• In rare instances, enrollment disputes may arise where a parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth requests enrollment in a school that the Snoqualmie Valley School District believes is not in the best interest of the student. There may also be disputes over whether a student will receive transportation to the school he/she has requested.

    In a case where the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth strongly opposes the decision for or against placement and/or transportation by the Snoqualmie Valley School District, the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth have the right to submit an  appeal form (pdf) to the district, or personally contact Nancy Meeks, McKinney-Vento Liaison at 425-831-8015.

    Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has created a procedure for resolving enrollment disputes between guardians of homeless students and school districts.

    Procedure: In a case where a dispute occurs regarding the enrollment of a homeless child or youth, the following process must be used: Level I of the appeal is to the district’s homeless liaison. If unresolved at this level, the case is appealed to the local school district superintendent (Level II), and if the dispute continues to be unresolved, the final appeal (Level III) is to OSPI. Every effort must be made to resolve the complaint or dispute at the local level before it is brought to OSPI.

    Level I: LEA Liaison Communication
    If a parent or unaccompanied youth wishes to appeal a school district’s decision related to a student’s placement:

    1.     The parent or unaccompanied youth must file a request for dispute resolution with the district’s homeless liaison by submitting a form that initiates the dispute resolution process. The parent or unaccompanied youth may submit the request directly to the homeless liaison or they may submit the request to the school where the dispute is taking place. If the request is submitted to the school where the dispute is taking place, the school shall immediately forward the request to the district’s homeless liaison. In the event that the district’s homeless liaison is unavailable, a school district designee may receive the parent's or unaccompanied youth's request to initiate the dispute resolution process.

    2.     The homeless liaison must log their receipt of the complaint, including the date and time, with a written description of the situation and the reason for the dispute, and a copy of the complaint must be forwarded to the liaison’s immediate supervisor and the district superintendent.

    3.     Within five (5) business days of their receipt of the complaint, the liaison must make a decision on the complaint and inform the parent or unaccompanied youth in writing of the result. It is the responsibility of the district to verify the parent’s or unaccompanied youth’s receipt of the written notification regarding the homeless liaison’s Level I decision.

    4.     If the parent or unaccompanied youth disagrees with the decision made at Level I and wishes to move the dispute resolution process forward to Level II, the parent or unaccompanied youth shall notify the district’s homeless liaison of their intent to proceed to Level II within ten (10) business days of receipt of notification of the Level I decision.

    5.     If the parent or unaccompanied youth wishes to appeal the liaison’s Level I decision, the district’s homeless liaison shall provide the parent or unaccompanied youth with an appeals package containing:
    - A copy of the parent’s or unaccompanied youth’s complaint which was filed with the district’s homeless liaison at Level I,
    - The decision rendered at Level I by the LEA liaison, and
    - Any additional information from the parent, unaccompanied youth, and/or homeless liaison.

    Level II: LEA Superintendent Communication (If the dispute remains unresolved after a Level I appeal)

    1.     If a parent disagrees with the decision rendered by the district’s homeless liaison at Level I, the parent or unaccompanied youth may appeal the decision to the local school district’s superintendent, or the superintendent’s designee, (the designee shall be someone other than the district’s homeless liaison) using the appeals package provided at Level I.

    2.     The superintendent, or superintendent’s designee, will arrange for a personal conference to be held with the parent or unaccompanied youth. The personal conference will be arranged within five (5) business days of the parent or unaccompanied youth’s notification to the district of their intent to proceed to Level II of the dispute resolution process. Once arranged, the meeting between the superintendent, or superintendent’s designee, and the parent or unaccompanied youth is to take place as expeditiously as possible.

    3.     The local superintendent, or superintendent’s designee, will provide a decision in writing to the parent or unaccompanied youth with supporting evidence and reasons, within five (5) business days of the superintendent’s, or superintendent's designee, personal conference with the parent or unaccompanied youth. It is the responsibility of the district to verify the parent’s or unaccompanied youth’s receipt of the written notification regarding the superintendent’s Level II decision.

    4.     A copy of the appeals package, along with the written decision made at Level II is to be shared with the district’s homeless liaison.

    5.     If the parent or unaccompanied youth disagrees with the decision made at Level II and wishes to move the dispute resolution process forward to Level III, the parent or unaccompanied youth shall notify the district’s homeless liaison of their intent to proceed to Level III within ten (10) business days of receipt of notification of the Level II decision.

    6.     If the dispute remains unresolved, the process then moves to Level III.

    Level III: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Communication (If the dispute remains unresolved after a Level II appeal)

    1.     The district superintendent shall forward all written documentation and related paperwork to the OSPI homeless education coordinator, or designee, for review, within five (5) business days of notifying the parent or unaccompanied youth of the decision rendered at Level II.

    2.     The OSPI homeless education coordinator, or designee, along with the appropriate agency director, and/or agency assistant superintendent, shall make a final decision within five (5) business days of receipt of the complaint.

    3.     The final decision will be forwarded to the local school district’s homeless liaison for distribution to the parent and the local superintendent.

    4.     The decision made by OSPI shall be the final resolution for placement of a homeless child or youth in the district.

    5.     The office of the school district superintendent shall maintain a record of all disputes related to the placement of homeless children and youths. These records shall include disputes resolved at Level I, Level II, and/or Level III and shall be made available to OSPI upon request.

    Last Modified on July 5, 2012