SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Visiting the School
Our visitors use the main door on 93rd Street to enter and exit the building.
All visitors are required to:
Show a picture I.D. to the School Safety Agent. Get a pass to the Main Office.
Check in at the Main Office.
Travel to your final destination in the school.
This provides protection for our students and avoids disruption of the educational process.
Parents are not permitted to enter a classroom while school is in session. This helps us avoid interruptions to instruction. Kindly drop off any Items that you bring in for your child (such as books, coats, lunches, and backpacks) in the Main Office. Our school secretary will ensure that they are brought to your child.
Teachers are not available for telephone calls or unscheduled conferences during instruction. If you wish to schedule a conference or speak with your child’s teacher, please leave a message for the teacher in the main office, or speak to our Parent Coordinator, Tanisha Battle.
Please make every effort to have your child at school on time each day. Student attendance is monitored daily by the school and by the New York City Department of Education. Students arriving after 8:00 am are considered late. Late students must get a late pass from the school aide at the front desk. Excessive absences or lateness will be noted on the child’s report card.
Parents or guardians must submit a written explanation upon the child’s return to school. A note is also required whenever a child is to be excused from school early. Please try to make medical, dental, or other appointments for students outside school hours. If you must make an appointment during school hours, please try to make it near the beginning or end of the school day. You must notify the school before picking up your child. For example, if your child will be picked up at 1:30 PM for a doctor’s appointment, you should notify the school on the morning of that appointment.
CODE OF CONDUCT
At P.S. 233, instilling self-discipline in our students is a critical piece of our school program. It is the training that develops self-control and good character. Self-discipline is the key to health and safety, productive schoolwork, and consideration of the rights, property and safety of others.
Proper discipline is a major part of the classroom teacher's responsibility. If your child has a minor discipline problem, expect that their teacher will handle it within the classroom. Discipline problems considered chronic or severe will be reported to Ms. David, our Guidance Counselor. In resolving disciplinary infractions, the teacher may contact a student's parents and conduct a conference to help address any discipline issues. In the case of chronic problems, the Guidance Counselor may do the same.
In accordance with the values of the PS 233 community and the standards for behavior set forth by the New York City Department of Education in the Chancellor’s Discipline Code, we expect pupils to treat each other with civility and respect. We prohibit acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of pupils by other pupils, school employees, or third parties. Parents should report any incidence of such behavior to their child’s teacher. If the teacher is not available, you may speak to our Guidance Counselor, Parent Coordinator, Assistant Principal or Principal.
We ask each family to review the Langston Hughes School Constitution with their child. We encourage all members of our school community to adhere to the articles of our constitution. This helps us maintain an environment that is respectful of all.
USE OF CELL PHONES, COMPUTING DEVICES AND PORTABLE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
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.
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.
Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in bathrooms.
B. Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may be used as set forth below.
During the school day:
Cell phones and electronic devices are to be turned off during the school hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Students are to store their cell phone in their backpack which is to be then locked in the student’s classroom closet.
Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.
Cell phones and other electronic devices may not be turned on or used during after-school or Saturday instructional programs.
Parents who need to contact their child during school hours must call the main office at 718-346-8103.
C. Confiscation and return of electronic items
Failure to comply with P.S. 233’s cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems policy may result in the following consequences:
First Offense - warning
Second Offense - confiscation of item and return at end of school day
Third Offense - confiscation of item and return following parent conference
Fourth Offense - confiscation of item and return following parent conference with administration
Fifth Offense - revocation of privilege to bring item to school.
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 A-413, 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 Discipline Code.
E. Theft, Loss or Damage
P.S. 233 is not responsible or liable for any cell phone or electronic device that is lost, stolen or damaged.
LOST AND FOUND
Our Lost and Found bins are in the Main Lobby.
Please label any item of clothing that your child may remove during the school day. Children are encouraged not to bring items to school that have significant monetary or sentimental value, or that may be dangerous to themselves or others.
If students leave anything behind at school, they should check if it is in lost and found bin in the main lobby. The school is not responsible for personal property that is lost, stolen, or damaged.