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6214P - Reimbursement for Travel and Work Related Expenses Procedure

Reimbursement of Claims

Certified claims must be submitted to the District business office on a reimbursement form and shall include itemized documents. Reimbursement requests must be turned in within ten (10) working days of the purchase unless authorized by the Business Office.

Reimbursements shall be made to District employees only. No reimbursements shall be made to parents, volunteers, students or other non-District employees, except in those cases where the parent is acting as a District approved chaperone for a trip not covered by advanced travel funds.

Purchases cannot be in conflict with District Regulations. Cash awards and cash equivalents such as gift cards/certificates are not allowed and therefore will not be reimbursed.

The superintendent/designee may claim expense reimbursement on behalf of others who travel, partake of meals, or otherwise incur expenses in the course of performing services for the District. When claiming reimbursement, the superintendent must list their names, list their relationship to the District, indicate vendors and itemize the amounts claimed, and include an explicit statement of purpose for the event which generated the expense.

The above provision also covers expenses of individuals who attend meetings or attend to urgent business at the direction of the board of directors. Under such circumstances, certain committee expense can be reimbursed by the District, but clear direction from the board of directors/superintendent to such a committee should be established in advance of any need for expenditures.

A. Reimbursement for Supplies and Materials

Principals/Department Heads may give employees authorization to purchase supplies or materials without a purchase order and to be reimbursed for those expenses. The purchases must not exceed $350.00 and cannot include equipment, travel or contractual expenses. Supplies and materials request for reimbursement shall be made on form 6213F1 or through online employee reimbursements. Itemized receipts are required for reimbursement including online purchases.

Reimbursement amounts greater than $350 may be approved by the Superintendent or designee on a case by case basis. Such approval will be given in writing. Individuals who repeatedly exceed this threshold will be subject to discipline or may be held personally responsible for the items purchased. Additionally, reimbursement amounts provided in collective bargaining agreements or other employment agreements may exceed the amount established by this Regulation.

Staff member food purchases must first be approved using a Food & Beverage Authorization Request Form for non-overnight travel. The approved food form must accompany the reimbursement request form, along with an agenda and list of attendees. Food purchases for students on District property must comply with Nutrition Regulation's 6700 and 6700P.

B. Reimbursement for Travel Expenses

Travel requests must be submitted on a travel purchase order form and approved by the staff member's immediate supervisor prior to submission to the business office. Out-of-state travel must be approved by the superintendent/designee.

Travel requests should be submitted at least thirty (30) days in advance of departure unless extenuating circumstances make such requests infeasible.

The travel purchase orders must show meals, lodging, transportation, registration and any other estimated expenses for which reimbursement shall be requested upon completion of travel and the budget category to which reimbursement is to be charged. One travel purchase order may be used when multiple people are traveling together for the same purpose.

Lodging shall only be reimbursed when the meeting or event takes place outside of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties unless approved by the staff member’s supervisor.

If an employee anticipates traveling to a geographic area where expenses are believed to exceed otherwise “reasonable” guidelines, they should gain approval in advance of the trip from the superintendent/designee for the estimated additional expenses.

A statement of expenses shall be submitted for each trip or activity for which reimbursement is being requested. Travel reimbursement requests shall be made on form 6213F2 and include appropriate signature approval or through online employee reimbursements.

Reimbursable Travel Expenses


Reasonable rates

Itemized receipt required

Reasonable costs for lodging are reimbursable (the Superintendent/designee is the final judge as to what constitutes “reasonable”).


Up to $60 per day including reasonable gratuities.

Itemized receipts required

If the cost of scheduled convention meals causes the total daily expense for meals to exceed $60 (for example, a special banquet on one day of a conference), such additional expense also may be submitted for reimbursement.

Airline, Train, Bus Fare

Coach rate

Ticket stub and receipt

Taxi, Parking, Toll


Receipt required

personal car

Outside the District: Reimbursement allowed only in connection with an approved travel request. Reimbursement shall be at the rate authorized

Mileage-Inside the District: Reimbursement allowed only when approved in advance by the staff member's supervisor. When travel is a necessary part of performing one's work, the staff member may receive approval in writing for the year. Reimbursement shall be at the rate authorized under IRS regulations. Reimbursable miles start at the first District location to the subsequent District on that day. Distances from home to a District location or from a District location to home are not reimbursable.

Mileage expenses should be submitted at least every three months for reimbursement of mileage in personal vehicles or with a balance of at least ten dollars ($10.00). Such expenses must be submitted within the fiscal year in which they occur unless authorized by the Business Office.

Mileage for additional daily trips between home and the District may be claimed when the administrator’s presence is required for District activities such as school board meetings, committee or task force meetings, or a school activity. Such mileage calculations start at the school District boundary.

  1. Hotel and Motel Expenses: Individual receipts are required from each staff member who obtains reimbursement from the When two or more people share a room, the person paying the bill and requesting reimbursement shall note on the receipt all other staff members who shared the room.
  2. Airline Tickets: Airline tickets (coach rate) may be charged to the District through a local travel agency for any approved travel.

Travel Advances

  1. Employees may request an advance to cover the cost of travel expenses that exceed $60.00 and are not paid directly by the District.
  2. A written request for a travel advance must be submitted to the business office with the travel purchase order at least thirty (30) days prior to departure unless extenuating circumstances make such requests Travel advance requests shall be made on form 6213F2.
  3. Travel advances are paid in the form of a check payable to the staff
  4. A statement of expense must be submitted to the business office within ten days following completion of the If the actual expenses are less than the travel advance, the staff members shall reimburse the District for the difference
  5. The Advance Travel Revolving Fund should not be used for payment of airline tickets, pre-registration fees or for reimbursements to staff or officers for travel expenses already incurred.
  6. Travel advances will only be used for District employees, excluding temporary employees. Meal advances may be given to students and chaperones traveling on pre-approved field trips.

Non-reimbursable Expenses

The following expenses are not reimbursable:

  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Personal expenses such as telephone calls, postage, and memberships.
  3. Mileage to and from home.
  4. Mileage for school levy promotions and other nonofficial school functions.
  5. Expenses incurred by non-employees traveling with the staff member, including room surcharges.
  6. Fines or traffic and parking violations
  7. Expenses for travel extending beyond the time required for the meeting or business, unless it is in the District’s financial interest to extend the travel over a Saturday night or such other rate advantage.
  8. Gifts



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