Stewartville High School
Table of Contents
School District Policies
On behalf of the staff, we welcome you to Stewartville High School. This handbook has been prepared for you as a guide and to inform you of school policies, practices, and procedures.
Stewartville High School has high academic and behavioral expectations. We also provide opportunities for you to participate in various activities. We know that the students and staff working together will make Stewartville High School the best it can be. Our success will be in direct proportion to your participation, effort, and application.
We want your time at SHS to be a positive experience. Your cooperation with what is contained in this handbook will assist you, and the staff in having a successful school year. We want to provide a safe environment for our students and staff so we can carry out the District’s Mission Statement.
Together in Tiger Pride!
Educational Excellence for Everyone!
District Vision Statement
Educational Excellence and Lifelong Learning for All.
District Mission Statement
Stewartville School District’s mission is to develop the full potential of all learners in an engaging environment where lifelong learning is valued, educational excellence is expected, and improvement is continuous.
Continuous Improvement Goals
1. High Student Achievement
2. A Safe, Welcoming, Engaging Learning Environment
3. Effective and Efficient Operations
Stewartville High School Belief Statements
At Stewartville High School, we believe:
... every student can learn
... every student wants to learn
... nobody wants to fail
...everybody wants to be recognized
...high school students need guidance
... high school students need encouragement
... high school students need to know that decisions made today can and do affect life tomorrow
... life skills and habits begin forming in high school
... students need to know we care too much to look the other way
... every student wants to feel appreciated
... every student wants to feel safe and secure
...every student brings their own story and life circumstances
...producing high character, 21st century citizens is vital to the continual advancement of the community of Stewartville MN
The below information applies to the graduating class of 2018
To graduate from Stewartville High School, you must earn a minimum of 22.5 credits for graduation years 2018. Five and one half (5 ½) of those credits will be electives. Credit is earned by receiving a passing grade. One-half academic credit is earned by being enrolled in a regular class that meets one period a day for one semester. Students must demonstrate completion of Minnesota State Course Credit Requirements. Seniors must have all work turned in and bills paid prior to participating in the graduation ceremony.
The below information applies to the graduating class of 2019 and beyond
To graduate from Stewartville High School, you must earn a minimum of 24 credits. Seven (7) of those credits will be electives. Credit is earned by receiving a passing grade. One-half academic credit is earned by being enrolled in a regular class that meets one period a day for one semester. Students must demonstrate completion of Minnesota State Course Credit Requirements. Seniors must have all work turned in and bills paid prior to participating in the graduation ceremony.
Students must successfully complete the following requirements to graduate:
English (4 ½ Credits)
Grades 9 - 11: English or Honors,
Grade 12: Speech and English, College Prep. English, or AP English.
Social Studies (4 Credits)
Grades 9 & 10: World History I and II, American Government, Human Geography
Grades 11 & 12: U.S. History, Econ., and one other elective.
PE/Health Credits (1 ½ Credits)
Grades 9 & 10 Physical Education
Grade 10 Health
Math Credits (3 Credits)
Grades 9 & 10: One credit each year (Algebra I/Geometry)
Grades 11 or 12: One credit
Science Credits (3 Credits)
Grade 9 & 10: Physical Science 9, Biology, and one other credit.
Art (1 Credit)
One credit in grades 9 - 12 of Music, Visual, Theatre, or other approved Art Credit
Minimum Class Load
Students in grades 9-11 shall be enrolled in seven (7) classes each semester, or as approved by an administrator. Student in grade 12 shall be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) classes each semester, or as approved by an administrator.
Dropping a Course
Students are allowed to drop a class during the first week of class without receiving a withdraw/fail (WF). However, before dropping, the student will discuss his/her reasons for dropping with the classroom teacher and the counselor will contact the parents. A Drop Form with signatures from the student, teacher, parent and counselor will accompany the schedule change. To drop a class beyond the first week of class, a conference must be held with the teacher, student, parent, counselor and administrator. Only agreement of the teacher, counselor, parent, and administration, would allow a student not be given a W/F. Forms can be obtained in the Counseling Office.
Grade classification is designed to keep the student on track. It is a visual for both the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) that the student is or is not on track for graduation.
To be classified Student needs
Senior 16.5 credits
Junior 12 credits
Sophomore 6 credits
Report cards can be viewed on Family/Student Access.
Senior Class Rank
Senior class rank for graduation is determined at the end of 1st semester during the senior year. The final class rank is determined at the end of the school year.
No Credit (NC)
Students who have not completed all required work in an acceptable manner will be given an NC for the class. An NC can be changed only by completing the work in an acceptable manner and within two weeks of the end of the quarter, or as arranged through a teacher in agreement with an administrator.
Three honor rolls, "4.0" (= 4.00), "A" (= 3.50 - 3.99) and "B" (= 2.85 - 3.49) are computed each quarter. The GPA for the quarter determines the honor rolls.
Letter Grade Values
Grades are calculated on a 4.00 scale. Stewartville High School does not utilize weighted grades.
Honor Graduate GPA Requirements
Students will be eligible for graduating with honors based on their cumulative GPA at the end of the first semester. Students who meet the following criteria will determine those honors:
Honors - 3.2 Special Honors - 3.5 Highest Honors - 3.9
Open Study Hall
Open Study Hall is a privilege for 12th grade students who are in good standing. Open Study Hall privilege can be suspended or revoked at any time by administration.
Regular Study Hall
Regular Study Hall provides students with an opportunity to prepare daily assignments and school work.
All staff utilize a Learner Management System (LMS) to facilitate their class. Students and parents will have access to assignments through Schoology or the LMS of the given class.
Academic Letter Requirements
Students who earn Academic Letter for the first time shall receive a chenille lamp of knowledge patch saying “ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.” Students who earn Academic Letter status for subsequent years shall have the option of purchasing a chevron bar patch at C & M Screen Printing for $5. Students receive a certificate of academic excellence each year they earn Academic Letter.
Organizations and Activities
Band (Jazz Band, Pep Band)
Future Farmers of America
National Honor Society
Business Professionals of America
Plays/Musicals/One Act Play
Athletics Governed by MSHSL
Track and Field
Track and Field
Wednesday is designated family night. Coaches and Advisors will make every effort to end by 6:00 pm.
Students must attend school for 6 periods of the day to be eligible to participate in that day's/evening's practice/event unless the student has an excusable, pre-approved absence recorded in the Attendance Office. Students are expected to be on time and attend school on the entire day following an event.
Academic Eligibility & Guidelines
Students who receive a failing grade in a class at the end of a quarter are ineligible to compete in athletic contests, from the date the grades are made public (published on Family Access) for three weeks or three contests, whichever is longer or determined by the Administrative Team. The student is placed on probation until mid-quarter and at that time if they are not passing all of their classes, they are ineligible for the remainder of the season. A Mid-Quarter Athletic Eligibility form (found in Athletic Office) needs to be completed and returned to the Athletic Director for determination of eligibility. Mid-Quarter dates can be found on the school calendar.
Student participation in high school athletics is dependent on your eligibility. Protect your eligibility by reviewing with your parent(s)/guardian(s) a summary of Minnesota State High School League rules which govern your participation. Complete regulations are found in the MSHSL Official Handbook which is available at each member high school and which is also posted on the MSHSL Website: www.mshsl.org. Please contact your school principal or athletic director if there are questions about a rule interpretation.
A student with an incomplete grade is ineligible until the work is completed, unless the incomplete is due to an excused absence during the last week of the quarter. If neither of the above is met, the student remains ineligible for the remainder of the quarter.
4th quarter grades apply to the 1st quarter of the next school year.
All members of organizational groups attending school-sponsored activities are required to ride to and from these events via transportation provided by the school except with parent/guardian or parent/guardian signed release form.
The school does not carry personal injury insurance. Injuries will need to be covered by the health insurance policies of the parents. Low-cost insurance can be purchased through the school.
Award and letter qualifications are set by coach/director or athletic/activities director.
Learning is enhanced by regular attendance, and research supports this. The absence of a student from regular classroom learning experiences disrupts the continuity of the learning process. Classroom experiences are meaningful and essential components of the learning process. Meeting class attendance requirements helps instill concepts of self-discipline, exposes the student to group interactions with teachers and fellow students, enables the students to hear and participate in class discussions, and involves the student in educational experiences not available in other circumstances. Many instructional and learning opportunities lost through absence from class are not retrievable. The benefits of regular classroom instruction especially that of participation in class and interaction among students, is lost and cannot be entirely regained even with extra instruction or study.
Student Attendance Responsibilities
The Role of the Student
The Role of the Teacher
The Role of the Parents/Guardians
The Role of Administration
The Attendance Policy shall be printed in this student handbook and on the website. Parents and students are encouraged to view attendance on a regular basis through Family Access or Student Access on the school’s website (ssd.k12.mn.us). Parents will be notified of student absences through the Skyward Automated Phone Calling System.
Classification of Absences
Absences are subject to administrative authorization. A MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM SHALL MAKE THE FINAL DECISION OF WHETHER AN ABSENCE IS EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED.
The following are examples of excused absences: school activities or events, medical and/or dental appointments, legal and other professional appointments, illness, family leave (emergency leave and funeral), religious observances, and college visits. A signed slip from the medical, dental, legal, or other professional person or business may be required.
All unauthorized absences are considered unexcused absences. Unexcused absence will result in school disciplinary action. The following are examples of unexcused absences: hair appointments, tanning, oversleeping, missing the bus, leaving for lunch, and sleeping in after a school sponsored activity or event. If students are more than 10 minutes late for class, it will be considered an unexcused absence. Other situations may constitute as unexcused absences and the determination will be made by the administrative team.
Attendance Expectations during Lunch
Stewartville High School utilizes a flexible schedule during lunch in order for students to maximize their academic opportunities. For this reason, students are prohibited from leaving school during 5th period. Students, other than Seniors, who have an open period during 5th period are also prohibited from leaving school for lunch. Any absences during 5th period will be marked unexcused, unless provided a signed slip from a medical, dental, legal, or other professional person or business. The expectation is that students use the lunchroom during this time. Students can purchase a meal from Taher or bring their own lunch. Consequences will be given for those who accrue unexcused absences.
Pre-excused absences are any absence from school that the office has prior knowledge of which include school events, family vacations and medical appointments. The administrative team must clear all pre-excused absences. A written note from a parent/guardian must accompany the request. It is the student’s responsibility to complete work according to the instructor’s make-up policy.
Students who are more than 10 minutes late for class will receive a tardy.
Attendance on day of Athletic, Music, Drama, Speech, or other School Event
See “Participation” under Extra-Curricular Activities category.
Homework (Excused Absence)
The student is responsible for contacting the instructors to initiate and complete all work. The individual teachers shall determine due dates for the assignments. Students are required to make up all work assigned during their absence. Students shall use Schoology to gain information from absence.
A student who is absent from a class or who leaves the campus without signing out in the Attendance Office is skipping. A student is skipping in the following situations:
Skipping school/classes will result in school consequences and may result in truancy petition being filed with the Olmsted County attorney.
Truancy and Unexcused Absences
As required by current state statutes, regulations of the State Department of Education, and the Stewartville School Board, students shall be in attendance each day that school is in session. The authority to decide whether an absence is excused or unexcused rests with the administrative team. Students returning to school following an absence will be expected to complete all missing assignments within a reasonable period of time.
All students age 17 or under are required to attend school regularly according to state statute and Minnesota Compulsory Attendance Law. Failure to attend school due to excessive unexcused absences (7+ days of 3 or more class periods) will result in a CHIPS (truancy) petition being filed with the county attorney. CHIPS (truancy) petitions will be filed for all students 17 or under as required by state statute. (MN Statute §260A.02).
Students are considered “continuing truant” if absent for three or more class periods on three days without a valid excuse. Parents or guardians will be notified by letter by a school administrator. If the student continues to be truant, both the parents/guardians and the student may be subject to juvenile court proceedings pursuant to MN Statute §260A.07. These restrictions may result in the suspension, restriction, or delay of a child’s driving privileges pursuant to MN Statute §260.191.
Seniors and juniors may take post-secondary campus visits during the school year. College visits must be pre-approved by the administrative team.
Each classroom teacher shall take daily attendance in each class promptly. The office shall maintain the official absence record of each student.
The Tiger Way
RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, RELATIONSHIPS, READINESS, RESULTS
Students are expected to show and demonstrate the 5R’s that Stewartville School District embraces. Students who fail to show Tiger Pride will be educated and assigned appropriate consequences to reinforce the provided education.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
When a student fails to exhibit character within the expectations set forth for the school, there are two levels of accountability:
Examples of Classroom managed behaviors (not an all inclusive list):
Language (between students)
Throwing small object Touching (minor)
Inappropriate comments Speaking out of turn
Refusing to work
Not paying attention
Food or drink
Examples of Administrative managed behaviors (not an all inclusive list):
Aggressive physical attack
Chronic minor infractions Truancy
Inappropriate hallway behavior
Dress code Refusal to give name
Aggressive language Verbal threats
Major dishonesty Excessive tardiness (5+)
Leaving class without permission
Staff Assigned Detention
Assigned and supervised by staff member. Time may alter based on assigning staff member’s availability.
Administrative Assigned Detention
Administrative Detention is held from 7:00- 7:45 and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on designated days.
In School Suspension (ISS)
Out of School Suspension (OSS)
Academic Dishonesty pertains to any work assigned in class: daily homework, term papers, tests, etc., that is plagiarized or used for cheating purposes. In cases dealing with cheating, both parties will adhere to academic dishonesty consequences.
The students’ primary responsibilities are to learn and achieve to the best of their abilities. Teachers expect students to complete assignments, quizzes, and tests to the best of their abilities so to represent an accurate depiction of that student’s own progress and performance. Administrators, teachers, students, and families are all important contributors in student learning and achievement and it is vital that all uphold academic integrity within our school community. These practices will provide our school a consistent framework to meet the needs of all students.
Student: The student is expected to adhere to the principles of academic integrity by completing assignments, quizzes, reports, academic papers, projects, and tests on their own and to the best of their ability, both in and out of class. All forms of student work will adhere to this practice.
Parent/Guardian: The parent/guardian is expected to support the Stewartville Student Handbook by reviewing the components of academic integrity with the student and encouraging the student to practice honesty in all matters. The parent/guardian plays an important role in the development of student character; therefore, parent/guardian contact and involvement is required.
Teacher: The teacher is expected to encourage honesty and clearly communicate academic integrity expectations to students. The teacher will clearly define the appropriate level of student collaboration for each assignment/assessment. Appropriate consequences will be initiated by the teacher and the administrator when any student is found to have displayed academic dishonesty.
Administrator: The administrator is expected to support and implement academic integrity with all stakeholders. Administrators shall ensure that appropriate consequences for academic dishonesty are addressed in the Student Handbook.
Possible Consequences for Academic Dishonesty
Acceptable (Internet and Network) Use Policy For Students Attending ISD # 534
In order for a student to use the Stewartville School District’s Internet connection, they must read the guidelines and the Acceptable Use Policy and sign the contract. The contract must also be signed by a parent or guardian. This form is given to students the first week of school or may be picked up in the Technology Department.
Advertising and Promotions
Neither the facilities, the name, the staff, nor the children of the school system, nor any part thereof shall be employed in any manner for the advertising or otherwise promoting the interests of any commercial or other non-school agency or organization. The Stewartville School District and employees must not recommend any commercial product or service or aid in the distribution of literature or publicity endorsing or recommending such product or service.
Will be communicated during each day and posted in the commons and on the school’s website. Weather related announcements may be made via the intercom as needed. Approval by an advisor and a completed announcement form must be submitted in advance. Notices/postings concerning information about events which will take place within the school area or outside the school area shall be approved by the principal or a representative. All notices/postings for events shall be posted in a place designated by the principal. It is understood that the notices/postings shall be removed in a timely manner following the event.
Each student will be provided one Student Planner. If lost or misplaced, a replacement may be purchased from the office for $5.00. It is very important to our students' organizational skills to have the same planner so that all classroom teachers can approach the use of the planners in a standardized way. Students’ absences and passes will be recorded in their planner.
Students who repeatedly abuse lunchroom expectations will not be allowed to eat lunch in the cafeteria
Stewartville Public Schools are a closed campus; a student may not leave the building without signing out in the attendance office. Consequence will be assigned for failure to follow the Closed Campus practice.
Open Campus Policy
Whereas: Seniors are approaching the time in their lives in which they will be independent adults and will have to be responsible for making the right decisions. Therefore, Seniors are allowed open campus privileges.
Minnesota Government Data Practices Act Section 13.02 and the Stewartville Public Schools, Independent School District #534, proposes to designate the following personally identifiable information contained in student's education record as "directory information", and it will disclose the following student information without prior consent: student’s name, name of parents or guardians, telephone number, address, date and place of birth, grade level, participation in athletics and activities, height and weight if member of an athletic team, honors and awards, photograph, dates of attendance, most recent school or district attended, in addition SSD defines directory information to include student’s electronic mail address, major field of study, and enrollment status.
If your parent/guardian objects to the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information, please notify a school administrator or school superintendent in writing by September 15.
On or after September 15, the record custodians indicate the items the district will designate as directory information and will appropriately mark your record. This designation will remain in effect until it is modified by the written direction of your parent/guardian.
If/When an electronic device becomes a distraction to student learning or the teacher’s ability to teach, the student will be asked to turn over their electronic device.
1st Offense: Student may pick up the electronic device at the end of the class period from the teacher
2nd Offense-Student may pick up the electronic device at the end of the day from the office
3rd Offense-Parent must pick up the electronic device
4th Offense-Meeting with an Administrator to determine appropriate action plan
School officials in special occasions may grant permission for students to use these devices. Such permission must be approved before the device is brought on school property.
Emergency School Closings
If it is necessary to close school due to severe weather or emergency conditions, please listen to the radio or to TV Stations KTTC, KAAL, WCCO. Do not call the school. The following radio stations will carry information: KROC 106.9 FM, WLTE (WCCO) 102.9 FM, KYBA 105.3 FM, KNXR 97.5 FM, KWWK 96.5FM, KWEB 1270 AM, KFSI 92.9 FM. You may also receive an automated phone call.
Please refer to the School Calendar for important testing dates and other events that happen throughout the school year. The calendar can be viewed on the webpage.
Indoor Air Quality
The Stewartville School District has adopted an indoor air quality management plan. If you have any questions concerning indoor air quality please contact the coordinator at (507) 533-1425.
Lockers - Academic
The school will loan a locker to each student. Lockers are not the personal property of the student but of the school, and may be opened for inspection at any time at the discretion of the school administration. Students should keep textbooks, material needed for the class work, hats and coats in the assigned lockers. The school will not be responsible for personal property that students choose to bring to school. Students will be held responsible for all materials in their assigned lockers. Students should keep the assigned lockers neat and orderly at all times. Students are not to change lockers or use any locker that is not their assigned locker. Extra lockers are for new students to the Stewartville High School.
Lockers - Common Area
Lockers - Athletic
The school will loan an athletic locker to student athletes. Athletes are responsible for school issued uniforms and using school lockers to safely secure school issued items as well as personal property. Student athletes must put items in lockers. Athletic lockers must be emptied by date indicated by the Physical Education teachers or the padlocks will be cut off and contents will be donated to charity.
Lost & Found
If you lost books or personal property, please check in the lost and found located in the High School. You must be able to prove ownership by identifying the article. Any items not claimed at the end of each quarter will be donated to charity.
Messages & Deliveries
Only emergency messages will be delivered during school hours. Deliveries of gifts, flowers, or balloons will not be accepted by office personnel, nor will they be delivered during school hours.
School is in session from 7:50 AM until 2:55 PM. Office hours are from 7:00 AM until 3:45 PM. The office phone number is 533-1600.
All posters or announcements to be displayed anywhere in the building including the bulletin boards must be approved by an administrator or other authorized personnel. The person posting the signs is responsible for taken down the signs after a reasonable length of time.
The Right To Free Speech and Expression
Students represent a wide range and diversity of opinion and background. Students have the right to express opinions, to take stands, and to support causes, either publicly or privately. This is provided that such expressions are not libelous, profane, obscene, and do not interfere with the rights of others or disrupt the atmosphere for learning in the school.
The Right to Learn
Each student has the right to gain an education as provided by the law.
The Right Regarding Student Dress
A student has the right to choose manner of dress and personal grooming unless it represents a clear danger to the student's health and safety, causes an interference with work, creates classroom or school disorder, or violates the dress code. For more information on student attire, see the section on “Dress Code”.
The Right to be Informed of Rules
Students have the right to be informed of all policies, rules, and regulations they will be expected to follow. The basic rules shall be published and distributed to all students and available to other interested persons. Copies of these rules governing the code of conduct shall be available in the office.
The Right to Privacy
The student's right of privacy regarding school records will be protected, and any disclosure of information from student permanent records shall be consistent with legal requirements.
The Right to Personal Property
Students have a right to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects, however:
Senior Participation Procedures and Guidelines
During the senior year, many specialty events, privileges, and acknowledgements take place.
Picture in the Yearbook*
Picture in the paper*
Receive a diploma
Senior Retreat Day
Open Study Hall
* Students may have their picture in the paper and Yearbook once as a senior.
Computer related questions should be directed to the Stewartville School District Technology Department.
The student should make sure that textbooks are covered at all times; this will prevent premature damage to the binding and covers. Any unreasonable damage to or loss of a textbook will result in the student/parent/guardian being charged for the repair or replacement. The holding of grades/advancement may occur until restitution is made.
Time Schedule for Classes.
A Lunch 11:22-11:52
B Lunch 11:52-12:22
The Administrative Team has the right to remove any person from the Stewartville School District campus as they deem necessary.
No student visitors are allowed in the school during regularly scheduled student days without administrative approval. Any other visitors must receive a visitor’s pass from the office. Administration has the right to limit visitors.
Notice to Parents for Testing Options
New legislation, which amended M.S. 120B.31, Subd. 4a, requires school districts to provide notice to parents or guardians of their option to refuse to have their students take the statewide assessments. The Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) was tasked by the Legislature with developing a form for this opt out. School districts must provide this notice by posting the form developed by MDE on their website and must include it in their Student Handbooks. The form is available at http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/Documents/MDE-TestingOptOutForm.docx.
The Administrative Team will decide any situation or problem that may arise not covered by this handbook.
DISTRICT 534 POLICY: 413 HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE
1. Everyone at District 534 has the right to feel respected and safe. Consequently, we want students to know about our policy to prevent harassment and violence of any kind based on religion, race, sex or disability.
2. A harasser may be a student or an adult. Harassment may include the following when related to religion, race, sex or disability:
● Name calling, jokes or rumors
● Pulling on clothing
● Notes or cartoons
● Unwelcome touching of a person or clothing
● Any words or actions that make you feel uncomfortable, embarrass you, hurt your feelings, or make you feel bad.
3. If any words or action make you feel uncomfortable or fearful, you need to tell a teacher, counselor, the principal or Human Rights Officer.
4. You may also make a written report. It should be given to a teacher, counselor, the principal
or the Human Rights Officer.
5. Your right to privacy will be respected as much as possible.
6. We take seriously all reports of harassment or violence based on religion, race, sex or disability, and will take all appropriate actions based on your report.
7. The School District will also take action if anyone tries to intimidate you or take action to harm you because you have reported.
8. This is a summary of the School District policy against harassment and violence based on religion, sex, race or disability. Complete policies are available in the Principal's Office upon request.
Violations of this Policy may result in, but are not limited to, one or all of the following consequences: First Offense
● Warning on file in the office
● Conference with student
● Notify Parent
● Day of ISS
● Re-education plan with the school social worker
● Suspension from school
● Re-education plan with the school social worker or with an outside agency.
Harassment And Violence Based On Race, Sex, And Disability Are Against The Law. Violations of this policy could fall into the category of a bias crime. Law enforcement may be contacted at any point.
DISTRICT 534 POLICY: 418 DRUG-FREE SCHOOL and 419 TOBACCO-FREE ENVIRONMENT Alcohol, Chemicals, Drugs, Paraphernalia, Use/Possession
Any student found under the influence of, using, or in the possession of alcohol, chemicals, drugs, paraphernalia within the school zone, or while at any school-related activity, will be subject to school disciplinary action.
Consequences for Violations of School Conduct include any or all of the following:
● Referral to an appropriate social worker and/or referred to a chemical abuse program
● Five (5) day Suspension
● Parents will be contacted to pick up student
● Police will be contacted
A student who violates this policy shall satisfactorily participate in and complete a chemical abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the School Board. If such student fails to satisfactorily participate in such program, the student shall be subject to one or all of the following consequences:
● Excluded from school at the discretion of the School Board.
A student found using or in possession of tobacco products within the school zone or while at any school- related activity, will be subject to school disciplinary action and police referral.
● Possible referral to an appropriate social worker and/or referred to a chemical abuse program.
● Parent/guardian and Police will be notified.
1st offense: 1-3 days school suspension
2nd offense: 3-5 days school suspension
3rd offense: appearance before Board of Education for possible disciplinary actions.
1st offense: 3 hours of detention
2nd offense: 1-3 days suspension (ISS or OSS)
3rd offense: appearance before Board of Education for possible disciplinary actions.
As of August 1, 1994 the MN Statute pertaining to the Sale of Tobacco to Children, 609.685, subd. #3, now prohibits possession by a person less than 18 years of age.
The Statute in brief is as follows: 609.685 Sale of Tobacco to Children subd. 1 –
Definitions: Tobacco - cigarettes, cigars, cheroots, stogies, etc.
Tobacco related devices - cigarette papers or pipes for smoking
subd. 1a - Gross Misdemeanor: Sale to person under the age of 18 years old.
subd. 2a - Misdemeanor: Furnish tobacco or tobacco related devices to a person under the age of 18 years old who uses, purchases, attempts to purchase, or possesses tobacco or tobacco related items.
subd. 4 - Effect on Local Ordinances
Subd. 1 thru 3 does not preclude local ordinances that may be more stringent regulations.
A complaint from school staff of a witnessed violation should be documented with complainant’s name and
related information (Arrest Report).
District 534 Policy: 501 School Weapons Policy
The purpose of this policy shall be:
Weapons: No student or visitor shall possess a weapon before, during or after school hours in any school zone.
Possession refers to having a weapon on one's person or in an area subject to one's control on school property or at a school trip or activity.
Expulsion means an action by the School Board to prohibit an enrolled pupil from further attendance for the period that shall not extend beyond the school year.
Exclusion means an action by the School Board to prevent enrollment or re-enrollment of a pupil for a period that shall extend beyond the school year.
Suspension means an action by the school administration, under rules promulgated by the School Board, prohibiting a pupil from attending school (Out-of-School Suspension, OSS) according to the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act. A principal may also impose In-School-Suspension (ISS) as an equivalent sanction.
School Zone means in any school building or any school premises (or within 300 feet there of); on any school-owned vehicle or any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from the school or school activities; off school property at any school-approved or school-sponsored activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the School District.
Articles commonly used as weapons or designed to inflict bodily harm and/or intimidate other persons and are actually used by the student. Examples include but are not limited to: firearms, whether loaded or unloaded, knives, razor blades, razor blade knives or holders, clubs, metal knuckles, numchucks, throwing stars, explosives, including fireworks, stun guns, ammunition, chains, pellet guns, BB guns, bows, cross bows, mace, tear gas, sling shots, wrist rockets, look-alike guns, and other non-functioning guns that could be used to threaten others, or any flammable liquid or other device or instrumentality that, in the manner
it is used or intended to be used is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm. Also included in category one is any firearm including a pellet gun or BB gun found to be in possession of a student, whether or not it has been used.
Consequences for Category I:
For the students involved in any incident where weapons were used, the principal or his/her designee shall have for their use all discipline alternatives available for immediate response including but not limited to:
Articles commonly used as weapons or designed to inflict bodily harm and/or intimidate other persons and are in the possession of the student, but not used by the student. Examples include but are not limited to: firearms, whether loaded or unloaded, knives, razor blades, razor blade knives or holders, clubs, metal knuckles, numchucks, throwing stars, explosives, including fireworks, stun guns, ammunition, chains, pellet guns, BB guns, bows, crossbows, mace, tear gas, sling shots, wrist rockets, look-alike guns, and other non- functioning guns that could be used to threaten others.
Consequences for Category II
Any student found to have been in possession of a weapon as defined by Category II in violation of this policy, shall be: Immediately suspended Out-of-School for the five (5) days and determined a date and time for re-admittance conference.
Articles which are designated for other purposes but which are actually used to inflict bodily harm and/or intimidate. Examples include, but are not limited to: belts, scissors, combs, pencils or pens, files, balls, lighter, compasses, letter openers and laser lights.
Consequences for Category III
For students having been found in possession of an instrument defined as a Category III weapon, no consequence shall be imposed, except that for a student to have a category III article as a weapon in violation of this policy, they shall be given the same consequences as outlined for Category I weapons.
A student who finds a Category I weapon on the way to school or in the school building and takes the weapon immediately to the principal’s office shall not be considered to possess the weapon. The principal or his/her designee shall conduct a timely investigation into any incident allegedly involving the use of a weapon.
Principals shall file reports of dangerous weapon incidents that occur in their school zones. The principal shall be responsible for filing the reports with the Commissioner of Education as required by Minnesota Statute 121.207, subd.3.
DISTRICT 534 POLICY: 504 STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE
The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals and community standards.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. The policy of the school district is to encourage students to be dressed appropriately for school activities and in keeping with community standards. This is a joint responsibility of the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s)
B. Appropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:
∙ Clothing appropriate for the weather.
∙ Clothing that does not create a health or safety hazard.
∙ Clothing appropriate for the activity (i.e., physical education or the classroom).
C. Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:
∙ “Short shorts,” skimpy tank tops, tops that expose the midriff, and other clothing that is not in keeping with community standards.
∙ Clothing bearing a message that is lewd, vulgar, or obscene.
∙ Apparel promoting products or activities that are illegal for use by minors.
∙ Objectionable emblems, badges, symbols, signs, words, objects or pictures on clothing or jewelry communicating a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority
group, evidences gang membership or affiliation, or approves, advances or provokes any form of religious, racial or sexual harassment and/or violence against other individuals as defined in Stewartville School District Policy 413.
∙ Any apparel or footwear that would damage school property.
D. Hats are not allowed in the building except with the approval of the building principal (i.e., student:undergoing chemotherapy; medical situations).
E. It is not the intention of this policy to abridge the rights of students to express political, religious, philosophical, or similar opinions by wearing apparel on which such messages are stated. Such messages are acceptable as long as they are not lewd, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, profane or do not advocate violence or harassment against others.
F. “Gang,” as defined in this policy, means any ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more criminal acts, which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or whose members engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity. “Pattern of gang activity” means the commission, attempt to commit, conspiring to commit, or solicitation of two or more criminal acts, provided the criminal acts were committed on separate dates
or by two or more persons who are members of or belong to the same criminal street gang.
A. When, in the judgment of the administration, a student’s appearance, grooming, or mode of dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process or school activities, or poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, the student will be directed to make modifications or will be sent home for the day. Parents/guardians will be notified.
B. The administration may recommend a form of dress considered appropriate for a specific event and communicate the recommendation to students and parents/guardians.
Likewise, an organized student group may recommend a form of dress for students considered appropriate for a specific event and make such recommendation to the administration for approval.
DISTRICT 534 POLICY: 514 BULLYING PROHIBITION POLICY
514 BULLYING PROHIBITION POLICY
A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and attain high academic standards and to promote healthy human relationships. Bullying, like other violent or disruptive behavior, is conduct that interferes with students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to educate students in a safe environment. The school district cannot monitor the activities of students at all times and eliminate all incidents of bullying between students, particularly when students are not under the direct supervision of school personnel. However, to the extent such conduct affects the educational environment of the school district and the rights and welfare of its students and is within the control of the school district in its normal operations, it is the school district’s intent to prevent bullying and to take action to investigate, respond, remediate, and discipline those acts of bullying which have not been successfully prevented. The purpose of this policy is to assist the school district in its goal of preventing and responding to acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, and other similar disruptive behavior.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
A. An act of bullying, by either an individual student or a group of students, is expressly prohibited on school district property or at school-related functions. This policy applies not only to students who directly engage in an act of bullying but also to students who, by their indirect behavior, condone or support another student’s act of bullying. This policy also applies to any student whose conduct at any time or in any place constitutes bullying that interferes with or obstructs the mission or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of the student, other students, or employees. The misuse of technology including, but not limited to, teasing, intimidating, defaming, threatening, or terrorizing another student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district by sending or posting e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or website postings, including blogs, also may constitute an act of bullying regardless of whether such acts are committed on or off school district property and/or with or without the use of school district resources.
B. No teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district shall permit, condone, or tolerate bullying.
C. Apparent permission or consent by a student being bullied does not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.
D. Retaliation against a victim, good faith reporter, or a witness of bullying is prohibited. E. False accusations or reports of bullying against another student are prohibited.
F. A person who engages in an act of bullying, reprisal, or false reporting of bullying or permits, condones, or tolerates bullying shall be subject to discipline for that act in accordance with school district’s policies and procedures. The school district may take into account the following factors:
1. The developmental and maturity levels of the parties involved;
2. The levels of harm, surrounding circumstances, and nature of the behavior;
3. Past incidences or past or continuing patterns of behavior;
4. The relationship between the parties involved; and
5. The context in which the alleged incidents occurred.
Consequences for students who commit prohibited acts of bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension and/or expulsion. Consequences for employees who permit, condone, or tolerate bullying or engage in an act of reprisal or intentional false reporting of bullying may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or discharge. Consequences for other individuals engaging in prohibited acts of bullying may include, but not be limited to, exclusion from school district property and events and/or termination of services and/or contracts.
G. The school district will act to investigate all complaints of bullying and will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district who is found to have violated this policy.
For purposes of this policy, the definitions included in this section apply.
A. “A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons.” Bullying includes, but is not limited to, conduct by a student against another student or a group of students that a reasonable person under the circumstances knows or should know has the effect of:
1. harming a student or a group of students;
2. damaging a student’s or a group of students’ property;
3. placing a student or a group of students in reasonable fear of harm to person or property;
4. creating a hostile educational environment for a student or a group of students; or
5. intimidating a student or a group of students.
B. “Immediately” means as soon as possible but in no event longer than 24 hours.
C. “On school district property or at school-related functions” means all school district buildings, school grounds, and school property or property immediately adjacent to school grounds, school bus stops, school buses, school vehicles, school contracted vehicles, or any other vehicles approved for school district purposes, the area of entrance or departure from school grounds, premises, or events, and all school- related functions, school-sponsored activities, events, or trips. School district property also may mean a student’s walking route to or from school for purposes of attending school or school-related functions, activities, or events. While prohibiting bullying at these locations and events, the school district does not represent that it will provide supervision or assume liability at these locations and events.
IV. REPORTING PROCEDURE
A. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of bullying or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute bullying shall report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school district official designated by this policy. A person may report bullying anonymously. However, the school district’s ability to take action against an alleged perpetrator based solely on an anonymous report may be limited.
B. 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.
C. The building principal, the principal’s designee, or the building supervisor (hereinafter building report taker) is the person responsible for receiving reports of bullying at the building level. Any person may report bullying directly to a school district human rights officer or the superintendent. If the complaint involves the building report taker, 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. A teacher, school administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other school employee shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events that might include bullying. Any such person who receives a report of, observes, or has other knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute bullying shall inform the building report taker immediately. School district personnel who fail to inform the building report taker of conduct that may constitute bullying in a timely manner may be subject to disciplinary action.
E. Reports of bullying are classified as private educational and/or personnel data and/or confidential investigative data and will not be disclosed except as permitted by law.
F. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of bullying will not affect the complainant’s or reporter’s future employment, grades, or work assignments, or educational or work environment.
G. The school district will respect the privacy of the complainant(s), the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the school district’s obligation to investigate, take appropriate action, and comply with any legal disclosure obligations.
V. SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION
A. Upon receipt of a complaint or report of bullying, the school district shall undertake or authorize an investigation by school district officials or a third party designated by the school district.
B. The school district may take immediate steps, at its discretion, to protect the complainant, reporter, students, or others pending completion of an investigation of bullying, consistent with applicable law.
C. Upon completion of the investigation, 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. Disciplinary consequences will be sufficiently severe to try to deter violations and to appropriately discipline prohibited behavior. School district action taken for violation of this policy will be consistent with the requirements of applicable collective bargaining agreements; applicable statutory authority, including the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act; school district policies; and regulations.
D. The school district is not authorized to disclose to a victim private educational or personnel data regarding an alleged perpetrator who is a student or employee of the school district. School officials will notify the parent(s) or guardian(s) of students involved in a bullying incident and the remedial action taken, to the extent permitted by law, based on a confirmed report.
The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged bullying or against any person who testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, or against any person who testifies, assists, or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such bullying. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, harassment, or intentional disparate treatment.
VII. TRAINING AND EDUCATION
A. The school district annually will provide information and any applicable training to school district staff regarding this policy.
B. The school district annually will provide education and information to students regarding bullying, including information regarding this school district policy prohibiting bullying, the harmful effects of bullying, and other applicable initiatives to prevent bullying.
C. The administration of the school district is directed to implement programs and other initiatives to prevent bullying, to respond to bullying in a manner that does not stigmatize the victim, and to make resources or referrals to resources available to victims of bullying.
D. The school district may implement violence prevention and character development education programs to prevent and reduce policy violations. Such programs may offer instruction on character education including, but not limited to, character qualities such as attentiveness, truthfulness, respect for authority, diligence, gratefulness, self-discipline, patience, forgiveness, respect for others, peacemaking, and resourcefulness.
The school district will give annual notice of this policy to students, parents or guardians, and staff, and this policy shall appear in the student handbook.
DISTRICT 534 POLICY: 526 HAZING PROHIBITION Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe learning environment for students and staff that are free from hazing. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the school district and are prohibited at all times.
General Statements of Policy
A. "Hazing" means committing an act against a student, or coercing a student into committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person, in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization or for any other purpose. The term hazing includes, but is not limited to:
1. Any type of physical brutality such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking or placing a harmful substance on the body.
2. Any type of physical activity such as sleep deprivation, exposure to weather, confinement in a restricted area, calisthenics or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
3. Any activity involving the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, drug, tobacco product or any other food, liquid, or substance that subjects the students to an unreasonable risk or harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
4. Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student or subjects a student to extreme mental stress, embarrassment, shame or humiliation that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from remaining in school.
5. Any activity that causes or requires the student to perform a task that involves violation of state or federal law or of school district policies or regulations.
B. “Student organization" means a group, club or organization having students as its primary members or participants. It includes grade levels, classes, teams, activities or particular school events. A student organization does not have to be an official school organization to come within terms of this definition.
A. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of hazing or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct, which may constitute hazing, shall report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school district official.
B. The building principal is the person responsible for receiving reports of hazing at the building level. Any person may report hazing directly to a school district human rights officer or to the superintendent.
C. Teachers, administrators, volunteers, contractors and other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances or events that might include hazing. Any such person who receives a report of, observes, or has other knowledge or belief of conduct, which may constitute hazing, shall inform the building principal immediately.
D. Submission of good faith complaint or report of hazing will not affect the complainant or reporter's future employment, grades or work assignments.
School District Action
A. Upon receipt of a complaint or report of hazing, the school district shall undertake or authorize an investigation by school district officials or a third party designated by the school district.
B. The school district may take immediate steps, at its discretion, to protect the complainant, reporter, students, or others pending completion of an investigation of hazing.
C. Upon completion of the investigation, the school district will take appropriate action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, warning, suspension, exclusion, expulsion, transfer, redemption, termination or discharge. Disciplinary consequences will be sufficiently severe to deter violations and to appropriately discipline prohibited behavior. School district action taken for violation of this policy will be consistent with the requirements of applicable collective bargaining agreements, applicable
statutory authority, including the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, school district policies and regulations.
The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor or other employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged hazing or against any person who testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, or against any person who testifies, assists or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such hazing. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.
Dissemination of Policy
This policy shall appear in each school's student handbook and in the district policy manual.
DISTRICT 534 POLICY: 707 TRANSPORTATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
Protect your riding privileges
Follow these school bus safety rules:
Remember the 5 R’s: Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, Readiness and Results Note: Bus Drivers will report to the principal all students who disobey the rules.
Transportation Consequences - Bus Representative issues a Bus Conduct Report
1st offense: Warning
2nd offense: 1-3 school day suspension from riding a bus
3rd offense: 3-5 school day suspension from riding a bus
Note: When a student goes 60 calendar days without a Bus Conduct Report, the student consequences may start over at the first offense.
Based on the severity of a student's conduct, more serious consequences may be imposed at any time. Depending on the nature of the offense, consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school may also result from school bus/bus stop misconduct.
Minnesota Law states that transportation by school bus is a privilege, not a right.
SCHOOL COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITIES
The Board of Education of Independent School District 534 establishes and implements the code of conduct for the Stewartville High School. The Board, acting through the Superintendent, holds school employees responsible for the supervision of the behavior of students while legally under the supervision of the school.
The Superintendent of Schools SHALL establish all necessary procedures, rules, and regulations relating to the standards of student behavior and shall be responsible to the Board for discipline in the schools.
The Principal shall be responsible to the superintendent of schools in implementing all necessary procedures, rules, and regulations to make effective the Board of Education policies relating to the standards of student behavior. The Principal shall have the responsibility and the authority to formulate school rules and regulations not in conflict with district policy relating to standards of student behavior.
The Principal has the responsibility to establish, communicate, and implement the rules and regulations currently in effect for the school to all students, parents, and all interested community groups at the beginning of the school year and to each new student upon registration.
The Principal is also responsible for a discussion of these rules, rights, and responsibilities with the faculty prior to the opening day of school in the first semester and with all new faculty when they begin their duties in the school.
The Principal shall prepare a complete discipline committee report. This report shall be submitted to the Superintendent at the conclusion of the school year. The Principal has the authority to impose suspension consistent with guidelines of the Fair Dismissal Act on students for failure to comply with school regulations.The Principal may recommend to the Superintendent the exclusion or expulsion of a student.
The Faculty shall be responsible to the principal and shall implement all necessary procedures, rules, and regulations to make effective the Board of Education policies relating to the standards of student behavior.
After a teacher has exhausted all of their available resources and avenues to solve behavior problems including conferencing with the student and contacting the parents/guardians (if possible), and efforts to solve the behavior problem(s) are unsuccessful, the student shall be referred to the principal who has the responsibility and authority to use such measures as may be necessary to maintain control in the classroom, in the school buildings, and on school property.
Teachers Have the Responsibility To
All EMPLOYEES of the Stewartville Public Schools are expected to participate directly in the supervision and guidance of all students within their scope, authority and responsibility.
Administrators will notify all personnel (including custodians, aides, educational assistants, cafeteria personnel, clerical staff) in writing of their authority and responsibilities relating to student behavior. “A teacher, school employee, school bus driver or other agent of a district may use reasonable force in compliance with Minnesota Statutes §121A.582 and other laws.”
Everyone exposed to student behavior shall be expected to deal with students in a firm, fair, and consistent fashion. It shall be the responsibility of the principal to advise all concerned with this task. Failure by any and all employees of Stewartville High School to act responsibly, as outlined in the above, shall result in disciplinary actions.
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS have legal responsibility for the behavior of their children as determined by law and community practice. Since cooperation between parents and school is essential in assisting students to work to the best of their ability and achieve a good school experience, parents/guardians have a responsibility to help maintain communication with the school by participating in school/community activities, attending scheduled individual conferences, and bringing matters of concern to the attention of the principal or faculty.