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CODE OF CONDUCT

INTRODUCTION


The Allendale Public School’s Code of Conduct serves as a guide for parents, staff, and students in the Allendale School Community.
The Allendale Public School District recognizes the excellence of its student citizens and approaches student behavior issues with a positive, proactive philosophy. An effective behavior management program is one which contains preventive strategies to assist students in behaving appropriately and to avoid making mistakes. It is also a program which provides support services for all students, with special attention to those students who may need additional help. Finally, it is a program which assigns appropriate consequences for students who choose to be uncooperative and/or unresponsive to staff direction at school and off campus at school-based functions or those sponsored by the school related organizations.

PHILOSOPHY


The Allendale Public School Community, comprised of teachers, teacher aides, lunch aides, administrators, students, and parents, recognizes the dignity and self-worth of its individual members and believes in providing each other with a safe, healthy, nurturing environment. This environment must support and continuously define the essentials of honorable behavior for all of its members. We believe that this can be accomplished when:

  • Teachers, teacher aides, lunch aides, parents, administrators, and other adult members of the Allendale community, model respectful and responsible behavior toward one another;

  • Individuals acknowledge differences, demonstrate a respect for diversity, and recognize the worth of each individual in promoting harmony and self-esteem;

  • Individuals communicate concerns and /or suggestions in an appropriate and direct manner; and

  • The dignity of every individual is protected and maintained.

In order for this document to be effective, the entire school community must make every effort to promote and practice its contents. This Code of Conduct must be reviewed and updated annually to address the changing needs of the school community. Its effectiveness rests with everyone’s awareness and understanding of its purpose and its contents.


The Allendale School Community believes that in order to instill in each student an understanding of and an ability to demonstrate appropriate behavior, its members have a responsibility to:

  • Clearly define behavioral expectations and boundaries.

  • Be firm, fair, and consistent in their practices.

  • Provide an educational experience that enables each student to attain his/her full potential and contribute positively to the school community.

  • Act as an effective role model for students to emulate.

  • Act respectfully toward students, as well as toward each other.

  • Consistently use appropriate and courteous language when communicating with students.

  • Keep appropriate, direct and timely communication between home and school. Positive and effective communication serves as the foundation for the home/school partnership (see Chain of Communication).

  • Work in partnership to provide each student with an appropriate educational program.



STUDENT RIGHTS

(See Board Policies 5610 & 5620 Suspension and Expulsion)

The right to advance notice of behaviors that will result in suspension or expulsion under the authority of N.J.S.A. 18A:37-2 and Board Policy No. 5610 which states that “No pupil otherwise eligible for attendance shall be removed from the instructional program to which he/she has been assigned unless that pupil has materially and substantially interfered with the maintenance of good order (i.e., indulged in disruptive behavior) or removal is necessary to protect the pupil’s physical safety or emotional well being.

It shall be the right of each district student:


  • To an education that supports development into productive citizens.

  • To attendance in a safe and drug free school environment.

  • To be free from intimidation, harassment, and bullying.

  • To defend one’s actions when accused of a wrongdoing.

  • To be treated without discrimination.

  • To due process of law in cases of suspension and expulsion pursuant to N.J.A.C.6A:14-2.7 and 2.8. Specifically, no pupil shall be suspended from the public schools of this District without notice of the charges made against him/her and an opportunity to be heard before the person or body with the authority to reinstate.

  • To protection with regard to the maintenance and security of pupil records pursuant to Board Policy No. 5610.

  • To parental notification of disciplinary action involving detention, suspension or expulsion.

  • To take part in district activities on an equal basis regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

  • To have freedom of inquiry and expression, both written and oral, within appropriate limits under law and provided that the rights of others are not diminished.

  • To have school rules and conditions available for review.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

It shall be the responsibility of each student:



  • To be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations pertaining to student conduct.

  • To work to the best of his or her ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits, participate in class and strive toward the highest level of achievement possible.

  • To conduct himself/herself when participating in or attending school sponsored extracurricular events, as a representative of the district and as such hold himself/herself to the highest standards of conduct, demeanor, and sportsmanship, and accept responsibility for his or her actions.

  • To respect the opinions and feelings of others, to avoid the use of offensive language and actions and to avoid language or actions that could lead to public disorder.

  • To treat students and staff in a non-discriminatory fashion.

  • To seek help in solving problems that might lead to the imposition of discipline procedures.

  • To be in regular attendance at school and in class and to report promptly to class with all essential materials.

  • To contribute to the maintenance of an environment that is conducive to learning and to show due respect to other persons and to property.

  • To observe standards of propriety in dress in accordance with recognized standards for health and safety and to avoid interference with orderly educational processes.

  • To make constructive contributions to the school, to report fairly the circumstances of school related issues and to bring concerns about school district policies or actions to the appropriate member of the district’s staff or administration.



STUDENT PRIVILEGES

It is important for students to understand that the following are considered privileges, not rights, and may be revoked by the Principal/designee;



  • Participation in assembly programs, dances, parties and other school related functions.

  • Participation in field trips.

  • Access to the school Internet and building network.

  • Participation in extra curricular activities including, but not limited to, clubs and teams.

  • Possession of a locker.

  • Participation in promotion exercises.


STUDENT CONSEQUENCES

Students who choose to be uncooperative and/or unresponsive to staff direction or behave in an inappropriate or unsafe manner can expect disciplinary action. In assigning discipline for problem behavior, the nature of the behaviors, the developmental ages of the students, and the students’ individual histories of problem behavior and performance shall be taken into consideration. A serious threat to oneself or others will result in removal from school pending results of an independent psychiatric evaluation by a Board approved psychiatrist.

The Code of Student Conduct shall be applied equitably without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical, or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:5. For students with disabilities, the behavior interventions and supports shall be determined and provided pursuant to the requirements of N.J.A.C.6A:14.

Teacher Detention:
A teacher detention is a period outside a student’s class time during which a student will be detained from his/her regular activity due to inappropriate behavior or failure to complete his/her assigned work, and/or for tardiness. This detention is assigned and arranged by the teacher and may be conducted during a student’s lunch/recess period and/or after school. The student’s parent/guardian will be notified.
Administrative Detention:
Administrative detentions may also take place at lunch, before school, or after school. These detentions are served in a central location and are supervised by an assigned staff member. The student’s parent/guardian will be notified.
Suspension: (See Board Policy 5610 Suspension and Expulsion)
Disciplinary action for serious infractions could be in the form of in-school or out-of-school suspension. A suspension is the temporary denial of the student’s right to attend school. The principal may suspend any pupil from school for a short duration for good cause. In the case of suspension, parents will be notified.
Long-term Suspension: (see Board Policy 5131 Conduct/Discipline)


  • Any student, who is convicted or adjudicated delinquent for possession of a firearm or a crime while armed with a firearm or found knowingly in possession of a firearm on any school property or on a school bus or at a school sponsored function, shall be immediately removed from the school’s regular education program for a period of not less than one calendar year.

  • Physical violence, including assault with or without a weapon, against another student, staff member, or a Board member.

Expulsion: (See Board Policies 5610, 5620)
The power to expel a student from the school system is vested solely in the Board of Education. If the actions or behavior of a student are such to warrant expulsion consideration, the Principal shall refer the case to the Superintendent to be placed before the Board.
STUDENT BEHAVIORS THAT SHALL RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION (i.e. Detention, Suspension, Expulsion, and/or Report to the Police Department)



KEY - DISTRICT PENALTY GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFIC MISCONDUCT


D Detention C Community Service

IS In-School Suspension OS Out-of-School Suspension

§ May result in contact with police ‡ Will result in contact with police
NOTE: It is the parent’s/student’s responsibility to make arrangements for District-provided home instruction and/or to obtain any missed school work. Any required parent conference will be held during the normal school day. A day of suspension is for a 24-hour period. The suggested penalties set forth in this table are guidelines only and do not prevent the District from seeking or imposing different penalties if circumstances warrant.
Disciplinary Offence Administrative Action

VIOLATIONS AGAINST PERSON

1st Offense

2nd Offense

Subsequent

Assault: Causing physical injury to another person (§ student staff)

Up to 3 days IS


Up to 3 days OS



Up to 5 days OS

Eligible for long term suspension

( up to 1 year)


§ Bullying/Harassment: verbally and/or physically treating another person in a threatening, insulting or

inappropriate manner.



Automatic- 1 calendar year suspension

Up to 1 calendar year suspension
Up to 3 days IS

Up to 3 days OS


Up to 5 days OS



Weapons Possession: having or bringing a weapon or a firearm ……………….

others ………………………..











§ Fighting: two or more parties contributing to a situation by physical action

Up to 3 days IS


Up to 3 days OS


Up to 5 days OS



§ Inciting Violence/Menacing: verbally or otherwise encouraging someone else to participate in a violent act.

Up to 3 days IS


Up to 3 days OS


Up to 5 days OS



§ Verbal Abuse: disrespectful language to another person (applicable to classroom, lunchroom, assemblies or any school sanctioned event)
§ Threatening Language and Behavior :threatening language or behavior toward school personnel…….

Up to 3 days IS

Up to 3 days IS

Up to 3 days OS

Up to 3 days OS

Up to 5 days OS

Up to 5 days OS



VIOLATIONS AGAINST PROPERTY










§ Extortion: obtaining property or assistance through coercion

Up to 1 day IS


Up to 3 days OS


Up to 5 days OS



§ Theft: an unlawful taking of property

Up to 3 days OS

Up to 5 days OS

Up to 5 + days OS

§ Willful Damage of School Property: intentional destruction of school property – graffiti, vandalism [Student(s) and their parents shall be financially responsible for all damages]

Up to 5 days OS


Up to 5 days OS


Up to 5+ days OS



§ Pranks/Hazing: actions resulting in disruption of the school program

Up to 1 day IS

Up to 3 days IS

Up to 5 days OS


Trespassing

1-5 days OS

1 -5 days OS

1 – 5+ days OS

Littering: school/personal property


Reprimand with remediation

Up to 1 day IS



Action could include community service

Up to 5 days OS

Violation of Computer Policy: misuse of school computer (accessing inappropriate materials)………..

Temporary or permanent

loss of computer

Privileges


§ Tampering with Computer Equipment/Data

Automatic loss of computer privileges

Up to 5+ days – 1 year OS


Up to 5 days OS


Disciplinary Offence Administrative Action

VIOLATIONS AGAINST PUBLIC DECENCY










Obscenity/Profanity/Vulgarity: language that is obscene or profane

Up to 1 day IS

Up to 3 days IS


Up to 5 days OS


Obscene/Profane/Vulgar Printing on Clothing

Removal of Article of

Up to 1 day IS



Clothing

Up to 3 days IS


Up to 5 days OS



Selling, Using, Displaying, Creating or Possessing Obscene, Profane or Vulgar Material

Up to 3 days IS


Up to 3 days OS


Up to 5 days OS




Engaging in Lewd Behavior

Up to 3 days IS


Up to 3 days OS


Up to 5 days OS



Discriminatory Practice and/or Sexual Harassment:

Activities that are intended to be offensive to one’s race, religion, heritage, gender, disability, or sexual orientation


Up to 3 days IS


Up to 3 days OS


Up to 5 days OS & required counseling



VIOLATIONS AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY










§ Alcohol/ Controlled Dangerous Substance: possession, use , distribution, and/or under the influence (contact with police depends on quantity; mandatory parent conference and school contract for each offense)

Up to 3 days OS


Referral to Counselor

Up to 5 days OS

Referral to Counselor


5+ days OS

Referral to Counselor


Tobacco: use of any type of smoking/vaping product

Up to 3 days IS

Up to 3 days OS

Up to 5+ days OS

§Explosive Devices: possession and/or detonation of, or threatening to use fireworks, smoke bombs, stink bombs, snappers, or any other explosive/chemical device

Up to 5+ days OS

(1 calendar year if device is

Up to 5+ days OS

Used as a weapon)

Up to 6+ days OS



(1 calendar year if device is used as a weapon)

Noxious Substance; possession or release of dangerous or noxious substance……………….

Up to 5 days OS

Up to 5 days OS

Up to 5+ days OS

False Fire Alarm/ Misuse of 911

Up to 1 days IS

Up to3 days OS/C

5+ days OS/C

Discharging Fire Extinguisher

Up to 3 days IS/C

Up to 3 days OS/C

5+ days OS/C

Open Flames: use of matches or a lighter on school property, unless supervised by a staff member

Up to 1 day IS/C

3 days IS/C

5+ days OS/C


Arson: deliberate setting of a fire

Up to 5+days OS/C

May result in

Up to 5+days OS/C

1 year of

Up to 5+days OS/C

suspension

Violating Bus Safety

D

IS

Suspension of Bus Privileges

VIOLATIONS AGAINST SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES










Insubordination: continued willful refusal to follow given directions

Up to 1 day IS

Up to 3 days IS

Up to 5 days OS


Disruptive Behavior

Up to 1 day IS

Up to 3 days IS

Up to 5 days OS

False Identification: refusal to give or giving false identification when requested to do so

Reprimand & Remedial Action


Up to 1 day IS

Up 3 days OS

Inappropriate Behavior: behavior that undermines the

Educational, character or behavioral expectations of the school



Up to 1 day IS

Up to 2days IS

Up to 5 days OS

§Forgery, Cheating or Plagiarism: falsifying signature or data

Up to 1 day IS

Up to 3 days OS

Up to 5 days OS

Leaving School/Class Without Prior Permission

Up to 1 day IS

3 days IS

5+ days OS

§Violation of Suspension

1 additional

2 additional

3 additional

Failure to Stay for Detention

2 days D

1 day IS

3 Days IS and/or loss of privileges

Truancy/Lateness to School/Class

1 day IS

3 days IS

3+ days OS

Lateness to School

15 Minute Detention

15 Minute Detention

Up to 1 Day IS and/or loss of privileges

Gambling

1 day IS

3 days IS

3+ days OS

Distributing or Posting Any Written Material, Pamphlets, or Posters Without Prior Written Approval

1 day IS

3 days IS

3+ days OS



Unauthorized Use of: beepers, walkmans, iPods, video games, cellular phones, communication devices, and other inappropriate materials cannot be visible or used on campus during school hours.

Confiscation with parent notification and collection

Confiscation with parent notification and collection

1 day IS


Confiscation with parent notification and collection, may result in long term confiscation - 3 days IS

Invasion of Privacy; by recording/transmitting information or photographs


Up to 5 days OS

3 -5 + days OS

5+ days OS

Dress Code Violations: willful refusal to comply with the dress code

Conference with student, parent contact, removal of offensive clothing.

1 day IS

Up to 1-5 days OS




School activities are all activities that occur outside the regular schedule of classes during the normal school day that are sponsored and/or sanctioned by an individual school and/or the Allendale Board of Education. Such activities would include, but not be limited to athletics, music, club and social gatherings, dances, banquets, field trips and other activities.

On a day when students have in-school and/or out of school suspension, the student is not eligible for the activities as listed above.




STUDENT BEHAVIOR STANDARDS – (NOT ON SCHOOL PREMISES)
Please note that students’ behavioral standards extend beyond school grounds, as per N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6. This applies especially to incidents involving harassment, bullying, intimidation, fighting, substance abuse and dangerous instrument/weapons.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

No employee shall inflict, or cause to be inflicted, corporal punishment upon a student, but any such person may, within the scope of his/her employment, use and apply such force as is reasonable and necessary to:



  • Quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to another;

  • Obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous objects upon the person or within the control of the pupil;

  • Maintain self-defense;

  • Protect persons or property.



FORMS FOR GRADES K-8

EMERGENCY VERIFICATION FORMS

An emergency form will be sent home to be updated or completed and returned to school requesting:


  1. Your telephone numbers (home, work, cell)

  2. Name and telephone numbers of your employer

  3. Name and telephone numbers of a neighbor or friend

  4. Family physician's name and telephone number

This form is used if it becomes necessary to contact parents due to an emergency. If your home telephone or business telephone changes, please contact the school in writing so that we may keep your form up-to-date.



Adopted by Allendale Board of Education

July 17, 2007

Revised July 2017
Mr. Michael J. Barcadepone Superintendent of Schools

Ms. Maria Engeleit Business Administrator/Board Secretary

Mr. Bruce Winkelstein Principal, Brookside School

Ms. Anastasia Maroulis Principal, Hillside School

MrTodd Fliegel President, Board of Education

Mrs. Natalie Capano Vice President, Board of Education

Mrs. Gwendolen Keeble Board Member

Mr. Andrew Prince Board Member



Mrs. Amy Gundersen Board Member


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