QUILCENE SCHOOL DISTRICT

IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTIFICATIONS

BECCA BILL

State law requires that a juvenile court petition by filed with the Prosecuting Attorney when a student reaches seven (7) unexcused absences in a calendar month or ten (10)accumulated truancies in a school year. The court then schedules a hearing and requires the attendance of the child and the parents at the proceeding.

 

DISRUPTION OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS

Students must obey the reasonable instructions of school district personnel. Conduct that interferes with the educational process is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action. Students who shall willfully create a disturbance on school premises during school hours or at school activities shall by guilty of a misdemeanor (RCW 28.635.030) and will be subject to discipline, suspension or expulsion.Multiple offenses of any nature many result in suspension or expulsion.Offenses are cumulative throughout the student’s secondary school years no matter what school district the student has previously attended.

 

HARASSMENT AND BULLYING

Students are expected to refrain from conducting themselves in a manner that would endanger the physical welfare of others. Also, students are encouraged to report harassment of any kind to a staff member, knowing that confidentiality will be protected if possible. Harassment, bullying, threatening statements, intimidation, coercion and verbal abuse are not allowed and violations will result in disciplinary action and possible police referrals. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, including, but not limited to those that are reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic in RCW 9A.36.080, or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional written, verbal or physical act:

(a) Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or

(b) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or

(c) Is so severe,persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or

(d) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the educational process.

 

CYBERSPACE HARASSMENT AND BULLYING

Bullying, harassment,threats, profane, lewd, and obscene language, conduct, or images are prohibited in e-mail, text messaging, and other electronic communications.

 

MALICIOUS HARASSMENT

Malicious harassment is a class C felony. Overt acts of prejudice or harassment related to a person’s race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, culture, ethnicity or mental, physical or sensory handicap will result in immediate and serious consequences which may include long term suspension.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and occurs when a person is subjected to unwelcome behavior, language, or an environment that is sexual in nature. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or unnecessary physical contact is inappropriate, harmful, and against the law.

 

SMOKING AND USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

The Quilcene School District fully enforces RCW 28A.210.310 that states students of any age are prohibited from smoking or using tobacco products. In addition students are not to have tobacco products, lighters, or matches in their possession at any time during the school day or at any school sponsored activities. Before or after school,students are not to use tobacco products on or adjacent to the school grounds and/or visual distance of any school grounds.

RCW 70.155.080 will also been forced, whereby, a person under the age of eighteen who purchases or attempts to purchase, possesses, or obtains or attempts to obtain cigarettes or tobacco products commits a Class 3 civil infraction under Chapter 7.80 RCW and is subject to a fine as set out in Chapter 7.80 RCW or participation in up to four hours of community restitution, or both. The court may also require participation in a smoking cessation program. The legislative intent and language upgrades the seriousness of tobacco possession and calls for police intervention. While municipal and district courts within the state have jurisdiction for enforcement of this section, the school district may impose sanctions. The use or possession of tobacco in any form, lighters or matches is not permitted on school property, at school events, or within the area surrounding the school grounds. Violation of this rule constitutes a serious offense and will result in suspension from school. Students will be disciplined for smoking within sight of QSD property during and after school, and during any school activity, on or off Quilcene School District grounds.

 

NONDISCRIMINATION

The Quilcene School District believes in fostering respect and recognition of cultural diversity, human dignity and individual rights. In this regard, the district complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation,religion, marital status, or qualified individuals with disabilities. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extra curricular school activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Title IX/RCW28A.640 Compliance Officer Wally F. Lis (360) 765-3363 Ext. 202, Section 504 Coordinator Barbara Lyons (360) 765-3363 Ext. 245, and/or ADA Coordinator Barbara Lyons (360) 765-3363 Ext. 245.

 

PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION

The Quilcene School District applies pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides) as needed throughout the year by district employees and licensed contractors. District employees responsible for applying pesticides are required to attend annual pesticide application training.

The District shall comply with all legal requirements for record keeping regarding the application of pesticides to school grounds or school facilities. This includes creation of an annual summary report of pesticide usage and compliance with state department of agriculture rules regarding record keeping. Such records will be available on request by interested persons under the state Public Records Act and other laws.

At least 48 hours before the application of a pesticide to school facilities or school grounds, the District shall notify parents and staff of the planned application in writing, including the heading, “Notice: Pesticide Application.” This notice shall be posted in a prominent place in the building office in addition to being provided to parents and staff. This pre-notification is not required if the school grounds or facilities will not be occupied by students for two days following the application of the pesticide. If the application is not made within 48 hours of the notification, another notification shall be made prior to the application.This pre-notification is not required in the case of any emergency application of pesticides to a school facility, such as an application to control stinging pests, but full notification shall be made as soon as possible after the application.

 

Following the application of a pesticide to school facilities (structures and vehicles) a sign shall be posted at the location of the application. The notice shall be at least 8.5 x11 inches in size, shall include the heading, “Notice: Pesticide Application,”and shall state the product name; date, time and specific location of the application; the pest.for which the application was made; and a contact name and telephone number. The notice shall remain posted for 24 hours, or longer if required by the label of the pesticide. Following the application of a pesticide to school grounds notice shall be posted at the location of the application and at each primary point of entry to the grounds. The notice shall be at least 4 x 5 inches in size and state that the landscape recently has been treated with a pesticide and provide a contact name and telephone number. The notice shall remain posted for 24 hours, or longer if required by the label of the pesticide. These notices are not required for the application of antimicrobial pesticides (substances used to sanitize or disinfect for microbial pests; viruses, bacteria, algae, and protozoa). These notices are not required for the placement of insect or rodent bait that are not accessible to children.

 

FAMILY PRIVACY RIGHTS

The Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 permits the Quilcene School District to release certain information,known as “directory information”, to certain people or institutions, unless parents request, in writing, that such information not be released. In many cases, requests for this type of information come from the news media or the armed forces for recruiting purposes. “Directory Information” may include:

Student name, address and telephone number, Date and place of birth, Participation in officially-recognized activities and sports, Weight and height of athletic team members, Date of Attendance, The most recent educational agency or institution attended, Photographs or other similar information. Photographs may occasionally be taken of students for use in the news media or school district publications. The Quilcene School District will not release any “directory information” for commercial or other purposes not related to school business. Please call 765-3363 ext 205 to request our opt-out release form if you wish your child to be excluded from any of these activities.

 

ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION

In compliance with the Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA), a copy of the Quilcene School District’s Asbestos Management Plan is available in the School Office. Questions may be directed to the Maintenance Department, Attention Gary Hitt at (360) 765-3363 Ext. 203.

 

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are"eligible students." Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school.Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies. Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information. Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

Ø  School officials with legitimate educational interest;

Ø  Other schools to which a student is transferring;

Ø  Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

Ø  Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

Ø  Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

Ø  Accrediting organizations;

Ø  To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

Ø  Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

Ø  State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory"information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

For additional information or technical assistance, you may call(202) 260-3887 (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

Or you may contact us at the following address: Family Policy Compliance Office - U.S. Department of Education - 400 Maryland Avenue, SW - Washington, D.C. 20202-5920