April 15th, 2014
Waivers
Waivers


Waivers Rule Criteria

Waiver Applications
Current School District Waivers

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).

Waivers granted under Option 1, the permanent process (WAC 180-18-040 (1))

District # of Days # of Years Granted Expires New or Renew
Auburn 3 1 2013.07.11 2013-2014 R
Bainbridge-Elementary 4 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 N
Bainbridge-Secondary 2 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 N
Battle Ground 5 1 2013.07.11 2013-2014 N
Bethel 2
2
3
3
2011.03.10
2014.03.06
2013-2014
2016-2017
R
R
Cascade 4 3 2012.07.12 2014-2015 N
Columbia (Hunters) 3 3 2013.07.11 2015-2016  
Columbia (Walla Walla) 3 3 2012.08.06 2014-2015 N
Colville 6 3 2012.05.09 2014-2015 N
Curlew 4 3 2013.05.09 2015-2016 N
Cusick 2 3 2012.07.12 2014-2015 N
Deer Park 4 3 2012.11.09 2014-2015 R
Eastmont 5 3 2012.03.15 2014-2015 N
Edmonds 5 3 2011.03.10 2013-2014 R
Entiat 4 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 N
Federal Way 7 3 2011.07.14 2013-2014 R
Granger 5 3 2012.03.15 2014-2015 R
Highline-Elementary 4 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 R
Highline-Secondary 2 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 R
Issaquah 2 3 2012.11.09 2014-2015 N
Kelso 2 2 2013.07.11 2014-2015 R
Kettle Falls 4 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 N
Lake Quinault 4 3 2011.05.12 2013-2014 R
Longview 3 3 2011.05.12 2013-2014 N
Lopez Island 4 3 2011.05.12 2013-2014 R
Lyle 4 1 2013.07.11 2013-2014 R
Lynden 4 3 2014.03.06 2016-2017 N
Medical Lake 4 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 N
Methow Valley 6
6
3
3
2011.03.10
2014.03.06
2013-2014
2016-2017
R
R
Monroe 4 3 2011.03.10 2013-2014 R
Mount Baker 4 3 2011.07.14 2013-2014 R
Mount Vernon 1 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 N
Mukilteo 2 3 2013.05.09 2015-2016 R
Napavine 4 3 2011.05.12 2013-2014 R
Nespelem 6 3 2013.07.11 2015-2016 R
Newport 5 3 2011.03.10 2013-2014 R
North Franklin 4 3 2012.07.12 2014-2015 N
North Kitsap 5 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 N
Northshore 5 3 2011.03.10 2013-2014 R
Oak Harbor 4 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 N
Okanogan 4 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 N
Omak 4 3 2011.07.14 2013-2014 N
Onion Creek 5 3 2011.05.12 2013-2014 R
Orient 5 3 2011.05.12 2013-2014 R
Oroville 3 3 2011.07.14 2013-2014 N
Othello 6 3 2011.05.12 2013-2014 R
Prosser 4 3 2012.07.12 2014-2015 N
Puyallup 2 3 2013.03.14 2015-2016 N
Reardon-Edwall 2 3 2013.07.11 2015-2016 N
Republic 2 3 2012.07.12 2014-2015 N
Riverside 5 1 2012.09.26 2015-2016 R
Sedro Wooley 3 3 2011.03.10 2013-2014 N
Sequim 4 3 2011.07.14 2013-2014 N
Shoreline 5 3 2011.03.10 2013-2014 R
Snohomish 4 3 2012.03.15 2014-2015 N
South Bend 3 3 2012.03.15 2014-2015 R
Sultan 6 3 2012.09.26 2014-2015 N
Sunnyside 7 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 R
Tacoma
(Science & Math Institute and School of the Arts)
20 3 2012.11.09 2014-2015 N
Tacoma Varies by grade 1 2011.05.12 2013-2014 R
Thorp 2 3 2012.07.12 2014-2015 N
Wahkiakum 4 3 2011.09.15 2013-2014 R
Waitsburg 2 3 2011.07.14 2013-2014 R
Walla Walla 3 2 2012.09.26 2013-2014 N
Waterville 4 3 2012.11.09 2014-2015 N
West Valley (Spokane) 4 3 2012.07.12 2014-2015 N
Valley 3 3 2014.03.06 2016-2017 N
Vashon Island 5 3 2012.11.09 2014-2015 N
Zillah 7
3
3
3
2011.05.12
2014.03.06
2013-2014
2016-2017
R
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
Chimacum 3 3 2013.06.18 2015-2016
Colfax 2 2 2013.11.25 2014-2015
College Place 2 3 2014.03.17 2016-2017
Coupeville 5 2 2013.07.26 2014-2015
Dieringer 2 2 2013.05.14 2014-2015
Edmonds 3 1 2013.05.14 2013-2014
Entiat 4 3 2014.03.12 2016-2017
Fife 5 3 2013.08.13 2015-2016
Finley 3 3 2013.05.14 2015-2016
Lind 4 3 2013.06.13 2015-2016
Medical Lake 4 3 2014.01.17 2016-2017
Mount Vernon 3 3 2013.06.13 2015-2016
Odessa 3 3 2013.05.14 2015-2016
Okanogan 4 3 2014.03.12 2016-2017
Orondo 4 3 2013.09.23 2015-2016
Ritzville 4 3 2013.06.13 2015-2016
Riverside 4 3 2013.05.14 2015-2016
Seattle 3 3 2013.06.13 2015-2016
Zillah 4 3 2014.02.25 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 2012.03.15 2013-2014 R
Paterson 34 3 2012.03.15 2013-2014 R

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Option 3 (pilot process) Option 3 waivers were eliminated by rule adoption in November 2012.

District # of Days # of Years Granted Expires New or Renew
Adna 3 3 2011.05.11 2013-2014 N
Arlington 3 3 2011.06.14 2013-2014 N
Asotin-Anatone 2 3 2011.06.02 2013-2014 N
Blaine 3 3 2011.03.07 2013-2014 N
Cle Elum 3 3 2011.05.11 2013-2014 N
Colton 2 2 2011.08.04 2013-2014 N
Davenport 2 3 2010.08.25 2013-2014 N
Garfield 3 3 2011.06.24 2013-2014 N
Granite Falls 2 3 2012.08.12 2013-2014 R
Kittitas 3 3 2011.05.11 2013-2014 N
Naches Valley 2 3 2011.04.25 2013-2014 R
Oakesdale 2 3 2011.04.25 2013-2014 R
Olympia 3 3 2011.06.30 2013-2014 N
Palouse 3 3 2011.04.25 2013-2014 R
Port Angeles 2 3 2011.08.12 2013-2014 N
Raymond 3 3 2011.05.11 2013-2014 N
Selkirk 3 3 2011.06.24 2013-2014 N
Sultan 2 3 2010.08.25 2012-2013 N
Sumner 3 3 2011.08.09 2013-2014 N
Tahoma 3 3 2011.03.21 2013-2014 N
Tekoa 2 2 2011.08.04 2013-2014 N
Valley 3 3 2011.06.24 2013-2014 N

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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 2012.03.15 2018-2019 N

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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