School Rules and Policies

Attendance Policy

Lateness: Getting to work and school on time each day is a positive habit that we promote. The day officially begins at 8:30 a.m. Most 93 students arrive to school and class on time each day whether virtually or in person. We know that lateness can negatively affect academic achievement. It is also disruptive and leads to lost instructional time (i.e., arriving ten minutes late to school for a week is fifty minutes of lost instruction; that's more than a class period). Please help your child develop the good habit of arriving to school on time online or in person. Let us know if there are circumstances that make getting to school on time difficult so we can be supportive.

Absence: Department of Education policy stipulates that students must have an attendance rate of 90% or better. We encourage all students to come to school every day whether remotely or in person. Studies show that students who come to school regularly do far better that students who do not. Our teachers are required to take attendance throughout the school day beginning with homeroom at 8:30 a.m. Illness, observation of a religious holiday, and the death of a family member are considered excusable absences. A digital or physical note from a parent and/or doctor must be provided to your child's homeroom teacher or grade dean for such absences to be excused. . When a student is absent, it is important to keep up with your school work and any homework assignments. To recover incomplete work, you can contact your child's teachers or guidance counselor via email. Email contact information is located under I.S. 93 on this website.

Cell Phone Policy

Our policy is in alignment with Chancellor's Regulation A-413. In consultation with our School Leadership Team (SLT), student cell phones and other portable electronic devices must be off and out of sight when in the building during school hours unless otherwise indicated by a school official. Given the dangers of unchecked access of adolescents to social media, the members of the SLT are in consensus that this policy is for the safety and welfare of all of our students and community. Regarding cell phones and electronic devices, students who violate the DOE's Discipline Code, our school's policy, Chancellor's Regulation A-413, and /or the DOE's Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP), will be subject to discipline in accordance with the Discipline Code. Cell phones and other devices used in violation of school policy will be subject to confiscation by school administration and will be returned only to parents/guardians. For questions regarding this policy, please contact Mildred Reyes, our Parent Coordinator, at 718-821-4882, extension 2183 or mreyes27@schools.nyc.gov.

Dress Code

Our School Leadership Team (SLT) adopted our uniform policy in 2007. In alignment with Chancellor's Regulation A-665, we believe our uniform policy has helped our school "promote a more effective learning climate; foster school unity and pride; improve student performance; foster self-esteem; eliminate label competition; simplify dressing and minimize costs to parents; teach children appropriate dress and decorum in their “work” place; and help to improve student conduct and discipline." We are proud to be a uniform school and have a variety of uniform options for our students. We encourage our students to wear their uniforms every day and to participate in school spirit days throughout the year.

For your convenience and in support of our uniform policy, our school uniform comes in several styles and can be purchased from Needleheads, 88-01 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385 or online at neeedleheadsnyc.com/shop (i.e., polo $10, t-shirt $6, sweatshirt $14, and hoodie $20) The store phone number is (718) 850-4252 (Ask for Dennis Coy). If you don't see I.S. 93 apparel, CLICK "LOAD MORE" until our uniforms come up. There are size charts available when you hover over shirt. Royal blue (grade 6). Red (grade 7). Navy blue (grade 8)

Note: You are not required to order from Needleheads as per Chancellor's Regulation A-665. While we believe we offer very affordable prices, you may purchase from any vendor/store of your choice. Parents have the right to secure an exemption from the uniform requirement. You may also contact the principal, designee, or family advocate if you cannot afford a uniform. As far as discipline for a student not wearing the school uniform, our approach is to remind the student to wear it. We will call home if non-compliance is a frequent occurrence to gain insight and support from parents. We are proud that our students wear their uniforms daily and want to maintain wearing our uniform as a positive experience. The uniform should be worn properly at all times (i.e., not tied up in a knot, worn backwards, hidden, ripped, or written on, etc.).

Students must also adhere to the following DOE guidelines of appropriate dress : In order to maintain a positive learning environment, it is expected that I.S. 93 students dress in a professional manner. We expect [school] students to be dressed appropriately to ensure safety and to keep the focus on teaching and learning. We would like all parents and guardians to remind students of proper dress protocols on campus.

Prohibited forms of dress at I.S. 93 include, but are not limited to:

1) Hats or caps (with the exception of headwear worn for religious observance), unless approved for spirit dress days (i.e., crazy hat day or sports hat day).

2) Clothing that contains references to drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, racism, or gang-affiliation.

3) Clothing that does not provide coverage of torso, undergarments, and private body parts, including see-through garments of any kind.

4) Flip-flops.

5) Sunglasses while indoors.

6) Grills over teeth, over-sized hoop earrings, or multi-finger rings.


If a student comes to school wearing clothing prohibited by the Dress Code, then the student’s parents will be notified, the student may be subject to the interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code, and the student will be expected to make appropriate adjustments to his/her clothing to conform with the Dress Code (e.g., turning shirt inside out, borrowing temporary clothing until the end of the school day, etc.).

Safety and Discipline

When it comes to addressing inappropriate student behavior inside and outside of the school building, we follow the NYC Department of Education Discipline Code. Click here for the complete code, which also includes a Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Everyone's safety is our number one priority. Our school is monitored by surveillance cameras. Our exterior doors are alarmed. We are supported by NYPD School Safety Agents assigned to our building. We have an assistant principal, a dean, and a guidance counselor for each grade. We engage everyone in practice safety drills, which include evacuation, shelter in, and lock down drills to keep us sharp and responsive.

We remind our students to be mindful before and after school hours to avoid and report any mischievous, menacing, and harmful behavior to parents and school officials immediately.

Our school's Safety Committee meets monthly (see our school's calendar for dates and times). Meetings are open to our parents.