Shenendehowa clarifies code of conduct

Board Vice President Janet Grey said she wanted to make sure the code of conduct was enforced consistently.

"We can write everything we want, but when push comes to shove, it has to be applied. Nobody has problems with our code of conduct until it's not applied consistently," Grey said. "If it gives the administration more authority to apply that, I'm all for that. But we need to make sure that when we do apply it, we apply it consistently."

Also clarified in the new code of conduct, which board president William Casey called a "living, breathing code," is the district's dress code.

Among the dress code regulations, the document requires that "students will ensure that all underwear is completely covered with outer clothing," and "will not wear brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops or other tops that expose one's midriff, extremely short skirts or shorts, and see-through garments."

Further, the document prohibits vulgar, obscene or gang-related clothing, as well as any clothing that promotes the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs.

"This needs to be as clear for parents as it does for the children. We need to be clear in our documents what our expectations are," Casey said. "This document isn't about the misbehaving kid. We give a clear statement of what the expectations are."

Robinson said that he had the same message for students that he gives to the players on the football team he coaches.

"You have certain rights as students and certain responsibilities that come with those rights," he said. "You have a right to a quality education, and you have a responsibility to contribute to an environment to ensure that not only you get a quality education, but that your peers get a quality education


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