Conduct & Expectations

At Merkaz, we strive to create a learning community that encourages mutual respect, friendship, safety, and individual responsibility. We believe that no student has the right, because of his or her behavior, to interfere with the teaching and learning process.

Students are expected to behave appropriately, in a manner that is respectful of administrators, teachers, guest speakers, other students, and property. In addition, students participating in Special Programs will respect and abide by the rules/policies particular to those premises and activities.

The following behaviors are prohibited while classes are in session:

  • Food or drinks in the classroom without prior permission from the Head of School (Food brought to Merkaz must be Kosher and nut-free.)
  • Vandalism (Students and/or parents will be held financially liable for the cost of repair or replacement of any school property damaged or defaced.)
  • Use of drugs or alcohol by any student on school property
  • Smoking on school premises
  • Use of cell phones and all electronic devices including all iPods, iPads, etc., unless approved by the course instructor. All must be turned off while in class. Unapproved use of electronic equipment will result in the removal of the equipment for the evening.
  • Inappropriate attire, including dress and grooming that are offensive, distracting, or disruptive to the educational process
  • Leaving the building without permission

Violation of the above policies will be addressed by the teacher and/or Head of School, and parents will be notified when necessary. Serious violations may constitute grounds for dismissal at the discretion of the Head of School.