Waivers
Waivers


Waivers Rule Criteria

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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, 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 9, 2015 2015-2016 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
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) 2 3 May 12, 2016 2018-2019 Professional development N
Curlew 4 3 May 9, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development Parent-teacher conferences N
Cusick 5 3 July 9, 2015 2017-2018 Professional development R
Davenport 2 3 May 12, 2016 2018-2019 Professional development R
Federal Way 3 3 May 8, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
Kelso 1 3 May 14, 2015 2017-2018 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
Mary Walker 3 3 March 10, 2016 2017-2018 Professional Development N
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 12, 2016 2018-2019 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
Newport 5 3 March 12, 2015 2017-2018 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
Puyallup 2 3 March 14, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development N
Reardon-Edwall 2 3 July 11, 2013 2015-2016 Professional development N
Richland 7 2 July 14, 2016 2017-2018 Parent-teacher conferences N
Ridgefield 1 3 September 11, 2015 2017-2018 Student transition for 7th and 9th grades N
Riverside 2 2 May 12, 2016 2018-2019 Professional development R
Selkirk 3 3 July 10, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development N
Shoreline 5 3 March 12, 2015 2017-2018 Professional development R
South Bend 3 3 March 12, 2015 2017-2018 Professional development R
Sultan 2 3 September 11, 2015 2017-2018 Professional development of certificated staff R
Sunnyside 7 3 May 8, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development Parent-teacher conferences R
Tacoma
(Science & Math Institute and School of the Arts)
10 3 July 9, 2015 2017-2018 Alternative calendar for two high schools Professional development R
Tacoma 10 2 July 2016 2017-2018 Alternative calendar for one high school N
Tacoma (all schools) 4 3 May 14, 2015 2017-2018 Professional development R
Valley 3 3 March 6, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development N
Wahkiakum 4 3 July 10, 2014 2016-2017 Professional development R
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 3 February 16, 2016 2017-2018
Bremerton 4 2 June 13, 2014 2015-2016
Cascade 4 3 May 29, 2015 2017-2018
Chimacum 3 3 June 2, 2016 2018-2019
Colville 4 2 May 20, 2015 2016-2017
College Place 2 3 March 17, 2014 2016-2017
Dayton 3 3 June 2, 2016 2018-2019
Deer Park 4 3 November 3, 2015 2017-2018
Eastmont   3 January, 2014 2017-2018
Entiat 4 3 March 12, 2014 2016-2017
Federal Way 4 3 April 8, 2014 2016-2017
Fife 5 3 March 25, 2016 2019-2019
Finley 3 3 May 14, 2013 2015-2016
Highline 3 3 May 21, 2014 2016-2017
Issaquah 2 2 March 2, 2015 2016-2017
Kettle Falls 4 3 June 27, 2014 2016-2017
Lind 4 3 January 7, 2016 2016-2017
Mansfield 2 1 July 29, 2016 2017-2018
Mead 4 3 January 26, 2016 2018-2019
Medical Lake 4 3 January 17, 2014 2016-2017
Mount Vernon 3 3 June 13, 2013 2015-2016
Oak Harbor 4 3 July 16, 2014 2016-2017
Odessa 3 3 May 14, 2013 2015-2016
Okanogan 4 3 March 12, 2014 2016-2017
Omak 4 3 August 10, 2015 2017-2018
Orondo 4 3 July 22, 2016 2017-2018
Othello 2 3 May 21, 2014 2016-2017
Port Angeles 2 1 January 19, 2016 2016-2017
Prosser 4 3 March 13, 2015 2017-2018
Ritzville 4 3 January 7, 2016 2018-2019
Riverside 4 3 June 2, 2016 2018-2019
Seattle 3 3 January 7, 2016 2018-2019
Sultan 4 3 April 17, 2015 2017-2018
Valley 4 3 June 24, 2014 2016-2017
Vashon Island 5 3 May 20, 2015 2017-2018
Waitsburg 2 3 June 27, 2014 2016-2017
West Valley (Spokane) 8 3 December 9, 2014 2017-2018
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 2 March 12, 2015 2016-2017 R
Paterson 34 2 May 14, 2015 2016-2017 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
(2016 Report)
Big Picture High School 3 March 12, 2015 2018-2019 R
Issaquah Gibson Ek High School 4 January 14, 2016 2019-2020 N
Lake Chelan Chelan School of Innovation 4 May 12, 2016 2019-2020 N
Methow Valley Independent Learning Center 4 May 12, 2016 2019-2020 N

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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 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 Date Granted Graduating Classes Waived
Aberdeen July 9, 2015 2019 and 2020
Auburn January 8, 2015 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
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
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
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
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
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 2019
Mossyrock July 9, 2015 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
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
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
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
Winlock May 14, 2015 2019 and 2020
Yelm May 14, 2015 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