Issaquah Valley Elementary School! This handbook will provide important information
to help parents and students have a successful learning experience at IVE.
Our goal for
students and staff is to enjoy teaching and learning. We enjoy sharing the
world with students and helping them learn to get along with one another. Most
of all, we just enjoy kids! IVE staff members work hard and hold high
expectations for our students and ourselves.
We encourage your active participation in the educational life of your child at IVE.
Together, we will provide
your child with a safe, nurturing
and stimulating educational experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact your
child’s teacher or the office if you have concerns, questions, or suggestions.
For information regarding the
Admission and Registration
and Dismissal Athletic Events Attendance
Buses Computers/Technology Curriculum
of Printed Materials at School Dress for School
Gun-Free, Smoke Free Zones Emergency Closures of Schools
Educational Rights and Privacy Act Field Trips
Services Fund Raisers Gifts
Pens/Pointers Prohibited Lost and Found
for Employment Parties/Celebrations
& Student Information Reporting to Parents Rights/Responsibilities
Supplies Telephone Use Testing
the School Volunteers/PTA Voter Registration Weapons
2. ARRIVAL, DISMISSAL AND SAFETY
3. STUDENT CONDUCT REGULATION
5. PARENT COMMUNICATION,
CONFERENCES AND VISITATION
6. HOMEWORK GUIDELINE
7. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
8. GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION
10. CIVILITY REGULATIONS 4011
(Community Members) and 5282 (Staff)
Absences. As provided in District Regulation 3122,
regular school attendance is necessary for mastery of the educational program
provided students. Daily attendance and active participation in each
class are critical parts of the learning process. Students, at times, may
appropriately be absent from class. A computerized message will contact
households in the evening informing parents that their student(s) missed one or
more periods that day. The message will also notify parents of the
potential consequences of additional unexcused absences. The following
principles shall govern the development and administration of attendance
procedures within the District.
While good attendance is encouraged,
if the child has a temperature of 100 degrees F or higher, or is obviously ill,
please keep them at home. We also encourage the scheduling of doctor
appointments during off-school hours to minimize the time away from class. If
your child will be absent, please call 425-837-6600
and select option 1 from the
menu to reach the attendance line.
office must be notified by a parent or
guardian for absences to be excused. If parents do not notify the office as
to the cause of absence, it will be marked as an unexcused absence.
Notification should include the:
Date(s) of absence(s)
Reason for absence
Name of the parent or guardian
You may notify the school through
one of the following ways:
A voicemail or email message may
be left on the attendance line by calling 425-837-6600
and selecting option 1, or by following the attendance link on
the IVE website.
2. Complete a “Pre-Approved
Absence Request” form. This form is available on the IVE website or at the school
and should be filled out prior to the trip or
Participation in a District or school
approved activity or instructional program;
Illness, health condition or medical
appointment (including, but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental or
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 or serving
on a jury;
Post-secondary, technical school or
apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview;
State-recognized search and rescue
activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055;
directly related to the student’s homeless or foster care/dependency status;
Absences due to
a student's migrant status
resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action. (e.g., short-term or long-term
suspension, emergency expulsion); and
Absences due to
student safety concerns, including absences related to threats, assaults, or
(or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon
An unexcused absence includes absences for personal reasons that do not meet
the criteria of excused absences. Your child will be considered absent in the
AM if they arrive after 10:30 a.m. Examples of unexcused absences are:
Stopping at the store
Daily punctuality is necessary to avoid classroom disruption, maximize
student learning and is a basic principle of responsibility and common
courtesy. This guideline’s goal is to inspire daily punctuality, instilling it
as a valuable life skill for our children. The guideline:
“Tardy” is defined
as not in class at 9:15 a.m. Students
who arrive late must go to the office and obtain a tardy slip before entering the classroom.
Dental, doctor appointments and late bus arrivals are considered excused
reasons for being tardy.
After 7 tardies in a trimester, a letter of notice from the principal is sent via the US Postal Service
mail to the parent or guardian
describing the future consequences.
Students arriving on late school
buses are not marked tardy. These students are directed to their classrooms and
do not need to stop at the office for a tardy slip.
is a service the school offers to enhance student safety and communication
between school and home. About an hour after school starts, an automated
dialing service will contact families who may have an unexcused absence for the
day. If you receive a message that your child is absent and you believe your
child to be at school, please call the office, 425- 837-6600. Your child may have been tardy and not checked into
the office or out of the classroom when attendance was taken.
Early Dismissal. If your child needs an early dismissal, please
send a note stating time and reason,
and check in at the office
for sign-out and pick-up. The parent/guardian must report to the office to sign their
child out of school. Students
will be called
to the office when the parent/guardian has arrived.
Teachers will not release students directly to a parent or guardian unless they
are certain the student has been signed out. Students will be released only to
those persons designated on the Emergency Information form.
A picture ID is required if the
office staff is unfamiliar with the parent or family member. Parents are
advised that picking up students early from school on a regular basis is an
extreme disruption to the child and the classroom. This should only occur when
there is an emergency or a medical appointment that could not be scheduled
after school hours. Excessive early dismissals will be covered under the tardy
Required Conference for Elementary School Students. If an elementary school student has five or more excused absences in a single month
during the current school year or ten or more excused absences in the current
school year, the district will schedule a conference with the student and their
parent(s) at a reasonably convenient time. The conference is intended to
identify barriers to the student’s regular attendance and to identify supports
and resources so the student may regularly attend school. A conference is
not required if (1) prior notice of the excused absences was provided to the
district by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the absence or (2) a pre-arranged absence
form has been submitted or (3) if a doctor’s note has been provided and
a plan is in place to ensure the student will not fall behind in their
A conference with the parent or
guardian will be scheduled after two unexcused absences within any month during
the current school year. Prior to suspension or expulsion, the parent will be
notified in writing in his/her primary language that the student has unexcused
absences. A conference will be scheduled to determine what corrective measures
should be taken to ameliorate the cause for the student's absences from school.
If the parent does not attend the conference, the parent will be notified of
the steps the district has decided to take to reduce the student’s absences. A
student may be suspended or expelled for habitual truancy.
No later than the student’s fifth unexcused absence in a month the
district will enter into an agreement with the student and parents that establishes
school attendance requirements, refer the student to a community truancy board
or file a petition and affidavit with the juvenile court alleging a violation
of RCW 28A.225.010
Before School. Students are to arrive at school no earlier than
9:00 a.m. All students who walk or are
dropped off must enter through the West entrance on the blacktop. There is no
supervision for students prior to 9:00 a.m. Students enter the building at
Line up locations:
a. Bus Riders: Kindergartners and First
Graders will line up at the Northeast entrance. Second thru Fifth graders line
up at the Northwest entrance.
b. Car Riders/Walkers: Line up on the blacktop
next to assigned class letter, West entrance.
An Educational Assistant (EA) will dismiss Parent Drop Off/Walkers to enter the
building. Students go directly to their classrooms. Students must line up
outside the classroom until their teacher, or other responsible adult allows
them to enter the room.
After School. Teachers escort students to the bus loading zone,
parent pick up zone or Cougar Club. For everyone’s safety, Educational
Assistants are stationed at the crosswalks on Holly and Newport, parking lot
crosswalks and the bus loading zone. In addition, School Safety Patrol students
assist families in using the parking lot crosswalks.
Bus riders are to immediately load
buses if the bus has arrived or wait quietly in line for buses that have not
arrived. An EA will check to see if every class is out of the building before
dismissing buses. For safety reasons, students who live in a bused
area may not walk to school.
d. Car riders may go directly to cars parked along the curb in the pick-up zone.
Parents parked in the lot must pick up their child in the sidewalk area at the
South end of the school. Children may
not go into the parking lot unless accompanied by an adult. Students may
only enter the passenger side car door for safety in the pick-up zone area.
e. Walkers. Parents are encouraged to walk with their child or
transport their child if they live in an area not served by
school buses. (More information below under Walking
School Buses. Students are expected to behave safely and properly
on the bus and at bus stops. The Transportation Department provides a School
Bus Information for Parents and Students handout at the start of the school
year. It includes information about student conduct, school bus rules,
emergency evacuation procedures, bus passes, parent- driver communication and
other important information. Bus stop information is available on the District
For further information, call the Transportation Department at 425-837-6333.
Bus Passes are required for students who wish to depart the bus at
a different authorized stop or to ride a different bus to or from school.
Passes are issued on a space available basis only. Therefore, there is no
guarantee that a pass will be approved. To obtain a bus pass, parents are
required to send a note from home
stating the date, current and new bus route number, and person he/she is going
with. Students should give their note to the office staff who will issue the
bus pass. No bus passes are issued the first two weeks of school or the last
two weeks of school, except in emergencies.
Release of students. Students will not be released to any person
other than a parent or guardian unless authorized by the parent or guardian.
This authorization must be written on the student’s Emergency Information form.
Verification of the authorization by school personnel is appropriate, if there
is any doubt about the authenticity of the request. In addition, once students
have arrived on school grounds, they may not leave without permission. Students
who are not picked up on time must sit in the office lobby to wait for
Students Staying After School. After school is dismissed, students
are expected to go directly home, or to pre- arranged childcare. Only students
enrolled in supervised school activities may remain at school. Arrangements
must be made in advance between students, parents, guardians, and teachers for
permission to attend these activities.
Walking To/From School. Students should never accept a ride from a
stranger. Please talk to your students about the following points to be
observed on the walk to and from school:
a. Walk on the shoulder
or sidewalk; preferably single-file if space does not allow for walking with another person.
b. It is usually best to walk on the left-hand side of the road, facing
traffic (so cars are going
the opposite direction you are).
Avoid taking shortcuts through woods or private property.
d. Arrive at the crosswalk when
the Crossing Guard is on duty – no earlier than 8:55 a.m.
Bicycle and Scooter Rules. Riders must:
a. Be in grades 4-5 to ride to school.
b. Wear helmets (King County ordinance).
Walk their bicycles/scooters off and onto the school
grounds, using the marked crossings. They are to follow the directions
of the school patrol.
d. Give pedestrians the right
of way on the sidewalks.
e. If you will be riding your bicycle/scooter to and from school, please
bring a note to your teacher letting
him or her know of
the transportation change.
All bicycles/scooters must be
parked in the designated racks and locked. The school is not responsible for
stolen and damaged bicycles/scooters. Skateboards, roller skates, in-line
skates, shoes with wheels, and motorized scooters are prohibited.
Vehicles must be parked in marked
stalls if the driver leaves the car. There is absolutely no double parking.
When dropping off or picking up students, parents may wait WITH their vehicles
in the loading zone South of the school. If it is necessary for the driver
to leave the car it must
be moved out of the fire lane and parked in a stall. School
personnel may have cars towed if
left unattended in the fire lanes. The speed limit in the parking lot is five miles per hour.
For safety reasons, we request that parents avoid using cell phones while
waiting to load or unload children in the loading zone.
The Issaquah School District
utilizes PBSES (Positive Behavior Social Emotional Support) as a behavior
management system. This involves clear expectations, positive reinforcement,
and the use of logical consequences. Consequences are imposed based on the
discretion of the staff member and/or the frequency or severity of the
General Behavior and Corrective Action/Progressive Discipline. The
school staff and parents are jointly responsible for teaching students the
importance of respectful behavior to enhance student learning. Students are
taught to be responsible for their own behavior. Discipline is the process of
holding students accountable for their actions. It should always be a learning
experience for the individual. Discipline protects the rights of the group, as
well as the individual. It is a process where anger management and conflict
resolution skills are learned and applied by the student. Most problems are
minor and infrequent and can be corrected by a staff member and the student
working together. It is our hope that in maintaining high expectations at
school, students will be able to generalize the acceptable standards of conduct
and problem-solving skills into their larger world.
Student Responsibilities. Students have the responsibility of
following these expectations and making good choices using problem solving and
conflict resolution skills appropriate for the situation. In addition, students
learn to accept the consequences for their actions.
Staff Responsibilities. All members of Issaquah Valley Elementary
share responsibilities for developing and enforcing behavioral expectations, a
code of conduct and a behavior system. Staff members are expected to respect
all students, parents, and other staff. Teachers will discuss classroom and
school rules throughout the school year.
Parent Responsibilities. Parents are asked to communicate regularly
with teachers about their child’s social development. Parents are asked to keep
the school informed of any changes in the child’s life that may have an effect
on his/her behavior. Parents are asked to work with staff and support the
school as needed in solving problems.
Classroom Discipline. Each teacher will develop classroom
expectations, consistent with PBSES. The teacher will make the system known to
students and parents.
Misconduct. Any student,
who willfully performs
any act which
materially interferes with, or is detrimental to, the orderly
operation of a school-sponsored activity, or any other aspect
of the educational process within
the Issaquah School District, will be subject to discipline, suspension, or expulsion.
The District 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.
Special rules are also applicable while riding on a school bus.
Students are expected to:
A. 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
D. Submit to the authority of
staff and respond accordingly.
Student discipline, suspension,
and/or expulsion will be administered in such a manner as to take into
consideration the nature, severity, and circumstances of the violation, the
individual circumstances of the student, and prior or other forms of corrective
action or discipline which may have been imposed. A complete copy of Regulation
3240 and related Regulations are available on the District’s website.
Any action, which removes a
student from school for longer than one day, will comprise a “disciplinary
action” and will be documented.
Severe Discipline. Unacceptable behavior that is severe in nature
can result in more immediate disciplinary action that may include, but is not
limited to: removal from class, removal from school, in-school suspension,
out-of-school suspension, or expulsion. Severe, unacceptable behavior includes:
a. Insubordination (refusal to
b. Fighting or causing physical injury
Threats, harassment, bullying, intimidation
d. Swearing, obscene gestures,
discriminatory slurs (i.e. racial,
e. Damaging or defacing
g. Repeated misconduct
h. Use or possession of drugs
or alcohol (expulsion)
Possession of weapons or facsimiles thereof (expulsion)
Equitable Conduct Expectations. The Issaquah School District values equity, diversity and
inclusion. The district is committed to building and sustaining a welcoming
school community. Our district and community are made up of people of different
backgrounds, needs and perspectives. Our learning community includes people of
varying races, ethnic backgrounds, abilities/disabilities, religions, ages,
languages, socioeconomic status, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender
expressions or identities.
Student expectations include:
individual, even if that person’s identity is different from your own.
understand your impact on others while seeking to understand other’s intent.
respectfully with others in person, on social media and in any other form.
Use what you
are learning to use good judgment and make ethical and informed decisions.
responsibility for your words and actions.
We all have a responsibility to
report behavior that interferes with having an equitable and inclusive learning
environment that honors and respects people of all identities. If you become
aware of any actions that violate the expectations above, we encourage you to
speak up through one or more of the following ways:
teacher, staff member or other trusted adult immediately.
If you are
comfortable and safe doing so, speak up in the moment to encourage more
equitable and inclusive talk or action, and/or support those being hurt.
GENERAL RULES AND
Being safe with my body, words, and emotions.
Being respectful to the building, myself, and others.
Be a responsible student each day and come to school with correct tools
and attitude for learning.
Follow the expected behaviors in each area of the school.
Follow the ISD Acceptable Use Policy
Please enter and exit lunchroom quietly and orderly.
Student voices remain at a one or two volume.
Practice good manners.
Enjoy your own food, but do
not share food.
Make sure food is kept in the lunchroom.
Feel free to raise your hand for support from an adult.
Please keep your area clean.
When dismissed, leave in an orderly manner.
Listen and follow directions.
Disruptive students may be asked to do community service.
Enter and wait quietly for the assembly to begin.
Give your attention to the performance or speaker.
3. Show your appreciation in positive ways such as clapping or applauding. Refrain from whistling, booing,
screaming, or hooting
Remain seated until given directions by your teacher.
Leave in a quiet and orderly manner.
Students who choose to be disruptive in an assembly may be removed from
the current or future assemblies.
The playground is a great place for students to play and visit with friends and classmates. Our priority on the playground is safety. Students need to respect
each other, the playground supervisors and equipment. All equipment on the playground must be shared.
Walk to the playground – no running.
Play in designated areas.
Keep off all fences, basketball poles, and storage sheds.
Off limits: outside
the fences, portable
Remain outside the building, unless you have a bathroom pass.
Have a pre-arranged hall pass to leave the playground or lunchroom for study hall or to work with a teacher.
The teacher must contact the office, lunchroom supervisor or a recess
supervisor about which
students will be allowed
into the building.
Play fair, be a good sport and have
Play in designated areas.
Call a recess supervisor if you are hurt or know someone who is hurt.
Ball kicking is limited to the field
The following are not allowed:
o Pushing, fighting,
wrestling, karate, pig piling or pulling other students’ clothes
o Throwing or kicking of objects (except
playground balls) such as wood chips, rocks,
sand/mud, sticks or pinecones
“Cuts” in any game
Running through others’ games
Going up the slide
Hanging from basketball hoops
Game locks (not allowing others to play)
Bats or hard balls
Digging, dirt sliding.
Big Toy (playground equipment)
No standing on the top of beams or monkey bars
No running on the Big Toy equipment
No running, chasing, or playing Tag on Big Toys or in the Big Toy play area
Wait for the person in front to cross before starting
Go in one direction
Always use two hands on the bars
No Dead Drops or Cherry Bombs
Covered Play Area
Balls come from the ball room
Basketball games are ok
Wall ball on the gym (south) wall.
No kicking balls (only kick on the field)
Call your own fouls, majority
rules. Take ball out for a foul,
no free throws
One hand touch or flag football
No pushing or tackling
“Freeze” punting, no rushing the punter. Punter may kick or throw the ball.
No fumbles. Ball is dead when it hits the ground.
Server bounces the ball in his/her own square and hits the ball into
another player’s square
If a player is out, he goes to the end of the line
You are out if:
§ The ball doesn’t bounce
before you hit it
§ You hit the ball out of bounds
§ The ball hits you before it
bounces in your square
§ You step into another
§ You kick or fist the ball
§ You catch the ball or carry
the ball (holding)
Those waiting in line make the calls on the rules
Jump ropes are only for jumping
Both handles of jump ropes must be in hands (no twirling or swinging)
Basketballs, jump ropes, hoops and games can be used on the black top
Soccer balls, footballs and kickballs can be used on the field
Pitcher pitches from the pitching mound
New pitcher each inning
One catcher, no umpire
The team waiting to bat or kick waits in the dugout or behind the backstop.
No fielder is in front of the pitcher
No stealing. Leaving the base before the ball is hit or kicked is out.
No more than 7 pitches or rolls
4 fouls and you’re out
3 outs per team per inning
Limit of 5 runs per team per inning
If there is any interference by an offensive player, the runner is out.
Kicker must kick the ball within 6 feet of home plate (kickball)
No throwing a ball at the runner
No hands, feet only (except goalie)
When out of bounds, ball is dead. One person
throws the ball in with two hands over the head.
No slide tackles
Play the ball, not the player
One player in each (half) zone
o The server
tosses the ball in the air and hits it. Ball must go one time around the pole before the receiving player hits it.
Hit with only the hands or forearms
Touching the pole is out
Touching the rope (roping) is out
No catching or throwing the ball
o No “chances”
or “babying” (to make it easier for an unskilled player in order to prolong the
game) No stepping over the center line
Do not hang on the ball
o Players waiting
in line must give enough
room so that they will not interfere
with players. Those
waiting in line make the
calls on the rules
o The game is over when the rope wraps all the way around
the pole or a person makes one of the fouls
Winner of three straight games “retires” as Ace
Litter belongs in the garbage containers, not the playground, hallways,
Jawbreakers, gum, hard candy, suckers,
or powdered candies
are not allowed at school
Inclement Weather and Rainy Days
Students will be allowed outdoors for recess in light rainy days.
Students need to wear a coat during wet weather.
Students need to stay out of mud and mud puddles in winter.
Snowball throwing is not allowed.
o Students may
have indoor recess on heavier rainy days. Students will remain in their
classrooms and have activities pre-approved by the teacher such as board games
or drawing. Recess supervisors are
responsible for student supervision.
· End of Recess
Listen for the recess bell and return to the designated line-up area immediately.
Return all recess equipment to their proper places.
Personal Play Equipment, Electronic Devices, and Toys
o Students may bring their
own allowable play equipment
from home, at their own risk. Personal equipment is only allowed at second
recess. Names should be written on personal items in permanent
marker before it comes to school.
Electronic games or music devices
are not allowed
in school, unless prearranged with a teacher.
o The recess
supervisors or any other staff member may “take and hold”
any inappropriate personal
items. The items
will be turned in to the office and may be picked up at the end of the day. For repeated offenses, parents will be
contacted and the items may be picked up by only a parent or guardian.
Disciplinary action may include community service, loss of recess or
o Contraband items are not allowed in school. Contraband items (knives, guns [real and toy], bullets,
lighters, slingshots, or other
potentially dangerous items) will be turned over to the principal or program
assistant. Parents will be contacted and the items may be picked up by only a
parent or guardian. Possession or use of contraband items may result in
suspension or expulsion.
Game privileges are subject to change due to unsafe behaviors at any time by IVE administrative staff.
BUS RULES. Bus rules are posted in each bus and a copy has been
given to all bus riders. Students riding the buses should be familiar with the
rules. The driver is required by law to enforce the rules. Knowing the rules
and cooperating with the bus driver will help promote safer and more pleasant
transportation to and from school. The rules and regulations were prepared by
the State Superintendent of Public Instruction by and with the advice of the
Chief of the Washington State Patrol and the Director of Highways for the State
of Washington and apply to all school buses operating in the State of
The District calendar is available on the District website: www.issaquah.wednet.edu.
To ensure you receive the most
up-to-date information, please sign up for all of the district communication
E-news from the Principal. The IVE Principal sends out an E-News
each Friday. This message updates families on important information and
provides a calendar of upcoming school and district events. This message is
sent via email and is available on the school website.
PTA E-News. The PTA sends out an E-News every other week. This
message is sent via email.
Parent-Teacher Communication. Parents are welcomed to call or email
their child’s teacher about academic or social concerns. Teachers will respond
within 72 hours per contract. In addition, teachers communicate important
information via class newsletters or classroom website.
Parent Teacher Conferences. Parent-teacher conferences give parents
and teachers the opportunity to discuss student progress and concerns. The fall
conferences for grades K-5 are scheduled in December. Check the District/school
calendar for dates. Many teachers will have parent conferences sign ups at your
child’s Curriculum Night. Parents/guardians may request a conference at any time
during the school year as needs arise, arranged through the classroom teacher.
Visiting the School. We appreciate your interest in your child’s
progress and learning experiences. All visitors must sign-in and sign-out in
the school office. All visitors and volunteers must wear an approved school
identification badge. Parents are welcomed to visit their child’s classroom.
However, to avoid classroom disruption, please contact the teacher to schedule
a specific visitation time. Individual conferences with a teacher should be
scheduled before or after the school day. Observations of a student must be
approved by principal and require a staff escort.
Homework is limited to 10 minutes
per night per grade level, i.e. a third grader may have 30 minutes or less of
homework. If your child is spending more
than that amount of time on homework, please contact your child’s teacher.
The purpose of homework is to:
a. Support classroom learning
b. Increase communication
between home and school
Involve parents in encouraging students to become life-long learners
It is very important that
you notify the IVE office throughout the school year of any changes in your
work, home, or emergency contact numbers. As we think about potential emergency
situations, we ask that you review with your child what they should do,
according to their Emergency Plan, in the event school is dismissed early
during the day. During a snowstorm, power outage, earthquake, etc., there is
always the possibility this could happen. Expecting
the school to contact you by telephone or your calling the school to make plans
is not a realistic expectation. Announcements are made over various radio
stations in the event school is cancelled, starting late, or dismissing early.
Go to the District website for the most up-to-date information: www.issaquah.wednet.edu.
1. In the event of an emergency
or disaster, all students will be asked to follow
their Emergency Plan. A new Student
Emergency Information form is to be filled out each year. One copy of the
completed form is kept in the child’s classroom, and another is kept in the office.
2. If an emergency occurs, the
student will be taken to a safe area of the school. A check-in/check-out point will be established and will be clearly marked. You will be notified
via phone and email if an emergency
occurs and given specific directions. Parents/Guardians should go
directly to the designated checkpoint when coming to pick up a child.
3. If you come to the school
to pick up a child during an emergency, please
maintain a calm and positive
attitude in the presence of the children.
4. If an emergency should
occur, please keep in mind that the school needs to keep phone lines clear for communication with the school District and emergency services. During power outages,
the telephone lines could
o To be prepared
for the worst-case scenario, the school has basic emergency supplies
provided through the school District
and IVE PTA. The basic food supplies
will cover 72 hours.
School Closures Due to Snow, Ice, etc. A general District bulletin
regarding this subject will be issued early in the school year. The bulletin
will instruct you to listen to your radio or television on the mornings of
inclement weather. If there is no announcement about the Issaquah School
District, regular school hours will be observed. Please be aware the district
may opt to use Snow Routes for bus transportation. Make yourself familiar with your child’s Snow
Route drop-off spot. Check the District website for the latest information: www.issaquah.wednet.edu.
After School Activities. Parents have responsibility for managing
their child’s behavior at after school activities at IVE. Parents should be
sure children are attentive during assemblies/programs. Children are expected
to follow the same rules as when school is in session. Children should not be
in the school without an accompanying adult. Food can be eaten in the cafeteria
only, unless other arrangements have been made with the principal. For your
child’s safety, monitor his/her activities on the school grounds beyond school
hours and on the weekend.
Siblings and Other Children. When bringing siblings and friends
onto the campus for invitational events, please be sure that they also follow
the school’s behavior rules and expectations. When at school during the school
day or school functions, parents should refer any discipline matters regarding
other parents’ children to staff. For safety reasons, children are not allowed
in the workroom.
Celebration/Birthday Guideline. Each classroom teacher will conduct
two celebrations per year—additional curriculum based enrichment activities are
optional. Teachers will decide which two parties they will have each year. If
food is at a classroom celebration, it must follow the district nutrition
policy. Birthday celebrations at IVE
will be non-food celebrations in all grade levels. Teachers will determine
the celebration activity within their classroom to celebrate children’s
birthdays. Parents are asked to adhere to the guidelines established in each
Animals/Pets. For health and safety reasons, pets are not allowed in the school
building or on campus, except for publicized special days or with prior
approval of the principal. District Regulation 2029.
Progress Reports (Report Cards) are distributed at the end of each
trimester of the school year. A student must be in enrolled at least 20 school
days in each trimester to receive a progress report. Progress Reports are not
printed. Your child’s Progress Report
can be reviewed through Family Access. If you do not have access to technology,
please inform your child’s teacher and the Progress Report will be printed for
Dress Code. Clothing should be neat, clean, and presentable.
Clothing that is disruptive to the educational process or presents health or
safety problems will not be permitted. Hats are allowed at school, it is a
teacher decision whether hats are allowed to be worn in the classroom. Headwear
is acceptable indoors for health or religious reasons. Hoodies must be down
inside the building. Parents/guardians will be contacted if it is felt that
their child’s dress is inappropriate. The following items are not allowed:
a. Clothing with obscene or
questionable pictures or words
b. Short-shorts and skirts
(fingertip length with hands on the side)
Halter, midriff, tube, or tank tops
d. Oversized attire, saggy pants
e. Unsafe footwear
Lost and Found. Clothing, lunch containers, backpacks; etc. should be plainly labeled
with your child’s
name. Lost items are
located on the Lost and Found Racks near the main entrance. Small items are to
be brought to the office. Monies found are given to the finder if there are no
claims within a month of turn in. Unclaimed items are donated to charitable
organizations three to four times per year.
E-News will inform families of these dates several weeks before they occur. Parents/Guardians are welcome to come to the school
to look for missing items.
Phone Use Guideline. Students are limited in their use of school
phones except in emergency situations. Cellular phone use is also prohibited
during the school day. Please help your child to organize for the day by
planning which school books, papers, materials, and clothes will be needed.
Voice mail is available on all District telephones for messages and
announcements. (District Elementary Schools Parent Handbook)
Restraining Orders. In the State of Washington, both parents have
equal access to their child’s school records. Both parents can ask to see their
child at school. Only a current, court-issued restraining order or a divorce
settlement outlining parental rights and responsibilities concerning access to
school records gives the school authority to deny parental access. Please
provide the office with a copy of the order.
Food Services. School lunches are available every regular school
day. School lunches may be purchased via the computer by depositing any amount
into your child’s account. Menus are available on the District website.
Applications for free and reduced lunches may be obtained in the school office.
Parents are encouraged to help their child learn their lunch ID #. Students may
also bring lunch from home.
1. Charging a Meal: Every student enrolled in the Issaquah School District is assigned a
lunch account that can be used to purchase standard program meals from the
addition to the standard meal, a la carte food and beverage items are available
for purchase. A student’s lunch account must have sufficient funds to
purchase a la carte items. A la carte items at the elementary level (i.e.
a dessert or a second entrée) and at the secondary level (i.e. vendor pizza,
chips and bottled beverages) will not be allowed to charge to the account
without sufficient funds.
for meal assistance are available online by visiting: https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/departments/operations/foodservice or by contacting the Food Service Office at
425-837-5060. Applications are also available in the front office of each
2. Balance Notification: Food Services partners with Myschoolbucks.com, a
service that allows the use of credit cards to make payments for a student’s
lunch account. There is a $2.49 fee per credit card transaction charged
by Myschoolbucks.com however, the use of their website to monitor a student’s
lunch balance is free. It is also free for users of Myschoolbucks.com to
set up e-mail notifications when their student’s lunch balance reaches a
specified dollar amount. Families are encouraged to utilize this free service
in order to receive automated reminders when their student’s lunch balance is
low. Log on instructions and link to Myschoolbucks.com can be found on
the district website at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/MySchoolBucks
Services has developed an automated balance notification service that will
notify the guardians via e-mail when the student’s lunch balance is low and
again when the lunch balance is in arrears. In addition to e-mail balance
notifications, each school kitchen will send negative balance letters once per
initiated negative balance notification e-mails and negative balance letters
will continue to be sent weekly until the unpaid meal charges have been
IVE PTA. The PTA supports
the school through fund raising and involvement with dozens of projects
throughout the school year to help students meet learning goals. PTA Meetings
are held at IVE five times per year. PTA goals include:
1. Strive for 100% membership
to ensure that every child at IVE has an adult representative.
2. Build and strengthen the IVE
and Issaquah community through PTA sponsored events and outreach programs.
3. Maintain fiscal
responsibility and stewardship of PTA funds.
4. Support ongoing fundraising
programs to provide academic enrichment and community building.
5. Provide support to IVE’s
academic endeavors and goals as determined by the principal, teachers, and
6. Continue to widen the school
7. Promote and support usage of
PTA website, social median, and e-blast.
learn more about Issaquah Valley Elementary PTA events and to join the IVE PTA
please go to ivepta.org
Issaquah Valley Elementary Site Council. The
goal of the IVE Site Council is the active collaboration of parents, community
members, staff, and administration to ensure the success of Issaquah Valley
Elementary School students. The Site Council emphasizes self and mutual respect
and high expectations to foster confidence, excitement, and openness in the
learning process. The Site Council meets
four times per year.
Student Directory. The IVE PTA provides a copy of the IVE Student
Directory to its members that includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email
addresses of IVE families, excluding parents who request to be exempted. Also
included are PTA Board and Committee Chair contacts and IVE staff phone
It is essential that emergency
notification information be on file at the school and that it be kept current.
Be sure to designate other individuals who can be contacted in case of
emergencies. Although staff are trained to provide first aid, 911 will be
called and parents will be notified in case of serious injury or medical emergency.
The District website contains links to school nurses, current health issues,
District Health Regulations and forms, and health resources for parents.
Communicable Diseases. Parents will be asked to pick up their child
if a health problem occurs. A student with an oral temperature of 100 degrees
or over should remain at home until free
of fever for 24 hours. A school nurse is available for consultation and may
be contacted through the school office.
Other Health Concerns. To prevent the spread of head lice and
scabies, please notify the school if your child has one of these conditions.
Students should be treated before returning to school.
Immunizations. All students in Washington State must comply with
immunization standards. Exceptions are allowed for religious, philosophical, or
medical reasons. A completed Certificate of Immunization Status form must be
submitted to the school on or before the first day of attendance. Students may
not attend school until immunizations requirements are met.
Medications. The Issaquah School District is authorized to
administer prescriptions and over-the-counter oral medications to students in
accordance with state law. Medication administration forms are available in the
school office and on the District website.
The medication of any
prescription or over-the-counter medication to a student by a District employee
must be requested and authorized in writing by both the parent and a
licensed health care provider, along with specific instructions for
administration. Epi Pen or Epi Pen, Jr. are the only injectable medications
school staff are trained to administer.
All medications must be in their original
containers, labeled with the name of the student, name of the medication and the
dosage, and they must be hand delivered by an adult. Students are not
allowed to carry medications with them during the school day. If the student must carry emergency
medication, please contact
the school nurse.
Emergency Health Care Plans. If your child has Diabetes or a Life-Threatening
Condition, the laws require that a nursing care plan, medication orders and the
medication(s) are in place at school before the child comes to school.
Life-Threatening Conditions are defined as a health condition that 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. Contact the school nurse to discuss
these conditions before your child comes to school each year.
Purpose. The Issaquah School District believes that a safe, civil
environment is essential to high student and staff achievement, to the free
exchange of ideas central to a quality educational process, and to the
development of youth as thoughtful participants in our democracy. Conversely,
uncivil conduct, like other forms of disruptive behavior, interferes with a
student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students.
The Issaquah School District
Board of Directors encourages administrators, faculty, staff, students,
volunteers, parents, and other community members to participate in maintaining
a clear expectation of civil conduct and problem-solving throughout the School
District. The Board is committed to providing training and resources to support
this expectation and refuses to condone uncivil conduct on school grounds or at
school-sponsored activities, whether by staff, students, parents, volunteers,
or other District visitors.
The basic purpose
of this Regulation is three-fold:
1. To promote a work and
learning environment that is safe, productive, and nurturing for all staff and
students, and to encourage the free flow of ideas without fear or intimidation;
To provide our students with appropriate models for respectful
To reduce the potential triggers for violent conduct, such as fear,
anger, frustration, and alienation—especially by making problem-solving
procedures and alternatives to violence readily accessible to both youth and
adults who need them.
Definitions. For purposes of this Regulation, “uncivil conduct”
includes the following: directing vulgar, obscene or profane gestures or words
at another individual; taunting, jeering, inciting others to taunt or jeer at
an individual; raising one’s voice at another individual, repeatedly
interrupting another individual who is speaking at an appropriate time and
place; imposing personal demands at times or in settings where they conflict
with assigned duties and cannot reasonably be met; using personal epithets,
gesturing in a manner that puts another in fear for his/her personal safety,
invading the personal space of an individual after being directed to move away,
physically blocking an individual’s exit from a room or location, remaining in
a classroom or school area after a teacher or administrator in authority has
directed one to leave, violating the privacy of another individual’s belongings
(except for lawful searches by school officials conducted in connection with
the administration of school rules and applicable laws), or other similar
“Uncivil conduct” does not
include the expression of controversial or differing viewpoints that may be
offensive to some persons, so long as (1) the ideas are presented in a
respectful manner and at a time and place that are appropriate, and (2) such
expression does not materially disrupt, and may not be reasonably anticipated
to disrupt, the educational process.
Expectations. In support of this Regulation, the Superintendent
shall be responsible for the development of District training, written and oral
communications, resource lists and other tools for the use of staff, students,
and community members in achieving the purposes of this Regulation. Specific
procedures appropriate to the needs of staff, students, and parents/community
members will be available to all persons who have legitimate business within
the District. In all cases, individuals who perceive they have been treated in
an uncivil manner will be urged to resolve their concerns through simple,
direct, or assisted communication with the person(s) at the source of the
concern. When this is not possible or appropriate, any person who needs help in
identifying and/or using appropriate problem-solving procedures may seek
assistance from the school principal, principal designee, or work site
administrator. Individuals are encouraged to work out issues of concern
promptly—and preferably no later than two (2) days after an incident has
occurred. No retaliation will be tolerated against individuals for working in
good faith under this Regulation and its related procedures to resolve
This Regulation seeks to promote a
school culture of respect and civility. Severe or persistent acts of uncivil
conduct may, however, violate other school rules, such as the District’s
Regulation against harassment and sexual harassment, or specific conduct codes.
Violation of such Regulation may result in further action, such as discipline,
adverse employment action, or criminal charges, as applicable. Nothing in this
Regulation is intended to interfere with the ability of school officials to
maintain order and discipline in the schools or to enforce school rules and
Issaquah School District does not
discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed,
religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual
orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a
trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts
and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been
designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Title IX Coordinator
Sena Camarata, Director of Human Resources
Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB) Coordinator
Melissa Evans, Assistant
Director of Student Interventions - Compliance
Civil Rights Compliance Officer
Lisa Hechtman, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
Section 504 Coordinator
Pam Ridenour, Director of Student Interventions
Parent/Volunteer and Employee/Applicant-Related Matters
Carleena Scammon, Director of Human Resources
Mail: 5150 220th Ave. SE
Issaquah, WA 98029
You can report
discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the
District's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to
file a complaint under District Regulation 3210.
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
Sexual harassment is unwelcome
behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:
1. 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
2. The conduct substantially interferes with a student's educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile
educational or employment environment.
a. Pressuring a person for
b. Unwelcome touching of a
Targeted writing of a sexual nature
d. Distributing sexually
explicit texts, e-mails, or pictures
e. Making sexual jokes, rumors,
or suggestive remarks
Physical violence, sexual assault
You can report sexual harassment
to any school staff member or Title IX Coordinator, Sena Camarata, 425-837-7000
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.
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.
Step 1. Write Our Your
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 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.
If you disagree with the
District’s decision, you may appeal to the District’s Board of Directors. You
must file a notice of appeal in writing to the secretary of the Board within 10
calendar days after you received the District’s response to your complaint. The
Board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they received your
appeal, unless you agree on a different timeline. The Board will send you a
written decision within 30 calendar days after the District received your
notice of appeal. The Board’s decision will include information about how to
file a complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
If you do not agree with the
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
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 www.k12.wa.us/Equity/Complaints.aspx,
or contact OSPI’s Equity and Civil Rights Office at 360- 725-6162/TTY:
360-664-3631 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of
206-607-1600 ǀ TDD:
1-800-877-8339 ǀ OCR.Seattle@ed.gov
State Human Rights Commission
1-800-233-3247 ǀ TTY:
1-800-300-7525 ǀ www.hum.wa.gov
If a student feels that he or she
is being harassed, intimidated, or bullied for any reason including because of
race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, or
disability, the student should immediately report such incidents to a teacher,
counselor, or building administrator. A complete copy of Regulation 3207 may be
obtained at any school or on the District website at www.issaquah.wednet.edu
“Harassment, intimidation or
bullying” is defined for purposes of this Regulation as 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 or mental or physical disability, or other
distinguishing characteristics, when the act:
Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
2. Has the effect of
substantially interfering with a student’s education (for example,
substantially interfering with
classroom performance, attendance, or pattern of tardiness) or
Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates
an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
Has the effect
of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Conduct that may rise to the
level of harassment, intimidation and bullying may take many forms, including,
but not limited to: urging others to a malicious action “ganging up on
someone”; spreading knowingly hurtful rumors, lies, pictures, drawings, or
cartoons; slurs; jokes; innuendoes; repeated/ongoing demeaning comments;
pranks; ostracism; gestures; verbal or physical
aggression directed at a specific student;
physical attacks or threats; or purposeful destructive acts relating to an individual or group whether
electronic, written, oral,
or physically transmitted messages or images.
Weapons - Possession, transmission or use of any object that
is or reasonably appears to be a dangerous weapon or related device is
prohibited. Such objects include, but are not limited to: firearms, ammunition,
incendiary or explosive devices, clubs, knives with blades of at least three
(3) inches in length, or other cutting or stabbing instruments brought or
possessed with the intent to cause bodily harm, or to instill fear and/or
intimidate by their mere presence on school property or at school sponsored
events, chemical inhalants
Pursuant to RCW 9.91.160, persons
over eighteen (18) years of age, and persons between fourteen (14) and eighteen
(18) years of age who have written parental permission, may possess personal
protection spray devices (i.e., mace or pepper spray) on school property.
No one may deliver such a spray device to anyone under fourteen (14),
or to anyone between fourteen (14) and eighteen
(18) who does not have written
parental permission. Personal protection spray devices may only be used in self-defense
as defined by state law. Possession, transmission, or use of a spray device
under any other circumstances will be treated as a violation of the District’s
rule prohibiting weapons.
Pursuant to RCW 9.41.280,
students who possess a dangerous weapon on school premises, school-provided
transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public
schools may be immediately expelled. Law enforcement and parents will be
notified. Pursuant to RCW 28A.600.420, students who possess a firearm must be
expelled without an opportunity for readmission for at least one (1) year. This
minimum one-year expulsion will also apply to students who act with malice and
display an instrument that appears to be a firearm on public school property,
transportation, or other facilities being used exclusively by public schools.
The superintendent of the School District or educational service District may
modify the expulsion of a student on a case-by-case basis.