Code of Conduct

Student Expectations

All Cottage Lane students have the right to a safe, respectful environment. We must remember to be kind, respectful, honest and to show empathy for others. We should embrace diversity and not judge others based on their race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

Click here to view the Cottage Lane Elementary School Code of Conduct as an Adobe PDF.

Lunchroom Expectations

  • Walk in the dining hall.
  • Sit while you eat.
  • Use indoor voices.
  • Clean up when you are finished.
  • Please recycle.
  • Respect adults in charge.

Bathroom Expectations

  • Wash your hands before returning to class.
  • Remember to flush.
  • Respect others’ privacy.
  • Respect the physical space, and do not write on the bathroom walls. If you witness this behavior, report it to your teacher.

Hallway Expectations

  • Walk safely.
  • Walk on the right side of the hall.
  • Keep your hands to yourself.
  • Silently wave and smile to your peers in other classes. Talking in the hallway may disrupt quiet classrooms.
  • Respect student and teacher work that is displayed on the walls.

Assembly & Performance Expectations

  • Enter and exit by walking quietly.
  • Respect the space of others.
  • Be quiet and still.
  • Be a respectful and courteous audience member.
  • Applaud appropriately.

Behavior Toward Others

  • Treat other students with kindness and fairness.
  • Be respectful of others’ differences.
  • Respect the personal space of yourself and others.

Playground Expectations

  • Play safely.
  • Be kind and caring to others.
  • Be a good sport – include others in your play. Congratulate your opponent and give positive feedback.
  • Listen to the adults, and line up when you hear the signal.

School Bus Expectations

  • Taking the school bus is a privilege. It is important that all children follow the rules.
  • Walk onto the bus.
  • Sit in an empty seat
  • Buckle your seatbelt and stay seated.
  • Use a quiet voice.
  • Be kind and caring to your peers, and keep your hands to yourself.
  • Respect the bus driver.

Students who have difficulty demonstrating expected bus behavior will receive a written bus report. Three bus conduct reports could result in a loss of bus privileges, as determined by administration.

Bus Misconduct
If we receive a discipline referral form from your child’s bus driver or if your child breaks rules on the bus, one or more of the following consequences will be administered:

  • Student meeting with an administrator
  • Bus referral sent home and signed by parent
  • Parent phone call
  • Loss of bus privileges for 1-5 days (parent is responsible for providing transportation to and from school)
  • Suspension from bus for the school year

Consequences are determined by an administrator based on the severity of the infraction. A serious infraction may result in an immediate bus suspension, even on the first referral.

Please discuss appropriate bus conduct with your child and remind them that our buses have both video and audio in the front and rear.

Use of Electronic Devices
All electronic devices (ex. smart phones, ipods, tablets, ipads, etc.) should be turned off and kept in your school bag during the school day, except when used with the teacher’s prior permission and for educational purposes. Electronic games are not permitted in school.

Toys
Please keep all toys and trading cards at home unless prior approval is given by the classroom teacher.

Cottage Lane Range of Consequences

Discipline will be administered as soon as possible and be consistent with the severity of the infraction:

  • Verbal warning
  • Conflict resolution discussion with staff
  • Student statement form completed by student
  • Parent notification by staff member
  • Temporary loss of an activity/privilege/sport
  • Modified lunch and recess (one day or multiple days)
  • Classroom removal (Assigned to alternate class)
  • Conference with Principal (parent notification)
  • In-school community service
  • In-school suspension (one or multiple days)
  • Out of school suspension

Infraction: Writing on school property (graffiti), damaging school property
Consequence: In-school consequence; pay for the repair (possible suspension); and, parent contact

Infraction: Possession or use of an illegal substance
Consequence: Parent notification (police contact if warranted) and suspension

Infraction: Threatening a staff member
Consequence: Automatic out-of-school suspension; parent conference; and, police contacted if warranted

Infraction: Bullying
Consequence: Please see the Cottage Lane Bullying Prevention Policy, below

Infraction: Disrespect of an adult in the building
Consequence: Parent notified; modified recess; and, community service

Infraction: Cyberbullying
Consequence: DASA investigation initiated; parents contacted; and, police contacted if necessary

Infraction: Physical behaviors
Consequence: Parents will be notified. Depending on the nature of the offense, or the behavior, the following consequences will be considered: modified recess and community service, in-school suspension, and out of school suspension.

Infraction: Leaving school without permission, which includes not boarding the bus and walking home at the end of the day without written permission
Consequence: Parent called and police called, if necessary

Infraction: Bringing toy weapons to school (toy guns, toy knives, toy guns, handcuffs, etc.)
Consequence: Items confiscated and held for parent; parent called; and appropriate consequence will be administered

Infraction: Bringing weapons to school (guns, knives, bullets, etc.)
Consequence: Automatic suspension, after a hearing by the superintendent.

Infraction: Sexual harassment (Please discuss the definition of sexual harassment with your child)
Consequence: Investigation by principal, including parent contact and student statement

Infraction: Possessing or using fireworks (this includes party snappers/poppers)
Consequence: In-school or out-of-school suspension; parent and/or authorities called

CLE Bullying Prevention Policy

In line with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) which went into effect on July 1, 2012, bullying, harassment or discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated at Cottage Lane. This includes harassment and discrimination based on a person’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Bullying, harassment, or discrimination will not be tolerated on school property or at school functions (any school sponsored or PTA event).

In addition, the school will investigate and have the ability to impose consequences for off campus bullying (cyber-bullying), harassment or discrimination that is brought to its attention, particularly if it is disruptive to the school environment or a child’s experience in school.

CLE DASA Coordinators

Karen Ramirez, Principal
[email protected]
(845) 680-1503

Rob Schliessman, Assistant Principal
[email protected]
(845) 680-1518

Linda King, School Psychologist
[email protected]
(845) 680-1554

Sean Jones, School Psychologist
[email protected]
(845) 680-1516

Children need your encouragement to follow all of the rules. Understanding and respecting differences and keeping to expectations is a responsibility that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, not just during their time at CLE.

Classroom teachers, assistants or aides will handle these school infractions. Your initial concerns should go through the teacher first. Repeated offenses will be handled by the school administration.

A new state law, The Dignity Act, went into effect on July 1, 2012. The goal of this act builds upon previous legislation, which helps ensure that schools are safe places where all students are free of discrimination and harassment based on their race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. Incidents that fall into the above categories will be investigated. Students who are involved in behaviors found to be of a discriminatory or harassing nature, or behaviors that are harmful to themselves or others, or threaten the safety of the school environment, will receive more significant consequences.

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