Following nearly two years of study, stakeholder engagement, and formal rulemaking, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) adopted final rules that comprehensively revise Chapter 392-400 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). This chapter provides rules for how a public school district may administer student discipline, including notice for parents and guardians as well as due process protections for students who are suspended or expelled.
OSPI substantially revised the state's student discipline rules for the purpose of improving the clarity and readability of the rules, clarifying requirements in House Bill 1541(2016), and increasing opportunities for families to participate in the development of discipline policies and in resolving discipline-related issues. After three public comment periods, including eight public hearings held around the state, OSPI adopted the final student discipline rules on July 30, 2018.
In order to provide ample time for school districts to implement new due process procedures, train school personnel, and engage with parents and guardians, teachers, and communities to develop appropriate local student discipline policies, OSPI adopted the following effective dates:
For the 2018-19 School Year:
- Classroom Exclusions
- Absences and Tardiness
- Educational Services
For the 2019-20 School Year:
- Parent Notifications Requirements
- Appeal Procedures
- District Grievance Procedures
- Conditions and Limitations