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Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Conduct

Policy and Procedure 3200 explains the general policy of the district regarding student conduct. The procedures describe the disciplinary actions that may be imposed by Kennewick School District if a student should violate district policy. 

Disciplinary action may include restorative practice, suspension, expulsion, or emergency action. It may also include a recommendation for counseling, mediation or other options. Due process rights of students regarding notice of intended disciplinary action are also included in this policy and procedure.

Attendance

The compulsory attendance laws of the state of Washington (RCW 28A.225) and Kennewick School District Policy 3120 requires that any child between eight years of age and under 18 years of age must attend school full time when school is in session unless the child is enrolled in an accredited private school, an educational center or is receiving home-based education.

Students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. Policy and Procedure 3122 defines excused absences, unexcused absences and truancies. This policy and procedure also defines the responsibility of the school district, parents/guardians, and teachers in monitoring school attendance. 

Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, & Cyberbullying

The Kennewick School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and patrons, that is free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyberbullying. 

Discrimination, harassment, bullying and intimidation mean any intentional written, verbal, physical or electronic act, including, but not limited to, ones shown to be motivated by a characteristic: RCW 9A.36.080 (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, or sensory, mental, or physical disability) or other distinguishing characteristics when the act physically or emotionally harms a student or damages their property, substantially interferes with a student’s education, creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment, or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.

Complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying are addressed through Policy and Procedure 3207 (students) and Policy and Procedure 5150 (adults). Individuals who believe there has been a violation of non-discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying laws are encouraged to contact their building administration, the Equal Opportunity Officer at (509) 222-6547, or make a report at ksd.org. 

Alcohol and Other Drug Use/Abuse (AQDA) Policy

Policy and Procedure 3418 explains that the use; possession; delivery; manufacture; exhibiting the effects of illegal/illicit drugs, inhalants, alcohol or tobacco (including electronic delivery devices); mind- or mood-altering substances, or imitation drugs; or the possession of drug paraphernalia in or on school property or at school-sponsored events is prohibited. Students will not possess, use, deliver, distribute, sell, offer to sell, or arrange to sell or be under the influence of, or show evidence of having used or abused any controlled substance or counterfeit substance (identified in RCW 69.50.204) or any illicit drugs, marijuana or alcohol as those terms are used in federal anti-drug and alcohol laws, including 20 U.S.C. 3171, 3221. etc., nor will they be in possession of drug paraphernalia as defined by RCW 69.50.102:

  1. On the school grounds during and immediately before, or immediately after school hours.
  2. On the school grounds at any other time when the school or school grounds are being used for any school activity, function, or event.
  3. Off the school grounds at a school activity function or event.
  4. On or off school property when the possession, use, transmission, distribution or sale of said item(s) has a material and substantial adverse impact on any or all aspects of the educational process.

In an effort to restrict tobacco usage and in compliance with RCW 28A.210.310, the Kennewick School District shall notify both students and school personnel of the prohibition of tobacco use. Sanctions for both students and school personnel who violate the policy shall be enforced. Furthermore, signs prohibiting the use of tobacco products shall be posted at all Kennewick School District sites. 

The Kennewick School District recognizes chemical dependency as a disease as well as the inherent danger connected with any use of alcohol and other drugs. Because of the magnitude of this problem in today’s society, we believe that our efforts must be comprehensive and multifaceted. The district is committed to develop and maintain a comprehensive student assistance program for kindergarten through 12th grade, which includes awareness, prevention education, disciplinary consequences, intervention, assessment and referral, after-care, and support. 

Exceptional Misconduct

Exceptional misconduct includes behaviors that have been deemed by the district, through a process designated by law, to be so serious in nature as to warrant a prescribed consequence described in Policy and Procedure 3314.

Regulation of Dangerous Weapons on School Premises

Policy and Procedure 4210 states that it is a violation of district policy and may be a violation of state law for any person to carry a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises, school-provided transportation or areas of other facilities while being used exclusively by the district with the exception of adults engaged in military, law enforcement, or school district security activities or a federal, state or local law enforcement officer.

Due Process

If the student is accused of breaking a rule, he/she has the right to explain his/her description of events to a teacher, counselor, or administrator before the consequences are given. Parents/guardians are also allowed to meet with school staff to help identify concerns or solve problems, while also considering appropriate consequences. Parents may appeal a disciplinary action through a hearing appeal process referred to in Policy and Procedure 3200.