Dear Garnet Gull Families,


    I hope this message finds your family off to a wonderful start this school year!  This summer, the administrative team met with members of our school community to review our Code of Conduct. The group works together to review the Code of Conduct, recommend changes, and finalize any necessary updates.  Mr. Wilson and I met with our students during the first day of school to discuss the updates for this school year. I am writing to communicate the same message to our families. The major updates to the Code of Conduct for this year are in two areas: Dress Code and Vaping  You will find this information below. It is recommended that all of our families review and become familiar with the Code of Conduct in its entirety.  You can access our Code of Conduct by clicking here.


    Student Dress Code

    Each student’s fashion and grooming may be the result of personal style and individual preferences.  The school will not generally interfere with a student’s right to make decisions regarding appearance, except when appearance choices negatively affect the education program, goals of the school, or present a hazard to the safety or health of the wearer or others.   With this in mind, the Board of Education has adopted Policy 5511, establishing rules for dress that apply to school attendance and participation in activities.


    The Board of Education authorizes the Principal or Principal's designee  to enforce school regulations prohibiting student dress or grooming practices which:


    1. Are violence-, alcohol-, drug- or tobacco-related or offensive to any sexual orientation, to any national, ethnic, religious, or gender groups;
    2. Contain slogans, words, symbols, or pictures of an offensive or obscene nature;
    3. Incite others to behave in violent or dangerous manner or promote bias or hatred;
    4. Materially interfere with school work, create disorder, or disrupt the educational program;
    5. Cause excessive wear or damage to the school property; and,
    6. May conceal a student’s identity.  Examples include, but are not limited to masks, bandanas, sunglasses, hoods, ect.


    While the wearing of hats is permitted in common areas of the school, it is the teacher’s discretion whether hats are permitted in the classroom.  


    In addition, part of the school’s charge is to prepare students for the workplace.  Therefore, workplace appropriateness will be considered when determining acceptable student fashion and grooming.


    If a student does not dress in accordance with the above guidelines, he/she will be given the opportunity to change.  Parents may be telephoned to bring in a change of clothing. In any case in which dress and grooming violations become chronic, further disciplinary action may be taken at the discretion of the administration.

    Vaping(and smoking)


    Smoking and vaping presents a health hazard which can have serious consequences both for the smoker and the non-smoker and is, therefore, of concern to school officials.  

    N.J.S.A. 2A:170-51.4 prohibits the sale or distribution to any person under twenty-one years old of any cigarettes made of tobacco or any other matter substance which can be smoked, or any cigarette paper or tobacco in any form, including smokeless tobacco; and any electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, pipe, or any cartridge or other component of the device or related product.  Consequences for a student possessing and/or using such an item at any time in the school buildings, or on school grounds, at school sponsored events away from school, or on a school bus will be:


    Type of Offense

    First  Offense

    Second Offense

    Third Offense

    Possession and/or use of substances identified in N.J.S.A. 2A:170-51.4 & Board of Education Policy 5533

    1. Parent notification
    2. 2 school days External Suspension (ES)
    3. Referral to SAC
    4. Police notification
    5. Removal from co-curricular and athletic activities for 7 calendar days (see Regulation 5570 Sportsmanship)
    1. Parent notification
    2. 5 school days External Suspension (ES)
    3. Referral to SAC
    4. Police notification
    5. Removal from co-curricular and athletic activities for 14 calendar days (see Regulation 5570 Sportsmanship)

    a.  Parent notification

    b.  10 school days External Suspension (ES)

    c.   Referral to SAC

    d.   Police notification

    e.  Removal from co-curricular and athletic activities for 20 calendar days (see Regulation 5570 Sportsmanship)

    If you have any questions about the updates to the Code of Conduct please do not hesitate to ask for clarification.  Thank you for all of your support in making this such a great school.


    Nathan Grosshandler, Ed.D.