Policies are established by the Board of Education to ensure that Bloomington Public Schools responds to its mission and operates in an effective, efficient, and consistent manner. Policies define the desire and intent of the School Board.
The School Board has the jurisdiction to legislate policy for the School District with the force and effect of law. School Board policy provides the general direction as to what the School Board wishes to accomplish while delegating implementation of policy to the administration. A regulation contains administration's guidelines for the operational implementation of the respective Board policy.
The School Board and District Administration are highlighting two policies concerning a safe learning environment for students: Policy 413 Harassment & Violence, and Policy 514 Bullying Prohibition.
Currently, Policy 413 is under review. With input from the Latino Parent Association and the Somali Parent Network, revisions were reviewed and accepted by the School Board’s Policy Committee and will be presented for approval by the full School Board at its meeting on Feb. 27, 2017.
The policies described here are not conditions of employment, and the language is not intended to create a contract between the Bloomington Public Schools and its employees.
100 Policies: School District
200 Policies: Board of Directors
300 Policies: Administration
400 Policies: Personnel
500 Policies: Students
600 Policies: Education Program
700 Policies: Non-Instructional Operations
800 Policies: Buildings & Sites
900 Policies: School/Community Relations
102: Equal Educational Opportunity
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that equal educational opportunity is provided for all students of the school District.
200 Policies: Board of Directors
202: Board Elections
203 Board Sessions
The purpose of this Policy is o ensure that School Board sessions (meetings and study sessions) are conducted in an orderly fashion that allows Board members to participate in discussion and act upon District matters necessary to accomplish the mission of the Bloomington Public Schools.
208: School Board Policies
The purpose of this Policy is to define how the Board fulfills its responsibility of establishing and maintaining School Board Policies.
The purpose of this policy is to establish a process for formulating, updating, and deleting Regulations.
214 Out-of-State Travel by Board Memebers
The purpose of this Policy is to control out-of-state travel by School Board members as required by law.
300 Policies: Administration
400 Policies: Personnel
401: Equal Employment Opportunity
The purpose of this Policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants for District employment and District employees.
402: Disability Nondiscrimination
The purpose of this Policy is to provide a fair employment setting for all persons and to comply with state and federal law.
406: Public and Private Personnel Data
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidance to the employees of Independent School District 271 as to the data the District collects and maintains regarding its personnel.
407: Environmental Health and Safety Standards
The purpose of this Policy is to comply with the statutory requirement of having an environmental health and safety policy.
408: Work Related Subpoena of a School District Employee
The purpose of this Policy is to protect the privacy rights of school district employees and students under both state and federal law when requested to testify or provide educational records for a judicial or administrative proceeding.
410: Family and Medical Leave
The purpose of this Policy is to provide for family and medical leave to school district employees in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and also with parenting leave under the law.
412: Expenses Reimbursement
The purpose of this Policy is to set expectations for a system for reimbursing employees for qualifying business expenses.
413: Harassment and Violence
The purpose of this Policy is to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment and violence on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, familial status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability. This is a mandatory policy, and should be updated annually to reflect changing Federal and State laws.
414: Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse
The purpose of this Policy is to make clear statutory requirements and District procedures for reporting suspected child neglect or physical or sexual abuse.
416: Drug and Alcohol Testing
The purpose of this Policy is to provide authority so that the School Board may require all employees and/or job applicants to submit to drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the provisions of this Policy and as provided in federal law and Minn. Stat. §§ 181.950-181.957.
417: Chemical Use & Abuse
The purpose of this Policy is to assist the District in its goal to prevent chemical use and abuse by providing procedures for education and intervention.
418: Drug Free Workplace Drug Free School
The purpose of this Policy is to maintain a safe and healthful environment for staff and students by prohibiting the use of alcohol, toxic substances and controlled substances without a physician’s prescription.
419: Tobacco-Free Environment
The purpose of this Policy is to maintain a learning and working environment that is tobacco free.
420: Communicable Diseases
The purpose of this Policy is to promote and protect the health and safety of our students and staff by implementing guidelines for communicable disease prevention and education. This Policy is intended to provide guidance for district staff members, reassurance to families and the community, and support for persons with communicable diseases including but not limited to HIV/AIDS.
424: License Status
The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that qualified teachers are employed by the District and to fulfill its duty to ascertain the licensure status of its teachers. A school board that employs a teacher who does not hold a valid teaching license or permit places itself at risk for a reduction in state aid. This Policy does not negate a teacher’s duty and responsibility to maintain a current and valid teaching license.
426: Nepotism in Employment
The purpose of this Policy is to establish consistent employment guidelines and to prevent situations where an individual may have or be perceived to have unfair influence over the career development, work assignments, work direction, performance reviews, or compensation of a family member who is also employed by the District.
427: Workload Limits for Certain Special Education Teachers
The purpose of this Policy is to establish general parameters for determining the workload limits of special education staff who provide services to children with disabilities receiving direct special education services 60 percent or less of the instructional day.
430: Student Teachers
The Board recognizes the importance of collaborating with institutions of higher learning to assist in the preparation of future teachers. The District will ensure this process is conducted in a manner that benefits Bloomington students.
450: Professional Staff Development
The purpose of this Policy is to establish opportunities for professional development of the staff that advance their ability to work effectively with students via local, state, and federal standards.
452: Jury Duty
District employees who are summoned for jury service will be paid their regular basic wages contingent upon the employee remitting to the District the compensation for jury duty services.
455: Recognition of Service Upon Seperation
The purpose of the Policy is to set forth guidelines for recognition of service by an employee leaving the employment of the School District.
500 Policies: Students
501: Weapon-Free Schools
The purpose of this Policy is to assure a safe school environment for students, staff and the public.
502: Search of Student Lockers, Desks, Personal Possessions and Student's Person
The purpose of this Policy is to provide for a safe and healthful educational environment by enforcing the District’s Policies against contraband.
503: Student Attendance
The School Board believes that regular school attendance is directly related to success in academic work, benefits students socially, provides opportunities for important communications between teachers and students, and establishes regular habits of dependability important to the future of the student. The purpose of this policy is to encourage regular school attendance. It is intended to be positive and not punitive. This policy also recognizes that class attendance is a joint responsibility to be shared by the student, parent or guardian, teacher, and administrators. This policy will assist students in attending class.
503.1: School Attendance Areas
Attendance areas shall be established for each operating school to provide for optimal educational opportunity for all students and appropriate use of facilities and staff. Students shall be assigned to schools according to the attendance areas approved by the Board of Education.
503.2 Student Assignments/Transfers
The Bloomington Board of Education is committed to providing high quality educational programs in all schools. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the circumstances surrounding the requests for student transfers are thoughtfully considered to enhance the student’s opportunity for a meaningful education and take into consideration the impact of the transfer on the sending or receiving school’s enrollment capacity.
503.3: Early Admission
The purpose of this Policy is to facilitate to the fullest extent possible the development of underage children with unusually high ability.
506: Student Discipline
The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that students are aware of and comply with District expectations for student conduct. Such compliance will enhance the school District’s ability to maintain discipline and ensure that there is no interference with the educational process. The District will take appropriate disciplinary action when students fail to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct established by this Policy.
509: Enrollment of Resident And Non-Resident Students
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines for enrollment of resident and nonresident students, in accordance with law and district policies.
The purpose of this Policy is to establish regulations regarding school-sponsored activities, District-recognized booster clubs or organizations, and non-school-sponsored independent providers.
510.1: Student Eligibility in Activities
The purpose of this Policy is to provide a uniform body of rules from which school coaches and administrators will certify a student’s eligibility.
510.2: School or District-Sponsored Student Events
The purpose of this Policy is to be sensitive to the concerns of the community, as well as stating policy regarding the use of alcohol by adults at school or district-sponsored events, such as student banquets or celebrations outside school.
510.3: Activities & Other Student Fees
The Bloomington School Board supports the enrichment of the academic experience for students. Activities are an effective way to promote the characteristics necessary for young people to grow into healthy, caring, and responsible adults. These activities also can provide a sense of connection and belonging for students. This policy provides direction on how the School Board will govern the District's student activity fee program.
510.4: Participation of Nonpublic Students in Bloomington Public Schools' Extracurricular Activities
The purpose of the Policy is to provide guidance for the Board of Education, administrators and teachers, and parents regarding children who currently receive a nonpublic education and seek to participate in Bloomington Public Schools’ extracurricular activities.
510.5: Nonpublic Participation in Curricular Opportunities
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidance for families who want their non-public or home-schooled students to be enrolled part-time in Independent School District 271. This policy will provide information for staff to make decisions.
510.6: Addition/Elimination of Activities
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines for the addition and elimination of activities.
513: Student Promotion, Acceleration and Retention
The purpose of this Policy is to provide regulations to assure consistent district practice of the promotion, acceleration and retention of students and to provide the philosophical basis for developing those regulations.
513.1: Granting of Credits Grades 9-12
The purpose of this Policy is to provide regulations to assure consistent District practice of the granting of credits and standards and to provide the philosophical basis for developing those regulations.
514: Bullying Prohibition
The purpose of this Policy is to provide a safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and attain high academic standards and to promote healthy human relationships. Bullying, like other violent or disruptive behavior, is conduct that interferes with a student’s ability to learn and/or a teacher’s ability to educate students in a safe environment. The district cannot monitor the activities of students at all times and eliminate all incidents of bullying between students, particularly when students are not under the direct supervision of school personnel. However, to the extent such conduct affects the educational environment of the district and the rights and welfare of its students and is within the control of the district in its normal operations, the school district intends to prevent bullying and to take action to investigate, respond to, and to remediate and discipline for those acts of bullying which have not been successfully prevented. The purpose of this policy is to assist the school district in its goal of preventing and responding to acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, reprisal, retaliation, and other similar disruptive and detrimental behavior.
515: Protection and Privacy of Student Records
The purpose of this Policy is to collect, maintain and disseminate pupil records and protect the privacy rights of students as provided in federal law and state statutes.
515.1: Administration Procedures for Research
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines for individuals and/or organizations that wish to conduct educational research in the District.
516: Student Medication/Medical Procedures
The purpose of this Policy is to set forth the provisions that must be followed when administering medication and performing medical treatments or procedures to students at school.
518: Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders
Federal mandates guarantee that students have a right to an education in the least restrictive environment. As more medically fragile children attend school, the issue of Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders will arise. This policy addresses the complex and challenging issue of the school’s response to family requested and physician authorized DNR orders that are presented to the Bloomington School District for students from Early Childhood Special Education through age 21.
521: Student Disability Non Discrimination
The purpose of this Policy isTo protect students with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability and to provide for the identification and the evaluation of students who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, need special services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education.
522: Student Sex Nondiscrimination
The purpose of this Policy is to provide equal educational opportunity for all students and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
524: Internet Acceptable Use and Safety
The purpose of this Policy is to ensure appropriate access to the district computer network and acceptable and safe use of the Internet, including electronic communications.
529: Staff Notification of Violent Behavior by Students
The purpose of this Policy is to address the circumstances in which data should be provided to classroom teachers and other school staff members about students with a history of violent behavior and to establish a procedure for notifying staff regarding the placement of students with a history of violent behavior.
531: The Pledge of Allegiance
The school board recognizes the need to display an appropriate United States flag and to provide instruction to students in the proper etiquette, display, and respect of the flag. The purpose of this policy is to provide the recitation of the pledge of allegiance and instruction in school to help further that end.
The purpose of this Policy is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
540: Hazing Prohibition
The purpose of this Policy is to maintain a safe learning environment for students and staff that are free from hazing. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the District and are prohibited at all times.
542: Legal Name
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidance for families who wish to enroll their children in Independent School District 271 and for administrators and staff who process the enrollment of students regarding the legal names of the children.
543: In-School Student Security Grades K-12
The purpose of this Policy is to establish procedures to maintain security for student(s) who are leaving the school building or being interviewed between their regular arrival and departure times. Exceptions to this procedure are students leaving the school building for a supervised school activity, and students walking home or being transported home after the regular dismissal time.
550: Student Handbooks
The Bloomington Board of Education is committed to having policies in place that protect and enhance students’ educational experiences. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that student handbooks are updated and distributed annually and contain essential information that informs students of key provisions of the policies, as well as where to locate the full policy.
600 Policies: Education Program
601.1: Graduation Requirements
The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that the Bloomington Public Schools shall proceed efficiently with the implementation of the State and local graduation requirements, including the expectation that all learners are career and college ready. All efforts and planning shall advance the School Board’s commitment to setting high standards and expectations for all educators and learners in the District and to maintaining high student achievement while continuously improving educational opportunities.
603: Pathways Advisory Committee
This Policy ensures Bloomington Public Schools, in accordance with the strategic plan, has the highest quality curriculum and provides direction for continuous review and
improvement of the school curriculum.
606: Instructional Materials Selection Policy
The purpose of this Policy is to provide direction for selection of textbooks and other instructional materials.
606.1: Procedure for Handling Questioned Materials
The purpose of this Policy is to provide direction in handling questioned materials issues.
606.2: Instructional Materials Center Circulation of Materials
The purpose of this Policy is to identify circulation procedures for print and non-print materials available through the Instructional Materials Center for staff and community members.
609: Religion in the Schools
The purpose of this Policy is to identify the status of religion in the curriculum, environment and calendar of Bloomington Public Schools.
610: Field Trips of School-Related Groups
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines for student trips and to identify the general process to be followed for review and approval of trip requests.
620.1 College Level Courses:Grade Weighting
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines for grade weighting in the Bloomington Public School District. This grade weighting is for college level classes only offered in Bloomington Public Schools.
623: Grant Writing
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidance for Bloomington Public School staff members who are writing grants for additional revenue. It will ensure that programs and activities funded by grants are consistent with the direction of the Bloomington Public Schools’ mission and strategic plans.
630: International Student Exchange Programs
The purpose of this Policy is to establish guidelines for high schools to apply in accepting foreign exchange students.
700 Policies: Non-Instructional Operations
701.2: Transfer of Funds and Budget Changes
The purpose of this Policy is to provide the guidelines for requesting inter-fund transfers,inter-fund transfers and changes in budget appropriations.
701.3: Fund Balance
To assure sufficient cash flow, taking into consideration the timing of state aid and property tax payments, unexpected revenue shortfalls, or any emergency or unexpected expenses. A sufficient fund balance strengthens the position of the District for bond rating purposes.
The School Board recognizes that fund balances must be maintained in accordance with the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB)’s statement number 54. Fund balance categories to be maintained would be non-spendable, restricted, committed, assigned, and unassigned.
701.4: Budget Process
The purpose of this Policy is to provide direction for a systematic process to develop an annual budget, and to keep the public informed regarding the relationship between the educational and financial operations of the District.
The purpose of this Policy is To comply with Minnesota State Law in reporting financial information.
702.1: Establishment and Use of Imprest Cash Fund
The purpose of this Policy is to establish guidelines for the proper use of District imprest cash funds.
702.2: General Public Funds Handling Procedures
The purpose of this Policy is to establish handling procedures for all money (cash, check, and/or electronic transfers) received into the District from or for District activities.
702.3: Personal Vehicle Expense
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines for reimbursement for required travel in a personal vehicle on District business.
705: Investment of School District Funds
The purpose of this Policy is to establish guidelines for the investment of all public funds of Bloomington Schools.
State law allows school districts to accept gifts of money, goods, services or equipment. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for acceptance and accounting for donations.
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines for a safe and effective transportation system.
720: Vending Machines
The purpose of this policy is to establish a policy to govern vending machines installed in school district facilities.
721: Business and Non-Instructional Operation (Sale of Merchandise on School Property and Fundraising)
The sale of first class goods from stock is not permitted for personal use except as salvage or surplus. Sales or solicitations for sales and donations are not permitted on school premises except on behalf of school activities.
725: Tuition Fees
The purpose of this Policy is to provide procedures for charging tuition fees to nonresident students who are not accessing the options under Minnesota choice programs.
726: Consultant Services
The Superintendent is authorized to engage consultants to help develop request for proposals (RFP). This Policy will help ensure that the consultant cannot be awarded a contract based on the RFP they helped develop.
800 Policies: Buildings & Sites
801: Equal Access to School Facilities
The purpose of this Policy is to implement the Equal Access Act by granting equal access to elementary and secondary school facilities for students who wish to conduct a meeting for religious, political, or philosophical purposes during noninstructional time.
806 Use of School Facilities
The facilities in the District were created to serve the lifelong learning needs of the community. The School Board encourages the use of public school facilities as community centers to promote educational, recreational, cultural and civic activities in the community. They facilities are an important resource in the development of the whole person through learner success, achievement, health and physical well being across all age groups. This will be accomplished through maximum use of facilities in partnership with the city, community agencies/organizations, business and citizens.
808: District Crisis Management Policy
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines for a comprehensive district-wide Emergency Operations and Recovery Plan (EORP) and building-level safety plans regarding crisis intervention, prevention, management, response and recovery to any incident that threatens the safety and security of students and staff.
903: Notice to Visitors
The purpose of this Policy is to inform the school community and the general public of the position of the School Board on visitors to school buildings and other school property.
904: Distribution of Noncurricular Materials by Students
The purpose of this Policy is to protect the exercise of students' free speech rights, taking into consideration the educational objectives and responsibilities of the school district.
904.1: Distribution of Materials on School District Property by Non-School Persons
The purpose of this Policy is to set requirements for the distribution of materials by non-school persons and organizations on school district property.
The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidelines for the advertising or promoting of products or services to students, parents, and the community at school-related activities and within the school itself.
The purpose of this policy is to help individualize instruction, promote school/community interaction, support school activities and events, provide multi-generational and multi-cultural experiences, and enrich curriculum for all learners.
915: Working Relations between Bloomington Public Schools and Law Enforcement Authorities
The purpose of this Policy is to establish procedures for the arrest or police interview of students on school property in a way that is sensitive to the student’s privacy and inconspicuous to other students. The responsibilities of principals and police officers are clearly defined. Instruction on method and extent of notification of sexual offenders in the community is included.
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