We want to emphasize that attendance is particularly important. We know
that students who attend school regularly perform better in their
classes and earn higher grades than students whose attendance patterns
are more sporadic.
OUR ABSENCE POLICY:
1. All student absences must be excused via a telephone call from a
parent or guardian. Our attendance number is 558-2498. Calls must be
made within 48 hours of the beginning of the absence. Washington High
School does not accept notes excusing absences. Also, if you are
calling to excuse your student for an appointment, please call at least
an hour before the student is to be picked up so he/she can be ready.
2. Absences will be excused for the following reasons:
b. Professional appointments
d. Religious observance
e. Court summons
f. Pre-arranged family activity
3. Any absence from school for reasons other than
those listed above will be designated as an unexcused absence.
4. The attendance office personnel will attempt to notify parents or
guardians of an unexcused absence in a class via a telephone call or an
e-mail notice. A computerized telephone calling system provided by the
WHS PTA assists in this process.
5. The third unexcused absence in a class may result
in the student being dropped from the missed class or the student’s
assignment to after-school detention.
6. A total of ten absences in a class for any
combination of excused and unexcused reasons may also result in the
student being dropped from the missed class or the student’s assignment
to after-school detention. Hospitalization or extended illness under a
doctor’s care will be considered as exceptions to the “ten absence
7. A “reinstatement policy” exists for students who
are dropped from classes for unexcused absences. The policy calls for
the student to make up missed work and unexcused time within a ten-day
period, to have no additional unexcused absences from any class, and to
have teacher permission to re-enter the class. Students may only be
reinstated into one class per term.
OUR TARDY POLICY:
1. Students must be through the door of the
classroom when the tone sounds. Students who are not in their assigned
classrooms will be marked as tardy. Students who arrive at the
classroom after the first five minutes of class will be counted as
2. On the incidence of a tardy in a class, the
student may be assigned to after-school detention.
3. Generally, teachers handle tardies according to
their individual classroom rules. The administration supports those
Freshmen and sophomores have closed lunch. Closed Lunch means that
students may not leave the campus during their lunch period and,
further, must remain in the approved areas of the campus during that
time. Approved areas include the cafeteria, open hallways, and the
courtyard. Other areas, such as parking lots or athletic fields, are
unauthorized. Students may not be in those areas during the lunch
Juniors (who have turned in a parent signed
permission form) and seniors have open lunch. Open Lunch means that
students may leave the campus during their assigned lunch period. If
students with open lunch choose to remain on campus, however, they must
remain in the approved areas. No student, regardless of grade level or
lunch designation, may loiter in unauthorized areas of the campus.
Ninth through eleventh graders may be excused from study hall if the study
hall occurs period 2 or period 7. Blue parent permission forms will be
distributed by the Study Hall teachers the first days of each term. The
blue forms require a parent signature.
Students excused by blue forms must leave campus the
appropriate period or report to study hall.
Eleventh graders may also be excused from 4th hour study hall if they have first lunch or a 6th hour study hall if they have 2nd lunch. A gold Junior Open Lunch Permission Card with a parent signature is required.
Seniors may leave campus during periods when they do not have classes
scheduled. Seniors who choose not to leave campus must report to study
hall, the IMC, or a classroom with the permission of the teacher.
Seniors returning to the campus may be asked to wait
at entrances until a class period ends. The purpose of that restriction
is to maintain quiet halls when classes are in session.
Parents who would prefer that their seniors not be
allowed to leave campus during open periods or lunch should make their
request in writing and submit it to an administrator. Such students
will be assigned to study halls during open periods.
• The possession or use of alcohol, other controlled
substances, materials that are purported to be controlled substances,
or drug paraphernalia on our campus or at any school-sponsored event at
any location will result in school suspension and possible expulsion.
This includes consumption of a controlled substance prior to attending
school or a school event. Parents will be contacted and the police will
also be contacted. Please understand that our goal is to provide a
substance-free school environment, and we will take all necessary steps
to ensure that we meet that goal. Likewise, the use of tobacco by
students will not be permitted on the school campus. Police will be
• WHS will not tolerate disrespect to staff members
or students. Every student has the right to a safe learning environment
that is free from discrimination. The following are clear legal
violations and should be reported to the administration immediately.
They will result in disciplinary actions that may include suspension or
- Verbal threat to or assault on any school employee.
- Threat of physical assault on another student to
obtain money or other materials of value.
- Possession of a weapon or an object that appears to
be a weapon.
- Fighting or harassing others. Students must
contact administrators if a conflict exists between students.
- Open or persistent defiance of authority and/or
school rules and regulations.
- Failure to abide by corrective measures, such as
detention, for previous acts of misconduct.
- Bringing friends or relatives to campus to
intimidate students or staff is strictly forbidden.
- Sexual harassment or harassment on the basis of
gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or sexual orientation,
or any other form of harassment.
• WHS insists upon a positive campus atmosphere. The
following disrupt that atmosphere and are prohibited. They will result
in disciplinary actions that may include suspension or expulsion:
- Bringing radios or dvd players to class.
- Wearing clothing that may disrupt the educational
process (including garments that display profanity, nudity,
gang-related symbols, tasteless or obscene messages, illegal
substances, messages disrespectful to staff members, or messages that
promote violation of laws or school rules).
- Garments that are inappropriately revealing or
attention-seeking or disrupt the educational process are prohibited.
Also, clothing should cover undergarments fully. We do not want to see
underwear. Teachers who believe a student’s garment falls in one or
more of those categories will refer the student to an administrator.
- Unsafe or disruptive driving on or near the campus.
- Vandalism of school or personal property.
- Occupying restricted areas of the campus.
- Disrupting classes or school activities.
- Any use of skateboards, bicycles, mopeds,
motorcycles, automobiles, or trucks other than for transportation to
and from campus.
- Use of profanity on campus or at school events.
WHS teachers all develop their own classroom rules
and procedures, and administration supports those decisions. For
example, individual teachers will explain their rules regarding
bringing food and beverages to class.
Violations may result in a loss of access as well as
other disciplinary or legal action. When accused of violating any of
the rules in this “Behavior” section, students will be given due
process before penalties are imposed.
Hazing is prohibited by the Code of Iowa, Section 708.1.
WHS prohibits any activity expected of someone
joining a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers,
regardless of the person's willingness to participate. This includes
but is not limited to activities like being yelled at, swore at, forced
to wear embarrassing clothing, taking cold showers, participating in
forced physical activity, etc. It does not include activities such as
rookies carrying the team balls, team parties with community games, or
going out with your teammates, unless an atmosphere of humiliation,
degradation, abuse, or danger arises.
In case you don't know what hazing is, Robert L.
Keith, Coordinator of Greek Affairs at Ohio Wesleyan University,
suggests that the following six questions be asked about a particular
1. Will the activity achieve one or more of the
predetermined goals of the prospective member program?
2. Would you be willing to tell your group advisor
about the activity?
3. Would you be willing to perform this activity in
front of a school administrator?
4. Would you be willing to send the parents of the
prospective members involved a snapshot of this activity?
5. Would you be prepared to go to court to defend the
merit of this activity? Would you feel ridiculous doing this activity?
6. Would you be willing to share a written
description of this activity for other groups to use?
If there is the slightest question in anyone's mind about the activity,
there is a quick and definite answer. DON'T DO IT. It's hazing.
T-SHIRTS AND OTHER GARMENTS
All T-shirts and other garments printed by WHS student groups or
organizations and sold or given to WHS students must have the advance
approval of the WHS administration.
REDUCED CLASS SCHEDULE
When a student's class schedule drops below three classes because of
attendance or disciplinary infractions, that student will be dropped
from enrollment. Metro may be offered as an alternative way to earn
high school credits.
Students are prohibited from using pagers, beepers, or cellular phones
Such devices must be turned off during class time and at school events.
BULLYING AND HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
The Cedar Rapids Community School District prohibits harassment,
bullying, hazing, or any other victimization of students based on real
or perceived race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion,
marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity,
physical appearance, personality characteristics or for any other
reason. This policy is in effect while students are on property
within the jurisdiction of the school district, while on school-owned
and/or school-operated vehicles, while attending or engaging in school
sponsored activities and while away from school grounds if the
misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management or
welfare of the school district.
“Harassment” and ‘bullying” shall be construed
to mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act or conduct
toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or
characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile
school environment that meets one or more of the following
• Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to
the student’s person or property;
• Has a substantially detrimental effect on the
student’s physical or mental health;
• Has the effect of substantially interfering with
the student’s academic performance; or
• Has the effect of substantially interfering with
the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
The use of a cell phone to bully or harass a
targeted student is specifically prohibited.
Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical
conduct of a sexual manner when such conduct has the purpose or effect
of unreasonably interfering with a student’s performance or creating an
intimidating, offensive or hostile learning environment.
Recourse to Student-to-Student
Bullying or Harassment
A student (or adult on student’s behalf) who believes he/she has
suffered harassment should report such matters to certified
staff/administrators and/or the district’s equity coordinator.
Retaliation against a student because the
student has filed a harassment complaint or assisted or participated in
a harassment investigation or proceeding is also prohibited.
See Addendum to Parent-Student Handbook for