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
Our Mission, Vision and Values …………………………………………………….2 Elementary School Sites …………………………………………………………….4 Nondiscrimination Statement………………………………………………………...5 Administrative Offices………………………………………………………………...5 4K Program……………………………………………………………………………6 Student Learning…………………………………………………………………..7-12 Assessment…………………………………………………………………..10 Grading…………………………………………………………………….11-12 Human Growth & Development Program……………………………….9-10 Mathematics………………………………………………………………...7-8 Personal Safety……………………………………………………………….8 Reading and Writing Workshop……………………………………………..7 Religion in the Curriculum………………………………………………….8-9 What Students/Parents/Guardians Can Expect of School………….………….13 What Schools Expect of Students/Parents…………….………………………...14 Guidelines to Student Rights and Responsibilities…………………………..15-17 Procedures for Handling Violations……………………………………………….17 School Board Policies…………………………………………………………..18-28 Academic Honesty…………………………………………………………..21 Alcohol and/or Other Drug Use…………………………………………….19 Attendance…………………………………………………………………...18 Communicable Disease…………………..………………………………...20 Controversial Issues in the Classroom……………………………………22 Copyrighted Works………………...………………………………………..22 Curriculum Modifications…………………………………………………....22 Dress and Grooming………………………………………………………...18 Food Services/Free and Reduced-Price Meals…………………………..28 Homeless……………………………………………………………………..27 Homework……………………………………………………………………21 Medication……………………………………………………………………20-21 Promotion, Placement & Retention………………………………………..18 Pupil Non-Discrimination…………………………………………………...19 School Bus Rules…………………………………………………………...22 ection 504/ADA Prohibition Against Discrimination Based on Disability…...20 S Student Privacy/Abuse….……………………………………………….27-28 Student Records…………………………………………………………….22 Technology Acceptable Use…………………………………………...23-25 Tobacco Use in School Prohibited………………………………….……..19 Use of Seclusion & Physical Restraint with Students………..………….26 Weapons in School……………………………………………....……...21-22 Wellness……………………………………………………………………..28 Anti-Bullying Policy and Guidelines……………………………………….……...29 Harassment Statement………………………………………………….…………30 Additional Information…………………………………………………….………..31
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 Jeffrey Peterson
Blair 301 Hyde Park 262-970-1400 Principal Aida Cruz-Farin
Lowell 140 N. Grandview Blvd. 262-970-1900 Principal Rachel Hermann
Whittier 1103 S. East Avenue 262-970-2800 Principal Tahereh DeLeon
Hadfield 733 Linden Street 262-970-1500 Principal Alan Busch
Meadowbrook 3130 Rolling Ridge Drive 262-970-2000 Principal Jessica Wagner
Hawthorne 1111 Maitland Drive 262-970-1600 Principal Carly Solberg
Prairie 1801 Center Road 262-970-2200 Principal Dennis Griffin, Jr.
Waukesha STEM AcademyRandall Campus (K-5) 114 S. Charles Street 262-970-2300 Principal Melissa Horn
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: Christine Hedstrom 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 Todd Gray Phone: 262-970-1012 E-mail: email@example.com Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Christine Hedstrom 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
Elementary Guidance Office Phone: 262-970-1117 School District Nurse Phone: 262-970-1117 Gifted & Talented Office Sharon Thiede: 262-970-1077 Marisa Nathan: 262-970-1388 Aramark Provides food service at each site Phone: 262-970-4330
Administrator of Early Learning Laura Faust Phone: 262-970-2710 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
6 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 district early learning director 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.
A meeting with the Director of Early Learning is required when discussing retention.
Parent conferences, home visits, 4K events such as Curriculum Night, Pizza with Santa, Reading and Technology Nights are examples of supports 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.
7 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.
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
Coach in your building. You can also visit our Math Family Help Site http://goo.gl/5yJdgk.
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 25 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 olicy 8800 and AG 8800A, conform with P
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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.
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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.
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 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 Assessment - Policy 2623 measure student achievement and growth in The Board of Education shall assess student reading and mathematics. For more information achievement and needs in all areas of the curriculum in on MAP testing, visit: www.nwea.org order to determine the progress of students and to Literacy Assessments - Policy 2131.01 assist them in attaining District Goals ● Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) Administered during the fall and spring Assessments serve a variety of purposes. for 4K, Kindergarten, first and second grade Large Scale students. Measures rhyme awareness, Large scale assessments are administered once during beginning sound awareness, alphabet the academic year and provide a “big picture” view of knowledge, letter sounds, spelling, and concept student achievement. These assessments are largely of word. used to look at trends in achievement over time. ● Running Record ● Wisconsin Forward Exam for students in grades Administered individually in Kindergarten 3-5 math and reading with additional science, through fifth grade. This assessment monitors social studies and writing sections for grade 4. decoding, comprehension and fluency. Spring administration. Classroom Assessments ● Dynamic Learning Maps as determined by a Classroom assessments have the largest direct impact student’s Individualized Education Plan. Spring on student achievement. These are daily assessments administration. ● ACCESS is language proficiency assessment for that teachers use to guide their instruction and to engage students in the self monitoring of their learning. students for which English is not their primary Teachers may choose to use interviewing, questioning, language. Winter administration. work samples, and observations. 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 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.
12 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.
15 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.
Student Code Of Classroom Conduct (Policy 5500)
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.
16 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 (Policies 5600/5600.01) In-school discipline, including, but not limited to, detention, in-school restriction, in-school suspension, will only be offered at the discretion of the Principal for offenses found in the Student Code of Conduct. No student is to be detained after the close of the regular school day unless the student's parent has been contacted and informed that the student will be detained. No student shall be refused transportation services until the parent has been notified and other suitable transportation arrangements have been made. Notification to the parent is the responsibility of school personnel and should be made prior to the departure of school buses. If a parent cannot be contacted, the child should be detained on another day. The Board believes that the best discipline is self-imposed and that students should learn to assume responsibility for their own behavior and the consequences of their actions. The Board shall require each student of this District to adhere to the Code of Conduct promulgated by the administration and to submit to such disciplinary measures as are appropriately assigned for infraction of those rules. Such rules shall require that students: A. conform to reasonable standards of socially-acceptable behavior; B. respect the person and property of others; C. preserve the degree of order necessary to the educational program in which they are engaged; D. respect the rights of others; E. obey constituted authority and respond to those who hold that authority.
17 Student Discipline (continued) The Superintendent shall promulgate administrative guidelines for student conduct which carry out the purposes of this policy and: A. are not arbitrary but bear a reasonable relationship to the need to maintain a school environment conducive to learning; B. do not discriminate among students; C. do not demean students; D. do not violate any individual rights constitutionally guaranteed to students. The Superintendent shall designate sanctions, excluding corporal punishment, for the infractions of rules which shall: A. relate in kind and degree to the infraction; B. help the student learn to take responsibility for his/her actions; C. be directed, where possible, to reduce the effects of any harm which may have been caused by the student's misconduct.
Handling Violations A school has rules to help students do their best. When rules are enforced, school is a good place to learn and work. □ Who’s in charge? The School Board makes major decisions about rules and discipline and asks the Superintendent of Schools to carry them out. Principals are in charge of each school building and have the authority –– with the permission of the superintendent –– to make reasonable rules concerning student conduct. Teachers and other school workers enforce school rules and their expectations for students. They may speak to any student at anytime about a problem. □ What happens when someone breaks the rules? • The person in charge will talk with the student as soon as possible. • The student will be asked to talk with the teacher and/or principal. • The parent/guardian will be asked to talk with the teacher or principal. • The student might have privileges taken away. • The student might have to stay after school. □ What happens if some cases of serious problems or problems continue? • The student might be suspended from classes. • The student might be removed from school, i.e., suspension or expulsion. • The student might be referred to the police or juvenile court for action
18 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 ● 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.
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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 30) 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"). Christine Hedstrom 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
20 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 of Education 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
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'
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Student Abuse and Neglect (Policy 8462) The Board of Education is concerned with the physical and mental well-being of all children of this District and will cooperate in the identification and reporting of cases of child abuse or neglect in accordance with law. The Board shall require every employee to receive Homeless Students (Policy 5111.01) training provided by the Department of Public Instruction Children who are identified as meeting the Federal (DPI) in identifying children who have been abused or definition of "homeless" will be provided a free neglected and in the laws and procedures detailed appropriate public education (FAPE) in the same herein governing the reporting of suspected or manner as all other students of the District. To that end, threatened child abuse and neglect. Such training shall homeless students will not be stigmatized or segregated be completed within the first six (6) months of on the basis of their status as homeless. employment in the District and thereafter at least once Homeless children and youth are defined as every five (5) years after the initial training. individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate Each District employee who has reasonable cause to nighttime residence, and include children and youth suspect child abuse or neglect has occurred or is who meet any of the following criteria: occurring shall be responsible for reporting immediately A. share the housing of other persons due to loss every case, whether ascertained or suspected, of abuse of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason or neglect resulting in physical or mental injury to a child B. live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping by other than accidental means. grounds due to a lack of alternative adequate The employee shall immediately call the local office accommodations of the Child Welfare Department or local law C. live in emergency or transitional shelters enforcement agency. D. are abandoned in hospitals Employees shall also notify the appropriate administrator according to the Districts Reporting Procedure for Student Abuse or Neglect.
Student Abuse and Neglect (continued) According to Board policies and State laws, all District staff who suspect physical or sexual abuse or neglect of a child shall refer such a case to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
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 Wellness (Policy 8510) and State regulations pertaining to the selection, The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular preparation, delivery, consumption, and disposal of food physical activity affect the health and well-being of the and beverages, including but not limited to the current District's students. Furthermore, research suggests that USDA school meal pattern requirements and the USDA there is a positive correlation between a student's health Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, as well as and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, to the fiscal management of the program. Further, the schools can play an important role in the developmental food-service program shall comply with Federal and process by which students establish their health and State regulations pertaining to the fiscal management of nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks the program as well as all the requirements pertaining to through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the food service hiring and food service manager/operator development of good eating habits, and by promoting licensure and certification. In addition, as required by increased physical activity both in and out of school. law, a food safety program based on the principles of Schools alone, however, cannot develop in students the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and system shall be implemented with the intent of exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. preventing food-borne illnesses. For added safety and It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also security, access to the facility and the food stored and parents and the public at large to be involved in a prepared therein shall be limited to food service staff community-wide effort to promote, support, and model and other authorized persons. such healthy behaviors and habits. The Board sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition Free and Reduced-Price Meals (Policy 8531) choices to: The Board of Education recognizes the importance A. promote nutrition education with the objective of of good nutrition to each student's educational improving students’ health and reducing performance. childhood obesity; The Board shall provide eligible children with B. improve the health and well-being of our breakfast, at schools where breakfast is provided, and children, increase consumption of healthful lunch at a reduced rate or at no charge to the student. foods during the school day, and create an Children, eligible for free or reduced-price meals, environment that reinforces the development of shall be determined by the criteria established by the healthy eating habits; Child Nutrition Program. These criteria are issued C. promote nutrition guidelines, a healthing eating annually by the Federal government through the environment, child nutrition programs, and food Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. safety and security on each school campus with The schools shall annually notify all families of the the objective of promoting student health and availability, eligibility requirements, and/or application reducing childhood obesity; procedure for free and reduced-price meals by D. provide opportunities for every student to distributing an application to the family of each student develop the knowledge and skills for specific enrolled in the school and shall seek out and apply for physical activities, maintain physical fitness, such Federal, State, and local funds as may be applied regularly participate in physical activity, and to the District's program of free and reduced-price understand the short and long-term benefits of a meals. physically active lifestyle; E. promote the health and wellness of students and staff through other school based activities
29 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.
30 Student Anti-Harassment Statement Policy 5517 Prohibited Harassment It is the policy of the Board of Education 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 Characteristics"), 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 of the Protected Characteristics, through its policies on bullying â€‹(See Policy 5517.01 â€“ Bullying)â€‹. 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. Any person who believes he or she has been sexually harassed may file a written or oral complaint with their immediate supervisor, building principal, or the executive director of human resources. A complaint procedure is then followed. Any person dissatisfied with the decisions made may appeal to the next level (supervisor, principal, human resources director, superintendent, Board of Education).
31 For More Information . . .
Adult Education/Recreation: Waukesha County Technical College, 262-695-6500 or the City of Waukesha Park & Recreation Department, 262-524-3737 Alcohol and Drug Issues: Call a school guidance counselor or the Student Services Office, 262-970-1117 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
Lunch Program: Call Aramark at 262-970-4330 Menus for all schools appear on Channel 13 or go to the District website listed below, then click on Programs/FoodService Elementary School Prices Only: Breakfast = $1.25 Lunch = $2.20 Ala Carte milk = $0.40 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.