Student Expectations

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Code of Student Conduct

 

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students are aware of and comply with the district’s expectations for student conduct. Such compliance will enhance the district’s ability to maintain discipline and ensure that there is no interference with the educational process. Spring Lake Park Schools will take appropriate disciplinary action when students fail to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct established by School Board Policy 506. 

All students shall be held individually responsible for their behavior and for knowing and obeying the Code of Student Conduct. 

Click here to read School Board Policy 506                

Disciplinary Action Options

Students must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner that maintains a climate in which learning can take place. Overall decorum affects student attitudes and influences student behavior. Proper student conduct is necessary to facilitate the education process and to create an atmosphere conducive to high student achievement.

It is the general policy of the school district to utilize progressive discipline to the extent reasonable and appropriate based upon the specific facts and circumstances of student misconduct. The specific form of discipline chosen in a particular case is solely within the discretion of the school district. At a minimum, violation of school district rules, regulations, policies or procedures will result in discussion of the violation and a verbal warning. The school district shall, however, impose more severe disciplinary sanctions for any violation, including exclusion or expulsion, if warranted by the student’s misconduct, as determined by the school district.

Click here to read School Board Policy 506      

Academic Dishonesty, Cheating, Plagiarism

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following actions:

  • Copying another student’s test, theme, book report or paper or assignment
  • Using another person’s ideas, expression or words without consent/documentation
  • Preparing to cheat in advance, such as receiving a copy of a test that is to be given or using unauthorized notes during a test
  • Allowing another student to copy your work
  • Use of picture phone or other technology to accomplish this end The student may receive a “0” (no credit given) on the assignment or test for each cheating incident. He or she will be required to redo the test or assignment, and will be disciplined in accordance with the school district’s discipline policy. Other disciplinary actions may include detention, assignment to In School Suspension (ISS), or Out of School Suspension (OSS).

 

Behavior Guidelines

Teachers at Westwood Middle School know time in the classroom is an extremely valuable component to the advancement of each students' education. There are times when a student may need to be removed from a classroom for the remainder of a class period or just a part of the class period. The re-set room at Westwood Middle serves as the location for students that need to be removed from the classroom. Our re-set room is staffed with a teacher that will help the student process through their decisions and find solutions to be successful in the classroom environment. Prior to sending a student to the Re-Set room, teachers will attempt a minimum of two interventions, unless it is defined below as a safety concern to the other students and adults in that classroom.

Beliefs that Guide our Work:

Our Beliefs

In an inviting student learning environment, each student and staff member feels valued, inspired, and has a sense of belonging. By implementing consistent student and staff expectations and practices that align with personalized learning and are culturally responsive, we create culturally proficient learning communities, and develop the skills and dispositions to become self-directed, powerful learners.

An inviting student learning environment is attainable when we believe:

  • All students and staff desire to have positive and personal relationships.
  • Each student has a desire to learn, and their engagement is directly influenced through the design of student work and learning experiences.
  • We value each student, and recognize that each student brings unique assets, experiences, and voice to the school and classroom environment.
  • We value each family, and recognize that families are essential partners in our shared desire for each student to become positive, caring contributors to our schools and community.
  • It is our collective and individual responsibility to provide clear, consistent, and caring expectations, and teach the skills needed for each student to find success that leads to predictable and safe learning environments for both students and staff.
  • Challenging behavior will occur, and is a form of communication.
  • Staff individually and collectively influence the behavior and culture of a classroom and school through their responses, and pattern of responses, to challenging behavior. Partnership among staff is necessary to support students and one another.

When we collectively bring these beliefs to practice, students will be engaged and develop the skills and dispositions necessary to be self-directed, powerful learners.

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.

  • 6-8: I will treat others the way they want to be treated 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.

  • 6-8: My words and actions will be inclusive of others so that each person has a sense of belonging at Westwood.

Each student will be a steward of their school environment, creating a place they are proud to call their school. 

  • 6-8: I will be an owner of Westwood to create a school we are proud of.

Students will be aware of, and advocate for, their social-emotional and learning wants and needs.

  • 6-8: I will use my voice to express what I need so that I am – You are – We are – successful at Westwood.

Students will adjust their behavior to match the learning activity and environment, and be open to feedback when they have difficulty.

  • 6-8: I will use respectful words and actions that align to situations and environments, and be open to feedback from others.

When a student engages in a behaviors that result in physically or emotionally unsafe environment

We will:

  • Re-establish safety in the environment
  • Re-establish regulation within student
  • Basic detective work to uncover why the behavior happened and why
  • Develop strategies and commitments
  • Communicate with family and all staff involved

Alcohol, Tobacco and Controlled Substances

 

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.

Chemical, substance and tobacco use

If a student is found to be under the influence of alcohol or appears to be under the influence of a mood altering substance the parent will be called to remove the student from campus. 

The use of tobacco products or their substitutes such as; e-cigarettes, nicotine gum, vaporizers, etc. is prohibited on school grounds or during school sponsored activities both on and off campus. The first offense may lead to a three days out of school suspension and confiscation of the item. The second offense may lead to a five days out of school suspension and confiscation of the item.  

Prohibition of the use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or controlled substances by students participating in school district athletics and activities

The purpose of this policy is to prohibit the use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or controlled substances by students participating in school district activities.  

Click here to read School Board Policy 531

 

Bullying, Hazing, Harassment, Nondiscrimination

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 Minnesota Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended and the Minnesota Human Rights Act as amended. The School 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 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. School District policies are updated regularly. 

Please refer to the following policies for the most up to date information as well as the School Board Policy Student-Series 500. Click here to view the School Board Policy Student-Series 500

Harassment and Violence (School Board Policy 413)

The purpose of this policy is to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence. The school district prohibits any form of religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence.

General Statement of Policy 

  • It is the policy of the school district to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence. The school district prohibits any form of religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence.
  • It shall be a violation of this policy for any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel of the school district to harass a pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel through conduct or communication of a sexual nature or regarding religion and race. (For purposes of this policy, “school personnel” includes School Board members, school employees, agents, volunteers, contractors or persons subject to the supervision and control of the district.)
  • It shall be a violation of this policy for any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel of the school district to inflict, threaten to inflict, or attempt to inflict religious, racial or sexual violence upon any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel.
  • The school district will act to investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence, and to discipline or take appropriate action against any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel who is found to have violated this policy.

Click here to Read School Board Policy 413

Bullying Prohibition (School Board Policy 514)

A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and attain high academic standards and to promote healthy human relationships. Bullying, like other violent or disruptive behavior, is conduct that interferes with students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to educate students in a safe environment. The school district cannot monitor the activities of students at all times and eliminate all incidents of 25 bullying between students, particularly when students are not under the direct supervision of school personnel. However, to the extent such conduct affects the educational environment of the school district and the rights and welfare of its students, and is within the control of the school district in its normal operations, it is the school district’s intent to prevent bullying and to take action to investigate, respond, remediate and discipline those acts of bullying which have not been successfully prevented. 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.

Click here to Read School Board Policy 514

Student Disability Nondiscrimination (School Board Policy 521)

The purpose of this policy is to protect disabled students from discrimination on the basis of disability and to identify and evaluate learners who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, need special services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education. 

Click here to Read School Board Policy 521

Student Sex Nondiscrimination (School Board Policy 522) 

Students are protected from discrimination on the basis of sex pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The purpose of this policy is to provide equal educational opportunity for all students and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.

Click here to Read School Board Policy 522

Violence Prevention (School Board Policy 525)

The purpose of this policy is to recognize violence and to identify measures that the school district will take in an attempt to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from violent and disruptive behavior. 

The School Board is committed to promoting healthy human relationships and learning environments that are physically and psychologically safe for all members of the school community. It further believes that students are the first priority and they should be protected from physical or emotional harm during school activities, and on school grounds, buses or field trips while under school district supervision.

Click here to Read School Board Policy 525

Hazing Policy (School Board Policy 526)

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.

General Statement of Policy 

  • No student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor or other employee of the school district shall plan, direct, encourage, aid or engage in hazing.
  • No teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor or other employee of the school district shall permit, condone or tolerate hazing.
  • Apparent permission or consent by a person being hazed does not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.
  • This policy applies to behavior that occurs on or off school property and before, during and after school hours.
  • A person who engages in an act that violates school policy or law in order to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization shall be subject to discipline for that act.
  • The school district will act to investigate all complaints of hazing 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. 

Click here to Read School Board Policy 526

Assault

Assault is physical violence against another person without reciprocity of physical aggression. The following consequences may occur:

  • Suspended for up to 10 school days
  • Request may be made to have a chemical assessment prior to readmission
  • Recommend for expulsion for serous injuries or subsequent violations of school policies
  • Police referral

Fighting

The following consequences may occur:

  • Suspended for up to 10 school days
  • Request may be made to have a chemical assessment prior to readmission
  • Request may be made to have a successful mediation between the students prior to readmission
  • Police referral
  • Recommend for expulsion for serous injuries or subsequent violations of school policies

Gang/Threat Group

Activity Gang/threat group related to activity such as, the use of graffiti, emblems, symbolism, hand gang signs, threatening language, jewelry, clothing, etc., are prohibited.
 

Bus Conduct and Consequences

Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right. The district’s general student behavior rules are in effect for all students on school buses, including nonpublic and charter school students. The district will not provide transportation for students whose transportation privileges have been revoked. The district is committed to transporting students in a safe and orderly manner. To accomplish this, student riders are expected to follow district rules for waiting at a school bus stop and rules for riding on a school bus. Rules regarding bus conduct and school behavior apply at the bus stop as well as on the bus. 

Bus routes are established during the summer by the District transportation office/Lorenz Bus Company. If you have general questions about bus routes, bus stop locations, or schedules, please contact the Transportation Department at 763-600-5590 or transportation@district16.org. 

If you need to report or ask a question about an extra-late-arriving bus of more than 15 minutes, or if your child has left something on a bus, please call:

  • Lorenz Bus Service: 763-201-8888
  • Voigt’s Bus Service (Special Education Routes): 763-571-1241

While waiting for the bus or after being dropped off at a school bus stop, all students must comply with the following expectations:

  • Get to the bus stop five minutes before your scheduled pick-up time. The school bus driver will not wait for late students.
  • Respect the property of others while waiting at the bus stop
  • Keep your arms, legs, and belongings to yourself
  • Use appropriate language
  • Stay away from the street, road or highway when waiting for the bus
  • Wait until the bus stops before approaching the bus
  • After getting off the bus, move away from the bus
  • If you must cross the street, always cross in front of the bus where the driver can see you
  • Wait for the driver to signal to you before crossing the street
  • No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay
  • No use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs

While riding a school bus, all riders must comply with the following expectations:

  • Follow the driver’s directions at all times
  • Remain seated facing forward while the bus is in motion
  • Talk quietly and use appropriate language
  • Keep all parts of your body inside the bus
  • Keep arms, legs and belongings to yourself and out of the aisle
  • No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay
  • Do not throw any object
  • No eating, drinking or use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs
  • Do not bring any weapons or dangerous objects on the school bus
  • Do not damage the school bus 
     

Bus Consequences

Consequences for school bus/bus stop misconduct will be imposed by the school district under adopted administrative discipline procedures. All school bus/bus stop misconduct will be reported to the school district’s transportation safety director.  

While on the bus a student may be warned by the bus driver, a bus driver and student conference may be held, and the student may be assigned a designated seat if needed. A written report may also be given to the student.

  • 1st Report: Parent contacted, student conference with principal/designee, report is sent home.
  • 2nd Report: Parent contacted, student conference, assigned seat, report is sent home.
  • 3rd Report: Parent contacted, student conference, one- day bus suspension may occur, report sent home
  • 4th Report: Parent contacted, student conference, two- four days bus suspension may occur, copy of report sent home
  • 5th Report: Parent is contacted, student conference, five days bus suspension may occur, copy of report sent home
  • 6th Report: Parent is contacted, student conference, possible suspension of bus riding privileges for remaining portion of the trimester.

Additional written reports may result in permanent suspension of bus riding privileges. Parent will then be responsible for providing transportation to school for their child. A severe infraction may result in an immediate suspension from bus riding and may also be reported to local law enforcement. 

Distribution of Non-School Sponsored Materials on School Premises

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.

The district recognizes that students and employees have the right to express themselves on school property. This protection includes the right to distribute, at a reasonable time and place and in a reasonable manner, non-school sponsored material. 

Click here to read School Board Policy 505

Dress Code

It is the expectation that all students dress in a manner appropriate for an educational setting. Clothing should be appropriate to the weather and activity and not create a health or safety hazard. During school hours there is to be no headwear worn by anyone. Headwear will be allowed for religious reasons. 

Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Short shorts and skimpy tank tops
  • Tops that expose the midriff
  • Clothing bearing a message that endorses products or activities that are illegal for minors (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, drug)
  • Clothing bearing a message or symbol that is lewd, vulgar or obscene
  • Clothing or jewelry that contains messages, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, words, objects or pictures that are racist, sexist or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group
  • Clothing or jewelry that contains messages, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, words, objects or pictures that indicate gang membership or affiliation
  • Clothing or jewelry that contains messages, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, words, objects or pictures that endorse any form of religious, racial or sexual harassment and/or violence against individuals as defined in School Board Policy 413
  • Any apparel (including chains, spikes or necklaces) or footwear that could damage school property 

If the administration believes a student’s appearance, grooming or mode of dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process or school activities or poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, the student will be directed to make modifications or will be sent home for the day. A parent or guardian will be notified. 

Click here to read School Board Policy 504

Headwear

Headwear is prohibited during the school day except for religious reasons. In respect for our school setting, please remove all other headwear upon entering the building through the end of the school day. All headwear is to be kept out of sight in student bags or lockers. Students seen wearing or displaying unauthorized headwear are expected to give them to staff upon request. Students who choose to refuse the staff request will be considered insubordinate and will be addressed in accordance with the school’s insubordination procedures.

Electronic Devices - School-Issued iPads and Personal Devices

 

The purpose of school-issued iPads or other school issued technology is to expand the use of technology, improve engagement and personalize student learning while providing equitable access to technology. When in class, the expectation is iPads are turned face down on the student’s desk or safely put away in the student’s bag unless otherwise directed by staff. A student who chooses to use their iPad without permission, may have their iPad confiscated by staff. iPads are intended for academic purposes only. Students are expected follow the Technology Responsible Use (TRU) policy at all times. During class time, gaming or use of social media is prohibited. A student who chooses to play games, use social media, messaging or otherwise engage in nonacademic purposes on their iPads may have their iPad confiscated by staff and applications may be deleted. Temporary or permanent restriction of iPad and app use may be instituted at the discretion of the dean. School-issued iPads are subject to search by staff members at any time. Any student who refuses to comply will be considered insubordinate.

Cell Phones

Students are not allowed to take videos, photos, or phone calls on their personal cell phones, unless under the direction of a teacher. The reason behind this is to protect the student at Westwood who have a no photo release. Earbuds can only be used in the classroom at the discretion of the teacher. For safety of students in the hallways, students need to be able to hear all directions and announcements during the school day. The school takes no responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of students cell phones.

Students should not be using their cell phones during instructional time. If students are not following the directions they will first be asked to put their cell phone away. Second, the teacher will ask them to place it in a secure location inside of their desk. If it continues to be a struggle, students may have to drop it off in the front office. Teachers will communicate home if a students cell phone has been a barrier for them in their education.

 

Hallways and Cafeteria

 

Hallways

While in the hallways we ask all students to demonstrate safe and respectful behavior towards others and all property. Expectations are as follow:

Cafeteria

Lunchtime is a special chance to relax, meet with friends, and have something to eat. We are proud of our cafeteria and how our students act with respect to each other and the Nutrition Services staff. If you treat the cafeteria and the people in it with respect and courtesy, you will be treated the same.

  • Students are given 4 minutes passing time between classes and are expected to walk (not run) to their next class on time
  • Any student in the hallway during class time must have a pass issued by a staff member
  • Students should not engage in physical contact (i.e., wrestling, pushing, play fighting, holding hands, hugging, etc.). Students are always subject to the code of student conduct.
  • All traffic areas are to be kept clear and allow space for others to pass comfortably
  • Cell phones are allowed in hallways, headphones are not allowed in the hallways
  • Breakfast will be served until 7:40 am. Students will not be allowed to purchase food after 7:40 am.
  • All money for lunch accounts must be dropped off before 7:45 a.m
  • 8 people to a table. No sharing seats.
  • iPads are NOT allowed in the cafeteria at any point in time
  • Students must be respectful of others and the cafeteria at all times
  • Students must have permission from a supervisor to leave the cafeteria
  • Students must remain seated for the entire lunch period. No switching from table to table
  • All students are responsible for cleaning up their area prior to leaving the cafeteria
  • Listening to music is not allowed in the cafeteria
  • Cell phones are allowed in the cafeteria. Phone calls, watching videos, taking videos, or taking pictures are not allowed in school at any point in time.
  • All food and beverages must remain in the cafeteria
  • Students are not allowed to play card games or dice to engage in gambling.
  • Students will have an opportunity to go outside after they are finished with their lunch. They will need to watch for the lunch supervisors to signal when it is time to go outside.

 

Lockers for Students

The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe and healthy educational environment by enforcing the district’s policies against contraband. Any locker is the property of the school and may be searched at any time. 

Click here to read School Board Policy 502

Technology Responsible Use and Safety

The school district is providing students with the privilege of access to the school district computer system, including Internet access, for limited educational purposes only. This includes classroom activities, educational research and professional or career development activities. Users are expected to use Internet access through the district system to further educational and personal goals consistent with the mission of the school district and school policies. Uses that might be acceptable on a user’s private personal account or another system may not be acceptable on this limited-purpose network. 

Students will not:

  • Share personal contact information about themselves or anyone else (name, address, telephone, etc.)
  • Conduct illegal or malicious activities, spread viruses, delete or damage unauthorized data or files
  • Share their user name or passwords with anyone or attempt to use another account on our system or other systems
  • Access, review, download, upload, store, print, post, receive, transmit or distribute inappropriate content. This includes rude and offensive language, pornographic and obscene content, materials advocating violence or discrimination, threatening statements, or any content that disrupts the educational process.
  • Knowingly or recklessly post, transmit or distribute false or defamatory information, harass another person or engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks
  • Attempt to damage equipment or network systems
  • Violate copyright laws. Do not download software, music, graphics, pictures, etc. protected by copyright without the written permission of the copyright owner.
  • Plagiarize the ideas of others (attempt to present someone else’s ideas as your own)
  • Use school computers to conduct commercial business
  • Gain access to unauthorized information or resources (i.e., chat rooms, instant messaging applications, computer games unrelated to a class assignment, etc.) or to access another person’s materials, information or files without permission.
  • Download applications or files to the desktop, hard drive or to your home directory without permission and supervision
  • Print documents unrelated to school assignments without permission
  • Save files created outside of school-to-school computers or networks without permission

The school:

  • Is not responsible for damage to data or system failures
  • Is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of any advice or information obtained through its systems
  • Is not responsible for anything you purchase on the Internet
  • Does not grant privacy in your personal directories or user history. We will observe your computer use.
  • Does not allow the use of free email accounts. You may not use or access email during school hours.
  • Requires you to report inadvertent access to unacceptable content
  • Requires you to report possible policy violations to a teacher or other school official
  • Requires that your use of the system complies with all federal, state and local laws

The final responsibility for responsible use of school computers and networks lies with the user. The school does use technical means to prevent inappropriate access to computers and Internet sites, but these devices are not foolproof. The user must not choose to access inappropriate content. Violations of this policy have consequences.

Depending on the nature and degree of the violation and the number of previous violations, unacceptable use of the school district system or the Internet may result in one or more of the following consequences: suspension or cancellation of use of access privileges; payments for damages and repairs; discipline under other appropriate school district policies, including suspension, expulsion, exclusion; or civil or criminal liability under other applicable laws. 

Click here to read School Board Policy 524

Weapons

No student or nonstudent, including adults and visitors, shall possess, use or distribute a weapon when in a school location. The school district will act to enforce this policy and to discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, school employee, volunteer, or member of the public who violates this policy.

Click here to read School Board Policy 501