SVEC Notices and Guidelines
List of topics
- Computer Use at SVEC
- Dangerous Weapons at School Policy
- Defining Overall Progress
- Discrimination Complaint Procedure
- Fundraising at SVEC
- Gathering Room Etiquette
- Library/Resource Room Guidelines
- No Parking in Bus Zone
- Parking Guidelines
- Safety Drills
- SVEC Dance and Event Guidelines
- SVEC Hours of Operation
- Toddler/Preschool Area Guidelines
- Traffic Safety
- Visitors at SVEC
Computer Use at SVEC
Parent Advisory, some staff, and Karen have been talking about appropriate computer use at school and trying to get some consistency in our expectations without taking freedom away from families.
Here's what we've come up with:
- No non-educational (specifically educational...my children might debate the educational merits of Fruit Ninja, but that doesn't make it an educational game!) games in the pods at all. Only educational games and academic use of computers in the pod areas at all times.
- No "Rated M" games or games with gratuitous, graphic violence or blood anywhere on campus at any time. Since this is a K-12 school, it is never appropriate to be playing mature games anywhere on campus, whether on a school computer or your own.
- Students and parents are asked to be mindful of their surroundings when gaming in the library or on their own devices...for example, it wouldn't be okay to play SlenderMan in the Preschool Area, but in the Teen Area, (assuming you are all caught up on your homework says the mom in me!) then it is okay. And it's not okay for 15 adolescents to be gathered around one computer screen, loudly commenting on the latest You Tube Video. It's never been a quiet library, but it's still a Library! : )
Please know that all of us are empowered to gently and respectfully remind others about these expectations. If you are uncomfortable doing that, or find your request is ignored, you may always come to the office and fetch me and I can address the concern. Typically, I find our students are respectful and just need reminding now and then. Thank you for your support. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!
Dangerous Weapons at School Policy
Weapons and Firearms
Sky Valley Education Center is a “Weapon Free Zone”. For the safety of all, students are not allowed to bring any firearm or weapon onto school district property or to school sponsored events at any time, for any reason, as described by state law in RCW 9.41.280. Students are not permitted to bring any item that resembles a firearm or weapon to school or to school sponsored events. The consequences for facsimiles of weapons or firearms fall within the same guidelines as real weapons or firearms. Students bringing real or facsimiles of weapons and/or firearms to school or to school sponsored events will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to suspension or expulsion. These issues are by no means a comprehensive list, but rather address some of the typical or more important ones that may occur. For more complete information and a list of specific behavior expectations and guidelines, please refer to the section on Community Relations, Board Policy 4210. If you would like to have a hard copy, you may obtain one from the main office.
Defining Overall Progress
We want you to understand what Monthly Progress means in WINGS...
- As a reminder, every month, between the 16th and the 23rd, parents (if your child has offsite classes) and teachers must enter individual class progress into WINGS.
- Then, between the 23rd and the end of the month, SLP Consultants will determine whether each student is making OVERALL satisfactory progress.
- Overall satisfactory progress is achieved when a student is performing satisfactorily in at least HALF of their classes.
- Students who are making progress in at least half of their classes will receive satisfactory monthly progress.
- HOWEVER, some classes and programs are weighted and by themselves can trigger OVERALL unsatisfactory progress. These include: Integreated Academy, Fundergarten/Wondergarten, Montessori, ESS, and STEM.
- Students who are NOT making progress in at least half of their classes will receive Unsatisfactory progress, and will have to meet with a guidance counselor to design a plan of improvement - within 5 school days.
- Students who do not make satisfactory progress for three month cannot continue to remain enrolled at Sky Valley Education Center, so Overall Satisfactory Progress is extremely important!
- Keep in mind, satisfactory progress does not necessarily mean a student is on track to earn credit by any particular date or that they are doing particularly well - it only means they are making satisfactory progress to remain enrolled in the program.
- If you have any questions or need help, please ask. We are here to help you be successful!
Discrimination Complaint Procedure
What is discrimination?
Discrimination is the unfair or unequal treatment of a person or a group because they are part of a defined group, known as a protected class. Discrimination can occur when a person is treated differently, or denied access to programs, services or activities because they are part of a protected class. Discrimination can also occur when a school or school district fails to accommodate a student or employee's disability. Harassment (based on protected class) and sexual harassment can be forms of discrimination when it creates a hostile environment.
What is a Protected Class?
A protected class is a group of people who share common characteristics and are protected from discrimination and harassment by federal and state laws. Protected classes defined by Washington State Law include: Sex Race/Color Creed/Religion National origin Disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal Sexual orientation Gender expression or identity Honorably discharged veteran or military status
What should I do if I believe my child is being discriminated against?
You should report your concerns to your child's teacher or principal immediately! This will allow the school to respond to the situation as soon as possible.
If you cannot meet with the teacher or principal, you can always contact your school district's main office. Each school district will have someone who is responsible for responding to complaints about discrimination. Sometimes this person is called the Title IX Coordinator or for issues related to disability, the Section 504 Coordinator.
What if I can't resolve the problem with the school?
If you cannot resolve your concern, you may wish to file a complaint with the school district. Anyone can file a complaint with the school district. You can file a formal complaint by writing a letter to your Superintendent that describes what happened and why you think it is discrimination. It is helpful to include what you want the district to do. Your letter must be signed.
The employee designated by the district to receive complaints will investigate your allegations and provide the superintendent with a written report of the complaint, and the results of the investigation. You and the district may also agree to resolve your complaint in lieu of an investigation.
The superintendent will send you a written letter within 30 calendar days which will either deny your allegations or describe the reasonable actions the district will take. The letter will include how to file an appeal with your school board if you do not agree with the Superintendent's decision.
Corrective measures must occur no later than 30 calendar days of the superintendent's letter.
What if I don't agree with the superintendent's decision or no one responds to my letter?
Your next step is to appeal to the school board. You can file an appeal by writing a letter to your school board. The letter must include the part of the superintendent's written decision that you would like to appeal and what you want the district to do. Your letter must be filed with the Secretary of your School Board by the 10th calendar day after you received the superintendent's response letter.
The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they receive your appeal letter. You may also all agree on a different date.
What will happen at the hearing?
You will explain why you disagree with the superintendent's decision. You may bring witnesses or other information that is related to your appeal. The board will send you a copy of their decision within 10 calendar days after the hearing. The decision will include how to appeal to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction if you disagree.
What if I don't agree with the School Board's decision?
You may appeal the school Board's decision to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
You can file an appeal by writing a letter to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The letter must include the part of the school board's decision that you would like to appeal and what you want the district to do.
Your signed letter must be received by OSPI by the 20th calendar day of receiving the school board's decision. It can be hand-delivered or mailed to:
OSPI Administrative Resource Services
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Phone (360) 725-6133
OSPI will schedule a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge through the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). During this process you will be provided information about the hearing.
At the hearing you will explain why you disagree with the school board's decision. You may bring witnesses or other information that is related to your appeal. After the hearing, you will receive a copy of the judge's decision.
Fundraising at SVEC
If you are interested in fundraising, please talk to our amazing PTA representatives by emailing them at email@example.com before planning any fundraising.
Essentially, unless the fundraiser is part of a school effort to raise funds for a group (not an individual), in conjunction with PTA, then there are two times per year when "individual" fundraising can happen: at our winter and spring bazaars.
"Pop-up" fundraisers involving 6-year-olds making friendship bracelets and selling them for a quarter to donate to the Humane Society are just fine. : )
Anything involving FOOD or anything more involved or involving solicitation that hasn't gone through the PTA process can actually get us in a lot of trouble!
If you have any questions about what is allowed and what is not - please talk to a PTA member. Karen is happy to try and answer your questions as well. Thank you for your understanding.
Gathering Room Etiquette
- Clean your table before and after you eat.
- Clean up your mess on the table and on the floor around you.
- Clean up toys if your children use them.
- Wash your dishes or they will be thrown away.
- Don't consume other people's food in the refrigerator.
- Clean the microwave if your food made a mess.
- After 3:00 you can help by stacking chairs. The janitor kindly sweeps when all chairs are stacked.
- Clean counters as needed.
- Remind your student(s) or other students to clean their tables.
- When possible remind students not to run.
- If something needs to be done be the first to help.
- Educate new families on the etiquette and be examples of good etiquette.
Library/Resource Room Guidelines
Some important information/reminders about our library/resource room
• Things that should be happening in the Resource Center are book/curriculum browsing and checkout, single-student computer use for class work, family study, learning collaboration, and Library Programs. If you are not participating in those activities or are being disruptive, you may be directed to use another area on campus.
• Parent supervision is highly recommended. If you know your student can use the Resource Center responsibly without your help, that’s wonderful. Just know that if your student needs further assistance than our library staff and volunteers can provide, we will be looking for you.
• Please keep food and drink away from the computers. Dry snacks are allowed at the other tables, but do not prepare messy lunches here and be sure to clean up after yourselves.
• We are a Parent Partnership where conversations and collaboration are necessary for teaching, sharing, and building community. Silence is not an expectation here, but a “low hum of activity” is the goal. Quiet Study Rooms are available each day if that is what you need to get your work done.
• If you need help, have questions, or have a suggestion while you are using the Resource Center, please talk to Katie Kent or our Library Committee.
No Parking In Bus Zone
Just a quick and friendly reminder that the bus loading zone on Kelsey is indeed a bus zone only. Please do not park there, you may be towed by the city.
In an effort to improve student safety at Sky Valley, we have the following new parking guidelines:
STAFF parking is available in the back "lot" by the playground with an entrance off of Hill St. The makeshift parking spots against the gym building off of Hill St along the back of the facility are now designated as STAFF PARKING ONLY. Staff have placards that will be placed in their windshield to designate a staff member's vehicle.
Please DO NOT use the back gate entrance off of Hill St as a drop off or pick up area; vehicles are not supposed to enter or block this entrance at any time.
Overflow parking is available at the old stadium located off of Kelsey St on WEST COLUMBIA St. Please cross the street using the designated crosswalk on Kelsey St.
Thank you for your help as we look for ways to keep students safe at SVEC!
When you hear the drill signal (airhorn):
- For Fire: Gather your students together and evacuate the building following the assigned evacuation route. Be sure to turn out your lights and close your classroom doors on your way out. If your light is left on it is an indication that help is needed in that classroom.
- For Earthquake: Crawl under your table. When you hear the "All Clear" sign (short bursts from the airhorn) gather your students together and evacuate the building following the assigned evacuation route. Be sure to turn out your lights and close your classroom doors on your way out. If you light is left on it is an indication that help is needed in that classroom.
- For LockDown: Lock interior and exterior doors. Turn off lights. Gather students together and sit in the furthest area away from door and windows. Quiet until you hear the “All Clear” sign (short bursts from the airhorn).
Please do not ride bikes or skateboards anywhere on the Sky Valley campus.
This includes the parking lot, sidewalks and inside the buildings.
SVEC Dance and Event Guidelines
Parent Advisory, with input from parents, students, and teachers, has decided on some new guidelines regarding attendance at dances and other similar social events.
The group or individual who is organizing and doing all the work for the dance or event will get to make the age requirements for the event. So... If a dance says it is for 8th-12th graders, then no students under grade 8 will be allowed to attend.
In this way, we can remain flexible and acknowledge that Sky Valley has different age groups and grade bands... Who knows? We may have some 8-12th grade dances, a 6th-12th grade dance, or a K-12th grade dance; that will be up to the group or groups organizing the dance.
Any class, staff member, group, parent, or student at SVEC could decide to sponsor a dance; all are welcome. There is a lot of work involved, and some rules to follow - but if you are interested in sponsoring a dance or social event at SVEC, stop in the main office any time.
SVEC Hours of Operation
Please remember, Sky Valley Education Center is open to families at 8:15am and closes at 3:45pm.
Please do not drop your students off prior to the opening of our school. All students are expected to be out of the building by 3:45 pm, unless involved in a school related activity under the supervision of staff (like play practice). It is our expectation that students leave campus shortly after their last class has been dismissed.
Thank you for your help.
Toddler/Preschool Area Guidelines
As requested by Parent Advisory, here are the guidelines for the Toddler/Preschool Play Area:
- Children must be supervised at all times for the safety of all
- This area is meant for the enjoyment of our non-school age siblings
- Please help children pick up after themselves in the play area
- Please keep toys in the play area, and food out!
Please do not stop in the middle of the street to drop off your children.
We would hate to cause an accident or have someone get hurt.
Visitors at SVEC
We love to have visitors, but have a few requests:
- Please check with classroom teachers ahead of time, as a courtesy to them.
- Please do not bring a visitor who is missing school somewhere else to visit us.
- Please have the visiting student bring a note from home if they will not be accompanied by a SVEC parent.
- Please check in at the main office for a visitor pass.