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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Recent changes to New York State Education Law §2801 required all school districts to develop a new comprehensive code of conduct. To fulfill requirements of this statute, this plain language summary of the code of conduct is being mailed to you prior to the beginning of the school year as a portion of the Back to School Issue of the Valley Views. (For a full version of the Code of Conduct, contact the building principal.)

Student Dress Code

In order to create an atomosphere conductive to teaching and learning, all students and staff members 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 apperance. Teachers and all other districts personnel should dress in a manner appropriate to their professional responsibilities, and should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.

An individual's dress, grooming and appearance shall:
  1. Be safe, appropriate, and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process; that extremely brief or revealing garments are not appropriate;
  2. Include footware at all times;
  3. Not include the wearing of hats in the classrooms and administarative offices or during assemblies except for medical or religious purposes and special events;
  4. Not include items contaning words or insignia that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or disability; and
  5. Not promote and/or endores the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs, and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.
Each building principal shall be responsible for informing all staff, students and their parents of the dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revisions to the dress code made during the school year.

Individuals who violate the 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.

Prohibited Student Conduct

Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they:
  1. Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct can be found in the full version of the code of conduct.
  2. Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct can be found in the full version of the code of conduct.
  3. Engage in conduct that is disruptive. Examples of disruptive conduct can be found in the full version of the code of conduct.
  4. Engage in conduct that is violent. Examples of violent conduct can be found in the full version of the code of conduct.
  5. Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others. Examples of such conduct can be found in the full version of the code of conduct.
  6. Engage in misconduct while on the school bus.
  7. Engage in any form of academic misconduct. Examples of academic misconduct can be found in the full version of the code of conduct.
  8. Engage in any act of discrimination or harassment as defined in this code.
If a student engages in prohibited student conduct which may constitute a crime, the building principal or designee must notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency as soon as practical. 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 or others, as appropriate;
  6. Other extenuating circumstances.
As a general rule, discipline will be progressive. This means that a student's first violation wilt usually merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations. Discipline penalties will be assessed in compliance with IDEA and NYS Law where the student is a student with a disability.
Students found to have violated the District's code of conduct may be subject to one or more of the following penalties.
  1. Oral Warning
  2. Written Warning
  3. Written notification to parent
  4. Detention
  5. Suspension from transportation
  6. Suspension from athletic participation
  7. Suspension from social or extracurricular activities
  8. Suspension of ether privileges
  9. In school supervision 10. Removal from classroom 11. Short term suspension from school 12. Long term suspension from school 13. Permanent suspension from school
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.
Minimum Periods of Suspension
  1. Students who bring a weapon to school wilt be subject to suspension from school for at least one calendar year unless otherwise determined by the superintendent.
  2. Students who commit violent acts other than bringing a weapon to school shall be subject to suspension from school for at least five days unless otherwise determined by the superintendent.
  3. Students who are repeatedly substantially disruptive of the educational process or repeatedly substantially interfere with the teacher's authority over the classroom will be suspended from school for at least five days. For purposes of the code of conduct, "repeatedly substantially disruptive" means engaging in conduct that results in the student being removed from the classroom pursuant to Education Law 3214(3)(a) and this code on multiple occasions.
  1. Guidance shall handle all referrals of students to counseling.
  2. PINS Petitions may be filed on any student under the age of 18 who demonstrates (s)he requires supervision by:
    1. Being habitually truant and not attending school as required;
    2. 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;
    3. knowingly and unlawfully possessing marijuana in violation of the Penal Law.
  3. The superintendent is required to refer the following students to the County Attorney for a juvenile delinquency proceeding before the Family Court:
    1. Any student under the age of 16 who brought a weapon to school;
    2. Any student 14 or 15 years old who qualifies for juvenile offender status.
  4. The superintendent is required to refer students age 16 or older to the appropriate law enforcement officials.
Visitors to the School
The building principal or designee is responsible for all persons in the building and on the grounds. For these reasons, the following rules apply to all visitors to the schools:
  1. Anyone not a regular staff member or student will be considered a visitor.
  2. All visitors must sign the visitors book at the front entrance. If no one is there, the visitor must report to the Main Office to sign in. Anyone visiting a secondary student must first secure permission from the Building Principal. All visitors must be issued and must wear a visitor's identification badge. Visitors must sign out and return the badge upon leaving the premises.
  3. Visitors attending school functions that are open to the public are not required to sign in.
  4. Parents or citizens who wish to observe a classroom while school is in session are required to arrange such visits in advance with the classroom teacher.
  5. Teachers are not expected to take class time to discuss individual matters with visitors.
  6. Any unauthorized person on school property will be asked to leave. Unauthorized persons will be reported to the principal
  7. All visitors are expected to abide by the rules for public conduct on school property contained in this code of conduct. The police will be notified if following penalties

Public Conduct on School Property
All persons on school property or attending a school function shall conduct themselves in a respectful and or derly manner. In addition, all persons on school property or attending a school function are expected to be property attired for the purpose they are on school property.
No person shall:
  1. Intentionally injure any person or threaten to do so;
  2. Intentionally damage or destroy school district property or the personal property of a teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully en school property.
  3. Disrupt the orderly conduct of classes, school programs or other school activities; 
  4. Distribute or wear materials on school grounds or at school functions that are obscene, advocate illegal action, appear libelous, obstruct the rights of others, or are disruptive to the school program;
  5. Intimidate, harass or discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or disability;
  6. Enter any portion of the school premises without authorization to remain in any building or facility after it is normally closed;
  7. Obstruct the free movement of any person in anyplace to which this code applies;
  8. Violate the traffic laws, parking, regulations or other restrictions on vehicles;
  9. Possess or use weapons in or on school property or at a school function;
  10. Possess, consume, sell, distribute or exchange alcoholic beverages, controlled substances or be under the influence of either on school property or at a school function;
  11. Loiter on or about school property;
  12. Smoke or use tobacco products in school buildings, on school grounds or in vehicles;
  13. Use profane or lewd language;
  14. Refuse to comply with any reasonable order of identifiable school district officials performing their duties;
  15. Willfully incite others to commit any of the acts prohibited by this code;
  16. Violate any federal or state statute, local ordinance or board policy while on school property or while at a school function.
Persons who violate this code shall be subject to be asked to leave. The police will be contacted if following penalties:
  1. Visitors will have their authorization to remain on school property revoked and they wilt be directed to leave the premises. If they refuse to leave, they will be ejected.
  2. Students will be subject to disciplinary action as the facts may warrant.
  3. Employees may be subject to disciplinary measures as detailed by law and as dictated by the facts.