3143 Policy – District Notification of Juvenile Offenders

A court will notify the school or district in which a student is enrolled if the student has been convicted of, adjudicated for, or entered into a diversion agreement for any of the following offenses: a violent offense, a sex offense, a firearms offense, inhaling toxic fumes, a drug offense, liquor offense, assault, kidnapping, harassment, stalking, or arson. If the district receives this information instead of the principal, the district will provide it to the building principal.

When a principal receives such notification, they must provide the information received about the student to every teacher of the student and to any other personnel who, in the judgment of the principal, supervises the student or for security purposes should be aware of the student’s record. The information that the principal must provide is based on any written records that the principal maintains or receives from a juvenile court administrator or a law enforcement agency regarding the student.

Any information received by principal or school personnel under this policy is confidential and may not be further disseminated except as allowed by RCW 28A.225.330, other statutes and case law, or the Family and Educational and Privacy Rights Act, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g et seq.

Any school district or district employee who releases information under RCW 28A.225.330 is immune from civil liability for damages unless it is shown that the school district or district employee acted with gross negligence or in bad faith.

If a student is convicted of, adjudicated for, or has entered into a diversion agreement for assault, kidnapping, harassment, stalking, or arson against a teacher, then that student will never be assigned to that teacher’s classroom. Additionally, if a student is convicted of, adjudicated for, or has entered into a diversion agreement for assault, kidnapping, harassment, stalking, or arson against another student, the offending student will never be assigned to the same class as the other student.

Convicted juvenile sex offenders will not attend a school attended by their victims or their victims’ siblings. Offenders and their parents or guardians will be responsible for providing transportation or covering other costs related to the offenders’ attendance at another school.

Approved By: Greg Baker, Superintendent
Adopted: 11/21/19
Signature Date: 11/21/19
Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content
 

2161 Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students
3140 Release of Resident Students
3144 Release of Information Concerning Student Sexual and Kidnapping Offenders
3231 Student Records
4020 Confidential Communications


Legal References: Content
 

RCW 13.04.155 Notification to school principal of conviction, adjudication, or diversion agreement – Provision of information to teachers and other personnel — Confidentiality
RCW 13.40.215 Juveniles found to have committed violent or sex offense or stalking — Notification of discharge, parole, leave, release, transfer, or escape — To whom given — School attendance — Definitions
RCW 28A.600.460 Classroom discipline — Policies – Classroom placement of student offenders — Data on disciplinary actions


Management Resources: Content
 

Policy and Legal News, August 2018 A Better Response to Notification of Juvenile Offenders
Policy News, October 2010
Policy News, June 1999 School Safety Bills Impact Policy
Policy News, August 1997 Legislature Addresses Student Discipline