TIGER TALK: Common Legal Issues in Public Schools

TIGER TALKS are a series of seminars, workshops and presentations sponsored by the Dripping Springs ISD Council of PTAs.* The topics vary widely from our first Tiger Talk on vaping to last year's Talk co-sponsored with the Dripping Springs Education Foundation and DSISD Counselors "Parent University" on "The Science of Resilience" and the first of 2021-22, "Understanding the Teen Brain."

Our second Tiger Talk for this year will explore common legal issues for parent/guardian  in Texas public schools. Presented and moderated by Texas attorneys topics covered during this presentation include:

•    Hierarchy of schools overview
•    HIPAA doesn't apply to schools, so what does?  
•    Family issues -- Parents rights, grandparent rights, visitation, etc
•    Bullying and harassment  
•    Students rights 
•    Informal and formal complaint processes – the best way to solve concerns 

The Tiger Talk is free; however, we are asking participants to register and you will be sent the link to the live presentation. REGISTER HERE  If you are unable to watch the live presentation, come back to this website after the presentation and watch anytime (check under the "Parent Resources" tab)

*You don't have to be a PTA member to access this talk, but it would be very appreciated support: visit joinpta.org to join one school or join join a feeder pattern or even all the DSISD school's PTAs at https://tinyurl.com/tigersroarmembership.



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May be an image of text that says 'TIGER TIP LINE 7'The Tiger Tip Line is a system that allow students, parents, school staff, or community members to report information about potential threats to students or others. Tip lines work by identifying harms and threats before they happen rather than waiting to respond to an event. They allow schools to leverage knowledge from students about potential threats to school safety and other problems schools face daily such as bullying, substance use, and self-harm. The tips can be made anonymously if you wish, but adding your contact information will allow administrators to get more information, as a result, increase the likelihood of getting a helpful resolution. DSISD notes that "[i]t is important to note that messages are received during business hours only as they are checked by school administrators." That page can be found at https://www.dsisdtx.us/Page/1748 and is in the DSISD app, found in the Apple and Android app stores (free). The webpage also has a link on the side menu to the "Standard Response Protocols" which are the 4 protocols schools will take in an emergency situation, based on the type of emergency. This pdf will also list all the school's alternate location -- this is where your student would be transported in the case of a disaster or emergency needing an alternate location.

District Long-Range Facility Planning Committee Reconvenes


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The Long-Range Facility Planning Committee (LRFPC) reconvened for its first meeting of the 2021-22 school year on 10/5/2021.  The LRFPC is an advisory committee made up of a cross section of community members, parents, and staff. The committee is charged with creating a comprehensive, long-range facilities plan for DSISD buildings and facilities that will accomodate the needs of the students and district over the next 5-10 years.  The committee will strive to balance student needs with the rapid growth in the area, and the concerns of all stakeholders.   The plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees as a recommendation.  Final decisions rest with the school board.

This video recording of the first meeting can be found at dsisdtx.us/LRFPC, along with the agenda for this meeting, as well as the previous meetings.

The Long-Range Facility Planning Committee (LRFPC) reconvened for its first meeting of the 2021-22 school year on Oct. 5. This video recording of the meeting can be found at dsisdtx.us/LRFPC, along with the agenda for this meeting, as well as the previous meetings.


National PTA has recognized Dripping Springs Elementary and Dripping Springs Elementary PTA (DSE PTA) and Sycamore Springs Middle School and Sycamore Springs Middle School PTA (SSMS PTA) as  2020-2022 Schools of Excellence for their accomplishments in building a strong, effective family-school partnership that is enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.

“We are thrilled to honor the accomplishments of Dripping Springs Elementary and DSE PTA and Sycamore Springs Middle School and SSMS PTA,” said Anna King, president of National PTA. “Their efforts have made a positive impact for all students, families and their school, which has been and continues to be more important than ever, especially given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

National PTA’s School of Excellence program is a year-long commitment to improving family-school partnerships. Throughout the year, PTAs and schools collect feedback from their school communities to create and implement plans of action to make a difference for every child. Through the School of Excellence program, PTAs and families become key partners in decision-making and school improvement efforts. The program opens the lines of communication and critical thinking within school communities to make data-drive decisions that yield positive, long-term results.

“It has been especially critical to have open lines of communication, strong family-school partnerships and families as key partners in decision-making process during the COVID-19 pandemic. We must continue to keep these practices going in the new school year to address learning gaps experienced during the pandemic and support students’ social and emotional needs,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “National PTA’s School of Excellence program can help strengthen or rebuild family-school partnerships while we continue to recover from the effects of COVID-19 and ensure students, families and schools have what they need to thrive.” 

Dripping Springs Elementary and DSE PTA and Sycamore Springs Middle School and SSMS PTA are two of only 351 PTAs and schools nationwide to be designated a 2020-2022 School of Excellence. Both PTAs worked with their school administration, staff, teachers and community to identify areas to improve and embarked on a yearlong mission to make their communities stronger.

To celebrate their achievements, National PTA presented Dripping Springs Elementary and DSE PTA, and Sycamore Springs Middle School and SSMS PTA with a certificate and a National PTA School of Excellence banner to hang in their school. For more information about the National PTA School of Excellence program, visit PTA.org/Excellence.