Dear Eden Prairie Schools Families,
Eden Prairie Schools believes parent and family involvement is one of the primary keys to student success. In working together, all of us - staff members, parents, students and community members - work together to achieve the very best for our students. I believe it is our purpose to create an environment of care and support where each student is inspired every day. In partnership with the School Board, the district has developed comprehensive policies and procedures that define our students’ rights and responsibilities and provide for a positive learning environment. This handbook serves as a resource for students and families to help understand these policies and their alignment with district procedures. Eden Prairie Schools parents/guardians are asked to review this important handbook with their student(s). In addition, schools will review the handbook with students at the beginning of the school year. Thank you for taking the time to review this important resource. Together we can continue to inspire each student every day.
Dr. Josh Swanson
- Main Office: 952-975-7300
- Health Room: 952-975-7370
- Scheduling: 952-975-7324
- Student Planning Room: 952-975-7335
- Attendance: 952-975-7301
- Counseling Office: 952-975-7330
- Student Activities: 952-975-7400
- Transportation: 952-975-7500
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We believe that education is important, that teachers are professionals, and that the school is a valid institution of learning. Education provides for physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth for each unique middle school student. Developmentally, middle school students are in varied stages of physical change and they experience emotional uncertainties including an increasing sense of isolation as well as a need to belong. Intellectually, they eagerly test new skills and knowledge while also seeking security and encouragement. Our school responds with a positive learning environment that provides for individual differences.
In addition, the middle school is a transition between elementary school and high school. CMS offers a nurturing learning environment that encourages growing independence and exploration while students develop habits, attitudes, skills, appreciations, and ideas essential for a lifetime of learning. We provide a caring, exciting, challenging, and comforting environment. We strive to provide a model for responsible adult behavior while allowing for the activity of youthful enthusiasm.
CMS is a vital part of the total community. We encourage a partnership among school, home, and the greater community by encouraging involvement, cooperation, responsibility, and communication. CMS empowers its staff to have a substantial impact on the system of learning, and we encourage cooperation, collaboration, innovation, and support among staff members.
The Critical Components of the CMS Program Include:
- Instructional Excellence: We strive to provide experiences where the atmosphere, materials, pace, and flexibility focus each student on success in learning. We strive to vary content presentation, use the 4Cs of Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity, and make modifications to meet the unique needs of each student. We recognize students for achievement, growth, leadership, and service.
- Exploration: We provide a wide range of intellectual, physical, and cultural activities with opportunities to take risks, discover, and experiment. We encourage participatory learning, divergent as well as convergent thinking, and exploration of a variety of co-curricular activities, career options, and subject areas. The CMS staff encourages this belief through the use of innovation and exploration within a 21st Century context of learning.
- Comprehensive Curriculum: We value the integration of learning in English, math, social studies, science, fine and related arts, and physical education. We recognize, celebrate, and encourage creativity in both basic skills and exploratory learning experiences. We value the process of learning as well as the end result. We encourage continued exploration into new, evolving curriculum.
- Continual pursuit of personal goals and aspirations: We strive to develop self-directed, lifelong learners who enthusiastically accept the challenge of their future with confidence and competence. Students assume increasing responsibility for their own academic, social, and personal learning. Students learn to solve problems, make decisions, manage time, set goals, work in groups, respond to change, and cope with positive and negative experiences.
- Contribution to Community (local to global): We encourage and model honesty, responsibility, compassion, cooperativeness, creativity, and competency. We expect students to respect themselves and others, tolerate ambiguity, recognize human equity, and understand global and multicultural concepts. We support positive student involvement in school, home, community, and world projects.
- Guidance: We are a caring community. We seek to create a more intimate environment attuned to each student’s needs. The focus on creating smaller communities fosters stable, close, respectful relationships with adults and peers. Within the school, teachers, advisors, counselors, support staff, and administrators serve as resources for meeting students’ personal needs. Finally, we recognize that all adults in the school model appropriate behaviors and attitudes.
- Gifted and Talented Services
- Evaluation/Reporting System
- Honor Roll
- Student of the Month
- Organizational System-POWER binder
- Success Center
- Targeted Services
The advisor/advisee system provides communication between teachers, students, and parents/guardians. A teacher from a student’s team will be his/her advisor. Students meet with their advisor group at the beginning of each school day before first period. The advisor takes attendance, reads the daily bulletin, keeps students informed of important school events, and shares information from teachers about classroom achievements and behavior. In addition, the advisor curriculum consists of community building, literacy, intervention time and digital citizenship activities along with organizational checks for students.
Central Middle School serves as a bridge between elementary gifted services and the many advanced and/or enriched offerings at the high school level. As in the elementary schools, CMS offers enrichments and extensions in the regular classroom curriculum. CMS offers enriched classes in four areas--Math, English, Science and Social Studies--for students who are interested in an extra challenge. Prior to registration for each school year, a parent informational meeting about enriched programs is held at CMS.
Other Rigorous Academic Options Include:
- Co-Curricular Activities: CMS offers many co-curricular activities to engage gifted learners including academic contests and teams, student government, cultural experiences, music ensembles, arts programs, speech and drama activities, publications, and service groups.
- Credit for Prior Learning: Central Middle School’s Credit for Prior Learning policy provides the opportunity for a student to “test out” of courses for which he/she can demonstrate mastery of the course outcomes and preparatory graduation standards. Mastery needs to be shown at 85% or higher. Departments determine the appropriate assessments (written, lab demonstrations, tests, etc.). Forms for the Credit for Prior Learning process are available from the CMS Gifted Services Coordinator.
- Intermediate District #287 Northern Star Online Program: Summer and online courses are offered for students who meet the required prerequisites. Please contact the Gifted and Talented Coordinator for more information.
- University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program: The University of Minnesota offers an accelerated math program for gifted math students who qualify through examination. Students can complete high school and collegiate levels of math through this program. Please contact the Gifted and Talented Coordinator for more information.
Grades should convey the learning, specifically the mastery of content, done in each class.
A student’s class grade will be comprised of at least 70% (at a minimum) summative assessments. Summative assessments may include tests, quizzes, end of unit projects, labs, etc. Extra credit will only be given for standards-related learning.
Redos and retakes are essential to offer to our students. Upon completion of a reasonable proof of practice as determined by each department, teachers will allow students to retake a summative assessment. The retake must be completed within two weeks of the original assessment, however, individual teachers may choose to extend the amount of time on a case-by-case basis. The retake assessment may be an alternate format for demonstrating mastery of content. Any retake is worth 100% value.
Students receive quarterly letter grades for their performance. Parents/guardians can see students’ current letter grades through the CMS online portal as well as at conferences. The letter grades are determined in each class as follows:
- A: 93-100%
CMS recognizes academic achievement with an A and B Honor Roll. A student’s grade point average (GPA) is used to determine placement on the A and B honor rolls as follows:
- A: 4.0
An average of 3.7 or better will be recognized on the A honor roll. An average of 3.0-3.69 will be recognized on the B honor roll.
The “Student of the Month” program recognizes approximately 35 students each month for their overall performance at CMS. These students will be featured on the display screen in the front entry hall and a letter explaining the honor will be sent to their parents/guardians. A student of the month breakfast is held three times per year to celebrate their achievement.
Central Middle School believes that it is essential for middle school students to develop good study and homework habits. The school also believes parents/guardians can play a vital role in this area. In all subjects, at some time, students will have homework. Homework might consist of a writing assignment, preparing for a test, reviewing, reading, and/or research. Students will have homework regularly in math, English, and world language.
If a student uses someone else’s words or ideas in his/her work, the source must be acknowledged by the use of complete, accurate, and specific references. Any form of academic dishonesty whether it involves copying someone else’s work or allowing someone else to copy your own work will result in loss of credit and/or disciplinary action. This includes the transmission of and/or sharing of digital work as well.
We strongly recommend all CMS students will use a POWER binder to assist with organization throughout the year. We require use of a binder so students have a systematic way to keep track of resources and learn important organizational skills. We also strongly recommend that students use a planner (traditional or digital) and the organizational tools found in their Schoology account. These tools have two purposes: to help students learn organizational skills and to improve communication between home and school.
Success Center is an after-school academic center open Monday – Thursday from 2:20-3:50 p.m. that supports students through homework help. Success Center offers a quiet, structured environment after school in which a teacher supervises students working independently. Students may make up a test, use reference materials for research, or complete daily assignments.
- Students must arrive by 2:20 p.m. They must have a pass from a staff person if they arrive late.
- Students may have a snack (no beverages please).
- Activity bus passes will be issued at 3:50 for those students riding the 4:00 bus. For those students who need to leave early, a note with parental permission is required.
- Only students who are following directions, working productively, and behaving respectfully will be allowed to stay in the Success Center.
Targeted Services helps students acquire and master basic skills such as math, reading, writing, organization, time management, and test taking. Students who wish to attend will be enrolled and expected to attend at least one day per week and can attend up to four days per week. Students will receive instruction in academic and task management skills.
Central Middle School students and staff members are divided into teams. We have four seventh grade teams and four eighth grade teams. We designate each team by color with each having about 150-180 students and seven to nine teachers. Randomly placed on teams by their elective choices, students remain on their team the entire year. Teaming exists for several reasons. It creates a feeling of being in a small group within a large school. Staying with the same teachers all year helps teachers know students better and vice versa. Team teachers plan together and discuss student progress. We encourage parents/guardians to call team teachers with questions and concerns.
- Contacting Your Child
- Deliveries for Students
- Weather-Related Closing
- Curriculum Nights
- End of Semester Report Cards
- Parent communication with CMS staff
The district has the ability to call and email all district families. In order to help ensure that you receive these important messages, please go to www.edenpr.org and make sure that we have the correct email address and phone numbers for us to use. Log in using your username and password and click “edit profile.” Contact us with questions at (952) 975-7094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families can also receive time-sensitive notifications, such as school closures and weather-related information via the district mobile app. The app is free and available for Apple, Android or Windows devices.
Families with students attending Eden Prairie Schools receive print and electronic publications from the district. To ensure you’re receiving electronic newsletters from the district and CMS, log onto the district website, www.edenpr.org. After logging in, click “edit profile” to update your email address in our system.
If parents need to contact students during the school day, they should call CMS at (952) 975-7300 rather than calling or texting their child’s cell phone. Students are not allowed to receive or make cell phone calls or send text messages during the school day. Parents can get a message to their student by calling the main office. If students are observed using their cell phones during the school day, the phone will be confiscated and parents/guardians of the student will be responsible for picking up the phone.
District families will be notified of any emergency school closures through the emergency phone system and district emails. If you don’t see or hear any announcement, assume that school will be in session. Additional Resources:
Website: www.edenpr.org Radio: WCCO radio (830 AM)
Phone: (952) 975-7000 TV Channels: 4, 5, 9, and 11
Emergency School Closing Forms will be completed by all families at the beginning of the school year, so if school dismisses early students will have a backup plan in place. Students may not remain at school since staff will also face hazardous travel home. If school dismisses early, the building will be closed for after-school and evening activities (such as sports, scouts, PTO meetings, and community education classes). If your child goes to an after-school program at a location other than school, please check with them regarding their closing policy. Again, have a backup plan in place.
Students and parents have access to student information by logging onto the district website, www.edenpr.org. Within that website, the following student information is available: attendance, grades, final report cards, and unofficial transcripts. If there are problems logging into the website call 952-975-7094 or email email@example.com. In addition, our CMS website, www.edenpr.org/cms allows you to stay in closer contact with our school. Information available on-line includes general information, teacher web pages, supply lists, calendar, lunch menus, newsletters, parent involvement opportunities, etc.
Eden Prairie Schools recognizes the importance of parents/guardians and teachers working together. Students and their parents/guardians will have opportunities to meet with teachers during the school year. Conferences are held in the fall and the spring. During the conferences, students/parents will be able to meet multiple teachers to discuss their child’s progress. At the conference students may also develop a plan for improvement. Please note, we encourage families not to wait for conferences to discuss serious concerns; instead, please contact your child’s teacher or advisor sooner rather than later to begin finding solutions.
End of semester report cards will be available online by logging onto the district website, www.edenpr.org, with your username and password. If you need assistance with your username or password, contact the website helpline at firstname.lastname@example.org or (952) 975-7094. The timeline for grading and reporting will be posted on the district’s website; school officials will inform families when report cards are ready to view.
As a community of learners, CMS parents, teachers, and students work together to build a positive learning environment. Communicating with students and parents about student progress, school events, and classroom activities builds and maintains the learning environment. All Central Middle School staff respond to requests for information and assistance in a timely and professional manner. Here are some tips for communicating effectively with teachers:
- Utilize email and voicemail whenever possible to contact teachers; you can expect a response within one working day.
- Call the teacher in advance to schedule a face-to-face meeting.
- Strive to resolve a conflict directly with a teacher first; you are welcome to contact building administration if you are dissatisfied with the resolution.
Each classroom teacher and student utilizes Schoology, a Learning Management System (LMS) that helps organize course content including: assignments, course resources, tests, quizzes, etc. Teachers may include more specific information regarding their class activities, homework, links to the internet and other information in Schoology as well. Teachers and students will set expectations about how to use Schoology at the beginning of the year. We encourage parents to enroll in Schoology too as it is another way to be informed about your student’s education.
Central Middle School offers students a wide range of co-curricular activities in four areas: academics, arts, athletics, and student leadership. We encourage students to try an activity to help them learn more about their interests and meet new friends. Some examples of activities include math league, robotics, plays, yearbook, student council, art club, Science Bowl, and several sports including soccer, lacrosse, floor hockey, tennis, and ultimate frisbee. For details on meeting dates and times, seasons, and fees please see the student activity brochure or visit the activities section of the CMS website.
- Electronic Devices
- Fieldtrip Guidelines
- Lost and Found
- Breakfast and Lunch
- Lunch PINs
- Lunchroom Rules and Consequences
- Parents Eating with Students
- School Store
- Student ID
- CMS Media Labs
- Respect for Privacy
- Respect for Property
- Respect for Others
Because of safety concerns, students are not allowed to carry backpacks during the school day. Students may use a backpack to transport books and belongings to and from school. Backpacks must remain in lockers between 7:45 a.m. and the end of the day. Handbags smaller than a school textbook may be carried at school. Exceptions to this policy may be granted to students with special circumstances. Check with the Student Management Office if circumstances warrant special permission to carry a backpack or larger handbag.
The counseling department provides individual, group, and crisis counseling. Students are referred via teachers, parents/guardians, friends and/or self. Counselors deal with a multitude of issues pertaining to students’ adolescent development. Some of these issues may include depression, eating disorders, conflict resolution, healthy relationships, stress management, and school success. If parents or students need information, support, or skill-building during the year, please consult the team counselor.
Please also note “Outside Resources for Teens” under the Health section of this handbook.
Dress Central Middle school encourages students to take pride in their attire as it relates to the school setting.
Students should dress in a manner that, in addition to the following guidelines, takes into consideration the educational environment, safety, health and welfare of self and others. Students’ clothing must not become a distraction to the educational environment.
Below is a list of examples of things not allowed in school.
This list is not all-inclusive.
Final decisions on student dress code will be made by building administrators.
- Wearing shorts that are an inappropriate length, shirts with bare midriff or shirts with shoulder straps less than 2 inches (i.e. tank tops) are not acceptable.
- Going barefoot, wearing slippers, or wearing pajamas is not acceptable.
- Hats, gloves, sunglasses, and jackets are not allowed during the school day.
Students must store these items in their lockers.
- Clothing with obscene language or symbols, or symbols of drugs, tobacco, sex, alcohol, or gang references are expressly prohibited.
Profane or defamatory jewelry or writing on clothing, notebooks or folders is not acceptable.
- Items considered to be culturally, racially or gender insensitive are unacceptable.
- If necessary, parents/guardians may be called to bring appropriate clothing to school.
Students may have cell phones at school as long as they are kept turned off and out of sight during the school day. Students are not allowed to use iPods or other music playing devices at school. If a cell phone becomes a distraction in any school environment, it will be confiscated and returned to the parent/guardian of the student. Failure to comply will result in further action. CMS is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones. We do provide phones in each of our classrooms that students may use before and after school. If you need to contact your student during the school day, please call the main office,
and we will contact him or her or relay a message. Please do not call your student’s cell phone during the day. The electronic item policy and expectations still apply if students are talking with family members.
Some bus drivers allow use of iPads and cell phones on the bus. If students have permission to use these items on the bus, they will need to store them out of sight during the day. If students store valuable items in their lockers, they assume any risk of theft that may result.
Students will be informed of the expectations for their school issued iPad. If a student violates these expectations, a consequence will be assigned.
Field trips provide a positive learning experience that takes place outside the walls of the regular classroom. A field trip accomplishes or reinforces an identifiable academic, social, emotional, or physical goal/outcome that is limited to middle school curriculum or philosophy. Planning considerations will include:
- Consistency and timing between teams.
- Balance in curricular area and outcomes such as an academic experience, cultural awareness, community service, real life experience, and team building.
- Identified insights and experiences not otherwise available in the classroom
Field trips effectively use all resources available including:
- Opportunity cost (field trip benefit vs. missed class time)
- Allocation of time
- Consideration of facility space available
All field trips will be determined by the teachers on a student’s team based on the field trip guidelines. As a result, field trips throughout the school year will be uniquely different from team to team in both content and dates.
Students will be assigned a locker with a combination lock. Students and their advisors are the only people who should know a student’s combination. It is a student’s responsibility to keep his/her locker closed and locked when not using it. Under no conditions should a student change lockers or use someone else’s locker. Students will be assigned lockers according to their team so that they will be located in close proximity to their classes. Students shouldn’t try to go to their lockers between every class. Instead, take books and materials for several classes at once, eliminating frequent visits to lockers. Advisors will provide guidelines for the use of tape, standards of cleanliness and care, and posting of pictures or other materials that may constitute harassment.
The best way to prevent locker theft is to lock lockers. Students should not share a combination or locker with anyone (even a friend). Lockers are provided for student convenience but are not to be considered secure. Therefore, students should not leave items of value in their lockers unless they are willing to accept the risk of loss. School lockers are the property of the school district. School authorities may conduct inspections of lockers for any reason and at any time without notice or consent. If a student defaces or damages a locker, he or she will be responsible for cleaning it or paying for damages. More information can be found under the Search Policy heading in this handbook.
Students are only allowed to decorate for birthdays before school from 7:30-7:40 a.m. or after school from 2:15-2:30 p.m. Locker decorating must be contained to the individual locker and not be on surrounding areas. Decorations must be school appropriate and not include balloons.
A Physical Education locker will be assigned to students during the quarter they have Phy. Ed. The same rules that exist for a regular locker apply to the Phy. Ed. locker as well
Each morning, students may purchase a grab-and-go breakfast in the cafeteria. Students who choose to purchase a grab-and-go breakfast will eat their breakfast before 7:50 or during Advisory Time at the beginning of the day.
Students can either bring a lunch from home or purchase a lunch at school with milk included. School lunch choices include the daily menu, soup and sandwich, or soup and salad. A student bringing a lunch from home can purchase milk. Reduced price and freebreakfasts and lunches are available for those that qualify. For more information about this program, please call (952) 975-8055. Lunch menus are available online.
Each student is assigned an account with a personal identification number (PIN). Lunches will be paid for by a student entering the PIN on a keypad at the end of the serving line and saying their first and last name to the cashier. Families must pay for meals in advance by sending a check to school payable to Eden Prairie School or using the online FeePay system for parents to add funds to student meal accounts. It is the same system used to pay activities fees, sports fees, and transportation fees. Parents log into the parent portal to access this system and their student’s meal account. If you have questions or need help with logging into the portal, please call the parent helpline at (952) 975-7094. Money remaining in a student’s account at the end of the year will be transferred to the next year’s account, even if they are moving on to a different Eden Prairie School.
Lunch is a scheduled period for each student. Tardies to lunch or skipping lunch will carry the same consequence as being tardy or truant from class. The same school rules regarding no hats, coats, iPods, pagers, CD players, cell phones, or electronic devices apply in the lunchroom as in the classroom and all other parts of the building. iPads are not allowed in the lunch room.
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to self.
- Follow directions from both kitchen and lunchroom staff.
- Do not cut in line.
- Stand in line only if buying a meal.
- Please keep money in student accounts as they are not allowed to charge.
- Be on time.
- Students are not allowed to leave the lunchroom without permission.
- Be responsible for keeping table and surrounding area clean.
- Return to seat and stay seated after disposing of your garbage.
The Lunchroom Supervisors and/or the Student Management Office will determine consequences for inappropriate behavior in the cafeteria.
Building hours for students, parents, and visitors:
- 7:20 a.m. Students may come into the building and stay in the secure front entrance. Only students with a pass from a teacher may go into the classrooms. Parents are allowed to escort their students into the building prior to 7:50 a.m. if they are attending an event or have a pre-arranged appointment.
- 7:50 a.m. Open to parents and visitors (secure check-in).
- 2:13 p.m. School is dismissed
- 2:35 p.m. Students not participating in activities must be out of the building.
- 4:00 p.m. ALL students must be out of the building.
*Students are allowed to stay after school when involved in a CMS activity or have a scheduled appointment with a teacher. If students violate
these expectations, they may lose the privilege of staying after school.
At orientation in August, students will have a picture taken for a school ID and will receive the ID by the end of September. Students should carry their current school ID with them at all times. You will need your ID to borrow books from the library, ride the activity bus, and present to staff whenever asked. If students lose their school ID, they may purchase a new one in the Media Center for $3.
We want students to enjoy using technology at CMS. The rules are meant to keep students safe and make technology exciting, educational, fun, and challenging. Any problems or concerns can be directed to the CMS Media Lab staff. When using computers and the Internet school rules for behavior and communication apply. Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that users responsibly use the system. Users should not expect that files are private. Inappropriate use of technology will result in loss of computer privileges and other disciplinary action.
- An adult must be in the lab with students at ALL times.
- NO food, drink, candy, or gum is allowed in the CMS Media Labs at any time.
- Vulgar, disrespectful, and offensive language or images will not be tolerated in the labs or on the computers.
- Before printing, students must have teacher approval.
- Printing homework is 10¢ per page for black & white copies and 50¢ for color copies.
- Passes are required for individual students to use a lab.
- Respect others’ right to privacy. Access, browse, or use others’ files or district systems only with permission.
- Students should protect their passwords. Students will be held responsible for any actions performed using their ID. Students who believe someone else is using their password should inform the CMS Media Lab staff immediately.
- Respect others’ property. Students should access and/or make changes or deletions to programs, files or information only if they have permission from the owner of the program, file or information.
- Students are responsible for the computer they use. They should check their computers at the beginning of class and inform the teacher or lab assistant of any problems.
- Students are responsible for keeping their computer station neat, orderly and in working condition. Students will be held responsible for any damage caused to their computer station and for the removal of any part of the station.
- Rough play, abuse, vandalism, and intentional carelessness are not allowed.
- Students may not load any software onto school computers.
- Only school work can be stored on the school network.
- Pick a workstation to use and stay seated. Do not touch anyone else’s computer, keyboard, or mouse while they are working on it unless they specifically ask for help.
- Students are not permitted to disturb other students in the neighboring lab or library.
- Game playing is only allowed if authorized by the teacher.
- Use computers, software, and related technologies for purposes that are beneficial to others, that are not harmful to others or others’ property, and that are ethical and within the law.
- Browsing websites not related to an academic purpose is not permitted.
- The Internet can only be accessed under the supervision of a teacher or lab assistant.
- Students are to use discretion when accessing the Internet. Inappropriate use will not be tolerated. When in doubt, ask.
- Students are to keep personal contact information about themselves or other people off of the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to home address, home phone number, cell numbers, birth date, etc.
- If there is a game you would like to access on the Internet, please talk to your teacher or a member of the media lab staff for permission and assistance.
Students will be issued an iPad at the beginning of the school year to use for academic purposes. Students and parents will sign an iLearn Agreement outlining the school district policies for appropriate iPad use. While at school, students are not allowed to use games and/or social media or non-educational apps as the iPad is to be used as an educational tool. Students and families will be expected to be in compliance with all iLearn rules and guidelines while in possession of the school issued device. Students who violate the rules and guidelines of the iLearn Agreement will be subject to school consequences.
- Eden Prairie Schools Expectations for Student Learning
- Responsible Citizenship
- Student Digital Responsibility
- Information Regarding the iPad in Eden Prairie Schools
- iPad Statement of Responsibility for Parent/Guardian and Student
- Engaging and relevant learning experiences and development of life skills
- Learning experiences that encourage cooperation, collaboration, and innovation
- Use current technology to create, research, communicate and produce academically sound products
- Demonstrate respect, self-control, ethical behavior and empathy as classmates and members of our communities
- Being responsible citizens in our schools and communities, as well as the digital world
Being a responsible citizen in our schools, communities and the digital world requires responsibilities adapted for a changing world. We embrace the following conditions of being a digital citizen:
- Respect yourself. I will select names that are appropriate. I will consider the information and images I post online.
- Protect yourself. I will protect my personal details, contact details or a schedule of my activities.
- Respect others. I will NOT use technology to bully or tease other people.
- Protect others. I will protect myself and others by reporting abuse, and not forwarding inappropriate or harmful materials or communications.
- Respect & protect intellectual property. I will suitably use and cite and all content use intellectual property (websites, books, media, software, etc.) according to the copyright or creative commons licensing.
Access to Eden Prairie Schools’ owned technology is a privilege and not a right. At any point access to devices, internet and the like can be revoked.
Do not send any message that includes your personal information such as: home address, personal phone numbers and/or last name for yourself or any other person. Do not send information regarding your schedule (where you are/will be, timing, dates, etc.). Do not send any inappropriate or sexually suggestive picture of yourself or others.
Never share your password, steal or use another person’s password. If a password is lost or compromised the student or teacher should call the technology helpdesk. A technology support specialist will help resolve the password issue.
Students and families need to know that files stored on school computers are not private. Network and Internet access is provided as a tool for educational purposes only. Eden Prairie Schools (EPS) has the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review, and store at any time, without prior notice, any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access including transmitted and received information. All information files are the property of EPS and no user shall have any expectations of privacy regarding such files.
Follow the guidelines of accepted behaviors within your schools’ handbook. Use appropriate language and graphics. Swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, belligerent, harassing, threatening or abusive language of any kind is not acceptable. Do not use this device to make, distribute or redistribute jokes, stories, to bully anyone, or pass along obscene material or material which is based on slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion or sexual orientation.
Blogging and/or Podcasting
Use of blogs, podcasts or other Web 2.0 tools are considered an extension of the classroom. Whether at home, or in school, any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate in all uses of blogs, podcasts or other Web 2.0 tools.
Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s words or ideas as your own. Students are required to give proper credit to all Internet sources used in academic assignments, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music and text. Plagiarism of Internet resources will be treated in the same manner as any other incidences of plagiarism, as stated in your school’s handbook. In addition, students must adhere to the copyright laws of the United States (P.L 94-553) and the Congressional Guidelines that delineate it regarding software, authorship and copying information. All students should also adhere to the Creative Commons licenses where the author/artist denotes what media may be shared, remixed or reused.
The use of anonymous proxies to get around content filtering is strictly prohibited and is a direct violation of this agreement.
Accessing/Posting Inappropriate Material
Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning or displaying materials (including photos of students and staff) that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing and/or illegal is a violation of this agreement.
Photos and Video
Students are not to take pictures or videos of staff or students without staff permission. Any student use of cameras in Eden Prairie Schools should be part of a class or club activity. Unapproved camera use is a violation of this agreement.
Posting Disruptive Videos/Photos
Students must not make or disseminate (while on or off school property) recordings, photographs, or videos of other students or individuals, including school employees, if the recording will substantially disrupt and interfere with the work and discipline of the school, or the ability of a student to attend school or participate fully in its activities. Any making or dissemination of a recording must not disrupt the civil and respectful atmosphere toward teachers, other employees, and students alike. Recordings that are considered disruptive include, but are not limited to, recordings that are demeaning, derogatory, or sexually suggestive toward a student or employee.
This policy applies to District-issued and personal devices that are used to make the recording.
Any malicious use, disruption or harm to the school unit's technology, networks and Internet services, including but not limited to hacking activities and creation/uploading of computer viruses, is a violation of this agreement.
No student shall obtain or try to obtain other students’ accounts, files, and/or data. Students are NOT to remove or attempt to remove or circumvent the management system or modify the operating system and software installed on each iPad. Using or possessing hacking software is a violation of this agreement. Students who attempt to hack or “jailbreak” any EPS iPad will be in violation of this agreement.
If technical difficulties arise with the iPad, or non-conforming content is discovered, the iPad will be restored by Tech staff. If the Technology staff needs to restore the iPad, the District is not responsible for the loss of content put on the iPad by the student.
iPad General Precautions
- The iPad is Eden Prairie Schools’ property.
- The iPad must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not issued and placed onto the device by EPS staff.
- Cords and cables must be inserted carefully into the iPad to prevent damage.
- Never expose an iPad to extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, or prolonged periods of time in rooms that are not at a normal room temperature.
- iPads must be kept in a secure location at all times; it is the student’s responsibility to know where their iPad is at all times. Do NOT leave unsupervised, or lend to friends or family members outside of your home. During times when the iPad is not needed, place the iPad in a secure location within the classroom.
Acknowledging the importance of a protective case for the iPad, Eden Prairie Schools invested in purchasing protective cases for all of the iPads. iPads need to be in the EPS issued protective case.
- The iPad should ALWAYS be in its protective case, including the screen protector.
- The iPad should be charged (EPS provides a charger) and brought to school ready to use each day.
- Do NOT place your iPad in a book bag that contains food, liquids, heavy or sharp objects.
iPad Screen & Cleaning
- The screens are sensitive to pressure and therefore can be damaged; they are scratch resistant, not scratch proof.
- The screens are made of glass and can either break or shatter.
- Do NOT use liquids to clean the iPad. This includes, but is not limited to: window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives.
- PLEASE USE: A soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth.
- Only labels or stickers approved and placed onto the iPad by EPS staff are acceptable.
- Never leave an iPad unattended. It is your responsibility to keep your iPad stored in a safe, secure, temperature appropriate space.
- Do NOT dismantle or attempt to repair the internal workings of the iPad or the iPad case.
- If your iPad is not working take your iPad to the Media Center as soon as possible and have EPS technology support specialist examine it. If your iPad needs to be worked on for an extended period of time, you will be issued a temporary iPad until yours is working properly.
Eden Prairie Schools does not provide earphones; however, they are requested as part of the school supply list.
- Earphones shall not be used within or on school property unless a teacher specifically requests or allows students to do so.
- If allowed to use earphones, the appropriate level is when only the person wearing the earphones can hear the sound.
There will be limited storage on the device and academic files take priority over personal. Several backup options exist to cloud storage or personal computers. Students should back up their files.
Applications and Content
Students, with the support and permission of parents may install apps or other content having an educational purpose on their iPad. Applications or content that does not have an educational purpose and is disruptive to the educational process or at home will be removed from the device.
If a student violates any part of the above policy, he/she will be subject to disciplinary action. The disciplinary action for a violation may include restrictions for downloading apps, checking the iPad in and out of school each day, having all iPad privileges revoked, or other actions deemed appropriate.
In instances where the student has put his/her own safety or the safety of others at risk (i.e. bullying), iPad privileges will be revoked immediately.
We understand that instances of damage, destruction, or loss of the assigned iPad may occur. These instances will be dealt with on a case-by case basis. Incidents of gross negligence or repeated incidents may result in financial restitution from the family, up to the cost of the entire device if warranted. If the device is damaged beyond repair or lost the cost of replacement is $400.00. Samples of approximate repair and replacement cost of individual parts are listed below. If there is damage that can be repaired the student will be charged for the actual cost of repair.
- Replacement iPad - $400
- iPad Brick - $13
- iPad Cable - $7
- iPad Glass Damage - $100
- iPad Case Replacement - $32
Philosophy of Behavioral Expectations for Adults and Students
- Create a balanced approach for all learning
- Create a climate for learning that includes:
- Opportunities for students to explore and construct their learning through choice, practice, trial, error and reworking
- Knowing the students culturally, and individually, by being fully cognizant of their strengths and interests
- Co-creating classroom rituals that maximize learning bell-to-bell
- Creating a climate that respects difference and allows for multiple perspectives without hurting others
- Fostering opportunities for students to determine responsibility in meeting academic, social, and emotional expectations in monitoring their self control
- Participate fully in the learning experience, including curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities, from the moment he/she is on the bus until s/he is returned home, at all district activities and events.
- Participate actively in the learning experience by being fully engaged, fully prepared, raising engaging questions, and effectively and positively communicating with all students and staff.
- Participate actively in the learning experience by sharing information about themselves—strengths, weakness, and culture to create common bonds in curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities.
- Participate actively in the learning experience by respecting differences while asserting perhaps a divergent viewpoint, doing so without harm to the other students, staff, team, other leader, and property.
- Demonstrate empathy (knowing others) to build fruitful relationships that create a cohesive learning opportunity for all and through self-control behave in an ethical manner from the moment he/she is on the bus until s/he is returned home.
If a student demonstrates a lack of responsibility, respect, empathy or self control and disrupts the learning of other students, adults will:
- Re-direct, work with and ensure that student fully understands the expectations
- Create an accountability system with the student and parent/guardian with clear consequences or processes for resolution for additional violations
- Work in partnership with family, students, staff and other significant adults to determine additional strategies and/or consequences
- Refer to Peer Mediation, Conflict Resolution or other proven process
- Determine if there are extenuating physical, emotional or mental challenges
- Submit referral as required
- Remove from class, suspend, or expel
Central Middle School will foster a partnership with students, staff, and parents to establish clear expectations for respect of self, others, and school in order to create a safe, secure environment in which everyone can learn. We strive to work with students regarding their behavior in a respectful manner that strengthens students and helps them be responsible, respectful, and self-directed learners.
Severe behaviors halt or significantly interrupt the educational process, endanger the safety or well-being of another individual, or have occurred with such frequency that routine disciplinary actions have been deemed ineffective. Examples include but are not limited to
- Serious disrespect of adults or peers
- Repeated refusal to cooperate
- Fighting or causing physical harm to another
- Use/possession/sale of controlled substances including tobacco
- Property damage
- Harassment of another individual, including sexual, racial or religious harassment and verbal abuse
- Other behaviors identified in a building plan
- Behaviors identified as severe in the School Bus Ridership Plan
- Threatening and/or intimidating behavior
- Possession of a weapon
Some severe violations always result in an out-of-school suspension. These are called our “bottom lines”:
- Physical violence and intimidation
- Extreme instances of insubordination and/or serious disruption of the educational process
- Use/possession of chemicals
- Use/possession of weapons
- Extreme instances of harassment/bullying/cyberbullying
Behavior considered “severe” may result in the following consequences:
- Parent contact and/or conference
- Restriction of free time or privileges
- Removal from class
- Dismissal for one day or less
- Exclusion or expulsion
- Referral to Eden Prairie Police Department or outside agencies
- Removal from Class – Students may be prohibited from attending a class or activity for a period of time not to exceed five days for each violation of school district rules, regulations or policies.
- Mediation - Bringing two parties involved in a conflict together to settle the dispute.
- Restitution - A student could choose to fix a problem or mistake, or to set things right. Restitution may be done instead of a consequence or along with a consequence.
- Dismissal - The dismissal of a student from school for one day or less.
- Suspension - An action taken by school administrators under the district’s discipline policy, which prohibits a pupil from attending school for a period of no more than 10 school days. The suspension period may be extended by an additional five days with a parent conference. A re-entry conference must occur before the pupil returns to school. This conference will include the pupil and his/her parent/guardian and any school official deemed necessary.
- Expulsion - An action taken by the school board to prohibit an enrolled student from further attendance for a period that will not extend beyond an amount of time equal to one school year from the date a pupil is expelled.
- Exclusion - An action taken by a school board to prevent enrollment or re-enrollment of a pupil for a period which will not extend beyond the school year.
Violations of school-wide rules may result in office detention. Detention is from 2:20-3:50 p.m. every day but Friday. Rules:
- Bring study and/or reading materials.
- No food or beverages.
- No talking or music.
- Students must stay the entire time; no breaks allowed.
- Students who have been scheduled for a detention but are unable to attend must contact the Student Management office by writing or phone, (952) 975-7318. Activities and athletics are not acceptable excuses for missing an assigned detention. Students who do not attend an assigned detention and do not have a parent excuse will receive an additional detention.
- Students not following detention rules will be assigned an additional detention and/or other consequences.
Students are expected to be in their assigned area at the start of school or the start of a class when the bell rings. Failure to do so constitutes tardiness. Accumulating three tardies or one unexcused absence in any class is a violation of the CMS attendance policy. Violations will result in further intervention and may include disciplinary action. All students in the hallways or other unsupervised areas during class time must have a pass from a staff member.
Teachers assign students to the Planning Room for violation of classroom rules. In the Planning Room students reflect on the incident that occurred in the classroom and develop a plan to enable future success. Students call a parent/guardian to explain what happened and may be assigned a detention for the referral. After completing a reflection form, students work on any assignment sent by their referring teacher. If they don’t have an assignment, the Planning Room supervisor provides work for them. Students refusing to follow directions will be sent to a dean. Students assigned in-school suspension may spend the day in the Planning Room and will work on and complete any assignments given by their teachers for the day. If students run out of assigned work, the supervisor will give them additional work to complete.
A variety of district-level committees and advisory councils, such as the Curriculum Advisory Council, Finance Advisory Committee, Special Education Advisory Council, and Community Education Advisory Council, are important ways parents can help shape district policies, procedures, and programs. For more information, log onto www.edenpr.org or call (952) 975-7150.
The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at Central Middle School is comprised of parents and staff working together to enhance your child’s school experience. The group sponsors family-oriented social activities during the year and also organizes parent volunteer programs. The PTO plans events and fundraisers and uses associated proceeds to supplement programs at CMS that directly benefit students.
Opportunities: Central Middle School offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for parents. A current list of volunteer needs is posted on the CMS website. There is a place for you to volunteer at Central Middle School whether you have an hour or a day to share with our students and staff.
Procedures: Volunteer forms will be available at your school at the beginning of the school year. Please fill one out and return it at any time. Volunteers are asked to follow the school security sign-in procedures. Staff are instructed to ask if they can help any visitor without a volunteer badge. This procedure has been developed as a proactive safety measure. As you work with staff and students, information of a confidential nature may be shared with you. The problems, abilities, relationships, and confidences of students, their parents, and staff should never be discussed with anyone who does not have a professional right or need to know. Like teachers, volunteers are bound by a code of ethics to keep confidential matters within the school.
- Excused Absences
- Late Arrival/Early Departure
- Excused Tardiness
- Unexcused Tardiness
- Unexcused Absences or Truancy
- Consequences of Unexcused Absences
- On-the-Job Training Programs and Enrichment Activities
The following reasons shall be sufficient to constitute excused absences:
- Serious illness in the student’s immediate family
- A death or funeral in the student’s immediate family or of a close friend or relative
- Medical, dental, or orthodontic treatment, or counseling appointment
- Court appearances occasioned by family or personal action
- Religious instruction not to exceed three hours in any week
- Physical emergency conditions such as fire, flood, storm, etc.
- Official school field trip or other school-sponsored outing
- Removal of a student pursuant to a suspension
- Religious observance
- Family vacation (limited to 5 days per year) handled as excused absences and students will be permitted to complete make-up work
- Family emergencies
- A student’s condition that requires ongoing treatment for a mental health diagnosis
In order for an absence to be excused, a parent needs to call the school attendance line prior to, or the day of the absence. The parent needs to state when the child will be absent and explain the reason for the absence. Students whose absences are excused are required to make up assignments missed or to complete alternative assignments as deemed appropriate by the classroom teacher. Students who accumulate excessive absences, even when excused, will work with the school staff and parents to develop a plan to assure attendance at school daily. In addition, a doctor’s note may be requested to excuse excessive absences.
CMS students arriving late or leaving early must bring a note from a parent/guardian that includes the parent’s name, student name and reason for absence. Excused reasons for being late or leaving early will follow the same listing as excused absences. Students should give the note to the receptionist as soon as they arrive at school. If leaving early, the note should indicate the time the student should meet their parents at the reception desk. Students who are late due to oversleeping or missing the bus are considered unexcused.
Students are expected to be in their assigned area at the start of school or the start of a class when the bell rings. Failure to do so constitutes tardiness. Accumulating three tardies or one unexcused absence
in any class is a violation of the CMS attendance policy. Violations will result in further intervention and
may include disciplinary action.
Valid excuses for tardiness are:
- Serious illness in the student’s immediate family.
- A death or funeral in the student’s immediate family.
- Medical, dental, orthodontic, or mental health treatment.
- Court appearances occasioned by family or personal action.
- Physical emergency conditions such as fire, flood, storm, etc.
- Any tardiness for which the student has been excused in writing by an administrator or faculty member.
These are examples of absences that will not be excused:
- Truancy which is an absence that is not approved by the parent and/or the school district
- Any absence where the student/ family failed to comply with any reporting requirements of the school district’s attendance procedures
- Work at home
- Work at a business, except under a school-sponsored work release program.
- Vacations with family without prior notice and exceeding 5 days
- Personal trips to schools or colleges
- Any other absence not included under the attendance procedures set out in this policy
- School district staff will work with the parent, student and the Hennepin County Attorney’s office be@school program and follow the three day notification and six day Parent Group Meeting process.
- If unexcused absences continue after following be@school process, the Hennepin County Attorney’s office will follow with necessary legal action to ensure attendance at school.
- Absences resulting from official suspension will be handled in accordance with the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minn. Stat. 121A.40-121A.56.
- Days during which a student is suspended from school shall not be counted in a student’s total cumulative unexcused absences.
- Along with following the Hennepin County Attorney’s be@school programs, the student or his or her parent or guardian may, within a reasonable time, request a conference with school officials regarding the student’s absences and the prescribed discipline. The notification will state that the school strongly urges the student’s parent or guardian to request such a conference.
- Participation in School-sponsored Extracurricular Activities
This applies to all students involved in any extracurricular activity scheduled either during or outside the school day and any school-sponsored on-the-job training programs.
- School-initiated absences will be accepted and participation permitted.
- A student may not participate in any activity or program if he or she has an unexcused absence from any class during the day.
- If a student is suspended from any class, he or she may not participate in any activity or program that day.
- If a student is absent from school due to medical reasons, he or she must present a physician’s statement or a statement from the student’s parent or guardian clearing the student for participation that day. The note must be given to the coach or advisor before the student participates in the activity or program.
- Students who miss school regularly due to enrichment activities must seek prior approval in order for those absences to be excused. Families for whom this applies may contact the building principal for further information.
- Allergies (Animals, Fragrances, Latex)
- Health Conditions
- Homebound or Hospital Instruction
- Immunizations Up-to-Date
- Restricted Activities
- Illness/Injury at School
- Outside Resources For Teens
Animals and pets are not allowed to visit inside schools without principal permission and specific policy requirements. This policy is in place because of student and staff health needs and air quality issues. Some exceptions may be made; please check with the principal before bringing any animals into the classroom.
Eden Prairie Schools encourages a fragrance aware and latex limited environment. “Fragrance Aware” means that we will try to have a fragrance and scent-free environment. “Latex Limited” means that no latex gloves or latex balloons are allowed.
The school nurse will work closely with students who have an acute or chronic health need such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, allergies, or other illness. Parents will want to notify Health Services about their student’s specific health needs. The student and parents will work with the school nurse to determine how best to manage the health conditions and plan for any potential life threatening emergencies.
Eden Prairie Schools is part of the “No Shots, No School” program. All students must have proof of vaccine to start school. Students who have special medical problems and cannot be vaccinated, or whose parents conscientiously object, may receive legal exemption. Contact Health Services for assistance with accessing immunizations or to get information on exemptions.
Eden Prairie Schools does not carry accident, disability, or medical insurance for students. Coverage is through the student’s family medical coverage, including the cost of ambulance services. The district does carry public/general liability coverage for district premises and/or employee negligence. MinnesotaCare health insurance is available for those families who qualify based on monthly income and family size. Questions about this plan can be directed to the school nurse or social worker.
Students are not usually permitted to administer their own medication at school. Parents requesting that prescription or non-prescription medication be administered during school hours are required to provide:
- A physician’s order/signature for medication during the school day
- Parent’s signature on a Medication Authorization Form or a note
- Medicine in original prescription bottle labeled with student’s name, etc. Please ask the pharmacy to put prescription medication in two bottles completely labeled – one for home and one for school.
All non-prescription medications must be provided in their original labeled container. No medications can be dispensed when provided in envelopes, plastic bags, etc. Medication Authorization Forms are available in the nurse’s office. At the end of the school year, all medication, both prescription and over-the-counter, will need to be picked up by a parent. Medications will not be sent home with students.
When a student is unable to remain in school due to an illness or injury, a parent or emergency contact will be notified. First aid is given by school personnel, and parents are expected to provide transportation and decide whether a doctor should be contacted. In emergencies, 911 will be notified. No child will be sent home unless an adult assumes responsibility for his/her care.
- Hennepin County Child Crisis Services: 612-348-2233
- Rape & Sexual Assault Center (24 hr): 612-825-4357
- Suicide Hotline: 612-873-2222
- Bridge For Runaway Youth: 612-377-8800
Mental or Chemical Health:
- Counselors, CMS Counseling Office: 952-975-7330
- Alcoholics Anonymous: 952-922-0880, www.aaminneapolis.org
- Family & Children’s Services: 952-884-7353, www.famchildserv.org
- Mental Health Association of MN: 612-331-6840, www.mentalhealthmn.org
- Narcotics Anonymous: www.twincitiesna.org
- Teens Alone: 952-988-8336, www.teensalone.org
- West Suburban Teen Clinic: 952-474-3251
- Normandale Dental Clinic: 952-487-7020 ext. 4
- Cornerstone Crisis Line: 952-884-0330, www.cornerstonemn.org
- Casa de Esperanza Crisis Line: 651-772-1611, www.casadeesperanza.org
- Asbestos/Pesticide/Air Quality Notices
- Background Checks, Employment
- Curriculum Content Review
- Parent Right to Know
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Release of Directory Information
- Student Records
- Student Surveys
The Environmental Protection Agency requires school districts to annually notify parents, guardians, and staff about the presence of asbestos in district facilities as well as planned abatement activities. Eden Prairie Schools performs routine six month periodic inspections of all asbestos-containing building material to ensure materials are in good condition. Records of these inspections are available for viewing in each building maintenance office and the Facilities and Safety Department at the Administrative Services Center. Anyone is welcome to review these plans with prior notice during normal working hours Monday through Friday. No planned asbestos abatement is scheduled for the 2012-2013 school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the district’s Asbestos Designated Person, Jim Anderson, at 952-975-7126. More information on Asbestos can be found at: www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/asbestos_in_schools.html
The Parents’ Right-To-Know Act that was passed by the Minnesota Legislature requires schools to notify parents, guardians, and staff regarding pesticide application in schools. The district uses Orkin Pest Control to conduct planned pesticide applications during the school year. Applications will be done as needed, but will always be on the fourth Thursday of each month while school is not in session. However, the schedule may change due to inclement weather. Parents, guardians, and staff may request to be notified of any changes in the application schedule by contacting any of the school offices. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Facilities and Safety Department at 952-975-7121. More information on Pest Management can be found at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/healthyhomes/pesticides.html
Eden Prairie Schools has developed an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Program as required by the Minnesota Department of Education. The program includes information for concerned parents, guardians, and staff regarding the IAQ in our schools as well as an overall building walkthrough inspection that is conducted in all school district buildings annually. The program also includes a written set of procedures that describe ways to correct the identified IAQ problems, prevent future problems, and respond to emergencies and concerns. The district’s Indoor Air Quality Coordinator is Jim Anderson, Facilities and Safety Director. He can be reached at 952-975-7126. More information on Indoor Air Quality can be found at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/air/schools/index.html
The school district will seek criminal history background checks for all applicants who receive an offer of employment with the school district. The school district also will seek criminal history background checks for all individuals, except enrolled student volunteers, who are offered the opportunity to provide athletic coaching services or other extracurricular academic coaching services to the school district, regardless of whether compensation is paid. These positions include, but are not limited to, all athletic coaches, extracurricular academic coaches, assistants, and advisors. The school district may elect to seek criminal history background checks for other volunteers, independent contractors, and student employees.
As part of its policy, the district has specified a procedure for a parent, guardian, or adult student 18 years or older to review the content of instructional materials, address concerns, and propose alternative instruction for an individual student. The procedure spells out three action steps beginning with an informal meeting of the adult and responsible staff members. If the concern is not resolved, it will be taken to the building principal. If resolution cannot be reached, the parent/guardian/adult student will be asked to complete a form and a meeting involving representatives of the district and site Teaching and Learning staff will be convened.
Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided with state, federal, and local funds at no charge to a student. Students are expected to provide their own pencils, paper, erasers, and notebooks. Students may be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including (not an all-inclusive list):
- Cost for materials for a class project that exceeds minimum requirements and is kept by the student.
- Security deposits for the return of materials, supplies, or equipment.
- Field trips considered supplementary to the district’s educational program.
- Admission fees or costs to attend or participate in optional extracurricular activities and programs.
- Voluntarily purchased student health and accident insurance.
- Use of musical instruments owned or rented by the school district.
- A school district-sponsored driver or motorcycle education training course.
- Transportation to and from school for students living within two miles of school.
- Transportation of students to and from optional extracurricular activities or post-secondary instruction conducted at locations other than school.
Students will be charged for textbooks, workbooks, and library books that are lost or destroyed. The school district may waive a required fee or deposit if the student and parent/guardian are unable to pay. For more information, contact your school’s principal.
If a parent requests it, the school district will provide information regarding the professional qualifications of his/her child’s classroom teachers, including, at a minimum, the following:
- Whether the teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional licensing status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
- The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree;
- Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
In addition, the school district will provide parents with information as to the level of achievement of their child in each of the state academic assessments. The school district also will provide notice to parents if, for four or more consecutive weeks, their child has been assigned to or taught by a teacher who is not highly qualified.
Students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America weekly. Any person who does not wish to participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for any personal reason may elect not to do so. Students must respect another person’s right to make that choice. Students will also receive instruction in the proper etiquette toward, correct display of, and respect for the flag.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act requires school districts to notify parents/guardians and students that certain information from student records may be released and made public without the written consent of the parents or students 18-years-of-age or older. This information is called “directory information.” Directory information includes name, residential mailing address, telephone number, date and place of birth, grade in school, major field of study, participation in officially organized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, previous school attended, and photos. These publications could include district-initiated publications such as calendars, newsletters, annual reports, and brochures. They also include school-initiated publications such as student newspapers and yearbooks. In addition, media, including weekly community newspapers, metro daily papers, and television stations may ask to take photos of district students. Parent/guardians or students of majority age who do not want directory information released for internal and/or external use should indicate this on the annual “Directory Release Form” located on the parent portal by October 1. If you need a hard copy of the form, please contact your child's school. Hard copies of the form should be turned into the school office by October 1.
Eden Prairie Schools has adopted a policy about the rights of parents and students with respect to school records. This policy complies with federal and state laws guaranteeing the right to examine and challenge the contents of student records. The Minnesota Legislature has said that all school records are deemed private. This means that the district cannot release any information without permission except directory information. A summary of census information along with grades and attendance data is stored electronically when students leave the school system.
- Bullying Prohibition
- Distribution of Nonschool-Sponsored Materials on School Premises
- Equal Education Opportunity
- Equal Employment Opportunity
- Harassment and Violence Prohibition
- Hazing Prohibition
- Internet Acceptable Use Policy
- Notice of Violent Behavior by Students
- Search and Seizure of Student Possessions
- Tobacco-Free Schools
- Wellness Policy
- Administrative Discretion
The school district does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, parental status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, or age. The school district also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled students.
The school district does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status. The school district also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.
It is the policy of the school district to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment and violence on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance sexual orientation, or disability. The school district prohibits any form of harassment or violence on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability.
Users are expected to use Internet access through the district system to further educational and personal goals consistent with the mission of the school district 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. In accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the district filters Internet access. Students are directed to inform staff immediately if they receive any image or communication that is inappropriate.
The school district is committed to inclusive education and providing an equal educational opportunity for all students. The school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, parental status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activities. If you have questions about this policy, please contact your principal.
- Disability Nondiscrimination: The school district shall not engage in contractual or other arrangements that have the effect of subjecting its qualified applicants or employees with disabilities to discrimination on the basis of disability. The school district shall not exclude or otherwise deny equal jobs or job benefits to a qualified individual because of the known disability of an individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have a relationship or association.
- Student Sex Nondiscrimination: The school district provides equal educational opportunity for all students, and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex. No student will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity operated by the school district on the basis of sex.
The school district will give notice to teachers and other appropriate school district staff before students with a history of violent behavior are placed in their classrooms. Prior to giving this notice, district officials will inform the student’s parent or guardian that the notice will be given. The student’s parents/guardians have the right to review and challenge their child’s records, including the data documenting the history of violent behavior.
School officials may, without a search warrant, search a student and/or their personal possessions based on a reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means that a school official has grounds to believe that the search will result in evidence of a violation of school district policy, rules, and/or law. Personal possessions include, but are not limited to purses, backpacks, book bags, packages, clothing, cell phones, and vehicles. Pursuant to Minnesota statutes, school lockers and student desks are the property of the school district. At no time does the school district relinquish its exclusive control of lockers and desks provided for the convenience of students. Inspection of the interior of lockers and student desks may be conducted by school authorities for any reason, at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.
School district students and staff have the right to learn and work in an environment that is tobacco-free. School policy is violated by any individual’s use of tobacco or tobacco-related devices in a public school, on school grounds, in any school-owned vehicles, or at any school events or activities. Students may not possess any type of tobacco or tobacco-related device in a public school, on school grounds, in any school-owned vehicles, or at any school events or activities. Any student who violates this policy is subject to school district discipline. Contact the school principal or another staff member if you have questions or wish to report violations.
The district has adopted a weapons policy. Anyone who has reason to believe a weapon is on a school site, bus, or at a school-sponsored activity has a duty to report that information to the site administrator, police officer, or any adult supervisor. Possession is defined as, but not limited to, having a weapon on one’s person or in an area subject to one’s control in a school environment. Weapons are defined as any object, device, instrument, or substance designed as a weapon or through its use capable of threatening or producing bodily harm, or which may be used to inflict self-injury, including, but not limited to: firearms, loaded or unloaded, functional or non-functional, look-alike or facsimile or having the appearance of a weapon; all knives; objects designed to be worn over fists or knuckles; blackjacks, clubs, nunchucks or throwing stars; explosive or incendiary devices; bows and arrows, slingshots, razors; poison chemicals including mace, pepper gas, or similar sprays; firearm muffler, silencer, or ammunition; any object modified to serve as a weapon; articles designed for other purposes such as pencils or scissors but used to inflict bodily harm or intimidate others.
Violation of the weapons policy may result in one or more of these consequences: out-of-school suspension, confiscation of the weapon; notification of the police, recommendation for expulsion or exclusion from school for up to one year. Students with disabilities who violate the policy will be disciplined in accordance with the requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Eden Prairie Schools has adopted a Wellness Policy to encourage students and staff to eat nutritiously and incorporate physical activity into a healthy lifestyle. A Wellness Advisory Committee was convened to monitor implementation of Wellness policies and guidelines, and to make recommendations to the district. Guidelines for healthy snacks, treats, and lunches from home were created. School district practices that have changed as a result of the policy include: lunch was moved after recess to discourage hurried eating, no pop is sold where students are present during the school day, classroom birthday treats are discouraged, staff is encouraged to model healthy behaviors, food and beverage rewards are discouraged, healthy snacks from home are encouraged (a snack guideline is available at each site), classroom/holiday parties should be limited and not centered around food, and staff are encouraged to create opportunities for physical activity for students.
This handbook does not cover all situations. The administration reserves the right to sanction students for violating school rules and expectations not specifically covered in this publication. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to a warning, planning room visit, detention, after-school detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, exclusion, expulsion, community/school service, parent involvement, and loss of privileges. Any and all of the material in this handbook is subject to amendment by the school administration or the Board of Education at any time.
State law requires schools to have 11 emergency drills each school year, including fire drills, lockdown drills, and tornado drills. School staff train students on procedures required to observe each drill. During drills, staff will act immediately to assist students, visitors, and volunteers in evacuation to a safe location.
Eden Prairie Police Liaison Officers are connected with each school. Some have offices on campus, others visit regularly to develop relationships with students and teach safety programs. Officers also assist school staff with some student behavior investigations. Police Liaison Officers and the Facilities Department work cooperatively to review district crisis management plans and site emergency procedures so that there is a coordinated response to emergencies by the school district and emergency responders.
All visitors, volunteers, and parents visiting any Eden Prairie school must enter through the main door and follow the procedures at the Welcome Desk. These procedures include providing a driver’s license for a security check and receiving a printed name tag. Please check out before exiting the building. It is the responsibility of all adults in the school to explain the check-in procedures and to direct any visitors to the front office to complete this procedure. In addition, it is not permissible for any adult or child to open other entry doors to allow a visitor to enter a school building. No student "shadowing" is permitted.
- Activity Buses for CMS
- Bus Assignment
- Riding a Different Bus Home
- Rules and Consequences
- What’s allowed on the bus?
An after-school activities bus is provided on a limited basis for students in grades 7-12. Central Middle School (CMS) students are required to show the bus driver a student I.D. and a bus pass from their activity. Four bus routes are provided Monday-Thursday. Route maps are posted at CMS. Students may have a longer ride and be dropped further from home than their normal bus stop.
The bus assignment process is as follows:
- May – Families receive Transportation Commitment Letters
- June – Transportation Commitment Forms and payment are due. Families inform the district of how their student(s) will be getting to school the following year so the district can plan appropriately for bus routes and pedestrian and vehicle traffic at each school. Pay-to-Ride payment is due by date on form.
- End of August – Families receive student bus route information (bus number, stop locations, pick-up and drop-off times)
Students may ride a different bus to or from school on a space available basis. Please check with the bus driver of the alternate route before planning on sending your child on a different bus. You must send a signed and dated note with your child saying what bus he/she is to ride and with whom they are to ride. The student must then have the note signed by office staff before giving it to the bus driver of the alternate route.
Transportation by school bus is a privilege, not a right, for an eligible student. A student’s eligibility to ride a school bus may be revoked for a violation of school bus safety or conduct policies or for violation of any other law governing student conduct on a school bus.
- Follow the driver’s instructions.
- Remain seated until the bus arrives at your stop.
- Speak in a quiet voice.
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
- Don’t throw objects in the bus or out the window.
- Don’t use profanity (words or gestures).
- Do not tease or harass others.
- Do not spit, eat, drink, or chew gum.
- Do not vandalize the bus.
Grades 7-12 Consequences (listed in order of severity)
- Warning given, may be assigned discipline seat—may involve school consequences
- One- to three-day bus suspension
- Five-day bus suspension, conference with student, parent, school, driver, and Transportation Department
- Ten-day bus suspension
- Loss of bus riding privileges for the remainder of the school year. There will be no mid-year forgiveness period for students in grades 7-12.
Severe behavior moves immediately to step 3, 4, or 5 at the administrator’s discretion based on the severity of the action and/or previous bus violations. School Student Management Guidelines may also be enforced when appropriate.
Rules at the Bus Stop
- Stay away from the street, road, or highway when waiting for the bus. Line up at least three feet away from the street in an orderly fashion and wait until the bus stops before boarding.
- Respect the property of others while waiting at your bus stop.
- Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
- Do not use offensive or foul language.
- Avoid standing in and blocking sidewalks and driveways.
- No pushing, fighting, harassment, intimidation, or horseplay.
- Do not run to the curb when the bus comes. Stay back until the bus is actually stopped. (A push at the middle or end of the line can send the front person into the bus or under its wheels.)
- Older students should be helpful to younger ones.
Eden Prairie Schools has a well-trained staff of drivers and our buses are well maintained. We have an excellent safety record. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. The majority of children injured in student transportation are not hurt on the bus but outside the bus. Students should be aware of the 10-foot area around the stopped school bus referred to as the “Danger Zone.” Parents and community members are required by law to stop at least 20 feet from a bus with flashing red lights.
Students may bring items such as musical instruments that they can hold in their laps or between their legs during the bus ride. Objects like balls, ice skates, and in-line skates must be stowed in a backpack or bag. Examples of objects not allowed on the bus include:
- Guns (including toy guns or look-alikes)
- Knives or other sharp objects
- Skis, ski poles, hockey or lacrosse sticks, bats, golf clubs, snow sleds (unless they roll up)
- Flammable items
- Glass items
- Laser pens
- Any items of dangerous or objectionable nature
More information about Eden Prairie Schools Transportation Department, including detailed student and parent/guardian responsibilities, is available at www.edenpr.org.