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Student Handbook and District Notifications

To achieve our mission and objectives for the highest level of student success, the district has established and will enforce reasonable rights and responsibilities related to student expectations.

The purpose of the student handbook and annual notifications are to provide a framework of resources for your experience as a student, whether you are full-time, part-time, online or in-person. This includes information so that you can develop an understanding of the general rules/expectations and guidelines, along with notification of board policy or state statute. 

Items noted with an asterisk [*] indicates notice is required by State statute. Items noted with two asterisks [**] indicate notice is required by School Board policy.

Besides the policies that are included and/or referred to in this Handbook, students are expected to be aware of and to abide by all of the District's policies. All of the District's policies can be found on the District's website. Students should pay particular attention to the policies in Section 500 that specifically pertains to students. Questions regarding policies can be directed to your building administrator.

Contact:

Elementary school Contact

Tyrone Brookins 
Assistant Superintendent 
tbrookin@sowashco.org

Middle School Contact

Kelly Jansen 
Assistant Superintendent 
kjansen@sowashco.org

High school Contact

Kristine Schaefer 
Assistant Superintendent 
kschaef2@sowashco.org

 

Student handbook

Regular school attendance is directly related to success in academic work, benefits students socially, provides opportunities for important communications between teachers and students, and establishes regular habits of dependability.

The school district is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Acts of bullying, in any form, by either an individual student or a group of students, are prohibited on school district property, at school-related functions or activities, on school transportation, and by misuse of technology.

Riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right. The school district’s general student behavior rules are in effect for all students on school buses. The school district will not provide transportation for students whose transportation privileges have been revoked.

The possession and use of Electronic Devices (E-Devices) is a privileged part of the educational experience. The school may revoke the privilege of possessing and using E-Devices at any time. 

Cheating is defined as seeking to obtain (or aiding another to obtain) credit or improved scores through the use of any unauthorized or deceptive means. 

SoWashCo Schools are a chemical free environment. Possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or alcohol, is prohibited at school or in any other school location or during school-sponsored events before, during, or after school hours. The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against anyone who violates this policy. 

Birthday “parties” are not given in the classroom. In the event parents/guardians wish to provide birthday treats for the class/classroom, items such as pencils or stickers for students, or donating a book or game to the classroom, are acceptable (food items for any classroom celebration are not allowed).

Accurate contact information is vital to the health and safety of students. The district provides parents/legal guardians an opportunity to update their student’s information annually through the Annual Back-to-School Update done, using the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus.

 

annual district notifications

Minnesota Statute requires that we provide annual notification to district residents and students regarding the following topics. If you have any questions regarding these topics, please contact the identified personnel or the district office at (651)425-6201. Items noted with an asterisk * indicate notice is required by State statute. Items noted with two asterisks ** indicate notice is required by School Board policy.

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