The primary goal of the Lancaster School System is to afford all students the opportunity to grow and develop both socially and intellectually to the best of their ability. The information herein has been designed to assist each student in realizing a rewarding academic experience at Lancaster.
The following is intended to serve as a guide for what is expected of all students attending the Lancaster Central School District. The adherence to school policies will promote proper student behavior and promote academic excellence. Any violation of these policies will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Specific levels will develop language under each category appropriate to their level.
The Board recognizes the need for specific and clear expectations for student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school function. The rules of conduct listed below are intended to do that and focus on safety and respect for the rights and property of others. Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior and who violate these 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, when they:
- Engage in conduct that is disorderly.
- Engage in conduct that is insubordinate.
- Engage in conduct that is disruptive.
- Engage in conduct that is violent.
- Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others.
- Engage in misconduct while on a school bus. It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on owned or leased District buses to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior.
- Engage in any form of academic misconduct.
- Engage in any form of harassment, discrimination or bullying behavior (All students are expected to comply with LCSD Policy #7552 - Bullying in the Schools, in accordance with the provisions of DASA).
Student handbooks in each building may address specific violations and subsequent consequences. The following are examples of, but not limited to, behavioral expectations of the students of the Lancaster Central School District:
In accordance with Board policy (see LCSD Policy #7110 - Comprehensive Student Attendance Policy), the impact of attendance upon instruction and on student learning and achievement on a regular and continuing basis is an important element in an effective teaching/learning program. Each and every student should attend classes on a regular basis and be a participant in the classroom programs, activities, and discussions. Because of the information being disseminated and because of the expectation of student participation, class attendance is important. Students' prolonged absences will result in a loss of instruction; therefore, attendance is imperative.
At such time as a student's lack of attendance is identified as a problem, every effort should be made to address the problem, utilizing the resources of the school and involving the student and his or her parents to resolve the attendance problem. The school resources include both teaching and administrative staff as well as guidance staff. When resources of the District have been exhausted and attendance patterns have not improved, other sources, including family court, may be appropriate in an attempt to correct the problem.
Students requesting early dismissal must complete the appropriate form.
Students are expected to be on time for their morning pickups. The same proper conduct is expected on a school bus as in a classroom. Any student whose behavior becomes a problem may lose transportation privileges. This loss does not release the student from the obligation to be in regular attendance. Students remaining after school must have a late bus pass or an honor pass to ride the late bus. No food or drink is to be consumed on buses at any time.
All students must eat their lunch in the cafeteria whether they bring it from home or buy it, unless specifically granted permission to be exempted from this provision. Students must return their trays and deposit their garbage in the proper receptacles. Students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner in the cafeteria. Any behavior in the cafeteria that violates the provisions in this Code will not be tolerated. Appropriate disciplinary action will follow.
Computer / Internet Policy (Acceptable Use Policy)
The District encourages students to use computers (including personally owned electronic devices as approved for educational purposes) and technology available in our school facilities; however, with this use comes responsibility. For a more detailed description of student computer and Internet use rights and responsibilities refer to LCSD Policy #7315: Student Use of Computerized information Resources (Acceptable Use Policy) and the accompanying Regulation #7315R.Violations of the following guidelines may result in a loss of access as well as other disciplinary actions or legal action in accordance with applicable laws and/or due process procedures. Users are expected to:
- Users will not try to gain unauthorized access to networked or stand alone systems.
- Users will not modify or read files of other individuals; however, it should be noted that system and/or District administrators have access to all files. Privacy shall not be assumed in this case.
Respect the legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data:
- Users will not make copies of licensed programs, in violation of Copyright Laws.
- Users will not install their own software on District computers without authorization.
- Users will not intentionally develop or use programs to harass others or infiltrate a computing system or damage or alter the software components or network.
- Users will not intentionally send inappropriate, obscene or hateful content to others by any electronic means, either on District-owned or personally-owned electronic devices.
- Users will not be allowed access to various Internet sites including, but not limited to, pornography, personal web sites or any online gambling site of any type.
Corridor PassesWhile school is in session, no student is permitted in the halls or lavatories without a duly authorized pass. Students found without a pass will be subject to disciplinary measures.
Dangerous Behavior / Weapons
Any student who threatens or displays behavior that might endanger the health, safety and welfare of self, other students, teachers and/or staff, will be suspended immediately and may include a recommendation for a Superintendent's hearing to determine the student's future status. This behavior includes but is not limited to setting false fire alarms; making bomb threats; starting fires; possessing fireworks, weapon(s) or pepper spray; throwing objects; fighting; vandalism; extortion and any other activity that would endanger anyone on school property or at a school function.
Fighting / Harassment
All students of the Lancaster school community are to treat each other with dignity and respect. Any student who engages in fighting/harassment/intimidation/bullying behavior (physical, sexual and/or verbal) will be displaying inappropriate behavior. Violators will be referred to the building administrator for disciplinary action. The penalty may range from a reprimand to suspension from school and/or bus.
Students who engage in forgery of any kind will be given the appropriate disciplinary action.
Gambling / Selling / Trading of Items
Students observed participating in, or conducting any activity that may be construed as gambling will be disciplined appropriately. Exchanging of personal property is not conducive to the educational environment and those items may be confiscated and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken.
Students may not take and/or carry medications - prescription or over-the-counter - while in school unless the proper forms signed by both parent and doctor are submitted to the Nurse's Office.
The appropriate disciplinary action will be taken when students are insubordinate, vulgar or display flagrant disregard of the school rules and disrespect for school personnel. This is to include, but is not limited to, completing assignments, following directions from adults and being prepared for class.
Leaving School Building / Grounds
Students are not permitted to leave the school building or grounds at any time during the school day without a duly authorized pass from the Office. Students who become ill must be sent home through the Nurse's Office.
Loitering / Trespassing
Unauthorized persons, including students, found loitering in the building or on school grounds will be referred to an administrator for disciplinary actions. The police will be contacted when necessary.
Plagiarism / Cheating / Academic Dishonesty
Students are expected to take responsibility for their conduct in both their social and academic actions. Academic honesty requires that students turn in work that is their own and shows their best effort. Academic dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism.
Plagiarism may include: lack of in-text documentation; not using quotation marks for direct quotes; paraphrasing and not giving credit; direct copying and submitting as the student's own work. Cheating may involve homework, projects, assignments, exams, quizzes or tests and may include: submitting work obtained or copied from another student or obtained from a teacher without permission; allowing another student to copy or obtain work; looking at another's test, answers or materials; copying another student's answers; talking or exchanging materials during the test period.
The following may be possible criminal offenses: accessing, deleting, modifying, transferring, or receiving computerized files without authorization from the teacher (this includes tampering with grades and attendance); using cellular phone technology or any mechanism with camera capabilities to photograph and/or quickly transmit copies of tests, projects or homework assignments without authorization from the teacher.
Students found to be plagiarizing or cheating on any assignment and/or test or examination may have a parent conference scheduled with the teacher as well as the school counselor (administrator if necessary). If warranted, the student will also receive a reduction in their grade or will receive a grade of zero on the assignment, project, quiz or test with no makeup offered. In addition, the student may face suspension from clubs, sports or any other extra-curricular activity and/or criminal charges prosecutable under local, state and federal laws.
Student Driving / Parking
For students of driving age, driving to school is a privilege, not a right. Students are to arrive on time for school. Students who abuse the privilege will not be allowed to park on school property. Students must obey the posted speed limit and drive in a prudent, responsible manner. The school retains authority to conduct routine patrols of student parking lots and inspections of the exteriors and interiors of student automobiles while on school property. Suspension of driving privileges will be at the discretion of the school administrator. ATV's, snowmobiles, dirt bikes, etc. are not allowed on school grounds at any time.
Students must visibly display an appropriate parking permit at all times while on school property during the school day. Unauthorized and improperly parked vehicles will be ticketed.
Student Use of Electronic Communication DevicesStudents shall be allowed to possess and use electronic communication devices during the school day, subject to building specific rules and procedures. While students are permitted to possess and use such devices during the school day, they are prohibited from using them in any manner which invades a person's privacy (for example, all electronic devices and cell phones are strictly prohibited in locker rooms at any time), disrupts the educational environment or endangers the safety of other students, employees, volunteers or visitors. If a student violates this provision, then he/she is subject to discipline under this and/or any other section of this Code of Conduct that may be applicable to the circumstances involved.Student Access to Inappropriate Content/Material and Use of Personal Technology or Electronic Devices
Student VisitorsStudent visitors are welcome under certain conditions. The necessary paperwork must be completed well in advance of a visitation. There will be no visitations allowed on the week prior to exams or the day before a school holiday or vacation.
- Despite the existence of District policy, regulations, and guidelines, it is virtually impossible to completely prevent access to content or material that may be considered inappropriate for students. Students may have the ability to access such content or material from their home, other locations off school premises and/or with a student's own personal technology or electronic device on school grounds or at school events.
- The District is not responsible for inappropriate content or material accessed via a student's own personal technology or electronic device or via an unfiltered Internet connection received through a student's own personal technology or electronic device.
- Parents must be willing to establish boundaries and standards for the appropriate and acceptable use of technology and communicate these boundaries and standards to their children. The appropriate/acceptable use standards outlined in District Policies #7315 - Student Use of Computerized Information Resources (Acceptable Use Policy) and #8271 - Internet Safety/Internet Content Filtering Policy and accompanying Regulations apply to student use of technology via the DCS or any other electronic media or communications, including by means of a student's own personal technology or electronic device on school grounds or at school events.
Substance Use / Abuse (Including Smoking)
Federal law and Board policy prohibits any type of substance use/abuse, including the use of tobacco, in any form on school property or at school functions.
The use of alcoholic beverages of any kind, as determined by law, is prohibited at all times on school property and at school functions. This includes all school-sponsored functions both on District property and away. Persons shall be banned from entering school property or school-sponsored events when exhibiting behavioral, personal or physical characteristics indicative of having used or consumed alcohol or illegal substances.
Students are prohibited from possessing, consuming, selling, attempting to sell, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances or being under the influence of either. Illegal substances include, but are not limited to, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, heroin,
look-alike drugs and drug paraphernalia. The inappropriate use or sharing of prescription and over-the-counter drugs including amphetamines and steroids shall also be disallowed.
Students with substance abuse or other social problems are encouraged to discuss them with appropriate school personnel. Problems will be treated in the strictest confidence possible.
Tardy to School
Appropriate notification from a parent/guardian must be received by the Attendance Office if a student is late to school.
Theft / Possession of Stolen Property
Disciplinary action will be taken against students that steal, or are in possession of, any property that does not belong to them.
Vandalism of school property is considered a serious offense. This can range from littering to destruction of school property. Students will be assessed for damages of loss of any school property or equipment for which they are responsible. In accordance with law, students and/or parents may be responsible for the cost of recouping damages. In addition, disciplinary action may be taken.Vulgarity / ProfanityThe use of vulgarity/profanity in the school building, on school grounds, on a school bus, or at any school-sponsored function, is strictly prohibited. This includes selling, using or possessing obscene materials. All locker decorations should reflect this policy.
- Engage in conduct that is disorderly.