Discipline Code

The Discipline Code is also known as the Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning. It:

  • Is age-specific with one set for grades K-5 and another for grades 6-12.
  • Explains the standards for behavior in the New York City public schools
  • Describes supports, interventions, and disciplinary measures that schools can use when students misbehave
  • Explains how you can appeal decisions
  • Includes the Student’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Learn about the proposed changes to the Discipline Code on the Resilient Students, Safe Schools page. Read the summary, see the versions with the proposed red-line revisions, and find out about the borough-based engagement sessions for teachers, school administrators, student leaders, parents, and community partners.

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Ensuring that every child learns in safe, supportive, and inclusive schools is our top priority. To do this we use preventive approaches that address the real causes of a conflict as well as reinforcing positive behaviors through teachable moments. We also hold students accountable for their actions. The Discipline Code outlines the standards of behavior and the consequences if these standards are not met. We encourage you to become familiar with these standards and discuss them at home.

The current version of the Discipline Code includes input from principals, teachers, safety administrators, parents, student leaders, and advocacy groups.

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the Office of Safety and Youth Development at 212-374-6807.

Code of Conduct and District-Wide Safety Plan

To learn about how the DOE creates its citywide plan for emergency management and crisis intervention and sets standards for conduct:

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