The School Board of Minnesota Transitions Charter School has approved the following as policies to be followed in our K-12 Educational Community. The descriptions provided are not intended to be all encompassing but, rather, to provide a brief description of the purpose and/or content found in the policy. Always follow the link to get the entire policy.
- 102 – Equal Education Opportunity
The policy of MTCS is to provide equal educational opportunity for all students. MTCS does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, marital status, parental status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, or age. MTCS also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled students.
- 201 – Legal Status of the School Board
The MTCS Board is the governing body of the school. As such, the MTCS Board has responsibility for the care, management, and control over all aspects of the school. Generally, elected members of the MTCS Board have binding authority only when acting as a school board legally in session, except where specific authority is provided to school board members or officers individually.
- 206 – Public Participation in School Board Meetings
The policy of the MTCS Board is to encourage discussion by citizens of subjects related to the management of MTCS at MTCS Board meetings. The MTCS Board may adopt reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on public expression in order to facilitate free discussion by all interested parties. The MTCS Board shall, as a matter of policy, protect the legal rights to privacy and due process of employees and students.
- 208 – Development Adoption and Implementation of Policies
The purpose of this policy is to emphasize the importance of the policy-making role of the Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) Board and provide the means for it to continue to be an ongoing effort. Formal guidelines are necessary to ensure the school community that the school system responds to its mission and operates in an effective, efficient, and consistent manner. A set of written policy statements shall be maintained and modified as needed.
- 209 – Code of Ethics
The purpose of this policy is to assist the individual Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) Board member in understanding his or her role as part of a school board and in recognizing the contribution that each member must make to develop an effective and responsible school board.
- 210 – Conflict of Interest for Board Members
The policy of the MTCS board is to conform with statutory conflict of interest laws and act in a manner that will avoid any conflict of interest or the appearance thereof.
- 213 – Board Committees
It is the policy of MTCS to designate MTCS Board committees or subcommittees when it is determined that a committee process facilitates the mission of MTCS. B. MTCS Board has determined that certain permanent standing committees, as described in this policy, do facilitate the operation of the Board and MTCS. C. A MTCS Board committee or subcommittee will be formed by Board resolution which shall outline the duties and purpose of the committee or subcommittee.
- 214 – Out of State Travel by School Board Members
MTCS Board members have an obligation to become informed on the proper duties and functions of a school board member, to become familiar with issues that may affect MTCS, to acquire a basic understanding of school finance and budgeting, and to acquire sufficient knowledge to comply with federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and MTCS policies that relate to their functions as school board members. Occasionally, it may be appropriate for MTCS Board members to travel out of state to fulfill their obligations
- 215 – Board of Directors Voting
The purpose of this policy is to outline the process for electing individuals to the Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) Board of Directors.
- 301 – MTCS Administration
The purpose of this policy is to clarify the role of the Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) administration and its relationship with the MTCS Board
- 302 – Superintendent
The MTCS Board shall employ a Superintendent who shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the Board and as chief executive officer of the school system.
- 303 – Superintendent Selection
The purpose of this policy is to convey to the school community that the authority to select and employ a Superintendent is vested in the Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) Board.
- 304 – Superintendent Contract Duties and Evaluation
The purpose of this policy is to provide for the use of an employment contract with the Superintendent, a position description and the use of an approved instrument to evaluate performance.
- 306 – Administrator Code of Ethics
The purpose of this policy is to establish the requirements of the Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) Board that school administrators adhere to the standards of ethics and professional conduct in this policy and Minnesota law.
- 401 – Equal Employment Opportunity
The policy of MTCS is to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. MTCS does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status. MTCS also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.
- 402 – Disability Nondiscrimination Policy
Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) shall not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities because of the disabilities of such individuals in regard to job application procedures, hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
- 404 – Employment Background Checks
MTCS shall require that applicants for MTCS positions who receive an offer of employment and all individuals, except enrolled student volunteers, who are offered the opportunity to provide athletic coaching services or other extracurricular academic coaching services to the district, regardless of whether any compensation is paid, submit to a criminal history background check
- 406 – Public and Private Personnel Data
All data on individuals collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated by MTCS, which is classified by statute or federal law as public, shall be accessible to the public pursuant to the procedures established by MTCS. B. All other data on individuals is private or confidential.
- 410 – Family and Medical Leave Policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide for family and medical leave to Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) employees in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and also with parenting leave under state law
- 412 – Expense Reimbursement
The purpose of this policy is to identify Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) business expenses that involve initial payment by an employee and qualify for reimbursement from MTCS, and to specify the manner by which the employee seeks reimbursement.
- 413 – Harassment and Violence
MTCS prohibits any form of harassment or violence on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability. (This policy is provided in full in each of MTCS’s Family Handbooks.)
- 414 – Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect
The policy of Minnesota Transitions Charter School is to fully comply with Minn. Stat. § 626.556 requiring school personnel to report suspected child neglect or physical or sexual abuse. A violation of this policy occurs when any school personnel fails to immediately report instances of child neglect or physical or sexual abuse when the school personnel knows or has reason to believe a child is being neglected or physically or sexually abused or has been neglected or physically or sexually abused within the preceding three years.
- 417 – Chemical Use and Abuse
Use of controlled substances, medical cannabis, toxic substances, and alcohol is prohibited in the school setting in accordance with MTCS policies with respect to a Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School.
- 419 – Tobacco-Free Environment
Policy 419 (Tobacco-Free Environment): “Smoking or use of tobacco, tobacco-related devices, or electronic cigarettes is prohibited. This prohibition extends to all facilities whether owned, rented or leased and all vehicles that MTCS owns, leases, rents, contracts for, or controls and includes vehicles used, in whole or in part, for school purposes. The prohibition includes all MTCS property and all off-campus events sponsored by MTCS.
- 426 – Nepotism in Employment
The purpose of this policy is to establish consistent employment guidelines and to prevent situations where an individual may have or be perceived to have unfair influence over the career development, work assignments, work direction, performance reviews, or compensation of a family member who is also employed by Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS).
- 427 – Workload Limits for Certain Special Education Teachers
The purpose of this policy is to establish general parameters for determining the workload limits of special education staff who provide services to children with disabilities receiving direct special education services 60 percent or less of the instructional day.
- 501 – School Weapons Policy
No student or nonstudent, including adults and visitors, shall possess, use or distribute a weapon when in a Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) location except as provided in this policy.
- 502 – Search of Student Lockers, Desks, Personnel Possessions and Student’s Person
Policy 502 (Search of Lockers): At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of lockers provided for the convenience of students. Inspection of the interior of lockers may be conducted by school authorities for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant. The personal possessions of students within a school locker may be searched only when school authorities have a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence of a violation of law or school rules. As soon as practicable after the search of a student’s personal possessions, the school authorities must provide notice of the search to students whose lockers were searched unless disclosure would impede an ongoing investigation by police or school officials.
- 503 – Student Attendance
Policy 503 (Student Attendance): The purpose of this policy is to encourage regular school attendance. It recognizes that class attendance is a joint responsibility to be share by the student, parent or guardian, teacher, and administrators.
- 504 – Student Dress and Appearance
The policy of Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) is to encourage students to be dressed appropriately for school activities and in keeping with community standards. This is a joint responsibility of the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).
- 505 – Distribution of Nonschool-Sponsored Materials
MTCS recognizes that students and employees have the right to express themselves on school property. This protection includes the right to distribute, at a reasonable time and place and in a reasonable manner, nonschool-sponsored material. To protect First Amendment rights, while at the same time preserving the integrity of the educational objectives and responsibilities of MTCS, the MTCS Board adopts the regulations and procedures regarding distribution of nonschool-sponsored material on school property and at school activities found in this policy.
- 506 – Student Discipline
Policy 506 (Student Discipline): In view of the need for a safe, orderly and respectful environment at MTCS Schools and in accordance with Minn. Stat. § 121A.55, the MTCS Board, with the participation of MTCS administrators, teachers, employees, students, parents, community members, and such other individuals and organizations as appropriate, has developed this policy which governs student conduct and applies to all students of MTCS.
- 512 – School-Sponsored Student Publications
The purpose of this policy is to protect students’ rights to free speech in production of official school publications and activities while at the same time balancing the Minnesota Transitions Charter School’s (MTCS) role in supervising student publications and the operation of public schools. MTCS may exercise editorial control over the style and content of student expression in school-sponsored publications and activities. Expressions and representations made by students in school-sponsored publications and activities are not expressions of official MTCS policy. Faculty advisors shall supervise student writers to ensure compliance with the law and MTCS policies.
- 514 – Bullying Prohibition Policy
The purpose of this policy is to assist MTCS in its goal of preventing and responding to acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, reprisal, retaliation, and other similar disruptive and detrimental behavior. To the extent such conduct affects the educational environment of MTCS and the rights and welfare of its students and is within the control of MTCS in its normal operations, MTCS intends to prevent bullying and to take action to investigate, respond to, and to remediate and discipline for those acts of bullying which have not been successfully prevented. (This policy is provided in full in each of MTCS’s Family Handbooks.)
- 515 – Protection and Privacy of Student Records
Policy 515 (Student Directory and Privacy of Student Records-Annual Notice 2017-2018): The following “directory” Information refers to information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. It includes, but is not limited to: the student’s name, address, telephone listing, electronic email address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, participation in officially recognize activities and sports, honors and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended. MTCS may disclose directory information from the education records of a student and information regarding parents without prior consent of the parent of the student or eligible student, unless notified their intent to refuse to allow such disclosure. If you wish to disallow sharing of this information, a form is provided with this handbook.
- 516 – Student Medication
The purpose of this policy is to set forth the provisions that must be followed when administering nonemergency prescription medication to students at Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS). MTCS acknowledges that some students may require prescribed drugs or medication during the school day. MTCS’s licensed school nurse, trained health clerk, principal/director, or teacher will administer prescribed medications, except any form of medical cannabis, in accordance with law and MTCS procedures.
- 520 – Student Surveys
Student surveys may be conducted as determined necessary by MTCS. Surveys, analyses, and evaluations conducted as part of any program funded through the U.S. Department of Education must comply with 20 U.S.C. § 1232h.
- 521 – Student Disability Nondiscrimination
The purpose of this policy is to protect disabled students from discrimination on the basis of disability and to identify and evaluate learners who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), need services, accommodations.
- 522 – Student Sex Nondiscrimination (Title IX)
Students are protected from discrimination on the basis of sex pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The purpose of this policy is to provide equal educational opportunity for all students and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.
- 524 Form – Internet Use Agreement – Student Form-Employee Form
Regarding technology, MTCS system has a limited educational purpose, which includes use of the system for classroom activities, educational research, and professional or career development activities. Users are expected to use Internet access through the MTCS system to further educational and personal goals consistent with the mission of MTCS and school policies. Uses which might be acceptable on a user’s private personal account on another system may not be acceptable on this limited-purpose network.
- 526 – Hazing Prohibition
No student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of MTCS shall plan, direct, encourage, aid, or engage in hazing. No teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of MTCS shall permit, condone, or tolerate hazing (This policy is provided in full in each of MTCS’s Family Handbooks.)
- 531 – The Pledge of Allegiance
The Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) Board recognizes the need to display an appropriate United States flag and to provide instruction to students in the proper etiquette, display, and respect of the flag. The purpose of this policy is to provide for recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and instruction in school to help further that end.
Anyone who does not wish to participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for any personal reasons may elect not to do so. Students and school personnel must respect another person’s right to make that choice. (This policy is provided in full in each of MTCS’s Family Handbooks.)
- 532 – Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams to Remove Students with IEPs from School Grounds
The purpose of this policy is to describe the appropriate use of peace officers and crisis teams to remove, if necessary, a student with an individualized education program (IEP) from school grounds.
- 533 – Wellness
The purpose of this policy is to set forth methods that promote student wellness, prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and assure that school meals and other food and beverages sold and otherwise made available on the school campus during the school day are consistent with applicable minimum local, state, and federal standards.
- 534 – Unpaid Meal Charges
Policy 534 (Unpaid Meal Charges): The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students receive healthy and nutritious meals through Minnesota Transitions Charter School’s (MTCS) nutrition program and that MTCS employees, families, and students have a shared understanding of expectations regarding meal charges. The policy seeks to allow students to receive the nutrition they need to stay focused during the school day and minimize identification of students with insufficient funds to pay for school meals as well as to maintain the financial integrity of the school nutrition program.
- 535 – Section 504 Policy Adopted April 2017
The purpose of this policy is to set forth Minnesota Transitions Charter Schools’ (MTCS) obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of l973 and to articulate the school’s commitment to prohibit discrimination against students with disabilities and to provide a free appropriate public education to eligible students as required by the Act.
- 536 – Surrogate Parent Procedures
The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures used to determine the need for surrogate parents, assignment of surrogate parents, qualifications necessary to serve as a surrogate parent, and the process and criteria for removal of a surrogate parent, pursuant to the laws related to special education services.
- 537 – Enrollment Policy
The purpose of this policy is to clearly outline the policies, processes, and guiding principles that will be used by MTCS in responding to student applications for admissions, granting admission to students, and enrolling students in MTCS.
- 601 – School District Curriculum and Instruction Goals
The purpose of this policy is to establish broad curriculum parameters for Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) that encompass the Minnesota Graduation Standards and federal law and are aligned with creating the world’s best workforce.
- 602 – Organization of School Calendar and School Day
The school calendar and schedule of the school day are important to parents, students, employees, and the general public for advance, effective planning of the school year. The purpose of this policy is to provide for a timely determination of the school calendar and school day.
- 603 – Curriculum Development
The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for continuous review and improvement of the school curriculum. II. Curriculum development shall be directed toward the fulfillment of the goals and objectives of the education program of Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS).
- 609 – Religion
MTCS shall neither promote nor disparage any religious belief or nonbelief. Instead, MTCS encourages all students and employees to have appreciation for and tolerance of each other’s views.
- 612-1 – Development of Parents and Family Engagement Policies for Title I Programs
The purpose of this policy is to encourage and facilitate involvement by parents of students participating in Title I in the educational programs and experiences of students. The policy shall provide the framework for organized, systematic, ongoing, informed, and timely parental involvement in relation to decisions about the Title I services within Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS).
- 616 – School District System Accountability
Implementation of the Minnesota Academic Standards and federal law will require a new level of accountability for Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS). MTCS will establish a system to transition to the graduation requirements of the Minnesota Academic Standards. MTCS also will establish a system to review and improve instruction, curriculum, and assessment, which will include substantial input by students, parents or guardians, and local community members. MTCS will be accountable to the public and the state through annual reporting.
- 706 – Gifts
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the acceptance of gifts by the Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) Board. It is the policy of MTCS to accept gifts only in compliance with state law
- 707 – Transportation
The purpose of this policy is to provide for the transportation of students consistent with the requirements of law and the vision of the school board.
- 709 – Student Transportation Safety Policy
The purpose of this policy is to provide safe transportation for students and to educate students on safety issues and the responsibilities of school bus ridership.
- 721 – Uniform Grant Guidance Policy Regarding Federal Revenue Sources
The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with the requirements of the federal Uniform Grant Guidance regulations by establishing uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for federal grant awards received by Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS).
- 801 – Equal Access to School Facilities
The purpose of this policy is to implement the Equal Access Act by granting equal access to secondary school facilities for students who wish to conduct a meeting for religious, political, or philosophical purposes during non-instructional time.
- 806 – Crisis Management Policy
The purpose of this Model Crisis Management Policy is to act as a guide for Minnesota Transitions Charter School (MTCS) and building administrators, MTCS employees, students, MTCS Board members, and community members to address a wide range of potential crisis situations in MTCS. The step-by-step procedures suggested by this Policy will provide guidance to each MTCS school building in drafting crisis management plans to coordinate protective actions prior to, during, and after any type of emergency or potential crisis situation.
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