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180-Day Waivers

Waivers from basic education program requirements (RCW 28A.150.200 through 28A.150.220) may be granted on the basis that they “are necessary to implement successfully a local plan to provide for all students in the district an effective education system that is designed to enhance the educational program for each student”  (RCW 28A.305.140). Waivers may also be granted from the requirement for a 180-day school year to a limited number of districts meeting certain enrollment criteria that propose to operate schools on a flexible calendar for purposes of economy and efficiency (RCW 28A.305.141).

Change to Waiver Administration

Effective January 1, 2019, the administration of waivers from the 180-day requirement transfers to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Administration of waivers from graduation requirements remain with the State Board of Education.

The State Board of Education retains rule-making authority over waiver programs. If you have a suggestion to change or create a waiver program, please contact parker.teed@k12.wa.us.

Waiver Applications

We strongly encourage electronic submission of applications and materials.

Current School Districts With Waivers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the definition of a school day?
    RCW 28A.150.203 defines a school day: 'School day' means each day of the school year on which pupils enrolled in the common schools of a school district are engaged in academic and career and technical instruction planned by and under the direction of the school. Under this definition, full-day parent-teacher conferences are not considered a school day toward the required 180 days because it is implicit in the statute that all pupils must be engaged in academic and career and technical instruction on that day. A late start, early release, or half day for parent teacher conferences is considered a school day toward the required 180 days. Districts planning full-day parent teacher conferences within a 180-day school year must apply to SBE for a waiver to be in compliance with the Basic Education Act.

  • What types of waivers are granted?
    The State Board of Education has the authority to grant waivers from basic education program requirements (RCW 28A.150.200 through 28A.150.220).  This includes:

    The State Board of Education’s authority to grant waivers from the basic education program requirements reside in RCW 28A.305.140, RCW 28A.305.141, and RCW, 28A.655.180(1).  The rules that govern requests for waivers are in WAC 180-18-030, WAC 180-18-040, WAC 180-18-050, and WAC 180-18-065. The State Board of Education’s authority to establish rules governing minimum high school graduation requirements reside in RCW 28A.230.090.

  • What is the process to obtain a waiver from the minimum 180-day school year requirement? Option 1 is the regular waiver that may be granted under RCW 28A.305.140 to enhance the educational program for each student. The process for a district application for a waiver and for evaluation of the need for the waiver by SBE is specified in WAC 180-18-040 (1) and WAC 180-18-050 (1) and (2). Under this process, districts may propose the number of days to be waived and the types of activities deemed necessary to enhance the educational program and improve student achievement.

    The waiver application, a signed resolution by the local school board, a proposed school calendar, a summary of the collective bargaining contract with the local education association, and all supporting documentation must be received by the State Board of Education at least  forty days prior to the State Board of Education meeting at which consideration of the waiver will occur.

    Option 2 is a waiver for the purposes of economy and efficiency, authorized in RCW 28A.305.141, for eligible districts to operate one or more schools on a flexible calendar. 

    SBE may grant five of these waivers to districts with student populations of 500 or fewer students. Two of the waivers must be reserved for districts with student populations under 150.

    As of May 2018, all five slots are currently full.

  • What is the process to obtain a waiver from the minimum high school graduation requirements?
    A school may apply for a waiver from the credit-based graduation requirements of WAC 180-51-061 (1)(a) through (h) and WAC 180-51-066 (1)(a) through (h).

    Consistent with legislative intent, any application for a waiver under WAC 180-51-068 (11) that is received before the first day of a scheduled board meeting will be considered by the Board at that meeting. The Board respectfully requests, however, that applications be received at least ten days before a scheduled board meeting in order that they may be included in the printed materials prepared for the meeting.

Waivers granted from the credit unit graduation requirements of WAC 180-51.

District School # of Years Granted Expires
Snoqualmie Valley Two Rivers School  4 September 2019 2022-2023
Moses Lake Moses Lake High School 4 September 2019 2022-2023
Tonasket Tonasket Choice High School 4 May 2019 2022-2023
Soap Lake RISE Academy 4 May 2019 2022-2023
Selah  Selah Academy  4 May 2019 2022-2023
Federal Way

Career Academy at Truman, Federal Way Open Doors

4 May 2017 2020-2021
Highline Big Picture High School 3 March  2015 2022-2023
Issaquah Gibson Ek High School 4 January 2016 2019-2020
Lake Chelan Chelan School of Innovation 4 May 2016 2019-2020
Methow Valley  Independent Learning Center 4 May 2016 2019-2020
Peninsula  Henderson Bay High School 4 July 2018 2021-2022
Quincy Quincy Innovation Academy 4 July 2018 2021-2022

Applications for Waiver of Implementation of the 24 Credit Framework
RCW 28A.230.090 (1) provides that school districts, private schools, or community colleges may apply to the State Board of Education for a waiver to implement the Career- and College-Ready Graduation requirements adopted in 2014 beginning with the graduating class of 2020 or 2021 rather than the graduating class of 2019. The SBE is directed to grant such waiver to an applying school district at the next subsequent meeting of the Board after receiving an application. (E2SSB 6552. Chapter 217, Laws of 2014.) WAC 180-51-068 (11) implements this provision. For more information about graduation requirements, visit the Graduation Requirements page.

School Granted Graduating Classes Waived
Walla Walla Community College September 2019 2019, 2020
South Puget Sound Community College September 2019 2019, 2020
Everett Community College September 2019 2019, 2020
Tacoma Community College July 2019 2019, 2020
Renton Technical College July 2019 2019, 2020
Lake Washington Institute of Technology July 2019 2019, 2020
Edmonds Community College July 2019 2019, 2020
Clover Park Technical College July 2019 2019, 2020
Clark College July 2019 2019, 2020
Cascadia Technical College July 2019 2019, 2020
Bellingham Technical College July 2019 2019, 2020
Bates Technical College July 2019 2019, 2020
Centralia College May 2019 2019, 2020
Columbia Basin College May 2019 2019, 2020
Grays Harbor College May 2019 2019, 2020
Seattle Colleges District May 2019 2019, 2020
Lower Columbia College September 2018 2019, 2020

Applications for Waiver of Implementation of the 24 Credit Framework for Up to Two Years

RCW 28A.230.090 (1) provides that school districts may apply to the State Board of Education for a waiver to implement the Career- and College-Ready Graduation requirements adopted in 2014 beginning with the graduating class of 2020 or 2021 rather than the graduating class of 2019. The SBE is directed to grant such waiver to an applying school district at the next subsequent meeting of the Board after receiving an application. (E2SSB 6552. Chapter 217, Laws of 2014.) WAC 180-51-068 (11) implements this provision. For more information about graduation requirements, visit the Graduation Requirements page.

District  Granted Graduating Classes Waived
Aberdeen July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Auburn January 8, 2015 2019 and 2020
Arlington January 11, 2017 2019 and 2020
Battle Ground January 8, 2015 2019 and 2020
Bellingham May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Bethel January 8, 2015 2019 and 2020
Blaine March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Bremerton March 10, 2016 2019 and 2020
Camas May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Castle Rock May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Centralia May 12, 2016 2019 and 2020
Central Kitsap March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Central Valley March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Chehalis March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Cheney March 7, 2018 2019 and 2020
Chimacum July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Clarkston January 14, 2016 2019 and 2020
College Place September 11, 2015 2019 and 2020
Concrete January 8, 2015 2019 and 2020
Coupeville May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Crescent March 10, 2016 2019 and 2020
Darrington July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Deer Park May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Eastmont May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
East Valley (Spokane) May 12, 2016 2019 and 2020
East Valley (Yakima) November 10, 2016 2019 and 2020
Eatonville July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Edmonds March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Ellensburg March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Elma May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Entiat November 5, 2015 2019 and 2020
Everett January 14, 2016 2019 and 2020
Evergreen July 14, 2016 2019 and 2020
Fife September 11, 2015 2019 and 2020
Finley May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Franklin July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Granite Falls May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Highline March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Hoquiam July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Kalama March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Kennewick May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Kent August 9, 2018 2019 and 2020
Kettle Falls May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Kiona-Benton March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Lake Stevens July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Lakewood May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Liberty Christian School of the Tri-Cities July 14, 2016 2019 and 2020
Longview November 14, 2014 2019 and 2020
Lynden March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Marysville March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Mead March 12, 2015 (Class of 2019) and July 12, 2018 (Class of 2020) 2019 and 2020
Mossyrock July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Mukilteo March 9, 2017 2019 and 2020
Naches Valley November 5, 2015 2019 and 2020
Napavine May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
North Kitsap March 12, 2015 2019
North Thurston March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Okanogan May 12, 2016 2019 and 2020
Omak November 8, 2018 2019 and 2020
Olympia May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Pasco March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Port Angeles March 10, 2016 2019 and 2020
Prosser March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Quilcene May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Raymond January 11, 2017 2019 and 2020
Renton May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Richland March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Ridgefield July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Rochester July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Seattle January 8, 2015 2019 and 2020
Sedro Woolley March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Shelton May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Shoreline March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Snohomish November 14, 2014 2019 and 2020
South Bend March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Spokane January 14, 2016 2019 and 2020
Stanwood-Camano January 8, 2015 2019 and 2020
Sultan March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Sumner May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Taholah May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Tahoma March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Tenino July 14, 2016 2019 and 2020
Toledo July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Touchet May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Toutle Lake March 12, 2015 2019 and 2020
Tukwila May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Tumwater May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Vancouver May 14, 2015 2019
Walla Walla May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Washougal November 5, 2015 2019 and 2020
Wellpinit January 8, 2015 2019 and 2020
Wenatchee May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
West Valley (Spokane) July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
White Pass July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
White Salmon July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Wishram November 8, 2018 2019 and 2020
Winlock May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Yelm May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020

To learn more, please contact:

Parker Teed
The Washington State Board of Education



P.O. Box 47206
Olympia, WA  98504-7206
Phone: 360-725-6047 
Fax: 360-586-2357