Student Expectations

Guiding Student Expectations

A set of common student expectations has been established to limit the quantity and variability of expectations from one learning environment to another. Staff at each level have developed student-friendly language, in alignment with each of the guiding expectations that will be communicated, modeled and practiced with learners throughout the district.

Students will engage in words and actions that result in a safe physical and emotional environment.
I will use self-control so that our school is safe for each student and adult 

Students will promote a positive school culture and a sense of belonging for each student through their words and actions.
I will use empathy to show care for others so that our school is an inviting place to learn and play

Each student will be a steward of their school environment, creating a place they are proud to call their school.
I will show responsibility when caring for my school so that we are proud to be Panthers

Students will be aware of and advocate for their social-emotional and learning wants and needs.
I will pay attention to what I need and be assertive in communicating those needs

Students will adjust their behavior to match the learning activity and environment, and be open to feedback when they have difficulty.
I will cooperate with others so that we can each learn and be successful in the way that works best for our learning

Other Student Expectations

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Bullying, Hazing and Harassment Policy

District policy: Spring Lake Park Schools shall maintain a learning and working environment that is free from bullying, racial, religious or sexual harassment or violence. Racial, religious or sexual harassment or violence are forms of discrimination which violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the Minnesota Human Rights Act, as amended. The district prohibits any form of hazing or racial, religious, disability or sexual harassment or violence.

It shall be a violation of this policy for any student or employee to inflict, threaten to inflict or attempt to inflict any form of harassment or violence upon any student or employee. It shall also be a violation of this policy for any student or employee to harass any student or employee through conduct or communication of a racial, religious or sexual nature.

The district shall investigate all complaints, formal or informal, verbal or written, of racial, religious or sexual harassment or violence and take appropriate action against any student or employee who is found to have violated this policy. Please refer to district policy.

Chemical and Tobacco Free Environment

The use of controlled substances, including alcohol and tobacco, is prohibited by Spring Lake Park Schools policies and procedures. Possession, use or distribution of controlled substances, alcohol, or tobacco by students or staff on school premises or during any of its sponsored activities shall result in disciplinary action.

Clothing - Appropriate/Inappropriate

Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for school. To maintain a focused learning environment for all students, children will not be allowed to wear any clothing that is considered distracting, lewd, or vulgar; that displays promotions for alcohol or tobacco companies, or promotes use of illegal substances; or that has gang symbols or identifies gang membership. Caps may not be worn in the building. The principal will be the final judge as to the appropriateness of clothing for school. In the event that the clothing is deemed unsuitable, the student will need to change into something more appropriate. Parents may be called and asked to bring in a change of clothing.

District Weapons Policy

District policy: Students and non-students, including adults and visiting youths, are forbidden to knowingly or voluntarily possess, handle, transmit, store in an area subject to one’s control, or use any instrument that is considered a weapon, or any “look alike” weapon. This policy shall apply in the district buildings, on school grounds, at school activities, at school bus stops, on school buses or school vehicles, or upon entering or departing from district premises, property, or events. Spring Lake Park Schools takes a position of “zero tolerance” on weapons. Please refer to Spring Lake Park Schools Policy for further information.