DISCIPLINE (Guidelines Established for State Code of Conduct Requirements) This bylaw was enacted in accordance with the regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Part 100.2(1), and adopted by the Board of Education.
Common courtesy is an essential ingredient of success! Students are expected to show respect and be courteous at all times with staff and fellow students.
Additional behavior expectations are provided by individual classroom teachers and the following policy on school conduct and discipline.
Corporal punishment is any act of physical force upon a student for the purpose of punishing that student. Corporal punishment of any student by any district employee is strictly forbidden. However, in situations where alternative procedures and methods that do not involve the use of physical force cannot reasonably be used, reasonable physical force may be used by school personnel to:
The district will file all complaints about the use of corporal punishment with the Commissioner of Education in accordance with Commissioner’s regulations.
Rights – Students of this district shall have the rights afforded to students under the provisions of the federal and state constitutions and the laws of the State of New York. Although the rights of students are not identical to the rights of adults, it is recognized that a student’s private, non-school-sponsored and non-program-related conduct cannot be regulated unless the educational community is affected by such conduct. However, NYS Education Law does allow school districts to place additional requirements upon students who participate in extra-curricular and athletic activities that are considered privileges, not rights. Thus, Honeoye Central School District does utilize and enforce an extra-curricular participation guide and policy (see back of this handbook for more information).
Responsibilities – A student shall not act in such a manner which disrupts the rights of others or which causes disorder or invades the rights of others.
A school is a place of learning. Learning involves the expansion of knowledge, as well as acting in a manner considerate of the rights and feelings of others. Students learn from each other and students must be conscious that younger students follow the leadership of upper classmen. Such examples should enhance the school environment.
Students are expected to show respect for faculty and other members of the school community. A relationship based upon respect creates a harmonious environment.
Students may be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension from school, for violating these basic principles:
4 Discrimination, which includes the use of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability as a basis for treating another in a negative manner.
The range of penalties which may be imposed for the conduct set forth in Section 2 is as follows (the below range of consequences is not in chronological order, it is merely a listing of consequences available to the school for use, as an example, one cannot expect a verbal warning after bringing a weapon to school, therefore, consequences are assigned based upon the level and frequency of the infractions, not sequentially):
The type and extent of punishment shall be determined by the building principal or superintendent. Such disciplinary measures shall be appropriate to the seriousness of the offense and, where applicable, to the previous disciplinary record of the student. Any suspension from attendance upon instruction may be imposed only in accordance with Education Law 3214(3).
Teachers, administrators, board members and parents each have a role in the discipline code. The teacher shall report all violations of the code to the teacher’s administrator. The teacher should be aware of the provisions of the code and, if in doubt regarding the code, explanations should be sought from the teachers’ administrator. Teachers are expected to interpret the code for students and to give a consistent interpretation of the code. Consistency is of the upmost importance.
Administrators have first line responsibility to ensure that the code is followed and enforced. Administrators shall conduct the appropriate investigation to determine if the code has been violated and, if violated, shall act in accordance with this bylaw and the laws applicable to the situation. The administrator shall interpret the code for staff members and, where advisable, request the assistance of the faculty, district employees, students and parents of the student.
Parents are requested to give assistance to the teaching staff and administration in administering the code when requested. Parents should be aware of the code and refer to it when necessary.
Board members shall advise the superintendent of any suggested changes in the code and community feelings regarding the code. The members of the Board of Education shall be available to provide a speedy hearing of any appeal of a suspension under the provisions of Education Law 3214(3). The Board of Education empowers the superintendent and building principal to suspend students upon instruction.
The rights and responsibilities of students (Section 1), the discipline code (Section 2) and the range of penalties (Section 3) shall be publicized and explained to students and provided in writing to all parents on an annual basis. The superintendent shall determine the typing of the explanation and manner of publication. Each year, the superintendent shall advise the Board in writing of the manner and extent of the publication and explanation.
Purpose – The following rules and regulations are adopted for the maintenance of public order on district property and to provide a program for enforcement thereof in accordance with 2801 of the Education Law.
Prohibited Conduct – No person, either singly or in concert with others, shall:
Penalties – A person who shall violate any of the provisions of these rules shall:
Procedure – In the case of a violation of this section:
Enforcement Program – The responsibility for enforcement is as follows:
Application of Rules – These rules shall apply to all buildings and grounds of the district and shall govern the conduct of students, teachers, staff members, as well as visitors and other licensees and invitees.
Definition of Terms – A “licensee” is defined as a person who enters the property of the school district for such person’s own interests, without express or implied invitation (an invitee).
An “invitee” is a person who enters the property of the school district with expressed or implied permission by someone who is authorized by the school district to give such permission.
Pupil service personnel, administrators, teachers and others shall report students who are having problems or appear to be having problems regarding matters covered in the discipline code to the building principal. Parents also are invited to advise the building principal of concerns the parents may have regarding their children pertaining to the discipline code.
Students are expected to report to teachers or to the building administrator any student who appears to be having discipline problems. Students are expected to cooperate in any conference regarding the discipline of that student.
When the building principal is aware of, or has received a report from pupil service personnel, administrators, teachers, students or parents, the building principal shall conduct whatever inquiry the principal considers appropriate.
If the building principal, after such inquiry, considers there is a basis for concern, the principal shall arrange to have a meeting with the parents and appropriate staff members to review the matter and create a plan to resolve the discipline problems.
The purpose of the procedure is to identify early possible problems and to resolve these disciplinary problems. The district shall assign such support personnel to assist the parties, considering the resources available at any given time.
If the student who is under review according to the provisions of Section 7, or if a student who has violated the disciplinary code is a student who has been identified as having a handicapping condition, the matter shall be referred to the Committee on Special Education before a procedure commences or hearing occurs. The CSE shall review the matter with appropriate dispatch to determine if the conduct in question is the result of the handicapping condition.
If the conduct is the result of the handicapping condition, the Committee shall review and modify, if appropriate, the student’s IEP. Such review shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures for meetings of the CSE, including notice to the parents. The building principal shall be kept informed of these proceedings.
If the Committee determines that the conduct is not the result of the handicapping condition, the chairperson of the Committee shall so notify the building principal.