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Student Rights and Rules

Cheney High School’s discipline policy is designed to provide a safe, healthy environment for our students. Established standards of behavior protect the rights of all students to learn in an orderly, positive climate that is conducive to individual and group success.

The student behavior we expect at Cheney High School is none other than the behavior demonstrated by good citizens at work, in the home and in the community.
Student Rights

Students have these rights subject to reasonable limitations upon the time, place and manner of exercising such rights.

Students have the right to:

1. Receive a meaningful education that will be of value to them for the rest of their lives.

2. Expect the maintenance of high educational standards in the district.

3. Use established channels to voice their opinions in the development of curriculum.

4. Physical safety and protection of personal property.

5. Safe buildings and sanitary facilities.

6. Consult with teachers, counselors, administrators and other school personnel.

7. Free election of their peers in student government. All students have the right to seek and hold office subject to the provisions of A.S.B. constitutions.

8. Democratic representation on advisory committees affecting students and student rights.

9. Review (with authorized person) their own cumulative academic folder at reasonable times during school hours.

10. Be involved in school activities provided they meet the reasonable qualifications of the sponsoring organizations.

11. A relevant education consistent with the stated district goals.

12. Know the requirements of the course of study and to know on what basis the grade will be determined.

13. Be free from the unlawful interference in their pursuit of an education while in the custody of the Cheney School District.

The enumeration of these rights shall not be taken to deny other rights set forth in the constitution and the laws of the State of Washington or the rights retained by the people.
Student Responsibilities

Students have the responsibility to:

1. Pursue their course of studies.

2. Attend school daily and to be on time to all classes.

3. Be aware of all rules governing student behavior and conduct themselves accordingly.

4. Express their opinion and ideas in a respectful manner so as not to libel or slander others.

5. Dress in a manner, which does not disrupt the educational process or threaten the health and safety of themselves or others.

6. Conduct themselves in a manner, which will not disrupt their education or the education of others around them.

7. Respect the rights of others and exercise self-discipline in observing and adhering to established rules and regulations.

8. Follow established procedures in seeking changes in those policies, rules or regulations which affect them and with which they disagree.

9. Identify themselves, upon request, to any school district personnel or authorities in the school building, on school grounds, at school-sponsored events or on school buses.

10. Comply with reasonable requests of school employees in the performance of their duties.
Appropriate Behavior

Cheney High School teachers expect their students to demonstrate the following good manners and appropriate behavior at all times in the classroom:

- Respect for others, materials, furniture and building.

- Civility, common courtesies.

- Responsible attitude - being prompt to class and bringing books and required materials.

- Attention and good listening skills.

- Polite, respectful language.
- Appropriate clothing for a learning environment.

Appropriate Dress Guidelines

Cheney High School is an educational environment. Appropriate dress is required. Cheney High School encourages respect for self and others. We encourage school pride, spirit and the responsibility of citizenship. Our dress guidelines are designed to enhance our academic environment with reasonable expectations. We believe our outward appearance reflects our inward attitude and identity. We also believe that spirit, attitude and pride are the keys to your success and that those characteristics are contagious as they affect the spirit, attitude and pride those in our school. Our dress guidelines are intended to promote and academically successful environment by limiting distractions and avoiding potentially harassing or unsafe situations.
The guidelines listed below are the expectations for the school day, all school functions, i.e. dances, field trips, home or away activities, games or any other school related events.
Dress of any manner that may cause disruption to the educational process, i.e., lack of basic modesty or distracting to others, is unacceptable.
  • Dress that is potential safety issue is unacceptable, i.e., chains, spikes, hats, spiked collars and accessories, etc.
  • Clothing that advertises drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, gang affiliation, discriminates or denigrates, or items that are obscene or suggestive in nature are unacceptable. This means no bandanas, headscarves, or displaying of "colors".
  • Outside clothing, clothing that covers the face or conceals a person's identity, i.e., long, heavy coats, face masks, sunglasses, hoods, etc., are not to be worn in the building or during class time. Long heavy coats should remain in student lockers during the day. Outside clothing can be permitted at the teacher's discretion due to weather conditions and class room temperatures. Letterman jackets and other clothing displaying school spirit or activities are always encourages.
  • No transparent or see through, strapless, spaghetti-strapped tops; low cut clothing with open sides; front, back, or side slits; or outfits that provide only a minimum amount of coverage. This includes, but is not limited to, plunging necklines that reveal cleavage, and are holes as often found in tank tops and muscle shirts.
  • No bare midriff or immodest, sexually, suggestive clothing.
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must prevent personal exposure when sitting or bending in a normal range of motion. A guideline: The length should be below the fingertips when the arms are fully extended at the person's sides.
  • Underwear shall be completely covered up as not to be see. Pants with large holes, sagging of the pants, or low cut pants are not appropriate.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Clothing must be reasonably clean.
Attendance Procedures

The staff, administration and parents of Cheney High School expect all students to be in class every day. Only then can students achieve the comprehensive high school education the Cheney School District works so hard to provide.

A well-planned class provides a learning opportunity for the student everyday. If a student is absent, the student is the one who is losing the educational benefits. Many times it is impossible to make up the “missed” experience, at least in its entirety, and to gain from this learning experience to the same degree that a student would through the group involvement in the regular class.

Laws of the State of Washington specify that parents have the primary responsibility for ensuring the attendance of their children at school. They further state that students shall be regular and punctual in their attendance. We, at Cheney High School, feel that regular attendance is essential for success in our educational program.

1. Students who are absent from school are required to have telephone/written verification from the parent or guardian. Parents should notify the attendance office the day of the student’s absence to inform the school as to the nature of the absence. Students will not receive an excused absence in any class from which they were absent without a verification slip from the attendance office.

2. Absences: Cheney School District Procedure #3122

A. Absences - When a student is gone from a class for any reason, that student is marked absent for that class for the day. This includes field trips, activities, athletics and suspensions.

B. Excused Absences - An absence that fits under one of the following categories and for which the parent/guardian has given written notification to the attendance office within forty-eight (48) hours of the absence. The teacher will provide make-up work for the following categories.
  1. Personal illness
  2. Medical/dental appointments
  3. Family emergency
  4. Court appointment
  5. School sanctioned activities
  6. Pre-arranged absences (Family trips)
C. Excessive Absensces - Cheney School District Policy #3122, Absences, excused or unexcused, in excess of 15% of the total school days (27 days) required a note from a doctor to be considered excused.

Suspensions - Suspensions are considered an excused absence. Make-up credit will be provided at the student's request.

Disciplinary Actions/Short-term Suspensions
Cheney School District Policy #3122
Opportunities to make up work missed during an excused absence will be provided by the teacher(s) at the request of the student or parent/guardian.

D. Unexcused Absences - An absence that is not considered excused but at the same time is not considered truant. (When notification to the attendance office does not occur within forty-eight (48) hours of the absence.)
It is suggested that the consequence for an unexcused absence is the denial of make-up credit; however, teacher discretion is allowed (i.e. granting half credit for make-up work, keeping students after school to finish make-up work, etc.).

E. Truancy - The student is absent from school without permission, or is absent from class without the teacher’s permission. Students who leave class or the school without prior permission being given to the office by a parent or guardian will be considered truant. The Cheney School District is required by law to petition the juvenile court when the student has five (5) unexcused absences in one month or ten (10) in the school year.

RCW 28A.225.030 “...not later than the fifth unexcused absence by a child within any month during the current school year on not later than the tenth unexcused absence during the current school year the school district shall file a petition for a civil action with the juvenile court alleging a violation of RCW28A.225.010.” (mandatory school attendance)

Consequences – Lunch-detention, in-school-intervention, suspension, court petition. See Progressive Discipline.

Arriving/Leaving Campus - For the safety and security of the students of Cheney High School, all students arriving after school begins, or departing campus before school ends, are required to check in and out with the main office. Failure to do so will be considered an unexcused absence.

A student may not leave during a class period unless they have a dismissal slip from the office. All students leaving campus must first check out with the office. Students leaving without parent and school consent will be considered truant, and will be placed at the appropriate level of disciplinary consequences based on the progressive discipline model.

A. Students are expected to be prompt in getting to school on time each morning. Further, students are also expected to report to each class on time.
B. Tardiness will be recorded by the teachers. A student is considered absent when he/she is not physically in the classroom ten (10) minutes after the start of a class period. Therefore, a tardy occurs within the first ten (10) minutes of class. Additional teacher expectations related to tardiness must be written in classroom policies.

C. Consequences for student tardies may vary as long as students have a high level of concern for getting to class on time. Teachers may use their own consequences or they may use the office detention system. The teacher’s class rules should clearly outline how ASD will be used as a consequence for tardies.

Make-up Work for Absences

Students must contact teachers about make-up work and complete it within a reasonable length of time. Failure to do this will mean a forfeiture of the opportunity for make-up work. At Cheney a reasonable length of time means one day for each day absent. For example, a student who is absent for two (2) days has two (2) school days after he/she returns to make-up the work. Students may appeal to the Principal or Assistant Principal for exception.
Cheney High School Progressive Discipline

Cheney High School administration and staff cares about each student and wants to provide a positive atmosphere for learning. In order to ensure this positive learning atmosphere, abusive or disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated.

So that each student understands the consequences for their behaviors, the following are examples of behaviors and consequences for infractions of acceptable behavior. Depending on severity of the infraction, the administration reserves the right to determine the level at which the violation will be handled.
Behavior infractions will be disciplined using Lunch Detention, In-school intervention, Short-term Suspensions and Expulsions. consequences are subject to interpretation by an assistant principal and are based on the severity of the situation and the accumulated discipline record.
Lunch Detention (LD): Student will be in a study hall environment from 12:20 - 12:50. This time will be served in the ISI room.

In-School-Intervention (ISI): Students will be in a study hall environment during school hours. They are restricted to the ISI room during lunchtime, and are not allowed to participate in after-school activities on the day(s) assigned.

Out-of-School Suspensions (OSS), and Expulsions: Students are suspended from school and may not attend or be on school district property during the term of the suspension or expulsion. Short term suspensions, long term suspensions or expulsions are Out-of-School.

Consequences are subject to interpretation by an assistant principal and are based on severity of the situation and the accumulated discipline record.

These discipline guidelines were written for Cheney High School students. They represent the thinking of the Cheney community for fair and appropriate discipline, and are consistent with district and state guidelines for student responsibilities and rights in Washington State.

Accumulation of Violations
Students who repeatedly violate school rules, policies or regulations may be subject to suspension and in severe cases either withdrawal or long-term suspension for an accumulation of violations.
These discipline guidelines were written for Cheney High School students. They represent the thinking of the Cheney community for fair and appropriate discipline, and are consistent with district and state guidelines for student responsibilities and rights in Washington State.

Involuntary Class Transfers
Should the school/district determine that for administrative or disciplinary reasons it is necessary to transfer a student from one class to another, notice will be provided to the student and parents/guardian, prior to the transfer of the student. If the student or parent objects to the transfer, fair and impartial consideration will be given to the objection, prior to the transfer.
Leaving Campus During Lunch

Cheney High School has an open campus for tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades. Campus is closed to ninth grade students. Open campus means leaving at lunchtime is permitted. Once a student is on school property (including buses), he/she is not pemitted to leave without permission. Violators will be assigned discipline accoring to Truancy guidelines.
Lunchtime Conduct

Cheney High School has a single lunch schedule, which requires the cooperation of the entire student body. Students are expected to demonstrate good manners in the cafeteria, commons area and any other area students might frequent during lunch. Please cooperate by putting all waste in appropriate receptacles. No eating is allowed in gymnasiums. Areas for eating may be restricted due to excessive garbage or inappropriate behavior. Violators will be assigned appropriate disciplinary consequences.
Text And Equipment Care

In order to obtain the maximum use of textbooks, students are requested to use them carefully, as they are expensive and difficult to replace. Fines may be levied by the teacher for improper care of equipment and/or books. Students who lose books will be required to pay replacement cost for them. Fines must be paid before report cards, records or diplomas will be released/issued.

Internet Access
Reasearching various topics using electronic means is commonplace. With this in mind, students will have access to the Internet as an integral component of their education. Parents may elect to write a letter to Cheney High School stating that they do not wish their child to have Internet access while at school.

ID Cards/ASB Stickers

All students are issued an identification card, free of charge. Students who lose their ID card may obtain a replacement of facsimile from the business office for $5.00. Students are encouraged to take part in, and/or attend, school activites. ASB stickers are required for all students who participate in athletics or activites that are supported by ASB funds, as per the ASB Constitution. ASB stickers may be purchased at the business office before or after school. The revenue obtained from the sale of student ASB stickers is expended to partially finance the activity and athletic programs. Benefits of holding an ID card with the ASB sticker are:
  1. Admittance to all home regular season athletic events.
  2. Reduced student admision prices to athletic events at other schools, (Adult prices are charged to students when they do not have an ASB card.)
  3. Admission to some school dances at reduced prices.
  4. Automatic registration to vote in school elections.