CODE OF CONDUCT
Academic Excellence, Creativity,
Mutual Respect and Self-Reliance
The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive and district personnel may deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, other district personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal.
The district has a long-standing set of expectations for conduct for students and all essential partners. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity.
The Board recognizes the need to clearly define its expectations for acceptable conduct on school grounds, school buses and engaging in school-sponsored activities or events and to identify the possible consequences of unacceptable conduct, and ensure that discipline, when necessary, is administered promptly and fairly. To this end, the Board adopts this Code of Conduct.
The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires the District to prohibit harassing actions that occur on or off school property and that have the potential to create substantial disruption in school.
Unless otherwise indicated, this code applies to all students, school personnel, parents and other visitors when on school property or attending a school function.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Board of Education’s goal is to provide an environment in which a student’s rights and freedoms are respected. The Board therefore assures district students that they shall have all the rights afforded them by federal and state constitutions, statutes and regulations.
The Board also recognizes all federal, state and local laws in connection with these rights, and reminds students that certain responsibilities accompany these rights.
It shall be the right of each district student:
1. to have a safe, healthy and orderly school environment;
2. to take part in all district activities on an equal basis regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or disability;
3. to attend school and participate in school programs unless suspended from instruction and participation for legally sufficient cause as determined in accordance with due process of law;
4. to have school rules and conditions available for review and, whenever necessary, explanation by school personnel;
5. to be suspended from instruction only after his/her rights pursuant to Education Law 3214 have been observed; and
6. in all disciplinary matters to have the opportunity to present his/her version of the facts and circumstances leading to imposition of disciplinary sanctions to the professional staff member imposing such sanction.
It shall be the responsibility of each district student:
1. to be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations pertaining to student conduct;
2. to work to the best of his/her ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and strive toward the highest level of achievement possible;
3. to conduct himself/herself, when participating in or attending school-sponsored extracurricular events, as a representative of the district and as such hold himself/herself to the highest standards of conduct, demeanor, and sportsmanship, and accept responsibility for his/her actions;
4. to seek help in solving problems that might lead to discipline procedures;
5. to be in attendance as per the Attendance Policy;
6. to contribute to the maintenance of an environment that is conducive to learning and to show due respect to other persons and to property;
7. to dress in accordance with standards promulgated by the Board and the Superintendent;
8. to make constructive contributions to the school, and to report fairly the circumstances of school-related issues; and
9. to bring to the attention of the appropriate administrator(s) any action that might be harmful to students including, but not limited to, bullying behaviors, drug use in buildings or during school events/activities, students carrying inappropriate objects or weapons or anything that might cause harm to another.
ESSENTIAL PARTNERS have an important role in helping to maintain safe and orderly schools. They include:
C. Student Support Services Personnel: Guidance Counselors, Youth
and Family Services Coordinators and/or Psychologists
D. Other School/ District Staff
E. Coaches and Advisors
F. Principals and other building Administrators
G. Superintendent and other district-wide Administrators
H. Board of Education
STUDENT DRESS CODE
The responsibility for student dress and general appearance rests with individual students and parents. However, the Board of Education requires students to attend school in appropriate dress that meets health and safety standards and does not interfere with the learning process. The Board also requires students to wear appropriate protective gear in certain classes (e.g. family & consumer science, science labs, technology, physical education) and during athletic events.
The Superintendent of Schools and all administrative personnel shall have the authority to require a student to change his/her attire should it be deemed inappropriate according to the guidelines herein.
All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Teachers and other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting.
A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including, but not limited to, hair style/color, jewelry, accessories, makeup, and nails, shall:
1. be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere
with the educational process;
2. recognize that extremely brief garments such
as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti
straps, plunging necklines (front and/or back)
any see-through garments, pajamas, any skirts,
shorts and/or dress no shorter than one’s extended
arm, with extended fingers, are not appropriate;
3. ensure that underwear is completely covered with
4. shorts and pants should be worn appropriately;
5. include footwear at all times; footwear that is a
safety hazard will not be allowed;
6. not include the wearing of head coverings in the
classroom or hallways, except for a medical or
7. not include sunglasses;
8. not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous,
or denigrate others on account of actual or perceived
race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group,
religion, religious practice, disability, sexual
orientation, gender or sex;
9. not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol,
tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other
illegal or violent activities;
10. not include gang related clothing or paraphernalia.
Each building principal or designee must 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. If a teacher believes that a student’s dress is inappropriate, he/she will contact a building administrator to seek a determination as to appropriate steps to be taken.
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.
EXPECTED STUDENT CONDUCT
The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, district personnel and all members of the school community, and for the care of school facilities and equipment.
The Board recognizes the need to make its expectations for student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school function specific and clear. The rules of conduct listed below are intended to do that and focus on safety and respect for the rights and property of others.
District personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary. Students must learn to assume and accept responsibility for their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior and who violate school rules will be required to accept the penalties for their conduct.
Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, participation/removal from schools trips and/or activities, including parking privileges, grade level banquets or proms when they:
A.engage in conduct that is disorderly;
B. engage in conduct that is insubordinate;
C. engage in conduct that is disruptive;
D. engage in conduct that is violent;
E. engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others;
F. engage in misconduct while on a school bus;
G. engage in any form of academic misconduct.
DISCIPLINARY PENALTIES, PROCEDURES AND REFERRALS
Discipline is most effective when it deals directly with the problem at the time and place it occurs, and in a way that students view as fair and impartial. School personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the student’s ability to grow in self-discipline.
Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair and consistent so as to be the most effective in changing student behavior. In determining the appropriate disciplinary action, school personnel authorized to impose disciplinary penalties will consider the following:
1.the student’s age;
2. the nature of the offense and the circumstances which led to the offense;
3. the student’s prior disciplinary record;
4. the effectiveness of other forms of discipline;
5. information from parents, teachers and/or others, as appropriate;
6. other extenuating circumstances.
As a general rule, discipline will be progressive. This means that a student’s first violation will usually merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations. However, in the event a student’s behavior is judged to be a potential health or safety threat to self or others, a more severe penalty may be imposed.
If there is an out of school suspension in excess of 5 days for a student with a disability or suspected disability, the student shall be referred to the Committee on Special Education, and, if warranted, discipline shall be administered consistent with the separate requirement of this Code of Conduct for disciplining students with a disability. A student identified as having a disability shall not be disciplined for behavior if the Committee on Special Education determines there is a nexus between the child’s behavior and disability.
Girls swim and Dive Team:
The Connetquot/East Islip girls’ swim and dive team held a Breast-Stroke 4 Breast- Cancer fund-raiser at the Connetquot natatorium on Oct. 4. Team moms manned the snack tables and raised over $350, which will be donated to the Islip Coalition for Breast Cancer.
One team mom was heard to say, “So proud of these girls! A big thank you to Coach Sheibs and Coach Alex Scichilone for always supporting these girls. Not only do our coaches go above and beyond, they always join in and make things more fun.”
Thank you, girls, especially the seniors and parents for your financial donations and food.
JV Football v. W. Babylon: The T-Birds fell short of West Babylon at home on Oct. 4.
Connetquot's JV record is now 2-2 halfway through the current season.
Boys Varsity Volleyball Defeats Half Hollow Hills: Connetquot High School boys varsity volleyball coach Jess Perry and her staff were proud of the team’s impressive straight-set win over Half Hollow Hills on Oct.5. The T-Birds outscored the visitors 25-17, 25-18 and 25-17 to improve their overall record to 7-2.
Erick Duignan led the scorers with 14 kills, an ace and seven digs. Ryan Werner (12), Sean Rogalle (12), Ben Lillie (11) and Alex Lillie (6) added 41 additional kills. Junior, Kacey Ruais led the team with 45 assists.
Connetquot now stands third in the 23-team Suffolk Division I.
Girls and Boys Cross-Country Teams Shine: The Connetquot High School girls and boys cross-country teams took part in the Oct.1 Tom Knipfing Invitational Meet, held at Brookhaven Fireman’s Park, and did not disappoint.
According to girls’ coach Mike Austin, “The girls team turned in an amazing performance, winning the Tom Knipfing Invitational. Every girl ran their personal best time by a huge margin!”
Madeline Barget, Olivia DiGaetano, Julia Mansfield, Marissa McDougall and Lauren Murphy scored the points needed to win by a nearly 20-point margin.
“The girls are having an amazing season and move into October ready to take on the county competition, showing no signs of slowing down,” said coach Austin.
On the boys’ side of the competition against dozens of talented schools, coach Shelby White said that the T-Birds finished an impressive third place in the varsity A – 5K race, with a full list of season bests for each of them. The team was led by Michael Abbamonte, Greg Baldinucci, Ryan Iocca, Christian Mehrtens and Nick Rivers. The boys are looking forward to a competitive balance of the season, with hopes of punching their ticket to the post-season!
Girls Soccer v. Smithtown East: The girls varsity soccer team was protecting a scoreless tie for 39 minutes in the first half against visiting Smithtown-East but went into the half-time break down 1-0. Despite 12 saves by the T-Birds’ Gabbie Pinero, the visitors scored again in the second half to earn a 2-0 win and improve its record to 6-1-1. Connetquot drops to 4-2-1 in Suffolk Division I, which places them in the seventh spot among 25 teams.
Boys Varsity Golf: Connetquot High School boys varsity golf coach Gary Pesko was pleased with the team’s confidence and success in its Sept. 30 win over Middle Country High School. The teams met at the Holbrook Country Club, and the T-Birds came home with their second win of the season. Coach Pesko singled out Chase Zere for shooting his best round of 37, one over par, for nine holes. Connetquot has two matches remaining, and the coach looks forward to additional impressive individual performances and team highlights.
Boys Soccer V. Lindenhurst: The Connetquot High School boys varsity soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to visiting crosstown rival Lindenhurst High School on Oct. 7. Lindenhurst scored late in the first half and continued to hold the T-Birds scoreless. Connetquot goalie Tyler Moore was credited with seven saves in the game. The T-Birds’ overall record is now 6-5-1 as the season winds down and Suffolk County League II playoffs approach.
Boys Golf v. Middle Country
Girls and Boys Cross Country
Girls Soccer v. Smithtown East
Oct. 4JV Football V. W. Babylon
Oct. 5 Boys VB HHH
Oct. 7 Soccer V. Lindy
Girls Swim & Dive Team
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