Special Notice for 2020-2021
Despite the many COVID-related challenges faced by our school and community, WCSD will continue to encourage and foster the development of positive behaviors on the part of each student and provide a culturally responsive, respectful, safe, and orderly school setting. Responsible behavior by every person affiliated with our school community is essential to achieving this goal. While it is possible that some technical elements of the Code of Conduct may be temporarily modified as a result of forthcoming guidance or legal changes from New York State Education Department (NYSED) or the New York Department of Health (NYDOH) (ie dress code rules, social distancing, visitor expectations, etc.), the overall intent remains: Watertown City School District will actively promote equity, cultural competence, inclusion, and academic readiness in a safe, and secure environment.
PLEASE REVIEW THE CODE OF CONDUCT:
*Watertown City School District’s Summarized Version of the CODE OF CONDUCT
The Board of Education 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 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.
* A complete copy of the CODE OF CONDUCT may be obtained through the district website or at the wiley main office
CODE OF CONDUCT
All district students have the responsibility to:
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 to develop mechanisms to control their anger.
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 school-sponsored extracurricular events and to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct, demeanor, and sportsmanship.
12. Act and speak respectfully about issues/concerns.
13. Use non-sexist, non-racist and other non-biased language.
14. Respect and treat others with tolerance and dignity regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.
15. Use communication that is non-confrontational and is not obscene or defamatory.
16. Report acts of bullying, discrimination, harassment and other inappropriate actions that hurt others.
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, jewelry, make-up, and nails, shall:
1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
2. Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, bare midriffs or backs, plunging necklines (front and/or back), short shorts, mini dresses/skirts (above mid-thigh length) and see-through garments are not appropriate.
3. Ensure that undergarments, including boxer shorts, are completely covered with outer clothing. Pants falling below the waist or hip are not acceptable.
4. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed. No flip-flops will be allowed when students are actively engaged in physical activities (physical education class, on the playground, playing kickball, on one-mile walk, etc).
5. No hats may be worn during the school day except for medical or religious purposes. Bandanas, or any head coverings depicting or signifying gang affiliation, do-rags, coats, masks, chains (other than cosmetic) and sunglasses are not to be worn in the building except for medical or religious purposes. Any apparel or accessories that may represent or reflect gang membership or affiliation is unacceptable on school property.
6. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, innuendo, or disability.
7. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.
8. Pajamas are not to be worn in the school building.
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.
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.
The following conduct shall be deemed inappropriate and unacceptable on school grounds, school buses, and at school functions.
Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they:
A. Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Disorderly conduct includes but is not limited to:
1. Running in hallways.
2. Making unreasonable noise.
3. Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive.
4. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
5. Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community.
6. 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.
7. 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.
B. Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Insubordinate conduct includes but is not limited to:
1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees in charge of students or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.
2. Lateness for, missing, or leaving school without permission.
3. Skipping detention.
C. Engage in conduct that is disruptive. Disruptive conduct includes but is not limited to:
1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school personnel in charge of students.
D. Engage in conduct that is violent. Violent conduct includes but is not limited to:
1. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, spitting, and scratching) upon a teacher, administrator or other school employee or attempting to do so.
2. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, spitting, and scratching) upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or attempting to do so.
3. 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.
4. Displaying what appears to be a weapon/weapon look a like.
5. Threatening to use any weapon.
6. Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson.
7. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.
*** “Weapon” means 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, dagger, dart, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, brass knuckles, sling shot, metal knuckle knife, box cutters, 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.
E. Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others. Such conduct includes but is not limited to:
1. Lying to school personnel.
2. Stealing the property of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Harassment, which includes a sufficiently severe action or 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.
6. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
7. 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.
8. Selling, using or possessing obscene material.
9. Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing or swearing.
10. Smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe or using chewing or smokeless tobacco. *Please Note: Wiley School does not permit possession of tobacco products, lighters, or matches.
11. Possessing, consuming, selling, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either. "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."
12. Inappropriately using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
14. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
15. Initiating a report warning of fire 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. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to:
4. Altering records
5. Assisting another student in any of the above actions
H. In addition to the preceding standards of conduct, the District prohibits discrimination and harassment against any student by employees or students that creates a hostile environment by conduct (with or without physical conduct) or verbal statements, intimidation, or abuse. We consider a hostile environment to be created when actions or statements directed at a student either (1) has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits, or with the student’s mental, emotional, or physical well-being, or (2) reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for their physical safety.
The prohibition of discrimination includes, but is not limited to, threats, intimidation, or abuse based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.
Students who are found to have violated the district's code of conduct may be subject to the following penalties, either alone or in combination. The school personnel identified after each penalty are authorized to impose that penalty, consistent with the student's right to due process.
1. Verbal warning – any member of the district staff
2. Written warning – bus drivers, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, Principal, Superintendent
3. Written notification to parent – bus driver, hall and lunch monitors, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, Principal, Superintendent
4. Detention – teachers, Principal, Superintendent
5. Restitution for damage to property – Principal, Superintendent
6. Work detail – Principal, Superintendent
7. Suspension from transportation – Director of Transportation, Principal, Superintendent
8. Suspension from athletic participation – coaches, Athletic Director, Principal, Superintendent
9. Suspension from social or extracurricular activities – activity director, Principal, Superintendent
10. Suspension of other privileges – Principal, Superintendent
11. In-school suspension – Principal, Superintendent
12. Removal from classroom by teacher – teachers, Principal
13. Short-term (five days or less) suspension from school – Principal, Superintendent, Board
14. Long-term (more than five days) suspension from school – Superintendent, Board
15. Permanent suspension from school – Superintendent, Board.
*Please note: If a parent picks a student up while a student is assigned to in-school suspension, the student will complete the suspension period upon returning to school. Suspended students are prohibited from being on school property or participating in any form of school related activities without expressed permission. Days in which school is not in session, due to school closures or other reasons will not be counted as part of the days of suspension.
Suspension From Transportation
If a student does not conduct himself/herself properly on a bus, the bus driver is expected to bring such misconduct to the Principal's attention. Students who become a serious disciplinary problem may have their riding privileges suspended by the Principal or the Superintendent or their designees.
In such cases, the student's parent will become responsible for seeing that his or her child gets to and from school safely. Should the suspension from transportation amount to a suspension from attendance, the district will make appropriate arrangements to provide for the student's education.
A student subjected to a suspension from transportation is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law §3214. However, the student and the student's parent will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the Principal or the Principal’s designee to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.
*Please note: Students suspended from transportation may not attend any field trips requiring transportation which falls within the suspension period.
Overview of Harassment & Bullying
The Watertown City School District (WCSD) is committed to providing an educational and working environment that promotes respect, dignity and equality. The Board of Education recognizes harassment, and bullying are detrimental to student learning and achievement. Such behaviors affect not only the students who are targeted, but also those individuals who participate and witness such acts. Therefore, all forms of harassment, discrimination, and bullying are prohibited on school grounds, school busses and at all school-sponsored activities, programs and events including those that take place at alternate locations.
Definition of Harassment: Harassment is any intentional written, verbal or electronic communication or physical act which intimidates or threatens another on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, marital status, class or club affiliation or other distinguishing characteristics including weight.
Definition of Bullying: Bullying occurs when someone purposely says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending themselves or is in an otherwise vulnerable position.
Bullying is a form of harassment that consists of inappropriate and often persistent behavior including threats or intimidation of others, treating others cruelly, terrorizing, coercing, or habitual put-downs and/or badgering of others.
Rule 1: We will not bully others.
Rule 2: We will help students who are bullied.
Rule 3: We will include students who are left out.
Rule 4: If we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home
We have read the Code of Conduct and understand our responsibilities:
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