180-Day School Year Waivers
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180-Day School Year Waivers

As part of the basic education requirements in Washington State, each school district must make a minimum of 180 school days available to students each school year. OSPI may grant certain waivers from this basic education program requirement to a school district, in order for the district to implement a local plan to provide all students an effective education system designed to enhance the educational program for each student. Waiver examples include, parent-teacher conference days, professional development days, student transition day, alternative calendars for specific schools.

Waivers may also be granted from the requirement for a 180-day school year 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.150.222).

Waiver Application Forms and Instructions
Email complete Waiver Applications to: waivers@k12.wa.us

Waiver Application Submission and 2019 Timetable
In general, applications submitted to OSPI by the 5th of the month will have a decision by the 10th of the following month. For example, applications received by OSPI by January 5 will receive a decision by February 10.

Waiver application packets must be submitted via email to: waivers@k12.wa.us
All required application elements must be submitted before application consideration. Please see the application form for further instructions.

School Districts Granted Waivers

Parent-Teacher Conference Days

180 School Days Requirement Waiver

Economy & Efficiency


Emergency Waivers Related to Snow Storm (February 8-15, 2019)

State law allows the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to waive missed school days, and school districts will have the opportunity to apply to waive days that were missed while the state of emergency was in effect. However, there is no legal authority to waive the mandatory average of 1,027 hours of instruction for students.

To apply for an Emergency Waiver for Storm-related School Days based on the state of emergency for the winter storm that affected much of Washington, February 8-15, 2019, please contact Jackie Hansman, 360-725-6111, Jackie.Hansman@k12.wa.us

Email Waiver Applications to: waivers@k12.wa.us

OSPI staff contact:
Kristin Murphy
OSPI Legal Services

Relevant Laws & Rules
RCW 28A.150.200 thru .222
RCW 28A.300.750
180-18 WAC

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2019, OSPI began administering the waiver process related to the 180-day school year requirements. Prior to 2019, the State Board of Education handled these waivers, which were known as Option One and Option Two waivers.

   Updated 2/22/2019

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