Student Handbook

Federal Legislation

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

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

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Welcome

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,
Juan Price, Elizabeth Cano, Geetha George-Shapiro, Scott Leick, Yonni Mills, and Sydney Fee

Contact Information / Special Accommodations


CONTACT INFORMATION

           FREQUENTLY CALLED  425-408-Extension

Administration

Principal           Juan Price                     x-7005 jprice@nsd.org

Assistant Principals      

   Elizabeth Cano (students A-G)              x-7025 ecano@nsd.org

   Geetha George-Shapiro (student H – N) x-7024 ggeorgeshapiro@nsd.org  

   Scott Leick (students O - Z)                  x-7035 sleick@nsd.org

Activities Coordinator    Sydney Fee      x-7026 sfee@nsd.org

Athletic Director            Yonni Mills        x-7015 ymills@nsd.org

Main Office

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

Counseling Office

Lisa Carson (students A – E)   x-7021   Colin Eggers (students F – K)       x-7022

Rob Felton  (students L – Q)   x-7020   Danielle Yamada (students R – Z) x-7023

Heidi Yonago - School Psychologist            x-7029  

B.J. Dawson - Occupational Info Specialist x-7028

Registrar     x-7018                  Office Manager   x-7019

WEBSITES

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 name@nsd.org — ex:  M. Jones - mjones@nsd.org

Northshore School District to https://nsd.org


SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

Nondiscrimination statement

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.

Attendance

Philosophy:

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.  Find out how your missed days affect your chances of graduating on time using this attendance calculator. 

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) including the reason for the absence.  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.  Students, it is your responsibility to keep track of your attendance. You may look on StudentVue or get a printout from the attendance secretary.

Absences not excused within two school days will remain unexcused absences.

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 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.

Loss of credit:  A student may lose credit in each period in which the student has exceeded ten total absences (excused or unexcused) or three unexcused absences.

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.

Skipping a class or full day of school adds up over time.  Find out how your missed days affect your chances of graduating on time using this attendance calculator. 

Academic Honesty

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.

Consequences:

*  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.

*  Second offense will result in loss of credit for the semester** for the class as well as all first offense consequences.

            **If at the end of a semester -- a passing grade becomes NC; a failing

               grade an F

  Third offense will result in second offense consequences and staffing conference to determine consequences up to suspension for one semester or the remainder of the semester and loss of credit in all classes for the semester.

Athletics

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:

**WIAA:

*  A student shall have passed five of six full-time classes or the equivalent in the preceding semester and continue to pass five classes at each grade check.

*  Seniors who are on track to graduate taking four classes must be passing four.  Students taking five must be passing all five.

**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 five (5), he/she may then be reinstated for interscholastic competition. Proof of passing is a printed current online student progress report or completed progress report provided to the Athletic Director.

**BOTHELL HIGH SCHOOL:

  1. Registration for athletics is done online via Family ID (www.familyid.com). Approved registration is required prior to student being able to participate. This includes submission of valid physical either via FamilyID or turned in to BHS Athletic Office.  Physicals are valid for two years and must be valid thru the entire sport season.
  2. To ensure timely completion of on-line registration each season refer to BHS Athletics website for registration opening/closing dates.
  3. All students participating in BHS athletics are required to pay for ASB and the participation fee.
  4. During the season of participation, the athlete cannot have an early dismissal in their schedule.
  5. 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.

BHS Student Rights and Responsibilities

Overview

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

Gambling

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

Hazing

Public Displays of Affection, Profanity and Lewd Behavior

Searches

Theft

Threats

Tobacco/Smoking, Vapes / Substance Delivery Devices

Vandalism, Arson, Reckless Burning

Weapons

Campus Boundaries and Behaviors

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 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.

 

CAMPUS SECURITY

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.

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.

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 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.  

* 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.

 Consequences:

       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 1414@alert1.us.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

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.

IDENTIFICATION/INSUBORDINATION

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.

LYING

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 are 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: Three day suspension reduced to one day with completion of        ATOD class within 72 hours – parent must attend.  Three meetings with school Prevention/Intervention specialist (PI).

2nd violation:  Six day suspension reduced to three days with parent agreement if student undergoes assessment by state certified treatment agency.  Follow up with PI at school.

3rd/future violations: Follow drug/alcohol protocol

In every case all products/devices will be confiscated; parent/guardian notified; student will meet with prevention/intervention specialist weekly.

 

WHEELED DEVICES

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.

 

Procedures

Buses / Bus Passes

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.

Parking

Parking

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. 

Deliveries

Deliveries

Interruptions to class are a detriment to the learning environment therefore, our administrative and counseling staff limit delivery of messages to those regarding family emergencies (deaths, accidents or severe illnesses). 

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. 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.” These orders are to be updated annually. Children with life-threatening conditions such as severe bee sting or food allergies, severe asthma, unstable diabetes, 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 Northshore Medication Authorization form 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 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, immediately notify the school nurse.  The necessary forms will be provided and a time will be arranged for you to meet with the school nurse.

Medical forms, immunization information, community resources and health information can be found/downloaded from Northshore website.

Contact BHS school nurse at 425-408-7006 for further information.

 

Personal Property and Canine 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.

Discipline, Corrective Action, & Re-Admissions

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. 
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.

District R & R details for specifics ie: HIB,

HIB etc

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

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.

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.

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.