Code of Conduct

It is expected that students of St. Joseph School maintain a Christian demeanor that reflects Christian principles, reverence for God, and courtesy for others. RESPECT is an integral part of proper behavior exhibited by the students toward faculty, staff, other students and themselves. Appropriate behavior is required during the school day, in the school building, and at all authorized school activities. Parents/guardians are required to know the Code of Conduct and are expected to cooperate fully with the school in helping their child(ren) abide by the Code. Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair, and consistent. Any such disciplinary action will be appropriate to the seriousness of the offense and, where applicable, to the previous disciplinary record of the student. St. Joseph School is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive a quality education without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students is essential to achieving this goal. The expectations for acceptable conduct on school property, on school trips or at school sponsored events are based on fair principles of respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity. STUDENT’S RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES It shall be the right of each child in this school: • To have a safe, healthy, orderly and courteous school environment • To be happy and treated with compassion • To be him or her self. This means that no one will treat a student unfairly because of any difference in race, religion, physical abilities or attributes. It shall be the responsibility of each child in this school: • To be familiar with and abide by all the policies, rules and regulations pertaining to student conduct • To seek help in solving problems that might lead to discipline procedures • To respect others as individuals SCHOOL DISCIPLINE Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school when they: • Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct may include but are not limited to: • Making unreasonable noise • Using language and gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive • Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community • Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct may include but are not limited to: • Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees • Skipping detention • Engage in conduct that is disruptive. Examples of disruptive conduct may include but are not limited to: • Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees. • Substantially interfering with the teacher’s authority over the classroom or substantially disrupting the educational process. • Engage in conduct that is violent or may be viewed as violent. Examples of violent conduct may include but are not limited to: • Committing an act of violence or attempting to do so upon a teacher, administrator, another student or person lawfully on school property or other school employees • Possessing a weapon • Displaying what appears to be a weapon • Threatening to use a weapon • Intentionally damaging or destroying school property • Engaging in conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others. • Engaging in misconduct while on the school bus. • Engaging in any form of academic misconduct. Examples of academic misconduct may include but are not limited to: • Cheating • Plagiarism • Copying • Altering records • Assisting another student in any of the above • A student found possessing a weapon or using alcohol or drugs during the school day or on school grounds at any time will be suspended. • Smoking is prohibited in the school or on school grounds as per New York State and Federal Health Guidelines. • Any item, which does not belong in school, will be confiscated and will not be returned until a parent/guardian comes to school to pick it up. • No electronic devices may be brought to school. This includes, but is not limited to: cell phones, i-pods, pagers, beepers or games. The year’s current collector items may not be brought to school. Individual staff members will usually handle minor misbehaviors. Misbehaviors whereby frequency or seriousness disrupts the learning climate of the class/school may require the intervention of the principal. Possible Administrative Responses to Continued Misbehaviors • The principal will meet with the student • A proper and accurate record of the offense and disciplinary action will be recorded • A written or oral parental/guardian communication will take place Misbehavior that results in violence to another person/ property or one that poses a direct threat to the safety of others in the school will not be tolerated. Possible Administrative Responses to Acts of Violence • The principal will verify the offense and meet with the student • Parents/guardians will be notified orally or in writing • A proper record of the incident and disciplinary action will be maintained • Law enforcement officials will be notified if the situation warrants it • The Education Department of the Diocese of Rockville Center will be notified • The pastors of St. Joseph Parish will be notified In an effort to achieve good order and respect for one another, students are requested to observe the following rules and procedures during the lunch hour: CAFETERIA The following procedure is followed: • Students enter and go to their assigned seat • Prayer before meals is said together • Assigned students distribute lunches • Milk is distributed to students who purchased it • Students are called to purchase snack • Clean up • Prayer • Line up and dismissal The following rules are to be observed in the cafeteria: • Students are to remain seated during lunchtime. • Students must ask permission to use the bathrooms. • Students are not permitted to bring in soda cans, carbonated beverages or any drink in a glass bottle. • Students are to clean up the table and the floor of any debris. • Students are not permitted to engage in food fights. If this occurs and immediate detention will be given. RECESS The following regulations are to be observed: • Students are expected to walk with the teacher on duty to the playground. • Students are not permitted to reenter or remain in the building without a teacher’s consent. • Only NERF type balls may be used during recess time • Contact sports are not permitted • Students are to treat one another with respect. • When the bell rings, students are to stop the games and line up quietly CONSEQUENCES FOR NOT FOLLOWING THE CODE OF CONDUCT Detention Detention is the detaining of a student after school for infractions of school regulations. Detention will be held after school hours (Tuesday, 2:15PM – 3:15 PM). Parents/guardians will be notified in writing of the date for the detention and are expected to make arrangements for the student to be picked up on time. The notification must be signed by the student and the parent or guardian. The signed detention slip is to be returned to the school. Repeated detentions will result in the following consequences: loss of privileges, required school service, or suspension. After 3 detentions a conference will be held with the parents/guardians of the child. Present at the conference will be the student, parent(s) or guardians, teachers and administrators. A student will be denied privileges such as field trips, Field Day, etc. Detention may be given for the following reasons: • Fighting - both parties involved • Disrespect • Destruction of property • Failure to comply with school regulations • Repeated offensive language • Disruption of classes • Wearing the uniform improperly (see uniform) • Chewing gum • Administration reserves the right to assign detention for behavior or misconduct not specified above. PROBATION A student may be put on probation for a clearly specified time for misconduct, which does not require more drastic action. During the specified time, a student should demonstrate willingness to observe the requirements of the school community. Failure to do so may result in a recommended transfer. Suspension A suspension is issued for very serious cases and then only when the school administration thinks it is imperative to remove a student from contact with fellow students. Expulsion An expulsion shall be enacted only as a last resort after all other means of motivation and correction have failed and/or circumstances of crime, scandal, morality, or disruption necessitates this extreme disciplinary action.