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


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 2/5/2019

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