(1) The superintendent of public instruction reserves the right to determine that a public record requested in accordance with the procedures outlined in WAC 392-105-025
is exempt pursuant to the provisions set forth in RCW 42.17.310
. Such determination may be made in consultation with the public records officer, counsel for administrative law services, or an assistant attorney general assigned to the agency.
(2) Pursuant to RCW 42.17.260
, the superintendent of public instruction reserves the right to delete identifying details when it makes available or publishes any public record when there is reason to believe that disclosure of such details would be an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy: Provided, however, In each case, the justification for the deletion shall be explained fully in writing.
(3) Response to requests for a public record must be made promptly. Within five business days of receiving a public record request, the superintendent of public instruction shall respond by either:
(a) Providing the record;
(b) Acknowledging that the superintendent of public instruction has received the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the agency will require to respond to the request; or
(c) Denying the public record request.
Additional time required to respond to a request may be based upon the need to clarify the intent of the request, to locate and assemble the information requested, to notify third persons or agencies affected by the request, or to determine whether any of the information requested is exempt and that a denial should be made as to all or part of the request. In acknowledging receipt of a public record request that is unclear, the superintendent of public instruction may ask the requestor to clarify what information the requestor is seeking. If the requestor fails to clarify the request, the superintendent of public instruction need not respond to it.
(4) All denials of request for public records must be accompanied by a written statement, signed by the public records officer or his/her designee, specifying the reason for the denial, a statement of the specific exemption authorizing the withholding of the record, and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the public record withheld.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 - [42.17].320. 93-07-039 (Order 93-05), § 392-105-035, filed 3/11/93, effective 4/11/93; 92-10-016 (Order 92-04), § 392-105-035, filed 4/28/92, effective 5/29/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 and 42.17.260. 80-05-034 (Order 80-5), § 392-105-035, filed 4/15/80.]