1 Seattle Public School District Policies District Policies The Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools Compulsory School Attendance Law: Letter from Truancy Office SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Becca Law : Implementation of Washington State s Compulsory Attendance Law Student Injuries and Insurance: Letter from Risk Management Vaccines Required for School Attendance, Grades K 12 (July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015) Washington State Booster Seat Law Read important details online: Advanced Learning Notification Full-Day Kindergarten at Seattle Public Schools Thornton Creek A Seattle Public School rd Avenue NE Seattle, Washington (206)
2 DISTRICT OFFENSES (cont d.): Disobedience Flagrantly, purposefully, or repeatedly failing to comply with or follow the instructions of teachers and other school staff. Gambling Playing cards, dice, or games of chance for money or other things of value. Misrepresentation Forging a parent s, guardian s, or any other person s signatures on any letter to the school or on any school document. Changing grades or attendance records on official District forms, including attendance reporting sheets and grade books, for any student without authorization of a school official. Providing a false name when asked to identify oneself to a school authority. Providing false information to school personnel, or impersonating another person verbally or in writing to provide false or misleading information regarding a student s attendance or absence from school. Plagiarism Cheating or copying the work of other persons or turning in another person s papers, projects, computer programs, etc., as your own. Using or Possessing Tobacco Products Using or possessing any tobacco products, to include possession or use of e-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices, by any students in or on public school property, on school buses, and at school-sponsored activities. Misuse of Computers Inappropriately using school computers. Graffiti Knowingly writing, painting, drawing, scratching, or otherwise marking any inscription, figure, or mark of any type of any District-owned or staff property, unless the student has obtained the permission of a school official or staff person. Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment Engaging in intentional written, verbal, electronic, or physical bullying, intimidating, or harassing conduct that: is for the purpose of embarrassing or denigrating another person; physically harms a student or damages the student s property; is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; has the effect of substantially interfering with the student s education; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. There is no requirement that the student actually possesses the characteristic that is the basis for the bullying, intimidation, or harassment. This includes: pantsing another person (engaged in as teasing by elementary-age students); conducting electronic bullying, intimidation, and harassment, including cyberbullying, on school grounds, during school activities, on school buses, or during the school day. Sexual Harassment Deliberately harassing another person for sexual reasons or in a sexualized manner with unwanted attention, touching, or verbal comments such that the person is uncomfortable, intimidated, or threatened by the behavior. Inappropriate Sexual Conduct Engaging in inappropriate mutual sexualized conduct that is not conducive to the learning environment of a school. DISTRICT OFFENSES (cont d.): Inappropriate Touching Unwanted or inappropriate touching of the private parts of another person by elementary-age students. Verbal Assault Using words that are hurtful, harmful, demeaning, offensive, or embarrassing, including words that are crude or vulgar, and name-calling. Toy Guns and Toy Weapons Possessing a toy gun (BB-guns and other pellet guns are Dangerous Weapons) or other toy weapon not appearing to be a real gun or weapon; or appearing to be a real gun or weapon, but not used or displayed with malice. False Reporting Knowingly reporting or corroborating misbehavior of others that did not occur. NOTE: In addition to the above rules, each school will adopt and distribute to each student rules which will govern a student s conduct in that particular school. When students break those school rules, they will be disciplined. (See Rule-breaking, above). What Happens If a Student Breaks a Rule? Whenever you are accused of breaking a rule, you have the right to explain your side of the story to your teacher, counselor, assistant principal, or principal before you are disciplined. Your parents may also meet with school staff to help identify and solve problems and to consider appropriate penalties. If some other penalty doesn t work, you could be suspended. If the offense was very serious, you could be expelled. If there is an emergency, you could be expelled right away and have a conference later. If there has been a criminal offense, normally, the police will be called. What If You Think You Are Being Treated Unfairly? If the principal or assistant principal proposes to discipline you, and you think the disciplinary action is unfair or inappropriate, you have the right to appeal the discipline imposed on you. The various appeals processes are contained in the Student Rights and Responsibilities booklet, which can be obtained from your school, from the Student Discipline Office at , or on the Seattle Public Schools website at (click on District/Departments/Discipline). That booklet is also sent out with the first formal Notice of Disciplinary Action. Additional information may also be obtained from the Discipline section of the District s website at (click on District/Departments/Discipline). Sometimes, problems in school can be helped by counseling on health, emotional, or legal concerns. While the Seattle Public Schools can provide some assistance, its resources are limited. A number of community agencies offering such assistance are listed in the Seattle telephone directories, or you may call the Community Information Line at or 211. Student Rights Students, as citizens, have certain constitutional rights. The school system cannot unduly infringe on those rights. The schools may, however set some reasonable limits on those rights in order to meet the District s obligation to educate. Students have FREEDOM OF SPEECH and may express their personal opinions. That freedom does not allow personal attacks, swearing, threats of violence, or interference with other people s rights to express themselves. Students have the RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE peaceably. Any such gathering, which interferes with the operation of the school or classroom, is inappropriate and prohibited. Students have the RIGHT TO PETITION appropriate school authorities when they feel that they have been treated unfairly. Students have FREEDOM OF THE PRESS and may express their personal opinions in writing. They must take full responsibility for the content of their publications by identifying themselves as authors or editors of the publication. They are not allowed to make personal attacks or publish libelous or obscene material. Students have the right to FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCH AND SEIZURE while at school.* For the protection of all, however, the following rules apply: ~ General searches of school property, including lockers and desks, may be conducted. ~ Items such as firearms, other weapons, firecrackers, or anything else that might reasonably be a threat to safety or security, or disruptive to the educational process may be seized and removed from a student s possession. Students have the right to EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY. They shall not be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, physical appearance, or mental, physical or sensory disability. Students have the right to FREEDOM OF RELIGION. Students are free from being controlled or influenced by any particular religious point of view while they are participating in any school district conducted or sponsored activity, or while students are otherwise subject to school district supervision and control. *Washington law (RCW 28A (3)) prohibits strip searches of students by school administrators and persons acting under their supervision. Strip search is defined broadly: [H]aving a person remove or arrange some or all of his or her clothing so as to permit an inspection of the genitals, buttocks, anus, or undergarments of the person or breasts of a female person. In general, searches of students persons (other than strip searches) or property may be conducted on reasonable suspicion that contraband or other evidence of misconduct is present, so long as the methods used are reasonably related to the objectives of the search and the search is not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student, the nature of the suspected infraction, and the information upon which the search is based. The Basic Rules of Seattle Public Schools Seattle School Board Stephan Blanford Sherry Carr Harium Martin-Morris Martha McLean Betty Patu Sharon Peaslee Sue Peters Interim Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland NOTICE TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL DRUG- FREE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ACT OF 1989 The Seattle Public Schools prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on school premises or as part of school activities. Compliance with this rule is mandatory; students who disregard the prohibition will be long-term suspended or expelled. The possession and use of illegal drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol are wrong and harmful to health and education. The District offers, or can assist in arranging access to, drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs. For further information, contact your school s principal or counselor. EQUITY AND COMPLIANCE POLICY Seattle Public Schools Seattle Public Schools ( SPS ) provides Equal Educational Opportunities and Equal Employment Opportunities and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex; race; creed; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; age; economic status; sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; physical appearance; a disability; veteran or military status; or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. SPS provides equal access to all designated youth groups. SPS complies with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to: Title IX, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Educational Rehabilitation Act, RCW 28A.640 (Sexual Equality) and RCW (Discrimination). SPS s compliance includes, but is not limited to, all District programs, courses, activities, including interscholastic activities, services, and access to facilities. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VI; Title IX/RCW 28A.640; & Educational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Adult Section 504 Officer: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, ; Student Section 504 Officer: Carole Rusimovic, District 504 Coordinator, , ; Mail: Seattle Public Schools, P.O. Box 34165, Mail Stop , Seattle, WA
3 To All Students: This brochure is intended to tell you about some of the responsibilities which you must assume, the rights which you share with all others, and the general rules you must follow so that you can take full advantage of your educational opportunity without experiencing major discipline problems. Under state law, this information must be given to you at the beginning of every school year. In the Seattle Public Schools, discipline requires orderly behavior, appropriate to the situation. This is necessary to create and maintain a climate in which learning can take place. An important part of your education is to learn appropriate behavior, learn the consequences of inappropriate behavior, develop self-control and self-discipline, and to take responsibility for your own actions. Students will be disciplined if they break the rules while at school, on school grounds, on District-sponsored transportation, or at any school-sponsored event. Students will also be disciplined if they break the rules in any other setting having a real and substantial relationship to the operation of the District, including, but not limited to, the preservation of the health and safety of students and employees and the preservation of an educational process which is conducive to learning. Disciplinary action can include such things as losing the privilege of attending District-sponsored activities, losing the privilege of riding District-sponsored activities, losing the privilege of riding Districtsponsored transportation, or suspension or expulsion. This brochure does not cover all of the legal details and considerations, such as specific procedures related to special education students, or the appeal processes that are available to you if you feel that discipline is being wrongly or unfairly applied. Full and detailed information is in the Student Rights and Responsibilities booklet, which can be obtained from your school, from the Student Discipline Office at , or in the Parents section of the District s website at That booklet is also sent out with the first formal Notice of Disciplinary Action. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES Make a determined effort to learn. Attend all classes every day on time, ready to work, and with the necessary learning materials, books, pencils, etc. Respect the rights of other people. Refrain from expressing personal prejudices against any individual or group. Follow the instructions of teachers and other school staff. Know and obey the rules of the District and individual school. Accept reasonable disciplinary actions for breaking school or District rules. Identify yourself if asked to by school staff. Dress appropriately for school in ways that will not cause safety or health problems, or disruptions. Respect the property of other people and of the school. IMPORTANT NOTE: Students who damage or vandalize property belonging to the Seattle Public Schools, a contractor of the District, an employee, or another student are required to make restitution for such damage. Failure to do so may result in the withholding of a student s grades, transcript, or diploma. CODE OF PROHIBITED CONDUCT EXCEPTIONAL MISCONDUCT: Students will be disciplined, and normally will also be referred to the police to face criminal charges, if they commit any of the exceptional misconduct on the list below while in school, on school grounds, on District-sponsored transportation, or at any school-sponsored event. Students will also be disciplined and referred to the police if they engage in this exceptional misconduct in any other setting having a real and substantial relationship to the operation of the District, including, but not limited to, the preservation of health and safety of students and employees and the preservation of an educational process which is conducive to learning. Disciplinary action can include such things as losing the privilege of attending District-sponsored activities, or losing the privilege of using District-sponsored transportation, or suspension, or expulsion. The School Board has determined that these behaviors amount to exceptional misconduct warranting suspension for the first offense, provided that disciplinarians and hearing officers may grant exceptions in cases involving extenuating or exceptional circumstances, or after considering the background of the individual student. Selling Illegal Drugs, and Controlled Substances Selling Alcoholic Beverages Distributing Illegal Drugs and Controlled Substances Distributing Alcoholic Beverages Possessing or Using Illegal Drugs and Controlled Substances Possessing or Using Alcoholic Beverages Assault Being physically violent, using unwarranted force, or demonstrating the deliberate and immediate intent to be physically violent toward another person, including domestic violence. Sexual Assault Sexually assaulting or taking indecent liberties with another person (includes pantsing behavior by other than elementary-age students). Extortion, Blackmail, Coercion Obtaining money, property or other consideration by violence or threat of violence, or forcing someone to do something against his or her will by force or threat of violence. Arranging Fights Deliberately arranging a fight or willingly participating in such an arranged fight that creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to the participants. Fighting Engaging in or provoking mutual physical contact involving anger or hostility. Threats of Violence Communicating credible, focused threats of violence or harm to an individual or group of individuals, directly or indirectly, whether by physical, verbal, written, telephone, or electronic actions, which cause the other person to believe his or her life, safety, or property is in danger, or which cause a listener to believe that another person s life, safety, or property is in danger. Hazing Initiating or harassing another student with meaningless, difficult, dangerous, or humiliating tasks through unsafe or illegal behaviors that cause, or are likely to cause, physical injury or endangerment. Firearm Mandatory One-Year Expulsion Carrying a firearm onto, or possessing a firearm on, school property, school-provided transportation, areas of facilities being used exclusively as school district property, or at school-sponsored events or activities. EXCEPTIONAL MISCONDUCT (cont d.): Dangerous Weapons Carrying a dangerous weapon onto, or possessing a dangerous weapon on, school property, school-provided transportation, areas of facilities being used exclusively as school district property, or at school-sponsored events or activities. Small Folding Knives Carrying onto or possessing a small folding knife with a blade length of 2½ or less and with a blade width of ½ or less on school property, school-provided transportation, areas of facilities being used exclusively as school district property, or at school-sponsored events or activities. Fireworks, Explosives, Chemicals, and Incendiary Devices Carrying an uncommon firework, explosive, chemical, or incendiary device onto, or possessing any of the foregoing on, school property, school-provided transportation, areas of facilities being used exclusively as school district property, or at school-sponsored events or activities. Toys Used As Weapons Possessing and using with malice (in a threatening manner) objects that appear to be capable of causing bodily harm such that a person believes his or her safety is in danger, including toys that appear to be weapons regardless of size. Robbery Taking another s property by force or threat of force. Theft Stealing school district property or the property of a staff member, student, or school visitor. Burglary Forced entry or remaining unlawfully in a District building or room in the building for the purpose of taking property. Possession of Stolen Property Knowingly receiving, retaining, possessing, concealing, or disposing of stolen property. Malicious Mischief Intentionally causing damage to any school property, staff property, or school buses. Also, writing, painting, drawing, or otherwise marking graffiti on any school property, staff property, or school bus that is so extensive that the cost of removing it exceeds $100. Also, includes graffiti or willful damage to public or private property while participating in a school activity away from school grounds. Intimidation of School Authorities Interfering, or attempting to interfere, with the discharge of the official duties of District personnel by using direct, deliberate, or focused threats, force, or violence, such that the staff person believes his or her safety or the well-being of his or her property is in danger. Interference with School Authorities Interfering with the discharge of the official duties of District staff by: using force or violence that is non-deliberate and not focused on the staff person, such as attempting to continue a fight when a staff person is trying to stop the fight and inadvertently striking that person; disobeying the orders of school officials to leave school property or disperse as instructed; heckling or harassing school authorities engaged in any lawful task, function, process, or procedure of the school district such that it interferes with their ability to maintain order or complete their lawful duties, including use of abusive or foul language directed at a school district employee and use of any electronic means that has the purpose of embarrassing, denigrating, or demeaning school staff; or hindering the investigation of an incident by school staff, including but not limited to: refusing to submit to a search for reasonable cause or respond to reasonable questions, or deliberately lying about, or encouraging others to lie deliberately about, the facts of the incident. Malicious Harassment Maliciously and intentionally committing one of the following acts because of a perception of that person s EXCEPTIONAL MISCONDUCT (cont d.): race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, or mental, physical, or sensory handicap: Causing physical injury to the victim or another person, or causing physical damage to or destruction of the property of the victim or another person, or threatening a specific person or group of persons such that the persons, or members of the specific group of persons, are in reasonable fear of harm to themselves or their property, including their right to an education or their safety at school. Gang/Hate Group Activity Belonging to an organized gang, hate group, or similar organization or group and knowingly engaging in gang/hate group activity on a school grounds or during school activities or functions. Trespass Entering or remaining unlawfully in a school building or on any part of school grounds or school property for any purpose excluding theft of property. Computer Trespass, Tampering, and Misuse Intentionally violating a school s or the District s computer system or database. Arson Intentionally setting a fire or causing an explosion. False Alarm Activating a fire alarm or calling 911 for other than the intended purpose of the alarm. False Threats Falsely reporting any type of bomb or person with a firearm in any school building or structure, on school grounds, on District-provided transportation, or at a schoolsponsored function. False Reporting Knowingly and maliciously falsely reporting or falsely corroborating misbehavior of others that did not occur, including spreading a false rumor maliciously at school, on school grounds, on school-provided transportation, or at a school-sponsored function. Lewd Conduct Engaging in inappropriate sexual or social behavior, such as sexual acts, either singly or consensually with another person, including sexual intercourse, oral sex, sexual touching, indecent exposure, or voyeurism. Other Exceptional Misconduct Engaging in any other activity that would constitute a felony or gross misdemeanor under city, state, or federal law. DISTRICT OFFENSES: In addition to Exceptional Misconduct, students are not allowed to engage in other behaviors which disrupt or interfere with the educational process. Students will be disciplined for participation in any of the following behaviors in school, on school grounds, on District-sponsored transportation, or at any school-sponsored event. Students will also be disciplined for such behavior in any other setting having a real and substantial relationship to the operating of the District, including, but not limited to, the preservation of the health and safety of students and employees and the preservation of an educational process which is conducive to learning. Disruptive Conduct Flagrantly and substantially interfering with teaching or learning in the classroom, school activities, or extracurricular activities. Rule-breaking Breaking a specific, published school rule. This includes breaking school bus rules. (Continued on reverse side.)
5 Absences by long-term suspended and expelled students for whom space is available in a reentry program, but who do not enroll and attend, are unexcused. A parent s request to excuse my child s absence without a stated reason or with a reason that does not meet the above criteria for excused absences will cause the child s absence to be recorded as unexcused. Family vacations are not excused. The Compulsory Attendance law requires that school districts file petitions with the Juvenile Court for all students who have seven (7) or more unexcused absences in a month or ten (10) or more unexcused absences in a school year. Truancy petitions usually are filed on secondary students, but may be filed on parents of elementary students or if the school believes the parent is causing their child s absences or condoning them. The petition asks that the court compel the student to attend school or compel the parent to ensure that the student attends school. When a petition has been filed, you and your child are invited to attend a Truancy Workshop, usually held at the John Stanford Center, as a diversion from setting a date for a preliminary hearing. Elementary parents have a separate workshop and elementary students do not need to attend the workshop. If after attending the Truancy Workshop the student continues to have unexcused absences, the District may ask the court to set a date and time for a hearing, If the court sets a preliminary hearing you and your child are required to attend. Once a court hearing occurs and a court order is issued to a child and/or parent/guardian, the school district is required to report additional unexcused absences to the court. If your child continues to have unexcused absences after the court order to attend is made at the preliminary hearing, a show cause hearing for contempt of court will be scheduled to determine if you or your child has willfully violated the court s order to attend school. If this occurs, your child will be appointed a public defense attorney to represent him/her at any hearing dealing with a violation of the court s order. You may be expected to pay up to $1,000 for this attorney. As previously noted, the court may take whatever steps it feels are necessary to insure regular school attendance by the student. A student found to be in contempt of court by not attending school may be given expectations to fulfill to purge the contempt charge. The key to any/all court action hinges on your child s attendance. Please reply to any school notification in a prompt manner. Students in secondary education programs may lose credit in their classes after as few as 10 absences, whether excused or unexcused. By prompt intervention, truancy can be corrected and educational success facilitated. If you have questions about your child s attendance record, or are in need of a report on your child s educational progress, please call your child s school. If you are in need of any additional information in regard to truancy issues, or if you have received a copy of a truancy petition filed by the Truancy Office and have questions about either the petition or the court process, please contact Truancy Office staff at Your child s school administrator or the Truancy Office staff may also be able to provide you with additional information about resources available to assist you if you are having problems that go beyond typical school attendance issues with your child or other issues that are barriers to your child attending school regularly. Becca Law Implementation of Washington State s Compulsory Attendance Law (28A.225 RCW) Seattle School Board Sherry Carr Michael DeBell Harium Martin-Morris Marty McLaren Betty Patu Sharon Peaslee Kay Smith-Blum José Banda Superintendent
6 In May 1995, the Governor signed new provisions to the Compulsory School Attendance law with clear expectations for students, parents, and School Districts for returning truant students to school. Through a coordinated effort, regular school attendance can be achieved and issues contributing to truant behavior can be addressed. A clear District-wide attendance policy is in place. Students, parents, and schools must work together to correct any truancy problems a student is experiencing. Students do not learn when they are absent from school. They miss critical instruction for understanding key concepts, and they can fall behind quickly in completing assignments. High school student who do not attend school may not graduate. Schools and parents/guardians share a responsibility to assure that students attend classes unless there is a good reason not to do so and a plan is in place to engage the student in his/her education. Schools must intervene quickly whenever a student has an unexcused absence. The court system is a final, but necessary, step to return some students who have become truant to regular class attendance. Court action may be against the parents or guardians if the court determines that they are the cause of the student s unexcused absences. You may notify your child s school about your child s excused absence by telephone or in a written note, whichever is required by your child s school. Please remember to include the reason why your child is absent in your telephone call or note. The Compulsory Attendance law applies to students between the ages of 8 and under 18, as well as 6 and 7 year olds who are enrolled in a public school program, unless the student is: Incapable of attendance due to medical or mental reasons. 16 and above, and regularly employed, and with the permission of a parent/guardian to work in lieu of attending school. Has met the educational requirements (GED, or other means found acceptable to the Superintendent) Students who are ages 6 or 7 are subject to the Becca Law if they are enrolled in school. Students found to be in violation of the Compulsory Attendance law may be subject to a truancy petition filed with the Juvenile Division of King County Superior Court. The Court may order a student to attend school, and if the student willfully violates the Court s order, the Court may take whatever actions necessary to insure compliance and regular school attendance. These may include community service or detention in the Juvenile Detention Facility. Schools are required to: Take daily attendance and notify parents/ guardians after the first and second unexcused absence. Schedule a conference to meet with the student and parent to address truant behavior after 2 or more unexcused absences. Take steps to correct the problem in an effort to determine why your child is not attending school and to help develop a plan to insure your child s regular attendance. File a truancy petition with the Superior Court if the child has 7 truant days in a calendar month, or 10 truant days during the school year. Schools who fail to comply with the Compulsory Attendance law may lose state or federal monies or support. Parents are required to have their school-age children enrolled in an educational program and to take steps to insure regular daily school attendance. Parents or guardians who fail to comply with the Compulsory Attendance law may also be subject to a truancy petition filed with Superior Court, Parents may be fined up to $25.00 per day for each day of their child s unexcused absences if the court determines that the parent is the cause of the student s truancy. Additional sanctions imposed by the Court might include community service for the parent or guardian of the child. The following District definitions of excused and unexcused absences are for students at all ages: Excused Absences: Unplanned absences are excused when your child s personal illness or injury, or the illness, injury or death of a family member, prevents your child from attending school, and you notify the school within 48 hours of the absence. The school may require a note from your child s doctor if your child is absent due to illness or injury for an excessive number of days before excusing those absences. Planned absences are excused when you submit a request to the principal or assistant principal at least three school days before the start of the planned absence, usually for a doctor or dentist appointment, or religious holiday, or educational trip, or other special one-time event. The school may require your child to complete missed assignments and/or make other academic assignments for extended excused planned absences. Absences due to short-term discipline of your child are excused on District attendance records. Unexcused Absences: All other absences are considered unexcused, including absences caused by the student or parent oversleeping, student missing the bus, transportation problems, student needed for babysitting, student job requirements, religious instruction, student on wait list for another school, etc.
8 VACCINES REQUIRED FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, GRADES K-12 July 1, 2014 June 30, 2015 VACCINE Kindergarten-3 rd Grade 4 th -6 th Grade 7 th Grade 8 th -12 th Grade Hepatitis B 3 doses Dose 3 must be given on or after 24 weeks of age 3 doses Dose 3 must be given on or after 4 months of age Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP/DT/Td/Tdap) 5 doses (4 doses only IF 4 th dose given on or after 4 th birthday) plus 1 dose Tdap required for 6 th -12 th grade AND on or after 11 years of age Polio (IPV or OPV) 4 doses (3 doses only IF 3 rd dose given on or after 4 th birthday) The final dose given on or after August 7, 2009, must be given on or after 4 years of age AND a minimum interval of 6 months from the previous dose. 4 doses (3 doses only IF 3 rd dose given on or after 4 th birthday) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Varicella 2 doses OR Healthcare provider verifies disease 2 doses Recommended, but not required. Look at the Minimum Age and Interval Table on page 2 for recommended minimum age and spacing information. Review the Individual Vaccine Requirements Summary for more detailed information: Page 1 of 2
9 Hepatitis B HepB Minimum Age & Interval for Valid Vaccine Doses Vaccine Dose # Minimum Age Minimum Interval Between Doses Notes Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis DTaP/DT Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Tdap Dose 1 Birth (K-12 th ) 4 weeks between Dose 1 & 2 (K-12 th ) Dose 2 4 weeks (K-12 th ) 8 weeks between Dose 2 & 3 (K-12 th ) Dose 3 24 weeks (K-7 th ) 4 months (8 th -12 th ) 16 weeks between Dose 1 & 3 (K-7 th ) 12 weeks between Dose 1 & 3 (8 th -12 th ) Dose 1 6 weeks 4 weeks between Dose 1 & 2 Dose 2 10 weeks 4 weeks between Dose 2 & 3 Dose 3 14 weeks 6 months between Dose 3 & 4 Dose 4 12 months 6 months between Dose 4 & 5 Dose 5 4 years Dose 1 10 years (minimum age depends on vaccine brand) 2 doses valid if adult Recombivax HB given between ages 11 and 15 and doses separated by at least 4 months. DTaP: for children through age 6. Recommended: 6 months between Dose 3 and Dose 4, but at least 4 months minimum interval acceptable. Boostrix : licensed for minimum age of 10 years; Adacel : licensed for minimum age of 11 years. Can be given regardless of the interval between DTaP or Td. Students 7-10 years of age not fully immunized with DTaP should get one Tdap followed by additional doses of Td if needed. Tetanus and Diphtheria Td Polio IPV or OPV Measles, Mumps, and Rubella MMR Varicella (chickenpox) VAR Dose 1 7 years 5 years Dose 1 6 weeks 4 weeks between Dose 1 & 2 Dose 2 10 weeks 4 weeks between Dose 2 & 3 Dose 3 14 weeks 6 months between Dose 3 & 4 Dose 4 4 years Dose 1 12 months 4 weeks between Dose 1 & 2 Dose 2 13 months Dose 1 12 months Dose 2 15 months 3 months between Dose 1 & 2 (12 months through 12 years) 4 weeks between Dose 1 & 2 (13 years and older) Td: for children on or after 7 years of age. 3 doses of Td required, if starting series on or after 7 years of age, with a single dose of Tdap preferred as the first dose. Not required for students 18 years and older. If all doses before August 7, 2009: 4 week minimum interval must separate all doses and Dose 4 minimum age must be at least 18 weeks of age. MMRV (MMR + varicella) may be used instead of separate MMR and varicella vaccines. Must get the same day as VAR OR at least 28 days apart. 4-day grace DOES apply between doses of the same live vaccine such as MMR/MMR or MMRV/MMRV. The 4 day grace period DOES NOT apply between Dose 1 and Dose 2 of different live vaccines, such as between MMR and Varicella or between MMR and live flu vaccine. Recommended: 3 months between varicella doses, but minimum interval of 28 days acceptable. Must get the same day as MMR OR at least 28 days apart. 4-day grace DOES apply between doses of the same live vaccine; DOES NOT apply between doses of different live vaccines. If you have a disability and need this document in another format, please call (TDD/TTY call 711) DOH December 2013 Page 2 of 2
10 800bucklup.org Laws Washington Laws Washington state has two laws that address the use of seat belts and child restraints for motor vehicle passengers. Below is a brief description of each law. If you would like the complete text of the law, click the icon below each description. Washington's child restraint law requires: Children under 13 years old are to be transported in the back seat "where it is practical to do so". Can a child ever ride in the front seat before age 13? Children up to their 8th birthday, unless they are 4'9" tall (which ever comes first), must use a child restraint that is appropriate for their age, wight and height. The restraint system must be used correctly according to the car seat AND vehicle manufacturer's instructions. Vehicles equipped with lap-only seat belts are exempt from the requirement to use a booster seat for a child weighing more than 40 pounds. Children 8 years of age or at least 4'9" who wear a seat belt MUST be able to wear it correctly (never up across the abdomen, with the shoulder belt under their arm or behind their back) or continue to use a child restraint. How do I know if my child is able to wear the seat belt correctly? Use this 5-Step Test for Proper Seat Belt Fit: If you can say YES to all five parts of the test below your child is ready to use a seat belt, which is usually around 8-12 years of age or at least 4 feet 9 inches tall: 1. Does the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat? 2. Do the child s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat without slouching? 3. Does the lap belt stay on the top part of the child s thighs, not over the abdomen? 4. Is the shoulder belt centered on the chest and shoulder? 5. Can the child stay seated this way for the whole trip? If the answer is NO to any of these questions, or if your child puts the shoulder part of the seat belt under their arm or behind their back, your child still needs to use a booster seat. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidelines for both the child restraint and the vehicle. Washington s seat belt law requires: All vehicle occupants must be properly restrained in all seating positions. The driver is responsible for properly securing all children under the age of 16. Passengers 16 years of age and older are responsible for themselves and may receive their own citation if they are not properly restrained. Buckling one seat belt around two people or placing the seat belt under the arm or behind the back is dangerous, can cause death or serious injury and is a violation of the law.
11 800bucklup.org Washington s Seat Belt Law RCW Safety belts, use required Penalties Exemptions. (1) For the purposes of this section, the term "motor vehicle" includes: (a) "Buses," meaning motor vehicles with motive power, except trailers, designed to carry more than ten passengers; (b) "Multipurpose passenger vehicles," meaning motor vehicles with motive power, except trailers, designed to carry ten persons or less that are constructed either on a truck chassis or with special features for occasional off-road operation; (c) "Neighborhood electric vehicle," meaning a self-propelled, electrically powered four-wheeled motor vehicle whose speed attainable in one mile is more than twenty miles per hour and not more than twenty-five miles per hour and conforms to federal regulations under 49 C.F.R. Sec ; (d) "Medium-speed electric vehicle" meaning a self-propelled, electrically powered four-wheeled motor vehicle, equipped with a roll cage or crush-proof body design, whose speed attainable in one mile is more than thirty miles per hour but not more than thirty-five miles per hour and otherwise meets or exceeds the federal regulations set forth in 49 C.F.R. Sec ; (e) "Passenger cars," meaning motor vehicles with motive power, except multipurpose passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or trailers, designed for carrying ten passengers or less; and (f) "Trucks," meaning motor vehicles with motive power, except trailers, designed primarily for the transportation of property. (2) This section only applies to motor vehicles that meet the manual seat belt safety standards as set forth in federal motor vehicle safety standard 208 and to neighborhood electric vehicles and medium-speed electric vehicles. This section does not apply to a vehicle occupant for whom no safety belt is available when all designated seating positions as required by federal motor vehicle safety standard 208 are occupied. (3) Every person sixteen years of age or older operating or riding in a motor vehicle shall wear the safety belt assembly in a properly adjusted and securely fastened manner. (4) No person may operate a motor vehicle unless all child passengers under the age of sixteen years are either: (a) Wearing a safety belt assembly or (b) are securely fastened into an approved child restraint device.
12 (5) A person violating this section shall be issued a notice of traffic infraction under chapter RCW. A finding that a person has committed a traffic infraction under this section shall be contained in the driver's abstract but shall not be available to insurance companies or employers. (6) Failure to comply with the requirements of this section does not constitute negligence, nor may failure to wear a safety belt assembly be admissible as evidence of negligence in any civil action. (7) This section does not apply to an operator or passenger who possesses written verification from a licensed physician that the operator or passenger is unable to wear a safety belt for physical or medical reasons. (8) The state patrol may adopt rules exempting operators or occupants of farm vehicles, construction equipment, and vehicles that are required to make frequent stops from the requirement of wearing safety belts. [2007 c 510 5; 2003 c 353 4; 2002 c 328 2; (2002 c expired July 1, 2002); 2000 c 190 3; 1990 c ; 1986 c ] Notes: Effective date c 510: See note following RCW Effective date c 353: See note following RCW Expiration date c 328 1: "Section 1 of this act expires July 1, 2002." [2002 c ] Effective date c 328 2: "Section 2 of this act takes effect July 1, 2002." [2002 c ] Intent -- Short title -- Effective date c 190: See notes following RCW Severability c 250: See note following RCW Study of effectiveness c 152: "The traffic safety commission shall undertake a study of the effectiveness of section 1 of this act and shall report its finding to the legislative transportation committee by January 1, 1989." [1986 c ] Physicians -- Immunity from liability regarding safety belts: RCW Seat belts and shoulder harnesses, required equipment: RCW
13 IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Non-English Speakers: Oportunidad de pruebas de Aprendizaje Avanzado! Busque el paquete de información traducido en línea después del 1 de septiembre, 有 機 會 參 加 Advanced Learning ( 資 優 課 程 ) 考 試! 請 在 2014 年 9 月 1 日 後, 從 西 雅 圖 校 區 網 站 上 找 到 中 文 資 訊 Fursad lagu galayo imtixaanka loogu gudbo fasalada lagu dhigo tacliinta heerkeedu sareeyo! Warbixin dheeraada oo ku qoran luqooyin kala duwan ka fiirso internetka wixii ka danbeeya bisha September 1, ልዩ የትምህርት ተሰጥዎ ላላቸው ተማሪዎች የሚሰጥ ትምህርት (ኣድባንስድ ለርኒንግ) የመግቢያ ፈተና! ለተተረጎመ የመረጃ ጥቅል በድህረገጻችን ላይ ከመስከረም 1, 2014 ቡኋላ ይመልከቱ Oportunidad para sa Advanced Learning na pagsusulit! Hanapin ang isinalin na pakete ng impormasyon sa online pagkaraan ng Setyembre 1, 2014 ንፍሉይ ተውህቦ ትምህርቲ ዘለዎም ተማሃሮ ዝወሃብ ትምህርቲ (ኣድባንስድ ለርኒንግ) ምእተዊ ፈተና! ንዝተተርጎመ ዝተፈላለየ ሓበሬታ ዝሓዘ ጽሑፋት ኣብ ኢንተርኔት ካብ መስከረም 1, 2014 ንደሓር ተመልከቱ Cơ hội để thử Học Nâng Cấp! Hãy để ý tìm thông tin bằng tiếng Việt ở trên mạng sau ngày 1 tháng 9 năm ADVANCED LEARNING Testing Opportunity You may want to consider testing your child if you have noticed these characteristics: Verbal skills Has an advanced vocabulary for his/her age Seems to continuously talk and ask questions Thinking skills Learning behaviors Motivation Social-emotional development Reading Math skills Is imaginative; has lots of ideas Can come up with many interesting solutions to problems Understands information quickly; remembers what has been learned Wants to work on more difficult things; may not finish regular assignments because wants to spend time doing projects he/she thinks are more interesting Is very interested in certain topics/projects and wants to work on them all the time Does not want or need a lot of direction for completing a task; likes to figure it out on his/her own Is sensitive to the feelings of others and is concerned with fairness May be a perfectionist and/or become frustrated with mistakes May prefer to interact with students who are older and/or adults Is a very strong reader, reading above grade level and/or reading at an early age Is very interested in math, works above grade level in math and/or shows an interest in numbers at an early age If you have checked most of these characteristics and your child has MAP scores at or above the 87 th percentile in both Reading and Math, you should consider having your child tested for Advanced Learning opportunities. Forms are available online September 1, 2014 at Paper copies will be available at your school. All applications are due October 2, 2014 to determine eligibility for school year
14 Full Day Kindergarten at Seattle Public Schools Seattle Public Schools offers full-day kindergarten, which provides young learners the time they need to engage in learning and build the social and academic skills they need to support learning throughout their education. Research shows that children participating in developmentally appropriate, full-day kindergarten make greater gains both socially and academically. However, Washington State only provides school districts with enough funding to pay for half day kindergarten. To make full day kindergarten available at all Seattle Schools, the district must recover the costs for the non-funded portion of the kindergarten day by charging families a fee. Payment information for Full Day Kindergarten: The fee for full day kindergarten for the school year is $2,840. This can be paid in 10 monthly installments of $ Payments are charged monthly by the first of each month from Sept. 1, 2014 through June 1, 2015 and due by the 5 th of each month. You may also pay in one lump sum or prepay in advance. Parents or guardians are responsible for payment monthly by the first of each month, if not fully paid. There will not be a monthly invoice, but a quarterly statement will be sent to the student s primary parent or guardian s mailing address. Accounts that are 90 days overdue will be sent to collection and subject to collection fees and interest. Seattle Public Schools offers convenient automatic monthly payments direct from your bank account on the 5th of each school month. We are asking all families to sign up for this program, using the Authorization Agreement for Direct Payments form (ACH direct bank withdrawal). Automatic bank withdrawal (ACH) is the most convenient and cost effective payment process for both parents and district and is the preferred payment method. However, if it is not possible, payment can be made by checks, or credit card at The Full Day Kindergarten program participation fee is waived for: All kindergarten students enrolled at the 44 elementary schools fully funded by the State. (List on back) Students who applied and received approval by Nutrition Services for Free/Reduced priced meals (FRPM). o The waiver is only effective for the months the FRPM application is on eligibility approved status, and is not applied retroactively before the date of approval. Applicants must also sign and return consent to share eligibility status (front page of FRPL application) and check the box for fullday kindergarten in order for District Accounting to have access to verify eligibility for this waiver. Therefore, please carefully review the front page of the FRPM application form. Special education students whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) minutes are greater than a half day on average, and on record as such with Seattle Schools. Students who are required by the district to repeat the kindergarten year, and on record as such with Seattle Schools. Students of active military assigned to government housing. Students who are McKinney Vento eligible (homeless), and on record as such with Seattle Schools. Unfortunately, the district cannot offer scholarships, and no fee waiver is provided unless a student meets the above requirements. Kindergarten fees are not considered child care expenses or charitable contributions for income tax purposes. Please consult with your tax advisor. Students in a language immersion program must attend full-day kindergarten, and accept the program fees. Note: Families can opt to send their student to a non-language immersion school for kindergarten. Students assigned to John Stanford International or McDonald International may access fee-free kindergarten at B.F. Day. For a list of frequently asked questions visit If you have any questions, please call Accounting Department ( ) or
15 Half-Day Kindergarten Students can opt to enroll for half-day program participation, which is free of charge. Most schools can accommodate kindergarten students who choose to attend for half of the program day. Please discuss and coordinate this choice to opt-out of the full day kindergarten program with your school s principal if you are interested in half-day program participation only. Please also notify, in writing, SPS District Accounting Department at: PO Box 34165, MS , Seattle, WA Fee schedule for kindergarten programs for school year fully funded by the State No fees 17 fully funded via Learning Assistance Program No fees 25 schools that charge for full day Fees Bailey Gatzert Alki Adams Beacon Hill International Arbor Heights Bryant Broadview Thomson K-8 BF Day Catherine Blaine K-8 Concord International Fairmount Park Daniel Bagley Dearborn Park Gatewood Frantz Coe Dunlap Greenwood Green Lake Emerson Hazel Wolf K-8 John Hay Graham Hill K-5 Boren *John Stanford International Hawthorne Lowell Lafayette Highland Park Olympic View Laurelhurst John Muir ORCA K-8 Lawton Kimball Pathfinder K-8 Loyal Heights Leschi John Rogers *McDonald International Licton Springs K-8 Sand Point McGilvra Madrona K-8 Stevens Montlake Maple TOPS K-8 North Beach Martin Luther King Jr Viewlands Queen Anne Northgate Sacajawea Olympic Hills Salmon Bay K-8 Rainier View Roxhill Sanislo South Shore K-8 Thurgood Marshall Van Asselt West Seattle ES Schmitz Park Thornton Creek View Ridge Wedgwood West Woodland Whittier Wing Luke