Waseca Junior & Senior High School
Student Handbook 2023-24
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Students are given access to district technology for educational purposes in accordance with the school district’s mission, goals, and objectives. The use of the school district’s system is a privilege, not a right.
Users will not use the school district’s computers/devices or network to access or transmit messages, websites, or other materials that are, but not limited to, obscene, abusive, profane, threatening, disrespectful, inflammatory, racist, illegal, harassing.
Users shall not damage or disable district system hardware, software, or wiring. Users shall not post private information about themselves or others or gain access to another user’s materials. Users shall not violate copyright laws or licensing agreements.
Further, any other uses that are inappropriate to the educational setting or disruptive to the educational process are not considered acceptable use. Violation of the policy may result in one or more of the following, but are not limited to:
- Notification of parents
- Payment for damages and repairs
- Loss of access and other disciplinary actions as addressed in the student handbooks shall be consequences for inappropriate use. When appropriate, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
- Content filtering for students in violation of the Acceptable Use Policy.
- Computer access time restrictions.
Users are informed that school officials have the right to examine students and staff files, school owned devices and school email accounts at any time.
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO & CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Use and possession of alcohol, tobacco products, or any other mood altering substances vaping or paraphernalia, or any other mood altering substances is prohibited any time and any place during the school day or on school property or while involved in a school sponsored activity. Students who use/possess any of the above items will receive up to 3 days of Out-of-School Suspension. Students will be referred to the Police Liaison Officer.
Regular school attendance is directly related to success in academic work, benefits students socially, provides opportunities for important communication 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. It is intended to be positive and not punitive.
Something of educational value is taught in every class each period of every school day. Each student can learn something of educational value in each class every day. If a student misses a class, he/she will miss a learning experience, which cannot be made without being part of the entire class.
There is also educational value in extra-curricular activities and it is up to parents, teachers, coaches, and advisors to help students limit the number of school-related absences. While school-related absences are not included in the six-day absence rule, we strongly recommend that the total school-related and non-school-related absences together should not exceed 10 class periods.
Students with at least 85% in the class who are present 95% of the days in the trimester may be excused from the final as determined by the teacher.
- Student’s Responsibility
- It is the student’s right to be in school. It is also the student’s responsibility to attend all assigned classes and study halls every day that school is in session and to be aware of and follow the correct procedures when absent from an assigned class or study hall. Finally, it is the student’s responsibility to request any missed assignments due to an absence.
- Parent or Guardian’s Responsibility
- It is the responsibility of the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) to ensure the student is attending school, to 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.
- Teacher’s Responsibility
- It is the teacher’s responsibility to take daily attendance and to maintain accurate attendance records in each assigned class and study hall. It is also the teacher’s responsibility to be familiar with all procedures governing attendance and to apply these procedures uniformly. It is also the teacher’s responsibility to provide any student who has been absent with any missed assignments upon request. Finally, it is the teacher’s responsibility to work cooperatively with the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) and the student to solve any attendance problems that may arise.
- Administrator’s Responsibility
- It is the administrator’s responsibility to require students to attend all assigned classes and study halls. It is also the administrator’s responsibility to be familiar with all procedures governing attendance and to apply these procedures uniformly to all students, to maintain accurate records of student attendance and to prepare a list of the previous day’s absences stating the status of each. It is the responsibility of the administrator to determine if an absence is excused or unexcused. Finally, it is the administrator’s responsibility to inform the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student’s attendance and to work cooperatively with them and the student to solve attendance problems.
- In accordance with the Minnesota Compulsory Instruction Law, Minn. Stat. § 120A.22, the students of the school district are REQUIRED to attend all assigned classes and/or study halls every day school is in session, unless the student has been excused by school administration from attendance because the student has already completed state and school district standards required to graduate from high school, has withdrawn, or has a valid excuse for absence.
According to Minn. Stat. § 120A.22, Subd. 12, school administration makes the determination if an absence is considered excused or unexcused. Parent(s) or guardian(s) must call the Junior & Senior High office at (507) 835-5470 by 10:00 A.M. on the day a student is absent to offer a legitimate reason for the absence; a voice message can also be left 24 hours a day/7 days a week concerning attendance. Written notes or emails will not be accepted.
Any absence not called in will be marked unexcused; if a parent does not call to offer a valid reason for the absence within 48 hours, the absence will not be changed.
Excused and Unexcused Absences
- To be considered an excused absence, the student’s parent or legal guardian may be asked to verify, in writing or by phone, the reason for the student’s absence from school.
- The following reasons shall be sufficient to constitute excused absences:
- Serious illness in the student’s immediate family.
- A death in the student’s immediate family or of a close friend or relative.
- Medical, dental or orthodontic treatment, or counseling appointment.
- Court appearances 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.
- Official school field trip or other school-sponsored outing.
- Removal of a student pursuant to a suspension. Suspensions are to be handled as excused absences and students will be permitted to complete make-up work.
- Family emergencies.
- Active duty in any military branch of the United States.
- Family vacation when the student is in good academic standing and the student has prior permission from the principal.
- Personal trips to schools or colleges with prior permission from the principal.
- Spectator at a school-sponsored activity (e.g. MSHSL tournament competitions). This activity needs approval from district or school leadership, and is up to the discretion of building administration.
Student Obligations for Excused Absences
- Students whose absences are excused are required to make up all assignments missed or to complete alternative assignments as deemed appropriate by the classroom teacher.
- Work missed because of absence must be made up within the number of days absent +1 day. Any work not completed within this period shall result in “no credit” for the missed assignment. However, the building principal or the classroom teacher may extend the time allowed for completion of make-up work in the case of an extended illness or other extenuating circumstances.
- The following are examples of absences which will not be excused:
- Skipping classes, including study hall, or leaving the building at any time without verbal permission from a principal or principal’s designee. Teachers will not give permission for students to leave the building.
- Truancy: an absence by a student which was not approved by the parent and/or the school district.
- Any absence in which the student/parent failed to comply with any reporting requirements of the school district’s attendance procedures.
- Work at home.
- Work at a business, except under a school-sponsored work release program.
- Vacations with family that have not been given prior approval from the principal.
- Any other absence not included under the attendance procedures set out in this policy.
- Consequences of Absences
- Students receiving unexcused absences will not receive credit for work or tests missed in the class that day.
- Deliberate skipping may result in, but is not limited to, being assigned an equivalent amount of time in detention or In-School Suspension (ISS).
- Definition: Students are expected to be in their assigned area at designated times. Failure to do so constitutes tardiness. A student is tardy if he or she arrives at class after the bell rings; if the student arrives five minutes past the start of the class, it is considered an unexcused absence. Teachers may include trips back to the locker and to the bathroom as tardies.
- Students who arrive to 1st Hour five or more minutes past the start of class without a valid excuse, will not be able to participate in afterschool activities, which include practices and events.
- Procedures for Reporting Tardiness
- Students tardy at the start of school must report to the school office for an admission slip.
- Tardiness between periods will be handled by the teacher.
- Excused Tardiness
- Serious illness in the student’s immediate family.
- A death in the student’s immediate family or of a close friend or relative.
- Medical or dental treatment.
- Court appearances occasioned by family or personal action.
- Physical emergency conditions such as fire, flood, storm, etc.
- Any tardiness for which the student has been excused in writing by an administrator or faculty member.
- Valid excuses for tardiness are:
- Unexcused Tardiness
- If a student accumulates an excessive amount of unexcused tardies, the following consequences will occur:
- 5 unexcused tardies = 1 detention
- 10 unexcused tardies = 2 detentions
- 15 unexcused tardies = one half day of In-School Suspension
- 20 unexcused tardies = one day of In-School Suspension
- Every additional 5 unexcused tardies will result in one day of In-School Suspension.
- If a student accumulates an excessive amount of unexcused tardies, the following consequences will occur:
NOTE: The accumulation of unexcused tardies is not by individual course, but by the amount overall.
Participation in Extracurricular Activities and School-Sponsored On-the-Job Training Programs
- This policy applies to all students involved in any extracurricular activity scheduled either during or outside the school day and any school-sponsored on-the-job training programs.
- School-initiated absences will be accepted and participation permitted.
- A student must be in attendance for a half day of school to participate in an activity or program that day. A student may participate if prior approval is granted by the principal.
- A student may not participate in any activity or program if he or she has an unexcused absence from any class during the day.
- If a student is suspended from any class, he or she may not participate in any activity or program that day.
- If a student is absent from school due to medical reasons, he or she must present a physician’s statement or a statement from the student’s parent or guardian clearing the student for participation that day. The note must be presented to the coach or advisor before the student participates in the activity or program.
Skip Days are not authorized by the administration and will be considered unexcused. School consequences may be assigned. If the administration is alerted of a possible “skip day” on a particular date, students may be required to provide additional verification for absences on that date to be excused.
BUILDING PASSES/PASSES OUT OF THE BUILDING
Students are to use e-hallpass, our electronic pass system, to leave one room/location to go to another.
Students are not to leave the building during the day without a pass either issued and signed by office personnel, or logged in the e-hallpass system. Anyone leaving the building without following the above procedure is considered skipping school and is subject to disciplinary action.
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 a student’s ability to learn and/or a teacher’s ability to educate students in a safe environment. The Bullying Prohibition policy protects students against bullying and retaliation by other students.
“Bullying” means intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive and:
- an actual or perceived imbalance of power exists between the student engaging in the prohibited conduct and the target of the prohibited conduct, and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; or
- materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services, or privileges.
In other words, BULLYING is a behavior that is unfair and one-sided (imbalance of power). It happens when someone keeps (repeated over time) hurting, frightening, threatening or leaving someone out on purpose (intended to harm).
It is also important to understand what bullying IS NOT:
- Someone is being RUDE when they say or do something that hurts someone else, but it is not on purpose.
- Someone is being MEAN when he/she PURPOSELY says or does something to hurt someone else, but it is not repeated.
“Cyberbullying” means bullying using technology or other electronic communication, including, but not limited to, a transfer of a sign, signal, writing, image, sound, or data, including a post on a social network Internet website or forum, transmitted through a computer, cell phone, or other electronic device. The term applies to prohibited conduct which occurs on school premises, on school district property, at school functions or activities, on school transportation, or on school computers, networks, forums, and mailing lists, or off school premises to the extent that it substantially and materially disrupts student learning or the school environment.
Bullying behavior is prohibited:
- on all school property, school grounds, or property immediately adjacent to school grounds
- in the area of entrance or departure from school grounds, premises, or events
- at/on school bus stops, school buses, school vehicles, school contracted vehicles, or any other vehicles approved for school district purposes,
- during all school-related functions, school sponsored activities, events, or trips
- on a student’s walking route to or from school for purposes of attending school or school-related functions, activities, or events
- off school premises to the extent that it substantially and materially disrupts student learning or the school environment (cyberbullying)
While prohibiting bullying at these locations and events, the school district does not represent that it will provide supervision or assume liability at these locations and events.
Intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct may involve, but is not limited to conduct that:
- causes physical harm to a student or a student’s property
- causes a student to be in reasonable fear of harm to person or property
- violates a student’s reasonable expectation of privacy,
- defames a student or constitutes intentional infliction of emotional distress against student,
- is directed at any student or students including those based on a person’s actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national appearance, sexual orientation, including gender identity and expression, academic status related to student performance, disability or status with regard to public assistance.
It is important to REPORT bullying!
Any student who believes he or she has been the target or victim of bullying, or any student with knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute bullying or prohibited conduct under this policy should report the alleged acts immediately to a school administrator.
An investigation will be done by an administrator or administrative designee within three days of the report. If the report occurs on a day before a weekend or school break, it may have to wait until the next day that school is in session. Parents will be notified within one day after the investigation is completed.
Through investigation, the school district may take into account the following factors:
- The developmental ages and maturity levels of the parties involved;
- The levels of harm, surrounding circumstances, and nature of the behavior;
- Past incidences or past or continuing patterns of behavior;
- The relationship between the parties involved; and
- The context in which the alleged incidents occurred.
Retaliation is prohibited by any student. Filing a false accusation of bullying is also prohibited.
Bystanders who are present at an event or incident and do not take part, but encourage hostile bodily contact in or on school property or any activity under sponsorship, will receive consequences. This includes any filming of the incident.
Consequences for students who commit prohibited acts of bullying include but are not limited to:
- First Offense: warning and anti-bullying education
- Second Offense: one to three days In-School Suspension and continuation of anti-bullying education
- Third Offense: 1-3 days of Out-of-School Suspension and referred to law enforcement
- Continued Offenses will be referred to law enforcement and will result in a change of placement or expulsion.
Consequences may be bypassed based on the nature of the offense.
If you have witnessed bullying or have been bullied yourself, please tell a trusted adult. You can also fill out the Waseca JHHS Bullying Report.
CARE OF BUILDING AND PROPERTY
It is an expectation that all students treat the property of other students, staff, and the school with respect during the school day and during any school event whether at home or away. All students should do their best to keep this building safe and clean. In addition, students are expected to take care of their books, Chromebooks, and any other materials or equipment issued to them in the best manner possible.
Theft (Level 2) is the unlawful taking of the property of another person or receiving or possessing such property. Restitution and attendance at Offensive Behavior Class and/or referral to police will occur as appropriate.
Arson (Level 3) is the willful burning or attempted burning of any part of any building or property of the school, its staff or its students. Referral will occur to police and fire departments.
Students are allowed to bring cell phones/electronic devices into the building. All students are expected to park their cell phones, smart watches, and ear buds when entering a classroom. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the teacher’s expectations and procedures for electronic devices.
Violation 1-- Detention and phone kept in the office until the end of the day
Violation 2—Every violation after will result in detention and parents picking up the cell phone.
*Refusal to give up a cell phone to a staff member will result in suspension.
*Students suspected of any inappropriate use (cheating, pictures, social media, etc) of any cell phone in his or her possession may be asked to show the contents of the phone. Refusal to show the contents may result in the student not being allowed to bring the phone to school for the rest of the year.
The use of electronic devices or other objects, which cause distractions to the educational environment; making, distributing or posting recordings, either audio or video, of any school activities, classroom, or school employee without prior approval of a building administrator; and the use of electronic devices in locker rooms, as well as, classrooms or other areas requiring a private, secure, or distraction-free setting are examples of unacceptable behavior subject to disciplinary action by the school. These examples are not intended to be an exclusive list. Any student who engages in any of these activities shall be disciplined in accordance with this policy. This policy applies to all school buildings; school grounds and school property; school-sponsored activities or trips; school bus stops; school buses; school vehicles; school contracted vehicles, or any other vehicles approved for school district purposes; the area of entrance or departure from school premises or events; and all school-related functions. This policy also applies to any student whose conduct at any time or in any place interferes with, or obstructs, the mission or operations of the school or the safety or welfare of the student, other students, or employees.
Students may not leave the campus any time during the day without prior permission from a principal or an administrative designee. Students who are ill must report to the nurse’s office and will be excused only with a call to a parent or guardian. Students will not be excused if they leave prior to receiving permission from school-authorized personnel.
In order to participate in Waseca High School Commencement ceremonies the student must meet the following requirements:
- Students must be an enrolled student at Waseca High School, Waseca Area Learning Center, SouthWest Metro, or is a Waseca High School student who has been approved to attend PSEO.
- Students must complete the 74 credits of coursework as outlined in the Waseca High School student registration guide prior to the commencement ceremony.
- All student financial obligations must be paid.
School dances may begin at 8:00 p.m. and must end no later than 11:00 p.m.
- Doors close 20 minutes after the start of a dance.
- Any student leaving a dance before it is over will not be readmitted.
- The supervising administration/staff reserves the right to have any student not participate in activities.
Guests of Waseca Junior & Senior High School students must complete the Dance Guest Registration Form must be completed and faxed (507-835-1724) or emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 4:00 pm three days prior to the event. Forms will not be accepted on the day of the dance.
NOTE: A copy of the guest's photo I.D. is a required part of the application.
All school information regarding a student is considered private and confidential except "Directory Information". The Waseca Board of Education has classified the following as Directory Information: The student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student is public data. Students may opt out of the directory information classification by providing written notice to the office of the high school principal.
Administrators and teachers can assign detention for a variety of school infractions.
Teachers may assign detention to be served with that teacher for violation of the attendance policy or classroom expectations. Detention assigned by a teacher will be served with that teacher and is coordinated with the teacher and student. The length of detention is to the discretion of the teacher.
Detention assigned by a principal must be served during the student’s lunch period. The detention coordinator will schedule the detention and the students will receive notice of the date, time, and location they are expected to serve the detention. The length of detention is to the discretion of the administrator. Refusal to serve or make up detention or is considered insubordination and may result in suspension.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
The school board recognizes that individual responsibility and mutual respect are essential components of the educational process. The school board further recognizes that nurturing the maturity of each student is of primary importance and is closely linked with the balance that must be maintained between authority and self-discipline as the individual progresses from a child’s dependence on authority to the more mature behavior of self-control.
All students are entitled to learn and develop in a setting which promotes respect of self, others, and property. Proper positive discipline can only result from an environment which provides options and stresses student self-direction, decision-making, and responsibility. Schools can function effectively only with internal discipline based on mutual understanding of rights and responsibilities. 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.
Although this policy emphasizes the development of self-discipline, it is recognized that there are instances when it will be necessary to administer disciplinary measures. The position of the school district is that a fair and equitable district-wide student discipline policy will contribute to the quality of the student’s educational experience. This discipline policy is adopted in accordance with and subject to the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minn. Stat. §§ 121A.40-121A.56.
In view of the foregoing and in accordance with Minn. Stat. § 121A.55, the school board, with the participation of school district administrators, teachers, employees, students, parents, community members, and such other individuals and organizations as appropriate, has developed this policy which 506-2 governs student conduct and applies to all students of the school district.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
- The School Board. The school board holds all school personnel responsible for the maintenance of order within the school district and supports all personnel acting within the framework of this discipline policy.
- Superintendent. The superintendent shall establish guidelines and directives to carry out this policy, hold all school personnel, students, and parents responsible for conforming to this policy, and support all school personnel performing their duties within the framework of this policy. The superintendent shall also establish guidelines and directives for using the services of appropriate agencies for assisting students and parents. Any guidelines or directives established to implement this policy shall be submitted to the school board for approval and shall be attached as an addendum to this policy.
- Principal. The school principal is given the responsibility and authority to formulate building rules and regulations necessary to enforce this policy, subject to final school board approval. The principal shall give direction and support to all school personnel performing their duties within the framework of this policy. The principal shall consult with parents of students conducting themselves in a manner contrary to the policy. The principal shall also involve other professional employees in the disposition of behavior referrals and shall make use of those agencies appropriate for assisting students and parents. A principal, in exercising his or her lawful authority, may use reasonable force when it is necessary under the circumstances to correct or restrain a student or prevent bodily harm or death to another.
- Teachers. All teachers shall be responsible for providing a well-planned teaching/learning environment and shall have primary responsibility for student conduct, with appropriate assistance from the administration. All teachers shall enforce the Code of Student Conduct. In exercising the teacher’s lawful authority, a teacher may use reasonable force when it is necessary under the circumstances to correct or restrain a student or prevent bodily harm or death to another.
- Other School District Personnel. All school district personnel shall be responsible for contributing to the atmosphere of mutual respect within the school. Their responsibilities relating to student behavior shall be as authorized and directed by the superintendent. A school employee, school bus driver, or other agent of a school district, in exercising his or her lawful authority, may use reasonable force when it is necessary under the circumstances to restrain a student or prevent bodily harm or death to another.
- Parents or Legal Guardians. Parents and guardians shall be held responsible for the behavior of their children as determined by law and community practice. They are expected to cooperate with school authorities and to participate regarding the behavior of their children.
- Students. All students shall be held individually responsible for their behavior and for knowing and obeying the Code of Student Conduct and this policy.All students have the right to an education and the right to learn.
All students have the responsibility:
- For their behavior and for knowing and obeying all school rules, regulations, policies, and procedures;
- To attend school daily, except when excused, and to be on time to all classes and other school functions;
- To pursue and attempt to complete the courses of study prescribed by the state and local school authorities;
- To make necessary arrangements for making up work when absent from school;
- To assist the school staff in maintaining a safe school for all students;
- To be aware of all school rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, including those in this policy, and to conduct themselves in accord with them;
- To assume that until a rule or policy is waived, altered, or repealed, it is in full force and effect;
- To be aware of and comply with federal, state, and local laws;
- To volunteer information in disciplinary cases should they have any knowledge relating to such cases and to cooperate with school staff as appropriate;
- To respect and maintain the school’s property and the property of others;
- To dress and groom in a manner which meets standards of safety and health and common standards of decency and which is consistent with applicable school district policy;
- To avoid inaccuracies in student newspapers or publications and refrain from indecent or obscene language;
- To conduct themselves in an appropriate physical or verbal manner; and
- To recognize and respect the rights of others.
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
The following are examples of unacceptable behavior subject to disciplinary action by the school district. These examples are not intended to be an exclusive list. Any student who engages in any of these activities shall be disciplined in accordance with this policy. This policy applies to all school buildings, school grounds, and school property or property immediately adjacent to school grounds; school-sponsored activities or trips; school bus stops; school buses, school vehicles, school contracted vehicles, or any other vehicles approved for school district purposes; the area of entrance or departure from school premises or events; and all school-related functions, school-sponsored activities, events, or trips. School district property also may mean a student’s walking route to or from school for purposes of attending school or school-related functions, activities, or events. While prohibiting unacceptable behavior subject to disciplinary action at these locations and events, the school district does not represent that it will provide supervision or assume liability at these locations and events. This policy also applies to any student whose conduct at any time or in any place interferes with or obstructs the mission or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of the student, other students, or employees.
- Violations against property including, but not limited to, damage to or destruction of school property or the property of others, failure to compensate for damage or destruction of such property, arson, breaking and entering, theft, robbery, possession of stolen property, extortion, trespassing, unauthorized usage, or vandalism.
- The use of profanity or obscene language, or the possession of obscene materials.
- Gambling, including, but not limited to, playing a game of chance for stakes.
- Violation of the school district’s Hazing Prohibition Policy.
- Attendance problems including, but not limited to, truancy, absenteeism, tardiness, skipping classes, or leaving school grounds without permission.
- Opposition to authority using physical force or violence.
- Using, possessing, or distributing tobacco, tobacco-related devices, electronic cigarettes, or tobacco paraphernalia, in violation of the school district’s Tobacco-Free Environment Policy.
- Using, possessing, distributing, intending to distribute, making a request to another person for (solicitation), or being under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances or look-alike substances.
- Using, possessing, distributing, intending to distribute, making a request to another person for (solicitation), or being under the influence of narcotics, drugs, or other controlled substances, or look-alike substances, except as prescribed by a physician, including one student sharing prescription medication with another student.
- Using, possessing, or distributing items or articles that are illegal or harmful to persons or property including, but not limited to, drug paraphernalia.
- Using, possessing, or distributing weapons, or look-alike weapons or other dangerous objects.
- Possession of ammunition including, but not limited to, bullets or other projectiles designed to be used in or as a weapon.
- Possession, use, or distribution of explosives or any compound or mixture, the primary or common purpose or intended use of which is to function as an explosive.
- Possession, use, or distribution of fireworks or any substance or combination of substances or articles prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation.
- Using an ignition device, including a butane or disposable lighter or matches, inside an educational building and under circumstances where there is a risk of fire, except where the device is used in a manner authorized by the school.
- Violation of any local, state, or federal law as appropriate.
- Acts disruptive of the educational process, including, but not limited to, disobedience, disruptive or disrespectful behavior, defiance of authority, cheating, insolence, insubordination, failure to identify oneself, improper activation of fire alarms, or bomb threats.
- Violation of the school district’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy.
- Unauthorized use of nuisance devices or objects which cause distractions and may facilitate cheating including, but not limited to, pagers, radios, and phones, including picture phones.
- Violation of school bus or transportation rules or the school district’s Student Transportation Safety Policy.
- Violation of parking or school traffic rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, driving on school property in such a manner as to endanger persons or property.
- Violation of directives or guidelines relating to lockers or improperly gaining access to a school locker.
- Possession or distribution of slanderous, libelous, or pornographic materials.
- Violation of the school district’ Bullying Prohibition Policy.
- Student attire or personal grooming which creates a danger to health or safety or creates a disruption to the educational process, including clothing which bears a message which is lewd, vulgar, or obscene, apparel promoting products or activities that are illegal for use by minors, or clothing containing objectionable emblems, signs, words, objects, or pictures communicating a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group or which connotes gang membership.
- Criminal activity
- Falsification of any records, documents, notes, or signatures.
- Tampering with, changing, or altering records or documents of the school district by any method including, but not limited to, computer access or other electronic means.
- Scholastic dishonesty which includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a school assignment or test, plagiarism, or collusion, including the use of phone pictures or other technology to accomplish this end.
- Impertinent or disrespectful words, symbols, acronyms, or language, whether oral or written, related to teachers or other school district personnel.
- Actions, including fighting or any other assaultive behavior, which causes or could cause injury to the student or other persons or which otherwise endangers the health, safety, or welfare of teachers, students, other school district personnel, or other persons.
- Committing an act which inflicts great bodily harm upon another person, even though accidental or a result of poor judgment.
- Violations against persons, including, but not limited to, assault or threatened assault, fighting, harassment, interference or obstruction, attack with a weapon, or look-alike weapon, sexual assault, illegal or inappropriate sexual conduct, or indecent exposure.
- Verbal assaults or verbally abusive behavior including, but not limited to: use of words, symbols, acronyms, or language, whether oral or written, that are discriminatory, abusive, obscene, threatening, intimidating, degrading to other people or threatening to school property.
- Physical or verbal threats including, but not limited to, the staging or reporting of dangerous or hazardous situations that do not exist.
- Inappropriate, abusive, threatening, or demeaning actions based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation.
- Violation of the school district’s one-to-one device rules and regulations.
- Other acts, as determined by the school district, which are disruptive of the educational process or dangerous or detrimental to the student or other students, school district personnel or surrounding persons, or which violate the rights of others or which damage or endanger the property of the school, or which otherwise interferes with or obstruct the mission or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of students or employees.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION OPTIONS (CONSEQUENCES)
The general policy of the school district is 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. Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following:
- Student conference with teacher, principal, counselor, or other school district personnel, and verbal warning;
- Confiscation by school district personnel and/or by law enforcement of any item, article, object, or thing, prohibited by, or used in the violation of, any school district policy, rule, regulation, procedure, or state or federal law. If confiscated by the school district, the confiscated item, article, object, or thing will be released only to the parent/guardian following the completion of any investigation or disciplinary action instituted or taken related to the violation.
- Parent contact;
- Parent conference;
- Removal from class;
- In-school suspension;
- Suspension from extracurricular activities;
- Detention or restriction of privileges;
- Loss of school privileges;
- In-school monitoring or revised class schedule;
- Referral to in-school support services;
- Referral to community resources or outside agency services;
- Financial restitution;
- Referral to police, other law enforcement agencies, or other appropriate authorities;
- A request for a petition to be filed in district court for juvenile delinquency adjudication;
- Out-of-school suspension under the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act;
- Preparation of an admission or readmission plan;
- Expulsion under the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act;
- Exclusion under the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act; and/or
- Other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the school district.
REMOVAL OF STUDENTS FROM CLASS
Teachers have the responsibility of attempting to modify disruptive student behavior by such means as conferring with the student, using positive reinforcement, assigning detention or other consequences, or contacting the student’s parents. When such measures fail, or when the teacher determines it is otherwise appropriate based upon the student’s conduct, the teacher shall have the authority to remove the student from class pursuant to the procedures established by this discipline policy. “Removal from class” and “removal” mean any actions taken by a teacher, principal, or other school district employee to prohibit a student from attending a class or activity for a period of time not to exceed five (5) days, pursuant to this discipline policy.
Grounds for removal from class shall include any of the following:
- Willful conduct that significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education, including conduct that interferes with a teacher’s ability to teach or communicate effectively with students in a class or with the ability of other students to learn;
- Willful conduct that endangers surrounding persons, including school district employees, the student or other students, or the property of the school;
- Willful violation of any school rules, regulations, policies or procedures, including the Code of Student Conduct in this policy; or
- Other conduct, which is at the discretion of the teacher or administration, requires removal of the student from class. Such removal shall be for at least one (1) activity period or class period of instruction for a given course of study and shall not exceed five (5) such periods.
If a student is removed from class more than ten (10) times in a school year, the school district shall notify the parent or guardian of the student’s tenth removal from class and make reasonable attempts to convene a meeting with the student’s parent or guardian to discuss the problem that is causing the student to be removed from class.
“Dismissal” means the denial of the current educational program to any student, including exclusion, expulsion and suspension. Dismissal does not include removal from class. The school district shall not deny due process or equal protection of the law to any student involved in a dismissal proceeding which may result in suspension, exclusion or expulsion. The school district shall not dismiss any student without attempting to provide alternative educational services before dismissal proceedings, except where it appears that the student will create an immediate and substantial danger to oneself or to surrounding persons or property.
Violations leading to suspension, based upon severity, may also be grounds for actions leading to expulsion, and/or exclusion. A student may be dismissed on any of the following grounds:
- Willful violation of any reasonable school board regulation, including those found in this policy;
- Willful conduct that significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education, or the ability of school personnel to perform their duties, or school sponsored extracurricular activities; or
- Willful conduct that endangers the student or other students, or surrounding persons,
- including school district employees, or property of the school.
- “Suspension” means an action by the school administration, under rules promulgated by the School Board, prohibiting a student from attending school for a period of no more than ten (10) school days.
- If a student’s total days of removal from school exceed ten (10) cumulative days in a school year, the school district shall make reasonable attempts to convene a meeting with the student and the student’s parent or guardian before subsequently removing the student from school and, with the permission of the parent or guardian, arrange for a mental health screening for the student at the parent or guardian’s expense.
- Each suspension action may include a readmission plan. The plan shall include, where appropriate, a provision for implementing alternative educational services upon readmission which must not be used to extend the current suspension. The school administration may not impose consecutive suspensions against the same student for the same course of conduct, or incident of misconduct, except where the student will create an immediate and substantial danger to self or to surrounding persons or property or where the school district is in the process of initiating an expulsion, in which case the school administration may extend the suspension to a total of fifteen (15) days.
- A child with a disability may be suspended. When a child with a disability has been suspended for more than five (5) consecutive days or ten (10) cumulative school days in the same year, and that suspension does not involve a recommendation for expulsion or exclusion or other change in placement under federal law, relevant members of the child’s IEP team, including at least one of the child’s teachers, shall meet and determine the extent to which the child needs services in order to continue to participate in the general education curriculum, although in another setting, and to progress toward meeting the goals in the child’s IEP. That meeting must occur as soon as possible, but no more than ten (10) days after the sixth (6th) consecutive day of suspension or the tenth (10th) cumulative day of suspension has elapsed.
- The school administration shall implement alternative educational services when the suspension exceeds five (5) days. Alternative educational services may include, but are not limited to, special tutoring, modified curriculum, modified instruction, other modifications or adaptations, instruction through electronic media, special education services as indicated by appropriate assessments, homebound instruction, supervised homework, or enrollment in another district or in an alternative learning center under Minn. Stat. § 123A.05 selected to allow the pupil to progress toward meeting graduation standards under Minn. Stat. § 120B.02, although in a different setting.
- The school administration shall not suspend a student from school without an informal administrative conference with the student. The informal administrative conference shall take place before the suspension, except where it appears that the student will create an immediate and substantial danger to oneself or to surrounding persons or property, in which case the conference shall take place as soon as practicable following the suspension. At the informal administrative conference, a school administrator shall notify the student of the grounds for the suspension, provide an explanation of the evidence the authorities have, and the student may present the student’s version of the facts. A separate administrative conference is required for each period of suspension.
- After school administration notifies a student of the grounds for suspension, school administration may, instead of imposing the suspension, do one or more of the following:
- strongly encourage a parent or guardian of the student to attend school with the student for one day;
- petition the juvenile court that the student is in need of services under Minn. Stat. Ch. 260C.
- A written notice containing the grounds for suspension, a brief statement of the facts, a description of the testimony, a readmission plan, and a copy of the Minnesota Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minn. Stat. §§ 121A.40-121A.56, shall be personally served upon the student at or before the time the suspension is to take effect, and upon the student’s parent or guardian by mail within forty-eight (48) hours of the conference.
- The school administration shall make reasonable efforts to notify the student’s parent or guardian of the suspension by telephone as soon as possible following suspension.
- In the event a student is suspended without an informal administrative conference on the grounds that the student will create an immediate and substantial danger to surrounding persons or property, the written notice shall be served upon the student and the student’s parent or guardian within forty-eight (48) hours of the suspension. Service by mail shall be complete upon mailing.
- Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, the student may be suspended pending the school board’s decision in an expulsion or exclusion proceeding, provided that alternative educational services are implemented to the extent that suspension exceeds five (5) days.
For the complete policy, which includes information about Expulsion and Exclusion Procedures, please see Waseca School Policy 506.
Procedural Code for Dealing with Suspensions
Suspension -- prohibiting a student from attending a school for a period no longer than ten days.
In-School Suspension – prohibiting a student from attending classes and keeping the student in school under supervision of school personnel.
Expulsion – prohibiting a student from attending school for a period no longer than the current school year.
Exclusion – prohibiting the enrollment or re-enrollment of a student for no longer than the school year.
Removal from Class
Removal from class is the short-term exclusion of a student from class during which the school retains custody of the student. Students removed from class shall be the responsibility of the principal or his lawful designee. The removal from class shall not exceed three class periods. Students shall be removed from class only upon agreement of the appropriate teacher and principal after an informal administrative conference with the pupil. The decision on removal shall ultimately be up to the principal.
In-School Suspensions (ISS)
Any student in ISS is not allowed to practice or participate in a school sponsored activity occurring on that date. Students may earn full credit for work assigned that day.
Out-of-School Suspensions (OSS)
Students may earn up to ½ credit for work completed while on OSS. Students may not enter the school buildings or grounds while suspended without permission from the acting building supervisor.
For the purpose of this handbook, school jurisdiction shall include the school, surrounding athletic facilities including the tennis courts, hockey arena, and the parking lots surrounding the school and its facilities. All off-site school faculties are included, as well as away events. It shall also include transportation to and from school, including the student’s bus stop, school activities and any event with nexus to the school.
DISRUPTIVE ITEMS AND SYMBOLS
Historically offensive symbols: (Confederate flags, swastikas, etc.) and nuisance items/devices, including but not limited to, laser pens, water toys, lighters, walkie-talkies, sunglasses, etc. are not allowed on school grounds. Violations will follow the same disciplinary procedures as cell phones.
Appropriate Dress and Attire
Common sense and personal restraint must guide the student in determining school dress. Students will dress in a neat and clean manner. The school also realizes that the responsibility for the student's clothing rests with the home. The type of apparel worn is not to be disruptive to the educational process, or present a safety hazard or a health concern.
Students are expected to exercise good judgment and taste in this regard. Clothing and accessories with improper or objectionable pictures, sayings, gestures, or language may not be worn in school. Any accessories or clothing displaying controlled substances (tobacco, drugs, alcohol) may not be worn in school.
There is a special concern about revealing clothing, including backless, strapless and low-cut tops. Bare midriffs are not acceptable. Skirts and shorts should not be of a length that may be considered inappropriate.
The school reserves the right to send a student home for dressing in a manner that is disruptive to the educational process. This may also include providing the student with clothes to wear. The administration reserves the right to have discretion and flexibility in dealing with each case of inappropriate dress. Failure to follow administrative directives is considered insubordination.
All school personnel will abide by the "Pupil Fair Dismissal Act" of 1974 M.S. 127.26–127.39 (as amended in 1983) prior to the imposition of discipline.
According to state law, five fire drills and five lockdown drills are held during the year to insure safety and orderly evacuation of the building. During fire drills, each class will leave by the nearest exit, staying on its side of the corridor. Walk rapidly, but do not run. All students, teachers and employees are to leave the building. On leaving the building, walk away from all exits. Return when you receive direction from an administrator. For lock down drills, follow directions from the administration. At least one tornado drill per year will be reviewed with students and staff.
EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
It is the school district’s policy to provide equal educational opportunities for all students. The school district does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, marital status, parental status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, or age. The school district also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled students. The compliance officer for equal educational opportunities is the superintendent of schools, 501 East Elm Ave, Waseca, 507-835-2500.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
Only spill proof beverages are allowed in carpeted areas. Water is the only beverage allowed in all academic areas; food must be consumed in the Commons.
HARASSMENT & NON-DISCRIMINATION
Harassment Of Sexual Orientation, Disabilities, Religious, Racial, National Origin, Sexual Harassment And Violence
School District #829 is committed to providing a safe, positive learning and working environment for everyone. “Every person has the right to a safe learning/working environment. Every person has the right to be treated with respect. Every person has the right to attend a school that is free of discrimination." Therefore, we prohibit sexual, religious, racial harassment, intimidation and/or violence. We will not tolerate it in any form.
- Information concerning any complaint shall be treated with the district's legal obligations, the need to investigate, and the need to take disciplinary action if it is found that harassment has occurred.
- Any person who believes that he or she has been a victim of harassment by a student or employee of this district should report the conduct to the principal, assistant principal, counselor, or nurse.
- Any third person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute harassment should also report the conduct to one of the above named persons. If the report is made verbally, the above named person shall document it in writing within 24 hours. An investigation shall begin immediately and appropriate action shall be instituted.
- Anyone who retaliates against any individual who reports harassment will be disciplined. Anyone who retaliates against an individual who testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation or hearing relating to a complaint or harassment will be disciplined.
- Confidentiality of all persons involved will be respected to the fullest possible extent.
- The school may resolve the incident by requiring the offender to apologize, participate in peer mediation, seek counseling or training, be suspended, transfer employment or school, be dismissed, lose privileges or face other appropriate discipline.
This is a summary of the Waseca Public School Sexual, Religious, Racial Harassment, Intimidation and/or Violence Policy. A complete policy is available on the district website.
Hazing involves an act against a student or coercing a student into committing the act that creates a substantial risk of harm in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization will not be tolerated. This policy is applicable both on and off school grounds and both during and before/after school hours. Consequences may include, but are not limited to warning, suspension, exclusion, expulsion, transfer, remediation, termination or discharge.
In order to encourage respect for the dignity of the individual student and due to health and safety considerations, absolutely no initiations or hazing activities are to be conducted by any club, organization, or athletic team associated with RHS. Students involved in initiations and/or hazing may be subject to disciplinary action.
“Hazing means committing an act against a student or coercing a student into committing an act that creates a substantial risk or harm to a person in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization, or for any other purpose.”
Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of hazing or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct, which may constitute hazing, shall report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school district official designated by this policy.
Students must be on track to graduate in order to be considered for a position of leadership or royalty. Seniors must have at least 54 earned credits at the end of their junior year to be eligible for Homecoming Court, and 60 credits by the end of 1st Trimester of their senior year to be eligible for Snow Court.
School lockers are the property of the school district. At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of lockers provided for the convenience of students. Inspection of the interior of lockers may be conducted by school authorities for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. The personal possessions of students within a school locker may be searched only when school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law or school rules.
Lockers are provided to students for their individual use. The locker shall be vacated by the student on their last day of attendance in the same condition as when they took possession. Fines for repair or replacement of locker parts could be assessed, including a clean-up fee for writing on the locker. Students should not leave any valuable, personal items in lockers at any time.
LOST AND FOUND
If you lose any items of property, you should notify the office as soon as possible. Should an item of property belonging to someone else be found, it should be turned in to the office as soon as possible. Lost articles not claimed by the end each trimester will be disposed of or donated.
LOST OR DESTROYED TEXTBOOKS/MATERIALS
The school will charge an appropriate replacement fee for textbooks, workbooks, library books, or any materials lost or destroyed by students.
Lunch Rules and Expectations
- All students must report to the cafeteria during their lunch period unless they have a pre-signed pass to a supervised area.
- Waseca Junior & Senior High School is a closed campus for lunch and students may not leave the building. Students may not order food to be delivered to the school from local businesses.
- All students must follow the direction of the lunchroom supervisors.
- Students are not permitted to cut or push in the lunch line.
- Absolutely no throwing of food or other objects will be tolerated.
- No one is permitted to go outside during lunch unless approved by a lunch supervisor.
- Students are responsible for stacking their tray at the designated area and leaving their table clean.
- Students are not permitted to take food or drink from the cafeteria unless they are meeting with a staff member and have a pass, or the student is serving detention.
- Students who fail to observe the above rules will be assigned any combination of the following:
- lunch room clean up;
- assigned seating;
- in-school suspension;
- loss of lunchroom privileges.
Additional days of clean-up will be assigned to those students who fail to report for duty. Refusal to clean up or follow the directions of the supervisors may result in additional school consequences.
PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Students are expected to use good judgment and refrain from public displays of affection in the building or on school property. Hugging, kissing, holding hands, and doting on each other are not considered appropriate. Violators will be warned by a staff member. If the inappropriate behavior persists, the couple will be required to conference with a principal and their parents will be contacted.
RIGHT TO CONSENT
Students may not take or use photographs, video, or audio recordings of other students or staff without their permission.
Any student who commits an act that endangers the safety of any person in the school building or on school grounds will be subject to severe disciplinary action, including expulsion or exclusion. This includes, but is not limited to, such acts as setting fires, use and/or possession of hazardous items (i.e. firecrackers, smoke or stink bombs, etc.), bringing weapons to school (i.e. chains, guns, knives, etc.). In addition, law enforcement authorities will be informed and charges brought. Safety is important, especially in areas with complex, dangerous equipment. The Agriculture, Industrial Technology, FACS, Science, and Visual Arts classes have special safety rules published by the individual teachers. Abuse of these rules by students would endanger themselves and others. Chronic or blatant abuse by a student could result in removal from the class and loss of credit.
SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION
When it becomes necessary to close schools or change bus schedules due to stormy weather or other emergencies, such announcements will be made using our Code Ed System. If you are not receiving the calls related to school closings, please contact our office at 507 835-5470. The closings will also be available via local new providers.
Arrangements for any class or school event shall be made by the class or activity officers with the major advisor of the class or activity and need to be approved by a principal. All school rules are in effect during school events, and students are expected to dress in appropriate attire for school related events. School events held on school nights must end by 10:00 p.m. No school events are to be scheduled on Wednesday nights and no practices on Sundays. (Exceptions - Indoor Marching Band Concert, Variety Show, etc.) The principal reserves the right to have any student not participate in activities.
INFORMATION REGARDING SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
Section 504 is an Act which prohibits discrimination against persons with a handicap in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. The Act defines a person with a handicap as anyone who:
- has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (major life activities include activities such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working)
- has a record of such impairment; or
- is regarded as having such an impairment.
In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504 the Waseca Public Schools (Independent School District 829) recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a handicap will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school system.
The school district has specific responsibilities under the Act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and if the child is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational services. The policy in its entirety is available upon request from the principal’s office at 835-5470 or from the Director of Special Education at 835-5046.
Students generally are not permitted to use motor vehicles during the school day in any school district location. Students may use motor vehicles on the high school campus during the school day only if there is an emergency and permission has been granted to the student by the site principal to use a motor vehicle. Students are permitted to use motor vehicles in school district locations outside of the school day only on the high school campus.
Students are permitted to park in a school district location as a matter of privilege, not of right. Students driving a motor vehicle to a high school campus may park the motor vehicle in the parking lot designated for student parking only. Students will not park vehicles in driveways, on private property, or in other designated areas, e.g., parking lots designated for use only by staff or by the general public. No student parking is allowed in the South U-Drive or the East C-Drive at any time.
When there are unauthorized vehicles parked on school district property, school officials may:
- move the vehicle or require the driver or other person in charge of the vehicle to move it off school district property; or
- if unattended, provide for the removal of the vehicle, at the expense of the owner or operator, to the nearest convenient garage or other place of safety off of school district property.
See Waseca School District Policy 527 for the complete version.
Students who have free periods are assigned to a study hall. Study hall is considered a class and attendance is required; attendance and tardiness rules will be enforced. Seniors will be allowed to request either early release or late arrival per semester; they may not have both.
SUPERVISION AFTER SCHOOL
There is limited supervision of students after the school day. Students should leave the building at 2:55 unless they are working with a staff member or have an after-school activity. All students not working with a staff member or in a school activity must leave the building no later than 5:00 p.m.
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of gender, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving financial or federal assistance.
Trespassing is considered a gross misdemeanor. A person is considered as a trespasser if he/she is in the building or on school grounds unless the person:
- is an enrolled student or his/her parent(s)/guardian(s). All enrolled students will be considered trespassing if he/she enters a locked building or enters a building during a time specifically instructed to stay out of the school building.
- Have reported to the office or have permission from school personnel to be in the building.
- Are attending an event to which the public is or individuals are invited.
The person will be considered trespassing if found on school property within six months after being told by the principal to leave the property and not return unless the principal has given the person permission to return.
Willful disrespect of property and the involvement in such activities as toilet papering; soaping or chalking windows or doors, or any similar activities: or placement of signs on school grounds is prohibited. Students participating in such activities during special events such as Homecoming and Snow Week will be banned from those activities.
Damaging property that belongs to the school, to other students, or to other individuals while the student is on school property, at a school activity, in a school district vehicle, bus or under the supervision of school staff will receive school consequences, law enforcement will be notified and the student may be required to pay restitution for damages.
Students may not bring a guest to school during the school day.
VOICE & LANGUAGE
Use Appropriate Voice And Language
These guidelines are a statement of current expectations that pertain to student communication, behavior towards others, performances, publications, posters, speeches, or any public production of Waseca Junior & Senior High School.
One of the objectives of education is to uphold the dignity of each individual and as a result the following guidelines will be used to determine the appropriateness of any situation.
- Vulgar or profane language in any form is not permitted.
- Sexually suggestive language, graphics, gestures, or behaviors are not permitted.
- Any language, gesture or graphic that intimidates, ridicules, or embarrasses a person because of ethnic background, nationality, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental condition, or age is not permitted.
- Obscene or profane language or gestures directed toward teacher, staff member, or administrator is prohibited.
- Language, symbols or behaviors that promote or imply approval of the illegal use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco are not permitted.
- Language, symbols, or behaviors that have the appearance of promoting gang activities, violence, or vandalism are not permitted.
- Posters and print materials shall be approved by the appropriate advisor, prior to being released to the public.
- Student speeches should reflect appropriate preparation and be approved by the appropriate advisor prior to presentation. This is encouraged in order that Waseca JHHS will be represented in a positive manner.
- Anyone who does not wish to participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for any personal reason may elect not to do so. Students must respect another person’s right to make that choice.
- All public performances, posters, and publications shall reflect respect for others.
The consequences for violation of these guidelines shall be disciplinary action.
WEAPONS-SAFE SCHOOLS/DISTRICT WEAPONS POLICY
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. 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.
A student who finds a weapon on the way to school or in a school location, or a student who discovers that he or she accidentally has a weapon in his or her possession, and takes the weapon immediately to the principal’s office shall not be considered to possess a weapon. If it would be impractical or dangerous to take the weapon to the principal’s office, a student shall not be considered to possess a weapon if he or she immediately turns the weapon over to an administrator, teacher or head coach or immediately notifies an administrator, teacher or head coach of the weapon’s location.
It shall not be a violation of this policy if a nonstudent (or student where specified) falls within one of the following categories:
- active licensed peace officers;
- military personnel, or students or nonstudents participating in military training, who are on duty performing official duties;
- persons authorized to carry a pistol under Minn. Stat. § 624.714 while in a motor vehicle or outside of a motor vehicle for the purpose of directly placing a firearm in, or retrieving it from, the trunk or rear area of the vehicle;
- persons who keep or store in a motor vehicle pistols in accordance with Minn. Stat. §§ 624.714 or 624.715 or other firearms in accordance with § 97B.045;
- Section 624.714 specifies procedures and standards for obtaining pistol permits and penalties for the failure to do so. Section 624.715 defines an exception to the pistol permit requirements for “antique firearms which are carried or possessed as curiosities or for their historical significance or value.”
- Section 97B.045 generally provides that a firearm may not be transported in a motor vehicle unless it is (1) unloaded and in a gun case without any portion of the firearm exposed; (2) unloaded and in the closed trunk; or (3) a handgun carried in compliance with §§624.714 and 624.715.
- firearm safety or marksmanship courses or activities for students or nonstudents conducted on school property;
- possession of dangerous weapons, BB guns, or replica firearms by a ceremonial color guard;
- a gun or knife show held on school property;
- possession of dangerous weapons, BB guns, or replica firearms with written permission of the principal or other person having general control and supervision of the school or the director of a child care center; or
- persons who are on unimproved property owned or leased by a child care center, school or school district unless the person knows that a student is currently present on the land for a school-related activity.
See Waseca School District Policy 521 for the complete version.
STUDENT LIFE - Academics
Students found cheating on a test, or assignment or take or acquire or use test materials in any form without faculty permission will receive a zero. If there is a question of the assignment’s integrity the teacher may request the student to complete a similar test or assignment. Parents will be notified. (Refer to cell phone policy related to cheating.) The MSHSL Principal’s Code of Conduct could be implemented for offenses related to major tests, papers, projects, or repeated incidents of cheating.
Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of student status and tampering with the school’s data-base (Campus). Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement; unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in selling or otherwise providing papers, products, or other academic materials turned in under the student’s own name. Violation may result in a consequence(s) determined by collaboration between the classroom teacher and building administration.
In order to promote academic excellence and to recognize those students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, Waseca High School has developed the following Academic Recognition Program:
- Grades 9 – 12 eligible
- Students must maintain a Trimester GPA average of 3.60 or above for three consecutive trimesters to earn a letter.
- Once a letter is earned, a star will be awarded for each additional consecutive three trimesters with a 3.60 average or above.
- Any D or F grade will disqualify a student for that trimester.
- A student must be enrolled a minimum of six credits per trimester.
- Students who receive a MSHSL violation in any trimester will not be allowed to use that trimester toward an academic letter.
The grading scale for all students in grades 7-12 will be the following:
93 - 100
73 - 76
90 - 92
70 - 72
87 - 89
67 - 69
83 - 86
63 - 66
80 - 82
60 - 62
77 - 79
59 - 0
*Grade percentages will not be rounded up.
*College in the Schools courses will follow the college institution’s grading scale - see course syllabus.
At the end of the trimester, work must be completed within 10 school days or a zero will be assigned for missing work and the final grade tabulated. Medical exceptions are possible.
A failing grade at the end of the trimester will result in a period of ineligibility for the first three calendar weeks of the following trimester. The student will become eligible again after 21 calendar days if the student is passing all classes from the current trimester. Students will be allowed and are expected to practice during their period of ineligibility (see Week #5 of the Scholastic Eligibility Policy in the Athletic Handbook), but will not be able to participate in contests or performances.
Students taking Advanced Placement Courses will receive an additional .333 on their trimester grade provided they take the end-of-the-year AP Exam.
Waseca High School is on a trimester schedule and a seven period day. Students earn one trimester of credit at the successful completion of each course every twelve weeks. (Phy Ed 9 and Freshmen keyboarding earn 1/2 credit each.) Each student will be required to carry eighteen credits per year. The requirements include 74 credits which meet the State Academic Standards. Students must have ALL necessary credits completed to participate in commencement. In addition, all financial obligations must be met in order to participate in commencement.
All students must satisfactorily complete all credit and course requirements before they will be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony and receive their diploma. These requirements are:
Total Required Credits
Students who turn in late homework will receive partial credit as outlined by the individual teacher. Students who receive an incomplete at the end of the trimester will have 10 school days to complete the work or the Incomplete becomes an “F grade”.
Students with excused absences from class will have the number of days absent plus 1 up to 5 days to make up homework. If students miss an assessment for one class period of absence, the assessment must be taken the day the student returns to school. If the student misses instruction (not review) the day prior to the assessment it will fall into the parameters of make-up work. Students who miss class for school related events are expected to request homework prior to the absence and the homework is due on the same date as if the student attended class. In all situations communication from the student to the teacher is essential.
Waseca Junior and Senior High School will publish an Honor Roll at the end of each trimester. The qualifications for each Honor Roll are:
- Straight “A” Honor Roll: Trimester GPA of 4.0 or higher
- High Honor Roll (A Honor Roll): Trimester GPA of 3.6 to 3.999
- Honor Roll (B Honor Roll): Trimester GPA of 3.0 to 3.599
Grade Point Averages (GPA) are based on the following point system:
Grade Points Awarded
Bonus Points (AP)
*A student with a D or F in any subject is not eligible for the Honor Roll.
*A student must carry a minimum of 5 credits to be considered for the Honor Roll.
Senior students with a GPA of 3.0 in the study area may take a course as an independent study with approval of the principal, with independent study paperwork signed by the student and teacher.
Graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher will be recognized for their academic achievements as an Honor Student at Commencement and wear a gold cord. In addition, students that meet the following requirements will be designated with these Latin Honors:
Honor Cord Colors
Summa Cum Laude
with highest praise
3.90 - 4.0+
Magna Cum Laude
with great praise
3.75 - 3.89
Blue & White
3.50 - 3.74
Blue & Gold
3.00 - 3.49
Students who earn a 4.0 or higher will also be designated in the Commencement program.
MINNESOTA HONOR SOCIETY
Students who have maintained a GPA of 3.40 as seniors and 3.60 as juniors are considered for membership into the Minnesota Honor Society. In addition, the students are rated by a faculty council in the areas of leadership, service and character. Induction is done in late November or early December. See website for qualifications.
Student grades and cumulative records contain confidential information and will primarily reflect academic performance. Students have the right to a private interpretation of their records by school counselors. Students also have the right to question and add relevant and pertinent information to their permanent and cumulative records.
Students cannot register to be a student assistant. They must wait until schedules have been released in August before asking a teacher. Minimum GPA requirement is 2.0. Student Assistant assignments will be limited.
STUDENT LIFE - Arts, Activities, & Athletics
To be scholastically eligible, a student must be making satisfactory progress toward the 74-credit requirement for Graduation. Scholastic eligibility means maintaining a passing grade in each class at scholastic check periods as determined by the following:
Grades posted Week 3 of the trimester – a warning message will be sent on Infinite Campus. The student has a week to raise his or her grade to passing
Grades posted Week 4 of the trimester – an ineligibility message will be sent on Infinite Campus to parents of students who are listed on the Ineligibility list on Monday; the student will become ineligible that Monday.
- Teachers are given 24 hours from the time make-up work is submitted before he or she is expected to sign an eligibility form. Students will not be allowed to participate in performances, competitions or field trips the day the make-up work is submitted. If the make-up work is submitted on Friday, the teacher will have until the following Monday to enter the grades.
- The eligibility form must be turned in to a principal and signed. The white copy of the eligibility must be given to the coach or advisor in order to participate. Students who participate without a signed form are in violation of Minnesota State High School League rules and could cause a forfeiture for their team.
The grading period cycle will be repeated week 5 – 8 and 9 – 12.
*A failing grade at the end of the trimester will result in a period of ineligibility for the first three weeks of the following trimester/season. The student will become eligible on week 4 if he or she is passing all classes at that time.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
Satisfactory progress means keeping on target with minimum needed credits each trimester:
TRI 1 = 6.167
TRI 2 = 12.334
TRI 3 = 18.501
TRI 1 = 24.668
TRI 2 = 30.835
TRI 3 = 37
TRI 1 = 43.187
TRI 2 = 49.334
TRI 3 = 55.501
TRI 1 = 61.668
TRI 2 = 67.835
TRI 3 = 74
Letters may be earned in all athletics and some activities. Each coach/advisor has determined the requirements for earning a letter. These are on file in the main office.
MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE PENALTIES
During the school year, a student shall not violate the sexual harassment and sexual violence bylaws of the Minnesota State High School League.
Penalty for Category I activities:
- First Violation: The student shall lose eligibility for the next two consecutive interscholastic contests or two weeks, 14 calendar days, of a season in which the student is a participant, whichever is greater.
- Second Violation: The student shall lose eligibility for the next six consecutive interscholastic contests or three weeks, 21 calendar days, whichever is greater, in which the student is a participant.
- Third or Subsequent Violations: The student shall lose eligibility for the next 12 consecutive interscholastic contests or four weeks, 28 calendar days, whichever is greater, in which the student is a participant.
- Accumulative Policies: Penalties for sexual harassment violations hall be accumulative beginning with and continuing throughout the student’s participation on any high school team.
Penalty for Category II Activities:
- First Violation: Next 2 weeks or 1 event, whichever is the greater.
- Second Violation: Next 4 weeks or 2 events, whichever is the greater.
- Third or subsequent Violations: Next 9 weeks or 3 events, whichever is the greater.
- Before being re-admitted to activities following suspension for the second violation, the student shall show evidence in writing that the student has received counseling from a community agency or professional individual such as a school counselor, medical doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist.
Policy #3 Smoking/Tobacco Use Policy
The use of tobacco is prohibited in a school zone, as previously defined, and at school activities. The following are violations of the school policy on student smoking/tobacco use:
- Students smoking. (Tobacco or non-tobacco products, including e-cigarettes)
- Students carrying tobacco in any form. (Including e-cigarettes)
- Students accompanying an individual or a group smoking (i.e., The presence of more than one individual in a smoke-filled restroom stall will result in each one being disciplined as noted below.)
- The use or possession of chewing tobacco.
The first violation of this policy will result in one day out of school suspension. There will be a referral to law enforcement if under age eighteen. The second violation will be a three-day out of school suspension. There will be a referral to law enforcement if under age eighteen. Three or more violations will be a five-day suspension, referral to law enforcement and referral to the Chemical Assessment Team.
Policy #4 Chemical Use Policy
A student of Waseca High School, regardless of age, shall not consume, be under the influence of, or have in his/her possession, alcoholic beverages or drugs, while in school, attending school activities, on school grounds, or under school supervision.
Students violating this regulation will be subject to a minimum three-day suspension and referral to the Chemical Assessment Team. The second violation will result in a hearing before the Board of Education for a possible expulsion.
The school district chemical dependency policy will also be followed. It will include educational awareness, confidential counseling, and possible diagnosis and referral.
Chemical Violation Interview Policy
If a chemical violation that has not occurred at school or a school sponsored activity has been reported to a staff member, and the principal has not received a report of a violation from law enforcement, the following process will be followed when questioning students. This does not include incidents when a staff member witnesses the violation.
- The parents of the student will be notified that the administration would like to interview the student about a chemical violation.
- If we are unable to notify a parent within 24 hours of the original attempt to make contact, the student will be interviewed without a parent present. Parents may not refuse to have their child interviewed.
- Parents may opt to allow school administration to interview their child without parents present.
- In situations involving students of divorced couples or couples living apart, the custodial parent will be contacted.
- The accuser will be asked to sign off that their accusations are the truth and not hearsay before the interview process will take place. The identity of the accuser will be kept confidential unless he or she chooses to reveal his or her identity as a witness against the accused.
Policy #5 Minnesota State High School League Chemical Violations
The use or possession of alcohol or tobacco, or the use, consumption, possession, sale or distribution of any other controlled substance, including anabolic steroids, will make you ineligible. All penalties must be served consecutively.
If a student self reports a chemical violation, within 48 hours of the violation to a coach or administrator, prior to a police report or investigation, the penalty for the first violation will be 2 week or 2 events whichever is greater, second violation will be 6 weeks or 6 contests whichever is greater, and third violation will be 10 weeks or 12 events whichever is greater.
Chemical/tobacco use penalty in Athletics (MSHSL Category I):
- First Violation – 28 calendar days or 4 contests, whichever is greater
- Second Violation – 56 calendar days or 8 contests, whichever is greater
- Third and Subsequent Violations – 84calendar days or 12 contests, whichever is greater and must complete a 6 week certified chemical treatment program (Administration approved and at the athlete’s expense) before they are allowed to compete in events.
Chemical/tobacco use penalty in Fine Arts (MSHSL - Category II):
- First Violation – 28 calendar days or 2 major events, whichever is greater
- Second Violation – 56 calendar days or 4 major events, whichever is greater.
- Third and Subsequent Violations – 84 calendar days or 6 major events, whichever is greater and must complete a 6 week certified chemical treatment program (Administration approved and at the athlete’s expense) before they are allowed to compete in events.
Note: the term "major event" will be determined by each activity director in consultation with the Activities Director and High School Principal
Chemical/Tobacco use penalty for Category III Activities including, but not limited to BPA, DECA, FFA, Science Olympiad, NHS, Spanish Club, German Club, Special Olympics, and Student Council:
Students who publicly represent District 829 school in non-State High School League extracurricular activities shall be notified that they are governed by the rules of conduct stated in this policy. Violations of these rules shall result in penalties as follows:
- First Violation- Ineligible for participation in the next major event as defined in the student contract with each organization.
- Subsequent Violations- Ineligible for participation in the next two major events.
*A student who violates the policy will forfeit all leadership positions for 1 calendar year, per district policy.
Denial Disqualification: A student shall be disqualified from all interscholastic athletics for nine (9) additional weeks beyond the student’s original period of ineligibility when the student denies violation of the rule, is allowed to participate, and then is subsequently found guilty of the violation.
As per rules of the MSHSL, chemical/tobacco use rule coverage is year round (i.e., coverage includes summer months).
Student leaders must agree to remain free from chemical/tobacco use or they will forfeit all positions of leadership with the school for a period of one year. After one year with no further violations the student may reapply for leadership eligibility. Students must be eligible according to MSHSL rules in order to be Homecoming or Snow Week Candidates.
Upon the first violation of the chemical use rule the student will be required to attend a School District Chemical Assessment Team meeting. A chemical use assessment may be recommended and may be required.
Upon subsequent violations of the chemical use rule the student may be required to have a chemical assessment and may be recommended to participate in a chemical dependence or treatment program before being reinstated in the activity program. This certification must be issued by the director or a counselor of a chemical dependence treatment center.
A student who violated the chemical/tobacco use rule will forfeit the right to earn letters and awards in the sport or activity covered by the period of ineligibility.
- A student who is serving a period of ineligibility for a chemical/tobacco use violation must complete the entire season of the sport in which he/she participates while serving all or part of the ineligibility. If he/she does not complete the entire season the penalty time served for the ineligibility does not count and the student must serve the penalty during the next sport season in which he/she participates.
- Penalties must be served consecutively, not concurrently. If the penalty period has not been satisfied at the junior high, it will be carried over and applied at the high school. Violations will be cumulative throughout junior and senior high school and penalties within each category must be served consecutively.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES TRANSPORTATION POLICY
Waseca High Schools transportation policy reads as, “Student-athletes or other members of the team, such as cheerleaders, managers, statisticians, etc., must ride to and from athletic contests in which their team is participating in school provided transportation, or school authorized transportation, unless extenuating circumstances occur. Students who fail to do this will receive a one-game suspension from that team's games. If an exception occurs, they can use the sign out sheet provided by the coach at the event." The determination of an extenuating circumstance will be determined by the athletic director who will require the parties to fill out a pre-authorization form.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
The way we act at school events reflects on the entire Bluejay community. We expect student athletes/participants and spectators to:
- Take part in respectful cheers and applaud good performances.
- Work cooperatively with contest officials and supervisors in keeping order.
- Stay off the playing field or contest area at all times.
- Show respect for participants, coaches, game officials, and the facilities.
- Display humility in victory and grace in defeat.
Reminder to Fans
Students who violate school rules at school-sponsored events will be subject to removal from the event/contest and may be subject to disciplinary action. Tailgating will be prohibited after the start of a game.
Students who lead or take part in inappropriate cheers, consisting of obscene, profane, or abusive language/gestures will be asked to leave. Students who take part in harassment of opponents, officials, cheerleaders, and others will be removed from the contest. Students will also be removed for other activities, including throwing objects, fighting, hanging on the glass at hockey games, and other dangerous activities.
Waseca Junior & Senior High School administration will address items or situations not covered in this handbook. This handbook may be changed or amended during the school year and changes will be communicated appropriately. If you have questions about a handbook change, contact the building administration.
School Board policies can be viewed online at the Waseca Public Schools homepage. To access these policies, visit our district website (www.waseca.k12.mn.us), click on the “Our District” link on the left hand side, and then select Board Policies.