School start and end times will be changing in the 2018-19 school year as a 7-period day is implemented for high school students. We acknowledge any change has an impact to families’ current schedules. We want to ensure families have ample time to plan for the change.
Compulsory Attendance Ages
All parents, guardians, and other persons in this state having custody of any child eight years of age and under eighteen years of age (between the eighth and the eighteenth birthday) not attending part time school in accordance with state law or excused from school attendance thereunder or receiving home-based instruction, shall cause such child to attend the public schools of the district in which the child resides for the full time when such school may be in session or to attend a private school for the same time or an educational center as provided in state law, unless the school district superintendent of the district in which the child resides shall have excused such child from such attendance because the child is sixteen years of age or older and is regularly and lawfully employed (and either the parent agrees that the child should not be required to attend school or the child has been emancipated in accordance with state law) or the child is physically or mentally unable to attend school or has already met graduation requirements or received a certificate of educational competence. Proof of absence from any public or private school shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section. Private school for the purposes of this section shall be one approved or accredited under regulations established by the state board of education.
RCW 28A.225, generally
AGO 1980 No. 6