ANIMALS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS
School Board Policy #706 states: “To insure safety of students and
the community, no animals are allowed on school grounds unless with
the prior approval of building principals or the Community Education
Director”. Please send a note to school requesting permission to bring
an animal to school for a short visit.
is for academics and achievement.
ANTI-BULLYING POLICY - #541
See back of handbook.
ACCIDENT INSURANCE Buses arrive at 9:05 a.m. or soon after. Students not arriving by
Independent School District 831 does not provide medical bus should not be at school before 9:05 a.m. Faculty and staff are
insurance coverage for accidental injuries suffered by students on in meetings prior to 9:00 and we have no one to supervise the
school property or at school-sponsored activities. This includes any students before that time. Waiting outside during cold weather may be
accidental injuries suffered during physical education activities. very uncomfortable. Students arriving later than 9:15 a.m. must
These types of injuries must be covered by your family medical “check in” at the office to avoid being marked absent.
insurance or by an individual policy that you would provide for your
Please call the Attendance Hot Line at 651-982-3399 using a
ACTIVITIES touch tone phone, to report your child’s absence. This connects
There are numerous student activities available at Scandia you to the voice mail system. The system is on 24 hours a day.
Elementary. These student activities and groups encourage student Please leave your name, the name of the student, grade, the date
involvement and emphasize academics, leadership, and cooperation, of the absence, and the specific reason for the absence.
and school pride. Students are expected to be in school every day unless they are ill
For a more detailed description of these activities, please visit our or there is an emergency in the family. The school will call the homes
school web site at www.sc.flaschools.org of absent students if we have not heard from that family.
*Student Council *Peace Team Please notify the school office if you plan to pick up your child for a
*Star Mart *Destination Imagination doctor or dental appointment. There is a sign out/sign in book in the
*MathMasters *Geography Bee office.
*Spelling Bee *Continental Math League If your child is going to be away from school for an extended period
*Word Masters *SENN of time, please notify the health/attendance office and fill out a Pre-
(Scandia Elementary News Network) Arranged Absence Report Form. Forms are available in the office. It is
the student’s responsibility to make up all work missed during the
ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION absence period.
Adaptive physical education is an alternative physical education
program which is offered to children with special needs who need
additional support with the regular physical education curriculum.
Scandia Elementary School Letter #1 (at approximately 3 unexcused absences) will be
and sent to inform the parent/guardian of what the school records
Washington County Truancy Guidelines indicate for absences. The principal will contact the family at
this time and if necessary the intervention process with the
School attendance is significantly related to school achievement. county may begin.
The community, schools, parents, and students share in the Letter #2 (at approximately 5 unexcused absences) will
responsibility to promote regular attendance. Minnesota State discuss requiring a doctor’s statement for further student
Statute requires that children attend school. For students under absences that will explain your child’s illness or medical
the age of 12, it is presumed that it is a parental responsibility to condition and how it affects your child’s ability to attend school
ensure the child’s attendance. Between the ages of 12 and through and/or further steps as designated by social services. At 10
the 17th year it is primarily the student’s responsibility to get to EXCUSED absences, we will also be contacting you about
school on a daily basis. requiring a doctor’s note to excuse your student from school.
A student is required to attend school each and every day and each The average student in Minnesota misses 7 days of
and every class period. If they miss a school day or part of the day, for school per year.
legitimate reasons, a parent or guardian must notify the school.
Letter #3 (at approximately 7 unexcused absences) is to
inform you that this matter is being referred to the county
Examples of excused and unexcused absences are listed below. .
authorities for possible educational neglect.
When absences become excessive for any reason, parents will be
The School Board of District #831 believes that regular school
contacted to develop a plan to support regular school attendance.
attendance is directly related to success in academic work, benefits
A student is considered a “continuing truant” at three unexcused
the student socially, provides opportunities for important
absences. Social services may be brought in to provide intervention
communication between teachers and students, and establishes
services to address these attendance issues prior to a child protection
regular habits of dependability important to the future of the student.
referral, giving the family time to correct the problem.
TARDY is defined as arriving after 9:15 a.m. Students and/or parents
HABITUAL TRUANCY is defined as seven unexcused absences and
must report to the office to sign in. School hours are 9:15 a.m. to 3:30
a referral to child protection services. Correcting the problem removes
the need for a child protection investigation.
EXCUSED ABSENCES UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
1. parent/doctor verified illness 1. visiting A REMINDER:
2. family emergencies 2. overslept/need for more sleep In the past few years, “Go to Work with a Parent Day” has been
3. scheduled appointments with 3. shopping observed by some families. The school district DOES NOT recognize
prior school notification 4. car trouble this day in the school calendar therefore, if you choose to have your
4. religious holidays 5. needed at home child go to work with you it will count as a day of absence. The school
5. prearranged family vacations (i.e. babysitting) district does support children going to work with parents on non
6. suspension 6. Missing the bus school days such as teacher workdays, vacation days, or during the
7. Alarm clock didn’t work summer.
8. Personal grooming needs
9. No absence call from family ART & ACADEMIC FAIR – February 22, 2013
Scandia Elementary has an attendance policy in place:
Breakfast is served at approximately 9:00 am. All students who
choose to eat breakfast at school should be in the classroom by 9:15
for the start of school. The price for breakfast appears on each
monthly menu. Checks should be made out to “Forest Lake Area
is for books. . Schools” and include the student’s name and PIN number. Free and
reduced lunch information is available in the office or through the
Food Service Department @ 651-982-8395. You may also pay online
using PAMS Lunchroom. Call 1-888-994-5100 for details or go to the
Forest Lake Area Schools web site for further information @
See Instrumental Music.
BIKING & WALKING TO SCHOOL
BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
Students may ride bicycles or walk to school, but the parents must
We would sincerely appreciate your cooperation in keeping our
send a note to the office giving permission to do so. Early arrivals
school clean and free from vandalism. Help us teach your children to
must wait inside by the office door. Just one note is needed, as a pass
respect the school building and its property. Report promptly any
will be issued to the student for them to keep in their backpack. Bike
information you may acquire concerning damage to the building or
riders and walkers should begin their trip home as soon as the last
other forms of vandalism. We are all proud of our school, and the cost
school bus has departed the parking lot. We would also prefer not to
of vandalism is a needless expense to the taxpayers.
have any children in grades K-2 riding a bike or walking unless they
are escorted by an older brother or sister. We recommend the
wearing of a safety helmet. If we observe any child violating safety or
Riding the school bus is a privilege. Violations of the safety rules
courtesy rules, we will revoke their walking and/or bike riding
will be reported by the bus driver to the school principal, who will
determine the consequence which may result in the loss of bus
BOARD OF EDUCATION
The bus drivers will not pick up or discharge riders at places other
Julie Corcoran: 651-464-3987, JCorcoran@flaschools.org
than the regular bus stop without a note from a parent, approved in
Kathy Bystrom: 651-464-8452, KBystrom@flaschools.org
the school office. A Change of Transportation form must be filed in the
Dan Kieger: 651-780-3387, DKieger@flaschools.org
office for children who will be picked up or dropped off at places other
Karen Morehead: 651-464-3577, KMorehead@flaschools.org
than their home on a regular basis. These forms are available at
Robert Rapheal: 651-433-5847, RRapheal@flaschools.org
Gail Theisen: 651-395-2207, GTheisen@flaschools.org
Students not riding the bus will be dismissed from the office when
Erin Turner: 651-464-2256, ETurner@flaschools.org
a parent picks them up and/or after the buses have left the parking lot.
BUS RIDER COURTESY & RULES
Public school board meetings are held at the district office, 6100 N.
A brochure containing information regarding bus courtesies, safety,
210th Street, Forest Lake, at 7:00 pm. The Board holds a regular
and discipline is discussed in each classroom during the first week of
meeting the first Thursday of each month; a workshop is conducted
school. These brochures are then sent home with each student. If
during the third Thursday of each month. Public listening sessions are
your child does not receive one, please notify the school and one will
held at 6:00 pm before the first meeting of each month. You do not
be sent to you.
need an appointment to participate.
Basic bus safety rules expect that all students will remain CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER
seated while the bus is in motion and shall not extend any part of their Please notify the school office of changes in address or phone
body from a window. number. It is particularly important that we have current phone
Students will not tamper with any part of the bus equipment. numbers listed on student emergency forms.
Animals or pets of any kind are not allowed on the bus. Students will
be respectful to the driver and to each other while riding the school CHAPERONE GUIDELINES
bus. Scandia Elementary is grateful to family members who volunteer
Consequences for school bus misconduct will apply to all to chaperone student field trips. These guidelines are intended to give
routes, field trips, or competitions and will be in the sole discretion of further information to the chaperone.
the school district. Parents or guardians will be notified of any 1. Set a good example for the students in your group.
suspension of bus privileges. 2. Insist upon good behavior from the students in the group by
maintaining a respectful dialogue with students and reiterating
First offense: warning the rules of acceptable behavior.
Second: warning or 1 – 3 school day suspension from riding the 3. In a problem persists, please refer the student to the teacher.
bus/call home 4. Supervise the students in your group at all times.
Third: 5 school day suspension from riding the bus/call home 5. Advise the teacher if a student requests medication for any
Fourth: 10 school day suspension from riding the bus/meeting with reason. Only authorized staff can administer medication of any
parents and the Director of Transportation kind.
Further offenses will be individually considered. Students may 6. The use of profanity, verbal or physical abuse will not be
be suspended for longer periods of time, including the remainder of tolerated.
the school year. 7. Abstain from tobacco products, alcohol, and illegal drugs.
Students damaging the school bus will be responsible for the 8. Cell phones are to be used only in emergency situations.
damages. Failure to make restitution by the pre-arranged time may 9. Please do not bring pre-school siblings or other children.
result in the loss of bus privileges until damages are paid. 10. Adult chaperones must be members of the student’s family or
the student’s personal care attendant.
11. Grade levels will determine the number of chaperones
12. A criminal background check will be necessary from
chaperones. The form for this is available from the office.
is for children and creativity. Other expectations:
*In most circumstances, the chaperone will not be alone with
* During an overnight trip, the chaperone will not use the
Cell Phones showers when students are using them, and not be the only adult
At the elementary level, it is not necessary for students to have present in a room where children are sleeping.
cell phones in school. However, if as a family, you have made the * When doing bed checks or when children are sleeping,
decision to have your elementary student carry a cell phone, it must female chaperones will only supervise female students and male
be turned off and stay in the student’s backpack during the school chaperones will supervise male students.
CHEMICAL HEALTH PROGRAM CLOTHING - DRESS CODE
In District #831 the Chemical Health Program is divided into Parents and their students are responsible to choose suitable
three components: Prevention, Intervention, and Promotion. Early school wear. We ask families to support a positive learning process by
intervention is very important. Some behaviors that parents and checking clothing worn to school by students. Please consider the
teachers may see if a child is having a chemical abuse problem may following:
be: Does the clothing advertise something that is prohibited to
Lack of interest in formerly rewarding activities minors?
Frequent vague and withdrawn moods Are there obscene, profane, discriminatory, or inflammatory
No longer obeys curfews or other school and house rules messages on the clothing?
Change in grades and receiving negative progress reports Is the student dressed appropriately for the weather and for a
Skipping school learning environment?
Changes in eating and sleeping habits Does the clothing/jewelry create a safety hazard to any person,
Changes in personal dress habits including the wearer, or prevent the student from doing his/her
Changes in friends best due to blocked vision or restricted movement?
More frequent borrowing of money, stealing We recommend no make-up for elementary school students.
A pattern of these behaviors and some others may indicate a Examples of inappropriate attire are “short” shorts/skirts
problem with chemical use. A chemical health counselor is assigned (shorts/skirts must be longer than the student’s hands when they are
to all elementary buildings in District 831 providing assistance to those standing upright), halter tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, half shirts
students whose lives are touched by problems concerning chemical and other types of similar apparel. Overly revealing clothing is clothing
misuse/abuse or chemical dependency. This assistance can be either that reveals one’s midriff, or undergarments. Tank tops and muscle
individual or group counseling based entirely on the needs of the shirts that do not fit properly around the arms will not be allowed. No
student. For more information please contact your child’s teacher, undergarments should be showing at any time. Clothing and personal
school counselor, or principal. Chemical health is a responsibility the items which promote or support alcohol, drugs, gangs, profanity,
schools, parents and community share. Let’s work together. sexual conduct and violence will not be worn at school or any school
sponsored activity. Various activities, especially in physical education,
CLASSROOM PLACEMENT ask for a wide range of movement and students need to be dressed
The placement of students in a classroom is a significant and appropriately for these activities. Students are reminded that they are
complex process involving input from classroom teachers, special to be wearing shoes at all times and should not be wearing hats,
education teachers, school counselor, school psychologist, and the caps, bandanas, etc., in the building.
principal. A number of variables are considered in the placement of During the school year, judgements as to what is appropriate will
our students including a balance of number of students per class, be made. We may ask students to change or remove certain types of
gender, academic needs, social skills, and work habits. Parental input clothing. Parents will be contacted if inappropriate clothing is worn to
based on unique circumstances and needs is appreciated. If you wish school. Parents will need to bring a change of clothing to school.
to communicate these specific needs, please complete a classroom Our dress code is aligned with that of Century Junior High and Forest
placement form by May 10, 2013. This form is available in the main Lake Senior High. Thank you for your continued support!
office. Please do not request a specific teacher, as we may not be
able to honor that request. The staff and I make every effort to COMMUNICATION WITH THE SCHOOL
consider all factors when making student class placements and the When questions arise relating to the curriculum, discipline or
best interest of the child is always our top priority. procedures, parents are urged to discuss the matter with the staff of
the school involved. Your elementary school staff is best able to
answer your questions and help you resolve a problem pertaining to CURRICULUM
your child’s education. The best time to reach teachers is from 7:45 – Students at Scandia Elementary are taught a balanced
9:00 a.m. and from 3:30 – 3:45 p.m. curriculum developed and reviewed regularly through the five year
Curriculum and Review Process. Content areas include literacy
COMMUNITY EDUCATION (reading, language arts, spelling, writing, and listening), math, social
The Forest Lake Community Education Department offers studies, science, health, physical education, art, music, media, and
many different after school and evening activities for enrichment, technology. The curriculum and teaching techniques are often
recreational, cultural, social and educational purposes. Community modified to meet individual needs.
Services main goals are: to provide lifelong learning opportunities for
community members of all ages, to support and supplement the K-12
program, and to help build strong communities that enable each
person to achieve their greatest potential. We are always looking for
ideas and suggestions for new classes.
All classrooms have the opportunity to utilize the computers in is for Dala Horse.
the lab or on the mobile carts. Computer software programs are used
to extend knowledge and skills in reading, language arts, math,
science, social studies, and art. DENTAL CARE
Dental care is suggested annually. Toothaches are
CONFERENCES distracting, and little can be done for a toothache at school. Primary
October 15 K-6 Parent-Teacher Evening Conferences teeth serve as guidelines for permanent teeth.
October 16 K-6 Parent-Teacher Evening Conferences
Kdg. Day Conferences: No Kdg. classes DESTINATION IMAGINATION
October 17 K-6 Parent-Teacher Day Conferences Destination Imagination is an after school program that is open
(No school for students) to talented students who must complete an application process. The
February 26 K-6 Parent Teacher Evening Conferences students learn to use creative thinking and teamwork to solve
February 28 K-6 Parent-Teacher Evening Conferences problems. Teams can advance through region, state, and global
Kdg. Day Conferences: No Kdg. classes competitions. The make up of teams depends on available funding
March 1 K-6 Parent Teacher Day Conferences and student interest.
(No school for students)
DISCIPLINE: “Building a Responsive & Respectful Community at
COUNSELOR Scandia Elementary”
Scandia Elementary School has a full-time guidance counselor Our school climate program includes a strong educational
who provides a broad spectrum of services. Students may receive foundation based on the principles of Responsive Classroom:
support through classroom presentations, through small group Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self Control
involvement (groups focus on particular themes such as family (CARES). These principles are designed to help the children
change, school success, friendship issues and peer pressure), or understand the behavior expectations at Scandia and how to make
through individual support when needed. The main objective, responsible behavior choices during the school day. Many of our staff
however, is to be part of the team that can make school a successful members have been formally trained in the Responsive Classroom
experience for all students. For more information, please contact the
principal or the counseling office at 982-3303.
management system and have subsequently trained other staff in the DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION
building. Superintendent of Schools – Linda Madsen
Through the cooperative efforts of home and school, we can reach the Director of Business Affairs – Lawrence Martini
ultimate goal of self-discipline by encouraging wise behavior choices Director of Adm. and Human Resources – Donna Friedmann
by Scandia students. Director of Special Education – Deb Wall
If a child fails to follow the behavior expectation guidelines, the child Director of Teaching & Learning – Jennifer Tolzmann
will enter into a process which may include such steps as verbal Director of Community Education – Julie Ohman
warnings, “Stop-and-Think” processing, restorative justice, loss of
privileges, and possible detention or suspension to reinforce the DISTRICT SUPERVISORS
educational component. The student may also visit the counselor’s Supervisor of Food Services – Joy Cook
and/or principal’s office. Parents will be notified and in some cases, Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds – Mike Kopietz
the parent may be asked to come to school for a conference. All Supervisor of Transportation – John Gray
classrooms receive lessons from the counselor which reinforce how Supervisor of Information Systems – Tim Brockman
students can resolve conflict issues. A copy of the behavior report is Supervisor of Accounting – Deb Meier
in the back of this handbook. The Olweus Bullying Prevention and Supervisor of Aquatic Activities – Susan Griffin
Peaceful Bus Programs also supplement our school climate program.
DISCRIMINATION POLICY SUMMARY
It is the policy of the school board of School District 831 to DRIVING STUDENTS TO SCHOOL
comply with federal and state laws (and all requirements imposed by Please drop off student(s) by the north door (Door #4) of the
or pursuant to regulations issued in support of such laws) prohibiting building during the designated bus time of 9:05-9:15. Students should
discrimination against any person on the grounds of race, color, enter the north entry doors of the building. This will ensure the safety
natural origin, creed, religion, sex, or marital status, with regard to of your children.
public assistance, age, or disability.
No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied
the benefit of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any
educational program, nor in employment, recruitment, consideration,
or selection for employment in any program of education operated by
this school district for which it receives federal financial assistance.
The General Statement of Policy regarding sexual harassment is for excellence and enthusiasm.
and sexual violence within the School District is found in the back of
the handbook. Any complaints or questions related to this policy
should be directed to the Director of Administration & Human
Resources (982-8123) or the Director Special Education (982-8129).
Emergency information from parents will be maintained on our
A copy of the complete policy statement is available in the Scandia
computer system. If a child becomes ill or injured at school, parents
Elementary Principal’s office.
will be contacted first.
Notice: To the students, parents, employees and patrons of
If the school is unable to contact the parents, the alternate persons
Independent School District #831: Vocational education opportunities
will be called. Please notify the school when changes in telephone
will be offered without regard to sex, race, color, national origin or
numbers and alternate persons occur during the school year.
Parents will update information at Open House.
EMERGENCY DRILLS of an early dismissal, please remember to come to the office and
State law requires every school to hold a minimum of five fire, sign the student out of school.
five lockdown, and one severe weather drill per year. We comply with
the law and have recorded the date and time of each drill. When the EXCUSING STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL EARLY
alarm sounds, everyone should follow the procedures for the drill Parent requests to excuse a child from school early in the day
according to instructions posted in each room and as given by the should be made in writing. Please make every attempt to make
teacher. medical or dental appointments outside of the school day. The
Students should keep in mind that the safety of others may be teachers are not allowed to release a child directly to any adult.
affected by their behavior and accept safety drills and all other Parents are requested to pick up their children in the school
emergency procedures as serious and important. office and sign them out. Neighbors, grandparents, siblings, family
friends, etc. are not allowed to pick up your child without your
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS permission. If you are asked for identification before we allow a child
Two hour late start means: to be released from school, please understand that this is done for the
*Buses will be on a 2 hour later schedule. protection of your child.
*Lunch will remain the same.
*SAC Program will make every effort to have staff on hand at regular
*Staff may also be delayed for up to two hours, so children should
NOT be dropped off until school begins at 11:05 to ensure proper
*Before school programs/groups (i.e. MathMasters, StarMart) will be is for friendship, family and fun.
School cancellation means:
*School will be closed for the day. FAMILY VACATIONS WHILE SCHOOL IS IN SESSION
*All before, after school, and evening activities will be canceled. In recent years, increasing numbers of families have been
*Music programs will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience. taking vacations while school is in session. Some parents have
*SAC will be closed when school is canceled. requested homework for their child while they are on the vacation.
When a child is absent from school the class may progress faster or
Listen to WCCO – AM (830) or WLKX – FM (96), watch local TV news slower than the classroom teacher had anticipated. This could put the
channels for information, and check the Forest Lake School District child in the position of being ahead or behind upon returning. Some
web site: www.forestlake.k12.mn.us for information. Do not call concepts need teacher introduction first, and that is not always
Scandia Elementary, instead call the district hot-line for school possible before the student leaves on a trip. Also, a large percentage
closing @ 982-8143. Please continue to listen after a two hour late of instruction is done through hands-on and/or small group activities.
start announcement for possible school cancellation. Therefore, the teacher can best monitor which material the child
During the 2007-08 school year, the district implemented needs to cover while on vacation and will work with you to plan the
Connect-ED, an automated calling system for families. In the type and amount of homework. Please inform your child’s teacher
event of an emergency, families will be notified by the system and the health office of your vacation plans at least one week
with a phone call. Finally, please be sure that your children are prior to departure by completing a pre-arranged vacation form.
instructed as to what to do in the event of an emergency school These are available in the main office.
dismissal. If you come to school to pick up your child in the event
FIELD TRIPS HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE POLICY #425
Most classes go on a least one field trip a year. These trips are A summary of the School Board policy on harassment is found
designed to broaden the horizons of the educational program which at the end of this handbook.
we are able to offer here on site. Students must pay to cover the cost
of these trips, but if you have difficulty paying for it, please let the HATS
classroom teacher know. Assistance can be provided. Chaperones Hats, caps, or headgear of any kind are not to be worn in the
are always needed, so please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s building at Scandia. They are to be removed at the school doors and
teacher if you can chaperone. See additional information under stored in the student’s backpack or coat area.
HAZING PROHIBITION POLICY - #431
FOOD TREATS A complete copy of the school board policy on hazing is found
The State Department of Health has recommended that food at the end of this handbook.
prepared at home not be brought to school for treats. The reason for
this is to curb the potential spread of infectious hepatitis. HEALTH OFFICE
The Forest Lake School Health Services mission is to promote
the health, safety, and well being of students. District School Nurses
provide professional support to students and families. They assess
the health needs of students and develop health plans. The health
assistants work under the direction and supervision of the District
School Nurses. Health assistants are trained Licensed Practical
is for goals. Nurses (LPN). They provide care for sick or injured students and
administer medications. Health assistants contact parents when
students become ill or injured and consult the school nurses when
GIFTED AND HIGH POTENTIAL PROGRAMS needed. They also keep the attendance records current for the school
The Gifted program serves students who are academically in and record information from the Attendance Hot Line.
the top percentage of the general population. These students can Scandia’s LPN, can be contacted @ 982-3304. Our District School
participate in a variety of activities including Destination Imagination, Nurse can be contacted at 982-3133.
North Suburban Summer Academy, Continental Math League, and
Word Masters. Students identified as academically in the highest HEALTH RECORDS
percentage of their class through academic testing are eligible for the A health record is kept for each student. It follows the child
Cluster Program. Teachers who have “cluster” students in their from kindergarten through grade 12. The health record is updated
classrooms have received training designed to help them meet the each year from information obtained from parents after completing the
needs of these students. health service sheet each fall. Parents should inform the school
regarding their child’s specific health concerns.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR PARENTS
H is for health and happiness.
Visit your school and learn first-hand how your child’s teacher
works with the class.
Assume the responsibility of checking your child’s progress.
Families should access SchoolView regularly.
Stress the importance of regular attendance and punctuality. Shingles: If sore can be covered, no exclusion.
Unnecessary absence from school causes a child to fall behind. Otherwise, until all sores are crusted.
Be prompt in signing and answering notes from school. Fifth Disease: No exclusion
Encourage respect, courtesy and obedience for authority. Cold/Viral Respiratory: 24 hours without fever reducing
Provide your child with background experience, field trips, cultural medication and is well enough to
events, and regular library use. participate in normal activities.
Encourage good home study habits. Provide a regular time and a
quiet area to study. IMMUNIZATIONS
Talk with your children. Encourage them. Be patient with them. Minnesota Statutes 1988, section 123.70, require that all children
Praise them. who are enrolled in a Minnesota school be immunized against
Be certain your child gets proper rest and diet. diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and
Read to and with your children. Help them develop regular reading hepatitus B, allowing for certain specified exemptions.
habits. An immunization record will be kept on file for each student
as required by law.
Sixth grade students have an opportunity to take lessons on
either band or orchestra instruments. A concert is performed in the
spring, but the major emphasis is placed on learning the skills
is for imagination and intelligence. necessary to develop a firm foundation for the junior and senior high
ILLNESS: The following guidelines will help you determine INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM
whether you should keep your child home from school. Please Scandia Elementary was notified this summer that we have met
follow these guidelines as they will prevent endangering your the criteria to become an International Baccalaureate Candidate
child and other children as well. School. This allows us now to work on meeting the requirements to
become a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School.
IF YOUR CHILD HAS: HE/SHE SHOULD STAY HOME UNTIL: To learn more about IB and the accreditation process, please go to
Chickenpox: All sores are dry and crusted. our Scandia web site.
Strep Throat: 24 hours after antibiotic started and
fever is gone. INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
Pinkeye: No exclusion, unless the symptoms are Scandia Elementary utilizes a number of specific interventions
so severe that the child is uncomfortable when a child needs more time and remediation with a subject area.
Impetigo: 24 hours after antibiotics started. Most of these interventions take place in the classroom and are
Lice: Until first treatment is completed and no completed by the classroom teacher. For the 2012-13 school year,
live lice are seen. Scandia will also be using three programs specific to the area of
Stomach “flu”: 24 hours after vomiting and/or diarrhea literacy. Title One, ADSIS, and MN Reading Corps are designed to
have completely stopped assist teachers with students who need additional support in the areas
Fever: 24 hours without fever reducing of literacy. These intervention teachers will work with the students in
medication and out of the classroom until the student meets the criteria for exiting
Ear Infections: 24 hours after fever has passed and/or the program. Research has provided us with data that demonstrates
that these specific programs give our students the additional support
that they need to make adequate progress.
In order to avoid hurt feelings of others please do not send
invitations to be handed out at school. Either mailing or calling will
avoid this problem. This policy was adopted in 1995.
L is for learning.
LABELING CLOTHING & SUPPLIES
Each year many children lose or misplace articles of clothing such
as boots, caps, mittens, etc. We encourage you to permanently label
J is the for . . .
each article of outer clothing, notebooks, pencil boxes, lunch
boxes/bags, etc. to assist in locating the owner.
See Media Center.
JOY that comes from watching children learn and grow. LOST AND FOUND
The lost and found items are located in the coat room near the
cafeteria. If your child has lost an article, please encourage him/her to
check the lost and found box. Items are put on display several times
during the year, and students are able to view the entire contents of
the box and retrieve lost items. The remaining items are then taken to
is for kindness and knowledge.
LUNCH & MILK PROGRAM
Children in grades K-6 have the option of eating a hot lunch,
KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP alternate lunch, or bringing a bag lunch from home. A “Hot
Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for February 4, 2013. Lunch/Breakfast Menu” will be sent home with all students in grades
The purpose of the Kindergarten Round-Up is for parents to register K-6 each month.
all children who will be kindergarten students during the 2012-13 If they bring a bag lunch, they can purchase milk to have with their
school year and to gain more information about our kindergarten lunch. When children buy a school lunch, milk is served as part of the
program. Enrollment packets will be mailed to eligible families during lunch cost. Lunch and milk prices are listed on the monthly menu. Our
the month of January explaining the specifics of the kindergarten computerized ticket system works very much like a bank account.
enrollment process. Incoming kindergarten students will come to Each payment should be enclosed in an envelope well marked with
Scandia Elementary in early August for our “Meet and Greet” session. the student’s name. A check should be made out to “Forest Lake
Area Schools” and include the child’s PIN (Personal Identification
Number). Students will receive their PIN numbers at the beginning of
the school year. To make the system run smoothly and efficiently,
sufficient funds must be prepaid in the accounts. All students are
expected to memorize their PIN numbers.
You may also pay online using PAMS Lunchroom. Call 1-888-994-
5100 for details or go to the Forest Lake Area Schools web site for
further information @ www.forestlake.k12.mn.us
Any questions can be directed to Paula Jarousek our head cook at
Free and reduced-priced lunch information is available in the office or is for multicultural education.
by calling the Food Service Dept. @ 982-8395 to request that it be
sent to you. This may be done at any time during the school year.
11:30 – 12:15 …… Grade 1 12:00 – 12:45 …… Grade 3 12:30 – 1:15 …… Grade 5 The Media Center is an integral part of our school. A
11:45 – 12:30 …… Grade 2 12:15 - 1:00 …… Grade 4 12:45 - 1:30 …… Grade 6 computerized card catalog and circulation system allows users to
1:00 – 1:45 Kindergarten quickly find and check out any of the materials in the collection.
Besides using the Media Center as a source of information, pupils are
BREAKFAST, LUNCH & MILK COSTS encouraged to develop an appreciation of good literature and the joy
Lunch – Adult: $3.00 Students: $2.10 Milk: $.30 of reading for pleasure. The media curriculum is designed to help
Breakfast – Adults: $1.80 Students: $1.20 students become lifelong learners and library users. In addition to
checking out materials, students come to the Media Center for
LUNCHROOM EXPECTATIONS lessons in reference, research, library organization, and literature
Responsibility for keeping the cafeteria tidy rests with everyone enrichment. Parents are encouraged to visit our Media Center and to
who uses it. Children are expected to: take advantage of the many materials that are available, including our
Follow the cafeteria supervisor’s standards. Parent Resource Library.
Keep our hands to ourselves.
Use indoor voices. MEDICATION
Raise our hands for dismissal or to ask a question. District #831 has a medication policy that was adopted November
Respect each other, ourselves, and the environment. 19, 1979. No medications are given in school without a medical
authorization form. This includes over the counter medications
LYCEUMS such as Tylenol or Advil. These authorization forms can be obtained
Lyceums are held to teach, honor, entertain, celebrate, and display from the health office. The medication must be in a prescription bottle
school spirit. Each Scandia student is obligated to show courtesy to accompanied by doctor’s orders. Parents must bring medication to
the other individuals in the school and to the lyceum presenters. school rather than sending it on the bus with the child.
Students will be instructed on understanding the type of audience
participation that is acceptable at the event. MESSAGES VIA VOICE MAIL OR E-MAIL
Please do not leave messages on a teacher’s voice mail or e-
mail if they relate to any time-sensitive information such as a change
in the normal routine about how your child is to be transported after
school. Teachers rarely have time to check their voice mail or e-mail
before the school day is over, and they will most likely miss this
important information. Call the office at 982-3300 to leave time-
MONEY SENT TO SCHOOL
It is not advisable for students to bring money to school.
Money for lunch or other school-sanctioned reasons should be sent in
a sealed envelope clearly marked with the student’s name and
purpose. Please use checks, and make them out to the proper
organizations. If checks are returned to us from your bank unpaid is for opportunity.
(NSF, Account Closed, etc.), we reserve the right to request only cash
payments for future expenses.
OLWEUS BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM
MUSIC Scandia Elementary School implemented the Olweus Prevention
Each class meets twice a week for 30 minutes with the music Program during the 2007-08 school year. The program is designed to
specialist in grades K-5. Students in grade 6 will choose their music improve the existing school environment by reducing opportunities for
program from the band, orchestra, or general music offerings. bullying and improving peer relationships. Students, staff, and
Students learn music appreciation, music theory and music history. community members are trained to identify bullying and how they can
They sing and play instruments to songs from a variety of cultures. help stop it. During the 2008-09 school year, the Peaceful School Bus
component was also added to support and build cooperation between
students, the school, and the bus drivers. To learn more about the
district’s Olweus program go to the district’s web site and click on
N is for nation and neighborhood.
Teaching & Learning and Diversity. Carolyn Carr Latady is the Family
Support Advocate in the district and she is available at 651-982-8350
to answer questions concerning Olweus and diversity within Forest
Lake Area Schools.
NEWSLETTER See Instrumental Music
On the first Friday of each month the “Scandia Scoop” is
published online. It includes important information you will want to
know for the current month. Please notify the office if you need the
“Scoop” to be sent home with your child in a paper format.
is for parents
Between the ages of birth and 21, children spend just 9% of
their time in school. Obviously, parents are their children’s most
important teachers! Parental involvement is the biggest indication of a
child’s success in school. It’s great if you can actually be in school, but
parental involvement doesn’t just have to be limited to the physical
space of a school. Read to your child! Listen to them! Ask them about
their school activities! Encourage regular school attendance! Your upon presentation of a written statement from a doctor which gives
child will know that you think education is important. the reason and the term for the excuse. A student may be temporarily
excused from physical education upon request of the parent or
PARKING recommendation of the school nurse.
Because our parking lot is small and often congested, we ask
that you park only in the designated areas in the center and north side PICKING UP STUDENTS
of the parking lot. Student drop off/pick up will be by Door #4, on the Parents, please pick up students by Door #4 on the north side
north side of the building. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly of the building after school between 3:30 and 3:40. Students
appreciated. remaining after 3:40 will be escorted to the office to wait and/or call
parents. If you need to pick up your student before the end of the
PESTICIDE NOTICE school day, please come to the office first to sign out your child and
Pursuant to the Minnesota Statute requiring schools to inform we will have the student come to the front office. Teachers are not
parents and guardians when certain pesticides are applied on school allowed to release a child directly to any adult. This will ensure the
property we are providing you with the following information: safety of everyone.
Spraying in the building: This is done only in the kitchen areas of
the building by a licensed commercial applicator. Time schedule is PICTURE DAY
one day per month. The specific schedule is on file in the cafeteria. School pictures will be taken on Aug. 29, 2012, during Open
Spraying outside the building: We use an environmentally friendly House from 4:30-7:00. Life Touch will be taking the pictures again this
organic fertilizer. The broad leaf weed control product is labeled a year. If you are unable to attend Open House, there will be a retake
“category 4” product which means the EPA considers this a non toxic day on Oct. 10. Spring Pictures will be on March 25.
product. Application is in the summer and areas will be adequately
signed when the product is applied. PSYCHOLOGIST
Emergency spraying: For the control of bees and wasps we will use Scandia Elementary has a part-time school psychologist who
an insecticide as needed in the specific area of the problem such as provides a broad spectrum of services. Students may receive support
around the garbage dumpsters. through classroom presentations, small group involvement, or
individual academic testing. The main objective is, however, to be a
part of the team than can make school a successful experience for all
PERMISSION TO PHOTOGRAPH students.
District #831 and Scandia Elementary may photograph and/or video
tape your child for newsletters, district web sites, and out-of-district PTO (PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION)
purposes including but not limited to the Forest Lake Times, Forest The primary purpose of the Scandia PTO is to encourage and
Lake Press, and the Country Messenger. If you do not want your maintain interest, understanding, and communication among the
child’s photograph to be used for any purpose, notify the students’ parents and faculty. A secondary purpose is to act as a
principal as well as the District Office in writing within the first fundraising organization for the improvement of the educational needs
week of school. of Scandia’s students. The PTO is always looking for more parents to
become involved in support of the education at Scandia Elementary.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION Involvement takes different forms for each family. Please let us know
Each class has a scheduled activity period of 30 minutes each how you would like to be a part of the school community. PTO
day. The teaching is done through a coordinated program between meetings are usually held at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each
the physical education consultant and classroom teacher. For the month. They are advertised in the monthly “Scoop” prior to each
safety of the student it is requested that each child has a pair of tennis meeting. PTO meetings provide an opportunity for parents to become
shoes. A student may be excused from physical education classes
informed about what is going on at Scandia Elementary and to offer REGISTRATION
input. It is also a time to get to know other parents and staff members. Parents may register their children in the school office anytime
during the year. We encourage parents to register in person and bring
The 2012-13 Scandia PTO Officers are: their children, so that we can give everyone a warm welcome. If a
Eileen Lay– President personal visit is inconvenient, the forms can be mailed. Office hours
Scott Schmoll – Vice President are from 7:30 – 4:00p.m. Please urge new families in your
April Johnsen– Secretary neighborhood to register their children before the first day of school.
Mike Goeken– Treasurer
Thanks to this year’s PTO board for their outstanding contributions to Report cards are sent home two times a year at the end of the
our school! 1st and 2nd semesters, which are in January and June. Parent-
Teacher conferences are held in October and March. See
REQUESTING TEACHERS FOR NEXT YEAR
See “Classroom Placement”
is for questions. RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM
Scandia Elementary School follows the Responsive
Classroom approach to teaching and learning that fosters safe,
A wise question is half of knowledge. challenging, and joyful classrooms. Developed by classroom teachers
--Lord Bacon it consists of practical strategies to bring together the social and
academic learning during the school day. Teachers have been trained
during the summer through a joint effort of Forest Lake Schools,
SEEF, and the Scandia PTO. Responsive Classroom is based on the
principles of Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and
Self-Control (CARES.) The classroom components which teach these
skills are: morning meeting, rules and logical consequences, guided
is for respect and responsibility. discovery, classroom organization, academic choice, and family
communication. The trained teachers apply these techniques
throughout the school year and serve as mentors to others who are
interested in further training.
We believe students need the fresh air and physical activity,
and therefore, all students will go outside for their assigned grade
Teaching and modeling good behavior choices are
level recess time. Please be sure your child is properly dressed for
components of the discipline program of “Building a Responsive and
the various weather conditions. During winter months, this includes
Respectful Community at Scandia Elementary.” Often learning about
wearing a hat or ear band, mittens, boots, and warm outerwear.
making good behavior choices takes place on the playground. Usually
Students will go outside unless the temperature/wind chill is below -10
a reminder or two is enough to help the student in changing the
degrees. We encourage you not to excuse students from recess
disruptive behavior. However, when a student needs additional
unless absolutely necessary due to medical reasons, and we request
support in making those choices, Scandia has a “restorative justice”
a written note from you.
program in place. After the student is sent out of recess, he/she will
go to the office to process with either the principal or the school SPECIAL EDUCATION
counselor about the choices that were made at recess. Then the Forest Lake Area Schools are committed to fulfilling the
student will be assigned to a teacher and will assist that teacher in the obligations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
classroom for the next few days during recess. By doing something and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The fundamental principles
positive for Scandia Elementary the student will have the time to behind these federal laws are that students with disabilities are
reflect on the behavior so when he/she returns to the playground, it provided a free and appropriate public education in the least
will be with a “restored” positive and cooperative attitude. restrictive environment. This means that the district has systems in
place to identify, evaluate, and provide educational services to
students with disabilities in a manner that is as similar to their non-
disabled peers as deemed appropriate.
Parents and students have a right to request an evaluation if they
suspect the student has a disability that affects their educational
progress. The district employs licensed special education teachers,
is for students therapists, and psychologists to conduct the evaluations. Parents and
students have right to be a part of the educational team that
determines the methods of evaluation, the interpretation of the
SAFETY evaluation results, and the development of the Individual Education
All side doors are locked during the school day. Visitors must Program (IEP) or 504 Plan should one be required. Parents and
enter through the front doors and check in at the office. students who have questions regarding the process can contact the
school principal or the Director of Special Education at 651-982-8131.
SCHOOL AGE CARE
School Age Care (SAC) provides in-school childcare for children
who attend kindergarten through grade 6 in ISD #831 Forest Lake STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Schools. Care is available before school starting at 6:00 a.m. and These brochures are sent home with each student the first week
after school until 6:00 p.m. Care also is available on days when of school. Please discuss this with your student. If you did not receive
school is not in session (parent-teacher conference days, mid-winter one, please notify the school, and one will be sent to you.
break, etc.). Children may enroll on a full-time, part-time or an
occasional use basis. STUDENT TECHNOLOGY USER GUIDELINES – A SUMMARY
SAC offers supervised activities in a fun, stimulating environment. Students are to utilize the technology systems for educational
The program goal is to serve the needs of working parents by purposes. Misuse of technology may result in restrictions and/or other
providing safe, appropriate, and supervised child care. consequences up to and including expulsion as well as civil or
If you would like more information about School Age Care, please criminal penalties that may be imposed by law. The full version of the
call the SAC Supervisor at 982-8364. Information Resources Security and Appropriate Use Guidelines is
available in all building Media Centers.
SMOKE FREE POLICY
A policy on smoke free grounds was passed in 1989. The Forest STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Lake School district is dedicated to providing a healthy environment. 1. Follow all school building and district policies
There is no smoking in any district owned buildings, vehicles, or on 2. Log in only as authorized* (Don’t log in as someone else)
any school or district owned grounds. 3. Log out before leaving the computer
4. Respect the privacy of other users
5. Don’t share passwords or write them down
6. Use creative passwords and change them regularly if applicable
7. Follow copyright and license laws
8. Reference materials you use (Cite your sources)
9. Choose key search words carefully when searching the Internet
10. Never give out personal information – such as full name, phone
number or address
11. Limit printing as much as possible is for talent and teaching
12. Model appropriate use for others
13. Maintain a backup of important files when appropriate
14. Report concerns of inappropriate or illegal activity to a teacher or TARDY TO SCHOOL
administrator A student will be considered tardy to school if he/she is not in
class when the bells ring at 9:15. Students who arrive after that time
Acceptable Use need to go to the office and have a parent sign them in. Students will
1. Use for school projects, including research, word processing, etc. be given a slip to show their teacher the time they have checked in.
2. Use in support of extra-curricular activities
3. Use for personal research and/or personal goals that fit within the TELEPHONES
appropriate use guidelines, provided the technology is not needed Students are not authorized to use school telephones or cell
for one of the above activities phones without permission from a staff member. We do not have
enough telephone lines in the building to allow students to have
Unacceptable Use unlimited access. This is especially important considering the
1. Attempt to bypass or alter computer security possibility that a phone line may be needed to dial 911.
2. Attempt, assist in or gain unauthorized* access (intentional or
3. Modify computer configuration (wallpaper, sounds, etc.) ISD #831 uses two different standardized tests in the elementary
4. Request, access, transfer, copy or store inappropriate messages grades. The NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is given
or materials to students in grades K-6 three times a year to measure a student’s
5. Use or store unauthorized programs on school machines academic growth in the areas of reading and mathematics. State
6. Install or download software without authorization* assessments (MCA’s) are utilized for grades 3 – 6 to measure a
7. Use technology resources for commercial, personal profit or illegal school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading and
enterprises mathematics. Questions concerning the district’s testing program can
8. Any other act that hinders the use of technology by students and be directed to the building principal or to Lloyd Komatsu, District
staff Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator, at 651-982-8158.
Any information stored or in use on district resources can and THINGS TO BRING TO SCHOOL
may be reviewed and/or removed by district personnel. Please have your children bring appropriate clothing such as
jackets, mittens, boots, stocking caps, and gym shoes as needed.
School supply lists are available from the teacher or in the school
THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOME
Please tell your children not to bring skateboards, rollerblades,
hard balls or bats, small toys, and electronic devices for use out on
the playground. Also, trading of cards of any sort is prohibited. Thank
you in advance for supporting our efforts to keep distractions here at VISITS TO SCHOOL
school to a minimum. Parents are urged to visit the classrooms and support the staff in
the classroom. Please notify the teacher in advance so your time
Often students will want to listen to personal stereos, iPods, or here at Scandia is well spent for you and the classroom. Also, please
other handheld electronic devices while on the bus. Please be limit visits during the first few weeks of school as the students and
advised that students do so at their own risk as far as for safety teachers are learning new routines and developing a classroom
to the equipment or the possibility of theft. These items will be climate. If you wish to telephone a teacher, the best time is between
stored in the student’s backpack during the school day and not 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. We prefer that you not ask to consult with
brought out for recess including indoor recess. the teachers when they are instructing students or as the school day
begins or ends. The staff values your time and are more than willing
TRUANCY to make appointments with you for a conference whether in person,
See “Attendance Guidelines for Scandia Elementary and Washington on the telephone, or via email. Please see the staff directory in the
County.” front of the handbook for each staff member’s telephone or email
To insure a safe learning environment for our students Scandia
Elementary has a security plan into effect. All visitors to our school
(including parents) MUST enter our front door (Door #1), sign in at the
is for . . . office, receive a visitor sticker, and will be directed to the teacher or
class they wish to see. The visitor ID will help students and staff
identify all of the adults in our building. Anyone not wearing a sticker
UNDERSTANDING….. will be directed to the office.
which often only comes after sincere effort. Scandia Elementary will make every effort to see that classes are
not interrupted while in session for the admission of guests.
(It is distracting for students and staff when parents wait outside
classrooms. We ask that you wait in our office area for your student.)
Non-enrolled children are not allowed to spend the day visiting a
classroom. Former students are always welcome to visit AFTER 3:30.
Remember when picking up students towards the end of the day,
please come to the office and we will send for the student. Teachers
is for volunteers! are instructed not to release students to any adult.
We encourage parental involvement here at Scandia Elementary
School. Studies show that when parents are involved with their child’s
VISION & HEARING SCREENING
education, the student understands the importance of doing his/her
Vision and hearing screening will be completed according to State
best. There are many areas in which to participate, from the
Health Department recommendations. Students in grades 1, 3, and 5
classroom to the Media Center to the music room and gymnasium. If
are screened each year. Parents will be notified by the school if a
you are interested in aiding Scandia’s students in any way, please call
professional examination is necessary. Contact the school for special
our school office and we will connect you with our Classroom
vision and hearing screening requests.
Volunteer Coordinator. Classroom volunteers will be matched in
rooms where the teacher requests assistance at a specific day and
time. Hats off to our Volunteers!!
. is for “X-TRA”. . .
is for work and the world. “X-traordinary”
Extraordinary parents who are part of the Scandia Elementary
WALKING AND BIKING TO SCHOOL
Please see “Biking and Walking to School.”
What we want you to feel anytime you come to school!
WEAPONS POLICY #532
The School District’s complete weapons policy is in the back of
Y is for YES . . .
this handbook. Please stress with your students that such items Yes…..
as small pocket knives, Swiss Army knives, and pen knives are You are always welcome at Scandia Elementary School.
not allowed in school.
WEATHER INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL CLOSINGS
Please refer to Emergency School Closings in this handbook.
The Scandia web site has an abundance of helpful and interesting
information that is updated regularly. Go to
Z is for Ziegelski and Zuniga…
Families who may be last in our alphabetical listings at
www.sc.forestlake.k12.mn.us to see the latest news from Scandia
Scandia Elementary, but they are first class examples of the kinds of
Elementary! You can receive updates through our “Constant Contact”
Families that make Scandia a special place.
e-newsletter. Please sign up on our Home Page under “Join our E-
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #831 – SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY
HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE POLICY
I. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
It is the policy of Independent School District No. 831 (the “School District”) to maintain
a learning and working environment that is free from religious, racial or sexual harassment
and violence. The School District prohibits any form of religious, racial or sexual
harassment and violence.
It shall be a violation of this policy for any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school
personnel of the School District to harass a pupil, teacher, administrator or other school
personnel through conduct or communication of a sexual nature or regarding religion and
race as defined by this policy. For purposes of this policy, school personnel includes
school board members, school employees, agents, volunteers, or other persons subject to
the supervision and control of the District.
It shall be a violation of this policy for any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school
personnel of the School District to inflict, threaten to inflict, or attempt to inflict religious,
racial or sexual violence upon any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel.
The School District will act to investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal
or written, of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence, and to discipline or take
appropriate action against any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel who
is found to have violated this policy.
II. RELIGIOUS, RACIAL AND SEXUAL/GENDER HARASSMENT AND
A. Sexual/Gender Harassment: Definition. Sexual/Gender harassment includes
unwelcome physical or verbal conduct relating to an individual’s gender or directed at an
individual because of gender; unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors,
sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or 1. touching, patting, grabbing or pinching another person’s intimate parts, whether
communication of a sexual or gender biased nature when: that person is of the same sex or the opposite sex;
1. Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either 2. coercing, forcing or attempting to coerce or force the touching of anyone’s
explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment, or of obtaining an intimate parts;
3. coercing, forcing or attempting to coerce or force a sexual act on another; or
2. submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used
as a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment or education; or 4. threatening to force or coerce sexual acts, including the touching of intimate
parts or intercourse, on another.
3. that conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or
unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or education, or creating C. Racial Harassment/Racial Bias: Definition. Racial harassment and racial bias occur
an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or education environment. when:
1. Submission to conduct or communications of a racially derogatory, harassing
or biased nature is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of
obtaining or retaining employment , or of obtaining an education; or
Examples of sexual/gender harassment may include but are not limited to: 2. Submission to or rejection of conduct or communications of a racially derogatory,
harassing or biased nature by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting
i. unwelcome verbal harassment or abuse; that individual’s employment or education; or
ii. unwelcome pressure for sexual activity;
3. The conduct or communication of a racially derogatory, harassing or biased nature
iii. unwelcome, sexually motivated or inappropriate patting, pinching or has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s
physical contact, other than necessary restraint of pupil(s) by teachers, employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive
administrators or other school personnel to avoid physical harm to persons employment or education environment or otherwise adversely affects an individual’s
or property; employment or academic opportunities.
iv. unwelcome sexual behavior or words, including demands for sexual D. Racial Violence: Definition. Racial violence is a physical act of aggression or assault
favors, accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning an upon another because of, or in a manner reasonably related to, race.
individual’s employment or educational status;
v. unwelcome sexual behavior or words, including demands for sexual E. Religious Harassment/Bias: Definition. Religious harassment/bias occurs when:
favors, accompanied by implied or overt promises or preferential
treatment with regard to an individual’s employment or educational status, 1. Submission to conduct or communications of a religiously derogatory,
or harassing or biased nature is made a term or condition, either explicitly or
vi. any sexually motivated unwelcome touching; implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment, or of obtaining an education;
vii. distribution or display of written materials, pictures or other graphics of a
sexual or gender biased nature.
2. Submission to or rejection of conduct or communications of a religiously
derogatory, harassing or biased nature by an individual is used as a factor in
viii. other unwelcome behavior or words directed at an individual because of
decisions affecting that individual’s employment or education; or
3. The conduct or communication of a religiously derogatory, harassing or biased
B. Sexual Violence: Definition: Sexual violence is a physical act of aggression or force or
nature has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s
the threat thereof which involves the touching of another’s intimate parts, or forcing a
employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive
person to touch any person’s intimate parts including the genital area, groin, inner thigh,
employment or education environment.
buttocks or breasts, as well as the clothing covering these areas.
F. Religious Violence: Definition. Religious violence is a physical act of aggression or
Sexual violence may include, but is not limited to:
assault upon another because of, or in a manner reasonably related to, religion.
G. Assault: Definition. Assault is: B. District-Wide. The School Board hereby designates the Director of
Administration and Human Resources and the Director of Special Education as
1. an act done with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or the School District Human Rights Officers to receive reports or complaints of
death; religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence. If the complaint involves a
2. the intentional infliction of or attempt to inflict bodily harm upon another; or Human Rights Officer, the complaint shall be filed directly with the
3. the threat to do bodily harm to another with present ability to carry out the Superintendent. The School District shall conspicuously post the name of the
threat. Human Rights Officers, including mailing addresses and telephone numbers.
H. Applicability. Harassment may occur: C. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of religious, racial or sexual
harassment or violence will not affect the complainant or reporter’s future
1. Between a supervisor and an employer; employment, grades or work assignments.
2. Between co-employees;
3. Between an employee or supervisor and a student; D. Use of formal reporting forms is not mandatory.
4. Between student
5. Between students and members of the community who are participating in or
attending school activities or who are on school grounds; E. The School District will process complaints made under this policy as
6. Between employees and members of the community who are participating in or discreetly as possible, consistent with the School District’s legal obligations
attending school activities or who are on school grounds. and the necessity to investigate allegations of discriminatory harassment and
violence and take disciplinary action when the conduct has occurred.
III. REPORTING PROCEDURES
Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of religious, racial or sexual
harassment or violence by a pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel A. By authority of the School District, the Human Rights Officers, upon receipt of
of the School District, or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may a report or complaint alleging religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence,
constitute religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence toward a pupil, teacher, shall immediately undertake or authorize an investigation. The investigation
administrator or other school personnel should report the alleged acts immediately to may be conducted by School District officials or by a third party designated by
an appropriate School District official designated by this policy. The School District the School District.
encourages the reporting party or complainant to use the report form available from
the principal of each building or available from the School District office, but oral B. The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the complainant, the
reports shall be considered complaints as well. Nothing in this policy shall prevent individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and others who may have
any person from reporting harassment or violence directly to a District Human knowledge of the alleged incident(s) or circumstances giving rise to the
Rights Officer or to the Superintendent. complaint. The investigation may also consist of any other methods and
documents deemed pertinent by the investigator.
A. In Each School Building. The building principal is the person responsible for
receiving oral or written reports of religious, racial or sexual harassment or C. In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes a violation of this policy,
violence at the building level. Any adult School District personnel who the School District should consider the surrounding circumstances, the nature
receives a report of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence shall of the behavior, past incidents or past or continuing patterns of behavior, the
inform the building principal immediately. relationships between parties involved and the context in which the alleged
incidents occurred. Whether a particular action or incident constitutes a
Upon receipt of a report, the principal must notify the School District Human violation of this policy requires a determination based on all the facts and the
Rights Officers immediately, without screening or investigating the report. The surrounding circumstances.
principal may request, but may not insist upon, a written complaint. A written
statement of the facts alleged will be forwarded as soon as practicable by the D. In addition, the School District may take immediate steps, at its discretion, to
principal to the Human Rights Officers. If the report was given verbally, the protect the complainant, pupils, teachers, administrators or other school
principal shall personally reduce it to written form within 24 hours and forward personnel pending completion of an investigation of alleged religious, racial or
it to the Human Rights Officers. Failure to forward any harassment or violence sexual harassment or violence.
report or complaint as provided herein will result in disciplinary action against
the principal. If the complaint involves the building principal, the complaint E. The School District Human Rights Officers shall make a written report to the
shall be made or filed directly with the Superintendent of the School District Superintendent upon completion of the investigation. If the complaint involves
Human Rights Officers by the reporting party or complainant. the Superintendent, the report may be filed directly with the School Board. The
report shall include a determination of whether the allegations have been
substantiated as factual and whether they appear to be violations of this policy.
V. SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION B. This policy shall appear in the student handbook.
A. The School District will take such action as appropriate based on the results of C. The School District will develop a method of discussing this policy with
the investigation. In the event that the investigation establishes that a violation students and employees.
of this policy has occurred, disciplinary action may be taken.
D. This policy shall be reviewed at least annually for compliance with state and
B. Consistent with the requirements of the Minnesota Government Data Practices federal laws.
Act, Minnesota Statutes §13.01 et. seq., the results of the School District’s
investigation will be made available to the complainant.
The School District will discipline or take appropriate action against any pupil,
teacher, administrator or other school personnel who retaliates against any person
who reports alleged religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence or any person
who testifies, assists or participates in an investigation, or who testifies, assists or
participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such harassment or violence.
Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or HAZING PROHIBITION
harassment. I. PURPOSE
VII. HARASSMENT OR VIOLENCE AS ABUSE The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe learning environment for students and staff that
is free from hazing. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of
Under certain circumstances, harassment or violence may constitute child abuse or the school district and are prohibited at all times.
neglect. Individuals responsible for a child’s care, including teachers, school
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
administrators and other lawful custodians of a child have a duty to report suspected
child abuse or neglect, pursuant to Minnesota Statues §626.556, Reporting A. No student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor or other employee of the
Maltreatment of Minors. school district shall plan, direct, encourage, aid or engage in hazing.
VIII. DISCIPLINE B. No teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor or other employee of the school
district shall permit, condone or tolerate hazing.
Any School District action taken against a student or employee pursuant to this
C. Apparent permission or consent by a person being hazed does not lessen the
policy shall be consistent with the requirements of:
prohibitions contained in this policy.
A. Applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements; D. This policy applies to behavior that occurs on or off school property and during and
after school hours.
B. School District Policies;
E. A person who engages in an act that violates school policy or law in order to be
C. The pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minnesota Statutes §127.26; initiated into or affiliated with a student organization shall be subject to discipline
for that act.
D. Student Conduct Code;
F. The school district will act to investigate all complaints of hazing and will
discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator,
E. State and Federal Law. volunteer, contractor or other employee of the school district who is found to have
violated this policy.
The School District will take such disciplinary action it deems necessary and
appropriate, including warning, suspension, immediate discharge or expulsion to end III. DEFINITIONS
discriminatory harassment and violence and prevent its recurrence.
A. “Hazing” means committing an act against a student, or coercing a student into
committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person, in order for
IX. DISSEMINATION OF POLICY AND TRAINING
the student to be initiated or affiliated with a student organization, or for any other
purpose. The term hazing includes, but is not limited to:
A. This policy shall be conspicuously posted throughout each school building in
areas accessible to pupils and staff members.
1. Any type of physical brutality such as whipping, beating, striking, discipline prohibited behavior. School district action taken for violation of this
branding, electronic shocking or placing a harmful substance on the policy will be consistent with the requirements of applicable collective bargaining
body. agreements, applicable statutory authority, including the Minnesota Pupil Fair
Dismissal Act, school district policies and regulations.
2. Any type of physical activity such as sleep deprivation, exposure to
weather, confinement in a restricted area, calisthenics or other activity VI. REPRISAL
that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that
adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student. The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher,
administrator, volunteer, contractor or other employee of the school district who retaliates
3. Any activity involving the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, drug, against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged hazing or against any person who
tobacco product or any other food, liquid, or substance that subjects the testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, or against any person who testifies, assists
student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such hazing. Retaliation includes, but is
mental or physical health or safety of the student. not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.
4. Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that VII. DISSEMINATION OF POLICY
subjects a student to extreme mental stress, embarrassment, shame or
humiliation, that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the This policy shall appear in each school’s student handbook and in each school’s
student or discourages the student from remaining in school. building and staff handbooks.
5. Any activity that causes or requires the student to perform a task that
involves violation of state or federal law or school district policies, or
IV. REPORTING PROCEDIRES
A. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of hazing or any person with
knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute hazing shall report the alleged
acts immediately to a district employee who shall report the complaint to a school
B. A building principal is the person responsible for receiving reports of hazing at the
building level. That principal must notify the School District Human Rights’
Officer(s) of such reports. Any person may report hazing directly to a school
district human rights’ officer or to the superintendent.
C. Teachers, administrators, volunteers, contractors and other employees of the school
district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances or events
which might include hazing. Any such person who receives a report of, observes,
or has other knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute hazing shall
inform a building principal immediately.
D. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of hazing will not affect the
complainant or reporter’s future employment, grades or work assignments.
V. SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION
A. Upon receipt of a complaint or report of hazing, the school district shall undertake
or authorize an investigation by school district officials or a third party designated
by the school district.
B. The school district may take immediate steps, at its discretion, to protect the
complainant, report, students, or others pending completion of an investigation of
C. Upon completion of the investigation, the school district will take appropriate
action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, warning, suspension,
exclusion, expulsion, transfer, remediation, termination or discharge. Disciplinary
consequences will be sufficiently severe to deter violations and to appropriately