SENATE BILL 5393





                        57th Legislature

                      2001 Regular Session

Passed by the Senate April 16, 2001

  YEAS 47   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House April 4, 2001

  YEAS 93   NAYS 1



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SENATE BILL 5393 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives






Speaker of the

      House of Representatives



Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.  





Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                         SENATE BILL 5393



                      AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


             Passed Legislature - 2001 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senators Long, Kline and Kohl‑Welles; by request of Administrator for the Courts


Read first time 01/22/2001.  Referred to Committee on Human Services & Corrections.

Revising provisions relating to truancy records.   

    AN ACT Relating to truancy records; and amending RCW 28A.225.035 and 13.50.100.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 28A.225.035 and 1999 c 319 s 3 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) A petition for a civil action under RCW 28A.225.030 or 28A.225.015 shall consist of a written notification to the court alleging that:

    (a) The child has unexcused absences during the current school year;

    (b) Actions taken by the school district have not been successful in substantially reducing the child's absences from school; and

    (c) Court intervention and supervision are necessary to assist the school district or parent to reduce the child's absences from school.

    (2) The petition shall set forth the name, ((age)) date of birth, school, ((and residence)) address, gender, race, and ethnicity of the child and the names and ((residence)) addresses of the child's parents.

    (3) The petition shall set forth facts that support the allegations in this section and shall generally request relief available under this chapter and provide information about what the court might order under RCW 28A.225.090.

    (4) When a petition is filed under RCW 28A.225.030 or 28A.225.015, the juvenile court shall schedule a hearing at which the court shall consider the petition, or if the court determines that a referral to an available community truancy board would substantially reduce the child's unexcused absences, the court may refer the case to a community truancy board under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

    (5) If a referral is made to a community truancy board, the truancy board must meet with the child, a parent, and the school district representative and enter into an agreement with the petitioner and respondent regarding expectations and any actions necessary to address the child's truancy within thirty days of the referral.  If the petition is based on RCW 28A.225.015, the child shall not be required to attend and the agreement under this subsection shall be between the truancy board, the school district, and the child's parent.  The agreement shall be presented to the juvenile court for its approval.    

    (6) The court shall approve the agreement by order or schedule a hearing.  The court may, if the school district and community truancy board agree, permit the truancy board to provide continued supervision over the student, or parent if the petition is based on RCW 28A.225.015, and report on compliance with the order.

    (7) If the truancy board fails to reach an agreement, the truancy board shall return the case to the juvenile court for a hearing.

    (8) Notwithstanding the provisions in subsection (4) of this section, a hearing shall not be required if other actions by the court would substantially reduce the child's unexcused absences.  When a juvenile court hearing is held, the court shall:

    (a) Separately notify the child, the parent of the child, and the school district of the hearing;

    (b) Notify the parent and the child of their rights to present evidence at the hearing; and

    (c) Notify the parent and the child of the options and rights available under chapter 13.32A RCW.

    (9) The court may require the attendance of the child if eight years old or older, the parents, and the school district at any hearing on a petition filed under RCW 28A.225.030.

    (10) A school district is responsible for determining who shall represent the school district at hearings on a petition filed under RCW 28A.225.030 or 28A.225.015.

    (11) The court may permit the first hearing to be held without requiring that either party be represented by legal counsel, and to be held without a guardian ad litem for the child under RCW 4.08.050.  At the request of the school district, the court shall permit a school district representative who is not an attorney to represent the school district at any future hearings.

    (12) If the allegations in the petition are established by a preponderance of the evidence, the court shall grant the petition and enter an order assuming jurisdiction to intervene for the period of time determined by the court, after considering the facts alleged in the petition and the circumstances of the juvenile, to most likely cause the juvenile to return to and remain in school while the juvenile is subject to this chapter.  In no case may the order expire before the end of the school year in which it is entered.

    (13) If the court assumes jurisdiction, the school district shall regularly report to the court any additional unexcused absences by the child.

    (14) Community truancy boards and the courts shall coordinate, to the extent possible, proceedings and actions pertaining to children who are subject to truancy petitions and at-risk youth petitions in RCW 13.32A.191 or child in need of services petitions in RCW 13.32A.140.

    (15) If after a juvenile court assumes jurisdiction in one county the child relocates to another county, the juvenile court in the receiving county shall, upon the request of a school district or parent, assume jurisdiction of the petition filed in the previous county.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 13.50.100 and 2000 c 162 s 18 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) This section governs records not covered by RCW 13.50.050.

    (2) Records covered by this section shall be confidential and shall be released only pursuant to this section and RCW 13.50.010.

    (3) Records retained or produced by any juvenile justice or care agency may be released to other participants in the juvenile justice or care system only when an investigation or case involving the juvenile in question is being pursued by the other participant or when that other participant is assigned the responsibility of supervising the juvenile.  Records covered under this section and maintained by the juvenile courts which relate to the official actions of the agency may be entered in the statewide ((juvenile court)) judicial information system.  However, truancy records associated with a juvenile who has no other case history, and records of a juvenile's parents who have no other case history, shall be removed from the judicial information system when the juvenile is no longer subject to the compulsory attendance laws in chapter 28A.225 RCW.  A county clerk is not liable for unauthorized release of this data by persons or agencies not in his or her employ or otherwise subject to his or her control, nor is the county clerk liable for inaccurate or incomplete information collected from litigants or other persons required to provide identifying data pursuant to this section.

    (4) A contracting agency or service provider of the department of social and health services that provides counseling, psychological, psychiatric, or medical services may release to the office of the family and children's ombudsman information or records relating to services provided to a juvenile who is dependent under chapter 13.34 RCW without the consent of the parent or guardian of the juvenile, or of the juvenile if the juvenile is under the age of thirteen years, unless such release is otherwise specifically prohibited by law.

    (5) A juvenile, his or her parents, the juvenile's attorney and the juvenile's parent's attorney, shall, upon request, be given access to all records and information collected or retained by a juvenile justice or care agency which pertain to the juvenile except:

    (a) If it is determined by the agency that release of this information is likely to cause severe psychological or physical harm to the juvenile or his or her parents the agency may withhold the information subject to other order of the court:  PROVIDED, That if the court determines that limited release of the information is appropriate, the court may specify terms and conditions for the release of the information; or

    (b) If the information or record has been obtained by a juvenile justice or care agency in connection with the provision of counseling, psychological, psychiatric, or medical services to the juvenile, when the services have been sought voluntarily by the juvenile, and the juvenile has a legal right to receive those services without the consent of any person or agency, then the information or record may not be disclosed to the juvenile's parents without the informed consent of the juvenile unless otherwise authorized by law; or

    (c) That the department of social and health services may delete the name and identifying information regarding persons or organizations who have reported alleged child abuse or neglect.

    (6) A juvenile or his or her parent denied access to any records following an agency determination under subsection (5) of this section may file a motion in juvenile court requesting access to the records.  The court shall grant the motion unless it finds access may not be permitted according to the standards found in subsections (5)(a) and (b) of this section.

    (7) The person making a motion under subsection (6) of this section shall give reasonable notice of the motion to all parties to the original action and to any agency whose records will be affected by the motion.

    (8) Subject to the rules of discovery in civil cases, any party to a proceeding seeking a declaration of dependency or a termination of the parent-child relationship and any party's counsel and the guardian ad litem of any party, shall have access to the records of any natural or adoptive child of the parent, subject to the limitations in subsection (5) of this section.  A party denied access to records may request judicial review of the denial.  If the party prevails, he or she shall be awarded attorneys' fees, costs, and an amount not less than five dollars and not more than one hundred dollars for each day the records were wrongfully denied.

    (9) No unfounded allegation of child abuse or neglect as defined in RCW 26.44.020(12) may be disclosed to a child-placing agency, private adoption agency, or any other licensed provider.


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