School Policies
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Attendance

Good attendance promotes academic success. It is very important that all students attend school and class on time every day. The Minneapolis School District expects every student to attend school at least 95% of the school year.

Procedure for Absences:

1. If your child is going to be absent, please call the Attendance Office at #668- 4944 to let us know so that we may excuse her/him. You may leave messages at any time, day or night.

2. You may also send a note with your student on the day following the absence. Absences remain unexcused if we do not hear from a parent or guardian.

3. If it is necessary for your student to leave school during the day (doctor appointment, going out of town, etc.) please have them report to the attendance office with a note from you prior to the absence. We will give them a yellow pass to show the teacher so they can leave class at the appropriate time and meet you in the front office.

Excused Absences are:

Illness, medical/dental appointments, family emergency, severe weather, and religious observations. Requests to be excused for doctor's appointments should be presented to the Attendance Office for approval at least one day in advance of the appointment.

Unexcused Absences are:

Missing the bus, oversleeping, excessive illness without a doctors excuse, or any absences without a note or phone call from a parent.

Tardiness

Students who are not in class by 9:30 a.m. are tardy. Our expectation is that all students are in class on time and ready to learn.

The complete Minneapolis Schools Attendance Policy (5100) is available online at: http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us or from the school office. For more information, please contact Becky Wessman, School Social Worker, at #612-668- 4905

Electronics

We understand that students will bring electronics to school, and support students listening to music or using the phone on the way to and from school. However, all electronics must be put away in lockers during school hours. School electronics are used in classrooms - we have plenty of technology for lessons, so personal electronics are not needed. Any cell phone or other electronic devide found somewhere other than a locker during the school day will be confiscated and returned only to a parent.

Dress Code

A dress code helps set the tone of the school and can promote a good learning atmosphere. Administration reserves the right to determine what is appropriate for school. Students whose clothing does not meet the dress code will be required to change clothing.

  • Skirts and shorts must be at least finger-tip length for all students.
  • Leggings are not considered pants and must have something else coving the rear.
  • Outerwear - coats, gloves, hats, etc - is not worn in the classrooms and should be left in lockers.
  • Halter tops, tube tops, tight t-shirts and/or any clothing that shows cleavage or midriffs is not acceptable.
  • Hats of any kind may not be worn inside the school building.
  • Underwear should not be displayed. This includes bra or cami straps and shorts showing under pants. Pants must be worn so that the outermost item fully covers the rear. (No sagging.)
  • Clothing showing offensive or inappropriate sayings, photographs, or otherwise signifying inappropriate group affiliation are not permitted. This includes bandanas and anything potentially gang- or violence-related.

Weather

In general, unless transportation is unavailable due to a blizzard or heavy snow, the schools will be open. The parent may use his or her judgment as to whether the student's health and clothing are adequate for a child to travel the distance from the home to school under the particular weather conditions. MPS will send out an automated call to alert all families to any closures. Please also listen to radio or TV announcements for official school closing announcements.