East Irondequoit Central School District Code of Conduct (Abbreviated)
Language Deemed Appropriate for Students
Language deemed appropriate and acceptable or inappropriate and unacceptable:
- The East Irondequoit School Community believes that students will demonstrate respectful behavior by using appropriate and acceptable language at all times towards staff and other students. Appropriate language includes words that are courteous, non-offensive and without malice.
- The School Board adopts the following language as unacceptable and inappropriate:
- Verbal harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, religious practices, creed, national origin, ethnic origin, ethnic group, weight, disability, gender (including gender identity and expression), or sexual orientation.
- Profane or obscene words.
- Verbal assault (the use of demeaning, derogatory, offensive, threatening or abusive language) towards staff or students.
- To speak in a quarrelsome, belligerent and contentious manner to others.
Role of Parents/Guardians
A cooperative relationship between home and school is essential to each student’s successful development and achievements. To achieve this wholesome relationship, parent/guardians, in accepting this responsibility, will be encouraged to:
- Exemplify an enthusiastic and supportive attitude toward school and education.
- Build a good working relationship between themselves and their child, his/her teachers and the school.
- Teach their child self-respect, respect for the law, respect for others and respect for public property.
- Insist on prompt and regular attendance.
- Review information and observations of all parties concerned before reaching a decision on any school related problems.
- Recognize that all school personnel deserve the same consideration and respect that parents expect from their children.
- Insist their child take pride in his or her appearance as it relates to the dress code.
- Insist that their child promptly bring home any communications from school.
- Cooperate with the school staff in jointly resolving any school related problems.
- Set realistic standards of behavior for their children and be firm, fair and consistent in applying them.
- Help their child learn to deal effectively with peer pressure.
- Provide a place conducive for study and completion of homework assignments.
- Demonstrate desirable standards of behavior.
- Assume financial obligations incurred by their child in school. This includes such things as lost books and damage to property.
- Follow the “Parental Responsibilities when Visiting East Irondequoit Schools.”
It is the responsibility of each parent/guardian to know and support these rules.
Unacceptable and Inappropriate Behavior of Students
Unacceptable and inappropriate behavior is defined as anyone on school property using school equipment or participating in school sponsored activities who is not acting in a responsible manner. Pursuant to Education Law #2801 and New York Commissioner’s Regulations Part 100.2 (1), or any violation of the law, the Board adopts the following as examples of prohibited student conduct:
- Absence (Unlawful) - An absence for a day or any portion of a day for any reason other than those cited as lawful and/or failure to bring a note by a parent/guardian to verify a lawful absence.
- Alcohol/Drug Violation - Possession, distribution, consumption, being under the influence, or sale of Illegal Substances, alcoholic beverages or drug paraphernalia on school property, at a school function, on a school bus, or in a school vehicle. Over the counter medications cannot be possessed or distributed. Possession will be presumed if Illegal Substance(s), alcoholic beverage(s) or drug paraphernalia are found in an area of control by the student (i.e. backpack, automobile, personal belongings)
- Arson/fire - Attempting to, aiding in, or setting fire to a building or other property.
- Bus Misbehavior - Any violation of bus behavior rules.
- Cheating/Academic Dishonesty - Copying, plagiarizing, altering records, cheating, collusion or assisting another in such actions.
- Computer/ Electronic Communication Misuse - Any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account to access internet/intranet; accessing another’s e-mail or an inappropriate website; misuse of a website, including transmission of inappropriate language or images via electronic/digital devices. Recording people without their permission. Includes violation of District’s acceptable use policy.
- Cutting class - Illegal absence from a class or school activity.
- Cyberbullying - As defined in Article II above. Cyberbullying includes the use of information technology, including, but not limited e-mail, instant message, blogs, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, and gaming systems, to harass, threaten, isolate or intimidate others.
- Defamation - False or unprivileged statement or representation about an individual or identifiable group of individuals that harm the reputation of the person or the identifiable group.
- Destruction of Property/ Vandalism - Damage, destruction, or defacement (graffiti) of property belonging to another or the school.
- Discrimination - As defined in Article II above.
- Disrespect Toward Others - Inappropriate comment or physical gesture to a student, teacher, staff member, or other adult.
- Disorderly Conduct - Behavior disturbing the atmosphere or order, to include obstructing or restraining the authorized or lawful movement or participation of another (pedestrian or vehicular). Examples include but are not limited to: running in the hallways, making unreasonable noises, creating a hazardous or physically harmful condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose.
- Disruption – Classroom Behavior that is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher’s authority over the classroom.
- Disruption – School Behavior that interferes with the safe and orderly environment of the school or school activity. Failure to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, administrators or other school personnel in charge of students.
- Driving/ Parking Violations - Failure to obey all state, district, and campus traffic and parking signs and rules.
- Failure to Serve Assigned Consequences - Failure to serve detention, Saturday detention, suspension or other assigned consequences.
- False Alarms/Bomb Threats - Initiating a report or warning of fire, or catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.
- Fighting - A hostile confrontation with physical contact involving two or more students.
- Fireworks or Explosives - Possession, use, and/or threat to use a firework, smoke bomb, flare, or combustible or explosive substance.
- Firearm - Possession of a firearm.
- Gambling - Wagering money or property.
- Harassment and/or Bullying - As defined in Article II above.
- Hazing - As defined in Article II above.
- Indecent Exposure - Exposing the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
- Invasion of privacy - Any act that infringes on an individual’s right to privacy. Example: videotaping, photographing or making slanderous statements or comments
- Insubordination - Refusing to follow reasonable requests of teachers, staff, or administration, including failure to identify self or knowingly providing false information.
- Leaving school grounds without permission - Leaving school grounds during regular school hours without written or verbal permission from parent/guardian, administrator or someone listed on the emergency procedure card.
- Loitering - Idle presence in an area without authorization.
- Physical Attack on Staff, Students/Others - Assault, or aggressive physical action, directed at students, staff, or others, including a situation where a staff member is intervening in a fight or other disruptive activity.
- Possession of Disruptive Items - Unauthorized possession of a sound box, laser pointer, squirt gun, water balloon, personal audio device, playing cards, dice or any other disruptive item.
- Possession of Portable Electronic Communication Devices- Unauthorized possession of pager or cellular phone, radios, digital devices, video recording devices, MP3 players or other electronic devices during the instructional day except in areas or at times specifically authorized by the building principal
- Possession of Skateboards, Roller blades/ Scooters - Unauthorized use or unauthorized possession of a skateboard, scooter, or roller blades on school property.
- Sexting - Sending, receiving or forwarding sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude photos through text message, email or other electronic/digital means.
- Sexual Harassment - Unwanted and inappropriate verbal, written, graphic representation or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward another person.
- Tardiness - Lateness to school or class.
- Theft - Taking or obtaining property of another without permission of the owner.
- Threat to Staff, Student or Other Person - Expression, conveyed by word or action, of intent to abuse, intimidate, coerce, or injure a staff member, student, or other person.
- Transportation - Violating rules and regulations when using school transportation. Unauthorized use of school transportation.
- Tobacco Products Violation - Possession, sale, distribution, exchange or use of any Tobacco and Nicotine Product; This prohibition extends to on school property, at a school function, on a school bus, or in a school vehicle.
- Trespassing -Unauthorized presence on school property, including while on suspension.
- Truancy - Unlawful absence without parental knowledge and/or permission.
- Unacceptable Language/Behavior - Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing, or swearing. Displays of inappropriate public affection.
- Weapon Possession - Possession of a weapon. Displaying what appears to be a weapon or threatening to use any weapon.
- Retaliation - As defined in Article II above.
- Failure to Report - Purposeful failure to report threats to safety and well-being of school community or violation of the Code of Conduct to school staff.
- Under the Influence - Physical or psychological indications of being in chemically induced altered state
- Failure to Cooperate with Investigation - Refusing to cooperate with a search of possessions and clothing or refusing to supply information in relation to an investigation of the Code of Conduct
- Continuous and Willful Violation of the Code of Conduct - Continuing to violate the same portions of the Code of Conduct despite several interventions and consequences.
Removal of Disruptive Students From the Classroom and/or School Property
Teachers have the authority to remove “disruptive” students from the classroom. This removal must be consistent with the guidelines set forth in the East Irondequoit Central School District code of conduct. The power to remove a student from a classroom is not a replacement for a classroom management plan; rather it is a supplement to an effective plan. The classroom management plan should be followed before a removal is enacted. Student removal is intended to provide a final consequence before an out of school suspension is necessitated.
Duration of Removal by a Teacher
No disruptive student may return to class until the principal has made a final determination. Duration of student removal may not exceed the following guidelines:
- Secondary and middle school – student removal may not exceed three class periods. A class period may be defined as the prescribed time a student is scheduled to attend a specific class.
- Intermediate – student removal may not exceed 45 minutes per incident. Removal of a student may not exceed 2 consecutive days.
- Primary – student removal may not exceed 20 minutes per incident. Removal of a student may not exceed 2 consecutive days.
The principal may overturn the removal of the student from the class only if in the principal’s judgment there is a lack of substantial evidence to support a removal, there is violation of law, there is justification for suspending the student from school, or the removal is inconsistent with the code of conduct. Accordingly, after discussion with the teacher, the principal may return the student to class. At the teacher’s discretion, he/she may rescind the removal prior to the two-day removal period.
After meeting with an administrator, a student who is removed from class may be placed in a supervised setting until the period of removal is completed. As soon as possible, but no later than the beginning of the next school day, the removing teacher must provide a guide for instruction and appropriate instructional material(s).
Acceptable/Appropriate Attire of Students
Acceptable and appropriate attire may be defined as clothing or accessories that are suitable and not distracting to the educational environment or school sponsored events.
Any outfit which is deemed to be unfit for school or school sponsored events may result in requiring the student to change outfits, or the removal or covering up of the unacceptable outfit or accessory.
Unacceptable and inappropriate attire may include the following:
- Clothing, which may be construed as disruptive or distracting (such as midriffs, see-through garments, short shorts).
- Clothing or accessories, that may include offensive images, or slogans of sex, drugs, violence, or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, religious practices, creed, national origin, ethnic origin, ethnic group, weight, disability, gender (including gender identity and expression), or sexual orientation.
- Clothing or accessories that may be considered gang related such as hats, beads, bandanas, etc.
- Hats, bandanas/doo-rags, or any other head gear may not be worn in school. However, the wearing of coats or bookbags may be allowed at the discretion of the building Principal.
- Outerwear (coats) are to be put in lockers/clothes closets upon arriving and not worn during the school day.
Minimum Period of Suspension
Any student, found guilty of bringing a weapon onto school property will be subject to a suspension from school for at least one calendar year. (A student with a disability may be suspended only in accordance with the requirements of the state and federal law.) Before being suspended, the student will have an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to NYEd Law s/s 3214. The Superintendent has the authority to modify the suspension on a case-by-case basis.
Any student, other than a student with a disability, who is found to have committed a violent act, other than bringing a weapon onto school property, shall be subject to suspension from school for at least five (5) days. If the proposed penalty is the minimum five-day suspension, the student and the student’s parent will be given the same notice and an opportunity for a hearing given to all students subject to a short-term suspension. If the proposed penalty exceeds the minimum five-day suspension, the student and the student’s parent will be given the same notice and opportunity for a hearing given to all students subject to a long-term suspension. The Superintendent has the authority to modify the minimum five-day suspension on a case-by-case basis.
Any student, other than a student with a disability, who engages in conduct which results in the student being removed from the classroom by teacher(s) on four (4) or more occasions during a semester, will be suspended from the school for at least five days. If the proposed penalty is the minimum five-day suspension, the student and the student’s parent will be given the same notice and opportunity for a hearing given to all students subject to a short-term suspension. If the proposed penalty exceeds the five-day suspension, the student and the student’s parent will be given the same notice and opportunity for a hearing given to all students subject to a long-term suspension. The Superintendent has the authority to modify the minimum five-day suspension on a case-by-case basis.
Procedures to Inform Local Law Enforcement of Violations That Constitute a Crime
Should a clear violation of the law or a reasonable suspicion that an illegal action or act has occurred, the Irondequoit police will be called for assistance. The building Principal or his / her designees will determine the need for assistance.
“FACT” Family Access Coordination Team
“FACT” referral is filed by the school social worker upon the recommendation of the school administrator. A “FACT” petition will be filed for the following reason. Any student who has accumulated 20 or more days of unexplained or illegal absences will may be referred to a ”FACT” with the Monroe County court system.
Anyone considered a mandated reporter, such as a teacher, administrator, social worker, school nurse, or school psychologist must report all allegations of neglect, physical abuse, and/or sexual abuse. If a reasonable suspicion is determined, a referral will be made to the department of social services. The department of social services will determine if the claim is valid or unfounded. A school administrator must be informed that a report to social services is being made.
Visitors’ Responsibilities/Unacceptable and Inappropriate Behavior
All visitors must register in the appropriate area during office hours and obtain a proper visitor pass.
Unacceptable and inappropriate behavior is defined as anyone on school property, using school equipment, or participating in school sponsored activities who is not acting in a responsible manner, or any violation of the law. The Board adopts the following as examples of prohibited visitor conduct:
- Willful physical injury of any person or the threat to use force that would result in such injury.
- Discrimination, harassment or retaliation against any person.
- Sexual harassment.
- Willful damage to, destruction of, or theft of property.
- Conduct which is disorderly, or threatening, i.e., intentionally causing public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof by:
- Fighting or engaging in violent behavior;
- Making unreasonable noise;
- Using abusive or obscene language or gestures;
- Disturbing any lawful assembly or meeting of persons;
- Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
- Creating a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act that serves no legitimate purpose.
- Entry of any school building or any portion of the school premises unless such entry is made in connection with official business with the district or to attend an authorized activity or function.
- Remaining in or on district property after being ordered to leave by district employees.
- Willful interference with the lawful and authorized activities of others.
- Possession, consumption, under the influence, sale or exchange of alcoholic beverages, unauthorized drugs, drug paraphernalia, narcotics or herbal/chemical products designed to mimic the effects of marijuana (also known as synthetic cannabinoids, including but not limited to such brand names as “K2”, “Spice”, etc.).
- Possession or use of a weapon, or use of any object that reasonably can be considered a weapon, or possession of a bomb or fireworks, etc. on property of the school district.
- Violation of any federal or state statute, local ordinance, or Board policy.
- Insubordination, i.e., failing to comply with the lawful directions of a teacher, school administrator or other school employees.
- Distribution, transfer or sale of any item in or on the property of the district in such a way that is disruptive to the educational process.
- Violation of rules and regulations when using school in an authorized school function.
- Unauthorized use of school transportation is forbidden. Anyone using school transportation must be engaged in authorized school function.
- Use of buses to which they are not assigned without following the procedure established for their school building.
- The use of cigarettes or any other tobacco products (except as examples in curriculum-based instruction) or herbal/chemical products or electronic devices designed to mimic the effects of tobacco products including but not limited to electronic cigarettes.
- Displays of public affection.
Acceptable/Appropriate Attire for Visitors
Acceptable and appropriate attire may be defined as clothing or accessories that are suitable and not distracting to the educational environment, or school sponsored events.
Any outfit which is deemed to be unfit for school or school sponsored events may result in requiring the visitor to change outfits, or the removal or covering up of the unacceptable outfit or accessory.
Unacceptable and inappropriate attire may include the following:
- Clothing, which may be construed as disruptive, or distracting (such as midriffs, see-through garments, short shorts).
- Clothing or accessories that may include offensive images or slogans of sex, drugs, violence, or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, religious practices, creed, national origin, ethnic origin, ethnic group, weight, disability, gender (including gender identity and expression) or sexual orientation.
- Clothing or accessories that may be considered gang related.
Language Deemed Appropriate/Acceptable for Visitors
The East Irondequoit School Community believes that visitors will demonstrate respectful behavior by using appropriate and acceptable language towards teachers, administrators, and staff. Appropriate language includes words that are courteous, non-offensive and without malice.
The School Board adopts the following language as unacceptable and inappropriate:
- Profane or obscene words.
- Excessive quarreling with a teacher, administrator or staff member.
*Please see the school district website, www.eastiron.org, for the complete Code of Conduct.
For the full Code of Conduct Policy, click here