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“Accredit Memo”News from MNSAA

Check out our monthly newsletter: May 2019 Accredit Memo.

2019 MNSAA Conference – SAVE the DATE!

We are delighted to announce that our 2019 Annual Conference will be held on Monday, November 4, 2019 at All Saints School in Lakeville. Dr. Jules Nolan from Phoenix School Counseling will be our keynote and lead the day. Speaker proposals are now being accepted. Our exposition is also beginning to fill up! We are busy making plans for an exceptional day! Hope to see you again this year.

Annual Progress Reports – Due June 15!

Email pdfs to smueller@mnsaa.org

NEW in 2019! Look for these changes:

  1. All narrative reports are in one template for uploading (or emailing directly)
  2. File your State-of-the-School report to stakeholders as evidence that the strategic plan is known. This report needs to include at a minimum: Summary of SSP Progress & Upcoming Improvement Initiatives.
  3. Finally, we will seek to learn about teacher evaluation. Specifically, plan to answer these questions:
    • Provide a written description of the evaluation process for school teachers;
    • Check box if all teachers have a written evaluation in their personnel files for the 2018-19 academic year; and
    • Advise in a narrative what you have learned from this process that will inform future decisions

Download the 2019 Annual Progress Report Template and Instructions here. These were emailed directly to school principals earlier this month.

2019-20 Annual Dues & Fees Announcement 

Our accreditation services are provided at an affordable cost to every Minnesota nonpublic school who desires local and ongoing over site. Look for a slight increase in Annual Dues & Fees for the upcoming school year. Plan now for payment after July 1, 2019.

  • Schools with 1-100 students: $310 per school
  • Schools with 101-550 students: $3.10 per students
  • Schools 551 students or more: $1665 per school

Optional preschool accreditation, late fees, and renewal (or new) application fees apply.

Check here for the full 2019-20 Dues & Fees Structure

Standard #3.06 – Legal, Health and Safety Requirements

Harassment & Bullying Policies and Procedures*

While nonpublic schools are identified in statute as exempt from this requirement, MNSAA deems that schools with such guiding operational policies and practices create safer environments for learners and staff. Because of this belief, MNSAA requires bullying and harassment policies and procedures be clearly articulated and implemented. (*MN Statute MN Statute 121A.03 – Prohibiting Intimidation and Bullying)

Harassment Policy: A school must adopt a written harassment and violence policies. The policy shall apply to students, teachers, administrators, and other school personnel. The policy shall include reporting procedures, and set forth disciplinary actions that will be taken for violations. It needs to be given to each employee and included in school policy handbooks. Each school is also required to develop a process for discussing the school’s harassment and violence policy with students and school employees.

“Bullying” means intimidating, threatening, abusive, or harming conduct that is objectively offensive. In such instances, there is an actual or perceived imbalance of power between the person engaging in prohibited conduct and the target of the behavior; the harassing conduct is repeated or forms a pattern. Bullying behavior is such that it materially and substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services, or privileges. “Cyberbullying” is included and is defined as bullying using technology or other electronic communication, including but not limited to a post on a social network, internet or website, transmitted through a computer, cell phone, or other electronic device.

Check out samples for your school to adopt your own policy!

Dual Accreditation – Options to Partner with AdvancED or Middle States Association

MNSAA is excited to announce optional dual accreditation opportunities for our member schools. This is an outcome of significant analysis and study by the MNSAA Board of Directors and input from member schools (especially high schools). Partnerships have been formed with Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) and Advanced Education, Inc. (AdvancEd). Recognizing the unique circumstances of each member school, we encourage you to learn more about these opportunities at the 2018 MNSAA Conference on November 2 at Our Lady of Grace School.

Contact Director Mueller for more information.

Preschool Accreditation – Option for Accredited Schools

MNSAA is pleased and excited to announce that we are again offering optional preschool accreditation to nonpublic schools operating early learning programs connected to their total academic program. After a concentrated study of our standards for accreditation and investigation of the practices and protocols of other agencies, we ready to accept accredited schools with preschools that are interested in piloting our process.

While we continue to seek a variety of pathways to accredit preschools, at this time if a school chooses to have its preschool program accredited, MNSAA requires the following:

  • The preschool is licensed by the Department of Human Services in the State of Minnesota.
  • The preschool program has an academic foundation for children 33 months and older.
  • The preschool program and staff are integrated into all aspects of the life of the school.
  • All MNSAA standards apply to preschool unless otherwise specified.
  • Preschool programs run by an outside entity, as well as “stand alone” preschool programs are not eligible for MNSAA accreditation.

To be considered for our pilot study, contact our Executive Director at 952.759.5985 or smueller@mnsaa.org for more information.

MNSAA Month-by-Month – Desktop Tool!

Your MNSAA month-by-month handy reference guide was enclosed in your Back to School packet! Did you find it? If not, check this link for the tool you need to keep close at hand to support your good work!! If not, check out our School Resources tab under the Member Schools header.

Check here to learn if you are on track for the year!