Safety and Discipline

The New York City  Department of Education is committed to ensuring that our schools provide a safe and orderly environment in which teaching and learning take place each day. Safe, supportive school environments depend on students, staff and parents demonstrating mutual respect. The Office of Safety and Youth Development works with the Integrated Service Centers' Safety Administrators and directly with schools to provide a range of supports to establish and maintain safe and orderly schools and to promote positive school climate and culture.

All members of the school community - students, staff and parents - must know and understand the standards of behavior which all students are expected to live up to and the consequences if these standard are not met. The citywide standard of Discipline and Intervention Measures (The Discipline Code) provides a comprehensive description of unacceptable behavior and consequences, including incidents involving drugs or weapons. The code applies to all students, including those with disabilities. The Discipline Code is updated each year, distributed to all students and can be downloaded in English or eight other languages.

The maintenance of order and security in and around public schools is essential to creating learning environments to which students can meet high academic standards, educators can teach towards those standards, and parents can be assured that their children are learning in a safe and positive school setting.  New York State law requires every school district to develop a comprehensive district-wide safety plan.  

The NYC district-wide plan is available (here).

A parent guide to the safety plan is available (here).