SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2834





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House February 14, 2002

  Yeas 98   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 7, 2002

  Yeas 49   Nays 0



I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2834  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




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President of the Senate




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Governor of the State of Washington

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                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2834



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By House Committee on Health Care (originally sponsored by Representatives Schual‑Berke, Campbell, Cody, Darneille, Conway, Edwards, Chase, Hunt and Pflug)


Read first time 02/08/2002.  Referred to Committee on .

Requiring a medication or treatment order as a condition for children with life-threatening conditions to attend public school.

    AN ACT Relating to requiring a medication or treatment order as a condition for children with life-threatening conditions to attend public school; and adding a new section to chapter 28A.210 RCW.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 28A.210 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) The attendance of every child at every public school in the state shall be conditioned upon the presentation before or on each child's first day of attendance at a particular school of a medication or treatment order addressing any life-threatening health condition that the child has that may require medical services to be performed at the school.  Once such an order has been presented, the child shall be allowed to attend school.

    (2) The chief administrator of every public school shall prohibit the further presence at the school for any and all purposes of each child for whom a medication or treatment order has not been provided in accordance with this section if the child has a life-threatening health condition that may require medical services to be performed at the school and shall continue to prohibit the child's presence until such order has been provided.  The exclusion of a child from a school shall be accomplished in accordance with rules of the state board of education.  Before excluding a child, each school shall provide written notice to the parents or legal guardians of each child or to the adults in loco parentis to each child, who is not in compliance with the requirements of this section.  The notice shall include, but not be limited to, the following:  (a) The requirements established by this section; (b) the fact that the child will be prohibited from further attendance at the school unless this section is complied with; and (c) such procedural due process rights as are established pursuant to this section.

    (3) The state board of education shall adopt rules under chapter 34.05 RCW that establish the procedural and substantive due process requirements governing the exclusion of children from public schools under this section.  The rules shall include any requirements under applicable federal laws.

    (4) As used in this section, "life-threatening condition" means a health condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and a nursing plan are not in place.

    (5) As used in this section, "medication or treatment order" means the authority a registered nurse obtains under RCW 18.79.260(2).


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