Citywide Discipline Policy

The goals of school discipline are (1) to teach students to behave in ways that contribute to academic achievement and school success and (2) to support a school environment where students and staff are responsible and respectful. All staff, students, family members, and community members in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) share rights and responsibilities to assure that all members of the school community are safe, able to learn, and treated with respect, dignity, and kindness.


Students are expected to:

  • Come to school every day, on time, and ready to learn;
  • Dress in an appropriate manner;
  • Take responsibility for their own behavior;
  • Work to achieve at high levels;
  • Follow school and classroom rules;
  • Treat themselves and others with respect;
  • Help others understand their culture and learn about the culture of others;
  • Comply with reasonable requests from school staff;
  • Do assigned homework; and
  • Talk to their families about what is happening in school.

Certain behaviors will result in suspension and may result in a recommendation for expulsion, including:

  • Possession of a weapon, including guns, knives, clubs, metal knuckles,    numchucks, throwing stars, explosives, stun guns, ammunition, and mace*;
  • Assault: a direct attack (physical or sexual) on another person;
  • Fighting: aggressive behavior by two or more individuals;Possession or sale of alcohol or other drugs; and
  • Bomb or terrorist threats.

Other behaviors may result in suspension or other consequences, including:

  • Threats or physical aggression;
  • Defiance or verbal abuse/disrespect;
  • Harassment;
  • Possession of tobacco;
  • Property offenses, including vandalism, theft, possession of stolen property, and unauthorized use of school equipment;
  • Trespassing; and
  • False fire alarms.

In addition, students may not carry electronic communication devices, such as cell phones or pagers, at school. See Middle Grades Policies for consequences for carrying electronic devices.

All school rules and expectations apply anywhere on school grounds, on the school bus, and at any organized activity sponsored by the school.

To receive additional information about the Citywide Discipline Policy, please contact your student’s teacher or school office.

* A student who finds a weapon should report it to a staff person or other adult as soon as possible.

Mpls Public Schools Policies can be found here.

City wide Dicipline can be found under 5200

Bullying and Hazing under 5201