La Center Middle School Handbook2019-2020
La Center Middle School
700 E 4th St. • PO Box 1750
La Center, WA 98629
This year, La Center Middle School is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Building this habit as early as possible is important so students learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Starting as early as kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks. Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
- Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up. By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
- By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.
- Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
- By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
If your student has three unexcused absences in one month, state law (RCW 28A.225.020) requires we schedule a conference with you and your student to identify the barriers and supports available to ensure regular attendance. The district is obligated to develop a plan that requires an assessment to determine how to best meet the needs of your student and reduce absenteeism if they are in middle or high school.
If your student has seven unexcused absences in any month or ten unexcused absences within the school year, we are required to file a petition with the juvenile court, alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010, the mandatory attendance laws. The petition will be automatically stayed and your student and family may be referred to a Community Truancy Board or other coordinated means of intervention. If your student continues to be truant you may need to go to court, see also Policy & Procedure 3122/3122P: Excused & Unexcused Absences.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
- Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
- Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunizations.
- Don’t let your student stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
- Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
- Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
- Keep track of your student’s attendance. Missing more than 9 days could put your student at risk of falling behind. Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.
- Talk to your students’ teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
- Encourage meaningful after school activities, including sports and clubs.
Lauri Landerholm, Principal
Your signature below indicates that you have read and understand the attendance policies and procedures at La Center Middle School. Please return this page, signed, to the Middle School Office as soon as possible.
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La Center Middle School
700 East Fourth Street • PO Box 1750 La Center, WA 98629
(360) 263-2136 • FAX (360) 263-5936
Principal – Lauri Landerholm
District Mission Statement: The mission of the La Center School District is to create a supportive learning environment that empowers students to reach their fullest potential. We will do this in partnership with families, the community, staff and students to develop confident and self-reliant life-long learners who can thrive in a rapidly changing, more technologically advanced and diverse society.
Student Planner 2019 • 2020 Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
La Center Middle School mission statement: La Center Middle School will provide for its family a safe place where nurturing, acceptance, understanding, and respect go hand in hand with academic success and opportunities for personal growth.
Normal Bell Schedule
|Period||1st Lunch||2nd Lunch||Period|
|1st Bell||8:20 AM||8:20 AM||1st Bell|
Wednesday Bell Schedule
|Period||1st Lunch||2nd Lunch||Period|
|1st Bell||9:20 AM||9:20 AM||1st Bell|
Class Schedule Teacher
Unified Classroom Rules:
Be ready to work when the tardy bell rings. Bring all required supplies.
Respect yourself and others.
Student Honor Code: I have a choice in everything I do, and I have a responsibility for the choices I make.
Student Supply Lists
All students are required to purchase a student planner for $3 through the school office.
All schoolwork must be done in pencil or blue or black ink, depending on the directions of the teacher for the type of assignment given. Please replenish paper and pencils throughout the school year.
One (1) 2” view binder (Daily use)
Two (2) sets of 8 dividers
(6-Daily use/ 6-Math/ 5-Homeroom)
Two (2) 1” binder (1-Homeroom/1-Math)
Yearlong supply of white notebook paper, college-ruled Yearlong supply of #2 pencils w/erasers
One (1) 12-pack of colored pencils (Science) One (1) box of facial tissue for Homeroom
Six (6) glue sticks, replenish throughout the year 2 Ultra Fine-metal tip permanent black markers (1-Science/1-History)
Five (5) 100-page composition notebooks college ruled (2-Math/2-Science/1-Language Arts)
Two (2) Two pocket pee-chee folders (Lang. Arts/Homework) Three (3) Highlighters, assorted colors (Math)
One (1) Hand-held pencil sharpener Two (2) Pencil Pouches (Math/Daily use) Air dry clay (History)
Four (4) dry erase/white board markers assorted colors
6th Grade Electives and PE:
Choir: 2-pocket (pee-chee type) folder PE: One (1) Folder
Band: Sound Innovations, Book II
PE Lock: $8.00 (pay in office or online) Exploratory Fee: $15.00 (pay in office or online)
7th & 8th Grade
Two (2) 2” binder
(1- Language Arts/History, 1- Math/STEM) Four (4) 5-tab dividers
College ruled notebook paper Continual supply of #2 pencils Pencil pouch (fits in binder) Colored pencils
Black or blue ballpoint pens Scissors
Ruler–metric and standard (fits in binder) Two (2) boxes of facial tissue for Homeroom Four (4) composition notebooks
(2-Science/1-Math/1-Language Arts) Continual supply of glue sticks
Continual supply of Post-It notes
Lined 3”x 5” index cards
Four (4) dry erase/white board markers (Math)
7th& 8th grade Electives:
Band: Sound Innovations, Book III
Band and Choir: black shoes, socks and pants or skirt for performances.
Choir: $10 Robe cleaning fee Art Materials Fee $15 Electronics/Maker Lab Fee $15 Adv. EV3 Robotics Fee $15 Drawing Class Fee $15 Painting/mixed media fee $15 PE Lock $8
Drama:One (1) 2-pocket (pee-chee type) Ed Tuto : One (1) composition book Leadership: One (1) binder w/dividers Healt Two (2) spiral notebooks
PE: one (1) folder
6th Grade Cispus Fee………………………………. $125
ASB Card………………………………………………… $15
Athletic Fee (per sport)…………………………….. $30
PE Uniform………………………………………………. $27
PE Lock………………………………………………….. $8
Grades 6-8………………………………………………. $3.25
MS Students…………………………………………….. $2
Middle School students are admitted FREE to all home athletic events with the purchase of an ASB card.
School Closure Information
School closure and length of closure are to be determined by the superintendent. Every effort shall be made to keep school open. If necessary, due to inclement weather conditions, opening may be delayed for one or two hours. Closure or delayed starting time announcements apply to one day only. The latest information will be shared via the school messenger system and also be posted on-line at www.flashalert.net.
The School Messenger system is used to notify parents of school delays and closures, school emergency situations, or simply to provide important information regarding school events or activities. Please contact your school office if you have any questions or want to sign up for additional phone numbers or email addresses beyond those provided at registration.
District Phone Numbers
Middle School Office………………………………… 263-2136
Middle School Fax…………………………………….. 263-5936
District Office……………………………………………. 263-2331
Information Line……………………………………….. 263-1172
Elementary School Office………………………… 263-2134
High School Office……………………………………. 263-1700
KWRL (Bus Transportation)……………………… 841-2023
Community Education………………………………. 263-2015
Mr. Holmes Superintendent
Mrs. Landerholm Principal
Mrs. Richards Secretary
Mrs. Wilson Attendance/Athletic Sec.
Mrs. Austad Math 6/7/8
Mr. Dan Bentson Director of Technology
Mrs. Bocchi Paraeducator
Mrs. Brightbill Lang Arts/History 6/PE 6
Mrs. Brothers Science 8/ SS6
Mr. Brothers History 7
Mrs. Brown Custodian
Mr. Cameron Band
Mrs. Bailey Aide
Mrs. Clegg Psychologist
Mrs. Cooke Librarian
Mr. Cooke 7-12 Athletic Director
Mrs. Cripe Science 7
Mr. Ecklund PE /Health
Mrs. Edwards Paraeducator/OT
Mrs. Flatt ELL Instructor
Mrs. Gedenberg Paraeducator
Mr. Grotte Math
Mrs. Hantho Cafeteria Cashier
Mrs. Hollopeter Language Arts/ Pop. Lit.
Mrs. Holmes Math/Technology/STEM
Mr. Manning Language Arts/Acad. Prep
Ms. Mayfield Custodian
Mrs. McBride Language Arts
Mr. Millay Math
Mrs. Munger Paraeducator
Ms. Ott Language Arts/ Leadership/Drama
Mr. Pritchett History 8
Mrs. Schneider Sci.8, Electr./Robot./STEM
Mr. Holmes Math 7/8
Ms. Slinkard Choir/Drama
Mr. Thiessen Counselor
Mr. Totten Science 6
Mr. Westerberg History/SS 6 / Art
Mrs. Whelchel Lang Arts 6/Drawing
La Center Middle School 2019-2020 Acknowledgement of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Expectations
All students who attend La Center School District schools shall comply with the written policies, rules, and regulations of the schools, shall pursue the required course of studies, and shall submit to the authority of staff of the schools, subject to such corrective action or punishment as the school officials shall determine.
Student responsibilities for achieving a positive learning environment at school or school-related activities shall include:
- Attending all classes, daily and on time;
- Being prepared for each class with materials and assignments;
- Exhibiting respect toward others;
- Following all school rules, including safety rules;
- Treating guests at LCMS with courtesy and respect
- Submitting to the authority of staff and any discipline
The way I dress reflects my attitude about school and myself: I realize a neat, clean appearance is primary and the dress code helps me create a sense of self-respect and contributes to the educational environment. I will abide by our school dress policy.
I understand that personal electronic devices, including cell phones are to be turned off, or on silent, and put away during school hours. However, use at lunch time is permitted. Classroom use by teacher permission is a privilege, not a right, which requires me to be responsible. All school electronic devices will only be used for educational purposes.
I realize it is my obligation to create a tone of decency and respect within our community. Therefore, I will not harm or judge anyone else because of his/her race, color, age, sex, religion, politics, sexual orientation, marital status, or national origin.
I understand that specified misconduct behaviors are considered to be so severe that immediate imposition of suspension or expulsion is warranted. The list of specified misconduct violations can be found in its entirety in Policy 3241/3241P for the La Center School District and a summary list can be found on Page 18 of this handbook.
My printed name and signature establish that this student handbook has been presented to me and that I understand the responsibilities, the obligations and the expectations as a student at La Center Middle School. I am aware that the full policy and procedures are available at www.lacenterschools.org
Please sign and give this form to your teacher or administrator.
Student Name (Print)
Date Student Signature
Internet and Electronic Device User Expectations
These expectations must be followed for any and all internet activity on school devices or while using school accounts. Not following any portion of these expectations will result in consequences, including the loss of privilege to utilize school devices or accounts, and possible discipline, including suspension.
- Only visit school-approved websites and resources (including approved educational games).
- Chat features can be used only with teacher approval on group assignments.
- Music and headphones in class can be used only with teacher approval.
- Students will practice good online manners at all times by not posting anything rude, offensive or threatening, not spamming others, not bullying, and not using inappropriate language.
- Students will not send or forward images, videos, screenshots, or information that might bully, embarrass, hurt or harass someone or damage his or her reputation.
- Students will not take photo or video of people without their permission, including peers, staff members and guests.
- Whenever students use, reference, or share someone else’s creative work online, he/she will
- give proper credit to the author or artist.
- Students will not share passwords with anyone except parents or guardians.
- Students agree to not post information and images that could put them at risk, embarrass them, or damage their future such as phone numbers, home address, inappropriate messages, pictures or videos.
- If someone or something makes a student feel uncomfortable or if someone is rude or offensive, he/she will not respond, will save the evidence, and will tell a trusted adult.
- Students will never agree to get together with someone they meet online without first checking with parents or guardians.
Personal Telecommunication Devices (LCSD Policy 3245)
- While on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities, students may possess and use personal telecommunication devices provided that such devices do not pose a threat to academic integrity, disrupt the learning environment or violate the privacy rights of others.
My printed name and signature establish that the Internet and user expectations have been presented to me and I understand the responsibilities and expectations as a student at La Center Middle School. Please sign and give this form to your teacher or administrator.
Student Name (print)
Date Student Signature
La Center Middle School 2019-2020
Welcome to La Center Middle School. I am looking forward to helping this school year be one of great success for you. It is my goal to have our school be a place of pride and achievement for you, as well as a place that prepares you for the future.
Please be proud of your school and help take care of it. We value hearing your suggestions as well as your concerns. Please feel welcome to communicate with me.
It is important that you become familiar with the student handbook sections that follow. You have certain rights and responsibilities here at LCMS, as well as policies that must be followed. Compliance with these expectations will help our school be one that we can all take pride in and will help us enjoy our time here as well. HAVE A GREAT YEAR, and GO HAWKS!
GOOD IN THE WORLD
Make Kindness Normal
Student Job Description
- Report to class on time and atttend daily.
- Be prepared for learning by briniging student planner and learning materials to class (Examples: paper, pencils, notebook, and textbook.
- Participate in the learning activities as directed by the (Examples: ask questions, respond to questions, read and think about the content, involve self in group activities).
- Complete and turn work in on time.
- Treat all others with respect and Expect to be treated with respect.
- Follow the classroom, school, and district rules and Ask any adult if you are uncertain.
- Follow adult direction from school district employees, and parent and community volunteers.
- Be responsible for your behaviors and consequences for unacceptable behaviors.
- Exhibit pride in self, others, school, and community with appropriate attitude, behavior, vocabulary and dress.
To assure promotion to the next grade level after entering grade six, students are expected to pass all of their courses. Understanding that some students may fall short of this expectation, the principal may approve promotion to the next grade as long as the student meets the following minimum requirements:
- Pass at least four (4) of six (6) courses with a minimum of a 60% score, or a letter grade of “D”, and
- Three (3) of the courses with passing grades are within the core subject areas (math, social studies, language arts, or science).
Students who are at risk of not meeting the above minimum criteria for promotion shall be required to develop a Student Plan for Success in partnership with parent(s)/guardian(s), counselor, and/or the principal. This Student Plan for Success will identify appropriate goals for achievement to meet the above minimum expectations, detail possible interventions that can be used, and outline the responsibilities of the student, their parent(s)/guardian(s), and school personnel. Failure to develop this plan and/or make adequate progress toward improvement may result in retention. The principal’s decision regarding promotion will be final.
When an accident occurs, it must be reported at once to the staff member in charge, who will then report it to the office. An accident form will be filled out and filed in the office.
Students may purchase an ASB card, which supports various student activities. The cost of the ASB card is
$15. Students who have purchased ASB cards are admitted to home athletic events without charge and are eligible for discounts to other school activities. All students who participate in athletics or leadership class are required to purchase an ASB card.
The primary objective of the athletic program at La Center Middle School is to promote the physical, mental, social, emotional, and moral well-being of our students. Good sportsmanship and teamwork are key elements of our program.
All athletes shall be required to purchase an ASB card. Athletes shall also pay a $30 user fee for each sport. Prior to participation in any practices or contests, athletes must have a valid physical exam that meets WIAA standards. It is required that student-athletes have medical and dental insurance. The school does not cover participants in cases of injury.
The following sports are offered to seventh and eighth grade students:
Golf • Wrestling • Cross Country • Basketball • Football • Track • Girls Volleyball
Athletes must be in attendance at school all day to participate in practice or a game. Students who are removed from class for disciplinary reasons are not eligible to participate in after-school practices or contests on that day.
Students who do not return an athletic uniform or fail to pay for a missing uniform will not be eligible to participate in future extracurricular activities.
Regular attendance and punctuality in school is vital for the academic success of students. All of our classes stress student participation on a regular basis. No single factor may interfere with a student’s progress more quickly than frequent absences or tardiness to class.
If a student is ill or must be absent from school, parents are asked to call the school before 9 a.m. The middle school phone number is: (360) 263-2136. If the office has not been notified of a student being absent, the school messenger will call home and/or send an email message if the school has an email address on file.
Students who have an unexcused absence must bring a note to the office upon their return. The note must state the date of the absence and be signed by a parent. Failure to provide the office with an approved excuse within one week of the student’s return to school (see 3122P) will result in an unexcused absence. Unexcused absences will be treated as truancy. Any missed school work for an unexcused absence may not be submitted for academic credit.
Based on state attendance laws, students with multiple absences due to illness may be required to obtain medical excuses.
State law mandates that schools file petitions with courts when a student accumulates seven (7) unexcused absences in 1 month, or ten (10) unexcused absences in a school year. If La Center Middle School does not hear from a parent via a phone call or signed note with the date of the absence, an absence is determined to be unexcused. To ensure our attendance records are accurate before filing a petition, a letter will be sent after the third, fifth and seventh unexcused absence in a month and after the tenth unexcused absence in a school year. If you receive such a letter, please send a note of explanation or phone the school to change the status of the unexcused to an excused absence.
STATEWIDE DEFINITION OF ABSENCE,
EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED
WAC 392-401-020 Excused Absences. The following are valid excuses for absences from school:
1. Participation in a district or school approved activity, that is not instruction-related;
2. Illness, health condition or medical appointment
3. Family emergency
4. Religious or cultural purpose
5. Court or judicial proceeding
6. Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program or scholarship interview
7. State-recognized search and rescue activities
8. Absence directly related to the student’s homeless or foster care/dependency status
9. Absence related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian
10. Absences due to suspension or expulsions
11. Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity.
12. Absence related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member
WAC 392-401-030 Unexcused Absences. Any absence from school is unexcused unless it meets one of the criteria provided in WAC 392-401-015: Definition of Absence.
Students who know in advance of absences should pick up a pre-arranged absence form in the office at least one day in advance of the absence. This form must be signed by the student’s parent and initialed by teachers and then returned to the office for the absence to be excused.
For each day of an excused absence, a student will be allowed two school days to make up assigned work. Special circumstances, such as extended illness, may require modification. The two-day make-up policy does not apply when due dates or testing dates are known in advance. The same concept applies to exams. Students are expected to make arrangements with the teacher immediately upon return to school to make up the missed exam.
Early Dismissal/Late Arrival
Students leaving school prior to the end of the day are required to check out through the office. Students will not be given permission to leave campus during the school day without parent permission. If a student arrives to school after classes have begun, they must report to the office prior to going to class.
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – 8:25 start
Wed – 9:25 start
Mon-Fri 0 2:55 release
Students may enter the building at 8:05 am on normal school days and at 9:05 am on Wednesdays. Students are to leave the school campus promptly at the end of the school day with the exception of staying for study hall, working with an individual teacher, or participating in athletics or a school activity. Loitering in any area of the campus that is unsupervised is not allowed at any time.
La Center School District #101 School Board Procedures: Student Conduct on Buses: Please refer to our district website for district policies, section 6605P.
Any misconduct by a student, which in the opinion of the bus driver or bus supervisor, is detrimental to the safe operation of the bus shall be sufficient cause for the principal to suspend the transportation privilege.
A complete list of district policies and procedures can be found at www.lacenterschools.org. For those without internet access, paper copies may be requested from any school office.
For the purpose of student security and safety, La Center Middle School is a closed campus. Students are not permitted to leave campus during the school day without permission from the office. Once students arrive on school grounds, they are expected to remain on campus until school is dismissed for the day, or permission from the office has been given. Students riding busses to school are not permitted to leave school grounds after exiting their bus. Student visitors are not permitted during the school day.
School dances will generally be scheduled from 3-5 p.m. To attend a middle school dance, students must submit a dance permission slip, signed by a parent or guardian. In order for the office to have time to compile the dance attendance roster, verify permission slips, and prepare for refreshments, all forms must be turned in by the designated time on the permission slip. Phone calls, notes, or faxes will not be accepted. As a safety precaution, students attending a dance are required to remain at the dance until its conclusion unless picked up by parents or guardians, or other prior arrangements have been made with the office.
Note: Students on suspension, including in-school suspension, or those removed from class for disciplinary reasons on the day of the dance, are not permitted to attend.
Parents and students 18 years or older have the right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the categories of personally identifiable information with respect to that student as directory information. This includes addresses, birth date, birthplace, telephone number, dates of attendance, activities and sports participation, weight, and height (if members of a sports team), awards received, and major fields of study. Notify the district in writing within ten (10) days of the publication of this notice.
Such written notice shall be addressed to the school in which the named student is registered. THIS IS WHAT GIVES THE RIGHT TO VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS (COLLEGE RECRUITERS, MILITARY RECRUITERS, ETC.) TO RECEIVE CONTACT INFORMATION ON A STUDENT.
Personal electronic and listening devices and cell phones, may be used before the 8:20 a.m. bell, during lunch time, and after 2:55 p.m.. They must be turned off and not visible during school hours. During school hours, ear buds may be worn at lunch time only. On occasion, teachers may allow the use of electronic devices in specific classes. Students who bring these devices do so at their own risk. Our staff cannot be held responsible for their loss or theft and will not pursue their recovery if they are missing or stolen due the extensive amount of time typically involved.
Classroom phones may be used only with the teacher’s permission and are not to be used for social calls. Students who need to contact a parent during the day are welcome to use a phone in the office. Parents who need to contact students should call the office and a message will be passed along to the student. A basket on the teacher’s desk is to leave phones with the teacher if a student needs to leave class; (i.e. restroom, etc.).
Disruptive devices or any phone that rings or is out during the school day will be confiscated and appropriate disciplinary action taken.
1st Offense: Student may pick up from office at the end
of the day
2nd Offense: Student calls parent, lunch detention and
phone is returned at the end of the day.
3rd Offense: Student calls parent, lunch detention,
and parent must pick up phone.
4th or more: May lead to further detention and be required to leave phone at home.
Each day, except on Wednesdays, we will begin the day with students attending homeroom. With their homeroom teacher, students will have an opportunity to check-in, look at grades, hold planner checks, complete assignments, play games against other homerooms, and have other meaningful activities. This class will be graded as a “pass” or “no pass” class.
La Center Middle School follows the State of Washington student immunization law, which requires all students to be adequately immunized according to their age and grade level. Proof of immunization status must be presented to the school on or before the first day of school attendance. This information must be recorded on a Washington state form signed by a parent or guardian. Exemptions are available for medical, personal or religious reasons. Please keep in mind that if an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease for which that student is exempted should occur, the student will be excluded from school for the duration of the outbreak.
Student insurance is available through the school. Plan forms are available in the office. Premium charges are always subject to change.
INTERNET USE AT SCHOOL
All students in grades K-12 may at times be accessing the Internet for academic purposes. If you do not want your student (s) to have access to the Internet at school, please notify (in writing) the office.
Misuse of school devices will result in: 1. Parent notification; 2. Restricted access; 3. Loss of use, and 4. Disciplinary action, like suspension.
LATE WORK POLICY
Schoolwork is expected to be completed and turned in when due. Teachers differ on whether or not they accept late work from students. Some activities/assignments done in class cannot be made up. Teacher policies differ from class to class so refer to each class syllabus for more information. Teachers will have the option of not accepting late work from students who have demonstrated a chronic or repeated pattern of turning in assignments late.
Student lockers are the property of the school district. Students are responsible for keeping them neat and orderly. The school district retains the right to inspect student lockers at any time. The school district assumes no responsibility for items of value that are stored in lockers. Misuse of lockers will result in loss of privilege to use.
Students should follow these guidelines for locker use:
1. Use only the locker assigned to you. Students are not allowed to share lockers.
2. All books and backpacks must be kept in lockers, not in the classes. Please do not leave them in the hallways.
2. All books and backpacks must be kept in lockers, not in the classes. Please do not leave them in the hallways.
3. Do not tamper with another person’s locker.
4. Locker exchanges with other students are not allowed.
5. Gym lockers require a padlock. Only school issued padlocks are to be used. Keep your lockers locked at all times.
6. Students who fail to follow the rules regarding lockers will lose the privilege of having a locker.
7. No popping open or pulling lockers open.
LOST AND FOUND
The lost and found is located in the hallway next to the Middle School office. Small items and electronic devices and accessories are held in the office behind the counter. Items remaining in lost and found will be donated to charity twice a year, once in December and once in June.
MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
Prescription and over-the-counter medications that must be given during school hours require a written signed authorization form completed by a parent and physician. Authorization forms can be obtained from the school office.
Medications must be supplied in the original container and have a pharmacy label with instructions that match the physician’s written authorization. This applies to over-the-counter and prescription medications and includes such items as aspirin, ibuprofen, cough drops, inhalers, etc. Schools may only accept a 20-day supply of a given medication. The medication must be transported to school by a parent, where it will be counted and signed for by the parent and school staff member.
Each school principal shall authorize two staff members to administer prescribed or non-prescribed oral medication, topical medication, eye drops and ear drops. Oral medications are administered by mouth either by swallowing or inhaling and may include administration by mask if the mask covers the mouth or mouth and nose. These designated staff members will participate in an in-service training session conducted by a physician or registered nurse prior to the opening of the school each year.
We understand that some students may need to carry and self-administer insulin, asthma inhalers, and/or epinephrine. A middle school student who carries and self-administers these medications must have an EXCEPTION FORM completed in addition to the standard Authorization for Administration of Medication at School form. A backup supply of the same medication provided by the parent/guardian must be kept in the office.
Students are expressly prohibited from delivering to other students, or accepting from other students, any prescription or non-prescription medications, dietary supplements, vitamins, or other prohibited substances. To do so is considered a serious rule violation and grounds for suspension from school.
The above is in accordance with Washington state law and La Center School District policy.
Student report cards will be mailed home at the end of each semester. Students will generally earn a letter grade from “A” to “F”, although a pass/no pass grade is used for homeroom. Parents and students are encouraged to view Skyward for the most up-to-date grades. Parents can access grades and attendance through the web-based Skyward system at www.lacenterschools.org. Contact the middle school office if you do not have your Skyward password.
End of 1st Semester – January 24th
2nd semester begins January 28th and ends June 11th
Hard copy progress reports are available throughout the year for those who do not have internet access. Please contact the middle school office at 263-2136 to request these reports.
A — 93-100% — 4.0
A- — 90-92% — 3.7
B+ — 87-89% — 3.3
B — 83-86% — 3.0
B- — 80-82% — 2.7
C+ — 77-79% — 2.3
C — 73-76% — 2.0
C- — 70-72% — 1.7
D — 60-69% — 1.0
F — 00-59% — 0
Your GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned in a grading period by the number of graded classes.
Math — B- — 2.7
Soc. Studies — C+ — 2.3
English — B — 3.0
Science — B — 3.0
Art — A- — 3.7
Health — C- — 1.7
Total Grade Points: 16.4
16.4 Grade points, 6 classes= 2.74 GPA
There will be two conferences in the 2019-20 school year. In October, we will have a traditional parent-teacher conference where parents/guardians will meet their child’s teachers and discuss their early progress to date. In March, LCMS will have a student-led conference where students give a presentation on their year so far, goals, and plans for the future. Students must complete their conference in order to gain points in each class. Please contact Mrs. Landerholm if you would like to know more about conferences.
Information about school events, procedures, important dates, and individual teacher’s web pages can be accessed at the school website:
Parents can access grades, attendance and other information through the web-based Skyward system. Usernames and passwords are available in the Middle School office.
Water is the only beverage allowed in the hallways and the classrooms. Juice or sport drinks are allowed in the cafeteria only. No caffeinated drinks, including coffee, hot chocolate, tea or soda pop are allowed in the cafeteria. Energy drinks are not allowed.
Healthy snacks can be consumed between classes or within a classroom with teacher permission. Nuts are not allowed in any classrooms.
Each student is a member of the La Center Middle School Associated Student Body (ASB). The governing body of the ASB is the Executive Council, which is made up of the Executive Officers and representatives from each homeroom and club. The Executive Officers are responsible for approval of ASB expenditures, activities and fundraisers. The elected Executive Council shall consist of three eighth graders, three seventh graders, and three sixth graders. The Executive Council members who will serve in the positions of President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be determined by the Executive Council at the first regular meeting of the Executive Council.
Elections are held in the spring for these offices. All sixth and seventh grade students who have maintained a 3.0 GPA are eligible to run. Officers must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their time in office. They will also purchase an ASB card.
Purpose of Student Council
1. To teach and develop citizenship through democratic practices.
2. To provide an opportunity for active participation in the organization and management of school activities.
3. To further interest in all school activities.
4. To cooperate in promoting the general welfare of the school.
5. To solve problems at school.
Responsibilities of Homeroom and Club Representatives
1. Represent their homeroom or club at Student Council meetings.
2. Report back to homeroom or club the topics covered during Student Council meetings for discussion.
3. Homeroom and Club Representatives are elected each year.
SUPERVISED STUDY HALL
Supervised study hall is available to all students who must be signed in by 3:05. The following hours are when study hall is available.
Monday – Thursday, 3-4PM
A math tutor will be available every Wednesday and Thursday in study hall from 3-4 p.m.
Students who do not behave in study hall or do not work will not be allowed to attend future study halls. Students who leave early must contact their parents prior to leaving.
There will be no study hall on early dismissal days or the day prior to a holiday. All students must come prepared with materials to work on.
Reasons to attend:
1. To get additional help with homework.
2. To retake a quiz or test.
3. Supervised study hall provides a good environment to study and work.
4. To fulfill requirements of academic probation.
1. For supervised study hall, students should report to the supervising teacher by 3:05 p.m. They should use the restroom before reporting.
2. All students will sign in with the attending study hall teacher.
3. If a student is working in a different teacher’s classroom, a signed slip must be given to the study hall supervisor when signing in.
4. Students coming solely to take quizzes or tests, or attending of their own choice, may leave as soon as they are finished and have signed out of study hall.
5. Students are expected to work quietly and diligently the entire time they are in attendance.
6. Students may work together only with the permission of the attending study hall teacher.
7. Students are expected to ask the study hall teacher for help with work they find difficult or may not understand.
TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKS
Classroom textbooks and library books are the sole responsibility of the student. Students will be charged the replacement cost plus 25% for books or other materials that are lost or damaged. Students may be excluded from special activities if overdue library books are not returned or paid for.
SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY PROHIBITS
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Students are asked to leave items of great value at home. Large amounts of money are at risk of being lost or stolen. The school assumes no responsibility for valuable items that are lost or stolen.
Items not allowed:
The following items are not permitted and may be confiscated and held for parents to pick up:
• Skateboards, scooters or roller skates
• Toys, card collections, etc.
• Laser pointers
• Any item which causes disruption in classroom or common areas
Possession of lighters or matches is grounds for disciplinary action.
Unlawful discharge of a laser toward a school bus driver while performing his or her official duties is a 1st Degree Class “C” felony.
Access to the machines will follow the times permitted by School Board policy. The vending machine is turned off between 11:15-1:15 every day, following district and state regulations. Open containers are not allowed in lockers, and vending machines may be removed if litter around the campus becomes a problem.
“It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.”
It is the goal of La Center Middle School to have 100%of our students described by these three words: courteous, respectful, and responsible. The manner in which we present ourselves and represent our school and community will always be a priority.
Student Roles and Responsibilities
As La Center Middle School students, you have a considerable responsibility for your education. The school personnel are willing and able to help you succeed, but you must determine the level of effort you will give. By state law, as a student in the public school, you are responsible for three important things:
- To pursue your required course of study
(hopefully with vigor).
- To comply with the school rules.
- To submit to the authority of school personnel.
In the classroom, students must follow the classroom rules. Teachers’ practices may differ, so each teacher will communicate how students are expected to conduct themselves in class and the consequences for not doing so.
In the halls, cafeteria, commons, outside, and on busses, students must behave in ways that respect the physical safety and feelings of themselves and others. Running in the halls or to the cafeteria, harassing other people, and using vulgar language are examples of behaviors that will not be tolerated and will be subject to discipline.
Teachers will determine whether or not gum chewing will be permitted in their classrooms. Gum will not be allowed in science labs using chemicals, while working with computers, in the library, or in physical education classes. Gum must be discarded in trash containers, not on the ground.
Cheating/Plagiarism and Forgery
Cheating or plagiarism in any form is a violation of school rules. Cheating/plagiarism includes copying another person’s work or answers, with or without their permission, and submitting it as your own. Providing answers or work for another student to copy is also considered cheating and subject to the same consequences. Consequences for cheating, at a minimum, will be a zero on the assignment, test or quiz, with repeated incidents being referred to the principal for other disciplinary action. Submitting any document with a forged parent or guardian signature is a violation of school rules, which will result in disciplinary action.
Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for determining student attire within the guidelines established. Dress or appearance that has the potential for causing disruption is not permitted. Clothing or accessories that advertise, promote, or depict alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, or violence are prohibited. Display of profanity, vulgarity, or sexual innuendo is prohibited.
Clothing which is excessively revealing is not appropriate for school. Any attire that exposes a student’s midriff or cleavage at any time, is not permitted. Tops with straps narrower than two (2”) inches or clothing with excessive holes or holes in revealing locations are not permitted. Shorts/skirts are permitted, but may be no shorter than the extended reach of the student, regardless of leggings being worn. For safety and health reasons, students must wear appropriate footwear at all times while at school. Slippers are not appropriate footwear at school. Any clothing, makeup or accessory which detracts from instruction is not appropriate.
With the exception of theme-related items on spirit days, hats and other head coverings are not to be worn inside school buildings at any time. Exceptions will be made if the head coverage pertains to a student’s religious beliefs.
This is not an inclusive list. We request our parents and students to use their best judgement and if questions arise, please ask our staff. The principal or her designee will have the final decisions.
We offer a number of learning experiences off campus each year in the form of field trips. It is crucial that students conduct themselves in a proper manner at these events; therefore students receiving disciplinary action at any time one (1) week prior to a field trip may be excluded. Refunds will not be made for students excluded for disciplinary reasons.
There will be occasions when, in the absence of the regular teacher, class will be taught by a guest teacher (sometimes referred to as a substitute teacher). La Center Middle School students are expected to cooperate fully with guest teachers and provide any help they can to make the class period go smoothly. Our goal is that when guest teachers finish their assignments, they will be able to report the outstanding experience they had working with our students. Any student removed from class by a guest teacher may receive a double detention. Continuous poor behavior with guest teachers can result in suspension.
In accordance with La Center School District Board Policy 3207, La Center Middle School is committed to providing a safe and civil educational environment. Students, employees, volunteers, and patrons are entitled to be free of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
These actions are defined as any written, verbal, or physical act which:
• Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property, or
• substantially interferes with a student’s education, or
• creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment, or
• substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.
These actions are considered severe misconduct. False reports or retaliation for harassment, intimidation, or bullying are also considered violations of this policy. It is important that students who believe they have been subject to harassment, bullying, or intimidation immediately report it to a staff member. Any student or community member may report incidents verbally or in writing to any staff member. Written forms are found on the district website or are available in the office or from the counselor. All complaints will be thoroughly investigated:
Step 1: Filing an incident report form
Step 2: Receiving an incident report form
Step 3: Investigation of unresolved, severe or persistent harassment, intimidation and bullying. Step 4: Corrective measures for the aggressor
Step 5: Targeted student’s right to appeal.
Step 6: Discipline/Corrective action.
Step 7: Support for the targeted student.
Students who bully or harass another student will have disciplinary consequences. Depending on the frequency and severity of the conduct, suspension and referral to law enforcement may be the result.
Outside of School
Bullying that occurs outside of school and or on social media is subject to discipline at school as it impacts a child’s safety at school. Threats on the internet may be reported to the police.
LCMS does not allow the use of words or images to harass individuals or groups based on gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of identity. Individuals determined to have participated in such harassment may be subject to consequences outlined in the Harassment/Bullying section.
All students are required to wear uniforms for their physical education class. The prices are as follows:
PE Package (2 shirts & 2 shorts) Hoodie (optional) – $27
Sweat pants (optional) – $13
Extra pair of shorts (optional) – $8
Extra T-Shirt (optional) – $6
Add $3 for XXL sizes
PE lock is a required purchase $8 Items are available in the office with the exception of the hoodies and sweatpants. These items we order as needed.
Hoodies and sweatpants are available for you to purchase but are not required. This is the only outfit that can be worn for PE. Failure to wear this uniform will lead to loss of participation points. Students who are on free or reduced lunch can contact the office to receive a uniform at a reduced price.
Public Displays of Affection
We understand that some of our students will reach the point in their lives that parents allow dating. However, there must be acceptable limits on public displays of affection while at school or school events. The only appropriate public display of affection at LCMS is holding hands. Students who continue to publicly display affection will face disciplinary action, and parents will be notified.
Tardiness to class is not only disruptive to the educational process, but may also be an indication of a lack of responsibility and self-discipline. Students are expected to report to their assigned class and be at their workstation with all learning materials before the tardy bell rings. Students who are habitually tardy will be subject to disciplinary action of a progressive nature.
Students who arrive late to school must check in with the office prior to going to class.
Any time a disruption occurs that can lead to discipline, staff will make an effort to discuss the incident with the student, asking him/her these restorative practice questions in an attempt to restore the relationship and return the student to class:
• What happened?
• What were you thinking at the time?
• What have you thought about since?
• Who has been affected by what you have done?
• What do you think you need to do to make things right?
The comprehensive La Center School District discipline policy and procedure (3241P) can be found online and at the district office. Below is a summary of the policy to provide students and parents with basic knowledge of the district discipline procedures.
School personnel must make every reasonable attempt to involve parents and students to resolve behavioral violations. Unless a student’s presence poses an immediate and continuing danger to others or an immediate and continuing threat to the educational process, staff members must first attempt one or more forms of other forms of discipline to support students in meeting behavioral expectations before imposing classroom exclusion, short-term suspension, or in-school suspension. Before imposing a long-term suspension or expulsion, the district must first consider other forms of discipline.
However, there are circumstances when it may be determined that in-school or short-term suspensions is appropriate. In accordance with the other parameters of 3241P, these circumstances may include the following types of student behaviors:
• Being intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance, alcohol, or marijuana at school or while present at school activities
• Bomb scares or false fire alarms that cause a disruption to the school program.
• Cheating or disclosure of exams.
• Commission of any crime on school grounds or during school activities.
• Dress code violations that the student refuses to correct.
• Fighting: Fighting and instigating, promoting, or escalating a fight, as well as failure to disperse. Engaging in any form of fighting where physical blows are exchanged, regardless of who initiated the fight. This prohibition includes hitting, slapping, pulling hair, biting, kicking, choking, and scratching, or any other acts in which a student intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict injury on another.
• Gang-related activity.
• Harassment/ Intimidation/ Bullying
• Intentional deprivation of student and staff use of school facilities.
• Intentional endangerment to self, other students, or staff, including endangering on a school bus.
• Intentional injury to another.
• Intentionally defacing or destroying the property of another.
• Intentionally obstructing the entrance or exit of any school building or room in order to deprive others of passing through.
• Possession, use, sale, or delivery of illegal or controlled chemical substances.
• Preventing students from attending class or school activities.
• Refusal to cease prohibited behavior.
• Refusal to leave an area when repeatedly instructed to do so by school personnel.
• Sexual misconduct that could constitute sexual assault or harassment on school grounds, at school activities, or on school provided transportation.
• Substantially and intentionally interfering with any class or activity.
• Threats of violence to other students or staff.
• Use or possession of weapons.
There are also circumstances, in accordance with the other parameters of 3241P, where long-term suspension or expulsion is appropriate. These include:
• Having a firearm on school property or school transportation.
• Any of the following offenses listed in RCW 13.04.155 including:
,○ Any violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030 including,
○ Any felony that Washington law defines as a class A felony or an attempt, criminal conspiracy, or solicitation to commit a class A felony
○ Manslaughter○ Indecent liberties committed by forcible compulsion
○ Assault in the second degree
○ Drive-by shooting
○ Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault caused by driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or by operating a vehicle in a reckless manner
Any sex offense as defined in RCW9.94A.030
• Inhaling toxic fumes in violating of chapter 9.47A RCW
• Any controlled substance violation of chapter 69.50 RCW
• Any liquor violation of RCW 66.44.270
• Any weapons violation of RCW 9.41.RCW
• Any violation of chapter 9A.36 RCW including assault, malicious harassment, promoting a suicide attempt, coercion, reckless endangerment, and failing to summon assistance for an injured victim of a crime in need of assistance.
• Any violation of chapter 9A.40.RCW, including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference, luring and human trafficking
• Any violation of chapter 9A.46 RCW, including harassment, stalking, and criminal gang intimidation
• Any violation of chapter 9A.48 RCW, including arson, reckless burning, malicious mischief, and criminal street gang tagging and graffiti
• Two or more violations of the following within a three-year period:
○ criminal gang intimidation
○ gang activity on school grounds
○ willfully disobeying school administrative personnel
○ defacing or injuring school property
- Any student behavior that adversely affects the health or safety of other students or educational staff.
STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
Any parent/guardian or student who is aggrieved by the imposition of other forms of discipline and/or classroom exclusion has the right to an informal conference with the principal for resolving the grievance. If the grievance pertains to the action of an employee, the district will notify that employee of the grievance as soon as reasonably possible.
At such conference, the student and parent will have the opportunity to voice issues and concerns related to the grievance and ask questions of staff members involved in the grievance matter. Staff members will have opportunity to respond to the issues and questions related to the grievance matter. Additionally, the principal will have opportunity to address issues and questions raised and to ask questions of the parent, student, and staff members.
If after exhausting this remedy the grievance is not yet resolved, the parent and student will have the right, upon two (2) school business days prior to notice, to present a written and/or oral grievance to the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee will provide the parent and student with a written copy of its response to the grievance within ten (10) school business days. Use of the grievance process will not impede or postpone the disciplinary action.
Discipline that may be grieved includes other forms of discipline, including after-school detention; classroom expulsion; removal or suspension from athletic activity or participation; and removal or suspension from school-provided transportation.
Refer to policy 3241 and procedure 3241P for detailed discipline and appeal procedures.
Our school uses a character education program called Character Strong. Character Strong’s goal is to teach students the importance of strengthening one’s own character in order to improve relationships, increase academic achievement, and improve the climate and culture of their schools. Research has shown over and over again that by teaching character, not only will students improve academically, but they will also possess traits that will help them succeed post high-school, in the workplace, and more importantly, in relationships that are important to them.
Character Strong focuses on intentionally teaching eight character traits and goes in-depth into what these traits look like and then follows up with practical ways to improve them in their own lives and with those around them. Character Strong gives practical tools on how to build a positive climate that both students and staff desire to be a part of. The small acts of compassion and kindness permeate the school each day because students understand the value of relationships and developing their character.
CharacterStrong and SEL Connections
CharacterStrong’s curriculum braids the core components of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into both the advisory curriculum we use for Homeroom and the leadership curriculum. The five components below are the components of Social Emotional Learning which CharacterStrong implements.
1. Self-Awareness — The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
2. Self-Management — The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself.
3. Social-Awareness — The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
4. Relationship Skills — The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
5. Responsible Decision Making — The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being oneself and others.
(Olweus Bullying Prevention Program)
LCMS has implemented and follows the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). Statistically, middle school is a time that bullying reports rise so we believe our efforts will make a positive difference for every student. OBPP is the most researched and best known bullying prevention program being used in schools worldwide. With more than 35 years of research and implementation all over the world, OBPP is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting.
OBPP is implemented at the schoolwide, classroom, individual, and community levels and encourages involvement from all students, educators, staff, counselors, and parents. It is designed to create positive changes in students’ behavior and in the school climate so students feel safe, are ready to learn, and can achieve academic success. The OBPP goals are to reduce existing bullying problems among students, prevent the development of new bullying problems, and achieve better peer relations at school.
La Center Middle School has established four anti-bullying rules:
1. We will not bully others.
2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
3. We will try to include students who are left out.
4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
These rules are posted in every class and throughout the school for all to see. Students will have class meetings regularly within their homeroom settings to discuss and learn more about these rules. Our homeroom classes already focus on preventative strategies, such as helping students feel they belong, having at least one positive and caring adult with them all year, and to have fun and contribute to a positive climate and culture at school. The OBPP will help solidify these efforts. As we all learn more about bullying prevention and helpful efforts this year we hope your child will share with you at home what they are learning.
NONDISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARRASSMENT
La Center School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Dave Holmes, Civil Rights Coordinator, 725 Highland Road, La Center, 360-263-2131 Matt Cooke, Title IX Officer, 725 Highland Road, La Center, 360-263-1700
Peter Rosenkranz, Section 504 Coordinator, 725 Highland Road, La Center 360-263-2131
You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district’s Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view it online: www.lacenterschools.org, policy 3210 and procedure 3210P.
Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:
- A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or
- The conduct substantially interferes with a student’s educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.
Examples of Sexual Harassment:
- Pressuring a person for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature
- Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
- Distributing sexually explicit texts, e-mails, or pictures
- Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks
- Physical violence, including rape and sexual assault
You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district’s Title IX Officer, who is listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s sexual harassment policy and procedure, contact your school or district office, or view it on our website: www.lacenterschools.org, students- policy 3205 and procedure 3205P and staff- policy 5011 and procedure 5011P.
COMPLAINT OPTIONS: DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
If you believe that you or your child have experienced unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.
Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child’s principal or with the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX Officer, or Civil Rights Coordinator, who are listed above. This is often the fastest way to revolve your concerns.
Complaint to the School District
Step 1. Write Out Your Complaint
In most cases, complaints must be filed within one year from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint must be in writing. Be sure to describe the conduct or incident, explain why you believe discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment has taken place, and describe what actions you believe the district should take to resolve the problem. Send your written complaint—by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery—to the district superintendent or civil rights compliance coordinator.
Step 2: School District Investigates Your Complaint
Once the district receives your written complaint, the coordinator will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing within 30 calendar days—unless you agree on a different time period. If your complaint involves exceptional circumstances that demand a lengthier investigation, the district will notify you in writing to explain why staff need a time extension and the new date for their written response.
Step 3: School District Responds to Your Complaint
In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation, a determination of whether or not the district failed to comply with civil rights laws, notification that you can appeal this determination, and any measures necessary to bring the district into compliance with civil rights laws. Corrective measures will be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response—unless you agree to a different time period.
Appeal to the School District
If you disagree with the school district’s decision, you may appeal to the school district’s board of directors. You must file a notice of appeal in writing to the secretary of the school board within 10 calendar days after you received the school district’s response to your complaint. The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they receive your appeal, unless you agree on a different timeline. The school board will send you a written decision within 30 calendar days after the district received your notice of appeal. The school board’s decision will include information about how to file a complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
Complaint to OSPI
If you do not agree with the school district’s appeal decision, state law provides the option to file a formal complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This is a separate complaint process that can take place if one of these two conditions has occurred: (1) you have completed the district’s complaint and appeal process, or (2) the district has not followed the complaint and appeal process correctly.
You have 20 calendar days to file a complaint to OSPI from the day you received the decision on your appeal. You can send your written complaint to the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI:
Email: Equity@k12.wa.us ǀ Fax: 360-664-2967
Mail or hand deliver: PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Other Discrimination Complaint Options
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Washington State Human Rights Commission
1-800-233-3247 ǀ TTY: 1-800-300-7525 ǀ www.hum.wa.gov