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Code of Conduct

Under requirements of the New York State SAVE Act, the Fort Plain Central School District is providing this summary of its Code of Conduct.

This Code of Conduct applies to ALL students, school personnel, parents and other visitors when on school property (including school buses/vehicles) or attending a school-sponsored activity.

The Code contains information pertaining to possible actions/consequences to be taken by the classroom teacher or staff member in order to handle the offense. The classroom teacher/staff member may use the consequences as a guideline and he/she is not limited to the suggested action/consequences outlined in the Code of Conduct.

Included with the Code of Conduct is the Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which outlines issues such as:

  • Prohibited acts
  • Student activities
  • Rights of privacy
  • Search of student lockers
  • Alternative Education policies
  • Maintenance of public order on school property
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Enforcement and penalties

Also included in the Code of Conduct are procedures for disciplinary measures and the appeal process.
Please be aware that all students will be informed of the Code of Conduct as a requirement of the SAVE legislation.

Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School Code of Conduct –
Plain language summary for high school and middle school students

Introduction

The Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School Code of Conduct was developed in an effort to:

  • Clearly define the expectations for acceptable conduct on school property;
  • Identify the possible consequences of unacceptable conduct;
  • Ensure that discipline, when necessary, is administered promptly and fairly;
  • Support the Dignity For All Students Act.

Copies of the complete Code of Conduct are available in the school’s main office.

Please contact your school principal if you have additional questions or need more information about the Code of Conduct:
Junior-Senior High School Principal, Dr. Deborah Larrabee, 518-993-4000 ext. 2124

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Every student has the responsibility to attend school regularly, to be considerate of others and to observe the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct should be thought of as the rules for the school, including all school functions.

You have the right to feel safe at school. All students have the right to concentrate on their school work and activities and enjoy them without worrying about unkind words and actions from others. No student should be subjected to harassment, bullying or discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex by school employees or students on school property or at any school-sponsored function.

It is against school rules for anyone to make anyone else feel uncomfortable due to any of these characteristics, or to make anyone else feel threatened or unsafe in general. Even if an action takes place off school grounds, it can be considered against school rules when it negatively impacts the ability of a student to focus on their school work and participate in school activities.

All students are expected to:

  • Respect themselves, fellow students, faculty, staff and school property;
  • Arrive at school and to all classes on time;
  • Bring all necessary school work and materials to class; and
  • Cooperate and be respectful throughout the day, doing what is asked by school leaders, teachers and staff members.

Dignity for All Students Act

A state law known as the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) focuses on ensuring that your school is a safe place and that all students know they are protected from certain types of behavior. Each school has a Dignity for All Students Act Coordinator, who is trained in addressing the issues covered by the law. This is your school principal. If anyone is making you or anyone else feel unsafe, bullied, threatened or harassed, please talk to your principal or another adult at school.

Reporting and Retaliation

All students are expected to promptly report any violations of the Code of Conduct to the appropriate adult. This includes incidents of other students or staff being harassed or discriminated against by students, school staff or other individuals on school property.
In addition, any district staff member who observes or learns of an incident or possible incident of harassment or discrimination must take immediate and appropriate action to report the incident to the administration. Staff members must also take steps to both end the harassment or discrimination and prevent it from reoccurring.
Any act of retaliation against a person who reports, investigates or participates in the review of a complaint of harassment or discrimination will not be tolerated.

Student Searches

School officials who are authorized to discipline students may question a student about any alleged violation of the law or the Code of Conduct. Officials are not required to contact parents/guardians before questioning a student. All students will be told why they are being questioned.

In addition, school property including lockers are subject to search by school officials at any time. Officials may also search students and/or their belongings if they have reasonable suspicion that the search will result in evidence that the student violated the law or Code of Conduct. More information about student searches and interrogations can be found in the complete Code of Conduct document.

It should be noted that district officials are committed to cooperating with police officials and child protective services to maintain a safe school environment. Specific procedures are detailed in the complete Code of Conduct.

Disciplinary Action/Student Conduct

Students may be subject to a range of disciplinary actions, which are outlined in the Code of Conduct, including: conduct that is disorderly, insubordinate, disruptive, violent, threatening, endangering the safety, moral, health or welfare of others, or includes academic misconduct.

Students have a right to be informed when they are accused of violating the Code of Conduct. In this event, students have a right to present their version of the facts before consequences are decided. During the disciplinary process, the district will communicate with students, parents/legal guardians, teachers, guidance personnel, other staff and/or the superintendent as necessary.

Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair and consistent in an effort to be most effective in changing student behavior. As a general rule, discipline will be progressive. When determining disciplinary action, authorized school personnel will consider the student’s age; the nature of the offense; the circumstances that led to the offense; the student’s prior disciplinary record; the effectiveness of other forms of discipline; information from parents, teachers and/or others; and other extenuating circumstances.

Disciplinary penalties include, but are not limited to warnings, notification to parents, detention, suspension from athletics or other activities or privileges, in-school suspension, removal from class, short or long-term suspension from school, counseling, peer mediation, and referrals to outside agencies.

In addition, the Code of Conduct affords students with disabilities certain procedural protections whenever school authorities intend to impose discipline upon them. These procedures are consistent with the safeguards required by applicable laws and regulations.

Cafeteria Behavior

All students are expected to be in the cafeteria through their scheduled lunch time. Classes are still in session so hallway behavior should not distract or disrupt our learning environment. Cafeteria behavior should be no different than your behavior in the classroom. The Code of Conduct contains more information about cafeteria expectations and the consequences for violating them.

Transportation Conduct

The school bus ride is an extension of the school day. Students must behave appropriately as passengers on the school bus. Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right, and proper behavior will guarantee the continuation of this privilege. Misbehavior, on the other hand, will be dealt with in a timely manner and may result in suspension of bus privileges. The Fort Plain School District utilizes video cameras for the purpose of monitoring student behavior on school buses. Refer to the complete Code of Conduct for further information.

Intimidation, Harassment, Menacing, or Bullying

Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard to the rights and welfare of others. Intimidation, harassment, menacing and bullying will not be tolerated. The Code of Conduct contains more information about these expectations and the consequences for violating them.

Academic Honesty and Integrity

Every student’s work should be his or her own. Students have the responsibility to complete their work themselves and to acknowledge sources of information used in that work. The Code of Conduct contains more information about the rules of academic integrity and the consequences for violating them.

Dress Code

Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. A student’s dress, grooming and appearance shall:

  • Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
  • Ensure that pants, shorts, and skirts are of appropriate length and underwear is completely covered with outer clothing.
  • Recognize that brief, revealing or see-through garments are not appropriate
  • Include safe footwear at all times.
  • Not include hoods since they obstruct a student’s identity.
  • Not include sunglasses.
  • No pajamas, bedroom slippers, robes or blankets.
  • Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, or denigrate others on account of actual or perceived race, color, religion, religious practice, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, sex, weight or disability.
  • Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal or violent activities.
  • Head wear (such as baseball caps) may be worn during school hours based on staff discretion within the classroom. Hats are to be removed in the cafeteria, during assemblies, and when reciting The Pledge of Allegiance. Students who fail to abide by these stipulations may lose this privilege.

A complete list of dress code guidelines is available in the Code of Conduct.

Electronic Devices

It is recognized that the use of electronic devices can be a crucial part of the curriculum of many courses. We want our students to learn to use portable communication devices responsibly. However, cell phones have become a distraction, and an interruption for our middle school students.

Students in 7th and 8th grade will NOT be allowed to possess or use a cell phone and/or ear buds during school day–7:55 a.m. to 2:38 p.m. Students in grades 9-12 will be allowed to use cell phones in between the passing of classes and in the cafeteria. They will be allowed to access their devices to check for important messages only. This time will not be used to make phone calls, take photos/videos, listen to music, or post on social media sites. Students will not use or display cell phones during any other part of the instructional day unless under teacher supervision. Students may not wear headphones/earbuds during school hours unless for educational reasons and under teacher supervision. If a student violates this policy the device/item will be confiscated as per the Code of Conduct. For further guidance, consult the complete policy.

Chromebooks

Chromebooks provide students the opportunity to connect their learning to all resources and information available online, anywhere, at any time. At the start of the year, each student will be issued a Chromebook. The device will travel to and from school with them. Chromebooks are to be used for school related activities ONLY. Students are responsible for charging and caring for their Chromebooks as outlined in the Technology User Agreement. The Chromebook, email/Google accounts, are the property of the Fort Plain School District and, as a result, may be subject to inspection at any time. Students should have NO expectation of privacy of materials found on a Chromebook, their Google Drive or gmail account. Supplied devices are an educational tool and not intended for personal use such as: gaming, social networking, or high end computing.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use is illegal and interferes with both effective learning and the healthy development of students. Fort Plain Central School District has a legal and ethical obligation to prevent drug use and to maintain a healthy, drug free environment. This includes handling, possessing, using, soliciting, advocating or being under any degree of influence of any alcohol, tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, drugs, or other controlled substances or paraphernalia. The Code of Conduct contains more information about the alcohol, tobacco, and drugs and the consequences for violating them.

In addition to the Code of Conduct, student athletes are further regulated by the rules of the Athletic Code of Conduct, also available on this website.


Complete FPHS Code of Conduct

Introduction

The Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School is responsible for maintaining a safe, nurturing and orderly learning environment, and for ensuring the equitable treatment of all students. To achieve this end, there must be organizational rules governing the conduct and behavior of all who learn here. These rules must be firmly and consistently enforced throughout the school, on school buses, school property and at all school sponsored activities. The rationale of this discipline policy is to provide notice to parents, students and staff of their respective responsibilities and rights.

In accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act, Education Law, Article 2, the Fort Plain School District will strive to create an environment free of discrimination and harassment and will foster civility in our schools for students, staff and visitors.

In order to specify and clarify the fundamental guidelines of student behavior in our school and to establish procedures to be followed should serious disciplinary action by school authorities become necessary, the following rules and regulations have been adopted for the Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School under the direction of the Fort Plain Central School Board of Education.

I. Student Rights

The Fort Plain Central School District is committed to promote a safe, health, orderly and civil school environment. Students have the right to expect a school in which they have the opportunity to use available educational resources to study and learn to the best of their ability. Student rights are protected by the Constitution of the United States, New York State Educational law, and Regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education.

The following statements set forth the rights of Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School students.

A. Student’s Property
A Student’s personal property is his/her own. Students are discouraged from bringing to school valuables such as jewelry, electronic items, and valuable clothing, which could be stolen or damaged. Bringing money to school other than that necessary for lunch or other school-related activities is discouraged. If valuable property is to be used in a school-related project, the student must arrange with staff for safekeeping.

If a student brings valuable personal items to school, he/she is solely responsible for his/her property even if that valuable is placed in a hallway or gym locker. If said personal property is found to be missing during the school day, the educational process of other students will not be interrupted to locate the property. The school district is not responsible for replacing or reimbursement of said item.

B. Search and Seizure
The district retains the right to search persons and property on school premises or at school functions consistent with applicable laws.

Students and parents should be aware that:

● Lockers, school desks and computer files are school property and students should have no expectation that the contents of the locker and/or desk will remain private. A general inspection of school properties such as lockers, desks, etc. may be conducted on a regular basis. During these inspections items which are school property may be collected (example: overdue library books). The privacy rights of the pupil will be respected regarding any items that are not illegal or against school policy.
● Students shall not place, keep or maintain any articles or materials forbidden by district policy in vehicles parked on school property.
● Searches of student’s outer clothing, pockets or property may be conducted if a reasonable cause exists. Intrusive invasion of a student’s privacy, such as searches of the student’s person, will be conducted only if probable cause exists to believe that the student possesses contraband.
● All items which have been seized will be turned over to proper authorities or returned to the true owner, depending upon the situation.
● Periodic unannounced use of canines accompanied by law enforcement officials will be permitted.
● Cell phones/i-pods may be temporarily confiscated if a student is seen to violate the cell phone policy. (See Electronic Devices)

C. Police Questioning of Students
District officials are committed to cooperating with police officials and other law enforcement authorities to maintain a safe school environment. Police officials, however, have limited authority to interview or search students in schools or at school functions, or to use school facilities in connection with police work. Police officials may enter school property or a school function to question or search a student or to conduct a formal investigation involving students only if they have:

● A search or an arrest warrant; or
● Probable cause to believe a crime has been committed on school property or at a school function; or
● Been invited by school officials

If police are involved in the questioning of students on school premises, whether or not at the request of school authorities, it will be in accordance with applicable law and due process rights afforded students. Generally, police authorities may only interview students on school premises without the permission of the parent/guardian in situations where a warrant has been issued for the student’s arrest (or removal) or the questioning of students concerns a crime committed on school property. If the police wish to speak to a student without a warrant, they should take the matter up directly with the student’s parent/guardians. If a student is 16 years of age or older, parental permission is not required for police questioning.

II. Student Responsibilities

Students share with the administration and staff the responsibility to maintain a climate within the school that is conducive to effective learning. No student has the right to interfere with the educational opportunity of other students. Students are expected to use reason, good judgment, respect for others, proper manners, and to follow school rules and policies. Students are expected to attend school and classes regularly, arrive on time, bring required materials, and to fulfill to the best of their abilities the course objectives. Students should be willing to contribute toward establishing and maintaining a school climate that emphasizes mutual respect for all students, teachers, and school personnel.

In order to fulfill this responsibility, the student should:

● Respect and protect the rights of ALL involved in the educational process (from fellow students to administration).
● Practice academic honesty.
● Express ideas and opinions in a respectful manner which does not offend or slander others.
● Be aware of all rules and regulations for student behavior, and abide by them
● Be willing to assist in the investigation of disciplinary actions.
● Dress and groom so as to meet fair standards of heath and safety, and not cause disruption to the educational environment.
● Assist the school staff in maintaining a safe learning environment for all students.
● Assume that until a rule is waived or altered, it is in full effect.
● Protect and take care of school property.
● Make up work when absent or suspended from school following established guidelines.
● Do not use indecent or obscene language.
● To adhere to the code of conduct contained herein when participating in or attending school sponsored extracurricular events. The student is a representative of Fort Plain Central School, and as such, should show high standards of conduct, demeanor and sportsmanship.

Along with their responsibilities, students must recognize that there are channels through which rules or conditions can be studied or questioned, and must realize that they should use these channels.

III. Parent Responsibilities

Connections between home and school are important. Discipline begins in the home between parent and child, and continues in the school with the relationship between the teacher, student and administration. Each has a mutual responsibility for the maintenance of that discipline.

The parents of Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School students should:

● Send your child to school ready to participate and learn as required by New York State Education Law and with the District’s Comprehensive Attendance Policy. Ensure your child attends school regularly and on time. Ensure absences are excused.
● Provide for your child’s health, personal cleanliness, acceptable grooming, and suitable dress.
● Listen to, consult with, understand and trust your child.
● Work with school personnel to communicate concerns which may interfere with a child’s education.
● Teach your child to respect the law and rights of others.
● Teach your child respect and dignity for themselves and other students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex, which will strengthen the child’s confidence and promote learning in accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act.
● Contact your child at school by calling the Main Office, (518) 993-4000.

IV. Teacher Responsibilities

The maintenance of an orderly and safe learning environment is crucial to the academic success of the students. In order to maintain this environment; the teachers must:
● Respect the individuality of students.
● Assist students to become self-reliant, independent, and effective learners.
● Work with parents, students and school staff to provide for a positive change. In this light, teachers will make an effort to contact parents for both positive as well as negative issues.
● Notify parents and/or students that a student may be failing a course.
● Be fair, firm, and consistent in enforcing both classroom rules and school rules.
● Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex with the understanding of appropriate appearance, language and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students’ self- image and promote confidence in learning.
● Confront issues of discrimination and harassment in any situation that threatens the emotional or physical health or safety of any students, school employees or any person who is lawfully on school property or at a school function.
● Address personal biases that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting.
● Report incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or brought to a teacher’s attention to building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC) in a timely manner.
● Teachers should exemplify and reinforce all school and Board policies and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance and conduct in the school setting.

Before the students are referred to the office, the classroom teacher will make every effort to improve student behavior as it relates to classroom (non-administrative) offenses.

A. Non-Administrative Offenses These offenses may include:
● rude or discourteous behavior
● being disruptive or uncooperative
● unprepared for class
● cheating on school work
● refusing to comply with classroom rules

Actions to be followed by the teacher may include (but are not limited to):
● verbal reprimand
● conference with student
● change in seating assignment
● telephone/email/Parent Guardian contact with caregiver
● letter mailed to parent/guardian
● conference with parent/guardian
● teacher detention

At the least, the teacher will inform the parent by telephone or by mail after the second incident of inappropriate behavior, as well as inform the administration of continuing behavior. They will also be in contact with the parent/guardian when they refer this student to the office.

The classroom teacher is required to handle discipline matters in the classroom. Teachers may document incidents on a Discipline Referral Form. When all attempts by the classroom teacher to resolve the situation have failed, students referred to administration will be disciplined in keeping with the school discipline code. Repeated offenses will result in a formal discipline referral.

V. Administrative Responsibilities

The principal, along with all other supervisory personnel, is responsible for setting a climate of understanding for the school, not only for students and their parents, but for the staff as well. The administrative staff will seek to develop a sound and helpful atmosphere of mutual respect within the school by:
● Knowing and consistently fairly enforcing the rules and policies of the district.
● Encourage innovative practices which will increase student self-respect, self-reliance and educational progress.
● Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender/gender identity, or sex with the understanding of appropriate appearance, language and behavior in a school setting, which will strengthen students’ self- image and promote confidence in learning.
● Follow up on any incidents of discrimination and harassment that are witnessed or otherwise brought to the Principal’s attention in a timely manner in collaboration with the Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC).

A. Administrative Offenses
Administrative offenses will include the interaction with the school administrative staff, and possibly law enforcement authorities. Since the school environment is an extension of the public community, any legally unacceptable behavior demonstrated in a school setting will also include the intervention of public law officials. Administrative offenses will be documented through the Discipline Referral Form.

VI. Student Discipline

Students are expected to assume and accept responsibility for their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their actions. There may be occasions when district personnel may need to use disciplinary action. Staff are expected to use proactive strategies that promote good behavior among students and an environment free from discrimination and harassment.

Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair, and consistent so as to be the most effective in changing student behavior. When determining appropriate disciplinary action, the following will be considered:
● Student age
● Nature of the offense and the circumstances which led to the offense
● Student’s prior disciplinary record
● Effectiveness of other forms of discipline
● Information from parents, teachers, counselors, and/or others as appropriate
● Other extenuating circumstances

As a general rule, discipline will be progressive. This means that a student’s first violation will usually merit a higher penalty than subsequent violations. (See Level System in Appendix)

If the conduct of a student is related to a disability or suspected disability, the student shall be referred to the Director of Special Education and discipline, if warranted, shall be administered consistent with disciplining students with a disability or presumed to have a disability. A student identified as having a disability shall not be disciplined for behavior related to the student’s disability.

In the event of disciplinary actions in response to acts of harassment, bullying and/or discrimination against students by employees or students, a progressive model of student discipline shall be imposed which includes measured, balanced and age appropriate remedies and procedures that make appropriate use of prevention, education, intervention and discipline and shall consider, among other things, the nature and severity of the offending student’s behavior, age of the student, previous disciplinary record and other extenuating circumstances, as well as, the impact the student’s behaviors had on the individual(s) who was physically injured or emotionally harmed as a result of such acts. Responses shall be reasonably calculated to end the harassment, bullying and/or discrimination, prevent recurrence and eliminate the hostile environment.

A major goal of all discipline is to create a positive learning experience for the students, highlight a sense of responsibility for one’s actions and to prevent future behaviors that may escalate in severity. The following are some examples of disciplinary actions, which may be used when a student’s behavior interferes with learning opportunities or with the safe orderly conduct of school activities:

● Informal reprimand
● Formal reprimand
● Conference
● Peer mediation
● Counseling
● Removal from classroom
● Behavioral contract
● Loss of privileges
● Detention – lunchtime or after school
● Notification/Involvement of law enforcement
● In-school suspension
● Out of school suspension
● Superintendent’s Hearing

Suspensions- A student may be suspended from school for a definite period of time by the Superintendent or Principal for violation of any law, of this Student Code of Conduct, a School District Policy, regulation, or rule. Any violation of the state or local law will promptly be reported to the appropriate law. Suspensions may be temporary or for an extended period. The severity of the penalty should be relative to the seriousness of the offense. Parents will be notified of the dates and reason for the suspension. The classifications of suspension are:

A. ISS – In School Suspension – Students are assigned to the in school suspension room from 8:00 to 2:38. Teachers provide students with work and assignments during the entire school day, and the student will receive credit for the work completed. The student may not participate in extracurricular activities the day(s) of the suspension. As per the Athletic Policy a student may practice only. However, this is at the coach’s discretion. The coach will be notified of the incident.
B. Out-of-School Suspension – This suspension is for serious infractions, and may last from 1 to 5 days. During an out of school suspension, the student may not be on school grounds in any school building or at any school event for any reason, including participation in clubs, sports and extracurricular events. The parent/guardian may request a tutor for their child. A conference may be required with the administration and parent/guardian before the student is allowed to re-enter school.
C. Superintendent’s Hearing – A Superintendent’s Hearing is for a major infraction where a long term suspension may result. A re-entry plan with administration, student, and caregiver will be required prior to the student’s returning to school.

VII. Corporal Punishment

The Fort Plain Central School District’s Board of Education and New York law prohibits corporal punishment. Corporal punishment means the deliberate infliction of physical pain by any means upon the whole or any part of a pupil’s body as a penalty or punishment for a pupil’s offense.
Parents and students should be aware the following is not corporal punishment:

● Restraining or removing a pupil whose behavior is interfering with the orderly exercise and performance of school district functions within a school or at a school related activity and/or if that pupil has refused to comply with a request to refrain from further disruptive acts.
● Quelling a disturbance that threatens physical injury to any person.
● Protecting oneself, another student, teacher, or any other(s) from immediate physical injury.
● Obtaining possession of a weapon or other dangerous object upon or within the control of a pupil.
● Protecting property of the school or others.

VIII. Categories of Misconduct

These categories of misconduct have been prepared to assist students, parents and staff to understand what actions are inappropriate in our school.

The following list, while it sets forth some very important areas of misconduct, does not contain every possible action which might violate the rules and rights of others. Any action which disrupts school activity or which might cause danger to persons or destruction of property may result in disciplinary action. Any behavior which has a negative impact on the health, safety and welfare of persons or on the learning environment may result in discipline at the discretion of administration.

The penalties set forth are only the minimum penalties. All days of suspension reflect days in which school is in session. More severe discipline, up to and including a superintendent’s hearing, may result depending on the seriousness of the misconduct. In appropriate circumstances, there may also be a referral to law enforcement or other agencies.

IX. Cafeteria Behavior

All students are expected to be in the cafeteria through their scheduled lunch time. Classes are still in session so hallway behavior should not distract or disrupt our learning environment. Cafeteria behavior should be no different than student behavior in the classroom.
Students are expected to report directly to the cafeteria once class has been dismissed. There are three minutes between classes which does not change for lunch.
Failure to follow the above procedures will result in lunch detention, loss of cafeteria sign out privileges, and/or movement of the student to another location within the cafeteria at the discretion of the supervising staff.

X. Intimidation, Harassment, Menacing, or Bullying

Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard to the rights and welfare of others. Intimidation, harassment, menacing and bullying will not be tolerated. Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to:

● Bullying and intimidation , which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm and/or emotional discomfort; for example, “play fighting”, extortion of money, over teasing, etc.
● Threatening, stalking, or seeking to coerce or compel a person to do something.
● Engaging in verbal or physical conduct that threatens another with harm, including intimidation through the use of epithets or slurs involving race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, religious practices, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability that substantially disrupts the educational process is strictly prohibited.
● Any form of harassment that does not involve actual physical contact but does involve the threat of harm, including verbal harassment.
● Harassment, the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that has or would have the effect of unreasonably and substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional or physical wellbeing, based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, sexual orientation, gender or sex.
● Communication by any means, including oral, written or electronic (such as through the internet, email, or texting) off school property, that can be interpreted as a threat to commit an act of violence on school property or results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment is strictly prohibited.

Harassment may also include the posting of aggressive or disparaging remarks on social networking sights or through other electronic means. Harassment may also be of a sexual nature, which includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, taking, sending or receiving sexually explicit videos, pictures or auditory recordings (“sexting”) and other verbal or physical conduct or communication. Remarks made outside of school should be handled by parents and/or police. If the administration believes any electronic postings are in violation of child pornography or cyberbullying or sexting laws, such information will be shared with the police.

Violations will result in the steps outlined in the discipline policy.

XI. Academic Honesty and Integrity

Academic success is dependent on the individual student’s efforts. Students are expected to complete work with honesty and integrity, representing work that the student can do. Cheating of any type has no role in the Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School learning community.

Cheating is defined as representing someone else’s work as your own, or allowing someone else to represent your own. In a broad sense, cheating includes, but is in no way limited to, the following:
● Copying work (of any type) or allowing someone to copy your work.
● Looking at another’s test or quiz or letting another student look at a test or quiz.
● Using any secretive method of giving answers on a test or quiz.
● Taking someone else’s assignment and submitting it as your own.
● Using programmed materials in watches, calculators, cell phones or laptops where prohibited.
● Using any type of summaries/commentaries (Cliff Notes, Spark Notes, etc.) instead of reading assigned materials.
● The use of online computer translators to do assignments in a foreign language classroom.
● Submitting material written by someone else (or rephrasing the ideas of another) without indicating the author’s name or source.
● Submitting purchased papers as one’s own.

Individual teachers may also indicate other circumstances which, in their classrooms, would be considered as cheating. It is left to the discretion of the individual teacher to impose a grade based as a consequence for that particular class. This may include, but is not limited to, a “0” for the assignment (quiz/exam), the possibility of failing the class, or the possibility of being removed from the class in the college credit courses.

Parents/Guardians will be notified by the teacher in all instances of cheating. Parental knowledge of this lack of integrity is very important. The teacher will also fill out either a FYI or Discipline Referral form, according to their perspective of the severity of the offense. If there are repeated offenses, the additional consequences will be imposed by the administration, including a conference with the parents/guardians.

XII. Dress Code

All students are expected to take pride in their personal appearance. They should be clean, neat and dressed in the proper clothing. Certain styles and trends in clothing and appearance, now in fashion, will not be permitted. Attire should not disrupt the educational process or constitute a possible threat to the safety and health of the student or their peers.

Teachers and administrators are necessarily left with the responsibility of maintaining the general appearance of the students as representatives of the school and community. The principal has the final authority if the dress of a student interferes with the orderly conduct of classes.
The following guidelines are for acceptable school attire:

● Head wear, such as caps, hats, bandanas, and sweatbands, may be worn during school hours. This privilege is based upon teacher/staff discretion within the classroom. It is expected that hats will be removed in the cafeteria, during assemblies, and when reciting The Pledge of Allegiance. Students who fail to abide by these stipulations may lose this privilege.
● Due to the fact that hoods obstruct the view of a student’s identity, no hoods will be allowed to be worn during school hours.
● Sunglasses are not to be worn in school during the school day.
● Some type of footwear must be worn. However, footwear that may cause damage to individual property, i.e. shoes with cleats, may not be worn. Socks are not considered to be footwear. Due to safety issues high heels should be no more than 3 inches in height.
● All pants, shorts and skirts must be worn at the waist or hips with no undergarments visible.
● Students may not have chains hanging from their belt loops. Such chains may be considered as a weapon.
● Students are permitted to wear shorts, skirts and dresses of moderate length. They should be no shorter than mid-thigh.
● Any article of clothing with printed word or pictures advertising or promoting alcohol, tobacco, drugs, derogatory connotations, profanity or sexual suggestions is strictly prohibited.
● Shirts or tops must completely cover the midriff area and not have plunging necklines.
● Strapless or backless (halter) shirts, dresses and tops are not permitted unless worn with another garment covering the students back and shoulders.
● No mesh or see through tops, shorts, skirts or dresses may be worn.
● Coats and jackets will not be worn during school hours and should be kept in school lockers unless the student has permission from an individual teacher for that class.

Students wearing such clothing will be required to remove, change, or turn the clothing inside out. Students may call home for proper apparel. If proper apparel cannot be brought to school, students may change into gym clothes, see the nurse for clothes, go to the Closet, or be assigned to ISS. Continued violations of the Dress Code will result in the steps outlined in the discipline policy.

XIII. Public Displays of Affection

Students demonstrating affection between each other is personal and not meant for public display.
Only the following will be allowed on school property:
● Holding hands
● A quick hug
● A quick peck (kiss) on the cheek
● Escorting (an arm around the shoulder or waist)
All other public displays of affection are deemed inappropriate and will be dealt with as per the discipline policy.

XIV. Electronic Devices

It is recognized that the use of electronic devices can be a crucial part of the curriculum of many courses. However, with the ever expanding capabilities of many electronic devices, opportunities for inappropriate use by the students increase. We want our students to learn to use portable communication devices responsibly.

Grades 7-8
Cell phones have become a distraction, and an interruption for our middle school students. This takes away from time needed for instruction and student learning.
Students in 7th and 8th grade are NOT allowed to possess or use a cell phone and/or ear buds during the instructional day. The instructional day is defined as 7:55 a.m. to the dismissal bell at 2:38 p.m. The instructional day includes, but is not limited to, study halls, lunch, and any other structured or unstructured instructional activity that occurs during the normal school day. Cell phones and/or ear buds must be off and secured in the students assigned locker. Of course, the best security for the cell phone is to leave it home.

While we recognize that cell phones can be a safety/security tool, we urge parents to utilize the school phone to relay any messages that may be urgent in nature to their child. As always, we will do our best to relay any information to your child.

If a student is found to be in possession or use of a cell phone and/or ear buds, the phone will be confiscated and delivered to the office. The consequences will be as follows:

1st offense:
● Cell phone/earbuds held in the main office until the end of the school day.
● Student will sign for the cell phone/earbuds at the end of the day in the office.

2nd offense:
● Cell phone/earbuds held in the main office until the end of the school day.
● A parent or guardian will need to sign for the cell phone/earbuds at the end of the school day.

3rd offense:
● Cell phone/earbuds held in the office until the end of the next school day.
● A parent or guardian will sign for the cell phone/earbuds at the end of the next day after meeting with the student and principal.

The student may be subject to a one (1) day in-school suspension for additional offenses. Also, a student that refuses to comply with a request to surrender their cell phone by any staff member will be considered insubordinate. Rules governing insubordination will apply as outlined in this policy.

Grades 9-12
Senior high school students are allowed limited access to their cell phones. They may use cell phones for instructional purposes as defined and supervised by the classroom teacher or administrator.

They will also be allowed to access their devices in between classes and during lunch. This time will be used to check for important messages only. This time will not be used to make phone calls, take photos/videos, listen to music, or post on social media sites. Cell phones will not be used or displayed during any other part of the instructional day (as outlined above). Students are responsible for ensuring that their devices are turned off and out of sight during the instructional day when not in use as directed by a teacher or administrator.

Students who do not comply with these guidelines will have their cell phone confiscated and delivered to the main office. The consequences will be the same as listed above. The Fort Plain Central School District will not be held responsible for the loss, theft, destruction, or damage of any portable communication devices or for any communication bill associated with the authorized or unauthorized use of portable communication devices.

Phones are located in each classroom and in the main office if students need to call home. If parents/guardians need to contact their children they should call the school office. The school office staff is excellent at relaying messages from parents to students. Therefore, cellular phones are not needed during school hours.

Students are prohibited from using such devices in any manner which invades the privacy of students, employees, volunteers or visitors. Students are not permitted to use any form of information technology, including their own personal electronic devices, to intimidate, threaten or harass others. This type of harassment is generally referred to as cyberbullying and includes the use of instant messaging, emails, websites, chat rooms and text messaging. When internet bullying interferes with the operation of school or infringes on the general health, safety and welfare of students or employees, students will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including police involvement.

Students may not wear headphones during school hours unless for educational reasons and under teacher’s supervision. If a student violates this policy the headphones will be confiscated. The consequences will be the same as listed above.

Chromebooks
At the start of the school year, each student will be issued a Chromebook. The device will travel to and from school with them. Chromebooks are to be used for school related activities ONLY. Students are responsible for charging and caring for their Chromebooks.

Students will abide by the guidelines stated in the Student Technology Sign-Out Agreement, in addition to the official Fort Plain School District Acceptable Use Policy: Student Use of Computerized Information Resources, Policy #7314. The Technology User Agreement form must be signed by a caregiver and the student before a Chromebook is issued. Chromebooks must be turned in at the end of the school year. Students who violate the Technology User Agreement may lose the privilege of using a school issued device. In addition, if a student engages in prohibited conduct related to the use of technology, and damage to the device occurs, the caregiver may be billed for the cost associated with repairs or replacement.

Chromebooks or other computerized information resources may only be used in classrooms for educational purposes at the discretion of the individual teacher. Under no circumstances, should they be in a student’s possession during testing situations. The Chromebook, email/Google accounts, are the property of the Fort Plain School District and, as a result, may be subject to inspection at any time. Students should have NO expectation of privacy of materials found on a Chromebook, their Google Drive or gmail account. Supplied devices are an educational tool and not intended for personal use such as: gaming, social networking, or high end computing. Any violation of the above rules will result in the loss of the student’s privilege to possess an electronic device in school.

XV. Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

Alcohol, tobacco and other drug use is illegal and interferes with both effective learning and the healthy development of the student. Fort Plain Central School District has a fundamental legal and ethical obligation to prevent drug use and to maintain a drug free educational environment.

Alcohol/Tobacco/Drug use includes handling, possessing, using, soliciting, advocating or being under any degree of influence (legal intoxication not required) of any alcohol, tobacco product, drug, narcotic, hallucinogen, stimulant, depressant or other controlled substance not medically prescribed for the individual or not used according to prescription. This includes products purchased over the counter. Students may not have drug paraphernalia in their possession.

In addition to the Discipline Code, student athletes are further regulated by the rules of the adopted Athletic Code for the Fort Plain Central School District.

Whenever a student is suspected of having any involvement with drugs or alcohol this fact should be immediately reported to the principal or counselor.

1. The administration will immediately investigate the matter and notify the student and parent/guardian of the investigation.
2. Notify the parents in writing of the mandatory disciplinary action that will be imposed if there is a finding of drug or alcohol involvement, and their right to review the action.
3. The principal will not impose any disciplinary action until there is a finding made that the student is involved with drugs and/or alcohol. The student will be permitted to remain in class while the investigation is conducted, except in cases where a student’s physical well-being is threatened.
4. If it is determined that the student is involved with drugs or alcohol, the principal will take disciplinary action and immediately notify the parent/guardian and police.
5. If an intervention is needed, the administration/counselors will meet with the student and parent/guardian to discuss the suspected problem and determine whether the student needs to seek professional support. The student’s welfare is the first and foremost concern of the school.
6. A complete report will be sent to the office of the Superintendent of Schools.

If the administration has reason to believe that the student has consumed alcohol or used drugs at a school activity or on school premises, or at a time previous to entering school premises or activity, the administration will immediately contact parent/guardian. Disciplinary actions for being under the influence of alcohol, tobacco or non-prescription drugs on school property or at school sanctioned activities are set forth in the Disciplinary Code.

XVI. Weapons Possession

It is unlawful for a student or non-student to intentionally possess a firearm on school property or within 1000 feet of school property or while on a school bus. The area surrounding the school campus or within 1000 feet of any such school campus, or within a school bus is designated a firearm free zone.

Students are strictly forbidden to possess any firearm or weapon while on school property, in any school building, or at any school event. This will include, but not be limited to, possession of a firearm or weapon on their person or in an automobile, backpack or locker. A “weapon” includes any firearm, knife, explosive, or other object even if manufactured for non-violent purposes that has a potentially violent use. Also included are any dangerous or deadly instruments which are not necessary for school purposes and which could be used as a weapon. Any object regardless of its original design or intent, which is used to cause harm through its inappropriate use is considered a weapon.

Considering the severity of such an act and potential for harm and injury, any student found in the possession of a firearm will be suspended from school for a period of not less than one year. The Superintendent of Schools may modify such a penalty upon consideration of particular facts of the case, including but not limited to the totality of circumstances surrounding the offense and the student’s previous record.

It is recognized that many of our students live and work in environments where it is necessary to carry a utility (pocket) knife. If such a knife is accidentally brought to school, the student must immediately turn the knife in to the principal who will contact the parent to pick it up. If this occurs, there will be no penalty to the student. It should be noted that this is a one-time practice. Further incidents will result in steps outlined in the code of conduct.

XVII. Transportation Conduct

The school bus ride is an extension of the school day. Students must behave appropriately as passengers on the school bus. Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right, and proper behavior will guarantee the continuation of this privilege. Misbehavior, on the other hand, may result in suspension of bus privileges. The Fort Plain School District utilizes video cameras for the purpose of monitoring student behavior on school buses.

Students must obey the school bus driver and any instructional assistant assigned to the school bus. The school bus driver is in full charge of the bus and passengers and must be obeyed. When transporting classes or teams, the teacher or coach is responsible for student behavior. Students are expected to:
● Observe the same conduct as in the classroom.
● Remain in assigned seats.
● Keep the bus clean.
● Enter and leave the bus in an orderly manner.
● Cooperate with the bus driver/bus aide.
● Remain seated on the bus with feet on the floor.
● Respect the property of others
● Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Activity and behavior that is NOT allowed on the bus:
● Smoking, including e-cigarettes and vape pens
● Shouting
● Bullying
● Fighting or name calling
● Eating
● Damaging or defacing the bus
● Using profanity or being disrespectful
● Standing while the bus is in motion
● Horse playing or moving seats
● Open emergency doors or windows
● Picture or video taking
● Sticking head/hands out the windows
● Throwing objects/paper
● Blocking the aisles with body parts or backpacks

Any action that affects the safe operation of the vehicle or endangers others will be dealt with immediately, according to the provisions of the level system (See Appendix). A major safety infraction will result in immediate suspension of bus privileges.

Student Parking – Students driving to school may park on West Street. No student is permitted to park in the faculty/visitor parking lot without permission and proper documentation. Student parking in the new parking loop is by permission only. Students found in violation are subject to administrative consequences and towing of vehicles.

APPENDIX

Glossary of Terms

Academic dishonesty refers to cheating which includes the actual giving or receiving of unauthorized aid or assistance (including copying homework assignments/tests). It also includes plagiarism or the copying of language or thoughts of another and representing it as one’s own work and altering records (such as forging parental signatures and/or notes).

Assault refers to intentionally or recklessly causing serious physical injury to another person with or without a weapon.

Bomb threat refers to intentionally making or being involved in a bomb threat.

Bullying refers to the unwanted aggressive behavior that is intended to harm a person physically, emotionally or mentally. This involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time.

Bus misconduct refers to any action which interrupts the safe and orderly operations of any bus transporting students. Behaviors may include, but are not limited to, shouting, changing seats, fighting, inappropriate language or gestures and rudeness.

Cyberbullying refers to the use of electronic means (instant messaging, text messages, chat rooms, etc.) to intimidate, harass or threaten others.

Defamation refers to any action that damages or injures a person’s good name or reputation. This includes verbal and written comments and posting or publishing of videos, video recordings and/or pictures through cell phones, internet and social media.

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

Discrimination refers to treating an individual or group in a negative manner based on race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation and/or gender.

Disruptive behavior refers to any action causing the disruption or disturbance of any class, activity or event by any type of conduct (noise, intimidation, threat, passive resistance, force, etc.).

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

False alarm refers to intentionally causing a false fire alarm, making a false fire report, pulling a fire alarm, or intentionally making a false 911 call.

Gambling refers to playing games of chance for money or stakes.

Gender refers to actual or perceived sex and includes a person’s gender identity or expression.

Harassment/intimidation refers to any action that reasonably causes a student to fear for their physical and/or emotional well-being. Harassment is subjecting another person to unwanted physical contact with the intent to annoy, tease, or alarm another person. This also includes intimidation through electronic means.

Inappropriate language refers to any language that may be deemed as vulgar, obscene or offensive by another. This includes verbal and written language, as well as, pictures or gestures.

Insubordination/defiance refers to the refusal to comply with reasonable directions of teachers, staff, or administrators. Such actions may undermine the effectiveness and/or authority of school personnel.

Peer conflict refers to a mutual disagreement or hostility between peers or peer groups of equal or similar power. It is unplanned and does not involve violence or result in serious harm.

School bus refers every motor vehicle owned and operated for the transportation of pupils, children of pupils, teachers and other persons acting in a supervisory capacity, to or from school or school activities, or, privately owned and operated for compensation for the transportation of pupils, children of pupils, teachers and other persons acting in a supervisory capacity to or from school or school activities.

School function refers to a school sponsored extracurricular event or activity.

School property refers to in or within any building, structure, athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or land contained within the real property boundary line of a public elementary or secondary school; or in or on a school bus.

Sexual harassment refers to the uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature. This consists of any verbal, physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature which includes taking, sending or receiving sexually explicit videos, pictures and/or recordings.

Sexual orientation refers to actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, or bisexuality.
Skipping class refers to being absent from a class without the knowledge or permission of the classroom teacher or administrator.

Tardy to class refers to entering class late (up to 15 minutes) after the bell has rung. After 15 minutes the student is considered absent from class.

Tardy to school refers to entering the building after the 1st period class bell has rung (8:00 a.m.).

Theft refers to taking or removing property belonging to another without that person’s consent.

Threatening/menacing refers to any statement or action intended to inflict pain, injury or damage to another in retaliation for something done or not done.

Truancy refers to being absent from school without the knowledge or permission of parent and/or school personnel.

Vandalism refers to the willful destruction of school property or property not belonging to the student.

Weapons possession refers to possessing, using, handling, transmitting, or threatening to use any object or material that is ordinarily or generally considered to be a weapon. This includes the use of fireworks.

Code of Conduct Levels

The Code of Conduct is in effect while on school property, for all school functions and school sponsored activities (including off-campus activities, and during transport on school vehicles. The frequency of the occurrence shall determine the appropriate disciplinary consequence including reclassification to a higher level infraction.

Level I
Any misbehavior that represents a minor infraction of the established expectations is considered a Level I misbehavior. These are minor misbehaviors which impedes orderly classroom procedure or interferes with the orderly operation of the school. These acts should be handled by individual staff members, but sometimes require the intervention of other school personnel.

Examples of Level I infractions:
• Class cut
• Disruptive behavior
• Dress code violation
• Failure to stay for a teacher assigned detention
• Horseplay
• Inappropriate cafeteria behavior
• Inappropriate language
• Inappropriate public displays of affection
• Late to class
• Left class without permission
• Loud/inappropriate language
• Minor class disruption
• Misuse of pass
• Tardiness
• Teasing/annoying other students
• Unauthorized use of cell phone/ear buds
• Violation of driving/parking privileges

Level II
Any misbehavior that tends to disrupt the educational process is considered a Level II infraction. Infractions at this level include Level I infractions committed by a student who continues ore repeats the infraction after being disciplined at Level I for that infraction. These are serious or frequent behaviors that tend to disrupt the learning climate of the school and require intervention of an administrator. This level of misbehavior does not represent a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Examples of Level II infractions:

• Repeated Level I infractions
• Academic dishonesty
• Bus misconduct
• Bringing inappropriate articles to school (laser pointers, lighters, etc.)
• Cutting cafeteria
• Cutting detention
• Forging note/passes
• Hazardous horseplay
• Inappropriate use of computer/technology
• Insubordinate/disobedient behavior
• Left school without permission
• Lying/cheating
• Peer conflict
• Possession of smoking/vaping materials
• Skipping class
• Truancy/illegal tardiness
• Use of inappropriate language
• Verbal or physical harassment

Level I and Level II Disciplinary Procedures:
• Staff member immediately intervenes and applies the most appropriate action to address the situation.
• In case of repetitive misbehavior, the staff shall communicate to an administrator.
• The staff member completes a Discipline Referral Form and, if applicable, contact the parent. If a staff member does not have access to the online form, staff will send an email to the administrator reporting the incident.
• Administrator will meet and discuss the referral with the student and assign a disciplinary consequence.
• Inform staff of action taken.

Level I and Level II Disciplinary Responses (alone or in any combination include, but are not limited to):
• Behavior contract
• Bus Suspension
• Counsel with student
• Document behavior
• Filing of PINS (Person in Need of Supervision)
• Grade reduction/loss of credit (academic dishonesty)
• In school community service
• In school suspension
• Loss of privileges
• Meeting with teacher/staff
• Out of school suspension
• Parent conference
• Parental contact
• Peer mediation
• Referral to counseling
• Restriction/loss of privileges
• Seat change
• Supervised detention
• Teacher counseling/verbal reprimand
• Temporary removal from class
• Written apology

Level III
Any misbehavior whose frequency and/or seriousness disrupts the educational process or poses a threat to the health and safety of self and others in school. These infractions are directed against persons or property and shall be handled by corrective disciplinary actions and may involve law enforcement and action by the superintendent.

Some examples of Level III infractions:
• Repeated Level II infractions
• Bullying/cyberbullying
• Disruptive/dangerous behavior
• Extortion
• Fighting/assault
• Harassment/intimidation
• Hazing
• Inappropriate behavior/language
• Insubordination/defiance toward staff
• Misuse of photographic or video devices
• Prejudicial statements
• Profanity/gestures/threats directed at staff
• Prohibited use of computer
• Promoting or encouraging fighting or physical assault of other people
• Sexual activity on school premises
• Smoking/vaping
• Theft/possession of stolen property
• Trespassing
• Unsafe driving
• Vandalism/destruction of property

Level III Disciplinary Procedures:
• Staff member immediately communicates infraction and reports the student to an administrator.
• Referral to nurse, if applicable.
• Staff member completes Discipline Referral Form. If no access to the online form, staff will send an email to the administrator reporting the incident.
• Administrator will meet and discuss referral with the student and assign a disciplinary action.
• Inform staff of action taken.
• Caregivers are notified in a timely manner.
• Superintendent is notified.
• Referral to counseling.
• Referral to local law enforcement for criminal activity.

Level III Disciplinary Responses (alone or in any combination include, but are not limited to):
• Parent conference
• Restriction/loss of privileges
• Peer mediation
• In-school suspension
• Loss of opportunity to attend extra class and/or special events
• Loss of opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities
• Loss of privileges
• Out of school suspension
• Suspension from bus
• Filing of PINS (Person In Need of Supervision)
• Referral for out of school services
• Referral to counseling
• Referral to superintendent’s office for hearing
• Restitution

Level IV
Any misbehavior which poses an immediate threat to the health and safety or self or others in school. These infractions result in violence to another person’s property, or which pose a serious threat to the safety of others, or which cause a serious disruption to the educational process. These acts are so serious they always involve administrative action. They will result in the removal of the student from school and sometimes the intervention of law enforcement and action by the superintendent.

Examples of Level IV Infractions:
• Repeated Level III infractions
• Aggravated assault and battery/fighting
• Arson
• Bomb threat or false alarm
• Breaking and entering
• Bullying/cyberbullying
• Hazing
• Harassment/Intimidation
• Inciting and/or participating in a riot
• Lewd or indecent exposure
• Possession of firearm or facsimile
• Possession of weapons or explosives
• Possession, sale and/or use of drugs/alcohol
• Severe vandalism
• Threat

Level IV Disciplinary Procedures:
• Administrator will report to the scene, if able, and notify appropriate law enforcement and/or medical agencies.
• Discipline Referral Form will be completed. If no access to the online reporting form, staff will send an email to the administrator detailing the incident.
• Administrator will meet to discuss the incident with the student and assign a disciplinary action.
• Caregivers are notified in a timely manner.
• Superintendent notified.

Level IV Disciplinary Responses (alone or in any combination include, but are not limited to):
• Appropriate involvement by law enforcement or other outside agencies
• Mandatory parent/guidance conference
• Mandatory re-entry meeting with student and caregiver prior to return to school
• Out of school suspension
• Police report may be filed
• Referral for out of school services
• Referral to superintendent’s office for hearing
• Restitution

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Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination in Education and Employment Policy

The Fort Plain CSD does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or age in employment or in providing student access to educational program, courses and activities.  The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.

This policy in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

Any alleged grievances should be reported to the appropriate compliance officer:

  • Superintendent of Schools, Fort Plain Central School District
    25 High Street
    Fort Plain, NY 13339
    518-993-4000 ext. #1000
  • Title IX coordinator Katrina Canallatos
    Katrina.canallatos@fortplain.org
    25 High Street
    Fort Plain, NY 13339
    518-993-4000 ext. #1000

Inquiries may be referred to the Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, 646-428-3800, ocr.newyork@ed.gov.