All policies and procedures of the Renton School District may be found and accessed on the Board Docs website. Please note that we provide annual notice regarding the policies and procedures listed below to all students and families. This document constitutes our annual notice, such that if you have additional concerns or need more information you may access the most up-to-date information using the link above.
Policy and Procedure 3205 – Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited
Policy and Procedure 3207 – Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
Policy and Procedure 3210 – Nondiscrimination and Harassment-Free Environment
Policy and Procedure 3240 – Student Conduct Expectations and Reasonable Sanctions
Policy and Procedure 3241 – Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action
Policy and Procedure 4200 – Safe and Orderly Learning Environment
Policy 4210 – Regulation of Dangerous Weapons on School Premises
Policy 4215 – Use of Tobacco and Nicotine Substances
The Renton School District does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, domicile, marital status or political activity, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Title IX Coordinator, Sheila Redick, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 425.204.2370. Section 504/ ADA Coordinator and Compliance Coordinator, Dr. Shannon Harvey, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, 425.204.2318. The ADA Compliance Officer is responsible for providing information about the existence and location of accessible services, activities, and facilities at Renton Public Schools, responds to accessibility requests, and addresses accessibility complaints from students and/or their families. The Renton School District will take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services for vital communications or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Linda Hoste, Director of Categorical Programs, at 425.204.2410. See also, Renton School District Policies and Procedures No. 3207, 3210, 5003, 5005 and 5006 for complaint procedures.
Bus service may be provided for students who live outside of one radius mile from their home school. Exceptions are made only when hazardous conditions are determined by the Renton School District. To change an assigned bus and/or stop for the day, students must obtain a bus pass from the main office. If there is a permanent change of address, please notify your school to obtain a bus assignment. Permanent changes may take up to 5 school days to process.
Bus passengers should arrive at the bus stop no sooner or later than five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Buses will promptly depart all schools seven (7) minutes after dismissal times. For safety, once bus doors are closed, drivers will not stop for late arriving students.
Emergency routing information is available online at www.rentonschools.us. Local radio and TV stations will provide up-to-date information each morning regarding road conditions. Ask the bus driver in advance for emergency route information.
The bus driver has full authority over the passengers on the bus, including seating assignments.
Safe, respectful conduct is always expected of all passengers:
Obey the bus driver’s instructions when requested
Respect others and their property
Keep your hands to yourself
Keep noise level down
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED ON BUS
Drugs, paraphernalia, cigarettes\e-cigarettes or any related products
Glass objects: bottles, jars, etc., aerosol cans
Live animals, bugs, worms
Oversized objects and instruments, those that cannot fit safely on the lap of the student
Weapons: guns, knives, razor blades, etc. (real or toy)
Any item which cannot be transported easily, or which creates a safety concern, such as:
Open containers of food, drink, gum
Plants, dirt, other growing projects
Sports equipment which could endanger others: javelins, pole vaults or shot puts
Skateboards, baseball bats and scooters of any type
Any devices that are distractive to driver’s ability to drive
Please arrange for alternate transportation if any of the above items need to be transported to or from school.
The Renton School District reserves the right to suspend\expel transportation privileges for any student who violates bus rules. Suspension or expulsion from bus riding privileges will include all school buses, activity buses, and field trips. Students riding Renton School District buses may be subject to continuous video and audio monitoring.
TRANSPORTATION DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
When, in the opinion of the bus driver, a serious rule violation occurs, or when the efforts to deal with less severe violations are unsuccessful, or a pattern seems to have developed, a school bus incident report will be initiated. The intent is to maintain good order and a safe environment for students riding buses to and from school or school sponsored activities, as well as to notify parents of the misconduct of their children. Students in grades 6-12 will be denied bus riding privileges until the Incident Report has been signed by a Parent/Guardian and returned to the bus Driver. Serious or persistent violations will result in progressive discipline. The age and experience of the student will determine how many progressive steps are appropriate. Certain activities may result in immediate suspension from bus riding privileges. These include but are not limited to:
Fighting on the bus
Obscene gestures or profanity directed at the bus driver or others
Throwing objects in or out of the bus
Any part of the body extended outside of the bus
Possession of dangerous weapons or articles
Pointing a laser pointer
Assault on Driver or any school district staff may result in an indefinite suspension and possible criminal charges
Smoking or use/possession of drugs may result in indefinite suspension and possible criminal charges
Destroying or defacing district or private property
It is the policy of the Renton School Board to prohibit the use of all tobacco products by staff, students, visitors, and community members in or on Renton school district property, on school district-sponsored transportation, and at school district-sponsored events. The Renton School Board also prohibits the possession of tobacco products by students under the age of eighteen in or on Renton School District property, on school district-sponsored transportation, and at school district-sponsored events.
TOBACCO USE AFFECTS ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Not only can experimentation with tobacco result in a lifelong addiction, but it is also related to poor academic performance and other high-risk behaviors. Many physical changes occur in the brain and body as a result of tobacco abuse. These physical changes can make learning and concentration more difficult and can negatively affect school performance. Students who use tobacco are:
3 times more likely to get Cs/Ds/Es
4 times more likely to skip class
4 times more likely to be suspended from school
8 times more likely to binge drink
21 times more likely to use marijuana
TIPS FOR TALKING WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT TOBACCO
Parents are the #1 influence on whether their child chooses to use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
Find the Time to Talk: The sooner you start talking, the better. Address the subject when you see it on TV, in movies, or in magazines.
Be Direct: Say, “I don’t want you to use tobacco.” Tell your child your reasons why not. They’ll appreciate your honesty and guidance.
Talk About the Real Facts: Just saying, “Smoking is bad for you,” isn’t enough. Young people are more likely to listen if you give them facts. Don’t just talk about cigarettes – give them facts about other tobacco products like mini-cigars, hookah, chew, e-cigs, and vaping.
Focus on the Social Issues: Young people may care more about getting bad breath and smelling bad than about the health risks. Help them understand the financial costs as well. Remind them that most teenagers do not use tobacco.
Teach Them to Say "No": Help them think of what to say if they are offered tobacco. Practice with them – pretend you are a classmate asking them to smoke. Ask them to come up with several responses and teach them when to walk away. Remember to praise their efforts.