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Handbook

St. Mary’s School

Where the Heart of Education is the Education of the Heart

STUDENT / PARENT HANDBOOK

St. Mary’s Mission

It is St. Mary’s mission to prepare students as life-long learners who will grow to become service-minded members of the Catholic Church, community, and nation.

St. Mary’s Philosophy

St. Mary’s Catholic School is a faith community dedicated to teaching as Jesus did. Through a positive learning environment, educational staff working with parents, parish, and community will challenge students to reach their full potential as responsible citizens rooted in Catholic values.

ADMISSION – EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

St. Mary’s School Caledonia, Minnesota, prohibits student admission discrimination that is based on the grounds of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, and status with regard to public assistance. We are a Christian community school that openly welcomes students.

ARTICLES PROHIBITED IN SCHOOL

Items such as knives, squirt guns, bean shooters, syringes, baseballs, laser pointers etc. are unsafe and hazardous. They will be confiscated if found and violations given. Personal electronic devices -radios, iPods, cell phones, games, etc. – are not permitted unless permission has been given to take them on a class trip. Permission must be obtained before the day of the trip and then only devices with headphones will be allowed.

ATHLETICS –ELIGIBILITY

Student athletes earning a passing grade in all classes may participate in athletics. Good conduct and respectful attitudes in general activities are required in order for the student to participate in athletic activities. Because extra-curricular sports (basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, track, etc.) are an elective activity enjoyed by only a percentage of the student body, eligibility to participate will be determined by the person’s effort and conduct in school. The procedure for removal is as follows:

1. If a student is failing one class a warning is issued, the individual will have two weeks to demonstrate improvement.

2. A copy of the notice will go to the parents and the respective coach.

3. If at the end of two weeks, the individual has not improved to the satisfaction of the teacher, he/she is to be suspended for two consecutive weeks, the date of notice being the first day of suspension.

4. Notices of suspension will be issued by the principal.

5. Suspension will ban the student from both games and practice.

6. If at the end of the two weeks suspension there is not improvement, the individual will be removed from the activity at the discretion of the principal.

The above eligibility procedure is documented through St. Mary’s Athletic Eligibility Policy form.

St. Mary’s School Board has adopted the Policy of Independent School District #299 RULES FOR USE OF MOOD-ALTERING CHEMICALS. This applies to any St. Mary’s student who is engaged in sports activities with the Caledonia Public School. A copy of the rules can be found on the school website or in the school office.

ATHLETICS – BLUEJAY BASKETBALL

St. Mary’s School, in order to comply with the standards of the Catholic School Basketball League in which it participates, has adopted resolutions in regard to the St. Mary’s Blue Jay basketball program. The purpose of the program will be to learn the basic skills and to have fun. The grade emphasis will be limited to 5th and 6th grades with teams for both girls and boys. Only St. Mary’s students may be allowed to play on a Blue Jay team.

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance and punctuality are necessary if a child is to do his/her best. Any request for early dismissal, doctor or dental appointments as well as any other reason should be in writing. We encourage parents to make dental and doctor appointments outside school time if possible. We will need to call homes regarding absenteeism if a parent has not called in by 9:00 a.m. to let us know why a child is not present. If a parent cannot be contacted, appropriate action will be taken to confirm the safety of the child.

Unexcused and/or repeated absences will result in parents being called in to conference with the student, teacher involved and the principal. A plan will be established to ensure the safety, well-being and education of the child involved. An explanation from the child’s doctor may be required for repeated absences.

No students will be released to any person other than the parent/legal guardian. Written notification or a phone call is required to release a student to anyone other than the parent.

School policy discourages the withdrawal of pupils for family vacations. If this does occur, however, parents should notify the school office prior to the planned absences. Teachers are not required to give students make-up work before family vacations. Excessive absenteeism (25 days) may constitute a child repeating a grade. A child who is ill but makes every effort to keep up with work would be passed.

COMPUTER CENTER

Students are not to be in the computer center without proper supervision. They are expected to handle the equipment and software with care, putting away learning materials at the end of a period. Any student misusing the equipment will be asked to leave the center and pay for any damage done. RESPONSIBILITY is the key. *See Internet Policy

COMPUTER CENTER – INTERNET & ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

The use of St. Mary’s School computer system and the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Users will be held accountable for their actions when using the system. A Use Agreement must be on file signed by the parents acknowledging that they have read and agree to the policies before any student will be allowed to use the Internet. This policy may be reviewed anytime online at stmaryschoolcal.org under ‘handbook’.

DISCIPLINE POLICY

At St. Mary’s, the teaching and example of Jesus is a model for our behavior. We believe that there is good in every child. We try to take a positive approach to discipline and accentuate the good as often as we can. Children respond very favorably when they know that the positive things they say and do are recognized and appreciated. Children also need to understand that there will be consequences when their behavior does not conform to the expectations that have been established. School discipline is a cooperative effort. Good communication is the most important ingredient. Parents with concerns or questions should first contact your child’s teacher first.

GOAL : Respect for authority, respect for all students, and regard for property should govern student behavior at all times. Proper behavior is expected at all functions of the school — assemblies, lunchroom, restrooms, classrooms, and church.

DISCIPLINE POLICY (continued)

VIOLATIONS :

  1. Bicycles are to be put in bike racks as soon as the student arrives, and may not be ridden around the playground.
  2. Inappropriate or disruptive behavior — at teacher discretion
  3. Display of profanity or vulgar gestures/language
  4. Disrespect to teachers, staff, or students — at teacher discretion
  5. Throwing food or objects
  6. Fighting — at teacher discretion
  7. Gum chewing or candy
  8. Spitting
  9. Swearing
  10. Snowball throwing
  11. Running in school i.e. Lunchroom, hallways, classrooms

DETENTIONS :

  1. Leaving school grounds without permission during school hours
  2. Damage to school or other student’s property will be paid in full from the student’s own money.
  3. Chemical or tobacco use
  4. Cheating
  5. Unacceptable bus behavior
  6. Skipping class
  7. Any disrespect to teachers, staff, or students — at teacher discretion
  8. Physical fighting — at teacher discretion

The listed guidelines in the Discipline Policy are to help each child create a successful education environment. The entire staff–teachers, aides, administration, and support staff will use their discretion if events other than those listed arise.

CONSEQUENCES :

Parents will be notified of all violations and detentions.

1st consequence for (3) violations

a. Detention

2nd consequence for (3) detentions

b. Parents called

c. Conference with Principal and teacher

3rd consequence for (3) more detentions

a. Three days in-school suspension

b. Behavior contract signed by parent, student, teacher and Principal

4th consequence for (3) more detentions

a. Five days in-school or possible expulsion dependent on the severity of the offense.

After each semester, any student violations or detentions will be erased. However, if a student has had a day of in-school suspension, this will carry over for the rest of the year.

DRESS CODE

We wish to maintain a positive atmosphere for our students. This will be reflected in the conduct and appearance of the students. When children are dressed in respectful clothing they tend to have more respect for themselves and others. We need parent cooperation in having children wear modest, safe, neat, and appropriate clothing to school. Modest clothing means clothing that is not revealing or too tight. Clothing should be in good repair without tears and rips.

The faculty will review current fashion at the beginning of each school year. This will enable the faculty to inform students of what specifically can and cannot be worn at school.

Students who are wearing inappropriate clothing will be asked to not wear the clothing to school again. If necessary, parents will be contacted to bring a change of clothing.

Students who continually wear inappropriate clothing will be issued a violation and parents will be contacted. A parent conference, more violations, and detentions will be issued if the same student habitually breaks the dress code.

The faculty may offer “special dress days” where a dress code rule is not in effect. For example, during Catholic Schools Week there might be a special “hat day”.

Please label clothing. If you believe your child has lost an article of clothing, please check the Lost & Found outside the Main Office.

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Minnesota law requires that periodic drills are held in school. The local fire department holds an annual drill during FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, and the Administration holds at least four per year. Two Tornado Drills are held each year. Five Lockdown Drills are held each year. Students also discuss and practice ways to be safe in emergency situations outside of school.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

The emergency information form is ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RECORDS REQUESTED BY THE SCHOOL. Current information is vital to the proper care of your child in case of illness or injury during school hours. The emergency contact should be someone who is available with transportation during the school day. A NEW FORM IS REQUIRED EACH YEAR. Please return the form to the office THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL IN THE FALL.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS OF

PRIVACY ACT OF 1974

St. Mary’s School complies with the Family Educational Rights of Privacy Act of 1974. St. Mary’s will on request send report cards and/or hold conferences with non-custodial parents unless there is a court order or legally binding instrument prohibiting such contact. Any requests for conferences are to be made directly to the classroom teachers involved.

The school must be informed of any legally binding instruments that bar a non-custodial parent from contact with a child since we do have a number of visits to the school by non-custodial parents. Keeping the school informed of potential family problems, separation or divorce, allows us to be more sensitive to your child’s needs at school. If we can in any way help your family by better understanding any problems, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

FAMILY – SEPARATE HOUSEHOLDS

The office must be notified of the living arrangements for your child/children. Parent with primary custody will receive school information (i.e. notes, report cards) from your child. The non custodial parent will receive notices in the mail.

FIELD TRIPS

We do have field trips provided for each class throughout the school year. Additional information will be provided prior to the trip. A signed permission slip must be in the office before any student leaves for a field trip.

FUNDRAISING

Fund-raisers are an important part of our budget at St. Mary’s School and include the following: the Marathon, The Parish Bazaar, Fish Fries, and the Cash Raffle.

GRADING

Grade reports will be sent home periodically–to keep parents informed of the child’s progress and the report card every quarter. Progress Reports are issued at mid-quarter. These reports need to be signed by the parent/guardian and returned. Parent/Teacher conferences are set on the school calendar. Kindergarten will be graded with S, I, N (Satisfactory, Improving, Needs Improvement). First Grade is graded as Kindergarten for the first three quarters then grades are applied. Second through Eighth grades all receive percentage grades. Honor Roll will be for grades six – eight only. This will be published in the Church bulletin and Argus.

GRADUATION

Students graduating from St. Mary’s receive a diploma. Public ceremonies for graduation are in St. Mary’s Church. The seventh grade teacher and class are responsible for the graduation activities. Seventh grade parents assist.

HEALTH POLICIES/SERVICES

St. Mary’s School has a nurse to coordinate the vision, hearing and scoliosis screening as well as any other health concerns we may have. The Minnesota Department of Health has a law regarding immunizations. This is listed below as it was received from the State so that you may be informed properly. We may NOT allow any child in school unless we have validated information in regard to that child’s shots and other health information. THIS IS THE LAW! Pupils who are injured or sick at school must report to the school office. In the case of an accident, data will be documented for insurance purposes. Parents are notified if it is necessary for the child to leave school. NO CHILD may leave until parents or the designated responsible person has been contacted. If it is necessary that a medication be given during school hours, the following regulations must be followed: Medication must be ordered by a physician/dentist and permission granted to school personnel to contact them if necessary. Medication must be brought by parent/guardian to the school. (If there is a reason this is not possible, please contact the principal.) The medication should be in the original container with appropriate label intact (A second labeled bottle can be obtained from the pharmacist upon request.) This bottle will be given to the principal who will keep it in an appropriate and safe place. If the nurse is not available to administer the medicine, the principal will designate someone to administer it. IF THE MEDICATION IS NOT PROPERLY LABELED, IT WILL NOT BE GIVEN. No medication will administer if it has not been brought from home. The parent or guardian must send a note granting personal permission to administer medication prescribed by physician/ dentist. A Medical Consent Form is available in the office for prescription medicine. PLEASE NOTE: ALLERGY DESENSITIZATION INJECTIONS MAY NOT BE GIVEN AT SCHOOL

HOMEWORK AND STUDY HABITS

The assignment of class work and homework by teachers is acceptable and is intended to strengthen students’ skills in various subjects or to allow them to apply skills they have learned. Amount of work assigned varies with the age and capability of each child. Teachers make time for the students to do some homework during the school day–during a study hour or the last few minutes of a period. If a student complains of excessive homework, parents should check with teachers to see that their child is using the allotted time. The child is responsible to have his/her homework in on time. Parents are encouraged to look over the homework, but please don’t do it for them. For family vacations, homework may be requested the week prior to leaving. Some assignments/tests may have to be made up after the student returns.

INVITATIONS

If your child is going to bring invitations to school for a party at home or elsewhere, make sure that all students of the same gender in the class are invited. Otherwise, make other arrangements to distribute invitations.

KITCHEN RULES

Students are not allowed in the kitchen area without teacher supervision. The telephone is not to be used by students.

LIBRARY RULES

1. Books will be checked out for one weeks.

2. Some reference materials may be checked out for only one night

3. Students are responsible for the care of all materials checked out in their name

4. There should be no loud talking, or disruptive behavior in the library.

Our goal in the library is to provide a pleasant learning and discovery center for students and staff. We have a fine collection of print and non-print materials, and we are adding to this each year. Library skills classes and book check out will be held on a weekly basis. We will have volunteers available to help students when needed. Students who are disruptive, showing improper use of equipment or books, and/or showing disrespect for the personnel in the library will be asked to leave the library and report to the office, thus losing the privilege of the use of the library. Students will pay full price for any books damaged or lost.

LUNCH / MILK PROGRAM

Students who bring a sack lunch can purchase milk. Students may also purchase extra milk along with their lunches.

MASS

Students have Mass on Wednesday at 8:30 and Friday at 8:30. Kindergarten students attend Mass one time per week.

MONTHLY CALENDARS

Newsletters are sent home usually at the end of each month giving upcoming events and listing the lunch room helpers. Masses will be listed along with any special happenings. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR CHILD IF YOU DON’T SEE THIS LETTER.

PHY. ED. RULES

1. Soft soles or tennis shoes for safety reasons. Students will be asked to sit off to the side if proper phy. ed. shoes are not worn. An additional assignment may be given.

2. Rules for behavior will be set and filed in the office at the beginning of the year. Students will be informed of what they are and a copy will be posted.

PLAYGROUND RULES

Faculty members are assigned to playground supervision. Teacher discretion will be used while the members of the faculty are supervising the playground. If your child is injured during play, it must be reported immediately to the adult on duty. If for some reason a student cannot go out for recess, he or she will need to sit in the office. A written note must be provided.

Rules for behavior will be set and filed in the office at the beginning of the year. Students will be informed of what they are and a copy will be posted.

Seven important rules:

1. Grades K-4 must wear boots in the winter.

2. Language and behavior must be appropriate.

3. Playground equipment must be used properly.

4. No one is allowed to sit on, climb on, or use the school structure or outdoor pipes to play on.

5. No hard balls are allowed.

6. Snow stays on the ground – No snowballs.

7. No rollerblades or skateboards on school grounds.

POLICIES

St. Mary’s Discipline Policy, Internet Policy, Bully Policy, Mood-Altering Chemicals, Sexual Harassment Violence and the School Bus Management Plan are available upon request at the school office. They are also available on the school website.

RECOURSE

A student or parent has the right to recourse if he or she strongly disagrees with a decision of a teacher or administrator. However, before allowing differences to become formalized every effort should be made to resolve a dispute in a free an open discussion between the parties involved. If no solution results, the student or parent has a right to file a written request within ten (10) days of the teacher or administrator’s decision. The following formal procedure applies:

  1. A formal written request is presented to the teacher or administrator to be reviewed by that person, and a decision is to be communicated in writing to the student or parent issuing the request within five (5) days.
  2. If the above procedure fails to resolve the issue, and the issue is between a student / parent and a teacher, the complainant has five (5) days to appeal in writing to the principal for a private hearing of the dispute. This hearing is between the parties involved and the principal.
  3. If the issue is not resolved by the principal, the complainant has five (5) days to appeal in writing directly to the pastor of St. Mary’s Parish. The pastor’s decision will be handed down in writing.
  4. If the complainant is still not satisfied, the complainant has five (5) days to appeal in writing directly to the Diocesan Director of Education (Bishop’s delegate). The decision of the Diocesan Director of Education (Bishop’s delegate) is final.

RULES FOR USE OF MOOD-ALTERING CHEMICALS

Available at the school office.

RULES FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Available at the school office.

SCHOOL BUS SERVICE

Students, with the exception of those within walking distance, are transported by bus. Bus service is provided by Independent School District #299. Public and parish students ride the same buses. New families should contact the Caledonia High School office at 725-3316 to find out what bus their child will ride and where the pick-up and drop-off location is. We will be following the rules and regulations of the School Bus Management Plan

SCHOOL BUS MANAGEMENT PLAN

In order to guarantee the health and safety of students riding the bus, the following Management Plan has been developed and approved by the administration of Caledonia area schools.

I. Rules for Bus Riders:

1. No moving from seat to seat while bus is in motion. The bus driver has the right to assign students to a specific seat or in front of the bus.

2. No cursing, swearing or loud boisterous talking on the bus. Talk at a volume level so your voice cannot be identified by the driver.

3. Keep hands, arms, legs and personal objects to yourself. No fighting.

4. Be at your designated bus pick-up point on time. Students will be picked up at designated stops only.

5. Follow the directions of the bus driver the first time given.

II. Rewards for Cooperation and Good Conduct:

1. Verbal positive reinforcement to students by the bus driver.

2. The bus driver will allow the radio to be on, set at a moderate volume, for the enjoyment of all students.

3. Student will be allowed to sit where they desire.

III. Consequences If a Student or Students Choose Not To Follow the Above Rules:

1. First Violation: The student is cautioned by the bus driver.

2. Second Violation: The student is assigned to a designated seat for a specified period of time by the bus driver and parents or guardians will be called.

3. Third Violation: The student is warned by the bus driver, the building principal is notified (issue a pink slip), a school consequence is imposed on the student and parents or guardian will be called in for a conference with the student, bus driver and principal.

4. Fourth Violation: The student is warned by the driver, the building principal is notified (issued a pink slip), the student or students will be suspended from the bus for a designated period

and, parent or guardian is called. Parent or guardian is responsible for transportation to and from school during the suspension period.

SCHOOL BUS MANAGEMENT PLAN (continued)

5. Severe Clause: A Severe Clause will be issued for use or possession of tobacco, alcohol, and/or drugs, bus vandalism, physical abuse, or abusive language or failure to follow the direction of the bus driver. The consequence for the “Severe Clause” is the same as for the Fourth Violation

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

St. Mary’s School will follow District #299’s decision to close or postpone school because of inclement weather or emergency situations. This announcement will be carried on WKTY, WIZM and KQYB (FM).

SCHOOL HOURS

School begins at 8:00 a.m. The first bell will be rung at 7:55 a.m. to come in. Mass will be at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday. These will be published in the monthly bulletin/calendar. Any student arriving after the 8:00 bell will be considered tardy, unless a reasonable excuse is given. Students coming late must report to the office before being admitted. If a bus is late, those students riding the bus are not considered tardy. Parents should call the school and report such incidents. School will be dismissed each day at 2:50 p.m. Walkers will be dismissed after buses have departed. This is for safety reasons. Children must wait outside on designated areas until the first bell. On cold, windy or rainy days, they come into the gym as soon as they arrive.

STATE/FEDERAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

We will again participate in the textbook, health, and guidance programs offered by the State of Minnesota. Parents of Kindergarten students and students themselves in grades one through eight will be asked to sign a permission form allowing the school to have funds for this purpose.

The Block Grant program will also be available for us. This enables us to purchase additional student related materials.

TELEPHONE CALLS

Neither teachers nor students will be called to the phone from their classes except in case of emergency. We discourage the use of the phone by students when matters could have been taken care of before the student came to school. Should an event be canceled before the end of the school day and parents need to be contacted, we will allow calls.

TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKS

Each student is responsible for textbooks issued to him/her. Textbooks are to be covered at all times. Lost books must be replaced through payment for a new book. Damaged books must be replaced or repaired. Likewise, library books that a student checks out must be returned or the cost of the book must be paid.

PARENTS AND VISITORS

The Administration and Staff of St. Mary’s welcomes visitors in our school. We ask that you present yourself to the school office rather than go directly to a classroom. We ask that if you are calling for a child for an appointment, please come to the office and the child will be sent for. Teachers may not release pupils without prior approval. A student may be released during the school day if we have a written request of parents after verifying that valid reason exists for the student’s release.

VOLUNTEERS

We encourage parents, senior citizens, students, and others to assist teachers or other staff members by becoming volunteers. Your talents and skills are needed, not only to tutor students, but to enrich their experiences as well.

The principal is the final recourse and reserves the right to amend this handbook. Parents will be given prompt notice.

RULES FOR USE OF MOOD-ALTERING CHEMICALS

Caledonia school personnel recognizes the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and marijuana as a significant health problem for many adolescents, resulting in negative effects on behavior, learning and the total development of each individual. School rules are designed to assist the school administration as they observe, confront and assist students regarding the use of mood-altering chemicals. The rules which were adopted by the Board of Education and effective for the 1984-85 school years and thereafter for students who use mood-altering chemicals appear below with accompanying philosophy and rationale.

SECTION I. PHILOSOPHY AND PURPOSE .

A Philosophy of the Board of Education Relating to the Use of Mood-Altering Chemicals, i.e., Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and Marijuana. The Board of Education recognizes the use of mood-altering chemicals as a significant health problem for many adolescents, resulting in negative effects on behavior, learning and the total development of each individual. The misuse and abuse of mood-altering chemicals for some adolescents affects extra-curricular participation and development of related skills. Others are affected by the misuse and abuse by family, team members, or other significant persons in their lives.

B. Statement of Purpose.

1. To provide consistency with the above philosophy and “to elevate standards of sportsmanship and to encourage the growth of responsible citizenship among the students and school personnel.

2. To emphasize the schools’ concerns for the health of students in areas of safety while participating is activities and the long-term physical and emotional effects of chemical use on their health.

3. To promote equity and a sense of order and discipline among students.

4. To confirm and support existing state laws which restrict the use of such mood-altering chemicals.

5. To establish standards of conduct for those students who are leaders and standard-bearers among their peers.

6. To assist students who desire to resist peer pressure which directs them toward the use of mood-altering chemicals?

7. To assist students who should be referred for assistance or evaluation regarding their use of mood altering chemicals.

SECTION II. RULES .

During the school year or during the season of practice, play or rehearsal, regardless of the quantity, a student shall not use or possess a beverage containing alcohol; use or possess tobacco; or use or consume, have in possession, buy, sell, or give away marijuana or any substance defined by law as a drug. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by her/his doctor.

SECTION III. CATEGORIES OF ACTIVITIES .

A. Category I Activities: Those school-sponsored activities in which the school has a schedule of interscholastic contests and tournaments including all athletic programs and events.

B. Category II Activities: Those school-sponsored activities in which the school does not have a schedule of interscholastic contests. Included in this category is speech, one-act plays, music, FFA, FHA, NHS, Student Council, or any other student organizations.

SECTION IV. PENALTIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CATEGORY I ACTIVITIES .

A. First Violation.

1. Penalty: After confirmation of the first violation, the student shall lose eligibility for the next TWO (2) CONSECUTIVE INTERSCHOLASTICEVENTS or two (2) weeks of a season in which the student is a participant, whichever is greater. No exception is permitted for student who becomes a portico a percipient in a treatment program.

2. Follow-up Procedure:

a. The school district, through its local education program, will provide information about the effects of use and misuse or abuse of tobacco and other mood-altering chemicals to the student.

b. When appropriate, the school will refer a student to a community agency or a professional individual outside the school for assessment of potential chemical abuse or misuse.

B. Second Violation.

1. Penalty: After confirmation of the second violation, the student shall lose eligibility for the next SIX (6) CONSECUTIVE INTERSCHOLASTIC EVENTS in which the student is a participant. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program.

2. Follow-up Procedure:

a. Before being re-admitted to activities following suspension for the second violation, the student shall show evidence in writing that she/he has sought or has received counseling from a community agency or professional individual such as a school counselor, drug counselor, medical doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist.

b. When appropriate, the school will refer a student to a community agency or a professional individual outside the school for assessment of potential chemical

abuse or misuse.

C. Third Violation.

1. Penalty: After confirmation of the third or subsequent violations, the student shall lose eligibility for the next TWELVE (12) CONSECUTIVE INTERSCHOLASTIC EVENTS in which the student is a participant. If after the third or subsequent violations, the student on her/his own volition becomes a participant in a chemical dependency program or treatment program, the student may be certified for reinstatement in school activities after a minimum period of six (6) weeks. Such certification must be issued by the director or a counselor of a chemical dependency treatment center.

2. Follow-up Procedure: The student shall be referred for assessment of potential chemical abuse, misuse or dependency by a community agency professional individual outside the school.

D. Penalties shall be cumulative beginning with and throughout the student’s participation in school activities in grades 7-12. A student may not register for an activity solely for the purpose of satisfying a penalty period. To satisfy a period of ineligibility, a student must begin and complete the entire season.

E. A student shall be disqualified from all interscholastic athletics for nine additional weeks beyond the student’s original period ineligibility when the student denies violation of the rule, is allowed to participate, then is subsequently found guilty of the violation.

SECTION V. PENALTIES FOR CATEGORY II ACTIVITIES .

A. First Violation.

1. Penalty: After confirmation of the first violation, the student shall lose eligibility for the next PUBLIC OR LEAGUE EVENT or two (2) weeks which the student is a participant, whichever is greater. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program.

2. Follow-up Procedure:

a. The school district, through its local education program, will provide the student with information about the effects of use and misuse or abuse of tobacco and other mood-altering chemicals.

b. When appropriate, the school will refer a student to a community agency or professional individual outside the school for assessment of potential chemical abuse or misuse.

B. Second Violation.

1. Penalty: After confirmation of the second violation, the student shall lose eligibility for the next three (3) CONSECUTIVE PUBLIC OR LEAGUE EVENTS or four (4) weeks in which the student is a participant whichever is greater. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program.

2. Follow-up Procedure:

a. Before being re-admitted to activities following suspension for the second violation, the student shall show evidence in writing that she/he has sought or has received counseling from a community agency or professional individual such as a school counselor, drug counselor, medical doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist.

b. When appropriate, the school will refer a student to a community agency or a professional individual outside the school for assessment of potential chemical abuse or misuse.

C. Third Violation.

1. Penalty: After confirmation of the third or subsequent violations, the student shall lose eligibility for the next six (6) CONSECUTIVE PUBLIC OR LEAGUE EVENTS or eight (8) weeks, in which the student is a participant, whichever is greater. If after the third or subsequent violations, the student on her/his own volition becomes a participant in a chemical dependency program or treatment program, the student may be certified for reinstatement in PUBLIC OR LEAGUE activities after a minimum period of six (6) weeks. Such certification must be issued by the director or a counselor of a chemical dependency treatment center.

2. Follow-up Procedure: The student shall be referred for assessment of potential chemical abuse, misuse or dependency by a community agency or a professional individual outside the school.

D. Penalties shall be cumulative beginning with and throughout student’s participation in school activities in grades 7-12. A student may not register for an activity solely for the purpose of satisfying a penalty period. To satisfy a period of ineligibility, a student must begin and complete the entire season.

RULES FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

I. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

A. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which violates Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e,seq., and Minnesota Statutes 363.01-14, the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Sexual violence is a physical act of aggression that includes a sexual act or sexual purpose.

B. It is the policy of Independent School District No. 299 to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment an sexual violence. The School District prohibits any form of sexual harassment or sexual violence.

C. It shall be a violation of this policy for any student or employee of District No. 299 to harass a student or an employee through contact or communication of a sexual nature as defined by this policy.

D. It shall be a violation of this policy for an student or employee of School District No. 299 to be sexually violent to a student or an employee.

E. The School District will act to investigate all complaints, formal or informal, verbal or written, of sexual harassment or sexual violence and to discipline any student or employee who sexually harasses a student or employee of the School District.

II. SEXUAL HARASSMENT/SEXUAL VIOLENCE

DEFINED

A. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of sexual nature when:

B. Submission to that conduct or communication is

1. made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment, or of obtaining an education; or

2. Submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decision affecting that individual’s employment or education; or

3. The conduct or communication has the purpose or affect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or education, or creating or intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or education environment.

C. Any sexual harassment as defined when perpetrated on any student or employee by any student or employee will be treated as sexual harassment under this policy.

C. Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:

1. verbal harassment or abuse;

2. subtle pressure for sexual activity;

3. inappropriate patting or pinching;

4. intentional brushing against a student’s or an employees body;

5. demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual employment or educational status;

6. demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment with regard to an individual’s employment or educational status;

7. any sexually motivated unwelcome touching; or,

8. sexual violence which is a physical act of aggression that includes a sexual act or sexual purpose.

III. REPORTING PROCEDURES

A. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual violence by a student or an employee of the School District, or any third party with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment or sexual violence should report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate School District official as designated by this policy. The School district encourages the reporting party or complainant to use the report form available from the principal of each building or available from the School District office.

B. In each School Building. The building principal is the person responsible for receiving oral or written reports of sexual harassment at the building level. Upon receipt of a report, the principal must notify the Superintendent/Human Rights Officer immediately without screening or investigating the report. If the report was given verbally, the principal shall reduce it to written form within 24 hours and forward it to the Superintendent/Human Rights Officer. Failure to forward any sexual harassment or sexual violence report or complaint provided herein will result in disciplinary action. If the complaint involves the building principal, the complaint shall be filed directly with the Superintendent/Human Rights Officer.

C. District-wide. The School Board hereby designates the Superintendent as the District Human Rights Officer to receive reports or complaints of sexual harassment or sexual violence from any individual, employee or victim of sexual harassment or sexual violence and also from the building principal as outlined above. If the complaint involves the Superintendent, the complaint shall be filed directly with the Chairperson of the School Board.

D. The School District shall conspicuously post the name of the Human Rights Officer, including the mailing address and telephone number.

E. Submission of a complaint or report of sexual harassment or sexual violence will not affect the individual’s future employment, grades or work assignment.

F. Use of formal reporting forms is not mandatory.

G. The School District will respect the confidentially of the complaint and the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed as much as possible consistent with the School District’s legal obligation and the necessity to investigate allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence and take disciplinary action when the conduct has occurred.

IV. INVESTIGATION AND RECOMMENDATION

A. By authority of the School District, The Superintendent/Human Rights Officer upon receipt of a report or complaint alleging sexual harassment or sexual violence shall immediately authorize an investigation. The investigating may be conducted by School District officials or by a third party designated by the School District. The investigating party shall provide a written report on the status of the investigation within 10 working days to the Superintendent/Human rights Official. If the Superintendent is the subject of the complaint, the report shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the School Board.

B. In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment or sexual violence, the School District should consider the surrounding circumstances, the nature of the sexual advances, relationship between the parties involved and the context in which the alleged incident occurred. Whether a particular action or incident constitutes sexual harassment or sexual violence requires a determination based on all the facts and surrounding circumstances.

C. The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and others who may have knowledge of the alleged incident(s) or circumstances giving rise to the complaint. The investigation may also consist of any methods and documents pertinent by the investigator.

D. In addition, the School District may take immediate steps, at it discretion, to protect the complainant, students and employees pending completion of an investigating of alleged sexual harassment or sexual violence.

V. SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION

A. Upon receipt of a recommendation that the complaint is valid, the School District will take action as appropriate based on the results of the investigation.

B. The result of the investigation of each complaint filed under these procedures will be reported in writing to the complainant by the School District. The report will document any disciplinary action taken as a result of the complaint.

VI. REPRISAL

A. The School District will discipline any individual who retaliates against any person who reports alleged sexual harassment or who retaliates against any person who testifies, assist or participates in an investigation, proceeding or hearing relating to a sexual harassment or sexual violence complaint. Retaliation includes, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.

VII. RIGHT TO ALTERNATIVE COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

A. These procedures do not deny the right of any individual to pursue other avenues of recourse which may include filing charges with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, initiating civil action or seeking regress under state criminal statues and/or federal law.

VIII. SEXUAL HARASSMENT AS SEXUAL ABUSE

A. Under certain circumstances, sexual harassment or sexual violence may constitute sexual abuse under Minn. Stat. 609.341, sub d. 10 through 609.345; Minn. Stat. 609.321 through-.324: or Minn. Stat. 617.246. In such situations, School Dist. shall comply with Minn. Stat. 626.556, Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors.

B. Nothing in this policy will prohibit the School District from taking immediate action to protect victims of alleged sexual abuse.

IX. DISCIPLINE

A. Any school district action taken pursuant to this policy will be consistent with requirements of applicable collective bargaining agreements, Minnesota Statues and School District policies. The School District will take such disciplinary action it deems necessary and appropriate. Including warning, suspension or immediate discharge to any sexual harassment and prevent its recurrence.

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