Assignment Book 2019 - 2020
NEW PALTZ MIDDLE SCHOOL
196 Main Street
New Paltz, New York 12561
Mrs. Ann Sheldon Daniel Glenn
Principal Assistant Principal
This book belongs to:
Student Grade Homeroom
My child and I have read and reviewed the information contained within this student assignment book
(including the Student Behavior Code).
Student Signature Date
Parent Signature Date
REACHING THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
MAIN OFFICE 256-4200
Mrs. Ann Sheldon Principal
Mr. Daniel Glenn Assistant Principal/DASA Coordinator
Ms. Diane Tripp Secretary to Principal
Mr. Robert Russo Secretary to Assistant Principal
Ms. Janine D’Antuono Secretary
GUIDANCE OFFICE 256-4220
Mrs. Joanne Metzger School Counselor
Mrs. Katie Tracz School Counselor
Mrs. Kathy Buboltz Guidance Secretary
NURSE’S OFFICE 256-4210
Ms. Erin Bush School Nurse
LUNCH OFFICE 256-4050
Mr. Michael Robinson School Lunch Director
Ms. Mary Grace DeCoeur Secretary to Lunch Director
DISTRICT OFFICE 256-4000
Mrs. Maria Rice Superintendent of Schools
Ms. Dusti Callo Secretary to Superintendent
Teacher Time 7:40 - 2:45
Students Enter 7:30
Locker Time 7:45 - 7:55
Period 1 7:55 - 8:40
Period 2 8:43 - 9:23
Period 3 9:26 - 10:06
Period 4 10:09 - 10:49
Period 5 10:53 - 11:35
Period 6 11:39 - 12:21
Period 7 12:25 - 1:07
Period 8 1:11 - 1:51
Period 9 1:55 - 2:35
The late bus arrives at approximately 3:40 P.M. to transport students home that stayed after for detention or a supervised after-school activity. Students may only ride the late bus with a pass from the supervising teacher.
2019 – 2020 IMPORTANT MIDDLE SCHOOL DATES**
Report Card Distribution: Quarter 1 – November 15 Quarter 2 – January 31 Quarter 3 – April Quarter 4 – June 26
PTA Open House (6:30-8:30 pm) September 24
PTA Talent Show October 10
MS Picture Day November 6-7
Parent/Teacher Evening Conference (6:00-8:00 pm) November 19
PTA Book Fair December 2-6
Parent/Teacher Day Conferences (8:00 am-2:30 pm) December 2
MS Picture Re-Take Day December 5
Student Recognition Breakfast December 6
Winter Concert-7th & 8th Grade December 9
Winter Concert - 6th Grade January 9
NPMS Musical Play (tentative) February 28-March 1
Parent/Teacher Conferences (6:00-8:00 pm) March 12
MS Arts & Music Festival (7-8:30 pm) May 7
Student Recognition Breakfast May 8
6th Grade Memorial Day Program May 18
Spring Concert - 6th Grade May 21
Spring Concert – 7th & 8th Grade May 28
Moving-Up Day Ceremony June 26
Last Day of School June 26
Co-Recs. (7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.) November 15 January 24 March 27
PTA- we are thrilled to have an active, supportive Parent-Teacher Association. This group of dedicated people provides many exciting events for our students throughout the year. They also support teachers in numerous ways and provide assistance and refreshments for various activities including, 6th Grade/New Student Orientation and Open House. Several fundraising 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 Middle School PTA will meet at the dates and times listed below. We meet in the Middle School library beginning at 6:00 pm, unless noted differently.
PTA Meeting Dates September 17 . January 7 April 24 @ 2:45 pm
Meetings start at 6:00P.M October 24 @ 2:45 pm February 4 May 5 (except where noted) November 12 March 10 June 9
** All Dates Above Are Subject To Change .
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” should be returned to the Main Office as soon as possible and updated 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. The Emergency Information Sheet is available on the Middle School website under parent information/back to school packet.
From time to time situations may arise that cause concern for parents/guardians. 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:
- If the concern involves a teacher or a situation in the classroom, call the Middle School and request that a conference be arranged with the teacher.
- If no teacher is involved, call the Middle School and request a conference with an administrator.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
Emergency conditions may necessitate closing of school for the day, opening school late or dismissing students early. Radio stations will be notified so that announcements will be made public. The stations our district contacts are: WRWD, WGHQ, WGNY, WEOK, WKIP AND WKNY. The school district also offers text message notification. Sign up information is available on the District website.
School cancellations are decided by the Superintendent of Schools after consultation with the transportation supervisor on road conditions and weather forecasts. Such a decision will be made before 6:00 A.M. in order to properly notify bus drivers and radio stations. The Superintendent will also notify appropriate personnel to initiate the emergency telephone chain.
Delayed school openings occur as a result of hazardous weather or road conditions, which may clear later in the morning. The Superintendent, in consultation with the transportation supervisor, will make such a decision prior to 6:00 A.M. in order to notify appropriate personnel. Radio stations will asked to make public announcements concerning the delayed opening time for all schools.
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 then Duzine students.
If an emergency situation develops in any one school necessitating the immediate removal of students and staff, the following procedures will go into effect:
- The building will be immediately evacuated and the District emergency plan will be followed.
- 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.
The purpose of the Guidance Office is to help students with their concerns or problems. Students are encouraged to discuss whatever is important with the school counselor either individually or in a small group. Student/Counselor communications are held in strict confidence.
Library Book Selection-all Middle School library book purchases are based on reviews in two professional journals – Booklist and School Library Journal as well as teacher and student requests. In order to meet the reading levels and interests of our students, selected books are reviewed for grades 5 and up as well as adult books for young adults.
The Middle School library is available to our students during the school day and after school until the late bus arrives.
LOCKS AND LOCKERS
Lockers are provided for each student’s use. Students are reminded to keep lockers locked at all times when not in use. It is the responsibility of the student to learn their lock combination and to keep it secure. Students must not move to another locker. Sharing of lockers is not allowed. Only school issued locks can be used on school lockers. Any problems with lockers should be reported to the Assistant Principal. Gym lockers and locks will be issued to students by their physical education teacher for gym use only.
ATTENDANCE, TARDINESS AND LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY
Good scholarship and success in school are dependent upon regular attendance. Poor attendance also makes it difficult for the student to make up missed work.
Students have the responsibility for checking on the work missed and fulfilling all obligations. Parents have the responsibility for seeing that their child is in school every day unless there is a valid reason for absence. If a student is late to school, he/she must report to the front desk immediately upon arrival and sign in. A hall pass will be issued to class. Appropriate action will be taken for students who are repeatedly tardy.
As New Paltz Central School District State Education Law-Board Policy #7110 lists the following classifications as legal absence:
- Sickness of a student.
- Sickness or death in the family.
- Impassable roads or weather.
- Religious observance.
- Required to be in court.
- Attendance at health clinics.
Or other such reasons as may be approved by the Board of Education.
Parents, if your child will be absent from school, please call the school (256-4200) the day of their absence. UPON RETURNING, THE PARENT IS REQUIRED TO SEND A NOTE ADVISING THE SCHOOL OF THE REASON FOR THE CHILD’S ABSENCE OR TARDINESS. When parents pick up their child, they are required to sign-out the student at the front desk.
Each day represents a significant monetary investment for every child enrolled in school. State Aid depends on a child’s attendance and has a definite effect on the school budget and district taxation.
PUNCTUALITY AND PREPARATION
Students are expected to arrive at class on time, with all necessary supplies, such as books, pens, pencils and paper. Students arriving late for class, not only disrupts the class for other students and the teacher, but also miss part of their education. Continued late arrivals or being unprepared for class will result in parental contact. Three unexcused lates to school will result in detention.
BEGINNING THE SCHOOL DAY
Students should use the front parking lot entrance and Lincoln Place entrance. (No student is to use the auditorium as a short cut to lockers or class). At the bell, students are to proceed to their lockers and then to their first period classroom in a quiet, orderly manner.
Attendance is taken during first period. It is very important that students be on time for their class.
The Pledge of Allegiance will be said each morning. This will be followed by daily announcements. During announcements, students are expected to listen silently so that they may receive important information concerning the school day. Announcements are printed and posted on the Main Office window and online.
PICKING UP AND DISCHARGING STUDENTS
Students who are transported to school by private vehicle are to be picked up and discharged on the Main Street side (clock side) of the building. Under no circumstances are students to be picked up or discharged on Lincoln Place or in the bus circle, as these are areas set up specifically for our buses.
STUDENTS STAYING AFTER SCHOOL
Students may not remain after school unless they have specific arrangements with teachers for extra help or plan to go to the library. If going to the library, students should report directly, at the close of school. “Hanging out” to clean lockers or “be with friends” is not a reason to remain after school. The library is reserved for those in need of completing a specific school project.
If students stay after school for an activity, they are not allowed to leave school grounds and return to the school (i.e. pizza, deli). Once a student leaves school grounds, they are not allowed back in the building or able to take the late bus home.
EXITS, ENTRANCES AND UNAUTHORIZED AREAS
Students arriving early must report directly to the auditorium or gymnasium. When the bell rings, students are to walk directly to their respective lockers and then to their first period class. No one should be in an unauthorized area of the building.
To avoid crowding and confusion and to provide for general safety, the rules governing entrance and exit will be carefully enforced.
- Walk at all times.
- Keep to the right.
- Do not push or shove.
- Walk on sidewalks/stay in crosswalks.
- Follow the directions of all staff
- During fire drills, stay away from the
building, stay quiet and listen for
Students are permitted to ride their bicycles to school, but not in the parking lot, or on school grounds. It is recommended that bicycles be chained and locked to the bicycle rack located in the front of the building, as the school is not responsible.
CONDUCT AND ATTITUDE
The Middle School years are critical for proper academic, social and emotional growth. In order to facilitate the learning process, an appropriate and secure atmosphere must be created. This is only possible when consistent guidelines are established which foster the development of mutual respect for all those who work together in the educational process.
All students are expected to behave in a reasonable and acceptable manner while at the Middle School. Mutual respect is a phrase each student should come to understand and practice with adults and fellow students. Disrespectful or inappropriate behavior will not be permitted.
Students are in school to grow both academically and socially. Student attitude is reflected in a variety of ways including promptness, attention to details, work submitted, concern for other individuals and responsible judgment.
HOW TO HANDLE PROBLEMS WITH OTHER STUDENTS
There are appropriate ways of handling a problem with another students so that conflict may be avoided:
- Speak to the other student.
- Speak to a teacher, aide or monitor.
- See a member of our counseling staff.
- If the first three are not satisfactory, see the
Assistant Principal or the Principal.
SCHOOL ISSUED ITEMS
Students must return all school issued books, equipment, supplies, locks and uniforms or pay for them if they are lost, stolen or damaged.
Students may not have in school any electronic devices, i.e. tablets, cameras, video games, IPODS, CD players, etc.
Understanding that students may need to communicate with their families AFTER THE SCHOOL DAY, students may have cell phones in school under the following conditions: (1) cell phones MUST be kept in a student’s locker (full school day); (2) cell phones MUST be powered off. Students may not carry cell phones during the school day. Cell phones may only be used after dismissal. Parents and students take full responsibility for cell phones that are missing or damaged.
Electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco. Although often described as smokeless, “electronic cigarettes are not emission-free,” according to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. “E-cigarettes contain volatile organic substances, including propylene glycol, flavors and nicotine, and are emitted as mist or aerosol into indoor air,” according to FDA Advisory No. 2013-015 (June 26, 2013).
Schools are tobacco and smoke free grounds under the state Education Law, state Public Health Law, and the federal Pro-Children Act.
Use of any electronic smoking devices on school property is prohibited.
CAFETERIA AND RECESS RULES
- Students will walk on the right side of the hall to the cafeteria and must arrive on time.
- No food may be taken out of the cafeteria.
- Students will be dismissed from their tables when the adult in charge dismisses them.
- Throwing of food is prohibited. Students will be responsible for cleaning up any mess that is made. Further disciplinary actions will also be taken.
- Students are to go to designated area during recess. Students found in areas off limits will face disciplinary action.
- Students are not to engage in dangerous behavior and must follow the directions of the adults in charge.
Assemblies are valuable learning experiences and are provided as part of the school’s educational and cultural program.
- Classroom rules and regulations also apply during assembly programs. Those who attend assemblies are expected to be courteous to the performers, faculty and fellow students.
- Students should leave books and other objects in their classrooms.
- Students will leave their classrooms with their teachers in a quiet and orderly fashion.
- Classes will go to their seats in single file via their assigned route and will sit with their teachers in the rows assigned to them.
- Applause is acceptable when someone is introduced and when he/she completed his/her portion of the program. Booing is never an acceptable response.
Disruptive students will be removed from the assembly and disciplinary action will be taken.
- Exiting from the auditorium or gym will be done in an orderly manner. Classes should remain seated and silent until told to rise and exit.
SOCIAL EVENTS BEHAVIOR
During the school year, there will be co-rec activities for Middle School students, and a special end-of-the year event for 8th graders in June.
These activities are a privilege. Students not behaving appropriately will lose this privilege. All students are to follow the direction of the adults in charge. Only NPMS students will be allowed to attend. Improper behavior at co-recs will result in parents being called and asked to pick up their child immediately. The privilege of attending future events will be jeopardized.
All regular school rules apply. Parents should be aware of the time the activity is over and be at the school to pick up their child promptly since chaperones will leave at the end of the activity. Students who have been suspended for disciplinary reasons will not be permitted to attend social events at the school.
BEHAVIOR ON BUSES
Students on school buses are under the authority of the bus driver and must obey his/her requests and directions. Riding the school bus is a privilege which can be removed at any time because of disruptive or unsafe conduct. Please see district calendar for rules and regulations.
Should your students receive a referral from the bus driver, the first offense will result I a meeting between the student and school administrator to respond to the referral and review bus safety rules. Parents/guardians will be notified.
Serious and/or second offenses may result in a meeting between the student, driver, administrator, and include a range of possibilities designed to ameliorate inappropriate behavior.
Parents/guardians will be notified of al referrals and corrective actions.
Students may be suspended from the bus as deemed appropriate by the administrator in consultation with parties involved.
If for any reason your child needs to take a different bus on a given day, a written note must be brought to the front desk in the morning for the student to obtain a bus pass. A bus pass will not be issued based on verbal instructions over the phone.
SCHOOL DETENTION AND SUSPENSIONS
Failure to obey school rules and regulations can result in:
- Lunch Detention. Students must bring schoolwork to detention. Lunch may be brought from home or ordered from the cafeteria during lunch. Talking is not permitted during detention. Lunch detention given by a teacher will be covered by a teacher.
- After School Detention. Students who misbehave in school may be issued after school detention. Students will stay after school on the day of the infraction and go home on the late bus. A late bus is provided Monday through Friday. The
student will contact his/her parent/guardian to inform them about the detention. If contact is not made, the detention will be postponed until such time that parents are appropriately notified. Parents may feel free to call the school office for verification. Students must bring school work to detention and talking is not permitted.
- In-School Suspension (ISS). The student is suspended from regular classes and the cafeteria but remains in school. Regular class assignments will be provided and are to be completed. All students assigned to ISS are to report to the office upon arrival to school.
ISS students are allowed to purchase a lunch during lunch period or bring one from home. Students who are on suspension will not be allowed to participate in school functions such as picnics, field-trips, social events, field events and athletics or other co-curricular activities. A parent conference may be necessary for a student to be re-admitted to class.
- Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) The student is suspended from school for a period of time determined by the principal but not exceeding five days. Suspended students are not permitted on the school grounds unless accompanied by a parent. A parent conference may be necessary for a student to be re-admitted to school.
- Superintendent’s Hearing. Severe discipline
problems and recurrence of other problems will
result in a hearing where the student will appear
with his/her parent/guardian and counsel, if so
desired. The Superintendent will decide if
further disciplinary actions is to be taken.
Fire drills - are conducted for student safety and preparation for any emergency which may arise. Signs are posted in classrooms and elsewhere with directions to stairways and exits. Students must move quickly, silently and in an orderly fashion to the proper exit when the alarm sounds and follow the directions of the teacher in charge at all times.
Students should follow the directions of the teacher in charge at all times and remain quiet and orderly.
Prep tasks are to be expected in the Middle School. A prep task is a tool that is used to facilitate learning in the classroom. Prep tasks are designed to provide follow up from a day’s lesson and/or prepare a student for the next day’s lesson. While they are not officially evaluated, they are specifically connected to the skills checks, quizzes, and major assessments that will be formally evaluated with a grade. Prep tasks should be recorded in the school’s provided assignment book. If the assignment book gets lost, the student should purchase a replacement in the Main Office. If a student is absent, he or she should utilize the tools that the teacher has put in place for his or her classroom for communicating daily work. This may include the teacher’s website calendar.
All Middle School report card grades are reported in numeric format, i.e. 81, 89, 94. This gives the student and parents an accurate look at academic progress. Passing grade is 65. Students will receive their actual grade earned each quarter.
The Middle School has two honor rolls. Our first honor roll is high honor roll. A student needs to achieve a grade point average of 92.5 or better. Honor roll is a grade point average of 87.5 to 92.499. A student cannot have more than one grade between 70-79 to be placed on either honor roll. Any grade below 70 will remove a child from either honor roll.
Summer school will be provided for students who do not achieve passing final grades.
LOST AND FOUND
Anyone finding a lost article should turn it in to the Main Office immediately. Book bags and clothing should be brought to the shelves across from the gymnasium. Anyone who has lost an article should check the shelves and Main Office as soon as possible. Lost items should be reported to the Main Office as soon as possible, and if not found, a description will be read on the morning announcements. Parents and students should see to it that all personal articles and books be properly identifiable. This is especially true in the case of eyeglasses.
All visitors must sign-in at the front desk. Visitors will receive a name tag, which should be prominently displayed, while in the building. Upon leaving the building, visitors should return to the front desk to return the name tag and sign out.
PHONE CALLS FROM HOME
Unless it is a dire emergency, please DO NOT CALL your child at school. Students will not be called out of class for phone calls. Students will be allowed to use the office phone during lunch/recess. We appreciate your cooperation. Again, students may not use cell phones in school.
Field trips are regarded as an important component of our instructional program. Accordingly, rules and regulations concerning student behavior extend to those occasions when students are involved in a field trip. This includes appropriate behavior on the bus as well as at the trip location itself.
It is of critical importance that parents fill in the field trip permission slip and return it to the school in a timely manner. Please note that the form requires you to comment on any medical condition we should be aware of regarding your child. The school nurse is required to be notified at least three days prior to the trip.
ONLY MIDDLE SCHOOL PERMISSION SLIPS ARE ACCEPTABLE. VERBAL PERMISSION AND WRITTEN NOTES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
HEALTH SERVICES, PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS
All pupils are provided health services in accordance with state requirements. A nurse is in attendance daily to administer emergency first aid and to help with each student’s health problems. Individual student health records are maintained by the school nurse, indicating medical history, immunization records, height, weight, sight, hearing and color perception. Scoliosis screening tests are done on each student annually and parents are notified if their child fails to pass the screening test.
Seventh Grade Physical
All 7th grade students must have a medical appraisal using the form provided by the school district. This physical may be done by the family physician or during the annual school physicals for this grade level.
School District Insurance Plan
In case of an injury during the school day, the student should immediately report to the Health Office and give the nurse specific information relating to the accident. The parent will then receive a claim form in the mail from the District. This form should be completed and returned to the District for forwarding to the insurance company.
In case of an injury during extracurricular and sports activities, the student should report to the Health Office as soon as possible on the next school day to report the injury and fill out the necessary forms.
All new entrants to the district must have a medical appraisal by their family physician using the form provided by the school district.
Comment slips are generally mailed home at the midway point of every quarter. Should you have concerns about your child’s academic standing, please contact your child’s teacher. Parents can monitor their child’s progress through Parent Portal. Registration information is included in your child’s summer packet.
The Guidance Office also processes report cards which are the main means of communication between the school and the parent/guardian concerning student progress. Distribution dates are noted on page 3 of this assignment book.
From time to time, parents/guardians may wish to speak with a teacher directly about specific student concerns. In such cases, the parent/guardian should call the Guidance Office at 256-4220.
Students wishing to participate in 7th or 8th grade inter-scholastic athletics must undergo a special physical examination performed by either their
family physician or the school physician. A determination of physical fitness must be rendered before the student will be allowed to participate on an athletic team. Medical examinations may be scheduled anytime during the school year and shall be valid for a period of twelve continuous months, except for a student absent from school five or more consecutive days or who has received an injury. Such pupils must be re-qualified by the school physician before returning to participation.
Student athletes are expected to be in school the day before, the day of, and the day after an athletic contest.
Student athletes are expected to maintain a satisfactory attendance record. Students may not practice or participate in games on days they have arrived after First Block for JV and Varsity players and ½ day for Modified players without a legal excuse. Students who have left school due to illness or been absent from school due to illness are also not eligible to play that day. Students must participate in Physical Education to be eligible to participate that day. Student athletes are expected to be in school the day before, the day of, and the day after an athletic contest. Athletes who are in need of extra academic help should bring a pass from their teacher. Athletes absent or late to practice without a valid excuse will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Athletes unable to participate in a practice or contest due to illness, injury or an emergency, should make a strong effort to contact the coach either in person or by phone. Athletes unable to practice for 5 or more days will be required to have ½ the minimum practices required by the state in order to return to activity in order to have appropriate time for re-conditioning purposes.
PREVIOUS PROGRAMS OFFERED
Athletics - There are interscholastic activities for 7th and 8th grade students in the following sports: softball, soccer, gymnastics, basketball, wrestling, volleyball and track.
Music Program - There are choral and instrumental programs for all students who wish to participate. These programs are scheduled during the school day.
GSA/Pride Club – provides a safe space for the LGBTQ Middle School students and their allied friends/peers.
ABC-The MS Book Club – gathering 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who love books and want to discuss them.
School Newspaper (The Mirror) - Students are encouraged to contribute to the school newspaper or become members of the newspaper staff.
Student Council - This is a government service organization actively involved in school activities.
Yearbook - The staff creates a pictorial account of the middle school years.
Reflections - Students create a compilation of original student work from a variety of media.
Drama Club - Students become involved in the production of a play or musical.
The New Paltz Central School District
Summary Code of Conduct
The New Paltz Board of Education hopes that our students will become passionate learners who are empowered to achieve their dreams and act as good citizens of the world.
To achieve that goal, the Board strives to provide safe 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 and prohibit denigration of a student’s physical size/shape where all members of the school community behave with personal responsibility and mutual respect. 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 consequences if those standards are not met, and establishes procedures to ensure that discipline, when necessary, is prompt, fair and effective.
Unless otherwise indicated, this Code applies to all students, school personnel, parents, and other visitors when on school property or attending a school function.
A full copy of the District Wide Code of Conduct may be found on the District website, www. newpaltz.k12.ny.us, in the District Office and in the main offices of each school building.
Definitions of terms (e.g., among others “disruptive person”, “violent person”, “parent”, “school property”, “school function”, and “weapon”) are found in Attachment A of the full Code.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Students have a right to:
Students have the responsibility to:
A free education that will prepare them for active citizenship in a democracy.
Attend classes, observe school rules and work for satisfactory achievement.
A safe and secure environment that promotes learning.
Refrain from violence. Notify an adult of the presence of drugs, alcohol, weapons, harassment and other violent acts or threats of violence.
Speak and be heard.
Listen to others.
Take part in any school activity on an equal basis.
Participate and support others in school events.
Be treated with courtesy and respect.
Be courteous and respectful.
Freedom from bullying, harassment and other abuse or discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex and prohibit denigration of a student’s physical size/shape.
Speak up about and refrain from bullying, harassment and other abuse or discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex and prohibit denigration of a student’s physical size/shape.
Academic and emotional support.
Ask for help when it is needed, and offer help
to peers when needed
Express themselves through their choices in clothing.
Adhere to the school dress code.
Communicate thoughts and beliefs that do not interfere with the rights of others or school operations.
Show consideration for people whose beliefs differ from their own.
Get permission from appropriate school personnel before assembling.
Learn strategies that develop cooperation, tolerance, and conflict resolution
Use cooperative solutions.
Be informed of school polices and rules.
Abide by the Code of Conduct.
All members of the school community should respect the rights and welfare of others, act ethically, and care for school facilities and equipment. The Board expects respectful behavior and civil conduct on all school property, including buses, and at all school functions, whether on or off school property.
The Board will not tolerate:
- Possession or use of weapons or illegal materials.
- Possession, distribution, use, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances (including synthetic drugs).
- Behaviors that infringe on the physical, and/or mental well-being of others, or that disrupt the educational environment.
- Intimidation, harassment or discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex, and prohibit denigration of a student’s physical size/shape or for any other reason.
- Academic misconduct (e.g., plagiarism, cheating, copying, altering records, assisting another student in any of these actions).
- Damage to school property, including busses, or the property of others.
- The distribution of materials that are obscene, advocate illegal action or appear libelous.
- Entering or remaining on school property without authorization.
- Violation of any federal, state or local law, or Board policy.
Attachment B describes the specific expectations for staff, parents and visitors.
Attachment C describes the specific expectations for students.
Attachment D describes consequences for infractions of the Code.
DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT
The Board of Education recognizes that a learning environment that is safe and supportive can increase student attendance 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. The District will strive to create an environment free of discrimination and harassment and will foster civility in the schools to prevent and prohibit conduct which is inconsistent with the District’s educational mission.
The District condemns and prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment of students based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex and prohibit denigration of a student’s physical size/shape by school employees or students on school property or at school-sponsored events and activities that take place on or off of school property. In addition, any act of discrimination or harassment outside of school-sponsored events, including cyberbullying, which can reasonably be expected to materially and substantially disrupt the educational process where it is foreseeable that the conduct might reach school property, may be subject to discipline. Attachment E- DASA Policy
All students and staff should show healthy and respectful attention to their personal cleanliness and clothing. Adults should model and reinforce acceptable dress for students. Attachment F lists the specific dress code rules.
REPORTING CODE VIOLATIONS
Each individual in the school community has the responsibility to report code violations that he or she witnesses. Violations involving weapons, alcohol or illegal substances (including synthetic drugs such as synthetic cannabinoids) must be reported immediately. Students should report violations to the building principal or a guidance counselor, social worker, teacher or any adult they trust. Adults should report violations in accordance with District Policy 7310 when code violations break not only school policy but the law, the school principal or designee must promptly notify the appropriate law enforcement agency.
The Board believes that the best discipline is self-imposed. Adults should model self-discipline and help students accept responsibility for their actions.
Disciplinary action should be used only when necessary and in accordance with applicable contracts, laws, regulations and policies. Such actions should not just punish, but should encourage personal growth and individual responsibility. Staff members authorized to impose discipline should act in a prompt, fair and problem-solving manner.
School personnel administering student discipline should consider:
- The student’s age, learning style, and prior disciplinary record.
- The nature and circumstances of the offense.
- The effectiveness of any prior discipline.
- Information from parents, teachers or others, as appropriate.
- Other extenuating circumstances.
Consequences. For students, these can range from an oral warning to permanent school suspension. Disciplinary action against staff will conform to law and applicable contracts. Visitors will be asked to leave the building. Attachment D more fully describes the possible consequences.
Procedures. All disciplinary action should adhere to District contracts, regulations and policies. Students accused of misconduct should be told by authorized personnel of the nature of the accusation. If necessary, authorized school staff should investigate the facts surrounding the alleged misconduct. Students will have an opportunity to tell their version of the events. Depending on the nature of the penalty, students may be entitled to additional rights before a penalty is imposed. Attachment G more fully describes disciplinary procedures.
Minimum suspensions. A student who brings a weapon to school (including but not limited to a weapon under the Gun Free Schools Act) will be suspended for at least one calendar year, unless the Superintendent modifies the penalty based upon the student’s age, prior disciplinary record, the belief that other forms of discipline may be more effective, other relevant information from parent(s), teacher(s) or others, or other extenuating circumstances. A student who commits any other violent act or who repeatedly and substantially disrupts the educational process will be suspended for at least five days, unless the Superintendent modifies the penalty, based upon the factors listed above. Attachment H more fully describes minimum suspensions.
Alternative instruction for disciplined students. The district will provide immediate, alternative instruction to all students removed from classes by teachers or suspended from school.
Referrals. Students may be referred for counseling, a Person in Need of Supervision (PINS) petition through Family Court, or juvenile delinquency proceedings. Attachment I describes when students may be referred to such counseling or proceedings.
Disciplining students with disabilities. Students with known or suspected disabilities who are determined to have committed an act of misconduct may be referred to the District’s Committee on Special Education (CSE). A student will not be punished if the CSE determines that the conduct stems from the student’s disability. But when the CSE determines that discipline is allowed, it will conform to the federal and state laws and regulations governing the discipline of students with disabilities. Such students will not receive harsher punishments than students who are not disabled. Attachment J describes the specific policies for disciplining students with disabilities.
Use of physical force. Corporal, or physical punishment, is strictly forbidden. However, reasonable physical force may be used to:
- Protect yourself or others from physical injury.
- Protect another student, teacher or any other person from physical injury.
- Protect the property of the school or of others.
- Restrain or remove a disruptive or violent student who refuses to refrain from disruptive or violent acts where methods not involving the use of physical force cannot be reasonably employed to achieve the aforementioned purposes.
The district will file reports on incidents of the use of physical force with the Commissioner of Education in accordance with Commissioner’s Regulations. The Building Principal or designee is responsible for enforcing these rules, as described in Attachment K.
STUDENT SEARCHES AND INTERROGATIONS
Searches. The Superintendent, building principals and assistant principals, may search students and their possessions for illegal matter, matter that threatens the health, safety, welfare or morals of fellow students or matter that violates this code, if there is reasonable individualized suspicion to believe a student is violating a law or this code of conduct. If a search is warranted, it must be reasonable in scope.
School computers, desks, lockers and storage spaces are school property and may be opened and inspected by school officials from time to time without prior notice or student consent, but mindful of the student’s rights and the nature of the school as an educational institution.
Questioning. School officials may question students about possible violations of school rules. The student’s parents may be contacted, however, there is no right for a student’s parent to be contacted while school officials are investigating violations of school rules.
The police may enter the schools if a crime has been committed on school property, they have an arrest or search warrant, or if they have been invited by school officials. Prior to questioning students, police must give students their “Miranda rights” and school administrators or police must diligently try to notify the student’s parents and give them the opportunity to be present.
Child Protective Services (CPS) may interview students on school property without notification to the parents regarding allegations of suspected child abuse, maltreatment or neglect (including educational neglect).
Attachment L more fully describes the rules governing student searches and questioning.
The Board encourages parents and other community members to visit our schools to observe the work of students, teachers and other staff. But all visitors must first report to the office and obtain authorization for being on school premises. The building principal or his or her designee is responsible for all persons in the building and on the grounds. Attachment M more fully describes the policy governing school visitors.
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, shall conduct themselves in a respectful and orderly manner.
No person, either alone or with others, while on school property or attending a school function, shall:
- Intentionally injure or threaten to injure any person.
- Intentionally damage or destroy school property or the property of others, or remove or use such property
- Disrupt the orderly conduct of classes, school programs and activities.
- Distribute or wear materials that are obscene, advocate illegal action, appear libelous, obstruct the rights of others or are disruptive to the school program.
- Intimidate, harass or discriminate against any person on the basis of, for example, actual or perceived race,
color, creed, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability, prohibit denigration of a student’s physical size/shape or any other discriminatory reason.
- Harass, which includes a sufficiently severe action or a persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements
(verbal, by electronic or other means), an identifiable individual or group which is intended to be, or which a reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing or demeaning.
- Intimidate, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm,
- Enter any school property without authorization or remain in any school premises after it is closed.
- Obstruct the free movement of any person.
- Violate traffic laws, parking regulations or other vehicle restrictions.
- Possess, consume, solicit a sale, sell, buy, distribute or exchange alcoholic beverages, any form of tobacco
including but not limited to, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and electronic smoking devices, or
controlled substances (including but not limited to synthetic drugs such as synthetic cannabinoids), or be under the influence of the above.
- Possess, display or use weapons (unless specifically authorized by the district).
- Loiter, gamble, litter or spit.
- Refuse to comply with reasonable directives of school officials while they are performing their duty.
- Willfully incite others to commit any acts prohibited by the Code of Conduct.
- Violate any federal or state law, local ordinance or Board policy.
DISSEMINATION AND REVIEW OF CODE
The school district will educate the community about this Code of Conduct by:
- Providing a summary of the code to all students and parents at the beginning of each school year,
including a form encouraging comments on how to improve or change the code.
- Providing the code to all students and parents at the beginning of each school year.
- Providing a summary of the Code of Conduct written in a plain-language age-appropriate manner to
students at a school- or grade-level assembly or within the classroom held at the beginning of the school year.
- Providing copies of the code, including any amendments, to all school personnel as soon as practical
- Providing new employees with a copy of the code when they are hired.
- Providing copies of the code to any student, parent or community member who asks for one.
Copies of the complete code are available on the District website. Attachment N more fully describes the district’s plan for educating the community about the Code of Conduct
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 ______________
NEW PALTZ CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
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
TITLE IX GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
- Grievance means any alleged violation of Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Days means school days, except during the summer recess when days shall mean work days.
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.
- 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.
- Formal Grievance
- Stage I – Title IX Officer
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stage II – Superintendent of Schools
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stage III – Board of Education
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
HALLWAY PASSPORT Name: ________________________ Grade: _________