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DHS Handbook (Part 1)



Dunkirk Senior High School

2016 – 17



Dunkirk Senior High School

75 W. Sixth Street

Dunkirk, New York 14048



Important Phone Numbers:

Dunkirk Senior High School – (716) 366-9300 ext. 2070

Main Office – (716) 366-9300 ext. 2070

Guidance Office – (716) 366-9300 ext. 2076

Health Office – (716) 366-9300 ext. 2065

Attendance Office – (716) 366-9300 ext. 2068

To Report Student Absence – (716) 366-9300 ext. 8000

Athletic Director – (716) 366-9300 ext. 2083

Bully Hotline – (716) 366-9300 ext. 8227






IF YOU….                                                               Then go to…..

Recover or report lost articles                                  Main Office

Recover or report lost books                                   Main Office

Need advice about schedules                                   Counselor Center

Need a room for a meeting                                       Main Office

Need working papers                                                               Counselor Center

Need career planning/information                            Counselor Center

Have a hall locker problem                                      Main Office

Have a gym locker problem                                     Physical Education Teacher

Need to pay for a lost book/lock                                              Main Office

Are late to class                                                       Report to assigned class

Want an a.m. announcement made                           Main Office

Are late to school                                                     Attendance Window

Feel ill                                                                      Health Office (with a pass)     

Need to discuss a social or                                      School Counselor Center

personal problem                                                     (with a pass)

Must be dismissed early, occasionally                     Attendance Office

Need information about athletics                                             Athletic Director







MAIN OFFICE                                                                        (716) 366-9300

                Stephen O’Brien, Building Administrator                 ext. 2070

                Alan Gens, Assistant Building Administrator           ext. 2068

                Jodi Smith, Secretary                                                               ext. 2070


ATTENDANCE OFFICE                                                                         (716) 366-9300

                                                                                                ext. 2068


HEALTH OFFICE                                                                   (716) 366-9300

                Kelly Mancuso, Nurse                                             ext. 2065


COUNSELOR CENTER                                                           (716) 366-9300

                Arlette Rivera, Secretary                                          ext. 2076

                Laurie Whitermore                                                   ext. 2074

                Julie Wakelee                                                           ext. 2075

                Carrie Kim                                                               ext. 2077


SOCIAL WORKER                                                                  (716) 366-9300

                Charmaine Moreland                                                               ext. 2080













September                                                5              Labor Day


6              School Opens         


October                                    10            Columbus Day


                November                                                11            Veterans’ Day


                                                                23-26       Thanksgiving Recess


                December                                23-31       Winter Recess (12/23 – 1/2)


                January                                    1              Winter Recess (12/23 – 1/2)


                                                                16            Martin Luther King Day


                                                                24-27        Regents Exams


                February                                  20            President’s Day


                21-22        In-service Day (Teacher/Staff ONLY)


                March                                      no special events


                April                                        8-23         Spring Recess (4/08 – 4/23)


                May                                         26-29       Memorial Day Weekend


                June                                         ?              Regents Exams – Algebra II Common Core


                                                                14-23       Regents Exams


                                                                23            Last Day of School


23            Report Cards Issued


                                                                24            Graduation Commencement






TBD - Parent/Teacher Conferences, one held during the day and one held in the evening









2016 - 2017 SCHOOL YEAR


Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 school year. There are many new changes for the 2016 - 17 school year.  We want this to be an enjoyable and productive year.  Our students will be challenged to achieve at high levels.  Student achievement is our primary goal.  We hope you will join us in our quest for excellence – excellence for each student and our school. To accomplish this task, teamwork is essential.  Each student and parent/guardian is a critical member of the team and is responsible for helping our school achieve excellence.  Dunkirk Senior High School has a rich history – you are a part of that history and the school community. Our hope is you will always bring honor upon your school and yourself.




The mission of the Dunkirk City School District is to empower ALL students to be lifelong learners and independent, productive citizens in a diverse society.  Through cooperation with the Board of Education, parents and the community, our dedicated staff will provide necessary skills, knowledge and values in a safe, nurturing environment to ensure each student achievement of the New York State standards.



Students will be issued ID cards. Students are expected to display their ID card when asked by school district personnel (administrators, teachers, teacher aides, secretaries, lunch room staff, custodians) and any other district employee that is in the building.  ID cards are necessary for the following reasons:


 1.  To readily identify High School students when requested.

 2.  To quickly identify individuals authorized to be in the building.

          3.  To access to cafeteria services and library materials.

          4.  To be admitted to school functions, dances and home sporting events.

a)  Student may not write on, obstruct or otherwise alter the picture side of their ID.


b)  Students who do not have their school ID card, if and when it is requested, must report to the Main Office.   If a student does not have their school ID, then attendance at a game or function may be refused at the entrance of that event.


c)  Students will be given their initial ID card free of charge. Should the ID card need to be replaced, the student will be charged a fee $5.00 replacement fee for their ID card.





SECTION 1:  Attendance Policy and Procedures                                    Page    5


SECTION 2:  Daily School Instruction and Management             Page    8


SECTION 3:  Code of Conduct and Related Issues                                  Page  17













The Dunkirk Senior High School Student Handbook contains information about our school and the policies and procedures you and your child will need to be familiar with for a successful school year.  Each student will be issued a handbook at the beginning of the school year. A replacement handbook will have a $5.00 cost, if needed.  Within it you will find information pertaining to:

  • The Dunkirk City School District's Attendance Policy Summary

  • The Dunkirk City School District's Code of Conduct

  • The High School’s Schedule

  • Your child’s Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Conferences Dates

  • Policies and Procedures specific to the High School


If you have any further questions about anything contained in this handbook, please contact the High School Main Office at 366-9300 x2070.




Students will NOT be allowed to travel throughout the building without a pass.  A pass is required whenever a student leaves his/her assigned room/area.    These passes are specific for bathroom use, locker needs and going to another classroom.    Students, who are late, are to be admitted to class and assigned a teacher consequence.




The Dunkirk City School District recognizes that regular attendance is a prerequisite for satisfactory academic performance in the classroom. The importance of punctual and regular attendance for every student cannot be over-emphasized. The entire process of education requires regular continuity of instruction and classroom participation in learning experiences.


A.    STRATEGIES:   The strategies to be employed to accomplish the objectives of the attendance policy will include the following:

  1. The Board of Education will appoint a District Attendance Officer at the annual organizational meeting to ensure compliance with New York State education laws regarding attendance, related Commissioner's regulations, and associated Board policies.


  2. The Board of Education or Superintendent of Schools shall designate a teacher or other district employee to supervise the keeping of the register of attendance at the High School.


  1. Administrators and his or her designee will review pupil attendance records for the purpose of initiating appropriate actions to address excessive unexcused pupil absence, tardiness, and early departures.



Excused absence from school includes only the following reasons:

  1. Personal Illness – Illness in the family

  2. Death in Family

  3. Medical/Dental appointments

  4. Impassable roads/extreme weather conditions

  5. Religious observances

  6. Mandated court appearance

  7. Quarantine

  8. Approved college visits

  9. Military obligations

  10. Emergency situations (considered on a case-by-case basis by administrator)

  11. Approved cooperative work plan

  12. Excused by administrator at his/her discretion


The following are some examples of absences not considered excused in New York State:

  1. Visiting

  2. Obtain learner’s permit

  3. Overslept

  4. Babysitting/employment

  5. Needed at home

  6. Hunting or Fishing

  7. Trip with/without parents for recreational purposes

  8. Truancy

  9. Failure to participate in instruction during O.S.S.

  10. Work



NOTE: Because vacation periods are provided within the school calendar, trips taken at other times during the school year are considered unexcused absences.



Parents must state the reason for the absence, even if the reason is unexcused.


  1. Phone-In of Absence. Under the Dunkirk City School District's Attendance Policy, parents/guardians must call the school office when a student will be absent or late and to state the reason why.


An answering machine at the High School is available 24 hours a day to receive messages pertinent to absences.


Report Absence at the High School -    366-9300 – Ext. 8000


Students are responsible for reminding their parents/guardians that a call must be made. If an absence has not been reported by 4:00 p.m. of the day of absence, it reverts to an unexcused absence.


Written Excuse

All excuses for absences must be written by parents or legal guardians stating the reason for the absence and must be signed by them. Excuses shall be returned to Attendance in the Main Office the day following the absence. Students are not authorized to write or sign excuses for any absence or tardy. Any necessary exception to this rule must be approved by the Building Administrator.


  1. Return of Excuse: Time Period.  If the excuse is not brought in within three (3) days following the absence, the absence will be considered unexcused.


  2. Long Periods of Absence. When a student will be absent from school for more than five (5) days, the Building Administrator should be notified of the reason. Assignments will be made available to be done at home.




Students who arrive at 11:00am or after will receive an immediate consequence of I.S.S. for the remainder of that particular school day.


Students will no longer be allowed any unexcused tardies – students will be assigned an office detention to be served by 8:00am the next school day. If the student fails to serve the detention they will receive a progressive consequence of 1-day of I.S.S.



  1. Parents are expected to assist in promoting good attendance at school and should provide intervention by:

    1. Recognizing that the education of their child(ren) is a joint responsibility of the parents and the school community.

    2. Sending their child(ren) to school ready to participate and learn.

    3. Ensuring their child(ren) attend school regularly and on time.

    4. Ensuring all absences are legal and excused.

    5. Informing school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student attendance, conduct, or performance.

  2. Teachers are expected to assist in promoting good attendance at school and should provide intervention by communicating regularly with students, parents, Building Administrators, and other teachers concerning student attendance, behavior, and academic achievement issues.

  3. District guidance counselors are expected to assist in promoting good attendance at school and should provide intervention by assisting students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social, and emotional problems.

  4. Coaches and activity sponsors are expected to assist in promoting good attendance at school and should provide intervention by supporting the development of and student participation in appropriate extracurricular activities.

  5. Creation of Attendance Review Committee(s) at each academic level.  The Committee will review attendance records, and, where necessary, make a recommendation to the Superintendent concerning whether extenuating circumstances exist.




      Building Administrator and/or his designee will follow disciplinary guidelines set forth in the Dunkirk           

      City School District Code of Conduct.  Additional examples of disciplinary sanctions specifically related to

      attendance problems that might discourage unexcused absences, tardiness, and early departures may  include:

  1. Denying a student the opportunity to participate in or attend extracurricular activities; and/or,

  2. Revoking a student’s employment certificate or work permit, granted under Section 3215.a of the Education Law.



        With the desire to instill in students the need for punctuality and regular attendance in order to perform 

         successfully in the classroom and in society, an attendance requirement for grade promotion and course

         credit is necessary.



Whether an absence is excused or unexcused, students are expected to make up all work missed during the absence.  One day for each day of absence may be used to make up work or tests.  For example, for one day’s absence, one day to make up; two days – two days to make up, etc.  Failure to make up work or tests will result in a lost grade for the day and could result in loss of credit.

When a student's attendance exceeds ten (10) days in a full year course or program, or five (5) days in a semester course or program, a meeting shall be held with the student's parent/guardian, the Building Administrator or his designee, and other appropriate school personnel.

When a student's attendance exceeds fifteen (15) days in a full year course, or seven (7) days in a semester course or program, a formal letter shall be sent to the parent or guardian informing him/her of the child's attendance record and the potential consequences.


At the High School attendance is taken period by period.

At the High School level, a student not receiving credit for a subject or subjects must:

  1. attend summer school for that(those) subject(s), OR

  2. attend one full semester in that subject during the following school year. All attendance and course requirements must be met before credit may be granted for that subject.

A student who has been identified by the Committee on Special Education and has not met the attendance requirement due to a specific disability that interferes with his/her attendance, will be referred to the Committee on Special Education according to regulations governing procedural due process.


H.    EARLY DISMISSAL:   Requests for early dismissal must be made between 8:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. in the Main Office. The request for early release must be made in writing by the parent/guardian. The request should include the reason for the early dismissal, the phone number of the parent/guardian requesting the release, and the time the student is to be released.

A student will be released from school ONLY to a parent/guardian or a designated adult listed on the student Emergency Release Form (ERIF). The parent/guardian or a designated adult listed on the student Emergency Release Information Form must appear in person and affix his/her signature to the sign-out register in the Main Office before a student will be released from school. The individual signing the student out of the building should be prepared to provide office personnel with identification if necessary. No phone calls will be accepted as a request for an early release.


A student 18 years of age or older will be released from school ONLY AFTER a parent/guardian has been notified that the student has requested an early dismissal. Parents/guardians shall not be required to appear at the Main Office to sign the student out of school.



I.     CLOSED CAMPUS:    Dunkirk Senior High School operates a "Closed Campus Policy." Students must remain on school property during the school day, unless excused by the administration. Any student who leaves the school property without authorization is truant.  If a student becomes ill during the school day, he/she must report to the school nurse. If the nurse is not available, the student is encouraged to report to the Main Office. The Building Administrator will contact the student's parent/guardian and make the necessary arrangements to have the student officially released from the school building.


J.     SKIP DAY:   Skip days are not sanctioned by the Dunkirk City School District and are in violation of New York State Education Law. Students participating in a skip day will be considered truant and will be disciplined in accordance with the seriousness of the violation as deemed by the Administration. The penalty may include one or more of the following: detention, In School Suspension (ISS), Out of School Suspension (OSS), loss of privileges, community service, mandated counsel­ing, legal action and any other disciplinary action that the Administration deems appropriate.





Routinely adhering to and following these 6 basic school rules will result in a safe, enjoyable and successful school year.


  1. Respect yourself and others

  2. Be prompt

  3. Take responsibility for yourself

  4. Follow directions

  5. Remain in assigned area

  6. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself



1.  The academic school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:27 p.m.  Students may not enter the school building before 7:00 a.m.  Suggested arrival time for students is 7:30-7:55 a.m., unless they are participating in the breakfast program, detention, supervised academic support or at the request of the teacher or coach/advisor.


2.  The academic school day is comprised of Homeroom from 8:00-8:05am and nine (9) - 40 minute classes and a 30 minute lunch.  Times of student classes will depend on their scheduled lunch period.  Students will receive their individual schedules on the first day of school.


C.   CHARACTER EDUCATION:   The Dunkirk Senior High School works in partnership with parents to maintain a learning and working environment that supports positive student attitudes and the character development of its students. Character development will reflect and reinforce character and civic values such as honesty, integrity, responsibility, diligence, kindness, fairness and respect for others. Parents, students, and the school community will work together to teach, promote, and model ethical behavior. The Dunkirk Senior High School will reflect and reinforce positive character traits that embody community values and promote principles of fairness and justice.




D.   SCHOOL SAFETY:   The safety and security of our school building, faculty, staff and students is critical. The greatest means of achieving safety is by everyone, adults and students alike, following established policies and procedures. Individuals without authoriza­tion to be in the building, (individuals without Visitors pass) should be reported to the office immediately.


The following dress guidelines are designed to maintain and protect each student's right to health, safety and decency. Students must be mindful that dress code trends are part of ongoing cultural changes and administrative decisions could be made to address future fashion issues.  Student attire should not offend school/community sensibilities or distract from the educational process. 

  1. Around certain equipment (industrial arts/science labs) students will be required to wear safety glasses and devices that restrain long hair. 

  2. Students must cover their torso.  Any garment that bares the back, stomach, or fails to cover both shoulders and the chest is inappropriate for school (this includes but is not limited to halter tops, racer backs, off the shoulder, strapless or shoulder-less garments).  Spaghetti straps are not allowed. 

  3. Pants, shorts or hip huggers must completely cover undergarments and be paired with a shirt that meets the waistband so that the torso is completely covered. 

  4. Shirts that promote sex, drugs, and alcohol use, are racist or sexist, or determined to be offensive to others will not be allowed.  

  5. Unattached chains, studded or spiked collars, wristbands and jewelry are considered unsafe and are not permitted

  6. Jackets, book bags, backpacks, and headgear, including hats, visors, bandannas and scarves MAY NOT be worn or carried and must be placed in lockers during school hours.

  7. Pajama bottoms and/or any type of lounge wear is unacceptable


Student(s) who are not properly attired should be reported to the Main office and will be referred to a building administrator. Student(s) will be requested to correct the violation and/or call home to notify the parent/guardian of such and ask the parent/guardian to bring them proper attire. If contact cannot be made and the student's attire remains inappropriate, the student will be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the school day. The administration shall have the final determination when a question arises. The school solicits the cooperation of the parents in helping to maintain a positive educational environment.


  • No sunglasses unless specifically authorized by a Building Administrator or his/her designee.

  • Only safe and appropriate jewelry is permitted within the building (i.e. heavy chains, studded bracelets, large single finger rings or rings covering two or more fingers are considered unsafe.)

  • No radios, walkmans, MP3 players, boom-boxes, radios with headphones are to be worn during the school day.

  • No Paging Devices/Cell Phones

  • No Laser Pointers

  • No book-bags are to be carried by student(s) during the regular school day unless the student has special authorization in writing from the building administrator or his/her designee.

  • No face painting, decoration or costume make-up. 



Student may wear a jacket or coat to school as required by weather conditions.  It must be removed upon entering the school building and placed in a locker during regular school hours and while in school buildings.


Hats/Head Apparel:

Hats may not be worn during the regular school day.  Hats must be placed into a locker along with outerwear.  They may not be carried around during the school day.  The only exception to this would be when a “hat” related fundraiser is taking place for that day.


Gang attire:

No manner of grooming or appeal, including clothing, jewelry, hats, emblem and badges which by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or attribute is associated with or denotes membership in or affiliation with any gang (the term gang as used in this policy refers to all groups of three or more individuals who share a common interest, bond or activity characterized by criminal, delinquent or otherwise disruptive conduct engaged in collectively or individually) will be permitted in school buildings, school grounds, buses or school activities on or off the school campus.


        The following are examples of prohibited items (it is not an all-inclusive listing):

  • Lettering, patches, or insignia on backpacks, handbags, scarves, bandannas, or other personal items related to gang activity as recognized by the Building Administrator.

  • Use of colors, symbols, or styles related to gang activity by the Building Administrator.


Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item.  Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including, but not limited to In School Suspension (ISS) for the day.  Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including, but not limited to Out of School Suspension (OSS).




1.  Doors:  Throughout the school day, exterior building doors are locked, and access into the building is limited for the protection of every adult and student in the building. Doors are not to be propped open or opened to allow individuals access into the building. Students observed propping or opening a door for another individual will be reported immediately to the Main Office.


2.  Fire/Evacuation Drills:  For safety, and the protection of the school, it is necessary that everyone strictly observe and abide by fire safety rules. These rules are few and simple. All combustible materials are to be carefully secured. Students working in science rooms and shops are especially cautioned to exercise care in the use of flammable materials common to these classes.

Fire/evacuation drills are an important safety measure and are required by law. They are held to prepare you for safe evacuation of the building in case of an actual fire. Your full cooperation is needed to make the drills as effective as possible.


3.  Student Progress Reports to Parents:

a). Progress Reports are issued following the 5th week (10/14/16), 15th week 12/19/16), 25th week

     (3/6/17), and 35th week (5/22/17) of instruction.


b). Report cards are issued following each marking period. Marking Periods for the 2015-2016 school   

     year are as follows:

                        1st quarter   - 11/14/16                     3rd quarter - 4/3/17

      2nd quarter - 1/30/17(midterm)          4th quarter   - 6/23/17 (final)


4. Parent/Teacher Conferences:

a). Scheduled Parent/Teacher Conferences are an important element in reporting student progress to   

     parents. They are held twice during the school year. The times for this school year are as follows:      

Fall Conference- TBD 2016: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Winter Conference- TBD 2017: 12:15 pm to 3:00 pm


   b) Parent/Teacher Conferences by Appointment. Parents should feel free to request a conference with   

         their child’s teacher(s). Parents may initiate a conference by calling the Guidance Office and speaking with their   

         child’s school counselor.  When a parent/guardian requests a conference with a teacher(s), the teacher(s) will   

         make every effort to arrange a mutually convenient time. Such conferences will be planned around the teacher’s    

        schedule so as not to interfere with class time. Generally when 2 or more teachers are involved the        conference

        time will be at 2:55 pm


5. Emergency School Closing: 

If inclement weather or other conditions require that school be closed, information can be obtained by listening

to radio station WDOE (AM1410 on your radio dial). In situations where school is closed early because of an

emergency, students are expected to walk home or use school bus transportation if it is their normal procedure.

School telephones are not to be used to call outside except in cases of EXTREME EMERGENCY. The

telephone lines must be kept open for emergency calls and important incoming calls.


G.  EMERGENCY RELEASE INFORMAITON:   Each student is expected to have an “Emergency Procedure Information” (EPI) form on file in the Main Office. If it becomes necessary to release a student, the student will be released only to a parent/guardian or a designated adult previously listed on the EPI form.  Ill students, regardless of age, generally will not be allowed to either drive a vehicle or leave school premises unaccompanied. This process will transfer custodial responsibility from the district to the individual picking up the student. NO student will be released without having an EPI form on file.

It is extremely important that all information be completed on the form. If throughout the school year there are any changes, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to amend the form or request a new form. The Main Office is not authorized to amend or record new entries on EPI forms unless there is a written consent note from the parent. Please keep emergency information current.

H.  CHANGE OF ADDRESS OF PHONE NUMBER:   Please inform the Main Office personnel of any change of address or telephone number. Accurate addresses and telephone numbers are essential for both normal and emergency communications with parents/guardians.

I.   TELEPHONE MESSAGES:  Generally, students will be called out of classes to accept telephone messages only in the case of an emergency involving life, death, safety/welfare or property damage. All callers will be asked the nature of the emergency, and the administration will determine if the student will be called out of class. Parents/Guardians who find it necessary to leave emergency messages for students should call the Main Office to leave messages.

J.    DELIVERIES FROM HOME: When a parent/guardian finds it necessary to bring an item to school for his/ her student, the item must be left in the Main Office. The item should have a note with the student's name attached to it before it is left in the office. The administration will not be responsible for items that are not received by students.



  1. Bicycles. Riding bicycles on school property is prohibited. Bicycles are to be parked in designated area. Students are encouraged to lock/secure their bicycles while on school property. The school assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY for theft or damage of bicycles.

  2. Motor Vehicles. Students are not permitted to park in the parking lots adjoining the school building during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on days when school is in session. Students who violate this policy will be subject to discipline. Unauthorized vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.

  3. The use of skateboards or roller blades on school property is prohibited.


L.   LOCKERS:  Every student is assigned a locker for their use at the beginning of the school year. Locker assignments are not to be changed without the permission of the administration. The school is not responsible for articles missing from the lockers. LOCKERS ARE TO BE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. Students are encouraged not to share lockers with friends or give their combinations to anyone. Books and materials should be placed into and removed from lockers during scheduled student passing periods throughout the day.




School dances are an important aspect of each student’s High School experience.  It is our desire that all students attending school dances will have a safe and an enjoyable time. Therefore, the following dance guidelines are necessary:

  1. School dances are a High School activity and are subject to the Dunkirk City School District’s Code of Conduct Policy and Dunkirk High School Rules. Students who are asked to leave the dance may be excluded from future dances as part of their consequence.

  2. The dance times are from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with the exception of the prom that is from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight.

    1. Students who wish to invite non-Dunkirk High School students must complete the Guest Authorization Release Form and have it approved by the administration by 8:00 a.m. the Wednesday prior to the dance.

      1. The visitor must be enrolled in an area High School and in good standing.

      2. High School Administrator will verify the visiting student's standing.

      3. DHS students who bring visitors are responsible for ensuring the visitor abides by DHS policy and behavioral expectations.

      4. If there is an expectation of a high enrollment for the dance/ activity, participation will be limited to DHS students only.

      5. Any other exceptions must be approved by the administrator prior to 8:00 a.m. the Wednesday prior to the dance.

    2. NO Middle School students will be permitted to attend the dance.

    3. Students who have dropped out of school will not be permitted to attend the dance.

  3. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the dance.  Students will not be permitted to enter the dance without a ticket.  All students will be given a breathalyzer test upon entering the dance.

  4. Students will not be permitted to enter the dance after 1 hour of the starting time of the dance without prior arrangements and Administrative approval.

  5. Students will not be permitted to leave the dance/building and re-enter without prior administrative approval.  Students must sign out if they choose to leave the dance, up until 30 minutes remaining in the scheduled dance time.  Students who leave the dance must also promptly leave the school property.

  6. Each student attending the dance agrees to follow the stated dance guidelines.  When dance tickets are purchased each student will sign a form acknowledging notice of the written guidelines and agreeing to abide by these dance guidelines.


N.   BUS TRANSPORTATION:  Bus routes are planned to insure safety and to transport as many students as possible in an effective manner. Students will be picked up and returned home from their assigned stop. Students must be ready when the bus arrives and wait no closer than six feet from the edge of the road. If necessary to cross the road, students must cross ten feet in front of the bus.

The bus driver is the responsible school agent and must be obeyed at all times. The bus driver may assign seats. Students are to remain seated while the bus is moving.  Student behavior on a school bus falls under the District’s Code of Conduct. Students are expected to behave properly; nothing is to be thrown out of the windows or heads and arms extended. Improper behavior on the bus may result in the denial of transportation privileges. The Board of Education and/or Superintendent of Schools has the authority to suspend riding privileges of students who are disorderly or insub­ordinate. In such cases, the parent of the student involved becomes responsible for the student getting to and from school safely.


O.    CONTRACT FOR MULTIPLE YEAR SENIORS:   Each multiple year senior will be issued a performance contract. This contract will be reviewed at the end of each marking period. If the student does not comply with each of the terms of the contract, the student’s enrollment at D.H.S. will be discontinued.

**Term E: Students who do not fulfill this requirement will be asked to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Building Administrator, the extenuating circumstances that caused the failing grade to be earned in order to continue his/ her academic program at Dunkirk High School.



1.  The Guidance Office will notify students regarding guidance appointments by one of the following methods.

a.) Issuing passes to students during the homeroom period. The passes will specifi­cally state the date, time and/or the     

     period the student is requested to report to guidance.


b) A guidance counselor or the guidance secretary will personally request that the teacher release a student for a    

    guidance appointment.


2.  Students wishing to request an appointment are to make such requests by the following method.

 a) Make the request, before or after school, known to the guidance secretary or counselor. Students are not authorized   

    to absence themselves from a class under the pretext of scheduling an appointment.    

 b) Generally, appointments will be made for during a study hall. If a student does not have a study hall, then an   

     appointment time will be assigned for a time that is least disruptive to the student's educational process.

c) The student will be given a pass stating the specific date and time of the appointment. Students are encouraged to   

     keep the scheduled appointments and to be prompt.


3.  Student should report to their scheduled study hall/class, and present the pass for the scheduled appointment to the teacher, before reporting to the Guidance Office.


4. Upon arriving at the Guidance Office, the student must present their pass to the guidance secretary, and sign in.


P.   SPECIAL SERVICES:   Any student who has been scheduled for special educational services (tutors, Liberty Partnership, Upward Bound, etc.) must attend those scheduled classes. Failure to report for special educational services will be considered a class cut.





1.  General Statement: At the High School, we receive many annual requests from parents regarding individual student classroom placements. If these requests were honored, it would be physically impossible to generate a master schedule that would accommodate six to seven hundred students with our present staff and facility. A seemingly simple request by a parent to change the student's schedule is a very involved process with many factors to be considered. In almost all cases, it becomes impossible to find the appropriate teacher available at the appropriate time of the day to accommodate individual student schedule changes involving one or more of these teachers. It should be noted that parents or students cannot select teachers and that teachers do not have the authority to select or refuse students. In addition, counselors must not actually state or give the impression to parents or students that specific teachers can be selected. In an effort to be fair, consistent, and to meet the educational needs of all High School students, the following policy regarding parent requests for individual student placement, teacher selection or schedule change has been established.

2.  If a request for individual student placement, teacher selection or schedule change is to be considered, it must be:

        a)  Recommended by an outside governmental or private agency (examples: social services, probation, family      court, another school district, etc.) with a written explanation addressing how it will benefit the student.

        b)  Recommended by a Dunkirk Middle School faculty team for an incoming student with a written explanation   addressing how it will benefit the entering student.

         d)  Recommended by a District-Wide Committee on Special Education with a written explanation of placement         


         e) Recommended by a parent that wants to have their child screened by the Committee on Special Education and

         abide by their educational recommendations.

         f)  Recommended by the Building Administrator, guidance counselor, or nurse with a detailed written explanation               addressing how it will benefit the student.

        g)  When the student has been scheduled into a teacher’s class for a second year, after the student failed said class               in the previous year.

        h)  The Building Administrator will make the final placement decision.

Note:  A student/teacher personality conflict will generally not be considered sufficient grounds for a student transfer.


Q.   HEALTH SERVICES:   The New York State Education Law requires that every child have a physical exam upon entrance to school in grade l0. The High School health office is staffed by a registered school nurse under the direction of a school physician. The nurse is here to give first aid in case of illness or any accident that happens in school or on school grounds. If it is necessary for a student to see the school nurse, the student must obtain a pass from the classroom teacher and present it to the nurse. No medications are to be administered to any child unless directed to do so in writing by a physician and parent/guardian. Medications must be in their prescription bottle. In case of emergency, first aid is given and parents are notified. 

Each year, physical exams are given to new students, tenth-grade students and those wishing to participate in sports.  Notices concerning recognized physical problems are sent to parents.  The notices must be returned to the health office indicating when a correction has been made.

Students who become ill during the day are to report to the school nurse.  If a student is too ill to remain in school, the nurse will contact the parent/guardian and arrange for the student to go home. In the case of severe injury or illness, 911 will be called for assistance. Remember that the nurse must be informed if your child goes home for medical documentation. Students should not use cell phones to call home, they need to see the nurse.

Excuses for gym must be accompanied by a physician’s statement including the diagnosis and length of time to be excused.  A similar statement is required for a student to return to participating in physical education or sports.

If immunizations are necessary or desired, contact the Chautauqua County Health Department, 319 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, at 366-3660 for an appointment.


R.   SEXUAL HARASSMENT:  The Board of Education affirms its commitment to non-discrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide for all District students an environment that is free of sexual harassment and intimidation.  Sexual harassment is a violation of law and stands in direct opposition to District policy.  Therefore, the Board prohibits and condemns all forms of sexual harassment by employees, school volunteers, students, and non-employees such as contractors and vendors which occur on school grounds and at all school-sponsored events, programs and activities including those that take place at locations off school premises.  Generally, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:


a)  Submission to or rejection of such sexually harassing conduct and/or communication by a student affects decisions regarding any aspect of the student's education, including participation in school-sponsored activities;


b)  Conditions exist within the school environment that allow or foster obscene pictures, lewd jokes, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other harassing activities of a sexual nature; and


c.)  Such conduct and/or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student's academic performance or participation in an educational or extracurricular activity, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment; and/or effectively bars the student's access to an educational opportunity or benefit.



Any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when such actions are:





    Examples of sexual harassment are: touching, verbal comments, sexual name calling, sexual rumors, gestures, jokes/cartoons/pictures, leers, too personal a conversation, cornering/blocking movements, pulling at clothes, students "making out" in the hallway, graffiti, computer messages.

NOTE: Complaints should be brought immediately to the attention of a Building Administrator.

T.   ANTI-HARASSMENT IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT:   The Board of Education affirms its commitment to nondiscrimination and recognizes its responsibility to provide an environment that is free of harassment and intimidation.  Harassment is a violation of law and stands in direct opposition to District policy.  Therefore, the Board prohibits and condemns all forms of harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, political affiliations, sex, age, marital or veteran status or disability by employees, school volunteers, students and non-employees such as contractors and vendors as well as any third parties who are participating in, observing or otherwise engaging in activities subject to the supervision and control of the District.  The Board also prohibits harassment based on an individual’s opposition to discrimination or participation in a related investigation or complaint proceeding under the anti-discrimination statues.  This policy of nondiscrimination and anti-harassment will be enforced on School District premises and in school buildings; and at all school-sponsored events, programs and activities, including those that take place at locations off school premises.  (Complete Board Policy available upon request.)


U.   CAFETERIA:   Each student is assigned only one (1) lunch period. Students must report for their lunch period as they would any other academic period. Students must have permission from the lunch room proctor to leave the cafeteria and a pass must be provided. All students who use the cafeteria are subject to the rules of its use. Refusing the request of the lunch room proctor will result in disciplinary action. You may bring your lunch or purchase it in the cafeteria. Your coopera­tion is asked in the following procedures:

1.        Food and drinks may not leave the cafeteria.

2.        Student ID’s are required, and must be presented to the cashier.

3.        Keep in line; do not crowd or push.

4.        Help the cashier; have your money and ID card ready.

5.        Check your tray before reaching the cashier.

6.        After eating, return tray and soiled dishes to the dishwashing room.

7.        Each student seated at a given table is responsible for clearing the table of all trays, dishes and refuse. Students may be required to wash the table surface if necessary.

8.        Demonstrate good table manners and consideration of others.

9.        Under no circumstances is food to be thrown, or are students to “play” with another student’s food.

10.     Enter and exit the cafeteria from separate doors.

NOTE:  Students are not permitted to order any food from outside businesses and have it delivered to the school during the school day by business employees and/or parents/guardians. If such deliveries are made at the Main Office they will be refused by office personnel at the front entrance and/or Main Office.



1.        Student ID card must be used to sign out/use library materials.

2.        Student wishing to attend the library during their study halls are to report directly to the library at the beginning of the period and sign the appropriate study hall list that will be used to notify the study hall teacher.

3.        The entire library shall be operated as a quiet study area and in compliance with the High School's procedures for study halls. Students will be expected to engage in some productive activity while in the library center.

4.        No student will be released from the library to go to the office, gym, tutor or a teacher without a written pass stating the student's name, date, time and teacher's name.

5.        Students will not be permitted in the library with gym bags, travel bags, large purses, waist pouches, coats or hat.

6.        No food, beverages, candy or gum is permitted in the library.


W.   RESEARCH PAPERS/REPORTS:  Dunkirk Senior High School requires use of the MLA style for all school research papers in all subjects. Writers of research papers must give proof, called references, to show all sources used in writing the paper. This process is called documenting.

All school reports are documented (1) in the body and text and (2) in a MLA reference in the body shows the source of a quotation (someone else's actual words) or paraphrase (someone else's ideas stated in writer's words). A list shows all references alphabetically by another's last name or title or article if no author is given.   

In the report body, references may be noted: (1) in parentheses in the copy (textual citations or parenthetical/notes), (2) by a superscript in the copy, listed on a separate page (endnotes), or (3) by a superscript in the copy, listed at the bottom of the text page (footnotes). A list may contain only the sources noted in the body (REFERENCES or Works cited) or include related materials (BIBLIOGRAPHY). (See Appendix 1).


X.   PLAGIARISM:   Students must be cautioned against plagiarism. Plagiarism is the use of someone else's words or ideas as if they were your own. Even if you re-wrote someone else's words, you must document the source accurately, or it is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious form of cheating which violates the school Conduct Code and can result in serious consequences. Copying from the internet is the same as copying from a written source; internet sources must also be correctly documented.


Y.  STUDY HALLS:  Any study hall in a student's schedule must be spent in the room assigned unless the student has a pre-signed pass from a teacher or counselor. Attendance will be taken by the study hall teacher. Students wishing to use the library during a study hall are to report directly to the library at the beginning of the period and sign the appropriate study hall list. Failure to follow policy will be handled as a class cut and appropriate disciplinary action will take place.

 Study hall periods are no different than any other classroom period.  The same rules and expectations apply to study halls. Study halls should be a valuable time for ALL of our students. In order to make the best use of the time in Study Hall, the following guidelines


1.        Students are instructed to be prepared in ADVANCE and come to study hail with enough academic work to take up the entire period. Students will not be permitted to go TO THEIR LOCKERS for books, pencils, paper or other materials.


2.        NO MAGAZINES are to be read in study hall except those of an academic nature. Students who have library privileges may read magazines provided from the library.


3.        ATTENDANCE MUST BE TAKEN WHILE ALL students are SEATED and QUIET. Pupils MUST NOT leave the study hall.


4.        AFTER ATTENDANCE HAS BEEN TAKEN, students with pre-signed passes will be called up and released by the teacher.


5.        In emergency situations, only one female and one male should be given a pass and sign out, at any given time, for the lavatory.  Students are expected to display their ID card when asked by school district personnel (administrators, teachers, teacher aides, secretaries, lunch room staff, custodians) and any other district employee that is in the building.


6.        Students should be engaged in a productive academic activity throughout the period. Students are no permitted to play games (electronic or otherwise), listen to music (with or without headphones), put their heads down on their desk for long periods of time, sleep or just sit there. NOTHING TO DO - notify the student's Guidance Counselor and/or the student's subject teachers so their problem can be resolved.


7.        Students must remain in the study hall or library for the entire period (except those with pre-signed passes).


Z.  Physical Education:  Every student who attends school must take part in a physical education (P.E) program. Students in grades 9-12 must successfully complete the physical education credit requirements (2 units of credit) in order to qualify for graduation.

If a student must be excused from P.E. classes for less than a week either due to minor injuries or upon returning to school following an illness, the student must deliver a note from the parent to the school nurse. The school nurse will forward a copy to the student’s physical education teacher. If a student must be excused from P.E. for more than a week, that student must deliver a note from his/her physician to the school nurse.

Students who are unprepared or not in attendance for their scheduled P.E. class are expected to make up the missed class(es). Classes must be made up, with prior approval, within 2 weeks of the missed class(es). Students can make up classes during study hall or after school. Students, who are unprepared or miss a class during a swimming unit, must make up the class in the pool.

 Proper Attire for Physical Education Class:  Students are expected to dress appropriately in order to participate in physical education classes. Students must bring a change of clothes and change for physical education classes. All students are required to wear sneakers for safety and performance reasons. Absolutely no jewelry, including body piercing is allowed or permitted in Physical education classes.


AA.  SOLICITATION OF CHARITABLE DONATIONS:  Section 19.6 of the Rules of the Board of Regents, Pursuant to Sections 101 and 207 of the Education Law and Articles VIII, Section 1 of the New York Constitution prohibits soliciting funds from children in public schools as chari­table donations, except where solicitation has a school purpose. Requests for charitable donations must be authorized by the building administrator or his/her designee before solicitation commences.


BB.  ASSEMBLIES:  Attendance at assemblies will be denied to any student who has received one (1) or more days of out-of-school suspension or three (3) or more days of in-school suspension prior to an assembly. Note: Attendance at assemblies is administratively determined on an assembly-by-assembly basis.


CC.  USE OF RADIOS, BEEPERS, CELLULAR PHONES, MP3 PLAYERS and CAMERAS:   Radios, headsets, beepers, CD players, MP3 players, cellular phones, electronic games, cameras, etc., are disruptions to the learning process. These items are prohibited during the school day. The display and/or use of these items is prohibited by students from 8:00 a.m. to 2:27 p.m. Students who violate this policy are subject to administrative intervention/discipline per the Code of Conduct.

  1. First Offense: Warning given and device will be returned to student at end of school day.

  2. Second Offense: Detention given and parent must come in to get device.

  3. Third Offense: One day of In School Suspension (ISS) given and parent must come in to get device.

  4. Fourth and Subsequent Offenses:  Out of School Suspension (OSS) given and parent conference required.


    We ask for parents and students to please understand and to help us by complying with this request.


    DD.   VISITORS/GUESTS TO SCHOOL: All visitors to the school must report to the Main Office, sign the visitor’s register and obtain a visitor’s pass which must be displayed at all times. The visitor’s pass must be returned to the Main Office and the visitor must sign out at the conclusion of the visit. Unless they have a specific reason and prior approval from the Building Principal, student visitors from other schools are not permitted to enter school buildings.



  1. General Policy Statement:  In order to establish and maintain the validity and security of the exam process, all students must take the exam at the designated time and place.

  2. Ill, Hospitalized, or Incapacitated Students:   A physician's written statement or exemption must be submitted to the building administrator.

3.        Students Receiving Home Instruction:  Services of an appropriate proctor will be provided. Arrangements for the proctor will be made by the building administra­tor of his/her designee.

  1. Students Who Do Not Attend the Examination Due to Their Own Neglect or Desire:   School officials will telephone students, if possible, and remind them of their exam right and responsibility. If the student arrives late to the exam room, no additional exam time will be allotted. The student's course average will be computed by utilizing the appropriate established formula. If the student cannot be contacted by school officials or decides not to participate in the exam process after he/she has been contacted, the student's course average will be computed by utilizing the appropriate established formula with no numerical entry for the exam.

  2. Student(s) Who Are or Become Mildly Ill During the Exam: 

    Student(s) should be removed from the exam room and placed under the direct supervision of the nurse, if available, for the duration of the exam period.

  3. Family Vacation: Is considered not to be a valid exemption, since it is an unexcused absence. The student's course average will be computed by utilizing the appropriate established formula with NO NUMERICAL entry for the examination.


    NOTE: A student may be granted an alternative test date by the Building Administrator if the parent(s) of the student can get written verification from the hierarchy of his/her religious order (national/state level) stating that the exam absence is due to an unavoidable required day(s) of obligation to the order that cannot be fulfilled at any other time.







The Board of Education acknowledges its responsibility to protect the educational climate of the District and to promote responsible student behavior.  Accordingly, the Board delegates to the Superintendent the responsibility for assuring the implementation of a Code of Conduct for the Maintenance of Order on School Property, including school functions, which shall govern the conduct of students as well as teachers, other school personnel and visitors. The Board shall further provide for the enforcement of such Code of Conduct.  The District Code of Conduct shall be developed in collaboration with student, teacher, administrator and parent organizations, school safety personnel and other personnel and shall incorporate, at a minimum, those components addressed in law and enumerated in Policy #3410 -- Code of Conduct on School Property.  Specific components may vary as appropriate to student age, building levels and educational needs.


            In accordance with the Code of Conduct on School Property, areas addressing student conduct:                                        


  1. A bill of rights and responsibilities of students that focuses upon positive student behavior, and is publicized and explained to all students on an annual basis;


  2. A Code of Conduct for student behavior setting forth prohibited student conduct and the range of penalties that may be imposed for violation of such Code, that is publicized and disseminated to all students and parents/guardians on an annual basis pursuant to law;


  3. Strategies and procedures for the maintenance and enforcement of public order on school property that shall govern the conduct of all persons on school premises, in accordance with Section 2801 of the Education Law and accepted principles of due process of law;


  4. Procedures within each building to involve student service personnel, administrators, teachers, parents/guardians and students in the early identification and resolution of discipline problems. For students identified as having disabilities, procedures are included for determining when a student's conduct shall constitute a reason for referral to the Committee on Special Education for review and modification, if appropriate, of the student's individualized education program;


  5. Alternative educational programs appropriate to individual student needs;


  6. Disciplinary measures for violation of the school policies developed in accordance with subparagraphs b) and c) of this paragraph. Such measures shall be appropriate to the seriousness of the offense and, where applicable, to the previous disciplinary record of the student. Any suspension from attendance upon instruction may be imposed only in accordance with Section 3214 of the Education Law; and


  7. Guidelines and programs for in-service education for all District staff to ensure effective implementation of school policy on school conduct and discipline.




    The organization cannot exist without rules and regulations. Regulations provide a safe and reasonable framework which protects the rights of the school, its employees and the students.  By accepting and fulfilling appropriate responsibilities, individuals will come to value resultant privileges. Responsibility is inherent in the exercise of every right and it must be emphasized that lack of responsibility means a weakening of rights.


    An awareness of rules on the part of students and parents should minimize disciplinary problems. Rules concerning student conduct should be clearly stated in writing, explained and distributed to all students at the beginning of each school year or at such time as they enter school.


    Any adult employed by the Board of Education is in a position of authority and is directed to enforce these regulations and to require responsible conduct from all students when in school or at school functions. It is also important that students, parents and staff be aware of the range of penalties that will ensue when school rules are violated.


    With each offense under this policy, a penalty range is identified and any of the penalties may be imposed in any order based on the severity and/or frequency of infractions as determined by the building administrator.


    It is the intention of the Dunkirk Public School District to comply with all existing State and Federal laws, court decisions and Commissioner’s Regulations which apply to the conduct and discipline within its schools.




























It is the

Student’s Right to:

It is the

Student’s Responsibility to:

Attend school in the district in which the student resides.

Attend school daily, except when ill, and be on time for all classes.

Express his/her opinions verbally or in writing.

Express his/her opinions and ideas in a respectful manner so as not to offend, slander or restrict the rights and privileges of others.

Express his/her personality and yet be appropriate for the school setting.

Dress so as not to endanger physical health safety, limit participation in school activities or be unduly disruptive.

Expect that the school will be an orderly place for all students to gain an education.

Be aware of all rules and expectations regulating student behavior and conduct him/herself in accordance with these guidelines.

Be afforded due process in the event of disciplinary action brought against him/her, including suspension and/or expulsion.

Be willing to volunteer information in disciplinary cases if he/she has knowledge of importance in such a case.

Be afforded equal and appropriate educational opportunities.

Be aware of available educational programs in order to use and develop capabilities to maximum.

Be afforded the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities.

Be aware of all rules, expectations and standards governing participation and conduct him/herself in accordance with these guidelines.

Be respected as an individual entitled to his/her personal dignity and integrity.

Demonstrate appreciation for the dignity and integrity of all.

Have his/her student records available for inspection by his/her parent/legal guardian upon request or by the student him/herself if eighteen (18) years of age or older.

Be aware of right to access and guidelines covering such access.

Have access to relevant and objective information concerning drug and alcohol abuse as well as access to individuals or agencies capable of providing direct assistance to students with severe personal problems.

Be aware of the information and services available and to seek assistance in dealing with personal problems when appropriate.

Be free from unreasonable intrusion upon his/her person or property by school personnel and/or police agencies.

Be aware of actions which constitute serious and dangerous wrong-doing and refrain from such acts (possession of contraband, drugs, etc.)

Be free from discriminatory practices.

Refrain from participating in any discriminatory practices against others:  students, teachers, custodians, etc.

Have the right to use school lockers.

Be aware that the School District has the right to search any and all lockers from time to time.