The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Elementary School Sites …………………………………………………………….4 Nondiscrimination Statement………………………………………………………...5 Administrative Offices………………………………………………………………...5 K-12 School COVID-19 Symptoms Screening Parent/Caregiver Attestation…..6 SDW Face Covering Enforcement & Refusal Process …………………...……...7 4K Program……………………………………………………………………………8 Student Learning…………………………………………………………………..9-15 Assessment……………………………………………………………..12-13 Grading…………………………………………………………………..14-15 Human Growth & Development Program…………………………….11-12 Mathematics……………………………………………………………...9-10 Personal Safety…………………………………………………………….10 Reading and Writing Workshop…………………………………………….9 Religion in the Curriculum………………………………………..…….10-11 School Counseling and Academic and Career Planning…………...…..12 What Students/Parents/Guardians Can Expect of School……....……….…....16 What Schools Expect of Students/Parents…………….……...…………………..17 Guidelines to Student Rights and Responsibilities……...……………………..18-19 School Board Policies…………………………………...………………………..20-38 Academic Honesty…………………………………………………………..23 Alcohol and/or Other Drug Use…………………………………………….21 Attendance…………………………………………………………………...20 Communicable Disease…………………..………………………………...22 Controversial Issues in the Classroom……………………………………24 Copyrighted Works………………...………………………………………..24 Curriculum Modifications…………………………………………………....24 Dress and Grooming………………………………………………………...20 Epidemics and Pandemics………………………………………………….32 Food Services/Free and Reduced-Price Meals…………………………..31 Homeless Students/Children and Youth in Foster Care…….…..…..29-30 Homework…………………………………………………………….………23 Medication…………………………………………………………..….…22-23 ondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities..32 N Promotion, Placement & Retention……………………………….……….20 Pupil Non-Discrimination………………………………………….………...21 School Bus Rules………………………………………………….………...24 ection 504/ADA Prohibition Against Discrimination Based on Disability...22 S Student Privacy/Abuse….……………………………………………....29-30 Student Records……………………………………………………………..24 Technology Acceptable Use………………………………………….....25-27 Threats of Violence…………………………………………………...….30-31 Tobacco Use in School Prohibited………………………………….….…..21 Use of Seclusion & Physical Restraint with Students………..………….28 Weapons in School……………………………………………....……...23-24 Wellness……………………………………………………………………...31 Anti-Bullying Policy and Guidelines……………………………………….……....33 Harassment Statement………………………………………………….…………34 Student Discipline……………………………………………………………....35-38 Additional Information…………………………………………………….………..39 The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
Elementary School Sites Banting 2019 Butler Drive 262-970-1200 Principal Mary Garcia-Velez
Heyer 1209 Heyer Drive 262-970-1700 Principal Mark Schneider
Rose Glen W273 S3845 Brookhill Drive 262-970-2400 Principal Melissa Nikolic
Bethesda 730 S. University Drive 262-970-1300 Principal Jeremy Martin
Hillcrest 2200 Davidson Road 262-970-1800 Principal Faith Lincicum
Summit View 2100 Summit Avenue 262-970-2600 Principal Garrett Sheskey
Hadfield 733 Linden Street 262-970-1500 Principal Mike Elliott
Lowell 140 N. Grandview Blvd. 262-970-1900 Principal Laurie Pogorzelski
Whittier 1103 S. East Avenue 262-970-2800 Principal Brandy Hart
Hawthorne 1111 Maitland Drive 262-970-1600 Principal Taheréh DeLeón
Meadowbrook 3130 Rolling Ridge Drive 262-970-2000 Principal Jessica Wagner
Waukesha STEM AcademyRandall Campus (K-5) 114 S. Charles Street 262-970-2300 Principal Melissa Horn
Prairie 1801 Center Road 262-970-2200 Principal Carly Solberg
The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
5 Nondiscrimination Statement The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate in its admissions, programs, activities, services, or employment on the basis of sex, age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability, or any other reason prohibited by state or federal laws or regulations. The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the District’s nondiscrimination policies and procedures: Sharon Thiede Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources School District of Waukesha 222 Maple Avenue Waukesha, WI 53186 262-970-1031 email@example.com
Joe Koch Deputy Superintendent School District of Waukesha 222 Maple Avenue Waukesha, WI 53186 262-970-1107 firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Offices Administrators encourage you to contact them with your comments, questions and concerns. Administrative offices are located in the district headquarters at the Lindholm Building, 222 Maple Avenue. You can also obtain school information on the district’s website at https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/ or by calling the administration building at 262-970-1003. Superintendent Dr. James Sebert Phone: 262-970-1012 E-mail: email@example.com Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Sharon Thiede Phone: 262-970-1031 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Deputy Superintendent of Student Services Joseph Koch Phone: 262-970-1101 E-mail: email@example.com Asst. Superintendent of Teaching & Learning Jody Landish Phone: 262-970-1067 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Financial Officer/Asst. Superintendent of Business Services Darren Clark Phone: 262-970-1046 E-mail: email@example.com Chief Information Officer of Technology Steve Schlomann Phone: 262-970-1075 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning Melissa Yow Phone: 262-970-1051 E-mail: email@example.com
Director of Multilingual & Global Education Deirdre Garcia Phone: 262-970-1018 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary Guidance Office Phone: 262-970-1117 School District Nurse Phone: 262-970-1117 Gifted & Talented Office Demetri Beekman: 262-970-1077 Aramark Provides food service at each site Phone: 262-970-4330
K-12 School COVID-19 Symptom Screening Parent/Caregiver Attestation Child’s First and Last Name: _______________________________________________ Parent/Caregiver First and Last Name: ______________________________________ 1. Has your child had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider been in contact with you and advised you to quarantine your child? ❏ Yes Your child should not be at school. The child can return 14 days after the last time they had contact with someone with COVID-19. ❏ No 2.
Your child can be at school if they are not experiencing symptoms.
Does your child have any of these symptoms? ❏ Chills ❏ New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, change in their cough from baseline) ❏ Diarrhea ❏ Muscle pain ❏ Nausea ❏ New headache ❏ New loss of taste or smell ❏ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing ❏ Sore throat ❏ Temperature of 100.4 F or above ❏ Vomiting
*If a child has any of these symptoms, they should stay home, stay away from other people, and you should call their health care provider. 3.
Since they were last at school, has your child been diagnosed with COVID-19? ❏ YES Your child should not be at school and should remain at home until they have met the COVID-19 Return to School Guidelines ❏ NO
Your child can be at school.
I attest that the following information is true to the best of my knowledge as of: Date: ________________ Time:___________ Signature: ____________________________
SDW Face Covering Enforcement & Refusal Process
SDW recognizes the importance of face coverings in order to best ensure health and safety in the school environment. We recognize that this will be a learning curve for many of our students and is something that will require teaching, reteaching, and reinforcement. The following guidelines are to be understood by all staff, students, and parents in order for us to comply with the face covering requirement and best ensure the health and safety of all. Progressive discipline will be utilized in accordance with board policy #5600.01 - Disciplinary Consequences for Student Misconduct. ●
First Refusal ○
Documented in Infinite Campus
Second Refusal ○
Documented in Infinite Campus
The student will be referred to administration and suspended for the remainder of the school day. A reminder of the consequences for further violations will be provided to the parent and student along
with the written notice of suspension per board policy #5610 - Suspension and Expulsion.
Third Refusal ○
The student will be referred to the administration. An out-of-school suspension will be issued and the student will be auto-enrolled in eAchieve for the remainder of the school year. The student will be suspended for no more than 5 days until the enrollment and student’s course schedule are finalized.
**If the student has an individualized education plan or Section 504 plan, face-covering accommodations should be discussed with the case manager. In the event a disciplinary response is necessary, the administration will follow all federal and state guidelines for discipline, which will include working with the IEP/504 team and potentially proceeding with a manifestation determination process.**
8 4 Year Old Kindergarten (4K) SDW 4K learning targets are: -
focused on building skills in play-based activities.
guided by the School District of Waukesha’s Developmental Learning Continuums.
consistently and regularly monitored to expand student learning growth.
based in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards
Four year old kindergarten (4K) classes are held in all SDW elementary schools (except Raddall - STEM) and eleven Community Partner Sites such as area preschools, private schools, child-care programs, etc. Each 4K classroom is led by a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) licensed Kindergarten teacher. The School District of Waukesha offers a wide variety of choices for attending 4K: -
Full day Monday through Thursday
Half day morning sessions (M-F)
Half day afternoon sessions (M-Th)
Three day per week sessions .
Please refer to the Waukesha Early Learning website for specifics regarding days and hours of service (Website: https://sdw.waukesha.k12.wi.us/earlylearning).
Wrap around or extended care to assist families with full days of care is the responsibility of the family. If wrap around care or before/after school care is needed: -
it is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to make those arrangements
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be responsible for the cost of wrap around or extended care.
Transportation arrangements with the childcare facility for transportation between their facility and the 4K site are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Transportation to neighborhood elementary schools is offered following the same guidelines as children attending 5K-12th grade. Child must attend the neighborhood school and live two or more miles from the school.
Enrollment requirements for School District of Waukesha 4K: -
Children must be four years old on or before September 1, of the year they will start 4K.
Families may choose not to enroll their child who turn 4 between June 15 and August 31st due to maturity and limited school readiness. -
Those families may be eligible** to enroll their child in 4K when the child’s 5th birthday falls between June 15 and August 31. **Parents wishing to enroll their child as a 5 year old, due to a summer birthday, must meet with the Director of Elementary Teaching & Learning prior to September 1st.
Children who have attended 4K as a 4 year old with a birthdate between June 15 and August 31 are not eligible for retention the following year. Those children will move on to 5K.
Parent conferences, home visits, 4K events such as Curriculum Night, Pizza with Santa, Reading and Technology Nights are examples of support to parents to help them understand their child’s progress in 4K. The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
9 Curriculum Development Policy 2210 Waukesha is committed to creating instructional environments to facilitate thinking and learning and enable students to reach or exceed expectations. A visit to a classroom will reveal that students are listening, reading, writing and thinking. However, students may not be sitting in rows, passively receiving information; they are engaged in learning. Students are drawing, talking, planning, constructing, viewing, writing and collaborating. There is less whole class teacher-directed instruction, rote memorization of facts and fewer worksheets than in the classrooms of the past. In their place, an observer would see students engaged in small group instruction, hands-on learning activities, collaborative projects, and self-directed research (Daniels & Bizar, 2005). Our classrooms are active, dynamic, and energetic. Elementary students receive instruction in literacy (reading, writing, spelling and oral language), mathematics, science, social studies, technology, art, music, physical education and health while also developing characteristics of lifelong learners. For more information, please visit our district website or request information from your child’s teacher or school. The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility for the quality of the educational program of the schools. To this end, the curriculum shall be developed, evaluated, and adopted on a continuing basis and in accordance with a plan for curriculum growth established by the Superintendent.
Reading and Writing Workshop In our district, students in grades K-7 receive reading and writing instruction through the workshop model. The workshop model is simple and powerful. It is based on the fact that children learn by doing. At the elementary level, 60-70 minutes per day are allocated for reading, 30-45 minutes per day for writing, and 30-45 minutes per day for language/word study. In the workshop model, lessons follow a specific structure. Students come to know and expect that a workshop lesson will begin with a 10 minute mini-lesson. During the mini-lesson, the teacher teaches one skill, idea, or strategy that the majority of the class needs to learn. The teacher models or
demonstrates the skill. Students practice the skill and are expected to apply what they have learned during the mini-lesson when they are reading and writing independently. Work time follows the mini-lesson and lasts 30-45 minutes. During the work time, teachers work with small, flexible groups of students to provide instruction related specifically to their needs. Teachers also confer with students to provide 1:1 instruction. Conferring is sometimes called the ‘heart’ of the workshop because it occurs every day and it is a critical opportunity for teachers to differentiate instruction. At the end of every reading and writing workshop lesson, 5-10 minutes are devoted to student sharing. Share time is an additional opportunity for teachers to teach and for students to learn. Share time takes on varied formats and is highly motivational for our readers and writers. For more information about workshop, contact your child’s teacher, or contact your building’s Instructional Coach. You can also visit our district website to find our grade level Parent Road Map and continuums.
Mathematics Students in grades K-5 receive math instruction through the workshop model. As with reading and writing, students learn by doing and the workshop model provides this opportunity during the application section. The structure of the math workshop includes the following components: opening, mini-lesson, application time, and reflection/share time. During the application time, students are involved in individual, small group, and partner activities including problem solving, guided math groups, computer work, math games, math fact practice, skills practice, and communicating about math. In the School District of Waukesha, mathematics instruction is centered around the following strands: counting, place value, operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), computational fluency, algebra (solving problems, multiplicative comparison, patterns), fractions, geometry, data, time, money, and measurement. Students in grades K-2 focus on a deep understanding of whole numbers: relationships, place
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value, and addition and subtraction, as well as working with shapes and measurement. Students in grades 3-5 develop an in-depth understanding of fractions and how to add and subtract fractions, as well as developing an understanding and fluency with multiplication and division. Computational fluency means that students will need to know their basic math facts. Learning the basic math facts will always be important for students – just as it was for you when you were in school. Students need to know their facts if they are to compute accurately. The key difference in the way students are learning facts in school today is through the use of strategies rather than rote memorization. For example, students will learn the strategies of counting on, doubling, making ten, etc. for addition of basic facts, and then will be able to apply the strategies to larger numbers. Help your child by finding time each night to practice facts so that recall is accurate and quick. Experts in the field of mathematics recommend that practice sessions should be short, about 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Also, choose to work on only the facts that fit the strategies that the students are working on in their classroom. Revisiting the facts as they are learned is important too. In addition to the strands mentioned above, the students in the School District of Waukesha are involved with the math practices that are embedded into daily math experiences. The math practices involve students: 1. Making sense of problems and persevere in solving them 2. Reasoning through problems 3. Constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others 4. Modeling with mathematics 5. Using appropriate tools strategically 6. Attending to precision 7. Looking for and making use of structure 8. Looking for and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning If you have specific questions related to mathematics, please contact your child’s teacher or the Instructional
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Personal Safety In compliance with Wisconsin law, elementary school counselors present Personal Safety lessons. The developmentally appropriate lessons are designed to help children develop respect for self and others, including awareness of appropriate boundaries in relationships. Positive skill development to prevent and report abuse and harassment are included. Information regarding the grade level lesson content is communicated in a letter to parents, prior to the presentation of the unit. Social skills, including bullying prevention and early intervention, are presented in many elementary classrooms using The Committee for Children programs, “Second Step” and “Steps to Respect”. More information about these evidence-based programs can be found at www.cfchildren.org. The Elementary School Counselors deliver yearly staff and student presentations regarding bullying prevention and intervention using the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin ACT Now program. More information can be found at http://www.healthykidslearnmore.com/. Those presentations include information consistent with the School District of Waukesha Anti-Bullying Policy, found on page 31 of this handbook and on the district website.
Religion in the Curriculum - Policy 2270 As a public entity, the District must comply with the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment requirement that the District neither establish religion in the schools nor prohibit students’ free exercise of religion according to pertinent interpretation and application of those Constitutional provisions by the Courts. Accordingly, no Board of Education employee will promote religion in the classroom or in the District’s curriculum, or compel or pressure any student to participate in devotional exercises. Displays of a religious character must conform with P olicy 8800 and A G 8800A,
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Religion in the Curriculum (continued)
AG 8800B, and AG 8800D. Instructional activities shall not be permitted to advance or inhibit any particular religion or religion generally. Teachers shall forward requests for religious accommodation in instruction to the Principal. Human Growth & Development Program Wisconsin State Law 118.019 requires school districts to annually provide parents with an outline of the Human Growth and Development Program. Parents may make arrangements with their individual school to preview the curriculum and resources, as well as have any questions answered. This is an outline of the Human Growth and Development Program used in grades 4 and 5. Grade 4 ▼Develop skills to help students understand and improve interpersonal relationships. Recognize the differences between love and infatuation. Demonstrate an understanding that attitudes about family life come from the family unit. ▼Teach facts about human sexuality, including reproductive systems, conception, prenatal development, childbirth, available prenatal and postnatal support, human development; birth through adulthood. Discover that all living things come from other living things and produce their own kind. Recognize the nature of reproduction in plants, animals and humans. Recognize that there are physical sex similarities and differences between boys and girls. Develop a healthy and positive attitude toward their bodies and acquire information about functions of the various body parts. Realize the importance of body cleanliness during puberty. Understand that each person’s body changes at different growth rates and continues throughout the life cycle. Use accurate terminology to explain the structure and function of the human reproductive system. Realize that hormones produce physical changes that can contribute to emotional changes.
Know the process of ovulation, fertilization, fetal development and birth. Know the process of menstrual cycle. Understand that sexual feelings are common during adolescence. Recognize the changes in body growth and individuality of boys and girls, leading to an awareness that sexual maturity begins with puberty. Understand the definition of sexuality. Accept and value human sexuality as normal and essential to total well being. Recognize the importance of communicating with family members when questions arise concerning sexuality. Grade 5 ▼Develop skills to help students understand and improve interpersonal relationships. Recognize the differences between love and infatuation. Demonstrate an understanding that attitudes about family life come from the family unit. ▼Teach facts about human sexuality, including reproductive systems, conception, prenatal development, childbirth, prenatal and postnatal support, human development; birth through adulthood. Discover that all living things come from other living things and produce their own kind. Recognize the nature of reproduction in plants, animals and humans. Recognize that there are physical sex similarities and differences between boys and girls. Develop a healthy and positive attitude toward their bodies and acquire information about functions of the various body parts. Realize the importance of cleanliness during puberty. Understand that each person’s body changes at different growth rates and continues throughout the life cycle. Use accurate terminology to explain the structure and function of the human reproductive system. Realize that hormones produce physical changes that can contribute to emotional changes. Know the process of ovulation, fertilization, fetal development, and birth. Know the process of the menstrual cycle. Understand that sexual feelings are common during adolescence.
12 Curriculum Development Continued... Human Growth & Development Program (continued) Recognize the changes in body growth and individuality of boys and girls, leading to an awareness that sexual maturity begins with puberty. Understand what is meant by the term sexuality. Accept and value human sexuality as normal and essential to total well being. Recognize the importance of communicating with family members when questions arise concerning sexuality. ▼Teach facts about sexually transmitted infections/diseases (STIs/STDs) Recognize myths and misconceptions about HIV and other STI’s/STD’s. Describe the role of the immune system. ▼Encourage and explain the advantages of postponement of active sexual involvement during adolescence by abstinence and sexual restraint. Determine the differences between and give examples of healthful and harmful peer pressure. Describe and give illustrations of ways to use refusal skills to say no to behaviors that are inappropriate. ▼Sexuality is a normal and natural part of being human from birth to death. Recognize that everyone is different and that sexuality is very personal.
School Counseling and Academic and Career Planning - Policy 2411
The Board requires that a planned program of school counseling and academic and career planning be an integral part of the educational program of the District. The plan shall be developed by licensed school counselors in collaboration with student services staff, teachers, parents, and community health and human service professionals. The developed plan will be adopted by the Board and maintained by the District. Such a program shall be available to all students without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), physical or mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes"). This plan should be developmentally appropriate and: A. enable counselors to effectively communicate with students who have limited English proficiency and/or are sensory impaired; B. assist students in achieving their optimum growth;
C. enable students to draw the greatest benefit from the offerings of the instructional program of the schools; D. help integrate all the student's experience so that s/he can better relate school activity to life outside the school; E. help students learn to make their own decisions and solve problems independently
Assessment - Policy 2623
The Board of Education shall assess student achievement and needs in all areas of the curriculum in order to determine the progress of students and to assist them in attaining District Goals Assessments serve a variety of purposes. Large Scale Large scale assessments are administered once during the academic year and provide a “big picture” view of student achievement. These assessments are largely used to look at trends in achievement over time. ● Wisconsin Forward Exam for students in grades 3-5 math and reading with additional science, social studies and writing sections for grade 4. Spring administration. ● Dynamic Learning Maps as determined by a student’s Individualized Education Plan. Spring administration. ● ACCESS i s language proficiency assessment for students for which English is not their primary language. Winter administration. ● National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) *Only randomly selected sites, data is gathered at the national level and is sometimes referred to as the “Nation’s Report Card.” Early spring administration. Interim or Benchmark Assessments These assessments are common throughout the district, meaning they are administered and scored uniformly to provide a snapshot of student achievement that helps teachers plan instruction, identify student strengths and needs to help set academic goals with students. ● Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Northwest Evaluation Association, a not-for-profit organization, provides research based assessments called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) to improve teaching and learning. All students in grades K-5
13 Assessment (continued) participate in math MAP testing, and grades 2-5 also take the MAP test in reading. In some instances, students’ participation is determined by the IEP team or English language proficiency. Accommodations are available. MAP tests are available in Spanish for the math portion only. MAP assessments are a computer delivered adaptive test that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and are designed to measure student achievement and growth in reading and mathematics. For more information on MAP testing, visit: www.nwea.org Literacy Assessments - Policy 2131.01 ● Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) Administered during the fall and spring for 4K, Kindergarten, first and second grade students. Measures rhyme awareness, beginning sound awareness, alphabet knowledge, letter sounds, spelling, and concept of word. ● Running Record Administered individually in Kindergarten through fifth grade. This assessment monitors decoding, comprehension and fluency. Classroom Assessments Classroom assessments have the largest direct impact on student achievement. These are daily assessments that teachers use to guide their instruction and to engage students in the self monitoring of their learning. Teachers may choose to use interviewing, questioning, work samples, and observations.
14 Grading Waukesha provides a system of grading student achievement that can help the student, teachers, and parents properly how well the student is achieving the goals of the District’s program. The grading system should be a reliable system that accurately evaluates a student’s degree of accomplishment of those expected learning outcomes which are to be stated for each program at every level. (Policy 5421) Outcomes for Waukesha students and practices within our district system provides students with consistent, meaningful developmental feedback about what they are learning so every student can achieve at their highest levels. We continue our work in this area to strengthen and improve our instruction and assessment practices. For more information, visit our district website to view various grading documents. In Waukesha, grades reflect what a student knows and is able to do within the content of each subject. Behavioral components (effort, behavior, attendance, etc.) will not factor into the final grade.
4 = Advanced Demonstrates evidence that significantly exceeds proficiency in learning target/standard; applies evidence of high-level thinking of concepts/skills. 3 = Proficient Demonstrates full comprehension of learning target/standard; shows evidence of proficiency of concepts/skills. 2 = Developing Developing comprehension in learning targets with limited understanding; inconsistent demonstration of concepts/skills; is dependent upon support. 1 = Beginning/Incomplete Evidence Beginning to demonstrate comprehension in learning target or not enough evidence that the learning target/standard has been met. Not Assessed = The learning target-standard has not been assessed at this time. The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
Grading (continued) Waukesha uses an online grading and reporting system called Infinite Campus this year, and is available for parents to view their child’s progress and communicate with teachers. Infinite Campus can be accessed via the district website: https://campus.waukesha.k12.wi.us/campus/portal/waukesha.jsp Elementary schools use a Trimester grading calendar, reporting every twelve weeks. This provides extended time for students to demonstrate proficiency on state standards and district learning targets. Teachers provide ongoing feedback to students on assignments and assessments and use the 5-point scale. Strategically scheduled parent-teacher conferences allow the conversation to focus on student performance and goal setting vs. reviewing results of report cards. In order to provide meaningful, specific feedback to students, teachers continue to work together to teach to the learning targets that identify the essential knowledge and skills for each course. We continue to strive for consistency across the district so that if a student begins the year at one school and transfers to another mid-year, the curriculum, teaching, and learning experiences will be more similar than dissimilar. In order to create a system of consistent developmental feedback for students, teachers are developing rubrics that describe the expectations for student performance. Rubrics help students understand what they need to do to show they have “proficient knowledge” of the content and skills required for the course. Student progress is determined using a variety of formative and summative assessments that are fully integrated into classroom instruction. Assessments are used regularly to provide evidence of student learning. Teacher feedback supports growth on each student’s continuum of learning. The teacher differentiates instruction to address individual student needs based upon evidence in assessments. Students are active members of the assessment process, reflecting on and monitoring their own progress. If you find that you have questions develop through the course of the year, please contact your child’s teacher or principal for clarification.
What Students Can Expect of School As a student attending the School District of Waukesha, you can expect the following: □ To be taught by competent and well-prepared teachers. □ A copy of your teacher’s classroom expectations. Teachers will discuss these with you and explain how they relate to your grades. □ You will be told about the expectations of the classroom, school and district and what will happen if you break the rules. □ You will attend school in a safe and comfortable setting. □ Teachers will tell you what they expect of you on a day-to-day or weekly basis and how you are doing in your work.
□ To be treated fairly, meaning each child receives what they need, with dignity and respect□ If you get into trouble, you will be given the opportunity to tell your side of the story. □ To be treated no differently because of race, religion, sex, national origin or handicapping conditions. □ In case of an accident or illness, the school will make every attempt to talk to your parents/guardians. In case of a serious accident or illness, the paramedics will be called immediately. □ You will be allowed to express your thoughts and feelings verbally or otherwise as long as you don’t violate the rights of others or disrupt school activities.
What Parents/Guardians Can Expect of School Parents and guardians with children in the School District of Waukesha can expect that: □ Academic expectations will be clearly communicated to you each year. □ Your child will be under the guidance of a professional, competent and well-prepared teacher and building administrator. □ School personnel will be willing to communicate relative to the progress of your child upon your request and/or at scheduled parent/teacher conferences. □ You will be contacted by the teacher or the building principal when problems arise other than those considered to be minor or routine. □ You will have calls or emails returned in a timely manner, usually within the same day or by the end of the next working day.
□ Your child will attend school in a safe, well-controlled setting. □ Should it become necessary to discipline your child, the situation will be handled in a fair and caring manner. □ You will be treated with courtesy and respect when visiting your child’s school. □ You will be provided the opportunity for involvement in school-parent organizations and/or activities. □ You will receive periodic communications relative to school programs, curriculum, policies or rule changes, and student progress.
What Schools Expect of Students It is expected that if you attend public school in Waukesha, you: □ Attend school regularly. □ Complete all assignments on time as directed by your teachers. □ Follow school rules and procedures. □ Remain at school during the day unless you have permission to leave. Permission is given by the parent(s)/guardian listed on the emergency card at the school. □ Follow the bus rules that are included in this booklet if you ride a bus to and/or from school. □ Leave objects which could be dangerous, such as knives and matches, at home. □ Not smoke or have smoking materials in school or on school grounds.
□ Not use, have, or sell controlled substances or alcohol at school. You may not use these materials before coming to school. □ Students may possess personal communication devices in school during after school activities and at school-related functions. They must be stored out of sight during school hours. □ Come to school in clothing and shoes that are appropriate, neat, clean, promote health and safety and are not disruptive to others. Or, if the individual school has a uniform policy, will follow it as expressed. □ Cooperate with requests of all school staff members. □ Use suitable language and avoid swearing.
What Schools Expect of Parents In our attempt to provide a successful educational program for your children, we place a great deal of importance on your role in the process. If we are to do our best, it is important that we can expect that you will: □ Make every effort to provide for the physical needs of the child. This includes plenty of rest, good nutritional foods and proper dress. □ Strive to prepare your child emotionally and socially in developing a good attitude toward learning and discipline. □ Display a positive, supportive attitude toward the education of your child. □ Become familiar with our academic and behavioral expectations for your child and support us. If you feel that the expectations are being unreasonably implemented, it is your right and obligation to contact the teacher and/or principal to discuss your concerns.
□ Contact the school if you have questions or concerns in an effort to communicate with the person closest to the particular situation. □ Encourage and lead the child in the development of proper study habits at home. □ Work for the success and improvement of the school program. □ Become familiar with the Board of Education policies that pertain to student behavior. □ Inform school personnel when your child will be absent from school. □ Provide the necessary information, birth certificate, immunization record and other forms required as necessary in a timely fashion to school.
18 Guidelines to Student Rights & Responsibilities A student who attends the School District of Waukesha has basic rights and responsibilities. It should also be noted that unacceptable behavior and/or a violation by the student of their responsibilities will cause the district to take appropriate action to deal with the situation. A complete listing of student rights and responsibilities is available to parents and students on the district website. Below you will find an outline of the student rights and responsibilities. Students should note that when exercising these rights and privileges, they may not interfere with the rights of others. Membership in the organization or operation of any high school fraternity, sorority, or any other secret society as described by law is prohibited throughout the Respect for law and for those persons in authority School District. In particular, the Board will not tolerate shall be expected of all students. This includes conformity to school rules as well as general provisions any type of gang or gang-related activity to occur on of law regarding minors. Respect for the rights of others, District property or while students are under the auspices of the Board. The District recognizes that the consideration of their privileges, and cooperative citizenship shall also be expected of all members of the presence of gangs, gang activity, and gang affiliations can cause a disruption of or interfere with school, school school community. activities, and school safety. Gang activity, identifiers, or Respect for real and personal property; pride in membership is contrary to the mission of the District and one's work; achievement within the range of one's is thereby prohibited. ability; and exemplary personal standards of courtesy, Lockers (Policy 5771): Each student has the right to decency, and honesty should be maintained in the use a locker as assigned by the administrators. The schools of this District. lockers remain the property of the school district and The Superintendent shall establish procedures to may be periodically inspected by school administrators carry out Board policy and philosophy, and shall hold all or a designee with or without prior notice to the student. school personnel, students, and parents responsible for Search and Seizure (Policy 5771): Students have the conduct of students in schools, on school vehicles, the right to be free from arbitrary or illegal search and and at school-related events. seizure by school authorities. Search and seizure shall Student Groups (Policy 5840) conform to the legal requirement of reasonable It is the policy of the Board of Education that student suspicion that a school rule, regulation or possible violation of a state law has occurred. Any official, groups be recognized as authorized school employee, or agent of the school district is prohibited by organizations only if they are approved by the school law from conducting a strip search of any pupil. administration, sponsored by school-approved personnel, composed of members of the current student body, hold the majority of their meetings at school, and have established aims which are educational in nature.
Student Code Of Classroom Conduct (Policy 5500)
19 Unacceptable Conduct Students will be disciplined for unacceptable conduct. Such conduct includes but is not limited to the following action(s): ● Defiance of authority ● Disorderly or disruptive conduct of the educational program (Policy 5520) ● fighting and foul or abusive language or gestures ● Illegal gambling ● Harassing, threatening or intimidating others ● Loitering ● Setting false fire alarms ● Misuse or destruction of any school equipment, technology, data, or facilities ● Setting fires ● Sexual harassment or assault ● Theft, robbery or extortion ● Vandalism ● Arrests or convictions in the community, such as an ordinance violation, a misdemeanor, a felony, or a traffic violation on or adjacent to school property, related to student safety or contrary to the educational environment ● Hazing (Policy 5516): For purposes of this policy, hazing is defined as any activity that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or membership in or affiliation with any organization recognized by the Board. Examples of physical and mental health shall include, but not be
limited to, whipping, forced calisthenics, other forced physical activity, or forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment. Any hazing activity, whether by an individual or a group, shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if a student willingly participates Willful disobedience Any behavior listed above, when transmitted via electronic means (including, but not limited to the Internet, blogs, e-mails or social networking sites) or any interactive and digital electronics or cell phones used as a delivery mechanism. Bullying (Policy 5517.01): For purposes of this policy, bullying is defined as any deliberate or intentional behavior (words or actions) that involves an imbalance of power, intent to harm, threaten, intimidate, or humiliate. The behavior may be motivated by an actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic such as, but not limited to: age, color, national origin, race, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, social or family status. Each school shall provide for a process of reporting bullying and keeping records of instances and consequences for bullying that resulted in serious discipline.
Student Discipline (Policy 5600.01) See pages 35-38
School Board Policies Policies listed in this handbook are required to be referenced. For the complete and accurate policy, please click on each policy number to be linked directly. You may also access all School District of Waukesha policies on the district website. Student Attendance (Policy 5200) The School District of Waukesha believes student attendance is of critical importance to success in school. Habits of good student attendance are skills developed over time that carry over into the world of work or further schooling once a student ceases to attend classes in the School District of Waukesha. In accordance with state law, all parents must cause children between 6 and 18 years of age to attend school unless the child has graduated, is excused by the school attendance officer or parent, or is enrolled in an alternative program leading toward graduation. The responsibility for monitoring and encouraging attendance is shared by the parents, schools and the community. Excused Absences Acceptable excuses, approved by school administrators, include: ● illness ● funerals ● medical ● family/home emergencies ● quarantine ● religious holidays ● suspensions ● family trips ● those ordered to shelter care or secure detention, or court subpoena. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for and complete assignments missed due to an excused absence. Under a new law, a parent may excuse a student for up to 10 days in a school year if done so in writing in advance of the absence. For preplanned and/or extended absence, the principal’s office shall be notified before the absence. Requests for preplanned absences must be submitted on a district approved form. Make-up of class work may be allowed at the discretion of the attendance officer. However, the parent should realize that in primary level classes, very little work can be done outside of the classroom. Parents must realize that time out of the classroom will mean that some valuable academic experiences will be missed.
Truancy (Policy 5200) Defined as any absence of any portion of a school day or absence for one or more days from school during which the principal has not been notified in writing or by phone of the reason for the acceptable absence by the parent/guardian of the pupil who is absent. In the case of truancy, strict procedural steps will be followed where the parents, the student and school staff will be involved. Tardiness that is not excused shall be considered truancy. Normally, no makeup privileges for truancies are allowed and the student will be subject to disciplinary procedures. Promotion, Placement and Retention (Policy 5410) A student who successfully completes a school year shall be promoted to the next appropriate grade or sequence of study. For other grade retentions, principals and staff shall follow the administrative guidelines in making any retention. In all cases the principal, with input and consultation from parents and staff, shall be responsible for the decision. Any appeal by parents shall be made to the executive director. Dress and Grooming (Policy 5511) Unless an individual school has adopted a dress code that includes uniforms, students may dress and groom themselves as they and their parents/guardians wish. Specifically included within the scope of this right is the display of political statements and/or commercial messages on behalf of legal products and services. However, students are expected to exercise the above right responsibly, without disrupting the educational process and in accordance with accepted community standards regarding health, safety, vulgarity, obscenity and sexual innuendo. Students are prohibited from wearing hats or other headwear and coats in school during the school day. Principals may allow exceptions to this policy for any legitimate reason (religious, medical or otherwise) or in the celebration of a specified pep rally, spirit day or hat day. Clothing, jewelry, body art, or any accessory advertising alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs are at a counter purpose with District AODA programs and are inappropriate.
21 Policies Continued ... Student Alcohol Use and/or Other Drug Use (Policy 5530) It is the policy of the School District of Waukesha that students and employees have the right to attend school and work in an environment that is free from the nonmedical use of alcohol, drugs and mood-altering substances. The use, possession, sale or intent to sell, transfer of drugs, drug paraphernalia (as defined in state statutes) or alcohol, or having illegal drugs, chemicals or alcohol in a student’s system in or on school property, in any district owned or contracted vehicle or at school-sponsored events is considered dangerous and unsafe to others, and is therefore prohibited. Having chemicals in one’s body is defined for purposes of this policy as having any amount of the substance in one’s body. In School Tobacco Use Prohibited (Policy 5512) Scientific and medical evidence has shown that smoking and the use of tobacco products is a serious health hazard. Therefore, it is the policy of the School District of Waukesha that no person may smoke or use smokeless tobacco in school, on school grounds, in school-owned vehicles or in school busses contracted or used for school purposes. School grounds includes municipality properties adjacent to school property where ordinances prohibit such use. In addition, no student may possess tobacco products in school or on school property in accordance with state law. The board, administration, teachers and other employees shall promote non-tobacco use among the staff and students, and shall also promote the importance of role modeling to students during the formative years. Employees and students violating this policy will be subject to discipline. Any individual who smokes in buildings or on school grounds will be informed of the “no-smoking policy” and will be asked to stop and/or leave the facility or grounds. This ban on the use of tobacco products is in effect during all times including vacations, holidays, summer, etc. and is therefore not limited to the school year or school day.
Pupil Non-Discrimination (Policy 2260) The School District of Waukesha, being a publicly funded and supported education agency, guarantees that all students shall be entitled to and receive the benefits of any educational program or activity of the school district. The Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities. The district expressly prohibits discrimination and harassment against any students. (See Harassment Policy 5517 page 32) The policy does not prohibit the provision of special programs such as Gifted and Talented, Special Education, School Age Parents, Bilingual/Bicultural and At-Risk. Nor does this policy prohibit the provision of services to certain students based upon objective criteria, individual need or performance. This policy also covers curriculum programs, gifts or scholarships, disciplining activities, use of facilities, testing, food service, extracurricular programs and pupil support services. Complaints about possible discrimination should be made to the District Compliance Officers. The following person(s) is/are designated as the District Section 504 Compliance Officer(s)/ADA Coordinator(s) ("hereinafter referred to as the COs"). Sharon Thiede Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources School District of Waukesha 222 Maple Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186 262-970-1031 email@example.com Joe Koch Deputy Superintendent School District of Waukesha 222 Maple Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186 262-970-1107 firstname.lastname@example.org
22 Policies Continued ... Section 504/ADA Prohibition Against Discrimination Based on Disability (Policy 2260.01) Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ("Section 504"), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended ("ADA"), and the implementing regulations (collectively "Section 504/ADA"), no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The Board does not discriminate in admission or access to, or participation in, or treatment in its programs or activities. As such, the Board's policies and practices will not discriminate against students with disabilities and will make accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities its facilities, programs, and activities. No discrimination will be knowingly permitted against any individual with a disability on the sole basis of that disability in any of the programs, activities, policies, and/or practices in the District. Communicable Disease (Policy 8450) If your child has a rash, sore throat, runny nose, fever or cough, please keep him/her home as these symptoms may be the first signs of contagious diseases. Please report contagious diseases to the Waukesha County Public Health Division and your school office. School district personnel (principals, teachers, counselors, social workers, health room assistants and other support staff) are responsible for reporting communicable disease to the County Health Department. Pupils who are suspected of having a communicable disease specified by the Department of Health and Social Services or the Waukesha County Public Health Division may be sent home. The parents will be notified as soon as possible of any student who is suspected of having a communicable disease. If your child becomes ill or is seriously injured at school, the school will try to notify parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by telephone. If the school is unable to reach the parent(s) or legal guardian(s), the person listed as the alternate to contact will be called and requested to pick up the child. In those cases when the school is unable to contact the parent(s), the legal guardian(s), or the alternate person, and the situation appears to be one in which the child requires emergency medical attention, 9-1-1 will be called. In case of a school injury that requires medical
attention, we ask that you notify the school of the name of the doctor or dentist who attended your child and whether or not a hospital visit was involved. ADMINISTERING MEDICATION TO STUDENTS (Policy 5330) Medications should be administered to school children at home, rather than at school, whenever possible. School personnel (including employees, registered nurses serving the district, volunteers and/or licensed school bus drivers) who are authorized to do so in writing by a building principal may administer medications to students under the procedures and conditions established to implement this policy that are developed with the assistance of a school nurse and adopted by the Board. The building Health Room Clerical Assistant will be responsible for overseeing the receipt of the written medication instructions and consents, the maintenance of complete and accurate medication administration records, the proper storage of medications, and the disposal of outdated and unused medications in accordance with District procedures. The Assistant Superintendent of Student Services will be responsible for ensuring that the written medication administration instructions that are on file in the District are periodically reviewed by a registered nurse. No school personnel, other than a healthcare professional, will be involuntarily required to administer any medication to a student by any means other than ingestion. Authorized school personnel who voluntarily agree to administer a prescription drug or nonprescription drug product that must be injected into a student, inhaled by a student, rectally administered to a student, or administered into a nasogastric, gastrostomy or jejunostomy tube will complete all state-mandated and District-required training before administering medication to a student through such means. Students may possess (carry) and use an inhaler or epinephrine auto-injector (e.g., Epipen®) with the written approval of the student’s physician and parent or guardian. In addition, older and responsible students may also possess and self-administer their own prescription drugs and nonprescription medications at school, with written permission, provided that the student does so in compliance with relevant District policies and procedures. No District policy or procedure will be interpreted to limit or detract from the immunities and other limitations on liability available under the law to nurses and other
23 ADMINISTERING MEDICATION TO STUDENTS (continued) persons who engage in or assist with the administration of medication to students. If it is necessary for your child to take prescription medication or nutritional supplements while at school, please contact the school to obtain a form which gives authorization to administer medication by school personnel. The form must be filled out by you and your physician. Medication will not be administered without this authorization. Nonprescription drugs can be administered to pupils by school personnel, but parent permission, in writing, is required. Please obtain a form for these medications from the school office. Academic Honesty (Policy 5505) All teachers, beginning especially at the elementary grades, will educate students as to what constitutes academic dishonesty and what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior in our schools. The Academic Honesty policy shall be referenced in such education. Homework Policy (Policy 2330) The School District of Waukesha Board of Education believes that student learning is maximized through use of a wide variety of teaching and learning methodologies. Toward this end, the Board of Education further believes in the importance of homework to extend learning, to practice what has already been learned, to build independent work habits, and to help students’ needs and abilities. The acquisition of homework study skills is essential to academic and vocational success. Homework given shall be consistent with the district’s grading policies and best practices.
Weapons In School (Policy 5772) & Carrying a Concealed Weapon in School (Policy 7217) The Board of Education prohibits students from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the District including, but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for by the District, a school-sponsored event, or in a District vehicle, to the extent permitted by law. The School District of Waukesha understands that the safety of our students, staff, and visitors is of the highest priority. The term "weapon" means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms (including, but not limited to, firearms as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3)), guns of any type whatsoever, including air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, (subject to the exceptions below) razors, with unguarded blades, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives. Wisconsin has adopted a law which affects the manner in which persons may carry concealed weapons. This law, however, applies much differently on school grounds. It is a Class I felony to knowingly possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is in or on the grounds of a school. It is a Class B forfeiture to possess a firearm at a place the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is within 1,000 feet of the grounds of a school. Exceptions to this policy include: A. weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel while on duty, or qualified former law enforcement officers, off duty law enforcement officers, or out-of-state law enforcement officers; B. contracted personnel that are authorized by law to carry weapons in the course of their professional duties and for which the District and the contracted entity have a contract that authorizes employees of the contracted entity to carry a weapon on school grounds and in school buildings in the performance of their duties (i.e. armored transport services); C. items approved by a Principal, as part of a class or individual presentation under adult supervision, including, but not limited to hunters'
24 Policies Continued ... Weapons (continued) education courses, if used for the purpose of and in the manner approved (working firearms, except those protected at all times by a cable or trigger lock, and live ammunition shall never be approved); D. theatrical props used in appropriate settings when approved in advance by the Principal; E. starter pistols used in appropriate sporting events; and F. a lockback knife having a blade no longer than three (3) inches in length, a knife lawfully used for food consumption or preparation, or a knife used for a lawful purpose within the scope of the person’s employment. The superintendent shall be contacted if there are any questions or believe that an individual is in violation of this policy. The Police Department shall be notified anytime a student is found to possess any of the above. Copyrighted Works (Policy 2531) The Board of Education directs its staff and students to use copyrighted works only to the extent that the law permits. The Board recognizes that Federal law applies to public school districts and the staff and students must, therefore, avoid acts of copyright infringement under penalty of law. School Bus Rules (Policy 8600) The Board will provide transportation services to and from the school for all district pupils who are eligible during the regular school year. Resident pupils shall be eligible to be transported to a public school if they live two or more miles from their school. Other eligibility will be determined by the Board for reasons of unusual hazard or special education classification, assignment, or needs. Pupils who ride the bus or are on a bus under school sponsorship (field trip) must comply with the district’s Bus Rider Rules. Pupils riding the bus shall be under the authority of the driver of the bus. Disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for a pupil to be denied transportation. Parents will be notified by the school if their child has not followed the standard rules. More
information regarding bus rules is available from the transportation office at 262-970-1150. Curriculum Modifications May Be Available Under Compulsory Attendance Laws (Wisconsin Statute 118.15 (1)(d)) Wisconsin Statute 118.15 (1)(d) provides parents, guardians or students, who make a written request, program or curriculum modifications. The law provides a listing of possible changes as well as the responsibilities of the school district in responding to any requests for modifications. Included in the possible changes are modifications of the child’s program, work study programs, alternative programs, enrollment in nonsectarian private programs that meet certain criteria, Homebound and other public educational programs outside the district. Parents and students should initiate any such requests at the school level by contacting the building principal in writing. The building principal will then work with the central office and school board on such requests if necessary. Controversial Issues in the Classroom (Policy 2240) The Board of Education believes that the consideration of controversial issues has a legitimate place in the instructional program of the schools. Properly introduced and conducted, the consideration of such issues can help students learn to identify important issues, explore fully and fairly all sides of an issue, weigh carefully the values and factors involved, and develop techniques for formulating and evaluating positions. Student Records Policy 8330 If a parent, guardian, or eligible student would like to request copies of or an amendment or deletion to a student record, they may do so by providing a written request to the building principal or the Executive Director of Student Services (depending on the nature of the request). If you wish to have “directory information” (name, address, and phone number) of your child withheld from requesting parties, please contact your building principal within the first month of school. Access to student records conforms to state and federal laws and school board policy. A summary of school board policy concerning student records is available in the principal’s office.
25 Technology (Policy 7540): The Board of Education is committed to the effective use of technology to both enhance the quality of student learning and the efficiency of District operations. Students' use of District technology resources (see definition in Bylaw 0100) is a privilege not a right. Students and their parents must sign and submit a Student Technology Acceptable Use and Safety form annually.
activities of students while at school. The Board expects that staff members will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of District technology resources. Students are responsible for good behavior when using District technology resources - i.e., behavior comparable to that expected of students when they are in classrooms, school hallways, and other school premises and school sponsored events. Staff Technology Acceptable Use and Safety (Policy Student Technology Acceptable Use and Safety 7540.04): (Policy 7540.03) Staff members are expected to utilize District Technology has fundamentally altered the ways in technology and information resources to promote which information is accessed, communicated, and educational excellence in our schools by providing transferred in society. As a result, educators are students with the opportunity to develop the resource continually adapting their means and methods of sharing, innovation, and communication skills and tools instruction, and the way they approach student learning that are essential to both life and work. The Board to incorporate the vast, diverse, and unique resources encourages the faculty to develop the appropriate skills available through the Internet. The Board of Education necessary to effectively access, analyze, evaluate, and provides technology resources (as defined in Bylaw utilize these resources to enrich educational activities. 0100) to support the educational and professional The instructional use of the Internet and online needs of its students and staff. With respect to educational services will be guided by Board Policy students, District Technology Resources afford them the 2521 - Selection of Instructional Materials and opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to learn Equipment. effectively and live productively in a digital world. The Furthermore staff members shall provide instruction Board provides students with access to the Internet for for their students regarding the appropriate technology limited educational purposes only and utilizes online use and online safety and security as specified above, educational services/apps to enhance the instruction and staff members will monitor students’ online activities delivered to its students. The District’s computer while at school. network and Internet system do not serve as a public Monitoring may include, but is not necessarily limited access service or a public forum, and the Board to, visual observations of online activities during class imposes reasonable restrictions on its use consistent sessions; or use of specific monitoring tools to review with its limited educational purpose. browser history and network, server, and computer logs. Users are required to refrain from actions that are The disclosure of personally identifiable information illegal (such as libel, slander, vandalism, harassment, about students online is prohibited. theft, plagiarism, inappropriate access, and the like) or Staff members are responsible for good behavior unkind (such as personal attacks, invasion of privacy, when using District technology and information injurious comment, and the like). Because its resources - i.e., behavior comparable to that expected Technology Resources are not unlimited, the Board has when they are in classrooms, school hallways, and also instituted restrictions aimed at preserving these other school premises and school sponsored events. resources, such as placing limits on use of bandwidth, Communications on the Internet are often public in storage space, and printers. nature. The Board does not approve any use of the Users have no right or expectation to privacy when technology and information resources that is not using District Technology Resources (including, but not authorized by or conducted strictly in compliance with limited to, privacy in the content of their personal files, this policy and its accompanying guidelines. e-mails, and records of their online activity when using District-Issued Student E-Mail account (Policy the District's computer network and/or Internet 7540.07) connection). Students assigned a school email account are required Staff members shall provide instruction for their to utilize it for all school-related electronic students regarding the appropriate use of technology communications, including those to staff members and and online safety and security as specified above. individuals and/or organizations outside the District with Furthermore, staff members will monitor the online whom they are communicating for school-related The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
26 TECHNOLOGY (continued) projects and assignments. Further, as directed and authorized by their teachers, they shall use their school-assigned email account when signing-up/registering for access to various online educational services, including mobile applications/apps that will be utilized by the student for educational purposes. Access to District Technology Resources From Personally-Owned Communication Devices (Policy 7542): For purposes of this policy, "personal communication device" includes computers, tablets, electronic readers, mobile/cell phones, smartphones, and/or other web-enabled devices of any type. Board members, employees, students, as well as contractors, vendors, agents of the District may use their PCD to wirelessly access the District's technology resources (guest or business networks, servers, printers, etc.) while they are on-site at any District facility. Access to the business/guest network shall require authentication. The Chief Information Officer is authorized to develop the necessary standards for connecting PCDs to the District’s technology resources. The standards shall be available upon request. The standards shall be designed and enforced to minimize the Board’s exposure to damages, including, but not limited to, the loss of sensitive District data, illegal access to confidential data, damage to the District's intellectual property, damage to the District's public image, and damage to the District's critical internal systems, from unauthorized use. The use of PCDs must be consistent with the established standards for appropriate use as defined in Policy 7540.03 – Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety, and Policy 7540.04 – Staff Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety. Any user who violates the established standards and/or the Board’s Acceptable Use policy, or who accesses the District’s technology resources server and network without authorization may be prospectively denied access to the District’s technology resources. If the violation is committed by a contractor, vendor or agent of the District, the contract may be subject to cancellation. Further disciplinary action may be taken if the violation is committed by a student or employee. The owner of a PCD bears all responsibility and assumes all risk of theft, loss, or damage to, or misuse or unauthorized use of the device while it is on Board property. This provision applies to everyone, regardless
of their affiliation or connection to the District. Personal Communication Devices (Policy 5136/5136.02): Students are prohibited from using two-way communication devices or pagers (including cell phones with or without cameras) inside school district buildings during the school day. All devices must be turned off and out of sight (in lockers, backpacks, purses or pockets). At no time may cellphones or other items be used in locker rooms or restrooms. Any exception to this policy for medical, etc. reasons must have prior approval from the principal or designee. Students may gain access to school phones or their personal phone with permission from authorized staff. Devices not approved, will be confiscated and, depending on the intended use or purpose, will be kept or returned to parents or turned over to law enforcement. Video Surveillance and Electronic Monitoring (Policy 7440.01): The Board of Education authorizes the use of video surveillance and electronic monitoring equipment at various school sites throughout the District and on school buses. The Superintendent is responsible for determining where to install and operate fixed-location video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment in the District. The determination of where and when to use video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment will be made in a nondiscriminatory manner. Video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment may be placed in common areas in school buildings (e.g. school hallways, entryways, the front office where students, employees and visitors are permitted to freely come and go, gymnasiums, cafeterias, libraries), the school parking lots and other outside areas, and in school buses. Except in extraordinary circumstances and with the written authorization of the Superintendent, video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment shall not be used in areas where persons have a reasonable expectation of privacy (e.g. restrooms, locker rooms, changing areas, private offices (unless there is express consent given by the office occupant), or conference/meeting rooms), or in individual classrooms during instructional times. Any person who takes action to block, move, or alter the location and/or viewing angle of a video camera shall be subject to disciplinary action. Legible and visible signs shall be placed at the main entrance to buildings and in the areas where video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment is in use to notify people that their actions/behavior are being monitored/recorded.
27 TECHNOLOGY (continued) Any information obtained from video surveillance/electronic monitoring systems may only be used to support the orderly operation of the School District's schools and facilities, and for law enforcement purposes, and not for any other purposes. As such, recordings obtained through the use of video surveillance/electronic monitoring equipment may be used as evidence in any disciplinary proceedings, administrative proceeding or criminal proceeding, subject to Board policy and regulations. Further, such recordings may become a part of a student's education record or staff member's personnel file. The Board shall maintain video surveillance/electronic monitoring recordings for a limited period. Any request to view a recording under this policy must be made within seven (7) days of the event/incident. Unless a formal complaint is being investigated, recordings shall be destroyed whenever the automated recording feature overrides previously stored data. Staff Use of Personal Communication Devices (Policy 7530.02): Employees whose job responsibilities include regular or occasional driving and who use a PCD for business use are expected to refrain from using their device while driving. Employees are subject to all applicable policies and guidelines pertaining to protection of the security, integrity and availability of the data stored on their PCDs. Cellular and wireless communications, including calls, text messages, instant messages, and e-mails sent from PCDs, may not be secure. Therefore, employees should use discretion in relaying confidential information, particularly as it relates to students. Additionally, cellular/wireless communications, including text messages, instant messages and e-mails sent and/or received by a public employee or school official using his/her PCD may constitute public records if the content of the message concerns District business, or an education record if the content includes personally identifiable information about a student. Use of Cameras and Other Recording Devices in Locker Rooms (Policy 9151) The Board of Education recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy interests of the District's students and is committed to safeguarding students' privacy in the locker room facilities. To protect the privacy of the District's students, parents, other adult residents of the community, and any
public that may utilize the locker room facilities, no person may use a cell phone to capture, record, or to transfer a representation of a nude or partially nude person in the locker room.
28 Policies Continued ...
Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraint with Students (Policy 5630.01) It is the policy of the Board of Education to permit the use of seclusion and restraint only when a student’s behavior presents a clear, present and imminent risk to the physical safety of the student or others, it is the least restrictive intervention feasible and it is performed in a manner consistent with this policy and law. All students, including students with disabilities, must be treated with dignity and respect. Behavior interventions and support practices must be implemented in such a way as to protect the health and safety of the students and others. All employees and "covered individuals" shall comply with State and Federal law regarding the use of seclusion and physical restraint. Seclusion is defined in the law as the involuntary confinement of a student, apart from other students, in a room or area from which the student is physically prevented from leaving. Physical restraint is defined as a restriction that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a student to freely move his/her torso, arms, legs, or head. The "covered individuals" may only use physical restraint on or with a student. Parental Notice and Written Report Requirements Whenever seclusion or physical restraint is used with or on a student, the Principal or his/her designee shall notify the student's parent as soon as practicable but no later than one (1) business day after the incident. The Principal shall prepare this written report, in consultation with the individuals involved, within two (2) business days of the incident. The written report shall include details of the student and staff involved in the incident, the description of the incident and the actions of the student before, during and after the incident. The written report shall be retained as a record by the school district and within three (3) business days of the incident, the report shall be made available to the parent for review. In addition, the school principals will be required to prepare and present an annual report to the Board of the number of incidents involving seclusion or physical restraint, the total number of students involved and the
number of students with disabilities involved in such incidents. Individual Education Program (IEP) Requirements The law requires that for students with identified disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the first time that seclusion or physical restraint is used on a "child with a disability," the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) team must convene as soon as possible after the incident. The IEP team shall review the student’s Individualized Education Plan to ensure that it contains appropriate positive behavioral interventions and supports to address behaviors that are of concern and to revise the IEP if necessary. Mandatory Training for Staff Staff who engage in the lawful use of physical restraint shall obtain training as to the methods of preventing the need for physical restraint, identification of dangerous behaviors that may indicate the need for physical restraint and the methods of evaluating risk of harm such that physical restraint is warranted, experience in administering and receiving various types of restraint, instruction on the effects of restraint, monitoring signs of distress during restraint, obtaining medical assistance and demonstrating proficiency in administering physical restraint. Limited Training Requirement Exception Training for staff in the use of physical restraint is required unless the situation is an emergency and a trained individual is not immediately available due to the "unforeseen nature of the emergency." However, at a minimum the school in which physical restraint is used must ensure that at least one (1) employee has been trained in its use.
Policies Continued ... Student Privacy and Parental Access to Information (Policy 2416) The Board of Education respects the privacy rights of parents and their children. No student shall be required, as a part of the school program or the District's curriculum, without prior written consent of the student (if an adult, or an emancipated minor) or, if an unemancipated minor, his/her parents, to submit to or participate in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning: A. political affiliations or beliefs of the student or his/her parents; B. mental or psychological problems of the student or his/her family; C. sex behavior or attitudes; D. illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior; E. critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships; F. legally recognized privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers; G. religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or his/her parents; or H. income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such a program).
E. have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, or F. live in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting The District will provide services to homeless students that are comparable to other students in the District, including: A. transportation services; B. public preschool programs and other educational programs and services for which the homeless student meets eligibility criteria
Maintaining a stable school environment is crucial to a homeless student’s success in school. To ensure stability, the District must make school placement determinations based on the “best interest” of the homeless child or youth based on student-centered factors. Children and Youth in Foster Care (Policy 5111.03) The Board of Education recognizes the importance of educational stability for children and youth in foster care. Further, the Board recognizes these children and youth as a vulnerable subgroup of students in need of safeguards and supports in order to facilitate a successful transition through elementary and secondary Homeless Students (Policy 5111.01) education and into college and/or careers. To that end, Children who are identified as meeting the Federal the District will collaborate with the Department of Public definition of "homeless" will be provided a free Instruction (DPI), other schools and school districts, and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the same the appropriate child welfare agencies to provide manner as all other students of the District. To that end, educational stability for children and youth in foster homeless students will not be stigmatized or segregated care. on the basis of their status as homeless. School Stability Homeless children and youth are defined as The District shall remove barriers to the enrollment individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate and retention of children and youth in foster care in nighttime residence, and include children and youth schools in the District. Foster care students shall be who meet any of the following criteria: enrolled immediately, even if they do not have the A. share the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason necessary enrollment documentation such as immunization and health records, proof of residency or B. live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping guardianship, birth certificate, school records, and other grounds due to a lack of alternative adequate documentation. accommodations The District shall meet the Title I requirements for C. live in emergency or transitional shelters educational stability for children and youth in foster D. are abandoned in hospitals care, including those awaiting foster care placement. The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
30 The District shall identify which students are in foster care and shall collaborate with State and tribal child Welfare agencies to provide educational stability for these children and youth. District staff will work closely with child welfare agency personnel to develop and implement processes and procedures that include these enrollment safeguards: A. a child/youth in foster care shall remain in his/her school of origin, unless it is determined that remaining in the school of origin is not in that child’s best interest; B. if it is not in the child’s best interest to stay in his/her school of origin, the child shall be immediately enrolled in the determined new school even if the child is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment; and C. the new (enrolling) school shall immediately contact the school of origin to obtain relevant academic and other records, including the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) if applicable. (ESEA Section 1111(g)(1)(E)(i)-(iii)).
Each District employee who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect has occurred or is occurring, or has reasonable cause to believe a child has been threatened with abuse or neglect and that abuse or neglect is likely to occur shall be responsible for reporting immediately every case, whether verified or suspected, the circumstances giving rise to the reasonable cause.
Reporting is mandatory even if the staff member has reason to believe that the abuse or neglect occurred, but is no longer occurring (for example, the child is no longer living with the suspected abuser). Staff members should make reports based on reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect and are not permitted to first investigate the circumstances in an effort to verify abuse or neglect. This can cause a loss of time and jeopardize law enforcement or social services investigations into child welfare concerns. Threats of Violence (Policy 8462.01) The Board strictly prohibits any threats of violence in or targeted at any school. All incidents or suspected incidents of such conduct must be reported as described in this policy and in State law and will be Records investigated. All District employees, regardless of The District shall provide privacy protections for children position, are required to make a report and families and shall facilitate appropriate data-sharing Procedures for Reporting - Threats of Violence pertaining to children in foster care between child An employee, regardless of position, shall welfare and educational agencies, in accordance with immediately inform, by telephone or personally, a law the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) enforcement agency of the facts and circumstances and Policy 8330 – Student Records. contributing to the belief that there is a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a student or Student Abuse and Neglect (Policy 8462) The Board is concerned with the physical and mental school employee or the public. The report shall contain detailed information concerning the nature of the threat. well-being of all children of this District and will The staff member shall cooperate fully with law cooperate in the identification and reporting of cases of enforcement. When such a report is made, the staff child abuse or neglect in accordance with law. In member shall also inform the building administrator or addition, the Board strictly prohibits any actual or Superintendent, as well as the School Resource Officer, threatened acts of physical, mental, sexual, or other if available. If a threat is reported to the building form of abuse directed towards students by any person administrator, s/he shall immediately notify the in any District-owned, operated, or leased facility, or at Superintendent and coordinate the District's any school-sponsored activity. coordination with law enforcement, students, and The Board shall require every employee to receive training provided by the Department of Public Instruction parents as the circumstances require. Staff Training Required (DPI) in identifying children who have been abused or The Board shall require every employee to receive neglected and in the laws and procedures governing the training provided by the Department of Public Instruction reporting of suspected or threatened child abuse and neglect. Such training shall be completed within the first (DPI) regarding the laws governing the reporting of a six (6) months of employment in the District and at least threat of violence. Such training shall be completed within the first six (6) months of employment in the once every five (5) years after the initial training. This training may be held in conjunction with staff training for District and at least once every five (5) years after the initial training. This training may be held in conjunction threats of violence as required by Policy 8462.01. with staff training for threatened or The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
THREATS OF VIOLENCE (continued) suspected child abuse or neglect as required in Policy 8462. Sanctions for Making Threats All threats of violence are to be taken seriously. No staff member who reports a threat in good faith shall be subject to disciplinary action. Failure to report or undue delay in reporting a threat may result in disciplinary action. Any student or staff member who makes a threat of violence will be evaluated for disciplinary action, up to possible referral for expulsion in the case of students (See Policy 5610) or termination from employment in the case of staff (See Policy 3140/Policy 4140).
physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity, and understand the short and long-term benefits of a physically active lifestyle; E. promote the health and wellness of students and staff through other school based activities
Food Services (Policy 8500) The Board of Education shall provide cafeteria facilities in all school buildings where space permits, and will provide food service for the purchase and consumption of lunch for all students. The food-service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, delivery, consumption, and disposal of food Wellness (Policy 8510) and beverages, including but not limited to the current The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular USDA school meal pattern requirements and the USDA physical activity affect the health and well-being of the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, as well as District's students. Furthermore, research suggests that to the fiscal management of the program. Further, the there is a positive correlation between a student's health food-service program shall comply with Federal and and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, State regulations pertaining to the fiscal management of schools can play an important role in the developmental the program as well as all the requirements pertaining to process by which students establish their health and food service hiring and food service manager/operator nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks licensure and certification. In addition, as required by through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the law, a food safety program based on the principles of development of good eating habits, and by promoting the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) increased physical activity both in and out of school. system shall be implemented with the intent of Schools alone, however, cannot develop in students preventing food-borne illnesses. For added safety and healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and security, access to the facility and the food stored and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. prepared therein shall be limited to food service staff It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also and other authorized persons. parents and the public at large to be involved in a Free and Reduced-Price Meals (Policy 8531) community-wide effort to promote, support, and model The Board of Education recognizes the importance such healthy behaviors and habits. of good nutrition to each student's educational The Board sets the following goals in an effort to performance. enable students to establish good health and nutrition The Board shall provide eligible children with choices to: breakfast, at schools where breakfast is provided, and A. promote nutrition education with the objective of lunch at a reduced rate or at no charge to the student. improving students’ health and reducing Children, eligible for free or reduced-price meals, childhood obesity; shall be determined by the criteria established by the B. improve the health and well-being of our children, Child Nutrition Program. These criteria are issued increase consumption of healthful foods during annually by the Federal government through the the school day, and create an environment that Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. reinforces the development of healthy eating The schools shall annually notify all families of the habits; availability, eligibility requirements, and/or application C. promote nutrition guidelines, a healthing eating procedure for free and reduced-price meals by environment, child nutrition programs, and food distributing an application to the family of each student safety and security on each school campus with enrolled in the school and shall seek out and apply for the objective of promoting student health and such Federal, State, and local funds as may be applied reducing childhood obesity; to the District's program of free and reduced-price D. provide opportunities for every student to develop meals. the knowledge and skills for specific The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
32 Policies Continued ...
Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities (Policy 2266) The Board does not discriminate on the basis of sex (including sexual orientation or gender identity), in its education programs or activities, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, and its implementing regulations, not to discriminate in such a manner. The requirement not to discriminate in its education program or activity extends to admission and employment. The Board is committed to maintaining an education and work environment that is free from discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment.
and Security Committee may work as part of or incoordination with the Environmental Safety Committee and the plan developed in accordance with Policy 8405 - Environmental Health and Safety Program. District administration is granted authority to take appropriate action as required in any instance where the District's plan is inadequate or does not cover the particular situation being addressed, and the urgency of the situation dictates the necessity for immediate decisive action.
The Board prohibits sexual harassment that occurs within its education programs and activities. When the District has actual knowledge of sexual harassment in its education program or activity against a person in the United States, it shall promptly respond in a manner that is not deliberately indifferent. Pursuant to its Title IX obligations, the Board is committed to eliminating sexual harassment and will take appropriate action when an individual is determined responsible for violating this policy. Members of the School District community who commit Sexual Harassment are subject to the full range of disciplinary sanctions set forth in this policy. Third parties who engage in sexual harassment are also subject to the disciplinary sanctions listed in this policy. The Board will provide persons who have experienced Sexual Harassment ongoing supportive measures as reasonably necessary to restore or preserve access to the District’s education programs and activities. Epidemics and Pandemics (Policy 8420.01) Epidemics and pandemics, although related, are different. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines an epidemic as "an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area," and a pandemic as "an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people." To address epidemics and pandemics, the Superintendent shall direct the Safety and Security Committee to develop an Epidemic/Pandemic Plan in coordination with local government and law enforcement officials. The Safety The School District of Waukesha does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student program and activities.
33 Anti-Bullying Policy and Guidelines Policy 5517.01 The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. The Board encourages the promotion of positive interpersonal relations between members of the school community. Bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This prohibition includes physical, verbal, and psychological abuse. The Board will not tolerate any gestures, comments, threats, or actions which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm or personal degradation. This policy applies to all activities in the District, including activities on school property, including at any of the school buildings or other property used exclusively or in part, whether leased or owned by the District, for the purpose of school-related functions or events; or while traveling to or from school or to and from school-sponsored functions or events; in transporting vehicles arranged for by School District officials. The policy applies as well during activities that occur off school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips athletic events where students are under the supervision of school authorities, or where an employee is engaged in school business, or where there is otherwise a connection to the school such that the conduct at issue affects or is intended to affect the student’s educational environment. Definitions "Bullying" Bullying is deliberate or intentional behavior using word or actions, intended to cause fear, intimidation, or harm. Bullying may be a repeated behavior and involves an imbalance of power. Furthermore, it may be serious enough to negatively impact a student's educational, physical, or emotional well being. The behavior may be motivated by an actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic, such as, but not limited to: age; national origin; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; gender identity; sexual orientation; physical attributes; physical or mental ability or disability; and social, economic, or family status; however this type of prohibited bullying behavior need not be based on any of those particular or other particular characteristics. It includes, but is not necessarily limited to such behaviors as stalking, cyberbullying, intimidating, menacing, coercing, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hazing. Some examples of Bullying are: A. Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling, taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact. B. Verbal – taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, name calling, making threats. C. Psychological – spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social exclusion/shunning, extortion, or intimidation. D. "Cyberbullying" – the use of information and communication technologies such as email, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal web sites, and defamatory online personal polling websites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others." Reporting Procedures It is the responsibility of all students, staff and volunteers to report any bullying acts observed or experienced to an administrator or other authority. Each person concerned about bullying shall be given an opportunity to report verbally or in written form. All reports shall be taken seriously and clearly documented. There shall be no retaliation against individuals making such reports. Sanctions When it is determined that students participated in bullying behavior, the administration may take disciplinary action including warnings, exclusion from certain areas/activities of school, detention, suspension, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement and/or social services, as appropriate. The disciplinary action shall include helping students learn accountability for their actions and to develop more appropriate future responses.
34 Student Anti-Harassment Statement Policy 5517
Prohibited Harassment It is the policy of the Board to maintain an educational environment that is free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all District operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of harassment. This policy applies to conduct occurring in any manner or setting over which the Board can exercise control, including on school property, or at another location if such conduct occurs during an activity sponsored by the Board. The Board will not tolerate any form of harassment and will take all necessary and appropriate actions to eliminate it, including suspension or expulsion of students and disciplinary action against any other individual in the School District community. Additionally, appropriate action will be taken to stop and otherwise deal with any third party who engages in harassment against our students. The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against harassment based on the traits of sex (including transgender status, change of sex, or gender identity), race, color, national origin, religion, creed, ancestry, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, or any other characteristic protected by Federal or State civil rights laws (hereinafter referred to as "Protected Classes"), and encourages those within the School District community as well as third parties, who feel aggrieved to seek assistance to rectify such problems. Additionally, the Board prohibits harassing behavior directed at students for any reason, even if not based on one (1) of the Protected Classes, through its policies on bullying (See â€‹Policy 5517.01 â€“ Bullyingâ€‹). Harassment may occur student-to-student, student-to-staff, staff-to-student, male-to-female, female-to-male, male-to-male, or female-to-female. The Board will investigate all allegations of harassment and in those cases where harassment is substantiated, the Board will take immediate steps designed to end the harassment, prevent its reoccurrence, and remedy its effects. Individuals who are found to have engaged in harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. For purposes of this policy, "School District community" means individuals students, administrators, teachers, staff, and as well as Board members, agents, volunteers, contractors, or other persons subject to the control and supervision of the Board. For purposes of this policy, "third parties" include, but are not limited to, guests and/or visitors on District property (e.g., visiting speakers, participants on opposing athletic teams parent), vendors doing business with, or seeking to do business with the Board, and other individuals who come in contact with members of the School District community at school-related events/activities (whether on or off District property).
35 Student Discipline Policy 5600.01 DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES FOR STUDENT MISCONDUCT The Board of Education believes that if the school is to function effectively and students are to be free to pursue their education, then all students must accept responsibilities and meet certain expectations. Student behavior that interferes with the educational process or violates the rights or safety of others will not be tolerated. Students are expected to comply with school and classroom rules, school board policies and state and federal laws at all times. The following actions at school, on school premises or at school-related functions, or under the supervision of a school authority, are subject to disciplinary action. Furthermore, students who are active participants in co-curricular activities and athletics represent the District and are, therefore, expected to follow these guidelines in all their actions in the community on a 12-month basis throughout the calendar year. School dances will require a parent/student permission form that designates specific rules and conduct for that activity. Disciplinary Consequences Students will be disciplined for unacceptable conduct. The exact nature of disciplinary action depends on the circumstances of each individual case. Such conduct includes but is not limited to the following action: Level I Principal/Administrative discretion, but could involve Level II or Level III discipline: A. B. C. D. E.
H. I. J. K. L. M. N. O. P.
Loitering Record and identification falsification, including violation of the academic honesty policy Repeated tardiness Unauthorized use of mobile devices Arrests or convictions in the community, such as an ordinance violation, a misdemeanor, a felony, or a traffic violation on or adjacent to school property, related to student safety or contrary to the educational environment. Violation of state and/or district Bus Rider Rules. Any behavior listed above, when transmitted via electronic means (including, but not limited to the Internet, blogs, e-mails or social networking sites) or any interactive and digital electronics or cell phones used as a delivery mechanism. Defiance of authority Disorderly or disruptive conduct, including fighting and foul or abusive language or gestures Illegal gambling Harassing, threatening or intimidating others; or sexual harassment Possession or use of tobacco in any form Misuse or destruction of any school equipment, technology, data, or facilities Theft, robbery or extortion Vandalism Willful disobedience, non-compliance and insubordination
36 Student Discipline (continued) Policy 5600.01
Q. Hazing â€“ This policy defines hazing as any activity that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health, or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or membership in or affiliation with any organization recognized by the Board. Examples of physical and mental health shall include, but not be limited to, whipping, forced calisthenics, other forced physical activity, or forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment. Any hazing activity, whether by an individual or a group, shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if a student willingly participates. R. Bullying â€“ This policy defines bullying as any deliberate or intentional behavior (words or actions) that involves an imbalance of power, intent to harm, threaten, intimidate, or humiliate. The behavior may be motivated by an actual or perceived distinguishing characteristic such as, but not limited to: age, color, national origin, race, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, social or family status. Each school shall provide for a process of reporting bullying and keeping records of instances and consequences for bullying that resulted in serious discipline. S. Addressing a teacher, administrator, or other staff member with foul or abusive language through verbal, written or electronic media T. Being under the influence of alcohol or any other illegal controlled substance, including unauthorized use of any over-the-counter mood-altering drugs Level II Serious violations or repeated violations of the above-mentioned behaviors will result in suspension or pre-expulsion review. As a general rule, the following progressive discipline will be used: A. 1st Offense = 1-3 day suspension B. 2nd Offense = 5 day suspension C. 3rd offense = move to pre-expulsion review: Level III Proceed directly to pre-expulsion review: A. B. C. D. E. F.
Endangering the health and safety of others Possession of weapons or dangerous articles Setting false fire alarms or setting fires Chronic insubordination and/or refusal to follow school rules Criminal charge of battery and/or assault; or sexual assault Use, possession, sale, or distribution of alcohol or any other illegal controlled substance, including unauthorized use of any over-the-counter mood-altering drugs
Disciplinary action should promote individual student growth, and foster future acceptance of responsibility. Its goal is to eliminate behaviors and situations which interfere with the educational process. It should take place whenever possible at the most appropriate level, i.e. when or where the problem arises or occurs.
37 Student Discipline (continued) Policy 5600.01 Consequences of actions which interfere with the educational process, violate the rights or safety of others, violate school or classroom rules, Board policies or State or Federal laws may include, but are not limited to, any of the following: A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I. J.
Teacher or staff conference with student Teacher-parent contact by phone or letter Detention Referral to a counselor, social worker, Student Assistance Program (SAP), etc. Referral to an assistant principal Administrator-parent contact by phone or letter Restricted privileges including suspension from co-curricular or athletic events Parental conferences at school with a teacher and/or a counselor and/or an assistant principal Suspension, in-school and out-of-school Recommendations for expulsion by the Board
In addition, those offenses that are violations of local ordinances or state law will be referred to law enforcement. Any student who is determined to have brought a gun to school will be brought before the Board for an expulsion hearing. If a student engages in inappropriate behavior not specifically cited in this document, the behavior shall be dealt with in a manner that reflects the spirit of this document. Students who refer themselves to the proper school authorities for alcohol and other drug infractions prior to disciplinary actions shall be given special consideration if a prescribed educational/treatment program is sought and completed. Due Process and Disciplinary Procedures Procedures for disciplining students will be consistent with state and federal laws. Principals may establish other procedures to govern the school not specifically mentioned in the state and federal laws so long as they are not in conflict with those laws and rules. A. Certain standards and procedures should be observed if there is to be a fair consideration of the application of rules and regulations. 1. Rules, regulations and penalties should be made readily available, in writing, to the student body. 2. The student has a right to be informed of specific reasons for an action. 3. Disciplinary action shall conform to the provisions set forth in the student responsibilities section of this document and in accordance with state law. 4. School authorities have an obligation to apply rules, regulations and discipline without prejudice and in a nondiscriminatory manner. If a teacher or administrator does not feel thatâ€‹ â€‹s/he can handle a case on its merit, s/he shall pass the case to a suitable substitute or the next highest person in authority. In accordance with Policy 2260, any student who believes that s/he has been discriminated against may file a complaint with the Superintendent.
38 Student Discipline (continued) Policy 5600.01 B. In order to provide consistent, flexible, and confident leadership in disciplinary matters, the District provides an appeal procedure open both to students and/or their parents. 1. Students have the right to full and impartial review of disciplinary action resulting in out of school suspension or expulsion from school in accordance with state law. 2. If a satisfactory conclusion cannot be reached, the student may appeal a case within five days. The sequence of appeals shall be principal then Superintendent. Complaints involving policy, operations or programs, or procedures may be appealed to the Board of Education under its general complaint procedure â€‹Policy 9130â€‹.
39 For More Information . . . Adult Education/Recreation: Waukesha County Technical College, 262-691-5566 or the City of Waukesha Park & Recreation Department, 262-524-3737
Lunch Program: Call Aramark at 262-970-4330 Menus for all schools appear on Channel 13 or go to the District website
Alcohol and Drug Issues: Call a school guidance counselor or the Student Services Office, 262-970-1117
Elementary School Prices Only: Breakfast = $1.25 Lunch = $2.20 Ala Carte milk = $0.40
Building Usage: School-related — Call the school office Other/rental — Call District Business Services, 262-970-1046 Teaching and Learning: Call the Teaching and Learning Office , 262-970-1080 Employment: Call the Human Resources Office, 262-970-1033
Registering for School: Enrollment Office, 262-970-1105 Residency Questions; Enrollment Office, 262-970-1105 School Board Meetings: Superintendent’s Office, 262-970-1012
Fiscal Questions Call the Business Office, 262-970-1042
School Closings: Check local TV and radio stations or Check the District website listed below
Gifted and Talented Education: Call the G & T Team Leader, 262-970-1077
Special Education: Student Services Office, 262-970-1117
Health Rooms: Call your school office or the Student Services Office, 262-970-1117
Speech Therapy: Student Services Office, 262-970-1117
In-School Daycare: Call your school office
Assessments: Amy Riebel, Data Communication Liaison, 262-970-1135
Student Transfers: Call the Enrollment Office, 262-970-1105
Elementary Summer School: Amy Riebel, 262-970-1135
Kindergarten Registration & Screening: Call the Enrollment Office, 262-970-1105
Title I: Melissa Yow, 262-970-1051
Check out the district’s website for information and to e-mail administrators with questions and concerns.