Student Life

Code of Conduct

 WDS Code of Conduct
 
 
דרך ארץ קדמה לתורה Menschliness before Godliness Vayikra Rabba (9:3), ויקרא רבה ט:ג
 
A fundamental belief of WDS is that first and foremost, a WDS student is a mensch. Our students conduct themselves with dignity and respect for themselves and others. They have a strong sense of right and wrong and are guided to be ethical in their lives.
 
We are committed to fostering an environment in which every student feels physically and emotionally safe. Students are expected to behave appropriately at all times, in accordance with the values of our school. We speak and behave with each other in a respectful and dignified manner, in the spirit of Menschlichkeit.
 
Throughout WDS, our students are supported by a warm and structured learning environment with strategies that support prosocial behavior. Individualized behavior plans are implemented when needed. In grades 1-5 there is explicit instruction on strategies for self-regulation as part of our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. Students and parents review and consent to their understanding of the WDS Authorized Use Policy (AUP), which delineates behavioral expectations related to computer, internet, and social media use.
 
When a student is struggling to behave appropriately, the administration in collaboration with parents, will determine how to ensure understanding of behavioral guidelines and why a particular behavior is unacceptable and not consistent with expectations for WDS students. If a student violates school rules by engaging in disrespectful language, verbal or physical fighting, bullying, property damage, putting oneself or someone else in danger, or other inappropriate behavior, the administration will take disciplinary steps. Specific protocols for responding to aggressive language or behaviors based on grade level are delineated below.
 
The basic expectations for in-school behavior also apply to WDS students outside of school. This includes, but is not limited to, Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations, trips, and extracurricular events including team sports.
 
Early Childhood and 1st Grade
Our behavior policy for Early Childhood and 1st Grade reflects the wide developmental variability in this age group. When physically aggressive, students will be removed from the stimulating environment and spend time in a supervised calmer space, outside of the classroom. Attention will be focused on the injured student. When the situation is calm, teachers will speak with the student responsible. Depending on the circumstances, the student may be brought to an administrator’s office and parents will be notified. Specific behavioral plans may be implemented. If physically aggressive behavior persists, consultation with an outside professional may be mandated and other measures may be indicated.
 
2nd Grade
Inappropriate or aggressive language will be addressed as needed, dependent on the situation. On the first occurrence of physical aggression, the student will:
·         speak with an administrator
·         apologize to the injured party
·         be removed from class for a period of 30 minutes, in a supervised space
·         be welcomed warmly back to class
Subsequently, an administrator will call the student’s parent(s) before the end of the school day when possible. In partnership with the parents and student, positive behavioral supports will be further developed.
In the event of subsequent incidents, the administrator will speak with the student and then contact the parent(s) to relay the administrative disciplinary decisions which may include being sent home or in school suspension. On the second occurrence, depending on the hour of the day the child will either be sent home or will miss school the following day. In all cases while waiting to be picked up, the student will be removed from the classroom to a supervised space. Upon the student’s return, positive behavioral supports will be reassessed. If physically aggressive behavior persists, consultation with an outside professional may be mandated and other measures may be indicated.
 
3rd– 5th Grades
Inappropriate or aggressive language will be addressed as needed, dependent on the situation. On the first occurrence of physical aggression, an administrator will speak with the “aggressor” and contact the parent(s) to relay the administrative disciplinary decisions which may include being sent home or in school suspension. On the second occurrence, depending on the hour of the day the child will either be sent home or will miss school the following day. In all cases while waiting to be picked up, the student will be removed from the classroom to a supervised space. Upon the student’s return, positive behavioral supports will be further developed, in partnership with the parent(s) and student. If physically aggressive behavior persists, consultation with an outside professional may be mandated and other measures may be indicated.
 
Middle School
Inappropriate or aggressive language will be addressed as needed, dependent on the situation. Physical aggression is not tolerated. On the first occurrence of physical aggression, an administrator will speak with the “aggressor” to insure that he or she understands why the behavior was not acceptable, what the consequences are, and what will happen in the future if the behavior persists. An administrator will contact the parent(s) to relay the administrative disciplinary decisions which may include being sent home or in school suspension. On the second occurrence, depending on the hour of the day the child will either be sent home or will miss school the following day. If physically aggressive behavior persists, consultation with an outside professional may be mandated and other measures may be indicated.
 
School-Wide Issues
 
Cell Phones and Technology
Students are not allowed to use cellphones during the school day under any circumstances. Middle School students are required to place their cellphones in a designated, individualized container when they enter the building and can retrieve them on their way out of the building. This policy includes smartwatches. A student who needs to be in contact with a family member during the day can go to the front office and ask for their family member to be called. If there is a need for privacy, an area will be provided. A family member that needs to communicate something to their child can call the office and the message will be relayed to the student. Once again, if the message is of a private nature, the student will be notified and will be able to call the family member at the earliest appropriate time.
Students may not share and/or forward any texts, emails, photos, videos or other communications without explicit permission from all involved parties (the original sender; those pictured, etc.).
Technology use by WDS students is guided by the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that must be read and signed by students in grades 3-8 and their parents.  The AUP is reviewed in depth with each class at the beginning of each school year. Click here to read the AUP.

Fidget Tools
Some students, but certainly not all, benefit from doing something with their hands in order to improve their focus, particularly during listening/discussion times. However, the current fidget toy fad is not helpful for effective learning. Fidget tools that are appropriate for school settings must meet certain criteria. They need to be noiseless, not distracting to others, and able to be manipulated without looking at them. We have several different kinds of school-approved fidget tools in Dr. Adler’s office. If a student might benefit from using one under certain circumstances, the student or parent must speak to the teacher, Dr. Adler, or the Assistant Principal. Students are not allowed to bring in and use during class their own fidget toys, including any kind of spinners. 

Theft/Vandalism
Respect for another’s property, whether an individual’s or an institution’s, is a basic principle of the school. Theft is the taking of or the use of property without specific permission, including the hacking into electronic systems, devices and/or documents. Vandalism is the defacing or damaging of another’s property. Students who steal or vandalize are subject to disciplinary action that may include financial penalties, suspension or other actions at the discretion of the administration. The severity of the consequence will depend upon multiple factors, including the specific circumstances of the action and the student’s record of prior behavior.
In the Middle School, we rely on an environment of trust and respect.  Students do not use locks on their lockers. Lockers are the property of WDS and should be treated with care and respect. The School reserves the right to inspect student lockers at any time. Students are not permitted to access any locker other than their own. 

Academic Honesty
Plagiarism is use of someone else’s work without acknowledging its source. Students should approach teachers when they have any questions or concerns about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. A student who plagiarizes or cheats has acted in a manner contradictory to the values of our school and will receive serious academic penalties. Some work calls for collaboration among students. On any given assignment/assessment, the teacher will make clear whether collaboration is prohibited, permitted or required. If a student is not clear about whether or not collaboration is allowed, he/she should work individually.

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Westchester Day School is a Modern Orthodox, co-educational, dual-curriculum, toddler to 8th grade Jewish school that inspires and educates our students in their own way to value menschlichkeit, mitzvot, and lifelong learning.