Statement of Behavioral Expectations
Schools are often referred to as microcosms of society. It seems fitting then that behavioral expectations within a school community should be governed by an overarching set of tenets applicable equally and consistently to society as a whole.
The school community has responsibility to preserve societal values related to freedom and democracy. Given this, we all must recognize the necessity of the democratic process of law making and demonstrate its importance through respect for laws, rules, and authority.
Members of the school community must also respect themselves through an understanding and appreciation of their own individuality. Self-respect is demonstrated through academic and social integrity, the making of
healthful choices, personal appearance, and interpersonal relationships. It is only through this knowledge and respect for self that we become empowered with the ability to extend this respect to others, to acknowledge the expression of uniqueness in others, and to give of ourselves in assisting others to develop a stronger sense of self.
All members must demonstrate respect for the beliefs and values of others, their points of view, their religions, and their rights as human beings. We must be active and positive in our respect, curtailing such acts or language that would diminish another. Treatment, judgment, or evaluation of others should be conducted with fairness tempered by empathy for individual differences.
At the same time, expression of one’s individuality must be balanced by the often greater needs of the community, particularly those related to respect for the environment, and for the health, safety, personal property, and dignity of others.
All members must realize the importance of honesty in our daily tasks, activities, and responsibilities. We must encourage and expect each other to offer honest opinions and preferences on important issues.
Finally, members must encourage and expect each other to be positively contributing members of the school community by accepting the responsibilities associated with our respective roles in public education.
Students and staff must work collaboratively in developing and maintaining a school climate which demonstrates a positive attitude toward learning, a safe and orderly environment, and an acceptance of the needs and differences of others.
Code of Conduct
The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education (Board) is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive, and District personnel may deliver, quality educational services without disruption or interference. The Code of Conduct, taken in conjunction with the District Safety Plan, promotes the maintenance of a safe, orderly environment for students, staff and visitors. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, other staff, parents, and visitors is essential to achievement of this goal.
Accordingly, in collaboration with students, parents, teachers and administrators, the board has established this Code of Conduct. It applies to all students, school personnel, parents, vendors and other visitors when on school property, in school vehicles or in attendance at a school function.
Students may be disciplined for conduct that occurs outside of school property that may endanger the health or safety of pupils within the educational system or adversely affect the educational process.
The District has a long-standing set of expectations for conduct on school property and at school functions. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, dignity, mutual respect, citizenship, character,
tolerance, honesty, and integrity.