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ALC Calendar 2020-2021 August 31st- September 3rd Teacher Workshop Days Tuesday, September 8th First Day Of School Class Begin at 8:00 th Thurs- Friday, October 15 Fall Break MEA No School for Students or Staff -16th Friday, November 6th End Term 1 Wednesday, November 11 th Professional Development Classes Begin at 10:00 (2 Hr late Start for Students) Thursday, November 12th ALC Conferences 3:00pm-7:00pm (No Night School) Wednesday, November 25th Conference Comp Day No School for Students or Staff Thurs- Fri, November Thanksgiving Break No School for Students or Staff 26th-27th Wednesday, December 2nd Professional Development Classes Begin at 10:00 (2 Hr late Start for Students) Thurs, December 24th- Fri Winter Break No School for Students or Staff Jan. 1st Monday, January 4th 2021 School Resumes Monday, January 18th Teacher In-Service No School for Students nd Friday, January 22 End of Term 2 Wednesday, February 3rd Professional Development Classes Begin at 10:00 (2 Hr late Start for Students) Thursday, February 11th ALC Conferences 3:00pm-7:00pm (No Night School) Friday, February 12th Conference day Grades k-12 No School for Students th Friday, February 12 ALC Conference Day 8:00am-12:00pm th Monday, February 15 President’s Holiday No School for Students or Staff th Friday, March 26 End of Term 3 Mon- Fri., March 29 –April th Spring Break No School for Students or Staff 2nd Monday, April 5th School Resumes Thursday, April 15 th ALC Conferences 3:00pm-7:00pm (No Night School) Friday, May 7th Professional Development Class will Dismiss at 1:00pm (2 Hr early out for Students) Thursday, May 20th ALC Graduation 1:00 PM @ WEAC st Monday, May 31 Memorial Day No School for Students or Staff Thursday, June 3 rd Last day of School for ALC Students Friday, June 4th End Term 4 Last Day of School th Sunday, June 6 Commencement Graduation at the High School th Monday, June 7 Teacher Workday NOTE: Inclement weather days will be made up on, February 15 th and in June (If additional days are needed). Any Inclement weather day will be made up on the next closest date as listed above.
Willmar Area Learning Center Willmar Public Schools ADMINISTRATION Dr. Jeffrey Holm - Superintendent of Schools Nick Clasemann - Principal of Alternative Programs Betty Dawson - Program Coordinator FACULTY AND STAFF Area Learning Center Ben Anderson - Math/Science Jennifer Carl - Communications Alyssa Riewer - Math Teresa Depuydt - EL/Work Experience Mary Hanson - Health/PE Claire Hendershott - Art/Electives/work Experience Patti Johnson - School Nurse Elizabeth Luby - Science Nicole Meyer - Math/Social Studies Lisa Molacek – Head Secretary Desiree Lee – ALC/Alternative Programs Secretary Melissa Kamstra - Kitchen Kerrie Speer - Communications Gail Tebben – Paraprofessional Sharon Tollefson - Counselor Steven Burrows - Social Studies James Venenga – School Resource Officer Laura Wangen - SpEd Sharon Rambow - Paraprofessional Amy Brown - Paraprofessional
Welcome to the Area Learning Center questions or direct you to the person who may be able The Area Learning Center provides a nurturing to help you. environment in which students receive a positive, safe, Your learning center experience will be what you make and structured learning opportunity. The staff at the it. We hope the school year will be a most positive and ALC believes that all students can and will learn. Our worthwhile year for you. We look forward to being a staff is passionate, professional, and cares deeply about part of your school experience. the success of each student. We expect each student to take ownership of their learning by becoming active SUGGESTIONS AND CONCERNS participants in the learning process. Students, family members, and community members “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, may report to a teacher, the ALC Program Coordinator, involve me and I learn,” Benjamin Franklin. or the Principal of Alternative Programs any suggestions or concerns. It is important that we listen to each other ALC Mission so that we can make appropriate adjustments. Further, we encourage everyone to communicate early so we “Inspiring and preparing all learners for their future in can collectively solve small problems before they our community and the world.” become big ones. We need everyone to present suggestions or describe problems and then join with VISION one another on reasonable, logical solutions. Willmar ALC devotes itself to: ● High expectations for each student ● Individualized student learning Eligibility ● Instilling respectful, responsible, and positive State Criteria needs to be met for a student to be student behaviors eligible to attend the ALC. Any student may inquire ● Preparing students to become contributing about and fill out an application to attend but final citizens approval on meeting the state criteria will be determined by the Program Coordinator and Purpose Administration. The purpose of the ALC is to offer an alternative educational setting that capitalizes on each student’s individuality. The ALC allows students an alternative means to achieve the success that will result in a GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Willmar High School Diploma, upon completion of all Students graduating in 2020-21 and desiring a diploma course requirements. from Willmar Public Schools need to meet the requirements as outlined below. Please note that The Willmar Area Learning Center is proud and pleased students may elect to receive a diploma from Willmar to offer you a unique learning experience that provides Public Schools or from their district of residence. They educational services to students and families from a will have to meet the graduation requirements for the variety of different backgrounds. These differences particular school issuing the diploma. A diploma will be create a diverse experience for all. It is important that issued when necessary requirements are met, all fees all staff, students, family members, and community paid, and all books or materials have been returned to service providers promote interactions that are the classroom teachers. respectful. Through positive interactions, individuals can develop great confidence and competence, which Students must earn a minimum of 58 credits in grades will lead to individual success. These individual 9-12 that includes credits in the subjects listed below. accomplishments will lead to great community success. Important information regarding rules, regulations, credit requirements, and services available to you are presented in this handbook. As you read it, other questions may occur to you. The staff can answer your
Mathematics session and complete all assigned homework can usually earn quarter credits by the end of summer. 6 credits (2 credits each Algebra 1A, Algebra lB w/Statistics, Algebra 2 or Credits not completed during the summer session can Advanced Algebra 3 and Geometry) be completed in the fall. Science 6 credits (Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry or Physics) Social Studies CAREER ASSESSMENT CENTER 8 Credits (American History and Government, American History 2, ALC students may complete an assessment of their Economics, World History, World Geography and US Geography or other vocational interest and identify their work strengths and elective) weakness through these activities. As part of this assessment, students will complete interest tests, English workstations, learning style inventories, and explore 8 credits (2 credits at each grade level are required) occupations through videotapes. Students can have a firsthand experience by trying various workstations such Physical Education/Health as; cosmetology, electrical wiring, medical service, 3 credits (2 credits Physical Education and Health) cooking and baking, sales, and others. After completing this assessment, the student will have a better Performing and Visual Arts understanding of their interests and abilities to help 2 credits make appropriate selections for further classes, jobs, and post-secondary programs. GRADUATION CEREMONIES Any Willmar ALC student who has earned credit at Willmar Senior High School will be allowed to go EARNING CREDITS through the WHS graduation ceremony as well as the Day School. Earning credits is determined by the ALC ceremony. A student who plans to go through the student’s performance, use of time, and desire to high school ceremony needs to be a student at one of graduate. Credits accumulate faster when students the buildings during term 4 and notify the high school attend regularly and stay on task. Skipping class or by the last day of term 2 (January) to arrange for cap wasting class time delays a student’s progress towards and gown measurements. graduation. All credits carried at the ALC by students planning to go Night School. Night School is available to students no through the graduation ceremony at Willmar Senior longer enrolled in another high school and students High School must be completed by the second Thursday attending a high school during the day but needing to in May, so that a transcript can be sent to WHS and make up credits. Students must normally be 16 years of name can be placed in the graduation program. age or older. Students under 16 can attend if they attend a 9th through 12th grade high school during the HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES day. If you would like to participate in various activities such as athletics, prom, and graduation at your former High School please see the program coordinator. PROGRESS REPORTS Progress reports for students attending the daily program will be distributed during the school year. RETURNING TO HIGH SCHOOL Students wishing to leave the ALC and continue their Parents or guardians wishing to request weekly or educational program at a high school should visit with monthly attendance updates can do so by calling the the ALC Program Coordinator. Most high schools ALC office at (320) 214-6692. encourage students to transfer at the start of a new marking period or school term. Parents are strongly encouraged to request a report of progress throughout the year. This request can be SUMMER SCHOOL made by calling the office at (320) 214-6692. Summer School Classes for Students in grades 9 through 12 are offered Monday thru Thursday during the month of June each summer. Students who attend each class
REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES DAILY SCHEDULE Each summer brings the start of a new school year. Hybrid Schedule at the ALC! Students returning to the ALC for summer school or for classes later in the school year must complete a new What is a Hybrid Schedule? ALC application form. Students who have not attended A Hybrid Schedule allows students to attend organized class 4 days a week and work independently 1 day a week. school in the Willmar District in the past three months When do students attend classes at the ALC? need to complete the registration process at the Students will have regularly scheduled classes at the ALC, Monday - Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 SW 5th Street. Thursday 8—3. Altered schedules are based on student need. What do students do on Friday? All registration and application forms can be obtained in ● Students will take their class work home and work the ALC office or by calling (320) 214-6692. A independently. parent/guardian meeting is required for new What does the school day look like? enrollments. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Registration for summer session will start in April and run through May. Registration for classes that begin in WIN Independ the fall will start in April and run through August. 8:00- WIN WIN WIN WIN ent Study 8:28 At Home POST SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) allows 1st public high school juniors and seniors to take full-time Independ hour Class Class Class Class ent Study or part-time courses at a liberal 8:30- At Home 9:22 arts/community/technical college, a university, or 2nd Independ non-profit degree granting trade school for high school Hour . Study Class Class Class Class credit. The tuition, fees and required textbooks are at 9:24- at home 10:17 no cost to students. 3rd Independ Hour . Study Class Class Class Class Eligible students who desire to participate in the PSEO 10:19 at home Program are requested to discuss this with the ALC 11:13 4th Independ School Counselor. Students wishing to participate will Hour . Study need to complete the necessary application forms and Class Class Class Class 11:15 at home meet with a post-secondary counselor. 12:08 5th Lunch Lunch Lunch Independ Lunch/WIN Hour /WIN /WIN /WIN . Study 12:10 AVID AVID AVID AVID at home 12:40 6th Lunch/ Lunch Lunch/ Indepen Lunch/WIN dent Hour WIN /WIN WIN 12:42 Study At AVID AVID AVID AVID Home -1:12 7th Independ Hour . Study Class Class Class Class 1:14- at home 2:06 8th Independ Hour . Study Class Class Class Class 2:08- at home 3:00 9th Night Night Night Night Hour School School School School 3:12- Credit Credit Credit Credit 3:58 Recovery Recovery Recovery Recovery 10th Night Night Night Night Hour School School School School 3:59- Credit Credit Credit Credit 4:45 Recovery Recovery Recovery Recovery
calling 231-231-8473 if your child has any special dietary EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING needs. Willmar Public School officials carefully examine weather reports, road conditions, temperature and wind conditions PIN Numbers: Each Student has their own PIN Number that before making the decision to close schools. they are given at the start of their school career. Your student will use the same PIN number every school year. Because the Area Learning Center is part of the Willmar Students enter their PIN Number into a keypad, which is School District, we will follow the same procedure followed matched with a student photo. Your PIN Number is confidential – please do not share this number with other by preschool through 12th grade. For example, anytime students. Willmar’s preschool through grade 12 has a late start, the ALC will also have a late start. Willmar Public Schools Pricing: implemented an automated messaging system several years ago. The system will send messages to all operating phone Pricing: numbers regarding school closings. Please keep your home and cell phone numbers up-to-date to receive these calls. Weather related announcements will also be available on the Breakfast - Paid No Charge following Willmar radio stations: K95/KDJS/97.3, The River, Q102/KWLM/K100, or Wild Country 99/KCLD to gather needed information. In addition the Willmar Public Schools Breakfast - Reduced No Charge announces emergency school schedule changes on the following television stations: KSTP/KRWF 43 (Twin Cities/Alexandria/Redwood Falls), FOX 9/KMSP, KARE 11 and Breakfast - Free No Charge WCCO-TV. If schools are starting one hour late, classes at the Area Lunch - Paid $2.05 Learning Center will begin at 9:00 AM. If schools are starting two hours late, classes at the Area Learning Center will begin at 10:00 AM. If school has been closed for the entire school Lunch - Reduced No Charge day or dismissed early due to inclement weather, evening school classes are also canceled. Lunch - Free No Charge EARLY ARRIVAL On school days, the main door of the school building on Eighth Street is unlocked at 7:45 AM. Students who arrive at Milk $0.30 school before 8:00 AM are to go to the designated area for students. Students should not be in the other areas of the building prior to 8:00 AM without staff permission. Once $1.90 - students arrive at school, they are required to remain at Breakfast school. The ALC is a closed campus. Adult Price Meals $3.85 - Lunch Price Range School Nutrition Programs Ala Carte Pricing $0.25-$2.50 (Breakfast and Lunch) The Area Learning Center (ALC) has a closed lunch period. Meal Account Balances: Students must have a student Personal Identification Number (PIN Number) to eat in the cafeteria. Breakfast and Lunch We operate on a pre-paid system, meaning that meal Menus are planned by the Director of Food and Nutrition charging is not allowed by School Board Policy. Meals must Services, Assistant Director and Head Cooks at each site. be paid for by depositing money into the student’s meal Input for menus is received from students, parents and account before meals are served. It is very important to stay school staff. Menus are planned to meet the Meal Pattern current on your meal account. Students with a negative Requirements for Breakfast and Lunch established by the balance will not be allowed to charge 2nd meals or ala carte United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and items to their account. The School District’s Unpaid Meal Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Our goal is to Charges Policy can be found on the District’s Website under serve quality, nutritious meals to all students and to Food and Nutrition Services, then Policies. encourage healthy eating habits. Please let us know by
Free and Reduced Meal Applications: Lunch Site Options: A new application MUST be completed EVERY YEAR (even if Serving line choices include: A Main or Alternate Choice Line you received free and/or reduced benefits last school year)! Students may purchase a second meal at $3.85 or additional Families are required to pay for meals eaten by their Ala Carte items (prices vary). student(s) prior to submission of an application. You can get an application from your school office, District Office (WEAC) Meals from Home: or online at www.willmar.k12.mn.us The School District encourages parents to pack healthy You can also complete the Application for Educational lunches and snacks and refrain from including beverages and Benefits (Free and Reduced Meal Application) online through foods without nutritional value, per the District’s Wellness your Parent Portal Account. Policy. The Policy can be found on the District Website under Policies. If a Fast Food meal is brought in, the parent/guardian and child will eat in a designated area Managing Meal Account Payments: outside of the Cafeteria. You have several options when it comes to managing the If you bring a meal from home you may purchase milk for payment method on your meal accounts. Each student has $0.30 per carton. their own meal account. All payments will be distributed equally between your students unless you notify Food and Special Dietary Needs: Nutrition Services otherwise. If your child has any special diet needs, please have your medical provider fill out a special diet form and review our Parent Portal – You will need Parent Portal in order to make special Dietary Needs Policy found on the district website on-line payments. By signing up for Parent Portal you will be under our Food and Nutrition page. able to view the balance, check the activity of your student’s Special diet forms do not need to be renewed annually unless meal account and make on-line payments. If you do not have something has changed. access to Parent Portal, please pick up an application at your Lactose Reduced Milk will be provided upon receiving written student’s school office or print one off from the District request from parents and/or guardians. Website, under the Parents section, select Campus Portal, Contact Danaca at 320-231-8473 with any questions. then scroll down to select the Parent Portal Activation Request. For more information regarding School Nutrition Programs and forms you might need, please call the Food and WEAC (District Office) – You may drop off payments at our Nutrition Services office at 320-231-8526, or email the District Office anytime between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, Monday district at email@example.com through Friday at 611 5th Street SW, Willmar, MN. In most cases this payment is applied immediately, but it can take up to 24 hours to be applied. BUS TRANSPORTATION Bus transportation to and from the ALC is provided for WEAC (District Office) Drop Box – We have a drop box students who live within the Willmar School District AND two located at the front of the building where you can drop off miles or more away from the ALC. Those students living meal payments anytime. In most cases all payments received within the city limits will be picked up at a location near their by 9:30 a.m. will be on your student’s account before Lunch, home. For the time and location of the pickup, please check but it can take up to 24 hours to be applied so please plan with the bus company. accordingly. The after school bus is scheduled by the bus company and Students School Office – You may send payments with your will leave between 3:00 and 3:10 PM. Students who ride the student to school. These payments need to be brought to the bus to school and then skip part or all of the school day will office before 9:00 a.m. in order to be entered on your lose the privilege of riding the bus after school. student’s account the same day. If your payment is received Transportation is a privilege not a right. A student’s eligibility after 9:00 a.m. it will take up to 24 hours to be applied. to ride a school bus may be revoked for a violation of school bus safety or conduct policies. Auto Withdrawal – We offer Automatic Withdrawal from a checking or savings account. You may choose to have money Students who need transportation can sign up by calling one withdrawn once or twice a month. Please be sure to fill out a of the bus companies. If a parent does not know which new form each school year and include a voided check or company provides transportation, please call either company voided withdrawal slip. and provide the home address. The respective bus company will either work with you or refer you to the other company. If further assistance is needed, call the ALC office. Willmar Bus Company (320) 235-2110 Palmer Bus Company (320) 382-6421
DRIVING & PARKING the sole responsibility of the student. Willmar Public Schools Day students are encouraged to use the school bus service if does not replace any lost or stolen items. eligible. ALC parking is limited. Students who attend the ALC day and night program may park along the school side of 8th ACCIDENTS and Monongalia Ave as long as they observe posted signs. Students should report all accidents involving injuries Day students are not allowed to park in the school lot. immediately to their teacher or to the office. If medical attention is needed, parents or guardians will be notified. Students who drive are asked to be respectful of our neighbors. Please drive at reasonable speeds and keep noise EXPECTED BEHAVIOR levels low. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior in school, on the ALC grounds, and at all school activities. The VISITORS following points serve as a guideline to help ensure that the Parents are welcome to visit the school and observe their ALC can function to the best advantage for all students and child’s classes. staff: 1. Be present for all scheduled classes. All parents and other visitors must check in at the school 2. Arrive at classes on time. office upon entering the building. Parents and visitors are 3. Come prepared for class. asked to sign a visitation log and receive a visitor badge 4. Bring all required materials to class, including before proceeding to other parts of the building. During the paper, pencil, pen, binders, and fully charged school day, visitors should enter the building through the iPads. eighth street entrance. All entrances are kept locked during 5. Be attentive to classroom activities. the school day. Visitors need to press the buzzer, and show 6. Make an effort to be successful. ID to have the doors unlocked for entrance to the building. 7. Show respect for teachers, staff, other students, and school property by not engaging in activities which disturb the class or school environment. CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY 8. Follow the directives of teachers, staff, and school We want students and staff to take care of and be proud of policies. their school. Acts of vandalism, such as willful destruction of 9. Help keep the classroom, building and grounds clean property, defacing of walls, desks, etc., will not be tolerated by not littering. and will be dealt with according to the Willmar School District 10. Dress appropriately for a school environment (see Discipline Policy. Students involved in acts of vandalism will dress code criteria). be held responsible for damages and will be reported to law 11. Refrain from intimate physical touching (kissing, enforcement. hugging, handshaking). PHONE MESSAGES Phone messages for students will be accepted from parents/guardians only. Students will not be called out of ATTENDANCE POLICY class for phone calls except for major emergencies. Learning is increased by regular school attendance. Students have the responsibility of regular punctual attendance. TELEPHONE FOR STUDENT USE Parents have the responsibility of encouraging regular Students needing to make a phone call may stop at the front attendance and informing the school in the event of a desk. Staff will identify a phone available for these calls. student’s absence. CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES Excused Absence: Students who have a legitimate excuse for missing school can be excused by submitting appropriate NO Cell Phones During Class verification. The following constitute valid excuses allowed by the State of Minnesota: All cellphones should be out of sight during the class period. a. Illness, verified by the parent/guardian or doctor. Staff who see cell phones will confiscate them until the end of b. Health appointments, verified by a note from the visited class. If the issues continue, Office staff will become involved professional, stating the date and time of visit. The note and further action will be taken. In the case of emergencies, should also state when the student can return to please call 320-214-6692. classes. Headphones are only to be used with teacher permission. c. An extreme family emergency, as determined by the ALC Program Coordinator. PERSONAL ITEMS d. Religious observance, i.e., funeral, wedding, etc. Students are encouraged to bring only the personal items e. Appearance in court, verified with proper that are essential for making the school day productive. documentation. While the ALC is a safe and respectful setting, students need to understand that any personal item that is lost or stolen is
Truancy: (For students less than 17 years of age.) DRESS FOR SUCCESS Truancy is absence from school for all or part of a school day without a valid excuse acceptable to the ALC Program Personal Appearance: The purpose of this policy is to enhance Coordinator. Leaving school grounds during the school day the education of our students by establishing expectations of without permission constitutes truancy. dress and grooming that are related to safety, educational goals and community/school standards. If a student exceeds the number of days truant as allowed by law, a letter will be sent to the parent or guardian and a copy Appropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to: will be sent to the Kandiyohi County Family Services Truancy Mediation Officer explaining the details of the truancy. 1. Clothing that does not create a health or safety hazard. 2. Clothing appropriate for the activity and weather. Leaving the Building: Once a student arrives at school it is 3. Clothing that covers the midriff and chest. expected that he/she will attend all scheduled classes. 4. Clothing that covers undergarments. Students are not to leave unless a parent/guardian has made contact with the school. If a student needs to leave the building for a scheduled appointment, they should notify the Specifics of the policy: office before leaving and again once they return to the building. If a student leaves without permission they cannot •Undergarments must be hidden from public view return to school for the remainder of the day. •Cover your chest and midriff. •Chains, spike studs, and/or other like apparel present safety ATTENDANCE concerns for the school and are inappropriate for school. ALC staff will attempt to notify parents or guardians by phone •Hats and misc. headgear, sunglasses, etc. are not allowed when their child is absent from school. Parents are to be worn in the building during school hours except with encouraged to check their child’s attendance by calling the the approval of administration. Staff may confiscate headgear ALC. Parents or guardians, who wish to have weekly as needed. attendance reports sent to them, should call the office •Sweatshirts with hoods are allowed, but the hood cannot be (320-214-6692) with this request. covering your head at any time. •Clothing or markings to the body must not include words or When a student is having an attendance problem, a variety of visuals that display violence, are sexually suggestive, profane, approaches may occur: abusive, degrading, or discriminatory. Clothing or markings to 1. Teachers and other staff may simply visit with the body must not display or promote the use of drugs, students to understand their personal situation. alcohol, tobacco, or other activities and products that are 2. The advisement teacher may call the parents. illegal to minors. 3. Staff may check with the office to gather knowledge about why the student has been unable to attend. 4. With repeating attendance problems, staff will Process: discuss these issues for the purpose of developing a plan that may result in positive outcome for the Any employee of ALC who is offended by a student’s dress or student. 5. Any Staff member may call the student and/or apparel may advise the student about proper attire and/or family. report the concern to the Program Coordinator for follow up. All these approaches are for the purpose of supporting the If a student wears an article of clothing that is considered student. questionable, he/she will be asked to change in order to continue the day. A student will be allowed time to return When absences are at the truancy level, the ALC is required home to change or they can have clothing brought to school to report the student for truancy. to change. Shirts are available in the office to use on a temporary basis. If he/she refuses to change, the student will TARDINESS be sent home for the remainder of the school day. This When a student arrives late for class, the teacher records the absence will be considered to be unexcused. Continued student’s absence. Students are required to secure a tardy violations will result in disciplinary action. pass from the office upon arrival at school. If their tardiness is extreme or repeating, they may be asked to meet with the The Program Coordinator has the final say in any program coordinator. The ALC staff wants student to know questionable dress code decision. they are always welcome. BACKPACKS DRESS CODE Backpacks may be used within the school building. However, In order to create a safe, non-threatening climate, the ALC students are expected to use them safely. This safety has developed a dress code. includes bringing only things that are allowed and beneficial to their school program, keeping them as light as possible,
using caution while passing others, and ensuring that they are not a distraction to their educational program. Backpacks and purses must be on the floor by the student desk in the DRUGS AND ALCOHOL classrooms or in individual assigned areas within the The possession or use of drugs or alcohol is a serious violation classroom. of state laws and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. Violators will be reported to the proper authorities and/or GANG-RELATED BEHAVIOR social agencies. Students are prohibited from using or exhibiting gang related Students, who consume, sell, give away, or have possession behaviors and dress at school, on school grounds, or at of drugs or alcohol on school property or at school-sponsored school-sponsored events. Unacceptable gang items and activities will be suspended from school. Before a student behaviors will be handled by the ALCs program coordinator can return to school, a conference consisting of parents, and SRO. student, school personnel, and when appropriate some community resource people will be arranged to determine ● Any apparel, jewelry, accessories, or manner of grooming which by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute (as a the best course of action to be taken. primary purpose) denotes membership in an organized gang as defined by MN statute 260.125., WILL NOT be allowed. BEHAVIORAL ISSUES/ STUDENT REFLECTION TIME ● Graffiti on a person, their clothing, books, notebook, or other personal All behavior issues will be dealt with by program coordinator/ items which denotes affiliation to an organized gang or threat group, WILL NOT be Allowed. administrator and/or SRO. ● Making hand signs which denote affiliation with an organized gang or The key focus of student reflection time is to assist students threat group, WILL NOT be Allowed. in recognizing problematic issues and in learning techniques to control their behavior. If behaviors continue to reoccur or To ensure that there is no confusion or misunderstanding are significant; parents will be contacted to develop a plan to about handshaking that may be gang related, the ALC does assist the student in being successful in school. not allow handshaking of any kind. While this may seem This assistance could include students checking in daily with a rather restrictive related to socially appropriate handshaking, staff member, a personalized contract, or other behavioral the ALC has found that this restriction has been important to support. The regular “check in” would be with an advisement promote safe and respectful interactions. teacher, Counselor, program coordinator, or other assigned adult. RELIGIOUS, RACIAL AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE ARE AGAINST THE LAW. BULLYING PROHIBITION I. PURPOSE A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and attain high academic standards and to promote healthy DISCRIMINATION IS AGAINST THE LAW! human relationships. Bullying, like other violent or disruptive behavior, is conduct that interferes with a student’s ability to Contact: learn and/or a teacher’s ability to educate students in a safe Nick Clasemann or Elizabeth Fischer environment. The school district cannot monitor the activities 611 5th St SW, Willmar, Minnesota 56201, Phone: 214-6008 of students at all times and eliminate all incidents of bullying between students, particularly when students are not under The person responsible for assuring compliance with Section the direct supervision of school personnel. However, to the 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is Andrea Fladeboe. extent such conduct affects the educational environment of the school district and the rights and welfare of its students PRINTED MATERIALS/SOFTWARE and is within the control of the school district in its normal Possession, distribution, or display of slanderous, libelous, operations, the school intends to prevent bullying and to take pornographic, racist or gang-related materials or symbolism is action to investigate, respond to, and to remediate, and not allowed on school property. 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 TOBACCO USE acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, reprisal, retaliation, Student use of tobacco in any form (cigarettes, chew, vap and other similar disruptive and detrimental behavior. pens, etc. ) will not be permitted in any of the school buildings, on the school grounds, or on school buses. Students found in violation of this regulation will be subject Please see the district website for the full Bullying to the discipline policy. Students who are seen smoking Prohibition Policy. either on or off school property will be reported to the RESTORATIVE JUSTICE Willmar police. The student will be issued a ticket and a Restorative justice is a philosophy and practice that penalty assessed by the legal system. acknowledges that when a person does harm, it affects the person(s) they hurt families, the community, and themselves. Using restorative measures, an attempt is made to repair the harm caused by one person to another and to the community
so that order is restored for everyone. The use of restorative ● Damaging computers, iPads, computer systems or measures provides opportunities for students to learn from networks their mistakes, to reconcile and resolve problems with others, ● Harassing, insulting or attacking others and to return to balance after someone has been harmed. ● Use of the network in infringing on the rights of With this type of practice, these professional partners will others team on mentorship, small group advisement, family ● Using obscene language visitation, home visits, educating students on their legal rights ● Violating copyright laws and responsibilities, connecting students with community ● Using another person‘s password opportunities, and helping families approach community ● Installing personal software or customizing the resources as needed. desktop. Unacceptable uses will result in actions consistent with DISCIPLINE POLICY - HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE POLICY existing disciplinary policies and may include any or all of the The Area Learning Center does not tolerate verbal or physical following: conduct by any student or staff member who harasses, 1. Loss of access disrupts or interferes with another’s work performance or 2. Student held responsible for any damage, theft, or which creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile vandalism environment. 3. When applicable, law enforcement may be involved. Students and staff members may report any concerns to an ALC Teacher, the ALC Counselor, the ALC Program AVID Program Coordinator, or Administrator of Alternative Programs. WHAT IS AVID? Further, any person may also report to the school district’s A VID is not just another program… Human Rights Officers, Elizabeth Fischer or Nick Clasemann. at its heart, AVID is a philosophy Any person found in violation of any of the Willmar School Hold students accountable to the highest District’s harassment and violence policies will be subject to standards, disciplinary measures as laid out in school policy. Copies of provide academic and social support, the discipline, harassment and violence, and bullying and they will rise to the challenge. prohibition policies are included with this handbook. The ALC is an AVID School. The intent of the AVID Program is SEARCHING PERSONAL BELONGINGS to create college and career readiness for all students. The When a student is suspected of having some type of illegal three main components of the program are academic items or substances, the school may conduct a search of instruction, tutorial support, and motivational activities. personal items including the student’s backpack, purse, and Students will participate daily in the AVID elective the student. The search will be done by a team and be done class. During the AVID elective class students will focus on to preserve the dignity of the student. In the event that an Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading illegal item or substance is discovered, appropriate (WICOR). Time will also be spent growing organizational and disciplinary action will be taken and this may involve a report leadership skills. Students will be required to use the AVID to the police. binder and Cornell Notes as organizational tools. COUNSELING SERVICES Student Responsibilities Our school is proud to offer guidance and counseling service, to students. These services offer social and emotional, ● Maintain satisfactory citizenship and academic, and career counseling and guidance. The attendance in all classes counselor can assist in referrals to other agencies. Students ● Maintain an AVID three-ring binder (with wishing to see the counselor are encouraged to stop by the calendar/planner, Cornell notes, and counseling office. assignments in all classes) Technology ● Be an active learner, be prepared for all Independent access to computers, iPads, and network classes with all assigned work completed, services are provided to the students who agree to act in a take Cornell notes daily, and be an active considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is participant in all activities. required for minors to access the Internet (Please refer to the ● Use critical thinking, inquiry, and District Internet Policy for further information). Access is a privilege not a right. collaboration with my classmates to create greater understanding Unacceptable uses of the district’s computers, iPads and networks include, but are not limited to: ● Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing This information will help parents/guardians make informed decisions that benefit their children, schools, and communities. Why statewide testing? Minnesota values its educational system and the professionalism of its educators. Minnesota educators created the academic standards which are rigorous and prepare our students for career and college. The statewide assessments are how we as a state measure that curriculum and daily instruction in our schools are being aligned to the academics standards, ensuring all students are being provided an equitable education. Statewide assessment results are just one tool to monitor that we are providing our students with the education that will ensure a strong workforce and knowledgeable citizens. Why does participation matter? A statewide assessment is just one measure of your student’s achievement, but your student’s participation is important to understand how effectively the education at your student’s school is aligned to the academic standards. • In Minnesota’s implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, a student not participating in the statewide assessments will not receive an individual score and for the purpose of school and district accountability calculations, including opportunities for support and recognition, will not be considered “proficient.” • Students who receive a college-ready score on the high school MCA are not required to take a remedial, noncredit course at a Minnesota State college or university in the corresponding subject area, potentially saving the student time and money. • Educators and policy makers use information from assessments to make decisions about resources and support provided. • Parents and the general public use assessment information to compare schools and make decisions about where to purchase a home or to enroll their children. • School performance results that are publicly released and used by families and communities, are negatively impacted if students do not participate in assessments. • English learners not taking ACCESS or Alternate ACCESS for ELLs will not receive a score to meet English learner program exiting criteria. Academic Standards and Assessments What are academic standards? The Minnesota K–12 Academic Standards are the statewide expectations for student academic achievement. They identify the knowledge and skills that all students must achieve in a content area and are organized by grade level. School districts determine how students will meet the standards by developing courses and curriculum aligned to the academic standards. What is the relationship between academic statewide assessments and the academic standards? The statewide assessments in mathematics, reading, and science are used to measure whether students, and their school and district, are meeting the academic standards. Statewide assessments are one measure of how well students are doing on the content that is part of their daily instruction. It is also a measure of how well schools and districts are doing in aligning their curriculum and teaching the standards. Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for English Learners Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) • Based on the WIDA English Language Development • Based on the Minnesota Academic Standards; given Standards. annually in grades 3–8 and high school in reading and • Given annually to English learners in grades K–12 in reading, mathematics; given annually in grades 5, 8, and high school writing, listening, and speaking. for science. • Majority of English learners take ACCESS for ELLs. • Majority of students take the MCA. • Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an option for English learners • MTAS is an option for students with the most significant with the most significant cognitive disabilities. cognitive disabilities.
Why are these assessments effective? Minnesota believes that in order to effectively measure what When do students take the assessments? students are learning, testing needs to be more than Each school sets their testing schedule within the answering multiple choice questions. state testing window. Contact your student’s • To answer questions, students may need to type in school for information on specific testing days. answers, drag and drop images and words, or manipulate a graph or information. • The MCA and MTAS testing window begins in • The Reading and Mathematics MCA are adaptive, which March and ends in May. means the answers a student provides determine the next • The ACCESS and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs questions the student will answer. testing window begins at the end of January • The Science MCA incorporates simulations, which require and ends in March. students to perform experiments in order to answer questions. When do I receive my student’s results? All of these provide students the opportunity to apply critical Each summer, individual student reports are sent thinking needed for success in college and careers and show what they know and can do. to school districts and are provided to families no later than fall conferences. The reports can be Are there limits on local testing? used to see your child’s progress and help guide As stated in Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.301, for future instruction. students in grades 1–6, the cumulative total amount of time spent taking locally adopted districtwide or schoolwide How much time is spent on testing? assessments must not exceed 10 hours per school year. For students in grades 7–12, the cumulative total amount of time Statewide assessments are taken one time each spent taking locally adopted districtwide or schoolwide year; the majority of students test online. On assessments must not exceed 11 hours per school year. These average, the amount of time spent taking limits do not include statewide testing. statewide assessments is less than 1 percent of In an effort to encourage transparency, the statute also instructional time in a school year. The requires a district or charter school, before the first day of assessments are not timed and students can each school year, to publish on its website a comprehensive calendar of standardized tests to be administered in the continue working as long as they need. district or charter school during that school year. The calendar must provide the rationale for administering each assessment Why does it seem like my student is taking and indicate whether the assessment is a local option or more tests? required by state or federal law. The statewide required tests are limited to those What if I choose not to have my student participate? outlined in this document. Many districts make Parents/guardians have a right to not have their student local decisions to administer additional tests that participate in state-required standardized assessments. the state does not require. Contact your district Minnesota Statutes require the department to provide for more information. information about statewide assessments to parents/ guardians and include a form to complete if they refuse to have their student participate. This form follows on the next page and includes an area to note the reason for the refusal Where do I get more information? to participate. Your student’s district may require additional information. Students and families can find out more on our Statewide Testing page (education.mn.gov > A school or district may have additional consequences beyond those mentioned in this document for a student not Students and Families > Programs and Initiatives participating in the state-required standardized assessments. > Statewide Testing). There may also be consequences for not participating in assessments selected and administered at the local level. Please contact your school for more information regarding local decisions.
Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.31, subdivision 4a, requires the commissioner to create and publish a form for parents and guardians to complete if they refuse to have their student participate in state-required standardized assessments. Your student’s district may require additional information. School districts must post this three-page form on the district website and include it in district student handbooks. Parent/Guardian Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Assessments To opt out of statewide assessments, the parent/guardian must complete this form and return it to the student’s school. To best support school district planning, please submit this form to the student’s school no later than January 15 of the academic school year. For students who enroll after a statewide testing window begins, please submit the form within two weeks of enrollment. A new refusal form is required each year parents/guardians wish to opt the student out of statewide assessments. Date (This form is only applicable for the 20 to 20 school year.) Student’s Legal First Name Student’s Legal Middle Initial Student’s Legal Last Name Student’s Date of Birth Student’s District/School Grade Please initial to indicate you have received and reviewed information about statewide testing. I received information on statewide assessments and choose to opt my student out. MDE provides the Parent/Guardian Guide and Refusal for Student Participation in Statewide Testing on the MDE website (education.mn.gov > Students and Families > Programs and Initiatives > Statewide Testing). Reason for refusal: Please indicate the statewide assessment(s) you are opting the student out of this school year: MCA/MTAS Reading MCA/MTAS Science MCA/MTAS Mathematics ACCESS/Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Contact your school or district for the form to opt out of local assessments. I understand that by signing this form, my school and I may lose valuable information about how well my student is progressing academically. As a result, my student will not receive an individual score. Refusing to participate in statewide assessments may impact the school, district, and state’s efforts to equitably distribute resources and support student learning; for the purpose of school and district accountability calculations, my student will not be considered “proficient.” If my student is in high school, I understand that by signing this form my student will not have an MCA score that could potentially save time and money by not having to take remedial, non-credit courses at a Minnesota State college or university. Parent/Guardian Name (print) Parent/Guardian Signature To be completed by school or district staff only. Student ID or MARSS Number Posted May 2019
2020-2021 - COVID-19 This portion of the handbook is intended to address specific components of the school during the COVID-19 Pandemic. All points listed below, for the unforeseen future, will override the “normal” school expectations as listed above. Please know that this is an uncertain time, so changes will occur as the school year progresses. Attendance ALL students will be expected to engage in their education EVERY day whether on-site, hybrid or in a distance learning model. A daily checkpoint will need to be completed whether on-site or off-site. Those learning in the Distance Learning 2.0 model will need to be engaged in each class for a minimum of 15 minutes a class. If you are ill, you must still call into 320-214-6692, whether you are an on-site or a Distance Learning 2.0 student. Cellphones Cell Phones will be expected to remain in backpacks during class time. As usual, cell phone use will not be allowed during class time, unless instruction from staff allows. Pocket charts will not be utilized to every extent possible in an effort to slow the spread of germs. Headphones Students will be allowed to use headphones during class when virtually meeting with their teachers. If students do not have headphones, a pair will be provided. Communication/Partnership Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be a crucial partner as we navigate this year. Policy 808 - Face Covering ALL students MUST wear masks while on campus at ALL times, except when consuming food or drink, and outside when social-distancing can occur. Masks must be in compliance with dress code policy as noted above. A copy of this policy can be retrieved at the ALC office and/or the Willmar Public Schools website. (Home Page >>Our District>>Policies) There will be NO outside visitors allowed on-site. No outside lunch can be brought into the building! Technology in Instruction Schoology will be utilized in all three models to support smooth transitions as needed during the school year. Day-to-Day Operations Students on-site will remain in their advisement classroom for the duration of the school day while their teachers rotate from classroom-to-classroom. Breakfast and Lunch will be served in advisement classrooms every day. Students who do not qualify for free/reduced lunch will be charged the regular meal rate. Breakfast will be free to everyone for the 2020-2021 school year. Cleaning and Disinfecting Measures Increased cleaning and disinfecting precautions will be taken every day to ensure staff and students are safe. Health Screeners Health checks will be completed each day through QUALTRICS before students arrive at school. This will be critical in ensuring everyone is safe to be in the physical school building. More directions to come.
For ALC specific plans, please go to the Willmar Public School website and look under the 2020-2021 School Year and click on the Alternative Sites Return to School Learning Plan. Materials refers to all conversations, images and educational content visible and audible, in person or online, during the school day at Willmar Area Learning Center. Willmar Area Learning Center Hybrid and Distance Learning materials are for educational purposes only. By accessing this material, students and parents agree not to share any of the material in any format with anyone not enrolled in the class, other than family members or other adults assisting students with distance learning. Distribution of these materials to anyone other than those enrolled in the class, family members, or other adults assisting with the work in any format (including but not limited to: in person, email, social media, other online formats) is strictly prohibited. Violation of this policy could result in suspension of a student’s ability to continue receiving video materials, and alternate distance learning arrangements will be made, or in discipline from the District. Materials (Content, conversations and images) of school in the hybrid and distance learning format are an extension of onsite learning at Willmar Area Learning Center. All data privacy, bullying and discipline policies apply to all setting
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