Handbook for Students and Parents of Pembroke Jr./Sr. High School

Pembroke Jr./Sr. High School

Routes 5 and 77

Corfu, NY (585) 599-4525

I. Public Information Program Directory of School Staff Important Telephone Numbers Whom Do I Contact About?

II. Instruction & Instructional Resources

Mission Statement

Attendance

Library

Use of School Computers

III. Special Instructional Programs Programs for Students with Disabilities Academic Intervention Services Homebound Instruction

Summer School

Dual Credit for College Courses

Eligibility

Grading

Boces Rules and Regulations

IV. Grading and Promotion

Grading, Progress, and Incomplete

Averages Honor Roll Homework Requests

Graduation Requirements

Early Graduation

V. Code of Conduct

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Prohibited Conduct

Dignity for All Students Act

Removal of Disruptive or Violent Students

Detention

Social Suspension Internal Suspension External Suspension Superintendent’s Hearing Search and Seizure Student Attire

Student Automobile Use

Lunchroom Conduct VI. Student Redress

Student Complaints and Grievances

VII. Guidance Programs Guidance Programs Employment of Students Early Release Extracurricular Activities

VIII. Extracurricular Activities

Student Field Trips Student Fund-Raising Student Dance Policy Interscholastic Athletics Spectator Sportsmanship At Interscholastic Events

IX. School Ceremonies and Observances

Assemblies

X. Support Services

Accident Prevention and Safety

Procedures

Health Services

District and School Safety Plans

Fire Drills

School Bomb Threats Are a Felony

School Food Services

XI. Transportation

Student Conduct on School Buses

School Closing

XII. Parent and Visitor Information

Parents with Disabilities Parental Responsibilities Teacher Responsibilities Administrative Responsibilities

Board of Education Responsibilities Access to District Records Prohibited Conduct

Penalties

Public Complaints

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I. PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM

Directory of School Staff

To reach any of the following individuals during school business hours (7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) dial (585) 599-
4525 and then, at the prompt, the desired extension.

Important telephone numbers:

Pembroke High School (585) 599-4525/FAX: (585)599-4213
Building Principal Dr. N. Work (1920) Assistant Principal Mr. B. Ricci (1925) Guidance Counselors Ms. A Kaminski (ext. 1932)
Mrs. S. Nawrot (ext. 1933) Mr. T. Beahan (ext. 1934)
Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds Mr. M. Nuwer (ext. 1960) Transportation Supervisor Mrs. D. Hackett (ext. 2971) Whom do I contact about....?
Athletics Mr. R. Winchip (ext. 1923)
Bus Schedule Mrs. D. Hackett (ext. 2971) Cafeteria/ Meal Information Mr. J. Tyx (ext. 1917) Discipline Mr. B. Ricci (ext. 1925) School Nurse Mrs. D. Kern (ext. 1911) Lost and Found Nurses’ Office (ext. 1911) Use of Building Mr. M. Nuwer (ext. 1960)
Working Papers Mrs. D. Hubbard (ext. 1920)
Parents can also obtain school information by visiting the Pembroke website at www.pembroke.csd.org. The website includes information on upcoming activities, class schedules, sports schedules, school news, academic achievements, policy information, code of conduct, and a school calendar. The Pembroke App gives you quick access to News, Calendar, Lunch and Contact information. Download the Pembroke App from Google Play or iTunes.

II. INSTRUCTION & INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES

Mission Statement

“In partnership with the community, the Pembroke Central School District is committed to knowing each individual student’s interests, needs, and desires in order to prepare all students for graduation, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead productive lives.”

Attendance

It is each student’s basic responsibility as a member of the school community to be on time and attend all
classes. Daily telephone calls will be made to parents or guardians to report absences which are not excused.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7110

Excused Absences/Tardies/Early Dismissals:

Personal illness, death in the family, illness in the family, medical and dental appointments, , religious observances, required court appearances, quarantine, , military obligations, emergency situations considered individually by the Principal. When the student returns, a written note needs to be provided from the parent/guardian, even if you have notified the school of your child’s absence by phone.

Unexcused Absences/Tardies/Early Dismissals

Visiting relatives/friends, vacation, away/out of town, all other appointments not related to medical/dental/court, obtain a Learner’s permit, take Road Test, overslept/alarm clock failure, , baby-sitting, needed at home, job interview not approved by school work release, needed at home, huntin,, truancy, missed bus, police ticket.

Library

Rules for the use of the library will be posted in the library and in all study halls.
• Students are to be quiet while in the library.
• Classroom research may be conducted using books, resource materials, or the World Wide Web.
All students using the library must sign in and use the library as a quiet place to read, work on required research papers and/or projects. Each student should report directly to the library from study hall.

Use of School Computers

Each year students will be granted an account to use the school district’s computer network. The same standards of acceptable student conduct which apply to any activity shall apply to use of the school computers, devices, networks, and other digital tools. Users shall have no expectation of privacy. The district reserves the right to access all files and monitor all uses of the district’s computer technology equipment at its own discretion in order to ensure the equipment is not being used inappropriately.

Users shall also adhere to the laws, policies and rules governing computers including copyright laws, rights of software publishers, license agreements, and student rights of privacy. Failure to abide by these regulations may result in disciplinary action.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7314

III. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS

Programs for Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities are entitled to receive, at public expense, special education, related services and/or supplementary aids and services as necessary to ensure a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, appropriate to meet their individual needs.
Each student identified as having a disability will have access to the full range of programs and services of this school district, including extracurricular programs and activities, which are available to all other students enrolled in the public schools of the district.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7610 - 7615

Academic Intervention Services

The district shall provide academic intervention services to students who have been identified as being at risk of falling below the state learning standards in English language arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and/or Science. Such services may include additional instruction services and/or student support services such as guidance, counseling, and study skills.
A student’s eligibility for academic intervention services will be determined based on his or her performance
on state assessment examinations and/or in accordance with district assessment procedures.
When it has been determined that a student needs academic intervention services, the parents will be notified, in writing, by the Building Principal. The notice will outline the reason the student needs such services, the type of service to be provided and the consequences of not achieving the performance standards. In addition, the district will provide the parents with opportunities to consult with teachers and other professional staff, regular reports on the student’s progress and information on ways to monitor and work with teachers to improve the student’s performance.

Homebound Instruction

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7616

A student who is temporarily unable to attend school for at least two weeks due to physical, mental or emotional illness or injury may be eligible to be instructed at home or in the hospital by an appropriately certified teacher.
The parent must notify the principal or guidance counselor if a student will be on an extended school absence. If the inability to attend is due to a medical or emotional reason, the parent should obtain from the child’s physician a written medical request for homebound instruction.
Where advanced notice is not possible, the parent should make every effort to obtain homework assignments until such a time as home/hospital instruction may begin.
As soon as possible after receiving notice of a prolonged absence, the district will arrange for home instruction for the time periods prescribed by law. A parent or another adult is expected to be present during all teaching sessions. Tutoring may be delivered at home or an alternative site, depending upon the availability of an adult.

Summer School

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 8450

A high school student who fails a course may be eligible to attend summer school to earn credit or retake a
Regents exam. A student can take up to two academic courses during the six-week summer school program.

Eligibility

The purpose of remedial summer school classes is to supplement the coursework taken during the regular school year. It is therefore implied that a minimum level of competency must be achieved in order for students to qualify for remediation. In order for a student to be eligible for remedial summer school coursework, he or she must achieve a minimum final course average of 55% for the failed course during the regular school year. Students who receive a final course grade of less than 55% may repeat the course during the regular school year or enroll in the full course program if offered during summer school.

Grading

Once the summer school grade is submitted to the home district, the revised final course grade will be determined by averaging the summer school remedial course grade with the course grade for the previous school year. I.e. The course grade by the home school is 57 and the remedial course grade by summer school is 75. The revised final average for the course will be 66. (57 + 75)/2=66. The course average for non-remedial summer school coursework will be 100% of the summer school grade.

Dual Credit for College Courses

Students who wish to enroll in college level coursework shall meet all academic, grade level and coursework requirements as set forth in administrative guidelines. Students who have demonstrated intellectual and social maturity may choose to matriculate at any one (1) of the colleges that have a cooperative agreement with our school district. Such opportunities may include early admission to college, collegiate-level work offered in the high school, or other means of providing advanced work. Review and approval by the administration are necessary before any college courses may be taken during the school day. The Board
shall not be required to pay tuition and other related costs for those high school students enrolled in college courses.

BOCES Rules and Regulations

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7230 & 7220

Students who have the special privilege of participating in a BOCES program must follow certain rules and regulations. The home school (Pembroke) determines each student’s program and responsibilities. It is important that all students keep in close contact with their home school. BOCES cannot grant any permission without prior approval of appropriate high school personnel.
Students will ride the bus to and from BOCES at all times unless they have written permission from the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s), approval from the principal of the home school, and the assistant director of BOCES. A student who misses the bus should report immediately to the Main Office. Students may no longer drive to BOCES on a regular basis (per BOCES). Only special circumstances as outlined
above will suffice.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7480

BOCES programs are a privilege and therefore proper attendance must be maintained throughout the school year.

IV. GRADING AND PROMOTION

Grading, Progress, and Incomplete Averages

Numerical grades are used to report academic progress. A grade of fifty (50) on report cards is the lowest grade issued to a student for the first three-quarters of the academic year. For the fourth quarter, the grade reflects the actual grade the student has earned.
Parents and students have real time access to all grades via Schooltool. Parents and students are encouraged to call or meet with the teacher when academic progress is unsatisfactory. Early intervention and cooperation is a key to academic success.
A quarterly report card grade may only be recorded as “Incomplete” (INC.) in situations where a student is not able to complete the required work due to extenuating circumstances, such as an extended illness verified by a physician or other circumstances beyond the student’s control. Vacations may not be considered as reasons for an Incomplete. All grades must be changed to a numerical grade within ten (10) class sessions from the date report cards are mailed to the students. The changes must be reported in writing to the Guidance Office. No grade may be recorded as Incomplete for the fourth quarter.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7210

Honor Roll

Each marking period there will be published a High Honor, Honor, and Merit Roll. To qualify for the High Honor Roll a student must obtain an overall average of at least 94.5% and not have any grade of Incomplete for that marking period. To qualify for Honor Roll a student must obtain an overall average of at least 89.5% and not have any grade of Incomplete for that marking period. To qualify for the Merit Roll a student must obtain an overall average of at least 84.5% and not have any grade of Incomplete for that marking period. Student honor rolls can be provided to local newspapers for publication.

Homework Requests

Students who are absent for one day only are asked to see their teachers upon return to school. Parent(s)/guardian(s) of students who expect to be absent for two or more days are asked to call the Guidance Office at ext. 1930 to request work from teachers.

Graduation Requirements

Diplomas will be granted on the successful completion of the requirements of the Board of Regents, the Commissioner of Education, and the Pembroke Central Board of Education. Students are encouraged to meet with their guidance counselors to discuss graduation requirements as well as their current standing on an annual basis.

Early Graduation

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7220

For students who wish to graduate in less than four years, the Board of Education in certain instances may grant students permission to complete graduation requirements on an alternative schedule. The District will determine whether to allow a student the opportunity for early graduation after consulting with the student’s guidance counselor and his/her parents. The District will consider the student’s grades, performance in school, future plans, and the benefits of early graduation.

V. Code Of Conduct

Prohibited Conduct

The following list of behaviors may result in disciplinary consequences. This list is not intended to be all- inclusive and consequences will be determined according to administrative review.
Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they: A. Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Running in hallways.
2. Making unreasonable noise.
3. Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive.
4. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
5. Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community.
6. Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of the building.
7. Computer/electronic communications misuse, including any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate websites; or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.
B. Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct include, but are not 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. Lateness for, missing or leaving school without permission.
3. Skipping detention.
C. Disruptive conduct. Examples of disruptive conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Behavior and/or actions that impede the educational process or interferes with the learning of others or the orderly management of school operations/activities.
2. Inappropriate public sexual contact.
D. Violent conduct. Examples of violent conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon a student, teacher, administrator, other school employee, or any other individual, or attempting to do so.
2. 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.
3. Displaying what appears to be a weapon.
4. Threatening to use any weapon.
5. 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.
6. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.
E. Conduct that endangers the safety, physical or mental health or welfare of others. Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Subjecting other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function to danger by recklessly engaging in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury.
2. Stealing or attempting to steal 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 or unprivileged statements or representations about an individual or identifiable group of individuals and harms the reputation of others.
5. Discrimination, which includes using race, color, creed, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, sex, gender (identity and expression), sexual orientation, weight or disability to deny rights, equitable treatment, or access to facilities available to others.
6. Harassment, which is the creation of a hostile environment by conduct, threats, intimidation, or abuse.
7. Intimidation, which is engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
8. Hazing, which includes an induction, initiation, or a membership process involving harassment.
9. Bullying, which consists of 1) repeated acts of harassment, intimidation, hazing and/or other ongoing inappropriate acts, 2) an imbalance of power, and 3) intent to do harm.
10. Selling, using, distributing or possessing obscene material.
11. Smoking/using a cigarette, cigar, pipe, electronic cigarette, vaporizer, or using chewing or smokeless tobacco.
12. Possessing, consuming, selling, offering, manufacturing, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either.
"Illegal substances" include, but are not limited to, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine,
LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, and any synthetic version thereof, whether specifically illegal or not, commonly referred to as "designer drugs" which are substances designed and synthesized to mimic the intended effects and usages of, which are chemically substantially similar to, illegal drugs, which may or may not be labeled for human consumption.
13. Inappropriately using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter meds.
14. Gambling.
15. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
16. Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe 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. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving and fighting will not be tolerated.
G. Engage in any form of academic misconduct. Examples include, but are not limited to:
1. Plagiarism.
2. Cheating.
3. Copying.
4. Altering records.
5. Assisting another student in any of the above actions
H. Engage in off-campus misconduct that interferes with, or can reasonably be expected to substantially disrupt the educational process in the school or a school function. Such misconduct includes, but isn’t limited to, threatening or harassing students or school personnel through any means off-campus, including cyberbullying.
If a student with disabilities is capable of understanding the proper rules of conduct, he/she will be treated like any other student. However, if the reasons for the student’s misconduct are directly related to the handicapping condition, other measures will be taken in regard to discipline.
Additionally, students and parents are advised that when laws have been broken, (e.g. case of arson, assault, illegal drugs, illegal entry, false fire alarms, etc.), school officials will notify local law enforcement agencies and prosecute when applicable. Legal action will also be taken for reimbursement in cases involving vandalism. Consequences for repeat offenders will become progressively more severe.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 3410

Pembroke Jr./Sr. High School Code of Conduct

Appendix A – Pembroke Central School District Code of Conduct Consequence Table

CONSEQUENCES/PENALTIES

The range of consequences/penalties, which may be imposed for violations of the student disciplinary code per the discretion of building administration, includes the following:

Verbal warning

Written warning

Parent contact/conference

Written notification to parent

Change clothes (Dress Code violations)

Removal from school activities/grounds (outside of normal school hours)

Detention

Extended Detention (3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Saturday Detention

Suspension from transportation

Suspension from athletic participation

Suspension of other privileges (i.e. driving pass, attendance and participation in extracurriculars)

In-school suspension of 1 day or less

In-school suspension of 3 days or less

Referral to outside agencies such as STAR, GCASA, Probation, CPS or P.I.N.S., etc.

Out of School Suspension of 3 days or less

Out of School Suspension of five days or less

Out of School Suspension in excess of five days (superintendent’s hearing)

Possible police contact

Building administrators will use the chart below and the Consequence Table that follows as a guide:

Level 1*

Level 2*

Level 3*

Level 4*

Level 5*

Level 6*

Up Through

Verbal warning

Written warning

Parent contact/conference

Written notification to parent

Detention

Up Through

Level 1

Extended

Detention

Up Through

Level 2

In-school Suspension (ISS) up to 3 days

Saturday

Detention

Up Through

Level 3

ISS or Out-of- School (OSS) suspension up to

3 days

Up Through

Level 4

OSS up to 5 days**

Up Through

Level 5

OSS at least 5 days

Superintendent’s hearing for possible additional OSS

*Building administration reserves the right to make referrals/reports to outside agencies such as STAR,
GCASA, Probation, PINS, CPS (child protective services) Police, etc. at any level in addition to or in lieu of the range of possible consequences/penalties.
**For 5-day suspensions for Level 5 Offences, building administration reserves the right to request a Superintendent’s Hearing as well, to provide the Superintendent the opportunity to consider if the student should be suspended beyond 5 days.

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CONSEQUENCE TABLE

Level 1 Offenses

Up to Warning, Call home, Detention

Tardiness to School or to Class

Unprepared to Class (or other disruptions to educational process)

Dress Code Violation/Inappropriate Attire

Mild Name Calling or Insults

Minor Disruptive Behavior (e.g. wisecracks, unnecessary noise, persistent talking, running in halls, etc.

Minor Disruptive Behavior in Cafeteria (could result in removal from cafeteria during lunch)

Inappropriate Display of Affection (for students, anything beyond hand-holding/brief hugging)

Projectiles (paper-wads, rubber bands, laser pointers, etc.)

Nuisance equipment such as cell phones, MP3 players, I-Pods, etc. equipment will be confiscated

Level 2 Offenses

Up to Extended Detention (3:00-5:00 p.m.)

Moderate Disruptive/Inappropriate Behavior (disrespect to peers, inappropriate communication, will- full acts that disrupt learning, misuse of technology, gambling)

Skipping/Missing 10th Period Detention

Skipping/Missing 10th Period Re-teaching

Skipping Class or Leaving Class without Permission

Lying (false identification/accusation/defamation)

Using harsh, obscene, or profane language and/or other negative gestures toward or around others

Failure to abide by a reasonable requests/refusal to obey directions

Horseplay (pushing, shoving, wrestling without intent to harm)

Multiple Level 1 Offences in one incident/referral/report

3rd and 4th Level 1 or greater offense within 1 month

Level 3 Offenses

School-Suspension (ISS), Saturday Detention

Up to 1-3 days In-

School-Suspension (ISS), Saturday Detention

Disrespect toward staff member/Insubordination

Skipping/Missing Extended Detention

Major Disruptive behavior (including interruption to school environment, trespassing,



Inappropriate student behavior on the school bus or at extra-curricular activities will be dealt with according to above guidelines and may include suspension from the bus and/or extracurricular activity.

Conclusion

Student discipline at Pembroke Jr./Sr. High School is progressive in nature. As the number and frequency of infractions increase so do the consequences.

Guidelines for student behavior and other school policies are always under review. If changes occur in any of the information presented in the Handbook, students and parents will be notified in writing by means of the District Newsletter or by a separate high school mailing.

Further, since every encounter between a student and staff member is a learning/teaching experience, it is vital that the principal reserves the right to modify these guidelines in extenuating circumstances.

Dignity For All Students Act

New York State Education Law No.801-a establishes provisions prohibiting discrimination and harassment against any student by employees or students on school property or at a school function, that creates a hostile environment by conduct, with or without physical contact and/or verbal threats, intimidation or abuse, of such a severe nature that: (1) has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits, or mental, emotional and/or physical well-being; or (2) reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety. Such conduct shall include, but is not limited to, threats intimidation or abuse based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.

Removal of Disruptive or Violent Students from Class

Education Law 3214 (3-a), provides teachers with the power and authority to remove both violent and disruptive students from class. Within twenty-four (24) hours of removal, the teacher will explain, in writing, why the student was removed and provide an opportunity for the student to present his or her version of the events. The parents may request an informal conference with the appropriate administrator in order to discuss the removal. If a student denies the charges, the student must provide an explanation for his/her action. The conference must take place within forty-eight (48) hours of the removal.
Students with disabilities may be removed within the provisions of these regulations; consistent with federal and state laws. The suspension or removal of students with disabilities for more than ten days may create a change in placement, requiring a hearing with the CSE.

Definitions of Disruptive and Violent Students

• Disruptive Students - (As per the Commissioner’s Regulation), elementary or secondary students less than 21 years of age who are substantially disruptive to the educational process or who substantially interfere with a teacher’s authority in a classroom on four or more occasions during a semester.
• Violent Students - Elementary or secondary students, under the age of 21, who 1.) commit acts of violence against any school employee, 2.) commit acts of violence on school property against any student or other person lawfully on school grounds, 3.) possess, on school property, a gun, knife, or other dangerous instrument capable of causing physical injury or death, 4.) threaten, on school property, to use any instrument capable of causing physical injury or death, 5.) knowingly and intentionally damage or destroy the personal property of any person lawfully on school property, or 6.) knowingly or intentionally damage or destroy district property.

Detention

School detention will be conducted outside of the school day. Assigned students will report to a specified location under the direct supervision of a staff member.
Students assigned to detention must arrange for their own transportation. A student is expected to complete assigned work, read, or study during this period of time. Talking, eating, and sleeping are prohibited. The goal of detention is to modify the offending student’s behavior through contemplation of the misbehavior so that in the future a more positive course of action will be adopted.

Social Suspension

A student is restricted from attendance and/or participation in after school or evening activities. Duration of
restriction will be at the discretion of the appropriate administrator. This may be used in conjunction with or apart from additional disciplinary measures. This measure will automatically apply to students on External Suspension.

Internal Suspension

This consequence may be utilized regarding incidents of a serious or chronic nature. A student placed on Internal Suspension is suspended from participation in or attendance at all school-related activities. This includes, but is not limited to, sporting events, concerts, dramatic productions, etc.

External Suspension

This consequence may be utilized regarding incidents of a serious or chronic nature. A student placed on
External Suspension:
1.) Is suspended from participation in or attendance at all school-related activities. This includes, but is not limited to, sporting events, concerts, dramatic productions, etc.
2.) Can be prosecuted for criminal trespass in the third degree (Section 140.10 of the New York State Penal
Code) if he/she enters school property without permission of a school administrator.
A student may be re-admitted to school only after a parent conference with the designated school official.
Future disciplinary incidents may result in a Superintendent’s hearing and possible expulsion from school.
A conference for a proposed or imposed short-term out-of school suspension must be scheduled by the student’s parent(s) with the appropriate principal’s office by no later than the end of the school day following the date the parent(s) receives notice of such suspension. Conferences with the principal must be held within forty-eight (48) hours after the parent receives notification, except in extraordinary circumstances. If a conference is not scheduled in accordance with these specifications, the right to the conference will be considered waived and the proposed suspension will be imposed or sustained.

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Superintendent’s Hearing

A Superintendent’s Hearing is a formal legal proceeding conducted by the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee, in accordance with New York State Education Law. The student is entitled to have his/her attorney present. This measure is reserved for the most serious of offenses or chronic discipline problems and may result in long-term suspension (up to one year) or possible permanent expulsion from school.

Search and Seizure

School lockers, desks, and other such equipment are not the private property of students but the property of the school district, and as such may be opened and subject to inspection from time to time by school officials. Under special circumstances, school officials may search students, particularly if there is reasonable suspicion that a student possesses illegal matter, for example, a dangerous weapon or illegal drugs. Students must be aware that such items are forbidden both on school property and at school-related activities.
District officials are committed to cooperating with police officials and other law enforcement authorities to maintain a safe school environment in accordance with New York State Educational Law. The Principal or his/her designee shall first try to notify the student’s parent(s) in order to provide an opportunity to be present during the police questioning or search. The Principal or his/her designee will also be present during any police questioning or search on school property or at a school function.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7330

Student Attire

We take pride in the appearance of our students. Therefore, a student’s dress and appearance should not interrupt the educational process in any way. Appropriate attire for school may be more formal than that which may be more acceptable for recreation or informal summer wear.
• 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 revealing garments including; but not limited to tube tops, net tops, halter tops, plunging necklines (front and/or back), “belly” shirts, short skirts or shorts, 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, hoods, and/or headwear in the classroom except for a medical or religious purposes, unless permitted by the classroom teacher.
6. Not include items that are vulgar, offensive, libelous, or belittle 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.
Each Building Principal or his/her designee shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revisions to the dress code made during the school year. Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, and if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.

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Student Automobile Use

Students with a valid driver’s license may be eligible to drive to school and park on school grounds. Sections of the school parking lot are allotted to such students. Misuse of driving privileges may lead to revocation of the parking permit. Students who wish to apply for a parking permit must:
• Report to the office before or after school to request a parking permit.
• Register cars and present window hang-tag visibly at all times.
• Follow all posted speed limits and park in designated areas.
• Drive carefully and allow pedestrians the right of way.
Driving privileges may be suspended by building administration as a result of inappropriate school conduct or excessive tardiness.

Lunchroom Conduct

Please observe the following procedures:
• Have enough money to pay for lunch every day. Students may charge a lunch in the cafeteria in the case of an emergency.
• Walk at all times to, from, and within the cafeteria.
• Keep noise at a reasonable level.
• Dispose of garbage in a proper manner; keep all areas clean.
• Return all trays, dishes, and utensils to the kitchen by the end of the lunch period.

VI. STUDENT REDRESS

Student Complaints and Grievances

Students will be given an opportunity to be heard on complaints and grievances they may have. On issues affecting the student body, students should discuss the matter with their student government representative before appealing to the school administration.
A student filing a complaint for any matter, or alleging discrimination on the basis of disability and/or sex including sexual harassment or harassment on the basis of sexual orientation, should read the following information regarding the resolution of the complaint. The following procedures may also apply to student grievances over other matters, such as racial harassment.

Investigation of a Complaint

Upon receipt of a formal or informal complaint, a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation of the allegations will follow. All witnesses shall be interviewed and complainants will be notified of the outcome of the investigation.

Informal Complaints

The Pembroke Central School District encourages the resolution of all student complaints as promptly as possible and at the lowest level possible. Accordingly, students are urged to discuss complaints first with the appropriate teacher, staff member or Building Principal. However, if the complaint concerns sexual harassment, the student and/or parent should notify the Compliance Officer or his/her designee. In no event will the student be required to discuss the alleged harassment with the individual alleged to be harassing him or her.
Upon receipt of an informal complaint, the Compliance Officer, designee, principal or other appropriate staff member will conduct a prompt investigation to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. Complainants have the right to end the informal process at any time and begin the formal stage of the complaint process.

Formal Complaints

Formal complaints may be submitted either to initially report a complaint or as a follow-up to an unsatisfactory resolution of an informal attempt to resolve a complaint.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7550, 7551

Guidance Programs

VII. GUIDANCE PROGRAMS

Guidance programs are available for all students K-12 to insure effective participation in their current and future educational programs. The K-6 program has the following goals:
• Prepare students to participate effectively in their current and future educational programs;
• Help those students exhibiting any attendance, academic, behavioral or adjustment problems;
• Educate students concerning avoidance of child sexual abuse; and
• Encourage parental involvement
In grades 7-12, the guidance program provides the following services and activities:
• Each student’s educational progress and career plans will be reviewed annually.
• Instruction at each grade level to help students learn about various careers and career planning skills
• Other advisory 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 problems, and encouraging parental involvement.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 8230

Employment of Students

Students under 18 who are interested in working papers may pick up applications in the Principal’s office. Employment certificates and work permits are generally required for employment of minors of compulsory attendance age.

Early Release

This condition will be granted to eligible seniors if the following criteria is met:
• Students are enrolled in Pembroke approved college coursework whereas courses are offered off campus.
• Students are approved for a work-study program or internship as granted through our CEIP program.
• Students must contact the high school Principal to discuss extenuating circumstances

VIII. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Extracurricular Activities

Students who are suspended (in or out) from school on a day of an athletic game or practice session, party, school dance, or other school affair scheduled after regular school hours are not eligible for participation or attendance at such event.
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 follows: 3.5 hours.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7410

Student Field Trips

Students who will be participating in a school field trip must complete a field trip permission slip. This form must be signed by a parent or guardian and must be submitted prior to a student being allowed to participate in any such activity.

Student Fund-Raising

Fund raising projects in which students sell merchandise, provide services, or in other ways solicit money for school activities may be sponsored by school organizations with the expressed approval of the building administration. Any such plan shall have a clearly defined purpose and, in general, shall contribute to the education experience of students and staff and shall not conflict with instructional programs or state mandates. Fund raising activities away from school shall be held to a minimum. All participation shall be voluntary, with written parent/legal guardian consent for children in grades K through 8.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7450

Student Dance Policy

Student dances are intended for Pembroke students in grades 7-12. For special occasion dances, a Pembroke student will be allowed to bring a guest after permission has been obtained from administration. These “open” dances will be announced in advance. A guest form may be picked up from the high school office.
All school rules apply during dances. Once a student leaves the building, he or she will not be readmitted. Students on social, internal or external suspension will not be admitted. Students must be in attendance during the school day in order to attend a dance that evening.

Interscholastic Athletics

The athletic code will be distributed at the beginning of each sports season. It must be signed by the student and parent. Athletes are required to abide by all of the provisions in the athletic code.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7420

Spectator Sportsmanship at Interscholastic Events

The Pembroke Central School District welcomes spectators to all interscholastic activities. When attending games:
• Spectators must remember that the opponents are guests.
• Students will not be allowed in the school building(s) or hallways unattended.
• The aisles must remain clear for people to enter and exit freely.
• Spectators should, whenever possible, leave the bleachers only at half-time and between games.
• Once a person leaves the premises, he/she may not return.
• Refreshments will be sold but there will be no food or drink allowed in the competition areas.
• Smoking is not permitted by students or adults on school grounds.

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IX. SCHOOL CEREMONIES AND OBSERVANCES

Assemblies

Student assemblies are seen as part of the overall educational process. School assemblies, at all instructional levels, are often held to provide recognition of student accomplishments by peers, parents and staff members. Assemblies will be appropriate to the educational experience and reflect our school’s educational mission.
Students are reminded of proper conduct at assemblies to ensure responsible audience participation.
• Take a seat quietly and sit properly.
• Do not speak above a whisper, and then only when necessary.
• Pay attention to the speaker/ performer(s).
• Applaud only when appropriate.

X. SUPPORT SERVICES

Accident Prevention and Safety Procedures

All accidents involving students in school or on school grounds must be reported to the school nurse. This is important to insure that any injury is properly cared for and that an accident report is completed as soon as possible.

Health Services

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7520

Health services are conducted within the Pembroke Central School District yearly. In accordance with the
State Education Department, the services may vary slightly according to the age level of the student.
For example, K through 12 students receive vision screening, height, and weight measurements annually. Hearing tests are provided grades K through 7 and grade 10. Scoliosis screening is done for students ages
8-16. Physicals are required on students prior to school entrance, grades 1, 3, 7, and 10, and for all students entering from other districts. Health Reviews are also mandatory at the beginning of each sport season. Physicals are valid for one year and are required for all sports and working papers.
Our school physician performs a general physical on students that do not submit a private physician’s physical. These physicals are scheduled at the school’s discretion at limited times throughout the school year. Physicals that are required and missed at the school’s designated time become the responsibility of the student and parent(s) or guardian(s). Blood pressure and urine testing (glucose and protein) are completed during grades 7 and 10.
If physicals are performed by a private physician, please forward a copy of the physical to the school nurse to be added to the student’s health record. In the case of an injury whereby a student must be excused from PE or sports upon a doctor’s medical excuse, the student must receive clearance from the same doctor prior to resuming the activity previously prohibited.

District and School Safety Plans

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 7512, 7513, 7514

The Pembroke Central School District has adopted a district-wide school safety plan and building-level emergency response plans for each building in the district. These plans are intended to define how the district and each school building will respond to acts of violence and other disasters.
They provide a framework for identifying and implementing appropriate strategies for creating and maintaining a safe, secure learning environment for all students.
A copy of the district-wide school safety plan is available for examination in the district offices.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 5681

Fire Drills

According to State Law, twelve (8) fire drills, 4 lockdown drills, and three (3) bus drills must be held each year. Fire instructions are posted in each classroom.
Six if the eight fire drills must be conducted before December 1st. Everyone, including large group settings, must vacate the building during a fire alarm as quickly and quietly as possible. Every staff member must take responsibility for helping to remove everyone in this manner.
The following rules must be observed during a fire drill:
• All individuals should exit the building.
• Check all doors, lavatories, sickbays, shop areas, etc. All motors should be turned off.
• Students should exit the building according to room instructions.
• When outside, students should be as far from the building as possible to insure safety.
• When the signal is given, classes return in the same order as they exited.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 5683

School Bomb Threats Are a Felony

Governor Pataki signed legislation on October 19, 1999, making it a Class E felony for anyone to issue a false bomb threat directed toward a school in New York State. This law also includes the crime of falsely reporting an incident of an explosion, fire, or the release of a hazardous substance. Individuals convicted of issuing a bomb threat face felony criminal prosecution, as well as a one-year suspension of their driver’s license.
Persons may face youthful offender or juvenile delinquency adjudication. This new law directs that any bomb threat or false reporting of an incident unrelated to school grounds is now a Class A misdemeanor. The new law went into effect December 1, 1999.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 5683

School Food Services

The nutrition of district students is an important factor in their educational progress. The school participates in federally funded school lunch programs, and shall provide free or reduced price food services to qualified district students. The District Office will provide further information upon request.
In 1987, the Governor signed into law, as Chapter 674 of the Laws of 1987, a bill which restricts the sale of certain foods in public school buildings until after the last scheduled lunch period. The full text of the law is as follows:
Section 1: The education law is amended by adding a new section, nine hundred and fifteen, to read as follows:
Section 915: Prohibiting the sale of certain sweetened foods. From the beginning of the school day until the end of the last scheduled meal period, no sweetened soda water, no chewing gum, no candy, including hard candy, jellies, gums, marshmallow candies, fondant, licorice, sponge candy, candy coated popcorn and no water ices except those which contain fruit or fruit juices shall be sold in any public school within the state.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 5660

XI. TRANSPORTATION

Student Conduct on School Buses

In order that the bus ride to and from school may be safe, the following rules must be observed:
1. Keep all noise at a low level.
2. Keep hands, feet and all possessions to yourself.
3. Obey the bus driver.
4. Remain seated until the driver gives permission for you to leave.
Discipline problems will be referred in writing by the bus driver to the Building Principal. The penalty for continued misbehavior may range from suspension from riding the bus to suspension from school. All school rules apply while students are riding the buses. All students riding school buses are expected to maintain good conduct while traveling.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 5750

School Closing

In the event of severely inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, school may be closed or starting time delayed. The same conditions may also necessitate early dismissal. School closing, delayed starting time or early dismissal will be announced through the emergency notification system via phone, or over radio stations WBTA/WBTF, WBEN, WGR 55, WHAM, or WKBW/Channel 7. If no report is heard, it can be assumed that school will be in session. Please do not call the school. Telephone lines must be kept open for emergencies.

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 3510

XII. PARENT AND VISITOR INFORMATION

Parents With Disabilities

Parents with disabilities will be afforded an equal opportunity to participate in the services, programs and activities of the district, particularly those which are designed for parental involvement and are directly related to their child’s academic and/or disciplinary progress (e.g., parent/teacher conferences, and/or meetings with other school personnel).
Requests for accommodations should be directed to the Superintendent at least ten (10) business days prior to the scheduled activity or program. Such requests should include a description of the parent’s needs and the specific accommodations they are requesting.

Parents All parents are expected to:

1. Recognize that the education of their children is a joint responsibility of the parents and the school community and collaborate with the district to optimize their child’s educational opportunities.
2. Send their children to school ready to participate and learn.
3. Ensure their children attend school regularly and on time.
4. Ensure absences are excused.
5. Ensure their children are dressed and groomed in a manner consistent with the student dress code.
6. Help their children understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe, orderly environment.
7. Know school rules and help their children understand them so that their children can help create a safe, supportive school environment.
8. Convey a supportive attitude toward education and the district.
9. Build positive, constructive relationships with teachers, other parents and their children's friends.
10. Help their children deal effectively with peer pressure.
11. Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance.
12. Provide a place for study and ensure homework assignments are completed.

Teacher Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of teachers to adhere to policies contained in their faculty handbook, negotiated contract, and those policies adopted by their Board of Education and established by the Building Principal. Furthermore, they are obliged to:
• treat students fairly.
• complete necessary academic preparation.
• prepare lessons to meet the needs of students.
• develop curriculum to meet student needs.
• evaluate students.
• be consistent with all students.
• report concerns to parents as soon as possible
• make appropriate referrals to the Student Support Team,
• Community Intervention Team, Team Leaders and Counselors.

Administrative Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of administrators to adhere to regulations concerning their buildings, negotiated contracts and those policies adopted by their Board of Education and established by the Superintendent.
Administrators must provide for the welfare of students through referrals to outside agencies, reporting of child abuse and other measures designed to help young people. Administrators will take responsibility for referring a persistent offender of school policies and procedure to Family Court through a PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision) or JD (Juvenile Delinquency) petition.
Administrators must establish a climate that will promote a good education for students. This includes a strong discipline code, the supervision of teachers, building student and staff morale, and communicating with parents.

Board of Education Responsibilities

The powers and responsibilities of school boards are extensive and spelled out by Education Law. In general, however, the following items can be listed:
• Require Superintendent to supervise the total program.
• Provide for necessary teachers, administrators, materials, supplies, equipment, and facilities to meet pupil needs.
• Represent the school community and carry out the educational wishes of that community.

Access to District Records

Often, parents, students and other community members may want to have specific information about the schools in this district. Interested persons may inspect and/or copy school district records during regular business hours on any business day on which the Board of Education offices are open. Requests to inspect or make copies of records must be submitted in writing, either in person or by mail to the Records Access Officer.

Prohibited Conduct

No persons, either singly or in concert with others, shall:

Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 3310

1.) Intentionally cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm by engaging in fighting or threatening behavior, make unreasonable noise, use abusive language or make obscene gestures.
2.) Intentionally cause physical injury or threaten to cause physical injury to any other person.
3.) Intentionally obstruct or otherwise interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
4.) Fail to identify oneself upon request or fail to comply with a proper order by school authorities.
5.) Fail to disperse upon proper order by school authorities.
6.) Create a hazardous or physically offensive condition, which serves no legitimate purpose of the School
District.
7.) Intentionally cause damage or destruction to property or remove or use such property without official authorization.
8.) Enter into any room, office, gymnasium, library, boiler room, utility room, or any other place within a building without express or implied permission.
9.) Enter upon and remain in any building or facility (including school-operated buses) for any purpose other than its authorized use.
10.) Intentionally disturb, disrupt, or prevent the peaceful and orderly conduct of classes, meetings, assemblies, athletic events, concerts, plays, or interfere with the rights of others authorized to participate in such activities (including spectators and audiences).
11.) Possess either on his/her person, in a locker, in any vehicle or elsewhere upon any premises to which these rules apply any alcoholic beverage, illegal narcotic or dangerous drug.
12.) Possess either on his/her person, in a locker, in any vehicle or elsewhere upon any premises to which these rules apply any knife, rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, explosive device, fireworks, or other firearm or dangerous weapon without express authorization of the chief school administrator whether or not a license has been issued to such person.
13.) Engage in conduct commonly called hazing.
14.) Engage in conduct or commit acts, which alarm or seriously annoy other people.
15.) Communicate with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, email, mail or any other form of written communication likely to cause annoyance or alarm.
16.) Loiter or remain in or about school not having any legitimate reason for being there and not having permission from anyone authorized to give such permission.
17.) Initiate or circulate a false report or warning of an alleged occurrence or impending occurrence of a fire explosion, or emergency in which public alarm or inconvenience is likely to result.
18.) Tamper with any safety equipment or device including, but not limited to, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency power generators, and lighting equipment.
19.) Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct include, but are not limited to: 1.
Running in hallways. 2. Making unreasonable noise. 3. Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive. 4. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic. 5. Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community. 6. Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of the building. 7. Computer/electronic communications misuse, including any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate websites; or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.
20.) Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct include, but are not
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. Lateness for,
missing or leaving school without permission. 3. Skipping detention.
21.). Disruptive conduct. Examples of disruptive conduct include, but are not limited to: 1. Behavior and/or actions that impede the educational process or interferes with the learning of others or the orderly management of school operations/activities. 2. Inappropriate public sexual contact.
22). Violent conduct. Examples of violent conduct include, but are not limited to: 1. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, and scratching) upon a student, teacher, administrator, other school employee, or any other individual, or attempting to do so. 2. 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. 3. Displaying what appears to be a weapon. 4. Threatening to use any weapon. 5. 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. 6. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property. 1
23). Conduct that endangers the safety, physical or mental health or welfare of others. Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to: 1. Subjecting other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function to danger by recklessly engaging in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury. 2. Stealing or attempting to steal 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 or unprivileged statements or representations about an individual or identifiable group of individuals and harms the reputation of others. 5. Discrimination, which includes using race, color, creed, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, sex, gender (identity
and expression), sexual orientation, weight or disability to deny rights, equitable treatment, or access to facilities available to others. 6. Harassment, which is the creation of a hostile environment by conduct, threats, intimidation, or abuse. 7. Intimidation, which is engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm. 8. Hazing, which includes an induction, initiation, or a membership process involving harassment. 9. Bullying, which consists of 1) repeated acts of harassment, intimidation, hazing and/or other ongoing inappropriate acts, 2) an imbalance of power, and 3) intent to do harm. 10. Selling, using, distributing or possessing obscene material. 11. Smoking/using a cigarette, cigar, pipe, electronic cigarette, vaporizer, or using chewing or smokeless tobacco. 12. Possessing, consuming, selling, offering, manufacturing, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either. "Illegal substances" include, but are not limited to, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, and any
synthetic version thereof, whether specifically, illegal or not, commonly referred to as "designer drugs" which are substances designed and synthesized to mimic the intended effects and usages of, which are chemically substantially similar to, illegal drugs, which may or may not be labeled for human consumption. 13. Inappropriately using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter meds. 14. Gambling. 15. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner. 16. Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.
24). 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. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving and fighting will not be tolerated. 13
25). Engage in any form of academic misconduct. Examples include, but are not limited to: 1. Plagiarism. 2.
Cheating. 3. Copying. 4. Altering records. 5. Assisting another student in any of the above actions

Penalties

A person who shall be found to have violated the provisions of these rules shall:
1.) If he/she is a licensee or invitee, have his/her authorization to remain upon the premises or other school property revoked, and he/she shall be directed to leave the premises and property. Failure to comply may result in a report to the appropriate police agency and a request for assistance there from.
2.) If he/she is a trespasser or loiterer, be directed to leave the premises and property. Failure to comply may result in a report to the appropriate police agency and a request for assistance there from.
3.) If he/she is a pupil, be subject to such disciplinary action as the facts or the case may warrant including suspension (Education Law Section 3214), loss of privileges, reprimand warning or required restitution (in the case of property damage or theft).
4.) If he/she is an employee of the District, be subject to official warning, reprimand, suspension of services, censure, formal charges of misconduct, required restitution, termination, or any combination of the above or such disciplinary action as the facts warrant (Ed. Law 3012, 3020-a, Civil Service Law Sec. 75).
Note: Such additional penalties as may be required by law shall also apply.

Public Complaints

Most often, parental complaints and concerns can be addressed simply through a telephone call or a conference with the teacher. If the matter is not settled satisfactorily, the complaint should be directed to the Building Principal, and, if necessary, to the Superintendent.
Complaints regarding district programs, instructional or library materials, operations and/or staff members, should be directed to the Building Principal. If the matter is not satisfactorily settled, the complaint should be directed to the Superintendent whenever possible. Pembroke Central School Policy Manual 3230

CONCLUSION

Student discipline at Pembroke Jr./Sr. High School is progressive in nature. As the number and frequency of infractions increase so do the consequences.

Guidelines for student behavior and other school policies are always under review. If changes occur in any of the information presented in the Handbook, students and parents will be notified in writing by means of the District Newsletter or by a separate high school mailing.

Further, since every encounter between a student and staff member is a learning/teaching experience, it is vital that the principal reserves the right to modify these guidelines in extenuating circumstances.

Behavior not covered by the guidelines will be dealt with according to its severity.

CHARACTER bullying: it ’s not ok

Bullying is a form of abuse.

It is an intentional act meant to hurt another person emotionally or physically, and it’s not OK.

Have you ever been teased or taunted? Received a nasty email or text message? Been physically intimidated? Then you’ve most likely been the target of a bully. You’re not alone; 3.2 million students are bullied at school every year.

Bullying

L Profiles

I could be anyone. Bullies

tend to single out others who are new to the school, different in

I could be a boy or girl of any age. I tend

to be bigger, older, and/or more popular than my targets. I seek out targets in order to feel better about myself. I was most likely the target of abuse at one point in time.

appearance, or appear to have low self-

esteem. I might be tall, short, have a disability, or a different religious background than the bully. Or, I might be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Since the bully has picked me, I am the target.

I am not directly involved in bullying, but I

am present when it occurs. I face a choice. Do I or do I not get involved? How should I handle this responsibility?

Bullying hurts everyone involved. Even the bullies! Bullies tend to have a difficult time finishing school, and some even spend time in jail later in life. Teens who are bullied by older classmates sometimes become bullies themselves, perpetuating a “cycle” of abuse.

Some believe that bullying is part of growing up, and it’s how we learn to stand up for ourselves. There are better ways to learn life lessons than being abused! There is simply no excuse for bullying. No one ever deserves to be bullied, and together we can stop bullying for good!

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