600 Policies: Instruction

The policies in this section outline instructional resources for students and families.

601: Curriculum and Instruction Goals

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that Hopkins Public Schools are compliant with academic goal setting practices and requirements established by federal and state educational agencies.

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602: District Calendar

A District calendar will be developed by the superintendent or designee and presented for Board adoption.

603: Curriculum Development

The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for continuous review and improvement of the school curriculum.

Curriculum development shall be directed toward the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the education program of the School District.

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604: Instructional Curriculum

The purpose of this policy is to provide for the development of course offerings for students.

605: Alternative Learning Centers

The purpose of this policy is to recognize the need for alternative learning programs for some Hopkins School District students when a traditional school and/or classroom environment has not proven to be effective in successfully meeting learning requirements.

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606: Instructional Resources Selection/Retention

The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for selection of textbooks and instructional materials.

The School Board recognizes that selection of textbooks and instructional materials is a vital component of the School District’s curriculum. The School Board also recognizes that it has the authority to make final decisions on selection of all textbooks and instructional materials. 

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608: Instructional Services—Special Education

The purpose of this Policy is to set forth the position of the School Board on the need for special educational services on the part of some students in the School District.

The School Board recognizes that some students need special education and further recognizes the importance of providing a free appropriate public education and delivery system for students in need of special education.

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609: Religion in the Schools

The principle of religious liberty is one of the fundamental elements of freedom and democracy in the United States. The choice of what to believe is left solely to the individual, who is free to choose or reject any belief without interference from government or other members of the community. The principle of individual choice must be respected. The public schools must be vigilant so as to not to promote, inhibit or belittle any religious or nonreligious beliefs.

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610: Field Trips

Extended field trips are excursions, which require students to be accommodated overnight.  Hopkins School District recognizes that a properly planned, well conducted, and carefully supervised extended field trip may provide a mode of learning which is relevant, challenging and dynamic and which cannot be duplicated in the classroom or extracurricular setting. As such, extended field trips of value are to be encouraged within available resources by minimizing, where possible, the costs incurred by the District and students without jeopardizing student safety. 

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611: Home Schooling

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for parents who wish to have their children receive education in a home school.

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612.1: Parent Involvement Policies for Title I Programs

The purpose of this Policy is to encourage and facilitate involvement by parents of students participating in Title I in the educational programs and experiences of students.

It is the policy of the School District to plan and implement, with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children, programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of those parents in its Title I programs and provide parents of participating children with a copy of written parental involvement policies.

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613: Graduation Requirements

The purpose of this policy is set forth requirements for graduation from the School District.

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615: Testing Accomodations, Modification, and Exemptions for IEP'S, Section 504 Plans, and LEP Students

The purpose of this policy is to provide adequate opportunity for students identified as having IEP, 504, or ELL accommodations to meet the graduation requirements of basic skills testings and graduation-required assessments for diploma (GRAD) tests.

616: School District System Accountability

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the strategic and operational work of the Hopkins School District promotes higher academic achievement, utilizes data to make programming decision, and involves stakeholder input.

620: Credit for Learning

The purpose of this Policy is to recognize experiences for meeting Hopkins School District required curriculum and standards and graduation standards. Student experiences, include, but are not limited to, student achievement in alternative learning sites, in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options and other advanced enrichment programs, and in out-of-school experiences such as community organizations, work-based learning, and other educational activities and opportunities.

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624: Online Learning Options

The purpose of this policy is to recognize and govern online learning option of students enrolled in the School District for purposes of compulsory attendance.

652: Learner to Teacher Ratios

It is the intent of the Board of Education to allocate staff in a manner that will be educationally sound, instructionally appropriate, and fiscally responsible.

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653: Volunteer Management Policy

Volunteers play an increasingly important role in student’s education as they help to individualize instruction, promote school/community interaction, provide multigenerational experiences, and enrich curriculum for all. Therefore, the Hopkins Public Schools promote volunteer efforts to the greatest extent possible by appropriate recruiting, screening, placement, orientation, training, monitoring, and recognition.

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655: Eliminating the Achievement Gap

The purpose of this policy is to eliminate racial and other demographic achievement gaps in the Hopkins School District, while raising achievement levels for all students, through the conscious and deliberate examination of our institutional beliefs, practices, and structures, and by effecting systemic change to counteract the contemporary and historical impact of racism and discrimination on school achievement.

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658: Enrollment of Undocumented Students, Foreign Exchange Students, Homeless Students and Determination of Residency Requirements

The Hopkins School District, pursuant to Minnesota State Law, must enroll any student, undocumented or documented, from age 6 to 21 years of age and who resides within the District.

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659: Communicable Disease/Bloodborne Pathogens

The Hopkins School District has a vital interest in the health and safety of its students, staff, and community.  The District assumes a partnership with families and the community to provide an educational environment where students and employees learn about serious communicable or infectious diseases. This policy will focus on non-readily transmissible diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and other bloodborne pathogens.

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