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HB 1779: Concerning the immigration status of students

This act recognizes that Plyler v. Doe has ensured equal access to education for children regardless of immigration status for over 30 years. Therefore, it is important for Washington State to protect its immigrant students and ensure that they have every opportunity to continue their education without fear or undue risk, and for WA schools to take steps to protect the integrity of their learning environments.

A new section is added to RCW chapter 28A.320 to read:

  1. (a) school districts must provide information to the parents and guardians of students regarding students’ rights to a free public education, regardless of immigration status;

(b) except as required by state or federal law, school officials and employees may not collect information or documents regarding the citizenship or immigration of students or their family members;

(c) the superintendent, or designee, may only provide information to a federal or law enforcement officer after the officer presents a dated, signed judicial warrant.

  1. School districts shall adopt and enforce policies and procedures consistent with the model policy described in section 3 beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

HB1779 amends RCW chapter 28A.345 to include and outline requirements regarding the need for the WA State School Directors’ Association to develop and publish a model policy and procedure that complies with section 2 of this act and is related to immigrant students.