Discipline Policy


Guidelines for Success

Dear Westgate Parents:

Our goal is to ensure that each Westgate student achieves success. We believe that in order to do so, all students must strive for excellence in academics and in character. The Life Long Learning Skills, listed on the following page, are the basis for our work in character development. We want your child to excel in each of these.

We believe that parents play an important role in helping their child excel in each of the Life Long Learning Skills. We believe that the major role of parents in school discipline is to continually show interest in, and support for their child at school. Please review and discuss these skills, along with the school rules and expectations that follow the Lifelong Learning Skills, with your child.

We believe in a fair and consistent code of discipline and good classroom management. We are working to create an environment where courtesy and kindness prevail, and where there is respect for differences of other people, customs and cultures. We will treat all children with courtesy and respect. When problems arise, we will work positively to find solutions. We will hold students accountable. We believe each student has the final responsibility for the consequences of his/her own behavior.

If your child should exhibit unacceptable behavior at school, you may be asked to help us teach your child an alternative set of behaviors. You may be asked to conference with us and/or support us in selecting appropriate consequences to modify this behavior.

If you want more information on our philosophy of discipline, or information on student rights and responsibilities, please contact the principal, Mr. Baumgartner.

The Westgate Staff



RESPECT: Shows self-respect. Demonstrates empathy and kindness toward others; appreciates diversity; follows classroom and school rules; takes care of classroom and school environment.

RESPONSIBILITY: Exhibits self-control and self management, handling frustration appropriately. Demonstrates good citizenship.

REFLECTION AND SELF-AWARENESS: Shows awareness of own thoughts, feelings, wants and needs and expresses these appropriately. Reflects on and evaluates learning and behavior for the purposes of improvement; sets goals.

COOPERATION: Listens to others; contributes to the group effort; shares materials and responsibilities; helps others.

PROBLEM SOLVING AND DECISION MAKING: Resolves problems in a way that shows consideration for various points of view; can disagree thoughtfully; generates alternatives to personal and interpersonal problems.

INDEPENDENT WORK HABITS: Plans and organizes time and materials; locates information and materials to complete tasks; follows directions; finishes projects and assignments on time; persists when challenged. Asks for help when needed.






Students will display responsible and respectful behavior during recess. Students will engage in safe and inclusive activities on the playground.

Westgate students will:

1. Walk to and from the playground. Go directly to the playground at recess unless special permission is given by your teacher to go to the library or computer lab.

2. Stay on the playground inside designated areas. Permission is needed to leave the playground for any reason including using the restroom or retrieving a ball over a fence.

3. Line up promptly in designated areas when the bell rings. Teachers will establish procedures for returning to their classrooms.

4. Be polite and follow all directions of playground teachers. Use appropriate language at all times.

5. Show respect for others; take turns, play fair, discuss differences calmly, encourage less experienced players.

6. Welcome anyone (within your grade level on the primary side) to play the game and obey the rules. Move a game that interferes with another game that is already being played.

7. Be safe on all playground apparatus. Keep hands on the bars at all times, no penny drops.

8. Keep hands and feet to yourself at all times. Spectators should not interfere with games. There is no “play fighting” at Westgate.

9. Leave rocks, sticks, snow or similar objects on the ground.

10. Keep all toys from home off of the playground.




Students will engage in quiet, cooperative activities in an atmosphere of respect and responsibility.

Westgate students will:

1. Remain in their classroom unless directed to go to another location. Request a bathroom pass from a recess teacher.
2. Work on one of the activities outlined by their classroom teacher.


Students will arrive and leave school in a safe and respectful manner. Staff and parents will assist in keeping students safe, and observe school policies.

Westgate staff will:

1. Assist students as they depart school each day. If a student is late departing the classroom, the teacher will ensure the student makes it to their bus.

2. Supervise to maintain appropriate student behavior.

3. Dismiss on time at 3:10 p.m.

Westgate parents will:

1. Insure students arrive and depart on time. Students must arrive by 8:40 a.m., but not before 8:20 a.m. School ends at 3:10 p.m., or 11:40 a.m. on early dismissal days.

2. Use sidewalks and designated walk areas when picking up or dropping off students.

3. Use the drop-off and pick-up lane when doing so by car.

4. Accompany their child to a safe walkway. For example, students should not walk unaccompanied in the parking lot, so parents should accompany their child from the car to the walkway.

5. Review safe behavior with their children.

Westgate students will:

1. Walk on sidewalks and designated areas.

2. Show responsible and safe behavior while waiting.

3. Walk their bicycles on school grounds and sidewalks. Students biking to school must wear a helmet.

4. Wait respectfully in flex areas before school. Students should not arrive before 8:20 a.m.


Students will display responsible and respectful behavior during assemblies held in the gymnasium and in flex areas.

Westgate staff will:

1. Monitor student behavior throughout the assembly.

2. Model expectations giving full attention to performers and speakers.

3. Arrive with their classes on time.

Westgate students will:

1. Enter the gym quietly and sit in designated areas.

2. Keep hands and feet to self.

3. Watch for signal calling for attention.

4. Give full attention to performers and speakers.


The halls and walkways will be a safe environment where people interact responsibly and respectfully.

Westgate staff will:

1. Accompany their class or large groups of students to and from destinations.

2. Maintain quiet and orderly lines.

3. Ensure students are arriving at specialists and assemblies on time.

Westgate students will:

1. Walk in a calm, quiet and respectful manner.

2. Walk to one side of the hall so that others may pass easily.

3. Demonstrate excellent manners, holding doors for others, yielding to other

classes when appropriate, respecting the activities in classrooms.

4. Have permission to be in the halls and walkways at all times.

5. Wait quietly in lines for lunch.



Students will be safe and respectful when waiting for, and when riding, the bus.

Westgate students will:

1. Report to the line/stop designated for their bus only. No running back and forth

between stops.

2. Go to the end of the line when they arrive. No cutting in line or saving spaces.

If a student needs to leave the line, he or she must re-enter at the end.

3. Keeps hands and feet to self.

4. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, the door has opened, and the

driver has given permission for students to load.

5. Report to the office if they miss the bus after school. Ask for assistance when

they arrive in the office.

6. Remain seated at all times on the bus.

7. Keep voices to a talking level.

8. Follow all rules of the driver.


The Compulsory Attendance Law of the State of Washington demands a great deal of accountability from schools and parents on student attendance. This legal code is a section of what is known as “The Becca Bill,” named after the case of a runaway teen. The law helps schools achieve the goal of improved school attendance and the reduction of unexcused absences and tardies.

The law does not require 6 or 7 year old children to be enrolled in school. However, if they are enrolled, the child's parent must insure that the child attends the school for the full time school is in session.



If your child is going to be tardy or absent from school, please:

1. Call the 24-hour Attendance Line, 425-431-7470, option 1. Please leave a message including your name, your child's name, your child's teacher or room number, and the reason for the tardy or absence.

2. Send a written note when your child returns to school. The note must be received within two days of the absence or tardy. The note should include the date or dates of the absence or tardy, the reason, and the parent/guardian signature.

Help your child arrive in the morning at the recommended time of 8:30 a.m. Students arriving at school after 8:50 a.m. MUST check in at the office BEFORE going to class.

If your child is ill, or has had a fever in the past 24 hours, please keep your child home. We appreciate your child's attendance when healthy, but we are not equipped to care for sick children at school.



Under district policy, an excused absence or tardy is one in which the parent, by phone call and a note, presents a reason for non-attendance. Notification must be within two school days of the child's return to school. The acceptable reasons for an excused absence or tardy include:

· Illness

· Medical, dental or other appointment which cannot be scheduled before or after school

· Recognized religious observances

· Family emergency or event such as a funeral or birth

· A prearranged absence or tardy approved in advance by the principal

These criteria guide schools in determining what is an excusable absence or tardy. It is important to note that a parent simply excusing a child's absence or tardy does not make it “excused” under district policy and state law. Not included are absences or tardies for reasons that might be detrimental to student learning.

We will excuse up to ten absences with only a parent note or phone call. However, absences above ten may not be excused without a note from a physician. If you child has excessive absences, it is the responsibility of the parent to contact the principal to discuss the absences.


We know that all family vacations may not fall during scheduled breaks and may require time away from school. Please contact the main office in advance to get approval for absences due to family vacations.



Frequent tardiness of even a few minutes interferes with an individual student's performance. Arriving late may also disrupt other students. Students who are tardy without parental excuse will be required to make up class time at their recesses. Students who take advantage of our school's breakfast program will be allowed to bring their meals to the classroom so they will not be late.

To be “excused,” a tardy must meet the same general criteria as an excused absence (see previous section). Again, it is important to note that a parent simply excusing a child's tardy does not make it “excused” under district policy and state law. Not included are tardies for reasons that may be detrimental to student learning. Tardiness clearly due to circumstances beyond a parent or student's control, such as a late bus, will be excused.


We discourage early dismissals during school hours, but understand that sometimes a child may have a doctor, dental or other appointment that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours. In the event it is absolutely necessary, please send a note to your child's teacher indicating when you want your child to meet you at the office. Please come to the office, not the classroom, to collect your child and sign him or her out. Children will be released only to the parent, guardian, family member, or adults who are designated as emergency contacts on the registration forms sent home at the start of every school year. Children may not leave school grounds until an authorized person has signed them out at the school office.



Homework is an integral part of our instructional program. It assists in reinforcing basic skills and concepts, and it teaches study and organizational skills.

Homework can assist in teaching responsibility, perseverance, and self-discipline. It also reinforces the value of a good education, which assists our students in becoming successful citizens.

Homework at Westgate will vary, depending on the grade level of the student. Generally, our expectations for time spent on daily homework should equal approximately 10 times their grade level. Therefore, Kindergarten and 1st Grade would spend 10 minutes, 2nd grade 20 minutes, 3rd grade 30 minutes, and so on. Since all grade levels encourage daily at-home reading, this homework allocation would be in addition to their daily reading time. As a general rule, Kindergarten -3rd should read for 15-20 minutes, and 4th-6th grade students should be reading over 30 minutes daily.

Our number one request of you is to please read to, or with your child every day. This simple investment of time will reap lifelong benefits for your child's success in reading, and ultimately greater success with their learning.

At the primary level, Kindergarten through 3rd Grade, the students are learning to read, whereas at the intermediate level (4th-6th Grade) the students are reading to learn. You will notice that the homework at these two levels will be different, based on their unique learning goals. The same applies with mathematical concepts. Basic skills reinforcement is always appreciated, such as basic math facts drills, handwriting practice, and sight word/spelling vocabulary.


There are several ways to help your children at home:

· Provide a quiet place for them to study and read.

· Assist your child with a consistent plan and schedule for completing their homework. Encourage them to consider their schedule for sports, free time, relaxation/family time, and bedtime.

· Encourage them to work independently as much as possible. They should be practicing skills learned or applying skills to a project. If your child struggles with homework consistently, please call the teacher. Do not complete homework for your child. Please encourage them, prompt if needed, and motivate them to complete it daily, consistently.

· Communicate with the teacher if you have questions. We value our two-way communication with you and invite you to call any time, preferably before or after school hours.

Your child's teachers will be providing their homework guidelines for you during Curriculum Night. If you lose your copy, please feel free to give them a call. Your 4th –6th grade child will also have their homework guidelines in their notebooks.



Common grading standards and expectations exist within a grade level and are compatible with adjacent grade levels. Students are made aware of expectations

and are informed of their progress throughout the grading period. Formal reports to students and parents are scheduled two times each year. All teachers are prepared to provide informal information as needed and will send home a written statement of their grading policies and procedures in the fall.

Parent conferences are a vital link in effective parent-teacher communications. Formal conferences will be held with parents in October and informal conferences may be called by either parent or teacher whenever necessary. We encourage parents to contact the teacher at any time during the year if they have questions about their child's school performance.



(What to do if you have a Problem or Concern)

Communication is essential for successful relationships and organization success. To that end, we will use the following guidelines for communication. Questions and feedback are important in the continuous improvement process. It is important that we have this conversation in a respectful, civil manner. Even when we disagree, it is important that we work hard to be role models for our students about how conflicts are resolved in a positive manner.

1. Contact the staff member directly responsible for the issue you have a concern about. Share your concern, the facts or views you have. Be as clear as possible about what information you need or what you would like to have happen.

2. The school principal or supervisor of the program (such as Transportation) is also a valuable source of information. If you do not know whom to contact, the supervisor or principal can help. This step is also necessary if your concerns were not answered in Step 1.

3. If you are not satisfied with the answer or proposed solution to your concern at the principal/supervisor level, contact the Educational Services Center (ESC) at 425-431-7000, to speak with the administrator responsible for that school or program. In some circumstances, a formal hearing or review committee exists to review the matter. In all cases, we will review the issue with you and others concerned in an effort to reconcile the concerns and move forward.

4. If your concern is about a district-wide matter or about a superintendent-level decision, please contact the Superintendent's Office at 425-431-7003.

5. If you have a question about Board policy or are not satisfied that the above process has produced a result you can accept, the Board of Directors will review your concern. In some matters, like student discipline, the Board may make a decision about the issue. In some cases, the Board of Directors is the final decision making body, while some matters may be appealed to other authorities. Personnel and individual student matters are handled in closed sessions with the Board. Other matters may be presented to the Board in writing or at their regular meetings (usually the first and third Tuesday of each month).

This process is not to be used in a retaliatory manner.



The Edmonds School District recognizes that the use/abuse and possession of alcohol, controlled, illegal, addictive, or harmful substance(s), including anabolic steroids, is a societal problem and may represent impairment to the normal development, well being, and academic performance of students. To ensure the safety, health, and well being of all students, the district is committed to the development of a program which emphasizes prevention, intervention, aftercare support, and necessary corrective actions.

The district also recognizes the effects to the school, home, and community resulting from drug and alcohol use/abuse. While the primary obligation to seek assistance rests with the student and his or her parent or guardian, school staff shall work with the home and community to develop and implement a comprehensive prevention and intervention program.

Part of the responsibility is to inform parents each year of the district's policy on student use of drugs/alcohol. This policy is as follows:

Any student who is under the influence of, or who possess, sells, offers for sale, or distributes alcohol or any controlled substances or drug paraphernalia will be considered under the disciplinary category of exceptional misconduct, which warrants an immediate resort to a short-term or long-term suspension or expulsion.




By Washington state law and by Edmonds School District policy, acts of harassment, intimidation or bullying will not be tolerated in schools. (Our Westgate Discipline Policy provides specific consequences for this behavior.)

Harassment, intimidation or bullying is defined as an intentional written, verbal, or physical act which:

1. Physically or emotionally harms a student or damages the student's property; or

2. Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or

3. Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or

4. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written, verbal or physical actions.

School employees, students, parents or volunteers who have witnessed, or have reliable information that a student has been subjected to such acts, are encouraged to report incidents to an appropriate school official.



By Washington state law and by Edmonds School District policy, the issuing of a threat against individuals or against district property will be taken seriously.

Individual-directed threats of violence or harm are communications that create fear of physical harm to a specific individual or individuals, communicated directly or indirectly by any means.

Building-directed threats of violence or harm are direct or indirect communications, by any means, of the intent to cause damage to a school building or school property or to harm students, employees, volunteers, patrons or visitors.

Staff, students, volunteers, and others involved in school activities have the responsibility to report any threats of violence or harm to designated school officials. Persons found to have made threats of violence or harm will be subject to relevant district discipline policies and will be referred to appropriate community agencies, including law enforcement and mental health services.

The district has established a Safe Schools Tipline that is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take calls from people who may not be comfortable talking directly with staff at the school level. It is a fast, effective and safe way to let school officials know about unsafe situations without worrying about being identified as the source of the information. Call 425-431-7010 any time.

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