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ON-TIME GRADUATION — High School

For the Classes of 2019 and beyond:

To be considered on track to graduate a student must earn a minimum of six (6) credits prior to fall registration of tenth  (10th) grade; a minimum of 12 credits prior to fall registration of 11th grade; a minimum of 18 credits by the end of the second semester of 11th grade. To be eligible for graduation, seniors must earn 24 credits, pass a state history course and successfully complete a High School and Beyond Plan, as well as pass state assessments.

Any student who does not have enough credits to be on track during any given year will need to meet with a counselor prior to fall semester to develop a plan for making up those credits.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS OF STUDENTS

District personnel may take a student's photograph for inclusion in district publications, slides, websites, video presentations, yearbooks and/or for use in electronic/print commercial and non-commercial media that relate to school activities. Parents may opt out of having photographs and other information released. If parents wish to opt out they may do this through the enrollment form.

 

PLAYGROUND AND MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM RULES

Elementary only: Students are to follow school playground rules. Each school has a copy of playground rules available upon request. Differences in procedures and rules are due to the physical designs of the buildings, variety of programs, schedules, etc.

 

PRIVACY  RIGHTS  OF  PARENT/GUARDIAN  AND STUDENTS (FERPA)

The Puyallup School District, in compliance with federal laws, presents these facts for the information of parent/guardian and students.

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g, student records are open for review and inspection by parent/guardian or students 18 years of age or older. Students 16 years of age or older, or who are emancipated, have the right to give informed consent regarding their records, with some exceptions. Under state law, information regarding students with HIV or sexually transmitted diseases (STD), 14 years of age or older, may be released by the student only.

A student's records are open under the guidance of a school staff member for inspection and review to the parent/guardian of the student or the student himself/herself if 18 years of age or older. Appointments must be pre-scheduled for viewing cumulative records of grades, achievement test scores, or health records. Psychological records may be reviewed at the Special Services office. Appointments may be made for viewing psychological records at (253) 841-8700. (Psychological testing is administered only with prior approval.) A parent/guardian or student 18 years of age or older may view his/her records, attach written comments, or request a hearing to remove a part of the records. Records may be reproduced at a cost of $.15 (cents) per page, paid by the person requesting the information.  For a certified transcript, the first five are free; any additional are $1.00 each.

Puyallup School District, in conformance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), permits the following: 

1.  Parent/guardian may inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the district receives a request for access. A parent/guardian or eligible student should submit to the school principal/designee a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal/designee will make arrangements for access and notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

2.  Parent/guardian may request an amendment of the student's education records that the parent/guardian or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s rights to privacy. A parent/guardian or eligible student may ask the district to amend a record they believe is inaccurate or misleading. A parent/guardian should write to the school principal/designee, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specifying why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent/guardian or eligible student, the district will notify the parent/ guardian or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing as provided in District Policy 3231.

3.  Parent/guardian may consent as provided in District Policy 3231. to the disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials who have legitimate educational interests. A school official is  a person employed by the district such as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support  staff  member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task such as attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; or a parent/guardian or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

The Puyallup School District will forward elementary and secondary student's educational records on request to the school in which the student seeks or intends to enroll without further parent/guardian notification. A parent/guardian may receive a copy of the records at their expense, if requested. Similarly, transcripts or other information requested by students will be forwarded to colleges and educational institutions to which students are applying, provided there are no unpaid fees or fines.

4.  Parent/guardian has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education under Section 99.64 concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The Family Policy Compliance office can be contacted if you have any questions or need further information:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

4000 Maryland Avenue S.W.

 Washington, D.C. 20202-5901

5.  Unless a parent/guardian files a written objection as provided below, the district may release a student’s “directory information” to the public without prior parental/guardian consent. Directory information includes the following information relating to a student: the student's name, photograph, activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, graduation lists, scholarship and award winners, and schools attended.

A parent/guardian who does not wish to disclose this information should notify the school principal in writing within ten (10) calendar days following notice of these rights to students. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, a parent or a student may also request that their directory information not be released to military recruiters. Such a request must be filed in writing with the school principal.

 

PROGRESS REPORTS

There will be a system of reporting to parent/guardian pertaining to the progress of their children. The reports will cover academics, social, emotional, and physical development of the student. In addition to grades, teachers may comment on the student's work habits, progress, and behavior.

Supplementary reporting is used at each grade level and may include, but is not limited to, additional parent- teacher conferences, periodic reports, recognition for good work, reports by telephone or email, letters sent home, and home visits.

Parents and students may access classroom grades online through the district website and directly through the school website. Missing assignments are listed and the grades are generally updated weekly. Students should know their user ID and password. If there is a problem accessing the account, contact the school office.

 

PROMOTION/RETENTION - Grades K-8

After a student has successfully completed a year of study at a specific grade level, he/she will be promoted to the next grade. Retention at the same grade may be beneficial to the student when he/she is not demonstrating minimum competency in basic skill subjects in relation to ability and grade level. Retention should not be considered, except in these instances where there is a strong likelihood that the student will benefit with minimum social and emotional disruption.  (District Policy 2421 Promotion and Retention)

PROTECTION  OF  PUPIL  RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parent/guardian certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These rights include the following:

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 US Department of Education:

1.  Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parent/guardian;

2.  Mental or psychological problems of the student or student's family;

3.  Sexual 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 parent/guardian; or

8.  Income other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

 

Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of:

1.  Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;

2.  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, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law; and

3.  Activities involving collection, disclosure or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.

 

Inspect, upon request, and before administration or use:

1.  Protected information surveys of students;

2.  Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and

3.  Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

These rights transfer from the parent/guardian to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under state law. The district has developed policies, in consultation with parent/guardian, 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 district will directly notify parents/guardian of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes.

 

Notice to Opt Out

The district hereby provides notice to parents/guardians for any survey or activity of their opportunity to opt their child out of participation. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents/guardians will be provided reasonable notification of any activities and surveys and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys.  Parents/guardians will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys.

Parents/guardians who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education 4000 Maryland Avenue S.W. Washington, D.C. 20202-5901

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, a parent/guardian may request the district to provide information regarding the professional qualifications of a student’s classroom teachers.

Under Chapter 42.56 RCW, parents/guardians and other members of the public have the right to inspect and copy public records retained by the district unless the records are exempt. Direct all requests to the Communications and Information department at 253-841-8703.