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Rights and Responsibilities

Welcome Message from Dr. Dani Pfeiffer

In Federal Way Public Schools, we believe every scholar will be empowered and prepared to develop personal responsibility in order to be positive, productive members of our community. In our district and at each of our schools, we have a strong focus to realize positive outcomes related to strategic plan Goal 2, The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals.

Our Rights and Responsibilities handbook is an essential resource that outlines important information related to student behavior and expectations at school. Schools can’t do it alone and we believe our families are critical partners in their child’s learning and success in school. As parents are their child’s first teacher, I encourage you to review this handbook with your child to familiarize them with the rights and responsibilities that create a safe, positive, productive learning environment.

We are committed to building trusting relationships with our families and scholars based on mutual respect and shared responsibility to foster safe, nurturing and culturally responsive climates for all scholars, staff and families. Together we can support each scholar having a voice, a dream, and a bright future.


Dani Pfeiffer
Superintendent, Federal Way Public Schools

Student Achievement

Academic Achievement 

It is the mission of the Federal Way Public Schools all students develop academic skills and responsible behaviors to be successful, contributing members of society. This can only happen if staff, students and parents work together to ensure every student’s success.


Regular school attendance is essential for student achievement. Developing good attendance habits will promote your child’s academic success and assist them as they move into the world of work. Please stress with your child the importance of arriving at school on time prepared to participate and learn. (Section XIV)

Student Records and Directory Information

Access to Student Records

Section XXII provides notification to parents regarding their right to inspect and copy public records retained by the school district.


Federal law requires schools inform parents that some of their child’s information, called “Directory Information,” might be used for certain school-related purposes. Parents and guardians may tell schools not to release this information.

This is part of a law called The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Equal Access and Non-Discrimination

Parent and Student Rights in Federal Programs

Section XXI provides notification to parents of their rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA).

Equal Educational Opportunity: Non-discrimination Statement

Federal Way Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin or ethnicity, religion, creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, age, marital or family status, veteran or military status; disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal. The District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.

If you have questions or complaints regarding alleged discrimination, please call the FWPS Education Service Center at (253) 945-2000 or visit our office located at 33330 8th Avenue SW, Federal Way, WA 98003, and ask for one of the following coordinators:


Coordinator Contact
Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Title IX Compliance Coordinator
504 Compliance Coordinator
ADA Compliance Coordinator