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Chateaugay Central School Chateaugay, New York
Dale L. Breault, Superintendent 42 River Street PO Box 904 Chateaugay, NY 12920 518-497-6611 Fax - 518-497-3170 CCS Webpage: www.chateaugay.org
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A Message From Your Student Council President
Welcome back for the new school year! I hope that everyone had a fantastic summer and is ready for another wonderful year at CCS! Remember that here at CCS we strive for the best always. You should get involved in as many activities as you can and have fun with them; you’re only in high school once. I hope to fill the 2008-2009 school year with fun, new student council activities to help unify the student body. To achieve this goal your help is needed! Keep in mind that student council is here for you. Suggestions are always more than welcome. Thank you for your continued support.
Your student council president,
CHATEAUGAY CENTRAL SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission of Chateaugay Central School, in partnership with the community, is to provide a safe environment in which each student, including those with disabilities, succeeds in reaching his/her potential as a lifelong learner. We envision a community of learners who achieve state benchmarks at all levels and have a mastery of the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions outlined in the New York State Learning Standards. We believe all students at Chateaugay Central School have the ability to learn. We, the faculty, staff and administration, have the responsibility to develop each student's potential to learn.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHITE SECTION PAGES General Information…………………………………………………………………… General Grading Information………………………………………………………….. Graduation Requirements……………………………………………………………… 8 - 11 12 - 18 19 - 22
PINK SECTION Class Officers/Student Council Representatives……………………………………… Clubs and Activities…………………………………………………………………… GREEN SECTION Attendance Policy……………………………………………………………………... Code of Conduct………………………………………………………………………. Dress Code…………………………………………………………………….. Prohibited Student Conduct…………………………………………………… Student Searches Interrogations and Investigations…………………………… Library Rules………………………………………………………………………….. Lunch Period Policy…………………………………………………………………... School Dance Rules…………………………………………………………………… Technology Acceptable Use Policy…………………………………………………… 10th Period Responsibilities, Detention Rules, & Priorities…………………………… Leaving School………………………………………………………………………... Locker Use…………………………………………………………………………….. Study Halls…………………………………………………………………………….. Telephone Use…………………………………………………………………………. 27 - 32 33 - 57 36 - 37 37 - 46 50 - 54 58 59 60 - 61 62 - 64 65 - 66 66 67 67 67 23 24 - 26
YELLOW SECTION Parent/Student Acknowledgment Sheet………………………………………………. (Please sign and return to school) BACK COVER School Calendar 69 - 70
School Phone Numbers Elementary Office High School Office Bus Garage Fax (518) 497-6290 (518) 497-6611 (518) 497-6613 (518) 497-3170
Hours of Operation Switchboard opens at 7:00 am. Breakfast line opens at 7:50 am. Official start of the school day K-12 is 8:20 am. End of 1st dismissal is 2:23 pm. Double dismissal runs from 2:26-3:21 pm. Switchboard closes at 4:00 pm. School Website http://www.chateaugay.org
In Case of School Closure Tune In To: TV: WPTZ Channel 5 Time Warner Cable - 10 News Now Martz Communication Group WICY 1490 AM WVNV 96.5 FM WYUL 94.7 FM North Country Public Radio WSLO 90.9 FM
PERIOD AND TIME SCHEDULE 2008-2009
Period 1 - Attendance taken.………………………………………………………….. Period 2……………………………………………………………………………….. Period 3………………………………………………………..………………………. Period 4………………………………………………………………………….…….. Period 5………………………………………………………………………...……… Period 6 - Grades 7-9, classes..……...…………………………………………… - Grades 10-12, lunch……………………………………………….….. - Grades 10-12, classes……………………………………….………… - Grades 7-9, lunch………………………………………..…………….
8:25 – 9:06 9:09 – 9:47 9:50 – 10:28 10:31 – 11:09 11:12 – 11:50 11:53 – 12:31 11:50 – 12:20 12:23 – 1:01 12:20 – 1:01 1:04 – 1:42 1:45 – 2:23 2:26 – 3:21
Period 8………………………………………………………………………………… Period 9………………………………………………………………………………… Period 10……………………………………………………………………………….. ******************************************************* 1st Bus Run…………………………………………………………………………….. 2nd Bus Run…………………………………………………………………………….
REPORT CARD INFORMATION
Interim Report Dates End of Five Week Period
October 9, 2008 December 19, 2008 March 13, 2009 May 22, 2009
Report Card Dates End of Marking Period
November 14, 2008 January 30, 2009 April 9, 2009 June 26, 2009
Interim Reports Mailed Week of
October 14, 2008 January 5, 2009 March 16, 2009 May 26, 2009
Report Cards Mailed Week of
November 17, 2008 February 2, 2009 April 20, 2009 June 29, 2009
DIRECTORY OF PERSONNEL BOARD OF EDUCATION David Roach President William Wood Vice-President William Harrigan Scott Henderson Susan Jones-King John McCormick John Swanston ADMINISTRATION Dale Breault Loretta Fowler BUSINESS STAFF Roxy Ashline Jackie Cowan Terri Janisewski CLERICAL STAFF Chandra Henderson Barbara Hill Mary Legacy Brenda Quinn CUSTODIAL STAFF Frank Boadway Ronald Cudworth Harold LaDuke Becky Porter Judy Wilder
Superintendent High School Principal Elementary Principal/CSE,CPSE Chairperson
District Treasurer Payroll/Account Clerk/Tax Collector District Clerk/Purchasing Agent
Elementary Office High School Office CSE Office High School/Guidance Office
Supervisor Cleaner Custodian Cleaner Cleaner
Neil Burgoyne Patricia Hunter William Mills Buddy Rust
Building Maintenance Custodian Cleaner Cleaner
CAFETERIA STAFF Betty Marlow Head Cook Beverly Demers Cook Becky Porter Food Service Worker Nancy Swanston Food Service Worker TRANSPORTATION STAFF Barry Barnes Senior Mechanic Dean Blaisure Bus Driver Marie Cook Bus Driver Marie Doria Bus Driver Allan Hill Bus Driver Michael O'Connor Bus Driver William Soucia Bus Driver
Marsha Cook Joelle LaPointe Jackie Soucia
Food Service Worker Cashier Food Service Worker
Arthur McCormick Lori Cook Earl Cowan Carolyn Healy Les Howard Brian Soucia Rex Woodward
Head Bus Driver Bus Driver Bus Driver Bus Driver Bus Driver Bus Driver Mechanic
DIRECTORY OF 7-12 FACULTY Hope Allen Diane Ashline Tillie Breault Larry Brown Heather Deans Michael Flaherty Victoria Gardiner Karla Gratto Bruce Gugliotta Diane Harrigan Amy Jaggers William Jaggers Karen Johnston Steven Lang Warren Legacy Roger Miller Megan Nemier Peggy O’Connor Tracie Parmeter English Teacher Assistant English Business Education French/Spanish History Home/Career Skills Science Guidance Counselor Science Health Science Math Math Physical Education History Teaching Assistant Special Education Special Education Gayle Peryea Cynthia Pickering Patrick Quinn Deborah Recore Michelle Reynolds Mary Rounds Eric Sandvig Sheila Simonsen Monique Smith Donna Sorrell Jo Ann Stumpf Karen Swanston Art Trombley Ronna Trombley Mary Beth Trombly Mike Trudo Gleason Walley Kent Walrath Instrumental Music Librarian History Teacher Assistant Physical Education School Nurse Science/Computers French Visual Arts School Nurse School Counselor French/Spanish Math High School Aide Special Education Vocal/General Music Ag/Technology English
BOCES STAFF Phyllis Grady…………………………………………………………………………………..Classroom Teacher Peter Reardon…………………………………………………………………………………..Classroom Teacher Carolyn Bezrutczyk………………………………………………………………………….…Teaching Assistant David Peterson……………………………………………………...………………………….Teaching Assistant Kerry Warner…………………………………………………………………………………...Teaching Assistant Susan Leach…………………………………………………………………………………………………..Nurse Louise Jarvis……………………………………………………………………………………………….Monitor Monica Thibault……………………………………………………………………………………………Monitor Barb Silver…………………………………………………………………………………………………Monitor Diane Hooper………………………………………………………………………………………………Monitor Marjorie Clodgo………………………………………………….………………………………Speech Therapist Mona Siskavich…………………………………………………………………………………..Speech Therapist Susan Johnston…………………………………………………………………………….Occupational Therapist Lisa Whyte…………………………………………………………………………….Physical Therapy Assistant Laura Bessette………………………………………………………………………………………...Psychologist Cecilia McAllister…………………………………………………………………………………………….....Art Jocelyn Trombley…………………………………………………………………………………………….Music David Tyldsley………………………………………………………………………Adaptive Physical Education OTHER SCHOOL STAFF Northstar Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist Mary Vondell…………………………………………………………………………….Migrant Tutorial Worker
GENERAL GRADING INFORMATION I. Passing grade is 65 in grades 7-12 II. An honor grade is 85 or higher. III. Ten-week or quarterly averages are recorded on the report cards as well as mid-year exam scores (if taken), final exam scores, Regents exam scores (if taken), and final grade. IV. TESTING GUIDELINES: A. Each student in grades 7-12 is required to take a local or Regents examination at the end of each full unit course of instruction. Administering final examinations in 1/2 unit courses is optional. B. Each student taking a subject where a Regents examination is offered will be required to take a school final if his/her average for the first 30 weeks is less than 75 or upon the recommendation of the teacher. Regents grades will not be used in computing the final grade for the course unless this option would result in a higher final grade for the student. V. FINAL GRADE COMPUTATION A. In full unit courses.. 1. If Regents are not taken, adding the four ten week averages with the final exam and dividing by five will normally determine the grade. (If a mid-year exam has been given, this grade would be included and the total divided by six). 2. If Regents are taken in lieu of local finals, adding the ten-week averages and dividing by four will normally determine the final grade. (If a mid-year exam has been given, this grade would be included and total divided by five). 3. If both a local high school final and a Regents are taken, the final grade will be computed using the higher of the two marks as the final test. The Regents grade would also be recorded on the student's permanent record. B. In half unit courses.. 1. If a final exam is not given, add two quarterly averages and divide by two. 2. If a final exam IS GIVEN: 1st ten week average 1st ten-week average 2nd ten-week average 2nd ten-week average Final exam mark -------------------------Total divided by 5 = final course grade C. In subjects being repeated.. 1. Full year courses a. If the repeat starts in September, then there are two ways a student in grades 9-12 may earn credit for the course being repeated: 1) Have a passing average for class work after the first two quarters and then pass a comprehensive final exam. The three marks would be added together and divided by three for a final mark for the repeat. 2) Take the course for the entire year and then take a comprehensive final exam. The five marks would then be averaged for the final mark for the course. (If a 12
mid- term exam were given, it would be included and you would average the six marks). b. If the repeat starts in January, follow the same procedure as 1) above. 2. Half year courses The student must take the course for a full semester and then take a final exam, if offered. The final mark would be computed as follows: 1st ten-week average 1st ten-week average 2nd ten-week average 2nd ten-week average Final exam mark --------------------------Total divided by 5 = final course grade VI. INCOMPLETES Students who receive a grade of Incomplete on their report cards because of failure to complete assignments, missing tests, excessive absence or other reasons will make arrangements through their teacher and the guidance counselor in order to remove the incomplete. VII. HONOR ROLLS An Honor Roll will be published at the end of each ten-week period recognizing those students who have attained an average of 85 or higher during the quarter. All numerical grades received for each subject taken for credit, will be included for the purpose of computing quarterly honor rolls in grades 7-12. Students who have a failing grade, an Incomplete in any numerically graded course, or have been denied course credit due to attendance will not be included on the honor roll. Only students taking the minimum number of required credits (five, plus physical education) will be included on the honor roll. VIII. FINAL CLASS STANDING AND AVERAGES - GRADE 12 Rank in class is a numerical expression of a student's overall class average in comparison with the other members of the graduating class. For example, the student with the highest average in the class is ranked number one and so on. Rank in class determines the valedictorian and salutatorian and is often used by colleges and scholarship agencies as selection criteria. At Chateaugay Central School a student's approximate rank in class is determined one year prior to the anticipated date of graduation. The average used to establish this rank is determined by averaging the final grades in courses that have been assigned numerical grades. Courses are weighted according to the amount of credit they carry: e.g., health is a half unit course and the final grade would count only half as much as a course such as English 9 which carries one full credit. This approximate ranking is indicated on a student's transcript. One quarter prior to graduation a student's final rank in class is determined. Quarterly grades for the final year are averaged with final grades of all completed courses. The third quarter grades in courses taken at CCS or NFEC are determined by averaging the three quarterly grades and mid-term exam, if given. Only subjects assigned a numerical grade will be counted and subjects will be weighted according to the credit they are assigned. Courses taken at accredited colleges, approved for local credit under section 100.5d of the Commissioner's Regulations, and necessary to complete graduation requirements, will be recorded on the student’s high school 13
transcript and included in the computation of final rank in class. If no numerical grade is provided by the college, grades will be converted using the scale in Appendix B of the Nov. 1992 SED publication regarding Regents Scholarships. Students receiving an Incomplete in a subject will be given two weeks to make up the missing work. If the Incomplete is not removed in that time, their third quarter grade will be determined using whatever mark they would earn without the completed assignment(s). Final grades and grades for courses being repeated will be included. The student's rank and the average used to determine it will be placed on the student's official transcript. Following graduation, the final high school average is determined by averaging all final grades. The final high school average is also placed on the official transcript. This final high school average does not change the student's rank in class. A copy of the transcript of each member of the graduating class with rank in class and the average used to determine that rank, as well as the final high school average, will be on file in the Main Office vault. SCHEDULING OF SUBJECTS AND PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS Each student will take all required subjects in addition to electives as determined by the student, parents, and guidance counselor in accordance with the following guidelines and subject to the final approval of the principal. A. UNITS PER SCHOOL YEAR All students must be enrolled for a minimum of 5 ½ units of credit. Exceptions may be made for 5th year seniors or seniors enrolled in college level courses or similar programs. Twenty-two credits are required for either a local high school diploma or a New York State Regents diploma. B. DROPPING/ADDING COURSES Dropping courses is discouraged and will not be permitted without permission of the parents and a conference with the teacher. Subjects that are dropped after the first ten-week marking period will be indicated on the student's permanent record as WP (Withdrew Passing) or WF (Withdrew Failing). Adding courses will be subject to the following limitations. 1. Full year courses may not be added after the sixth week of instruction. 2. Semester courses may not be added after the third week of instruction. 3. The adding of courses may also be subject to space or class-size. C. PHYSICAL EDUCATION Physical education is required of all students each year except under extenuating circumstances approved by the principal. The requirements for a diploma from Chateaugay Central include 2 units of physical education (1/2 credit per year).
D. GRADE PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS When students first enter high school, they will be assigned to grade 9. In subsequent years, they will be assigned as follows Second year Third year Fourth year or beyond - grade 10 - grade 11 - grade 12
Students in grade 12 may enjoy "senior privileges" providing they have the “potential to graduate” by August of the current school year. The potential to graduate is determined by the guidance counselor and the principal. Senior privileges include, but are not limited to, senior play, senior trip, and senior center.
E. SERVICE CREDIT Requests for service credit assignments must be made in the guidance office. Schedule change forms are then issued to those students for whom assignments can be arranged. F. 7th & 8th GRADE PROMOTION POLICY Sound basic skills, a background of knowledge, good study habits, and a proper attitude toward learning are all essential factors for success in Jr. high School and for future programs in high school and beyond. It is expected that a student must meet the established requirements of one grade to be prepared for the work expected of him at the next grade level. Students and parents alike need to know these requirements. For these reasons, certain guidelines have been established. For the purpose of determining whether a student will be retained or promoted, courses carry the following number of units. Grade 7 1 - English 1 - French/Spanish 1 - Mathematics 1 - Science 1 - Social Studies ¼ - Health ¼ - Home & Career Skills ½ - Physical Education ¼ - Art ¼ - Computers ¼ - Music ¼ - Technology --------------------------------Total - 7 units Grade 8 1 - English 1 - French/Spanish 1 - Mathematics 1 - Science 1 - Social Studies ¼ - Health ¼ - Home & Career Skills ½ - Physical Education ¼ - Art ¼ - Music ¼ - Computers ¼ - Technology --------------------------------Total - 7 units
Failure of two or more units will result in a student repeating the current grade. All other students will be promoted. 15
Note: Parents and teachers can request retention if a student has shown a general lack of effort, ability or maturity. Final decision in this instance would not be determined without a conference involving parents, teachers and guidance counselor. We have found that students who attend school regularly, pay attention in class, and complete homework assignments generally succeed in school. G. SUMMER SCHOOL POLICY In order to be enrolled in summer school for academic credit, a CCS student must have a final grade of at least 55. Credit for a course being repeated in summer school will be given if the average of the final school year grade and the final summer school grade is at least 65.
AWARDS/INCENTIVES The following is a list of awards/incentives that each student in grades 7-12 can strive to attain. It is the staff's hope that we can have more students attaining these awards every year. Bausch & Lomb Science Award - The Bausch & Lomb Science Award is a bronze medal & certificate that is awarded to the top science student in the junior class. It is awarded to a junior in order to allow that student a chance to compete for a scholarship at the University of Rochester. The award is especially significant because it recognizes the junior student at Chateaugay who has attained the highest scholastic standing in science subjects. Medalists who apply to RPI have their application fees waived and if accepted, are awarded a $6,000 annual scholarship without regard to financial need. The Rensselaer Medal - This is a pewter medallion displaying the seal of the Rensselaer Poly Technical Institute. It is awarded to a member of the junior class who has earned a reward of high achievement in mathematics and science. Each medalist who applies to RPI has their application fee waived and medalists who enroll are awarded $10,000 renewable scholarships. President's Education Awards - These awards are given to students in grades 8 and 12 who earn a 90 average, score above the 85 percentile on a nationally standardized test and complete programs of study in required basic subjects. The awards are embossed certificates signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Education. Each student also receives a lapel pin. Ethel Schryer Bessette Academic Excellence Award – - Valedictorian Award is given to the senior ranked 1st in their class ($300). - Salutatorian Award is given to the senior ranked 2nd in their class ($200) Honor Roll Awards - Students who have been on the honor roll for two consecutive quarters receive a certificate. Students who have been on the Honor Roll for three consecutive quarters for the first time receive an academic letter. These students will be awarded an academic letter, which has a Swiss insert with the Lamp of Knowledge on it. If you have already received a letter, an academic pin will be awarded so that it may be placed on the previously awarded letter. Seniors who have been on the Honor Roll for every quarter of their high school careers have their names inscribed on a plaque that is displayed in the trophy case. Deserving Student Awards - A certificate and a gift is presented to those students who are recognized by their teachers for outstanding cooperation and effort in the classroom.
Jessica Ann Malark Outstanding Deserving Student Award - This award is presented to the most outstanding male and female deserving students. The winners each receive $100 and have their names inscribed on a plaque that is displayed in the trophy case. Music Awards – Various awards are given by the vocal and instrumental teachers. Specific instrumental awards where the students’ names are inscribed on plaques kept in the trophy case are the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, John Philip Sousa Band Award, and The Director's Award for Band. FFA Awards - These awards vary. Attendance Awards - These awards are presented to students receiving perfect attendance, and no more than 1 tardy. Students receiving outstanding attendance may have 1 absence or 2 tardies. All students who receive perfect attendance awards have their names entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the Champlain Center mall. John Martin Athletic Award - This award is presented to an outstanding male and female athlete from the sophomore class. Coaches select students according to the criteria of being a well-rounded and skilled athlete who exhibits enthusiasm and effort during practices and game situations. National Junior/Senior Honor Society Induction - See pink section for description. Academic Banquet - An academic banquet will be held to honor those students in grades 7-12 who are on the honor roll for two or three consecutive marking periods. National Honor Society Induction will take place at the banquet. Other Incentives Pizza party - This is given to the class with the most improved academic average during the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Ice Cream Party - This is given in May to the class with the highest three quarter average.
THE HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR'S ROLE The Chateaugay Central School district employs a full-time high school counselor to serve the needs of students in grades 7 - 12. The following are some of the services provided. Educational Planning Helping students make proper course selections and monitoring their progress towards a diploma. Assisting students with vocational choices, college plans, and financial aid applications. Helping students to register for standardized tests and to understand the results. Assisting parents and teachers with communications. Maintaining an educational history on each student. Helping students to understand themselves, to examine their 17
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strengths and weaknesses, to develop positive attitudes, to discover their talents and abilities, and to help in solving personal and family problems, or be an advocate in their dealing with others. Classroom Instruction Providing large group instruction on topics ranging from academic, career, and personal social issues. Providing a great deal of career information as well as helping students to use a computer-based career information program. In addition, the counselor can provide information and act as a referral agent to outside agencies, such as Upward Bound, probation, college financial aid and many others.
IMPORTANT GUIDANCE DEFINITIONS To clarify the content of the following pages, each student is requested to become familiar with these terms and their meaning. A. Constants - Subjects required by all students B. Prerequisites - In some instances a student must meet certain requirements before being admitted to a particular course or subject. For example, students may not take Math B unless they have passed Math A. These requirements are called prerequisites and take the form of a teacher's recommendation, satisfactory completion of a given course (as in the above example), completion of a given grade (9th, 10th, etc) or obtaining a specified score on a standardized test. See the course description to determine the prerequisites (if any) for each course. C. Regents Exams - A state constructed test in a particular subject, for example, English 11 and US History 11. Because these exams are given to students in high schools all over New York State, many colleges and employers attach a great deal of importance to the scores when comparing the high school records of applicants. The courses in which Regents are given are indicated in the course descriptions. Over the years, New York State has raised the academic bar considerably and now requires students to pass 5 regents exams in order to graduate. Those Regents exams are in math, English, science, Global Studies, and US History. Students used to have the option of taking an RCT (Regents Competency Tests) to meet the graduation requirement, but no longer may unless they meet specific requirements through the special education office. D. Unit of Credit - When students pass a subject, which has met regularly five times a week for one school year, they are awarded one unit of credit. Some subjects meet less frequently and earn only 1/2 unit. A few subjects exceed this and are worth 1-1/2 or 2 units.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS In order to graduate from a New York State High School, a student must meet the specified course and testing requirements for either a Local Diploma, Regents Diploma or Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. Those requirements as they pertain to Chateaugay Central School are outlined below.
COURSE AND CREDIT REQUIREMENTS Local and / or Regents Diploma Credits 4 4 3 3 Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation Credits (see note c) 4 4 3 3
Required Course English Social Studies Mathematics Science Health Art and/or Music (see note b) Language Other Than English (LOTE) French or Spanish Physical Education Electives Total Required Credits (Minimum)
1 1 (see note a)
1 3 (see note a)
2 3½ 22
2 1½ 22
NOTES (a) All students (unless they are classified through the CSE office as language exempt) must obtain 1 unit in a Second Language, which can be earned by passing a proficiency examination with a 65 (usually in 8th grade) or by passing a high school course. (b) Students acquiring 5 units in Art or Music or Technology may be exempted from the 3-unit requirement in Second Language. (Since this may require special arrangements, students should discuss these plans with the guidance counselor at the earliest possible time, preferably in the 8th grade.) (c) To earn the advanced designation, the student must complete one of the following: 1. A language other than English (total 4 credits) 2. Career and technical education (5 credits plus 1 credit in a language other than English) 3. The Arts (5 credits) plus one credit in a language other than English.
DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS BASED ON JUNE 2005 BOARD OF REGENTS ACTION TO PHASE IN THE 65 GRADUATION STANDARD ON REQUIRED REGENTS EXAMS All students must now take at least five (5) Regents exams in order to graduate from high school in NYS with a local or Regents diploma. Students may also earn a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation by completing an additional three (3) Regents exams. Regents or Local Diploma Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation English Regents In addition to the 5 above Math A or Algebra Global History US History 1 Science Regents Exam (Typically Earth Science)
1) Living Environment 2 Science Regents, one 2) Physical Setting - Earth Science, Chemistry, or from each Physics Category **The second language requirement can be replaced with five units of study in Career and Technical Education, Art, or Music. Math B or Second Trigonometry Language Regents** THE LOCAL DIPLOMA IS BEING PHASED OUT FOR MOST STUDENTS OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. PLEASE REFER TO THE CHART BELOW FOR THE PHASE OUT PLAN. Entering Freshman Class Local Diploma Requirements Score 65 or above on 2 required Regents exams and score 55 or above on 3 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit. Score 65 or above on 3 required Regents exams and score 55 or above on 2 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit. Score 65 or above on 4 required Regents exams and score 55 or above on 1 required Regents exam. Earn 22 units of credit. Local Diploma no longer available for most students. See note below. Regents Diploma Requirements Score 65 or above on 5 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit. Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation Requirements Score 65 or above on 8 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit.
2005 (Class of 2009)
2006 (Class of 2010)
Score 65 or above on 5 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit.
Score 65 or above on 8 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit.
2007 (Class of 2011)
Score 65 or above on 5 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit.
Score 65 or above on 8 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit.
2008 (Class of 2012)
Score 65 or above on 5 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit.
Score 65 or above on 8 required Regents exams. Earn 22 units of credit. *
RCT Note: The Regents Competency Test safety net for students with disabilities will continue to be available for students entering grade 9 prior to September 2010. Students using this safety net will receive a local diploma. The low-pass option of scoring between 55-64 on the required Regents exams to earn a local diploma will continue to be available for students with disabilities, without local option. * If a student attains an average of 90% or greater on all Regents exams taken, he/she will receive a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation With Honors. 20
SPECIAL INFORMATION REGARDING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Testing Safety Net - The testing safety net allows eligible students who attempt, but do not pass, a required Regents examination to take the Regents Competency Test (RCT) in that subject. The student will receive local credit if they pass the RCT with a score of 65 or higher. (For ELA, students must receive a passing score on both the Reading RCT and the Writing RCT). If a student earns a local diploma by passing the RCT(s), the diploma will report the test taken, the score, and a statement that the score is a passing score. The safety net is available for students with disabilities entering grade 9 prior to September 2010 who meet the following qualifications: • Students who have been identified by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). • Students with disabilities declassified while in grades 8-12, if the safety net is recommended and documented by CSE in the declassified plan. • Students with a 504 plan, if the safety net is recommended and documented in the plan. For students with disabilities who first enter grade 9 through September 2009, a score of 55-64 is considered a passing score on any Regents examination required for graduation. In such a case, the District may issue a local diploma to such student. IEP Diploma - This certificate is designed for the students who meet all the goals and objectives as outlined in their IEP, but do not necessarily meet the NYS graduation requirements.
ALTERNATIVES TO SPECIFIC REGENTS AND LOCAL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS I. A student may earn a maximum of 6 1/2 units of credit for a diploma without completing units of study for such units of credit if: (i) based on the student's past academic performance, the superintendent of a school district or the chief administrative officer of a nonpublic school, or his or her designee, determines that the student will benefit academically by exercising this alternative; the student achieves a score of at least 85 percent, or its equivalent as determined by the commissioner, on a state approved examination; the student passes an oral examination or successfully completes a special project to demonstrate proficiency, as determined by the principal, in the subject matter area; the student attends school, or received substantially equivalent instruction elsewhere, in accordance with section 3204 (2) of the Education Law, until the age of sixteen pursuant to sections 3204 and 3205 of the Education law.
II. Art and/or Music (i) A student may obtain the unit of credit in art and/or music required pursuant to subparagaph (v) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of this section in the following manner: (a) by participating in a school’s major performing organization such as band, chorus, orchestra, dance group or theatre group; or by participating, only in exceptional situations, in an advanced out of school art or music activity. Credit for such participation shall be upon recommendation by the student’s art or music teacher, shall be approved by the art or music department chairperson, if there is one, and by the school principal, and shall be consistent with the goals and objectives of the school's art and/or music program. A student may receive a unit of credit for participation in such activities if such participation is equivalent to a unit of study, or a student may receive one half unit of credit for such activity equivalent to one half unit of study.
CLASS OFFICERS 2008-2009
CLASS OF 2009: Seniors KATARINA HAMELIN EMILY JACKSON STEPHANIE KEMP DANIELLE SWANSTON CAMERON POUPORE MAGGIE TROMBLY MRS. SWANSTON RED/GOLD AMANDA JOHNSTON IVAN CHASE MARCI WOOD CHELSEY LEGACY EMMA ALLEN ERIKA LABOMBARD MR. SANDVIG BLUE/GOLD KRISTIN FARRELL BRANDON SPINNER AMANDA WOODWARD BRIANNA SMITH JESSICA BURL RAQUEL FOWLER MRS. GRATTO NAVY BLUE/WHITE MICHAEL BOYEA MARC LAMBERT KATELYN LEGACY RACHAEL LATOUR MEGAN BARNES MIKAELA PATNODE SEA BLUE/SILVER CLASS OF 2013: 8th Grade CAROLYN STUMPF SARAH GARDINER LINDSEY MATTHEWS MORGAN LEGACY MEAGHAN WOOD COURTNEY BOYEA MR. QUINN AQUA/GREEN HANNAH COOK WAYNE COWAN GABRIELLE LAFLEUR ABBY BARNES MIKAYLA PECK CHEYENNE HESS MRS. HARRIGAN ROYAL BLUE/SILVER PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER STUDENT COUNCIL STUDENT COUNCIL CLASS ADVISOR CLASS COLOR PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER STUDENT COUNCIL 2 YEARS STUDENT COUNCIL CLASS ADVISOR CLASS COLOR PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER STUDENT COUNCIL 2 YEARS STUDENT COUNCIL CLASS ADVISOR CLASS COLOR PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER STUDENT COUNCIL 2 YEARS STUDENT COUNCIL CLASS ADVISOR CLASS COLOR PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER STUDENT COUNCIL 2 YEARS STUDENT COUNCIL CLASS ADVISOR CLASS COLOR PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY TREASURER STUDENT COUNCIL 2 YEARS STUDENT COUNCIL 1 YEAR CLASS ADVISOR CLASS COLOR
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CLASS OF 2011: Sophomores
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CLASS OF 2014: 7th Grade
STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS HANNAH GARDINER PHILICIA LABARE PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT
Athletic Association - The purpose of the Athletic Association is to promote spirit, pride, and responsibility. The Association is designed to bridge athletic contribution with good social behavior within the school. To become a member, a student must have earned a varsity letter, or 3 junior varsity letters and must receive at least an average character rating from teachers, coaches, and administrators. The member must participate in one sport every year. Activities of the athletic association may include: 1. Trip to a college basketball game 2. Team write-ups 3. Communication between all CCS teams. 4. Athletic awards 5. CCS basketball camp 6. Senior recognition Scholarships: Two $150 scholarships, one for male and one for female athletes. Mr. Steve Lang - Advisor Business Club Requirements: To join, students must be taking or have taken a business course. Officers are chosen from those seniors who have had at least one year’s membership. Officers graduating use this experience on their resume. Responsibilities: Members take an active part in the fundraiser, The School Store. The funds from the fundraiser are used for scholarships to worthy seniors who will be attending a postsecondary program in a business field. Preference has been given to students who complete a business sequence. An application is required and the Business Club Advisor and Business Club Officers make selection. Scholarships will be given upon proof of paid receipt to the college by the second semester Mr. Larry Brown - Advisor Half Past Seven - Students who are in Senior Chorus are eligible to audition for this select chorus. Half Past Seven is a small group that prepares more difficult selections, oftentimes with choreography. The small group performs at both the winter and the spring high school concerts and also acts as an ambassador of CCS traveling to different places throughout the year to perform. This includes many basketball games, community events, and a music festival at the Great Escape. Half Past Seven meets for rehearsal two or three times a week at 7:30 am. Ms. Katie Calnon - Advisor Jazz Band - Jazz band provides students with the opportunity to use their instrumental music skills in a small, performing ensemble. Students are selected by audition to participate in this group. This group performs jazz, rock, country and Top 40 Hits. Several performances are scheduled during the school year. Ms. Gayle Peryea - Advisor
Maroon and White Yearbook - Any student in grades 9-12 is eligible to work on the yearbook staff, providing that he/she can fulfill the following requirements: 1. The student is in good academic standing. 2. The student regularly attends scheduled work sessions. 3. The student is willing to occasionally work on the yearbook on weekends and nights during the week. By working on the yearbook, the student will learn the fundamentals of layout design, typography, and copy writing. Interested students will also have the opportunity to learn about digital photography and editing of digital images. Mr. Art Trombley - Advisor National Junior Honor Society - The Chateaugay Central School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society was granted a charter in 1992 by the national organization. Its purpose is to recognize students for their scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. To be eligible for induction, students must be in 7th, 8th or 9th grade, have attained a cumulative average of at least 88 and be voted into the chapter by a faculty council who utilizes the National Junior Honor Society definitions of leadership, scholarship, service, character and citizenship. National Honor Society - The Chateaugay Central School Chapter of the National Honor Society was granted a charter in 1956 by the national organization. Its purpose is to recognize students for their scholarship, leadership, service and character. It should be clearly understood that membership in the National Honor Society is an honor and a privilege and that not all students who are academically eligible have a legitimate claim for membership. Membership is also based on the service, leadership, and character of the student. Every effort will be made by the Faculty Council to obtain a fair assessment of these qualities according to the following procedure: 1. Students must be members of the Sophomore, Junior or Senior class. 2. The guidance office will prepare a list of academically eligible candidates. A student must have completed one semester at Chateaugay Central in high school. Students must have a cumulative average of 88.00. 3. The cumulative average is calculated by the school’s computer software program (StarBase). It uses final averages for all courses that are graded numerically and credit is awarded. A projected average is used for courses in progress. 5. A faculty council composed of the class advisors for grades 9,10,11 and 12, plus the Student Council advisor, will meet to evaluate each candidate. The group advisor is a non-voting sixth member of the faculty council. 6. The selection of members to the Chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council. Membership is the highest honor a student can achieve at CCS. It signifies not only high scholastic achievement but indicates that the individual has earned the respect and admiration of the staff. To remain in the National Honor Society, a student must maintain a cumulative average of at least 88. Dismissal policy available upon request. Mrs. Tillie Breault - Advisor Service Credit Program - The service credit concept at Chateaugay Central School permits students to become involved in various aspects of our instructional and non-instructional program, to gain experience in working with others, and also to earn credit towards a diploma. Students volunteer their services during their free periods to serve as aides to classroom teachers and in other areas of the school such as the nurse's office, library, 25
gym, etc. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible, however, only high school students are granted units toward a diploma. Ordinarily, students arrange their own service credit assignments with members of the staff and then fill out a schedule change slip at the guidance office. In some cases, the matching up of a student and staff member may be done on the student's schedule. In June, the appropriate staff member completes evaluation forms and any 912 student who has performed satisfactorily during the course of the year (normally one period per day) is granted 1/2 unit of credit, while a half-year of service credit would result in ¼ credit. Mr. Bruce Gugliotta - Advisor
Ski Club - The ski club was formed club was formed to provide a recreational activity during the winter months. The club is open to all 6 - 12 students interested in learning to ski and participating in recreational skiing activities. The club usually becomes active in December or with the first large snowfall. Skiing activities take place at Titus Mountain Ski Center one night per week and, if finances allow, a weekend trip to Vermont. Group rates for tickets, rentals, and lessons are available to the club. Transportation is provided from the school to Titus Mountain. Mrs. Heather Deans Mrs. Tracie Parmeter Mr. Pat Quinn - Advisors
Student Council - The purpose of the Student Council is to provide a link between students, faculty, administration, and the community. Each year in May, students are elected by their classmates. Every class has two representatives. Throughout the year, this group meets to plan and evaluate various activities. Some of these are opening day games between the classes, Halloween costume contest, homeroom door-decorating for Christmas, annual toy and food drive, Red Cross blood drive, yearbook booster campaign, color wars and various other tournaments. Student Council members give hours of service to help make the school a more pleasant place to be. Mrs. Karen Johnston - Advisor Other Student Activities - In addition to those activities and clubs listed above, many students also participate in the following: AV Club Book Club Science Club F.F.A. French Club Model U.N. S.A.D.D Senior Play Spanish Club Spring Musical Reality Check
8/02, revised 8/03, 8/06 Chateaugay Central School Attendance Policy Philosophy
Good attendance is an integral part of every student’s education. Chateaugay Central School is committed to promoting a sound attendance policy that will lead to the development of skills, understanding, and knowledge that will enhance student performance. Although the District will strive to encourage all students to attend school daily and keep parents informed of excessive absences, it should be understood that it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to attend and the parents to ensure attendance at school on a regular basis. Strategies to Meet Philosophy A. The attendance policy will be included in student handbooks and will be reviewed with the students at the start of the school year. B. Parents will receive a copy of this policy at the start of the school year. Parents will be asked to review this policy and to sign and return a statement indicating that they have read and understand the policy. C. The attendance policy will be reviewed with parents at all of the school orientation meetings held in September. D. School newsletters will include a summary of the policy and periodic reminders of the components included in this policy. E. The District will provide a copy of the attendance policy to all staff members. F. Copies of this policy will also be made available to any community member upon request. Excused vs. Unexcused vs. Exempted Absences K-12 A. Excused absences, tardiness, and early departures from school or class are defined as those due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads or unsafe weather conditions, religious observances, quarantine, required court appearances, attendance at health clinics/doctor’s office, approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs, military obligations, and such other reasons as may be approved by the building principals. Chateaugay Central School reserves the right to request written confirmation from physicians and/or other caregivers to verify student absences, tardies, or early dismissals. Excused absences are counted along with unexcused absences in determining course credit and retention. B. Exempted absences are school-related absences that are not counted for this policy. They include music lessons, field trips, sports trips, guidance appointments, health office appointments, senior trip, ISS, state testing, and such other reasons as may be approved by the building principals. C. All other absences, tardiness and early departures are considered Unexcused. Some examples of unexcused absences, tardiness, and early departures include but are not limited to “woke up late,” “needed at home,” “picking up early,” “family vacation,” and “personal reasons.” 27
Recording and Reporting Attendance K-6 Classroom teachers will take morning attendance and send absentee names to the elementary secretary [office]/designee. The elementary secretary/designee may contact parents/guardians to ascertain the reason for the student’s absence. If a student returns to school from an absence, tardy, or early dismissal without a written excuse, the classroom teacher will note the number of days missed on a school excuse form and will send it to the elementary secretary/designee. The elementary secretary/designee will mail the school excuse form home to the student’s parents requesting an excuse for the absence(s). If no excuse is received within five (5) school days of the date on the school form, the absence(s) will be coded as unexcused. 7-12 First period teachers will take morning attendance and report absentees to the school nurse/designee on student attendance cards. Parents/Guardians may be contacted regarding a student being absent and the reason for the absence. Attendance will be taken during each class period in grades 7-12 and reported to the high school office. If a student returns to school from an absence, tardy, or early dismissal without a written excuse, the nurse /designee will note the number of days missed on a school excuse form. The school nurse/designee will mail the school excuse form home to the student’s parent requesting an excuse for the absence(s). If no excuse is received within five (5) school days of the date on the school form, the absence(s) will be coded as unexcused. Coding System K-12 A list of codes and meanings of such absences, tardiness and early departures are as follows: EA – Excused Absence UA – Unexcused Absence ET – Excused Tardiness UT – Unexcused Tardiness ED – Excused Early Departure UD – Unexcused Early Departure X – Exempted Absence Course Credit/Retention Policy K-6 Students in grades K-6 who have more than 18 absences (excused and unexcused) for the year may be retained in their current grade regardless of their grades. Students may appeal the denial of promotion because of excessive absences. Appeals will be heard for those instances where unusual circumstances beyond the control of the student or the family exist by the building level team.
7-12 Students must meet the minimum standard of attendance to receive credit for courses in which they are enrolled. Regardless of quarterly marks and semester or final test marks, students shall be denied credit in a course if they exceed the following limits on excused and unexcused absences: A. In a full year course, a student shall be denied credit if he/she has more than 18 absences for the year. B. In a lab science (2/wk), a student shall be denied credit if he/she has more than 24 absences for the year. In a lab science (1/wk), a student shall be denied credit if he/she has more than 21 absences for the year. C. In a semester course, a student shall be denied credit if he/she has more than 9 absences in the course. D. In physical education, band, and chorus, a student shall be denied credit if he/she has more than 10 absences for the year. E. In a quarterly course, a student shall be denied credit if he/she has more than 5 absences for the course. F. Students with excused or unexcused tardies and/or early departures, that are not in attendance for 20 minutes of class time, will be considered absent when determining the total number of class absences. Chateaugay Central School reserves the right to request written confirmation from physicians and/or other caregivers to verify student tardies and/or early dismissals. G. Students may appeal the denial of credit because of excessive absences. Appeals will be heard for those instances where unusual circumstances beyond the control of the student or the family exist by the building level team(s). Attendance Incentive The District will design and implement systems to acknowledge a student’s efforts to maintain and improve school attendance: K-6 A. Honoring the students with Perfect Attendance or Outstanding Attendance at an end of the year awards ceremony. B. Lottery drawing to award a yearly prize at an end of the year awards ceremony from among the students with Perfect and Outstanding Attendance. K-12 B. Lottery drawing to award a yearly prize on Moving Up/Awards Day from among the students with Perfect Attendance. C. Honoring the students with Perfect Attendance or Outstanding Attendance on Moving Up/Awards Day.
Disciplinary Consequences K-12 Unexcused absences, tardiness and early departures will result in disciplinary action consistent with the district’s Code of Conduct. Those penalties may include – Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III detention as described in the student Code of Conduct. In extreme circumstances of poor student attendance, the building principals may also make referrals to outside agencies such as Child Protective Services and/or Probation. Notification of Parents/Guardian K-6 Classroom teachers will notify the Elementary Principal/elementary secretary/designee when a student reaches five (5) absences from school. Parents will be notified by mail regarding their son/daughter’s absences. When a student reaches the 9th absence, the parent/guardian must meet with the principal to review the attendance policy and develop an action plan for appropriate intervention to correct the situation. Parents will receive notification by mail each time their son/daughter reaches a significant number of absences from school after the first notification. 7-12 Teachers will notify the High School Principal/Guidance Office when a student accumulates five (5) absences from class. Parents will be notified by mail regarding their son/daughter’s absences. When a student reaches the 5th absence for a semester course or physical education, 9 for a full year course or 12 for a lab science course, the parent/guardian must meet with the principal or guidance counselor to review the attendance policy and develop an action plan for appropriate intervention to correct the situation. Parents will receive notification by mail each time their son/daughter reaches a significant number of absences from school after the first notification. Intervention Strategies A. After a student reaches five absences in a marking period, an intervention phase will be implemented. This phase will be guided by the high school principal and pupil personnel services (comprised of school counselors, nurse, school psychologist, teachers etc.) and will reflect the needs of each individual student. Teachers or the nurse will notify the principal when absences place a student at risk and a required meeting will take place with the student along with notification of the parent. If absences do not improve after the meeting, the principal will notify the pupil personnel services team and they will recommend a plan and it will be implemented and monitored under the auspices of the building principal. It should be noted that any investigation regarding any student will be kept confidential. Intervention strategies may include counseling, remedial academic assistance, the provision of alternative educational programs at BOCES, and/or referral to other agencies for assistance. The in-school intervention will be available to the student as long as necessary. In instances where, despite all efforts, the student’s pattern of attendance constitutes “habitual truancy” and the child is of compulsory age, a referral to Family Court may be necessary. B. In a case where absences are due to serious illness, the school district will provide the appropriate home instruction. (See Education Law #3214.2 & Board of Education Policy JG dealing with eligibility for home instruction). C. If attendance problems persist after implementation of the intervention phase, a consequence of nonacademic nature, such as loss of privileges, will be considered by the high school principal. These restrictions may include but are not limited to:
1. staying for detention or getting extra help from a teacher during 10th period. 2. assignment to Tier Two detention. 3. assignment to Tier Three detention, which involves loss of privileges to participate in extracurricular activities. If these prove to be ineffective, other possible consequences are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. withdrawal of school parking privileges or the right to drive to school. losing senior privileges if they are seniors. loss of membership in the athletic association or other groups. loss of class office, student council etc. no attendance at dances (including proms), and sporting events. loss of employment certificate and notification of employers involved.
Opportunity to Make Up Missed Work K-12 Teachers will make themselves available to respond to questions from students about missed work (10th period/Double Dismissal) following a student’s absence. Students who are absent, tardy, or who have an early departure must arrange an assignment with the teacher to cover the missed classroom activities. Only those students with excused or exempted absences, tardiness, or early departures will be given the opportunity to make up a test and/or turn in a late homework assignment for the inclusion in the calculation of the performance portion of their final grade. Despite work being made up for an excused absence, that absence still counts toward the total allowable. Attendance and Grade Requirements to Attend Summer School 6-12 Many students from Chateaugay Central School take advantage of the regional summer school run by FEH BOCES. It is important that students put forth a maximum effort into being successful during the school year. A. Minimum Attendance A student who has in excess of 36 absences for a full year course (grade 6) or 18 absences for a semester course may not attend summer school for credit. (Students may attend for Academic Intervention purposes).
B. Grade Requirements A student who has a course average (overall average for grade 6) of less than 55 will not be allowed to attend the summer school course for credit. (Students may attend for Academic Intervention purposes). Absences and After School Activities Students are not allowed to participate in or be in attendance at after school activities on days when absent from school. The school’s accident and liability insurance does not cover students on a day when they have not been in attendance during the regular school day.
Therefore, students who have been absent during the regular school day are not allowed to take part in after school or evening activities on the day of such absence. This includes any activity, team practice, games, dances or spectators at evening events. Any deviation from this policy due to unusual circumstances must be approved in writing by the building principal. Note: For this purpose a student will be considered absent from school if not present for at least two periods. Attendance Review Committee The Building Level School Improvement Team shall annually review the student attendance records and, if such records show a decline in student attendance, the team shall revise this comprehensive plan and make recommendations to the plan to improve student attendance. In June a committee including the school nurse, guidance counselor, teacher (member of the School Improvement Team) and the Principal will review each case of excessive absences and the circumstances surrounding the absences. After each review, an appropriate action plan will be implemented to improve the student attendance for the upcoming school year.
Adopted 8/01, revised 8/04, 8/06, 8/07
Chateaugay Central School District Code of Conduct
The board of education (board) is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive and district personnel may deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, other district personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal. The district has a long-standing set of expectations for conduct on school property and at school functions. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity. The board recognizes the need to clearly define these expectations for acceptable conduct on school property, to identify the possible consequences of unacceptable conduct, and to ensure that discipline when necessary is administered promptly and fairly. To this end, the board adopts this code of conduct (code). Unless otherwise indicated, this code applies to all students, school personnel, parents and other visitors when on school property or attending a school function.
For purposes of this code, the following definitions apply. "Disruptive student" means an elementary or secondary student under the age of 21 who is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher's authority over the classroom. "Parent" means parent, guardian or person in parental relation to a student. "School property" means in or within any building, structure, athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or land contained within the real property boundary line of a public elementary or secondary school, or in or on a school bus, as defined in Vehicle and Traffic law S142. "School function means any school-sponsored extra-curricular event or activity such as an athletic contest or a field trip. "Violent student" means a student under the age of 21 whom: 1. Commits an act of violence upon a school employee, or attempts to do so. 2. Commits, while on school property or at a school function, an act of violence upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or at the school function, or attempts to do so. 3. Possesses, while on school property or at a school function, a weapon. 4. Displays, while on school property or at a school function, what appears to be a weapon. 5. Threatens verbally or physically while on school property or at a school function, to use a weapon. 6. Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys the personal property of any school employee or any person lawfully on school property or at a school function. 7. Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys school district property. "Weapon" means a firearm as defined in 18 USC S921 for purposes of the Gun-Free School Act. It also means any other gun, BB gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, disguised gun, dagger, kirk, razor, 33
stiletto, switchblade knife, box cutter, cane sword, electronic dart gun, kung fu star, electronic stun gun, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive or incendiary bomb, or other device, instrument, material or substance that can cause physical injury or death when used to cause physical injury or death.
III. Essential Partners
In order for any school community to be successful, a group of “essential partners” must work together toward one common goal, the education, safety, and well being of the students. Chateaugay Central School’s list of essential partners includes the Board of Education, School Superintendent, Principals, teachers, counselors, Parents, and Students. The following is a list of those essential partners and the responsibility of each member. A. Board of Education The board of education shall: 1. Collaborate with student, teacher, administrator, and parent organizations, school safety personnel and other school personnel to develop a code of conduct and policies that clearly define expectations for the conduct of students, district personnel and visitors on school property and at school functions. 2. Adopt and review at least annually the district's code of conduct. 3. Lead by example by conducting board meetings in a professional, respectful, courteous manner. B. School Superintendent The school superintendent shall: 1. Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting active teaching and learning. 2. Review with district administration the policies of the board of education and state and federal laws relating to school operations and management. 3. Inform the board about educational trends relating to student discipline. 4. Work to create instructional programs that minimize problems of misconduct and are sensitive to student and teacher needs. 5. Work with district administrators in enforcing the code of conduct and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly. C. Principals All principals shall: 1. Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting active teaching and learning. 2. Ensure that students and staff have the opportunity to communicate regularly with the principal and approach the principal for redress of grievances. 3. Evaluate on a regular basis all instructional programs. 4. Support the development of and student participation in appropriate extracurricular activities. 5. Are responsible for enforcing the code of conduct and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly.
D. Teachers All district teachers shall: 1. Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity, which will strengthen students' self-concept and promote confidence to learn. 2. Be prepared to teach. 3. Demonstrate interest in teaching and concern for student achievement. 4. Know school policies and rules, and enforce them in a fair and consistent manner. 5. Communicate the following to students and parents on a regular basis: a. Course objectives and requirements b. Marking/grading procedures c. Assignment deadlines d. Expectations for students e. Classroom discipline plan 6. Communicate regularly with students, parents and other teachers concerning growth and achievement. E. School Counselors All school counselors shall: 1. Assist students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social and emotional problems. 2. Initiate teacher/student/counselor conferences and parent/teacher/student/counselor conferences, as necessary, as a way to resolve problems. 3. Regularly review with students their educational progress and career plans. 4. Provide information to assist students with career planning. 5. Encourage students to benefit from the curriculum and extracurricular programs by attending orientation sessions and being mentored by upper class people. F. Parents All parents shall: 1. Recognize that the education of their child(ren) is a joint responsibility of the parents and the school community. 2. Send their children to school ready to participate and learn. 3. Ensure their children attend school regularly and on time. 4. Ensure absences are excused. 5. Insist their children be dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code. 6. Help their children understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe, orderly environment. 7. Know school rules and help their children understand them. 8. Convey to their children a supportive attitude toward education and the district. 9. Build good relationships with teachers, other parents and their children's friends. 10. Help their children deal effectively with peer pressure, if the problem can't be corrected at home notify the school. 11. Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance. 12. Provide a place for study and ensure homework assignments are completed.
G. Students All district students shall: 1. Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conducive to learning and to show respect to other persons and to property. 2. Be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations dealing with student conduct. 3. Attend school every day unless they are legally excused and be in class, on time, and prepared to learn. 4. Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and strive toward their highest level of achievement possible. 5. React to direction given by teachers, administrators and other school personnel in a respectful, positive manner. 6. Work proactively to develop mechanisms to control their anger, by attending peer mediation, meeting with the appropriate school personnel. 7. Ask questions when they do not understand. 8. Seek help in solving problems that might lead to discipline. 9. Dress appropriately for school and school functions. 10. Accept responsibility for their actions. 11. Conduct themselves as representatives of the district when participating in or attending schoolsponsored extracurricular events and to held themselves to the highest standards of conduct, demeanor, and sportsmanship.
IV. Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students of the Chateaugay Central School 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 or the student and his/her parent has signed a more restrictive agreement such as the Athletic Code of Conduct. A. Student Rights In the district’s effort to promote a safe, healthy, orderly and civil school environment, all district students have the right to: 1. Take part in all district activities on an equal basis regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation or disability unless properly suspended from participation pursuant to the district's discipline policy. 2. Present their version of the relevant events to school personnel authorized to impose a disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty. 3. Access school rules and, when necessary, receive an explanation of those rules from school personnel. 4. Receive a plain language summary of the student discipline code, which is included in the student handbook, at the beginning of the school year. Each new student will be given a copy of the student handbook upon enrolling in classes. 5. Be suspended from instruction only after their rights pursuant to Education Law #3214 have been observed. 6. Be allowed to address the Board of Education on the same terms as any citizen.
B. Student Responsibilities The responsibilities of all district students are as outlined in the student section (section G) of part III, Essential Partners.
V. Student Dress Code
All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop and understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting. It must be noted that the dress code is open to a wide variety of interpretation. The building principals/designees have the final say in determining what items are inappropriate and will make every effort to enforce the policy uniformly. Each building principal/designee shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year. The following should be used as a guideline and should not be considered an exhaustive list. The building principals have the authority to make revisions to the dress code during the school year should a current need or trend necessitate doing so. This includes intervening when the building principal determines that a student or group of students are dressing in a manner that is creating a distraction to the educational process, considered to be gang related, or is intended to harass, menace, or bully. A. Dress Code Guidelines A student's dress, grooming and appearance, including jewelry, accessories, and make-up, shall: 1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process. Students should note that in certain classes where clothing safety is an additional concern, such as physical education or woodshop, additional restrictions on appropriate attire will be outlined and enforced by the teacher 2. Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front and/or back) and see-through garments are not appropriate. Clothing intended for use as swimwear, pajamas, or underwear are also not appropriate. 3. Ensure that shorts and skirts are of an appropriate length. (A good rule of thumb is that the hem of the garment should be of fingertip length when holding your hands by your side. This rule however can vary depending on body type.) 4. Ensure that shirts and waistlines completely cover the midriff without continual adjustment. 5. Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing. Clothing with rips and/or tears in inappropriate areas are not allowed. 6. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed. 7. Not include the wearing of hats, except for medical or religious purpose. 8. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous or denigrate other on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Items that display pictures or text with a “dual meaning” where one of the interpretations can be considered inappropriate are also not allowed. 9. Not include logos, pictures, or text that promotes and/or endorses the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourages other illegal or violent activities. 10. Not include cell-phones, beepers, pagers, or two-way communication devices during regular school hours. 11. Not include the wearing of sunglasses unless medically necessary.
B. Violating of the Dress Code Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in school suspension for the day. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.
VI. Prohibited Student Conduct and Student Discipline
The board of education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, district personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of school facilities and equipment. The best discipline is self-imposed, and students must learn to assume and accept responsibility to their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. District personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students' ability to grow in self-discipline. The board recognizes the need to make its expectations for student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school functions outside of the school building specific and clear. Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior and who violate these school rules, will be required to accept the penalties for their conduct. The rules of conduct listed below are intended to make the board’s expectation of student behavior very clear. These rules also highly stress school safety and respect for the rights and property of others. The following information is part of a positive approach of encouraging students to practice self-discipline. Self-discipline is the ability of a person to see the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior, to make all attempts to exhibit acceptable behavior, and to learn to accept the consequences of his/her actions when he/she exhibits unacceptable behavior. Society expects its adult citizens to have learned self-discipline and to abide by its code of acceptable behaviors (laws). The following list of school guidelines is intended to help students in learning self-discipline. Most students learn to cooperate and comply with all school rules just by being made aware of their existence. For a minority of students, it is necessary to outline the consequences for irresponsible (or unacceptable) behavior. A. Procedure In The Early Identification And Resolution Of Discipline Problems Pupil service personnel, administrators, teachers, and others shall report to the building principal, students who are having problems or appear to be having problems regarding matters covered in the discipline code. Parents are also invited to advise the building principal of concerns they may have regarding their children, pertaining to the discipline code. Students are expected to report to teachers or the building administrator any student who appears to be having discipline problems. Students are expected to cooperate in any conferences regarding the discipline of that student. When the building principal is aware of, or has received a report from pupil services 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 that 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. 38
The purpose of the procedure is to identify possible problems early 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. B. Student Rights and Responsibilities The following is a list of student's rights, the responsibilities that go with those rights, examples of irresponsible behavior subject to disciplinary action and the consequences of exhibiting irresponsible behavior. 1. EACH STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO ATTEND SCHOOL AND SCHOOL FUNCTIONS WITHOUT THE FEAR OF INTIMIDATION, BODILY HARM, OR ENDANGERMENT OF HEALTH OR WELFARE BY OTHERS. Student's Responsibilities • To be respectful and reasonable • To demonstrate courteous behavior to students and teachers • To refrain from fighting with anyone • To refrain from using illegal drugs, tobacco products and/or alcohol, on school grounds Examples of irresponsible behavior include, but are not limited to the following: (i) harassment, verbal abuse and intimidation of students, teachers, principal or other members of the school staff, on or off school campus.
Consequence: 1) FIRST OFFENSE - warning, notify parents and 2 days detention 2) SECOND OFFENSE - notification of parents, 1-3 days of in school suspension 3) THIRD OFFENSE - notification of parents, 5 days of in-school suspension NOTE: All consequences depend on severity and repeated behavior. (ii) Fighting
Consequence: 1) FIRST OFFENSE - Student will be given ISS for a period of three to five days. NOTE: Exception to this may be made in consideration of (a) previous behavior record (b) one party being clearly more aggressive than another. 2) SECOND OFFENSE - (a) Student will automatically be suspended out of school for 5 days. (b) Student and his or her parents will be required to conference with the superintendent. 3) THIRD OFFENSE - The student will be given OSS for a minimum of 5 days. The student and his or her parents will be required to attend a superintendent's hearing. (iii) Using Tobacco
Using tobacco means that while on school grounds, school bus or a school sponsored function include, but are not limited to: 1) having a cigarette or other tobacco products on the person, in the mouth or hand. 2) smoke coming from the mouth. 3) disposing of a tobacco product. 4) obvious connection between student(s) and tobacco found in the immediate area. 39
Consequence: 1) FIRST OFFENSE - The student will receive ISS for 3 days and will be referred to the school's substance abuse counselor. 2) SECOND OFFENSE - The student will receive ISS for 5 days and will be referred to the school's substance abuse counselor. A conference with the student and his/her parents may also be requested. (iv) Using Drugs or Alcohol Using drugs or alcohol means that while on school grounds, school bus or a school sponsored function include, but are not limited to: 1) possessing alcoholic beverage bottle or container. 2) exhibiting intoxicating or drugged behavior. 3) smell of alcohol on the breath. 4) possessing illegal pills, marijuana or other illegal drug products. 5) consumption of illegal drugs or alcohol. Consequence: 1) FIRST OFFENSE - (a) Parents will be notified and student will be taken home if at all possible. If the student cannot be taken home, he or she will be removed from classes for the remainder of the day. (b) The student will receive ISS or OSS 3 days. (c) The student will be referred to the substance abuse counselor. 2) SECOND OFFENSE - (a) Parents will be notified and the student will be taken home if at all possible. If the student cannot be taken home, he or she will be removed from classes for the remainder of the day (b) Student will receive 5 days of ISS or OSS. (c) Student will be referred to the substance abuse counselor, (d) Student will be requested to bring parents in and a home action plan will be designed. (e) Student's extracurricular activities may be restricted 3) THIRD OFFENSE - A Superintendent's Hearing NOTE: All students will also abide by the rules set forth in any activity or organization they belong to, such as the Uniform Code of Conduct for Athletes, Band, Chorus, National Honor Society, Student Council etc. A Comprehensive Policy concerning alcohol and information about any available drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and re-entry programs that are available to students and employees is located in the main office upon request. (v) Selling, Giving or Passing Drugs or Alcohol at School Functions
The use, sale (including giving or passing), or possession of marijuana, alcohol or other drugs on school property is a very serious matter. Cases involving acts mentioned above must be reported to the police and will usually result in the guilty party being charged with a violation, misdemeanor or felony under NYS law. While school personnel have little control over actions to be taken by legal authorities, in the instance of drug or alcohol possession or use in school, they do have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of all students. Therefore, we will make every effort to insure that drugs and alcohol are not brought into or used on school property. Alcoholic beverage includes, but is not limited to: alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer, cider or any other substance having an alcoholic content. Drug or controlled substance includes, but is not limited to: all drugs, except those taken in accordance with a current prescription, signed by a physician, and which is to be taken by that particular student, at the time in question. 40
Consequence: The Board of Education, in assuming this responsibility, requires the following action to be taken automatically, in cases of violations involving drugs or alcohol, as mentioned above: 1) The student will automatically be placed on ISS or OSS for a period of five school days. 2) The student and his or her parents/guardian will be requested to come in for a conference. 3) The student will be referred to a substance abuse counselor. NOTE: The above automatic procedure will be followed in addition to any action that may be taken by police authorities (vi) Engaging in Bullying Behavior Definition of bullying behavior includes, but is not limited to - Bullying is a pattern of behavior that occurs repeatedly, over time in which a student or group of students specifically targets another student or group of students for physical, verbal, psychological, or sexual abuse. Bullying almost always involves an imbalance of power between the victim(s) and the bully/bullies. Types of bullying behavior include but are not limited to the following examples: 1) Physical: Includes punching, poking, strangling, hair pulling, hitting, biting, and stealing 2) Verbal: Includes name-calling, insults, teasing, put-downs, and gossip 3) Emotional: Includes tormenting, extorting, defaming, humiliating, blackmailing, and rating/ranking of personal characteristics. May also include manipulating friendships through rejecting, isolating, and ostracizing their victims. 4) Sexual: Includes many of the actions listed above as well as sexual propositioning, sexual harassment and abuse involving actual physical and sexual assault Reporting Bullying Behavior If a staff member or student witnesses what they believe to be bullying behavior, they are expected to report it at once to the appropriate building principal. Due to the extremely sensitive nature often associated with bullying, students are also welcome to make anonymous reports of bullying behavior through the building principals’ secretaries. Consequences: Due to the severe nature of bullying some or all of the following disciplinary measures may be used in addition to the normal school consequences of Tier I & II detention, ISS, and OSS. 1) Restriction of all social interaction within the school setting. May include secluded seating on bus, in cafeteria, or in classroom, not being allowed to attend after school functions or activities, etc. 2) Adult supervision. An adult may be asked to supervise any movement throughout the building. 3) Restitution. A written apology and prevention plan must be submitted to the appropriate adult supervisor (teacher, principal). Monetary restitution may also be required if the bullying behavior caused physical damage to the school or the victim’s personal belongings. 4) Education. The bully and his/her parents must meet with the appropriate building principal to discuss the consequences and the submitted prevention plan. (vii) School Safety and Security
Examples of irresponsible behavior include, but are not limited to: 1) turning in a false bomb threat. 2) setting off fire alarms. 3) tampering with safety equipment. 4) setting off fire crackers. 5) igniting material. 41
6) possessing a weapon. 7) endangering the welfare of others. Consequences: 1) warning 2) notification of parents 3) confiscation of items identified 4) notification of law enforcement authorities 5) 1 to 5 days ISS or OSS 2. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO ATTEND SCHOOL AND ALL CLASSES DAILY Student Responsibilities • To be present at 1st period class where attendance will be taken. Everyone must attend 1st period and be prompt to all classes. • To attend all assigned classes and study halls. • To follow required procedures for entering and leaving school (see the Chateaugay Central School attendance policy JBD-C). • To remain in all classes and study halls until dismissed. • To have a pass when in the hall during a class period when required to do so. • To supply excuses for absence or tardiness within 5 days of returning to school. Examples of irresponsible behavior include, but are not limited to: (i) Tardiness/Absence w/o a written explanation from parents (ii) Truancy from school or class (iii) Leaving school building or grounds without permission (iv) Forging passes or other documents (v) Loitering in the following areas; in/near bathrooms, in the halls during class periods or tenth period, outside of the buildings, or in the parking lot (vi) Failure to report to detention Consequences: 1) FIRST OFFENSE - Warning, notification of parents 0-3 detentions 2) SECOND OFFENSE - Notification of parents 2-5 detentions 3) THIRD OFFENSE - Notification of parents 1-3 days ISS 4) FOURTH OFFENSE - Notification of parents 3-5 days ISS. 3. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO HAVE HIS/HER PROPERTY AND PRIVACY RESPECTED BY OTHERS. Student Responsibilities • To respect the rights and property of every other person. • To take personal responsibility for their own belongings. • To refrain from the expression of highly emotional behavior or outbursts. • To avoid obscene, indecent or inappropriate behavior or language. Examples of irresponsible behavior include, but are not limited to: (i) taking of money or material goods. (ii) blaming others for lack of personal responsibility for their own actions or belongings. (iii) public displays of affection.
obscene, indecent, inappropriate behavior, foul language obscene gestures, or exposing others to offensive conditions and disregard for the privacy of others or self. Consequences: 1) Warning 2) Notification of parents 3) 1-5 detentions 4) 1-5 days suspension
4. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO ATTEND ALL CLASSES AND STUDY HALLS FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDYING AND LEARNING WITHOUT DISRUPTION BY OTHER STUDENTS Student Responsibilities • To behave as a mature, responsible person. • To wisely use class and study hall time for learning. • To honestly prepare all assignments and complete all required class work. Examples of irresponsible behavior include, but are not limited to: (i) Insubordination toward principal or teachers. (failure to comply with a teacher or principal's reasonable request.) (ii) Acting in a manner that disrupts teaching and/or learning or any school functions. (iii) Cheating. Consequences of cheating: 1) The student will automatically receive a grade of zero for the assignment or test. 2) A letter will be sent to the student's parents describing the incident and other relevant information regarding classroom behavior. This letter will also contain an invitation to come to school for a meeting of teacher-student-parents and principal. The purpose of this meeting will be to determine the appropriate disciplinary action and whether the student will be allowed to continue in the course. 3) Other consequences may also be in effect such as removal from National Jr/Sr Honor society and/or student council. Consequences of insubordination or disruptive behavior: 1) FIRST OFFENSE - warning, notification of parents temporary removal from class, conference with teacher 0-3 detentions. 2) SECOND OFFENSE - Notification of parents, 1-3 day suspension. 3) THIRD OFFENSE - Notification of parents, 3-5 day suspension. 5. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO HAVE A CLEAN, SAFE AREA TO EAT LUNCH Student Responsibilities • To help maintain a clean and safe eating environment • To refrain from throwing objects or food in the cafeteria • To refrain from sitting on tables • Follow the cafeteria procedures for serving students. Examples of irresponsible behavior include, but are not limited to: (i) Throwing food in the cafeteria. (ii) Misuse of cafeteria facilities. 43
Eating food outside of the cafeteria area.
Consequence: 1) Notification of parents. 2) Clean the cafeteria. 3) 1-5 detentions served during lunchtime or tenth period. 6. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO A CLEAN BUILDING, FACILITIES AND GROUNDS Student Responsibilities: • To place trash and litter in appropriate container. • To have respect for school and personal property. • To have pride in the facilities provided by the public and to use these facilities with care and respect. Examples of irresponsible behavior include, but are not limited to: (i) Destruction or defacement of school property (ii) Possession of school property (i.e. outside of normally assigned location). Consequences: 1) FIRST OFFENSE - Warning, notification of parents restitution, up to 3 days suspension 2) SECOND OFFENSE Notification of parents, restitution, 3-5 days suspension, meeting with parents, student and principal 3) THIRD OFFENSE Notification of parents, restitution, 5 days suspension, superintendents hearing to consider additional suspension 7. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO HAVE THE USE OF A STUDENT PARKING LOT WHERE CARS CAN BE PARKED SAFELY AND USED REASONABLY Student Responsibilities • To follow all legal and safety regulations • To respect the personal property of others • To register the car with the main office every year and every change of vehicle. • To display parking sticker on windshield. Examples of irresponsible behavior include, but are not limited to: (i) Unsafe driving on school property (ii) Not registering car with school (iii) Parking in an illegal area or unauthorized area (iv) Not following regulations for drivers (v) Sitting in cars during the school day Consequences: 1) FIRST OFFENSE - Warning, notification of parents, loss of driving and 2) parking privilege for two weeks. 3) SECOND OFFENSE - Notification of parents, loss of driving and parking privilege for up to 3 school months. 4) THIRD OFFENSE - Notification of parents, loss of driving and parking privilege for 12 school months. 5) Depending on the situation, detention, suspension, or referral to law enforcement may also result.
8. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO BE TRANSPORTED SAFELY TO AND FROM SCHOOL, NFEC, AND ALL OTHER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES WHEN SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION IS USED. Student Responsibilities • To follow all rules of safety and courtesy at all times. • To follow all other school rules while on the bus Examples of irresponsible behavior include, but are not limited to: (i) Refusing to follow driver's instructions, distracting or being discourteous to the bus driver (ii) Ignoring safety regulations (iii) Fighting, disorderly conduct, or annoying other students (iv) Throwing of objects at, in, or out of the bus (v) Using profanity, loud, or abusive language (vi) Failure to remain properly seated while bus is in motion (vii) Soiling, littering, or damaging the bus (viii) Smoking or drinking on the bus (ix) Igniting materials. Consequences: 1) Warning. 2) Notification of parents. 3) Student-parent conference with driver and principal. 4) 1-3 days detention. 5) Bus cleaning responsibilities. 6) Suspension of bus riding privileges 1-5 days. In all of the above disciplinary descriptions, a final decision as to the disciplinary action will be at the discretion of the Principal. NOTES: Any detention assigned by the principal is considered Tier II. Students who have accumulated 6 Tier II detentions will be assigned to Tier III for the next infraction. Depending on the severity, the 2nd or 3rd offense penalty could be used immediately. Subsequent offenses by the same student will result in harsher disciplinary action, including suspension. Any student who has been assigned to Tier III is prohibited from participating in any after school or extracurricular activities while serving his/her Tier III and for 5 days from the end of the assigned Tier III(s). The following are examples of disciplinary actions to be taken. Action taken will depend on the situation after considering all circumstances. • • • • • • • • • • • Warning Notification of parents Temporary removal from class Parental conference or telephone conversation Pupil Personnel Services referral Cleaning detail Financial restitution Tier I, II, III detention In-school suspension Suspension (up to 5 days) Suspension (Superintendent's hearing with a recommendation of a suspension in excess of 5 days) 45
**NOTE REGARDING DISCIPLINARY ISSUES THAT OCCUR AT THE VERY END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR** Unfortunately, there have been incidents in the past where students have chosen to violate the code of conduct after the regular school year has ended, specifically, during finals week and on “turn-around” day. Oftentimes the defense that the student presents when this occurs is that the school no longer has any authority to impose disciplinary sanctions. With this in mind, the following disciplinary consequences will be in place for students who choose to violate the code of conduct after the regular school year has ended. Seniors: Seniors who are found to have violated the code of conduct to a degree, which would normally result in Tier III Detention (in-school suspension) or Out of School Suspension, will not be allowed to participate in graduation exercises. Further, if the violation of the code of conduct warranted any monetary restitution, the diploma(s) and transcript(s) of the student(s) involved will not be released until such restitution has been paid in full. Underclassmen: All normal consequences will be carried over into the following school year. C. Substantially Equivalent Instruction 1. Chateaugay Central School recognizes that those students who are under compulsory school age and who have been suspended from school must receive alternative instruction. Students over compulsory school age who have been suspended from school will be offered alternative education. 2. All students who are placed in in-school suspension will be placed under the supervision of a certified teacher or certified teaching assistant. That person will be responsible for conducting the instructional activities that have been developed by the classroom teacher(s). The student’s day in the in-school suspension program will mirror the regular program as closely as possible and will be designed to assist the student to successfully re-enter his/her regular education program. All the work done by the student will be treated in the same manner as for a student physically present in the class. Therefore, any work done will be marked by the classroom teacher and marks will be placed in the grade book. 3. Chateaugay Central School will see that immediate steps are taken for all students who are placed in outof-school suspension to assure the student’s attendance elsewhere and/or will provide adequate alternative instruction for all students who are suspended out of school. This instruction will be in the form of home instruction (See Education Law #3214.2) that requires a minimum of 10 hours per week of instruction by a certified teacher for a secondary level student. At the elementary level, 5 hours per week of instruction by a certified teacher is required. The grade from the student’s work will be factored into the student’s average. The principal will be responsible to see that adequate instruction is being given to all students who are suspended.
Discipline of Students with Disabilities
The board recognizes that it may be necessary to suspend, remove or otherwise discipline students with disabilities to address disruptive or problem behavior. The board also recognizes that students with disabilities entitled to certain procedural protections whenever school authorities intend to impose discipline upon them. The board is committed to ensuring that the procedures followed for suspending, removing or otherwise disciplining students with disabilities are consistent with the procedural safeguards required by applicable laws and regulations. This code of conduct affords students with disabilities subject to disciplinary action no greater or lesser rights than those expressly afforded by applicable federal and state law and regulations. 46
Authorized Suspensions or Removals of Students with Disabilities 1. For purposes of this section of the code of conduct, the following definitions will apply. A "suspension" means a suspension pursuant to Education Law S3214. A "removal" means a removal for disciplinary reasons from the student's current educational placement other than a suspension and change in placement to an interim alternative educational setting (IAES) ordered by an impartial hearing officer because the student poses a risk of harm to himself or herself or others. An "IAES" means a temporary educational placement for a period of up to 45 days, other than the student's current placement at the time the behavior precipitating the IAES placement occurred, that enables the student to continue to progress in the general curriculum, although in another setting, to continue to receive those services and modifications, including these described on the student's current individualized education program (IEP), that will enable the student to meet the goals set out in such IEP, and include services and modifications to address the behavior which precipitated the IAES placement that are designed to prevent the behavior from recurring. 2. School personnel may order the suspension or removal of a student with a disability from his or her current educational placement as follows: a. The board, the district (BOCES) superintendent of schools or a building principal may order the placement of a student with a disability into an IAES, another setting or suspension for a period not to exceed five consecutive school days and not to exceed the amount of time a non-disabled student would be subject to suspension for the same behavior. b. The superintendent may order the placement of a student with a disability into an IAES, another setting or suspension for up to 10 consecutive school days, inclusive of any period in which the student has been suspended or removed under subparagraph (a) above for the same behavior, if the superintendent determines that the student has engaged in behavior that warrants a suspension and the suspension or removal does not exceed the amount of time non-disabled students would be subject to suspension for the same behavior. c. The superintendent may order the placement of a student with a disability in an IAES to be determined by the committee on special education (CSE), for the same amount of time that a student without a disability would be subject to discipline, but not more than 45 days, if a student carries or possesses a weapon to school or to a school function, or the student knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs or sells or solicits the sale of a controlled substance while at school or a school function. 1) Weapon" means the same as "dangerous weapon" under 18 U.S.C. S930(g) (w) which includes "a weapon, device, instrument, material or substance, animate or inanimate, that is used for or is readily capable or causing death or serious bodily injury, except…(for) a pocket knife with a blade of less than 2 1/2 inches in length." 2) "Controlled substance" means a drug or other substance identified in certain provisions of the federal Controlled Substances Act specified in both federal and state law and regulations applicable to this policy. 3) "Illegal drugs" means a controlled substance except for those legally possessed or used under the supervision of a licensed health-care professional or that is legally possessed or used under any other authority under the Controlled Substances Act or any other federal law.
3. Subject to specified conditions required by both federal and state law and regulations, an impartial hearing officer may order the placement of a student with a disability in an IAES setting for up to 45 days at a time, if maintaining the student in his or her current educational placement poses a risk of harm to the student or others. B. Change of Placement Rule 1. A disciplinary change in placement means a suspension of removal from a student's current educational placement that is either: a. for more than 10 consecutive school days; or b. for a period of 10 consecutive school days or less if the student is subjected to a series of suspensions or removals that constitute a pattern because they cumulate to more than 10 school days in a school year and because of such factors as the length of each suspension or removal, the total amount of time the student is removed and the proximity of the suspensions or removals to one another. 2. School personnel may not suspend or remove a student with disabilities if imposition of the suspension or removal would result in a disciplinary change in placement based on a pattern of suspension or removal. However, the district may impose a suspension or removal, which would otherwise result in a disciplinary change in placement, based on a pattern of suspensions or removals if the CSE has determined that the behavior was not a manifestation of the student's disability, or the student is placed in an IAES for behavior involving weapons, illegal drugs or controlled substances. C. Special Rules Regarding the Suspension or Removal of Students with Disabilities 1. The district's Committee on Special Education shall: a. Conduct functional behavioral assessments to determine why a student engages in a particular behavior, and develop or review behavioral intervention plans whenever the district is first suspending or removing a student with a disability for more than 10 school days in a school year or imposing a suspension or removal that constitutes a disciplinary change in placement, including a change in placement to an IAES for misconduct involving weapons, illegal drugs or controlled substances. If subsequently, a student with a disability who has a behavioral intervention plan and who has been suspended or removed from his or her current educational placement for more than 10 school days in a school year is subjected to a suspension or removal that does not constitute a disciplinary change in placement, the members of the CSE shall review the behavioral intervention plan and its implementation to determine if modifications are necessary. If one or more members of the CSE believe that modifications are needed, the school district shall convene a meeting of the CSE to modify such plan and its implementation, to the extent the committee determines necessary. b. Conduct a manifestation determination review of the relationship between the student's disability and the behavior subject to disciplinary action whenever a decision is made to place a student in an IAES either for misconduct involving weapons, illegal drugs or controlled substances or because maintaining the student in his current educational setting poses a risk of harm to the student or others; or a decision is made to impose a suspension that constitutes a disciplinary change in placement. 2. The parents of a student who is facing disciplinary action, but who has not been determined to be eligible for services under IDEA and Article 89 at the time of misconduct, shall have the right to invoke applicable procedural safeguards set forth in federal and state law and regulations if, in accordance with federal and state statutory and regulatory criteria, the school district is deemed to have had knowledge that their child was a student with a disability before the behavior precipitating disciplinary action occurred. If the district is deemed to have had such knowledge, the student will be considered a student presumed to have a disability for discipline purposes. 48
a. The superintendent, building principal or other school official imposing a suspension or removal shall be responsible for determining whether the student is a student presumed to have a disability. b. A student will not be considered a student presumed to have a disability for discipline purposes if, upon receipt of information supporting a claim that the district had knowledge the student was a student with a disability, the district either: 1) conducted an individual evaluation and determined that the student is not a student with a disability, or 2) determined that an evaluation was not necessary and provided notice to the parents of such determination, in the manner required by applicable law and regulations. If there is no basis for knowledge that the student is a student with a disability prior to taking disciplinary measures against the student, the student may be subjected to the same disciplinary measures as any other non-disabled student who engaged in comparable behaviors. However, if a request for an individual evaluation is made while such non-disabled student is subjected to a disciplinary removal, an expedited evaluation shall be conducted and completed in the manner prescribed by applicable federal and state law and regulations. Until the expedited evaluation is completed, the non-disabled student who is not a student presumed to have a disability for discipline purposes shall remain in the educational placement determined by the district, which can include suspension. 3. The district shall provide parents with notice of disciplinary removal no late than the date on which a decision is made to change the placement of a student with a disability to an IAES for either misconduct involving weapons, illegal drugs or controlled substances or because maintaining the student in his/her current educational setting poses a risk of harm to the student or others; or a decision is made to impose a suspension or removal that constitutes a disciplinary change in placement. The procedural safeguard notice prescribed by the Commissioner shall accompany the notice of disciplinary removal. 4. The parents of a student with disabilities subject to a suspension of five consecutive school days or less shall be provided with the same opportunity for an informal conference available to parents of nondisabled students under the Education Law. 5. Superintendent hearings on disciplinary charges against students with disabilities subject to a suspension of more than five school days shall be bifurcated into a guilt phase and a penalty phase in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Commissioner's regulations incorporated into this code. 6. The removal of a student with disabilities other than a suspension or placement in an IAES shall be conducted in accordance with the due process procedures applicable to such removals of non-disabled students, except that school personnel may not impose such removal for more than 10 consecutive days or for a period that would result in a disciplinary change in placement, unless the CSE has determined that the behavior is not a manifestation of the student's disability. 7. During any period of suspension or removal, including placement in an IAES, students with disabilities shall be provided services as required by the Commissioner's regulations incorporated into this code. D. Expedited Due Process Hearings 1. An expedited due process hearing shall be conducted in the manner specified by the Commissioner's regulations incorporated into this code, if: 49
a. The district requests such a hearing to obtain an order of an impartial hearing officer placing a student with a disability in an IAES where school personnel maintain that it is dangerous for the student to be in his or her current educational placement, or during the pendency of due process hearings where school personnel maintain that it is dangerous for the student to be in his or her current educational placement during such proceedings. b. The parent requests such a hearing from a determination that the student's behavior was not a manifestation of the student's disability, or relating to any decision regarding placement, including but not limited to any decision to place the student in an IAES. 1) During the pendency of an expedited due process hearing of appeal regarding the placement of a student in an IAES for behavior involving weapons, illegal drugs or controlled substances, or on grounds of dangerousness, or regarding a determination that the behavior is not a manifestation of the student's disability for a student who has been placed in an IAES, the student shall remain in the IAES pending the decision of the impartial hearing officer or until expiration of the IAES placement, whichever occurs first, unless the parents and the district agree otherwise. 2) If school personnel propose to change the student's placement after expiration of an IAES placement, during the pendency of any proceeding to challenge the proposed change in placement, the student shall remain in the placement prior to removal to the IAES, except where the student is again placed in an IAES. 2. An expedited due process hearing shall be completed within 15 business days of receipt of the request for a hearing. Although the impartial hearing officer may grant specific extensions of such time period, he or she must mail a written decision to the district and the parents within five business days after the last hearing date, and in no event later than 45 calendar days after receipt of the request for a hearing, without exceptions or extensions. E. Referral to Law Enforcement and Judicial Authorities In accordance with the provisions of IDEA and its implementing regulations: 1. The district may report a crime committed by a child with a disability to appropriate authorities and such action will not constitute a change of the student's placement. 2. The superintendent shall ensure that copies of the special education and disciplinary records of a student with disabilities are transmitted for consideration to the appropriate authorities to whom a crime is reported.
VII. Corporal Punishment
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 to: 1. Protect oneself, another student, teacher or any person from physical injury. 2. Protect the property of the school or others. 3. Restrain or remove a student whose behavior interferes with the orderly exercise and performance of school district functions, powers and duties, if that student has refused to refrain from further disruptive acts. 50
The district will file all complaints about the use of corporal punishment with the Commissioner of Education in accordance with Commissioner's regulations.
VIII. Student Searches, Interrogations, and Investigations
A. Student Searches and Interrogations In recognition of certain societal problems which present themselves from time to time in our schools, the Chateaugay Central School Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools and Building Principals to conduct searches of students and their possessions for illegal matter or matter which violates school policy or regulations or otherwise constitutes a threat to the health, safety, welfare or morals of students attending our schools. Searches shall be conducted in accordance with the following regulations. In authorizing such searches, the Board acknowledges both state and federal constitutional rights, which are applicable to personal searches of students and searches of their possessions (e.g. pocket contents, book bags, handbags, etc.). Such searches shall not be conducted unless founded upon reasonable suspicion. Illegal matter or matter which otherwise constitutes a threat to the health, safety, welfare or morals of students attending our schools includes, but is not limited to, tobacco products, illegal drugs, harmful substances, alcoholic beverages, dangerous materials, weapons, chemicals, firearms, knives, explosive devices, and illegal substances. The Board recognizes that the use of illegal drugs, substances and alcohol by students, prior to, during, or after school hours constitutes an imminent threat to the health, safety, welfare and morals of the students attending our school. Such a threat hinders the ability of the Board to provide an environment conducive to learning. In order to combat the possession, use and/or trafficking of illegal drugs, contraband and alcohol, and in order to provide a learning friendly environment encouraging students to participate in the educational process, the board authorizes the use of dogs to detect illegal drugs and substances in the school lockers provided by the Board to the students. The superintendent of schools may negotiate a contract for the services of a dog or dogs and the necessary handlers to be used in detection of illegal substances, contraband, and drugs in school lockers, which shall become effective upon submission and approval, by resolution of the board. In addition, the superintendent of schools is authorized to arrange for the use of such dogs and the necessary personnel through federal, state, or local law enforcement or private contract agencies. Students shall be informed through district policy, student handbooks, or other means, that school lockers are not their private property but the property of the district and that as such may be opened and be subject to inspection from time to time by school officials. The Board authorizes searches of outer coats and jackets, as well as the emptying of pockets of clothing such as trousers or slacks by the building principals, and in his/her absence by the superintendent, where there is reasonable suspicion to believe that a student possesses illegal substances, contraband, drugs, or other items which violate school policy or regulations. B. Interrogation of students by police 1. It is the policy of this district to cooperate with law enforcement agencies. While police do not have a general power to interview children in schools, or to use school facilities in connection with police department work, the police may enter the schools of the district if a crime has been committed on school property, if they have a warrant for arrest or search, or if they have been invited by school officials. If the police enter the schools of the district for reasons other than those stipulated within this policy, they must first seek the approval from the building principal or superintendent. 2. When police have properly entered the school and desire to interview students in the school, the students must be afforded the same rights they have outside the school. The district shall contact the parents of 51
students and permit their presence prior to any interrogation by the police. Within the framework of their legal rights, students have the responsibility to cooperate with the police. C. Child Protective Services Investigations From time to time, child protective services may desire to conduct interviews of students on school property. Such interviews generally pertain to allegations of suspected child abuse and/or neglect. The Board encourages cooperation with child protective services in accordance with applicable social services law. Consistent with the district's commitment to keep students safe from harm and the obligation of school officials to report to child protective services when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a student has been abused or maltreated, the district will cooperate with local child protective services workers who wish to conduct interviews of students on school property relating to allegations of suspected child abuse, and/or neglect, or custody investigations. All requests by child protective services to interview a student on school property shall be made directly to building principal or his or her designee. The principal or his or her designee shall set the time and place of the interview. The principal or designee shall decide if it is necessary and appropriate for a school official to be present during the interview, depending on the age of the student being interviewed and the nature of the allegations. If the nature of the allegations is such that it may be necessary for the student to remove any of his or her clothing in order for the child protective services worker to verify the allegations, the school nurse or other district medical personnel must be present during that portion of the interview. No student may be required to remove his or her clothing in front of a child protective services worker or school official of the opposite sex. A child protective services worker may not remove a student from school property without a court order, unless the worker reasonably believes that the student would be subject to danger of abuse if not he or she were not removed from school before a court order can reasonably be obtained. If the worker believes the student would be subject to danger of abuse, the worker may remove the student without a court order and without the parent's consent. D. Searches And Interrogations Of Students And/Or Use Of Dogs To Detect Illegal Substances In Students’ Lockers Pursuant to the Board of Education authorization set forth in School Board policy entitled “Searches and Interrogations”, students may be subject to personal searches and searches of student lockers with the assistance of drug-detecting dogs. Searches shall be conducted in accordance with the following guidelines: 1. Students may be subject to personal searches and searches of their possessions where reasonable suspicion exists that such search will produce evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or school policy. Such searches may include searches of outer jackets and coats, as well as requiring students to empty their pockets or the contents of their handbag, book-bag, or other similar items. 2. Searches may be conducted by the superintendent of schools, a building principal, or school nurse in the presence of at least one other school official. 3. Frisks/pat down searches shall be based on a standard of probable cause and shall be conducted, whenever practicable, by law enforcement personnel at the request of
school officials. If law enforcement officials are unavailable, or if an immediate threat of harm to students and staff exists, such a search may be conducted by the school nurse or a school administrator of the same gender as the student in the presence of a teacher or administrator who is also of the same gender. 4. A search based upon the reasonable belief that the health or safety of those in our school is seriously and immediately threatened may be conducted with as much speed as is required to protect persons and property as is permitted by law. 5. Reasonable suspicion to conduct a search of a student or a student’s possessions and the scope of the particular search shall be based upon: the student’s age; the student’s history and record in school; the prevalence and seriousness of the problem to which the search is directed; the urgency necessitating an immediate search; and the probative value and reliability of information used as justification for the search. 6. The request for the search of a student’s possessions shall be directed to the building principal who shall attempt to obtain an admission from the student of possession of the illegal matter or matter which violates school policy or regulations, or a voluntary consent to the search. The search shall be limited to the extent necessary to locate the illegal matter or matter which violates school policy or regulations, except where the search produces a reasonable suspicion that other illegal matter or matter that violates school policy or regulations may be present. 7. Whenever practicable, the search should be conducted in the privacy of administrative offices, and a student should be present when his/her possessions are being searched. 8. The building principal shall be responsible for the prompt recording in writing of each student search. In the absence of the principal, the superintendent shall be responsible for such writing. Such writing shall include the reasons for the search, information received that established the need for the search, and, where appropriate, the name of any informant(s) from whom information was received (informants other than the district employees will be considered reliable if they have previously supplied information which was accurate and verified, if they make an admission against their own penal interest or if the same information is received independently from several informants). The written record of the student’s search shall also contain the names of those persons who were present when the search was conducted, any substance or objects discovered, and the disposition of such matter. 9. The building principal shall be responsible for the custody, control and disposition of any illegal or dangerous matter taken from a student. He or she will remain in control of such substance or objects unless the same are delivered to law enforcement authorities whereupon it shall be the responsibility of said building principal to personally deliver such matter to law enforcement authorities. A contraband locker or safe or locked drawer shall be maintained and kept locked by the building principal, or in his or her absence, contraband in such a locked container shall be maintained by the building principal. The log shall include the date and time the contraband was placed into the locker container, the name of the student from whom it was seized, the date and time it was removed, the disposition thereof and the initials of the individual placing and removing the contraband. Any illegal or dangerous matter shall only be disposed of by delivering same to law enforcement authorities. 10. Students have no reasonable expectation of privacy rights in school lockers, and the district exercises overriding control over such school property. The building principal shall give notice to all students that lockers may be subject to inspection at any time by school officials and/or law enforcement officials. Notice may also be given through student handbooks and through other means determined by the district. The building principal shall also give notice to all students that lockers may be subject to detection of illegal drugs, contraband and substances by dogs. 53
11. No police officer may enter the school of the district for the purposes of interrogating, searching or conducting formal investigations of students unless he/she has a warrant for arrest or search, or unless a crime has been committed on school property or if he/she has been invited or granted permission by school officials. If the police enter the schools of the district for reasons other than those stipulated within this policy, they must first seek the approval from the building principal or superintendent. E. Documentation Of Searches The following factors should be considered in order to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists with regard to a search of a student’s person his/her effects: 1. Eyewitness accounts (note by whom, date, time, place and detailed description of events and items witnessed). 2. Information from a “reliable source” (note from whom, time received, how information was received, received information and complete summary of information). 3. Suspicious behavior (note described behavior and explain suspicions). 4. An indication by a dog which has detected the odor of an illegal drug, contraband, or substance in, a locker as related by the handler (note the dog’s name, the handler’s name, date, time, locker, and complete summary of information indicating existence and location of illegal drugs or substances). If a search is conducted, the following information should be documented: 1. date, time, and location of search. 2. age of student. 3. circumstances contributing to exigency of search. 4. purpose of search and what item(s) were being searched for. 5. type of search and scope thereof. 6. person conducting search and his/her title and position. 7. witnesses of search. 8. results of search and materials(s) found, and disposition of such material. 9. results of parental notification. F. Regulations Pertaining To The Use Of Dogs To Detect Illegal Drugs And Substances In accordance with the terms and conditions of a contract between the district and the provider of the dog(s) and the handler(s), or in accordance with the arrangements or agreements made between the superintendent of schools and law enforcement authorities, dogs may be used from time to time, to detect illegal drugs and substances in the district’s lockers provided to the students. The use of the dogs is to combat the illegal use of drugs and other substances by students while in the school. It is the goal of the district to maintain a learningconducive environment for all of the students. The following guidelines apply to the use of the dogs. 1. The dog(s) and the handler(s) or law enforcement officer(s) shall be given access to a particular building by the Building Principal who shall be given advance notice by the superintendent of the date and time when the dog(s) and the handler(s) or law enforcement officer(s) shall be at the building. 2. The dog(s) and the handler(s) or law enforcement officer(s) shall access the building only during times when students are in class or after normal school hours. 3. The building principal shall notify all teachers, in advance, to not allow students to leave class while the dog(s) and the handler(s) are in the building. 4. Students shall remain in their respective classes until the dog(s) and the handler(s) orlaw enforcement officer(s) have completed the task of detection and the results have been communicated to the Building Principal, and the building principal has taken any necessary actions regarding detection(s), if any, by the dog(s) and the handler(s). 5. The building principal shall notify the teachers when it is permissible for students to leave their respective classes. 54
REFERENCES: Social Services Law 425 20 usc 1232g(b)(1)(1) New Jersey v. TLO, 105 S. Ct. 733(1985) In the Matter of Gregory M., 82 NY2d 588 1993) People v. Scott D., 34 NY2d 483 (1974) Horton v. Goose Creek Independent District, 690 F 2d 470(1982) Doe v. Renfrow, 531 F 2d 91, cert. Den. 451 US 1922 (1981) M.M. v. Anker, 477 F Supp. 837, aff’d 507 F.2d 532 (2d Cir.1979) Bellnier v. Lund, 438 F. Supp. 47 (1977) US v. Albarado, 495 F2d 799 9 (2d Cir. 1974) In re Ronald B., 61 AD 2d 204 (1978) People v. Overton, 24 NY2d 522 (1967) Opinion of Counsel, 1 EDR 800 (1959) Opinion of Counsel, 1 EDR 766 (1952)
IX. Visitors to the School
The board encourages parents and other district citizens to visit the district's schools and classrooms to observe the work of students, teachers and other staff. Since schools are a place of work and learning, however, certain limits must be set for such visits. The building principal or his or her designee is responsible for all persons in the building and on the grounds. For these reasons, the following rules apply to visitors to the schools: 1. There will be no guests without at least 1-day prior approval of the principal. There will be no guests at all during the months of May and June, due to final exams. 2. Anyone who is not a regular staff member or student of the school will be considered a visitor. 3. Any visitors to the school are required to report to the office of the principal upon arrival at the school. There they are required to sign the visitor's register during regular school hours. 4. Visitors attending school functions that are open to the public, such as parent-teacher conferences, organizational meetings, or public gatherings are not required to register. All visitors are expected to abide by the rules for public conduct on school property contained in this code of conduct.
X. Public Conduct on School Property
The district is committed to providing an orderly, respectful environment that is conductive to learning. To create and maintain this kind of an environment, it is necessary to regulate public conduct on school property and at school functions. For purposes of this section of the code, "public" shall mean all persons when on school property or attending a school function including students, teachers and district personnel. The restrictions on public conduct on school property and at school functions contained in this code are not intended to limit freedom of speech or peaceful assembly. The district recognizes that free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the objectives of the district. The purpose of this code is to maintain public order and prevent abuse of the rights of others. All persons on school property or attending a school function shall conduct themselves in a respectful and orderly manner. In addition, all persons on school property or attending a school function are expected to properly attired for the purpose they are on school property. 55
No person, either alone or with others, shall: 1. Intentionally injure any person or threaten to do so. 2. Intentionally damage or destroy school district property or the personal property or the personal property of a teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson. 3. Disrupt the orderly conduct of classes, school programs or other school activities. 4. Distribute or wear materials on school grounds or at school functions that are obscene, advocate illegal action, appear libelous, obstruct the rights of others, or are disruptive to the school program. 5. Intimidate, harass or discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability. 6. Enter any portion of the school premises without authorization or remain in any building or facility after it is normally closed. 7. Obstruct the free movement of any person in any place to which this code applies. 8. Violate the traffic laws, parking regulations or other restrictions on vehicles. 9. Possess, consume, sell, distribute or exchange alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or be under the influence of either on school property or at a school function. 10. Possess or use any tobacco products on school property or at school functions. 11. Possess or use weapons in or on school property or at a school function, except in the case of law enforcement officers or except in the case of law enforcement officers or except as specifically authorized by the school district. 12. Loiter on or about school property. 13. Gamble on school property or at school functions. 14. Refuse to comply with any reasonable order or identifiable school district officials performing their duties. 15. Willfully incite others to commit any of the acts prohibited by this code. 16. Violate any federal or state statute, local ordinance or board policy while on school property or while at a school function. 17. Use inappropriate, foul, slanderous, or libelous language or speech. B. Penalties
Persons who violate this code shall be subject to the following penalties: 1. Visitors. Their authorization, if any, to remain on school grounds or at the school function shall be withdrawn and they shall be directed to leave the premises. If they refuse to leave, they shall be subject to ejection. 2. Students. They shall be subject to disciplinary action as the facts may warrant, in accordance with the due process requirements. 3. Tenured faculty members. They shall be subject to disciplinary action as the facts may warrant in accordance with Education Law S3020a, or any other legal rights that they may have. 4. Staff members in the classified service of the civil service entitled to the protection of Civil Service law S75. They shall be subject to immediate ejection and to disciplinary action as the facts may warrant in accordance with Civil Service law S75 or any other legal rights that they may have. 5. Staff members other than those described in subdivisions 4 and 5. They shall be subject to warning reprimand, suspension or dismissal as the facts may warrant in accordance with any legal rights they may have. C. Enforcement 56
The building principal or his or her designee shall be responsible for enforcing the conduct required by this code. When the building principal or his or her designee sees an individual engaged in prohibited conduct, which in his or her judgment does not pose any immediate threat of injury to persons or property, the principal or his or her designee shall tell the individual that the conduct is prohibited and attempt to persuade the individual to stop. The principal or his or her designee shall also warn the individual of the consequences for failing to stop. The principal or his or her designee shall also warn the individual of the consequences for failing to stop. If the person refuses to stop engaging in the prohibited conduct, or if the person's conduct poses an immediate threat of injury to persons or property, the principal or his or her designee shall have the individual removed immediately from school property or the school function. If necessary, local law enforcement authorities will be contacted to assist in removing the person. The district shall initiate disciplinary action against any student or staff member, as appropriate, with the "Penalties" section above. In addition, the district reserves its right to pursue a civil or criminal legal action against any person violating the code.
XI. Dissemination and Review
A. Dissemination of Code of Conduct The board will work to ensure that the community is aware of this code of conduct by: 1. Providing copies of a summary of the code to all students at a general assembly held at the beginning of each school year. 2. Making copies of the code available to all parents at the beginning of the school year. 3. Providing all current teachers and other staff members with a copy of the code and a copy of any amendments to the code as soon as practicable after adoption. 4. Providing all new employees with a copy of the current code of conduct when they are first hired. 5. Making copies of the code available for review by students, parents and other community members. The board will sponsor an in-service education program for all district staff members to ensure the effective implementation of the code of conduct. The superintendent may solicit the recommendations of the district staff, particularly teachers and administrators, regarding in service programs pertaining to the management and discipline of students. The board of education will review this code of conduct every year and update it as necessary. In conducting the review, the board will consider how effective the code's provisions have been and whether the code has been applied fairly and consistently. The board may appoint an advisory committee to assist in reviewing the code and the district's response to code of conduct violations. The committee will be made up of representatives of student, teacher, administrator, and parent organizations, school safety personnel and other school personnel. Before adopting any revisions to the code, the board will hold at least one public hearing at which school personnel, parents, students and any other interested party may participate. The code of conduct and any amendments to it will be filed with the Commissioner no later than 30 days after adoption. 57
CHATEAUGAY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY
RULES: All food, gum, candy and drink is prohibited. Backpacks, bookbags, and duffel bags are to be left at the door or in lockers. All students coming to the library are required to have a written pass. Students coming from study halls must have library related work to do and are required to stay for the entire period. No secondary passes will be given including locker and hall passes. One person at a time will be permitted to use the restroom . No games, cards or earphones will be allowed in the library. Each student is expected to respect the rights of others by acting accordingly. Talking will be allowed only during the last five minutes of each period. BORROWING PRIVILEGES: Videorecordings may be taken out overnight. Non-current periodicals can be taken out for one week Students are allowed to check out books for a period of two weeks with two renewals. Encyclopedias, reference materials and reserve items (unless specified otherwise) may be taken overnight but must be returned the next day before the beginning of first period. OVERDUE library materials and equipment are the total responsibility of the student who signed them out. Failure to return items may result in one or more of the following: 1. loss of library privileges 2. parent contact 3. payment for lost or damaged library material 4. principal involvement COMPUTER PRIVILEGES: The computers with Internet access in the Library are to be used for school and class related educational and research purposes only. Chat rooms, Internet based e-mail, jokes, Instant Messenger, games and music are prohibited. Changing the settings or defaults, shutting down the computers or downloading anything to the hard drive is also prohibited. All printing and copying is for school related work only. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in the loss of library privileges. At the discretion of the librarian, any student demonstrating inappropriate behavior, language, or who are disruptive, or who are not respectful of another patron’s right to work uninterrupted, will be sent back to their study halls and/or referred to the principal. Cynthia Pickering, Library Media Specialist Revised June 2005
2/80, revised 8/06 Chateaugay Central School Revised Lunch Period Policy
Closed Campus Since February 1980, Chateaugay Central School has had a closed campus policy. This means that no student is to leave the building at any time unless they follow the guidelines outlined in the Attendance Policy (JBD-C) for being properly excused. Additional Lunch Period Restrictions 1. No students are to be excused during their lunch periods for the sole purpose of going uptown or out to lunch. (Parents/guardians only may arrange to pick-up their children in person during their lunch break if absolutely necessary.) 2. If it is determined by the principal that groups of students are getting excused for the purpose of gathering for lunch or other activities, those students involved will be subject to the discipline policy. 3. While the school makes all attempts to provide a nutritious and appealing lunch program, students may bring “brown-bag” lunches of their choosing if they wish. The following however is not allowed. a. Ordering lunch from local establishments to be delivered to the school. b. Having friends, teachers, or other staff members making “food-runs” to provide lunch for groups or individuals. c. Any other lunch/food situation that is determined by the principal to be distracting and/or detrimental to the school lunch program. 4. All food must be consumed in the cafeteria unless the principal authorizes special, schoolsponsored activities.
Students who fail to comply with this policy will be subject to school discipline as outlined in the District Code of Conduct.
SCHOOL DANCE RULES A school dance is defined as a school sponsored extracurricular fund raising activity, including the prom. Guests are defined as any student who is not currently enrolled at Chateaugay Central School, including CCS graduates. These guidelines have been established to insure that school dances provide a wholesome social activity for our students. Incidents of alcohol or drug use, smoking, fighting, and insubordination toward volunteer chaperones have no place at a school-sponsored function. The rules are as follows: 1. The hours for dances will be set by the high school principal in consultation with the class advisor. (Typically 8:00-11:00 pm for dances and 8:00-12:00 for the prom.) No one will be admitted to a dance after ½ hour from the start time has elapsed (typically 8:30 pm) unless the high school principal has granted permission in advance. Once admitted, students may not leave the school building for any reason and then return. If any student who is suspected of having consumed alcohol or drugs tries to enter, they will not be allowed to remain at the dance. Further, students who are suspected of having consumed alcohol or drugs will be detained until their parent/guardian has been contacted and a safe method of transportation home has been established. CCS students will be limited to signing up one guest. All guests will be subject to the same rules of conduct, and must be registered in advance with the high school principal. Any student wishing to sign up a guest should know the person that they are signing up. (No signing someone up for a friend) The high school principal reserves the right to deny entry to any guests. Chaperones will only be school employees. In order to allow for the students to have a fun, wholesome social activity with their peers, parents/guardians are not allowed in the gymnasium during the dance. All school rules included in the student code of conduct are in effect at all school activities including dances. Anyone violating the school code of conduct at a dance will be dismissed from the dance, disciplined in accordance with the code of conduct, which may include suspension from other future after school activities including, but not limited to dances.
SPECIAL RULES REGARDING THE PROM All dance and other school rules are also in effect for the prom. Suspected alcohol and/or drug use will not be overlooked simply because it is a special night where many students may have spent a great deal of money and time in preparation. The following is a list special rules for the prom: 1. Any CCS senior, junior, or sophomore may attend the prom either alone or with a date. Same sex couples are allowed. If a CCS senior, junior, or sophomore is bringing a date, the date may be any other CCS student in grades 9-12 or a guest who is a documented 9th grader or older and has been approved by the high school principal prior to the prom. Guests can only be signed up if they are coming as the date of the person signing them up. CCS freshmen may only attend the prom if they are the date of a CCS senior, junior, or sophomore. CCS freshmen may not attend the prom alone, with another CCS freshman, or as the date of any guests. Freshmen may not sign guests up. 7th and 8th graders may not attend the prom at all. The junior class who sponsors the prom may invite up to four (4) eighth graders (preferably 2 boys and 2 girls) to act as ticket takers and refreshment servers. Parents may enter the gymnasium for the crowning ceremony only.
IIBG-B Chateaugay Central School Technology Acceptable Use Policy Unless otherwise specified, the following shall apply equally to all Chateaugay Central School students, employees, volunteers, and any other persons authorized to use district technology resources. District Technology Philosophy The Chateaugay Central School (CCS) computer network (Local Area Network and Internet) and other related technologies and software is provided for staff and students to conduct research, communicate with others, and to provide valuable technology integration into all curricular areas. The primary focus of district technology is to support instruction as well as the orderly operation of all district offices. Any use of technology that is not directly related to the district’s technology philosophy is strictly prohibited. Privacy Statement The computer coordinator and/or other school officials may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and to ensure that staff members and students are using the system responsibly. All data stored on CCS equipment remain the property of CCS and are subject to control and inspection. It should not be expected that information stored on the CCS computer system would be private. All e-mail and data files are subject to search. Any messages transmitted through the CCS computer network are under CCS jurisdiction and should not be considered private. Administration 1. The superintendent of schools shall designate a computer coordinator to oversee the district's computer network and related applications. 2. The computer coordinator shall monitor and examine all network activities as deemed appropriate to ensure proper use of the system. 3. He/she shall disseminate and interpret district policy and regulations governing use of the district's network at the building level with all network users. 4. He/she shall provide employee training for proper use of the network and will ensure that staff supervising students using the district's network provide similar training to their students, including copies of district policy and regulations governing use of the district's network. 5. He/she shall ensure that all authorized disks and software loaded onto the computer network have been scanned for computer viruses. 6. The computer coordinator will report inappropriate behaviors, violations or complaints to the employee's supervisor or to the student's building principal for disciplinary action. Violations may result in a loss of access and/or disciplinary action in accordance with the district discipline policy. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may also be involved. 7. Each employee will be given copies of this policy and procedures at the beginning of each school year. Language summarizing this policy and its procedures will be included in the student code of conduct, which is reviewed with all students at the beginning of each year. Filtering and Monitoring Filtering software designed to block access to inappropriate subject matter from the Internet will be employed. It must be emphasized however that filtering technology is not infallible. All users still have the responsibility to use the Internet and computer network in accordance with the CCS technology philosophy. The district reserves the right to block any website that it deems inappropriate or unnecessary for educational use. The district also retains the right to monitor any or all individual’s activity on the World Wide Web.
System Access Access to the district network and use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. It must be remembered that computers and the related resources are owned by the district, and are subject to district control at all times. The following individuals may be given access to the computer network and related technologies: 1. All K-12 students 2. Teachers 3. Administrators 4. Clerical and business staff 5. Other District employees as deemed necessary Accounts/Passwords Assigned passwords shall be kept confidential and are not to be shared with anyone else under any circumstances. If you suspect that someone other than yourself is using your password, contact the computer coordinator immediately. The computer coordinator will maintain a master list of usernames and passwords. Any changes to school-related passwords and/or usernames are to be reported immediately to the computer coordinator. Failure to do so may result in revocation of the user’s account and/or disciplinary action. Procedures for Proper Use 1. The District’s computer network shall be used for educational and administrative purposes consistent with the district's mission and goals. 2. The individual in whose name an account is issued is responsible at all times for its proper use and security. 3. Network users will be issued a log in name and password. 4. Network users identifying a security problem on the district's system must notify the appropriate teacher, administrator or computer coordinator. Do not demonstrate the problem to anyone. 5. Student information will be maintained in accordance with applicable education records law and district policy. 6. Copyrighted material may not be placed on any computer connected to the district's network without the author's permission. 7. All teachers share the responsibility to ensure that students are using the CCS computer network and associated technologies appropriately. Teachers have the additional responsibility of ensuring that students are always monitored when using the CCS computer network. 8. Any network user identified as a security risk or having a history of violation of district computer guidelines may be denied access to the district's network. 9. The computer coordinator shall authorize and arrange for the installation of all software in to district computers. Prohibitions Violation of the technology policy may result in discipline or other appropriate penalty, including suspension or revocation of a user's access to the network. Some violations constitute a criminal offence and may also result in legal action. Examples of prohibited technology conduct include but are not limited to: 1. Student use of computers without direct supervision. 2. Sharing or using someone else’s account/password information. 3. Attempting to read, delete, copy or modify the electronic mail, files, folders, or documents of other system users. 4. Installing software without permission of the computer coordinator. 5. Altering desktop settings, control panels, and/or any other configuration settings on district computers. 6. Encouraging the use of tobacco, alcohol or controlled substances, promoting sexual misconduct, or any other activity prohibited by district policy, state, or federal law. 7. Accessing secure data/programs without authorization. 8. Technology vandalism. Examples of technology vandalism include but are not limited to: 63
• Physically damaging equipment or materials • Intentionally destroying, deleting, or corrupting data • Downloading, uploading, or creating computer viruses 9. Transmitting, receiving, posting, or publishing of any defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, offensive, or illegal material 10. Using technology for commercial purposes, product advertising, and political campaigning. 11. Establishing unauthorized web sites 12. Using the computer to gain unauthorized access to secure areas (hacking) 13. Sharing confidential information on students or employees 14. Violating copyright laws. Examples of copyright violations include but are not limited to: • Copying single license software to multiple computers • Transmitting or receiving copyrighted materials such as music and movie files without paying appropriate fees or express consent from the author • Using the Internet to obtain or distribute illegal copies of software, printed materials, or other materials to which one does not have ownership. 15. Plagiarizing information found on the Internet. 16. Downloading software from the Internet without permission from the teacher/supervisor 17. Erasing internet history files/logs 18. False representation through electronic means 19. Any activity involving chat, instant message and/or paging. This includes but is not limited to ICG, AIM, Yahoo Pager, Lycos Messenger, and Excite Assistant.
TENTH PERIOD RESPONSIBILITIES Students must be under the direct supervision of a teacher and are to remain on the grounds during this period. Athletes waiting for practice also are covered by this rule. DETENTION RULES 1. The student will bring with him or her all the necessary study materials (pen, pencil, paper, books, etc) and will do school work the entire period. 2. If the student does not bring schoolwork, he or she will remain that day and an additional day will be added on. The student will also write a 250-word essay as to why they are in detention and what they are going do to stop being in detention. 3. The student will remain quiet during the entire detention period. 4. The student will not bring any personal music devices or video games with them to this detention study hall. 5. There will be no drinking fountain or bathroom privileges from this detention study hall unless there is an emergency. 6. If the student misbehaves during the detention period, the monitor has the authority to assign additional detentions. PRIORITIES FOR DOUBLE DISMISSAL (10TH PERIOD) 1. CLASSROOM OBLIGATIONS: includes test review and preparation, make-up tests, remediation, re-test, or homework. This would require flexibility towards extra-curricular activities and scheduling with other teachers. If a student receives a failing average in a course in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd quarter, or if he/she receives a deficient 5-week Report they will automatically be assigned to the teacher for a minimum of 1 Double Dismissal period per week. The student will stay assigned to that teacher for at least 5 weeks or until improvement is shown. Students skipping remediation will be assigned to Tier II Detention (to be scheduled without interference with academic remediation wherever possible). Students not performing adequately in remediation will be referred to the principal with possible action including teacher/student conference, parent/teacher conference, Tier II or Tier III. 2. DETENTION TIER ONE: Teacher assigns student to stay in his/her room. This type of detention is for students who don't get homework done, or for minor discipline problems. This would empower teachers to hold students accountable for classroom obligations, including behavior during class. TIER ONE detention should always precede TIER TWO except in cases of serious misbehavior. TIER TWO: The principal assigns students to a detention room when referred by a teacher. This could be used for serious classroom incidents when the teacher feels that the student's presence in his/her own room would detract from the positive learning environment established during that period. Specifically, this would apply to behavioral problems, whereas any academic deficiencies would be handled under TIER ONE.
It could also be used for problems caused outside the classroom or for students who skip TIER ONE detention. These students would be isolated in a room away from other students. For the first TIER TWO referral some accommodation may be made for extracurricular activities. However, on the second and subsequent offenses TIER TWO Detention will take precedence over all extra curricular activities. The principal will notify parents when a student is assigned TIER TWO detention. TIER THREE: After 6 TIER TWO detentions, students will automatically be placed on TIER THREE. The following consequences will occur: 1. In-School Suspension 2. Parent Contact 3. The student will be restricted from all non-credit extra curricular activities for one week. If a student skips TIER TWO detention, the principal will either increase the number of days the student must serve or assign In-School Suspension. The principal will always have the option of assigning TIER THREE detention. (In school suspension) 3. EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES A) JAZZ BAND (1 untouchable day does not apply to TIER TWO or TIER THREE) - Mondays B) YEARBOOK (scheduled as needed) C) CLASS/CLUB MEETINGS (scheduled as needed) D) INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS E) OTHER - For students with all obligations met and who must remain in the building for an afterschool practice, we would like to offer the option of a supervised area in the gym. These students may also choose to stay in the library for a QUIET study area. Each day all teachers will turn in a list of students assigned to stay in their room at the beginning of l0th period. A copy of this list will be given to each of the bus drivers. If a student gets on the second bus whose name is not on the list, that student should be referred to the principal the next day. LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE DAY Any student who becomes ill or has an accident during school hours must report to the nurse's office. If the student is too ill to remain, parents will be notified to pick the student up at school. No student shall leave school without the permission of the principal, the nurse or their designee. If students wish to be excused during the day for an appointment, they must bring an excuse from home and present it to the main office before 8:30. Then their name and the precise time of leaving can be noted on the attendance list, and they can leave at that time regardless of whether it is during the beginning, the middle or the end of the period. If the excuse is handed in or telephoned in after the attendance list is distributed, the office has to notify the teacher and student verbally. 66
LOCKERS: The main office will assign lockers and locks. Absolutely no changes should be made to locker and lock assignments without checking in the main office. Students must keep their lockers locked at all times. If locker privileges are abused or if students fail to use their lock, he/she may loose the privilege to have a school locker. Students should be aware the New York State Courts have awarded school authorities the right to search student lockers. (People vs. Overton, 24 NY 2nd 522) Students are responsible for the condition of the inside of their lockers. STUDY HALLS: Study hall is a place for efficient study. This means sustained, concentrated effort on schoolwork. Students are encouraged to make maximum use of their time in this learning environment. 1. Like a class, students are expected to prepare for study hall. Therefore, they should plan ahead and bring materials to study hall for studying or for reading. Students are encouraged to have an outside reading book available for when their work is finished. 2. Attendance will be taken and students must be on time. 3. With permission and a pass, students may leave for the library, the bathroom or the offices. If the student wishes to see another teacher during that study hall period, a pass from that teacher must be secured before the period begins. TELEPHONE USE: A public telephone is provided on the ground floor by the auditorium. Students may use this telephone for personal calls only before school, during noon-hour with permission, or after school. Students are not to use telephones in classrooms. Please go to the main office for a phone pass. Use of cell-phones in school are strictly prohibited. Any student found using a cell-phone during the school day will be subject to the discipline policy.
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PARENTAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT SHEET
I have reviewed the Chateaugay Central School student handbook, which includes the school’s Attendance Policy, Student Code of Conduct, Revised Lunch Period Policy, and Technology Acceptable Use Policy. I understand that my child will be held to the standards listed in this student handbook as well as all other Board of Education policies and New York State Education Laws. I further understand that I have a right to request copies of any school policies and that I am entitled to further explanation of any school policies should I have any questions.
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Please remove this sheet and return it to the school with your child.
Chateaugay Central School
September 2008 S 7 14 21 28 M 1 8 15 22 29 T 2 9 16 23 30 W 3 10 17 24 T 4 11 18 25 F 5 12 19 26 S 6 13 20 27
2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR
Dates underlined are Regents Examinations. Opening day for staff is Sept. 2 & 3 Dates blocked school is not in session. Opening day for students is Sept. 4 Dates circled are Conference Days (Teacher meetings - no school for students)
SEPTEMBER Sept. 1 Sept. 2-3 Sept. 4
Labor Day Supt. Conf. Days Opening Day of School
S 1 8 15 22
M 2 9 16 23
T 3 10 17 24
W 4 11 18 25
T 5 12 19 26
F 6 13 20 27
S 7 14 21 28
OCTOBER Oct. 13 Oct. 24
Columbus Day Supt. Conference Day
October 2008 S 5 12 19 26 M 6 13 20 27 T 7 14 21 28 W 1 8 15 22 29 T 2 9 16 23 30 F 3 10 17 24 31 S 4 11 18 25
NOVEMBER Nov. 10 Nov. 11 Nov. 26-28
M 2 9 16 23 30
T 3 10 17 24 31
W 4 11 18 25
T 5 12 19 26
F 6 13 20 27
S 7 14 21 28
Native American Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Vacation
1 8 15 22 29
DECEMBER Dec. 24-31
November 2008 S 2 9 16 23 30 M 3 10 17 24 T 4 11 18 25 W 5 12 19 26 T 6 13 20 27 F 7 14 21 28 S 1 8 15 22 29
JANUARY Jan. 1&2 Jan. 19 Jan. 27-30
M 6 13 20 27
T 7 14 21 28
W 1 8 15 22 29
T 2 9 16 23 30
F 3 10 17 24
S 4 11 18 25
New Year’ s Day Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Regent’s Exams
5 12 19 26
FEBRUARY Feb. 16-20
December 2008 S 7 14 21 28 M 1 8 15 22 T 2 9 16 23 W 3 10 17 24 31 T 4 11 18 25 F 5 12 19 26 S 6 13 20 27
MARCH Mar. 20 Mar. 23 APRIL Apr. 10-17
Supt. Conference Day March Break
M 4 11 18 25
T 5 12 19 26
W 6 13 20 27
T 7 14 21 28
F 1 8 15 22 29
S 2 9 16 23 30
10 17 24
January 2009 S 4 11 18 25 M 5 12 19 26 T 6 13 20 27 W 7 14 21 28 T 1 8 15 22 29 F 2 9 16 23 30 S 3 10 17 24 31
JUNE June 16-25 June 25
Regents Exams Last Day of School
June 2009 S 7 14 21 28 M 1 8 15 22 29 T 2 9 16 23 30 W 3 10 17 24 T 4 11 18 25 F 5 12 19 26 S 6 13 20 27
Summary of School Days September October November December January 21 22 15 17 19 February March April May June Total 15 21 16 20 19 185
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