Pioneer Valley Student & Family Handbook 21-22
731 5 Eustis Hunt Road
Spanaway, Washington 98387
Welcome to Pioneer Valley Elementary
We are excited for the 2021-2022 school year and we welcome our new kindergarteners and students! Please make sure you read the information and expectations for students at Pioneer Valley Elementary this year. This handbook is designed to be a guide for the behaviors we expect in order to keep our school welcoming, safe and clean. Please read these expectations and review them regularly.
Pioneer Valley Elementary is a very exciting and special place for students, parents, and staff---a school that will provide a sound education. It is a place for learning and growing. We are sure you will do a lot of both while you are here. Our staff is committed to providing you with the very best learning opportunities possible. Parents are invited to be partners with the school staff in helping children be their best.
Our rules and expectations are explained in this handbook. We want you to learn and remember them. The staff at Pioneer Valley Elementary will expect you to maintain Explorer behavior, which means you will always be courteous, respectful, and behave in a manner that shows you are a good citizen.
We hope you enjoy attending Pioneer Valley Elementary and we are sure that you will have many positive and productive experiences here. We encourage you to be involved in all aspects of the programs offered at our school. We look forward to a great year for you as we explore learning together!
Christoph Green, Principal
Deserae Bull, Assistant Principal
Pioneer Valley is an arena of learning for people of all ages, talents, and diversity. In this environment, all participants interact as a community and are encouraged to mature emotionally, mentally, physically, and with the freedom to believe in a manner that is best for each person.
As respected participants of this community, we commit our energy and resources to develop an appreciation of our democratic multi-cultural society. At Pioneer Valley a means for demonstrating effective interaction within which a balance of the three communication systems of language, mathematics, and the arts exists.
Attitudes and Beliefs at Pioneer Valley:
- All students can and deserve to learn in a manner that is most appropriate for each individual.
- Community members explore, enable, and model life-long learning with one another in a flexible, supportive, and collaborative environment.
- The arts are viewed as a co-equal communication system with linguistics and mathematics systems.
- Risk taking in the learning process and collaborative support from others extends personal development and maturity for all.
- Developing the "whole-child" is an important responsibility of our public schools.
- Learning to act with interdependence and responsibility in a democratic society enhances life for all.
- Students and staff must develop strategies of interaction, teaching, and learning from each other in a technological and information management world.
- There is a body of essential learning all students can master.
We believe our students are capable of being self-managers in a learning environment rich with a supportive and challenging focus. Through involvement in the Raise Responsibility Program, our students are given the opportunity to demonstrate and develop skills that empower them to manage their own behavior. Our students will learn to respect and value themselves and others, which will create a safe and positive learning environment.
Positive Behavior Encouragement System
At Pioneer Valley, academic achievement is our primary focus. For students to experience the greatest academic success, the school must be safe, caring, and organized. In order to develop this type of climate, Pioneer Valley has designed student recognition and a behavior management plan called Positive Behavior Encouragement System (PBES).
The program is structured around four levels that are based on adherence to school and classroom rules/policies.
Goal: The ultimate goal is to encourage and motivate students to behave appropriately (make good choices) and perform at their best. Recent revisions to this program have attempted to be sensitive to issues related to administering the program consistently, being fair and equitable to all students when recognizing good and poor choices, and emphasizing success for all students by supporting them in a variety of ways. It is important for all students, parents and staff to understand that success in this management program is not related to a student's intelligence or academic abilities. Report cards and grades are designed to deal with academic skill and competence.
- Completing schoolwork - in class and homework - is part of the new model at all grade levels. Studying and completing work is an important part of students' job and they will have an added level of accountability beyond grades alone.
- Attending school is a key to success in school. Being at school on time helps students with their learning. Each moment of each school day is important and used for providing learning experiences that are designed for each student.
Firearms & Weapons
It is unlawful for any student to carry onto any school premises, school provided transportation, or areas with facilities being used exclusively by public school any firearm or weapon.
Students who violate the firearm policy will be expelled from school for a minimum of one calendar year in accordance with RCW 28A.600.420. Parents must be notified of the imposition of the expulsion and their right to hearing and appeal. The principal or designee shall notify appropriate law enforcement personnel of known or suspected violations of the firearms policy. (Policy 3249)
It is unlawful for any student to carry onto any school premises, school provided transportation, or areas with facilities being used exclusively by public school:
- any firearms; or
- any dangerous weapon as defined by state law; or
- any device commonly known as "nunchuck sticks," consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic, or similar substances connected with wire, rope, or other means; or
- any device, commonly known as "throwing stars," which are multi-pointed metal objects designed to embed upon impact from any aspect; or
- any air gun, including any air pistol or air rifle designed to propel a BB, pellets, or other projectile by discharge of compressed air, carbon dioxide, or other gas; or
- any device or instrument that is used in a manner which under the circumstances, manifests an intent to intimidate, harm, harass or warrants alarm for the safety of others; or
- any explosives or incendiary components which by themselves or in conjunction with other items can result in an explosion or fire, such as explosive materials, blasting caps, fireworks, gasoline, other flammable liquids, ammunition, or any combination of these items generally referred to as a bomb; or
- any object used in a threatening manner and/or used as a weapon which could reasonably be perceived, given the circumstances, as having the ability to cause bodily harm even though not commonly thought of as a deadly or dangerous weapon, such as a starter pistol, flare gun, laser device, cayenne pepper, ice pick, elongated scissors, or straight razor; or
- any object which looks like a weapon, such as a toy or "dummy" gun, knife or grenade.
Drug-Free and Tobacco Policy
Possession of tobacco by minors is illegal. To protect children from exposure to the addictive substance of nicotine, the use or possession of all tobacco products, nicotine, and nicotine delivery devices on Bethel School District property and at all Bethel School District activities, wherever held, is prohibited.
The board recognizes that the abuse of alcohol, and the use and abuse of controlled, illegal, addictive, or harmful substances, including marijuana (cannabis) and anabolic steroids, is a societal problem and may represent an impairment to the normal development, well-being and academic performance of students. To ensure the safety, health, and well-being of all students, the board is committed to the development of a program which emphasizes drug and alcohol abuse prevention, intervention, aftercare support and necessary corrective actions. The program will address the legal, social and health consequences of drug and alcohol use, and provide information about effective techniques for resisting peer pressure to use illicit drugs or alcohol. The program will be age-appropriate and developmentally based for all students in all grades.
It is the policy of the Bethel School District to support abstinence from alcohol and other drugs for all children and adolescents in order that their development can reach full intellectual, emotional, social, and physical potential.
The board of directors is aware of the negative impact to the home, school, and community resulting from the abuse of controlled illegal, addictive or harmful substances including anabolic steroids, alcohol and other drug use and abuse. The board also understands, however, that the primary obligation to seek assistance and to resolve substance use and abuse problems rests with the students and their parents or guardians. School staff will work with the home and community to develop and implement a comprehensive prevention and intervention program. The board of directors will seek the support, cooperation, and coordination of public and private agencies through formation of a community coalition, including representatives from the instructional staff, students, parents, state and local law enforcement staff and county coordinator of alcohol and drug treatment or a representative of a treatment provider.
To ensure the safety, health, and well-being of all students, the district is committed to the development of a comprehensive program that addresses drug and alcohol issues. Prevention, intervention, student support, and disciplinary procedures are essential elements of a comprehensive program.
The purpose of this policy is to provide support and direction in developing a comprehensive substance abuse program for Bethel students and their families. To ensure quality, the program and services will be evaluated annually. Staff training, instructional materials, and student support activities will be provided within available resources.
Pioneer Valley Elementary Rules and Procedures
Our Umbrella Rules
Pioneer Valley Elementary students are the BEST! They are proud to be Explorers and they display it in all they do.
Our Positive Behavior Encouragement System strives to be fair, consistent, and clear. Our staff teaches and reinforces routines and appropriate behaviors. To promote a safe, orderly, and productive learning environment, we expect you to be cooperative and respectful. The following three Umbrella Rules apply to students when in all locations on campus:
- Be Safe
- Be Responsible
- Be Respectful
We ask you to help keep our school clean and free of vandalism. Please report any instances of vandalism to the nearest adult. Pioneer Valley Elementary is our home each school day, so share the responsibility for keeping it clean and attractive.
School begins at 9:20 a.m. and ends at 3:50 p.m. each day. If you are involved in the breakfast program, you may enter the building first at 9:05 a.m. and go through the breakfast line. The doors open for all students at 9:05 a.m. All students are to be in their classrooms by 9:20 a.m. If you stay for an after school activity, you must have your parent's or guardian's permission with a written note. You must also be prepared to politely identify yourself and explain why you are in the building if an adult questions you.
To Report an absence, call: 253-800-8993
At Pioneer Valley Elementary School, we expect all students to attend class daily. Learning at Pioneer Valley is designed to take place in class. We recognize a direct correlation between attendance and achievement. Daily attendance is one of the keys to a student’s educational success. Every subject taught requires a student’s active and continuous involvement in order to develop skills and knowledge of the particular subject. Most classroom experiences cannot be duplicated on an individual basis; an absent student loses the experience of lecture, discussion, group work and participation.
Pioneer Valley’s attendance policies and procedures are in accordance with Bethel School District policies. They are summarized below. Full language of the policies is available upon request.
Included in this handbook is a calendar of the first/last days of school and all scheduled breaks. Please use this calendar to make plans for your family's activities during the school year. With this advance communication for the coming year, we hope that you will help us by scheduling medical appointments, vacations, etc. when school is not in session. Of major concern is an increase in the number of students going on vacations or trips when school is in session. We are equally concerned with frequent tardies that also create gaps in learning and cause you to have to work even harder to catch up from where you left off before being tardy or absent. With only 180 days to teach students, every day counts and we truly need you at school in order to teach you effectively.
Daily Attendance – District Policy 3121
Parents are responsible for sending their children to school as required by RCW 28A.255.10; tp make sure their children are in school on time each day; to encourage their children to come to school with a mental attitude which fosters learning; to communicate accurately with the school concerning their child’s absence.
Students are responsible for attending school regularly and remaining in school until they are officially excused. Any student whose absence is not excused shall be the focus of remedial efforts and subject to progressive disciplinary actions.
The School is responsible for keeping a record of absences and tardiness, including a call log and/or a record of excuse statements submitted by a parent/guardian; requiring written excuse from a parent or guardian for all cases of students’ absences; bringing to the attention of parents a student’s attendance pattern that may adversely affect a student’s academic growth.
Excused Absences – District Policy 3122
Regular school attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program provided to students. Students at time may be appropriately absent from class. Absences due to illness or a health condition; a religious observance; school-approved activities; family emergencies; disciplinary action such as short-term suspensions shall be excused. The principal may, upon request by a parent, grant permission in advance for a student’s absence providing such absence does not adversely affect the student’s educational progress.
Pre-Arranged Absences – District Policy 3122
Students whose parents pre-approve their absences for 3 or more days need to fill out a Prearranged Absence Form. If the activity is not of educational value and adversely affects the educational progress of the student, the principal may deny approval of prearranges absences. The following are steps for a prearranged absence:
- Bring a note from the parent or guardian.
- Get a Planned Absence Form from the attendance clerk.
- Turn the signed form into the attendance clerk at least 3 days prior to leave.
- Students will make up all work and assessments as determined by their teacher.
- It is a student’s responsibility to check with their teacher about work that is to be made up and when the work is to be turned in.
Make-up Work – District Policy 3122
A student will have the right to make up work for an excused absence provided arrangements are made with the teacher to do so within a reasonable length of time. A student may be required to make up work for unexcused absences.
Excused or Unexcused Absences
Parents are asked to call the Attendance Office in the morning if their child will not be attending school that day. Absences for illness or doctor/dentist appointments are excused. If a student missed the bus, overslept, stayed up too late the night before, parents drop off late, etc. these are considered unexcused absences. Parents have a responsibility to make sure their children are in school on time each day as required by RCW 28A.225.010. Students having 5 or more unexcused absences in a month or 10 in a school year may be referred to the Juvenile Justice System (Becca Law).
To be excused, absences must have a note or be called in to the attendance office by the parent or guardian within 24 hours of the child’s absence. Excessive absences will lead to parent contact, counseling and referral to administration. Excessive excused absences may still be referred to the BECCA conference.
Late, Absent, and Returning from an Absence
State law requires a parent/guardian must provide written or phone contact to report a student’s absence or tardy. The 24 hour message number is 253-800-8993. Either contact method requires the following information to be provided:
- Date of note
- Date of absence
- Specific reason for absence
- Time of dismissal (if appropriate)
- Signature of parent/guardian
- Contact number
Students who return from an absence need to report to the attendance clerk to check-in before the school day begins. If a student has frequent absences for illness, the school may require that the parent/guardian provide a note from a doctor excusing the absence.
Unexcused absence/tardies are subject to a BECCA conference. The BECCA Bill supports the state mandate for students to attend school regularly. When a pattern of attendance concerns become evident, parents will be called in for a conference, at which time attendance will be reviewed to initiate an action plan for attendance and making up assignments.
To be dismissed early from school for an appointment you must bring a note to the attendance clerk before school signed by your parent or guardian stating the time and reason. Parents must pick up student sin the office and sign them out at that time. Parents will be asked to show picture identification. If your student is to leave school with someone other than the parent/guardian, the person must be listed on the emergency contact list.
Early dismissals that occur between10:01-1:30 will be considered a half day absence, and a dismissal between 1:31-3:00 will be considered an early dismissal. The amount of time missed from school due to early dismissals will be accrued and result in half-day and full day absences.
We expect all Pioneer Valley students to be on time to class on a daily basis. If a student is tardy 3 or more times, a letter will be sent home reviewing the tardy policy and the student may be subject to disciplinary action.
A tardy occurs when a student arrives to class after the tardy bell at 8:30am. If a student arrives between 10:51-2:10 they are absent for the morning, and if they arrive between 2:11-3:50 they are absent for the day. The amount of time missed from school due to tardies will be accrued and result in half-day and full day absences.
Leaving During School Hours
If you must leave school during the day for a doctor or dental appointment, you must sign out in the office. Bring a written note from your parent or guardian to your teacher on the day you must leave early. If you become ill during the day, you may be excused through the health room after your parent or guardian has been contacted. Before you leave school, get an early dismissal slip from the office. Check with your teacher to see if there are any assignments you may take to work on at home.
When your parents or guardians come to pick you up before the end of the school day, they will be required to show their identification (photo ID) and sign you out from the office. You will then be called from your classroom to meet your parents or guardians in the office area only. Your family should determine a "code" word. This is an option that may be asked for by our office staff if the adult requesting the child is not recognized. The code word will be relayed by the office to the teacher who will ask you to repeat it. If you repeat the correct "code" word, your teacher will release you to the office. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE RELEASED BY TEACHERS TO PARENTS OR GUARDIANS IN THE HALLWAY.
Homework & Textbooks
Homework is defined as "work to be done on your own time after school hours" and can be an important part of your learning. We know that students who complete their homework regularly learn more effectively and develop good study habits. All students are assigned homework four days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Homework assignments may fall into the following categories:
- Unfinished assignments resulting from class work not completed during the school day.
- Specific work assignments due on a particular day.
- Special class projects such as research reports and laboratory projects that are longer term assignments and require more than one day to complete.
- Reviewing previously covered material for a quiz or test.
Students are expected to do the following:
- Record and understand homework assignments.
- Take home all necessary materials to complete the assignment.
- Schedule time for homework that is compatible with family and other activities.
- Complete and return all assignments on time.
Your teacher is expected to do the following:
- Clearly communicate homework expectations to you.
- Assign, monitor, check, acknowledge, and return homework in a timely manner.
- Assist you when necessary.
- Confer with parents or guardians if there are any homework concerns.
Your parents or guardians may help by doing the following:
- Provide you with encouragement, support, and show an interest in your work.
- Provide a study area as free as possible from distractions.
- Make sure you have a scheduled study time for homework.
- Discuss your progress with your teachers when needed.
- Monitor your assignments regularly.
You will be loaned textbooks for some of your studies. As a Pioneer Valley Explorer, you are responsible to keep these books and any other classroom materials in good condition. Damage or loss will result in fines (called "obligations") that you or your parents or guardians are required to pay. To avoid fines for lost or damaged books, remember to:
- Keep your book in a safe place.
- Keep your book a safe distance from water, food, and beverages.
- Keep track of your books and do not lend them to anyone else.
Parent-Teacher Conferences and Grade Reports
The school year is divided into three reporting periods called trimesters. Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled during the first and third trimesters to give your parents or guardians an opportunity to speak with you and your teacher together and look at your work. Subject areas taught in each of our classrooms at Pioneer Valley include: reading, language arts, spelling, handwriting, mathematics, science, social studies, computer literacy, physical education, health, art, and music.
At Parent-Teacher Conference time you and your teacher will have a dated collection of your work to share with your parents or guardians. You may examine these samples together and review your academic progress. Your teacher will point out specific strengths or areas of concern by discussing your portfolio samples, and they will share their plans for your continued progress. Report cards will be sent home at the end of each trimester.
Dress and Personal Items
All students must dress according to the Dress Code Policy. Failure to do so will result in the student being insubordinate and possibly unsafe. For further details on the mandatory student uniform policy see Dress Code Policy in this handbook.
Personal items include toys, hobby items, sports/collection cards, radios, and electronic equipment from home. Valuable possessions are easily lost, damaged, or stolen, and should be left at home. Personal items are not permitted at school without written permission from the teacher. Permission may be granted for academic reasons only. Under no circumstances are those personal item to be taken outside on the playground during recess. Toy guns, knives, or other weapons are grounds for suspension.
Students may use cell phones before and after school when students are not in the supervision of school staff. Cell phones are to remain turned off and must be kept out of view and in the students' backpacks during school hours.
If Students Get In Trouble
Information detailing student rights, regulations, and responsibilities in the Bethel School District will be sent to your home at the beginning of the school year and/or is available upon request. Pioneer Valley Elementary respects your rights and expects all students to live up to their responsibilities.
School staff, using the Positive Behavior Encouragement System, will post rules and consequences, send a copy home, and review them periodically with you. If you get in trouble, teachers will use various ways to help improve your behavior. If your teacher must send you to the office, consequences are assigned based on the type of offense, its effects, and prior incidents. Consequences for some offenses are determined by school district and/or state regulations.
It is very important that there be teamwork between staff members and your parents or guardians when it comes to your behavior. It is equally important that you understand your role at Pioneer Valley Elementary and that you help to keep our school a safe place for all students. Students should be aware that under Washington State law they must obey rules established for school safety and learning.
Definitions of Consequences Imposed For School Rules Violations
Pioneer Valley Elementary has guidelines to ensure consistency in the disciplinary procedures. We want you and your parents or guardians to know that school rules are designed to protect all children, and that when you break the rules you will be treated firmly, fairly, and appropriately. Consequences are imposed by staff members or school administrators for rule violations, and are chosen to match the circumstances and severity of the violation.
At first, your teacher will handle classroom behavior problems with warnings and talks with students. Repeat offenses may lead to time out, loss of privileges, parent contacts, conferences, school service hours, and/or behavior plans. In severe or repeated cases where teacher discipline steps have not resulted in improved student behavior, problems will be referred to the principal, assistant principal, dean of students, or principal designee. In these cases, more severe consequences such as short term suspension or long term suspension will result and become part of the student's school record.
The following behaviors are considered serious and are prohibited at Pioneer Valley Elementary: fighting, throwing rocks and other hard or sharp objects, carrying weapons, using dangerous substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, or displaying severe disruptive behavior. When your behavior causes a clear and present danger to yourself or to others, an immediate suspension either in or out of school may be necessary.
Possession of weapons or intimidation with a look alike will result in disciplinary action. Please be aware that if a student appears to be a danger to himself/herself or others, or if we are concerned about his or her safety, the administrator may choose an emergency expulsion in order to have time to investigate the situation. This is a temporary measure and is not considered a punishment, but rather a safety measure.
General Information about Pioneer Valley
Visitors and Guests
Students may not bring brothers, sisters, or friends to visit during the school day, but parents and guardians are welcome to visit our school, observe our operations, ask questions, and seek answers at any time. We do ask that you enter the building through the front entrance only and check in with the school office staff BEFORE visiting any areas for two very important reasons:
- The presence of an unexpected visitor is almost always disruptive to the teaching / learning process. If your visit is planned, you will not create a disruption and will be heartily welcomed!
- We care about the safety of our children, we cannot allow unauthorized people to be in our school. It takes just a minute to stop by the office and we would like to see you!
Further information on visitor procedures is contained in this handbook under the heading of Pioneer Valley Elementary Visitor Procedures.
Pioneer Valley Elementary attributes much of its success to a very active Volunteer Program. Classroom and general school volunteers are needed to assist with ongoing school programs. Training will be offered for classroom instructional assistance, for some office tasks such as running equipment, and for clerical tasks for teachers, office staff, or other activities and events like newsletters, health screening, and library work.
Your parents, guardians, relatives, family friends, and other community members are encouraged to call our school office at 800-8900 or our PTA at 800-8959, if they are interested in giving time to our school. We hope they will think of this as a chance to make Pioneer Valley Elementary a fun, learning, and happy place for our children.
All volunteers must complete a volunteer application form and have it on file with the Bethel School District. Volunteer applications are provide in all enrollment packets and are also available in our school office.
Lost and Found
Our school is not responsible for your lost or stolen items. You should not bring items of value such as radios, cassette players, electric games, cameras, expensive watches, valuable jewelry, or expensive clothing to school. Valuable personal items of any kind are brought at your own risk, and should be brought only with teacher permission and supervision.
Students should turn in "Lost and Found" items to one of two locations:
- All clothing to the "Lost and Found" barrel.
- Books, folders, keys, glasses, and other valuables to the office.
Please put your name on all personal items. This enables us to return lost articles to you if they are found. Be sure to check for lost items regularly since unclaimed items are donated to charitable organizations periodically.
Breakfast and Lunch Program
Our school operates a breakfast and lunch program as part of the educational process. Proper meals are important not only for the obvious nutritional value, but also as a means of helping our students learn acceptable behavior at mealtime. Menus are provided for students each month. A count of lunches ordered is taken first thing each day. If you are going to be late, please order your lunch ahead by telephoning the school office.
Multiple lunches are sold at the start of each school day and we suggest you buy enough lunches that will allow for forgotten lunches and emergencies. Single lunches may be purchased daily at the start of each day. Correct change is very much appreciated. Checks should be made payable to Bethel Public Schools.
It is your responsibility to have a lunch from home, prepaid lunch account, or the appropriate money for lunch. If you do not, we will try to contact your parents or guardians. If they cannot be reached or a lunch cannot be provided, a "school lunch" will be provided for which payment is expected the next day. Only two lunches can be advanced per student without payment. Staff members are not to loan money for lunch. We also encourage you to eat all of your own lunch. Trading food items is discouraged and not allowed. Please remember the value of nutritious meals and ask your parents and guardians to plan for and prepare adequate nutritious lunches for you.
Free & Reduced-Price Meals
Under provisions of the National School Lunch Act, free or reduced-price meals are available to children of families who qualify. In certain cases, foster children are eligible for these benefits.
Free meal application forms are available from our office and are sent home at the beginning of each year and in student enrollment packets. Occasionally, a change in family income or size during the school year may qualify students who were not eligible earlier. Please have your parents or guardians contact the office for a free and reduced meal application if this should apply to your family during the regular school year.
We encourage all families who might qualify to submit the application. The district does qualify for extra funds for academic programs according to identified numbers of families qualifying for free or reduced-price meals. For more information call Child Nutrition Services at 800-6912 or 800-6913.
Prepay for lunches and breakfasts online or on the phone with a credit card or electronic check from the comfort of your home. Set up an account by going online to www.PayPAMS.com.
Students may not use school phones for personal calls. The place to make after school arrangements is at home. You will not be allowed to use the telephone after school unless an emergency exists or you are being kept after school and need to inform your parents or guardians. Staff members will handle any emergency calls to your parents or guardians during the school day.
The Explorer Student Store is available on during recess on some Fridays. Students may buy school supplies such as pencils, pens, paper, and folders there during the stores open times. Please do not bring more money than is needed during the school day for lunch or milk and to purchase items from the Student Store. All profits from the Student Store help our PTA fund school related projects. The student store is open most Fridays during the recess time.
Fines and Obligations
You must pay all fines for lost or damaged textbooks, library books, and other school items. Those fines become an "obligation" which is be paid before a report card will be issued. You may pay obligations in the office before or after school.
Emergency School Closure
Since the majority of our students are bussed to school, families are reminded to be alert for weather conditions that might alter the transportation routine. You are encouraged to listen to the radio and TV for any announcements concerning school activities during stormy weather or emergency conditions. If school is dismissed during the school day, it is important that you and your parents or guardians have a plan so you know what to do and where to go.
Morning announcements concerning closures or late schedules will begin at 5:30 a.m. and are usually repeated every 15 to 30 minutes. Also check the school district website or hotline at www.bethelsd.org or 253-800-6001.
Schools will be in session and transportation will be following normal times and routes unless otherwise announced. Early dismissal information should be announced by noon. Please DO NOT call the radio stations, the school district office or school, or the transportation department for closure information.
The following radio stations will be broadcasting school emergency information:
KRPM, FM 106.1
KMPS, FM 94
KPLZ, FM 101.5
KING, AM 1090
KIXI, AM 880
KMPS, AM 1300
KLSY, FM 92.5
KRPM, AM 770
KOMO, AM 1000
KIRO, AM 710
KUBE, AM 93
KVI, AM 570
Health Room/Attendance Office
The Attendance Office is the area used to keep attendance information for the school. If you are going to be absent, your parent or guardian needs to call our health clerk by 9:35 a.m. at 800-8993. A written note signed by the parent/guardian needs to be turned into the attendance office upon a student's return from an absence. E-mail and phone messages are accepted for initial contact but signed notes are the only documentation that is accepted for students' records. Students needing admit slips to class for tardies should go to the office.
Our school has a registered nurse. The nurse visits on a regular schedule. When you are sick and need to see the nurse or health clerk, ask your teacher for a pass to the Health Room. After examining you, our nurse or health clerk may contact your parents or guardians and consult with them about what to do, which may include your parents taking you home.
If you need to take medication at school, you must have a medication form signed by your doctor and your parent or guardian. The health clerk keeps the medication and a permission slip on file in her office. Please consult our school nurse if you have a medical condition that may affect you at school. She will keep all personal medical information confidential.
Screening tests will be given each fall and as needed throughout the year for dental health, hearing, and vision. The health of our children is important to us!
Emergencies and First Aid
State law limits the amount and type of aid we may give to children at school. In concern for your safety and well being your parents may be contacted. With this in mind it is important for our school to have up-to-date information about what parents and guardians would like us to do in case of an emergency. Please be sure we have an emergency telephone number where your parent, guardian, or a designated person, may be reached and be at school within 30 minutes.
If you are ill to the extent that it will be difficult to participate in the activities of a normal school day, it is best to stay at home. We do not have adequate facilities to care for ill children. Space for students whose parents or guardians wish they be kept in during recess is not available. If you are well enough to attend school, you must also be able to participate fully in the normal class day, including recess and outdoor activities.
It is recommended that a child with a fever be kept home for 24 hours after a normal temperature is reached following an illness.
We are unable to give any medication at school without a written request from a physician or dentist indicating that it is necessary for the child to receive medication during school hours. This ruling applies to all over-the-counter medications including aspirin, vitamins, cough drops, and throat lozenges, as well as prescription medicine.
Forms for "Physician's Orders for Medication at School and Parent's Permission" are available in our school office.
Head Lice "No Nit" Policy
In the Bethel School District we maintain a "no-nit" policy in an effort to control the spread of head lice among classmates. This means that students will not be admitted to school if there is any visible sign of lice or lice eggs (nits). If evidence of lice is discovered while a student is at school, a parent or guardian will be called and asked to take the child. The child will be removed from the classroom and may not ride the school bus home. Students may return to school when they have been properly treated for the lice problem (information and assistance is available through the health clerk), when "no nits" are visible in the hair, and when they have been checked and released by our health clerk to return to class. When head lice is discovered at school, additional family members will be checked and also the student's classmates.