(1) If a notice of appeal to the school board of directors or school district disciplinary appeal council is received pursuant to WAC 392-400-310
(2) within the required three school business days, the board or council shall schedule and hold an informal conference to review the matter within ten school business days after the date of receipt of such appeal notice. The purpose of the meeting shall be to meet and confer with the parties in order to decide upon the most appropriate means of disposing of the appeal as provided for in this section. At that time the student or the student's parent(s) or guardian(s) or legal counsel shall be given the right to be heard and shall be granted the opportunity to present such witnesses and testimony as the board or council deems reasonable. The board or council shall agree to one of the following procedures prior to adjournment or recess:
(a) Study the hearing record or other material submitted and render its decision within ten school business days after the date of the informal conference, or
(b) Schedule and hold a meeting to hear further arguments based on the record before the board or council and render its decision within fifteen school business days after the date of the informal conference, or
(c) Schedule and hold a meeting within ten school business days after the date of the informal conference for the purpose of hearing the case de novo.
(2) In the event the school board of directors or school district disciplinary appeal council elects to hear the appeal de novo, the following rights and procedures shall govern the proceedings:
(a) The student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) shall have the right to:
(i) Inspect in advance of the hearing any documentary and other physical evidence which the school district intends to introduce at the hearing,
(ii) Question and confront witnesses, unless a school district witness does not appear and the nonappearance of the witness is excused by the person(s) hearing the case based upon evidence of good reason for doing so submitted by the school district. The evidence submitted by the school district must at a minimum establish either:
(A) That the district made a reasonable effort to produce the witness and is unable to do so; or,
(B) That it is not advisable for the student to appear due to an expectation and fear on the part of the responsible district official(s) or the student of retaliation against the student if he or she appears as a witness,
(iii) Present his or her explanation of the alleged misconduct, and
(iv) Make such relevant showings by way of witnesses and the introduction of documentary and other physical evidence as he or she desires,
(b) The designee(s) of the school district assigned to present the district's case shall have the right to inspect in advance of the hearing any documentary and other physical evidence that the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) intend to introduce at the hearing, and
(c) Either a tape-recorded or verbatim record of the hearing shall be made.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.160. 07-04-048, § 392-400-315, filed 1/31/07, effective 3/3/07. Statutory Authority: 2006 c 263. 06-14-009, recodified as § 392-400-315, filed 6/22/06, effective 6/22/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.160. 00-07-018, § 180-40-315, filed 3/3/00, effective 4/3/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.160 and 1996 c 321. 96-15-098, § 180-40-315, filed 7/22/96, effective 8/22/96. Statutory Authority: 1979 1st ex.s. c 173 and c 201. 79-11-049 (Order 14-79), § 180-40-315, filed 10/16/79; Order 6-77, § 180-40-315, filed 6/2/77, effective 8/1/77.]