Public Hearing on Code of Conduct, Character and Support and Education Work Session Set for November 19th

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The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive public comments on proposed changes to the Code of Conduct. Speakers are asked to limit their comments to this topic.

The school district has submitted a request to the Office of the Attorney General to consider a more serious consequence for the charge of fighting that does not result in serious bodily injury but that causes a major disruption to the learning environment.  The Office of the Attorney General approved the following revision:
  •  Fighting with Serious Bodily Injury is moved to Level 3B 
  • Added the category, Fighting without Serious Bodily Injury to Level 3A (grades 6 – 12)
Level 3A Assigned Consequences for fighting or attacks:
  • For grades 6-12, up to 5 days OUT-OF-SCHOOL suspension with possible long-term suspension when serious disruption to the operation of the school occurs
A serious disruption is defined as a commotion that:
  1. causes the principal to initiate “Stay-in-Place” emergency procedures;
  2. prevents large numbers of students from proceeding to class or significantly prevents egress; and
  3. poses a serious threat to the health, safety, or welfare of others.
The proposed changes are highlighted and can be viewed by clicking here.

This revision will need to be approved by the Board of Education.  A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 19th at 4:30 pm to allow the community to provide input on the proposed revision.  The Board of Education will vote on the proposed revision to the Code on Monday, November 24th at 4:30 pm.

The public is also invited to communicate comments in writing by addressing them to the Board of Education at 1025 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204.

The Education Work Session will commence immediately following the Public Hearing. 
Dan Losen, Esq. will be presenting and discussing the results of his quantitative and qualitative review of practices for disciplining students in the Syracuse City School District.  To view the most recent review please click here.

Documents which will be the subject of discussion during the meeting, if any, will be available prior to the meeting, at

Contact: Eileen Steinhardt, District Clerk
(315) 435-4691