28A.320.145  <<  28A.320.148 >>   28A.320.155

Foster care liaison.

(1) Each school district must designate a foster care liaison to facilitate district compliance with state and federal laws related to students in out-of-home care and to collaborate with the department of children, youth, and families to address educational barriers for these students. The role and responsibilities of a foster care liaison may include:
(a) Coordinating with the department of children, youth, and families on the implementation of state and federal laws related to students in out-of-home care;
(b) Coordinating with foster care education program staff at the office of the superintendent of public instruction;
(c) Attending training and professional development opportunities to improve school district implementation efforts;
(d) Serving as the primary contact person for representatives of the department of children, youth, and families;
(e) Leading and documenting the development of a process for making best interest determinations in accordance with RCW 28A.225.350;
(f) Facilitating immediate enrollment in accordance with RCW 28A.225.330;
(g) Facilitating the transfer of records in accordance with RCW 28A.150.510 and 28A.225.330;
(h) Facilitating data sharing with child welfare agencies consistent with state and federal privacy laws and rules;
(i) Developing and coordinating local transportation procedures;
(j) Managing best interest determination and transportation cost disputes according to the best practices developed by the office of the superintendent of public instruction;
(k) Ensuring that students in out-of-home care are enrolled in and regularly attending school, consistent with RCW 28A.225.023; and
(l) Providing professional development and training to school staff on state and federal laws related to students in out-of-home care and their educational needs, as needed.
(2) For the purposes of this section, "out-of-home care" has the same meaning as in RCW 13.34.030.

NOTES:

Effective date2018 c 139: See note following RCW 28A.225.350.
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