Waivers
Waivers


Waivers Rule Criteria

Staff Contact:
Jack Archer

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, through August 2014, 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).


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. It was created as a pilot program in 2009. The waiver will expire August 31, 2014.

    SBE may grant five of these waivers: two to districts with student populations under 150 and three to districts with student populations between 150 and 500.

    Currently, two districts with fewer than 150 students have Option Two waivers. No districts with student populations between 150 and 500 have requested these waivers. Therefore, SBE could still grant up to three waivers to districts of this size, though only through August 31, 2014.

    RCW 28A.305.141(4) requires SBE to examine the waivers granted and make a recommendation to the legislature by December 15, 2013, whether the program should be continued, modified, or allowed to terminate as scheduled under law.

    Amended rules to RCW 28A.305.140 establish a process of expedited waivers of the 180-day requirement for the purpose of full-day parent-teacher conferences.

    Under WAC 180-18-050(3), a district seeking to obtain a waiver of up to five days solely for the purpose of conducting parent-teacher conferences must provide notification of the request to the SBE at least 30 days before implementation. The district must submit an adopted resolution by the local school board and other information and documentation specified in the rule. Within 30 days of receipt, the SBE will, on determining that the required information and documentation have been submitted, notify the district that the requirements have been met and the waiver granted. 

     
  • 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 under Option 1, WAC 180-18-040 (1)

District # of Days # of Years Granted Expires Purpose of Waiver New or Renew
Auburn 3 1 July 10, 2014 2014-2015 Professional development R
Bainbridge Island
5 3 May 8, 2014 2016-2017 Parent-teacher conferences R
Bethel 2 3 March 6, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
Cascade 4 3 July 12, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
Cle Elum-Roslyn 1 3 July 11, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development N
Columbia (Hunters) 3 3 July 11, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development N
Columbia (Walla Walla) 3 3 August 6, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
Colville 6 3 May 9, 2012 2014-2015 Professional development N
Curlew 4 3 May 9, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development Parent-teacher conferences N
Cusick 2 3 July 12, 2012 2014-2015 Professional development N
Davenport 2 3 July 11, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development N
Deer Park 4 3 November 9, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences R
Eastmont 5 3 March 15, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
Federal Way 3 3 May 8, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
Grand Coulee Dam 6 1 July 10, 2014 2014-2015 Professional development N
Granger 5 3 March 15, 2012 2014-2015 Professional development R
Issaquah 2 3 November 9, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
Kelso 2 2 July 11, 2013 2014-2015 Student transition between elementary and middle schools R
Lopez Island 4 3 May 8, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
Lynden 4 3 March 6, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development N
Lyle 4 3 July 11, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development R
Methow Valley 6 3 March 6, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
Mount Baker 3 3 July 10, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
Mukilteo 2 3 May 9, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development R
Napavine 4 3 May 8, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
Nespelem 6 3 July 11, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development R
North Franklin 4 3 July 12, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
Ocean Beach 2 2 July 11, 2013 2014-2015 Professional development N
Onion Creek 4 3 July 10, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
Orient 5 3 May 8, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development
R
Prosser 4 3 July 12, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
Puyallup 2 3 March 14, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development N
Reardon-Edwall 2 3 July 11, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development N
Republic 2 3 July 12, 2012 2014-2015 Professional development N
Riverside 5 1 September 26, 2012 2015-2016 Professional development R
Selkirk 3 3 July 10, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development N
Shoreline 5 1 May 8, 2014 2014-2015 Professional development R
Snohomish 4 3 March 15, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
South Bend 3 3 March 15, 2012 2014-2015 Professional development R
Sultan 6 3 September 26, 2012 2014-2015 Professional development Parent-teacher conferences N
Sunnyside 7 3 May 8, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development Parent-teacher conferences R
Tacoma
(Science & Math Institute and School of the Arts)
20 3 November 9, 2012 2014-2015 Enable modified calendars for alternative schools N
Tacoma (all schools) 2 3 November 9, 2012 2014-2015 Professional development R
Thorp 2 3 July 12, 2012 2014-2015 Professional development N
Valley 3 3 March 6, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development N
Vashon Island 5 3 November 9, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
Wahkiakum 4 3 July 10, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
Waterville 4 3 November 9, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
West Valley (Spokane) 4 3 July 12, 2012 2014-2015 Parent-teacher conferences N
Zillah 3 3 March 6, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R

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Waivers Granted for the Sole Purpose of Conducting Parent-Teacher Conferences (WAC 180-18-050(3))

District # of Days # of Years Granted Expires
Asotin-Anatone 2 2 April 17, 2014 2015-2016
Bremerton 4 2 June 13, 2014 2015-2016
Chimacum 3 3 June 18, 213 2015-2016
Colfax 2 2 November 25, 2013 2014-2015
College Place 2 3 March 17, 2014 2016-2017
Coupeville 5 2 July 26, 213 2014-2015
Dayton 2 2 April 17, 2014 2015-2016
Dieringer 2 2 May 14, 2013 2014-2015
Entiat 4 3 March 12, 2014 2016-2017
Federal Way 4 3 April 8, 2014 2016-2017
Fife 5 3 August 13, 2013 2015-2016
Finley 3 3 May 14, 2013 2015-2016
Highline 3 3 May 21, 2014 2016-2017
Kettle Falls 4 3 June 27, 2014 2016-2017
Lind 4 3 June 13, 2013 2015-2016
Medical Lake 4 3 January 17, 2014 2016-2017
Mount Vernon 3 3 June 13, 2013 2015-2016
North Kitsap 5 1 April 17, 2014 2014-2015
Oak Harbor 4 3 July 16, 2014 2016-2017
Odessa 3 3 May 14, 213 2015-2016
Okanogan 4 3 March 12, 214 2016-2017
Orondo 4 3 September 23, 2013 2015-2016
Othello 2 3 May 21, 2014 2016-2017
Ritzville 4 3 June 13, 2013 2015-2016
Riverside 4 3 May 14, 2013 2015-2016
Seattle 3 3 June 13, 2013 2015-2016
Sequim 5 1 July 17, 2014 2014-2015
Valley 4 3 June 24, 2014 2016-2017
Waitsburg 2 3 June 27, 2014 2016-2017
Zillah 4 3 February 25, 2014 2016-2017

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Option 2 (Waivers granted under pilot process for efficiency & economy (RCW 28A.305.141))

District # of Days # of Years Granted Expires New or Renew
Bickleton 30 3 March 15, 2012 2014-2015 R
Paterson 34 3 March 15, 212 2014-2015 R

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Waivers granted from the credit-based graduation requirements of WAC 180-51-061 (1)(a) through (h) and WAC 180-51-066 (1)(a) through (h)

District School # of Years Granted Expires New or Renew
Highline Odyssey High School 6 March 15, 2012 2018-2019 N
Highline Big Picture High School 3 March 15, 2012 2014-2015 R

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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 2019 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.

Date Title
2014
October 28 Longview School District for the graduation classes of 2019 and 2020
October 22 Snohomish School District for the graduation classes of 2019 and 2020

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To learn more, please contact:

Jack Archer
The Washington State Board of Education



P.O. Box 47206
Olympia, WA  98504-7206
Phone: 360-725-6035 
Fax: 360-586-2357
Email: jack.archer@k12.wa.us