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Student Discipline

Laws

School districts in Washington are required to develop discipline policies and procedures that are consistent with Federal and State laws. Washington discipline laws include statutes in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and rules in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

Washington State student discipline laws apply to all K–12 students. However, additional protections apply for students receiving special education services. For more information about special education discipline procedures, visit OSPI’s Special Education Behavior and Discipline page.

Washington Administrative Code (WAC)

Chapter 392-400 WAC outlines due process procedures that school districts must follow when administering discipline. OSPI is proposing substantial changes to Chapter 392-400 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). Learn more

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

Chapter 28A.600 RCW includes several important statutes related to student discipline and other statutes contain provisions regarding discipline in schools.

School District Policies and Procedures

  • RCW 28A.600.010: Enforcement of rules of conduct—Due process guarantees—Computation of days for short-term and long-term suspensions.
  • RCW 28A.600.015: Expulsions and suspensions—Rules incorporating due process—Short-term and long-term suspensions—Emergency expulsions—Discretionary discipline.
  • RCW 28A.600.020: Exclusion of student from classroom—Written disciplinary procedures—Long-term suspension or expulsion.
  • RCW 28A.600.022: Suspended or expelled students—Reengagement plan.
  • RCW 28A.600.410: Alternatives to suspension—Encouraged.
  • RCW 28A.600.460: Classroom discipline—Policies—Classroom placement of student offenders—Data on disciplinary actions.
  • RCW 28A.320.211: Discipline policies, procedures, and rules—Dissemination of information—Use of disaggregated data—Review.
  • RCW 28A.345.090: Model school district discipline policies—Adoption and enforcement by school districts.

OSPI Rule Making Authority

  • RCW 28A.600.015: Expulsions and suspensions—Rules incorporating due process—Short-term and long-term suspensions—Emergency expulsions—Discretionary discipline.
  • RCW 28A.600.020: Exclusion of student from classroom—Written disciplinary procedures—Long-term suspension or expulsion.

Discipline Data

  • RCW 28A.600.460: Classroom discipline—Policies—Classroom placement of student offenders—Data on disciplinary actions.
  • RCW 28A.300.042: Collection and submittal of student-level data—Student data-related reports—Disaggregation of data by subgroups—Modification of statewide student data systems.
  • RCW 28A.300.046: "Student absence from school"—Rules—Collection of attendance and discipline data.
  • RCW 28A.320.211: Discipline policies, procedures, and rules—Dissemination of information—Use of disaggregated data—Review.

   Updated 12/14/2017

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