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100 percent attendance is expected to be successful at BEACON. Attendance of 80 percent or below will jeopardize student success and enrollment in BEACON.
Calling in sick
Please call the BEACON office at 952-681-5056 to report illnesses or absences of any kind.
Research indicates that class attendance is closely related to positive performance in class. The state estimates that the average Minnesota student misses 7 days per school year. Therefore, students missing more than 7 days can be considered truant and in violation of Minnesota state law on compulsory education. Attendance contracts will be created for students who do not follow attendance policy.
The following behaviors are unacceptable within BEACON, Kennedy school building, school grounds, and any area in which a school classroom or other activity is occurring. Students engaging in these behaviors will be given consequences, including dismissal, suspension, police involvement, and/or program termination.
Alcohol or Other Drugs: Possession, use or intent to distribute or sellBeing under the influence of alcohol or other drugs or found in possession of alcohol or other drugs on your person or your belongings (i.e., purse, backpack), or selling or distributing alcohol or other drugs.
Gang Representation or ActivityDemonstrating an affiliation with a specific gang through words, writings, gestures, and clothing.
HarassmentParticipating in or conspiring with others to engage in harassing acts that threaten, embarrass, or degrade others. Types of harassment can include: racial, sexual, religious, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities, or national origin.
Student Attire/GroomingClothing and accessories deemed disruptive to the learning environment are not allowed, including the following:
- Shirts with sleeves must be worn. Both shoulders must have coverage—no tube, tank, strapless, or halter tops, including dresses. No muscle shirts, spaghetti straps, or tops that go over only one shoulder, including dresses.
- Shirts must be full length - No bare midriffs, no exposed torsos, and no exposed navels.
- Shorts and skirts must be at mid-thigh length.
- Clothing must cover undergarments: underwear, bra straps, boxer shorts and under shorts.
- No clothing with inappropriate phrases, slogans or artwork that is vulgar, sexually suggestive, profane or promotes violence, or encourages disrespect, indecency or hate.
- No drug, tobacco, alcohol, gang-related or sexual references.
- No lined jackets or coats worn during the school day. This includes letter jackets, trench coats or winter coats.
- No sunglasses.
- No headwear including hats or bandanas.
- Offensive items include graphics that contain or promote the use of tobacco, alcohol, chemical substances or gang related messages, images, or activities.
InsubordinationRefusal to follow a reasonable request by a member of the BEACON or Kennedy staff. Reasonable requests include 1) request for name 2) directive to accompany a school official to the office 3) directive to cease an activity.
Physical AssaultFighting – punching, hitting, kicking. Intentionally inflicting bodily harm upon another.
PornographyViewing or printing pornography from the computer or in possession of sexually explicit materials.
TheftTaking objects or possessions that rightfully belong to another person or the school district.
TobaccoPossessing, using or distributing tobacco in district buildings, on district grounds, in district vehicles or at district events, in violation of Minnesota Statute 609.685.
Threats of ViolenceThreatening to harm another person in words or actions.
TrespassingBeing found on school property after having been told by a school or district official or Police Officer that you are not allowed on school property.
VandalismA willful and malicious destruction of, or damage to, public or private property, real or personal.
Verbal AssaultVerbal exchanges including swearing and/or yelling directed at another person.
WeaponsWeapons are defined as any firearm whether loaded or unloaded; replicas of firearms or B-B guns; any chemical substance, device or instrument designed as a weapon, or through its use is capable of threatening or producing bodily harm or death; any explosive, gas bomb, grenade, rocket, mine, or similar device; any device or instrument that is used to threaten, strike terror, or cause bodily harm or death.
District Zero-Tolerance policy will be followed (expulsion for not less than one calendar year unless the Superintendent of Bloomington Public Schools recommends a modification).
In addition to these school-wide policies, teachers may have individual classroom rules that must be followed. Failure to follow classroom rules will be treated as insubordination.
- Full time and Shared BEACON students attend lunchtime according to the BEACON schedule.
- Students MAY NOT leave the building for lunch or leave the lunchroom early. If a student leaves the building for lunch, consequences will be given.
- Food and beverages are not allowed out of the cafeteria. Food and/or beverages purchased outside of the building may not be carried into the building.