Rules & Policies
Students are informed from the Principal and Assistant Principal of Safety through town hall meetings about the school and the Citywide Behavioral Expectations.
The Citywide Expectations are available in all the languages on the NYCDOE website.
This is a summary of the items discussed during the meetings:
Citywide Behavioral Expectations Overview:
B13 Smoking and/or use of electronic cigarettes
B20 Leaving class or school premises without permission
B24 Shoving, Pushing or engaging in a minor altercation
B25 Bringing unauthorized persons to school
B26 Engaging in gang-related behavior
B28 Engaging in vandalism, graffiti or damage to school property
B29 Knowingly possessing property belonging to another without authorization
B33 Engaging in sexual conduct on school premises
B34 Making sexually suggestive comment, propositions, or remarks
B39 Engaging in harassing, intimidating and/or bullying behavior
B48 Possessing, displaying, or selling any weapon
Please be sure that you review the expectations with your children. We encourage you to attend our monthly meetings and raise any concerns you have regarding safety, academics, socio-emotional, or any other important topic. We need to do it together! It is important that you call the school and come to the meetings. We encourage you to send a representative from your family if you cannot attend our Parent Association (PA) meetings.
Cell Phone Policy
POLICY FOR THE USE OF CELL PHONES, COMPUTING DEVICES, AND PORTABLE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are permitted to bring the following electronic items to school: 1) cell phones; 2) laptops, tablets, iPads and other similar computing devices (“computing devices”); and 3) portable music and entertainment systems, such as iPods, MP3 players, PSP, and Nintendo DS.
A. The use of cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems at school is subject to the restrictions below:
- Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination;
- Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan;
- Use of cell phones, computing devices, portable music and entertainment systems and other electronic devices during the administration of state standardized examinations is governed by State Education Department Rules;
- Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises; and
- Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.
B. Cell phones may be used as set forth below:
- Cell phones may not be turned on or used anywhere by students on school property (hallways, stairs, cafeteria, auditorium, offices, bathrooms, locker rooms, schoolyard).
- Cell phones may not be turned on or used in the classroom by students, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher. Teachers must write on the board the purpose for students to use the cell phone in the classroom.
C. Computing devices may be used as set forth below (select applicable option(s) or select other options consistent with Regulation A-413).
- Computing devices may not be turned on or used anywhere by students on school property (hallways, stairs, cafeteria, auditorium, offices, bathrooms, locker rooms, schoolyard).
- Computing devices may not be turned on or used in the classroom by students, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher. Teachers must write on the board the purpose for students to use the computing device in the classroom.
D. Portable music and entertainment systems may be used as set forth below:
- Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used anywhere by students on school property (hallways, stairs, cafeteria, auditorium, offices, bathrooms, locker rooms, schoolyard).
- Portable music devices and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used in the classroom by students, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher. Teachers must write on the board the purpose for students to use the music device in the classroom.
E. Confiscation and return of electronic items.
If a student uses an electronic device in violation of school policy or in a manner that causes disruption to classroom instruction or school activities or programs, staff should direct the student to comply with school rules and put the device away. If the student refuses to comply with this directive, the staff member should follow established school protocols for requesting assistance, which includes calling an administrator, or a dean. The following are procedures for the confiscation, storage and return of electronic devices:
- confiscation of item and return at end of school day
- confiscation of item and return following parent conference
- confiscation of item and return following student entering into behavioral contract
- revocation of privilege to bring item to school.
- Confiscated items will be stored in the Dean’s Office.
Students who use cell phones, computing devices, and/or portable music and entertainment system in violation of any provision of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor Regulation A413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (“ISUSP”) will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the New York City Department of Education Discipline Code.
The Discipline Code provides that when “misbehavior involves communication, gestures or expressive behavior, the infraction applies to oral, written or electronic communications, including but not limited to texting, emailing and social networking.” Accordingly, students may not use electronic devices to engage in prohibited behaviors, which include but are not limited to:
- making sexually suggestive comments, innuendos, propositions or similar remarks, or engaging in nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature (Discipline Code Infractions A38/B34);
- engaging in harassing, intimidating and/or bullying behavior, including using electronic communication to engage in such behavior (cyber-bullying) (Discipline Code A36/B39);
- using slurs based upon actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, weight, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability (Discipline Code Infractions A23/B23); and
- posting, distributing, displaying or sharing literature or material containing a threat of violence, injury or harm, or depicting violent actions against or obscene, vulgar or lewd pictures of students or staff (Discipline Code Infractions A32/B35);
- taking unauthorized photos and audio/video recordings of others (Discipline Code Infractions A21/B19).
NEWCOMERS HIGH SCHOOL Policy for the Use of Cell Phones and Electronic Devices is issued on March 2, 2015. Students and Parents are required to sign a cell phone/electronics contract.
As we continue our journey of returning to face to face instruction after a year of blended/ remote schooling it is a great opportunity to remind students and families of our Dress Code at Newcomers High School. In order to maintain a positive learning environment, it is expected that Newcomers HS students dress in a professional manner while also honoring their individuality. We would like all parents and guardians to remind students of proper dress protocols on campus and for all students to review the following information:
Forms of dress at Newcomers High School that are not allowed
include, but are not limited to:
1) Hats or hoods (with the exception of headwear worn for religious observance).
2) Clothing that contains references to sex, violence, racism, or gang-affiliation.
3) Revealing clothing that does not provide coverage of torso, undergarments, and private body parts, including see-through garments of any kind.
If a student comes to school wearing clothing prohibited by the Dress Code we expect students to understand that they: will be engaged in a conversation by a caring adult regarding the rationale behind the school’s policy and the school’s position regarding attire.
If the student and staff member cannot come to an agreeable compromise then:
the student’s parents may be notified by the staff member and this will be logged in Pupil Path, the student may be subject to the interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code, and the student may be expected to make appropriate adjustments to his/her clothing to conform with the Dress Code (e.g., turning shirt inside out, borrowing temporary clothing until the end of the school day, etc.).