Governor signs Caldier bill to provide better support to students in out-of-home care

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Michelle Caldier to provide better agency and school district support to students in out-of-home care was signed into law Wednesday.

To ensure educational continuity, state and federal law dictates students in out-of-home care must remain enrolled in the school they were attending at the time they entered out-of-home care. However, if that is not determined to be in their best interest, Caldier's House Bill 2684 will require the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to collaborate with the relevant school districts to determine next steps. If a transfer is deemed appropriate, DCYF will be required to follow protocols — created by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction — to coordinate with school districts to facilitate a smooth transfer process.

“Requiring the Department of Children, Youth, and Families to follow these protocols will result in a more thoughtful and caring approach to what can be a difficult situation for these students,” said Caldier, R-Port Orchard. “It's critical we do everything we can to enhance, not limit, their personal and educational growth. This bill will help us do that more effectively.”

House Bill 2684 will go into effect later this year.

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