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SCHALMONT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT CODE OF CONDUCT


Updated June 2013-Readopted by Schalmont Board of Education in July 2014.

Sections

INTRODUCTION

DEFINITIONS 

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ESSENTIAL PARTNERS

DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS

STUDENT DRESS CODE

PROHIBITED STUDENT CONDUCT

REPORTING VIOLATIONS

DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES

I. INTRODUCTION

The Schalmont Central School District’s Board of Education (“Board”) is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive and district personnel may deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, other district personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal.

The district has a long-standing set of expectations for conduct on school property and at school functions. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity.

The board recognizes the need to clearly define these expectations for acceptable conduct on school property, to identify the possible consequences of unacceptable conduct, and to ensure that discipline, when necessary, is administered promptly and fairly. To this end, the board adopts this Code of Conduct (“Code”).

Unless otherwise indicated, this Code applies to all students, school personnel, parents and other visitors when on school property or attending a school function.

DUE PROCESS

The Supreme Court of the United States has established that each student has a constitutional right to due process. In line with this, each student is given this student handbook containing all of the guidelines, rules and regulations, and disciplinary procedures for the school. It is the student’s responsibility for reading and becoming familiar with the material contained in the handbook.

The following procedures have been established to insure the students’ due process:

A. Pupils who are not following the rules and regulations will be given notice verbally and/or in writing regarding the infraction.

B. The pupils will be given the opportunity to explain their side of the story and/or problem.

C. A written record of the incident will be kept by the Principal or his/her designee.

D. After hearing the pupil’s side, the Principal or his/her designee.

will make a determination as to type of consequence the infraction will require based on circumstances, number of previous problems, and intent.

*Students will be informed of consequences at this time. It is the student’s responsibility to attend detention or In-School Suspension on the day assigned. There will be NO further notification.

E. The pupil may request a principal’s hearing after the assistant principal has made a determination of consequence required by the infraction. The initial hearing is to be scheduled with the building principal.

F. When the situation warrants immediate removal of a pupil from the building, parents or guardians will be notified immediately.

G. The Principal, after due process, may administer suspension up to five days and parents or guardians will be notified. Written notice of suspension will be sent to the parents or guardians within 24 hours of the student’s suspension. The notice shall describe the incident(s), which resulted in the suspension and shall inform the parents/ guardians of their right to request an immediate informal conference with the principal.

H. A Superintendent’s Hearing may be arranged for any pupil who continually breaks rules and regulations.

I. Following a Superintendent’s Hearing, any pupil who continues to break rules and regulations may be recommended by the Principal for Formal Suspension. The pupil has the right under Formal Suspension to request a Formal Suspension Hearing. It is recommended that the pupil be represented by legal counsel at the Formal Hearing.

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II. DEFINITIONS

For the purposes of this Code, the following definitions apply:

A. “Disruptive student” means an elementary or secondary student under the age of 21 who is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher’s authority over the classroom.

B. “Parent” means parent, guardian or person in parental relation to a student.

C. “School property” means in or within any building, structure, athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or land contained within the real property boundary line of a public elementary or secondary school, or in or on a school bus, as defined in Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 142.

D. “School function” means any school-sponsored extra-curricular event or activity.

E. “School Bus” means every motor vehicle owned by a public or governmental agency or private school and operated for the transportation of pupils, children of pupils, teachers and other persons acting in a supervisory capacity, to or from school or school activities, or, privately owned and operated for compensation for the transportation of pupils, children of pupils, teachers, and other persons acting in a supervisory capacity to or from school or school activities (Education Law § 11[1] and Vehicle and Traffic Law §142)

F. “Disability” means (a) a physical, mental or medical impairment resulting from anatomical, physiological, genetic or neurological conditions which prevents the exercise of a normal bodily function or is demonstrable by medically accepted clinical or laboratory diagnostic techniques or (b) a record of such an impairment or (c) a condition regarded by others as such an impairment, provided, however, that in all provisions of this article dealing with employment, the term must then be limited to disabilities which, upon the provision of reasonable accommodations, do not prevent the complainant from performing in a reasonable manner the activities involved in the job or occupation sought or held (Education Law § 11[4] and Executive Law § 292[21]).

G. “Employee” means any person receiving compensation from a school district or employee of a contracted service provider or worker placed within the school under a public assistance employment program, pursuant to title nine-B of article five of the Social Services Law, and consistent with the provisions of such title for the provision of services to such district, its students or employees, directly or through contract, whereby such services performed by such person involve direct student contact (Education Law §§ 11[14] and 1125[3]).

H. “Violent student” means a student under the age of 21 who:

1. Commits an act of violence upon a school employee, or attempts to do so.

2. Commits, while on school property or at a school function, an act of violence upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or at the school function, or attempts to do so.

3. Possesses, while on school property or at a school function, a weapon.

4. Displays, while on school property or at a school function, what appears to be a weapon.

5. Threatens, while on school property or at a school function, to use a weapon.

6. Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys the personal property of any school employee or any person lawfully on school property or at a school function.

7. Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys school district property.

I. “Weapon” means a firearm as defined in 18 USC Section 921 for purposes of the Gun-Free Schools Act. It also means any other gun, BB gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, disguised gun, dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, brass knuckles, sling shot, metal knuckle knife, box cutter, cane sword, electronic dart gun, Kung Fu star, electronic stun gun, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive or incendiary bomb, or other device, instrument, material or substance that can cause physical injury or death when used to cause physical injury or death.

J. “Harassment or Bullying” under the Dignity Act means the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by threats , intimidation or abuse, including cyberbullying that has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or emotional harm; or conduct, threats, intimidation or abuse that reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause physical injury or cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety; such conduct, threats, intimidation or abuse includes but is not limited to conduct, threats, intimidation or abuse (which include verbal and non-verbal actions) based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) or sex. (Education Law § 11[7]).

K. “Emotional Harm” that takes place in the context of “harassment or bullying” means harm to a student’s emotional well-being through creation of a hostile school environment that is so severe or pervasive as to unreasonably and substantially interfere with a student’s education.

L. “Sexual Orientation” means actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality (Education Law §11[5]).

M. “Gender” means actual or perceived sex and includes a person’s gender identity or expression (Education Law § 11[6]).

N. Teacher Detention (TD): Any teacher may require a student to stay after school from 2:30 to 3:20 P.M. in an attempt to premeditate classroom problems. If a student is required to stay for teacher detention, he/she must report to that teacher’s classroom at the scheduled detention time. As a general rule, teacher detention should be assigned for the next late bus day.

O. School Detention (SD): School detention will be assigned by the Assistant Principal or Principal and will be held from 2:30 to 3:20, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Students are required to report to detention before the 2:30 start time. Failure to attend SD may result in Saturday detention or In-School Suspension. Late arrival to SD or TD will result in extended time or possible additional detention. (Beyond ten minutes late - additional detention.)

P. Saturday AM Detention: Saturday AM detention will meet as needed each week in the high school from 7:00 to 9:00 A.M. Students who fail to complete school detention will be assigned Saturday detention. Failure to attend Saturday detention will result in out-of-school suspension.

Q. In-School Suspension (I.S.S.): In School Suspension is placement of a student in a self-contained learning environment designed to modify the student’s behavior. I.S.S. begins at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m. Failure to comply with the guidelines of I.S.S. will result in extended I.S.S. or out-of-school suspension. Upon that student’s return from an out-of-school suspension, the student will still be required to serve the I.S.S. obligation. He/she may not attend classes until his/her I.S.S. obligation has been met. Late arrival to I.S.S. may result in extended time or possible additional I.S.S.

[*Note: An atmosphere of academic study will be maintained at all times. If a student is assigned to any of the above, he/she will be responsible for and expected to obtain class work in advance, must sit quietly and complete schoolwork. Students will not be allowed to socialize or act in an inappropriate manner.]

R. Out-of-School Suspension (O.S.S.): The student is suspended from classes, the building, and all school property for a specific period of time. A student suspended from school may not appear or loiter on any school property or at any school-sponsored event. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and make up all work missed during the suspension period. Parents are to assume complete responsibility for the student during the period of suspension.
S. Superintendent’s Hearing: If a student’s misconduct becomes excessive, a hearing will be scheduled at the District Office in an attempt to modify the student’s behavior. A student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the hearing. Following a Superintendent’s Hearing, the Superintendent may take whatever action is deemed appropriate, including indefinite suspension from school.

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III. STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A. Student Rights

The district is committed to safeguarding the rights given to all students under state and federal law. In addition, to promote a safe, healthy, orderly and civil school environment, all district students have the right to:

1. Take part in all district activities on an equal basis regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) or sex.

2. Present their version of the relevant events to school personnel authorized to impose a disciplinary consequences.

3. Access school rules and, when necessary, receive an explanation of those rules from school personnel.

B. Student Responsibilities

All district students have the responsibility to:

1. Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conducive to learning and to show respect to other persons regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex and to property.

2. Be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations dealing with student conduct.

3. Attend school every day unless they are legally excused, by parent or guardian, and be in class, on time, and prepared to learn.

4. Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and strive toward their highest level of achievement possible.

5. React to direction given by teachers, administrators and other school personnel in a respectful and appropriate manner.

6. Exercise developmentally appropriate coping skills and strategies for managing their behavior.
7. Ask questions when they do not understand.

8. Seek help in solving problems that might lead to a discipline issue.

9. Dress appropriately for school and school functions, according to the school dress code.

10. Accept responsibility for their actions.

11. Conduct themselves as representatives of the district when participating in or attending school-sponsored extracurricular events and to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct, demeanor and sportsmanship.

12. Report harassment or any situation that threatens the emotional or physical health or safety of any student,school employee or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function.

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IV. ESSENTIAL PARTNERS

A. Parents are expected to:

1. Recognize that the education of their child(ren) is a joint responsibility of the parents and the school community.

2. Send their children to school ready to participate and learn.

3. Ensure their children attend school daily and on time.

4. Ensure absences are legally excused.

5. Insist their children are dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code.

6. Help their children understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe, orderly environment.

7. Know school rules and help their children understand and follow them.

8. Convey to their children a supportive attitude toward education and the district.

9. Build good relationships with teachers, other parents and their children’s friends.

10. Help their children deal effectively with peer pressure.

11. Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance.

12. Provide a place for study and ensure homework assignments are completed.

13. Encourage their child to practice mutual respect and demonstrate dignity, for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) or sex.

B. Teachers are expected to:

1. Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) or sex which will strengthen students’ self-concept and promote confidence to learn.

2. Be prepared to teach.

3. Demonstrate interest in teaching and a concern for student achievement.

4. Know school policies and rules, and enforce them in a fair and consistent manner.

5. Maintain confidentiality in conformity with federal and state law.

6. Communicate to students and parents:

a. Course objectives and requirements

b. Marking/grading procedures

c. Assignment deadlines

d. Expectations for students

e. Classroom discipline plan.

7. Communicate regularly with students, parents and other teachers concerning growth and achievement.

8. Convey a supportive attitude toward students, parents and the community.

9. Help children understand the district’s expectations for maintaining a safe, orderly environment.

10. Participate in school-wide efforts to provide adequate supervision in all school spaces, in conformity with the Taylor Law.

11. Address issues of harassment, bullying and discrimination or any situation that threatens emotional or physical health or safety of any student, school employee or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function. An employee is expected to report harassment, bullying and discrimination to the building Dignity Act Coordinator not later than one school day and submit a written report no later than two school days.

12. Address personal biases that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting.

C. Paraprofessionals (Teaching Assistants,Teacher Aides, Coaches) are expected to:

1. Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity, for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex which will strengthen students’ self-concept and promote confidence to learn.

2. Maintain confidentiality in conformity with federal and state law.

3. Demonstrate a concern for student achievement.

4. Know school policies and rules, and enforce them in a fair and consistent manner.

5. Communicate behavioral expectations to students.

6. Treat students firmly, fairly and with dignity.

7. Help children understand the district’s expectations for maintaining a safe, orderly environment.

8. Participate in school-wide efforts to provide adequate supervision in all school spaces, in conformity with the Taylor Law.

9. Address issues of harassment, bullying and discrimination or any situation that threatens emotional or physical health or safety of any student, school employee or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function. An employee is expected to report harassment, bullying and discrimination to the building Dignity Act Coordinator not later than one school day and submit a written report no later than two school days.

10. Address personal biases that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting.

Other School Personnel (Transportation employees, Cafeteria employees, Custodians, Clerical & Monitors) are expected to:

1. Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity, for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) or sex which will strengthen students’ self-concept and promote confidence to learn.

2. Maintain confidentiality in conformity with federal and state law.

3. Be familiar with the Code of conduct.

4. Help children understand the district’s expectations for maintaining a safe, orderly environment.

5. Participate in school-wide efforts to provide adequate supervision in all school spaces, in conformity with the Taylor Law.

6. Address issues of harassment, bullying and discrimination or any situation that threatens emotional or physical health or safety of any student, school employee or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function. An employee is expected to report harassment, bullying and discrimination to the building Dignity Act Coordinator not later than one school day and submit a written report no later than two school days.

7. Address personal biases that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting.

D. Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, Speech Therapists, School Psychologists, Occupational Therapists & Physical Therapists, are expected to:

1. Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity, for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex which will strengthen students’ self-concept and promote confidence to learn.

2. Assist students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social and emotional problems.

3. Initiate teacher/student/counselor conferences, as necessary, as a way to resolve problems.

4. Guidance Counselors will regularly review with students their educational progress and career plans.

5. Maintain confidentiality in conformity with federal and state law.

6. Guidance Counselors will provide information to assist students with career planning.

7. Encourage students to benefit from the curriculum and extracurricular programs.

8. Make known to students and families the resources in the community that are available to meet their needs.

9. Help children understand the district’s expectations for maintaining a safe, orderly environment.

10. Participate in school-wide efforts to provide adequate supervision in all school spaces, in conformity with the Taylor Law.

11. Address issues of harassment, bullying and discrimination or any situation that threatens emotional or physical health or safety of any student, school employee or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function. An employee is expected to report harassment, bullying and discrimination to the building Dignity Act Coordinator not later than one school day and submit a written report no later than two school days.

12. Address personal biases that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting.

E. School Administrators are expected to:

1. Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting active teaching and learning for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) or sex.

2. Ensure that students and staff have the opportunity to communicate regularly with the principal and approach the principal for redress of grievances.

3. Maintain confidentiality in conformity with federal and state law.

4. Evaluate, on a regular basis, all instructional programs to ensure infusion of civility education in the curriculum..
5. Support the development of and student participation in appropriate extracurricular activities.

6. Provide support in the development of the code of conduct, when called upon. Disseminate the code of conduct and anti-harassment policies.

5. Be responsible for enforcing the Code of Conduct and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly.

6. Help children understand the district’s expectations for maintaining a safe, orderly environment.

7. Participate in school-wide efforts to provide adequate supervision in all school spaces, in conformity with the Taylor Law.

8. Address issues of harassment, bullying and discrimination or any situation that threatens emotional or physical health or safety of any student, school employee or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function. An employee is expected to report harassment, bullying and discrimination to the building Dignity Act Coordinator not later than one school day and submit a written report no later than two school days.

9. Address personal biases that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting.

The Dignity Act Coordinator(s)-

1. Appoint 1 administrator from each school building by the BOE by July 1st for the following school year.

2. Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting active teaching and learning for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.

3. Maintain confidentiality in conformity with federal and state law.

4. Oversee and coordinate the work of the district-wide Harassment Prevention committee.

5. Identify curricular resources that support infusing civility in classroom instruction and provide guidance to staff as to how to access and implement those resources.

6. Coordinate, with the Professional Development Committee/Schalmont Teachers’ Institute, training in support of the Dignity Act and Harassment Prevention Committee.

7. Be responsible for monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of the district’s bullying prevention policy.
8. Communicates regularly with all in the district regarding bullying prevention and harassment.

9. Address issues of harassment, bullying and discrimination or any situation that threatens emotional or physical health or safety of any student, school employee or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function.

10. Address personal biases that prevent equal treatment of all students and staff.

F. The School Superintendent is expected to:

1. Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting active teaching and learning.

2. Review with district administrators the policies of the board of education and state and federal laws relating to school operations and management.

3. Inform the board about educational trends relating to student discipline

4. Work to create instructional programs that minimize problems of misconduct and are sensitive to student and teacher needs.

5. Work with district administrators in enforcing the Code of Conduct and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly.

G. The Board of Education is expected to:

1. Collaborate with student, teacher, administrator, and parent organizations, school safety personnel and other school personnel to develop a Code of Conduct that clearly defines expectations for the conduct of students, district personnel and visitors on school property and at school functions.

2. Adopt and review, at least annually, the district’s Code of Conduct to evaluate the Code’s effectiveness and the fairness and consistency of its implementation.

3. Appoint a Dignity Act Coordinator in each school building. The Dignity Act Coordinator will be thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity and sex. The Dignity Act Coordinator will be accessible to students and other staff members for consultation and advice as needed on the Dignity Act.

4. Lead by example by conducting board meetings in a professional, respectful, courteous manner.

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Dignity Act for All Students

In accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act, Education Law, Article 2, the District will strive to create an environment free of discrimination and harassment and will foster civility in the schools to prevent and prohibit conduct which is inconsistent with the District’s educational mission.

The District condemns and prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment of students based on actual or perceived race, color weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex by school employees or students on school property and at school-sponsored activities and events that take place at locations off school property. In addition, any act of discrimination or harassment, outside of school sponsored events, which can reasonably be expected to materially and substantially disrupt the education process may be subject to discipline.

“Harassment” under the Dignity Act means the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being; or conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety; such conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse includes but is not limited to conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression) or sex.

“Bullying” in this policy (which is subsumed under the term “harassment”) means a hostile activity which harms or induces fear through the threat of further aggression and/or creates terror. Bullying may be premeditated or a sudden activity. It may be subtle or easy to identify, done by one person or a group.

Bullying often includes the following characteristics:

1. Power Imbalance- occurs when a bully uses his/her physical or social power over a target.

2. Intent to harm- the bully seeks to inflict physical or emotional harm and/or takes pleasure in this activity.

3. Threat of further aggression-the bully and the target believe the bullying will continue.

4. Terror-when any bullying increases, it becomes a “systematic violence or harassment used to intimidate and maintain dominance.”

There are at least three kinds of bullying: verbal, physical and social/relational.

1. Verbal bullying includes name calling, insulting remarks, verbal teasing, frightening phone calls, violent threats, extortion, taunting gossip, spreading rumors, racist slurs, threatening electronic communications (Cyber bullying), anonymous notes, etc.

2. Physical bullying includes poking slapping, hitting, tripping or causing a fall, choking, kicking, punching, biting, pinching, scratching, spitting, twisting arms or legs, damaging clothes and personal property, or threatening gestures.

3. Social or relational bullying includes excluding someone from a group, isolating, shunning, spreading rumors or gossiping, arranging public humiliation, undermining relationships, teasing about clothing, looks, giving dirty looks, aggressive stares, etc.

Prohibition of Retaliatory Behavior (Commonly Known as “Whistle-Blower” Protection)

Any person who has reasonable cause to suspect that a student has been subjected to discrimination or harassment by an employee or student, on school grounds or at a school function, who acts reasonably and in good faith and reports such information to school officials or law enforcement authorities, shall have immunity from any civil liability that may arise from making such report. The Board prohibits any retaliatory behavior directed at complainants, victim, witnesses and/or any other individuals who participated in the investigation of a complaint of discrimination or harassment.

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V. STUDENT DRESS CODE

All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.

A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails shall:

1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.

2. Not include extremely brief garments, which cause a disruption to the educational process.

3. Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing. Pajamas are not allowed.

4. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.

5. Not include the wearing of hats in the classroom except for a medical or religious purpose.

6. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, and libelous or denigrate others on account of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (identity or expression), or sex. Gang affiliated clothing and bandannas are not allowed.

7. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.

Each building principal or his or her designee shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revisions to the dress code made during the school year.

Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.

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IV. PROHIBITED STUDENT CONDUCT

The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, district personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of school facilities and equipment.

The best discipline is self-imposed, and students must learn to assume and accept responsibility for their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. District personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on educating students so that they may grow in self-discipline.

The board recognizes the need to make its expectations for student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school function specific and clear. The rules of conduct listed below are intended to do that and focus on safety and respect for the rights and property of others. Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior and who violate these school rules will be required to accept the consequences for their conduct.

Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they:

A. Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct include, but are not limited to:

1. Running in hallways.

2. Making unreasonable noise.

3. Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive.

4. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

5. Engaging in any willful act, which disrupts the normal operation of the school community.

6. Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of the building, or in an unauthorized area.

7. Computer/electronic communications misuse, including any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate websites; or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.

B. Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct include but are not limited to:

1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or school employees in charge of students or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.

2. Lateness for class or school without permission.

3. Leaving class or school without permission

4. Skipping detention.

C. Engage in conduct that is disruptive. Examples of disruptive conduct include but are not limited to:

1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school personnel in charge of students.

2. Inappropriate public sexual contact.

3. Display or use of personal electronic devices, such as, but not limited to, cell phones, I-pods, digital cameras, in a manner that is in violation of district policy.

D. Engage in conduct that is violent. Examples of violent conduct include but are not limited to:

1. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, throwing an object, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon a teacher, administrator or other school employee or attempting to do so.

2. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, throwing an object, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or attempting to do so.

3. Possessing a weapon. Authorized law enforcement officials are the only persons permitted to have a weapon in their possession while on school property or at a school function.

4. Displaying what appears to be a weapon.

5. Threatening to use any weapon.

6. Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson.

7. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.

8. Possession of fireworks or any other incendiary device.

E. Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, physical or mental health or welfare of others. Examples of such conduct include but are not limited to:

1. Lying, deceiving or giving false information to school personnel.

2. Subjecting other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function to danger by recklessly engaging in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury.

3. Stealing or attempting to steal the property of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function, or possession of stolen property.

4. Defamation, which includes making false or unprivileged statements or representations about an individual or identifiable group of individuals that harm the reputation of the person or the identifiable group by demeaning them.

5. Discrimination, based on a person’s actual or perceived, use of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, sex, gender (identity and expression), sexual orientation, weight or disability to deny rights, equitable treatment or access to facilities available to others.

6. Harassment, which includes a sufficiently severe action or a persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an identifiable individual or group which are intended to be or which a reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing or demeaning. Harassment is also the creation of a hostile environment.

7. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm. Bullying which may be a hostile activity which harms or induces fear through the threat of further aggression and/or creates terror.

8. Hazing, which includes an induction, initiation, or membership process involving harassment.

9. “Internet bullying” (also referred to as “cyberbullying”) including the use of instant messaging, email, websites, chat rooms, text messaging, or by any other electronic means, when such use interferes with the operation of the school; or infringes upon the general health, safety and welfare of students or employees.

10. Sexual harassment, which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, taking, sending or receiving sexually explicit videos, pictures or auditory recordings and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature.

11. Selling, using or possessing obscene material.

12. Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing or swearing.

13. Possessing or using a cigarette, cigar, chewing or smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes or tobacco substitutes.

14. Possessing, consuming, selling, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either. “Illegal substances” include, but are not limited to, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, “synthetic cannaboids” and any substance commonly referred to as “designer drugs.”

15. Inappropriately using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

16. Gambling.

17. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.

18. Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire alarm or fire extinguisher.

19. Extortion.

F. Engage in misconduct while on a school bus. It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on district buses to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving and fighting will not be tolerated.

G. Engage in any form of academic misconduct. Examples of academic misconduct include but are not limited to:

1. Plagiarism

2. Cheating

3. Copying

4. Altering Records

5. Violation of the District Acceptable Use Policy for technology.

6. Forgery

7. Assisting another student in any of the above actions.

H. Engage in off-campus misconduct that interferes with, or can reasonably be expected to substantially disrupt the educational process in the school or at a school function. Examples of such misconduct include, but are not limited to:

1. Cyberbullying (i.e. inflicting willful and repeated harm through the use of electronic text).

2. Threatening or harassing students or school personnel over the phone or other electronic medium.

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VII. REPORTING VIOLATIONS

All students are expected to promptly report violations of the code of conduct to a teacher, guidance counselor, the building principal or his or her designee. Any student observing a student possessing a weapon, alcohol or illegal substance on school property or at a school function shall report this information immediately to a teacher, the building principal, the principal’s designee or the superintendent.

All district staff that is authorized to impose disciplinary sanctions is expected to do so in a prompt, fair and lawful manner. District staff that are not authorized to impose disciplinary sanctions are expected to promptly report violations of the code of conduct to their supervisor, who shall in turn impose an appropriate disciplinary sanction, if so authorized, or refer the matter to a staff member who is authorized to impose an appropriate sanction.
Any weapon, alcohol or illegal substance found shall be confiscated immediately, if possible, followed by notification to the parent of the student involved and the appropriate disciplinary action, if warranted, which may include permanent suspension and referral for prosecution.

The building principal or his or her designee must notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency of those code violations that constitute a crime and substantially affect the order or security of a school as soon as practical, but in no event later than the close of business the day the principal or his or her designee learns of the violation. The notification may be made by telephone, followed by a letter mailed on the same day as the telephone call is made. The notification must identify the student and explain the conduct that violated the code of conduct and constituted a crime

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VII. DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES

Procedures and Referrals

Discipline is most effective when it deals directly with the problem at the time and place it occurs, and in a way that students view as fair and impartial. School personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students’ ability to grow in self-discipline.

Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair and consistent so as to be the most effective in changing student behavior. In determining the appropriate disciplinary penalties will consider the following:

1. The student’s age.

2. The nature of the offense and the circumstances, which led to the offense.

3. The student’s prior disciplinary record.

4. The effectiveness of other forms of discipline.

5. Information from parents, teachers and/or others, as appropriate.

6. Other extenuating circumstances.

As a general rule, discipline will be progressive. This means that a student’s first violation will usually merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations.

If the conduct of a student is related to a disability or suspected disability, the student shall be referred to the Committee on Special Education and discipline, if warranted, shall be administered consistent with the separate requirements of this Code of Conduct for disciplining students with disability or presumed to have a disability. A student identified as having a disability shall not be disciplined for behavior related to his/her disability.

A. Consequences

Students who are found to have violated the district’s Code of Conduct may be subject to the following penalties, either alone or in combination. The school personnel identified after each penalty are authorized to impose the penalty, consistent with the student’s right to due process.

1. Oral warning - any member of the district staff.

2. Written warning - bus drivers, teacher aides, hall and lunch monitors, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, principal, and superintendent.

3. Written notification to parent - bus driver, hall and lunch monitors, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, principal, superintendent.

4. Detention - teachers, assistant principal, principal, superintendent

5. Suspension from transportation - director of transportation, assistant principal, principal, superintendent.

6. Suspension from athletic participation - coaches, principal, superintendent.

7. Suspension from social or extracurricular activities activity director, assistant principal, principal, superintendent.

8. Suspension of other privileges - principal, superintendent.

9. In-school suspension – assistant principal, principal, superintendent.

10. Alternative placement - assistant principal, principal, director of pupil personnel, superintendent.

11. Restitution - assistant principal, principal, superintendent.

12. Loss of credit or make-up privilege for issues of academic misconduct - teachers, principal, superintendent.

13. Suspension of parking privileges - assistant principal, principal, superintendent.

14. Removal from classroom by teacher - teachers, assistant principal, principal.

15. Short-term (five days or less) suspension from school - principal, superintendent, board of education and/or BOCES programs.

16. Long-term (more than five days) suspension from school - principal, superintendent, board of education.

17. Permanent suspension from school - superintendent, board of education.

B. Procedures

The amount of due process a student is entitled to receive before a penalty is imposed depends on the penalty being imposed. In all cases, regardless of the penalty imposed, the school personnel authorized to impose the penalty must inform the student of the alleged misconduct and must investigate, to the extent necessary, the facts surrounding the alleged misconduct. All students will have an opportunity to present their version of the facts to the school personnel imposing the disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.

Students who are to be given penalties other than an oral warning, written warning or written notification to the parents are entitled to additional rights before the penalty is imposed. These additional rights are explained below:

1. Detention - Teachers, principals and the superintendent may use after-school detention as a penalty for student misconduct in situations where removal from the classroom or suspension would be inappropriate. Detention will be imposed as a penalty only after the student’s parent has been notified to confirm that there is no parental objection to the penalty and the student has appropriate transportation home following detention.

2. Suspension from transportation - If a student does not conduct himself/herself properly on a bus, the bus driver is expected to bring such misconduct to the building principal’s attention. Students who become a serious disciplinary problem may have their riding privileges suspended by the building principal or the superintendent or their designees. In such cases, the student’s parent will become responsible for seeing that his or her child gets to and from school safely. Should the suspension from transportation amount to a suspension from attendance, the district will make appropriate arrangements to provide for the student’s education.

A student subjected to a suspension from transportation is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law Section 3214. However, the student and the student’s parent will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the building principal or the principal’s designee to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.

3. Suspension from athletic participation, extra-curricular activities and other privileges - A student subjected to a suspension from athletic participation, extra-curricular activities or other privileges is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law Section 3214. However, the student and the student’s parent will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the district official imposing the suspension to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.

4. In-school suspension - the board recognizes the school must balance the need of students to attend school and the need for order in the classroom to establish an environment conducive to learning. As such, the board authorizes building principals and the superintendent to place students who would otherwise be suspended from school as the result of a code of conduct violation in “in-school suspension.” [The in-school suspension teacher will be a certified teacher.]

A student subjected to an in-school suspension is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law Section 3214. However, the student and the student’s parent will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the district official imposing the in-school suspension to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.

5. Teacher disciplinary removal of disruptive students - A student’s behavior can affect a teacher’s ability to teach and can make it difficult for other students in the classroom to learn. In most instances the classroom teacher can control a student’s behavior and maintain or restore control over the classroom by using good classroom management techniques. These techniques may include practices that involve the teacher directing a student to briefly leave the classroom to give the student an opportunity to regain his or her composure and self-control in an alternative setting. Such practices may include, but are not limited to: (1) short-term “time out” in an elementary classroom or in an administrator’s office; (2) sending a student into the hallway briefly; (3) sending a student to the principal’s office for the remainder of the class time only; or (4) sending a student to a guidance counselor or other district staff member for counseling. Time-honored classroom management techniques such as these do not constitute disciplinary removals for purposes of this code.

On occasion, a student’s behavior may become disruptive. For purposes of this code of conduct, a disruptive student is a student who is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher’s authority over the classroom. A substantial disruption of the educational process or substantial interference with a teacher’s authority occurs when a student demonstrates a persistent unwillingness to comply with the teacher’s instructions or repeatedly violates the teacher’s classroom behavior rules.

A classroom teacher may remove a disruptive student from class for up to two days. The removal from class applies to the class of the removing teacher only.

If the disruptive student does not pose a danger or ongoing threat of disruption to the academic process, the teacher must provide the student with an explanation for why he or she is being removed and an opportunity to explain his or her version of the relevant events before the student is removed. Only after the informal discussion may a teacher remove a student from class.

If the student poses a danger or ongoing threat of disruption, the teacher may order the student to be removed immediately. The teacher must, however, explain to the student why he or she was removed from the classroom and give the student a chance to present his or her version of the relevant events within 24 hours.

The teacher must complete a building referral form and meet with the principal or his or her designee as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the school day, to explain the circumstances of the removal and to present the removal form. If the principal or designees is not available by the end of the same school day, the teacher must leave the form with the secretary and meet with the principal or designee prior to the beginning of classes on the next school day.

Within 24 hours after the student’s removal, the principal or another district administrator designated by the principal must notify the student’s parents in writing that the student has been removed from class and why. The notice must also inform the parent that he or she has the right, upon request, to meet informally with the principal or the principal’s designee to discuss the reasons for the removal.

The written notice must be provided by personal delivery, express mail delivery, or some other means that is reasonably calculated to assure receipt of the notice within 24 hours of the student’s removal at the last known address for the parents. Where possible, notice should also be provided by telephone if the school has been provided with a telephone number(s) for the purpose of contacting parents.

The principal may require the teacher who ordered the removal to attend the informal conference.
If at the informal meeting the student denies the charges, the principal or the principal’s designee must explain why the student was removed and give the student and the student’s parents a chance to present the student’s version of the relevant events. The informal meeting must be extended by mutual agreement of the parent and principal.

The principal or the principal’s designee may overturn the removal of the student from class if the principal finds any one of the following.

1. The charges against the student are not supported by substantial evidence.

2. The student’s removal is otherwise in violation of law, including the district’s code of conduct.

3. The conduct warrants suspension from school pursuant to Education Law Section 3214 and a suspension will be imposed.

The principal or his or her designee may overturn a removal at any point between receiving the referral form issued by the teacher and the close of business on the day following the 48-hour period for the informal conference, if a conference is requested. No student shall be removed from the classroom until the principal makes a final determination.

Any disruptive student removed from the classroom by the classroom teacher shall be offered continued educational programming and activities until he or she is permitted to return to the classroom.
Each teacher must keep a record (on a district provided form) for all cases of removal of students from his or her class. The principal must keep a record of all removals of students from class.

Removal of a student with a disability, under certain circumstances, may constitute a change in the student’s placement. Accordingly, no teacher may remove a student with a disability from his or her class until he or she has verified with the principal or the chairperson of the Committee on Special Education that the removal will not violate the student’s rights under state or federal law or regulation.

6. Suspension from School

Suspension from school is a severe penalty, which may be imposed only upon students who are insubordinate, disorderly, violent or disruptive, or whose conduct otherwise endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others.

The board retains its authority to suspend students, but places primary responsibility for the suspension of students with the superintendent and the building principals.

Any staff member may recommend to the superintendent or the principal that a student be suspended. All staff members must immediately report and refer a violent student to the principal or the superintendent for a violation of the code of conduct. All recommendations and referrals shall be made in writing unless the conditions underlying the recommendation or referral warrant immediate attention. In such cases a written report is to be prepared as soon as possible by the staff member recommending the suspension.

The superintendent or principal, upon receiving a recommendation or referral for suspension or when processing a case for suspension, shall gather the facts relevant to the matter and record them for subsequent presentation, if necessary.

a. Short-term (5 days or less) suspension from school

When the superintendent or principal (referred to as the “suspending authority”) proposes to suspend a student charged with misconduct for five days or less pursuant to Education Law Section 3214(3), the suspending authority must immediately notify the student orally. If the student denies the misconduct, the suspending authority must provide an explanation of the basis for the proposed suspension. The suspending authority must also notify the student’s parents in writing that the student may be suspended from school. The written notice must be provided by personal delivery, express mail delivery, or some other means that is reasonably calculated to assure receipt of the notice within 24 hours of the decision to propose suspension at the last known address for the parents. Where possible, notice should also be provided by telephone if the school has been provided with a telephone number(s) for the purpose of contacting the parents.

The notice shall provide a description of the charges against the student and the incident for which suspension is proposed and shall inform the parents of the right to request an immediate informal conference with the principal. Both the notice and informal conference shall be in the dominant language or mode of communication used by the parents. At the conference, the parents shall be permitted to ask questions of complaining witnesses under such procedures as the principal may establish.

The notice and opportunity for an informal conference shall take place before the student is suspended unless the student’s presence in school poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the academic process. If the student’s presence does pose such a danger or threat of disruption, the notice and opportunity for an informal conference shall take place as soon after the suspension as is reasonably practicable.

After the conference, the principal shall promptly advise the parents in writing of his or her decision. The principal shall advise the parents that if they are not satisfied with the decision and wish to pursue the matter, they must file a written appeal to the superintendent within five business days, unless they can show extraordinary circumstances precluding them from doing so. The superintendent shall issue a written decision regarding the appeal within 10 business days of receiving the appeal. If the parents are not satisfied with the superintendent’s decision, they must file a written appeal to the board of education with the district clerk within 10 business days of the date of the superintendent’s decision, unless they can show extraordinary circumstances precluding them from doing so. Only final decisions of the board may be appealed to the Commissioner within 30 days of the decision.

b. Long-term (more than 5 days) suspension from school

When the superintendent or building principal determines that a suspension for more than five days may be warranted, he or she shall give reasonable notice to the student and the student’s parents for their right to a fair hearing. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to be represented by counsel, the right to question witnesses against him or her and the right to present witnesses and other evidence on his or her behalf.

The superintendent shall personally hear and determine the proceeding or may, in his or her discretion, designate a hearing officer to conduct the hearing. The hearing officer shall be authorized to administer oaths and to issue subpoenas in conjunction with the proceeding before him or her. A record of the hearing shall be maintained, but no stenographic transcript shall be required. A tape recording shall be deemed a satisfactory record. The hearing officer shall make findings of fact and recommendations as to the appropriate measure of discipline to the superintendent. The report of the hearing officer shall be advisory only, and the superintendent may accept all or any part thereof.

An appeal of the decision of the superintendent may be made to the board that will make its decision based solely upon the record before it. All appeals to the board must be in writing and submitted to the district clerk within 10 business days of the date of the superintendent’s decision, unless the parents can show that extraordinary circumstances preclude them from doing so. The board may adopt in whole or in part the decision of the superintendent. Final decisions of the board may be appealed to the Commissioner within 30 days of the decision.

c. Permanent suspension

Permanent suspension is reserved for extraordinary circumstances such as where a student’s conduct poses a life-threatening danger to the safety and well being of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.

C. Minimum Periods of Suspension

1. Students who bring a weapon to school

Any student, other than a student with a disability, found guilty of bringing a weapon onto school property will be subject to suspension from school for at least one calendar year. Before being suspended, the student will have an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to Education Law Section 3214. The superintendent has the authority to modify the one-year suspension on a case-by-case basis. In deciding whether to modify the penalty, the superintendent may consider the following:

a. The student’s age.

b. The student’s grade in school.

c. The student’s prior disciplinary record.

d. The superintendent’s belief that other forms of discipline may be more effective.

e. Input from parents, teachers and/or others

f. Other extenuating circumstances.

A student with a disability may be suspended only in accordance with the requirements of state and federal law.
2. Students who commit violent acts other than bringing a weapon to school

A student, other than a student with a disability, who is found to have committed a violent act, other than bringing a weapon onto school property, shall be subject to suspension from school for at least one to five days. If the proposed penalty is the minimum five-day suspension, the student and the student’s parents will be given the same notice and opportunity for an informal conference given to all students subject to a short-term suspension. If the proposed penalty exceeds a five-day suspension, the student and the student’s parents will be given the same notice and opportunity for a hearing given to all students subject to a long-term suspension. The superintendent has the authority to modify the suspension on a case-by-case basis. In deciding whether to modify the penalty, the superintendent may consider the same factors considered in modifying a one-year suspension for possessing a weapon.

3. Students who are repeatedly substantially disruptive of the educational process or repeatedly substantially interfere with the teacher’s authority over the classroom.

Any student, other than a student with a disability, who repeatedly is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher’s authority over the classroom, will be suspended from school for at least one to five days. For purposes of this code of conduct, “repeatedly is substantially disruptive” means engaging in conduct that results in the student being removed from the classroom by teacher(s) pursuant to Education Law Section 3214(3-a) and this code on four or more occasions during a semester, or three or more occasions during a trimester. If the proposed penalty is the minimum five-day suspension, the student and the student’s parent will be given the same notice and opportunity for an informal conference given to all students subject to a short-term suspension. If the proposed penalty exceeds a five-day suspension, the student and the student’s parent will be given the same notice and opportunity for a hearing given to all students subject to a long-term suspension. The superintendent has the authority to modify the suspension on a case-by-case basis. In deciding whether to modify the penalty, the superintendent may consider the same factors considered in modifying a one-year suspension for possessing a weapon.

D. Referrals

1. Counseling - Guidance Counselors and/or Social Workers shall handle all referrals of students to counseling.
2. PINS Petitions - the district may file a PINS (person in need of supervision) petition in Family court on any student under the age of 18 who demonstrates that he or she requires supervision and treatment by:

a. Being habitually truant and not attending school as required by part one of Article 65 of the Education Law.

b. Engaging in an ongoing or continual course of conduct which makes the student ungovernable or habitually disobedient and beyond the lawful control of the school.

c. Knowingly and unlawfully possessing marijuana in violation of Penal Law Section 221.05. A single violation of Penal Law Section 221.05 will be a sufficient basis for filing a PINS petition.

3. Juvenile Delinquents and Juvenile Offenders - the superintendent is required to refer the following students to the County Attorney for a juvenile delinquency proceeding before the Family Court:

a. Any student under the age of 16 who is found to have brought a firearm to school, or

b. Any student 14 or 15 years old who qualifies for juvenile offender status under the Criminal Procedure Law Section 1.20(42).

The superintendent is required to refer students age 16 and older or any student 14 or 15 years old who qualifies for juvenile offender status to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

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