Student & Parent Handbook

Code of Conduct

The Greenvale School policy is guided by the Eastchester School District Code of Conduct and the Board of Education Policy (5130). Particular emphasis is placed on educating students to develop appropriate behavior to achieve self-discipline. The interpretation of the school district’s discipline code is focused upon enlightenment as well as accountability.

Parental assistance is needed to help your child become familiar with and understand the school’s expectations for proper behavior. Please take the time to thoroughly discuss each concept/regulation with your child.

Behavior

General Conduct
  1. Walk in an orderly fashion throughout the building
  2. Respect all school personnel: administrators, teachers, aides, custodians, cafeteria staff, secretaries, nurses, etc.
  3. Respect fellow students
  4. Respect school property and grounds
  5. Respect the property of others
  6. Use proper language in the building and out on the playground
  7. Resolve disagreements and conflicts in a constructive and peaceful manner. Fighting is not acceptable
  8. Adhere to the Code of Conduct established by the Board of Education
  9. May not misuse computer/electronic communications, including any unauthorized use of computer, software or internet/internet account; accessing inappropriate websites, or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.
  10. May not display or use personal electronic devices, such as but not limited to, cell phones, I-pods, digital cameras, in a manner that is in violation of district policy.

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

  • Engage in off-campus misconduct that endangers the health and safety of students or staff within the school or substantially disrupts the educational process. Examples of such misconduct include, but are not limited to:
    • Cyberbullying (i.e., inflicting willful and repeated harm through the use of electronic text)
    • Threatening or harassing students or school personnel over the phone or other electronic medium
    • Using message boards to convey threats, derogatory comments or post pornographic pictures of students or school personnel.

The following consequences can and may be imposed as a result of unacceptable conduct. Please note that these consequences are not limited exclusively to the above infractions.

  • Verbal warning to student
  • Notification to parents/guardians
  • Loss of recess privilege
  • Intervention of faculty with parents to achieve behavioral modification
  • Suspension from activity
  • Suspension from school
Infractions

Cheating - the act of consciously copying someone else’s work to obtain a higher score and/or to complete an assignment.

Evidence of cheating may result in the student receiving a zero for such work. The student will be required to redo the assignment. Tests will not be administered again.

Theft - Any student stealing school property or the property of staff members or students could receive up to a five day suspension, and may face a Superintendent’s hearing and/or expulsion from school. The incident may be filed with the police, depending upon the severity. The parents/guardians are also responsible for restitution.

Use/Possession of Dangerous Items - If a student is in possession of, or using a potentially dangerous item (i.e. knife, gun, etc.), that item will be confiscated by the staff member and held by the principal for retrieval by the parent. Reporting of weapons to the Local Law Enforcement is mandatory. Suspension from school will be enforced.

Vandalism - Any student who vandalizes school property or the property of a staff member or another student may receive up to a five (5) day suspension, and may face a Superintendent’s hearing and/or expulsion from school.

Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary Consequences/Actions for infractions not listed in this handbook will be taken directly from the Code of Conduct established by the Board of Education.

Depending upon the nature of the violation, it is the board’s desire that student discipline is progressive, i.e. a student’s first violation should merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations. It is also the board’s desire that an employee take into account all other relevant factors.

The range of code penalties include:

  • verbal warning
  • written warning
  • verbal/written notification to parent
  • counseling
  • reprimand
  • probation
  • detention
  • suspension from transportation
  • suspension from athletic participation
  • suspension from social or extracurricular activities
  • suspension of other privileges
  • expulsion from a particular class
  • in-house suspension
  • involuntary transfer
  • Suspension – out of school

All youngsters must receive “due process”.

All circumstances will be investigated by the adult in charge to determine the facts and to provide for individual expression of student views.

Under circumstances of progressive difficulties, parental conferences would have been conducted.

The general guidelines if an offense requiring suspension occurred would include:

  1. Conference with the adult in charge and student with the principal.
  2. Call to the parent and conference with concerned student, adult, parent and principal in advance if possible.

Student Responsibilities

All district students have the responsibility to:

  • Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conductive to learning and to show respect to other persons and property.
  • Be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations dealing with student conduct.
  • Attend school every day unless they are legally excused and be in class, on time, and prepared to learn.
  • Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and stride toward their highest level of achievement possible.
  • React to direction given by teachers, administrators and other school personnel in respectful, positive manner.
  • Work to develop mechanisms to control their anger.
  • Ask questions when they do not understand.
  • Seek help in solving problems that might lead to discipline.
  • Dress appropriately for school and school functions.
  • Accept responsibility for their actions.
  • Report any incidents of violence and threat to safety of all others to designated school authority, local officials or law enforcement. Reporting may be made anonymously when possible.

Parent Responsibilities

All parents are expected to:

  • Recognize that the education of their child(ren) is a joint responsibility of the parents and the school community.
  • Send their children to school ready to participate and learn.
  • Ensure their children attend school regularly and on time.
  • Ensure absences are excused.
  • Insist their children be dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code.
  • Help their children understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe, orderly environment.
  • Know school rules and help their children understand them.
  • Convey to their children a supportive attitude toward education and the district.
  • Build good relationships with teachers, other parents and their children’s friends.
  • Help their children deal effectively with peer pressure.
  • Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance.
  • Provide a place for study and ensure homework assignments are completed

The district is committed to providing an orderly, respectful environment that is conducive to learning. To create and maintain this kind of environment it is necessary to regulate public conduct on school property and at school functions. For purposes of this section of the code, “public” shall mean all persons when on school property or attending a school function including students, teachers and district personnel.

The restrictions on public conduct on school property and at school functions contained in this code are not intended to limit freedom of speech or peaceful assembly. The district recognizes that free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the objectives of the district. The purpose of this code is to maintain public order and prevent abuse of the rights of others.

All persons on school property or attending a school function shall conduct themselves in a respectful and orderly manner. In addition, all persons on school property or attending a school function are expected to be properly attired for the purpose they are on school property.