• Facebook
  • OSPI on Twitter
  • OSPI Medium
  • OSPI LinkedIn
  • OSPI YouTube
  • OSPI on Flickr
  • Subscribe to OSPI GovDelivery

You are here

Home » Policy & Funding » Equity and Civil Rights » Civil Rights Guidelines: State Policy

Civil Rights Guidelines: State Policy

Contact Information

Equity & Civil Rights

360-725-6162
TTY:
360-664-3631

Preventing and Addressing Discrimination in Student Discipline

Guidelines for implementing Washington's Equal Educational Opportunity Laws: Chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW and Chapter 392-190 WAC

Published October 2019

These guidelines describe how school districts can meet their obligations under state law to administer student discipline without discrimination. These guidelines constitute OSPI's interpretation of the law and are provided to support school districts' understanding of their obligations under these laws. Schools should consider these guideliens when developing, assessing, and revising discipline policies, procedures, and practices. Schools should also carefully review the guidelines when investigating and responding to complaints alleging discrimination in student discipline.

View or Print the Guidelines


Prohibiting Discrimination in Washington Public Schools

Guidelines for school districts to implement Chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW and Chapter 392-190 WAC

Published February 2012

In 2010, a new state law (HB 3026) was passed prohibiting discrimination in Washington public schools based on race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. These guidelines constitute OSPI's interpretation of the law and are provided to support school districts' understanding of their obligations under these laws.

Note: These guidelines are currently under revision and may not reflect OSPI's revised rules for chapter 392-190 WAC (effective December 19, 2014), which supersede these guidelines where different.
 

View or Print the Guidelines