2021-2022 WVHS Student Handbook
Dear Students & Families,
At West Valley High School, we value the importance of each and every student and staff member being actively engaged in teaching and learning from bell to bell. As a staff, we strive to accomplish this goal by creating rigor in the classrooms and developing meaningful relationships with students.
At West Valley, we encourage all students to take relevant and challenging courses tailored to their future goals. It is our desire that every student graduates from WVHS with a college ready transcript. We strive to remove hurdles and provide every opportunity possible for students to experience success. Whether it be school/district funded PSAT/SAT testing, the Homework Center for morning Teacher Access time, the WVHS staff is committed to supporting ALL students. We encourage all students to stretch themselves in the selection of their academic classes as well as choosing to become involved in our rich variety of athletics and school supported clubs and activities. Regardless of your interests, there is something for everyone at WVHS.
Ryan Mulvey, Principal
Lindsay Stinger, Assistant Principal
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Students can earn awards for high academic achievement after they have completed a minimum of two semesters at West Valley High School. To qualify for an academic award, a student must meet the following criteria:
He/she must be a full-time student, as defined by the State of Washington, in those semesters considered for GPA.
Freshman - To earn a West Valley academic letter as a freshman, a student must have a 3.8 GPA or better for both semesters.
Sophomores - To earn a West Valley academic letter as a sophomore a student must have a 3.8 GPA for two consecutive semesters, or for any three semesters.
Juniors & Seniors - To earn a West Valley academic letter as a junior or senior, a student must have a 3.8 GPA for two consecutive semesters. But they also qualify for an academic award (letter) starting at the end of the first semester of their junior year if they have maintained a minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Awards will be presented at the beginning of the semester following the one in which the student qualifies for the award.
Students are eligible to receive only one academic award per year.
Students who have previously received their West Valley letter in academics but who qualify again will receive a star patch with an academic insert.
Students who have already lettered in athletics but not in academics will receive an award pin after the first semester in which they qualify for an academic award. The above criteria have been established and approved by a committee of students, parents, teachers, coaches and administrators, the WVHS Student Council, the School Improvement Team and the West Valley School Board.
Academic Eligibility for Extra-Curricular Activities
We believe that supplementing academics with activities enriches a student’s experience during high school and enhances his/her development as an individual. Because activities are an extension of the school day, students represent their school as a participant in those activities. Students are reminded that participation in activities is a privilege. Groups included with this agreement are: cheerleaders, associated student body officers, drill team, dance team, band, choir, drama, knowledge bowl and athletics.
STANDARDS: To be eligible to participate in interscholastic competition as a member of any team or activity approved by West Valley High School a student must be:
• Passing all classes at each three (3) week grade check.
• Enrolled in a minimum of six (6) classes. Any exceptions to the 6 class minimum must be approved by the principal.
SEMESTER GRADES: If a student gets one F grade at semester, that student will be ineligible to compete for one week at the start of the following semester unless the grade is modified before the end of said week. In accordance with the WIAA rules, a student with two or more F’s at semester cannot compete for five weeks.
PROCEDURE: At the end of the 3 week grading period, the grades of all students who are currently members of any WIAA sanctioned group will be reviewed. Any student who does not meet the standards will be ineligible from competition starting on the day following the report until the standard is met. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the coach/advisor when he/she become eligible by using a WVHS Eligibility Form. Academically in-eligible students cannot travel with the team.
SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT: Prior to the exclusion of any special education student from interscholastic competition under these standards, the West Valley High School MDT will meet and provide a recommendation that is consistent with a student’s IEP.
INCOMPLETES: For the purpose of calculating eligibility an incomplete (I) is considered as an “F” grade.
INCOMING NINTH GRADE STUDENTS: Students entering the 9th grade will be declared eligible for the first 3 weeks of the 9th grade year as long as they meet the WIAA standard.
TRANSFER STUDENTS: A student who transfers here from out of the district will be held to the same standards as a current WVHS student.
SUMMER SCHOOL: If a student has failed a class during the spring semester, he/she may make it up by passing a summer school class.
APPEAL: A student declared ineligible under the terms of these standards is entitled to an appeal. Within five (5) school days of notification of ineligibility the student/parent must submit to the building principal a written request indicating a desire to appeal the decision. The building principal will conduct the appeal hearing.
The district operates two activity buses. Both buses leave Centennial Middle School at 5:15 pm, pick up students at WVHS, and leave WVHS at approximately 5:30 pm. Although not running complete routes, one bus serves the Valley "floor", while the other bus serves the families on the prairie.
Student ID Cards & GSL Stickers
Students are encouraged to take part in and/or attend school activities. GSL stickers attached to a student’s “free ID card” are required for all students who participate in athletics or activities that are supported by the Associated Student Body (ASB) funds or who travel to events at the expense of the ASB. ID cards are free and the GSL sticker may be purchased for $40.00 at the Business Office. The revenue collected from the sale of student GSL stickers is used to partially finance activity and athletic programs. If a student loses their ID card with an GSL sticker, a replacement can be purchased for $5.00.
Athletic Booster Club
The goal of the WVHS Athletic Booster Club is to provide support and assistance to the Athletic Department and to our WVHS student athletes who participate on various athletic teams throughout the year. Booster Club provides much needed support for:
Uniforms for All Athletic Teams !
Extra gear, equipment, warm up’s etc. as coaches request
Support for athletic teams going to state play-off games
Coaches hospitality room during various sport tournaments
Other athletic activities and events as needed/requested
We raise money through concessions sales during events at WVHS and ask each parent to volunteer only 2-3 times per year to help cover shifts in the Snack Shack. Each year we raise thousands of dollars which then directly supports our athletic teams.
During the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years we provided a total of $50,548.00 to our teams for uniforms and extra equipment, gear etc.!
VOLLEYBALL* TRACK *SOCCER*GOLF*CROSS COUNTRY *TENNIS*DANCE* CHEER
Thank You for supporting WVHS Athletics!
West Valley School District is committed to student achievement and providing educational excellence, and we feel that regular attendance is essential for student success in our educational program. If you know in advance that there will be a conflict with your student attending all classes during the regularly scheduled school day or the attendance expectations in general, please call the office or contact your student’s counselor directly.
Laws of the State of Washington specify that parents have the primary responsibility for ensuring the punctual attendance of their children at school. Students who are absent from school are required to have telephone/written verification from the parent or guardian. Parents should notify the attendance office the day of the student's absence, and MUST notify no later than 48 hours after the absence, to inform the school as to the nature of the absence by phoning the WVHS Attendance Hotline at 891-9169.
The West Valley School District Attendance Policy and the state of Washington define absences as follows:
I. EXCUSED ABSENCES:
Absences due to the following reasons must be excused within 48 hours by the parent/guardian:
Illness, health condition or medical appointment (including, but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental, optometry, pregnancy, and in-patient or out-patient treatment for chemical dependency or mental health) for the student or person for whom the student is legally responsible;
Family emergency including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family;
Religious or cultural purpose, including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;
Court, judicial proceeding, court-ordered activity, or jury service;
Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview;
State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055;
Absence directly related to the student's homeless or foster care/dependency status;
Absences related to deployment activities of a parent who is an active duty member consistent with RCW 28A.705.010;
Absences due to suspensions, expulsions or emergency expulsions imposed pursuant to chapter 392-400 WAC if the student is not receiving educational services and is not enrolled in qualifying "course of study" activities as defined in WAC 392-121-107;
Absences due to student safety concerns, including absences related to threats, assaults, or bullying;
Absences due to a student's migrant status;
An approved activity that is consistent with district policy and is mutually agreed upon by the principal or designee and a parent or emancipated youth.
II. UNEXCUSED ABSENCE:
An absence in which the parent/guardian verifies that his/her student was absent with the parent’s permission but the reason does not fall under the district’s definition of excused. (Examples: Sleeping in, hair appointments, etc.)
Trips which have not been pre-approved or have been determined by the building administrator as not having sufficient educational value to justify the student missing regular classroom instruction and activities.
Absences which meet the definition of excused but notification of excuse is not given to the WVHS Attendance Secretary within 48 hours (by phone, note or email).
Automated calls: If your student has missed any period during the school day that has not been excused (recorded by the attendance secretary) during that same day, our automated attendance system will call the parent/guardian's home to make notification. In this case, please contact the office to excuse your student’s absence.
Student Procedures for Absences:
At WVHS, we believe students are more successful when they are interacting with peers and instructors. The expectation is that all students attend every class period unless arranged with the counselor/administrator/teacher. However, we do know appointments and other incidents arise throughout the school year. Students who have a legal reason (any reason stated above) to miss a planned instructional activity during the scheduled school day must have their parent or guardian's permission. Failure to phone the attendance hotline with an excuse will result in truancy after 48 hours.
MAKE-UP WORK FOR EXCUSED ABSENCES
When a student misses a class, the expectation is that they complete the work necessary in order to keep pace with the learning and instruction being delivered. Each student will be given a reasonable amount of time in order to complete the missing work. At West Valley High School, a reasonable length of time means one day for each day absent. If a student is scheduled to be gone for 3 days or more, a parent or guardian may contact the school office to request homework for the days the student will be absent. Teachers will make every attempt to have the work to the office or posted in their Google Classroom within 24 hours of the request. It is the student’s responsibility to collect and complete all work from excused absences.
III. EXCESSIVE ABSENCES - In accordance with Washington State attendance law RCW 28A.225, when a student reaches the equivalent of seven (7) but no more than fifteen (15) unexcused absences, that student must be referred to a Community Engagement Board (CEB). It is at this meeting that the student, board, parent/guardian and school representative must enter into an agreement.
TRUANCY: If a student is absent and no reason is given to the attendance secretary within 48 hours, a student will be marked truant.
Intervention for unexcused absences, missing scheduled class time, and truancy may include:
The teacher will work with the student and family to reinforce class expectations.
The student may be referred to the Admin/counseling team to create a plan for success.
The student may lose the opportunity for make-up work if absences are unexcused.
For truancies, intervention may include progressive corrective action, parent/guardian conference, referral to WVHS Truancy Board, possible in-school intervention/suspension, referral to the WVSD Community Truancy Board and court petition as per Washington State Law “Becca Bill” (SB 5439).
IV. TARDINESS: Students are expected to be in their scheduled class and on time every day. We believe students must be in class when instruction begins at the bell in order to receive full benefit from a lesson. We believe students must learn job skills such as timeliness by practice and being held accountable.
Tardy Information and Corrective Action: Tardiness to class of more than ten minutes causes the student to miss essential instruction and objectives. Even arriving to class a few minutes late can have an adverse effect on the student’s success. Teachers will document tardies and provide guidance to the student for scheduling makeup time. Teachers will also seek to problem solve with students/families if the tardies begin to negatively affect performance. Administration will intervene and monitor excessive tardies as needed.
School hours are 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. 0 hour students and 7th period students can enter/stay in the building according to their class schedule. Students are not allowed in the gym facilities, weight room or fitness center at any time during the school day or after school hours unsupervised. Supervision must be an adult staff member.
Staff Collaboration Days—Students are allowed in the building at 7:30am. Any students arriving at school early must report to the Commons or Library. Roaming in the halls will not be allowed.
Teacher Access Days— Students are allowed in the building at 7:30am by appointment only. Students must report to the classroom for academic support or the library. Roaming in the halls will not be allowed.
Students involved in after school activities are to take all books and personal belongings with them to the activity and students must exit from the part of the building in which the activity takes place
The safe and efficient transportation of students to and from school is the primary goal of the West Valley School District Transportation Department. In order to effectively maintain a safe environment, rules and procedures need to be implemented to deal with incidents that distract the driver and cause disruption on the bus. The following list outlines expectations of student behavior and is posted in all school buses:
1. Do not distract driver through misbehavior.
2. The driver has the right to assign seats.
3. Use quiet voices and no profane language.
4. Keep the bus clean; no food or drink.
5. Keep your hands to yourself - no violence.
6. Remain in your seat, keep the aisle clear.
7. Be kind to others.
8. Keep your hands and head inside the bus.
9. No smoking or tobacco products.
10. Do not destroy property.
Failure to follow the expectations outlined above may result in transportation or building progressive discipline.
School district buses pick students up and drop them off in the parking lot at the south end of the building. Route and schedule information can be obtained in the office. Routes vary; further information can be obtained from the Transportation Department at 922-5467.
SCHOOL CLIMATE AND DISCIPLINE PHILOSOPHY
West Valley High School’s discipline policy is designed to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, staff and visitors. Established standards of behavior protect the rights of all students to learn in an orderly, positive climate that is conducive to individual and group success. The student behavior we expect at West Valley High School is none other than the behavior demonstrated by good citizens at work, in the home, and in the community.
Positive Behavior Expectations
West Valley High School teachers expect their students to demonstrate the following traits in and out of the classroom:
Demonstrate kindness, courtesy and tolerance to yourself and others.
Demonstrate care for books, technology, materials and school facilities.
Arrive to class on time, bring the required materials, and pay attention.
Communicate with your teacher, attendance office, or group members if you are absent.
Adhere to school/classroom rules and promote safety for others.
Be aware of your surroundings: See something, say something.
WEST VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
Progressive Discipline: To discipline means to teach. When a student is sent to the office, administrators will usually counsel the student about expected behavior and may assign corrective action using progressive discipline. Progressive discipline means that we first try to correct behavior using the least severe corrective action. Each successive time we see that student because of misbehavior, the corrective action will be progressively more severe. A sample model of progressive discipline follows:
Level 1: Teacher administers other forms of discipline including but not limited to:
Warning, Student Conference, Contact home, De-Escalation Strategies
Level 2: After repeated offenses in a reasonable time frame, the student will be referred to the administration/counseling team.
Level 3: If the offenses continue, the administration will assign corrective action including lunch detentions, parent conferences, In-School Suspension, Etc.
Students who create a dangerous or disruptive environment for themselves of other students may be removed from classes without warning.
Please see “Students Rights and Responsibilities Annual Notification” linked on the district website. The Annual Notification is also available on the WVHS website or upon request at the WVHS main office.
Discrimination and Harassment
PROHIBITION OF HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING
The district is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and patrons, that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional written message or image, including those that are electronically transmitted, verbal or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:
Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property
Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education
Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment
Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation, or bullying. “Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status and weight. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action (s).
Behaviors/Expressions: Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including but not limited to, slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral, physical actions or electronically transmitted messages or images. This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment. Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation or bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom, or program rules.
Training: This policy is a component of the district’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful and inclusive learning community and shall be implemented in conjunction with comprehensive training of staff and volunteers.
Prevention: The district will provide students with strategies aimed at preventing harassment, intimidation and bullying. In its efforts to train students, the district will seek partnerships with families, law enforcement and other community agencies.
Interventions: Interventions are designed to remediate the impact on the targeted student (s) and others impacted by the violation, to change the behavior of the perpetrator, and to restore a positive school climate. The district will consider the frequency of incidents, developmental age of the student, and severity of the conduct in determining intervention strategies. Interventions will range from counseling, correcting behavior and discipline, to law enforcement referrals.
Retaliation/False Allegations: Retaliation is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline. It is a violation of this policy to threaten or harm someone for reporting harassment, intimidation, or bullying. It is also a violation of district policy to knowingly report false allegations of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Students or employees will not be disciplined for making a report in good faith. However, persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.
Compliance Officer: The superintendent will appoint a compliance officer as the primary district contact to receive copies of all formal and informal complaints and ensure policy implementation. The name and contact information for the compliance officer will be communicated throughout the district. The superintendent is authorized to direct the implementation of procedures addressing the elements of this policy.
CROSS REFERENCES: Policy 3200 Rights and Responsibilities
Policy 3240 Student Conduct
LEGAL REFERENCE: RCW 28A.300.285 Harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policies
MANAGEMENT RESOURCES Policy News, December 2010 Harassment Intimidation and a Bullying Policy Strengthened
Policy News, April 2008 Cyberbullying Policy Required
Policy News, April 2002 Legislature Passes an Anti-Bullying Bill
Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action
The District will provide equal employment opportunity and treatment for all applicants and staff in recruitment, hiring, retention, assignment, transfer, promotion and training. The West Valley School District complies with all Federal and State rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in education programs and/or extra-curricular activities.
The West Valley School District, as a recipient of public funds, is committed to undertake affirmative action which will make effective equal employment opportunities for staff and applicants for employment. Such affirmative action will include a review of programs, the setting of goals and the implementation of corrective employment procedures to increase the ratio of aged, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, women, and Vietnam veterans who are under-represented in the job classifications in relationship to the availability of such persons having requisite qualifications. Affirmative action plans may not include hiring or employment preferences based on gender or race, including color, ethnicity or national origin. Such affirmative action will also include recruitment, selection, training, education and other programs.
The current Affirmative Action Plan is posted on the District Website under Human Resources.
District Title IX Officer – Sabre Dahl email@example.com 509-924-2150
Section 504 Coordinator – Dan Andrews firstname.lastname@example.org 509-922-5478
District Compliance Coordinator – Sabre Dahl email@example.com 509-924-2150
For more information, go to the district’s Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy 5010.
Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:
A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or
The conduct substantially interferes with a student's educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.
Examples of Sexual Harassment:
Pressuring a person for sexual favors
Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature
Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
Distributing sexually explicit texts, e-mails, or pictures
Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks
Physical violence, including rape and sexual assault
You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Title IX Officer, who is listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below).
COMPLAINT OPTIONS: DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
If you believe that you or your child have experienced unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.
Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child’s principal or with the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX Officer, or Civil Rights Coordinator, who are listed above. This is often the fastest way to revolve your concerns.
Complaint to the School District
Step 1. Write Our Your Complaint
In most cases, complaints must be filed within one year from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint must be in writing. Be sure to describe the conduct or incident, explain why you believe discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment has taken place, and describe what actions you believe the district should take to resolve the problem. Send your written complaint—by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery—to the district superintendent or civil rights compliance coordinator.
Step 2: School District Investigates Your Complaint
Once the district receives your written complaint, the coordinator will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing within 30 calendar days—unless you agree on a different time period. If your complaint involves exceptional circumstances that demand a lengthier investigation, the district will notify you in writing to explain why staff need a time extension and the new date for their written response.
Step 3: School District Responds to Your Complaint
In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation, a determination of whether or not the district failed to comply with civil rights laws, notification that you can appeal this determination, and any measures necessary to bring the district into compliance with civil rights laws. Corrective measures will be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response—unless you agree to a different time period.
Appeal to the School District
If you disagree with the school district’s decision, you may appeal to the school district’s board of directors. You must file a notice of appeal in writing to the secretary of the school board within 10 calendar days after you received the school district’s response to your complaint. The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they received your appeal, unless you agree on a different timeline. The school board will send you a written decision within 30 calendar days after the district received your notice of appeal. The school board’s decision will include information about how to file a complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
Complaint to OSPI
If you do not agree with the school district’s appeal decision, state law provides the option to file a formal complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This is a separate complaint process that can take place if one of these two conditions has occurred: (1) you have completed the district’s complaint and appeal process, or (2) the district has not followed the complaint and appeal process correctly.
You have 20 calendar days to file a complaint to OSPI from the day you received the decision on your appeal. You can send your written complaint to the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI:
Email: Equity@k12.wa.us ǀ Fax: 360-664-2967
Mail or hand deliver: PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200
For more information, visit our website, or contact OSPI’s Equity and Civil Rights Office at 360-725-6162/TTY: 360-664-3631 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Discrimination Complaint OptionsOffice for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education 206-607-1600 ǀ TDD: 1-800-877-8339 ǀ OCR.Seattle@ed.gov ǀ OCR WebsiteWashington State Human Rights Commission 1-800-233-3247 ǀ TTY: 1-800-300-7525 ǀ Human Rights Commission Website
Our student dress code is designed to accomplish several goals:
The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and parents or guardians.
Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection), dance (bare feet, tights/leotards), or PE (athletic attire/shoes).
Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable.
Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self-identified gender.
Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.
Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, and pornography.
Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that denote, suggest, display or reference alcohol, drugs or related paraphernalia or other illegal conduct or activities.
Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that will interfere with the operation of the school, disrupt the educational process, invade the rights of others, or create a reasonably foreseeable risk of such interference or invasion of rights.
Prevent students from wearing clothing or accessories that reasonably can be construed as being or including content that is racist, lewd, vulgar or obscene, or that reasonably can be construed as containing fighting words, speech that incites others to imminent lawless action, defamatory speech, or threats to others.
Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body
The WV Dress Code:
1. Students Must Wear, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:
A Shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms), AND
Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts), AND
Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts, and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric. Cleavage will not have coverage requirements. Please refer to Dress Code goals above.
2. Students May Not Wear:
Violent language or images, or clothing that suggests violence or gang affiliation.
Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity).
Hate speech, profanity, pornography.
Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.
Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are allowed)
Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon.
Any item that obscures the face or ears including sunglasses (except as a religious observance).
Corrective Action: Students will only be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation as outlined in the sections above. Students in violation of Sections 1 & 2 will be provided three (3) options to be dressed more to code during the school day:
Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
If necessary, students’ parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.
At West Valley High School, students are expected to manage their electronic devices and all other distracting devices in a manner that is respectful to staff and other students. A distracting device may be defined but not limited to fidget spinners, headphones, electronic communication devices, music players, Kendamas, etc.. It is expected that all devices are off (as not to ring, vibrate, or sound during class) and/or put away throughout the class period unless otherwise instructed by the teacher. Any student disrupting the educational process with a device may be subject to progressive discipline.
School bus schedules or routes are changed only during the most severe weather or emergency conditions. If it is necessary to run limited school bus schedules or close schools for any reason, information will be broadcast on local radio and television stations.
All students who ride the school bus will receive information from their bus driver noting the changes in bus schedules and routes in severe weather or other emergencies. District buses are equipped with chains and the drivers have been trained to drive on slippery roads.
Between 6:00 and 7:00 am, area radio and TV stations will announce any school cancellations or delays of starting times.
If no announcements about West Valley Schools are broadcast from the radio and TV stations, schools are open.
If schools are closed for emergency reasons for one day, they will be open the following day unless information to the contrary is announced by radio or TV.
Please DO NOT CALL school officials or radio stations about school closures. Listen to your radio or TV.
EMERGENCY DRILLS and PROCEDURES
Fire/Evacuation Drills: The signal used in the event of a fire or fire drill is a distinct alarm signal. At the signal, students should move quickly in an orderly manner out of the building according to the exit plan posted in each classroom. Windows and doors should be closed before the room is evacuated. WVHS conducts 3 Fire drills per school year.
Lockdown Drills: The signal used in a lockdown or lockdown drill is a distinct alarm signal. At the signal, students should move quickly into a classroom and follow the instructions of the teacher. WVHS conducts 3 Lockdown drills per school year.
A complete copy of our emergency plans will be provided upon request.
The student will obtain the approval signature of his/her parent or guardian. This signature indicates the parent's belief that the activity is of such importance and value as to merit approval. A current “Permit to Participate in Field Trips" form and the individual "Field Trip Form" must be returned to the sponsor of the field trip prior to the activity, complete with signatures. We cannot call for parent permission over the phone.
The student must assume the responsibility inherent in missing another teacher’s class. A student should check with each of his/her teachers for make-up work.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Each day the Pledge of Allegiance will be done over the intercom system at the beginning of first period as well as the daily bulletin of announcements.
ASSEMBLY BEHAVIOR: Attendance is required. Students are expected to be respectful, attentive, courteous, and well-mannered. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in corrective action.
BICYCLES: Racks are provided for parking bicycles on the east and the west side of the building. Bicycles should be locked securely. WVHS cannot guarantee their safety. Bicycles should not be secured to the posts on the north side of the building. Bicycles are not allowed in the building.
CAFETERIA INFORMATION: Students are expected to be respectful, attentive, courteous, and well-mannered. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in corrective action.
Lunches must be eaten in the cafeteria.
Students are to conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times, in the lunch lines and while eating.
Each student is responsible for the cleanliness of the table or the place at which he/she eats and for the surrounding area.
Trays, silverware, refuse and other eating items should be returned to the garbage and dishwashing area after use.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Parents are responsible for keeping the school informed of changes in address or other information that is pertinent to parent or home contact. Such information can be vital in an emergency. The information should be submitted to the attendance office.
CHOICE STUDENTS– STUDENTS LIVING OUTSIDE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES: Any student that is considered a "Choice" student must annually submit release paperwork from their home district and a "Choice Student Contract" by September 15th of each school year.
COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS: Our students are supported with their post-secondary options through our college and career office located by the library. Students and their families are encouraged to contact Debbie Reeder with questions or inquiries regarding events and other support resources. Contact Debbie Reeder at 340-7182 or email@example.com.
COMPUTER LAB—LIBRARY: To protect machines from misuse and to ensure the availability of machines to a maximum number of students, lab rules are posted and must be followed. Failure to comply with computer lab rules may result in a loss of lab access and/or corrective action by the school administration.
COPY MACHINES: West Valley High School copy machines are for school purposes only; they may not be used for personal copies.
DETENTION: Lunch Detention may be assigned to students as corrective action. Students must arrive promptly within the first 5 minutes of lunch, bring materials for study and maintain high standards of conduct. Students may not use iPods, headphones, etc. or sleep in detention. If detention is assigned to a student who attends WVHS on a modified schedule, accommodations will be made and a parent/guardian will be notified. Failure to serve assigned detentions may result in progressive discipline.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (E.S.L.): Students who communicate primarily in a language other than English or those students who come from a home whose primary language is not English will be assessed for fluency and offered E.S.L. services as determined by screen tests.
EXTRA CURRICULAR TRANSPORTATION: All students that attend activities or sporting events away from school grounds must use the transportation provided by the district (school bus) to get to and from the event. Any requests for exceptions must be submitted in writing and be approved by a building administrator in charge prior to departure. Students will not be released to other students.
FINES AND FEES: Fines are assessed during the school year for parking tickets, lost text books, damaged text books, library books, lost uniforms and P.E. locks. Diplomas, records, and transcripts will be held until fines are paid.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS: In accordance with WVSD Board Policy, foreign exchange students are not eligible for WVHS diplomas.
GYMNASIUM FACILITIES: Unsupervised students are not allowed in the gym facilities, weight room or fitness center at any time during the school day or after school hours. Supervision must be by an adult staff member
GUIDANCE: Guidance services are available for every student in the school. These services include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test scores, occupational information, career information, study, help with home, school and/or social concerns, or any question that the student would like to discuss with the counselors. Students wishing to visit a counselor should contact their counselor or make an appointment using the sign-up sheet on the counselor's door.
HALL PASSES: Students are expected to remain in class the entire period. Class time should not be spent at lockers, cars, restrooms, or in the halls. Students will be allowed access to restrooms upon reasonable request. To maintain integrity of lessons teachers may limit restroom access during the first or last ten minutes of class. It is our duty to ensure that students understand the necessity of good hydration to improve their health, well-being, and performance generally. When a teacher permits a student to leave class, the student should have a designated hall pass and sign out. Student must also present it to staff when requested to do so. Students will be reasonable with the length and frequency of breaks during class. If a teacher is concerned that a student is taking advantage of the hydration/restroom procedures, they will contact the student’s parent/guardian to address the concern. If the concern persists the teacher shall notify administration. Failure to follow the requests or guidelines outlined above may result in progressive discipline.
HONOR ROLL: Honor roll requires a 3.5 grade point average. It is published twice yearly following the end of each semester.
IDENTIFICATION CARDS: Each student is issued a photo identification card at no charge. The purpose of this card is to provide a student with positive identification as a student at West Valley High School. The card is also used for the school lunch account, ASB card (for a $40.00 fee), to check out materials from the Library, and to verify Internet access. Students should keep their ID number private.
INTERNET ACCESS: Students are allowed access on the Internet with parental approval. Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks, just as they are in any other aspect of school life. The network is provided as a privilege for students to conduct research, complete classroom tasks, and communicate with others.
The school reviews files and communications without prior notice in order to maintain system integrity and ensure students are utilizing the network appropriately. Failure to comply with district and school rules may result in a loss of network access, disciplinary action by the school administration, and referral to law enforcement agencies. School equipment cannot be used for personal business.
LATE ARRIVAL– EARLY DISMISSAL: Late arrival/early dismissal may only be granted by the building principal. Only seniors are granted the privilege of late arrival (no first period class) or early dismissal (no sixth period class) with the intent of the school to accommodate the student's needs. Students who have a late arrival or early dismissal are not to linger near the high school campus during those times. Students must be in a designated location on campus (cafeteria, computer lab, or library) or they must remain away from the WVHS vicinity at home, work, etc.
LOST AND FOUND: Any articles found on the premises should be brought to the office, where a lost and found service is maintained. All students are responsible for removing their belongings from hall lockers and athletic lockers prior to the last day of school. Any items that are left will be held for one week and then donated to a charity.
MENTOR CLASS TIME: All students are required to attend their mentor class just like other academic classes. This is an academic class for which attendance is recorded by the mentor teacher.
MESSAGES: The only messages accepted for students are from parents or guardians. Absolutely no messages will be taken from friends. If messages are of an emergency nature, the office staff will make every effort to deliver them without delay. However, it is not possible to accept and hand deliver all of the telephone messages that come to the high school without interrupting classes and interfering with the learning environment the faculty works so hard to maintain. Students should ask friends and employers to leave messages at their homes, not at school. Do not call students on cell phones during class hour; it disrupts the educational environment.
Please do not send your students flowers and gifts at school to be delivered. Deliveries interrupt the educational environment. We cannot be held responsible for delivery of flowers and gifts at school.
PERSONAL PROTECTION SPRAY DEVICE PERMISSION FORM
It is unlawful for a person under eighteen years old, unless the person is at least fourteen years old and has the permission of a parent or guardian, to purchase or possess a personal protection spray device. Such device may only be used in a manner consistent with the authorized “use of force” statue. i.e. “whenever used by a party about to be injured, or by another lawfully aiding him or her, in preventing or attempting to prevent an offense against his or her person, or a malicious trespass…the force is not more than is necessary.” (Board Policy 4210)
The undersigned has read the above statement and acknowledges the proper use of Personal Protection Spray Devices. The undersigned further agrees that they will use such device only in a manner consistent with the law. The West Valley School District agrees that persons may possess protection spray devices on school property for their protection as long as they meet the requirements of the law and have a valid permission slip on file at school. This form must be on file in the school office in order to carry a personal protection device.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Students are allowed to take only one physical education class per semester unless they are taking 7 classes, i.e. a zero hour strength training class.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION: At the beginning of each school year in the student packet, parents are given the opportunity to withhold information (photos, artwork, etc.) from being released or published regarding their student. If you want information withheld, please return the completed form to the WVHS office by October 1st. Please do not ask for other student's phone numbers, etc. We are not at liberty to give out other students’ personal information.
RUNNING START: Student GPA's are affected by grades received from colleges and universities while enrolled in Running Start.
SCHEDULE CHANGES: To avoid receiving an "F" for a class, schedule changes must be made within the first 7 school days of each semester. To make a schedule change, contact your counselor.
SCHOLARSHIPS: A number of West Valley High School students seek scholarships each year. Many scholarship opportunities are offered by colleges and business and industrial firms, as well as civic, fraternal, educational groups and clubs. Some awards require a written application or an interview. Each student should consult his/her counselor in an effort to discuss scholarships for which he/she may be eligible. Seniors will be given scholarship information via monthly newsletters. The counseling secretary can be contacted for further information.
SPORTS SEASON PASS: Parents wishing to purchase a season pass may buy them at the ASB office during regular business hours or at home games. These passes allow you entrance into ALL HOME EVENTS excluding playoffs. Adult season passes may be purchased for $50.00 per adult. District employees may purchase an adult season pass for $25.
SKATEBOARDS-ROLLER BLADES: Skateboards, roller blades, etc. are not to be used on the school building. They should be stored securely in a locker or in a designated area. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in corrective action.
SPORTS PHYSICALS: The physicals students are required to have will be in effect for a 24 month period. In other words, students will only be required to get a physical every other year.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT: The purpose of student government is to provide the student body with a democratic process to effect change and to manage student body affairs. The Student Government is organized into two branches:
The Executive Board - which is composed of A.S.B. Officers, a cheerleader representative and each of the four Class Presidents.
The Student Council - which is composed of one representative from each Mentor class, leadership class members and elected ASB officers.
TELEPHONES: If a student must use a phone during class, he/she must have permission of the teacher prior to placing the call. Students must ask permission to use the office telephones. Students may only use the student phone for emergencies to parents/ guardians. The student must show a pass from their teacher to use office telephones during class time, plus they have to show a message requesting a return call from a parent. The office phone may not be used by students for personal phone calls.
TEXTBOOK AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT CARE: Textbooks and Chromebooks are furnished by the school district and signed out through the Library or classroom teacher. If books or Chromebook are lost or damaged in excess of reasonable wear, the student is fined to cover the damages. Fines may also be levied by the teacher for improper care of or loss of electronic equipment. Students who lose books or electronic equipment will be required to pay replacement cost for them. Fines must be paid before records or diplomas will be released/issued.
VACATIONS: Since the school calendar allows approximately four weeks of vacation time during the school year, other absences for vacations are strongly discouraged. Please see Attendance Policies and Procedures outlined above.
VALEDICTORIAN/ SALUTATORIAN: The student(s) with the highest grade average at the end of the seventh semester (or fall quarter if a running start student) will be declared the Valedictorian(s). The Salutatorian is determined as the student(s) with the next lowest GPA i.e. 1 B+, whether a high school or Running Start course. Seniors must be in classes yielding six credits or more both semesters to be eligible to become Class Valedictorian or Salutatorian
VENDING MACHINES: Snack vending machines are available for the use of students. Each teacher reserves the right to determine if drinks and/ or snacks may be consumed in the classroom. Access to snack machines may be curtailed by the administration if problems arise concerning litter, tardiness, etc. The vending machines are not owned by WVHS.
WORK PERMITS: The form must be completed by the student's employer and parents and taken to his/her guidance counselor.
YEARBOOKS: Yearbooks can be purchased at the Business Office and online. After November 1st there is typically a price increase. They are distributed in June prior to the end of the school year.
Grade Credit Requirements
9th grade: 6 credits (English, Math, Science, Heath/PE, elective, elective)
10th grade: 6 (English, Math, Science, History, elective, elective)
11th grade: 6 (English, History, elective, elective, elective)
12th grade: 6 (English, History, Math or math based science, elective, elective, elective)
Maintain a GPA of 3.6+
A student who is absent for multiple (3 or more) days of school may put in a request for homework assignments in the main office. Notices will be sent to classroom teachers indicating the number of days to be missed. Please remember the following when requesting assignments:
The office needs 24 hours to collect homework after the request. Please plan ahead.
A parent, guardian, or classmate should pick up assignments in the office before 3:30 pm on the day following the request.
After initial homework collection, a parent or guardian must call to request additional assignments if the student will be gone longer than first arranged.
Leaving Campus During Lunch
Students in grades 9-12 will be allowed to leave campus during lunch. Once a student chooses to leave campus, they will not be allowed back into the building until the five minute warning bell (signifies there are five minutes left of lunch). Students need to be aware that lunch is only 30 minutes long, and it is the responsibility of the student to be present and on time for their next class following lunch.
LOCKERS & VALUABLES
Each student will receive a locker. It is the student's responsibility to keep his/her combination confidential. Students are responsible for school and personal property lost from their lockers. Students are responsible for the care and contents of lockers. Any change of locker assignment must be cleared through the office. If your locker does not operate properly, contact a custodian immediately.
Valuables: Large amounts of money and other valuables should not be brought to school. If due to some unusual circumstances a student finds it necessary to have such items at school, s/he should leave them in the security office for safe keeping. Keep your locker locked at all times. Be sure to spin the dial when you close it. Only school issued locks are to be used to secure lockers. You must immediately report damage done to your locker to the office or security. Failure to do so means that you may be held responsible for the damage. Students should secure any valuables in their gym lockers during physical education classes, athletic practices, or games.
LOCKER CLEAN OUT– END OF YEAR
Students are responsible for cleaning out all personal and school items from both their hall locker and athletic locker prior to the last day of school. Any items that remain in the lockers will be donated to charity.
Lunch Schedule by Teacher
At West Valley High School, lunches are based upon your 4th period teacher. Please check to see what teacher you have for fourth period and then see the lunch schedule below:
For the 2021-2022 school year, both breakfast and lunch will be FREE for ALL students!!
Medications in School
West Valley School District Policy/Procedure requirements for Administration of Medication:
Under normal circumstances medication should be given at home, however if there exists a valid health reason, medication may be applied under the supervision of personnel - this includes prescription and over the counter drugs.
Parent must submit a written request with written directions from a licensed health professional
Request is valid only during the duration indicated on the request form; this will not exceed current school year
Medication must be kept in the school office
Medication is to be administered by the building principal, his/her designee (at least 2 per building) or the school nurse
Schedule 2 medications (Ritalin, Dexedrine) must be delivered by parent, counted initially and counted weekly, and recorded on medication sheet
Medications are returned to parents at the end of the year. Medication will be disposed of by the school nurse if not picked up by the parent at the end of the year
Parent has the right to personally administer medication during school hours
Adult-age students who have medication administered by the school may sign the form
Inhalers are considered oral medication
If it is deemed that the student must carry his/her own medication they must have detailed written information
Medication such as eye or ear drops, ointment, suppositories, nasal sprays, or injections can only be given by family members, licensed nurses, or self-administered
Diabetic children must have a care plan which will dictate conditions for administration of insulin at school. Students may be responsible for administering, if not the school nurse will assume the role.
National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I or II Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse
Students who want to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics should start the certification process by the end of their junior year or early their senior year.
To be certified by the Clearinghouse, students must:
1. Graduate from high school. Preliminary certification will be issued for students not yet graduated. Final certification will be issued only after final transcript receipt, including proof of graduation.
2. Check the NCAA website (ncaa.org) for any changes or updates of their requirements for their graduating school year.
1. FORM 48H from high school lists each course offered that meets NCAA core course guidelines. Clearinghouse specialists review and validate core courses and return a printout of core course data to the high school. Validated course data for each school will be maintained in the Clearinghouse’s 48H “Library.”
2. ACT/SAT SCORES must be provided to the Clearinghouse by listing “9999” as the code on the student registration form for the test. All scores should be sent to the Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse will calculate the “best” ACT Composite or SAT total score from the scores it has received for each student.
3. To register, prospective student-athletes should access the NCAA.org website, view the student-athlete pull down menu, select the NCAA Eligibility Center, Click on the student-athlete registration tab, and follow the directions to create an account.
4. Additionally, the Division I membership is considering significant changes in the academic eligibility standards for practice, competition and the receipt of athletics scholarships during a student-athlete's first year of college. Additional changes to the test-score/grade-point average index have been proposed and are available for your review. You may access the proposed changes through the NCAA website at www.ncaa.org. Select the Prospect/Parent page from the pull-down menu of Custom Home Pages. The NCAA invites you to comment on the proposed changes to the Division I initial-eligibility standards by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. NCAA member institutions use the INSTITUTION REQUEST LIST to request initial eligibility certification decisions for the students they are recruiting. Once the Clearinghouse has received all of the information that it needs to make a certification decision, the Clearinghouse will report that decision to the student and to the NCAA member institution(s) that request it and to which the student has authorized release of the information.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION you may contact the NCAA Clearinghouse at 2555 North Dubuque Road, PO Box 4044, Iowa City, Iowa 52243-4044 or call them at 1-877-262-1492.
National Honor Society Membership
West Valley High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is an active service organization. Each school year NHS sponsors two blood drives, the academic awards ceremonies, the honor cord ceremony, teacher/staff appreciation activities, as well as numerous service and fundraising (in support of service) activities. A senior member in good standing is distinguished at graduation by wearing a ceremonial sash (stole) over his or her graduation gown. This sash is returned after the ceremony or the student may pay $30 to keep the sash
A student becomes eligible to be invited to join NHS if she or he meets the following requirements:
Attains class standing as a sophomore, junior or first semester senior;
Has been enrolled at West Valley High School for at least one semester;
Is able to demonstrate, by application or interview, that he or she represents all four of the standards of the National Honor Society: scholarship, service, leadership, and character;
Has maintained at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average;
Has been actively involved in at least three West Valley High School clubs, sports, and/or organizations since the beginning of 9th grade;
Has actively participated as a volunteer in at least four service projects (through school, church, community, or other service organization or through personal contacts and initiative);
Has been evaluated and subsequently recommended for membership by a faculty council and the executive board (NHS advisor and duly elected officers).
Once at the beginning of each year students are invited to apply for membership.
A student selected for membership in NHS must attend an induction ceremony to become an official member.
To remain a member in good standing, a member must:
Maintain at least a cumulative 3.5 grade point average. (If a student’s grade point average falls below a 3.5, he or she will be placed on probation and have one semester to bring the grade point average back to a 3.5 or above.)
Pay annual dues of $25 by a designated date. Any student unable to pay the fee must consult the advisor. Not paying annual dues may result in dismissal from NHS.
Actively participant in National Honor Society service and fund raising programs earning at least 30 service points each year of membership. Service points are awarded for meetings, activities, and projects sponsored by NHS or other valid service sought out personally by a member.
Attend one of two monthly general meetings on the first Thursday of the month.
Demonstrate personal integrity and character. (Lapses in personal integrity and character will result in a member being placed on probation or, in the event of behavior that the advisor(s) and executive board deem damaging to the chapter, summarily dismissed from membership.)
Nurse & Health Room
A school nurse is available in the building two and a half days per week; she is also available by phone when needed. The student must check in with one of the secretaries and sign in on the sick room sign in/out sheet before entering the sick room. Students are not allowed to stay in the sick room for long periods of time. After 30 minutes if the student does not feel well enough to return to class, he/she must call a parent/guardian and arrange to go home. It is very important that the parent/guardian submits current information regarding home and work phone numbers and names and phone numbers of persons to contact if parents cannot be reached regarding student illness or injury. Any changes in a student's health status that occur during the school year should be reported to the school nurse.
Let the coaches coach! The players play! The referees ref!
Parent - Coach Relationship: We are pleased that your son/daughter has chosen to participate in the West Valley School District athletic program. We will do all we can to provide a positive experience for him/her. A very important ingredient in achieving this outcome is to insure that lines of communication are developed to allow for free and easy resolution of questions before they become issues. As a parent, you have a right to know what expectations are placed on your son/daughter. This document is intended to spell out all levels of communications so that parents, coaches and athletes are aware of the steps they have available to resolve anything they think is or might become an issue.
Communication You Should Expect from Your Athlete’s Coach:
Philosophy of the coach
Expectations the coach has for your son/daughter
Locations and times of all practices and contests.
Team requirements: equipment, off season training, etc.
Procedure to follow should your son/daughter become injured during participation.
Participant conduct code and consequences for not following these guidelines.
Requirements to earn a letter.
Disposition of lost/outstanding equipment at the end of the season.
Communication concerning your athlete’s role on the team and how he/she fits into the future of the program.
Communication Coaches Expect From Parents:
Concerns expressed directly to the coach first.
Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
Specific concern in regard to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
Appropriate Concerns to Discuss With Coaches:
The treatment of your son/daughter, psychologically and physically.
Ways to help your son/daughter improve.
Concerns about your son/daughter’s behavior.
At times it may be difficult to accept the fact that your son/daughter is not playing as much as you or he/she would like. Coaches are professionals who make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for the team and all involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your son/daughter’s coach. We ask that other things, such as those listed below, be left to the discretion of the coach.
Matters concerning other student athletes.
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach, the athlete, and the parent. These are to be encouraged. It is important the both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other person’s role and position. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.
If You Have a Concern to Discuss with a Coach - Please Follow the Procedure Below:
Your son or daughter should first talk with the coach about his/her concerns.
Call to set up an appointment with the coach.
If the coach cannot be reached after a reasonable time, call the Athletic Director. He/she will arrange the appointment for you.
Please do not approach a coach before or after a contest or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parents and the coach. Meeting at these times usually does not work well for the coach, the parent or the player.
School Dance Rules
West Valley High School holds dances for the enjoyment of our students. The following rules apply at school sponsored dances:
All school rules are in effect.
Students need to have their student ID card to verify their student status at WVHS.
Special occasion/date dances (Homecoming, Prom, etc.): See Date Dance Rules below.
If a student leaves the dance area, he/she will not be allowed to re-enter the dance.
No middle school students are allowed to attend ANY West Valley dance.
No one over the age of 20 years of age is allowed to attend ANY West Valley dance.
The following rules will apply to ALL West Valley High School dances including but not limited to Homecoming and Junior/Senior Prom:
All WVHS students inviting a guest who does not attend WVHS must complete a guest form online or in person including:
a. Agreement that the WV student & guest will follow all rules
b. Student is no younger than 9th grade and no older than 20 years of age.
c. The guest agrees to bring photo ID to the dance. No exceptions.
Students must submit a guest pass online or in person before purchasing tickets.
Any student asked to leave the dance will not qualify for a refund
Secondary Activities Code
A. PHILOSOPHY AND PURPOSE
Secondary school activity programs should reflect the attitudes of the community which supports them. The objectives of the activity programs must be in harmony with the community’s expectations and the students must, by their attitudes and actions, inspire pride and approval by the community. In order to accomplish the aforementioned objectives and to operate in a climate devoid of disruptive influences with a community truly identified with its schools, it is necessary to develop and maintain a school/team and activity spirit which is based on a positive learning atmosphere for the total education program.
The district recognizes that the student use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, controlled substances or other mood-altering chemicals as a significant health problem and illegal resulting in negative effects on behavior, learning, and the total development of each individual. The West Valley community considers these issues to be addictive and is concerned that drugs and alcohol affect the participant’s ability to interact with other students and this state of mind may cause a participant to make decisions that put others at risk.
The close contact in school activities of advisors and coaches provides them with a unique opportunity to observe, confront, and assist young people. The district, therefore, supports education and awareness training in adolescent use problems, including the symptomatology of chemical dependency and special issues affecting district activities for administrators, athletic directors, coaches, advisors, participants and their families.
1. To promote and contribute to the goals of the total education program through the development of the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being of the individual participants, the realization that a healthy mind and body increases the probability of effective learning, and by providing a strong program that attracts student body interest and motivates a positive learning atmosphere.
2. To promote community interest and involvement in school activities by providing enjoyable experiences for participants and spectators, and by establishing rules and standards for activities which reflect behavior approved by the community.
3. To develop good citizenship and respect for rules and authority by experiencing principles of fair play, ethical conduct, and good sportsmanship, and by providing the opportunity for participants to adjust attitudes to reflect the team concept.
4. To develop physical and mental excellence and understanding by encouraging leadership, initiative, and good judgment, and through the recognition of outstanding performance.
5. To develop an understanding by students of obligations which arise when such students represent the school by encouraging conduct and behavior throughout the entire school year consistent with the objectives contained herein, and by requiring students who participate in secondary activities to represent the district at all times during the school year.
C. RULES AND REGULATIONS
Students who participate in the activity programs in West Valley School District shall be governed by the rules of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the specific rules and regulations listed below, and such other rules as defined by the coach of each activity.
1. Activity Season: The rules and regulations defined herein apply to each student who participates in a WIAA sanctioned activity. Students shall be governed by the rules and regulations contained herein from the date that the activity begins (the first practice) and shall comply with these rules and regulations for the duration of twelve (12) calendar months. Should a student violate these rules and regulations during a period of time that they are not actively participating in an activity or during an activity when the full penalty cannot be imposed, the discipline and/or penalties (or remaining portion thereof if the activity ends before complete imposition occurs) will be imposed during the next activity participated in by the student. Should the student initiate participation in any activity, be disciplined or penalized for prior conduct, and thereafter terminate participation in such activity, the penalty and/or discipline imposed shall be carried forward and imposed during the next activity participated in by the student.
2. Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, and/or Nicotine Products and Delivery Devices:
An activity student shall not use, deliver, possess, or be affected in any degree by tobacco and/or nicotine products and delivery devices, alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or illegal drugs. Such prohibition includes the use or possession of paraphernalia which may be used, or is intended to be used, with illegal drugs or controlled substances.
An activity student shall not knowingly, or with reason to know, attend any party or other gathering where tobacco and/or nicotine products and delivery devices, alcoholic beverages, drugs, controlled substances or other mood-altering chemicals are being used.
It is not a violation of this provision for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student's own use by his/her doctor.
D. WIAA STANDARDS
The West Valley High School staff believes that successful academic achievement must precede participation in athletics and/or activities. All students in extra-curricular activities must meet both WIAA and WVHS academic standards Eligibility based on grades will be checked every three weeks.
E. STUDENT CONTRACTS
Each student and his or her parents/guardians shall be required, prior to the student's participation in any activity covered by this code, to enter into a contract providing for compliance with these rules and regulations and setting forth the penalty/discipline to be imposed should such rules and regulations be violated.
F. PENALTIES FOR INFRACTIONS FOR DRUG, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND/OR NICOTINE PRODUCTS AND DELIVERY DEVICES
Penalties under this code shall be progressive.
First Violation Penalty: After the first violation the student shall lose eligibility for the next two (2) consecutive weeks of the activity, e.g., the competitive portion of any interscholastic season or series of performances in which the student is a participant.
The student will be recommended for assessment by a professional drug and alcohol counselor. Participation in such counseling program shall not lessen the penalty for the violation.
Student participation in practice sessions during penalty period(s) shall be at the discretion of the advisor/coach.
Second Violation Penalty: After the second violation, the student shall lose eligibility for the next six (6) consecutive weeks of the activity, e.g., the competitive portion of any interscholastic season or series of performances in which the student is a participant.
The student will be recommended for assessment by a professional drug and alcohol counselor. Participation in such counseling program shall not lessen the penalty for the violation.
Third or Subsequent Violation(s): After the third or subsequent violation(s), the student shall lose eligibility for the following twelve (12) month period.
If after the third or subsequent violation, the student, on his/her own volition, becomes a participant in a chemical dependency program or treatment program, the student may be certified for reinstatement in district activities after a minimum period of six (6) weeks. Such certification must be issued by the director of chemical dependency treatment center.
This Activities Code is in effect for every student participant throughout the entire school year, beginning with the student’ participation in activities, including all turnouts and/or practice sessions that may occur before or following the regular academic calendar for the school year.
NOTE: Each violation of this Activities Code will be recorded as a discipline report and kept in a personal file in order to establish a basis for progressive discipline.
G. PROCEDURES PRIOR TO REMOVAL
If a student is to be removed from an activity covered by the Secondary Activities Code, the teacher/coach imposing such discipline and the principal/designee shall review informally the proposed discipline prior to its imposition. Upon its being imposed, the student, parent(s), or guardian(s) who is/are aggrieved shall be entitled to use the grievance procedure for discipline contained in the Student Responsibilities and Rights policy.
Staff by Assignment
Principal Ryan Mulvey
Assistant Principal Lindsay Stinger
Dean of Students Brandon Shryock
Security Natalie Woolard
Athletic Director Jamie Nilles
Head Secretary Lindsey Kingsley
Attendance Elizabeth Steinmark
Registrar Meagan Pietz
Business Office Sally Mumaw
Secretary Kori Davidson
Counseling Secretary Connie Bergman
Counselor/Activities Coordinator Reghan Krestian
Counselor Kyle Bush
Counselor Katrina Finnegan
Modern Language Teachers
Professional Technical Teachers
Fine Arts Teachers
Mary Pat King
Social Studies Teachers
Shelli Totton- Peterson
Students driving to school and intending to park their vehicles on the school premises must register their vehicle and receive a parking permit from the WVHS business office. To register a vehicle, students must complete a WVHS student parking permit request and return it to the business office. Once registered, the parking permit must be displayed on the rearview mirror of the vehicle at all times. Students failing to abide by the WVHS parking guidelines may have their parking privileges revoked and/or towed. Reasons for revocation and/or towing may include, but are not limited to, parking outside of designated student parking areas, parking with vehicle tires on curbs or in landscaping, unsafe vehicle operation on school property, “sharing” and/or using unauthorized permits. Student parking is available on a “first come, first served” basis. No exemption exists for students to park in designated staff or visitor parking areas.
At the start of each school year, seniors are able to reserve numbered parking spaces in the south lot on a "first come, first served" basis. If spots remain, reservations will open to underclassmen.
Parents, West Valley patrons, and visiting educators are welcome to visit WVHS while classes are in session. Whenever possible, advance notice of such visits is appreciated. These visitors should report to the office to receive a visitor pass before going to other parts of the building. The pass must be clearly visible to security and other staff members. Visits by outside students are prohibited during the school day.
Voluntary Athletic & Athletics Drug Testing Program
Based on student, coach, parent and administrative input, the West Valley High School Athletic and Activity Departments take part in a voluntary drug testing program. The purpose of this program is to work with students and their families to address the very negative effects of drug abuse and experimentation, to act as a deterrent to drug use, to reward students that abstain from drugs and to eliminate any perception that West Valley High School students who participate in athletics and activities use drugs. The drug testing program is as follows:
1. West Valley High School will maintain a local chapter of Washington Drug-Free Youth Program (WDFY). Students who participate in the program receive a membership card and qualify for discounts at a variety of local businesses and enjoy the benefits of membership to this prestigious club.
2. All students, grades 9-12, participating in sports and/or activities are subject to random drug testing. Seventy percent (70%) of eligible students are tested at the beginning of the each season or activity and ten percent (10%) subject to random monthly testing during the year. Tests are conducted by Deaconess Medical Center, Spokane Valley Medical Center and Pathology Associates via a urinalysis. Drugs tested for include: marijuana, cocaine, opiates, methamphetamine and PCP. Urine samples are collected on site and transported to the testing sites by the Testing Team or district personnel.
3. Each student and parent will sign documentation formalizing participation in the Voluntary Drug Testing Program. Parents wishing to exclude students from the program may do so by contacting the Associate Principal and/or Athletic Director to request exclusion. This contact must occur prior to the 4th day of regularly scheduled team practices. There shall be no negative consequences imposed on any student choosing not to participate in the program, and the name of that individual will not be available to the coaches. Any student who violates the West Valley School District's substance abuse policy in the preceding 12 months may NOT be excluded from the drug testing program.
4. Drug test results are released to the Testing Coordinator, Athletic Director and/or designee and the parent/guardian. Results will not be voluntarily released to law enforcement personnel. Drug test results will not be used for any school (class) disciplinary matters. However, all students under this program are subject to normal school discipline, including due process rights, for violation of the District’s substance abuse policy provided that such violation is determined independent of the drug test under this program.
5. If a student tests positive for drug use, the following sanctions will apply:
A. Students who have been found in violation of the West Valley High School substance abuse policy within the past twelve months will be referred to a district approved education/intervention program. Once a student has completed the program of a minimum eight hours, in a minimum of a two-week period she/he shall submit to a drug test. Should the student pass the drug test, she/he will then be allowed to fully participate. During the intervention program, the student will be allowed to practice but not participate in games. Should such a student fail another random test, he/she will be suspended for the remainder of the season.
B. Students who test positive and have been found in violation of the West Valley High School Substance Abuse Policy within the preceding year will be suspended from the team for the remainder of the season.
C. Students retain normal due process rights for any discipline which may be imposed.
D. Students shall be tested at the beginning of any sport season in which they are going to participate.
E. Students refusing to be tested are deemed to have tested positive.
6. Should any student adulterate or attempt to mask/alter the urinalysis sample, the student shall be suspended from the team for the remainder of the season. The district will work with the family and student to find appropriate help for the potential problem that may exist.
7. Questions about the program or requests to exclude a student from the program should be directed to:
Ryan Mulvey Principal (509) 922-5488
Jamie Nilles Athletic Director (509) 922-5488
West Valley High School welcomes volunteers who are a vital part of our school. There are a variety of ways for parents to become involved at the high school level without solely working in the classroom. Your kids still need you. It is critical that you have the opportunity to know the operations of the school, the staff, and the other students your student may "hang with." We offer you that opportunity and encourage you to become involved. All volunteers must fill out a volunteer application, Washington State patrol form and an immunization history. Our receptionist can provide you with the needed forms. Forms must be completed and district authorization received before any volunteer work is done.