• STUDENT RIGHTS

    In addition to individual rights established by law and district policies, students served by or on behalf of Yelm Community Schools will have the right to:

    • High educational standards in a safe and sanitary building;
    • Education consistent with stated district goals;
    • Equal educational opportunity and in all aspects of the educational process freedom from discrimination based on economic status, pregnancy, marital status, sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability;
    • Access to their own education records at reasonable school times upon request;
    • Fair and just treatment from school authorities and freedom from mistreatment and physical abuse;
    • Freedom from unlawful interference in their pursuit of an education while in the custody of the district;
    • Security against unreasonable searches and seizures;
    • The substantive constitutional rights listed in WAC 392-400-215, subject to reasonable limitations upon the time, place, and manner of exercising such rights consistent with the maintenance of an orderly and efficient educational process within limitations set by law, including the right to:
      • Freedom of speech and press;
      • Peaceably assemble;
      • Petition the government and its representatives for a redress of grievances;
      • The free exercise of religion and to have their schools free from sectarian control or influence; and
    • Participate in the development of rules and regulations to which they are subject and to be instructed on rules and regulations that affect them;
    • Establish appropriate channels to voice their opinions in the development of curriculum;
    • Representation on advisory committees affecting students and student rights;
    • Present petitions, complaints, or grievances to school authorities and the right to prompt replies;
    • Consult with teachers, counselors, administrators and other school personnel at reasonable times;
    • Be involved in school activities, provided they meet the reasonable qualifications of the sponsoring organizations;
    • Free election of their peers in student government and the right to hold office;
    • Know the requirements of the course of study, be informed about and know upon what basis grades will be determined;
    • Citizenship privileges as determined by the United States and Washington State Constitution and its amendments; and
    • Annual information pertaining to the district’s rules and regulations regarding students, discipline and rights.

    Students may be subject to discipline for violating district policies and regulations and school rules. The procedures for appealing these actions are found in Yelm Community Schools Board Policy 3241, in Procedure 3241P, and in the state WAC 180-40-240 through 320. In general, these require that student discipline be administered fairly and equitably and be subject to due process considerations. Copies of all policies and procedures, including Policy 3240, Student Conduct Expectations and Reasonable Sanctions, and Policy 4210, Regulation of Dangerous Weapons, are available online at www.ycs.wednet.edu/policies, at the district office and from all school principals.

    OPTIMUM LEARNING ATMOSPHERE

    All students have the right to an education in classrooms where there is an optimum learning atmosphere. The highest consideration must be given to the judgment of a certificated staff member regarding conditions necessary to maintain such an atmosphere. (RCW 28A.600.020)