SB5155 intends to eliminate the developmentally inappropriate use of suspension and expulsion as a response to behavior for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade, and to encourage schools and districts to adopt evidence-based practices to support students in meeting behavioral expectations. School districts are encouraged to implement evidence-based preventative and restorative practices.
School districts may not suspend/expel any student who is enrolled in K-2nd except for a violation of RCW 28A.600.420 and if:
- after consulting with the student’s parent/guardian and the teacher(s), the local superintendent or designee determines that removal would facilitate the child’s successful return to the classroom.
- the school takes significant steps to develop and implement a plan to support the student upon return and the school discusses the plan with the student’s parent/guardian.
No student may be removed for more than a total of 3 school days during any single semester or trimester. Data regarding student removal will be recorded and collected.
The bill also distinguishes between expectations for K-2nd grade and 3rd-12th grade.
*Companion to HB 2767