3110 Admission and Attendance
A. Age of Admission
Attending the schools of the district shall be recognized as a right and responsibility for those who meet the requirements prescribed by law. Every resident of the district who satisfies the minimum entry age requirement and is less than 21 years of age has the right to attend the district's schools until they complete high school graduation requirements. Children of age 8 and less than age 18 are required by law to attend a public school, an approved private school or educational center, unless they are receiving approved home-based instruction. Under certain circumstances children who are at least 16 and less than 18 years of age may be excused from further attendance at school. The superintendent shall exercise their authority to grant exceptions when they determine that the student:
- Is lawfully and regularly employed, and
- Has permission of a parent, or,
- Is emancipated pursuant to Chapter 13.64 RCW; or
- Is subject to one of the other exceptions to compulsory attendance.
A resident student who has been granted an exception retains the right to enroll as a part-time student and shall be entitled to take any course, receive any ancillary services and take or receive any combination of courses and ancillary services which is offered by a public school to full-time students.
B. Entrance Qualifications
To be admitted to a kindergarten program which commences in the fall of the year, a child must be not less than five years of age prior to September l of that school year. These entry standards are established as a means of assuring optimal levels of success for all students, not only in kindergarten, but throughout their entire span of school years.
Exceptions to this standard are to be subjected to careful scrutiny and may be granted for students who have reached their fifth (5th) birthday on or before October 31 of the school year in which they seek entrance. Such exceptions shall be provided only upon verification that the individual student possesses advanced cognitive, social, physical, and emotional maturity sufficient to maintain a high level of success throughout kindergarten and the years following. The superintendent shall identify screening processes and instruments to provide reliable estimates of the child’s skills and abilities. Students who satisfy early entrance criteria shall be admitted to kindergarten on a temporary basis. A final determination shall be made no later than 30 calendar days following the student’s first day of attendance.
The deadline for kindergarten early entrance applications shall be June 1. The superintendent shall establish fees to cover expenses incurred in the administration of preadmission screening processes and provide a fee waiver or a reduction in fees for students whose families meet income requirements for the free and reduced lunch program.
Kindergarten early entrance decisions as well as fee assessments shall be subject to appeal. All appeals are to be made in writing and directed to the superintendent and/or designee who shall be responsible for reviewing the decisions(s) and arriving at a final determination.
To be admitted to a first grade program which commences in the fall of the year a child must be not less than six years of age prior to September l of that school year.
Any student not otherwise eligible for entry to the first grade who has successfully completed a state-approved, public or private, kindergarten program of 450 or more hours, including instruction in the essential academic learning requirements and other subjects that the district determines are appropriate may be placed in a temporary classroom assignment for the purposes of evaluation prior to making a final determination of the student's appropriate placement. Such determination shall be made no later than the 30th calendar day following the student's first day of attendance.
First grade eligibility decisions shall be subject to appeal. All appeals are to be made in writing and directed to the superintendent and/or designee who shall be responsible for reviewing the decisions(s) and arriving at a final determination.
C. Admission of Students Aged Twenty-One or Older
A student aged 21 or older may enroll in a school in the district under the following conditions:
- There is available space in the school and program which the student shall attend;
- Tuition is prepaid;
- The student provides their own transportation;
- The student resides in the state of Washington; and
- In the judgment of the superintendent, no adult education program is available at reasonable costs and the district's program is appropriate to the needs of the student.
D. Placement of Students on Admission
The decision of where to place a student seeking admission to the district rests with the principal. Generally students meeting the age of admission requirements or transferring from a public or approved private school shall be placed in kindergarten or first grade, or the grade from which they transferred. The principal shall evaluate the educational record and assessments of all other students to determine their appropriate placement. A temporary classroom assignment may be made for no more than thirty calendar days for the purpose of evaluation prior to making the final placement decision.
Board Policy 2090 Program Evaluation
2121 Substance Abuse Program
2140 Guidance and Counseling
2108 Remediation Programs
3114 Part-time, Home-based, or Off-campus Students
3121 Compulsory Attendance
3122 Excused and Unexcused Absences
4220 Complaints Concerning Staff or Program
RCW 28A.225.010 Attendance mandatory – Age – Person having custody shall cause child to attend public school – When excused
28A.225.020 School's duties upon juvenile's failure to attend school
28A.225.160 Qualification for admission to district’s schools – Fees for preadmission screening
28A.225.220 Adults, children from other districts, agreements for attending school – Tuition
WAC 392-335 Uniform Entry Qualifications
392-134-010 Attendance rights of part-time public school students
392-137 Finance – Nonresident attendance
Policy News, April 2006 Entrance to School Policy Changes
Policy News, Aug. 1999 Districts may set K-screening fees
REVISED: 5/25/06; 3/22/07; 12/20/07; 4/28/16
Procedure No. 3110P Admission and Attendance
The following procedures shall be utilized to process individual requests for early entrance to kindergarten.
- Parents/guardians will submit an application and screening form to the home school between May 1 and June 1.
- After the completed application and screening form have been received by the home school, a conference will be scheduled between the parents and the principal to discuss early entrance procedures, kindergarten expectations, and program philosophy and structure. If parents wish to proceed with the process, they will pay a teacher screening fee and sign permission for individual child screening (the fee may be reduced for students whose families meet income requirements for the free or reduced lunch program). The first of two appointments will be scheduled for the child at that time.
- During the first appointment, a kindergarten teacher will observe and assess the child in multiple areas. If the child meets standard on the teacher screening, they will be referred to the school psychologist for further testing and will pay a second screening fee at that time (this fee may also be reduced for students whose families meet income requirement for the free or reduced lunch program).
- If the child does not meet standard on the teacher screening, they will not be referred on to the school psychologist, and the early entrance screening process will conclude. The child will be required to enroll in kindergarten the following year.
- If the student meets standard on both the teacher and psychologist assessments, they shall be admitted to kindergarten for a four-week trial period.
- Determination of final placement in kindergarten shall be the decision of the school principal.
Early entrance decisions as well as fee assessments shall be subject to appeal. All appeals are to be made in writing and directed to the superintendent and/or designee who shall be responsible for reviewing the decisions(s) and arriving at a final determination.
Admission of Students Aged Twenty-One or Older
The student shall petition the superintendent for admission.
The petition shall identify the student's name, age, address and grade level or program of study.
If approved, the petition shall specify the tuition fee to be paid, shall be signed by the student and the superintendent and shall constitute the written agreement required by law. It shall be retained as a public document and made available to the state superintendent of public instruction upon request.
The tuition fee shall be calculated in the same way the state superintendent of public instruction determines the cost of educating a student in the district, except that a handicapped student who turns twenty-one during the school year shall only pay that amount of money deemed as "excess cost."
REVISED: 10/22/98; 10/28/99; 5/25/06; 3/22/07; 4/28/16
QUALIFICATIONS OF ATTENDANCE AND PLACEMENT
3110 Admission and Attendance
3114 Part-time, Home-based, or Off-Campus Students
3115 Students Experiencing Homelessness: Enrollment Rights and Services
3116 Students in Foster Care
3122 Excused and Unexcused Absences
3123 Withdrawal Prior to Graduation
3124 Removal of Student during School Hours
3125 Release of Student during School Day
3126 Child Custody
3131 District Attendance Area Transfers
3140 Release of Resident Students
3141 Nonresident Students
3142 International Exchange Students
3143 District Notification of Juvenile Offenders
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
3200 Student Rights and Responsibilities
3205 Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited
3207 Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
3211 Gender-Inclusive Schools
3220 Freedom of Expression
3223 Freedom of Assembly
3224 Student Dress
3225 School-Based Threat Assessment
3226 Interviews and Interrogations of Students on School Premises
3230 Student Privacy and Searches
3231 Students Records
3232 Parent and Student Rights in Administration of Surveys Analysis or Evaluations
3235 Protection of Student Personal Information
3240 Student Conduct Expectations and Reasonable Sanctions
3241 Student Discipline
3242 Closed Campus
3243 Student Driving
3244 Prohibition of Corporal Punishment
3245 Students and Telecommunication Devices
3246 Use of Isolation, Restraint and Other Uses of Reasonable Force
3410 Student Health
3412 Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
3413 Student Immunization and Life Threatening Conditions
3414 Infectious Diseases
3415 Accommodating Students with Diabetes
3416 Medication at School
3418 Response to Student Injury or Illness
3419 Self-Administration of Asthma and Anaphylaxis Medications
3420 Anaphylaxis Prevention and Response
3421 Child Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Prevention
3422 Student Sports – Concussion, Head Injury and Sudden Cardiac Arrest
3424 Opioid-Related Overdose Reversal
3510 Associated Student Bodies
3515 Student Incentives
3520 Student Fees, Fines, Charges
3530 Student Fund Raising Activities Involving Students