Code of Conduct
CODE OF CONDUCT (SUMMARY)
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment so that the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School personnel may deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, other personnel, parents, and visitors is essential to achieving this goal.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education 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. The Board has adopted a Code of Conduct in line with New York State SAVE legislation. The full Code of Conduct is available upon request from each school principal. This summary is intended to help parents inform their children of their basic rights and responsibilities, and the consequences attached to misconduct.
Student’s Rights and Responsibilities
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is committed to safeguarding the rights that all students are entitled to under federal and state law, including the right to attend school in a safe, healthy and orderly environment. Students have the responsibility to abide by all school district rules and regulations; to act in a respectful manner with all staff and students; to tell a responsible adult if another student is overheard threatening to cause harm to others; and, to accept responsibility for their actions.
The Code also defines reasonable expectations for the essential partners in the education of young people: parents, teachers, and all other school staff members, as well as central office administrators and the Board of Education. The Code identifies parent responsibilities as sending children to school healthy and acknowledges that each parent cares about the success of his or her child and accepts shared responsibility for the child’s education. Teachers and all other school staff members are expected to model the types of behaviors we expect of students, while demonstrating concern for the well-being of the whole child; and, to communicate with parents and students about progress being made, as well as about any problems that are interfering with learning and personal growth.
The section “Student Dress Code” emphasizes reasonableness and appropriateness of student dress. The “Student Conduct” section describes many categories of conduct that endangers the safety, health or welfare of others. These include: lewd or abusive language or gestures; disruptive or violent behavior; behavior that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others; possession of, use of, or threat to use any weapon; harassment of others; failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees in charge of students or, otherwise demonstrating disrespect; and, possession, use, or distribution of any alcohol or drugs. The Code also prohibits academic misconduct such as cheating, copying and plagiarism.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District requires that any student observing a student possessing a weapon, alcohol, or illegal substance at school or witnessing violence or the threat of violence must report that information immediately to an appropriate staff member. The Code requires that school personnel inform parents, school district administrators, and the police, when necessary, if an incident appears to be possible criminal behavior.
The section on “Disciplinary Penalties, Procedures and Referrals” describes a range of actions in response to misconduct. These range from student removal from class subject to administrative review, to in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension. The amount of due process a student is entitled to receive before a penalty is imposed depends on the penalty being imposed. In all cases, regardless of the penalty imposed, the school personnel authorized to impose the penalty must inform the student of the alleged misconduct and must investigate, to the extent
necessary, the facts surrounding the alleged misconduct. All students will have an opportunity to present their version of the facts to the school personnel imposing the disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty. The school will endeavor to communicate with parents in their dominant language. Finally, the Code recognizes the special regulations required in
handling disciplinary situations with students identified as having an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Corporal punishment of students is prohibited. However, the Code recognizes that there will be certain situations that require the use of physical force either to restrain a student from injuring himself or herself or another person or to protect the property of others.
“Student Searches and Interrogations” reminds students and parents that school lockers are the property of the school and may be opened and searched at any time. It authorizes searches of students and their belongings if the authorized school official has reasonable suspicion to believe that a search will result in evidence that a student violated the district’s Code of Conduct. Documentation of searches is required, and parents will be informed and police will be called if the appropriate school official deems such actions to be necessary.
School officials also have a responsibility to notify Child Protective Services when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a student has been abused or mistreated by anyone.
Finally, the Code of Conduct requires that visitors to our schools also abide by reasonable standards, including reporting to the main office upon arrival and conducting themselves in a civil, respectful, and orderly manner with all persons they meet on school grounds. A visitor whose behavior is disruptive will be required to leave. Authorized school officials may request police assistance if the situation warrants.
A copy of the full New Hyde Park-Garden City Park UFSD Code of Conduct is available upon request in the principal’s office in each school. Students will be given a summary of the Code at the start of each school year. Parents and students who enroll in a school during the school year will be given a summary and offered a complete copy. All New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District employees will be provided with a copy of the full District Code of Conduct at the start of each school year.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park District Board of Education will adopt any necessary revisions following a period for public comment.