New York City Department of Education and School Policies Regarding Student Behavior and Responsibilities

Students are expected to adhere to the rules and regulations as set forth by the NYC DOE and The Cinema School.  Refer to the following documents for the rules and regulations:


Transportation Cards
Students who meet eligibility requirements of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) may obtain free MTA Cards by completing and submitting applications to the Transportation Coordinator at the beginning of the school term. These cards may be used on school days for a maximum of four trips daily from 5:30 AM to 8:30 PM. Students are urged to take care of each monthly MTA card as lost and stolen cards cannot be replaced.
Illness in School
Students should have an updated Emergency Contact Card on file in the Main Office so that the Health Aide may contact parents or guardians when students become ill or are injured. If it is necessary for students to go home, and they are younger than eighteen years old, their parents or guardians must come to the school to pick them up at the Health Office.
Students must obtain a pass if it is necessary to leave a class unless there is a medical emergency. Teachers have the right to limit use and duration of the classroom pass.
Students must return all textbooks and equipment at the end of the school year in good condition so that the next class may use them. Students who fail to return books or equipment will have their names listed on an “unreturned book or equipment list” and will not be given books/equipment for the new class until the previous books or equipment are returned.
Breakfast will be served each morning from 8:15 AM to 8:30 AM. Students may obtain a free or reduced rate breakfast after submitting appropriate forms to the cafeteria staff.
Students are required to eat lunch in the Student Cafeteria. Students are programmed for lunch five days each week.  If students wish to obtain full or reduced rate lunch, they must submit required forms to the cafeteria staff.
Lost and Found
Students who lose books, clothing and any other valuables, should first check the Main Office, and then the Security Office in the main floor, to see if the lost items were found and returned.
All students must have complete and up to date immunization records indicating immunization against measles, mumps, polio, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Students who do not have current immunization will be excluded from school. In addition, for all students’ health and safety, they must have annual medicals to participate in physical activities. Immunization records and medicals are stored in the Main Office.
The elevators at the high school are for use by disabled or injured students. Students may obtain an elevator pass from the Main Office with appropriate documentation, for the duration of their disability.
Fire Drills
The Board of Education requires all students and staff to participate in twelve fire drills throughout the school year. The fire alarm signal is: four series of three bells followed by one bell. Students and staff must exit the building by following the directions posted in the room and leave in a speedy, orderly and silent manner.
School Trips
The Assistant Principal, Administration, supervises all school trips. Students may participate in school trips if they: 1) attend classes regularly; and 2) maintain good attendance. Students with disciplinary records or history of cutting may be barred from the trip. Students and staff participating in trips over several days must comply with all of the Chancellor’s regulations, such as parental permission, emergency notification, chaperone/student ratio, the Discipline Code, and other pertinent trip information. Parents and students must meet with the lead trip teacher and the Principal prior to departure.
Parent Coordinator
The Parent Coordinator provides information and assistance for parents, call: 718-620-2564.
Student Activities
Students who meet the following. may participate in extracurricular activities: 1) attend school regularly; and 2) maintain good academic standing. Students participating in interscholastic sports must comply with Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) regulations.
Community Service
The Cinema School has a community service performance requirement for all students. Each student is expected to complete forty hours of community service per year. Community service can be defined as volunteer work; a wide variety of experiences are acceptable. The Guidance Counselors can assist students in finding appropriate placements.
School Leadership Team
The School Leadership Team, consisting of administrators, parents, teachers and students, meets monthly to discuss and work on issues related to implementation of the school’s mission and vision.

Dress Code

To maintain a positive educational environment, it is important that a certain standard of dress be maintained.
  • Undergarments must not be visible.
  • No bare midriffs on boys or girls.
  • No low cut tops that reveal cleavage.
  • No strapless tops.
  • Boys, no sleeveless white undershirts worn as shirts or tank tops.
  • Pants may be baggy, but not falling down. Underwear should not be visible while standing or sitting.
  • Shorts and skirts should be at mid-thigh or lower, preferably slightly above the knee. Guideline: The length should be at your fingertips when your arms are extended straight down.
  • Shoes, such as flip flops, which may cause a tripping hazard should not be worn.
The following are not permitted inside the school:
  • Hats, hoods, bandannas, other headgear, or sunglasses.
  • Profane or vulgar slogans or pictures on clothing.

Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy as of April 2015

Building/School Protocol

  • All students must carry their ID card at all times. They must swipe in every time they enter the building and during Lunch periods. Students who consistently do not have their ID will face disciplinary action. (Lost or Replacement of ID – Fee is $5.00)
  • Students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves in the Cafeteria, classrooms, and every other area of the building and school yard. Students who are not throwing away their garbage and/or littering could face disciplinary action.
  • Students may not eat food anywhere in the building except the Cafeteria, including food brought in from outside. Students found eating food in classrooms or the hallway will have their food thrown away. Students with no lunch period may eat cold food (ie. sandwich) in their classroom, however all garbage must be thrown away.
  • Smoking Policy – Smoking is not permitted on school property, including the streets surrounding the school building. This is the law. Violation of this law will lead to suspension.
  • Students may not play games of chance (such as cards, betting) on school property.
  • Students are expected to attend all classes, respect one another . Any student who violates The Cinema School Regulations or Department of Education Regulations may be suspended from school. In addition to being suspended, participation in after school activities and participation in PSAL events may be revoked.