SWCS Updates Code Of Conduct

The Southwestern Central School Board of Education held a public hearing recently to present revisions to the Code of Conduct and review Southwestern’s Internet safety policy.

Michael Cipolla, high school principal, presented recommended revisions to the school board. The Dignity for All Students Act explicitly provides that no student may be subjected to discrimination or harassment by employees or students on school property or at a school function. This discrimination can be based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity) or sex.

“This complements what’s already been adopted in board of education policy,” Cipolla said. “So, we have policies addressing the Dignity for All Students Act, but now one of the requirements is the student code of conduct.”

There have been revisions as recent as 2013 in the code of conduct regarding cyberbullying. If cyberbullying – bullying/harassing via the Internet or text messaging – is brought into the school environment, it becomes school domain.

Hats, visors, hoods, headbands or bandanas during the school day are also prohibited, except for medical and religious purposes, without prior school permission. Smoking electronic cigarettes is also prohibited.

“Weapon” would be a firearm as defined in 18 USC Section 921 for purposes of the Gun-Free Schools Act. This means any gun – BB gun, pistol and airsoft gun – is not allowed on school grounds under the Gun-Free Schools Act.

In other news, Dana Lovecchio, Spanish Club adviser, came before the board asking for a trip to Spain in 2016. Her goal is to do a trip every two years, so students can experience the Latin American culture and European culture – which are fundamentally different. Lovecchio included the prices for everything possibly imaginable, so parents and students can have a good idea on how much the trip will cost.

The board of education accepted a donation from Raymour & Flanigan for the elementary school art program in the amount of $200.

The board abolished one position in the technology education tenure area and two positions in the civil service non-competitive classification of teacher aide effective June 30.

Three cleaners were appointed to a one-year probationary period from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 at the hourly rate of $11.14. Jon Pearson was appointed driver education instructor for the 2014 Summer Program from July 7 through Aug. 8.