BECCA Law

Attendance is Compulsory in Washington

  • Becca Law: RCW28A.225.010 (Section 1 of the RCW is listed below.)

    All parents in this state of any child eight years of age and under eighteen years of age shall cause such child to attend the public school of the district in which the child resides and such child shall have the responsibility to and therefore shall attend for the full time when such school may be in session unless:

    1. The child is attending an approved private school for the same time or is enrolled in an extension program as provided in RCW 28A.195.010(4);

    2. The child is receiving home-based instruction as provided in subsection (4) of this section;

    3. The child is attending an education center as provided in chapter 28A.205 RCW;

    4. The school district superintendent of the district in which the child resides shall have excused such child from attendance because the child is physically or mentally unable to attend school, is attending a residential school operated by the department of social and health services, is incarcerated in an adult correctional facility, or has been temporarily excused upon the request of his or her parents for purposes agreed upon by the school authorities and the parent: PROVIDED, That such excused absences shall not be permitted if deemed to cause a serious adverse effect upon the student’s educational progress: PROVIDED FURTHER, That students excused for such temporary absences may be claimed as full-time equivalent students to the extent they would otherwise have been so claimed for the purposes of RCW 28A.150.250 and 28A.150.260 and shall not affect school district compliance with the provisions of RCW 28A.150.220;

    5. The child is excused from school subject to approval by the student’s parent for a reason of faith or conscience, or an organized activity conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization, for up to two days per school year without any penalty. Such absences may not mandate school closures. Students excused for such temporary absences may be claimed as full-time equivalent students to the extent they would otherwise have been so claimed for the purposes of RCW 28A.150.250 and28A.150.260 and may not affect school district compliance with the provisions of RCW28A.150.220;

    6. The child is sixteen years of age or older and:
      1. The child is regularly and lawfully employed and either the parent agrees that the child should not be required to attend school or the child is emancipated in accordance with chapter 13.64 RCW;
      2. The child has already met graduation requirements in accordance with state board of education rules and regulations; or
      3. The child has received a certificate of educational competence under rules and regulations established by the state board of education under RCW 28A.305.190.
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