Parent Notifications

  • Important information about the privacy, health, and safety of your student.

    Anti-Discrimination
     

    The Snoqualmie Valley School District complies with all federal and state statutes and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all district employment and student opportunities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer and Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Nancy Meeks, P.O. Box 400, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, or phone 425-831-8015.

    Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation

    “Harassment, intimidation, and bullying” means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 9A.36.080(3), (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing characteristic.

    Acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying that cause physical harm to a person or damage to a person’s property, substantially interfere with a student’s education, is so severe or persistent that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational or work environment, or substantially disrupt the orderly operation of the school or work place are not tolerated and will be dealt with as serious offenses.

    Depending upon the frequency and severity of the conduct, intervention, counseling, correction, discipline (suspension, expulsion, etc.) and/or referral to law enforcement may be used to remediate the impact on the victim and the climate and change the behavior of the perpetrator. This includes appropriate intervention, restoration of a positive climate, and support for victims and others impacted by the violation. False reports or retaliation for anyone thought to have reported harassment, intimidation or bullying is prohibited and will be treated as a serious violation, subject to disciplinary actions. Policy 3207 is a component of the district’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful and inclusive learning community for all students and employees.

    Child Find Identification

    The Snoqualmie Valley School District is committed to identifying and evaluating all students residing within the district boundaries that may be in need of special education services. Any child brought to the attention of the school district between the ages of birth through 21, with a suspected disability, residing within the district boundaries will be evaluated and if qualified will be provided with the opportunity for free appropriate public education. Contact Nancy Meeks, Director of Student Services, for further information.

     
    Drug Free Schools

    In the Snoqualmie Valley School District, we believe we have an important responsibility to our students to take necessary steps to prevent chemical use. Further, we believe that the use of chemical substances, including alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs interferes with the learning process of students. Because the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by children and adolescents is harmful and illegal, we will not condone their use. We support chemical abstinence for all children and adolescents so that they can reach their full intellectual, emotional, social, and physical potential. Additionally, we recognize that students suffering from untreated chemical abuse and dependency impair the educational environment by serving as a conduit of substances into the school population and by rationalizing substance consumption to other impressionable youth.

    Possession, use, or being under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco is strictly prohibited on or about the school grounds and at all school-sponsored activities, whether at school or at some other location. A student who has been found in violation of these standards will be suspended, pending the completion of a drug/alcohol assessment. A list of District-approved Chemical Dependency Services will be provided for scheduling the follow-up drug and alcohol assessment. Compliance with these standards is mandatory. To access the Directory of Certified Chemical Dependency Services and Parent Guide for Washington State, go to: www.dshs.wa.gov/dasa/services/certification/directory/directory.shtml or www1.dshs.wa.gov/dasa/.

    Our District’s Chemical Dependency Counselor is available to provide intervention services to all students and their families. Please call the Counseling Center at (425) 831-8150 for information and appointments.
     
    Other Resources:
    • 24-Hour Alcohol/Drug Help Line - 206-722-4222
    • Friends of Youth - 425-392-6367
    • Group Health—Eastside - 425-883-5151 Lakeside Milam - 425-392-8468
    • Raging River Recovery Center -425-831-5425
     
    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are:
    1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District received a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
    2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the Snoqualmie Valley School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the school principal (or appropriate school official,) clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
    3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate education interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the records request.
    4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-5901
     
    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

    “No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.” 
     
    Integrated Pest Management

    To provide a safe and healthy environment for students, staff and those who use school properties, the District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to suppressing undesirable weeds and pests on school grounds. Where possible, alternative controls are implemented, before chemical controls are used, to keep vegetation and pests at acceptable levels with environmentally safe methods. When school is in session and a chemical application is planned, parents and staff at that site will be notified in writing at least 72 hour prior. In the case of an emergency application (i.e. stinging insects), individuals will be notified as soon as possible after the application. Signage regarding any application will remain posted at the site for 24 hours after a treatment. Parents who do not have email or internet access to receive their school’s E-News communication can write the IPM Coordinator, Maintenance and Operations Office, Snoqualmie Valley School District, PO Box 400, Snoqualmie, WA 98065; or call 831-8031, to request a hard copy of notifications.
     

    Language Hearing Assistance

    To access language and hearing interpreters, please contact the Snoqualmie Valley School District office at 425-831-8000 by 4:30 pm, three days prior to any public meeting.

    McKinney-Vento Act

    The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that makes sure children and youth who do not have permanent housing can go to school and preschool.  It gives children and youth rights to enroll in school, stay in school, get transportation to school, and gives these same children access to school lunch programs.  If you become aware of students who may qualify for services under the McKinney-Vento Act, or are in need of services for students in your family, please contact the principal of your school or Nancy Meeks.

     
    Notification of Threats

    Students and school employees who are subjects of threats of violence or harm shall be notified of the threats in a timely manner. Parents shall be included in notifications to students who are subjects of those threats. Timing and details of the notice will be as extensive as permitted by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act other legal limitations, and circumstances of the situation. (Policy 4314)
     

    Title I Services: Right to Review Teacher Qualifications

    If you are a parent of a student receiving Title I services in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires the district to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

    • Whether the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
    • Whether OSPI has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
    • The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
    • Whether any paraeducators provide instructional services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.
    If you would like to receive any of this information, please call Beverly Root, Director of Personnel at (425)831-8000.
     
    Use of Directory Information and Photos

    Federal law (see FERPA above) permits a school district to identify certain information as directory information that may be released publicly without the permission of the parent.  The Snoqualmie Valley School District identifies this information as the following: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, grade level, major field of study, participation in activities and sport, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of enrollment, diploma and awards received, schools attended, and parent/guardian(s) name and email. The district may also release photographs or video of students taken in school-related circumstances not generally considered harmful or an invasion of the privacy of the students. 
     
    Directory information or photos may be used for purposes such as publication of a student directory, school-related fundraising (Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation, PTSAs), parent organization mailing lists, school yearbook, newspapers, commencement programs, and publishing honor rolls.  Photos, videos, and information about students may be used in school and district newsletters, email, websites, social media sites, or released to the news media, as there are many opportunities to recognize student accomplishments and activities throughout the year.  Information will not be released for commercial use. 
     
    Parents who DO NOT want directory information or photographic images released must submit an Opt-Out request in writing to their student's school office ANNUALLY — by September 15 each year.  Click here for more information, including a sample FERPA opt-out letter. If the school does not receive a written request by September 15, the school and district will assume that there is no objection to releasing such information.

    A note about School Portrait Photography:  The school portrait photographer, regardless of whether a parent/guardian plans to purchase a photo package, will take photographs of all students. The student photograph (digital and physical) will be provided to the school district and to classroom teachers for internal use related to the student’s education.  Student photographs are uploaded into the district’s student information system, library system, lunch system, transportation system and other systems for operational efficiencies, and to enhance student safety and security.

     
    Use of Mass Automated Call-out Notifications

    Snoqualmie Valley schools use an automated mass notification system (School Messenger) to contact families by phone regarding emergencies, unexcused absences, and other school-related information. The Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) allows parents to opt out of receiving general information calls from the District and schools. Families who DO NOT want to receive general automated phone calls need to let their school office know in writing (form), by September 15 each year. Please note that families who choose to opt out from phone calls may miss important information about their student(s).

     
    Use of Security Cameras
     
    The Snoqualmie Valley School District supports the use of video cameras throughout the school district to preserve district assets, enhance school safety and security for students and staff, and allow visitors access to district buildings. Security cameras are installed in public areas throughout district buildings, grounds and school buses. This supports the District’s goals to foster a safe and secure teaching and learning environment, to ensure public safety for community members who visit or use school property, and to diminish the potential for personal or district loss or destruction of property. (Policy 6608)