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AGO 1992 No. 10 >  June 26, 1992
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION - SCHOOLS - STUDENTS - TEACHERS - PUNISHMENT - CHILD ABUSE
Ability of the State Board of Education to Prohibit Corporal Punishment in the Public Schools 1.  RCW 28A.305.130(8) empowers the State Board of Education to adopt rules to secure regularity of attendance, prevent truancy, secure efficiency, and promote the true interest of the common schools.  RCW 28A.305.130(8) does not authorize the State Board to adopt a rule prohibiting corporal punishment in the public schools. 2.  RCW 28A.305.160 empowers the State Board of Education to adopt rules prescribing the substantive and procedural due process guarantees of pupils in the common schools.  RCW 28A.305.160 does not authorize the State Board to adopt a rule prohibiting corporal punishment in the public schools.  RCW 28A.305.160 does empower the State Board to adopt rules to ensure that corporal punishment is reasonable and moderate.
AGO 1987 No. 9 >  March 17, 1987
CHILDREN - CHILD ABUSE
REPORTING BY SCHOOL OFFICIALS‑‑ALLEGED ABUSE BY STUDENT RCW 26.44.030 does require school officials to report incidents of alleged child abuse when the alleged abuser is a fellow student.
AGO 1988 No. 5 >  March 8, 1988
CHILDREN - SCHOOLS TEACHERS - CRIMES - CHILD ABUSE
SCHOOLS TEACHERS 1.  State law authorizes but does not require the Department of Social and Health Services (Child Protective Services) to investigate complaints of child abuse allegedly perpetrated by third parties (that is, persons not the parent or guardian of the child and not standing in loco parentis to the child). 2. State law authorizes but does not require the Department of Social and Health Services (Child Protective Services) to investigate complaints alleging physical or sexual abuse committed by a teacher against a child. 3. State law authorizes but does not require the Department of Social and Health Services (Child Protective Services) to investigate complaints alleging physical or sexual abuse committed by a neighbor against a child. 4. Although the Department of Social and Health Services is ordinarily not legally obligated to investigate complaints alleging physical or sexual abuse against a child by third parties, an obligation to investigate might arise where the abuse by the third party is directly related to neglect or abuse by the child's parent or guardian or by a person standing in loco parentis to the child.
AGLO 1976 No. 37 >  June 10, 1976
CHILDREN - PARENTS - CHILD ABUSE
PRESENCE OF PARENT DURING PRELIMINARY HEARING OF CHILD ABUSE COMPLAINT RCW 26.44.053(3) does not require that a parent or other person having legal custody of a child who has been reported as abused or neglected be made a "party" to a preliminary investigation by the state department of social and health services (including an interview with the child) conducted under RCW 26.44.050 for the purpose of verifying the substance of the report.
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