Who Is the District Compliance Officer and What Does The Compliance Officer Do?
RCW 28A.300.285 states that every school district shall designate one person in the district as the primary contact regarding the anti-harassment, intimidation, and bullying policy. That primary contact person receives copies of all formal and informal complaints, is responsible assuring implementation of HIB policy and procedure, and is the primary contact on the policy and procedures between the school district, the Office of the Education Ombudsman, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The State Model Policy states that the district superintendent will appoint a compliance officer as the primary district contact to receive copies of all formal and informal complaints and ensure policy implementation.
The Model Procedures further explain that the Compliance Officer will:
- Serve as the district’s primary contact for harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
- Provide support and assistance to the principal or designee in resolving complaints.
- Receive copies of all Incident Reporting Forms, discipline Referral Forms, and letters to parents providing the outcomes of investigations.
- Be familiar with the use of the student information system. The compliance officer may use this information to identify patterns of behavior and areas of concern.
- Ensure implementation of the policy and procedure by overseeing the investigative processes, including ensuring that investigations are prompt, impartial, and thorough.
- Assess the training needs of staff and students to ensure successful implementation throughout the district, and ensure staff receive annual fall training.
- Provide the OSPI School Safety Center with notification of policy or procedure updates or changes on an annual basis.
- In cases where, despite school efforts, a targeted student experiences harassment, intimidation, or bullying that threatens the student’s health and safety, the compliance officer will facilitate a meeting between district staff and the child’s parents/guardians to develop a safety plan to protect the student.
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