Regulations Manual

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Administrative Regulations Manual & Procedures

Under Policy Governance®, within the directives and limitation listed in the Board Governance Policies, the Board delegates the development and implementation of Administrative Regulations and procedures to the Superintendent and staff, except in regard to issues for which they are mandated by law to take direct action. A comprehensive review and revision of all District policies and procedures was completed between August and December 2015, and the conversion to an Administrative Regulations Manual was completed on February 1, 2016.

Regulations establish legal records and standards of conduct for the school district. Regulations can provide a bridge between the School Board's philosophy and goals and the everyday administration of programs.

The Issaquah School District is continually updating Regulations and procedures to keep current with state laws and regulations as well as best practices. Regulations or procedures on this website may be in transition or in process of being revised.

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Child Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Prevention - 3421

Code: 3421

Adopted: 6/9/1993

Last Revised Date: 8/18/2018

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Because child abuse and neglect are both a violation of children's human rights and an obstacle to their educational development, all District personnel shall be alert for any evidence of such abuse or neglect.

For purposes of this Regulation, child abuse or neglect shall mean the injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child or dependent adult by any person under circumstances which indicate that the child’s or dependent adult’s health, welfare, and safety is harmed or is placed in clear and present danger thereby.

Personnel need not verify that a child has in fact been abused or neglected. Any conditions or information that may reasonably be related to abuse or neglect should be reported. Legal authorities have the responsibility for investigating each case and taking action that is appropriate under the circumstances.

When feasible, the District will provide community education programs for prospective parents, foster parents and adoptive parents on parenting skills; on the problems of child abuse; and methods to avoid child abuse situations. The District shall also encourage staff members to participate in in-service programs that deal with child abuse issues.

All cases of child abuse or neglect must be reported by school personnel (classified and certificated staff) in accordance with RCW 26.44.040. The law frees staff members from liability for reporting, in good faith, instances of abuse or neglect and holds staff members criminally liable for failure to properly report. The superintendent shall develop reporting procedures, including sample indicators of abuse and neglect, and shall disseminate the procedures to all school personnel. The purpose is to identify and report as soon as reasonably possible to the proper authorities all evidence of child abuse or neglect.

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Legal References:

  • RCW 13.34.300 Failure to cause juvenile to attend school as evidence under neglect petition
  • RCW 26.44.020 Child abuse—Definitions
  • RCW 26.44.030 Reports—Duty and authority to make—Duty of receiving agency
  • RCW 28A.320.160 Alleged sexual misconduct by school employee—Parental notification—Information on public records act
  • RCW 28A.400.317 Physical abuse or sexual misconduct by school employees—Duty to Report—Training
  • RCW 28A.620.010 Community education provisions—Purposes
  • RCW 28A.620.020 Community education provisions—Restrictions
  • RCW 43.43.830(6) Background checks—Access to children or vulnerable persons
  • WAC 388-15-009 What is child abuse or neglect?