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BICYCLES and OTHER TRANSPORTS

Students attending kindergarten through third grade (K-3) in the Puyallup School District are not permitted to ride bicycles, scooters, etc. to school. Students in grades four through twelve (4-12) are permitted to ride bicycles, scooters, etc. to and from school with the following requirements:

 •  Elementary students must obtain a release of liability permission form, renewed annually and kept on file in the school office. This form may be picked up in the office.

 •  County law requires all students to wear approved head protection bicycle helmets. They must be buckled appropriately.

 •  All students must provide their own security chain, cable, lock, etc. Bicycles, scooters, etc. should be chained to parking racks.

 •  Bicycles, scooters, etc. are not to be ridden on the school grounds or on the sidewalks in the school block. Students must walk their bicycles, scooters, etc. in these areas to the parking racks.

 •  The school assumes no responsibility for loss or damage of bicycles, scooters, etc.

Students who fail to follow safety guidelines or the school’s rules regarding bicycles may be subject to progressive discipline.  Each school has the discretion to restrict students from riding bicycles, scooters, etc. to school due to safety concerns.

 

BUS REGULATIONS

Buses and vans owned/leased and operated by the district are considered School District property and as such are an extension of the school or classroom. All rules and regulations which apply to school campuses and classrooms also apply to conduct on a school bus or van and at bus stops. Inappropriate behavior and actions on the bus or van may result in the loss of bus riding privileges and other disciplinary measures.

The school bus driver has the authority and responsibility to address misconduct on the bus and at bus stops in accordance with District Policy 6605 and Regulation 6605R. Any questions related to bus misconduct should be directed to the Director of Transportation at (253) 841-8775 or the school administrator.

A complete list of the Bus Behavior Rules is available on the district’s website under Departments/Programs, Transportation Services.

 

CRIMINAL ACTS

Students who are arrested, charged with or convicted of a crime that has a real and substantial relationship to the lawful operation and maintenance of the district may be expelled.

 

DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT/DISRUPTION OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS

Conduct that materially and substantially interferes with the educational process.

Conduct of any type that interferes with or threatens to interfere with the educational process is prohibited. Multiple offenses of a less serious nature by themselves often have a greater impact on the educational process than a single major offense.

Disruptive conduct will result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Students who willfully create a disturbance on school premises during school hours or at school activities shall be guilty of a misdemeanor RCW 28A.635.030.

 

DRESS AND APPEARANCE

In accordance with Student Dress Policy 3224 student dress and appearance shall be regulated when, in the judgement of school administrators, there is a reasonable expectation that:

A.  A health or safety hazard shall be presented by the student’s dress or appearance including possible membership in a gang or hate group;

B.   Damage to school property shall result from the student’s dress; or

C.  A material and substantial disruption of the educational process as defined by Policy 3220 will result from the student’s dress or appearance.

The uniforms of nationally recognized youth organizations and clothing worn in observance of students’ religion and clothing or items worn due to medical reasons are not subject to this policy.

Specific standards include:

1.   No clothing with words, depictions or themes related to alcohol, tobacco, drug use, violence, weapons or gang affiliations including bandanas or colors that create real or foreseeable disruption of the educational process;

2.   No sexually oriented text, themes or depictions;

3.   Clothing and/or accessory styles that create conflict or an atmosphere of intimidation are prohibited, some examples include: flags worn as capes, jewelry with concealed weapons, and/or ammunition.

4.   Clothing styles that are excessively revealing, creating a material and substantial disruption to the educational process.

5.   All students must wear shoes.

Shoes at Elementary: For safety reasons flip-flops, slippers and shoes with wheels “wheelies” are not allowed; sandals providing adequate support may be worn;

6.   Sunglasses must not be worn inside unless for medical reasons;

7.   Hats at Elementary: No hats may be worn in the building during school hours, except as authorized by building administration; such items must be stored in backpacks or cubbies once a student arrives on campus;

Hats at Secondary: Parameters to be set by building administration, in accordance with Policy 3224.

8.  No hoods pulled up over head allowed inside.

9.  Face paint, masks, or other face coverings are prohibited.

Individual teachers and staff, in consultation with the school administrator, may restrict appearance and attire, including footwear, with special consideration for safety and health issues.

The administration has the authority to make changes or provide more specific examples of prohibited apparel at any time based on safety, health or disruption issues.

Students not complying with dress standards may be given school-issued clothing or may be sent home to correct the situation and/or be subject to discipline or suspension.