schools with accurate, up-to-date emergency contact numbers. Additionally, parents should designate in writing the name & contact information for each person who is permitted to pick up their children. As information changes, parents must inform the schools immediately.
Denison ISD is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students and staff. For additional information, contact Lee McNair, DISD Assistant Superintendent / Emergency Operations Coordinator at (903)462-7036 or via email: email@example.com.
Saturday, May 18, 2013