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District Policies

413: Harassment & Violence
418: Drug Free Work Place/Drug Free Schools
419: Tobacco-Free Schools
501: Weapons-Free Schools
502: Search of Student Lockers, Desks, Personal Possessions, and Student's Person
503: School Attendance
503.3: Early Admission
506: Student Discipline
506.1: Bullying Prevention
516: Student Medication/Medical Procedures
524: Acceptable Use of District Network System
540: Hazing Prohibition
707: Transportation
 
Attendance
This policy addresses the importance of consistent student attendance. All children, between the ages of 7 and 16, must receive instruction. (District Policy and Regulation 503)

All students are required to attend school for the complete school day. A parent may request to not have their student attend school for a brief period of time. The request must be addressed to the school administration and be consistent with the law of the State of Minnesota. Each school has the right to deny the request and will establish procedures to deal with unexcused absences consistent with state law and the educa- tional impact of those absences. These procedures should be communicated through student handbooks, principal, PTA/ PTO, newsletters and/or other forms of school-home communications.  (District Policy and Regulation 503 M.S. 120A.22)
 
Children who are five or six on or before September 1 may enroll in kindergarten or first grade respectively for the following term. Students moving into Bloomington should enroll in school as soon as possible.
 
Withdrawal from School:
Any student between the ages of 16 and 18 years old who seeks to withdraw from school, and the student's parent or guardian must 
  • attend a meeting with school personnel to discuss the educational opportunities available to the student, including alternative educational opportunities; and
  • sign a written election to withdraw from school. 
Transportation
(District Policy and Regulation 707  M.S. 123B.88,123B.91)

Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right! All school rules are in effect while a student is riding the bus and/or at the bus stop. The school's administration will deal with any misconduct on the bus or at the bus stop.  Consequences for misconduct on the bus or at the bus stop are progressive and may result in suspension of riding privileges.

Serious violations may result in immediate suspension. The decision of whether or not the student is able to ride a school bus, including for extracurricular and cocurricular activities, will be at the sole discretion of the school district. Parents or guardians will be notified of any suspension of bus privileges. Students will not be denied transportation if this results in stranding the student at school.

If a student's misconduct results in the damage of property, the student will be responsible for paying to repair or replace the damaged property.
 
Students will participate in a training session at the beginning of the school year. Students must demonstrate knowledge of bus rules, or they may be subject to the loss of riding privileges.

Records of misconduct will be kept with the student's school discipline file. The Department of Public Safety, the district transportation office, and the Bloomington police may also be notified of misconduct. 
 
Weapons
(District Policy 501  M.S. 121A.44)

The Bloomington School District has adopted a zero-tolerance weapons policy. Any student who has brought a weapon to a school, upon school property, upon its school buses, or to a school-sponsored event under the jurisdiction of the district will be recommended for expulsion from school for a period of not less than one year (twelve calendar months). The Superintendent of Schools, after reviewing the facts, may modify the expulsion recommendation.

The district will make appropriate reports to the state and federal government and the Bloomington Police Department. 

Weapons are defined as
  • any firearm whether loaded or unloaded;
  • replica firearms or B-B guns;
  • any chemical substance, device or instrument designed as a weapon, or through its use is capable of threatening or producing bodily harm or death;
  • any explosive, gas bomb, grenade, rocket, mine, or similar device; or
  • any device or instrument that is used to threaten, strike terror, or cause bodily harm or death. 
Chemicals and Tobacco
(District Policy and Regulation 418 and 419  M.S. 144.4165 M.S. 340A.503 M.S. 152.092)

Bloomington Public Schools recognizes the negative influence of the use of tobacco and chemicals. The district believes that chemical dependency is a treatable illness. The district does not allow any person to use or possess chemicals or use tobacco in the school building, on school property, on school buses, or at any school-sponsored activity.

Prevention programs will be established and publicized in the schools. The school environment will promote healthy choices.

The district has outlined specific procedures and consequences with which the school must comply. The consequences require parent involvement or the student being removed from school for varying lengths of time. Emphasis is placed on treatment for the student, to address the student's current status in regard to chemical and tobacco use. The consequences are cumulative for the school year. The Minnesota State High School League rules will be enforced regarding extracurricular and cocurricular participation. 
 
Harassment & Violence
(District Policy and Regulation 413  M.S. 121A.03)

The district believes that all adults and students have a right to be in a school and work place environment which is free of any form of emotional or physical abuse, violence and harassment. Policy 413 defines and outlines procedures for incidents involving harassment, violence or abuse.

The district will investigate all complaints or allegations, either formal or informal, within the school environment. The Executive Director of Human Resources and/or the Executive Director of Student Services serve as the designees of the Superintendent as the school district's Human Rights Officer. The Executive Director of Human Resources will receive reports and complaints of harassment, violence and abuse made against employees. The Executive Director of Student Services will receive reports and complaints of harassment, violence, and abuse made against students.

The school district will discipline any pupil or employee of the district who retaliates against a person who reports alleged harassment, abuse or violence. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.

This policy does not deny the right of any individual to pursue other avenues which may include filing charges with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, initiating civil action or seeking redress under state criminal statutes and/or federal law.
 
The right to confidentiality will be respected to the extent allowable by the school district policies and the law.  
 
Types of Child Abuse
  • emotional
  • physical
  • sexual
  • threatened injury
Types of Harassment
  • racial
  • sexual
  • religious
  • gender
  • sexual orientation
  • physical or mental disabilities
  • national origin
Types of Violence
  • racial
  • sexual
  • religious 
Search
(District Policy 502 M.S. 121A.72 School Locker Policy)

The purpose of this policy is to provide for a safe and healthful educational environment by enforcing the school district's policies against contraband.
At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of lockers and desks provided for the convenience of the students.

Personal possessions of the students may be searched only when school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law or school rules. The search will be reasonable in its scope and intrusiveness. 
 
Subdivision 1. Policy. It is the policy of the State of Minnesota that: "School lockers are the property of the school district. At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of lockers provided for the convenience of students. Inspection of the interior of lockers may be conducted by school authorities for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. The personal possessions of students within a school locker may be searched only when school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law or school rules. As soon as practicable after the search of a student's personal possessions, the school authorities must provide notice of the search to students whose lockers were searched unless disclosure would impede an ongoing investigation by police or school officials." (M.S. 121A.72 School Locker Policy) 
 
Bullying
(District Policy/ and Regulation 506.1)

The school district recognizes that a school that is physically and emotionally safe and secure for all students and staff promotes good citizenship, increases student attendance and engagement, and supports academic achievement. To protect the rights of all students and staff for a safe and secure learning environment any acts of bullying are expressly prohibited.

Bullying is defined as any physical, verbal, or written act or gesture (including electronically transmitted acts, i.e. cyber bullying, through the use of internet, cell phone, personal digital assistant [pda], computer, or wireless handheld device, currently in use or later developed) that is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress and which may also be motivated, but not limited, by bias or prejudice based upon any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression; or a mental, physical, or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic, or is based upon association with another person who has or is perceived to have any distinguishing characteristic.
 
Bullying behavior is often repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time and a perceived or actual imbalance of power often exists. However, the bullying behavior doesn’t have to be repetitive to meet the criteria. The range of frequency can also include a single incident.

The District will act to investigate all complaints of bullying and will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district who is found to have violated this policy. District students and employees who believe they have been bullied may also have rights under District policy 413: Harassment and Violence.
 
Hazing
(District Policy and Regulation 540) 
 
Hazing means "committing an act against a student, or coercing a student into committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person, in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization, or for any other purpose."

A student organization does not have to be an official school organization to come within the terms of this definition. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the Bloomington Public Schools and are prohibited at all times.
 
Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:
  • Any type of physical brutality.
  • Any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to weather, confinement in a restricted area, calisthenics or other activities that subject the student to unreasonable risk of harm.
  • Any activity involved with the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, drug, tobacco, or any food, liquid, or substance that subjects the student to unreasonable risk of harm.
  • Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, mental stress, or discourages the student from attending school.              
Upon receipt of a complaint or report of hazing, the district will undertake an investigation, take immediate steps to protect the complainant, and impose disciplinary consequences to deter future violations (e.g., warning, remediation, suspension, expulsion, transfer). The district will also discipline or take appropriate action against anyone who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged hazing.
 
Electronic Devices
Students may have cell phones (or other electronic devices) at school. Individual buildings/programs provide protocols for acceptable use of these devices during the school day. If an electronic device becomes a distraction or nuisance in any school environment it may be confiscated. Failure to comply will result in further disciplinary action. Bloomington Public Schools is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices. Classroom phones are available for student use at the discretion of the teacher. If parents need to contact a student during the school day, they may call the main office and staff will contact the student or relay a message. Parents should not call or text message their student's cell phone during the school day. If students bring electronics to school it is at their own risk. The school assumes no liability for stolen or missing items left in hallway lockers, the locker rooms, or any other location at school.
  
Acceptable Use of District Network System
(District Policy and Regulation 524 M.S. 125B.15)

Access and use of the District network system is for educational purposes. Use of the system is a privilege, not a right. District information on the network system is the property of the District and unauthorized accessing, altering or inappropriate use is prohibited. Users will not use the system to access, transmit, or distribute materials that use language or images that are inappropriate, disruptive to the educational process, violate District policy, state or federal laws. A student engaging in any of the foregoing or any other unacceptable uses of the Internet addressed in Policy and Regulation 524 will be subject to disciplinary action.

Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring their student's use of the school district system if accessing the system from home or a remote location. 
 
Medication/Medical Procedures
(District Policy and Regulation 516  M.S. 121A.21 121A.222)

The administration of medication and/or medical procedures at school requires a signed request from the student's parent/guardian and the physician completed within the past year.

Prescription and over-the-counter medication must come to school in the original container and be administered in a manner consistent with instructions on the label. Prescription medications are not to be carried by the student, but will be left with Health Service staff. 

A secondary student may possess nonprescription pain relief medication in a manner consistent with labeling if the school has received a written authorization from the student's parent/guardian and physician. 

Parents/guardians should contact building Health Service staff regarding the administration of asthma inhalers or nonsyringe injectors of epinephrine or other situations involving the administration of drugs at school or school functions. 
Refer to Policy and Regulation 516 or Health Service staff for more detail or exceptions to the above procedures.