As used in this chapter, "full-time equivalent student" means each enrolled student in the school district as of one of the enrollment count dates for at least the minimum number of hours set forth in subsection (1) of this section, inclusive of class periods and normal class change passing time, but exclusive of meal intermissions: Provided, That each hour counted shall contain at least 50 minutes of instruction or supervised study provided by appropriate instructional staff. The purpose of recognizing "50 minute hours" is to provide flexibility to school districts which utilize block periods of instruction so long as students are ultimately under the jurisdiction of school staff for the equivalent of 60 minute hours: Provided further, That the hours set forth below shall be construed as annual average hours for the purposes of compliance with this chapter.
(1) The minimum hours for each grade are as follows:
(a) Kindergarten: 20 hours each week, or 4 hours (240 minutes) for each scheduled school day;
(b) Primary (grades 1 through 3): 20 hours each week, or 4 hours (240 minutes) each scheduled school day;
(c) Elementary (grades 4 through 6): 25 hours each week, or 5 hours (300 minutes) each scheduled school day;
(d) Secondary (grades 7 through 12): 25 hours each week, or 5 hours (300 minutes) each scheduled school day.
(2) Except as limited by WAC 392-121-136
, a student enrolled for less than the minimum hours shown in subsection (1) of this section shall be counted as a partial full-time equivalent student equal to the student's hours of enrollment divided by the minimum hours for the student's grade level set forth in subsection (1) of this section.
(3) The full-time equivalent of a student's running start enrollment pursuant to RCW 28A.600.300
shall be determined pursuant to chapter 392-169
WAC. If a running start student is enrolled both in high school courses provided by the school district and in running start courses provided by the college, the high school full-time equivalent and the running start full-time equivalent shall be determined separately.
(4) The full-time equivalent of University of Washington transition school students shall be determined pursuant to chapter 392-120
(5) The full-time equivalent of a student's alternative learning experience shall be determined pursuant to WAC 392-121-182
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.305. 13-02-004, § 392-121-122, filed 12/19/12, effective 1/19/13. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.150.290. 08-04-009, § 392-121-122, filed 1/24/08, effective 2/24/08; 97-22-013 (Order 97-06), § 392-121-122, filed 10/27/97, effective 11/27/97; 95-01-013, § 392-121-122, filed 12/8/94, effective 1/8/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.41.055 and 28A.41.170. 88-03-013 (Order 88-8), § 392-121-122, filed 1/11/88.]