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  • OSPI Adopts Permanent Absence Rules

    The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has created the new Chapter 392-401 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) that contains substantial changes to the absence rules. This chapter defines an absence and reasons for excused absences. 

    OSPI adopted the absence rules on May 3, 2018. The rules will become effective on August 1, 2018.

    Review the adopted absence rules here. (Be sure to scroll to second page.) We strongly encourage school districts to review the final rules in detail.

    Further guidance on the new rules will be forthcoming in an official OSPI bulletin and on the OSPI Attendance Laws & Policies webpage


    Definition of absence. The new proposed Chapter 392-401 WAC defines an absence as when a student is:

    (a) Not physically present on school grounds; and (b) Not participating in the following activities at an approved location:

    (i) Instruction; (ii) Any instruction-related activity; or (iii) Any other district or school approved activity that is regulated by an instructional/academic accountability system, such as participation in district-sponsored sports. 

    Absences during Suspensions and Expulsions.  A student should be considered excused absent while they are suspended or expelled pursuant to chapter 392-400 WAC, unless they are receiving educational services as required by RCW 28A.600.015 and chapter 392-400 WAC and the student is enrolled in qualifying “course of study” activities as defined in WAC 392-121-107. 

    Full Day Absence. A full day absence is defined as a student missing fifty percent or more of their scheduled day. 

    Accumulation of Tardies for Truancy Petition. The permanent rule language states that a school or district shall not convert or combine tardies into absences that contribute to a truancy petition.

    Additional Categories of Excused Absences.  The permanent rule has several additional categories of excused absences, including:

    • Medical appointments or absences due to: counseling, in-patient, out-patient for mental health or chemical dependency, or pregnancy
    • Court-ordered activities
    • Foster care or dependency status
    • Migrant status
    • Safety concerns including bullying


    To view the new Absence Rules, please visit this link: Permanent rule language

    A detailed summary of the changes, as well as OSPI’s justification for changes and response to commenters is available in the Concise Explanatory Statement by request.   

    For assistance or questions, please contact Krissy Johnson at or (360) 725-6045. 

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  • 2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS)

    Our district is participating in the 2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey during the weeks of October 8-19.

    The Healthy Youth Survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

    The Healthy Youth Survey is given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 across Washington State.

    Student participation is completely voluntary and anonymous.

    Please read the Parent and Student Notification flyer for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.

    Parent/Student Flyer in English

    Parent/Student Flyer in Spanish

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District Highlights

  • Wellness Resources

    Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally is important. Please click the title above for a list of local resources. We care about you!

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  • Summer Stride

    Summertime means sun and fun, making it the perfect time for learning to come alive! But as parents, we know it isn’t always easy to keep children engaged during the break. Here are five simple ideas to help your child stride forward this summer.

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  • Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF)

    Washington’s new accountability system has launched, and schools are being identified under the new Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF), as called for in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). But what is the Framework, and what does it mean for our schools? Click the post title to read more.

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  • Equity in Education

    The Yakima School District recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each student, staff member and citizen within the community. Teaming together, the school community creates a learning environment that fosters fair treatment and access to educational resources and programs for all students. The American democratic system depends on equal access to the opportunities for and benefits of public education for all young people: our future leaders, voters, taxpayers, workers, parents and adult citizens (Click the Equity in Education title above for our full policy).

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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for June:

    Integrity - A personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards.

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