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                         SENATE BILL 6573



State of Washington      55th Legislature     1998 Regular Session


By Senators Johnson, Long, Hale, Wood, Winsley, Zarelli, Prince, Deccio, Horn, McCaslin, Morton, Schow, Oke, Rossi, Sellar and Hochstatter


Read first time 01/21/98.  Referred to Committee on Education.

Requiring record checks for employees of approved private schools who have regularly scheduled unsupervised access to children.

    AN ACT Relating to record checks of private school educational employees; adding a new section to chapter 28A.195 RCW; making an appropriation; and providing an expiration date.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 28A.195 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) The legislature finds additional safeguards are necessary to ensure safety of school children attending private schools in the state of Washington.  In order to ensure this goal, by June 30, 1999, private schools approved under this chapter shall require that all employees who have regularly scheduled unsupervised access to children and were hired before July 1, 1998, undergo a record check through the Washington state patrol criminal identification system under RCW 43.43.830 through 43.43.838, 10.97.030, and 10.97.050 and through the federal bureau of investigation.  The record check shall include a fingerprint check using a complete Washington state criminal identification fingerprint card.  Certificated employees who have completed a record check in accordance with RCW 28A.410.010 are not required to undergo the record check required by this section.  The  superintendent of public instruction shall provide a copy of the record report to the employee.  Once an employee has a record check as required under this section, additional record checks shall not be required of the employee unless required by other provisions of law.

    (2) Private schools under this chapter and their employees shall not be required by the state patrol or superintendent of public instruction to pay for the record check required in subsection (1) of this section.

    (3) The record checks required in this section shall be in process no later than June 30, 1999.

    (4) This section expires March 31, 2000.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  The sum of five hundred thousand dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, from the general fund to the superintendent of  public instruction for the purpose of section 1 of this act.


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