Resource Handbook


Due to the family nature of our school, sometimes our parents plan impromptu activities and parties for holidays, birthdays, and just for fun. Below are some examples of these opportunities.

All School Functions and Activities

  • Learning Fairs: These are held so that students can highlight their academic achievements.
  • ASB: The Associated Student Body is a student organization that represents the student body. It plans fundraising, community service and extra curricular activities for the student body of Emerson K-12.

Activities at Your Neighborhood School

Students have same access to activities at their neighborhood school. Talk to your neighborhood school about these activities if you are interested.

  • Elementary: These may include before and after school band, choir, orchestra and after school activities sponsored by the school PTA.
  • Middle School/High School: These may include intermural sports, band, and orchestra.

Academic Policies

Classroom Discipline and Management

All teachers have a basic classroom management plan for their classroom. This typically includes such things as: Behavioral expectations, signals for starting and ending activities, procedures to leave class during class time. For more information, please see LWSD Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Course Fees

As a public school, enrollment at Emerson K-12 is free. Some classes, however, require course fees for supplies and materials that are beyond what the school would typically provide for classrooms. Please review the course catalog for costs associated with your student’s classes. Be prepared to pay fees during the first week of classes.

Typical Emerson K-12 classes that have fees include, but not limited to class materials and field trips.


Teacher expectations regarding homework will be included in the class descriptions. These should be considered when registering for classes; teachers expect homework to be completed as it is important part of course content. It is not optional.

Reporting of Student Progress

The regular and ongoing reporting of student progress is required for all Emerson K-12 students. The following is a schedule of the reporting of progress to parents:

Grade Level



Required By


Written Student Learning Plan


WAC 392-121-182

(see Addendum A)


Report Cards

January and June

LWSD #414


Report Cards

Nov, Jan, April, June

LWSD #414


In addition, all students should receive ongoing reports of progress from the teachers. Teachers continually monitor student progress and report to parents. If this is not happening in your student’s classes please notify the Principal. Communication between teachers and parents is critical at Emerson K-12 .

Student progress can and should be monitored regularly by parents by accessing the Skyward gradebook via Parent Access.

State and District Assessment Requirements

Emerson K-12 students are expected to participate in district and state assessments. These assessments provide critical information to help us design educational programs and advise parents of progress/growth and areas of challenge and are required by law. While some parents may have philosophical reasons for not wanting their students to participate, Emerson K-12 is a LWSD public school and as such is required to include all students in these ongoing assessments. Visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website for more assessment information.

Attendance Policy


All state laws and LWSD policies regarding student attendance apply to Emerson K-12.In addition, Emerson K-12 students and parents have additional attendance requirements per the ALE WAC 392-121-182. Regular on-time attendance is critical to student success. Students who frequently miss classes do not do as well academically or socially at Emerson K-12.Students who are frequently late to class also miss valuable instruction and disrupt the learning of others because teachers have to spend time “catching up” kids who are late, interrupting the flow of instruction and classroom activities. While we understand that occasional absences and tardiness may be unavoidable, please be conscientious of the impact attendance has on the learning environment in our classrooms.

If your student will be absent or late, please inform the office staff on or before the absence. Messages can be left 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Students with frequent attendance concerns may be withdrawn from Emerson K-12 and referred for truancy workshops and hearings with King County Juvenile Court.

Responsibility for Attendance

  • Students and parents are responsible for school attendance.
  • The parent or legal guardian of any student who is absent from class is requested to leave a message with the school Attendance Office at 425-936-2311 within 48 hours to verify or excuse any absence. If the parent is aware of an impending absence, please call to notify the school in advance.
  • Parents may not excuse absences for students who are in the building and supposed to be in class.
  • Please see course syllabi regarding late work/make up policies.

Community Expectations

Emerson K-12 is an active community with staff, students, parents and younger siblings all interacting in a limited space. In general, consideration and respect for others in terms of noise level, behavior, etiquette, and food consumption, cover most situations; however the following is a list of specific rules and guidelines that will assist you.

Campus Supervision

K-5th grade parents are required to be on-campus at all times supervising their children that are not contiguously enrolled in classes.6-12th grade parents are not required to be on campus, however, are encouraged to be on-campus weekly to ensure frequent communication with teachers and staff. Secondary parents may be required to be onsite if their student has ongoing behavior concerns.

Common Spaces

We have many common areas at Emerson K-12 and as such they are a Community Responsibility. Please keep this in mind when using any of these areas and be mindful of others by cleaning up after each use and taking your personal belongings with you.

  • Lockers to store family belongings are assigned on a first-come first serve basis. Please see the office if you wish to be assigned a locker.
  • Lost and Found is kept in the Commons. Clothing items and books will be held in the commons for two weeks then the items will be donated to charity. Valuables (watches, jewelry, cell phones, etc.) should be taken to the office if found.


  • The Principal is available to help with any issues or concerns you may have.
  • Please keep conversations in the halls to business matters. If you have concerns related to individual parents, students or staff members, please discuss it directly with that person or the principal and not with a third party.

Nuisance items

  • NO skates, skateboards, scooters on campus. LWSD does not allow these on campus.
  • Cell phones must be silenced in the classroom.
  • Electronic items such as iPods, disc players, game players, etc. should be used with headphones. Please keep them at a volume that does not disturb others and do not use them in classrooms. Follow LWSD Student Acceptable Use Procedures.

Phone calls

Office phones are available for students to use if needed. Calls will need to be kept short.


The photocopier is available for parents to use to make occasional copies for their student. .

Teacher class time

Teachers should not be interrupted during class time. If you need to see a teacher, please schedule an appointment outside of class time or catch them in between classes. If it is a family emergency, please see the office staff.

Dress Code

Minium Coverage Dress Code

In order to facilitate learning for all students, Emerson K-12 requires that student dress and appearance follow health and safety standards and not cause disruption to the learning environment. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to change their clothing, cover up, or go home, if necessary.

The clothed portions of the figure represent both the front and the back areas of the body which must be covered in all positions (sitting, standing, bending, reaching) while attending school.

Upper Torso

  • Clothing must cover stomach, back, shoulders, chest and undergarments.

Lower Torso

  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must be longer than mid-thigh. Undergarments must be covered.


  • Footwear must be worn at all times and be appropriate to the activity.

Additional Guidelines

  • Clothing that promotes drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, is sexually suggestive, or displays inappropriate pictures, writing or innuendo is prohibited.
  • Any clothing worn in a manner identified as gang-related is prohibited.
  • Jewelry that can pose safety hazards is prohibited.
  • Exceptions to dress codes standards may be made for PE or school activities.


During Flu Season

To prevent the passing of germs, we ask ALL students to frequently wash hands with warm soapy water or use the hand sanitizer.

Medical Emergencies/Injury Incidence

If you or one of your children is injured on the Emerson K-12 campus please notify the office immediately. If the injury is life threatening, please call 911 and then notify the office. We do keep basic school emergency items in the office and have staff on site that is trained in First Aid and CPR. If the emergency is such that you can’t report to the office, please ask another parent or student to come to the office. We do have a protocol, policies, and procedures for dealing with medical emergencies. When our administrator is off-site there is a certificated person designated to make decisions in their absence and they are always available by cell phone.

Medication Policy (Quoted from LWSD Board Policy JHCD)

“Under normal circumstances prescribed medication should be dispensed before and/or after school hours under the supervision of the parent or guardian. Medication is defined as all prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs/medications, nutritional supplements and remedies. The oral medication statute requires a written, current and unexpired request from an approved licensed practitioner for the administration of oral medication at school by a non-nurse school staff. The statute also requires a request accompanied by authorization from the parent or guardian.” The School Board policy in its entirety will be distributed to all parents at the beginning of each school year.

Registration Process

Drop/Add classes:

  • Parents/students may drop classes after meeting with their Learning Plan Advisor.
  • Parents/students may add classes at the beginning of a semester after meeting with their Learning Plan Advisor.
  • All students must be enrolled in at least one class with a certificated teacher.

Schedule changes:

The impact of schedule changes effects all classes, so once schedules have been developed, parents/students will have up to two weeks after the beginning of each semester to make changes. Once 2 weeks of the semester has passed, any changes need to be approved by all of the following:

  • Teacher of class being dropped
  • Teacher of class being added
  • Learning Plan Advisor
  • Principal

Full time/Part time status:

Maintaining the relationship of a partnership is an integral part of the Emerson K-12 philosophy. Our focus is to establish a true educational partnership with families, therefore, students will be held to the following status requirements.

Part time students:

*Any grade:2-6 hours in class, no home hours monitored

Full time students:

*Elementary (K-5):28 total hours monitored (6-12 hours in class)

*Middle School (6-8):28 total hours monitored (6-12 hours in class)

*High School (9-12):28 total hours monitored (6-12 hours in class)

High School Credit:

In order to earn high school credit for coursework outside of Emerson K-12 classes:

  • The Lake Washington Request for Credit for Equivalency Course of Study, Appendix B, must be completed as part of the student’s learning plan before the student begins the learning experience.
  • The Equivalency Course of Study must align with district standards and provide a viable assessment. After completion, credit determination will be made by the principal and Learning Plan Advisor.

Registration Instructions

Instructions for Online Registration: (Please read all the way down and follow ALL steps)

  1. Go to and click Students & Families (top left).
  2. Select PARENT ACCESS from dropdown
  3. Click Login to Parent Access. Sign In. If you have not set up an account, you will need to do so before continuing.
  4. Click on Skyward Family Access. Sign In
  5. Click on Schedule.
  6. Click on Requests Courses for 2018-2019 in EMERSON K-12 (located on the right towards the top of the screen under Course Requests).
  7. Find the course you want in the window on the left side and click on it to highlight it.
  8. Click Add Course. It will then be added to the Selected Courses box on the right. Repeat this for each class. If you make a mistake, you can remove a course by selecting it from the Selected Courses column and click Remove Course.
  9. Once finished, close the window by clicking X in the upper right corner.
  10. If you have more than one student, repeat steps 5-9 for all your students.
  11. When you are finished, click Exit in the upper right corner. Your registration is saved as you go, there is not a save button to click.

· Core classes will automatically register your student for second semester.

· You will register for electives for each semester.  Please register for different electives each semester.  Students can repeat an elective if there is space available once registration is completed and all students have had an opportunity  to register.

· This process is for returning families only.  It will not work for new families.


Check in with Office

In efforts to be sure all persons are accounted for during an emergency, we ask that all Emerson K-12 students, parents, toddlers, family, etc. sign in with the office. There is a binder at the office for everybody to do this. If you do not already have a school badge, please use one provided by the office. This tells staff you have checked in and are okay to be on campus. Please pass on to your student(s) to sign in when arriving on campus. When leaving campus, please stop by the office to sign out. Do not sign out before you actually are walking out the door – emergencies can happen at any time & we need to be sure our information is as accurate as possible.

Discipline/Parents On Site

Parents do not need to be on site if students are contiguously in classes, but a phone number where a parent can be reached must be on file in the office (parent may be required to be with students with ongoing behavior concerns).

Dogs are Not Allowed on Campus

In order to manage the risks associated with the presence of dogs on district property, the following restrictions applies to dogs on school grounds and in buildings:

  • No dogs are allowed on district property between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any school day, except for bona fide service dogs. No dogs are permitted in district athletic stadiums at any time, except for bona fide service dogs.
  • At all other times dogs must be leashed and controlled by owners. Owner must clean up after their dogs and remove waste from district premises.

Service Animals:

The Lake Washington School District acknowledges its responsibility to permit students and/or adults with disabilities to be accompanied by a “service animal” as required by federal laws and Washington State’s law against discrimination. This policy governs the presence of service animals in the schools, on school property, including school buses, and at school activities.

A “service animal” means an animal that is trained for the purpose of assisting or accommodating a disabled person’s sensory, mental, or physical disability, RCW 49.60.218 (3) (a).

The parent/guardian of a student who uses a service animal must submit a written request to the building principal/site administrator. The building principal, in consultation with the Section 504 Coordinator or Director of Special Services, as appropriate, will determine how to accommodate the request for use of a service animal.

For reoccurring visits, guide dogs and service animals must have an up-to-date vaccination record on file in the school office where the dog will be located.

A person with a disability may be accompanied by a service animal or guide dog within district property unless the animal’s behavior:

  • creates a fundamental alteration in the nature of the educational setting
  • is not well behaved
  • presents a risk to the health and safety of students and/or staff. A risk to the health and safety of others is one that cannot be mitigated or eliminated by modifying policies, practices, or procedures.

The decision to allow a service animal or guide dog in training will be left up to each site administrator. These animals must have an up-to-date vaccination record on file.

District staff members who wish to have a service animal or guide dog at their work site must request an ADA accommodation through the District’s Human Resources Department.

According to Washington State law (RCW 16.08.040), the owner of any dog that bites a person while that person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place is liable for any damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. The dog owner is personally held strictly liable for the damage inflicted on any persons injured or harmed by the dog physically or emotionally in any manner.

Parent to Parent

Since no supervisory staff is assigned to the hallways, commons, and outdoor area of Emerson K-12, parents may occasionally be in the position of redirecting the behavior of children who are not their own. Whenever possible, find the child’s parent or an Emerson K-12 staff member, so they can directly deal with the child. If the situation is unsafe or serious infraction of school rules, immediately contact the principal or the office staff.

Transportation and Parking Safety

Please be mindful of those around you when dropping off/picking up your student for the day. The small parking lot can get congested quite quickly in the mornings and afternoons. If you are dropping off/picking up, please pull as far forward as

you can so the cars behind you can get into the parking lot and not block traffic on the main road. Also, don’t park and wait in the fire lane. It makes it hard for others to park in the stalls. Thank you!

  • PLEASE DO Drop students off in the parking area in the upper parking lot (near the portables). You may park your car in the designated parking areas. (upper or lower lots).
  • PLEASE DO NOT use the parking lot as a gathering place.
  • The parking lot is busy – use caution, slow speed and watch for small children.



Parents and students desiring to work with a computer or needing to complete homework may ask the office if there is a laptop available to be checked out for onsite use. The Emerson K-12 follows LWSD policy for computers as published in the LWSD Students Rights and Responsibilities.


The school has both a color and black & white printer for student and parent use. Printing is for completing homework assignments. The color printer is a high-end quality printer we will only provide for final copies.


The school uses the LWSD server for storing and backing up saved work. Students must save work to district provided OneDrive or personal USB drive as the individual computers are configured to delete any work saved to the desktop or to the computer.

Other equipment

The school has the following equipment available for student use in technology classes and when applicable for individual assignments: Digital cameras, handheld GPS, Video Cameras, and Lego RCX/motors.

Student E-mail

4th-12th grade students are given a unique email account. The web-based email is in Microsoft Outlook and runs off of a district server. Intended for educational communication, the email is an excellent tool for sending work between school and home.

You can access student email a couple of ways:

  1. via your internet browser
  2. Student Portal via the LWSD website

Student User Names and Passwords

The computers at Emerson K-12 are for the use of all students, staff and parents to further their educational pursuits. To ensure individual student responsibility and protection of their work, each student is given a unique student log-on and password at the beginning of each year. They may reset password once logged on the first time while using a district computer. Passwords cannot be changed at home. As each student’s password is unique, it is important parents ask and know their student’s user name and password. Parents may log onto computers using their Parent Access username and password.

Acceptable Use Policy

Access to the networks, internet and the information technology environment within LWSD network is a privilege and must be treated as such by all users of the network. Please review the LWSD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

Written Student Learning Plans

Written Student Learning Plans (WSLP) are required for all students attending Emerson K-12.The WSLP provides accountability for student learning at school and at home. This includes weekly contact with certificated teacher and monthly progress reports. These plans will be developed by the teacher with parent input following the guidelines that are set in WAC 392-121-182 (see Addendum A).The WAC requires WSLP meetings each calendar month.

WSLP includes:

  • Descriptions of coursework, materials & curriculum.
  • Course goals & objectives tied to state standards.
  • Timelines & evaluation methods.

WSLP Compliance:

  • WSLP aligns with district & state standards and must be completed/approved prior to class attendance.
  • Parents must participate in monthly progress reviews with Student Learning Plan Advisors by completing Monthly Progress Reports.
    • These are due by the 25th of each month.
    • Parents have a few options to participate in progress reports:
      • meet in person
      • discuss over the phone
      • email LPA
    • Parents need to provide progress details (see sample on next page) for both classes at Emerson K-12 and outside of Emerson K-12.
  • Students must regularly attend and participate in class activities and assignments.

Failure to comply with any/all of the above requirements in a timely manner will result in students being withdrawn from Emerson K-12. Once a student is withdrawn for lack of compliance, they may forfeit any ability to return/reenroll.