Frequently Asked Questions

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I. QUESTIONS

 

A. REGISTRATION

  1. How do I enroll/register my child for school?
  2. How do I find out about your FREE full-day Kindergarten program?
  3. We live in another school district.  How do we transfer our student(s) into the Granite Falls School District?
  4. I am a current or former student and need to request a copy of my transcript. How do I do this?

B.  STUDENT LIFE

  1. What time does school start and end each day?
  2. What rights do I have as a parent in regards to release of student information?
  3. How can I find out how my child is doing academically?
  4. What types of student services does Granite Falls School District offer?
  5. What supplies should I send with my child for the coming year?
  6. How do I find out if my student is eligible to participate in sports and how do I sign them up?
  7. Does the District have a transitional bilingual program to assist students who are English-as-a-Second-Language Learners?
  8. What is the cost for school meals and where can I access the school menus?
  9. Do you have Career and Technical Education programs?
  10. Are Alternative Education and Special Education programs available?
  11. Does the District offer driver’s education?

C.  STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. What are my student rights and responsibilities?
  2. How can another member of my family have access to student information and / or pick up my child from school?
  3. What is the difference between excused and unexcused absences?  When is a student considered “truant?”
  4. Who do I call about health concerns of my child or other students?
  5. How do I address concerns I have with my child’s school or a district department? With whom can I file a formal complaint?
  6. What are some offenses which would merit a suspension or expulsion?
  7. Who do I talk to about my child’s suspension/expulsion?  How can I appeal?
  8. What are the Granite Falls School District requirements for graduating?
  9. How do I get a copy of my transcript, diploma or student records?

D.  DISTRICT INFORMATION

  1. Are there school performance reports available in Granite Falls School District?
  2. Where can I find information on current job openings at Granite Falls School District?
  3. How can I stay informed about district events?  I want to receive information from the school (e.g. newsletters, school updates)
  4. How will I be informed of emergency announcements, or weather-related closure information?
  5. What are the school holidays? Do you have a school district calendar?
  6. Where can I learn about the curriculum, instruction and standards for the school and district?
  7. Where can I access the school district’s budget information?
  8. Who is the Granite Falls School District Superintendent?
  9. How do the school board meetings work? Can I attend meetings?

E.  OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS

  1. Do you hold informational meetings for parents of incoming Kindergartners, 6th and 9th graders?
  2. I was to serve the community by assisting the schools.  How do I get involved?
  3. Is there on-site (before or after school) childcare available?
  4. How do I report harassment, intimidation, abuse or bullying that is going on?

F.  TRANSPORTATION AND FACILITIES

  1. I have a ask question about my child’s bus route, bus stop, pick-up time, bus driver, etc. (?)
  2. I am an outside group looking to use the school’s buildings or facilities, who do I contact?

G.  SCHOOL BOARD

  1. How do the school board meetings work? Can I attend meetings?
  2. Who are the members of the Granite Falls School District Board? How can I get in touch with one/all of the board members?
  3. Are school board “minutes” open public records?
  4. How does the board make decisions?
  5. Can I address the board at school board meeting?
  6. How can I be placed on the agenda if I want to address the board?
  7. I would like to be on the school board, how do I do that? What are the requirements for board members?
  8. How can I access a specific board policy?

Who do I contact if I have questions and still can’t find the answer?


II. ANSWERS

REGISTRATION

  1. How do I enroll/register my child for school?
    The following is required to enroll or register your child at a school within the District: a completed New Student Registration Form, Records of Immunizations, Emergency Information, Consent for Exchange of Information, and Transcript or Academic History. The forms needed to register new or incoming students can be found on the Student Enrollment & Registration page.
  2. How do I find out about your FREE full-day Kindergarten program?
    The Granite Falls School District is now offering all day Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year at no fee.  Children must be five years old on or before August 31, 2014 and have a current immunization record and birth certificate. REGISTRATION AVAILABLE THROUGH AUGUST 28.

  3. We live in another school district.  How do we transfer our student(s) into the Granite Falls School District?
    To apply for another school district, you will need to complete this Out-of-District Request Form. You will need to get signatures from both schools (the school you currently reside and the school you wish to attend). Applications will be considered if there is space available in the grade level at the requested school. For more information, visit the School & District Transfers page.
  4. I am a current or former student and need to request a copy of my transcript. How do I do this?
    For transcript requests, please contact your high school registrar– Porscha Lachapelle (GFHS) or Lori Hanson (CRHS). Be sure to include your (1)name, (2)date of birth and (3)contact information in the request.

STUDENT LIFE

  1. What time does school start and end each day?
    Early Learning Center Preschool
    • Morning session — 8:25 am – 11:05 am
    • Afternoon session — 12:15 pm – 2:50 pm
    Mountain Way Elementary
    • Grades K-2 — 8:40 am – 3:10 pm
    Monte Cristo Elementary
    • Grades 3-5/6 — 8:35 am – 3:05 pm
    Middle School
    • Grades 6 through 8 — 7:35 am – 2:05 pm
    High School
    • Grades 9 through 12 — 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
    Crossroads Alternative High School
    • Grades 9 through 12 — 7:35 am – 2:05 pm
  2. What rights do I have as a parent in regards to release of student information?
    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. For more information regarding these rights, visit the Student Rights/Responsibilities page>
  3. How can I find out how my child is doing academically?
    Skyward Family Access is available for all parents and guardians who want to be more involved with their child’s education. With the Skyward Family and Student Access web portal, you can review your child’s progress with just a “point and click” from your home or office. Skyward Family and Student Access includes a variety of student information, such as attendance, discipline and vaccinations. In some cases, you will also be able to see grades, classroom assignments and classroom messages. Because schools differ, not all access features will be available at all schools.You must have a user name and password to view your child’s information. Contact your child’s school for this information. For more information, go the Skyward Family Access page>
  4. What types of student services does Granite Falls School District offer?
  5. What supplies should I send with my child for the coming year?
    School supplies lists are available on their respective school’s webpages.
  6. How do I find out if my student is eligible to participate in sports and how do I sign them up?
    Information about school-sponsored athletic programs can be found here.
  7. Does the District have a transitional bilingual program to assist students who are English-as-a-Second-Language Learners?
  8. What is the cost for school meals and where can I access the school menus?
    Meal offerings and costs can be found here.
  9. Do you have Career and Technical Education programs?
  10. Are Alternative Education and Special Education programs available?
  11. Does the District offer driver’s education?
    Yes, more information and costs can be found here.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. What are my student rights and responsibilities?
  2. How can another member of my family have access to student information and / or pick up my child from school?
  3. What is the difference between excused and unexcused absences?  When is a student considered “truant?”
  4. Who do I call about health concerns of my child or other students?
  5. How do I address concerns I have with my child’s school or a district department? With whom can I file a formal complaint?
  6. What are some offenses which would merit a suspension or expulsion?
  7. Who do I talk to about my child’s suspension/expulsion?  How can I appeal?
  8. What are the Granite Falls School District requirements for graduating?
    Graduation requirements can be found in the HS and MS student handbooks, as well as on the “Graduation Requirements” webpage.
  9. How do I get a copy of my transcript, diploma or student records?

DISTRICT INFORMATION

  1. Are there school performance reports available in Granite Falls School District?
    School performance reports can be found here.
  2. Where can I find information on current job openings at Granite Falls School District?
    Employment opportunities (certified and classified staff) can be found here.
  3. How can I stay informed about district events?  I want to receive information from the school (e.g. newsletters, school updates).
  4. How will I be informed of emergency announcements, or weather-related closure information?
    Weather-related school closures are notified via FlashAlert
  5. What are the school holidays? Do you have a school district calendar?
    All school-related activities will be posted to the Activities Calendar (PDF version).
  6. Where can I learn about the curriculum, instruction and standards for the school and district?
    Specific information about Washington State curriculum can be found on OSPI, and assessment information can be found here.
  7. Where can I access the school district’s budget information?
    Budget information is available here.
  8. Who is the Granite Falls School District Superintendent?
    Our current Superintendent is Linda Hall.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS

  1. Do you hold informational meetings for parents of incoming Kindergartners, 6th and 9th graders?
  2. I was to serve the community by assisting the schools.  How do I get involved?
  3. Is there on-site (before or after school) childcare available?
  4. How do I report harassment, intimidation, abuse or bullying that is going on?

TRANSPORTATION AND FACILITIES

  1. I have a ask question about my child’s bus route, bus stop, pick-up time, bus driver, etc. (?)
  2. I am an outside group looking to use the school’s buildings or facilities, who do I contact?

SCHOOL BOARD

  1. How do the school board meetings work? Can I attend meetings?
    The School Board meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm, with the exceptions of: July and August, which will be the third Wednesday of the month only. School Board meetings are held at the Administration Office Board Room, located at 205 N. Alder Ave. All meetings will be conducted in an orderly and businesslike manner using revised Roberts Rules of Order as a guide except when such rules are superseded by the Board, bylaws, or policies. The order of business will be indicated on the agenda. The Board agenda will be available to any interested citizen at the Superintendent’s office by the Friday prior to the board meeting. Agendas can also be obtained on the district website. The Board will function through (1)Regular Board Meetings,(2) Special Board Meetings, as well as, Study Sessions, and (3) Emergency Meetings.
    All meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. All actions authorized or required by law must be conducted at a regular or special board meeting. The Board may meet in executive (closed) sessions to discuss matters dealing with personnel, property consideration or employee negotiations. All formal actions (votes) are taken in public sessions. Individuals with disabilities who may need modifications to participate in a meeting should contact the superintendent’s office no later than three days before a meeting so arrangements can be made. Anyone wishing to provide input on policy revisions should contact the superintendent’s office at 360.691.7717.
  2. Who are the members of the Granite Falls School District Board? How can I get in touch with one/all of the board members?
    The Granite Falls School Board of Directors is a group of five community members elected or appointed to represent the community in setting policies and directing school programs. Members are appointed for a two-year term and elected for a four-year term.There are five districts that encompass a specific geographical area of granite falls. Each board member resides in one of these five districts (areas) and represents that district. The Board of Directors, or community members, are comprised of Granite Falls’ Alumni and parents of children attending the Granite Falls School District. As of January 2014, our Board is now made-up of three elected officials and two appointed officials.Board member bios and contact information are posted on the Board of Directors webpage here.
  3. Are school board “minutes” open public records?
    A file of minutes of all Board meetings shall be maintained in the office of the Secretary of the Board to be made available for inspection upon the request of any interested citizen. Minutes are taken for Regular and Special Board Meetings. Minutes are not official (or posted) until approved at a subsequent board meeting. All actions authorized or required by law must be conducted at a regular or special board meeting (no action can be taken during Executive Session). We maintain an online archive of agendas and minutes from previous meetings. Official copies can be obtained by calling the Superintendent’s Office at 360.691.7717.
  4. How does the board make decisions?
    The function of the Board of Directors is chiefly legislative. The Board shall select a superintendent of schools who shall act as executive officer of the Board and administer the school under the policies of the Board, keeping with the wishes of the community, the regulations of the State Board of Education and the requirements of State law and Federal law as stated in the Constitution and the School Code. In carrying out this function, the Board has three general duties:
    1. Formulating and interpreting educational policies.
    2. Delegating the administrative duties.
    3. Making a continuous appraisal of educational progress.All votes on motions and resolutions shall be by “voice” vote unless a roll call vote is requested by the Chairman or other members of the Board. The Superintendent will sit in on all board meetings to make recommendations, but is not allowed to vote on any of the issues. All actions authorized or required by law must be conducted at a regular or special board meeting. The Board may meet in executive (closed) sessions to discuss matters dealing with personnel, property consideration or employee negotiations. All formal actions (votes) are taken in public sessions. the Board will address the Superintendent with any concerns, questions or inquiries that occur during the meeting. If the board votes to approve a mandate, then it is the duty of the Superintendent to carry out that mandate.
  5. Can I address the board at school board meeting?
    The Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings. In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board provides a section on a regular board meeting agenda titled, “Items from the Floor,” in which visitors may comment or present to the Board. Items from the Floor, as a whole, will not exceed 20 minutes in length as an agenda item. If possible, such presentations should be scheduled in advance by contacting the Superintendent’s office.The Board will allow these individuals, after identifying themselves, to express any concerns, inquires, or comments which will not exceed 5 minutes. However, a group of community members sharing the same opinion wishing to comment or present at a board meeting are asked to contact the Superintendent’s Office one week prior to a Board Meeting and these members are encouraged to work with staff to ensure a presentation does not exceed more than 10 minutes. The Board President may interrupt or terminate an individual or group’s statement when it is too lengthy, personally directed (personnel complaints or evaluations are prohibited), abusive, obscene, irrelevant or concerning a legal matter.If a member of the public has a formal complaint of the district, such matters may come before the board through the district’s complaint process, with the final appeal to the board.
  6. How can I be placed on the agenda if I want to address the board?
    If a member of the public has a formal complaint of the district, such matters may come before the board through the district’s complaint process, with the final appeal to the board. Members of the public do not have legal right to place matters on the board agenda. In essence, Board action and discussion is limited to previously published agenda topics. This limitation is based on the legal requirements set forth in RCW 42.30. Those wishing to be included on the agenda, may be considered by calling the Superintendent’s Office at least one week prior to the Board meeting. The Superintendent/Secretary of the Board and the Board President shall be responsible for preparing the agenda for each meeting.
  7. I would like to be on the school board, how do I do that? What are the requirements for board members?
    The Granite Falls School Board of Directors is a group of five community members elected or appointed to represent the community in setting policies and directing school programs. There are five districts that encompass a specific geographical area of granite falls. Each board member resides in one of these five districts (areas) and represents that district. Members appointed may serve the remainder of a vacated term and then once that term is up the individual will be considered for the appointment of a two-year term. All elected members serve a four-year term. Qualified individuals may be considered for appointment or election so long as they: live within the district of the director position that is vacant or open for re-election, are a United States citizen, are a registered voter, and able to meet time commitments. During an election process, candidates will run for a specific position/district and must work with the Snohomish County Elections Office to place your name on the ballot. Candidates who are applying for a vacant mid-term position will look for information on the web, e-newsletters and local newspapers.
  8. How can I access a specific board policy?
    School policies (and the procedures) are posted online in numerical order within each category. Click on a category name below to go to that list of policies.We make every effort to have the most current, up-to-date policies available on-line. However, to verify a specific policy is the most recent version, please contact Melanie Freeman.
1000 – Community Relations 
School and community relations involve communications with the public, participation by the public, public access to staff, students and school facilities and relations with other schools and agencies.
2000 – Administration 
This series includes the duties and authority of the Administration staff, including the Superintendents Evaluation.
3000 – Financial Management
This series includes the non-instructional operations of the District, including finance management, facilities, transportation, food service, health and safety issues, insurance, and records management.
4000 – Personnel
This series includes the conditions of District employment, employment practices, compensation and benefits, leave policies, substitute employment and volunteer practices. Affirmative Action and sexual harassment policies are also included.
5000 – Students
Students, their enrollment and attendance, their responsibilities and rights, discipline, corrective actions, punishment or sanctions, health and welfare issues, records and custody processes and activities are the focus of this series.
6000 – Instruction
The elements of the instructional program, specific arrangements of the school setting, dealing with specific needs for instruction, the use of resources in instruction and measuring student progress are described in this series.
7000 – School Facilities
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9000 –  Board of Directors
This series includes the bylaws of the Board, describes the terms of office and member responsibilities, the methods of governance, meeting structure, principles of operation and growth and development activities.

Who do I contact if I have questions and still can’t find the answer?