The Code of Conduct is based on the policies of the
Board of Education and contains District administrative
procedures and practices that are essential to
maintaining a safe and positive learning environment
for all students and staff. It serves to inform
students and parents of the Yonkers Public Schools'
expectations regarding behavior and conduct and
the consequences for misconduct.
Students, parents and staff are expected to become
familiar with the provisions of the districtwide
Code of Conduct, as well as the rules and regulations
adopted and implemented by their individual
schools. The Code of Conduct protects the rights of
students. It specifies the behavior that is expected
of all students, and describes the broad range of
student misconduct. Additionally, it includes the
appropriate disciplinary consequences/options
for the various types of misconduct. Students are
expected to abide by the policies in the Code of
Conduct so that everyone has the opportunity to
grow and develop as a positive member of society.
The District is focused on parent participation in all
aspects of school. In terms of school conduct and
discipline, we count on parents and guardians to
join the school staff in setting high expectations
for excellent student behavior.
We also ask that parents and guardians let their
children know that they are working in partnership
with the school staff and that parents will support
consequences that are enforced when behavior
rules are not followed.
Together, the school and the
family can ensure that the atmosphere in our schools
provides children with a safe school environment
where everyone's focus is on teaching and learning.
Dignity for All Act
The Dignity For All Act is to provide all public school
students with an environment free from discrimination
and harassment as well as to foster civility
in public schools. The Dignity Act also focuses on
prevention of harassment and discriminatory behaviors
through educational measures that are meant
to positively impact the school climate and culture.
Some of the requirements of the legislation are:
- Implementation of a Task Force Advisory
Committee to develop guidance in updating
the Code of Conduct Including in the Code of Conduct all aspects
of the Dignity For All Act
- Each school will maintain a climate of mutual
respect and dignity for all students regardless
of the actual and perceived race, color, weight,
national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious
practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender,
which will strengthen students' confidence
and promote learning
- Confront issues of discrimination and harassment
or any situation that threatens the
emotional or physical health or safety of any
student, school employee or any other person
who is lawfully on the school property or a
- Address personal bias that may prevent equal
treatment of all students in the school or
- Report incidents of discrimination and harassment
that are witnessed or otherwise brought
to a teacher's attention in a timely manner.
- Provide students with a supportive intervention