In order for WMS to function efficiently,there must be certain expectations for behavior. Washington Middle School has expectations for behavior that will provide an orderly school atmosphere. Our goal is to develop students who are self-disciplined and able to make good judgments about acceptable behavior. We believe no student should be allowed to disrupt the learning of other students at WMS.
The above is a general standard of student expectations. Not all acts of misconduct can be listed here. The following is a list of some of the main areas of conduct that may lead to disciplinary action. Suspensions and expulsions will be administered in accordance with the standards set by state law and school district policy.
- Chronic tardiness
- Failure to serve detentions
- Leaving school without permission
- Not following dress code
- "Hands Off" behavior
- Possession of tobacco/smoking
- Promoting/Instigating fights
- Not reporting a dangerous situation
- False reports
- Gang related activity
- Electronic code violation
- Reckless endangerment
- Any involvement of drugs
- Dangerous weapons
- Threats of Violence
Sexual Harassment Policy
Sexual harassment in any form is forbidden in any Olympia School. It can cause serious physical or emotional damage to students, affecting grades, attendance, performance, and pride in one's work. Whether the harassment comes from students or staff, this kind of behavior is not tolerated at WMS. Sexual harassment is considered to be a form of sex discrimination and is illegal in schools and in the workplace under existing state and federal laws.
Sexually harassing behaviors may include, but are not limited to the following:
- staring or leering with sexual overtones
- sexual jokes includes comments that are made in a "joking manner")
- spreading sexual gossip (verbal and written)
- unwanted sexual comments or sexual jokes told to one in the presence of the victim
- pressure for dates or sexual activity
- any unwanted or uncomfortable physical contact of a sexual nature (includes pantsing)
- attempt rape
- namecalling or any putdowns of a sexual nature
Victims of sexual harassment should report the problem as soon as possible to an adult (counselor or teacher whom they trust). School officials then have the responsibility to undertake an investigation. The privacy of the student is to be protected as much as possible. A range of discipline for sexual harassment will be used depending on the severity and frequency of the offense. The consequences may include:
- Apology to the victim
- Research or other work regarding the topic of sexual harassment
- Suspension days (vary from 1 to 90)
- Police action
Notice To Students Concerning Non-discrimination Consistent with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the Olympia School District adopted an affirmative Action Policy. That policy states the District will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, creed, national origin, religion, sex, maritial status, or presence of any non job-related disability.
Our School district has adopted policies complying with separate rules and regulations regarding sex discrimination. Consistent with Title IX Education Amendments of 97 and Chapter 28A.85 R.C.W., it is the policy of the district not to discriminate on the basis of sex in employment or educational programs. A grievance procedure is available to students and employees. Forms may be obtained in the schools or the district administration office.
The district has also adopted policies and conducted self evaluations in compliance with a section of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other state.federal regulations relating to persons with disabilities. The district policy is not to discriminate in employment or educational program on the basis of disability. Individuals who need auxiliary aids for effective communication/participation in programs and services of the district are invited to make their needs and performances known to their school principle or the district compliance officer. A grievance procedure is available to students and employees; forms are available in the schools or the district administration office.
Inquiries and concerns may be addressed to:
Olympia School Dist. No.111
113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents certain rights with respect to the student's education records. They are:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 4 days of the day the district receives a request for access.
- The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorized disclosure without consent.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
All parents and guardians of students under 18 years of age all students 18 years or over have the right to seek prohibition from releasing any personally-identifiable records or files about an individual student without written parental consent.
*although FERPA allows 4 days to honor a request, the state policy records law requires an appropriate response to a public records request within five business days.