The EPA requires the Steilacoom Historical School District to notify the school community that asbestos building materials are present in some buildings. The District has taken steps to provide for safety of students, staff, and parents related to such materials. Asbestos building materials are safe when they are maintained in a stable condition. The District's asbestos management program has been in place since 1988 and consists of surveillance, inspections, response actions, records, and training for maintenance and custodial staff. For more information, read the link above or call our Maintenance Supervisor, at 253-584-7241.
The 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires all school districts to locate, evaluate and provide services for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children between the ages of birth and 21, who may have a disability. If you are concerned about your infant, toddler or preschooler's development or if you have a school-age child or adolescent who is having learning or behavioral difficulties, call the school psychologist at your child's school or contact the Student Services Secretary at 253-983-2238.
The Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) is an independent state agency that helps to reduce educational opportunity gaps by supporting families, students, educators, and other stakeholders in communities across WA in understanding the K-12 school system and resolving concerns collaboratively. OEO services are free and confidential. Anyone can contact OEO with a question or concern about school.
OEO listens, shares information and referrals, and works informally with families, communities, and schools to address concerns so that every student can fully participate and thrive in our state’s public schools. OEO provides support in multiple languages and has telephone interpretation available. To get help or learn more about what OEO does, please visit our website: https://www.oeo.wa.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records.
Firearms on School Grounds
Policy 4210 and RCW 28A.600.420 pertaining to firearms on school grounds follow the federal Gun Free Schools Act, but also require the expulsion of a student found in possession of a firearm anywhere on school grounds, on school transportation, or at school-sponsored events. This does not apply to students who possess firearms under the authority of a school district, such as for a demonstration, rifle competition, or firearms safety course. Superintendents may modify firearm expulsions on a case-by-case basis.
Children from households that meet Federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price lunches. Reduced price meals are currently provided free of charge based on available state funding. To apply for free or reduced price meals the applicant must complete the application requesting free or reduced price lunches.
Return completed applications to your child's school office or to the District Office, 511 Chambers St., Steilacoom, WA 98388.
The Steilacoom Historical School District recognizes the importance of an inclusive approach toward transgender and gender-expansive students with regard to key terms, communication and the use of names and pronouns, student records, confidential health and education information, communication, restroom and locker room use and accessibility, sports and physical education, dress codes, and other school activities, in order to provide these students with an equal opportunity for learning and achievement.
The District Policy and Procedure can be found on the district website. While not required, students are encouraged to contact their principal or building administrator to meet and discuss their needs. The goals of the meeting are to:
- develop understanding of that student's individual needs with respect to their gender expression or identity, including any accommodations that the student is requesting or that the district will provide according to Policy and Procedure 3211 and under state and federal law; and
- develop a shared understanding of the student's day-to-day routine within the school so as to foster a relationship and help alleviate any apprehensions the student may have with regard to their attendance at school.
Complaints alleging discrimination or harassment based on a person’s actual or perceived gender identity or expression are to be taken seriously and handled in the same manner as other discrimination and harassment complaints. This includes investigating the incident and taking age and developmentally-appropriate corrective action. Anyone may file a complaint alleging a violation of this policy using the complaint process outlined in the district’s Nondiscrimination Procedure 3210P and/or under the District’s Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying ) HIB, Procedure 3207P.
The district compliance officer is Susanne Beauchaine, Executive Director for Human Resources
The Steilacoom Historical School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. In order to ensure respect and prevent harm, it is a violation of District Policy 3207 for a student to be harassed, intimidated, or bullied by others in the school community, at school sponsored events, or when such actions create a substantial disruption to the educational process.
If your child feels he/she has been harassed or bullied, the incident(s) should be reported immediately to a teacher, counselor, or principal.
The complete text of District Policy 3207: Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying can be obtained at any school or on this website.
Susanne Beauchaine, Executive Director for Human Resources
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Steilacoom Historical School District provides parents of children with a disability a copy of its procedural safeguards.
Gudrun Sullivan, Executive Director of Student Services
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is Federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for unhoused children and youth.
Gudrun Sullivan, District Homeless Liaison
Meningococcal and Human Papillomavirus
Every public and private school in Washington State is required to provide parents and guardians with information about the meningococcal and human papillomavirus diseases and their respective vaccines, each year beginning in sixth grade. The required information can be found in this letter to parents and guardians from the Washington State Department of Health and also on their website Q&A about HPV and HPV Vaccine.
The District, in accordance with state law, provides written annual notification to parents or guardians and employees describing the District's pest control policies and methods. It is the policy of this school district that the health and safety of students and staff shall be of primary concern when pesticides are used to control weeds, molds, moss, fungus, rodents, insects and other unwanted pests.
Pre-notification will be provided to requesting parents, guardians, District staff and any other interested persons. See link above.
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment
The District, in accordance with the PPRA, has established Policy No. 3232 Parent and Student Rights in Administration of Surveys, Analysis or Evaluations.
It is the intent of the Board of Directors of the Steilacoom Historical School District that all students, teachers, administrators, and parents have access to and understanding of the state laws and regulations governing student rights, responsibilities and due process. This brochure presents these laws and regulations, along with a summation of district policy.
Public access to District Records is addressed in Policy and Procedures 4040, Public Access to District Records, Community Relations. Written requests are to be submitted to the District Public Records Officer.
Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1
511 Chambers Street
Steilacoom, WA 98388
Sexual Harassment (staff and students)
It is the policy of the Steilacoom Historical School District that there be no discrimination against any student on the basis of sex. In keeping with that policy, the district will not tolerate sexual harassment of or by any of its employees, students, volunteers or parents. Sexual harassment is a violation of the district's rules of conduct for the work place and/or educational setting.
At a minimum sexual harassment recognition and prevention and the elements of this policy will be included in staff, student and regular volunteer orientation. This policy shall be posted in each district building in a place available to staff, students, parents, volunteers and visitors. The policy shall be reproduced in each student, staff, volunteer and parent handbook.
Washington state law (Chapter 4.92 RCW) requires a Standard Tort Claim Form to be submitted when filing a tort claim against the Steilacoom Historical School District. Standard Tort Claim forms cannot be submitted electronically (via e-mail or fax) but must be mailed or delivered to the address noted in the forms packet.
Statement of Nondiscrimination
Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 provides equal access to all programs or activities without discrimination based on race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Allegations or concerns can be reported to the following staff:
Issues related to Title IX, Title VII, ADA, Civil Rights
Susanne Beauchaine, Executive Director for Human Resources
511 Chambers Street
Steilacoom, WA 98388
If you are a parent of a student at a school that receives Title I funds, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
- Whether the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
- Whether OSPI has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances that have caused OSPI to waive the licensing or qualification criteria.
- The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
- Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.
Schools in the Steilacoom Historical School District that receive Title I funds for the 2023-2024 school year are: Anderson Island Elementary and Cherrydale Primary.
If you would like to receive any of this information, please submit your written request to our Director of Teaching & Learning, Laurie Vallieres at firstname.lastname@example.org.