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The Board renewed the Code of Conduct on July 7, as one item in a consent agenda.

The entire board has now ratified:

  • Contacting police for all “electronic media crime”
  • Failing to inform students or parents what an “electronic media crime” is and how severely it will be punished by our current superintendent
  • Requiring students to apprise themselves of due process
  • Questioning students concerning infractions that will result in severe punishment without informing parents
  • Questioning students concerning infractions that will result in severe punishment without an advocate present

The entire board has opted to set no limits on:

  • The number of hours a student can be held for questioning (nearly 3 hours for one middle-school student in ‘computergate’)
  • The leveling of threats of permanent expulsion during questioning in order to obtain confessions or evidence against other students

Board of Education

Phil Whitney, President
(914) 591-9175
phil.whitney@irvingtonschools.org

Catherine Palmieri, Vice President
914) 693-6896
Catherine.Palmieri@irvingtonschools.org

John Montgomery
(914) 591-9352
John.Montgomery@irvingtonschools.org

Bob Grados
(914) 231-6365
Robert.Grados@irvingtonschools.org

Michael Hanna
(917) 750-8790
michael.hanna@irvingtonschools.org

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From School Law, 35th Edition:

52. Student Discipline

Codes of Conduct

52:5. Is there a process school districts must follow to adopt or revise their code of conduct?

Yes. The code must be developed in collaboration with student, teacher, administrator, and parent organizations; and school safety and other school personnel (§ 2801(3); 8 NYCRR §§ 100.2(l)(2)(i)). In addition, the code must be reviewed annually and updated if necessary, taking into consideration the effectiveness of code provisions and the fairness and consistency of its administration (§ 2801(5); 8 NYCRR §§ 100.2(l)(2)(iii)(a)). Districts may establish a committee comprised of similar individuals to facilitate review of the code (§ 2801(5)(a); 8 NYCRR §§ 100.2(l)(2)(iii)(a)).

School boards and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) may adopt the code or revisions to the code of conduct only after at least one public hearing that provides for the participation of school personnel, parents, students, and other interested parties (§ 2801(3), (5); 8 NYCRR §§ 100.2(l)(2)(i), (iii)(a)). Districts must file their code of conduct and any revisions thereto with the commissioner of education within 30 days of adoption (§ 2801(5)(a); 8 NYCRR §§ 100.2(l)(2)(iii)(a)).

Police involvement for “electronic media crime” originated with Superintendent of Schools Kris Harrison:

Police involvement was not discussed by BOE or parents (minutes):

Parents weren’t meaningfully consulted, and it’s impossible to tell whether board members knew that the police line had been inserted when they voted to approve the Code. Unless they sat down and read all 38 pages of the revised Code, they wouldn’t have known, because Kris wouldn’t have pointed it out to them.

Board of Education

Bob Grados
(914) 231-6365
Robert.Grados@irvingtonschools.org

Michael Hanna
(917) 750-8790
michael.hanna@irvingtonschools.org

Catherine Palmieri
914) 693-6896
Catherine.Palmieri@irvingtonschools.org

Phil Whitney
(914) 591-9175
phil.whitney@irvingtonschools.org

John Montgomery
(914) 591-9352
John.Montgomery@irvingtonschools.org

Irvington Parents Forum at Yahoo Groups
Irvington Parents Forum on Facebook
Irvington Union Free School District
BoardDocs
Irvington USFD Board Meetings – YouTube
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IUFSD Code of Discipline and related documents