The EPA requires the South Kitsap School District 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. For more information, contact the Facilities Department at 360-874-6000.
South Kitsap School District conducts regular activities to identify children with disabilities, aged birth through 21 years of age. A disability may present a delay in learning, speech or language, motor skills, or social and emotional abilities. Parents or staff that suspect a school aged child of having a disability shall contact their neighborhood school's School Psychologist or Principal. A school aged child is defined as those kindergarten age eligible through 21 years of age. Parents and caregivers of children not yet old enough to attend kindergarten should contact the Early Childhood Coordinator at the Office of Special Education.
Regular screening and assessment activities are conducted to identify preschool-aged children (approx. 3-5 years) that may have a disability and be in need of special education services. Screenings are generally held once per month and one week each July.
If you believe your child may have a disability and you are interested in having him or her screened, please contact the Office of Special Services at (360) 443-3625
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights with respect to their student's education records. They are:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records;
- The right to request the amendment of student's education records that the parent or eligible students believes are inaccurate or misleading;
- The rights to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent; and
The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education.
Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Qualifying students are eligible for free or reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches. Free/reduced applications will be sent to all families at the beginning of the school year. Applications can also be obtained at any time during the school year at your child's school office or on the district website at https://sksdfoodandnutrition.com/
The South Kitsap School District strives to provide students with optimal conditions for learning by maintaining a school environment where everyone is treated with respect and no one is physically or emotionally harmed. In order to ensure respect and prevent harm, it is a violation of district policy 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. The school community includes all students, school employees, school board members, contractors, unpaid volunteers, families, patrons, and other visitors. Student(s) will not be harassed because of their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics. Any school staff who observes, overhears, or otherwise, witnesses harassment, intimidation or bullying or to whom such actions have been reported must take prompt and appropriate action to stop the harassment and to prevent its re-occurrence.
Link for more information on HIB
McKinney Vento (Homeless Resources)
South Kitsap School District's Wellness & Support Department can provide information to assist students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year. We work closely with local shelter and housing providers, local community agencies and resources. Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), Kitsap County and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act was authorized by Congress, December 2001, as part of the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) December 2015. The purpose of the Act is to remove barriers to education for homeless/transitional students and provide educational support and stability.
Who is eligible for Homeless (McKinney-Vento) Assistance and Services?
Any child or youth, including migrant and unaccompanied youth, who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and McKinney-Vento eligible for assistance and services. This includes children and youth who are temporarily sharing housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship, those living in hotels, camping grounds, emergency shelters, cars, bus or train stations. We provide assistance with:
- Maintain attendance at the school of origin, or current school for the remainder of the current school year (if this is in the child's best interest and feasible) or enroll in the neighborhood school where currently residing.
- Transportation assistance if needed.
- Free food services.
- Appropriate support programs for which they are eligible such as gifted, children with disabilities, vocational education and preschool.
- Assistance obtaining records and documentation.
- Academic assistance through the district's federally funded Title I program.
- Parent or guardian involvement in school activities.
Homeless Education Liaison
Pest Management Pre-Notification
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.
All students receive a combination of report cards and parent-teacher conferences during the school year to report on their progress. Parents may request status on a student’s grades from a teacher at any time or arrange to visit a classroom by contacting the school.
- Elementary students (grades K-5) are on a trimester schedule and receive a report card at the end of each trimester. Conferences are held twice a year.
- Middle school students (grades 6-8), operate on a semester system. Students receive report cards twice a year and conferences are held twice a year.
- High school students (grades 9-12) operate on a semester system and report cards are issued at the end of each semester. Conferences are held twice a year.
View your child's school Report Card on the OSPI website. Type in your school's zip code to find your school. Paper copies are also available by contacting the South Kitsap School District Teaching and Learning Department at 360-874-7000. Our state also participates in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing in grades 4 and 8 in Math and Reading. There is no district level data reported, only state level data in relation to national achievement levels.
Requests for Information
In 2004, the Washington State Legislature passed a law requiring school districts to annually notify parents of their right to request public information about their school district. If you would like to make a Public Disclosure Request, please call 360-874-7013.
Rights & Responsibilities - A Student, Parent, and School Personnel Handbook
The purpose of the Rights & Responsibilities handbook is to familiarize students and families with their rights and responsibilities in helping maintain a dynamic, responsive, and nurturing learning environment. Please refer to this handbook for policies pertaining but not limited to:
- Student Conduct
- Student Alcohol and Drug Use
- Bus Conduct
- Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
- Medication at School
- Student Dress
- Electronic Mail and Internet Use
Please review the Rights & Responsibilities document with your student(s) so they understand their personal rights and responsibilities. The first page of the handbook contains the 'Acknowledgement of Receipt' form which parents and students are required to read, sign, and return to their school. This form must be completed and returned to school each year. Due to budget constraints, the district has limited copies of the handbook. If you DO NOT have access to the internet and need a handbook provided to you, please contact your school office or for those with access, you can download the handbook at www.skschools.org
Special Education Services
The District offers special education and related services to students who have a disability that creates an adverse impact on educational performance and requires specially designed instruction.
Special services for students who qualify may include support in the area(s) of learning, social development, daily living, behavior, motor and communication skills. Special education services are designed to allow students to actively participate in general education instruction to the maximum extent appropriate. Federal and state laws require school districts to provide free and appropriate public educational programs in the least restrictive environment to eligible students determined to have a disability.
Special Education Screening is available for all children (birth to 21 years old) suspected of having delays in learning, motor skills, speech or language, or social skills. Monthly screening dates are held by the Office of Special Education. For a screening appointment, parents should call 360-443-3625. Parents of school-age students concerned with their child's educational performance should contact their neighborhood school's principal or school psychologist. Parents are actively involved in the planning of special education services through their participation in an annual meeting to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Parents are encouraged to become involved in their child(ren)'s programs by participating in school and district committees and organizations.
Statement of Nondiscrimination
The South Kitsap School District provides equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation – including gender expression or identity, marital status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Equal access to activities, facilities and program is provided to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. District procedure complies with all applicable state and federal laws.
The Title IX Officer, Section 504 Coordinator, and Gender Inclusivity Officer with the responsibility for monitoring, auditing and ensuring compliance with this policy are:
Compliance/ADA/Title IX Coordinator:
Executive Director of Human Resources
2689 Hoover Avenue SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Section 504 Coordinator:
Assistant Director of Health Services
2689 Hoover Avenue SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Gender Inclusivity Compliance Officer:
Dr. Tom Edwards,
Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement
2689 Hoover Ave SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Title I Parent and Family Engagement
The board recognizes that parent and family engagement helps students participating in Title I programs achieve academic standards. To promote parent and family engagement, the board adopts the following policy, which describes how the district will involve parents and family members of Title I students in developing and implementing the district's Title I programs. To read the entire policy, visit: www.skschools.org/district/policies and search for Policy 4130.
A hard copy of the policy is available by calling 360-874-7060.
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