Code of Conduct

A printable version of the Code of Conduct with Appendices is available: M-WCSD Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct:  The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, district personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal. Unless otherwise noted, the Code of Conduct applies to anyone on school property or attending a school function.

Our children face a complex set of challenges with respect to behavior and decision-making. The overall goal is for students to gain respect for self, others, school and community, and to gradually learn to take responsibility for their words and their actions. To that end, the Monroe-Woodbury Code of Conduct supports a three-level approach to student management with prevention, intervention, and aftercare initiatives. It also establishes the standard for appropriate conduct in school and on school property.

The Monroe-Woodbury Central School District considers school safety a major priority. The District has a zero tolerance approach to behavior that is violent, disruptive, and insubordinate, and it is committed to addressing issues regarding harassment/bullying, smoking, inappropriate communication, and student dress. The District maintains that each student should be treated as an individual who can reasonably be expected to be responsible for his/her own behavior, and it recognizes the need for administrative discretion.

This Code of Conduct is a “living document.” The expectations for student behavior as well as the available student services will evolve to accommodate the changing needs of the students and the District. Unless otherwise indicated, this Code applies to all students, school personnel, parents, and other visitors when on school property or attending a school function.


REQUIRED NOTICE OF UPDATE TO MONROE-WOODBURY CODE OF CONDUCT

 

July 2018

Dear Community Member,

Thank you for taking a moment to review the Monroe-Woodbury K-12 Code of Conduct. This version was adopted by our Board of Education at its meeting on July 3, 2018. School safety is of utmost priority, and this Code of Conduct outlines the standard for appropriate conduct in our schools and on school property.

Below is a summary of updates made in this most recent version and the section each appears in:

  • Page 14 – Updated DASA Coordinators
  • Page 27 and Appendix 1, Page xv – “Building Lockdown” and “Secure the building” sections combined
  • Page 34 – Updated language on drug use and tobacco to align with Board Policy 7320 STUDENT CONDUCT – Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and Other Substances
  • Page 35 – Updated language on tobacco use to align with Board Policy 5460 NON-INSTRUCTIONAL OPERATIONS – Smoking and Other Tobacco Use on School Premises
  • Appendix 1, Page i – 2018 Interscholastic Rules and Regulations

We administered a strategic plan survey in January 2018, and some of the feedback we received was on our Code of Conduct. As a result of this feedback, we will be conducting a full review of our Code of Conduct by a district wide committee consisting of staff, students, and parents. They will review all aspects of the Code of Conduct, including student conduct and behaviors, dress code, and disciplinary consequences. As with each year’s updates, we will share with you any changes made to the Code of Conduct by the committee.

Printed copies of 2018-2019 document are available in any of our schools’ main office. Please contact my office or your child’s school should you have any questions related to this document.

Sincerely,

Dr. Eric J. Hassler
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction


MONROE-WOODBURY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

2018-19 Board of Education

Mr. Anthony Andersen
Mr. Donald Beeler
Ms. Lorraine Carroll
Mr. Christopher F. DiLorenzo
Mrs. Suzanne Donahue
Mr. Daniel A. Ezratty
Mr. Jon Huberth
Mrs. Staci McCleary
Mrs. Dawn Tauber

Central Administration

Mrs. Elsie Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Eric J. Hassler, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Mr. Patrick F. Cahill, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Management Services
Mr. Bhargav A. Vyas, Assistant Superintendent for Compliance and Information Systems
Mr. Matthew G. Kravatz, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources


Table of Contents – Code of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT – SECTION I

INTRODUCTION
MONROE-WOODBURY BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY
THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COMMISSIONER’S REGULATIONS
PUBLICATION, DISSEMINATION, AND REVIEW

FEDERAL REGULATIONS COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
DEFINITIONS

ESSENTIAL PARTNERS

STUDENTS’ RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

CODE OF CONDUCT – SECTION II

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
ACCEPTABLE USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES
ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION
CELL PHONES AND OTHER COMMUNICATION DEVICES
CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (DASA)
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES, PENALTIES, AND REFERRALS

DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

EMERGENCY SITUATION:  PROTECTIVE ACTIONS AND RECOMMENDED PARENTAL RESPONSES

FIELD TRIPS
GUN-FREE SCHOOLS ACT
HARASSMENT
INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR PLAN
NON FRATERNIZATION
NON SCHOOL-SPONSORED SPEECH

Appeal Process

PHYSICAL RESTRAINT
PROHIBITED STUDENT CONDUCT

Student Infractions

PUBLIC CONDUCT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

REPORTING VIOLATIONS

STAFF IN-SERVICE
STUDENT DRESS CODE
STUDENT SEARCHES AND INTERROGATIONS

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION
VISITORS TO SCHOOLS

APPENDIX 1

Interscholastic Rules & Regulations
Teacher Removal of Disruptive Students:  K-12 Removal Form
Monroe-Woodbury Grades K-5 Discipline Code
Kindergarten and First Grade Olweus Bullying Rubric Monroe-Woodbury Central School District
Monroe-Woodbury Grades 2-5 Bullying Consequences Rubric
Monroe-Woodbury Grades 6-8 Bullying Consequences Rubric
6-12 Discipline Awareness Summary
Monroe-Woodbury Grades 6-12 Discipline Chart
Emergency Protective Action & Recommended Parental Responses

APPENDIX 2

High School Individual Behavior Management Plan
Middle School Individual Behavior Management Plan
Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Glossary of Terms
New York State Dignity Act Glossary of Terms