Eastlake Student Handbook

Eastlake Student Handbook 2018-2019

Student Handbook Changes

During the school year, it may become necessary to change or make additions to this student handbook. When this takes place, you will be notified by an announcement.  If situations occur that are not covered in the student handbook, the school administration will make decisions based upon the merits of the individual case. The primary purpose of these rules and regulations is to foster an atmosphere conducive to learning and increased student responsibility.

LWSD Students Rights and Responsibilities

Attendance Policy

Absences & Excuses

LWSD Policies JED and JED-R

Regular school attendance is important for all students. Chronic or excessive absenteeism, whether excused or unexcused, has been correlated with lower assessment scores and lower graduation rates.

Students may be excused from school, with the consent of their parents/guardians, for medical and dental appointments and to accompany their parents/guardians on out-of-town trips. Additional absences consistent with WAC 392-400-325 will also be considered excused.
Parents or guardians should notify the school in person, by phone, or in writing/email within 48 hours of an absence if they wish to have the principal consider it as an excused absence.

Students who demonstrate chronic absenteeism or tardiness may be required to meet with school staff or the building principal to develop a plan to support the student's educational progress.

All students are expected to remain on campus for the entire school day. There are exceptions for high school students whose parents request that they be excused during lunch and students whose parents request attendance at another school or school-related activity during the school day.

 

Attendance Procedures

Eastlake High School students are responsible for attending all scheduled classes each day. To request that an absence be considered as excused, parents/legal guardians must contact the school attendance line (425-936-1539) by phone within two school work days (48 hours).  Students, not school personnel, are responsible for providing timely information in regard to absences for which an excused status is requested.

The following parent notifications are made for all students with regard to absences:

  • The attendance robot will call between 5-9 pm on any day that an unexcused absence occurs.  Parents may still be able to excuse this absence (less than 48 hours).  
  • Parents will be notified in writing or by phone when there is one unexcused absence (after 48 hours).  
  •  At 3 full-day unexcused absences in a month, parents will receive an email requesting a conference via phone or in person to address barriers to attending school.
  •  At 5 absences in one class, with at least 2 or more unexcused, the student will be assigned to a Wednesday after-school Attendance Support Session. Families will be notified through email prior to the Attendance Support Session and the student will receive a reminder slip the day of the Attendance Support Session.  Subsequent unexcused absences may result in disciplinary action.
  • At 5 full-day unexcused absences in a month, parents will be notified via email that a conference is required to develop an attendance contract.  At this point, the student is referred to our BECCA coordinator or to the Community Truancy Board.
  •  At 7 full-day unexcused absences in a month, or 10 in a year, the BECCA coordinator files a truancy petition.
  •  After a petition is filed, the student is required to appear in court and will then be under the court’s jurisdiction.

Teachers may mark a student absent if the student misses more than half of an instruction period.  A student may also be marked absent if the student leaves without permission after a class has started.  

Absences should be pre-arranged by written request when parents have advance knowledge of impending absences.

Examples of an unexcused absence include, but are not limited to, missing class because a student did not complete homework or study for a test, oversleeping, traffic, missed bus, and avoidable events, those that can be scheduled outside school time.  No teacher is obligated to provide make-up work for a student who misses class due to an unexcused absence.  

Absences for school-sponsored activities will not count towards the total number of absences.

A student who is suspended from part or all of a school day may not participate in school events that day. (Including practices, rehearsals, games, performances, dances etc.).

If a student needs to be excused during the day for an appointment, he/she must bring a note from a parent to the attendance secretary before school. The attendance secretary will give the student a pass to leave school at the requested time. If a parent needs to get an important message to a student during the school day, it will be delivered to the classroom.

Students may be denied a grade on an assignment or an activity when they have an unexcused absence for a period in which there was a graded event that required student participation.  Credit may be denied if absences correspond to periods in which there were graded events that required student participation as specified in that particular course’s outline.  Students who are denied credit for a course have a right to appeal the decision to a building administrator. Building administrators should ensure that students’ unique circumstances are taken into consideration in instances where grades or credit may be adversely affected due to absences.

The student is responsible for checking in with teachers or PowerSchool Learning in order to make up outstanding assignments. After three consecutive days of absences, a student or parent is encouraged to email the teacher to request homework.

Students are expected to be in their classrooms on time and prepared to begin working. Teachers will maintain records of student tardiness. A late student is considered to be tardy if less than 10 minutes of class are missed.

Truancy

LWSD Policies JED and JED-R

Under Washington state’s truancy law RCW 28A.225.030, the school/district are required to take specific actions when students are truant.
•Parents will be notified in writing or by phone after one unexcused absence in a month.
•A parent conference will be initiated after three unexcused absences in a month in order to improve the student’s attendance.
•The parent and school must enter into a contract to improve the student’s attendance after five unexcused absences in a month, or the case may be referred to a Community Truancy Board,
•The school district may file truancy petitions with the juvenile court after seven unexcused absences in a month, or ten unexcused absences in an academic year.

Electronic Devices

Electronic Device Policy

Students are not to use cell phones or other personal electronic devices while class is in session, unless given permission by the teacher.

Dances

Dance Guidelines

Students must wear shoes and shirts to all EHS dances. Once a student has entered a dance, there are no exit and re-entry privileges.  No refunds will be awarded for dance tickets. A student may bring a date from another school provided the guest is at least in 9th grade and shows valid school identification. Guests attending who are no longer in high school must be under the age of 21 and show valid identification. Students must conduct themselves in an appropriate manner while attending school dances. A student who is suspended from school on the day of a school event may not participate in the dance.

Dress Code

Dress Code Policy

Students are reminded that their appearance significantly affects the way others respond to them. Matters of dress remain the primary concern of students in consultation with their parents. Student dress shall not be regulated except when there is a reasonable expectation that;

  1. A health or safety hazard shall be presented by the student's dress or appearance,
  2. Damage to school property shall result from the student's dress, or
  3. The student's dress or appearance shall create material and substantial disruption of the educational process at the school.

In terms of this policy, disruption includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Student riotings, destruction of property, or
  • Widespread shouting, or boisterous conduct, or
  • Substantial student participation in a school boycott, sit-in, stand-in, walk-out, or
  • Other related forms of activity.

Material and substantial disruptions may be found to exist when a student’s dress conflicts with established codes of student conduct (JFC-R) prohibiting the use of lewd, sexual, drug, tobacco, or alcohol-related messages, or gang apparel. Additionally, student dress or apparel may not conflict with prohibitions on harassment (JFD and JFDA)

The superintendent shall establish procedures for the monitoring of student dress in school or while engaging in extracurricular activities which shall be included in rules and regulations pertaining to student responsibilities.

Students violating the dress code will be asked to change and parents may be notified. Continuous violations will be subject to progressive discipline

Hazing

Hazing Rituals

Hazing will not be tolerated in any form and is never to be part of our program. Acts of hazing can escalate to the point that the students participating are at risk. It is also quite possible that many acts of hazing will result in legal action being taken against the coach, advisor, student group leader, administration or the school district.

Any student who participates willingly in a hazing ritual is subject to disciplinary action, including suspension from school or the team or both, and possible legal action dependent on the severity of the incident.

Any student-athlete who observes and does not attempt to stop or report such a violation can also be subject to disciplinary action by the school. Repeated acts of hazing can result in further school action and permanent suspension from athletics.

Initiation ceremonies and rituals are different from hazing rituals as they are positive, open, and public events. Initiation ceremonies welcome new members to a team or group, promote bonding and orientation to the purpose, culture, and expectations of the team or group. The coach, advisor and parents are informed of the ceremony and invited to participate.

Parents/guardians who wish to contest discipline may submit a grievance to the school principal for an informal conference.

Closed Campus

Eastlake Campus

Because we are concerned about safety, students are required to remain on the school grounds from the time of arrival until the end of the school day unless officially excused.  Only in exceptional cases (with parent’s request) will permission be granted from the attendance office or from a building administrator for a student to leave school.  The woods and parking lot are off-limits to students during the school day, unless they have an off-campus pass and are leaving campus only during lunch time. Other school campuses are off-limits during the school day to visitors from EHS, except with special permission of the visiting school’s administrator.  This includes other high school, junior high, and elementary schools.

Early Dismissal/Late Arrival

Early Release/Late Arrival

As part of their four-year program of study, all students are expected to register for and take 7 credit bearing courses each semester. A Senior who is on track to satisfy all credit requirements for graduation may complete an application for Early Dismissal or Late Arrival.  Requests for a Senior’s class schedule with fewer than 7 credit bearing courses will be reviewed with extenuating considerations in mind, which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Employment
  • Medical need with documentation
  • Educational opportunities outside the school/district consistent with the student’s High School and Beyond Plan.

A class schedule with fewer than 7 credit bearing courses will only allow for a late arrival or early dismissal (no open periods in the middle of the school day).  It is necessary to gain approval from the student’s counselor and parents for late arrival or early dismissal and have a copy of the approval on file in the counseling office.

Late Start (Weather Conditions)

Late start due to weather conditions

Eastlake High School will follow standard district schedules on designated late start days.  Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. for a one-hour delay and at 9:30 a.m. for a two-hour delay. When students return to class after a school cancellation, they resume a regular scheduled day.

Lockers

Lockers

All students have an opportunity to have a locker, but each locker will be used by only one person.  Lockers are school district property and will be assigned randomly. Only school-issued locks will be permitted on lockers; therefore, any unacceptable lock will be cut off the locker. The school administration must have access to ALL lockers in case they need to search them for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of the school environment to protect the safety of other students. In other words, if drugs, alcohol, weapons or any other equally dangerous or violent item is suspected to be in a student’s locker, the locker can and will be legally searched.

 

Money & Valuables

Money & Valuables

Money & Valuables

Do not bring large sums of money and/or valuables to school. The school district is not responsible for loss or theft. If a student must bring cash or valuables to school, he/she should check the items into the main office where they can be secured in a vault for the remainder of the school day. Classrooms, storage rooms, and locker rooms are not secure areas.

A reasonable fee of $10.00 shall be charged for all dishonored checks returned to the LWSD per RCW 62A.3-104.

Off-Campus Lunch Pass/Parking Permits

Off Campus Lunch Pass

Eastlake is a closed campus. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who want to leave campus at lunch must obtain an off-campus lunch pass. Freshmen are not eligible for an off-campus lunch pass. To obtain an off- campus lunch pass the student must:

  • Obtain an off-campus pass contract from the Bookkeeper
  • Complete the contract on-line
  • Have off-campus logo put on ASB card
  • MAINTAIN No outstanding fees and fines

The off-campus pass is valid only at lunch and the student must carry the pass with him/her when leaving campus, showing it upon request of a staff or community member. If the student forgets his/her pass, he/she will be denied the privilege of leaving. Any student accumulating two (2) or more tardies after lunch in any quarter may have their off-campus lunch pass revoked for the remainder of the quarter. Any disruptive act or behavior taking place off of the Eastlake campus will result in the loss of the off-campus pass for an indefinite period of time.  Students are expected to check out with the Attendance Office if they need to leave campus for appointments or due to illness. Students may lose their off-campus privileges for unexcused absences.

Parking Permit/Driving Eligibility

All students must meet the eligibility requirements in order to obtain a parking permit at Eastlake High School:

  •  Have no outstanding fines.

Parking Citations of  $15.00 will be issued for the following:

  1. Parking without a valid and visible parking permit.
  2.  If a student uses another student’s permit, a fine may result for both parties involved.
  3.  Improper parking of vehicle. This includes not properly parking in stalls (i.e., taking more than one place or blocking accessibility) and parking in restricted areas (i.e., fire lanes, bus lanes, handicap only parking, staff and visitor parking, and along curbs).

Moving Citations of $30.00 will be issued for the following:

1.    Moving violations (i.e., speeding, reckless endangerment) are subject to disciplinary sanctions which may result in the loss of parking privileges for both driver and rider. This includes:
a.    Transporting any person or persons in the bed of a truck unless there is/are properly installed, State approved seat belt/s.
b.    Transporting passengers in the trunk of, on top of, outside of, or underneath any vehicle.
c.    For not wearing seatbelts at all times on campus while in a moving vehicle.
d.    For not yielding to all school buses, pedestrians, and bicycle riders.

If a student accumulates more than 3 Parking Citations or more than 2 Moving Citations, their parking privilege will be revoked for the remainder of the year.

*All vehicles that are in violation of these regulations are subject to tow at owner’s expense*


Lake Washington School District Parking/Driving Permit Policy:
“By issuance of the permit, Lake Washington School District does not assume liability for any property damage to any private automobile parked on its property. The owners-operators of all private vehicles accept responsibility for their own property and agree that they are parking at their own risk.”

Eastlake High School Parking/Driving Permit Policy:
All students who park their vehicle(s) on Eastlake High School’s Campus during normal school hours (7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) must have a visible and valid 2016-2017 Student Parking Permit displayed on their vehicles when parked on the Eastlake High School Campus. A parking permit is to be used only by and for the car and driver to whom it is issued. The Parking Permit is not transferable and may not be resold by student.

Cars are not to be entered or used in any way other than transportation to and from school without expressed permission from the principal or designee.

Official school personnel have the responsibility and right to cite students for unsafe driving on campus and for neglecting to have a valid and visible parking permit.  If you feel you have been cited unfairly, you have two weeks to make an appointment with the associate principal to dispute the ticket. No consideration will be made for students who neglect to make an appointment after two weeks.

 

Late Starts (Weather Conditions)

Late Starts Due to Weather

Eastlake High School will follow standard district schedules on designated late start days.  Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. for a one-hour delay and at 9:30 a.m. for a two-hour delay. When students return to class after a school cancellation, they resume a regular scheduled day.

Lockers

Student Lockers

All students have an opportunity to have a locker, but each locker will be used by only one person.  Lockers are school district property and will be assigned randomly.  Only school-issued locks will be permitted on lockers; therefore, any unacceptable lock will be cut off the locker.  The school administration must have access to ALL lockers in case they need to search them for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of the school environment to protect the safety of other students. In other words, if drugs, alcohol, weapons or any other equally dangerous or violent item is suspected to be in a student’s locker, the locker can and will be legally searched.

Money & Valuables

Money & Valuables

Do not bring large sums of money and/or valuables to school. The school district is not responsible for loss or theft. If a student must bring cash or valuables to school, he/she should check the items into the main office where they can be secured in a vault for the remainder of the school day. Classrooms, storage rooms, and locker rooms are not secure areas.

A reasonable fee of $10.00 shall be charged for all dishonored checks returned to the LWSD per RCW 62A.3-104.

 

Off-Campus Lunch Pass/Parking Permits

Off-Campus Lunch Pass

Off-Campus Lunch Pass
Eastlake is a closed campus. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who want to leave campus at lunch must obtain an off-campus lunch pass. Freshmen are not eligible for an off-campus lunch pass. To obtain an off-campus lunch pass the student must:

The off-campus pass is valid only at lunch and the student must carry the pass with him/her when leaving campus, showing it upon request of a staff or community member. If the student forgets his/her pass, he/she will be denied the privilege of leaving. An off-campus pass is a privilege and may be revoked by parents or Eastlake Administrators.  Any disruptive act or behavior taking place off of the Eastlake campus may result in the loss of the off-campus pass for an indefinite period of time.  Students are expected to check out with the Attendance Office if they need to leave campus for appointments or due to illness. Students may lose their off-campus privileges for unexcused absences.

Parking Permit/Driving Eligibility

Parking Permit/Driving Eligibility
All students must meet the eligibility requirements in order to obtain a parking permit at Eastlake High School:

  • Have no outstanding fines.

Parking Citations of  $15.00 will be issued for the following:

  1.  Parking without a valid and visible parking permit.
  2. If a student uses another student’s permit, a fine may result for both parties involved.
  3. Improper parking of vehicle. This includes not properly parking in stalls (i.e., taking more than one place or blocking accessibility) and parking in restricted areas (i.e., fire lanes, bus lanes, handicap only parking, staff and visitor parking, and along curbs).

Moving Citations of $30.00 will be issued for the following:

  1. Moving violations (i.e., speeding, reckless endangerment) are subject to disciplinary sanctions which may result in the loss of parking privileges for both driver and rider. This includes:
  •   Transporting any person or persons in the bed of a truck unless there is/are properly installed, State approved       seat belt/s.
  •    Transporting passengers in the trunk of, on top of, outside of, or underneath any vehicle.
  •   For not wearing seatbelts at all times on campus while in a moving vehicle.
  •  For not yielding to all school buses, pedestrians, and bicycle riders.

If a student accumulates more than 3 Parking Citations or more than 2 Moving Citations, their parking privilege will be revoked for the remainder of the year.

*All vehicles that are in violation of these regulations are subject to tow at owner’s expense*

Lake Washington School District Parking/Driving Permit Policy:
“By issuance of the permit, Lake Washington School District does not assume liability for any property damage to any private automobile parked on its property. The owners-operators of all private vehicles accept responsibility for their own property and agree that they are parking at their own risk.”

Eastlake High School Parking/Driving Permit Policy:
All students who park their vehicle(s) on Eastlake High School’s Campus during normal school hours (7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) must have a visible and valid 2016-2017 Student Parking Permit displayed on their vehicles when parked on the Eastlake High School Campus. A parking permit is to be used only by and for the car and driver to whom it is issued. The Parking Permit is not transferable and may not be resold by student.

Cars are not to be entered or used in any way other than transportation to and from school without expressed permission from the principal or designee.

Official school personnel have the responsibility and right to cite students for unsafe driving on campus and for neglecting to have a valid and visible parking permit.  If you feel you have been cited unfairly, you have two weeks to make an appointment with the associate principal to dispute the ticket. No consideration will be made for students who neglect to make an appointment after two weeks.

Visitors

Visitors on Campus

Parent visitors are always welcome. Before visiting a classroom, however, a parent must 1st meet with the teacher to discuss purpose of the visit. Upon arrival on campus the parent must check in at the main office. Student visitors must be a guest of a current EHS student and obtain permission from an administrator at least 24 hours prior to visiting Eastlake High School. All student visitors must also register in the main office upon arrival on campus. Students from schools in western Washington are not permitted to visit Eastlake during the school day.

Security Camera

Security Camera

A security camera system is in use at Eastlake High School. The security camera system helps maintain safety and security and also diminishes the potential for loss or destruction of property during non-school hours. Cameras are installed in public areas only and are not installed in areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.
 
The security camera system may or may not be monitored or in operation at any given time. If you have reason to suspect that a camera may have recorded a crime or a violation of school rules, please report your concerns to one of the school administrators. The administrator may review security camera footage as needed to investigate a potential crime or violation of school rules.

For more information on other district policies from security cameras to dogs on district property, follow the links:

https://www.lwsd.org/about-us/policy-and-regulations/security-camera-systems-kc
https://www.lwsd.org/about-us/policy-and-regulations/security-camera-systems-kc-r

 

Student Laptops

LWSD Laptop Handbook

The Mobile Access for Students program provides each student in grades six through 12 a laptop computer for their educational use both at home and at school. The use of this tool is designed to enrich the learning environment and to assist teachers as they support students in acquiring the skills, knowledge and attributes outlined in the district’s Student Profile.
The privilege of accessing the school network and computer resources is also an opportunity to learn the responsibility of informed, ethical and responsible computer use. This handbook outlines many of these responsibilities. It provides information and resources for families about these expectations.

LWSD Handbook

Laptop Insurance Options

Families may wish to protect against liability for lost, damaged or stolen property by reviewing their insurance options. Some homeowner’s policy may offer coverage and some may offer this coverage if a rider is acquired. In addition, Lake Washington School District has arranged for an insurance option for families wishing to purchase a specific additional insurance to cover their student’s laptop. This insurance can be purchased from Worth Insurance Group. The premium is $63.60 per year and covers accidental damage and theft (police report required). The deductible in this policy is $0. This insurance can be acquired directly by going to https://www.worthavegroup.com/portal/lakewashington. The company also offers coverage for other personal technology devices. If you chose not to purchase the optional insurance or do not otherwise have coverage, you will be responsible for fees for damaged or lost/stolen equipment as defined above.

 

Tips To Keep Your Laptop Healthy

  • Properly shut down your laptop once a day by going to the Start icon and then Shut Down.
  • Shut down your laptop after at-home use and boot it up at school the following morning. This ensures that your computer receives all of its required updates.
  • Charge your laptop battery every night.
  • Know your AUP. Do not install programs on your laptop (e.g. Google Chrome, more? etc).

Remember to:

  • Always save your files and documents to your student file or a flash drive, not to the desktop of your laptop. You will lose your files should the laptop crash or require a hard drive replacement.
  • Make sure your battery is securely locked.
  • Do not adhere stickers to your laptop.
  • When you walk away from your laptop, lock it to discourage others from using it. To lock your laptop, press the Windows icon button + the ‘L’ key.
  • If your password is not working, your school librarian can reset it.

 

How To Avoid Costly Laptop Repairs

  • Give your laptop sufficient space in your backpack. Forcing it into your pack and not allowing sufficient space can result in a cracked screen.
  • Avoid liquid and food around your laptop. Use a backpack (preferably padded) with a water bottle carrier on the outside.
  • Do not carry or lift your laptop by just the screen or battery.
  • Never walk around with attachments in your USB drive (flash drive or mouse). These can jam and break the USB port on the system board. This is a costly repair.
  • When opening your laptop, do not force it past the stopping point. Doing this can cause the interior posts to break.

What To Do If Your Laptop Is Not Working

What if my laptop is not working properly or is broken?
Follow these steps before turning it in for repair:

  1.  Do a proper shut down from the Start icon.
  2. Wait one minute and then power it up again.
  3. Do not close the lid during this process.
  4.  Check to make sure the wireless is turned on.
  5. Make sure your battery is securely locked in place.

If you continue to experience issues with your laptop or if it is damaged, take it to the library, complete the Computer Repair form, and turn in the form with your laptop. You will be issued a loaner laptop to use while yours is in repair. You will receive an email when your laptop is repaired and ready for pick-up. Bring the loaner laptop back to the library.

When I login, I receive a message ‘No login servers available’:
If you receive this message upon login,

  1. Make sure the wireless on your device is turned on.
  • Lenovo laptop x130e or x131e – Press the Fn+F5 keys
  • Dell netbook – Press the Fn+F6 keys.

   2.If the wireless is on and you still received the message

  • Shut down the computer by going to the Start button and selecting Shut Down.
  • Then plug in a yellow Ethernet cord, turn the computer on and log on again.
  • Should you continue to receive the message or you receive a 2nd message, ‘No trust relationship’, shut down the computer and put it in for repair (as explained above).