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Minnesota Virtual School for Success Discipline Policy

I. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students are aware of and comply with Minnesota Virtual School for Success (Minnesota School District #402) expectations for student conduct. Such compliance will enhance the school's ability to maintain discipline and ensure that there is no interference with the educational process. Minnesota Virtual School for Success will take appropriate disciplinary action when students fail to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct established by this policy.

II. General Statement of Policy

The School Board recognizes that individual responsibility and mutual respect are essential components of the educational process. The Board further recognizes that nurturing the maturity of each student is of primary importance and is closely linked with the balance that must be maintained between authority and self-discipline as the individual progresses from a child's dependence on authority to the more mature behavior of self-control.

All students are entitled to learn and develop in a setting which promotes respect of self, others, and property. Proper positive discipline can only result from an environment which provides options and stresses student self-direction, decision making, and responsibility. Schools can function effectively only with internal discipline based on mutual understanding of rights and responsibilities. Students must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner that maintains a climate in which learning can take place. Overall decorum affects student attitudes and influences student behavior. Proper student conduct is necessary to facilitate the education process and to create an atmosphere conducive to high student achievement. Although this policy emphasizes the development of self-discipline, it is recognized that there are instances when it will be necessary to administer disciplinary measures. It is the position of Minnesota Virtual School for Success that a fair and equitable student discipline policy will contribute to the quality of the student's educational experience. This discipline policy is adopted in accordance with and subject to the Minnesota Fair Pupil Dismissal Act, Minn. Stat. 121A.40-121A.56.

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