Student Services & School Safety

Important Updates to Student Discipline Policy

Significant changes to student discipline policy began with the passage of HB 1541 in 2016. The changes were made to close opportunity gaps for students, and address concerns that some groups of students are more likely to experience exclusionary discipline than others. The new laws clarify processes and ensure greater involvement of families. After a robust rulemaking process that took over two years, OSPI adopted the final student discipline rules that took effect in July of 2018 and the remaining rules will take effect July 1, 2019. This is the first time in over four decades updates have been made to the rules.

For more information on these changes see the document Discipline in Schools: A Parent Guide

Meet our Student Services Team

Student Services Team
From left: Shirley Beauchamp, Koleen McGuire, Char Krause, Megan Davis

Char KrauseDirector of Student Services
Shirley BeauchampAdministrative Assistant
Koleen Mc
Guire, Assistant McKinney-Vento Liaison
Megan Davis, Attendance & Engagement Intervention Specialist

P. 253-435-6515
F. 253-840-8959  

Improving student achievement by
uilding bridges between home and school

Our mission is to provide guidance to families, principals, counselors, and school staff in meeting the needs of students and community.  We aim to provide service and information, ease of access, and equitable and legal processes, as needed. 

Responsibilities of the Office of Student Services and School Safety include:

- overseeing school discipline and discipline procedures including Rights & Responsibilities
- arranging for early re-admission hearings and discipline appeals
- coordinating school attendance and BECCA 
- overseeing Student Activities and Student Accidents in Risk Management 
- serving as District Liaison to the Washington Schools Risk Management Pool
- overseeing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Program and serving as District Liaison to OSPI
- assisting with school emergency planning
- supervising Campus Security Officers and School Resource Offices