Policies

Lewis & Clark and RSD Policies
  • Attendance Policy

    Studies have shown a direct correlation between attendance and a child’s academic achievement. The Washington State Legislature also recognized the importance of attendance by passing laws requiring regular attendance. State law mandates that we keep a record of excused and unexcused absences for each student and send a report at the end of each grading period to the state. Therefore, it is important that parents, students and school work together to maximize student attendance.

    The following Lewis & Clark Elementary Attendance Policy is designed to promote regular attendance, academic achievement and safety for all Lewis & Clark students:

    • All students are to arrive at school by 8:35 AM so classes may begin promptly at 8:40 AM.
    • If your child is late to school they must check in at the office and receive a tardy slip to give to their teacher. If a child is tardy they must have one of the following:
      1. a note from a parent,
      2. a parent must call in prior to the student arriving,
      3. or a parent must accompany the child to the office in order to excuse the student’s tardy
    • Please call the office at 967-6275 by 8:30 AM to report your student’s absence for the day. This call also lets us know your child is safe.
    • The student is responsible for making up all work missed when absent.
      Your help in making certain your child attends school regularly and arrives on time is greatly appreciated. Together we can improve your child’s attendance and school success.
  • Richland School District Dress Code

    It is the goal of the Richland School District to establish and maintain a quality learning environment for all students and staff. To that end, we expect all students to dress in a manner that provides for adequate safety while on any school campus. Further, we hope to instill the understanding of, and adherence to, appropriate dress for a work environment as we prepare students for their future career. It is also the responsibility of the school administrators to take reasonable steps to ensure a learning environment free from sexual harassment.

    Students wearing clothing that is disruptive to the learning environment or hampers the safety of themselves or others as determined by the school, will be asked to change clothing and may be subject to school discipline should they refuse to do so. These guidelines are not intended to be all-inclusive. The principal has the authority to determine if clothing is disruptive to learning or impacts student safety.
    In order to maintain adherence to this dress code policy, students may not wear the following:

    • Clothing that disrupts the educational process.
    • Shorts and skirts shorter than mid-thigh in length.
    • Clothing that reveals the back or midriff, or through which skin and/or undergarment is visible, or when arms are raised becomes visible. These include but are not limited to:
      • Boxers
      • Sheer tops
      • Mesh tops
      • Overly large openings at the neck or arms
      • Off the shoulder tops
      • Spaghetti straps
      • Halter-tops
      • Tube tops
      • Swim tops
      • Clothing that exposes the midriff
    • Shoes determined to be unsafe by staff
    • Clothing or accessories with offensive pictures, symbols or sayings. These include but are not limited to:
      • Demeaning statements
      • Violent statements
      • Sexual statements
      • Racial statements
    • Clothing that advertises or promotes tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
    • Jewelry or accessories that could be use to cause harm or injury.
    • Any gang affiliated clothing.
    • Hats are not allowed inside the school building.

    A good general policy regarding the dress code is: If there is ANY QUESTION about an item being in appropriate, DO NOT WEAR IT.

  • Positive Climate Program

    Our staff has joined with several other Richland Elementary Schools working on a Positive Climate Program, entitled “Time to Teach”.This “Positive School Climate Program” involves teaching expected behaviors to students, rewarding those who follow those behaviors and holding those accountable who misbehave. Your child may use the term REFOCUS. This is when he or she has chosen not to follow expected behaviors, and when we have asked him or her to tell us what might have been a better way to act.After three or more refocuses during any week a child will then be asked to go to After School Academy. If your child has been asked to go to After School Academy, it means that their behavior has interfered with either their learning or another child’s learning and they will be given the opportunity to learn ways to improve their academic performance . Our After School Academy will be each Friday from 1:15 to 2:15 for students in first and second grades, and from 1:15 to 2:45 for students in third, fourth, and fifth grades. We will be contacting you either by phone, letter, or email that your child is scheduled to attend academy. If your child continues to need to attend After School Academy for multiple weeks we will be calling to ask for a conference with you. The goals of this program are: 

    1. To provide a safe and orderly learning environment.
    2. To help students become responsible citizens.
    3. To help students manage themselves and do their best.
    4. To help and cooperate with others.
    5. To help students learn to respect rights and property of others.

    There are a few behaviors, called “Absolutes”, which require immediate intervention because they are unsafe and are disruptive to the learning of other students. At Lewis and Clark we have identified five critical behaviors that will not be tolerated at school and will be dealt with by suspending the child (either in-school suspension or suspension out of school).

    The Absolutes are:

    1. Having a weapon at school.
    2. Use of or carrying any kind of drug or drug paraphernalia.
    3. Fighting: Violence or Assault
    4. Vandalism – destruction of school property.
    5. Serious disrespect toward an adult.

    The Principal and the Teacher will discuss each individual case to determine if it is an “Absolute” and then determine the consequence of In-School Suspension or Suspension.

    Parents will be called and/or a letter of suspension or in-school suspension will be given to the parent.

    This policy is in accordance with the Richland School district as stated in the School District Policy Book (Policy #3200 and WAC 180-40-230) Lewis and Clark Elementary is following this procedure because we want all students at Lewis and Clark to be safe at school.

  • Title 1 School Information

    In 2012 Lewis and Clark Elementary became a Title I school wide school. A school wide program ensures that all students especially those who are low achieving receive assistance through the Title I programs so they can reach state academic standards. As part of model, we will be:

    1. Conducting a comprehensive needs assessment
    2. Identify and commit to specific goals and strategies that address those needs
    3. Create a comprehensive plan
    4. Conduct an annual review of the effectiveness of the school wide program and revise the plan as necessary.

    We appreciate your support as implement our school wide program at Lewis and Clark.

    Sincerely,

    Principal Liz Crider and the Title I team

  • Internet Safety

    Network Use Agreement
    Any student using the Internet from a district-owned or personal device not limited to computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc. in a district facility must abide by the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and the Network Code Conduct (NCC) as detailed in Policy 2314. Richland School District (RSD) utilizes an OPT-OUT policy (you are granted access by default) regarding Internet access.

    Filtering Internet Content
    As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), RSD utilizes filtering software in an effort to prevent students from accessing content that is (1) obscene, (2) depicts pornography, and/or (3) is deemed harmful or inappropriate for minors. RSD will also monitor online activities through direct observation and/or other technological means to ensure students are not accessing content deemed inappropriate for minors or using internet access for malicious intent.
    Internet sites blocked by the filter may be made available, as needed, for the purposes of bona fide research or other educational projects being conducted by students as part of classroom curriculum, but only at the request and approval of a teacher or administrator.

    Supervision
    RSD staff will make a reasonable effort to supervise student internet access and use. If content is accessed that violates standards of the AUP and/or NCC then district staff may instruct the student(s) to cease using that material and/or contact an administrator for help in implementing the appropriate sanctions.
    If inappropriate content is accessed whether accidentally or intentionally staff members or administrators will contact the Information Technology Department for further review and to have the website added to the RSD filter “Blocked List”.
    Instruction
    All RSD students will be educated via online resources, district curriculum, and/or direct in-school instruction about appropriate online behavior including but not limited to:

    1. Responsible personal conduct within online social media communities (Facebook, twitter, chat rooms, etc.) is no different than responsible personal conduct face-to-face.
    2. Cyber-bullying awareness and response.
    3. Associated student personally identifiable (name, address, birth date, SSN, credit card numbers, etc.), private, and/or confidential information about themselves or others should never disclosed on the internet, by minors, without the permission of a parent/guardian. Students should also never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you “meet” on the internet without parent/guardian permission.
    4. There may be long-lasting implications to publishing, whether via pictures and/or words, personal information online resulting in negative consequences.