Regulations Manual

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Some of the regulations may not be in effect as written given current guidance and/or emergency rules from the state legislature, OSPI, the State Board of Education and other governing bodies. Please see our Returning to School 2021-22 FAQ page for more information on practices that may be altered at this time.

Administrative Regulations Manual & Procedures

Under Policy Governance®, within the directives and limitation listed in the Board Governance Policies, the Board delegates the development and implementation of Administrative Regulations and procedures to the Superintendent and staff, except in regard to issues for which they are mandated by law to take direct action. A comprehensive review and revision of all District policies and procedures was completed between August and December 2015, and the conversion to an Administrative Regulations Manual was completed on February 1, 2016.

Regulations establish legal records and standards of conduct for the school district. Regulations can provide a bridge between the School Board's philosophy and goals and the everyday administration of programs.

The Issaquah School District is continually updating Regulations and procedures to keep current with state laws and regulations as well as best practices. Regulations or procedures on this website may be in transition or in process of being revised.

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Public Access to District Records - 4040

Code: 4040

Adopted: 9/13/1997

Last Revised Date: 9/27/2018

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Full access to information concerning the administration and operations of the District shall be afforded to the public consistent with the Public Disclosure Law. At the same time, the District desires to preserve the efficient administration of government and acknowledges the privacy rights of individuals whose records may be maintained by the District. This policy and the accompanying procedure are intended to facilitate access to school District records without compromising operational efficiency or privacy rights.

"School District records" include any writing, printing, photocopying, photographing, etc., containing information relating to the conduct of operations and functions of the District which is prepared, owned, used, or retained by the District. “School District records” do not include the personal notes and memoranda of staff, which remains in the sole possession of the maker and which are not generally accessible or revealed to other persons. A "writing" as defined by the Public Records Act means any handwriting, typewriting, printing, photocopying, photographing, or other means of recording any form of communication on representation.

Because of the tremendous volume and diversity of records continuously generated by a public school District, the Board has declared by formal resolution that trying to maintain a current index of all of the District’s records would be impracticable, unduly burdensome, and ultimately interfere with the operational work of the District.

The Public Records Officer will be within the Human resources Department and be the point of contact for members of the public who request the disclosure of public records. The Public Records Officer will be trained in the laws and regulations governing the retention and disclosure of records, and shall oversee the District’s compliance with this Regulation and state law.

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Legal References:

  • Chapter 13.04.155(3) RCW Notification to school principal of conviction, adjudication, or diversion agreement — Provision of information to teachers and other personnel — Confidentiality.
  • Chapter 26.44.010 RCW Declaration of purpose.
  • Chapter 26.44.030(9) RCW Reports — Duty and authority to make — Duty of receiving agency — Duty to notify — Case planning and consultation — Penalty for unauthorized exchange of information — Filing dependency petitions — Investigations — Interviews of children — Records — Risk assessment process.
  • Chapter 28A.605.030 RCW Student education records — Parental review — Release of records — Procedure.
  • Chapter 28A.635.040 RCW Examination questions — Disclosing — Penalty.
  • Chapter 40.14 RCW Preservation and destruction of public records
  • Chapter 42.17A RCW Campaign Disclosure and Contribution
  • Chapter 42.56 RCW Public Records Act
  • WAC 392-172A Rules for the provision of special education
  • Public Law 98-24, Section 527 of the Public Health Services Act, 42 USC 290dd-2
  • 20 U.S.C. 1232g Federal Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • 20 U.S.C. 1400 et. seq. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • 42 U.S.C. 1758(b)(6)

Management Resources:

  • 2015 - April Policy Issue
  • 2012 - April Issue
  • 2010 - February Issue
  • Policy News, June 2006
  • Policy News, October 2005
  • Washington State Office of the Attorney General – Open Government Training
  • Washington State Office of the Attorney General – Model Rules on Public Disclosure