Section I - Forward
POMEROY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
"Home of the Pirates"
P.O. Box 950
Pomeroy, Washington 99347-0950
(509) 843-1331 FAX (509)843-8245
WELCOME TO THE 2022 – 2023 SCHOOL YEAR!
Our new Principal, Mr. Wendt, the Teachers and the Staff are looking forward to working with you to help you have a successful year. We are in education because we love working with the youth of our community and we will always find time for you as an individual. If you have concerns or questions please contact us so that we can help you navigate the sometimes shark infested waters of Junior and Senior High School.
Pomeroy is Pirate country and your Pirate Log (online at the School District Website on the Parents tab under Handbooks) will provide you what you need to know to be a successful student. It has information on academics, extra-curricular activities, student rules, and student rights and responsibilities.
Remember, working together we can all be successful!
Have a great year.
Mr. Wendt, Principal
SECTION II - INTRODUCTION
School Reform began in 1993. The legislature passed HB 1209, which revised the Basic Education Act. Its purpose was to improve the education system to keep pace with changes in society, the workplace and a competitive economy.
The goal of the Basic Education Act (RCW 28A.150.210): A basic education is an evolving program of instruction that is intended to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible and respectful global citizens, to contribute to their economic well-being and that of their families and communities, to explore and understand different perspectives, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives. Additionally, the state of Washington intends to provide for a public school system that is able to evolve and adapt in order to better focus on strengthening the educational achievement of all students, which includes high expectations for all students and gives all students the opportunity to achieve personal and academic success. To these ends, the goals of each school district, with the involvement of parents and community members, shall be to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills essential to:
(1) Read with comprehension, write effectively, and communicate successfully in a variety of ways and settings and with a variety of audiences;
(2) Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history, including different cultures and participation in representative government; geography; arts; and health and fitness;
(3) Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and to integrate technology literacy and fluency as well as different experiences and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems; and
(4) Understand the importance of work and finance and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.
The legislature also recognizes that certain basic values and character traits are essential to individual liberty, fulfillment, and happiness. However, these values and traits are not intended to be assessed or be standards for graduation. The legislature intends that local communities have the responsibility for determining how these values and character traits are learned as determined by consensus at the local level. These values and traits include the importance of:
- Honesty, integrity, and trust;
- Respect for self and others;
- Responsibility for personal actions and commitments;
- Self-discipline and moderation;
- Diligence and a positive work ethic;
- Respect for law and authority;
- Healthy and positive behavior; and
- Family as the basis of society.
To that end, the Pirate Log implements the rules and procedures contained inside to help promote a safe and positive learning environment for all students and personnel working with students.
SECTION III - STAFF
The following members of the community and school are here to work with you to make your secondary school years the best possible.
Board of Education
Ashley Koller, Chair
Rachel Gwinn, Superintendent
Fred Knebel, Director of Special Services
__TBD___, Director of Career & Technical Education
Lori Flynn, District Secretary
Kelly McKeirnan, Fiscal Officer
Junior/Senior High School Office
____Daniel Wendt___, Principal
____Lori Flynn__, ASB Advisor
Fred Knebel, Counselor
Morgan Maddess, School Resource Officer
Toddette McGreevy, & Fred Knebel, Athletic Director
Kendra Stallcop, Building Secretary
Lori Flynn, ASB Secretary
Joanne Pederson, Lunch Secretary
Pomeroy Jr/Sr High School Faculty/Subject Area
CTE - Agricultural Education
CTE - Family & Consumer Sciences
CTE – Business & Marketing Education
Sandy Anderson, Aide/Library
Wendy Snyder, Resource Room Aide
Kerri Ruark, Special Education
Lynette Cochran, Supervisor
Amanda Anderson, Baker and Cook
Mary Cook - Lead Custodian
Associated Student Body Officers
Pirate Fight Song
On for Pomeroy, on for Pomeroy
Fight on for your fa-a-me
Pass the ball right down the field (court)
And a touchdown (basket) we will make
Rah! Rah! Rah!
On for Pomeroy, on for Pomeroy
Fight on for your fa-a-me
Fight Pirates fight, fight, fight
To win this ga-a-me!
P - O - M - E - R - O - Y
We love you!
P - I - R - A - T - E - S
Pirates are the best!
SECTION IV-ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES
Most student announcements will appear in the daily bulletin, which is read during morning assembly. Extra bulletins are available in the main office. Emergency announcements will be made over the P.A. system. Students not attending the morning assembly are responsible for information given during the assembly.
Students who ride bicycles to Pomeroy Junior/Senior High are to park them in the bicycle rack located on the North side of the Gymnasium. The school cannot be responsible for any lost or damaged bicycle. All bicycles should be locked with padlocks when they are parked in the rack.
Student transportation is a privilege - not a right. Violations of school bus rules can create an immediate danger to the health and safety of others. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to listen to the driver, shall be reason for a pupil to be denied transportation.
The district serves a full and balanced meal in the cafeteria for a nominal cost. Students are expected to: (1) Get into line without cutting, pushing, shoving, (2) Take tray to kitchen and clean table of any mess made, (3) push their chair in when leaving their seat, and (4) maintain behavior appropriate to the school setting.
Cameras, as well as other electronic devices with photographing capabilities, are not to be used for unethical and illegal purposes. These devices can be used to reproduce copyrighted material, so their misuse can lead to penalties under federal copyright law. To address these concerns, the following guidelines apply to possession and use of camera devices.
- Camera devices may not be used to photograph another person who has a reasonable expectation of privacy without that person’s knowledge and consent.
- Camera devices may not be used in a way that would violate another person’s copyright.
- Camera devices may not be used to harass, intimidate, or bully another person or to invade another person’s privacy.
- An image taken using a camera device may not be published, broadcast, or transmitted to any other person, by any means, without the knowledge and consent of each person appearing in that image.
The following locations are prohibited from use of camera devices:
- Camera devices are not allowed in any locker room, restroom, or any other place where other people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
- Camera devices are not to be used in any classroom without permission from the teacher.
Students are encouraged to show pride in their school by keeping the campus clean. Picking up after themselves, both food and non-food items, is required. If a food spill occurs, then adult help should be sought in order to clean up the spill. A.S.B. Executive officers will work with Class Presidents, and the Principal to assure the campus is clean.
Students are expected to conduct themselves honestly and with integrity in their work. All forms of cheating and plagiarism are prohibited. Behavior that is unacceptable includes, but is not limited to:
- copying another student's homework
- working with others on projects that are meant to be done individually
- looking at or copying another student's test or quiz answers
- allowing another student to look at or copy answers from your test or quiz
- using any other method to get/give test or quiz answers
- taking a test or quiz in part or whole to use or to give others
- copying information from a source without proper attribution
- taking papers from other students, publications, or the Internet
Students violating this policy are subject to disciplinary measures, as well as losing academic credit, dependent upon the seriousness of the violation, prior violations, and other factors.
Community service provides an important opportunity for civic engagement. It is an integral part of a well-rounded education. Through civic engagement, students are provided an opportunity to learn from community members and organizations that support the community. These interactions prepare students to become active citizens. Both the community and the student benefit as the student learns to serve others as well as how community members and organizations serve and support students while in the school system. A student who attends Pomeroy High School 9th – 12th grade will serve forty (40) total hours of community service to be completed by their senior year. A minimum of five (5) hours must be completed each year, with a maximum of fifteen (15) hours to be completed in one year. Students can earn hours by working with a community organization listed below. All students are required to turn in hours within 30 days of serving and must serve in the community of Pomeroy for pre-approved community organization listed on our website. Students must complete community service forms and have them signed by the supervisor. If a student would like to acquire community service hours outside of the Pomeroy Community, they must discuss with Administration prior to completing the hours to request permission and must have information on the organization they will be serving. Organizations in the community may make students aware of community service opportunities by contacting the high school office in advance. Community organizations not listed who would like to be added to the pre-approved list need to contact administration. Community Service interactions prepare students to become active citizens; we hope to provide community service that benefits both the community and the student. The student will learn to serve others and develop relationships with community members and organizations that serve and support students while in the school system.
- Pomeroy Spinners
- Garfield County Fire Department and Emergency Services
- Garfield County Foodbank
- Mount Misery Snow drifters
- Gun Club
- FFA (if not an FFA member)
- Little League
- Little Guy Wrestling
- Little Guy Football
- Local Churches
- Garfield County Market Sale Committee
- Friends of the Library
- Swim Team
- Pomeroy Booster Club
- Youth Basketball
- Pomeroy Golf Course
- Aging and Disability Resource Center
- Pomeroy Assist
- Senior Center
- Pomeroy Partners Coalition
- Sheriff’s Office/911
- Girl Scouts (if not in Girl Scouts)
- Pomeroy FFA Alumni
- The Cove
- Alvin Landkammer Firework Stand
****This is an ongoing list
CONDUCT AND COURTESY
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, desks, and other furniture and equipment.
DRESS AND APPEARANCE
Pomeroy Jr./Sr. High School promotes student dress and appearance that is appropriate to the workplace setting. Students are encouraged to use personal choice when determining what will be worn to school. 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 the positive school environment.
Students in extra-curricular activities shall follow reasonable standards of dress and appearance as established by their teacher, advisor, or coach.
- Any article of clothing that does not create an atmosphere in which a student, staff, or another person’s well being is hindered by undue pressure, behavior, intimidation, overt gesture or threat of violence
- Obscene, vulgar, offensive printing or writing, pictorial representations on clothing, skin, or any other surface that is in public view.
- Advertising of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and/or drugs.
- Clothing that depicts gang related behavior
- Spandex or lycra material worn as an outside garment
- Short shorts/skirts/culottes (a reasonable length is near the student’s fingertips when the arms are held at their side)
- Blouses/shirts that expose midriff when a student raises their hands to their head
- Blouses/shirts that expose the back or under garments
- Bandanas and scarves used as hair accessories in that hair is kept out of the eyes neatly
- Bandana and scarves that depict gang affiliation
- 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 such a request will be grounds for disciplinary action.
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:
- Hold in Classroom
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 an emergency contact after roll and a school wide briefing has taken place.
No student shall be in the hall during regular class time without a hall pass issued by the teacher in charge of the student during that time.
INSURANCE AND ACCIDENTS
To participate in athletic activities all students must have insurance coverage or an insurance waiver on file with the coach. The school district does not carry medical insurance for each individual student. This is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Students may wish to purchase accident insurance at the school. Please understand that this insurance is not school district insurance, it is a private carrier and the only connection with the school is that their information is distributed on our premises. Any student who is injured at school or at a school activity should report it to the teacher in charge.
Catastrophic insurance for athletic participation at Pomeroy Junior/Senior High School is required by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP EXPECTATIONS
- I behave civilly and respectfully toward people online.
- I keep my right to access the internet at school by using it responsibly.
- I don’t send my name, address or phone number to anyone online.
- I keep my username and password to myself.
- I include others in digital learning projects whether or not they have a computer.
- I do not post hurtful or offensive material on the internet.
- I turn off my cell phone in class when the teacher asks.
- I will not delete or damage digital content that belongs to someone else.
- I will not steal the ideas, work, music or art of someone else.
Here’s what you can do online
Go to the internet sites your teacher provides and use the e-tools on your PC to…
- Create files, e-projects, videos, web pages and podcasts for class projects.
- Create content for classroom databases, blogs, wikis, bulletin boards, social networking sites, online communities, web pages and email.
- Publish your school work on the school website – if your parent or guardian gives us permission.
Do not sabotage the network
- Actions that harm the integrity of the school network and its resources, such as hacking, cracking and vandalizing.
- Actions that use our information or equipment inappropriately or illegally.
Do not target, torment, threaten, harass, humiliate, embarrass or endanger others
- Actions that bully someone through our email or on the web.
- Actions that communicate hate or discriminatory ideas, including jokes and remarks.
- Actions that threaten or could harm others.
- Actions that access, upload/download, store or distribute obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit material.
Don’t be a victim
The account we give you on the network is really yours. You are responsible for anything that happens when you are logged in − even if you didn't do it.
If you suspect someone has tampered with your account report it right away.
If you come across online or email content you feel is harmful, insulting, dangerous or inappropriate – report it immediately.
The primary function of the library is to provide reference material for students. A secondary reason is to provide useful and pleasant reading material. All rules for library use are planned to further these purposes.
Each student will be assigned a locker by number. Personal items, valuables and any school issued materials should be secured in a locked locker. Problems with lockers should be reported to the office immediately for repairs.
Each student will be assigned a Chromebook by number. Students will be given a Chromebook Handbook for specific information regarding care, use, and requirements for Chromebooks. Students are required to charge Chromebooks at home overnight and have with them daily for school. Problems with Chromebooks should be reported to the office immediately for repairs.
MUSIC PLAYING DEVICES
Devices that play music are allowed for student use before school, at lunch, and after school. These devices detract from learning and students are discouraged from bringing these to school. The school assumes no responsibility for any loss, damage, or theft of a music-playing device.
No Pomeroy Junior/Senior High staff member may issue non-prescription medication, including aspirin to any student without signed approval of parent/guardian regarding dosage.
Students enjoy the privilege of an open campus during lunch. Once a student leaves campus, he or she will no longer be supervised by school personnel. However, some types of misbehavior may fall under the jurisdiction of the school. The privilege of open campus may be revoked or other appropriate disciplinary action for misbehavior.
PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Public displays of affection are an unnecessary part of school and a distraction to the educational process (i.e. kissing and excessive or prolonged body contact, more than holding hands). Guidelines for student conduct shall be to respect the rights of others, follow reasonable directions of the school staff, and to comply with the rules of the district and school.
Severe or adverse weather conditions may cause school closing. During periods of heavy snow conditions local radio and television stations will carry broadcast messages covering school closures. Parents/guardians will be contacted through our alert system, please be sure to have correct email and phone numbers on file with the office. During this time we will potentially hold distance learning and students will be required to check in with teachers and classes virtually.
The right to drive your car to and from school is granted until such a time as it is abused. The privilege of driving at noon is likewise granted. All student cars must be parked in the proper place. Students may not go to or use cars during or between classes.
Students are advised that some fees are necessary for some classes. Fees may be assessed in crafts, home economics, shop, agriculture and/or science classes. Individual instructors will have details. See Appendix B for a general fee schedule.
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. Students who have need of using a phone must do so between classes.
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. Damaged or excessively worn books may cause fines to be levied.
Students are encouraged not to bring valuable items to school, unless they relate to educational activities. Any personal valuables and school issued materials should be secured in a locked locker. The school assumes no responsibility for loss, damaged, or theft of valuables.
Any student wishing to bring a visitor from another school must obtain a visitors pass from the principal’s office. This pass must be filled out and returned to the principal at least one day before the visitor is scheduled to attend. The principal will or will not grant permission for the visitor.
Section V - STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A primary responsibility of the Pomeroy School District and its educational staff shall be the development in students of an understanding and appreciation of our representative form of government, the rights and responsibilities of the individual, and the legal processes whereby necessary changes are brought about.
The school is a community and the rules and regulations of a school are the laws of that community. All those enjoying the rights of citizenship in the school community must also accept the responsibilities of citizenship. A basic responsibility of those who enjoy the rights of citizenship is to respect the laws of the community.
The purpose of Board Policy #3200 is to express faith in the ability of students to exercise their freedom and their basic rights while meeting their responsibilities by living up to the reasonable restrictions and appropriate standards of behavior described herein.
Students must be mindful that the exercise of rights implies the duty not to abuse those rights. Students do not have the right to diminish, passively or actively, the right of other students to an orderly learning situation.
Each educational staff member and school administrator has the authority to temporarily remove students from a class or to discipline students for cause. All school employees or educational staff has the authority to enforce rules and impose discipline upon a student who violates the rules.
Essentially, due process means being fair: The due process clause to the Fourteenth Amendment requires that procedures be established so as to guarantee that any punishment which denies educational opportunity be administered for good and just cause. Due process is not an absolute concept. Depending on the severity of the corrective action, the requirements of due process will vary. The procedures governing the imposition of discipline, suspension, or expulsion are outlined in Board Policy. These procedures are designed to safeguard the constitutional rights of students in Pomeroy School District.
FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY
Students have the freedom to assemble peacefully. There is an appropriate time and place for students to congregate to express opinions and beliefs. All student meetings in school buildings or on school grounds may function only as a part of the formal educational process or as scheduled and regulated by the principal as to time, place, and manner.
FREEDOM TO PUBLISH
Students are entitled to express in writing their personal opinions. Written or printed material shall not be disseminated in such a way as to interfere with or interrupt the normal conduct of classes or the movement to and from classes.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Students are entitled to express verbally their personal opinions in such a manner and at such times as it does not disrupt or interfere with the educational process or with the freedom of others to express themselves. The use of obscenities, personal attacks, and/or defamation of someone's character is prohibited.
A grievance procedure exists to provide an opportunity for a student to seek a remedy for any unfair application of rules, regulations, or procedures. What is a grievance procedure? Basically if you feel you have been treated unfairly or that you got a "rotten deal" from a teacher or the principal, you have the right to talk to the person that supervises that person you feel is causing you a problem. In any or all grievance procedures your first step is to go the staff member who you feel has treated you unfairly and attempt to resolve your concerns. If you are unable to resolve the issue, your next step would be that staff member's immediate supervisor (this would be the principal in most cases).
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Students have an obligation to comply with reasonable rules and regulations. All pupils who attend the Pomeroy Public Schools shall comply with the reasonable written rules and regulations established. Furthermore, all such pupils shall submit to the reasonable directions of school personnel.
The mission of the common school system is to provide a learning experience which will assist all students to develop skills, competencies, and attitudes that are fundamental to an individual's achievement as a responsible, contributing citizen. In order to maintain and advance this mission, it shall be the responsibility and duty of each student to:
- Attend all classes each day on time, 2. Make reasonable effort to learn, 3. Respect the rights of others, 4. Follow the reasonable instruction of teachers, 5. Comply with the rules of the district and school, and 6. To submit to reasonable corrective action or punishment imposed by the district and its professional staff for violation(s) of its rules.
Regular school attendance is necessary and required for mastery of the educational program provided to students of Pomeroy Jr./Sr. High 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.
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.
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 (2) 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.
- Inform student and parent via letter outlining attendance requirements after four (4) absences in any one (1) month.
- Meet with student and parent following eight (8) absences in a school year and a D or F in any class to create a plan to reduce absences.
- 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 two (2) non-medical absences in one month and or not later than ten (10) non-medical absences during the school year and student has a D or F in any class.
Students residing with a parent/guardian will require a parent contact for check-in/check-out of school and excusing absences. Exceptions to this procedure may be made through the principal, based on the following factors:
(1) Age, (2) Marital status, (3) Place of residence, (4) Parental status, (5) Other relevant factors
If a student arrives to school late or leaves school early, they must check-in or check-out through the Main Office. Students are expected to:
- Go to the main office and request to check-in or check-out through the Building Secretary.
- Present a note signed by their parent/guardian giving him/her permission to arrive late or leave early.
- Call their parent/guardian and have them speak with the Building Secretary to give permission to be late or leave early.
- Notify their teacher through an admit slip, received from the Building Secretary, during the class period for which he/she came late or is to leave early.
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:
(a) 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).
(b) 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).
(c) 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 conforms to the parameters that follow: This absence shall be limited to five (5) occurrences of up to one school day during each school year. Note: Seniors will be granted two additional days for college visitations. Arrangements for completion of assignments must be made with all teachers in advance. Requests for absences under this category that exceed the five-occurrences per year rule must be approved in advance by a committee of the principal and two teachers at a meeting with the parent or guardian and the student.
(g) Suspension - a disciplinary action or short-term suspension imposed by the school that result in an absence that is equal to or less than five (5) school days and that is verified by a school official.
If an absence is excused, the student shall be permitted to make up all missed assignments outside of class under reasonable conditions and time limits established by the teacher. A reasonable guideline for time limitations on make-up work may be one day to do make-up work for each day of excused absence.
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.
EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION
Pomeroy Jr./Sr. High 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.
HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING
Pomeroy Jr./Sr. High 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 or bullying” means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional written, verbal, or physical act:
- 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.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE
All students possess the constitutional right to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. The school district specifies limits to these rights, predicated on what the school district considers to be good and sufficient causes as follows:
- To maintain a safe environment,
- To maintain school discipline,
- To maintain order.
The following sections specify the limits set by the school district:
Searches of students: A student shall ordinarily be free from searches by school officials of his clothing and person; provided however, that the superintendent and/or principals shall conduct such searches under the following circumstances:
- If there are reasonable grounds to believe something is concealed that may be of immediate danger to the student or to other persons.
- If there are reasonable grounds to believe the search is necessary in the aid of maintaining school discipline and order.
If a student does not wish to abide by the conditions as specified in this section, he/she shall refuse to accept a locker assignment, or as an alternative, not place anything in the locker.
Seizure of material: Material which school employees or school officials observe directly or material which is discovered in a search by school officials shall be immediately seized if it conforms to any of the following definitions:
- Material which may be reasonably inferred to pose an immediate danger to the student or to any other person.
- Material which may be reasonably inferred to pose a potential or actual interference with the maintaining of school discipline and order.
- Material which is unlawful to possess under the criminal laws of the state of Washington.
Material seized under these provisions shall be kept safely by school officials (for a period of thirty calendar days) for possible return to the parents or guardians of the student.
Pomeroy Jr./Sr. High School and the Garfield County Sheriff cooperate and coordinate efforts in the prevention of student drug and alcohol use. From time-to-time, a drug-sniffing dog may be used to determine whether drugs or alcohol are present on campus. Any alert by the dog would establish reasonable cause to search a locker further.
SUBSTANCE USE EXPECTATIONS & SUPPORTS
We care deeply about your health and wellbeing, and believe that substance use gets in the way of your ability to be healthy and to participate in the learning opportunities we provide. We expect all of our students to refrain from using, being under the influence of, or possessing any kind of drugs or substances on campus, on school transportation, during school-sponsored events, and in our community. This includes alcohol, tobacco, vapes, electronic cigarettes, cannabis, prescription pills not prescribed to you, and any other drugs. We know that most of our students do not use any kind of substances. We are proud that the majority of our students make the safe and healthy choice to abstain from using substances. We also know that substance abuse impacts our community, and directly impacts some students within our community. The following discipline can be given for behavior that does not meet our school-wide expectations: 1st incident: referral for substance use education and lunch detention. 2nd incident: referral for substance use intervention and in school suspension up to 2 days. If a student is under the influence an in/out of school suspension for remainder of current day for safety will be administered on any incident.
If you or someone you know would like to talk to an adult about substance use or mental health, please reach out to your School Counselor or our Student Assistance Professional to access confidential support on campus.
Sexual Harassment is based on sex or gender and must be unwelcome, pervasive or severe, and objectively offensive. Pomeroy School District is committed to providing a learning and working environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. See Appendix C for School District Policy and legal references concerning sexual harassment.
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.
Directory information is made available to "third parties" upon request, unless an "opt out" form is on file. Third parties include, but are not limited to the armed service, local and regional newspapers, athletic programs, and college recruiters. Directory information includes the following:
- student name
- student address/phone number
- date/place of birth
- participation in school sponsored athletics and activities
- dates of attendance
- recognition, such as: degrees/awards received/honors
- weight and height for athletic programs
CELL PHONE OR PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY DEVICES
Individual students may possess cell phone or personal technology devices. All classrooms will have their own expectations and consequences regarding cell phones in the classroom. Teachers will clearly communicate cell phone rules and consequences with students and parents. CELL PHONES CANNOT BE TAKEN INTO ANY BATHROOM OR LOCKERROOM. USAGE OF THESE DEVICES FOR PICTURE TAKING, VIDEO CHATTING, OR ANY RECORDING IS PROHIBITED!
Students who participate as volunteer fire fighters may have their device on in classrooms, and will be allowed to leave the classroom when they are called to an emergency.
Students who are the subject of threats of violence or harm shall be notified of threats in a timely manner. Parents shall be included in notification to students who are the subject of threats of violence or harm. Timing and details of the notice will be as extensive as permitted by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), other legal limitations, and the circumstances.
TOBACCO - ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
Use of tobacco, nicotine products, delivery devices, alcohol, drugs (other than prescribed) and/or drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited on or about property owned, rented, or maintained by the school district and at any school sponsored event or activity. Violators will be referred to law enforcement.
It is against state law (RCW 28A.600.420) for a person to carry a firearm onto, or posses 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 student who is determined to have carried a firearm onto, or to have possessed a firearm on, public elementary or secondary school premises, public school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public schools, shall be expelled from school for not less than one year under RCW 28A.600.010 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. NOTE: A firearm (i.e.: hunting rifle stored in a student’s pick-up) on school property is a violation of state law and will result in expulsion as required by state law. The expulsion may be modified on a case-by-case basis by the superintendent.
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. Referrals for truancy/unexcused absences are cumulative. The principal will determine the corrective action to be taken.
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 disciplinary. Referrals are cumulative. The principal will determine the corrective action to be taken.
NOTE: The Pomeroy Police Department/Garfield County Sheriff may be called depending upon the severity of the incident.
SECTION VI – CURRICULAR POLICIES
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE
The curriculum at Pomeroy Junior-Senior High School is a carefully planned, six-year sequence of courses designed to meet, and in some areas surpass, the Washington State Basic Education Act requirements as set forth by statute, State Board of Education and Pomeroy School Board. Students must meet the following requirements to enter Pomeroy Senior High School:
Junior High English 2.0
Junior High Science 2.0
Washington Civics 1.0
Junior High Social Studies 1.0
Junior High Physical Education 2.0
Junior High Mathematics 2.0
Junior High Electives 4.0
Total Credits for promotion from Pomeroy Junior-High School 14.0
Pomeroy School District believes a high school diploma is the key to a productive adult life. The entrance requirements to Pomeroy Senior High School, from junior high school, are set to help students prepare for a successful high school education experience and ultimately further education and the workforce. Therefore, each student who fails to meet entrance requirements, to Pomeroy Senior High School, any time during their enrollment at Pomeroy Junior High school, shall have a Student Learning Plan developed to determine how the student will make up the requirements even if retention is required.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 2021-2022
OSPI Graduation College
Courses Credits Entry
Senior High English 4.0 4.0
Mathematics (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 Or equivalent math courses) 3.0 3.0
Senior High Science (One class must be a laboratory science) 3.0 3.0
Washington State History and Government (Civics) 1.0
- S. History 1.0 1.0
Contemporary World Problems and Government 1.0 1.0
Senior High Occupational Education (Family Consumer Science, Business and Office Education, Agriculture Education, approved Work Study) 1.0
Senior High Physical Education and Health 2.0
Senior High Visual and/or Performing Art (Art, Band, Chorus, PPR) 2.0 1.0
General Electives 6.0
World Language 2.0 2.0
Total Credits for graduation from Pomeroy Senior High School (26)
PHS Required Credits
English (reading, writing and communications)
Senior 12 Speech/Composition
Walla Walla College Eng
Or equivalent math courses
(Algebra 1, Intermediate Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2)
Science (physical, life and earth; one laboratory credit)
(Two classes must be a laboratory science)
Social Studies (civics, history and geography)
Washington St. History, Civics,
U.S. History and
Cont. World Prob.
(Social Studies in addition to US History and World Problems for college entry)
Health and Fitness
Physical Education 9
H.S. Physical Education/.5 credit must be earned in Health
H.S. Band or one credit can be earned via PPR
Any Course Designated as an Occupational Education credit listed in the Course Description Handbook and Board Policy
Any Course Designated as an Elective credit listed in the Course Description Handbook
Both credits could be earned via a Personalized Pathway Requirement PPR
Total Credits for graduation from Pomeroy Senior High School
NON-CREDITED GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The new graduation requirements include non-credited requirements. This means they are not contained in a particular class, rather they are a set of generalized attainment of goals by students as defined by the State of Washington and Pomeroy School District #110.
High School Beyond Plan
The High School and Beyond Plan is a state graduation requirement. Each student must have a High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) to guide the student’s high school experience and prepare the student for postsecondary education or training and career (ESHB 2224, Chapter 31, Laws of 2017). Students start their plan in seventh or eighth grade and then continue to revise them throughout high school to accommodate changing interests or educational and career goals.
An Academic Diploma (College Prep) requires meeting the requirements for the Standard Diploma. The following are the requirements for the Academic Diploma:
- All academic graduation requirements are to be met in standard core courses.
- Three credits of math beyond Algebra 1 (Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and/or Stats).
- A full year course in chemistry and/or science to be approved by the administration to be one of the sciences.
- Three and one-half credits of electives to be from core courses.
- Two years of one world language.
- The student is to have an overall grade point average of 3.0 and a core course grade point average of 2.5.
A seal or mark is added to the Standard Diploma issued by Pomeroy High School to distinguish it as an Academic Diploma.
An Honors Diploma requires meeting the following requirements:
- The 4th year English requirement is met through enrollment in College English. (Taking College English for college credit is optional.)
- The mathematics requirement is met by taking four years of math, beginning with Algebra 1 and going through Pre-Calculus or AP Stats.
- The science requirement is met by taking four years of science. Of the last two years, two of three classes must be Chemistry and either Addictions or Forensics, (and/or science to be approved by the administration) subject to the class schedule.
- The foreign language requirement is met by taking two years of one world language.
- Students are to have an overall grade point average of 3.30 and a core grade point average of 3.00.
- Students are to have no more than four semester grades of a C in core courses and to have no more that one grade less than a C in all work in grades 10-12.
- Students receive one additional core point for taking Calculus (Independent Study) and one additional core point for taking a 5th year of science.
A seal or mark is added to the Standard Diploma issued by Pomeroy High School to distinguish it as an Honors Diploma.
Requirements for a Basic Diploma are meeting the minimum state requirements for graduation. Students qualifying for this diploma shall not participate in commencement exercises; however, these students will receive a Pomeroy School District Diploma, and an alternate ceremony may be held.
CLASS RANK/HONOR SPEAKERS
The purpose of class ranking and honor speakers is to recognize the academic achievement of students during their high school years. The top 10% of the graduating class, who will be receiving an honors diploma, will be invited to participate in the graduation ceremony as honor speakers. Students who are recognized with this honor must prepare a speech to be delivered at commencement ceremonies. Students not wanting to fulfill this requirement will forfeit this honor, and the next qualified student will be asked to fulfill the honor. Pomeroy High School does recognize the top two students as valedictorian (first) and salutatorian (second). If a tie exists there may be multiple valedictorians and salutatorians. Class ranking will be determined by the following criteria:
- Core courses include the following: all fully graded classes that count toward graduation requirements, the entrance requirements for a four-year public institution of higher learning in the State of Washington, and the requirements for an honors diploma. These will be included in the calculation of core points. Fully graded classes are defined as those classes in which a student can earn the following letter grades: A, B, C, D, or F.
- Core points are determined by adding grade points of all the counting classes. (Algebra 1 counts toward core points if taken in the 8th Grade as a high school course as well as Calculus taken in the 12th)
- A student enrolled in Running Start may only earn as many credits as a student enrolled at Pomeroy High School. Running Start students will have the opportunity to accumulate core points through college classes.
- Exceptions will be reviewed by the Principal and Counselor.
Specific information concerning course descriptions and other information can be found in the Pomeroy Course Description Handbook. Juniors and Seniors may sign up for 1 period of Office Aide or Teacher’s Assistant.
LETTER GRADES/GRADE POINT EQUIVALENTS
Letter Grades/Grade Point Equivalents will be based on the following scale:
Students shall receive "P"-"F" grades in teacher assistant.
HONORS AND AWARDS
At the completion of each semester, all students’ grades will be averaged. Alternative credits and credits transferred from other institutions do not affect the Honor Roll. Honor Roll calculations are the average of work done at the school which is being reported on in the progress report (report card). Rules for the Honor Roll, Principal’s Honor Roster, and Principal's High Honor Roster are in relationship to work done at Pomeroy Junior-Senior High School and which is being reported. Students not wishing their names to be published must notify the office to keep their name off the list.
An honor roll will be published, listing all students by class with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Any student having a G.P.A. of 4.00 (all A's) will receive special recognition. Criteria for being listed on the Honor Roll will be as follows:
- Any grade below a C- will eliminate any student from the honor roll.
- The student must be taking five or more graded classes. A graded class is a class that gives an A, B, C, or D grade.
- Students shall receive "S"-"U" grades in traffic safety, office assistant, teacher assistant, work release (if for a credit). Physical Education class will be graded "A"-"S"-"F".
PRINCIPAL'S HONOR ROSTER & PRINCIPAL'S HIGH HONOR ROSTER
At the conclusion of each semester, students who qualify will be recognized by having their names included in the Principal's Honor Roster and in the Principal's High Honor Roster. These rosters will be published with the regular honor roll and distributed to all who receive a copy of the regular honor roll.
The criteria for being listed on these rosters are as follows:
Principal's Honor Roster standards
- No grade lower than standard "C+" ("C" or lower disqualifies)
- Taking not less than six full-credit classes at Pomeroy High School
- Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA or above
- Receiving at least 12 grade points in core-curriculum classes
Principal's High Honor Roster standards
- No grade lower than a standard "B" ("B-" or lower disqualifies)
- Taking not less than six full-credit classes at Pomeroy High School
- Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA or above
- Receiving at least 14 grade points in core-curriculum classes.
ACADEMIC LETTER AWARD
Any Pomeroy Senior High School student that maintains a 3.25 grade point average for both semesters during the academic school year will be awarded the Academic Letter which is a white "P", and may be worn on an athletic letter jacket.
STUDENT PROGRESS AND CLASS INFORMATION
Teachers are available for conferences one-half hour before and one-half hour after school. It is best to arrange conferences a few days before the meeting date to avoid scheduling conflicts. Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences are announced and held during the fall semester. Students will be required to participate in a student led presentation with their parents and advisor during the spring semester.
Progress reports are issued during the fourth and fifth week of a quarter to any student whose work to that point indicates that they will receive a "D" or an "F" at the end of the quarter or semester. However, students may be issued progress reports regardless of their grade at that point.
QUARTER/SEMSETER GRADES AND ATTENDANCE NOTIFICATION
An official printout of quarter and semester grades will be sent to parents as soon as possible after the grading term is complete.
Upon request students and parents(s)/guardian of students under 18 have the right to a copy of an academic transcript.
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING SERVICES
Students are encouraged to seek help and get advice from the guidance and counseling office whenever needed. The following is a list of services available through the Counselor:
Personal counseling or referral
- Students seeking help or advise with short-term personal problem
- Parents seeking short-term help for their student(s)
- Intervention and academic referral from teacher or principal
- Group Orientation (during last few weeks of school)
- Graduation requirements, importance of grades, grade point average, study habits, importance of attitude, responsibility to school work, goal setting Eighth grade
- Four-year academic/vocational/career planning Freshman through Seniors
- Initiate graduation requirement checklist based on transcript ~ Freshman through Seniors
- Administer Washington Occupational Information Service (WOIS) or similar ~ Sophomores
- Check graduation requirements and transcripts Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
- Expedite college applications ~ Seniors.
- Check Financial Aid Forms (FASFA) and interpret Student Aid Report (SAR)
- Distribute National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) materials ~ Juniors
- Arrange for the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) ~ Juniors and Seniors
- Meet with student to explain college admissions Juniors
- Distribute information on SAT, ACT, and college admissions ~ Juniors and Seniors
- Preview scholarship information ~ Juniors
- Distribute scholarship and financial aid information ~ Seniors and Juniors
- Conduct a financial aid and scholarship night for parents and students ~ Seniors
- Help in arranging for college visitations ~ Seniors
ADMISSIONS TESTING INFORMATION
The Guidance and Counseling Department provides testing information to students. Many colleges and universities require one or more of the tests listed below prior to admission. In general, students who intend to enroll in higher education should contact the guidance counselor prior to the beginning of their junior year. These tests are rigidly proctored; students are expected to pay for their own materials. Pomeroy School District does pay for all students to take the PSAT and AP Tests of coursework offered.
PSAT ~ The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test combined with the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is given to juniors who are interested in qualifying for national scholarships. Recognition of excellence is given to students based on a preset score.
SAT ~ The Scholastic Aptitude Test is normally taken during the spring semester of the junior year or fall semester of the senior year. In addition, some colleges require SAT achievement.
ACT ~ The American College Test is taken by those students wishing to apply to schools with this admissions requirement.
ASVAB ~ The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is designed to assist young people in career exploration. .
ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY OF POMEROY JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL
Any student regularly enrolled at Pomeroy Junior-Senior High School is considered a member of the Associated Student Body, refer to Appendix E for a written copy of the ASB Constitution. ASB Card price reductions are available for eligible students. If you think you might qualify, please see the ASB Secretary before purchasing one.
The following is a list of student organization offerings at Pomeroy Jr./Sr. High School:
FBLA- Future Business Leaders of America
FCCLA – Family Community Career Leaders of America
HONOR SOCIETY is affiliated with the national society which stresses the importance of the ‘all-around’ student. To be eligible for membership, a student needs to be active in service and school activities as well as maintain a high scholastic average.
KNOWLEDGE BOWL is a competition of scholastic recall.
PEP CLUB is a club to encourage sportsmanship and enthusiasm for school athletic teams and to support the yell leaders at all games.
Student/Athlete Transported to/from School Sponsored Events:
- College Testing
- Medical Appointment
- Other School related activities
Parent release forms can be picked up in the HS Office, from a coach/supervisor, or printed off the District website.
ATHLETICS MISSION: The mission of the Pomeroy School District extra-curricular athletics program is to expand and compliment the school’s overall mission of educating its students.
Philosophy of Implementation of the Mission:
Unlike the structured curriculum in our schools, athletics may not be able to serve every student. However, because Pomeroy is a small school, a majority of students can be served through participation in some aspect of the overall program. Sub-varsity programs should provide the opportunity for participation by as many students as possible while developing their athletic abilities. Varsity programs will serve as a focus for individual athletic achievement and team success. Of utmost importance is student understanding that participation in school athletics is a privilege earned through proper academic achievement and prober personal conduct. Once a student earns the right to play, he or she then has the responsibility to represent the school in a manner that reflects positively on the community.
The Eligibility Code is distributed to prospective student-athletes and parents before each sports season. An Elgibility Code may be obtained in the Main Office.
On the first day of the school year, each class will hold a meeting to elect officers for the year. The following officers will be elected:
Student Council Rep
- HIGH DANCE RULES
- Students who are dancing or acting inappropriately will be asked to stop. If necessary, students may be asked to leave.
- Dances shall be held within Pomeroy City limits and on school grounds. Any exceptions to this rule would need approval from the Pomeroy School Board. Dances must be held by and for high school students provided they are properly chaperoned by at least 5 adults one of which must be a Pomeroy School District employee. Written acceptance of responsibility for chaperoning the dances must be in the principal’s office the day before the dance.
- Each class/organization may sponsor any number of dances desired, provided they are approved by the administration and that each class/organization will abide by the rules for dances herein stated.
- No one under the ninth grade is allowed to attend a high school dance.
- The principal is to be notified immediately if any student shows signs of alcohol or drug use.
- Only a member of the Student Body will be admitted without a “guest pass.” The only exception will be one-year PHS alumni. Student from other schools may attend dances only when they are invited guest. Individuals wishing to bring such a guest must return a request form from the Principal no later than two school days before the dance is to be held. No one 21 years old or older may attend a high school dance.
- When the students and their dates arrive at the dance, it will be understood that they will not leave the building before the dance is over. Those that leave the building will not be re-admitted.
- Pep dances will be held from 8:00 to 10:30 PM. Formal dances are to be held from 8:00 to 10:30 PM. No dances are to be held on school nights when classes will be held the next day.
- Sound Control: WAC 248-84-320 states in paragraph 2; the occupants in a school shall not be exposed to amplified music exceeding 90 decibels.
- Admission to any dance will be closed 45 minutes after the scheduled start of that dance. Students and guest will not be admitted to the dance after that time.
- The sponsoring class/organization is responsible for cleanup.
- All plans and preparations must be completed, approved by advisors, and turned into the principal for approval at least 1 week in advance of the dance date.
JUNIOR HIGH DANCE RULES
All high school rules for dances apply to the junior high in addition to the following:
- The number of chaperones will be 4, one of which will be a school employee.
- The number of dances held during the year is 3. Any more than this number must be approved by the class advisor and principal.
- No one under the 7th grade is allowed to attend (no spectators or guests)
- No one over the 8th grade is allowed to attend (no spectators or guests)
- Dances for Junior High students will be held from 8:00 to 10:30 PM.
- Students from other schools are not allowed.
- Admission to the dance closes 30 minutes after the scheduled start.
- All plans and preparations must be completed, approved by advisors, and turned into the principal for approval at least 1 week in advance of the dance date.
Section VIII - NON-DISCRIMINATION
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 or 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 employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Doug LaMunyan, 1090 Pataha Street, PO Box 950, Pomeroy, WA 99347, 509 843_1331.
Any application and any required policies, procedures, evaluations, plans, and reports regarding Special Education within the Pomeroy School District will be made readily available to parents and other members of the general public through the district’s Special Education Office and Superintendent’s Office.
Section 504 requires school districts to ensure that students who are handicapped are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services. This district shall provide a free appropriate education to each qualified handicapped person who is in the district’s jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the handicap.
The Pomeroy School District is in compliance with Title IX and Section 504 of the Education Amendments of 1973. Title IX requires school districts to provide opportunities for all students and personnel in all areas, regardless of gender. Any student who believes they have been discriminated against on the basis of gender may appeal through the Title IX Compliance Officer to have the problem corrected.
Section 504 Coordinator - Fred Knebel
Title IX Compliance Officer, Drug & Alcohol Coordinator, State Programs:
Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying Compliance Officer – Rachel Gwinn
Pomeroy School District #110
Discrimination Complaint Procedure
WHAT IS DISCRIMINATION?
Discrimination is the unfair or unequal treatment of a person or a group because they are part of a defined group, known as a protected class. Discrimination can occur when a person is treated differently, or denied access to programs, services or activities because they are part of a protected class. Discrimination can also occur when a school or school district fails to accommodate a student or employee’s disability. Harassment (based on protected class) and sexual harassment can be forms of discrimination when it creates a hostile environment.
What is a Protected Class?
A protected class is a group of people who share common characteristics and are protected from discrimination and harassment by federal and state laws. Protected classes defined by Washington State Law include:
- National origin
- Disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal
- Sexual orientation
- Gender expression or identity
- Honorably discharged veteran or military status
What should I do if I believe my child is being discriminated against?
You should report your concerns to your child’s teacher or principal immediately! This will allow the school to respond to the situation as soon as possible.
If you cannot meet with the teacher or principal, you can always contact your school district’s main office. Each school district will have someone who is responsible for responding to complaints about discrimination. Sometimes this person is called the Title IX Coordinator or for issues related to disability, the Section 504 Coordinator.
What if I can’t resolve the problem with the school?
If you cannot resolve your concern, you may wish to file a complaint with the school district. Anyone can file a complaint with the school district. You can file a formal complaint by writing a letter to your Superintendent that describes what happened and why you think it is discrimination. It is helpful to include what you want the district to do. Your letter must be signed.
The employee designated by the district to receive complaints will investigate your allegations and provide the superintendent with a written report of the complaint, and the results of the investigation. You and the district may also agree to resolve your complaint in lieu of an investigation.
The superintendent will send you a written letter within 30 calendar days which will either deny your allegations or describe the reasonable actions the district will take. The letter will include how to file an appeal with your school board if you do not agree with the Superintendent’s decision.
Corrective measures must occur no later than 30 calendar days of the superintendent’s letter.
What if I don’t agree with the superintendent’s decision or no one responds to my letter?
Your next step is to appeal to the school board. You can file an appeal by writing a letter to your school board. The letter must include the part of the superintendent’s written decision that you would like to appeal and what you want the district to do. Your letter must be filed with the Secretary of your School Board by the 10th calendar day after you received the superintendent’s response letter.
The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they receive your appeal letter. You may also all agree on a different date.
What will happen at the hearing?
You will explain why you disagree with the superintendent's decision. You may bring witnesses or other information that is related to your appeal.
The board will send you a copy of their decision within 10 calendar days after the hearing. The decision will include how to appeal to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction if you disagree.
What if I don’t agree with the School Board’s decision?
You may appeal the school Board’s decision to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
You can file an appeal by writing a letter to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The letter must include the part of the school board’s decision that you would like to appeal and what you want the district to do.
Your signed letter must be received by OSPI by the 20th calendar day of receiving the school board’s decision. It can be hand-delivered or mailed to:
Administrative Resource Services
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Phone (360) 725-6133
OSPI will schedule a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge through the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). During this process you will be provided information about the hearing.
At the hearing you will explain why you disagree with the school board’s decision. You may bring witnesses or other information that is related to your appeal. After the hearing, you will receive a copy of the judge’s decision.