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1 School District of Washington Vision Statement The School District of Washington is a premier educational center promoting lifelong learning, uniquely committed to…
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1 School District of Washington Vision Statement The School District of Washington is a premier educational center promoting lifelong learning, uniquely committed to academic, physical, emotional and social well-being of ALL students. We excel in student achievement, the implementation of researched best practices, the continuous improvement process, our productive use of technology, and partnerships with parents and community. Our success is realized in the quality of life of our students and community. Mission Statement The mission of the School District of Washington is to educate all students to the highest standards by providing an excellent learning environment in partnership with the community. WHS Mission Statement The Mission of Washington High School is to prepare all students to be lifelong learners and knowledgeable citizens with integrity, by providing the highest quality instruction in a safe and orderly environment, utilizing outstanding personnel, facilities and technology. 2 Table of contents Athletic/Activities 17, 22 Attendance 18, 19 Clubs and Activities 17 Dances 20 Discipline Policy 23-33 Food Services 19 Emergency Information 12,35,36 General Regulations 18 Guidance Office Information 13-16 Legal Notice 6 Library 19 Medications 19 Musical Groups 17 Parking 10,20,25 School Closing 13 School Colors, Song, and Accreditation Notice 3 School Contact Phone Numbers and Personnel 5 Student Dress Expectations 20 Technology Acceptable Use Policy See District Web site Telephone Messages and Cellular phones 10, 21 Tips to Survive Washington High School 4 Vision and Mission Statements 1 3 WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 2015/2016 School Colors The official school colors on all uniforms and emblems of Washington High School are royal blue and white. School Song Where the vale of ole Missouri Meets the eastern sky Mid the rustling of the tree tops Stands our good old High When the evening twilight deepens And the shadows fall, Linger long the golden sunbeams On the western wall When the shades of life shall gather Dark the heart may be; Still the rays of youth and love Shall linger long o'er thee Chorus School we love, High School, Live forever; Our Alma Mater dear; May thy sons be leal and loyal To thy memory. 4 The School District of Washington is fully accredited under the Missouri School Improvement Standards. Tips for Success at WHS 1. All attendance issues should be brought to the Welcome Center in the Northington Lobby. 2. Please have a parent/guardian call school the day of an absence or turn in a note the next day at the welcome center. 3. Students may not leave during the day for any reason without bringing a note to the welcome center or having a parent call 636-231-2200 prior to leaving campus. 4. Students may not leave campus without permission once they arrive by bus, car or walking. 5. Students must check out at the welcome center if leaving campus before the end of the regular school day. 6. Students may not be in the parking lot during the school day. 7. Lunch money must be paid before school in Nix Cafeteria or on-line via the parent portal. 8. Do not bring valuables to school. 9. No cell phones, MP3 players, or recording devises of any kind may be used at school during class unless directed by the instructor. 10. Students are not allowed in the building prior to 7:50 a.m. without written permission or being accompanied by a teacher or an adult. 11. Students are not allowed in the building except for planned activities after 4:00 p.m. 12. Students arriving before classes start should report to the Nix Cafeteria, Northington Lobby, Big Blue Jay Gym, or the library. 13. Replacement lunch cards are $10 and are available in the library. 14. Please make sure your immunization records are up to date. 15. No medications will be given before 11:00 a.m. unless special arrangements have been made. 16. Parking tags must be displayed in student vehicles at all times or the vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense. 17. Materials that are of a non-curricular nature must be cleared through the principal’s office before distribution or posting. (Board Policy IGDBA) 18. Have fun, work hard, get involved, and let your Blue Jay Pride SHOW!!! 19. IF you plan to participate in athletics you must have a physical exam before the season starts. The forms are available on our web site. http://whs-sdow-mo.schoolloop.com/athletics/home 5 Phone Numbers Principal’s Office Phone 636-231-2200 Fax 636-231-2165 Assistant Principal’s Office Phone 636-231-2200 Fax 636-231-2155 Attendance Line Phone 636-231-2222 Guidance Office Phone 636-231-2170 Fax 636-231-2175 Activities Director’s office Phone 636-231-2180 Fax 636-231-2185 Nurses Office Phone 636-231-2193 Four Rivers Career Center Phone 636-239-7777 636-231-2100 Fax 636-239-0791 Washington High School Dr. Frank Wood, Principal Dr. Kelle McCallum, Associate Principal Staff, Assistant Principal John Ragan Ed.S., Assistant Principal Bradley Kuntzman, Guidance Counselor Mariane Brueggemann, Guidance Counselor Kelly Richard, Director of Guidance Katie Sandoval, Guidance Counselor Bill Deckelman CAA, Activities Director Four Rivers Career Center Randy Kosark, Director Andy Robinson, Assistant Director 6 Legal Notices Policy Information The following information is from the School District of Washington’s Policies. To obtain greater detail regarding these policies, please go to our website www.washington.k12.mo.us or call the District office at 636-231-2000. Notification of Rights under FERPA School District of Washington The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are: (1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. (2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the School to amend a record should write the School principal (or appropriate school official), clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it should be changed. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing. (3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using its own employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the School discloses education records, without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. (NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.) (4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District of Washington to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-5920 7 Directory Information Directory information is information contained in an education record of a student that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. The school district designates the following items as directory information: Students in ninth through twelfth grade – Student’s name; parent’s name; date and place of birth; grade level; bus assignment; enrollment status (Ex. full-time or part-time); participation in school-based activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; honors and awards received; artwork or coursework displayed by the district; most recent previous school attended; and photographs, videotapes, digital images and recorded sound unless such photographs, videotapes, digital images and recorded sound would be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy. Notice of Nondiscrimination Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of elementary and secondary school students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with School District of Washington are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Washington High School compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is directed to contact the Special Services Department, 220 Locust Street, Washington, MO, at 636-239-5162. Special Services has been designated by the School District of Washington to coordinate the Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and the ADA. Public Notice All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The School District of Washington assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, mental retardation/intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay. The School District of Washington assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program. The School District of Washington assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The School District of Washington has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed at the School District of Washington, Special Services Department, 220 Locust Street, Washington, MO 63090 from 7:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. week days. This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate. NCLB Complaint Procedures The Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Title IX Part C. Sec. 9304 (a)(3)(C) requires the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to adopt procedures for resolving complaints regarding operations of programs authorized under the Act, including Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV (Part A), Title V, Title VI, and Title VII and Title IX, part C. 8 Who May File a Complaint: Any local education agency (LEA), consortium of LEAs, organization, parent, teacher, or member of the public may file a complaint. Definition of a Complaint: There are both formal and informal complaint procedures. A formal complaint must be a written, signed statement that includes: 1. An allegation that a federal statute or regulation applicable to the state educational agency (SEA) or a local education agency (LEA) program has been violated, 2. facts, including documentary evidence that supports the allegation, and 3. the specific requirement, statute, or regulation being violated. Alternatives for Filing Complaints: It is federal and state intent that complaints are resolved at a level nearest the LEA as possible. As described below, formal complaints filed with the SEA will be forwarded to the appropriate LEA for investigation and resolution. Informal complaints made to the SEA will be subject of an initial investigation by the SEA, but will be forwarded to the LEA if a formal complaint evolves. Precise processes in both instances are described below. Informal and Formal Complaints Received by the Local Education Agency Informal and formal complaints filed with the LEA concerning NCLB program operations in that LEA are to be investigated and resolved by the LEA according to locally developed procedures, when at all possible. Such procedures will provide for: 1. disseminating procedures to the LEA school board, 2. central filing of procedures within the district, 3. addressing informal complaints in a prompt and courteous manner, 4. notifying the SEA within 15 days of receipt of written complaints, 5. timely investigating and processing of complaints within 30 days, with an additional 30 days if exceptional conditions exist, 6. disseminating complaint findings and resolutions to all parties to the complaint and the LEA school board. Such findings and resolutions also shall be available to parents, teachers and other members of the general public, provided by the LEA, free of charge, if requested, and 7. appealing to the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education within 15 days Appeals to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be processed according to the procedures outlined in sections below. Informal Complaints Received by the SEA Office Informal complaints (i.e., verbal and/or anonymous) to the SEA by individuals (who may ask not to be identified to the LEA) concerning program operations in an LEA will be investigated by the SEA, according to procedures deemed most appropriate by the SEA, within 10 days of receipt of the complaint. Findings of this investigation shall be reported to the complainant within 10 additional days. In the event that the complainant requests further investigation or a hearing, the complainant must file a signed written complaint. This formal complaint will be processed according to procedures outlined in sections below. Formal Complaints Initially Received by the SEA Office 1. Record. Upon receipt of a written complaint, a record of the source and nature of the complaint, including the applicable program involved in the complaint, statute violated and facts on which the complaint is based, will be initiated. 2. Notification of LEA. Within 15 days of receipt of the complaint, a written communication will notify the district superintendent and the district NCLB coordinator of the complaint filed with the SEA. Upon receipt of the communication, the LEA will initiate its complaint procedures as set forth above. If the complaint is that an LEA is not providing equitable services to private school children, it also will be filed with the U. S. Secretary of Education, if it involves equity of services to private school children. 3. Report by LEA. Within 20 days of receipt of the complaint, the LEA will advise the SEA of the status of the complaint resolution proceedings and, at the end of 30 days, will submit a written summary of the LEA investigation and complaint resolution. This report is considered public record and may be made available to parents, teachers, and other members of the general public. A copy of this procedure also will be filed with the U.S. Secretary of Education, if it involves equity of services to private school children. 4. Verification. Within ten days of receipt of the written summary of a complaint resolution, the DESE office will verify the resolution of the complaint through an on-site visit, letter or telephone call(s). Verification will include direct contact with the complainant. If the complaint is about equity of services to private school children, the U.S. Secretary of Education shall also be given copies of all related communications. 9 Appeals Appeal to the SEA: 1. Record. Upon receipt of a written appeal to a complaint unresolved at the LEA level, a record of the source and nature of the complaint, including the applicable program involved in the complaint, statute violated and facts on which the complaint is based, will be initiated. 2. Investigation. The SEA, will initiate an investigation within 10 days, which will be concluded within 30 days from receipt of the appeal. Such investigation may include a site visit if the SEA determines that an on-site investigation is necessary. By stipulation of all concerned, this investigation may be continued beyond the 30-day limit. 3. Hearing. If required by the SEA, or formally requested by parties to the complaint, this investigation will include an evidentiary hearing(s) before an SEA Division Director acting as chairperson and designated staff personnel. Conduct of such hearings will follow the procedures outlined in state rules. The hearing proceedings shall be tape recorded
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