Procedures and Guidelines

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Activities and Athletics

 

Activities and Athletics

Athletics and activities research shows that students who are engaged in school activities do better in school. There are a variety of sports and clubs available to SLPHS students. Click here to visit our SLP Activities and Athletics webpage.

Academic Eligibility for Participation at High School Activities

In order to participate in Minnesota State High School League sanctioned athletics/activities at Spring Lake Park, each participant must make satisfactory academic progress.  Students wishing to participate in MSHSL sanctioned athletics and activities must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 1.75.  If a student does not have this minimum requirement, they will not be eligible to tryout.

Individual cases may arise where it is necessary for the appropriate administrators, teachers, and deans to handle those situations on a case-by-case basis.

To be eligible for active participation a student must meet a 2.0 Term Grade Point Average (C average) the previous six week grading period.  A student who has failed to meet the 2.0 Term Grade Point Average will be placed on academic probation according to the following conditions: 

  • Academic Probation: The student is permitted to practice or rehearse and may compete or perform in a contest(s) or performance(s) during the period of academic probation. The period of academic probation will be the next three week grading period.
  • Regain Eligibility or Ineligible: Following the three week period of academic probation, if a review of the student’s academic performance indicates the student is performing at a satisfactory level (2.0 Term GPA minimum), eligibility without probation will be restored. 

If the review indicates that the student continues to not meet the 2.0 Term Grade Point Average requirement, he/she will not regain eligibility and will only be able to participate in practices and/or rehearsals.  The student would be considered ineligible for participation in games, contests, events, performances, etc. until the next academic review.  This review would occur at the end of the next three week grading period.  This three week review process would continue until the student was able to regain appropriate eligibility.

In addition, the student must be earning passing grades in all core courses.  If a student becomes academically ineligible at the end of the school year, that student will serve the above mentioned academic probation during the first three weeks of the next school year specific to the season in which they are participating in their first sport or activity.

 

Arrival and Dismissal Guidelines and Transportation

 

Student Parking and Vehicles

The student parking lot is coordinated by the Community Education Department. Permits will be available to all licensed drivers, as space allows. Click here to learn about SLPHS Parking permits

There are two primary areas designated for student parking on Campus. The main student parking lot is located on the east side of the campus (Highway 65 and 79th Avenue). High School students may only park in this student-designated lot; but are not allowed to park in the Able Street staff lots or behind any of the buildings. Students who use the student parking lot beyond the normal school day should continue to park in the designated student parking area. Students should never park in the areas designated for visitors or staff.

For the safety and security of all, security personnel monitor the student parking lot during the school day. All student vehicles parked in the lot must display a student-parking permit at all times. Parking permits are required beginning on the first day of school. Beginning the first week of school, permit applications, daily permits, and questions should be directed to the security guard during school hours in the parking lot security shed.

Student permits are issued for the school year, by trimester, for limited use, or on a daily basis. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase Annual permits. Trimester Permits are designed for a student who may only need to use the parking facility for one or two trimesters, or who cannot afford the entire Annual Permit fee at one time. Limited Use Trimester Permits are available for a student who will be at school for less than 3 hours a day. These permits might be used by a PSEO student (one who takes college classes during the regular school day as part of his/her curriculum), an OEC (Occupations in Emergency Care) student who attends class here only first and second hour, or a 916 student who is here for only a portion of the day.

A student who attends school more than three hours a day must buy an Annual Permit or Trimester permit. Daily permits are issued until gone. The daily lot will then be considered full, and additional students seeking daily parking will be turned away. 

Starting the first day of school, all vehicles parked in the student parking lot must have a permit; those without permits will be ticketed.

Click here to read the Student Use and Parking of Motor Vehicles policy

Bicycles, Roller Blades, Scooters and Skateboards

Riding bicycles, roller blades, scooters, or skateboards to school is allowed. Bikes must be walked to the end of the bus line on the way home. Roller Blades, Scooters, and Skateboards are not allowed to be road on school property.

Bus

High school students must register for bus transportation. Click here to visit the Transportation page and complete the form.

Buses will drop-off and pick-up in the designated area of the school. Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right. Click here to learn more about bus transportation and read bus conduct and consequences for misbehavior.

Before School Procedures

Students who want to enter the building before 7:30 a.m. are to enter through door 1, the main office entrance. Students may be dropped off at this door starting at 6:30 a.m. and they will wait in the vestibule until 7 a.m.  At 7 a.m., students will have access to the building through the main office and through door 6, the doors nearest the student parking lot. All other doors will remain locked until 7:30 a.m.

Please know that if your child normally enters the building through door 29 before 7:30 a.m. or through nearest the cafeteria door along Able Street, they will need to enter through the main office. 

After School Procedures 

All students remaining in the building after 3:05 p.m. must be under the direct supervision of a teacher, coach, advisor, or other school staff member. Students must obtain written permission from a Dean of Students or an administrator to be in other areas of the building without adult supervision. Students who do not meet these expectations will face disciplinary action. All students picked up by parents are to do so at the high school’s main entrance. Students waiting for pick up should do so in the vestibule.

 

Attendance

Attendance (School Board Policy 503)

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. Regular attendance in school is mandatory; therefore, all absences are subject to verification by school officials. Absences of all students must be verified by telephone; no notes please. The school will excuse—or not excuse—students according to district policy and state law. Parents/guardians should notify the school anytime they are placing another adult in supervision of their child (e.g., they will be out of town, hospitalized, etc.) or if their contact information has changed.

Click here to read School Board Policy 503

Student’s Responsibility:  (1) attend all assigned classes every day the school is in session and to be aware of and follow the correct procedures when absent from an assigned class; and (2) request any missed assignments due to an absence.

Parent/Guardian’s Responsibility: (1) ensure the student is attending school; and (2) inform the school in the event of a student absence, and to work cooperatively with the school and the student to solve any attendance problems that may arise.

Absence Procedures

It is the student’s responsibility to have his/her parent or guardian telephone the school attendance office (763-600-5109) on the day of the student’s absence. If it is not possible to call on the day of the absence, place the call as soon as possible. This is a 24-hour telephone number, and you may leave a message if the attendance secretary is not available. When leaving a message, be sure to include the parent name, student name, grade, date of absence and the specific reason for the absence. When a student returns to school following an absence, he/she should report directly to class. After an absence of five (5) or more consecutive days, a physician’s statement will be required when a student returns to school.

Reasons for absence from school or class that are considered excused are:

  • Serious illness of the student which causes him/her to remain home or go to the doctor, illness which prompts the school nurse to send the student home, legal quarantine or serious illness in the family demanding the student’s presence at home
  • Death of a family member or close friend or relative
  • Medical, dental or orthodontic treatment, or counseling appointment or a condition that requires ongoing treatment for a mental health diagnosis
  • Court appearance occasioned by family or personal action
  • Religious instruction, not to exceed three hours in any week
  • Physical emergency conditions such as fire, flood, storm, etc.
  • Religious holiday (please inform the school ahead of time)
  • An official school field trip or other school-sponsored outing, which may include dean approved college visits
  • Removal of a student pursuant to a suspension
  • Family vacations
  • Family emergencies
  • Active duty in any military branch of the United States
  • Other reasons as approved by the building principal

Unexcused Absences (Truancies) from Class or School

Any student who is absent without school approval for all or part of the school day is truant and will be subject to disciplinary action.

  • 3rd unexcused absence (all day or one hour) = letter to parent/guardian
  • 4th unexcused absence (all day or one hour) = school notifies the Anoka County Attorney’s Office
  • 7th unexcused absence (all day or one hour) = school officially reports the student as a “habitual truant,” which may result in a court hearing.

Students who are truant for a class or a full day will be given the class work missed. Students will receive full credit for work used in calculating the grade. A few examples of unexcused absences include work at home, truancy, car trouble, working, personal reasons, overslept, missed the bus and failure to comply with absence procedures.

If a call to the school is not received within the 48 hours, the absence will be marked unexcused, be considered truancy and disciplinary action may result. If the parent calls after 48 hours, the absence will be marked unexcused unless arranged by a dean of students or an administrator.

Prearranged absences

Students who know in advance that they will be absent from school for three days or more must obtain prior approval. Students must submit a completed Advance Excuse Form to the high school main office. Forms are available in the main office. If you will be absent for less than three (3) days, no form is required but letting teachers and the attendance office know ahead of time is appreciated.

Tardy Procedures

Students are expected to arrive to class on time. Being late to class will negatively affect your academic success and disrupts the learning of other students. Students who are excessively tardy to class should expect a meeting with their respective Dean of Students or an administrator. Students may be assigned detention and be placed on an attendance contract. Excessive tardiness will be taken in consideration when assessing a student’s status in regards to being in Good Standing with the school.

Unexcused Tardy

A student will be considered tardy to class if he/she is not in the classroom when the bell rings at 8:10 A.M. Students who come to school anytime after first period without an acceptable excuse will be considered tardy to school that day and will be subject to the consequences described below. Tardy violations are accumulated per trimester.

Extracurricular Activities

Students must attend school all day in order to participate in extracurricular activities on that day. This includes practices, performances, contests and meetings. The principal or activities director may grant exception on an individual basis for excused absences. All requests for exception must be preapproved.

Participation in extracurricular activities may, on occasion, cause absence from regularly scheduled classes. It is the intent of the administration to keep such absences to a minimum. Students and parents should be aware of and follow these procedures. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

Students wishing to be excused to attend a high school tournament must have parental consent, confirmed by a phone call to the high school office (763-600-5100). A permit to leave pass will be issued and obtained at the high school office. A form may be generated and available for specific events.

Permits to Leave

Students wishing to be released from school during the school day must have parental consent confirmed by a telephone call. Permission to leave school early will be granted if the parent/guardian calls the school office (763-600-5100) to verify the student’s request for an excusable early release. A "Permit to Leave" pass must be obtained in the main office. Students who leave campus without permission (permit to leave) may receive disciplinary action.

Partial Day Absence Procedures

A student arriving at school after the school day has begun should comply with the following procedures:

  • Parent/guardian should call the school (763-600-5109) prior to the student’s arrival at school.
  • The student will report directly to the office to sign in and obtain a late pass to class.

A student who needs to leave school during the school day will comply with the following procedures:

  • Permission to leave school during the school day for any excusable reason (medical, dental, home, court, funeral, etc.) requires parental consent confirmed by telephone. Parent/guardian will call the high school office (763-600-5100) the day before or the morning of the day the student will need to leave to give permission for the student’s release.
  • In case of emergency or illness, the student must report to the nurse, who will contact the parent by telephone. A student can be released only after the parent/guardian has been contacted.
  • All Permits to Leave are obtained in the main office. A student must obtain a “Permit to Leave” before exiting the building. Leaving without proper permission and a permit may result in disciplinary action.

Doctor/Nurse Notes

There are times throughout the school year when students may be placed on a doctor/nurse note attendance-monitoring plan. This may be due to excessive absences. The following procedures will go in to effect when this decision is made.

Phone calls excusing the student will no longer be accepted from the parent. If your child is to miss any school during the remainder of the year, the time will be excused by following one of two steps outlined below:

  • The student is to come to school and see the health care specialist. The health care specialist will assess the student and consult the parent to determine if the student will be sent home. OR
  • The student is to go to a private doctor/dentist to be determined ill. The student is to request a written doctor/dentist note excusing the time away from school for each day of nonattendance. The note should be brought to the main office once the student returns to school.

Please call the health care specialist, at 763-600-5104, or the high school office, at 763-600-5100, if you have any questions regarding this procedure.

PSEO and Students Off Campus

Once seniors have completed school classes and are no longer attending the high school they are considered to be guests even if they have not yet graduated from the school. Any and all visitors must follow the same procedure of signing in at the main office and receiving a badge.

Students from time to time may be invited by a staff member to visit a class, program or event. Those names are submitted to the main office, in advance, to process the visit. Students without prior permission may not be allowed to visit during the school day. The school will not be responsible for events, activities or sales of items that are not sanctioned by the High School administration.

Building Security - Visitors

 

For the safety and well-being of all of our students, we have the following rules and guidelines regarding visitors in the building:

  • All visitors, including parents, must check in and sign out in the school office
  • All visitors will be given a visitor’s badge or pass to wear so that staff and students know you have been cleared through the office
  • Some form of identification may be requested by office staff, i.e. a driver’s license
  • The school will not release a student to a non-custodial parent without a custodial parent’s consent
  • No teacher will release a student from class to the custody of an adult without the written or verbal consent from the office staff
  • All students must be dismissed from the school office after he/she is signed out

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.

The School Board encourages interest on the part of parents and community members in school programs and student activities. The School Board welcomes visits to school buildings and school property by parents and community members provided the visits are consistent with the health, education and safety of students and employees and are conducted within the procedures and requirements established by the school district.

The School Board reaffirms its position on the importance of maintaining a school environment that is safe for students and employees and free of activity that may be disruptive to the student learning process or employee-working environment.

Click here to read School Board Policy 903

Student Safety and Security

The security and safety of students and staff is foundational and depends on everyone’s effort and cooperation. The high school takes follows these procedures daily:

  • Only the Main Office entrance doors (Door #1), located off of 81st Ave and Hwy 65, shall be used after 8:10 a.m. All other doors are locked and used for exit only during the school day
  • All visitors to the school will report to the main office to register and receive a visitor’s pass
  • All staff members and visitors must wear their identification badges whenever students are present
  • All students must carry their student ID card and present it when requested
  • Students in the hallway during the time classes are in session must carry a pass and present it when requested
  • It is strictly forbidden for a student to allow a person to enter the building during the school day—disciplinary action will be taken
  • The building is monitored by security cameras

Identification Cards

Students will be required to carry a current school picture identification card, which will be shown upon request. The ID card is provided by the school annually. Replacement IDs can be obtained in the Media Center for $5. Refusing to identify one’s self to a staff member compromises school safety and is considered insubordination.

 

Communications

District and School News

The school district and schools publish news on a weekly basis throughout the school year. Parents can expect to receive a Parent Connections email every other Thursday throughout the school year as well as newsletters from their schools. Spring Lake Park High School shares their weekly newsletters via email to families on Wednesdays, along with student announcements that will be shared via email on Mondays and Fridays. 

Be sure to follow Spring Lake Park Schools on social media. Click here to view the social media hub

Telephone Calls

To maximize learning time, phone calls will only be forwarded to voicemail and not directly to the classroom when class is in session. Teachers will check for messages and return calls at an appropriate time. Students may use the phone for emergencies only. Please make arrangements for after-school activities prior to the school day. 

Parent Hub

Click here to visit the Parent Hub, where you'll find more information about important school-home communications, such as Schoology, Campus Parent Portal and more! 

Data Privacy

 

Spring Lake Park Schools, its schools, and departments frequently highlight student successes and the many good things taking place in schools. This includes, but is not limited to, annual yearbooks, articles and photographs in newsletters or the website, video of a student program shown in school or on the district’s cable channel, or other school and district-approved media. Pictures or video may be of large groups of students or individual students singled out for achievement. Students’ names may or may not appear with an image. 

If a parent or eligible student wants any or all of the directory information to remain private, the parent, guardian, or eligible student must make a written request to the building principal within thirty days after the date of the media permission/directory notification is sent out each fall. This request must include the name of student and parent, as appropriate; home address; school presently attended by student; parent’s legal relationship to student, if applicable; specific category or categories of directory information which is not to be made public without the parent’s or eligible student’s prior written consent.

If you have questions please contact your building principal or the principal’s assistant. 

Click here to read School Board Policy 515

 

Eighteen-Year-Old Students

Students who turn eighteen years of age during the school year, have moved out of their parent or guardian’s home and would like to call in for their own absences must meet the following steps:

  1. Notify their dean and show proof of new residency
  2. Dean will take down new student information and will notify the MARRS Coordinator in the district office (763-600-5018)
  3. The dean will telephone the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) to confirm student request
  4. The dean will talk with the individual student to review expectations
  5. The dean will notify the attendance secretary of the new procedure for the student

Student progress information such as progress grades and term grades will still be communicated to the eighteen year old’s parents/guardians unless the student provides adequate documentation that such information would be harmful to the student.

Emergency Procedures

Bus Evacuation Procedures

  • Be silent, remain seated, do not panic
  • Listen for the driver’s instructions
  • Move quickly from your seat to the designated exit upon the driver’s instructions
  • Exit carefully
  • Help each other and use the buddy system
  • Walk to a safe waiting area and remain with the group
  • Wait for further instruction

Fire Evacuation

The state of Minnesota requires all public schools to conduct five drills per school year. The fire drill signal is a continuous sounding of the alarm horn. Students should follow the directions of their classroom teacher during these drills. Signs with exit locations are located in all classrooms. Students should immediately move outside in an orderly manner. Once outside, students are to move at least 50 feet from the building and stay there until further directions or a signal to reenter is given. No one is to return to the building until after the signal (the regular school bell) is heard. If a student should pull a false alarm, he/she will be disciplined in accordance with School District policy and procedures and legal authorities will be notified. School officials may impose further consequences.

Containment

  • Classroom containment is conducted when no immediate threat exists, but a circumstance makes it impractical to move throughout the building or when people need to be kept away from a certain area
  • Site containment occurs when there is a potential threat outside the building and law enforcement or district administration determine a site containment is warranted. No one is allowed to leave or enter the building during site containment.

Lockdown

The state of Minnesota requires all public schools to conduct five lockdown drills per school year. Classroom expectations for students during these drills are as follows:

  • Students who are in the hallway will be required to move into a nearby classroom
  • All doors and windows are to be locked. Do not answer your door if there is a knock.
  • Students are to remain orderly and follow the instructions of staff members. Students should stay away from windows and doors.
  • Under no circumstances will students be released until staff is instructed by administration to do so, even if the bell rings
  • Do not poke your head out to see what is happening. The lockdown will end with an announcement over the loud speaker.
  • Turn off lights in your classroom unless your room becomes black and therefore unsafe
  • There will be an announcement made by security that the drill is a practice. Security will also announce when the drill is completed.
  • Classrooms with an outside window should turn off all lights
  • Students are not to be talking during the lockdown
  • Do not stand or sit in a chair where you are visible by someone from the hallway

Tornado/Severe Weather Shelter

Each year our school participates in a mandatory tornado drill. A repeated series of short pulses on the alarm system is the tornado alarm. When this alarm is sounded, students are to accompany their teacher, in a prompt and orderly manner, to the designated shelter area. Students should be prepared to take the position of maximum safety (kneeling and bent forward with hands locked behind the head and neck). Students should never go to the gyms or the cafeteria during a tornado drill or tornado alarm. The school does have tornado drills, and students are expected to conduct themselves as if it were a genuine alarm.

Grading and Reporting System

The grading and reporting system is made up of several components:

Grading and Reporting System-Progress Reports

Progress reports are intended to provide information to both student and parents regarding the student’s progress and then make the necessary adjustments before the end of the trimester. Progress reports are posted at the end of the 4th and 8th weeks of the trimester.

Grading and Reporting System-Trimester Grades

The purpose of the trimester grade is to evaluate a student’s mastery of course learning targets. The trimester grade is the final grade for the course/term, and they are posted to the official high school transcript. The trimester grade includes an evaluation of academic learning demonstrated by the student and a measure of the career and life skills that a student demonstrates during the term.

The academic portion of the grade is weighted at 90% and the career and life skills grade is weighted at 10%. The academic grade portion is based on the student’s mastery of learning targets. The career & life skills grade portion is based on practice work and important college readiness skills (timeliness, academic honesty, etc.) as determined by the department.

Grading Scale

Academic (90%) + Career & Life Skills (10%)

Grade     Percent
A             93-100%
A-            90-92% 
B+           87-89% 
B             83-86% 
B-            80-825 
C+           77-79%
C             73-76% 
C-            70-72% 
D+           67-69%
D             63-66% 
D-            60-62% 
F              50-59%

Questions about grades or grading should first be directed to the teacher of the course. If an issue is still unresolved, the student should contact their Dean for assistance.

Graduation Requirements

A total of 64 credits are required for graduation. Students must also pass all required courses as outlined for their specific graduating class.

Required Courses: 

  • Language Arts:
    • Language Arts 9 (3 credits)
    • Language Arts (3 credits)
    • American Literature 1 & 2
    • Speech or Theater
    • Senior Writing
    • Senior Literature
    • Language Arts Elective
  • Mathematics: 
    • Quadratic Algebra (3 credits)
    • Geometry (3 credits)
    • Algebra 2 (3 credits)
    • Physical Science 9 (3 credits)
    • Biology (3 credits)
    • One year of chemistry or one year of physics
  • Social Studies:
    • Human Geography (2 credits)
    • Civics (1 credit)
    • U.S. History (3 credits)
    • World History (2 credits)
    • Economics (1 credit)
    • U.S. Government (1 credit)
    • Social Science Elective (1 credit)
  • Physical Education:
    • Phy. Ed. 1 and Phy. Ed. 2
  • Health Education:
    • Teen Health 1 and Teen Health 2
  • Arts: three total credits

Health Services and Medications

The Health Services webpages have important information about immunization, head lice, health resources and more.Click here to visit the Health Services Pages

  • Medications sent to school must be sent in their original prescription or over-the-counter container. It is preferred all medications are brought to school by a parent or guardian. If a student must bring their medications themselves, they need to go directly to the health office with the medication upon arrival to school. The medication bottle must be in a sealed envelope with the student's name, the name of the medication, and the number of pills/doses.  Students cannot carry medication throughout the building.  
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers are not available from the Health Care Specialists at any school. 
  • Per the Minnesota Department of Health, no essential oils are allowed to be carried by students in any school because they are not FDA regulated. If you feel your child may need essential oils for a particular reason, please speak with your school's Health Care Specialist. Medication administration forms are available online or from the health office. Any requests for students to self-carry medications (asthma inhalers or epi pens) must be accompanied by a doctor’s note, as well, as a signed student agreement. 
  • Students in grades 7-12 may be allowed to self-carry and self-administer Tylenol or ibuprofen only if a signed form to self-carry has been received by the health office, a student agreement has been signed and reviewed with the student and Health Care Specialist, and the medication is in it’s original packaging. If a student is abusing this privilege in any way, the school may revoke their ability to self-carry over-the-counter pain relievers.

Click here to read School Board Policy 516

Insubordination Procedures

 

The staff at Spring Lake Park High School holds firmly to the principle of mutual respect and selfdiscipline. The purpose of these insubordination procedures is to facilitate and empower staff to provide a safe and effective campus-wide learning environment. These procedures shall not apply to poor academic performance, unintentional or intermittent behavior, or refusal to follow nonstandard instructions; however, when a student willfully challenges the authority of a staff member and/or clearly ignores or refuses to follow reasonable instructions; the following procedures will be followed: When a student appears to have heard and chooses not to follow or ignores instructions, the staff member will ask, “Are you refusing to follow my instructions?” Staff members will refer the student to their Dean of Students. The dean will work with the student and determine an appropriate consequence for this situation.

 

Make-Up Work Procedure

It is the student’s responsibility to ask for and turn in all make-up work.

  • Most school work can be accessed by logging into the student’s Schoology account and thus can be completed when a student is not in school
  • If student is absent on the day that work is assigned, they will have two days to hand in the work missed, not two days for each day absent. Exceptions to this procedure may be made with the approval of the classroom teacher and the dean
  • If a student is absent on the day that the work is due; it is to be turned in the day they return to school. This includes those students who are returning from a suspension.
  • After an absence of three or more days, the parent or guardian should contact the Student Services Office to get the student’s homework assignments. The Student Services Office requests assignments from teachers to be turned in to the Student Services Center by 3 p.m. the following day.
     

Credit Make-Up

Credit make-up opportunities are available through the Contract for Credit Program and/or Metro Heights Academy. Students needing to make up required credits should see their dean to arrange enrollment in either program.

Nutrition Services and Food Allergies

School breakfast/lunch

Spring Lake Park Schools provides both breakfast and lunch service to students.  The breakfast/lunch program is computerized, and a computerized management program eliminates the use of tickets. Each student is assigned an account number (PIN) to be used to make food payments and purchases. The purchase price of your child’s meal is then automatically deducted from the account. If your child brings cold lunch, you might want to put money into their account to cover milk purchases. 

The Nutrition Services Department sends out a weekly caller system to notify of low funds. Students may deposit money into their account by check or cash at school or by credit card through the website.Checks should be made payable to ‘Spring Lake Park Schools Nutrition Services’. Households with more than one child in a school need to designate the amount of money to be placed into each child’s account. 

If your student(s) leaves the district and there is a positive balance in their account please complete the refund/transfer form. If the balance goes unclaimed, it will be transferred into an angel account. Graduating students must request a refund/transfer by Monday, July 16, 2018.

Click here to visit the nutrition services webpages

Application for Educational Benefits (Free and Reduced-Price Meals)

Spring Lake Park Schools provides free and reduced-price meals for qualifying children. Families must complete a new Application for Educational Benefits each school year. The application is mailed to each household in August and can be found on the nutrition services webpages. A parent or guardian may apply at any time during the year. Families will be notified with the status of your application by mail. If you have questions about qualifications, please contact the Nutrition Services department at 763-600-5041.

Food Allergies

The Nutrition Services Department is aware of the increasing number of children who are affected by a food allergy. As a way to help parents know what ingredients are in food served at district schools, ingredient statements for menu items are available online or by request akimme@district16.org. 

School district staff works to protect these children with food allergies from potential reactions.  The process starts with the school nurse who communicates to the kitchen manager about students with food allergies. Then, the kitchen manager notes the allergy on the student’s school meal account, which is linked to the point of sale to notify the cashier.   If a food allergy is prompted by the computer, together, the cashier and student will review the meal.   

Peanut and Tree Nut Allergies

  • Peanut butter sandwiches are served prepackaged to prevent cross contamination
  • All bakery items received from the bread company to include sliced bread for sandwiches and toast, hamburger buns and hot dog buns are manufactured in a tree nut and peanut free facility
  • For all other items on the menu it’s recommended the parent view the ingredient statement to determine if a food is “safe” for their child to eat

Families are always welcome to provide lunch from home for their student. 

Personal Property, Lost and Found

 

Common sense and consideration is the best guide in determining whether or not to bring personal possessions (valuables, iPhones, headphones, handheld games, etc.) to school. The school staff is not responsible for valuables that students bring to school. It is recommended that students leave all valuables at home. If special circumstances make it necessary for a student to bring money or other important possessions to school, please have your child let his/her teacher know and leave the belongings in the office.

Lost and Found

If students find articles or items that are not their own, they are asked to turn them in to the main office. If a student loses an article, check with the front office to see if it has been turned in. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen property and advises students not to bring valuables to school.

 

Pesticide Application Notice

 

The school district may plan to apply pesticide(s) on school property. To the extent the school district applies certain pesticides, the school district will provide a notice by September 15 as to the school district’s plan to use these pesticides. A parent may request to be notified prior to the application of certain pesticides on days different than those specified in the notice. Additional information regarding what pesticides are used, the schedule of pesticide applications, and the long-term health effects of the class of pesticide on children can be requested by contacting the District Facilities Supervisor at 763-600- 5045.

 

Photography

 

Photography or videography taken by students or parents at school or school events – with or without district issued technology – is prohibited if prior consent has not been received from the subject of the photo/video. Cameras are prohibited in restrooms and locker rooms.

Parents are allowed to have their student opt out of photography that may be taken for the district website, print publications or classroom activities. Parents that do not want their child used in any photograph need to complete the Technology Responsible Use Policy Notification that is handed out on Open House night or parents may request a copy from their school’s front office.

 

School Closings

The district makes every possible effort to keep schools open, in most weather conditions, if bus travel is safe. Unless we announce otherwise, assume that school will be in session.

It is always up to parents to make the final decision about whether or not to send their children to school if they believe weather conditions present a safety issue. No school credit is lost, and it is an excused absence if a parent decides to keep their child home because of extreme cold or inclement weather.

Click here to learn more about when and how we make school closure announcements

State Testing

Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.31, subdivision 4a, requires school districts to include a form for parents and guardians to complete if they refuse to have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments in their district student handbooks.

Click here to view the parent/guardian guide to statewide testing and the refusal for student participation in statewide assessments form.

Student Records

The purpose of this policy is for the district to recognize its responsibility in regard to the collection, maintenance and dissemination of pupil records and the protection of the privacy rights of students as provided in federal law and state statutes. 

Click here to read School Board Policy 515

Students in Good Standing

 

Good Standing has been created at Spring Lake Park High School as a reflection of its commitment to supporting student in meeting high standards of academic success. A student in good standing will be passing all classes and is not excessively tardy to classes. Additionally, students who have been suspended in or out of school for any reason may not be considered in good standing.

Students may not participate in or attend school sponsored activities, including but not limited to school dances and non-academic trips, when it has been determined that they are not in good standing with the school.

Students have the opportunity to correct their standing/status by correcting their choices. Students may meet with the dean of students or an administrator to discuss other ways to correct their Good Standing status. Students and families will be notified of their good standing status.

 

Supplemental Student Accident Insurance

Spring Lake Park Schools and all of its employees work hard to ensure that every student has a safe and rewarding experience while attending our schools. Even with this environment and the many precautions we take, accidents can happen while students are at school.

You may or may not be aware that the school district does not provide insurance coverage for students during the time they spend on school grounds. If a child has an accident while attending school during the day or while participating in after school activities, the family’s health insurance carrier would cover any related expenses. 

The district has made it relatively convenient for families to purchase Student Accident Insurance through Special Markets Insurance Consultants, Inc. and underwritten by Sentry Life Insurance Company (https://www.k12specialmarkets.com/) for the upcoming school year. This program is completely voluntary. Each family should examine their health insurance coverage as well as co-pays and deductible limits to determine if this supplemental coverage would be a benefit to them.

If you are interested in exploring a supplemental insurance coverage, by August 15, we will have a link on the school district’s website that will make available a variety of insurance coverage options for families to consider for their students. If you have questions about this service, you can call the Business Office at 763-600-5033.