- Positive Behavior
- Behavior Violations
- Attendance Policy
- Health and Wellness Procedures and Guidelines
- Home and School Procedures and Guidelines
- Special Services at Maplewood Heights
- Technology Responsible Use Policy
- Renton School District Important Policies and Procedures
- Student Calendar
Our goal is to promote good citizenship and the smooth operation of Maplewood Heights Elementary School. The following is a list of our expectations for student behavior. All of these expectations are based on:
- Consideration for the rights and property of others.
- A personal commitment to effective learning.
- Mutual respect among staff and students.
We use a variety of ways to reinforce positive behavior/choices:
- Panther Paws are given to individual students when they are seen following the guidelines. Our new Panther Paws give students the opportunity to bring home the bottom part to share with their family why they received the PAW. Once earned, Panther Paws are collected by the classroom teacher and turned in on Fridays for the chance to have their name drawn for a free treat.
- PAWSitive Postcards are mailed home once a week to students who have demonstrated PAWS behavior throughout the week.
- Once a week, classes who follow the guidelines in the lunch room may receive the Golden Spork Award.
- Students who go above and beyond in meeting our PAWS expectations are selected by their classroom teachers to be Student of the Week. These students get their picture taken with the Principal/Assistant Principal. The picture is posted in the office/front entryway.
Panther PAWSome Recess
When students at Maplewood Heights earn a Panther Paw, it will go into an envelope in each teacher’s classroom. Each Friday, all the Panther Paws will be collected. We will have monthly grade level competitions with the winning grade earning a Panther PAWSome Recess. Also, when the collection fills up, the whole school will earn a Panther PAWSome Recess! If our goal is met, it will be announced during morning announcements on Monday.
For Positive Behaviors and Standard School Expectations, see the following pages.
The basic expectations (PAWS) are:
- Practice Safety
- Act Responsibly
- Work Well With Others
- Show Respect
Throughout the school and grounds, we expect that students will:
- Observe safety regulations for walkers, buses, and cars
- Follow directions of the school safety patrol
- Arrive at school and leave school on time
- Use restrooms in a sanitary and socially acceptable manner with respect for other students and for the preservation of the facilities
- Leave all potentially dangerous, distracting, or valuable items at home (including toys that look like weapons)
- Enter and leave the building in a quiet, orderly manner
- Respect the teachers and staff members and follow their directions
- Remove hats/caps from their heads upon entering the building and/or classrooms
- Avoid the use of profanity and obscene gestures
In the cafeteria, we expect that students will:
- Enter the cafeteria in a quiet manner, sit at the assigned table and remain seated while eating
- Talk in a conversational tone to other students sitting nearby
- Clean up after themselves
- Use good table manners
- Take no food onto the playground
On the playground, we expect that students will:
- Use playground equipment appropriately
- Share and take turns
- Play tag in areas away from the big toys
- Play safe games or activities
- Play touch football, basketball, or soccer in the designated fields only.
- Stay in supervised areas
- Line up quickly and quietly at the end of recess and enter the classroom in an orderly manner
Classroom rules: Classroom rules and disciplinary procedures will be developed in each classroom and shared with parents at the beginning of the year.
In the event a student does not meet school behavior expectations he/she will be individually counseled by school staff/administrators to be sure that they understand behavior expectations and the reasons for them.
Next steps will be taken to help the student learn to make better choices, to prevent this behavior from being repeated, and to repair any damage done to relationships.
Progressive consequences may include: talk with the teacher/staff/administrator, mediation to repair relationships, time away from an activity or recess if appropriate, conference with parent, or, in rare cases, short term suspension. Parents will be notified.
Examples of behavior which will result in immediate suspension include the use or sale of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and acts that pose serious safety concerns for individuals or the school. Students who bring weapons or firearms (or items that look like them) to school can expect to be suspended /expelled.
Student delivers verbal messages that include swearing, name calling or use of words in an inappropriate way.
Student engages in inappropriate physical contact.
Defiance / Disrespect / Insubordination / Non-Compliance
Student engages in refusal to follow directions, talks back and/or delivers socially rude interactions.
Harassment / Bullying / Threatening
Student delivers disrespectful messages* (verbal or gestural) to another person that includes threats and intimidation, obscene gestures, pictures, or written notes.
*Disrespectful messages include negative comments based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, and/or national origin; sustained or intense verbal attacks based on ethnic origin, disabilities or other personal matters.
Student engages in mutual actions with another student (or group of students) involving serious physical contact where injury may occur (e.g. hitting, punching, hitting with an object, kicking, hair pulling, scratching, biting, etc.).
Student engages in unilateral (or largely unilateral) activities of aggression toward another student or staff member with the potential for more serious injury.
Student engages in behavior causing an interruption in a class or activity. Disruption includes sustained loud talk, yelling, or screaming; noise with materials; horseplay or roughhousing; and/or sustained out-of-seat behavior.
Property Damage / Vandalism
Student participates in an activity that results in destruction or disfigurement of property.
Student engages in inappropriate (as defined by school) use of cell phone, pager, music/video players, camera, and/or computer.
Use / Possession of Weapons
Student is in possession of knives or guns (real or look alike), or other objects readily capable of causing bodily harm.
Our school and district policies are in compliance with the Becca Bill, enacted in 1994, which is Washington’s truancy law. A student is truant when he/she has an unexcused absence. An “unexcused absence” is any absence that has not been communicated to our school via phone or note and does not fall within the following excused reasons that are defined by Washington State Law (WAC). (See below)
The purpose of the Becca Bill is to stop truancy before it becomes a problem. A notice will be sent home after the SECOND unexcused absence so that an attendance conference can be scheduled. It also requires the school district to take legal action if truancy does not diminish after interventions for attendance support have been implemented and agreed upon. Chronic truancy is associated with declining academic performance and students are at risk of dropping out at an even earlier age. Truancy prevention and intervention efforts protect youth from risk factors and help reduce juvenile delinquency and other related problems. In our efforts to raise the graduation rate by minimizing truancy, we are learning that we need to stress the importance of being at school starting at the elementary level.
Please take the time to look over the State Definitions for an excused absence and always remember to contact our school to communicate any absences within 48 hours of the absence. Call the attendance line at (425) 204 - 4751 to report an absence or send a signed note or email to your child’s teacher containing details of the absence. If you are anticipating your child being absent for vacations, and other reasons that are not excused, you must contact or visit our school office to obtain an Extended Absence Approval Contract. Submission of this form should be at least 1 week before the anticipated absence.
If you have questions about the Becca Bill and/or our absence policies, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you in advance for your support in maximizing learning for our students by minimizing absences!
Statewide definition of excused and unexcused daily absences- WAC 392-400-325
Excused daily absences:
The following are valid excuses for absences from school:
- 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 optometry) for the student or person for who 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, 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
- Absence directly related to the student's homeless status
- Absences related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member consistent with RCW 28A.705.010
- Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action (e.g., short-term or long-term suspension, emergency expulsion); and
- Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity.
The school principal (or designee) has the authority to determine if an absence meets the above criteria for an excused absence.
Unexcused daily absences: Any absence from school is unexcused unless it meets one of the criteria above for an excused absence.
Procedures and Guidelines:
A child entering Kindergarten must be five years of age on or before August 31st of the school year in which he/she enters. Proof of age, with an official state issued birth certificate (no hospital certificates) is required upon registration. See district website for early entrance information.
Leaving School Property-
Children are not allowed to leave school property without written permission from parents.
Snow/Inclement Weather Procedures-
In the event of snow closures, you will receive an automated voice message from the District Office telling you if school is closed for the day OR if school will start 90 minutes late. This information is also on the District website at http://www.rentonschools.us and any radio or television station. Any announcement made applies only to that day. If no mention is made of Renton School District, it means that school is open on our regular schedule. All children will be dismissed at their regular dismissal time on any day we start late. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE for school closure info. Thank you!
Students who are tardy must report to the office. Parents must accompany late students to the office and fill in the Sign-In Sheet to excuse the tardy.
Updating Student Information/Records-
Please help us to keep our student records up-to-date. If information regarding your child has changed, please let us know. Such information would be a change in employment, phone number, a different person to contact in case of an emergency, or a new babysitter. Your help is needed for your child’s care.
Cold Weather Dress
We have an undercover play area and overhangs at the end of each wing so students may be outside if it rains. Please be sure your child has warm outer clothing for recess when the weather begins to cool. Please do not have students bring umbrellas because of the safety hazard they may present to others.
Common Communicable Diseases
Please notify the school nurse/office if your child contracts any communicable disease (i.e. chicken pox, scabies, lice, ringworm, impetigo, hepatitis, measles, etc.) Confidentiality will be respected and we appreciate the opportunity to control any further spread of the disease in the classroom. This will also allow us to alert any families whose children have immune deficiencies.
Please keep us informed if your child has any health concerns. We should be aware of bee sting allergies, specific food or environmental allergies, etc.
We will notify you if your child’s temperature is one degree above normal. (Normal measured at 98.6 F) We will need to know where to send your child or who will pick them up. Be sure to have an emergency number for your child in the event you are not available to receive a call.
Returning after Illness
Before your child returns after an illness, please be sure he/she is feeling well enough to participate in the full school program, including recess and physical education. Renton School District’s policy is that the student be free of a fever, has not vomited or had any diarrhea for at least 24 hours without the aid of medication before they return.
Requesting Homework during Illness
When you report your child’s absence to the office please indicate if you would like to pick up homework for them to complete while out. This gives the teacher time to get materials ready. You will need to make arrangements to pick it up after school, or have it brought home with another child.
Washington State Law requires that all students, Kindergarten through grade level eight, be immunized against Hepatitis B, diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus (DPT), polio, mumps, measles (rubella), and rubella (three day/German measles) (MMR), Varicella (chickenpox). Mumps vaccine is required for kindergarten students only. The law states that parents must fill out and sign a certificate of immunization status form giving the month, day, and year of each dose of vaccine. When a student lacks full immunization, we shall require evidence of initiation of the immunization schedule or a signed exemption for medical, personal, or religious reasons.
Head lice are an occasional annoyance for children in school. Please check your child’s head every few weeks for signs of lice, particularly around the ears and at the nape of the neck. Look for: Intense itching/red marks on the scalp; tiny oval whitish eggs (nits) which are tightly attached to the hair and will not flake off like dandruff or hair product.
To prevent lice, instruct your children not to use anyone else’s combs, brushes, or clothing. Lice do not jump or fly from one person to another. If your child has had lice, it is required that you bring your child to the school office to be checked prior to returning to the classroom.
Medicines at School
All medication, prescription and over the counter drugs are allowed at school only when they are in the original container in which they were purchased. All medication, even aspirin and cough syrup, must be registered with the school nurse and kept in the clinic. The law requires schools to have a written request from the parent/guardian and instructions from a physician or dentist for any medication to be taken at school. This also includes ointments and cough drops.
Physical examinations by a medical practitioner are recommended, but not required, for all students on initial entry into school and at grades three and five.
Screenings: Vision and Hearing
Vision and hearing screenings are conducted annually for all students, grades K-3 and 5.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
This law guarantees parents the right to review school records and control certain uses. Among the provisions are:
- All student records will be made available to parents for review on request.
- Parents will be informed when records are to be released to another school district.
- Parents must give written consent for release of records to any non-school agency.
- Parents may challenge any parts of the contents of the student’s record.
Field trips are a popular extension of our studies. Our school PTA has supplemented these trips by providing funds for additional outings. Parents are welcome and encouraged to help with chaperoning students on these outings. A Washington State Patrol Volunteer Form must be filled out for all adults wishing to volunteer. Please ask for this form in the office.
Office and Classroom Phones
Each teacher has a school phone number and voice mail. Student use of phones will be limited to emergencies only. Arrangements for after school activities should be made before coming to school. We understand that an occasional emergency may result in the need to communicate a message to your student during school hours—if necessary, please do so before 3:00 p.m.
Successful people read every day of their lives as it becomes an enjoyable habit. Please build in daily reading time for your children following the expectations below. Teachers can provide a reading log for you and your children to use.
Grade Reading Expectation
- K: Read daily to your child or have your child read to you
- 1st-3rd Grades: 20 Minutes a day
- 4th & 5th Grades: 30 Minutes a day
In addition, there may be short math assignments from time to time. These assignments are designed to practice and reinforce key skills taught. Completion of homework does not impact grades. Math homework could include:
- Work not finished in class
- Extra practice to meet grade level standards
We encourage you to access Dreambox, our district-provided online math program, on your home computer or phone. This program is adapted to your child’s skill level and will meet their learning needs and provide challenging next steps. Information on how to access this resource will be provided.
Research indicates that extra homework has minimal if any impact on student achievement. Students need their evening time for unstructured play, dinnertime conversations with their family, and an opportunity to engage in extra-curricular activities of their choice. Please see your child’s teacher if you have questions.
Parent-Teacher conferences serve a two-fold purpose; a means of mutually sharing information about a child’s development and a way of reporting student progress. A formal reporting conference is held in November in conjunction with the Fall report card. Additional conferences may be requested by parents, teachers, and/or the principal at any time during the year to exchange information or to set up a plan to support student success.
Arranging a Conference / Communication
It is important that you know how your child is progressing in school. Our teachers use a variety of methods to communicate with you (phone calls, daily and weekly notes, chatting with you at dismissal, progress notices, report cards, conferences, etc.). If you need to have a conference with the teacher, principal, or other staff member about your child, we encourage you to do so and we welcome your involvement. We do ask that you call or e-mail to arrange a time that would be convenient for you and the staff member. A pre-scheduled conference allows those involved to gather necessary information and think about your concern. It also means that we have set aside time without interruptions specifically for you.
Federal Law and School District Regulations allow schools to release directory-type information (student name, address, date/place of birth, dates of attendance, awards received, and previous schools) to such agencies as other schools unless parents notify the school of their wishes to the contrary. Information other than Directory Information is considered confidential. From time to time, the Renton School District uses pictures of students in educational publications. Please notify us in writing if you do not want your child’s picture used.
Be sure to go over the following guidelines with your child:
- Go directly to and from school or the bus stop.
- Cross at crosswalks with the safety patrol.
- Walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
- Do not talk to or accept rides from strangers.
- Do not let your dog follow you to school.
- Be sure to go to school the safest way.
- Look up and down the street for cars before crossing.
- Cross only at a corner or crosswalk.
- Never walk between parked cars or buses.
- If your child is approached or bothered on the way to or from school have them notify the office immediately.
Safety To and From School
Student safety and appropriate behavior to and from school is the responsibility of the student and his/her parent(s). If needed, the school will intervene if a child’s safety is a concern.
School Safety Drills
The Renton School District requires at least one safety-related drill per month. These drills include:
- Evacuation Drills: ex. Fire Drills
- Earthquake Drill
- Lockdown Drills: “This is a lockdown” announces that there is a crisis and all doors (internal and external) are locked. Classroom shades are drawn and normal activities within the classroom continue.
- Shelter-in-Place Drills: used to limit the exposure of students and staff to hazardous materials.
Playground Crisis Situations
Discussed within the classrooms. In the event that a crisis occurs on the playground, students are directed to scatter and run for the nearest open building entrance and go inside for safety.
Vandalism—Help Protect Our School!
If you see or suspect vandalism at the school, please call 911 to report it. Thank you!
State law RCW 9.41.280 states that it is unlawful for any person to carry or possess a dangerous weapon or firearm on public school premises. Firearms/weapons are not allowed in school; at school-sponsored activities; on school grounds or facilities; or on school-provided transportation. If a student brings a firearm/weapon to school, it will result in an immediate expulsion for no less than one calendar year, and notification of law enforcement and parents.
Expulsions can be modified on a case-by-case basis pursuant to hearing provisions of Ch. 392-400 WAC. The confidential Renton School District weapons hotline is 425-204-2468. Renton School District policy also prohibits laser pens and objects that look like weapons, such as toy guns and toy knives. Students and staff who are aware of weapons on campus are asked to report the information to school authorities.
The counselor helps students to improve their self-esteem and/or peer interaction skills. Students are referred by teachers, parents and/or principal.
Children who excel academically and/or display strong creativity may qualify for the Discovery Program. See the Highly Capable section on our district website for more information.
ELL (English Language Learners)
Maplewood offers a program of special assistance to students who are non-fluent in the English language. They must qualify through special testing to participate in this program.
Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
This state-funded program offers reading support to students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. The children with the greatest needs are served first based on specific assessments. Students may be referred at any time by the classroom teacher. Students receive instruction in addition to the regular classroom reading instruction by their homeroom teacher. Instruction is provided by either a para-educator or certified teacher.
The school nurse is a registered nurse who is responsible for conducting health screenings and notifying parents of the need for further medical evaluation. The nurse assists with individual medical concerns and helps coordinate services between home and other health agencies. The nurse assesses medical problems that arise at school, supervises health room procedures, consults, instructs on health-related issues and is helpful in recommending community resources for a variety of health-related needs. The nurse is available to the school two days each week and is on call for emergency situations.
A physical or occupational therapist provides therapy for children who qualify for services due to delays with gross or fine motor development.
The school psychologist provides a variety of services including: psychological testing to determine a student’s academic and performance levels, classroom observations, parent education, referral to outside agencies, and writing reports to parents and teachers regarding a child’s performance.
Resource Learning Center (RLC)
Specially designed instruction is provided for eligible students in one or more academic/social skills areas in this program.
Speech Language Pathologist
Children with a communication disorder of speech, language, and/or hearing receive therapy from the Speech/Language Pathologist
After School Dismissal
We ask that parents make arrangements to meet their children at a predetermined pick-up area by the North or South Parking lots or the back gate. Parents are asked to not wait in the hallways or the lobby as this creates added congestion when over 700 students suddenly enter the halls at dismissal time.
Bicycles, Skateboards, Rollerblades, etc.
Because of the safety concerns arising from over 700 students in movement at the same time before and after school, the large number of private automobiles coming and leaving our parking areas, and the ever-increasing number of vehicles traveling along Jericho Avenue SE, we have determined that students riding bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades and Heelys to school present an added risk to all concerned. Therefore, students are not allowed to bring bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades or Heelys to school or ride them on school campus during arrival and dismissal times.
If students need to ride a bus they usually do not ride, or if they are to get off at a different bus stop, a note of explanation signed by a parent must be brought to the office so that a bus pass can be issued.
Bus Riders/Bus Discipline
Students riding buses go directly to the bus loading area at the front of the school. The transportation department provides each student a copy of the rules and regulations regarding student behavior and conduct. They also conduct an emergency safety drill for all students during the year. Students who are identified as the cause of discipline problems at the bus stop or while on board the bus are subject to disciplinary action including suspension from bus services. The transportation department has a multi-step disciplinary process that is followed in each case (refer to transportation manual). If you have questions or have a concern about a problem on the bus or at the bus stop, please contact the Transportation Department at: 425-204-4455.
If your child came home from school and you weren’t there, would he/she know where to go and what to do? It is important to discuss this with your child. Situations like this could occur due to school emergency dismissal, parent working overtime, etc. Please take some time to discuss with your child what they should do if this should occur.
General Traffic Expectations
No cell phone usage (even when parked) to keep drivers alert and traffic moving
- Watch for safety patrol students and students crossing street
- Follow all directions of staff members
- Drive slowly
- Be courteous
Front of School
Primary (K/1/2) loading and unloading- North lot
- Intermediate (3/4/5) loading and unloading- South lot
- No parking in loading zones (even for a “quick pick-up”)
- Stay in your car while loading/unloading
- Buses always have the right of way
- No left turn from the Primary Zone exit from 8:15-9:00 am and 2:45-3:45 pm
Back of School:
- No parking/blocking the school entrance/gate on 146th Ave SE at back of school (leave 50 ft. of space around gate)
- No U-Turns
Students and Families: PLEASE READ THIS TOGETHER
Statement of Purpose
Renton School District teachers and students use technology and internet-based tools in their classrooms on a regular basis to support student learning and prepare students to engage in the rapidly changing world. These technologies improve student communication and collaboration skills, provide an authentic audience, and extend learning beyond the classroom walls while building digital citizenship skills. Student access to technology requires responsible, courteous, efficient, and legal use. Our goal in providing access to these resources is to enhance learning experiences and to educate students in responsible and appropriate use. It is important that students and parents recognize that information posted on the internet is public, permanent, and needs to be appropriate.
Terms of Agreement
I agree to follow teachers’/building/district instructions when using technology.
- I agree to be polite, considerate, and to use appropriate language.
- I agree to report and/or help prevent any bullying, abuse, or harm of others.
- I agree to tell an adult if I read, see, or access something inappropriate, or if I witness inappropriate use of technology.
- I agree to adhere with all filters and security measures.
- I agree to use technology carefully and to conserve district resources.
- I agree not to share my passwords, except with my teacher or parent/guardian (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA).
- I agree to use only my own files and folders. I will not access another individual’s files and folders without his/her permission.
- I agree not to reveal or post personal information belonging to myself or another person (i.e., passwords, addresses, or telephone numbers).
- I agree to adhere to copyright laws.
- I agree to follow the technology check-out process.
Adhering to Federal, State and, local laws, Renton School District will protect student and employee data. However, I understand that my use of any district technology (computer, network, internet, resources, etc.) will be monitored and is neither private nor confidential to district/authorized personnel. I understand that if I violate this agreement, the district’s policies and procedures, or my student handbook, I may not be allowed to continue to use technology or I may receive other appropriate consequences.
Cross-References/Guiding Reference/ Guiding Policies/ Policies
Board Policy: 2022 Instruction-Technology Resources
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NETs standards:
Creativity and Innovation
- Research and Information Fluency
- Communication and Collaboration
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Digital Citizenship
- Technology Operations and Concepts
Educational Technology Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRS):
- EALR 1- Integration:
- Investigate and Think Critically
- EALR 2- Digital Citizenship:
- Practice Safety
- Operate Systems
- Select and Use Applications
- Adapt to Change (Technology Fluency)
All policies and procedures of the Renton School District may be found and accessed on BoardDocs. Click on Our District, and then Policies and Procedures. Please note that we provide annual notice regarding the policies and procedures listed below to all students and families. This document constitutes our annual notice, such that if you have additional concerns or need more information, you may access the most up-to-date information using the link above.Policy and Procedure 3205 – Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited
Policy and Procedure 3207 – Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
Policy and Procedure 3210 – Nondiscrimination and Harassment-Free Environment
Policy and Procedure 3240 – Student Conduct Expectations and Reasonable Sanctions
Policy and Procedure 3241 – Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action
Policy and Procedure 4200 – Safe and Orderly Learning Environment
Policy 4210 – Regulation of Dangerous Weapons on School Premises
Policy 4215 – Use of Tobacco and Nicotine Substances