Effective discipline in the schools requires concerted support and participation from parents, students, teachers and administrators. Each building principal in the District, therefore, establishes an advisory group of parents, teachers, administrators and students to review and recommend changes in existing codes of conduct and disciplinary procedures and to suggest activities leading to a disciplined atmosphere for learning. The advisory group is responsible to the building principal. Refer to the handbook for each school for further information on discipline policies.
Student Dress Code
Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student attire and appearance. All students are expected to dress in a safe and modest manner that is not distracting or disruptive to the learning environment. Distracting items may not be limited to the items listed below:
These rules are to ensure appropriate attire throughout the course of daily activities:
• A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color/jewelry, make-up and nails, shall be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
• Students must wear appropriate footwear at all times. Specific buildings may prohibit certain footwear for safety reasons. Please refer to their handbook.
• Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at an appropriate length.
• Cleavage should not be showing.
• Bare torsos, including midriffs are not allowed. No ‘sagging’ of pants.
• All underwear must be completely covered.
• Extremely brief garments, such as tube tops, net tops, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front or back) and see-through garments are not appropriate.
• Hats, hoods, visors, and sunglasses are not to be worn inside the building, except for religious or medical purposes, or with the building principal’s permission.
• A student’s dress, grooming and appearance shall not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
• A student’s dress, grooming and appearance shall not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol; tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.
• Each building principal shall notify students who violate the student dress code and students shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary, replace it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.
These guidelines have been reviewed by faculty, students and parents to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.
Any actual or suspected fire must be reported immediately. The signal for a fire or fire drill will be a series of loud buzzes separate and distinguishable from the regular change bell, along with flashing lights. The students are expected to follow directions according to the room or area of the building they are in. Exit procedures are posted in all rooms. Students are to move quietly and quickly. Failure to use appropriate self-discipline in a time of emergency may result in danger to self and others; offenders may be suspended from school.
The District employs registered professional nurses in each school building. In addition to providing first aid and emergency care, the nurses maintain a complete health history for each student. This involves screening all students new to the District, collecting immunization records, arranging physical exams, completing vision and hearing screening, and arranging annual scoliosis screening for students between the ages of 8 and 16. The nurse will administer medications to students following the guidelines presented below (Medications). Immunization against polio, measles, diphtheria, rubella and mumps is required by New York State law prior to entering school. Any student born on or after Jan. 1, 1985 must have a second measles immunization. Any student born on or after January 1, 1993 or entering 7th grade in the fall of 2000 must have a Hepatitis B immunization.
Parents are notified of serious illness or injury. If a parent cannot be reached at home, a telephone number should be provided to the school to enable the parent to be contacted. Parents should also provide the school with the name and telephone number of the family physician and at least two other emergency phone numbers for persons who will assume responsibility for their child.
Physical examinations are required and provided for students new to the District, for students participating in interscholastic sports, for students referred to the Committee on Special Education and for students in grades K, 1, 3, 7 and 10.
Parents may secure physical examinations at their own expense through their family health care provider. In this event, a physical examination form must be obtained from the school nurse and completed by the private physician.
Unless the school nurse is notified by October 1 of the private physician’s examination, students requiring physicals will be scheduled for examination by the school physician.
No medications (including non-prescription drugs, but inhalers are allowed) can be administered to students in school without written permission from both the parent and the prescribing physician. Medications must be brought to the health office by the parent in the original container. Under no circumstances should medications be sent to school with children.
The East Aurora Board of Education has established the minimum number of days a student is required to attend class in order to receive credit for that course.
The purpose of the policy is to emphasize the importance of regular attendance as an important commitment to a complete education. The importance of regular attendance transfers readily to the world of work and higher education.
The New York State Commissioner of Education has ruled that when a Board of Education adopts such a policy, school officials may not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. This means that all absences from class will be counted. It is a student’s responsibility to decide if he or she can afford to miss class for college visits, family vacation days, etc.
This policy applies to all students taking high school level classes, including resident students of high school age placed by the District into special education or alternative High School programs.
Copies of this policy and its procedures for enforcement are available from the High School office.
Admittance After Absence
On the day the student returns to school after any absence, he/she must present a written note explaining the absence. The excuse should contain: dates of absence, reason for absence, signature of parent or guardian.
Reasons for Absence
The school law of the State of New York requires that all children between the ages 6 and 17 attend school.
Absence for the following reasons is excused by the law: sickness or death in the family, religious observances, quarantine, required court appearances or attendance at organized clinics.
Examples of unexcused absences may include family trips or vacation, job hunting, employment (including paper routes and babysitting), shopping and hunting.
A child whose parents expect him/her to be in school is truant if he/she does not attend for other than lawful reasons.
Whenever possible, medical and dental appointments should be scheduled outside of school time. It is recommended that students who have such appointments on a regular basis should, if possible, avoid missing the same class each time.
Children learn best through consistent attendance at school.
Home Teaching is available for students who are ill and are expected to be confined to their homes or a hospital for a minimum of ten consecutive school days following the date the request for Home Teaching is received.
Home Teaching requests must be made by the parents of the child, in writing, to the Director of Pupil Services. The parent request must be accompanied by a written statement from the attending physician requesting Home Teaching. The attending physician’s statement must include: 1) the nature of the illness 2) whether the illness presents any health risks to a visiting teacher 3) the approximate date of the student’s expected return to school. Note that the child must be expected to be absent for ten days AFTER the request is received.
All information furnished the school will be held in strict confidence.
Students receiving Home Teaching will be given as complete a program as is practicable. Emphasis will be placed on basic academic subjects and Home Teaching will not be offered in subjects requiring specialized equipment orspace. Students in grades K-6 receive instruction five (5) hours per week. Students in grades 7-12 receive instruction ten (10) hours per week.
When school must be closed due to inclement weather or some other emergency situation, the announcement will be made at on the main page of our website, by email or text notification (for those have registered for that service at this website) and over Buffalo radio and television stations before 7:00 AM of the day school will be closed. It is the policy of the radio stations to announce ONLY THOSE SCHOOLS THAT ARE CLOSED. Thus, if you do not hear the East Aurora Public Schools are closed, parents can assume that the schools will be open and you should plan to send your child to school. District staff notifies radio stations as soon as the decision to close school is made. The District does not control broadcasting of the closing notice.
Because of the early start of many of the buses, the decision to close school must be made before 6:30 AM. Please understand the primary factor in reaching this decision is the safety of the students. Weather and road conditions vary widely in different parts of the District with the result that favorable conditions in your locale may not be duplicated throughout the District.
Parents and students should not call the school or school personnel to inquire about the decisions concerning school closings. The Superintendent makes the final decision. Many telephone calls must be made and received by school personnel before and after the decision to close. Your cooperation in this regard will be greatly appreciated.
Student Record Files
A student’s permanent record begins in Kindergarten. This information may be reviewed at any time with either the student’s principal or school counselor. All student records are held in strict confidence. They are not released to anyone outside the school without written consent.
Each parent or guardian will receive annual notice of their right to confidentiality of records.
Public telephones are provided in the schools for the students’ use. Students shall follow school guidelines for the use of the phone during the school day. Telephone messages, except those from adults in the student’s immediate family, will not be taken for the student. They will not be called from any classroom to the telephone except for emergency calls from an adult in the family.
Parents are encouraged to visit the school to meet the teacher(s), principal and school counselor. Appointments for conferences may be requested through the principal’s office or with the person directly involved.
All visitors must report to the offices, sign in, and obtain a visitor’s pass before going elsewhere in the buildings. For the protection of the students, it is necessary that we know who is in the buildings at all times.
Students are discouraged from bringing guests to school with them. Should unusual circumstances arise that necessitate bringing a guest to school, arrangements must be made in advance with the principal. In the elementary school, children not enrolled in the school may not visit classes unless accompanied by an adult.
Student Accident Insurance
The East Aurora Union Free School District does not provide student accident insurance coverage. Parents are advised to familiarize themselves with the benefits provided through their existing insurance. Please note the District has not carried this insurance since 1992.
School Book Stores
School book stores in the Middle School and High School afford students the opportunity to purchase school supplies. Please refer to the individual school handbook for further information.
Lockers are provided for student use in the Main Street Elementary School, the Middle School and High School. Please refer to the individual school handbook for locker information. Students are encouraged to purchase locks for High School gym lockers.
Parkdale and the Main Street building have passenger elevators for use by those who have difficulty climbing stairs. Contact the office in each school for information about using the elevator.