First Reading Policy Revisions 4210, 4215, 5404, and 6112
Four policies are recommended for revision. These revisions were developed by the WSSDA.
The WSSDA has recommended substantive modifications to this policy. These changes are largely in response to a Washington State court decision related to the City of Seattle's ban of firearms in city parks. This is known as the "Chan Decision". The details are found in the attached WSSDA Policy News.
Washington State increased the age for Tobacco Use and possession from eighteen to twenty-one years of age. Modification to this policy recognizes this change.
Washington State is implementing State Paid Family, and Medical Leave in 2020. This policy amendment adds the State Paid Leave to the Federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The WSSDA Recommendation allows the option of school districts to include language in the second paragraph that bans firearms on the property that the school district leases or rents to others. The district currently leases two parcels. One that houses the Cowlitz-Skamania Fire Dept next to Yale School and another leased to the Yale Valley Library District, also next to Yale School. I did not believe that this language would be particularly beneficial to the district and believe that it could be potentially problematic to the Fire Dept. The other change is the inclusion of a paragraph that is reflective of RCW 28A.335.060(b).