PHONE: 509-843-1651 FAX: 509-843-8246
Dear Student and Parents:
This student and parent handbook covers a wide range of topics of basic expectations for students within the school setting. General topics are covered in alphabetical order. Many questions can be answered by using this handbook as a resource.
Elementary school is a crucial part of every child’s life. It is a time to learn the most important skill of adulthood, reading. With this skill, many doors are opened to the future.
Please feel free to submit questions or suggestions concerning this handbook to the principal or school secretary. Creating a learning environment where students feel safe to explore and obtain a high quality education is important. To maintain this learning environment, parents contribute through their involvement in this partnership.
The Pomeroy Elementary School faculty and staff hope all students have a great experience at school!
Rachel Gwinn Rachel Gwinn Alaina Fruh
Superintendent Principal Building Secretary
Pomeroy Elementary School
In order to register, your child must be five years of age before September 1. You will need to bring a birth certificate, hospital certificate, or baptismal record, an immunization record, and social security number (optional). New students in grades K-6 need to be registered by a parent or guardian in the elementary office before they can attend classes. Students transferring from out of state will need an immunization record. Kindergarten registration is held in the Spring and again in the last few weeks of August. Notices will be put in the local newspaper, district website and Facebook.
Pomeroy elementary uses a variety of curriculum and resources to help all students meet the common core state standards. Currently educators are using Journey’s for our reading and writing curriculum, and enVision2020 for our math curriculum. Social Studies Alive is the curriculum used for that discipline and science kits are used to meet the next generation science standards. We also pride ourselves on teaching students kindness, courtesy, pride and other important character traits.
Title 1 / Lap Reading and Math Programs
Title 1 is a federally funded program whose purpose is to enable schools to provide opportunities for all children to acquire the knowledge and skills required in the state's challenging content and performance standards.
LAP (Learning Assistant Program) is a state funded program that is also available to academically at-risk students in math and reading.
Students are usually referred by their classroom teacher, but if parents have concerns about their child's progress, they may contact Rachel Gwinn at the Pomeroy Elementary School at 843-1651 to discuss testing and qualification standards. The Title I Parent Involvement Building Plan is available in the elementary office or the Title I room (#204).
Under the No Child Left Behind Act, parents of children in schools that receive Title I funding have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers including, at a minimum, the following:
- Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject area in which the teacher provides instruction.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
- The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher, any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
- Timely notice that the parents' child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher of a core academic subject who is not highly qualified.
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
Teachers and staff teach and model the following character traits. We strongly believe in these attributes and celebrate students who display them.
Pirate Character Traits
P = Pride
I = Independence
R = Respect
A = Attitude
T = Trustworthy
E = Effort
S = Show Kindness
School Policies, Rules, & Information
Regular school attendance is necessary and required for mastery of the educational program provided to students of Pomeroy Elementary School. Students are strongly encouraged to be present at each class session to fully participate in group and individual activities which form the basis for student achievement. Absences deprive students and class members of the extended learning that takes place in the classroom. However, the faculty recognizes the fact that students at times may appropriately be absent from class. As a safety precaution, the elementary school office will call the home of all students who are absent.
If a parent/guardian brings a student to school late or takes the child from school early, they must check-in or check-out through the Main Office.
- Parents are expected go to the main office and request to check-in or check-out their child through the Building Secretary.
- Students are expected to present a note signed by their parent/guardian giving him/her permission to arrive late or leave early, if not accompanied by a parent.
- The parent/guardian may make phone contact to speak with the Building Secretary and give permission for their child to arrive late or leave early.
- Students are expected to notify their teacher through an admit slip, received from the Building Secretary, indicating the time in which he/she came late or is to leave early.
Students residing with a parent/guardian will require a parent contact for excused absences. Parents should make every effort to contact the school if an absence cannot be avoided. Parents and guardians must call the elementary office if their child is going to be absent. After the office has been notified of the absence, then a written excuse for any absence should be sent to the school on the day the student returns to school. The note should include the current date, date of absence, reason for absence, and parent/guardian signature.
Types of Absences
The following are the categories of attendance and the relevant procedures to be followed within the Pomeroy School District:
The following absences are defined as being excused absences:
- Illness/Medical Release - a valid illness or health condition which includes medical, dental, vision, and mental health or counseling appointments (when verified by a signed note or telephone call from a parent or guardian or the attending physician or counselor).
- Emergency/Family Leave/Funeral/Transportation Waiver - a true emergency that could not reasonably be handled outside of school time, sudden or immediate family emergencies, funerals, and transportation waivers. (This type of excused absence must be verified by a signed note or telephone call from a parent, guardian, law-enforcement officer, or school official).
- Religious Release - attendance at a religious observance or at religious instruction provided it is not conducted on school property (when requested by a signed note or telephone call from a parent or guardian).
- Transfer - school-approved activity transfers in which a student is scheduled to attend a school-sponsored activity during school time and is accompanied and supervised by a school employee.
Note: 4-H students will be allowed a transfer when participating in the Garfield County Fair, Spokane Junior Livestock Show, and the Garfield County Junior show for a maximum of six (6) days.
- Administrative - leave that is approved by a school administrator.
- Pre-Arranged Parental - a parental or guardian-approved absence that is arranged for in advance of the absence by a signed note or telephone call and that outlines the duration of absence and expected date of departure and return must be presented to the teacher at least a week (if possible) prior to the departure.
- Suspension - a disciplinary action or short-term suspension imposed by the school that results in an absence that is equal to or less than five (5) school days and that is verified by a school official.
Students will be given sufficient time to make up the work. Parents or guardians need to arrange with the teacher a time to pick up assignments. It is the parent and child’s responsibility to see that the assigned work is completed and returned to the teacher.
An absence is defined as unexcused when it does not completely conform to any of the seven categories (a through g) of excused absences and the procedures for verifying them as defined in the section above.
Laws concerning compulsory attendance in the State of Washington place primary responsibility for attendance on parents. All children between the age of eight years old and under eighteen years old are required to attend a majority of the periods of an average school day (RCW 28A.225).
This section outlines the duty of the school when those responsibilities are not met:
- Inform the child’s custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) by notice in writing or by telephone after one (1) unexcused absence within any month during the school year.
- Inform the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) of potential consequences of further unexcused absence.
- Schedule a conference with the custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) after two (5) unexcused absences within any month within the school year.
- Develop a written record of steps taken to eliminate or reduce the child’s absences as outlined during the conference.
- Enter into an agreement with the student and parent that outlines attendance requirements before five (5) absences in any one (1) month.
- If the absences are not reduced, after a plan has been put in place, a petition will be filed with the juvenile court not later than seven (7) absences in one month and or not later than ten (10) absences during the school year.
Bus or Walk Notes
Students must have a note dated and initialed by the office in order to ride the bus to any destination other than their regular stop. Elementary students should have a note if they are to go anywhere other than their normal destination or if they are to be picked up by someone other than the parent/guardian. Notes can either be sent with the student or called in to the office by the parent.
Bicycles and Scooters
Students who ride bicycles and scooters to school are to walk them across the crosswalks and park them in the bicycle racks located on the west side of the elementary building. Bicycles and scooters are not to be ridden during recess. The school cannot be responsible for any lost or damaged bicycles or scooters.
NO skateboards are allowed on any school property.
The Pomeroy School District serves a full and balanced breakfast and lunch at a nominal cost in accordance with Child Nutrition Guidelines. Students are provided a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch high in whole grains, low in fat and reduced sodium. Two types of milk will be offered with each meal as well as more fruits and vegetables.
Students are expected to:
- assume the correct order in the serving line without cutting, pushing, shoving
- bus their tray to the kitchen upon finishing lunch
- clean the table in which they eat before leaving the cafeteria
- push their chair in when leaving their seat
- maintain behavior appropriate to the school setting
Once at school, students are expected to remain on campus for the entire school day. Students must be cleared through the office to leave campus, with a note or phone call, for lunch or any other reason. When a student is released, he or she will no longer be supervised by school personnel. However, some types of misbehavior may fall under the jurisdiction of the school.
Courtesy and Conduct
Courtesy and good manners should be the key to a student's conduct at school. A good attitude toward teachers, other school employees, and fellow students will make school enjoyable for all. Students are expected to have respect for school property and to take good care of books, and other furniture and equipment.
Emergency drills occur at regular intervals during the school year. Students are to follow the directives of the staff member directly supervising them during the drill. Procedures have been developed for the following situations:
- Bomb Threat Evacuation*
- Fire Alarm Evacuation*
*These are Stage 1 Evacuations.
Students and staff return to the building after Stage 1 Evacuations when the "All-Clear" signal is given.
For a Stage 2 Evacuation, students and staff are evacuated clear of the building to the Methodist Church, Football Field, or Elementary Gym because of potential danger to students and staff. Students may be checked out to a relative 21 years of age or older after roll and a schoolwide briefing has taken place.
Make sure the office and teachers have current telephone numbers, contact people, and addresses. It is especially important to have someone who is available to assist if you are out of town. If your child has any medical problems, notify the teacher and elementary office immediately.
Pomeroy School District defines “exceptional misconduct” when a student seriously disrupts the educational environment with deliberate and willful actions. The following actions fall under “exceptional misconduct” and may be disciplined immediately through: (WAC 180-40-245 and WAC 180-40-260)
- extreme profanity/disrespectful gestures towards others
- refusal to comply with reasonable written or oral directions of school personnel
- repeated or extended failure to correct disruptive behavior
- vandalism/theft of personal or school property
- cheating/theft of test instruments or assisting another student in doing so
- verbal/written/implied threat of life or limb/attempted or actual physical assault of a student or adult
- harassment, intimidation, bullying of a student as defined in Pomeroy School District Board Policy 3207
- sexual harassment toward a student or adult as defined in Pomeroy School District Board Policy 8700
- overt public displays of sexual behavior/misconduct
- any student that exposes themselves indecently
- possession/distribution/use of illicit drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
- possession/distribution/use of products used for purposes other than their manufactured intent
- possession of and/or use of a weapon of look alike weapon
- exhibiting behavior that indicates affiliation with a gang in the form of clothing and/or conduct
Note: Items listed above and other items may be grounds for expulsion.
Exchange of Information
Pomeroy Elementary School participates in the exchange of information with law enforcement and juvenile court officials to the extent permitted by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Parents shall be notified of any exchange of information, except as provided by law.
Personal Valuables & Proper Dress
Valuable items are not to be brought to school. Children should not bring toys for outside play. The teacher may give permission for students to bring toys from home to be shared during classroom "sharing time." School personnel will not be responsible for toys brought from home.
Pomeroy Elementary School promotes student dress and appearance that is appropriate for learning. Dress and appearance must be neat and clean and not present health or safety problems. It may not disrupt, interfere with, disturb, or distract from a positive school environment.
- Students shall wear shoes while in the school buildings as required by Washington State Health Laws.
If, in the opinion of the school administration, an article of clothing is deemed to be inappropriate for wearing on school grounds, the student will be requested to change attire. Refusal to comply with such a request may be grounds for disciplinary action.
Each child may check out two books in each library period (except kindergarten students), unless his or her name appears on the overdue list. We do not charge for overdue books, but we do charge replacement cost for lost or damaged books.
Student Accident & Health Insurance
Pomeroy School District does not provide medical insurance to cover injuries to students. A student insurance plan is available at minimum cost to cover any student while at school and at school activities. Optional 24-hour coverage and dental coverage are also available. Insurance brochures are available in the elementary and high school offices.
Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
Pomeroy Elementary School is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons, free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. Harassment, intimidation, and bullying may occur when a student’s behavior falls well below expected standard of conduct as defined in Board Policy #3207. Slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral, physical or electronically transmitted messages or images (i.e. cyber bullying) are examples of the many forms in which harassment, intimidation, and bullying may take. Any intentional act that is in the form of a written message or image, including those that are electronically transmitted, verbal or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 9A.36.080(3), (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing characteristics, may be considered harassment, intimidation, or bullying when it results in one or more of the following circumstances:
- Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
- Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
To report and resolve complaints of harassment, intimidation or bullying, the student needs to seek out any adult staff member, the counselor, or principal.
Illness at School
A child suspected of having a communicable disease must be kept home. Diseases that require exclusion are chicken pox, pink eye, dysentery, measles, rubella, polio, whooping cough, scabies, headlice, impetigo, and scarlet fever. Ringworm does not require exclusion if being treated.
Students who do not have their required immunizations will be excluded from school until immunizations are current.
Children who feel ill in the morning should be kept home as we do not have facilities to care for ill students. If a student becomes ill at school, the parents/guardians will be contacted to take the student home.
Injury at School
If a student is injured at school, the student is to report to the classroom teacher and ask for a pass to go to the office. If necessary, the office staff will try to contact the parent(s). All students who are injured or become ill must check out through the office before leaving school.
Student use of the Internet is limited to educational use. The Pomeroy School District Acceptable Use Procedure-Student outlines specific expectations of students using the Internet on school property. Students will opt-in during the school year.
Medication: Prescription & Non-Prescription
Staff cannot administer any type of medication, i.e., prescriptions, over-the-counter, inhalers, etc. A medical form called "Authorization for Administration of Oral Medication at School" must be filled out, signed by the doctor and parent, and placed on file with the elementary office. Medication must be given to the school in the original prescription container stating child's name, correct dosage, and time to be given. Neither elementary school office nor the Garfield County Health District office supplies over-the-counter medication to students.
Medical forms may be obtained at the elementary office, Garfield County Health District Office, or at the Pomeroy Medical Clinic.
As a means of instilling values of responsibility and personal accountability, a student whose absence is not excused shall experience the natural consequences of his/her truancy/unexcused absence. However, there are instances when known truancy/unexcused absence from class requires disciplinary action. The principal shall contact parents for any corrective action.
CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR/MINOR DISRUPTIONS
Discipline may be imposed upon a student for a violation of school and school district rules. Students who are referred to the principal because their conduct disrupts the learning environment are subject to the progressive discipline. Referrals are cumulative. Parents shall be well informed of classroom behavior disruptions. The principal shall contact parents by phone for any "corrective action" taken.
When a student seriously disrupts the educational environment with deliberate and willful actions, the student may be disciplined immediately through suspension. Referrals are cumulative. The principal shall contact parents by phone for any "corrective action" taken.
NOTE: The School Resources Officer may be called depending upon the severity of the incident.
NONDISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT PROCEDURE
Pomeroy 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:
Civil Rights/Title IX Compliance Coordinator Section 504 Compliance Coordinator
Rachel Gwinn, Superintendent Fred Knebel, 504 Coordinator
District Mailing Address
121 S. 10th St.
PO Box 950
Pomeroy, WA 99347
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 here: psd.wednet.edu
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 online here: psd.wednet.edu
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 Our 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 received 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 Human Rights Commission Website
Students and parents have a right to the following concerning student records:
- The right to inspect and review educational records.
- The right to request an amendment to the record that is believed to be in accurate or misleading.
- The right to consent to disclosure of the student's record and an explanation under which the school may disclose without prior consent.
- The right to file a complaint with the Family Compliance Office of the Department of Education.
- The right to a description of who is considered to be a school official and what is considered to be a legitimate interest so that information may be shared with that person.
- The right to information about who to contact to seek access or amendment of educational records.
Telecommunications Devices (Cell Phones)
In order to prevent disruptions to the educational environment, the use of telecommunications devices of any kind is not allowed at Pomeroy Elementary School. This applies to hours of operation from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Simply put your child may have a cell phone, but the phone must not be on during school hours unless permission is given by the principal or teacher. Each classroom teacher may provide your child with other cell phone rules and expectations.
The office phones are for school business, not as a convenience to the students. Students will not be summoned from class for phone calls except in an emergency. The office is not an answering service for students. Students who have need of using a phone must do so with permission from their teacher. A phone is available in the foyer.
Textbooks for all classes are furnished by the district. Notebooks, pencils, pens, etc., are to be furnished by the students. It is the student’s responsibility to care for the materials furnished by the district. Textbooks are to be kept covered at all times. Damaged or excessively worn books may cause fines to be levied.
re: guns, pocket knives, squirt guns, paint ball guns, fireworks, and look-alike weapons
The Pomeroy School District is committed to providing a safe learning environment. Appropriate discipline sanctions, up to and including expulsion and referral to law enforcement, will be imposed if an individual's actions cause a threat to this safe environment.
Strong disciplinary measures (up to and including expulsion) may be imposed if, in the judgment of the administrator in charge, a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation exists involving any of the above-listed items or a threat of bodily harm. If students, staff and/or patrons are placed in any potential danger by a student bringing, possessing, and/or a threat to use any of the above-listed items, the student will be immediately placed in a contained environment and a prompt and extensive investigation will occur.
It is against state law (RCW 28A.600.420) for a person to carry a firearm onto, or possess on, public or private elementary or secondary school premises, school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public or private schools. Any person who has been determined to have done so will be expelled from school for not less than one (1) year under RCW 28A600.010 as well as referred to law enforcement. A firearm is defined as a dangerous weapon in RCW 9.41.010. Other types of weapons include “nun-chu-ka sticks,” “throwing stars,” any air gun, air pistol or air rifle, etc.
Parents are welcome to visit the school and classrooms. All persons entering the school are asked to please check in at the office.
Parents wishing to visit the classroom should call the elementary school office to make arrangements. Parents wishing to have a conference or having specific questions should call the school and the teacher will return your call as soon as he/she is free. The school encourages close communication between the home and school.
Volunteering is encouraged and appreciated. Contact your child’s teacher to see how you may help in their classroom. Volunteers are asked to check-in or check-out through the office, while working in the building.