3123 Policy – Withdrawal Prior to Graduation

Students age 16 or older identified by themselves or staff as potential dropouts will become a focus of attention in the following manner:

A. Each student and the student’s counselor will meet for the purpose of discussing the reason for desiring to withdraw from school and the student’s plans for the future including the educational, counseling and related services which are available within the school and/or community.

B. The counselor and the student’s teachers will meet to discuss the student’s present status and to identify program modifications and/or options that will meet the student’s present and future needs.

C. The student, parent or guardian, counselor and principal will review all pertinent information and the options that are available to the student.

Reasonable efforts will be made to persuade the student to remain in school and complete requirements for a diploma. If unsuccessful, staff will attempt to find placement in an appropriate alternative educational setting. Failing that, the principal will determine if there is sufficient ground to excuse the student from continued compulsory attendance.

No student under the age of 18 will be permitted to withdraw unless the student is lawfully and regularly employed and either a parent agrees that the student should not be required to attend school or the student has been emancipated in accordance with Chapter 13.64 RCW.  No student under the age of 16 will be permitted to withdraw from further school attendance unless another exception to compulsory attendance has been met.


Approved By: Greg Baker, Superintendent
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 10/14/14; 01/23/15
Updated: 07/17/18
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content

Policy 2121 – Substance Abuse Program

Policy 2140 – Guidance and Counseling

Policy 2163 – Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.225.010, Attendance mandatory — Age —Exceptions

RCW 28A.225.020, School’s duties upon child’s failure to attend school