Student Handbook

Arrival & Attendance

Attendance

Absences/Late Arrival

●      Please let the office know when your child will be absent from school. Call the absentee line at 425-408-5410 (24 hour) or email the office at wooffice@nsd.org. Since every day of school is important, we encourage regular attendance. 

●      The office staff will contact all parents/guardians regarding unreported absences.

●      Any student arriving after 9:00 a.m. must check in at the office before going to the classroom.

●      Frequent absences or late arrivals may result in an action plan to ensure consistent attendance. 

 

 

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

●      Students are expected to arrive at school between 8:40 and 9:00 a.m., and should go directly to the playground.

●      Any student arriving prior to 8:40 must wait in the office, unless they are participating in a before-school program.

●      Students must be dropped off at the sidewalk in the lower parking lot in front of the office.

●      Students are not permitted to walk through any school parking lot.

●      Students may not wait by their classroom door or in the outside hallways

Car, Afterschool Day Care, or Activity Van Pick-Up:

■      If a driver picks up their child in a car/vehicle, the vehicle must go through the lower parking lot as directed by traffic supervisors.

Bus Riders:

■   Bus riders will be escorted by a teacher, in an orderly line, to the appropriate line outside of the gym at the end of the day.

Walkers:

■   If a parent/guardian wants to walk home with their child, she or he should wait for that child near the picnic tables/playground equipment beside the lower field.

■      Parents should not wait in other areas (ex: flag pole, outside of classroom doors, near the bus-loading zone, etc…)

Visitors

All visitors upon arrival must check in at the main office and obtain a visitor's badge to be on campus. Visitor's must also check out at the office and return the badge upon leaving.

Pre-Arranged Absences

Please notify the student's teacher and the office in writing for any pre-arranged absences. The note should include the dates the student will be missing and the date the student will return to class.

Deliveries & Appointments

For security reasons all deliveries must be brought through the main office. 

All appointments with the Principal or Assistant Principal need to be made through the front office by calling 425.408.5400.

Parking & Transportation

  • Students must go to the parent pick-up area with their teacher and stand, facing forward, on their grade-level line, watching for their vehicle. 
  • Parents waiting to walk their students home should wait in the assigned parent area.
  • Parents are encouraged to use the student identification sign in the car window to expedite the pick-up process.
  • Parents are encouraged to follow the traffic flow map below.

Traffic Flow

Parent Pick up

Volunteers

Woodin encourages and values volunteers both in and outside of the classroom.

All volunteers must have a valid background check on file. Background checks are valid for 2 years.

You may obtain volunteer paperwork from the main office.

Policy References & Overview

Student Handbook

Northshore School District Mission

Strengthening the Community through

Excellence in Education.

Dear Parents and Students:

 Welcome to the new school year! As your principal, I am committed to working with you to ensure a successful school experience.

We extend a special welcome to the families who are new to Woodin. You are an important part of our school community and we look forward to all that you will bring to Woodin. The beginning of the year will bring some transition, but we hope that you will soon feel at home. We encourage you to read this handbook as a family. You will find information on Woodin's policies and procedures and the day-to-day operation of our school.

We believe in the power of teamwork. Students, parents, and staff work together to provide an excellent school experience. We appreciate and encourage your participation. Students, we encourage you to do your best and work cooperatively with your fellow students. Parents, we encourage you to follow and support your child's ongoing academic and social progress. This includes celebrating their accomplishments, fostering a growth mindset and helping them to learn from the difficult experiences and challenges that are a part of growing up. We invite you to become active members in our PTA and work alongside other parents to offer support to all our students.

Our goal is to work together to shape an effective learning environment for all our students. I look forward to working with each of you.

Dawn Bowers
Principal

Woodin Elementary

 12950 NE 195th St.

Bothell, WA 98011

Phone: 425.408.5400

Fax: 425.408.5402

 School Hours:

       Kindergarten-5 …………………9:00-3:30 Mon.- Fri.

                                           Office Hours …………….……..8:00-4:00 Mon.- Fri.

**Students should not arrive at school before 8:40 a.m.  There is no playground supervision until that time.

Absences/Late Arrival

     Please let the office know when your child will be absent from school. Call the absentee line at 425-408-5410 (24-hour) or email the office at wooffice@nsd.org. Since every day of school is important, we encourage regular attendance. 

     The office staff will contact all parents/guardians regarding unreported absences.

     Any student arriving after 9:00 a.m. must check in at the office before going to the classroom.

     Frequent absences or late arrivals may result in an action plan to ensure consistent attendance. 

After-School Plans/Early Pick-Up

A signed and dated note/email from the parent/guardian must be given to the teacher/office if:

     A child’s after-school routine changes. This must be arranged at home prior to coming to school.

     It is necessary for a student to take a different bus.

     The student will be picked up early for any reason.

     If something changes, please call the office, not the student’s classroom.

            * It is disruptive to call into classrooms, so we limit these interruptions.

           * Students will not be allowed to call home to arrange alternate plans.

Arrival/ Dismissal

     Students are expected to arrive at school between 8:40 and 9:00 a.m., and should go directly to the playground.

     Any student arriving prior to 8:40 must wait in the office, unless they are participating in a before-school program.

     Students must be dropped off at the sidewalk in the lower parking lot in front of the office.

     Students are not permitted to walk through any school parking lot.

     Students may not wait by their classroom door or in the outside hallways

     Car, Afterschool Day Care, or Activity Van Pick-Up:

     If a driver picks up their child in a car/vehicle, the vehicle must go through the lower parking lot as directed by traffic supervisors.

     Bus Riders:

     Bus riders will be escorted by a teacher/bus buddy, in an orderly line, to the appropriate line outside of the gym at the end of the day.

     Walkers:

     If a parent/guardian wants to walk home with their child, she or he should wait for that child near the picnic tables/playground equipment beside the lower field.

     Parents should not wait in other areas (ex: flag pole, outside of classroom doors, near the bus-loading zone, etc…)

Delays & Closures

     To find out if school will start late or has been cancelled:

     The district will also send out an automated message using School Messenger to each household. The district will only call the primary number provided.

     Check out the district website at www.nsd.org

     Check out www.schoolreport.org

     Call 425-408-6001

     Listen to the local radio or TV

Discipline

To maintain a safe and positive Wildcat Community, students are expected to adhere to the Wildcat Way:

     We take care of ourselves.

     We take care of each other.

     We take care of our school.

Our Wildcat Community utilizes a tiered approach when addressing student conduct that teaches positive behavior, and allows students to learn from their mistakes.

Level I: Minor concerns are handled on the spot (in the classroom, on the playground, or other areas of the school). Staff will assist students in understanding the expected behavior and reinforce students' abilities to make responsible choices through positive reinforcement.

Level II: This includes chronic Level I concerns or more major offenses that cannot be adequately handled by the classroom discipline plan. Staff will clearly define the expected behavior and provide an opportunity for students to learn from their mistakes with appropriate consequences for their behavior. When appropriate, a consequence may be initiated after staff consults our progressive discipline matrix. There will always be an emphasis on restorative practice and making it right. Principal support may be needed.

Level III: This level includes repeated major offenses, severe disrespect, and dangerous or illegal behavior. The principal will always intervene at this level. Consequences may include in-school or out-of-school suspension and/or other methods that address the seriousness of the offense. Parents will always be called at this level.

Electronic Devices and Cellphones

     School computers may be used for school assignments and teacher-approved activities only.

     Students’ cell phones are to be turned off and kept in backpacks while at school. They may not be used at recess or at any other time during the day, including on the sidewalk after school. Students may use their cell phones once they are off campus and on their way home.

     Use of technology that is deemed disruptive to the educational process will result in school disciplinary action.

     Laser pointers are prohibited.

     Cell phones, ipods, digital cameras, and other recording devices (including cell phones, drones, Google Glass, smartwatches, etc.) and similar personal electronic equipment are not to be used on school grounds, except with express teacher permission, and signed permission from a parent.

     Students using cellphones or cameras in an inappropriate way may be cited for harassment/bullying/cheating; this includes photographing or recording someone without their permission.

     As detailed in Northshore School District’s Responsible Use Policy (RUP), if these policies are not complied with, the device will be confiscated, and disciplinary actions will be taken. The device will be returned to the parent or gaurdian in a timely fashion. 

Emergencies

(Students will ONLY be released to a parent or a person on the emergency contact list.)

     Our office requires any updates that you make to your personal or emergency contacts as soon as possible.

     Ensure that your child is aware of any changes. Be sure to discuss your plans with your children often.

     In the event of an emergency, students will remain at school until a parent or authorized adult arrives to pick them up.

     Since an emergency may involve interruption or overload on the phone lines; do not call the school office. Please make plans that should not require a phone call. (Ex: “If I can’t pick you up, you can go home with Suzie’s dad.” Suzie’s dad’s name should be listed in your emergency contacts with the office.)

Guardianship of Students

     Any legal documents regarding the custody of a child must be given to the office where a copy will be kept on file. We comply with all current court documents and parenting plans on file.

Injuries & Illness

     A student who becomes injured or ill at school will receive first aid by a qualified adult. If the injury is serious, 911 may be called. Parents will be notified immediately.

     Students must stay home for 24 hours after having a fever or vomitting (symptom free).

     Be sure that the office and health room have current emergency numbers on record.

Lost & Found Items

     Clothing and accessories found on school grounds will be taken to the Lost and Found cart located outside the main gym doors during school hours. You may check the Lost and Found any time during school hours.

     Unclaimed items are regularly sent to a charitable organization.

Meal Programs

     Breakfast is available in the gym every morning starting at 8:40 a.m.

     Students in grades K-5 eat their lunch in the classrooms and students may only eat their own food.

     Each student receives a lunch card that must be used at lunch time in the food line, unless they have memorized their student ID number.

     Parents can pay for meals by:

     using the Bank-a-Meal envelope

     calling PayPams at 1-888-994-5100

     going to  www.paypams.com.

     Application forms regarding the free/reduced lunch program are available in the school office.

     Costs:

     Breakfast: $1.75

     Reduced Breakfast: free

     Lunch: $3.00

     Reduced Lunch: $0.40

     Milk: $0.50

Medications & Immunizations

     Washington State law requires that students be properly immunized in order to register for school. It is the parent's responsibility to obtain proof of immunization dates and provide those to the school nurse.

     Contact the school nurse prior to your child receiving doses at school. By law, there are guidelines that must be followed and the nurse can guide you through them. This includes:

     throat lozenges

     cold remedies

     pain relievers

     You may contact the school nurse by calling 425-408-5406.

Pets

     Pets (even on a leash) are not allowed on the school grounds at any time, under any circumstances without permission from the office, unless it’s a service animal.

     If a stray dog appears on campus, Animal Control will be called.

Respect

     Students are expected to take care of our school. Some ways Woodin Students take care of themselves, each other, and our school are by:

     Following school and classroom rules.

     Using a respectful tone of voice and kind language when addressing staff members, adults, and other students.

     Cleaning up after themselves.

     Keeping our bathrooms clean.

     Putting away playground equipment on the playground cart.

     Taking care of school materials and property.

Restrooms

     Per district policy, a gender-neutral bathroom, outside the nurse’s office, is available to all students.

     Per district policy, all students are permitted to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.

     Promptly return back to class. Restrooms are not a place to hang out.

Student Dress

Appropriate school dress increases the likelihood of appropriate school behavior.  Families will be called to provide alternate clothing, if necessary.

     Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

     Shorts should be at least mid-thigh in length.

     Stomachs and lower backs need to be covered (even when sitting, bending, jumping, running, etc.).

     Tank tops need to have at least a 2" strap.

     Please make sure that logos on clothing are appropriate.

     Underwear must never show.

     Shoes need to be appropriate for P.E. and playground activities. Students should not wear flip-flops or high-heels for safety reasons.

     Hoods may not be worn in class.

     Hats may be worn in class as long as they are not a distraction.

     Hats must be removed during The Pledge of Allegiance. 

     If you need support following any of these guidelines, please contact our school nurse or office.

To and From School

Walkers

     It is recommended that students walk with a buddy and stay to the side of the road to and from school.

     Students should only cross at the crosswalks with crossing guards.

     Students may not enter or exit the main driveway where there is no sidewalk.

     Students and parents may not walk between buses/cars or through any parking lots.

     Walkers must walk home immediately after dismissal, unless they participate in an after school activity.

Bus Riders

     Students must comply with the rules set by the bus driver. Consequences are the jurisdiction of the transportation department.

Parent Pick-up

     Students must go to the parent pick-up area with their teacher and stand, facing forward, on their grade-level line, watching for their vehicle. 

     Parents waiting to walk their students home should wait in the assigned parent area.

     Parents are encouraged to use the student identification sign in the car window to expedite the pick-up process.

Wheels

     For safety reasons, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, and shoes with wheels are prohibited. New bike-to-school information will be shared this school year.

     Riding any of the previously-listed items on school sidewalks during or after school hours is also prohibited.

Valuables

     Students should leave items of value at home.

     Students may not buy/sell/trade items from each other.

     The school is not responsible for lost or damaged items, including cellphones.

Visiting School

     Families are encouraged to visit our school, participate in school functions, and volunteer in our classrooms.

     Please always contact the teacher to schedule a mutually agreed upon day and time if you wish to visit the classroom or discuss your child.

     Sign in at the office and obtain a visitor badge before going to the classroom.

     Sign out and return your badge in the office before you leave.

     Guest students are not allowed on campus due to liability issues.

Volunteer Guidelines

     Volunteer Forms, including the WSP background check form, must be on file in the office before volunteering in the classroom or participating in an activity/field trip. Forms are available in the office. Forms are good for two years.

     Each time you volunteer, please sign in at the office to obtain a visitor/volunteer badge.

     We appreciate your willingness to assist with the many tasks that are part of creating an effective learning program for students. Parents may help in the library, health room, classroom, office, on field trips, as art docents, etc.

     The staff room is for staff use only!

     For the safety of small children, we ask they not be brought along during volunteering.

     Information or observations about individual children are to be kept confidential

I have read this handbook and agree to follow the expectations in the Student/Parent Handbook.

Please sign and return to your classroom teacher.

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