Our Guidelines and Rules
Designed to Keep Us Safe, Respectful & Responsible.
Designed to Keep Us Safe, Respectful & Responsible.
Here are some guidelines and rules we have established to help keeps our students, staff, teachers safe and progressing towards optimal academic and behavioral outcomes. Click on the links below to read more about each policy. We appreciate you encouraging your children to follow these standards to ensure safety and academic acceleration.
Absence: Unless otherwise indicated on the yearly school calendar, students are required to be on site at NW School during school hours: Mon., Tues., Thur. & Fri. 9:00—2:30, and Wed. 9:00-12:30. NWSOIL is a year-round school and all students are expected to attend in the summer. Any extended absences not approved in advance will be considered unexcused. Consistent attendance in school is required by the State of Washington and is conducive to high academic achievement.
Illness: Students who have the following symptoms should not attend school, and should stay at home to rest and recuperate:
Students may return to school when above symptoms have been gone for 24 hours. Extended absences of two or more days in a week due to illness require a doctor’s note to be considered excused. Students who are out on an extended illness should make arrangements with their teacher to stay current on missing assignments. Students who develop symptoms of illness at school will be assessed by NWSOIL administration and parent/guardians will be notified. In some cases, parent/guardians may need to pick up their child from school.
Truancy/Becca Bill: In 1995, the Washington State legislature passed a truancy law known as the Becca Bill. The law requires school districts to file truancy petitions in the juvenile court when students accumulate a specific number of unexcused absences. A child absent without an approved excuse may be taken into custody without a warrant and delivered to the parent/guardian or school program. When students are absent from school, the parents will be notified of their student’s absence. If students regularly accumulate unexcused absences, their attendance record will be forwarded to the school district for possible Becca Bill violation and enforcement. For more information on the compulsory attendance laws in WA state, see RCW 28A.225.015, 28A.225.020, and 28A.225.025
NWSOIL staff attempts to keep all students participating in activities within their classroom throughout the school day. However, staff intervene when students are unable to follow their classroom rules and expectations. There is a broad range of interventions: prompts to stop inappropriate behavior, directions to take a 2 minute time-out in the hallway, directions to go to the Strategies Room, placement in the Quiet Room.* Staff will use the least restrictive intervention while maintaining an appropriate learning environment. More information about behavioral interventions can be located on your students individual behavior intervention plan (BIP) or the emergency response protocol (ERP) in your students IEP. Students who go to the Strategies Room will process the incident with the Behavior Intervention Specialist before they may return to the classroom. The student will also develop a plan for handling similar incidents in the future.
*All staff receive training in Handle With Care, a Behavior Management System.
Parents/guardians may supply refreshments for the class on their child’s birthday. Any treats brought to school, must be store-bought, and unopened. Gift exchanges are not permitted.
NWSOIL is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all staff and students free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. Harassment, intimidation or bullying means any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability [RCW 9A.36.080(3)] or other distinguishing characteristic when the intentional written, verbal, or physical act:
“Other distinguishing characteristics” may include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, gender identity, and marital status. Harassment, intimidation or bullying may take many forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral or physical actions.
NWSOIL will take prompt, equitable and remedial action within it’s authority on reports, complaints, and grievances alleging harassment, intimidation or bullying that come to the attention of school administration, either formally or informally.
Student transportation is scheduled to arrive at NWSOIL between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. Students will enter the building one at a time as directed by staff. All students will proceed into the school lobby for check-in. Due to the nature of the population of students served by NWSOIL, it is school policy to conduct a contraband search of person and property upon arrival to school each day. The following steps outline the daily search routine.
The following rules apply to storage, use and staff response to personal items that students bring to school:
Items which will be collected at check-in and not returned:
*Should weapons, drugs, or other forms of contraband material be found during the search they will be confiscated and administration will be notified immediately.
Items which will be collected at check-in and only returned directly to the parent/legal guardian:
Items which will be collected at check-in and thrown away:
Items which will be collected at check-in and returned at the end of the day:
This list is not exhaustive. Additional items not listed above may be prohibited at staff discretion.
Due to the nature of the population of student that we serve it is the policy that NWSOIL to conduct contraband search of each student and his/her property upon arrival to school each day. The following steps outline the procedure for searching each student regardless of class, gender, ethnicity, economic standing, religion, or disability.
Upon arrival the student will be taken aside by a trained school employee:
Should weapons or other forms of contraband material be found during the search it will be confiscated and the program manager will be notified immediately. For additional information on consequences refer to the student handbook.
The use, possession or distribution of controlled substances including alcohol, marijuana, tobacco and all illegal drugs in or around the premises is strictly prohibited. This also applies to consumption prior to arrival and the possession of paraphernalia (pipes, bottles, papers, lighters, etc.) associated with controlled substances. Students who violate these rules may be referred to a chemical dependency counselor for assessment, may be suspended, or may be referred to the police. The parent/guardian and the student’s home school district will be notified. Additionally, over-the-counter drugs are not allowed. Examples are Visine, Sudafed, mouthwash, etc. If a student must take over-the-counter drugs they will be dispensed by the school staff (See Over-the-Counter Medications).
In the event of a major disaster, students will remain at the school under the supervision of their teacher and staff. Emergency supplies and equipment are stored at the school. Your child will only be released to adults authorized on their current Personal Data Sheet. In the event of a building evacuation, school personnel will set up temporary occupancy in the parking lot directly across from NWSOIL.
Students at NWSOIL are expected to dress in a manner that reflects pride and respect for themselves and their school and is appropriate for academic success. It is generally accepted that student dress shall be clean and appropriate for the activity in which the student is engaged.
The following are prohibited:
Students whose manner of dress violates the school dress code shall be asked to make appropriate corrections.
POLICY: In the event of a student elopement. It is the policy of NWSOIL to act in accordance with the welfare of the student and the public while respecting the students’ rights.
PURPOSE: To define school practice in the event of a student elopement. When any student elopes or is believed to be missing, the school staff shall respond quickly and thoroughly in an effort to ensure the student returns safely and in a timely manner.
DEFINITION: Elopement: A situation in which a student succeeds in leaving the facility premises without authorization.
PROCEDURE: When it becomes reasonably certain that a student is missing without authorization, the person making the observation must initiate the following:
All students must meet set rules in order to attend a field trip, outing or activity. Students who “act out” or engage in inappropriate behavior(s) while on the outing may be returned to the school by staff and possibly banned from future outings.
NWSOIL provides lunch and a light snack to all students. Students may bring their own food and drinks to consume at snack and lunch times. If NWSOIL staff determine a snack item to be inappropriate for the school setting (i.e. excess candy, sugary soda, caffeinated/energy drinks), they will be confiscated and parent-contact will be made. All drinks must be unopened and in their original containers. Glass containers are not allowed. Please DO NOT send any meals that require preparation or reheating, such as instant noodles or soups. Students do not have access to any appliances. Parents/guardians may choose to provide treats for a classroom due to a party, celebration, or other event. Parents/guardians must discuss this with the classroom teacher prior to bringing in food items. NWSOIL is a nut-free and shellfish-free facility. Please do not send your student with any products that may contain nuts or shellfish.
School Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 AM—2:30 PM. On Wednesday hours are 9 AM – 12:30 PM. Staff is available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00p.m. Monday-Friday
Students must provide proof of immunization according to Washington State standards or must have an official waiver of immunization on file. Forms are in the registration packet and need to be completed, signed, and returned before the first day of attendance. Forms are also available from the Public Health Department or the student’s doctor.
Over the Counter Medications: There are days when students come to school with a headache or other minor pain related issues and need to take a pain reliever. School staff cannot prescribe any medication to students. If you would like your child to be able to take a pain reliever when they are having a headache, etc., please bring in an unopened bottle of a medication (over the counter) of your choice with your student’s name on it and this signed form. Student may not bring in the medication. When your child requests to have a pain reliever, you will be notified via phone or written communication home. Thank you for your cooperation.
As normal and regular practice, medication should be administered at home whenever possible. However, we understand that in many cases, dosages may fall into the hours when your child is at school. In these situations, the following rules must be followed:
Charges for repairs/replacement of any school property defaced or damaged by NWSOIL students will be billed to their homes. We do not necessarily believe parents/guardians should be held responsible for their student’s actions; however, we do feel that arrangements for payment or damages should be a family decision. This may include additional chores in the home, community or at NWSOIL. In addition, NWSOIL personnel may press charges against the student for property destruction.
It is the policy of NWSOIL to encourage students to make better choices at school, at home, and in the community. To the extent that it is possible, students will be protected from self-harming behaviors while at school. Furthermore, students who have done self-harming behavior will be restricted from displaying bruises, cuts, abrasions, burns and other self-inflicted harm to other students and staff while at NWSOIL. They will be expected to use band-aids and other first aid supplies to cover the damage, and should do their best to ensure that their clothing also covers the damage.
Students may not give, sell, borrow, loan, or exchange property for any length of time. This includes all property regardless of the value or perceived value.
Students attending NWSOIL are not allowed to drive their vehicles to school unless they have a pre-arranged driving contract. This contract needs to be developed by a team including the student, parents/guardians, school therapist, and teacher. It must be signed by the school administration.
When a student’s transportation arrives at school, the student is expected to remain in the vehicle until NWSOIL staff meets them curbside. Students who exhibit unsafe or disruptive behaviors on the bus may be required to start the day in Strategies to process and problem solve. The school district may become involved in additional interventions if the situation warrants.
Suspensions are used for very serious rule infractions. All suspensions will be determined by school administration, and communicated to the parent in writing. Any student, parent, or guardian who is aggrieved by the imposition of the suspension has the right to an informal conference with the school administration and staff members involved for the purpose of resolving the grievance.
It is a violation of Washington State Law (RCW 28A.600.420) for any student to carry any dangerous weapons onto school premises, school provided transportation, school facilities or non-school facilities being used by the school. A violation constitutes disciplinary action from NWSOIL, in accordance with the due process provisions of Washington State Law. School staff shall promptly notify law enforcement and the student’s parent/guardian regarding any allegation or indication of such violation.
NWSOIL staff will enforce the following procedure for a weapons offense:
Students shall not display, reflect, or participate in dress, apparel, activities, acts, behaviors, or manner of grooming which: (a) lead school officials to reasonably believe that such behavior, apparel, activities, acts, or other attributes are gang related and would disrupt or interfere with the school environment, activity or educational objectives; (b) present a physical safety hazard to self, students, or others; (c) create an atmosphere in which a student, staff, or other person’s well-being is adversely affected by undue pressure, behavior, intimidation, overt gesture, or threat of violence; or (d) imply gang membership or affiliation by written communication, marks, drawings, or emblems upon any school or person.
In the event that laws are broken while students are at school, the police may be notified. When this happens, school administration will call the police and file a report with the local police department. School staff will also contact the student’s parent/guardian and the school district.
NWSOIL follows the same weather related school closure guidelines as nearby public school districts. In the event of inclement weather, the Tacoma campus will operate under the same parameters of all Tacoma Public Schools, the Redmond campus will follow the same parameters as Lake Washington School District and the Tumwater campus will follow the same parameters as Tumwater School District*. The school’s normal start time is 9:00 a.m.
*Many districts will cancel “out-of-district” transportation, during times of inclement weather. When this happens, it may affect your child’s transportation to our school. Students who can not attend school due to inclement weather will have their absence excused. Check with your local transportation provider for more information.