Policies and Procedures

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CHARLES A. MULLIGAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

2018-2019 School Year

    

School Hours:  9:10 am – 3:09 pm   

School Telephones631-348-5041   

BusYour child’s bus stop and bus number will be mailed directly home prior to the start of school from our district office.  Students must present this letter to the bus driver.

Breakfast and Lunch Program:   

Due to recent Federal funding, breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to all students. However, breakfast and lunch applications must be filled out and returned on or before September 30th. The applications will be available on the first day of school.  Snacks are available for an additional charge.   It is imperative that students arrive on time to school because breakfast will not be available after 9:30 am.        

Scholar Connect:   

Scholar Connect is a web-based application that is provided to parents for the management of student lunch funds, the reporting of meal purchases and daily attendance.  Through the ScholarConnect interface, parents or guardians can automatically and securely replenish a student’s lunch funds using their account from a participating bank or credit card company and be notified of student tardiness and absences. For more information, please call 631-348-5122.

Visitors:   

Upon entering the school building all visitors must present a form of picture ID and state the purpose of their visit. They will sign the visitor’s log and be issued a visitor’s pass which must be visibly displayed.    

All persons who are not students or staff who wish to visit a school shall report immediately to the school reception desk/main office upon entering a school building. The Board recognizes that many visitations which occur are often regularly scheduled events, i.e., parent-teacher organization meetings, public gatherings, registering of pupils, etc. Student visitors from other schools, unless they have a specific reason and prior approval of the Superintendent, or his/her designee, shall not be given permission to enter school buildings. Newly registered students may visit their perspective buildings by appointment.   

Building Security:

In order to ensure a well-monitored and safe environment, all exterior entrance doors will be locked during school hours.  All parents and visitors should enter the building through the main entrance during these hours.  Doors should not be propped open at any time during the day.  Staff and students have been instructed not to open doors for anyone outside the building.  All visitors during the established hours are expected to enter the main office and secure a “Visitor’s Pass.”     

Phone Calls During School Hours:   

In an effort to keep students engaged in learning, students will not be allowed to make phone calls home for non-emergency issues, i.e., forgetting homework or lunch money, requesting to stay after school, etc. Please make every effort to help prepare your child before he/she leaves for school with needed materials and discuss any changes in afterschool arrangements.     

Picking-up Students:   

Anytime during the school day, from 9:10 am to 2:45 pm, parents should meet students in the office and sign them out before leaving. If someone other than a parent or guardian will be picking up a student, please send a note to let the office know.  Please have identification ready when picking up a student.  School staff may not always recognize parents, guardians or family members.  Students will not be released if proper authorization cannot be validated or if there are any questions about the early release of a student. If you send a note for your child to be picked up by someone other than a parent, please have a number where you can be reached, if there are any questions.   

Guardianship and Custody:   

If you have not done so, please supply the school with any legal papers concerning custody or visitation.  Please notify your child’s teacher and the principal of any special arrangements.  Original documents are required for all agreements.  The school will be glad to copy them for our records.   

Students Arriving Early and Late:   

Students should not arrive before 9:00 am because the building is not open and supervision is not available.  If a student arrives after 9:15 am, the child must go to the main office and sign in with the main office.  When the school day ends students must leave the premises immediately after dismal unless they are staying after school for an authorized after-school activity.  If not, they are subjecting themselves to disciplinary consequences.   

Student Absences, Tardiness, and Early Departures (ATEDs):   

Daily attendance is a must for student academic success. Absences, tardiness and early departures from school (ATEDs) will closely be monitored as the law mandates that students under compulsory age attend school regularly.  All ATEDs must be accounted for.  It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school office within at least 24 hours of the ATED and to provide a written excuse upon the student’s return to school.   

Excused ATEDs are defined as absences, tardiness, and early departures from class or school due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads or weather, religious observance, quarantine, required court appearances, attendance at health clinics, approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs, military obligations, or such other reasons as may be approved. All other are considered unexcused absences. Five or more unexcused Tardiness/Early Departures parents will be notified and consequences will be assigned as follows:


In addition, please note that a student with a pattern of absenteeism (excused or unexcused) will be referred to the building’s attendance team.  Chronic attendance problems will be reported to the social worker, the school administration, and the appropriate social/legal agency.   

Prohibited Student Conduct:   

In order for all students to have a successful experience in school, we must provide an environment that is conducive to everyone having an optimal environment for learning.  Student behavior and dress are two areas that can be very distracting and counterproductive to the instructional environment.  We need your support in order to ensure that we provide a conducive environment for all students to learn on a daily basis. We are looking forward to a great 2018-2019 school year for teaching and learning. I will meet with each grade level during the first week of school to review the expectations for behavior and the student dress code.     

The district’s policy on Prohibited Student Conduct is as follows:   

A.     Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct include, but shall not be limited to:    

1.  Running in hallways.   

2.  Making unreasonable noise.   

3.  Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive.    

B.     Engage in conduct that is insubordinate.  Examples of insubordinate conduct include, but shall not be limited to:    

1.  Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees in charge of students or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.   

2.  Unexcused lateness or cutting classes, truancy, missing or leaving school without permission.   

3.  Failure to report to assigned detention or in-school suspension.    

C.     Engage in conduct that is disruptive. Examples of disruptive conduct include, but shall not be limited to:    

1.  Failing to comply with the directions of teachers, school administrators or other school personnel in charge of students.    

2.  Verbal, written, or graphic statements, communications, expressions or illustrations that are threatening to person or property.    

D.     Engage in conduct that is violent and/or rises to the level of assault as defined herein. Examples of violent conduct include, but shall not be limited to:    

1.   Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, spitting, biting, punching or scratching) upon a teacher, administrator or other school employees, or attempting to do so.    

2.   Committing an act of violence including assault (such as hitting, kicking, spitting, biting, punching and scratching) upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property, or attempting to do so.    

3.   Possessing a weapon. Authorized law enforcement officials are the only persons permitted to have a weapon in their possession while on school property or at a school function.    

4.   Displaying what appears to be a weapon.    

5.   Threatening to use any weapon.    

6.   Using a weapon.   

7.   Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson.   

8.  Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property, including graffiti or arson.    

E.      Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, physical or mental health or welfare of others. Examples  of such conduct include, but shall not be limited to:    

1.  Lying to school personnel.

2.  Stealing district property, the property of other students, school personnel, or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.

3.  Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing or swearing.    

4.  Defamation, which includes making false statements or representations about an individual or identifiable group of individuals that harm the reputation of the person or the identifiable group by demeaning them.    

5.   Discrimination, which includes the use of race, color, creed, national origin, ethnic group,  religion, religious practice, sex, gender (identity and expression), sexual orientation, weight or disability as a basis for treating another in a negative manner. [Ref: Policy 0115]    

6.   Harassment, bullying, threats or intimidation, which includes a sufficiently severe action or persistent pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an identifiable individual or group which are intended to be, or which a reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing, demeaning, or threatening. Harassment is also the creation of a hostile environment.  (See Policy #0115, Student Harassment and Bullying Prevention and Intervention for a more complete definition.)    

7.  Intimidation, threats or bullying, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm and/or emotional discomfort. [Ref: Policy 0115]    

8.  Any form of electronic messaging that causes disruption to the educational environment (e.g. sexting, tweeting, instant messaging).

9.  Hazing, which includes any intentional or reckless act directed against another for the purpose of induction, initiation or membership process involving harassment (see Policy #0115 for a more complete definition).     

10. Harassment, including overt or subtle behaviors and comments of a racial, religious, and ethnic nature that is offensive, unwelcome, interfere with another’s work or academic performance or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment. [Ref: Policy 0115]    

11. Inappropriate touching and/or indecent exposure, that is, exposure to a sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner. [Ref: Policy 0115]   

12. Sexual harassment, including overt or subtle behaviors and comments that are offensive, unwelcome, interfere with another’s work or academic performance or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. [Ref: Policy 0115]    

13. Selling, using or possessing obscene material. [Ref: Policy 0110]    

14. Smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe, or using chewing or smokeless tobacco.    

15.  Possessing, consuming, selling, distributing or exchanging tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either or being in possession of drug paraphernalia.  Inappropriately using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter drugs. “Illegal substances” shall include, but are not limited to inhalants, marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids, cocaine, LSD, PCP,  amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs and any substance commonly referred to as “designer  drugs.”   

16.  Gambling.    

17.  Initiating a report warning of fire, bomb or other catastrophes without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.    

F.      Engage in misconduct while on a school bus.  It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on District buses, to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Unsafe behaviors such as but not limited to excessive noise, use of expletives, throwing items out of the window, vandalism, bullying, pushing, shoving, and fighting will not be tolerated.    

G.     Engage in any form of academic misconduct.  Examples of misconduct include, but shall not be limited to:    

1.  Plagiarism.    

2.  Cheating.    

3.  Copying.    

4.  Altering records.    

5.  Assisting another student in any of the above actions.    

6.  Code of Academic Integrity    

The core purpose of public education is to maximize the success of each student’s learning and personal development so she/he becomes a successful part of our democratic, multi-ethnic society. To fulfill these expectations, students must be prepared to accept responsibility for their actions and the impact they may have on others. To promote these values, the foregoing Academic Code of Conduct has been established.   

1.  Engage in off-campus misconduct that interferes with, or can reasonably be expected to substantially disrupt the educational process in the school or at a school function.  Examples of such misconduct include, but are not limited to:   

a.  Cyberbullying (i.e., inflicting willful and repeated harm through the use of electronic text).   

b.  Threatening or harassing students or school personnel over the phone or other electronic media.   


Dress Code Policy
:   

Students are highly encouraged to wear school uniforms.  The responsibility for student dress and general appearance shall rest with individual students and parents. However, the Board of Education requires students to attend school inappropriate dress and jewelry that meet health and safety standards and do not interfere with or distract from the learning process. The Board also requires students to wear appropriate protective gear in certain classes and activities (i.e., Family and Consumer Sciences, Art, Physical Education, Athletics, Technology, Science lab).  Hats, clothing, jewelry and other attire which display an expression or insignia that is obscene or libelous, that advocates prejudice or violence, that promotes the use of or advertises drugs or alcohol, that is gang-related, or deemed disruptive to the educational process is forbidden.     

All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers and all other District personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.    

A student’s dress, grooming, and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up, and nails, shall:    

1.  Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.   

2.  Recognize that extremely revealing garments such as but not limited to, tube tops, net tops, halter tops, plunging necklines (front and/or back) and see-through garments are not appropriate.    

3.  Ensure that undergarments are completely covered with outer clothing.    

4.  Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.    

5.  Not include the wearing of hats, caps, sunglasses, bandanas, hoods, and other headgear in the school/classroom except for medical, religious, or educational reasons.    

6.  Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed,  national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.    

7.  Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.

 

NOTE: THE ENTIRE DISTRICT’S CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT CAN BE FOUND ON THE CENTRAL ISLIP HOMEPAGE.




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