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Alma Mater: Proudly we hail thee, our alma mater Royal are the colors, green and the white Strong as a fortress, dear as true friendship We pledge our loyalty, Mount Vernon High! Rod Merrell, Principal Krista Paulson, Assistant Principal Ryan Beatty, Assistant Principal Clinton Carlton, Assistant Principal Dave Riddle, Athletic Director Chris Oliver, Dean of Students

Mount Vernon High School 314 North 9th Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 428-6100 Last Revised 9/02/2011

MVHS Bell Schedules 2011-2012 Green/White Days

Advisory Schedule

8:00 Warning Bell 8:05-9:29 1st/5th period 9:34-11:02 2nd/6th period

8:00 8:05-9:19 9:24-9:59 10:04-11:22

Warning Bell 1st/5th period Advisory 2nd/6th period

11:22-11:57 12:02-1:16

Lunch A 3rd/7th period

11:27-12:04 12:04-12:34 12:39-1:16

3rd/7th period Lunch B 3rd/7th period

11:27-12:46 12:46-1:16

3rd/7th period Lunch C


4th/8th period

11:02-11:37 Lunch A 11:42-1:06 3rd/7th period 11:07-11:49 3rd/7th period 11:49-12:19 Lunch B 12:24-1:06 3rd/7th period 11:07-12:31 12:36-1:06

3rd/7th period Lunch C


4th/8th period

Two Hour Late Arrival

Early Dismissal

10:05 - 11:00 1st/5th period 11:05- 12:00 2nd/6th period

8:00 Warning Bell 8:05 - 9:00 1st/5th period 9:05 - 10:00 2nd/6th period

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch A 12:35 - 1:35 3rd/7th period

10:00 - 10:30 Lunch A 10:35 - 11:35 3rd/7th period

12:05 - 12:35 3rd/7th period 12:35 - 1:05 Lunch B 1:10 - 1:35 3rd/7th period

10:05 - 10:35 3rd/7th period 10:35 - 11:05 Lunch B 11:10 - 11:35 3rd/7th period rd


10:05 - 11:05 3 /7 period 11:05 - 11:35 Lunch C 11:40-12:35

12:05 - 1:05 1:05 - 1:35

3rd/7th period Lunch C


4th/8th period

4th/8th period

One Hour Late Arrival 9:05 - 10:15 1st/5th period 10:20 - 11:30 2nd/6th period


11:30 - 12:05 Lunch A 12:10 - 1:20 3rd/7th period 11:35 - 12:07 3rd/7th period 12:07 - 12:42 Lunch B 12:47- 1:20 3rd/7th period


11:35- 12:45 12:45- 1:20

3rd/7th period Lunch C

1:25 - 2:35

4th/8th period

Mount Vernon High School

STUDENT HANDBOOK Shared Vision and Guiding Principles of Mount Vernon High School: We will prepare every student at Mount Vernon High School for a successful post-secondary experience.

Mount Vernon High School Philosophy Statement Each person affiliated with our school is a valued, needed member of the Mount Vernon Bulldog community. Every Bulldog is responsible for promoting positive learning opportunities in a caring, equitable manner. This environment will enable all to fully develop their academic, emotional, social, and physical potential, and thus, be productive citizens in our local and global communities At Mount Vernon High School, we attempt to provide a variety of activities through the Associated Student Body. We believe your involvement in these activities can provide you with many new friends and opportunities.

COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES The students, parents, and staff of Mount Vernon High School share a mutual goal of creating a successful learning environment. Positive communication plays a vital role in the development of a healthy school. Basic Principles * * * * *

Demonstrate respect, in both what you say and how you say it Focus on issues, not individuals Offer solutions, not blame Keep an open mind. Be positive and flexible Recognize that the school must address the needs of all students

Process for addressing concerns: Students • Clarify the issue(s) prior to bringing the concern to others. • Communicate directly with the party, if you have a concern. • If the concern isn’t resolved, talk with your parents(s), teacher(s) and/or other staff members. • Talk with the building principal or other building administrator, if the concern hasn’t been resolved through previous steps. • Contact the superintendent, if the concern is of serious nature and hasn’t been resolved. Parents • Clarify the issue(s) prior to bringing a concern to others. • Talk with the staff person most directly involved with the concern. • Talk with a counselor, if it is a more general concern about your child. • Talk with a building administrator, if the concern isn’t resolved through the previous steps. • Contact the superintendent, if the concern is of a serious nature and hasn’t been resolved. • Contact a school board member, if the concern hasn’t been resolved. Staff • Address concerns about a student with the student. If the concern isn’t resolved, contact the parent and notify your administrator. • Be prompt and courteous in responding to concerns from parents. • Disengage politely from any conversation that becomes abusive or disrespectful. • Immediately notify your administrator about such communication.




3. 4. 5.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) is the student governing organization of MVHS. Its power and responsibilities are granted and regulated by the Constitution of the Associated Students and governed by elected students. All matters pertaining to ASB activities should be directed to one of the student body officers, or your class senators. The Student Senate is a group that meets every week. This Senate consists of four elected officers and six senators from each class. Senate members and officers are elected by their respective classes. Besides writing bills to improve the student body, they approve certain budget items. Skagina is the MVHS yearbook published by an editorial and business staff of students. Cost is discounted $5 with ASB Card. Drama Productions include two annual productions. Participants and volunteer supporting casts are selected by tryouts. Dances are provided after some home games and on some weekends for Mount Vernon High School students who have a MVSD ASB/ID card. The doors close to admittance at 9:30 p.m. (time varies for formal dances). There is no re-entry. Guests are allowed to accompany MVHS students to Homecoming, Junior Prom, and Senior Ball, provided they are cleared by the administration.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS Club/Organization Advisor Art Club AVID Club Bulldog (Newspaper) Band/Orchestra Cheerleaders Choir Earth Club Debate Drama/Thespian Club FBLA FCCLA FFA French Club Gaming Club Gay/Straight Alliance Honors Science Jr. Medical Volunteers Key Club


Ms. Bergeron Ms. Drake Ms. Killion Mr. Scherr Ms. Lavelle Ms. Lizama Mr. Thimgan Mr. Hornbacher Mr. Zickler Mrs. Audette Mrs. Deyo Mr. Kannely Ms. Meissner Mr. Morgenthaler TBD Ms. Chalfant Ms. Hughes Ms. Keen

Latin Club Latin Dance Club Link Crew LEAP Marketing/DECA National Honor Society Outdoor Club Peace & Justice Club Performing Arts Club Senate Skagina Soccer Club Spanish Club Sports Medicine TSA Video Production Robotics Young Democrats

Advisor Ms. Wilson Ms. Gonzalez Mr. Beatty Ms. Perez Ms. McDaniel Ms. Barker Mr. Clark

TBD TBD Ms. Lewis Mr. Meldahl Mr. Ruiz Mr. Sanders Mr. Banaszak Mr. Hornbacher/Mr. Criner Mr. Meldahl Mr. Criner Mr. Jones

2011-2012 ASB OFFICERS President – Stefan VanDenKooy Treasurer – Jeff Levine Executive Finance Officer – Ben Drake

Vice President – Marchael Acode Public Relations – Sam Park

Secretary – Katey Tellesbo Historian – Marissa LeDuc

2011-2012 CLASS OFFICERS and SENATORS Class of 2012 Advisor: Mr. Wright President: Zac Oliver Vice-President: Connor Otos Secretary: Justin Frederick Treasurer: Luke Aguilar Senators: Sean Fitzgerald, Emily Minton-Mattson, Molly Noste, Elena Oelfke, Emily Olson, Hailey Wright

Class of 2013 Advisor: Mr. Chilcoat President: Adrian Johnston Vice-President: Kylie Terwilliger Secretary: Rachel Huschka Treasurer: Kelsi Lovingier Senators: Teague Holmberg, Grace Lemley, Noam, Moore, Erika Oster, Zulen Pantoja, Molly Stroosma


Class of 2014 Advisor: Ms. Preston President: Sarah Ney Vice-President: Brooke Emory Secretary: Katie Clay-McBee Treasurer: Ruth Gordillo Senators: Jermal Campbell, Jesenia Corona, Michelle Golliver, Samuel Hinman, Carly Patrick, Maricris Uy

Class of 2015 Advisor: TBD President – TBD in September Vice-President – TBD in September Secretary – TBD in September Treasurer – TBD in September Senators – TBD in September

COACHES/SPORTS Questions, call the Athletic Office at 428-6191, for the Sports Line call 428-6204. FALL SPORTS Cross Country Football Girls Swimming Girls Volleyball Girls Soccer Boys Tennis Cheerleading

WINTER SPORTS Jake Haskins Jaxon Schweikert Dave Brunson Steve Laszlo


Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Wrestling

Vic Wolffis

Boys Baseball

Marielle Hickman Doug Nelson


Danny Costa Torie Coury

Boys Swimming Cheerleading

Dave Cleave Meggie Lavelle, Anna Barker

Girls Golf Boys Golf Boys Soccer

Polly Hagg Jayson Rinker Tony Dabbs

Vince Hughes

Track & Field

Doug Nelson

Meggie Lavelle, Anna Barker

Girls Tennis

Vince Hughes

Gary Warman

STUDENT I.D. CARD For security reasons, students are required to carry official MVHS ID cards with them at all times while on campus. These cards will be provided on picture day. Students may be asked to show proper identification by any staff member. Failure to identify oneself may subject a student to disciplinary actions. ASB CARD Students may purchase the ASB Card for $35. This entitles students to FREE admission at all regular season home games. An ASB Card is required for all students who turn out for clubs, athletics, ASB, Class Officers, or Senators. DRIVING and PARKING VIOLATIONS Driving to school is a privilege. Students are required to park in assigned areas and to abide by all rules governing access to vehicles or the privilege can be revoked. A.


C. D. E. F. G.

Student parking is available in the student lot only. Parking is limited to students who have purchased a parking permit. Parking permits are limited by the number of spaces available. They will be sold at registration for $30. In order to purchase a parking permit, students must present a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration verifying the legal owner (at the time of purchase). Students are not to use or borrow other students’ permits. Parking permits should be displayed from the front rearview mirror, where it can be viewed easily (not in the tinted section of the window). If driving another vehicle, please see Security to make arrangements. Students are prohibited from the parking lot at breaks, passing times, during assemblies, or loitering at any time during school hours. Speed limit on school access roads and parking lot is 5 MPH or less, depending on the situation. Reckless driving may result in the loss of driving privileges. Smoking is prohibited in the student parking lot, in or out of vehicle. Student vehicles parked in stalls marked for staff or visitors may be cited or towed at owner’s expense.



Students who are illegally parked will be issued a warning for the first offense and fined $20.00 for each subsequent offense (through the 5th offense). Students who receive a 6th offense will lose their parking privileges for at least three months. All parking fines must be paid in full before the permit is re-issued. In some circumstances students’ cars may be booted or towed, at the owner’s expense. Motor vehicles driven by students and parked on school grounds are subject to search when school officials have reasonable suspicion to believe that the vehicle contains evidence of a school rules violation. Any student who refuses to submit to a reasonable search by school authorities will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible suspension or expulsion. School authorities may detain the student pending the notification and arrival of the student’s parent(s) and/or guardian(s) and/or law officials as appropriate. Failure to comply with above regulations may result in traffic citations, a fine by the city, towing of vehicle at owner’s expense, parking permit revocation, and/or other disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate by the administration.

STUDENT SERVICES, COUNSELING, GUIDANCE SERVICES The counseling office is located on the second floor of the main building in the south wing. Appointments to see a counselor are made through the counseling office, in person, or by phone at 428-6156. Each student at Mount Vernon High School is assigned to the following counselors by alphabet for the 2007-2008 school year: A - D Mr. Tayon Ro - Z Ms. Perez

E - K Ms. Rogers L - Ri Mr. Ellefson Special Services Mr. Espinoza

Office Hours: Monday — Friday, 7:35 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. or by special arrangement. Assigned Schedule At the beginning of each semester, students must follow the schedule given to them and attend all classes on the schedule. ADD/DROP CLASS POLICY Our goal is to keep disruptions to student schedules and teacher class lists to a minimum, but if a change is necessary during the first ten days (five class sessions) of the semester, the following reasons will be accepted: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Schedule is incomplete (missing a class) Student has already completed the course Student does not meet prerequisite for the class Student needs course for graduation requirement Inappropriate skill level placement (e.g., wrong math level)

If a student does choose to drop a class after the first ten days of the semester, he/she must complete a Schedule Change Petition Form (obtained by scheduling an appointment with the appropriate counselor). After the first ten days of the semester, a grade must be recorded on the transcript when a class is dropped. If the student is passing, an “NC” will be recorded. If the student is failing, an “F” will be posted on the transcript. Courses dropped during the last two weeks of the semester will be posted as a failing grade. Students will not be able to add/drop a class after day 16 (eight class sessions) of a new semester unless there are extenuating circumstances. For these situations, the student must make an appointment with their counselor to complete an appeal. TEACHER ASSISTANT

Students may enroll as a teacher assistant one period per semester. Students interested in assisting a teacher with clerical duties, lab set-up, equipment set-up, physical education demonstrations and similar duties, may contact teachers directly for permission to serve as a teacher assistant. Students will need to be able to work independently as they assist teachers in preparing for classroom-related activities. Students will receive a pass / fail grade only for TA classes.


STUDENT VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN SELECTION CRITERIA The Valedictorian and Salutatorian awards are intended to honor the academic rigor of a student’s work at Mount Vernon High School. For the purpose of determining Valedictorian and Salutatorian all grades for computing grade point averages for will be based upon a weighted grading scale*. All courses, with the exception of Advanced Placement, will be calculated on a standard 4.0 grading scale. Advanced Placement courses will be calculated using a 5.0 scale. In an AP course an A grade will equal 5 points, a B = 4, a C = 3, and a D = 2. This is to recognize that Advanced Placement class expectations require substantially higher levels of academic performance from students. It is understood that this weighted grading scale applies to all course work and is not to be used as a “tie breaker” for GPAs determined using only a standard 4.0 grading scale. Depending on the number of AP courses taken, a student with a higher GPA on a non-weighted 4.0 only scale may very well have a lower GPA than another student when calculated using the weighted grading scale. *For students with less than 32 total graded credits who are taking AP courses, mathematical adjustments will be made to counter any effects fewer graded courses may have toward slightly increasing overall weighted GPA. These adjustments would take the form of adding into the calculations “credit balancing equivalents”. “Credit balancing equivalents” would be added to adjust the calculations to be as if the total credits of all candidates were equal to 32. Grade points for any additional “credit balancing equivalents” would be calculated based on the overall GPA for all non-AP course work. VALEDICTORIAN: The MVHS Valedictorian will be identified based on the student’s cumulative grade point average during his/her high school academic career. Using the weighted scale described above, the student (or students) with the highest cumulative GPA will be selected as the Valedictorian. SALUTATORIAN: The MVHS Salutatorian will be the student (or students) with the second highest cumulative GPA using the same weighted scale. A team of staff members appointed by the principal will calculate the highest weighted GPAs for graduating seniors using a strict interpretation of the weighted grading scale as described above. They will then inform the principal and Graduation Planning Committee of the results. Any exceptions to this process must be reviewed and approved by the principal or his/her designee. For transfer students to MVHS who have not been full-time students at MVHS for four years, the following criteria will be used: 1. The student must attend a minimum of two academic years at MVHS as a full-time student, one of which must be the senior year. 2. All transfer grades must be from an accredited high school and submitted via an official transcript. In addition, transfer grades must be from a standard 4.0 grading scale or the same weighted grading scale used at MVHS. 3. For a senior transfer student, a maximum of one college quarter could be as a Running Start

student. Valedictorians will select the Valedictorian speaker(s) for graduation ceremonies. DRESS CODE The dress code at MVHS is an important part of creating a positive and non-disruptive learning environment for all students. Your dress reflects the quality of the school, your conduct and your schoolwork. We take pride in the appearance of our students. It is to be understood that the school standard for appearance will likely be different from the standard outside of school. School Administrators, staff, and district personnel reserve the right to determine whether a student’s attire is disruptive to the learning environment. Individual teachers may require specific appearance and attire with special consideration for safety, cleanliness, and reinforcement of course curriculum. Our dress code objectives are: To build and reinforce work habits. Most jobs require a standard for dress and appearance. Learning at an early age to accept that standard will make it easier to be successful with appearance later in life. Dress and appearance at our school or at school-sponsored activities should promote a healthy and safe environment. Attire should not be disruptive to the educational process. (continued on next page)


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Shirts and shoes must be worn. No sunglasses or novelty contact lenses. No halter tops or tube tops; no tops that reveal cleavage. Shorts and skirts are permitted but if shorter than the length of a student’s arms when stretched down at one’s side the student will be asked to change. Any clothing that exposes excessive bare skin or bare midriff may not be worn except when covered by an appropriate outer garment. Masks and/or inappropriate face painting will NOT be permitted. Tank tops must have sides closed. No head bandannas, “head rags,” or handkerchiefs, no matter the color (Spirit Days are the only exception - white and green only). Clothing, shoes, or hats made from bandannas or paisley print are not allowed. Such clothing considered distracting or too revealing; this may include but is not to be limited to items such as see-through garments, backless dresses, etc. Sagging pants that show undergarments are not acceptable. Clothing which carries a vulgar or offensive message, has references to the use of hate, violence, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, or that implies gang affiliation (including hanging cloth belts) will not be permitted. Spikes, chains, handcuffs, backpacks, trench coats, etc. that are considered a potential safety hazard will not be permitted. Gang-related tattoos will not be allowed at Mount Vernon High School and must be covered at all times. Noncompliance is not a dress code violation: it is a gang policy violation and will lead to suspension/expulsion. Students who identify themselves as gang-affiliated (or who are identified as such by the Mount Vernon Police) may have clothing restrictions established by administration. A violation of this is a gang policy violation and it could lead to suspension/expulsion.

HARASSMENT RCW 28A.635.100— Intimidating any student, staff member, administrator, teacher, or classified employee by threat of force or violence is unlawful. It shall be unlawful for any person, singly or in concert with others, to intimidate by threat of force or violence any administrator, teacher, classified employee, or student of any common school who is in the peaceful discharge or conduct of his or her duties or studies. “Harassment, intimidation, or 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), or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional written, verbal, or physical act: (a) Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or (b) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or (c) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or (d) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. WEAPONS This policy mirrors RCW 28A.600.420: Firearms on school premises, transportation, or facilities: Any elementary or secondary school student who is determined to have carried a firearm onto, or to have possessed a firearm on, public elementary or secondary school premises, public school provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public schools, shall be expelled from school for not less than one year under RCW 28A.600.010. The superintendent of the school district . . . may modify the expulsion of a student on a case-by-case basis. A dangerous weapon may also be defined as any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as sling shot, sand club, metal knuckles, or spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any sharp object that could be used as a weapon. RCW 9.41.280 provides: Possessing dangerous weapons on school facilities (1) It is unlawful for a person to carry onto, or to possess on, public or private elementary or secondary school premises, school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public or private schools: (continued on next page)


(a) Any firearm; (b) Any other dangerous weapon as defined in RCW 9.41.250; (c) Any device commonly known as "nun-chu-ka sticks", consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic, or similar substance connected with wire, rope, or other means; (d) Any device, commonly known as "throwing stars", which are multi-pointed, metal objects designed to embed upon impact from any aspect; or (e) Any air gun, including any air pistol/blow gun or air rifle, designed to propel a BB, pellet, or other projectile by the discharge of compressed air, carbon dioxide, or other gas. PERSONAL ITEMS Students are responsible for personal items. MVHS is NOT responsible for iPods, CD players, mp3 players, phones, or any other personal items that are lost or stolen while on campus. PLEASE DO NOT BRING VALUABLES TO SCHOOL! SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS Students who bring skateboards or non-motorized scooters to school need to leave them in the Dean’s office during the school day. Students are not allowed to ride or stand on skateboards or scooters on campus at any time. LASER POINTERS Due to the danger to the eye, Laser Pointers are not permitted at MVHS or at any MVHS activity/function. MESSAGES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES Emergency messages for students from parents will be sent through the Attendance Office (428-6100). Students are not to interrupt the classes with messages for other students. Except for emergencies, students are not to leave the classroom to return incoming messages. A student phone is located in the Attendance Office for student use before/after school, between classes and lunch only. Mount Vernon High School will proactively foster and encourage responsible use of electronic devices. Inappropriate use of electronic devices detracts from the educational learning environment. Additionally, this usage is viewed as disrespectful of all others (students and teachers) engaged in the teaching/learning process. The quality of the learning experience deteriorates when these distractions occur. As a matter of respect to the students and teachers, the following policy will be implemented starting with the 2009/2010 school year: All extraneous devices, including cell phones, smart phones, tablet PCs, mobile presenters, wireless tablets, digital recorders, iPods, MP3 players, texting calculators, camera phones, digital cameras, laptop computers, as well as any other personal device that could interfere with teaching and learning, are not to be used during class time unless the teacher permits their use for a class-related purpose (whenever possible teachers will inform staff when such devices will be allowed and for what reason). In particular, cell phones are to be silenced and headphones are to be stored away. The use of any electronic devices during examinations, other than those approved by the teacher, is strictly prohibited. To facilitate the responsible use of electronic devices in an educational setting, teachers and administrators will enforce this policy in accordance with Mount Vernon High School’s discipline plan. MVHS is NOT responsible for electronic devices that are lost or stolen while on campus. These items are brought to school at the student’s own risk. ELEVATOR ACCESS Any person with special needs will be granted the use of the elevator. Contact the Main Office for access. VISITORS Students are asked not to bring visitors to school. All visitors on campus are asked to report to the Main Office to sign in. CLASS/LAB FEES OR FINES If there are class/lab fees, they will be identified by the instructor(s) on the first day of classes. Class/lab fees will vary. Any fee/fines unpaid will result in official transcripts being withheld.


CAFETERIA The cafeteria is open for breakfast and through the three lunch periods. Students are responsible for their own trays, dishes, and trash. Failure to clean up your eating area may result in lunchroom clean-up duty or denial of cafeteria privileges. Food and beverages are to be consumed in the cafeteria or courtyard ONLY. Students are responsible to place all trash in the appropriate place. ALCOHOL Efforts are necessary to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and others while attending school sponsored events. Alcohol detection tools such as breathalyzers, passive alcohol detection devices, and salvia test strips can be used before, during, and after school sponsored events, including, but not limited to, sporting events, dances, or other extracurricular activities. Administrators may determine that a particular student may be under the influence of alcohol without the aid of alcohol detection tools, including observation of one or more of the following indicators: slurred speech or speaking very slowly and deliberately, difficulty walking or remaining upright, unsteady gait, impaired motor control, flushed face, bloodshot or glassy eyes and /or dilated pupils, smell of alcohol on a student’s breath, clothing, or person, vomiting, unruly conduct, extreme displays of emotion. •

Alcohol detection tools will be administered to any student who is reasonably suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, using the indicators set forth in this policy.

The alcohol detection tool will only be administered by an employee who has received prior training in its proper use.

There will always be two adults present when an alcohol detection tool is being administered to a student (for example, an administrator and a school nurse, or an administrator and a teacher), and the tool will be administered in a screening area that is not immediately visible to other students attending the event.

The student will have three opportunities to be tested using the alcohol detection tool. The initial test may be administered immediately after a reasonable suspicion that the student has consumed alcohol. The second and third tests will be conducted in five minute intervals after the initial test, if requested by the student. The results of all tests will be documented.

If the student is assessed as being under the influence of alcohol through the use of an alcohol detection tool or if the student refuses to be tested using an alcohol detection tool after reasonable suspicion that the student has consumed alcohol has been formed, his or her parent or guardian will be notified and must come pick up the student. If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student will be placed in the custody of the school until a parent or guardian can be reached, or if the situation warrants, law enforcement will be contacted to assume responsibility for the student.

Students who test positive for alcohol use or refuse to be assessed using an alcohol detection tool after reasonable suspicion that the student has consumed alcohol has been formed will be subject to all District rules and regulations related to the use and/or possession of alcohol, as well as rules and regulation related to the compliance directives of school officials.

A student who is administered an alcohol detection tool that registers a finding of no alcohol consumption will be allowed to attend or continue attending the school sponsored activity, unless other disciplinary rules apply to the student’s conduct.

Parents or guardians will always be notified that an alcohol detection tool was administered to a student based upon reasonable suspicion, unless the student is over the age of 18 at the time of the incident.

Records pertaining to the administration of alcohol detection tools will be maintained as part of the student’s educational records, and would be available to a parent or guardian or adult student upon request pursuant to the Family Education rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).


Mount Vernon High School Dance Policy All students must sign and submit the Dance Contract form in order to attend a school dance. General • Mount Vernon School District and Mount Vernon High School policies apply at all times to all school-related activities. • Students must have their MVHS student ID card to enter the dance. • Students must enter the dance within one hour of starting time. Once students leave the dance, they may not reenter. • Students are expected to be in the dance or off school site. No loitering is allowed on the premises. • Students removed from the dance must leave the premises; no refund will be given. Alcohol/Drugs • Using, being in possession of, buying, giving, accepting, selling, and/or being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs is prohibited as stated in the Student Handbook. Being in possession of any type of drug paraphernalia also is prohibited per RCW 69.50. • If a student is suspected or determined to be under the influence of or in possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol, then parent and police contact will be made. Behavior • Students that exhibit any behavior that is inappropriate or may potentially harm them or any student around them may be removed from the dance. Behavior that is considered inappropriate under this policy includes, but is not limited to: o Excessive display of affections. o Bending, leaning over, thrusting, inappropriate touching between students, simulating sex acts, and any other behavior deemed disruptive by dance supervisors. o Dancing so tightly together as a group that a dance supervisor cannot pass freely through students. o “Moshing,” dancing in a “mosh pit,” slamming, etc. where students are pushing or shoving others. o Crowd surfing, passing students overhead or through the crowd, etc. o Running through or around the dance area. • This contract is considered the one and only warning for dancing inappropriately. Students who are dancing inappropriately will be removed from the dance. Once a student leaves the dance, the school is not responsible for the student or her/his actions. Repeat offenders may lose all dance privileges and may also be subject to school discipline. Dress Code • Students are expected to be dressed appropriately according to the Mount Vernon High School dress code as described in the Student Handbook. Guests

• Guests are allowed to accompany MVHS students to Homecoming, TOLO/Spring Fling, and Junior/Senior Prom provided they are cleared by the administration. To be cleared, a Guest Pass form must be completed and turned in to the Main Office by the published due date. Please see the daily bulletin prior to the dance for guest pass information.

Signatures By signing this document I agree to accept the above stated standards for my behavior and fully accept responsibility for my actions and the consequences imposed by Mount Vernon High School. ____________________________________________ ______________________________ Print Name Clearly/Student # Signature


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School Safety and Discipline – It’s a Matter of Respect! You are at Mount Vernon High School to receive an education that will prepare you for whatever’s next in life. Your best opportunity to get that education happens at a school where you feel safe and respected. Problems occur when people display disrespect for each other, the school, or themselves or their own learning. MVHS disciplinary actions (below) are designed to help maintain a safe, orderly, and respectful environment for learning.

Mount Vernon High School Disciplinary Actions The following behaviors are examples of Disciplinary Actions to which students may be subject. The following behaviors are guidelines only. The administration reserves the right to vary the consequences, depending upon the nature of the offense(s) and any extenuating or exceptional circumstances. * All suspensions require parental contact by an administrator. * If the police are contacted, they may act separately from the school. * Conflict mediation may be recommended as an intervention option. * Major violations (assaults, fights, drugs, alcohol, criminal acts, etc.) will be cumulative offenses for students throughout their high school careers.


Academic Violation, Plagiarism


Each Student is responsible for doing his/her own assignments/tests. Any misrepresentation of a student’s work (i.e. cheating, changing grade in grade book, plagiarism, computer plagiarism, etc.).


Lighting a fire on school property RCW 9A.48

Assault or Threats of Assault

Threats of physical abuse or attack on another person RCW 9A.36, WAC 137-25-030

Class Disruption

Interruption of the lesson; causing other students to be distracted from an assignment or class work Level 1: Food or drink at computers; Changing configuration files of individual or network computers; Playing games without permission; Loading/downloading games; Using another person’s password (with or without permission).

Computer Misuse or Email Violations

Controlled Substances: Tobacco in any Form

CLASSIFICATION AND CONSEQUENCES (ALTERNATIVE / ADDITIONAL) Disrespectful Classroom consequences, including loss of credit for assignment Severe Police and fire marshal contact Severe Police contact Disrespectful Disrespectful

Level 2: Trespassing into another person’s folder; Knowingly violating copyright laws; Illegally copying programs; Stealing or using stolen passwords; Using chat lines (possible legal consequences). *

Disrespectful /Severe

Level 3: Intentionally loading a virus; Employing network for commercial purposes; Harassment/hate mail; Viewing and/or distributing obscenity, pornography, violent or racist material; Using sexoriented chat lines; Theft/damage/vandalism (may include police contact) * Possession or use of any form of tobacco or other smoking material on school or during school-sponsored activity



Loss of computer privileges for up to 1 year

Severe Substance Intervention


Controlled Substances: Alcohol, Drugs, Narcotics

Disturbing/Dealing Controlled Substances or Narcotics Criminal Acts

Detention/ISS Violations

Dress Code Violation

Electronic Devices, Cell Phones, and Other Personal Items

Endangering the Safety of Others



Fight Instigation and Support Forgery or Misrepresentation

Gambling Gang-like Behavior


Using, being in possession of, buying, giving, accepting, selling, being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, narcotics or substances of any prescription drug, unless under the direct supervision of a physician (prescription medications MUST be left in the possession of the school nurse). Use of any drug or substance in a way that endangers the student’s health (i.e. glue or paint sniffing). Being in possession of any type of drug paraphernalia. RCW 69.50 Disturbing or dealing a controlled substance or narcotic

The commission of any act defined as a misdemeanor or felony by law (i.e. bomb threats, arson, false alarms, extortion, sexting, theft, vandalism. Not all criminal acts are listed.). 1) Disruptive during detention 2) Failure to show

School clothing shall be appropriate for classroom learning, as defined by the MVHS dress code.

Disciplinary action shall be taken if any personal property is used at school that causes a disruption to the educational process. Mount Vernon School District is NOT responsible for loss, theft, or damage to personal property. Purposefully committing acts which endanger other students (i.e. throwing dangerous object at another person, running in crowded areas, misuse of equipment or supplies The deliberate act of getting money or property from others by harassment or threat. Misuse of power. Written, verbal or physical acts which are intended to have the effect of frightening or being offensive to another person. Causing another person to do or not do something by physical or verbal threats. RCW 9A.56 A physical struggle between two or more people. RCW 9A.36, WAC 137-25-030 Fighting in a public place is classified as disorderly conduct by the city of Mount Vernon and is subject to $1000 fine/90 days in jail. MVM 9.26.030 Causing, attempting to cause, or helping to cause a fight through words or actions (this includes spreading rumors). Supporting a fight through words or actions. Intentional misrepresentation of another on a written document (i.e., admit slips, note for absences) or during a phone call. Includes soliciting another to forge a signature. Playing games of chance for money or other material goods. Gang apparel, paraphernalia, signs, recruitment, tagging, tag names or any other gang-like behavior (i.e., attacking in groups). RCW 28A.600.455


CLASSIFICATION AND CONSEQUENCES (ALTERNATIVE / ADDITIONAL) Severe Confiscation. Police Contact. 10day suspension for first offense (part of which may be held in abeyance. 30-day activity suspension (dances, games, etc.) 2nd offense: Emergency Expulsion with appeal. Severe Emergency Expulsion with Appeal Severe Short-term suspension to expulsion, depending on severity. Police contact. Disrespectful Failure to show is considered willful disobedience. Disrespectful Student will be asked to correct the situation or be sent home to change Disrespectful Confiscation of disruptive item for a day, a week, or a semester Disrespectful to severe


Severe First offense is an emergency expulsion Severe

Disrespectful to severe

Disrespectful Severe Required parent/student admin meeting before return to school Possible activities suspension



Harassment/ Intimidation/Bullying (written, verbal, physical, etc.) Illegal or Inappropriate use of school equipment

Use of vulgarity, cursing, or making remarks of personally destructive nature (i.e., sexual, racial, or other) toward another student or staff member. RCW 28A.640 Students are allowed to use school equipment (including computers) only with permission and under the supervision of school personnel. Using MVSD equipment for illegal, harassing, obscene or other inappropriate purposes is prohibited. Throwing food during lunch, pushing and shoving, cutting into lunch lines, and any act that creates a disturbance. Students are to remain in class until teachers give them permission to leave. Acts of a sexually explicit nature. Deliberate exposing of portions of the body generally considered private. RCW 7.48.050; RCW 7.48A Intentionally falsifying information to an administrator or other adults (including staff members, parent volunteers). Leaving school grounds without permission after initial arrival during the school day. Field areas of the school grounds are off-limits to students at all times unless participating in a class activity. The student parking lot is off-limits at all times except when used for arriving at or leaving school. Parking anywhere on school property during school hours without a properly authorized student-parking permit. Parking in unauthorized areas, i.e., staff parking, handicap slots, bus zones, fire zones, blocking cars/entrances, etc. Possession of a firearm, whether loaded or not, is illegal on school property at ANY time. RCW 28A.600.420

Inappropriate Lunchroom Behavior Leaving Class Without Permission. Lewd Conduct/Indecent Exposure. Lying to a Staff Member

Off Campus Off-limit Areas

Parking Without Parking Permit Parking Illegally

Possession of Firearm(s)

Possession of Illegal weapons

Profanity/Obscenity Directed to a Staff Member School Bus Misconduct



Possession of weapons (i.e., knives, toy guns, paint guns, throwing stars, etc.) is illegal on school property at ANY time. RCW 9.41.250; RCW 9.41.280, WAC 132 The act of swearing or using vulgarity or obscene gestures toward any MVHS staff or a parent volunteer. The school bus is viewed as an extension of the classroom. Students are expected to maintain good behavior. The bus driver will communicate bus conduct rules. Stealing (or attempting to steal). RCW 9A.56.020

Failure to attend school without authorization from parents/guardians and/or school.



Disrespectful to Severe


Disrespectful Severe Police Contact Severe

Disrespectful Disrespectful

Disrespectful Fines, revocation of parking permit

Severe Automatic one-year expulsion from all schools in the State of Washington. Police contact. Severe Depending on severity, short-term or long-term suspension, expulsion. Severe

Disrespectful to Severe

Severe Depending on severity, short-term or long-term suspension, expulsion. Police Contact. Disrespectful



Willful disobedience/Defiance


Damage, destruction, or defacement of school property. This includes school district property and personal property of staff and students.

The continued conscious choice of a student to refuse to comply with a reasonable request of a staff member.

CLASSIFICATION AND CONSEQUENCES (ALTERNATIVE / ADDITIONAL) Severe Depending on severity, short-term or long-term suspension, expulsion. Police Contact Severe

DISRESPECTFUL BEHAVIOR Disrespectful behavior is any behavior which interferes with the learning process or is otherwise inappropriate in the school setting. A. Teacher Interventions (before administrative referral) 1) Warning 2) Conference with student and classroom consequences 3) Parent contact (by phone, email, or in person) and classroom consequences B. Administrative Interventions 1) First referral to administration (D-1): a. Conference with student (dean) b. Parent contact (written or by phone) c. (1) lunch detention (served the next school day) i. student arrives on time and stays until the end ii. student brings lunch or provides ISS money to get lunch iii. student completes infraction form iv. student follows ISS rules completely 2) Second referral to administration (D-2): a. Conference with student; student completes infraction form b. Parent contact (phone contact; referral sent) c. After-School Detention (2:45-3:45) 3) Third Referral to administration (D-3): a. Conference with student; student completes infraction form b. Parent Conference (dean or administrator, student, parent) c. Behavioral Contract d. After-school Detention (Tuesday-Thursday, 2:45-3:45) e. Referral to student’s counselor/SLC intervention 4) Fourth referral to administration (D-4): a. Conference with student; student completes infraction form b. Review/modify behavioral contract c. 1-day suspension from school 5) Fifth referral to administration (D-5): a. Conference with student; student completes infraction form b. 3-day OSS (out-of-school suspension) c. Re-entry conference with administrator, counselor, parent/guardian, and student (Contract review; consider placement options) 6) Sixth referral to administration (D-6): a. Conference with student; student completes infraction form b. 5-10 day OSS (out-of-school suspension) c. Re-entry conference with administrator, counselor, parent/guardian, and student (Contract review; consider placement options)


7) Seventh referral to administration (D-7) a. Conference with student; student completes infraction form b. 5-day OSS to Expulsion c. Re-entry conference with administrator, counselor, parent/guardian, and student (Contract review; consider placement options) The administrative team has the option to choose consequences other than those stated above as deemed appropriate to specific situations.

SEVERE BEHAVIOR Severe behavior is any action which threatens the safety or welfare of people on campus and/or stops the learning process. 1) First Referral to administration (S-1): a. Conference with student; student completes infraction form b. 3-day OSS (Exception: fighting will be emergency expulsion) c. Re-entry conference with administrator, counselor, parent/guardian, and student 2) Second referral to administration (S-2): a. Conference with student; student completes infraction form b. Student behavior contract c. 3-5-day OSS (2nd offense fighting will be emergency expulsion with appeal through the district office for readmission to high school) d. Re-entry conference with administrator, counselor, parent/guardian, and student (explore alternative placement options) 3) Third referral to administration (S-3): a. Conference with student (review and modify behavior contract) b. 5-10 day OSS (3rd offense fighting will be emergency expulsion to expulsion) c. Referral to student’s counselor d. Re-entry conference with administrator, counselor, parent/guardian, and student (explore alternative placement options) 4) Fourth Referral to administration (S-4): a. Conference with student b. 5-day OSS to Long-Term Suspension (LTS). c. Counselor Intervention d. Re-entry conference with administrator, counselor, parent/guardian, and student (explore alternative placement options) e. Administrative intervention 5) Fifth and subsequent referrals to administration (S-5): a. Conference with student b. LTS, emergency expulsion, or expulsion c. If appropriate, re-entry conference with administrator, counselor, parent/guardian, and student (explore alternative placement options) The administrative team has the option to choose consequences other than those stated above as deemed appropriate to specific situations. APPEAL RIGHTS—Discipline Action/Short Term Suspension If a student/parent feels that the student did not violate the rule, or that the punishment was not imposed in accordance with state law or District policy, the following procedures may be used to challenge the action: Step 1: Within two school business days, a conference should be scheduled with the school principal or principal’s designee to attempt to solve the problem. The student, parent, or guardian may question the school staff during the conference, and are subject to questioning by the school staff.


Step 2: If the student/parent is not satisfied with the result of the building-level conference, the student/parent may contact the Assistant Superintendent’s Office to discuss the problem, or write a letter explaining dissatisfaction with the school’s action. The Assistant Superintendent’s Office can be contacted at the address and phone number listed on of this page (contact must be made within two school business days). Step 3: If the student/parent is not satisfied with the principal’s conference or the Assistant Superintendent’s decision, the student/parent has the right to present a grievance to the Board, following the Board’s next regular meeting or work session. The request for appeal to the Board must be made within three school business days of the date the parent receives the Assistant Superintendent’s decision. The request should be made through the

Superintendent’s Office. The grievance should be presented in writing unless there are circumstances which make it extremely difficult to do so, in which case it may be done orally. If an appeal is requested, the school may either postpone the punishment until the appeal is decided, or impose it immediately. If students/parents wish to have a copy of the District’s policy relating to discipline and suspension (Policy 3300P), or if there are questions and more information is needed, please call the Assistant Superintendent at 428-6183. APPEAL RIGHTS — Long Term Suspension or Expulsion 1. If a parent/student wishes to appeal this long-term suspension/expulsion, the parent/student has a right to a hearing. 2. A request for a hearing must be submitted, in writing, to the Assistant Superintendent’s Office within three school business days after the parent/guardian receives his/her copy of the long-term suspension/expulsion notice. 3. If no request for a hearing is submitted within the three-day period, the suspension/expulsion will take effect, and no appeal will be permitted. 4. The hearing will be scheduled within three school business days after the request is received. APPEAL TO BOARD If the parent/student is not satisfied with the Hearing Officer’s decision, an appeal to the Board is available. Notification of the procedure for appeal will be included with the Hearing Officer’s decision. APPLICATION FOR RE-ADMISSION Any student who has been suspended or expelled may apply at any time to be re-admitted to school. The application must be in writing and must explain changes in circumstances, which make it more likely that the student will be able to obey the rules. The application should be submitted to: Office of the Superintendent Mount Vernon School District 124 East Lawrence Street Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Phone: 360-428-6110

2011-2012 Attendance Policy & BECCA Bill Truancy Information POLICY Washington State Law (RCW) and MVSD Board policy require students to attend all assigned classes during a stated school day. Student’s who consistently accomplish this, develop the skills and work habits necessary for individual academic success. Furthermore, district policy requires documentation for any absence from school. This is to be provided either in writing or by e-mail. More than six (6) unexcused period absences in one class per semester may result in a loss of academic credit. In addition, students may not accumulate more than two (2) unexcused undocumented period absences per class per semester.


BECCA Bill—Washington State Truancy Law RCW 28A.225.030 IF A STUDENT: Has five (5) unexcused full day absences in one month (an unexcused absence is defined as skipping/missing more than fifty percent (50%) of the classes in one day) Has ten (10) unexcused absences during the entire school year (an unexcused absence is defined as skipping/missing more than fifty percent (50%) of the classes in one day)

THEN: MVHS is required by the Washington State BECCA Law to file a petition with Skagit County Superior Court.

MVHS is required by the Washington State BECCA Law to file a petition with Skagit County Superior Court.

The BECCA truancy law is in effect for all students who are under eighteen years of age. BECCA requires that students attend an appropriate educational program without truancies. Truancy is defined as an absence that has not been excused for a justifiable reason by the parent/guardian/school. Students will be referred to the courts when there are a series of unexcused absences within a month and/or within an academic year (see above). Further information on BECCA and Washington State Truancy law may be obtained by contacting the secretary for BECCA administration or the attendance/BECCA administrator. TARDY POLICY Students are allowed five minutes to pass from one class to the next. Arriving to class on time ensures that students receive the most complete educational experience. In general, daily objectives, instructions, and reviews are often conducted at the start of class. IF A STUDENT: Is more than 5 minutes late to a class without a valid written excuse in hand from another MVHS staff member Has tardy problems in a class as determined by the teacher’s policy outlined in the course syllabus Has multiple tardies

THEN: S/he will be marked absent (unexcused).

A teacher may assign disciplinary consequences for excessive tardiness; consequences are outlined in the course syllabus. Two tardies is equivalent to one unexcused absence. Absences which accrue due to tardiness will add to the student’s overall total for that class. This may affect the loss of academic credit if the number of total period absences is greater than six (6)

ATTENDANCE DEFINITIONS AND PROTOCOL Excused Absences • • • • • • • •

Medically documented health condition, chronic health condition, or illness Documented medical/dental appointment Documented court-mandated appointment Religious observance Family emergency* Funeral* School-approved activities School disciplinary action *This requires authorization from the principal or designee. Please attain proper authorization prior to the emergency/funeral, when possible.


Unexcused Absences Unexcused absences fall into two categories: 1. A submitted excuse which does not constitute an excused absence as defined previously; or 2. A failure on the part of the parent, guardian, or adult student to submit any form of documentation for an absence. A student may have only two (2) of these absences per class, per semester before a loss of credit may occur. Any student absent from class for more than 5 minutes during any part of a day without proper documentation shall be considered truant and is subject to the Mount Vernon High School Disciplinary Code and a loss of academic credit. Absence Notification When a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian of record, or the adult student must notify the attendance office in writing or by e-mail within 48 hours of the absence. Official documentation is required for an absence to be excused. When the proper documentation is provided and absences are excused, the student’s opportunity for academic credit is not impacted. If no official documentation is provided, absences will not be excused and a loss of academic credit may result. (See- Impact of Attendance on Academic Credit). Absences that are related to illness that continue for more than three (3) consecutive days must include medical documentation in addition to the parent/guardian note. Furthermore, six (6) or more cumulative period absences in a semester that are a documented as illness by the parent, may require further medical documentation. Please see the Attendance office and submit a Verification of Medical Condition form for any student who has reached this threshold. Extenuating Circumstances Any extenuating circumstance that is not listed above must receive prior approval from the principal or designee. Please contact the attendance office directly for further information. Make-Up Work If a student’s absence is excused, Board policy states that “the student shall be permitted to make up all missed assignments outside of class under reasonable conditions and time limits established by the appropriate teacher except that in participation-type classes a student’s grade may be affected because of the student’s inability to make up the activities conducting during a class period” (Policy No. 3122).

ATTENDANCE RESPONSIBILITIES Students – Attending all classes and being on time: • Submitting a properly documented written excuse note within 48 hours after the return to school:  Excuse note will only be accepted from the parent/guardian of record.  If a parent/guardian calls the Attendance Office to report an absence, the absence cannot be documented until a signed excuse is submitted within 48 hours after the student’s return to school. • Filling out and returning a Pre-Arranged Absence Form if a student is planning to miss school. • Monitoring their attendance. • Making up all work due to absences. • Excessive (more than three (3) consecutive school days or more than six (6) cumulative) medical/ illness related absences in a semester, require documentation from a medical care provider. Please pick up a “Verification of Medical Condition” form from the Attendance Office. Parents/Guardians – Providing signed and dated written excuse notes, or e-mails within 48 hours after the student’s return to school:  Excuse notes will only be accepted from the parent/guardian of record.  If a parent/guardian calls the Attendance Office to report an absence, the absence cannot be documented until a signed excuse note, or e-mail is submitted within 48 hours after the student’s return to school. • Carefully monitoring their student’s attendance to ensure absences are permissible and appropriate. • Calling the attendance office or making appointments with school personnel to address issues regarding their student’s attendance.


Excessive (more than three (3) consecutive school days or more than six (6) cumulative) medical/ illness related absences in a semester, require documentation from a medical care provider. Please pick up a “Verification of Medical Condition” form from the Attendance Office.

Mount Vernon High School – Notifying the home when there is an unexcused absence: • Sending an automated phone message for each unexcused absence. • Sending a letter home after a student accumulates two unexcused absences. • Posting absences on progress reports every 6-7 weeks. • Providing attendance reports upon request to students and/or parents/guardians. • Implementing and enforcing the BECCA Bill-Washington State Truancy Law RCW 28A.225.030, Washington State Law, and MVSD Board Policy.

IMPACT OF ATTENDANCE ON ACADEMIC CREDIT Loss of Academic Credit Students are allowed six (6) unexcused absences per class, per semester. Furthermore, a loss of credit may result when a student accumulates more than two (2) undocumented and unexcused absences per class per semester. Once a student attains six and one-half (6.5) unexcused absences in one class they will lose credit in that class unless they complete Attendance Credit Recovery or Attendance Credit Protection. Students may not accumulate more than twenty (20) unexcused absences per class, per semester. Student’s who accumulate more than twenty (20) unexcused absences will receive an “F” or no credit (NC) for the class and may not be eligible for Attendance Credit Recovery or Attendance Credit Protection. Absence Effect on Credit IF A STUDENT: Has more than six unexcused absences in any one class

Does not attend Attendance Credit Recovery or Attendance Credit Protection* sessions.

*This option is only available for seniors in the last four (4-6) weeks of a semester

THEN: The student may lose credit for that class. At this point the student must: • Ensure all absences have been excused and documented. • Attend the class regularly/daily and plan to attend Attendance Credit Recovery the following semester. • Complete Attendance Credit Protection* sessions. *This option is only available for seniors in the last four (4-6) weeks of a semester The student will not receive the grade s/he earned in the class in which s/he had more than six absences. Consequently, the student will not receive credit for the class and an N grade will be assigned. At this point the student must: • Complete Attendance Credit Recovery sessions during the following semester (s).

MVHS Attendance Credit Recovery Policy The Mount Vernon High School’s Attendance Credit Recovery and Attendance Credit Protection policy is based on the premise that improving attendance and time engaged in academic activities will improve learning and student achievement. The goals of the MVHS Credit Recovery and Attendance Credit Protection Policy are: 1. To increase students’ personal responsibility and accountability. 2. To decrease absence and tardy rates. 3. To improve learning and classroom achievement. 4. To increase the on-time graduation rate of MVHS students. 5. To improve the ability of students to successfully access post-secondary opportunities.


Students must attend Attendance Credit Recovery or Credit Protection if they have more than six unexcused absences in a class and they are passing or have passed the class. Attendance Credit Recovery (ACR) refers to after school sessions that students may complete to recover lost credit after the semester ends. Attendance Credit Protection (ACP) refers to the after school sessions that students may complete during the semester in which there is an absence issue. Completing ACP before the end of a semester will ensure that a student will not lose credit in the class (or classes) in which they have exceeded the six absence limit. This option is only available for seniors in the last four (4-6) weeks of a semester All ACR and ACP must be completed in 84 minute after-school sessions or Saturday Sessions with the Credit Recovery Teacher). •

The number of sessions that are necessary for a student to attend will be equal to the number of unexcused absences over the allotted six unexcused absences that all students are allowed in a given class. For example, if a student has/had eight absences in a class, s/he must attend two Attendance Credit Recovery/Protection sessions because s/he went two days beyond the six that are allowed. In other words, for each full absence over the

allotted six a student will complete one full ACR or ACP session. o When a student completes all ACR sessions for a class, the original grade will be reinstated on the official transcript. Attendance Credit Recovery and Attendance Credit Protection sessions are designed as academic makeup/compensation sessions; they are not detention. The Credit Recovery teacher will work with students to support academic learning and students will be engaged in academic pursuits. Typically students will complete homework, study, read assigned novels, and work on tasks that support current classes. Phones, games, internet surfing, socializing, music devices, sleeping, “having nothing to do,” and other non-productive activities are not allowed. Any student who does not follow this expectation will be sent home and the session will not count towards the recovery of credit. Credit Recovery will occur every day after school from 2:10-3:30 in CTE-7 (subject to change). ATTENDANCE-CLOSED CAMPUS POLICY Mount Vernon High School is a closed campus. Students are not permitted to leave campus without first obtaining a semester early release sticker or temporary off-campus pass from the Attendance Office. If a student leaves campus without the proper authorization, the absence will be recorded as truancy. Early Release The following are approved early release activities: • • • • • • • •

Running Start Skagina Northwest Career Academy Careers In Education Reduced Schedule The Bulldog News ASB Officer Work Experience

Students who are eligible for an early release MVHS ID/ASB sticker must reapply each semester in the Main Office. The approved application and sticker only provides the student permission for early release during designated periods. Students must be in possession of their ID/ASB card at all times.


Students must bring a parent/guardian note and/or official documentation to the Attendance Office or have a parent/guardian phone the Attendance Office* in order to leave for individual medical or dental appointments or for other justifiable reasons. When this verification is obtained the student will receive an off-campus pass which is good only for the specific date and period(s) requested by the parent/guardian and approved by the Attendance Office. This off-campus pass must also be shown to Security and/or Administrators when requested upon leaving or returning to campus. *A phone call will only allow for the issuance of the off-campus pass, it will not excuse the absence. The absence must be excused with a parent/guardian written note or official documentation within 48 hours after the student’s return to school. When the letter is submitted and more than half of a period is missed, this absence will be considered excused.


Athletic Code and Information

Athletics – Cheerleading - Dance/Drill Philosophy It is the belief of the Mount Vernon School District that students benefit from participation in our athletics, cheerleading and dance/drill programs. These programs provide an opportunity for students to develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. These programs fall under the guidelines of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). Students choosing to participate in these programs are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect the high standards of their program, school, and community. It is only through the observance of these standards that individuals and teams can fulfill their responsibilities as representatives of Mount Vernon High School. Eligibility for Participation Paperwork and Fees In order for a student to participate in athletics (including cheerleading and dance/drill), the following must be completed, signed, and on file in the Athletic Office: • • • • • • • • •

Athletic Eligibility Form with Emergency Medical Authorization Athletic Code Sport-specific Inherent Risk (changes each season) Transportation Waiver Concussion/Head Injury Awareness (Lystedt Law) Proof of valid Medical Insurance Purchase of ASB card Participation fee Valid Physical Examination and Health History  Prior to the first practice, a student must undergo a thorough medical exam and be approved for high school interscholastic competition by a medical authority licensed to perform a physical exam (MD, DO, ARNP, PA (physician’s assistant), naturopathic physicians – Doctors of Chiropractics are not so licensed).  A new physical is necessary upon entering high school.  Physicals are valid for 24 months.  Student and parents must complete the Health History form every 12 months.


Other Eligibility Requirements Students who do not meet all of the following eligibility guidelines may seek an appeal with the Northwest District Eligibility Board: Age • An athlete must be less than twenty years old at the start of any sports season Residence/Transfer • An athlete must meet the Residence Rule and Transfer Rule requirements, as found in WIAA rules 18.10 and 18.11. Attendance • An athlete must be in regular attendance (defined in WIAA rules 18.8 and 18.9) during the preceding and current grading periods to be eligible. Academics • In order to maintain academic eligibility during the current semester, the student must: a) b)

maintain passing grades in all 8 classes; or be passing 7 of 8 classes with a 2.0 or higher GPA (current semester)

Students declared ineligible during periodic grade checks will remain ineligible for one week or two contests, whichever is less. The dates of those checks will be posted at the beginning of the season. • Students taking 7 classes (or on-track seniors taking 6 classes – WIAA rule 18.7.1) must be passing all classes. Students may not drop a class in order to be passing all classes. • An athlete must have passed 7 full-time classes the previous semester, earning 3.5 credits or the equivalent to maintain eligibility. Home School and Running Start students must meet the same standards (WIAA rule 18.7). • If an athlete is declared ineligible because of any credit or attendance issues, he/she shall be placed on academic suspension through the last Saturday in September (if first semester) or for the first 5 weeks of the succeeding grading period (if second semester), If, at the end of the suspension, the student’s academic performance meets the “current semester” criteria above, he/she will be declared eligible (WIAA rule 18.7.6). • NP and N grades will be counted as passing for eligibility purposes. Incompletes will be counted as F’s until officially changed to a passing grade. NC grades count as failing grades. Code Enforcement Timeline Students, who choose to participate in athletic programs, including cheer and dance/drill, will be governed by the Athletic Code as well as the student discipline matrix while at any school-sponsored activity. Additionally, students who participate in these programs will be governed by the Athletic Code away from school-sponsored activities for the entire school year (beginning with the first day of fall practice through the last day of school). This includes district-sponsored activities outside the period previously defined. The expectations of this code continue throughout the student’s enrollment in the Mount Vernon School District. This code must be signed annually as a means of informing students and parents of revisions in the code. General Expectations • Completion of a season in good standing is required in order for a student to be eligible for a letter or other individual award. The season begins with the first day of turnout and ends with the last sanctioned event. • Participants must travel to and from contests away from Mount Vernon in transportation provided by the school. The only typical exception will be in case of an injury to a participant requiring alternate transportation. Prior signed arrangements between parents/guardians and the head coach must be made in order for a student to ride home with the parent/guardian. See the MVHS Transportation Waiver for additional details. • Any athlete who has been injured and has had medical treatment cannot return to participation until a signed release from the doctor is presented to the head coach. • Any student who is not in school for any portion of a school day will not be allowed to practice or play in a game on that that day unless excused by the Athletic Director. • Any Student suspended from school, including in-school suspensions, will not be eligible to participate in nor attend any co-curricular athletic activities during the duration of their suspension.


• Students known to be involved in illegal acts will be ineligible for competition (and potentially for any level of participation). Participation in athletics is a privilege, and that privilege can be withheld at any time. The athletic director, in consultation with school administration, will determine whether an athlete’s behavior warrants removal from participation and/or competition. Consequences for Violations of this Code Any student failing to comply with the Athletic Code shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the following procedures: 1. The consequences for violating any team regulations, except those involving alcohol, tobacco, and/or drugs, are developed by the coach of the individual sport. Team consequences may be more restrictive than those of the MVHS code. 2. Repeated violations of any team regulations may lead to dismissal for the remainder of the season. Before the coach can exclude a student from an extra-curricular program for the remainder of the season, the coach must confer with the Athletic Director. Discipline, other than removal for the season, will be determined by the head coach. Drug/Alcohol/tobacco Policy Students will not be permitted to use, possess, or traffic tobacco (including chewing tobacco), alcohol, legend drugs, or controlled substances (RCW 69.41.020-050 and RCW 69.50). Any student violating this rule will be disciplined as outlined in the school discipline matrix and this athletic code for violations occurring at school sponsored activities. Violations away from school will be governed by the athletic code only. Information regarding potential code violations will be gathered using a variety of methods to ensure accuracy. Any penalty assessed will be partially dependent on the student’s level of cooperation (see “Reduction in Penalty”). Reduction in Penalty – First Offense • Students who self-report a code violation will reduce their sanction from one full year to 20% of the current sport season (or a combination of seasons, should the penalty overlap seasons). • Students who admit (when asked the first time by the athletic director or an MVHS administrator) will reduce their sanction from one full year to 40% of the current sport season, or a combination of seasons. • Students who, through investigation, are found in violation of the athletic code but who neither self-report nor admit a violation when asked will reduce their sanction from one full year to 60% of the current sport season, or a combination of seasons, provided they abide by A and B above. Students found to have been in violation of the drug/alcohol rule will be verbally advised by the Athletic Director, or the head coach and a school administrator, of the alleged violation. At this meeting, the student and his/her parent will have the opportunity to explain his/her actions. If, after such a conference, the administration determines that further disciplinary action is justified: • The student will not be allowed to participate in any contest for one calendar year from the date of the meeting. Additional sanctions may include removal from school and referral to law enforcement. • The penalty will be reduced as follows, if: A. The student agrees to meet with and follow the recommendations of a MVSD- and State-approved Substance Abuse Counselor/Agency, or: B. If seeking an approved specialist is not possible, the student arranges to meet with another counselor agreed upon by the Athletic Director, and follows that counselor’s recommendations during the subsequent year. For A and B above, proof of a scheduled appointment and timeline for future appointments (if available) is required within fourteen (14) days from the date of the initial meeting declaring the student eligible, and prior to a reduction in penalty.


• It is possible for a penalty to cross seasons. • Students who turn out late for a sport and have not met the eligibility standards prior to the second contest but finish the season in good standing are able to reduce their code violation penalty by 50% during that sport season. The penalty for a second or third violation of the drug/alcohol/tobacco rule at any time during a student’s high school career will result in the same sanction as a first offense, except that no early reinstatement will be possible. A third violation of the legend drug (prescription drugs, steroids) or controlled substance portion will render the participant permanently ineligible during his/her high school career. I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the above regulations. If I choose to violate the code, I take full responsibility for my actions and choices. Revised 2.09.11 ASB CARD & PARTICIPATION FEES 2011-2012 MVHS requires the payment of two fees for participation in Athletics, Cheerleading, and/or Debate: • • •

ASB Card ($35) Participation Fee ($60 for one sport/activity, $30 for the second sport/activity) If a student is receiving free or reduced lunch, the participation fees are reduced to $20 and $10.

Participation Fee Refund: Both fees are due before the student can begin the sport or activity. If a student is cut from a sport or activity, or is injured and can no longer participate, he/she may receive a participation fee refund for the full amount (if games/contests have not started) or for a pro-rated amount (if games/contests have begun). A student who quits a sport or activity or who is excluded as a result of an athletic code or team rules violation is not eligible for a refund. Please note: refunds take approximately three weeks to process.


Student Handbook 2011-12  

Student Handbook 2011-12

Student Handbook 2011-12  

Student Handbook 2011-12