• Student Behavior

    Expectations of Adults and Students
    Philosophy of Behavioral Expectations for Adults and Students

    Adults will:

    1. Create a balanced approach for all learning
    2. 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

    Students will:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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 is unable to demonstrate how to be Safe, Responsible, and Kind and disrupts the learning for other students, adults may:
      • Re-direct and re-instruct, work with and ensure that student fully understands the expectations
      • Work in partnership with family, students, staff and other significant adults to determine additional strategies and/or consequences
      • Create an accountability system with the student and parent/guardian with clear consequences or processes for resolution for additional violations
      • Refer to Peer Mediation or Conflict Resolution or other proven processes
      • Determine if there are extenuating physical, emotional or mental challenges
      • Submit referral as required
      • Move to remove from class, suspension, or expulsion

    Severe Behavior

    The Eden Prairie Schools’ student management program is based on the foundation that students have a right to be educated in a manner which is not disrupted by the behavior of other students. Teachers or adults in authority have the responsibility to require appropriate behaviors of all students so they can deliver instruction effectively. Behaviors which are considered “severe” will be met with a stricter set of consequences, depending on the severity of the behavior, the frequency of the occurrence, and the student’s age. Severe behavior incidents are as follows:

    • Repeated refusal to cooperate
    • Fighting/assault/or causing physical harm to another
    • Use/possession of controlled substances including tobacco
    • Written or verbal threats
    • Property damage
    • Stealing
    • Possession of a weapon or toy replica weapons
    • Harassment of another individual, including hazing, sexual or racial harassment, or verbal abuse
    • Attempting to access inappropriate websites when working on the computer
    • Other behaviors that cause excessive disturbance to the school day

    These behaviors are subject to one or more of the following consequences:

    • Parent phone call and conference
    • In-school or out-of-school suspension
    • Restitution
    • Referral to Eden Prairie Police Department
    • Referral to outside agencies
    • Recommendation for expulsion
    The Pupil Fair Dismissal Act (Statutes 121A.40-121A.56) will be followed with reference to any out-of-school suspension.

    Safe and Supportive Schools 

    Eden Prairie Schools believes each student, regardless of age, race, gender, ability level, religious beliefs, national origin, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), or physical attributes, deserves the right to be educated in an environment that does not interfere with their educational opportunities or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services, or privileges. To that end, acts of bullying towards another student or groups of students will not be tolerated and will be dealt with in a swift and serious manner.

    According to the Minnesota Safe and Supportive Schools Act bullying means any intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive in nature. Furthermore, there is an actual or perceived imbalance of power between the student engaging in prohibited conduct and the target of the behavior and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern. The act of cyber-bullying which refers to bullying others by using technology or other electronic devices, or retaliation for asserting, alleging, reporting, or providing information about bullying or knowingly making a false report about bullying in any form are prohibited as well. Bullying does not refer to a one time argument or disagreement between students.

    Our intent is to create and maintain a safe and welcoming environment by taking a proactive rather than reactive approach. To prevent or stop bullying or cyber-bullying behaviors we will provide ongoing training around anti-bullying techniques and strategies for all staff and students.

    If bullying occurs on any district property (i.e. school building, school grounds, bus stop, walking route to and from school, school bus, school related vehicles) or at any school-related function, school-sponsored activity, event, or trip, the incident should be reported to the building’s designated primary contact person (principal, associate principal, or social worker) who will begin an investigation as soon as possible. If bullying/cyber-bullying takes place off of school property and impacts the educational process, it should be reported to the school. In the event an act of cyber-bullying has occurred the same protocol will be followed.

    If the result of the investigation concludes bullying or cyber-bullying took place the offender(s) could receive consequences ranging from written conduct reports to loss of privileges during the school day to in or out of school suspensions depending on the severity of the incidents.