Emergency Waiver Program
The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) approved emergency rules Wednesday, April 8 that allow flexibility and local-approval following extensive school building closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The following are frequently asked questions about the new rules and waiver program. SBE has received many good questions about emergency rulemaking. Download the full FAQ document.
Read the announcement about rules adoption and find links to guidance and the rules: Flexibility for graduating seniors approved by State Board.
The application for emergency waiver authority can be completed by Local Education Agencies in Form Package 956 iGrants. The district data security manager can assign an appropriate staff member the user role for Form Package 956 in iGrants.
The purpose of the emergency waiver program is to grant Local Education Agencies flexibility so that students in the graduating Class of 2020 or earlier who were on track to graduate before the declaration of emergency of February 29, 2020, the proclamation of statewide school closures on March 13, 2020, and any subsequent amendments to these proclamations, are not negatively impacted by measures taken by the Local Education Agency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This waiver authority expires July 31, 2020. The authority for this waiver is sections 10 through 12, chapter 7, Laws of 2020 (EHB 2965) which authorizes the State Board of Education to administer an emergency waiver program.
NOTE: A Local Education Agency that is granted this emergency waiver is considered in compliance with the program of basic education provided that the Local Education Agency meets the requirements of this emergency waiver and the other provisions of the program of basic education.
In order to be granted the waiver authority, the Local Education Agency must certify compliance with each of the following requirements. The Local Education Agency:
- has considered equity in applying for the waiver and will consider equity in administering the waiver. This may include, but is not limited to, an equity analysis, community outreach, or other means to assess and mitigate potential disparate impacts of this waiver.
- will grant waivers on an individual student basis to eligible students in accordance with section WAC 180-111-040
- will demonstrate a good faith effort, as defined in WAC 180-111-020, to help the individual student address credit deficiencies and meet core course requirements prior to granting a waiver.
- will administer the waiver in accordance with program rules as outlined in this chapter.
Download the approved list updated 3:00 p.m. on May 26, 2020 (of submitted complete applications by 12:00 p.m. on May 26).
- FAQs (web version)
- Mastery/competency-based crediting guidance
- PDF of Exhibit A, emergency rules
- Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) Class of 2020 Action Plan
- Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) model policies
- Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) webinar recording
- Independant Colleges of Washington COVID-19 resource page
- Washington Council of Presidents COVID-19 resource page
- OSPI student learning and grading guidance (released April 21) (video link)
- OSPI announcement on school building closures