Model Resolutions During COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, WSSDA has issued the following model resolutions:

Model Resolution 0560R — District Reopening Plan (issued 7/17/2020)

0506R was designed to help school boards adopt and file a reopening plan with OSPI for the 2020-2021 school year.

Model Resolution 1321R — Suspension of Policies — District Reopening (issued 9/03/2020) — NEW

WSSDA has issued new Model Resolution 1321R – Suspension of Policies – District Reopening. This model board resolution is similar to last March’s Model Resolutions 1320 – Suspension of Policies – Emergency, which expired on the last day of the 2020-2021 school year. Both model resolutions are designed to allow boards to suspend provisions of board policies, and/or whole policies, as necessary to implement official guidance in response to COVID-19.

New resolution 1321R differs from the earlier resolution in that it provides for the suspension of policy as necessary to implement your district’s reopening plan. Although WSSDA is also working to revise the model policies to be comprehensive of COVID-19, this resolution provides districts with the flexibility needed for the actual reopening of schools. The resolution further provides districts with the flexibility to pivot to differing instruction models based on changing health conditions in your district’s county. This flexibility is crucial as changing health conditions in your county might prevent the implementation of your district’s opening plan or require your district to return to remote learning. Please note, Model Resolution 2419R will sunset on December 31, 2020.

Model Resolution 1320R (issued 3/16/2020) — Expired

1320R was designed to allow boards to suspend provisions of board policies and/or whole policies as necessary to implement official guidance in response to COVID-19. This resolution allows districts to take actions needed immediately without first laboring through the revision of existing policies one by one.

Model Resolution 2017R (issued 5/1/2020)

2017R is a model resolution adopting the district’s continuous learning plan without seeking an emergency waiver. Districts that met both their school day and instruction hour requirements in the 2019-2020 school year do not need to apply for an emergency waiver to receive their allocation for state basic education apportionment. However, such districts need to demonstrate that they met the school day and instructional hour requirements by providing OSPI with a continuous learning plan that was approved/adopted by the board of directors through a resolution. Please note, school boards that adopt 2017R do not need to adopt either 2018R or 2019R. 

Model Resolution 2018R (issued 5/1/2020)

2018R is a model resolution adopting the district’s continuous learning plan and taking the other steps required to receive its full allocation for state basic education apportionment despite not meeting their instructional hour requirements in the 2019-2020 school year. Please note, school boards that adopt 2018R do not need to adopt either 2017R or 2019R.

Model Resolution 2019R (issued 5/1/2020)

2019R is a model resolution adopting the district’s continuous learning plan and taking the other steps required to receive its full allocation for state basic education apportionment despite not meeting their school day or instructional hour requirements in the 2019-2020 school year. Please note, school boards that adopt 2019R do not need to adopt either 2017R or 2018R.

Model Resolution 2419R (issued 4/14/2020) — Expired

2419R authorizes your Superintendent to implement the emergency waiver of high school graduation credits in response to the COVID-19 school closures. You are not required to adopt a board resolution to implement the emergency waiver process. However, waiving core course credits is an extraordinary step, and 2419R reinforces the local school board’s authority to decide whether a student has met graduation requirements. Additionally, the 2419R includes specific language affirming the good faith effort required for the waiver. Please note, Model Resolution 2419R will sunset in tandem with the emergency rules on July 31, 2020.