As a public agency, Everett Public Schools abides by all state and federal notification requirements. Those notifications appear in links below and within the online library of Policies and Procedures.
Students and families may be most interested in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook which is given to each student each year.
Public Records Act
The District recognizes the importance of public records as the record of the acts of the District and the repository of such information. The public has the right under law to inspect and procure copies of such records with certain exceptions. The public records of the District shall mean any account, voucher or contract dealing with the receipt or disbursement of funds; with acquisition, use or disposal of services or of supplies, materials, equipment or other property; or with any minutes, orders or decisions fixing the personal or property rights, privileges, immunities, duties or obligations of any person or group.
Annual public hearing about proposed school district budget
The annual budget cycle begins in winter with the district finance office preparing a budget for the upcoming school year.
Each summer, the School Board holds a public hearing about the planned budget. The first reading of the budget is usually in July and there is a public hearing on the budget in August in time for a board-approved budget to be sent to the Office of Public Instruction in Olympia by August 31.
Any person may attend this public hearing to speak on any aspect of the budget. Copies of the proposed budget are available on BoardDocs.
The EPA requires Everett Public Schools to notify the school community when 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.
Everett Public Schools is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. In order to ensure respect and prevent harm, it is a violation of Policy 3205 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. Mandatory sexual harrassment awareness training is an annual requirement for Everett Public Schools employees.
If your child feels he/she has been harassed or bullied, the incident(s) should be reported immediately to a teacher, counselor, or principal. Children bullied on the bus may report information to the Transportation Supervisor.
- Title IX / Civil Rights Compliance Officer and ADA Coordinator
Dr. Chad Golden
The 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires all school districts to locate, evaluate and provide services for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children between the ages of birth and 21, who may have a disability. If you are concerned about your infant, toddler or preschooler's development or if you have a school-age child or adolescent who is having learning or behavioral difficulties, call the counselor at your child's school or contact Jodie Moyer in Preschool Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-385-5777.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records.
Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Children from households that meet Federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price lunches. Reduced price meals cost each eligible student 40¢. To apply for free or reduced price meals the applicant must complete a District Application Form requesting free or reduced price lunches.
Everett Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
The following employees are designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Executive Director of Human Resources, Equity and Access, District Title IX Officer, District Affirmative Action Officer, Section 504 Coordinator, and ADA Coordinator. They can be contacted in writing at 3900 Broadway, Everett WA, 98208 or by telephone at 425-485-4000. Everett Public Schools will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all educational programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Christopher Fulford at 425-385-4030 or email@example.com.
- Executive Director of Human Resources / Title IX / Civil Rights Compliance Officer and ADA Coordinator
Dr. Chad Golden
- 504 Coordinator
Possession of Firearms
Possession of firearms on school property will result in a one year mandatory expulsion, subject to appeal with notification to parents and law enforcement. (RCW 28A.600.420)
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232h) is a federal law that affords parents of elementary and secondary students certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams.
Tax Status Assurance
Everett Public Schools is a public school/educational institution/governmental entity. As such, we offer the following tax-status assurance in conjunction with pending grants being considered for our district.
Everett Public Schools is a qualified recipient under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code for pending grants or contributions which may be received. Contributions/donations/grants accepted by Everett Public Schools will be used in accordance with the laws governing school districts and the use of public funds in the State of Washington. Accordingly, grants awarded to the school district may be tax deductible by the grantor or contributor as allowed by law.
Title I Schools: No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Request for Public Records
If you are a parent of a student at a school that receives Title I funds, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
- Whether the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
- Whether OSPI has decided the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances that have caused OSPI to waive the licensing or qualification criteria.
- The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
- Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.
Schools in Everett Public Schools that receive Title I funds are: Emerson, Garfield, Hawthorne, Jackson, Lowell and Madison Elementary Schools. Title I under the No Child Left Behind federal law distributes funding to schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families.
For further information about the state and federal requirements for the Title I Program and LAP program, please see the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction website. You can also contact Christopher Fulford, Director, Categorical Programs at 425-385-4030.
Everett Public Schools complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate in education programs, services, and activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/RCW 28A.640 officer and/or Section 504/ADA coordinator.
- District Title IX Officer
Dr. Chad Golden
Formal Grievance Process
Any person who believes Everett Public Schools has failed to provide reasonable accommodation or discriminated against them because of their disability may discuss their grievance with the District's General Council within 30 days of the incident. If the individual feels he/she cannot approach the General Counsel because of his/her involvement in the alleged discrimination, the individual may directly contact the Superintendent of Everett Public Schools before pursuing formal procedures.
The district will attempt to informally resolve the complaint and shall notify the complainant within thirty (30) calendar days of a proposed resolution.
- Title IX / Civil Rights Compliance Officer and ADA Coordinator