3520 Policy – Student Fees, Fines, Tuitions and Charges

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 fees for supplementary supplies or materials or services for which a charge is made to the student so long as the fee is established at a level to defray actual costs, students are free to purchase them elsewhere, or provide reasonable alternatives, and a proper accounting is made of all moneys received by staff for supplies and materials.

In addition to its free half-day kindergarten program offerings, the District may offer full-day kindergarten programs with variable rate tuition based upon the financial ability of parents/guardians to pay tuition charges. Students whose families are unable according to District criteria to pay the charges for the second half day of full-day kindergarten may receive a reduction or waiver of such charges. In accordance with Chapter 28A.215 RCW and RCS 28A.320.015, the District has determined that this will promote the education of kindergarten students and will promote the effective and efficient operation of the District. Funds from the state basic education appropriation and state school transportation appropriation will not be used to operate the second half day of the full-day program.

The board delegates authority to the superintendent to establish appropriate fees and procedures governing the collection of fees and to make an annual report to the board regarding fee schedules at the time of budget adoption. 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 USDA 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 building principal and to the superintendent.

If a student has transferred to another school district that has requested the student’s records, but that student has an outstanding fee or fine, only records pertaining to the student’s academic performance, special placement, immunization history, and discipline actions shall be sent to the enrolling school. The content of those records shall be communicated to the enrolling district within two school days and copies of the records shall be sent as soon as possible. The official transcript will not be sent until the outstanding fee or fine has been discharged. The enrolling school shall be notified that the official transcript is being withheld due to an unpaid fee or fine.

Approved By: Kenneth D. Vedra
Adopted: 4/4/96
Revised: 4/23/09
Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

AGO 1965-66, #113               Fees–Tuition–Supplies–Authority of school districts to charge tuition fees or textbook fees

AGO 1973, #11                      Tuition and Fees–Authority of school districts to charge various fees

RCW 281.225.330                 Enrolling Students from other districts

RCW 28A.320.230 (f)            Instructional materials–Instructional materials committee

RCW 28A.330.100                 Additional powers of board

RCW 28A.635.060                Defacing or injuring school property–Liability of parent or guardian

RCW 28A.220.040                 Fiscal support–Reimbursement to school districts– Enrollment fees–Deposit

WAC 246-100–166                Immunization of daycare and school children against certain vaccine-preventable diseases