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SB 5563: Relating to training school employees in the prevention of sexual abuse

Sponsored by Senator Kohl-Welles, SB 5563 calls for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to create a training program for all school employees, in coordination with related government agencies and community groups, regarding the prevention of sexual abuse, commercial sexual abuse of a minor, and sexual exploitation of a minor. Educational materials about how to prevent children from being recruited into sex trafficking will be developed and made available to inform parents and community members.

Senate floor amendment:  Removes the requirement that Washington State School Directors’ Association must develop a model training guide and supporting materials for all school employees regarding prevention and identification of sexual abuse of various kinds. Adds new required subject areas for coursework on issues of abuse to initial certification requirements for teachers.