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Code of Conduct

Access the complete Code of Conduct for each level: Elementary | Middle School | High School

Code of Conduct booklets can also be obtained from each school's main office.

 

The Dignity for All Students Act

A note to students

You should feel safe at school. People should treat other people the way they would like to be treated. You should be able to learn, do your work, and have fun and be part of activities without worrying about the words or actions of others making you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. We are all different, but no one should be treated differently because of things like how they look or what their family does. It is against school rules to make anyone else feel threatened or unsafe.

A law known as the Dignity for All Students Act focuses on making sure that you and your classmates are safe and feel safe at school. The new law says that it is wrong for students to be teased or treated differently because of their race, color, weight, national origin or ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. Every school principal is in charge of working with everyone at school to create a safe and supportive environment.

If anyone is saying or doing things that are making you or others feel unsafe or uncomfortable, you should tell your principal or another adult at school. They are there to help you learn and make sure you feel safe.

Introduction

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, district personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal. The Code of Conduct applies to anyone on school property or attending a school function.

 

Student Rights

Every student has a right to attend school and participate in class and school activities. All students have equal rights.

 

Student Responsibilities & Expectations

Every student has the responsibility to attend school, to think of others in their actions and words, and to follow school rules. The school rules are also known as the Code of Conduct. Every student is expected to:

  • Respect themselves and all other students, teachers, school staff members, and school property.
  • Arrive at school on time.
  • Bring all the school work and materials needed to participate in the classroom.
  • Cooperate. Do what school leaders (the principal), teachers, and school staff members ask of you to do.

 

Academic Integrity

Every student should do his or her own work. It is often important in school work to give credit to other sources of information like the Internet or books. Teachers will talk to students about how to give credit to other information sources.

 

Attendance

Attending school every day is important for learning. When students miss school, they are expected to provide a reason for their absence. The district's Attendance Policy lists acceptable reasons for being absent from school.

 

Disciplinary Actions

Every student who does not follow school rules may face disciplinary consequences. These consequences vary depending upon the rule that was broken, and many other factors, including how often a student breaks the rules. The possible disciplinary consequences are listed in the Code of Conduct, and they can range from a warning to a parent phone call to a suspension or removal from school. If teachers or school leaders believe that a student has broken a rule, they will talk to that student. Students will be able to tell their side of the story. The school typically talks to parents or legal guardians when a student has broken a rule, depending upon the rule that was broken and the consequences that are being considered.

 

Conduct off of School Grounds and on the Internet

Both words and physical actions that harm others can result in student discipline. Activity that takes place off of school property, including on the Internet and social media sites, can carry consequences in school for students if the behavior disrupts the school environment.

 

Dress Code

The dress code is outlined in the Code of Conduct. Students who are wearing something that is not allowed will be asked to either remove or cover it. They may also be asked to replace the clothing that does not follow the dress code. Students who do not do this when asked may face disciplinary consequences.

 

Important Rules and Laws

  • Smoking or possession of any tobacco or materials that can be used to smoke tobacco at school, on buses, or at any other school event is not allowed. E-cigarettes and vapor products are also prohibited. Parents will be called if students are found in possession of tobacco or smoking materials.
  • Drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, or drinking alcohol or taking drugs at school, or any school event, on or off grounds, is not allowed. This includes synthetic narcotics and non-prescribed medications. Students who break this rule can be suspended and may not be allowed to participate in school activities.
  • Weapons are not allowed at school. This includes any object that may appear to be a weapon, even a toy. Students who bring a weapon to school can be suspended.
  • It is against the law for anyone to make a bomb threat against a school in New York.

 

School Visitors

Anyone at school or attending school events, including visitors, should respect others and follow school rules. Anyone who is on school property when they are not supposed to be will be reported to the school principal and asked to leave.

 

For more information about the Code of Conduct:

  • Access the complete Code of Conduct for each level: Elementary | Middle School | High School

  • Please contact your school''s principal if you have questions or need more information about the Code of Conduct.
  • At the start of each school year, students will also be provided with a Code of Conduct summary.