Middle School Student Handbook
- Contact Information
- School Hours
- Passing Time
- Tardy Procedure
- Attendance Procedures
- Parent Information
- Student Information
- Rules and School Policies
- Emergency Procedures
We will have a safe and welcoming environment where students will experience academic rigor and prepare to be career, college, and community ready. Students will receive the message, "You are important. You can do it. I will not give up on you."
- Be polite
- Have a positive attitude
- Listen to/follow directions of all staff members
- Treat others as you would like to be treated
- Acknowledge others
- Accept consequences
- Be prompt
- Be dependable
- Be organized
- Maintain self-control
- Be physically safe
- Be emotionally safe
- Be intellectually safe
- Maintain self-control
BE A LEARNER
- Participate & listen
- Use time wisely
- Ask questions
- Set goals
- DO YOUR BEST!
Main Office - (360) 577-2703
Principal: Tony Smith
Assistant Principal: Jordan Massinger
Principal Secretary: Hannah Foden
Attendance/Athletics: Leanne Allred/Laura Hubbard
Guidance Office – (360) 577-2736
Counselor: Kaytie Richards, 6th , 7th , 8th Grade A-L
Counselor: Deven Bensen, 6th , 7th , 8th Grade M-Z
Registrar: Teresa Stange
Health Office – (360) 577-2733
Nurse: Whitney Smith, L.P.N.
Mon., Tues. Thurs, Fri.
- 1st 7:50-8:38am
- 2nd 8:41-9:29am
- 3rd 9:32-10:20am
- 4th 10:23-11:11am
- 5th 11:14am-12:02pm (1st Lunch 11:13-11:43am)
- (2nd Lunch 12:04-12:34pm) 5th 11:47am-12:35pm
- 6th 12:38-1:26pm
- 7th 1:29-2:19pm
Wednesday Early Release
- 1st 7:50-8:30am
- 2nd 8:33-9:13am
- 3rd 9:16-9:56am
- 4th 9:59-10:39am
- 5th 10:42-11:21am (1st Lunch 10:41-11:11am)
- (2nd Lunch 11:23-11:53am) 5th 11:15-11:54am
- 6th 11:23am-12:37pm
- 7th 12:40-1:20pm
- October 27-28, 2022 - Student early release at 10:50 a.m.
- March 9-10, 2023 - Student early release at 10:50 a.m.
Early Release 11:50
Wednesday Early Release
Student's day ends at 1:20 on all Wednesdays except:
- August 31
- June 14
Students may be dropped off before school in the upper or lower parking lots but must enter through the lower entrance or head directly to the courtyard. The upper door opens at 7 a.m. each morning for parents. If the weather is nice, all students will stay in the courtyard. Students needing to see a teacher before school should report to the office, and the secretary will write them a pass. If students are not involved in an afterschool activity, they must take the bus or be picked up by 2:30. Once students arrive at Cascade, they may not leave the campus.
All students are expected to be on time for their class. On-time is defined as being at the learning station (as determined by each teacher) before the tardy bell rings. A student is tardy if they are up to 10 minutes late to class. Being more than 10 minutes late will be recorded as an unexcused absence. Students who arrive at school more than 10 minutes late must check-in at the office before reporting to class. A note from a parent verifying the reason must be brought to the office.
Students who are continually tardy or unexcused will be expected to make up their time through detention or other disciplinary options.
What to Do When Your Child Misses School Due to Illness
Please inform the school if your child is absent by calling 577-2702. You can reach us during office hours 7:00 to 3:30. Outside of office hours, please leave a message on voicemail. In addition to calling when your child is absent, sending a note with them when they return helps ensure that our attendance records are complete and accurate. Please help us track specific illness information to understand better why your student misses’ school and compare absenteeism rates for various general health complaints among schools over time. When you call or send a note, please let us know why your student was absent from school, indicating what illness caused the absence based on the following selections:
- Asthma or asthma-like symptoms (wheezing, shortness of breath)
- Cold symptoms (respiratory, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, mild cough)
- Dental condition (toothaches, dental surgery)
- Family emergency (family matters)
- Flu (high fever, body aches, severe headache)
- Intestinal (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Other health condition (not specified by a guardian or does not fit under another category)
Regular attendance is essential to the learning process, and absences inhibit a student's opportunity to make academic progress. Learning time will be protected from disruption. Our attendance procedures aim to maximize learning time. Once a student has arrived on campus, they are not allowed to leave campus without authorization from the office.
School attendance must take precedence over other activities. Appointments should be made after school. Improving school attendance increases the likelihood that children will be successful in school. Also, improved attendance decreases problems related to inappropriate social behavior such as gang activity, vandalism, burglary, and drug/alcohol abuse. (Please refer to RCW 28A.225.010)
- School activities (athletics, clubs, etc.)
- Suspensions (these will not be counted as absences that need to be excused)
- Illness or a health condition
- Family emergencies
- The parent requested religious observances
- Occurrences that are excused by the school principal on prior approval
- Situations mutually agreed upon by the principal and parent
Excessive Excused Absenteeism
Students who demonstrate a pattern of parent-excused non-attendance for any period of the day will be required to provide a note from a physician for each absence after their tenth excused absence (for each semester), or the absence will be recorded as "unexcused." Parents will be notified in writing when their student has reached seven total excused absences for a semester and reminded of this impending requirement.
Procedures for gaining a prior excuse for a future non-school-related absence:
Please fill out a pre-arranged absence form (available in the main office). Please give as much advanced notice as possible for pre-arranged absences.
Homework and Excused Absences
When a student is absent, and this absence is deemed "excused," the student is allowed two school days for each day they were absent to make up the schoolwork assigned during their absence from class. Students who miss tests, assessments, projects, presentations, speeches, and the like, will be required to make this work up immediately upon their return unless a mutually agreed upon date is arranged between the classroom teacher and the student.
If make-up work requires out-of-class assistance from a teacher, the teacher and student will mutually agree when the make-up time will occur (usually between 7:20-7:45 a.m. or 2:20-2:50 p.m.). If a student fails to request out-of-class assistance within the allotted time frame upon returning to school, their grade may be affected.
Unexcused absences include all absences for personal reasons with parent permission that do not meet the criteria of excused absences required by the school. Any absence that does not fall into one of the categories defined in the Excused Absences section shall be considered unexcused and result in truancy. The principal or designee will make the final determination of whether or not an absence is excused. Cascade will follow the procedures below regarding unexcused absences:
- Students who are unexcused (truant) will be expected to make up the time through detention or Saturday School.
- Upon a student's second unexcused absence, the parent will be notified in writing with an explanation of the attendance problem and future consequences and a conference appointment.
Students who consistently miss school without an excuse will be subject to the provisions of the “Becca Bill" outlined below.
State legislation requires that schools report to the juvenile court when students reach a defined excessive number of absences or it is demonstrated that poor attendance negatively impacts their learning process. Cascade Middle School will petition the juvenile court in any of the following circumstances:
- A student has been unexcused absent seven (7) times in one (1) month.
- A student has been unexcused absent ten (10) times in one (1) school year.
- A student's consistent absenteeism is causing their academic progress to lag behind that of other students at their grade/ability level.
[The Washington Legislature enacted truancy legislation in 1995. The law was named for a Tacoma student, Rebecca Herman, who was murdered in Spokane in 1993. The legislation is often referred to as the "Becca Bill" or "Becca Law” and requires schools to file petitions with the Juvenile Court.]
RCW.28A.225.010 – Attendance Mandatory. All parents in this state of any child eight years of age and under eighteen years of age shall cause such child to attend the public school of the district in which the child resides, and such child shall have the responsibility to and therefore shall attend for the whole time when such school may be in session.
RCW28A.225.030. School districts are required to file a petition with the juvenile court for attendance violations by a parent or child.
Longview School District policy and regulations require a child's parent/guardian to either call the school or send a note explaining the reason for a child’s absence. The principal determines whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Parents cannot excuse a child's absence under the regulation of defining unexcused absences.
Checking your student in and out of school – For anticipated checkouts, please send a note with your student and have them bring it to the main office when they arrive at school in the morning. For unanticipated checkouts, please contact the main office to inform us when your student will leave and return the same day. The office will provide the student with a pass that allows the student to leave class at the necessary time. As a security measure, identification may be asked for when picking up a student.
Dropped from Enrollment
A student may be dropped from enrollment due to non-attendance if they reach 20 consecutive absences. At that time, the student will need to return all school-issued books. Students and parents must meet with the Administration or counselors before re-enrollment. This does not impact the Truancy process, and any legal action taken will still be in effect.
Contacting Students at School
Parents are discouraged from contacting students on their cell phones, as students are prohibited from using them during the school day. If parents need to contact their students while in school, they should contact the front office to have a message delivered to their students in the classroom. Please call the office one hour before school is released with changes in afterschool plans or bus pass requests. We cannot guarantee students will receive last-minute messages. In the case of an emergency, please let the front office know the urgency of your situation. Contacting the School about Student Progress or Classroom Issues
Parents are encouraged to contact teachers by telephone or email when questions arise regarding their student's progress or classroom issues before scheduling an appointment with an administrator. If lack of progress becomes an ongoing issue, parents may want to schedule a conference with the teacher. If a student struggles in multiple classes, contact the counseling office to set up a multi-teacher meeting. In all cases, we request that initial parent contact be made with the teacher to resolve problems or concerns.
Deliveries to students are brought to the front office. A note will be sent to the student to let them know they have something to pick up. Please do not have flowers, balloons, or other types of items delivered to students.
We advise signing up for Internet access to Family Access, a Skyward program for the most up-to-date information. Parents and students may sign up for Family Access, which allows you to view attendance, assignments, homework, grades, lunch balances, and other information. Those wishing to sign up for Family Access/Skyward can do so at longviewschools.com.
A signed permission slip is necessary for students to attend field trips. Teachers will provide a letter communicating essential information such as date, time, destination, etc.
All previous fines must be paid before students receive athletic clearance.
You need a P.I.N. number to purchase breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria. You can deposit money into your account daily before school and at lunchtime.
Breakfast $1.30 (no charge for free/reduced) Lunch $2.80 (reduced is .40)
Free/reduced amount is subject to change pending U.S.D.A. income guidelines. Free/reduced lunch info is available in the Cascade office. If you’ve been on a free/reduced meal program, it will continue for the first few days of school while you update the forms.
A federal act ensures that students who experience homelessness have specific rights to a public education. A student's ability to enroll, remain at a school, and be transported to and from school is outlined by law. More information is available at the school. (McKinney-Vento Act) (Policy No. 3115)
If students become ill at school, they should come to the nurse's office for assistance. Students must obtain a pass to visit the nurse's office from their teacher. The nurse will contact a parent or guardian if the student needs to go home. Students are not permitted to stay in the health room for multiple periods.
All medication consumed by students at Cascade must be taken under the supervision of the school Health Specialist or other designated and trained staff. A current Medication in School form must be completed by the student's medical practitioner and parent/guardian and on file in the health room for medications taken during school hours. The medication must be in its original container and properly labeled by the pharmacy with the student’s name, time to administer, and dosage amount. Only the school nurse or designated secretary may dispense the medication to the student. No medication (including aspirin, Benadryl, Mylanta, etc.) is kept in C.M.S.'s health room for distribution to the general student population.
Students possessing prescription or over-the-counter drugs outside the health room will be subject to disciplinary action.
Medications given by routes other than oral route are considered nursing care and regulated by the law relating to nursing care, 18.79 RCW. Medications such as ointments, eye or ear drops, suppositories, or injections that are ordered by an L.H.P. can only be administered by student family members, registered nurses (RNs,) or licensed practical nurses (L.P.N.s), or self-administered by the student. The Administration of medications by routes other than by mouth cannot be delegated to unlicensed staff except in an emergency. If you have any questions regarding medication disbursement, please contact the Cascade Health Specialist at 577-2733. (Policy 3416)
Schools may release student "directory information” following District Policy 3600 and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to outside organizations. This information is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. Directory information includes, but is not limited to, students' names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, attendance dates, activities, awards, fields of study, sports participation, height/weight (if on a sports team), photographs, and school email addresses. The information is not given to businesses but is, as required by law, sent to the military for recruiting purposes (high school students only). If you do not want your student’s directory information released for military recruiting or other purposes, send a letter to the Superintendent’s office, 2715 Lilac Street.
If you prefer that your child not be photographed or recorded for information provided to the public or desire that a piece of their school work not be published, send a note with your child's name and school name to Teresa Stange at email@example.com.
Federal Law and District Policy 3231 (see appendices) outline how parents can review their child’s educational records and request amendments of those records. It also stipulates who has legitimate educational interest in records. Parents have the right to file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office in the Department of Education in regards to the handling of educational records and student privacy.
Keep your family emergency contact information current. Notify the school every time there is a change in address, phone number, or a change in who is authorized to pick up your child. In an emergency evacuation, students will be released only to individuals on the approved pick-up list.
A minimum of 24 hours after enrolling before a student can start school. A student's start date is determined once the required enrollment documents are received, and a schedule is prepared. Registration of a new student can be done online at longviewschools.com.
Report cards will be sent home with students in November, February, and April. The 4th quarter report will be mailed home at the end of the year. Parents are encouraged to check Family Access regularly for current grades.
Schedule Change Requests
Student schedule change requests should be made to the Counseling Office. Counselors will try to accommodate all reasonable requests. However, some classes are only offered once or twice daily, with class-size limits. A schedule change might not be possible.
Valuables: Disclosure of No Responsibility for Theft
Students who bring valuable items do so at their own risk. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. It is recommended that any items of value be left at home to remain safe and secure, reducing the risk of confiscation, loss, or theft.
All non-employee/non-student individuals must check in through the main office, where they will be given a visitor's badge. Individuals who wish to volunteer must fill out a C.H.A.M.P.S volunteer registration packet. Upon approval, the individual will be approved to volunteer at the school. Parents who want to observe a class need permission from the building administration and decide with the teacher at least 24 hours in advance.
Inclement weather will result in a two-hour late start. Buses will run two hours later than usual for all students. Lowland bus routes, when used, will be in effect in the morning and announced by noon for the afternoon runs. Listen to the radio and T.V. news stations, and look online at www.longviewschools.com for up-to-date information.
You can also sign up to have a message delivered to your email. Sign up at www.flashalert.net/signup.html. Please note that you must subscribe and keep your contact information updated; some spam filters block these messages; you can get messages pushed to your smartphone or tablet with the FlashAlert Messenger App. Information is available on the FlashAlert signup site. Information will be posted before 6 a.m. No information will be reported if the school operates on a regular schedule.
The most efficient way to find out what assignments were missed is to check Family Access. In Family Access, you can also find the link to a teacher’s email address. Many teachers have class websites. Visit the Cascade website for links. If there is an extended absence of three or more days, a homework request may be made by contacting the main office at 577-2703. Sometimes work can be collected and picked up by that afternoon in the main office; however, it is usually ready the afternoon following the request. A homework request form will be given to all teachers to complete. It is essential that work is picked up, completed by the student, and handed to the teacher upon returning to school or before additional work is assigned.
Library - Media Resource Center
Cascade's Library Media Center offers students a rich environment for casual reading or browsing and multiple resources for information and research needs. Cascade's Library Media Center contains approximately 12,000 individual volumes of books and is equipped with a computer online card catalog. Students are encouraged to use this valuable resource for word processing, Internet searching, and other curricular needs. Books are checked out on a two-week basis. You will not be allowed to check out more if you have overdue books.
Lost and Found
There are two locations for Lost and Found items. Near the cafeteria, there is an area where articles of clothing will be found and in the front office for smaller, non-clothing items.
Throughout the year, Cascade will offer social functions during the school day and early evening. These activities allow students to interact socially in a supervised setting. There is a small cost to attend some of these functions.
Several fun events are planned at the end of the school year. These include our end-of-year barbecue, yearbook distribution party, eighth-grade party, and possibly others. Participation in these events is a privilege to be earned by meeting the criterion set by the Administration, and the privilege can be revoked. Non-Cascade students are not allowed to attend these events.
Buses are available to Cascade students who live within Cascade's boundary at least one mile from the school. Please call (360) 575-7867 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s transportation to and from school.
Athletics and Activities
Middle school offers the following sports for 7th & 8th -grade students:
- Girls Basketball
- Boys Basketball
Wrestling is the only sport in which 6th graders can compete.
Paperwork: All athletes must have their paperwork packets on file before participating and turn them in at once. Forms are available in the main office and also on our website. The office will not accept partially completed packets.
- Sports Physical
- Safety Guidelines
- Medical Emergency Authorization
- Code of Conduct
- Concussion Protocol
- Who can pick up your athlete
- Study Hall
All athletes must have health insurance. An inexpensive policy may be purchased if a student is not already insured. All students will receive this school insurance application at the beginning of the school year. (Policy 2151)
The overall goal of discipline is to teach students responsible behavior. To preserve the learning environment and to develop responsibility, expectations, and consequences for behavior are defined for students. Each teacher develops, teaches, and implements a discipline plan based on the school's expectations. When misbehaviors occur, the staff will view the misbehavior as a teaching opportunity and respond with calm and consistent corrections or consequences. Students need opportunities to practice making choices in a safe environment. We will work together as a team to solve chronic or severe problems.
If a student's misbehavior is chronic and they have not responded to prior classroom interventions, the student may be referred to Administration. The Administration will usually follow progressive steps in disciplining students.
Consequences such as campus clean-up, loss of activity time, time-out, etc., may be administered. For some situations, afterschool detention and Saturday School may be required.
Students repeatedly referred to the office may be suspended from class in the In-School Program
(I.S.S.) for a period ranging from a single class period to several days. Short-term out-of-school suspension (O.S.S.) and Saturday School are also administrative options. A student assigned to I.S.S. or O.S.S. will be required to create an acceptable plan for re-entry. A student suspended from school must be present at a re-entry conference that may involve staff, Administration, guidance, and parent(s)/guardian(s) before returning to classes.
Severe misbehaviors such as assault, fighting, intimidation, harassment, theft, drugs, arson, truancy, extreme disrespect, abusing/insulting teachers, and gross insubordination will be dealt with through I.S.S., short- and long-term suspensions. In some cases, expulsion may be administered. Law enforcement and other outside agencies may be informed of these situations.
To ensure that we have an enjoyable café experience for all, we have developed the following guidelines:
- Please walk to the café.
- If buying your lunch, please proceed directly to the lunch line.
- If you brought your lunch, please choose a seat immediately.
- Once you have bought your lunch, please choose a seat.
- If you need to get back up, please raise your hand.
- Please use your inside voice.
- When you are done eating, please clean up after yourself before raising your hand to be dismissed to go outside.
All food and drink are to be consumed in the café unless students are allowed to eat outside.
Please bring a coat or sweatshirt as we will all go outside daily.
- Student helpers who want to wipe down tables should speak to an adult in the café.
- Students are not to bring balls or sports equipment. The school will supply them.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
Electronic devices and accessories such as cell phones, smartwatches, cameras, iPods, headphones, etc., are not to be used between arriving and leaving school. Phones should be stored in a backpack and turned off. Students who bring electronic items do so at their own risk. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. It is recommended that any items of value be left at home to remain safe and secure, reducing the risk of confiscation, loss, or theft. Cell phones and electronic devices are
non-essential to the daily educational process. Phones are not allowed in the locker rooms or bathrooms. Students who use such devices during school are subject to building rules and regulations. Parents are encouraged to discuss cell phone usage at school with their children. Many major wireless carriers have a parental control feature that may help manage distractions. (Policy 3241 and 3245)
- 1st Cell phone offense: The phone is handed in at the main office, and the student can pick up the phone after school.
- 2nd Cell phone offense: Phone handed in at the main office and 1 hour after school detention, the student can pick up the phone after detention.
- 3rd. Cell phone offense: Phone handed in at the main office and 1 hour after school detention; parent/guardian must pick up the phone from the main office.
Be on time. Bring materials, a pencil/pen, and paper. Respect property by keeping it neat and clean. Be attentive and follow directions. Help others to learn by being positive. "Put people up, not down!" Teachers will have specific classroom rules and procedures above and beyond those in this handbook. Failure to follow those classroom rules and guidelines are grounds for administrative discipline.
Conduct that disrupts school or school activities (on or off campus) will be cause for disciplinary action. Behavior to or from school or during which disrupts or is threatening shall be dealt with fairly and consistently.
Students' appearance shall be clean, neat, safe, and appropriate and shall not disrupt the educational process. Students at Cascade whose appearance, grooming, and or apparel is not suitable shall be allowed to make appropriate corrections (Cascade has suitable clothing on a loan basis). If the student refuses, the principal shall notify the parents, if reasonably possible, and request that person make the necessary correction. If the parent and the student refuse, the principal should take appropriate disciplinary action.
The following will be adhered to while attending Cascade Middle School:
- All articles of clothing, which have straps over the shoulder, must cover all undergarments.
- All clothing must cover the midriff, buttocks, chest, and underwear (in all positions, i.e., sitting, standing, bending, reaching).
- Excessive holes in garments may be grounds for dress code violations. The Administration will decide on a case-by-case basis.
- The following are not allowed:
o Pajama tops and bottoms
o Flags or capes
o Headbands with decorations, i.e., cat ears
- All students must wear some shoes or sandals.
- Attire is not allowed that promotes gangs, drugs, alcohol, profanity, racism, slander, or intimidation.
The final determination of appropriate attire in each building is the responsibility of the Administration. Repeated violations by a student could result in disciplinary action in accordance with the District's Disciplinary Code.
The use or possession of alcohol or drugs at school, on school grounds, or during a school-sponsored activity is prohibited. Any student that displays abnormal behavior that may be the result of using alcohol or drugs is subject to removal from school or activity and disciplinary or legal action. Possession of drug paraphernalia is subject to the same disciplinary action as usage. (Policy 3241)
Food and Drink
Water is the only beverage allowed in the hallways and classrooms and must be in a clear container. Drinks brought to the school must be consumed in the cafeteria. All food is to remain in the cafeteria unless otherwise stated by staff.
Students are not allowed in the halls for the first or last ten minutes of class. Each classroom has a designated bathroom pass that must be used for visits to the restroom. Students must walk quickly and quietly to their destination when moving elsewhere on campus.
Hazing, Harassment, Bullying, and Intimidation The district is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers, and patrons free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, hazing, and bullying. Any student experiencing the above should immediately speak to a teacher, counselor, or administrator. (Policy 3207)
Skateboards/Roller Blades/Heelys/Bicycles Skateboards and Bicycles are not to be used on campus during school hours. Skateboards brought to campus must be stored in the main office for the day. Students who use these items on campus during the school day may have them confiscated and taken to the office for release at the end of the day. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action. Bikes must be walked on campus and stowed at bike racks. Heelys are not suitable shoes to be worn on campus.
Privacy and Searches
The district has specific guidelines governing student confidentiality protections and searches of students and personal property. (Policy 3230)
Public Displays of Affection
The Cascade community sees the school as a professional place of learning and therefore expects students to refrain from kissing, holding hands, or passionate embracing while at school.
No instrument of any kind that could be considered a weapon is allowed at school, and students possessing such will be disciplined accordingly. Knives (including pocket knives) are not permitted at school.
For teaching and learning to take place in a classroom, good order must be maintained. Students are expected to behave well for their own and others' benefit. Students are responsible for their actions and accountable for this handbook's rules and responsibilities.
The following violations are merely examples of infractions of school rules. It is unrealistic to list every possible infraction, nor are responses to violations limited to the consequences listed below. The results of disruptive behavior are determined by the nature/circumstances of the behavior, severity of the misbehavior, and/or number of prior referrals to the office. The range of possible consequences is given below. Extenuating circumstances may cause an administrator or staff member to impose lesser or greater penalties than those outlined.
The term "discipline" as used in this context means a consequence less severe than suspension or expulsion and may include one or more of the following:
- Afterschool Detention
- A phone call to parents
- Removal from class for the remainder of the period
- Restorative practice
- Conflict mediation
- After School detention
- Saturday School Detention
- Parent shadows student for a school day
- Assignments to make an apology, perform school service, or prepare a written report
- Student conference (with a teacher, administrator, counselor, and parent/guardian)
This list is an example of the most common consequences/corrective actions. Other forms of disciplinary action not on the preceding list may be imposed.
Detentions may be given to students by their teacher to be served in the teacher's classroom. Administration may also give them for misbehavior. Students that are assigned detention will report to a specified location. All students/parents will receive 24-hour notice before detention is served. Parents may call the office to have the date of detention changed. Failure to serve detentions (or dismissal from detention for a rules violation) will result in added detentions or other consequences.
In-school suspension requires students to attend school and work in isolation during the day. The student serving in-school suspension will not have contact with the general student body. The student will be required to work on their school assignments or participate in various educational sessions if appropriate (i.e., drug awareness, alcohol awareness, etc.) The student will eat lunch in the in-school suspension area. Students who do not follow the in-school suspension rules will be assigned additional consequences. On the day of an assigned in-school suspension, the student is required to report directly to the office when they arrive at school.
Suspension and Expulsion
The short-term suspension shall be one to nine days, while the long-term suspension shall be ten or more days. Suspension may be "in-school" or “out-of-school" at the administrator's discretion based on the incident's nature and severity. Students suspended for a short-term or long-term shall not be permitted to participate in extra-curricular activities. Students shall not be allowed on any Longview School District property nor attend school activities while suspended or expelled.
Students have the right to due process and may refer to the District Policy Handbook for further information. Expulsion shall be removed from the school district without a specified return date, although an application to return may be made at any time through the Superintendent's office. Agency notification shall be made to the juvenile authorities when students are on juvenile court probation and to the prosecuting attorney's office for chronic truancy.
Common Infractions and Disciplinary Actions Inappropriate Items at school:
- Continued use, 30-minute detention
- 1st offense - warning
- 2nd offense - 1-hour detention
- 3rd offense – In-school, out-of-school suspension, or an alternative to suspension.
Continued Tardiness/Not in class
- 1st offense - 1-hour detention
- Continued offenses – Saturday school
- Saturday School
- 1st offense - 30-minute detention
- 2nd offense - 1 hour
- 3rd offense - Saturday School
- Continued Offenses – Saturday school
Major Infractions and Disciplinary Action Drug and Alcohol
- 1st offense - 3 to 5-day O.S. suspension
- 2nd offense – 10 to 15-day O.S. suspension
- 3rd offense – emergency expulsion
(If parents agree to the student receiving a drug/alcohol assessment (at the parent's expense), the suspension may be reduced to I.S.S.)
- In-school suspension
- Threat Assessment, if necessary
The district and all buildings have emergency response procedures. Emergency procedures were designed collaboratively with school staff, emergency management officials, police, fire, and public health officials. The procedures, which are regularly reviewed and updated, apply to various emergencies. (Policy 3432)
Teachers and students will practice several types of emergency drills regularly during the school year. These drills will include fire, earthquake, intruder, shelter-in-place (lockdown), and evacuation. Drills are essential to building "automatic" responses and confidence. The practices also are an excellent opportunity for learning how to improve procedures.
If your child walks to school, please encourage them to follow the safe walking routes developed by our transportation department and available at the school. Also, please stress to your child pedestrian safety, crosswalk use, and following the directions of the crossing patrol. Parents are asked to help their children understand that if there is an earthquake while children are on their way to school, they should "duck and cover" away from power lines, buildings, and trees.
If your student rides the bus, be sure they know the bus rules provided by the transportation department. Bus riding students participate in emergency evacuation drills each year.
We ask parents to observe the following procedures during an emergency:
- Do not telephone the school. We must keep the lines open for emergency communications. We understand and respect your concern for your child and will use the radio for announcements.
- Tune your radio to a local radio station for emergency announcements and updates.
- You can sign up in advance to receive emergency messages sent to your email, cell phone, or pager. The service is free to you. However, you need to make sure that your contact addresses are up-to-date. To enroll in the service, visit the following website: http://www.flashalert.net/signup.html
- Wait to come to the school or evacuation location until instructed. It may be necessary to keep the streets and parking lot clear for emergency vehicles. Our school is a weapons-and violence-free zone. Details are outlined in the following district policies: Weapons/Contraband Policy 3241 (D-5, D-6)
Emergency Evacuation/Fire Drills
- At the sound of a continuous alarm, students should leave the room quickly and orderly, with no disruptions.
- Windows should be closed, lights out, and room doors closed.
- Students should keep away from the building and fire lanes and wait in an orderly and quiet manner for the bell to ring before returning.
- Know which exit to use for your classes and your teachers' designated evacuation areas. Drill instructions are posted in each room.
There may be a time when Cascade will be required to lock down the building, including staff and students. Since each emergency is unique, specific instructions for students will be given by teachers or over the intercom by the Administration. Lockdown drills will be practiced by staff and students throughout the year.
Earthquake Procedures If you are indoors:
- Move away from windows, shelves, furniture, and any hazardous chemicals that may spill.
- Extinguish all burners if applicable before taking cover.
- Drop to a crouched position under the desk or table or along interior walls with back to any windows.
- Cover head with hands.
If you are outdoors:
- Move to an open space away from the building and any utility lines.
- Lie down or crouch close to the ground.