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Civility Policy

File: ACAA

The Lake Washington School District believes that a safe, civil, and respectful environment is essential to the successful operation of schools. Conversely, uncivil conduct (see definition) interferes with students’ ability to learn, a school’s ability to educate its students, and an administrator’s ability to manage and lead the school community.

Through participation in school activities and/or school sponsored activities, students, staff, parents, community members, and administrators shall be accountable for the promotion of and demonstration of civil conduct, communication, and problem-solving throughout the school district or at locations of school-sponsored activities. The District is committed to support this expectation and will not condone or accept uncivil conduct (see definition) on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, or in verbal, written or electronic communications whether by students, staff, parents, community members, or administrators.

The purpose of the Lake Washington School District’s Civility Policy:

    1. To promote an environment that is safe, productive, and nurturing for students;
    2. To provide students with appropriate models for civil and respectful communication and problem-solving; and
    3. To support respectful and civil interaction and communication among students, staff, parents, community members, and administrators.

Uncivil Conduct:
Definition: Conducting one’s self in a discourteous or disrespectful manner when communicating or interacting with others.

Uncivil Conduct includes, but is not limited to, behaviors such as: directing vulgar, obscene or profane gestures or words at another individual; taunting, jeering, inciting others to taunt or jeer at an individual; interrupting another individual repeatedly or raising one’s voice in anger at another person; imposing personal demands at times or in settings where they conflict with assigned duties and cannot reasonably be met; using derogatory epithets; gesturing in a manner that puts another in fear for his/her personal safety; invading the personal space of an individual after being directed to move away, physically blocking an individual’s exit from a room or location, remaining in a classroom or school area after a teacher or administrator in authority has directed one to leave; violating the privacy of another individual’s belongings (except for lawful searches by school officials conducted in connection with the administration of school rules and applicable laws); or other similar disruptive conduct.

“Uncivil conduct” does not include the expression of controversial or differing viewpoints that may be offensive to some persons, so long as: 1) the ideas are presented in a respectful manner and at a time and place that are appropriate, and 2) such expression does not materially disrupt, and may not be reasonably anticipated to disrupt, the educational process.

Implementation of the Civility Policy:
In all cases, individuals who perceive they have been treated in an uncivil manner will be urged to resolve their concerns promptly through direct or assisted communication with the person(s) at the source of the concern. When this is not possible or appropriate, any person who needs help in identifying and/or using appropriate problem-solving procedures may seek assistance from a school/district administrator or supervisor.

Severe or persistent acts of uncivil conduct may be in violation of other District’s policies such as Human Dignity (ACA), Harassment of Staff (ACB and ACB-R), Staff Conduct (GBCB), Student Rights & Responsibilities (JF and JF-R), Student Conduct (JFC and JFC-R), Threats of Violence or Harm (JFCB and JFCB-R), Student Conduct on School Buses (JFCC), Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying of Students (JFD, JFD-R, JFD‑E), Student Discipline and Corrective Action (JG and JG-R), School-Community Relations Goals (KA and KA-R), Public Conduct on School Property (KGB), Visitors to the Schools (KK and KK-R), Public Complaints (KLD, KLD-R and KLD-E), and Parents’ Rights & Responsibilities (KMAB). Violation of such policies may result in further action as applicable. Nothing in this policy is intended to interfere with the ability of school officials to maintain order and discipline in the schools or to enforce school rules and applicable policies and laws.

The Superintendent or designee shall communicate this policy annually with students, staff, parents, community members, and administrators.

Adopted:
08/17/15

CROSS REFS.:
ACA – Human Dignity
ACB – Harassment of Staff
GBCB –Staff Conduct
JF – Student Rights and Responsibilities
JFC – Student Conduct
JFCB – Threats of Violence or Harm
JFCC – Student Conduct on School Buses
JFD – Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying of Students
JG - Student Discipline and Corrective Action
KA – School-Community Relations Goals
KGB – Public Conduct on School Property
KK – Visitors to the Schools
KLD – Public Complaints
KMAB – Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities
A diverse group of students working cooperatively together

Foundations and Basic Commitments (Reference Code A)

General School Administration (Reference Code C)

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Policies about the school district management, the administrative structure and school building and department administration. Here, you will find the personnel policies that pertain to one the superintendent. See the Personnel section below for all other personnel policies.

Fiscal Management (Reference Code D)

Support Services (Reference Code E)

Facilities Development (Reference Code F)

Personnel (Reference Code G)

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Negotiations (Reference Code H)

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Instruction (Reference Code I)

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Students (Reference Code J)

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School-Community Relations (Reference Code K)

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Education Agency Relations (Reference Code L)