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Data Privacy
STEP Academy recognizes its responsibility in regards to the collection, maintenance and dissemination of pupil records and the protection of the privacy rights of students as provided in federal law and state statute. A complete copy of STEP Academy District Policy, “Maintenance and Release of Pupil Records” is available upon request in the Executive Director’s office.

Harassment, Intimidation, Violence and Hazing
It is the policy of STEP Academy to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence. It is the policy of STEP Academy to maintain a learning environment that is free from hazing. It is the policy of STEP Academy to maintain a learning environment that is free from bullying and intimidation in all forms, including, but not limited to forms involving electronic devices and Internet use.

Student Sex Nondiscrimination
Students are protected from discrimination on the basis of sex pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. STEP Academy provides equal educational opportunity for all students, and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex. No student will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity operated by the school district on the basis of sex. It is the responsibility of every employee to comply with this policy.

Any student, parent or guardian having questions regarding the application of Title IX and its regulations and/or this policy should discuss them with the school’s Title IX coordinator.

Fire and Tornado Drills
Fire and tornado drills are held regularly during the school year. Procedures for these drills will be reviewed with students so they are aware of what action is necessary.

School Closing
(Before School) If school needs to be closed due to weather, we will make every attempt to notify families as soon as possible, before 6:00 am, whenever possible. We will notify you through an automated phone call. Please make sure that the office has your current phone numbers. The following television and radio stations will also broadcast closing information on STEP Academy:

  • TV (WCCO – Channel 4)
  • RADIO (WCCO – AM 830)

(During School) When serious weather strikes or other emergencies arise requiring the school to be closed early, announcements will be broadcast using the methods listed above. It is crucial that your child know where to go if this situation arises so we are not sending him/her to a locked or empty house. Please go over a safety plan with your child in the event that this occurs.