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
Below you will find a list of Bothell High School policies & expectations. Please see Rights & Responsibilities for additional district information.
Dear Students and Parents,
On behalf of the faculty and staff of Bothell High School, we extend a welcome to all students as we begin the 2020-2021 school year. Bothell High School offers a place for each student. There are a variety of opportunities to connect with peers and adult mentors in academic, athletic and extracurricular opportunities such as our variety of clubs. We strongly encourage students to pursue excellence in their academic studies, actively engage in the extracurricular programs, seek support from teachers to be successful, and treat everyone at Bothell HS with respect and kindness.
This handbook is a guide for students and families at Bothell HS, and includes our policies, procedures, and important information. Please, refer to this guide when questions arise. In some cases, you may also need to consult your teachers’ course expectations and guidelines. Remember to always check the Bothell HS website for the most up-to-date information on events, schedules, and activities and the district’s Student’s Rights and Responsibilities handbook for additional specifics on policies.
While Bothell HS is a large comprehensive high school, we strive to maintain 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.
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,
Juan Price, Elizabeth Cano, Scott Leick, Richard Brown, Yonni Mills, Sydney Fee
FREQUENTLY CALLED 425-408-Extension
email contact - first initial firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal Juan Price x-7005 email@example.com
Elizabeth Cano (students A - G) x-7025 firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Brown (students H – N) x-7024 email@example.com
Scott Leick (students O - Z) x-7035 firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities Coordinator Sydney Fee x-7026 email@example.com
Athletic Director Yonni Mills x-7015 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary x-7003 Attendance x-7010 ASB Cashier x-7033
Campus Supervisor x-7061 Office Manager x-7001 Nurse x-7006
Bothell Police non-emergency phone 425-486-1254
Lisa Carson (students A – Dea) x-7021 email@example.com
Lindsey Clark (students Deb – Hoo) x-7022 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Sanders (students Hop - Mc) email@example.com
Rob Felton (students Me – R) x-7020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle Yamada (students S – Z) x-7023 email@example.com
Heidi Yonago - School Psychologist x-7029 B.J. Dawson - College and Career Specialist x-7028
Registrar x-7018 Office Manager x-7019
Bothell High School – go to https://bothell.nsd.org
Staff Directory: staffdir.nsd.org Faculty and staff can be contacted via e-mail
usually first initial last firstname.lastname@example.org — ex: M. Jones - email@example.com
Northshore School District -- https://nsd.org
Bothell High School will make every effort to provide accessibility to events, meeting, and programs to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the main office at 425-408-7003 to request special accommodations.
Northshore School District prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, sex, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification, in all its employment procedures, training, programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged unlawful discrimination: Director of Human Resources (Title IX, ADA, and Civil Rights Compliance), Director of Student Services (Section 504), 3330 Monte Villa Parkway, Bothell, WA 98021, (425) 408-6000.
Punctual attendance is the first requirement for success – both here and in the real world. 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. Daily attendance and active participation in each class is a critical part of the learning process. The following policies 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 students are responsible for both being aware of student’s attendance and correcting any error in a timely manner. Students are expected to be in school and in class daily. Each student signs a Student Contract at the beginning of each year. Contact Attendance office to get a copy. Skipping a class or full day of school adds up over time.
Definition of absence: A student who misses fifteen or more minutes of a class is considered absent.
Excusing absences: Absences must be excused with a parent/guardian note, email, or phone call within two school days (48 hours). Attendance office phone: 425-408-7010. The machine is on 24 hours a day. Verification from a medical professional may be required for excessive absences. If chronic excused absences add up to be more than 10 per semester, the building principal(s) shall be responsible for determining if an absence should be excused or unexcused. Students, it is your responsibility to keep track of your attendance. You may look on StudentVUE or get a printout from the attendance secretary.
School related absences: School sponsored and approved activities will not be counted in the student’s total absences. When school related absences begin to interfere with the successful academic performance or class participation of individual students, teachers are to refer the student to the counselor or administrator to assess priorities and discuss expectations for future absences.
Prearranged absences/early dismissal: Students must sign out at the attendance office PRIOR to leaving school. Leaving campus without signing out and/or without prior permission from a parent/guardian is considered an unexcused absence and may result in discipline. Notes or phone calls ‘after the fact’ will not be accepted.
If a student anticipates a prolonged absence an Absence Contract must be completed. This form is available in the attendance office.
Consequences: Skipping classes or having excessive unexcused/excused absences will be treated as a discipline issue. Consequences may range from lunch detention to Saturday schools and/or attendance contract or a Becca Bill referral.
State mandatory attendance law – Becca Bill: According to RCW 28A.225 schools are required to petition the juvenile court on students who accumulate seven unexcused absences in a calendar month or ten unexcused absences in a school year if the school district’s interventions have not been successful in eliminating unexcused absences.
Honesty is a compelling principle by which we operate all aspects of student and school life. Students do not cheat, nor should they tolerate those who do. Academic honesty is highly valued at BHS. Forging school documents or attendance notes are serious offenses and will result in disciplinary action. Each student signs an Education Honesty contract at the beginning of each year. Contact Attendance office to get a copy. Because of the serious nature of academic dishonesty, violations are progressive and serious. See Consequences below.
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
• Giving out questions that are on a test to other students or looking at someone’s paper during an exam
• Exchanging tests, reports, notebooks or assignments in any manner
• Giving answers to other students
• Using electronic devices to record or share answers in any way
1. Plagiarism - the act of presenting the words, ideas, images, sounds, or the creative expressions of others as your own. Remember to always give credit to the original author with citing. 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
▪ 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
▪ 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
* consider the spirit of the assignment – when in doubt, ask the teacher
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 before turning in work. Be cautious not to “over help” a friend and keep in mind the spirit of the assignment.
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.
* First offense will result in loss of credit on the assignment/exam, notification to teachers in lieu of discipline, administrative conference with student and parent/guardian notification.
* Further offenses will result in progressive discipline.
Be Loud | Be Proud | Be Positive
Bothell Athletics and Activities Core Values: Integrity, Pride, Excellence, Respect and Sportsmanship.
Expected behaviors for Bothell athletic contests:
Bothell athletes and students are expected to model appropriate behaviors at home and away athletic contests. All school rules apply during any event occurring outside the school day that involves Bothell students.
Specific to this issue are the following KingCo and WIAA rules:
* Not permitted: artificial noisemakers such as air horns/megaphones; confetti, streamers, toilet paper, and/or silly string - their use may cause the non-complying school to pay for the additional cost of cleanup; all objects that can be thrown; signs or banners other than official schools banners; masks that cover the entire face.
* Faces cannot be completely painted. Fans should always use two colors of paint rather than one. Eyes must be visible (“raccoon eyes”).
* Vulgar, obscene, degrading chants/cheers or suggestive yells and gestures are not acceptable and can result in your removal from the event, and possibly removal for the entire season. Your ticket does not entitle you to disrespect or degrade others in any way.
* Be respectful and supportive of both teams involved in the contest. Use only positive cheers and praise without antagonizing or demeaning opponents or individuals.
* Respond positively to and follow directions of the supervising adults.
* Remain off the playing field/surface/floor before, during (including halftime), and after the contest.
* At football events students must remain in their section and not intermingle with the opposing fans or pass in front of the other school’s stands.
NSD Rules - All Student R&Rs are followed for any school-related activity or sport.
* The dress code for the regular school day applies
* Weapons (fake or real), or anything that would endanger anyone’s safety, are not allowed. (NSD Student’s R&R Weapons Violation)
* Use or possession of controlled substances, alcohol, tobacco and vape products is strictly prohibited. A violation will result in removal from the game, potentially for the entire season, and other school-sanctioned disciplinary actions. (NSD Student’s R&R Exceptional Misconduct Rules)
* Discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying & cyber bullying will not be tolerated; fans must strive for positive inclusion, not social exclusion (NSD Student’s R&R HIB Rules)
Unsportsmanlike behavior will result in the following consequences:
* First offense - a verbal warning, and potential removal from the event.
* Second offense - removal from the event, and suspension from events for one week, (or two home games, whichever is the greater consequence).
Previous season violations will accumulate for no more than two consecutive seasons for the academic school year and will not be carried over to the next school year.
* Third offense - removal from all athletic events for the season.
Note: Severity of any one offense may result in removal from events for the season.
Standards for interscholastic athletic eligibility:
* A student shall have passed six of seven full-time classes or the equivalent in the previous semester and continue to pass six classes at each grade check.
* Seniors who are on track to graduate taking five classes must be passing five. Students taking only six must be passing all six.
**NORTHSHORE eligibility requires a 2.0 GPA in the previous semester to be eligible for athletic participation. Full details at District website.
Students who fail to meet academic eligibility will be placed on academic probation typically for five weeks. At the end of the probation period if the student is passing at least six (6), he/she may then be reinstated for interscholastic competition. Proof of passing is a printed current online student progress report provided to the Athletic Director.
**BOTHELL HIGH SCHOOL:
- Registration for athletics is done online via Final Forms. Approved registration is required prior to participation. Physicals are valid for two years and must be valid thru the entire sport season.
- To ensure timely completion of on-line registration each season refer to BHS Athletics website for registration opening/closing dates.
III. All students participating in BHS athletics are required to pay for ASB and the participation fee.
IV. During the season of participation, the athlete cannot have an early dismissal in their schedule.
V. Athletes must be in daily attendance daily for three hours** to participate in practice/competition.
**Exceptions: school-related absences or absence with prior clearance through Athletic Director. Early release days athletes must attend three classes.
ALL students participating in sports need to have insurance. School insurance is available for athletes without private insurance. Bothell High School and the Northshore School District will not be responsible for personal claims and/or liability thereof.
ALMA MATER BHS FIGHT SONG
Bothell High’s our Alma Mater- On to Bothell, on to Bothell, on to victory-
We will guard thee on and on. With the colors flying high
Let us gather round and cheer it, We’re going to win this game.
Shout its glories, sing its songs. Rah! Rah! Rah!
Shout the praises of our Cougars, On to Bothell, on to Bothell, on to victory-
Shout their glories to the sky; So fight, Cougars,
On to victory urge our Cougars Fight, fight, fight
For our dear old Bothell High! We’ll win this game!
Mascot: Cougars School colors: Royal Blue and White
Fridays are “Bothell Blue” days — Wear your Blue and White
Students are expected to respect the rights and property of others and to be courteous and cooperative with staff and other students. Campus rules and regulations are in effect during the school day and during all school sponsored events. Any student who willfully performs or fails to perform any act which materially interferes with or is detrimental to the orderly operation of a school, a school-sponsored activity, or any other aspect of the educational process of the school district will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including detention, suspension, expulsion, and/or police referral.
At any time students may be advised or reprimanded by a staff member regarding inappropriate behavior and are expected to comply with all reasonable requests. When asked to leave class for inappropriate behavior, students are to report immediately to the main office.
This section describes the most common and most serious problem areas. The following acts or omissions by a student on school premises or off school premises at any school-sponsored activity including travel to and from school shall constitute sufficient cause for discipline, suspension, or expulsion.
Copies of the DISTRICT Rights and Responsibilities Handbook are available from the main office or on the district website. Refer to the R & R document for more details including discipline related the following (and other) topics:
Alcohol, Marijuana, Illicit Drugs
Computers and Network Use; Phones and Electronic Devices
Fighting – Assaults
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
Public Displays of Affection, Profanity and Lewd Behavior
Tobacco/Smoking, Vapes / Substance Delivery Devices
Vandalism, Arson, Reckless Burning
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.
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 commons 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. All students without off campus privileges must eat in commons or courtyard.
Areas of the BHS campus are under video surveillance. Images may be collected that allow an individual to be identified. The use of video surveillance is for the purposes of student and staff safety, controlling theft, and facilitating the identification of individuals who behave in a disruptive manner, cause damage to campus property or are otherwise in violation of the school’s Rules of Conduct.
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.
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 or offensive 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.
* Excessive bareness, cleavage or visible midriff area will not be tolerated.
* Tops: Tops that do not provide the appropriate body covering are unacceptable. Necklines must be above armpits. Undergarments should not be visible.
* Pants: Undergarments should not 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 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.
* Face paint not allowed during the day.
* No sunglasses or headwear covering eyes are allowed.
Clothing, accessories, and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, symbols, or any other insignia that are crude, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, slanderous, disruptive, offensive, 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.
First warning: Change/alter clothes
Second warning: Change/alter clothes, discipline
Third warning: Change clothes/alter clothes, Saturday school and parent notification
DUTY TO REPORT
Students who witness or have knowledge of school violations or violations of local laws have the duty to report to an administrator. This includes, but is not limited to information about theft, harassment, assault, bullying, threats, self-harm, drug and/or alcohol use, etc. We will respect confidentiality to the best of our ability. Students may also anonymously report information to Safe Schools Tip Line at 855-521-2665 or message firstname.lastname@example.org.
BHS assumes no liability or responsibility for these items if they are lost or stolen at school. Cell phones are to be turned off during class periods “bell to bell”. Laser pointers are prohibited. Any device with the ability to record is not to be used on campus except with the expressed permission of the instructor. Use of technology that is deemed to be disruptive to the educational process may result in school disciplinary action. All devices are subject to confiscation. During investigation or interview process students may be asked to give their phone to office staff or investigating administer to be returned at conclusion of interview or investigation. Students using their cell phone as cameras in an inappropriate way may be cited for harassment/bullying/cheating; 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 lockdown drill or event, all ringers/sounds must be turned off, and no verbal communication will be allowed.
For security purposes students shall carry an ID card while on campus or attending school district activities. Students are expected to give their name/show photo ID to any staff member who requests it. Students who obstruct, interfere or fail to submit to supervisory and disciplinary authority of staff or other adults may be subject to discipline.
Intentionally falsifying information, refusing to identify one self, or deliberately withholding information may result in disciplinary action.
TOBACCO / SMOKING
Students are not allowed to use and/or possess, distribute, transfer or sell tobacco and/or related products or any vaping products on school district property, at school-sponsored activities, school athletic events, or areas adjacent to BHS. Tobacco and/or related products will be confiscated and discarded and students will receive discipline. Under-age violation may result in a civil citation and fine. Vaporizers, hookah, e-cigarettes, substance-carrying devices, and liquids or oils for use with these devices, are considered paraphernalia.
VAPES/SUBSTANCE DELIVERY DEVICES
Vaping and substance carrying devices may be considered drug paraphernalia. Students are not allowed to use and/or possess, distribute, transfer or be under the influence of controlled substances at any time on school district property, at school-sponsored activities, school athletic events, or areas adjacent to BHS. Any student in violation of this shall have discipline assigned as follows:
1st violation: Register for the Vape Educate online program. Details will be provided to student at time of discipline.
2nd violation: One-day suspension and registration/attendance at four hour ATOD class – parents must attend.
3rd/future violations: Ten-day suspension, reduced to five by following the drug/alcohol protocol.
In every case all products/devices will be confiscated; parent/guardian notified.
Use of skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, bicycles, etc. anywhere and at any time on campus is prohibited. Students violating this school district policy will be subject to disciplinary action. These items must be stored in the student’s locker or main office during the school day.
Students will comply with all rules and regulations pertaining to school district transportation. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action. Students wishing to ride a bus to a location other than their assigned bus route must have written permission from a parent/guardian which includes their student’s name, the date, and the address of the stop at which they are getting off. Form available by contacting Main Office.
Student parking is a privilege. Students without parking authorization are NOT allowed to park on campus. Parking is for juniors and seniors and those taking part in Running Start, Satellite/WaNIC, or 0 period classes. There is NO guarantee of which lot parking you will be assigned. 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.
By registering to park at Bothell students’ cars may be subject to search. Refer to Campus Parking Guidelines.
Students requesting to park their cars on school grounds will:
1. Have no fines at the time that a parking pass is requested
2. Complete the BHS Vehicle Registration & Parking Guidelines listing each vehicle
3. Provide a valid driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance
4. Position stickers so the number is clearly visible in the front windshield
BHS will not be responsible for vandalism to vehicles on campus or to vehicles that are hit due to negligence. Drivers must be in complete compliance with Washington State laws.
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. Students may not park in designated Staff or Visitor spaces at any time or in the church parking lot; violators will be ticketed and subject to the parking penalties (see below).
Students who do not abide by the Student Vehicle Registration and Campus Parking Guidelines will be subject to the following penalties and the possibility of having their registration revoked:
REGISTERED Vehicles: Parking Penalties
1st violation $10.00 parking fine
2nd violation $20.00 parking fine
3rd violation $30.00 parking fine; vehicle impounded (owner’s expense)
NON-REGISTERED VEHICLES: Parking Penalties
1st violation $25.00 parking fine
2nd violation $30.00 parking fine; meeting with Asst. Principal/Parent
3rd violation $35.00 parking fine; vehicle impounded (owner’s 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.
Our Registered Nurse serves our building. Duties are diverse, from administering first aid and necessary medication to monitoring the general health and well-being of our students. Our health room is used for emergency care and for ill students awaiting pick-up. Space and personnel are not available to accommodate extended care or supervision. We require that you or an emergency contact will pick up your sick child within the hour that you are called.
For your child’s safety it is very important to keep your home, cell, work, and emergency contact telephone numbers current. If you change jobs or cell phone numbers, please give us your new number immediately. This will assist us getting in touch with you when it is an emergency.
Please keep the nurse informed of any health concerns or changes in your child's health, including new or resolved medical or mental health diagnosis, medication changes and immunization updates.
Children learn best when they are healthy. If you think your child is getting sick, please keep them home. This helps keep other children from getting sick and gives your child the rest he/she needs to get well quickly.
When Should I Keep my Child Home from School?
• A temperature, taken orally, that is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, is considered a fever. Children should be fever-free, without fever reducing medication, for at least 24 hours before sending them to school.
• Anytime a child vomits or has diarrhea, they needs to be isolated from other children for 24 hours. If your child vomits or has diarrhea in the night, keep them home from school the following day.
• Any rash of unknown cause should be considered contagious. Please have your child examined by a healthcare provider to determine the cause and communicability of the rash before sending them to school. The child may not return to school unless there is a letter from the medical professional stating that the rash is not communicable in nature, or unless the rash is no longer present.
• 24 hours after administration of the first dose of an antibiotic or as directed by the health care provider.
Note these guidelines are general reminders of when to keep a student home. In times of pandemic disease response in the community at large (such as COVID 19), additional recommendations may be requested by local/state health authorities for keeping an ill student home or for a student’s return to school after being absent for a specific illness.
If a child is injured at school, they will be given emergency first-aid treatment by the nurse, principal, school secretary, or a first aid-trained health room assistant. The parents will be called immediately in the event of a serious injury. If you are not at home or work, the person listed as the "First Emergency" contact will be called. If no one is available to come for the child, we will use our best judgment on whether to keep the child in the nurse's office or call 911 for medical assistance.
Injuries at School - Parent Financial Responsibility:
The health and safety of our students is one of the district’s foremost concerns. Even so, accidents may and do happen and the resulting medical bills (ambulance transport, surgery, etc.) can be very expensive. However, many families are unaware that the district does not carry insurance for student personal injury costs and cannot assume responsibility for them. Parent/Guardian Responsibility: What this basically means is that if your child gets hurt during school or a school activity, you as the parent or guardian, are financially responsible for any medical bills. This includes students participating in athletics, recess and after school activities. If your student participates in a sport, please make certain your family insurance plan covers athletic participation.
Children with Life Threatening Conditions
In order to provide a safe learning environment, the state of Washington passed a law that requires students with life threatening conditions to have medical orders and a nursing care plan in place BEFORE the first day of school attendance. (Chapter 101, Laws of 2002, amending Chapter 28A.210 RCW)
The law defines life-threatening condition as “a health condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and a nursing plan are not in place.” Children with life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, severe bee sting or food allergies, severe asthma, severe seizures, etc., are required to have a medication or treatment order in place before they start school.
“Medication or treatment order” means the authority a registered nurse obtains under RCW 18.79.260(2). This is covered when the child’s licensed health care provider completes the Authorization for Medication form or treatment order for medical services to be performed at the school. If a medication or treatment order is not provided, the principal of the school is required to exclude the child until such an order is provided. This requirement applies to students with life-threatening conditions who are new to the district, and students who are already attending the school.
If your child has a life-threatening health condition requiring medical services at school, or if you have questions about a medical condition, please notify the school nurse right away. Students with a life-threatening condition qualify for a 504 Accommodation/Emergency Care Plan. Please set up a meeting with the school nurse in order to have all necessary forms and medications in place prior to starting school.
Health screening for hearing and vision is done each Fall in grades K-3, 5th and 7th. Other students may be screened for hearing or vision upon referral by the teacher or parent. The vision screening does not identify all vision problems and is not intended as a substitute for periodic eye examinations by a healthcare provider. A referral letter will be sent home when a student’s hearing and/or vision screening results do not meet the expectations for their age.
For the protection of your child, the Washington State immunization law states that every child attending public or private school must show proof of compliance with the law before the student’s first day of attendance. Northshore School District requires healthcare provider verification of student immunizations. Any student not meeting this requirement will be excluded. Bothell Health Point (425-486-0658) accepts medical coupons and has a sliding fee scale. If you need assistance in acquiring these immunizations, please contact the school nurse.
Medications at School
If your student will be taking ANY medication at school, you must confer with the school nurse.
The Northshore School District recommends that medication be taken at home whenever possible. We recognize, however, that in some cases it is essential that medication be administered during the school day. For the protection of all the students and to comply with Washington state law, the district has a policy and procedures in place for the handling of ALL medications in the schools.
Please do not put any kind of medicine, including aspirin, vitamins, and cough drops in your child's lunch box, backpack or pockets. Unidentified medicine can never be given at school. Students who require use of a narcotic for pain control should be kept home.
School Staff Administered Medication - The following conditions must be met:
√ All medications, whether over-the-counter (except sunscreen) or prescription, need a current Northshore Medication Authorization Form signed by the student's healthcare provider/dentist and parent/guardian.
√ Medication must be delivered to school in a properly labeled prescription or original over-the-counter container. The student's name must be on the label with proper identification of the drug, dosage, and directions for administration.
√ A quantity sufficient for one month only can be sent to school.
√ The medication order is effective for the current school year only.
√ If changes in the medication order occur, the parent is responsible for notifying the school and providing verification from the healthcare provider/dentist.
Field Trips: For students on daily medication, request an extra labeled container from your pharmacy for used for field trips. Advanced planning with the school nurse is needed for students who need access to medications during field trips, after school sports, clubs and activities where students may not have access to school stored medications in the health room after school hours.
Student Self-Administered Medication - The following conditions must be met:
In appropriate cases and with the knowledge of the school nurse, the parent/guardian can delegate the responsibility for self-administration of medication to the student. In doing so, the parent releases the school district from any obligation to monitor the student and assumes full responsibility for the student's use of the medication:
√ Self-Administration does not apply to controlled substances, e.g. codeine, Vicodin
√ The student may only carry a one-day supply (1 - 2 doses) of the medication.
√ The medication must be in the original container.
√ The student must have written permission to self-medicate signed by the parent/guardian.
Medication to be self-administered for more than fifteen (15) consecutive days whether over-the-counter or prescription requires a current Northshore Medication Authorization Form signed by the student's healthcare provider/dentist and parent/guardian stating that the student may self-medicate. The student must also demonstrate his/her ability to the School Nurse to correctly evaluate his/her symptoms and use the medication appropriately.
Asthma and Anaphylaxis medications:
When a parent requests that his/her student be allowed to self-administer medication for asthma and/or anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), an Authorization for Medication must be filled out and signed by the health care provider and parent/guardian. The permission form must contain a treatment plan for what to do in case of an emergency.
The health care provider must also provide training for the student to recognize symptoms and the correct use of medications. Additionally, the student must demonstrate his/her ability to correctly evaluate his/her symptoms and use of medications to the school nurse including how to access help when needed. (RCW 28A.210.370 and School District Policy 3419)
If you wish your student to self-administer medication at school or have any other questions related to the information noted here, please contact the school nurse at 425-408-7006.
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.
“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: Served in the Commons during student’s lunch period
Detentions: After school — specific date will be noted on discipline paperwork as well as length of detention
Saturday School: held on specific Saturdays as will be noted on discipline paperwork
Vape Educate: on-line program to be completed by student
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” 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 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.
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 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” 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.
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 FOR LONG-TERM SUSPENSION, EXPULSION, AND EMERGENCY
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- HIB etc
- Technology & Network Acceptable Use
- Dress Code
- Bus Policies
- Weapons Policy
- Gambling & Gaming
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 student aged 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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
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. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
Students wishing to ride a bus to a location other than their assigned bus route must have written permission from a parent/guardian which includes their student’s name, the date, and the address of the stop at which they are getting off. Form available by contacting Main Office 425-408-7003.
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