• 2021-2022

    New Paltz Central High School

    Student Handbook

     NEW PALTZ HIGH SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
    To become a community of learners that emphasizes mutual respect and
    responsibility in which everyone realizes their potential.
    New Paltz High School….caring, connecting, and making a difference!

    WELCOME
    It is a pleasure to welcome you to New Paltz Central High School. The information contained in this packet
    will help you to understand the rules by which you, as a citizen of our school community, will live. For
    additional information, see the administration, your teacher, or school counselor.
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    ACADEMICS 5-7
    STUDENT INQUIRY AND EXPRESSION 5
    COUNSELING/SUPPORT SERVICES 5
    ACADEMIC INTERVENTION SERVICES 5
    HOMEWORK 5
    SCHEDULE CHANGES 5
    DROPPING OR ADDING COURSES 5
    MINIMUM SCHEDULE 6
    MARKING SYSTEM 6
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION 6
    AWARDS, HONORS, AND RECOGNITION 6
    CLASS STANDING 6-7
    HONORS DIPLOMA 7
    PROGRESS REPORT/REPORT CARDS 7
    NEW PALTZ HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES 7-10
    PHILOSOPHY 7
    COURSE CREDIT: ABSENCES AND CONSEQUENCE 7-8
    EXERCISING THE CLASS MAKE UP OPTION 8
    EXCUSABLE ABSENCES 8-9
    ABSENCES, EXCUSES, LEAVING SCHOOL WITH PERMISSION 9
    TARDINESS TO SCHOOL 9-10
    GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS 10-13
    DRESS CODE 10
    CELL PHONE USE 10
    STUDENT ENTRANCE 10
    STUDENT ID 11
    HIGH SCHOOL PROXIMITY ID CARD PROTOCOL 11
    PASSES 11
    STUDENT CARS ON CAMPUS 11
    DETENTION 11
    TELEPHONE 11
    LOST AND FOUND 11
    PLAYING CARDS/GAMES 11
    SCHOOL BUS RULES 12
    VISITORS 12
    RESTRICTED AREAS 12
    HALLWAY LOCKERS 12
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION LOCKERS 12
    CAFETERIA 12
    DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS 12
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    ACCIDENTS DURING SCHOOL 13
    CLOSING OF SCHOOL 13
    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY GUIDELINE 13-17
    ELIGIBILITY 13
    USE, POSSESSION, SELLING OF TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, DRUGS 13-14
    ASSESSMENT OF ELIGIBILITY 14
    NOTIFICATION OF INELIGIBILITY 14
    APPEAL PROCESS 14
    CONDITIONS OF INELIGIBILITY 15
    CONSEQUENCES OF INELIGIBILITY 16
    REGAINING ELIGIBILITY 16
    ACADEMIC INTERVENTION: THE ELIGIBILITY CONTRACT 16-17
    OUTLINE OF RESPONSIBILITIES 17
    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE 17
    ADVISORS 18
    STUDENT GOVERNMENT 18
    SCHOOL NEWSPAPER 18
    STUDENTS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD 18
    STUDENTS AND THE PTSA 18
    STUDENT INFORMATION AND THE MILITARY 18
    ATHLETIC HANDBOOK 19-37
    PHILOSOPHY 20
    MODIFIED PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY 20-21
    JUNIOR VARSITY PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY 21
    VARSITY PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY 21
    PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS 21-22
    EXTRACURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES 22
    TRYOUTS 22
    PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS 22
    SCHOOL ATTENDANCE 23
    IN OR OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION 23
    CONDITIONS FOR PLAY 23-24
    USE, POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL/DRUGS 24-25
    SPORTSMANSHIP 25
    SECTION IX UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT RULE 25-26
    HAZING 26
    DUE PROCESS 26
    AGE AND GRADE 26
    TRANSFER STUDENTS 26-28
    BONAFIDE STUDENTS 28-29
    AMATEUR 29
    ASSUMED NAME 29
    RECRUITMENT AND UNDUE INFLUENCE 29
    COLLEGE & PROFESSIONAL TRY-OUTS 29-30
    COLLEGE BOUND ATHLETES 30
    INJURY 31
    CONCUSSION 30-31
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    INSURANCE 31
    QUITTING A TEAM 31-32
    CARE OF EQUIPMENT, UNIFORMS, AND FACILITIES 32
    ATHLETIC PLACEMENT PROCESS 32-33
    PARENT/COACH COMMUNICATION 33-34
    PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW TO DISCUSS A CONCERN WITH A COACH 34
    TRANSPORTATION 34
    LATE SPORTS BUS 34
    VARSITY LETTER REQUIREMENTS 34-35
    NEW PALTZ ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION END OF THE YEAR ATHLETIC AWARDS 35-36
    THE NEW PALTZ ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 36
    POTENTIAL SPORTS OFFERING 36-37
    Fall Season 36
    Winter Season 36
    Spring Season 36-37
    SPORT PARENT’S MANUAL BY TOM DOYLE 37
    COMPUTER NETWORK AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP) 38
    NEW PALTZ HIGH SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY 38-39
    EXPLANATION OF TECHNOLOGIES 38-39
    TIPS 39
    PARENT INFORMATION 40
    CODE OF CONDUCT SUMMARY 41-47
    INTRODUCTION 41
    STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 41-42
    EXPECTED BEHAVIOR 43
    DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT 43
    DRESS CODE 44
    REPORTING CODE VIOLATIONS 44
    DISCIPLINE 44-45
    STUDENT SEARCHES AND INTERVIEWS 45-46
    SCHOOL VISITORS 46
    PUBLIC CONDUCT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY 46-47
    DISSEMINATION AND REVIEW OF CODE 47
    PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN these paper copies, OR log into the parent portal
    http://npcsd.powerschool.com as a parent, click on Forms, and fill out electronically.
    BELL SCHEDULE
    CODE OF CONDUCT SUMMARY/STUDENT HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
    COMPUTER and INTERNET USE POLICY (AUP)
    DENTAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE
    DIRECTORY INFORMATION ANNUAL NOTICE
    FOOD SERVICE (Application for Free and Reduced Lunch)
    HEALTH EXAMINATION FORM
    MILITARY EXCLUSION NON-CONSENT FORM
    PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION
    PROJECT SAVE
    PTSA MEMBERSHIP
    STUDENT EMERGENCY INFORMATION SHEET
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    ACADEMICS
    STUDENT INQUIRY AND EXPRESSION
    New Paltz Central Schools should afford the greatest possible opportunity for freedom of inquiry and
    expression for all members of the school community. Students and teachers should be free to examine objectively and
    discuss significant issues and the diverse points of view concerning these issues. The expression by students of their
    attitudes, ideas, and opinions is particularly vital to education in a democracy. Effective classroom activities are
    structured to encourage students to express, examine, and debate their thoughts and those of others. The opportunity to
    share thoughts and to discuss and debate ideas and values helps to eliminate bias and prejudice, and fosters the exercise
    of reason in forming, understanding and defending beliefs. This opportunity may be shared by all -- students, teachers,
    and administrators -- to express themselves and participate as listeners as well as speakers.
    COUNSELING/SUPPORT SERVICES
    School counselors are assigned to help you plan your future, select courses, and be supportive. Make an
    appointment to see them as needed. Applications for working papers can be picked up in the Student Support Center.
    The School Social Worker and School Psychologist are also available for additional support and can assist parents in
    accessing community agencies. Students and parents are urged to make appointments to talk to teachers, school
    counselors, and/or administrators whenever they have a problem that needs attention.
    ACADEMIC INTERVENTION SERVICES
    Students will be offered Academic Intervention Services during and after school at the Astor Office and
    Saturdays as deemed appropriate by Administration, Student Support Services and/or classroom teachers. Regular
    classes end at 2:20 p.m. Students may remain with all teachers for tutorial after school until 2:45 p.m. Students
    waiting for extracurricular activities to begin at 2:45 p.m. must report to the Cafeteria unless otherwise excused by
    coaches and/or administration. Transportation will be available at 3:35 p.m. (Lenape bus) and 4:45 p.m. (Sports bus)
    each day. Students must obtain a late bus pass from their teacher in order to ride the late buses. Students are expected
    to wait for these buses in the front lobby by the Main Office. Students may receive home teaching (through Student
    Support Center) for extended absences due to: Prolonged illness (10 or more days with Doctor’s note), or suspension
    by the Superintendent.
    HOMEWORK
    Students are expected to complete an average of 30 minutes of homework per subject daily. Students who do
    not complete assignments will meet with the teacher on the day the assignment is due to discuss follow-up actions. All
    teachers are available from 2:20-2:45 p.m. Additional support is available pending the teacher’s schedule. Students
    are responsible for notifying parents if they stay beyond regular dismissal time. Transportation will be available at 3:35
    p.m.
    SCHEDULE CHANGES
    Requests for schedule changes must have prior approval from either the Principal or the Assistant Principal.
    DROPPING OR ADDING COURSES
    Students should see their school counselor for procedures and time limits for dropping or adding a course. Given
    the block schedule, this will vary according to course and units of credit. Changes will be considered without penalty
    before the 5th week of school only. Courses may be added during the first two (2) weeks of classes.
    A student must have written permission of a parent or guardian, their school counselor, and the high school principal to
    drop a course.
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    MINIMUM SCHEDULE
    All students must have a fully-scheduled academic program. Twelfth graders may be excused early
    for work or community service providing they have their own transportation and parental permission.
    MARKING SYSTEM
    Academic Achievement – Numerical grades will be used to indicate academic achievement with 65% as the
    passing grade. Pass/Fail grades will be used to indicate achievement in selected courses.
    Quarterly Average – The quarterly mark will be determined by assessing class work, homework, unit tests and
    performance tasks.
    Common Mid-Term – A common mid-term assessment will be offered in all courses. The mid-term grade will
    be used to determine academic progress.
    Rank in Class/ Weighted Grades – For the purposes of ranking, Advanced Placement and college level courses
    will be weighted differently than Regents and school level courses. The weighting for GPA purposes will be as
    follows:
    ● School/Regents Courses 1.00
    ● Advanced Placement/College Level Courses 1.06
    Final Examination – At the completion of the course, either a school examination or a Regents examination
    will be given. This examination will be graded numerically with 65% as the passing grade.
    Final Average – A student's final average in full-year courses will be determined by adding the grade for each
    quarter plus the final exam grade and dividing by five. In semester courses, each quarter grade accounts for two-fifths;
    the final exam grade is added and the sum is divided by five. Conduct and effort are reported with comment slips and
    comments on the report card.
    Independent Study – Independent Study is offered for the purpose of providing alternative educational
    experiences for students. Please see your school counselor for details.
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    Physical Education must be taken each semester, each year a student is enrolled.
    AWARDS, HONORS, AND RECOGNITION
    Principal's List – Students who achieve averages of 89.5 or above are placed on the Principal’s List.
    Honor Roll – Students who achieve an average between 84.5 and 89.4 are placed on the Honor Roll.
    National Honor Society – Students do not apply for membership. It is granted only to those students selected
    by the faculty council. Students who are scholastically eligible are notified and then must complete the Student
    Activity Information Form. Academic records are reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
    In addition, service, character, and leadership are rated. A point system is used to evaluate candidates in each
    of the categories. The faculty council establishes the cut-off point prior to the review. National Honor Society
    Inductions occur in the fall.
    Graduation Awards – Awards are given to graduating seniors who have excelled in various endeavors during
    their high school careers.
    Recognition – Students are also recognized for their accomplishments at a year-end program.
    Valedictorian and Salutatorian – Designations are determined after the final recording of the first
    semester grades of senior year.
    CLASS STANDING
    10th Grade – Pupils achieve sophomore status when they have earned at least four units of credit.
    11th Grade – Pupils achieve junior status when they have earned nine units of credit. At least one of
    these units must be in English and one in Social Studies.
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    12th Grade – Pupils will achieve senior status when they can be scheduled for all subjects necessary for
    graduation.
    HONORS DIPLOMA
    A local school district may award a student a Regents Diploma with Honors, or a Regents Diploma with
    Advanced Designation with Honors. To earn honors, a student shall achieve an average of 90 percent or better on all
    Regents examinations required for the diploma. An average below 90.0 percent WILL NOT be rounded upward to 90
    percent.
    PROGRESS REPORT/REPORT CARDS
    Progress reports are issued every five weeks and Report Cards are issued each quarter (every 10 weeks). Dates
    are printed on the school calendar. Student progress may also be monitored on-line.
    NEW PALTZ HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES
    PHILOSOPHY
    A student’s primary objective is learning. There is a direct relationship between attendance and academic
    success. Students who have enjoyed good attendance generally achieve higher grades, enjoy school more, and are
    more employable after leaving high school.
    In addition, all instances of absences and tardiness become a part of a student’s permanent record. This record
    is often requested by colleges and places of employment to serve as an indication of student self-discipline and
    responsibility. Students are asked to give their personal best in school. In the event of any absence, full or partial,
    legal or illegal, all students are expected, upon their return to school, to contact their instructors and make up
    assignments or collect missed notes and support materials.
    Parents and/or guardians are responsible for seeing that their children attend school regularly and on time, with
    completed homework in hand. THE NEW PALTZ HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL DAY IS 8:00 A.M - 2:20 P.M.
    STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE AND IN CLASS EVERYDAY. STUDENTS MUST BE
    IN ATTENDANCE PRIOR TO SECOND BLOCK IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR
    ACTIVITIES.
    Teachers, administrators, and professional support staff are responsible for keeping students and
    parents/guardians apprised of student performance and attendance records in a timely, relevant and understandable
    fashion, and for providing assistance when academic performance is compromised.
    Support services are available to all students to help them achieve success, no matter what the need. New Paltz
    High School offers opportunities for individual students to experience success through the efforts of faculty and
    administration, academic support services, the Instructional Support Team, and the professional talents of the school
    social worker, psychologist, student assistance counselor and school counselors. All of these resources can be drawn
    upon by students and their parents to ensure academic success and an enriching high school experience. These services
    will be made readily available to support students who are having difficulty maintaining the requirements of these
    attendance guidelines.
    COURSE CREDIT: ABSENCES AND CONSEQUENCE
    For 10 Week Courses – Students with more than 3 absences that have not been made up from any class,
    whether absences are legal or illegal, may face the denial of credit for those courses that are affected (including
    BOCES), regardless of grades.
    For Semester-Long Courses – Students with more than 5 absences that have not been made up from any class,
    whether absences are legal or illegal, may face the denial of credit for those courses that are affected (including
    BOCES), regardless of grades.
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    For Year-Long Courses – Students with more than 10 absences that have not been made up, whether absences
    are legal or illegal, may face the denial of credit for those courses that are affected (including BOCES), regardless of
    grades.
    Summer School – Students must remain in a course in which credit has been denied to be eligible to enroll in
    the same course in summer school.
    Appeal Process – Any appeal of a decision to deny credit will be conducted in accordance with the New Paltz
    High School Code of Conduct.
    Class Make Up Option – This procedure provides opportunities for all students to lessen the impact of absences
    by making up missed classes and class work so that credit can be restored. However, the attendance record will still
    reflect the number of absences, regardless of whether the student has pursued options to make up the work and class
    time.
    EXERCISING THE CLASS MAKE-UP OPTION
    Following each absence, ALL students are expected to get class notes, materials etc., for classes missed.
    Students will be required to make up missed work and time. To reduce the impact of class absences, and thereby avoid
    loss of credit, students may exercise the following options: Students may make up time and work for EACH class
    missed for 80 minutes after school or in detention. This is not meant as a punishment, but rather to ensure academic
    success. A tutorial may be developed to meet the specific and agreed-upon needs of each student for each class
    involved.
    To ensure due process, the principal is authorized to act as the fair hearing officer and to provide written
    communication to students and parents regarding the date of the hearing. In the event the principal is not the
    designated hearing officer, the superintendent or his or her representative will hear cases.
    EXCUSABLE ABSENCES
    Under New York State Education Law, which every school district is bound to uphold, a student may only be
    excused from school for the following reasons:
    ● Sickness
    ● Religious observance
    ● Serious sickness or death in family
    ● Required court appearance
    ● Impassable roads
    ● Attendance at a health clinic, including appointments with doctor, dentist, etc.
    Activities, such as college visits, music lessons, etc. are to be approved by the school in advance in order to be
    an excused absence.
    The above reasons apply to full-day absences, partial-day absences, and lateness to school. There are, however,
    consequences for any absence as outlined in this document, especially under the headings “Student Responsibilities”
    and “Course Credit: Absences and Consequence.”
    The following situations constitute an absence:
    ● Full day absence - more than 3 hours absent
    ● Partial day absence
    ● Tardiness to school
    ● Lateness to class
    ● Leaving school grounds
    ● Early dismissal due to illness or appointments
    ● Absences due to family vacations
    Exceptions – Class absences for the following reasons will not be counted when applying the attendance
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    guidelines. However, students are responsible for making up all class work missed.
    ● Field trips
    ● Music rotations
    ● Extracurricular athletics
    ● Administrative detainment (e.g., suspension)
    ● In-school suspension if work is completed in a satisfactory manner
    ● Long-term illness when the school has arranged to fulfill educational needs of the
    students (i.e., home tutoring).
    ABSENCES, EXCUSES, LEAVING SCHOOL WITH PERMISSION
    Parents are asked to call the attendance office at 256-4112 between 7:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. each day a student
    is to be absent. The school will contact parents not heard from. Students who are absent must present to the nurse a
    note from parent, guardian, and/or doctor immediately upon their return to school. Attendance notes for full-day or
    part-day absence should contain the following:
    ● Student name
    ● Date note was written
    ● Date(s) of absence
    ● Phone number where parent or guardian may be contacted during the day
    ● Signature of parent or guardian
    Following an absence from school, each student is to report to the attendance office before 7:50 a.m. on the day
    he/she returns to school with a written excuse. Failure to do so will result in the absence being recorded as illegal.
    TARDINESS TO SCHOOL
    Lateness to school is a partial day absence. It is covered by the same section of the Education Law cited above.
    School begins at 8:00 a.m., and all students are to be in class prepared to learn at that time. A warning bell rings at
    7:55 a.m. allowing students time to go to their lockers. Students who arrive late to school from 8:00 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.
    should report directly to their first block class. Students who come into school past 8:10 a.m. should sign in at the
    Attendance Office.
    Students who are late to school without a written legal excuse at the time of arrival are subject to disciplinary
    action as per the New Paltz Central High School Student Code of Conduct, including loss of driving privileges.
    Students are responsible for all work missed when they are late for school.
    Lateness to class – Students who are more than 15 minutes late for class will be counted as absent from that
    class and will be required to make up the class. Students must present an admit slip to gain entrance to the class when
    arriving late. Admission slips must be obtained from the Attendance Clerk. Students will receive a referral/detention
    for every three lates per quarter. Nine lates per quarter results in ineligibility.
    Leaving school grounds – Students are not to leave school grounds at any time after arriving without
    permission. A student who has left the grounds will be counted as absent for the class(es) missed and will be required
    to make up all work. Students will also face disciplinary action according to the New Paltz Central High School
    Student Code of Conduct. Parents picking up students are required to sign students out in the Main Office.
    Early dismissal from school – Early dismissal is also a partial-day absence and covered by the Education Law
    cited above. Students are required to make up work for any missed class(es). Parents picking up students are required
    to sign students out in the Main Office.
    For appointments – Students who wish to be excused during the day must present a written legal excuse signed
    by a parent or guardian. This excuse is to be presented to the Attendance Office before 8:30 a.m. on the day the
    student wishes to be excused. A note for an appointment must include the name of the service provider and the time of
    the appointment. A parent contact number must also be provided. All requests will be verified with parent/guardian
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    prior to approval.
    Due to Illness – Students who become ill during the day should report to the Nurse’s Office immediately.
    Under no circumstances is a student to leave school without getting permission from the Nurse or from the Main
    Office. The sign-out sheet, like the attendance register, is a legal document. Before leaving the building, students are
    to print name, destination and time on the sign-out sheet in the Health Office. Parents picking up students are required
    to sign students out in the Main Office.
    Vacation Policy – Absences for family vacations are illegal absences.
    Extended Illness – When a student is absent for the second consecutive instructional day, or when a student is
    diagnosed as having a potential long-term illness, the parent should contact the Nurse’s Office and the Student Support
    Center to arrange for the educational needs of the student (for example, homework). If five consecutive school days
    are missed, a note from a health care provider is required to receive home instruction.
    Perfect Attendance – A student must be in school each block, each day classes are in session.
    GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
    DRESS CODE
    Students’ dress is a reflection of our school, community, parents, and themselves. All students are expected to
    dress neatly in clothing suitable for school activities. Student attire should not disrupt or interfere with the educational
    process for the individual or surrounding persons.
    The following are deemed to be inappropriate, either because they interfere with the health and safety or our
    students and staff or are disruptive to the educational process:
    ● Clothing which is considered by school authorities to be dangerous (spiked bracelets, rings or belts)
    ● Items that are vulgar, obscene, and libelous or denigrate others on account of race, color,
    socio-economic background, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity
    or disability.
    ● Items that promote/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal
    or violent activities.
    ● Footwear that is a safety hazard including but not limited to; flip flops, athletic slides, bedroom slippers,
    or wheeled footwear.
    ● Wearing of hats, hoods, or bandanas in the school building, except for medical or religious purposes.
    ● See through/cut outs and extremely brief garments including strapless tops that expose the students’
    midriff, upper thigh, or torso.
    ● Exposed bras/underwear/boxers.
    All district personnel are sensitive to the individuality and self-expressiveness of each student, in addition we
    must ensure the needs and feelings of all students are acknowledged. If a staff member sees a student who is
    not in compliance with the dress code, he or she will be talked to directly or referred to appropriate personnel.
    CELL PHONE USE
    A CELL PHONE OR ANY OF ITS FUNCTIONS MAY NOT BE USED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. IN
    ADDITION, NO COMMUNICATION DEVICES CAN BE USED AT ANY TIME DURING AN EMERGENCY
    SITUATION, TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL INDIVIDUALS IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING UNLESS
    SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED TO DO SO BY A DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR.
    STUDENT ENTRANCE
    After 8 a.m., all students are to enter the building through the front door and sign in at the window.
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    STUDENT ID
    STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY THEIR ID BADGES AT ALL TIMES.
    The privilege of having this card comes with responsibility. DO NOT lend your card to anyone and if you
    misplace or lose the card come to or contact the High School Main Office (845-256-4100) IMMEDIATELY to have
    the card deactivated.
    If a card is lost, stolen or does not work:
    ● Come to or contact the High School Main Office (845-256-4100) immediately to
    deactivate the card.
    ● The replacement card will be available for pick up from the Main Office.
    Lending your card or use of another student’s card to gain entry is prohibited and will result in loss of privileges
    and potentially greater consequences.
    ● 1st Offense – loss of card privileges for 2 weeks
    ● 2nd Offense – loss of card privileges for one month
    ● 3rd Offense – forfeiting of card
    The High School administration reserves the right to impose other consequences as deemed necessary to insure
    student safety.
    The keyless entry card must be returned to the High School Main Office when you transfer to another
    school, graduate or when it is to be replaced.
    PASSES
    Hall Passes – Passes are required in the hallways at all times.
    Bus Passes – A bus pass is required anytime a student is to ride to someplace other than their home.
    Late Bus Passes – Late bus passes are required for academic late buses.
    STUDENT CARS ON CAMPUS
    All students who wish to drive to school must secure a parking permit. No one will be allowed to park on
    school property without a permit. No students are allowed to park in the first two rows of the rear parking area or in
    front of the high school. All vehicles on property are subject to administrative search. Unregistered vehicles may be
    towed at the owner’s expense. Dangerous or reckless operation of a motor vehicle or excessive tardies to school may
    result in loss of privileges, suspension and/or legal action. Any student who drives a student off-campus without
    authorization may lose his/her driving privileges and may be subject to disciplinary action. Students are not allowed to
    go to their cars during the school day without permission from the administration.
    Students will be assigned detention in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. After-school detention is
    from 2:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
    TELEPHONE
    Students may use office phones in emergencies.
    LOST AND FOUND
    The Lost and Found is located in the High School cafeteria. Students who find lost articles are asked to take
    them to the cafeteria. Anything of value, please bring to the Main Office.
    PLAYING CARDS/GAMES
    Are not permitted in school, including Study Hall/Lunch.
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    SCHOOL BUS RULES
    Students are expected to follow established school bus rules. Copies of the bus rules and regulations are
    available at the Transportation Office (256-4070) and are printed in the District Calendar.
    VISITORS
    All visitors are to report to the Main Office upon arrival and show I.D. Students may not bring visitors to
    school during the school day.
    RESTRICTED AREAS
    The following areas are off limits; students in these areas are subject to disciplinary procedures:
    ● Parking lot
    ● Parked cars
    ● Front of building and playing fields
    ● Wooded areas around school
    ● Courtyard
    ● Gymnasiums, weight room & locker rooms
    ● Stairwells
    ● Rear Lobby
    HALLWAY LOCKERS
    The High School Main Office assigns lockers to students. It should be noted that lockers are the property of the school
    and are subject to administrative inspection at any time during the year. Students are responsible for the care and
    cleanliness of their lockers. To maximize the security of their lockers, students are advised not to share their
    combinations with others. The school assumes no responsibility for the contents of any locker. All problems with
    lockers must be reported to the Main Office. Vandalism to lockers will result in disciplinary action as well as financial
    liability for any damage caused to school property. Lockers must be emptied before the start of final examinations.
    Materials found in lockers after the announced date in June will be donated to various charitable organizations.
    PHYSICAL EDUCATION LOCKERS
    The Physical Education staff assigns lockers to students registered for Physical Education classes. Only school
    locks may be used. Unauthorized locks will be cut off. A fee of $5.00 will be charged for locks not returned to
    the Physical Education staff.
    CAFETERIA
    Food is available in the cafeteria during scheduled times. Inappropriate behavior, including theft of food, will
    result in disciplinary action and/or financial liability.
    High school students may not charge lunch. Students MAY NOT order out/have food delivered by outside
    vendors.
    DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS
    Students must pay for lost books, athletic equipment and other materials loaned to them by the school.
    Permanently assigned textbooks, athletic equipment and/or other materials may be withheld until payment is made. If
    books are marked or damaged beyond normal use students will be fined accordingly. Caps and gowns will not be
    distributed to students with delinquent accounts.
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    ACCIDENTS DURING SCHOOL
    Any accident must be reported to the Nurse or Principal immediately. Under no circumstances should a student
    who has had an accident, leave school without authorization from the Principal/designee. PLEASE NOTE THAT
    FAILURE TO RETURN THE EMERGENCY INFORMATION SHEET MAY RESULT IN CARE BEING
    DELAYED AT THE HOSPITAL. PARENTAL CONSENT IS NECESSARY IN MOST INSTANCES BEFORE
    A HOSPITAL WILL RENDER TREATMENT. **PLEASE BE SURE TO NOTIFY US DURING THE
    SCHOOL YEAR OF ANY CHANGES THAT NEED TO BE MADE ON THIS FORM** This form is also
    available on the web site.
    CLOSING OF SCHOOL
    In the event of school closing due to inclement weather local radio stations will carry the announcement. You
    may also call the Closing Hot-Line at 255-4099.
    *Please see the District Calendar for a full listing of radio/television stations notified of emergency school
    closings.
    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY GUIDELINES
    All students are urged to participate in one or more activities. Those already available are listed below. It is
    possible for students to form a new club or activity if enough students are interested, if a faculty member is approved
    by the Board of Education and if space and facilities can be provided. The Extracurricular Eligibility Guidelines will
    be enforced. The intention of Extracurricular Eligibility is to establish a clearly defined process for early identification,
    notification, intervention, and remediation on behalf of students facing difficulties with academics, attendance or
    behavior.
    The New Paltz High School Mission Statement states that the goal of the high school is “To become a community
    of learners that emphasizes mutual respect and responsibility in which everyone realizes their potential.”
    Extracurricular activities operate as adjuncts to the academic curriculum and are an integral part of our educational
    program. Participation in these activities is highly encouraged; however, this can occur only if students exhibit
    academic success, comply with the New Paltz High School Code of Conduct, and exhibit excellent attendance.
    Athletic team participants will also be required to follow the guidelines in the Athletic Handbook.
    These eligibility standards are in keeping with our academic mission and are meant to encourage students to
    give their best to each other and themselves.
    Three areas are identified for high performance: academic achievement, attendance, and behavior.
    The intention of the Extracurricular Eligibility guidelines are to establish a clearly defined process for early
    identification, notification, intervention, and remediation on behalf of students facing difficulties in any of these areas
    so that they can continue to participate in extracurricular activities and contribute to the school community.
    ELIGIBILITY
    To be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, a student must meet the following criteria in three
    areas: academic, attendance, behavior.
    Academic – A student is expected to maintain a passing grade in all subject areas for which s/he is registered.
    Attendance – A student must maintain an excellent attendance record.
    Behavior – The New Paltz High School Behavior Code must be upheld and includes the following:
    USE, POSSESSION, BUYING, SELLING, PROVIDING OR THE GIVING AWAY OF THE
    AFOREMENTIONED IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
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    Consequences for confirmed infractions involving tobacco, alcohol, and drugs are as follows and may be
    expanded upon as per the District Code of conduct:
    Use or Possession of Tobacco (including but not limited to smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and electronic
    smoking devices)
    ● 1st Offense – Minimum suspension of 1 week from the activity (team)
    ● 2nd Offense – Removal from the activity (team)
    Use or Possession of Alcohol/Performance Enhancing Substances
    ● 1st Offense – Minimum suspension of 2 weeks from the activity (team). Students will be
    assessed by the Nurse and must participate in the recommended counseling program.
    Failure to participate in the assessment and counseling program will result in removal
    from the activity (team).
    ● 2nd Offense – Removal from the activity (team). Athletes must meet with the Athletic
    Director prior to participation in another activity (sport).
    Selling, Distributing or Providing of Alcohol
    ● 1st Offense – Removal from the activity (team). Athletes must meet with the Athletic
    Director prior to participation in another activity (sport).
    Use or Possession of Illegal Drugs, Drug paraphernalia and/or Prescription Medications without a physician’s
    orders
    ● 1st Offense – Minimum suspension of 2 weeks from the activity (team). Students will be
    assessed by the Student Assistance Counselor and must participate in the recommended
    counseling program. Failure to participate in the assessment and counseling program
    will result in removal from the activity (team).
    ● 2nd Offense – Removal from the activity (team). Athletes must meet with the Athletic
    Director prior to participation in another activity (sport).
    Selling, Distributing or Providing of Illegal Drugs and/or Prescription Medications
    ● If it becomes apparent to the Administration that the CONDITIONS for PLAY are being broken but the
    individual violators cannot be identified, the Administration reserves the right to forfeit athletic
    contests, or cancel the season.
    ASSESSMENT OF ELIGIBILITY
    The academic records of all students participating in extracurricular activities will be reviewed at the end of
    each five-week marking period to assure compliance with the guidelines outlined in this document. In an effort to
    ensure full participation in extracurricular activities by interested students, assistance will be offered to any student
    who is struggling to meet the standards with regard to behavior, attendance, or academics, as set forth in these
    guidelines.
    NOTIFICATION OF INELIGIBILITY
    A student and his or her parents/guardians will be notified of his or her eligibility status ONLY if such status is
    in jeopardy at the close of each five-week marking period.
    APPEAL PROCESS
    This policy recognizes the importance of partnerships between the student, teacher, coach, advisor, and parent
    or guardian. At any point, a student or parent/guardian can initiate an appeal to the Assistant Principal to ensure
    fairness to the student involved, as provided in the New Paltz High School Behavior Code.
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    CONDITIONS OF INELIGIBILITY
    Academic – Eligibility is determined at the end of each five week marking period. Any student who fails two
    or more subjects at the end of any five-week report, or at the end of any marking period, is considered to be ineligible
    and in academic jeopardy, and will be placed on Ineligibility. However, the student is given an opportunity to
    re-establish academic eligibility if s/he pursues the terms of the Eligibility Contract as outlined below. A student who
    chooses this option will be allowed to practice and/or perform in scheduled events even while engaged in the
    Academic Intervention process.
    A student placed on academic intervention is ineligible if s/he:
    ● Does not complete an Eligibility Contract within two weeks of notification.
    ● Does not comply with his/her Eligibility Contract once drawn up.
    ● Receives two or more failing grades for the same two or more classes on the next report
    card or five-week report.
    ● This student will be declared ineligible to participate in all extracurricular activities until
    academic eligibility is met. (If a student is now passing the initial failed classes, but two
    or more others are being failed, students will receive another contract and will be
    assigned AIS).
    ● Is failing two or more subjects at the end of a school year and does not correct failures
    over the summer during summer school. If a student makes no attempt during the
    summer to remediate his/her grades, the student will be ineligible for fall activities and
    will be placed on first quarter academic intervention as of September 1st of the new
    school year. The situation will be reviewed at the end of the first five-week marking
    period.
    ● Is deemed to be ineligible if he/she is failing and drops 2 failed courses from the previous
    10 week marking periods.
    Attendance – Eligibility is determined on a quarterly basis. However, on each day of an event the Assistant
    Principal and/or Athletic Director will review the attendance sheet to determine eligibility. An event is defined as a
    game, practice, rehearsal, performance, club meeting or trip, etc. STUDENTS MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE BY
    2ND BLOCK TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.
    A student is deemed ineligible if they:
    ● Have an absence on the day of any event.
    ● Have nine (9) unexcused tardies to school in any quarter. This constitutes one verified
    referral for eligibility purposes.
    Behavior – BEHAVIOR IS CUMULATIVE FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH JUNE. Two verified Code of
    Conduct behavior referrals will make a student ineligible for all extracurricular activities for the period of one week
    exclusive of vacation, starting at the time s/he is declared ineligible. If a student receives a third verified penalty
    referral the student will be ineligible for three consecutive weeks; after a fourth verified referral the student will serve
    five weeks, all referrals thereafter will result in five concurrent weeks of ineligibility. Student behavior referrals will
    carry over to the next school year in the form of a behavior contract. Students will return in September with a
    probationary period of the length of their carry over period. Students with no infractions throughout probation will be
    given a fresh start at the end of probation. Students who incur a Code of Conduct referral will immediately be placed
    on a 5 week extracurricular suspension.
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    CONSEQUENCES OF INELIGIBILITY
    An ineligible student may not participate in extracurricular activities or any other school sponsored activity, on
    or off school grounds, and which are not open to the general public. Examples include:
    ● All interscholastic sports
    ● After-school clubs
    ● Trips (recreational)
    ● Plays and musicals
    ● Dances
    ● Senior Ball
    ● Junior Prom
    ● Yearbook
    Exempted events are course-required events and school-sponsored activities open to the general public.
    REGAINING ELIGIBILITY
    Eligibility may be regained when a student:
    Academic –
    ● Completes an Eligibility Contract within two weeks of notification of ineligibility;
    ● Complies with the terms of an Eligibility Contract and seeks extra help in the identified
    academic areas. If an ineligible student reduces the number of failures to only one in any
    quarter, s/he may regain eligibility for that quarter.
    Attendance and Behavior – In any quarter, once a student has been deemed ineligible as a result of a violation
    of the Attendance Guidelines or the Behavior Code, s/he is ineligible for the duration of the consequence.
    ACADEMIC INTERVENTION: THE ELIGIBILITY CONTRACT
    Purpose – The Eligibility Contract is meant to provide assistance for those students in academic jeopardy
    through an Academic Intervention process and is offered to all students facing academic ineligibility.
    Duration – Students with an Eligibility Contract will remain on academic intervention until the beginning of
    the next five-week reporting period at which time their status will be reviewed by the Assistant Principal. Full
    compliance with Academic Eligibility (and Attendance and Behavior Rules outlined in this policy), as well as weekly
    review by the Assistant Principal will extend eligibility to the end of the probationary period (5 weeks). At that time,
    when the newest grades are issued, the student in question will be given complete eligibility or declared ineligible and
    must withdraw from extracurricular activity.
    Review – The Assistant Principal will make the determination as to whether the student will either be removed
    from Ineligibility.
    Student requirement – As long as students continue to seek out and receive help under the terms of their
    Eligibility Contract, they may participate fully. The student is required to seek extra help throughout the academic
    intervention period and is responsible for documenting his or her compliance with the Eligibility Contract.
    Terms of the Eligibility Contract –
    ● Must be completed within two weeks of notification or student will be declared ineligible
    for the remainder of the quarter.
    ● Is drawn between the student, teacher(s), and parents/guardians.
    ● Outlines the remedial action to be taken.
    ● Supports student efforts to regain eligibility by providing feedback on student progress.
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    Contents of the Eligibility Contract –
    ● Student name, parent/guardian names and telephone numbers.
    ● List of all subjects the student is failing.
    ● List of faculty directly involved, including their telephone numbers and office hours.
    ● Outline generated by the teacher(s) involved stating the remedial action to be taken.
    ● Signatures of the teacher(s), student, and parents/guardians.
    Filing procedure – The completed and signed contract must be returned to the Assistant Principal who will hold
    the document. A copy of this contract will be held by the student, the parent/guardian and the Main Office.
    Progress Report – Progress Reports must be filed weekly. Brief statement(s) on the progress report confirm that
    the student is getting extra help in the subject area(s). Full compliance with Academic Eligibility (and Attendance and
    Behavior Rules outlined in these guidelines), as well as weekly review by the Assistant Principal will extend eligibility
    to the end of the five week-marking/reporting period. When the newest grades for that marking period are issued, the
    student in question will be given complete eligibility or declared ineligible and must withdraw from extracurricular
    activity.
    OUTLINE OF RESPONSIBILITIES
    Student Responsibilities – As long as students continue to seek out and receive help under the terms of their
    Eligibility Contract, they may participate fully. The student has a two-week time limit to file the contract and begin
    seeking extra help. Failure to do so will result in immediate ineligibility. The student is responsible for documenting
    his or her compliance (as agreed upon by the teacher(s)) with the Eligibility Contract.
    Extra Help Options Available to Students –
    ● Any Academic Intervention Service provided by NPHS
    ● After school extra help with the teacher(s)
    ● Honor Society tutor
    ● Private tutor
    ● Extra-credit projects
    ● Other, as approved by the administration
    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/CLUBS AVAILABLE TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
    All County Band
    All County Chorus
    Asian Culture Club
    Drama Club
    Engineering
    Environmental Club
    Freshman Class
    Gay/Straight Alliance
    High School Newspaper
    Interact Club
    Junior Class
    Language
    Marching Band
    Math Club
    Mock Trial
    Model UN
    National Honor Society
    NPZ
    Open Studio Art
    Peer Leadership
    Science Olympiad
    Senior Class
    Sophomore Class
    Spring Musical
    Student Government
    Yearbook
    Youth for Unity
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    ADVISORS
    All student organizations must have an advisor. The function of the advisor is to counsel, not control or censor,
    except where the intended action may cause injury to the group or individuals.
    STUDENT GOVERNMENT
    Elected student governments have traditionally symbolized democratic principles at work in our schools. The
    essential principle of democratic student government is the eligibility of every student to vote and hold office. It is
    important for students to recognize that with the right to vote goes the responsibility to exercise that right.
    SCHOOL NEWSPAPER
    Students have the responsibility to refrain from libel and obscenity, and to observe the rules for responsible
    journalism. Within these bounds, student newspapers are free to report the news and to editorialize.
    STUDENTS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD
    Formalized channels of communication, through which students express their views concerning the operation
    of the school system, have proven helpful to many Boards of Education. At present, the Board of Education invites
    one member of the student body to its meetings as a non-voting advisor to the Board.
    STUDENTS AND THE PTSA
    Students’ representation at PTSA meetings is strongly encouraged.
    STUDENT INFORMATION AND THE MILITARY
    In the past, it has been the policy of the New Paltz Central School District to limit access to military recruiters
    about school and student information. However, pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, the New Paltz Central
    School District must disclose to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, the names,
    addresses and telephone numbers of high school students. The district must also notify parents/guardians of their right
    and the right of their child to request that the district not release such information without the prior written parental
    consent. Therefore, if you, as a parent/guardian of a high school student, or as a high school student, wish to
    exercise your option to withhold your consent to the release of the above information to military recruiters and/or
    institutions of higher learning, you must complete, sign, date and return the form included to the High School Main
    Office. For more information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act please see the District Calendar.
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    New Paltz Central Schools
    Athletic Handbook for
    Players, Parents/Guardians, Coaches, & Fans
    2021-2022
    Mr. Gregory Warren, CMAA
    Director of Health, PE, & Athletics
    Revised 7/20/21
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    Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive!
    Warning: Participation by a student in athletic activities involves some degree of risk
    of physical injury. Such physical injury can occur in any type of sports activity, be it a
    contact or a non-contact sport. By volunteering to participate in a school sponsored
    athletic activity, a student and his/her parents acknowledge the potential for an
    accidental physical injury or death to occur.
    PHILOSOPHY
    The athletic program is an extension of New Paltz School District’s academic goals and
    ideals, and is an important and integral part of the total educational experience. As such, all
    involved accept the responsibilities, rules, and regulations that are unique to an
    interscholastic athletic program. Open to voluntary participation by all students, the program
    places high expectations on athletes with regard to time, behavior, energy, commitment, and
    loyalty. Interscholastic athletics, unlike recreational sports, are not “just play.” Athletes,
    coaches, parents, and fans are the school’s most visible representatives and are expected to
    display acceptable and appropriate behavior both in and out of the playing arena.
    “The experience of participation in athletic activities is designed to foster the quest for
    excellence by creating an educational and competitive experience within an atmosphere of
    sportsmanship. To develop individual and team potential by promoting high standards of
    competence, character, civility, and citizenship.
    Coaches, Student-athletes and Spectators, should demonstrate:
    Competency - knowledge and possession of skills, strategies, fitness, healthy behaviors
    Character - responsibility, accountability, dedication, trustworthiness, fair play, self-control
    Civility – respect toward others, fairness, caring for self, team and opponents
    Citizenship – loyalty, commitment, teamwork, role modeling
    (NYS Framework for Athletics)
    An athletic contest is only a game, not a matter of life or death for a player, coach, school,
    official, fan or community. “We do not always win, but we succeed when we continually
    STRIVE to WIN. Winning is not everything, but making the effort to win is!” - Vince Lombardi
    Participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege and not a right and those who are
    unwilling to uphold these high expectations may be subject to consequences.
    Please remember that joining an athletic team is a large commitment of not only the athlete’s
    time and efforts but those of the athlete’s parents and/or guardians as well.
    MODIFIED PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
    This program is available to all students in the seventh and eighth grades. At this
    level, the focus is on learning athletic skills, game rules, fundamentals of team play, strategy,
    socio-emotional growth, and healthy competition.
    At the modified level, the number of teams and size of the squad will be determined by
    the availability of financial resources, qualified coaches, suitable facilities, and a safe
    environment.
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    Practice sessions are vital in order for the desired development of the adolescent
    athlete and team to occur. League rules dictate that playing time for all players be equitable.
    Opportunities for meaningful contest participation for each individual will exist over the
    course of a season based on attendance, commitment, attitude, and behavior.
    JUNIOR VARSITY PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
    The junior varsity level is intended for those who display the potential of continued
    development into productive varsity level performers. Team membership is usually
    dominated by ninth and tenth graders. Eighth graders may also be included provided they
    have satisfied all Athletic Placement Process requirements.
    At this level, athletes are expected to have committed themselves to the team,
    program, and continued self-development. Emphasis on physical conditioning, refinement of
    skills, elements, and strategies of team play in addition to emotional development is
    increased. The outcome of the contest is a consideration at this level while still working
    towards team and player development.
    The junior varsity player must realize that practice sessions are important and vital if
    the program is to be successful. Meaningful contest participation will exist over the course of
    the season, but specified amounts of playing time are not guaranteed. While contests and
    practices are rarely held on holidays and Sundays, practices may be held during school
    vacations. With the goal of becoming a varsity athlete in sight, a high level of dedication and
    commitment is expected at the junior varsity level.
    VARSITY PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
    Varsity competition is the culmination of the interscholastic sports program. The roster
    will consist mainly of juniors and seniors. Occasionally, freshman and sophomores will be
    included if there is evidence of advanced skill levels, physical, and socio-emotional
    development. In sports where there are no junior varsity level teams, the varsity roster may
    consist of freshmen and sophomores as well as juniors and seniors. Seventh and eighth
    graders may also be included provided they have satisfied all Athletic Placement Process
    requirements.
    Squad size at the varsity level is limited. Conducting effective and meaningful
    practices, skill level, playing time, along with commitment, attendance, attitude, and behavior
    are considered when choosing the team. Each team member will have a role(s) and be
    informed of the importance of this role. The students' acceptance of this role will determine,
    to some degree, roster positions. Contest participation over the course of the season is
    desirable but is never guaranteed.
    To gain a position on a varsity team, the participant must have a sound attitude and
    possess an advanced level of skill. The realization that a varsity sport may require a
    six-day-a-week commitment is important. This commitment is often extended over vacation
    periods and should be taken seriously.
    PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
    No students may begin practice unless they and their parents have completed permission
    forms, have a current physical performed by a NYS licensed physician, physician’s assistant,
    or nurse practitioner, a Health History update, agreed to the training rules, and completed the
    Coaches Authorization card, online using FinalForms. “Any student engaged in inter-school
    competition shall receive an adequate health examination and may not practice or participate
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    without the approval of the school medical officer. The school's medical officer has the final
    approval on all Physical examinations given by personal physicians.” (NYSPHSAA)
    Each athlete will participate under the eligibility requirements, rules, and regulations of
    the New York State Commissioner of education, the New York State Public High School
    Athletic Association, the New Paltz Board of Education, Section IX, as well as the
    Mid-Hudson Athletic and/or Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Leagues.
    Athletic paperwork which is found to be plagiarized will result in the automatic
    exclusion of an athlete for that season.
    Warning: Participation by a student in athletic activities involves some degree of risk of
    physical injury. Such physical injury can occur in any type of sports activity, be it a contact or
    a non-contact sport. By volunteering to participate in a school sponsored athletic activity, a
    student and his/her parents acknowledge the potential for an accidental physical injury or
    death to occur.
    EXTRA-CURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
    All Varsity and JV athletes are required to abide by the High School Academic,
    Behavior and Attendance requirements of the Extracurricular Eligibility Guidelines. These
    requirements can be found in the District Code of Conduct, High School Handbook, Athletic
    Handbook, and on District web-sites. All Modified athletes are required to abide by the
    Middle School guidelines. Athletes who are unable to maintain good academic standing,
    attendance and/or conduct themselves in an inappropriate manner may face suspension or
    dismissal from the team. Students must participate in and maintain a passing Physical
    Education grade.
    TRYOUTS
    All sports have a try-out period. Try-outs are generally the first week of any season. Once
    a team is formed no new athletes will be accepted. Students are encouraged to pick a single
    sport and focus their attention and efforts on securing a spot on the team. Teams are picked
    on a variety of criteria including but not limited to effort, attitude, skill, and potential. Teams
    are also picked with relation to the number of players who can actively play at one time (i.e.
    volleyball – 6 on the court), the rules and regulations governing substitutions, and facility and
    equipment limitations. Students who are ‘cut’ from a team may request through the Athletic
    Office to move to a team which did not have cuts. Requests will be handled on an individual
    basis.
    PLEASE NOTE - ALL TEAMS NORMALLY PRACTICE AT THE SAME TIME EACH DAY,
    AT DIFFERENT SITES, AND ATHLETES MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF
    PRACTICES IN EACH SPORT TO PLAY, THUS PARTICIPATING ON TWO TEAMS IS NOT
    GENERALLY PRACTICAL.
    PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS
    Team members must be present and on time for all scheduled practice sessions and
    games. It is expected that if an athlete is in school he/she will attend practice unless the
    coach has granted prior permission to be excused. Family vacations taken during a sports
    season are discouraged. It should be noted that a player's position on the team could change
    based on the material covered during the player's absence and the necessity for
    conditioning. Players must have met the NYS required number of practices for their sport
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    before they will be allowed to participate in either a game or scrimmage.
    SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
    Student athletes are expected to maintain a satisfactory school 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 have 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.
    As per the High School Extracurricular Eligibility and Attendance Guidelines, student
    athletes who cut class will be subject to disciplinary action. The action could result in
    suspension or dismissal from the team.
    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 to allow appropriate time for
    re-conditioning purposes.
    IN OR OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION
    Athletes assigned In-School Suspension or Out-of-School Suspension may not
    practice, participate, or attend athletic events for the duration of the suspension. The High
    School Extracurricular Eligibility and Athletic guidelines will determine an athlete’s ability to
    rejoin a team.
    CONDITIONS FOR PLAY
    As our most visible representatives, Athletes are expected to exemplify good
    citizenship in both school and the community at large. Athletes will display good behavior
    both in practices and games. Participation rules apply to in-school and off-school violations
    that occur during the school year. This means that these CONDITIONS are in effect seven
    days a week, twenty-four hours a day during the school year.
    Conduct unbecoming of an athlete can result in suspension or dismissal from the
    team. Such conduct would include but would not be limited to: profanity, fighting,
    hazing, arrest, being found delinquent by the courts, placed on probation, vandalism,
    stealing, assault, sexual harassment, indecent exposure, poor sportsmanship,
    insubordination, use/possession/distribution of tobacco, electronic smoking devices, alcohol
    and drugs. The athlete’s discipline records will be subject to review in each of the above
    cases. Infractions are cumulative and will result in penalties which differ from athlete to
    athlete. For infractions not involving tobacco, alcohol, drug paraphernalia and/or drugs, initial
    consequences will be determined by the coach in consultation with the Athletic Director.
    Parents/guardians of any such student athletes who are subject to disciplinary action will be
    notified by the appropriate coach, Athletic Director, or building Principal.
    Use of tobacco, electronic smoking devices, alcohol, drugs, performance enhancing
    substances and abusive use of medication present significant health risks for all students.
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    Medical research clearly substantiates that the use of these substances produce harmful
    effects. Athletic performance is compromised by substance abuse. Athletes who
    experiment with such substances jeopardize team morale, team reputation, team
    success and do physical harm to themselves. Additionally, use of these substances is
    illegal. Students have to decide if they want to be athletes and must make the commitment in
    order to be a competitor. Students participating on a New Paltz athletic team are to refrain
    from the use, sale, distribution and/or possession of alcohol, tobacco, electronic smoking &
    drug paraphernalia and/or drugs (an illegal or non-prescribed “controlled substances” as
    defined by Penal Law Section 220.00), whether on or off school grounds.
    Please note - for any athletic disciplinary action that is issued in conjunction with Middle
    School or High School discipline - the start date of suspension or removal will coincide with
    the start of the Middle School/High School disciplinary action.
    USE, POSSESSION, BUYING, SELLING, PROVIDING OR THE GIVING AWAY OF THE
    AFOREMENTIONED IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED
    Consequences for confirmed infractions involving tobacco, alcohol, and drugs are as
    follows and may be expanded upon as per the District Code of conduct:
    ● Use or Possession of Tobacco (including but not limited to smokeless
    tobacco, e-cigarettes and electronic smoking devices)
    1st offense – Minimum suspension of 1 week from the activity (team)
    2nd offense – Removal from the activity (team)
    ● Use or Possession of Alcohol/Performance Enhancing Substances
    1st offense – Minimum suspension of 2 weeks from the activity (team). Students will be
    assessed by the Student Assistance Counselor and must participate in the recommended
    counseling program. Failure to participate in the assessment and counseling program will
    result in removal from the activity (team).
    2nd offense – Removal from the activity (team)
    Athletes must meet with the Intervention team prior to participation in another activity
    (sport).
    ● Selling, Distributing or Providing of Alcohol
    1st offense – Removal from the activity (team). Athletes must meet with the
    Intervention Team prior to participation in another activity (sport).
    ● Use or Possession of Illegal Drugs, Drug paraphernalia and/or Prescription
    Medications without a physician’s orders
    1st offense – Minimum suspension of 2 weeks from the team. Students will be
    assessed by the Student Assistance Counselor and must participate in the recommended
    counseling program. Failure to participate in the assessment and counseling program will
    result in removal from the activity (team).
    2nd offense – Removal from the activity (team). Athletes must meet with the
    Intervention Team prior to participation in another sport.
    ● Selling, Distributing or Providing of Illegal Drugs and/or Prescription
    Medications
    1st offense – Removal from the activity (team). Athletes must meet with the
    Intervention Team prior to participation in another sport.
    The Intervention Team will be led by a District Counselor and will include members of the
    High School and/or Middle School Instructional Support Team (IST). All recommendations
    from this committee will be made to the appropriate building Principal and Athletic Director
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    for final approval.
    If it becomes apparent to the Administration that the CONDITIONS for PLAY are being
    broken but the individual violators cannot be identified, the Administration reserves the right
    to forfeit athletic contests, or cancel the season.
    SPORTSMANSHIP
    Sportsmanship should be practiced at all times by athletes, coaches, parents, and
    fans. Under no circumstances will anyone involved in playing, coaching or as a parent or fan
    provoke or otherwise engage in verbal or physical confrontations outside the rules of the
    game. Good sportsmanship includes the following: showing respect for opponents and
    officials, knowing and understanding the rules of the game, maintaining self-control and
    recognizing and appreciating performance regardless of team affiliation. Parents and fans
    who are unable to follow sportsmanship rules will be asked to leave the site, whether home
    or away.
    SECTION IX UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT RULE
    “The NYSPHSAA and Section IX recognizes and appreciates that the influence and
    responsibility of the school administration with regard to good sportsmanship extends to all
    levels of competition. However, it must also be seen that the NYSPHSAA and Section IX has
    been vested with the responsibility to ensure that all contests under its jurisdiction are
    conducted satisfactorily. This standard applies to all regular and post schedule play.
    ● Any member of a squad ruled out of a contest for unsportsmanlike conduct or
    for a flagrant foul will have the following occur:
    1. First Ejection – that player(s) cannot attend or participate in the next
    scheduled contest in that sport. If the season has ended the player(s)
    cannot attend or participate in the next scheduled contest in his/her next
    season of participation.
    2. Second Ejection – that player(s) cannot attend or participate in the
    next two scheduled contests in that sport. If the season has ended the
    player(s) cannot attend or participate in the next two scheduled contests
    in his/her next season of participation.
    3. Third Ejection – that player(s) cannot attend or participate in any
    remaining scheduled contests for the remainder of that sports season. If
    the season has ended the player(s) cannot attend or participate in the
    next three scheduled contests in his/her next season of participation.
    Please note: Disqualifications from one season carry over to the next season of
    participation.
    ● Any member of the squad who strikes, shoves, kicks or makes other physical
    contact with the intent to do so to an official shall be expelled from the game
    immediately and banned from further participation in all sports for one year from
    the date of the offense. NOTE: “Member of the squad” includes player, manager,
    scorekeeper, timers, and statisticians.
    Any team member who leaves the bench area during an altercation is subject to
    suspension for one or more athletic competitions. A student athlete who violates the Section
    IX Sportsmanship Rule will be subject to BOTH the Section IX penalty and the New Paltz
    Athletic Handbook penalty.
    UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT BY SPECTATORS may result in forfeiture of the
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    right to remain at and/or return to future contests. This includes, but is not limited to,
    being in an unauthorized area and/or inappropriate comments, harassment, focused at
    players, coaches, officials and/or fans at both home and away venues. PLEASE NOTE:
    Officials reserve the right to award a forfeit to the non-offending team if the spectator
    infraction is severe.
    HAZING
    Any behavior, physical or emotional that is asked of or imparted on a person to join a
    team that is dangerous or humiliating, regardless of the athlete’s willingness to participate in
    the behavior/activity is hazing. HAZING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. ATHLETES
    PARTICIPATING IN HAZING ACTIVITIES WILL BE SUBJECT TO IMMEDIATE REMOVAL
    FROM THE TEAM AND/OR ENTIRE PROGRAM. This behavior will also be addressed
    through the High School Code of Conduct.
    DUE PROCESS
    In any of the situations involving a violation of rules and regulations, the individual
    athlete is entitled to an informal conference. The Athlete and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s)
    may request a meeting with the Athletic Director and Coach, if applicable, to discuss the
    matter. A decision will be reached at this meeting. A full due process hearing is inapplicable
    to exclusion for extracurricular activities. (Matter of Mungioli 21 Ed Dept Rep 364 [1981]. See
    also Matter of Clark 21 Ed Dept Rep 542-543 & Education Law §3214)
    AGE AND GRADE
    A student shall be eligible for interschool competition in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 until
    his/her nineteenth birthday. If the age of nineteen years is reached on or after July 1, the
    student may continue to participate during that school year in all sports. NOTE: Students
    may be eligible regardless of age or grade if they have been approved through the State
    Education Department’s Athletic Placement Program. The 15 year old below the 9th grade
    needs only to meet Athletic Placement maturity standards to be eligible at the high school
    level. (NYSPHSAA)
    TRANSFER STUDENTS
    NOTE: The Transfer Rule will be enforced as written with no variations permitted.
    NOTE: A student’s eligibility is determined by the situation/ facts at the time of registration.
    a. A student in grades 9-12 who transfers, with a corresponding change in residence of
    his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months)
    shall become eligible after starting regular attendance in the second school. A residence
    change must involve a move from one school district to another. Furthermore, when a
    student moves from public school district to another public-school district for athletic eligibility
    the student must enroll in the public school district or in a private school within that district’s
    boundaries of his/her parent's residency. For athletic eligibility, a residency is changed when
    one is abandoned by the immediate family and another residency is established through
    action and intent. Residency requires one’s physical presence as an inhabitant and the intent
    to remain indefinitely. The Superintendent, or designee, will determine if the student has met
    district residency requirements.
    b. A student who transfers without a corresponding change in residence of his/her parents
    (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months prior) is ineligible
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    to participate at the varsity level in any interscholastic athletic contest in a particular sport for
    a period of one (1) year if as a 9-12 student participated in that sport during the one (1) year
    period immediately preceding his/her transfer. A student’s period of ineligibility begins with
    the date of registration at the student’s new school. (May 2020) NOTE: Students in grades
    7-10, shall be eligible to participate at the sub-varsity level and practice at all levels, while
    students in grades 11- 12 shall be limited to practice (all levels) only. (July 2019). At no time
    during the one-year period of ineligibility at the varsity level should a student participate in a
    scrimmage or be an exhibition participant at the varsity level.
    Students who transfer from any school to the public-school district of the residence of his/her
    parents (or other persons whom the student has resided for at least six months) or a private
    school within that district's boundaries shall receive a waiver from the Transfer Rule. Such a
    transfer without penalty will only be permitted once in a high school career. Schools must
    submit the required transfer form to the Section office. Athletes are not permitted to
    practice before the form has been submitted. Athletes are not permitted to compete
    without approval. NOTE: A student in a foreign exchange program listed by CSIET has a
    one-year waiver of the Transfer Rule. If such a student elects to stay a second year he/she
    becomes a foreign student at the start of the school year with item (b) in effect.
    Exemptions to (b): For athletic eligibility, a student must enroll in the public-school district
    or in a nonpublic school within that district’s boundaries of his/her parent's residency. Note:
    Multiple High School Districts - The policies/boundaries of the school district will be followed.
    If the district has an open enrollment policy, the interpretation to be used will be the same as
    used for students of K-8 school districts. When a student enrolls in 9th grade, this is the
    district (building) of their residence. Any subsequent transfer would be subject to the Transfer
    Rule.
    1. The student reaches the age of majority and established residency
    in a district and can substantiate that they are independent and
    self-supporting.
    2. If a private or parochial school ceases to operate a student may
    transfer to another private or parochial school of his/her choice.
    Otherwise, a student must enroll in the public-school district of his/her
    parents’ residency.
    3. A student who is a ward of the court or state and is placed in a
    district by court order. Guardianship does not fulfill this requirement.
    4. A student from divorced or “legally” separated parents who moves
    into a new school district with one of the aforementioned parents. Such a
    transfer is allowed once every six months. The legal separation
    agreement must address custody, child support, spouses support and
    distribution of assets and be filed with the County Clerk or issued by a
    Judge.
    5. A student who is declared homeless by the superintendent pursuant
    to Commissioner's Regulation 100.2.
    6. A student of a military employee who is transferred to an active
    military base may enroll in the non-public school closest to their
    residence and maintain eligibility if the student enrolls in a non-public
    school immediately following the change in residence.
    NOTE: It is provided, however, that each school shall have the opportunity to petition the
    section involved to approve transfer without penalty based on an undue hardship for the
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    student. Educational Waivers will not be considered as an undue hardship.
    c. Transfer students trying out for sports before school opens in the fall shall register and
    be accepted by the principal of that school before the medical examination and the first
    practice. This shall constitute the start of the regular attendance for falls sports. NOTE: After
    approval by the school medical officer a student may practice immediately and must satisfy
    the specific sports standard according to the number of practice sessions.
    d. Practices at the previous school may be counted toward the minimum number of
    practices required provided the principal or athletic director of the previous school submits, in
    writing, the number and dates of such practices to the principal or athletic director of the new
    school.
    e. 7th and 8th graders that compete at the high school level will be subject to the transfer
    rule in “that” sport (July 2015).
    Transfer Appeal Guidelines:
    Financial - Appeals require documented proof of a significant loss of income or a
    significant increase in expenses.
    - Written description outlining the circumstances that led to the financial hardship
    - Appropriate documentation may include:
    - Evidence of loss income or change in financial obligation that are not
    self- imposed.
    - Family W2 forms – pay stubs
    - Notarized statement from parent
    - Statement from employer or professional with knowledge of circumstances
    - Most recent tax returns– two years
    Health and Safety - Appeals are considered for safety, mental health, personal
    relationships and other similar circumstances.
    - Written documentation is required from Superintendent of Schools or High
    School Principal of the sending school indicating the specific circumstances
    which necessitated the transfer.
    - Supporting documentation from a third party outside of the school may be
    submitted (ex. police report)
    BONA FIDE STUDENTS
    A contestant must be a bona fide student of the high school represented and must be
    taking at least four subjects including Physical Education. A foreign exchange student may
    be considered a bona fide student if all of these eligibility rules are satisfied. A student in an
    education program in two schools may represent only the home school. NOTE: A student in
    a shared services part-time or full-time program, taking the equivalent of four subjects
    including Physical Education, is considered as being registered in the home school.
    Exceptions for special cases must be approved by the League and Section.
    A student who satisfies all eligibility standards, enrolled in the equivalent of three subjects as
    well as meeting the Physical Education requirement, who has not completed requirements
    for graduation, may be enrolled in one or more college courses for advance placement. The
    student must be earning a minimum of three high school credits and Physical Education to
    be eligible.
    For assistance in determining the eligibility of students enrolled in a GED program, please
    contact the NYSPSHAA office. Students may only be selectively classified between member
    schools. Furthermore, to be eligible to be selectively classified into member schools’ athletic
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    programs a student must be registered in that school district.
    AMATEUR
    A student who represents a school in an interscholastic sport shall be an amateur in that
    sport. An amateur is one who engages in athletic competition solely for the pleasure of the
    activity and for the physical, mental, and social benefits derived from participation. When
    competing in non-NYSPHSAA sponsored events, an athlete forfeits amateur status in a sport
    by:
    ● Competing for money or other compensation (allowable travel, meals, and
    lodging expenses may be accepted).
    ● Receiving an award or prize of monetary value which has not been
    approved by this Association. NOTE: Only awards or prizes having a monetary
    value of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) or less per competition will be
    approved by the Association. When honoring student-athletes for success in
    NYSPHSAA sponsored championship events, Boards of Education are
    encouraged to approve limited awards that are appropriate to high school level
    competition.
    ● Capitalizing on athletic fame by receiving money or gifts of monetary value
    (scholarships to institutes of higher learning are specifically exempted).
    ● Signing a professional playing contract in that sport.
    Instructing, supervising, or officiating in any organized youth sports program, recreation,
    playground, or camp activities will not jeopardize amateur standing. Receiving compensation
    for officiating shall not affect amateur standing.
    A student who violates the above rule may apply to the league or to the designated body
    within that section for reinstatement one year from the date of the latest violation.
    (NYSPHSAA)
    ASSUMED NAME
    Participating under an assumed name in any athletic contest shall make the
    student/athlete ineligible in that sport for one (1) year from the date of the violation.
    RECRUITMENT AND UNDUE INFLUENCE
    Recruiting and Undue Influence is defined as the use of influence by any person
    connected directly or indirectly with a NYSPHSAA school to induce a student to transfer from
    one school to another, or to enter the ninth grade at a member school for athletic purposes -
    whether or not the school presently attended by the student is a member of the NYSPHSAA.
    ● The use of undue influence to secure a student for competitive purposes in
    a sport is prohibited. An infraction shall cause the student to forfeit eligibility in
    that sport for one year from the date of enrollment. The offending school shall
    be subject to provisions of Rule 19 (D).
    ● Evidence of undue influence includes, but is not limited to, personal
    contact by coaches and sponsors in an attempt to persuade transfer, gifts of
    money, jobs, supplies, clothing, free transportation, admission to contests,
    invitation to attend practices and/or games, or free and/or reduced tuition.
    COLLEGE & PROFESSIONAL TRY-OUTS
    A student is no longer eligible to represent the school in that sport in that season if the
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    student participates in practice or competition with or against any individual or team(s)
    representing a college that season. No tryouts for, or practice with, professional teams
    and their affiliates, are approved except during the summer vacation. A student who
    participates in such a tryout is ineligible to represent the school in that sport.
    COLLEGE BOUND ATHLETES
    There are a number of conditions which need to be met to enter any level college athletic
    program. Please check with your School Counselor, the Athletic Office and the NCAA
    website for information about playing in college. START EARLY AS A FRESHMEN TO
    ENSURE COMPLIANCE.
    INJURY
    All athletes will report all injuries, no matter how minor, to the Coach and the
    School Nurse. If a student has a physician attended injury, or is absent from attendance in
    school or at practice sessions, due to illness, for five (5) or more consecutive school days,
    he/she must have a medical release before participating in practices, scrimmages, or games.
    All medical releases are subject to the approval of the school physician.
    CONCUSSION
    The NFHS Concussion Rule states, "Any athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms or
    behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headaches,
    dizziness, confusion or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the contest
    and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional".
    Below is New York State Education Department's policy on "cleared by an appropriate
    health-care professional1:"
    ● New York State only permits the school medical officer to clear an
    athlete to return to play after removal from a game for exhibiting the
    signs/symptoms of a concussion.
    ● If the school medical officer is not available on the sideline to allow a
    safe return to play, the athlete must remain out of the game until cleared
    by the school medical officer to return to play.
    Students are prohibited from returning to play the day the concussion is sustained.
    Concussion Management Protocol
    Return to Play
    Return to play following a concussion involves a stepwise progression once the individual is
    symptom free. There are many risks to premature return to play including: a greater risk for
    a second concussion because of a lower concussion threshold, second impact syndrome
    (abnormal brain blood flow that can result in death), exacerbation of any current symptoms,
    and possibly increased risk for additional injury due to alteration in balance. These
    NYSPHSAA Return to Play recommendations are based on the most recent international
    expert opinion.* No student athlete should return to play while symptomatic. Students are
    prohibited from returning to play the day the concussion is sustained. If there is any doubt as
    to whether a student has sustained a concussion, it should be treated as a concussion.
    Once the student athlete is symptom free at rest for 24 hours and has a signed release by
    the treating clinician, she/he may begin the return to play progression below (provided there
    are no other mitigating circumstances).
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    Day 1: Light aerobic activity
    Day 2: Sport-specific activity
    Day 3: Non-contact training drills
    Day 4: Full contact practice
    Day 5: Return to play
    Each step should take 24 hours so that an athlete would take approximately one week to
    proceed through the full rehabilitation protocol once they are asymptomatic at rest and with
    provocative exercise. If any post-concussion symptoms occur while in the stepwise program,
    then the student should drop back to the previous asymptomatic level and try to progress
    again after a further 24-hour period of rest has passed.
    [These NYSPHSAA current return to play recommendations are based on the most recent
    international expert opinion.*]
    Concussion in the Classroom
    Students recovering from concussion can experience significant academic difficulties due to
    impaired cognitive abilities. Mental exertion and environmental stimulation can aggravate
    concussion symptoms such as headache and fatigue, which in turn can prolong recovery.
    Accordingly, academic accommodations should be available to the student recovering from
    concussion both to ensure academic progress and to set the conditions for optimal medical
    recovery. Academic stress and a sense that teachers or school staff don’t understand the
    student’s concussion-related problems can complicate recovery. Ensuring adequate rest,
    avoiding overexertion and overstimulation, reducing risk of re-injury and providing academic
    accommodations are the essential components of a return-to-school plan after concussion.
    Home tutoring will be needed at first in some cases. As the student recovers, he or she may
    need to attend school part-time or full-time with rest breaks.
    INSURANCE
    All students who participate in the interscholastic athletic programs are covered by
    school provided medical insurance. This insurance is secondary or excess coverage
    insurance. The parent/guardian's insurance provides the primary coverage. If a parent or
    guardian does not have medical coverage, then the school's insurance will provide coverage
    but it will be less than full coverage. Parents should contact the School Nurse’s office for
    assistance.
    QUITTING A TEAM
    A student who quits a team has seventy-two (72) hours to reconsider before being
    formally dropped from the team. After seventy-two (72) hours, a player may not return to
    the team and may not go out for another team during that season. If a student desires
    to return to the team during the 72-hour window, coach, student and parent must meet
    to resolve the issue.
    If a student quits a sport mid-season, he/she will not be allowed to practice with the
    next season's sport until the in-season sport has finished AND/OR depending on the
    circumstances, may not be allowed to participate in the next season. This includes
    postseason championship play. No student may quit a team without discussing the reason
    for leaving the team with his/her coach. All equipment issued to the student who quits must
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    be returned. If a student wishes to change sports during a season, he/she may do so with the
    approval of the Athletic Director and both coaches. He/she must pick up the correct form
    from the Athletic Director.
    CARE OF EQUIPMENT, UNIFORMS, AND FACILITIES
    All equipment and uniforms issued by the school to athletes are the property of
    New Paltz Central School District. All uniforms and equipment issued becomes the
    responsibility of the individual athlete. Any equipment not returned at the end of the season
    must be paid for or replaced by the student. Failure to do this will result in suspension from
    further participation in athletic contests. New uniforms are purchased in a rotating cycle. By
    law the district may not purchase personal items of clothing.
    ** PLEASE NOTE*** Any item with an athlete’s name/number on it has been
    purchased by the athlete either personally or through team fundraising. These are personal
    items of clothing and are not purchased by the district.
    Misuse of Equipment and Facilities: All equipment and facilities should be cared for
    as if they were the athlete's personal property. Any equipment intentionally misused will be
    repaired and/or replaced at the player's expense.
    THE ATHLETIC PLACEMENT PROCESS (BOE POLICY 7420, 6/15/16)
    The Board recognizes that the New York State Education Department (NYSED)/ New York
    Public High School Athletic Association’s (NYSPHSAA) Athletic Placement Process was
    designed for mature and exceptionally skilled students to advance to a higher level of
    competition. The program is not to be used to fill positions on teams. It is aimed at the very
    few select students who can benefit from such placement because of their level of Physical
    and Emotional readiness and expertise. Only the exceptional athlete is permitted for
    classification to a higher level of competition. Based on this purpose the district’s policy for
    eligibility to advance to a higher level of competition is as follows:
    ● Students in seventh grade may not classify up to a high school team at any
    time if a Modified Program is offered in a given sport. Eighth graders who have
    successfully completed a year in a modified sport may attempt to classify up to
    JV in that same sport.
    ● If no JV level is offered only then may students attempt to qualify for the
    Varsity level.
    ● Requests for the Athletic Placement Process may be generated from one
    or more of the following: Director of Athletics, Physical Education teacher,
    coach or member of the family in question.
    ● In order to be eligible for advanced level of competition students must:
    ○ Be in good academic standing
    ○ Pass all components of the fitness and maturity assessment.
    ● Students who satisfy the requirements of the Athletic Placement Process
    in a particular sport may have to satisfy additional physical skills testing and/or
    maturity level ratings if they elect to participate in the Athletic Placement
    Process for another sport. Physical skills testing and maturity level are Athletic
    Placement Process sport specific. Athletic Placement results are valid for the
    duration of a student’s enrollment in the 7th and 8th grade for that particular
    sport.
    ● A student who does not meet the criteria as a 7th grader to selectively
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    classify to a higher level may try again as an 8th grader for that particular sport.
    A student who does not qualify as a 7th or 8th grader may still try out for any of
    these teams when he/she reaches 9th grade, the age/grade appropriate level
    for Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity, without taking the Athletic Placement Test.
    ● A student may attempt to classify for one sport per season, Fall, Winter,
    Spring. Inability to qualify during one season does not preclude attempting to
    qualify during a subsequent season.
    ● The Board directs the Superintendent to implement the procedures and
    maintain a file of those students deemed eligible as a result of the Athletic
    Placement Process and procedures.
    The athlete must pass the APP fitness test and be approved by the school physician.
    An Athletic Placement Process referral should be initiated by a higher level coach. Forms
    may be obtained from the school. In order for a student to be approved for Athletic
    Placement, he or she must be approved by all of the following: Athlete’s Parents, School
    Physician, Principal, Athletic Director, and Superintendent.
    As per NYSED, this process MAY NOT be used to fill Varsity or JV teams due to
    a lack of interested students needed to field a squad.
    PARENT/COACH COMMUNICATION
    As parents, when your children become involved in our program, you have a right to
    understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear
    communication from the coach of your child’s program.
    What you should expect from your child’s coach
    ● Program, philosophy, and expectations for your child.
    ● Locations and times of all practices and contests.
    ● Team requirements, i.e., special equipment, off-season conditioning.
    ● Procedure should your child be injured during participation.
    ● Discipline for infractions of team and/or school rules.
    What coaches expect from parents
    ● Concerns expressed directly to the coach, not to other parents or players.
    ● Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
    ● Support for the team, coach, and program.
    ● Refraining from “side-line” coaching.
    ● Reinforcement and modeling of positive, supportive behavior.
    As your children become involved in programs at New Paltz, it is important to understand
    that, along with the good times there may be times when things do not go the way you or
    your child wishes. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.
    Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches
    ● The treatment of your child, mentally, and physically.
    ● Ways to help your child improve.
    ● Concerns about your child’s behavior.
    Coaches are professionals. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to
    be the best for all athletes involved with their team/program. As you have seen from the list
    above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child’s coach. Other things,
    such as the following, must be left to the discretion of the coach.
    The following are a coach’s decision
    ● Playing time, playing position, team strategy, play calling, other
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    student-athletes. Athletes earn playing time at all levels based on the structure of
    the league/state requirements along with their effort, coachability, attitude,
    sportsmanship, attendance, and skill during practices and games involving New
    Paltz District athletics. Outside clubs and recreational sports do not play a role in
    Middle School/High School sports.
    Please do not confront a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be
    emotional times for both the parent and the coach. Meetings of this nature do not
    promote resolution. There are situations that may require a conference between the coach
    and the parent. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the
    other’s position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be
    followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.
    Procedure to follow to discuss a concern with a coach- Ask the coach for an
    appointment to meet and give a specific reason or two. Call the Secretary of the New Paltz
    Athletic Department at 845-256-4151, to set up an appointment or leave a message with the
    coach. If the coach cannot be reached, call the Athletic Director. Arrangements for the
    meeting will be made for you.
    What Can A Parent Do If The Meeting With The Coach Did Not Provide A
    Satisfactory Resolution? Call the Athletic Secretary to set up an appointment with the
    Athletic Director. The parent/guardian, coach and Athletic Director will meet to discuss the
    problem. At this meeting, the appropriate next step can be determined. Parents are
    encouraged to discuss issues and problems with the Athletic Director. However, if a parent
    has specific complaints regarding a coach, then the coach must have the opportunity to be
    present to meet with the parent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    All athletes MUST travel to and from all away contests and off campus practice sites on
    school provided transportation. Athletes arriving at away sites on anything other than school
    provided transportation will not be permitted to dress or participate in that contest. A player
    may be released to his/her parents after the parent fills out the transportation release form
    with the coach. Team members may be released to another adult with written parental
    permission and Athletic Director approval. A note must be presented by 11 am on the day of
    the request. All notes must have a parent phone number. Notes will be confirmed with the
    requesting parent. Inability to confirm the note will result in denial of the request. Notes which
    are presented late in the day risk denial (Students will NOT be released to other students).
    All athletes are required to observe all district transportation rules and regulations while on
    board the bus. On rare occasions special exceptions to the transportation guidelines may be
    made by the Athletic Director and the Principal.
    WE ARE ALL HIGHLY CONCERNED WITH YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY. ATHLETES WHO
    DRIVE TO OFF-SITE PRACTICES WILL BE SENT HOME. DISCIPLINARY ACTION MAY
    RESULT.
    The District operates late sports buses during all 3 sports seasons to take athletes
    home after practice.
    VARSITY LETTER REQUIREMENTS
    An Athlete must:
    ● Be a member of the team for the entire season and finish in good standing.
    ● Attend all practices and contests unless excused by the coach for a valid reason.
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    ● Be recommended by his/her coach.
    ● Participate as follows:
    ○ Baseball 50% of the games (Exclusive of the pitcher).
    ○ Basketball 50% of quarters. On the squad for the entire season.
    ○ Cross Country Score better than the opposing team’s #5 runner.
    ○ Football 50% of quarters.
    ○ Golf 50% of the scoring matches.
    ○ Gymnastics 90% of meets.
    ○ Lacrosse 50% of games.
    ○ Nordic Ski 90% of meets.
    ○ Soccer 50% of quarters.
    ○ Softball 50% of the games (Exclusive of the pitcher).
    ○ Swimming 50% of the scoring matches.
    ○ Tennis 50% of the scoring matches.
    ○ Track Score 15 points. 5 points for each runner on winning relay team.
    ○ Volleyball 50% of the total matches.
    ○ Wrestling Total of 9 points.
    A Participation Certificate will be awarded to any Junior or Senior who meets the first
    3 requirements but does not meet the letter earning requirements. Junior Varsity Awards will
    be given to all members of Junior Varsity teams. Freshmen and sophomores on Varsity
    teams that do not offer a JV level and meet the first 3 requirements, will be awarded a JV
    letter. Only one Chenille Varsity and Junior Varsity letter will be awarded to athletes during
    their high school athletic career. When letters are renewed or additional letters are earned,
    certificates and metal inserts will be awarded.
    Students who participate on Middle School Modified Athletic teams, and who meet the first 3
    requirements will be awarded a certificate by the New Paltz Athletic Association.
    NEW PALTZ ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION END OF THE YEAR ATHLETIC AWARDS
    The Sportsmanship Award - is presented by the New Paltz Athletic Association to
    one athlete chosen by their coach, on each Varsity and JV team, who has demonstrated
    sportsmanship, responsibility, perseverance and team spirit.
    The MVP Award - is presented by the New Paltz Athletic Association to one athlete
    chosen by their coach, on each Varsity and JV team, who is the most valuable player.
    Gym Banners - are awarded to all League and Section 9 Championship teams.
    Senior Plaques - are awarded to encourage students to participate in a variety of
    sports during their high school career. To receive a Senior Plaque, a student must have
    earned a minimum of four Varsity letters with at least two letters in two different sports and
    have demonstrated throughout their athletic career the ideals of Character, Competence,
    Civility and Citizenship.
    Coaches vote each year on the following three awards, all senior athletes are considered:
    The All Sports Award - is presented by the New Paltz Athletic Association to one
    senior girl and one senior boy who have demonstrated outstanding ability and leadership in a
    variety of sports throughout four high school years.
    The John Ford Award - is presented by the New Paltz Athletic Association to one
    senior girl and one senior boy who have made outstanding contributions to the athletic
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    program.
    The Larry Johnson Award - is presented by the New Paltz Athletic Association to
    one senior girl and one senior boy who have exemplified the qualities of Sportsmanship,
    Desire and Excellence.
    Only school sponsored athletic awards will be given out at the Annual Athletic Awards
    Dinner sponsored by the New Paltz Athletic Association. Coaches who desire to give out
    individual awards may do so at the end of the season pizza party sponsored for each JV and
    Modified team by the New Paltz Athletic Association.
    THE NEW PALTZ ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
    The New Paltz Athletic Association is the only booster club for all New Paltz
    High athletic teams. Its purpose is to benefit all student athletes representing New Paltz
    Central Schools. Individual sport booster clubs are not allowed. Each sports team is asked to
    have a parent representative attend the Athletic Association meetings during their respective
    sports season. The Association is always in need of new members, please call the Athletic
    Office for further information.
    POTENTIAL SPORTS OFFERINGS
    The sports listed may be offered providing certified coaches can be secured and enough
    students participate to field a team.
    Fall Season
    Varsity Football Junior Varsity Football Modified Football
    Varsity Boys Soccer Junior Varsity Boys Soccer Modified Boys Soccer
    Varsity Girls Soccer Junior Varsity Girls Soccer Modified Girls Soccer
    Varsity Volleyball Junior Varsity Volleyball Modified Volleyball
    Varsity Boys Cross Country Modified Cross Country
    Varsity Girls Cross Country
    Varsity Girls Tennis
    Varsity Boys Golf
    Varsity Girls Swimming
    Winter Season
    Varsity Boys Basketball Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Modified Boys Basketball
    Varsity Girls Basketball Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Modified Girls Basketball
    Varsity Wrestling Junior Varsity Wrestling Modified Wrestling
    Varsity Boys Nordic Ski
    Varsity Girls Nordic Ski
    Varsity Gymnastics
    Varsity Boys Swimming
    Varsity Boys Indoor Track
    Varsity Girls Indoor Track
    Spring Season
    Varsity Baseball Junior Varsity Baseball Modified Baseball
    Varsity Softball Junior Varsity Softball Modified Softball
    Varsity Boys Lacrosse Junior Varsity Boys Lacrosse Modified Boys Track
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    Varsity Girls Lacrosse Junior Varsity Girls Lacrosse Modified Girls Track
    Varsity Boys Track
    Varsity Girls Track
    Varsity Boys Tennis
    Varsity Girls Golf
    Other information can be found at http://www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us/ under “Our
    Departments-Athletics”
    Special thanks for their input and efforts with the current revisions to our handbook
    go to:
    ● The New York State Public High School Athletic Association
    ● The New Paltz Athletic Association
    ● The Mid-Hudson Athletic League Athletic Directors
    ● The New Paltz High School Student Government
    ● The New York State Athletic Administrators Association
    ● New Paltz Athletes, Coaches & Parents
    -Take a moment and reflect on your fan appeal-
    The following is taken from The Sport Parent’s Manual by Tom Doyle.
    Things parents do that embarrass their kids
    ● Try teaching me how to do something ‘correctly’ after a game.
    ● Coaching during games even though you aren’t the coach.
    ● Telling me what I was doing wrong after every game.
    ● Being asked to leave the field by an official.
    ● Taunting other players, opponents, refs.
    ● Acting disappointed with what I am doing instead of reassuring me I will do better
    next time.
    ● Going crazy at the refs-because it is not your job. It is the coach’s job to question
    bad calls.
    ● Coming to a game drunk or after drinking.
    ● Yelling things at coaches and getting involved with something that was between
    the coach and me. It was none of their business.
    Things parents do that their kids really appreciate
    ● Take time out of your busy schedule to come to games and support what we do.
    ● Bring snacks after a game.
    ● Supporting the whole team, not just me.
    ● Cheering the team even when losing badly.
    ● Tell us we did a good job.
    ● Being proud of us even when we didn’t win.
    ● Being quiet unless cheering with everyone else.
    ● Never yelling at a coach or ref.
    ● Making friends with the other parents.
    ● Telling a ‘negative’ parent to be quiet.
    Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive!
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    New Paltz High School Technology
    New Paltz High School Technology
    The following is an explanation of selected technologies available to you at New Paltz High
    School.
    If you have any problems, contact Mrs. McEachin, Room 208, at 256-4148 or
    kmceachin@newpaltz.k12.ny.us
    As a student in New Paltz High School, you have access to the following technologies:
    ● Computer network account
    ● Google account
    ● District email account
    ● District website account
    ● Student portal to view your current class grades
    ● Castle Learning
    ● Our terminal server
    ● Library databases
    You are responsible for adhering to our district Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and submitting the
    consent form. The regulations and form are located in your school handbook and on our high school
    website under “About Us.”
    Getting Technology Help:
    If you need assistance, please visit our Technology Support page. You will find a link to this page on
    the school website under For Students. There you will find helpful resources, videos and a link to
    submit a help ticket to our technology team.
    Computer Network Account
    You have access to your account folder and your “Classes” folder where you may be accessing
    information from your teachers or submitting work to them.
    Student Portal
    This account allows you to see your current class grades and attendance. Log in using your network
    username and password. Log in using the Parent Portal link on the High School webpage.
    Your School Email Account
    This is the preferred email account when corresponding with or submitting work to teachers
    electronically. Log in using the link on the school webpage (your username will be your school email
    address. Your password will be the same as your computer log in).
    Google Account
    To log in to your account: Use the link to Google Drive on the school webpage. Your username will
    be your school email address. Your password will be the same as your computer log in.
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    Your Google account includes…
    · Google Drive: Online file storage. You will be able to access your files on any device with an
    internet connection.
    · Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom (and more): Create documents, spreadsheets, etc.
    Your District Website Account
    In the upper right hand corner of our website, you will notice a “SIGN IN” button. Log in using your
    network username and password.
    Those developing our website may restrict certain pages to registered users. As a student in the
    district, you are a registered user and can sign in to have access to district web pages that are not
    available to the general public.
    Your Castle Learning Account
    Castle Learning supports classroom instruction through content-related review assignments, practice
    sessions, and tests prepared by the teacher. Students may also create their own review sessions.
    Instructions will be given by the teacher. You will log in using the “Sign in with Google” link.
    HS Student Resources
    Located under “For Students” on our high school website, this section gives you information and
    tutorials helpful in creating and saving files and projects at home and at school.
    NPZ TV Morning Show
    Morning announcements—available from our home page (text version also available).
    Library Technology
    The NPHS Library currently has our full catalog of books online. Students can go to the library
    website and search the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) either at school or at home to see what
    books are available at the library.
    In addition, the library subscribes to many online databases. These sources contain timely and
    accurate information for academic research which is often preferable to many of the sites found
    through a standard search engine. All databases can be accessed at home using individual passwords.
    See Ms. Arkans, in the library, for details.
    Finally, we subscribe to Noodletools, an online service that helps students create and store citations
    and bibliographic information. Check the library webpage for these features and more.
    Tips for Students
    Student Resources
    Student help files are available on our high school website under “For Students.”
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    Parent Information
    Know What’s Happening at the High School:
    · Access information from our website
    · Watch our announcements on NPZ from our home page
    · Sign up (through Parent Portal) for paperless reports
    Using Your Child’s District Website Account
    In the upper right hand corner of our website, you will notice a “SIGN IN” button. Those developing
    our website may restrict certain pages to registered users. Your child’s network username and
    password may be used to access all applicable information posted by their teachers that may not be
    available to the general public
    Castle Learning Training
    Your high school student has access to Castle Learning, an online program which will enable him/her
    to work on teacher created review assignments and test AND to create his/her own reviews. If you are
    interested in learning more about this program, contact your student’s teacher.
    Library Databases
    Our library databases contain reliable information for assigned projects. If you would like further
    information concerning how these programs are used, contact Mrs. Arkans at 256-4130.
    Parent Portal
    Parents and students can access grades, assignment information, and attendance through Parent Portal.
    Access the Parent Portal website using the link of the district webpage for information on creating an
    account. Students can access the portal by logging on with their network username and passwords. For
    further information, contact Cheri Pettus at 256-4060.
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    NEW PALTZ CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
    CODE OF CONDUCT
    2021-2022
    Approved by the Board of Education June 2, 2021
    I. INTRODUCTION
    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 interventions if those standards are not met, and establishes procedures to ensure
    that discipline, when necessary, is prompt, fair and effective.
    Attachment A defines the terms used in this Code.
    II. 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.
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    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, for example, 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, for example,
    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.
    Assemble peacefully. Get permission from appropriate school
    personnel before assembling.
    Learn strategies that develop
    cooperation, tolerance, and conflict
    resolution.
    Use cooperative solutions.
    Be informed of school policies and
    rules.
    Abide by the Code of Conduct.
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    III. EXPECTED BEHAVIOR
    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, mental or emotional well-being of others, or that
    disrupt the safe and supportive educational environment.
    • Intimidation, harassment or discrimination on the basis of, for example, 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 buses, 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/legal guardians and visitors.
    Attachment C describes the specific expectations for students. Attachment D describes
    interventions for infractions of the Code.
    IV. 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
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    the conduct might reach school property, may be subject to discipline. See Attachment E - DASA
    Policy
    V. DRESS CODE
    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.
    VI. 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 school 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.
    VII. DISCIPLINE
    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, and prior disciplinary record.
    • The nature and circumstances of the offense.
    • The effectiveness of any prior discipline.
    • Information from parents/legal guardians, teachers or others, as appropriate.
    • Other extenuating circumstances.
    Interventions. For students, these can range from an oral warning to permanent school suspension.
    Disciplinary action for staff will conform to law and applicable contracts. Visitors will be asked to
    leave the building. Attachment D more fully describes the possible interventions.
    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 misconduct, students may be entitled to additional rights before an intervention is
    imposed. Attachment G more fully describes disciplinary procedures.
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    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)/legal guardian(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 oneself 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.
    VIII. STUDENT SEARCHES AND INTERVIEWS
    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
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    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/legal guardians may be contacted, however, there is no right for a student’s
    parents/legal guardians to be contacted while school officials are investigating violations of school
    rules.
    Law enforcement may enter the schools if a crime has been committed on school property, if they
    have an arrest or search warrant, or if they have been invited by school officials. Prior to questioning
    students, law enforcement must give students their “Miranda rights” and school administrators or
    law enforcement must diligently try to notify the student’s parents/legal guardians and give them the
    opportunity to be present.
    Child Protective Services (CPS) may interview students on school property without notification to
    the parents/legal guardians regarding allegations of suspected child abuse, maltreatment or neglect
    (including educational neglect).
    Attachment L more fully describes the rules governing student searches and questioning.
    IX. SCHOOL VISITORS
    The Board encourages parents/legal guardians and other community members to visit our schools
    to observe the work of students, teachers and other staff. 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.
    X. 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 without authorization.
    • 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
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    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, including threats.
    • 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.
    XI. 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/legal guardians 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/legal guardians 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 after adoption.
    • Providing new employees with a copy of the code when they are hired.
    • Providing copies of the code to any student, parent/legal guardian, 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.
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