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180-Day School Year Waivers

2019-2020 School Year Emergency School Closures

2019–20 Emergency School Closure Waiver Application

For more information, see the Waivers and Make-Up Days section of OSPI’s guidance and resources related to the COVID-19 virus.

Waiver Applications

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

Contact Information

Administrative Resource Services

Kristin Murphy
360-725-6133
The Emergency School Closure Waiver Application must be submitted by all local education agencies (LEAs) requesting a waiver of instructional hours or school days that the LEA was unable to offer in the 2019–20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other unforeseen emergency events.

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.

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 & Instructions

Email complete Waiver Applications.

Waiver Application Submission & Decision 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.
All required application elements must be submitted before application consideration. Please see the application form for further instructions.

Relevant Laws & Rules