COVID-19 Guidance and Resources

WSASP has released its COVID-19 Closure Guidance Document.

Please submit additional questions not addressed by this document using this submission form.

Click here to access current OSPI guidance for special education. School psychologists should follow district guidance and procedures.

Click here to access the NASP COVID-19 Resource Center.

Spring Lecture Series 2020

Our 2020 Spring Lecture Series is now available for registration. See our line up of talks here and register for this amazing webinar series here

Advocacy Action Center

2020 Legislative Session


Participate in the 2020 Week of Action!  Click here for details and to enter to win a $25 gift card for participating!

What GPR has done: The WSASP GPR committee has reviewed new 2020 legislation, identified priorities based on the WSASP mission and vision of advocating for our profession and for students (see priority definitions below), and consulted with our WEA Lobbyist on all bills identified as a priority.  An interesting theme emerging is around policy for school based health clinics, as well as continued attention to student’s mental health in a variety of contexts. If you are interested, you can view all identified bills we are monitoring here.

What you can do: When asked to take an Advocacy Action for a priority bill, contact the representatives on the relevant policy committee in less than 1 minute with the resources we provide.  These will always be posted at the top of this page, shared on social media, and emailed directly to those who have signed up for GPR email updates. Please complete these Advocacy Action requests as soon as they come through to support this important work!  

What’s next: After Feb 7th (the legislature’s policy committee cut-off date), GPR will know which bills that are still being considered, and will post more detail about those bills.  


Our priorities are defined as follows:

HIGH PRIORITY: These bills are tracked by the committee. The WEA Lobbyist will sign in on our behalf at public hearings when we cannot attend ourselves. In addition, the committee will provide written testimony and input throughout the legislative process. This might include a call to action for all WSASP members. Finally, committee members are committed to providing testimony on these bills.

MEDIUM PRIORITY: These bills are tracked by the committee. The WEA Lobbyist will sign in on our behalf at public hearings when we cannot attend ourselves. In addition, the committee will provide written testimony and input throughout the legislative process. This might include a call to action for all WSASP members. Finally, committee members will provide testimony in person if possible.

LOW PRIORITY: These bills are tracked by the committee. The WEA Lobbyist will sign in on our behalf at public hearings when we cannot attend ourselves. Should the need arise, the committee is prepared to dedicate more resources to these bills which could include written testimony, a call to action for WSASP members, or providing testimony.

Information about the Washington Prototypical School Funding Model for School Psychologists

The OSPI Staffing Enrichment Workgroup is tasked with making recommendations for reducing educational opportunity gaps in Washington State. The group’s first directive was to make recommendations for the Prototypical School Funding Model. A report with recommendations was released during the fall, and was of concern to many WSASP members. Click here to access an article providing clarification and understanding about what the Prototypical School Funding Model is, how school psychologist roles are typically funded, and the advocacy work that WSASP is engaged in on this topic.

Urgent Advocacy Action Request!

HB 2012 is a bill that will mandate the state provide equitable bonuses to all ESAs who hold their national certificate, considering those certificates as comparable to the certif

ication teachers and school counselors are able to earn through National Board. At this time, this is a local bargaining issue, and bonuses range from $0 (nothing!) to a full $10,000, matching what teachers are given when including the low income school stipend, depending on the local bargaining agreement. The first public hearing was on 1/20, but it still has not been scheduled for an executive hearing, and we are running out of time. 

WSASP asks that you please contact the members on the house education committee right now asking them to vote to pass this legislation. We have prepared a statement for you to share, and you can use this link to send all the committee members an email in just one click.  Please take a moment of your time to complete this Advocacy Action Request and stand up for equitable bonuses for all ESAs.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Who:  WSASP's Government and Public Relations (GPR) committee has been hard at work in Olympia, and now we need your vital contribution and active support!

What:  Advocate for your self, your field, and kids!  Contact your representatives TODAY about the below-mentioned important issues! Your representatives value your opinion as a constituent, and the more of us they hear from, the louder our collective voice!  Below are 8 bills we are tracking now.  A brief summary is provided and each bill is linked, allowing you to review the contents of the actual bill.

When: The legislature is in session, but this will end in early March.  As bills cycle through the process and move to a vote from the entire legislative body, we will alert you to action through our member email system. When the time is right for each bill, the Form Letter Link will be activated, and you will get an email reminder to take action! 

Where:  Thanks to NASP, you will only have to send the message once to get to all three representatives based on your home address, and we will be able to pull data about how many of us are taking action!

Why:  With more letters of support and phone calls from all stakeholders and professionals in school psychology and allied fields, the legislators in the House and Senate will be informed and can realize the wide range of importance these issues represent.  If we are not at the table, we are on the menu!

How:  You can contact your legislators today.  You can submit public comment via the legislative website (see directions below, via NASP, directly with an email address, or via Our Voice, through WEA (Click here for a step by step tutorial on how to use Our Voice to email your representatives).  The GPR Committee will provide form letters as appropriate for each bill of interest to WSASP.  When these letters are made available, you can use them exactly, add personal stories or comments, or write an original letter to submit to your legislators.  Once your letter is ready, using NASP's Advocacy Action Center, you can send it to all your state representatives with one click.  We ask that you send one letter for each bill, as this is how representatives prefer communication, and it keeps our message clear.  

Tips and Tricks

Click here for a description of how a bill becomes a law (it is not so direct of a process as we were taught in middle school...)

See the State Advocacy page for instructions on how to submit a public comment on these bills or any others of interest.

Click here for more resources on Advocacy.

Did you contact your representative(s)?  Let us know!  

We want to know how BIG our impact is! 

Click here to tell us about the action you took.   

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