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Open Doors Youth Reengagement

Laws and Policies

RCW 28A.175.100 directs OSPI to adopt rules to implement the provisions of Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1418 (2010). OSPI has consulted with community colleges (SBCTC), dropout reengagement programs, school districts, ESD's, and the Workforce Board, as well as, approved providers of online learning when making these rules (Chapter 392-700 WAC).

Open Doors Youth Reengagement (WAC 392-700) is a reengagement system that provides education and services to older youth, ages 16-21, who have dropped out of school or are not expected to graduate from high school by the age of 21. Open Doors reengages disconnected youth through programs that encourage community partnerships, create multiple pathways for students to realize success, and provide an on-ramp to post-secondary achievement through a performance based, individualized support model. 

Face to Face Emergency Rule

During school facility closures, Superintendent Reykdal has allowed alternate methods for the purpose of meeting the two-hour face-to-face requirement in Open Doors reengagement programs as defined in WAC 392-700-015(3).

Emergency Rule FAQ's

This emergency rule change is effective until September 5, 2020.

New language in this emergency rule allows for the following contact methods to meet this requirement:

Face-to-face interaction means reciprocal communication happening in real time, documented for the purposes of instruction, academic advising, career advising, or case management. This may take place via:

  • In-person
    • May be allowed within current local health department guidelines, including social distancing and masking for student and staff.
    • Per allowable building activities guidance, in-person should only be used for providing direct services to individual students where there is no other alternative for the service delivery and the service is necessary and essential. This is expected to be an unusual occurrence.
  • Telephone
    • Maintain documentation of conversations in a contact log, including date, time, duration and purpose of each call.
  • Email
    • Exchange must include evidence of same-time reciprocal communication, with minimal lag time between exchanges, as in a real-time conversation.
  • Instant messaging
    • Exchange must include evidence of same-time reciprocal communication, with minimal lag time between exchanges, as in a real-time conversation.
  • Interactive video communication
    • Maintain documentation of conversations in a contact log, including date, time, duration and purpose of each interaction
    • Permission must be obtained from the parent, or the student if age 18+, in writing for recording video communications.
  • Other means of digital communication
    • Maintain documentation of conversations in a contact log, including date, time, duration and purpose of each interaction

There are no changes to the weekly status check requirements.

Fall 2020 Apportionment Guidance

For Fall 2020 Open Doors apportionment guidance, please refer to the below document:

For questions on reporting enrollment for the summer months, please contact Becky McLean.


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