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School Board Policies & Regulations

Policies are established by the Board of Education to ensure that Bloomington Public Schools responds to its mission and operates in an effective, efficient, and consistent manner. Policies define the desire and intent of the School Board.

The School Board has the jurisdiction to legislate policy for the School District with the force and effect of law. School Board policy provides the general direction as to what the School Board wishes to accomplish while delegating implementation of policy to the administration.  A regulation contains administration's guidelines for the operational implementation of the respective Board policy.


The policies described here are not conditions of employment, and the language is not intended to create a contract between the Bloomington Public Schools and its employees.

100 Policies: School District
200 Policies: Board of Directors
300 Policies: Administration
400 Policies: Personnel
500 Policies: Students
600 Policies: Education Program
700 Policies: Non-Instructional Operations
800 Policies: Buildings & Sites
900 Policies: School/Community Relations

100 Policies: School District

102: Equal Educational Opportunity
To ensure that equal educational opportunity is provided for all students of the District.

200 Policies: Board of Directors

202: School Board Elections
To establish:

  • The election process, terms of office, and responsibilities for School Board for members.
  • The election process, terms of office, and responsibilities for School Board officers.
202.1: School Board Student Representatives
To establish the role of School Board Student Representatives.

203: School Board Meetings
To ensure that School Board meetings (and study sessions) are conducted in an orderly fashion that allows School Board members to participate in discussion and act upon District matters necessary to accomplish the mission of the Bloomington Public Schools.

208: School Board Policies
To define how the School Board fulfills its responsibility of establishing and maintaining School Board Policies.

208.1 Regulations
To establish a process for formulating, updating, and deleting Regulations.

214: Out of State Travel by School Board Members
To control out-of-state travel by School Board members as required by law.

300 Policies: Administration

302: Superintendent
To recognize the importance of the role of the Superintendent and the overall responsibility of that position within the District.

303: Superintendent Selection
To convey to the school community that the authority to select and employ a Superintendent is vested in the School Board.

400 Policies: Personnel

401: Equal Employment Opportunity
To provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants for District employment and District employees.

402: Disability Nondiscrimination
To provide a fair employment setting for all persons and to comply with state and federal law.

406: Public and Private Personnel Data
To provide guidance to District staff as to the data the District collects and maintains regarding its personnel.

407: Environmental Health and Safety Standards
To provide a healthy and safe environment for students, staff and the public.

408: Work Related Subpoena of a School District Employee
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. 

410: Family and Medical Leave
To ensure compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and the Minnesota parenting leave law.

412: Expense Reimbursement
To provide a system for reimbursing employees for qualifying business expenses.

413: Harassment and Violence
To maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment, unlawful discrimination, 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, immigration status, or disability.  

  • Harassment Report Form
    Use this form to report issues relating to harassment or bullying. Bloomington Public Schools maintains a firm policy prohibiting all forms of harassment. Everyone is to be treated with respect and dignity. Harassment by any student, teacher, administrator or other school personnel which creates an intimidating environment will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

414: Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse 
To ensure required reporting of suspected child neglect or physical or sexual abuse.

415: Mandated Reporting of Suspected Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults 
to ensure the required reporting of suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults.

416: Drug and Alcohol Testing
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 & Abuse
To assist the District in its goal to prevent chemical use and abuse by providing procedures for education and intervention.

418: Drug Free Workplace Drug Free School
To maintain a safe and healthful environment for staff and students by prohibiting the use of alcohol, toxic substances, and controlled substances without a physician’s prescription.

419: Tobacco-Free Environment
To maintain a learning and working environment that is tobacco free.

420: Communicable Disease
To promote and protect the health and safety of our students and staff by implementing guidelines for communicable disease prevention and education. This Policy is intended to provide guidance for district staff members, reassurance to families and the community, and support for persons with communicable diseases including but not limited to HIV/AIDS.

423: Staff-Student Relationships
To maintain an educational environment in which all students are treated with respect and dignity. District staff 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
To ensure that qualified teachers are employed by the 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.

426: Nepotism In Employment
To establish consistent employment guidelines and to prevent situations where an individual may have or be perceived to have an unfair influence over the career development, work assignments, work direction, performance reviews, or compensation of a family member who is also employed by the District. 

427: Workload Limits for Certain Special Education Teachers 
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: Student Teachers
The Board recognizes the importance of collaborating with institutions of higher learning to assist in the preparation of future teachers. The District will ensure this process is conducted in a manner that benefits Bloomington students.

450: Professional Staff Development
To establish opportunities for professional development of the staff that advances their ability to work effectively with students via local, state, and federal standards.

452: Jury Duty
District employees who are summoned for jury service will be paid their regular basic wages contingent upon the employee remitting to the District the compensation for jury duty services.

457: Respectful and Professional Workplace
To ensure employees are not subjected to disrespectful and unprofessional behavior, threats or acts of physical or verbal harassment, violence or harm, or disruptive conduct that causes others to feel unsafe from co-workers, parents/guardians, students, intimate partners of staff (employee or non-employee), or people doing work in the District.

500 Policies: Students

501: Weapon-Free Schools
To assure a safe school environment for students, staff and the public.

502: Search of Student Lockers, Desks, Personal Possessions and Student's Person
To provide for a safe and healthful educational environment by enforcing the District’s Policies against contraband.

503: Student Attendance
The School Board believes that regular school attendance is directly related to success in academic work, benefits students socially, provides opportunities for important communications between teachers and students, and establishes regular habits of dependability important to the future of the student. The purpose of this policy is to encourage regular school attendance. It is intended to be positive and not punitive. This policy also recognizes that class attendance is a joint responsibility to be shared by the student, parent or guardian, teacher, and administrators. This policy will assist students in attending class.

503.1: School Attendance Areas
To ensure each operating school provides optimal educational opportunities for all students and appropriate use of facilities and staff, students shall be assigned to schools according to attendance areas approved by the School Board. 

503.3: Early Admission
To facilitate to the fullest extent possible the development of underage children with unusually high ability. 

506: Student Discipline
To ensure that students are aware of and comply with District expectations for student conduct. Such compliance will enhance the District’s ability to maintain discipline and ensure that there is no interference with the educational process. The District will take appropriate disciplinary action when students fail to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct established in Regulation 506.

509: Enrollment of Nonresident Students
To set forth the application and exclusion procedures used by the District to ensure compliance with the Enrollment Options Program established by Minn. Stat. § 124D.03.

510: Activities
To establish regulations regarding school-sponsored activities, District-recognized booster clubs or organizations, and non-school-sponsored independent providers. 

510.1: Student Eligibility in Activities
To provide a uniform body of rules from which school coaches and administrators will certify a student’s eligibility.

510.2: School or District-Sponsored Events 
To ensure no use of alcohol by attendees at school or district-sponsored events, such as student banquets or celebrations outside school.

510.3: Activities & Other Student Fees
The Bloomington School Board supports the enrichment of the academic experience for students. Activities are an effective way to promote the characteristics necessary for young people to grow into healthy, caring, and responsible adults. These activities also can provide a sense of connection and belonging for students. This policy provides direction on how the School Board will govern the District's student activity fee program.

510.4: Participation of Nonenrolled Students in Bloomington Public Schools' Activities
To provide guidance for administrators, staff, parents, and guardians regarding children who are not enrolled in Bloomington Public Schools and seek to participate in Bloomington Public Schools' activities. 

510.5: Shared Time Students
To address non-public or homeschooled students to be enrolled part-time in Independent School District 271.

510.6: Addition/Elimination of Activities 
To provide guidelines for the addition and elimination of activities.

513: Student Promotion, Retention, and Program Design
To provide guidance to professional staff, parents, and students regarding student promotion, retention, and program design. 

513.1: Granting Credits
To provide regulations to assure consistent District practice of the granting of credits and standards and to provide the philosophical basis for developing those regulations.

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. This includes but is not limited to, prohibited conduct directed toward any student or students, including those based on a person’s actual or perceived race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, national origin, immigration status, sex, marital status, familial status, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, sexual orientation, including gender identity and expression, academic status related to student performance, disability or status with regard to public assistance, age or any additional characteristics.  The 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 District and the rights and welfare of its students and is within the control of the District in its normal operations, the 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 District in its goal of preventing and responding to acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, reprisal, retaliation, and other similar disruptive and detrimental behavior.

515: Protection and Privacy of Student Records
To collect, maintain and disseminate pupil records and protect the privacy rights of students as provided in federal law and state statutes.

515.1: Administration Procedures for Research
To provide guidelines for individuals and/or organizations that wish to conduct educational research in the District.

516: Student Medication:Medical Treatment or Procedures
To set forth the requirements that must be followed when administering medication and performing medical treatments or procedures to students at school.

518: Do Not Resuscitate Do Not Intubate DNR DNI Orders
To provide guidance to District staff and parents or guardians in situations involving students with complex health needs.

519: Interviews of Students by Outside Agencies
To establish the procedures for access to students by authorized individuals during the school day.

521: Student Disability Non Discrimination
To protect students with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability and to provide for the identification and the evaluation of students who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, need special services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education.

522: Student Sex Nondiscrimination
To provide an equal educational opportunity for all students and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

524: Internet Acceptable Use and Safety
To ensure appropriate access to the district computer network and acceptable and safe use of the Internet, including electronic communications.

529: Staff Notification of Violent Behavior by Students
To address the circumstances in which data should be provided to classroom teachers and other school staff members about students with a history of violent behavior to establish a procedure for notifying staff regarding the placement of students with a history of violent behavior.

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 for the flag. The purpose of this policy is to provide the recitation of the pledge of allegiance and instruction in school to help further that end.

533: Wellness
To promote student wellness and promote students' health, well-being, and ability to learn by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity. The District is committed to enhancing the development of lifelong wellness practices in collaboration with parents and community members.

534: Unpaid Meal Charges
To provide guidance on the handling of unpaid meal charges (student meal debt).

540: Hazing Prohibition
To maintain a safe learning environment for students and staff that are free from hazing. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the District and are prohibited at all times.

542: Legal Name
To set requirements for the legal name of a child enrolled in our District

543: School Day Pick Up and Drop Off of Students
To ensure students are safely and appropriately picked up or dropped off during the school day.

545: Student Rights 
To highlight information pertaining to student rights.

600 Policies: Education Program

601.1: Graduation Requirements
To ensure that the District shall proceed efficiently with the implementation of the State and local graduation requirements, including the expectation that all learners are career and college ready. 

603: Curriculum Development
To provide direction for continuous review and improvement of the District’s curriculum.

606: Instructional Materials Selection 
To provide direction for selection of instructional materials.

606.1: Procedures for Handling Questioned Materials and Controversial Issues
To provide direction in handling questioned materials and controversial issues in schools. 

609: Religion in the Schools
To identify the status of religion in the curriculum, environment, and calendar of Bloomington Public Schools.

610: Field Trips
To provide guidelines for student trips and to identify the general process to be followed for review and approval of trip requests.

612.1: Development of Parent and Family Engagement Policies for Title I Programs 
To encourage and facilitate involvement by parents of students, who live within the District boundaries, participating in Title I:
     - in the educational programs and experiences of students.
     - decisions about the Title I services.

616: School District System Accountability
To focus public education strategies on a process that promotes high academic achievement for all students and ensures community participation in decisions regarding the implementation of the Minnesota Academic Standards.

620: Credit for Learning
To recognize student achievement which occurs in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options, other advanced enrichment programs, and out of district online learning programs. The purpose of this policy also is to recognize student achievement, which occurs in other schools, in alternative learning sites, and in out-of-school experiences such as community organizations, work-based learning, and other educational activities and opportunities. The purpose of this policy also is to address the transfer of student credit from out-of-state, private, or home schools and online learning programs and to address how the District will recognize student achievement obtained outside of the school district.

620.1: College Level Courses Grade Weighting
To provide guidelines for grade weighting in the District.

623: Grants
To ensure that the School Board approves commitments related to grant awards.

630: International Student Exchange Program
To establish guidelines for high schools to apply in accepting foreign exchange students.

700 Policies: Non-Instructional Operations

701: Budget Process
To provide direction for the development and the sharing of an annual budget.

701.3: Fund Balance
To assure sufficient cash flow, taking into consideration the timing of state aid and property tax payments, unexpected revenue shortfalls, or any emergency or unexpected expenses.  A sufficient fund balance strengthens the position of the District for bond rating purposes.
The School Board recognizes that fund balances must be maintained in accordance with the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB)’s statement number 54.   Fund balance categories to be maintained would be non-spendable, restricted, committed, assigned, and unassigned.

702: Accounting 
To provide direction for financial control, the control and use of assests, the use of staff personal property to conduct District business, and conducting business on District property.

705: Investment of School District Funds
To establish guidelines for the investment of the District funds and how income from those investments will be allocated.

706: Donations
To ensure proper handling of donations (gifts, bequests and donations).

707: Transportation
To provide guidelines for a safe and effective transportation system.

720: Vending Machines
To establish a policy to govern vending machines installed in school district facilities.

725: Tuition
To provide procedures for charging tuition fees to non-resident students who are not accessing the options under Minnesota choice programs.

726: Consultant Services
The Superintendent is authorized to engage consultants to help develop request for proposals (RFP). This Policy will help ensure that the consultant cannot be awarded a contract based on the RFP they helped develop.

800 Policies: Buildings & Sites

801: Student Equal Access to School Facilities
To implement the Equal Access Act by granting equal access to elementary and secondary school facilities for students who wish to conduct a meeting for religious, political, or philosophical purposes during noninstructional time.

806: District Crisis Management 
To establish a comprehensive district-wide Emergency Operations and Recovery Plan (EORP) and building-level safety plans.

900 Policies: School/Community Relations

902: Use of District Facilities
To provide guidance for the use of District facilities by school organizations, the city, community agencies/organizations, businesses and citizens.

903: Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites
To inform the school community and the general public of the position of the School Board on visitors to school buildings and other school property.

904: Distribution of Noncurricular Materials by Students
To protect the exercise of students' free speech rights, taking into consideration the educational objectives and responsibilities of the District.

904.1: Distribution of Materials on School District Property by Non-School Persons
To set requirements for the distribution of materials by non-school persons and organizations on school district property.

905: Advertising
To provide guidelines for the advertising or promoting of products or services to students, parents, and the community at school-related activities and within the school itself.

906: Volunteers
To help individualize instruction, promote school/community interaction, support school activities and events, provide multi-generational and multi-cultural experiences and enrich curriculum for all learners.

915: Working Relations Between the District and Law Enforcement Authorities
To comply with all state and federal laws regarding law enforcement access to student records and to students while at school. In complying with these laws, the School Board is committed to protecting students' rights with respect to their education records and their person.


Brenda Wibbens
Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent

Deb Bunkholt
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board

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