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Absence Policy Weapons
Classroom Visitors Bus/Bike/Pedestrian Safety
Health Services Drug Policies
Internet Acceptable Use Policy Human Sexuality Curriculum
Parent Teacher Conferences Lunch
Sexual, Religious, and Racial Harassment and Violence Student Records and Your Rights
Severe Weather Tornadoes Tobacco Free

Absence: When a student is not present in school or at any school approved activity, in or out of the building, where school supervision is in effect and the activity is held during the normal school day.

Partial Day Absence: A partial day absence will be recorded when a child in grades 1-6 misses 1 hour or less of instructional time during the school day.  A partial day absence will be recorded when a kindergarten child misses up to 45 minutes of instructional time for the kindergarten day.
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Bus/Bike/Pedestrian Safety: A program teaching Bus / Bike / Pedestrian Safety is provided in each elementary school in the district.  The following guidelines have been established to outline behavior expected of students who ride the bus. Student Ridership Guidelines

  1. Take a seat promptly - move to window seat when possible.

  2. Remain seated while on the bus.

  3. Keep aisles clear of legs, instruments or other objects.

  4. Talk quietly so that you do not bother others or distract the bus driver

  5. Do not tamper with safety or bus equipment.

  6. Follow the instructions of the driver - these instructions are for your benefit.

Any student who jeopardizes the safety and comfort of other bus students can lose the privilege of school bus transportation.  Riding the bus is a privilege which can be suspended or revoked.  Parents/guardians are responsible to reinforce safe bus conduct. Bicycles It is recommended that students not ride expensive bicycles to school.  Students should lock their bicycles in the racks provided.  The school is not responsible for the safety of the bikes.
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Classroom Visitors Parents wishing to visit a classroom should see the building principal for procedures.  As a general rule, children are not permitted to visit classrooms, however, parents visiting classrooms may have children accompany them during a classroom visit.  Principals will discuss the time limitations prior to the visit.  No visitors will be allowed during the first four weeks of school in the fall and the last four weeks of school in the spring.
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Drug Policy School District 279 will not allow the use/abuse or possession of alcohol and other drugs use for their mood-altering effect.

School Board Policy 5212, Student Behavior, states "No student, regardless of age, may possess, use, distribute, and / or exchange illegal chemical substances or other mood - altering chemicals which can hinder the student's ability to learn, or participate, and / or could cause damage to the student's health.  This includes drug paraphernalia.  This prohibition is effective in school buildings, vehicles, school contracted vehicles, on school property and at school activities.  "Use" is defined as drinking, sniffing, smoking, swallowing, chewing, injection, or otherwise absorbing into the body such illegal or mood - altering  substances.  In the event of a violation of Policy 5212, the students will be provided alternatives and consequences as covered in Chemical Abuse Policy 5217.

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Health Services District services are provided in each school by school health specialists.  Their major functions are: emergency care for sick or injured students, health screening, maintaining health records, and assisting teachers and parents in teaching desirable health practices.  Your school district employs registered nurses as school health service specialists in each elementary school.

  • Emergency Card/Health information: Emergency cards will be received by each child at the beginning of the school year.  It is very important that these be filled out for each child and returned promptly.

  • Excuse from Physical Education/Recess:  Please send a note requesting this to the child's teacher.  If appropriate, include written instructions from the child's physician.

  • Health Screenings: Children in grades K, 1,3,5,7,10 will have their vision tested.  Children in grades K, 1,2,3,5,10 will have their hearing screened.  In addition, females in grades 5, 7 and males in grade 9 will be screened for scoliosis.

  • Illness:  Children should not be in school if they have a fever (100 or above), vomiting, diarrhea, a contagious illness, or other symptoms of illness that may prohibit active participation in school routines until appropriate treatment is secured.Students should be free of elevated temperature, vomiting, and diarrhea symptoms for 24 hours prior to their return to school.

If your child has contracted a contagious disease and a doctor has confirmed it, please inform the child's teacher.  Parents of other children may then be cautioned so that early detection of the disease can be noted and prevent its spreading throughout the classroom.

When your child develops a temperature of 100 or above and/or shows other symptoms of illness, parents will be contacted so he/she can be picked up.  If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, information furnished to the school on the emergency card will be used.

  • Medications Policy:  Diagnosis and treatment of illness and the prescribing of drugs medication, and nostrums are never responsibilities of a school and should not be practiced by any school personnel.   School personnel will dispense only medications that have been prescribed by a physician.  When possible, medication doses should be given at home to avoid interruptions in the school day.  Please see the Elementary Parent Handbook for the complete policy.

  • Special Health Care Needs:  To make appropriate plans for those student with special health needs.  The prime responsibility for a student's health care rests with the parent/guardian.  School heal service is supportive health care that enables education of the student in a safe manner.  All students with special health needs shall be covered with an IEP or a 504 plan that specifies services to be delivered.  Please see the Elementary Parent Handbook for the complete policy.
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Human Sexuality Curriculum:

Positive Learning Options for Students Opting-Out

Parents must contact the principal or teacher to let them know that they would like to have their child(ren) opt out of the program.  This can be done through a telephone call or a form filled out by the parent.  Several options are available:

Option 1: The student will work on a grade appropriate health unit, which does not include Human Sexuality, in a supervised area.
Option 2: The student will complete school work in a supervised area.
Option 3: The student will use parent provided materials in a supervised area.

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Lunch: Visit the district site for information about menus and free and reduced lunch policies.

Lunchroom Plan

To provide a pleasant lunchroom environment, the following expectations and consequences will be implemented:


1. Respect yourself and others

2. Be responsible

3. Follow directions given by adults

4.  Use quiet voices and appropriate language

5. Walk at all times

6.  Use appropriate table manners - keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself

7.  Raise hand for assistance; permission before leaving seat

8.  Clean up your area on and around the table

9.  Trading, sharing, or throwing food is not allowed

10.  Hats and outerwear are not worn inside the lunchroom


1st - Students will receive a verbal warning and/or eat at a separate area for the day.
2nd - Students will receive a behavior report and detention.
3rd - Students will receive a behavior report, serve detention and call parents.   Missed recess will be at the discretion of supervisor and principal.
4th - Students will receive a behavior report.  Parents will conference with school staff to develop an intervention plan.


Students will go directly to the office and/or be issued an automatic detention - parent/guardian will be contacted. A plan for appropriate behavior will be developed.

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Tobacco use:

All Osseo schools and grounds and vehicles are tobacco free.  No smoking is allowed!

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Students go outdoors for recess unless the windchill factor falls below –5°F. School closing information is broadcast on WCCO radio (830 AM), KSTP Channel 5, KARE 11, NWCT – Cable 12.

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Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice a year, in the fall and spring. In some cases, students participate in the conference (classroom teachers will communicate regarding this). Conferences provide an opportunity for classroom teachers and parents to exchange valuable information about children. Planning and reporting are parts of the conference. Come prepared to actively participate in the conference…bring questions, concerns, ideas and knowledge about your child.

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Student records include census information, such as: student, parent, and siblings names, address, phone numbers, schools attended, grade, and transportation information. Other information includes health data, subjects taken and grades (marks) received, various kinds of reports, and extracurricular activity information. While some information is collected because it is required by law, the major purpose of all student data is to help school personnel better understand the students and meet their individual needs.


Directory information is public information and may be disclosed in the form of class or other lists unless prior written denial of disclosure has been received from the parent or guardian of the student of "eligible" student. District policy designates the following student data as directory information:

Student’s name
Dates of attendance
Student’s address 
Degrees and awards received
Date of birth 
Participation in officially recognized activities/sports
School of attendance 
Weight and height (if member of an athletic team)
Current grade or grades completed

If the parent of guardian of a student objects to the designation of any or all the above information as directory information, please notify the school principal or superintendent of schools in writing by September 30th of the current year. On or after October 15th, each student’s record will be appropriately marked by the record custodians to indicate the items the district will designate as directory information about the student. This designation will remain in effect until it is modified by the written direction of the student’s parent/guardian. Parents/guardians can obtain forms from any school office to deny written disclosure of directory information.

Statement of Rights

Parents have the rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the Confidentiality of Information Section of the regulations implementing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, and the Student Records Policy of Independent School District 279. 

      1. The right, if asked to provide private or confidential data, to be informed of:

      1. the purpose and intended use of data within the school system,

      2. whether he/she may refuse or is legally required to supply the requested data,

      3. any known consequences of not providing the data; and

      4. the identity of the other persons or entities authorized by state or federal law to receive the data.

      1. The right to inspect and review the student’s records.

      2. The right to explanations and interpretations of the records.

      3. The right to have a representative of the parent/guardian to inspect and review the student’s records.

      4. The right to exercise a limited control over other people’s access to the student’s records.

      5. The right to seek to correct the student’s records, in hearing, if necessary.

      6. The right to report violations of the rules and regulations, cited above to the Department of Education.

      7. The right to be informed of the above rights.

      1. Situation discussed with student

      2. Investigation of facts with other individuals involved

      3. Parent/guardian notified immediately

      4. Weapons confiscated by school personnel

      5. Consequences ranging from detention to one-five-day suspension/expulsion (appropriate to student and situation)

      6. Suspension procedures shall be implemented according to District Policy 5212, Student Behavior and in accordance with MN State Statutes

      7. Parent notification of suspension and readmission conference to occur prior to student's re-entry.

      1. Situation discussed with student.

      2. Investigation of facts with other individuals involved.

      3. Weapon confiscated by school personnel.

      4. Parent/guardian notified immediately.

      5. One-five day suspension procedures implemented (expulsion to be considered as appropriate to student and situation with district personnel.) Possession, use or distribution of a gun will be grounds for expulsion.

      6. Parent notification of suspension/expulsion, in accordance with District Policy 5212 and MN State Statutes.

      7. Readmission conference with principle, parent/guardian and student prior to the student’s re-entry.

      8. Reports/referrals made to District and/or community agencies.

      1. All students are expected to refrain from behaviors that may be interpreted or intended as acts of sexual, religious or racial harassment/violence, in school, on school grounds and on the school bus.

      2. Behaviors such as name calling/references, gestures, physical contact, written communication, derogatory statements, rumors/slander, graphics, printed materials of a sexual, religious or racial nature either about or directed to another student are prohibited.

      3. Students who are victims of alleged sexual, religious or racial harassment/violence or who have knowledge of such behavior must report the alleged concerns to the classroom teacher and/or the building principle.

      4. Complaints and/or reports of sexual, religious or racial harassment/violence are investigated by appropriate school personnel. In most cases, the following procedures apply:

      1. Disciplinary action (consequences) shall be in accordance with District Policy 5212, Student Behavior, and in cases of suspension/expulsion with MN State Statutes.

      • "Eligible Student" – (Student who is 18 years of age or older)

      • Parent/legal guardian of minor students, including non-custodial parents

      • State/Federal agencies authorized to audit records

      • Staff members who have educational responsibility for the individual student

      • Administrative and clerical staff whose work assignments require access

      • Response to a court order

      • Transferring to other schools

      • All types of guns: real and/or look-alikes (pellet, BB, squirt, toy)

      • Knives (automatically opening, switch blades, jack knives, pocket knives, kitchen utensils)

      • Explosives, including live ammunition and homemade devices

      • All firearms (loaded and/or unloaded)

      • Slingshots, brass stars/knuckles, mace, nunchakus, swords

      • Sharp, pointed objects (pins, scissors, needles)

      • Objects that pose potential or real danger to self/other/environment

      • Conference with student

      • Investigation of facts

      • Parent/guardian notification

      • Consequences implemented and may range from detention to suspension/expulsion, as appropriate to student and situation.

      • In cases of suspension, a readmission conference will be held with the principle, student and parent/guardian prior to re-entry.

      • Reports/referrals made to District and/or community agencies.

      • sexual or dirty jokes, books, magazines

      • sexual gestures, comments

      • displaying pornographic or sexually explicit materials

      • name calling

      • sexual rumors

      • inappropriate touching, bra snapping, pantsing

    • Where Are Student Records Kept?

      Student records are kept in the school in locked file drawers except when used by employees of the district whose work assignments require access to the records. Records of students who withdraw or graduate will be kept at the school of attendance for a school year and then sent to the District Student Support Services Office for permanent storage.

      Whom May See Students Records?

      Access to private data in student records is limited to:

      * Step parents do not have access to private data without written consent from the custodial parent

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      In the event of a Tornado warning while school is in session, all students will stay at school until the tornado warning is over unless parents come to school to pickup the students(s).

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      Creating a safe school environment is a top priority in District 279…as well as at Edinbrook! We are thankful that our school IS a place where concern for others is practiced! We believe that students are able to demonstrate appropriate behaviors and make responsible decisions. We believe in maintaining a "zero tolerance" position on harassment, violence, weapon, and gang related behavior.

      According to District policy, students are forbidden to posses, store, transmit or use any instrument that is considered a weapon or look-alike weapon in school, on school grounds, at school activities, at bus stops, or on school buses. This includes, but is not limited to:

      Possession of weapon or look-alike with NO THREAT or INTENT TO USE

      Possession of weapon or look-alike with accompanying behavior: 


      Ensuring a SAFE learning environment is possible when students, staff and parent’s/guardians promote SAFE behavior. It is important for us all! We will be very clear with students about our expectations regarding weapon-related behaviors and hope that you will do the same.

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      Protecting the right to a safe learning environment includes procedures for dealing with incidences of sexual, religious or racial harassment and/or violence. District 279 prohibits any form of harassment or violence of a sexual, religious, or racial nature.

      Definitions of Harassment

      Sexual: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other physical or verbal conduct or communication of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive or uncomfortable educational environment or may interfere with an individual’s performance. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact or other physical or verbal conduct or communication of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive or uncomfortable educational environment or may interfere with an individual’s performance.


      Religious/Racial: Physical or verbal conduct or communication which is related to an individual’s religion/race that creates and intimidating, hostile, offensive or uncomfortable academic environment, or may interfere with an individual’s performance or opportunities. Physical or verbal conduct or communication which is related to an individual’s religion/race that creates and intimidating, hostile, offensive or uncomfortable academic environment, or may interfere with an individual’s performance or opportunities.

      Definitions of Violence

      Sexual: Sexual: A physical act of aggression or assault upon another that includes sexual act or purpose.

      Religious/Racial: Religious/Racial: A physical act of aggression or assault upon another because of, or in a manner reasonably related to religion/race.

      Expectations. Procedures and Consequences


      It is important that you review this information with your child. Behaviors that students sometimes term "goofing around" may be interpreted or viewed as something offensive, uncomfortable or harassing. Parents can encourage children to use "common sense" when interacting with peers within the school environment. Again, a safe learning environment for all is our goal at Edinbrook.


      SEXUAL HARASSMENT – sexual harassment is illegal behavior

      Sexual harassment means:

      Behavior or words of a sexual or gender "put down" nature that are not welcome which pressure or intimidate you or make you uncomfortable at school, school activities or at work that affect your education or job in a negative way.

      Some examples of sexual harassment are:

      The law says that everyone has a right to feel safe and respected and not to be sexually harassed at work or school.

      It also requires that your school or work must investigate and take timely and appropriate corrective action in sexual harassment cases.

      These are only a few examples. If you feel you have been sexually harassed you should talk to someone at school you know such as a teacher, counselor, principal, health service specialist, social workers, or other adult staff member. If it occurs at another location, tell a parent or work supervisor. All schools have a sexual harassment policy and must investigate.

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