"DAVID'S LAW" (SENATE BILL 179)
Effective September 1, 2017, Senate Bill 179, commonly known as “David’s Law,” expands the definition of “bullying” under the Texas Education Code and clarifies that the definition of bullying includes cyberbullying. The bill now gives the school the discretion to punish students for off-campus bullying that is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-sponsored or school-related activity; occurs on a publicly- or privately-owned school bus or vehicle being used to transport students; or is cyberbullying that interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related activity.
If a student believes he/she has been a victim of cyberbullying/bullying, or if a teacher or other school personnel have knowledge about an incident of cyberbullying/bullying, the information should be shared immediately with a campus administrator. Students or parents may contact the district to obtain an Student Complaint Form or (click here to download) that may be used to submit the complaint.
Students and parents may also use Celeste ISD’s STOP!T online reporting app. The anonymous reporting tool is available as an application on each campus website as well as on the district website or installed as a free app on mobile devices. District and school administrators will receive a copy of the submitted bullying report and are responsible for responding to the tip, if sufficient information is provided. STOP!T ensures that Celeste ISD has a system in place for students and parents to report bullying and other safety concerns without fear of being identified. To access STOP!T, click HERE or visit https://appweb.stopitsolutions.com/login/
Use the STOP!T Campus Reporting Access Codes below:
Celeste High School - CHS75423
Celeste Junior High School - CelesteJH
Celeste Elementary School - CES
Please note, STOP!T is not a 24-hour crisis hotline and will only be monitored during school days and school hours. In case of an issue requiring immediate assistance, users are highly encouraged to call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).