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Question: How Well Do You Know Hauppauge School District's Code of Conduct?

Hauppauge school officials and board members consider adding definition for bullying, cyberbullying to the Code of Conduct.

Clarification:  A summary of the Hauppauge School District Code of Conduct is included in the Back to School mailing at the start of each school year, clarified district spokewoman Trish Auerbach, not a full copy as previous stated. 

Last week, Patch readers raised questions and shared concerns over how Hauppauge School District handles student bullying and its Code of Conduct.

The district has a 42-page Code of Conduct posted in its website that defines students' responsibilities, dress code, prohibited conduct, reporting of problems and disciplinary procedures.

 Trish Auerbach, a spokeswoman for Hauppauge school district said a summary of the Code of Conduct is included in the district's Back-To-School mailing each fall. 

Yet, parents at the Board of Education's Feb. 7 meeting were asking how they could find the district's Code of Conduct and disciplinary policies, following a recent altercation at Hauppauge Middle School.

The following day, reader Beth LaManna posted the question on Hauppauge Patch's Facebook page, "Anti-Bullying programs in your school in the Hauppauge School District, are they working?" Her question sparked a conversation on bullying and what's being done in local schools.

Hauppauge school officials and Board of Education members considered adding a section to the district's Code of Conduct that would define bullying and cyberbullying in August 2010. It is not currently part of the district's current Code of Conduct, according to the Board of Education's page.

The proposed definition of bullying reads: A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative action on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending him/herself.

This definition includes three important components:

  1. Bullying is an aggressive behavior that involves unwanted negative actions.
  2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
  3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.

The proposed addition to the Code of Conduct lists several examples of bullying such as derogatory comments; social exclusion; physical bullying like kicking or shoving; lies and false rumors; having money or items taken; being threatened or force to do things; and racial-, sexual- and cyberbullying.

The proposed definition for cyberbullying starts:

Cyberbullying refers to any harassment that occurs via the Internet, cellphones or other devices. Communication technology is used to intentionally harm others through hostile behavior such as sending text messages and posting ugly comments on the Internet.

Our question asks: How familiar are you with Hauppauge Public Schools' Code of Conduct? Did you know it was available on the district's website?

Also, how do you feel about the district's proposed definitions of bullying and cyberbullying?

Tell us in the comments section below.

Click on the attached PDF to read the district's full and complete Code of Conduct.

GiantsDad2012 February 17, 2012 at 08:40 PM
"A printed copy of it is sent home with each student at the beginning of the year," said district spokeswoman Trish Auerbach in a written statement. Is the 42 page Code of Conduct sent home? If so, I have never had this sent home to me or my wife. Please clarify? I also have another question about the "Code Of Conduct"- it mentions dress code in your article. Is there any document that exists for district personnel about dress code? I wonder because I can name two administrators in the district office that look like they are going to a night club! Honestly, how does it look for Hauppauge that these two individuals are a laughing stock! The Superintendent and BOE should enforce a dress code for it's administrators. They should be ashamed of themselves!
Forever Hauppauge February 18, 2012 at 04:35 AM
GiantsDad, I know the two that you are talking about and I couldn't agree more, they do dress like they are going clubbing and then some. Personnel should dress professionally given the environment that they are in. Those two are sending the wrong message to parents and children, the sad part is that they are part of our administration in our district. As far as what Trish Auerbach stated, no such copy was ever sent home with our child. I would remember getting a 42 page booklet. As this paid spoke person is spinning her web of false statements, I am wondering exactly where is she getting her information from? Who is telling her to state this? How much money is she being paid to make such false statements with our tax dollars? They are really laying it on thick. I am glad that I am not the only one that sees that. Looks like I am going to be filling out some more foil forms....
Forever Hauppauge February 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Sara would you do a survey on how many people got the code of conduct. FYI, in the school calendar which was received by mail, on page 34 it clearly states that an August mailing would be sent out with the "code of conduct". Contrary to what is stated by "Trish Auerback" this was not sent home in the back-pack to my child. I never got this an quite sure after discussing this with other parents they didn't receive this either. So please Trish tell me what date this was sent out in our child's back-pack?
Mom3 February 18, 2012 at 06:52 PM
We received the code of conduct during meet the teacher night back in September. It is on page 16-17 in the parent handbook.
Forever Hauppauge February 18, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I was at every single back to school night in the district and did not receive the "code of conduct" booklet or the handbook. Trish Auerback stated that it was given to our children via back pack at the beginning of the school year. Where is mine?
Mom3 February 19, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I have three children in Hauppauge schools and I Received the handbook each year when I went to open school night. It is a green covered packet that has always been on their desks when we go to open house. It is something that honestly most wouldn't even bother to look through. Also, the conduct letter is also included in the packet we get sent in the mail in August with the forms that need to be filled out for the nurse. I know this because my neighbor and I always comment on what a waste of paper that we all get this even when our kids don't require physicals depending on the school year.
Christopher D'Antonio February 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Assuming that all of the commentators thus far have access to a computer with somewhat reliable internet, a copy of the school district's code of conduct can be found online at this address: http://hauppauge.k12.ny.us/public/Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf
GiantsDad2012 February 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Thank you Christopher! Wow it's a good thing you stopped by to coach us on where to find it on the web site. By the way we should cut some of Patty's pay and get a real web site. The question was where this document was that they said was sent home. I looked through my kids folders we get at Back to School night and we didn't get it. I guess some people did. I also wanted to know what kind of dress code is in place for administrators? Most of them do dress appropriately and two of them dress like they think they are 20. It is really inappropriate. Looking at a 60 year olds legs with short skirts with no stockings and high heels makes me honestly feel sick!
Forever Hauppauge February 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Don't think they got the memo GiantsDad, Halloween is only one day a year, October 31st. My daughter loved "Madonna" back in the 80s, doesn't mean I would let her go to school with cones on her breasts. Maybe there was a Lady Gaga thing going on? See if the school district draws the line at raw meat dresses.... Your right about dress codes, people earning over one hundred thousand of tax payer dollars should dress more appropriately for the office they hold. I did look through all of my paperwork from open school night and I did not get a handbook. I have all of the paperwork that was sent home in August and did not get a handbook or the 42 page booklet. Where is mine?
HallieS February 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I recieve a copy of the Code of Conduct every year just before school starts. Usually before I receive the teacher assignments. I have 2 children in the school district for 11 years now. The staff is absolutely supposed to follow the code of condust as well as set an example. I confirmed that one year with our Principal of Forest Brook when one of the teachers was very proud of her breast enhancement, cleaveage and belly button that she had to proudly flaunt them at the elementary carnival. That was a few years ago and over a dozen parents complained. Of course, the bunch of 5th grade boys getting ready for middle school surely noticed. I think they thought that was the entertainment.
GiantsDad2012 February 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
" Clarification: A summary of the Hauppauge School District Code of Conduct is included in the Back to School mailing at the start of each school year, clarified district spokewoman Trish Auerbach, not a full copy as previous stated. " Hauppauge Schools back peddling as usual !! Did anyone note the new clarification at the top of this article. It is not a 42 page documnet afterall, it was a summary one page sent to the families. They pay the spokesperson....why? So they can revise what was said! Get the facts straight! Our Tax money is paying for this. I was right once again......oh Davey where are you??? Don't you realize how ridculous you all look. It's like a circus and all these clowns are running it! I hope that the 2 club goers (Administrators) had an opportunity to purchase the correct clothing for their position during this week? With their pay they should have enough to get some decent cothing.
jimbo March 01, 2012 at 10:12 PM
For the record i have never received any booklet , whether sent to my home or home with my child.

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