Below you’ll find highlights of our Discipline Policy. For the complete HLA – Northrop Discipline Policy, please see our latest Family Handbook.
The purpose of this policy is to insure that scholars are aware of and comply with the school’s expectations for scholar conduct. Such compliance will enhance the school’s ability to maintain discipline and ensure that there is no interference with the educational process. The school will take appropriate disciplinary action when scholars fail to adhere to the rules regarding scholar 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 scholar is of primary importance and is closely linked with the balance that must be maintained between authority and self-discipline.
Scholars must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner that maintains a climate in which learning can take place. Proper scholarly conduct is necessary to facilitate the education process and to create an atmosphere conducive to high 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. It is the position of the school district that a fair and equitable district-wide scholar discipline policy will contribute to the quality of the scholar’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.
All scholars 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 in maintaining a safe school for all scholars;
- To be aware of all school rules, regulations, policies and procedures, including those in the policy, and to conduct themselves in accord with them;
- To assume that until a rule or policy is waived, altered or repealed, it is full force and effect;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 consistent with applicable school district;
- To conduct themselves in an appropriate physical or verbal manner, and
- To recognize and respect the rights of others.
The following are examples of unacceptable behavior subject to disciplinary action by the school. These examples are not intended to be an exclusive list. Any scholar 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 scholar whose conduct at any time or in any place interferences with or obstructs the mission or operations of the school or the safety or welfare of the scholar, other scholars, or employees.
- Violations against property including;
- The use of property or obscene language, or the possession of obscene materials;
- Hazing, excessive bullying
- 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;
- Violation of the school’s Weapons Policy;
- 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;
- Possession of nuisance devices or objects which cause distractions and may facilitate cheating including, but not limited to, pagers, radios, and phones, including picture phones.
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 scholar 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 scholar’s misconduct, as determined by the school district. Disciplinary policy may be changed at any time.
Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, one of the following:
- 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 scholar or other scholars, or surrounding persons, including school district employees, or property of the school.