Every student and employee of Moorhead Area Public Schools is entitled to learn and work in a safe school environment. To ensure this, the district and each school have established clear student discipline procedures, consequences appropriate to the behavior, and a practice to do so consistently.
The Moorhead Area Public School Board believes that learning can best take place in an environment which is orderly, safe, stimulating, and which enable all students to develop to their fullest potential. The atmosphere of the school must promote fairness, courtesy, honesty, and respect among students, school personnel, and community members. Moorhead Area Public Schools utilizes Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) as a foundation for behavioral expectations.
Students are expected to behave in accordance with federal, state and local laws; district policies and guidelines; and in a way that respects the rights and safety of others. Known violations of federal, state and local laws will be reported to local law authorities. Employees will take corrective action when a student’s behavior does not fall within discipline guidelines.
The following are district wide discipline procedures. These procedures and the minimal consequences apply any time a student is present on district property, participating in a school-sponsored activity, traveling in a district vehicle or attending any school-sponsored event off district property. The discipline procedures and consequences apply when a district student engages in conduct outside of a school location or a school-sponsored event when the misconduct is a continuation of improper conduct that occurred on school grounds or the student’s actions have a direct and immediate effect either on school discipline or on the general safety and welfare of students and staff.
Listed are the violations and minimum consequences; although all actions will be taken on a case-by-case basis. Restitution, restorative discipline/justice or community service may also be utilized when appropriate for the disciplinary infraction.
Restorative practices are a type of intervention that seeks to restore damages made by the offending student. A reasonable follow up to a destructive action may be to try to restore, replace, repair, clean up or apologize, as the situation may dictate.
Restorative Justice is a process whereby all the parties with a stake in a particular offense come together to resolve collectively how to deal with the aftermath of the offense and its implications for the future. A restorative process consists of a face-to-face encounter in the presence of a trained facilitator. The affected parties are brought together by a facilitator to discuss how they and others have been harmed by the incident and how that harm might be repaired. Participants include the victim, the offender, individuals who support each of them and others who have been affected by the incident. Participation in the process is voluntary on the part of the victim or offender. This process is used in conjunction with the Clay County Restorative Justice Program.
Discipline should not be confused with punishment. The goal of discipline is a self-disciplined individual, with mature attitudes and socially acceptable standards of conduct. Disciplinary policies within the public schools shall be enforced within the general procedures. These procedures describe clearly the various administrative actions taken for violations of the law and the school district standards of behavior.
These disciplinary procedures will be applied to students with disabilities if: (1) An IEP team for the student concludes that application of the disciplinary policy is indeed appropriate for the students, taking into consideration the student’s disability; and, (2) if the disciplinary policy has been given to the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) with an indication that the team has concluded its application to be appropriate to the individual students.
Listed are the violations and minimum consequences for first, second and third offenses. Suspension may be served in school or out of school at the discretion of the administrator. The school district or school administration may impose more severe consequences beyond those set forth in these procedures based on the particular misconduct.
These procedures are based on school board policies, available on the district’s website at www.moorheadschools.org or in the school offices.Procedures
Please refer to the discipline procedures in the appendix of the PDF version of the Student Handbook
or in the procedures of School Board Policy 551.