Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1995 NO. 3 > Mar 23 1995

1.  The state constitution does not prohibit schools from adopting a "limited open forum" policy for student organizations making use of school districts' facilities, even where federal law requires that equal access be granted to student groups for religious purposes, so long as it is clear that the school district maintains a neutral position on religious matters.  2. A school district may recognize student groups engaged in religious activity and grant such groups access to school time and space on the same basis offered to other student organizations, so long as the district grants equal access to all points of view and neither endorses nor opposes the activities of any particular group.

AGO 1973 NO. 10 > Apr 16 1973

(1) Under the provisions of Initiative No. 276, a public school district may allow the parents of a student enrolled therein to inspect the district's records pertaining to that student in those instances where the student is 18 years of age or older unless to do so will violate a right of privacy of the student who is the subject of the particular record and this information cannot be deleted from the record without destroying it. (2) The question of whether disclosure of any particular information in a school district's records respecting its students would violate the student's right of privacy is to be decided on a case‑by-case basis in the courts in accordance with the procedures set forth in §§ 31, 33 and 34 of Initiative No. 276 (chapter 1, Laws of 1973).

AGO 1977 NO. 10 > Apr 28 1977

A school district may require all students desiring to participate in interscholastic athletic activities to undergo, and pass, a physical examination conducted by a qualified medical practitioner, either at school district expense or at the expense of the students involved and/or their parents, before being allowed to compete.

AGO 1992 NO. 10 > Jun 26 1992

1.  RCW 28A.305.130(8) empowers the State Board of Education to adopt rules to secure regularity of attendance, prevent truancy, secure efficiency, and promote the true interest of the common schools.  RCW 28A.305.130(8) does not authorize the State Board to adopt a rule prohibiting corporal punishment in the public schools. 2.  RCW 28A.305.160 empowers the State Board of Education to adopt rules prescribing the substantive and procedural due process guarantees of pupils in the common schools.  RCW 28A.305.160 does not authorize the State Board to adopt a rule prohibiting corporal punishment in the public schools.  RCW 28A.305.160 does empower the State Board to adopt rules to ensure that corporal punishment is reasonable and moderate.

AGLO 1974 NO. 13 > Jan 30 1974

(1) There is no minimum age below which students enrolled in a public school may not be made members of the school patrol and assigned to guard street pedestrian crossings enroute to and from school. (2) A school district may employ paid adult crossing guards. (3) A school district may utilize the services of volunteer crossing guards who are adults. (4) The distance of a street pedestrian crossing from the school grounds involved does not have any legal bearing upon the answers to any of the foregoing questions.

AGO 1981 NO. 20 > Nov 24 1981

(1) RCW 28A.58.754(5), as amended by § 1, chapter 250, Laws of 1979, 1st Ex. Sess., permits a school district to conduct its graduation exercises five days prior to the end of the normal 180-day school year and then release the graduating seniors from any further school attendance requirement.(2) Even if a school district elects not actually to conduct graduation exercises five days prior to the end of the 180-day school year, the district may nevertheless simply release all of its graduating seniors from any further requirement of class attendance during the five‑day period and is not, instead, required to operate some form of noninstructional program (for students wishing to participate) for which attendance records are to be maintained.

AGLO 1975 NO. 22 > Mar 5 1975

The proposed constitutional amendment in Engrossed House Joint Resolution No. 19, relating to state aid to students attending public and private schools, does not contain any authorization which would be in violation of Amendment 1 to the United States Constitution.

AGO 1953 NO. 61 > Jun 1 1953

1. Student at state college of education cannot demand removal or destruction of Registrar's transcript of his grades or credits. 2. Inspection of such transcript is subject to regulation by Board of Trustees of such college. 3. Alteration of such transcript also subject to regulation by Board of Trustees.