WSR 08-06-028

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

SUPERINTENDENT OF

PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

[ Filed February 25, 2008, 11:41 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Where a school resides in a county which was declared a state of emergency proclamation by the governor and a school closure exists, the superintendent may excuse more than two scheduled school days per incident or three scheduled school days per year.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.150.290.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: In the past, individual schools in school districts were only allowed a waiver for two scheduled school days per incident or three scheduled school days per year. With the new addition of language, the office of superintendent of public instruction is offering some relief to schools in districts hit hard by this year's winter storms. We believe that this WAC will give schools in school districts, families, and teachers some relief from the extreme weather impacts they have experienced earlier this school year by allowing some flexibility in scheduling the minimum required instructional hours.

Process for Developing New Rule: Other [no further information supplied by agency].

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jennifer Priddy, Assistant Superintendent, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200, (360) 725-6111, jennifer.priddy@k12.wa.us.

February 25, 2008

Dr. Terry Bergeson

State Superintendent

Washington State Code Reviser's Office