Rights and Responsibilities
Welcome Message from Dr. Tammy Campbell
As Superintendent, I recognize how essential it is for parents and guardians to unite with schools to form an educational partnership. Every child requires a foundation that nurtures their individuality and supports growth, achievement and success. Each deserves a foundation built upon value, honor and esteem held together with the mortar of family, school and community.
You are your student’s first teacher, and I am enlisting your support in reviewing the contents of this handbook with your student. If children are encouraged, both at home and at school, to attend school regularly, practice academic diligence, and exhibit respect for themselves and others, the knowledge and skills acquired will serve them for a lifetime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Student Records & Directory Information
Access to Student Records
Section XXII provides notification to parents regarding their right to inspect and copy public records retained by the school district.
Federal law requires schools inform parents that some of their child’s information, called “Directory Information,” might be used for certain school-related purposes. Parents and guardians may tell schools not to release this information.
This is part of a law called The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
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.
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)
Equal Access and Non-Discrimination
Parent and Student Rights in Federal Programs
Section XXI provides notification to parents of their rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).
Equal Educational Opportunity: Non-discrimination Statement
Federal Way Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin or ethnicity, religion, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, age, marital or family status, veteran or military status; disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.
If you have questions or complaints regarding alleged discrimination, please contact the FWPS Education Service Center at 33330 8th Avenue in Federal Way, and ask for one of the following coordinators: