Code of Conduct

The Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act, which was passed into law in July 2000 for implementation in July 2001, requires all school districts in New York State to prepare a Code of Conduct for the maintenance of order on school property and at school functions.

Please familiarize yourself with the various aspects of this Code. We will appreciate your understanding and support of this Code and all of our efforts to make our schools a safer and better place to be.

Due to changes in State Education Law and Regulations, this Code of Conduct may be modified and readopted during the school year.  Please check back if you have a specific question in case there has been a change.

A summary of the Florida Union Free School District’s Code of Conduct provides a shortened overview of the Code’s main points.

Introduction

The Florida Union Free School District is committed to maintaining high standards of education for students in our schools. Because the District believes that order and discipline are essential to being educated effectively, the District is also committed to creating and maintaining high behavioral standards and expectations.  An orderly educational environment requires that everyone in the school community play a role in contributing to an effective environment. It also requires the development and implementation of a code of conduct that clearly defines individual responsibilities, describes unacceptable behavior, and provides for appropriate disciplinary options and responses.

The District believes that order and discipline must be a shared responsibility between school, home and community. This Code of Conduct was developed in collaboration with student, teacher, administrator and parent organizations, school safety personnel and other Board-approved school personnel to meet the requirements of the Project Save legislation (Education Law §2801), the Dignity Act (Education Law Sections 10-18) and section 100.2 (1) of the Commissioner of Education’s regulations and to provide guidelines and regulations for a safe, happy, and disciplined learning environment. Finally, it is our belief that, to be effective, such a code must:

  • identify, recognize and emphasize acceptable behavior;
  • identify, recognize, prevent, and correct unacceptable behavior;
  • promote self-discipline; responsibility, and respect;
  • consider the welfare of the individual as well as that of the school community as a whole;
  • promote a close working relationship between parents/guardians and the school staff;
  • distinguish between minor and serious offenses, as well as between first time and repeated offenses;
  • provide disciplinary responses that are appropriate to the misbehavior;
  • outline procedures to ensure that it is administered in a way that is fair, firm, reasonable, and consistent;
  • encourage a high regard for every person’s right to reasonable hearing procedures and due process when accused of misconduct;
  • comply with the provisions of federal, state and local laws, as well as the guidelines and directives of the New York State Department of Education and the Board of Regents.
  • A school’s primary concern in establishing a code of conduct is to enable our students to become responsible, respectful and caring citizens within school and community settings. The Board of Education is responsible for ensuring that essential regulations are established and adequate discipline is maintained in the operation of the schools to effectively promote safety, as well as the social and educational growth of the students. Administrative regulations are developed and enforced by the school administration and staff.
  • The school will urge the parent/guardian to assume primary responsibility for control of his or her child. The parent/guardian will be called upon to actively cooperate with the school in providing the necessary structure to promote his or her child’s social and educational growth. To this end, a high degree of parent-school communication will be fostered by the school.
  • Disciplinary measures available to the administration of each school building include conferences, detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension and administrative hearings with the designated hearing officer. Administrative hearings can result in out-of-school suspensions of more than five days.

Cross-ref:        0110, Sexual Harassment
5500, Student Records

Ref:     Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 USC §1415(k);  34 CFR § 300.530 et seq.
            N.Y. Education Law § 3214(g)
8 NYCRR Part 201

Adopted: 2001
Revised:  July 14, 2016