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Student Code of Conduct 2021-2022

It is the policy of the Jersey City School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States, nationality, place of residence within the District, socioeconomic status, mental, physical, or sensory disability; or other distinguishing characteristic; or pregnancy; a typical hereditary, cellular or blood trait of any individual, genetic information, or refusal to submit to a genetic test or make results of a genetic test known, or disability, in its programs (vocational education programs included) or activities and employment policies as required by Article I, Paragraph 5 of the New Jersey State Constitution, The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, N.J.S.A.10:5-1 et seq.,Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, New Jersey Administrative Code 6A: 47-1 et seq., Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and P.L.101-336, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 P.L.103-336 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997 (P.L. 105-17).  
 
 
WHEREAS, the Mission and Mandate of the Jersey City Board of Education is to “ensure that every student, regardless of gender, ethnicity, language, culture or economic status, has equal access and equal opportunity to a rigorous, research-based, comprehensive education”; and  WHEREAS, as part of the Mission and Mandate of the Jersey City Board of Education fosters School Climate to ensure a safe, well-maintained, nurturing environment that meets the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of all students; and  WHEREAS, in keeping with its Mission the Jersey City Board of Education is open to all students between the ages of five and twenty residing in the City of Jersey City pursuant to the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, Plyer v. Doe, 457 U.S.202 (1982), and New Jersey State law, N.J.S.A. 18A:38-1, regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, or immigration/visa status of their parents or guardians, N.J.A.C. 6A:22-3.3; and  WHEREAS, consistent with the requirements of federal and state law the Jersey City Board of Education does not require, request nor maintain information concerning the immigrant or visa status of the students in order to enroll students in the Jersey City Public Schools; now, therefore be it  RESOLVED, that the Jersey City Board of Education hereby reaffirms its Mission and Mandate to ensure that every student, regardless of gender, ethnicity, language, culture, or economic status has equal access and equal opportunity to a rigorous, research-based, comprehensive education and its Constitutional obligation to provide equal access and opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration or visa status of the student pursuant to the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and New Jersey State Law.
JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2021-2022 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 
 
The Jersey City Public Schools (JCPS) asserts that all students have the right to a safe, orderly school environment that is conducive to maximum personal growth. Students are afforded an education that prepares them to compete in a highly technological society and encourages them to be independent, curious, life-long learners.   Students are expected to be respectful and to take personal responsibility for fostering a healthy school environment, as well as for failure to adhere to rules. All stakeholders are required to communicate with parents/guardians regarding student progress or any issue that impedes learning.   This Student Code of Conduct applies to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any sponsored activity or whose conduct at any time or place has a direct and immediate effect on maintaining order and discipline in the schools or maintaining the safety and welfare of the students and staff.   The goal of the Student Code of Conduct is to provide clear and concise parameters for student conduct and discipline. The intent is to establish an atmosphere for discipline which creates support for positive personal growth and achievement. The district is firmly committed to implementing the Student Code of Conduct in a fair, unbiased manner.   Principals are to ensure that the Student Code of Conduct is distributed to each student at the beginning of the school 
year and to any incoming students throughout the year. The Student Code of Conduct is to be reviewed by the 
classroom/homeroom teacher during the month of September.   The Student Code of Conduct and expectations for student behavior should be reviewed with parents. Parents are encouraged to reinforce the Student Code of Conduct with their children. Both student and parent signatures are required. 
 
   STUDENT/PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES 
 
  • Be personally responsible to understand and follow all school rules and regulations. 
  • Follow guidelines regarding the acceptable use of all electronic devices.     
  • Respect others, their rights, and their property.     
  • Refrain from any form of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying whether verbally, emotionally, physically, or electronically. 
  • Complete all requirements related to each course of study.     
  • Adhere strictly to the district's attendance policy.
  • Wear the school's official uniform without modifications.
 
In order to ensure a respectful, responsible learning environment, it is expected that a student shall: 
 
  • Meet attendance requirements, including being on time, attending every class every day.
  • Refrain from bullying/harassment in all forms, and assume personal responsibility for not contributing to any such interaction that is observed.
  • Exhibit ethical behavior as it applies to tests, assignments, and other work for which the student is responsible.
  • Understand and practice behaviors in relation to upholding and abiding by school rules and regulations that have been developed to ensure the safety and accountability of all those in the school community.
  • Interact and speak to peers and those in authority with respect and consideration, and assume responsibility for one’s behavior and speech.
  • Uphold the school expectations of the uniform dress code and proper use of electronic devices and other educational materials.
  • Understand and support appropriate school conduct at all extracurricular activities, including field trips, sporting events, and transportation.
  • Attend educational field trips.
 
COVID-19 CDC Guidelines - Subject to change per State of NJ and CDC mandates) 
 
  • Universal and correct wearing of masks (masks that ensure proper fit over the nose and mouth and under the chin with no gaps on the sides) that provides the necessary protection is required while on school grounds. The Governor’s Executive Order 251 mandates that staff, students and visitors wear face masks in the indoor portion of school district premises.  The use of a shield without a mask, as well as a gaiter or bandana is not an acceptable mask according to the CDC, and should not be substituted for one. You must wear a mask, unless you are not able to because of a medical condition, documented by your physician.
 
  • The physical distancing of at least 3 to 6 feet distance between yourself and others. Within classrooms, maintain 3 feet of physical distancing to the greatest extent practical, combined with masking for all individuals.
 
  • Good hand hygiene – regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available.
 
  • Parents/ caregivers will monitor their children for signs of illness everyday and children who are sick should not attend school.
 
  • If a student is at a school and/or school-sponsored event and has signs of COVID Compatible Symptoms, a parent/guardian, and/or designee must pick up the child promptly. COVID-19 Compatible Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fever or chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, congestion, or runny nose. The student will not be permitted back to school without the District Student COVID Return to School Form, and a negative COVID test as per the guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health.
 
  • Students will need to quarantine or isolate if exposed to COVID-19 and identified as a close contact, if they have a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if they live with someone who has COVID-19.  They will not be permitted to return to school without clearance from the nurse.
 
  • The parent/guardian of the designee must notify the school nurse immediately if their child tests positive for COVID-19.  Educators, staff, and students who are identified as a close contact from an exposure to an infected individual will be informed of exposure through contact tracing.  A Close Contact is defined as a person who was in contact with an infected individual within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. This exposure must occur when the infected person is considered to be infectious which begins 2 days prior to symptoms, or specimen collection for asymptomatic cases. Exception to close contact in the K-12 classroom setting: the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student where both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
 
  • The exposed student can return to school and end isolation once the following are met:  10 days out from the start of the symptoms, fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, symptoms have improved, and a clearance letter from the healthcare provider using the District Student Return to School Form.
 
  • If a student 12 years of age or older has been vaccinated with one of the currently approved COVID-19 vaccinations, they should present that information to their school nurse promptly so that it can be recorded on their health record.
 
  • Please contact your school nurse directly if you have any questions or concerns regarding health protocols, policies or procedures.
  STUDENT RIGHTS 
 
JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2021-2022 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT  An effective, instructional program requires an orderly school environment, and the effectiveness of the educational program is, in part, reflected in the behavior of pupils. Such an environment includes respect for self and others, as well as for district and community property.  
 
  • Students have the right to receive an education that allows for maximum personal growth and prepares them tobe productive members of our society.
 
  • Students have the right to participate in all aspects of the school, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, genetic identity, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status. This includes transgender or gender non-conforming students. (N.J. Law Against Discrimination, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq).
 
  • Students have the right to present information and a written statement that has a bearing on disciplinary action and due process based upon the disciplinary action. In addition, the student has the right to appeal decisions to the Commissioner of Education pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:3-1.3 through 1.17; and, where applicable, N.J.A.C. 6A:14-2.7 and 2.8, and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.2 through 7.5; in accordance with the procedures and timelines established for each specific infraction.
 
  • Students have the right to a safe, comfortable, secure, and orderly school environment.
 
  • Students have the right to confidentiality regarding their student records as per federal and state laws.
 
i Advance notice of behaviors that result in suspensions and expulsions that have been identified pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-2;
 
ii Attendance at school irrespective of students' marriage, pregnancy, or parenthood;
 
iii. Parent notification consistent with the policies and procedures established pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-6.2(b)3, in instances of law enforcement interviews involving their children to the extent permitted by law, and N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.2 through 7.8 suspensions and expulsions; and
 
iv. Protections pursuant to 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; 34 CFR 99, Family Educational Rights and Privacy; 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, Protection of Pupil Rights; 34 CFR Part 98, Student Rights in Research, Experimental Programs, and Testing; P.L. 104-191, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; 45 CFR 160, General Administrative Requirements; 20 U.S.C. § 7165, Transfer of school disciplinary records; 42 CFR Part 2, Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records; N.J.S.A. 18A:40A-7.1, Confidentiality of certain information provided by pupils, exceptions; N.J.A.C. 6A:16-3.2, Confidentiality of student alcohol and other drug information; N.J.S.A. 18A:36-19, Pupil records, creation, maintenance and retention, security and access, regulations, nonliability; N.J.S.A. 2A:4A-60, Disclosure of juvenile information, penalties for disclosure; N.J.A.C. 6A:32-7, Student Records; N.J.A.C. 6A:14-2.9, Student records; as well as other existing Federal and State laws and rules pertaining to student protections.
 
     GRADUATING STUDENTS 
 
As members of the 8th-grade class from an elementary/middle school, or as members of the 12th-grade/senior year in a high school, students are expected to serve as role models for the student body. All expectations as noted in this Student Code of Conduct - i.e., appropriate behavior, demeanor, and attendance, are to be modeled by all graduating students. Repeated violations of the Student Code of Conduct or a suspension/removal from school due to a Zero Tolerance incident may result in the graduating student not being allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies and/or any other 8th-grade/12th-grade activity, which are privileges that the student must earn.   All recommendations for the exclusion of a student from the graduation ceremony and/or other 8th-grade/12th-grade activity must be recommended by the Division Director and approved by the Board of Education. All recommendations for exclusion of a student from the graduation ceremony and/or other 8th-grade/12th-grade activity are to be treated in the same manner as a suspension and the student so affected shall be afforded the rights of the review provided in Board Policy. The decision regarding exclusion from graduation ceremonies will not be made prior to April 1. Students excluded from ceremonies will be reimbursed by the school for any graduation fees collected. 
JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2021-2022 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT  JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
Plagiarism and Cheating Code of Integrity Agreement 
Grade 6-12 
 
Plagiarism can be defined as submitting another person’s ideas, words, images, or data without giving that person credit or proper acknowledgment.  Plagiarism, a form of academic dishonesty, is equivalent to stealing and will not be tolerated.  Because of the increased  prevalence and the ease of copying other people’s work, Jersey City Public Schools District feels the need to inform students how to maintain their integrity and academic standard.  
“Cutting and pasting” does not “cut it” in the academic or the real world. 
 
In order to clarify what constitutes plagiarism, and cheating, you should be aware that you have committed plagiarism when you: 
 
  • Use phrases, quotes, or ideas not your own     
  • Paraphrase the word of another, even though you may have changed the wording or sentence structure 
  •  Submit a paper written for another class (academic dishonesty)   
  • Submit a paper from an essay service or agency, even though you may have paid for it     
  • Submit a paper by another person even though he or she may have given you permission to use it   
  • Directly copy an assignment or test from another student, either with or without his or her permission   
  • Give an assignment or test to another student to copy in whole or in part and claim as his or her own
 
Be aware that plagiarism may be applied to ALL assignments in class, not just papers.  This includes (but is not limited to) worksheets, tests, quizzes, and bookwork.  Students are expected to complete their own work.  Procedure for dealing with suspected plagiarism. 
 
If students do not understand an assignment or do not have time to do it, they need to see the teacher rather than turning in plagiarized work. If students are not sure how to cite something, they must see the teacher. 
Any paper or student work that is suspected of plagiarism will be copied with the student’s name blacked out.  Work will then be submitted to a plagiarism committee of staff members assigned by the principal where the student’s work will be reviewed independently and then collaboratively.  Students found guilty of plagiarism will automatically receive a zero for the assignment.  They may receive the following disciplinary action:  contact with parent/guardian, detention, and/or suspension.  In all cases, a note will be placed in the student’s file (as with any serious school incident).  Further incidents may lead to loss of credit.  I have read and understand these rules regarding plagiarism and have discussed them with my child.  I understand that my child may receive a zero on assignments and may receive disciplinary action for turning in work that is not their own. 
 
Parent/Guardian Signature: _______________________________________________________
Student Signature:  _______________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Phone Number:     _______________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Email:  _______________________________________________________
If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher. 
DRESS CODE
 
The contract must be returned by the end of the first full week of class.  A copy may be seen on the school web page. (Adapted from: http://www.joneshs.k12.ok.us/Jones HighSchool/Files/Plagiarism%20Contract.pdf)
 
No student shall be denied attendance at school or penalized for failing to wear a uniform by reason of demonstrated financial hardship pursuant to the requirements of BOARD POLICY. 
 
JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2021-2022 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT  
 
The Jersey City Board of Education has an administrative regulation requiring the wearing of school uniforms by students.  The building principal, or his or her designee, shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year.  All students are expected to give proper attention to personal appearance and to dress in full uniform for the school day, as well as school-sponsored activities.
 
DRESS CODE FOR REMOTE LEARNING 
 
The student dress code shall be in full force and affect whether students attend school in person or are participating remotely.  Staff and administration shall ensure that appropriate attire is worn by students participating remotely and the same procedures will be followed in the enforcement of the dress code during remote learning, as when students attend school in person. 
 
Please adhere to the following: 
 
  •  Each school’s official uniform, including footwear, must be worn appropriately and unaltered throughout the entire school day. No jeans or pants resembling jeans, no sweat pants, or athletic gear, except for Physical Education class time purposes, stretch pants, jeggings, leggings, distressed ripped or provocative clothing or anything resembling prohibitive clothing are permitted. No offensive or vulgar/obscene attire may be worn.     
 
  • Proper and safe footwear is required at all times. No sandals, flip flops, slippers, open-toed shoes, backless slip-on
    shoes, and any other unsafe footwear.     
 
  • Sneakers and shoes with laces must have laces tied or secured at all times.     
 
  • All head coverings, including sweatshirts hoods or hoodies, sweatbands, and street-related headgear are not permitted unless for religious, medical, or cultural purposes.
 
  • Hats are not to be worn or carried throughout the school. Any head coverings/hats confiscated will be labeled and returned to a parent, upon a parent conference.     
 
  • Clothing and other accessories that could cause damage to any student or school property are not to be worn.     
 
  • Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be worn below mid high.
 
  • Shorts may be worn at the Principal’s discretion.  
 
  • However, skin-tight fitting pants, dresses, or shorts are not permitted     
 
  • Undershirts are not to be worn as the outer garment or exposed from under student’s uniform shirts.   
  •  
  • Clothing, and masks with pictures or slogans that depict the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and weapons is not allowed.     
 
  • Clothing, and masks with pictures of slogans with sexual connotations, or that is degrading to any group based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc. is not allowed.     
 
  • Offensive and vulgar clothing/buttons/pins, masks, or accessories are not permitted.     
 
  • Clothing worn while actively participating in physical education class is not to be worn in the classroom or hallways in schools where lockers are available. A change of clothing must be worn in the gym and/or on the athletic field.      Pants should not hang so low as to expose underwear.     
 
  • Clothing, headgear, or symbols that are gang oriented, drug-alcohol related or promote violence are not permitted at any school, or any school-sponsored activity. This includes but is not limited to buttons, patches, symbols, beads, bandanas, etc.     
 
  • Sunglasses are not permitted unless medically prescribed. Official medical documentation must be provided.      Students are not permitted to wear transparent clothing. Halter, low-cut, and tube tops are not permitted. Tops must meet the waistband of slacks, skirts, or shorts.     
 
  • High School dress code pants must be tan, khaki, or black color.     
 
  • Clothing accessories such as scarves and gloves are not to be worn during the school day. (This does not apply to religious accommodations).     
 
  • No wearing of coats and jackets during the instructional day over the school uniform, unless for school-related outdoor activities.
 
Should students report to school in clothing that does not conform to the Dress Code, school staff will review the circumstances and determine the measures to be taken to properly address the violation.
These measures may include:
 
  • Parent/guardian bringing a change of clothes to school. Students will be required to change into said clothing.      Parent/guardian conference
  • Detention
  •  In-School Suspension
  •  Saturday Detention/Suspension
 
    STUDENT ATTENDANCE 
 
JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2021-2022 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT  The JCPS District places a high value on student attendance because regular school attendance is a primary factor in a student's academic and social success. The District shall endeavor to achieve the ninety percent (90%) attendance rate required by the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC). When one is absent, the benefit of classroom instruction is lost and cannot be entirely regained, even by extra after-school instruction. Consequently, many students who miss school frequently experience great difficulty in achieving the maximum benefits of schooling.  
Students are expected to attend class daily as required by state law.  Such attendance creates an environment that fosters subject competency, continuity of learning, and responsibility, which are all integral to the educational process.  Active students’ participation is an integral part of the student’s curriculum. 
Students in grades K-8 who accrue (18) days of unexcused absences in one school year and students in grades 9- 12 who are absent 18 school days from a full-year course (5 to 20 credits); 9 school days from a semester course (5 credits); or 5 school days from a marking period course (2.5 credits) may be considered ineligible for promotion to the next grade and  participation in extracurricular activities/athletics and/or magnet programs.   Student Attendance Requirements   In order for the school district to fulfill its responsibility for providing a thorough and efficient education for each stud ent, the complete cooperation of parents/guardians and students is required to maintain a high level of school attendance.   A student must be in attendance for 162 or more school days in order to be considered to have successfully completed the instructional program requirements of the grade/course to which he/she is assigned. The frequent absence of students from classroom learning experiences disrupts the continuity of the instructional process and limits the ability of students to 
complete the prescribed curriculum requirements successfully. High School instruction begins promptly at 8:35 am. 
Therefore, if the student is not in their classroom by that time they will be marked tardy. 
 
 
  • Students shall attend school daily and on time.
  • Elementary school (grades PreK-8) instruction begins promptly at 8:30 A.M. and dismissal time is 2:45 P.M.  See Policy 5113 Attendance Absences and Excuses.
  • (Elementary schools only) When the student returns to school, he/she shall bring a signed note from the parent explaining the reason for the absence. This note is to be presented to the teacher, school nurse, and/or community aide immediately upon the student's return to school.High School rotating schedule day begins at 8:35 A.M. and the High School 8-period schedule day begins at 8:30 A.M. Students who do not arrive by their respective times will be marked tardy/late.
  • Parents should notify the school the morning of an absence by telephone. If such notice is not received, school personnel will make every attempt to contact the parent/guardian on the day of the absence. (See policy 5113)
 
Students are to be counted in attendance only if they are actually present or engaged in a school-approved educational activity that constitutes a part of the instructional program for students.  
 
Excused Absences 
 
  • Students may be legitimately absent from school for the following reasons (Paper documentation must be provided): 
  • Alternate short or long term accommodations for students with disabilities;
  • Quarantine
  • State-approved religious observances:
  • You can check those dates on the following website: http://www.state.nj.us/education/genfo/holidays.htm
  • (High School only) Approved College visits (no more than three during the school year). Approved form provided by the High School Counseling Department.
  • Suspensions
  • Court Appearance. Provide documentation or note from the court.
  • Necessary and unavoidable medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled at a time other than the school day;
  • Other individual absences as determined and approved by the school administration
  • New Jersey State Agencies' mandated appointments
 
Students with special circumstances should have their parents/guardians contact the school. In some instances, this 
may enable the student to receive a permissible excuse to do the work assigned in advance.   Please note that students who are excused for any of the above reasons are required to complete any missing work for their classes.   Documentation for excused absences from parents/guardians is required within three (3) days of returning to school after an absence.   Unexcused Absence   Any absence that does not fall into one of the excused absence categories will be considered unexcused.  It is the intention of the school district's attendance policy that the stated number of absences will provide for normal and usual illnesses. This is not a permissive rule establishing or licensing a limit of days that may be missed with no harm. Rather, it assumes absences could occur for illness or serious personal or family problems.   A waiver of these attendance requirements may be granted for good cause by the school principal upon recommendation of a review committee, appointed by him/her, and consisting of representative staff, including pupil service personnel and classroom teachers. In recommending the granting of a waiver of this attendance requirement, the review committee shall consider the nature and causes of all absences.   Documentation of the nature and causes of these absences shall be the responsibility of the pupil and 
parent/guardian or adult student (NJAC 6A:32-1.1 et seq.)   Right of Time Recovery  Time recovery is an opportunity that will allow students to gain missed class time due to an unexcused absence(s). A student is eligible to recover time for unexcused absences within the period of time as described in the Time Recovery Program to avoid loss of credit.  
 
The limits for recovery of class time are:
 
  • Semester-long courses: students can recover up to 5 unexcused absences (2.5 credits)
  • Full-year courses: students can recover up to 10 unexcused absences (5.0 credits)
  • Recovery must be completed within the marking period of the unexcused absences.
 
Attendance in time recovery does not guarantee a passing grade. It is an opportunity to recover lost instructional time, complete missing assignments, and avoid loss of credit.  
 
Interventions when students are absent:
 
  • Make a reasonable attempt to notify the student's parents/guardians of each unexcused absence the day of
  • the unexcused absence.
 
  • Attempt to contact the parents/guardians by telephone, email, and/or cellular phone to determine the causE
     of the unexcused absence.
 
  • If contact through these means is unsuccessful the school personnel may follow-up with another attempt to contact the parents/guardians or send a letter reporting the unexcused absence and requesting the parent/guardian to contact the school.
 
  • Double period courses; students can recover up to 20 unexcused absences. (10 credits).
 
  • The principal or his designee shall schedule a meeting with the parent/guardian and the student. The purpose of this meeting shall be to evaluate the appropriateness of the action plan to assist the student to return to school and maintain regular attendance.
 
  • If at any time it is suspected that there is  potential abuse, neglect, and/or a student is reported missing the school personnel shall implement all procedures required by law including reporting protocols, notification of parents/guardians and cooperation with law enforcement, and other authorities and agencies, as appropriate.
 
Related Consequences of Absences Resulting in Loss of Course Credit  A student may also be restricted from
 
  • Extracurricular activities (maybe for the remainder of the year).
  • Interscholastic Athletics (in accordance with additional NJSIAA eligibility rules).
  • Cooperative Education Programs (off-site work component may be substituted with in-school classroom courses).
 
The Attendance Appeal Review Committee will make a determination as to eligibility status for the remainder of the current semester and subsequent semesters, (notwithstanding New Jersey Sports Interscholastic Athletic Association eligibility rules for an athletic competition).  
 
Interventions for Persistent Absences 
 
Tier 1  
If a pattern of unexcused absences arises consisting of up to three absences in one semester, the district shall: 
 
  • Make a reasonable attempt to notify the student's parents/guardians of each unexcused absence the day of the unexcused absence. 
  • Attempt to contact the parents/guardians by phone or email to determine the cause of the unexcused absence. 
  • Conduct a follow-up investigation by contacting the student's parents/guardians in writing to determine the cause of each unexcused absence. 
 
Tier 2  
If the pattern of unexcused absences continues and/or four to nine unexcused absences are accumulated:
 
  • The principal or his or her designee shall schedule a meeting with the parent/guardian and the student.    
 
  • If the parent/guardian fails to show up for the scheduled meeting, a home visit will be conducted by the Community Aide.  If the home visit is unsuccessful, refer to the school’s assigned Attendance Counselor for intervention.
    All efforts are geared toward keeping students enrolled and attending school regularly.  Linking families with needed services and resources is the primary objective of intervention meetings.
 
The purpose of this meeting shall be to develop an action plan to assist the student to return to school and maintain regular attendance. The action plan shall be developed in coordination with the parent/guardian and may include the classroom teacher, school nurse, school counselor, principal, or other relevant staff.  
 
Tier 3  
If the pattern of unexcused absences continues and/or ten or more unexcused absences are accumulated the district shall: 
  • The principal or his or her designee shall schedule a meeting with the parent/guardian and the student.
 
Parents/Guardians failing to respond to student support team interventions will be scheduled for judicial hearing for students (age 6-16) in the Jersey City Municipal Court.  Judicial hearings are reserved for true cases of chronic truancy and educational neglect. 
 
The purpose of this meeting shall be to evaluate the appropriateness of the action plan to assist the student to return to school and maintain regular attendance. The plan shall be reviewed and revised in coordination with the parent/guardian and may include the participation of the classroom teacher, school nurse, school counselor, principal, or other appropriate staff. The plan shall establish outcomes based upon the student's needs and specify the interventions for achieving the outcomes and supporting the student's return to school and regular attendance. That plan may include any or all of the following:  
 
  • Referral or consultation with the building's Intervention and Referral Services (l&RS) team.
  • Testing, assessments, or evaluations of the student's academic, behavioral, and health needs.
  • Referral to assigned Attendance Counselor to follow-up investigation and possible legal notice.
  • The consideration of an alternate educational placement.
  • Referral to a community-based social and health provider agency or other community resources.
  • Referral to the court program designated by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts.
  • The implementation of all required procedures for potential abuse, neglect, or missing child including cooperation with law enforcement and other authorities and agencies, as appropriate.
 
After all, interventions have been exhausted, students age 16 or older may be removed from roll for the remainder of the school year once they have been ineligible for course credit in all classes, subject to due process.  
 
Right to Appeal
 
Appeals to any portion of this policy may be initiated by students or their parents/guardians within five (5) school days of notification of ineligibility for course credit(s) or participation in extracurricular activities, interscholastic athletics, and scholarship opportunities when absences can be documented as reasonable and necessary. In keeping with the dictates of fairness, a school attendance appeals committee will hear the cases brought by students and/or parents/guardians within five (5) school days of receipt of the request. The decision will be provided, in writing, to the parent/student and appropriate school and district staff within twenty-four (24) hours of the hearing of the appeals.   Students who have been notified that they are ineligible for credit in a course as a result of absences and whose intention it is to enter into the appeal process are required to continue attending class while awaiting the results of the appeal process.  
 
Discipline 
 
All discipline regarding the attendance of students shall be consistent with the Board Policy (#5131) Conduct and Discipline and the Student Code of Conduct. Consequences for absences may include those referenced on pages 21-23 (progressive disciplinary steps):   Students, parents, and guardians shall be notified of disciplinary actions for attendance and any loss of credit resulting from excessive absences and may appeal this determination through the procedure outlined in Board Policy (#5145.6) Student Grievance Procedure.
 
Unexcused Absences for Students in Special Education & Section 504 
 
(ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS):  The attendance guidelines, discipline, and remedial measures outlined in this policy shall apply to students where appropriate and in accordance with the students: 
 
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • 504 Plan
  • Procedural protections outlined in New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:14
  • Alternate short or long term accommodations for students with disabilities as required by law
  • Requirements of a student's individual health care plan
 
 
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEPARTMENT ATTENDANCE 
 
Pre School Student Attendance  

The Jersey City Public School District places a high value on student attendance because regular school attendance is a primary factor in a student’s academic and social success.  Regular attendance can provide students with various enriching opportunities and experiences that are beneficial to their social development and relationships with peers and adults. 
 
All preschool students are required to be present in attendance on the first day of school.  Preschool students who fail to attend on their first day of school will be dropped from the program unless a medical note is presented. 
 
Excessive absences whether sporadic or consecutive can have long-term effects on a student’s educational path starting in preschool (NJDOE, 2019).  Chronic absenteeism sets the stage for poor attendance and the inability to successfully do grade-level work in later grades. (Attendance Work, 2013)  Preschool students who are attending, but are absent 10 consecutive days at any time during the school year shall be dropped from the program.  Preschool students with sporadic absences will be monitored for patterns of excessiveness.  If this should occur, school personnel (e.g. program social worker, community aide) will contact the parent/guardian to determine the reason(s) and offer assistance to prevent the absences (See the “Pre-Kindergarten Attendance Matters!” brochure).  Due to the high volume of students waiting for program placement, spaces for students are not held.  Students who have been dropped from the program have to reapply and will be placed at schools based upon availability at that time.   Suspension and Expulsion  No preschool through grade 2 students attending the Jersey City Public Schools are subject to suspension or expulsion  from the program except by the following conditions: 
 
C.    18A:37-2a  Conditions for suspension, the expulsion of certain students.
 
     1.    a   Notwithstanding the provisions of N.J.S.18A:37-2 or any other provision of law to the contrary, a studentwho has enrolled in grades kindergarten through two in a school district or charter school shall not be expelled from school, except as provided pursuant to the “Zero Tolerance for Guns Act,” P.L.1995, c.127 (C.18A:37-7 et seq.). 
           b. Notwithstanding the provisions of N.J.S.18A:37-2 or any other provision of law to the contrary, a student who has enrolled in grades kindergarten through two in a school district or charter school shall not receive an out-of-school suspension, except when the suspension is based on conduct that is of a violent or sexual nature that endangers others. 
           c. Notwithstanding the provisions of N.J.S.18A:37-2 or any other provision of law to the contrary, a student who has enrolled in grades kindergarten through two in a school district or charter school shall not be suspended, and shall not be expelled for school, except as provided pursuant to the “Zero Tolerance for Guns Act,” P.L.1995,c.127 
(C.18A:37-7 et seq.). 
 
   ATTENDANCE POLICY Q & A 
 
Q 1: Which absences will count toward the total number of absences in the policy?  A: All absences apply toward the total number identified in the policy with the exception of field trips, school -related activities, court order/subpoena issued in the student's name, quarantine certified by a medical inspector, medical excuses from a doctor, suspension, and religious observances as approved by the Commissioner of Education. These policies are further explained on page 4.  
 
Q 2: Are students required to bring documentation from parents/guardians upon return to school after an  absence?    A: Yes.  Documentation is required for all absences. Medical excuses, etc., must be submitted within three (3) days of  the last absence. These policies are further explained on page 4.
 
Q 3: How does the attendance policy apply to Special Education and Section 504 students?  A: All students must follow the attendance policy unless stipulated differently and specifically in the student's Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and/or 504 Plan. If the student is exempt from the attendance policy, a rationale and alternative measure must clearly be written into the student's IEP and/or 504 Plan. These policies are further explained on page 8.  

Q 4: How does suspension affect a student's attendance?   A: Since the suspension is an administrative decision, the specific suspension time will be recorded as a suspension and not considered or counted as an absence. These policies are further explained on page 22.  
 
Q 5: If a student is passing academically but has accrued the cutoff level of absences, is the student eligible to earn course credit (high school) or be promoted (elementary school)?   A: High school students who accrue the cut-off level of absences are not eligible to earn credit unless and until their case has been heard and won through the appeals process. In the case of an elementary school student, the principal, in consultation with the child's teacher(s), will make a determination. These policies are further explained on page 5.  
 
Q 6: Can students with a total of nine (9) days absent in a semester participate in extracurricular activities? A: No. Nine (9) absences in a semester will make the student immediately ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities--e.g., sports, cheerleading, etc. The student/parent has five (5) days to submit an appeal to the Attendance Appeal Review Committee who, in turn, will render a decision within five (5) school days. The student will remain active pending the decision of the Committee. These policies are further explained on page 6.  
 
Q 7: May a parent or a student appeal the attendance decision?  A: Yes. The parent or student may choose to appeal the decision to the Attendance Appeal Review Committee. 
Students are expected to continue attending class during the appeal process. These policies are further explained o
n page 7.
 
Q 8: How does a parent/student appeal the Attendance Appeal Review Committee's decision?  A: The parent must submit a written request for appealing the review committee's decision to the principal of the school.
 
Q 9: How long does the parent/student have to appeal the Attendance Appeal Review Committee's decision to the principal?   A: The parent/student has five (5) days from the date of receipt of the decision to appeal in writing to the principal. 
 
Q 10: When does the Attendance Policy take effect?  A: Attendance begins on the first day of school for continuing students. For students new to the district, attendance begins on the date of enrollment.  
 
Q 11: If the student is awaiting the Appeal Process, is the student eligible to participate in extracurricular activities?   A: Yes. The student is eligible to participate in extracurricular activities pending a decision by the Attendance Appeal Review Committee.  
 
Q 12: Is there an Appeal Process beyond the principal's decision?  A: Yes. Students/parents may bring their appeal to the Division/Director. Such appeals must be submitted, in writing, within five (5) days of notice of the school-level decision.  
 
Q 13: Are visits to a student's home country during school days considered absences?  
A: Yes. Visiting a student's home country while school is in session is considered an unexcused absence.
 
 
Q 14: Can the student be re-enrolled after being taken off the roll (age 16 or older only) for violating the district Attendance Policy?   A: Yes. Parent/Guardian must bring a student for a conference with the principal prior to the start of the following school year to discuss re-enrollment options.  
TARDINESS, LATE ARRIVAL AND EARLY DISMISSAL 
 
The orderly conduct of class activity depends upon the prompt and precise beginning of the program.  Students are expected to arrive at school and class on time. School begins every day at 8:30 a.m. for PreK-12 students. Any elementary student arriving after 8:40 a.m. will be considered late. Any high school student arriving after 8:30 a.m. will be considered late. A student who is tardy to any class will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in board policy 5131 Conduct and Discipline and the Student Code of Conduct.   Consequences for accumulated occurrences of tardiness may include weekday and/or Saturday detention, and/or loss of  credit for classwork. A student shall be marked absent from class if their arrival exceeds half of the total class period.   Missing the first or last 45 minutes of a high school double period class (90 minutes) constitutes an absence.   The school district recognizes that from time to time compelling circumstances will require that a pupil be late to school or dismissed before the end of the school day. As the agency responsible for the education of the children of this district, the school district shall require that the school be notified in advance of such absences by written request of the pupil's parent/guardian, which shall state the reason for the tardiness or early dismissal.  
 
Justifiable reasons for tardiness may include: 
 
  • Medical or dental appointments cannot be scheduled outside of school hours.
  • Requirements of a student's individual health care plan.
  • Requirements of the student's Individual Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Plan.
  • Alternate short or long-term accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Medical disability.
  • Motor vehicle driver's test.
  • (High School only) Interview for college entrance or employment.
  • Court appearance.
  • Such good cause may be acceptable to the administration.
 
Tardiness not covered by the causes listed above shall be cumulative and may affect high school course credit or place promotion at risk.  Dismissal before the end of the school day  No pupil shall be permitted to leave the school before the close of the school day unless he/she is met in the school office by his/her parent/guardian and the parent/guardian is identified on the pupil's school record as such, or a person over the age of 18 who is authorized in writing by the parent/guardian to act in his/her behalf. Written authorization must be made in advance and school personnel must verify the identity of the parent/guardian making the authorization. School personnel must make a copy of the photo ID of the person authorized to pick up the student. 
 
EMERGENCY SCHOOL DISMISSAL PROCEDURES 
 
  1. Purpose Early Dismissal: Early school dismissals will only be declared when an emergency situation presents serious and overwhelming threat to the health and safety of students and staff. The emergency situation must override the dangers and difficulties presented by closing schools earlier than usual. In the event of an early school dismissal due to an emergency situation, the following procedures are to be followed:
  2. Procedures
A.    All principals and assistant/vice principals are expected to remain in their school until all students
have been released to the attention of a parent/responsible adult; and, until all appropriate staff has
left. Parental notifications will be made by the school staff.
The principal of each school will advise parents and guardians each school year of the Safety Rules for Dismissal of Students.
B.    All extended day programs are canceled. The building administrator will notify staff from other schools/programs/agencies who instruct during the extended day program of the cancellation of classes.
C.    Transportation - The superintendent's office will notify the transportation department of the emergency dismissal.
The transportation department will contact all vendors to begin pick-ups for special education students and other students transported by contracted bus companies. School staff is to make parental notifications. The school district will retain supervision over students who are not released to the student's parent or guardian or other responsible adult designated by the parent or guardian.
D.    Food Service - The superintendent's office will notify the food service department of the early dismissal. Whenever possible, students are to be served lunch prior to early school dismissal.
E.    Athletic Events -All scheduled athletic events are to be canceled and notice given to all appropriate parties, including the transportation department.
F.    CASPER Program - The CASPER staff will notify parents of the cancellation of CASPER. Should an emergency arise during the hours of CASPER operation, teachers will call parents to pick up the students as soon as possible. Designated staff will remain until all students have been released to the attention of a
parent/responsible adult, as designated in writing by the parent.
G.    Adult Evening School - Classes are canceled when there is an early dismissal due to an emergency situation. H.    Saturday/Weekend Programs/Activities - In the event of an emergency closing of schools on Friday, a determination will be made at that time regarding Saturday/Weekend activities. The appropriate program/activity coordinators will be notified by their immediate supervisor of any cancellations.
 
        Ill. Evacuation 
 
In the event of an emergency, in a particular school, the evacuation plan will be implemented. 
 
 
   LUNCH PROCEDURES 
 
9TH GRADE STUDENTS WILL REMAIN IN THE BUILDING FOR LUNCH  Schools will provide a full-service cafeteria program. Students have the option of purchasing lunch in the cafeteria or bringing lunch from home and eating it in the cafeteria or designated area. Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch must complete and submit a lunch application form by the due date in September. Ordering food from outside vendors and having it delivered to the school and/or school property is strictly forbidden. 
 
ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY 
 
The use of the Jersey City Public Schools' Network Resources must be in support of education and research, and consistent with the educational objectives of the Jersey City Public Schools. The user is held responsible for his/her actions and activities while accessing both the Internet and Intranet and while using Electronic Mail (e-Mail). The Internet links computer networks around the world, giving the Jersey City Public Schools access to a wide variety of information resources. Internet access is available in all public schools. Although filters are fallible, the Jersey City Public Schools will be responsible for providing filters to create an environment that is free from harmful content. Websense is the name of the program currently used by the district to block restricted sites. Access to e-Mail is a privilege and certain responsibilities accompany that privilege. E-Mail users are expected to be ethical and responsible when using e-Mail.   Certain conduct will not be tolerated in the use of technology. Any individual who engages in conduct that is prohibited by network system resource or district rules or by federal, state, or local law is subject to discipline whether such conduct takes place on or off school district property or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct. Any individual who engages in web publishing that is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action is subject to discipline. Any individual who uses district resources for private gain is subject to discipline. See page 35 for more info and signature page.   Additional examples of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to: 
 
  •      Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts.
  •      Plagiarizing on-line material.
  •      Pirating software.
  •      Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance.
  •      Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities.
  •      Vandalizing the data of another user.
  •      Invading the privacy of individuals.
  •      Posting any inappropriate messages/photos/videos.
  •      Posting false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
  •      Accessing or transmitting material that advocates violence or hatred against a particular individual or groups      of individuals.
  •     Harassing another person - i.e., persistently acting in a manner that annoys another person.
  •     Accessing pornographic material.
  •     Being responsible for introducing a computer virus into the school network and/or computers.
  •     Posting of threats that disrupt the functioning of schools will cause the arrest of the originators.
  •     Violating test security and/or cheating.
 
USE OF CELL PHONES AND PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES 
 
Students are permitted to carry cellular telephones and other personal electronic devices in school and at school-sponsored events. However, students' cellular telephones and other personal electronic devices and smart-watches shall be turned off during the instructional day unless authorized by the school principal or designee.  Unauthorized cell phones and other personal electronic devices that are used by students during the school day are subject to being confiscated and returned to the parent/ guardian when they come to school to retrieve them. Parents who need to reach their children during the school day to address an emergency should contact the main office. The wearing of unauthorized electronic devices such as ear-buds, headphones, Bluetooth devices, apple watches, and Gizmos shall not be permitted.  This will result in a Level 1 suspension and a Level 2 for chronic offenders.  The use of camera or video phones and other personal electronic devices is strictly forbidden during school and at any school functions unless otherwise authorized by the principal. Any portable media player is also prohibited accordingly. 
 
HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING 
 
The board of education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of students and staff. All members of the Jersey City Public Schools community have a right to live and work in an environment that is safe and satisfying. The board has determined that a safe and civil environment in the school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards, and for staff to educate students effectively. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate its pupils in a safe environment. The school district will not tolerate acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying against any students.  
 
"Harassment. intimidation or bullying" means any gesture or written. verbal. physical act. or any electronic communication that is:  
 
(a)    reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, gender, a mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic; and
(b)    takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds, that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students; and
     (1)    a reasonable person should know under the circumstances, that the acts will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging his or her property, or placing a person in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; or
     (2)    has the effect of insulting or demeaning any person or group of persons; or
     (3)    creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student's education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.
 
"Electronic communication" means a communication that is transmitted by means of an electronic device 
including all social media, but not limited to a telephone, cellular phone, pager, personal data assistant, or 
computer. This includes communication that takes place on or off school grounds, at any school-sponsored 
function, on a school bus and after school hours. Electronic communications include, but are not limited to, e-
mails, text messages, instant messages, and communications made by means of an internet website, including 
social media and social networking websites.   Consequences and remedial measures for a student who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall be varied and graded according to the nature of the behavior, the developmental age of the student, and the student's history of problem behaviors and performance. Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a student who commits an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including short and long-term suspension or expulsion. The consequences and remedial measures may include, but are not limited to, those outlined in the board's policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, and bullying (policy 5131.2).   The school administrator, Anti-Bullying Specialist (ABS), and/or their designee shall be responsible for receiving complaints alleging violations of this policy. Reports may be anonymous, but no formal disciplinary action shall be  
based solely on an anonymous report. Any school employee, board member, contracted service provider, student, visitor, or volunteer who has witnessed or has reliable information that a student has been subject to harassment, intimidation or bullying, must report the incident to the building principal or his/her designee.  
 
The following procedures shall apply to the reporting of incidents of harassment. intimidation and bullying: 
 
  • All acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall be reported verbally to the school principal on the same day when district board of education member, the school employee, contracted service provider, student, or volunteer witnessed or received reliable information regarding any such incident;
  • The principal shall inform the parents or guardians of all students involved in the alleged incident, and may discuss, as appropriate, the availability of counseling and other intervention services; and
  • All acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall be reported in writing to the school principal within two school days of when the school board member, school employee or contracted service provider witnessed or received reliable information that a student had been subject to harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
 
The following procedures shall apply to investigations of reported incidents of harassment. intimidation and bullying: 
 
•    All investigations shall be prompt, thorough, complete, and documented in writing, and shall include, but not be limited to, taking of statements from victims, witnesses, and accused; careful examination of the facts; support for the victim; and a determination if the alleged act constitutes a violation of this policy.
•    Whenever a school administrator learns of blogging information that rises to the level of threats or harassment, the school official shall immediately notify law enforcement
•    The District will report all suspected "bias" crimes and "bias-related" acts to law enforcement officials when the conduct constitutes offenses that qualify as mandatory referrals under Article 4 of the Memorandum of Agreement between Education and Law Enforcement. Law enforcement officials will determine whether they have jurisdiction over the matter and the appropriate law enforcement response.
•    The School investigation shall be initiated by the principal or the principal's designee within one school day of the report of the incident and shall be conducted by a school anti-bullying specialist. The principal may appoint additional personnel who are not school anti-bullying specialists to assist in the investigation.
•    The investigation shall be completed as soon as possible, but no later than 10 school days from the date of the written report of the incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying. In the event that there is information relative to the investigation that is anticipated but not yet received by the end of the 10-school day period, the school anti-bullying specialist may amend the original report of the results of the investigation to reflect the information.
•    The results of the investigation shall be reported to the superintendent within two school days of the completion of the investigation and in accordance with the law and board policy. The superintendent may initiate intervention services, establish training programs to reduce harassment, intimidation, or bullying and enhance school climate, impose discipline, order counseling as a result of the findings of the investigation, or take or recommend other appropriate action.
•    The results of each investigation shall be reported to the board of education no later than the date of the next board meeting following the completion of the investigation, and shall include any services provided, training established, the discipline imposed, or other action taken or recommended by the superintendent.
•    The superintendent or his or her designee shall ensure that parents or guardians of the students who are parties to the investigation shall receive information about the investigation. This information shall be provided in writing within 5 school days after the results of the investigation are reported to the board and shall include the nature of the investigation; whether the district found evidence of harassment, intimidation, or bullying; or whether discipline was imposed or services provided to address the incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
 
The parent or guardian may request a hearing before the board after receiving the information from the superin-tendent regarding the investigation. The hearing shall be held within 10 days of the request. The board shall meet in executive session for the hearing to protect the confidentiality of the students. At the hearing, the board may hear 
from the school anti-bullying specialist about the incident, recommendations for discipline or services, and any programs instituted to reduce such incidents.   At the next board of education meeting following its receipt of the report, the board shall issue a decision, in writing, to affirm, reject, or modify the superintendent's decision. The board's decision may be appealed to the Commissioner of Education, in accordance with the law, no later than 90 days after the issuance of the board's decision. A parent, student, guardian, or organization may file a complaint with the Division on Civil Rights within 180 days of the occurrence of any incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying based on membership in a protected group as enumerated in the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.   Acts of retaliation, reprisal, or false accusation against any person who reports an act of harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall not be tolerated. No staff member, service provider, student, visitor, or volunteer shall be subject to reprisal, retaliation, or false accusation as a result of witnessing and/or, reporting an act of harassment, intimidation, 
or bullying. The consequence and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal, retaliation, or 
false accusation shall be determined by the superintendent, principal, and/or their designee after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act, in accordance with the law and board policies and procedures. In 
cases where any state or federal law has allegedly been violated, the appropriate law enforcement agency shall be notified.   Parents who request to participate in the HIB interview process  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.   As per FERPA 34 CFR § 99.12. If the education records of a student contain personally identifiable information on other students, the parent or eligible student may inspect or review or be informed of only the specific information about the student in question.   The New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act investigative and interview process is one in which the personally identifiable information of students other than the individual student in attendance will be discussed.   The Jersey City Public School District values and respects the privacy rights of its students and therefore shall not permit parents or their representative(s) to participate in or observe the harassment, intimidation, or bullying investigative and interview process.  
 
     If a suspected criminal offense is involved, the investigation would be conducted in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16- 6, Law Enforcement Operations for Alcohol, Other Drugs, Weapons and Safety, and the Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement Between Education and Law Enforcement Officials.  
 
Parents who attempt to deny access to their child for the HIB interview process  The New Jersey Anti-bullying Bill of Rights Act states all reports of harassment, intimidation, or bullying (HIB) must be investigated by the school anti-bullying specialist in consultation with the principal. The purpose of the investigation is to determine the facts of each report, which would include assessing whether there was HIB according to the statutory definition or some other behavior of concern. Determinations on the nature of behavior are not made prior to conducting an investigation but are made based on the findings from an investigation. Additionally, in all cases when HIB is initially reported, regardless of the investigation findings, the district must engage in the entire procedure cited in N.J.S.A. 1 BA:37-15.   Therefore, parents may not deny school staff the ability to interview their child as part of the investigative process. Any attempt by a parent to deny school staff access to their child shall be deemed an attempt to impede or hinder the school's requirement to investigate all reports of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.  
 
 
SEXTING AND OTHER INAPPROPRIATE USES OF TECHNOLOGY 
 
The Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or exploitation of a student. The Board of education has determined that the phenomenon of "sexting" falls under such prohibited acts. The board of education has determined that "sexting," like other disruptive behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate its students in a safe and disciplined environment and may be considered a police matter. Accordingly, sexting will not be tolerated because such conduct is repugnant and can lead to more serious violence. Also, such conduct is gravely inconsistent with district efforts to create a safe and civil environment conducive for student learning and high aca-demic achievement. In addition, students shall not engage in improper communication with District staff through the use of electronic communications.   While its definition varies, "sexting" in this school district is defined as the production, possession, or dissemination of sexual materials, including sexually suggestive text messages and nude or semi-nude photographs via cellular telephone or any other technological device:  
 
A.     A reasonable person, under the circumstances, has the effect of insulting, intimidating, harassing, demeaning, or exploiting any student, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person, and/or;
B.     Has the effect of insulting, intimidating, harassing, demeaning, or exploiting any student in such a way as causing any disruption or interference with the orderly operation of the school.
 
Sexting shall not be tolerated on school property or at any school-sponsored function. Consequences for a student engaging in sexting shall be varied and graded according to the nature of the behavior, the developmental age of the student, and the student's disciplinary record, history of problem behaviors and performance, and must be consistent with the district's Student Code of Conduct. Consequences for a student engaging in acts of sexting include, but are not limited to, the following: 
 
1.    Admonishment.
2.    Temporary removal from the classroom.
3.    Deprivation of privileges.
4.    Classroom or administrative detention.
5.    Referral to disciplinarian.
6.    In-school suspension during the school week or the weekend.
7.    After-school programs.
8.    Out-of-school suspension (short-term or long-term).
9.    Transfer to another school.
10.    Legal action.
11.    Expulsion.
 
Remedial measures shall be designed to correct the problem behavior, prevent another occurrence of the problem, protect and provide support for the victim of sexting, and take corrective action for documented systemic problems relating to sexting. Remedial measures for a student engaging in acts of sexting include, but are not limited to, the following:  
 
1.    Restitution and restoration.
2.    Mediation.
3.    Peer support group.
4.    Recommendations of a student behavior or ethics council.
5.    Corrective instruction or other relevant learning or service experience.
6.    Supportive student interventions, including the participation of the intervention and referral services team.
7.    Behavioral assessment or evaluation including, but not limited to, a referral to the child study team, as appropriate.
8.    Behavioral management plan with benchmarks that are closely monitored such as zero tolerance.
9.    Assignment of leadership responsibilities (e.g., hallway or bus monitor).
10.    Involvement of school disciplinarian.
11.    Student counseling.
12.    Parent conferences.
13.    Student treatment.
14.    Student therapy.
 
Remedial measures for the victim(s) of acts of sexting and others affected by such acts that may be undertaken on a classroom, school building, or school district basis include, but are not limited to, the following:  
 
1.     Supportive institutional interventions, including the participation of the intervention and referral services team. 2.     School and community surveys or other strategies for determining the conditions contributing to harassment, intimidation or bullying.
3.     School culture change.
4.     School climate improvement.
5.     Adoption of research-based, systemic bullying prevention programs.
6.     School policy and procedures revisions.
7.     Modifications of schedules.
8.     Adjustments in hallway traffic.
9.     Modifications in student routes or patterns traveling to and from school.
10.     Supervision of students before and after school, including school transportation.
11.     Targeted use of monitors (e.g., hallway, cafeteria, locker room, playground, school perimeter, bus).
12.     Teacher aides.
13.     Small or large group presentations for fully addressing the behaviors and the responses to the behaviors.
14.     General professional development programs for certificated and non-certificated staff.
15.     Professional development plans for involved staff.
16.     Disciplinary action for school staff who contributed to the problem.
17.    Parent conferences.
18. Family
counseling.
19. Involvement of parent-teacher organizations
 
The principal or his or her designee is responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes a violation of this policy, and responding appropriately. Staff, students, and parents who become aware of an act of sexting are to immediately report such conduct to the school principal or his or her designee. Sexting may be reported to the school principal in writing and may be made anonymously, but formal action for violation of the Student Code of Conduct may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report that is unsubstantiated. Oral reports also shall be considered official reports.
 
 
SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY 
 
New Jersey State Law and The Board of Education prohibit the use, possession, and/or distribution of any drug, alcohol, or tobacco products, steroids, and/or any paraphernalia on school premises, and at any school-related event away from the school. Compliance with a drug-free standard of conduct at all school functions is mandatory for all students. Students suspected of being under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or steroids will be identified, evaluated, and reported in accordance with N.J.S.A.18A:40A-9 et seq, N.J.A.C.6A 16-4.1 et seq and N.J.S.A. 2A:170-51.4 
 
Examples of prohibited substances include, but are not limited to: 
 
NICOTINE  TOBACCO
TOBACCO PRODUCTS CIGARETTES 
NARCOTICS ANY CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE
STEROIDS  FLAVORED CIGARETTES 
   
   
 
Examples of prohibited paraphernalia include, but are not limited to: 
 
HOOKAHS CIGARETTES, CIGARS, PIPES
VAPOR PRODUCTS E-CIGARETTES/VAPE PENS
CARTRIDGES LIQUID NICOTINE CONTAINERS
JUULS EDIBLES
   
   
 
The district also follows the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIM) position on random testing of students in grades 9-12 who participate in extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletics. For more information, please refer to Policy #5131.6 at www.JCBOE.org.
 
STUDENT  SEARCHES 
 
In the continuing effort to ensure a safe and orderly environment for our students, student searches may be conducted for weapons, drugs, and/or other prohibited objects/materials in the event that there is reasonable suspicion. All students are subject to metal detector searches (walkthrough and handheld type) whenever on school property or at any school-sponsored activity. Any baggage (i.e., backpack, book bag, handbag, carryall, etc.) of the student may also be searched. Additionally, student lockers remain the property of the school even when used by students and student locker searches may be conducted.  
 
A student's person and possession may be searched by a school official provided that the official has reasonable grounds to suspect that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school.  
 
Any student refusing to participate in, and/or cooperate with, a search will be detained and the parent/ guardian will be contacted. Additionally, any student so refusing is subject to disciplinary action. If there is a reason to believe that the student is refusing to participate because the student is in possession of a weapon, the police shall be asked to immediately intervene.  
 
Student searches shall be done in accordance with the Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement Between 
Education and Law Enforcement Officials available on the District's website under Policy.
 
For more information, please refer to Policy #5145.12 at www.JCBOE.org.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AND POSSIBLE CHILD ABUSE REPORTING 
 
The Uniform State Memorandum of Understanding Between Education and Law Enforcement Officials (MOU) establishes statewide policies and procedures for ensuring cooperation between the schools, law enforcement, and other investigative agencies.  The goal is to safeguard the “essential right of all students.”   The MOU includes reporting instances where a student may have been subjected to child abuse or neglect.  School staff is required to provide notification to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP formerly D.Y.F.S).    Parental notification in all instances of Law Enforcement and DCPP involvement is governed by the MOU.  In certain instances, parental notification is not permitted.  Parents will be notified of the extent to the MOU and the law permits.  The MOU is incorporated in this Student Code of Conduct and is available on the District’s website under Policy.
 
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINARY ACTION STEPS 
 
While the Jersey City Board of Education believes that positive approaches to acceptable behavior are usually more effective, it is sometimes necessary to penalize students for violations of school regulations to ensure the good order of the school and to teach students the consequences of disruptive behavior. 
 
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR 
 
Action(s) Reward(s)
Respectful Activities
Attentive Special Privileges
Producitve Other
 
DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES 
 
Corrective action taken by school personnel will vary according to the age and the developmental level of the student. The circumstances that are related to specific behavioral problems and actions will be considered.   A principal/designee may suspend a student up to ten (10) consecutive school days. Instructional materials and/or other educational services will be provided to every student equally, who is suspended for a time period exceeding four (4) days. The aforementioned services shall be consistent with the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Accommodation Plan.   Subject to due process, students who demonstrate conduct grossly inappropriate to the educational setting, and have a history of consistently breaking the rules from whether on school grounds, at school-related events, or otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the Student Code of Conduct may be removed from the school building and assigned to an Interim Alternative Educational Setting (IAES), long-term suspension, or be recommended to be considered for expulsion. 
 
Level 1
Action(s)
 
  •     Infraction of school uniform dress code
  •     Unprepared for class
  •     Eating at undesignated areas/times
  •     Getting out of the seat without permission
  •     Making inappropriate gestures, symbols, or comments, or using profane, offensive, or culturally insensitive language
  •     Excessive Talking
  •     Sleeping in class
  •     Inappropriate use or removal of school
    materials
  •     Lateness to school or class
  •     Other Disruptive Behavior
  •     Disrespect to school personnel
  •    Cell phone usage, wearing of ear buds, head phones, Bluetooth devices, apple watches and Gizmos unless authorized by the teacher for instruction is prohibited in class.
  •     Inappropriate use of technology
  •     Refusal to wear a mask except for medical reasons
 
lntervention(s) I Consequence(s): 
 
 Verbal Correction
Student Conference
Seat Changes
Parent Contact
Parent Conference
 Crisis Intervention Teacher (C.I.T.) or Teacher-Issued Detention
 Referral to the JC Youth Counsel
 
Chronic offenders may be subject to, and/or the severity of the infraction may result in a higher level of intervention or consequence. 
 
Level 2
Actions
 
 
 Inappropriate/threatening dialogue
Verbal assault/abuse
Continuous violation of acceptable use of technology
Roaming/walking out of class/late to
class/cutting class
 Continuously making inappropriate gestures, symbols, or comments, or using profane, offensive, or culturally insensitive language
 Inappropriate public display of affection
Unethical conduct/cheating/plagiarism
 Indecent Exposure
Leaving the school premises (unauthorized)
Chronic unexcused absenteeism
Chronic Disruptive Behavior
Inappropriate conduct on a school bus
 
lntervention(s) I Consequence(s): 
 
Referral to support services (l&RS)
Referral to the JC Youth Counsel
Parent Contact I Conference
Peer Mediation (if applicable)
Conflict I Resolution Session
(if applicable)
 HIB Investigation (if applicable)
 Police Notification I Involvement
(if applicable)
Detention
Saturday Detention
Loss of Privileges
 In-School Suspension
Out of School Suspension (1-
5 days)*
 U-Can Academy
(Short-term in-district suspension)
Other
 
When a student accrues 10 days of out-of-school suspension, documented interventions must be provided.
 
Level 3
Actions:
 
  • Fighting
  • Bullying/Cyber-bullying     
  • Unauthorized audio or video recording
  • Verbal/Physical threat or assault of another person(s)
  • Sexual assault/harassment/conduct
  • Weapons
  • Possession/use /distribution of dangerous or other substances including tobacco products and/or any paraphernalia
  • Leaving the school premises (unauthorized)
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Bomb Threats
  • Gambling
  • Inappropriate use of the Fire Alarm
  • Vandalism/tampering/destruction of
    School property
  • Theft/robbery
  • Facilitating the entry of intruders
  • Terroristic threats
  • Gross bus misconduct /compromising safety
  • Lighting matches/using a lighter setting a fire
  • Trespassing
  • Possession of pornographic material
  • Extortion
  • Spitting
  • Other
 
 
lntervention(s) I Consequence(s): 
 
  • Parent Contact I Conference
  • l&RS
  • Peer Mediation (if applicable)
  • Conflict I Resolution Session (if applicable)
  • HIB Investigation (if applicable)
  • Police Notification I Involvement (if applicable)
  • Detention
  • Saturday
  • Loss of Privileges
  • In-School Suspension
  • Out of School Suspension (3-10 days) *
  • Long-term suspension (more than 10 days)
  • Assignment to an alternative educational program
  • Zero Tolerance for Firearms (removal up to 1 year)
  • Expulsion
  • Referral to the JC Youth Counsel
  • Other
 
Chronic offenders may be subject to, and/or the severity of the infraction may result in a higher level of intervention or consequence. 
 
* When a student accrues 10 days of out-of-school suspension, documented interventions must be provided.
 
A student who commits an assault with a weapon will be immediately removed from the regular educational program for up to one (1) calendar year, subject to due process. 
 
A student who commits an assault upon a staff member without a weapon will be removed subject to due process. See pages 24-29.