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CODE OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct of Minisink Valley Central School District meets all of the requirements of Project S.A.V.E. (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education). This New York State legislation is among the most comprehensive in the nation to ensure that our students will be safe in their schools. The Code of Conduct contains procedures relating to discipline, detention, suspension and expulsion. It also includes appropriate standards for student language, dress and behavior. 

MVCSD Code of Conduct

PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS

Click here to view the Parents' Bill of Rights for data privacy and security.

NEW YORK SATE DIGNITY OF ALL STUDENTS ACT

The Dignity for All Students Act – or DASA – was enacted in July 2010 to promote a safe and supportive learning environment in all public and charter schools, free from harassment and discrimination for students and adults.
Under DASA, NO student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property, or at a school function, based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.
If this is happening to you or someone you know, please report it to administration, guidance, nurse or an adult.
If you are a student, the parent/guardian of a student, a volunteer or visitor, and wish to report an incident of alleged harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, complete this form. Incident report forms should be submitted to the main office of your child’ school, and directed to its DASA Coordinator, as follows:

Minisink Valley High School
DASA Coordinator: David Telgheder, Assistant Principal
845-355-5193 ▪ dtelgheder@minisink.com

Minisink Valley Middle School
DASA Coordinator: Stephen Caldwell, Assistant Principal
845-355-5208 ▪ scaldwell@minisink.com

Minisink Valley Intermediate School
DASA Coordinator: Paul Dombal, Principal
845-355-5257 ▪ pdombal@minisink.com

Minisink Valley Elementary School
DASA Coordinators: Colleen Fitzgerald, Principal 
845-355-5272 ▪ cfitzgerald@minisink.com 

Otisville Elementary School

DASA Coordinator: Danielle Ulbrich, School Social Worker
845-355-5856 ▪ dulbrich@minisink.com

DASA: Comprehensive Guide for Parents

PARENT RESOURCES FOR STUDENT HEALTH, WELLNESS AND SAFETY

The following links offer important information and resources for parents and guardians whose children are facing challenges that may compromise their health, safety and academic success.

Alcohol and Drug Information Keeping Your Kids Safe
Bullying and Teasing NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Cyberbullying and Sexting NYS Driving Regulations for Youth
Child Labor Regulations Registered Sex Offenders
Children and the Media Talking with Your Kids about Tough Issues
Helping Youth Quit Smoking Teaching Tolerance

ADAC: ALCOHOL/DRUG-RELATED SERVICES IN ORANGE COUNTY 

An extensive list of community resources with contact information: Critical Services, Self-Help Hotlines, Information and Referral agencies, Inpatient/Outpatient Treatment, Detoxification Services and Behavioral Health. 

If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department. Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment (neglect) is available online at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/

The internet is a rich source of information and a valuable tool for children, if used correctly.  Please be sure to visit OnGuard Online, a website developed by the federal government and the technology industry for information regarding internet safety. Parents can download the following handbook for more information about internet safety:  NET CETERA Chatting with Kids About Being Online.

The Middletown YMCA offers "Club Kid", a fee based program that provides child care before and after school.  Club Kid is located at Otisville Elementary School and at the Intermediate/Elementary school.  For more information about YMCA's Club Kid, click here.  

PARENT TODAY: ONLINE NEWSLETTER FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS

Sometimes, parents and educators don’t have all the answers.  Parent Today is a free tool to help parents play a more engaged and supportive role in their children’s education.  This monthly email newsletter and companion website is designed to help build a stronger bridge between families and the classroom. Packed with research-based information and curated by school communication experts, Parent Today coaches and encourages parents through four chapters of their children’s education–early learners, elementary, middle years and high school. In addition to age and development-appropriate topics with accessible, easy-to-implement tools and strategies, Parent Today also addresses current issues and provides information through changes in the education landscape. The companion blog is a reliable repository of resources to subscribing families. To start your free subscription visit http://www.parenttoday.org/create-profile.cfm Minisink Valley’s district ID is Slate Hill’s zip code: 10973.

OPERATION SAFEGUARD FOR SCHOOLS FROM HOMELAND SECURITY

If you see someone in or around your school or grounds acting suspiciously by:

  • Surveying areas around a school with a camera, binoculars, or video.
  • Making notes on a map or in a computer.
  • Asking for information about students, dismissal times, school bus routes, or the school calendar, in person or via phone or e-mail.
  • Attempting to obtain ID, access cards, or official vehicles.
  • Loitering in or around the school.
  • Leaving a suspicious package in a school, on school grounds, or on a school bus.

 IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.  DON'T KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!

Immediately notify the principal, teacher, school bus driver, security, the playground monitor, the local police or call 1-800-SAFE NYS (1-866-723-3697).