Wayzata Public Schools


Please note that policies are under continual review, and as such, the policies on the website may not always reflect very recent changes. For further information, contact Ashley Winter, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education, at 763-745-5002 or Ashley.Winter@wayzataschools.org. School Board approved policies and administrative regulations are organized into the following sections:

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It is a primary principle of this nation that the public welfare demands an educated and informed citizenry. The power to provide for public education is a state function vested in the state legislature and delegated to local school districts. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the legal status of the school district.

The purpose of this policy is to provide direction and guidance for the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, face coverings are most effective when they are worn by all individuals in public settings when around others outside of their households because many people infected with COVID-19 do not show symptoms. The District is committed to following the most current and medically informed guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC regarding face coverings and all regulations are subject to change based on public health guidance.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the legal status of the School Board as the authority to provide for the public education of youth in Independent School District 284, within the provisions of Minnesota State and federal laws.

The purpose of this policy is to assist the individual school board member in understanding his or her role as part of a school board and in recognizing the contribution that each member must make to develop an effective and responsible school board.

The purpose of this policy is to observe state statutes regarding conflicts of interest and to engage in school district business activities in a fashion designed to avoid any conflict of interest or the appearance of impropriety.

The purpose of this policy is to delineate the responsibilities entrusted to the School Board officers for the care, management, and control of the public schools of the school district.

The purpose of this policy is to provide for the structure and operation of committees and subcommittees of the School Board, and guidance for School Board members appointed to other councils, committees, and local/state/national organizations.

The purpose of these regulations is to provide guidelines to assure the rights of the public to be present at school board meetings, while also protecting the individual’s rights to privacy under law, and to close meetings when the public interest so requires as recognized by law.

The school board embraces the philosophy of openness in the conduct of its business, in the belief that openness produces better programs, more efficiency in administration of programs, and an organization more responsive to public interest and less susceptible to private interest. The school board shall conduct its business under a presumption of openness. At the same time, the school board recognizes and respects the privacy rights of individuals as provided by law. The school board also recognizes that there are certain exceptions to the Minnesota Open Meeting Law as recognized in statute where it has been determined that, in limited circumstances, the public interest is best served by closing a meeting of the school board.

The purpose of this policy is to clarify the process for filling an open spot on the School Board should a temporary or permanent vacancy occur.

The school board recognizes the importance of obtaining public input on matters properly before the school board. The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures to efficiently receive public input.

This policy establishes the requirement of the School Board that school administrators adhere to the standards of ethics and professional conduct in this policy and Minnesota law (MN Statute 3512.5200).

The purpose of this policy is to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment and violence on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national original, sex, gender, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or disability. All forms of harassment and violence on the basis of the aforementioned are strictly prohibited.

The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe and healthful environment for employees and students by prohibiting the use of alcohol, toxic substances, medical cannabis, and controlled substances without a physician’s prescription.

The School Board recognizes that chemical use and abuse constitutes a threat to the physical and mental well-being of students and employees and significantly impedes the learning process. Chemical use and abuse also creates significant problems for society in general. The School Board believes that the public school has a role in education, intervention, and prevention of chemical use and abuse. The purpose of this policy is to assist the School District in its goal to prevent chemical use and abuse by providing procedures for education and intervention.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to school district employees and families regarding tutoring for pay.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to the Superintendent regarding employment or promotion recommendations.

The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe and healthful environment in the School District in order to promote the physical, social, and psychological well-being of it students. To that end, the School District will seek a criminal background check for applicants who receive an offer of employment with the School District and on all individuals, except enrolled student volunteers, who are offered the opportunity to provide athletic coaching services or other extracurricular academic coaching services to the School District, regardless of whether any compensation is paid, or such other background checks as provided by this policy. The School District may elect to do background checks of other volunteers, independent contractors, and student employees in the School District.

Public concern that students and staff of the School District be able to attend schools of the District without becoming infected with serious communicable or infectious diseases including, but not limited to, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Hepatitis B, and Tuberculosis, requires that the School Board adopt measures effectively responding to health concerns while respecting the rights of all students, employees, and contractors, including those who are so infected. The purpose of this policy is to adopt such measures.

The purpose of this policy is to provide for family and medical leave to school district employees in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), and will be consistent with the requirements for parenting leave under Minnesota state law.

The purpose of this policy is to affirm that the school district is committed to an educational environment in which all students are treated with respect and dignity. Every school district employee is to provide students with appropriate guidance, understanding, and direction while maintaining a standard of professionalism and acting within accepted standards of conduct.

The purpose of this policy is to protect disabled students from discrimination on the basis of disability and to identify and evaluate learners who, within the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), need services, accommodations, or programs in order that such learners may receive a free appropriate public education.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students are aware of and comply with the school district’s expectations for student conduct.

This policy applies to all school buildings, school grounds, and school property or property immediately adjacent to school grounds; school-sponsored activities or trips; school bus stops; school buses, school vehicles, school contracted vehicles, or any other vehicles approved for school district purposes; the area of entrance or departure from school premises or events; and all school-related functions, school- sponsored activities, events, or trips. School district property also may mean a student’s walking route to or from school for purposes of attending school or school-related functions, activities, or events. While prohibiting unacceptable behavior subject to disciplinary action at these locations and events, the school district does not represent that it will provide supervision or assume liability at these locations and events.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage regular school attendance, and to set forth the attendance expectations of Minnesota statute.​​​​​​​

Regular attendance is consistent with the provisions of the compulsory school attendance law. It is expected that students and their parents will abide by the provisions of that law. Parents/guardians are to notify the school on or before the day of absence.

Children, who have not reached age 5 by September 1 but have completed a Minnesota public kindergarten program, a Minnesota Accredited private kindergarten program, or a kindergarten program outside of Minnesota, will be enrolled in Wayzata Public School’s kindergarten program for the upcoming school year. Parents may apply for Early Entrance Evaluation to determine if their child meets the eligibility criteria for early entrance to 1st grade.

The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals and community standards.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the responsibility of Independent School District 284 regarding the collection, maintenance, and dissemination of student records.

The purpose of this policy is 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, and to establish a procedure for notifying staff regarding the placement of students with a history of violent behavior.

The purpose of this policy is 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 school district and are prohibited at all times.

The purpose of this policy is to implement the Equal Access Act by granting equal access to student groups who wish to meet for religious, political, or philosophical purposes, if the school allows other types of non-curriculum-related student groups to meet.

The purpose of this policy is to assure a safe school environment for students, staff and the public.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the health and safety of all students by requiring that all students receive proper immunizations as mandated by law.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to school district staff and parents or guardians when confronted with requests to withhold emergency care of a student in the event of a life threatening situation at school or school activities or when presented with Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Intubate (DNR-DNI) orders.

Certain policies contained in this policy collection are applicable to students as well as employees. In order to avoid undue duplication, the School District provides notice by this section of the application and incorporation by reference of the policies which also apply to students.

Although it is preferred that medications are given outside the regular school hours, the school district acknowledges that some students may require prescribed and over the counter medication during the school day and on school sponsored field trips. The school district’s licensed school nurse or designee will administer prescribed medications in accordance with law, school board policy and recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the provisions that must be followed when administering medication to students at school.

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. The school 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 school district and the rights and welfare of its students and is within the control of the school district in its normal operations, the school 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 school district in its goal of preventing and responding to acts of bullying, intimidation, violence, reprisal, retaliation, and other similar disruptive and detrimental behavior.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

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

The purpose of this policy is to establish broad parameters for the grading and assessment expectations of the school district, which encompass Minnesota State and federal laws, and are aligned with the district’s strategic road map.

A student must have earned 60 credits in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 with a distribution of coursework that meets the standards established by the Wayzata Public Schools' School Board and which meets Minnesota state standards.

The purpose of this policy is to establish broad parameters for curriculum and instructional goals of the school district, which encompass the Minnesota Graduation Standards and federal law, and are aligned with creating the world’s best workforce.

Teaching about religion must be clearly distinguished from teaching religion, which amounts to religious indoctrination and practice and is clearly prohibited in public schools. Religion may be presented as part of a secular educational program, with the goal of teaching students about the role of religion in the historical, cultural, economic, and social development of the United States and other nations.

The superintendent will direct the executive director of teaching and learning to convene a committee meeting(s) that includes the appropriate parties to establish academic calendars. The executive director determines the degree to which parental, student, and staff inputs will guide the development of the school calendar. The executive director shall present the recommended calendar to the Strategy Leadership Team and the superintendent. The superintendent will then bring the recommendation to the School Board for formal approval and action. Such school board action for any given school shall occur approximately fourteen (14) months prior to the first day of school for that academic year. To meet this timeline, the recommended action will occur at the regular July school board meeting.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines on setting a school calendar consistent with existing statutes and Minnesota Department of Education directives.

The purpose of this policy is to describe the appropriate maintenance of and use of commercial media by school district staff and teachers.

The following regulations shall cover any student travel that results from district/school promotion of the activity through the following:

  • distribution of information and/or materials;
  • coordination of arrangements by district/school personnel;
  • receipt of participation fees;
  • collection of permission slips, and/or
  • arrangements for chaperones.

These regulations are to be followed regardless of whether the student travel activity is sponsored by a community group, state or local association, and/or business organization.

The purpose of this policy is to recognize and govern online learning options of students enrolled in the school district for purposes of compulsory attendance and to address enrollment of students with an online learning provider for supplemental or full-time online learning.

The recruitment and screening of community members will be coordinated by the district’s Community Education Services Department. The goal of this process is to address the needs and desires of the district and increase the effectiveness of using volunteers to further the district’s educational and curriculum goals. Community Education will work with principals and program directors/coordinators to identify school program needs and opportunities for the use of volunteers.

Background checks will be required for volunteers prior to the start date for volunteering If there is a break in volunteer service where a volunteer leaves his/her volunteer job for a period of time and returns again to volunteer, another background check must be completed.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the school board’s support for a well-rounded, professionally directed, and supervised interscholastic athletics program at all skill levels.

The purpose of this policy is to identify the position and philosophy of the school district related to student activities and organizations.

The purpose of this policy is to establish a system of accountability which reports on the implementation of the Minnesota and Federal Education law and the academic achievement for all students.

The purpose of this policy is to recognize student achievement which occurs in post-secondary institutions and other advanced enrichment programs.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the responsibilities of employees with respect to the use of copyrighted material.

Employees and students of the Wayzata School District are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner consistent with the spirit and intent of the District Copyright Policy.

The purpose of this policy is to give direction when alternative instruction for a unit or lesson is requested by a student, parent, or guardian.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines in accordance with state law for parents who wish to have their children receive education in a home school that is an alternative to an accredited public or private school.

Conditions and Regulations for Homeschooling:

  1. Conditions
  2. Immunizations
  3. Textbooks, Instructional Material, Standard Tests
  4. Pupil Support Services
  5. Extracurricular Activities
  6. Shared Time

The purpose of this policy is to set forth policies and guidelines for access to the school district’s technologies, use of personal and district-owned devices within the district, use of the district’s network and the acceptable and safe use of the Internet, including electronic communications.

The purpose of this policy is to provide criteria and rationale for the school district’s Community Education Youth Enrichment Program to recognize designated student activities and approve eligibility to award lettering through the use of a non-school sponsored independent provider and school-sponsored Community Education teams/clubs.

A non-school sponsored independent provider is an individual, group, or organization that provides an opportunity for district students to participate in a community or local area extracurricular program that is not offered and/or sponsored currently by the district.

The purpose of this policy is to provide for an annual audit of the books and records of the school district in order to comply with law, to provide a permanent record of the financial position of the school district, and to provide guidance to the school district to correct any errors and discrepancies in its practices.

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the investment of school district funds.

The Board recognizes that the maintenance of a fund balance is essential to the preservation of the financial integrity of the district and is fiscally advantageous for both the district and the taxpayer. Unassigned fund balance is an important measure of economic stability and thus, it is essential that the district maintain adequate levels of unassigned fund balance to mitigate financial risk that can occur from unforeseen revenue fluctuations, unanticipated expenditures, and similar circumstances. The fund balance also provides cash flow liquidity for the school district's general operations. This policy establishes goals and provides guidance concerning the desired level of year-end fund balance to be maintained by the district.

To implement Policy 706 and protect the District's fiscal integrity against revenue and expenditure fluctuations, the Administration has set objectives for the maintenance of an operating fund reserve.

The School Board supports the concept of an independently governed school foundation to augment financial resources for educational opportunities. Furthermore, the Board recognizes that the presence of a foundation enhances community contributions to our school district.

  1. Charitable and educational purposes consistent with organizations qualifying for exemption under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1943 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
  2. To provide assistance to Minnesota Independent School District 284 to enhance its educational efforts.

The purpose of this policy is to establish a school bus audio/video recording system. Video cameras may be placed on school buses under this policy.

The transportation of students to and from school is an important function of the school district, and transportation by the school district is a privilege and not a right for an eligible student. The behavior of students and employees on the bus is a significant factor in the safety and efficiency of school bus transportation. Student and employee misbehavior increases the potential risks of injury. Therefore, the school district believes that audio/video recording student passengers and employees on the school bus will encourage good behavior and, as a result, promote safety.

The purpose of purchasing is to support the education program of the district by providing necessary supplies, equipment and services. District purchases must be made in accordance with state and federal laws for public purpose that benefits the public and is directly related to the school district’s mission to educate students.

The purpose of this policy is to identify school district business expenses that involve initial payment by an employee and qualify for reimbursement from the school district, and to specify the manner by which the employee seeks reimbursement.

Minnesota law allows the District to contribute to the Minnesota Deferred Compensation Plan or a tax sheltered annuity under the IRS Code if provided for in a personnel policy or collective bargaining agreement.

The purpose of this policy is to provide safe, efficient, and economical transportation for students and to educate students on safety issues and the responsibilities of school bus ridership.

The School Board (the “Board”) of Independent School District No. 284, Wayzata, Minnesota (the “district”) has chosen, by policy, to take steps to help ensure that all obligations will be in compliance with all applicable federal regulations. This policy may be amended, as necessary, in the future.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the procedure for an employee or other individual to inspect or obtain data about that individual or that individual’s minor child maintained by the school district and to comply with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA), Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the procedure regarding a public request to inspect or obtain public data and to comply with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA), Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13.

To inspect data or request copies of public data in the school district’s possession, a requestor should make a written request and submit this request to the appropriate data practices official or designee described below. The school district reserves the right to accept verbal requests for data or reduce verbal requests to writing, at its sole discretion.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the process used when an accident and/or injury occurs on district property, and to record any first aid provided to students, employees, and members of the public.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the expectation that the district will develop a suitable crisis management plan for the district and individual schools/sites.

Pursuant to Board policy, the School District shall develop a Crisis Management Plan to respond to crisis situations. The Superintendent directs the following:

  1. Crisis Definition
  2. District Crisis Committee
  3. District Crisis Response Team
  4. Building Crisis Response Team
  5. Review

The purpose of this policy is to set expectations for administrative guidelines and procedures for early school closings in the event of extreme weather or other emergency conditions.

Guidelines for School Closures related to Policy 804 which sets expectations for administrative guidelines and procedures for early school closings in the event of extreme weather or other emergency conditions.

The purpose of this policy is to assist the school district in promoting health and safety, reducing injuries, and complying with federal, state, and local health and safety laws and regulations.

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the School Board expectation that energy management and resource conservation is important to the district, and the administration and Superintendent should foster awareness and conservation throughout the district.

To ensure that every employee and student participates in the energy management conservation program as an “energy saver,” a curriculum will be developed, training conducted, and informational materials provided.

Accurate records of energy consumption and costs will be maintained. The principal and the director of buildings and grounds will be accountable for the energy management of each school. The director of buildings and grounds shall require energy audits and outline conservation program goals. Judicious use of the various energy systems of each school will be the joint responsibility of the principal, director of buildings and grounds and head custodian to ensure that an efficient energy posture is maintained on a daily basis.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for community use of school facilities and equipment, in conjunction with School Board Policy 920: Use of School District Facilities and Equipment. This policy provides the authorization for staff to enact the regulations within Policy 920.

The purpose of this policy is to establish the expectation that the implementation of a strategic communications and public relations program is essential to develop and maintain positive and effective school/home/community relationships.

The School Board intends that the Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a strategic communication and public relations program, which has as its objectives:

  1. Maintain an effective two-way communication system between the District and its internal and external stakeholders.
  2. Maintain a Communications Office to direct the District’s overall strategic communications and public relations program.
  3. Use of a variety of print and electronic vehicles to implement the District’s communications and public relations program.
  4. Develop and maintain open and cooperative working relationships with the news media.
  5. Conduct periodic evaluation of district communication practices and programs in accordance with School Board and administrative objectives.

This policy establishes the expectation of the administration, superintendent, and School Board to incorporate stakeholder engagement in decision-making processes, and to delegate authority to stakeholders where appropriate.

Any gifts presented to the District must be accompanied by a letter from the donor for official action and recognition by the School Board. All gifts will be reviewed by the Superintendent prior to being approved by the Board.

The purpose of this policy is to help ensure successful fundraising activities within District schools.

During designated hours, visitors to a school building must register at the main office or designated site by providing: (1) name, (2) government issued identification, (3) name of person visiting or reason for visit, and (4) other information deemed appropriate by the building principal. While in the school building, a visitor must wear a visitor pass provided at registration.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines regarding visitors in the District schools and other buildings.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the advertising or promoting of products and services to students and parents in the schools. The school district’s policy is that the name, facilities, staff, students, or any part of the school district shall not be used for advertising or promoting the interests of a commercial or non-profit agency or organization except as set forth below.

The purpose of this policy is to provide procedures for handling complaints when a specific complaint procedure is not applicable within other district policies.

The purpose of this policy is to convey to the general public and employees the important role of the Community Education program and to authorize the program within the district.