DEFINITIONSFor purposes of this Code, the following definitions apply:
Controlled substance means a drug or other substance identified in certain provisions of the federal Controlled Substances Act specified in both federal and state law and regulations applicable to this policy.
DASA means Dignity for All Students Act. The goal of DASA is to provide public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, on a school bus, or at a school function. In accordance with DASA, School District policy and practice must ensure that no student is subject to discrimination, harassment, or bullying based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or sex by school employees or students.
Disruptive student means an elementary or secondary student under the age of twenty-one (21) who is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher's authority over the classroom.
Harassment means creating a hostile environment by conduct or by verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that unreasonably and substantially interferes with a student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or a student's mental, emotional or physical well-being. Harassment includes verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that may cause a student to fear for his or her physical safety and may include, but is not limited to, conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or sex.
Illegal drug means a controlled substance except for those legally possessed or used under the supervision of a licensed health-care professional or that is legally possessed or used under any other authority under the Controlled Substances Act or any other federal law. The inappropriate use or sharing of prescription and over-the-counter drugs shall also be disallowed.
Parent means parent, guardian or person in parental relation to a student.
Plagiarism means the use or close imitation of the language and ideas of another author and representation of them as one's own original work. This includes copying from electronic sources (from the World Wide Web), even with minor alterations.
School community means all Lancaster Central School District employees, students, parents and members of the Lancaster town community who have an interest in the School District.
School function means any school-sponsored event or activity, including those occurring off school grounds.
School property means 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 or school vehicle, as defined in Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 142.
Serious bodily harm means substantial risk of death; extreme physical pain; or obvious disfigurement or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ or faculty.
Staff means an employee of the Lancaster Central School District.
Student with a disability means a student with a disability as defined in Section 4401(I) of the Education Law, who has not attained the age of twenty-one (21) prior to September 1 and who is entitled to attend public schools pursuant to Section 3202 of the Education Law and who, because of mental, physical or emotional reasons, has been identified as having a disability and who requires special services and programs approved by the department. Commissioner's Regulation 200.1.
Violent student means a student under the age of twenty-one (21) who:
- Commits an act of violence upon a school employee, or attempts to do so.
- Commits, while on school property or at a school function, an act of violence upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or at the school function, or attempts to do so.
- Possesses, while on school property or at a school function, a weapon.
- Displays, while on school property or at a school function, what appears to be a weapon.
- Threatens, while on school property or at a school function, to use a weapon.
- Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys the personal property of any school employee or any person lawfully on school property or at a school function.
- Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys District property.
Visitor means anyone who is not a regular staff member or student of the Lancaster Central School District including, but not limited to, contractors, vendors, affiliates, third-party partners or volunteers.
Volunteers are persons who donate their time and energies to assist Principals, teachers, and other school personnel in implementing various phases of school programs. Volunteers shall serve in that capacity without compensation or employee benefits except for liability protection under the District's insurance program.
Weapon means a "firearm" as defined in 18 USC Section 921 for purposes of the Gun-Free Schools Act. It also includes, but is not limited to, any other gun, BB gun, pellet gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, disguised gun, knife, dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, brass knuckles, sling shot, metal knuckle knife, box cutter, cane sword, electronic dart gun, Kung Fu star, electronic stun gun, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive or incendiary bomb, or other device, instrument, material or substance that can cause physical injury or death when used to cause physical injury or death, and any other instrument identified in Article 265 of the Penal Law of the State of New York as a weapon. In addition, Lancaster's Code of Conduct further prohibits the possession or display of any toy, facsimile or replica of a weapon.