Status Summary

First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education on 1.28.19. Public hearing scheduled in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education on 2.18.19 at 12:30 p.m. (updated 2.15.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Liias

This bill adds a new section to chapter RCW 28A.600 to require that each school district must adopt or amend a policy and procedure that prohibits the harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any student and that incorporates the model policy and procedures described in subsection (3), and also adds an additional section to RCW chapter 28A.642 regarding the establishment of a transgender student policy and procedure. Moreover, both of these policies and procedures must be established by September 1st, 2019.

Each school district must designate one person in the school district as the primary contact regarding the anti-harassment, intimidation, or bullying policy and procedure, as well as for the transgender student policy and procedure. The school district may appoint one primary contact for both policies, if need be.

The primary contact must:

§  Ensure the implementation of the policy and procedure;

§  Receive copies of all formal and informal complaints;

§  Communicate with the school district employees; and

§  Serve as the primary contact on the policy and procedure between the school district, the Office of the Education Ombuds, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Furthermore, OSPI must develop statewide training classes for those who act as the primary contact regarding the anti-harassment, intimidation, or bullying policy and for the transgender student policy by December 31st, 2019.