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Updated COVID-19 Information

Release Date: 

March 18, 2020

**Learn more about the Emergency Waiver Program (adopted April 8). Available after COVID-19 school building closures.

COVID-19 (also known as the Novel Coronavirus) information
Many regions around the world are experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the virus known as COVID-19. This is an evolving situation that may have significant implications for Washington communities, including schools, in the months.

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Flexibility for graduating seniors approved by State Board

At a special Board Meeting April 8, the State Board of Education adopted emergency rules that allow school districts to apply for greater flexibility in awarding a diploma to high school seniors impacted by closures.

The new rules are effective for the Class of 2020 immediately. They allow public school districts, charter schools, and tribal compact schools approved by the Board to waive certain state graduation requirements for individual students. To be approved, districts must make a good faith effort to give students opportunities to complete credits for high school graduation. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) gave districts guidance on how to offer students these opportunities. The waiver is an extra tool districts can use to make sure students graduate after the COVID-19 school building closures.

**Learn more about the Emergency Waiver Program (adopted April 8). Available after COVID-19 school building closures.

Media Contact: 

Stephanie Davidsmeyer
Communications Manager
(360) 764-0522