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Student Code of Conduct Policy

Policy 7310

School Conduct and Discipline

The Board of Education acknowledges its responsibility to protect the educational climate of the District and to promote responsible student behavior. Accordingly , the Board delegates to the Superintendent the responsibility for assuring the implementation of a Code of Conduct for the Maintenance of Order on School Property, including school functions, which shall govern the conduct of students as well as teachers , other school personnel, and visitors.

“School" property shall mean 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. A school function shall mean a school-sponsored or school-authorized extracurricular event or activity regardless of where such event or activity takes place, including any event or activity that may take place in another state.

The Board shall further provide for the enforcement of such Code of Conduct, which shall be developed in collaboration with student, teacher, administrator, and parent organizations, school safety personnel and other personnel and shall incorporate, at a minimum, those components addressed in Jaw and enumerated in Policy #3410 -- Code of Conduct on School Property. Specific components may vary" as appropriate to student age, building levels, and educational needs.

In accordance with the Code of Conduct on School Property, areas addressing student conduct and behavior will further utilize the following strategies in promoting acceptable student behavior:

a) A bill of rights and responsibilities of students that focuses upon positive student behavior, and is publicized and explained to all students on an annual basis;

b) A Code of Conduct for student behavior setting forth prohibited student conduct and the range of penalties that may be imposed for violation of such Code, that is publicized and disseminated to all students and parents/guardian s on an annual basis pursuant to law;

c) Strategies and procedures for the maintenance and enforcement of public order on school property that shall govern the conduct of all persons on school premises, in accordance with Section 2801 of the Education Law and accepted principle s of due process of law;

d) Procedures within each building to involve student service personnel, administrators, teachers, parents/guardians and students in the early identification and resolution of discipline problems. For students identified as having disabilities, procedures are included for determining when a student's conduct shall constitute a reason for referral to the Committee on Special Education for review and modification , if appropriate , of the student's individualized education program;

e) Alternative educational programs appropriate to individual student needs;

f) Disciplinary measures for violation of the school policies developed in accordance with subparagraphs b) and c) of this paragraph. Such measures shall be appropriate to the seriousness of the offense and, where applicable, to the previous disciplinary record of the student. Any suspension from attendance upon instruction may be imposed only in accordance with Section 3214 of the Education Law; and

g) Guidelines and programs for in-service education for all District staff to ensure effective implementation of school policy on school conduct and discipline.


The Board of Education believes that each student can reasonably be expected to be responsible for his/her own behavior. The school administration shall develop and disseminate rules of conduct, focusing on personal safety and respect for the rights and property of others to be consistently applied in the classrooms and throughout the school. Students who fail to meet this expected degree of responsibility and violate school rules may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action and more regulated supervision. The administration may conduct an investigation into reports of misconduct which may include conferences with the complainant, student, parents, teachers other student service personnel, or others as is deemed appropriate for the early identification and resolution of suspected disciplinary problems.

Discipline is most effective when it deals directly with the problem at the time and place it occurs, and in a way that is viewed as fair and impartial by the student. Therefore, before seeking outside assistance, teachers will first use all their resources to create a change of behavior in the classroom. When the teacher has made every effort to bring about positive behavioral change, and has been unsuccessful, the teacher will bring the matter to the attention of the administration. Once done, the teacher and the Principal will develop a strategy for dealing with the problem.

Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair and consistent in order to be most effective in changing behavior.

Pursuant to Section 100.2 of the Commissioner's Regulations, such action will be appropriate to the seriousness of the offense. Extreme penalties will not be assigned without first reviewing the student's disciplinary records and considering the circumstances that led to the improper behavior.

A student identified as having a disability shall not be disciplined for behavior related to his/her disability. Any question relating to the discipline of such student will be referred to the Committee on Special Education.

Education Law Sections 2801 and 3214

8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Section 100.2(1)(2)

NOTE: Refer also to Policy #3410 -- Code of Conduct on School Property

District Code of Conduct on School Property

First Reading: 8/23/07

Adopted: 8/29/07

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