Discipline and Codes of Conduct
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students are aware of and comply with the school’s expectations for student conduct. Such compliance will enhance the school’s ability to maintain discipline and ensure there is no interference with the educational process. The school will take appropriate disciplinary action when students fail to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct established by this policy.
General Statement of Policy
The school recognizes that individual responsibility and mutual respect are essential components of the educational process. The school 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 that promotes respect of self,
others and property. Proper positive discipline can only result from an environment that 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. To enact a consequence, the school has to have reasonable suspicion an act has occurred, not overwhelming evidence, an admission of guilt or the existence of evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. If the school feels that the preponderance of evidence collected indicates the student committed the act, a consequence can be administered. As we are an educational institution, we strive to provide appropriate consequences based upon the reasonable evidence we obtain through investigation. It is the position of the school that a fair and equitable student discipline policy will contribute to the quality of the student's educational experience
Areas of Responsibility
A. The Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees holds all school personnel responsible for the maintenance of order within the school and supports all personnel acting within the framework of this discipline policy.
B. Principal. The Principal 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 Principal 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 Board of Trustees for approval and shall be attached as an addendum to this policy. The Principal also is given the responsibility and authority to formulate building rules and regulations necessary to enforce this policy, subject to final 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, 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.
C. 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.
D. School Personnel. All school 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 Principal.
E. Parents or Legal Guardians. Parents and guardians shall be held responsible for the behavior of their children as determined by law, Catholic teaching, and community practice. They are expected to cooperate with school authorities and to participate regarding the behavior of their children.
F. Students. All students shall be held individually responsible for their behavior, and for knowing and obeying the Code of Student Conduct and this policy.
G. Community Members. Members of the community are expected to contribute to the establishment of an atmosphere in which rights and duties are effectively acknowledged and fulfilled.
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 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 that meets standards of safety and health and common standards of decency, and that is consistent with applicable school policy (such as the uniform 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. 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 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 off campus interferes with or obstructs the mission or operations of the school or the safety or welfare of the student, other students, or employees. Information forwarded to the school through police reports or other reliable reports is included in this policy. To enact a consequence, the school has to have reasonable suspicion an act has occurred, not overwhelming evidence, an admission of guilt or the existence of evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. If the school feels that the preponderance of evidence collected indicates the student committed the act, a consequence can be administered. As we are an educational institution, we strive to provide appropriate consequences based upon the reasonable evidence we obtain through investigation.The following are examples of unacceptable behavior and should not be considered a complete list.
- 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 (including "TPing");
- 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
- 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 or tobacco paraphernalia including vaping delivery systems; regardless of whether the use occurs on-or-off campus and regardless of the age of the student.
- Using, possessing, distributing or being under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances;
- Using, possessing, distributing 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 medications 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, look-alike weapons, or other dangerous objects;
- Violation of the school Weapons Policy;
- 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 igniter 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 (e.g. curfew violations);
- 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;
- Possession of nuisance devices or objects that cause distractions including, but not limited to, pagers, radios and phones;
- Violation of school bus or transportation rules or the school bus 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 of guidelines relating to lockers or improperly gaining access to a school locker
- Possession or distribution of slanderous, libelous or pornographic materials;
- Student attire or personal grooming that creates a danger to health or safety or creates a disruption to the educational process, including clothing that bears a message which is lewd, vulgar, or obscene; apparel promoting products or activities that are illegal for use by minors; clothing containing objectionable emblems, signs, words or objects; apparel with pictures communicating a message that is racist, sexist or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group or that connotes gang membership;
- Criminal activity;
- Falsification of any records, documents, notes or signatures;
- Tampering with, changing, or altering records or documents of the school by any method including, but not limited to, computer access or other electronic means;
- Scholastic dishonesty that includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a school assignment, plagiarism or collusion, including the use of picture phones or other technology to accomplish this end;
- Impertinent or disrespectful language toward teachers or other school personnel;
- Sexual and/or racial abuse and/or harassment;
- 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 personnel or other persons; or involves interfering with the ability of a staff member to get to, or break up a fight;
- Committing an act that 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 language that is discriminatory, abusive, obscene, threatening, intimidating or that degrades other people;
- 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;
- Using AHA’s systems to post, transmit or distribute false or defamatory information about a person or organization; to harass another person; or to engage in personal attacks, any form of cyberbullying, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
- Disobedience or insubordination to teachers or other school personnel;
- Violation of school rules, regulations, policies or procedures;
- Other acts, as determined by the school, which are disruptive of the educational process or dangerous or detrimental to the student or other students, school personnel or surrounding persons or which violate the rights of others or which damage or endanger the property of the school, or which otherwise interfere with or obstruct the mission or operation of the school or the safety or welfare of students or employees.
Disciplinary Action Options
It is the general policy of the school to utilize progressive discipline to the extent reasonable and appropriate based upon the specific facts and circumstances of student misconduct. The Principal, Assistant Principal and/or the Dean of Student Life have the right to alter any of these consequences if they deem it necessary.To enact a consequence, the school has to have reasonable suspicion an act has occurred, not overwhelming evidence, an admission of guilt or the existence of evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. If the school feels that the preponderance of evidence collected indicates the student committed the act, a consequence can be administered. As we are an educational institution, we strive to provide appropriate consequences based upon the reasonable evidence we obtain through investigation. At a minimum, violation of school rules, regulations, policies or procedures will result in discussion of the violation and a verbal warning. The school shall, however, impose more severe disciplinary sanctions for any violation, including dismissal, if warranted by the student's misconduct, as determined by the school.
Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following:
- Student conference with teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal, counselor or others school personnel, and verbal warning;
- Parent contact;
- Parent conference;
- Removal from class;
- In-school suspension;
- Suspension from cocurricular 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;
- Petition County Court for juvenile delinquency adjudication;
- Out-of-school suspension;
- Other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the school.
Authorized Use of Force
When necessary, under the circumstances (or when the individual reasonably believes such circumstances to exist) and when exercising the individual's lawful authority, reasonable force may be used by:
- The Principal or a teacher to:
- Correct a student, or
- Restrain a student, or
- Prevent bodily harm or death to another.
- A school employee or school bus driver to:
- Restrain a student, or
- Prevent bodily harm or death to another.
(Note: Based on the language in the criminal statute, Minnesota Statutes, Section 609.06 Authorized Use of Force.)
Removal of Students from Class; Suspension; Dismissal
- 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, Assistant Principal or other school employee to prohibit a student from attending a class or activity period generally for a period of time not to exceed five (5) days, pursuant to this discipline policy.
- The school also has the authority to impose further discipline, including suspension or dismissal.
- Grounds for removal from class, suspension and/or dismissal shall include any of the following:
- Willful conduct that materially and substantially 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 school employees, surrounding persons, 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, in the discretion of the teacher or administration requires removal of the student from class, suspension or dismissal.
- Violations leading to suspension, based upon severity, may also be grounds for actions leading to dismissal.
- Students dismissed from Holy Angels are not allowed on campus or to attend school-sponsored functions.
Student Discipline Records
It is the policy of the school that complete and accurate student discipline records be maintained. The collection, dissemination, and maintenance of student discipline records shall be consistent with applicable school policies and applicable federal or state law.
Policy on Staff notification of Violent Behavior by Students
This policy addresses staff notification of violent behavior by students. The purpose of this policy is to address the circumstances in which data should be provided to classroom teachers and other school staff members about students with a history of violent behavior in order to serve the student and protect students and staff members. The policy incorporates a written notice to assure that appropriate data are made available to school staff members and to guarantee an accurate record of the data provided.
Development of this policy was required by the 2003 Legislature (See 2003 Session Laws, Special Session Chapter 9, Article 2, §53) and helps districts comply with Minn. Stat. §§121A.64 and 121A.75.
Data about students are governed by both state and federal law, Minn. Stat. Ch. 13 (Minnesota Government Data Practices Act) and 20 U.S.C §1232g (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA). More detailed information on school district practice and policy regarding student records and data can be found in the school district’s Data Practices Policy (Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records Policy) and approved Records Retention Schedule.
For purposes of this Policy on Staff Notification of Violent Behavior by Students (Policy) and the model notification form, terms have the meaning given them.
Administration means the person or persons responsible for performing the school district’s obligations under this Policy and who shall be the Superintendent or other designee.
- Classroom Teacher
Classroom Teacher means the instructional personnel responsible for the course or room to which a student is assigned at any given time.
- History of Violent Behavior
- A student will be considered to have a history of violent behavior if incident(s) of violence have occurred as follows:
- Violent behavior that occurs prior to January 1 of a given school year will be considered to give rise to notice requirements under this Policy for that school year and the following school year.
- Violent behavior that occurs on or after January 1 of a given school year will be considered to give rise to notice requirements under this Policy for that school year and the two following school years.
- If a student has an incident of violence within these time frames, that incident and all other past related or similar incidents of violence will be reported.
- Incident(s) of Violence
Incident(s) of violence means willful conduct in which a student has threatened or caused physical injury to person(s) or significant damage to property, regardless of whether related to a disability or whether discipline was imposed. This does not include injury or damage which is accidental or is the result of negligence. An incident of violence includes an incident described in notices received from either law enforcement or the juvenile courts.
- Legitimate Educational Interest
For purposes of federal and state law, a school staff member is determined to have a legitimate educational interest in data related to a history of violent behavior if the data requested are:
- necessary for that school staff member to perform appropriate tasks that are specified in his or her position description or by a contract agreement; 2.
- used solely within the context of school business and not for purposes extraneous to the school staff member’s areas of responsibility or to the school;3.
- relevant to the accomplishment of a job-related task or to a determination about the student; and
- consistent with the purposes for which the data are maintained.
- School Staff Member
School Staff Member includes:
- A person licensed by the State and appointed by the school board to an administrative, supervisory, instructional or other professional position such as a principal, teacher, counselor or school psychologist;
- A person employed by or under contract to the school board to perform a special task such as paraprofessional, school bus driver, secretary, clerk, occupational therapist, or the school board attorney for the period of his or her performance as an employee or contractor; and
- A substitute for persons listed above for the period of his or her performance as substitute.
- STAFF NOTIFICATION
- Recipients of Notice
Each classroom teacher of a student with a history of violent behavior (see Section II. C., above), will receive written notification from the administration prior to placement of the student in the teacher’s classroom. In addition, notice will be given by the administration to other school staff members who have a legitimate educational interest, as defined in this policy, in the data.
For example, the bus driver of the student or a paraprofessional assisting on the student’s bus would have a legitimate educational interest in the data while a driver or paraprofessional on a different bus would not.
Similarly, a paraprofessional working with the student in the classroom or supervising the student on the playground would have a legitimate educational interest in the data while a paraprofessional who does not interact with this student would not. Different school staff members may have a legitimate educational interest in different amounts of data on a particular student.
- Determination of Who Receives Notice
Detailed determination of which school staff members have a legitimate educational interest will be made by (1) the school district’s Responsible Authority appointed by the school board under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act or (2) the administration. In the event the administration makes this detailed determination, the Responsible Authority will provide guidance to whoever determines what data will be shared.
A school staff member who receives notice under this policy may provide notice to someone substituting for him or her or for another staff member who has received notice. For example, if a paraprofessional that is absent has received notice, that paraprofessional, the classroom teacher, or the principal could tell the person temporarily replacing the paraprofessional.
- Form of Written Notice
- Name of the student;
- Date of notice;
- The history of violent behavior as defined in Section II of this Policy; and
- Reminder of the private nature of the data provided.
If appropriate, the notice will also include any or all of the following:
- Explanation of what occurred in each incident of violent behavior if known, specifically including any mitigating factors;
- Types of situations that might trigger violent behavior by the student, if known;
- Successful strategies or interventions, if known; and
- Documents that the staff member may review to assist understanding of the student (e.g. IEP or § 504 plan).
- Record of Notice
The administration must keep a copy of the notice or other documentation to provide a record of those school staff members notified under this section. Retention of the written notice provided to school staff members is governed by the approved Records Retention Schedule.
- Law Enforcement Reports
The administration must immediately forward to appropriate school staff members those notice related to an incident of violent behavior received from law enforcement pursuant to Minn. Stat. §121A.75. The law enforcement notice must be followed by the formal written notice set forth above within a reasonable time, not to exceed ten business days. All other notices received from law enforcement pursuant to Minn. Stat. §121A.75 must be disseminated as required by that section. Retention of the law enforcement notice is governed by Minn. Stat. §121A.75, subd. 2(e).
- Model Notice
A model form for School Staff Member Notification is attached as Appendix I.
- NOTICE TO OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS
When transferring records of a student with a history of violent behavior, administration must send to an enrolling school district, charter school or alternative education program all student records, including all data about the student’s history of violent behavior, consistent with this Policy. Transferring the records is not a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g or the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minn. Stat. Ch. 13, provided the annual FERPA parental notice requirements are met. These written records within the student’s file are educational records and are to be transmitted to an enrolling school district, as set forth in Minn. Stat. §120A.22, subd. 7.
- PARENTAL NOTICE
The administration will notify parents that it gives classroom teachers and other school staff members notice about students’ history of violent behavior. This will be included as part of the Annual Notice of Rights required by FERPA and shall be provided to a parent/guardian at the time a Notice about the student’s violent behavior under this Policy is first provided or if it is changed. In addition, the administration will notify parents that this Notice is an educational record and will be transferred to an enrolling school district.
Parents will be given notice that they have the right to review and challenge records or data, (including the data documenting the history of violent behavior), under both state and federal law as set forth in the school district Data Practices Policy.
- TRAINING NEEDS
Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 121A.64, representatives of the school board and representatives of the teachers will discuss the needs of students and staff. The parties may discuss necessary training which may include training on conflict resolution and positive behavior interventions and may discuss necessary intervention services such as student behavioral assessments.
Minn. Stat. § 120A.22, subd. 7 (Education Records)
Minn. Stat. § 121A.64 (Notification of Students with Violent Behavior)
Minn. Stat. § 121A.75 (Law Enforcement Notice to Schools)
Minn. Stat. Ch. 13 (Minnesota Government Data Practices Act)
20 U.S.C. § 1232g (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
34 C.F.R. §§ 99.1-99.67 (Rules implementing FERPA)
Minn. Stat. §13.04, subd. 4 (Process for challenging data under state law)
34 C.F.R. §§99.20 – 99.22 (Process for challenging data under federal law
Created August 2003
Each teacher has responsibility and authority to maintain a positive learning environment in the classroom. Every student has the right to an education, but does not have the right to keep others from learning by disrupting class. Teachers will express rules, guidelines and expectations the first day of class.
Consequences for disruptive classroom behavior are:
- Teacher will assign teacher-administered detention for classroom disruptions or inappropriate behavior. Each unit of teacher-administered detention is 20 minutes, and the student must serve the detention before school (7:30-7:50 a.m.) or after school (2:40- 3 p.m.).
- Students not reporting for teacher-administered detention will be referred to the Assistant Principal. Detention and/or parent/guardian conference may result.
- Continued disruptions or inappropriate behavior will result in a contract for behavioral improvement. If the conditions are not adhered to, a disciplinary withdrawal from the class (no credit given) will result. Detention must be completed no later than two days after the detention is assigned. Students not completing detention will receive one day of In-School Suspension.
Hallways are an extension of the classroom. Appropriate language and behavior is expected. For safety reasons, students may not sit on the hallway floors.
Consequences for inappropriate hallway behavior are the same as for inappropriate classroom behavior. Students are not to loiter in the hallways or by their lockers. They should gather their books and belongings, and exit the hallways during passing time. This includes juniors and seniors with unscheduled time. Students needing to leave class during the period will be issued hallway passes.
To ensure safe and comfortable transportation, students must act responsibly when riding the bus. All school policies apply to conduct on school buses. Failure to follow policies results in detention, suspension, and/or denial of bus-riding privileges.
Staff members may assign staff-administered detention for a student's misbehavior.
Each unit of staff-administered detention is 20 minutes and the student must serve the detention before school (7:30-7:50 a.m.) or after school (2:40-3 p.m.). Students not reporting for staff-administered detention are referred to the Assistant Principal.
The Assistant Principal may assign Saturday detention for inappropriate behavior. Detention must be completed on the date it is assigned. Students not completing detention on the day assigned will receive one day of In-School Suspension (ISS). ISS is a work/study day.
Since the student is not allowed to leave the ISS room, the student should bring a bag lunch. Students who receive ISS may not participate, practice, compete or perform in any activity on the day they serve ISS.
Fighting/Obstructing Staff Member Response to a Fight
Students involved in a fight or who prevent or inhibit a staff member from responding to a fight, face consequences which are at the discretion of the Assistant Principal or designee. Consequences include, but are not limited to, detention, suspension, or expulsion. Law enforcement also may be involved.
In-School Suspension (ISS)
In-school suspension is a supervised work/study day assigned for disciplinary reasons. Some examples of reasons for assigning ISS include, but are not limited to, not completing detention in a timely manner, fighting, theft, harassment and chronic behavior problems. Students receiving ISS will be considered absent from their classes, and they are allowed to make up class work missed on that day. Tests and quizzes cannot be made up. Students involved in cocurricular activities may not practice, compete or perform in their activity for that day. Since students may not leave the ISS room, students should bring a bag lunch.
Students who miss all or part of a day without permission of the school and/or parents are considered skipping school.
Consequences for skipping--
- a class are two hours of detention, parent/guardian notification, no credit for the class period skipped, loss of off-campus privilege, and probation. A further offense results in parent/guardian notification, a disciplinary withdrawal from class and the student being scheduled into a study hall or auditing the class for no credit.
- a study hall or assembly are the same as for skipping a class. A further offense requires a conference to determine consequences appropriate to the action.
- a day of school are a conference with parent/guardian. Student is subject to expulsion.
Stealing and Vandalism
All are encouraged to work together to provide an atmosphere where each person is valued and trust is genuine. Everyone must strive to take good care of material things that are for use by everyone and respect each other's possessions. Students will be held liable for damage to school property. Using the locks on lockers is essential in reducing the potential for theft.
The minimum consequences for a student stealing include:
- Merchandise or cash value must be returned
- Student is subject to expulsion
The minimum consequences for a student vandalizing school property may include:
- Immediate out-of-school suspension
- Immediate notification of police
- Parent or guardian notification
- Monetary compensation for the vandalism; and
- Recommendation for dismissal.
The Principal, Assistant Principal and/or the Dean of Student Life have the right to alter any of these consequences if they deem it necessary.
Parent/Guardian Obligations and Conduct
Preamble: The Academy of Holy Angels is committed to educating each student for life. Mindful that each of us is created in God's image, we respect each other, and we embrace each other's differences. The Holy Angels community expects its members to act respectfully and responsibly when they are interacting with others inside or outside the community. To accomplish these goals, the Academy has adopted policies for its students and staff. Expectations for students include student behavior, classroom behavior, academic honesty, chemical and tobacco use, bus conduct, vandalism, weapons, violence, and harassment. It also expects students to adhere to the student commitment statement to respect all people, to be responsible in what they say, to respect the school environment, to not engage in degrading activities, etc.
Absent from Academy policies has been guidance respecting the obligations of parents, guardians and other adults who interact with the Holy Angels community. From time to time, parents, guardians and other adults interacting with the Holy Angels community fail to fulfill their obligations, fail to act with respect toward others within the school or otherwise engage in degrading, threatening or other behaviors which offend the Academy's commitment to a mutually respectful and peaceful environment and do so in ways which poorly model to students and impair the ability of the Academy staff and other parents to fulfill these goals. Accordingly, in order to assure responsible conduct from parents, guardians and other adults as well as from students, the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Holy Angels has adopted the following policy.
Obligations of parents, guardians and other adults at the Academy of Holy Angels :
An express condition of continued enrollment of all students at the Academy of Holy Angels is that the student's parents or guardians fulfill at least the following obligations and standards of behavior:
- Financial and Service Obligations: Fulfillment of financial and service obligations for a student's tuition. (See Tuition Policy section in the Student Handbook, the Tuition Contract, and any agreements between the school and parents.) Parents and guardians understand that their failure to do so could result in the discontinuation of the student's right to attend the Academy, to receive grades, transcripts or credits, to participate in school functions, participate in and/or attend co-curricular events, to be invited to return to the Academy, to graduate or to receive a diploma.
- Behavior Obligations: To act with respect and understanding toward students, teachers, other parents/guardians, administrators, coaches, and staff of the Academy. Parents and guardians understand that their failure to do so could result in the discontinuation of the student's right to attend the Academy, to receive grades, transcripts or credits, to participate in school functions, to be invited to return to the Academy, to graduate or to receive a diploma. Conduct which violates this obligation includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Physical abuse, assaults or threats of the same
- Intimidation, harassment or verbal abuse
- Failing to abide by requests from staff that fall under the school’s practices/ policies (i.e., having a doctor’s notes for an absence)
- Unwelcomed contact, calls, letters or similar contacts
- Property damage
- Unwelcomed presence on school property or attendance at school functions
- Invasions of others' privacy
- Disrupting any function of the Academy or others' rights to the peaceful enjoyment of the same
- Disruption of the school's operations
- Maligning, defaming, or harassing AHA staff, the school’s organization or mission
- Determination of Need for Removal or Conditions: Should any parent or guardian fail to meet these obligations, as determined by the Principal or Assistant Principal pursuant to an appropriate process, the Principal or Assistant Principal may (1) determine that the failure is sufficiently serious to warrant the removal of the student and the discontinuation of the student's right to attend or return to the Academy, or (2) determine that the failure is subject to corrective measures and as a condition to the continued enrollment of the student(s) may require the parent or guardian to take such corrective action or to abide such conditions as the Principal or Assistant Principal of the Academy finds are warranted under the circumstances. In this regard, the Principal or Assistant Principal of the Academy may impose in his or her discretion some or all of the following conditions to such continued enrollment:
- Restrictions on the parent or guardian's (or other family member or related person's) presence on Academy property or at Academy functions or activities;
- Restrictions on the parent or guardian's (or other family member or related person's) contact with any Academy student, parent, guardian, coach, teacher or staff, or the home or workplace of any such person(s);
- Restrictions or obligations as to any further conduct or failures respecting any of the above obligations;
- Requiring the parent or guardian (or other family member or related person) to enter into a written agreement as to any of the above;
- Such other requirements or conditions as are warranted under the circumstances.
- Right of Appeal: Any parent, guardian or student with an interest in any determination under paragraph 3 above may file a written appeal with the President within 10 days from the determination, setting out why such parent, guardian or student disagrees with such determination, and request a hearing.
Upon the filing of any such appeal, the President may, as soon as practicable, convene a hearing. At such hearing, the parent, guardian or student may present evidence and otherwise make any presentation as he or she feels is warranted, and may be assisted by others including counsel. The Principal and/or Assistant Principal will similarly present evidence and otherwise make such a presentation as is warranted and may be assisted by others including counsel. The President shall deliberate on the appeal. The President will either affirm the Principal and/or Assistant Principal's determination, overturn such determination, or make such ruling or conditions as the President concludes are just under the circumstances. The decision of the President shall be final and conclusive.
- Enforcement and Notice: This policy shall be distributed to all parents and guardians of all students seeking to return to the Academy, with an indication that the policy will be enforced throughout the calendar year and that any parent or guardian who feels that he or she cannot agree to such policy should consider the withdrawal of their student from the Academy.
Adopted this 24th day of May, 2004 by the Academy of Holy Angels Board of Trustees John Bierbaum, Chair, Board of Trustees
It is the Academy's policy to maintain a working environment free from offensive or degrading remarks or conduct. Such behavior includes a student's inappropriate remarks about or conduct related to a person's race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, status with regard to public assistance, membership, activity in a local commission dealing with discrimination, or any other legally protected characteristic. Public displays of affection and intimacy which contain a note of sexual suggestiveness (even between consenting individuals) are inappropriate in a public setting and can be offensive to others. Offensive behavior prohibited by this policy includes requests to engage in illegal, immoral or unethical conduct or retaliation against a person who makes a complaint. Offensive behavior also includes conduct either physical or verbal which has the purpose or effect of: creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment; substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance; or otherwise adversely affecting an individual's employment or academic opportunities.
One specific kind of illegal and offensive behavior is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment, which can consist of a wide range of unwanted sexually directed behavior, is defined as: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature (ex: pantsing, grabbing/touching genitals or buttocks) when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual student's educational environment;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions affecting such individual; or
- Such conduct has the purpose or result of unreasonably interfering with an individual student's educational environment or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Any person who believes he or she (1) has been the victim of offensive behavior, including sexual harassment, by a student, officers, an employee or staff member of the Academy of Holy Angels, or (2) has knowledge of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment, should report the alleged acts immediately to the Assistant Principal, Principal, teacher, counselor or other staff member.
Each incident reported will be handled discreetly and respectfully, subject to the necessary investigation and notification to the alleged offender and appropriate witnesses, and without fear of reprisal. All school officers, faculty and staff are responsible for acknowledging complaints and reporting them promptly to the Principal or other representative of the school as provided herein.
All school officers, faculty and staff employees are responsible for appropriate implementation and enforcement of this policy and maintenance of an environment that is free of all offensive behavior.
The Academy of Holy Angels will respect the confidentiality of the complainant and the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed as much as possible, consistent with the school's legal obligations. Legal obligations include, among other things, the requirements as to the reporting of cases of possible child abuse, and the necessity to investigate allegations of offensive behavior and take appropriate disciplinary action when it is determined that the alleged conduct has occurred.
Investigation and Recommendation
The Principal, or his/her designee, shall, upon receipt of a report or complaint alleging offensive behavior promptly conduct an investigation. The investigation may be conducted by school officials or by a third party designated by the Principal. If the facts appear to support a finding that a violation of the policy has occurred, appropriate action will be taken. The Principal, or his/her designee, will take the disciplinary action he or she deems necessary and appropriate, including:
- Other appropriate action to end or seek to end the harassment and prevent its recurrence.
The Principal, or his/her designee, will discipline, up to and including possible suspension or dismissal, any individual who retaliates against any person who reports alleged offensive behavior, including sexual harassment, or who retaliates against any person who rectifies, assists or participates in an investigation, proceeding or hearing relating to a complaint. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.
Sexual Harassment or Sexual Violence as Sexual Abuse/Criminal Sexual Assault
Under certain circumstances, sexual harassment or sexual violence may constitute sexual abuse or criminal sexual assault under Minnesota Statute 609.341, through 609.345; Minnesota Statute 690.321 through .324; or Minnesota Statute 617.246. In such situations, the school shall comply with Minnesota Statute 626.556, Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors.
The following procedures will be followed if a student commits an act that constitutes sexual abuse or criminal sexual assault:
- Principal, parents and legal authorities will be notified immediately.
- Student is expelled from AHA. The consequences imposed on a student for violations of this policy are not appealable.
Nothing in this policy will prohibit the school from taking immediate action to protect victims of alleged sexual abuse, sexual harassment, other improper harassment or sexual violence.
(6/17/09; 6/21/11, 7/18/12, August 9, 2012, June 7, 2013mn; June 19, 2014 mn, 8/9/17 ga; 6/26/18 cd, 12/17/19 ga, 6/19/20 cd)