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Code of Conduct and Dignity for All Act

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 school function
  • Address personal bias that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting
  • 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 program






updated 10-2-15

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct Summary for Students

Dignity for All Act



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