Please Note: From time to time, pictures of students and parents will be placed on this site or in other school/district publications. Should a student or parent not wish such pictures to be used, please contact the district office and we will ensure your request is honored.
Parents also have the option to not allow their children's contact information to be given to recruiters from the military forces. If you wish to use the "Recruiter Opt-out Form", it is located in our "Documents" section of this site.
The following items are discussed below in the order shown:
Access to Programs
Access to Student Records
Annual Notice to Parents
Asbestos Management Plan
Directors of Raymond Schools
Kindergarten Entry Age
Preparing for Conferences
Reduced Price Meals
Section 504 Rights
ACCESS TO PROGRAMS
Raymond Schools are required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 to ensure equal access to participation in its programs, activities and employment. Reasonable accommodation will be made for individuals with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities essential to participate in the benefits of the school district. For more information, please contact Steve Holland, Superintendent.
ACCESS TO STUDENT RECORDS
In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1984 (a federal law), parents who wish to review their child's records may do so by making a request to the principal of the student''s school. Adult students may also make such requests.
If you feel that something in the record is inaccurate or misleading, you may ask to have it corrected or have your comments added to the record.
If you and the principal cannot agree to corrections or additions, a hearing may be requested. This request should be directed to the superintendent.
Directory information, name, photograph,address, phone number, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, participation in activities, height, weight, diplomas, awards, and previous school, may be publicly released without consent. Parents or students desiring to exclude any such information from the public release should file an official request with the building principal. You may also go to the federal site for further information.
ANNUAL NOTICE TO PARENTS REGARDING RIGHTS UNDER THE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE ACT
Under Washington's Public Disclosure Act (Chapter 42. 17 RCW), you have the right to review public documents that are not exempt from disclosure. Generally, the district may not disclose personal information in files maintained for employees. Certain matters in an employee's personnel file, however, may be disclosed. These matters include documents containing disciplinary information about a specific instance of misconduct, including documents related to sexual misconduct or physical abuse by the employee.
ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Raymond School District, in compliance with AHERA Regulations, has conducted an assessment of asbestos contained in building materials within buildings under the district's control. A management plan has been developed to protect the health of students and staff. Copies of the plan are available in the respective office of each building and a complete set is maintained for public inspection in the district office at 1016 Commercial Street, Raymond.
The district will be conducting periodic surveillance every six (6) months and reinspecting once every three (3) years to ensure that asbestos containing materials are maintained in good condition. The district will have asbestos materials removed should they become significantly damaged or routinely as a part of any renovation project. Raymond Elementary is asbestos free, and once the new high school is completed, the entire district will be asbestos free.
All students in the Raymond School District are expected to attend school on a regular basis. Daily attendance is one of the keys to a student's educational success. Every subject taught in the school system requires a student's active and continuous involvement in order to develop skill and learning of the particular subject. An absent student loses the experience of lecture, discussion and participation forever.
Personal illness health condition, family emergencies and parental activities such as professional appointments and religious events will constitute approved reasons for absence from school.
Regular attendance is required by state law. A recent change in that law requires the school to contact parents following an absence not covered in the section above and mandates a conference between parents and school officials upon two (2) or more days of unexcused absence in any month. Raymond schools have routinely contacted parents of absent students in the past.
Board of Directors
THE DIRECTORS SET SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY
While many have a hand in shaping our school system, the Raymond Board of Education must ultimately answer to the electorate and the Washington Department of Education. The Board of Education sets the policies that guide public education from kindergarten through the twelfth grades.
The five members of the Board are elected from the District at large to serve four-year terms. Terms have staggered expiration dates. To be eligible, a candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a registered voter in the Director District for which he wishes to file and be able to read and write the English language. If a vacancy occurs in the middle of a member's term, it will be filled by appointment of the Board of Directors. School Board members receive no compensation for their considerable commitment of time and energy.
The five school directors are constantly assessing the community's needs and aspirations to develop an educational program that is consistent with community resources. Once these decisions are made, it is the job of the superintendent of schools working with the administrative team to creatively execute the Board's objectives.
The Board of Education may hold study sessions in addition to regular meetings. Study sessions are designed as opportunities for the board to examine specific issues in detail and secure the input of community and staff. Official action is normally taken at the regular board meeting which is held on the Tuesday preceding the last work day of each month at 7:00 P. M. in the Raymond High School library.
Each meeting has a portion set aside for questions from citizens. You are welcome to comment on issues during the “Community Input" portion of the meeting. Contact the Superintendent of Schools (942-3415) and ask for a recommendation as to the best way to address the Board, particularly if your concern may require more time than is normally available at a board meeting or involves staff/student/parent relations.
ABOUT HEALTH REQUIREMENTS .
Your child's good health is important to us. That's why we insist that all state immunization requirements are met.
Washington's immunization law requires that all children must be either fully immunized, in the process of being immunized, or exempt from being immunized.
Required: At least four (4) vaccinations for diptheria, tetanus pertussis (DTP/DT/TD) and three (3) polio (OPV/IPV), the last of which must have been given on or after the child's fourth birthday; and two (2) vaccinations for measles, mumps, and rubella--the second to be taken by grade six or age 13, whichever comes first. Requirements added last year include three (3) doses of Hepatitis B vaccine prior to entering kindergarten, (if the child is already beyond kindergarten, it is strongly recommended they receive three (3) doses of Hepatitis B vaccine prior to leaving elementary school) and a tetanus/diphtheria booster prior to graduation from high school.
All elementary and secondary students are required to be immunized as a prerequisite for school attendance. If they are not, they will be excluded from school. There are some exceptions. They are:
--If your child has had measles and your doctor has signed your child's Certificate of Immunization Status showing the month and year of the disease;
--If your child is immune to rubella and your doctor has signed the Certificate verifying this;
--If your child qualifies for an exemption on the basis of medical, philosophical, or religious reasons.
If there are medical, religious, or philosophical reasons why your student should not be immunized, you must sign a waiver and present it at the student's school. If your child is in need of additional vaccines, please contact your physician, local health department or community clinic.
ILLNESS - If your child is absent from school because of illness, he or she should not return to school until fully recovered. The child should not attend school for at least 24 hours after his or her temperature has returned to normal or vomiting has ceased. Below are regulations for the more common communicable health problems.
Exclusion from school until free of symptoms and until all open sores have crusted.
(Pink Eye) A student with inflammation of the eye or eyelid shall be excluded from school until 1) the inflammation has cleared, or 2) a physician certifies that the student does not have conjunctivitis in an infectious state.
Exclusion from school until adequately treated. Treatment should be directed by school nurse, physician or health department. Nits (eggs) MUST be eliminated before child can return to school.
Exclusion from school while sores remain or until a physician certifies that a student is under adequate and continuing treatment.
Exclusion from school while fever or visible swelling is present for a minimum of seven (7) days.
May attend school with physician's statement that the student is under treatment.
May attend school with physician's statement that treatment has been completed or is in progress.
The Raymond School District carries on an active and comprehensive health services program since the health of the child bears a direct relationship to the child's ability to learn. Services include various health screenings, and working with parents to solve health problems.
Health is a quality of physical, mental and social well-being that allows an individual to function effectively. Parents have the basic responsibility for the health of their children. The RN's role is to assist in identification of health problems and to help parents find appropriate resources.
Parents are responsible for the care of students who become ill or injured at school. It is important that the school be able to contact the parent or another adult who will assume responsibility in case of an emergency.
Students are not allowed to go to their homes unless the parent or another adult is present. The school should be notified immediately of changes of address, telephone, employer or emergency numbers.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
The use of medication at school is permitted only when it has beendetermined necessary and it is requested in writing by a physician and/or the student's parents.
The District offers a complete public education program for approximately 600 students from kindergarten through grade 12.
The three R's - reading writing, and arithmetic, are the focus of Basic Education which also includes excellent programs in social studies, science, physical education, health, art, music, and vocational education.
A broad range of social studies programs provides students with he opportunity to study other people and lands, learn map and globe reading skills and learn about the history and government of the United States and the state of Washington.
In science, the elementary schools provide a program involving a graded series of units of experimentation and activity. At the Jr/Sr High School, students may take courses in Physical Science, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Chemistry and Physics. Anatomy/Physiology is available through the Tri-District program.
Vocational training is now offered in Construction Technology, Commercial Art, Introduction to Business, Microcomputer Applications, Diversified Occupations, and a variety of Family and Consumer Science subjects. Several classes are approved by Grays Harbor for earning college credits. Additional vocational programming including Horticulture is available through the Tri-District.
The SRA/Open Court Reading series is used throughout the primary grades. This series places more emphasis on decoding skills (phonics) than the previous basal series. Silver Burdette/Ginn Literature Works is used by the intermediate grades. Developmental reading is available through the Title 1 program for those students who need special help with learning to read. Reading instruction is provided for seventh graders and additional help is offered Jr/Sr High schoolers in the Learning Center. Accelerated Reading is used as a supplementary text.
The Trailblazers Program has been adopted as the basic textbook for K-5, and Passport to Mathematics for 6-8. Problem solving strategies assist students in learning math applications. Supplemental materials are used to reinforce addition, subtractions, multiplication and division. Accelerated Math supplements the program.
The high school offers general math, applied math, pre algebra, algebra I & II, geometry, and pre-calculus for college-oriented students.
LANGUAGE ARTS - Language development proceeds from oral or spoken language to reading printed material to using language in writing. Language Arts includes the study of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and composition skills, as well as literature appreciation.
The teachers in the early elementary grades work very hard on the oral language. Assistance is being given to those students who have limited English skills through the ESL program.
Grammar and writing skills are emphasized in the Jr/Sr High School. Additional work in English is offered in classes such as speech/drama, literature, etc.
ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC LEARNING REQUIREMENTS
The Raymond School District, in accordance with HB1209, is aligning its curriculum with the Essential Academic Learning Requirements established by the Commission on Student Learning.
KINDERGARTEN ENTRY AGE
The State of Washington has established uniform entry qualifications: For kindergarten, a child must be five (5) years of age as of midnight August 31 of the year of entry. For first grade, a child must be six (6) years of age as of midnight August 31 as of the year of entry.
Periodically, the district may determine that a late start is required. For example, snow or ice on the roads may make it unsafe for busses to travel until later in the day. When a later start is deemed necessary, the particulars of the situation (such as time and reason for the late start) will be announced on all local radio and television stations, as well as Facebook and Twitter. This web site will also have a link to emergency information. We will also attempt to call all students and staff.
The process used to determine whether our schools are to be closed, if we'll have a two-hour delay or if we will operate school are as follows:
The transportation directors of the local districts (Raymond, South Bend and Valley) are out at 5:30 a.m. checking the roads. They confer with each other and decide what recommendation, if any, to make to their respective superintendents. Based on the individual district's circumstances, the transportation directors and superintendents decide what to do. These decisions are based on knowledge derived from several decades of combined experience.
The decision to close or delay is never taken lightly. In this area, it is often the case that the roads are not inherently dangerous, but require our drivers to use their experience and training to make appropriate judgments in such variables as speed and stopping distance. Drivers are aware that their primary job is to ensure safe transport and use their discretion; if a bus arrives 10 minutes late because the driver decided they needed to go slower, teachers understand that the driver made the right decision.
Ultimately, of course, the busses are there to help the students and parents. If a parent feels uncomfortable with his/her children being transported by bus, he/she may make that decision and be assured that the absence will not be counted as an unexcused absence.
REDUCED PRICE AND FREE LUNCHES
All students whose family income falls within the guidelines set by the U. S. Department of Agriculture should fill out an application for free or reduced price lunches. Applications are given to all students at the beginning of the school year and are available at all school offices during the year. Information on the application form is confidential and will be used to determine eligibility. The Washngton State Legislature has provided funding for the 2006/2007 school year that eliminates the co-pay for students eligible to receive reduced-price breakfasts, therefore we will not charge reduced-price eligible students for breakfast during the 2006/2007 school year. It is unknown at this time whether this funding will be continued beyond the 2006-2007 school year. Please note: this elimination of the co-pay DOES NOT apply to reduced-price lunches. The full co-pay is required.
K-6 7-12 Adult
Breakfast $1. 00/NC $1. 00/NC $1. 50
Lunch $1. 75/.40 $2. 00/. 40 $3. 25
MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION OF CERTIFICATED EMPLOYEES
The State Office of Public Instruction has stated the minimum criteria for the evaluation of certified employees including administrators. Certificated employees in Raymond are evaluated annually in compliance with RCW 28A. 405. 100.
Classroom teachers and certified support personnel are evaluated in the following areas: Instructional Skill; Classroom Management; Professional Preparation and Scholarship; Effort Toward Improvement When Needed; Handling of Student Discipline and Attendant Problems; Interest in Teaching Pupils; and Knowledge of Subject Matter.
It is the responsibility of the principal or his/her designee to evaluate all certificated staff within their school. Annually, teachers will be observed for a minimum of sixty (60) minutes prior to the formal evaluation conference, with one (1) observation being approximately thirty (30) continuous minutes in length.
For newly employed teachers, the observation worksheet shall be completed within the first ninety (90) calendar days of employment. For all teachers, the formal evaluation conference shall be held by June 1.
It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to evaluate the Superintendent of the district, and the superintendent evaluates all other administrators. The evaluation shall be based on the administrative position description. It shall include the following criteria:
* School Administration and Management;
* School Finance;
* Interest in Pupils, Employees, Patrons and Subjects Taught in School;
* Professional Preparation and Scholarship;
* Ability and Performance of Evaluation of School Personnel;
* Knowledge of, Experience in, and Training in Recognizing Good Professional Performance, Capabilities and Development; and
* Effort Toward Improvement When Needed.
The District's highly qualified staff keeps skills current to better serve the young people of this community by attending workshops, inservice and training sessions which are made available to support personnel in the District.
Changing student needs demand new knowledge and skill to ensure student success. Learning styles, cooperative learning, teaching English as a Second Language, student motivation, learning retention, classroom management, positive discipline, technology, cross-curricular strategies, cultural and ethnic diversity are also a part of Raymond staff development effort.
PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION AND RECORD KEEPING REQUIREMENTS
The District will retain contractors who will apply pesticides for the District. The District will ensure that the contracts comply with these requirements. The District shall comply with all legal requirements for record keeping regarding the application of pesticides to school grounds or school facilities. This includes creation of an annual summary report of pesticide usage and compliance with state department of agriculture rules regarding record keeping. Such records will be available on request by interested persons under the state Public Records Act and other laws.
Student and Employee handbooks shall include the following statement: Ã¢â‚¬Å“48 hours before application of a pesticide, the district shall provide notice to the community regarding the intended action. The notice will remain in place for at least 24 hours after the spray is applied. Details concerning the district's spray policy may be found at the district web site. Parents who wish to be notified personally when the school sprays may call the district office and notify them of their request.Ã¢â‚¬Â
At least 48 hours before the application of a pesticide to school facilities or school grounds, the District shall notify parents and staff of the planned application in writing, including the heading: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Notice: Pesticide Applications.Ã¢â‚¬Â This notice shall be posted in a prominent place in the building office in addition to being provided to parents and staff. This pre-notification is not required if the school grounds or facilities will not be occupied by students for two days following the application of the pesticide. If the application is not made within 48 hours of notification, another notification shall be made prior to the application. The pre-notification is not required in the case of any emergency application of pesticides to a school facility, such an application to control stinging pests, but full notification shall be made as soon a possible after the application.
Following the application of a pesticide to school facilities (structures and vehicles) a sign shall be posted at the location of the application. The notice shall be at lest 8.5 x 11 inches in size and shall include the heading, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Notice: Pesticide Application,: and shall state the product name; date, time and specific location of the application; the pest for which the application was made; and a contact name and telephone number. The notice shall remain posted for 24 hours, or longer if required by the label of the pesticide.
Following the application of a pesticide to school facilities (structures and vehicles) a sign shall be posted at the location of the application. The notice shall be at lest 8.5 x 11 inches in size and shall include the heading, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Notice: Pesticide Application:Ã¢â‚¬Â and shall state the product name; date, time and specific location of the application; the pest for which the application was made; and a contact name and telephone number. The notice shall remain posted for 24 hours, or longer if required by the label of the pesticide.
These notices are not required for the application of antimicrobial pesticides (substances used to sanitize or disinfect for microbial pests; viruses, bacteria, algae and protozoa). These notices are not required for the placement of insect or rodent bait that are not accessible to children.
PREPARING FOR CONFERENCES
BEFORE THE CONFERENCE
Have a question or two. . . or ten? If so, why not jot them down in advance so you can be sure to ask them.
Are you concerned about special topics or issues? Jot those down too.
What does your child think about school? Are there some questions you can ask on your child's behalf?
What information would be helpful for your child's teacher to know? Some examples include:
* How your child feels about school, especially what has gone well and not-so-well for him or her.
* If there are any special problems which may affect your child's behavior at school.
* Your child's special activities, hobbies and talents.
DURING THE CONFERENCE
To be sure the time you and your child's teacher spend together is productive, we ask that you:
* Please be on time. This will enable you and your child's teacher to spend all the time available discussing your child.
* Be sure you understand what the teacher is saying. If you don't understand what you are being told, ask the teacher to explain it more clearly.
* Ask questions and offer information. Perhaps your child's teacher can clear up something that has been bothering you. Or perhaps you can tell the teacher about a special home circumstance that might affect your child's performance in school.
* Take notes. They'll be helpful later.
And finally, above all, relax! You and your child's teacher have the same goal:a happy and successful child. A successful parent-teacher conference is an important step to that goal.
AFTER THE CONFERENCE
The most important part of your role in the conference begins now.
* Discuss the conference with your child.
* First point out strengths. Then talk about areas that may need improvement.
* Make sure that your child understands that you and the teacher are working together in his/her interest.
Start immediately to follow through on any action you and the teacher have decided to take.
* Check out recommended books to read.
* Make better arrangements for studying at home.
* Explore educational opportunities in the community. Field trips are great!
WEAPONS FREE SCHOOLS
Violence in the school is a major concern of parents and educators. Recently the Washington State Legislature enacted a law which made all schools Ã¢â‚¬Å“a weapons free zone. Ã¢â‚¬ÂIt is unlawful for a person to carry on school premises, school transportation or facilities being used by schools any firearm or dangerous weapon as defined by law.
Any person violating this law is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. Any violation by a student constitutes grounds for expulsion for one (1) year unless modified by the superintendent with notification to law enforcement.
TOBACCO FREE SCHOOLS
A similar State Law makes use of tobacco and tobacco-related products unlawful on the school grounds. Student possession of tobacco will also be cause for discipline.
ALCOHOL/DRUG FREE SCHOOLS
In an effort to create alcohol/drug free schools, it is important for all students and parents to understand that Raymond School District's position is the possession and use of illicit drugs and alcohol is wrong, unlawful and harmful.
Consequently, students possessing alcohol or drugs, coming to school or school functions after using either or under the influence of either will be suspended immediately. Legal action will be taken through the Police and Pacific County Juvenile Departments. Any student on campus that smells of drugs/alcohol or appears to be under the influence of either will be searched immediately and suspended from school. Any student having any kind of drug paraphernalia in school may receive suspension. Students providing alcohol or drugs to other students will be disciplined as though the were actually consuming. Possession of alcohol or drugs is punishable the same as use.
Compliance with the above is mandatory. In addition, all incidents will be reported to the local police authorities.
RAYMOND SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS' NUMBER ONE CONCERN IS YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY. Each year Raymond School District drivers travel approximately 175,000 miles transporting students to and from school and activities. We are proud of our safety record and will strive to maintain it.
Within the first week of the school year, drivers explains all bus rules and ensure all students understand. Rules are posted at the front of the bus.
The following RULES FOR PASSENGERS RIDING SCHOOL BUSES are designed to assure every student safe transportation to and from school and school-sponsored activities. Violations of these rules on a bus, at a bus stop, or at a loading area may be sufficient reason to discontinue bus transportation privileges for the student involved per W. A. C. 392-145-015 and W. A. C. 392-145-020.
1. The bus driver is in full charge of the bus and pupils.
2. Ride assigned bus, from and to regular stop.
3. Observe classroom conduct. Unnecessary conversation with the bus driver is prohibited.
4. Keep heads, hands and feet inside the bus.
5. Keep bus clean. No food or tobacco use.
6. Be courteous--no profane language, teasing or name calling.
7. No hazardous objects allowed on the bus.
8. No pets or animals (except seeing-eye dogs) allowed on bus.
9. Students crossing roads must do so under the direction of the bus driver and cross only in front of the bus.
10. Stay in your seat while the bus is in motion.
11. Respect other's property.
12. When coaches or teachers are on duty, students must obey and respect their orders.
Bus Discipline Program
STEP 1 - FIRST OFFENSE:
Bus driver assigns seat for one (1) week. Bus driver writes first discipline report. Driver turns in conduct report to transportation supervisor. School official contacts parent by phone or mail.
STEP 2 - SECOND OFFENSE:
Bus driver writes second discipline report. Student denied riding privileges for one (1) to five (5) days. Conference with parents, as needed. (Attended by Principal or designee, Transportation Supervisor, etc. )
STEP 3 - THIRD OFFENSE:
Bus driver writes discipline report. Student denied riding privileges from five (5) days to rest of semester (School has final say as to the maximum time off bus. )Copies of the discipline reports are sent home to parents by the school each time a report is written.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURE
Each year the school district is faced with the possibility that an emergency may arise to necessitate closing the school with or without advance notice. Parents and students should not call the district or radio station, but should listen to KJET 105. 7 FM or tune in TV cable channel 4, 5, or 7. You will also find information regarding school closures on our web page by clicking on the flashing red bar at the top.
Children should have a nearby home to go to if their parents will not be home during such an emergency.
WASHINGTON STATE PATROL INSPECTION
The District Transportation Department has been presented certificates of achievement from Washington State Patrol and Superintendent of Public Instruction for outstanding Washington State Patrol bus inspection.
SECTION 504 RIGHTS
PARENT and STUDENT RIGHTS (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
The following is a description of the rights granted by the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) to students identified as disabled under that law. The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions.
You have the right to:
1. Have your child take part in, and receive benefits from public education programs without discrimination because of his/her disability;
2. Have the school district advise you of your rights under federal law;
3. Receive notice from the school with respect to identification, evaluation, educational program or placement of your child or the filing of a due process hearing;
4. Receive all information in the parentÃƒâ€¢s/guardianÃƒâ€¢s native language and primary mode of communication.
5. Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with non-handicapped students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school district make reasonable accommodations necessary for your child to benefit from his or her educational program.
6. Have your child educated in comparable facilities and receive comparable services to those provided non-disabled students;
7. Have your child receive special education and related services if your child is found to be eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act;
8. Have evaluation, educational, and placement decisions based upon a variety of information sources and made by persons familiar with the student, the evaluation data, and placement options;
9. Have re-evaluations of your child, to the extent needed, when deciding upon significant changes in your child's educational program;
10. Have your child receive an equal opportunity to participate in extra-curricular school activities;
11. Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement;
12. Obtain copies of educational records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would effectively deny you access to the records;
13. A response from the school district to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of your childÃƒâ€¢s records;
14. Request amendment of your child's educational records if there is reasonable cause to believe that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of your child. If the school district refuses this request for amendment, it shall notify you within a reasonable time, and advise you of the right to a hearing;
15. File a grievance through local grievance procedures, file a complaint with a federal Office of Civil Rights, or request an impartial hearing on decisions or actions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, educational program or placement. You and the student may take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you. Questions about how to request a hearing may be forwarded to Kelley Rush Sanborn 288-5037;
16. Have the decisions made by hearing officers or others reviewed in state or federal court;
17. Information concerning low-cost or free legal counsel.
In our schools the Superintendent is responsible for assuring compliance with Section 504.
Harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of Washington State Law. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other unwelcome verbal or physical contact of a sexual natures. Sexual harassment may include inappropriate touching, looks, gestures, lewd comments, jokes or innuendo. Even non-verbal communication can be sexually harassing by a person's tone of voice, facial gestures, body language or hand/arm gestures. Continued behavior of this kind being told to stop is sexual harassment.
The first minor student offense of sexual harassment will result in a conference with an explanation of sexual harassment, and a warning that the next offense will result in disciplinary action and parent notification.
The second offense of minor sexual harassment or a major offense of sexual harassment will result in disciplinary action to include possible in-school suspension, suspension from school or expulsion.
The District provides an educational program for students with certain learning difficulties. Students with either mental or physical handicaps may be placed in aspecial educational program which provides individual help. The program is designed to help the child move through the learning tasks at his/her pace. In addition, at the secondary level, there is an emphasis on vocational preparation. Teachers, a speech therapist, psychologist, and nurse are available. Parents of children with learning difficulties should contact their principal for further information.
Raymond School District employs a total of forty (40) certified staff including teachers, administrators and instructional support staff. In addition, thirty-one (31) full and part-time classified staff provide general support in clerical, food service, transportation and instructional assistant roles.
There are eleven (11) teachers regularly assigned to Raymond Elementary School for Kindergarten through Sixth grades all funded by basic education. One (1) librarian and one (1) principal serve the building. In addition, two (2) special education, one (1) Title I, one (1) Transitional Bilingual, one (1) Teacher funded through class size reduction funds, one (1) Learning Assistance Program funded teachers provided special help to the elementary students. One (1) pre-school special education teacher serves three (3) and four (4) year olds in an early intervention program.
The Junior/Senior High has three (3) teachers assigned to seventh and eighth grades, eight (8) teachers assigned to the various subject matter areas, two (2) special education teachers, four (4) vocational instructors, one (1) principal, one (1) foreign language/ESL teacher partially funded through the Transitional Bilingual program and one (1)Title 1 resource teacher.
The school district participates in the statewide Washington Assessment of Student Learning each spring. The WASL tests students in accordance with the new Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Parents or guardians may get more information from the classroom teacher or principal.
Other Testing Available:
The following tests or inventories are helpful to students in choosing a career and pursuing their education beyond high school.
The Scholastic Aptitude Test provides one measure of a student's readiness for college level work. Entrance to some colleges and universities is based in part on attaining a score of a certain level. These tests are scheduled for Juniors and Seniors in October, November or December each year.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is an extremely useful tool to help identify which occupations may match up best with a student's interests and abilities. This test is given to Sophomores in March and Seniors in October each year.
Individually administered interest inventories designed to help students identify how their interests may be fulfilled in a wide variety of careers are available in the career guidance office. Students should make an appointment with Vicki Halpin to take advantage of this service.
Some students who experience difficulties in learning may require special assessments to help school personnel develop appropriate educational programs. These include individually administered IQ tests, personality profiles, motor skills, as well as medical examinations. Such assessments are given by appropriately trained special education staff, upon recommendation by the building screening team, and then only with permission of the parent(s) or guardian(s).