Policies and Procedures
In order to support learning plus social and emotional growth, behavior expectations and school climate are emphasized at West Side. The goal is to help children develop caring and respect for self and others plus problem solving abilities. School rules are kept to a minimum and are based upon the following:
- Be safe
- Be responsible
- Be respectful
We encourage you to discuss and emphasize the following with your child:
- Courtesy and respect for others
- Care for school supplies and property
- No bad language or abusive behavior (fighting)
- Proper behavior to and from school
- No sodas, gum, candy, valuables, toys or electronic items
- Wear clothing to school that is appropriate and safe in a learning environment
In addition to these general expectations, detailed information is included in our West Side Family Handbook. The detail of West Side's school rules and their consequences are not intended to be all-inclusive.
The school administrator may be called upon to respond to situations that are not specifically outlined or delineated in our rules of behavior. In those instances the school may refer to Education Code 48900(b) for matters involving dangerous objects, 48900(k) for defiance/disruption (fireworks, gambling, stink bombs, spitting are examples), or another appropriate section of the California Education Code, such as Education Code 48908.
- Ed Code 48900(b) Possessed, sold or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object, unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal.
- Ed Code 48900(k) Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
- Ed Code 48908 All pupils shall comply with the regulations, pursue the required course of study and submit to the authority of the teachers of the school.
Students are taught to problem solve and to take responsibility for their actions and words. Possible consequences include – problem solving during recess, recess or after school restriction, behavior contracts, and/or calls home.
Bullying and Harassment
- Students have equal access to all classes and activities (playground and special events) at West Side School. Harassment and sexual harassment are not tolerated. Complaints are acted upon and documented. Teachers and/or the Principal will inform parents immediately of any bullying or harassing behavior.
West Side School follows District policies and procedures regarding complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment. Copies of the policies are available from our office and on the West Side School website.
West Side Title IX Officer is Kris Menlove, at 1201 Felta Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448, 7070-433-3923.
In the event that your child becomes ill or has an accident at school, you or one of the adults you designate on the emergency card will be notified immediately. Should there be any changes during the year, please inform us. Local emergency telephone numbers are extremely important to have on file at the school office, should you not be home in case of an emergency.
Emergency Radio Station Announcements
In case of an emergency, two stations announce school emergency information: Radio – KSRO – 1350 AM (Santa Rosa) TV – KFTY – Channel 50 (Santa Rosa) Notificación en español (Spanish Announcement): Para nuestras familias que hablan español: En caso de emergency, por favor ponga su radio en una de estas estaciones para recibir un mensaje referente a las escuelas de Petaluma: KRRS 1050 AM (Santa Rosa) o KOFY 1050 AM (San Francisco).
In case of a disaster, the school has detailed procedures to follow to help guarantee the safety of students. Fire drills and disaster drills are held periodically to acquaint students with proper procedures. Should a major disaster occur, children will be kept at school until it is safe and then released to parents, people listed on the emergency card, or someone you authorize.