The State Legislature passed a new law (EHB 2965) supporting the state's response to the novel coronavirus. This
law includes a provision (see Section 10) that allows the State Board of Education to grant an emergency waiver to local education agencies (e.g., school districts, etc.) and private schools. The waiver will provide flexibility so individual students
in the graduating Class of 2020 or earlier, who were on track to graduate, are not held back by school closures due to the novel coronavirus.
Under the emergency waiver program, public school districts, charter schools, and tribal compact schools will be able to
apply to the State Board of Education for a waiver of certain high school graduation requirements. To get the waiver, schools and districts must demonstrate a good faith effort to address core course requirements and credit deficiencies (see OSPI Bulletin 022-20 for guidance on supporting
seniors). In addition, the State Board of Education may waive credit-based graduation requirements and school day and instructional hour requirements for private schools.
The State Board of Education is working with partners to
review different scenarios and considerations to ensure the program rules effectively support students, schools, and communities. The Board will hold a Special Meeting from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, to review the draft timeline and considerations for rulemaking. The Board expects to adopt emergency rules by the middle of April.
We intend to offer a virtual attendance option for the public to view the meeting via ZOOM and encourage those who wish to provide public comment to do so by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will post the ZOOM link to the meeting on Twitter and on the SBE Meetings page. Please stay tuned for updates.
Stephanie Davidsmeyer, SBE