Status Summary

First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education on 1.28.19. Not yet scheduled for a hearing. As of mid-March, the bill is dead. However, it could “come back" during the 2019 session as an amendment on another bill or other mechanisms, or next year (since bills technically stay alive for the full 2019-20 biennium). (updated 4.5.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

Died

Sponsor

Bailey

This act intends to increase student health and well-being by requiring each school building to have a primary contact who is trained in recognizing, screening, and responding to emotional/behavioral distress in students.

Therefore, a new section is added to RCW 28A.320 to establish that beginning in the 2019-20 school year, school districts must identify 1 person in each school building as the Student Health and Well-Being primary contact.

The primary contact must:

  • Build trusting relationships with students;
  • Educate students about the conditions that should trigger communicating concerns;
  • De-escalate tension;
  • Observe classrooms upon request;
  • Coordinate implementation of plans for recognition, initial screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students;
  • Participate in professional collaboration with school counselors, social workers, and psychologists; and
  • Facilitate partnerships with qualified health, mental health, and social services agencies in the community for referral purposes.