Wellness: Shakopee Public Schools has established a wellness policy that supports healthy eating and physical activity.
Anti-Harassment: It's the district's policy to maintain a learning and working environment that's free from religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence. It is a violation of this policy for any student, teacher, administrator or other school district personnel to inflict, threaten to inflict or attempt to inflict religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence upon any student, teacher, administrator or other school personnel. The district will investigate all complaints, formal or informal, verbal or written, of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence, and will take appropriate action against anyone found to violate the policy. Complaints should be immediately reported to the building principal in schools and to the HR department (952.496.5014) in other areas of the district.
Internet and Computers: Shakopee Public Schools expects all district users to use the systems and the Internet properly. District policy prohibits the use of district computers to view sexually explicit material or materials that use language or images that are inappropriate in the educational setting, could cause damage or danger or disruption or use of language or images that advocate violence or discrimination. It also prohibits use of district computers to engage in illegal acts. Violators risk suspension or cancellation of use or access privileges and discipline under other appropriate school district policies including suspension, expulsion, exclusion or termination of employment. They may also face civil or criminal prosecution and monetary charges for damage and repairs.
Health and Safety: Shakopee Public Schools has plans for fire safety, indoor air quality, pesticides, asbestos, and playground safety. For more information contact the district's buildings and grounds manager at 952.496.5046.
No Smoking Policy: Shakopee Public Schools are tobacco-free. There no smoking or other tobacco use in buildings, on the grounds, or in district websites.
Non-Discrimination: Shakopee Public Schools complies with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by recipients of federal funds. Inquiries about the application of Title IX should be directed to the Human Resources Department or the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202.
Copies of district policies are available at our District Office, 1200 Town Square, Shakopee, MN 55379.
Other Important Information
Student Records: Information about students attending Shakopee Public Schools is collected and maintained in individual student records. It is district policy that only information necessary to effectively provide for your child's educational needs will be requested and maintained. Information may be obtained from parents, the child, or any school system in which the child has been previously enrolled and other sources as appropriate. Parents may ask to see their child's records and have the content and meaning interpreted to them by making a request to the principal of the school the student attends or has most recently attended or to the Director of Special Services. Student records will be disclosed only to the extent that information is needed for a legitimate educational interest. In accordance with the district's Student Record Policy, upon request of any private or public school system in which a child will enroll, the child's student records will be transferred to that school.
Parents may request a copy of the records that have been transferred. Except as mentioned above, and as otherwise state in the Student Records Policy, student records will not be disclosed to any party other than the parents of a student under 18 years of age, or a student 18 years or older, without consent of the parent or student. If parents feel recorded information is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student's rights of privacy or other rights, they can challenge the information and request that the records be amended. The procedures for requesting an amendment are explained in the Student Records Policy. Student records are stored in a secure manner at the school the child attends or most recently attended.
A student's special education records are maintained for 5 years after a student's graduation or withdrawl from the district. Parents who feel the district has failed to comply with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 can file a complaint at: Family Policy and Regulations Office, US. Department of Education, Washington, DC 20202
Student information that may be made public: Information listed below may be made public unless a parent/guardian notifies their child's school by October 1st. This notice is required by law before information can be placed in yearbooks and student directories. By law, student names and the following information are public: name, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent educational agency or institution attended.
Release of student information: U.S. law requires Shakopee Public Schools to provide secondary school students' names, addresses, and telephone numbers if military recruiters or an institution of higher education request them. However, parents can ask the school principal to not release this information without their prior written consent.
Rights regarding surveys and other matters: The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) gives students and a parent/guardian rights regarding students surveys and other matters. Parents, students who are 18 or older, and emancipated minors have certain rights regarding the district's conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and conduct of certain physical exams. Districts must receive written consent before administering any surveys funded by the US Department of Education if the survey includes information about any of the following: political affliations, mental or psychological problems of the student or his/her family, sexual behavior or attitudes, illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating behavior, critical appraisals of the student's family, privileged relationships recognized by law such as those with attorneys, physicians and ministers, religious practices or beliefs of the student or family, income (does not include request for information used to determine eligibilty in state/federal programs or for receiving financial assistance).
Parents also have the right to opt out of surveys that are not funded by the US Department of Education, if the surveys include any of the following information: one or more of the topics listed previously; collection, disclosure or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing, selling or otherwise distributing said information to others or any non-emergency, invasive physical exams or screenings that are not necessary to protect the immediate safety of the student or other students; except for hearing, visiion or other screenings as permitted or required by state law.
Parents and eligible students may inspect the following materials prior to district's participating in such an activity: information survey of students (instructional materials used in connection with the survey may also be reviewed), documents used to collect personal information from students if used in marketing, sales or distribution to others; instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum. Report violations of the PPRA to the Department of Education Policy Compliance Office, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20202.
Attendance: On any day that a child is absent, parents should call their child's school attendance line to report the absence. Minnesota regulations require any student who misses 15 consecutive days to be dropped from school rolls and readmitted. The district adheres to this regulation. Excessive excused absenses can also result in a request for information from a physican.
Emergency Closings: In the event of severe weather and other emergencies, parents/guardians will be notified via phone and email.