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    Student Fees, Fines or Charges

    File: 3520

    Within the concept of free public education, whereby all children are required to attend school, the district shall provide an educational program for the students as free of costs as possible. 

    The superintendent may approve the use of certain supplementary curricular supplies or materials for which a charge is made to the student so long as the charge does not exceed the cost of the supplies or materials, students are free to purchase them elsewhere, and a proper accounting is made of all moneys received by staff for supplies and materials. 

    The board delegates authority to the superintendent to establish appropriate fees and procedures governing the collection of fees and to make annual reports to the board regarding fee schedules. Arrangements shall be made for the waiver or reduction of fees for students whose families, by reason of their low income, would have difficulty paying the full fee. The United States Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program guidelines shall be used to determine qualification for waiver. 

    A student shall be responsible for the cost of replacing materials or property which are lost or damaged due to negligence. A student's grades, transcripts or diploma may be withheld until restitution is made by payment or the equivalency through voluntary work. The student or his/her parents may appeal the imposition of a charge for damages to the superintendent. 

    The student and his/her parents shall be notified regarding the nature of the violation or damage, how restitution may be made, and how an appeal may be instituted. When the damages or fines do not exceed $100, the student or his/her parents shall have the right to an informal conference with the principal. As is the case for appealing a short-term suspension, the principal's decision may be appealed to the superintendent. 

    Current practice codified 1988 

     

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    LEGAL REFS.:
    AGO 1965-66, #113 
    AGO 1973, No. 11 
    RCW 28A.220.040  
    RCW 28A.225.330 RCW 28A.320.230(f) Instructional materials — Instructional materials committee 
    RCW 28A.330.100  
    RCW 28A.635.060  

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