Student Dress Code and Student Conduct

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 an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.

A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, makeup and nails, shall:

  • Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
  • 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. All shorts and skirts must be long enough to reach the tips of the student’s longest finger when his/her arms are held to their sides.
  • Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing.
  • Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.
  • Not include the wearing of hats in the classroom except for a medical or religious purpose.
  • Not include items that are vulgar, obscene and libelous or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.
  • Not include clothing with colors, symbolism, or insignias which suggest illicit behavior, gang affiliation, harassment or abuse.
  • Not include spike jewelry, belts, bands, or collars; and chains longer than 12 inches (except fine jewelry).
  • Not include outerwear, including jackets and coats, in the classroom at any time or in the hallways during the school day.

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 out-of-school suspension.

Prohibited Student Conduct

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. 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.

Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they:

A. Engage in conduct that is disorderly.

Examples of disorderly conduct include:

  • Running in hallways.
  • Making unreasonable noise.
  • Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive.
  • Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  • Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community.
  • Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of the building.
  • Computer/electronic communications misuse, including any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate websites; or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.
  • Utilization or possession of music players, pagers, cell phones and laser pointers during school hours or on school property during school related activities are prohibited.

B. Engage in conduct that is insubordinate.

Examples of insubordinate conduct include:

  • Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, teaching
    assistants, aides, school administrators, bus drivers, monitors, or other school employees, or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.
  • Lateness for, missing or leaving school without permission.
  • Skipping detention or in-school suspension.

C. Engage in conduct that is disruptive.

Examples of disruptive conduct include:

  • Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators, bus drivers, monitors, or other school personnel in charge of students.

D. Engage in conduct that is violent.

Examples of violent conduct include:

  • Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon a teacher, teaching assistant, aide, administrator, bus drivers, monitor, or other school employee or attempting to do so.
  • Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or attempting to do so.
  • Possessing a weapon. Authorized law enforcement officials are the only persons permitted to have a weapon in their possession while on school property or, at a school function.
  • Displaying what appears to be a weapon.
  • Threatening to use any weapon.
  • Intentionally damaging or destroying, or attempting to damage or destroy the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person, lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson.
  • Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.

E. Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others.

Examples of such conduct include:

  • Lying to school personnel.
  • Stealing school property or the property of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.
  • Defamation, which includes making false or unprivileged statements or representations about an individual or identifiable group of individuals that harm the reputation of the person or the identifiable group by demeaning them.
  • Discrimination, which includes the use of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability as a basis for treating another in a negative manner.
  • Harassment, which includes a sufficiently severe action or a persistent, pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an identifiable individual or group which are. intended to be or which a reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing or demeaning.
  • Intimidation, (bullying) which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
  • Hazing, which includes any intentional or reckless act directed against another for the purpose of initiation into, affiliating with or maintaining membership in any school sponsored activity, organization, club or team.
  • Selling, using or possessing obscene material.
  • Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing or swearing.
  • Possessing or smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe or using chewing or smokeless tobacco or possessing matches or a lighter.
  • Possessing, consuming; selling, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances or drug paraphernalia or being under the-influence of either-drugs or illegal substances. “I illegal substances” include
    but are not limited to, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, and any substances commonly referred to as “designer drugs.”
  • Inappropriately using, or possessing prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Students should be aware that the New York State Penal Law defines as a felony the criminal sale of drugs within any school building, school grounds, or within 1000 feet of the real property line comprising such school district. (Drug-Free School Zone)
  • Gambling.
  • Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
  • Initiating a report warning of fire, bomb, or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.

F. Engage in misconduct while on a school bus.

It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on district buses to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving and fighting will not be tolerated.

G. Engage in any form of academic misconduct.

Examples of academic misconduct include:

  • Plagiarism
  • Cheating
  • Copying
  • Altering records
  • Assisting another student in any of the above actions
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