Expectations and Rules
Puyallup School District
*All information contained in this presentation comes directly from the
Puyallup School District Elementary School Rights and Responsibilities
Handbook. Some information may have been revised or paraphrased.
Raise your hand if you can tell me
why we should have rules at school?
Safety of students, teachers, staff, and visitors
Promotes a positive, orderly learning environment,
free from chaos, harm, and unwanted disruptions
Makes the school a place you would want to come
Promotes fairness and respect for all
Students should learn and model good citizenship
and proper social behavior
Gives all students a chance to learn in a safe and
Can you think of any other reasons?
Rules and expectations
are important and
Levels of Behavior and
• Level 1 - Yellow slides – offenses resulting
in classroom and/or school discipline
• Level 2 - Orange slides - offenses which
may result in suspension or expulsion
• Level 3 - Red slides – offenses which are
EXCEPTIONAL and may result in
suspension or expulsion regardless of
whether or not it was a first time offense
IN SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
• Discipline means all forms of corrective
punishment other than suspension or expulsion.
• Classroom disciplinary actions may be imposed in
lieu of or in addition to school disciplinary actions.
• School disciplinary actions may be in addition or
in place of in-school or out-of-school suspensions,
depending on the situation. School administrators
will decide on appropriate disciplinary measures.
Cheating or Plagiarism
• Students who plagiarized materials, in
whole or in part, in papers or projects,
provide work to be plagiarized or are
involved in any other form of academic
cheating shall be subject to disciplinary
action and/or failure of an assignment or
project for a first offense.
• Progressive discipline will be applied for
Damaging School Property
• Students who damage school or other
property will be liable for damages to the
extent permitted by law. The
student/parent or guardian will be held
• Any student found damaging, losing,
defacing school property will be required
to pay for the damage or loss.
• Emergency drills are to be taken seriously.
• Students are expected to maintain
classroom conduct throughout the entire
drill and to become informed of the exit
route for each of their classrooms.
• In the event of an actual emergency or
drill, students must comply with all
• Any student participating in an extra
curricular activity/contest shall be
expected to attend and participate in
class on the day of the scheduled
• Failure to comply may result in a
student being ineligible to participate
in the activity/contest.
Failure to Comply with
• All school rules and regulations apply
to conduct on a school bus.
• Misconduct may result in removal of
bus riding privileges as well as other
forms of corrective action
appropriate to the situation.
• Knowingly reporting or causing the
reporting of false facts regarding
misconduct or other information to
school officials likely to cause an
official response, or corroborating of
such information is prohibited.
Failure to Participate in PE
or Wear Appropriate PE
• All students are expected to
participate in fitness activities.
• Appropriate athletic shoes and
clothing that allows for movement
and modesty are recommended.
• Failure to comply may negatively
affect student’s P.E. grade.
Food or Beverages
• Gum chewing is not allowed at school.
• Food and beverages will be consumed
in designated areas.
• Gambling on school grounds is not
• Students passing through the halls
should be as quiet as possible.
• No horseplay is allowed, including
(but not limited to) running, tripping,
pushing, and sliding down banisters.
• No eating is allowed in hallways and
stairways, and students are expected
to pick up litter following lunch and
leave their lunch areas clean.
• Garbage cans are to be used to
• Loitering is not allowed in any hallway or on
campus during the day or before/after
• After school, a student is expected to go
home promptly after the last class, unless
attending a school activity.
Misconduct and General
• Students are expected to behave in a
manner that is conducive to a learning
• Behavior that is detrimental to obtaining a
positive learning environment is prohibited.
• Failure to behave accordingly may result in
the student being denied participation in
school activities such as field trips,
assemblies, or other school events.
• Swearing, profanity, vulgarity,
inappropriate gestures, obscenities
or other lewd speech is prohibited.
Public Displays of Affection
• Students are expected to exercise
self-control and respect for the
reputation of others.
• Kissing and inappropriate displays of
affection are not allowed.
Search and Seizure
• School authorities may seize any
contraband (illegal or unauthorized)
substance or object.
• Students must comply with a reasonable
search by school authorities including
lockers, desks, motor vehicles, backpacks
or bags, or purses.
Selling Items at School
• The conducting of private business or
selling of unauthorized items is
• Property may be confiscated and law
Skates, Skateboards, In-
Line Skates, Scooters, and
• Students are prohibited from and
sort of wheeled riding devices.
• These items may be confiscated.
• This applies to all District properties
at all times.
Valuables at School
• Large sums of money and other valuable
items should be left at home.
• Articles of value for class display should
be locked in a teacher’s cabinet or checked
in at the office.
• The District assumes no responsibility for
loss to student’s personal property.
• Students are responsible for the
condition of and/or loss of their
books at the end of the school year.
• A fee may be charged for lost,
stolen, or damaged textbooks.
OFFENSES WHICH MAY
RESULT IN SUSPENSION
(IN-SCHOOL OR OUT-OF-SCHOOL)
• The following offenses may result in
an in-school or out-of-school
• Classroom disciplinary actions may be
imposed in addition to a suspension,
depending on the offense.
• All students are expected to be regular in attendance.
A pattern of absenteeism is cause for disciplinary
action and/or suspension.
• A student is considered unexcused when he/she misses
all or part of a class period without teacher or office
• Parents/guardians must take responsibility for
students who miss the bus. A missed bus, missed ride,
or car problems is not a valid excuse for an absence or
• Excused absences may include illness, medical/dental
appointments, appointments/services, bereavement,
family emergency, court appearances, or planned
Leaving School Grounds
without Proper Consent
• Permission in writing from the office
must be obtained to leave the campus
at any time after arriving on school
grounds. Parent/guardian and office
approval must be granted.
• Students leaving without permission
will be considered unexcused.
• Students are considered tardy when they are not
in their classrooms when the bell rings for the
beginning of the school session.
• After 3 tardies, notice may be given to the
student and parent/guardian and corrective
• After the 5th tardy during a trimester, a parent
conference may be held and student assigned
appropriate discipline, which may include but is
not limited to suspension from school.
Early Dismissal and Re-
• All arrangements for early dismissal or
late arrivals must be arranged through the
• If a student needs to be dismissed early,
he or she must have a note from his/her
parent/guardian and sign out in the office.
Dress and Appearance
• Students are to come to school well-
groomed and appropriately dressed.
• Dress/appearance must not present
health or safety problems, nor be
vulgar, offensive, or cause disruption.
• Clothing styles must not create
conflict or be intimidating.
Dress and Appearance
• Clothing that is degrading, harassing,
hostile, intimidating, offensive, or
discriminatory is also prohibited.
• Teachers, in consultation with school
administrators, may restrict
appearance and attire, including
footware, with special consideration
for safety and health issues.
Dress and Appearance
• No clothing with words, depictions or
themes related to alcohol, tobacco,
or drug use, gang affiliations.
• No sexually oriented text, themes, or
• Except for t-shirts, all
undergarments must be covered at all
Dress and Appearance
• Pants are not to be sagging.
• Skirts and shorts must not be any higher
than the middle of the thigh.
• Blouses, shirts, and tops must not expose
the waist, hips, midriff, or shoulders.
• No tube, tank, one-shouldered, low-cut,
halter, spaghetti strap, see-through, or
bare-back tops. (3-finger test for straps)
Dress and Appearance
• No jewelry that presents safety hazards,
such as safety pins, chains, etc.
• No hats or head covering may be worn in
the building during school hours.
• All students must wear shoes. Sandals
with heel straps are permitted. No flip-
flops (see fitness attire section.)
• Sunglasses must not be worn indoors.
• Falsely representing or forging a
parent/guardian’s, or staff member’s
signature on any letter to the school,
or any school document will result in
discipline and/or suspension.
Freedom of Expression that
Causes School Disruption
• Distribution of written material, oral
expression, or any other expressive
activity, where substantial disruption
to the educational process occurs or
could occur, is prohibited.
Tobacco Use or Possession
• Students of any age may not smoke,
consume, or possess tobacco products at
any time while on or around School District
– 1st offense: one day suspension, parent
notification, conference, enrollment in a
tobacco cessation clinic, possible law
enforcement citation issued.
– 2nd offense: all of the above except suspension
is lengthened for up to ten school days
– All subsequent offenses: All of the above
except a long-term suspension may be added
• The following behaviors are classified
as Exceptional Misconduct and allow
for short-term and long-term
suspensions regardless of a student’s
past disciplinary record.
• Classroom disciplinary actions may also
be imposed, depending on incident.
Aggressive or Reckless
• Any action that poses a risk of harm
to others or property.
• This includes horseplay.
• Intentionally injuring another.
• Attempting to injure another.
• Threatening to injure another.
• Is considered a more serious
misconduct than fighting.
• A physical altercation (cause of
harm) to another.
• Encouraging or promoting an
altercation between others.
• Communicating an intent to cause
harm to another.
• Making a threat to use a bomb or
other dangerous device.
Alcoholic Beverages or
• The student use of alcohol and other
illegal or prohibited/harmful drugs is
prohibited (law enforcement will be
• No medication is allowed at school
unless under the direction of the
• Possessing, selling, or distributing
materials used in connection with the
ingestion or preparations of drugs, such as
pipes, rolling papers, syringes, and other
items is prohibited.
• Consequences include suspension and/or
• Students charged with, or convicted
of a crime that has a real and
substantial relationship to the lawful
operation and maintenance of the
District may be disciplined,
suspended, or expelled.
Disruption of the
• Students must comply with reasonable
instructions of District personnel.
• Any conduct that interferes or threatens
to interfere with the educational process
• Students creating disturbances may be
guilty of a misdemeanor (RCW
• This includes multiple offenses of less
serious nature or single major offenses.
• Students who possess, traffic in, or
detonate any explosive device which can
result in an explosion or fire on school
property will be suspended or expelled.
The same disciplinary action will be
imposed on look-a-like devices.
• Law enforcement agents will be notified.
False Alarms of Fire or
• Triggering a fire alarm or reporting a
fire or other emergency without
reasonable grounds for such action is
Firearms and Dangerous
• State law prohibits any person to
carry on to school premises, school
transportation, or other school
facilities the following:
» Any firearm
» Any dangerous instrument or weapon
» Any air gun
» Any stunning or shocking devices
» Any object that looks like a weapon
Matches or Lighters
• Using or possessing matches,
lighters, or other fire producing
devices on school property is
• Police and/or fire department
officials may be notified.
• Setting a fire while on school district
property is prohibited.
• Police and/or fire department
officials may be notified.
• Student behavior, dress, signing or
symbolism intended to represent
affiliation with an illegal gang will not
be tolerated on school grounds or at
school sponsored events.
Harassment, Bullying, or
• Students may not engage in racial, sexual,
or other forms of harassment,
intimidation, or bullying of students or
• Actions that tend to create, or would
create, if uncorrected, a hostile,
offensive, or abusive work or learning
environments are prohibited.
• Subjecting newcomers to unpleasant,
abusive, or ridiculous treatment is
• Students shall not participate in or
conspire with others to participate in
hazing or acts that may injure, degrade,
disgrace, or put others at risk in any way.
• Willful disobedience of the
reasonable requests of any staff
member is prohibited.
• Students must identify themselves
to all staff members. Failure to do
so will be considered insubordinate
and a threat to school security.
Insults or Abuse
• Insulting or abusing another student
• Students are required to show
respect for authority and any form
of abuse of staff is also prohibited.
Spray Devices (Mace or
• Elementary school aged students are
not allowed to carry these devices.
• Students may not bring any computer
applications, including games, or any
computer hardware to school for any
• District computers cannot be altered in
any way by a student.
• Using cell phones, cameras, or similar
devices that might invade the privacy or
rights of others is a violation of school
• Changing or destroying district computer
files or illegal copying of files will result in
• Possession or distribution of passwords
other than the student’s own is prohibited.
• Inappropriate use of the Internet
connection, network, or an individual
workstation is prohibited.
Theft or Possession of
• Stealing from another person is
• Stealing from a place of business while
under school jurisdiction, including
shoplifting during field trips will result in
denied participation in school activities for
up to 90 days.
• Appropriate law enforcement authorities
may be contacted.
Trespassing on School
• Students are not to enter or loiter
on any School District campus at any
time without proper authorization.
• Students on campus while on
suspension or expulsion are subject
to additional disciplinary action and
arrest for criminal trespass.
• The damage, loss, or defacement of school
or staff property is prohibited and the
student responsible will be required to pay
for the loss.
• Grades and transcripts will be held until
damages are paid for.
• If student/parent is unable to pay for
damages, a work program will be set up in
lieu of payment.
Let’s each take personal
responsibility by pledging to
keep our school a safe,
respectful, and desirable
place for everyone!