HS student handbook

Welcome to Adirondack High School

 

This should prove to be an exciting time of your life as you begin to make choices that will help determine the direction you will be taking in future years.  We encourage you to explore the many extracurricular programs that are available to you.  These programs, combined with the outstanding academic programs you will be taking, will provide you with a strong foundation.  Remember, to reach your maximum potential, you must give your best effort to whatever you do.

 

This agenda allows you to stay organized and gives you the privilege of going from one place to another with a teacher’s signature.  In addition, it offers other important facts and helpful hints to stay organized.  Please keep your agenda all together as it will not be valid if pages are torn out.  Agendas can be purchased in the Main Office for a small fee if you should misplace yours.

 

Throughout the school year take pride in your school.  Be responsible young adults and stay committed to respecting school property and keeping our school looking brand new.

 

Best to all of you for a successful school year!

 

Heidi L. Smith                                                               Daniel M. Roberts

High School Principal                           High School Assistant Principal

 

 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES & SPORTS

Class of ’21            Class of ’22             Class of ’23           Class of ‘24

NHS                         Math HS                   Skills USA              FFA

Chorus                     Band                         Spanish Club        Yearbook

Musical                    Jazz Ensemble       Soccer                    Golf                    Volunteering        Wrestling                 Quiz Bowl                GAA                    AAA Club                              Baseball                  Bookstore               YAC

Softball                    Track & Field         Cross Country       Basketball

Swimming (Girls)                  Volleyball (Girls)     Spanish Club       Art Club

Nordic Ski Team    Nordic Ski Club     Student Association

International Club                                     

 

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ADIRONDACK CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

 

Heidi Smith              High School Principal                 942-9200 ext. 5500

Daniel Roberts        Asst. Principal/AD (Interim)        942-9200 ext. 5500

Wendy Foye            Director of CSE                            942-9200 ext. 1820

                               

 

STUDENT SERVICES

 

Fawn Henry             High School Nurse                      942-9200 ext. 5540

Bryan Waterman    High School Counselor (A-L)     942-9200 ext. 5520

Kathy Grenier          High School Counselor (M-Z)     942-9200 ext. 5520

Matt Boliver              Psychologist                                 942-9200 ext. 4523

Courtney Streifert                   Social Worker                               942-9200 ext. 4201

 

DIRECTORS

 

Michelle Zeigler      Library                                                           942-9200 ext. 5550

Rodney Rowsam    Custodial Services                      942-9200 ext. 5530

Sandra Lee              Food Service                                942-9200 ext. 5556

 

DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSONS

 

Dan Granato                 Occupational Education        942-9200 ext. 5500

Ryan O’Neil                  Fine Arts                                   942-9200 ext. 5500

Cinnamon Marchione  Science                                   942-9200 ext. 4500

Kim Carrock                 Language Arts                        942-9200 ext. 5500

Suzanne Ferris            Social Studies                         942-9200 ext. 4500

Patricia Aganier           Mathematics                            942-9200 ext. 5500

 

CLASS ADVISORS

 

TBD                                                                                             Class of 2021

TBD                                                                                             Class of 2022

TBD                                                                                             Class of 2023

TBD                                                                                             Class of 2024

 

 

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

FACILITY PROCEDURES................................................................................. 4

     School Hours, School Closings, Announcements, Fire Drills,

     Lockers, Assemblies, Student Charges, Library .................................... 4-6

     Nurse’s Office, Medication in School ..................................................... 6-7

     Cafeteria, Food, Parties, Passes, Lost & Found, Maintenance of Bldg.,

     Study Halls................................................................................................ .7-8

     Restricted list, Restricted areas of campus, Telephone............................ 8

ACADEMIC........................................................................................................ .8

Graduation Requirements, Success, Load, Schedules, Programs

Progress Reports, Report Cards............................................................. .8-9

Honor Roll, Grades, Homework, Guidance.............................................. 10

    Make-up Work, Incomplete Grades........................................................... 11

ATTENDANCE.................................................................................................. 11

    Tardiness, Absence, Early Dismissals................................................. 11-12

    Extracurricular Activities, Leaving School without Permission, Tardiness to

    Class and/or School, Leaving School early, Truancy............................. 12

DRESS CODE.............................................................................................. 12-13

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

     Discipline, Detention, Suspension (ISS,OSS), Student Conduct,

     Harassment............................................................................................ 13-14

     Student Infractions (A-E)....................................................................... 14-19

CELL PHONE/ELECTRONIC DEVICE USAGE………………………………. 19-20

TOBACCO, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL....................................................... 20-22

     Drugs & Alcohol Searches, Drugs & Alcohol on Premises, Safety

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.......................................................... 22-25

     10TH Period, School Dances, Student Fund Raising, Home Athletic

     Events, National Honor Society

TRANSPORTATION........................................................................................ 26

     Student Parking & Vehicle Regulations............................................... 26-27

     Transportation to School Activities, General Bus & Transportation Rules                27-28

     Cameras on Buses...................................................................................... 28

DISCRIMINATION............................................................................................ 28

     Anti-Discrimination Practice...................................................................... 29

SPECIAL EDUCATION.................................................................................... 29

DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT........................................................ 29-33

STUDENT BILL OF RIGHTS & RESPONSBILITIES................................ 33-35

DISCLAIMER.................................................................................................... 39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACILITY PROCEDURES

SCHOOL HOURS

The normal school day is from 8:00 A.M. to 2:20 P.M. Students who are not involved in activities or who have no obligation (either self-initiated or teacher-initiated) the 10th period, will leave the school at 2:20 P.M. Any student remaining at school after 2:20 P.M. must be under the supervision of a faculty member.

DAILY SCHEDULE

Period

Arrival/Homeroom

Time

7:30-7:57

1

8:00 – 8:41

2

8:44 – 9:24

3

9:27 – 10:07

4

10:10 – 10:51

5

10:54 – 11:35

Lunches

10:54-11:24 5th, Lunch

11:38-12:08 6th, Lunch

6

11:27 – 12:08

7

12:11 – 12:52

8

12:55 – 1:36

9

1:39 – 2:20

( * ) 10th period will only meet on Monday – Wednesday and designated Thursdays.         

VOCATIONAL SCHOOL HOURS

 

Bus Departs

Class Time

Lunch

Bus Returns

Morning

8:30 A.M.

9:10-11:35

11:50

11:50

Afternoon

11:25 A.M.

12:10-2:40

10:54

3:10

 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

In the event of weather conditions which might interfere with the running of buses or the operation of the school, parents and students may obtain information by listening to the morning broadcasts of radio stations WBRV, WIBX, WADR, WTLB or WRNY.  Also, television station WKTV (Channel 2) will scroll the information across the bottom of the screen.  Our automated emergency system is also used to communicate to parents/guardians.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announcements for the public address system should be prepared on the forms in the Main Office and presented to the respective school’s principal for approval. Announcements will be made at the beginning of 1st period and displayed electronically throughout the building.

SAFETY DRILLS

Eight (8) evacuation drills and four (4) lockdown drills are required by law during each school year, eight (8) of these by December 31st.  Drills are for your safety and should be done in a serious manner.  Students and staff are expected to follow all safety procedures.

 

LOCKERS

Hallway Lockers – Each student will be assigned a locker.  Safeguard your own property by keeping your locker combination to yourself.  Be sure your locker is closed and locked before you leave it.  Students are not allowed to share their locker with another student(s).  Students are responsible for any damages including: graffiti, bending tabs, tampering with locks or applying stickers, etc.  If you have a problem with your hallway locker, please go to the main office to report the problem.

Physical Education Lockers – Lockers with separate locks are in the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms.  These will be assigned by the physical education teacher.  If you have a problem with your physical education locker, see your physical education teacher.  Due to the previous thefts in the physical education locker rooms, it is essential to keep all of your possessions locked.  Do not bring and/or leave valuables and cash unsecured in the locker room.

If your locker is damaged, you will be responsible for the cost of fixing the locker.

ASSEMBLIES

Assemblies have a two-fold purpose. The first is to educate and expose students to new and different material, the second is to entertain.  It is expected that students will show respect, be attentive, and be courteous during all events.

 

Failure to behave appropriately may result in removal from that and subsequent assembly programs and other disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with school policies and procedures.

 

Upon entry to the auditorium, students will generally be seated accordingly:

  1. Freshmen:Front, left
  2. Sophomores:Front, right
  3. Juniors:Center, midway back
  4. Seniors:Center, front

 

We ask all students to please be respectful as you are representing the Adirondack Central School District when we bring in speakers and performers from the community.  Show our Wildcat Pride!

 

STUDENT CHARGES

At the close of the school year, parents will be notified, in writing, about any student charges incurred during the school year.  These charges may include lost/damaged textbooks, damages to school property, cafeteria charges and other similar school charges/fees.  Final report card grades will be withheld until all charges have been paid to the district.  All charges can be paid at the high school main office.  Inquiries can be made by calling 942-9200 ext. 5500.

LIBRARY

The library will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 3:25 P.M. The library is not a study hall.  It is a place to read and use reference materials in a quiet surrounding.

  1. All students using the library during the school day must have a pass except during the activity period or when accompanied by a teacher.
  2. Students electing to go to the library must remain in the facility for the entire period. Wandering from the library is not permitted.
  3. Students should speak at a low volume as to not disrupt others.
  4. All students’ questions pertaining to library reference, circulation or materials should be directed to the librarian or library aide.
  5. Students are not to do homework in the library which could otherwise be done in study halls.
  6. Students should return all materials at the close of the period. This includes magazines, newspapers, and electronic equipment.
  7. Students are asked to seat themselves after obtaining selected reading or reference materials.
  8. The number of students who may leave study halls for the library will be at the librarian’s discretion.
  9. Electronic devices or listening devices may be used at the discretion of the teacher/supervisor in the library.

All students are encouraged to use this facility but at the same time are asked to be considerate of other students while doing so.

NURSE’S OFFICE

If a student is injured during the school day or at any school function, he/she is to report this immediately to the person in charge, who will in turn submit a report to the school health office. The school nurse will inspect the injured and take any necessary steps. If a student becomes ill and is too ill to attend classes, the student should request to see the nurse who will evaluate the student’s condition. At no time should a student excuse himself or herself from school. (Penalty: suspension).

MEDICATION IN SCHOOL

A New York State mandate requires that we must have written doctors and parent/guardian permission to administer any medication (this includes over the counter or prescription medication).

Students are not allowed to share or distribute any medications (prescription or over the counter) to any other individual.

Medication should be brought to the Nurse’s Office in the original container labeled with the child’s name, dosage, and doctor’s name. Please send enough medicine to last the entire week of school.

The school nurse has the forms available which the doctor and parent need to sign.

CAFETERIA

Abuse of the cafeteria facilities or improper behavior in the cafeteria will result in penalties including reprimand, detention, in-school suspension, suspension, and/or denial of cafeteria privileges.

FOOD

No food or beverages are allowed in the hallways or classrooms during the school day. All food is to be consumed in the cafeteria.

PARTIES

There shall be no parties during the school day unless prior approval has been given by the principal or assistant principal.

PASSES

Students must have their agenda books signed by a teacher when leaving a class or study hall.  If you lose your agenda book another one can be purchased for $10.00.

LOST AND FOUND

All articles lost and found should be reported to the office at once. Found articles not claimed by the end of the school year will be discarded. The Nurse’s Office will serve as a central area for all lost and/or found articles.

MAINTENANCE OF BUILDING

Students who intentionally damage school property or equipment will be required to pay for the damages, will be subject to school disciplinary action, and may be prosecuted.

STUDY HALLS

All students will be assigned a formal study hall. These are quiet study halls. Seats will be assigned and students will bring books and materials for study purposes to the study halls.

All study halls are the same as a regular class in that students may only leave for emergency purposes and then they must seek permission from and sign out with the teacher in charge.  Students may use electronic devices or listening devices at the discretion of the teacher or supervisor in the classroom.

RESTRICTED LIST

Students who are on the restricted list will not be allowed to leave the study hall unless they have a pre-signed pass from a teacher who will work with them on course material. The following conditions may place a student on the restricted list:

  1. Failure of 2 or more courses during a marking period.
  2. Two or more grades of Incomplete.
  3. Failure of 1 course and 1 incomplete grade.

 

RESTRICTED AREAS OF CAMPUS

When students arrive, they must immediately enter the school and remain in the school until it is time for them to leave.  No students are allowed to be outdoors unless given permission from their respective administrators to do so.

All students are to remain in their respective parts of the building unless given permission to do otherwise.

Disciplinary action will be taken against students who are found to be in unauthorized parts of the building or campus.

TELEPHONE

Phones are provided in various parts of the building to carry on the business of the school. These phones are not for personal use. Students may use an office phone in emergency situations only.

Students should not have an expectation of being released from classes or study halls to use the telephone.

 

ACADEMIC

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to graduate from Adirondack Central High School, a student must meet certain minimum New York State requirements.  Among these requirements are included the successful completion of New York State Regents examinations in Mathematics, Science, Global Studies, U.S. History and Language Arts.  Specific information concerning these requirements may be obtained from your guidance counselor, or you may refer to the Course of Study Booklet.

 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

A student must have completed the following units in order to be officially entitled to the privileges of the high school classes shown below:

                                Sophomore:         5 units

                                Junior:                    10 units

                                Senior:                   15 units*

*To be considered a senior, one must be scheduled for all classes that are necessary for graduation.

 

 

ACADEMIC LOAD

All students are required to take 5 courses and physical education.  Any exceptions to this load will require the approval of the high school principal.

 

CLASS SCHEDULES

Prior to the opening of school each year, students will be assigned to a class schedule. Students will be required to follow this schedule. If the schedule is in error, please notify the Guidance Office.

 

CHANGING CLASS SCHEDULES OR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Permission to change class schedules or academic programs must be secured from your guidance counselor. Completing an Add/Drop slip and submitting it to your guidance counselor can start this process. Any teacher affected must then initial the approved Add/Drop Slip.  Written parental/guardian permission and a conference with the parent/guardian will also be required. Changes will be made only if (1) the change is in the best interest of the student’s education and/or (2) there are extenuating circumstances to be considered.  Changes will not be made after 2 weeks into each course/semester.  The final decision is made by the building Principal. 

Please be aware that the number of classes and class size are established and teachers are assigned based upon student selection of courses.  It is not possible to change these classes and teacher assignments after July hence a large number of class changes cannot be accommodated.

PROGRESS REPORTS

There are four marking periods during the school year.  Progress reports are sent five weeks prior to the end of each marking period to indicate student progress.  Parents can also contact the guidance office department and individual classroom teachers.

Progress Report Dates:  October 7, December 16, March 10, May 19.

 

REPORT CARDS

Report cards are computerized and sent to the parents or guardian of each high school pupil. There are four report card periods, two each semester. The passing mark in grades 6-12 is 65%.

During the academic year, the marking periods run as follows:

FIRST SEMESTER                              SECOND SEMESTER

1st:   Sept. 8  -   Nov. 10                     3rd:    Feb. 1   -   April 20

2nd:  Nov. 12  -  Jan. 29                     4th:    April 21   -   June 25

 

Parents/Guardians should receive these grade reports within two weeks after the end of the marking period. Please call the Guidance Office if you have any questions.

HONOR ROLL

To provide recognition for students who have achieved high academic standards, an honor roll is published at the end of each marking period. There are three honor groups:

  1. High Honor: above 94.5
  2. Honor: 89.5 - 94.4
  3. Merit: 84.5 - 89.4

GRADE EQUIVALENTS

When students transfer in from another school where alphabetic grades are used, ACHS will use the other school’s grade translation table in order to assign numeric grades. If no table is sent (or if only grade ranges are sent), grades will be translated according to the following table:

A+ = 98

B+ = 88

C+ = 78

D+ = 69

F = 60

A = 95

B = 85

C = 75

D = 67

F = 60

A- = 92

B- = 82

C- = 72

D- = 65

F = 60

 

HOMEWORK

Homework is an integral part of school work and must be carefully prepared. The amount of homework a student will be required to do will depend upon the difficulty of the academic program and the student’s planned study time for their completion. Planned study eliminates the necessity of spending too much time in completing an assignment the day before it is due.  In courses at the regents’ level and above, students should expect to receive and complete homework on a nightly basis.

 

GUIDANCE PROGRAM

A comprehensive district-wide school counseling plan is available on the Adirondack Central School District website.  This plan shall be subject to annual review and revised as necessary in the following areas:

  1. Identification of guidance program objectives;
  2. Activities to accomplish the objectives;
  3. Identification of staff members and other resources to accomplish the objectives;
  4. Provisions for the annual assessment of program results.

 

A coordinated guidance program in grades 9 - 12 shall be developed and implemented including the following activities and services:

  1. Each student’s educational progress and career plans will be reviewed annually.
  2. Exposure and guidance at each grade level to help students learn about various careers and career planning skills.
  3. Other advisor and counseling assistance which will benefit students such as:helping students develop and implement post-secondary education and career plans; helping those students exhibiting any behavioral and adjustment problems; and encouraging parental involvement;
  4. Employment of personnel certified or licensed as school counselors.

 

MAKE-UP WORK AND INCOMPLETE GRADES

Students who do not complete academic work (regardless of the reason) will be required to make-up the missed work. All make-up work should be in by the end of the marking period. If a student has an Incomplete for a marking period grade, the student cannot receive credit for the course until the Incomplete is made up.  Students who fail to complete and submit required projects, class work and/or research papers will receive an assigned grade of Incomplete for the marking period and the course.  This could cause a student not to graduate if the work is not completed.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain all make-up work from teachers and to remain informed of the work which needs to be completed.

ATTENDANCE

 

Good attendance is considered essential to a good education. Students are expected to be present and on time each day of school except when absent because of legal reasons. The basic responsibility for the regular attendance of the student lies with the student and his/her parents.

 

Copies of the attendance policy are available at the main office.

 

TARDINESS

Students are to be in 1st period by 8:00 A.M. and every other class thereafter by the time the bell rings.

Any student reporting to school after 1st period has begun must report to their respective school’s Nurse’s Office for admission to school and to sign the tardy log. A written excuse from the parent/guardian should be brought into the office by the student indicating the reason for tardiness.

 

ABSENCE

Pupils, upon returning to school, must bring a written excuse from their parent or guardian stating the reason for absence. A pupil who has been absent shall, before reporting to any class, report to the nurse’s office for admission to school.

When an absence is necessary, the parent or guardian should telephone the nurse’s office (942-9200 ext. 5540) and state the reason for the student’s absence. A phone call does not substitute for the written excuse required within 5 days. Students who are absent from school without the permission of their parent or guardian are considered to be truant.

 

EARLY DISMISSALS

If you wish to leave school prior to the end of the school day, you must bring written permission from your parent/guardian to the nurse’s office prior to 8:00 A.M. This excuse should state the reason for leaving, and it is requested that it contain a phone number where the parent can be reached. If approved, the principal, assistant principal or school nurse will issue you a pass to leave the building.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

In order for students to attend a school-sponsored function, it is necessary that students attend classes for at least one half (1/2) of the school day on the day of the activity, unless otherwise excused by the building administrator.  One-half (1/2) of the school day is defined as the following:  8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or from 11:30 until the end of the school day.  In addition, athletes must follow the Athletic Code of Conduct.

LEAVING SCHOOL WITHOUT PERMISSION

Due to safety, all students are to have administration or the school nurse approval before leaving school, regardless of age. Leaving school without permission will result in in-school or out-of-school suspension for up to five days.

 

LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY REQUIRES:

  1. Permission from parents by telephone or a note to the main office.
  2. Permission from personnel in the main office or nurse’s office.
  3. Students must sign out at the nurse’s office.

TARDINESS TO CLASS AND/OR SCHOOL

Sufficient time is provided for all students to be in class on time. Excessive lateness will result in a student being placed on detention.  In addition, students who drive to school will lose this privilege if tardiness to school happens on a regular basis.  Students who have been detained by a teacher should ask for a pass. Excessive tardiness is defined as three (3) or more tardies.

TRUANCY FROM CLASS

Students who are in school, but who are not in class without a legitimate excuse are considered to be truant from class.

 

DRESS AND ACCESSORIES DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE AND UNACCEPTABLE FOR SCHOOL AND SCHOOL FUNCTIONS

Students will need to change if they are not dressed appropriately.  The following clothing and accessories shall be deemed inappropriate and unacceptable on school property, in school vehicles and at school functions:

  1. Clothing and accessories that present a safety hazard.Special requirements are established for physical education classes, science lab classes, and technology education classes
  2. Outdoor clothing if worn indoors
  3. Items that bear vulgar, profane, tobacco, drug and/or alcohol related messages
  4. Sexually suggestive or revealing clothing and accessories
  5. Lack of footwear or use of footwear that is unsafe
  6. Clothing that is libelous or denigrates others on account of gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or other protected status
  7. Wearing of headgear (hats, hoods, bandanas) in school during the regular school day
  8. Accessories that may be used as a weapon and/or cause damage to school property.(For example: long chains, spiked jewelry, etc.)
  9. Clothing must fit sufficiently to cover the students appropriately at all times.Clothing which exposes undergarments at any time is not permitted.

 

These minimum dress standards are enforced.  Students in violation will be required to change into appropriate attire before being allowed to continue classroom instruction.  Students unable to change into appropriate attire or refusing to adhere to the District Dress Code may be subject to additional disciplinary action to be determined by administration.  The building principal has the final say regarding dress code.

 

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

 

DISCIPLINE

Students should be aware that surveillance cameras are in use throughout the building that may record the conduct of the students which may be used to determine disciplinary action when needed.

DETENTION

Lunch Detention will be held Monday through Friday in the ISS Room during 5th and 6th periods.

Detention will be held on Monday through Wednesday in the Lecture Room during 10th period.  On Thursday and Friday detention will be served in the Middle School ISS room.

Late Detention is Monday through Friday in the ISS room in the Middle School.

Lunch Detention and Detention are to be treated as assigned formal study halls. Sufficient work to last all period must be brought by the student. Lunch Detention/Detention is used for disciplinary purposes and attendance is mandatory. Failure to report to Lunch Detention/Detention will result in the assignment of an additional Lunch Detention/Detention and/or a Late Detention in addition to serving the lunch detention/detention missed. Failure to show a second time will result in a suspension and the missed detentions still need to be served.

SUSPENSION (In-School)

At the discretion of the administration in regards to rule infractions and in light of a student’s disciplinary record, some students may be assigned to In-School Suspension. A student who is assigned to In-School Suspension will not be allowed to go to classes or attend other activities during the time assigned. Instead, that student will be assigned to a room where the student will work on academics. Failure to abide by the rules of In-School Suspension will result in Out-of-School Suspension.

SUSPENSION (Out-of-School)

When a student is suspended out of school, that student may not attend classes, participate in school functions, attend school related activities or be on school grounds. Upon returning to school, the student shall report to the principal for a conference.  BOCES students who receive out of school suspension from BOCES will also not be allowed to attend their home district during the time of the suspension.

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

The following paragraphs regarding student conduct are taken from the Board of Education Policy Book:

Students who give evidence of a sincere desire to remain in school, to be diligent in their studies, and to profit by the educational experiences provided, will be given every opportunity to do so. As with all citizens, students have rights; and these rights are based in law. With all rights there are restrictions, thus all students must use his/her rights responsibly. Responsibility is inherent in the exercise of every right, and it must be emphasized that lack of responsibility means a weakening of rights

 

CONDUCT DEEMED INAPPROPRIATE AND UNACCEPTABLE

**This code divides types of misbehaviors into four levels of increasing seriousness, with more stringent disciplinary measures provided at each level. At each level there are examples of infractions to be treated at that level. The list is intended to be descriptive, rather than exhaustive. Each level also has a description of procedures that school officials should follow in administering discipline, and a menu of disciplinary choices. Because each child and misbehavior is different, school officials should tailor the discipline for each infraction to best encourage the child to make better choices in the future.**

 

The following conduct of students, employees, and visitors shall be deemed inappropriate and unacceptable on school property, school vehicles, and at school functions:

 

STUDENT INFRACTIONS - LEVEL A

These misbehaviors constitute minor infractions of school rules, which cause little harm and minimal disruption.  They are best handled quickly and informally.  If the behaviors continue, however, there very persistence may make them disruptive enough to cause them to be treated as more serious infractions with more stringent consequences.

  1. Failure to comply with the legitimate directions of teachers, teacher aides, bus drivers and bus monitors, administrators or other authorized school personnel during any period of time when the student is under the authority of the school.
  2. Insubordination
  3. Talking out of turn
  4. Disrupting class
  5. Unprepared for class
  6. Public displays of affection
  7. The possession, sale or exchange of obscene material
  8. Throwing objects
  9. Littering
  10. Panhandling
  11. Making excessive noise or disturbances
  12. Running in the hallway (unless specifically authorized by the principal or his/her designee)
  13. Tardiness to school
  14. Tardiness to class
  15. Being out of an assigned area
  16. Cheating
  17. Possession or use of electronic devices or other listening devices such as headphones, earbuds, etc. should be used at the discretion of the teacher/supervisor in the classrooms.
  18. Horseplay

 

1st Offense -         Removal from class and Lunch Detention.

2nd Offense -        Removal from class and Detention.

3rd Offense -         Removal from class, Late Detention and Parent

                 Notification

4th Offense -         ISS and Parent Notification.

 

( * ) For all offenses concerning electronic devices, the cell phone or other electronic device will be turned in to the main office to be picked up at the end of the day.  On the fourth and subsequent offense, the parent/guardian will be required to pick up the cell phone or other electronic device.

 

STUDENT INFRACTIONS - LEVEL B

Misbehaviors included at this level are frequent and/or serious enough to disrupt the learning climate of the school and affect the student’s own ability to learn.  As a result of frequency and/or seriousness of these misbehaviors, the administrator assumes the major responsibility for corrective action.

  1. Using language, sounds or gestures, electronic images, drawings that are profane, lewd, racist, vulgar or offensive.
  2. Bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation which includes the making of written or verbal statements or gestures or actions that put an individual in fear of harm.
  3. Internet or cyber bullying.
  4. Lying to school officials.
  5. Forging signatures on passes, excuses, notes and/or other school documents.
  6. Leaving class without permission.
  7. Skipping class.
  8. Skipping detention.

 

1st Offense -         Removal from class and Detention

2nd Offense -        Removal from class and Late Detention.

3rd Offense -         Removal from class, ISS and parent notification

4th Offense -         OSS and Parent Notification.

 

STUDENT INFRACTIONS - LEVEL C

Misbehaviors included at this level are frequent and/or serious enough to disrupt the learning climate of the school and affect the student’s own ability to learn.  As a result of frequency and/or seriousness of these misbehaviors, the administrator assumes the major responsibility for corrective action.

  1. Possession and/or threatening to use or use of pepper spray
  2. The willful damage to school property, or to the property of others
  3. Unauthorized entry to, exit from or use of school facilities, including buildings, grounds, equipment and electronic or other information systems
  4. Using language, gestures, or comments that are racist, vulgar, or offensive.
  5. Threats against persons that would put an individual or group of individuals in fear of harm.
  6. Misuse of the 911 Emergency System
  7. The failure to comply with the lawful directions of school officials, security officers and law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and the failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested by them to do so.
  8. Gambling
  9. The distribution or possession of electronic images, videos, or messages on school property that suggests, encourages, condones or supports action that could lead to the disruption of the learning environment on school grounds.
  10. Skipping school for the day
  11. Plagiarism (to receive a grade, work must be completed to the teacher’s satisfaction)
  12. Blatant insubordination
  13. Using blatant profanity and/or causing a disruption in the learning environment.
  14. Swearing at a staff member.
  15. Making comments or gestures that are sexual in nature (i.e. panting, mooning, etc.)
  16. Pushing, swinging and other actions/activities that can lead to an altercation and/or injury.
  17. Leaving school without permission.

 

1st Offense -          Parent Conference.  Removal from class,  In-

                 School Suspension (1-3 days) or Out- of-School

                 Suspension (1-3) days.  Confiscate Contraband. 

2nd offense -         Parent Conference.  Removal from Class.  In-

                 School Suspension (3-5 days) or Out- of-School 

                 Suspension (3-5 days).  Confiscate Contraband. 

3rd offense -          Parent Conference.  Out-of School Suspension                                        (3-5 days).  Superintendent’s Hearing.  Confiscate

                 Contraband.

 

 

STUDENT INFRACTIONS - LEVEL D

Severe acts directed against persons or property whose consequences may endanger the health and safety of others or self or chronic offenses of a more serious nature for Level B.

  1. The use, consumption, possession, sale, gifting, or exchange of any tobacco or similar product (i.e. E-cigarettes or vaping devices, cartridges, etc).
  2. Fighting, threatening to, or engaging in an activity that is intended to or through neglect causes serious physical injury or death, abuse or unlawful detention of any person
  3. Stealing
  4. The willful interference and or aiding or abetting interference with the lawful and authorized activities of others on school property.This includes demonstrations, picketing, disorderly conduct, and the obstruction of vehicular or pedestrian traffic that interferes with or obstructs classes, school functions, approved functions, administration, or the functioning of the physical plant
  5. The distribution of literature on school property that suggests, encourages, condones or supports action that could lead to the disruption or interruption of the educational process or precipitates disorder on school property.Materials posted or displayed within the school or on school property are subject to the approval of the building principal
  6. Violation of the District’s Acceptable Use Policy for computers and other electronic equipment or technology
  7. Pranks
  8. Lockers damaged by student
  9. Sexual harassment

 

1st Offense -         Parent Conference.  Removal from Class.  In-

       School Suspension (2-5 days) or Out-of-School        Suspension (2-5) days.  Confiscate Contraband.      Restitution.

2nd Offense -        Parent Conference.  Removal from Class.  In-

      School Suspension (3-5 days) or Out-of-School        Suspension (3-5) days.  Confiscate Contraband.      Restitution.

3rd Offense -         Superintendent’s Hearing.  Confiscate Contraband.  Restitution. Removal of Driving Privileges.

STUDENT INFRACTIONS - LEVEL E

The acts listed at this level are clearly criminal.  They represent a direct and immediate threat to the welfare of others or may result in serious injury to the student, other people, or property.  In most cases, they require administrative action which immediately removes the student from school and calls for intervention of appropriate authorities.

 

  1. Possession or use and/or threatening use of weapons or “look alike” weapons
  2. The use, consumption, possession, sale, gifting, or exchange of alcoholic beverages and illegal or controlled substances.This includes inhalants, “look alike” substances, and synthetic drugs (i.e. smoking device, drug paraphernalia)
  3. The use, possession, sale, gifting, or exchange of drug paraphernalia
  4. Terroristic threats and other threats against persons, buildings, facilities, or equipment.
  5. Being under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substance.This includes being under the influence of inhalants and synthetic drugs.Being under the influence of or the abuse of over-the-counter medications without the appropriate dispensing of and control by the school nurse
  6. Arson
  7. Distribution and/or possession of indecent material/pornography.
  8. Inappropriate sexual contact with another person
  9. Sexting
  10. Sexual Harassment
  11. Assault, battery, and/or threatening another person
  12. Breaking and entering and/or burglary
  13. Grand theft (over $300.00)
  14. Bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment
  15. Hate crime
  16. Hazing
  17. Homicide
  18. Kidnapping and/or abduction
  19. Making a false report and/or threat against the school
  20. Trespassing
  21. Manipulation of any electronic information (i.e. emails, School Tool, Student Records, etc.)

 

1st Offense -         Parent Conference.  Out-of-School Suspension (3-

      5) days.  Confiscate Contraband.   Restitution.          Notify Legal Authorities.  One Year Suspension.

2nd Offense -        Parent Conference.  Out-of-School Suspension (5

      days minimum).  Superintendent’s Hearing.               Confiscate Contraband.  Restitution.  Notify  Legal Authorities.  One Year Suspension.

3rd Offense -         Parent Conference.  Out-of-School Suspension (5

      days minimum).  Superintendent’s Hearing.               Confiscate Contraband.  Restitution.  Notify Legal   Authorities.  One Year Suspension.

PROCEDURES

In all student disciplinary procedures, due process rights will be protected.  In all cases, without regard to the penalty imposed and without regard to who imposes the penalty, the student has the right to be informed of the alleged misconduct, the facts, and circumstances surrounding all alleged misconduct must be investigated, to the extent necessary, by the appropriate school official.  Each student will have the opportunity to present his/her version of the facts to the school official who will be imposing the disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.  If students are to be given a penalty other than an oral warning, a written warning or written notification to their parents, then additional students’ rights are available before the penalty is imposed.  These rights are listed below:

  1. Detention
  2. Suspension From Extracurricular Activities Including Athletics Or From Other Privileges
  3. In-School Suspension
  4. Teacher Disciplinary Removal of Disruptive Students
  5. Suspension From School
  1. Short-term Suspensions (less than or equal to 5 days)
  2. Long-term Suspensions (more than 5 days)

 

CELL PHONE/MOBILE DEVICE USAGE

The use of cell phones/mobile devices on school grounds is permitted before school, during a student’s change of classes, during a study hall (at the teacher’s/supervisor’s discretion, during a student’s scheduled lunch period, and after school, provided such use does not create a disturbance or disruption.  Students may not receive or make phone calls (including Skype or other video chat applications) during the school day.  Mobile devices may only be used in classes for instructional purposes and with the teacher consent.

All cell phone/mobile device usage is prohibited in restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities.  No photographs, digital images, or videos of any kind are permitted at any time on school premises, without prior approval.

Cell phone/mobile device usage by students while riding to and from school on a bus, or on a bus for school-sponsored activities, is to be at the discretion of the bus driver and/or the staff member in charge.  Distracting behavior that creates an unsafe environment will not be tolerated.

Students who need to make calls during instructional periods should obtain permission to use the phones located in the main office.  Parents who need contact their child who have cell phones/mobile device should remind him/her to check for messages during their scheduled lunch periods, study halls, or after school.

Students should not use district electrical outlets to charge personal electronic devices of any kind.

 

TOBACCO, DRUGS & ALCOHOL

TOBACCO POSSESSION AND USE

Tobacco use in school buildings or on school grounds during any school activity is prohibited by school regulations. Tobacco will not be possessed by students on school property nor on school-sponsored trips. Possession of tobacco will be considered as intent to use it and actual punishment will be on the same basis for use.  This policy is inclusive of all tobacco products as well as all e-cigarettes, vaping, etc.

 

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

Selling, distributing, possessing, gifting, and/or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on school property or at a supervised school function is prohibited. In addition, any violation of New York State Penal Law or Public Health Code relating to controlled substances is also prohibited.

 

Students should be advised that all school property and buildings for the Adirondack Central School District have been designated as a Drug-Free School Zone. This designation means that there will be no plea-bargaining and stiffer penalties for anyone caught and convicted of selling illegal drugs in this zone.

 

STUDENTS SUSPECTED OF BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL

Where a student is suspected of being under the influence of drugs, he/she should be escorted, as if he/she were sick, to the nurse’s office or to the building principal if no nurse is available. Teachers should not attempt to decide whether a student is under the influence of drugs, sick, having some kind of attack, or merely drowsy.

The building principal, in consultation with the school nurse, will determine the next course of action.

Students are not allowed to share or distribute any medications (prescription or over the counter) to any other individual.

 

 

SEARCHES

  1. Adirondack Central School is committed to ensuring an atmosphere on school property and at school functions that is safe and orderly.To achieve this kind of environment, any school official authorized to impose a disciplinary penalty on a student may question a student about an alleged violation of law or the district code.Students are not entitled to any sort of “Miranda-type” warning before being questioned by school officials, nor are school officials required to contact a student’s parent(s) before questioning the student.However, school officials will tell all students why they are being questioned.
  2. Schoolofficials may require a student to reveal the contents of his/her book bag, handbag, briefcase and/or items carried on his/her person when there are reasonable grounds to believe that the student has items prohibited by law and/or school policy.When there is reasonable suspicion that a student or students have possession of illegal or stolen property, the student or students may be questioned and a search may be conducted by school officials.Schools have a unique mission that affords them authority to do this work.

 

Any student failing to cooperate with a school official during an intended search will be subject to discipline under the Code of Conduct.  Examples of failing to cooperate include but not limited to non-compliance or fleeing school grounds when a search is imminent.  Along with discipline under the Code of Conduct, students may also lose other privileges to include extra-curricular activities.  Student athletes risk being removed from the team for the remainder of the season for failing to cooperate in such a circumstance.

  1. No searches shall be conducted without reasonable suspicion that the student has drugs or alcohol on his or her person, in his or her vehicle, or in his or her locker.
  2. A general guide to searches and seizures will be found in Board Policy #7330.This reads as follows:

 

I.  General Principles

  1. A school official may search a student for drugs, alcohol, contraband, or weapons when the official observes it directly; or has a reasonable suspicion that the student possesses the item.
  2. Reasonable Suspicion is based on the official's direct observation of circumstances which would lead a reasonable person to believe that the student possesses the items.Reasonable suspicion may also legally be based on apparently reliable information from staff members or other students.A medical determination that a student is under the influence of drugs or alcohol constitutes grounds for a search.
  3. A student's bag, pocketbook, or vehicle is an extension of his or her person, and may be searched upon direct observation or reasonable suspicion.
  4. Lockers, desks, closets, and similar areas are considered to be under school control, and may be searched at any time.This rule holds true whether or not the student has been issued a lock.
  1. Only administrators shall conduct searches.At the administrator's discretion, he or she may request a police officer to conduct the search.
  2. When police officers conduct a search, one or more administrators shall be present.
  3. The foregoing rule shall not apply, however, in the case of general searches, such as may occur with the assistance of a police dog.

 

PROCEDURE WHEN A STUDENT HAS ILLEGAL DRUGS OR ALCOHOL ON SCHOOL PREMISES

       1.    If a student is found to be selling, distributing, to have in his/her possession, or determined to be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol on school property or at a supervised school function, the following steps will be taken.

  1. The student’s parents will be notified immediately.
  2. The student will immediately be suspended from school for up to five days. A conference between the superintendent or building principal and the student and parents will be required prior to reinstatement to school.
  3. The student will be recommended to the appropriate police agency for violation of any penal law.
  4. The student may be referred for appropriate counseling.
  5. The building principal or the superintendent shall determine whether, and under what conditions, the student should return to school.

       2.      If the student is apprehended a second time, the student will be suspended in accordance with New York State Education Law.

  1. If the student is 16 years of age or older, the suspension may be until the end of the school year.
  2. The student will be referred to an appropriate counseling service as a condition of re-entry to regular classroom instruction.
  3. The student shall have the right to a hearing on the suspension.

 

SAFETY

It is against school regulations for any student to bring weapons (of any kind), fireworks (or other explosive or incendiary devices), or any other dangerous item, substance or thing onto school grounds or into the school building.  At no time are these items to be transported aboard a school bus.  Students who violate this regulation will be subjected to immediate suspension and a parent conference will be required upon the students return to school.  Students who bring firearms or other weapons to school may be suspended from school for one year.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

ACS provides a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Participation in extra-curricular activities is important in developing one’s personality, in broadening one’s background and in utilizing one’s capabilities to the utmost.  A balance between activities and academic success is essential for a well-rounded student. Participation in activities may be restricted for academic and disciplinary reasons.

USE OF THE 10TH PERIOD

The activity program is conducted during the 10th period. This 10th period is primarily used for remedial and extra help from the classroom teachers. Class work takes precedence over any extra-curricular activity (including athletic practices). Transportation is furnished at the close of the 10th period to allow students time for this extra help or to engage in the school clubs and other programs.  Athletic practices may not occur during the 10th period.

 

Students who remain for an activity must be with a teacher at all times;  this is an academic period only.  Students who are found to be wandering the halls during the 10th period will be escorted to after-school-detention. Repeated violations of the 10th period use will result in disciplinary action.  Students are not allowed to ride the 5:30 bus unless they have stayed for a sport or late detention.  Students are not allowed to go downtown and then return to ride home on any of the bus runs.  Disciplinary actions will occur if this happens.

SCHOOL DANCES AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES REGULATIONS (ie: Field trip, dance, senior activities, club trip, etc)

  1. Attendance at dances and activities shall be limited to Adirondack High School students. Students may only attend dances and activities in their respective grade levels.
  2. Exceptions to #1 above is:
    1. Each student is restricted to one guest at the principal’s approval.
  3. Guests must be in at least 9th grade and will not be allowed in if over the age of 20.
  4. Dances shall be held from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. (Exception--proms may establish other hours with the consent of the building principal.)
  5. No person shall return to the dance/activity after having left the building.
  6. No standing or loitering in the lobbies, corridors, or other areas of the school grounds.
  7. Everyone shall be restricted to the dance area.
  8. Any individual or individuals involved in unbecoming conduct, obnoxious conduct or abuse of their privileges shall be removed from the activity and shall forfeit the privilege of attending future functions.Unsafe activity such as "slam dancing" and running around is prohibited.
  9. Admission to the dances and activities shall not be permitted one half hour after the start of dance and/or activity.
  10. Parents are welcome to attend the presentation of court at homecoming and prom.
  11. Any student(s) that receives ISS/OSS two weeks prior to an event will not be able to attend any extra-curricular event(s). (Tickets are non-refundable.)
  12. NOTE: The above regulations are subject to change pending any future consultation of faculty, administration and student representatives. The student body will be notified of any change.
  13. All rules in handbook apply to all school sponsored activities.

 

STUDENT FUND RAISING

Guidelines for governing fund-raising in the Adirondack Central School District:

  1. The purpose of the project must have educational value.
  2. The handling of funds must be done through the extra-curricular accounts treasurer.
  3. Monies collected must be deposited on a daily basis through the extra-curricular accounts treasurer and advisor.Under no circumstances should money be left in an advisor’s desk or classroom.
  4. Approval of all fund raisers must be obtained from the building principal. In the high school, the student government, with the principal’s approval, may schedule a calendar of fund raising activities.
  5. All fund-raising activities shall be scheduled on a master calendar for the school district by the secretary to the superintendent. No more than one fund raiser will be occurring within the school district at a given time.
  6. Applications for fund-raising projects will be made on the appropriate request form.
  7. Fund raisers are approved for the following:
    1. pay or help pay for an educational field trip
    2. purchase equipment for a classroom or building
    3. funds to be turned over to legitimate non-profit organizations.
    4. funds raised to subsidize a school or classroom activity (awards, special materials, etc.)
  8. Students who cannot participate in selling activities because of family beliefs should not be deprived of any educational experience that results from the sales.
  9. Fund raising activities should occur after school hours.
  10. Adult groups associated with the school district will schedule fundraisers as outlined in #4 above.
  11. Students are not allowed to sell products or services to students, faculty, or staff for private gain.
  12. Students are not allowed to sell products or services to students, faculty, or staff for organizations not connected with the school without permission from the building principal.

 

REGULATIONS FOR HOME ATHLETIC EVENTS

  1. Students coming into the building are expected to purchase a ticket when applicable, sit in the assigned bleacher area and watch the game from inside the gym. Any student not complying with the regulation or who loiters in the lobby or halls will be asked to leave.
  2. Once a game begins all student are expected to remain seated until half time or until the end of the game.
  3. Any student leaving the building after they have been admitted for the first time WILL NOT be allowed to re-enter.
  4. All students sixth grade and below should be accompanied by an adult or be the responsibility of an older brother or sister.
  5. NO LOITERING in the halls will be allowed. Students loitering will be asked to leave the building.
  6. Smoking, e-cigarettes, vaping, alcohol consumption, and/or any illegal activity is not allowed on school property at any time.
  7. Good sportsmanship is the responsibility of fans as well as the players. Booing, hissing, berating officials, stamping and kicking bleachers, and noise during foul shots are all examples of poor sportsmanship, and should be avoided. Enthusiasm should be channeled to supporting and cheering with the cheerleaders.

REGULATIONS FOR ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION

The Director of Athletics will distribute behavioral and academic guidelines for students who wish to participate in interscholastic activities.

 

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Adirondack High School sponsors a local chapter of the National Honor Society.  The national chapter of this organization establishes guidelines for membership in the organization and they are administered by the local chapter.  To be eligible for membership a student must excel in the following four areas:  Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship and Service.  Excellent grades do not automatically enable a student to become a member since the student must excel in all four areas.

 

To be academically eligible for membership, a student must have an overall grade average of 88%.  Students will then be offered an application to complete.  The entire high school faculty is then asked to comment upon those students who complete the application.  Each faculty member who knows the student is able to rate the student to recommend or not recommend for admission.  Faculty ratings of these students are averaged, and presented to the faculty council.  It is the faculty council that makes the final decision about those students who are inducted into the NHS.  This final decision is based upon whether or not each possible inductee excels in all four of the areas cited above.

 

 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

STUDENT PARKING AND VEHICLE REGULATIONS

Student parking will be limited and will be by permit only.  Students must obtain a permit from the High School Principal before driving and parking on the campus during the school day.  Students must park in the designated areas only.  Violations of the parking regulations will result in suspension from school.

Students are to park in designated areas.  Drivers are asked to park straight and at a reasonable distance from other parked cars so that the lot can be fully utilized. Do not park within one car width of the sidewalk, as a fire lane must be maintained.

Guests or anyone visiting the school for a brief period may park directly across from the canopy outside the Main Office.

Basic Information:

  1. To park on school grounds, a student must have a valid driver’s license issued by New York State.
  2. Requests for parking will be prioritized, giving valid New York State licensed seniors first preference and valid New York State licensed juniors second preference.
  3. After the allotted number of parking tags have been issued, a waiting list will be established.
  4. Students may park in designated areas only in A-wing. The Rear Parking Lot – Last Row from Greenhouse towards the Football Field used for student athletes.
  5. Only registered vehicles are allowed on school property.
  6. Students are responsible for the safety of pedestrians at all times.
  7. Drivers must abide by posted speed limits and other directional signs.
  8. Vehicles are prohibited from passing stopped schools buses--- loading and unloading at the school.
  9. Students are to follow license class regulations as set by New York State (i.e. – number of passengers per vehicle).
  10. Cars parked in the morning are not to be entered or used during the school hours without express permission of the principal or assistant principal.
  11. Students are not permitted to drive to BOCES without permission from the principal or assistant principal.Students who drive to BOCES without permission will lose the privilege to drive and park on school grounds for the remainder of the semester or two months, whichever is longer.
  12. Loitering in cars before or after school hours is not permitted.
  13. The privilege of parking on school grounds will be withdrawn if a student:
    1. Parks in an area other than that designated by the administration
    2. Drives in a reckless or unsafe manner on or near school grounds.
    3. Is placed on the restricted list.
    4. Habitual tardiness to first period or any other classes.
  14. The school is not responsible for any theft or vandalism occurring to vehicles.
  15. Students are not allowed to ride in the bed of pickup trucks.
  16. Students are not allowed to hold up traffic by allowing multiple cars exiting from a parking lot.
  17. School officials have the right to search vehicles while on school property.
  18. A $1.00 fee per parking permit is required in order to receive a parking tag which shall be issued by the Principal or designee.

 

NOTE: Any violation of these basic rules governing vehicles on school property will result in the withdrawal of parking and driving (on school grounds) privileges for a period to be determined by the principal.

TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

When any pupil group attends any school-sponsored event necessitating school transportation, all participating pupils will be expected to travel to and from the event in the vehicle provided by the school authorities. Each vehicle will have at least one faculty member (other than the driver) aboard. There will be no disruptive activity on the bus in route to and from the sponsored activity.

Every pupil who goes on a trip will return on the same school-sponsored vehicle unless written permission is received in advance from the pupil’s parent to return with a responsible adult.

Upon returning from a school-sponsored activity aboard a school owned vehicle, a pupil will be permitted to get off the vehicle at his/her home provided it is on the regular route taken by the school vehicle.

 

GENERAL BUS AND TRANSPORTATION RULES

  1. All rules in handbook apply to the bus.Students who do not follow the rules are subject to all disciplinary consequences listed under “student infractions” and possible bus suspension.
  2. When a pupil rides to school on a school bus, he/she must return by bus unless parental permission is secured. Once he/she enters the bus, he/she is considered to be in the classroom and is the school’s responsibility until he/she is returned home.
  3. Pupils must not enter or leave a bus while it is in motion.
  4. Pupils must be seated at once upon entering a bus and must remain seated.
  5. There is to be no HORSE PLAY at any time.
  6. There shall be no unusual loudness in the way of shouting, swearing, laughing or other unnecessary confusion.
  7. If a pupil is assigned to a seat by the bus driver, he/she is expected to keep it unless granted permission to move.
  8. Pupils must refrain from calling out or making obscene gestures to passersby or people in other vehicles.
  9. Keep head, arms and hands inside the bus at all times.
  10. Students are not permitted to open emergency windows unless an emergency actually exists. Other windows can only be opened with the driver’s permission.
  11. Tampering with equipment or emergency devices is prohibited at all times.
  12. Any use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vape devices and/or drugs/alcohol on buses when transporting students is prohibited by Public Service Regulations. This applies to all persons - students and adults.
  13. Throwing snowballs, shooting paper wads or other projectiles in loading zones, on buses or at buses in transit is prohibited.
  14. All pupils must ride on the regular bus unless they have a written request by the parent or guardian in ADVANCE and the office approves the request. This also refers to pupils who wish to get off a bus at any point other than their regular discharge point.
  15. When it is necessary for pupils to cross a highway in order to enter or leave a bus, the pupils shall cross approximately ten feet in front of the bus. The driver shall also keep such school bus halted with red signal lights flashing until such pupils have reached the opposite side of the highway. BE SAFE! BE CAREFUL!
  16. Leaving litter of any kind on the buses is prohibited.
  17. Upon arrival at school, the student is to enter the building immediately. There can be no loitering outside.
  18. While waiting to load the bus, stay away from the bus until it has come to a complete stop.

CAMERAS ON BUSES

Students should be aware that each school bus will have the ability to contain and operate a camera which may record the conduct of the students on that bus. The recording may be used during disciplinary proceedings.

 

DISCRIMINATION

 

HARASSMENT, BULLYING, AND DISCRIMINATION

A student  may not act toward another student  in a way that reasonably  might  make that  other  student  feel threatened  or  unsafe, or that  might  reasonably  make that other student  unable to concentrate  on their schoolwork, because of the student's race,  color,  weight,   national   origin,   ethnic   group,   religion,   religious  practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex, or for any other reason. It is against school rules for any student or school staff member to do this by physical actions or by verbal statements, including electronic messages.  This kind of conduct is prohibited on school property, on school buses, and at all school-sponsored events.

 

 

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PRACTICE

The Adirondack Central School District does not discriminate against anyone based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, handicapping conditions, or sex.  Complaints regarding discriminatory practices or harassment issues should be directed to Mr. Daniel Roberts or Mrs. Heidi L. Smith at 942-9200.

 

 

SECTION 504 ANNUAL NOTICE

In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly known as Section 504, the Adirondack Central School District hereby notifies disabled children and their parents of the Adirondack Central School District’s role under the Regulations to Section 504.

 

The Adirondack Central School District does not discriminate against persons with disabilities and provides access to qualified disabled individuals to all of its activities and programs.

 

The Act also obligates school districts to identify, evaluate, and to extend to every qualified student with a disability residing in the district, a free appropriate public education, including modifications, accommodations, specialized instruction or related aids as deemed necessary to meet their educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students are met.  If you believe your child may have a disability that requires modifications or accommodations to his educational program, please contact Wendy Foye, 504 Coordinator at 942-9200, ext.1820.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

Adirondack Central School provides a variety of special education options for students with special needs.  The types of programs range from consultant teacher services to self-contained special classes.  Other related services that students may receive are speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy and counseling.  The district also offers preschool services to preschoolers with special needs.  If anyone suspects that his/her child might be in need of such services, contact the Building Principal or the Director of Special Education at 942-9200.

 

DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT

 

Please feel free to contact any of the following if you have any questions or concerns:

 

Daniel Roberts-    District DASA Coordinator

Heidi Smith

Daniel Roberts

High School DASA Coordinators / Team

 

Bryan Waterman

Kathy Grenier

Nadine Medvit-    Middle School DASA Coordinator

 

The Adirondack High School Campus Code of Conduct Guide provides you with this guide of the expectations we have of each person who impacts our campus.  This guide demonstrates that we subscribe to progressive discipline to ensure that your education is provided for under supervised conditions.  The consequences associated with the list of disciplinary infractions are used as a guide and demonstrate the minimal level of consequences that will be assigned for each level of infraction.  It is important to understand that it is not possible to list every infraction or disciplinary measure in this document.  This administration reserves the right to adjust the consequences listed based on the context of a situation, the level of disruption the infraction has made on the school day, and the impact the infraction has had on the overall safety of all on campus.  This may also include suspension from attendance or participation in school-sponsored activities/dances.

 

It is also important for you to understand that, due to confidentiality laws, neither this administration, nor faculty or staff members are at liberty to discuss or identify any student’s progress or involvement in a situation other than with the legal parent or guardian of the student involved.  This means that consequences assigned to other students will not be shared with anyone not listed as a parent or guardian and may differ from those assigned to other students based on their involvement and the level or the number of infractions they have had during the school year.

 

Section 2801 of the Education Law, a part of the New York State’s Safe Schools against Violence in Education Act of 2000, requires each board of education in New York State to adopt a Code of Conduct for the maintenance of order among individuals who come on to school property, or who travel in school buses operated by the District, or who attend school functions at off campus locations.  This policy governs conduct at all such locations and applies to all persons unless otherwise specified.  The board also recognizes the need to clearly define these expectations for acceptable conduct on school property, to identify the possible consequences of unacceptable conduct, and to ensure that discipline, when necessary, is administered promptly and fairly. To this end, the Board adopts this Code of Conduct (code).

In accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act, School District

policy and practice must ensure that no student is subject to discrimination, harassment, or bullying based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity or sex by school employees or students on school property, on a school bus, or at a school function.

 

School Property means in or within any building, structure, athletic playing field, playground, parking lot, or land contained within the real property boundary line of a public elementary or secondary school; or in or on a school bus (Education Law Section 11[1]).

 

School Bus means every motor vehicle owned and operated for the transportation of pupils, children of pupils, teachers and other persons acting in a supervisory capacity, to or from school or school activities, or, privately owned and operated for compensation for the transportation of pupils, children of pupils, teachers and other persons acting in a supervisory capacity to or from school or school activities (Education Law Section 11[1] and Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 142).

 

School Function means a school sponsored extracurricular event or activity (Education Law Section 11[2]).

 

Disability means (a) a physical, mental or medical impairment resulting from anatomical, physiological, genetic or neurological conditions which prevents the exercise of a normal bodily function or is demonstrable by medically accepted clinical or laboratory diagnostic techniques or (b) a record of such an impairment or (c) a condition regarded by others as such an impairment, provided, however, that in all provisions of this article dealing with employment, the term must be limited to disabilities which, upon the provision of reasonable accommodations, do not prevent the complainant from performing in a reasonable manner the activities involved in the job or occupation sought or held (Education Law Section 11[4] and Executive Law Section 292[21]).

 

Discrimination means discrimination against any student by a student or students and/or employee or employees on school property or at a school function including, but not limited to, discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.

 

Emotional Harm that takes place in the context of “harassment or bullying” means harm to a student’s emotional well-being through creation of a hostile school environment that is so severe or pervasive as to unreasonably and substantially interfere with a student’s education.

 

Employee means any person receiving compensation from a school district or employee of a contracted service provider or worker placed within the school under a public assistance employment program, pursuant to title nine B of article five of the Social Services Law, and consistent with the provisions of such title for the provision of services to such district, its students or employees, directly or through contract, whereby such services performed by such person involve direct student contact (Education Law Section s11[4] and 1125[3]).

 

Harassment/bullying means the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by threats, intimidation or abuse, including cyberbullying as defined in Education Law §11(8), that

 

(a) has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical well-being; or

(b) reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety; or

(c) reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause physical injury or emotional harm to a student; or

(d) occurs off school property and creates or would foreseeably create a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment, where it is foreseeable that the conduct, threats, intimidation or abuse might reach school property.

 

For purposes of this definition, the term “threats, intimidation or abuse” shall include verbal and non-verbal actions. (Education Law §11[7])

Cyberbullying means harassment/bullying, as defined above, through any form of electronic communication.

 

Acts of harassment and bullying that are prohibited include those acts based on a person’s actual or perceived membership in the following groups including, but not limited to:

  • race
  • color
  • weight
  • ·national origin
  • ethnic group
  • religion
  • religious practice
  • disability
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • gender (which includes a person’s actual or perceived sex, as well as gender identity and expression).

 

This is not an exhaustive list. For example, students with acne or short stature, who are subjected to discrimination, harassment, or bullying are also covered by the Dignity Act. Schools/districts may add to this list based on their own regional or specialized needs (for example, students of incarcerated parents).

 

Race means a group of persons related by a common descent or heredity. For purposes of enumeration the U.S. Census Bureau uses terms such as: "White/Caucasian", "Black/African American/African-descent, "Asian", "Bi-racial", "Hispanics/Latinos" etc. to describe and classify the inhabitants of the United State

 

Color means the term refers to the apparent pigmentation of the skin, especially as an indication or possible indication of race.

 

Weight means aside from the obvious meaning in the physical sciences, the word is used in reference to a person's "size".

 

National Origin means a person's country of birth or ancestor's country of birth.

 

Ethnic Group means a group of people who identify with each other through a common heritage including language, culture, and often a shared or common religion and or ideology that stresses ancestry.

 

Religion means specific fundamental beliefs and practices generally agreed to by large numbers of the group or a body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices.

 

Religious Practice means a term including practices and observances such as attending worship services, wearing religious garb or symbols, praying at prescribed times, displaying religious objects, adhering to certain dietary rules, refraining from certain activities, proselytizing, etc.

 

Sex means the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women. (MALE and FEMALE denote "sex".)

 

Gender means the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women. (MASCULINE and FEMININE denote "gender".)

 

Sexual orientation means the sex to which a person is sexually attracted. Someone attracted primarily or exclusively to members of the opposite sex is characterized as straight or heterosexual.

Someone attracted primarily or exclusively to members of the same sex is characterized as homosexual. A person with a strong or viable attraction to both genders is characterized as bisexual or pansexual.

 

Disability means any restriction or lack (due to any impairment) of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered typical.

 

STUDENT BILL OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

With every right comes a responsibility.

 

It is the student's right:

 

  1. To attend school in the district in which one's parent or legal

    guardian resides.

  2. To expect that school will be a safe, orderly and purposeful place for all students to gain an education and to be treated fairly.
  3. To be respected as an individual.
  4. To express one's opinions verbally or in writing.
  5. To dress in such a way as to express one's personality.
  6. To be afforded equal and appropriate educational opportunities.
  7. To take part in all school activities on an equal basis regardless of race, color creed, religion, religious practice, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, ethnic group, political affiliation, age, marital status, or disability.
  8. To have access to relevant and objective information concerning drug and alcohol abuse, as well as access to individuals or agencies capable of providing direct assistance to students with serious personal problems.
  9. To be protected from intimidation, harassment, or discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion , or religious practice, sex, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability, by employees or students on school property or at a school-sponsored event, function or activity.

 

It is the student's responsibility:

 

  1. To attend school daily, regularly and on time, perform assignments, and strive to do the highest quality work possible and be granted the opportunity to receive a good education.
  2. To be aware of all rules and expectations regulating student’s behavior and conduct oneself in accordance with these guidelines.
  3. To respect one another and to treat others in the manner that one would want to be treated.
  4. To express opinions and ideas in a respectful manner so as not to offend, slander, or restrict, the rights and privileges of others.
  5. To dress appropriately in accordance with the dress code, so as not to endanger physical health, safety, limit participation in school activities or be unduly distracting.
  6. To be aware of available educational programs in order to use and develop one's capabilities to their maximum.
  7. To work to the best of one's ability in all academic and extracurricular activities, as well as being fair and supportive of others.
  8. To be aware of the information and services available and to seek assistance in dealing with personal problems, when appropriate.
  9. To respect one another and treat others fairly in accordance with the District Code of Conduct and the provisions of the Dignity Act. To conduct themselves in a manner that fosters an environment that is free from intimidation, harassment, or discrimination, and to report and encourage others to report any incidents of intimidation, harassment or discrimination.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR PARENTS

  1. Recognize that the education of their children is a joint responsibility of the parents or guardians and school community.
  2. Send their children to school ready to participate and learn as required by New York State Education Law and in accordance with the District's Comprehensive Student Attendance Policy (#7110). Ensure that children attend school regularly and on time.Ensure absences are excused.
  3. Insist their children be dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code.
  4. Help their children understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe, orderly environment.
  5. Know school rules and help their children understand them to maintain a safe, orderly environment in accordance with the District Code of Conduct.
  6. Convey to their children a supportive attitude towards education and the District.
  7. Build good relationships with teachers, other parents and their children's friends.
  8. Work with our schools to maintain open and respectful communication.
  9. Help their children deal effectively with peer pressure.
  10. Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance.
  11. Provide a place for study and ensure homework assignments are completed.
  12. Teach their children respect and dignity for themselves, and other students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, which will strengthen the child's confidence and promote learning in accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR TEACHERS

  1. Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, with an understanding of appropriate appearance, language, and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students' self-image and promote confidence to learn.
  2. Demonstrate interest in teaching and concern for student achievement.
  3. Know school policies and rules, and enforce them in a fair and consistent manner.
  4. Communicate to students and parents:
    1. Course objectives and requirements.
    2. Marking/grading procedures.
    3. Assignment deadlines.
    4. Expectations for students.
    5. Classroom discipline plan.
  5. Communicate regularly with students, parents and other teachers concerning growth and achievement.
  6. Confront issues of discrimination, harassment, and bullying in any situation that threatens the emotional or physical health or safety of any students, school employee or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function.
  7. Address personal biases that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting.
  8. Report incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to a teacher's attention to the building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) in a timely manner.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS

  1. Assist students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social and emotional problems.
  2. Initiate and appropriately document teacher/student/counselor conferences and parent/ teacher/student/counselor conferences, as necessary, as a way to resolve problems.
  3. Regularly review with the students their educational progress, career plans and graduation requirements.
  4. Provide information to assist students with career planning.
  5. Encourage students to benefit from the curriculum and extracurricular programs.
  6. Coordinate Intervention Support Services, as needed, with student, parent, Building Principal and teachers.
  7. Maintain and encourage a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, with an understanding of appropriate appearance, language, and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students' self-image and promote confidence to learn.
  8. Report incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to the counselor's attention to the building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) in a timely manner.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICE PERSONNEL

  1. Support educational and academic goals.
  2. Know school rules, abide by them and enforce them in a fair and consistent manner.
  3. Assist students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social and emotional problems.
  4. Set a good example for students and colleagues by demonstrating dependability, integrity and other standards of ethical conduct.
  5. Maintain confidentiality about all personal information and educational records concerning students and their families.
  6. Initiate teacher/student/counselor conferences and

    parent/teacher/student/counselor conferences, as necessary or requested, as a way to resolve problems and communicate as necessary in any other manner with parents and other staff regarding student progress and needs.

  7. Regularly review with students their educational progress and career plan.
  8. Provide information to assist students with career planning.
  9. Encourage students to benefit from the curriculum and extra-

    curricular programs.

  10. Maintain and encourage a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, with an understanding of appropriate appearance, language, and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students' self-image and promote confidence to learn.
  11. Report incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to the staff member's attention to the building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) in a timely manner.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR OTHER SCHOOL STAFF

  1. Follow the Code of Conduct; know, abide by and enforce school rules in a fair and consistent manner.
  2. Set a good example for students and other staff by demonstrating dependability, integrity and other standards of ethical conduct.
  3. Assist in promoting a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment.
  4. Maintain confidentiality about all personal information and educational records concerning students and their families.
  5. Maintain and encourage a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, with an understanding of appropriate appearance, language, and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students' self-image and promote confidence to learn.
  6. Report incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to a staff member's attention to the building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) in a timely manner.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR PRINCIPALS

  1. Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting active teaching and learning.
  2. Ensure that students and staff have the opportunity to communicate regularly with the principal and approach the principal for redress of grievances.
  3. Evaluate on a regular basis the effective safety, behavioral and school management issues related to all instructional programs.
  4. Support the development of and student participation in appropriate extracurricular activities.
  5. Be responsible for enforcing the Code of Conduct, ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly and, when necessary, appropriately documenting actions.
  6. Maintain and encourage a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, with an understanding of appropriate appearance, language, and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students' self-image and promote confidence to learn.
  7. Follow up on any incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to the Principal's attention in a timely manner in collaboration with the Dignity

Act Coordinator (DAC).

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT

  1. Promote a safe, orderly, respectful and stimulating school environment, free from intimidation, discrimination and harassment, supporting active teaching and learning.
  2. Review with District administrators the policies of the Board of Education and state and federal laws relating to school operations and management.
  3. Inform the School Board about educational trends, including student discipline.
  4. Work to create instructional programs that minimize problems of misconduct and are sensitive to student and teacher needs.
  5. Work with District administrators in enforcing the Code of

    Conduct and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly.

  6. Address all areas of school-related safety concerns.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR BOARD OF EDUCATION

  1. Collaborate with students, teachers, administrators and parent

    organizations, school safety personnel and other school

    personnel to develop a Code of Conduct that clearly

    defines expectations for the conduct of students, District

    personnel and visitors on school property and at school

    functions.

  2. Approve and review at least annually the District's Code of

    Conduct to evaluate the code's effectiveness and the fairness

    and consistency of its implementation.

  3. Appoint a Dignity Act Coordinator in each school building. The

    Dignity Act Coordinator will be thoroughly trained to handle

    human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national

    origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability,

    sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, and sex. The

    Dignity Act Coordinator will be accessible to students and other

    staff members for consultation and advice as needed on the

    Dignity Act.

  4. Lead by example by conducting Board meetings in a

professional, respectful and courteous manner.

 

The District Board expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner per the District Code of Conduct, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of facilities and equipment.  These expectations also apply to internships and student work experience.

 

DISCLAIMER

 

The District Code of Conduct is reviewed, edited, and approved after a public hearing annually by the Board of Education.  Our District Code of Conduct contains all relevant and updated definitions, responsibilities, and expectations.  Parents and students can and should view the District Code of Conduct on our web page at www.adirondackcsd.org.

 

 

Updated May 2020 DMR

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