WSR 97-22-013

PERMANENT RULES

SUPERINTENDENT OF

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

[Order 97-06--Filed October 27, 1997, 10:58 a.m.]

Date of Adoption: October 27, 1997.

Purpose: Clarification is provided on: What constitutes the minimum number of minutes in an hour of instruction; when sports activities may be claimed for basic education funding; and other revisions as needed to make rules easier to interpret.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 392-121-107, 392-121-108, 392-121-122, 392-121-133, 392-121-136, and 392-121-137.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.150.290.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 97-15-073 on July 16, 1997.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, amended 6, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 1, amended 6, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

October 27, 1997

Dr. Terry Bergeson

Superintendent of

Public Instruction

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-18-097, filed 9/6/95, effective 10/7/95)

WAC 392-121-107 Definition--Course of study. As used in this chapter, "course of study" means those activities for which students enrolled pursuant to chapters 180-16, 180-50, 180-51, 392-169 and 392-134 WAC may be counted as enrolled students for the purpose of full-time equivalent student enrollment counts.

(1) Course of study includes:

(a) Instruction - teaching/learning experiences conducted by the school district staff as directed by the administration and the board of directors of the school district, inclusive of intermissions for class changes, recess and teacher/parent-guardian conferences that are planned and scheduled by the district for the purpose of discussing students' educational needs or progress, and exclusive of time for meals.

(b) Alternative learning experience - alternative learning experience conducted by the school district in conformance with WAC 392-121-182.

(c) Contracting - with a higher education institution in conformance with WAC 392-121-183.

(d) National guard - participation in a national guard high school career training program for which credit is being given toward either required or elective high school credits pursuant to RCW 28A.305.170 and WAC 180-50-320. Such participation may be counted as a course of study only by the school district which the individual last attended.

(e) Ancillary service - any cocurricular service ((provided to part-time students, private school students and home-based)) or activity, any health care service or activity, and any other services or activities, for or in which enrolled students are served by ((the)) appropriate school district ((in conformance with chapter 392-134 WAC)) staff. ((Except for services to students with a disability and home/hospital students, only those services provided by school district staff on school grounds or facilities controlled by the school district can be counted as a course of study.)) The term shall include, but not be limited to, counseling, psychological services, testing, remedial instruction, speech and hearing therapy, health care services, and if such service is provided by the district, certificated contact time pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010 (4)(a) with students who are in a home-based instruction program. The term shall exclude all extracurricular activities and all other courses of study defined in this section. In conformance with WAC 392-134-025, school districts report the actual number of student contact hours of ancillary service ((annually)) for part-time, private school, and home-based students to the superintendent of public instruction.

(f) Work based learning - training provided pursuant to WAC 180-50-315. One hour per scheduled school day may be counted for not less than four hundred five hours of scheduled work experience.

(g) Running start - attendance at an institution of higher education pursuant to RCW 28A.600.300 through 28A.600.400, chapter 392-169 WAC.

(h) Transition school - participation in the University of Washington's transition school and early entrance program pursuant to RCW 28A.185.040, and chapter 392-120 WAC. Such participation shall be reported by the University of Washington and shall not be reported by a school district.

(i) Technical college direct funding - enrollment at a technical college pursuant to RCW 28A.150.275 and WAC 392-121-187. Such participation shall be reported by the technical college and shall not be reported by a school district unless the technical college and the school district agree to have the school district report such enrollment.

(j) Contracting - with an agency pursuant to WAC 392-121-188.

(k) Contracting - with a public or nonpublic school agency for students with a disability in accordance with WAC ((392-171-496)) 392-172-222.

(2) Course of study does not include:

(a) Home-based instruction pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010(4): Education programs provided by a parent which do not meet the requirements of WAC 392-121-182 cannot be claimed for state funding;

(b) Private school instruction pursuant to chapter 28A.195 RCW;

(c) Adult education as defined in RCW 28B.50.030(12);

(d) Instruction provided to students who do not reside in Washington state (RCW 28A.225.260);

(e) Enrollment in state institutions, i.e., state operated group homes, county juvenile detention centers, state institutions for juvenile delinquents, and state residential habilitation centers;

(f) Instruction preparing a student for the general education development (GED) test if such instruction generates state or federal moneys for adult education;

(g) Enrollment in education centers;

(h) Enrollment in the Washington state school for the deaf and the Washington state school for the blind; ((or))

(i) Extracurricular ((and)) activities including but not limited to before and after school activities such as classes, sports and other activities offered outside the regular curriculum or for which credit is not earned; or

(j) Attendance at universities, colleges, community colleges, or technical colleges of students not earning high school credit.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-18-097, 392-121-107, filed 9/6/95, effective 10/7/95; 95-01-013, 392-121-107, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. 90-16-002 (Order 18), 392-121-107, filed 7/19/90, effective 8/19/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-107, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-01-013, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95)

WAC 392-121-108 Definition--Enrollment exclusions. A person who qualifies for any of the exclusions set forth in this section shall not be counted as an enrolled student pursuant to WAC 392-121-106.

(1) Absences - except as provided in (a) and (b) of this subsection, a student whose consecutive days of absence from school exceed twenty school days shall not be counted as an enrolled student until attendance is resumed.

(a) If there is an agreement between the appropriate school official and a student's parent or guardian pursuant to RCW 28A.225.010 that the student's temporary absence is not deemed to cause a serious adverse effect upon the student's educational progress, the absent student may be counted as an enrolled student for up to two monthly enrollment count dates as specified in WAC 392-121-122.

(b) A student receiving home and/or hospital service pursuant to WAC ((392-171-486)) 392-172-218 shall be counted as an enrolled student as provided in WAC 392-122-145.

(2) Dropouts - a student for whom the school district has received notification of dropping out of school by the student or the student's parent or guardian shall not be counted as an enrolled student until attendance is resumed.

(3) Transfers - a student who has transferred to another public or private school and for whom the school district has received notification of transfer from the school to which the student has transferred, from the student, or from the student's parent or guardian shall not be counted as an enrolled student unless the student reenrolls in the school district.

(4) Suspensions - a student who has been suspended from school pursuant to WAC 180-40-260, when the conditions of the suspension will cause the student to lose academic grades or credit, shall not be counted as an enrolled student until attendance is resumed.

(5) Expulsions - a student who has been expelled from all school subjects or classes by the school district pursuant to WAC 180-40-275 shall not be counted as an enrolled student; a student who has been partially expelled, such as from a single school subject or class, by the school district pursuant to WAC 180-40-275 may be considered a part-time enrolled student.

(6) Graduates - a student who has met the high school graduation requirements of chapter 180-51 WAC by the beginning of the school year.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-01-013, 392-121-108, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.250 and 28A.150.260. 91-02-096 (Order 50), 392-121-108, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91. Statutory Authority: 1990 c 33. 90-16-002 (Order 18), 392-121-108, filed 7/19/90, effective 8/19/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-108, filed 1/11/88.]

NEW SECTION

WAC 392-121-119 Definition--Enrollment count dates. As used in this chapter, "enrollment count dates" means the fourth school day of September and the first school day of each of the eight subsequent months of the school year for all school districts including districts which commence basic education programs prior to September 1st. Exceptions are limited to the following:

(1) In school districts where not every school or grade follows the same calendar of school days, the calendar of an individual school or an entire grade level within a school may determine the monthly enrollment count date for that school or grade level within the school.

(2) The nine count dates for running start enrollment shall be the first school day of each month of October through June.

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AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-01-013, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95)

WAC 392-121-122 Definition--Full-time equivalent student. As used in this chapter, "full-time equivalent student" means each enrolled student in the school district as of one of the ((fourth school day following the commencement of the school year (September 1 through August 31) and/or as of the first school day of any of the subsequent eight months)) enrollment count dates for at least the minimum number of hours set forth in subsection (1) of this section, inclusive of class periods and normal class change passing time, but exclusive of noon intermissions: Provided, That each hour counted shall contain at least 50 minutes of instruction or supervised study provided by appropriate instructional staff. The purpose of recognizing "50 minute hours" is to provide flexibility to school districts which utilize block periods of instruction so long as students are ultimately under the jurisdiction of school staff for the equivalent of 60 minute hours: Provided further, That the hours set forth below shall be construed as annual average hours for the purposes of compliance with this chapter((: Provided further, That for districts commencing basic education programs prior to September first, the first month enrollment count shall be made on the fourth school day in September)).

(1) The minimum hours for each grade are as follows:

(a) Kindergarten (full-day): 20 hours each week, or 4 hours (240 minutes) for 90 scheduled school days;

(b) Kindergarten (half-day): 10 hours each week, or 2 hours (120 minutes) each scheduled school day;

(c) Primary (grades 1 through 3): 20 hours each week, or 4 hours (240 minutes) each scheduled school day;

(d) Elementary (grades 4 through 6): 25 hours each week, or 5 hours (300 minutes) each scheduled school day;

(e) Secondary (grades 7 through 12): 25 hours each week, or 5 hours (300 minutes) each scheduled school day.

(2) A student enrolled for less than the minimum hours shown in subsection (1) of this section shall be counted as a partial full-time equivalent student equal to the student's hours of enrollment divided by the minimum hours for the student's grade level set forth in subsection (1) of this section.

(3) The full-time equivalent of a student's running start enrollment pursuant to RCW 28A.600.300 through 28A.600.400 shall be determined pursuant to chapter 392-169 WAC. ((The nine count dates for running start enrollment shall be the months of October through June.)) If a running start student is enrolled both in high school courses provided by the school district and in running start courses provided by the college, the high school full-time equivalent and the running start full-time equivalent shall be determined separately.

(4) The full-time equivalent of University of Washington transition school students shall be determined pursuant to chapter 392-120 WAC.

(5) The full-time equivalent of a student's alternative learning experience shall be determined pursuant to WAC 392-121-182.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-01-013, 392-121-122, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-122, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order 50, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91)

WAC 392-121-133 Definition--Annual average full-time equivalent students. As used in this chapter, "annual average full-time equivalent students" means the sum of the following:

(1) The annual total of full-time equivalent students enrolled on the nine enrollment count dates of the school year and reported to the superintendent of public instruction pursuant to WAC 392-121-122 divided by nine;

(2) Annual hours of ancillary service to part-time, private school, and home-based students reported pursuant to ((chapter 392-134)) WAC 392-121-107 divided by 900; and

(3) Annual hours of eligible ((summer)) enrollment in nonstandard school year programs pursuant to WAC 392-121-123 divided by 900.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.250 and 28A.150.260. 91-02-096 (Order 50), 392-121-133, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-133, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-01-013, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95)

WAC 392-121-136 Limitation on enrollment counts. Enrollment counts pursuant to WAC 392-121-106 through 392-121-133 are subject to the following limitations:

(1) Except as provided in (a) and (b) of this subsection, no student, including a student enrolled in more than one school district, shall be counted as more than one full-time equivalent student on any count date or more than one annual average full-time equivalent student in any school year.

(a) School districts operating approved vocational skills center programs during the summer vacation months may claim additional full-time equivalent students based upon actual enrollment in such vocational skills centers on the first school day of July of each year. Each district operating an approved vocational skills center program shall be entitled to claim one annual average full-time equivalent student for each 900 hours of planned student enrollment for the summer term based upon the July enrollment data.

(b) Enrollment count limitations apply separately to a student's running start and high school enrollments.

(2) Running start enrollment counts are limited as provided in chapter 392-169 WAC and specifically as provided in WAC 392-169-060.

(3) The full-time equivalent reported for a five year old preschool student with a disability is limited as provided in WAC 392-121-137.

(4) No kindergarten student, including a student enrolled in more than one school district, shall be counted as more than one-half of an annual average full-time equivalent student in any school year.

(5) A student reported as full-time on Form SPI E-672 pursuant to WAC 392-122-275 for institutional education funding shall not be reported by a school district for basic education funding on that enrollment count date.

(6) A student reported as part-time on Form SPI E-672 shall not be reported by a school district for more than part-time basic education funding on that enrollment count date and the total enrollment reported by one or more school districts for basic education and on Form SPI E-672 must not exceed one full-time equivalent.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-01-013, 392-121-136, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290, 28A.150.250 and 28A.150.260. 91-02-096 (Order 50), 392-121-136, filed 1/2/91, effective 2/2/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), 392-121-136, filed 1/11/88.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 95-01-013, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95)

WAC 392-121-137 Full-time equivalent enrollment of students with a disability. In determining the full-time equivalent enrollment of students reported as students with a disability pursuant to chapter ((392-171)) 392-172 WAC, the following rules apply:

(1) If the student is enrolled exclusively in an ungraded special education program, the student's grade level shall be based on the typical grade level of students of the same age (e.g., a student who is six years old at the beginning of the school year shall be counted as a first grader).

(2) If the student is enrolled in a grade level below the typical grade level of students of the same age, the school district shall have the option of counting the student in the grade enrolled or the typical grade level of students of the same age.

(3) A student with a disability who is five years old at the beginning of the school year may be counted as a kindergarten student only if the student is enrolled full time (twenty hours or more per week), or is enrolled in a kindergarten program and is provided special education services in addition to the kindergarten program.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 95-01-013, 392-121-137, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95.]

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