You’ll find a handful of helpful resources on this page to help you navigate the school day, including school supplies, uniform requirements, and other forms or policies you may need to reference.
Scholar Support Services
Technology is an important component of the instructional programming at RVLA. Scholars are expected to use school technology appropriately in class by following teacher directions and expectations at all times. Scholars who misuse technology in class may lose technology privileges.
- Middle and high school scholars (grades 6 - 12) are required to participate in the educational and academic classes offered in the areas of English, Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science, as well as electives.
- High school scholars must fulfill the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Instruction’s 24-credit sequence, successful completion of the SAT or ACT, and completion of Senior Seminar, in order to graduate.
- The RVLA promotion policy ensures that each child is prepared to progress successfully through grade levels in order to prepare for success in high school, college, leadership and life.
- Attendance: In adherence with the RVLA Attendance Policy, any scholar who misses more than 15 days in a semester may not earn promotion ceremony/activity privileges.
- Course Grades: Scholars who fail one or two courses per school year may be required to pass summer school to qualify for promotion. The administration reserves the right to review special cases and allow consideration to be given.
- English Learner Resources: We support all scholars who may need additional English resources and provide a multicultural curriculum to support scholars and families in this effort.
Welcome to the Health Services homepage! Our school nurse works with our staff to promote the safety, health, and well-being of our scholars. If you have any health-related questions, concerns, or updates, please contact the nurse by phone or email:
[Nurse for 20-21 TBD]
Sick Day Guidelines
In order to promote the health of all our scholars and staff, we ask that your scholar stay home if they have any of the following:
- Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Your scholar needs to be fever free for 24 hours
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Your scholar should not return to school for 24 hours following the last episode.
- Cough, runny nose, and/or sore throat
- Pink eye (conjunctivitis): eye redness, itchiness, or discharge
- If your student requires antibiotics, please keep them home until they have taken the antibiotics for at least 24 hours. If your student does not require antibiotics, please submit a note from your healthcare provider when your student is cleared to return to school.
- Taking antibiotics
- If your scholar is taking antibiotics for any reason, please keep them home for at least 24 hours after their first antibiotic dose
Please report any health issue your scholar has that could impact safety and learning at school during registration. You can also contact the nurse directly by phone or e-mail to report new health issues or updates to existing ones. The school nurse will also ask you to fill out a health history survey specific to your student’s health condition. Examples include: Seizures, diabetes, asthma, life-threatening allergic reaction, cancer treatment, and anemia.
If your scholar requires a medication at school, please submit a Medication Authorization form*, which must be completed by a healthcare provider and signed by a parent/guardian. Please turn in the form to the school nurse or front desk when bringing in your scholar’s medication. Note that one form must be submitted for each medication (i.e. if your scholar needs three medications at school, three separate forms should be completed).
Forms are also available at the front desk, which can be picked up any time or sent home with your scholar by request.
In Washington State, all prescription AND over-the counter medications taken at school must be accompanied by a signed authorization form by a healthcare provider. Medications must be in their original containers and will be kept in a locked cabinet in the nurse’s office. With healthcare provider permission indicated on the authorization form, epinephrine and/or albuterol inhalers may be carried by the scholar; no other medications may be carried by the scholar.
Scholars with life-threatening health conditions must have orders and medications in place before they can attend school.
*This form is also available at the front desk, which can be picked up any time or sent home with your scholar by request.
Medical Treatments or Procedures
If your scholar needs a medical treatment or procedure during school areas, please have your scholar’s healthcare provider complete a Medical Procedure Authorization form*, which can be submitted to the school nurse or turned in at the front desk.
*This form is also available at the front desk, which can be picked up any time or sent home with your scholar by request
By law, all scholars must be up to date on required immunizations in order to attend school. At RVLA, we use the Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS) to assess scholar vaccination needs. WIIS is a state‐managed, lifetime registry where healthcare providers can add and manage vaccine records. This is a convenient and secure way for healthcare providers and schools to access immunization information. If your scholar’s record is incomplete, the school nurse will reach out to you to request records or ask that you schedule a vaccination appointment for your scholar.
To view your scholar’s immunization record or print a copy, you can set up a personal account for your family by going to MyIR.net. If your scholar was vaccinated in a different state, it may be possible to access your scholar’s record through the state’s own database: you search for your state here.
More information on specific immunization requirements can be found here.
See our current policy here.
Scholars who do not follow these guidelines (this includes wearing non-uniform items around the waist or over the shoulders) are considered “out of uniform” and will be asked to change their clothing or may be asked to go home to change and return to school if necessary.
Dress code will be strictly enforced.
Required Daily Items
Uniform Guidelines (RVLA HS)
In order to facilitate learning for all scholars, we require that scholars’ dress and appearance follow health and safety standards and not cause disruption to the learning environment. scholar
- Shorts length must be at, below, or just above the knee
- Pants, skirts, or shorts must be worn at or above natural waistline
- No stretchy materials
- You must be able to pinch at least an inch of material on uniform bottoms.
- Uniform bottoms cannot be more than one size larger than actual fit.
- Footwear must be worn at all times and be appropriate to the activity.
- Strapless shoes, slides, sandals, open-toe and high heels are discouraged for safety reasons.
- Acceptable styles of shoes include: athletic shoes, boots, and flats.
- Solid purple or solid black
- Solid purple, solid white, solid grey, or solid black
- scholars are allowed to wear jackets during arrival, after dismissal, and outside.
- During school hours, RVLA HS uniform + acceptable sweater (below) only
- No jacket or coat is to be worn in-school after arrival.
- Sweaters must be solid purple, white, grey, or black; sweaters may be a traditional sweatshirt or a button-up cardigan
College Gear [Optional]
The school will announce opportunities for scholars to wear college gear, such as on dress-down days, college-themed days, and other non-traditional days. On those days, the following uniform amendments are optional:
- Any t-shirt, polo, or sweatshirt that displays a college/university logo and/or mascot.
- Pants may include uniform pants or jeans with college gear
- Jeans may not have holes, rips, or tears
- There should be no other writing on the gear aside from the college/university name, mascot, and/or logo.
- If sweatshirt is hooded, hood must be off during school hours.
- Any school appropriate shirt without writing visible.
- Any hat must be removed before entry in school.
- scholars may wear scarves but they should be taken off along with outwear upon entering the building.
- Personal Headphones must be put away at all times during the school day
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.
Exemptions to dress code standards may be made for PE or school activities pending administrative approval.
Members of the public may direct requests for disclosure of public records to RVLA's Public Records Officer, who oversees RVLA's compliance within the public records disclosure requirements under RCW Chapter 42.56. Learn more about how to request Public Records here.
Resources for Families
- What is it?
Special education is the term for the federal law titled the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA). The law provides scholars with disabilities instructional services and other supports needed to ensure they are able to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
- Who is it for?
For scholars who have a disability that causes an adverse educational impact which requires specially designed instruction to remediate. Disabilities and eligibility requirements are defined in the Washington State Administrative Codes (WACs). All scholars must be evaluated and found eligible for and in need of special education services before they can receive support through this program.
- Who do I contact for more information?
Special education teachers and speech language pathologists are the scholar's case managers. Contact your building principal, school psychologist, SLP, or special education teacher for more information about this program. You may also discuss scholar concerns with your school child study team.
Please contact the scholar Support Department at 253.363.0248 if you would like to refer a scholar for an evaluation.
- Procedural Safeguards
- Arc of Washington
- Autism Society of Washington
- Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
- Developmental Disabilities Council
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Washington Chapter
- PAVE (Partner for Action Voices in Empowerment)
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
- RVLA Public Schools Washington State Policies and Procedures
- The Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program (TBIP) provides English language instruction for eligible scholars. Eligible scholars who have a primary language other than English and have been determined eligible based the computer based English Language Proficiency Assessment 21 (ELPA21). TBIP staff members provide instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to eligible school
- El Programa de Instrucción Bilingüe de Transición (TBIP) ofrece cursos de idioma Inglés para los estudiantes elegibles. Los estudiantes elegibles tienen un idioma primario que no sea Inglés y se han determinado sobre la base del derecho TBIP funcionarios proveer instrucción en lectura, escritura, hablar, y escuchar a los estudiantes elegibles.
- What is it?
Section 504 is a federal civil rights law that is designed to eliminate discrimination against scholars with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal funds. Under Section 504, school districts are required to provide the accommodations that eligible scholars need in order to access district services.
- Who is it for?
scholars who have, have a record of having, or a regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life function that impacts the scholar's ability to access district services.
- Who do I contact for more information?
School counselors are Section 504 scholar case managers. Contact your building principal or school counselors for more information about Section 504 or to discuss a potential Section 504 referral.
- What is it?
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Act provides services to scholars who are experiencing homelessness. The purpose of McKinney-Vento is to provide homeless scholars school stability, school access, and support for academic success.
- Who is it for?
scholars eligible for McKinney-Vento services lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes scholars who are: sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason scholars who are living in hotels, motels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations living in emergency or transitional shelters abandoned in hospitals living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, etc. migratory children living in above circumstances
- Who do I contact for more information?
Contact your building principal, school counselor, or the district homeless liaison at 206.659.0956 if you have or are a scholar who is currently homeless.
- Homeless Education in Washington (OSPI)
- National Center for Homeless Education
- Department of Education, Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
- The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
- The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)
- The National Network for Youth (NNY)
Breakfast and lunch are served daily for free to all scholars. Meal pickup at RVLA is every Wednesday from 2pm-4pm. Please call us for any needed accommodations.
We are currently developing our scholar leadership program. More info to come soon. If you are interested, speak with your teacher mentor.
RVLA HS Programs
Scholars have the opportunity to attend a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through a partnership with Life Enrichment Group.
Boys 2 Men Workout Group-Mr.Ladd-Ali
Comic Book Writing & Afrotourism-Ms.Biglow
Game Design (Level Up)-Ms.Padilla and Ms.Costantino
Making G's-Guide to Financial Literacy-Ms.G, Mr.Yonas
Panther Advisory Council-Ms.Jones and Mr.Guertin
Stretching over Stressing-Yoga & Stretching-Ms.Q and Ms.K
Treat Yourself:Chef RVLA-Mr.Bennett and Ms.Straky