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  •         Cell phone and personal electronics use is prohibited in the school building and on school provided transportation.
  •         Cell phones and personal electronics will be considered as in use if they are “on” or are in sight.
  •         Use of cell phones and personal electronics in the school building or school transportation will result in them being confiscated, and may result in further disciplinary action. Confiscated cell phones and personal electronics will be returned to the student’s parent or guardian.
  •         The only exception to this rule is if teachers are utilizing cell phones or personal electronics for an educational purpose in the classroom. 
  •         Massena Central School will assume no responsibility for lost, stolen or broken cell phones and personal electronics after they have been confiscated.
  •         Due to time constraints, the school will not investigate stolen cell phones and personal electronics. Their security is the sole responsibility of the student.


Enforcement of the Personal Electronics Policy is found in the JW Leary Personal Electronics Plan which reads as follows:

  1.  If the item is visible to a staff member they will request that the item be turned in to them and the item will be taken to the office.  The office will document that the student was seen with an item and it was taken.
    1. On the first offense, the infraction is logged in the office and the personal electronic item is returned to the student at the end of the day.
    2. On the second offense, the item is taken and turned into the office and is not returned to the student.  It must be picked up by a parent or someone in parental relation to the student.  Exceptions can be made only by the principal in communication with the student's parent


B. If the item is out and in use, the student will begin at (ii) above.


C. It is also worth noting that students are expected to turn the item over to staff without a conversation or question.  If the student becomes insubordinate and refuses to follow a reasonable request from a staff member they will be subject to the code of conduct for those behaviors.




All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions.  This should be considered the student’s work place and students should dress accordingly.   Attire should not be offensive, provocative, outlandish, or distracting to the school environment.  Attire that interferes with the educational process or impinges upon the rights of others will not be tolerated.  Clothing and hair styles shall be neat and clean.  The school expects reasonable personal hygiene practices to be followed.  The administration will determine what is or is not appropriate and is authorized to take action in instances where an individual’s dress does not meet these stated requirements.

   The Massena Central School District recommends a mode of dress based upon common sense, good taste, current styles and the concern for the best interest of the entire student body, as well as, the individual.  To that end, a student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails, shall:


  1.   Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
  2.   Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, mesh shirts, muscle shirts, midriff shirts, plunging necklines (front and/or back) see through garments, shorts or skirts above mid-thigh, and jeans with holes are not appropriate (with arms at one’s sides, fingertips are considered mid-thigh).  Tank tops must have straps that are at least 2 inches wide and fitted sleeves.
  3.   Ensure that underwear is completely covered with outer clothing.  This would include such items as bras, bathing suits, halter tops, or tank tops if worn underneath outer clothing. 
  4.   Include footwear at all times.  Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed. Appropriate footwear for Physical Education and Technology class are required.
  5.   Not include hats of any style other than in the corridor. Hoods must remain down at all times. Bandanas of any kind are not allowed in the building.
  6.   Not include items that are distracting or offensive, vulgar, make sexual reference, or degrade others on account of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  7.   Not include any clothing that advertises alcohol, other substances, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourages other illegal and violent activities.
  8.   Not include chains, sharp dog collars, or bracelets or anything that could cause injury.
  9.   Not include baggy or sagging pants (waistband must rest on the top of the hip bones).
  10. Not include sunglasses.
  11. Not include pajamas
  12. Not include coats or jackets during the school day. Hooded sweatshirts are not considered outerwear




Students are not permitted to sell any items nor raise funds in any manner on school property without authorization from the principal.




  1. William Leary Junior High School is dedicated to the safety and security of all students.  Video cameras, monitored hallways, restricted entrances, and visitor passes are a few measures used to meet this goal.  Students who see or hear suspicious activity that may compromise safety should immediately contact a teacher or administrator.  Such activity may include but is not limited to:  threats, violent language/behavior, suicide ideation, severe depression, weapon possession and perceived intruders in the building.



The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, District personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of school facilities and equipment while on school property or at a school-sponsored event.



  1.     Follow the directions of all staff members. 
  2.     All food (including gum and candy) and drink are to be consumed in the cafeteria. The exception to this is water contained in clear containers Students are not allowed to have coffee, soda, and/or energy drinks in school.  Regardless of location, always clean up after yourself and assist others.
  3.     Speak in a respectful manner to all staff members and to fellow students.  Use conversational voices and appropriate language at all times.  Refrain from speech that is slanderous, malicious, vulgar, or disruptive to the educational process.
  4.     Refrain from harassment of any kind.(Physical, psychological and cyber)
  5.     Respect the personal space of all people.  No inappropriate contact: no pushing, fighting, or other behavior considered to be unsafe or violation of the rights of others will be tolerated.
  6.     Respect school property, one’s own property, and the property of others.  No dangerous, unnecessary and illegal items will be permitted at school.  These may include objects or materials used to cause distraction or discomfort.
  7.     Be at school and in all classes on time and attend school unless ill or absent with a legitimate excuse.
  8.     Obtain a teacher’s signature in his/her planner for permission to move from one area of the building to another.
  9.     Be prepared for classes, do their homework and participate in their classes to the best of their ability. 
  10. Not to use or be in possession of tobacco products, alcohol, illegal substances, matches or cigarette lighters.




     Bomb threats are extremely disruptive to the educational process at school and emergency response agencies within the community.  Undue concern is brought to students, parents, teachers and school officials when this illegal act takes place.  Students who make a bomb threat will face severe disciplinary action by the school district and prosecution to the fullest extent by law enforcement.



     The school is committed to the prevention of alcohol and other substance use/abuse.  No person may use, possess, sell, or distribute alcohol or other substances, nor may use or possess drug paraphernalia on school grounds or at school sponsored events, except drugs as prescribed by a physician.  The term “alcohol and/or other substances” refers to the use of all substances including, but not limited to alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, and any of those substances commonly referred to as “designer drugs”.  The inappropriate use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is also forbidden.

     Additionally, the following persons are not permitted to enter school grounds or school sponsored events:  any person who gives visible and/or physical indication that he/she has used or consumed alcohol or other substances, or any person who school personnel have reasonable grounds to suspect has used alcohol or other substances.

     Disciplinary measures for students found to have used or to be using, in possession of, selling, or distributing alcohol and/or other substances and for students possessing drug paraphernalia (on school grounds or while attending school sponsored activities) are severe.  The appropriate law enforcement agency will be notified whenever a violation occurs.  The school will cooperate fully with such agency.




     This section refers to the use or possession (in school, on school property, at school sponsored activities, on school buses) of a weapon, which constitutes a firearm or destructive device, a knife, or any object intended to be used as a weapon which poses a danger to the safety and welfare of others.

       In accordance with applicable Federal and State laws and Board policy, the punishment for possession of a weapon which constitutes a firearm or destructive device shall be a suspension upon instruction for a period of not less than one calendar year, unless the Superintendent determines to modify such punishment.  The Superintendent’s determination shall be on a case-by-case basis. 

      The term “firearm” shall include any weapon, including a starter gun, which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device.  The term “destructive device” means any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one quarter ounce, mine or any device similar to any of those devices already described in this paragraph.  Except that “destructive device” shall not mean any device not designed or redesigned for use as a weapon.





     Students have no right or expectation of privacy in school lockers.  School lockers are the sole property of the Massena Central School District.  Periodic general inspections of lockers, including the use of drug detecting canines, may be conducted by school authorities for any reason and at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.

     Designated school officials may search a student’s person and/or his or her personal effects (e.g. purse, backpack, etc.) when there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the student possesses an item which violates federal or state law, school board policy, or which may be harmful to the school or its students.  Searches of the person of a student shall be limited to:

  •         The contents of a student’s pockets,
  •         Any object in the possession of the student, including but not limited to a purse, wallet, shoes, socks, outerwear or backpack.




    The range of penalties which may be imposed for student conduct or behavior which fails to meet expectations, as previously described is as follows:

Verbal warning; Written warning; Written notification to parent;

Counseling Probation; Reprimand; Detention; Suspension from transportation; Suspension from athletic participation; Suspension from social or extracurricular activities; Suspension from other privileges; Exclusion from a particular class; Involuntary transfer; Suspension upon instruction; Referral to the Superintendent.


The Massena Central School District Code of Conduct can be found in the District Calendar in abbreviated form.  The complete Code of Conduct is available to parents upon request.