Student/Parent Handbook

Below you will find a list of Bothell High School policies & expectations.  Please see Rights & Responsibilities for additional district information.

Policy References & Overview

Student Handbook

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Bothell High School, we extend a welcome to all students as we
begin the new academic year. Bothell offers a variety of academic, athletic and extracurricular
opportunities for all students. We strongly encourage students to pursue excellence in their academic
studies, actively engage in the extracurricular programs that our school has to offer, and treat
everyone at Bothell HS with respect and kindness.
This handbook is the official student and parent handbook for Bothell HS, which includes our policies,
procedures, and important information. Please, refer to this information when questions arise. In
some cases, you may also need to consult your teachers’ course expectations and guidelines.
Remember to always check the Bothell website for the most up-to-date information on events,
schedules, and activities – www.nsd.org/bothell.
While Bothell HS is a large comprehensive high school, we pride ourselves in maintaining a
personalized approach to each student’s progress. The administrative team, faculty, and staff are
committed to promoting a quality school environment that celebrates the strengths and diversity of its
students and staff. We look forward to a great year! Please, do not hesitate to contact us if we may
be of assistance to you. We encourage you to visit our website at http://bothell.nsd.org.
We wish you and your student(s) a successful and memorable school year. Thank you for your
continued support of Bothell HS. Families are encouraged to review the contents of this handbook
with their students, and keep it as a reference throughout the school year.
Your administrative team,
Bob Stewart, Elizabeth Cano, Juan Price, Yonni Mills, and Sydney Fee

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act for Parents (FERPA)

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

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; 
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

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

For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may use the Federal Relay Service.

Or you may contact us at the following address:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520

BHS Parent Handbook 2018.19

Arrival & Attendance

Attendance

Bothell High School Attendance Secretary Amanda Lamer

Amanda can be reached at alamer@nsd.org or by phone at 425.408.7010 (24 hour voice mail).
 
This site is designed to support strong student attendance at Bothell High School. Students who miss more than 10 days a year are 20% less likely to graduate from high school and 25% less likely to ever enroll in college.

Information on State Laws on Attendance 
 
 Skipping a class or full day of school can really add up over time. Find out how your missed days affect your chances of graduating on time by using this attendance calculator

 

Philosophy:
Daily attendance and active participation in each class is a critical part of the learning process. The
following polices and procedures are designed to help students learn responsibility and increase their
potential for success. As part of recognizing the importance of this issue, parents and student are
responsible for both being aware of student’s attendance and correcting any error in a timely manner.
Credit is lost if a student accumulates 3 or more unexcused absences or 10 or more absences total in

any class. School-related absences (ie: field trips) do NOT count toward the total of 10. Individual
teacher policies may include grade or disciplinary consequences related to attendance. Refer to teacher
syllabus for specifics. Progressive discipline may be assigned for unexcused absences. Students who
do NOT meet these attendance requirements will lose credit and must appeal to have credit restored.
Each student signs a Student Contract, viewable at www.nsd.org/bhsattendance, at the beginning of
each year.
Guidelines:
Absences must be in consecutive periods in order to be excused. An attendance profile is sent home
when a student accumulates six (6) absences and again at ten (10) absences. A letter is also sent
when a student has two (2) unexcused absences. In cases of excessive absences, the District may
initiate a truancy petition with the courts. Missing 15 minutes or more of any one class is considered
an absence, and must be excused accordingly.

Excusing absences:
Excuse must include reason student was not in school.
1. Absences must be cleared within two school days by a parent or guardian in one of the following ways:
a. phone call to the attendance office 425-408-7010. The machine is on 24 hours a day.
b. Written excuse signed by the parent/guardian.
2. Absences not excused within two school days will remain unexcused absences. It is the student’s responsibility to have their parents excuse absences on time.
3. Verification from a medical professional may be required for excessive absences.

All written and called in absences are kept on file.

Early dismissals:
Students must sign out in the attendance office at all times before leaving school including early dismissals for appointments or illness.  Leaving campus without checking out in the attendance office is considered an unexcused absence and may result in discipline. The attendance office will not accept notes or phone calls “after the fact.”


Prearranged absences:
We recognize there are reasons for a student missing school, but students can only maximize their educational experience by being in attendance. Please limit absences for trips, appointments, etc while school is in session. These absences could result in loss of credit. If a student anticipates a prolonged
absence, the student must complete an Absence Contract. This form is available in the attendance office.


Makeup for excused absences:
Refer to each teacher’s course syllabi for assignment make-up policies and procedures.
 
Unexcused absences (Truancy):
Unauthorized absences from school, classes, resource period, or campus at any time other than lunch will be considered truancy.
1. Single period absences will result in progressive discipline. Consequences progress from lunch duty to after school detention to Saturday school.
2. Accumulating three or more unexcused absences in any class will result in loss of credit and the student will need to appeal to restore their credit.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Students must sign out in the attendance office at all times before leaving school including early dismissals for appointments or illness.  Leaving campus without checking out in the attendance office is considered an unexcused absence and may result in discipline. The attendance office will not accept notes or phone calls “after the fact.”

Visitors

BHS is committed to providing a safe and productive school and work place. Volunteer participation
is welcomed and supported as long it is prearranged. Student guests and/or their siblings or other
relatives are not allowed to attend classes at BHS. To help ensure safety of students, staff, parents
and volunteers, all visitors to our campus must sign in and out at the main office and wear a
visitor nametag. Students with off campus courses arriving prior to the start of their BHS class(es)
need to sign in and go to a pre-arranged supervised location. Early dismissal students need to leave
BHS IMMEDIATELY following the conclusion of their last BHS class. BHS alumni who wish to visit
staff members may do so after school and must first check in at the main office. Unidentified or
unknown persons without a visitor badge will be directed to the main office.

Pre-Arranged Absences

We recognize there are reasons for a student missing school, but students can only maximize their educational experience by being in attendance. Please limit absences for trips, appointments, etc while school is in session. These absences could result in loss of credit. If a student anticipates a prolonged
absence, the student must complete an Absence Contract. This form is available in the attendance office.

Deliveries & Appointments

If you forget an item at home and have it dropped off in office, stop by during passing or lunch to pick it up. In an effort to limit classroom disruptions, we are not able to deliver items or send a note to class unless an emergency.

Parking & Transportation

Parking Information

Parking Information Parking Registration Form (no longer available for download)
Space is Limited! 
Student parking is a privilege. Parking is for juniors and seniors and those taking part in Satellite/
WaNIC, Running Start or 0 period classes. Dependent on space availability, spring semester
parking MAY be available for sophomore drivers. Parking stickers are NON-TRANSFERRABLE.

 

Replacement fee for lost stickers - $35 and NO ON CAMPUS PARKING until the replacement sticker
is purchased.
 
Students requesting to park their cars on school grounds will:
1. Complete the BHS Vehicle Registration & Campus Parking Guidelines
2. Provide a valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance
3. Register each vehicle prior to parking on campus
4. Position stickers so the number is clearly visible
5. Pay all fines in full at the time that a parking pass is requested

By registering to park at Bothell students’ cars may be subjected to search if there is suspicion of
contraband items. If evidence of a violation of district rules is suspected and the student refuses to
cooperate in a personal search, the student should be held until his/her parent or guardian is
available to consent to the search.

BHS will not be responsible for vandalism to vehicles on campus or to vehicles that are hit due to
negligence. On campus drivers must be in complete compliance with Washington State laws. Drivers
who have had their intermediate license less than six months cannot drive with other students in their
vehicles.

* Sophomores are not permitted to park on campus first semester.
* Students without parking authorization will not be allowed to park on campus.
* Students who illegally park on campus may lose their parking privileges for the following year(s).
* Careless driving and/or violating basic driving laws on campus or in adjacent neighborhood areas
   may result In disciplinary action and the loss of campus parking privileges.
* Leaving campus during any time other than lunch will result in a fine and loss of parking
   privileges.
* Students may not park in designated Staff or Visitor spaces at any time; violators will be ticketed.
* Parking is not allowed in the church parking lot without a church authorization form. Violators will
  be subject to the parking penalties (see below).

Students who do not abide by the signed “Student Vehicle Registration and Campus Parking
Guidelines” will be subject to the following penalties:

REGISTERED VEHICLES: Parking Penalties
1st violation    $10.00 parking fine
2nd violation   $20.00 parking fine
3rd violation    $30.00 parking fine + vehicle impounded at owner’s expense
Possibility of having your registration revoked and/or car impounded at owners expense

NON-REGISTERED VEHICLES: Parking Penalties
1st violation    $25.00 parking fine
2nd violation   $30.00 parking fine + meeting with the Asst. Principal/Parent
3rd violation    $35.00 parking fine + vehicle impounded at owners expense

To appeal the citation and fine, a written appeal must be provided to Campus Supervisor within 48
hours from the date of the citation.
If you have questions regarding parking, please contact Wendy Wands at wwands@nsd.org or by phone at 425-408-7061.

Student Behavior & Conduct

Educational Honesty

Honesty is a compelling principle by which we operate all aspects of student and school life. Forging
attendance notes or other school documents is a serious offense and will result in disciplinary action.
Academic honesty is highly valued at BHS. Students do not cheat, nor should they tolerate those who
do. Because of the serious nature of academic honesty, violations of this code are progressive and
serious. Repeated infractions will result in loss of credit for the course and additional disciplinary
action.
 
Cheating is defined as an attempt to earn credit or receive a grade for course work in a manner other
than defined as acceptable by the teacher. Cheating includes plagiarism, collusion, and technology
malpractice and includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• using cheat sheets, looking at someone’s paper during an exam
• giving out questions that are on a test to other students.
• giving answers to other students during a test or allowing them to copy your work.
• using electronic devices that can record/transmit answers to or pictures of tests and assignments
to self or others.
• giving a copy of your project or a classmate’s to another student so they can ‘study’ or ‘borrow’ it.action.

   1. Plagiarism - the act of presenting the words, ideas, images, sounds, or the creative expressions
of others as your own. You can “borrow” from the work of others; you just need to give credit to
the original author. A superficial change of wording, structure or conclusion is not sufficient to turn
aside the charge of plagiarism.
 
What causes plagiarism?
▪ Poorly taken notes
▪ Procrastination - Not allowing yourself enough time to do solid research
▪ Not understanding the written material
▪ Cutting and pasting blocks of text from electronic sources without documenting
▪ The attitude: “It seems important. I’ll just copy it and change a few words, so it will sound like I
thought of it.”*
▪ Copying someone else’s work
▪ Buying/borrowing/downloading a paper
▪ Exchanging old tests, reports, notebooks or assignments
▪ Presentation by two or more students the same assignment, paper, project or any other work
for assessment
 
How to avoid plagiarism:
* Take notes from several different sources, keeping track of which source each piece of
information came from
* Understand the material before you begin writing
* Use note-taking techniques: direct quotes, paraphrasing, summarizing
* Learn how to cite your sources correctly and understand internal citations
 
   2. Collusion - supporting the lack of honesty by another student, as in allowing one’s work to be
copied or submitted for assessment by another student. The instructor must previously approve
collaboration with another student in turning in work.
 
   3. Technology Malpractice - misusing or abusing technology including infractions of the school
technology user agreement, language translation sites, cell phone messaging or picture
transmission.
 
**BHS utilizes “turnitin.com” to help teach and reinforce correct academic attribution.
All academic dishonesty violations, regardless of subject, shall be accumulated and
treated in a progressive manner.
 
Consequences:
* First offense will result in Saturday school assignment and loss of credit on the assignment/
exam, and parent/guardian contact.
* Second offense will result in a Saturday school, loss of credit for the semester for the class in
question, and parent/guardian contact.
• Third offense will result in suspension for one semester or the remainder of the semester and
loss of credit in all classes for the semester.
• Repeat violators will receive harsher sanctions.
 

Student Conduct

Hazing

Hazing is the perceived pressuring of an individual to perform inappropriate or humiliating tasks and
stunts. Hazing is illegal and absolutely forbidden in any form. Students participating in hazing
activities will be subject to immediate discipline and legal consequences.

Bullying, Intimidation and Harrassment (Policy 3207)

The Northshore 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, bullied or cyber bullied by others in the school community, at school
sponsored events, or when such actions create a substantial disruption to the educational process. The school
community includes all students, school employees, school board members, contractors, unpaid volunteers,
families, patrons, and other visitors. Harassment because of a student’s race, color, religion, ancestry,
national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical
disability, or other distinguishing characteristics is prohibited Incidents of bullying, intimidation, or
harassment may be reported orally or in writing to any staff member.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT (Policy 8700)


The Northshore School District is committed to a positive and productive education and working
environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is generally defined
as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other
verbal or physical contact or communication of a sexual nature when:
a. submission to such conduct or communication is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or
condition of an individual’s employment or education,
b. submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication by an individual is used as the basis for
decisions affecting that individual’s employment or education;
c. such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an
individual’s work or school performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment
or educational environment.
Engaging in sexual harassment will result in appropriate discipline or other appropriate sanctions against
offending students, staff and contractors. Anyone else, including volunteers and parents, who engages in
sexual harassment on school property or at school activities will have access to school property and activities
restricted, as appropriate. Informal complaints of sexual harassment may be made to any staff member and
formal complaints may be made to the Director of Human Resources, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell,
WA 98021, (425) 408-6000.

Violence Free Environment (Policy 4316)

The board is committed to maintaining a school and work environment that is free from acts and/or threats of
violence. In order to fully realize the benefit from the education and related services provided at school,
every student, staff member, parent/guardian, and patron needs to feel safe and secure; feeling safe is an
essential necessity for each individual to be fully productive as they conduct district related business. Any
form of violence (including domestic violence) and/or threat of violence at school, or at a school or district
activity, or related to district business, erodes the atmosphere of safety.
Any conduct, regardless of the source, that threatens a person’s security and safety will not be tolerated.
Abusive or suggestive language will not be tolerated even if it does not create a threatening atmosphere or
lead to a threat. The board, administration, and building staff are committed to supporting employees and
students confronted with threatening behavior or actual violence, whether the threatening behavior or
violence is coming from staff or student or from patrons, a parent or guardian, another adult, or a studentaged
individual who is a non-student.
Students and staff are required to treat all individuals with whom they come in contact in a respectful manner
and expect to be treated the same in return.
For clarification purposes, a “threat” is any statement (oral or written) that can be reasonably interpreted as
being intimidating in tone, content, or language or which places a person or a person’s personal property in
reasonable apprehension of harm. “School violence” is any threat of or actual physical assault on district
property or directly related thereto and includes bullying, hazing, intimidation, fighting, and harassment as
well as the destruction or abuse of property through vandalism, arson, bombing, sabotage, or other
destructive means.
Individuals who violate this policy shall be dealt with firmly. Legal redress will be sought when the facts
warrant such, including notification to law enforcement for possible criminal investigation.
Students and employees are strongly encouraged to report to their teacher or supervisor any threat or act of
violence made against them or against others. Anyone who is victimized by any conduct that reasonably
infringes upon the individual’s sense of safety and security must bring this to the attention of appropriate
school officials so appropriate action can be taken. 

 

Technology & Network Acceptable Use

Use of the NSDNet, and public networks such as the Internet, by students and staff of the Northshore
School District shall be in accordance with the District’s Acceptable Use Procedures and this code of
conduct. The NSDNet is the property of Northshore School District and is to be used for academic or
administrative purposes only. The district reserves the right to remove a user’s account if it is
determined that the user is engaged in unauthorized activity or is violating the Code of Conduct. See
Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for complete details. Students are subject to corrective
measures at school, up to and including expulsion, for offenses which occur in the community or at
other locations off school grounds IF those offenses are connected in some way with the school. (i.e.
cyber bullying).

 

The purpose of the Northshore School District Responsible Use Procedures is to provide the rules,
guidelines, personal safety recommendations and the code of conduct in the Northshore School District for
the use of technology, the district network and other connected networks including the internet.
This Responsible Use Procedure (RUP) applies to staff, students and guests who utilize:
• District-owned technology on the NSD network, on non-school network and offline
• Non-district technology, including privately owned technology that is connected to the NSD
network or using non-district networks while on school property

Student Cell Phones & Electronic Devices

Cell phones, iPods, and similar personal electronic equipment are not to be used in classrooms
except with the express permission of the instructor. Digital cameras and other recording devices
(including cell phones, Google Glass, etc) are not to be used in a classroom unless specifically
directed by a teacher. Laser pointers may not be brought to school. Use of these technologies is not
to be used inappropriately at any time, and all devices are subject to confiscation and viewing if the
administration suspects the electronic equipment is being used for activities inconsistent with district
or school policies such as the disruption of the educational environment, harassment, or cheating.
Use of technology that is deemed to be disruptive to the educational process may result in school
disciplinary action. Students who violate this policy will have their device confiscated. BHS assumes
no liability or responsibility for these items if they are lost or stolen at school. Students using their cell
phone as cameras in an inappropriate way may be cited for harassment/bullying/cheating and
assigned appropriate sanctions. This includes taking someone’s picture without that person’s
permission. Sending or receiving naked pictures of minors is against the law and a student may face
legal charges, being cited with possession and/or distribution of child pornography.
 
During any lock-down drill or event, all ringers/sounds must be turned off, and no verbal
communication will be allowed.

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

Hazing

Hazing is the perceived pressuring of an individual to perform inappropriate or humiliating tasks and
stunts. Hazing is illegal and absolutely forbidden in any form. Students participating in hazing
activities will be subject to immediate discipline and legal consequences.

Bullying, Intimidation and Harrassment (Policy 3207)

The Northshore 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, bullied or cyber bullied by others in the school community, at school
sponsored events, or when such actions create a substantial disruption to the educational process. The school
community includes all students, school employees, school board members, contractors, unpaid volunteers,
families, patrons, and other visitors. Harassment because of a student’s race, color, religion, ancestry,
national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical
disability, or other distinguishing characteristics is prohibited Incidents of bullying, intimidation, or
harassment may be reported orally or in writing to any staff member.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT (Policy 8700)

The Northshore School District is committed to a positive and productive education and working
environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is generally defined
as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical contact, or other
verbal or physical contact or communication of a sexual nature when:
a. submission to such conduct or communication is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or
condition of an individual’s employment or education,
b. submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication by an individual is used as the basis for
decisions affecting that individual’s employment or education;
c. such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an
individual’s work or school performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment
or educational environment.
Engaging in sexual harassment will result in appropriate discipline or other appropriate sanctions against
offending students, staff and contractors. Anyone else, including volunteers and parents, who engages in
sexual harassment on school property or at school activities will have access to school property and activities
restricted, as appropriate. Informal complaints of sexual harassment may be made to any staff member and
formal complaints may be made to the Director of Human Resources, 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell,
WA 98021, (425) 408-6000.

 

Violence Free Environment (Policy 4316)

The board is committed to maintaining a school and work environment that is free from acts and/or threats of
violence. In order to fully realize the benefit from the education and related services provided at school,
every student, staff member, parent/guardian, and patron needs to feel safe and secure; feeling safe is an
essential necessity for each individual to be fully productive as they conduct district related business. Any
form of violence (including domestic violence) and/or threat of violence at school, or at a school or district
activity, or related to district business, erodes the atmosphere of safety.
Any conduct, regardless of the source, that threatens a person’s security and safety will not be tolerated.
Abusive or suggestive language will not be tolerated even if it does not create a threatening atmosphere or
lead to a threat. The board, administration, and building staff are committed to supporting employees and
students confronted with threatening behavior or actual violence, whether the threatening behavior or
violence is coming from staff or student or from patrons, a parent or guardian, another adult, or a studentaged
individual who is a non-student.
Students and staff are required to treat all individuals with whom they come in contact in a respectful manner
and expect to be treated the same in return.
For clarification purposes, a “threat” is any statement (oral or written) that can be reasonably interpreted as
being intimidating in tone, content, or language or which places a person or a person’s personal property in
reasonable apprehension of harm. “School violence” is any threat of or actual physical assault on district
property or directly related thereto and includes bullying, hazing, intimidation, fighting, and harassment as
well as the destruction or abuse of property through vandalism, arson, bombing, sabotage, or other
destructive means.
Individuals who violate this policy shall be dealt with firmly. Legal redress will be sought when the facts
warrant such, including notification to law enforcement for possible criminal investigation.
Students and employees are strongly encouraged to report to their teacher or supervisor any threat or act of
violence made against them or against others. Anyone who is victimized by any conduct that reasonably
infringes upon the individual’s sense of safety and security must bring this to the attention of appropriate
school officials so appropriate action can be taken. 

 

Dress Code

School dress significantly influences student behavior and appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment as well as promote individual dignity. Students are expected to dress in a manner that is not disruptive to the educational process at any school or school related activity. The final determination of what constitutes appropriate dress shall be made by the school administration.

  • Tops: Tank tops, spaghetti straps, or shirts that do not provide the appropriate body covering, clothing that is tight or revealing are unacceptable. Shoulder straps must be at least two (2) inches wide. Necklines must be above armpits. No undergarments can be showing.
  • Excessive bareness, cleavage or visible midriff area will not be tolerated.
  • Pants: Undergarments cannot be visible. Pants cannot be below the hips and must be above the buttocks.
  • Skirts/shorts must be no shorter than the tips of the fingers when your arms are extended at your sides. The shirt bottom and waistband of the pants/skirts MUST meet or overlap even when raising your hand OR bending down.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Lengthy chains or spikes are not allowed.
  • Bandanas that are displayed or worn are not allowed; any combination of clothing reasonably determined to be gang-related, or clothing which law enforcement agencies consider gang-related is prohibited.

Clothing, accessories, and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, symbols, or any other insignia that are crude, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, slanderous, or sexually suggestive. Clothing accessories, or jewelry that degrade any cultural, religious or ethnic values, that advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice or discrimination, or that promotes sex, gang activity, the use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol or any unlawful acts are prohibited. Tattoos on any part of the body must be covered if they are gang-related or violate any of the provisions of this dress code.

Consequences:

  • First warning: Change clothes
  • Second warning: Change clothes, detention and parent notification
  • Third warning: Change clothes, Saturday school and parent notification

Repeat violators will receive harder sanctions.

Lunch, Classroom, and Campus Expectations

CAMPUS BOUNDARIES
Wooded areas on or near campus are off limits to all students. All school rules will apply while
students are on any Northshore School District property, properties adjacent to BHS, or at any school
district activity, especially in cases where students are coming and going from school-related
activities. Students who violate this policy are subject to being searched, and risk possible
disciplinary actions.
When BHS is not in session there are to be no students in the building or on campus unsupervised.
Persons found during these unscheduled times could be subject to arrest by Bothell Police and may
be charged with trespassing and/or burglary.
CAMPUS LUNCH PRIVILEGES & GUIDELINES
Leaving campus at lunchtime is a privilege available only to juniors and seniors. Any student who
has had disciplinary action regarding drug and/or alcohol issues, lack of attendance or any action
deemed by administrators to impact his/her education will not be permitted to leave campus during
lunch. Students who do leave need to be respectful to the community. Progressive discipline will be
assigned to those leaving without permission and any report of misbehavior will result in off campus
lunch privileges being revoked and discipline may be assigned.

Lunch expectations
Students are expected to use appropriate manners and language during lunch and will pick up and
dispose of all litter when finished eating. For the safety of all, students will not throw any objects or
food, sit on tables, or sit on another student’s lap. Progressive discipline will be assigned for these
infractions.
Food purchased in the cafeteria MUST be consumed in the cafeteria and the courtyard areas only. Out of
respect for classes in progress and student safety, loitering in academic wings is not allowed during lunch
periods. Students use of any gym during lunch periods is not allowed unless accompanied by a staff
member.

Bus Policies

Bus rules shall be posted at the front of each school bus and be distributed and reviewed by students at least
annually at the beginning of the school year. Students will be respectful, responsible and inclusive by
following directions of adults, taking their turn to get on/off the bus, being polite, walking and moving
carefully, using the sidewalks, waiting behind the yellow safety line on the curb and being aware of other’s
needs, space and belongings. Remember if you see something, say something. Cell phones may be used
to listen to audio content as long as ear buds are used and phone is securely put away.

Dance Behavior

Have a good time WITHOUT explicit dancing of a sexual nature, moshing or unwanted physical
contact. Unwanted physical contact creates a hostile environment and will be treated as sexual
harassment.
Chaperones will follow their judgment to determine inappropriate dancing. No violent, lewd, or “mosh
pit” style dancing is allowed. Chaperones have the ability to give warnings or remove students if they
feel the dancing is inappropriate.
Consequences: If approached at the dance for violating the Dance Contract, you and your guest will
be removed from the event and subject to appropriate school/district discipline. Refer to Dance
Contract for specifics. Refunds will not be issued for students sent home. Parents/guardians will be
called to come and pick up the student and guest if necessary.
Dance admission: EVERYONE MUST HAVE PICTURE ID. Current school ID, passport, or driver’s
license will be the only forms of picture ID accepted. Once a student leaves he/she cannot return to the
dance.
Students who bring a guest to a school dance are required to have the appropriate completed and
signed Guest Authorization Form. Guests must be under 21 years of age and at least a freshman in
high school at the time of the dance. Guests are accountable for all BHS and Northshore School
District rules and expectations outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

Weapons Policy

It is a violation of Washington State law for any student to carry onto school premises, school-
provided transportation, school or district facilities, or non-school facilities being used by the school

district, any firearm, or dangerous weapon (including look-alikes). Any infraction of this law will result
in emergency expulsion from the Northshore District. Please refer to the District’s Student Rights and
Responsibilities Handbook.

Gambling & Gaming

Gambling of any type for money or for other things of value is prohibited on school district property or
at school district events or activities.

Vandalism

Any damage to school or district property will result in discipline assigned, restitution, and police
contact as deemed appropriate by administration.

Discipline, Corrective Action, & Re-Admissions

Personal Property & Canine Assisted Searches

Canine-assisted searches may be utilized to maintain an effective learning environment that is drug-free.
Searches conducted with the assistance of police narcotics canines shall be conducted in a manner that is
consistent with constitutional and statutory requirements.
The principal or his/her designee will initiate a written request to the police department to utilize a police
narcotics canine unit. Before the first canine-assisted search at the school for the current school year, the
principal or his/her designee will schedule a demonstration of the canine-assisted search for the school body.
Prior to a random police narcotics canine-assisted search, students and parents will be advised in writing
that classrooms, hallways, lockers, all other public spaces and parking lots on school premises are subject
to random searches. As a condition of being granted a permit to park vehicles on school premises,
students consent to the search of their vehicles by school officials anytime school officials have
reasonable suspicion that the vehicle contains contraband items.
Once approved, random police narcotics canine-assisted searches of school property may be conducted at any
time without prior notice to students or parents as to the specific date and time of the search. They may occur
without reasonable suspicion that a canine-assisted search will yield evidence of any particular student’s
violation of law or rules of conduct. Students determined to be in possession of contraband items are subject
to administrative disciplinary procedures and possible criminal prosecution at the discretion of police and
prosecutorial authorities. Minor drug law infractions and violations detected through random police narcotics
canine-assisted searches should, in the exercise of discretion, normally be dealt with administratively as a
disciplinary matter by school officials.
Police narcotics canine applications of individual students or groups of students shall not occur.
Police narcotics canine applications of purses, bags, and backpacks shall only occur if the items have
been separated from the students’ immediate physical custody.
Staff shall be allowed to maintain control of their personal belongings during a police narcotics canine-assisted
search. Items controlled by students are the primary object of the canine-assisted search. The canine should not
be applied to staff-controlled areas such as teacher desks.
Physical searches of the interior of purses, bags, backpacks, lockers and cars shall only be done by school
officials if a positive police narcotics canine application indicator has occurred, leading to reasonable
suspicion that the search will yield evidence of a violation of the law or school rules

Disciplinary Process

Corrective Action For Unexcused Absences

Discipline

“Discipline” shall mean all forms of corrective action other than emergency removal from a class, subject, or
activity, suspension, or expulsion, and shall include the exclusion of a student from a class by a teacher or
administrator for the balance of the immediate class period, provided that the student is in the custody of a
school district employee for the balance of such period. Discipline shall also mean the exclusion of a student
from any other type of activity conducted by or on behalf of the school district.

Discipline assigned for any reason (including but NOT limited to forgery, misrepresentation, disruptive
behavior, disrespect, dress code violations) may be one of these types:
Lunch duty: Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Commons during student’s lunch period
Detentions: Tuesdays and Thursdays after school — specific date will be noted on discipline
paperwork
Saturday School: held on specific Saturdays as will be noted on discipline paperwork
Alcohol/Tobacco/Other Drug (ATOD) classes: held on specific dates as will be noted on paperwork
In-school suspension: Use to be determined by administration.
Short term suspensions: less than 10 days
Long term suspensions: greater than 10 days
All discipline is progressive, ie: failure to complete assigned discipline will result in the discipline
being doubled. Students who do not attend assigned Saturday school are subject to suspension.

Suspension

“Suspension” shall mean a denial of attendance (other than for the balance of the immediate class, subject or
activity period for “discipline” purposes) for any single subject or class, or for any full schedule of subjects
or classes for a stated period of time. A suspension will also include a denial of admission to or entry upon
real and personal property that is owned, leased, rented or controlled by the District, and a denial of
admission to any District-sponsored activities or events on or off campus.
Make-up Work: Any student subject to a suspension/expulsion shall be provided the opportunity to receive
educational services during that time. They will also have the opportunity upon his or her return to make up
assignments and tests missed by reason of the suspension if: (l) such assignments or tests have a substantial
effect upon the student’s semester/trimester grade or grades, or (2) failure to complete such assignments or
tests would preclude the student from receiving credit for the course or courses.

Short Term

Short-Term Suspension – “Short-term suspension” shall mean a suspension for any portion of a calendar
day up to and not exceeding ten (10) consecutive school days. A short-term suspension may be imposed
upon a student for violation of the code of conduct, subject to the following limitations or conditions:
a. The nature and circumstances of the violation must reasonably warrant a short-term suspension and the
length of the suspension imposed.
b. Unless the behavior is Exceptional Misconduct, no student shall be suspended unless another form of
corrective action reasonably calculated to modify his or her conduct has previously been imposed upon a
student as a consequence for misconduct of the same nature.
c. No student in grades kindergarten through grade four shall be subject to short-term suspensions for more
than a total of ten (10) school days during any single semester/trimester, and no loss of academic grades
or credit shall be imposed by reason of the suspension of such a pupil.
d. No student in grade five and above shall be subject to short-term suspension for more than a total of
fifteen days (15) in any single semester. 
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e. All short-term suspensions and the reasons thereof shall be reported in writing to the Superintendent's
designee within 24 hours after the imposition of the suspension.
f. Prior to the short-term suspension of any student, a conference shall be conducted with the student. In
connection with this conference, the student must be provided with notice of the alleged misconduct and
the school rule violated, an explanation of the evidence in support of the allegations, and an explanation
of the corrective action which may be imposed. The student shall then be provided the opportunity to
present his/her explanation.
g. If a short-term suspension is to exceed one calendar day, the parent(s) shall be notified of the reason for
the suspension orally and/or by letter sent via U.S. mail as soon as reasonably possible. The notice shall
also inform the parent of the right to an informal conference (See “Grievance Procedure,” below) and
that the suspension may be reduced as a result of this conference.

Long Term

Long-Term Suspension – “Long-term suspension” shall mean a suspension that exceeds ten (10) school
days.
A long-term suspension may be imposed upon a student for violation of the code of conduct, subject to the
following limitations or conditions:
a. The nature and circumstances of the violation must reasonably warrant a long-term suspension and the
length of the suspension imposed.
b. A long-term suspension cannot be imposed beyond the school year in which the alleged misbehavior
occurs. A long-term suspension may last no longer than the length of an academic term. However,
building administrators may petition the superintendent’s designee to exceed this limitation if a student’s
return to school would pose a risk to public health or safety. Such petitions will comply with WAC 392-
400-410.
c. No student in grades kindergarten through four shall be subject to long-term suspension.
d. No single long-term suspension shall be imposed upon a student in the grade five and above program in a
manner that causes the student to lose academic grades or credit in excess of one trimester/semester.
e. All long-term suspensions and the reasons therefore shall be reported in writing to the Superintendent's
designee within 24 hours after the imposition of the suspension.
f. Unless the behavior is Exceptional Misconduct (see pages 17-21), no student shall be long-term
suspended unless another form of corrective action reasonably calculated to modify his or her conduct
has previously been imposed upon a student as a consequence for misconduct of the same nature

Expulsion

“Expulsion” shall mean a denial of attendance for any period of time up to, but no longer than, the length of
an academic term. An expulsion also includes a denial of admission to or entry upon real and personal
property that is owned, leased, rented, or controlled by the school district. A student may be expelled for
violation of the code of conduct, subject to the following limitations or conditions:
a. The nature and circumstances of the violation must reasonably warrant the harshness of expulsion.
b. The expulsion must not exceed the length of an academic term. However, building administrators may
petition the superintendent’s designee to exceed this limitation on an expulsion if a student’s return to
school would pose a risk to public health or safety. Such petitions will comply with WAC 392-400-410.
c. No student shall be expelled unless other forms of corrective action reasonably calculated to modify his
or her conduct have failed or unless there is good reason to believe that other forms of corrective action
would fail if employed.
d. Once a student has been expelled in compliance with this chapter, the expulsion shall be brought to the
attention of appropriate local and state authorities including, but not limited to, juvenile authorities.
e. All expulsions and the reasons therefore shall be reported in writing to the superintendent's designee
within 24 hours after the imposition of the expulsion.

Grievance Procedure

a. Any student, parent, or guardian who is aggrieved by the imposition of discipline or a short-term
suspension shall have the right to an informal conference with the building principal or his or her
designee for the purpose of resolving the grievance. The employee whose action is being grieved shall be
notified of the initiation of a grievance as soon as reasonably possible. During such conference, the
student, parent, or guardian shall be subject to questioning by the building principal or his or her
designee and shall be entitled to question school personnel involved in the matter being grieved.
b. Subsequent to the building level grievance meeting, the student, parent or guardian, upon two (2) school
business days’ prior notice, shall have the right to present a written and/or oral grievance to the
superintendent or the superintendent’s designee.
c. If the grievance is not resolved, the student, parent or guardian, upon two (2) school business days’ prior
notice, shall have the right to present a written or oral grievance to the Board of Directors for
consideration at the next regular Board meeting. The Board shall notify the student, parent or guardian of
its response to the grievance within ten (10) school business days after the date of the meeting.
d. The discipline or short-term suspension shall continue, notwithstanding the implementation of the
grievance procedure, unless the principal or his or her designee elects to postpone such action.

Appeal Procedure

APPEAL PROCEDURE FOR LONG-TERM SUSPENSION, EXPULSION, AND EMERGENCY
EXPULSION

a. Notice of Hearing/Waiver of Hearing for Long-Term Suspension and Expulsion
1) Prior to the long-term suspension or expulsion of a student, written notice of an opportunity for a
hearing shall be delivered in person or by certified mail to the student and to his or her parent(s).
The notice shall:
2) Be provided in the predominant language of a student and/or parent(s) who predominantly speak a
language other than English, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
3) Specify the alleged misconduct and the school district rule(s) alleged to have been violated,
4) Set forth the corrective action proposed,
5) Set forth the right of the student and his or her parent(s) to a hearing for the purpose of contesting
the allegations(s), and
6) Set forth the facts that:
a) A written or oral request for hearing must be received by the school district designated
employee, or by his or her office, on or before the expiration of three (3) school business days
after receipt of the notice of opportunity for a hearing, and
b) If such a request is not received within the prescribed period of time, then the right to a
hearing may be deemed to have been waived and the proposed long-term suspension or
expulsion may be imposed by the school district without any further opportunity for the
student or his or her parent(s) to contest the matter. A schedule of “school business days”
potentially applicable to the exercise of such hearing right should be included with the notice.
7) The student and/or his or her parent(s) shall reply to the notice of opportunity for a hearing within
three (3) school business days after the date of receipt of notice. A request for a hearing shall be
provided to the school district employee specified in the notice of opportunity for a hearing, or to his or her office. A request for a hearing shall be accepted in writing or orally.
8) If a request for a hearing is not received within the required three (3) school business days, the
school district may deem the student and his or her parent(s) to have waived the right to a hearing
and the proposed long-term suspension or expulsion may be imposed 

Hearing Process

Notice of Hearing/Waiver of Hearing for Emergency Expulsion
1) The student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be notified of the emergency expulsion of
the student and of their opportunity for a hearing either by hand delivering written notice to the
student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) within twenty-four (24) hours of the emergency expulsion and
documenting delivery by obtaining his or her signature acknowledging receipt or by written
certification of the person making the delivery; or by certified letter(s) deposited in the U.S. mail
within twenty four (24) hours of the emergency expulsion. If the notice is by certified letter,
reasonable attempts shall be made to notify the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) by
telephone or in person as soon as possible. Such written and oral notice shall:
a) Be provided in the predominant language of a student and/or parent(s) or guardian(s) who
predominantly speak a language other than English, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964,
b) Specify the alleged reason(s) for the emergency expulsion,
c) Set forth the dates the emergency expulsion will begin and will end,
d) Set forth the right of the student and/or his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to a hearing for the
purpose of contesting the allegation(s) as soon as reasonably possible, and
e) Set forth the facts that:
• a written or oral request for a hearing must be received by the school district employee
designated, or by his or her office, on or before the expiration of the third school business
day after receipt of the notice of opportunity for a hearing, and
• if such a request is not received within the prescribed period of time, then the right to a
hearing may be deemed to have been waived and the emergency expulsion may be
continued as deemed necessary for up to ten (10) school days from the date of the
student’s emergency removal from school without any further opportunity for the student
or his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) to contest the matter. A schedule of school business
days potentially applicable to the exercise of such hearing right should be included with
the notice.
2) The student and/or his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall reply to the notice of opportunity for a
hearing and request a hearing within three (3) school business days after the date of receipt of the
notice. A request for a hearing shall be provided to the school district employee specified in the
notice of opportunity for a hearing, or to his or her office. A request for a hearing shall be
accepted in writing or orally.
3) If a request for a hearing is not received within the required three (3) school business day period,
the school district may deem the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to have waived
the right to a hearing and the emergency expulsion may be continued as deemed necessary for a
period of up to ten (10) school days from the date of the emergency removal from school.
c. Pre-hearing and Hearing Process for Long-Term Suspension, Expulsion and Emergency
Expulsion
1) If a request for a hearing is received within the required three (3) school business days, the school
district shall schedule a hearing to commence within three (3) school business days after the date
upon which the request for a hearing was received (or two (2) school business days in the case of
an emergency expulsion).
2) The student and his or her parent(s) shall have the right to:

a) Inspect in advance of the hearing any documentary and other physical evidence which the
school district intends to introduce at the hearing,
b) Be represented by legal counsel,
c) Question and confront witnesses, unless a school district witness does not appear and the
witness is excused by the person hearing the case based upon evidence of good reason for
doing so submitted by the school district.
d) Present his or her explanation of the alleged misconduct, and
e) Make such relevant showings by way of witnesses and the introduction of documentary and
other physical evidence as he or she desires.
3) The designee(s) of the school district assigned to present the district’s case shall have the right to
inspect in advance of the hearing any documentary or other physical evidence which the student
and his or her parent(s) intend to introduce at the hearing.
4) The person(s) hearing the case shall not be a witness and the final decision regarding the
imposition of corrective action shall be determined solely on the basis of the evidence presented
at the hearing.
5) Either a tape or audio recording or verbatim record of the hearing shall be made.
6) In the case of a long-term suspension or expulsion, a written decision setting forth the findings of
fact, conclusions, and the nature and duration of the expulsion, long-term suspension, or lesser
form of corrective action to be imposed, if any, shall be provided to student’s legal counsel, or if
none, to the student and his or her parent(s).
7) In the case of an emergency expulsion, within one (1) school business day after the date upon
which the hearing concludes, a decision as to whether or not the emergency expulsion shall
continue shall be rendered, and the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s), and legal
counsel, if any, shall be notified thereof by depositing a certified letter in the U.S. mail. The
decision shall set forth the findings of fact, the conclusions (including a conclusion as to whether
the immediate and continuing danger to students or staff or the immediate and continuing threat
of substantial disruption to the educational process has terminated), and whether the emergency
expulsion shall be converted to another form of corrective action.

Emergency Removal

a. A student may be removed immediately from a class, subject, or activity by a certificated teacher or an
administrator and sent to the building administrator or another designated school authority, provided that
the teacher or administrator has good and sufficient reason to believe that the student’s presence poses an
immediate and continuing threat to the student, other students, or school staff or an immediate and
continuing threat of substantial disruption
of the class, subject, activity, bus, or educational process of
the student’s school. The removal from classes, subjects, or activities shall continue only until:
• The danger or threat ceases, or
• The principal or other designated school authority acts to impose corrective action.
b. Procedural due process for emergency removal
1) The principal or his or her designee shall meet with the student as soon as reasonably possible
following the student’s emergency removal and take or initiate appropriate corrective action —
i.e., imposition of discipline, short-term suspension, emergency expulsion or initiation of longterm
suspension or expulsion.
2) Prior to or at the time any such student is returned to the class, subject, or activity, the principal
or his or her designee shall notify the teacher or administrator who removed the student
therefrom of the action which has been taken or initiated.

Emergency Denial of Attendance

a. A student may be expelled immediately by the District Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent of
Secondary Education, the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, a Principal, an Assistant
Principal, or a designee of the superintendent in emergency situations, provided that the imposing
administrator has good and sufficient reason to believe that the student‘s presence poses an immediate
and continuing danger
to other students or school personnel or an immediate and continuing threat of
substantial disruption
of the educational process.
b. An emergency expulsion must end or be converted to another form of corrective action within 10 school
days of the date of the emergency removal from school. Notice and due process rights appropriate to the
new corrective action must be provided.

Re-Admission, Re-Engagement, & Due Process

Re-Admission Process

The purpose of the re-admission process is not to appeal the disciplinary action, but to request re-admission
to school prior to the end of the suspension or expulsion.
If a student desires to be readmitted to the school from which he/she has been suspended/expelled, the parent
and student shall submit a written request to the Director of Student Services.
a. The request for re-admission should include the following:
• Any mitigating circumstances surrounding the long-term suspension or expulsion from the District.
This may include: the student’s age, the student’s knowledge and participation in the act(s) leading to
the long-term suspension or expulsion, the student’s prior discipline and academic record, remedial
actions the student or the parent(s) have taken to ensure that the act or behavior is not repeated,
evidence that the student has satisfactorily completed a District-approved behavior modification class
or counseling, if applicable, or evidence that the student has made academic progress in an alternative
educational setting, if applicable.
• Why the student believes readmittance at this time is appropriate.
• New evidence, if any, which would support the student’s request.
• Supporting references, if any, such as statements from the parent or guardian or agencies or private
practitioners who may have assisted the student.
• Documentation, if any, of what has been done to address the behavior that caused the long-term
suspension or expulsion.
b. The superintendent will designate a school official to consider the application, conducting an
investigation of all pertinent information concerning the application for admission, including possible
behavioral conditions upon which the student may be admitted. The designee will make a decision either
approving or denying the request for admission.
c. If the application is approved, a written behavioral agreement clearly outlining specific behavioral
conditions for admission will be established by the receiving school’s principal and agreed upon by the
student and parent(s) before the student is admitted to school.
d. If the application for admission is denied, the long-term suspension or expulsion shall continue as
originally imposed. Upon the student’s further efforts at behavioral change, a new application may be
submitted. 

Re-Engagement

After imposing a long-term suspension or expulsion, administrators should make reasonable efforts to assist
the student in returning to an educational setting. The school should convene a meeting with the student and
parent(s) within 20 days of a long-term suspension or expulsion (and no later than five days before the
student re-enrolls), to discuss a plan to reengage the student in a school program. Administrators should
consider shortening the corrective action, imposing other forms of corrective action and using supportive
interventions. The district will create a re-engagement plan tailored to the student’s individual circumstances.
The plan will consider the incident that led to the discipline and aid the student in taking the necessary steps
to remedy that situation. The re-engagement process is separate from the re-admission process, and must take
place regardless of whether a student applies for re-admission. 

Due Process

Students with disabilities pursuant to Section 504 or the IDEA may be removed from school for up
to 10 cumulative school days per school year by following the corrective action procedures applicable
to all students. If a suspension beyond 10 cumulative days is contemplated, special procedures must
be followed; a manifestation determination conference must be held.

If the manifestation determination conference concludes that the student’s behavior is a manifestation of the
student’s disability, the student must be returned to the placement from which he or she was removed, and
the 504 team or IEP team should convene to discuss whether development or modification of a behavior
plan for the student is warranted. If the manifestation determination conference concludes that the student’s
behavior is not a manifestation of the student’s disability, the District may impose corrective action in the
same manner as corrective action would be imposed upon a non-disabled student. Please refer to NSD
Procedure 2161P for specific procedures.
A student with a disability under IDEA may be removed to an Interim Alternative Educational Setting in
circumstances involving the use or possession of drugs, weapons or serious bodily injury. Refer to NSD
Procedure 2161P for specific procedures.