2012 - 2013 BBE High School Student Handbook
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School Student Handbook
Table of Contents
1. Welcome 3
2. General School Rules 3
3. The School and the Law 3
4. Before and After School 3
5. Attendance 3
6. School Closing 3
7. Student Dress 3
8. Bulletins and Announcements 3
9. Schedule 4
10. Student Valuables 4
11. Lost and Found 4
12. Lunch 4
13. Lunch Accounts 4
14. Bus, Fire and Tornado Drills 4
15. Telephones 4
16. Electronic Device Policy 4
17. Passes for Leaving School 5
18. Posters 5
19. Study Halls 5
20. Care of School Property 5
21. Visitors 6
22. Student Insurance 6
23. Accidents 6
24. Guidance Office 6
25. Health Services 6
26. Use of Automobiles 6
27. Academic Eligibility 6
28. Library Use 7
29. Food and Beverages 7
30. Internet Acceptable Use 7
31. Harassment and Violence 8
32. Tobacco Free Environments 12
33. School Weapons Policy 13
34. Search of Student Lockers, Desks, Personal Possessions and Student Person 14
35. Search of Automobiles 15
36. Student Attendance 16
37. Student Discipline 20
38. Student Sex Nondiscrimination 31
39. Hazing Prohibition 33
40. Bullying Prohibition 34
The policies and procedures contained in this handbook are the results of a concerted effort on the part of the faculty and the administration. This information has been carefully prepared and presented so that it will be of great value in helping you to adjust to our school, and to become an integral part of it.
GENERAL SCHOOL RULES
1. Be on time and be prepared.
2. Respect the rights of others.
3. Accept responsibility for your own behavior.
4. Accept responsibility for your own learning.
5. Follow all rules listed in this handbook and classroom procedures as explained by your instructor.
THE SCHOOL AND THE LAW
This school recognizes all Federal, State and local laws and ordinances.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL
1. No student should be in the building before 7:30 a.m. unless requested by a teacher, their bus arrives early or they have been issued an early pass at the request of their parent.
2. After arriving on the school grounds, students are not to leave before the first period unless permission is granted from the office.
3. No student should be in the building after 4:25 p.m. unless requested by a teacher or participating in a supervised activity.
4. Groups using the building in the evening must use only the section of the building reserved for them and leave all rooms and equipment in proper condition to resume school the next day.
A strong school attendance record should be a goal for all students. Regular attendance is necessary for success in school and for the development of future work habits. The attendance and tardy policy is enclosed. BBE High School will work cooperatively with Kandiyohi, Pope, and Stearns Counties to enforce truancy laws.
In the event of severely inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, school may be closed or starting time delayed. The same conditions may also necessitate early dismissal. This will be announced on radio stations WCCO-Mpls.-St. Paul, KWLM-Willmar, KCCO-TV-Alexandria, KSAX-TV-Alexandria, KARE-11-TV-Mpls., KIK-fm-Alexandria, KMSR-Sauk Centre, KDJS-Willmar, KASM-Albany, KMGK-107-Glenwood. Additionally, BBE Schools will utilize the Bright Arrow Technologies parent notification system to deliver voice mail, text messages, or emails to parents and students regarding school closure. Please make sure all contact information changes are communicated with office staff promptly to insure message delivery.
1. Students shall not wear clothing or hair styles that:
a. Create or may create a health or safety hazard to any person or persons, including the offender.
b. Results in undue school maintenance problems such as heavy boots or shoes that cause excessive floor marking or trousers with metal rivets that scratch furniture.
c. Can be hazardous in various school activities such as industrial education and art.
d. Prevents the student from doing their best work because of blocked vision or restricted movement.
e. Any apparel deemed disruptive to the educational process.
BULLETINS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
All notices of club meetings, athletic and social events, general information for the day and specific instructions are announced over the PA system at the beginning of second hour each morning.
PERIOD TIME FLEX SCHEDULE (THURSDAY ONLY)
FIRST 8:15 - 9:15 FIRST 8:15 - 9:09
SECOND 9:18 - 10:18 SECOND 9:12 - 10:06
THIRD 10:21 - 11:21 THIRD 10:09 - 11:03
FOURTH 11:24 - 12:59 FLEX 11:06 - 11:41
Jr. High Lunch 11:24 - 11:56 Jr. High Lunch 11:44 - 12:16 CLASS 11:24 - 12:24 FOURTH (SR) 11:44 - 12:39
Sr. High Lunch 12:27 - 12:59 Sr. High Lunch 12:42 - 1:14
CLASS 11:59 - 12:59 FOURTH (JR) 12:19 - 1:14
FIFTH 1:02 - 2:02 FIFTH 1:17 - 2:12
SIXTH 2:05 - 3:05 SIXTH 2:15 - 3:10
SEVENTH 3:08 - 4:08 SEVENTH 3:13 - 4:08
Students are cautioned not to bring large amounts of money, electronics, or jewelry to school, and if they wear glasses or watches, to keep track of them at all times. Students are responsible for their personal property. If it is necessary to bring more money than needed to pay for lunch, leave it at the office for safe keeping. Do not leave it in your locker.
LOST AND FOUND
Students who find lost articles are asked to take them to the office, where they can be claimed by the owner.
The cafeteria in our school is equipped to serve a complete lunch. Students are welcome to bring lunch from home. Please make sure you notify the office if you have food related allergies or require a medically prescribed special diet. The school nurse and lunch dietician will work to accommodate all student needs. You will be advised of the charge for hot lunch or milk. BBE has a closed lunch hour. No student shall leave school at lunch.
SCHOOL LUNCH ACCOUNT
Any account with a negative balance of five (5) dollars or more will result in family members not being allowed to participate in the school's hot lunch program. Any student that this will effect can participate in the Ala Carte lunch line, which is a cash only sale. Students will also be offered peanut butter, jelly, bread and milk for lunch. Please utilize our free and reduced lunch application if needed. The appropriate forms are located in the office or school calendar.
BUS, FIRE, AND TORNADO DRILLS
Safety drills at regular intervals are required by law and are an important safety precaution. It is essential that when the first signal is given, everyone obeys orders promptly and clears the area by the prescribed route as quickly as possible. The person in charge will give the students instructions.
Messages and deliveries from home should be left in the office. Students will be called out of class only in an emergency. Please not BBE Schools Electronic Device policy.
BBE SCHOOLS STUDENT ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY:
Electronic devices are to be kept in a student’s assigned locker and placed in off, silent or non-vibrating mode and are not to be used during the instructional hours of the school day. If a student’s electronic device (cell phone, ipod, mp3, etc.) should make disruptive sounds while within the student’s locker, it will be considered a violation and shall be considered just as if the student would have been in possession of the offending device. Electronic devices may not be used in any manner that will cause disruption to the educational environment. Use of electronic devices on school grounds will only be allowed during the student’s lunch period, before the instructional day begins, after the instructional day ends and shall only be used in designated “Electronic Device Usage Areas.” The school district will not be held responsible for loss, theft, or damage of any electronic device brought to school. Use of electronic devices for field trips and/or extracurricular activities during school hours will be at the discretion of the advisor/coach.
The student’s electronic device will be confiscated by the student’s teacher or other District personnel and taken to the Principal. The student will be eligible to retrieve the electronic device at the end of the day. Attempts to refuse to hand over the device will be considered insubordination and subject to further disciplinary action.
The student’s electronic device will be confiscated by the student’s teacher or other District personnel and taken to the Principal. A disciplinary referral for an after school detention will be written. Attempts to refuse to hand over the device will be considered insubordination and subject to further disciplinary action.
THIRD AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENSES
The student’s electronic device will be confiscated by the student’s teacher or other District personnel and taken to the Principal. The student’s parent must pick up the cell phone from the school principal. The Principal, student, and parent will have a disciplinary conference. The student will receive ISS and other consequences deemed appropriate during the conference.
Additional offenses will be considered insubordination and grounds for suspension.
DESIGNATED ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE AREAS
1. Cafeteria area
2. West entry
3. East Entry
4. School parking lot
PASSES FOR LEAVING SCHOOL
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day without a permit from the school office. If you must leave the building because of illness or any other emergency, you must sign out at the office. Failure to follow the proper procedure will be considered an unexcused absence.
There are several bulletin boards throughout our school. Any announcements placed on these boards must be approved by the office before being put on display. All posters or announcements to be displayed anywhere in the building, other than on the bulletin boards, must also be approved by the office. Attach only to surfaces that will not be marred by masking tape. Do not use paste, cellophane tape or thumbtacks, and do not attach to painted walls or varnished surfaces. It is understood that all signs posted will be taken down after a reasonable length of time.
Each student in the study hall must have something with which to occupy themselves for study purposes. Study hall teachers may issue passes to the office, counselor's office, library, and to the lavatories in emergency cases. Students desiring to see a teacher other than their study hall teacher must have previously obtained a pass from that teacher. If the student is to remain with the teacher all period, this is to be indicated on the pass.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies and furniture supplied by the school. Students who disfigure property, break windows or do other damage to school property or equipment will be required to pay for the damage done or replace the item. Police referrals will be initiated if appropriate.
Students wishing to bring a guest to school events or dances must make arrangements in advance and secure a guest pass. The guest must come with a student from this school, and is subject to all dance rules. The host is responsible for his guest's behavior. Visitors are not allowed during the academic hours.
Student insurance is available at a nominal cost and is optional. When a student insured under this plan is injured, he/she will be given a Claim Form from the nurse's office. This form must be completed by his/her parents and presented to the doctor or hospital. The school merely acts as a medium in supplying the insurance and assumes no liability, either for the injury or the subsequent negotiations with the company.
Every accident in the school building, on the school grounds, at practice sessions, or at any athletic event sponsored by the school must be reported immediately to the person in charge and to the school office.
The purpose of the guidance services is to help each student in his social, educational, vocational, and personal development. The counselor is in the guidance office daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Conferences with students receive first consideration of the counselor's time and are scheduled whenever necessary.
The counselor may assist the student:
1. in recommending materials that the student may use to improve his/her study habits.
2. in planning his/her schedule and school program.
3. in making curriculum selections and suitable plans for the future.
4. in offering aid in problems.
If a student becomes ill in school, he/she should report to the office. Students must not leave the building because of illness without authorization.
USE OF AUTOMOBILES
Students who drive to school are asked to do so in a safe/orderly fashion. Consideration also must be given to the students of various ages who are walking to school or boarding buses. Students are not to drive or ride with anyone during the school day nor are they to go to parked automobiles during the noon hour or any time during the school day without permission. All automobiles must be parked in the east parking lot.
Academic eligibility for extra-curricular activities will be monitored at each formal grading period (mid-quarters, end of quarter 1 and quarter 3, and end of semester 1 and semester 2). Academic Eligibility will be enforced for all student activities, regardless of their affiliation to the Minnesota State High School League.
Students with 2 Failing Grades:
Students failing two classes will be ineligible for two weeks and until the student is failing no more than one class. These students will be allowed to practice during their period of ineligibility; however, they may not participate in competitions. For calculation of the ineligible time period, a student will become ineligible the Saturday following the end of the grading period used to determine eligibility. The period of ineligibility will be 14 calendar days. (Example: Mid-quarter of Quarter 1 is October 5th. A student deemed ineligible due to their grades at this time would become ineligible on Saturday, October 8th and their period of ineligibility would run from October 8 through October 22. They would become eligible (pending verification of grades) on Sunday, October 23.
Students with 3 or more Failing Grades:
Students failing three or more classes will be ineligible for two weeks and until the student is failing no more than one class. These students will not be allowed to practice or compete during their period of ineligibility. For calculation of the ineligible time period, a student will become ineligible the Saturday following the end of the grading period used to determine eligibility. The period of ineligibility will be 14 calendar days. (Example: Mid-quarter of Quarter 1 is October 5th. A student deemed ineligible due to their grades at this time would become ineligible on Saturday, October 8th and their period of ineligibility would run from October 8 through October 22. They would become eligible (pending verification of grades) on Sunday, October 23.
REGULATIONS FOR LIBRARY USE
The library is available for students to use when needed during study hall, before school, and after school. Students using the library need to be respectful of the working environment needed in the library. Students using the library need to be considerate of everyone in the library.
POLICY FOR FOODS AND BEVERAGES
No foods, beverages, or candy may be consumed outside of the cafeteria. Eating is allowed in the cafeteria only during these times: before 8:15 a.m., during lunch service, and after 4:08 p.m. Water is exempt from these rules.
Classroom projects and after-school activities with teacher/advisor approval. Unopened food items (NOT beverages) are allowed in lockers chewing gum may be allowed at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
Illicit items will be confiscated. Repeat offenses or refusal to comply with instructions may result in detention or removal from an area for a period of time.
INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
We are pleased to offer students of the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School access to the district computer network for electronic mail and the Internet. To gain access to e-mail and the Internet, all students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission and must sign and return this form to the Media Specialist. Students 18 and over may sign their own forms.
Access to e-mail and the Internet will enable users to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with Internet users throughout the world. Families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. But ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Public Schools support and respect each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for access.
The district has guidelines for use of Internet accounts. To protect the due process rights of users, these guidelines define appropriate educational and ethical uses of the Internet, identify individual user responsibilities, and outline procedures for enforcing behavior on the Internet and handling violations. Students, staff and parents are advised that some systems may contain inappropriate material. School administrators and staff do not condone the use of such materials and do not permit usage of such materials in the school environment. Any user who knowingly brings such materials into the school environment, regardless of format, will be dealt with according the discipline policies of the individual school building. The building administrators, as their sole discretion, reserve the right to terminate immediately the account of any student who misuses the account.
The use of Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Users will be taught appropriate use of e-mail and other general use of the Internet. The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate and their decision is final.
DISTRICT INTERNET AND EMAIL GUIDELINES
Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required. Access is a privilege, not a right. Access entails responsibility.
Individual users of the district computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks. It is presumed that users will comply with district standards and will honor the agreements they have signed. Beyond the clarification of such standards, the district is not responsible for restricting, monitoring or controlling the communications of individuals utilizing the network.
Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on district servers will always be private.
Within reason, freedom of speech and access to information will be honored. During school, teachers of younger students will guide them toward appropriate materials. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio and other potentially offensive media.
DISTRICT GUIDELINES FOR USE OF INTERNET ACCOUNTS
All Internet users are expected to abide by generally accepted rules of computer and network etiquette. The following guidelines are the minimum taught to all district users.
*Be polite. Do not get abusive in e-mail messages to others. School rules regarding harassment apply to electronic communication.
*Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
*Do not reveal your personal address or the phone numbers of students or colleagues to unknown Internet users.
*Be aware that e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to mail if there is probable cause to see it. Messages relating to, or in support of, illegal activities will be reported to the authorities.
*There are some unacceptable uses of the networks. These include, but are not limited to:
1. Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other laws.
2. Using the network in ways which violate school policies and behavior standards.
3. Using the network for financial or commercial gain.
4. Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance.
5. Invading the privacy of other individuals by accessing and/or vandalizing their computerized data.
6. Wasting technology resources, including bandwidth, file space, and printers.
7. Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities.
8. Using an account owned by another user, with or without their permission.
9. Posting personal communications without the author's consent.
*Any items produced by the students will not be posted to the Internet without their permission. If permission is granted, items will be considered fair use and available to the public.
HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE
The purpose of this policy is to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence. The school district prohibits any form of religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. It is the policy of the school district to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence. The school district prohibits any form of religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence.
B. It shall be a violation of this policy for any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel of the school district to harass a pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel through conduct or communication of a sexual nature or regarding religion and race as defined by this policy. (For purposes of this policy, school personnel includes school board members, school employees, agents, volunteers, contractors or persons subject to the supervision and control of the district.)
C. It shall be a violation of this policy for any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel of the school district to inflict, threaten to inflict, or attempt to inflict religious, racial or sexual violence upon any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel.
D. The school district will act to investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence, and to discipline or take appropriate action against any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel who is found to have violated this policy.
III. RELIGIOUS, RACIAL AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE DEFINED
A. Sexual Harassment: Definition
1. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
a. submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment, or of obtaining an education; or
b. submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment or education; or
c. that conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or educational environment.
2. Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to:
a. unwelcome verbal harassment or abuse;
b. unwelcome pressure for sexual activity;
c. unwelcome, sexually motivated or inappropriate patting, pinching or physical contact, other than necessary restraint of pupil(s) by teachers, administrators or other school personnel to avaid physical harm to persons or property;
d. unwelcome sexual behavior or words, including demands for sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual’s employment or educational status.
e. unwelcome sexual behavior or words, including demands for sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment with regard to an individual’s employment or educational status; or
f. unwelcome behavior or words directed at an individual because of gender.
B. Racial Harassment: Definition
Racial harassment consists of physical or verbal conduct relating to an individual’s race when the conduct:
a. has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment;
b. has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance; or
c. otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment or academic opportunities.
C. Religious Harassment: Definition
a. has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment;
b. has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance; or
c. otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment or academic opportunities.
D. Sexual Violence: Definition
1. Sexual violence is a physical act of aggression or force or the threat thereof which involves the touching of another’s intimate parts, or forcing a person to touch any person’s intimate parts. Intimate parts, as defined in Minn. Stat. 609.341, includes the primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks or breast, as well as the clothing covering these areas.
2. Sexual violence may include, but is not limited to:
a. touching, patting, grabbing, or pinching another person’s intimate parts, whether that person is of the same sex or the opposite sex;
b. coercing, forcing or attempting to coerce or force the touching of anyone’s intimate parts;
c. coercing, forcing or attempting to coerce or force sexual intercourse or a sexual act on another; or
d. threatening to force or coerce sexual acts, including the touching of intimate parts or intercourse on another.
E. Racial Violence: Definition Racial violence is a physical act of aggression or assault upon another because of, or in a manner reasonably related to, race.
F. Religious Violence: Religious violence is a physical act of aggression or assault upon another because of, or in a manner reasonably related to religion.
G. Assault: Definition Assault is:
1. an act done with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death;
2. the intentional infliction of or attempt to inflict bodily harm upon another; or
3. the threat to do bodily harm to another with present ability to cary out the threat.
IV. REPORTING PROCEDURES
A. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence by a pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel of the school district, or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence toward a pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel should report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school district official designated by this policy. The school district encourages the reporting party or complainant to use the report form available from the principal of each building or available from the school district office, but oral reports shall be considered complaints as well. Nothing in this policy shall prevent any person from reporting harassment or violence directly to a school district human rights officer or to the superintendent.
B. Or Each School Building The building principal is the person responsible for receiving oral or written reports of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence at the building level. Any adult school district personnel who receives a report of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence shall inform the building principal immediately.
C. Upon receipt of a report, the principal must notify the school district human rights officer immediately, without screening or investigating the report. The principal may request, but may not insist upon a written complaint. A written statement of the facts alleged will be forwarded as soon as practicable by the principal to the human rights officer. If the report was given verbally, the principal shall personally reduce it to written form within 24 hours and forward it to the human rights officer. Failure to forward any harassment or violence report or complaint as provided herein will result in disciplinary action against the principal If the complaint involves the building principal the complaint shall be made or filed directly with the superintendent or the school district human rights officer by the reporting party or complainant.
D. In the District The school board hereby designates The Superintendent as the school district human rights officer(s) to receive reports or complaints of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence. If the complaint involves a human rights officer, the complaint shall be filed directly with the superintendent.
E. The school district shall conspicuously post the name of the human rights officer(s), including mailing addresses and telephone numbers.
F. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence will not affect the complainant or reporter’s future employment, grades or work assignments.
G. Use of formal reporting forms is not mandatory.
H. The school district will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the school district’s legal obligations to investigate, to take appropriate action, and to conform with any discovery or disclosure obligations.
A. By authority of the school district, the human rights officer, upon receipt of a report or complaint alleging religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence, shall immediately undertake or authorize an investigation. The investigation may be conducted by school district officials or by a third party designated by the school district.
B. The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and others who may have knowledge of the alleged incident(s) or circumstances giving rise to the complaint. The investigation may also consist of any other methods and documents deemed pertinent by the investigator.
C. In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes a violation of this policy, the school district should consider the surrounding circumstances, the nature of the behavior, past incidents or past or continuing patterns of behavior, the relationships between the parties involved and the contest in which the alleged incidents occurred. Whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy requires a determination based on all the facts and surrounding circumstances.
D. In addition, the school district may take immediate steps, at its discretion, to protect the complainant, pupils, teachers, administrators or other school personnel pending completion of an investigation of alleged religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence.
E. The investigation will be completed as soon as practicable. The school district human rights officer shall make a written report to the superintendent upon completion of the investigation. If the complaint involves the superintendent, the report may be filed directly with the school board. The report shall include a determination of whether the allegations have been substantiated as factual and whether they appear to be violations of this policy.
VI. SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION
A. Upon receipt of a report, the school district will take appropriate action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, warning, suspension, exclusion, expulsion, transfer, remediation, termination or discharge. School district action taken for violation of this policy will be consistent with requirements of applicable collective bargaining agreements, Minnesota and federal law and school district policies.
B. The result of the school district’s investigation of each complaint filed under these procedures will be reported in writing to the complainant by the school district in accordance with state and federal law regarding data or records privacy.
The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel who retaliates against any person who reports alleged religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence or any person who testifies, assists or participates in an investigation, or who testifies, assists or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such harassment or violence. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.
VIII. RIGHT TO ALTERNATIVE COMPLAINT PROCEDURES
These procedures do not deny the right of any individual to pursue other avenues of recourse which may include filing charges with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, initiating civil action or seeking redress under state criminal statutes and/or federal law.
IX. HARASSMENT OR VIOLENCE AS ABUSE
A. Under certain circumstances, alleged harassment or violence may also be possible abuse under Minnesota law. If so, the duties of mandatory reporting under Minn. Stat. 626.556 may be applicable.
B. Nothing in this policy will prohibit the school district from taking immediate action to protect victims of alleged harassment, violence or abuse.
X. DISSEMINATION OF POLICY AND TRAINING
A. This policy shall be conspicuously posted throughout each school building in areas accessible to pupils and staff members.
B. This policy shall appear in the student handbook.
C. The school district will develop a method of discussing this policy with students and employees.
D. This policy shall be reviewed at least annually for compliance with state and federal law.
The purpose of this policy is to maintain learning and working environment that is tobacco-free.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. It shall be a violation of this policy for any student, teacher, administrator, other school personnel of the school district or person to use tobacco, tobacco-related devices, or tobacco look-alike product in a public school. This prohibition extends to all facilities, whether owned, rented, or leased, and all vehicles that a school district owns, leases, rents, contracts for, or controls. This prohibition includes all school district property and all off-campus school district-sponsored events.
B. It shall be a violation of this policy for any elementary school, middle school, or secondary school student to possess any type of tobacco or tobacco-related device, or tobacco look-alike product in a public school. This prohibition extends to all facilities, whether owned, rented, or leased, and all vehicles that a school district owns, leases, rents, contracts for, or controls. This prohibition includes all school district property and all off-campus school district-sponsored events.
C. The school district will act to enforce this policy and to discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, school personnel, or person who is found to have violated this policy.
III. TOBACCO, TOBACCO RELATED DEVICES AND TOBACCO LOOK-ALIKE PRODUCTS DEFINED
A. “Tobacco” means cigarettes; cigars; cheroots; stogies; pirogue; granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and other tobacco; snuff; snuff flour; Cavendish; clippings, cuttings and sweepings of tobacco; and other kinds and forms of tobacco, prepared in such manner as to be suitable for chewing or smoking in a pipe or other tobacco-related devices.
B. “Tobacco-related devices” means cigarette papers or pipes for smoking
C. “Tobacco look-alike products” means, but is not limited to, Spearmint Flavor Chew or Mint Snuff, or other related products that may or may not contain tobacco or nicotine.
D. “Smoking” includes carrying a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted smoking equipment.
A. All individuals on school premises shall adhere to this policy.
B. Students who violate this tobacco-free policy shall be subject to school district discipline procedures.
C. School district administrators and other school personnel who violate this tobacco-free policy shall be subject to school district discipline procedures.
D. School district action taken for violation of this policy will be consistent with requirements of applicable collective bargaining agreements, Minnesota or federal law, and school district policies.
E. Persons who violate this tobacco-free policy may be referred to the building administration or other school district supervisory personnel responsible for the area or program at which the violation occurred.
F. School administrators may call the local law enforcement agency to assist with enforcement of this policy. Smoking or use of any tobacco product or tobacco look-alike product in a public school is a violation of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act and is a petty-misdemeanor. A court injunction may be instituted against a repeated violator.
V. DISSEMINATION OF POLICY
A. This policy shall appear in the student handbook.
B. The school district will develop a method of discussing this policy with students and employees.
SCHOOL WEAPONS POLICY
The purpose of this policy is to assure a safe school environment for students, staff and the public.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
No Student or non-student including adults and visitors, shall possess, use or distribute a weapon when in a school location.
1. A “weapon” means any object, device or instrument designed as a weapon or through its us is capable of threatening or producing bodily harm or which may be used to inflict self-injury including, but not limited to, any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; air-guns; pellet guns; BB guns; all knives; blades; clubs; metal knuckles; num-chucks; throwing stars; explosives; fireworks; mace and other propellants; stun-guns; ammunition; poisons; chains; arrows; and objects that have been modified to serve as a weapon.
2. No student shall possess, use or distribute any object, device or instrument having the appearance of a weapon and such objects, devices or instruments shall be treated as weapons including, but not limited to, weapons listed above which are broken or non-functional, look-alike guns; toy guns; and any object that is a facsimile of a real weapon.
3. No student shall use articles designed for other purposes (i.e. belts, combs, pencils, files, scissors, etc.) to inflict bodily harm and /or intimidate and such use will be treated as the possession and use of a weapon.
B. “School Location” includes a school building, school grounds, school activities or trips, bus stops, school buses or school vehicles, school-contracted vehicles, the area of entrance or departure from school premises or events, and all school-related functions.
C. “Possession” means having a weapon on one’s person or in an area subject to one’s control in a school location. A student who finds a weapon on the way to school or in the school building, or a student who discovers that he or she accidentally has a weapon in his or her possession, and takes the weapon immediately to the principal’s office shall not be considered to possess a weapon.
IV.CONSEQUENCES FOR WEAPON POSSESSION / USE / DISTRIBUTION
A. The school district and the school take a position of “Zero Tolerance” in regard to the possession, use or distribution of weapons by students.
Consequently, the minimum consequence for students possessing, using or distributing weapons shall include:
1. immediate out-of-school suspension;
2. confiscation of the weapon;
3. immediate notification of police;
4. parent or guardian notification; and
5. recommendation to the superintendent of dismissal for not to exceed one year.
B. Pursuant to Minnesota law, a student who brings a firearm, as defined by federal law, to school will be expelled for at least one year. The school board may modify this requirement on a case-by-case basis.
V. POLICY APPLICATION TO INSTRUCTIONAL EQUIPMENT / TOOLS
While the school district and the school takes a firm “Zero Tolerance” position on the possession, use or distribution of weapons by students, such a position is not meant to interfere with instruction or the use of appropriate equipment and tools by students. Such equipment and tools, when properly possessed, used and stored, shall not be considered in violation of the rule against the possession, use or distribution of weapons by students. However, when authorized instructional and work equipment and tools are used in a potentially dangerous or threatening manner, such possession and use will be treated as the possession and use of a weapon.
VI. ADMINISTRATIVE DISCRETION
While the school district and the school takes a “Zero Tolerance” position on
the possession, use or distribution of weapons by students, the superintendent, may use discretion in determining whether, under the circumstances, as course of action other than the minimum consequences specified above is warranted, If so, other appropriate action may be taken, including consideration of a recommendation for lesser discipline.
SEARCH OF STUDENT LOCKERS, DESKS, PERSONAL POSSESSIONS AND STUDENT’S PERSON
The purpose of this policy is to provide for a safe and healthful educational environment by enforcing the school district’s policies against contraband.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. Lockers and personal Possessions within a Locker
Pursuant to Minnesota statutes, school lockers are the property of the school district. At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of lockers provided for the convenience of students. Inspection of the interior of lockers may be conducted by school authorities for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. The personal possessions of students within a school locker may be searched only when schools have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law or school rules. As soon as practicable after the search of a student's personal possessions, the school authorities must provide notice of the search to the students whose lockers were searched unless disclosure would impede an ongoing investigation by police or school officials."
School desks are the property of the school district. At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of desks provided for the convenience of students. Inspection of the interior of desks may be conducted by school officials for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.
C. Personal Possessions and Student’s Person
The personal possessions of students and/or a student’s person may be searched when school officials have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover a violation of law or school rules. The search will be reasonable in its scope and intrusiveness. It shall be a violation of this policy for students to use lockers and desks for unauthorized purposes or to store contraband. It shall be a violation for students to carry contraband on their person or in their personal possessions.
A. Contraband” means any unauthorized item possession of which is prohibited by school district policy and/or law. It includes but is not limited to weapons and “look-a-likes”, alcoholic beverages, controlled substances and “look-a-likes”, overdue books and other materials belonging to the school district, and stolen property.
B. “Personal Possessions” includes, but is not limited to purses, backpacks, book bags, packages, and clothing.
C. “Reasonable suspicion” means that a school official has grounds to
believe that the search will result in evidence of a violation of school district policy, rules, and/or law. Reasonable suspicion may be based on a school official’s personal observation, a report from a student or staff member, a student’s suspicious behavior, a student’s age and past history or record of conduct both in and out of the school context, or other reliable sources of information.
D. “Reasonable scope” means that the scope and/or intrusiveness of the search is reasonably related to the objectives of the search. Factors to consider in determining what is reasonable include the seriousness of the suspected infraction, the reliability of the information, the necessity of acting without delay, the existence of exigent circumstances necessitating an immediate search and further investigation (e.g. to prevent violence, serious and immediate risk of harm or destruction of evidence), and the age of the student.
A. School officials may inspect the interiors of lockers and desks for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.
B. School officials may inspect the personal possessions of a student and/or a student’s person based on a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover a violation of law or school rules. A search of personal possessions of a student and/or a student’s person will be reasonable in its scope and intrusiveness.
C. As soon as practicable after a search of personal possessions within a locker pursuant to this policy, the school officials must provide notice of the search to students whose possessions were searched unless disclosure would impede an ongoing investigation by police or school officials.
D. Whenever feasible, a search of a person shall be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex. A second school official of the same sex shall be present as an observer during the search of a person whenever feasible.
E. A strip search is a search involving the removal of coverings or clothing from private areas. Mass strip searches, or body cavity searches, are prohibited. Strip searches will be conducted only in circumstances involving imminent danger.
F. A school official conducting any other search may determine when it is appropriate to have a second official present as an observer.
G. A copy of this policy will be printed in the student handbook or disseminated in any other way which school officials deem appropriate. The school district shall provide a copy of this policy to a student when the student is given use of a locker.
V. DIRECTIVES AND GUIDELINES
School administration may establish reasonable directives and guidelines which address specific needs of the school district, such as use of tape in lockers, standards of cleanliness and care, posting of pin-ups and posters which may constitute sexual harassment, etc.
VI. SIEZURE OF CONTRABAND
If a search yields contraband, school officials will seize the item and, where appropriate, turn it over to legal officials for ultimate disposition.
A student found to have violated this policy and/or the directives and
guidelines implementing it shall be subject to discipline in accordance with the school district’s Student’s Discipline Policy, which may include suspension, exclusion, or expulsion, and the student may, when appropriate, be referred to legal officials.
SEARCH OF AUTOMOBILES
The purpose of this policy is to provide for a safe and healthful educational environment by enforcing the school district’s policies against the possession of contraband.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. Inspection of automobiles parked on school district property may be conducted by school authorities who have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of school rules or law, without student consent, and without a search warrant.
B. It shall be a violation of this policy for students to possess contraband in an automobile parked on school district property.
A. “Contraband” means any unauthorized item possession of which is prohibited by school district policy and/or law. It includes but is not limited to weapons and “look-a-likes,” alcoholic beverages, controlled substances and “look-a-likes,” overdue books and other materials belonging to the school district, and stolen property.
B. “Owner/user” means the actual registered owner of the automobile or the authorized user of the automobile and/or person who caused the automobile to be parked in the parking lot.
C. “Reasonable suspicion” means that a school official has grounds to believe that the search will result in evidence of a violation of school district policy, rules, and/or law. Reasonable suspicion may be based on a school official’s personal observation, a report from a student or staff member, a student’s suspicious behavior, a student’s age and past history or record of conduct, or other reliable sources of information.
D. “Reasonable scope” means that the scope and/or intrusiveness of the search is reasonably related to the objectives of the search. Factors to consider in determining what is reasonable include the seriousness of the suspected infraction, the reliability of the information, the necessity of acting without delay, and the age of the student.
A. School officials may inspect the interior and all compartments of an automobile parked on school district property based on a reasonable suspicion that he search will uncover a violation of law or school rules. The search of an automobile will be reasonable in its scope and intrusiveness.
B. Prior to conducting an automobile search, school officials will call the student owner/user of the automobile and inform the student that a search will be conducted. In the event the automobile is locked, the owner/user’s will be asked to unlock the automobile. If the owner/user refuses to do so, the owner/user’s parent(s) will be notified. The owner/user’s refusal to unlock the automobile will result in disciplinary action for insubordination.
C. A copy of this policy will be printed in the student handbook or disseminated in any other way which school officials deem appropriate. Additionally, notice that automobile searches may be conducted will be posted outside the entrances to the parking lots.
V. DIRECTIVES AND GUIDELINES
School administration may establish reasonable directives and guidelines which address specific needs of the school district, such as registration of vehicles, parking permits, etc.
VI. SEIZURE OF CONTRABAND
If a search yields contraband, school officials will seize the item and, where appropriate, turn it over to legal authorities for ultimate disposition.
A student found to have violated this policy and/or the directives and guidelines implementing it shall be subject to discipline in accordance with the school district’s Student Discipline Policy, which may include suspension, exclusion, or expulsion, and the student may, when appropriate, be referred to legal authorities.
A. The school board believes that regular school attendance is directly related to success in academic work, benefits students socially, provides opportunities for important communications between teachers and students and establishes regular habits of dependability important to the future of the student. The purpose of this policy is to encourage regular school attendance. It is intended to be positive and not punitive.
B. This policy also recognizes that class attendance is a joint responsibility to be shared by the student, parent or guardian, teacher and administrators. This policy will assist students in attending class.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
1. Student’s Responsibility.
It is the student’s right to be in school. It is also the student’s responsibility to attend all assigned classes and study halls every day that school is in session and to be aware of and follow the correct procedures when absent from an assigned class or study hall. Finally, it is the student’s responsibility to request any missed assignments due to an absence.
2. Parent or Guardian’s Responsibility.
It is the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian to ensure the student is attending school, to inform the school in the event of a student absence by calling school office before 9:00 AM, and to work cooperatively with the school and the student to solve any attendance problems that may arise.
3. Teacher’s Responsibility.
It is the teacher’s responsibility to take daily attendance and to maintain accurate attendance records in each assigned class and study hall. It is also the teacher’s responsibility to be familiar with all procedures governing attendance and to apply these procedures uniformly It is also the teacher’s responsibility to provide any student who has been absent with any missed assignments upon request. Finally, it is the teacher’s responsibility to work cooperatively with the student’s parent or guardian and the student to solve any attendance problems that may arise.
4. Administrator’s Responsibility.
a. It is the administrator’s responsibility to require students to attend all assigned classes and study halls. It is also the administrator’s responsibility to be familiar with all procedures governing attendance and to apply these procedures uniformly to all students, to maintain accurate records on student attendance and to prepare a list of the previous day’s absences stating the status of each. Finally, it is the administrator’s responsibility to inform the student’s parent or guardian of the student’s attendance and to work cooperatively with them and the student to solve attendance problems.
b. In accordance with the regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Compulsory Instruction Law, Minn. Stat. § 120.101, the students of the school district are REQUIRED to attend all assigned classes and/or study halls every day school is in session, unless the student has completed the studies ordinarily required in the tenth grade and has elected not to enroll or has a valid excuse for absence.
Attendance procedures shall be presented to the school board for review and approval. When approved by the school board, the attendance procedures will be included as an addendum to this policy.
1. Excused Absences.
a. The following reasons shall be sufficient to constitute excused absences:
(2) Serious illness in the student’s immediate family.
(3) A death in the student’s immediate family or of a close friend or relative.
(4) Medical or dental, or orthodontic treatment, or counseling appointment.
(5) Court appearances occasioned by family or personal action.
(6) Religious instruction not to exceed three hours in any week.
(7) Physical emergency conditions such as fire, flood, storm, etc.
(8) Official school field trip or other school-sponsored outing.
(9) Removal of a student pursuant to a suspension. Suspensions are to be handled as excused absences and students will be permitted to complete make-up work.
(10) Vacation with family for a period not to exceed (5) days, when requests are made in advance by parents and combined with a plan to provide for the student’s educational needs during their absence.
(11) Work at home when requested by the parent, with prior notice provided to the school, and necessitated by extenuating circumstances. (3) cumulative days per academic year for work at home without prior notice will be counted as excused, with every instance following to be recorded as unexcused.
(12) Schools or college visits for admission purposes with school and parent approval. Junior grade students will be allocated (1) excused day for visits, while seniors will receive (2) excused visit days.
(13) Family Emergencies.
(14) Active duty in any military branch of the United States.
b. Consequences of Excused Absences.
(1) Students whose absences are excused are required to make up all assignments missed or to complete alternative assignments as deemed appropriate by the classroom teacher.
(2) Work missed because of absence must be made up within five (5) days from the date of the student’s return to school. Any work not completed within this period shall result in “no credit” for the missed assignment. However, the building principal or the classroom teacher may extend the time allowed for completion of make-up work in the case of an extended illness or other extenuating circumstances.
(3) If a student is absent from school for more than three (3) consecutive days or ten (10) nonconsecutive days in a semester, for health related reasons, the school will require that the parent or guardian provide documentation from a physician that verifies the necessity for the absence. If a student is absent in excess of five (5) consecutive or ten (10) nonconsecutive days in a semester, and documentation from a physician stating the necessity for the absence is NOT provided, the school district may regard further health related absences as unexcused and proceed to report them to law enforcement as potential truancy and to social services as potential educational neglect.
(4) The School District reserves the right to address excessive excused absences. ISD #2364 reserves the right to use all disciplinary measures available to assist students with regular school attendance.
2. Unexcused Absences.
a. The following are examples of absences which will not be excused:
(1) Truancy. An absence by a student which was not approved by the parent and/or the school district.
(2) Any absence in which the student failed to comply with any reporting requirements of the school district’s attendance procedures.
(3) Work at home as outlined.
(4) Work at a business, except under a school-sponsored work release program.
(5) Vacation with family as outlined.
(6) Personal trips to schools/ colleges as outlined.
(7) Any other absence not included under the attendance procedures set out in this policy.
b. Consequences of Unexcused Absences.
(1) Absences resulting from official suspension will be handled in accordance with the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minn. Stat. § 127.26-127.39.
(2) Days during which a student is suspended from school shall not be counted in a student’s total cumulated unexcused absences.
(3) In cases of recurring unexcused absences, the administration may also request the county attorney to file a petition with the juvenile court, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes.
(4) Students with unexcused absences shall be subject to discipline in the following manner:
ISD # 2364 reserves the right to use all disciplinary measures available to assist students with regular school attendance.
1. Definition: Students are expected to be in their assigned area at designated times. Failure to do so constitutes tardiness.
2. Reporting Tardiness.
a. Students tardy at the start of school must report to the school office for an admission slip.
b. Tardiness between periods will be handled by the teacher.
3. Excused Tardiness. Valid excuses for tardiness are:
b. serious illness in the student’s immediate family;
c. a death in the student’s immediate family or of a close friend or relative;
d. medical or dental treatment;
e. court appearances occasioned by family or personal action;
f. physical emergency conditions such as fire, flood, storm, etc;
g. any tardiness for which the student has been excused in writing by an administrator or faculty member.
h. work at home that falls under excused absence guidelines.
4. Unexcused Tardiness.
a. An unexcused tardiness is failing to be in an assigned area at the designated time class period commences without a valid excuse.
b. Consequences of tardiness will include detention.
c. ISD # 2364 reserves the right to use all disciplinary measures available to assist students with regular school attendance.
D. Participation in Extracurricular Activities and School-Sponsored On-the-Job Training Programs.
1. This policy applies to all students involved in any extracurricular activity scheduled either during or outside the school day and any school-sponsored on-the-job training programs.
2. School-initiated absences will be accepted and participation permitted.
3. A student may not participate in any activity or program if he or she has an unexcused absence from any class during the day.
4. If a student is suspended from any class, he or she may not, attend or participate in any activity or program that day.
5. A student must be in attendance at school by 11:00 a.m. in order to practice or participate that day. Prior arrangements must be made with the high school principal for any exceptions.
III. DISSEMINATION OF POLICY
Copies of this policy shall be made available to all students and parents at the commencement of each school year. This policy shall also be available upon request in each principal’s office.
IV. REQUIRED REPORTING
A. Continuing Truant
Minn. Stat. § 260A.03 provides that a continuing truant is a student who is subject to the compulsory instruction requirements of Minn. Stat. § 120A.22 and is absent from instruction in a school, as defined in Minn. Stat. § 120.05, without valid excuse within a single school year for:
1. three days if the child is in elementary school; or
2. three or more class periods on three days if the child is in middle school, junior high school, or high school.
B. Reporting Responsibility
When a student is initially classified as a continuing truant, Minn. Stat. § 260A.03 provides that the school attendance officer or other designated school official shall notify the student’s parent or legal guardian, by first class mail or other reasonable means, of the following:
1. that the child is truant;
2. that the parent or guardian should notify the school if there is a valid excuse for the child’s absences;
3. that the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the child at