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Absence Rules | Chapter 392-401 WAC

Permanent Rules Adopted
OSPI adopted permanent absence rules on May 3, 2018. The rules will become effective on August 1, 2018. This rule contains a new definition of absence and reasons for excused absences.

Summary of Rule Changes
Changes to rules are summarized here. A more detailed explanation can be found in the Concise Explanatory Statement.

Additional Guidance
Further guidance on the new rules will be forthcoming in an official OSPI bulletin and will be posted on this webpage.

For assistance or questions, please contact Krissy Johnson at or (360) 725-6045.



  • Washington State Compulsory Attendance Laws - RCW 28A.225
  • Elementary parent conference requirement after 5 excused absences – RCW.28A.225.018
  • School’s duties if a child fails to attend school without excuse – RCW 28A.225.020

OSPI Bulletins & Guidance

CEDARS Data Collection Requirement and Guidance

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   Updated 5/18/2018

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