3114 Part-time, home-based, or off-campus students

Part-time students are permitted to enroll and receive ancillary services, provided that such students are otherwise eligible for full time enrollment in the school district and such courses or services are not available in the student’s private school or an approved extension thereof.  Part-time status also includes:  any student, not enrolled in a private school, who is receiving home-based instruction and taking courses at or receiving ancillary services from the district or both, or any student involved in an approved work training program.

Home-based instruction shall consist of instructional and related educational activities, including the basic skills of occupational education, science, mathematics, language, social studies, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, and the development of an appreciation of art and music.  Such instruction shall be equivalent, as liberally construed, to the total annual program hours per grade level as established for public schools.

Home-based instruction may be provided by a parent who has filed a declaration of intent with the superintendent by September 15, or within two weeks of the beginning of any quarter, trimester or semester.  Parents may file their declaration of intent with the school district in which they reside or in a school district that has accepted their student pursuant to RCW 28A.225.225, Choice.  All decisions relating to philosophy or doctrine, selection of books, teaching materials and curriculum, and methods, timing, place, and provision for the evaluation of home-based instruction shall be the responsibility of the parent.  Failure of a parent to comply with the standards as specified in the law shall constitute a violation of the compulsory attendance law.

A student may be enrolled in an off-campus instruction program provided that such experiences have been approved by the superintendent or designee.

The superintendent is directed to establish procedures that define the district’s responsibilities for home-based and off-campus instruction.


Legal References:

RCW 28A.225.220                 Adults, children from other districts, agreements for attending school – Tuition

RCW 28A.225.225                 Applications to attend non-resident district

RCW 28A.195.010                 Private schools – Extension programs for parents to  teach children in their custody – Scope of state control – Generally

RCW 28A.225.010                 Attendance mandatory – Age – Persons having custody shall cause child to attend public school – Exceptions

RCW 28A.200.010                 Home-based instruction – Duties       of parents

RCW 28A.200.020                 Home-based instruction – Certain decisions responsibility of parent

RCW 28A.150.350                 Part-time students – Defined – Enrollment authorized – Reimbursement for costs – Funding authority recognition –            Rules

WAC 392-121-181                 Enrollment time credit – off-  campus – Alternative Learning Experiences – Study time off-                                                campus Instruction Requirements

WAC 392-134-010                 Attendance rights of part-time public school students


Adoption Date:  5.01

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