School Policies

Cell Phone & Electronics Use Policy

In line with NYCDOE Chancellor's Regulations, cell phones and similar electronic devices which may be used for education-related purposes are permitted in school. Students and families should familiarize themselves with the NYCDOE Chancellor's Regulations and Discipline Code, as those documents govern acceptable and prohibited use of electronic devices in schools. Cell phones, computers, and similar electronic devices should be powered off at all times and can never be used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises, during the administration of any test, quiz, or examination, and while in school bathrooms or locker-rooms.

The Queens High School of Teaching (QHST) prohibits student use of cell phones to make or receive phone calls and the wearing of headphones while in the school building. QHST students may use cell phones and similar electronic devices in non- instructional common spaces, including the school cafeteria. Teachers will create and post Electronics Classroom Use policies to govern the use of such devices in and instructional spaces. The Queens High School of Teaching reserves the right to limit or prohibit the use of electronic devices at any time, in any area of the building, to support the safety and security of the school community. Violation of the QHST Electronics Use policy may result in confiscation of students' electronic devices.

If confiscated, electronic items will only be returned to a student's parent or guardian on the 1st or 15th of the month. Based on the nature of the violation, additional disciplinary consequences may be imposed

The use of cell phones, computing devices and portable music and subject to the restrictions below...

  • Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems at school is entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination.
  • Computing devices may not be turned or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.
  • Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
  • Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.
  • Cell phones may not be turned on or used during instructional time, except for instructional and educational purposes with the explicit approval of the teacher.

Driving on Campus Policy

Students are not permitted to drive cars or other motor vehicles on campus roadways or in campus parking lots.

We share the campus with two K-8 schools. Each day more than 2,500 children- including children as young as 4 ars old walk alongside campus roadways and on walkways through campus parking lots on their way to and from school. School buses drop off and pick up children from each of the three schools including students who are medically fragile. For everyone's safety, we cannot permit inexperienced student drivers to drive on campus.

In addition to the vehicle being subject to being towed, students who are observed driving on campus will be subject to disciplinary action. This may include detention and/or suspension.

Please be aware that after speaking with DOE legal counsel, you assume liability for your child in case of an accident. All accidents and reckless driving witnessed or recorded may be reported to the police and will likely affect your insurance premiums.

Cafeteria/Lunchroom Policy

  • During their assigned Small Learning Community's lunch period, all students must attend lunch. Students who want to attend other activities during their assigned lunch period must obtain an Official Pass from the teacher supervising the activity prior to arriving to the cafeteria. Library Passes will be distributed on a first come basis. Students are not permitted leave the cafeteria with food under any circumstances. Doors to the cafeteria will close 5 minutes after the lunch period begins. Once the doors are closed, daily announcements will begin. Students arriving to the cafeteria late/after the doors are closed will be required to wait outside the cafeteria until the daily announcements are completed.
  • Students are expected to silently listen to daily cafeteria announcements and follow all cafeteria protocols and safety procedures. Most importantly, students are expected to remain seated at all times while in the cafeteria, unless they are standing on line or disposing of garbage.
  • The school's cafeteria is the only location where game playing (i.e. cards, etc.) is acceptable. No game playing (i.e. cards, etc.) is allowed outside the cafeteria.

Random Scanning Policy

The NYPD conducts random scanning without prior announcement in order to deter prohibited and dangerous items from being brought into public schools. We have had random scanning at QHST in the past. During random scanning, all students and visitors entering QHST may be required to pass through scanning devices similar to those used to screen airline passengers. Bags and parcels may also be searched by means of scanners, by hand, or otherwise. Any prohibited cell phones and other electronics confiscated during scanning will be held by school administrators. The principal will determine when these items will be returned. Students found with prohibited items will be subject to disciplinary and/or police action.

Student ID Card Policy

All students are required to possess a valid QHST Student Identification Card (ID) at all times while in the school building. If a student ID is lost, students must purchase a replacement ID within 3 school days at the "Metrocard Window" in the school cafeteria. Students who create a pattern of failing to possess ID will be subject to progressive disciplinary consequences, including detention.

Card & Game Playing

Card and/or Game playing is prohibited in all school spaces other than the QHST Cafeteria. Cards are also prohibited in classrooms under any circumstances. Playing in school spaces other than the QHST Cafeteria will result in conf9scation of the cards or games, and students may be subjected to progressive disciplinary consequences, including detention.

Food & Beverages Policy

The QHST Cafeteria is the only authorized space for the consumption of food and beverages. Trays of food should not leave the QHST Cafeteria.

Hall Passes & Lateness Policy

Students are expected to report to all scheduled assignments on-time and for the full duration of the assignment including DEAR/Advisory & Lunch.

Students are required to possess and carry a Teacher's Classroom Pass or a writtern pass signed by a teacher, when traveling throughout the building during "non- passing" times. Students who report to their assigned Lunch Period greater than 5 minutes late without a "Late Pass" signed by a teacher will be subject to progressive disciplinary consequences, and will be assigned detention.

Hall Passess should never be used during the first 10 or the Last 10 minutes of the period. All SLC suites will be closed during the SLC DEAR/Advisory Period - APs, Deans, and Guaidance Councelors will be avaiable to speake witg students who have a passes during their SLC Lunch Period.

Student Ranking Policy

In order to be ranked, a student must have completed two full years at The Queens High School of Teaching, and have earned 21 or more credits with grades from The Queens High School of Teaching. Initial ranking is derived entirely from the students' weighted Grade Point Average.

The highest ranking student who graduates in June is the valedictorian; the second highest ranking student is the salutatorian. In the event of a tie, the students share the honor. Appeals concerning ranking are made to the Guidance Counselor who, in consultation with the SLC AP and Principal, will render any final decision concerning appeals.

Valedictorian: For each SLC, this honor is reserved for the student whose cumulative high school average on the student's transcript up through and including the seventh semester, ranks first in the graduating class. Students ineligible for ranking cannot be awarded Valedictorian status.

Salutatorian: For each SLC, this honor is reserved for the student whose cumulative high school average of the student's transcript through and including the seventh semester, ranks second in the graduating class. Students ineligible for ranking cannot be awarded Salutatorian status.

Student Entry Procedure & Schedule Policy

  • Students will be expected to swipe or sign-in every time they enter the building
  • Students are not permitted to leave the building during their regular school day - including lunch.
  • Entry times will last approximately 30 min - from about 15 min before the start of each period until approximately 15 min after.
  • A support staff member will supervise all entry times, An AP or Dean will assist during the SLC start time entry times.
  • If students leave after their regular school day and return for a repeater of credit recovery class, clubs, or teams, they will swipe in again.

Visitors Procedure Policy

  • Visitors stop at the School Safety Desk, sign-in, and inform the Agent at the desk of their expected destination.
  • The School Safety Agent wilt issue the visitor a Yellow Visitor's Pass and will direct the visitor to the Main Office
  • The Main Office Staff Member will greet the visitors and make contact with a representative from the visitor's "expected destination.
  • The visitor will need to be escorted to their destination and greeted by a representative. If there are multiple staff members in the Main Office, a staff member can escort the visitor to their destination. If the office is short staffed, a representative will need to come to the main to receive the visitor.
  • Once the visit is complete, the visitor will be escorted back to the School Safety Desk to return their pass, sign-out, and leave the building.

Dress Code Policy

Clothing and accessories should not be worn if:

  • Fails to sufficiently conceal parts of the body or articles of clothing (e.g., visible underwear, skirts or shorts worn more than 3 inches above the knee) that are normally coved in a school or work environment.
  • Is dangerous to the wares of others
  • Has offensive logos, words or images
  • Demonstrates gang affiliations (this extends to hairstyle, jewelry, beads, and bandanas).
  • Hats are permissible, however, hoods should never be worn in the school building.

If a student arrives at school in violation of our dress code, parents will be contacted and will be asked to:

  • Pick up the student from school, or
  • Bring the students a change of clothes, or
  • Require that the student changes into a QHST Physical Education uniform.

For the NYC Dept of Education Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning (also known as the Discipline Code), click here.