Student Handbook

Eatonville School District #404 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. This holds true for all district employment and opportunities. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX/Chapter 28A.640 RCW Officer: Cristin Blaskowitz, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Cristin Blaskowitz, Special Services, 200 Lynch St. W., Eatonville, WA 98328 (360) 879-1800.

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EHS Handbook 2019-2020

EHS EXPECTATIONS AND DISCIPLINE POLICIES

Student Behavior Expectations

It is the objective of the Eatonville High School discipline policy that our students will take responsibility for their behavior by following directions and treating others with kindness and respect so they become persons that value productive work, good citizenship and good character. When students demonstrate inappropriate behaviors it is the goal of the discipline policy that students will acknowledge and take ownership of their choices and decisions, self-evaluate, and make a plan for improving their behaviors.

If a student is referred to the office, progressive disciplinary consequences will result, unless the student is mistakenly accused. School administrators will make the final decisions upon the severity, nature, and duration of the consequences. Those who are repeat offenders may expect progressively more severe consequences for their actions.

Progressive Discipline is a term used to describe the procedures that are followed whereby a student who has repeated offenses at school may be disciplined more severely for each new offense, Likewise, progressive discipline means that a student who has committed an offense in one category may be disciplined at the second level if he/she commits an offense in another category.

Misconduct (Policy 3240P, 3241P)

School board policy 3240P sets forth rights and conduct expectations for students, along with the sanctions that may be imposed for violations of such expectations.  At all times, this procedure will be consistent with federal statutes and regulations, state statutes, common law, and rules promulgated by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.   Certain misconduct is a violation of rules so serious in nature and/or so disruptive as to warrant an in-school suspension, immediate short-term or long-term suspension, or expulsion. Refer to Eatonville School District Procedure 3241P for sanctions.  See Eatonville School District website for both school board policies in their entirety.

WAC Definitions:

"Disruption of the educational process" means the interruption of classwork, the creation of disorder, or the invasion of the rights of a student or group of students.

“Suspension” means the denial of attendance in response to a behavioral violation from any subject or class, or from any full schedule of subjects or classes, but not including classroom exclusions, expulsions, or emergency expulsions. Suspension may also include denial of admission to or entry upon, real and personal property that is owned, leased, rented,or controlled by the district.

  • In-school suspension means a suspension in which a student is excluded from the student's regular educational setting but remains in the student's current school placement for up to ten consecutive school days.
  • "Short-term suspension" means a suspension in which a student is excluded from school for up to ten consecutive school days.
  • "Long-term suspension" means a suspension in which a student is excluded from school for more than ten consecutive school days.
  • “Emergency expulsion” means the removal of a student from school because the student’s statements or behavior pose an immediate and continuing danger to other students or school personnel, or an immediate and continuing threat of material and substantial disruption of the educational process.
  • “Expulsion” means a denial of admission to the student’s current school placement in response to a behavioral violation 

Offenses 

Offenses may result in any/all consequences:  Warning, Conference, Detention, Confiscation, Assessment, Restitution, Suspension, Expulsion, Police Contact.

  • Disrupting the educational process
  • Disturbance or disruption on school grounds, at school activities, or on district-provided transportation
  • Electronic violations (cell phones and google hangouts)
  • Inappropriate/Defiance of dress or appearance
    • Defiance includes dress or appearance in violation of the school Dress Code that the student either refuses to correct at the directive of a school administrator, or that is a persistent and repeated violation of the Dress Code.
  • Inappropriate lunch, hallway or classroom behavior
  • Insubordination/Defiance of school personnel
    • Refusal to obey reasonable requests, instructions, and directives of any school personnel, including volunteers or contractors working for the school
    • Can also include intentional disruptive behavior
  • Lewd, obscene, or profane language, gestures, or materials
    • Includes, but is not limited to lewd, obscene, or profane language, gestures or materials that are unrelated to authorized school curriculum.
    • Prohibited “materials” include digital or electronic text, images, or sounds that are possessed, displayed, or transmitted while under the supervision of school authorities.
  • Loitering
  • Not reporting for assigned detention
  • Public display of affection
  • Use of skates, skateboards, scooters, in-line skates, shoe skates at school
  • Truancy/Off campus violation/Excessive tardies

Unless otherwise required by law, the district strives to keep students in school learning in a safe and appropriate environment. However, there are circumstances when the district may determine that in-school or short-term suspension is appropriate. In accordance with the other parameters of this policy, these circumstances may include the following types of student behaviors:

  • Being intoxicated or under the influence of controlled substance, alcohol or marijuana at school or while present at school activities; 
  • Bomb scares or false fire alarms that cause a disruption to the school program;
  • Cheating or disclosure of exams;
  • Commission of any crime on school grounds or during school activities
  • Dress code violations that the student refuses to correct (see student dress policy/procedure)
  • Fighting: Fighting and instigating, promoting, or escalating a fight, as well as failure to disperse.
  • Engaging in any form of fighting where physical blows are exchanged, regardless of who initiated the fight. This prohibition includes hitting, slapping, pulling hair, biting, kicking, choking, and scratching or any other acts in which a student intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict injury on another;
  • Gang-related activity;
  • Harassment/intimidation/bullying;
  • Intentional deprivation of student and staff use of school facilities;
  • Intentional endangerment to self, other students, or staff, including endangering on a school bus;
  • Intentional injury to another;
  • Intentionally defacing or destroying the property of another
  • Intentionally obstructing the entrance or exit of any school building or room in order to deprive others of passing through;
  • Possession, use, sale, or delivery of illegal or controlled chemical substances;
  • Preventing students from attending class or school activities;
  • Refusal to cease prohibited behavior;
  • Refusal to leave an area when repeatedly instructed to do so by school personnel;
  • Sexual misconduct that could constitute sexual assault or harassment on school grounds, at school activities, or on school provided transportation;
  • Substantially and intentionally interfering with any class or activity;
  • Threats of violence to other students or staff;
  • Use or possession of weapons prohibited by state law and Policy 4210

Unless otherwise required by law, the district strives to keep students in school learning in a safe and appropriate environment. However, there are circumstances when the district may determine that long-term suspension or expulsion is appropriate. In accordance with the other parameters of this policy, these circumstances may include the following types of student behaviors:

  • Having a firearm on school property or school transportation;
  • Any of the following offenses:
    • any violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, including any felony that Washington law defines as a class A felony or an attempt, criminal conspiracy, or solicitation to commit a class A felony;
    • manslaughter;
    • indecent liberties committed by forcible compulsion;
    • kidnapping;
    • arson;
    • assault in the second degree;
    • assault of a child in the second degree;
    • robbery;
    • drive-by shooting; and vehicular homicide or vehicular assault caused by driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or by operating a vehicle in a reckless manner. 
    • any sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, which includes any felony violation of chapter 9A.44 RCW (other than failure to registered as a sex offender in violation of 9A.44.132), including rape, rape of a child, child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, indecent liberties, voyeurism, and any felony conviction or adjudication with a sexual motivation finding; 
    •  inhaling toxic fumes;
    • any controlled substance;
    • any liquor;
    • any weapons violation, including having a dangerous weapon at school ;
    • any violation of chapter 9A.36 RCW, including assault, malicious harassment, drive-by shooting, reckless endangerment, promoting a suicide attempt, coercion, assault of a child, custodial assault, and failing to summon assistance for an injured victim of a crime in need of assistance;
    • any violation of chapter 9A.40 RCW, including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference, luring, and human trafficking;
    • any violation of chapter 9A.46 RCW, including harassment, stalking, and criminal gang intimidation; and 
    •  any violation of chapter 9A.48 RCW, including arson, reckless burning, malicious mischief, and criminal street gang tagging and graffiti.
  • Two or more violations of the following within a three-year period
    • criminal gang intimidation:
    • gang activity on school grounds in violation of RCW 28A.600.455;
    • willfully disobeying school administrative personnel in violation of RCW 28A.635.020; and 
    • defacing or injuring school property in violation of RCW 28A.635.060; and
  • Any student behavior that adversely affects the health or safety of other students or educational staff.

OFFENSE DESCRIPTIONS LISTED IN MISCONDUCT 

(For full text, refer to Eatonville School District Procedure 3240P)

ARSON

For purposes of school discipline, ”arson” means any intentional or reckless setting of a fire or other burning of personal or public property. “Reckless” means that the student understood, but acted with disregard for the exceptional misconduct the consequences of his or her conduct.

ASSAULT

For purposes of school discipline, ”assault” means actual hitting, striking or other wrongful physical contact either directly or indirectly and involves injury to another, bodily fluids, or an object. For verbal threats, see Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying.

Reasonable Self-Defense

It is expected that a student must always first retreat from any threat of harm and/or contact an adult staff member for assistance before engaging in any type of physical response to an assault. However, an administrator may decide not to subject a student to discipline if, following a reasonable investigation, the administrator determines that all of the following are true:

  • A student who is being assaulted or witnesses another student being assaulted acts only in a manner that is defensive and protective of himself/herself or others;
  • The student is acting in a manner that a building administrator determines is reasonable and necessary in light of the circumstances; and
  • The student did not instigate, provoke, or promote the violence by his or her words or conduct immediately prior to the assault.
  • A reasonable physical response to an assault may include holding the assailant’s hands or arms to prevent the assault, or pulling two fighting students apart and holding them until adult staff can arrive and intervene.

CRIMINAL ACT

Commission of any crime on school grounds, or the commission of a crime or other dangerous conduct anywhere that indicates the student’s presence on school grounds poses a danger to other students or staff.

DAMAGE/DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY (VANDALISM)

For school discipline purposes, means the unauthorized, intentional damage to district property or the property of others (other than arson, above) Under RCW28a.635.060 (1), the school district may withhold the grades, diploma, and transcripts of a pupil responsible for intentional damage or loss to the property of the district, a contractor of the district, an employee, or another student until the pupil or the pupil’s parent or guardian has paid for the damages. If a student has been suspended or expelled, the student may not be readmitted until the student or parents or legal guardian has made payment in full, or until the superintendent directs otherwise. If the property damaged is a school bus owned and operated by the district, a student suspended for the damage may not be permitted to enter or ride any school bus until the student or parent or legal guardian has made payment in full or until directed otherwise by the superintendent.

When the pupil and parent or guardian are unable to pay for the damages, the school district will provide a program of voluntary work for the pupil in lieu of the payment of monetary damages. Upon completion of the voluntary work the grades, diploma, and transcripts of the pupil shall be released. The parent or guardian of the pupil is liable for damages as otherwise provided by Washington State Law.

FIGHTING

Fighting includes aggressive horseplay, instigating, promoting, or escalating a fight, as well as failure to disperse. Engaging in any form of fighting where blows are exchanged is prohibited, regardless of who initiated the fight. This prohibition includes hitting, slapping, pulling hair, biting, kicking, and scratching or any other acts in which a student intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict injury on another.

GANG CONDUCT

For school discipline purposes includes:

  • the creation, display, or communication of gestures, language, imagery, or symbols as defined below commonly associated with gang culture
  • the promotion of gang culture and/or gang violence,
  • and/or the solicitation or recruitment of gang members.

Gang imagery and symbols include, but are not limited to:

  • apparel (including shoelaces, bandanas, belts, or hats) which by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attributes indicate or imply gang membership or affiliation
  • displays of gang affiliation on personal belongings including clothing, school assignments, notebooks, body, etc.

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING (Refer to District Policy 3207 and Procedure 3207P)

What is it? What Happened?
NOT NICE

When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they only do it once….   

-THAT IS NOT NICE
MEAN

When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once….  

-THAT IS MEAN
BULLYING

When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it over a period of time, even when you tell them to stop or show them that you are upset… 

-THAT IS BULLYING

 

Eatonville School District strives to provide students with optimal conditions for learning by maintaining a school environment where everyone is treated with respect and no one is physically or emotionally harmed.

In order to ensure respect and prevent harm, it is a violation of district policy for a student to be harassed, intimidated, or bullied by others in the school community, at school sponsored events, or when such actions create a substantial disruption to the educational process. Student(s) will not be harassed because of their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics.

Harassment, intimidation or bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act that:

  • Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property.
  • Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education.
  • Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment.
  • Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Conduct that is “substantially interfering with a student’s education” will be determined by considering a targeted student’s grades, attendance, demeanor, interaction with peers, participation in activities, and other indicators.

Conduct that may rise to the level of harassment, intimidation and bullying may take many forms, including, but not limited to: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendoes, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, ostracism, physical attacks or threats, gestures, or acts relating to an individual or group whether electronic, written, oral, or physically transmitted messages or images. There is no requirement that the targeted student actually possess the characteristic that is the basis for the harassment, intimidation or bullying.

Disciplinary action for students guilty of sexual harassment will be dependent upon, but not limited to, the student's attitude, intent, the effect on other students, and/or staff, mitigating circumstances, and the student's disciplinary history. Based on these factors, discipline may be imposed, up and including suspension or expulsion. Law enforcement may be contacted.

Incident Reporting Forms may be used by students, families, or staff to report incidents of harassment, intimidation or bullying. Forms can be found on the district website at www.eatonville.wednet.edu.

Social Media/Bullying/Harassment

In the Eatonville School District we do not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind.  By law, incidents of harassment, intimidation or bullying which are reported to school or district staff require an investigation. Parents often want to know the outcome of these investigations and express their feelings on social media. These postings on social media often state that the ESD “doesn’t do anything.” According to The Federal Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA, a federal privacy law) parents have certain protections with regard to their children’s education records. This means that district personnel cannot divulge information about students and what occurs with discipline.

We ask that you are careful with social media and remember that you are reading a one-sided view. There is always the other side of the story, the side not seen because, as employees of the ESD, we do not respond to comments on social media. Administration cannot share how situations are handled. If you see something on social media that causes concern, please contact your child’s school. 

Please understand that kids can be mean. Not all mean behavior is bullying. Bullying is defined as aggressive behavior that is repetitive and exhibits an imbalance of power. Again, we do not tolerate bullying or harassment and encourage students who are victims to report. Bystanders are also encouraged to report. There are systems in place in every school to report bullying and harassment. In addition, the Eatonville School District website has a reporting form under “Families.”  Reporting can be anonymous. Here is the direct link: https://eatonville-wa.safeschoolsalert.com/


ILLEGAL OR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (DRUGS/ALCOHOL/TOBACCO & OTHER PROHIBITED CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES)

The purporting to possess, possession, consumption, use, storage, sale, or distribution of drugs, alcohol, and other similar chemical substances on school grounds, at school activities, or on district-provided transportation is prohibited. For purposes of student conduct expectations:

  • This section applies to any controlled substance, medication, stimulant, depressant, or mood altering compound, including simulated compounds intended to produce intoxication or euphoria, whether or not such compounds have been designated a controlled substance by state or federal law;
  • This section applies to marijuana or substances containing marijuana;
  • This section applies to tobacco or substances containing tobacco or nicotine;
  • This section applies to legally-prescribed drugs or over-the-counter medications which a student is nevertheless not lawfully authorized to possess on school grounds, at school activities, or on district-provided transportation;
  • This section applies to students who enter school grounds, school activities, or district-provided transportation following the unlawful use or consumption of drugs, alcohol, and other similar chemical substances, including students who appear to be under the influence of such substances; and
  • This section applies equally to the possession or use of paraphernalia or other items used to possess, consume, store, or distribute drugs, alcohol, and/or other illegal chemical substances, including marijuana or substances containing marijuana and including but not limited to e-cigarettes or vapes.

THEFT/STEALING

For school discipline purposes, “theft or stealing” means the possession of another person's or district property, regardless of value, without the person's permission with the intent to deprive the owner of such property. As part of the sanction, restitution will usually be required.

WEAPONS

This section addresses the possession or use of actual weapons in violation of Eatonville School District policy 4210 or RCWs 9.41.280 and 28A.600.420, including firearms, dangerous weapons, and other items listed within that policy. This may include but is not limited to when a student acts with malice as defined under RCW 9A.04.110 and displays a device that appears to be a firearm. Objects and conduct that fall outside of that policy and laws should be addressed under other sections, as appropriate.

Any student who is determined to have carried a firearm or to have possessed a firearm on school premises, school-provided transportation, or school sponsored activities at any facility shall be expelled from school for not less than one year (12 months) under RCW 28A.600.420, with notification to parents and law enforcement. The district superintendent or the superintendent’s designee is authorized to modify the expulsion of a student on a case-by-case basis.

The school district may also suspend or expel a student for up to one year if the student acts with malice as defined under RCW 9A.04.110 and displays a device that appears to be a firearm. Expulsion may result based upon the administrator's judgment of the seriousness of the act or circumstances surrounding the act, and/or the previous record of the student.

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