• The following policies are for your review. To view all of the District Policies, including those described below, visit the District Website; www.gsl.k12.mn.us, under District>>Policies.

     401 Equal Employment Opportunity - The purpose of this policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants for school district employment and school district employees.

     402 Disability Non/Discrimination Policy - The purpose of this policy is to provide a fair employment setting for all persons and to comply with state and federal law.

     403 Discipline, Suspension and Dismissal of School District Employees - The purpose of this policy is to achieve the effective operation of the school district’s programs through the cooperation of all employees under a system of policies and rules applied fairly and uniformly.

     404 Employment Background Checks - The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe and healthful environment in the school district in order to promote the physical, social, and psychological well-being of its students. To that end, the school district will seek a criminal history background check for applicants who receive an offer of employment with the school district and on 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 any compensation is paid, or such other background checks as provided by this policy. The school district may also elect to do background checks of other volunteers, independent contractors, and student employees in the school district.

     405 Veterans Preferences - The purpose of this policy is to comply with the Minnesota Veterans Preference Act (VPA) which provides preference points for veterans applying for employment with political subdivisions, including school districts, as well as additional rights for veterans in the discharge process.

     406 Public and Private Personnel Data - The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to school district employees as to the data the school district collects and maintains regarding its personnel.

     407 Employee Right to Know – Exposure to Hazardous Substances - The purpose of this policy is to provide school district employees a place of employment and conditions of employment free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious injury or harm (Minn. Stat. § 182.653, Subd. 2).

     408 Subpoena of a School District Employee - The purpose of this policy is to protect the privacy rights of school district employees and students under both state and federal law when requested to testify or provide educational records for a judicial or administrative proceeding.

     409 Employee Publications Instructional Material  -  The purpose of this policy is to identify and reserve the proprietary rights of the school district to certain publications, instructional materials, inventions, and creations which employees may develop or create, or assist in developing or creating, while employed by the school district.

     410 Family and Medical Leave  -  The purpose of this policy is to provide for family and medical leave to school district employees in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and also with parenting leave under state law.

     412 Expense Reimbursement   - The purpose of this policy is to identify school district business expenses that involve initial payment by an employee and qualify for reimbursement from the school district, and to specify the manner by which the employee seeks reimbursement.

     413 Harassment and Violence  -  The purpose of this policy is 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, including gender identity or expression, or disability.

     414 Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse  - The purpose of this policy is to make clear the statutory requirements of school personnel to report suspected child neglect or physical or sexual abuse.

     415 Mandated Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults - The purpose of this policy is to make clear the statutory requirements of school personnel to report suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults.

     416 Drug and Alcohol Testing – The purpose of this policy is:

    1. The school board recognizes the significant problems created by drug and alcohol use in society in general, and the public schools in particular. The school board further recognizes the important contribution that the public schools have in shaping the youth of today into the adults of   tomorrow.
    2. The school board believes that a work environment free of drug and alcohol use will be not only safer, healthier, and more productive but also more conducive to effective learning. Therefore, to provide such an environment, the purpose of this policy is to provide authority so that the school board may require all employees and/or job applicants to submit to drug and alcohol testing in accordance with     the provisions of this policy and as provided in federal law and       Minn. Stat. §§ 181.950 - 181.957.

     417 Chemical Use an Abuse   - The school board recognizes that chemical use and abuse constitutes a grave threat to the physical and mental well-being of students and employees and significantly impedes the learning process. Chemical use and abuse also creates significant problems for society in general. The school board believes that the public school has a role in education, intervention, and prevention of chemical use and abuse. The purpose of this policy is to assist the school district in its goal to prevent chemical use and abuse by providing procedures for education and intervention.

     418 Drug-Free Workplace - The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe and healthful environment for employees and students by prohibiting the use of alcohol, toxic substances, medical cannabis, and controlled substances without a physician’s prescription.

     419 Tobacco-Free Environment - The purpose of this policy is to maintain a learning and working environment that is tobacco free.

     420 Students and Employees with Sexually Transmitted Infections and other communicable Diseases  - Public concern that students and staff of the school district be able to attend the schools of the district without becoming infected with serious communicable or infectious diseases, including but not limited to, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Hepatitis B, and Tuberculosis, requires that the school board adopt measures effectively responding to health concerns while respecting the rights of all students, employees, and contractors, including those who are so infected. The purpose of this policy is to adopt such measures.

     421 Gifts to Employees and School Board members - The purpose of this policy is to avoid the appearance of impropriety or the appearance of a conflict of interest with respect to gifts given to school district employees and school board members.

     422 Policies Incorporated by Reference - Certain policies as contained in this policy reference manual are applicable to employees as well as to students. In order to avoid undue duplication, the school district provides notice by this section of the application and incorporation by reference of the following policies which also apply to employees:

        • Model Policy 102 Equal Educational Opportunity
        • Model Policy 103 Complaints – Students, Employees, Parents, Other Persons
        • Model Policy 206 Public Participation in School Board Meetings/Complaints About Persons at School Board Meetings and Data Privacy Considerations
        • Model Policy 211 Criminal or Civil Action Against School District, School Board Member, Employee, or Student
        • Model Policy 305 Policy Implementation
        • Model Policy 505 Distribution of Non-school-Sponsored Materials on School Premises by Students and Employees
        • Model Policy 507 Corporal Punishment
        • Model Policy 510 Student Activities
        • Model Policy 511 Student Fundraising
        • Model Policy 517 Student Recruiting
        • Model Policy 518 DNR-DNI Orders
        • Model Policy 519 Interview of Students by Outside Agencies
        • Model Policy 522 Title IX Nondiscrimination Policy, Grievance, Procedure and Process
        • Model Policy 524 Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy
        • Model Policy 525 Violence Prevention
        • Model Policy 535 Service Animals in Schools
        • Model Policy 610 Field Trips
        • Model Policy 710 Extracurricular Transportation
        • Model Policy 711 Video Recording on School Buses
        • Model Policy 712 Video Surveillance Other Than on Buses
        • Model Policy 802 Disposition of Obsolete Equipment and Material

     423 Employee-Student Relationships - The school district is committed to an educational environment in which all students are treated with respect and dignity. Every school district employee is to provide students with appropriate guidance, understanding, and direction, while maintaining a standard of professionalism and acting within accepted standards of conduct.

     424 License Status - The purpose of this policy is to ensure that qualified teachers are employed by the school district and to fulfill its duty to ascertain the licensure status of its teachers. A school board that employs a teacher who does not hold a valid teaching license or permit places itself at risk for a reduction in state aid. This policy does not negate a teacher’s duty and responsibility to maintain a current and valid teaching license.

     425 Staff Development - The purpose of this policy is to ensure that qualified teachers are employed by the school district and to fulfill its duty to ascertain the licensure status of its teachers. A school board that employs a teacher who does not hold a valid teaching license or permit places itself at risk for a reduction in state aid. This policy does not negate a teacher’s duty and responsibility to maintain a current and valid teaching license.

     427 Workload Limits for Certain Special Education Teachers - The purpose of this policy is to establish general parameters for determining the workload limits of special education staff who provide services to children with disabilities receiving direct special education services 60 percent or less of the instructional day.

     430 Employee Use of Social Media - As a leader in using technology as an accelerator of learning, the Glencoe-Silver Lake School District recognizes the value of teacher inquiry, investigation, and innovation using new technology tools to enhance the learning experience. The District also recognizes its obligation to teach and ensure responsible and safe use of these technologies.

    This policy addresses employees' use of publicly available social media networks including: personal web sites, web logs (blogs), wikis, social networks, online forums, virtual worlds, and any other social media. The District takes no position on employees' decision to participate in the use of social media networks for personal use on personal time. However, use of these media for personal use during District time or on District equipment is prohibited. In addition, employees must avoid posting any information or engaging in communications that violate state or federal laws or District policies.

    505 Distribution of Non-School Sponsored Material on School Premises - The purpose of this policy is to protect the exercise of students’ and employees’ free speech rights, taking into consideration the educational objectives and responsibilities of the school district.

    506 Student Discipline - The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students are aware of and comply with the school district’s expectations for student conduct. Such compliance will enhance the school district’s ability to maintain discipline and ensure that there is no interference with the educational process. The school district will take appropriate disciplinary action when students fail to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct established by this policy.

    511 Fundraising -The purpose of this policy is to address student fundraising efforts.

    514 Bullying Prohibition - A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and attain high academic standards and to promote healthy human relationships. Bullying, like other violent or disruptive behavior, is conduct that interferes with a student’s ability to learn and/or a teacher’s ability to educate students in a safe environment. The school district cannot monitor the activities of students at all times and eliminate all incidents of bullying between students, particularly when students are not under the direct supervision of school personnel. However, to the extent such conduct affects the educational environment of the school district and the rights and welfare of its students and is within the control of the school district in its normal operations, the school district intends to prevent bullying and to take action to investigate, respond to, and to remediate and discipline for those acts of bullying which have not been successfully prevented. The purpose of this policy is to assist the school district in its goal of preventing and responding to acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, reprisal, retaliation, and other similar disruptive and detrimental behavior.

    521 Student Disability Nondiscrimination  -  The purpose of this policy is to protect disabled students from discrimination on the basis of disability and to identify and evaluate learners who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), need special services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education.

    522 Student Sex NondiscriminationStudents are protected from discrimination on the basis of sex pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.  The purpose of this policy is to provide equal educational opportunity for all students and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.

    524 Internet Acceptable Use & Safety - The purpose of this policy is to set forth policies and guidelines for access to the school district computer system and acceptable and safe use of the Internet, including electronic communications.

    525 Violence prevention - The purpose of this policy is to recognize that violence occurs and to identify measures that the school district will take in an attempt to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from violent and disruptive behavior.

    The school board is committed to promoting healthy human relationships and learning environments that are physically and psychologically safe for all members of the school community. It further believes that students are the first priority and they should be protected from physical or emotional harm during school activities, and on school grounds, buses or field trips while under school district supervision.

    526 Hazing Prohibition - The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe learning environment for students and staff that is free from hazing. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the school district and are prohibited at all times.

    531 The Pledge of Allegiance - The school board recognizes the need to display an appropriate United States flag and to provide instruction to students in the proper etiquette, display, and respect of the flag. The purpose of this policy is to provide for recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and instruction in school to help further that end.