High school stadium lights
Rumor: The high schools waste lots of money and
energy by leaving their stadium lights on all night long. (from October 2009)
The facts: High schools do not regularly leave on stadium lights overnight, but
during homecoming week some turn on a few
lights at night in order to discourage vandalism. In the past, damage to fields
and stadiums has cost thousands of dollars in emergency repairs and overtime to
restore the field for the homecoming game. The short-term expense to power a
few lights for several hours outweighs the cost of damage to the field and
High school schedule and credit changes
Rumor: Now that the elementary schools have implemented the
trimester concept, it is a foregone conclusion high schools also be on
a trimester schedule.
(from April 2009)
The facts: All Anoka-Hennepin elementary schools began operating
on a trimester schedule this fall. The change was recommended by the
Elementary Task Force as a way of addressing teacher workload concerns.
In addition, this change will provide consistency throughout the
district's schools. (For a number of years, some elementary schools
were organized on a four-quarter schedule and others on a trimester
schedule.) In all elementary schools, student report cards will be
issued once each trimester and parent-teacher conferences will
generally be scheduled near the middle of the trimester, though
conference dates vary from school to school. The grades 1-12 school
calendar will not change to reflect the new elementary schedule. The
end-of-quarter staff planning days will remain on the calendar.
The elementary schedule change and the High School Credit/Schedule
Committee research/data gathering are not connected or dependent on
each other in any way. The Board-created Elementary and Secondary
Taskforces have never met together and their work is not connected in
regard to schedule/requirements.
The High School Credit/Schedule Committee process and
research/information gathering stage is currently taking place and will
be ongoing. The committee's goal is to review the data that has been
collected and then make recommendations to the Secondary Taskforce. The
Secondary Taskforce will then determine which proposed schedules will
be sent to the High School Credit/Schedule Committee taskforces. The
School Board will act on these
proposals within the timeline already published and agreed upon by the
Board. Click here
for committee timeline.
Rumor: The district has already decided that the current four-period day
schedule in the high schools will be eliminated.
(from April 2009)
The facts: This is not true. The High School Schedule and Credit Committee, the
Secondary Task Force and the School Board are now studying the possibility
of changing the high school schedule beginning in 2010-11. They have
considered a number of potential schedules. At this time, the Task Force and
School Board have selected three schedules for further consideration. The
current four-period day is one of the three selected for further study.
Champlin Park High School drug and gun searches
I have heard rumors that Champlin Park High School had multiple drug
busts last week and that guns were found in students' cars.
(from April 2007)
The facts: Champlin Park High School conducted a
pre-scheduled search activity in the school's parking lot during the
morning of Apr. 19, 2007. The search was conducted by Brooklyn Park
police officers with trained police dogs. Champlin Park administration
and parking lot supervisors assisted in the search.
The dogs are trained to detect chemicals in enclosed areas. The
purpose of this search activity, which is commonly conducted at high
schools throughout the United States, is to identify students who are
in possession of chemicals on school property. It also increases
awareness among students and the community that possession and use of
alcohol and illegal chemicals is not tolerated.
When searches of this type find illegal chemicals or weapons,
students are disciplined according to the guidelines of the district
Student Discipline Policy.
All Anoka-Hennepin high schools work hard to maintain a safe school
environment that is free of alcohol and illegal chemicals, to provide
awareness and prevention to help students avoid using alcohol and
chemicals, and to provide support and assistance to students who are
The police and their dogs successfully identified vehicles in the
parking lot which contained chemicals, such as marijuana and alcohol.
No guns were found. School administration said that the search activity
was organized and smoothly facilitated with minimal disruption to the
Champlin Park High School illness
I heard that there were over 200 students ill at Champlin Park High
School on Friday, Nov. 3rd, 2006. Was this food poisoning? I also heard
that the Department of Health was called because of the large number
right away in the morning. What caused this illness? (from November 2006)
The facts: A number of Champlin Park High School students were
absent or got sick at school Friday with a stomach illness. By the end
of the day Friday, a total of 234 students either stayed home or went
home ill. This represents an 7.1 percent absence rate, which is
significantly higher than the average rate of three to five percent. It
is still unknown how many of those illnesses were actually related to a
possible stomach virus.
At this point there is no reason to believe the illness was the
result of food poisoning related to food served in the school
cafeteria. "With the majority of more than 3,000 students eating food
prepared in the cafeteria, you would expect a much higher rate of
illness if the cause was cafeteria food," said Cindy Hiltz, lead school
nurse for the district. Some students who became ill did not eat school
lunch and it is not known if all students absent Friday had the same
type of illness. Hiltz said an illness rate of 10 percent is generally
needed to trigger an in depth investigation into the cause of an
illness. She reported the illnesses to the Minnesota Department of
Health inspectors from the City of Brooklyn Park inspected the
school kitchen Friday afternoon. Following the inspection, Jason Newby,
environmental health specialist for Hennepin County, said the school
facilities and the procedures followed by cafeteria staff were
"excellent and unlikely to be the cause of the illness," according to
Allison Bradford, Director of Child Nutrition for the district.
According to Newby, the Hennepin County epidemiologist has not yet
ordered a complete investigation because the number of cases thus far
has not reached the 10 percent threshold. If the number of cases
climbs, there may be a full investigation.
Champlin Park High School uniform policy
My son heard a rumor that Champlin Park High School was interested in
initiating school uniforms for the school. Are there any plans within
the next four years to put a uniform policy in place?
(from June 2006)
The facts: Champlin Park High School is not looking into having uniforms next year or for any years to come
High school prom events
Rumor: I heard that some high schools help students make arrangements for hotel rooms for prom night.
(from May 2006)
Rumor: I heard that some high school students have alcohol at prom.
(from May 2006)
The facts: Anoka-Hennepin high schools do not assist students in making hotel arrangements for prom night and alcohol is not allowed at prom events. School officials make sure that students have a fun and safe experience at prom by doing the following:
Some schools go over event rules with students before prom.
Alcohol wands and breathalyzers are on site, if needed.
Some schools provide meals at the event location.
Administrators, teachers, parents and police officers are present at the event.
Some schools do not allow students into the event after a set time and do not allow students to re-enter after they leave.
Exits are monitored by staff.
Some schools interview the dates of students who are older than 21 or have a non-student sign a contract.