WATERVILLE-ELYSIAN-MORRISTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

WATERVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                       MORRISTOWN  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

          500 EAST PAQUIN STREET                                                            23 ANN STREET

    WATERVILLE, MINNESOTA 56096                               MORRISTOWN, MINNESOTA  55052

                   (507) 362-4439                                                                                (507) 685-4222

   Early Childhood Special Education                                                             Grades 5 and 6

        Kindergarten thru Grade 4                                           

                                               BOBBIE JO BASTIAN,  PRINCIPAL                                    

August 22, 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Welcome to District #2143 and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Elementary

Schools.  We hope you will find this information in this handbook helpful.

It has been compiled for your use and convenience during the school year.

It is important that you read this handbook and keep it where it will be readily

available for reference.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our elementary offices.

Sincerely,

Bobbie Jo Bastian,  Principal

Waterville Elementary

The administrator may deviate from any of the rules and regulations

contained in this handbook,  if he/she feels it is in the best interest of the

students and/or school.  New rules and regulations may be implemented

by the administrator at any time.

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Chairman

Pam Baker

Vice Chairman

Dan Houlihan

Clerk

Jay Schneider

Treasurer

Gary Michael

Director’s

Jeff Stangler

 

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

Superintendent

Joel Whitehurst

Administrative Assistant

Pegi Wolff

Business Manager

Margaret Jewison

Payroll Clerk

Deb Jacobs

 

PRINCIPALS

Morristown

Waterville

Bobbie Jo Bastian

 

DISTRICT SUPERVISORS

Building and Grounds

Scott Allen

Transportation

Food Service

Nancy Culhane

Community Services

Jeff Boran

                                          

SECRETARIES

Morristown

Nancy Fessel, TBD

Waterville

Deb Wollin

 

CUSTODIANS

Morristown

Vinny Harmon, Kraig Deling

Waterville

Jason Ehler, Andrew Novak

 

CAFETERIA

Morristown

Sheri Velishek, TBD

Waterville

Becky Fessel, Lois Hogan,  Julie Splett, Daneen  Schulz

MUSIC

Morristown and Waterville

David Schmitt

 

COUNSELOR

Morristown

Michelle Roethler

Waterville

Patty Whitehurst

 

MEDIA/Technology SPECIALISTS

Morristown

Eric Gerst

Waterville

Anne Jahnke

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION STAFF

Morristown

Pam Heinz, Danielle Goetz

Waterville

Crystal Lamont, Pam Heinz, Troy Stehr, Austin Nagel

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION STAFF

Morristown

 Angela Sammon, Heather Snesrud, Lisa Beker

Waterville

 Stephanie Houlihan, Carrie Richards

 

SPEECH CLINICIANS

Morristown

Waterville

Angela Dahlberg, Joyce Mace, Rebecca Lange

ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Danielle Goetz, Crystal Lamont

ART SPECIALIST

Nicole Volk, Katherine Brown

BAND

Jared Larson

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL ED

Sheryl Reed

READING SPECIALIST-WATERVILLE

Michele Sutcliffe, Jennifer Holicky(MRC)

SCHOOL NURSE

Joan Steinhaus

SPEC ED CASE FACILITATOR

Joyce Mace

TITLE 1 COORDINATOR

Joel Whitehurst

TITLE 1 TEACHER-MORRISTOWN

Tonya Sauer

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

KINDERGARTEN-WATERVILLE

Sara Anderson, Karen Marzahn,  Kaitlin Vetssch 

GRADE 1-WATERVILLE    

Julie Hayford,  Susan Krienke, Susan Michael

GRADE 2- WATERVILLE

Mark Meyer, Sandy Mielke, Sara Quiram

GRADE 3-WATERVILLE

 Jackie Molitor, Heidi Skurkay, Rachel Wendlandt

GRADE 4-WATERVILLE

B. Bohnsack, Kelsey Sciefelbein, Brian Svendsen

GRADE 5-MORRISTOWN

Tyler Kaus,  Anna Skidmore, Rachael Wetzel

GRADE 6-MORRISTOWN

Lisa Androli, Ashley Landru, Laura Sammon

Waterville

EARLY CHILDHOOD PARAPROFESSIONALS-Angela

 

 

 

MEDIA/OFFICE PARAPROFESSIONAL

Morristown

Waterville

KiKi Erdman

 

SPEC ED PARAPROFESSIONALS

Morristown

J. McGraw, J. Balfe, V. Richter, A. , Meschke, L. Masberg

Waterville

S. Bliss, S. Bill, M. Quick, C.Fisher , B. Gertz

 K. Brockmiller, K. Delaske, V. Gregor, S. James,

B. Vollbrecht, A.Petry, K. McKenna,

TITLE ONE PARAPROFESSIONALS

Morristown

Waterville

Anna Meschke

Lisa Roemhildt

Lori Morgan

THIS WE BELIEVE:

We believe that the elementary school occupies a unique place in American education because;

It is the first school experience for most children.

It serves children during their early, formative, years.

It has the children longer than any other school they attend.

It influences the largest portion of American youth.

It provides a high degree of personalized teaching and guidance.

It contains democratically organized classrooms where children of

varied national, religious, racial, cultural and social backgrounds can learn diversity within unity.

It plays an important role in helping children develop keen interest and appreciation, desirable values and attitudes, and acceptable patterns of social behavior.

It is the foundation of the educational system organized to preserve and improve our democracy.

HOW TO SUPPORT  YOUR CHILDS’  PROGRESS

There are many ways in which the home can directly and indirectly help to insure the best educational programs for each child.

A growing child must have plenty of good food to supply energy for work and play.  A                                                                

    wholesome and adequate breakfast is particularly important.

A growing body needs plenty of rest.  Children from ages 6-9 need 10-12 hours of sleep.            

     Children ages 9-11 need 10-11 hours of sleep.  Situations which tend to over stimulate or              

     excite the child should be avoided before retiring for the night.          

The home should continually strive toward providing an environment which provides

     confidence, understanding and the feeling of security for the child.

A child's school day is their working day.  The child still needs free time of their own to choose an activity or to relax.

Demonstrate to your child a genuine interest in their school and school activities.    

Visit your school and learn firsthand how your child's teacher works with the class.

Assume the responsibility of checking on your child's progress.

Stress the importance of regular attendance and punctuality.  Unnecessary absence from school causes a child to fall behind.

Be prompt in signing and answering notes from school.

Encourage respect, courtesy and obedience for authority.  Teach your child that "no" means “no".

Provide your child with background experiences; field trips, cultural events and regular library use.

Encourage good home study habits.  Provide a quiet area for them to study.

Talk with your children.  Encourage them.  Be patient with them.  Praise them.

WHAT TEACHERS CAN EXPECT FROM WEM STUDENTS

 We will respect teachers and classmates.

 We will come to class prepared.

 We will cooperate with staff and with each other.

 We will allow other students to learn by not disturbing them.

 We will use appropriate language.

 We will respect school property.

 We will cooperate with substitute teachers.

 We will follow classroom/team/school rules.

WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT FROM THE STAFF AT WEM ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

We will try to insure your safety in our school by being in hallways, study areas, and other parts of the school.

Our staff will not tolerate student and adult "put-downs" in our school.

Teachers will provide assistance to students, monitor daily work, and keep you informed on your progress in order to help you have a positive learning experience.

Our staff will take time to help students when they request assistance by listening, caring and understanding.

We will model behavior expected of our students.  (Being in class on time, being prepared for class, showing respect toward students and co-workers, and being polite and courteous.)

We will enforce school rules and expectations in a fair manner.

We will hold you accountable for putting forth-good effort in completing daily work while also being responsible for making up tests, quizzes and assignments after being absent. We will provide you a school that values hard work, learning, caring about each other, cooperation, teamwork, and citizenship.

BUCS PRIDE

Bathroom

Hallway

Lunchroom

Recess

Bus

School Activities

Respectful

Use polite language with controlled volume

Privacy for all

Keep bathroom clean

Use polite language with controlled volume

Hands and feet to self

Walk

Remove hats and keep hoods down

Use polite language with controlled volume

Wait patiently

Be kind to everyone

Use polite language

Ask permission to go back into the building

Follow all adult directions

Be kind to everyone

Use polite language with controlled volume

Obey bus driver

Hands and feet to self

Be attentive to speaker

Display appropriate manner, sportsmanship, and school spirit

Hands and feet to self

Field and court is for players only

Responsible

Leave no trace

Be quick

Report spills and problems to staff

Go directly to where you need to be

Keep hallways clean and uncluttered

One student at a time picks up tray and silverware

Clean up your space

Dump garbage into cans

Stack your tray

Be a problem solver

Dress for the weather

Put equipment away

Place all trash in garbage

Be on time and wait patiently for the bus

Follow directions

Arrange rides for after event

Positive

Use good manners

Allow for classroom learning

Take pride in environment

Use good manners

Take pride in environment

Help with equipment

Take pride in environment

Take pride in environment

Use appropriate language and volume

Take pride in environment

Safe

Keep water in sink

Wash and dry hands

Keep the hall passable

Right is polite

Walk into cafeteria

Eat your own food

Remain seated until dismissed

Walk when dismissed

Follow safety rules

Go directly to assigned area

Look forward during the bus ride

Stay seated

Stay in designated area

IMMUNIZATIONS

Minnesota law requires children enrolled in school to be immunized against certain diseases or file a legal or medical exemption.

Incoming kindergarten students must have evidence of:

1.  Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTap, DTP, DT) 5 doses

2.  Polio (IVP, OPV).......4 doses.

3.  Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)...........2 doses

4.  Hepatitis B - 3 doses.

7.  Varicella (chicken pox)...... 2 doses.

Furthermore, the law requires that records must include month, date, and year that immunizations were given.

HEALTH SERVICES

The secretary's office is the first aid station for ill or injured children during school hours.  If the child is too ill to remain in class, parents will be called to pick up their child.  If an emergency exists, the Waterville or Morristown Rescue Squads will be called.

A health record is kept for each child.  It follows the child from kindergarten through grade 12.  The health record is updated each year from information obtained from the parents. Parents should inform the school regarding their child's health problems. Please contact the school nurse regarding special health problems.

Vision and hearing screenings are done for all students in grades K-6 each year.         

Should your child become ill or injured during the school day, parents will be contacted first.  If the school is unable to contact the parent, the alternate persons on the emergency card will be called.  PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL WHEN CHANGES IN TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND ALTERNATE PERSONS OCCUR DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.                     

                                                                         

STUDENT'S MEDICATION POLICY

The school district acknowledges that some students may require prescribed oral medication during the school day to function as near to their potential as possible.  The school nurse, or their designee will administer prescribed medications as ordered between 8am and 2pm.

 

Medication (prescription and over the counter medications) will be given at school to students when it is ordered by a physician in writing and includes the name of the drug, the dose, the time the medication is to be taken and the reason the medication is needed.  This order must be renewed annually and/or when the physician makes any change unless the physician states the duration.  The parent or guardian must provide a written authorization that the school comply with the physician's order.  Medication must be provided in the original pharmacy container and labeled with the student's name, name of physician, the medication and the dosage to be given.

All medication will be stored in the nurse’s office or in a designated area that will be locked.  Emergency medications such as asthma inhalers and Epi-Pens  may be carried by the student when there is a written agreement with the parent or guardian and school nurse as to where the medication will be kept and how it will be used. The school nurse may observe the student to make sure they correctly administer the medication.

All Schedule II drugs (controlled substances such as Ritalin and Dexedrine) must be administered by the school nurse, or designee at all grade levels. No student may carry or self-administer these medications. The school district reserves the right to refuse to administer or allow self-administration of medication if the medication appears inappropriate or poses health and/or safety concerns for the individual student or the other students.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS/LATE STARTS will be sent to you via the Honeywell Instant Alert.  If you want to make modifications to your alerts click on the User Profile on the lower right hand corner of the school website at ww.wem.k12.mn.us or call Pegi Wolff at 362-4432.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The Board of Education, administration and faculty of School District #2143 believe that regular school attendance is related to success in academic work.  In accordance with Minnesota Mandatory Attendance Law (MN Stat. 121.101) students are required to be full time students and attend assigned classes every day that school is in session.  Attendance in educational settings is an important component of learning.  Good attendance benefits students academically as well as socially.  Group learning situations assist students to communicate, to work together, to gain perspectives, and to accept responsibility, which are all important components of success.  Regular school attendance is essential if the student is to receive maximum benefit from his/her classes and teachers.  Attending school is a full-time job for all students.

Much of the information students receive, and many of the skills students learn in school are not  found in textbooks, but are presented by the teacher.  Much of what a student misses because of absence cannot be made up, such as direct instruction, and interaction with teachers and peers.

Please schedule appointments outside of the school day. We ask for cooperation in getting students to school on time and on a regular basis.  

                                                             

TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE:  Please contact the office by 8:00 AM regarding student absences

Morristown Elementary   Phone 685-4222       Fax 685-2420

Waterville Elementary      Phone 362-4439       Fax 362-4762

     

If your child's absence will cause him/her to miss more than two days of school, arrangements should be made to get assignments, either through the office or your child's teacher.  Students that will be gone from school for non-sick related reasons for extended periods of time need to get prior approval from the Principal. All requests to leave school early for any reason must be turned into the office by 8:30 a.m. in the morning to receive a "Permit to Leave Building" pass. Students that are absent, or go home sick during the school day, should not participate or attend school activities that evening.  Teachers and secretaries will notify the Principal of any questionable or unusual absences.  Periodically, school officials will review each student's attendance record for excessive absences and tardiness.  At that time, he/she may deem it necessary to meet with the parents of the student to discuss the student's future attendance.

 After the third/fifth unexcused absence, a student’s parent(s) or guardian will be notified by mail and/or telephone to inform them of the absences. Students with truancy issues and their parents may meet with the Principal and/or other school officials to discuss their situation and decide on corrective measures. Additionally, absences beyond three unexcused days are considered “continuing truant” under the law. (Minn. STAT. 260A.02, Subd. 3.) and may be referred to county officials for further action.

Because of the number of extenuating circumstances that may exist, the administration has the authority to deviate from any of the above attendance regulations and/or procedures if he feels it is in the best interest of the student and/or school.

STUDENT DRESS AND APPEARANCE POLICY

It is the policy of this school district to encourage students to dress appropriately for school activities and in keeping with community standards.  Appropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

 1.     Clothing appropriate for the weather.

 2.     Clothing that does not create a health or safety hazard.

 3.     Clothing appropriate for the activity (i.e., physical education or the classroom  

         

 4.    Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

         a.     "Short shorts", skimpy tank tops, tops that expose the midriff, and  

                  clothing that is not in keeping with community standards

         b.     Clothing which bears a message, which is lewd, vulgar or obscene.

         c.      Apparel promoting products or activities that are illegal for use by  

                  minors.

         d.     Objectionable emblems, signs, words, objects, or pictures on clothing    

                 communicating a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory

                 to a protected minority Group or which connotes gang membership.

         e.     Any apparel or footwear that would damage school property.

 

 5.    Hats are not allowed in the building except with the approval of the building    

        principal (i.e., student undergoing chemotherapy; medical situations).

 6.    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 or profane.

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.

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 that recommendation to the administration for approval.

STARTING AND DISMISSAL TIMES

School hours are  :

      Waterville Elementary School hours are from 8:25 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

      Morristown Elementary School hours are from 8:25 a.m. to 3:17 p.m.

Parents that occasionally drive their children to school are requested to bring them no earlier than 8:00 a.m.  Students are not allowed in the building after 3:30 unless they are under the direct supervision of a staff member or other adult pre-approved by administration.

EXCUSING CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL EARLY

Parent requests to excuse a child early from school should be made in writing to the principal or secretary.  Teachers are not allowed to release a child directly to any adult.  Parents are requested to pick up their children in the office.  If you are asked for identification before we allow a child to be released from school, please understand that this is done for the protection of the child.  All parents must sign out their child from the elementary office if they will be leaving school early.

DISCRIMINATION

It is the policy of the school board of School District #2143 to comply with federal and state laws (and all requirements imposed by or pursuant to regulations issued in support of such laws) prohibiting discrimination against any person on the grounds of race, color, sex, natural origin, creed, religion, marital status, with regard to public assistance, age or disability.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER

Please notify the school office of changes in address or phone numbers.  It is particularly important that we have current phone numbers listed on student emergency cards.

MONEY SENT TO SCHOOL

It is not advisable for students to bring money to school when not necessary.  Money for lunch or other school sanctioned reasons should be sent in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the student's name.  Please use checks and make them out to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Schools.

LUNCH PROGRAM

A Type A lunch with milk is available for purchase each school day.  The money sent to school for lunch is entered into a student's account by grade level and the number assigned.  Parents should send cash or checks in an envelope with your child's name, grade, account number and amount of cash/check written on the front of the envelope.  Checks should have the child's name and account number written in the memo section.  When a student's lunch account has a balance of $4.00, the lunchroom clerk will give a slip to the student.  When the account is in deficit, the student will not be allowed to charge a breakfast or lunch.  Students will be given a peanut butter sandwich or cheese sandwich for one day and be expected to bring lunch money the following day. We have no money in the office to loan to students for lunch charging.  Students purchasing milk with their bag lunch should deposit some money in their lunch account to cover the cost of the milk (.55).

Waterville and Morristown Buildings have the same computerized lunch system. Please indicate on the check the amount of money to be deposited in each child's account.  Cash cannot be given to the person entering the data into the computer at lunchtime.  Waterville students in grades Kindergarten thru grade four can take their money to the cafeteria before classes begin at 8:30.  Kindergarten students will give their money to their teacher for deposit in their account.  

It is recommended that parents keep ahead of lunch charges by depositing at least a week's worth of lunch money in their child's account.  If a balance exists at the end of the school year, it will be carried over to the next year.

                                                                              

RIDING THE BUS

Riding the bus is a privilege.  The bus driver will report violations of the safety rules to the school principal; who will determine the consequence, which may result in the loss of bus privileges. The bus driver will not pick up or discharge riders at places other than the regular bus stop without a note from the parent, approved by the office.  Should there be a need for a child to ride another bus, a note must be sent to the school office and the office will then issue a bus pass.

CUSTODY ISSUES

If there are special concerns or court orders involving your children, we must have current copies or legal court documents on file at school.  Further, we would like to keep with the file a picture of the child and the "restricted" adult.  Parents without specific court documents stating otherwise are entitled and have access to all school functions.

PHONES

Students may use the classroom phones for EMERGENCY PURPOSES only.  The school phone lines are limited and should not be used to ask for rides which could be pre-planned or for permission to visit a friend's home, etc.  Cell phones are to be left in backpacks or given to the teacher upon arrival at school. Cell phones are not allowed out during school hours. If during the day a student has a need to use their cell phone to text or call their parent, they may do so by asking permission.  They may be sent to the office to use their phone.  Cells phones in backpacks only, we are not responsible for their care.

 

NOTICES TO PARENTS

Frequently notices are sent home.  We know that these notices don't always reach you.  Please help us by impressing on your child the importance of your receiving every notice that is brought home from school.

ELEMENTARY TESTING

All students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 of the WEM Elementary Schools are given the Measures of Academic Progress.  Students in grade 3 - 6 take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. These tests are used for Title 1 eligibility and measuring student's academic growth.

EARLY DISMISSAL

Please inform your child where he/she is to go and what to do in case of an early dismissal due to the weather or other emergency which might necessitate the closing of school early.

COMPUTERS

Every child has formal lessons in how to use the computer and what it can do.  Students will learn to run software and keyboarding is taught to students in grade six.  Students are required to have a signed Internet agreement permission form from their parents.                                                        

SCHOOL PICTURES

Individual pictures are taken in the fall.   Class pictures are scheduled during spring.  Pre-school children are welcome to have their pictures taken.  Information will be sent home prior to picture day.

FIELD TRIPS

Occasionally your child's teacher will extend classroom instruction and concepts by way of a field trip.  The teacher will request permission slips to be signed by the parent or guardian.

EMERGENCY DRILLS

State law requires every school to hold a minimum of five fire drills and five code reds per year.  We comply with the law and record the date and time of each drill.  It takes between fifty seconds and one minute to evacuate the building on most occasions.  In addition, we hold at least one tornado drill each year.

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Accident insurance is optional.  Forms are sent home before school starts for parents to sign up for this insurance.

LOST AND FOUND

Lost and found tables are maintained in the entrance area to each school.  Many items of clothing are left in the building each year.  Please encourage your child to check the lost and found area for missing articles of clothing.

LABELING CLOTHING

Each year many children lose, misplace or exchange articles of clothing, such as boots, caps mittens, etc.  We encourage you to permanently label each article of outer clothing to assist in locating the owner if they become lost or exchanged.

FORBIDDEN ITEMS

The following items have no place at school: knives, weapons of any kind, cigarettes, drugs, water guns, hard balls, laser lights and pornography.  These items, plus anything else, which causes problems of control at school, will be taken from the students.  Illegal substances will be turned over to the police.  Detention and/or suspensions may be assigned to students bringing forbidden items to school.  Also, School Board Policy will be followed concerning some items.                                                                          

BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS

When your child is having a birthday party the staff would appreciate it if your child would not pass out invitations at school unless they are inviting the whole class.  Please mail them instead.  Passing out invitations to only a few students causes hard feelings.

ANIMALS

No pets or animals are allowed in school without expressed permission of the classroom teacher and principal.

LOCKERS        

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 school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law or school rules.  As soon as possible after the search of a student’s personal possessions, the school authorities must provide notice of the search to students whose lockers were searched unless disclosure would impede an ongoing investigation by police or school officials.  Students in grades 5 and 6 must provide a lock for their locker.  The combination or extra keys is to be given to the classroom teacher.  

SNACKS

Students in grades K-6 may (at the direction of the classroom teacher) bring a snack to school.  Snacks should be nutritious--examples would include: apples, bananas, oranges, celery, carrots, peanuts, raisins or cheese cubes.  Candy, gum or pop will not be permitted.  Milk is available for mid-morning breaks. Parents will need to pay in advance for the 1/2 year or full year.   WEM offers a nutritious snack cart to students in grades K-4.

CLASSROOM PARTIES

Each school year the elementary students participate in parties, generally one in the fall, winter and spring.  Parents who are interested in helping out will be cheerfully welcomed.  We ask that no homemade treats be brought to school.  Only packaged and bakery goods may be consumed.

STUDENT'S RECORDS (PARENT'S RIGHTS)

The Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Schools respect the privacy of student records, and recognize that only pertinent and factual information should be contained in the permanent records of the district's students.  See Public Notice on page 23.

TELEPHONE CALLS TO TEACHERS

WEM welcomes parent communication.  It is suggested that parents wishing to contact a classroom teacher through a phone call, be prepared to leave a message requesting the teacher to contact them at their availability.  Teachers generally are not available to answer the telephone during the time in which school is in session.  This may prove necessary even before or after school since the teacher may be involved in a conference or attending a meeting at the time the call is made. All teachers are available through staff email.

CARE OF TEXTBOOKS, LIBRARY BOOKS, ETC.

Students are responsible for all textbooks and library books issued to them during the school year.  The principals or librarian will determine the cost of   lost materials.  Students will be expected to pay for lost or damaged books.

                                                                   

MEDIA CENTER

The media center is an integral part of our school.  It contains up-to-date technology including Internet, computers, compact discs, books, magazines, newspapers, pictures, tapes and cassettes. Besides using the Media Center as a source of information, pupils are encouraged to develop an appreciation of good literature and the joy of reading for pleasure. Parents are encouraged to visit our Media Centers and to take advantage of the many materials that are available.

SPECIAL SERVICES

A variety of special services are available to meet the individual needs of children.  To fulfill its responsibility to elementary children, the district employs specialists such as: learning disability, mild to moderately impaired, emotional/behavior disorder, psychologists, speech clinicians, occupational therapists, DAPE, ELL and physical therapists. These services are available to all qualifying students.

COUNSELING SERVICES

The WEM School District’s Counseling and Guidance program implements a comprehensive counseling and guidance program that supports the academic, career and personal and social developments of the 21st- century learners.  The program components include classroom lessons, small groups and individual counseling. The school counselor provides:

You may reach the K-4 school counselor by calling the office at 507-362-4439

You may reach the 5-8 school counselor by calling the office at 507-685-4222

TITLE 1

Title 1 is a supplemental reading and math program to increase student success.  Children in Kindergarten through grade 6 in targeted buildings receive extra help in mathematics and/or reading through the federally funded Title 1 program for educationally disadvantaged students.  Students are selected based on assessment tests and teacher recommendations. A Title 1 Paraprofessional provides small group supplementary activities on a daily basis for 15-30 minutes. Parent involvement is important to the success of the program. A home-school compact is part of Title I.  Special workshops to help parents work with their children are provided throughout the year.

CONFERENCES AND REPORT CARDS

During first and second trimester, parents will attend a conference with the teacher to access their child's progress.  A report card will be sent home at these conferences.  Informal conferences are available for scheduling when either the teacher or parents feel a conference is necessary.  The final report card will be sent  home at the end of the year with students in K-4 and mailed home for grades 5 and 6.

ELEMENTARY DISCIPLINE PLAN

A responsible student demonstrates BUCS PRIDE

             1. Acts in a SAFE and healthy way.

             2. RESPECTS the rights and needs of all students, staff and property.                  

             3. Takes RESPONSIBILITY for learning.

             4.  Shows a POSITIVE attitude.

                                                                         

CONSEQUENCES FOR IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR

First offense:  Teacher-Student Conference, Principal-Student Conference.    Isolation, work assignment, detention, removal from activity, or removal from noon hour may be implemented.

Second offense: Teacher-Parent-Student-Principal Conference.  Isolation, work assignment, detention, removal from activity, or removal from noon hour may be implemented.

Third offense:  Possible dismissal from activity, dismissal from noon hour, dismissal from school or suspension from school.

Restitution will be expected if property is destroyed or stolen.  A consequence of severe irresponsible behavior may result in disciplinary action at the third offense level even though it is the first offense.  The above rules are in effect from the time a student boards the bus at the beginning of the day until the student gets off the bus at the end of the day. These behaviors may result in after school detention.  Parents will be notified and student will be expected to spend the following school day after school from 3:20 to 4:00. When unacceptable behavior cannot be readily corrected by the classroom teacher, the child's parents will be informed of the problem by the teacher or the principal and requested to participate in solving the problem.  All parent contacts will be documented.  If the problem is not solved at the building level, the principal may refer the student to the Superintendent of Schools for further action, which may include expulsion.  Any verbal, physical, or written threats toward staff or students will not be tolerated.  Measures to correct misbehavior will depend upon the nature of the behavior, the frequency, and the willingness of the student to correct the undesirable behavior.

DISCIPLINE PLANS

Each classroom has a behavior management plan.  The classroom teacher will send home their plan for your signature.

OUTSIDE STUDENT VISITORS

Non-enrolled children are not allowed to spend the day visiting their friend's classroom.

POLICY AND PROCEDURE FOR PARENTS VISITING OR CALLING STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY:

Independent School District 2143 recognizes the importance of providing a learning environment for its students that is free from distractions and disruptions.  Whenever possible, parents should arrange to meet with and/or talk to their children outside of the school day. In

the event of an emergency, which requires that parents contact their student, parents may either call or go to the office of the building principals to:

                    1.  Explain the emergency; and

                    2.  Request that their child be called to the office to meet with them

                         and/or talk to them on the telephone.

Parents may not go to classrooms or other school district locations to meet with their children unless they receive approval of the building principal to do so.  The policy outlined above applies to all parents, custodial and non custodial.  Although Independent School District Number 2143 recognizes disputes often arise between divorced or estranged parents, it is not an arbiter of these disputes and will not assume that role.  Accordingly, the School District will not enforce custody orders that are not specifically directed at it.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT, RACIAL HARASSMENT, OR VIOLENCE

  1. Everyone at District 2143 has a right to feel respected and safe.  Consequently, we want you to know about our policy to prevent religious, racial, or sexual harassment and violence of any kind.
  2. A harasser may be a student or adult.  Harassment may include the following:
  1. name calling, jokes, or rumors
  2. pulling on clothing
  3. graffiti
  4. notes or cartoons
  5. unwelcome touching of a person or clothing
  6. offensive or graphic posters or book covers
  7. any words or actions that make you feel uncomfortable, embarrass you, hurt your feelings, or make you feel bad.
  1. If any words or actions make you feel uncomfortable or fearful, you need to tell a teacher, counselor, the principal, or the superintendent.
  2. You may also make a written report.  It should be given to a teacher or the principal.
  3. Your right to privacy will be respected as much as possible.
  4. We take seriously all reports of religious, racial, or sexual harassment or violence and will take all appropriate actions based on your report.

The School District will also take action if anyone tries to intimidate you or takes actions to harm you because you reported.

SECTION 504

WEM does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  Each student is provided a free and appropriate education.  A grievance procedure is in place for the resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504.

 

The principal may deviate from any of the rules and regulations contained in this handbook.  The principal has the authority to decide on the type and amount of disciplinary action to be given to a student depending on the severity of the offense.  This may include any or all of the disciplinary actions listed or unlisted.  Also, new rules and regulations may be implemented by the principal at any time.

                 WATERVILLE-ELYSIAN-MORRISTOWN STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SAFETY POLICY

School Bus and Bus Stop Rules

The School District school bus safety rules are to be posted on every bus.  If these rules are broken, the School District’s discipline procedures are to be followed.  Consequences are progressive and may include suspension of bus privileges.  It is the school bus driver’s responsibility to report unacceptable behavior to the School District’s Transportation Office/School Office.

Rules at the Bus Stop

1.     Get to your bus stop five minutes before your scheduled pick up time.  The          

        School bus driver will not wait for late students.

2.     Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.

3.     Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.

4.     Use appropriate language.

5.     Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus.  Wait

        until the bus stops before approaching the bus.

6.     After getting off the bus, move away from the bus.

7.     If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver

        can see you.

8.     No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.

9.     No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.

Rules on the Bus

1.    Immediately follow the directions of the driver.

2.    Sit in your seat facing forward.

3.    Talk quietly and use appropriate language.

4.    Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.

5.    Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself.

6.    No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.

7.    Do not throw any object.

8.    No eating, drinking, or use of tobacco or drugs.

9.    Do not bring any weapon or dangerous objects on the school bus.

10.  Do not damage the school bus.

Consequences

for school bus/bus stop misconduct will apply to all regular and late routes.  Decisions regarding a student’s ability to ride the bus in connection with co-curricular and extra-curricular events (for example, field trips or competitions) will be in the sole discretion of the School District.  Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges.

 

Elementary (K-6)

First offense---warning

Second offense--three school day suspension from riding the bus

Third offense---five school day suspension from riding the bus

Fourth offense--ten school day suspension from riding the bus/meeting with parent

Further offenses--individually considered.  Students may be suspended for longer periods of time, including the remainder of the school year.

NOTE:  when a student goes sixty calendar days without a report, the student’s consequences may start over at the first offense.

Other Discipline

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.

Records

Records of school bus/bus stop misconduct will be forwarded to the individual school building and will be retained in the same manner as other student discipline records.  Reports of serious misconduct will be provided to the Department of Public Safety.  Records may also be maintained in the transportation office.

Vandalism/Bus Damage

Students will be given a copy of school bus and bus stop rules during school bus safety training.  Rules are to be posted on each bus and both rules and consequences will be periodically reviewed with students by the driver.

Notice

Students will be given a copy of school bus and bus stop rules during school bus safety training.  Rules are to be posted on each bus and both rules and consequences will be periodically reviewed with students by the driver.

Criminal Conduct

In cases involving criminal conduct (for example, assault, weapons, possession or vandalism), the Superintendent, local law enforcement officials and the Department of Public Safety will be informed.

                                                                                                                               

PUBLIC NOTICE

        Independent School District No. 2143 gives notice to parents of students currently in attendance in the District, and eligible students currently in attendance in the District, of their rights regarding pupil records.

        1.        Parents and eligible students are hereby informed that they have the following rights:

        a.        That a parent or eligible student has a right to inspect and review the student’s education records.  A parent or eligible student should submit to the school district a written request to inspect education records which identify as precisely as possible the record or records he or she wishes to inspect.  The parent or eligible student will be notified of the time and place where the records may be inspected;

        b.        That the parent or eligible student has a right to seek amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that those records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights.  A parent or eligible student may ask the school district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.  The request shall be in writing, identify the item the parent or eligible student believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy rights of the student, shall state the reason for this belief, and shall specify the correction the parent or eligible student wishes the school district to make.  The request shall be signed by the parent or eligible student.  If the school district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise him or her of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing;

        c.        That the parent or eligible student has a right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that federal and state law and the regulations promulgated thereunder authorize disclosures without consent;

        d.        That the school district may disclose education records to other school officials within the school district if the school district has determined they have legitimate educational interests.  For purposes of such disclosure, a “school official” is a person employed by the school district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or other employee; a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school district has consulted to perform a specific task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, therapist, public information officer, or data practices compliance official); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or any individual assisting a school official in the performance of his or her tasks.  A school official has a “legitimate educational interest” if the individual needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility and includes, but is not limited to, an interest directly related to classroom instruction, teaching, student achievement and progress, discipline of a student, and student health and welfare and the ability to respond to a request for educational data;

        e.        That the school district forwards education records on request to a school or post-secondary educational institution in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled, as long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment, including information about disciplinary action taken as a result of any incident in which the student possessed or used a dangerous weapon, suspension and expulsion information pursuant to section 7165 of the federal No Child Left Behind Act [insert the following bracketed phrase if the school district has a policy regarding Staff Notification of Violent Behavior by Students] [and data regarding a student’s history of violent behavior,] and any disposition order which adjudicates the student as delinquent for committing an illegal act on school district property and certain other illegal acts;

        f.        That the parent or eligible student has a right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education regarding an alleged failure by the school district to comply with the requirements of 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the rules promulgated thereunder. The name and address of the office that administers the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act is:

                Family Policy Compliance Office- US. Department of Education

                                400 Maryland Avenue S.W—Washington,  D.C.  20202

        2.        Pursuant to applicable law, Independent School District No. 2143 gives notice to parents of students currently in attendance in the school district, and eligible students currently in attendance in the school district, of their rights regarding “directory information.”

                “Directory information” includes the following information relating to a student:  the student’s name; address; telephone number; electronic mail address; photograph; date and place of birth; major field of study; dates of attendance; grade level; enrollment status; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees, honors and awards received; the most recent educational agency or institution attended by the student; and other similar information.  “Directory information” also includes the name, address, and telephone number of the student’s parent(s).  “Directory information” does not include a student’s social security number or a student’s identification number (ID) if the ID may be used to access education records without use of one or more factors that authenticate the student’s identity such as a personal identification number, password, or other factor known or possessed only by the authorized user.  It also does not include identifying information on a student’s religion, race, color, social position, or nationality.

        a.        THE INFORMATION LISTED ABOVE SHALL BE PUBLIC INFORMATION WHICH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY DISCLOSE FROM THE EDUCATION RECORDS OF A STUDENT OR INFORMATION REGARDING A PARENT.

        b.        SHOULD THE PARENT OF A STUDENT OR THE STUDENT SO DESIRE, ANY OR ALL OF THE LISTED INFORMATION WILL NOT BE DISCLOSED WITHOUT THE PARENT’S OR ELIGIBLE STUDENT’S PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT EXCEPT TO SCHOOL OFFICIALS AS PROVIDED UNDER FEDERAL LAW.

  1. IN ORDER TO MAKE ANY OR ALL OF THE DIRECTORY INFORMATION LISTED ABOVE “PRIVATE” (I.E., SUBJECT TO CONSENT PRIOR TO DISCLOSURE), THE PARENT OR ELIGIBLE STUDENT MUST MAKE A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE BUILDING PRINCIPAL WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF THE LAST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.  THIS WRITTEN REQUEST MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

                        (1)        NAME OF STUDENT AND PARENT, AS APPROPRIATE;

                        (2)        HOME ADDRESS;

                        (3)        SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDED BY STUDENT;

                        (4)        PARENT’S LEGAL RELATIONSHIP TO STUDENT, IF APPLICABLE;

                        (5)        SPECIFIC CATEGORY OR CATEGORIES OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION WHICH IS NOT TO BE MADE PUBLIC WITHOUT THE PARENT’S OR ELIGIBLE STUDENT’S PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT.

        5.        Pursuant to applicable law, Independent School District No. 2143 hereby gives notice to parents of students and eligible students in grades 11 and 12 of their rights regarding release of information to military recruiting officers and post-secondary educational institutions.  The school district must release the names, addresses, and home telephone numbers of students in grades 11 and 12 to military recruiting officers and post-secondary educational institutions within sixty (60) days after the date of the request.  Data released to military recruiting officers under this provision may be used only for the purpose of providing information to students about military service, state and federal veterans’ education benefits, and other career and educational opportunities provided by the military and cannot be further disseminated to any other person except personnel of the recruiting services of the armed forces.

SHOULD THE PARENT OF A STUDENT OR THE ELIGIBLE STUDENT SO DESIRE, ANY OR ALL OF THE LISTED INFORMATION WILL NOT BE DISCLOSED TO MILITARY RECRUITING OFFICERS AND POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT.

        IN ORDER TO REFUSE THE RELEASE OF THIS INFORMATION WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT, THE PARENT OR ELIGIBLE STUDENT MUST MAKE A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE RESPONSIBLE AUTHORITY, [DESIGNATE TITLE OF INDIVIDUAL, I.E., BUILDING PRINCIPAL], BY [INSERT DATE] EACH YEAR.  THIS WRITTEN REQUEST MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

                (1)        NAME OF STUDENT AND PARENT, AS APPROPRIATE;

                (2)        HOME ADDRESS;

(3)        STUDENT’S GRADE LEVEL;

                (4)        SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDED BY STUDENT;

                (5)        PARENT’S LEGAL RELATIONSHIP TO STUDENT, IF APPLICABLE;

                (6)        SPECIFIC CATEGORY OR CATEGORIES OF INFORMATION WHICH ARE NOT TO BE RELEASED TO MILITARY RECRUITING OFFICERS AND POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT;

                (7)        SPECIFIC CATEGORY OR CATEGORIES OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION WHICH ARE NOT TO BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC, INCLUDING MILITARY RECRUITING OFFICERS AND POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

Notice: Refusal to release the above information to military recruiting officers and post-secondary educational institutions alone does not affect the school district’s release of directory information to the public, including military recruiting officers and post-secondary educational institutions.  In order to make any directory information about a student private, the procedures contained in the Directory Information section of this notice also must be followed.  If you do not want your child’s or eligible students directory information released to military recruiting officers or post-secondary educational institutions, you also must notify the school district that you do not want this directory information released to any member of the public, including military recruiting officers and post-secondary educational institutions.

Adopted:                              _        MSBA/MASA Model Policy 514

Orig. 2003

Revised:                               _        Rev. 2014

514        BULLYING PROHIBITION POLICY        [Note:  School districts are required by statute to have a policy addressing bullying.]

I.        PURPOSE

               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 a student’s ability to learn and/or a teacher’s 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, the school district intends to prevent bullying and to take action to investigate, respond to, and to remediate and discipline for 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, reprisal, retaliation, and other similar disruptive and detrimental 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 premises, on school district property, at school functions or activities, or on school transportation.  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 or other prohibited conduct that interferes with or obstructs the mission or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of the student or other students, or materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services, or privileges.  This policy also applies to an act of cyberbullying regardless of whether such act is 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 or negate 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, retaliation, or false reporting of bullying or permits, condones, or tolerates bullying shall be subject to discipline or other remedial responses for that act in accordance with the school district’s policies and procedures, including the school district’s discipline policy (See MSBA/MASA Model Policy 506).  The school district may take into account the following factors:

1.        The developmental ages 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 remedial responses or positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension and/or expulsion.  The school district shall employ research-based developmentally appropriate best practices that include preventative and remedial measures and effective discipline for deterring violations of this policy, apply throughout the school district, and foster student, parent, and community participation.

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.

G.        The school district will act to investigate all complaints of bullying reported to the school district 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.

III.        DEFINITIONS

For purposes of this policy, the definitions included in this section apply.

A.        “Bullying” means intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive and:

1.        an actual or perceived imbalance of power exists between the student engaging in the prohibited conduct and the target of the prohibited conduct, and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; or

2.        materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services, or privileges.

The term, “bullying,” specifically includes cyberbullying as defined in this policy.  

B.        “Cyberbullying” means bullying using technology or other electronic communication, including, but not limited to, a transfer of a sign, signal, writing, image, sound, or data, including a post on a social network Internet website or forum, transmitted through a computer, cell phone, or other electronic device.  The term applies to prohibited conduct which occurs on school premises, on school district property, at school functions or activities, on school transportation, or on school computers, networks, forums, and mailing lists, or off school premises to the extent that it substantially and materially disrupts student learning or the school environment.

C.        “Immediately” means as soon as possible but in no event longer than 24 hours.

D.        “Intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct” means, but is not limited to, conduct that does the following:

1.        Causes physical harm to a student or a student’s property or causes a student to be in reasonable fear of harm to person or property;

2.        Under Minnesota common law, violates a student’s reasonable expectation of privacy, defames a student, or constitutes intentional infliction of emotional distress against a student; or

                3.        Is directed at any student or students, including those based on a person’s actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national origin, immigration status, sex, marital status, familial status, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, sexual orientation including gender identity and expression, academic status related to student performance, disability, or status with regard to public assistance, age, or any additional characteristic defined in the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA).  However, prohibited conduct need not be based on any particular characteristic defined in this paragraph or the MHRA.

E.        “On school premises, on school district property, at school functions or activities, or on school transportation” 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.

        F.        “Prohibited conduct” means bullying or cyberbullying as defined in this policy or retaliation or reprisal for asserting, alleging, reporting, or providing information about such conduct or knowingly making a false report about bullying.

G.        “Remedial response” means a measure to stop and correct prohibited conduct, prevent prohibited conduct from recurring, and protect, support, and intervene on behalf of a student who is the target or victim of prohibited conduct.

H.        “Student” means a student enrolled in a public school or a charter school.

IV.        REPORTING PROCEDURE

A.        Any person who believes he or she has been the target or victim of bullying or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute bullying or prohibited conduct under this policy 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 may not rely solely on an anonymous report to determine discipline or other remedial responses.

B.        The school district encourages the reporting party or complainant to use the report form available from the principal or building supervisor of each building or available in 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 the “building report taker”) is the person responsible for receiving reports of bullying or other prohibited conduct at the building level.  Any person may report bullying or other prohibited conduct 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.

The building report taker shall ensure that this policy and its procedures, practices, consequences, and sanctions are fairly and fully implemented and shall serve as the primary contact on policy and procedural matters.  The building report taker or a third party designated by the school district shall be responsible for the investigation.  The building report taker shall provide information about available community resources to the target or victim of the bullying or other prohibited conduct, the perpetrator, and other affected individuals as appropriate.

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 witnesses, observes, receives a report of, or has other knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute bullying or other prohibited conduct shall make reasonable efforts to address and resolve the bullying or prohibited conduct and shall inform the building report taker immediately.  School district personnel who fail to inform the building report taker of conduct that may constitute bullying or other prohibited conduct or who fail to make reasonable efforts to address and resolve the bullying or prohibited conduct in a timely manner may be subject to disciplinary action.

E.        Reports of bullying or other prohibited conduct are classified as private educational and/or personnel data and/or confidential investigative data and will not be disclosed except as permitted by law.  The building report taker, in conjunction with the responsible authority, shall be responsible for keeping and regulating access to any report of bullying and the record of any resulting investigation.

F.        Submission of a good faith complaint or report of bullying or other prohibited conduct will not affect the complainant’s or reporter’s future employment, grades, 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.        Within three days of the receipt of a complaint or report of bullying or other prohibited conduct, the school district shall undertake or authorize an investigation by the building report taker or a third party designated by the school district.

B.        The building report taker or other appropriate school district officials may take immediate steps, at their discretion, to protect the target or victim of the bullying or other prohibited conduct, the complainant, the reporter, and students or others, pending completion of an investigation of the bullying or other prohibited conduct, consistent with applicable law.

C.        The alleged perpetrator of the bullying or other prohibited conduct shall be allowed the opportunity to present a defense during the investigation or prior to the imposition of discipline or other remedial responses.

D.        Upon completion of an investigation that determines that bullying or other prohibited conduct has occurred, 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 conduct.  Remedial responses to the bullying or other prohibited conduct shall be tailored to the particular incident and nature of the conduct and shall take into account the factors specified in Section II.F. of this policy.  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; student discipline policy, student handbooks, PBIS Matrix and other applicable school district policies; and applicable regulations.

E.        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 who are targets of bullying or other prohibited conduct and the parent(s) or guardian(s) of alleged perpetrators of bullying or other prohibited conduct who have been involved in a reported and confirmed bullying incident of the remedial or disciplinary action taken, to the extent permitted by law.

F.        In order to prevent or respond to bullying or other prohibited conduct committed by or directed against a child with a disability, the school district shall, when determined appropriate by the child’s individualized education program (IEP) team or Section 504 team, allow the child’s IEP or Section 504 plan to be drafted to address the skills and proficiencies the child needs as a result of the child’s disability to allow the child to respond to or not to engage in bullying or other prohibited conduct.

VI.        RETALIATION OR REPRISAL

The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district who commits an act of reprisal or who retaliates against any person who asserts, alleges, or makes a good faith report of alleged bullying or prohibited conduct, who provides information about bullying or prohibited conduct, who testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation of alleged bullying or prohibited conduct, or who testifies, assists, or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such bullying or prohibited conduct.  Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, harassment, or intentional disparate treatment.  Disciplinary consequences will be sufficiently severe to deter violations and to appropriately discipline the individual(s) who engaged in the prohibited conduct.  Remedial responses to the prohibited conduct shall be tailored to the particular incident and nature of the conduct and shall take into account the factors specified in Section II.F. of this policy.

VII.        TRAINING AND EDUCATION

A.        The school district shall discuss this policy with school personnel and volunteers and provide appropriate training to school district personnel regarding this policy.  The school district shall establish a training cycle for school personnel to occur during a period not to exceed every three school years.  Newly employed school personnel must receive the training within the first year of their employment with the school district.  The school district or a school administrator may accelerate the training cycle or provide additional training based on a particular need or circumstance.  This policy shall be included in employee handbooks, training materials, and publications on school rules, procedures, and standards of conduct, which materials shall also be used to publicize this policy.

B.        The school district shall require ongoing professional development, consistent with Minn. Stat. § 122A.60, to build the skills of all school personnel who regularly interact with students to identify, prevent, and appropriately address bullying and other prohibited conduct.  Such professional development includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1.        Developmentally appropriate strategies both to prevent and to immediately and effectively intervene to stop prohibited conduct;

2.        The complex dynamics affecting a perpetrator, target, and witnesses to prohibited conduct;

3.        Research on prohibited conduct, including specific categories of students at risk for perpetrating or being the target or victim of bullying or other prohibited conduct in school;

4.         The incidence and nature of cyberbullying; and

5.        Internet safety and cyberbullying.

C.        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 and other prohibited conduct.

D.        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 target or victim, and to make resources or referrals to resources available to targets or victims of bullying.

E.        The administration is encouraged to provide developmentally appropriate instruction and is directed to review programmatic instruction to determine if adjustments are necessary to help students identify and prevent or reduce bullying and other prohibited conduct, to value diversity in school and society, to develop and improve students’ knowledge and skills for solving problems, managing conflict, engaging in civil discourse, and recognizing, responding to, and reporting bullying or other prohibited conduct, and to make effective prevention and intervention programs available to students.

The administration must establish strategies for creating a positive school climate and use evidence-based social-emotional learning to prevent and reduce discrimination and other improper conduct.

The administration is encouraged, to the extent practicable, to take such actions as it may deem appropriate to accomplish the following:

1.        Engage all students in creating a safe and supportive school environment;

2.        Partner with parents and other community members to develop and implement prevention and intervention programs;

3.        Engage all students and adults in integrating education, intervention, and other remedial responses into the school environment;

4.        Train student bystanders to intervene in and report incidents of bullying and other prohibited conduct to the schools’ primary contact person;

5.        Teach students to advocate for themselves and others;

6.        Prevent inappropriate referrals to special education of students who may engage in bullying or other prohibited conduct; and

7.        Foster student collaborations that, in turn, foster a safe and supportive school climate.

F.        The school district may implement violence prevention and character development education programs to prevent or 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.

G.        The school district shall inform affected students and their parents of rights they may have under state and federal data practices laws to obtain access to data related to an incident and their right to contest the accuracy or completeness of the data.  The school district may accomplish this requirement by inclusion of all or applicable parts of its protection and privacy of pupil records policy (See MSBA/MASA Model Policy 515) in the student handbook.

VIII.        NOTICE

  1. 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.

B.        This policy or a summary thereof must be conspicuously posted in the administrative offices of the school district and the office of each school.

C.        This policy must be given to each school employee and independent contractor who regularly interacts with students at the time of initial employment with the school district.

D.        Notice of the rights and responsibilities of students and their parents under this policy must be included in the student discipline policy distributed to parents at the beginning of each school year.

E.        This policy shall be available to all parents and other school community members in an electronic format in the language appearing on the school district’s or a school’s website.

F.        The school district shall provide an electronic copy of its most recently amended policy to the Commissioner of Education.

IX.        POLICY REVIEW

To the extent practicable, the school board shall, on a cycle consistent with other school district policies, review and revise this policy.  The policy shall be made consistent with Minn. Stat. § 121A.031 and other applicable law.  Revisions shall be made in consultation with students, parents, and community organizations.

Legal References:        Minn. Stat. Ch. 13 (Minnesota Government Data Practices Act)

Minn. Stat. § 120A.05, Subds. 9, 11, 13, and 17 (Definition of Public School)

Minn. Stat. § 120B.232 (Character Development Education)

Minn. Stat. § 121A.03 (Sexual, Religious and Racial Harassment and Violence)

Minn. Stat. § 121A.031 (School Student Bullying Policy)

Minn. Stat. § 121A.0311 (Notice of Rights and Responsibilities of Students and Parents under the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act)

Minn. Stat. §§ 121A.40-121A.56 (Pupil Fair Dismissal Act)

Minn. Stat. § 121A.69 (Hazing Policy)

Minn. Stat. § 124D.10 (Charter School)

Minn. Stat. Ch. 363A (Minnesota Human Rights Act)

20 U.S.C. § 1232g et seq. (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

34 C.F.R. §§ 99.1 - 99.67 (Family Educational Rights and Privacy)

Cross References:        MSBA/MASA Model Policy 403 (Discipline, Suspension, and Dismissal of            School District Employees)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 413 (Harassment and Violence)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 414 (Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 415 (Mandated Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 423 (Employee-Student Relationships)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 501 (School Weapons Policy)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 506 (Student Discipline)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 507 (Corporal Punishment)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 515 (Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 521 (Student Disability Nondiscrimination)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 522 (Student Sex Nondiscrimination)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 524 (Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 525 (Violence Prevention)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 526 (Hazing Prohibition)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 529 (Staff Notification of Violent Behavior by Students)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 709 (Student Transportation Safety Policy)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 711 (Video Recording on School Buses)

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 712 (Video Surveillance Other Than on Buses)