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Code of Conduct 2018-19

CODE OF CONDUCT
CATEGORY 1
Penalty: Detention
1. Chronic Lack of Preparation for Class 2. Violation of Procedures or School Policy: Not following the expectations of a class (as defined in the individual staff member’s discipline policy) or school policy.
3. Minor Cafeteria Violation: Failure to use common courtesy or follow cafeteria rules.
4. Minor Transportation Violations: Failure to comply with the regulations posted on each bus.
5. Violation of Dress Code.
6. Minor Computer/Internet Violation.
7. Cell phone violation.
CATEGORY 2
Penalty: Detention
1. Classroom Disruption: Interfering with a staff member’s lesson.
2. Inappropriate Behavior: Any conduct unacceptable in a school setting at the time of day; e.g., knowledge of a theft, lying to staff, loitering, littering, panhandling, etc.
3. Disrespectful Behavior: Language or actions that show a lack of personal concern for others.
4. Insubordination 2nd degree: Refusal to follow a reasonable request made by a staff member.
5. Disruptive Behavior: Causing problems for others in the hallways, cafeteria, library, gym or other areas during the student’s time on school grounds.
6. Bullying 2nd degree: Intentionally attempting to intimidate others by verbal or physical actions.
7. Harassment 3rd degree: Verbally annoying others.
8. Aggravated Harassment 3rd degree: Communicating with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, e-mail, or instant messaging or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance.
9. Obscene Materials/Language: Anything that is vulgar, sexually explicit, or offensive to accepted standards of decency including notes, literature, language, writing, drawing, or clothing at school.
10. Aggressive Horseplay: Pushing and/or shoving by two or more people.
11. Destruction of Property: Accidental damage to school or another person’s property resulting from careless behavior.
12. Disruptive Transportation Violations: Any action by a student that interferes with the bus driver’s ability to maneuver the bus; e.g., language or disruptive behavior.
13. Cheating: To obtain or use another’s work as one’s own; includes plagiarism.
14. Not following school procedures—repeated offenses.
15. Computer/Internet Violation.
16. Cafeteria Violation: Repeated offenses, disruptive behavior, and failure to clean up.
17. Cell phone violation (3 times).
CATEGORY 3
Penalty: In-School Suspension up to 3 days OR Out-of-School Suspension up to 3 days
VIOLATIONS OF PUBLIC LAW ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR AT SCHOOL RELATED EVENTS RESULT IN SCHOOL ACTION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT CRIMINAL CHARGES ARE PURSUED.
1. Cheating on Tests: Student will receive a “O” on the test or exam.
2. Minor Altercation/Assault 2nd degree: Any intentional physical violence against another student including, but not limited to, punching, slapping, kicking, pushing, choking, spitting which causes annoyance or alarm.
3. Lewd or Illicit Behavior: Any act that is vulgar, sexually explicit, or offensive to accepted standards of decency.
4. Disorderly Conduct: Use of abusive or obscene language or gestures in a public place; obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic; OR engaging in a repeated course of conduct which causes annoyance or alarm.
5. Harassment 2nd degree: Verbal threats of physical violence which alarm or annoy another person, /OR intentionally following another person around in a public place for the purpose of causing them annoyance or alarm /OR any verbal comments, causing annoyance or alarm which are based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, ancestry, gender, religion,religious practice, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct /OR Sexual Harassment 2nd degree which is defined as: Intentional and unwelcome behavior, other than physical, which is of a sexual nature, as perceived by the victim, which may interfere with the individual’s welfare or academic performance or which may create an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. This behavior includes, but is not limited to comments about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words, offensive comments, off-color language, jokes, and display of sexually suggestive objects, photos, cartoons or pictures.
6. Aggravated Harassment 2nd degree: Communicating with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, email or instant messaging or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm—OR which are based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct. In addition, students are not permitted to use any form of information technology, including their own personal electronic devices, to intimidate, harass or threaten others. This type of harassment is generally referred to as cyber bullying. Any student who violates this prohibition is subject to discipline under this provision and/or any other provision in the Code of Conduct that may be applicable to the circumstances involved. Additionally, school districts in New York State may take action when students engage in off-campus conduct that would foreseeably interfere with or disrupt the work and discipline of the school as part of a comprehensive approach to intervening to prevent harassment and cyber bullying.
7. Hazing 2nd degree: When in the course of another person’s initiation into or affiliation with any organization (ie: extra-curricular) he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such person or a third person.
8. Petit Larceny: The wrongful taking, obtaining or withholding of another’s property.
9. Possession of Stolen Property: Possessing property of another without the owner’s permission.
10. Bribery: Using money or favors given or promised to a person to induce or influence them.
11. Extortion: Obtaining anything from a person by threats of force or undue illegal power or ingenuity.
12. Trespassing: Enters or remains unlawfully in any restricted area in or upon the school grounds, including but not limited to lockers and vehicles.
13. Threatening Behavior: Any notes or actions that lead staff or students to believe that harm will be caused to others or property.
14. Major Cafeteria Violation: Throwing food/food fight.
15. Criminal Mischief: Intentional or reckless destruction of property.
16. Bullying 1st Degree: Intentionally and repeatedly attempting to intimidate others by means of verbal or physical actions.
17. Violation of NYS Fire Code: The lighting of any combustible material within the school building or causing a false alarm.
18. Tobacco Use: Use or possession of tobacco or tobacco related products including, but not limited to: E-cigarettes, matches, lighters or imitation tobacco products, on school grounds or at a school sponsored function.
19. Major Computer/Internet Violation.
20. Insubordination 1st degree: Refusal to follow a reasonable request made by an administrator, Dean of Students or School Resource Officer. (4th cell phone violation.) 21. Leaving school grounds without permission from a parent/guardian or the Principal or Dean of Students.
26. Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree: Recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of physical injury to him/herself or others, eg: use of potentially dangerous objects, intentional discharge of noxious substances such as spray cologne, perfume, hair spray or other similar materials that could trigger an asthmatic or allergic reaction or other unsafe acts on school grounds or school vehicles.
The Principal and Superintendent have the right to suspend up to 5 days with or without a Principal’s or Superintendent’s Hearing, based on the severity or repeated course of conduct.
CATEGORY 4
Penalty: Automatic Suspension not to exceed 5 days pending either a Principal’s hearing or a Superintendent’s hearing AND Criminal Prosecution where applicable.
1. Reckless Endangerment 1st degree: Recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of physical injury to him/herself or others, and has potential to cause (a) physical injury or (b) serious physical injury; eg: potentially dangerous objects or other unsafe acts on school grounds.
2. Grand Larceny: The wrongful taking, obtaining or withholding of another’s property with a value exceeding one thousand dollars, including a credit card or debit card.
3. Assault 1st degree: (a) Subjecting another person to intentional physical violence (including, but not limited to punching, slapping, pushing, choking) that may result in physical injury, OR (b) serious physical injury OR (c) any intentional physical violence against another person based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct, OR (d) ANY physical violence directed at a staff member.

4. Harassment 1st degree: Any verbal threats of physical violence, causing annoyance or alarm which are based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct.
5. Aggravated Harassment 1st degree: Communicating threats of violence with a person or persons, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, email or instant messaging or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm OR which are based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, ancestry, religion, religious practice, age, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct. OR ANY THREAT OF VIOLENCE DIRECTED AT THE SCHOOL OR PERSONNEL regardless of the means of communication, including any bomb threat.
6. Chemical Substance: In possession of or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia (including substances controlled by law, such as marijuana, prescribed medications, over the counter drugs, or other drugs OR substances that simulate or are purported by a student to be any of the aforementioned OR E-cigarettes). This applies to both seller (giver) and possessor (taker).
7. Hazing 1st Degree: When in the course of another person’s initiation into or affiliation with any organization (ie; extra-curricular) he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such person or a third person and thereby causes (a) physical injury OR (b) serious physical injury.
8. Weapon Possession: Possession on their person, in an assigned locker, in a vehicle, or any other property of any weapon, defined as a firearm as defined in 18 USC 921 for purposes of the Gun-Free Schools Act. It also means any other gun, BB gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, disguised gun, imitation gun, loaded or blank cartridges, BB’s, pellets or any other type of ammunition, dagger, jackknife, dirk, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, brass knuckles, sling shot, metal knuckle 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.
Knives in School: It is illegal to possess a knife in school. If a student is caught with a knife, he or she faces a suspension from school for up to a year. Every year students show up at school with a knife in a backpack or pocket that they have forgotten they were carrying, or a parent packs one in a lunch bag for use in cutting up a piece of fruit. If you discover that you have a knife in your possession, simply bring it to the office, and it will be kept there until a parent or guardian comes in to pick it up. No disciplinary action will be taken in such a case.
9. Sexual Harassment 1st degree: Intentional and unwelcome physical behavior, which is of a sexual nature, as perceived by the victim, which may interfere with the individual’s welfare or academic performance, or which may create an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. This behavior includes the touching of the sexually intimate parts of the body including but not limited to the breasts, genitals, buttocks, etc.
10. Police Action: Any violation which requires police investigation or involvement.
*Complete copy of the Marcus Whitman Central School District Code of Conduct is available in the school office or on-line if one is needed or requested.
DRESS CODE
Students should dress appropriately for school and school functions. A student’s appearance, including dress, hair style/color and hygiene, should not disrupt the teaching/learning process.

  • hats may not be worn in school
  • tube, tank or halter tops, spaghetti straps, short shorts, skirts above mid-thigh, plunging necklines (front and/or back), bare midriff and see-through garments are not appropriate and should not be worn in a school environment.
  • underwear must be completely covered
  • clothing may not include writing or pictures that are vulgar, suggestive, obscene, libelous or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.

COMPUTER RESOURCE USAGE POLICY
Every student and parent/guardian is expected to sign the Student Use of Computerized Information Resources (Acceptable Use Policy). Students will not be allowed to use any district computing resources without the signed Acceptable Use Policy.


Use of the District Computing System (DCS) or personal electronic devices during school activities is for educational and/or research use only, and must be consistent with the goals and purposes of the Marcus Whitman Central School District. Students are held to the same Acceptable Use requirements when using personal technology, personal Internet service providers or other electronic devices while on school grounds or at school events. The standards of acceptable use as well as prohibited conduct, as outlined in the District Acceptable Use policy, regulations, and the Student Code of Conduct, are not intended to be all-inclusive.


INTERNET RULES
It is the intention of MWCSD to provide as open an access to the Internet for student research as possible; however, we will deny access to sites containing any or all of the following material: Sex, Violence, Nudity, Obscene Language, Incitement to Racism, Incitement to Religious Persecution, Incitement to Drug or Alcohol Abuse, Chat Rooms and Role Playing Games. These types of sites and others will be filtered in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the District’s Internet Safety Policy. In addition, these types of sites are not to be accessed by personal technology devices or services during school activities.


TELEPHONE/ELECTRONIC DEVICE
Office phones should only be used by students for emergencies. All electronic devices will not be permitted to be used in the hallways or classrooms. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, MP3 players, ipods, cell phones, PSP, etc. Cell phones must be turned OFF and remain in student lockers during the school day. Laser pens/pointers are not permitted in school. Prohibited items may be secured and held until the parent/guardian comes in for consultation. Students choosing to have electronic devices in school do so at their own risk. The school is not responsible monetarily for stolen or damaged items.
MEDICATIONS
All medication, both prescription and over the counter, must be accompanied with:
1. A Doctor’s Order (which may be faxed to the High School Office) must be updated yearly.
2. A dated permission slip from a parent/guardian saying that the medicine may be administered to your child must also be updated yearly. All medicine must be transported to school by a parent/guardian (not a student) in an original container. The only exception to this is the student who has an order from their physician that they may carry and self administer their medication. (Cough drops, throat lozenges, aspirin, ointments should NOT be sent to school with your child for self administration. The temptation to “share” a medication or the possibility that the medication may be lost and found/used by another student is a real danger.)
BUILDING POLICY REGARDING SNACKS AND PARTIES
We have students in our building who have food allergies. Some of those allergies are for ingested or eaten food but others are topical in nature. In simple terms, that means that if a student touches the food or an item that has residue of the food on it (like a table), they have a severe allergic reaction. We need to ensure the safety of all of our students.
Because many snacks contain milk, peanuts or nut products, we are asking parents to use the following procedures when bringing snacks to school:

  • All snacks be purchased from a store and contain an ingredient label on them (They do not have to be individually wrapped.)
  • All snacks are brought to the main office and not the classrooms. (Our school nurse will be checking the ingredient labels to ensure that they are safe for that room. Once she has checked them, they will be taken to the classroom.)
  • Students will not be able to deliver snacks to their favorite teachers (and principal) throughout the building.

To purchase birthday snacks through the cafeteria, please contact the main office.

Homework Policy
All students throughout our district have a responsibility to complete their work both at school and home with good quality and by the assigned due date. Creating a positive atmosphere at home by having a specific time and place for students to do their homework will help them to develop a routine and create good habits they will use throughout their school career. Parents should also stress the importance of homework by reiterating that it is the child’s responsibility to complete their assignments on time.


General Objectives:
1. To reinforce learning that takes place in school.
2. To help students develop independent work study habits.
3. To encourage the development of discipline and responsibility.

In an effort to improve and maintain the highest of academic achievement, the staff at the elementary schools has developed a guide that requires students to fulfill their responsibilities as learners in order to participate in any extra-curricular activities. In the event that a student does not complete their assigned work, is disengaged from the learning process, and/or unmotivated, the student should expect consequences. Attending a before or after school activity or a field trip is a special privilege. Not being able to attend is a consequence. Parents will be notified in advance if their child is in this situation.


Each grade level will have their own expectations. These expectations will be shared with you in greater detail by your child’s classroom teacher in the fall. Listed below are some of the daily homework expectations.

For grades 3-5, it is reasonable to expect intermediate students to have 30-45 minutes of homework 3 to 4 nights a week.
 

Absences
There is a very high correlation between good attendance and academic success. There is even a higher correlation between poor attendance and academic failure. Please call the attendance office if your child is going to be absent: (585) 526-6351 ext. 4003

When your child returns to school, please send in a written explanation for the absence.

Please notify your child’s teacher if you would like school work during the absence. It will be available in the school office at the end of the day.
The following are the only reasons for a legal absence which the State Department of Education recognizes;

  • Sickness
  • Sickness or death in the family
  • Impassible roads or weather making travel unsafe
  • Quarantine
  • Religious observation
  • Required to be in court
  • Remedial health treatment (doctor’s appointment)

Examples of illegal excuses are:

  • Visiting, vacationing or out of town
  • Overslept
  • Shopping
  • Helping at home or babysitting

A written excuse is REQUIRED when the child returns to school after an absence.


Tardiness
If entering the school after 8:00, students will need to get a late pass before entering class. Parents must walk the student in to school and sign them in. Please note that if your child is tardy, he or she is missing classroom instruction.


Head Lice

Marcus Whitman does have a "No Nit" commitment, which means that if a child is found to have lice or nits, that child will be sent home from school until after treatment. Your child may then return to school only after being checked by the Health Office and NO lice OR nits are found. Children should be brought to the office by a parent/guardian or other designee and NOT ride the bus until checked by the nurse and found free of all lice and nits.

Written Notice
If you plan on picking your child up, either before the end of the day or at the close, please send a note into school informing the teacher. This helps us make sure that your child is prepared and ready to go on time. Before you take your child, you will need to go to the main office and sign him/her out. Then your child will be called from class to report to the office. We are not prepared to keep your child after the session has ended. If parents are not here by dismissal time, the child will be sent home on the bus.
Written notice is required if your child is to go to a different location other than your home. Please give the complete address and bus number to the new location; don’t expect that we know the address and bus number.


VOLUNTEERS
All adults who volunteer at the school are required to complete a volunteer application each year. Volunteers must be approved by the Board of Education prior to their volunteering in the building. Please note that volunteer applications are necessary for field trips, assistance in classrooms, and any time spent at school during school hours with the exception of scheduled meetings with teachers.
*Volunteer applications are available in the school offices