As a result, suspensions by principals and superintendents dropped 17 percent citywide from 53,504 in 2013-14 to 44,626 in 2014-15.
The warning cards are being tested in a pilot program, launched during the summer of 2015 at 37 high schools, in partnership with the NYPD, the DOE said.
The warning cards go to students who engage in disorderly conduct such as yelling, cursing, fighting and assaults, or unlawful possession of marijuana. At Lehman HS, a student caught smoking pot in the restroom got a warning card.
The slip states, “You have committed a violation that could have resulted in the issuance of a criminal-court summons. You are receiving this warning card to give you an opportunity to correct your behavior within the school.”
It goes on to warn that a future violation “may result in your arrest,” and that the incident “has been referred to the school administration.” It then asks the student to bring the card home to his or her parents — although that’s not required. A DOE spokeswoman said schools “ensure that parents are apprised of all incidents” with a phone call.