Discipline Code


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All members of the school community &mdash students, staff and parents &mdash must know and understand the standards of behavior which all students 
are expected to live up to and the consequences if these standards are not met.  The Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline
Measures (the Discipline Code) provides a comprehensive description of unacceptable behavior, including incidents involving drugs or 
weapons.  It includes the range of permissible disciplinary and intervention measures which may be used when students engage in such 
behaviors as well as a range of guidance interventions schools may use to address student behavior.  The Discipline  Code applies to all 
students, including those with disabilities.  
In providing a range of permissible disciplinary measures, the Discipline Code ensures both consistency and equitable treatment for all students 
and enables a principal and the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of School and Youth Developmentother designee of the Chancellor or 
the Community Superintendent to exercise discretion and educational judgment.  Principals, teachers, school staff, students and parents need to 
know the disciplinary measures that can be taken when a student misbehavessubstantially disrupts a classroom.  Guidance interventions are 
included because inappropriate behaviorviolations of the Discipline Code may be symptomatic of more serious problems that students are 
experiencing.  It is, therefore, important that school personnel be sensitive to issues that may influence the behavior of students and respond in 
a manner that is most supportive of their needs.
The standards set forth in the Discipline Code apply to behavior in school during school hours, before and after school, while on school 
property, while traveling on vehicles funded by the Department of Education, at all school-sponsored events and on other-than-school property 
when such behavior can be demonstrated to negatively affect the educational processto endanger the health, safety, morals,welfare of 
the school community.  When misbehavior involves communication, gesturesexpressive behavior, the infraction applies to oral, written or 
electronic communications, including but not limited to texting, e-mailing, and social networking.
School officials are responsible for sharing the information contained in this document with students, staff and parents.