No Bullying Allowed
about 1 year ago
We will work with you to keep your child safe from Bullies! Our classrooms, gym, playgrounds, buses, on-line areas must be safe places for our children. We must ensure our children know how to handle themselves when faced with bullying by others and they must know that any bullying by them won't be tolerated. Our schools must be safe for learning, playing and growing.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The behavior may be physical or verbal, for example, hitting or teasing or may include deliberate excluding from activities.
about 1 year ago
This year, Naches Valley School District is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Your student can start (or continue!) building this habit so they learn that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
DID YOU KNOW?
Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
Even being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.
By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.
By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
We miss your student when they are gone and we value their contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school. If your student is going to be absent, please contact your School Secretary: (Elementary 653-1510 , Middle 653-1543, High 653-1616.)
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns to transportation challenges. We are prepared to help you and your student face any challenges in getting to school regularly or on time. For help, contact your school Counselor, Nurse, Principal or Assistant Principal. We promise to track attendance daily, to notice when your student is missing from class, communicate with you to understand why they were absent, and to identify barriers and supports available to overcome challenges you may face in helping your student attend school.
SCHOOL POLICIES AND STATE LAWS
It is important that you understand our school policies and procedures, as well as Washington State Law, to ensure your child is successful in school. State law for mandatory attendance, called the Becca Bill, requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend a public school, private school, or a district-approved home school program.
We at school are required to take daily attendance and notify you when your student has an unexcused absence.
Generally, after two unexcused absences in one month, we will schedule a conference with you and your student to identify the barriers and supports available to ensure regular attendance. We will work with you to develop a plan to best meet the needs of your student and reduce absenteeism. (from RCW 28A.225.020)
After five excused absences in any month, or ten or more excused absences in the school year, the school district will contact you to schedule a conference at a mutually agreeable, reasonable time with a district employee, to identify the barriers and supports available to you and your student. A conference is not required if your student has provided a doctor’s note, or pre-arranged the absence in writing, and the parent, student and school have made plan so your student does not fall behind academically.
If your student has seven unexcused absences in any month or ten unexcused absences within the school year, we are required to file a petition with the Juvenile court, noting a violation of state mandatory attendance laws (RCW 28A.225.010).
At Naches Valley, we have established rules on attendance that will help you ensure your student is attending regularly. They are available in each school handbook.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunizations.
Don’t let your student stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
Keep track of your student’s attendance. Missing more than 9 days could put your student at risk of falling behind.
Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.
Talk to your students’ teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
THANKS for helping your student get to school EVERY day!
Superintendent of Schools
McKinney-Vento (Homeless Services)
5 months ago
The Naches School District
McKinney-Vento program is designed to assist homeless and at-risk students and
their families within the Naches School District. The program strives to ensure
that students experiencing homelessness are able to enroll as quickly as
possible, and that they have the same access to educational opportunities as
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Richard Rouleau 509-653-1601 or Lori Gylling 509-653-1813.
The McKinney-Vento Act The Secretary issues guidelines for States related to requirements under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These guidelines address ways in which a State may (1) assist local educational agencies (LEAs) to implement the provisions related to homeless children and youths amended by the ESSA and (2) review and revise policies and procedures that may present barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youths in school. http://nche.ed.gov/legis/mv.php
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines homelessness as the following living situations:
- Shelter, vehicle, campground, tent, etc.
- Street, 24-hour restaurants, bus stations, etc.
- Displaced due to natural disaster (hurricane, flood, earthquake, etc.)
- Abandoned building,
trailer, tent, etc.
- Doubled up with friends or
relatives due to inability to pay for any affordable housing
- “Couch surfing”
- “Bounced around” from family member to family member, or one household to another
- Unaccompanied youth living
on their own
The McKinney-Vento Liaison or designee will determine whether a student qualifies for McKinney-Vento supports based on responses to the NVSD Student Housing Questionnaire.
Rights of Students who are Identified as Homeless
- Once identified as
homeless, as per McKinney-Vento, you have the right to register your child
(student) at school even if you do not have full documentation (such as
immunization records, utility bill, birth certificate, etc.,) available at the
time of enrollment.
- Once registered, your child
can begin attending school within 1 or 2 days.
- If deemed in the best
educational interests of the child, the student(s) have the right to stay in
the same school for the remainder of the school year, even if you move.
- Depending on the individual
circumstances, your student(s) will be provided with transportation to and from
with school buses, city bus passes, or gas vouchers.
- Your student(s) are
entitled to free lunch and breakfast without the need to fill out the form.
- Your student must not be
isolated or stigmatized.
- The above services continue
until the end of the school year in which homelessness ends for that family.
- Each school district must
have a McKinney-Vento liaison. (Please see contact information at the top of the web page.)