500 Policies: Students

The policies in this section provide guidelines for students and families to ensure a safe and constructive learning environment.

501: Weapons Policy—District-Wide

The purpose of this Policy is to assure a safe school environment for students, staff, and the public.

No student or nonstudent, including adults and visitors, shall possess, use or distribute a weapon when in a school location, except as provided in this Policy. This includes employees and students who are properly licensed to keep pistols or firearms in a motor vehicle in accordance with Minnesota Statute. The District will act to enforce this Policy and to discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, a school employee, volunteer, or member of the public who violates this Policy.

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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 School District's policies against contraband. It is also the intent of the administration of this Policy to treat students, subject to search provisions outlined in the policy or as permitted by law, in a respectful manner.

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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 so that learning can take place.

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.

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505: Distribution of Noncurricular Materials on School District Property by Students and Employees

The purpose of this policy is to protect the exercise of students' and employees' free speech rights, taking into consideration the educational objectives and responsibilities of the School District. It is recognized that the right of free speech and freedom of the press are the rights of every citizen and that the reasonable and responsible exercise of these rights on school premises is a valuable part of the educational experience of students. It is also recognized that these rights are not absolute. Reasonable regulation of the exercise of such rights may be made, dealing with such matters as content, time, place and manner in order to ensure that the regular educational processes of the schools are not disrupted, that public property is safeguarded, and that the rights of others are protected against abuse.

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506: Student Conduct and Discipline

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students are aware of and comply with the School District’s 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 School District will take appropriate disciplinary action if students fail to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct established in this policy.

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507: Corporal Punishment

The purpose of this policy is to describe limitations on corporal punishment of students.

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508: Extended School Year for Certain Students with Individualized Education Programs

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the School District complies with the overall requirements of law for Extended School Year (ESY) as mandated for certain students subject to individualized education programs (IEPs) when necessary to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

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509: Enrollment of Nonresident Students

The School District desires to participate in the Enrollment Options Program established by Minn. Stat. It is the purpose of this policy to set forth the application and exclusion requirements used by the School District in making said determination.

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510: Athletic and Activities Policy

The purpose of this policy is to impart to students, employees, and the community, the School Districts Policy related to student athletic and activities programming.

513: Student Promotion, Retention, and Program Design

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to professional staff, parents and students regarding student promotion, retention and program design.

514: Bullying Prohibition Policy

The purpose of this policy is to assist the School District in its goal of preventing and responding to acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, and other similar disruptive behavior.

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515: Protection and Privacy of Student Records

Educational records will be maintained in compliance with current state and federal law.  These procedures are intended to reflect the requirements of federal and state law and are not intended to create obligations or requirements which exceed federal and state law. In the event these procedures are different from or conflict with federal or state law, the provisions of federal or state law shall govern.

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516: Administering Medication to Students

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the provisions that District personnel will use when administering medication to students.

The School District acknowledges that some students may require prescribed drugs or medication during the school day. The School District’s licensed school nurses, trained health clerks, principals, teachers or designees will administer prescribed medications in accordance with law and School District procedures when written parent permission and physician authorization are on file.

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520: Student Surveys

The purpose of this policy is to establish the parameters of information that may be sought in student surveys.

521: Nondiscrimination Policy for Persons with Disabilities

The Hopkins School District will not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities, nor in its hiring or employment practices. The District intends to comply with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The District recognizes its responsibility to identify and evaluate learners who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, need special accommodations or programs in order that such learners may receive the free appropriate public education to which they are entitled.

The District will provide notice to learners’ parents, employees, bargaining organizations, and community members that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

The District will make facilities, programs, and activities accessible, usable, and open to persons with disabilities.

The District will develop and publish grievance procedures that provide prompt resolution of complaints of discrimination based on disability.

The District will designate an employee who will have the responsibility to coordinate the District’s efforts under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act and to give overall direction in adhering to this Policy.

Every employee of the School District will be expected to support the implementation of this Policy.

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522: Title IX Sex Nondiscrimination Policy, Grievance Procedure and Process

The School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities, and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, and its implementing regulations, not to discriminate in such a manner.

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524: Acceptable Electronic Resources Use

The purpose of this policy is to set forth policies and guidelines for access to the School District’s computers, computer systems, internal network, email and communication systems, servers, Internet, and Internet technologies for safe and acceptable use, hereafter referred to as electronic resources or School District system.

In making decisions regarding student and employee access to the School District’s electronic resources, the School District considers its own stated educational mission, goals, and objectives. Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation of citizens and future employees. The School District expects the faculty will integrate use of educational technologies throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in their use.

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526: Hazing Prohibition

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 the School District and are prohibited at all times.

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528: Student Parental, Family, and Marital Status Nondiscrimination

The purpose of this school district policy is to provide equal educational opportunity for all students and to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sex, parental, family, or marital status.

 

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530: Immunizations

The purpose of this Policy is to require that all students receive the proper immunizations as mandated by law to ensure the health and safety of all students.

All students are required to provide proof of immunizations or appropriate documentation excepting the student from such immunization and such other data necessary to ensure that the student is free from any communicable diseases as a condition of enrollment.

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531: 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 for recitation of the pledge of allegiance and instruction in school to help further that end.

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532: Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams to Remove Students with IEPs from School Grounds

The purpose of this policy is to describe the appropriate use of peace officers and crisis teams to remove, if necessary, a student with an individualized education program (IEP) from school grounds.

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533: Wellness

The purpose of this policy is to assure Hopkins Public Schools is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievement.

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550: Entrance Ages

Minnesota Statute 120A.20 requires children to be at least five years of age on September 1 of the school year for which the pupil seeks admission in order to be admitted to kindergarten, but permits school boards to establish a policy for admission of selected pupils at an earlier age.

Recognizing that a limited number of underage children may be ready for or benefit from early school entry, families shall have opportunity to request consideration for entry into or referral to kindergarten children who will turn five before November 1 of the kindergarten year. Since decisions for early entry should be made only after careful deliberation, parents of children who will turn five between September 1 and before November 1 of the kindergarten year must participate in a District-sponsored parent-education/information session in order for their children to be considered for kindergarten entrance. This meeting, which shall be well-publicized and conducted on a timely and convenient schedule, will present information designed to help parents/guardians and Hopkins School District staff to reach decisions about the state of kindergarten readiness of children who are less than five years of age by September 1. Candidates for early entrance to kindergarten must also have completed Pre-School screening and share the results of the screening with the school early entrance review team. An early entrance review team at the school building of attendance shall assist parents/guardians in making this important decision.

In no case will children be admitted to kindergarten later than 10 days after the official start of the school year.

M.S. 120A.20 requires children to be at least six years of age on September 1 of the school year for which they seek admission, or to have completed kindergarten, in order to be admitted to first grade. Admission of children to other grades shall involve a consideration of chronological age, previous school history, and apparent readiness to meet the expectations of those grades.

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551: Student Accident Insurance Program

The Board will not purchase student accident insurance. All students will be provided an opportunity to enroll at their own expense in a voluntary student accident plan selected by the Board.

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553: Student Participation: State, National & International Competitions

The Hopkins School District supports and encourages excellence in all programs under the supervision of the school system.  A variety of competitive activities which are related to the course and program objectives of approved school programs are likewise encouraged and supported within certain limits.

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555: Student Fees

The Board is dedicated to the principle that the acquisition of an education in the public school system should not be dependent upon the ability of a student or family to pay school fees.

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