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Dear Federal Way Families:
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! We are eager to continue the exciting work of ensuring all students remain on a pathway of academic excellence and social responsibility. You are our most valued partner and we appreciate your efforts in working with us to provide a safe learning environment for every student. Please keep the following in mind as you review this Rights and Responsibilities Handbook with your students:
- Academic Achievement – It is the mission of the Federal Way Public Schools all students develop academic skills and responsible behaviors to be successful, contributing members of society. This can only happen if staff, students and parents work together to ensure every student’s success.
- Attendance – Regular school attendance is essential for student achievement. Developing good attendance habits will promote your child’s academic success and assist them as they move into the world of work. Please stress with your child the importance of arriving at school on time prepared to participate and learn. (Section XIV)
- Arson – Last year we experienced several incidents of arson. Thankfully, no injuries resulted from these dangerous acts. In addition to the fear and disruption created for students and staff, the response required by police officers and fire fighters is a needless cost to the community and detracts from the vital work they provide citizens in emergency situations. Please communicate with your students the serious consequences of this behavior. The District will cooperate fully with the police department and support the arrest, prosecution, and incarceration of the person or persons responsible. Students found to be responsible for arson will be expelled from the District.
- Bomb Threats – We continue to experience disruptions to the school day as a result of bomb threats. In all cases, to date, these threats have been hoaxes; however, they create a major interruption to our school day in addition to a fearful and stressful environment. Please speak with your students regarding the danger of this behavior. The District will cooperate fully with the police department and support the arrest, prosecution, and incarceration of the person or persons responsible. Students found to be responsible for making a bomb threat will be expelled from the District.
- Cyberbullying – An increasing number of students are using cell phones and online options to harass and intimidate other students. Harassment, intimidation and bullying in any form will not be tolerated. Please assist your child in understanding the appropriate use of technology and the consequences of improper conduct. It is also important to note if your child is the victim of harassment, intimidation or bullying they should make school staff aware immediately. (Section XV)
- Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying – The District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons, free from intimidation, bullying and sexual or malicious harassment. Please make your student aware of the serious consequences of these behaviors as they will not be tolerated. Anyone who is a victim of harassment (sexual or malicious), intimidation or bullying should bring the matter to the immediate attention of appropriate staff. (Section XV)
- Safety – Safety remains a priority of the Federal Way Public Schools. We encourage students, parents, and community members to use the Safe Schools Tipline number listed on the back cover of this booklet to report any unsafe situation at any of our schools.
- Equal Educational Opportunity – Federal Way Public Schools complies with all federal rules and regulations. No student shall be denied an equal educational opportunity or be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, religion, creed, color, national origin or ethnicity, sex or gender, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity), marital or family status, or the presence of any non-program related sensory, mental or physical disability (consistent with RCW 49.60), or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. (Section XXIII)
- Parent and Student Rights in Federal Programs – Section XXI provides notification to parents of their rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).
- Public Access to District Records – Section XXII provides notification to parents regarding their right to inspect and copy public records retained by the school district.
You are a valuable partner in your child’s education and the development of life skills. When we work together – staff, parents and students – the future is bright for all students.