General PoliciesThe Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) defines student directory information as the following: name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height (if members of athletic teams), degrees and awards received, and the name of the educational agency or institution previously attended by the student.Federal law now allows limited access of student information to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning. Secondary schools are required to provide the names, addresses and telephone listings without parent consent. If parents do not wish to have this information released, they should notify the building principal in writing within 30 days of recieving the notice with the school calendar. Students over 18 years of age are accorded the same right.This provision is included in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 signed into law by President Bush in January 2002.Students and parents have the primary responsibility for compliance and acceptance standards for student dress and appearance, and therefore will give proper attention to personal cleanliness and appropriate dress for school and all related activities. Teachers, administrators, and other District personnel will exemplify and reinforce acceptable dress standards and assist students in developing an understanding of the standards for appropriate appearance as stated in the Student Appearance Code.
The following standards support a safe and positive learning environment, while minimizing distractions in the school setting. Established by a representative committee of students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators they apply to all Kenmore-Tonawanda UFSD students independent of age, grade level, or location.
- Any article depicting language, images, or themes that degenerate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability is prohibited.
- Any article that advertises, displays, or represents themes related to alcohol, drugs, illegal, abusive, suggestive, or controversial messages; or gang related activities are prohibited.
- Any article that poses (or may pose) a threat to health, safety, and wellbeing of others (including but not limited to decorative chains, wallet chains, studded bracelets, and/or jewelry) is prohibited.
- Hats or headgear of any kind (with the exception of hairbands and apparel for religious observance or medically required apparel) are prohibited.
- See-through and strapless garments are not to be worn. Modest tanks are appropriate as long as the chest area is covered fromthe top of the armpit down.Midriffs are to be covered. Exposure of skin between the bottom of the shirt and the top of pants is prohibited.
- Pants, shorts and skirts must be designed to be worn at waist level, and are to be worn as designed. Undergarments must not be visible, and no visible writing, symbols, and/or emblems are to appear on the back-side.
- Pants, shorts and skirts must be of a modest length (reference finger length - hands fully extended at sides).
- Appropriate soled footwear that does not pose a safety hazard must be worn at all times.
- Sleepwear of any kind (including but not limited to pajamas, pajama pants, bathrobes, and slippers) is prohibited.
- Form fitting/Spandex type clothing (as a primary layer) is prohibited.
- Outdoor attire (including but not limited to hats, coats, jackets, parkas, gloves, and scarves) is not to be worn in school, and will remain in a students locker during the school day.
- Backpacks, knapsacks, and book/gym bags will remain in a students locker during the school day.
Students in violation of the Student Appearance Code, at the discretion of school officials, will be required to cover, remove, or modify any inappropriate article, and if necessary or practical, replace it with an appropriate article. Refusal to comply with the requests of school officials, and/or repeated Student Appearance Code violations may result in disciplinary action, up to and including out of school suspension.You are not allowed to carry walkmans, beepers, or other types of electronic sending devices for any reason whatsoever. If you are found in possession of such items, you will be subject to disciplinary action and the device may be confiscated by the high school administration. Cell phones are permitted outside school hours. Parents who need to contact their child may call the high school Main Office, phone 874-8402.Bullying is unacceptable behavior, which results in somebody feeling hurt, threatened or frightened. This can be physical or verbal and includes threatening, teasing, name-calling, spreading rumors, intimidation, ostracizing or damaging a person’s property. It includes comments which provoke or trigger a physical response. (It also includes sexual and disability harassment.)Rationale:It is the right of every person at Kenmore East High School to be safe from physical and verbal harassment. The school is committed to ensure that every member of our school community enjoys the right to participate in school life at its fullest. All instances of harassment violate that right and are totally unacceptable.Definition of Bullying:Bullying is unacceptable behavior that results in somebody feeling hurt, threatened or frightened.Bullying can take many forms. It may include:1. Physical Abuse – hitting, kicking taking belongings or damaging a person’s property.2. Verbal Abuse – Name-calling, insulting, teasing, racist remarks or intimidation.3. Indirect actions – spreading rumors, exclusion of others.4. Harassment – racial, gender, sexual, disability or sexual orientation.Procedure for Investigating Incidents:In investigating incidents of bullying and harassment the administration will follow these steps:1. Listen to the victim of the incident and take a written statement.2. At the request of the victim, take statements from witnesses provided by the victim.3. Listen to the alleged bully or harasser and take a written statement.4. Take statements from witnesses provided by the alleged bully or harasser.Definite and Fair Consequences1st Offense:1. Warn a potential bully that their actions are hurting another student and if they do not stop, they will be disciplined.2. Discussion of possible future consequences with bully or harasser by staff (incident recorded and forwarded to school administrator.3. If the first offense is severe, discipline (including suspension) will be given by an administrator.2nd Offense:1. Incident reported to a school administrator2. Administrator will assign discipline (including suspension)3. Student must sign a copy of the KE harassment policy.Further Offenses:1. Same as above, with school suspension.2. Parents contacted and required to attend readmission conference with administrator and counselor.3. Police may be contacted.4. Possible referral to a mental health counselor.Students will receive ID cards at the beginning of the school year. All students are required to have them in their possession during the school day. Any student who has lost or forgotten his/her ID card should report to Mr. Dunnigan’s office for a new ID.Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas without giving proper credit or without giving any credit at all – to the writer of the original. Whether plagiarism is intentional or unintentional, it is a serious offense. If a student plagiarizes, he/she will automatically receive a zero for that assignment. Other school discipline may also result.Damage to lockers, walls, lavatories, desks, books, and other school property constitutes vandalism. Disciplinary action will be taken if you commit an act of vandalism. Financial restitution will be part of the disposition.Littering is offensive to others, creates a negative atmosphere, and creates unnecessary work for the custodial staff. If you are found littering, you will be subject to disciplinary action. Please keep your school clean.