A safe, orderly, and supportive environment are essential for learning to occur. School safety is the top priority at Marshall. General expectations for behavior are outlined in this handbook. If student behavior disrupts the education of others, or if they behave in a dangerous manner toward themselves or others, then a discipline referral may be written to an assistant principal. The discipline referral will be placed in the student’s discipline folder, and a record of the action taken will be recorded. Consequences may include student conference, After School and/or Lunch Detention, In-School Suspension (ISS), Home School Suspension (HSS), Expulsion, and/or removal to the Alternative Learning Center (ALC). In addition to disciplinary referrals and consequences, Marshall staff will work with students and their families to teach students behaviors necessary for success. All parents/guardians are given the AISD Student Success Guide at the start of the school year and are strongly encouraged to read it. Parents should encourage their children to make positive choices about conduct at school.

Please review the AISD Student Success Guide with your student.

* Even if you do not read the document, your student still must follow the rules in it*.

Discipline at Marshall is designed to teach students the appropriate way to respond and manage emotions and actions. We encourage all students to be responsible citizens of the school community. Marshall uses Positive Behaviors Intervention & Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Discipline to teach students appropriate and expected behaviors. Teaching appropriate behavior draws on the professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on a range of discipline techniques. Factors considered include the seriousness of the offense, the frequency of misbehavior, the student’s attitude and abilities, the effect of the misconduct on the school environment, and requirements of law. As a result of these factors, discipline for a particular offense (unless otherwise specified by law) may vary.

  • Reteach school-wide behavior expectations
  • Restitution 
  • Apology letters 
  • Community service 
  • Verbal redirection 
  • Opportunity to use self-directed control strategies 
  • Parent-teacher conferences 
  • Mediation 
  • Backpack/student searches 
  • Confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process 
  • Sending the student to the office or other assigned area 
  • Counseling/mediation/mentoring by teachers, counselors, SRO and/or administrative personnel
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Consistent consequences for problem behaviors 
  • Frequent breaks 
  • Reminders 
  • Frequent check-ins or required 1:1 check-in/out 
  • Targeted social skills instruction 
  • Withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities 
  • Detention(s) 
  • In-School Suspensions & Home Suspensions
  • Seating changes in the classroom 
  • Behavior contracts 
  • Assignment to another classroom; change of schedule 
  • Withdrawing or restricting bus privileges 
  • Stay Away Agreement 
  • Criminal Trespass Warning (CTW)

Our campus’ discipline policies are designed to maintain a positive learning environment for all students. The discipline matrix is designed as a guide for establishing clear and consistent consequences for specified offenses. Schoolwide expectations for behavior are clearly stated, widely promoted, and frequently referenced. The administration reserves the right, from time to time, to deviate from the stated consequences depending on the uniqueness of the situation.


Teachers and administrators may assign detention to students as a consequence of failing to follow campus expectations. Other methods, such as private conversations with students, parent contact, and parent conferences will be used prior to assigning student detentions. Detentions will be monitored by Marshall staff and can be scheduled for the following days:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

If your student does not attend their assigned detention date, further disciplinary action will be taken

  • Everyone should take pride in the school building and school grounds to ensure a clean and attractive learning environment. 
  • Students are expected to pick up all paper and litter from the classroom at the end of each class period. 
  • Please encourage your student to be a thoughtful citizen and to contribute to the physical well-being of the campus.
  • Students marking on or damaging school equipment/property in any way will be required to clean the article. 
  • Students and parents are responsible for damage to school property or materials loaned to the students. 
  • Marshall believes in restorative practices and students may be assigned community service to repair the damage to school property. 
  • In some cases, payment may be required to replace damaged items. 
  • Any damage that causes disruption to the school environment, or safety or impedes the learning of students may require further disciplinary consequences such as ISS or HSS.
  • Any material that encourages illegal behavior
  • Matches or lighters
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Medicine available without a prescription that isn’t being used the way it is supposed to be used 
  • Prescription or over-the-counter drugs taken in violation of District policy 
  • A student’s own prescription drugs when given to another student or having or being under the influence of another person’s prescription drug
  • Tobacco products, Vape products, Alcohol, marijuana/THC, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia, look-alike drugs or contraband 
  • Any item that could be dangerous, decided by the principal or school staff
  • Razors, box cutters, chains or other objects used in a way that could threaten or hurt someone
  • Knives, bladed instruments, switchblade knives, air guns, toy guns, chemical dispensing devices, mace/pepper spray, fireworks, replica firearms, electronic stunning devices, ammunition and other dangerous items
  • A firearm ; a machine gun; a short-barrel firearm; a firearm silencer; armor-piercing ammunition; a zip gun; a location-restricted knife, defined as a knife with a blade over five-and-a-half inches; a butterfly knife; a club; a prohibited weapon, such as an explosive weapon, knuckles
  •  Any item capable of propelling a projectile and hurting someone by any means BB guns, Airsoft guns, pellet guns 
  • A homemade weapon, defined as a device or item that was manufactured, modified or adapted by an individual for the use or intended use of inflicting harm on another person 
  • Pornographic materials
  • No cell phones 7:50 am - 3:50 pm

We take bullying and harassment seriously here at Marshall Middle School. Any aggressive behavior or intentional harm-doing; can be physical, verbal, emotional, or cyber and is carried out repeatedly over time or creates an imbalance of power. There will be no tolerance for behavior described below:

Examples of bullying include 

  • name calling
  • racial slurs
  • unauthorized, unwanted or inappropriate touching
  • making fun of a person’s appearance
  • telling mean jokes or rumors about someone
  •  threatening to hurt a person
  • shoving or elbowing someone
  • making threatening gestures or postures
  • derogatory comments texted or on social media. 

Students and /or parents can report bullying by completing an incident report.  
Consequences: parent contact, class change, mediation, mandatory bullying course, in-school suspension (ISS), home suspension (HSS), discipline hearing removal to ALC.

Report Bullying

Student will be required to be placed in the DAEP (alternative learning center)  if the student:

  • possesses
  • uses
  • is under the influence
  • sells
  • gives
  • delivers

marijuana, THC, or an e-cigarette with nicotine to another person within 300 feet of school property or at a school-related event.

Please have discussions with your student about the harmful effects of vaping.

If you or your  student is struggling with drug addiction here are resources:

Marshall Counselors

Phoenix House

400 West Live Oak Street
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 214-296-0394 or 1-844-PHTEXAS

Our school maintains a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding physical altercations and the recording of fights within our premises or during any school-related events. We are committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for all individuals involved, and any behavior that compromises this commitment will be met with appropriate consequences. 

If you suspect that another student is going to cause harm to you or someone else immediately make an incident report so administration can intervene. We can’t help if we don’t know!

Possible consequences for physical altercations:

  • ISS (in school suspension)
  • HSS (home school suspension)
  • Stay Away Agreement 
  • Peer Mediation
  • Removal to ALC

Consequences for recording a physical altercation:

  • Cellphone ban

The School Resource Officer, (SRO) help provide a safe and secure environment for Marshall students, employees and visitors by deterring and disrupting criminal activities, enforcing Local and State laws, mentoring students, and providing educational presentations. Our SRO is a certified mental health officer who provide emergency mental health assessments, and are trained in crisis intervention techniques. The SRO is a vital part of our campus crisis management team and are responsible for the safety and security of critical incidents occurring on or near their campuses.

Student Searches

  • Administration and SROs may search students and belongings if they feel there is a need to keep campus safe.
  • Desks, lockers, technology or other things given to the student by the District may be searched at any time.

Let’s make it a great year rams!