Student Handbook

District Mission Statement: The BKW CSD will provide an environment that fosters the creative, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being of each student in order to enable a mastery of the curriculum and a life-long learning capability to meet the challenges of the future.

The Board of Education (“Board”) is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive and district personnel may deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, school personnel, parents and visitors is essential to achieving this goal.

The Berne Knox Westerlo School District (the district) has a long-standing set of expectations for conduct on school property and at school functions. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity.

The Board recognizes the need to clearly define these expectations for acceptable conduct on school property, to identify the possible consequences of unacceptable conduct, and to ensure that discipline, when necessary, is administered promptly and fairly. All violations of New York State’s and US Federal criminal laws, even if not stated in this document, are automatically covered. To this end, the Board adopts this code of conduct (“code”).

Unless otherwise indicated, this does apply to all students, school personnel, parents and other visitors when on school property or for students attending a school sponsored event off school property.

The school conduct and discipline codes are part of New York State SAVE legislation. This handbook constitutes the required SAVE notification.