• Whitney Policies

     

    Whitney Elementary is supported by the following Federal (ESEA) Programs for Schools & Districts:  

    Title I, A Programs and services for struggling learners Title I, C Migrant Education Title III Limited English Proficient & Immigrant Students — Language Instruction Title VII Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native Education Title X Homeless Education (McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children & Youth Program)

     

    Complaints Related to Federal Programs A citizen complaint is a written statement that alleges a violation of a federal rule, law or regulation or state regulation that applies to a federal program.

    • Anyone can file a citizen complaint.
    • There is no special form.
    • There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint.

    A citizen complaint process overview is available in the main office lobby. To ask a questions about the process, contact the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction:

    Online

    Online | Phone (360) 725-6100 | TTY (360) 664-3631 | FAX (360) 586-3305

     Perfect Attendance – PACE

    This year, our school will was selected to participate in the Bud Clary Toyota Perfect Attendance Program – or PACE.   Students who have perfect attendance during the 2015-16 school-year, will be rewarded with a Bike and Helmet – Courtesy of Bud Clary Toyota. Perfect attendance means – no tardies, no absences, and no early exits from school. 

    Attendance Policy

    Your child’s attendance at school is very important. Please make every effort to have your students attend school on time every day. Of course, if your student is ill, please keep him or her at home so they can recover quickly.

    State law requires that schools inquire about every absence. Whitney Elementary Schools requests either a note or a telephone call from the parent or guardian when a child is absent. If a call or note is not communicated to the school, the absence will be considered unexcused. The law requires that the school conference with the parent(s) after two unexcused absences in a month. A petition will be filed with the Juvenile Court when a fifth unexcused absence in one month and/or a tenth in a school year occurs.

    Excused Absences (District Policy #3122)

             Absences are excused for the following reasons:

    1. Participation in School-approved Activity
    2. Illness or Health condition
    3. Family Emergency
    4. Religious Observance
    5. Disciplinary Actions or Short-term Suspensions
    6. Approved/Prearranged Absences mutually agreed upon

             A written note including date of absence, reason for absence, student’s first and last name, and parent/guardian signature must be submitted within 48 hours of the student’s return to school.

             NOTE: Chronic health conditions (5 consecutive or 10 or more sporadic days of illness) may require a health plan involving your doctor.

    Leaving School Early

             If you need to pick up your child earlier than the regular dismissal times, we request that a written excuse be sent to the teacher that morning. Parents /guardians who pick up their child early must check in with the office first and sign out the student. Please do your best to schedule medical appointments during non-school hours.

    Prearranged Absences

             A form to request approval of a prearranged absence is available in the office and needs to be submitted a minimum of two days before the absence occurs. The student’s attendance, current academic standing, and purpose of the absence will be considered. If the request for prearranged absence is approved, making up the student’s school work and homework needs to be arranged with the teacher as indicated on the form.

             If the prearranged absence is not approved, the student’s absences will be deemed unexcused.

    If an emergency prevents the use of the request for prearranged absence, be sure to contact the school by telephone or in writing as soon as possible. Voice mail can be accessed 24 hours a day. When your child returns to school, a written note must be submitted within 48 hours. The note must include the child’s first and last name, reason for absence, dates of absence, and parent/guardian signature.

    Tardies

             Students who are tardy must report to the office with a note from a parent. Please make every effort to get your child to school by 8:30 a.m. because instruction begins at 8:45 a.m. Late entries disrupt to the classroom as well as cause the late student undue stress. Continued tardies will result in progressive discipline.

                Definition of an Excused Tardy

              An excused tardy must fall into one of the following categories:

    1. Student illness or health condition
    2. Religious observance
    3. Emergency

    To verify an excused tardy, parent(s)/guardian(s) must notify the school either by phone, written note or in person when the student arrives at school.

                Definition of an Unexcused Tardy

    1. Frequent car trouble
    2. Bad weather
    3. Oversleeping
    4. Babysitting
    5. Missing school bus, etc.

                If a student's tardiness becomes excessive, a parent conference with the principal will be required in order to implement a plan to reduce tardiness. Parents are strongly encouraged to make appointments (doctor, dentist, etc.) for their child after school to avoid interruption of the school day.

    Student Illness

             If a student complains of illness, his/her temperature will be taken. If it is normal the student will remain in class. If the temperature is elevated, the parent/guardian will be called. Students are not allowed to walk home unaccompanied during school hours.

    Arrival 

             Students should not arrive at school until 8:15 a.m. because there is no adult supervision prior to that time. Before and after school childcare (BASE) is available on site. The YMCA provides this service. Check with supervisors on site 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. or 3:15 - 6:00 p.m. or call the YMCA at 248-1202.

    Bikes

            Bicycles must be parked upon arrival at school and remain securely locked to the bike racks until students leave school. All bicycles should have some identification. Students walk bikes while on campus. (Students in grades K-1-2 are discouraged from riding bikes to school because of the mature level of responsibility required for safety.) Skateboards and scooters are not allowed on school grounds at any time.

    Before School

    • Students may have breakfast in the cafeteria
    • Students may play on the playground

    After School

    • Students are not to congregate in any area of the school. Students are not to roam hallways or be in classrooms at any time after school unless participating in an after school activity – e.g. YMCA, Math Club.  

    In addition to the above, students need permission and a pass from an adult anytime of the day to go to the office, restroom, leave the playground, go to another classroom, etc. Students must have a permission slip to be in, or walk to an area that he/she is not designated to be in. Students/children are never allowed in the staff lounge. Children are not to be at professional meetings – exception – infants. No eating in the hallways.

    Dropping Off or Picking Up Your Child

             Student safety is paramount. It is imperative that vehicles enter only at the “ENTER” designated entrance and exit only at the “EXIT” designated exit. You may access the drive through lane which is parallel to the sidewalk for student drop off and pick up. Drivers parked in the drop off and pick up area should NOT leave their vehicles!   Student safety must supersede convenience. Students may not walk through the parking lot unescorted. Children must remain on the sidewalk in front of the school and wait for access to the vehicle or for an adult to escort them. Vehicles should not stop in the traffic lanes because that causes a traffic jam with vehicles coming to a stop on Nob Hill. If you need to leave your vehicle, please park your vehicle in a parking slot in either the west parking lot or at the front in the “Visitors” section. Please help us maintain your child’s safety.

     

    Student Awards and Recognition

    Student of the Month

    One student is selected from each classroom on a monthly basis for outstanding academic achievement, effort, and/or improvement. A certificate is presented at a school assembly. Parents will be sent invitations to attend.  

    Principal’s Award

    The principal may recognize staff and/or students with the Principal’s Award at the Student of the Month Assembly.

    Citizenship Award

    One student is selected from each classroom on a monthly basis for outstanding citizenship. A certificate is presented at the Student of the Month Assembly.  

    Other Awards and Recognition

    Teachers, parents, or community members may present other awards to honor students at the Student of the Month Assembly.

    Whitney Winner

    Students receive this award for showing respect to classmates, others, or self. IN addition, this award recognize those students who provide service to others and respect property.   Names will be drawn weekly and announced through the intercom. 

    BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

    Hot lunches, breakfasts, and milk will be available to all students in the Yakima School District, free of

    charge. The exception is that students bringing a lunch from home must pay $.50 if they would like a cold container of milk.   Students cannot bring chips, or other snack foods to eat during breakfast and lunchtime UNLESS it is part of a meal they bring from home.

    Monthly menus are posted in the classroom. Copies are available in the office. Adults are always

    welcome to have lunch at school. Reservations can be made by calling the kitchen (573-1908) before 9

    a.m. Adult lunch and student milk fees can be paid for (daily, weekly, or monthly) in the multipurpose room before school.

    Volunteering

    Volunteering

    We encourage you to volunteer in our school. If you are interested, please call us or stop by the office for more information. Note: All volunteers must fill out a “Volunteer Information” form and undergo a criminal background check. This background check is free to non- profit organizations.   It is processed through the Washington State Patrol but not the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Please note that this check only provides information on crimes that have taken place in Washington State.

    SCHOOL VISITATION (OP 4317)

    Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are always welcome to meet with a teachers and/or the principal about a child’s progress. In order to ensure that a meeting can take place, a parent/guardian should schedule a meeting ahead of time by calling the teacher or office (number directory located at end of handbook). Teachers are available to meet from 8:15-8:40 AM and 3:15-3:45 PM most days. Parents are expected to check into the office to receive a visitor’s pass prior to visiting a teacher or the principal. All visitors must enter through the main door. In addition, children not enrolled at Whitney Elementary, such as younger or older siblings, cousins from out of town, etc., are not permitted to visit the school during the instructional day for the following reasons:

    1. Class size is an important issue; for example, a classroom may be at maximum enrollment. Guests add one more student to a teacher’s classroom responsibilities.
    2. Guests in the classroom raise safety issues, especially during recess or PE. An injury can be a liability issue.

    An on-going goal at Whitney Elementary is to provide a quality education for all of our students. We believe this mission is not served by permitting student visitors during the instructional day.

     

    BUS RULES

    The school bus is an extension of the classroom. The rules that apply to the classroom apply also to

    the school bus and to school bus stops.To ensure the safety of all students, the following special rules must be observed:

    1. Students must follow driver directions at all times.
    2. Students must stay in their seat when the bus is in motion.
    3. Students talk quietly (in-door voice) and politely.
    4. Students keep all parts of their body and all objects in the bus.
    5. Students never reach or crawl under the bus.
    6. Students may not eat or drink while on the bus.
    7. Students cross the road in front of the bus, under the direction of the bus driver.

             If you have any questions regarding transportation, please call 573-7200. Office hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    BUS ZONE (See delivery and picking up your children)

             Please deliver your children to the designated site at the front of the school facing Nob Hill Boulevard. Cars may not enter the Bus Zone on 44th Avenue.

     

    WHITNEY SCHOOLWIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN

    Whitney expectations, rules, and procedures are intended to help students, parents, and school personnel maintain a safe environment that allows educational growth for all students.

     

    PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE

    Every effort is made to reinforce positive student behaviors. For example, Whitney Winners are awarded for exemplary behavior each week. In addition, selected students are recognized for outstanding citizenship at our Student of the Month Assemblies. Finally, staff use verbal compliments to students, telephone calls to parents, and notes home to parents and students encourage our students to take pride in demonstrating positive, kind, courteous, and respectful behaviors. 

     

    It is the responsibility of each student to adhere to all classroom, school, and district rules (See YSD Operational Procedures 3200 - Student Rules, Regulations and Conduct). Teachers teach classroom rules at the beginning of the year, and throughout the school year. Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the principal regarding discipline concerns or questions at 573-1900.

    REFERRALS

    All teachers will post and use a progressive discipline plan in their classrooms (see below). As part of progressive discipline, teachers will use preventative strategies such as eye contact, verbal reminders, moving seats/redirect, time outs, and losing recess. If a student is on step 5 of the classroom’s plan, or if he/she is a disruption, or if he/she violates the student is sent to the office with a referral indicating the infraction. The student will meet with the principal, and share the details of the referral with his/her parents on the phone.   A YSD Referral will be mailed to parents. The principal will document corrective actions. Correction actions may include a warning, time out, in school suspension, detention, short term suspension, long term suspension, emergency expulsion, or expulsion – depending on the severity of the infraction (see YSD Procedure 3200 - Students). No tolerance offenses will result in an emergency expulsion. No tolerance offences include possession or use of a dangerous weapon, distributing drugs and or paraphernalia, and any other action deemed life threatening.                                                     

    Progressive Discipline

    Step #1: Reasonable warnings/reminders given. If change does not take place, student completes processing form

                Step #2: Processing from and parent contact.

                Step #3: Processing form, parent contact, and teacher consequence.

    Step #4: Processing form completed with counselor, counseling follow up, teacher consequence

                Step #5: Office referral.  

    Disruptive Conduct (School District Policy 3200, 6.2.9)

    Students are prohibited from conduct that disrupts or interferes with the educational process.

    Failure to Disperse: Presence at Dangerous Activity (School District Policy 3200, 6.2.11)

    A student is to immediately leave the scene of an impending dangerous situation, such as a fight, and will be considered a contributor to the escalation of the dangerous situation by their initial presence at the scene and their continued presence to observe a potentially dangerous, unlawful, or district-offense act(s). This includes electronic recording and/or distribution of the situation/scene.

    Fighting (School District Policy 6.2.10)

    Students shall not strike, push, or commit any other unconsented touching of another individual. Students are prohibited from the act of quarreling involving bodily striking (fighting) or other physical actions towards each other and others; for assault, see School District Policy 6.1.2)

    Fireworks (School District Policy 6.1.9)

    Fireworks of any nature are banned from school property. This includes “Pop-Its” (6.1.8).

    Insubordination (School District Policy 6.2.14)

    Students shall not be insubordinate and/or disobedient to school authority. This includes refusal to obey or respond to a reasonable request or order, which the school person is entitled to give and have obeyed.

    Gang Activity

    It is our goal to have all students feel safe at Whitney Elementary School as well as traveling to and from school. Gang behavior and activity create an unsafe environment, and is prohibited. We are very serious about this and take an assertive stand.   Whitney Elementary will not tolerate any of the following:

    • writing or drawing gang symbols or names: on notebooks; assignments; hands; between fingers or any visible parts of the body; on school property;
    • carrying permanent markers or white-out
    • Students demonstrating multiple indicators associated with gang-type behavior: gang clothing, gang language and/or hand signs, or other actions that intimidate or promote the formation or continuance of gangs will be deemed to be engaging in gang activity such as fighting, threatening physical harm, or intimidating other students for reasons related to gang behavior or involvement.
    • Please note the school board policy below. If students choose to violate any of these rules, the parents will be contacted immediately. If you have any questions about this, or we can assist you with your student, please do not hesitate to contact the school. The following behaviors constitute a substantial disruption of the educational process and also pose a serious safety threat to both the students and staff of the Yakima School District. Therefore, they constitute exceptional misconduct under WAC Sec. 180-40-260 (2) (B) and WAC 180-40-295. Participation in any of these acts will result in immediate short or long-term suspension. Repeat, multiple, or severe offenses may result in expulsion. An individual’s extraordinary circumstances will be considered before a final decision is made.

    (Yakima School District Policy 3200.)

    6.1                    Unlawful Acts                         

    6.1.15.1            Gang-Related: Affiliated Activities or Secret Societies

    6.1.15.2             Gang-Related: Clothing, Apparel, or Accessories

    6.1.15.3            Gang-Related Fighting                        

    6.1.15.4             Gang-Related: Intimidation or Threats

    6.1.15.5            Gang-Related Tagging or Graffiti on Campus  

    6.1.15.6             Gang-Related: Writing on Person or Property

    7.1                    Exceptional Misconduct

     

    3-24-16 addendum for inclusion in next year’s handbook:

     

    The Yakima School District is a Drug Free, Weapons Free, Tobacco Free district.

    Exceptional Misconduct includes:

     

    Possession of firearms on school property will result in the following required steps:

    • Mandatory 1-year expulsion
    • Subject to appeal
    • Notification to parents
    • Notice to law enforcement.

    RCW 9.41.280

    RCW 69.50.435

    RCW 28A.210.310 (2)

    Sec 4141 (b) (1)

    Sec 4141 (h) (1)

    WHITNEY PLAYGROUND RULES

    As a Whitney student on the playgrounds, I will….

    • Play safely with the equipment provided;
    • Run on the playground grass only and walk on the sidewalk and blacktop areas.
    • Play in designated areas as assigned
    • Only go inside with a pass
    • Line up when the bell rings
    • Settle differences courteously and get adult help if needed.

    Corrective actions may include a verbal warning stating the rule, utilize positive practice – the student

    will demonstrate expected behavior, redirect the student, encourage the student to play in a different area,

    remove a privilege, or assign a time out against the fence for 5 to 15 minutes. Note: A student’s behavior

    may necessitate the immediate consequence of removal from the playground, or referral to the office.

     

    HARRASSMENT/INTIMIDATION/BULLYING (YSD Policy #3215)

    Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying is absolutely prohibited, whether it is directed at others because of race, gender, age, religion, sex or any other reason. Students are prohibited from placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to person or damage to property. This prohibition extends to property adjacent to school grounds, school activities, school transportation, and bus stops.

    Any student or school district staff person who has been found to have engaged in such harassment will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, formal reprimand, suspension, expulsion or discharge; community/parent volunteers in violation of the policy shall have their privilege of attendance denied.

     

    Harassment, intimidation or bullying is an intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act that:

    • harms a student physically or damages the student’s property;
    • substantially interferes with a student’s education;
    • creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment by being severe, persistent or

              pervasive;

    • substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school;
    • substantially interferes with a student’s education as determined by considering a targeted

              student’s grades, attendance, demeanor, interaction with peers, participation in activities and

    other indicators; or may rise to the level of harassment, intimidation and bullying and may take   forms, including, but not limited to: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendoes, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, ostracism, physical attacks or threats, gestures, or acts relating to an individual or group whether electronic, written, oral, or physically transmitted messages or images.

     

    There is no requirement that the targeted student actually possess the characteristic that is the basis for the

    harassment, intimidation or bullying.

     

    Incident Reporting Forms may be used by students, families, or staff to report incidents of harassment,

    Intimidation or bullying. District form 3215.1X may be used for informal or formal complaint, and is available online on the district website under Student Resources, Anti-Bullying, or in hard copy in the foyer of the school. Completed forms may be returned to any staff member, and will be processed by the principal or assistant principal.

    For more information, please see YSD Operational Policy 3215.

    Sexual Harassment

    Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity,

    including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off‐campus, such as a school‐sponsored field trip.

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:

    • A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual

    conduct or communications in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion,

    a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or

    • The conduct substantially interferes with a student's educational performance, or creates an

    intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.

    Examples of Sexual Harassment:

    • Pressuring a person for sexual favors
    • Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature
    • Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
    • Distributing sexually explicit texts, e‐mails, or pictures
    • Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks
    • Physical violence, including rape and sexual assault

    How do I report sexual harassment?

    You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Title IX Officer at (509) 573‐7066. For a copy of your district’s Sexual Harassment policy and procedure, contact your school or district office, or: http://www.yakimaschools.org/policy/3216.pdf

     

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    The following are emergency procedures students need to follow for specific incidents.

    BUILDING EVACUATION (Fire, etc.)

    - Students immediately exit the building with their class while avoiding contact with potential threats

    - Students leave all belongings, personal and school, in the building

    - Students line-up with their class where the teacher directs them and the teacher will take roll

    - Students stay with their teacher until given further instructions

    LOCKDOWNS

    Students at Whitney Elementary School have specific instructions regarding lockdown situations. Plans are in place that address indoor and outdoor situations and students are trained in how to respond to these situations. Students could most likely expect to remain in their classrooms with their teacher in the event of a lockdown.

    SAFETY DRILLS

    Students will be prepared for emergencies by practicing for fire, lock-down, bomb, and evacuation drills on a rotating monthly basis. Signs will be posted at the main entrance of the school indicating a safety drill. If these signs are posted, please do not enter or attempt to enter the school until the drill is concluded and the sign is removed. Also, whenever we evacuate the building or conduct a lockdown drill, all students and adults in the building must comply with the directions of the drill. You will be advised what to do by school staff in an emergency. You must comply with all directions of the staff.

    MISCELLANEOUS

    ANIMAL VISITATIONS

                Bringing animals on to the campus near students can be dangerous. We have students and staff with allergies, and there is always the risk of someone being injured. Therefore, parents must arrange permission from the homeroom teacher in order for students to bring pets to class for sharing. Pets can only be at school during sharing time. The principal will make the final decision on whether or not a pet may be allowed in to the classroom.

    BICYCLE RIDERS

    Some of our students ride bicycles to school. Bicycle riders are expected to obey all traffic signs and regulations. When parking at school, lock your bicycle to the bike rack in front of the cafeteria.

    No one will be permitted to ride a bicycle on the school grounds or on the sidewalk immediately adjacent to the surrounding school grounds. When the rider approaches the school grounds or the adjacent sidewalks between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days, the rider should dismount from the bicycle and walk it to the

    CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONICS

    Although highly discouraged, students may bring cell phones and other electronics to school. However, when students arrive at school, the item must be turned off and placed in the student’s backpack until school is over. If a student does not comply with the above guideline, the following will take place:

    1st Offense: Item is handed over to school administration and recess detention may be assigned. The item may be picked up at the end of the day by the student or parent/guardian.  

    2nd Offense and beyond: Item is handed over to school administration and recess detention will be assigned. The item will remain in the office with the principal until a parent / guardian can pick it up.

    Cell phones and cameras are not allowed to be used on school buses unless in an emergency when immediate communication is necessary and with permission of the bus driver.

    Our school staff will do all they can to encourage students to keep their valuables secure. Neither Whitney Elementary nor the Yakima School District will be held responsible for any lost or stolen items. Cell phones and/or video capturing device usage in the bathrooms are prohibited at all times.  

    CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBERS

    We can serve you and your child better if you promptly inform us of the following: changes of address or phone number, court orders or concerns about guardianship or custody, and taking children out of school. Let the office staff know if there is a change.

    COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

               Students begin learning about computers in kindergarten. Each classroom has at least one computer. Students use the computer primarily for enhancing basic academic skills as well as experiencing simulations that stimulate higher level thinking.

                Whitney has a computer lab adjacent to the library. Students are able to access the Internet and several quality educational programs. If you DO NOT want your child to have access to the Yakima School District Network or the Internet, a form with your signature is required. Contact the office to request this form. Developmentally inappropriate and subject mature sites are automatically inaccessible due to a filtering system. However, filters are not 100% accurate and inappropriate materials are sometimes encountered by students. We encourage you to keep this in mind as you make your decision. (See policy #4311 in the back of this handbook)

    CONFERENCES

                Parent-teacher-student conferences are held in November and again in April. A noon dismissal is scheduled for both conference weeks. At these conferences, parents are encouraged to share any concerns or problems they might have regarding the student’s education. A parent may also schedule a conference with a teacher and/or the principal at any time during the school year to discuss a particular concern. Parents, please contact the teacher if you cannot make your scheduled conference. Each teacher has voice mail, and the main school telephone number in the office is 573-1900.

    COUNSELING SERVICES

                Students are assisted in their learning development through individual and small group counseling and classroom guidance activities. Students are referred to counseling services by teachers, parents, other school staff, or by themselves. Students with chronic or intense mental health needs may be referred to community agencies for additional therapy or support. All counseling services are conducted in a confidential manner. Parent support and permission are obtained prior to ongoing student participation. A brochure describing counseling services is available in the office.

    DRESS AND APPEARANCE

    In general the dress code requires that students do not wear items/articles that disrupt the   

    learning environment. This includes any gang-like attire: bandanas, wallet chains, hair nets,             

    baggy pants sagging below the waist; red, pink or blue shoelaces; continuous wearing of red or          

    blue articles of clothing. The following are also considered disruptive: spaghetti-strap or low-cut tops, see-through blouses, shirts that reveal the mid-section (stomach), shorts/skirts above mid-thigh, clothing without proper undergarments, muscle shirts, and clothing/ jewelry/buttons depicting drugs, alcohol, racism, and/or lewd, vulgar or suggestive pictures or statements. For reasons of safety, no flip flops are allowed and we strongly discourage students from wearing open-toed sandals without a back strap. If there is a concern, we will contact you.

    EMERGENCY INFORMATION

                To be able to contact parents immediately in emergency situations, the school must have a current phone number at all times. Please call and update your work number, home number, and/or alternate emergency contact numbers whenever a change occurs. Note: This year, our school and the YSD will use the “School Messenger” system for mass calls and/or messages.    

    EMERGENCY/WEATHER INFORMATION

                When the weather is severe, listen to one of the public radio or TV stations to find out if schools are operating. Any decision to close schools or delay the opening on a particular day is made prior to 6:30 a.m. So, if no mention is made, school will open on time. When schools are closed, activities planned for that day and evening will be canceled.

    FEES AND FINES

                Students will demonstrate care and respect for both personal and school property. Fees and fines will be charged to replace or repair library books, textbooks, musical instruments, magazines, or any other item used by a student that is lost or damaged as well as defacement or other injury to school property. Report cards, will be held until payment is received per RCW 28A.87.120 and district policy.

    GENERAL MUSIC

                Students work on many facets of music: performance, reading, history, culture, and aesthetics. Music teachers work closely with classroom teachers to integrate and align instruction to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. Look for specific dates of grade level student performances in the newsletter calendar.

    GUM

                Student use of gum is not allowed at school.

    HALLOWEEN

               Most classrooms have a celebration, party or some type of activity. Please notify your child’s teacher if you prefer your child not to participate. An alternate educational activity will be planned. Because our number one concern is safety and the second is maintaining an environment conducive to learning, students may not wear masks to school or bring toy weapons. Kindergarten students may wear costumes to school. Students in grades 1-5 may change into costumes at the discretion of the teacher. Masks may be worn in the classrooms during the celebration.

    HEALTH SERVICES

                The school district has school health nurses (RN) who are paged by school staff when necessary. Health Services provide vision, hearing, and scoliosis screening. Scoliosis screening is done for students in grade 5.

    HOMELESS INFORMATION

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized in 2004 by NCLB, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. A “yes” answer to the following questions can help determine the services this student may be eligible to receive under the McKinney-Vento 42 U.S.C. 11435.

    1. Is this student’s home address a temporary living arrangement?
    2. Is this a temporary living arrangement due to a loss of housing or economic hardship?
    3. Is this student in a temporary foster care placement or awaiting foster care?
    4. As a student, are you living with someone other than your parent or legal guardian? 
    If you arrive at a “yes” answer for any of the above questions, you should contact the school counselor to explore some possible support options.

    IMMUNIZATIONS

                State law requires that all students must have all of their scheduled shots completed before entering a Washington State public school, and the school must have a written record of the dates of the immunizations before the student may attend.

                *Kindergarten students entering this year must have received the two required Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine. Exceptions are made on an individual basis. Please contact the principal.

    INSURANCE

                Schools do not provide medical insurance to cover students in the event of injury. If your child is not covered by a health insurance program, you may want to consider the student insurance program selected by the district to provide affordable coverage options. Information and enrollment forms are available in the office.

    LIBRARY

                The librarian meets with each class for 1/2 hour per week to teach literature appreciation and library skills. Books are to be checked out for one week, but they can be renewed unless someone has requested the book. Students will be informed about overdue books. If a book is lost or damaged, the student will be required to pay for the replacement of the book or the damage.

    LOST & FOUND/PERSONAL ITEMS

                 Clothing and other items are frequently found on the school grounds. Check the lost and found in the multipurpose room often for lost items. Please label your child’s clothing and items. We discourage students from bringing personal items such items as cameras, MP3’s, toys, Gameboys, CD players, sports equipment, card collections to school. These items are not allowed on the playground. The school cannot be responsible for loss or damage to personal items. Students are not allowed to wear earphones on the playground.

    MEDICATION

                Some students need to take prescribed or over-the-counter medication during the school day. Our district policy requires a parent to fill out a form (which must be signed through the physician’s office) giving complete instructions for administering the medication. A “Parent Request for District Assistance in Administering Approved Medication to a Student” form is available in the school office. Yakima School District medication policy regarding prescription and commercial medication is printed on the back of that form. All medication must be brought to the office in the original container, accompanied by the form.   Students may not carry their medication to school. A parent/guardian must deliver it.

                Over-the-counter drugs (aspirin, cough medicine, etc.) will be treated the same as prescriptions. We must have a signed medication form giving authorization for your child to receive this medication. Students cannot administer medication on their own.

    NEWSLETTER

                The school newsletter is published regularly in English and Spanish and sent home with students.   Please let your child’s teacher or the office know if you prefer written materials in Spanish. In some situations, parents may choose to have the newsletter mailed to a noncustodial parent. Please advise the office of these requests.

    OPEN HOUSE

                 Open House is a wonderful annual event. It is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 6:30 PM. Please plan to attend as it is an opportunity for your children to meet their teachers and find see their classrooms.

    PARTIES

                School parties are limited to two per year and are usually held during the last hour of the school day. Occasions generally observed are Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Check with your child’s classroom teacher for more specific details. Please note a specific entry “Halloween” for guidelines.

                If you wish to bring treats for birthdays, please check with the classroom teacher. Note: Several Whitney students are allergic to peanuts and foods containing peanuts. Therefore, homemade treats may not be distributed at school.

                Any treats sent with your child for a celebration must be store-bought and must arrive at school with ingredient label in place. Do not deliver balloons, flowers or other items directly to the classroom because it disrupts learning. Unless the entire class is invited to a home birthday party, please avoid distributing party invitations at school. If you plan to mail invitations, please be reminded the school is not able to release student addresses and telephone numbers.

                If you prefer your child not participate in a party or celebration for religious or personal beliefs, please inform your child’s teacher. Alternate plans will be coordinated for this activity with you.

    PERSONAL SAFETY

               The beginning of school is a good time to re-teach personal safety particularly regarding strangers, how to get help, who to go to, etc. Teachers teach and re-teach personal safety periodically. The purpose is not to alarm you but simply to make sure our children have the skills to reduce risks as they are becoming more independent.

                Weapons of any type are not allowed at school at any time, including toy weapons. Students must not bring any type of knife to school, even pocket knives or Boy Scout knives. Any type of knife can be deemed a dangerous weapon. District Policy #3200 Section 6.1.8.3 (RCW 9.41.250 (1); RCW 9.41.270).

    PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE A HEARING IMPAIRMENT

                Students receiving these services are provided with an Individualized Education Plans. Most students use augmentative hearing systems and some are assisted by a signing interpreter. Our hearing students often benefit from the opportunity to learn American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language. Whitney serves all elementary students who have a hearing impairment and who require this service in the Yakima School District

    PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE A VISION IMPAIRMENT

                Students receiving Braille services are provided with an Individualized Education Plans. Most students use electronic equipment to read and write and some students are assisted by a Braille-trained interpreter. Our seeing students benefit from the opportunity to be with the visually impaired students by experiencing the alternative ways one can “see” life. Whitney serves all elementary students who have a vision impairment and who require this service in the Yakima School District.

    RECESSES

               There is no supervision for individual children inside the building during recesses. During very cold, rainy, or snowy conditions, of course, all children will stay inside, with supervision. Children are not allowed to take umbrellas to recess. Children will be expected to go outside unless there is a specific health problem. The parent/guardian needs to contact the principal to make arrangements for a child with a health problem. A safe rule of thumb usually is that if a child is too sick to go outside, perhaps he/she should not be in school. Please dress your child according to weather.

    REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS

                   Parents are given two written reports during the year regarding their child’s academic progress; one winter report in February and one final report in June.

    RESOURCE ROOM

                Whitney’s Resource Room provides an individualized plan in reading, written language, spelling and math. Students may be referred to this program by teachers, parents, or any concerned individual. A determination is made as to student eligibility for services according to state mandated guidelines.

    SCHOOL PATROL CROSSINGS AND TIMES

                 44th & Nob Hill Boulevard                 8:20-8:40 a.m.

                 44th Avenue & Hallmark                    8:20-8:40 a.m.

    Please remind your child to follow the directions of the school patrol members. It is their job to help keep your child safe.

    SCHOOL PICTURES

                Individual and group pictures will be scheduled. Flyers will be sent home with details and information including prices.

    SICK//INJURED STUDENTS

    In case of an accident, only a parent, family doctor, or someone with written approval may authorize emergency treatment beyond general first aid procedures. It is essential that our files in the office have two emergency names and phone numbers in case you cannot be contacted. Please contact the school if your child has any unusual medical conditions that have not been reported or if you change doctors. Washington State Law requires that all school-age children have up-to-date immunizations. Vision and hearing screening is done yearly at school.

    SPECIAL EDUCATION

    All children are special and different from one another. Some children are considered “disabled”. Disabilities can be physical, mental, emotional, or any combination of the three. The goal of the district Special Education Program is to identify all children with disabilities, accurately evaluate their learning needs, and provide appropriate special education and related services while using resources effectively and efficiently. By law, children with disabilities have a right to a “free and appropriate education”. The following steps highlight the procedures used in identifying students with disabilities and the development of their individualized program.    

    1. Referral: A referral is made when a child is suspected of having a handicapping condition which interferes with his/her learning in the general education classroom. These referrals may be made by a parent or a staff member.
    2. GOPP: The referrals are then reviewed by a Group of Professionals and the Parents (GOPP) to determine whether a Special Education Evaluation is warranted. Copies of the referral can be found in the office foyer. Group of Professionals and Parents (GOPP): This team may consist of school psychologist, principal, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, assessment specialist, classroom teacher, special education teachers, counselor, Special Education Director, outside service providers, and the parents.
    3. Evaluation: An evaluation is done to determine if a disability exists and the extent of the disability. This is done every three years after a student qualifies. Several different test procedures are used. The tests are non-discriminatory and are in the child’s native language. The GOPP reviews the testing results and determines what further evaluation is needed. The results are shared with the parents by appropriate school personnel.
    4. Individualized Education Program (IEP): The IEP is developed by the special education teacher, general education teacher, parents, and the related services specialist. The IEP is reviewed annually by the IEP team. The IEP outlines the services to be provided, specific goals and objectives, and determines the most appropriate placement for the student.

    STUDENT COUNCIL

                The Student Council assists in building a positive school climate by teaching leadership skills, by empowering students, and by creating a sense of responsibility among all students. Two representatives are elected from each fourth and fifth grade.   Officers are elected from these representatives. The Student Council meets at least once a month during the lunch and recess period.

    STUDENT RECORDS

                The school will maintain student records necessary for the educational guidance and/or welfare of students, for orderly and efficient operation of schools, and as required by law. All information related to individual students will be treated in a confidential and professional manner. Student records are the property of the school, but shall be made available to parents, upon request.

    STUDENT RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES, DISCIPLINE AND DUE PROCESSRefer to Student/Parent/Staff handbook mailed to your home. Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the principal with any concerns or questions at 573-1901.

    STUDENTS STUDYING FOR SUCCESS (SSS)

                 SSS is an elective program in which your child may choose to participate. The primary purpose of this program is to encourage children to become better students by instilling the concept of consistent study and positive behavior throughout the school year. Expectations vary by grade level. Students who qualify get to participate in a significant celebration at the end of the school year.

    SUPERVISION

                 Between 8:15 a.m. and dismissal, students will be directly supervised by school staff. Once students arrive at school, they may not leave the school grounds, for any reason, without a note signed by parent, teacher or principal. During class time, students will have a pass from a teacher or staff person when away from an assigned area.

    TELEPHONE USE

                Permission to use the phone will be granted in cases of emergency or legitimate school business. Children who plan to visit another student after school should make those arrangements from home. It is necessary that your child’s method of getting home from school be a regular routine, discussed with the child in advance, and that it varies only when extenuating circumstances make it necessary. Please call the office with going-home instructions ONLY in emergency situations.

    VOTER REGISTRATION

                    The school office staff has mail-in forms available to assist in registering a new voter.  

    WALKING TO SCHOOL

                Students need to use walkways, sidewalks, and crosswalks for their safety. Be sure to remind your child to cross where the safety patrols are stationed.

    WITHDRAWALS/TRANSFER

                When moving away from Whitney, advance notice to the school office and teacher is appreciated. This enables the student’s file to be updated so that it is readily available for the new school. It also allows the teacher to make sure that the student has taken all of his/her personal materials, that school textbooks are returned, and most importantly, that the staff has an opportunity to say good-bye and wish the student well.

    WHITNEY ELEMENTARY PARENT-STUDENT-TEACHER COMPACT

    As a Teacher, I will:

    • believe that each student can learn;
    • show respect for each child and his or her family;
    • come to class prepared to teach;
    • provide an environment that is conducive to learning;
    • help each child grow to his or her fullest potential;
    • provide meaningful and appropriate homework activities;
    • enforce school and classroom rules fairly and consistently;
    • maintain open lines of communication with student and his/her parents;
    • seek ways to involve parents in the school program; and
    • demonstrate professional behavior and a positive attitude.

    As a Student, I will:

    • always try to do my best in my work and in my behavior;
    • not interfere with the learning, safety, and well-being of others
    • work cooperatively with my classmates and follow directions from school staff;
    • show respect for myself, my school and other people;
    • obey the school-wide expectations and bus rules;
    • take pride in my school;
    • come to school on time and prepared with my homework and my supplies; and
    • believe that I can and will learn.
    • accept responsibility for my own behavior
    • Help to keep my school safe

    As a Parent, I will:

    • see that my child attends school regularly and on time;
    • provide a home environment that encourages my child to learn;
    • insist that all homework assignments be completed;
    • communicate regularly with my child’s teachers;
    • support the school in developing positive behaviors;
    • talk with my child about his/her school activities every day;
    • encourage my child to read at home and to monitor his/her TV viewing;
    • volunteer time at my child’s school; and
    • show respect and support for my child, the teacher, and the school.