SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6351





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate March 13, 2002

  YEAS 49   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 12, 2002

  YEAS 96   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6351 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                    SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 6351



                      AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Education (originally sponsored by Senators Haugen, McAuliffe, Finkbeiner, Rasmussen, Hochstatter, Stevens, Eide, Kohl‑Welles, Keiser and Oke)


READ FIRST TIME 02/07/2002.

Requiring notification policies regarding threats at schools.  

    AN ACT Relating to safety of school employees and students; adding a new section to chapter 28A.320 RCW; and prescribing penalties.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  A new section is added to chapter 28A.320 RCW to read as follows:

    (1) By September 1, 2003, each school district board of directors shall adopt a policy that addresses the following issues:

    (a) Procedures for providing notice of threats of violence or harm to the student or school employee who is the subject of the threat.  The policy shall define "threats of violence or harm";

    (b) Procedures for disclosing information that is provided to the school administrators about a student's conduct, including but not limited to the student's prior disciplinary records, official juvenile court records, and history of violence, to classroom teachers, school staff, and school security who, in the judgment of the principal, should be notified; and

    (c) Procedures for determining whether or not any threats or conduct established in the policy may be grounds for suspension or expulsion of the student.

    (2) The superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with educators and representatives of law enforcement, classified staff, and organizations with expertise in violence prevention and intervention, shall adopt a model policy that includes the issues listed in subsection (1) of this section by January 1, 2003.  The model policy shall be posted on the superintendent of public instruction's web site.  The school districts, in drafting their own policies, shall review the model policy.

    (3) School districts, school district boards of directors, school officials, and school employees providing notice in good faith as required and consistent with the board's policies adopted under this section are immune from any liability arising out of such notification.

    (4) A person who intentionally and in bad faith or maliciously, knowingly makes a false notification of a threat under this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable under RCW 9A.20.021.


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