School Rules and Policies
Lateness: Getting to work and school on time each day is a positive habit that we promote. The day officially begins at 8:00 a.m. Most 93 students arrive to school and class on time each day. The cafeteria is open from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. The Madison and Woodbine entrances open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:05 a.m. After 8:05 a.m., students must enter through the main entrance. All students should already be in their homerooms for attendance between 8:00 and 8:10 a.m. After 8:05 a.m., students must enter through the main entrance, sign the late book and complete a late pass. Lateness is tracked in our computer system. Parents are notified via phone messenger. We monitor for multiple and excessive lateness. If you are late, in most cases you must serve late detention in the auditorium after school on the day you are late from 2:20 to 2:40 p.m. If you are excessively late, we will work with you and your parents to help you improve. Lateness can negatively affect academic achievement; it is 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).
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. 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 8:00 a.m. Illness, observation of a religious holiday, and the death of a family member are considered excusable absences. A note from a parent and/or doctor must be provided to your child's homeroom teacher or the main office 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.
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 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. (regular 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As per SLT consensus in 2007, I.S. 93 has been a uniform school. All students are expected to wear their school uniform every day. For organizational and safety reasons, each grade has a different color uniform. There are different uniform tops to choose from: short-sleeve polo, short or long-sleeve t-shirt, crew neck sweatshirt, and hoodie. Wearing our school uniform promotes a sense of identity, belonging, and school spirit. Since 2017, students have voted on the logo for the hoodie and sweatshirt. On Fridays, students may wear any I.S. 93 or Beacon club or special event shirt in lieu of their regular uniform attire. Our school uniform may be purchased at Sports Plus, located at 65-07 Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood ( (718) 381-1996). Students must also adhere to the following guidelines of appropriate dress, which include: no pants with inappropriate, revealing holes, slits, cuts; no tight skirts above the knee; no grills over teeth; no over-sized hoop earrings; no multi-finger rings; and no hats and headbands. The uniform should be worn properly at all times (i.e., not tied up in a knot, worn backwards, covered up, or written on, 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.