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Voter Registration

Mail-in voter registration forms are available at the district office. You can use the form to:
  • register to vote in Washington state;
  • update your registration if you move;
  • change your name;
  • request ongoing absentee ballots.

The district office is open year round from 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays.

Who to Call for Information and Assistance

General information
Find out who to contact if you are not sure who you need to talk to

(360) 501-2940
Superintendent's Office
For information about district board of directors, operations, policies and procedures

(360) 501-2940
Business Office
For information about the district annual budget and financing

(360) 501-2940
Special Programs
For information about Enter-K preschool program and programs for students with disabilities

(360) 501-2906
Facilities Use
For information about reservation and rental of school district facilities
Application to use school facilities

(360) 501-2940

Records Requests
For information about obtaining or inspecting copies of public records

(360) 501-2940
Boundary Exceptions
For information about Castle Rock School District boundaries and application for student transfer to or from the nonresident district

(360) 501-2940
Student Transportation
For information about district bus routes, boundaries and daily schedules

(360) 501-3126
Vocational Education
For information about vocational classes and programs
(360) 501-2996
Student Athletics
For information about middle school and high school athletic programs and schedules

(360) 501-2982
Cell: (360) 957-7058
District Support Services
For information about facilities planning, maintenance and custodial operations

(360) 501-3124
Please direct concerns or questions related to activities or matters in your child's classroom to your child's school. If you feel you question is not answered or your concern is not resolvd, please contact the Superintendent's office at 360-501-2940.

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District Boundaries

Pleasant Hill Road House numbers above 4405 live in Castle Rock School District; 4405 and below live in Kelso School District.
Spirit Lake Highway House numbers 1630 and below live in Castle Rock School District; house numbers above 1630 live in Toutle Lake School District.
Schaffran Road House numbers below 500 live in Castle Rock School District; 500 and above live in Toutle Lake School District.
West Side Highway House numbers 2811-8930 live in Castle Rock School District; house numbers below 2811 live in Kelso School District; numbers above 8930 live in Vader School District.
Schutt Road Odd house numbers live in Castle Rock School District; even numbers live in Toutle Lake School District.
Woodside Drive

House numbers 1424 and above live in Castle Rock School District; house numbers below 1424 live in Kelso School District.

Headquarters Road House numbers 333 and below live in Castle Rock School District; numbers above 333 live in Kelso School District.
Hazel Dell Road House numbers 1816 and above live in Castle Rock School District; numbers below 1816 live in Kelso School District.
Barnes Drive House numbers 10050 and below live in Castle Rock School District; numbers above live in Kelso School District.
Ryderwood/Vader/
Winlock WA
The Winlock-Vader Road northern boundary of Castle Rock School District is approximately midway between Coma Road and Simme Valley Lane. The South Military Road boundary is approximately halfway between Reed and AcGlaughlin Roads. The eastern boundary runs north along the Cowlitz River to State Route 506. North of SR 506, Bear Creek defines the eastern boundary.

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District Publications

Castle Rock publishes a number of public communications to inform and update students, parents and the community on school events, schedules, student performance, staff changes and other district matters. Communications include building newsletters, bulletins, student handbooks, the Community Connection district newsletter, emergency procedures handbooks, letters and memos from the superintendent, and web postings.

In addition to circulated or distributed communications, the district makes available and will provide information on request regarding school performance, district budget and financial statements, board proceedings, policies and procedures.

Public records request procedures

Information about access to school district records

Request for Public Records Form

Emergency Information

A District crisis plan is located in the principal's office of each school building. An updated emergency handbook is distributed to every classroom and district facility annually.

The District works closely with first responder agencies to assure the safety of all Castle Rock students in event of natural disaster or other emergencies. In event of inclement weather or other events necessitating early dismissal or evacuation, information will be broadcast through regional radio and television stations and alerts will be posted on the FlashAlert Texting network. You can subscribe to receive FlashAlert Texting notifications by email.

Be sure to provide your child's school with accurate up-to-date information, including emergency contact numbers and names of individuals to whom the District may release your child.

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Lost and Found

The District's schools collect a large variety of lost or forgotten clothing and other personal effects misplaced by students throughout the school year. Please check the lost and found at your child's building for missing clothes and other items. Items are donated to a local charity at the end of every month.

Pest and Weed Management

Castle Rock School District strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff and users of school properties. The district uses safe and effective practices to control structural, nuisance, and landscape pests. To minimize risk from both pests and pesticides, the district implements an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy. IPM emphasizes preventing and reducing pest problems with proactive, commonsense, non-chemical control practices rather than solely through the use of pesticides. IPM takes advantage of all pest management options possible including, but not limited to the judicious use of pesticides.

District staff regularly monitors to determine if and when treatments are needed, and uses physical, cultural, biological, chemical and educational means to keep pest numbers low. At the beginning of each school year, all parents receive information about the pest management program. Information about procedures includes:

  • All pesticide application within district sites is under the direction of a Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) licensed pest control applicator or operator, or a licensed public agency operator. Unauthorized staff are not permitted to use pesticide products at any school site or facility.
  • No applications are made during times that the buildings are occupied; applications are made only on weekends or during vacation periods.
  • For indoor applications, sites are posted either 48 hours in advance or on the day preceding a weekend or vacation period of the application. Signs are left in place for 48 hours after an application has been completed.
  • Each building has a registration system to notify parents, staff, and students who express interest in proposed pesticide applications. Notices will be provided to registered individuals either 48 hours before an application or on the day preceding a weekend or vacation period application. No notices are sent when tamper-resistant insect or rodent bait stations, crack or crevice treatments are used. Prenotification does not apply to any emergency application to control a pest posing an immediate human health or safety threat, such as stinging insects. When such an emergency application is made, notice consistent with the registration system will occur as soon as possible after application.

Pesticide application records, pest monitoring records, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and pesticide product labels are on file in the maintenance office. All pesticides used at any district site are registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the WSDA. Pesticides are stored in clearly posted and secured sites not accessible to students or other unauthorized persons.

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School Hours

Elementary School
Classes for grades 1- through 6 start at 8:10 a.m. and end at 2:40 pm.
See the morning and afternoon Kindergarten schedules.

Middle School
The bell before first period class rings at 8:15 am. Classes end for the day at 2:50 pm.

High School
The seven –period school day includes help time during the student's advisory period. First period begins at 8:15 am. The day ends at 2:50 pm.

Visitors to School Buildings

The board welcomes and encourages visits to school by parents, other adult community members and interested educators. The superintendent has established the following guidelines to permit visitors to observe the educational program with minimal disruption:

  • All visitors must register at the office when arriving at the school building. Staff members are responsible for monitoring hallways and playgrounds, and to direct unfamiliar persons to the office. Visitors should wear visible badges showing the current date.
  • Visits to influence or solicit students are not be permitted on school grounds unless the visit is to further the district's educational program. Military recruiters are provided the same opportunities to meet with students as representatives of higher education and employers.
  • Time for a visit to observe a classroom should be arranged beforehand, after the principal has conferred with the student's teacher.
  • Teachers are available to meet for consultation with students and parents one-half hour before and after school time. Visitors are urged to make appointments in advance to assure an uninterrupted conference.
  • If a visit is to observe learning and teaching activities, the visitor may be asked to confer with the teacher before or after the observation to enhance understanding of the activities. The principal may withhold approval of a visit if particular events, such as testing, would be adversely affected by a visit, or of a visitor's presence becomes disruptive. The principal will give reasons for this action in event approval of a visit is withheld or withdrawn.
  • No one is allowed to solicit funds or conduct private business with staff on school time and premises.

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Assessment Testing

Washington State conducts a variety of tests to determine state students' success in learning basic math, reading and writing skills, as well as more advanced skills such as critical thinking, contrasting and comparing information. The results of this testing gives school districts information to help their schools refine curriculum and improve instruction. Results give parents information about their child's academic progress and where their students may need additional help.

Tests given statewide include:

Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS)

Students receiving special education services either follow an individual learning plan under the Individual Educational Program (IEP) or are on a Section 504 plan. The staff and parent teams of IEP students dermine each year whether those students will participate in grade-level Measurement of Student Progress testing, or may be eligible for assessment through multiple ways in the Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS). Students on Section 504 Plans take the Measurement of Student Progress assessment at their current grade level. More information about alternate assessments may be found at the OSPI special education WAAS website.

Second Grade Fluency and Accuracy Assessment

Students are tested during the first six weeks of their second grade year through a grade-level equivalent oral reading assessment. The results are used by teachers and schools to provide extra support for students needing help with oral reading. Improvement plans their parents and school areprepared for students substantially below grade level; these students are tested again before the end of second grade. Learn more about this test at the OSPI Assessment webpage.

Washington Language Proficiency Test II (WLPT-II)

In addition to Measurement of Student Progress math and science testing, grade K-12 English language learners (ELL students) take an annual Washington Language Proficiency Test to determine their progress in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Further information about WLPT-II testing is available at the OSPI Assessment site.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

This national testing compares Washington State educational achievement with that of students in other states. Washington is required by federal law to give the math and reading NAEP in grades 4 and 8 every two years. Districts receiving Title I federal funding, which assists educationally disadvantaged children, must participate in this assessment.

Specific information about NAEP can be found in the OSPI Assessment pages.

Classroom-Based Assessments (CBAs)

Assessments based on state learning standards are given by classroom teachers to measure their students' learning in social studies, arts, health and physical fitness. The assessments help shape daily instruction to ensure students gain key skills and knowledge in those subject areas.

Learn more about classroom-based assessments from the OSPI CBA Assessment site.

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Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting

The Castle Rock School District Board of Directors recognizes that child abuse, neglect and exploitation are violations of children's human rights and an obstacle to their educational development. Because protection of the district's school children is of paramount concern, the board directs that staff be alert and are expected to report every instance of suspected child abuse or neglect to a law enforcement agency or the Department of Social and Health Services office of Child Protective Services.

Child abuse, as defined by state statutes can be inflicted by any person, and may include student-on-student abuse. When there is reasonable cause to believe such abuse has occurred, professional school personnel are required to report it to CPS, DSHS or law enforcement.

Directory Information

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows the school district to release directory information and/or your child's photo to the media and others unless you request that information not be released. The information that may be publicly released is:

  • Your child's name and photo in the school class photo or yearbook or used in Castle Rock School District publications or news media;
  • Your child's name and/or photo on the school district Web site (Castle Rock student names are not published with photos);
  • Directory information, including address and telephone number, about your child for school district publications or news media;
  • Work created by your child.

If you want to request that any of all of this information be withheld for use by news media, military recruiters or representatives of institutions of higher learning you must complete, sign and return to the district office a separate directory information "opt-out" form for each of your children for whom you do not want such information released. The form is distributed to all district students at the beginning of each school year. The signed and dated form must be returned by October 1.

If you enroll your child after the beginning of the year, the opt-out form is available at the school district office, 600 Huntington Avenue, Castle Rock WA 98611. Please return it within two weeks of receipt.

You may also use the opt-out form to deny permission for your child to access the Internet for learning at school. To do so may affect your student's participation in classroom lessons.

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Graduation Requirements

To qualify for a high school diploma, Washington state law currently requires students to complete these credits:

Subject Area Requirements and Approved Courses – Class of 2010 and Beyond

The following courses are approved for satisfying the subject area requirements as established by the State Board of Education:

English

4.0 Credits

Social Studies

3.0 Credits

English 9

1.0

 

 

English 10

1.0

Global Studies/Civics

1.0

English 11

1.0

US History/US Government

1.0

English 12

1.0

CWP

0.5

 

 

( Washington State)

0.5

Math

3.0 Credits

 

Science

3.0 Credits
(1 must be a
lab science)

Algebra

1.0

HS Science Course

1.0

Geometry

1.0

 

 

HS Math Course

1.0

HS Science Course

1.0

 

 

HS Science Course with Lab

1.0

Vocational Education

2.0 Credits

Fitness/Health

2.0 Credits

Microcomputer Apps.

1.0

Weight Training
Active Fitness or Weight Training/Health

1.0

Vocational Elective

1.0

Active Fitness /Weight Training

1.0

Fine Arts

1.0 Credits

 

 

Art/Drama/Media

1.0

 

 

Electives

5.0

 

 

Total Credits Needed to Graduate: 23

 

In addition to the minimum credit requirements, each student must complete Washington State History, usually in the 7th grade and, at the high school level:

  1. A "High School and Beyond Plan" for satisfying the state and district’s high school graduation requirements and their first year after high school completion.
  2. A Culminating Project demonstrating the student’s ability to think analytically, logically and creatively and to integrate experience and knowledge to form reasoned judgments and solve problems, and that the student understands the importance of work and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.
  3. Earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement or a Certificate of Individual Achievement by meeting expectations of the Measurement of Student Progress and High School Proficiency Exam or an equivalent assessment.

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Meals

Castle Rock schools provide breakfast and lunches for students at all buildings. Application for reduced or free meals are given to students at the beginning of every school year and are available throughout the year. Meal costs are:

Breakfast (all buildings): $1.50; reduced price and free eligible students, no cost

Lunch:

  • High school – $2.50
  • Middle school – $2.50
  • Elementary school – $2.50

Reduced price (all buildings) – 40¢
Milk: 50¢

Parent Conferences

The district's teaching staff schedule individual parent conferences in the late fall and spring. See this year's schedule of conference dates. Additional conferences may be scheduled as needed anytime during the school year.

Progress Reports

Cooperation between school and home is a vital ingredient in the growth and education of students. Castle Rock Schools recognize the responsibility to keep parents informed of student welfare and progress in school, and issue report cards several times during each school year. Student progress reports are viewable online at any time during the year through the password-protected Family Access Program. If you are not enrolled in Family Access and would like more information about the program, contact your student's school building. Progress reports are mailed to families.

A student report may be withheld until the student pays for any school property that has been lost or willfully damaged. The grade report will be released on payment for damages or equivalent voluntary work. A student or his or her parents may appeal the imposition of a charge for damages to the superintendent and board of directors.

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Sexual Harassment

This district is committed to a positive and productive education and working environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. The district prohibits sexual harassment of students, employees and others involved in school district activities. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual or gender-directed conduct or communication, and can occur adult to student, student to student, adult to adult, male to female, female to male, and between same gender persons. The district takes prompt action on reports, complaints or grievances that come to its attention either formally or informally; individuals engaging in sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate discipline or restricted access to school property or activities, as appropriate.

The district's policy and procedures relating to sexual harassment are included in information given annually to staff, students and volunteers. The policy is posted in each district building and reproduced in each student, staff, volunteer and parent handbook.

Special Learning Needs

The district provides a number of programs to meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged students. Eligible students receive services from one of three special needs programs — special education, learning assistance (LAP) and Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Not all students with disabilities are eligible for special education services; the needs of each student are addressed individually.

The district conducts needs assessments and develops learning plans for the use of learning assistance funds. Individual student learning plans are determined after consulting with an advisory committee that includes the student's parents, teachers, and principals; district administrators; and school directors.

To learn more about the district's special needs programs or to request an assessment for your child, please call (360) 501-3122.

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Student Records

The district maintains student records necessary for the educational guidance and welfare of students, and for the orderly and efficient operation of schools as required by law. All information concerning individual students is treated in a confidential and professional manner.

Student records may include cumulative and supplementary records. Cumulative records are information about a student collected and maintained on a routine basis, such as identifying and contact information, attendance records, grades and other student progress reports, health and immunization status, record of school accomplishments and participation in school activities, and reports of misconduct and disciplinary action. Supplementary records may be maintained about special school concerns relating to the student, such as confidential health information or assessment and placement reports, and reports from nonschool sources such as physicians, psychologists and clinics.

Student records are the property of the district, but parental or adult student consent is required before the district may release student records other than to a school agency, except as otherwise provided by law. At age 18, students become legal adults and must approve any disclosure of information about themselves from school records except directory information if a request for confidentiality has not been filed. Student records are available to students and parents, and to the state Department of Social and Health Services for minor students in state custody. Cumulative student records are maintained for two years after discontinuance of enrollment in the district or graduation from high school; but the student's permanent record card is maintained in perpetuity. A parent or adult student may receive, at his or her expense, a copy of all student records to be transmitted to another school district.

The superintendent establishes procedures governing the content, management and control of student records. Grade report records, transcripts or diplomas are not released to affected students until restitution is made for lost or damaged school materials or equipment.

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Student Transportation

The district may provide transportation to and from school for students:

  • who reside beyond the one mile radius from the school to which they are assigned;
  • whose walking route to school is hazardous;
  • with a disability that prevent them from walking or providing for their own welfare while walking; or
  • who have other compelling and legally sufficient reasons to receive transportation services.

District-provided transportation services may include approved bus routes, approved field trips, school activities and/or extracurricular activities. The school board may authorize the use of a district-owned passenger car in lieu of a bus for transporting students to and from school.

Emergency Routes and Schedules
The district has developed emergency bus routes and schedules for use when weather conditions make the usual routes impassable or, in the superintendent’s judgment, too hazardous. At the beginning of the school year, copies of emergency routes and schedules are distributed to parents with instructions on how to obtain emergency information. If roads are closed to buses but not to private vehicles, the district may continue to operate the schools without providing bus transportation until the roads are again open to buses.

Student Behavior on Buses
Because safe operation of the bus or other district transportation vehicle is paramount, special rules apply to students riding in a school bus or other district vehicle. Students are expected to:

  • at all times obey the driver, any aide assigned to the bus, and any teacher or coach responsible for the behavior of the students on the bus;
  • get on and off the bus in an orderly manner and obey the instructions of the driver and school safety patrolmen on duty;
  • ride on only their assigned bus unless providing written permission from a parent or guardian to do otherwise;
  • not leave the bus except at their regular stop unless providing written permission from a parent or guardian to do otherwise;
  • go directly to their homes after leaving the bus;
  • keep the noise level down to avoid distracting the driver;
  • follow emergency exit drill procedures as instructed by the driver;
  • refrain from using obscene language or gestures;
  • not smoke or ignite lighters or matches on the bus;
  • not eat on the bus except when specifically authorized and supervised by a teacher, coach or other staff member;
  • remain seated at all times unless the driver instructs otherwise, not open bus windows without the driver's permission, and not extend any part of their body outside the bus windows at any time;
  • observe pedestrian safety rules while walking to and from the bus stop and while waiting for the bus at the stop;
  • not carry or have in possession items that can cause injury to passengers on the bus; keep school books and personal belongings out of aisles.

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Health Screenings

Each year the district conducts scheduled vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings of students at various grade levels. If any problem is found resulting from a screening, parents are notified and further evaluation recommended by health care professionals.

Illness and/or Communicable Disease

In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of communicable illness, the superintendent has implemented procedures to assure that all the school buildings comply with state board of health rules. The district requires parents or guardians to complete a medical history on their child(ren) at the beginning of each school year. All information concerning a student's present and past health condition is treated as confidential.

Parents are asked to keep an ill child home during the course of a communicable illness until the child has been fever-free for 24 hours. A school principal has authority to send an ill child home, but if the disease is reportable, must notify the local health officer (Cowlitz County Health Department). The local health officer is the primary resource in identification and control of infectious disease in the community's schools.

Immunizations and Life-Threatening Health Conditions

Required Immunizations

The school board requires students to present evidence of immunization against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis, rubella (measles), mumps, hepatitis B and tetanus. The measles requirement may be satisfied by a doctor's verification that the student has had rubella. A certificate of immunization status must be completed by the parent when enrolling a student in the district. The certificate becomes a part of the student's permanent record. Conditional admittance is granted to students who have not received all required immunizations with evidence of the initiation and continuance of an immunization schedule.

Exemptions from vaccines may be granted for medical reason on certification by a physician, or for personal or religious reasons by request of the parent. Exempt students may be excluded from school temporarily in event of an epidemic.

Life-Threatening Health Conditions

A child with a life-threatening health condition must present a medication or treatment order from a physician, authorizing a registered nurse to administer medication or treatment. A nursing plan must be developed following submission of the medication or treatment order. A life- threatening health condition is one which will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and nursing plan are not in place. Students who have a life-threatening health condition but have not presented a medication or treatment order to the school shall be excluded from school immediately until an order is presented.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Information for parents about the HPV vaccine

Influenza

Information about how to help your child avoid flu and treat flu illness

Flyer about influenza risk and prevention

See the National Centers for Disease Control video "Why it Matters" to learn more about the importance of vaccinating children against the influenza virus.

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Medication at School

As much as possible, students should take prescribed oral medication and over-the-counter medication at home before or after school under a parent or guardian's supervision. If necessary, a student may receive prescribed or non-prescribed medication from a school staff member on a scheduled basis, upon written authorization from the parent and a written request by a licensed health care professional. If medication is to be administered for longer than 15 consecutive days, the written request must include written instructions from the licensed health care professional.

Medications to be administered other than orally may be given only by a registered or licensed practical nurse. No prescribed medication may be injected by staff except when a student is susceptible to a predetermined, life-endangering situation. The parent must submit a written statement granting a staff member authority to act according to specific written orders and directions provided by a licensed health care professional prescribing within his or her authority.

A health care professional and a student's parent may request in writing that a student be permitted to carry and permitted to self-administer his or her own medication. Permission may be granted by the principal after consultation with the school nurse. Except in cases of multi-dose devices (asthma inhalers), students may only carry one day's supply of medication at a time. A prescribing health care provider must provide a written treatment plan for students with asthma or anaphylaxis to self-administer medication.

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Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal meningitis is a rare but very serious life-threatening disease caused by bacterial or viral infection. Instance of bacterial meningitis has increased nearly 60% since the early 1990's. This very dangerous disease is spread through air droplets and direct contact with an infected person, such as through coughing, kissing, sharing beverages, eating utensils and lip balm. Symptoms are often very sudden and severe, and may include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, confusion and sleepiness. Bacterial meningitis can result in hearing loss, brain damage or death; but if diagnosed early, it can be effectively treated with antibiotics.

The district provides parents and guardians of students in sixth grade and above with information about meningococcal disease at the beginning of every school year, including characteristics of the disease, where to find information about meningitis, vaccinations for children, and national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) current recommendations regarding vaccination against the disease.

Student Accident Insurance

The school district offers student accident insurance coverage at a rate within the reach of the majority of students. Application forms are distributed to students and available at the school offices. The district will supply necessary claims information, such as time and cause of accident, when requested by a student or his or her parent. Payment of student accident insurance premiums is the responsibility of the parents; neither the district nor none of its employees assumes responsibility for the provisions of student insurance policies.

All students participating in any outdoor education activities must purchase accident insurance or be covered by family accident insurance.

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Weapons

State law prohibits any person to carry a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises, school-provided transportation or areas of non-school facilities being used exclusively for school activities except under specific conditions named below. All school facilities post "gun-free zone" signs. School officials have responsibility to maintain order and discipline and protect students from exposure to weapons and other contraband. The superintendent, principal and other designated staff are authorized to conduct reasonable searches on school property. A search is required when there are reasonable grounds to suspect a student has a firearm on school grounds, transportation or at school events.

School district employees are not permitted to bring firearms or dangerous weapons onto school premises, except employees who are officially engaged in military, police, or security activities; employees involved in a convention, showing, demonstration, lecture, or martial arts or firearms safety course authorized by the district, or supervising a firearms or air gun competition authorized by the district. Students engaged in these activities are restricted to the possession of rifles on school premises. A search is required when there are reasonable grounds to suspect a student has an unauthorized firearm on school grounds, transportation or at school events. Prohibition of unauthorized firearms and dangerous weapons also extends to student vehicles.

Persons over eighteen years of age not enrolled as students may have lawfully possessed firearms in their possession on school property outside of school buildings, under the following conditions:

  • when carrying a concealed weapons permit and picking up or dropping off students
  • when conducting legitimate business at the school, if the weapon is unloaded and secured within an attended vehicle or concealed from view in a locked, unattended vehicle.

Persons may bring dangerous weapons other than firearms onto school premises if the weapons are lawfully within the person's possession and are to be used in a school-authorized martial arts class. Persons over 18 years of age or between 14-18 years of age with written parental or guardian permission may possess personal protection spray devices on school property. No one under 18 years of age may deliver such devices, nor may anyone 18 or older deliver a spray device to anyone under 14 or to anyone between 14-18 years of age without parental permission. Personal spray devices may not be used other than in self-defense as defined by state law.

Students who violate district weapons policies are subject to discipline. Students who violate firearms policy are subject to a minimum one calendar year expulsion, with possible case-by-case modification by the superintendent. The district complies with federal protections for disabled students in the application of weapons policy.

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Choice of School District

Any student who lives outside the district may apply to attend a school in the district. All applications for nonresident attendance are considered on an equal basis. The district accepts students on a space-available basis by program and/or grade level (accepting more nonresident students than space allows would create a financial hardship for the district). The district provides information on interdistrict enrollment policies on request; and copies of the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s annual booklet on enrollment options are available for public inspection at each school building, the district administrative office and the Castle Rock public library.

A parent or guardian must apply for admission on behalf of a minor child by completing the application for student transfer to nonresident district. A student who is a legal adult (18 years of age or older) may apply for himself or herself.

The superintendent provides all applicants with written notification of approval or denial of the application. If the student is to be admitted, the superintendent notifies the resident district and makes necessary arrangements for the transfer of student records. If the application is denied, the applicant may petition the school board for a hearing; a final district decision to deny admittance may be appealed to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Conduct and Discipline at School

Conduct and behavior is closely associated to learning. Students and staff deserve to learn and work in schools that are free from violence, intimidation, threats, harassment and fear. Consistent enforcement of rules and good decision making by both youth and adults is reassuring to students and creates the most favorable conditions in which to learn. The school board requires that each student adhere to the rules of conduct and submit to corrective action taken as a result of conduct violations. The rules of conduct are applicable during the school day as well as during any school activity conducted on or off campus.

Each year, the superintendent develops handbooks pertaining to student rights, conduct, corrective actions and punishment. These are made available to all students, parents and district staff. Students are expected to:

  • conform to reasonable standards of acceptable behavior;
  • respect the rights, person and property of others;
  • preserve the degree of order necessary for a positive climate for learning; and
  • submit to the authority of staff and respond accordingly.
Students who violate district standards of conduct are subject to corrective action or punishment determined by school officials as guided by district policy.

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Confidentiality Rights and Opt-Out Notification

Confidentiality Rights

Section 438 of the General Privacy Act allows school districts to identify certain information as "directory information" that may be publicly released for publication or news media use without parental permission. Castle Rock School District does not release address and phone numbers of students except at the high school level to military recruiters for recruiting purposes and institutions of higher learning. The directory information that Castle Rock School District may release includes:

  • A child's photo and name in the school class photo/yearbook, if the school has one
  • A child's photo or information about the child for use in district publications/news media
  • A child's name or photo on the district Web site (student names are not published with photos)
  • Work created by a student
  • Participation in sports and other activities
  • Honor roll achievement
  • Diplomas and academic or citizenship awards received by a student

The district does not release any directory information for commercial purposes or other reasons not related to school business.

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows school districts to release certain information contained in student records to parents and students over the age of 18. Rights pertaining to student records include:

  • Inspection or review of student education records
  • Request to amend student records to ensure accuracy
  • Consent to disclosure of personally-identifiable information in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent

Opt Out Notification

Parents, guardians and students over the age of 18 years of age have the right to "opt out" or refuse to permit any of the above directory information to be used, and to refuse to permit the use of photos, videotape, film or slides. If you do not want any or all information released, you may complete a district Directory Information Form to indicate your permissions and refusals. The form is available at your child's school or at the district administrative office, 600 Huntington Avenue South, Castle Rock Washington.

Please complete and return the "opt out" form by October 1 each year to your child's school. If you enroll your child after October 1, the form should be returned within two weeks from the date you receive it.

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Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are not permitted in school facilities or on school property at any time. Tobacco use is prohibited in school facilities and on school property, including all district buildings, grounds and district-owned vehicles.

Students

A student shall not knowingly possess, use, transmit, be under the influence of, or show evidence of having used any alcoholic beverage, illegal chemical substance or opiate, or tobacco product. The superintendent, principal and other designated staff are authorized to conduct reasonable searches for contraband on school property as provided by board policy. Any search of a student must be reasonably related to the discovery of contraband or other evidence of a student's violation of law or school rules. Contraband includes, but is not limited to, controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products.

Possessing and/or using alcohol or chemical substances in school facilities or on school property is considered exceptional misconduct. The use, possession or distribution of controlled substances related to school property or a school activity will result in immediate suspension pending recommendation for expulsion of the student. It is expected that a principal or principal designee will meet with the family and prepare a readmittance plan to be presented to the Board of Directors. The plan will include an immediate drug and alcohol analysis and three potential random urinalyses (or like tests) during the next six calendar months as well as a full review of the student’s academic history and the number of “soft sign” indicators of extensive use/misuse of illicit drugs and alcohol, including grades, test scores, tardiness, attendance pattern, disciplinary referrals and teacher observations.

Based on the recommendation of the principal, the Board of Directors will consider directing the superintendent to reinstate the student with planned follow up reports to the Board of Directors by the student and parent. In no case will the student be removed from school for fewer than five full school days. Range of corrective action for possession or use of alcohol or any illegal chemical substance can include at minimum a short-term suspension and a prosecution referral to a maximum 90-day expulsion and a prosecution referral. Corrective action for possession or use of tobacco products may include a minimum short-term suspension to a maximum 90-day suspension.

Visitors

The district welcomes and encourages parents and adult community members to visit the districts schools. However, if a person visiting any school facility is under the influence of drugs or alcohol the superintendent or staff member in charge will direct the person to leave immediately. If such a person refuses to leave, the superintendent or staff member will immediately call for the assistance of a law enforcement officer.

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Eligibility for Participation in Sports Activities

The opportunity to participate in the interscholastic athletic program is a privilege granted to all students of the district. Participants are expected to conform to specific conduct standards established by the principals and athletic coaches. A student found by a staff member of the student’s school to be in violation of any rules is subject to removal from the team. Provision is made for a student who has allegedly violated one or more of the conduct rules to appeal a disciplinary action.

These rules apply to any sports season:

  • No use or possession of alcoholic beverages or tobacco is permitted.
    An athlete found to be in possession of alcohol or tobacco products may be removed from the athletic team for three weeks for a first offense; he or she will be dropped from the team for the season for a repeat offense.
  • No use or possession of illegal chemical substances or opiates is permitted.
    An athlete who is found to be in possession of one or more of these will be removed from the team for the balance of the sports season.
  • Present appropriate physical appearance.
    Athletes will maintain dress and grooming standards of the team. A verbal warning will be given for a first offense. Repeated offenses will result in removal from the activity for five school days.
  • Observe any imposed curfew.
    Athletes will be at their homes by the stated curfew time each night of the sports season unless detained by a school activity. A verbal warning will be given for a first offense. Repeated offenses will result in removal from the activity for five school days.
  • No unsportsmanlike conduct.
    Athletes shall exhibit appropriate conduct in practices and/or contests. A verbal warning will be given for a first offense. Repeated offenses will result in removal from the activity for five school days.
  • Meet requirement for attendance at school.
    An athlete shall attend school for at least one-half day on the day of an athletic contest. Any athlete receiving an unexcused absence for any portion of the day will be ineligible to participate in the game or contest on that day. If excused, the athlete may participate if he/she was in attendance for one-half day or more.
  • Attend all practices.
    An athlete is expected to be in attendance at all team practices unless excused for illness or by prior approval. Any unexcused athlete will be ineligible to participate in the next game or contest.
  • No violation of any law on school grounds.
    When a student is found guilty of an offense committed while on school grounds or at a school activity,corrective action will depend upon the nature of the violation.

Repeated Offenses

If a student repeatedly violates one of the above rules, he or she may be removed from the team for the remainder of the sports season. Rules and disciplinary actions related to rule violations are distributed to each participant and his or her parents prior to the beginning of each interscholastic activity season.

Fitness and Insurance Requirements

The school district recognizes that certain risks are associated with participation in interscholastic sports. While the district will strive to prevent injuries and accidents to students, each participant and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) are required to sign a statement indicating that the parent(s) and the student acknowledge the risks of injuries resulting from participation and assuring that the student will follow the instructions of the coach.

  • Each participant is required to furnish evidence of physical fitness prior to becoming a member of an interscholastic team. A written report will be completed when a student is injured while participating in a school-supervised activity. A participant must be free of injury and fully recovered from illness before participating in any activity.
  • Each student participating in interscholastic athletic activities is required to have or obtain medical insurance for expenses resulting from injuries sustained while participating in the extracurricular activity. Students shall provide evidence of a minimum $25,000 medical expense coverage, or shall obtain such coverage through the insurance plan offered to all students participating in activities in the district. No student will be denied the ability to participate solely because the student’s family is unable to pay the entire amount of the insurance premium. The superintendent or designee may approve partial or full waiver of premiums to permit all students to obtain required medical insurance.

Athletic Card/Student Medical History Form

Medications

Nonprescribed medications, including such items as analgesic balms, vitamins and salt tablets, must be approved by the superintendent before coaches and/or athletic trainers may use them to treat student athletes. After athletic training medications have been approved, the coach and/or trainer must secure authorization from the parent and the student’s doctor before the medications may be used during the athletic season. If such release is not on file, the nonprescribed medications may not be used. This provision does not preclude the coach and/or trainer from using approved first aid items.

Eligibility for a student to participate may be denied if anabolic steroids are used to enhance athletic ability.

Title IX Compliance

All co-curricular and interscholastic activities of Castle Rock School District comply with Title IX requirements. The district evaluates its intramural and interscholastic programs at least once each year to ensure that equal opportunities are available to members of both sexes with respect to participation in all programs offered.

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Castle Rock School District #401
600 Huntington Avenue South, Castle Rock, WA 98611; 360.501.2940
Copyright Castle Rock School District 2007