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Longview, WA, USA

Procedure: 3144

Section: 3000 - Students

 

Release of Information Concerning Student Sexual and Kidnapping Offenders

Responsibilities

Principals are required by law to respond to notification by law enforcement or courts about students who are sex or kidnapping offenders and to disseminate information about such students. Principals may rely on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Principal’s Notification Checklist for additional assistance.

Principals

Principals have a responsibility to develop a:

  1. Relationship with law enforcement agencies dealing with students required to register as a sex or kidnapping offender.
     
  2. Procedure for acceptance of notifications from law enforcement and courts.
     
  3. Procedure to notify teachers and appropriate staff of their roles and responsibilities with respect to these students, including confidentiality, harassment, intimidation and bullying issues.
     
  4. Protocol for responses to public inquiries about students who are required to register as sex or kidnapping offenders, stressing confidentiality and FERPA rules (in developing such protocol, the principal will need to determine how district staff will be notified and which staff will be in charge of monitoring these students).
     
  5. Procedure and protocol for safety planning, which will include student meetings, designing and monitoring student safety plans, and implementing safeguards when students change schools or change sex offender levels or status with parole or probation.
     
  6. Protocol of best practices for contacting the district superintendent or designee with a list of student sex and kidnapping offenders when notification is received from law enforcement and courts.

Students

It is the responsibility of students who are required to register as sex or kidnapping offenders to follow all rules and regulations of the school, including those outlined in the student handbook  and the district policies and procedures. Further, students must conduct themselves as defined in the student handbook and policies and procedures, and follow all stipulations as outlined in their individual student safety plans.

Notifications

Notifications from law enforcement or courts that a student required to register as a sex or kidnapping offender is enrolled or attending school can come to the principal in a variety of methods including email, U.S. mail, or hand-delivery.

Although currently there is no standard notification form statewide, the following items may be found on most notifications:

offender name, address, sex, height, weight, hair color, eye color, age, ethnicity, crime, sex offender level, convicting jurisdiction, neighborhood, proximity to schools, and level descriptors.

Notification Lists

Upon receipt of notification, the principal or a designee will review the list of students. The principal or designee will review the list to determine which students are currently enrolled, currently attending school, or are new to the district and not yet enrolled.

Notifying Additional School Personnel

The principal will designate additional school personnel to be notified following consultation with probation or parole (or the student’s family if not on court supervision) in order to identify or recognize high-risk situations. The following staff should be considered: district superintendent or designee, appropriate administrative and teaching staff, school resource officers, adjacent building principals, security personnel, staff working directly in the student’s classrooms; and school counselors, school psychologists, coaches, advisors, school social workers, nurses, bus drivers, custodians, district daycare providers, and playground supervisors that may have contact with the student.

Safety Planning

The principal will complete safety planning with school staff, law enforcement, probation or parole, treatment providers, parents or guardians, care providers, and child advocates, as appropriate, in order to provide a safe school environment for all students and staff

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.

This planning may necessitate student meetings, consultation meetings, creation of a written safety plan, and monitoring of progress.

When Students Move or Change Status

When a student changes schools within the district, the current principal will notify the new principal and share the student records and any safety plans with the new school. If the student’s sex offender status or probation or parole status changes, the principal will notify the school staff as part of the schools safety planning.

 

Adoption Date: April 8, 2019