Note to Parents on Discipline
Dear Parents & Guardians:
As each new school year begins, we ask you to review the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures (The Discipline Code) with your child. The Discipline Code is designed to ensure that all members of the school community - students, staff, and parents - 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. Every year the Department of Education reviews and, where necessary revises the Discipline Code, in order to provide clarity to schools and families and to add important changes to continue to support a safe, secure and supportive learning environment. We encourage you to review the document in its entirety. It is available on the Department of Education website in ten languages, & for your convenience, on this Ditmas website, below.
The list of infractions in the Discipline Code is divided into two sections: Section A is for Grades K-5 and Section B is for Grades 6-12. Within each section, there are five levels of infractions ranging from “uncooperative behavior” to “violent behavior” as well as a range of disciplinary responses and guidance interventions that can be taken by school staff. Disciplinary responses include: parent conferences, detention, or suspensions, depending on the misconduct. In addition, the rights and responsibilities of students are also described in the Discipline Code.
In addition to the Discipline Code, your child will be provided with two copies of a Behavioral Contract that provides a summary of the required behaviors for your child in school. Please review these rules with your child and return a signed copy to school. The Behavioral Contract is also available on this Ditmas website (on the right) as well as the Department of Education website in ten languages.
Ditmas strives to include parents as active partners in maintaining school safety and thanks you for your support in helping to make our school community better, stronger and safer for our children.
If you have any questions please call us at (718) 941-5450.
We thank you in advance,
Ms. Polito, Ms. Ruggiero & Dr. ReidDean(s) of Students @ Ditmas I.S. 62
Note to Parents
Student's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
The Student's Bill of Rights lays out standards, rights, and expectations for students. It is a part of the discipline code. The Student Bill of Rights serves as a guide for students as they strive to become productive citizens in a diverse society and may be found within the New York City Department of Education Discipline Code.
The Student's Bill of Rights & Responsibilities is available for you to read in it's entirety, at the very bottom of this page. It is also available in pdf format (below), as well as the Department of Education website in ten languages.
Student Behavioral Contract
I know that I have a right to:
- be in a safe and supportive learning environment, free from discrimination, harassment and bigotry;
- know what is appropriate behavior and what behaviors may result in disciplinary actions;
- be counseled by members of the professional staff in matters related to my behavior as it affects my education and welfare within the school;
- due process of law in instances of disciplinary action for alleged violations of school regulations for which I may be suspended or removed from class.
I agree to:
- come to school on time;
- appear for each of my classes at the start time, ready to begin work;
- be prepared with appropriate materials and assignments for all classes;
- show respect to all members of the learning community;
- resolve conflicts peacefully, and avoid fighting inside or outside of the school or at program sites;
- behave respectfully, without arguing, and cooperate when a staff member gives direction or makes a request. I understand that I will be given an opportunity to voice my concerns at an appropriate time if I do not agree with the request;
- take responsibility for my personal belongings and respect other people’s property;
- dress appropriately and do not wear any suggestive clothing including skinny tank-tops, midriffs, short-shorts, or mini-skirts;
- refrain from wearing clothes which have any signs of gang affiliation (e.g. scarves, bandanas) and refrain from using gang signs, calls, chants, movements, handshakes;
- refrain from bringing weapons, illegal drugs, controlled substances and alcohol to school;
- refrain from bringing personal possessions that are disruptive (e.g., cell phone, beeper, pager) in school;
- share information with school officials that might affect the health, safety or welfare of the school community;
- keep my parents/guardians informed about school-related matters and make sure I give them any information sent home;
- follow all rules in the Discipline Code;
- behave responsibly as described in the Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
- encouraging my child to be a respectful and peaceful member of the school community
- discussing the contents of the Discipline Code and the Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities with my child
- participating in any discussions and decisions concerning my child’s education
- attending scheduled appointments with school staff
- providing the school with current telephone numbers and emergency contact information
- alerting the school if there are any significant changes in my child’s health, or well-being that affect his/her ability to perform in school.
Student Behavior Contract
Student Behavior Contract
Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning
Effective April 2015, K-12
Below is the The Discipline Code and Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities, K-12. Any additional questions may be asked directly at our school office (718) 941-5450 or via email at [email protected].