Student/Parent Handbook




                    The Lenape Community dedicates itself:

    • to encourage a love and appreciation for learning in

                a safe and caring environment.

    •  to enable our children to reach their greatest potential

               individually, academically, and socially.

    •  to respect and understand each other through our

               similarities and differences.



    Sean Inglee, Principal


    196 Main Street

    New Paltz, New York 12561

    (845) 256-4300



    September 2023



    Dear Lenape Student and Parent,


    Everyone at Lenape Elementary School is looking forward to the beginning of another exciting school year.


    We believe that educating children is most successful when everyone involved – parents, teachers and other school staff, the community, and the students themselves – all work together cooperatively.  I would like to encourage all of you to be actively involved in the educational process so that we can continue to provide a strong foundation upon which future growth and success can be built.


    This handbook contains valuable information regarding the Lenape School program, including important rules, policies, and procedures.  Please review this booklet carefully and keep it handy throughout the school year for future reference. Keep in mind that some procedures have been updated.


    If at anytime you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


    Your comments are always welcome.  We value your involvement in your child’s education as we continue to establish a community of learners at the Lenape School.




    Sean Inglee

    Sean Inglee

















    Principal’s Letter…………………………………….....……………………........


    Table of Contents…………………………………………………………...……


    Lenape Staff……………………………………………………..………….........


    Lenape Voice Mail…………………………………………………………...…..


    Lenape Educational Programs ……………………….………...………...............

    6 - 8

    Special Area Classes & Other Services……………………………………..…….


    Homework Information………………………………………….………….........


    Emergency Information ………….….……………….……….....……….……....


    Health Services, Medication Procedures & Accident Insurance ………..……….


    Transportation & Bus Safety…………………………….…………………….....


    Busing Routines, Picking up Children, Website …………….….............…..……


    Attendance, Recess……………..………………………………………………....


    Field Trips, Parent Involvement, Parking, Lost & Found.…….……………….....

    Report Cards, Conduct………………………………………….……………...…

    Title IX Information………………………………………………………..……..

    Summary Code of Conduct & Save Feedback Sheet …...…………………..……       



    19 - 21

    23 - 27

    Code of Conduct/Student Handbook Acknowledgement…………………………












    Sean Inglee, Principal

    Liajaira Dessereau, Assistant Principal


    Mark Janow



     3rd Grade

    Christiane Dates/

        Kacie Fisher

    Tina Harris

    Jim Longbotham

    Ellen Makow

    Traci Miranda/

        Daniel Monheit

    Linda Sinforoso/

       Joanna Wilcox 


    4th Grade

    Tara Crowder/

       Nicole Walker

    Francesca Houston

    Alex Majthenyi/

       Amy Haase

    Adrienne Maley

    Trina Naclerio

    Meredith Oppenheimer/

       Erin Bulson


    5th Grade

    Paulette Easterlin

    Melissa Feldmann/

       Jenna Russolello

    Rachel Fisher-Markle/

       Amy Gogerty

    MaryJo Serrao

    Elaine Thomas/

        Kristin Lown


    Special Ed/Self-Contained

    Jill Christensen

    Paul Mattes

    Dominique Venturini










































    Maria Meoli



    MaryAnn Lis-Simmons



    Laura Faure

    David Finch (Band)


    Physical Education

    Bill Defino                     

    Dal Veeder            



    Krista Pachomski                       

    Morgan Profaci                      


    Reading / MSR

    Kristian Anderson

    Amanda DeMaro

    Brittany McIlwee


    Math Specialist 

    Michele Favale


    Speech, Hearing & Sight

    Candice Cramer

    Amy Jett


    Foreign Language

    Jenny-Lynn Delfini



    Amy Chapman

    Olga Choedron


    Occupational Therapist



    Physical Therapist

    Ann Gregory


    School Psychologist

    Annika, Hancle-Elliott       













    Gym A

    Gym B


































    Social Worker

    Laura Wild                


    Support Staff
















    Frank Ciofalo

    Jessica Herron

    Jack Salzman

    Emi, Taniguchi

    Andrea Zapotoski



    Katherine Statlend

    Rosemarie Zaccaria



    Carmen Dubaldi

    Rich Gallina

    Antonio Galvan

    Jose Ponce

    Colin Weiner























    4321 / 4322








    Lenape Elementary School Voice Mail


    To reach a voice mail box, please dial 256-4175 and then enter the voice mail number.





    VM #

    Anderson, Kristian



    Bulson, Erin



    Chapman, Amy



    Choedron, Olga



    Christensen, Jill



    Cramer, Candice



    Crowder, Tara



    Dates, Christiane



    Defino, Bill

    Gym A


    Delfini, Jenny-Lynn



    DeMaro, Amanda



    Easterlin, Paulette



    Faure, Laura



    Favale, Michele



    Feldmann, Melissa



    Finch, David



    Fisher, Kacie



    Fisher-Markle, Rachel



    Gogerty, Amy



    Gregory, Ann



    Haase, Amy



    Hancle-Elliott, Annika



    Harris, Tina



    Houston, Francesca



    Jett, Amy



    Lis-Simmons, MaryAnn



    Longbotham, Jim



    Lown, Kristin





    VM #

    Majthenyi, Alex



    Makow, Ellen



    Maley, Adrienne



    Mattes, Paul



    McIlwee, Brittany



    Miranda, Traci



    Monheit, Daniel



    Naclerio, Trina



    Oppenheimer, Meredith



    Pachomski, Krista



    Perez, Angela



    Profaci, Morgan



    Russolello, Jenna



    Serrao, MaryJo



    Sinforoso, Linda



    Thomas, Elaine



    Veeder, Dal

    Gym B


    Venturini, Dominique



    Walker, Nicole



    Wilcox, Joanna



    Wild, Laura



























    The Lenape School curriculum provides for continuous building of skills, attitudes, concepts and understandings.  The focus is upon careful guidance of the total child in order to take him/her from where he/she is to where he/she is capable of going.  We dedicate ourselves to working with each child according to his/her ability.  With this understanding in mind, the following is a brief glimpse of the educational program, as per the Next Generation Learning Standards, adopted by NYS.


    The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live. Most states in the United States have adopted the NGLS.


    These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.  The standards:


    • are aligned with college and work expectations,
    • are clear, understandable and consistent,
    • include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high- order skills,
    • build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards,
    • are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society and
    • are evidence- based.

    Visit CoreStandards.org to review the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards.



    • The ELA standards establish a “staircase” of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read   so that all students are ready for the demands of college and career- level reading no later than the end of high school.  The standards also require the progressive development of reading comprehension so that students advancing through the grades are able to gain more from whatever they read.
    • Through reading a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature, as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects, students are expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspectives.  Because the standards are building blocks for successful classrooms, but recognize that teachers, school districts, and states need to decide on appropriate curriculum, they intentionally do not offer a reading list.  Instead, they offer numerous sample texts to help teachers prepare for the school year and allow parents to know what to expect at the beginning of the year. 
    • The standards mandate certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare.  The standards appropriately defer the many remaining decisions about what and how to teach to states, districts, and schools.
    • Our classes use a balanced approach to reading, focusing on small, leveled reading groups that encourage student-to-student interaction with deliberate and targeted instruction by the teacher.








    • The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing - a basic form of argument - extending down into the earliest grades.
    • Research - both short focused projects (such as those commonly required in the workplace) and longer term in depth research - is emphasized throughout the standards but most prominently in the writing strand since a written analysis and presentation of findings is so often critical. 
    • Annotated samples of student writing accompany the standards and help establish adequate performance levels in writing arguments, informational/explanatory tests, and narratives in the various grades.
    • Our classes utilize writing across the subject areas and in multiple genres.



    Speaking and Listening:

    • The ELA standards require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas, and evidence through listening and speaking, as well as through media.
    • An important focus of the speaking and listening standards is academic discussion in on-to-one, small group, and whole-class settings.  Formal presentations are one important way such discussions occur, but so is the more informal conversation that takes place as students collaborate to answer questions, build understanding, and solve problems.



    • The ELA standards expect that students will grow their vocabularies through a mix of conversations, direct instruction, and reading.  The standards will help students determine word meanings, appreciate the nuances of words, and steadily expand their repertoire of words and phrases.
    • The ELA standards help prepare students for real life experience at college and in 21st century careers.  The standards recognize that students must be able to use formal English in their writing and speaking but that they must also be able to make informed, skillful choices among the many ways to express themselves through language.
    • Vocabulary and conventions are treated in their own strand, not because skills in these areas should be handled in isolation but, because their use extends across reading, writing, speaking, and listening. 


    Media and Technology:

    • Just as media and technology are integrated in school and life in the twenty-first century, skills related to media use (both critical analysis and production of media) are integrated throughout the standards.  At Lenape, most classrooms have Smartboards and student computers.  Each student is given a chromebook.


    Math Standards

    • The K-5 Math Standards provide students with a solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals - which help young students build the foundation to successfully apply more demanding math concepts and procedures, and move into applications.  The K-5 standards build on the best state standards to provide detailed guidance to teachers on how to navigate their way through knotty topics such as fractions, negative numbers, and geometry, and do so by maintaining a continuous progression from grade to grade. 
    • The Math Standards stress not only procedural skill but also conceptual understanding, to make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels - rather than the current practices by which many students learn enough to get by on the next test, but forget it shortly thereafter, only to review again the following year.



    Social Studies:  A basic purpose of education is the creation of an informed citizenry.  It is the specific function of our social studies program (3-5) to help children develop a knowledge and appreciation of our heritage and of other cultures throughout the world.  The social studies program further seeks to build and maintain a maximum level of competence in those skills which are essential to the understanding of concepts in the various disciplines.  The use of maps and the globe, specialized skills in reading, the effective use of reference materials, the use of graphic representation and the like, are taught as an integral part of the social studies program.


    Science: The goals of our elementary science program are to have our students develop scientific literacy and effective problem solving skills.  Scientific literacy is demonstrated by the ability to use skills, scientific attitudes, and science content to identify and solve science-related problems. Effective problem solving is the ability to solve science-related problems by applying appropriate skills systematically in ways that demonstrate positive attitudes toward science and an accurate understanding of scientific principles. The curriculum content for grades 3-5 is divided between the life and physical sciences.  In addition, through a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts and the involvement with the Mohonk Preserve, we have been able to provide a number of environmental experiences for the children.  Each class will be transported to the Preserve in the fall or in the spring for a “Field Study” following preparation work done in the classroom.  The availability of a Science Lab room also generates opportunities for students that we are continuing to explore and develop.


    Integrated Curriculum: All subject areas are integrated wherever possible.  Our world is not segmented and our brains learn through making connections.  The more we automatically make these connections for our students, the easier it is for their understanding and retention in all subject areas.


    Library Skills: Our library program offers instruction in library skills, reference services, and reading guidance for children at every grade level.  The library collection provides students and teachers with a wide range of instructional materials—books, pamphlets, pictures, periodicals, pre-recorded tapes, CDs, DVDs, videos and records.  The book collection is carefully chosen to include curriculum-related materials (informational books, reference books and supplementary resources) and titles for recreational reading.

    Children are encouraged to come to the library whenever they need materials for their class work or for their own enjoyment.  The librarian works with teachers in putting together a variety of book and non-book materials for use in the classroom during units of study.  The Lenape Library is an automated library and networked throughout the building.


    Foreign Language: The Foreign Language Elementary School (FLES) curriculum is closely aligned to other curricula.  It continues to build upon units already studied, as well as introduce new themes in vocabulary. At present, all students are learning Spanish.

















    In addition to the core academic areas, instruction by certified teachers is provided in such areas as Art, Music and Physical Education.  We feel that these experiences are an integral part of our educational program.


    Art: We are very proud of our elementary art program which is designed to promote growth and development in art skills to stimulate creative expression, and to develop an appreciation of art, beauty and nature.  Throughout the year students complete a variety of different projects in which various skills, different techniques, and mediums are employed.  Projects are often designed to integrate with topics being studied in Science or Social Studies.  Each spring, an art show is held to showcase our students’ work.


    Music: The music program provides an opportunity for the children to: listen to music, sing, respond to rhythms, and learn musical notation.  The goal is to develop an appreciation for music for students.  Students in grades 4 and 5 have the opportunity to participate in choral performance groups, and grade 5 students may take instrumental lessons and participate in band.  Concerts in December and in the spring provide the opportunity for students to perform for their parents and peers.


    Physical Education: Our physical education program is specifically designed to meet the needs of all the children at Lenape.  In addition to teaching the basic skills involved in many sports, our program incorporates personal fitness and the importance of lifetime health and fitness.  Our physical education program also addresses the development of certain social traits.  The child learns to: wait his/her turn, share equipment, cooperate with others, admit when he/she is in error, and win or lose gracefully.




    Elementary Counselor – Social Worker: There is a full-time Counselor-Social Worker at Lenape.  The responsibilities of this person include providing and/or coordinating counseling and related services for students and families with regard to the prevention of, identification of, and intervention in situations in which students experience social and emotional problems that may interfere with the learning process. The Social Worker is available to provide consultation to both teachers and families, to assist in dealing with students’ problems and to provide referrals to appropriate medical, psychiatric, and social services agencies.  In addition, the social worker is available to help the student and his/her family to learn of the social, health, and welfare agencies available in times of difficulty and need.


    Remedial Reading/Academic Intervention Services (AIS): Based on classroom performance and results of the New York State assessments, students scoring below a specified percentile are given remedial assistance by a certified reading teacher. 


    Speech/Language: The speech therapist works with children who have articulation problems as well as children who lack necessary skills or ability to verbally express themselves appropriately.


    English as a New Language (ENL):  Each year children from other countries come to us speaking a variety of languages.  Young children in a school environment learn English quickly.  However, they may need assistance adjusting to a new culture and understanding idioms in the English language.  ENL provides assistance in these areas.









    Homework should be well - planned, age-appropriate, and provide a meaningful opportunity for learning enhancement or skill practice. Assignments will be given regularly and will be within the guidelines for each grade level. Teachers are expected to coordinate homework assignments in the various curriculum areas so that a student’s homework falls within the expected time frame.  Homework may be varied where appropriate to provide support for learning differences.  Guided practice in the classroom may be a useful methodology; however, guided practice should not replace homework to be completed outside the classroom. Homework expectations should be clearly shared with students and parents through communications such as a parent letter, rubrics, assignment guidelines, and teacher websites. If your child has any issues with homework, contact the classroom teacher.




    1. Reinforce skills through practice.
    2. Reinforce material covered in class by review.
    3. Provide the student with a method of reflecting on ideas presented in the classroom.
    4. Provide a means for developing desirable habits such as completing work on time, budgeting one’s time, and promoting growth in responsibility.
    5. Bring students into contact with out-of-school resources.
    6. Allow for differences in the ability, achievement, and interest of the students.
    7. Provide a means by which parents can be informed on what is taking place in school.




    1. Continuation of work, or review of material, begun in class.
    2. Practice of fundamental skills.
    3. Research for long-term projects.
    4. Gathering of materials and preparing presentations.
    5. Purposeful seeking of ideas and information through observation of the world around us.
    6. Using resources such as textbooks, library materials, and other references.
    7. Make-up of essential and appropriate work missed due to absence.




    1. Support your children’s efforts, but don’t do their work. 
    2. Set a regular time everyday for homework.  
    3. Establish a regular place for daily homework.
    4. Attempt to understand and respect your child’s individual learning style; there is no right or wrong way to learn.
    5. Make sure that your child has all the necessary supplies for homework.  
    6. If possible, make homework a time for the whole family to pursue quiet activities.
    7. Focus on the positive when you review your child’s work.
    8. Model the behavior you want to see in your child. 
    9. Make sure that your child observes you reading, writing and working at things that require effort and persistence.
    10. Establish a routine for placement of homework in your child’s schoolbag for return to school.  It may save some of the morning rush or confusion if everything is packed up in the evening.  This responsibility should be your child’s.
    11. Recognize the importance of reading as a means of self-education, children should be encouraged to read regularly.





                                               EMERGENCY INFORMATION


    It is very important for us to have your correct address, phone number, and information as to where you can be reached during the day in case of an emergency. The “Emergency Information Sheet” can be updated in the Parent Portal should be returned to the school nurse as soon as possible and up-dated during the year if necessary.  Please be sure to also include any additional person(s) to be contacted should we be unable to reach you. Early dismissal information is also included on this sheet. The procedure stated on this form is what will be followed, unless we receive WRITTEN notification to the contrary.




    School cancellations, delays and early dismissals can be found on our web site, www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us, or by calling our school closing hotline: 256-4099. 






    School cancellations and delayed school openings will be decided by the Superintendent of Schools after consultation with the transportation supervisor on the road conditions and weather forecasts.  Such a decision will be made before 6 a.m. in order to properly notify bus drivers, radio stations and appropriate personnel. 

    Early closing, district-wide will be reported to the local radio stations indicating the time of dismissal. High School and Middle School students will be transported first, followed by Lenape and Duzine.  Regular Transportation routes will be followed, weather permitting.  Should hazardous road conditions develop which do not allow students to be delivered at or near their home, they will be returned to the Middle School.  Students will then contact their parents to have them come to the school.


    If an emergency situation develops in any one school necessitating the immediate removal of students and staff, the following will go into effect.


    1. The building will be immediately evacuated.
    2. Radio stations will be contacted to give the appropriate announcement.

    The head bus driver will immediately contact certain bus drivers and have

    them report to the bus garage.  Students will be transported to the following schools:

    Duzine students to the Middle School

    Middle School and High School to Lenape

    Lenape students to the High School  

    1. Emergency accommodations will be provided in gymnasiums, cafeterias, and

    auditoriums for students until they can be returned to their school or transported home.

    1. If the building under consideration is declared safe by school and other governmental officials, students will be returned to the school and classes will resume until the normal dismissal time.




    Under the leadership of the school administrator, the nurse works with other school health and pupil personnel professionals in a program designed to promote, protect, maintain and improve the health of all pupils.  She has a major role, in cooperation with members of the school staff and appropriate community agencies, in planning for a comprehensive health service program to carry out the school’s responsibility in meeting the health needs of the students.  She serves as a health consultant to administrators, teachers and other staff members in regard to all matters affecting the health of students and school personnel.  At the Lenape School we have a full-time professional registered nurse.  The nurse can be reached directly between 8:45 and 3:35 at 256-4310.

     Among the duties of the School Nurse are:

    1. Taking care of illnesses and injuries, and administering medication.
    2. Administering annual sight and hearing tests.
    3. Attending cases requiring regular medication.
    4. Informing teachers of students with chronic ailments.
    5. Conducting periodic health and sanitation inspections of the school.
    6. Counseling students in personal hygiene.
    7. Assisting the school physician in conducting physical examinations.
    8. Keeping all student health records up-to-date.



    The New York State Education law requires a physical exam for new entrants and students in Grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11.  This will be done by our school physician unless the parent/guardian has the child examined by his/her family physician.  (We encourage the latter plan since it would typically be a more thorough examination.)  All physicals must be done by a N.Y.S. licensed physician; physicals from out- of- state doctors are not acceptable. At the beginning of the school year, forms will be sent to each parent/guardian for use by the family physician in reporting to the school physician examinations done by him/her. This form should be returned even if a physical is not done.



    When your child’s physician feels that it is necessary for medication to be taken during the school day, there are certain procedures as mandated by the New York State Education Department which must be followed. School nurses cannot administer any medication, including over the counter medicines, to students without a written order from a physician. This order must be signed by both the physician and you as the parent/guardian. Our procedures are as follows: At the beginning of each school year, a NEW, completed New Paltz Central School District Authorization for Medication Form must be presented to your child’s school nurse. This form must be signed by both the physician and you as the parent/guardian. Medication must be delivered directly to the school nurse by the Parent or Guardian. You will be provided with a receipt for the medication. NO medication will be accepted from students. Medication MUST be in the original labeled container as prepared by the pharmacist. Over the counter medications must be in the original packaging. At the end of the school year medications must be picked up on the last day of school. Nurses by law are not permitted to keep medications over the summer. Medication cannot be returned to students.


    MEDICAL INFORMATION AND ACADEMICS: Your child’s health plays a part in their academic performance, including behavior and ability to concentrate. In order to help keep your child focused on their academics the nurses are asking permission to share relevant medical information with your child’s teachers. To grant this permission please sign the related line on the New Paltz Central School District Authorization for Medication Form.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.








    The School District carries some accident insurance coverage.  The parents/guardians, however, are required to file through their own policy before the school insurance can be used.  At times, parents/guardians are required to assume some financial liability when their child requires emergency medical services.


    New Paltz Central School District has purchased School Time Accident Coverage to protect all students against accidental injury or death occurring while the policy is in force.  This insurance provides coverage for the hours and days when school is in session, and while attending school sponsored and supervised activities.  This includes all Interscholastic Sports including football.  Coverage is provided by National Union Fire Insurance Company.


    The basic benefit is $1,000,000 and usual and customary benefits are provided on a Full Excess basis for covered expenses incurred within 3 years after the date of the accident.  This means that covered charges will be paid when they are “in excess of another plan providing medical expense benefits.”  The first expense must be incurred within 90 days of the accident. The following is an example of how a Full Excess claim is handled:

    A student incurs medical expenses of $200.00 for treatment of injury sustained during football.  The student’s parent have private group insurance through their employer with Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  The medical bills must first be submitted to BC/BS.  BC/BS being the primary carrier, pays $100.00 and sends an explanation of benefits to the parents.  The parents then submit a copy of the original bills and the BC/BS explanation of benefits to the school’s insurance carrier who will then apply $50.00 of this balance to the deductible and process payment for the remaining $50.00.



    In case of an accident, notify the school/organization immediately.


    Step 1: Notify ALL treatment facilities (physician's office, hospital, etc.) of this insurance coverage so that any invoices and/or Explanation of Benefits (EOB) can be sent directly from the medical facility to AIG.


    Step 2: Have Part I and Part II completed on the Notification of Injury form. Do not leave any blank spaces or write "N/A" in any space. If either parent or guardian is uninvolved, deceased, unemployed, self-employed or disabled, please state so. If you are employed, but do not have insurance, please state "NO INSURANCE" and provide us with a statement from your employer that the claimant has no insurance. Otherwise, our office will submit an insurance questionnaire to your employer to be used as verification of no dependent coverage.


    Step 3: Attach any itemized bills to the claim form, along with any corresponding Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for each itemized bill. An itemized bill includes treatment rendered, the dates of the treatment, diagnosis codes, physician's or hospital's name, address and tax I.D. number. Balance Due bills are not acceptable.  Be sure to attach any receipts for bills paid out-of-pocket. Otherwise, benefits will be paid to the provider of service. Please Note: Both an itemized bill and EOB (if applicable) must be submitted for claims to be considered for accident medical expense benefits.


    Step 4: Mail the Notification of Injury form, along with any other applicable correspondence to our office. Do not leave this form with the school, coach, hospital. physician, etc.  When sending information to our office, please use the address below.


    AIG Personal Accident Claims

    P.O. Box 25987                                                                                                                   

    Shawnee Mission KS, 66225


    You may also send electronically: our fax number is 866-893-8574 or e-mail to AHClaimsaaig.com

    Should you or a provider need to reach AIG for benefit coverage, or claims questions please call 800-551-0824.


    Note: If your medical coverage is under an HMO, PPO or similar plan, you must follow their requirements for obtaining benefits. Otherwise, our benefits may be reduced, where applicable. as stated in the policy provisions. This restriction does not apply in every state.





    We have worked closely with the transportation staff to develop an awareness and procedure to ensure a safe bus ride to and from school.  The bus driver is in charge of the bus and is held responsible for the safety of the children enroute and while they are crossing the roads.  It is very important that behavior which distracts the driver and thus endangers the safety of the children be prohibited.


    The following are a few important guidelines that will be discussed with your child by his/her bus driver each school year:


    1. No child may attempt to enter or leave the bus while it is in motion.
    2. If children live on the side of the road opposite that on which the bus stops, they must remain there until the bus stops and bus driver directs them to cross.
    3. Children are to remain in their seats while the bus is in motion.      
    4. Loud talking or yelling is prohibited.
    5. Children may not eat or drink on the bus.
    6. Fighting, pushing, shoving or wrestling is prohibited.
    7. Glass jars or containers may not be carried on the bus.
    8. No live animals are allowed on the bus.
    9. No large instruments or projects can be transported.
    10. Nothing may be thrown about on the bus or thrown out the window.
    11. Students should not tease or call other children names.
    12. No electronics of any kind are allowed on the bus or in school.
    13. Cell phones may be carried in a student’s backpack, but MUST be off and out of sight at all

                times, on the bus and in school.


    Your cooperation and reinforcement of these guidelines to ensure the safety of your child, as well as all of the others, will be greatly appreciated.


    The transportation staff will provide positive reinforcement and praise to those students who are exhibiting appropriate bus behavior.  Along with these positive techniques, consequences for inappropriate behavior may include:


    1. The first offense will result in a meeting between the student and school administrator to respond to the referral and review bus safety rules.  Parents/guardians will be notified.
    2. Serious and/or second offenses may result in a meeting between the student, driver, administrator, and when necessary, parent/guardian.  Corrective actions will be based on individual needs and will include a range of possibilities designed to ameliorate inappropriate behavior.
    3. Parents/guardians will be notified of all referrals and corrective actions.
    4. Students may be suspended from the bus as deemed appropriate by the administrator in consultation with parties involved.












    Students begin their day at 9:15am.  Parents may begin to drop off their child(ren) at 9:15am.  Between 9:15am and 9:40am, all students must be dropped off at the circle near the northeast corner of the building near the cafeteria.  Please have your child on the passenger side of the car.  Beginning at 9:40am, late arrivals should come through the main entrance.




    Parents/Guardians picking up their children before 3:00 must come to the front door to sign them out and pick them up.  A note should be sent with your child in the morning indicating that they will be picked up and by whom.  (Please be aware that your child cannot be picked up by anyone other than you or the person(s) designated on the Emergency Information form without specific written permission from you, and a valid ID.)


    Please appreciate the fact that our instructional day does not end until 3:25. The elementary curriculum is packed – every minute counts, including end-of-day wrap-ups.  Students will not be called from class prior to 3:20.




    To assist in ensuring that students are dropped at appropriate places, bus passes or notes requesting to change the designated drop off spot must be received the morning of the change.  If there is a need to make a change after your child has left for school, please call the main office prior to 1:30pm that day.  Please do not rely solely on communicating this information with the classroom teacher.  Adhering to this request will assist us to minimizing the confusion at the end of the day.


    Families will be receiving their bus route information from our transportation department in late August.




    Students officially end their day at 3:25pm.  In order to safely space out dismissal, we will be allowing parents to pick up their child(ren) starting at 3:20pm.  All pick-ups will take place at the cafeteria door at the northeast corner of the building.  As you arrive please stay in your car.  A staff member will greet you, have you sign your child out and call in to the café to have your child meet you in your car.  Please stay in your car while you wait.



    Please be aware that copies of the district calendar, emergency sheets, medication forms and change of address forms can be found on the Lenape website at www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us/lenape .














    Good attendance and punctuality are necessary for academic achievement.  Please make every effort to have your child in school, each day, on time.  Try to schedule dental and doctor appointments after school hours whenever possible. A written explanation of absence (with child’s full name) should accompany the child upon his/her return to school.


    According to N.Y.S. Law, the following are considered legal absences from school:

    1. Personal illness with note from doctor
    2. Death in the family or serious family illness
    3. Medical appointments that cannot be made at other times
    4. Religious observance
    5. Bad weather conditions when school is officially closed
    6. Requirement to be in court.


    Please keep in mind that students absent from school for family vacations are considered illegally absent. Keep in mind that nothing can take the place of hands-on learning in the classroom setting and not all work can be made up.


    Make-up work may be obtained if your child is absent by calling the school office in the morning.  Requests made before 11:00 should be ready by the end of the day.  When a serious illness or injury requires that a child be absent from school for an extended period of time, the services of a home teacher may be supplied.  At the elementary level, the amount of home teaching provided is usually five hours per week.  Call the school office for further information should the need arise.  Please keep in mind that we no longer teach primarily from textbooks.  Therefore, absences equate to a great loss of instruction. 




    Students will go outside for recess throughout the school year except during severely inclement weather.  It is vital that you dress your child appropriately for the weather conditions.  Boots, hats, gloves or mittens and warm coats are a necessity for cold, snowy weather.


    We believe that recess is a time for your child to socialize, to engage in free play, and to have a good time.  However, there are rules and limits:

    1. The monitors are in charge and must be listened to and respected.
    2. Children must remain within the boundaries of the play area and not to return to the building without permission from a monitor.
    3. Children must follow Safety Rules for Outdoor Equipment Use and be willing to share.  These rules are reviewed with all students by teachers and monitors.
    4. Things found on the ground should remain on the ground – There is to be no throwing or kicking of sand, stones, sticks, snow, etc. 
    5. Fighting and other hurtful behaviors will not be tolerated.
    6. Basically, if everyone behaves in a safe considerate manner, all will have an enjoyable time.  Students who choose to misbehave may lose their time to play and have fun. Our number one school rule is to treat others as you want to be treated. 





    We are fortunate to have an active, supportive Parent-Teacher Association.  This group of dedicated people provides many exciting cultural events for our students throughout the year.  Also, they support teachers in numerous ways and provide assistance and refreshments for various activities including 3rd Grade/New Student Orientation and Open House.  Several fund-raising events are held during the year to support their efforts. All parents and teachers are encouraged to join the PTA and help with any projects they can.  The Duzine-Lenape PTA generally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm, alternating the meeting place between the two schools with the first meeting of this year to be held at Duzine on September 21st.






    Jackie Hersh


    Vice President:


    Lindsey Williams

    Raffaela Zaccaria




    Molly Carrera



    Sara Ricketson







    Upon entering the building during the school day, all parents/guardians/visitors, without exception, must sign in at the front kiosk with an ID, and receive a pass.  Once the pass is printed the front desk person will assist you.


    Visitors are not allowed on the playground during lunch and recess.


    If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher, please schedule a meeting in advance of coming to school.  Phone calls to teachers should be made through the school unless other arrangements are agreed upon.  If the class is in session, you will be forwarded to the appropriate voicemail.




    Our “Lost and Found” has a variety of items, including jackets, gloves, lunch boxes, pencil cases, thermos bottles, hats, etc. Students or parents may claim “Lost and Found” items in the cafeteria.  Several times a year items that remain are donated to charity. Please label everything your child brings to school.




    While it is true that no report card can adequately assess and communicate all there is to know about a student, we have made a determined effort to develop a comprehensive instrument to report your child’s progress. Report cards for Grades 3-5 are distributed three times a year.  The first report is given at the parent-teacher conferences scheduled in November.  There are also parent-teacher conferences scheduled for March.  In addition to these scheduled conferences, parents are urged to request a conference whenever they feel there is something they wish to discuss with the teacher.  Conferences should be scheduled, in advance, with the teacher by calling the school.




    We have been very proud of the conduct of our students and have, on many occasions, received favorable comments from visitors to our school, as well as from places our students have visited on field trips.  NPCSD Code of Conduct was created to meet the requirements of the Project Save Legislation. Lenape operates on the premise that all members of the community will follow consistent behavior guidelines.  These guidelines, outlined in our Code of Conduct are easy to understand and apply to all settings of the school day.  To put it simply, members of the Lenape community are expected to behave in a way that ensure everyone’s safety and to be polite and cooperative toward each other. Parental support regarding discipline is necessary and encouraged.  Teachers will inform you of class rules and behavior expectations through written communication or at Open House.  The staff will keep you informed of situations that occur through phone calls, notes and conferences.  When it is warranted, students may be referred to the principal.  At the end of this handbook, you will find a copy of the New Paltz Central School District Code of Conduct Summary.  Please review the document. A copy of the complete Code of Conduct is available on the website or in the school office should you wish to have a copy.  Additionally, one specific item warrants individual attention.  In accordance with the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994, our Board of Education adopted Policy #4005, “Dangerous Weapons in School.”  Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES can a student have in his or her possession any type of weapon or other object which could be used as a weapon or which is capable of inflicting bodily harm.  This also applies to “toy” guns, knives, etc.  Infractions of this policy may result in a Superintendent’s Hearing and suspension from school for one year.




    Student cell phones should be kept in backpacks during the school day. Students should also refrain from using cell phones on buses.  Smart gear should not be used during the school day.




    Situations may arise from time to time which may cause concern for parent/guardian.  In most cases these are the result of misunderstandings and can be resolved through an open discussion by those involved. If such occasions arise, the following procedure is recommended.

    1. If the concern involves a teacher or a situation in the classroom, call the Lenape

    Office and request that a conference be arranged with the teacher.

    1. If no teacher is involved, request a conference with the administrator.











    The District condemns and prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex. If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you may make a claim that your rights have been denied.  This claim or grievance may be filed with:


    Director of Pupil Personnel Services Title IX Officer

    New Paltz Central School District

    196 Main Street

    New Paltz, New York 12561

    (845) 256-4040 or (845) 256-4100






    1. Definitions
    1. Grievance means any alleged violation of Title IX of the Education

    Amendments of 1972

    1. Grievant means a student or employee of the New Paltz Central School District who submits a grievance relevant to Title IX or an individual or group submitting a grievance on behalf of a student(s) or employee(s).  
    2. Title IX Officer means the employee designated by the Board of Education to coordinate the New Paltz Central School District’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX and the Title IX implementing regulations.         

    D.      Respondent means a person or group of persons alleged to be responsible, or who may be responsible for the Title IX violation alleged in a grievance.

    E.      Days means school days, except during the summer recess when days shall mean work days.            













    1. Procedures

    A student or employee, or individual or group acting on behalf of and with the consent of a student or employee, may report and alleged violation of Title IX either informally or through the filing of a formal grievance.


    A.      Informal Grievance

    Any student who alleges a violation of Title IX may request an informal meeting between him/herself and the building principal.  Any employee may request an informal meeting with the appropriate supervisor.  The purpose of such a meeting will be to discuss the allegations and possible resolution.  The principal or supervisor will discuss the grievance and possible resolution with the respondent.  If the grievant and the respondent agree with the recommendation for resolution, such resolution may be reduced to writing signed by the grievant and respondent and the incident will be deemed closed. 


    1. Formal Grievance
    1. Stage I – Title IX Officer

    a. Within thirty (30) days after the event which brought about the

         Grievance, the grievant shall file a grievance in writing with the

         Title IX Officer on a form to be provided by the School District.

         The Title IX Officer may informally discuss the grievance with the

     grievant.  He/She shall promptly investigate the grievance.  All employees and students of the School District shall cooperate with the Title IX Officer in such investigations.

    b. Within five (5) days of filing the grievance, the Title IX Officer

        shall notify the respondent(s) of the grievance and request that a

        written response be submitted to the Title IX Officer within five (5)

        Days after receipt of the notification.  Such notification shall include

        A copy of the written grievance.

    1. Within twenty (20) days of the receipt of the grievance, the Title IX Officer shall make a finding in writing that there has or has not been a violation of Title IX.  In the event the Title IX Officer finds that there has been a violation, he/she shall propose a resolution of the grievance.
    2. If the grievant or the respondent is not satisfied with the finding

    of the Title IX Officer, or with the proposed resolution of the

    grievance, the grievant or respondent may, with fifteen (15) days

    after he/she has received the report of the Title IX Officer

    file a written request for review by the Superintendent of Schools.    

    1. Stage II – Superintendent of Schools
    1. The Superintendent of Schools may request that the grievant, the

    Title IX Officer, or any member of the School District staff or student

    body present a written statement to him/her setting forth any information

    any information that such person has relative to the grievance and

    the facts surrounding it.


    1. The Superintendent shall notify all parties involved in this case

    of the time and place when an informal hearing will be held

    where such parties may appear and present oral and written

    statements supplementing their position in the case.  Additional

    parties may be required to appear for the purpose of giving oral

    information relevant to the evaluation of the grievance.  Such

    hearing shall be held within (15) days of the receipt of the appeal

    by the Superintendent.         

    1. Within fifteen (15) days of the hearing, the Superintendent shall

    render his/her determination in writing.  Such determination

    shall include a finding that there has or has not been a violation

    of Title IX.  If a violation is determined to have occurred, a

    proposal for resolving the grievance must be included in such

    written determination.

    1. If the grievant or the respondent is not satisfied with the determination

    of the Superintendent, the grievant or respondent may, within fifteen

    (15) days after its receipt, file with the Clerk of the Board of Education,

    a written request for review by the Board.

    1. Stage 3 – Board of Education
    1. When a request for review by the Board has been made, the

    Superintendent shall submit all written statements and other

    materials concerning the case to the President of the Board.                                                                                              

    1. The Board shall notify all parties concerned of the time and

    place when an informal hearing will be held.  Such hearing will

    be held within fifteen (15) days for the receipt of the request for

    review.  All parties concerned shall have the right to present further

    statements and information at such hearing.

                                 c.  Within fifteen (15) days of the hearing, the Board shall render

    a determination in writing.  Such determination shall include a

    finding that there has or has not been a violation of Title IX.  If a

    violation is determined to have occurred, a proposal for resolving

    the grievance must be included in such written determination.

    1. Investigation in the Absence of a Grievance or Grievant

    In the absence of a claimed grievance, upon learning of or having reason

    to believe any Title IX violation has occurred, the Superintendent may

    direct that an investigation is commenced by the Title IX Officer and a

    written report of such investigation be made by the Title IX Officer.

    1. Protections
    1. The New Paltz Central School District shall, to the extent possible, maintain the confidentiality of any information related to the grievance and/or grievance procedures.
    2. The New Paltz Central School District shall, to the extent possible, protect

    from harassment, reprisals, and/or retaliation all persons who file a grievance or participate in the grievance proceedings.





































    The New Paltz Central School District

    Summary Code of Conduct



    The Mission Statement for our school district states that:  


    “The New Paltz Central School District exists for the children of the community. The focus of its programs and activities is the commitment to measured excellence and continuous growth and development for all.”


    To achieve that mission, the Board strives to provide welcoming, safe, and orderly schools for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex. The Board expects that all members of the school community will behave with personal responsibility, give mutual respect, and accept accountability for their actions. 


    The Board recognizes that to maintain such an environment, we must all live within certain boundaries and that inappropriate action by one person can infringe upon the rights of another.  When conflicts arise, we are committed to nonviolent resolutions that encourage personal growth, responsibility and that treat each individual with respect and dignity. 


    This Code of Conduct describes the behavior that the Board expects from all members of the school community, identifies interventions if those standards are not met, and establishes procedures to ensure that discipline, when necessary, is prompt, fair and effective. New Paltz Central School District promotes a preventive, positive approach to discipline rather than focusing exclusively on “punishment.” We respond to misbehavior with interventions and consequences aimed at teaching alternative expected positive behaviors, understanding, and addressing the root causes of the behavior, resolving conflicts, meeting students’ needs, keeping students safe and keeping students in school.


    The Board supports a restorative approach that emphasizes relationships and community coexisting with rules and regulations. Restorative discipline helps students understand the impact of their behavior both on themselves and others. Students also learn social and emotional skills to help them respond differently in the future. Using restorative discipline, we resolve conflicts, encourage our school community members to take responsibility for their behavior, repair any harm done, restore relationships, and reintegrate students into the school community. 


    We are committed to applying school discipline policies and practices in a fair and equitable manner so as not to disproportionately impact students of color, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA students, students with limited English proficiency, or other at-risk students that have been historically marginalized in schools.


    The full Code of Conduct can be found at www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us.


    Section I of the Code of Conduct is an introduction to what information one will find in the Code of Conduct. It lists the purpose of the code as well as the beliefs about the children, learning, and discipline that the Code of Conduct committee followed to create the plan.


    Section II of the Code of Conduct lists the rights and responsibilities of members of the constituent groups associated with the school, including students, parents/guardians, school personnel, and the Board of Education members. The code makes it clear that expectations exist for everyone and that everyone has rights to which they are entitled.



    Section III of the Code of Conduct deals specifically with New York State's Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). DASA seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. The Board of Education recognizes that a learning environment that is safe and supportive can increase student attendance, enhance student social emotional well-being, and improve academic achievement. A student’s ability to learn and achieve high academic standards, and a school’s ability to educate students, is compromised by incidents of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to bullying, taunting, hazing and intimidation. You can read this section of the Code of Conduct to learn more about what can be done if you or another individual experience an inappropriate treatment like one of those described above.



    Section IV deals with behavior concerns, violations, interventions, and accountability. This section of the Code of Conduct helps determine how to best address behaviors that take away from a safe and welcoming school. In particular, this section of the Code of Conduct lists different types of inappropriate behaviors and specific responses and interventions that would be appropriate when these behaviors occur. These lists of behaviors and responses/interventions are sorted by grade levels as the appropriateness of certain behaviors and responses are different for younger students and older students. Appropriate responses for students with disabilities who commit inappropriate behaviors are also discussed in this section.



    Also included in Section IV is the school Dress Code. Specifically, the Dress Code says:

    1. Certain body parts must be covered at all times. Clothes must be worn so that genitals, buttocks, and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric. There is no requirement for cleavage coverage. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories must meet these basic principles.
    2. All attire must support a safe learning environment for all.



    Classes that include attire as part of the curriculum, may include assignment-specific attire, but should not focus on covering bodies in a specific way or promoting culturally-specific attire.



    Must wear attire that is consistent with the Basic Principles as specified previously in this document:

    • Shirt (with fabric in the front, back and the sides under the arms), AND
    • Pants/jeans/skirt or the equivalent (for example, sweatpants, leggings, shorts, or dresses) AND
    • Shoes, including, but not limited to, boots, slides, flip flops, heels.



    May wear attire that is consistent with the Basic Principles as specified previously in this document:

    Hats as long as the entire face is visible

    Cultural or religious headwear or cultural or religious attire

    Hoodie sweatshirts, as long as face is visible to school staff

    Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants and skinny jeans

    Pajamas, consistent with Basic Principles and Goals, set forth above

    Ripped jeans as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed

    Tank tops, including spaghetti straps and tube tops

    Athletic attire

    Visible waistbands on undergarments or visible straps on undergarments worn under clothing.





    The following, although not an exhaustive listing, are deemed to be inappropriate, either because they interfere with the health and safety of our students or staff, or are disruptive to the educational process.

    • Violent language or images on clothing
    • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol on clothing
    • Hate speech, profanity or pornography on clothing
    • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or historically marginalized group on clothing. Swimsuits, except as required in class or athletic practice/performance
    • Accessories that could be dangerous or can be used as a weapon
    • Any item that obscures the face or ears, except as a religious observance



    Section IV includes information about the school’s cell phone policy and student use of chromebooks. Cell phones are not allowed to be used in Duzine, Lenape, or the Middle School.  In the High School, the following statements about cell phone use are given:


    Classroom teachers and study hall teachers have the right to create and enforce cell phone policies in their classrooms. Cell phone limitations in the classroom may range from a complete ban on cell phones to allowing the use of cell phones for educational purposes.  Cell phones should not be used for entertainment purposes in classes or in study halls. Students may not use cell phones in the hallways or in the lavatories while class is in session. Special permission to use the phone outside of the room during class may be granted by the teacher, in case of emergency.


    Teachers must clearly explain their classroom cell phone policies and include them on their course syllabi so that students and parents fully understand them. Students are required to follow all classroom cell phone policies. Teachers and study hall monitors have the right to confiscate cell phones that are being used in violation of classroom rules. 


    Students may use cell phones between periods, during lunch, before and after school, and on school transportation. However, all cell phone use must follow the guidelines set forth earlier in this Code of Conduct, including not speaking loudly, listening to loud music, or being disruptive, and not video or audio recording people or taking their pictures without permission. If listening to music with headphones or earbuds, one of the individual’s ears must remain unblocked at all times so that they can hear people talking to them and so that they can hear safety announcements.



    Section V includes information about possible interventions as a result of inappropriate behavior including detention, suspension from transportation, suspension from sports or other extracurricular activities, in-school suspension, removal from a particular class, out of school suspension, long-term suspension, counseling, and PINS Diversion.



    Section VI gives information about public conduct on school property. The District is committed to providing an orderly, respectful and safe environment that is conducive to learning. All persons on school property or attending a school function, whether on or off of school property, are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and orderly manner. These expectations are clearly listed in this section.






    Section VII of the Code of Conduct discusses three particular school policies. The first is policy 7110-Comprehensive Student Attendance. Among other things, this policy explains why it is extremely important for students to come to school every day and to be on time for school. This policy defines chronically absent students as students who miss more than 20 days in a school year. Excused and unexcused absences will both count toward the 20 absence limit (or 10 for a half year course). The District will send home periodic letters to the parents/legal guardians of chronically absent students notifying them of the days of absence. Students and their parents/legal guardians who are nearing the 20 or 10 absent limits will be invited to an attendance conference where all extenuating circumstances, including doctor’s notes will be considered. Policy 7110 is included, in its entirety, at the end of the Code of Conduct.



    Section VII also gives information about student searches and interviews. This policy explains who can perform a search of student property and why a search would be appropriate.  Information about the role of law enforcement in searches and interviews is described. This section also comments on the district’s expectations of school visitors.



    The final portion of Section VII of the Code of Conduct explains the requirements for periodic updates of the Code of Conduct and the rights of the members of all constituent groups to review and comment upon the code before it is officially approved by the school board.



    Section VIII of the Code of Conduct lists the glossary of important terms used in the document.





























    Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:


                New York State enacted Project SAVE (Safe Schools against Violence in Education Act) in 2000, to improve school safety and promote an environment of learning in our schools. To accomplish this end, all school districts must have a Code of Conduct. The purpose of our District Code of Conduct is to set expectations for behavior and to maintain order in our school community. These expectations are based on principles of good citizenship, mutual respect, tolerance and integrity.

                The New Paltz District Code was developed by a District Wide Health Advisory Committee, including students, parents, community members, teachers and administrators.  We have included feedback from public forums and surveys from students, parents and teachers, administrators and the Board of Education.

    We encourage ongoing feedback from all areas of our school community and hope that you will use the tear off sheet below to include your comments and suggestions.  Please include your name and telephone number for further contact, if needed, and return to:


    New Paltz Central School District

    Health Advisory Committee

    196 Main St

    New Paltz, NY 12561



    This Code of Conduct Summary as well as the Full District Code Document is available at each school, the district office and on the district website.




                   Name__________________________________________ Phone number ______________

















































































    Lenape Elementary School

    Code of Conduct/Student Handbook Acknowledgement


    To:       Students and Parents / Guardians

    From:   Lenape Elementary School

    Date:   September 2023


    If you receive your communications by paper, please sign and return this acknowledgement AND the Emergency Information sheet to your homeroom teacher by Friday, September 15th


    If you receive your communications electronically, please sign electronically and submit.



    I have received and reviewed the information contained in the Lenape Student Handbook.

    Student:          _____________________________________________________________

    Student Signature: __________________________________________________________

    Parent: ___________________________________________________________________

    Parent Signature: ___________________________________________________________

    Date: ____________________________________________________________________

    Homeroom: _______________________________________________________________