Requests will be made using the district’s form and will include any materials (e.g., letter from the student’s licensed physician) that document the student’s circumstances. Requests must be received by the superintendent or designee’s office not later than the first day of Spring Break of the year the student is scheduled to graduate.. The superintendent or designee may accept later requests in cases of catastrophic events that occur between May 1 and the date of graduation that have a direct effect on the student or students requesting a waiver.
The superintendent or designee will review each request on a case-by-case basis and use their judgment, experience and knowledge of the student to determine whether the circumstances exist to justify the waiver.
In determining whether to grant the request for waiver based on a student’s circumstances such as those listed in Policy 2418, the superintendent or designee will consider factors such as:
- Unique limitations directly affecting the student as a result of the unusual circumstances;
- Whether the unusual circumstances were beyond the student’s control;
- Whether the unusual circumstances compromised the student’s ability to learn;
- The student’s efforts to cope with the unusual circumstances;
- Documentation provided by the student’s parents or guardians;
- Possible discriminatory effects on the student and/or possible disparate impact on a group of students if the waiver is not granted; and
- Significant decline in the student’s academic performance following the occurrence of the unusual circumstances.
In considering whether to grant the waiver, the superintendent or designee may, in their discretion, consult with school and central office staff who have knowledge of the student and with any person identified in the application as having knowledge of the student’s unique circumstances.
The superintendent or designee will provide a response to a request for waiver within ten (10) school days. A response granting the waiver will include the number of elective or locally-designated credits that will be waived and notification that completion of the remainder of required credits is required for graduation. A response denying the waiver will state the reason(s) therefore, which may include, but are not limited to the following:
- The request was received within less than thirty days of graduation and does not concern a catastrophic event;
- The request did not include sufficient information to justify waiver of high school graduation credit; and
- The request was not based on documented or verifiable events that would justify waiver of high school graduation credit.
The superintendent or designee’s decision is final and will only apply to the student’s current graduation year. A student who does not receive a waiver, or receives only a partial waiver, and does not graduate may reapply for a waiver the following year if the student remains enrolled.
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Superintendent: April 2020
Revised by the Superintendent: