Code of Conduct

Section XVIII: Removals, suspensions and referrals

In the event a student is involved in a removal or suspension from school the following supportive referrals may be initiated: 

The counseling office/social worker/psychologist shall handle all referrals of students to counseling and will work with site staff to refer families for support from social/human services, and outside agencies when necessary. 

The district may file a PINS petition in Family Court on any student under the age of 18 who demonstrates that he or she requires supervision and treatment by:

  1. Being habitually truant and not attending school as required by part one of Article 65 of the Education Law;
  2. Engaging in an ongoing or continual course of conduct which makes the student ungovernable or habitually disobedient and beyond the lawful control of the school; or
  3. Knowingly and unlawfully possessing marijuana in violation of Penal Law §221.05. A single violation of §221.05 will be a sufficient basis for filing a PINS petition.

The superintendent is required to refer the following students to the county attorney for a juvenile delinquency proceeding before the Family Court:

  1. Any student under the age of 16 who is found to have brought a weapon to school;
  2. Any student 14 or 15 years old who qualifies for juvenile offender status under the Criminal Procedure Law §1.20 (42); or
  3. Any student age 16 and older or any student 14 or 15 years old who qualifies for juvenile offender status to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.