Prohibited Student Conduct

This section of the Code has been divided into three sections:

The underlying theme of the following three sections is that students of this District must conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, District personnel, the general public and for the care of school facilities and equipment.

The Board of Education is of the opinion that students must learn to assume and accept responsibility for their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. Given this duality of discipline, the following sections detail student behavior expectations and the consequences of that behavior. District 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.

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 on the following pages 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 appropriate penalties for their conduct. 

The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) emphasizes the creation and maintenance of a positive learning environment for all students. In connection with disciplining students who engage in discrimination and harassment, the District shall place the focus of discipline on discerning and correcting the reasons why discrimination and harassment occurred. In addition to any disciplinary consequences imposed for acts of discrimination or harassment, the following remedial measures may be implemented:

  • peer support groups
  • corrective instruction or other relevant learning or service experience
  • supportive intervention
  • behavioral assessment or evaluation
  • behavioral management plans, with benchmarks that are closely monitored
  • student counseling and parent conferences

Behavior Expectations: Elementary School

Good elementary schools are characterized by an appropriate atmosphere for learning. We are asking for the parents of our Elementary School students to join us in our efforts to establish a pleasant environment in our school by reviewing these expectations for good behavior with your child(ren).

General rules

Students are expected to:
1. Be responsible for each other’s safety by never pushing, shoving, fighting, or throwing objects.
2. Have respect for the personal property of others and for school property.
3. Avoid bad language and verbal abuse (teasing, bullying, name calling).
4. Keep our classrooms, hallways, restrooms, cafeteria and playground litter free.
5. Not chew gum while in school.
6. Go through the building in a quiet manner.
7. Arrive at school no earlier than five minutes before the official start of the instructional day.
8. Be in the building before or after school hours only with supervision by a staff member.
9. Dress in clothing that is not disruptive to the learning environment or is threatening to the student or to the other students as outlined in Section V of this Code.
10. Refrain from wearing coats inside the building and refrain from wearing hats during class and other instructional times.
11. Refrain from selling/small franchising outside of class projects.
12. Respect the rights of all students and to learn in an environment that is free of all forms of intimidation, harassment (verbal, physical, sexual, racial), menacing, and bullying.
13. Students will refrain from harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity and expression, religion, religious practices, national origin, weight, sexual orientation, ethnic group, or disability.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the teacher or building principal with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior determined on a case-by-case basis.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or building principal.
4. Temporary removal from class/school.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school with the teacher or building principal.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. May involve support personnel such as social worker, psychologist, etc., in developing plans for correction.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Threatening Another Student or Employee of the School District

Students will refrain from engaging in threatening language or behavior directed towards other students or employees of the School District. Threatening language is speech that is likely to produce a clear and present danger of a serious substantive evil that rises far above public inconvenience, annoyance, or interest, and which would cause a reasonable listener to apprehend direct and immediate harm from the speaker. Threatening behavior is conduct which produces a clear and present danger of harm.

Range of Consequences:
1. A conference with the parent at school.
2. One- to three-day external suspension.

In the Classroom

Students are expected to:
1. Obey teachers, monitors and other adult supervisors.
2. Behave in a way that does not interfere with the learning of others.
3. Follow individual classroom rules.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from class.
(If teacher disciplinary removal, refer to Section IX and behavioral form on file in each school building.)
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Computer Use

When using computers, students are expected to:
1. Use the computers for school related work.
2. Treat equipment (and related components) with respect (no food or drinks near equipment).
3. Use appropriate language when using search strategies or the public access system.
4. Use only school materials and software with school equipment.
5. Refrain from engaging in cyber bullying of any kind.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from class.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Cafeteria

In the cafeteria, students are expected to:
1. Eat with good table manners.
2. Not throw food.
3. Remain seated unless given permission to leave.
4. Move through the lunch line in an orderly fashion.
5. Clean up their table area when finished eating.
6. Keep all food in the cafeteria.
7. Talk quietly.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from cafeteria.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent
9. Superintendent hearing.

Corridors

In the corridors, students are expected to:
1. Respect the displays and hallway bulletin board work done by other students and teachers by being careful not to touch or brush against them.
2. Walk, not run, and to stay to the right while quietly walking through the hallways.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or p.
4. Temporary removal from class.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Assemblies

During assemblies, students are expected to:
1. Listen and watch attentively to the programs presented.
2. Show our appreciation in a polite manner.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from the assembly.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Playground

On the playground, students are expected to:
1. Include others in their games.
2. Share playground equipment.
3. Use it properly and safely.
4. Not interfere in the games of others.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from playground.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

School Bus

On the school bus, students are expected to:
1. Obey the posted rules.
2. Listen and follow the bus driver’s directions.
3. Remain seated while the bus is in motion.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal, and may involve the Transportation personnel.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal, or Transportation Director.
4. Temporary removal from bus.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher, principal, and/or Transportation personnel.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Harassment

Student will refrain from making any verbal or non-verbal comments/gestures that may be interpreted by an individual as an act of intimidation, harassment, menacing and/or bullying. This applies to any place in school, on school property, school sponsored activities, including school buses.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from class.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Possession of Lasers

1. Students will refrain from having lasers while on school property, school sponsored activities and school buses.

Range of Consequences:
1. Device confiscated. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from class.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Possession of Fireworks

1. It is illegal for students to have in their possession fireworks of any kind.
2. In the State of New York, it is illegal to have fireworks.

Range of Consequences:
1. Device(s) confiscated. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from class.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Possession of Firearms, Weapons or Destructive Devices

1. It is illegal for a minor to be in possession of firearms.
2. A “firearm” is defined as a weapon which will or is designed to or may be converted to expel a projectile. Firearms may include, but are not restricted to guns, BB guns, pellet guns, starter pistols, slingshots, the frame or receiver of such weapon, and any firearm muffler or firearm silencer. “Weapon” is defined as a knife, club, bat, or any object that could be used to cause harm to another person. “Destructive device” means any explosive incendiary or poison gas, bomb, grenade, or rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, a missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, a mine or device similar to any of the devices described.
3. All statements which refer to bringing a gun, or any weapon, and shooting or hurting someone, even if they were made in jest, will be taken seriously, evaluated, and the appropriate consequence will be determined.

Range of Consequences:
1. Device(s) confiscated. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action plan appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Contact NYS Police.
5. Temporary removal from class.
6. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
7. A loss of student privileges.
8. Temporary removal from school.
9. Meeting with Superintendent.
10. Superintendent hearing.
11. One-year suspension or less depending upon discretion of Superintendent, as required by 18 USC §924 and 20 USC §8921.

Use of Electronic Devices

1. Students are not permitted to use electronic devices within the school building, on school grounds, or on any District transportation without prior teacher or bus driver permission.
2. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to: MP3 players, tablets, cell phones, cameras, etc.
3. For purposes of electronic device usage, the terms electronic content and electronic communication also includes videos and/or pictures.
4. Included within the electronic device parameters is the use of headphones and/or speakers (portable or inclusive to the device).
5. Devices that are used, or are visible, will be confiscated by the classroom teacher/staff member and turned into the student’s principal’s office.

Range of Consequences:
One or more of the following may result:
1. Immediate confiscation of the electronic device(s) for a period of time to be determined by school administration. Item will be returned only to a parent/guardian.
2. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
3. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
4. A telephone call to the parent(s)/guardian(s) by the teacher or principal.
5. Temporary removal from class.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

Internet/Intranet Use

1. Disseminating information that is illegal, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, racially offensive, designed to affect school functions or the daily activity of the school, or adult-oriented is not allowed whether or not the dissemination of the information occurs from the school terminals.
2. Cyber bullying and cyber threats of any kind are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, sending mean or threatening messages or intentionally excluding someone from an online group.
3. Unauthorized access to any part of the District network is strictly prohibited.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from class.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent
9. Superintendent hearing.

Bullying

1. Bullying, whether physical or verbal, is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, hitting or punching, as well as teasing and name calling.
2. Cyber bullying and cyber threatening are also prohibited.
3. Cyber bullying is the repeated use of information technology, including e-mail, instant messages, blogs, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, and gaming systems, to deliberately harass, threaten or intimidate others.
4. Cyber threat is online material that threatens or raises concerns about violence against others, suicide, or other self-harm.
5. Bullying, cyber bullying and cyber threatening are not permitted whether or not the harmful behavior occurs at school or at home.

Range of Consequences:
1. An individual conference with the student for the purpose of identifying the misbehavior and developing a plan for correction. The conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal.
2. A disciplinary action appropriate to the misbehavior.
3. A telephone call to the parent(s) by the teacher or principal.
4. Temporary removal from class.
5. A conference with the parent(s) at school. This conference shall be conducted with the teacher or principal, or both.
6. A loss of student privileges.
7. Temporary removal from school.
8. Meeting with Superintendent.
9. Superintendent hearing.

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Behavior Expectations: Grades 7-8

We all recognize that students, faculty, staff and parents must work together to ensure a safe, respectful and cooperative atmosphere in order to provide the best learning environment possible. Our basic philosophy encourages each student to become more responsible for his/her own actions and to accept the consequences resulting from those actions. The essence of effective Junior High School discipline is cooperation, respect and courtesy. Parents are urged to join this effort by carefully reviewing these rules for good behavior with your child(ren) and by signing and returning the acknowledge form indicating that you have received and reviewed these rules together with your child(ren). The following are specific guidelines for Grades 5-8. 

General Guidelines

A. General Rules:
1. Students will not engage in disruptive behavior.
2. Students will show respect to staff and to one another through language and/or actions.
3. Students will come to class on time with required materials.
4. Students will refrain from selling/small franchising outside of class projects.
5. Students will refrain from chewing gum or wearing coats inside the building. Students will refrain from wearing hats during class and other instructional times.
6. Students will not be in the building before or after school hours without being supervised.
7. Students will not possess radios, individual iPod music players, Gameboys, laser pointers, beepers, cellular phones, or similar electronic devices on school property (unless specific permission has been granted by administration and/or teacher) due to safety issues.
8. Students are expected to adhere to all Duanesburg Central School Board of Education policies, as well as laws of the federal, state, and local governments.
9. Students are prohibited from possessing weapons of any kind, including pepper spray and mace, while on school property.
10. Students will refrain from harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity and expression, religion, religious practices, national origin, sexual orientation, ethnic group, or disability.

B. Discipline Regulations:
1. Student behavioral incidents are first handled by the staff member who is in
direct control of the situation.
2. Follow-up action to all behavioral problems includes one or more of the following interventions:
a. Counsel student
b. Loss of privileges (i.e., stay in at lunch time, no free time, after school detention)
c. Peer mediation
d. Child writes note to parent explaining behavior
e. Consequences to fit infraction (i.e., if you write on desk, you clean the desk; if you make a mess in the cafeteria, you clean up the mess; if you tear a book, you repair or replace the book, etc.)
f. Individual parent conferences
g. Parent/teacher/administrator conference
h. Referral to Pupil Services Team
i. Guidance/teacher/student conference
j. Case conference
k. Ask student to explain behavior
l. Verbal warning
m. Permanently change seat
n. Class apology
o. Call home
p. Note to parent
q. Completion of behavior contract
r. Time out

3. When a teacher’s efforts to resolve the behavioral problem have proven unsuccessful or a behavior contract proves to be ineffective, one or more of the following may occur:
a. A written behavioral referral submitted to the principal by the teacher indicating actions already taken and requesting assistance from administration, school counselors, social worker, psychologist, nursing staff.
b. Conference with parent to seek help and support.
c. Administrative intervention with consequences keyed to infraction level listed on the following pages.
4. In cases where a student has a record of disruptive and inappropriate behavior, or it is deemed necessary by the administration, because of the nature of the specific infraction (first offense), one or more of the following may occur:
a. Extended suspension from school and all school related activities.
b. Possible police notification.
c. Legal/court assistance in the form of a PINS (Person In Need of Supervision) petition.
d. A Superintendent hearing.
e. Exclusion of the student from extra-curricular activities and/or school sponsored fieldtrips and other events (i.e. assembly program, Pep Rally, dances, concerts, etc.). This is commonly referred to as Social Probation (30, 60, 90 days, etc.)
f. Referral to Youth Court.

Level I Infractions

Level I Infractions refer to those infractions for which the consequences may be External Suspension or Exclusion from School. These infractions are in direct disregard of Board of Education policies, federal, state and municipal laws.

Use and/or Possession of Controlled /Illegal Substance:
Marijuana, cocaine, LSD, etc.
Alcohol, synthetic cannabinoids, and drug related paraphernalia.

Range of Consequences:
1. Immediate suspension of 3-5 days with a phone call to parent and a confirming letter. May result in a Superintendent hearing.
2. Complaint filed with police immediately and confiscated material given to them for analysis.
3. Parent conference during suspension period.
4. Conference with counselor.
5. Second offense will again result in immediate external suspension pending a Superintendent hearing.

Possession of Firearms, Weapons, or Destructive Devices:
Firearms is defined as a weapon which will or is designed to or may be converted to expel a projectile. Firearms may include, but are not restricted to, guns, B.B. guns, pellet guns, starter pistols, slingshots, the frame or receiver of such weapons, and any firearm muffler or firearm silencer.
Weapon is defined as a knife, club, bat, or any object that could be used to cause harm to another person.
Destructive Device means any explosive, incendiary or poison gas, bomb, grenade, or rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, a missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than ¼ ounce, a mine or device similar to any of the devices described.
The Code also includes devices which simulate the appearance of destructive or harmful devices.

Range of Consequences:
1. Any student who is determined to have brought a firearm, weapon, or device on school premises or possesses a firearm, weapon or device on school premises, to school sponsored activities or on school buses will result in an automatic expulsion from school for not less than one year.
a. The Superintendent of Schools, following a Superintendent hearing, may modify such expulsion requirements on a case-by-case basis.
2. Complaint filed with police immediately and confiscated weapon turned over to them.
3. Parent conference during suspension period.

Smoking and/or Possession of Tobacco/Nicotine Products:
Range of Consequences:
1. Administrative action of suspension up to 5 days with a phone call to parents and confirming letter.
a. Parent conference.
b. Counseling referral.
2. Repeated offense may result in Superintendent hearing.

Use of Physical Force:
Fighting, or other act of violence.
Assault.
Pre-meditated use of physical force.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in immediate suspension up to 5 days.
2. A phone call to parents and a confirming letter will follow a student/parent conference.
3. Complaint may be filed with Police Department.
4. May result in a Superintendent hearing.

Rumors:
Defined as knowingly spreading inaccurate information that may pose a potentially unsafe situation or disorderly function of school.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in immediate suspension up to 5 days.
2. Parent conference may be held
3. Counseling, if deemed necessary

Vandalism or Theft of Property:
Range of Consequences:
1. May result in immediate suspension up to 5 days with a parent phone call and a confirming letter.
2. If appropriate, police may be notified and complaint filled out.
3. Parent conference during suspension period.
4. Request payment/restitution for costs resulting from damages.
5. File vandalism/theft report with Director of Operations & Maintenance.
6. Vandalism/theft may result in a Superintendent hearing.

Truancy:
Defined as an illegal absence from school without the knowledge and consent of a parent/guardian.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in suspension up to 5 days.
2. Notify parents and discuss petition to Family Court.
3. Counseling if it is deemed necessary.
4. Repeated offense will result in principal’s conference and/or Superintendent hearing.

Card Playing and/or Gambling:
Includes possession of gambling materials

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in suspension up to 5 days
2. Confiscate materials.
3. Mandatory parent conference during suspension period with confirming letter.
4. Counseling if deemed necessary.

Defiance, Disrespect or Insubordination:
Toward any member of the staff

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in immediate suspension.
2. If staff intervention is ineffective, student may be referred to:
a. Counseling
b. Peer Mediation
c. Administrative Mediation
 d. Parental Supervision
3. If administrative intervention does not bring resolution:
Disciplinary action may result in up to 5 days internal or external suspension. Phone call to parent with confirming letter sent and mandatory conference held.
4. Meeting with Superintendent.
5. In the instance of repeated infractions and/or physical abuse toward a staff member, the student will be suspended for up to 5 days pending a Superintendent hearing.

Intimidation, Harassment, Discrimination, Menacing and Bullying:
Includes sexual harassment, threatening behavior, threatening language, written threats, references to violence, etc. This includes written/verbal behavior in which the student is doing either in jest or with serious intent.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in suspension up to 5 days.
2. Administrative conference in all cases. At the discretion of the administrator one or more of the following may occur:
a. Student is given an educational packet and student signs off on packet.
b. Phone call is made to parent/guardian.
c. Counseling referral is made.
d. Student may be suspended.
3. If appropriate, police may be notified and a complaint filed.
4. Second offense mandates a parent, principal, and student conference with:
a. One or more counseling sessions assigned and/or suspension
b. Possible police notification
5. Meeting with Superintendent.
6. Superintendent hearing.

Inappropriate and/or Indecent Behavior:
Includes pranks or activities/behaviors displayed while on school property or associated school activities (including, but not limited to, proven gang-related activities identified as malicious activities associated with a group of students, and sexting). 

Range of Consequences:
1. First Offense: May result in suspension up to 5 days.
2. Police notification.
3. Meeting with Superintendent.
4. Second Offense: 3-5 day suspension/parent conference and possible Superintendent hearing.

Threatening Another Student or Employee of the District:
Students will refrain from engaging in threatening language or behavior directed towards other students or employees or the school district. Threatening language is speech (written or verbal) that is likely to produce a clear and present danger of a serious substantive evil that rises far above public inconvenience, annoyance, hyperbole or jest, and which would cause a reasonable listener to apprehend direct and immediate harm from the speaker. Threatening behavior is conduct which produces a clear and present danger of harm.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in suspension up to 5 days.
2. Police notification.
3. Parental conference.
4. Meeting with Superintendent.
5. Superintendent hearing.

Internet Use:
Disseminating information that is illegal, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, designed to affect school functions or the daily activity of the school, adult-oriented, or considered cyber bullying is not allowed whether or not the dissemination of the information occurs from the school terminals.

Range of Consequences:
1. Principal’s conference with student and parents and may result in 3-5 days external suspension.
2. Police notification.
3. Meeting with Superintendent.
4. Superintendent hearing.

Use of Electronic Devices:
1. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to: MP3 players, tablets, cell phones, cameras, etc.
2. All electronic devices must be turned off and stored in the student’s locker when the student is at school in grades 5 & 6. Electronic devices are allowed at teacher discretion in grades 7 & 8.
 3. For purposes of electronic device usage, the terms electronic content and electronic communication also includes videos and/or pictures.
4. Included within the electronic device parameters is the use of headphones and/or speakers
(portable or inclusive to the device).
5. Students are not permitted to use electronic devices during break (non-instructional times) in grades 5 & 6 specifically during a student’s assigned lunch period and during hallway passing periods.

During authorized use of technology in the classroom, (instructional focus) students may not:
1. Answer an incoming SMS/text message or phone call.
2. Be on any social media site (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
3. Access/play any game or access any entertainment site on their device.
4. Access/use any application (app) on their device unless expressly instructed to do so by the teacher.
5. Take any picture or video that the teacher has not expressly asked the student to do.
6. Upload any picture or video taken in any class to any social media site or website.
7. SMS/text message or e-mail any picture or video taken in class to any person, including themselves.
8. Access any type of mobile web-browsing for any reason unless directed to do so by the teacher.
9. Take any picture, video or text any class assignments or assessments without permission.
10. Disseminate information from electronic and/or social media sources that instigate, conflict or deteriorate a sound and safe educational environment.
11. Share electronic content that provides unnecessary insight to intended/unintended parties which deteriorates or compromises the peace or integrity of the school’s academic or social construct.
12. Participate in sexting and cyber-bullying accomplished through sending of text messages, e-mails, or any other message originating on, or sent to, an electronic device listed above is prohibited. If the material/message is deemed disruptive to the educational setting, the student will be subject to disciplinary action whether or not the event took place on or off school property.

Devices that are used, or are visible, will be confiscated by the classroom teacher/staff member and turned into the student’s principal’s office in grades 5 & 6.

Range of Consequences:
One or more of the following may result:
1. Immediate confiscation of the electronic device(s) for a period of time to be determined by school administration. Item will be returned only to a parent/guardian.
2. Immediate internal suspension of 3-5 days with a phone call to parent/guardian and confirming letter.
3. External suspension of up to 5 days.
4. Parent/guardian conference during the suspension period.
5. Meeting with Superintendent.
6. Superintendent hearing.

Bullying:
Whether physical or verbal, bullying is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, hitting, punching, harassment, teasing, name calling, and intimidation through gestures.
Cyber bullying, including cyber threatening and sexting, is also prohibited.
Cyber bullying is the repeated use of information technology, including e-mail, instant messages, blogs, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, and gaming systems to deliberately harass, threaten or intimidate others.
A cyber threat is a type of cyber bullying that includes online materials that threaten or raise concerns about violence against others, suicide,
or other self-harm.
Sexting is a type of cyber bullying that involves sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually suggestive, nude, or nearly nude photos through text messages or e mail.
Bullying and cyber bullying in any form are not permitted whether or not the harmful behavior occurs at school or at home.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in suspension for 3 to 5 days with a phone call to parents and a confirming letter.
2. Parent conference during the suspension period.
3. Meeting with Superintendent.
4. Superintendent hearing.
5. Counseling, if deemed necessary.
6. Complaint may be filed with Police Department.

Safe Schools:
1. Engaging in conduct which disrupts the educational environment and/or creates an unsafe school environment.
2. Endangering the health, safety and welfare of others.
3. Safe Schools violations include behavior which causes the school building to be evacuated and emergency services to respond.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in suspension for 3 to 5 days with a phone call to parents and a confirming letter.
2. Parent conference during the suspension period.
3. Meeting with Superintendent.
4. Superintendent hearing.
5. Counseling, if deemed necessary.
6. Complaint may be filed with Police Department.

Level II Infractions

Level II Infractions refer to those infractions which interfere with the orderly school environment or impinge upon the rights of each individual student to gain an education. The consequences are weighted as the number of offenses increases. Although every effort is made to handle these infractions within the school, there may be times when a parent is called to remove the student from school.

Possession of Distracting Devices:
Includes iPod music player, CD player, video games, toys, laser pointers, beepers, cellular phones or other electronic devices.

Range of Consequences:
1. First Offense: Device is confiscated for remainder of day. Parent notified.
2. Second Offense: Device is confiscated and returned to parent at mandatory conference. Development of behavioral contract may take place.
3. Third Offense: Device is confiscated pending a parent/principal conference. Parent notified.
4. Fourth Offense: Out-of-school suspension.

Inappropriate Language:
Defined as profanity, vulgarity, sexual innuendo, crude references, demeaning remarks, threats of violence, creating a class disruption, offensive to a person’s race, religion, and/or creed.

Range of Consequences:
1. Student may be referred to:
a. Counseling
b. Peer Mediation
c. Administrative Mediation
d. Parental Supervision
2. May warrant removal to Time Out, Parent Conference, Suspension
3. Repeated offenses may result in administrative conference
4. Meeting with Superintendent.
5. Superintendent hearing.

Tardiness:
Defined as failure of student to report on time to homeroom/classroom or to attendance office with a valid excuse.

Range of Consequences:
1. Three tardies to a class period will result in administrative action which may include the development of a behavioral contract or assignment to time out.
2. Chronic tardiness to class and/or school will result in increased administrative action which includes parental contact and discussion of petition to Family Court.
3. Counseling if deemed necessary.
4. Repeated offenses may result in principal’s conference.
5. Meeting with Superintendent.
6. Superintendent hearing.

Unauthorized Absence from Class (cutting class):
When a student cuts a regularly scheduled class, his/her safety cannot be assured. That student risks the probability of lower grades or failure as a result of missing valuable class work. Therefore, when a student misses a class and has no legal excuse, one or more of these may occur.

Range of Consequences:
1. First Offense: Parent phone conference with teacher. Student expected to make up work missed.
2. Second Offense: Administrative conference. Possible suspension.
3. Third Offense: Possible suspension. Parent conference and counseling referral. Student expected to make up work missed.
4. Fourth Offense: Possible suspension. Parent conference. File PINS with Family Court. Student expected to make up work missed.

Students Leaving Building Without Permission:
When students leave the building without permission, their safety cannot be assured. Therefore, when students leave the building without permission, one or more of these may occur.

Range of Consequences:
1. First Offense: Mandatory parent conference. Student may be suspended.
2. Second Offense: Mandatory parent conference and referral to counseling. Student may be suspended.
3. Third Offense: Mandatory parent conference. Student may be suspended. Possible petition to Family Court (PINS).
4. Fourth Offense: Mandatory parent conference.
5. Meeting with Superintendent.
6. Superintendent hearing.

Distracting/Offensive Attire:
Including shirts, headgear with profanity, sexual innuendoes, etc., and/or clothing that creates a disruption to the orderly manner and smooth operation of the school.

Range of Consequences:
1. First Offense: Reprimand, warning, counseling.
a. Modification of attire.
b. Object covered or confiscated
c. Possible time out
d. Parent contact
2. Second Offense: Mandatory parent conference and possible development of a behavioral contract.
3. Third Offense: Immediate administrative conference. Possible suspension. Counseling referral.

Academic Misconduct:
Examples of this include plagiarism, cheating, copying, altering records, sabotage, etc.

Range of Consequences:
1. In most cases, the teacher will contact the parents and the teacher’s classroom procedures about cheating and/or academic misconduct may result in any of the following:
a. Reduction of grade
b. Incomplete given for the assignment
c. Zero given for the assignment
d. Time-out
e. Referral to guidance/social worker
f. Contact of parents
g. Parent conference
h. Lunch detention
I. Involvement of administration
j. Suspension from school, etc.
2. Repeated infractions may result in further disciplinary consequences.

In most instances, it is preferable if the staff member in direct contact with the student handles the behavioral problem. Staff members will keep records of infractions by using some kind of log for each student.
In general, rules apply to all facets of school life. There is no distinction between the library, the study hall, the cafeteria, the playground, school sponsored activities and functions, the bus, or the classroom. At all times, students are to keep in mind the rules of the school and adhere to them. Incidents not specifically covered in this document may be handled in a professional manner at the discretion of the school staff. A safe, orderly, healthy educational environment is the result of students, staff, administration and parents working together in a cooperative effort.
The Duanesburg Central School District Junior High School Discipline Code is in compliance with all laws relating to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Behavior Expectations: Jr./Sr. High School

Student behavioral incidents should be handled first by the classroom teacher who is in direct control of the situation, or if the event did not occur in the classroom, by the District personnel observing the event. 

Follow-up action to all behavioral problems should include one or more of the following:
1. A conference with the student during the day or after school with remedial action where needed.
2. A parental phone call/letter home.
3. A conference with the student’s counselor/grade level principal.
4. A written Behavior Referral Report submitted to the grade-level principal, or the psychologist, guidance counselor, chairperson or supervisor when the teacher’s effort to resolve the behavioral problem has proven to be unsuccessful.

A serious behavioral problem or repeated instances of a behavioral problem within a class period may result in an immediate written referral.
The Behavioral Referral Report shall indicate the nature of the follow-up action taken by the teacher (see Behavioral Referral Guidelines).
The type of student behavior indicated in writing on the referral form shall be keyed to the infractions listed below (see the Behavior Referral Guidelines).

Off-Campus Events:

Students at school-sponsored events held off campus shall be governed by the rules and regulations of the school and are subject to the authority of the school officials.

Search and Seizure:

Students may expect privacy from other students regarding their lockers, desks, or other storage areas. However, under the law, items that are school property, such as lockers, desks, computers, and other technological equipment are subject to searches by school authorities at any time. School authorities may also search students and/or their belongings where reasonable suspicion of a violation of the Code of Conduct or a violation of law exists. An administrator in the presence of another District employee shall conduct all searches. Searches can also be conducted of vehicles parked on school property when there is reasonable suspicion of a violation of the Code of Conduct or violation of the law. In all cases, the student and parent shall be informed as to the reason for the search.

Role of Police Officials:

District officials are committed to cooperating with police officials and other law enforcement authorities to maintain a safe school environment. Police officials may enter school property or a school function to question or search a student, or to conduct a formal investigation involving students only if they have:
1. A search or arrest warrant; or
2. Probable cause to believe a crime has been committed on school property or at a school function; or
3. Been invited by school officials.

Social Probation Resulting from Level I, II, or III Infractions

Any privilege offered by this building can be removed by an administrator from 30 to 90 days from the date of the infraction. Privileges can be restored if there are no other violations during the probation period. Social probation will result automatically from all Level I and Level II infractions. Violations that occur at an extra-curricular activity will lead to denial of attendance at the next similar activity(s) at the discretion of administration (even if beyond 90 days).

NOTE: Alcohol sensors may be used at selected extra-curricular activities. It is understood that school suspensions from the Albany BOCES and Schoharie BOCES are also enforced as suspensions from Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School and vice versa.

Level I Infractions

Level I Infractions refer to those infractions for which the consequence may be external suspension and/or exclusion from school. Any suspension may result in social probation and possible loss of other privileges (i.e., parking and senior privileges).

Use and/or Possession of Controlled /Illegal Substances and/or Drug Paraphernalia:
Includes rolling papers, pipes, etc., including synthetic cannabinoids

Range of Consequences:
1. Immediate external suspension of 3-5 days with a phone call to parent and confirming letter.
2. Complaint filed with police immediately, confiscated material given to them for analysis.
3. Parent conference during the suspension period.
4. Counseling intervention with school social workers.
5. Meeting with Superintendent.
6. Superintendent hearing.
7. Second offense will result in immediate external suspension pending a Superintendent Hearing.

Possession of Firearms, Weapons or Destructive Devices:
1. Firearms is defined as a weapon which will or is designed to or may be converted to expel a projectile. Firearms may include, but are not restricted to, guns, BB guns, pellet guns, starter pistols, slingshots, the frame or receiver of such weapons, and any firearm muffler or firearm silencer.
2. Weapon is defined as a knife, club, bat, or any object that could be used to cause harm to another person.
3. Destructive Device means any explosive, incendiary or poison gas, bomb, grenade, or rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, a missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than 1/4 ounce, a mine or device similar to any of the devices described.
4. The Code of Conduct also prohibits devices that simulate destructive or harmful devices (e.g.: toy guns).

Range of Consequences:
1. Any student who is determined to have brought a “firearm”, “weapon”, or “destructive device” on school premises or any student possessing a
“firearm”, “weapon”, or “destructive device” on school premises will result in an automatic expulsion from school for not less than one year.
2. Complaint filed with police immediately.
3. The Superintendent of Schools, following a Superintendent hearing, may modify such expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.

Use and/or Possession of Alcohol:
Range of Consequences:
1. Immediate external suspension of 3-5 days with a phone call to parent and a confirming letter.
2. Complaint filed with police immediately, confiscated material given to them for analysis.
3. Parent conference during the suspension period.
4. Counseling intervention with school social workers.
5. Will result in immediate Superintendent hearing.
6. Second offense will result in immediate external suspension pending a Superintendent hearing.

Smoking and/or Possession of Tobacco/Nicotine Products:
Includes electronic cigarettes, hookah pens, vapor pens/vapes, and other related products.

Range of Consequences:
1. First Offense: tobacco products or related products seen or found will be confiscated.
2. First Offense: Administrative action: possible external suspension with a phone call to parent and confirming letter.
3. First Offense: parent conference during the suspension period.
4. First Offense: mandated counseling intervention with school social workers.
5. Second Offense: will result in possible external suspension and a parent conference.
6. Third Offense: will result in a building principal conference and a possible external suspension.
7. Fourth Offense: possible Superintendent hearing.

Use of Physical Force:
1. Fighting, or other act of violence.
2. Assault.
3. Pre-meditated use of physical force.

Range of Consequences:
1. Immediate suspension for 3-5 days. A phone call to parents and confirming letters will follow the student conferences.
2. Complaint may be filed with Police Department.
3. Meeting with Superintendent.
4. In the instance of physical abuse to a member of the staff, the student will be suspended from school for up to 5 days pending a Superintendent Hearing.
5. May result in Superintendent hearing.

Vandalism or Theft of Property:
Range of Consequences:
1. May result in administrative action or suspension with a phone call to parent and confirming letter.
2. If appropriate, police may be notified and complaint filled out.
3. Parent conference during the suspension period.
4. Request payment for costs resulting from damage.
5. File vandalism report with Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.
6. Meeting with Superintendent.
7. Superintendent hearing.

Internet Use:
Disseminating information that is illegal, defamatory, harassing, abusive, threatening, racially offensive, designed to affect school functions or the daily activity of the school, adult-oriented or considered cyber bullying is not allowed whether or not the dissemination of the information occurs from the school terminals.

Range of Consequences:
1. Principal’s conference with student and parents and may result in external suspension.
2. Meeting with Superintendent.
3. Superintendent hearing.

Inappropriate and/or Indecent Behavior:
1. Inappropriate/indecent activities/ behaviors displayed while on school property or associated school activities;
2. Engaging in any willful act, which disrupts the normal operation of the school community;
3. Including, but not limited to, proven gang-related activities identified as malicious activities associated with a group of students and sexting.

Range of Consequences:
1. First Offense: possible detention or suspension, parent conference, and possible Superintendent hearing.
2. Second Offense: possible detention or suspension/parent conference and possible Superintendent hearing.
3. Possible Superintendent hearing.

Engaging in Conduct that is Disorderly:
For example:
1. Running in hallways
2. Making unreasonable noise.
3. Using gestures that are obscene, 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.

Range of Consequences:
1. Principal’s conference with student and parents and may result in detention or suspension.
2. Possible meeting with Superintendent.
3. Possible Superintendent hearing.

Use of Electronic Devices:
1. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to: MP3 players, tablets, cell phones, cameras, etc.
2. For purposes of electronic device usage, the terms electronic content and electronic communication also includes videos and/or pictures.
 3. Included within the electronic device parameters is the appropriate use of headphones and/or speakers (portable or inclusive to the device).
a. No student is permitted to listen to any audio (i.e., music, YouTube, Instagram video, etc.) at a volume/level deemed unreasonable or distracting to the school’s academic setting. This includes a heightened volume via headphones or in any manner played through speakers.
b. Students are permitted to use electronic devices during break (non-instructional times); specifically during a student’s assigned lunch period and during hallway passing periods. Senior Lounge would also constitute as an acceptable time to use devices.
c. During approved usage times, non-instructional, or teacher authorized instructional time, students may not: 
4. Disseminate information from electronic and/or social media sources that instigate, conflict or deteriorate a sound and safe educational environment.
a. Share electronic content that provides unnecessary insight to intended/unintended parties which deteriorates or compromises the peace or integrity of the school’s academic or social construct.
b. Participate in sexting and cyber bullying accomplished through sending of text messages, emails, or any other message originating on, or sent to, an electronic device listed above is prohibited. If the material/message is deemed disruptive to the educational setting, the student will be subject to disciplinary action whether or not the event took place on or off school property.
c. Create, share or modify electronic communication either directly or indirectly, with or without intent that instigates or promotes conduct that is disorderly among any recipients of the disseminated message.
d. Threaten, plan, challenge or corroborate in any single/group electronic communication regarding behaviors that may be academically or socially unbecoming in regard to maintaining and promoting a safe and positive school environment.
5. Teachers may permit use of cell phones for academic activities related to curriculum and, at their discretion, will notify students when this type of use is authorized.
6. During authorized use of technology in the classroom, (instructional focus) students may not:
a. Answer an incoming SMS/text message or phone call.
b. Be on any social media site (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
c. Access/play any game or access any entertainment site on their device.
d. Access/use any application (app) on their device unless expressly instructed to do so by the teacher.
e. Take any picture or video that the teacher has not expressly asked the student to do.
f. Upload any picture or video taken in any class to any social media site or website.
g. SMS/text message or e-mail any picture or video taken in class to any person, including themselves.
h. Access any type of mobile web-browsing for any reason unless directed to do so by the teacher.
I. Take any picture, video or text any class assignments or assessments without permission.
7. If the teacher deems the day to be instructional time without technology, the following rules shall apply: 
a. Students may not use electronic devices. This means that all devices must be turned off or placed on silent and put away when entering the classroom.
b. Headphones may not be visible.
c. Devices that are used or are visible, will be confiscated by the classroom teacher/staff member and turned in to the student’s grade level principal.
d. Devices that are used, or are visible, will be confiscated by the classroom teacher/staff member and turned into the student’s grade level principal’s office.

Range of Consequences:
1. Immediate confiscation of the electronic device(s) for a period of time to be determined by school administration. Item will be returned only to a parent/guardian.
2. Possible detention assigned.
3. Possible suspension with a phone call to
parent/guardian and confirming letter.
4. Parent/guardian conference if there is a suspension period.
5. Possible meeting with Superintendent.
6. Possible Superintendent hearing.

Trespassing:
Students are not permitted in any school building, room, or office without permission from school personnel.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in administrative action or immediate suspension up to 5 days with a phone call to parent and confirming letter.
2. If appropriate, police may be notified and complaint filled out.
3. Parent conference during the suspension period.
4. Meeting with Superintendent.
5. Superintendent hearing.

Inappropriate Dress/Gestures:
1. A student’s dress shall be appropriate for school.
2. Brief garments, such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front and back), and brief revealing garments are not permitted.
3. Underwear must be completely covered
with outer clothing.
4. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
5. Headgear of any kind should not be worn or be visible in the building, unless required for medical or religious reasons.
 6. Items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability are not permitted.
7. Items that promote or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, violent activities, either individually or through group activity are not permitted.
8. Hair should not be worn in a facial concealing fashion.
9. Hoods must be kept down.
10. Coats and outerwear (i.e. gloves, scarves, bandanas, etc.) are not to be worn or be visible in the building.

Range of Consequences:
1. Immediate modification of inappropriate dress.
2. Student sent home by principal if inappropriate attire isn’t modified to
principal standards.
3. Refusal to comply with above consequences will result in a principal’s conference and possible suspension.
4. Repeated offense may result in meeting with Superintendent or Superintendent hearing.

Threatening Another Student or Employee of the School District:
1. Students will refrain from engaging in threatening language or behavior directed towards other students or employees of the school district.
2. Threatening language is speech that is likely to produce a clear and present danger of a serious substantive evil that rises far above public inconvenience, annoyance, hyperbole or jest, and which would cause a reasonable listener to apprehend direct and immediate harm from the speaker.
3. Threatening behavior is conduct which produces a clear and present danger or harm.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in administrative action or immediate suspension up to five (5) days with a phone call to parent and confirming letter.
2. If appropriate, police may be notified and complaint filled out.
3. Parent conference during the suspension period.
4. Possible meeting with Superintendent.
5. Possible Superintendent hearing

Defiance, Disrespect and/or Insubordination:
Toward any member of the staff.

Range of Consequences:
1. May warrant removal to internal suspension.
2. Immediate disciplinary action that could result in internal/external suspension for up to 5 days.
a. Parent notified; conference will follow.
b. Repeated infractions may result in counseling referral.

Violations of Academic Integrity:
While the standards of academic integrity cannot be listed exhaustively; the following examples represent some basic types of behavior that are unacceptable:
1. Cheating: Using unauthorized notes, study aids, or information on an examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for re-grading without the teacher’s authorization; allowing another person to do one’s work and submitting that work under one’s own name; submitting identical or similar papers for credit in more than one course without prior approval from the course instructors.
2. Plagiarism: Submitting material that in part or whole is not entirely one’s own work without attributing those same portions to their correct source.
3. Fabrication: Falsifying or inventing any information, data or citation.
4. Obtaining an Unfair Advantage: Stealing, reproducing or otherwise gaining access to examination materials prior to the time authorized by the teacher; unauthorized collaborating on an academic assignment, retaining, possessing, using or circulating administered examination materials, without the authorization of the teacher; otherwise engaging in activity to gain an unfair advantage over other students’ work.
5. Aiding and Abetting Academic Dishonesty: Providing material, information, or other assistance to another person with knowledge that such aid could be used in any of the violations of academic integrity.
6. Falsification of Records and Official Documents: Altering documents affecting academic records, forging signatures of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document or other official school record/form.
7. Unauthorized Access to Computerized Academic or Administrative Records or Systems: Viewing, altering or modifying computer records, programs, or systems, releasing or dispensing information gained via unauthorized access, interfering with the use of computer systems or information.

Range of Consequences:
1. For the First Offense one or more of the following consequences may result:
a. Referral to administrator
b. Notification of parent.
c. Administrative conference.
d.  Reduced or failing grade on quiz, test, paper, project, or exam.
e. Reduced or failing grade for the quarter.
f. Reduced or failing grade for the course.
g. Suspension from school for a period of up to five days.
h. Referral to the police for criminal prosecution.
i. Ineligibility for academic honors such as the National Honor Society.
2. For the Second Offense one or more of the following consequences may result:
a. Referral to administrator.
b. Notification of parent.
c. Administrative conference.
d. Failing grade on quiz, test, paper, project, or exam.
e. Failing grade for the quarter.
f. Failing grade for the course.
g. Suspension from school for a period of up to 5 days.
h. Referral to the police for criminal prosecution.
3. For the Third Offense one or more of the following consequences may result:
a. Referral to administrator.
b. Notification of parent.
c. Administrative conference.
d. Failing grade on quiz, test, paper, project, or exam.
e. Failing grade for the quarter.
f. Failing grade for the course.
g. Suspension from school for a period of up to 5 days.
h. Referral to the police for criminal prosecution.
i. Referral to the Superintendent of Schools for a Superintendent Hearing.

Bullying:
1. Bullying, whether physical or verbal, is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, hitting, punching, teasing, name calling, and intimidation through gestures.
2. Cyber bullying, including cyber threatening and sexting, is also prohibited.
3. Cyber bullying is the repeated use of information technology, including email, instant messages, blogs, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, and gaming systems to deliberately harass, threaten or intimidate others.
4. A cyber threat is a type of cyber bullying that includes online materials that threaten or raise concerns about violence against others, suicide, or other self-harm.
5. Sexting is a type of cyber bullying that involves sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually suggestive, nude, or nearly nude photos through text messages or email.
6. Bullying and cyber bullying in any form are not permitted whether or not the harmful behavior occurs at school or at home.

Range of Consequences:
1. Administrative conference in all cases. At the discretion of the administrator, a student may be given an educational packet to complete, a phone call may be made to parents, or the student may be suspended.
2. Conference with counselor, if necessary.
3. If appropriate, police may be notified and a complaint filed.
4. Possible removal from class if harassment is becoming disruptive to educational process, 3-5 day suspension. Mandatory parent conference.
5. Possible meeting with Superintendent.
6. Possible Superintendent hearing.

Harassment or Discrimination:
1. Includes all forms of electronic, verbal, or written communications
2. Students will refrain from harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity and expression, religion, religious practices, national origin, weight, sexual orientation, ethnic group, or disability.

Range of Consequences:
1. Administrative conference in all cases. At the discretion of the administrator, a student may be given an educational packet to complete, a phone call may be made to parents, or the student may be suspended.
2. Conference with counselor, if necessary.
3. If appropriate, police may be notified and a complaint filed.
4. Possible removal from class if harassment is becoming disruptive to educational process, 3-5 day suspension. Mandatory parent conference.
5. Possible meeting with Superintendent.
6. Possible Superintendent hearing.

Safe Schools:
1. Engaging in conduct which disrupts the educational environment and/or creates an unsafe school environment.
2. Endangering the health, safety and welfare of others.
3. Safe Schools violations include behavior which causes the school building to be evacuated and emergency services to respond.

Range of Consequences:
1. May result in suspension for 3 to 5 days with a phone call to parents and a confirming letter.
2. Parent conference during the suspension period.
3. Meeting with Superintendent.
4. Superintendent Hearing.
5. Counseling, if deemed necessary.
6. Complaint may be filed with Police Department.

Seniors:
Exhibiting a poor academic record or displaying inappropriate behavior.

Range of Consequences:
1. Loss of Senior privileges include, but not limited to:
a. Late Arrival
b. Early Dismissal
c. Driving to School
d. Senior Picnic
e. Senior Prom
f. Graduation

Level II Infractions

Level II Infractions refer to those infractions for which the consequence may be internal suspension and/or loss of privileges. Also, failure to report to internal suspension will result in external suspension for up to five (5) days and a parent conference during the suspension period. Upon returning to school, the student will serve the initial consequence.

Removal from Classes:
Student has not responded to teacher’s attempts to correct classroom behavior(s) and presents a disruptive situation to teacher, other students, and self.

Range of Consequences:
1. Student removed to office.
2. Notification of parent by teacher to discuss the behavior.
3. Principal’s conference.

Previous Behaviors:
Have led to teacher’s asking that student be removed from class.

Range of Consequences:
1. Teacher has contacted parent.
2. Teacher assigns possible detention.
3. Possible parent, teacher, counselor, and administration meeting.
4. Chronic offenses: External suspension and/or a possible Superintendent hearing.

Truancy:
Definition: A student is truant if they are illegally absent from school without the knowledge and consent of parent/ guardian. See Building-wide Expectations.

Range of Consequences:
1. Detention at the discretion of the
administrator.
2. Notify parents and discuss petition to Family Court.
3. Counseling if it is deemed necessary.
4. May result in loss of privileges.
5. Repeated offense of truancy will result in building principal’s conference and/or Superintendent hearing.

Card Playing and/or Gambling:
Range of Consequences:
1. Detention at the discretion of the administration.
2. Counseling if it is deemed necessary.
3. Repeat incidences may result in suspension.

Illegal Parking and/or Vehicle Violation:
Range of Consequences:
1. Temporary loss of driving/parking privileges.
2. Notify parents with confirming letter.
3. A second violation will result in possible loss of driving privileges.
4. Temporary parking must be done in advance on a very limited basis for emergencies only.

Abuse of Late Arrival or Early Dismissal:
Includes not signing in or out, etc.

Range of Consequences:
1. Possible loss of senior privileges.
2. Parents will be notified.

Inappropriate Behavior in Library:
Range of Consequences:
1. Loss of Library use for a period of time.
2. Conference.

Abuse of Study Hall Assignment:
Includes not reporting, signing out, returning, etc.

Range of Consequences:
1. Teacher-student conference
2. Possible detention.
3. Principal’s conference.

Leaving School Grounds Without Permission:
Range of Consequences:
1. Detention.
2. Parents notified.
3. Loss of parking/driving privileges.
4. Repeated incidents may result in suspension.

Abuse of Senior Privileges:
Range of Consequences:
1. Assignment to study hall.
2. Loss of senior privileges.

Late to Class:
Range of Consequences:
1. Accept students into class without pass
2. Immediate referral for unexcused class absence if beyond 15 minutes
3. Three lates (less than 15 minutes) equals a referral to office
4. Chronic lates equals a parent conference and possible detention.

Failure to Report to Detention Hall:
Range of Consequences:
1. Assigned two nights of detention.
2. Up to three days suspension.

Posting/Distributing Without Prior Approval:
Students may not post or distribute information or materials without prior approval from High School administration.

Range of Consequences:
1. Ranging from a warning, detention, internal suspension up to suspension from school.
2. Repeat offenders: Principal conference or Superintendent hearing.

Level III Infractions

Unexcused Tardy to School:
An unexcused tardy to school occurs when a student does not report to homeroom on time or reports to the attendance office without a valid excuse. A student has 24 hours to bring to school a written excuse from a parent or legal guardian. A student will be excused for reasons identified in the District’s Comprehensive Attendance Policy.

Unexcused tardies for High School students result in the following consequences:
1. 5 tardies will result in one (1) night of detention.
2. 10 tardies will result in two (2) nights of detention.
3. 15 tardies will result in three (3) nights of detention.
4. 20 tardies will result in a 3-day suspension.
5. 21 tardies will result in a principal conference and suspension.
6. Additional tardies may result in a Superintendent’s conference.
7. Missed detention can result in additional detention or suspension.

Consequences for Unexcused Tardy to Classroom:
Level I: Warning
Level 2: Teacher contacts parents; if not able to reach them by phone, letter will be sent with copy to guidance counselor. 
Level 3: Teacher keeps student after school for an amount of time which the teacher feels is appropriate and then escorts the student to detention. (If student does not stay after school, move immediately to Level 4.) 
Level 4: Referral to Grade Level Principal.
1. Parent conference/contact parents.
2. Assigned up to two nights detention.

Consequences for Non-Classroom/Unstructured Situations:
All Incidents: The staff member shall escort the student to the nearest administrative office.
1. First incident: Assigned detention by principal.
2. Second incident: Parent conference.
3. Third incident: Detention
4. Fourth incident: Building principal’s conference

Behavioral Expectations for Study Halls:
1. Students should bring appropriate materials to keep them busy (study materials, library book, etc.).
2. Students should remain in their assigned seats unless they have permission to move.
3. Students should keep hands, feet and all other objects to themselves.
4. Students should remain quiet (no talking without permission).
5. Students should report to study hall at the designated time.

Consequences of Not Meeting Behavioral Expectations for Study Hall:
1. Level 1: Warning
2. Level 2: Form letter to parents
3. Level 3: Referral to principal; assigned detention
4. Level 4: Referral to principal; assigned detention; letter to parents

Building-Wide Behavioral Expectations

Building-wide behavioral expectations have been established for all students as follows:
1. Follow directions of staff the first time they are given.
2. Treat other people and their property with respect by keeping hands, feet, and objects to oneself and by refraining from derogatory comments.
3. Report to designated areas at designated times.
4. Follow expectations developed for an individual classroom.
5. Dress in clothing that is not disruptive to the learning environment or is threatening to the student or to the other students, as outlined within Section V of this Code of Conduct.

Guidelines for Students Running for Elected Office:
Applicants who petition to run for elected office will be screened by administrators and approved based on the following criteria:
1. Good academic standing (cannot be failing more than one subject).
2. Students running for office are responsible for obtaining lists of duties from appropriate grade-level office. 
3. Students running for any class office must have participated in 50% of that class’ activities for that year (exception – initial running for freshman officers fall election).
4. Must have demonstrated acceptable high school citizenship (without serious behavior referrals).

Leaving School Grounds/ Truancy:
No student may leave the school grounds after arriving at school without approval of the administration. A parent requesting that a student leave school must submit a written request, in advance, to the attendance office. The request is verified and a dismissal slip is issued. When a student must leave school, the request must be in the attendance office before homeroom. In case of an emergency, the student will report to the attendance office to be signed out prior to leaving school grounds. Leaving school grounds without permission may result in suspension. Students may not be excused retroactively for leaving school grounds.

In-School Suspension:
In-school suspension (ISS) is a program in which students who are suspended attend school but do not attend their regular classes. Students will attend ISS for the normal school day, where they are given assignments and guidance by the coordinator. These assignments will be returned to the teacher for grading and are to be used as part of the student’s grades.
Failure to meet the requirements of the ISS program may result in an extension of the length of suspension. The purpose of the ISS is not to punish but rather to correct behavior.
Out-of-school suspension (OSS) is assigned for very serious offenses or for habitual problem- makers. A student may be assigned OSS for up to five (5) days and a parent conference will be scheduled before re-admission.

Lunch Policies and Regulations:
1. All food must be eaten in the cafeteria or designated picnic areas. 
2. Students are NOT permitted to leave school grounds during lunch without permission from an administrator. This includes all parking lots.

Attendance:
Students who do not attend a minimum number of scheduled classes as stated below, regardless of the reason for the absence, may be denied academic credit.
Students whose absences exceed the following guidelines may lose credit for the course:
1. Semester Course: 10 Absences
2. Full Year Course: 20 Absences

Students who feel they are having trouble in class because of poor attendance are encouraged to consult with their teachers about the problems. If absences continue to accumulate, students can expect to receive warnings and advice from both their Guidance Counselor and grade level principal.
In addition to these final numbers, the Committee will get periodic reports from teachers on students with attendance problems. 

Remember: 
1. There is an Attendance Review Committee.
2. Poor attendance can result in a variety of actions by the Committee.
3. If attendance is poor enough, academic credit may be denied.
4. Absences can include both excused and unexcused reasons for missing school.
5. Medical excuses can be for ten (10) absences only. Physician’s notes covering these ten absences must be brought in to grade level office within ten (10) school days of each absence or they will not be accepted.

RtI: Attendance Review Committee:
One of the most important responsibilities of any student is regular attendance in school. Duanesburg Central High School has an Attendance Review Committee which monitors student attendance. The Committee evaluates student attendance problems and recommends actions to the principal. These actions may include many options.
Among these are:
1. Guidance counseling.
2. Referral to outside agencies.
3. Filing P.I.N.S. petitions.
4. Involvement of the school attendance officer.

In addition to the actions above, the Committee may recommend that a student be denied academic credit. This means that unless the student maintains a certain attendance level he/she may be denied school credit for the course whether or not the student has a passing average in that course.

Rationale:
A considerable number of students each year accumulate an excessive number of absences from school. In some cases, verified illness is the cause, and adjustments are made for supplemental or modified instruction. In some cases, the absences are a direct result of disinterest or lack of concern for school. Periodic and systematic evaluation of student attendance is necessary to maintain the proper educational environment for all students.
Function of the Committee:

The purpose of the Attendance Review Committee shall be to chart a course of action that will lead to improved attendance. This action may be any or all of the following:
1. Recommend denial of academic credit.
2. Recommend guidance counseling.
3. Recommend administrative intervention via letter, telephone call, etc.
4. Recommend to parents outside emergency assistance.
5. Recommend filing P.I.N.S. petition.
6. Recommend involvement of attendance officer.
7. Invite student to meet with Committee.
8.Invite parents to meet with Committee.
9. Use any other option available.
10. Implement attendance reduction contract.

When the student reaches ten (10) absences in a half-year course or twenty (20) absences in a full-year course, the Committee would offer the parents an opportunity for a hearing. The student will be offered the opportunity to complete an “attendance reduction contract”. This contract consists of a two (2) day reduction from the absence total of the student. 

To fulfill the contract the student must meet with the teacher and complete course work that is equivalent to two (2) class periods. The teacher will be notified in writing of the contract. When the contract between the teacher and student is completed the grade level principal will be notified. The opportunity to enter into an “attendance reduction contract” will be offered only one time during each course.

Guidelines:
The awarding of academic credit at Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School will be based in part on attendance in class. Students who do not attend a minimum number of academic classes may be denied academic credit. Exceptions to the attendance regulation may be made for students with extended illness who have completed other academic requirements. Information concerning the attendance requirement will be distributed to all students and teachers at the beginning of the school year.

Teacher Reports:
The teachers will inform the principal according to the schedule below when a student’s attendance becomes unsatisfactory. Guidance-originated appointments, parent conferences, administrative meetings, internal suspension and field trips are not reported as absences. Examples of absences are contained within the District’s Comprehensive Attendance Policy.

Excused and Unexcused Absences:
The following reasons for absence, tardiness, or early departure will be deemed excused absences for the purpose of the attendance register:

Elementary School, Grades K-6:
1. Excused Absences: Absences approved in advance by the principal; court order; extreme medical (such as surgery or long-term illness, with proof); medically sick; quarantine, verifiable by doctor; religious observance; serious illness or death in family.
2. Unexcused absences: Babysitting, car problems, family vacation, hunting or fishing, missing the bus, oversleeping, planned family events, shopping, staying at home, other reasons not on approved list.

Jr./Sr. High School, Grades 7-12:
1. Excused absences: Absences approved in advance by the principal; court order; approved cooperative work programs; extreme medical (such as surgery or long-term illness, with proof); field trip/school-sponsored activities; medically sick (three consecutive days of absence, due to illness, will require written note from a doctor/health clinic); military obligations; pre-approved college visits (letter from Admissions Office is required); quarantine, verifiable by doctor; religious observance; road test; serious illness or death in family.

2. Unexcused absences: Babysitting, car problems, employment, family vacations, field trips not authorized by the principal, fire calls, hunting or fishing, learner’s permit test, missing the bus, oversleeping, recreation, shopping, staying at home, truancy, other reasons not on approved list.

All other reasons not listed above are unexcused and therefore will be counted as absences which could potentially lead to loss of course credit.

Reporting Schedule:
Teachers should use the behavior referral to report absences. Include the number of absences and the student’s approximate class average. Referrals should be submitted the day that each student advances to Level II or higher levels.
Level I: One (1) to five (5) absences in either a semester or full-year course. Teacher should confer with the student and inform parents if assignments are not made up.
Level II: Six absences in a single semester course or eight absences in a full year course. Behavioral referral will be sent to principal. After teacher notification, principal will inform parents of continuing problem. School counselor will contact student if academic problem is a result.
Level III: Twelve absences in a full year. Behavioral referral will be sent to principal. School counselor will confer with student and parents on continuing problem.
Level IV: Eight absences in a semester or 16 in a full year. Behavior referral will be sent to the principal, who will notify parent and student of imminent credit loss.
Level V: 10 absences in a semester or 20 in a full year. Behavioral referral will be sent to principal. If the student fails to maintain his obligation, a loss of credit letter will be sent by the principal.

Credit Denial:
The teacher will notify the principal if the attendance reduction contract has not been completed. The principal will recommend denial of credit. The principal will notify student, parents, grade level principal, guidance counselor and teacher of final decision. If credit is denied, a grade of NM (No Mark) will be assigned. The student must remain in class.