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B001-21 01/11/2021 HB 1257 Clean Buildings Bill In May 2019, the Clean Buildings Bill was signed into law with the intent of reducing pollution from fossil fuel consumption in existing buildings over fifty thousand gross square feet.
B002-21 01/13/2021 Temperance and Good Citizenship Day Temperance and Good Citizenship Day is a unique, statewide annual event that promotes civic education and engagement.
B003-21 01/25/2021 Bridge to College Math and English Courses Invitation to Register for 2021–22 School Year Bridge to College Math and English Courses Invitation to Register for 2021–22 School Year
B005-21 02/10/2021 Allocation and Requirements of Federal ESSER II Emergency Relief Funds Through early action, on February 10, 2021, the Legislature passed House Bill 1368. The bill establishes the process and framework for school districts to claim the second round of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER II) funds for reimbursement of allowable expenditures.
B004-21 02/12/2021 Pandemic EBT 2.0 Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), or Pandemic EBT, is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides food benefits to eligible families in order to replace meals that students would have received, if not for disruptions to in-person instruction or school facility closure.
B006-21 02/25/2021 Extension of Non-truancy Remote Learning Absence for 2020–21 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has filed an emergency rule updating the definition of an unexcused absence from remote learning for the remainder of the 2020–21 school year.
B007-21 02/25/2021 Private School Participation in Federal Programs Since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965, school districts have been required to provide equitable services to private school students, teachers, and in some cases, other education personnel, and parents under several federal programs. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) issues this bulletin to provide guidance for private school participation in ESEA federal programs.
B008-21 02/26/2021 2020–21 Student Transportation Operation Allocation 2020–21 Student Transportation Operation Allocation
B012-21 03/12/2021 2020–21 Personnel Reporting Handbook, 2020–21 School Personnel Report, Form S-275 The 2020–21 S-275 Personnel Reporting Handbook provides school districts and educational service districts (ESDs), charter schools, and tribal compact schools with instructions for reporting certificated and classified staff to School Apportionment and Financial Services (SAFS) at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
B010-21 03/12/2021 Second Addendum to the School District Accounting Manual for the 2020–21 School Year Second Addendum to the School District Accounting Manual for the 2020–21 School Year
B018-21 04/01/2021 Summer Food Service Program New Sponsor Application Packet The purpose of this bulletin is to release the 2021 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) application for new sponsors during traditional summer operation.
B016-21 04/01/2021 Summer Food Service Program Returning Sponsor Application Packet The purpose of this bulletin is to release the 2021 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) application for returning sponsors during traditional summer operation.
B015-21 04/01/2021 Summer Special Milk Program Application 2021 The purpose of this bulletin is to release the 2021 Summer Special Milk Program application.
B017-21 04/01/2021 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application Packet School Year 2021–22 The purpose of this bulletin is to announce the opportunity to apply for the 2021 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).
B014-21 04/01/2021 2020–21 Instruction and Assessment Reporting Requirements for the Arts, Educational Technology, Health and Physical Education, and Social Studies For the 2020–21 school year, school districts are required to report assessment information using the specified links for each content area by June 30 (see Reporting Links in the bulletin). The annual reporting system is now open online for districts to begin entering information for this school year.
B013-21 04/01/2021 Child and Adult Care Food Program: Family Day Care Home Application Materials, Federal Fiscal Year 2022 This bulletin provides information for the application process between Family Day Care Home (FDCH) Sponsors and new or renewing Day Care Home Providers for Federal Fiscal Year 2022.
B020-21 04/09/2021 Associated Student Body (ASB) and Extracurricular Activities: New Reporting Dates and Requirements for High Schools This bulletin provides instruction for required reporting and notifies school districts of date changes for reporting and posting required data elements related to Associated Student Body (ASB) fee policies and the participation of students from low-income families in extracurricular activities.
B011-21 04/09/2021 Directory Change Request Process for 2020–21 School Year This bulletin is to inform you of the process to notify OSPI of changes to directory information contained within the Education Data System for the 2021–22 school year.
B021-21 04/12/2021 2020–21 National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification and High Poverty Schools Bonuses This bulletin provides instructions for claiming the annual state salary bonus for teachers who have attained national board certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
B022-21 04/16/2021 Student Discipline Policy and Procedure Updates Student Discipline Policy and Procedure Updates
B023-21 04/16/2021 Washington State Honors Award Nominations Washington State Honors Award Nominations
B024-21 04/20/2021 Guidance for Supporting Class of 2020 and 2021 Seniors As schools, seniors, families, and communities work together to support seniors continued learning and post-high school preparation during the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is providing ongoing guidance as needed.
B029-21 05/01/2021 Waiver of Eligibility for Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program The Western Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the automatic eligibility of participants in Washington State’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) for a one-year period.
B025-21 05/04/2021 Application for Washington State Fellows’ Network (3-Year Program) The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) are excited to announce the application for the 2021–22 Washington State Fellows’ Network opened on April 23.
B027-21 05/07/2021 2021–22 PreK–3rd Grade Entry Guidance The purpose of this bulletin is to clarify the requirements associated with the grade level entry of PreK–3rd grade students for the 2021–22 school year; provide key considerations to support strong school transitions; and alert districts to resources available now or coming this summer.
B028-21 05/07/2021 Significant Learning Assistance Program (LAP) Policy Revisions—Changes Effective Immediately During the 2021 legislative session the legislature passed SHB 1208, a bill that significantly modifies state laws pertaining to the Learning Assistance Program (LAP). This bulletin outlines changes that may impact school district plans for expending LAP funds, LAP reporting requirements, and related LAP activities for the remainder of the 2020–21 school year and the 2021–22 school year.
B026-21 05/07/2021 Legislative Changes to Truancy Laws – Change Effective Immediately Legislative Changes to Truancy Laws – Change Effective Immediately
B033-21 05/18/2021 Traffic Safety Education Program Approval Application, Form SPI/TSE M-365 (Rev. 4/21), DOL form DTS-661-026 OSPI School District/Instructor Registration Continuing Education Requirements for Traffic Safety Instructors Public and private schools intending to offer Traffic Safety Education (TSE) are required, under Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-153-014, to apply annually to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for program approval.
B034-21 05/21/2021 Options for Instructional Funding Models 2021–22 Washington’s K–12 public schools are expected to make available full-time in-person learning to all students for the 2021–22 school year, in accordance with health and safety guidelines.
B035-21 05/25/2021 Informed Consent for Health Care and COVID-19 Vaccinations for Students Experiencing Homelessness Staff members from multiple school districts and community partners recently reported to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) that unaccompanied homeless youth continue to face barriers to receiving medical care, particularly COVID-19 vaccines.
B037-21 05/28/2021 Fall 2021 Assessment Fall 2021 Assessment
B039-21 06/01/2021 National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs renewal for 2021–22 Program Year – Residential Child Care Institutions National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs renewal for 2021–22 Program Year – Residential Child Care Institutions
B038-21 06/01/2021 SY20–21 P-EBT Summer Extension SY20–21 P-EBT Summer Extension
B036-21 06/01/2021 Child Nutrition Emergency Operational Costs Reimbursement Program The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering additional reimbursement to sponsors of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for emergency operating costs incurred during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
B032-21 06/01/2021 Child Care Institutions—Child and Adult Care Food Program Renewal Process for Federal Fiscal Year 2021–22 Child Care Institutions—Child and Adult Care Food Program Renewal Process for Federal Fiscal Year 2021–22
B031-21 06/01/2021 Adult Care Institutions—Child and Adult Care Food Program Renewal Process for Federal Fiscal Year 2021–22 Adult Care Institutions—Child and Adult Care Food Program Renewal Process for Federal Fiscal Year 2021–22
B030-21 06/01/2021 Family Day Care Home Sponsors Application Renewal Process for Federal Fiscal Year 2021–22 Family Day Care Home Sponsors Application Renewal Process for Federal Fiscal Year 2021–22
B041-21 06/01/2021 SY21–22 Returning to School Guide for School Nutrition Programs Washington’s K–12 public schools are expected to provide students the opportunity to attend school in-person full-time in School Year 2021–22 (SY 21–22).
B040-21 06/07/2021 State Reimbursement for 2020–21 Truancy Petitions The Operating Budget Appropriations Act (Engrossed Substitute House Bill 6168, Laws of 2020) contains an appropriation of $1,399,000 for 2020–21 to offset the costs incurred for petitions filed with juvenile court(s) because of student truancy as provided in RCW 28A.225.030 and 28A.225.035.
B044-21 06/10/2021 K−4 Data Collection Expectations K−4 Data Collection Expectations
B043-21 06/11/2021 School Employee Evaluation Survey (SEES) School Employee Evaluation Survey (SEES)
B042-21 06/16/2021 Seal of Biliteracy for the Class of 2021 The Washington state Seal of Biliteracy recognizes public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
B045-21 06/18/2021 Professional Learning Days This bulletin provides school districts with current information about the three funded professional learning days as a result of RCW 28A.150.415, and the areas of focus for one day each year as described in RCW 28A.415.445 and in Senate Bill 5044 (2021).
B046-21 06/29/2021 Student Discipline Legislative Changes to the Withholding of Student Records In accordance with RCW 28A.600.010, school districts must adopt policies and procedures regarding the substantive and procedural due process rights of students that are consistent with federal and state laws, including the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) student discipline rules under chapter 392-400 WAC.
B047-21 07/01/2021 Third Addendum to the School District Accounting Manual for the 2020–21 School Year The purpose of this bulletin is to advise school districts of the third addendum to the Accounting Manual for Public School Districts in the State of Washington (Accounting Manual).
B048-21 07/01/2021 2021–22 School Year Formal Monitoring Update In the spring of 2020, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) suspended all state and federal monitoring activities through the end of the school year, due to COVID-19 school facility closures.
B049-21 07/02/2021 Natural Hazards Assessment Grants The 2021-2023 biennial Capital Budget provided funding for grants to school districts to collect and report facility information needed to complete an assessment of seismic risks of their school facilities.
B050-21 07/07/2021 New Legislative Requirement: Foster Care Building Points of Contact New Legislative Requirement: Foster Care Building Points of Contact
B051-21 07/13/2021 2021–22 Implementation of the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) The purpose of this bulletin is to outline the 2021–22 Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) requirements for districts offering full-time or Transitional Kindergarten.
B055-21 07/16/2021 National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs Application for School Year 2021–22 –Public School District/Private Schools The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Child Nutrition Services (CNS), is pleased to release the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP) sponsor application materials for school year 2021–22.
B054-21 07/16/2021 Special Milk Program Application Renewal for School Year 2021-22 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Child Nutrition Services (CNS), is pleased to release the Special Milk Program (SMP) application materials for school year 2021-22.
B053-21 07/16/2021 Seamless Summer Option Program Application for School Year 2021–22 –Public School District/Private Schools The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Child Nutrition Services (CNS), is pleased to release the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsor application materials for school year 2021–22.
B052-21 07/16/2021 School Meal Programs Free and Reduced-Price Application Materials and Information for School Year 2021–22 All Local Education Agencies (LEAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) must make free and reduced-price meals available to all students.
B057-21 07/28/2021 School Immunization Requirements for Students in Alternative School Programs The Department of Health (DOH) has updated the Immunization Manual for Schools, Preschools, and Child Care Facilities (PDF) to remove the language around “shared air space” which allowed certain exceptions to immunization requirements for students who did not attend school in-person.
B056-21 07/28/2021 Revisions to the School District Accounting Manual for the 2021–22 School Year The Accounting Manual for Public School Districts in the State of Washington (Accounting Manual) has been revised for the 2021–22 school year.
B058-21 08/10/2021 Home/Hospital Instruction Program Procedures for School Districts, Charter Schools, and Tribal Compact Schools Home/Hospital Instruction Program Procedures for School Districts, Charter Schools, and Tribal Compact Schools
B059-21 08/12/2021 2021–22 Running Start Updates on 1.20 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Limitation, Enrollment Reporting, and State Funding Rates The content of this bulletin is to provide a review of the Running Start 1.20 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) limitation, as well as instructions to colleges on reporting Running Start enrollment and the funding rates for 2021–22.
B060-21 08/13/2021 2021–22 Balanced/Modified Calendar Study Grant Opportunity 2021–22 Balanced/Modified Calendar Study Grant Opportunity
B061-21 08/17/2021 Absence Rules Updated for 2021–22 School Year This communication provides updates on the changes to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) absence rules (Chapter 392-401 WAC – Definition of Absence, Excused and Unexcused).
B062-21 08/19/2021 E-rate Letter of Authorization and Commitment (LOAC) and Form 479 for Districts on K-20 Network The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an overview of the form districts on the K-20 Educational Network must complete and return to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by September 31, to receive E-rate discounts on their annual K-20 network fee.
B063-21 08/19/2021 Required Student Transportation Operations, 2021–22 School Year This bulletin provides information for all required local education agencies’ student transportation operations reports.
B064-21 08/26/2021 2021–22 Enrollment Reporting Handbook 2021–22 Enrollment Reporting Handbook
B065-21 08/27/2021 Grant Award Reporting and Processes for Federal and State Grants Received Through OSPI for Fiscal Year 2021–22 Grant Award Reporting and Processes for Federal and State Grants Received Through OSPI for Fiscal Year 2021–22
B069-21 09/01/2021 2021–22 State Accepted Quotes for School Bus Categories The school bus purchase prices available through the state quote system are established each year from competitive price quotes in each school bus category submitted by Washington school bus vendors.
B068-21 09/01/2021 Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program: 2021–22 Applications Available The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is announcing that applications are open for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools (US-ED GRS) Recognition Program.
B067-21 09/01/2021 Substitute House Bill 1085, an Act Relating to Promoting a Safe Learning Environment for Students with Seizure Disorders The 2021 Washington State Legislature enacted substitute house bill (SHB) 1085, an act relating to promoting a safe learning environment for students with seizure disorders.
B066-21 09/01/2021 School Bus Driver Compliance Report for the 2021-22 School Year School Bus Driver Compliance Report for the 2021-22 School Year
B072-21 09/10/2021 Tribal Consultation and Implementation of House Bill 1356 (School Mascots) In April 2021, Governor Inslee signed into law House Bill (HB) 1356 (2021) which prohibits the use of Native American names, symbols, and images as public-school mascots, logos, and team names in the state of Washington.
B071-21 09/15/2021 Reimbursement and Categories for School Buses, 2021–22 School Year School Bus Reimbursement (Depreciation) information for the 2021–22 school year is available online at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) School Bus Information System (SBIS).
B074-21 09/21/2021 Early Screening of Dyslexia Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6162 (E2SSB 6162), passed in 2018 by the Washington State Legislature, defines dyslexia as a specific learning disability and requires early screening.
B073-21 09/22/2021 2021–22 Test Fee Program for Dual Credit Program Exams The Test Fee Program provides funds to cover the cost of annual Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge International (CI) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams taken by students who qualify as low-income in public and private schools.
B076-21 09/22/2021 Continuous Learning 2.0+ Guidance 2021–22 Washington’s K–12 public schools provide instructional opportunities in accordance with health and safety guidelines through the leadership and partnerships of educators, administrators, and school boards ensuring all health and safety requirements are met while meeting the needs of each and every student.
B077-21 10/04/2021 2021 Fiscal Waiver for 2019–20 School Year On August 12, 2021, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) sent a request to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to waive, pursuant to Section 8401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the requirements enumerated below on behalf of Washington and it subgrantees (e.g., local educational agencies (LEAs)) because of the ongoing challenges related to the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
B078-21 10/07/2021 District Employee Vaccination and Exemption Status Data Collection From October 19–25, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will be collecting information about the COVID-19 vaccination and approved exemption status of school district employees. The data collection is specific to paid employees on payroll, and should not include information about staff on leave, volunteers, or contractors who are not on payroll. These data will be used to help understand the staffing impact of the school employee vaccine requirements and to provide transparency for communities and families regarding the (collective) vaccination status of staff who are working with students.
B070-21 10/07/2021 Equity Assurance Report Required of All School Districts and Public Charter Schools The Equity and Civil Rights Office at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) works to ensure each student has equal access to public education without discrimination by providing technical assistance and monitoring school districts’ and public charter schools’ compliance with state and federal nondiscrimination laws.
B075-21 10/08/2021 School Bus Safety Week, October 18–22, 2021 School Bus Safety Week, October 18–22, 2021
B079-21 10/08/2021 2021–22 Personnel Reporting Handbook, 2021–22 School Personnel Report, Form S-275 The 2021–22 S-275 Personnel Reporting Handbook provides school districts and educational service districts (ESDs), charter schools, and tribal compact schools with instructions for reporting certificated and classified staff to School Apportionment and Financial Services (SAFS) at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
B080-21 10/20/2021 SY 2020–21 Pandemic EBT Administrative Funds for Eligible Local Education Agencies Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), or Pandemic EBT, is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.