3143P - Notification and Dissemination of Information about Student Offenses and Notification of Threats of Violence or Harm
A. Registered Student Sex or Kidnapping Offenders.
Principals have statutory disclosure obligations upon receipt of information about registered student sex or kidnapping offenders described in Regulation 3143. In addition to these responsibilities, principals have a responsibility to develop a protocol for safety planning for registered student sex or kidnapping offenders, which will include student meetings, designing and monitoring student safety plans, and implementing safeguards when students change schools or change sex offender levels or status with parole or probation.
2. Safety Planning.
The principal will complete safety planning for registered student sex or kidnapping offenders with school staff, law enforcement, probation or parole, treatment providers, parents or guardians, care providers, and child advocates, as appropriate, in order to provide a safe school environment for all students and staff. For safety planning to be effective, the District will finalize formal enrollments for students required to register as a sex or kidnapping offender promptly after their enrollment request.
3. Student Meetings.
The principal or designee, working together with probation and parole professionals, will meet promptly with the registered student sex or kidnapping offenders to create and implement a student safety plan. The principal or designee will determine other appropriate school personnel to be included in the meeting to assist in defining school expectations. The student’s parent or guardian may also be invited. The purpose for the meeting is to help the student be successful in their transition back to school and to provide a safe school environment for all students and staff.
4. Student Safety Plan.
The principal or designee (and other school staff as applicable) in consultation with probation and parole professionals (if under court supervision) will create a student safety plan for each registered student sex or kidnapping offender. The plan will outline the responsibilities of the student and other invested parties to promote those activities deemed essential in safely managing the student’s behavior.
- The Student Safety Plan will outline conditions and limitations on each student required to register as a sex or kidnapping offender concerning their interactions on the school campus;
- For students not under court supervision, the Student Safety Plan should be developed in conjunction with school staff in consultation with the student’s family or guardian;
- The Student Safety Plan will be based on the student’s needs and include guidelines for expected interventions for high-risk behaviors and reinforcement of positive behaviors; and
- Each Student Safety Plan will be reviewed as necessary by staff designated by the principal.
5. Monitoring the Safety Plan.
The Student Safety Plan for registered student sex or kidnapping offenders will be monitored and changes made on an as-needed basis by school staff.
- School authorities should be prepared to take appropriate actions (especially if they notice an increase in or escalation of a student’s high-risk behaviors) for the short and long-term safety of the student required to register as a sex or kidnapping offender and all other students.
- School staff will report to the principal or designee and to law enforcement or other involved agencies (treatment providers, parole/probation) if they determine the student has not followed the Student Safety Plan.
- Follow-through on the Student Safety Plan will be consistent with existing disciplinary regulations and procedures, student conduct policies, and mandatory reporting policies.
Schools may refer a student to threat assessment team when the student engages in inappropriate behaviors as defined in the Student Safety Plan.
6. When Students Move or Change Status.
When a registered student sex or kidnapping offender changes schools, whether within or outside of the District, the current principal will notify the new principal and share the student records and Student Safety Plan with the new school. If the student’s sex or kidnapping offender status or probation or parole status changes, the principal will notify the school staff as part of the school’s safety planning.
B. Adjudication in Juvenile Court for an Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.
At least five (5) days before a principal uses his or her discretion to share with a school or District staff member information about a student’s adjudication in juvenile court for an unlawful possession of a controlled substance in violation of chapter 69.50 RCW, the principal must first notify the student and the parent or legal guardian of the right to appeal the principal’s determination to the Superintendent.
The principal’s notification may occur orally or in writing, but must be in a language the parent or guardian understands, which may require language assistance for parents or guardians with limited-English proficiency under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The principal will either verbally explain any process for how to appeal the principal’s determination or provide the student and parent or guardian with a copy of any written procedures developed by the District.
Within five (5) business days of receiving notice from the principal, if either the student or the student's parent or legal guardian objects to the proposed sharing of the information, including objecting verbally or objecting in a writing, the student or the student’s parent or guardian may appeal the decision to share the information to the Superintendent or designee.
The Superintendent or designee shall have five (5) business days after receiving the appeal to make a written determination on the matter. Determinations by the Superintendent are final and not subject to further appeal.
The principal will not share the student’s adjudication information with a school or District staff member while the appeal is pending.
C. Other Regulations and Procedures.
The District has a school-based threat assessment program and investigates reports of possible threats of violence or harm consistent with Regulation and Procedure 3225 and 3225P – School-Based Threat Assessment.
Any student discipline for making threats of violence or harm must be consistent with Regulation and Procedure 3241 and 3241P. Discipline of students eligible for special education services or with disabilities will be consistent with Regulation and Procedure 2161 and 2161P – Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Student and Regulation and Procedure 2162 and 2162P - Education of Students with Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.