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)
RVLA HS Programs
Scholars have the opportunity to attend a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through a partnership with Life Enrichment Group.
Study Skills is an interdisciplinary course designed to give scholars support in navigating school systems, work-life balance and personal organization. In this course, scholars will learn about mindfulness, self-regulation, self-management and maintaining a positive attitude toward school and work. Study Skills also gives scholars an opportunity for structured in-school time to complete homework and practice successful study habits. Habits learned and practiced in this course will benefit scholars on their academic journeys from 9th grade through graduate school.
Scholars will be placed in one four leadership clubs that are facilitated by faculty but led by scholars. Each club will be tasked with the development of key aspects of our school; as we grow, scholars’ ideas and work will directly support the progress of RVLA HS. Clubs are focused on providing scholars with leadership opportunities as they actively improve our school community.
Panther scholars Body Club (PSB)
Teachers: Ms. Razo
- The primary goals of PSB are to create a memorable experience for all scholars on campus, to promote Panther unity and spirit, and to help scholars grow as leaders. PSB actively works to ensure scholar activities and campus life are alive and well.
Panther Advancement Club (PA)
Teachers: Ms. Goliday
- Mission: The Advancement Club promotes Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School and plans events to create a stronger school and a straight road to college, civic leadership, and community ties.
- Description: Similar to scholar Ambassadors, Panther Advancement’s goal is create community engagement events for the community outside of our school. Advancement Club will partner with the Parent Community Engagement Coordinator in promoting our school to the Seattle community, which will support our work to bring knowledge of RVLA HS out into our city. Sample projects may include: planning events for the community; supporting parent/family events such as Open House; and touring visitors at our school.
Panther Facilities Club (PF)
Teachers: Mr. Sheldon; Ms. Huynh
- Mission: To create joyful experiences and places for scholars, staff and members of our community. Through sustainable practices and a belief that our physical space is critical to learning and well-being, our consultants plan, research, design, and reflect on projects related to both our current and future facilities.
- Description: This scholar led organization will work with custodial staff, building maintenance, and construction management on projects that support our current and future facilities. This club will have the opportunity to influence what is in and around our new home. Sample projects could include the implementing a composting program, creating an on-campus garden, or proposing to install solar panels on our new building.
PantherTV Club (PTV)
Teachers: Mr. Pacanowski
- This scholar led organization will produce an in-house tv show that will report on what is happening at RVLA. scholars will have the opportunity to experiment with video recording equipment, refine their on-camera persona, and produce television that will be viewed by the RVLA HS community. scholars who want to participate in PantherTV Club also must take Intro to Filmmaking with Mr. Sheldon.
Course Title: Child 2 Chef - Cooking Class
- This program is for beginning to advanced cooks. scholars will have the opportunity to cook simple meals from scratch using items found in the kitchen. scholar will receive enough food to cook and try their own dishes in every class. scholars will be taught by a chief and learn now to cook similar meals at home.
Course Title: Intro to Photography
Instructor: Carlos Imani
- Designed specifically for beginner photographers, this course will walk you through the essentials of how to use your camera and all the key functions. You’ll learn photography tips about everything from shutter speed to ISO, depth of field to aperture. You’ll get the basics on how to compensate for bad lighting and how to compose your shot to get the best effects and better photos.
Course Title: Chess with Pac
Instructor: Mr. Pacanowski
- In a low-stakes environment, scholars can come and learn to play chess. We’ll play traditional, long form games or short, blitz-style games that last for 5 minutes. Learn a mix of openings, strategies, tactics, and end game scenarios. All abilities/experience levels are welcome!
Course Title: Youth Environmental Leadership Program
Instructor: Hannah Trettenero
- In this enrichment class you will have the opportunity to learn about environmental justice issues in your community and develop projects and activities to help address these issues. This class will be shaped by what you and your classmates are passionate about and what projects you are interested in working on. There will be a representative from the YMCA Earth Service Corps to facilitate the class and support you.
Course Title: Ace Physical Fitness
Instructor: Willie Seals
Room: The Nest
- Health and Performance session includes technique instruction for foundations, power, speed, agility enhancement, with fun competitive challenges and performance tests. Challenging but not exhaustive. Designed to kick-start any athletes ability establishing desirable movements. Each session includes a full warm-up, event instruction, and a cool-down. Instruction includes fundamentals and technique instruction with fun-filled challenges. There also will be progressive drills and exercises each week.
Course Title: Dungeons and Dragons
Instructor: Mr. Ball
- Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is a fantasy role-playing game in which the players take control of characters to tell a story, led by a Dungeon Master (me, Mr. Ball). You and I will tell a story together by rolling dice to guide your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more.
Course Title: Hip Hop Dance
Instructor: Chaffawn Smith
- Hip-hop Dance class is a creative outlet to get exercise and be productive in fun movement. This course will allow you to learn how to dance no matter what level of dancer you are. Hip-hop dance will promote confidence in self and allow you to know who you are as a person. The final class would be a showcase that allows scholar to show their talent and how much they have learned throughout the class.