Discipline Guidelines

The following guidelines are intended to make students aware of expectations and to provide them with the potential consequences of their actions.

Level 1: Minor misbehavior that impedes orderly classroom procedures or interferes with orderly operations of school. Classroom teachers will usually handle this kind of misconduct, as they are the first line of authority in dealing with classroom related misconduct.

  • Examples of Infractions: Classroom disturbances, tardiness, abusive language (non-directed), insubordination
  • Examples of Possible Consequences: Verbal reprimand, counseling, withdrawal of privileges, detention with teacher, parental contact, administrative referral

Level 2: Misbehavior whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school.

  • Examples of Infractions: Continuation of unmodified Level 1, truancy, using forged or altered notes (excuses
    or passes), cutting assigned detentions, cheating or lying, abusive language (directed), insubordination, plagiarism
  • Examples of Possible Consequences: Behavior modification, detention(s), withdrawal of privileges, ALA(s), out-of-school-suspension(s), parent Conference, see Plagiarism Policy (Attachment A.)

Level 3: Misbehavior that are more serious than those identified in Level 2, whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school:

  • Examples of Infractions: Continuation of unmodified Level 2, harassment/bullying (verbal, physical, sexual), vandalism (minor), threats to others, trespassing, stealing
  • Examples of Possible Consequences
    Parent conference, removal from class, ALA(s), out-of-school-suspension(s), police notification

Level 4: Misbehavior that endangers the health, safety, and welfare of others. Misconduct that cannot be tolerated under any circumstances:

  • Examples of Infractions: Continuation of unmodified Level 3, bomb threats/ false fire alarms, weapons (possession, use, transfer), vandalism, violation of drug/alcohol/tobacco policy, assault
  • Examples of Possible Consequences: Out-of-school-suspension(s), police notification, superintendent’s hearing, parent contact

Teacher Removal of Disruptive Students

A disruptive student is a student who is substantially disruptive of the educational process or who substantially interferes with the teacher’s authority over the classroom.

A disruptive student can affect a teacher’s ability to teach and can make it difficult for other students in the classroom to learn. In many instances, the classroom teacher can control disruptive student behavior by using good management techniques. Occasionally, however, it may be necessary for a teacher to remove a disruptive student from the classroom to ensure that the other students continue to learn.

A classroom teacher may remove a student from class for up to two days if the teacher determines that the student is disruptive. The removal from class applies to the class of the removing teacher only.

The teacher must complete a Discipline Incident referral and meet with the principal as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the school day, to explain the circumstances of the removal and to present the referral forms. If the Principal is not available by the end of the same school day, the teacher must leave the form with the secretary and meet with the principal before the beginning of classes on the next school day.

Within one school day after the student’s removal, the Principal or another district administrator designated by the Principal must notify the student’s parent, in writing, that the student has been removed from class and why. The notice must also inform the parent that he or she has the right, upon request, to meet informally with the Principal or the Principal’s designee to discuss the reasons for the removal. The written notice must be provided by personal delivery, express mail delivery, or some other means that is reasonably calculated to assure receipt of the notice at the last known address for the parent, by the day after the student’s removal. Where possible notice should also be provided by telephone if the school has been provided with a telephone number for contacting parents.

If the parent requests an informal conference, the Principal or Principal’s designee and the teacher who ordered the removal will attend. If at the informal meeting the student denies the charges, the Principal or the Principal’s designee must explain why the student was removed and give the student and the student’s parents a chance to present the student’s version of the relevant events. The informal meeting must be held within two school days of the student’s removal. The timing of the informal meeting may be extended by mutual agreement of the parent, teacher and principal.

The Principal or the Principal’s designee may overturn the removal of the student from class if the Principal finds any one of the following:

1. The charges against the student are not supported by substantial evidence.
2. The student’s removal is otherwise in violation of law.
3. The conduct warrants suspension from school pursuant to Education Law 3214.

The Principal or his or her designee must make a determination as to whether to overturn the removal before the close of business on the day after the day of the informal hearing. No student removed from the classroom by the classroom teacher will be permitted to return to the classroom until the Principal makes a final determination, or the period of removal expires, which ever is less. At the teacher’s discretion, he or she may rescind the removal before the expiration of the full period of removal.

Any disruptive student removed from the classroom by the classroom teacher shall be offered continued educational programming and activities until he or she is permitted to return to the classroom.

Each teacher must keep a complete log (on a district provided form) for all cases of removal of students from his/her class.

Removal of a student with a disability may under certain circumstances, constitute a change in the student’s placement. Accordingly, no teacher may remove a student with a disability from his or her class until he or she has verified with the Principal or the chairperson of the Committee in Special Education that the removal will not violate the student’s rights under state or federal law or regulation.

Nothing in this section of the code of conduct abridges the customary right or responsibility of a Principal to suspend a student. Further, nothing in this code abridges the customary right and responsibility of a teacher to manage student behavior in the classroom. Short-term, time-honored classroom management techniques such as “time out” in an administrator’s office, is not considered removal from class. The removal process should not become a substitute for good classroom management.

Drug (Controlled Substance)/Alcohol Policy

Any student apprehended in school with drugs, drug paraphernalia (i.e., including but not limited to bongs, pipes, clips, syringes, etc.), or alcohol in his/her possession, or who is involved in the control, transportation, abandonment, or sale of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol, or who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, will be subject to the following disciplinary measures:

A student who violates the above policy regarding ALCOHOL will be subject to the following:

First violation:

a. The student will receive out-of-school-suspension for five days.
b. The parents will be notified to come and remove the student from school
c. The student will be required to meet with the School Social Worker for an assessment and attend a minimum
of 3 educational sessions before being allowed to participate in any extra curricular activities.
d. The principal will contact the Superintendent of Schools if further disciplinary action is warranted.

Second violation:

Steps a, b, and c, above will be followed, and in addition, a Superintendent’s Hearing will be requested.

Third violation:

Steps a and b will be followed, and a Superintendent’s Hearing will be requested.

A student who violates the above policy regarding ILLEGAL DRUGS will:

First violation:

a. Have his/her parents called to come to school immediately
b. Be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency
c. Receive out-of-school-suspension for five days and have a Superintendents Hearing
d. Will be required to meet with the School Social Worker for an assessment and attend a minimum of 3
educational sessions before being allowed to participate in any extra curricular activities

Second violation:

Steps a, b, and c, above will be followed. Superintendent’s Hearing can lead to a permanent suspension
from school.

**If medication is necessary during school hours, it must be placed in the Health Office, labeled, and accompanied by a
physician’s order and a parental permission note. This applies to both prescription and non-prescription drugs.**

**The Board of Education prohibits students from misusing any non-controlled substances for achieving an intoxicating or
narcotic effect in themselves or others in school. Students violating this policy will be suspended.**

**In school is defined as: within any building(s) of or on any premises of Glens Falls City School District, or at any activities
at which the Board of Education has assumed or retained supervisory responsibility.**

Smoking and Tobacco

In conforming to State law, which prohibits sale of cigarettes to minors and with the recommendation of physicians that smoking is injurious to health, any use of tobacco (which includes smokeless tobacco), and/or possession of tobacco
products (including lighters) by students is prohibited by Board policy.

Smoking, herein defined as any use of tobacco (which includes smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes) within
any building(s) or on any premises of Glens Falls School District, or while riding on any conveyance owned or
operated by Glens Falls School District, or at any activities at which the Board of Education has assumed or
retained supervisory responsibility, is hereby prohibited.

Any student who violates this policy regarding use will be subject to the following disciplinary action:

First Violation:

a. Academic Learning Area for two (2) days
b. Parents notified

Second Violation:

a. Academic Learning Area for three (3) days
b. Parents notified

Third Violation:

a. Out-of-school suspension of three (3) days
b. Parents notified
c. A Superintendents Hearing may be scheduled

**In addition, students who are in close proximity to smokers, “watching out” for them, or in other manner aiding the
violation, will have to share in any resulting disciplinary actions.**