• The Code of Conduct: Together We Can
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    Rochester's schools strive to provide a safe and productive learning environment that will help students become successful, responsible citizens. Our goal is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate fully in their education without disruption.
    The District's Code of Conduct is written to promote a positive learning environment for all students. It spells out expectations for the responsible behavior of all partners in the school community: students, teachers, administrators and other staff, parents/guardians, and visitors to schools. 
    The Rochester Board of Education adopted its Code of Conduct (Policy 1400) on June 16, 2016. Development of the Code of Conduct was overseen by the Community Task Force on School Climate, a collaboration between the District and numerous stakeholders facilitated by the Rochester Area Community Foundation. The process received support from a variety of places including the Advancement Project; the Alliance for a Quality Education; the Education, Action and Change Committee of Facing Race=Embracing Equity; M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence; Metro Justice; Rise Up Rochester Inc.; Rochester Area Community Foundation; Rochester City School District; and Teen Empowerment.  
    This policy was last amended on June 29, 2023 based on New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) updates and the Code of Conduct Committee (COCC) recommendations during the 2022-23 school year.
    To read the Code of Conduct, click here.
    For a full list of Board policies related to students, please click here.
    School Emergency Plans
    In addition, each school has a plan for responding to emergency situations that may occur during the school day. These include situations such as medical emergencies, weather-related emergencies, utilities failures (electricity, gas, water), and situations involving school safety and security.
    The plans enable schools to be prepared in the event of an emergency and to protect the safety and well-being of students, staff, and visitors. Plans are reviewed regularly by school staff and are updated in accordance with directives from District safety officials working in conjunction with state and federal agencies.
    To view the RCSD District Emergency plan, please click here.