Trauma Impact Rule Summary

One-pager on requirements of the trauma impact rule (HB855) for enrolling children in foster care in school

The Trauma Impact Rule requires that schools:

1. Consider whether a child in foster care recently enrolled in the school has previous or current trauma that may impact the child’s behavior or academic success, and;

2. Take steps to address that trauma and support the child in school. 

The full name for the Trauma Impact rule is Educational Performance Impact of Trauma on Students in Foster Care. Sometimes people refer to the rule as HB855, which was the number of the law that created this rule.