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Crescent School District is a nicotine/tobacco-free environment.  See District Policy 4215.
See District Policy 3210

The district provides equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, gender, marital status, previous arrest or incarceration or non-program-related physical, sensory or mental handicaps.

The Crescent School District #313 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or handicap. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures may be directed to the School District's Title IX / RCW 28A.640 officer and Section 504 Coordinator, Mr. David Bingham, P.O. Box 20, Joyce, WA 98343 (360) 928-3311, ext. 1003.

Crescent School District has established complaint procedures. Students or parents who wish to file a grievance regarding discrimination, may receive a copy of the procedures for this purpose and a copy of the appeal procedures from the district office. These procedures comply with WAC 392-190-065 and 392-190- 070.

Crescent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For more information or to file a complaint, please contact:  Section 504 & Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Title IX Officer – Mr. Dave Bingham, Crescent School District #313, P.O. Box 20, Joyce, WA 98343,  360.928.3311.
This district is committed to a positive and productive education and working environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. The district prohibits sexual harassment of students, employees and others involved in school district activities.

See district policy 3205

Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:
●    A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications in order  to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or
●    The conduct substantially interferes with a student's educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.
●    Sexual harassment can occur adult to student, student to adult, student-to-student, adult-to-adult, male to female, female to male, male-to-male and female-to-female.

Examples of Sexual Harassment:
●    Pressuring a person for sexual favors
●    Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature
●    Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
●    Distributing sexually explicit texts, e-mails, or pictures
●    Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks
●    Physical violence, including rape and sexual assault

The district will take prompt, equitable and remedial action within its authority on reports, complaints and grievances alleging sexual harassment that come to the attention of the district, either formally or informally. Allegations of criminal misconduct will be reported to law enforcement and suspected child abuse will be reported to law enforcement or Child Protective Services.

Engaging in sexual harassment will result in appropriate discipline or other appropriate sanctions against offending students, staff and contractors. Anyone else who engages in sexual harassment on school property or at school activities will have their access to school property and activities restricted, as appropriate.

Retaliation against any person who makes, or is a witness in, a sexual harassment complaint is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline. The district will take appropriate actions to protect involved persons from retaliation.
It is a violation of this policy to knowingly report false allegations of sexual harassment. Persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.

A.    What is Discrimination?

Discrimination is the unfair or unequal treatment of a person or a group because they are part of a defined group, known as a protected class.  Discrimination can occur when a person is treated differently, or denied access to programs, services or activities because they are part of a protected class.  Discrimination can also occur when a school or school district fails to accommodate a student or employee’s disability.  Harassment (based on protected class) and sexual harassment can be forms of discrimination when it creates a hostile environment.  

B.    What is a Protected Class?

A protected class is a group of people who share common characteristics and are protected from discrimination and harassment by federal and state laws.   Protected classes defined by Washington State Law include:  Sex, Race/Color, Creed/Religion, National origin, Disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, Sexual orientation, Gender expression or identity, Honorably discharged veteran or military status

C.    What should I do if I believe my child is being discriminated against?

You should report your concerns to your child’s teacher or principal immediately! This will allow the school to respond to the situation as soon as possible.
If you cannot meet with the teacher or principal, you can always contact your school district’s main office.   Each school district will have someone who is responsible for responding to complaints about discrimination.  Sometimes this person is called the Title IX Coordinator or for issues related to disability, the Section 504 Coordinator.  

D.    What if I can’t resolve the problem with the school?

If you cannot resolve your concern, you may wish to file a complaint with the school district.  Anyone can file a complaint with the school district.  You can file a formal complaint by writing a letter to your Superintendent that describes what happened and why you think it is discrimination.  It is helpful to include what you want the district to do.  
The employee designated by the district to receive complaints will investigate your allegations and provide the superintendent with a written report of the complaint, and the results of the investigation. You and the district may also agree to resolve your complaint in lieu of an investigation.
The superintendent will send you a written letter within 30 calendar days which will either deny your allegations or describe the reasonable actions the district will take.  The letter will include how to file an appeal with your school board if you do not agree with the Superintendent’s decision.  
Corrective measures must occur no later than 30 calendar days of the superintendent’s letter.
The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they receive your appeal letter.  You may also all agree on a different date.

E.    What will happen at the hearing?

You will explain why you disagree with the superintendent's decision.  You may bring witnesses or other information that is related to your appeal.
The board will send you a copy of their decision within 10 calendar days after the hearing.  The decision will include how to appeal to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction if you disagree.

F.    What if I don’t agree with the School Board’s decision?

You may appeal the school Board’s decision to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
You can file an appeal by writing a letter to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  The letter must include the part of the school board’s decision that you would like to appeal and what you want the district to do.
Your letter must be received by OSPI by the 20th calendar day of receiving the school board’s decision.  
It can be hand-delivered or mailed to:
Equality and Civil Rights Office
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA  98504-7200
Phone (360) 725-6133
Or emailed to: [email protected]
Any form of harassment is NOT acceptable behavior by anyone at school and should be reported to the principal. Harassment is:  to persistently disturb, torment or pester. Harassment behavior is one-sided or unprovoked. Students and parents should become familiar with the information about harassment provided by the district.
See district Policy 3207 for updates to the policy as restated below:
Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

The board is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and community members that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentionally written message or image – including those that are electronically transmitted -- verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:
1.    Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property.
2.    Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education.
3.    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.
Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation, or bullying. 
“Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, and weight.
“Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).

A.    Behaviors/Expressions

Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including, but not limited to slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral, physical, or electronically transmitted messages or images. 
This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment. Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation or bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom or program rules.

B.    Training

This policy is a component of the district’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful, and inclusive learning community and will be implemented in conjunction with comprehensive training of staff and volunteers.

C.    Prevention

The district will provide students with strategies aimed at preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying. In its efforts to train students, the district will seek partnerships with families, law enforcement, and other community agencies.

D.    Interventions

Interventions are designed to remediate the impact on the targeted student(s) and others impacted by the violation, to change the behavior of the perpetrator, and to restore a positive school climate.
The district will consider the frequency of incidents, developmental age of the student, and severity of the conduct in determining intervention strategies. Interventions will range from counseling, correcting behavior and discipline, to law enforcement referrals.

E.    Retaliation/False Allegations

Retaliation is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline. It is a violation of this policy to threaten or harm someone for reporting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
It is also a violation of district policy to knowingly report false allegations of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Students or employees will not be disciplined for making a report in good faith. However, persons found to knowingly report or corroborate false allegations will be subject to appropriate discipline.

F.    Compliance Officer

The superintendent will appoint a compliance officer as the primary district contact to receive copies of all formal and informal complaints and ensure policy implementation. The name and contact information for the compliance officer will be communicated throughout the district.
The superintendent is authorized to direct the implementation of procedures addressing the elements of this policy.
Recognizing and valuing that we are a diverse community, it is part of our mission to provide a positive, harmonious environment in which diversity is respected and encouraged. 

A major aim of education in the Crescent School District is the development of a commitment to the core values of a democratic society. In accordance with this aim, the district strongly emphasizes a core value of mutual human respect for each person regardless of race, gender, age, disability, physical condition, ethnic group or religion. We expect this value to be manifested in the daily behaviors of students, staff and volunteers. Appropriate consequences for violating this policy will be specified in the student code of conduct. Students violating this policy will be subject to discipline as appropriate.
This is a reminder that the Crescent School District provides special education services for students with disabilities, ages 0-21 years of age. Please contact Special Services (360) 928-3311, Cassie Davidson, ext. 1062, or Therese Carroll, Principal, ext. 1004, if you have questions pertaining to our programs.
Information will not be released for commercial reasons. Information is released within the context of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Typical examples of information released include: recognition of participation in officially recognized activities, sports and receipt of placement announcements, class photo, annual, awards, release of junior and senior names to armed service recruiters, regional college and non-commercial vocational schools.

Directory information includes student name, address, telephone number, date of birth, dates of attendance, participation in activities, and weight and height of team members. Telephone requests for information about students are not honored. A parent may annually request in writing that such information shall not be released.
The district has policy and procedure to inform of posting and record keeping requirements.

At least 48 hours before the application of a pesticide to school facilities or school grounds, the District shall notify parents and staff of the planned application. This notice shall be posted in a prominent place in the building office in addition to being provided to parents and staff. This pre-notification is not required if the school grounds or facilities will not be occupied by students for two days following the application of the pesticide. This pre-notification is not required in the case of any emergency application of pesticides to a school facility, such as an application to control stinging pests, but full notification shall be made as soon as possible after the application.
Following the application of a pesticide to school facilities (structures and vehicles) a sign shall be posted at the location of the application. The notice shall state the product name; date, time and specific location of the application; the pest for which the application was made; and a contact name and telephone number. The notice shall remain posted for 24 hours, or longer if required by the label of the pesticide.
Following the application of a pesticide to school grounds notice shall be posted at the location of the application and at each primary point of entry to the grounds. The notice shall remain posted for 24 hours, or longer if required by the label of the pesticide.
These notices are not required for the application of antimicrobial pesticides (substances used to sanitize or disinfect for microbial pests: viruses, bacteria, algae and protozoa). These notices are not required for the placement of insect or rodent bait that are not accessible to children.
The District maintains a cycle of EPA accredited inspections. The results of the re-inspections are included in the facility management plan located in the administrative office. The plan is available to all interested parties.
It is the policy of the District to provide a safe environment for all students, staff and visitors. This goal is accomplished by providing safe working conditions, programs of training and education and review and improvement of facilities practices. If you have further questions, please contact the district superintendent.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the students’ education records. These rights are:

a. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their child’s or their education records should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school office official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
Such written notice should be addressed to the school principal: Therese Carroll, P.O. Box 20, Joyce, WA 98343.

b. The right to request the amendment of student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Crescent School District to amend their child’s or their education record should write the school principal or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

c. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. The criteria for determining who constitutes a school official and what constitutes a legitimate educational interest must be set forth in the district’s annual notification for FERPA rights. A school official typically includes a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement personnel); a person serving on the school board. A school official also may  include a volunteer;, contractor or consultant who, while not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifiable information from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school or school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.

d. 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. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: 
 Family Policy Compliance Office
 U. S. Department of Education
 400 Maryland Avenue SW
 Washington, DC 20202-8520.
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents of elementary and secondary students certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include, but are not limited to, the right to:

Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U. S. Department of Education (ED) –

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of

● Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
● Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing or vision screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law; and
● Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others. (This does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions.)

Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –
● Protected information surveys of students and surveys created by a third party;
● Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
● Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under state law.

The Crescent School District has developed and adopted policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The Crescent School District will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. The Crescent School District will also directly notify, such as through U. S. Mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey. The Crescent School District will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the district has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this direct notification requirement.
● Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for marketing, sales or other distribution.
● Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.
● Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.
Parents/eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:
 Family Policy Compliance Officer
 U. S. Department of Education
 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
 Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
Pursuant to RCW 42.56, parents and other members of the public have the right to inspect and copy public records retained by the District, including records pertaining to employee discipline, unless the records are exempt from public disclosure under state law. Public records requests should be directed to the district public records custodian, Stephanie Girard.

Please see Crescent School District Policy 4150 for any updates to the policy as restated below:

Participation by the Public

The Board encourages staff, students, parents and community to participate in the decision making process through commenting on matters of concern to appropriate school officials, submitting written suggestions and proposals and making presentations to the assembled school board. Also through responding to surveys, being involved in school associated groups and serving on advisory committees, as volunteers or resource persons.

The Board urges principals to involve parents and others in the communities their schools serve in the decision making process and service to the schools. The Board endorses the organization of school support groups, especially parent groups.

Any recommendation submitted to the Board by an organization or advisory committee shall be based on facts and study. Such recommendations will be given due consideration in light of how their implementation may affect the education program and students. The final decision may depart from the advice when it’s inconsistent with board policies and goals, current education practices, or isn’t financially feasible.